Friday, March 21, 2014

A Budget-Friendly Ski Holiday in Les Menuires

When you think of skiing, Les Menuires is often the first resort that comes to mind in the Alps. While it may not be the most high profile of the resorts in the Three Valleys, once someone has been there, its facilities, convenience, and downright beauty often mean they are extremely keen to come back at every opportunity. Another reason this lovely resort is often top of the list is that there are plenty of ways you can make your money go further here.
Plenty of Good Deals
Before you scour the Internet to find what you think are great winter holiday bargains, it's important to keep your expectations realistic. Keep in mind that anything that is offered at less than 25 per cent off a real find, but do read the fine print and inclusions. Les Menuires often has some excellent deals offered by operators, but they don't last long so you need to get cracking and book early!
Get the Discounts
For budget-friendly skiing, Les Menuires has plenty of options to take up once you've arrived. Look out for regular discounts offered by on-site merchants. For example, when hiring the various pieces of equipment you'll need, local shops often offer a discount of up to 20 per cent if you rent the whole set. Renting skis and poles can also be much more affordable when you rent them for longer periods. Several equipment rental shops are conveniently located in the resort.
Watch Where You Shop
It will help stretch your Euro if you buy your food from the local supermarket. Unless your chalet is fully catered, it will help to do a big shop and eat breakfast and dinner inside your chalet rather than dine out every day. For your days on the pistes you can take along a prepared packed lunch, or stop at any of the many mountain restaurants for inexpensive coffee and snacks.
Get the Right Passes
For those who are serious about skiing, Les Menuires often serves as an access point to explore the rest of the extensive Three Valleys area. Even if you intend to stay within the confines of the resort it still benefits you well to purchase a pass to cover the Three Valleys, as it allows for the flexibility of discovery and exploration. In terms of cost there is only a small difference so it's well worth the extra.
Have some 'Happy Hour Awareness'
Who doesn't want to stretch their money a little further on their holiday? Even beyond the skiing, Les Menuires is a perfect place for a budget-friendly break. Once the lifts shut down (at around 7 pm), you can swing by one (or several) of the local bars. Most of them offer discounted drinks during happy hour. The resort, despite its sleepier reputation, has a lively apr├Ęs-ski scene, and it's a nice way to cap the evening after a tiring day on the slopes.

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