It’s snowing in Val Cenis and I’m getting excited about going skiing in January.
I’m also scrounging up my money to pay for it, and wondering if perhaps there is a cheaper way to do things.
We’re staying in the Centre International de Sejour, and paying €559 each for seven nights. By the time we add in flights and transfer and ski hire, we’re looking at around €800 each.
A bus just went back the window of McDonalds saying, “Dreams do come true, a ski holiday for €345.”
Damnit, have I overpaid?
I logged on and found the €345 holiday, four people sharing a self-catering apartment in Chamonix. That’s a good deal. What is included? Flight, transfer and apartment. So I need a lift pass. €222. Not the worst. Wait, that’s the senior pass, the regular one is €261. And that’s only the local pass. The Mont Blanc pass for six days is €309.
Skis and boots. Let’s go for the cheaper option and get the intermediate ones. €119.
Insurance is €37.
So we’re up to €810 already. And that’s before we’ve eaten or drunk anything.
The price in Val Cenis includes all meals: breakfast, four course lunch, three course dinner and wine on tap. (Literally – there is a tap in the dining room where you go up and fill your jug with red wine). And the lift pass.
And the apartment in Chamonix is a kilometre from the pistes. In Val Cenis you can ski to the door of the ski room.
Yep, feeling a bit better now.
Roll on the snow.