Saturday, 17 January 2015

Tips for the slopes

FRENCH self-catering holiday agency Pierre & Vacances has money-saving tips for skiers heading to the slopes this winter …

Bring out the basics and shop in the valley: Buying all the basics in resort can be expensive, but Pierre & Vacances include most cleaning essentials in the welcome pack along with dishwasher tablets, washing-up liquid and other useful items. Those driving out to the resort can stock up with self-catering staples such as pasta, rice, salt, pepper, herbs, and olive oil in advance or shop in the valley where it's cheaper. Alternatively, guests can book a 'basics' kit with the Pierre & Vacances shop in advance service.

Eat local: Guests who prefer not to cook every night can take advantage of Pierre & Vacances catered packages. Guests can enjoy traditional regional cuisine at great prices with three different dining packages available in selected resorts.

Don't skip breakfast: Breakfast is even more important in the mountains to set skiers up for a full day on the slopes. Pierre & Vacances offer a range of pre-bookable options to take the hassle out of breakfast and help skiers make the first lift.

Take a packed lunch: Eating on the mountain can be expensive, so it's a good idea to take a packed lunch.

Special diets: Self-catering is often the best option for those with special dietary requirements or severe allergies. It's not always easy to buy lactose- or gluten-free ingredients in ski resorts, so it's advisable to take these kinds of items with you. Few French mountain restaurants will cater for special diets, so inquire beforehand.

Where to stay: Pierre & Vacances has added the new five-star Les Terrasses d'Helios in Flaine Montsoleil to its Premium Mountain collection, which spans 13 of the French Alps' most prestigious and popular resorts.

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