Some tips for saving the pennies on this year's ski holiday

Self-drive ski holidays via Eurotunnel

Self-driving to your ski destination undoubtedly saves on travel costs. No plane or taxi charges, no luggage fee, all you pay is your petrol. Especially when you have several passengers in your car, you will save on the travel ticket for each person. It also means that you gain the benefit of having complete use of your car for day trips once you reached the resort. This is much easier than taking small children on public transport, especially when you have prams or a rushed schedule.

It is a plus that you are free to take as much luggage as you can fit into your car, which can save you the cost of luggage fees and buying things once you are there. Driving is flexible and beats waiting around for a plane for hours with young children, which is as much of a drain on your sanity as your wallet. Finally, driving is liberating – you are in charge of your travel.

Portes du Soleil and Grand Massif ski resorts can be reached from Calais within 8hrs (Avoriaz & Flaine). Chamonix is also an easy route from Calais with Autoroute most of the way, taking approx. 8 hrs. Megève is also 8 hrs from Calais, situated in the North of the Alps, making it a very easy journey. Ski Collection offers hand-picked ski chalets and apartments close to the slopes in these resorts.

Self-catering ski accommodation

Then, think of going on a self-catering holiday. This means you can stock up on food from supermarkets rather than eating out every night, saving a fortune. It also means you can keep track of exactly what your children are eating, which beats having a child unwilling to get up and go skiing because they could not sleep the night before after that sugar buzz following the second helping of ice cream in the restaurant.

By self-catering you can have a budget and stick to it, deciding yourself how much you will spend on food. The food will last you much longer, as cooking one big meal for the family works out much cheaper than buying separate meals at a restaurant. Ski Collection offer a selection of hand-picked self-catering chalets and apartments throughout the French Alps, including Tignes and La Rosiere.

Lesser-known French Alps ski resorts

Visiting a lesser-known resort means you get the best deal as you avoid those tourist prices. It will also mean that your children can ski on quiet slopes away from mass crowds. Ski Collection specialises in undiscovered resorts in the French Alps, allowing their clients to experience the “real” France without the crowds or tourism. Le Village in Arc 1950 is an authentic village with traffic-free streets yet it links to the Paradiski, a ski area of mammoth proportions.