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Feb 2020 half term ski trip advice

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Hello. I would like to take a group to France (4 adults and 2 children) for the 2020 Feb half term, we are plan to drive there. I've been to both Les Menuires and Chamrousse which both have been great. The group will be made up of begineers like me. Any ideas? Puzzled I know that the lift passes could be the biggest cost but any suggestions are welcome.
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Morzine, Les Gets. Area is big enough to cope with half term. Very drive-able from the UK. Lots of different type of accommodation (self catering, chalet, hotel). Can get either full area ski passes if you want to get about a large area or local passes at a reduced price. Or get 4/5 hour passes on a daily basis and travel about - 20mins to Samoens and the Grand Massif or the small resorts of Praz de Lys and Sommand if you don't want to kill yourselves with full day skiing every day in the same resort. Driving will allow you to go a bit further out of the main resorts and save some cash on accommodation also. Strongly recommend self-catering if you drive.
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you may need to narrow down a bit. Do you want ski in/ski out? Apres? Non skiing activities? Catered or not? Authentic or utilitarian? Do you want British instructors? Just France or any other Alpine, or indeed non-Alpine, country?

The fact that you go over the HT, means you don't need to go too high or look for resorts with state of the art snow making. So you can choose smaller, cheaper, less known resorts.
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Thank you for the additional things to consider.
As we are driving we will stick to self catering and do shopping before we get to the accommodation.
Apres - Not important for us.
Ski in\out - it would be nice to be close instead of trekking for ages to the slope or walking home really tired. Madeye-Smiley
Instructors - Might not be needed but will check.
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Ski school will help structure your day and get you lift priority. Well worth considering. How old are the kids and how much skiing have they done?
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@nattib, you said the group was made up of beginners. There are many things people will disagree about on these forums, but getting lessons is not one of them.
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Kids are both 12 yrs. The whole family have had skiing lessons other the last 2 years.
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Les Coches
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if you want to keep costs down have a look at Peak Retreats and the Maurienne valley. We have visited Aussois, La Norma and Val Cenis and they are all fabulous resorts.
Aussois is small, sunny, very cheap and actually really great with kids. The skiing is lovely and it is cheap enough to eat out at lunch without a heart attack! Very few other British people though. More brits are in Val Cenis which is bigger so more expensive but nothing like the 'traditionnal Brit' resorts.

If you stay in Aussois you get a day's skiing in other resorts like Val Cenis/La Norma etc.

And it is really easy to drive to.
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@nattib, Driving is easy and as you say helps with doing a shop on way. For half-term though I would strongly recommend aiming to get to resort early in day or late at night - otherwise you will sit in queues from Lyon. If you can, travel Friday eve and get as far through France as you can and start early Sat.

A personal fave of mine but have a look at Vallandry, part of Les Arcs ski area, smaller resort and cheaper than Arc 1600/1800 etc, mainly set up for self-catering. Some lovely blues above the village and Vallandry bowl all good for beginners, plus New Generation operate out of there for ski school.

If you want to know more, I did write a trip report from half-term this year here
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@nattib, you will definitely find it cheaper somewhere like La Norma in terms of accommodation, eating on the mountain and lift pass costs. The flip side is the breadth of skiing. Ultimately you pays your money and makes your choice.

When my kids were younger we enjoyed some of the smaller resorts but now they are older (just turned 14 and 12) we like to have a lot to go at. Like you we drive and self cater so keep costs down that way.
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@nattib, I'd really suggest smaller, lower resorts unless you're mega-keen on apres entertainment. As you're all beginners it won't matter a huge amount if you have a large ski area or not and you'll save a fortune on lift pass costs which are always eye-watering.
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@nattib, Le Grand Bornand sounds ideal for you. Closer than many of the other suggestions. Cheap and cheerful apartments here:http://www.campinglescale.com/?lang=en and with the Ski Aravis Pass you can ski La Clusaz as well.
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I would have a look at La Clusaz too - small ski area but then as beginners / relative beginners that's not an issue at all. Plenty of ski school choice and not as far to drive as some resorts - it's next to LGB recommended by @panaga52 abive.
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