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Cheap family trip - Easter Hols 19

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I've looking at taking the kids (12y/10y) away for a the week before Easter. Trying to do it as cheap as I can.

Looking for another family(s) to join.


Currently, I've found:

Flights Bristol -> Toulouse on Sun 7th Apr, rtn 14th Apr. Approx £70 pp + luggage. (so around £300 for 3 seats/2 bags/1 large snowboard bag)
Car hire approx £200.
Accom in Ax les Therms approx £300. Could go to other French Pyrenees resorts etc.

Also open to driving to the French alps - leaving Fri/Sat etc...

About us:
Kids are both good skiers and will be with me on the mountain. I'm on a board. We ride on and off piste - love playing in the slush - minor jumps through the park. Lots of goofing around in the spring conditions.

Any one interested?
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I'd recommend somewhere higher than Pyrenees. Snow is slushy(if they have any), even in March.
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Hi @earl, I could be interested. I'll PM you.

I've done a few budget SC family holidays at Easter, and one where we took a last minute deal on a catered chalet via the Chalet Direct 'solutions' area.

"Height is everything", at least in April, which is why I've often found myself going back to the 3V, and Val Thorens in particular. But I'd be very interested to try somewhere else.
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You can also look on Booking.com, cos they have loads of apartments everywhere. Private Hire usually works out as cheap as transfers or hire car, if you've 8 or so, and better with kids, as waiting and shorter transfer times. I'm sure there are lots of High resorts, but Les Deux Alpes might be worth looking at; I like it anyway.
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Give me a yell Tom.

Easter was in Pila last season and Puy Staint Vincent the season before.

Puy Staint Vincent was really late in the season - the bottom half was closed and the upper was typical spring. But it doesn't really worry me too much. We/I love riding the slush - fast and furious style. Landings are soft, sun is out, weather is warm. In a way - its better for the kids. (but they do miss out on the pow...)

Lack of fresh snow on the roads means it was easy to do days away Serre Chevalier/Sestriere/Montgenevre. Great variety - good fun.
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@earl, hi, I would be interested, my son and I don't have any skiing planned yet and it's driving me crazy. I can't really face a whole week of just 14 year old boy conversation as much as I love him! We are both intermediate skiers. I have not done off piste but keen to learn and could always try and do a course in Scotland (where we live) before proposed trip... We live 20 miles south of Edinburgh. I am female, I don't need luxury just cleanliness and decent grub and snow! Jo
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Hi Pee
I've booked the week the 8th Apr off at work so I'm committed.

Tomj has been in touch and we threw around some ideas. We both live in the south so we have the option to drive.

If your window shopping for accom then its 3 adults + 5 kids from 10y-14y. As long as the kids get along - imagine how much fun they will have as gang all riding together Wink
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Are you open to suggestions location which? How many kids with each parent for you guys? I can put a post on the solutions room.... So would you likely drive then?
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@earl, have pm'd you. Can't for the life of me fathom out how to add multiple addressees but it's aimed at tomj and peeble too!
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I believe you just comma separate the usernames
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Hi folks, I have no idea how to private message anyone Very Happy aarrgghhhh gonna put a post on solutions room now
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@peeblesarmenian, if you click on the plus symbol next to a persons name, the menu pops up, which has a PM button on.
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@peeblesarmenian what is the solutions room?
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@earl, its an area on the chalets direct website that you enter what you are looking for and chalet owners respond
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Right - just to let you know I'm the opposite of a organiser...

Interest so far is:

Earl - man/boy/girl
TomJ - man/boy/girl
Always29- women/man/boy/boy
peeblesarmenian - women/boy

Budget seams to be what we are after here.... Hope fully this will be the type of season where is is plenty of lat late snow. And as I said ^ - I love slush so I'm happy not to be at the highest resort - but thats just me.

If anybody want to try organise something soon then please be my guest. Otherwise I'll look closer to the time. I think France will be the way to go - so driving is possible (for me and TomJ anyway..)

Anyone suggestions for accom etc.. please my ears are all open.
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Hi, I would like to point out that I am woman not a man Very Happy

i have already posted on the chalets direct 'solutions room' website under 'snowheads' and we have had 38 replies (basically if you post on this website what you are looking for then people with offers of rooms/chalets etc come to you).
Go here:https://www.chaletsdirect.com/forum/forums/forum-view.asp?fid=1

I haven't had time to scroll through them yet. I booked a holiday using this facility once before and I got a a really good deal after contacting them directly (ie I did a deal with them)....so...take a look? Maybe we should set up a group in whatsapp or something to chat better? Jo (female woman for sure ha ha )
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And I suspect that we could really get a good deal as it is so late in the season so I would take the prices quoted with a massive pinch of salt. Another option is to re-post once we have more exact numbers and state the price we are willing to pay? That way we get more useful without all the crazy fancy high end stuff?
just my thought
Jo
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oo, I maybe be interested Very Happy . It would be 2 adults + a 7 year old girl. I'm not sure are there any other similar age kids going? Have you established where are you going yet?
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@Nemeziss - I think one of those kids are also 7/8.
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Have you established where are you going yet?

Not in the limited communications I've had so far. I'm willing to go anywhere. It all depends who rises to the top and becomes the chief organiser Wink
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@peeblesarmenian

chaletsdirect - thats on to it. I was also thinking AirBB as I've seen some places for 10+ people.

Whatsapp group would be good. I'll PM you my phone number...
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Worth checking Sunweb, this is what we used to book the following week. We decided on Mayrhofen, though the other apartments in where we are going are now fully booked.
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I reckon book the time off work now to secure the week, then repost on Chalet Direct closer to the time and when we know what the snow is like.

And also scour the package deal sites.

We could also look at SunWeb, that's a good suggestion @NickyJ.

I'm not wedded to France, happy to consider somewhere else. I'd probably drive, but if there was a great package deal in Italy, say, then I'd go for that.

But if there's no snow left in April, or it all looks horribly expensive, then I'd probably take the 'no snow holiday this year, kids!' approach.
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Had a look at AirBB around the Megeve area. Something like below is £2000 total for the week 12 beds (+ some sofa beds I'm assuming)

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/21922391?s=51
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@earl, meant to say with Sunweb price includes lift passes.
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earl wrote:
Had a look at AirBB around the Megeve area. Something like below is £2000 total for the week 12 beds (+ some sofa beds I'm assuming)

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/21922391?s=51


Will Megeve be open at Easter? I recall that their season is shorter than some of he other resorts?
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Not a clue - Just a random place i searched on to get a wild ballpark figure.

I had a look at those 'rack rate' chaletsdirect posts. Some were getting up to £7k total for the week.
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earl wrote:
Not a clue - Just a random place i searched on to get a wild ballpark figure.

I had a look at those 'rack rate' chaletsdirect posts. Some were getting up to £7k total for the week.


I would be looking to avoid Megeve from late March onwards (others will disagree) unless the season is a ripper
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For what it’s worth, Little Lord Seagrave and I were in Prato Nevoso in April this year (flew out Easter Sunday), and, despite a bit of slush on some southerly aspects, the conditions were pretty agreeable.

Flew to Nice, followed by a monster 3-hour transfer.

Great hol though.

LS
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Right. Just booked for borovets for this Xmas week. Seams super cheap as far as packages go. 320£ for Hb + 126£ for a adult 6 day pass. Kids were under 70£ I think.

Bulgaria might be a option for Easter as all the reviews say the snow come mid to late season.

Anyway anyone else out here at Xmas, give me a tell and we'll hook up for a few runs.
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Hi everyone, I havent been on here in a while, I have Earl's number so am hoping to set up a whats app group so it can be a bit easier to discuss who is defo on for what in terms of holiday. If you want to join whats app group please PM me your number, thanks, Jo Very Happy
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