Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Coach Class To La Clusaz

CoachOur trip to La Clusaz was organised through Ski The Edge who specialise in skiing holidays based in French Youth Hostels. The half-term deal they offer is amazingly good value; travel, accommodation, full board and lift pass all included.

A whole party of us from around where we live in Bristol travelled out together by coach - only one person found a reason why she had to fly back. The journeys were long (about sixteen hours) but tolerable.

The accommodation was fine; our family had a four bed (bunk) room with its own shower. There wasn't a lot of room but I've had chalet holidays with less space.

The catering was great. Good, unpretentious French food for lunch (yes lunch was included) and diner. And we got breakfast and tea. Oh, you could swap your cooked lunch for a packed lunch if you so wanted.

Finally, the staff were great, very friendly and helpful.

Would we do this type of trip again? That's a tough question. It can't be beaten as a cheap skiing trip but it did have two downsides. The first was the snow; but that was bad luck (or global heating). The second was the journey - it would have been greatly preferable to have flown from Bristol to Geneva and taken a road transfer to La Clusaz. However, that would probably added 40-50% to the total price given we were travelling at half term. So, can't be beaten for value but I think I'd like to apply a larger budget to my skiing in future.

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