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Cheap French ski holidays barometer

Why have a barometer?

Founded in 2005, Ski Express has been offering a comparison service to help people choose their holidays from apartment rentals, hotels, all inclusive holidays and ski equipment hire. Their barometer aims to show people the cheapest times and places to go on holiday in France. Ski Express have around 30 professional partners which provide over 250,000 offers. The barometer is updated every Tuesday at although it's currently only in French it is very easy to navigate.

When to go skiing?

The cheapest overall date to go skiing is on the 9th of April at Chamrousse, Northern Alps for 99€/£84* for an all inclusive (apartment and ski lift pass) or you can find an apartment in Arreau, Northern Alps from 116€/£98**.

The school holidays have various offers from the Christmas holidays (18-26th of December 2010) for 147€/£125 all inclusive in Risoul, Northern Alps or 165€/£140 in Arreau. The New Year's holidays from the 26th of December to the 2nd of January have offers from 170€/£144 all inclusive in Gresse en Vercors, Northern Alps or apartments in Jausiers for 321€/£272. The winter holidays (19-28th of February) have holidays from 221€/£188 in Gresse en Vercors, all inclusive and 335€/£284 Chaillol for an apartment from the 19th of February. The Easter holidays (8-26th of April) are the last chance to go on holiday as it is late in the skiing season, however as there are two weeks there is more choice; All inclusive in Chamrousse for 99€/£84 or an apartment in La Norma 152€/£129 from the 9th or all inclusive in Val Cenis for 159€/£135, apartments from 137€/£116 Valfréjus from the 16th of April.

Where to go skiing?

Auvergne is the area with the cheapest average prices at 387€/£329, followed by the Pyrenees 390€/£331, Vosges Jura 391€/£332, Southern Alps 453€/£385 and finally the Northern Alps 584€/£496.

Here are the cheapest offers during school holidays:

Christmas (from the 18-26 of December 2010):

Cheapest apartment: 165€/£140 in Arreau

Cheapest package (accommodation and ski lift): 147€/£125 in Risoul

New Year's (from the 26th of December 2010 to the 2nd of January 2011):

Cheapest apartment: 321€/£272 in Jausiers

Cheapest package (accommodation and ski lift): 170€/£144 in Gresse en Vercors

Winter Holidays (19-28th of February)

Cheapest apartment: 335€/£284 in Chaillol

Cheapest package (accommodation and ski lift): 221€/£188 in Gresse en Vercors,

Easter Holidays (8-26th of April)

Cheapest apartment: La Norma 152€/£129 137€/£116 Valfréjus

Cheapest package (accommodation and ski lift): Chamrousse for 99€/£84 Val Cenis for 159€/£135


Every Tuesday you can find the updated SKI EXPRESS barometer with all the latest information on ski holidays at


Karen Castelblanco


*All prices in £ are based on the exchange rate at time of writing (1€ around £0.85).

**All prices are per person per week based on 4 sharing.


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Ski Express was founded in 2005 and is partners with some of the best known ski holiday travel retailers, offering a range of winter sports breaks accross France.

The products include hotel stays, holiday rentals (chalets, apartments...), equipment hire as well as all-inclusive holidays.

Their unique search engine allows you to input your ideal criteria (near the slopes, children's club, indoor swimming pool...) and it presents you with holiday options, with the cheapest first.