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Hesitant holidaymakers unsure of whether to ski this year, take this advice on how to save on ski trips.





Dare we mention it - the dreaded B word...

The ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit is sure doing its work of making us a little tentative in booking holidays in the mountains this winter.

Staycations saw a dramatic rise this summer as the pound dropped against the euro - but we can't all flock to Scotland (or can we...).

For those who want to make it to the Alps this winter, the specialists at Pierre & Vacances have collected the best tips on how to manage it:

When to book, when to go, and how to exploit special offers and ski extras.

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These could be the determining factors enabling families and friends to reach those snowy summits.

Thrown in are still exciting but more affordable holiday options that are (even better) easy to arrange.

So, beat the Brexit blues and read these five ways to take advantage of dates, extras and offers and save on ski breaks this winter:

Maximise on flexible dates

Pierre & Vacances offers flexible dates and durations.

A four-night stay could suit your schedule even better, and the amount spent on accommodation, ski passes, and ski hire is greatly reduced.

As well as squeezing in a shorter trip for a fraction of the price, skiers and snowboarders can have a better choice of budget flights, saving those ££s.

A mid-week easyJet return flighs from London Luton to Geneva could save up to £47pp.

Ski March and January

It can save up to 50% on accommodation skiing out of the school holidays, not to mention less lift-line queues and likely better conditions (than at Christmas & Easter)

With a late Easter next year, March and January are the ideal times to book a low-cost ski holiday.

If you can't avoid February and the festive period, book early

If planning a ski holiday at Christmas or half term, it is crucial to be organised.

Due to last season's snowfall many tour operators reported a boost in Christmas ski sales.

And February is consistently busy, with French half term following the British week, so skiing is generally more expensive.

If families, who are restricted to school holidays, book December and February dates early, they can ensure the best prices and avoid disappointment.

They can save up to 23% on Christmas dates with Pierre & Vacances when booked early.

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Pre-book extras

Pierre & Vacances offers guests discounts on ski extras such as lift passes, ski lessons and equipment when pre-booking online.

Customers who buy their lift passes in advance can save 5%+, and if buying before the start of November 2018 - up to 20%.

Renting equipment through Pierre & Vacances can save you up to 25%.

You can make the first morning of the ski holiday far less stressful as well by organising this way, with the passes delivered to your apartment and the SKISET skis located nearby and ready to collect.

For those wanting ski lessons, pre-booking can save up to 25%.

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Make the most of special offers

Pierre & Vacances offers last-minute deals throughout the season.

So if you're less organised, or flexible and can book when the snow comes in, this might be more your style.

With these tips fresh in our minds, here are a few top deals with Pierre & Vacances from across the season to get you out there:

Christmas and February half-term offers: 

Save 23% at 4* Residence Les Bergers in L'Alpe-d'Huez

Residence Les Bergers is located at the heart of the village, just 100m from the ski lifts and shopping centre.

The Grand Domaine Ski Area has year-round sun and 250km of varied pistes ideal for the whole family.

Priced from £340pp (£679 per studio down from £881 & a saving of 23%) for a seven-night self-catered stay arriving 22nd December, 2018. 

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Flexible dates: Save 20% at 5* Premium residence L'Amara in Avoriaz

This luxury ski-in, ski-out residence provides a superb base to explore the Portes Du Soleil ski area.

There's a heated pooland the  Deep Nature ® spa on site at this luxury accommodation.

Priced from £177.25pp (£709 per apartment down from £886 saving 20%) for a four-night self-catered stay in an apartment that sleeps up to four people, arriving 18th December, 2018.

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For more deals, visit our rolling piece on the best early season deals out there right now:

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