Hucksters Budget Ski HolidaysHucksters Budget Ski Holidays

Coaches, planes, trains and automobiles

Our Hucksters coach this year is a new 51 seater, owned by Shires International Travel it will continue the traditon of bringing our guests out to the French Alps on a Friday to arrive in resort weather and traffic permitting in time for breakfast on Saturday morning. It won't leave at the end of the week until you have had another full day out on the slopes, unless for operational or safety reasons it has to depart before 5pm. At a return travel price of £70 when booked with a Hucksters holiday, it would have to be the very early bird that finds a better deal on any other form of transport. Return carriage of equipment is £10 per item and the only weight restriction is that you can carry it to the coach and it has been pre-booked subject to the availability of space in the luggage locker. We are proud to keep our holidays affordable by providing this service. There are few coaching alternatives, if travelling to Vallandry Snow Express provide a similar service from London and Folkstone, their prices range from £99 to £229 return to Bourg St Maurice. They don't leave London until 18.30 on a Friday and arrive in Bourg St Maurice at 13.30 on Saturday. You can check them out at http://book.snowexpress.co.uk/journey.php

There is no doubt that lo-cost airlines have changed travel especially across Europe. This year BA joins the battalion of budget flight providers and will be operating new flights across the Alps including a Saturday Manchester to Chambery prices starting at £49 each way, Heathrow to Grenoble from £39 each way and also Heathrow to Turin from £40 each way. They are also offering to carry skis for free as part of the luggage allowance and on some flights there will be a "kids fly free" offer too. Check out www.ba.com for more information. The flight however, is only half the journey the rest has to be the transfer to resort. We will operate a small fleet of 7 or 8 seater minibuses that on a Saturday will do a scheduled early morning out of resort to Geneva and Chambery or Grenoble and Turin. The aim is to fill the seats on the minibus before it returns to Les Arcs or Serre Chevalier. At £60 per person return this by far the cheapest option for a transfer but our seats are limited and we have to do a first come first served basis. Outside of our schedule the options are numerous, Altibus http://www.altibus.com/index.aspx?cp=en runs from Geneva and Lyon for €98 and €84 return to Bourg St Maurice and Linkbus https://www.linkbus-alps.com/en/ operates from Lyon, Grenoble and Turin to Serre Chevalier. Bensbus does a variety of transfers everyday of the week around the Alps and is worth checking for a quote as they charge from £70 return https://www.bensbus.co.uk/ski-transfer/geneva-airport-bourg-st-maurice-transfers/ We can also provide private transfers upon request the return price of a transfer from Les Arcs to Geneva is a minimum of £300

By far the most fun way to travel to the Alps is by train. Conjuring up images of romantic Grand Tours of Europe simply by being at London St Pancreas railway station it feels like a very civilised way to travel. As you speed through the UK and French countryside enjoying a meal and even perhaps a drink or two from the restaurant carriage the travel becomes part of the holiday. Getting a return ticket that does not break the bank however means watching for the tickets to come on sale and book immidiately. Now is probably the best time to pick up a return at the lowest prices. Eurostar operates a twice weekly non stop service to the Alps leaving London on a Friday night at 19.42 and arriving in Bourg St Mauirce at 06.17 Saturday morning. The day train leaves London on Saturday morning at 09.45 arriving at 19.03. there are two return trains on a Saturday at 09.34 in the morning arriving in London at 16.13 or the overnight train departing 22.12 and arriving on a Sunday at 07.16. https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en There is no direct train to Serre Chevalier but there is a daily route from London via Paris to Oulx where a local bus connects to Briancon. This leaves London at 09.24 and arrives in Oulx at 19.23 full details of this service can be found on https://www.snowcarbon.co.uk/ski-resorts/montgenevre. This year all local transfers from Bourg St Maurice and Briancon are free when you book your holiday.

Finally automobiles or self drive and make the journey your own. Whether a quick sprint and you share the driving to get as much time on the slopes between leaving work on a Friday and arriving on Saturday or a leisurely drive exploring vineyards on route.With a full vehicle this can be an economical method of travel especially if booking well in advance for the channel crossing. With modern GPS systems route finding is rarely an issue and French motorways whilst charging are generally free flowing and a lot less stressful than the UK equivalent. Planning your arrival as you get closer to resort is wise to avoid the build up of traffic into the mountains, Saturdays can be especially busy in peak season and an early arrival is to be recommended. As is ensuring you have everything in the vehicle to comply with french law for example a high viz jacket for every one in the car. Snow chains are also a must and worth practising with before you travel. They are very easy to put on once you know how and here are a couple of you tube demonstrations worth viewing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbB_VRR0KVw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeH0rx3yDGw My advise always put them on if you think you are going to need them before you actually do. Find a flat peice of ground to pull into safely preferably where there is light and have a pair of gloves and something to kneel on. You are told you must have a breathelyser kit which strictly speaking is true but there is no penalty or fine for not having them with you. A very helpful site for information on driving in France is http://www.drive-france.com/checklist/

Hucksters Blog

Paul

As the nights are drawing in and it is starting to get grey in the UK, just like the birds, it is time for me to think about flying south for the winter.Preparations are well underway for heading out to Vallandry and honestly I just cannot wait This will be my third season and now I am managing the Mont Blanc Chalet with Julie - So how did I get here? Well...

Customer Reviews

We have travelled with Hucksters as both a school group and a family for an incredible 18 years. Never have I worked with a company who is so flexible and accommodating to individual needs. The ski and board options are exciting and varied to suit all abilities, from novice to the extreme, from door...

Mrs Denise May MBE

By dispensing with things such as towels and complimentary toiletries (bring your own) and guaranteed en suite bathrooms, Hucksters has managed to create accommodation that is definitely communal and cheap but in that no-frills way that makes you feel pretty smug at the money you are saving. It has ...

The Guardian - Top 10 affordable ski cha...

Just a quick note to thank you all for hosting the Bennett clan the other week, we had a great time and are hoping to return with Hucksters for the new year.

M.B.

Just back from a fabulous week in Vallandry. The lodge was great and the location to the lifts perfect. I wanted to say thank you for all your help and the wonderful staff, they are all good bunch and made us feel very welcome. Please let them know we did appreciate their hard work, and smiles every...

P.L.

My girlfriend and I stayed in Vallandry with Hucksters for 6 days and had a great time with a very friendly environment including not only the staff, but also the other customers. The room was also nice, warm and very functional with the slopes only few meters away from the chalet. Therefore and acc...

Johann Delauney