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Euro packages for cheapskates?

post #1 of 6
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I'm considering a return ski trip to Europe for low-season January -- Austria, France, or Italy. I can find plenty of web sites offering packages deals with nice discounts on hotels that are too expensive for me. It seems that if I want to book cheap accommodation -- in the 30-40 euro per night range for a single -- the only real way to do it is peruse individual resort websites with accommodation links. But I was wondering if perhaps there is some magical website with package deals -- hotel, lift tickets, plane -- for the cheapest levels of accommodation (homestays, pensions, privatzimmers, etc.).


Any ideas?

post #2 of 6
You just missed out on a airfare sale that would have enabled you to afford a standard hotel room. It lasted all of nine hours. Whitefish to Zurich, Delta, round trip, $784.

I'd say privatzimmers aren't going to be part of package deals. The two I stayed in last summer aren't listed anywhere as even existing, let alone rates. Maybe you might find stuff in Yelp and contact them directly.

Now, flight plus car or plus train might be possible. They're big companies. Then do lodging on your own and they may have left ticket deals.
post #3 of 6
For some resorts, the accommodation search on the official resort site will bring up some deals that are within your budget. For example, on the Val d'Isere site I saw a studio apartment listed for €230 for a 7-night stay (reference number PO617). On the St. Anton site, there are several B&B's in St. Jakob that meet your budget. Both of those will involve a ride on the ski bus every morning and afternoon.

There are a number of purpose-built resorts in France (Flaine, Tignes, etc) that will have a lot of apartment blocks, which usually means cheap accommodation in January. Those are always good to check out.

We're having a gathering in St. Anton February 8-15. You might be able to share a room or get a place in the multi-room apartment in the Gathering HQ hotel to get accommodation within your budget.
post #4 of 6
Maybe this list will help: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/snowandski/10298272/Skiing-on-a-budget.html


Les Carroz
Les Deux-Alpes
Serre Chevalier

Saalbach Hinterglemm

post #5 of 6
In austria there a lot off town with fantastic price to accomodation.

I recomend fly to Munich there you can obtain best fares for rent car with snowtyres.

Austria is the best place in Eurooe for skiing. For me the best place is Tirol west area because there are glacier ( sölden,pitztal,kaunertal) big resort with marvellous lift and very good snow quality ( serfaus, ischgl, sölden,obergurl) medium resort (nauders, kappl,hochzeiger,kuthai,see,venet)

if you have accomodation in imst o nearby of thid town you will have a lot off resorts in less of one hour in car.

You could watch in tv all morning the programof austria tv with images of web cams of all resort in the area. You have a lot off options you can decide in accirding to weather.
post #6 of 6

I suggest you pick your resort first. Then narrow the search. There are plenty of smaller hotels which won't be on the global consolidation websites. Whichever country you pick.


Also many smaller companies such as mine specialise in just one resort.


Be warned that when going for self-catering studios in france you have to order your bed linen and bath towels as an extra. 


France for the skiing

Austria for the atmosphere

Italy for the food


Good hunting!

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