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Ski Weekend in Courcheval

Lovin’ the lux’ life can be costly, but Skibible’s found a new way to spend more time with the party people, and to keep an eye on the cash.

Ski Weekends has 23 ski resorts, with departures from 17 UK regional airports, and the prices often attract those who want to slope off more than once a season!

The company also operates a luxury coach transfer to the heart of the snow.

The mini-road trips start at Victoria coach station, leaving on Thursday and getting back on Monday, or leaving on Monday and getting back on Thursday.

The weekend coach option gives you three full days on the slopes; those flying will get four and a half days ski time, so plenty of party potential!

You can also book a week-long break with this company, but we’re going to focus on mini-breaks, and why business is booming.

Courchevel

We visited Courchevel 1650 – one of the 3 Valleys ski area resorts, which links to one of the world’s largest connected ski areas.

You can see more on the slopes in our Courchevel resort guide.

I ‘d developed ‘Bambi’ legs since last season, so opted for a lesson with New Generation Ski and Snowboard School, which greatly helped me improve my technique and regain my confidence.

Chique boutiques and upmarket restaurants make Courchevel the St Tropez for winter sports, and menu prices are often targetted at the A listers and very rich folks.

It’s therefore wise to check out the potential ‘damage’ before you eat out, or you might pay more than you’d prepared for.

The views from the Mont Blanc massif to the Les Ecrins massif are simply stunning, and make this pretty place appealing for those who might not wish to spend every minute on the slopes.

Stunning meets style in Courchevel 1850, with a Channel shop complete with matching gondola. Well, what else would you catch to go back up the slopes?

Lots of choice

Ski Weekends can accommodate groups from six to 60, so you can take friends, and make friends.

The value coach weekend kicks in at £219, or you can opt for one of the company’s 30 four or five-star hotels.

They can also create tailor-made group getaways, or a break that offers ‘something a bit different’.

Going away mid-week is increasingly popular, and mini-breaks are allowing many to pre-book a few breaks per season rather than the once-a-year ski break.

More choice, more often … it’s a winning combination.

Ski Weekends is sponsoring UK No. 1 ski cross champion Emily Sarsfield, the Olympic hopeful for Sochi 2014 – and they’ve even named a chalet after her, which I was lucky enough to stay in (the half-board food was fabulous). Show your support and follow her on Facebook and Twitter – @EmSkiCross

For more information visit Skiweekends.com

Briony Key has worked for the Scotsman and Travel Weekly and currently writes for Time and Leisure, planetski and Family Ski News. She loves action sports and is this year taking on a Ben Nevis challenge for the British Heart Foundation. Her hobbies include travel, restoring old furniture and working in theatre wardrobes.

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