We have done a few snow trips in Europe and a question from many is how affordable a snow trip can be when in Europe.
One of the cheapest way to do a snow holiday in France is to go via the UCPA route that we've done for a few trips (alternatively book through Action Outdoors for English speaking support). UCPA is a not for profit French organisation that targets the youth (youth loosely hovering at the 18-39 range) and offers affordable ski/snow holidays. The prices quoted on the website are inclusive of all accommodation, board, equipment hire & lift pass which is amazing when you put it altogether!
Flaine is located between Geneva & the more famous Chamonix, however as it's quite a low altitude resort it also has access to some of the prettiest runs as they are lined with trees which makes for incredibly pretty scenery as you're snowboarding or skiing past!
As it is more on the budget end of accommodation options the rooms are typically bunk style rooms (twin shares are available for a small premium on top which is also a great option for those that don't like to share!). We stayed in a twin room during our time at Flaine which is great as we had our own ensuite. The centre was renovated relatively recently and has a pretty cool fireplace in the common area which is nice to sit in front of and relax!
The Tignes centre was a little on the tired side when we visited however we believe that the centre (at least the rooms) have been renovated since! There are a very limited number of twin rooms available, so depending on your travel style might be worth looking into. The setup of the rooms is 2 rooms (sleeps 4) to 1 bathroom facility which might get a little tricky when coordinating showers!
Tignes as a resort is great to visit as it is quite snow sure as there is access to a glacier and has offers 300km of piste to explore !
Staying at the ski in, ski out Val Thorens UCPA centre also allows you to access the three valleys, or Les Trois Vallées, the largest ski area in the world so you'll never be bored! If you want access to all the valleys you'll need to make sure you book the "three valleys" option.
The centre is not in the middle of town (it's situated in a pretty cool building slightly lower down the piste) so you might find it a bit quiet upon return from your day on the slopes however there is a bus service that is provided to get to the town centre if that is what you would like.
We've enjoyed our stay at all of them as the UCPA staff make an enormous effort in making everyone feel welcome with a bundle of evening activities available if it so tickles your fancy as well.
Food provided at the UCPA centres is plentiful with buffet breakfasts, lunches & dinners. If coming back to the centre isn't something you fancy the option to make a packed sandwich is also available so you can spend more time on the slopes!
You'll need to help with a little bit of the cleaning & tidying up of your room upon check out, which is a small price to pay for the price you can go on a snow holiday for!
Ps.. Check out La Follie Deuce at the top of the Plein Sud lift!
We've also done snow holidays at a chalet when we went to Cervinia, Italy which sits on the other side of the Swiss Alps and the well known Matterhorn, maybe more well known for being the logo of Toblerone itself! (More on about our time in Cervinia in another blog post coming up!)
If you're after a quick snow break, check out our post on Morzine, France for one option to do a cheeky weekend (or maybe slightly longer!) at the snow!