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Alan_tbt

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    Walked!!!

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    What odds on a wicket in the first over of the reply?

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    Classic in Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister. Some of the episodes remain valid 30 years on.

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    updated with agency details

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    I only have direct experience of doing this to Meribel, so here goes...
    there is a bus service (line T4) from Moutiers to Meribel and Mottaret. The cost is around 13 Euro. As normal there's a bit of wandering around trying to find the exact stop the first time you try it and you wonder well the bus will be signed but it was all pretty easy. https://altibus.com/documents/gares/14/n­avettes.pdf
    Last year there was a 6 nations match on early evening of the Saturday so we watched that and got a taxi down this was a little more per person but of course we got to see the rugby.
    I see there are bus timetables from Bourg St Maurice to Les Arcs, Tignes, Val D'Isere etc.
    The agency we have used previously (and for this year) is called the Agence de Neige in Meribel, since booking this years trip this agency has been bought out /taken over bt a group called Foncia. This specific agency has the bonus of a secure locker room downstairs where you can leave your luggage on the first and last days and shower and change. Really useful!!

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    exactly why they don't allow it now :(

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    For info we never book a package when going to Meribel, we have a mate who works at Eurostar who sorts out the train but we use a local rental agency direct. Booking the accommodation locally gets a far better deal than a package and they have access to special deals such as lift pass discounts and you can rent extras such as wifi dongles for example.
    Last year the train (discounted by a mate) + self catering accommodation (we had 2 x 4 bed appts between 5 of us) + wifi dongle + 3 valleys lift pass (staggeringly expensive) came in at around £700.

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    I've done this 3 times now. each time overnight from St Pancras Friday arriving early Saturday and departing Moutiers Saturday arriving London Sunday morning. Each time skiing in Meribel
    Pros -
    You get 2 additional full days of skiing, we arrived in Meribel by transfer bus from the station before 8AM and left after 6pm on the following Saturday
    If you are self-catering you can take as much food as you can carry as there is effectively no limit to luggage
    Food is provided for premium seats (we took M&S sandwiches etc when not in premium)
    The seats are reasonably comfortable, bigger than economy flight seats but a good nights sleep is far from guaranteed

    Cons
    There is no alcohol allowed on the overnight service, we saw a chap with a 30 year old malt have it confiscated even though it was for consumption in their chalet.
    You are hanging around a lot on the return leg, the train leaves around 10pm from memory, it's cold and pretty much everything is shut in Moutiers station.
    Check-in is not the quickest.
    When the train stops in Moutiers (and for you at Ashford) it is not the end of the line so you have to be smartish getting all you kit on and off the train, there's a lot of people and a lot of kit, you just need to be organised and have all your bags to hand.

    It may sound a little negative but I'd happily do it again and not just because the airports serving the alps are simply awful and Gatwick is not much better. Overall journey time is a little longer but so relaxed and with a few mates you can have a good laugh. It is possible to sleep well (take a pillow/next support thing) and we did a full days skiing on arrival (after finding somewhere for a full English) and departure.

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