What does 'Self Catering' mean? Self-Catered accommodation puts the meal plans into your hands. Apartments come with cooking facilities, which you can use to knock up your own nosh (or totally ignore and eat out all week…).
Our self-catering ski deals are often the best choice for budget skiing, but they also have other benefits: You've got the place to yourselves after a day on the mountains, and the whole week's a lot more flexible.
Is Self-Catering the cheapest way to ski? It certainly can be for savvy self-caterers, who avoid the expensive food shops on the mountain by bringing food from home and/or stopping at one of the hypermarkets en-route to resort. If you end up eating out rather than cooking your own meals, you might find - all costs considered - that a catered chalet, half board, full board or all-inclusive deal will almost certainly work out cheaper.
Easy-to-make meals requiring only a few ingredients are the best for self-catered ski holidays.
If your ski holidays are anything like ours, you won't want to be faffing over an elaborate, sit-down Shakshouka when everyone's rushing to get to ski school in the morning. Cereal, toast, breakfast bars and fruit are all nice and easy options to fuel up on first thing. Frozen/roll & bake pastries are a nice touch, and sometimes local bakeries will deliver the goods fresh to your door.
For lunches, a hearty sandwich or wrap with cheese, ham, salami, salad, falafel or anything else you fancy is easy to put together, pack and then eat on the mountainside. Those self-driving might want to freeze pasties or sausage rolls which you can defrost overnight for a ready-made lunch on the slopeside. Hard-boiled eggs are good snack for hungry-skiers, as are pepperami's, cheese sticks, bananas…
Favourite dinner dishes include – spaghetti carbonara, filled pasta with ready-made sauce, chicken & veg traybake, risotto, nachos, fajitas… If you're driving to the slopes from home, you can pre-cook and freeze meals (spag bol, chilli con carne, curry, casserole, tagine all work well), then just defrost and reheat them when you need them.
For a home away from home feel and freedom to cook or eat out whenever you like, the best bet would be self-catered accommodation. Accommodation could be an apartment or chalet with cooking facilities, and these often have communal services such as a swimming pool and spa area. Self-catered is certainly a top option for the budget-conscious.
Most self-catered apartments will include bed linen and towels, in addition to kitchen appliances and a kettle. Make sure to check the list of what is included with your travel agent/tour operator.
Save yourself the suitcase space and head to the local supermarket for groceries. You may want to pack your favourite tea bags, sauces and some salt and pepper though.
|Accommodation||Resort||% Discount||£ Price (pp)|
|Les Alpages de Chantel||Les Arcs||5%||£ 235|
|Chalet Carmen||Tignes||15%||£ 243|
|Chalet Annina||Tignes||14%||£ 269|
|Le Village 1950||Les Arcs||5%||£ 285|
|Edenarc||Les Arcs||5%||£ 288|
|Residence L'Amara||Avoriaz||10%||£ 313|
|Les Cimes Blanches||La Rosiere||5%||£ 329|
|La Ferme du Val Claret||Tignes||5%||£ 341|
|Residence Le Jhana||Tignes||5%||£ 366|