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The Daily Telegraph - Travel - - COVER STORY -

Trois Val­lées, France

Get ac­cess to a large ski area with­out the price tag by stay­ing at a well-linked satel­lite vil­lage. The tiny ham­let of Orelle in the Mau­ri­enne val­ley is the per­fect ex­am­ple – in this case, big brother re­sort is Val Thorens and the ski area is the Trois Val­lées. The lo­cal gon­dola reaches Val Thorens in 15 min­utes and there’s a run most of the way back down. Peak Re­treats of­fers the good value, three-star Hameau des Eaux d’Orelle apart­ments 800yd from the Trois Val­lées Ex­press gon­dola, and there’s a free shut­tle bus.

From £459 in­clud­ing Euro­tun­nel cross­ings, for a two-per­son, self­ca­ter­ing stu­dio through Peak Re­treats (0844 576 0170; peakre­treats.co.uk). Save 15 per cent if book­ing be­fore the end of Septem­ber.

The piste less tra­versed

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