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Bri­tain’s lead­ing chalet op­er­a­tors have re­duced the num­ber of catered chalet nights of­fered in stan­dard pack­ages from six to five to ab­sorb ris­ing costs.

Guests with Ing­hams, Ski To­tal, Esprit Ski and Ski World, be­tween them op­er­at­ing more than 250 chalets and chalet ho­tels in Eu­rope, will now be ex­pected to fend for them­selves for din­ner for two nights in the week rather than just one.

The catered chalet model has been re­mark­ably ro­bust for the past 40 years, with skiers used to three-course din­ners, af­ter­noon tea and cakes, and un­lim­ited wine for six out of a stan­dard seven-day hol­i­day. But a fall in the value of the pound and stricter em­ploy­ment laws in France and Switzer­land has led op­er­a­tors to tighten their belts.

Crys­tal Ski Hol­i­days has taken a dif­fer­ent tack, choos­ing to re­tain six days of cater­ing but con­cen­trat­ing on high­erqual­ity chalets.

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