Here are some accolades for Tour Companies who have provided me with excellent service/value for money over the past few years:
Crystal - for faultless service over many years and superb response to the Corona Virus problems in Italy. A full refund given within a few days, when our group holiday was cancelled.
Thomson - for a fantastically cheap week to Andorra in a good aparthotel (St Andreu in Arinsal).
Silverski - fantastic value in Chalet Roger (Courchevel 1300), with good food, attentive ski-guiding and a very slick all-round operation. Fantastic food and attentive service from Luke, Ty and Louise at Plagne 1800. Thanks to Roz and Sam for a great week in La Plagne.
Ski Independence - not cheap but offering a superb service to Canada/USA.
Total Ski - for a great early season trip to Chalet Cascades in Courchevel 1650. Good, plentiful food, decent wines and particularly attentive and good-humoured service made this a very enjoyable holiday. 2007 - Champs Avalin in Val d'Isere provided a great holiday. Staff superb, food great and sensible bar prices.
Snowcoach - for a supersmooth coach trip to the chalet Tirol in Mayrhofen. Mandii's food was the best I've had in over fifty skiing holidays. The ski safari and guiding were both excellent. Their hotels in Valmeinier and St Gervais also provided superb holidays - the former described by my niece and nephew as one of their best ever holidays, in spite of iffy snow conditions. The apartment in their hotel in Val Cenis is superb for a family of 6-8.
Esprit - My 7 year old great nephew didn't want to leave Chalet Hofer in Neustift. The child care and ski lessons were fantastic. Anyone thinking of taking young children skiing should seriously consider an Esprit holiday!
Directski.com - Very smooth trip to Val d'Isere.
Alpenresidenz Viktoria (Neustift) for superb food and excellent service.
Hotel Augarten (Neustift) for friendly service and superb location.
Restaurant Les Chardons (Val d'Isere) for great service and a superb Raclette and Clocherade.
Inghams Chalet Hotel Les Grangettes for superb service from the staff and excellent food.
Neilson for a great trip to Livigno at Easter and a fantastic deal to Chalet Hotel Tourquoise in La Plagne - great food, service and superb ski-in/out position. Chalet Hotel Ferienhof in Mayrhofen is another gem.
Le Chaudron Magique (Val Thorens) - a fabulous pierrade, probably the best ever.
La Joyeuse Fondue (Val Thorens) - great service and a super fondue, offered extra meat and chips
all in the original price.
Hotel Posta al Cervo (Selva) - lovely family hotel with excellent food and friendly service. Very convenient for buses to all parts of the valley. Very reasonable prices for good quality wines.