Budget operator Skiweekends.com has introduced a free upgrade to half-board, worth £72 per person, on all its remaining ski weeks by coach to the Three Valleys in France. The idea is to ease skiers' worries about the cost of meals due to the pound's weakness against the Euro.

Prices have been reduced on these Saturday departures by up to £70, giving a total saving of around £135 per person.

Said managing director, Dan Fox, "Our prices already offer unbeatable value-for-money but, with meals and drinks in resort now virtually double the price, we've decided to throw in some free meals too."

The new price for six days on the slopes departing 7, 14, 21 and 28 March is £259 per person (based on two people sharing).

This includes return, overnight luxury coach travel from London Victoria (plus Thurrock, Maidstone, and Folkestone) and five nights half-board at the company's own three-star Club Hotel Verseau in Brides les Bains.

The old spa town of Brides les Bains was the Olympic Village and thus home to the athletes participating in the 1992 Savoie Winter Olympics. It was linked by high-speed gondola to Méribel on the Trois Vallées circuit; as a result there are no ski lifts at village level.

It's real small town feel contrasts with the internationally better known resorts up the mountain which include arguably France's choicest resort, Courchevel, Europe's highest major resort Val Thorens, and arguably (again) Europe's "not so picturesque" resort - Les Menuires. It also offers better value accommodation than the altitude resorts and is quieter in the evenings, although, as the main administrative and shopping centre for the Méribel Valley, it is no sleepy hamlet.