Many ski resorts offer hot deals on accommodation and ski passes, but then charge exorbitant prices on food and drink on the mountain. This winter season, one of France's leading resorts - [R1564R, Les Menuires] - is offering more affordable prices in its restaurants, bars, and cafés.

At the request of the Menuires tourism office, 35 restaurant owners have agreed to maintain reasonable prices on products like the daily special for €10-12, tartiflette for €12-15, and standard hot dishes like spaghetti with meat sauce for €7-11.

Drinks are also included in the deal, with coffee ranging from €1-2, a Coke from €2-3, and a 25cl beer for €2.50-3.50. This is far from the sky-high prices practiced at some of France's other big resorts like Courchevel and Chamonix Mont Blanc.

Of course, these dining deals don't mean that Les Menuires isn't offering the same pass/accommodation discounts as other resorts.

Through the Web site, skiers can snag a day on the mountain for 20-50 percent less. In February, a family of four can stay for a week in a four-person studio and hit the pistes with four six-day passes starting at €285 per person.

Les Menuires is part of Les Trois Vallées ski area, the world's largest with eight resorts total.

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