The Ski Collection is offering accommodation deals over Christmas and New Year in Les Orres - one of the largest ski areas in the southern Alps.

Over Christmas the Ski Collection is offering a 20-percent saving on stays at La Combe d'Or, now £461 (down from £576) for seven nights in a one-bedroom apartment, sleeping four. The price is for the whole apartment, not per person, but is for per accommodation only. A self-drive package with Eurotunnel is also available. La Combe d'Or is close to the slopes and has its own pool. The holiday starts Dec. 19.

Alternatively, the Ski Collection can offer the same accommodation over New Year, also at a 20-percent saving, now £741 (down from £926). The holiday starts Dec. 26.

Overlooking the Durance Valley and the lake of Serre-Poncon, Les Orres has a sunny, southerly location with skiing up to snow-sure altitudes. Les Orres did seem to be losing its edge in the 1990s with increasingly old lifts and buildings, but three new high-speed, six-seater chairs and plenty of new initiatives to enhance the 'guest experience' have definitely spiced it up.

Many non-skiing activities are also available, including an ice rink, cyber cafe, training circuit, multi-media room, family area, and health spa. Les Orres is known as an 'intermediate heaven' but there are also serious opportunities for off-piste. The only thing you won't find is a buzzing nightlife. 

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