is offering a buy one, get one free deal on lift passes, worth up to £193, for all coach and flight holidays to Brides les Bains in the Three Valleys, the world's largest ski area.

A five-night holiday over New Year's (departing Dec. 29) is priced from £399, including the ‘buy one, get one free' offer on lift passes. Holidays with return overnight coach travel offer the option of departures from London Victoria, Thurrock, Maidstone or Folkestone. 

Alternatively a four-night holiday over New Year's is £599 inclusive of return flights from London City and transfers; when one full price, four-day lift pass is purchased, the second is free (worth £132). Other departures/durations are available.

Prices include half-board hotel accommodation - either the three-star Club Hotel Verseau or the two-star Athena Hotel - and are per person based on two sharing.

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 Three Valleys circuit, and as a result there are no ski lifts at village level. Its real small town feel contrasts with the internationally better known resorts up the mountain which include arguably France's choicest resort [R117R, Courchevel], Europe's highest major resort [R602R, Val Thorens], and the modern resort of [R1564R, 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.

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