If you ever need skis or a board in the French Alps - then this company is the shizzle. Think of them as your personal winter butlers... providing equipment servicing and hire direct to your chalet door. They have all the latest gear for a staggeringly cheap price and their technicians genuinely know their stuff. Highly recommended! Available in Les Arcs, La Plagne, Tignes, Val d'Isere, St Foy and La Rosiere.
Funi started life out in the French Resort of Les Arcs - with the founders knitting hats and selling them to seasonaires. Along the way we've met some rather nice folk, and these are our picks for any holiday or lengthy stay out in the Alps. If you stay at one of these - you can also pick up a funi beanie for cheap!
LOFT - Bourg St Maurice
Started by one of the Funi founders, Loft Mountain Hostel is a riders paradise for boarding and skiing on the cheap. With a discount on Funi beanies as part of your stay, why wouldn't you want to do your next season or holiday at Loft?
Food! Food! Food! Seventy3 is an independent chalet with some of the best grub we've ever tasted. Caz, the chef and host (along with her fella Dave) is amazing in the kitchen and this is THE place to come to experience everything Paradiski has to offer.
Fancy a bit of split boarding? This is THE place. Geared up to cater for even the most adventurous types, The Rider Social offers snowboarding and split boarding courses and holidays in the massive Porte du Soleil ski domain. A great place to meet like-minded, laid back folk for the holiday of a lifetime.
These guys are by far and away the best lot to book with if you're a single traveller and want to meet other skiers and boarders. A relaxed vibe at each of their 3 chalets, along with all the perks of a luxury pad means you'll have an unforgetable time. Wish we could stay all year...
If you're looking for a relaxed, fun holiday where it seems like you're staying with friends rather than paying for a snooty chalet then get yourself to Bura Snow. We know the guys who run this place well - and in our opinion they're alright! Great food, great atmosphere, amazing sunset beers...