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The weekend edition of the paper looked at the threat to the traditional British chalet holiday.

 

 

 

Strict enforcement of employments laws, particularly in France, means the price of a holiday has been pushed up, staff numbers are being reduced and the offerings are changing.

"The French authorities are clamping down on British chalet operators who have previously dodged European employment law by hiring British workers, posting them overseas in ski resorts and paying them less than locals," said The Times.

Many operators have already cut the number of holidays they offer for this winter.

And in a post-Brexit world the traditional chalet holiday will likely be squeezed even further.

Here on PlanetSKI we have written about the subject in the past:

Now the Times has picked up on the issue:

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And here is what our editor, James Cove, had to say as he was quoted in the article and gave some background for the report:

"British holidaymakers booking chalet holidays are likely to see some sharp changes this season."

"The French authorities are checking that companies are rigidly sticking to the law and this means tour operators are having to change their offerings and it is pushing up holiday prices."

Here on PlanetSKI we have been reporting on the changing shape of the way people take their ski holiday.

Some are turning their backs on the trditional 1-week chalet break.

They are taking shorter breaks and going independently using the no-frill airlines, airprot transfer companies and going self-catering and using the likes of AirBNB and Booking.com.

Our editor did such a trip in the week before Xmas:

He was staying in a self-catered apartment with Pierre et Vacances, hiring skis on line with Intersport, buying food in the local supermarket and using the Huski meal and drinks delivery service.

There is little doubt the chalet model will continue for the foreseeable future, but it is changing.

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