French lift passes get the VAT hike

3rd January 2012, by Chris Gill

Name that price ... Hike in French lift passes  [(c) Pic Chalet Chardon]

Name that price ... Hike in French lift passes [(c) Pic Chalet Chardon]

French lift passes are one of the items that will cost more as a result of the French government’s 1.5% increase in VAT (TVA in France) on these and other goods.

The ruling took effect on 1 January and will be applied not only to lift passes, but also to food in resort restaurants – but not all food. The government was forced to clarify its position on this, and stated that it will apply to take away items, such as pizza, but not to staples such as bread. There are no exceptions on lift passes, though, so the costs will inevitably rise to visiting skiers.

The new TVA is up to 7% from 5.5%. However, specialist tour operator to France Peak Retreats has decided not to apply the new rate to its lift pass prices. So, British skiers booking with them this winter can still avoid the extra cost. For example, the company is offering 7 nights self-catering in the Flocons d’Argent in Aussois (Maurienne region) for £194 per adult, including a six-day lift pass.

The price includes a 10% discount and is based on five sharing a two-bedroom apartment. The usual FlexiPlus Eurotunnel crossing is included too.

A six-day pass in resort is currently on sale for 125.80 euros (adult), including the 7% TVA rate.

Major resort areas such as the Portes du Soleil and Espace Killy are still relatively good value, though, when you consider how much terrain you get for your money.

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