I'm starting to think about booking my Snowboarding/Skiing holiday. I'm going with a couple of friends this year. A good skiier and a not so good snowboarder (I'm a crap snowboarder, but I'll go down anything ) I've been to Chamonix a few times, and while its a really nice place, it was pretty dull in the evenings and the 3 main ski areas are all privately owned so its stupidly expensive if you want to get a full lift pass. I've been looking into the 3 Valleys, mainly Courchevel. Has anyone been there? Being a snowboarder I like the off piste stuff but going with a newbie snowboarder and a skiier (who fears the powdery goodness!) it needs to have a mix of both. I'm looking into renting a flat/apartment for 7 days. They seem to go from about £200 upwards (£200 ones being pretty tiny and a bit out of the way it looks like). With 3, possibly four going we would be able to spend about £150 each on the accommodation but don't mind bringing sleeping bags and making use of the sofa. Then again.. After lift passes, equipment hire, flights and food is it going to be any cheaper than a package deal? I would say that even if we made a saving of £50 on self catering its almost not worth it just because of the hassle. Also, I've always been skiing with groups of people, so there is always someone at someone else's level. No one is left behind. The newbie snowboarder has been to that indoor place near Leeds but that's about it. I'm a bit nervous that if he comes along he'll find himself out of his depth. I'll feel **** if I leave him to fend for himself and I'll be gutted if I stick around and waste my holiday. I think the best plan is to try and get another person who is new to snowboarding to come along as well. At least then they can be crap together Oh and if anyone has any advice on snowboards for a 6 foot 1 person with big feet I'd be very grateful. My Mum is getting me some proper fitted boots for Christmas and I thought I'd treat myself to a board. Anyone else got something planned?