With hostels continuing to grow in popularity year on year, it seems the ski industry is getting in on the action, with more trendy boutique hostels opening up across the Alps.

It’s a cheap and easy alternative for a last minute weekend away, and the best part? It’s simple as a solo skier to meet new people to ski and party with. 

It takes just an hour to ski to Alpe d’Huez from the Moontain Hostel, in Oz-en-Oisans, offering a cheap – but most importantly cool – alterative to the traditional, stuffy chalet.  Throw out any preconceptions you have around staying in a dusty bed-bunk with moth eaten curtains and dirty kitchens. Moontain would not feel out of place in a European city but alpine chic (lots of wood and hay) with a touch of urban (see the faux graphitized decoration and brightly coloured walls). The wristband I’m given on check in is not only the key to my room, but can also be loaded with money in order to pay for meals (there is no kitchen), drinks at the bar (après is from 4pm every day) or activities.

The hostel has its own app, so those who do not meet fellow skiers in the various communal areas can link up with others and head out for the day. Dormitories of 12 beds offer an easy way to meet new people, with the plus side of being cheap (at €30 a night). Privacy can be found by pulling across a black curtain, separating the bunk from the rest of the room. It’s cleverly designed to maximize space, with lockers and a separate ski room for larger kit.

It’s not the only one. You only have to look at Ho36 Hostel, which opened up last season in Les Menuires or the mass of hostels part of the Swiss Youth Hostels Association. While the village Oz has little to offer the more advanced in terms of skiing, it takes little time to ski across into Alpe d’Huez  and Vaujany, which are part of the Grand Domaine ski area. With transfer times of under two hours for Chambery, Grenoble, Annecy and Lyon, it’s the easiest way to lap up the Alps with new friends - without spending a fortune.