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Val Thorens Sensations | Club Med's Latest Resort

clock 3rd March 2014 | comment0 Comments
Sensations Exterior Sensations Bedroom

What’s this? Club Med is launching a new resort?
Yes, Club Med are opening a brand new 4 Trident resort in the popular French ski area in Val Thorens in the 3 Vallées. The resort will be called Val Thorens Sensations and is due to open on the 14th December 2014. They’ve used crowdsourcing to help decide on certain aspects of the new build, starting a Facebook community where followers helped to make key decisions, such as whether there should be an indoor climbing wall (they voted yes!). Sensations is set to operate from November to May, promising optimal snow cover during that time due to the resort’s high altitude.

Who is the new resort aimed at?
The new resort will be aimed at groups of friends, singles, couples and families with teenage children. The resort is accessible to young children too (from 2 years up), however, there will no kids clubs or kids entertainment programmes running.

Sensations Couch Sensations Bar

So what makes this newbie stand out from the other Club Med resorts then?
The resort will stand out from the rest due to its contemporary design, which features huge bay windows that will give guests a fantastic view of the surrounding snow-covered mountains. There are 3 sun-facing terraces and the majority of rooms promise to have breathtaking mountain views. Each of the rooms will be one of four different categories – there will be 361 Club Rooms, 12 Deluxe Rooms, 5 Junior Suites and 6 Suites.

We know that Club Med is all inclusive, so what dining options will this new resort provide me with?
There will be 2 onsite restaurants which will stay open from 7.30am till midnight, so whether you’re an early riser or a night owl then there will be something to suit you. One of the restaurants will provide a buffet set up and the other will be a concept restaurant, catering for the more gourmet tastes and offering a menu of local cuisine. For those dying to get out on the slopes, a self-service take-away corner will provide guests with a range of hot drinks and snacks, which can be taken out onto the slopes with them.

Sensations Bar 2 Dining

What about the après ski?
If you’re after a drink, then Sensations will have the choice of 2 bars and a packed schedule of evening entertainment. One bar will offer a more cosy and intimate setting, whereas the other will provide a more open and lively atmosphere. From 3.30pm each day, the Wine Cellar and Grocery Store will play host to a range of wine tasting sessions, after which guests can purchase goodies to take home with them.

Can I hire equipment direct from the resort?
Val Thorens Sensations have struck up a partnership with Rossignol and will also be supplying equipment by Lacroix and Dupraz, meaning that guests will be able to rent top quality boots, boards, skis and more. Once you’ve got your equipment sorted, you’ll also have the option to take ski and snowboard lessons, which are included in the price and aimed at all levels from beginner through to advanced. The resort is also in a ski-in ski-out position, making it super easy to get out on the slopes once you’ve got your equipment.

Sensations Food Sensations Snowboard

When I’m not on the slopes, what other activities can I do?
Sensations will put a special focus on health, fitness and wellbeing, offering a range of additional packages which include fitness training, nutritional advice and spa treatments. If you want a break from the slopes, or you just fancy working on your fitness a bit more, then a range of fitness classes are included in the price of your stay. Zumba, Body-Balance and Pilates are just some of the classes on offer. Alternatively, if you’re a little shy about training in a room full of others, you can choose to join in with a toning workout video, which will be available from the privacy of your room. For all those gym and weight fanatics out there, there is a fully equipped cardio and weight training zone. If you’re on the lookout for a bit more adrenaline then there is also a large 10 metre high climbing wall with 4 routes, mountain biking, sledging, snow mobiling and boardercross. If you fancy a swim, then you can head to a nearby pool, where you’ll receive free entry as a Val Thorens Sensations guest.

I’m too tired for more exercise, what can I do to relax here?
After a hard day on the slopes, why not relax with a Turkish Bath? All customers will have free access to the onsite Turkish Bath and will have the option to pay extra for spa treatments to wind down after an exhausting day.

Sensations Couple Sensations Ski

Spa treatments aren’t really my thing, what else can I do?
If you’re still looking for more to do, then the resort will also house a tenpin bowling alley and a shopping boutique. Also on offer is a selection of ‘a la carte’ excursions, which will allow guests to pick and choose outings as they please. These will include a Baroque art guided tour, a traditional themed evening in a yurt and a snowscooter outing.

What else can you tell me about Sensations?
This new resort promises to be very digitally focused and wi-fi will even be available out on the slopes. High speed internet, ranging from free packages to high speed paid packages will be available in the hotel. The resort even has its own app so that users can look at the daily schedule of events, find ski buddies and share content such as images and music. In most public areas, digital screens will display information relating to daily activities and weather conditions. To top it all off, Sensations promises effective queue management to heighten guests overall experience, making it as stress free, fun and relaxed as possible.

In a nutshell
  • Open November – May (official opening 14th December 2014)
  • Ski in-ski out
  • 2 restaurants open 7.30am till midnight + take away area in ski room for those in a hurry
  • 2 bars with a full schedule of evening entertainment
  • Wine tasting every day
  • Top quality equipment to rent + ski/snowboard lessons included
  • Health, wellness and fitness packages available
  • Onsite spa, free access to Turkish Bath & free access to nearby swimming pool
  • Ten pin bowling
  • Shopping boutique
  • Excursions available
  • Wi-fi available on the slopes

    Val Thorens Facts

  • Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe at 2230m high
  • 600km’s of piste
  • Longest run: 8km
  • 93 ski lifts, 52 draglifts, 31 chairlifts, 9 cable-cars
  • 5 snowboard parks
  • Easily accessed from Geneva, Lyon and Chambéry airports and Moutiers railway station
  • It is in the 3 Vallèes ski area, which is linked with other resorts (you get access to the whole ski area)
  • 3 Vallèes has 33 black pistes – 119 red pistes – 135 blue pistes – 48 green pistes
  • Val Thorens has 275 runs – 101 beginner, 146 intermediate, 28 advanced


    Craig Pickering's Cool Run on the Road to Sochi 2014

    clock 24th January 2014 | comment0 Comments

    Excitement for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics reached fever pitch this week with the long awaited announcement of Team GB.

    We caught up with former Olympic sprinter, Craig Pickering, who has been selected for the Team GB bobsled team, to hear his thoughts on this huge achievement.

    Craig, Congratulations on qualifying for Team GB for Sochi 2014. What did you do when you heard you made the Olympic Team?

    I was just relieved to have made it! I knew that once our second 4-man sled had qualified for the Games that I was almost certainly going to be selected, and so that was the major hurdle to overcome. We qualified in the last possible race, so it was quite a stressful few weeks, but in the end it all turned out fine.

    It's not your typical British Saturday morning sporting activity, how did you get into bobsledding?

    I used to be a sprinter, and I needed a back operation in March 2012 which ruled me out of the 2012 Olympic Games. Due to this, I lost my lottery funding, and so I needed to either get a job or find a sport that would provide me with some funding. I wasn't at all keen on getting a job, so the best option seemed to be finding another sport. My athletics coach and one of my training partners were already involved in the bobsleigh set up, so they put me in contact with the Performance Director, who was keen to give me a try out. I went to a few testing days and did very well, so the next step was to do some racing, and I haven't looked back since.

    How have you found the transition from summer to winter Olympics?

    Physically it hasn't been too difficult, as I was already a high performance athlete. The hardest thing physically has been putting on weight - I'm currently 16kg heavier than when I ran my best 100m time. This requires eating a lot of food and spending time in the gym. It can be really hard to eat enough food, as you are always full and it becomes hard work. The most difficult aspect has been the technical transition. It’s quite difficult to learn a new skill quickly, especially when there are three different positions in bobsleigh that I could possibly race at, but I have tried my best to become proficient at all of these positions.

    Tell us about the fundraising efforts made for the team?

    I'm fortunate enough to be supported by UK Sport and Lottery funding, so I haven't had to do any fund-raising efforts this year.

    Have you always had an interest in winter sports?

    I've never really been into winter sports before. As a professional sports person it’s probably not a good idea to ski or snowboard as there is a pretty high risk of injury. My girlfriend likes to snowboard, so once I retire I expect I’ll do some of that with her.

    Do you have a favourite ski resort?

    St Moritz is excellent as it’s the only natural bobsleigh track in the world, so it’s quite a different experience.

    What other Olympic events are you looking forward to seeing?

    I enjoy watching ice hockey, so will try and watch a few of those games. I also know a few of the bob-skeleton athletes so will be following their progress closely too.

    How many times a day are you faced with references to Cool Runnings?

    It happens quite a lot! I guess as it’s the only thing Joe Public knows about bobsleigh it’s going to happen quite a bit.I just smile and nod.

    Stay tuned for Part 2 of our interview with Craig as he prepares for the first Winter Olympic experience. The Sochi 2014 kicks off 7 February 2014 with Craig and the rest of the bobsled team hitting the track 16 February. We wish the team the very best of luck and look forward to a month of gripping winter entertainment.

    December/January Ski + Snowboard Events in Popular Resorts

    clock 13th December 2013 | comment0 Comments
    Ski Events Calender Dec 2013/Jan 2014

    1st-21st December 2013
    Advent Magic in the Park - St Anton, Austria

    Escape the Christmas rush this year and visit the picturesque resort of St Anton in the mountains of Austria instead. The start of the month saw St Anton don wonderful Christmas decorations, complete with open fireplaces and wonderful themed areas, getting visitors into the festive spirit. After a hard day out on the slopes, visitors can take part in a selection of fun activities such as designing greeting cards, indulging in delicious festive cookies and listening to recitals of traditional Austrian Christmas stories and poems. This event is perfect for adults and children alike with plenty to keep the little ones entertained – namely a festive trail and craft workshops with the resident elves!

    To see our ski holidays in St Anton click here

    Week 1: 14th–21st December 2013, Week 2: 8th-15th February 2014, Week 3: 29th March-5th April 2014
    Ibiza Rocks The Snow – Meribel, France

    Enjoy a touch of Ibiza on the slopes this winter, with the organisers of the infamous Ibiza Rocks music festival. Combine skiing and snowboarding with some wild après ski and cracking live music over the 8 day festival. The festival runs three times over the season starting on December 14th and finishing on April 5th 2014 with performances from artists such as Kissy Sell Out, Mistajam and Clean Bandit.

    To see our Ibiza Rocks the Snow deals click here
    Igluski Blog: ‘Ibiza Rocks Is Bringing the Heat To Meribel’
    For more information and to buy tickets click here

    16th December 2013-14th April 2014
    Kissy Sell Out - Various Resorts, France

    Looking for some wild après ski? Then look no further – electro DJ Kissy Sell Out will be playing at various resorts around France this season. The tour kicks off with an appearance at Meribel for Ibiza Rocks the Snow, followed by further appearances at Les Deux Alpes, Val Thorens and Val d’Isere.

    For a full list of dates and to buy tickets please visit individual resort websites. To see our ski holidays in Les Deux Alpes click here
    To see our ski holidays in Meribel click here
    To see our ski holidays in Val Thorens click here
    To see our ski holidays in Val d’Isere click here

    21st December 2013
    Synchro Ski World Cup – St Anton, Austria

    Watch skiers from around the world compete in this entertaining competition in which competitors much complete each run in pairs. The full competition runs from morning till evening, beginning with qualifiers and ending with the final run.

    To see our ski holidays in St Anton click here


    21st December 2013
    Ice Skating Gala “Les Etoiles De La Glisse” - Courchevel, France

    Elegant figure skaters from around the world will gather to perform in this spectacular ice skating gala at one of our favourite resorts. Watch the performers execute graceful moves while donning wonderful costumes against a backdrop of impressive lighting effects. Perfect entertainment for all the family!

    To see our ski holidays in Courchevel click here

    21st-27th December 2013
    Christmas, A Magical Week – Courchevel, France & Magical Xmas – Val Thorens, France

    Spend a magical Christmas abroad in France this year, with plenty of festive entertainment to keep you occupied in between riding the slopes at both the Val Thorens and Couchevel resorts. There will be workshops for the little ones, live music and shows, torchlight descents and to top it all off, a visit from Father Christmas himself.

    To see our ski holidays in Courchevel click here
    To see our ski holidays in Val Thorens click here

    22nd December
    World Snowboard Day – Les Deux Alpes, France

    Celebrate World Snowboard Day this season at the fantastic Les Deux Alpes resort. Spend 24 hours exploring breathtaking backcountry runs, carving up the slopes and trying out some jibs in the freestyle park.

    To see our ski holidays in Les Deux Alpes click here

    25th December 2013
    X-Mas Events – Les Deux Alpes, France

    Fancy spending Christmas somewhere a little different? Spend your days riding the slopes, then relax with a glass of mulled wine, a great choice of festive food and epic fireworks to wind down the day. There are also a selection of Christmas markets and a special street parade on Christmas Eve, complete with a visit from Father Christmas.

    To see our ski holidays in Les Deux Alpes click here

    31st December 2013
    Tignes Fire Mix Party – Tignes, France, Val Tho Crazy Night – Val Thorens & NYE – Les Deux Alps, France

    What better way to see in the new year than on the slopes, combining adrenaline fuelled runs with wild après ski. This New Year’s Eve, Tignes will play host to the Fire Mix Party, featuring a range of top class DJ’s, fireworks and an open air nightclub. It’s time to don those thermals and party into 2014! Val Thorens will also play host to some great NYE entertainment with plans for torchlit descents, ski and snow freestyle shows, live music and fireworks to see in the new year. Finally, Les Deux Alpes will also be spending NYE in style. With a giant firework (and champagne cork!) display and plenty of lively evening entertainment, this celebration provides the perfect end to a day out in the snow.

    To see our ski holidays in Val Thorens click here
    To see our ski holidays in Les Deux Alps click here
    To see our ski holidays in Tignes click here

    31st December-20th February 2014
    Night Carnival – Val D’Isere, France

    Experience beautiful illuminations, spectacular ice carvings and comforting hot drinks between your skiing and snowboarding adventures at this winter festival in Val d’Isere. With plenty of market stalls to explore and a host of evening entertainment, you’ll never be stuck for something to do.

    To see our ski holidays in Val d’Isere click here

    4th-25th January 2014
    Ladies First – St Anton, Austria

    Take advantage of a range of wonderful off-piste skiing, ladies-only concessions and plenty of goodies during this ladies week at the St Anton resort. Some of the great offers available include one day of lessons completely free of charge if you book a ski course with Arlberg Ski School. The resort are also offering 20% discount on all ladies slopewear and sportswear. Finally ladies, pick up your special voucher book from any of the Tourist Offices around St Anton for a range of surprises and further special offers, including the chance to win a week’s summer holiday for two!

    To see our ski holidays in St Anton click here

    5th January 2014
    Savoie Snowboard Tour – Val Thorens, France

    Why not take a break from carving up the slopes of Val Thorens to watch this regional 8 circuit snowboard competition. Local competitors under the age of 20 will participate in this event which aims to promote promising new talent as well as the sport of snowboarding.

    To see our ski holidays in Val Thorens click here

    7th-9th January 2014
    X Speed Tour – Tignes, France

    The X Speed Tour is a celebration of high speed skiing and is organised by the world record speedskiier, Xavier Cousseau, who made the headlines when he achieved a top speed of 131.89mph. Watch the thrilling ski demos and if you’re up for it, then you can even have the chance to try and beat the record yourself!

    To see our ski holidays in Tignes click here

    12th January 2014
    Moguls French Cup – Tignes, France

    Visit Tignes on the 12th January for a chance to watch some spectacular skiers compete in the French Mogul World Cup. With breath taking jumps, tricks and high speed runs fins some inspiration from these talented thrill seekers!

    To see our ski holidays in Tignes click here

    19th January 2014
    World Snow Day – Les Deux Alpes, France

    January 19th plays host to World Snow Day and what better way to celebrate than with a day spent carving up the slopes at Les Deux Alpes. With a Snowboard half-pipe competition, sledging, free of charge skiing lessons and a chance to try a jump onto the Big Air Bag, amongst other things, you’d be mad not to join in! After a day spent exploring all of the adventurous activities, take some time to relax with hot wine and live music from one of the many bars on the resort.

    To see our ski holidays in Les Deux Alpes click here

    Next month: Fun Festivals, the Freeride World Qualifier and an attempt at the World’s Longest Jump!

    O'Neill Shoreditch Showdown

    clock 27th November 2013 | comment0 Comments

    Thursday 21st November was no normal day in Shoreditch, between the hip bars and the trendy hangouts, O’Neill transformed Old Street’s graffiti clad Red Market into an iconic London Street Scene that provided the ultimate backdrop for showcasing the UK’s finest skiers and snowboarders.

    The Shoreditch Showdown entertained a 500 heavy crowd with a night of world class riding. The 24 man open jam included best tricks on the bus stop, rails, post box and telephone box which built up to the epic head to head final. With a clean frontside 270 to switch boardslide on the rail styled out with a tap on the red post box, Sparrow Knox won over the judges and nailed that Number 1 spot for the snowboarders “I just like to ride, we were all here as mates, I totally didn’t expect to win. It was a great format and a mad set-up.”

    Meanwhile for freeski 17 year old Tyler Harding killed it all night and ended with a 270 on revert 270 off the rail. Stoked with his win Harding said “It’s something special to win in a place like this, completely unexpected. A great way to set up for the winter.” Both riders recieved £500 for winning each discipline.

    Other stand out tricks included Team GB snowboarder Jamie Trinder’s 50:50 frontflip off the London bus shelter and George Walton impressed the judges with a bolts 360 nose tap on the red phone box. Snowboarder Andy Nudds had a top night at the event “This is by far one of the best events I’ve been to, everyone has been killing it and the crowd were sick. The standard of British riding has been phenomenal tonight.”

    Thanks to O’Neill for putting on an amazing rail competition that definitely has been the best event in the snow calendar so far this season. O’Neill’s #RIDEMORE campaign is designed to inspire creativity and innovation. Find some different terrain, step outside the ordinary, and most importantly – be creative, then you too can #RIDEMORE.

    Ski Results

    1st Tyler Harding
    2nd Ross Welch
    3rd George Walton
    4th Michael Rowlands

    Snowboard Results

    1st Sparrow Knox
    2nd John Weatherly
    3rd Ollie Dutton
    4th Andy Nudds

    Who needs a mountain anyway? The Shoreditch Showdown sure proved that!


    Written By Krystelle
    Image Credits: James North Photography

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