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Top 5 Reasons to Book Your Winter 2014/15 Ski Holiday Early

clock 27th May 2014 | comment0 Comments
Ski season may have just finished but plenty of people are already looking ahead and booking their spot in the mountains for next winter. The UK ski travel industry is reporting increases in early bookings for ski holidays for winter 2014/15. With plenty of early booking offers available for all group sizes, it’s never too early to start dreaming of next winter’s ski trip. Here are our top 5 reasons why you should start thinking about securing your ski holiday sooner rather than later. 5. Getting your place on peak dates With recent legislation prohibiting parents from taking children out of school in term time, there is even more demand for holidays during peak dates. The festive period is popular for groups and families alike as the mountains create the perfect backdrop for the best Christmas and New Year getaway – is there anything better than waking up to fresh snow on Christmas Day? View top Christmas Deals and New Year Offers Most schools in England and Wales begin half term on February 14th, which also conflicts with school holidays in Paris, ‘Zone A’ regions of France, and Belgium. Any families that take their ski holiday in half term knows how busy this week can be at airports and in the larger resorts so it is even more important to book early to get the best choice of flights and accommodations to make your week as squabble-free as possible. With hiking flight prices around these dates, the best offers are through package deals. Early bird Half Term Deals Next year Easter falls on a more suitable date to take advantage of the last of the ski season, on April 5th. After the incredible snowfall at the end of this winter we are expecting Easter to be a very popular date for keen skiers and snowboarders that want an end of season fix. Fantastic Easter Savings 4. Low deposits As well as securing the best accommodation in your favourite resort, if you book now you can pay a low deposit from just £99 pp and pay off the rest over the summer. 3. Peace of mind Put your deposit down and look forward to your next adventure in the mountains. We all love a countdown, so you can start getting excited and begin counting down the weeks till ski season (we’ve started ours already!) If you love planning, you can now start to think about other ways to make the most of your ski holiday and start thinking about the best ski areas, top restaurants and the greatest après to make your week away the best ski trip ever. 2. Extra offers You may be surprised that some super early booking discounts have already finished. But there are still plenty of early bird deals available on a range of ski holidays from free group places to buy one get one free lift passes to hire equipment offers and savings of up to £180 pp. We offer fantastic deals to over 100 ski resorts in 20 countries in chalets, hotels and apartments, so whatever your group size we can find a top deal to your favourite ski resort. Take advantage of these great offers, combined with low deposits and getting the best choice of accommodation for your next winter adventure. 1. Securing your favourite spot on the mountain Booking early means getting the best choice of accommodation in the finest locations in resort. This is extremely important for families who are looking for their own chalet for the week, or a group of friends desiring a hot tub, or if you are like me and have to have a ski in – ski out accommodation so you can make the most of your time on the mountain.If you are thinking about next season's ski holiday, take a look at last season's most popular resorts. By Krystelle


Year on Year Snowfall | Which resorts had the most snow?

clock 13th May 2014 | comment1 Comments
We’ve taken three of the most popular resorts from Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland, Canada and the USA to give you a glimpse at which ones have had the most snow over the past three years’ worth of seasons.


The 2013/14 ski season | Which resorts were the most popular last season?

clock 9th May 2014 | comment0 Comments
Our Most Popular Resorts We've pulled together our booking data from the 2013/14 season to bring you a selection of the most popular places to go and the most popular months to visit the mountains. 1. Val d’Isere, France 2. St Anton, St Anton 3. Meribel, France 1. Val d’Isere Val d’Isere has been voted one of the top places for winter sports holidays in Europe. With plenty of piste to explore, as well as three glaciers, Val d’Isere is a consistently popular resort amongst skiers and snowboarders. It’s also the home to one of the popular Folie Douce bars, offering great après to complete a long day out on the mountain. Featured Property Chalet Hotel Champs Avalins Catered Chalet Hotel 400m from slopes 300m from lifts Balcony + Terrace 2. Meribel Meribel lies at the centre of the Three Valleys ski area, where it is linked by lift to both Courchevel and Val Thorens. Meribel is known for its efficient lift systems, which virtually eliminates the need to queue. The resort offers plenty of great runs, as well as the opportunity for some great off-piste skiing too. Featured Property Chalet Hotel Les Grangettes Catered Chalet Hotel 50m from slopes + lift 100m from town Sauna 3. Tignes Tignes is part of the large Espace Killy ski area, which is known for its consistent snowfall. The resort provides excellent skiing and boarding for the absolute beginner right through to expert due to its varied terrain. Tignes is also well known for its après ski and party atmosphere. Featured Property Chalet Hotel Rosset Catered Chalet Hotel 150m from slopes 200m from lift En Suite 1. St Anton The resort of St Anton is popular due to its reliable snow coverage and brilliant piste conditions. It’s also well in reach of other ski areas, opening up your choice of pistes. St Anton also has a particularly good reputation for its lively nightlife. Featured Property Chalethotel Rosanna Catered Chalet Hotel Balcony Terrace Wi-Fi 2. Solden Solden has an excellent lift system, with little to no queues. It is situated at a high altitude, bringing reliable snow conditions and some brilliant off piste skiing opportunities. It is also home to two glaciers, extending the resorts season and making for some great springtime skiing. Featured Property Chalet Hotel Abendrot Catered Chalet Hotel 50m from slopes 100m from lift Sauna 3. Obergurgl Obergurgl is located at a very high altitude, resulting in guaranteed snowfall throughout the season. The runs are never crowded and you’ll never find yourself queuing for a lift. The ski area is very easy to access, with the lift running straight out of the main village where most of the resort accommodation is situated. Featured Property Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl Half Board Hotel 10m from slopes Heated outdoor pool Gym + Sauna 1. Sauze d’Oulx Sauze d’Oulx is part of the popular Milky Way ski area. It offers long skiing hours, some excellent runs and great snow conditions. The resort has a traditional Italian village feel to it, complete with some fantastic bars and restaurants, serving up delicious Italian cuisine. Featured Property Hotel Savoia Debili Half Board Hotel 100m from lift Sauna + Jacuzzi Gym 2. Cervinia Cervinia is a high altitude resort, bringing great snow conditions across the season. Its runs are particularly suited to beginners and intermediates. For those wanting to experience more advanced runs, the resort is linked to the nearby resort of Zermatt by lift, opening up your choice of ski area. Featured Property Club Med Cervinia All Inclusive Indoor Pool Sauna + Gym Kids club 3. Cortina Cortina is a great resort with a real traditional Italian feel. The town is bustling with lots of shops and the large number of restaurants and bars attract plenty of non-skiers too. The resort has great snowmaking facilities and the pistes are kept in brilliant condition throughout the season. Featured Property Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria Catered Chlaet Hotel Catered Chalet 600m from lift Sauna Whirlpool 1. Soldeu Soldeau has a relaxed, laid back atmosphere with some great duty free prices and rather large drink measures! The resort is particularly great for beginners and intermediates and it offers fantastic snow due to the majority of pistes being situated above 2000m. Featured Property Xalet Motxo Catered Chalet 400m from resort Lift + Ski school nearby 2. Arinsal Arinsal has a great ski school with English speaking instructors, making it an ideal resort for first timers. There are some top runs, with many passing through picturesque woodland. The resort is also known for it’s cheap, lively après ski, making it particularly appealing to a young crowd. Featured Property Hotel Princesa Parc & Diana Parc Half Board Hotel 200m from slopes + Ski school Sauna + Jacuzzi 3. Pas de la Casa Pas de la Casa is one of the highest resorts in Europe, giving it a long season with plenty of good snow. The resort has a French feel to it, as it is situated close to the French border. Featured Property Manzano Apartments Self Catered 80m from slopes 450m from town 1. Zermatt Zermatt plays host to the stunning backdrop of the Matterhorn, offering challenging intermediate and advanced runs, heliskiing opportunities and the chance to ski to the nearby resort of Cervinia. Featured Property Hotel Ambassador Half Board Hotel 200m from slopes Kids club Indoor pool 2. Verbier Verbier is part of the vast 4 Valleys ski area, giving guests access to some wonderful intermediate and advanced runs. It offers excellent après ski, but also features plenty of quieter areas, which are well-suited to families. Featured Property Chalet Hotel Montpelier Catered Chalet Hotel 500m from ift Indoor pool Sauna 3. Saas Fee The resort of Saas Fee boasts three world records – it is home to the highest revolving restaurant, the highest metro train (which runs right up into the mountains) and the largest ice pavilion. It also offers huge amounts of snow, glacier skiing and a large variety of runs. Featured Property Chalet Hotel Ambassador Catered Chalet Hotel 150m from slopes Indoor pool Sauna 1. Whistler Whistler offers wonderful skiing across both the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and receives a whopping nine metres of snow on average each season. Here, you’ll find the famous PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, offering stunning views across the valley. The resort has something for everyone and is family friendly. Featured Property Coast Blackcomb Suites B&B Apartment 300m from lift Heated outdoor pool Gym + Hot tub 2. Tremblant The resort of Tremblant is known for its varied terrain, as well as having the biggest half pipe in Canada. Situated on the East Coast, it is one of the easiest resorts to access for those coming from Europe. One part of the mountain is dedicated specifically to beginners, making it a great choice for a first ski holiday. Featured Property Marriott Residence Inn B&B Hotel Catered Chalet Gym Fridge, Microwave + Toaster provided 3. Banff Banff is part of the Big 3, along with Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. You can gain access to all three resorts with your lift pass. The resort boasts over 200km of pistes, stunning views and some fantastic après ski and dining opportunities. Featured Property The Fairmont Banff Springs Room Only Hotel Indoor + Outdoor pools Gym + Spa Sauna + Jacuzzi


End of 2014 Ski Season Events, Resort Closing Parties, Summer Skiing and More

clock 23rd April 2014 | comment0 Comments
Our Top Things to See and Do Before the Season Ends The end of the season is almost here, meaning closing parties and events aplenty throughout the majority of resorts. This brings the chance to indulge in plenty of last minute treats you’ve come to associate with snowy mountain holidays – glühwein, fondue, ski shots! There’s also been some pretty amazing snowfall for this time of year, meaning that the later opening resorts will be able to offer good conditions well into May. If you’re keen to try out a bit of last minute spring skiing, or even a bit of summer glacier skiing, you can see our blog on top late-opening resorts here. If you won't be heading out to the mountains again until next season then think of this as a list of suggestions for things to do in the 2014/15 season - many of the activities mentioned below will repeat again next year and of course, alpine food and drink will always be available! 1. Visit La Folie Douce Quite possibly the most famous chain of bars on the après scene and the host of some of the best end of season parties in Europe. The resorts of Val d’Isere, Val Thorens and Alpe d’Huez are still open, meaning you still have a chance to experience some of the fantastic music, food, drink and partying on offer. ---- 2. Go to a Festival There are a handful of festivals and closing events happening between the end of this month and the beginning of May. What a better way to add to your mountain experience than by watching exhilarating contests, taking part in fun events and dancing until you drop. Here are our top suggestions: 25th-27th April, Harley & Snow (Solden, Austria) Combining Harley rides with spring skiing and plenty of après action. Enjoy the stunning mountain views on a series of unforgettable tours, followed by plenty of partying. 26th April–2nd May, Spring Break (Kaunertal, Austria) An end of season celebration featuring the White Lines Rail Jam, a treasure hunt, pub quizzes, the Monster Energy party and more! 26th April, Season End Après-Ski Parade (Saas Fee, Switzerland) Celebrate the end of season with a dance contest, DJ’s, fancy dress and plenty of food and drink, all while surrounded by the beautiful Swiss mountains. 26th April-3rd May, Dutch Week (Val Thorens, France) The Dutch head to France for a week of après ski parties, lunch time concerts, sunshine and snow, all in celebration of their Queen’s anniversary. On Sunday 27th April, there’ll also be the chance to test next season’s equipment at the Test & Ride Center. 2nd-3rd May, Monster Energy Ruckus in the Rockies (Lake Louise, Canada) Watch the Monster riders take part in the Hip Jam contest over the course of two days, followed by a huge after party on the last evening. Plus, on May 3rd it’s also the Bikinis for Breast Cancer event where all ladies are invited to ski or snowboard down the course in bikinis and ski pants to raise money. ---- 3. Grab some last minute ski lessons Prepare yourself for next season and book yourself a last minute ski or snowboard lesson. While the resorts are quiet and the prices cheaper, you might as well make the most of the empty pistes! Val d’Isere are offering some late ski clinics between the 28th April and the 2nd May. The sessions are spread across five half days and are aimed at skiers who are comfortable with black and red ski runs. ---- 4. Party on a glacier Many glaciers offer skiing throughout July, giving you the perfect combination of hot sunshine and snowy mountain scenery. What’s more, you can also try out other activities such as mountain biking, white water rafting and rock climbing in between skiing. Between the 5th and the 7th July, Les Deux Alpes will play host to Kumi Yama, a Japanese event to kick off the summer season. Featuring slopestyle jams and photo contests set to the backdrop of beautiful snowy mountains and warm summer sun. ---- 5. Try Alpine food and drink If you haven’t samples some of the food or drink below, then do it now! And if you’re already a seasoned connoisseur of mountain cuisine, then now’s your time to indulge in more before it’s too late. No need to worry about ruining that summer beach body – skiing and snowboarding are great forms of exercise and you’ll burn off more calories than you might think. Buffet Breakfast Local Beer Tartiflette Glühwein Apfelstrudel Ski Shots Irish Coffee Hot Chocolate Kaiserschmarn Hot Toddy Goulash / chilli / soup / anything served in a crusty bread bowl Fondue (chocolate, cheese, caramel – try them all!) Pimms Chilli Cheese Fries Wiener Schnitzel Also, if you want to drool over pictures of delicious Tartiflette, then visit our Tartiflette Club page. You can join our club by tagging your Tartiflette photos on Twitter with the hashtag #tartiflette. ----


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