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Top 5 ski in ski out chalets for winter 2015/16

clock 11th August 2015 | comment0 Comments

Ski-in ski-out chalets make a ski holiday a more enjoyable experience with peace of mind that you will be able to enjoy maximum time on the slopes during your stay.

Many ski and snowboard enthusiasts favour a ski-in ski-out accommodation so they can hit the slopes straight away without wasting time getting a ski bus or walking with all your equipment to the nearest ski lift.

These types of properties are one of our most popular booked ski holidays. Get your prime spot on the mountain with one of our favourite ski-in ski-out chalets for winter 2015/16.

 

 

5. Chalet Hotel De Champoluc

Champoluc, Italy

This is the perfect choice if you prefer a smaller, more traditional style resort compared to the popular ski capitals. Champoluc is a beautiful ski destination filled with stunning scenery and delicious Italian cuisine. The ski area is particularly suited for intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders, and there are endless opportunities with the epic off piste. The Chalet Hotel De Champoluc is located at the foot of the home-run slope back to resort, which is next to the main Crest gondola and ski hire shop, making it the perfect spot for a ski holiday in this Italian gem.

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Ski holidays in Champoluc in Italy

Chalet Hotel De Champoluc

 

4. Chalet Maison Rose

Val d’Isere, France

Chalet Maison Rose is one the best located ski chalets in Val d’Isere. Based by the Solaise nursery slopes and lifts you can easily be the first to the top of the mountain every morning. The charming traditional style building is just 5 minutes from the town allowing you to easily explore the glamorous town and night spots of this fantastic ski village.

If you are thinking about visiting Val d’Isere this season, read about what’s new for winter 2015/16.

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Ski holidays in Val d'Isere in France

Skiing back to Val d'Isere

 

3. Chalet Christophorus

Obergurgl, Austria

The British love skiing in Austria, we love the beautiful villages, the tree lined pistes, the cheaper prices compared to France and the quicker transfer times. Unfortunately there are a lack of chalets in many resorts and it is often un heard of for a ski chalet to ski-in ski-out… this is what why Chalet Christophorus is one of our most popular Austria chalets. This adult only chalet is surrounded by ski slopes allowing you to ski straight down to the Festkogl gondola each day.

Obergurgl has an excellent snow record with a longer than most ski season, making it an excellent choice for a ski holiday in Austria.

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Ski holidays in Obergurgl in Austria

Obergurgl ski area

 

2. Chalet Violetta

Avoriaz, France

Avoriaz is another super high ski village that offers properties with fantastic close proximity to the slopes. Chalet Violetta is situated right by the piste giving skiers and snowboarders the best opportunity for a full day on the slopes and enjoying your ski holiday to the max. No walking, no bus rides, just pop on your skies and off you go.

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Ski holidays in Avoriaz in France

Chalet Violetta in Avoriaz

 

1. Chalet Catherine

Val Thorens, France

You can’t get more ski-in ski-out than this; you can physically ski to and from the doorstep from this popular chalet. Val Thorens is well-known for its easy access to the mountain as the resort is purpose as Europe’s highest ski village so it could benefit from the finest snow conditions and guests can rejoice in the easy slope access.

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Ski holidays in Val Thorens in France

Val Thorens ski village and slopes



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By Krystelle



Top 5 Romantic Ski Resorts

clock 28th July 2015 | comment0 Comments

With breath-taking landscapes, magical scenery, spas, hot tubs and starry nights it’s easy to see why there is often love in the mountain air. The mountains can provide an incredibly romantic setting and taking in the view with a loved one can be a truly momentous occasion.

So if you’re seeking a spot for a uniquely romantic date or even a secluded setting for a mountain marriage proposal, keep on reading for some fairy-tale inspiration and some of our favourite romantic ski resorts.

 

romantic ski resorts in Europe

 

5. Zermatt

 

The beauty of Zermatt astounds and amazes all upon their approach, before they have even set foot on the resort grounds. From the powerful and towering Matterhorn Mountain to the winter wonderland atmosphere that can be felt throughout. Horse drawn carriages replace cars and cute restaurants can be found in cosy and idyllic corners. Relish in a Michelin-starred meal at Heimberg or enjoy an uninterrupted view of the mountains from Chez Vrony. Zermatt oozes luxury and loves the finer things in life so remember to work that into your budget to avoid disappointment.

Great for – splashing your cash on luxury

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Skiing in Zermatt Switzerland

 

4. Megeve

Megeve is like a living fairy-tale; With its traditional French village charm, cobbled streets and medieval church, you can’t help but fall in love with this snow coated old town. If you’re looking for great skiing matched with ambience and atmosphere, a trip to this cute commune in the Rhone Alpes region is exactly what you need. Megeve was the place to be during the 1960’s but as the hype has since calmed down, a quiet, peaceful and secluded resort remains.

Great for – quaint and charming old town scenery

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Skiing in Megeve France

 

3. South Tyrol

 

A world of contrasts can be experienced in South Tyrol. This stunning and scenic ski area sits in Italy’s northernmost province, neighbouring renowned skiing destinations Austria and Switzerland. In South Tyrol you can experience tremendous skiing amongst the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Dolomite Mountains yet also be romanced by Italy’s enchanting village resort life. Several resorts make up South Tyrol but Alta Badia is known for top nosh, Michelin starred menus and gourmet cuisine, whilst Merano has the indulgent art nouveau thermal pool and spa complex in town. Plan a private horse drawn sleigh ride for the ultimate romantic gesture.

Great for – the scenic routes and Italian-Alpine cuisine

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Skiing in South Tyrol

 

2. Tremblant

Frequently voted as the best Eastern North American resort, Tremblant in Quebec is a French Canadian gem well worth a trip across the pond. Expect all the best bits of a Canadian ski holiday with a dash of French flirtation. Skiing here is superb and all abilities can enjoy this multi-purpose destination. The French-Canadian locals are charming and full of character, you’ll be glad you came but very sad to leave.


Great for – a magnetic and unique atmosphere

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Skiing in Tremblant Canada

 

1. Alpbach

Alpbach in Austria benefits from the extensive Ski Jewel Area and provides some of the most scenic skiing in the Tyrolean alpine region. Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy 145km of skiable terrain with enough slopes for beginners and intermediates plus plenty of black runs for advanced skiers. Chocolate box style chalets provide sweet relief from the slopes and the idyllic location makes it easy to explore and visit many nearby attractions. The capital of Innsbruck is just 60 km away plus castles, lakes, waterfalls, farmhouses and the medieval small town of Rattenberg make easy to reach romantic outings.


Great for – traditional Austrian character

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Skiing in Alpbach Austria



Got a favourite romantic ski resort we haven’t mentioned? Tell us your tales in the comments below.



Top 5 best après ski resorts in Austria

clock 21st July 2015 | comment0 Comments

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is where is good for après. The quality of the après scene could make or break a ski holiday for some. After a long day on the mountain, many of us love to unwind and celebrate with a cold beer, great music and dancing.

Austria has the best après bars in the world. If you crave a lively ski resort full of lots of entertainment after a day of skiing or snowboarding then look no further than the picturesque villages and beautiful mountains of Austria.

Get your après boots at the ready and take a look at our contenders for the best après in Austria:

best apres ski resorts

 

5. Soll

This party town is popular with younger crowds with its large club like venues such as Whisky Mule and Salven Stadl which are open to the early hours. If you prefer a quieter après venue there are plenty of more sophisticated bars in Soll such as Bella Vita and Rossini café. With around 30 restaurants and bars in resort there are plenty of options to suit everyone’s tastes.

4. Saalbach

This skiing gem has some of the best après ski in the Alps. Between Saalbach and Hinterglemm there are over 40 après venues! You are truly spoilt for choice in this beautiful part of Austria. One of the most rememberable venues is the ‘goat themed’ Goasstall in Hinterglemm. If you are with to dance in your ski boots until dinner time, look no further than Hinterhag Alm next to the Kohlmais piste.

apres ski in saalbach and hinterglemm

Goasstall

3. Mayrhofen

I was fantastically surprised by the après in Mayrhofen, not only was it spectacular fun, it was great value too (especially compared to the large French resorts). Mayrhofen is a huge party town with a wide variety of pubs, bars and clubs making it a perfect choice for large groups.

On piste I loved the White Lounge Igloo bar at the Ahorn and the uber cool Grillhof Alm by the Van park on the Penken side. Once back in the village head to the Ice Bar or Bruck ‘n’Stadl for the liveliest après, then if you are still wanting to carry on the party after dinner, Mo’s, Scotland Yard, Funky’s and Harakiri are open till late.

apres ski at Bruck n Stadl in Mayrhofen

Bruck n Stadl

2. Ischgl

There was a divide in the Iglu Ski offices over the top spot on this list. We have a handful of ski experts that believe Ischgl deserves the golden crown. With incredible party venues like Trofana Alm, Schatzi Bar and the Kuhstall you are guaranteed a vibrant week of amazing après.

Apres ski ar Kuhstall Bar in Ischgl

Kuhstall Bar

1. St Anton

It’s no surprise that St Anton is the undefeated heavyweight champion with its world renowned legendary après bars. With an abundance of piste-side bars, you can’t avoid stopping off for a post-ski beverage on your last run home. The Krazy Kangaruh and Mooserwirt are 2 of the most famed après bars in resort, that are packed to the brim with skiers and snowboarders daily and the best spots to get your dose of dancing on tables in your ski boots!

Are you thinking about skiing in St Anton this winter? Read our experts guide to St Anton

apres ski at Mooserwirt in St Anton

Mooserwirt



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By Krystelle



Top 5 best value group ski holidays

clock 14th July 2015 | comment0 Comments

Ski holidays are an excellent way to spend quality time with a group of friends or family. If you are thinking of a group ski holiday for next season, now is the time to start getting your deposits down and securing your ideal apartment, chalet or hotel.

Last winter we put together our top 5 ski resorts for groups, which included an extensive choice of ski resorts with first-rate skiing, fantastic après and a wide selection of accommodation so there is something to keep everyone happy.

For this season we have chosen 5 amazing great value group ski holidays featuring our favourite properties, in top ski resorts with superb group offers including free places, lift pass deals and ski hire savings.

 

Group ski holidays

5. Chalet L’Ours Brun, Les Arcs

This is a popular chalet within a residence block located in the fantastic Les Arcs 2000 village. With catered chalet board as a standard, your group can enjoy a hearty breakfast, afternoon tea and a 4 course dinner with wine daily during your stay. One of the best features of this property is its convenient location just 250 metres (3 minutes’ walk) to the ski lifts. There are special offers throughout the season on Chalet L’Ours Brun making this a beloved choice for groups of friends and families.

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Les Arcs Group Ski Holidays

Les Arcs 2000, France

4. Chalet Eterlous, Alpe d’Huez

Alpe d’Huez is the best choice if you have a wide variety of tastes in your group. The amazing ski area has something for everything, there is an assortment of pistes that both skiers and snowboarders will love and a wide choice of areas suited for beginners, intermediates and experts. Non skiers can enjoy the bounty of activities ‘off the piste’ including ice skating, swimming in the heated outdoor pool, sports centre, shopping, dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice diving and much more.  Plus the Folie Doche here is one of my favourite apres venues ever!

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Alpe d'Huez Group Ski Holidays

Folie Doche, Alpe d'Huez, France

3. Chalet Elfie, St Anton

If you are looking for a lively ski resort with best après in the World, St Anton should be your top choice. This is a great option if you are a group of intermediate to advanced skiers that like to ski hard all day and then party hard at apres. Chalet Elfie is a spacious, great value chalet that is located 15 mins walk or a short bus ride away from the slopes.

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St Anton Group Ski Holidays

St Anton, Austria

2. Hotel Del Clos, Soldeu

Soldeu is an underrated ski paradise in Andorra that is often over looked. Andorra is the perfect ski destination choice if you are looking for a cheap ski deal, and Soldeu has a superb ski area that rivals some of our Alp-favourites. Soldeu is linked to the largest ski domain in the Pyrenees, Grandvalira, which has 210 km of extensive, varied ski runs. On a trip in March 2014, I experienced some of my favourite powder riding ever. With peaceful slopes there were plenty of fresh tracks to enjoy throughout the day and a plethora of bars to party into the early hours. Read about my perfect week in Soldeu.

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Soldeu Group Ski Holidays

Soldeu, Andorra

1. Chalet Hotel Champs Avalins, Val d’Isere

The Champs Avalins is one of our bestselling properties year after year because of it’s fantastic value and that it’s located in the best ski area in the World. Espace Killy is made up of 300 km of vaired pistes over Tignes and Val d’Isere. It may not be the prettiest of accommodations, but it’s the location that counts as you can ski back within 50m of the hotel. This chalet hotel sleeps up to 83 people making it a perfect choice if you can’t find a chalet of the correct size for your group.

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Val d'Isere Group Ski Holidays

Val d'Isere, France

 

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By Krystelle



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