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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


What's On April 2014 | Ski & Snowboard Events in Popular Resorts

clock 2nd April 2014 | comment0 Comments
2nd – 23rd April 2014 Hut Evening (Hüttenabend Hohe Mut Alm) - Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Austria Take an uphill gondola ride to this traditional Austrian cabin, which boasts spectacular mountain views. Enjoy a delicious fondue or a tasty gourmet dish plus a welcome drink whilst listening to the live music entertainment by the roaring fire. Hut evenings are held every Wednesday from 6.30pm until 10.30pm and must be booked in advance. See our holidays to Obergurgl & Hochgurgl. To book a place, visit the Hohe Mut Alm website.   3rd April-1st May 2014 Night Tobogganing and Night Skiing (Nachtrodeln und Nachtskilauf) – Obergurgl-Hochgurl, Austria Every Friday, head up the mountain to Hochgurgl for a spot of night time tobogganing and skiing on the 3km-long track. The session runs from 7.30pm until 10.30pm and the run is well lit by floodlights so you can always see where you’re going! To get there, you can catch a free bus from nearby Solden or Obergurgl. From there, you can then catch a lift up to Hochgurgl. See our holidays to Obergurgl & Hochgurgl.   3rd-5th April 2014 Völkl World Rookie Finals – Ischgl, Austria Up and coming snowboarders from all around the world will come together to compete in this junior slopestyle competition. All competitors are under the age of 18 and this is an excellent opportunity for them to break into the industry, getting a taste of the professional skiing and snowboarding lifestyle while showing us their gravity-defying moves. See our holidays to Ischgl.   4th-5th April 2014 Allalin Race – Saas Fee, Switzerland This event is the highest downhill glacier race in the world, and it’s not just for the professionals! If you wish to compete then you can register here, choosing from one of four race categories (him &her, solo, team race and a fun team race). For a bit of extra fun, there’s also the chance to estimate your pace before starting – whichever participant comes closest to their estimated pace in the actual race can win a special prize! See our holidays to Saas Fee. Visit the website to register.   5th April 2014 Krowd Party – Lake Louise, Canada Party with Krowd Clothing at this fun event and get priority lift access for the weekend. Your ticket also entitles you to discounts on selected hotels. After a day of skiing or snowboarding, continue the party with the big post-ski Saturday night event, featuring DJ’s Revolvr, Robbie C, Michelle C and more. See our holidays to Lake Louise. 6th-7th April 2014 Award-Winning Chefs in Ischgl – Ischgl, Austria Head to this unique event for a chance to witness some of Ischgl’s most prominent Chef’s competing not just for a culinary title, but also for a chance to be crowned the winner of a downhill ski race. After the race, the chef’s will run over to a special cooking area, where they are given a basket full of miscellaneous ingredients. They must then whistle something up as quickly as possible with what they are given, serving it up to a panel of judges who must pick one winner. There will also be an appearance from World Cup footballer Andreas Brehme at this event. See our holidays to Ischgl.   7th April-11th April 2014 Kids-Week – Saas Fee, Switzerland Celebrate a week of kids going free, with complimentary ski hire, lift passes, lessons, plus a free kid’s meal and childcare, all for those who were born on or after 2008. Kids Week is great for parents who want to take their little ones on a ski holiday for the first time, as well as for those who are looking to help their kids to improve on the slopes. See our holidays to Saas Fee.   7th-12th April 2014 Snowbombing – Mayrhofen, Austria Enjoy live music in the mountains with Snowbombing Festival, featuring artists such as The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, Chase and Status, Rudimental, Tom Odell, Foxes and more! Spend your days skiing and boarding down the mountains, then get your après on for some cracking partying to top your day off. See our holidays to Mayrhofen.   8th-12th April 2014 7th Zermatt Unplugged – Zermatt, Switzerland This acoustic festival features big names such as Aloe Blacc, Katie Melua, Tom Odell and Mick Hucknall performing unplugged renditions of their songs. As well as live acts, you’ll also find an After Show Party, a stage for kids to show off their musical talents and a host of great bars and restaurants to unwind in. See our holidays to Zermatt.   9th-10th April 2014 Gourmet Class Skiing – Ischgl, Austria This event, hosted by Ischgl and Laurent-Perrier Champagne, sees chefs, waiters and other staff from the hotel and hospitality sector come together to compete in two days of fun races. The will be coached by former World Cup skiers and divided up into 2 teams, with bar staff, waiting staff, sommeliers and suppliers in one category, hotel staff and chefs in the other. This unique event is not one to be missed! See our holidays to Ischgl. 11th-20th April 2014 World Ski & Snowboard Festival – Whistler, Canada Enjoy a combination of live music, skiing, snowboarding and extreme sport film screenings at this mountain festival. There’ll even be a silent disco and the chance to test run the up and coming equipment for next season. See our holidays to Whistler.   12-18th April 2014 Snow Jam – Les Deux Alps, France If you fancy a break from your day of skiing or boarding, then take some time out to watch this Belgian ski and snowboard freestyle competition. Head up to the Toura or Lac Noir seats to get the best view. See our holidays to Les Deux Alpes.   13th April 2014 French Ski Slopestyle Championship – Val Thorens, France In the aftermath of the recent Winter Olympics, freestyle skiing and snowboarding disciplines are gaining more and more popularity. Head to Val Thorens to watch some of the top freestyle skiers defy gravity and battle it out to win the European Slopestyle Cup. The competition runs between 10am and 3pm. See our holidays to Val Thorens.   April 14th-21st 2014 Easter Celebrations at Whistler – Whistler-Blackcomb, Canada Make the most of longer skiing hours and beautiful Springtime sunshine in the picturesque resort of Whistler-Blackcomb. Between these dates, you’ll find a range of family friendly activities to celebrate the Easter holiday. This event also runs in conjunction with the World Ski and Snowboard Festival. See our holidays to Whistler.   19th-21st April 2014 Festival Junior Foliz – Les Deux Alps, France A fun and exciting children’s festival to welcome the arrival of Springtime. Enjoy arts, crafts, outdoor activities, circus performances and much more. The festival runs between 2pm and 6pm and is aimed at kids between 6 and 12 years old. See our holidays to Les Deux Alpes. 19th April-4th May 2014 Flower Pow(d)er 2014 – Hintertux, Austria Try out next season’s equipment prototypes, get freestyle coaching or even take part in a specialist nature photography workshop. On top of all this you can even get access to early bird skiing, the chance to drive a Pistenbully, avalanche training courses and a technical resort tour, where you’ll see the workings behind the lift systems plus the artificial snow making plant. See our holidays to Zell am Ziller which is in easy reach of the Hintertux glacier.   26th April 2014 Season End Party – Saas Fee, Switzerland See out the season with a bang - with 8 bars, live music, well-known DJ’s, yummy food and even a dance competition, this end of season party is set to be a good one. In the dance competition you can win prizes for displaying the best dance move, or for wearing the best outfit. A great opportunity to get your last taste of après before the resort closes for the Summer! See our holidays to Saas Fee.


Top 10 Resorts for Spring Skiing

clock 19th March 2014 | comment0 Comments
With Springtime fast approaching and bluebird days becoming more and more frequent, we’ve put together a list of our top resorts for Spring skiing. At this time of year, the higher altitude resorts and those with glaciers are the best to visit, as snow conditions stay preserved for longer - many even offer all year round glacier skiing. Val Thorens, France Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 31cm Opening dates: November - May Val Thorens is Europe’s highest resort, standing at an altitude of 2230m, with 99% of the runs situated above 2000m. The high-altitude works in its favour to preserve snow conditions for longer, meaning that the resort promises optimal snow cover throughout the season. If you can find another European ski area with more ski runs open than Val Thorens on any of the days that you are there, they’ll give you a free day of skiing as part of their Snow Guarantee. Zermatt, Switzerland Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 54cm Opening dates: All Year Round Zermatt’s high-altitude provides consistent all year round skiing, with its glaciers staying open during the Summer months. The resort is situated just across from Cervinia, which you can access by lift. There are some great heliskiing opportunities on offer in Zermatt – expect stunning views and more challenging runs with this experience. Whistler-Blackcomb, Canada Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 46cm Opening dates: November - July Enjoy spectacular views and a huge selection of runs across both the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The resort has excellent snow cannon facilities, meaning that the pistes are kept in good condition year round. If freestyle’s your thing you’ll find the award winning Nintendo Parks. The parks feature a special difficulty rating system so there’s something for every ability. The Blackcomb glacier provides skiing through June and July. Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Austria Opening dates: November - May The high-altitude Obergurgl is linked by cable car to Hochgurgl, which is even higher up the mountain. There are good snow making systems in Hochgurgl to keep pistes in tip-top condition. Obergurgl-Hochgurgl are situated close to the resort of Solden where you can hit up some glacier skiing. Lake Louise, Canada Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 36cm Opening dates: November - April Lake Louise is situated in the stunning Rocky Mountains and is part of the Big 3 (along with Banff and Sunshine Village). The resort won Canada’s Best Ski Resort last year at the World Ski Awards. Snowmaking facilities help to keep the runs in good shape when snow is looking a bit thin. Tignes, France Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 37cm Opening dates: December - May Tignes is another of the French resorts which can guarantee good snow cover well into Spring. There are snow making facilities on those pistes that are more prone to harsh sunlight. The Grande Motte glacier offers skiing and boarding throughout the Summer. Hintertux, Austria Opening dates: All Year Round Hintertux is a glacier resort, which is well renowned for its year-round freestyle park, Betterpark Hintertux. Powder days combined with bluebird conditions can be expected throughout the Spring. Hintertux is home to Snowbombing Festival which runs from the 7-12th April 2014. Cervinia, Italy Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 42cm Opening dates: October - May Cervinia is located just across the border from Zermatt. The glacier, Plateau Rosà offers year-round skiing. Cervinia is home to one of the longest runs in Europe running down to Valtournenche and standing at 13km long. Mammoth, California, USA Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 8cm Opening dates: November - May Mammoth Mountain is home to Springfest, a festival packed full of competitions, après ski, family events and the annual pond skim. Visitors benefit from the California sunshine, whilst experiencing one of the longest ski seasons in North America. Occasionally, the resort opens for Independence Day skiing on the 4th July. Passo Tonale, Italy Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 31cm Opening dates: October - April Passo Tonale is one of Italy’s highest resorts. It offers glacier skiing plus Red and Black runs right through to Summer. There are some great off-piste opportunities, as well as a designated snowpark for freestyle enthusiasts.


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