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Squeeze in a second ski holiday in 2016 with a weekend ski trip

clock 11th February 2016 | comment0 Comments

Are you still dreaming of tartefliette or fantasising about waking up in the mountains one last time? Weekend ski breaks or short ski trips are the perfect way to squeeze in a second ski holiday before the end of the ski season.

If one week a year just isn’t enough to overcome your ski itch, or you don’t have the time to take a full week off, then a short ski holiday may be ideal for you.

 

 

Weekend Ski Holidays

We have a selection of 3 and 4 night getaways that run over the weekend or during the week in France, Austria and Switzerland. Weekend ski holidays are available in a large selection of hotels and chalets in top resorts across the Alps including Meribel, Morzine, Chamonix, La Plagne and Brides Les Bains. There are even coach travel options from the UK if you are looking for a super budget getaway.

By taking an extra two days off over the weekend, you can get up to 4 days* skiing or snowboarding, plus the opportunity to enjoy a vin chaud on top of the mountain just one more time (*if you are able to get a Thursday evening inbound flight and a Monday evening outbound flight).


Morzine in France

 

Top 5 reasons to take a ski weekend

1. It’s a great value ski holiday if you are on a budget
2. Trying out a new resort and exploring a new ski area
3. Maximising your time off over the weekend
4. Opportunity to go on a ski holiday more than once a year without using up all your holiday time
5. Enjoying and fun, healthy sport

 

Top weekend ski breaks for 2016

 

Le Petit Dru Hotel in Morzine, France

4 Nts - 24 Mar 2016 from £759 pp

 

Hotel Beaulieu in La Clusaz, France

4 Nts - 31 Mar 2016 from £499 pp

 

Chalet Cleopatra in Les Menuires, France

4 Nts - 14 Apr 2016 from £474 pp

 

View the Top 10 Ski Resorts for a Weekend Ski Break



15 Tips for Half Term Family Skiing

clock 10th February 2016 | comment0 Comments

Thousands of lucky British children will be going skiing for the first time at half term. For their parents it will be a brilliant break – but only if planned properly.

To help you plan and organise your debut on the slopes, here are our expert top tips for families.

Find more advice on family skiing here.

 

 

Half Term Skiing Top Tips

 

1. Don’t waste money on expensive ski clothes for your children; they’ll outgrow them by next year. Borrow what you can and also scour the charity shops.

2. Sew name tags on all your children’s ski wear. There’s then a chance they’ll come back from ski school and other outings wearing their own clothes.

3. If you need a pushchair, take one with large wheels. Then it won’t get stuck in the snow.

4. Pack sun block sticks not sprays. Then you won’t have to take your gloves off when you want to rub it on.

5. Don’t pack any best clothes. They’re wasted in a ski resort. Use the space for extra gloves and hats.

6. If you need a baby bottle warmer take your own. Then you won’t have to queue to share the only one in the chalet.

7. Imagine the mess a broken bottle of Calpol would make in your luggage. So take sachets instead.

8. If your child needs disposable nappies, find room for a pack of your usual brand in your luggage – they will be much more expensive in resort, if available at all.

9. Don’t forget slippers

10. If there’s a coach transfer to the resort, sit as near to the front as you can. There’s then less chance of a windy road making your children sick.

11. Write you mobile number on a child’s hand or arm if they’re going to ski school on their own.

12. Don’t be tempted to go to watch your children in ski school. It could distract and upset them.

13. Invest in a set of walkie talkies. Then if you get separated on the slopes you can call each other.

14. Three rigid rules for all the family – never ski without a helmet, never ski alone and never ski after drinking alcohol.

15. Take snacks and entertainment for the plane and coach transfer to resort. As half term is one of the busiest weeks of the season, delays are likely.

 

View our last minute Half Term ski holidays



9 ski and snowboard personalities

clock 26th January 2016 | comment0 Comments

We’ve all bumped into one of these on a chairlift and you can often see them coming from a mile away. Ski resorts are full of weird and wonderful people that all share a love for the mountains and our beloved winter sport. What’s your ski personality?

1. Old Pro



The Old Pro

 

2. Powder Hound



Powder Hound

 

3. The Seasoniare



The Seasoniare

 

4. Forever Young Father



 Forever Young Father

 

5. Extreme Infant



Extreme Infant

 

6. All Gear No Idea



All Gear No Idea

 

7. Ski Chic



Ski Chic

 

8. Park Rat



 

9. Super Mum



Super Mum

 



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Top 5 ski and snowboarding videos of 2015

clock 1st January 2016 | comment0 Comments

Take a look back at the best ski videos of 2015. Last year was an excellent year for skiing and snowboarding as technology continues to advance, as athletes reinvent freestyle tricks and as people become more creative with media. How will 2016 top this?

Earlier this year we put together our top 5 videos from winter 2014/15, so we’ve picked some fresh favourites for this end of year round up. 2015 was full of amazing snowsports videos and films, from record breaking freestyle to hilarious ski humour to Hollywood style cinematography in the world’s most exotic snowy locations.

5. World's First Quad Cork by Billy Morgan

Once again, GB’s Billy Morgan pushes the boundaries of freestyle snowboarding and stomps a trick that everyone else can only dream about. On his last run of the ski season he lands the world’s first quadruple cork:


4. Overheard in French Ski Resorts

‘French Mountains’ created this hilarious comedy video of sayings overheard in French ski resorts. For anyone that has had a ski holiday in a resort in France, you would have heard quite a few of these before!


3. Hemel Run 2 by Jamie Nicholls

GB snowboarder, Jamie Nichols, goes bigger and better for his 2nd stunt at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead. Here’s what Jamie gets up to in the summer months in the UK:


2. Fast Forward

This fast paced short ski film starring Kevin Rolland and Julien Régnier features locations all over La Plagne – evening skiing down the Bobsleigh track! It’s super stylised, fun-filled and amazing to see all the locations used in and around La Plagne.


1. One Run Through Peace Park

The perfect video to see how far snowboarding, and snowsports, has progressed. It’s easy to see why this is our favourite video of 2015:




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