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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



Take a look at more ski-in ski-out properties here

 

By Krystelle



Amazing ski tech

clock 5th August 2015 | comment0 Comments

There’s a lot we could have explored in this blog, there’s been many innovations in the snowsports world over the past few years, making a ski adventure easier, cheaper and more enjoyable than ever.

Ski and snowboard technology is advancing every season, ski resorts all over the world are constantly upgrading to give visitors a superior ski experience and at the same time gadgets are becoming much more attainable and cheaper so we can use the same ski gear as ski professionals.

We’ve picked out our recent favourites that make our ski holidays better than ever.

 

 

10 great innovations in the skiing world

 

Heated Chairlifts

One of the best features of skiing in Kitzbuhel has got to be its large amount of chairlifts with luxurious heated seats. Kitzbuhel has been named one of the top ski areas in the world because of its ultra-advanced lift system, high levels of comfort and excellent snow making facilities.

There are 9 chairlifts and gondolas in Kitzbuhel which have heated seats, these are spread over the whole ski area and are labelled on the piste map.

 

Drones

Drones have revolutionised the way we document our skiing and snowboarding adventures. In a small space of time we have evolved from wobbly iPhone videos to GoPros on selfie sticks to high quality aerial footage.

The Lily Drone allows users to simply throw it in the air and follows them around. There is no controller needed, Lily flies itself and uses GPS and computer vision to follow you around top produce high quality, cinematic style footage.

Wifi On The Slopes

A new Wi-Fi enabled gondola is coming to one of our best loved ski resorts, the new TC10 Solaise Gondola in Val d’Isere will take you to the top of Solaise in 7 minutes. This gives you enough time to post a photo of your ski holiday straight to Facebook from the slopes.

In winter 2014/15 I was surprised how easy it was to find wifi on the slopes in Mayrhofen. Most of the large ski lifts had hotspots including at the top of Penkenbahn and Horbergbahn. Bergbahnen Solden also have 8 free Wi-Fi access points across the ski area.

Many more ski areas are starting to include Wi-Fi on the slopes to help you keep in touch with your ski group in resort, plus friends back home whilst on the mountain.

 

Nike X Transitions Lenses

Nike and Transitions Optical have joined up to create snow goggles with transitions adaptive technology. When the light changes, the lens adapt automatically by darkening or lighting its level of tint, improving your visual performance on the slopes. No need to carry around extra lenses anymore!

 

Affordable Backcountry Gear

As snowsports enthusiasts are becoming more daring off piste, the correct safety equipment needs to be more readily available. ABS airbag avalanche safety packs have revolutionised off piste safety by using top technology to make mountain exploration safe. Airbags are used to protect you from being buried in the event of an avalanche.

Transceivers, shovels and probes are also important for rescue teams to find you and you to help anyone in need. For more information take a read of this Guide to Avalanche Airbags and the best models available.

 

FATMAP 3D Piste & Freeride Maps

A paper piste map is a thing of the past. FATMAP is the future. This revolutionary 3D skiing app is so much more than just a route finder. Discover new adventures and recommended pistes all from the palm of your hand. The ultra-high resolution 3D mapping technology will change the way you navigate around the mountain by being able to explore every angle on and off piste before even stepping out on to snow. Enjoy your ski holiday to the max by assuring the best time on the slopes.

Extra features on the app also include, interactive resort information, pinpointing your location and other friends with the app, freeride mapping and much more. Read more about FATMAP.

 

FATMAP app piste map and features

 

Oakley Airwave 1.5

The Oakley Airwave goggles have a built in mobile dashboard. The Airwave’s heads-up display uses innovative prism technology to provide the display graphics that look like they are projected 5 feet away. You can track and automatically see your speed, jump airtime, your vertical feet, your location on a piste map, music and much more. Ski goggles fit for James Bond!

 

New Ski Connections

Every year more and more resorts are becoming interconnected allowing skiers and snowboarders to explore more pistes than ever before. The newly announced ‘Tirol s’ link will connect Fieberbrunn to the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang area creating one of the largest ski circuits in the world with a total of 240 km of piste and 68 lifts.

 

The New Tirol S gondola will span 2890m over the valley from Hinterglemm to Fieberbrunn

 

Faster Chairlifts

SkiWelt is to construct fastest chairlift in the world for winter 2015/16. The chairlift in Brixten im Thale will operate at a speed of 6 metres per second. Read more about the new chairlift in our ski news section.

 

Smaller GoPro

Just when you thought they couldn’t get any smaller, GoPro have released the new HERO4 Session which is their smallest, lightest and most convenient camera yet. The waterproof design and small size is perfect for snow sports.

 

The HERO4 Session is 50% small and 40% lighter than any other HERO4 camera

 

What do is you favourite ski tech? Let us know by commenting below

 

By Krystelle 



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.

13 December 2015 from £569 pp + 50% off ski/snowboard and boots hire + group discount

Group discount: Book the whole chalet (12 people) and get 2 & ¼ free places

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!

I went to Alpe d’Huez last season; read my 10 reasons why this is a must-ski destination.

30th January 2016 from £679 pp + buy one get one free lift passes + group discounts

Group discount: Book whole chalet (14 people) and get 10% group discount

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.

17 January 2016 from £694 pp + 20% off ski/snowboard and boots hire + group discounts

Group discount:Book 15 people and get 2 & ¾ free places

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.

28th Feb 2016 from £694 pp + half price lift passes + group discounts

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Soldeu Group Ski Holidays

Soldeu, Andorra

1. Chalet Hotel Champ 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.

10th January 2016 from £589 pp + buy one get one half price lift passes + group discounts

Group discount example: Book 10 people and get 1 & ¾ free places

Val d'Isere Group Ski Holidays

Val d'Isere, France

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By Krystelle



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