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Archive for October, 2019

Making the Most of Ski Lessons

Pete October 29th, 2019

For many, the term Ski School – or Snow School in current, inclusive parlance – conjures up images of instructors skiing beautifully down pristine pistes, followed by long trains of less graceful disciples trying desperately to ski like the instructor, who is often barely in view. More akin to a primary school congo line than skiing or snowboarding, it can be viewed as a necessary evil which must endured before you are able to join more proficient friends and family members cruising effortlessly around the resort.

Great conditions for spring ski lessons

Great conditions for spring ski lessons in Whistler, Canada. Image: Mike Crane

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Our top Hotels for a Christmas Ski Break

Catherine October 25th, 2019

If the idea of Christmas spent in the snowy mountains surrounded by friends and family sounds appealing, read on. We’ve selected the best hotels in Europe offering programmes filled with festive fun from sumptuous Christmas dinners to spectacular decorations helping to create that magical festive feel.

Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski, St Moritz

Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski, St Moritz

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Our Guide to Europe’s Picturesque Ski Destinations

Daria October 22nd, 2019

Whether you want to be able to show off to your Instagram followers, or just simply fancy visiting a stunning destination,we’ve got you covered. While we think there are amazing photo opportunities in all the European resorts we feature, we’ve narrowed down our picks of the must-Instagram moments for you!

Courchevel at Sunset

Courchevel at Sunset. Image: Courchevel Tourisme/Patrice Mestari

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Top 5 Breakfast Spots in Banff

Aodhan October 16th, 2019

Our senior ski specialist Aodhan took a trip to Banff earlier this year. Feeling inspired on his return, he’s written a blog all about the best places to stop for breakfast in Banff & Lake Louise this winter. After all, it is the most important meal of the day. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s New: Igloo Village Les Arcs

Lucy October 9th, 2019

The Igloo Village, which is already a popular après and dining spot in the much-loved resorts of Avoriaz and Val Thorens, is set to reopen in Les Arcs this winter. Whether you fancy a soul-warming hot chocolate, refreshing beer on the sunny terrace or a fondue dinner amongst family and friends, the Igloo Village will be the place to be when it open its doors on the 15th of December 2019.

Igloo Village Les Arcs. Image: Manu Reyboz

So how do you create an igloo village complete with a bar, restaurant and two hotel rooms? After accumulating around 3000m₃ of snow, it takes around 5 days to assemble the outer structure. Then the sculpting and decorating begins! Over 10 days an expert team sculpts the different rooms and carves incredible sculptures into the igloo walls. The electricians and sound technicians then add the finishing touches. The result? A 350m₂ ice village full of atmosphere, amazing art and, of course, snow. Read the rest of this entry »

One Week – Five Amazing Ski Destinations

Rebekah October 4th, 2019

Can’t make up your mind where to go on your ski holiday this winter? The Capra in Saas Fee are offering you the opportunity to experience five famous ski resorts in the Valais region of Switzerland within the space of a week.

Ski- und Snowboardfahren in Saas-Fee (PPR/Saastal Tourismus AG/Vernon Deck)

Skiing in Saas Fee. (Image Credits: PPR/Saastal Tourismus AG/Vernon Deck)

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The Ultimate 5 Star Gastronomic Experience

Catherine October 1st, 2019

Courchevel 1850 is the ultimate luxury alpine destination. The resort is positively bursting with top quality 5-star hotels all offering unrivalled facilities and outstanding levels of service. Courchevel 1850 is also renowned for its gastronomic scene boasting no fewer than 6 Michelin-starred restaurants.

K2 Palace

Hotel Le K2 Palace

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