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10 Ski Bucket List Experiences in Europe

Catherine July 21st, 2022

The last couple of years have taught us just how important travel is for the soul. We all need a break from the everyday. The delight in being somewhere new, admiring spectacular scenery, sampling new food and exploring different terrain on your skis shouldn’t be underestimated.

With this is mind, we’ve put together a bucket list of top ski experiences in our European programme.

1. Marvel at the Mighty Matterhorn (Zermatt, Switzerland)

Zermatt (credit: @victorhwn725)

You’ve seen photos of this iconic mountain but have you seen it in the flesh? It really is as spectacular as it looks. Zermatt is a picture perfect resort and works well for skiers and non-skiers alike. The best views are from the top of the Gornergrat mountain railway at 3100m.

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Getting the Most From Your Epic Pass

Karen May 10th, 2022

The multi-resort ski lift ticket is big business these days, but does it make sense for you to purchase one? Let’s look at what’s on offer and how you can get the best value out of an Epic Pass

Getting the most from your epic pass

What is an Epic Pass?

The Epic Pass was born in 2008 as a way to use one season ticket for resorts under the ownership of Vail Resorts. What started then with 5 resorts in Colorado, plus 1 in California, has now become a network of 37 North American resorts plus 20+ international friends.

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Our Favourite Ski Videos of the Winter So Far

Vicky January 19th, 2022

Even though it’s only the middle of January, there are already plenty of awe-inspiring video clips to warm you up for your ski holiday. Here’s our Top 5 Favourite Ski Videos of the winter so far:

1. Candide Thovex’s latest show-reel

There’s no soundtrack on this clip, but hearing the skis on the snow makes Candide’s skiing all the more impressive:

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Gstaad – A Picture Postcard Destination

Catherine November 18th, 2020

For decades, the rich and famous have been flocking to the picture postcard Swiss resort of Gstaad. With exceptional levels of hospitality and a spectacular choice of luxury hotels, it’s no wonder that this charming village has been a long time haunt for the elite. Famous guests and residents have included Julie Andrews, Brigitte Bardot and none other than Mr Bond himself, Roger Moore. Look beyond the designer boutiques (of which there are plenty) and you’ll find that underneath the glitz and glamour, Gstaad is at its heart a traditional farming community with an extremely warm heart.

picture postcard gstaad

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The Best Ski Hotels in Switzerland

Rebekah January 7th, 2020

Offering the perfect mix of tradition and style, it’s easy to see why Switzerland is one of the world’s most popular ski destinations. From the buzz of Verbier to the charm of St Moritz, Switzerland has something to offer for everyone.

Escape to the extraordinary at the W Hotel, Verbier

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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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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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Luxury and Innovation in St Moritz

Morven September 9th, 2019

Synonymous with old school glamour and historic mountain luxury, St Moritz conjures up images of fur coats, dinner jackets and cigar rooms. After enjoying a long weekend at the iconic 5* Badrutt’s Palace, I realised it was all these things but also much, much more.

After a quick transfer through Zurich Airport and onto the incredibly efficient Swiss Rail network, I settled in for a beautiful journey to St Moritz. Classic Swiss mountain vistas appear at the window only 20 minutes after leaving Zurich and these continue all the way for 3 hours 40 minutes. They say the best things in life take time…

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Top Tips for a Successful New Year Ski Holiday

Lucy November 8th, 2018

New Year ski holiday

Celebrations in Morzine

Along with the partying, eating copious amounts of food and celebrating in the streets, one of the most integral elements of a New Year ski holiday is snow. The start of the year is generally a great time to ski in Europe, however snow cover in late December and early January can vary from resort to resort, so why not pick our brains for information on the most snow-sure destinations?

Our knowledgeable reservations team will be more than happy to talk through your requirements and point you in the right direction. So whether you’re looking for wild après, the ultimate in-resort dining or high altitude slopes, we’ll do our best to make sure you bring in 2019 in style.

New Year ski holiday

La Folie Douce on the slopes of Val Thorens

Here are just a few of our picks for high-altitude early-season skiing in Europe:

Verbier, Switzerland

The highest slopes sit at 3,300m, ensuring snowy mountains throughout the season.

Tignes, France

Great piste-grooming and high altitude make Tignes a dependable New Year resort!

Val Thorens, France

The village sits at 2,300m, making it the highest resort in the Alps and a snow-sure destination.

Our Top Tips

1. Once you’ve decided where to go, make the most of the mountain by letting us organise your instructor. Whether its group or private lessons, we can help!

2. Book your lift pass before you travel. With the majority of our French resorts, we can send your hands-free cards out with your travel documentation to ensure you’re not waiting to get on the slopes. Read the rest of this entry »

New in Zermatt for 2018/19 Ski Holidays

Lucy November 5th, 2018

Zermatt offers snow-sure, unique skiing in the shadow of the famous Matterhorn. Surrounded by mighty summits, on offer is over 350km of pistes, with easy connections between Zermatt and the neighbouring Italian resort of Cervinia. As well as awesome skiing, the car-free village of Zermatt has a lively après-ski scene with plenty of restaurants serving everything from traditional Swiss cuisine to Italian pizza and several bars to enjoy live sports or dance until the early hours. Add in a handful of four and five-star luxury hotels, and Zermatt has all the ingredients for a great getaway.

So what’s new in Zermatt in 2018/19? While the resort offers the same quality experience year after year, we’ve put together a list of some of the exciting new additions for the upcoming season.

new in zermatt

© Pascal Gertschen

Lifts & Access

The world’s highest 3S (three cable) Cableway, the Matterhorn Glacier Ride, will start operating in Zermatt in December and will transport passengers from Zermatt up to the Matterhorn glacier paradise. Enjoy the glorious panoramic views of the surrounding mountain range as you travel in luxury cable cars – a handful of which have been encrusted with Swarovski crystals and even feature a floor that becomes translucent three minutes into the journey!

new in zermatt

The Matterhorn Glacier Ride (copyright Zermatt Bergbahnen)

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