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Royal Honeymoon Ski Destinations

The Team November 17th, 2010

As the world celebrates the Royal engagement and bets are put on when it’s going to be and what colour hat the Queen will be wearing, we’re more interested in where William and Kate might go on honeymoon!

If it’s a March wedding, as some are predicting, then what’s not to say that they won’t take to the slopes. Both William and Kate are avid skiers, and whilst Klosters is their usual resort of choice, we thought that for their honeymoon they might choose somewhere a bit different.

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Looking for a change next season?

The Team April 1st, 2010

It can often be a habit for us winter sports fanatics to veer towards going on holiday to a well known and well advertised resort.

These big resorts, with the examples of Val d’Isère, Courchevel, St.Anton, Zermatt and Vail, are top places with excellent ski areas but some of their smaller neighboring resorts can also reveal very much hidden gems in both terrain and atmosphere. Small resorts doesn’t necessarily mean small ski area; take Les Coches or Peisey Vallandry in the Paradiski area, or St Martin de Belleville within Les 3 Vallées. Smaller resorts which do have a smaller ski area, such as Les Saisies or Chinaillon, tend to be less busy over peak times, which means less time in queues, more time on the slopes! It is also worth saying these lesser known destinations can be much friendlier on your wallet in terms of buying an après ski drink or going out for a meal and if it is quieter slopes during the peak periods you want, these may fit the bill.

Here’re a few examples of this type of resort and their main benefits along with some ideas for accommodation:

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Top 10 Mountain Restaurants

The Team March 26th, 2010

As the days become longer, the temperatures slightly warmer & the terraces of mountain restaurants busier with skiers enjoying their well earned “steak frites” and beer, we thought we’d share with you our top 10 mountain restaurants across Europe & North America.1. Cloud Nine – Aspen

1. Cloud Nine – Aspen

Dine at 10,740 feet at Cloud Nine, the former Highlands Ski Patrol hut on Highlands Mountain. Chef Andreas Fischbacher and his staff prepare gourmet meals with a European flair including fantastic raclette & fondue and more unusual osso bucco of elk among other daily specials, all to be finished off with a healthy shot of schnapps or two! This is undoubtedly one of the best mountain restaurants we’ve ever experienced!

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