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Did someone say it’s snowing!?

The Team December 6th, 2011

Following one of the warmest and driest Novembers on record, in both the UK and Europe, it now seems as if winter is truly upon us.  As temperatures dropped over the weekend all eyes became focused on the snow reports, hoping and praying that it could only mean one thing…snow is on the way!

After weeks of waiting and speculation on when the snow was going to arrive, Saturday evening witnessed the first substantial fall of the winter across the Alps.  As curtains twitched on Sunday morning it came to the delights of many that winter had arrived, and as reports started circulating the UK media and social networking sites on Sunday I’m sure I wasn’t the only person to breathe a sigh of relief!

Not only did it snow on Saturday night, it continued into Sunday, Monday and it’s still snowing today in many European resorts.  In Val d’Isere up to 80cm of fresh snow has fallen over the Fornet Glacier, 50cm over Solaise and 30cm over Bellevarde.   Meribel, Courchevel, Les Deux Alpes and Val Thorens have also been blanketed by snow, however the clear winner with close to a metre of snow is Serre Chevalier which now has an upper base of 190cm, the best in Europe! Read the rest of this entry »

What’s new in Val Thorens for 2012?

The Team September 20th, 2011

The French ski resort of Val Thorens has had a busy summer with the completion of a forth Funitel, the addition of a great new 4 star hotel, the Hotel ALTAPURA, and the development of 3 new slopes.  The addition of these new pistes, Asters, Chocard and Triton increase the overall ski area of Val Thorens-Orelle to 150km of runs!

We’re really excited to be featuring the Hotel Altapura in our 2011/12 brochure, it’ll be a great addition to our extensive 3 Valleys offerings. The hotel has 3 restaurants, 3 bars, an indoor / outdoor pool and a fantastic spa, everything you would want from a 4 star hotel and the location is hard to beat being right on the slopes. Read the rest of this entry »

Save 25% on French Self Catered Apartments

Gareth February 24th, 2011

With snow falling throughout France it’s a great time to pick up one of the bargains that we have in our most popular resorts.

We have up to 25% off many apartments when you travel on 26 March or 2 April  – check out these great prices:

Flaine Montsoleil from only £169pp

Avoriaz

The ski in / ski out in La Falaise Apartments in Avoriaz for just £150 pp -based on a 4 sharing one bedroom apartment.

Flaine

Stay at 4* Flaine Montsoleil in the Grand Massive ski area for just £169 per person – based on 4 sharing a one bedroom classic apartment.

Val Thorens

Ski the biggest ski area in the world at a great price – save 25% when you stay at Residence Tikal in Val Thorens.  Prices from £164 per person – based on 6 sharing a 2 bedroom apartment.

We can package all of these accommodation options up with flights from regional airports, a Eurotunnel crossing, a ferry crossing or leave as accommodation only if you have your own arrangements.

These are just a few of the offers, we have lots of other resorts that we can book and make you great savings on – give us a call on 0131 243 8097 and we’ll get the right holiday for you.

French Ski Resort iPhone Apps

The Team January 26th, 2011

If you’re heading off to the slopes this season and want to keep track of the latest snowfall, check out the piste maps and see what’s going on off the slopes then check out the resorts’ iPhone app. Read the rest of this entry »

High and Wide – a week in Val Thorens

The Team April 26th, 2010

Après ski announcements don’t come much more euphoric than ‘you are on top of the world!’ and this is certainly how we felt during our sun-drenched week in Val Thorens this season (13th-20th March).

I was pleasantly surprised by the vast array terrain and facilities Val Thorens holds. Val Thorens is a purpose built resort sitting at 2300-2400 metres altitude.  As our transfer bus dropped us off I realised immediately that Val Thorens was a layout of large concrete buildings of different shapes and sizes depending on their age.  The aesthetics are unlikely to entice those looking for a ‘chocolate box’ Savoyard village but, whatever the resort lacks in appearance it makes up with functionality and when, being honest, do you really go to a ski resort to study architecture?  Or to ski?

Simply put, Val Thorens is placed at the head of the Belleville valley. The stunning teeth of L’Aiguille de Peclet which look down on the resort village, act as a reminder of the vertical ascent still available at this altitude. Furthermore, the surrounding slopes are as wide as they are high with sweeping pistes rolling across the bowl within which Val Thorens sits.

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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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