INGHAMS / AVORIAZ: Book a ski trip to France’s Portes du Soleil and you could win tickets to the Snowboxx music festival in Avoriaz (17 – 24 March). Inghams guests who book a seven-night stay in Morzine or Avoriaz from the 17 – 24 March 2018 will be eligible to enter a Facebook competition before 28 February 2018 to win a pair of tickets to the festival.
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Can’t decide where to go for your next ski adventure? Crystal Ski Holidays may just have the answer!
While many claim to have found their ‘forever’ resort, some of us are either still searching for that special place or simply love the thrill of exploring a new ski area each year. No matter the reason, I am sure we can all agree that choosing a destination for the next ski holiday can be a complex decision!
There is good news for ‘foodies’ visiting the French resort of Les Deux Alpes this season.
Fabien Poirot, the chef who earned the resort’s first Michelin star when he was working at the 4* Chalet Mounier, has opened a new restaurant in the village called Chamois Lodge.
BEN’S BUS / RESORT TRANSFERS: A brand new route from Grenoble Airport to Serre Chevalier is now on offer. Ben’s Bus now has four buses every Saturday stopping at other resorts along the way. Prices are £74.80pp return (usual Ben’s Bus group and child discounts available). There is also a new Paris Ski Shuttle Service which connects Eurostar trains arriving and departing from the Gare du Nord with the TGV high speed trains departing from the Gare de Lyon. For a complete list of all the resorts covered from Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon, go to the website.
ZENITH HOLIDAYS/VARIOUS: For families or couples looking to spend Christmas or New Year on the slopes, Zenith Holidays has a choice of getaways in France.
For families, a week from 23 December at Chalet Clautre at Montgenevre in the Southern Alps is now priced at £2,500, saving £500. This price is for two adults and two children (aged under 12 years) and includes return flights from Stansted or Gatwick, transfers and chalet board accommodation (breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner with wine) in two adjacent en suite rooms.
For couples, a week from 30 December at Chalet Refuge in the old town of Villeneuve in Serre Chevalier – one of the biggest ski areas in France covering 410 acres of pistes at altitudes of between 1200 and 2800 metres – now costs from £645 per person ( saving £120). This twin share price includes return flights from Gatwick, transfers and chalet board accommodation (breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner with wine).
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Ski Independence has unveiled five new chalets which will form part of their new ‘Private Collection’ this winter.
The chalets can be found in some of the most coveted resorts in France including Val d’Isère, Courchevel, Méribel and La Clusaz. If it takes more than an exclusive setting to seal the deal then perhaps you may be tempted by the outdoor hot tubs, home cinemas and massage rooms available in most of the chalets. In addition to this, a delightful range of bespoke add-ons is also available. These include a private chef, butler service, chauffeur, yoga instruction, grocery delivery and the list goes on!
What the papers say:
A 5* budget ski holiday, surely that’s an oxymoron? Apparently not if tour operator Mountain Paradise has anything to do with it. They are a UK-based company operating solely in the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia and provide luxury ski getaways for the cost-conscious snow sports enthusiast.
Nassfeld is the largest resort in the Southern Austrian region of Carinthia, yet it remains relatively unknown to British holidaymakers.
Located close to the Italian and Slovenian borders, the ski area itself is surprisingly expansive and has everything we come to expect from a resort nowadays – terrain parks, a snow cross track, a half pipe and over 100km of pistes ranging from beginner nursery type slopes through to the ‘Carnia’, a piste that is over 7km long.
Val d’Isère is embarking on an ambitious €200m (£170m) building project to redevelop the centre of the world-famous resort.
The project is being called Le Coin de Val d’Isère and involves the demolition and reconstruction of a giant triangle in the heart of the resort.
Esprit Ski has announced that Christmas Week in 2017 has now become a Babies And Toddlers (BAT) Week! This is for all departures to France and Austria on the 19 December 2017 and departures to Italy on the 23 December 2017, with prices starting from £2479 for a family of four (2 adults, 1 child 2-4 years & 1 infant).
Enter the Dragon’s Lair
Slovakian tour operator Jasna Adventures has launched a 2018 early bird offer for their brand new chalet, The Dragon’s Lair, at 2017 prices.
The new chalet offers exclusive accommodation for individuals, families and groups of up to 18 people.
Accommodation includes five guest rooms, all with en-suite, two family rooms, and two double/triple rooms, and a mezzanine room for up to four people, allowing for groups up to eighteen people to enjoy the chalet for themselves.
British Airways is launching two new ski routes for winter and has more flights available from Heathrow for under £40 than ever before.
The new Heathrow flights to Grenoble in France will depart on Saturdays from 2 December with fares starting from £39 each way. Skiers will also be able to reach the Italian slopes via Turin from just £40 each way.
It might be one of the hottest months of the year, but most of the talk was about skiing and snowboarding last week when representatives from the Savoie Mont Blanc area of France visited London to spread the word about new attractions in the their resorts for the coming season. Here are some of the highlights (for more info on the resorts, click on the names):
TIGNES: Families can enjoy some late season skiing in the French Alps as well as brilliant Easter festivities including Tignes annual Easter egg hunt by booking a seven night holiday on a chalet board basis at four diamond Chalet Camille from £599pp, a saving of £230pp (Children 12+). Price includes return flights from London Gatwick to Geneva and transfers, departing on 15 April 2017.
RESORT TRANSFERS: To celebrate the good Spring snow conditions Ben’s Bus has arranged extra transfers from Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon airports. The service covers nearly 30 resorts in the French Alps. To check which resorts are covered and to book log on to the website below.