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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.
WIN a Kitvision Escape 4KW Action Camera
Leading action camera brand Kitvision has teamed up with the Skier & Snowboarder magazine to give away an Escape 4KW Action Camera worth £149.99 in a free to enter competition.
Capture every run, turn, and epic jump with the Escape 4KW Action Camera’s 4K Ultra High Definition recording, 12 megapixel camera, and multiple photo modes. The camera, which comes with a waterproof case also allows you to share your action through the built-in Wi-Fi.
How many of you have heard of Valloire? If you click here you can go to the France section where there is a feature about the area.
Did you know you can stay seven nights in the French resort of Valloire for £238 per person? AND this includes a FREE lift pass PLUS the use of a heated swimming pool and spa
The accommodation is in the cosy Résidence Le Hameau de Valloire apartments which sleep 4 (one bedroom and bed in lounge). For a group trip there are other apartments for up to 10 people (4 bedrooms).
INGHAMS – SESTRIERE: At just over 2,000m, Sestriere is the highest resort in the popular Milky Way ski area of north-western Italy offering a range of slopes for everyone from beginners to seasoned experts. Inghams (01483 791 114) is offering seven nights at the three star Hotel Sud Ovest in Sestriere, Italy from £449 per person based on two sharing. The Price includes return flights from London Gatwick to Turin departing on 14 January 2017, resort transfers and accommodation on a half board basis.
SAMOËNS: Groups of friends or families looking for a Christmas getaway together can exclusively hire Villa Rose, a privately-owned boutique property in the heart of the Grand Massif an hour’s drive from Geneva airport. After a day on the slopes guests can enjoy the brand-new jacuzzi or snuggle up in front of the roaring fire and watch a classic Christmas film.
FRENCH & ITALIAN ALPS: RocketSki says skiers and snowboarders have until 25 October to book one of its special 8-night New Year packages for only £399 flying from Gatwick and £414 departing from Manchester. The packages from 30 December – 7 January includes flights, transfers, 8 nights accommodation, daily buffet breakfast and seven evening meals.
BEN’S Bus, which offers transfers between a wide range of airports and resorts in the alps, is offering services from Geneva airport for the 2016/17 season with return prices from £45.50. If you are travelling in a group or with children, you may receive a further discount.
The company has also teamed up with Ongosa to help you find experienced guides and instructors to make your trip complete.
After months of tasting, French Alps specialist Ski Amis has announced that their brand new and vastly improved menu has been finalised for the coming season. The team have been working extremely hard to create a more focused collection of new dishes whilst keeping a few of their old favourites.