With the start of the 2014 ski booking season looming, Sydney-based marketing outfit Dynamic Tourism Group (DGT) has added to its ever-growing client portfolio with the addition of Victorian ski field transport specialists HothamBus and FallsBus.
Subsidiaries of Wangaratta-based North East Coachlines, HothamBus and FallsBus operate discounted express coach travel from Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia to Hotham Alpine Resort, Falls Creek and Dinner Plain.
Victorian services operate from Southern Cross, central Melbourne, Tullamarine Airport and Epping.
New South Wales services include pick-ups and set downs in regional NSW (Wagga Wagga, Yass and Goulburn), Liverpool, Parramatta and central Sydney.
South Australian ski connections operate daily from Adelaide.
HothamBus and FallsBus also operate private minivan bus transfers from Albury and Tullamarine Airports, day ski/board tours from Wangaratta, ski weekends and a range of five and seven day fully inclusive packaged snow holidays to all Victorian winter ski resorts.
Jet2.com will operate new flights from Edinburgh to Geneva and Manchester to Turin during the 2014/2015 winter season.
Both flights will operate on Saturdays from December 20 to April 11.
Its flight to Turin will be the only direct service to the Italian city from Manchester.
Geneva is Jet2′s third destination from Edinburgh, from where the airline already flies to Chambery and Salzburg in the winter.
Both Geneva and Turin are gateways to winter sports resorts, Geneva being close to many resorts in the Swiss and French Alps including Morzine, Chamonix and Verbier, while Turin serves the resorts of the ‘ Milky Way’ including Sauze d’Oulx, Sestriere and Montgenevre.
THE ST. REGIS ASPEN RESORT UNVEILS HELI-SKIING EXCURSION
Thrill seekers enjoy 4-night ski getaway including day of skiing
untracked Colorado powder
Aspen, CO—February 12, 2014—This winter, The St. Regis Aspen Resort launches a heli-skiing package in partnership with Telluride Helitrax, which includes a 4-night stay at the Aspen property, two days of skiing one of Aspen’s four mountains, and one day of heli-skiing untouched powder in the heart of the San Juan Mountains.
Named #1 in the “Top 40 Resorts in the West” by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards, The St. Regis Aspen Resort invites its guests to embark on an unforgettable heli-ski adventure in the Colorado Rockies. Heli-ski participants depart on a 40-minute scenic flight from Aspen’s airport to Telluride, followed by a shuttle ride for powder ski fitting and debriefing of the day’s events by the Helitrax team. Accompanied by a professional ski guide, skiers are helicoptered to a select summit, where they enjoy six runs, lunch, and snacks.
With typical drop-off sites at or above 13,000 feet, Helitrax has access to over 200 square miles of high alpine basins at some of the highest elevations in North America. Because of this altitude, high quality, light powder can be experienced up until the very end of ski season.
The St. Regis Heli-Skiing Package includes:
4-night stay at St. Regis Aspen Resort
One day of heli-skiing with Helitrax
2 complimentary adult lift tickets for two days of skiing to Aspen’s four mountains
$50 food and beverage credit per day—to be used at the resort’s Shadow Mountain Lounge, Trecento Quindici Decano, or in-room dining
Valid through April 20, 2014
Rates start at $4999 for double occupancy. Reservations for this package must be made at least 14 days prior to arrival. Book by calling the Resort at 970.429.9500 and requesting the “HeliSki” package.
About The St. Regis Aspen Resort
The St. Regis Aspen Resort has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure as a leading destination resort and has been named a Platinum Choice Award Winner by Smart Meetings magazine. With elegant décor, unrivaled luxury and the trademark bespoke service for which The St. Regis group of hotels is known, guests enjoy an unparalleled experience at this quintessential mountain retreat. Resort amenities include the newly opened Trecento Quindici Decano restaurant, Shadow Mountain Lounge, Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE, Remède Spa, an outdoor heated pool, fitness center, world class resort concierge services and 25,000 square feet of meeting space.
For reservations or more information, call 1.888.454.9005 or 970.920.3300 or visit the website at www.stregisaspen.com
The New Year is when many think about getting fit, but the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz (www.kulm.com) has a secret weapon in Joachim Pötschger, a celebrity trainer who has developed a mind and body programme called persofit® exclusively for the property, as he’s available to knock guests into shape throughout the year, not just in January. Whether you’re looking to get fit ahead of hitting the slopes, lose a few pounds before your wedding or improve your distance running performance, Joachim Pötschger, affectionately known as JoPo, will get you on the right track.
JoPo, who has trained a number of celebrity guests at the hotel, uses several methods to ascertain the health and fitness of individuals in the Kulm Spa St. Moritz, including a simple metabolic test that provides data on muscular composition, flexibility and agility of the motor axes, which can then be used to generate a bespoke personal workout programme.
To take advantage of the metabolic test, guests can book the Kulm Spa Closeup package, which includes three nights’ accommodation on a half-board basis, the test, an hour’s personal training and two spa treatments (one a bath, the other a massage). Prices for this package start from CHF1380 (approx £950) per person sharing a double room; reservations can be made by phone +41 (0) 81 836 80 00 or by e-mail via email@example.com.
Notes for editors
Kulm Hotel St. Moritz was the first hotel to be built in St. Moritz. The Kulm Hotel opened its doors in 1856 and immediately became popular for summer spa and painting holidays, particularly among the British who comprised around 75% of the hotel guests. The owner of the Kulm Hotel, Johannes Badrutt, initiated winter holidays to St. Moritz from 1864.
Since the 19th century, the Kulm Hotel has changed considerably through expansion and renovation, but the fabulous location at the heart of St. Moritz with views over the Lake remains the same. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Kulm Hotel St. Moritz has 173 rooms, five restaurants (offering formal dining, French fine dining – the Gourmet-Restaurant the K awarded 15 points by GaultMillau, Italian, local Engadine specialities and Japanese with 13 GaultMillau points), the extensive Kulm Spa St. Moritz (with a 20 m indoor pool with underwater music, various saunas and steam room, a Jacuzzi, a fully-equipped gym and treatment rooms, all with stunning views over Lake St. Moritz) and six conference rooms, with capacities ranging from 50 to 500 people.
Entertainment and sports facilities include the 9-hole Kulm Golf Course St. Moritz, three tennis courts, a natural ice rink, a curling field and the Marmotta Club for children. The Kulm Hotel St. Moritz is inextricably linked to the Cresta Run through the Sunny Bar, where tobogganing pilots have congregated for decades; the walls are lined with trophies and images of famous people who have hurled themselves down the infamous ice track.
Awards in 2013 for the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz include a place in a list of the top ten best holiday hotels in Switzerland compiled by renowned Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung and the top ten most welcoming luxury hotels in the country list put together by Switzerland Tourism.
In 2012, the Kulm Hotel’s gourmet restaurant the K received 15 GaultMillau points and, in the latest ranking list of Switzerland’s best winter hotels, Kulm Hotel St. Moritz ranked at number 4 in the category of five star hotels as ‘one of the best managed and most excellent hotel in the Alps with immaculate consistency’. In January 2014, the Kulm Hotel was named one of Switzerland’s favourite lakeside hotels by HolidayCheck.
Both the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz and its sister property Grand Hotel Kronenhof are owned by the Niarchos family.
The perfect ski holiday requires ample amount of organisation, which is why the high end ski operator Bramble Ski, has launched an exclusive new ski instructor-concierge service. This personal one-to-one offering is set to redefine the luxury chalet ski experience.
Dedicated to providing its guests with a five-star service, Bramble Ski’s new ski instructor-concierge will ensure a guest’s holiday gets off to the best possible start. Ahead of their arrival, Bramble Ski guests will be appointed a highly-trained qualified ski instructor, who will be on hand throughout their stay to ensure that every aspect of their trip runs smoothly. Upon arrival guests will be greeted by their personal ski instructor-concierge who will assist them with luggage, provide ski-passes for the week, fit all ski equipment, and set up a cosy, roaring fire.
The ski instructor-concierge at Bramble Ski will ensure their guest’s holiday is exceptional and unforgettable on and off the mountain. From making reservations at the most exclusive restaurants and nightclubs, booking pampering spa treatments to soothe tired muscles, to arranging daredevil heli-skiing and parapenting excursions. Much more than a ski instructor, the concierge is always on call to take care of guests’ requests.
The ski instructor-concierges at Bramble Ski are fully qualified ski instructors who are especially trained to provide guests with the most enjoyable ski experience during their stay, both on and off the piste. Carefully organising ski itineraries for guests on a daily basis depending on ski conditions, the ski instructor-concierge will advise guests which runs to tackle. From skiing on beginners’ slopes to more challenging black runs, guests will be instructed by their ski instructor-concierge no matter what the level or experience they have on the slopes.
Offering insider knowledge of the most exclusive activities around the resort, the ski concierge ensures that guests have a variety of opportunities for adventure and excitement. Bramble Ski’s ski instructor-concierge can organiseparapenting excursions and heli-skiing trips that are bound to get the adrenalin pumping for daredevil guests.
Bramble Ski’s innovative new level of personalised service offers the full package for guests who want to ensure that every moment of their tailor made ski holiday is seamless and stress-free.
Bramble Ski is a luxury ski operator, boasting a stunning collection of private properties in Switzerland and Austria. Paying the very highest attention to detail, Bramble Ski offers superb food, exquisite wines, scrupulously selected staff, and some of the most desirable properties in Verbier, Lech, St. Anton, and Villars, on both a catered and self-catered basis. Prices start from 8,160 euros/£6,687 per week, for a Bramble Classic chalet in St Anton on a catered basis in low season. The catered price also includes 2 days of ski instruction.
*Prices in Pound Sterling are according to today’s exchange rate.
FREE Child Places, including child care, for holidays departing on 15th March and 22nd March.
Limited availabilty in selected chalets in Les Gets, Reberty 2000 and Plagne 1800.
Maximum of one free child place per booking. Offer based on child travelling with min two adults (50% first child reduction for one adult families). Free child places are available to families of two adults and one child, however underoccupancy supplements will apply if the room chosen is suitable for four or more people.
contactSki Famille 0845 644 3764, www.skifamille.co.uk
All Ski Famille catered chalet packages offer you and your family:
• Fabulous locations
• Five days of high quality free childcare (8 hours a day)
• Delicious home cooked meals
• Inclusive pre-dinner drinks and wine with your meal
• Playrooms with a wide range of toys, books and games
• Ski school, lift pass and equipment booking service*
• Free airport transfers … and equally important little things including
• Free nappies and wipes
• Baby sitting 6 nights a week*
• Baby equipment including cots, high chairs, buggies, sterilisers, and much more
• Free wi-fi• iPod docks, TVs and DVDs in all chalets
• *additional charges apply
Visit: www.skifamille.co.uk for more details. Call: 0845 64 437 64 to discuss your family skiing plans
VIRGINIA CITY, Nev. -Take a break from the slopes with Virginia City’s new Comstock Lift Ticket and drink in this historic mining town’s rich history. Purchase a $10 Comstock Lift Ticket, which includes a Trolley Ride and the Ponderosa Mine Tour, and receive 20% off at participating hotels, motels, restaurants and merchants.
“Our Comstock Lift Ticket provides an alternative for skiers looking for additional activities or extending their stays,” Deny Dotson, tourism director, said. “We are often asked if we’re open during winter and the answer is, of course. We’re not an amusement park, we’re the real deal.”
At 6,200 feet on Mount Davidson, historic Virginia City is 25 miles from Reno and 45 miles from Lake Tahoe. Like many cities in Nevada, Virginia City was a mining “boomtown” with more than $400 million in gold and silver mined. In today’s prices, that’s more than $20 billion dollars.
The 19th century mining bonanza turned Virginia City into the most important industrial city between Denver and San Francisco, and it turned destitute prospectors from all over the world into millionaires. Mansions, hospitals, churches, opera houses and schools were built and imported furniture, fashions and entertainment from Europe and the Orient overflowed. The riches helped finance the Civil War and went on to build empires around the world, including San Francisco, a city built with Comstock silver.
Purchase the Comstock Lift Ticket at the Visitors Center located at 86 South C Street. Look in store windows for participating restaurants and shops. Proof of purchase is required to receive the 20% discount. Book reservations directly with participating hotel properties. Participating lodging properties include: Cobb Mansion Bed & Breakfast, Edith Palmer’s Country Inn, Gold Hill Hotel, Silverland Inn & Suites, Sugarloaf Mountain Motel, Virginia City Inn and Silver Queen Hotel.
Download Virginia City’s mobile app available for iOS and Android devices. Features include information on Virginia City’s history, town saloons and restaurants, its quirky special events, shopping and lodging properties as well as weather and the ability to check-in on social networking sites.
For more information on Virginia City, Nev., visit www.visitvirginiacitynv.com or call the Virginia City Tourism Commission (VCTC) at 775-847-7500. Download a Virginia City attractions map online.
A short 30-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport takes visitors to one of the largest historic districts in the Unites States – Virginia City, Nev. Come experience this mining “boomtown” as it was in the 1800’s. Step back in time while visiting the numerous historic buildings, saloons, churches and museums or take a mine tour or even ride a real steam train. The Comstock Adventure Passes offer the best value with discounted attraction packages. For lodging, event calendar or Comstock Adventure Passes, visit online or call 775-847-7500. The Visitor Information Center is located at 86 South C Street, Virginia City.
BEAT PEAK SEASON PRICES BY BOOKING SKI HIRE & LESSONS FROM YOUR MOBILE
With its new booking platform, suggestions from locals and discounts on everything you need on your ski holiday, Tripster Ski becomes the essential in-resort companion.
What it does:
Save 30-40% on ski & board hire and 5-10% on lessons & activities vs in-resort prices by booking on Tripster (min. 1 day in advance)
Instant perks in bars, clubs and restaurants (eg extended happy hour, seasonaire prices)
Establishments are hand-picked and described by locals living in resort
Resort newsfeed with real-time updates and events
Resort & Piste maps
Free app on iPhone & Android (bookings coming soon on Android)
25 resorts in the French Alps (Meribel, Courchevel, Val Thorens, Les Menuires, La Tania, Tignes, Val d’Isere, La Plagne, Les Arcs (x3), Chamonix, Avoriaz, Morzine, Les Gets, Les 2 Alpes, Alpe d’Huez, Serre Chevalier, Les Contamines, Montgenevre, La Rosiere, La Clusaz, Flaine, Isola 2000, Auron)
461 offers from 139 businesses in the Alps
6,000 happy users
Appstore rating: 4.7 out of 5 (UK & Fr)
Available in English & French
Having done back-to-back ski seasons with a British Tour Operator, upon returning to the Alps on holiday, skiing fanatic Alexis Murray-Jones became frustrated with his evident lack of local knowledge, tendency to pay ‘tourist’ prices everywhere and overall time-wasting in new resorts he visited. He founded Tripster together with app developer Didier Gayraud to overcome these problems.
Tripster was launched in November 2012 as a voucher-based iPhone app at the London Ski Show at Earl’s Court. In its first season (2012/13), it was used 24,000 times by 4,500 British holidaymakers (from 5,000 downloads). Lower roaming rates this year and offline mode have made it easy to use abroad. The company’s future plans include expanding to summer desinations.
Ski / Snowboard Hire: 30% off all equipment rental 40% off in low-season
Ski / Snowboard Lessons: 10% off all lessons – group & private, adult & child – (most resorts); 5% off (Chamonix)
Bars: Seasonaire prices; Extended Happy Hour; Free house shot with every drink; 2-4-1 drinks; 2 free shots per litre of beer
Clubs: Free entry; Free jagerbomb
Restaurants: 10% off lunch; 2-4-1 main courses; Free drink
Test the app from the web: https://app.io/9s0tHA
1-minute product video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CP5-Qj8QZ8&vq=large
If you are inspired to improve your snowboarding by the likes of Jenny Jones and Billy Morgan who will be representing Team GB in Sochi next week then check out the rudechalets™ Snowboard Skills Week!
To wrap up Winter 2014 rudechalets™ and Mint Snowboarding are offering an insanely good value “Snowboard Skills Week”. The week will enable you to progress your snowboarding that little bit further and nail all those tricks you did not quite master before the season comes to a close. Plus, as well as receiving FREE access to the rudechalets™ 2014 Burton Snowboard Test Centre everyone will also get a sneak preview and the chance to test a selection of Burton’s brand spanking new 2015 Snowboards.
Dates: 13th – 20th April 2014
Price: £489 pp/pw includes 5 x 3 hours snowboard skills tuition, rental of a 2014 Burton Snowboard, 7 nights’ accommodation in an uber-cool rudechalet™, return airport transfers from Geneva, half board, unlimited wine and on-mountain video service.
Each day a Mint Snowboard instructor will take clients through a different 3 hour morning master class which will focus on the following:
Day 1: Airs & Grabs
Day 2: Jibbing & Buttery Stuff
Day 3: Spin Class
Day 4: Rails & Boxes
Day 5: Halfpipe & Handplants
Afternoons will be free to practices techniques, explore the epic parks, pistes and tree lined runs of the Avoriaz ski area and soak up the spring sunshine in one of the chilled out cafes or lively après ski bars.
Suitable for intermediate and advanced riders.
For more information / bookings please contact the rudechalets™ team: 08700687030 / firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rudechalets.com
For press enquiries & press trips please contact Helen LAVENDER: +33 650987276; email@example.com
Note to the editors: Since 2002 rudechalets™ has established its name as one of the most über-fun chalet brands in the Alps, consistently investing in new ways to keep their snowboarding and skiing guests happier than Larry himself. “For the price, quality, location and facilities included you will be hard pushed to find a better mountain holiday experience.”
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