Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine Joins The Mountain Collective for 2014-15 Ski Season

September 3, 2014 on 2:49 pm | In Alberta, Canada, Skiing Snowboarding | Comments Off



BANFF, Alberta, WHISTLER, BC, ASPEN, Colo., JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., ALTA, Utah, SNOWBIRD, Utah, SQUAW VALLEY, Calif., MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. and SAN FRANCISCO –

The Mountain Collective™ has added another premier independent ski destination in North America to its roster of iconic mountains for the 2014-15 winter season. Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine joins AltaSnowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Whistler Blackcomb in this unprecedented collaboration of destinations.

Starting today, a limited number of Mountain Collective passes are on sale for only $389 USD. The Mountain Collective™ Pass includes two days of skiing or riding at each of the seven destinations (AltaSnowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Whistler Blackcomb), plus a 50 percent discount on all additional days with no blackout dates. Pricing for the kid’s pass (ages 12 and under) has been reduced more than 55 percent to just $99 for the 2014-15 season offering an incredible deal for families.

The Mountain Collective™ Pass grants access to 15 mountains with more than 38,000 acres of terrain, 212 lifts and an unmatched reputation for snow quality, quantity and steeps. Passes are available online through an exclusive technology, distribution and marketing partnership with Liftopia at www.MountainCollective.com . A limited quantity of passes are now available at this lowest guaranteed price.

“The Mountain Collective is building on its success as the fastest growing multi-resort pass in North America with the addition of a seventh destination; Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine,” said Christian Knapp, vice president of marketing, Aspen Skiing Company. “The Banff area is truly one of the most picturesque mountain destinations in the world offering an amazing town and three world-class resorts. This addition nicely complements the already incredible roster of Mountain Collective destinations, giving skiers and riders even more variety and value.”

“The three mountains of Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay in Canada’s Banff National Park are thrilled to join the premier ski and snowboard destinations on the planet,” said Pete Woods, General Manager, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine. “The unbelievable mix of terrain, astounding natural setting and welcoming ski towns of Banff and Lake Louise are a perfect match to the dream list of Mountain Collective destinations.”

In addition to being able to ski or ride at seven leading destinations, extra benefits available to Mountain Collective pass holders include exclusive lodging deals and a complimentary one year Protect Our Winters (protectourwinters.org) membership. The Mountain Collective is committed to being in business forever and proudly partners with Protect Our Winters with the mission of uniting the winter sports community on the important issue of climate change. The partnership also offers a 50 percent discount on lift tickets to premier season pass holders at the participating resorts throughout the season, no Mountain Collective pass necessary.

Visit www.MountainCollective.com or call (800) 705-6286 for more information.

The Mountain Collective™ Pass includes two days of skiing or riding at each of the six destinations:

Alta / Snowbird
Aspen / Snowmass
Jackson Hole
Mammoth
Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine
Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows
Whistler Blackcomb

Plus a 50 % discount on all additional days with no blackout dates, and save up to 25% off lodging.

About Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine

Located in Canada’s Banff National Park; the Lake Louise Ski Resort, Sunshine Village and Mt. Norquay caters to all abilities and offers astounding scenic beauty. The welcoming ski town of Banff is located only 90 minutes from Calgary International Airport. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features 8,000 acres of skiing and riding terrain, 2 gondolas, 26 lifts and 30 feet of light, dry Canadian Rockies powder; all accessible via one lift ticket. This is the land where Nature Rules. www.SkiBig3.com , www.twitter.com/skibig3com , www.facebook.com/SkiBig3.


Aspen Snowmass winter news

August 28, 2014 on 11:27 am | In Rockies, Skiing Snowboarding | Comments Off



2014-15 Winter Packages On Sale Now
Now you can save more with Aspen Snowmass vacation packages. Call 866-572-9632 or visit our central reservations, Stay Aspen Snowmass: stayaspensnowmass.com and book your winter escape today.

The Hideout: New Children’s Center at Buttermilk
Aspen Snowmass is excited to unveil The Hideout, a children’s center at the base of Buttermilk. The Hideout will give children and families a world-class facility with improved entry for drop off and direct access to the mountain while also using adventure that fosters every child’s imagination.

X Games and Audi FIS World Cup
For the 14th year, Aspen will host the X Games January 22-25, 2015 at Buttermilk and will continue to host until 2019. Aspen has also been awarded the Audi FIS World Cup Finals, March 15-19, 2017; the first time the event has been held in the US in over 20 years. Women’s Alpine World Cup returns to Aspen November 28-29, 2014

Snow Tubing at Snowmass
New at Snowmass beginning December 19, 2014, the mountain will feature four lanes of lift-served snow tubing perfect for an afternoon of sliding down snow with the family. Built for ages four-fourteen, the new tubing facilities at Elk Camp will provide non-stop laughter and fun.


Lagrange Holidays’ Top Picks For Family Skiing

August 22, 2014 on 8:38 am | In London, Skiing Snowboarding, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Here are Lagrange Holidays’ top picks for family ski holidays for the upcoming winter season, taken from the full selection ski resorts featured in Lagrange’s Ski 2014/15 programme:

Samoens:
In the heart of the Grand Massif domain and the only ski resort in France classified by the Monuments Historiques thanks to its charming architecture, Samoens offers a perfect balance between traditional Alpine village and extensive skiing opportunities.
Les Fermes de Samoens – Comfortable apartments and chalets with small indoor swimming pool, from £335/apt/wk.

Les Saisies:
An ideal destination for families looking for a relaxed introduction to skiing, Les Saisies has gentle tree-lined slopes and impressive views over the Mont Blanc range. Visitors can also make the most of the resort’s Olympic-level cross-country trails, which are some of the highest in Europe.
Les Chalets d’Emeraude – Stylish new apartments located 200m from the nearest slopes, from £365/apt/wk.

Pralognan-en-Vanoise:
In the heart of the Vanoise National Park, Pralognan is a peaceful antidote to the surrounding big-name resorts of La Plagne and Courchevel and is perfect for family groups looking for an alternative to the crowded slopes of larger ski domains.
Les Hauts de la Vanoise – Brand new smart apartments with pool, located at the foot of the slopes, from £310/apt/wk.

La Toussuire:
Part of the impressive Les Sybelles ski domain, La Toussuire sits on a sunny plateau and offers a wide variety of slopes ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers, as well as a welcoming local atmosphere and family-friendly local amenities.
Les Hauts du Comborciere – ski-in/ski-out apartments, 100m from the resort centre, from £441/apt/wk.

Les Angles:
A picturesque Pyrenean village resort with well-preserved architecture and slopes for all abilities, Les Angles boasts great value lift passes and quieter slopes and is ideal for family groups who may be budget-conscious.
Prat de Lis – Pyrenean-style apartments located at the foot of the slopes, from £275/apt/wk.

Lagrange Holidays is an ABTA-bonded tour operator, specialising in ski and summer holidays to France. Forty two of the most popular Alpine & Pyrenean resorts feature in the Ski 2014/15 brochure, with the full programme of over 90 European ski resorts available online. Lagrange feature accommodation to suit all budgets and styles, from simple studios to large self-catered chalets and smart apartments, plus a selection of short break hotels. Accommodation can be booked alone, or as part of a self-drive or rail travel package. For brochures and reservations clients should call 020 7371 6111 or visit www.lagrange-holidays.co.uk


40% off Winter Park! Book by Aug. 31.‏

August 20, 2014 on 12:06 pm | In Rockies, Skiing Snowboarding | Comments Off



One of Colorado’s crown jewels—Winter Park Resort—celebrates its diamond anniversary during the 2014/2015 ski season! This iconic resort opened in 1940 with a pair of rope tows and three trails, but a lot has changed in 75 years. Winter Park has grown to become one of the premier resorts in the country, with seven territories spread across more than 3,000 acres of world-class terrain.

You may have heard of Winter Park’s family-friendly trails and Mary Jane’s famed mogul runs, but that’s just the beginning of the story. Each of the seven territories offers unique terrain and memorable experiences for every level of skier, and they’re all waiting to be discovered on a Winter Park ski vacation.

In honor of the 75th anniversary, Winter Park is hosting a season of celebrations, and the new, 16,000-square-foot Lunch Rock Restaurant will be the center of the action. This new eatery is located atop the Mary Jane Territory and has spectacular views of the Continental Divide.

Join the 75th anniversary celebrations and discover Winter Park’s seven territories with great ski-and-stay deals. Save 40% on lodging when you book by Aug. 31*! Browse our deals online and below, and call a Mountain Vacation Specialist at 800-299-0656 to learn more.
*Restrictions and black-out dates apply.


Heli-Skiing Tour in Purcell and Selkirk Mountains‏

August 19, 2014 on 11:02 am | In Adventure Travel, Alberta, British Columbia, Canada, Labrador, Skiing Snowboarding | Comments Off



Frontiers International Travel, the leader in luxury sporting vacations since 1969, is thrilled to announce its first hosted luxury heli-skiing tour in Alberta, Canada on January 14-19, 2015. In conjunction with Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH), guests will ski high alpine, wide-open glaciers and perfectly spaced tree runs. The well-appointed Bobbie Burns Lodge offers ample amenities to reward guests after a big day in the mountains, including fine dining, fitness equipment, professional massages, hot tub and sauna. The 4-day hosted heli-skiing trip starts at $5,995. For more information, visit http://www.frontierstravel.com or call Hank Ingram at 724-935-1577.

“New generation heli-skiing is not only about the experienced powder skier, it’s also about introducing newcomers to the sport,” said Hank Ingram of Frontiers International Travel.

The Bobbie Burns Lodge offers some of the finest heli-skiing anywhere, with access to both the Purcell and Selkirk Mountains. The area hosts a rich selection of runs in the trees and glaciated terrain. The area’s valleys enfold several micro-climates, affording exceptional skiing in virtually all conditions.

“Massive vertical and nonstop runs are what create epic days at the Bobbie Burns,” said Ingram. “Bobbie Burns is a wilderness retreat with abundant amenities to reward guests after an epic powder day.”

For more information on this luxury heli-skiing tour, see the full itinerary.

About us: Frontiers Travel is a full-service travel company specializing in light-tackle fishing, quality bird shooting, wildlife photographic safaris, and Elegant Journeys throughout the world. Founded in 1969, Frontiers caters to discriminating travelers looking for a company that can take care of all the details so they can focus on the fun part. http://www.frontierstravel.com


The Top 20 Chalets For 2014/15 Winter Season

August 16, 2014 on 6:11 am | In Adventure Travel, Cabinweb, France, Germany, Italy, London, Skiing Snowboarding, Switzerland, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Heralding its fifth successive season, The Luxury Chalet Collection has been providing a new standard for luxury ski chalets since 2010. Following the end of the 2013/14 ski season the team have been busy with the extensive selection process. Calling upon not only their own expert knowledge of the ski industry but also listening to the invaluable feedback from clients, the outcome of which has ensured that this season’s portfolio is promising to be their best yet.

With no less than 13 new chalets making their cameo appearance in the collection, this displays that the ski industry and that what clients are truly aspiring for is constantly evolving. The Luxury Chalet Collection, therefore, defines exactly what the best of the best is for skiing holidays at the moment. Sister company of the established leading luxury travel ski agent, The Oxford Ski Company, the years of experience that the team behind the collection brings to the forefront ensures that The Luxury Chalet Collection has the finger on the pulse when it comes to what a ski holiday should be delivering this coming season.

Founder of The Luxury Chalet Collection, Rupert Longsdon, sums up this season’s portfolio; “Having been in the industry for over 15 years, I’ve seen a trend emerge. New ski agents are entering the market almost on a daily basis making it a very competitive and often confusing market for clients. Whilst we embrace competition, we wanted to create a go-to website whereby clients can be assured of an expert knowledge and understanding which is often copied but never rivalled. Through one phone call, our clients will have access to the most supreme properties that we know inside out.”

Everyday life is certainly not slowing down. Everyone deserves and needs a holiday. But often the mere thought of booking that holiday can become a headache. Not anymore. The Luxury Chalet Collection is your remedy. They will be your point of contact from start to finish, ensuring a great holiday is nothing short of amazing.


THE Resort to Visit for the 2014/15 Ski Season

August 16, 2014 on 5:58 am | In France, London, Skiing Snowboarding, Switzerland, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Leading Luxury Ski Travel Agent, The Oxford Ski Company are always keeping their ear to the ground listening out for the latest murmurs coming from resorts across Europe & North America. Following the completion of their extensive end of season review, their findings present an optimistic picture ahead for one French resort in particular.

With over 15 years experience under their belt, The Oxford Ski Company has witnessed many a ski season come and go; more than they’d care to admit in fact for fear of giving away their Founder’s age! But one thing is for sure, their ability to predict trends and pinpoint where the winter’s ‘hot-spots’ will be is second to none.

Following an in-depth analysis and review of seasons’ passed, The Oxford Ski Company predict that for this coming winter 2014/15 season the resort in the spotlight will be Chamonix. Not only is this resort easily accessible through being just an hour’s transfer from Geneva airport. But with the start of a 40 year €477 million Euro investment plan currently taking place as we speak, there will be much to shout about in Chamonix for this season.

A new state of the art 10 man gondola will be replacing the tired 4-man chair lift in Grands Montet area ensuring faster (and warmer!) access to one of the top ski areas of this resort. As well as a new beginner ski area due to be unveiled this winter in the Brévent-Flégère Ski area at a staggeringly snow-sure height of 2,000m, Chamonix has never have been more accessible for all levels of skiers. Historically Chamonix, made famous by the towering Mont Blanc, was believed to be a resort reserved for intermediate to advanced skiers. However, with these renovations and huge investments taking place, Chamonix will undoubtedly be a resort that will rightly be able to rival the claim of being the best all round resort in France.

And the accommodation in resort is jumping on board with this facelift too. This season marks the debut for a fantastic ski in – ski out chalet in the ski area of Les Houches. Ideal for families, Chalet Amano boasts stunning views over the Chamonix valley from not only the floor to ceiling windows in the glorious open plan living area but also from the privately positioned hot tub upon the sun drenched decking area. Recently returned from a trip here, Specialist Sales Consultant, Franki Hutchins, was full of its praises: “Finding a ski in, ski out chalet in the Chamonix Valley is always hard so when I visited Chalet Amano I was blown away! Pure luxury on the slopes.” Sleeping up to 12 guests in 5 en-suite bedrooms, Chalet Amano is a very exciting addition to one of France’s premier ski resorts.


Ski Specialist Alpine Guru New Properties For The 2014/15 Season

August 16, 2014 on 5:55 am | In London, Skiing Snowboarding, United Kingdom | Comments Off



With an average spend of £3,500pp, Alpine Guru predicts growth to triple this season thanks to new product offering, slick new portal and streamlined user experience

Founded in July 2011 by ski & travel enthusiasts Oli Corkhill and Ant Cullen, luxury ski site, Alpine Guru, re-launches today with new branding, an all-new website and a carefully streamlined, handpicked product offering.

Resorts and properties in the collection have been rigorously assessed, stripped down and enhanced, in order to ensure clients have access to only the very finest accommodation, services and facilities for the 2014/15 winter season.

With over 300 luxury chalets, apartments and hotels in 35 of the best ski resorts across seven destinations worldwide, new Alpine Guru product for the 2014/15 season includes 20 exclusive apartments in St. Moritz, several new mega-chalets in Courchevel and a collection of properties available to rent for the whole winter season.

In line with new sister site, Villa Guru, which launched earlier this summer, Alpine Guru offers the best search experience available to those seeking out the most exclusive accommodation for their Alpine getaway. It goes far beyond providing mere listings, featuring each property on its own dedicated microsite-style page, including spectacular photography of every aspect, every view, every living space and every bedroom, as well as exhaustive descriptions, maps and pricing. All of this information is laid out across a simple and elegant design that has been carefully developed to assist customers in gathering information and making the right choices.

Making it even easier for customers to find the perfect ski retreat, Alpine Guru is one of the only ski websites to provide quick search categories, including family friendly, spa chalets or ski-in-ski-out, and features three brand new categories this season, pulling together ultra-luxe, luxe-for-less and best boutique properties on the site.

Between them, founders and directors, Oli and Ant, look after every aspect of the running of Alpine Guru, from building the website and researching, meeting and liaising with accommodation partners, to answering sales enquiries or providing customers with concierge services in the small hours of the morning. Alpine Guru clients benefit from the ultimate in personal, tailored service and a depth of product knowledge and contacts unrivalled by the sales teams of competitor brands.

A global brand, Alpine Guru boasts a loyal customer base of high net worth individuals, families, celebrities and royals from over 15 different countries worldwide and has enjoyed remarkable growth of over 1,000% in its first three years, with sales figures soaring from under £100,000 in its first season (11/12), to over £1,000,000 this past winter (13/14).

Oli Corkhill, Co-Founder and Director said: “The Alpine Guru brand and website really needed a complete overhaul to provide a better platform for our product. We are confident that the redesign now aptly reflects the calibre of chalets and service that we are offering clients. With an ongoing focus on personal service, consistent product, impressive locations and exclusive experiences, we hope to continue to exceed client expectations with a view to tripling annual sales figures for the 2014/15 season.”

Alpine Guru rates range from circa £1,000 to upwards of £10,000 per person per week dependant on the season. The average spend for Alpine Guru clients is around £3,500 per person per week, based on exclusive use chalet bookings for 8-10 guests.

For more information or to book your Alpine holiday, visit www.alpineguru.com , call 020 3004 8750 or email info@alpineguru.com


Book Now For Best Choice Of Winter Adventures, Advises Simply Sweden

August 16, 2014 on 5:43 am | In Skiing Snowboarding, Sweden | Comments Off



Simply Sweden is advising travellers wishing to visit Scandinavia this winter to book their holidays now, before availability runs dry. The specialist tour operator says that while most of us are focusing on our summer breaks, savvy travellers will be securing their places on the best Arctic adventures.

“Our winter holidays start booking up fast at this time of year,” says Chris Graham of Simply Sweden. “Some of our trips have one, two or just a handful of departures because in such remote regions the availability of the best guides, accommodation, even flights, is extremely limited.

“For example, our ‘Laponian Arctic Nights’, a new remote wilderness escape deep inside Sweden’s Sami territories, has just two departure dates, 27 January and 3 February. For trips like these, we’ve barely a place left by autumn. And it isn’t as simple as putting on more holidays to meet demand – when hotels are full, they’re full and when the best guides are booked, they’re booked.

‘Laponian Arctic Nights’ – which ventures into what Unesco describes as one of the last untouched wilderness areas – is just one of the highlights of Simply Sweden’s exciting winter schedule. Others include ‘Magical Moments in Lapland’, featuring some of the most innovative hotels in the region, and another new holiday for this winter ‘The Iron Trail – Lapland’, which follows the old iron ore trade route for a historic take on the area.

A mix of holidays focusing on aurora borealis, to suit different tastes, includes ‘Lofoten Islands – Northern Lights’, with a trip on the Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer, ‘Icehotel & Northern Lights Cabins’, offering the chance to observe aurora borealis from some extraordinary lodgings, and ‘Northern Lights – Bjorkliden & Abisko’, which travels to one of the best locations in the world for watching nature’s fabulous light show.

For more information and prices, visit www.simplysweden.co.uk  or to book call 01427 700115. Follow developments on Twitter @Simply_Sweden and facebook.com/simplysweden

To request images or further information, please contact Little Black Book Creative: Simone Kane on 07811 161839 and simone@lbbcreative.co.uk , or Kate Simon on 07939 526109 and kate@lbbcreative.co.uk


Bespoke Switzerland Launching Winter 2014

August 16, 2014 on 5:41 am | In Skiing Snowboarding, Switzerland | Comments Off



Launching this winter, Bespoke Switzerland is a Swiss luxury lifestyle and concierge service, offering a range of services, including private jet and helicopter transfers, exclusive experiences and fabulous VIP access to events.

Set up by Swiss born René Seidl and Guernsey born Claire Johnson, between them they have developed an array of key contacts in order to make the impossible possible, with unparalleled access to events and the ability and contacts to organise extraordinary experiences throughout Switzerland.

Switzerland is synonymous with Luxury and Bespoke Switzerland is here to make it all possible, teaming up with the finest hotels, chalets, events, chefs, sommeliers and everything in between to make sure guests are not just buying travel, but an experience and a lasting memory.

Whether you want to hire an award-winning chef to entertain your family and friends in your chalet, fancy a helicopter picnic on a glacier, or would like to go heli-skiing, Bespoke Switzerland will find the perfect solution, organising your trip, hotel accommodation and for you to arrive by private jet, helicopter, limousine transfer or a luxury sports car… They have also teamed up with some of Switzerland’s leading fine watchmakers to give clients exclusive access to their ateliers, where you can get your own personalised timepiece made.

For further information and bookings, contact Bespoke Switzerland

contact@bespokeswitzerland.com  // 0207 917 6282

www.bespokeswitzerland.com


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