Eurostar is opening ticket sales for its popular ski train on Thursday, July 31.
The train will travel from London St Pancras to the French Alps, giving easy access to several resorts including Courchevel and Meribel in the Three Valleys, which are within an hour’s drive of the French terminal.
Services will run weekly from December 19 until April 11. Fares start at £149 return and there’s no charge for skis and boards.
Eurostar runs a Friday overnight service which arrives in the Alps early on Saturday morning, with the return leg departing late on Saturday evening. Alternatively there is a Saturday daytime service.
Tickets for Eurostar’s winter service to the Swiss Alps, with trains from London to Geneva via Lille, go on sale in October.
Eurostar’s services to Germany, Belgium and France for the Christmas Markets went on sale today on www.eurostar.com
Wizz Air will offer budget ski flights from London Luton to the Tatra Mountains in northern Slovakia from October 28.
The new service to Poprad will operate three times a week from October 28. The city is popular with hikers as well as winter sports enthusiasts.
Tickets have gone on sale with one-way fares starting at £25.99.
Luxury Ski Operator Announces New Additions to Its Growing Portfolio
Comprising of an exquisite collection of private chalet properties in Verbier, St Anton, Villars and Lech, Bramble Ski – the luxury ski operator – has announced new additions for the upcoming ski season, running 1st December 2014 to 30th April 2015. Tapping into a range of burgeoning trends, both on and off the piste, Bramble Ski’s new offerings will not disappoint the seasoned winter traveller.
Brand New Stylish Seasonal Chalets available in Verbier
For avid skiers looking to retreat to an exclusive hideaway in the mountains this winter, Bramble Ski is excited to launch a new luxurious chalet for the 2015 ski season. Tucked away in charismatic Verbier, in the tranquil wooded area of La Tinte, Chalet Pure Folie offers the ultimate luxury home away from home, with sumptuous wooden interiors, contemporary soft furnishings and open plan living areas. This chic five bedroom chalet (sleeps 10) is ideal for après-ski group entertaining, and is home to a large, well equipped gym, sauna, hammam and cinema.
Additionally, Chalet Sherwood, a stunning five-bedroom luxury apartment, is ideal for families or a group of friends who want a relaxing and peaceful environment, and is located within minutes from Verbier’s centre. Boasting breathtaking views across the valley, French windows opening out onto a spacious terrace, beautiful alpine fabrics and sumptuous sofas, this property is perfect for entertaining guests after a day of enjoying Verbier’s slopes for the 2015 ski season.
Bramble Ski will also be introducing Chalet Max, a picturesque four bedroom apartment sleeping up to eight guests, just seconds from the resort’s main Medran slope. Max offers a central location, chic accommodation including a private hot tub on the terrace which has some of the best views in Verbier!
Rates for seasonal chalets with Bramble Ski in Verbier for the 2015 ski season are as follows:
Chalet Pure Folie, rates start from approx. £246,554* for the season.
Chalet Sherwood, rates start from approx. £114,043* for the season.
Chalet Max, rates start from £86,224* for the season.
Post-Christmas Indulgence Package
Spreading a sprinkling of seasonal cheer, Bramble Ski have also announced a new, decadent Post-Christmas Indulgence winter offer across three resorts in Austria and Switzerland. Guests are invited to spend eight nights being pampered post-Christmas at one of St Anton’s most stylish chalets, Chalet Maria Schnee, a rebuilt masterpiece of Tyrolian Craftsmanship, boasting beautiful antique carvings and floors, combined with modern contemporary furnishings and art.
Located just a short 10 minute walk from the centre of St Anton, this elegant chalet offers a luxurious family retreat, sleeping up to 15 people in seven bedrooms, with a grand drawing room complete with open fire place, an open plan living and dining area, all sharing stunning views of the surrounding mountains. After a hard day’s skiing, guests can choose to wind down in style in the chalet’s plush living room, sit back with a good book from the well-stocked library, or put their feet up in front of movie in the private screening room.
Alternatively, Chalet L’Arole, located in the exclusive Chesières enclave of Villars in Swizterland, is an impressive alpine residence, once previously owned by the House of Chanel. With a key focus on sustainability, the chalet has recently undergone a complete transformation, whilst retaining many of the chalet’s original features such as a wonderful glass and oak staircase. Fine materials, handcrafted wood panelling, natural stones and antique and contemporary furniture have all been utilised to create an outstanding, luxurious family home.
Sleeping comfortably up to 16 guests in eight, individually designed, en-suite bedrooms, the chalet is also home to a well-equipped gym, cinema room, and outdoor heated swimming pool and cedar hot tub, perfect for relaxing and taking in the mountain views. For those needing to ease any aches and pains following a strenuous day’s skiing, the chalet’s private sauna and massage room offer the perfect pampering treat. Feeling recharged, guests can socialise over canapés and pre-dinner drinks in the drawing room, enjoy dinner in the impressive wood-panelled dining room, before retiring in front of the log fire with a glass of their favourite
At Chalet Tesseln (sleeps 12), the only ski in/ski out chalet in the whole of Verbier, guests will be treated to indulgences such as mesmerising firework displays and tailor-made on piste heli picnics featuring specially-sourced caviar and crisp champagne. Two complimentary sessions with a qualified ski instructor as well as three hours of soothing massage are also included in this lavish festive package. A particularly popular option with Bramble Ski’s guests celebrating Russian Orthodox Christmas!
Rates for the eight night Post-Christmas Indulgence packages, available from Saturday 3rd – Sunday 11th January 2015, are as follows:
Chalet Maria Schnee, rates start from approx. £28,317* fully catered for up to 15 guests; price includes two days private ski instruction and two hours of massage.
Chalet L’Arole, rates start from approx. £47,298* fully catered for up to 16 guests; price includes two days of private ski instruction and three hours of massage.
Chalet Tesseln rates start from approx. £32,778* fully catered for up to 12 guests; price includes two days of private ski instruction and three hours of massage.
Live the Après-Ski Dream
Recognising that off piste activities are just as integral as those on piste this winter, also new for 2015 ski season, Bramble Ski has crafted a well thought out packing list for guests for both on and off the mountain. Containing all the après-ski essentials, visitors will know exactly what to wear and where to head to indulge in the best options for evening entertainment. With the exclusive, new look Carrefour restaurant hosting regular live DJ nights and La Rouge Restaurant & Club transforming into a trendy evening hotspot, Bramble Ski’s essentials packing list is bound to become a vital resource!
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.
Portillo, Chile’s oldest and most storied ski resort, celebrates its 65th anniversary this summer! Setting up this season to be one for the history books, El Niño weather patterns snow conditions have delivered pre-season storms and more than five feet of snow before Opening Day.
While there will be plenty of powder days and small celebrations during the 65th ski season, Portillo will commemorate this milestone in its classic style: by keeping everything perfectly the same. Only those who have visited the striking blue-and-yellow Hotel Portillo, schussed toward the sparkling Lake of the Inca, sipped wine in the Andean sun at Tio Bob’s or gathered around an indulgent meal in the grand Dining Room know the intangibles that make Portillo unlike any other ski resort on earth.
Join Ski.com in toasting Portillo’s landmark year by looking back on photos and events that have shaped its modern identity as an international gathering place for skiers and snowboarders.
Join Portillo in celebrating its 65th anniversary by booking a ski week this summer. Saturday-to-Saturday ski weeks include lodging, lift tickets and four meals daily, and the resort hosts many special weeks throughout the season.
Read more about Portillo’s special ski weeks below, and call a Mountain Vacation Specialist at 800-299-0656 to start planning your Portillo experience today!
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“In addition to the incredible skiing, Portillo’s natural setting is impressive: a gorgeous lake surrounded by majestic mountains.”
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk urged residents to help visitors “experience Brisbane like a local” by sharing their Brisbane pictures, experiences and events as part of a new $500,000 tourism campaign announced today.
“Brisbane’s smorgasbord of blockbuster winter events and unique experiences will headline the Brisbane winter campaign, targeting drive market visitors in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales,” Cr Quirk said.
“From annual favourites such as the Royal Queensland Show, Regional Flavours and State of Origin to exclusives including American Ballet Theatre and Harvest – a GOMA exhibition devoted to all things food – variety is the hallmark of the events on offer from now until September.
“The winter campaign will highlight Brisbane’s robust line-up of new and annual events, while showcasing the city’s enviable winter climate, exceptional hotels, great dining options and superb leisure attractions.
“Underpinning our upcoming special and exclusive sporting and cultural events will, I hope, be the warmth and enthusiasm of the people of Brisbane.
“Research consistently shows our greatest asset is our friendly locals, who tend to treat visitors as ‘one of our own’ and make them feel relaxed and welcome.
“I encourage residents to join the campaign by listing their own events on the wonderful new VisitBrisbane website – www.visitbrisbane.com.au – and advocating the region’s leisure tourism experiences.”
VisitBrisbane is now a one-stop interactive shop for visitors and locals alike, allowing residents to sign up and register their own special events, and helping travellers experience the region like a local.
“Residents and visitors can also log on to VisitBrisbane and post reviews on leisure experiences that make them say ‘Give me Brisbane Any Day’,” Cr Quirk said.
VisitBrisbane is fully adaptable to mobile phones, tablets and PCs while the ‘Near Me’ function provides an on-the-move planning tool for mobile devices, allowing travellers to locate nearby wining, dining and shopping attractions.
“People who log on to VisitBrisbane can also go ‘shopping’ for their favourite events and leisure options by creating a ‘wish list’ which they can refer to on their travels around the region,” Cr Quirk said.
“We want visitors to experience the very best of Brisbane, and remind residents of all the wonderful opportunities that await them in their own backyard.”
John Aitken, CEO of economic development board Brisbane Marketing, said the campaign – being rolled out on television, print, cinema, billboard, transit and digital – was a wonderful collaborative effort for the region.
“Brisbane Marketing has partnered with 35 local operators in our region, which includes Moreton Bay and Islands, Somerset, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley,” Mr Aitken said.
“We’re delighted by the strong industry support for our campaigns, which allows us to drive the message further to encourage people to add a few days to their stay when they visit for an event.”
El Niño Forecast Calls For An Outstanding Snow Year
Santiago, Chile—Valle Nevado announces that due to heavy early snowfall, the ski resort will open two weeks before the scheduled date for the 2014 season, this Friday, June 13. While El Niño weather patterns have forecasted favorable weather conditions for the central Andes this year, the amount of snow received in the past few weeks has already exceeded expectations, and promises an even better season than previously rumored. Valle Nevado currently has nearly three feet of snow, with more flurries predicted in this week’s forecast. Valle Nevado’s hotels will remain closed until June 27, however most trails, select restaurants and other services will open for day skiers and those lodging in condominiums.
This year there are more reasons than ever to visit Valle Nevado, Chile’s premiere ski resort. Earlier this year Chile joined the U.S. visa waiver program and the $160 reciprocity fee for U.S. visitors has been lifted, making air travel to Chile more convenient and affordable than before. In addition, Valle Nevado just became one of the very first southern hemisphere members of the Mountain Collective Pass, joining the ranks of legendary resorts Alta Snowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Whistler/Blackcomb and Mammoth Mountain. U.S. Mountain Collective pass holders for 2014-15 receive 2 free lift tickets during Valle Nevado’s 2014 season, and “top-tier” pass holders from member resorts receive 50% lift tickets for up to 7 days.
North American residents have even more ways to save this 2014 season. Skiers can receive up to 35% off hotel reservations for the week of July 11-18, with half board and lift tickets included. Travelers looking for a more independent experience receive up to 25% off apartment rental rates for the same week, July 11-18, with rates starting at just USD $309 per apartment per night in participating condominiums. Plus, an additional 25% discount is available on lift tickets when booked along with your room reservation.
Lastly, as part of Valle Nevado’s USD $150 million Master Development Project that seeks to turn Valle Nevado into the first full service mountain village in the region, the resort announces the inauguration of a new restaurant, La Leñera, serving hearty mountain fare in a cozy lodge setting, as well as two new apartment buildings, El Plomo and Tupungato.
About Valle Nevado: Valle Nevado is South America’s premier ski resort, offering access to the largest amount of terrain and the most modern lift system on the continent. Guests who book a 7-night stay receive two interconnect tickets for a staggering 7,000 total acres of varied terrain, and the Valle Nevado Heliski program transports skiers directly from the resort to untouched snow and once-in-a-lifetime runs. The Valle Nevado complex provides a complete experience, including boutique shops, three hotels, private apartments, six restaurants, a full-service spa and fitness center, cinema, library, bars and lounges, wine tastings, a pub with live music, a sports entertainment center and a state-of-the-art events venue, all set to the breathtaking backdrop of the magnificent Andes. Call 1-800-669-0554 or visit www.vallenevado.com/en for more information.
Utah’s premier mountain resort destination, Park City, has been officially announced as the host destination for the International Ski Federation’s 2019World Championships.
The world’s elite skiers and snowboarders will descend on Park City, in February 2019 for the 10-day competition, which is set to showcase international athletes competing in 12 sports, including a mixture of old and new disciplines.
Halfpipe skiing, slopestyle skiing and snowboarding, along with air snowboarding and team snowboardcross, will join the more traditional categories of freestyle skiing, moguls, aerials, halfpipe, slopestyle, big air skiing and snowboarding plus skicross and snowboardcross, to create an action packed event, set amongst the pristine backdrop of Park City.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), in partnership with the Olympic community of Park City and the State of Utah’s successful bid incorporated Park City’s three resorts, Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort.
Since the 2002 Olympics, Utah has established itself as one of the world’s premier centres for winter action sports, having hosted two World Championships, FIS World Cup, USSA Sprint Grand Prix and Dew Tour events.
Tiger Shaw, President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association said “The 2019 World Championships will be a major global event featuring the largest showcase of winter action sports outside the Olympics. Our partnership with FIS and other athletic sanctioning bodies, together with the State of Utah and Park City community – especially Canyons, Deer Valley and Park City resorts – will help to shape this as an historic event in freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding.”
Bramble Ski, the exquisite collection of private chalet properties in Verbier, St Anton, Villars and Lech – is delighted to announce a brand new addition to its portfolio in the Austrian mountain village of Oberlech, the sleek überHaus chalet which sleeps up to 16 people. Located right in the middle of the piste, and boasting phenomenal facilities such as an outdoor hot tub, sauna, Hammam and gym, a dedicated cinema room and pool table, adults and children alike will be blown away by überHaus’ boundless appeal and effortlessly elegant design. www.brambleski.com
British Airways has given skiers a boost with new short-haul routes from Gatwick to European ski resorts.
During the winter 2014 season, the airline will fly twice weekly, from December 20, to Friedrichshafen in Germany and Grenoble in France.
Colm Lacy, British Airways’ head of commercial at Gatwick, said: “Skiing is a major must for many of our customers, so we couldn’t be happier to give them even more destinations to choose from to hit the slopes.
“These two new services to Friedrichshafen and Grenoble, added to our existing flights to ski resorts in Geneva, Turin and Innsbruck, will boost our already impressive leisure schedule from Gatwick, offering our customers further choice between winter sun or Alpine sports.”
The Gatwick to Friedrichshafen service will depart at 7.20am on Saturdays and 8.25am on Sundays. The return Friedrichshafen to Gatwick flights will leave at 10.50am on Saturdays and 11.50am on Sundays.
The Gatwick to Grenoble service will depart Gatwick at 9.35am on Saturdays and 8.25am on Sundays. The Grenoble to Gatwick flights will depart at 1.10pm on Saturdays and at midday on Sundays.
Go MVP and get more than a full season of fun on California’s highest, most exciting
mountain for the same cost as 2-3 weekends at the slopes. For a limited time, you
can lock in last year’s price, and you don’t even have to wait until next season to
start using it. Plus we’re offering a limited number of $100 resort credits for the first
guests to buy a pass. Hurry, this offer won’t last long – visit the website to see
how may credits are left..
Mammoth Value Passholders enjoy exclusive perks like:
*Unlimited shredding at Mammoth and
June all season long (No black-out dates)
* Five Early Ups – Those mornings where we open
the mountain up early for exclusively
* Low price lift tickets for your friends
* Add money to your pass so you don’t
have to carry cash on the slopes. Plus, you
get a 20% bonus for every dollar you
purchase over $100 by April 15
*Discounts on Mammoth’s premiere slopeside
lodging, retail, equipment rental and lessons
* Tons of additional summer and winter perks
Adult (19+) $689
Child (7-12) $199
Youth (13-18) $519
Senior (65-79) $369
Winter is back and conditions on the mountain are the best of the season. Mammoth will continue it’s tradition of open through Memorial Day weekend (maybe longer). That means when you purchase your pass today, you can use it for two more months this year and all of next season.
Since 2010, Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation and Mammoth Mountain has committed over $600,000 to Mammoth Unified School District to fund programs, positions and technology to improve education for our kids. These programs help build a stronger community. Please consider donating to the foundation when you purchase your pass. Thank for your support! Visit www.MammothFoundation.org
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