Receive a 10% discount on ski passes ordered via www.lesarcs.paradiski.com , www.peisey-vallandry.paradiski.com or www.skipass-laplagne.com before 31 October [not eligible for Family Pack, Pack Tribu or season pass].
Family Pack – Adults ski for the same price as children
For 2 adults and 2 children [aged 6-17] everyone pays the children’s rate. A 6-day Discover Pass costs: £207 per person – instead of £265.
Saturday Skiing Super Price
Every Wednesday, Paradiski offers special Saturday prices with up to 50% off the usual daily pass. Sign up on www.samedijeski.com and on each Wednesday receive the best Saturday skiing discounts.
Ski a la carte
A hands-free card that allows access to 8 of the largest ski areas in the French Alps plus reductions of up to 50% off the Paradiski daily pass. Equipped with a microchip, this pass gives immediate direct access to the slopes. There’s a special bonus when using this card on the 9th, 14th, 19th and 24th of each month with skiing costing only €1. For more information: www.skialacarte.fr
Free one day cross-country ski pass in Peisey-Vallandry
Purchase a 6-day Paradiski pass during a one week holiday and receive a free one day cross country ski pass in Peisey Vallandry. Valid from Saturday to Sunday.
Ski passes for children under 6 are free.
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Denver, Colo. – October 17, 2014 – Colorado’s 2014/15 ski season is underway today as a crowd of ecstatic skiers and snowboarders celebrated at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Atop an 18-inch base of packed powder, at 9:00 a.m. the Black Mountain Express high-speed quad chairlift began delivering eager snow riders to the top of the intermediate High Noon run for their first turns of the year.
Several resorts in Colorado have taken advantage of cold nighttime temperatures to commence their winter operations over the past several weeks. Copper Mountain began making snow on the evening of Monday, September 29, and in addition to Arapahoe Basin, Loveland Ski Area, Winter Park Resort, and Telluride Ski Resort have made snow since then as well. Ideal snowmaking conditions and recent natural snowfall at high elevation allowed Arapahoe Basin to win the friendly Race to Open for the third consecutive year.
Following a record year for skier visits in Colorado, and a summer of major upgrades and improvements at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts, Arapahoe Basin’s opening has skiers and riders looking forward to the season ahead. “Since the first high country snowstorms several weeks ago, snowmakers and groomers have been working diligently to deliver a memorable Opening Day, and we’re thrilled to see our guests enjoy their first day of the season”, said CSCUSA President and CEO Melanie Mills.
Colorado’s ski areas are aiming to build on last year’s successful season with capital improvements, program upgrades, and new technology. “As always, Colorado resorts are focused on delivering a great guest experience”, continued Mills. “From innovative instructional programs and award-winning dining facilities to groundbreaking smartphone apps and multi-mountain pass products, our resorts’ ongoing dedication to quality, safety, and value is what keeps visitors coming back to Colorado season after season.”
The race to host Opening Day is one of the highlights of the ski season, a title often held by Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin or Loveland Ski Area. Both resorts are perched atop the Continental Divide, giving them higher elevations, earlier frosts, and colder temperatures. This also allows them to stay open long into the spring, giving Colorado one of the longest ski seasons in the country.
Below is a current list of scheduled opening dates for CSCUSA member resorts*.
Listed By Resort Name:
Arapahoe Basin: Mid-October 2014 – Early June 2015
Aspen Highlands: December 14, 2013 – April 13, 2014
Aspen Mountain: November 27, 2014 – April 19, 2015
Buttermilk: December 13, 2014 – April 12, 2015
Copper Mountain: October 31, 2014 – April 19, 2015
Crested Butte: November 26, 2014 – April 5, 2015
Eldora: Mid-November, 2014 – Mid-April, 2015
Loveland: Mid-October 2014 – Early May 2015
Monarch Mountain: November 26, 2014 – April 12, 2015
Powderhorn: December 11, 2014 – March 29, 2015
Purgatory: November 28, 2014 – Late March, 2015
Silverton: December 20, 2014 – April 12, 2015
Ski Cooper: December 13, 2014 – April 12, 2015
Ski Granby Ranch: Mid-December, 2014 – Early April, 2015
Snowmass: November 27, 2014 – April 12, 2015
Steamboat: November 27, 2014 – April 12, 2015
Sunlight: December 5, 2014 – April 5, 2015
Telluride: November 27, 2014 – April 15, 2015
Winter Park: November 12, 2014 – April 26, 2015
Wolf Creek: November 7, 2014 – April 5, 2015
Listed By Open Date:
Mid October: Arapahoe Basin, Loveland
October 31: Copper Mountain
November 7: Wolf Creek
November 12: Winter Park
November 26: Crested Butte, Monarch
November 27: Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Steamboat, Telluride
November 28: Purgatory
Late November: Howelsen Hill
December 5: Sunlight
December 11: Powderhorn
December 13 Buttermilk, Ski Cooper
December 14: Aspen Highlands,
Mid-December: Ski Granby Ranch
December 20: Silverton
*Dates are subject to change.
Skiing at Christmas, is it a joy or is it just too much?
The idyll of driving to the mountains, with a Christmas tree strapped to the roof of the car, singing carols whilst holding paper lanterns and opening your presents on the animal skin strewn in front of the roaring log fire is somewhat displaced from the reality of it all…..
It is certainly easier to stay at home for the festive season, light the fire, put on your christmas jumper and open a bottle of Harvey’s Bristol Cream.
Trying to pack as leanly as possible when you have ski boots, poles, skis shovels, and a helmet is no easy task.
You then have to endure travelling through busy airports at a time when airports, or their workers like to throw in a little ‘dispute’.
By planning in advance and travelling with companies such as the Ski Club many of the travel nightmares are kept from you. You arrive at the airport and a lovely representative waves to you and shows you where to queue and even helps with your awkward luggage.
Once all checked in the rest of the holiday group are already upstairs and introductions are made. My load is lightened, the path is now guided, a drink is in hand, just a coffee for now but already I feel I’m on holiday. Result.
It’s about 2 hours on the bus but as soon as we start to drive through the pretty illuminated villages and we catch sight of the snow-covered fir trees the excitement returns.
Christmas comes but once a year. However, that child-like feeling of extraordinary excitement returns every time you travel up the winding road and see those twinkling lights appear on the mountain top.
Resorts can seem busy over the holiday periods but having your own leaders and instructors already allocated to your holiday means none of your precious holiday time is wasted and you can find the best slopes away from the crowds.
Ski Club leaders can also whisk you off to the quieter areas and secret ski spots so you have the best ski experience possible away from the masses and the beaten tracks.
Enjoy the slopes before the holidays begin.
Courmayeur with its excellent snow record, backed by state-of-the-art snowmaking facilities, means good skiing conditions are almost certain. Two days with British BASI instructors followed by skiing with Ski Club Leaders is a great way to get the season underway. Any spare time off the slopes and not in the very sociable après can be used to fit in a few last minute Christmas purchases from the selection of shops and boutiques.
Dates: Sunday 14 Dec- Sun 21 Dec, 7 nights chalet board at Chalethotel Cristallo, twin share, return charter flights, coach transfers, 2 days with instructors, Ski Club Leader £799pp. www.skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks
Six day standard adult lift pass price guide €234 (Courmayeur Premium)
Bar Humbug or Bar with Swiss-style Après?
The vibrant town of Davos offers its guests endless pisted runs, fabulous restaurants and a vast ski area. You’re able to concentrate 100% on your skiing. No worrying about the turkey or how to flambé the Christmas pudding. The Ski Club’s leaders show you to the best ski areas and lead you to the mountains restaurants. Top of the Christmas list; Thrills & Spills – Where and when possible you can venture into accessible off-piste to get some powder thrills before heading to the animated or relaxing après, your choice, for a Gluhwien, hopefully with no spills. Take the stress out of your Christmas.
Dates: 24 December, return on 1st January. Includes: Scheduled flights from Heathrow-Zurich, Transfer, Half Board and New Year’s eve celebration & meal. £1,799 www.sunstar.ch/davos www.skiclub.co.uk/freshtracks
Dear Santa, may I get some Fresh Tracks?
The Freshtacks off piste holiday to Andermatt in Switzerland has enormous off-piste opportunities and a reputation for generous dumps of snow. 6 days with mountain guides are included in this holiday as well as scheduled flights from Heathrow to Zurich, transfers, half board at the 3* Hotel Sonne and Ski Club Leader. Loosen your belts a notch and loosen those legs post Christmas. Dates: Sat 28 Dec-Sat 4 Jan, £1499pp.
As well as easing your route to the slopes, the Ski Club can save you money on clothing and hardware. Their website also has the most comprehensive weather and snow reports that can help when packing for your trip. For more Snowsports advice and help go to www.skiclub.co.uk.
Twitter: @TheSkiClub #winterscoming #loveski
Husky dog sledding for children from 1 to 12 years: 15 minutes (1-4 years) is €15, 15 minutes (5-12 years old) is €30 and 30 minutes (5-12 years old) is €50
Bookings: +33 (0) 6 46 36 04 76 www.avoriaz.com
Beginners ice climbing sessions on an artificial ice structure – from 12 years old. A two hour lesson with mountain guide and equipment costs €38
Damien Souvy Mountain Guide: +33 (0) 6 89 93 65 19 www.champagny.com
Châtel runs an ‘All Mountain Club’ for teenagers to learn more about skiing steep slopes, powder, moguls and freestyle. Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Cost for 4-6 people is €70.
‘Freeride and Moguls Class’ – Five mornings from 9am to 1pm for 3-6 persons costs €250. From 14 years old.
Pro Ski School Skiing: +33 (0) 4 50 73 31 92 – www.esichatel.com
La Norma offers ‘X-Biking’ for children aged from 10 years. ‘X Biking’ involves sliding down the slopes on a scooter equipped with a large bicycle wheel and disc brakes – after the lifts have closed. Cost is €30 per person.
Bookings: +33 (0)6 64 28 97 19 www.la-norma.com
Descend by ‘bobraft’ on the Olympic bobsleigh track. The bobraft is a self-guided and self-locking device with a capacity for 4 passengers. At 80 km per hour, the descent lasts 1 minute 30 seconds – ideal for a first experiment. Price: €41
Snowkiting is available for children over 8 years old and able to ski a red run.
The snow kiting takes place on the Col du Petit St-Bernard with a view of Mont Blanc. From €45
‘The little pilots’ – Snowmobiling for children aged 6 to 13 years on a closed circuit. Everyday from 5pm in La Toussuire.
Info: +33 (0) 6 66 47 38 66 www.la-toussuire.com
Le Corbier also offers snowmobile rides with a guide from 5.30pm for children over 10. It costs €25 for half an hour.
Info: +33 (0) 6 61 28 86 31 / email@example.com / www.motoneige-corbier.com
Spend a night in an igloo – just for teenagers over 12. A real adventure including a snowshoe hike to the igloo, dinner by the fire and breakfast at dawn in the neighbouring farm.
Price: €140 (dinner and breakfast included)
Les Carroz offers dog sledging in the trails of the forest or the chance to take an introduction to ski joering with ponies or horses.
Huskydalen: +33 (0) 6 84 99 34 67 or Cheval et Montagne: + 33 (0) 61 10 80 05 99 www.lescarroz.com
If you like skiing, nature and animals, ski joering is for you! Ski joering can be practiced from an early age – as young as 5 years old and in Les Gets is taught with professionals in a controlled environment. From €38
Booking: +33 (0) 6 08 18 78 54 – www.skijoring-lesgets.com
Babysnow gives the chance for children aged 1 to 4 years old to experience the sensation of being on the snow with a special snow scoot that is controlled by their parents or an adult. The scooter consists of a forward facing surfboard, fixed handlebars and a separate handle controlled by the adult. It is available in Morzine with the ESF.
Burton Riglet is the perfect way for children aged 4 to 8 to learn the basics of snowboarding whilst having fun with equipment suited to their size. The Mint Snowboard School and Rude Chalets in Morzine have worked with the Burton brand to introduce the Riglet programme to offer unique courses tailored to toddlers who often thought they were too young start to learn. Burton “Learn to Ride” boards start at 80cm solely dedicated to children younger than 8 years.
The Deval’K is a non-motorized kart which you can take up the lift and then use to speed down the snowy pistes. Suitable for children from the age of three and it is free.
+33 (0)4 79 09 77 33 – Maison.firstname.lastname@example.org
During school holidays, Sainte-Foy’s spa is open to children over 14 years old (with a parent) for specific treatments: manicure, massage and facials.
Ô Pure Spa by Payot is situated in the MMV L’Etiole des Cimes
Bookings: +33 (0)4 79 23 16 84 www.saintefoy-tarentaise.com
The “Baby Sleigh Park” is a unique and new concept offered by Montagnes d’Aventures in Notre Dame de Bellecombe. Children can learn how to drive a sled and take care of the dogs.
The professional musher Frederick Borgey welcomes children in a secure environment and runs workshops and games with the children and dogs.
Info: +33 (0) 4 79 31 61 40 www.valdarly-montblanc.com
Val d’Isère is the ideal place to learn more about ice climbing at the icefalls in La Daille. The natural waterfall is part of a fabulous landscape with a view overlooking the lake Chevril. With a fixed belay point about thirty feet high, you ascend safely with your two ice axes and crampons to. Perfect for teenagers.
Also in Val d’Isère, children from 4 years olds can try tandem paragliding from the Solaise. You can either go on skis or for non-skiers on foot.
If being up in the sky is not your thing, you can take a ride in a piste basher. This activity is offered by the ice circuit of Val d’Isère, and although children cannot drive, they can sit next to the driver.
New for 2014/15 is a night-time snow shoeing excursion for children aged 8-13 years old. From 5pm, once the lifts have closed, the ski school Evolution 2 takes children on a mountain adventure which includes snowshoeing, igloo building and an introduction to astronomy.
Cost is €25 and the excursions run from 5pm to 7pm, 2 or 3 nights a week (group of 4-16 children – 1-2 ski instructors).
Also new this year is ‘Ski Babies’ (from 2 years) & ‘Mini Riders’ (from 4 years)
Both are a good way to discover snowsports with toddlers. Children can get their first taste of skiing in the presence of parents in the kindergarten with Ski Babies. Mini Riders offers an introduction to snowboarding for children from 4 years. From €15 for one session and €40 for 3 sessions.
Run by Prosneige www.valthorens.prosneige.fr - +33 (0) 4 79 01 07 00
Unique in the Alpes, Valloire offers llama rides with mountain leader Gilles. A great way to entertain the children from as young as 4 years old. From €20 per person. – Children under 5 years are free
Info: +33 (0)6 26 23 83 24 www.valloire.com
Valmorel et les Vallées d’Aigueblanche
Dog sledding in Valmorel offers a scenic journey with 8 to 10 dogs. The comfortable ride is perfect for toddlers. Prices from €30 for children aged between 2 to 10 years.
Info: +33 (0)6 87 33 93 49 – email@example.com
Boutique chalet operator The Alpine Club, which is based in the charming Trois Vallées resort of St Martin de Belleville, is launching a blog this season aimed at lifting the lid on life in a ski resort.
‘St Martin Uncovered’ will feature in-depth interviews with a range of key people who work in St Martin and help it to function as the most sought-after hidden gem resort in the Trois Vallées. These individuals range from ski instructors to massage therapists, ski shop owners to après ski bar managers, estate agents and more.
The blog will reveal what their job entails, whether it be managing on only four hours’ sleep a night as the local bar owner or checking weather reports and booking overnight stops in mountain huts as the ski instructor. It will also feature insider top tips covering everything from the most scenic, secret ski run in the resort to which are the most popular skis to hire for the season and where to get the very best hot chocolate on the mountain.
Helen Raemers, the owner of The Alpine Club, which runs a collection of beautiful chalets in the resort, comments: “We really appreciate the contribution that these crucial people make to life in St Martin de Belleville. They are the behind-the-scenes unsung heroes, and we wanted to highlight what they do and to thank them.
“Where would we be without the massage therapist who rubs our aching limbs after a hard day’s skiing? Or the restaurant manager who serves up perfect tartiflettes every day? Or the bar owner who lays on lively, impromptu après-ski sessions each night? They all deserve praise and attention for the hard work they do, plus we thought it would be fun to delve into their worlds a little.”
‘St Martin Uncovered’ will feature two profiles each month. Among those appearing will be Didier Collomb, a private ski instructor for the local ESF school, Lucy Chittenden who owns and runs the famous Piano Bar in the heart of St Martin, and Sandy Ritters who manages Le Montagnard restaurant in the village. Others include Olivier Bertrand who runs the Twinners ski hire shop, Emma Horsfall who works for the local Leggett Immobilier estate agents, realising people’s dreams of buying their very own chalet in the Alps, and even Estelle Roy, the local tourist officer, who keeps visitors informed on local events, furnishes them with piste maps and even directs them to their chalet or hotel.
Helen will also be revealing what it is like to run a leading luxury chalet company in the Alps, in her capacity as owner of The Alpine Club.
“There is a real buzz in St Martin now about the blog,” she says. “Everyone seems to want to appear on it, which is fantastic. We just really wanted to put something back and to thank these brilliant people for the contribution they make to the running of this wonderful, properly local, Savoyard ski resort that lies in the heart of the Trois Vallées.”
The Alpine Club – www.thealpineclub.co.uk
tel: +33 (0)7 78 84 57 10
Denver, Colo. – This winter, new flights and expanded service from major hub airports will make Colorado Ski Country USA ever more accessible to skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. New service from San Francisco (SFO) and Washington, D.C. (IAD) and expanded options from Los Angeles (LAX) and Houston (IAH) will bring domestic and international guests directly into the heart of Colorado Ski Country more conveniently than ever before.
Whether a short drive from Denver, a direct flight from across the country, or a direct international flight from one of eight different countries, guests to Colorado resorts have easy, efficient and comfortable options available to land them at their favorite Colorado resorts.
Denver International Airport – The Gateway to Colorado Ski Country
Having expanded its international service with United Airlines’ nonstop flight from Tokyo in 2013, Denver International Airport (DIA) recently announced that United will commence daily service from Panama City, Panama in early December 2014. DIA is one of the busiest airports in the world, and benefits from numerous direct flights from all major cities from coast-to-coast in the US, including brand new service from Dallas Love Field on Southwest Airlines. With the addition of flights to and from Panama City, the airport will now receive visitors directly from eight different countries – Australia, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, Panama, and the United Kingdom.
From DIA, travelers can reach seven resorts in less than a two hour drive; Eldora Mountain Resort, Loveland Ski Area, Winter Park Resort, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Ski Cooper and Ski Granby Ranch.
Alternatively, once they arrive at DIA, visitors can easily connect to any of Colorado’s regional resort community airports, including Alamosa, Aspen, Durango, Eagle, Gunnison-Crested Butte, Grand Junction, Montrose, and Steamboat.
Direct Flights to Regional Airports
In some cases, additional flight options allow guests to fly right to a resort direct from their originating city. These regional hotbeds include nonstop flights from cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Newark, Phoenix, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. With eight regional airports in mountain and resort communities, direct flights can put travelers slope side in no time.
For travelers headed to Aspen/Snowmass, approximately 150 direct and connecting flights fly weekly into Aspen/Pitkin County Airport. From the airport, it’s only six miles to Snowmass Village and three miles to Aspen.
United Airlines provides daily direct flights to Aspen/Pitkin County Airport from Houston, along with four daily direct flights from Los Angeles and 13 daily flights from Denver on peak days. This is in addition to the airport’s four daily direct flights from Chicago/O’Hare and two daily direct flights from San Francisco, bringing United’s total frequency up to 24 daily flights in and out of Aspen/Snowmass this winter.
American Airlines utilizes CRJ-700 aircraft operated by American Eagle to provide 63 seats with nonstop service from Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles each with daily nonstop service to Aspen. In addition, from December 18 – March 29 Delta will provide service into Aspen/Pitkin County Airport from Atlanta and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Guests can find deals at www.StayAspenSnowmass.com and www.FlyAspenSnowmass.com
Gunnison/Crested Butte Regional Airport services direct flights from Denver, Dallas and Houston, and Chicago/O’Hare.
Through American and United Airlines’ extensive flight networks, guests can get to Crested Butte from anywhere in the world. Upon landing, shuttles are available to transport guests to resorts in the area such as Crested Butte or Monarch Mountain. Guests can also utilize rental car services from Hertz, Avis, or Budget.
United Airlines will have two nonstop round trip flights daily between Gunnison/Crested Butte Regional Airport and Denver, while American Airlines will have one nonstop round trip flight daily between Gunnison/Crested Butte Regional Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with an additional second service in the peak holiday period.
In addition, United Airlines will provide daily service from Houston International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport. For detailed information, visit http://bit.ly/2014-15-CBMR-ski-flights.
The Durango/La Plata Airport serves as Purgatory, Wolf Creek Ski Area and Silverton’s main portal for guests who are travelling lengthy distances. American Airlines offers daily nonstop jet service from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, US Airways offers service from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and Untied offers service from Denver International Airport. The San Luis Valley Regional Airport, which lies closest to Wolf Creek Ski Area, offers three nonstop flights to Denver International Airport.
Steamboat’s winter nonstop flight program will feature new nonstop service from San Francisco International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, expanded nonstop air service on the Los Angeles and Seattle routes and an additional weekend Houston flight directly into Steamboat/Hayden Airport (HDN) for the 2014/15 winter season.
New for the 2014/2015 ski and snowboard season will be Saturday nonstop service to HDN from San Francisco (SFO) and Washington-Dulles (IAD). In addition, Los Angeles (LAX) and Seattle (SEA) flights will both add an additional day of service during the winter. A new Houston (IAH) overnight flight, arriving Saturday and departing Sunday, rounds out the new offerings for the program.
The resort’s upcoming flight program provides access from 11 major airports on key U.S. carriers – Alaska, American, Delta and United Airlines. In addition to the cities mentioned above, Steamboat’s winter flight program includes service from Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and New York/Newark.
The 2014/2015 winter flight schedule provides convenient connections from more than 300 airports nationwide and worldwide. Airfares and packages are currently available for purchase through Steamboat at 1-800-922-2722 or www.steamboat.com/winter-flights.
On the Western Slope of Colorado, passengers arriving into Grand Junction Regional Airport will find themselves at Powderhorn’s lifts in under an hour.
Sunlight Resort, nestled in nearby Glenwood Springs, is accessible via Aspen/Pitkin airport as well as Eagle Airport, and Grand Junction Airport. The Sunlight Shuttle runs to and from Glenwood Springs, as does the Roaring Fork Transit Authority.
With nonstop flights from 10 metropolitan airports and nine major U.S. hubs, visitors to Telluride Ski Resort can find flights into the Telluride-Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) on Delta from Atlanta, on United from Denver, Newark, Houston, Chicago and Los Angeles, on American from Dallas, on US Airways from Phoenix-Sky Harbor (PHX), and on Allegiant from Los Angeles and Phoenix-Mesa(IWA).
Perched on Tennessee Pass just outside of historic Leadville, Ski Cooper is a hidden Gem resort that is easy to find. Eagle Country Airport is just over an hour drive from Ski Cooper.
In the tracks of its 75th anniversary celebrating young mountain aficionados of tomorrow, Tremblant is pleased to offer families a new kids’ zone that expands their slide skills through play.
Set to roll out the white carpet in December and accessed via the Nansen Bas, the TAM-TAM Zone includes turns, features and obstacles and covers some aspects of the Mountain Code of Conduct. Grown-ups also have a new playground – next to The Tunnel trail are 8 acres of exciting new glades.
In the Village: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tremblant Makes Grand Entrance, Westin Resort & Spa Renovations Nearing Completion & Other New Businesses Too
Tremblant is definitely a destination that knows how to renew itself. A new Holiday Inn Express opens its doors early season, while in late October the Westin Resort & Spa Tremblant adds the final touches to its total makeover. As well, new businesses are hanging a shingle in the pedestrian village: Oh! La Vache serving sweet treats and coffee,
Gypsy restaurant showcasing Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at the newly renovated Westin Resort & Spa, and Samurai Sushi Pub featuring contemporary Japanese flavours.
More Accessible than Ever: New Direct Flights between Toronto & Tremblant
Air Canada is offering new non-stop daily flights between Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Mont-Tremblant International Airport (YTM), complementing the Porter Airlines offer departing from Billy-Bishop Airport.
In addition to a whole new range of possibilities for resort visitors, the service’s practical flight schedule also allows for international flight connections from December 18 2014 to March 30 2015. Tickets are on sale at www.aircanada.com.
New Tech & Toys: Free Wi-Fi at the Summit & New Alpine Replay App
Tecchies are sure to appreciate the new wireless Internet access offered free of charge by TELUS at the summit. Tremblant is now among the ski areas served by the free Alpine Replay App that lets users record personal stats about their day out on the trails, then replay and compare notes with other app users. It can even be synched with a GoPro-type camera to later share content with theTremblant Facebook Community, the top ski destination in the East on social media with 100,000 fans.
New & Classic Must-Attend Events
On Tremblant’s list of now classic events, the 24h of Tremblant is celebrating its 14th edition this season with over $14M collected for sick kids since its beginnings. Joining this year’s traditional Burton El Nino, Local Hero, Caribou Cup and Super Demo Days is a new Alpine Touring Festival. With two days of demos, exhibitions, guided treks, friendly racing and clinics, the event aims to increase the visibility here in Quebec of this highly popular sport in Europe, the U.S. and western Canada.
Tremblant: Take Me to the Top
Tremblant is a top resort destination owing to the excellence of its four-season guest experience both at the mountain, and in its pedestrian village. Its views of the Laurentians, the diversity of its offer and its highly acclaimed major events – of which IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant, 24h of Tremblant, Wanderlust and the Tremblant International Blues Festival – have earned it a place among the World’s 25 Best Ski Towns in 2014 according to National Geographic, and the title of #1 Ski Resort in Eastern North America for a 17th time by SKI Magazine readers. With family, friends or your sweetheart, Tremblant welcomes vacationers and groups flying direct from Toronto with Air Canada and Porter Airlines, to enjoy 1,900 lodging units fanned out across 13 hotel establishments, over 75 restaurants, boutiques and a Casino, all at nature’s doorstep
She started skiing as a toddler aged 18 months and began competing seriously at the age of eight. From this committed early start to her career, Chemmy progressed and worked her way up to be ranked 8th in the world.
Chemmy has competed in four consecutive Olympic Games, in Salt Lake City, Turin, Vancouver and most recently in Sochi – in both Turin and Vancouver she finished an impressive 11th place. As well as being ranked in the top 30 in the world for Super G, Giant Slalom and Combined.
“She is an excellent choice as an ambassador for the Ski Club of Great Britain, encouraging younger skiers, snowboarders and existing athletes to pursue their dreams. Her passion and drive in everything she turns her hand too is something that all generations can learn from’” commented Frank McCusker, CEO of the Ski Club of Great Britain.
“Chemmy will be attending numerous events and helping the Ski Club to deliver on their commitments to members. Specifically she will be helping us to attract and enthuse a younger audience into skiing whilst encouraging existing enthusiasts to develop their skiing and boarding ability and take them to the next level of ability.” added Frank.
Frank continues, “Chemmy’s enthusiasm for skiing, fitness, the mountains and snowsports in general is something we will harness and share with our members. Through Chemmy’s involvement it is hoped we can encourage and support new and inspiring snowsports experiences for everyone.”
Chemmy’s next appointment with the Ski Club will be when she joins Frank McCusker to host the pre-season Ski Club Industry party at the Hurlingham Club, London on Wednesday 29th October.
On Saturday, 1st November visitors to the Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show at Earls Court will have the chance to meet Chemmy Alcott on the Ski Club of Great Britain stand. Chemmy will be doing ski fitness challenges and Club members will be able to take #preseason #selfies, get autographs and advice off this retired but not yet resting Olympian.
Twitter: @TheSkiClub @ChemmySki www.skiclub.co.uk
Some years ago Livigno was one of the most popular resorts for British and Irish skiers, but tastes changed and its popularity waned. Livigno’s response has been to make major improvements in its infrastructure, including the addition of ski lifts in the valley close to hotels and apartments, greatly extending the ski-in, ski-out offering, coupled with a more frequent and upgraded free bus service for the village and all ski lifts. A new freeskiing area, excellent snowparks and low cost heli-skiing operation have all been added to the ‘new look’ Livigno.
The busy vilage centre has retained its rustic charm with a mix of lodging, shops, restaurants, nightlife and bars. It is said that Livigno has more bars – about 150 – than any other European ski resort. One of them, the Baita Del Ghet even offers its customers their first drink free of charge! Famous for its duty free status, the resort boasts over 250 shops, many selling duty free drink, tobacco and perfumes, with many more selling famous brands such as Benetton, Timberland and Max and Co (Max Mara) at tax free prices. As an example of the duty free savings on offer, a litre bottle of Gordon’s Gin costs just over £5 in Livigno.
Most importantly, the ski season is long and snow sure. At 1,800m. and at the centre of a micro-climate, year after year Livigno opens for business in early December and doesn’t close until early May when skiers can still ski from top to bottom. With 110 km of piste, Livigno is one of Italy’s biggest ski resorts.
www.ski–livigno.com is a specialist travel provider to Livigno in the Italian Alps. Packages cost from just €299 per person for 7 nights including airport transfers, apartment accommodation, one free restaurant dinner and 6 day Livigno lift pass. Flights aren’t included.
After 1 week in Morzine at the aptly named Chalet Gourmet, a group of 6 Snow-Camp apprentices completed and passed their skiweekends.com Chalet Cookery Course.
They went out novice Snow-Camp apprentices and have returned last weekend confident caterers able to prepare, make and present chalet meals for up to 21 guests.
Ski Weekends will now place 6 of them in their chalets for 2 weeks during the forthcoming season.
Living in the Alps was a dream that most of these guys never thought would become a reality. Snow-Camps innovative programme and a combination of snowsports and life-skills has helped these young people grow in confidence and self-esteem, develop as individuals and make positive choices for their lives.
Wesley Monteiro, 17, Westminster said “It’s been an awesome week which I’ll never forget. I didn’t realise just how easy it can be to cook great food, especially my lemon drizzle cake! I will definitely be cooking more when I get home and hopefully one day I’ll put my skills to use in the mountains”.
Jasmine Jones, 17, Camden – “A new skill I learnt was to carry three plates of food to serve dinner, it was really hard as they are heavier than they look. I didn’t think I would be able to do it, so I was so proud of myself that I did. I also cooked a carrot cake from scratch, which was well tasty! Everyday I learned something new!”
With their CVs now boasting food hygiene, fruit carving, dessert making, customer service experience and snowsports experience the world is now their oyster.
Lara Kinnear, Snow-Camp, Programme Director said “It was a week of accelerated progression for the apprentices on the chalet course. I was so impressed with their professionalism and focus to learn many new skills over the week. We are delighted to be working with Skiweekends who are playing a huge part in supporting the charities aims, to provide inner city young people with work experience placements to prepare them for work within the snowsports industry. Thank you to Ralph and the whole Ski Weekends team for your on-going support!”
“Ski Weekends can directly see the benefits that this experience has had on these and previous Snow-Camp apprentices. The money raised through the Alpine Challenge combined with the generous work placements given by the snowsports organisations really does change lives, something we can be very proud of”, commented Dan Fox, MD of Skiweekends.com.
You can support Snow-Camp through placements and fundraising. Possibly the most fun and genuinely rewarding way is through the Alpine Challenge. Individually, with friends, or with colleagues. The 2015 Alpine Challenge registration fee is just £200pp thanks to the partnership with Skiweekends.com. That includes flights, half board accommodation in Morzine, Portes du Soleil, a lift pass, GPS tracking, bibs, plus lots more and the race entry too!
SkiWeekends.com can tailor flights from all major airports to tie into work schedules. All participants then need to do is commit to raise a minimum of £750 sponsorship for Snow-Camp before taking part in the Alpine Challenge.
More information on the Alpine Challenge and Snow-Camp visit www.SkiWeekends.com.
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