Travel Republic has added a rental division offering cottages, villas and chalets in more than 8,000 destinations.
The online travel firm said the move was in response to customer demand and that it will now offer 35,000 properties including cottages in the UK, villas in Europe and worldwide, and a raft of ski chalets.
Paul Furner, chief executive of Travel Republic, said: “We want holidaymakers to think of Travel Republic, whether they’re booking two weeks in the Florida sun, a week in Majorca, a short break in Cornwall, or a family skiing holiday.”
Travel Republic has also launched a new online tool, “Holiday Deal Finder” where customers with a rough idea of budget and departure dates, can search a range of options.
Furner said: “They can filter by departure airport, star rating and duration and use an interactive Google map to bag a bargain.”
Quality and value are keywords for skiers this winter, according to the UK’s leading ski chalet company, Ski Beat (www.skibeat.co.uk ).
Ski Beat’s Laura Hazel said “Skiing has always been considered an expensive pastime. Of course there are lots of ways of cutting corners, but we find it’s not the cheapest holidays that sell first. In our experience skiers want decent quality accommodation, great skiing, good value and good service and are prepared to pay for it”.
In line with market trends all 49 Ski Beat chalets in six snow sure French ski resorts have been upgraded in the past two years to offer guests complimentary L’Occitane toiletries, cooked breakfasts, a four course farewell meal with local cheeses and port, welcome aperitifs and canapés and home baked afternoon tea each day. New for 2013 are individually crafted quality Ruark Audio Systems in each chalet, games from Drumond Park Games and twice weekly freshly baked croissants and pain au chocolat are served.
Childcare, crèche and nanny services are available to guests in all Ski Beat chalets in La Plagne, Les Arcs and La Rosiere, staffed by experienced British nannies and open from 08.45 – 17.00, six days / week. For children in ski school an afternoon care services is available from the end of ski school until 17.00, from Sunday to Friday, for kids aged 4 – 7 years (up to 9 years in La Rosiere). For groups booking an entire chalet, Ski Beat will provide private nannies to offer 6 days childcare, including lunch.
Ski Beat has planned its flying programme is planned to ensure flights are first thing in the morning to convenient arrival airports to avoid traffic during the transfer. Ski Beat flies from Manchester and Gatwick to Lyon on Saturdays.
New for 2013/14 is Chalet Marielle, a recently converted Savoyard barn in Meribel. Full of character and renovated to retain the traditional stone and wood of the original structure, the spacious chalet offers accommodation on three floors for up to 15 guests. It has a shared open plan living and dining area with a beautiful and original vaulted ceiling and a large open fire. A second lounge with balcony can be found on the top floor providing a peaceful retreat with spectacular views of Mont Vallon and Saulire across the valley.
Ski Beat has focused on providing catered ski chalet holidays in France for couples and groups of friends and families for twenty seven years, with the emphasis on value, great service and exceptional childcare.
Laura Hazel added “This year more than ever we are giving our skiers the highest possible levels of service and comfort, while at the same time keeping an eye on affordability with generous discounts for groups, repeat clients and some early season offers”.
A week’s skiing with Ski Beat this winter costs from £489 per person, based on 2 people sharing at Chalet Laponia in the French resort of Plagne 1800, a traditionally styled chalet with gingerbread house charm and a magical feel to it.
For details of Ski Beat’s catered chalet ski holidays visit www.skibeat.co.uk or call 01243 780405.
New Attractions, Activities, Lodging, Events and On-Mountain Additions Debut
Denver – As the snow begins to fall in Colorado, excitement rises around the winter season and the new offerings and enhancements emerging around the state. From brand new events and new activities including dog sledding and heli ski offerings to new lodging properties and on-mountain additions, Colorado is ushering in some exciting new developments in 2014. A roundup of what’s new for Colorado visitors for this winter season and beyond is below. For more information, visit www.COLORADO.com
Attractions and Activities:
New this winter, the Durango Dog Ranch is offering dog sledding from Durango Mountain Resort’s base, providing another way to enjoy this unique winter adventure. The Durango Dog Ranch’s hour-long dog sledding offerings provide a personalized hands-on experience.
Fiske Planetarium, the largest planetarium west of the Mississippi, re-opened October 12, 2013 after an extensive renovation. Located on the University of Colorado–Boulder campus, Fiske is now one of the most sophisticated planetariums and multimedia centers in the world.
The Woodward at Copper Barn at Copper Mountain recently underwent a half-million dollar renovation project which opened the door far beyond snowboards and skis to now include skateboards, BMX and slopestyle mountain bikes. All synthetic snow surfaces were replaced with a surface designed for wheels.
New this winter, Captain Zipline added “Aerial Adventure Park” to its name to reflect a new attraction near Salida. The canyon aerial park has linked combinations of 120 different “challenge elements.” Over 80 additional elements are included in the four courses known as “via ferrata” (Italian for “iron road”). These guided tours allow less experienced climbers to enjoy views and adrenaline rushes usually reserved for elite climbers.
Silverton is offering new overnight heli touring trips. For $429 guests are heli dropped into a remote zone with a guide and experience a full day of skiing or snowboarding before camping for the night. Guests will then continue the skiing and riding the next day – including another heli trip to a peak that ultimately returns guests to the base area.
Slopeside bowling is being offered this winter at the new bowling alley, Slow Your Roll, in the Snowmass Village Mall. The alley features eight full-sized lanes, a lounge area with full bar, locally brewed beers, wood-fired oven pizzas, upscale bar food and more.
This season marks the debut of Steamboat’s new night skiing and riding experience. The Christie Peak Express high-speed chairlift transports visitors to the top of Christie Peak (8,000 feet) to embark on a night adventure across five trails including Sitz, See Me/See Ya, Vogue, Stampede and Lil’ Rodeo.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s new interactive trail maps will help guests make the most of their visit to state parks. For the first time, the maps integrate all types of trail uses and indicate up to 10 different trail features or activities all in one place.
Telluride Ski Resort’s new Three-day Heli Ski Camp offers a new opportunity for skiers to take their mountain experience to the next level. The camp starts with two days in the ski area boundary to hone the skills necessary to make the most of the third day – helicopter skiing with Helitrax.
Breckenridge Ski Resort is offering a brand new exclusive opportunity for guests staying in official resort lodging properties this winter. Titled “First Tracks Fridays”, this program will allow guests staying at official lodging properties of Breckenridge Ski Resort to access the mountain one hour before it opens to the general public on Friday mornings throughout the 2013-14 winter ski season.
Located on 500 acres 19 miles east of Gunnison, Monson Creek Ranch celebrates its inaugural winter season and offers activities and lodging year-round. Lodging is offered for up to 12 in a cabin with winter activities such as snow cat-drawn sleigh rides (complete with toasting marshmallows around a warm fire) and snowmobile rentals.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa will open its new eco-luxe Lodge, Barn & Pavilion this December. Nestled in the hillside overlooking the Ranch, the new 50,000 square foot High Lonesome Lodge and adjoining facilities will enable the Ranch to accommodate and host up to 350 guests at any one time.
Opening early 2014 in downtown Denver’s famous Colorado National Bank building, The Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center provides guests with a modern experience in one of Colorado’s most historic buildings. The hotel features 221 guestrooms and nine suites; 6,000 square feet of meeting space; a fitness center; and Range, an original concept restaurant and bar, serving locally-purveyed cuisine inspired by the Rocky Mountain West.
Fall 2013 – March 2014: The Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways 25th Anniversary will be celebrated throughout the winter season and will re-dedicate the 25 Byways through a proclamation.
November 29, 2013 – January 4, 2014: Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, the comedy show is all new this holiday season: new show, new location. Relocating to Glenwood’s main street, the venue features exciting upgrades and the addition of a 1918 Orchestrion, an instrument designed to sound like a full orchestra but that can be played by a single musician.
January 9-12, 2014: Wintersköl, Aspen’s annual toast to winter, plans to add a new event to this year’s celebration, the first annual Fat Bike Race. The Wintersköl Fat Bike Race will be held in town on Smuggler Mountain Road, one of the most popular recreation areas in the immediate Aspen vicinity.
January 18, 2014: Aspen Gay Ski Week will celebrate equality with a group civil union ceremony in downtown Aspen with cake and champagne to follow. Organizers are planning for this to be the largest same-sex ceremony in the U.S. and also the highest elevation group ceremony at Aspen’s 7,908 feet above sea level.
January 18-19, 2014: New to Durango Mountain Resort’s annual Winterfest celebration, is the US Airbag Demo, which gives skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to experience big air with a soft landing. Beginners and seasoned athletes will have confidence to try a new trick off a 14-foot kicker while landing on a giant 50-square-foot inflated airbag.
January 18-20, 2014: Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Roost the Butte, is a new snowmobile competition and festival on the resort and on nearby property. Roost the Butte will feature four different events with multiple classes for each event: snocross, hillcross, hill drag and snow ovals. In addition, there will be other unique features and vendor displays.
January 25, 2014: The Stagecoach Classic is a new addition to the annual Winter Park Carnival celebration and is a 30km/15km classic cross country ski race and tour. This is the only time during the winter season that the Idlewild Trail System will be connected and groomed for skier access.
January 31 – February 2, 2014: Visit Aurora will host the 2014 USA Weightlifting Junior National Championships. This USOC (U.S. Olympic Committee) sanctioned competition will be held in conjunction with the city’s inaugural Aurora Sports Festival at the Crowne Plaza, Denver International Airport Convention Center.
March 28 – April 5, 2014: The new Boulder Arts Week will be a citywide celebration of film, music, theatre, dance, the visual arts, public art and performance. The week will feature art walks, exhibitions, artist demonstrations and a First Friday in the NoBo (North Boulder) Arts District.
This year will be the inaugural season for the opening of Breckenridge’s newest peak, Peak 6. The opening of Peak 6 represents the largest ski area terrain expansion in the past decade, and the first at Breckenridge since the Peak 7 expansion in 2002.
The new multi-million-dollar Four Points Lodge in Steamboat is a 13,000-square foot, two-level building located in the Storm Peak/Four Points area of the mountain, complete with a restaurant that seats more than 200 with an outdoor BBQ, flat screen televisions, indoor bar, plus a retail area and oversized restrooms. On Friday and Saturday nights, a snowcat will transport visitors to a mountain top culinary experience at the new lodge.
Beaver Creek’s Talons is a new 17,000 square foot European-inspired on mountain restaurant space featuring gourmet dining options with 500 indoor seats on two levels and 250 outdoor seats. There is also an indoor/outdoor bar and an outdoor smokehouse. Talons will serve as the press center for the 2013 Birds of Prey World Cup events as well as the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships.
What’s on the Horizon for Summer 2014:
Denver’s Union Station is undergoing a massive restoration and re-development that will transform it into the center of the city beginning in July 2014. The 1881 Beaux Arts station will become a transportation, dining, shopping and entertainment hub with 112 uniquely-appointed hotel rooms in The Crawford Hotel, four new Colorado chef-owned restaurants, two quick service restaurants, local one-of-a-kind shops, a Colorado beer hall and a two-block long park.
Rocky Mountain National Park celebrates its 100th anniversary from September 4, 2014, through September 4, 2015. Speakers, special activities and community events are being coordinated to commemorate the Centennial. Rocky Mountain National Park offers visitors more than 300 miles of hiking trails, fishing, backcountry camping and campgrounds, scenic drives, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and a variety of ranger-led programs and instructional classes.
June 13 – November 30, 2014: Denver Botanic Gardens will present the Rocky Mountain Region’s first outdoor exhibition of artwork by celebrated American artist, Dale Chihuly. Informed by nature, each sculpture and its placement respond to surrounding plants, flowers and architecture. Chihuly’s elegant sculptures – ranging in size and style from small water floats to large vertical installations – will add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis.
2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles Concert at Red Rocks. The first time a popular rock band ever played at Red Rocks was 1964 and the band was the Beatles. Strangely, it was the only concert on the Beatles tour that did not sell out (they sold only 7,000 of 9,000 tickets…at $6.60 per ticket, a price the Denver Post found outrageous). Today, Red Rocks is on many music lovers’ “Bucket List” and has a summer filled with concerts and films.
June 7 – July 26, 2014: Oh Heck Yeah will transform the streets of Denver into an immersive street arcade. The arcade will be powered through a combination of the Denver Theatre District’s LED screens, projections, street art, social media, local media and a website. This transmedia approach will produce an interactive experience that transports players into the video game’s story.
Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine, and 25 renowned ski areas and resorts. The state’s breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of seven major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, 13 national parks and monuments, and 58 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet.
For more information or a copy of the 2014 Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, visit www.COLORADO.com or call 1-800-COLORADO. Follow Colorado on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, Foursquare, Flickr, Tumblr and YouTube.
Banff, AB – December 3, 2013:CMH Heli-Skiing, the world’s largest Heli-Skiing operator and the company that invented the sport nearly 50 years ago, has just announced a new 50-hour promotion for guests who book their 2014/2015 Heli-Skiing trip between December 11 and 13, 2013. From 8AM MT on December 11 through 10AM MT on December 13, guests booking a new 2014/2015 Heli-Skiing trip will receive a $100 lodge credit for each day of their stay.
On the eve of CMH’s 50th-anniversary season in 2014/2015, the new 50-hour promotion – guaranteed to be the best offer of the season – will enable guests to receive up to $700 in lodge credits at eight lodges located throughout British Columbia, Canada. In addition to the special lodge credit, guests can look forward to a newly renovated Bugaboo Lodge, which was the birthplace of CMH and the sport of Heli-Skiing.
To book this special CMH Heli-Skiing 50-hour offer, go to: http://bit.ly/1isXa2f. This promotion may not be combined with other offers or discounts and other restrictions may apply.
ABOUT CMH HELI-SKIING & SUMMER ADVENTURES:
Offering heli-adventures since 1965, CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures is the world’s oldest and largest heli-skiing and heli-hiking operator. From their head office in Banff, Alberta, CMH operates exceptional mountain experiences based from 11 lodges located in the Bugaboo, Purcell, Selkirk, Monashee, and Cariboo ranges of British Columbia, Canada. Heli-Skiing takes place each year from December through April, and CMH Summer Adventures take place from July into mid-September.
Ski and spa, ski and city or ski and shopping are all winning combinations, enjoyed by countless people every year, but what about something just a little bit different? Take a look at the following suggestions from the Tirol Tourist Board to really maximise your holiday experience…..whether you want to ski and dance, ski and cook, ski and yoga or ski and have a right good belly laugh.
SKI & DANCE
With the glitter and glam of Strictly Come Dancing back on our screens, dance fever is there to guide us through another dark winter. If you can’t get enough watching it on our screens then why not try a ski and dance holiday for something a bit different. Club Dance Holidays is the largest provider of dance breaks worldwide and is offering a Ski-Jive holiday to Niederau in the Wildschönau from the 9th – 16th March 2014. Combine high-energy dance classes and evening parties with time on the slopes exploring the newly connected Ski Juwel ski area, with access to 145km of pistes. The dancing is suitable for dancers with some experience through to advanced dancers.
Club Dance Holidays (020 7099 4816; www.clubdanceholidays.co.uk) has 7 nights on half board at the 3* Hotel Staffler in Niederau with prices starting from £590 per person*, including free daily guiding for intermediate skiers, all inclusive pass to the seven-night Ski-Jive event, flights and resort transfers. Departs 9th March. *Book before 7th November 2013 to secure the earlybird price.
SKI & COMEDY
It’s back for another year, the Altitude Comedy Festival will once again bring laughter to the slopes of Mayrhofen from 31st March – 4th April 2014. It provides the ultimate winning combination, spending the day on the slopes skiing or snowboarding followed by lively comedy entertainment at various venues around Mayrhofen. With the big 2014 announcement coming shortly, another successful year looks guaranteed if the line-up is anything like previous years. Curated by Andrew Maxwell, the Altitude experience boasts a staggering array of talent with previous names including John Bishop, Marcus Brigstocke, Al Murray and Phil Jupitus to name a few.
Outgoing (0845 331 3040; www.outgoing.co.uk ) has 4 night’s accommodation on B&B in Mayrhofen, with prices starting from £349 per person, including Altitude Festival wristband. Daily flights are available with easyJet from Gatwick to Innsbruck, up to 5 times a week with British Airways from Gatwick or fly with Monarch form Manchester up to 3 times a week. Departs 31st March.
SKI & YOGA
Located in Steinberg, perched high above Lake Achensee, the ASI lodge is a unique design hotel and the perfect place to switch off from fast-paced life and digital distraction. Perfectly adapted to its natural surroundings, the extensive use of glass makes guests feel they are part of the natural landscape, even from inside the hotel. Amidst some of the most captivating and idyllic surroundings, the hotel offers special winter yoga breaks, with their partner YOGAdeluxe, on selected dates in January, February and March. Boost your energy, master deep breathing techniques and revitalise your inner well-being.
The 4* ASI Lodge (www.asi-lodge.at; t: +43 5248 26666) has 3 nights starting from €327 per person, in a double room on half board. A yoga workshop of 11 hours spread over a 3 night stay costs €289 per person with YOGAdeluxe. Daily flights are available with easyJet from Gatwick to Innsbruck, up to 5 times a week with British Airways from Gatwick or fly with Monarch form Manchester up to 3 times a week.
SKI & COOK
Located with easy access to the slopes of Kitzbühel, the Relais & Châteaux Hotel Rosengarten in Kirchberg is the brainchild of top Austrian chef Simon Taxacher. On 24th October 2013, his restaurant was awarded 4 toques and 19 points by the 2014 Gault Millau guide, catapulting him to the top of Austria’s culinary elite.The award-winning Restaurant R Simon Taxacher holds the reputation as one of the top gourmet spots in the Alps, thanks to Taxacher’s innovative French-Mediterranean cuisine and is now one of only four establishments in Austria to hold this exceptional Gault Millau rating. The hotel itself combines sophisticated design, with top quality materials and supreme comfort. The ingenious top floor cooking studio and cookery school is a must for any budding Masterchefs. With glorious views over the Kitzbühel Alps, the cookery course takes place between 10am and 3pm, including a welcome drink and 5 course lunch at the cookery school, accompanied with corresponding wines.
A three night stay at the Relais & Châteaux Rosengarten (+43 5357 4201; www.rosengarten-taxacher.com) in Kirchberg starts from €619 per person, in a standard double room, including a one day taster cookery course. During the 2013/14 season the taster cookery course will take place on 15 December, 12 January, 9 February, 15 June, 6 July, 10 August, 7 September.
SKI & SAFETY
Make your skiing holiday a learning holiday too and join one of the free Snow & Avalanche Awareness Camps (SAAC), which were set up to encourage skiers and snowboarders to learn about the mountains. The 2-day basic camps operate throughout the season in over 20 ski resorts across Austria. With a mix of theory and practical learning, the focus is on alpine dangers, improving awareness and increasing an individual’s own sense of responsibility. To reserve a place on one of the (English speaking) camps email email@example.com to check availability or visit www.saac.at to view this season’s dates.
The Basic Camp takes place in St Anton am Arlberg on the 14th/15th December and Ski Safari (www.skisafari.com; 01273 224 067) has 3 nights at the 4* Hotel Post, with prices starting from £619 per person, based on 2 sharing, including flights and resort transfers. Departs Friday 13th December.
New York State Thrills Skiers and Snowboarders with Special Deals,
World-Class Venues and the Most Ski Areas in the Nation
NEW YORK – This winter, Ski Areas of New York (SANY) are rolling out three great deals to encourage travelers to discover New York’s ski areas. New York has over fifty ski resorts, more than any other state in the country, ideal for everyone from beginner to expert skiers and snowboarders. The state has hosted two Winter Olympic Games and continues to attract national and international competitions.
Equally important, as any northeast ski enthusiast knows, New York’s ski areas are meticulously maintained. They pride themselves on using the latest technology to provide the finest facilities and winter experiences. This year, New York ski resorts have invested millions of dollars in everything from new high speed lifts and improved snow-making to children’s programming.
Following are Ski Areas of New York’s (SANY) 2013/2014 winter season offers:
$12 Lift Tickets. On December 19, 2013 and January 9, 2014, 10,000 skiers per day will be able to take advantage of $12 lift tickets through the Discover New York Skiing promotion at 26 participating ski areas across the state. Organized by Ski Areas of New York (SANY), the promotion is an expansion of last year’s popular 10-10-10 one-day deal. Tickets must be reserved and paid in advance and are the perfect start to a long weekend getaway. For details, visit http://www.iskiny.com/ski-deals/discover-ny-skiing.
Kids Ski Free. SANY is offering free lift tickets and learn to ski packages for young skiers and snowboarders throughout the 2013-2014 winter ski season at 25 ski areas across the state. Last year’s “Kids Ski Free Fourth Grade” program has been expanded this year to include the third grade. Passes in the form of a Passport must be obtained in advance, and there’s a $22 processing fee for the season. For details, visit http://www.iskiny.com/ski-deals/free-kids-program.
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month discounts. January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and New York ski areas are stepping up with a great deal. Last year, a majority of the state’s ski areas participated in providing significantly discounted ski and snowboarding lessons. This year, 28 NYS Ski Areas are offering learn to ski and snowboard packages which include lifts, lessons and rentals for $35 (some blackout dates apply and shipping and handling charges will apply at time of purchase). To obtain a Learn to Ski $35 voucher, go to www.iskiny.com . You must pay in advance and take your voucher to the ski area that you selected for your Learn to Ski and Snowboard experience.
More deals, special events and updated snow reports. Looking for the best deals and latest snow condition reports? A new mobile-friendly website, www.iskiny.com, offers the latest information on snow conditions, ski area events, updates, maps and other information about skiing in New York. The site, operated by SANY, also has a section with bookable deals such as third-day-free, ski/stay weekends and other lodging specials.
For more information on skiing and snowboarding in New York, visit iskiny.com, facebook.com/skiandrideny and for other fun winter ideas and information in New York State, visit http://www.iloveny.com/winter.
About New York State
New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York’s attractions feature landmarks such as Niagara Falls, the largest park in the continental U.S. in the Adirondacks and treasures such as the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Corning Museum of Glass. New York State offers diverse activities for all: outdoor fun – fishing, hiking and boating, year-round festivals and exploring the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies. Visitors also enjoy the fine cuisine, beverage trails and farm-to-table fresh foods. For more information, visit http://www.iloveny.com . .
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About Ski Areas of New York
Ski Areas of New York, Inc. (SANY) is a trade organization that serves its members by acting as a facilitator, negotiator, educator, marketer, business analyst, legal advisor, information collector and distributor. By operating as a support organization for the industry, SANY’s products and programs help to foster new and continued business for members. SANY continually stays abreast of the latest technology and opportunities in the industry and aspires to grow the sport for generations to come. www.iskiny.com is the go-to site for happenings in the New York Ski Industry. Daily conditions reports are listed by resort, a weekly video is posted by Skiing Weatherman Herb Stevens, updated press releases are posted from member resorts, and information on skiing and snowboarding programs and promotions including 44 Free, Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, Ski and Stay, lift ticket sales and 10-10-10 can all be found on the website. Additionally, there is an interactive map that provides all the vital stats for our member resorts. www.iskiny.com is the source for everything skiing in New York.
The season is set to begin in the Jungfrau Region on 7th December in the Kleine Scheidegg area with the remaining areas opening on 14th December.
Kleine Scheidegg: 7th December 2013 to 21st April 2014
Grindelwald-First: 14th December 2013 to 30th March 2014
Männlichen: 14th December 2013 to 6th April 2014
Mürren-Schilthorn 14th December 2013 to 21st April 2014
Depending on snow, some areas may open on weekends from 16th November 2013.
Webcams have long been a source of excitement before a ski holiday with daily checking of conditions via these cameras part of a routine for many holidaymakers from December before heading out to the slopes. This year sees the installation of three new HD cameras in the Jungfrau Region to view the weather and snow conditions in all their glory. The new cameras are situated in Kleine Scheidegg-Lauberhorn, Grindelwald-First and Männlichen. Visit www.jungfrau.ch/webcams to see the latest weather and conditions.
Social skiing online
That end of the day conversation in the chalet about who went where, who went fastest and who did the hardest run is about to get a whole lot more competitive in Jungfrau this winter. The Jungfrau Winnercard has been updated for 2013/14 to bring the skipass from the jacket pocket to the Jungfrau website, allowing skiiers to create a personal diary charting experiences and videos to share with as few or as many as you would like. The website also offers regular competitions alongside the chance to earn badges for accomplishments on the slopes such as distance skied or metres descended. Another great new feature is the Jungfrau Winnercard ski movies; simply touch your ski pass on the sensors in the Kleine-Scheidegg Männlichen or Mürren-Schilthorn ski areas and the journey down is tracked by cameras before being uploaded to your Jungfrau Winnercard online profile.
Action-packed events calendar
As usual in the Jungfrau Region, there will be a number of events through the season certainly worth showing up for. Alpine ski races are, of course, at the centre of things in Wengen and this year is the 84th World Cup Race on the Lauberhorn, one of the classics (17th to 19th January). The following week it is time for Grindelwald to take centre stage with the 32nd World Snow Festival, a celebration of ice art on the natural ice rink (20th to 25th January). High octane freeskiing arrives later in the season with the Whitestyle Open (7th to 9th March) which will see top skiers compete for CHF 10,000 (approx.. £7,000), plus skiers in the resort on holiday can trial the latest skis.
Jungfrau announces Deep Purple headliner
The Jungfrau region has announced rock legends Deep Purple as the headline act of SnowpenAir, Switzerland’s biggest winter music event. Due to be held on 5th and 6th April 2014, this event in Kleine Scheidegg can only be reached by a journey up the beautiful mountain railway. Tickets cost 110 CHF and the combi-ticket includes the return train ride from Interlaken Ost to Kleine Scheidegg (2nd class). For more details and to purchase tickets visit www.jungfrau.ch/snowpenair
Deals for this season
Children ski for free on Saturdays, with two children skiing for free for every adult ski pass bought. If ski hire is purchased from Intersport Rent-Network then the children also get ski hire for free.
Buy a Jungfrau Sportpass (2-10 days) more than 21 days in advance of arriving in the resort and receive a 20% discount off the price. Discounts are automatically applied on the website. A 6 day pass is usually CHF 323 (approx.. £225), lowering to CHF 258.40 (approx.. £180) when the discount is applied.
Early and late season short stays include a ’2 for 1′ offer when an adult books a package. The 2 night packages with breakfast included and a 3 day Jungfrau Sportpass are available from 7th to 20th December 2013, 4th to 24th January 2014 and 8th March 2014 up to the end of the season. More information is available at www.jungfrau.ch/2for1
For more information about snow holidays in the Jungfrau region please visit www.jungfrau.ch
The Jungfrau Region is found in the heart of the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland. Nestled at the foot of the mighty Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau massif, the region offers a unique and diverse array of natural attractions within a compact area. These include Lakes Thun and Brienz, a high-Alpine glacier world, quietly flowing rivers, thundering waterfalls and a variety of accommodation options from simple hostels to luxury hotels. Jungfrau Railways travel to the unique natural wonders in the UNESCO World Heritage of the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch as well as uniting seven spectacular mountain transport systems under one management. Nature lovers and railway and aerial cableway fans are guaranteed to be in their element in the Jungfrau Region. www.jungfrau.ch
Winter and the Austrians; it is a loving relationship, a blend of subtle joys and laugh out loud fun. We shared our anticipation with our guests from the UK and surprised them with a pre-winter taster in the city at Bishops Square. As we Austrians like to say: “Enjoy your celebrations, whenever they come!”
We wanted to know what would happen if we placed a “buzzer” in the middle of a square. Would someone push it or would it go unnoticed?
Have a look what happened: Link to Video
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Visitors to the Portes du Soleil ski area this winter are in for a treat when they take advantage of brand new concierge service, Snow Organiser.
Snow Organiser specialises in taking care of all the details in an area with an abundance of independent chalets, self-catered apartments and privately owned holiday homes. The largest resort in the area, Morzine, literally has thousands of beds that are booked exclusively though the owners, meaning that all the other necessities are left to organise.
So rather than having to find the ski pass office on arrival, book your equipment rental or organise ski lessons the day before you need them, Snow Organiser lets you do all of this in one place before departure. You can even pre-book massage treatment and arrange child care in-resort, paying for every service in one easy click. Want skis delivered to your door on arrival? Then request that through Snow Organiser when booking online.
British founder and Company Director, Ally Howse, spent a large amount of her childhood in the Portes du Soleil, and has expert knowledge of the area as well as many local contacts.
‘We had the idea for Snow Organiser because there are so many guests in the area who arrive with nothing but their accommodation arranged’, Said Ally. ‘We are there to take care of this and make peoples ski holidays easier and more enjoyable’.
Booking the individual services required couldn’t be easier on the Snow Organiser website, there are six special packages tailored specifically to different requirements and include The Beginner’s Pack, The Essentials, The Luxury Package, Thrill Seeker, Family Package and Weekend Break. Each one of these has been carefully thought out to provide all the right extras to make the holiday work.
But you can also call Snow Organiser for a bespoke program that provides whatever services you require; need lift passes for a group of twelve on a lad’s weekend away or a bunch of flowers delivered to your chalet door? Just call Snow Organiser and it shall be done.
Apart from Morzine, Snow Organiser operates in the other resorts on the French side of the Portes du Soleil that include, Abondance, Chatel, Les Gets, Chapelle d’Abondance, Montriond and St Jean d’Aulps. One of the world’s largest interconnected ski areas, the Portes du Soleil straddles the border between France and Switzerland with a total of 12 resorts making up over 400 kilometres of slopes, 194 ski lifts and 13 snowparks. If you get hungry, the 90 listed mountain restaurants should be enough to keep you going for a season, let alone a week.
The Beginner Package – from £499.00 per person includes local lift pass, ski and boot hire & 12 hours of beginner group lessons
The Essentials – from £399.00 per person includes full area lift pass and ski & boot hire
The Luxury Package – from £749.00 per person includes full area lift pass, performance ski and boot hire, two private two hour lessons and a massage
The Thrill Seeker – from £649.00 per person includes full area lift pass, performance ski and boot hire and off piste development lessons
The Family Package – from £1549 for a family of four includes two sets of adult exclusive ski or snowboard hire, two full adult Portes du Soleil lift passes, two private two hour adult lessons, two 30 minute massage treatments plus children’s ski lessons, lift passes and equipment hire dependent on age and ability levels
Weekend Break – from £259 per person includes 3 days exclusive ski or snowboard hire, 3 days full area lift pass, 30 minute massage treatment
Rent an apartment in the Canadian Rockies
Beautiful Canmore, 1 hour from Calgary, on the edge of Banff National Park
Three fully equipped modern lofted apartments in the same block, on the same floor, in the picturesque mountain town of Canmore in the Canadian Rockies still have availability for the coming winter season, including February half term.
The fully equipped apartments each sleep up to 7 people*, are within walking distance to all the shops and restaurants of Canmore, have balconies, B.B.Q’s and picture windows overlooking the stunning mountain ranges and three roof top spas. Each unit has a full kitchen with American Fridge/Freezer, Full size Oven, Dishwasher, Washing Machine and Dryer.See www.rentalsintherockies.com.
Canmore was the site of the 1988 Winter Olympics, so there is easy access by road or bus to several ski resorts – Banff, Lake Louise, Kananaskis, Sunshine Village, Nakiska and Mount Norquay – making this choice of accommodation an ideal low cost family friendly alternative to choosing a ‘ski in’ hotel or chalet in a resort.
In Mid season from the 7th to the 31st of Jan. 2014 each apartment costs £89 per night (Sun to Thurs} and £149 per night (Fri and Sat). The weekly rate is approximately £655, depending on the exchange rate. In high season 1st Feb to 31st March each apartment costs £149 per night (Sun to Thurs) and £195 ( Fri and Sat), The weekly rate is £1072 depending on the exchange rate**.
Flights with www.canadianaffair.com from several UK airports start at £398 return. Their Winter Sale is on until the end of November 2013. Flexible accommodation packages mean you don’t have to book from Saturday to Saturday.
The British based condo owners want to ensure guests travelling from the UK have the perfect holiday, so are keen to help as much as possible. They advise on where to find good deals on flights, value for money car hire, as well as endless activities available for those not just there for the skiing.
“In addition to the great powder snow, skiing in Canada seems to be slightly better organized than in some resorts in Europe. There is always plenty of parking, sufficient ski lifts to cope with demand even at peak times and many of our guests feel that they get far more ski runs in as a result of the better standard of amenities. You will also find if you visit with the family that basic fast food and beverages are not quite as outrageously priced as you might find in some European resorts. Canmore is truly a family playground suitable for all ages and abilities.” said owner Richard Colwell.
* 1 King bedroom,en suite (in lofted area)which can be split to make 2 singles. 1 double bedroom and a queen and single sofa bed in the living area.
** All prices on the website are in Canadian dollars. Keeping a close watch on exchange rates will get you a better deal.
A limited amount of press trips are available for journalists and their families over this coming ski season and into the spring/summer of 2014.
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