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
The Delta Whistler Village Suites is receiving a fresh new look. All 225 guestrooms are undergoing a $7 million CAD renovation set to be compete late fall 2014. The hotel will also be home to Brickworks Public House, a new 75-person neighbourhood pub opening this spring. Brickworks Public House will offer Whistler’s first après karaoke offered through an Internet jukebox with access to a massive collection of music. One of Whistler’s all-suite full-service hotel, Delta Whistler Village Suites is located in the heart of Whistler Village, steps away from trendy shops, restaurants, exciting nightlife and more.
The snow is piling up at Mammoth with 12-16 inches of fresh snow this week and more to come. With all lifts spinning and the best conditions in California, we’re gearing up for a great spring season. Right now we have a special offer for you:
Stay two nights, get the third night free!
Choose from the best lodging options in Mammoth Lakes: the family friendly ski-in, ski out Juniper Springs Resort, the vibrant Village Lodge or stay slope-side at Mammoth Mountain Inn.
Hurry and book now, because this offer won’t last. Spring snow, sunshine, and big mountain fun will be your reward.
CALL 800.MAMMOTH (800.626.6684) OR VISIT www.MAMMOTHMOUNTAIN.COM TO BOOK YOUR TRIP TODAY
Those hoping to become the next chalet-girl-turned-Olympic champion need to learn how to cook first. Luxury chalet operator VIP SKI has created a tailored chalet cookery course to develop the skills and confidence required to run all aspects of a chalet.
With over 25 years of experience creating boutique luxury chalet holidays, and a reputation for delivering impeccable food and service to discerning skiers, VIP SKI is well placed to train up-and-coming hosts.
VIP SKI MD Andy Sturt said: “Newly-recruited chalet hosts have been asking us to recommend cookery courses to hone their pre-season skills for years, so we thought, why not run our own? The level of service and food in our chalets is a priority and our genuine staff are well known for their welcoming and seamless service. If you’re into wintersports there’s no better way to indulge that passion than doing a ski season.”
The course is run in the French Alpine resort of Morzine in one of VIP Ski’s luxury chalets, replete with hot tub. It is delivered by experienced chalet hosts and chefs and designed to teach the realities and challenges of running a property at altitude in winter.
The practical cooking sessions develop the necessary skills and techniques required to cook the VIP SKI chalet menu with flair. Alongside the basic skills and hosting tips, cooks will explore the principles of food preparation, menu planning and how ingredients work together. They will also learn about kitchen hygiene, baking at altitude, catering for dietary requirements and how to pull off the perfect Christmas Day (the nemesis of all new chalet hosts). There will be a maximum of 6 participants in any session to ensure everyone receives the attention and support they require to progress within the relaxed alpine environment.
Andy Sturt added: “Our cookery courses will teach aspiring chalet staff the fine arts of hosting and provide a platform to practice the skills they require for the approaching season. If they have the confidence and know-how to create fantastic meals and deliver them smoothly from the start, hosts can concentrate on really enjoying their time in the mountains. There is no better way to prepare for a winter at altitude and the skills learnt will make candidates great cooks for life.”
Prices start from £595 per person in a shared twin room or £695 for single occupancy of a double room. Courses run for a week and are available on 3 dates in 2014: departing Sunday 13 July, 31 August and 14 September. The price includes 7 nights’ accommodation in the Morzine luxury chalet, all meals and wine with dinner (dinner not provided on one night off), return resort transfer from Geneva airport, all food for practical cooking sessions, a cheese and wine tasting night and one afternoon activity e.g. white water rafting. Flights are not included. For more information or to book visit www.vip-chalets.com or call 0844 557 3119.
Luxury ski accommodation specialist looks at the top unsung resorts to help skiers get the best out of what’s left of the season
Leading luxury ski accommodation provider, Alpine Guru, is spilling the beans on the best unsung ski resorts and chalets. These snow drenched destinations should be included on every skier’s bucket list. Make the most of the remainder of the ski season this year and ditch the umbrella, mac and wellies for skis, boots and snowsuit at one of these hidden snow-steeped gems.
Chalet Pecchio, Le Mirior
Chalet Pecchio is situated between some of the best ski resorts in the Alps, including Ste Foy, Val D’Isere, La Plagne and Tignes. The hamlet is the home of high altitude skiing, tucked away with stunning views over the Tarentaise Valley, which can be enjoyed from a wrap-around balcony. The chalet combines a traditional skiing experience with a contemporary interior. Skiing in the 21st century should begin here.
Prices start from €4,600 per week including catering, concierge service and a daily resort shuttle service.
San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge, San Cassiano
San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge is one for those who value the traditional experience. Hidden away in South Tyrol, this renovated 16th century property once stood as a hunting lodge. San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge has been renovated to offer modern facilities such as underfloor heating, an entertainment ‘den’ and a garden whirlpool. Owners, Stefano and Giorgia, are experienced hosts who ensure a warm welcome. Tucked away in the jagged mountains, a classic skiing experience awaits.
From €2,400 per night, enjoy Giorgia’s home cooked dinners, afternoon tea, breakfast and daily cleaning.
Chalet Rotstocki, Grindelwald
Chalet Rotstocki combines a hotel-like service within the intimacy of a private residence. The newly-built chalet is perfectly positioned to take in beautiful views from the balconies and terraces, including that of the North face of the Eigar. Each apartment/floor can be rented individually, or larger groups can take up the whole chalet. Chalet Rotstocki offers great flexibility with use of the nearby Hotel Schweizerhof’s facilities, accessible on foot and via a private underground funicular.
Prices are from CHF 245 per person per night or CHF 3,920 for the whole chalet and include housekeeping, breakfast and taxes.
Chalet Gentiane, Grimentz
For a relaxed chalet just a stone’s throw from incredible skiing, try Chalet Gentiane in Grimentz. The property, spread over four floors, contains double height living and dining areas, with the main living space opening out onto a terrace with panoramic views. The chalet is located a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the village of Grimentz. Additionally, the pistes are just one kilometre away, with a free shuttle bus stopping close-by to the chalet. So with easy access to world class skiing combined with the privacy of a hidden retreat, Chalet Gentiane may very well remain one of skiing’s best kept secrets.
Prices are from CHF 3,215 per week during the winter season for a self-catered service with additional services available on request.
Le Rogneux, Commeire
If you’re looking for spectacular natural views whilst not on the slopes, Le Rogneux is the place to go. With incredible vistas from the south and east facing balconies, which boast large windows bringing the beautiful surroundings into the chalet, Le Rogneux is the essence of tranquillity. Located in the quiet village of Commeire, the chalet is a short drive from a number of ski resorts, with Verbier just twenty minutes away. For those looking for a mixture of skiing and exploring nature; look no further than Le Rogneux.
Prices start from CHF 6,300 per week during the winter season and services can be tailored to guests’ needs.
For more information or to book your Alpine holiday, visit www.alpineguru.com, call 020 3004 8750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About Alpine Guru
Alpine Guru works tirelessly to find its clients the perfect luxury ski chalet or hotel for their alpine getaway. Founded in 2011 by ski enthusiasts Oli Corkhill and Ant Cullen, Alpine Guru boasts an impressive collection of over 340 luxury chalets, apartments and hotels throughout the best ski resorts in Europe, Japan and North America; all on one easy to use website.
For more information visit: www.alpineguru.com or follow the team @alpineguru.
VIP SKI and Hammer Sports have again teamed up to offer a great package for avid cyclists to take on the Morzine Sportive. VIP SKI’s experience in chalet accommodation combines with Hammer Sports’ cycling experts to provide a week to remember tackling the French Alps. Hammer Sports knowledge of the routes and support for cyclists will leave those riding feeling as if they are on a pro team during the week.
Morzine has a rich cycling heritage with the Tour de France visiting on a number of occasions. The 2003 and 2010 routes are the most recent to have included Morzine as the location for a stage finale. With a maximum gradient of 11% and an average of 6.5% the Col de Joux Plane attracts pro cycling training camps and races. The Col de Joux Verte up to Avoriaz is equally as terrifying and a 33 minute record from the great Bernard Hinault from the 1979 Tour de France shows this is no short, easy ride.
The Morzine Sportive:
Two routes are available to cyclists as part of this event that takes place on the 22nd June 2014. The 160km Morzine Haut Chablais Master is a punishing ride taking in the iconic 1,760m Col de Joux Verte and 1,712m Col de Joux Plane as well as three further Cols, 3,800m of ascent. The 110km Morzine Chablais Senior also takes on the Col de Joux Plane and a further Col but does not include the Col de Joux Verte, 2,520 of ascent. The Sportive costs 38€ to register for and more information can be found at www.sportcommunication.com
To make the most of Morzine’s cycling credentials and the Sportive experts from Hammer Sports are on hand. Andrew Thompson from Hammer Sports is one such expert and has been racing since 1983 when he was just 13. At 16 he broke a world record as the youngest competitor on a 1,000km event as well as representing Great Britain at the UCI Masters World Championships. With the expert guidance of Andrew and the team, cyclists will be well prepared to take on the rides with confidence in themselves and their equipment. Upon arrival cyclists are given a free bike fit that nearly always results in a change of ride position for cyclists, much to their surprise. A range of guided rides are then available through the week led by Andrew either side of the main event, the Morzine Sportive. These include rides to Flaine, Chatel and La Praz as well as a recovery day after the Sportive with an easy ride to nearby Lac Leman. If at any time the bike fails the rider the team from Hammer Sports are on hand with spares and the technical know-how to quickly rectify the problem, a welcome boost for confidence.
Accommodation at the VIP SKI Alaska Lodge is the perfect post ride tonic. A wet suite with hot tub and sauna are at the heart of this along with VIP SKI’s high standard of food, tailored to cyclists needs. Prices for the Morzine cycling week start from £490 per person based on two sharing a room for 7 nights. A 3 night package is available from £310 per person based on two sharing. Prices include half board accommodation and guiding. The dates of the cycling week are Friday 20th June to Friday 27th June 2014 with the 3 night package running from the 20th to the 23rd June 2014.
For more information visit www.vip-chalets.com/summer-alps-cycling or call 0844 557 3119
New luxury ski-in ski-out chalet hailed as most exclusive private property in region
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.
Fast establishing itself as one of Lech’s most prestigious private chalets, überHaus is the second Bramble Ski property in Lech following the acquisition of the sixteenth century Chalet 1597 (sleeps 12) in 2013. 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 even a pool table, adults and children alike will be blown away by überHaus’ boundless appeal and effortlessly elegant design.
With one of the highest snowfall records in the Alps, Lech has been for decades the preferred destination for wealthy ski fanatics. The resort continues to be the favourite choice for discerning travellers who enjoy the pretty landscape, quiet nature of the slopes, as well as lively après ski venues and phenomenal shopping opportunities. For fashionistas and novices alike, Bramble Ski can arrange a dedicated personal shopping experience at the resort’s world famous Strolz Department Store. One of the rare ski-in ski-out properties in the exclusive mountain village of Oberlech, überHaus is the second chalet managed by Bramble Ski in the area.
Sleeping ten adults and six children, überHaus offers a spacious master suite, two family suites, and a further two double bedrooms (all en-suite). The master suite and a further en-suite double bedroom are both located on the top floor of the chalet, offering stunning views of the magical snowscape below. The master suite boasts its own grand living area and dressing room as well as a beautiful, spacious bathroom with roll-top bath and a separate shower.
The two family suites and a further double bedroom – all en-suite – are easily accessible on the ground floor, with one of the family suites containing a double bedroom and a separate children’s room with two sets of bunks (sleeping four children). The second family suite offers a double en-suite bedroom and a children’s bunk in the alcove, which can be folded away on top to make a comfortable seating area.
The first floor of überHaus consists of living and dining areas, separated naturally by the warming fireplace in the middle and spilling out onto a large balcony to the front of the property. The kitchen can either be left open to the dining room or closed off by sliding doors, and is professionally equipped for use by both staff and guests depending on guests’ preference.
Sitting right in the middle of the piste, (with cushioned safety barriers to prevent skiers from skiing in to the building!) and immediate access to the slopes, guests enter Bramble Ski’s überHaus chalet after a long day of skiing and are immediately greeted by the warmth of the open fireplace blazing in the hallway and refreshing beverages.
The chalet’s relaxation area and spa is equipped with a glass bottomed outdoor hot tub overlooking the surrounding mountains, sauna, Hammam, fitness area, massage room, snooker room, bar, library, and a cinema. A grand open plan reception and dining area, with a table seating up to 16, is the ideal space for entertaining guests who can choose from a selection of fine wines from the chalet’s own cellar. Bramble Ski provides guests with a team of private staff including a chef, driver and housekeeping who provide the highest level of attention to detail whilst ensuring the utmost privacy and discretion.
Bramble Ski’s überHaus and Chalet 1597 are available on both a catered and self-catered basis. Whether guests require a highly trained chef at their disposal throughout the week or just for one special celebratory meal, Bramble Ski will provide the ultimate ski holiday dedicated to their every need.
Prices at überHaus start at £3,788 / €4,530 per night, with a minimum stay of 7 nights, for exclusive use in low season (on a catered basis, excluding food and drink). W: http://www.brambleski.com/ T: +41(0) 22 534 97 74; E: email@example.com
*Prices in Pounds Sterling correct to today’s exchange rate
Chalet Rêves de Montagne – a beautiful, privately owned and run chalet in the Grand Massif, France is offering a FREE 6 day lift pass per person for remaining holidays booked this season.
As a celebration of the fantastic snow conditions across the Grand Massif, Chalet Rêves de Montagne near Samoëns is offering each guest a FREE 6 day lift pass throughout March 2014. As well as being one of the most accessible ski areas in France, this is also the 4th largest and with consistently impressive conditions throughout the winter, it has had arguably the best and deepest snow in the Alps all season.
Chalet Rêves de Montagne is a dreamy retreat set right in the heart of this extensive ski terrain and close to the mediaeval village of Samëons. It has been sensitively restored to preserve its 18th century roots and is full of character with ancient stone, original timber, huge ceilings and vast, panoramic, picture windows. Expect to enjoy supreme comfort and mouth watering culinary delights amidst a backdrop of crackling log fires, a bubbling hot tub and mesmerizing views.
‘We have found skiing heaven’ said a guest two weeks ago amongst a plethora of glowing reviews. Owners Andy and Karen have an affinity for making everyone feel special and offer a truly personal approach, tailoring your stay to suit your needs and offering dizzying attention to detail. If you’re fed up with your chalet host’s gap year cooking and the commercialism of the tour operator mass market, look no further – this is the perfect antidote!
This is not just another luxury chalet – this is the chalet of your dreams.
Notes to editors –
• Chalet Rêves de Montagne is offering a complimentary 6 day lift pass per person for remaining holidays booked this season.
• Where is the Grand Massif? Only 45 mins from Geneva airport!
• Sleeps up to 14 in 5 ensuite bedrooms.
• Can be booked for split occupancy, short stays and whole chalet bookings.
• Availability: 2 rooms w/c Sun 8th March, 5 rooms w/c Sun 15th, 22nd and 29th March 2014. Prices from 1,190EUR per person including excellent full catering and private airport transfers.
• Currently taking bookings for next season.
Work Out In the Alps to Boost Your Fitness Results With Wellbeing Escapes “Alpine Fitness” packages
Winter is almost over, but that doesn’t mean that mountain lovers need to swap the peaks for the beaches just yet. Wellbeing Escapes’ signature Alpine Fitness packages offer a fun and healthy alternative to the beach. Use the altitude to boost your work-outs, whilst enjoying stunning views and bliss-inducing Spas.
Breathe in that incredible Alpine air and warm up (or cool down!) amongst the majestic scenery of the Austrian and Swiss Alps. The increase in altitude has been proven to boost your workouts so you can work less, get greater results and spend more time taking it all in.
Work up a sweat at Schloss Pichlarn with a choice of up to 5 activities including Personal Training sessions, BodyTec Training and Nordic Walking to name but a few. Need a rest? Bliss out in the relaxation spa in the evening whilst gazing through the glass roof at the enchanting star filled sky.
Test your limits at The Alpina Gstaad with a range of Alpine activities including Canoeing, Rock climbing and River rafting. After all that adrenaline, come back down to earth with a gentle yoga class or Six Senses Spa signature massage.
The Hotel Schweizerhof’s Alpine flexible fitness programme has something for everyone. Work on your flexibility with a choice of Yoga and Pilates, reconnect with nature with a guided hike in the stunning mountains and invigorate your soul with access to the spa’s ice fountain and Finnish sauna.
All of these packages and more are available to book now for summer 2014. To find out more visit www.wellbeingescapes.com
About Wellbeing Escapes:
Wellbeing Escapes is the UK’s leading wellness travel company, specialising in healthy holidays and experiences. They carefully research the different resorts they work with so they meet the company’s high wellbeing standards without compromising on value. Recent Wellbeing Escapes client Ruby Wax (comedian and writer) has said “”Wellbeing Escapes is the John Lewis of healthy breaks – they gave me great advice, arranged everything seamlessly, and gave me a real deal!”
The company offers much more than a holiday; it offers positive and life-enhancing experiences – the kind of holidays that are so rejuvenating you don’t come back needing another break to recover!
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