What we think you should be doing this winter…..

Having had a look at the many web cams that are now available to view, early conditions are looking very promising, so much so that many of the higher resorts will open this weekend (22nd Nov) for business. This is an exciting time for one and all in the ski industry and for our many clients who will be heading out to the Alps in the next few months. The following list are some ideas you may want to bolt onto your trip if you have already booked or if you have not why not consider trying one or two.

HIRE A PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR OR GUIDE

To really get the most out of your skiing, whether on piste or off! The advantages will far outstrip the cost as you will see immediate improvements. For off-piste skiers having a guide means you will not only be safer you will ski untracked powder all day. Besides, you will not have to wait in any lift queues and finding the best places to have a good lunch wont be a problem either.

For help in booking a private instructor or guide, just give us a call.

Children's Ski School

Children’s Ski School

GET YOUR KIDS ON THE SLOPES

Skiing with your children is one of life’s real treats. Often we get asked what age should my child start skiing, well we say 3 ½ is probably the earliest. The progression is amazingly quick when children start early. There are many excellent ski schools in resorts which are child friendly, so again just call us and we can point you in the right direction.

Children's ski kindergarten

Children’s ski kindergarten

STAY IN A LUXURY CHALET

Having developed a website totally dedicated to the top end of the chalet market, choosing a luxury chalet in your favourite resort could not be easier.  Whether you want a private hot tub, swimming pool, chauffeur, chef, butler, heli-pad, ski guide…, it’s all possible! Simply go to www.alpineluxurychalets.com

Luxury chalet Amazon Creek, Chamonix

Luxury chalet Amazon Creek, Chamonix

STAY IN A BOUTIQUE HOTEL

It is quite staggering the rate at which many hotels have reinvented themselves. Most resorts now have such amazing hotels from the small and luxury, yet traditional style hotel to the modern chic minimalistic, let’s say more urban in style for the young and hip. We have our favourites to suit all styles so why not tap into our knowledge before you next book your Alpine hotel.

DV Chalet Hotel, Madonna di Campiglio

Standard room at the DV Boutique Hotel

TRY A SKI WEEKEND

You can’t beat the Buzz of a quick fix in the Alps. We have been organising ski weekends for over 20 years now and know all the short cuts to finding something quickly and easily for you. Not all resorts are suitable but there are many little gems that we know of that work well. Call us if you are thinking of a ski weekend.

SKI IN THE FOLLOWING RESORTS

Most of our clients like the big ski resorts which tick every possible box, so no surprises there,  however, if you have not tried these resorts we recommend you do –

ITALY – Ski in any of the resorts in the Sella Ronda, we also recommend Madonna di Campiglio.

SWITZERLAND – Engelberg, Laax, Lenzerheide, Grimentz and Zinal.

AUSTRIA – Lech and  Kitzbuhel

FRANCE – St Martin de Belleville, Serre Chevalier, Ste Foy and Valmorel.

 

GRAB YOURSELF A LATE DEAL

If you are looking to book something last minute we have the best search engine on the planet. In fact booking a last minute catered chalet package holiday could not be easier and we guarantee huge savings to some fabulous chalets in some of the best resorts in the world. Simply keep an eye on our “CHALET DEALS” tab. Deals start to roll in about 4 weeks before you want to travel.

Powder skiing in Aspen

Aspen powder skiing

 

So as we look forward to another fun filled ski season we are on hand to find you some exciting ski ideas for your next ski holiday. Simply call us, as we do love to chat all things ski or simply send us an enquiry.

Happy skiing from all of us at Alpine Answers

 

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Free case of champagne in Maria Alm

Maria Alm, Austria’s hidden gem, is only one hour’s drive from Salzburg airport and is part of the Ski Armade – a domain that encompasses no less than 28 ski areas and villages that together make up one of the largest ski areas in the Alps (670km of slopes).

The Chalet Panorama, run by an English family business, is situated in the lovely resort of Maria Alm which has immediate access to the skiing of the Hochkonig area which is suitable for all levels of skier or boarder. The chalet comfortably sleeps 14 – 19 guests in seven bedrooms.

Chalet Panorama in Maria Alm

Chalet Panorama in Maria Alm

This luxury chalet is just 300 metres from the village slopes and comes with your own personal chalet chef and chalet hosts. The chalet has a comfortable sitting room with open fireplace of course and also a great spa complete with relax area, hammam (steam room) and sauna. All the bedrooms have balconies with great views over the resort and each comes with an LCD TV, Wi-Fi and en-suite bathroom. The penthouse apartment has the advantage of its own large terrace and private sitting room.

Sittingroom and fireplace in Chalet Panorama

Sittingroom and fireplace in Chalet Panorama

Maria Alm has so much to offer – great skiing, a short airport transfer, bags of charm and lots to do for non skiers also. There are horse drawn sleigh rides and toboganning which all ages will really enjoy.

If you are not already tempted to book your next ski holiday in Maria Alm here is a further incentive…

Maria Alm in Austria

Maria Alm in Austria

Free case of champagne in Maria Alm

Simply book the Chalet Panorama before the end of October for any available week in the 2014/15 season and you will receive a free case (6 x 75cl bottles) of Laurent Perrier champagne. Why not enjoy a sparkling aperitif with friends and family in front of the roaring log fire before dinner?

To learn more about Maria Alm and the chalets we have there please call. T: +44 (0)20 7801 1080 and speak to Simon.

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Ski weekends close to Geneva

Alpine Answers’ top three resorts for ski weekends close to Geneva, the main international gateway to the Alps. These resorts are all within one hour’s drive of the airport making them very practical choices for a ski weekend. With such a short transfer time it is possible to take a late afternoon flight out from the UK allowing you to complete the best part of a full day’s work in the office. On the return trip it is possible to ski all the last day, finishing at 4pm, before heading back to Geneva (leaving resort at 5pm) to catch an 8pm flight back to the UK. Booking just 4 night’s away (Wednesday to Sunday) gives you 4 whole day’s skiing whilst using up just two days from your annual holiday entitlement at work (Thursday and Friday).

Ski Weekends Close to Geneva – La Clusaz

La Clusaz is a very popular resort for a weekend ski break. With a charming centre, good restaurants both on and off the slopes and skiing that is very undervalued in our opinion it makes a great choice. Little wonder that it is one of the more popular ski weekend destinations.

Ski weekends close to Geneva - La Clusaz ski resort

The beautiful ski resort of La Clusaz

The La Clusaz ski domain has some of the best snow conditions in France, with the Aravis Massif forming the first ‘natural barrier’ to the weather approaching the Alps from the SW and therefore capturing more than its fair share of precipitation. La Clusaz regularly opens earlier in November at the same time as the highest resorts in France. The exceptional annual snow fall depths mean a full 5 months of skiing is possible at La Clusaz.

Ski weekends close to Geneva - La Cluzaz piste map

La Clusaz piste map

There are some surprisingly good hotels in La Clusaz which represent excellent value for money when compared to hotels in the larger French resorts. If you are looking for a luxury hotel  look no further than the Hotel Au Coeur de Village which boasts a ski in ski out location with a fantastic restaurant and beautiful spa facilities. Alternatively if you are looking for something a little less swanky, the Hotel Beauregard is conveniently located right on the slopes and offers very comfortable accommodation with good quality food in the hotel’s restaurant.

Ski Weekends Close to Geneva – St Gervais

St Gervais lies at the heart of the Evasion Mont- Blanc ski area offering 445 kilometres of slopes towards Megève, Combloux, Les Contamines Hauteluce and La Gietaz.  The resort is again only an hour away from Geneva thereby allowing you to maximise your ski time.

Ski weekends close to Geneva - skiing in the resort of Saint Gervais

skiing in the resort of Saint Gervais

This lovely, traditional resort boosts much alpine charm with fantastic restaurants and lively après. It is a resort not to be missed. In terms of its ski area, it is perfect for people wanting a ski weekend break with plenty of wide open easy runs through the trees with spectacular views. This resort offers a chance to have a wonderful, good value, ski weekend – it’s much cheaper in St Gervais than in the neighbouring resort of Megeve.  For those not looking to ski all day, why not try out the famous thermal baths at ‘Les Bains de Mont Blanc’ to really relax those tired legs after a long day’s skiing.

Ski weekends close to Geneva - Saint Gervais skiing off-piste

Skiing in St Gervais – Where is everyone?

 

Ski Weekends close to Geneva – Les Contamines

Les Contamines is a high altitude resort great for ski weekends close to Geneva throughout the season and not many people know that! We have been trying to keep this fact a little under wraps so that we can keep the slopes of Les Contamines quiet – just the way we like them.

Situated on the Tour du Mont-Blanc, Les Contamines hides a surprising amount of challenging ski terrain behind a relatively small and traditional village. The majority of visitors come from nearby resorts, so you tend to find a lot of French locals on the slopes rather than the holidaying British.

Ski weekends close to Geneva - The ski resort Les Contamines

Skier-Cross In Les Contamines

Les Contamines has a bit of everything  to suit all standards of skiers and boarders on its wonderful mountains. From challenging off piste terrain, to half pipes, and to the Nordic Cross Zone (see image above). This resort is a secret heaven for very good skiers looking to avoid the crowds of Chamonix and Morzine. After a fresh fall of snow you can ski in powder all day in Les Contamines without it getting tracked out.

For ideas on accommodation in all the above resorts please call us. We would be delighted to offer advice and book you one of the best ski weekends close to Geneva that money can buy. T: +44 (0)20 7801 1080.

 

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New Chalets in Tignes

Tignes has always been a popular resort for British managed chalets and we currently have almost 60 chalets in Tignes in our current portfolio for this fantastic Espace Killy resort. For some winter seasons not much changes regards our product offering in a certain resort. However, opening for December 2014 there are 4 new chalets in Tignes that deserve a closer look. Two of these fall in to the luxury chalet bracket and two are classed as larger ‘chalet hotels’ (one in Tignes Le Lac and the other in Tignes Val Claret).

Chalet Quezac (sleeps 12 – 16 guests) Tignes Les Brevieres

New chalets in Tignes - Chalet Quezac (Les Brevieres)

The Uber swanky luxury Chalet Quezac in Tignes Les Brevieres

The luxury Chalet Quezac, on the way to Val d’Isere, was only completed in 2014 and is one of the new chalets in Tignes opening this December. It is owned and largely designed by local hero, Guerlain Chicherit, who is the 4 times World Champion Free Rider Skier and extreme rally driver (Paris Dakar etc). The chalet is unique in its design and has fabulous outside space and stunning mountain views. This chalet is massive and offers over 600 square metres of living space. Situated in Tignes Les Brevieres it offers unbelievable value for money.

Chalet Opal (sleeps 10 guests) Tignes Le Lac

New chalets in Tignes - Chalet Opal (Le Lac)

Chalet Opal above Tignes Le Lac

Chalet Opal in Tignes is part of a luxury chalet development completed in summer 2014. Situated very close to the Almes piste this luxury property offers the latest in chalet comfort and facilities. It is possible to ski very close to the chalet at the end of the day and in the morning there is a shared driver service to take guests down to the main lifts.

Chalet Hotel Alpaka (sleeps up to 32 guests) Tignes Le Lac

New chalets in Tignes - Chalet Hotel Alpaka (Le Lac)

Chalet Hotel Alpaka – Tignes Le Lac

The Alpaka Lodge is in the centre of Tignes Le Lac. The new Toviere gondola lift is just one minute walk away (100 metres) or you can ski from the back of the hotel down to the Paquis and Chaudanne chairlifts. The chalet hotel is rather unassuming from the exterior. However, when you enter the Alpaka Lodge you actually enter into a traditional Savoyard mountain atmosphere with low beams, old wooden walls and a blazing log fire. Highly recommended for a great value place to stay.

Chalet Hotel Ecrin (sleeps up to 112 guests) Tignes Val Claret

New chalets in Tignes - Chalet Hotel Ecrin (Val Claret)

Chalet Hotel Ecrin – Tignes Val Claret

The Chalet Hotel Ecrin in Tignes Val Claret was until summer 2014 a luxury CGH property (part of the MGM Group). However, for December 2014 and beyond it will open its doors as a British managed and staffed jumbo chalet, or ‘chalet hotel’. The Chalet Hotel Ecrin takes the quality of this type of property in the French Alps to a new height and offers fabulous value for money.

For many years Tignes has slightly lived under the shadow of Val d’Isere, its smarter neighbour. Being split into several different resorts has not helped it form its own identity. However, with the increasing number of new chalets in Tignes, such as those above, we feel that Tignes is beginning to really find its feet, now offering luxury chalet accommodation for the first time. To find our more about these properties (and others) please do not hesitate to give our team a call (T:+44 (0)20 7801 1080).

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Val d’Isere Events Calendar 2014

Val d’Isere in France is our biggest selling individual resort and each winter we send over 1,000 clients on a ski holiday to this fantastic Espace Killy ski station. Many of those clients return year after year because for them it is simply the best ski resort in the world. The skiing, shared with Tignes, is about as good as you can find anywhere (snow sure, varied and with terrain to suit beginners right through to expert off-piste level). However, there is just as much going on off the slopes as there is on. Below you will find the Val d’Isere Events Calendar for the winter season starting at the end of November 2014 and lasting through to May 2015 – it is packed with fun stuff to do for all ages.

If you would like help booking up a holiday to one of the chalets in Val d’Isere or one of the Val d’Isere hotels to co-incide with one of the events below please do not hesitate to get in touch.

View of Val d'Isere

View of Val d’Isere old town from Chalet Marco Polo

Val d’Isere Events Calendar for 2014 / 2015

NOVEMBER

29th & 30th – Resort opening date plus 2014 ski and snowboard equipment tests.

DECEMBER

12th to 14th – Critérium de la 1ère neige – FIS Men’s World Cup racing
19th to 21st – Critérium de la 1ère neige – FIS Women’s World Cup racing

22nd to 28th – Christmas Enchantment – Giant ice sculptures and light show

23th – French National Ski School Annual Christmas Bonanza and firework display.

24th – Father Christmas arrives in the resort centre

25th – Christmas Magic show

26th -Dynastar Trophy – Alpine ski racing for all

30th – Gospel concert in the church

31st   New Year’s Eve – Airstar night: light show, street entertainment and DJs.

JANUARY

01st – Snow-Show – Freestyle show, torchlight descent and firework display

02nd – Dynastar Trophy – Alpine ski racing for all

06th – Russian Christmas show – Freestyle show, torchlight descent and firework display

14th & 28th – Cross country ski racing

14th at 17th – Les Napoléons – Innovative Communications Summit

08th, 15th & 29th – Airstar night: light show, street entertainment and DJs.

19th to 25th – FIS Europa Cup Men’s alpine ski racing

20th to 22nd – Classicaval – 22nd Classical Music Festival (Opus 1)

FEBRUARY

04th – Cross country ski racing

5th, 12th & 26th -Airstar night: light show, street entertainment and DJs.

10th to 12th – Frost Gun invitational – Int. freestyle Big Air competition (Qualifying)

13th –  The Alternative St Valentine’s Day – a lovers’ evening in the Olympique cable car

11th, 18th & 25th – Family show in the Conference Centre auditorium

13rd 20th & 24th – Dynastar Trophy – Alpine ski racing for all

17th & 28th – French National Ski School February Bonanza and firework display

17th – Carnival (Mardi Gras) on the slopes

19th – Carnival Parade (Mardi Gras) – entertainment and children’s party in the streets

MARCH

03rd – La Daille Fiesta – Torchlight descent and firework display in La Daille

04th – Children’s Show in the Conference Centre auditorium

05th – Airstar night: light show, street entertainment and DJs.

06th – Dynastar Trophy – Alpine ski racing for all

10th to 12th – Classicaval – 22nd Classical Music Festival (Opus 2)

19th – Festive Thursdays – Concerts, music and street entertainment

21st to 28th – Altigliss Challenge – Student event with concerts and freestyle show

25th to 29th – Winter Golf – Golf on snow tournament in the Manchet valley.

APRIL

02nd & 16th – Festive Thursdays – Concerts, music and street entertainment

05th – Easter Egg hunt on the slopes – Easter entertainment for children

07th to 10th – La Scara – 34th International Junior ski race

15th – Show for all the family in the Conference Centre auditorium

20th to 23th – Adventure & Discovery – 19th International Film Festival

21st – Skidebrief FPS

23th – Pro-Montagne ski race

25th and 26th – Race night ski hiking

ALL SEASON

“Fun on the snow” from 22nd Dec onwards (Snake-gliss, Airboard, Yooner, ski race)
“Behind the scenes in Val d’Isère” from 25th Dec onwards (Guided tour of the resort’s facilities)

Every Tuesday:

Village tour with a local heritage guide from 23rd Dec onwards

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