The phones at Alpine Answers have been busy with calls and the two main questions that our customers are asking are, where the snow is and what is the snow forecast. In light of this, we thought it would be a good idea to pull together our own brief report on the current snow conditions.
At the beginning of November the skiing world got very excited with the huge snowfalls that spread across many European ski resorts. This snow formed a solid base in some resorts and many resorts opened early. Then came the warmer weather and the snow stopped falling and in some cases began to melt at lower altitude, except for Val Thorens which saw a massive snowfall towards the end of November.
There have been a lot of negative reports that there is a lack of snow in Europe at the moment. While we agree there is little snow to be had at levels below 2,000m, there is still skiing to be had higher up, plus many resorts are fully utilising their snow making facilities at every given opportunity. So, there is skiing to be had, particularly in the major high altitude resorts such as Val Thorens, Val d’Isère and Tignes, and if you are happy to go further afield, there is an abundance of snow in North America and the east of Europe.
Outlook – The high pressure is due to pass in the next 7 days and snow is forecast to arrive again in Europe by mid- December (around 16th) so do not worry if you have booked your ski holiday over the Christmas period, there is still time.
The current snow in Europe in pictures (7th Dec 2016)
To save you a lot of time and trouble trying to find yourself the perfect ski holiday, call our Ski Experts on 020 7801 1080. We can happily tailor make you ski holiday to your requirements and book flights and transfers where required.
Stuck for the perfect gift to give the skier or boarder in your family this Christmas? Alpine Answers brings you it’s pick of the best presents for skiers and snowboarders. From the handy and fashionable to the fun stocking fillers, we have covered it all!
1. Travel Light
Dutch Hollow™ Hybrid Jacket www.columbiasportswear.co.uk
Light-and-warm duck down conspires with an Omni-Heat™ thermal-reflective lining to keep you cozy and comfortable without the bulk on this water-resistant hybrid jacket.(£150)
2. For Ultimate Warm Hands
Scott Ultimate Down Mittens www.scott-sports.com
The Scott Ultimate Down Mitten is a light, down mitten with a fleece-liner that keeps your hands looking good and feeling warm and comfortable on cold lift rides in the middle of winter. (£60)
3. These glasses are sweeeet…!
Nectar Sunglasses www.igero.com
These polarized sunglasses from Nectar prevent glare off the snow and ice, and are built to take a beating They come in a range of super sweet styles. (£100)
4. Is it a Birdie, is it a plane…
Birdie GoPro Flight System www.mobilefun.co.uk Want to do a few drone style shots on piste but no room to pack a drone? Birdie GoPro Flight System may just be the answer! A neat little aerodynamic piece of kit that easily packs down into a small bag for easy transportation. Just pop your GoPro into the cradle and away you go! (£37.99)
4.Tame the Dragon
Dragon Goggle X2 www.dragonalliance.com
These game changing goggles push functional and versatility to the next dimension. The easy on-off mechanism, make it easier to switch lenses enabling riders to adapt instantly to all kinds of conditions! (£269.99)
5. Bring a slice of Devon to the Mountains
Bridd’s Beanies www.bridds.co.uk These luxury beanies which are hand-woven in Devon are super warm. They come in a number of different colours that will make you stand out from the (après) crowd! (prices start from £39.95)
6. Oh lovely, a pair of socks…!
Icebreaker Ultra Light Over the Calf www.icebreaker.com Not just any old pair of socks! These Icebreaker ski socks are ultralight and non-cushioned for maximum breathability and moisture management. Featuring a sculpted, anatomical design, the Ski+ Ultralight socks are made with a stretchy, breathable and odor-resistant blend of merino wool, nylon and Lycra®. Strategic breathe zones improve ventilation, and the seamless toe closure reduces bulk and prevents blisters. (£23)
7. Style goes skin deep
Flow Men’s Boxer Shorts www.waxxunderwear.co.ukA perfect stocking filler! These boxer shorts are made from a super soft stretchy new generation fabric for extreme comfort with a rather fetching ski design! 94% Polyester, 6% Lycra. Double layered, flat stitched, cotton pouch for extra comfort and shape. Unique ‘No Fade Fabric’ to ensure that new look and feel: no matter how many times you wash. (£20)
8. Wax on, Wax off…
The Butta Service Tin www.snowandrock.com
Includes a block of our regular 200g wax, our new Butta brush, a small scraper, Butta branded towel and now also with 60ml of green stuff cleaner. Full detailed instructions on servicing your board or ski’s. All presented in a retro Butta branded tin (£29.99)
9. Now where did I put my beer…?
Hanski Beer Mitt www.hanskie.com
Keep your hands warm and your beer cool with the Hanski beer mitt. Handmade from a soft wool blend, it has a built in bottle holder to keep you beer cool! (£20)
10. Throwback Onsies
The Retro Mountain Onsie www.retromountain.com I’m sure I have one of these stashed away in the attic?!…It’s a winner with the 20- somethings though! Go- on, ride the retro wave…! (£300)
11. All in one ski helmet for kids
Cebe Fireball Junior Helmet www.alpinetrek.co.uk
Combining feather weight and comfort, the Fireball Junior was designed with an In-Mold shell to minimize weight while optimizing impact resistance. It is perfect choice if you are always having problems with goggles falling down and cold heads. Available in sizes 49-54cm (£93.95)
12. The Monster Bunch
Barts Monster Beanie www.ellis-brigham.com Make the little monster(s) in your family really stand out with this cute and cool Monster beanie. The soft fleece lining keeps the head and ears all toasty as well as preventing an itchy forehead! (£22.99)
13. The only way to really put a smile on their face this Christmas…
The Ultimate Ski Holiday www.alpine answers.co.uk
Treat the skier or boarder in the family to a ski holiday getaway! There are still many deals to be had alpineanswers.co.uk. We can happily tailor make you ski holiday to your requirements and book flights and transfers where required. Call us on 020 7801 1080 and speak to one of our friendly ski experts.
Well, it seems that what usually is an annual one day of mega discounts, Black Friday has now turned into Black Friday Week! Friday is just not long enough this year and with Brexit and the tumbling pound, this has caused the travel industry to begin discounting days earlier.
Just as a reminder (in case you have been on Mars for the past few weeks!) that the date for this year’s shopping spree is November 25, followed by Cyber Monday on November 28.
We predict that ski operators including Mark Warner and Club Med will be reducing prices even further during this period, plus with the great snowfall this month, there’s no better time to take advantage of the great deals to be had and book your ski holiday. We are going to have to jump the band wagon and like many ski operators, call it a well – deserved WHITE FRIDAY!
Skiworld White Friday Week
Have already launched their White Week Sale offering huge savings of up to £450pp on over 90 of their chalets in France and Austria for departures in January. Prices include flights/transfers and chalet board. Below are 3 examples of savings with Skiworld;
CHALET STOANERHOF**** – MAYRHOFEN, Austria Depart 7th Jan 2017 7 nights Was £938PP NOW £476PP SAVE £462pp
CHALET LES ROUSES***, LES DEUX ALPES, France
Depart 21st Jan 2017 7 nights Was £750 NOW £538 SAVE £212pp
Will you need help finding your perfect ski chalet in the White Friday Sale?
If you are going to wait until Friday to grab yourself a ski holiday deal, please be aware that prices and availability will be changing regularly throughout the day so, to save you a lot of time and trouble trying to find yourself the perfect ski chalet and ensure you get the best White Friday offer, call ourSki Experts first on 020 7801 1080 and we will do the leg work for you.
Ski, chill and enjoy the view…When it comes to booking a ski chalet, many people prefer to choose a chalet in more elevated locations that offer breathtaking views of either the surrounding mountains, pistes, resort, or a mixture of all three! We don’t blame them. After a day’s skiing, what better way than to unwind than enjoying a tipple (or two!) in your chalet hideaway while soaking up the views of the surrounding mountains and breathing in the crisp air…!
Now, there are so many ski chalets that boast incredible views, it’s deciding which is the right view for you! To help your with your selection, we have chosen our top ski chalets with views…
Chalet apartment Mooserwirt in St Anton sits in a wonderful location only 5 minutes walk from the Rendlbahn lift station. There is an impressive balcony from which to contemplate the stunning, panoramic views of the Arlberg ski area.
Prices from £1,078pp includes flights/transfers and chalet board.
The Cecilia offers a ski in/ski out experience in Meribel; a rare find! Situated on the edge of the Doron piste at Altitude 1600, this chalet is perfect for the keen skier. There are fantastic views across the valley and on to the piste through large windows, French doors and a large sun terrace.
Prices from £475pp includes chalet board. Flights/transfers not included.
Chalet Veronica in Meribel enjoys a prime position on the edge of the Doron piste at Altitude 1600; this makes it a true ski in, ski out chalet which is a rare find in Meribel. There is a real alpine feel to the chalet and it would make the perfect retreat. A sunny balcony surrounds the sitting room where you can enjoy amazing views across the Meribel valley.
Prices from£380pp includes chalet board. Flights/transfers not included
Chalet Uberhaus in Lech nestles in the exclusive enclave of Oberlech and has breath-taking views of the surrounding peaks. This ski-in and ski-out chalet is one of Lech’s most prestigious chalet properties. The outdoor hot tub is located on the extensive terrace, right on the edge of the piste, and has uninterrupted views of the surrounding mountains.
Prices from £3,094pp includes chalet board. Flights/transfers not included
If price is not a concern, this chalet offers a world class expernience in every way.
Set in the most beautiful corner of the Austrian Alps, the Chalet N has to be one of the very finest ski chalets of the world! here is a lavishly equipped spa and wellness area, a private cinema room, an elegant restaurant, a wine list featuring the best wines from around the world and at least three sitting rooms/lounges for you to totally relax in and enjoy the incredible views.
Prices from £9,292pp includes chalet board. Flights/transfers not included
The Chalet Des Neiges is run by our favourite chalet operator in Val d’Isere and comes highly recommended. Not only is the chalet well appointed, it is ski-in, ski-out. The chalet is conveniently located on piste in the Daille area of Val d’Isere with views of the surrounding mountains.
Prices from £880pp includes flights/transfers and chalet board
Chalet Le Chardon in Val d’Isere is without doubt one of the most sought after luxury chalets in the French Alps. Ideally located on the side of the Solaise Mountain, it is just the ticket for all skiing abilities. Every bedroom has fabulous floor to ceiling windows, offering guests breathtaking views across the Vanoise National Park and up the Manchet Valley.
Prices from £1,650pp includes chalet board. Flights/transfers not included
Chalet Razzie is situated right at the top of Courchevel 1850 at the highest residential point and offers superb alpine accommodation. It is nestled just behind the Pralong chair lift, close to Bellecote piste and benefits from easy access to the slopes yet has the desired privacy and exclusivity. The chalets terraces offer awe-inspiring views across the snow covered peaks of the region. The south facing terraces offer an idyllic sun trap for sunbathing, ‘après ski’ relaxation, reading or pre-dinner drinks.
Prices from £1,593pp includes chalet board. Flights/transfers not included
The Chalet Gentianes is nestled in a winter wonderland of snow covered fir trees and is truly ski-in and ski-out onto the Bellecote piste. The chalet has been built in a sympathetic alpine style with wood interiors, exposed ceiling beams and a cosy fireplace in the top floor living area. This elegant main communal area has wonderful elevated views towards the mountains. A perfect luxury retreat.
Prices from £2,528 pp includes chalet board. Flights/transfers not included
The Chalet Clarite offers 415 square metres of luxurious seclusion. Perched above the resort (giving A-MAZ-ING views) in the Le Hattey area of Verbier the chalet sits in splendid isolation within its own grounds, and is only accessible by private chauffeur driven snow-cat or skidoo. This stylish alpine property is surrounded by forests and snow and has been designed with comfort, space and privacy all in equal measure.
Prices from £2,755 pp includes chalet board. Flights/transfers not included
The Chalet Les Anges is located in the Petit Village area of Zermatt, offering stunning views of the Matterhorn from an exclusive setting. The chalet sits on South-facing hillside near to the Sunnegga Express lift and the centre of Zermatt. Spread across three floors, the chalet features large panoramic windows so guests can enjoy views of the world famous Matterhorn peak.
Prices from £3,542 pp includes chalet board. Flights/transfers not included
The Pine Lodge Dolomites is situated just 300 metres from the nearest lifts and a five minute walk from the centre of Selva this wonderful property has commanding views over the resort and a location on the south facing side of the Val Gardena.
The chalet has two terraces as well as a private grass lawn from where you can enjoy the pure mountain air of the surrounding mountains which have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The outdoor hot tub is located on the back terrace just off the open plan living area and is in an ideal position for catching the last rays of the afternoon sun with a glass of champagne in hand.
Prices from £929 pp includes chalet board. Flights/transfers not included
The San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge in the Dolomites is located in a very secluded spot 15 minutes drive from the ski resort of Kronplatz. The resort of Corvara in the Sella Ronda is a 30 minute drive away. he chalet has been crafted from the original 500 year old hunting lodge and is located up in the mountains away from the town and ski lifts offering breathtaking views of the mountains and valley below.
Prices from £2,013pp includes chalet board. No travel.
The Chalet Lo Miete in Champoluc is located in the magical hamlet up above the resort nestled in the forest. The spa area has recently been renovated; this area now includes an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, steam room and sauna. The views from the swimming pool are also quite stunning, with floor to ceiling windows looking out over the Valley below. This is the perfect place to get away from it all and immerse yourself in nature and relax.
Prices on request.
Need help finding your perfect ski chalet with a view?
To save you a lot of time and trouble trying to find yourself the perfect ski chalet, call our Ski Experts on 020 7801 1080. We can happily tailor make you ski holiday to your requirements and book flights and transfers where required.
In 2016 Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve fall on a Saturday (Christmas Day and New Year’s Day on a Sunday) so most tour operators decided to change their usual Saturday/Sunday departure dates so that guests would not have to travel on festive days. In order to get back to operating on the usual departure days, operators have had to offer short break options for the first week of January.
If you are thinking about a short ski break January 2017 we suggest you take advantage of this January week as not only will you get your holiday at a great price, there is usually great snow at this time of year too! Below are the main three January 2017 departure dates, duration options and operators.
Monday 02nd – Sunday 08th Januray 2017 (6 nights) – Club Med/VIP/YSE/Scott Dunn
Tuesday 03rd – Sunday 08th January 2017 (5 nights) – Ski Olympic/Le Ski/ Ski Val
If you are not sure of the best options, just give our friendly team a call 020 7801 1080 and tell us roughly what you are looking for in your ski short break holiday (budget, number of people in your party, type of resort and accommodation etc) and we will find the best option for you.
To help your with you choose a short break, we have selected our top January short ski break chalets below;
Due to the way St Anton as a resort is laid out there are very few chalets where you have the benefit of being able to ski from the door. The chalet Haus Hochkar is different because you can which is quite special in this resort. All you need to do is open the door, put on your skis and glide down the snow to the lifts, nursery slopes, ski school and kids kindergarten.
Dept 2nd Jan 2017 for 6 nights – Was £1,329pp Now £1,229pp includes flights/transfers and chalet board.
The Club Alaska is located in a central location in Morzine and has stunning interiors, a full wet suite with sauna and hot tubs and just 250m from the Pleney piste. The decor in the chalet is deliberately restrained, using subtle lighting to highlight the eaves, vaulted ceilings and sleek, clean lines. The colours in the chalet are soothing and neutral making for a calming atmosphere.
Dept 2nd Jan 2017 for 6 nights – Was £1,149pp Now £1,049pp includes flights/transfers and chalet board.
Chalet Armoise in Tignes is situated between the lake and Val Claret. It is a traditionally built alpine chalet offering lots of charm and provides relaxing accommodation in a quiet area of the resort. Only 500m from the nearest lift and the ski bus stops just 50m away.
Dept 3rd Jan 2017 for 4 nights – Was £489pp Now £369pp includes flights/transfers and chalet board.
Chalet Rosablanche in Nendaz is one of the smart, modern chalet apartments in the stunning Mer de Glace development. This is situated just 150 metres from the main lifts and also close to the ‘old’ centre of Nendaz with its shops, bars and restaurants. Modern building techniques and quality have been mixed with local Swiss architectural tradition to produce a chalet development of the highest order.
Dept 3rd Jan 2017 for 4 nights – Was £537pp Now £468pp includes flights/transfers and chalet board.
The Chalet Hotel Aalborg could hardly be better located. Set back away from the busy main road it is positioned at the foot of the home pistes and nursery slopes with several smaller chairlifts and Poma lifts within 50 metres of the hotel’s front door. The main Diable gondola station is no more than 300 metres away (3 minute’s walk) which means no matter what standard skier or boarder you are you can access the slopes very easily in the morning and ski back to the hotel’s door at the end of the day.
Dept 3rd Jan 2017 for 4 nights – Was £579pp Now £445pp includes flights/transfers and chalet board.
The Chalet Hotel Chamois d’Or is a large property with a fantastic location in Val d’Isere. Situated at the foot of the Face piste on Bellevarde, you can ski from the door to the main lifts, nursery slopes and ski school meeting points and it is also only five minutes walk from the resort centre, so it is absolutely ideal for families as well as keen skiers.
Dept 3rd Jan 2017 for 5 nights – Was £595pp Now £499pp includes flights/transfers and chalet board.
Chalet Chamois d’Or
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Looking to book a short break on a different date?
To save you a lot of time and trouble trying to find yourself the perfect ski short break holiday, call our Ski Experts on 020 7801 1080. We can also tailor – make your short break holiday to meet your requirements, including accommodation from luxury to budget in many of the top ski resorts in the Alps as well as private transfers and flights on days and at times to suit you. Whatever you requirements, we can help.