Ski Holidays



Flexible ski fly-drive holidays in France
Flexible duration, fly-drive holidays to 12 French resorts have been launched by Skiweekends.com. The resorts featured are Flaine, Les Caroz, Les Arcs, Val d’Isere, Alpe d’Huez, Les Menuires, Courchevel, La Plagne, Chamonix, Avoriaz, Valmorel and Isola 2000.
New website aims to encourage train travel to ski resorts
Snowcarbon is a new independent website about train travel to ski resorts. It explains exactly how to book rail journeys, how to get the best fares, and which resorts are easiest to reach by train.
Guaranteed snow or your money back
Following on from the success of Pierre & Vacances’ popular ‘sunshine guarantee’ insurance policy this summer, the European accommodation specialist is now offering a ‘snow guarantee’ on all winter ski holidays.
Ski club of Great Britain reports decline in snowsports market
The UK snowsports market fell by 6% across all sectors in 2008/9 according to the Ski Club of Great Britain’s annual Snowsports Analysis report. The total UK snowsports market is now reported at 1.27 million people.
Top ten affordable ski resorts in France
As the new ski season beckons, it's time to air out your woolly hats, blow the dust off your skis and grab a great deal to the slopes. In the chilly economic climate, the French Alps are still your best bet both for quality resorts and accessibility.
Norway launches first 365 day ski lift pass
Four ski resorts in Norway have launched the first 365 day lift pass to enable skiers to enjoy the snow all year around. The resorts – Voss, Myrkdalen, Røldal and Folgefonn, are based on the west coast of Norway and are in near proximity. Season pass holders can now use all four resorts on one lift pass.
Workers at Canary Wharf should head straight for the slopes
Skiweekends.com is, for the first time, offering weekly coach departures direct from Canary Wharf for ski weekend breaks to Brides les Bains (France’s Three Valleys region).
Ski the seventh continent where the sun never sets
Skiers have an exciting new opportunity to get off the beaten track and ski among the stunning Ellsworth Mountains on Antarctica, the seventh continent. Antarctic operator Adventure Network International (ANI) has developed a new Antarctic Adventure Skiing program for 2010.
Alpine Tracks - dispelling the myths about Norway
It’s colder, it’s darker and it’s more expensive…just some of the misconceptions about Norway held by many UK skiers when considering where to go for their next trip.
Walking in a winter wonderland
Winter walking in the Auvergne – complete with snowshoe and cross-country ski hire for snowy conditions – is the offer from specialist operator, Belle France.
You haven’t skied until you’ve skied Canada
The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) and the Canadian Destination Ski Consortia (CDSC) will be kicking off their UK 2009/10 Ski and Board marketing campaign to highlight Canada’s exciting ski and board experiences this month.
Top ten tips to ski and save this winter
Directski.com, the online ski holiday specialist and the UK's fastest growing ski tour operator, has come up with the top ten ways to ski and save this winter. Book online from £199, get a day free by taking the train, or cut the cost of childcare and bring a granny. These are the hot tips to keep Britain skiing this winter.
Get a glimpse of Finland’s winter wonderland
This October Visit Finland invites you to explore the magic of Finnish Lapland with a stunning collection of images and artifacts at the National Geographic Store in Regent Street and for the first time, will also be exhibiting at the Metro Ski & Snowboard Show.
Make tracks to Trysil in Norway this ski season
Brand new to the 2009/10 programme from Alpine Tracks is Trysil, Norway’s largest and most varied ski area with 31 lifts serving 65 marked slopes.
Soften the impact of the Euro with a discount ski break
European ski accommodation specialist Pierre & Vacances is aiming to soften the impact of the Euro by extending its hugely popular summer ‘Beat The Euro’ deal to offer to up to 35 percent off all ski resorts throughout the winter season.
Ski weekends for adults – no kids allowed!
If you don’t have young children, and have no desire to be surrounded by other people’s children on your skiing holiday, Boutique chalet company The Alpine Club have ear marked a number of Adult Only weeks exclusively for fine dining & good company.
It’s snowing in Norway
The snow has arrived in Norway ahead of the skiing season, with six destinations reporting between 20cm to 1cm fresh snow this week. Norway is known for its good quality and quantity of snow, even at low altitudes.
A unique concept in learning to ski
Inside Out Skiing is introducing a unique approach to teaching beginner skiers this winter season. Using The Snow Centre at Hemel Hempstead and the Austrian resort of Sölden, Inside Out Skiing will provide high quality instruction for people new to skiing, starting in the UK and then continuing in Austria.
Money saving tips for skiers
The only crunch you want to hear this coming season is the sound of your ski boots crunching through the freshly laid snow. So follow the Tirol Tourist Board’s top tips to survive the credit-crunch and still get out on the slopes for 2009-10.
Head to Morzine for weekend ski breaks
Skiweekends.com, the specialist in ski short breaks by coach and by air, has expanded its programme for the coming season to include air-inclusive weekend breaks to Morzine in France.
A new boutique chalet experience in Paradiski
Alpine365, the fresh and exciting, independent chalet company, has added a boutique chalet to its portfolio for the forthcoming winter season.
Softening the impact of the Euro for skiers
European ski accommodation specialist Pierre & Vacances is aiming to soften the impact of the Euro by extending its hugely popular summer ‘Eurobuster’ deal to offer to up to 35 percent off all ski resorts throughout the winter season.
Snow-breaks dedicated to solo travellers
This week Adventura, the holiday company that runs active holidays for solo travellers launches it’s new dedicated winter sports website - snowbreaks.com.
Kashmir tops the peaks for powder
Taking skiers to the world’s highest peaks, with arguably some of the most sensational powder this season, specialist UK tour operator to India, Indus Tours have recently launched their 2009/2010 ‘Ski India’ winter ski programme for Gulmarg, Kashmir.
Family skiing with Chalet Blanc
The mountains are a magical place for children, the excitement of learning to ski and endless playing in the snow make for long lasting memories.
Short break ski packages in France
To celebrate the launch of P&V’s new ski brochure for the 2009/2010 season, the French ski accommodation specialist has announced the introduction of short ski breaks to the French Alps and Pyrenees.
Launch into winter with a ski holiday in Switzerland
Swiss Travel Service have teamed up with award winning ski operator Neilson. The 2009/10 Swiss Travel Service Ski and Snowboard brochure includes 67 properties in 16 resorts from glitzy St. Morits to traditional Wengen and offers some of the best skiing in Europe suitable for all levels, ages and wallets.
Directski.com announces ski holiday sale
Directski.com is holding a week’s ski holiday sale offering £100 off every single holiday featured at directski.com with ski holiday prices from £179 including self-catering accommodation, return Gatwick flights and transfers.
Family (and budget) friendly skiing in Tirol
When times are hard the decision making process when choosing a family holiday comes down to one thing - cost.
Winter fun with Headwater
Headwater, the cross-country holiday specialist with almost 25 years of experience, is launching its new winter activities programme this week.
Alpine charm meets stylish chic at Hotel Aurelio
The ski and spa retreat, Hotel Aurelio joins the ranks of the finest design-led boutique hotels in Europe, featuring 19 unique and individually-designed rooms combining modern chic with classical design. The Hotel is found in the beautiful ski resort of Lech, near Alberg in Austria perfectly embracing its tranquil and luxurious ambience.
New gondola lift for Slovakia’s Jasna ski resort
A new 2km long gondola lift, one of the world’s largest ski construction projects this year, is underway in Slovakia’s largest ski resort of Jasna and is due to open in time for the start of the 2009/10 ski season.
Winter sports damage limitation exercise
As summer draws to a close, thoughts turn to winter ski breaks. Skiing and, increasingly, snowboarding continue to grow in popularity. However, the risk of injury when participating in these sports is relatively high, so good instruction, the right safety equipment and sound healthcare insurance are all prerequisites for an enjoyable winter sports holiday.
Festive winter sports holidays for teenagers
Once the excitement of Christmas Day is over, what’s to be done with the teenagers until the new school term begins?
The Tirol gears up for 2009 ski season
It’s that time of year when the mere mention of ski and snow creates a buzz and everyone’s asking the same question - what’s new for the ski season?
Falling ski sales? Not so, says Skiweekends.com
For the third year in succession, budget ski operator Skiweekends.com reports forward sales for the coming season more than 80 per cent ahead of last year.
A white Christmas for all the family
Dreaming of a white Christmas but not wanting to deprive granny or gramps of their beloved offspring over the festive period? Take advantage of Ski Famille's free grandparent place on 20th December departures and make it a Christmas to remember for all the family.
Saalbach in Austria to host EuroSki Pride event
The ski town of Saalbach, Austria is to play host to the 2010 EuroSki Pride ski week in March. A modern and stylish resort with a host of gay friendly venues, there’s much to do even for non-skiers and as for fans of boarding and skiing, the resort offers a layout of over 200 kilometres of well prepared ski slopes, 55 modern cable cars and lifts.
A ski chalet that’s ultra chic and boutique
After a successful fifth season, The Alpine Club (thealpineclub.co.uk) has responded to demand for its indulgent, personalised, owner-managed chalet service with a premium boutique chalet in the charming Three Valley resort of St Martin de Belleville, France.
Affordable ski holidays in the French Alps
Affordable quality with great value prices starting at less than £100 per person a week – and all including a Eurotunnel crossing with free FlexiPlus upgrade - are the key features of wintersports holidays for 2009/10 with French Alps specialist Peak Retreats.
Ski service welcomes arrivals to Queenstown
Outside Sports, Queenstown, has brought skiing to Queenstown Airport with ski rentals and lift passes available to arriving visitors. Domestic and international visitors who arrive at the airport this winter will now be able to hire skis and snowboards, book ski passes for Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, or buy their essential Icebreaker beanies and gloves in the winter-themed zone.
Tourism students reach new heights in Queenstown
The world’s future tourism leaders took to the ski slopes today (17 June) as part of their Queenstown-based adventure tourism diploma. Seventeen young students matched business with pleasure by getting a first-hand introduction to the snow industry from premier ski provider NZSki Ltd as well as a snowboard lesson at Coronet Peak.
New Zealand ski shop launches mobile service
Queenstown’s famed Browns Ski Shop has launched New Zealand’s first dedicated mobile fitting service for ski and snowboard equipment. The Browns Ski Shop Platinum Mobile Service enables members of the Browns team to visit customers in their holiday accommodation and fit them out with the most suitable equipment for their needs, using a mobile van especially kitted out for the job.
Scottish Mountains given a spring clean
The last weekend of May saw more than 150 people take part in the Ski Club of Great Britain’s Big Spring Clean event, a mountain clean-up day held at Nevis Range and Cairngorm which involved removing dozens of bags of rubbish from the hillside.
Is the recession killing the ski industry?
The future of the ski industry is becoming less and less certain while we continue to move further into the recession. With a big question mark over how tour operators will fare next winter, Erna Low has conducted several studies into why its clients have changed their holiday habits.
Five star ski service at Queenstown resort
Queenstown’s five-star Millbrook Resort will offer the services of one of the resort town’s top ski rental suppliers to keen snowsports lovers this winter.
Ski shop supports New Zealand Winter Games
One of New Zealand’s longest-established ski shops with a passion for the snowsports industry has stepped up to support an elite international winter competition.
Saalbach - Europe’s sexiest ski town
The ski town of Saalbach, Austria is set to play host to the 2010 EuroSki Pride ski week. A modern and stylish resort with a host of gay friendly venues, there’s much to do even for non-skiers and as for fans of boarding and skiing the resort offers a layout of over 200 kilometres of well prepared ski slopes, 55 modern cable cars and lifts.
Bargain ski breaks for beginners
Learn to ski weekend breaks at the bargain price of £399 per person - saving £127 are on offer from Skiweekends.com for departures on 27 March and 3 April.
A perfect day in the Alps
With great snow conditions, longer days and six more weeks of skiing on the cards, SkiHolidayExtras.com - the leading add-ons company - is highlighting its huge range of fun add-ons by suggesting a perfect day in the Alps.
Late season ski bargains
Savings of £50 on ski short breaks and £120 on seven night holidays in late March are available - for telephone bookings only - from Skiweekends.
A ski trip for £20?
Ski France now offers short breaks at self-catering apartments - with prices starting from as little as £20 per person for a three night stay.
Ski specialist offers free helmet hire
SkiHolidayExtras.com, the leading add-ons company for skiers, says more than 25% of its clients are opting to hire a protective helmet this season, compared to 5% of clients last year.
Snow’s not just for skiing says Bailey Robinson
According to bespoke operator Bailey Robinson, snow is not just for skiing on. Winter loving travellers who want to try alternative activities should check out the following options in the popular ski destinations of Norway and Canada.
Ski France re-launches website
Ski France has re-launched its website with a new dynamic packaging facility. The company claims it is the first time skiers have been able to create a completely tailor-made ski trip online, on one website.
Head to the Hautes-Pyrenees for winter sports fun
The Hautes-Pyrenees offer the winter sports enthusiast a really authentic, traditional and environmentally friendly skiing holiday.
Easter skiing in France
Skiweekends.com has availability on a choice of Easter ski breaks by coach or by air to Brides les Bains and Chamonix, with prices from as little as £269 per person.
Bulgaria offers affordable ski holidays for Brits
Skiers hoping to hit the slopes on a budget should opt for Bulgaria, according to a survey of ski resorts by leading travel money provider M&S Money.
Slovenia - The perfect choice for novice skiers
Looking for a first-time skiing holiday that offers more than just the slopes? Then Slovenia could be the perfect choice.
Bank holiday savings for ski enthusiasts
Neilson gives bank accounts a holiday this weekend with big savings on selected skiing holidays. Save up to £100 per person plus an additional £25 off per person when you book a ski holiday to Andorra online - offer available this weekend only.
Snow, sun or sightseeing - Thrilling winter adventures
People lured to stay in the UK by talk of a ‘barbecue summer’ this year may now be rueing their decision and considering a winter holiday instead. The Adventure Company has some fantastic winter trip suggestions to suit all budgets and requirements.
Hit the slopes for half the price
Zermatt’s leading chalet specialist, Mountain Exposure, jumps into the ski season with 50 per cent off accommodation in September and October.
British Ski & Board Show comes of age
The British Ski and Board Show will come of age when it returns from Friday 30th October to Sunday 1st November as it celebrates 21 years at Birmingham’s NEC with breathtaking features for enthusiasts and novices to enjoy.
Stress-free family skiing
Having perfected the art of stress-free family wintersports in Les Gets, Ski Famille have added the choice of a second resort for their guests.
Head online for pre-season ski deals
For online bookings for the coming season’s ski holidays Directski.com is offering a pre-season sale with savings of up to £120 per person off regular ski holiday prices with holidays from only £179 per person (Gatwick departures) and £219 (Manchester departures) for a week’s self-catering accommodation, return flights and transfers.
Fresh snow and late availability for families
Family specialist Ski Familles properties sit at the heart of the vast Portes du Soleil ski domain; an area currently enjoying fantastic late season snow conditions. The past week has seen over 50cm of fresh snow falling on an already excellent base and the companys Chris Thompson reports unprecedented last minute demand.
Ski holidays in Spain
If youve so far missed your chance to go skiing this year and are longing for a chance to pull out all the stops on the piste theres still time to grab your thermals and make a dash to Spains Sierra Nevada.
Tirol launches new website for wheelchair users
Despite its mountainous terrain the Austrian Tirol is one of Europes most wheel chair friendly destinations and has set up a new website detailing activities and accommodation that cater specifically for the less able - Easyaccess.tirol.at.
lastminute.com smashes ski bookings
Adventurous skiers are heading to emerging ski destinations this season with Bulgaria and Austria leading the way, says online leading travel and leisure retailer lastminute.com.
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