European Snow Report:

Ski Resort Val d'Isere
This past week has seen some great snow fall across the Alps, the great news for all skiers however is that the best is yet to come!

 

Looking back…

La Plagne has seen the most amount of snow in the past 7 days with 86cm. Whilst Val Thorens and Meribel both received over 70cms. Verbier, Tignes, and Val d’Isere all saw over half a metre of snow. Out of all of those resorts La Plagne (30/230cm – lower and upper piste snow measurements) and Verbier (27/200cm) will be happiest due to their lower piste measurements being the lowest

 

Looking firmly forward…

Zermatt
This fan favourite for Swiss ski resorts is leading the way for the amount of snow forecast. They are expecting a massive 262cm in the next nine days. Zermatt currently has 30/200cm so this almost excessive amount of snow will help out the lower piste and off piste conditions immeasurably.

 

Val d’Isere
One of the French resorts you can always depend on, Val d’Isere looks like a great place to go if you’re looking to pick up a last minute deal. They have 147cm predicted in the snow forecast to add to their already impressive figures, 134/235cm

 

Tignes

It almost appears like greed when your figures are 134/235cm but Tignes is set for more snow, to the count of 133cm, on top of the already reported 65cm this week.

 

Verbier

Like the rest of the Swiss resorts, Verbier has a healthy upper piste but a lower piste that could do with more snow (27/200cm). They have seen 65cm this week but will still be pleased with the 9-day forecast predicting 128cm for the ski resort.

 

Val Thorens
Another resort which is sitting pretty marking up 150/250cm. On top of that they are set to see another metre of snow in the next nine days. The majority of which is due to fall pretty evenly over the next six days.

 

Other resorts of note, with particularly good conditions, are Courchevel (129/180cm – 71cm on route), Alpe d’Huez (140/250cm – 104cm forecast) and Les Arcs (125/230cm – 113cm due).

 

 

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Ski-All-In Deals

All Inclusive Ski Deals

 

The term “all inclusive” has always been synonymous with saving you time and money – something everyone is looking for when booking a holiday. And why should skiers be any different? Everyone wants great value for money whilst removing unnecessary hassles.

 

Ski-All-In Deals are Skiworld’s answer to the all-inclusive holiday for the ski industry. The deal includes everything you would naturally expect, from an all-in ski holiday, rolled into one convenient package.

 

Chalet holidays with Skiworld always include flights, transfers, accommodation and chalet board (comprising of breakfast, afternoon tea and a three course evening meal, which comes with complimentary wine) as part of the holiday price.

 

With a Ski-All-In Deal, you can pick up a week-long ski pass and your ski hire from just £6 per person (pp). For example, the price to go to Chalet Hans in St. Anton on the 27th March 2016 is £985pp. On top of that you would typically have to buy a lift pass and ski hire, a full area lift pass is £196pp for St. Anton and silver ski hire is £110pp. The total price in the deal is only £991.

 

Full Price: £985.00

Lift Pass: £196.00

Ski Hire: £110.00

Ski-All-In Deal Price: £991.00

Lift Pass and Ski Hire Cost in Deal: £6.00

Total Savings: £300.00

 

 

 

You can choose from a number of deals that have this exact offering as well as many more that have equally great savings. If you’re looking for a ski deal in Val d’Isere, Chalet Premiere Neige offers great value to make the most of the popular resort. Prices are based on 19th March 2016.

Full Price:
 £895.00

Lift Pass: £210.00

Ski Hire: £51.00

Ski-All-In Deal Price: £906.00

Lift Pass and Ski Hire Cost in Deal: £11.00

Total Savings: £250.00

 

 

 

Also included in these deals are selected chalets from the Superior and Signature ranges. The signature Chalet Jacques is a great example of skiing in luxurious Courchevel, whilst snagging a great bargain at the same time.

 

Full Price: £925.00

Lift Pass: £179.00

Ski Hire: £51.00

Ski-All-In Deal Price: £955.00

Lift Pass and Ski Hire Cost in Deal: £30.00

Total Savings: £200.00

 

 

Courchevel Skiing

 

 If you want to book a Ski-All-In Deal, you can see all the deals available on the all inclusive web page or you can call 0330 102 8004 and speak to one of our travel advisors. 

 

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European Snow Report:

Snow Forecast 31/12/2015

Widespread excitement is coursing through the skiing world as reports of heavy snowfall are forecast for the large parts of the Alps, including some of the most popular resorts.
Most resorts are being reported to see snow from Saturday 2nd January onwards with snowfall increasing in volume throughout the 9 day snow forecast.


Zermatt

Looks set to see over 3 metres worth of snow in the 9 day forecast; they already have 125cm on the upper piste so they’ll have some great powder after this eruption of snow. Their lower piste is starving after a decent snowfall and 300cms of the white stuff should probably do the trick! The peak period for them, in terms of snowfall, is said to be Sun, Mon, Tues where a massive 65cm is set to fall.

 

Val d’Isere
This resort is pretty well set already, certainly in comparison to other resorts, with a reported 60cm on the upper piste and 29cm on the lower piste. However no resort is going to object to more snow and with over 2.5m of snow forecast, they’ll be one of the most blessed resorts in the Alps.

 

Les Arcs
A healthy amount of snow on the upper piste (89cm) but looking pretty sparse at resort level, Les Arcs will be welcoming the 247cm that they are predicted. Like most resorts they are seeing a steady fall on snow each day starting on Saturday, expecting the highest downfall as we go through the week (Sun, Mon, Tues to see 49cm and Weds, Thurs Fri to see 53cm)

 

Val Thorens
Having the greatest volume of snow spread across both high and low parts of the resort; Val Thorens looks to be the best of the French resorts at the moment. They will still be pretty stoked about the 244cm that they are forecast, 49cm forecast on the last three days of the 9 day forecast.

 

Tignes
Forecast 243cm, Tignes is one of the few that bucks the trend seeing the highest amount of snow fall on the Saturday (22cm). As it stands they have 60cm on the upper piste and 29cm on the lower.

 

Across the board the weather is due to get considerably colder from Friday to Tuesday dropping around 10 degrees! This will help the snow settle and give a much needed helping hand to the resort’s slopes. With the publicity of the lack of snow in the Alps to date, this mega downfall of snow will give a huge boost the numbers travelling out to the Alps with many skiers looking to grab a last minute deal.

With regards to other resorts of note, Alpe d’Huez and Verbier are both expecting over 2 metres worth of snow according to the forecast. Courchevel, La Plagne and Meribel are all due over 1.5 metres of snow.

 

Snow measurements have been taken from skiclub.co.uk on 31/12/15 @ 13.30 and the forecast snow is based on a 9 day forecast.

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European Snow Report:



The weekend saw a decent amount of snow fall which placed a lot of resorts in a great position for opening up their (ski) gates. The weather has also been suitably cold which has meant that the snow that has fallen has stayed and this cold has also facilitated snow making. Courchevel, Tignes and Val D’Isere all saw over 80cm snow fall over the weekend, although Val Thorens boasts the best snowfall in the lower piste out of all the resorts.

 

The North West Alps certainly saw the best of the snow over the weekend and, with the snow starting up again last night, the second snow storm looks to be hitting in the same area.

 

Smells like Tignes spirit

The French resorts aren’t the only ones seeing snow however with Engelberg in Switzerland seeing over 15cm of snow (and counting) since last night. The Austrian resorts of Lech and St Anton are also forecast to see snow today and over the next few days.

 

This latest snow storm is predicted to last until Thursday with an additional snowfall between 20cm – 40cm. Northern French Alps and Western Swiss and Austrian Alps are due to see the best of it.

 

A series of resorts are looking to open this weekend with Courchevel opening three slopes today. The larger resorts opening this weekend include Andermatt, Verbier, Alpe D’Huez, Val D’Isere and Val Thorens.

 

To stay up to date with the latest snowfalls, check out our snow forecasts page

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The Top 5 Resorts for Family Ski Holidays

Family Ski Holidays
 
Selecting the right ski resort to go to with your family can sometimes be more complicated than you anticipated. There are always additional considerations to think of than if you were to go on your own. When choosing a family ski holiday some of the main factors that impact selection would include the overall difficulty of the resort, the reputation of the local ski school and also other activities (not including skiing) for the kids.
 

 

Engelberg, Switzerland

Engelberg in Switzerland definitely ticks one of those boxes. This resort has loads of activities to do around the skiing. The Starterland and Sliding Park offers snowtubing – an activity which is essentially going down a snow chute in a rubber ring – which is great fun for all ages. Igloo Village is a great place to visit or stay. Very much the Ronseal of destinations – it is an igloo orientated with pods for sleeping and larger areas for the restaurant and bar areas. If you have slightly older kids (or, like me, are one yourself) then the snowXpark will offer a great alternative to skiing with the snowmobiles they have.
 

Snowtubing in Engelberg Ski Resort

Image courtesy of http://www.titlis.ch/

 

La Plagne, France

A beginner’s paradise, La Plagne is a great place for families skiing together for the first time – especially if there are first-time skiers. It’s an ideal destination courtesy of the nursery slopes and renowned ski instructors. As the family progress there is also a wide array of blue and green runs to graduate on to.
In Colorado Park, La Plagne also offers an epic sledging arena with over 1500m for the family to get their teeth into.
 
Sledging La Plagne

 

Courchevel, France

This resort may have a reputation of glitz and glamour but despite this Courchevel has multiple elements to it which make it a feasible destination for families. There is a vast choice of ski and snowboard schools to choose from and for smaller children there are also magnetised waistcoats which keeps them safely on the chairlift.
 

 

Aspen Snowmass, Colorado USA

This purpose-built resort is an ideal ski resort for families. Most of the accommodation is ski-in/ski-out which is a blessing to all dads familiar with carry three sets of skis in the morning. Many of the runs offer gentle slopes and they also have a highly regarded ski school which has few competitors. Keen to make skiing fun for all ages there is a kid’s race arena and beginner terrain park – great for children that are maybe more adventurous than their ability.
 

 

Avoriaz, France

This resort has always been a popular destination for families due to the great central location of their award winning ski school and nursery. The introduction of Aquariaz, a sub-tropical water park, a few years ago has done nothing but enhance the reputation of Avoriaz as a family ski holiday destination.
 

 

Interested in going on a family Christmas ski holiday?

 

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A History of Whistler Blackcomb – 50 years of going beyond!

Ski Whistler, British Columbia
British Columbia has a vast array of great ski areas, but Whistler Blackcomb (North America’s largest ski resort), will be celebrating 50 years in 2016! As Whistler prepares for another season of glorious snow, amazing après events and many satisfied skiers, they are also looking back over the last five decades. The year 1965 saw the mountain’s name officially changed from ‘London’ to ‘Whistler’ Mountain! Then, on January 15, 1966, what originally started as a single Olympic dream, the resort was opened. Boy, how it has evolved… into the largest ski resort in North America!

In 1966, “They said IT WAS A DREAM that would never work”..check out this trailer of what happened over the next 50 years!

 

 


Be quick and take advantage of discounted lift passes, ski hire and ski school, a ‘Kids Ski Free offer’ for families, plus free nights, room upgrades and up to 50% off hotel stays…remember, these offers are only available before the early booking deadlines, so BOOK NOW to ensure you don’t miss out!
Skiworld’s North American ski specialists are available, ready to offer advice on your Whistler experience and can customise your ski trip to this incredible region.

 

Want to Ski Whistler?

 
Check out our Whistler Special Offers page where you can find all the very best deals…
 

Glorious view of Whistler mountain, Whistler, B.C., Canada.

Skiers enjoying Whistler Mountain, Whistler, B.C., Canada.

 

…just the beginning

 
While ’50 Years of Going Beyond’ solidifies the resort’s legacy in the past, there’s no denying that the last 50 years is just the beginning. In the 2015 Ski Magazine awards, Whistler deservedly won the award of #1 Overall Ski Resort.
Here are just a few reasons why:

- The largest ski resort in North America with 8,171 acres of skiing
- An average annual snowfall of 11.74 metres (Val d’Isere receives roughly 5.5 metres)
- Over 200 marked trails, 1600 metres of vertical descent, 37 lifts as well as the record-breaking Peak2Peak Gondola
- 17 mountain restaurants with enough variety to suit all tastes, ages and budgets
- 5 snow parks, 1 superpipe and a snow-cross track
- An array of lodging in three base areas; Whistler Village, Blackcomb and Creekside including budget condos, B&B hotels, hotel suites and luxury accommodations including the ONLY 5 diamond rated property in Western Canada; the Four Seasons Resort and Spa
- An abundance of Non-skiing activities: ziplining, tubing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, ice skating, ice climbing, Olympic park tours, Helicopter tours and more…

View of Whistler ski resort, British Columbia, Canda

To find out how you can enjoy a ski holiday at the incredible ski resort of Whistler Blackcomb…CLICK HERE

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Top Five Luxury Chalets In Our ‘Flash Sale’ – Prices From £599pp

The Epic Autumn Flash Sale offers huge savings to fully catered chalets in snow-sure ski resorts in Europe and North America.
 
Week 2 of our ‘Flash Sale’ is all about getting more for less, with fantastic discounts on our high quality ‘Superior’ and ‘Signature’ chalets – be quick though, this flash sale ends 18th October!
 
 

Our Best Chalet Picks From Flash Sale Week 2 – Get More For Less!

 

 
Chalet Klosters, La Plagne – From only £599PP – This week only!
 
This quintessentially ‘alpine’ chalet is only a couple of minutes’ walk to La Plagne 1800 resort centre. Imagine the welcoming crackle of the log burner as you come home after a long day on the slopes. Then sipping a hot chocolate, whilst you survey your snowy kingdom from the wrap-around balcony. Alternatively, enjoy a soothing sauna or a soak in the Jacuzzi for some relaxation. Bedrooms are surprisingly spacious, each with an en-suite shower room and twin beds offering flexible sleeping options for a variety of groups.
 

Chalet-Klosters-living-room-La-Plagne, France ski chalet holiday

Chalet Klosters, La Plagne, France


 

 
Chalet Moosewirt, St. Anton – Save up to £300PP – This week only!
 
This superb penthouse chalet apartment has picture windows and terrace leading on from the living room, offering glorious mountain views. The chalet also has its own sanarium (a sauna/steam room hybrid), shower and relaxation area in a fantastic wellness suite to help you soothe aching muscles after a long day on the slopes.
 

Chalet Moosewirt, St. Anton

Chalet Moosewirt, St. Anton, Austria


 

 
Chalet Tolima, Val d’Isère – From only £766PP – This week only!
 
Ideally located on the main street into Val d’Isère, this luxurious ‘Signature’ chalet provides spacious and traditionally decorated accommodation over three floors. With wood panelling, beams and attractive Savoyard furnishings, it also boasts under-floor heating throughout and a sauna. The striking open fireplace is the focal point of the comfortable and welcoming large living/dining room, which also offers access to two large sunny balconies with mountain views. Such a stylish chalet in an unbeatable location is highly sought after.
 

Chalet Tolima, Val d'Isere, France

Chalet Tolima, Val d’Isère, France


 

 
Chalet Sarenne, Alpe d’huez – Save up to £300PP – This week only!
 
A ‘Signature’ chalet that boasts some seriously sleek interior design and a superb open plan lounge and dining area. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer some great views. Step outside and you’re treated to a wrap-around terrace deck complete with private hot tub. A wood burning stove adds a touch of traditional beside the ultra-modern dining area. The bedrooms offer simple design, clean crisp lines and a modern flair. Make sure you take some time to relax in the wellness area which includes a traditional wood sauna and a steam room. There are few chalets in the Alps quite like the Sarenne.
 

Chalet Sarenne, Alpe d'Huez, France

Chalet Sarenne, Alpe d’Huez, France


 

 
Chalet Alfredo, Tignes – From only £613PP – This week only!
 
Situated at the foot of the slopes and a mere 50 metres from the pistes, ski convenience really can’t get any better than this! A modern chalet apartment – furnished to a high specification and in a prime spot for ski accessibility, these spacious chalet apartments magnificently combine the functionality of modern living with tradition. Built in the Savoyard style with a contemporary twist, all living areas (as well as many bedrooms) have light, airy balconies and for ultimate convenience all bedrooms are en suite. You can entirely relax in peace and comfort as each chalet boasts its own sauna, perfect at the end of a long day on the slopes.
 

Chalet-Alfredo-living-room-Tignes-France-ski holdiay

Chalet Alfredo, Tignes, France


 

 
Our luxurious ‘Signature’ chalets Altair and Rosablanche (both in Nendaz, Switzerland) are currently on offer from £599pp. For more details on these and many more fantastic deals for your 2015/16 ski holiday visit our flash ski holiday sale
 
Have you already booked a ski holiday for this winter, if so, which resort have you chosen and why?
 
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Flash Sale! Save Up To £640pp To Top Ski Resorts With…

Epic Autumn Ski Chalet Holiday Flash Sale Skiworld

 
The Epic Autumn Flash Sale offers huge savings to fully catered chalets in snow-sure ski resorts in Europe and North America – be quick though, this flash sale ends 11th October!
 

Top Five Ski Resorts With Great Savings!

 

 
Ski Les Arcs from only £365PP
 
Les Arcs is part of the combined ‘Paradiski’ area, one of the biggest and best ski areas in Europe. There’s guaranteed snow afforded by the glaciers du Varet, Bellecote and de la Chiaupe. Everyone from beginners to free-riders sing the praises of Les Arcs skiing and the quality of the pistes, snow and lift system are hard to beat.
 

Skiing and boarding in fantastic Les Arcs

Skiing and boarding in fantastic Les Arcs


 

 
Save up to an incredible £640PP on your holiday to Vail!
 
Vail offers glitzy glamour and pristine powder! The jewel in the crown of America’s ski resorts and rightly recognised as one of the finest international skiing destinations, Vail has the largest single ski mountain in the USA. Add to this a fantastic range of tree-lined runs and the extensive back bowls and you have an unparalleled choice of superb skiing for all skier levels.
 

Vail-powder-skiers-credit-Vail Resorts_Jack_Affleck, Vail ski resort, USA ski holidays

Vail; skiers enjoying powder in Sun Down bowl. (Image credit: Vail Resorts-Jack Affleck)


 

 
Terrific Tignes – Save up to £300PP on your holiday
 
Tignes skiing is high, convenient, snow-sure and hard-core. With the resort altitude height of 2100m, the snow’s guaranteed throughout the season. Everyone will find something to please, there are nursery slopes in all 5 villages, but the resort really comes into its own for intermediates to experts. Part of the superb Espace Killy ski area, there are plenty of open powder fields between the runs and numerous well-tracked off-piste itineraries to sample.
 

Magnificent view of Tignes ski resort. France ski holidays

Magnificent view of Tignes. (Image credit: ©andyparant).


 

 
Superb St. Anton – Save up to £300PP on your holiday
 
St. Anton is rightly regarded by many as the après-ski capital of Europe and with an incredible ski area to challenge all skiers and boarders – this tremendous resort is really quite hard to beat! Like all of the best resorts, St Anton skiing offers gentle wide nursery slopes at the bottom of the hill, especially in the Nasserein and Gampen areas. Unlike other resorts, St Anton’s skiable peaks ascend to dizzying degrees of verticality pretty quickly, with the toughest skiing at the top of Schindler and Valluga being close to vertical.
 

St. Anton; the après-ski capital of Europe

St. Anton; Quite possibly the après-ski capital of Europe


 

 
Brilliant Breckenridge – Save up to £507PP on your holiday
 
Breckenridge sits at 2926 metres, significantly higher than most European resorts. Beginners will quickly see that the ski school’s top reputation is well earned. They will enjoy the runs on Peak 9 and the base of Peak 8. Intermediates will appreciate the tree-lined runs and bowls through beautiful scenery on Peak 7 and head for the steeper, groomed runs on Peaks 8 and 10. Experts can head for Peak 8 with its Horseshoe Bowl to seek out the mogul fields and 400 acres of glorious powder.
 

Ski holidays Breckenridge, USA

A view of Breckenridge and pistes. (Image credit: Jeff Scroggins)

 

 
For more details on these and many more fantastic deals for your 2015/16 ski holiday CLICK HERE
 
Have you visited any of these resorts, if so, which is your favourite and why?
 
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Beginner Ski Weeks


Skiing is a wonderful hobby and everyone who enjoys it needs to start with their first ski trip! We realise that booking your first ski holiday can be daunting, but at Skiworld, we know exactly what it takes to get you off to a flying start (and not a giant tumble!) We can advise you on the right resort, accommodation and all the extras to suit you – so you can make the most of your holiday and skiing like a pro before you know it.

How to ski – Top Tips From Beginner to Pro:

 

1. Pick the right resort

La Rosiere ski resort in France is an excellent choice both for families and beginners. It is made up of two villages, the original La Rosiere Centre and Les Eucherts and linked by a lovely level walking path through the trees, the free bus service or the pistes. South facing, the resort enjoys sunny weather even in winter and is a firm favourite with beginner skiers due to the high quantity of green and blue runs and excellent interlinking lift systems. We have specifically chosen five fantastic chalets in La Rosiere with beginners in mind for our Beginner Ski Weeks. Not only close to the slopes, to save you from carrying your skis, they are also very close to the ski school meeting point (approx. 150 metres) and great value for money. We have a selection of room types, all with en suite facilities including a Jacuzzi bath. Most importantly there is plenty of space to take your friends and family, even if they are not new to skiing or boarding; La Rosiere suits all abilities of skier or boarder!

2. Get Ski Lessons

At Skiworld we work with only the best ski schools, tried and tested for their service, convenience and most of all their patience. With our Beginner Ski Weeks the ski lessons are with Ecole du Ski Français in La Rosiere. Today ESF is the largest ski school in the world, with 2,000,000 pupils taking 800,000 tests every year. You can be sure ESF will satisfy your expectations; with their level of experience you will be learning the essential techniques in no time!

3. a good deal

We want everyone to love skiing as much as we do, that’s why we have created our Beginner Ski Weeks to provide great value for first time skiers and save you feeling overwhelmed with organising the finer details of a ski holiday. Designed with beginners in mind, from resort choice to the perfect accommodation, these fantastic value ski packages include everything you need for your holiday – all under one price! It’s that simple. This ski season, we are pleased to offer two Beginner Ski Weeks 2016 in the ideal beginner resort of La Rosiere. The weeks (7 night stays/6 days skiing) will take place from Saturday 2nd January 2015 or Saturday 27th February 2016. We have specifically chosen weeks when the slopes are less crowded and there are less lift queues, making it a better time to learn to ski or snowboard.

BEGINNER SKI WEEK SPECIAL OFFER:

Adult price: Was £1115 | NOW £819 | SAVE £296

Child price: Was £965 | NOW £685 | SAVE £280

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

• Return flights – London Gatwick to Grenoble*
• Return transfers – Shared return coach transfers
• Chalet Board – Breakfast, afternoon tea and 3 course evening meal (6 of 7 nights)
• Beginner Ski Pack – 6 day ski or board group lessons and ski or board and boot hire plus helmet hire
• Lift Pass – 6 day full area lift pass to explore the vast beginner runs
• English speaking and beginner friendly ski or board instructors

Specialist Beginner Ski Resort Representative – Trained to look after all your needs, offer advice, accompany you to the ski hire shop and to meet your instructors and give you lots of tips to enable you to have a fantastic ski holiday!
You don’t all have to be beginners to enjoy this fabulous week. If you are travelling with a mixed ability group you can still all take the chalet.

Interested? Give us a call on 08444 930 430 to enquire or book!

* Regional Flights – Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol flights can be added to your booking. These will be subject to flight supplements and availability at time of booking.

WE LOVE WINTER. TAKE A LOOK AT OUR EARLY BOOKING DEALS FOR WINTER SKI HOLIDAYS IN 2015/16!

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Ski Holiday Tips For North America? The Best is in Banff!

Ski Banff-Lake Louise Canada

 

Looking for your best ski holiday yet?
Then look no further than the ski resorts of Banff and Lake Louise!

 
 
Here are a few reasons why…
 

  • Three ski areas on one lift pass; Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise – all with free ski shuttle transportation
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  • The unique experience of skiing in an incredible National Park – part of the world famous Rockies!
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  • Choice of two towns as a base, offering over 150 bars, restaurants and pubs to enjoy!
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  • The longest season in North America – Guaranteed snow for Easter!
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  • Short transfer only 90 minutes from Calgary airport
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    THE STATISTICS

    - for this seriously impressive Tri-area!
     

  • Terrain – 7,748 acres (over 3,100 hectares)
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  • Runs – 274
     

  • Snowfall – Over 30 feet average (over 9 metres)
     

  • Lift Capacity – 46,000 people per hour
     

  • Lifts – 26
     

  • Terrain parks – Yes
     

  • Snowmaking – Yes
     

  • Night Skiing – Yes
     

  • Elk – 267*
     

  • Grizzly Bears – 70*
     

  • Black Bears – 40*
     

  • Wolves – 45*
     
    *Approximate numbers only…there may be even MORE bears out there!!!
    (Statistics courtesy of skibig3.com)

     

     

     

    SKI THE BIG THREE

     - SKI 3 AREAS ON ONE LIFT PASS!
     

    Mt. Norquay
     
    The magnificent Mt. Norquay celebrates 90 years in 2016, yet it is still somehow a hidden gem for many Brits. Since opening in 1926, Mt. Norquay Ski Resort has gained a superb reputation with Canadian skiers. More recently it has become the training ground of Olympic and World Cup athletes. With plenty of excellent beginner and intermediate terrain as well, everyone will love this small, family-friendly resort.
    Mt. Norquay turns 90 in 2016, ski Banff Canada 2015/16
     
    Sunshine Village
     
    Situated in the heart of Banff National Park, Sunshine Village is a mere 15 minutes from Banff. Sunshine Village offers the longest non-glacial ski season in Canada. Sunshine can receive up to nine metres (30 feet) of snow in a season and the Village’s altitude of 7,200 feet ensures the snow stays light and dry.
    This world-renowned resort features more than 3,300 acres of skiable terrain, ranging from gentle beginner runs all the way up to extreme big mountain runs. Sunshine’s very own ‘Delirium Dive’ has been named one of the 10 top off-piste destinations in the world.
    Sunshine Village-Banff, Canada, ski-snowboard-off-piste-cliff-jump

     
    Lake Louise
     
    Lake Louise is one of the largest ski resorts in North America, with over 4,200 acres of terrain spread across four mountain faces.
    The ski area is only a few minutes from the village of Lake Louise, offering families and groups of all abilities to ski together with beginner, intermediate and expert runs from every chair. Along with gentle slopes and long cruising runs, you can find chutes and some of the Canadian Rockies most exciting and wide-open bowls. On the mountain you can find some truly spectacular views of glaciers, lakes and forests.

    Skiing-Lake-Louise-Banff-Canada

    ©Paul Zizka Photography


     

    NEW FOR 2015/16 SKI SEASON IN BANFF – THE HOTTEST CHAIRLIFT IN CANADA!

     
    Almost ready for the start of the new season is Canada’s first heated chairlift. The new Tee Pee Town high-speed quad chairlift features heated seats, footrests and protective orange bubble covers. It offers access to blue trails with expansive views of Mountain Assiniboine off of the Continental Divide while also opening up challenging black and double black diamond terrain, like the ‘Shoulder’ and the popular ‘Tee Pee Chutes’.
     
    New chairlift-Sunshine Village, Banff, Canada ski holiday
     

     
    “BANNF / LAKE LOUISE – A FIRST-RATE SKI AREA WITH SPECTACULAR SCENERY…”
    Brendan Croft, North American & Worldwide Product Executive.
     

    Snowboarding at the Great Divide Express in Banff, Canada. Ski holidays Banff, Canada.

    Brendan enjoying some snowboarding at the Great Divide Express in Banff.


     
    Banff is such a fun town. The main street offers some great shopping and loads of really good restaurants and bars to explore too! I’d recommend dinner one night at ‘Grizzly’s’ for a unique fondue experience. If you are looking for a fun bar to head out to for some nightlife, I’d recommend ‘Magpie & Stump’ and make sure you try at least one of their ‘bulldog’ cocktails (they’re basically lime margaritas with an upside down Corona!!)
    In terms of skiing, Banff has a unique set up. It is comprised of 3 ski areas, Norquay which is the closest area to downtown Banff, Sunshine and Lake Louise. Norquay is a bit of a hidden gem. It has some great fun runs and I recommend trying the tubing hill when you are there. Sunshine is probably the best area for getting really good, natural snow. My favourite area to ski there is lapping the ‘Great divide’ express. I just love the wide open space and you can get some good speed up too! Lake Louise is a great area for some tree skiing and I love the ‘Larch express’ chair where we found some great little stashes of soft snow to play in….I love it!”
     
    Ski Sunshine Village, Banff, Canada

    A view down to Sunshine Village


     

     
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