Whistler is Winning!

Whistler Blackcomb, the largest ski resort in North America
 

North America’s biggest ski resort is looking forward to yet another bumper season of perfect snow, amazing après events and many satisfied skiers.

 
Skiworld’s own Brendan Croft, our highly experienced North American Product Executive has this to say about his favourite Canadian resort;
“The sheer size of Whistler Blackcomb makes it the ideal choice for any standard of skier or boarder… but that’s easy to say. The real reason it’s such a top notch resort is that they really know how to treat their guests…”
 
And Brendan’s right on the money; the customer service is second to none, 24/7 and from the resort base right to the top of the ski area – that’s over 1,600 metres!
Being only a 2 hour drive from Vancouver makes a ski holiday to Whistler Blackcomb the perfect option if you fancy tagging on a city break too. Skiworld’s expert team can customise your ski trip to include a few nights in this famous cosmopolitan Canadian city, AND give you the inside scoop on the best spots to visit.
 
It’s always worth booking way in advance for a ski holiday to Whistler as the early booking deals with Skiworld are really worthwhile. Discounted lift passes, ski hire and ski school, the famous Kids Ski Free offer for families plus free nights, room upgrades and up to 50% off hotel stays are all part of the fanfare of offers… But they’re only available before the early booking deadlines so strike NOW so you don’t miss out!
 
If you want to find out more about a ski holiday to Whistler Blackcomb, check out our Whistler Special Offers page where you can find all the up-to-date details. And don’t miss our #WhistlerWednesday competition on our Facebook page where you can win a prize every week by answering a simple question…
 
Whistler Blackcomb Skiing
 

the nitty gritty…

 
So what’s all the fuss about? Is Whistler really worth all the hype? Well, first off the facts do speak for themselves:
 
- 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
- Non-skiing activities to keep you busier than a bee on overtime: ziplining, tubing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, ice skating, ice climbing, Olympic park tours, Helicopter tours and more…
- Co-Host of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games

 
But more recently, in the 2015 Ski Magazine awards Whistler picked up an accolade that argued it’s case without doubt when it was voted the #1 Overall Ski Resort!
 

So when we say, “Whistler is Winning!”, you really should listen. But if you still don’t believe us, check out this video…

 

 
 

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Learning to Ski… The Easy Way


Adopting skiing or snowboarding as a new pastime is profoundly exciting. The thought of sliding gracefully down a snowy mountain with the wind whistling in your ears and huge mountains towering all around you whilst racing your friends to the next ski lift is enough to get anyone daydreaming. It can also be daunting though; “Will I fall? Will it hurt? Will I be able to stand up in the first place?!”. Just bear this in mind when you’re watching everyone whizz down the mountain looking like they were born on skis… Everyone was a beginner once!
 
Whilst you might be lucky enough to live close enough to an indoor snow centre or a dry slope in the UK, the truth is that most people’s first experience on skis or a board is on a real mountain, with real snow. So if that’s going to be you, it’s important that you end up in a resort that has what you need to get started…
 

3 key features of a great beginner’s ski resort:

 
1. The Slopes – The majority of ski resorts do have dedicated areas for beginners, but they’re often very small with only a couple of chair lifts or magic carpets (an outdoor travolator) to access the skiing. The best resorts have a good variety of lifts to allow beginners to explore more of the mountain rather than feel restricted to one small area. Look for resorts with slopes dedicated for beginners, rather than just a ‘slow’ area at the bottom of the main slopes. Finally, consider the altitude of the resort: generally the closer to sea level you are the warmer. As a beginner you’ll be spending more time on the lower part of the mountain, so the higher you are the more likely you’ll be to avoid slushy snow… Or worse, no snow at all!
 
2. Ski Schools – Having lessons as a beginner is hands down the best money you’ll spend if you want to enjoy your time on the slopes. Knowing what your legs and body are supposed to be doing and knowing how to get them to do it correctly will speed up your learning and boost your confidence. But you don’t want to end up crammed into a 20 strong group of beginners who speak different languages, taught by an instructor who only speaks basic English! So it’s important to consider a resort with a range of ski schools (this keeps the price competitive) with a good variety of packages. You should be able to book a half day in the morning OR afternoon if you wish, as well as the standard full and multi-day lesson packs. TOP TIP – Consider clubbing together with a few friends and booking private lessons. You may find it works out cheaper split between you and the smaller group size will ensure you get more one-to-one tuition.
 
3. Non-Skiing Activities – Let’s face it, skiing is hard work. During a full day on the slopes you burn serious calories picking yourself up off the snow, learning to turn and walking between to and from the bars on the sun terraces. But you’re supposed to be on holiday! A good resort for beginners will offer other things to do both on and off the mountain so you can make the most of your time. Aside from strapping bits of wood to your feet, adrenaline kicks can be had by renting a snow-bike, parapenting, snow shoeing into the wilderness or tobogganing down the mountain by moonlight (all with professional guides of course). Away from the physical side of things, a good resort will offer spa services (often in a leisure centre) including massages, a good range of shops within walking distance, possibly a cinema, and importantly pedestrian-access ski lifts so you can meet your friends/family for lunch even if you decide to take a day off from skiing.
There are obviously many more things to consider for your first trip such as the location and type of accommodation – bus to the slopes or ski in/ski out? Catered chalet, self-catering apartment or hotel? Do you join a big group of friends or stick to a small group or family for your first trip? Should you shell out on your own equipment or rent? Each decision comes with its benefits and limitations, but we feel our Top 3 are make-or-break when it comes to getting the maximum enjoyment from your week in the mountains.
 
Remember, if you’re in any doubt, everyone at Skiworld is a passionate skier or snowboarder and would love to answer any questions you might have. We’ll put your mind at rest and have you champing at the bit to get on the snow in no time! Give us a call on 08444 930 430 or hop online and have a Live Chat with us at Skiworld.co.uk
 
 

RESORT FOCUS – LA ROSIERE

 
The majority of ski resorts cater well for beginners, but La Rosiere in the French Alps is a cut above.
The slopes are designed with a gradual increase in difficulty, meaning that you’ll gain confidence to go faster and improve more quickly. For your first day, the nursery lifts at Font de Neige and Les Eucherts (4 in total) are free! There is a good variety of ski schools on offer in resort, including ones with English speaking instructors. You can book lessons in advance too.
On the slopes but off your skis you can get involved in paragliding, snow kiting, snow shoeing, night tobogganing, dog sledding and even ice driving. You can also take four different ski lifts as a non-skiing pedestrian during the day if you want to meet for lunch or just soak in the views.
If a bit of relaxation is what you’re after you can enjoy a spa treatment at various wellness centres, chill out in the cinema, go ten pin bowling, or just bask in the glorious sunshine that La Rosiere is famous for.
 

 
The best part about all of this is that Skiworld are currently offering exclusive Ski All-In Beginner Weeks to La Rosiere in January and February starting from £819 for adults and £685 for children, staying in one of our fully catered ski chalets just steps from the lifts. The price includes flights from Gatwick, coach transfers to resort, catered chalet accommodation (breakfast, afternoon tea and cake and 3 course evening meal 6 out of 7 days), 6 day silver ski and boot hire, 6 day helmet hire, 6 day morning ski lessons (2 hours each morning) and 6 day full area lift pass. Don’t miss out on this amazing beginner ski deal!
 

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The hills are alive… with the sound of sport!


In the middle of summer, heading to the mountains for an action packed activity holiday could be the last thing on your mind; the mountain sports holiday is surely only the realm of the winter vacation? Well, there may just be more going on out there at this time of year for the thrill seekers and sports enthusiasts than you think.
 
Plus what could better prepare you for a winter on the slopes? It pays to keep up the fitness levels now… Here’s our top 5 sporty ways to experience the mountains during the summer months:

 

1. Glacier Skiing

 
An obvious past time for a summer trip to the mountains, but one which many skiers never consider, or don’t even know is a possibility: skiing! Many resorts are open in part over the summer, offering glacier skiing and often great park skiing, for example in Les Deux Alpes. Being one of the highest ski areas in the world, from 2800 to 3600 metres, and with the largest skiable glacier in Europe, Les Deux Alpes could be said to be Europe’s capital of summer skiing. With 16 ski lifts open from 7.15am to 12.30pm daily, giving access to a purpose built snow-park and a sizeable area of marked pistes covering an 800 metre vertical descent, Les Deux Alpes offers a summer ski area bigger and better than many small winter resorts. Do a few runs in the morning, then head back into town to find a nice sunny spot for an afternoon drink and tanning session; surely the perfect summer holiday!
 
Other options:
 
Zermatt, Switzerland / Tignes, France

 

 

2. Cycling

 
The quadriceps and gluteal muscles at the front and back of your thighs are the main power muscles used during skiing. Cycling is a great way of training them during the summer months whilst enjoying being in the mountains, rather than stuck in the gym. Mountain biking has long been a favourite of the out-of-season ski-bum, however road cycling should not be ignored as a summer pastime for the avid skier. Road cycling tours are becoming readily available to book as package holidays, and what better way could there be to stay ski-fit in between winter seasons, enjoy some fresh mountain air, and of course enjoy some great local cuisine and summer sunshine.
 
Where?
 
Italian Dolomites / Arlberg region, Austria
 

 

3. Riverboarding (also known as Hydrospeed)

 
One mountain activity you may not have heard of; leave the safety of a raft behind, instead make your way down-river armed with nothing but a wetsuit, a pair of scuba diver’s flippers, and a piece of foam apparatus equal parts surfboard, toboggan, and one of the floats we all used to cling onto to help us learn breast-stroke kicks as kids – a Riverboard. (And probably best grab a helmet too). There’s no fear of falling in with this relatively new watersport, as you’re already in the water! Just surf the currents and enjoy the stunning mountain scenery.
 
Where?
 
Arve River through Chamonix, in the canyons of the Mont Blanc valley, French Alps
 

 

4. Golf

 
As well as being a great summer skiing location, Tignes boasts the highest golf course in Europe at 2100 metres above sea level, open every day from 8.30am to 6.30pm from June 27th to September 6th 2015. Golfing holidays can even involve all the family; Tignes has a mini-golf course which children and adults alike will enjoy, scattered with information boards telling you about the local flora and fauna. And you don’t have to be an expert to get involved, there is a driving range for practice, and you can take beginner courses from 3 to 5 days. Advanced players can hone their skills while on holiday with courses from 3 to 5 days.
 
Where?
 
Tignes/Crans-Montana/Les Gets
 

 

5. Canyoning

 
Another mountain sport you may not have tried yet; Canyoning consists of navigating your way along a river in a natural gorge, sliding down waterfalls, swimming through white water, jumping into whirlpools, and generally getting the adrenaline pumping. One exhilarating way of refreshing yourself on a hot summer’s day in the mountains!
 
Where?
 
Angon canyon, Lake Annecy, French Alps
 

 

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How to enjoy Christmas, whether you Love it or Loathe it!


For some people, the holidays over Christmas really are the most magical time of the year, for others it’s just another holiday and they are desperate to get away from it all!
 
Take a Skiworld holiday and you can experience either. Book a catered ski chalet and you can enjoy the festive atmosphere. You can always do your own thing, or if you prefer, book your own self-catering apartment. Remember in ski resorts, the 25th of December is just another day in terms of lift opening times, so get on the slopes early and you’ll have some pistes all to yourself. Ok, at some stage you may have to dodge a fancy dress skiing Santa, but, hey…
Plus, remember if booking a chalet, you don’t need to lift a finger in terms of cooking, washing up or cleaning etc…
 
 

Here’s a small selection of resorts you could choose from if you love Christmas…

 
WHISTLER, CANADA
 
Whistler is an incredible resort to experience over the Christmas period!
The village feels like a winter wonderland full of snow, Christmas songs, drinks, food and decorations! The mountain is in great shape to carve groomers and the powder is great. They can really get into the festive spirit on the slopes as well, take a look at the ski lift!
 
Santas on the ski lifts in Whistler
 
MAYRHOFEN, AUSTRIA
 
Mayrhofen Christmas holidays spent skiing in any resorts in Austria are fantastic, Austrian resorts love to dress the snow covered streets, chalets and shops with decorations. There always seems to be a wonderful atmosphere without being overly commercial in the festive season. Mayrhofen is especially good, with its own traditional Christmas market in the town; it’s a real winter wonderland, with traditional carol concerts amongst an array of festive events.
 

 
LES ARCS, FRANCE
 
Les Arcs is another superb ski area to consider. It offers a great variety of challenging skiing and – and of course the excellent cable car link to the La Plagne ski area. Arc 1950 is arguably the most attractive of the villages, and especially during the festive period, there’s a real charm about the place. Take a look at Arc 1950′s video of Christmas celebrations in resort.
 
 

Here’s a small selection of resorts you could choose from if you prefer to concentrate on the skiing…

 
VAL THORENS, FRANCE
 
Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in the whole of Europe at 2,300m, so your skiing/boarding is assured. If you like to cover as much skiing as possible whilst on your holiday, again this is the place as it’s just one resort within the magnificent (600km) ‘Three valleys’ ski area. A great choice if you’re all about the skiing!
 

 
TIGNES, FRANCE
 
Tignes boasts some superb access to snow-sure slopes, due to its high altitude and excellent snow record. Part of the ‘Espace Killy’ ski area, it is especially good for intermediate skiers and boarders, with 300km of pistes, as well some incredible off-piste. Check out the Grande Motte glacier at 3456m. Enjoy those slopes!
 

 
ST ANTON, AUSTRIA
 
St. Anton has a charming and picturesque village centre, but is world-renowned for its serious après-ski and an incredible ski area. With 340km of challenging pistes to explore, this is a fun playground for any skier or boarder that likes a challenge. The partying is always good too!
 

 

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How to get a job as a seasonaire


If you’re thinking about applying to work in the mountains with Skiworld, you could do yourself a favour by reading the tips we’ve compiled in this week’s blog.
 
After years of employing thousands of seasonaires each winter we know a thing or two about what to look for when searching for the right candidate…
 

First things first… The cover letter

 
1. Your covering letter is so important. It tells us why you want the job and how you think your skills will help you achieve. It gives us an insight into your personality and how you see yourself. If you have limited working experience, your cover letter could make the difference. It should be concise, about half a page or three paragraphs, covering the content of who you are, why you want to work in the mountains and how you meet the role requirements.
 
2. Giving us the dates and notice period of your current job is very helpful. It will allow us to judge where you’ll be when the season starts. In addition, you may want to join the season after January for example (it happens quite a lot!), and knowing this in advance will save us asking the question.
 

The CV

 
1. Have an ‘’About Me’ section at the start of your CV. Just a paragraph describing yourself, giving an insight into your personality. Try to avoid superlatives such as “I am the best at…” but be confident.
 
2. The main bit, your experience, should be broken down concisely for easy reading, including: 1. Descriptions of the jobs you’ve had and what roles you performed, and 2. Brief description of the companies you have worked for before and what they do/are. Tailor your experience to the job you’re applying for. For example if you are applying for a chalet hosting role we want to see proof of experience in hospitality, customer service, food and service, so highlight this to us.
 
3. Your contact details should be current. You may want to consider opening a new email account so you can have a respectable address, such as your name, rather than some strange nickname you were known as 10 years ago!
 
4. A photo can be useful, but it is by no means required. If you include a photo, make sure it’s suitable for a CV – e.g. ensure you are smartly dressed and well groomed.
 
5. Curriculum Vitae? We prefer “Concise Vision”. Your CV should not be more than 2 pages long. CV’s are primarily to show us your work and life experiences (such as D of E, 1st Aid, team captain, world travels, etc.). For example there’s no need to take up a whole page telling us how many GCSE’s and A Levels you have. While these are important, a brief summary at the bottom of your CV is sufficient.
 

The Interview

 
The internet, the library and your friends and family will be full of good tips to get you through what can be a daunting experience. However, you should trust your instincts. If we’ve asked you to come for an interview it will largely be on the strength of your CV and telephone screening, which is a huge positive! Here are some obvious points to remember for the big day though:
 
1. Preparation is key. Depending on the role you are applying for you may be required to prepare a presentation or maybe demonstrate your cooking skills. Make sure you allow time in advance of the interview to plan accordingly, i.e. you might not want to cycle to your interview whilst carrying your 3 tiered chocolate sponge cake!
 
2. Look the part. Whilst being a seasonaire will probably involve wearing baggy t-shirts, hoodies and beanie hats while chewing gum, you are now going to a job interview. The first impression of a candidate is the view of them as we open the door. You can make this a good one by making an effort and looking professional. Consider your body language, for example slouching in your chair might look a bit lazy.
 
3. Do some research. We like to see that you have spent some time researching Skiworld and are interested in representing us rather than just “getting a job”. Our website has lots of information about us within it. In addition, you should prepare some questions to ask us too. It will show your keenness.
 
4. Be punctual. Leave enough time to find our head office. Travel delays occur, so if you are running late make contact and explain the situation. Honesty is the best policy. Aim to arrive 10 minutes early.
 
5. Don’t be nervous. If you have got through to the interview stage you are doing something right! Ski season jobs in particular are customer facing and sociable roles so we want to see that you can talk to people confidently. We will recruit you for who you are as a person as well as the skills you have, so show yourself to us and tell us why you will be a great asset to our team.
 
6. Oh, and make sure your phone is on silent!
 

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Top 5 Weird and Wonderful Ski Lifts


A quick internet search of “weird ski lifts” or something similar will yield some bizarre results. It becomes very obvious very quickly that the humble ski lift has become a project of choice for eccentric engineers over the years.
 
From an impossibly treacherous alpine peak to the relatively gentle gradient of a Scandinavian Fell, skiers and snowboarders are treated to a variety of unique ways to get from bottom to top (and sometimes back down again). Rather than bore you with a list of them all, we’ve picked our TOP 5 based on, well, just how weird or wonderful they are!
 

1. The Single Chair – Mad River Glen, Vermont, USA

 
Officially retired as of Easter 2007, the original single-seater chairlift is woven into skiing folklore in ‘The East’. If the hardpacked, bitterly cold skiing conditions in New England are the true test of a skier’s mettle, then riding the Single Chair was as much of a rite of passage as skiing down General Stark Mountain itself.
 
At the beginning of the new ski season in the same year as it was decommissioned, a re-incarnated chairlift using the original 1940s designs was unveiled to the delight of local skiers. Despite most resorts building bigger, more modern lifts at every opportunity, the skiers at Mad River Glen think it’s worth holding on to a bit of nostalgia. Guess they simply just don’t make them like they used to.
 

 

2. Aiguille du Midi Cable Car – Chamonix, France

 
Alpine folk have always been on the forefront of mountain pursuits. Whether it’s climbing up, skiing down or jumping off them, the mountains provide extreme challenges that are just too hard to resist. So when, in the 1950′s the idea was proposed to build a cable car to the 3842m summit of the Aiguille du Midi, it was like a red rag to a bull and in 1955 the world’s highest cable car was completed, a record it held for 20 years.
 
The feeling of isolation and the vastness of the landscape during every ride in this amazing cable car makes the last journey to the summit just as thrilling as the first. Any trepidation you had to ski the Vallée Blanche whilst waiting in line at the base station probably gets tripled on the way up!
 

 

3. Titlis-Rotair – Engelberg, Switzerland

 
The Swiss – masters of the clock movement. If any country would pioneer a rotating ski lift it would be the Swiss… and they did. In 1992 the rotating gondola which links the mid-mountain with the top of 3020m Titlis Mountain in Engelberg ski resort was opened. At the time it was the first of its kind in the world.
 
The usual hustle and bustle on a big mountain peak gondola as people vie for the best photo-taking spot doesn’t happen on this unique feat of engineering. Everyone gets the same views at some point on the 5 minute journey to the summit, making for a more peaceful journey all round. Last year the gondola cabins were upgraded from just having a rotating floor to ones where the entire capsule rotates on its axis – quite remarkable.
 

 

4. ‘Roca-Jack’ Va a Vient – Portillo, Chile

 
Not so much a ‘lift’ as a veritable human sling-shot, the Roca-Jack simply has to be experienced. The biggest challenge isn’t the start, it’s disembarking at the summit along with four other riders – as you can probably imagine, there’s high chance of a slapstick ‘yard sale’ style pile-up of skiers, skis and poles!
 
Installed on a ski run named after one of the pioneers of Portillo ski resort, American bobsledder Jack Heaton, the Roca is just one of the va a vient lifts synonymous with the South American ski area. Ironically, it’s the safest construction method due to the loose geology of the area preventing more substantial and permanent chairlift towers being built. Like a button lift on steroids, the Roca-Jack provides as much fun on the way up as you’ll have skiing back down!
 

 

5. The Sauna Gondola – Yllas, Finland

 
If you’ve ever visited Scandinavia you’ll be more than familiar with a sauna. They come in all shapes and sizes in varying degrees of eccentricity. If you’re not sure what’s behind an inconspicuous door in Norway, Finland or Sweden chances are it’ll be a sauna. But can sauna-innovation go too far? Evidently not as far as Yllas ski resort is concerned; home to the world’s only sauna-gondola!
 
Unfortunately, stripping out of your ski gear down to your togs and grabbing a quick 20 minute sauna half way through your ski day isn’t possible. It’s a far more serene experience. Once the lifts close down for the day, your two hour session in the mountain-top spa can begin. Fully equipped with a 12 person sauna (on terra firma), a hot tub and a bar as well as the sauna-gondola cabin it’s a truly unique après activity! The gondola takes around thirteen minutes to reach the bottom, where you can hop out into the cold (if you dare) for a few minutes before riding back to the top for a bubble in the hot tub. Loistava!
 

 

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Top 5 chalets for ski location – as voted for by you!

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We can reveal YOUR top 5 chalets that offer the best access to skiing

 
Skiworld have over 100 catered chalets in Europe, all with great credentials, but often the criteria of ‘location’ in terms of access to skiing, becomes the overriding factor in a decision.
Taken from our customers’ feedback results from the entire ski season, here are.. Skiworld’s TOP 5 Best Located Ski Chalets.
 
 
 No.5: Chalet Eisfall, St.Anton, Austria – Sleeps 15
 
St Anton is widely considered to be one of the best all-round ski resorts in the world, offering a combination of excellent terrain, snowfall, variety of lodgings and entertainment before and after dark. Chalet Eisfall ticks many boxes too, but it’s the location which makes it stand out from the crowd. The Nassereinbahn Gondola gets you right into the mix of mid-mountain skiing and the rest of the lifts which provide access to this huge ski area – and the chalet is right next to it! Cross the road with your gear on after breakfast and hop straight on the lift, spend all day skiing your socks off and then ski right to the bottom of the piste and walk across the road to the chalet for some well-deserved afternoon tea. The chalet is only a 10 minute stroll along one street to the centre of St Anton for some of that famous nightlife – easy peasy.
 
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Chalet Eisfall, St. Anton

 

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Chalet Eisfall, St. Anton


 
 
 
No.4: Chalet Chanterelle, La Plagne, France – Sleeps 12
 
Situated right on the piste in the Balcons de Belle Plagne complex making access to the skiing hassle free; the perfect choice for ski-in/ski-out convenience. The popularity of this chalet (and it’s two neighbours, Chalets Girolle and Morille) with our guests make it a shoo-in for this TOP 5 list. Perched on the piste overlooking the village of Plagne Bellecote, the phrase “ski in ski out” couldn’t be more apt – if someone holds the door open for you, you literally can! Within the chalet complex there’s a bar, restaurant and ski hire shop as well as a pool and hot tub. Five minutes’ walk along the boardwalk gets you to the host of other bars and restaurants in the village of Belle Plagne. And if that wasn’t enough, the entertainment in Plagne Bellecote down the piste can be sought via the village gondola which runs between the two villages until midnight! Guests can enjoy free access to the sauna, fitness centre and pool (reservation required) and make use of the massage and beauty treatments, which are payable locally.
 
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Chalet Chanterelle, La Plagne

 

Snowy Exterior of Chalet Chanterelle, Belle Plagne, France

Chalet Chanterelle, Balcons Complex, Belle Plagne


 
 
 
No.3: Chalet Premier Neige, Val d’Isere, France – Sleeps 15
 
This chalet is perfectly poised for skiing, sat in the pretty hamlet of Le Laisinant. Just 50 metres from the Laisinant Express lift, meaning, at the start of the day and in normal snow conditions, you can ski from the Solaise bowl to the chalet at the end of your day on the slopes. Getting to the centre of town is a mellow 800 metre stroll, meaning you have the advantage of being close to the hustle and bustle, but far enough away for a bit of peace and quiet.
 

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Chalet Premiere Neige, Val d’Isere

 

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Chalet Premier Neige, Val d’Isere


 
 
 
No.2: Chalet Valerie, Tignes, France – Sleeps 16
 
Tignes is convenient by its very nature so you’d expect most chalets to have a good location, but Chalet Valerie’s is top notch. It’s on the ground floor of a complex (we have the two other chalets in the building – Francois and Dominique) which sits next to the Tufs lift. At the base of that lift is the ski school meeting point and a stones’ throw from there is the centre of Val Claret with all its entertainment. The Bollin-Fresses lift and the Grand Motte Funicular are but a short schuss too, which gives you several skiing options in the morning. The hot tub, steam room and sauna in the building are a real bonus.
 
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Chalet Valerie, Tignes

 

 
 
 
No.1: Chalet Alpenland, Lech, Austria – Sleeps 19
Whilst ski in/ski out location in the glitzy Austrian resort of Lech may be the holy grail of ski chalet locations, Skiworld come very close with the Chalet Alpenland. The hamlet of Zug lies just on the outskirts of Lech and features some excellent local bars and restaurants, notably the famous Rote Wand. Access to Lech’s fabulous ski terrain couldn’t be easier via the Zugerbahn lift, located next to the chalet. Once you’ve expended your skiing energy, either ski right back to the chalet door or down into Lech for some après and entertainment. The local bus runs regularly to and from Zug until 3am (for the revellers in your group!) and the bus stop is just a couple hundred metres from the chalet. It’s no wonder this is our customers’ favourite chalet for ski access.
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Chalet Alpenland, Lech

 
 

Snowy Exterior of Chalet Alpenland - Lech, Austria

Exterior of Chalet Alpenland


 
 
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The largest single ski area in the U.S.


 

That’s right, over $50 million of improvements, including a high-speed gondola will link Park City to the superb Canyons resort, creating a ski area with over a whopping 7,300 acres of glorious terrain. The infographic (above), demonstrates how the new Park City ski area will look for 2015/16 (in numbers).

 
‘Vail Resorts’ had planned to link these two areas for some time and finally the dream will become a reality.
 

This new ski area will beat the size of Vail by over 1,000 acres!

 
The Interconnect Gondola: An eight passenger, high-speed gondola will run from the base of the existing Silverlode lift at Park City to the Flatiron lift at Canyons.
 

 
Resort improvements: The investment will also see an upgrading of another two chairlifts to increase capacity, a new mountain restaurant, increased capacity at existing restaurants in both Park City and Canyons, as well as additional snowmaking facilities.
 

 
Great skiing and choice of accommodation: Known for possessing some of the lightest, driest powder snow, with all of these improvements, the skiing is only going to get better. The choice of accommodation ranges from hotels, inns, lodges or condo’s.

 

 

Click here to see Skiworld’s selection of accommodation on offer to Park City for 15/16…

 
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Self Catering Ski Holidays

Self Catering Ski Holidays
“Why choose to cook and clean for yourself on holiday when you can stay in a catered chalet, especially when they offer great value?”… This is often the response from people when you tell them you are thinking about taking a ski holiday ‘self catering style’.
 
From our experience, you don’t have to be a dab-hand in the kitchen, nor possess the industrious work ethic of a well-seasoned chalet host to be able to fully enjoy a self-catering ski holiday – and ‘holiday’ is the operative word. There are certain benefits to having a ski apartment. Here are The F Words of Self Catering Ski Holidays:
 

The Benefits of a Self Catering Ski Holiday

 
- Flexibility: From fetching a cup of tea in your long-johns to spending quality chilling time with your nearest and dearest, having your own space, privacy and freedom is what apartments offer. But there’s usually a member of staff at reception or a company rep on the end of the phone to help if you need it.
 
- Facilities: Having a basic kitchen is what all ski apartments offer. In recent years apartments have become very spacious and the emergence of swimming pools, sauna’s, hot tubs, Wi-Fi, in-house grocery shopping services and in-house ski rental shops in apartment blocks means you are totally looked after without having to leave the building… Except to ski!
 
- Freedom: Ski holiday or not, after a long day on the slopes (and a bit of après), you might like a lie in.  Knowing that you can go anywhere at any time and build your own schedule is great – the only thing you have to remember is how to get home!
 
- French bread: Ah, la boulangerie! There is nothing like a morning visit to the French bakery to pick out breakfast pastries and a fresh baguette before heading back to the ranch nibbling the crusty bit on the end while you stroll through the snow. It also allows you to choose the best bread for your lunchtime picnic.
 
- Feasting: Cooking is a joy to many, and fresh food is plentiful in the mountains. A good gander around the supermarket and local delis is great way to pick up a range of local and staple food to suit everyone’s tastes. Plus you’re never far from a great choice of local restaurants, bakeries and takeaways to cater for whatever your particular taste is on any given day.
 
- Frugal: It’s important to be in control of your holiday spending. With self catering facilities you can save money on lunches, dining and après ski whilst still experiencing the local resort dining highlights. The value of apartments is also very reasonable and you can get 2 – 5* lodgings for 2 – 10 people, which makes it really easy to manage any sized group without breaking the bank.
 
 

Tap here to see Skiworld’s great selection of self catering ski holidays in many of the best European resorts…

 
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Top 5 ‘ski-to-door’ self-catering apartments


 

Ski-to-door and a fantastic price – go on treat yourself!

 

Do you enjoy the convenience of stepping straight into your skis as soon as you get out of the front door? Here is a selection of apartments, where, in virtually all of them, you can do just that – ideal! Take a look at the savings we have for each of these apartments including special prices for the 28th February 2015.
 
 

Kalinda, Tignes

 
Kalinda forms an integral part of this ski-in/ski-out altitude village. Formed especially for families and beginners with newly created beginner ski runs and close to the ski school meeting point, the calm and wooded residence has everything you need right on the doorstep. The modern establishment is finished to the highest standard and boasts impressive facilities including a lounge with an open fireplace, spa, indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, hot tub, children’s pool and fitness suite. A recently constructed gondola provides easy access to the vast Espace Killy ski area meaning these apartments really are at the edge of one of the finest and renowned ski areas in the world.

Prices from £470 – SAVE £144! – Click here – (Price based on an apartment for 6 on 28/02/15)*

 

Interior of Kalinda apartment


 
 

Le Village 1950, Les Arcs

 
Located in the village of Arc 1950, these apartments own a true ski-in/ski-out position. Sitting amongst the bars, restaurants and amenities of this pedestrianised village, these apartments are in close proximity to everything you could need on your holiday. Whilst they look distinctly European, a North American influence is apparent as apartments are very spacious, of a high standard and offer wonderful facilities including an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.

Prices from £530 – SAVE £144! – Click here – (Price based on an apartment for 6 on 28/02/15)*

 

Swimming pool in Residence Village 1950


 
 

Les Brigues, Courchevel

 
On the red ‘Les Brigues’ piste in Courchevel Village (formerly Courchevel 1550), Les Brigues apartments sit in a superb ski-in location near to the Tovets chairlift accessing Courchevel (formerly Courchevel 1850) and the vast Three Valleys ski area. The town centre and Tovets chair are a 10 minute walk but the accommodation operates a complimentary shuttle service to the centre for added convenience at peak ski times. Les Brigues offer the best value apartments in Courchevel, with a slope-side location.

Prices from £304 – SAVE £140! – Click here – (Price based on an apartment for 6 on 28/02/15)*

 

Exterior of Les Brigues Apartments


 
 

Les Granges du Soleil, La Plagne

 
As its name suggests, Les Granges du Soleil sits perfectly in a sunny position on the piste offering ski-in/ ski-out accommodation in the heart of Plagne Soleil. With breath-taking panoramic views and a relaxed atmosphere, these apartments offer a prime location in the paradiski ski area. Possibly the most contemporary and luxurious apartments in La Plagne, Les Granges du Soleil offers smart and spacious apartments with some fantastic facilities. After a hard day on the piste, guests can enjoy a number of the relaxing facilities available, from the Jacuzzi baths to the swimming pool and sauna.

Prices from £524 – Click here – (Price based on an apartment for 6 on 14/03/15)*

 

Lounge in Les Granges du Soleil


 
 

Residence Village Montana, Val Thorens

 
Situated on the piste, guests will enjoy this enviable location with the nursery slopes on the doorstep making it perfect for families and those who want unrivalled access to the Three Valleys. A 5 minute walk from the complex, are lively bars, restaurants and shops as well as the sports centre with an indoor swimming pool and play centre for children. Decorated in a Savoyarde style, The Village Montana apartments are spacious compared to its neighbours and offer wonderful mountain views.

Prices from £386 – SAVE £288! – Click here – (Price based on an apartment for 6 on 28/02/15)*

 

Exterior of Village Montana Apartments


 
*Prices correct at time of post and subject to availability
 

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