Bella Italia at the NEC

26th October 2009, by Chris Gill



The British Ski and Board Show returns to the NEC Birmingham from Friday 30 October to Sunday 01 November – and to celebrate its 21 years at the arena the organisers have put together an Aosta Valley special.

SAVE: 2 for 1 tickets available. Follow the link and print the voucher

Two for one offer

Pinot noir, anyone?

This year’s featured ski region is Italy’ Aosta Valley– home to major resorts such as Cervinia and the Monterosa valley, but also to lots of less well-known places.

To promote the area, the Aosta tourist board has launched a new website and some exclusive deals for British visitors. Over the three days at the NEC there will be great rates on hotel accommodation and ski packages – which you can also discover on the website (see also the Crystal offers further down the page).

And it wouldn’t be Italy without plentiful fine food and wines: For anyone partial to top-notch Italian food [yes, please!] one of the Aosta valley’s leading chefs – Leo Gerbone – will be serving up some of his favourite recipes and wines at the Aosta Valley Mountain Gastronomy stand. Those keen to learn how to recreate these dishes can visit the ‘Secret Taste of Aosta’ presentation in the Fall-Line Skiing Talk-Theatre.

For more on Aosta, we’ll be posting a featurette shortly.

Family show action

As well as the Big Air Freestyle action on the ski ramp, you can have a go at skiing or boarding on the Skills Slope, learn how to ice-climb or test your limits on the new Nordic challenge course – a timed assault course. And there will be demonstrations of telemark skiing by Britain’s telemark champion, Andrew Clarke. And, of course, the latest fashions, equipment and products to whet the appetite for the slopes will be on sale – many at bargain prices.

Talking of bargains ….

If you are off to the NEC and haven’t planned your winter holiday yet, you might like to take advantage of some exclusive show offers from Crystal holidays:

Italy – Aosta – 2 for 1 lift passes

  • Courmayeur – save £153
  • Cervinia – save £153
  • Champoluc – save £171
  • Gressoney – save £171
  • Pila – save £142

France – Christmas departures

  • La Plagne, catered Chalet Balcons: £549 – save £340
  • Alpe d’Huez, catered Club Hotel Hermitage: £799 – save £246
  • Val Thorens, apartments Temples du Soleil: £349 – save £156
  • Tignes, half board Hotel Tignes 2100: £649 – save £190
  • Flaine, half board Hotel le Totem: £649 – save £216

Spanish Pyrenees
Formigal: free adult ski and boot hire, free children’s lift pass and equipment.
Save £97 per adult and £160 per child. Or £354 per family of three.

For more information: Daily Telegraph British Ski and Board Show

Resort links: Cervinia, MonterosaSki, Champlouc, Gressoney, Pila

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