Browsing entries tagged with France

6 Oct 2016

Flash sale on Crystal Ski holidays

Flash sale on Crystal Ski holidays

Have you booked your ski holiday yet? For the next five days, Crystal Ski Holidays is running a flash sale, offering an extra £100 off per person on 100 different hotels, apartments and chalets across…

28 Sep 2016

Aussies enjoy luxury skiing in Europe

Aussies enjoy luxury skiing in Europe

Australians have overtaken Russians in the luxury chalet holiday market – having doubled from 5% over the 2014/15 season to 10% of the market last year, while Russian bookings dropped from 12% to…

13 Sep 2016

Chambéry steps up for more flights

Chambéry steps up for more flights

One of the most convenient airports in France for skiers flocking to the Alps has undergone a major renovation to improve services this winter. Chambéry Savoie airport, which is within an hour and a half’s…

8 Sep 2016

New ski resort offered to British market

New ski resort offered to British market

Specialist French Alps ski tour operator Peak Retreats has become the first to offer Praz de Lys to the British market. Just 40 minutes from Geneva Airport, sitting at 1500m in the Giffre Valley, Praz…

4 Sep 2016

Epic Pass adds 13 Euro ski resorts

Epic Pass adds 13 Euro ski resorts

Some of Europe’s top ski areas have been added to the Epic Pass for this coming season. The multi-resort pass from Vail Resorts has added Les 3 Vallées, Paradiski and Tignes-Val d’Isère in France,…

30 Aug 2016

Inghams ski adds Montgenèvre

Inghams ski adds Montgenèvre

Ski tour operator Inghams has added the resort of Montgenèvre in France to its programme for the forthcoming season. Inghams will offer two chalets in Montgenèvre, the3.5 diamond Chalet Rocher de L’Aigle…

1 Aug 2016

Le Ski releases Yorkshire Day video

Le Ski releases Yorkshire Day video

Chalet company Le Ski has released a short video in celebration of Yorkshire Day, showcasing how it has taken its Yorkshire values the French Alps. The idea of Yorkshire Day came about during a meeting…

14 Jul 2016

Alpe d’Huez updates Signal slopes

Alpe d’Huez updates Signal slopes

The Signal sector in the ski resort of Alpe d’Huez is to be updated this summer. The Signal sector links to the village of Villard-Reculas on the back, and until now has been reached by draglifts or…

5 Jul 2016

Val d’Isère launches new beginner tickets

Val d’Isère launches new beginner tickets

The French ski resort of Val d’Isère has announced a new set of ski passes to accompany the construction of its new beginner area on Solaise. The resort will offer one-day “I just want to try and…

18 Jun 2016

Property sales boom in the Alps

Property sales boom in the Alps

According to leading alpine property experts sales have been booming despite the uncertainty caused by a potential Brexit. Erna Low Property published its ‘French Alps Property Report’ earlier this…

30 Mar 2016

Italian skier breaks downhill speed record

Italian skier breaks downhill speed record

An Italian speed skier has broken the record for the fastest man on snow — hitting 254.9kph (158mph) at the weekend. Ivan Origone broke the world record on a specially groomed piste in the French ski…

15 Mar 2016

Skier dies from collision in Flaine

Skier dies from collision in Flaine

Police in France have opened an investigation following the death of a man in the ski resort of Flaine. The 43-year-old skier was on the Serpentine piste, a blue run, at 4pm on Sunday afternoon when the…

14 Mar 2016

Avalanche app launches in France

Avalanche app launches in France

A new, free ski app will give skiers and snowboarders information on avalanche risks, weather and snow quality across the French Alps and the Pyrenees in both France and Andorra. The app, called “Ski…

10 Feb 2016

Skiing costs more as sterling falls

Skiing costs more as sterling falls

Bad news for skiing families this half term — the value of sterling has fallen by more than 10 per cent in the past two months. According to the Post Office Travel Money, although prices are still lower…

28 Jan 2016

How big is a big French ski area?

How big is a big French ski area?

There’s been a lot of debate about the size of ski areas recently — but what does size actually mean? If you struggle to work out exactly how big 250km is (Serre Chevalier), 425km (Paradiski) or 600km…

27 Jan 2016

Half term ski holiday offers released

Half term ski holiday offers released

With just two weeks before the start of half term, and spring-like conditions in the Alps with sunshine and fabulous snow on piste, tour operators are releasing fantastic offers to entice families to the…

19 Jan 2016

Last chance to win ski flights with Monarch

Last chance to win ski flights with Monarch

With December’s snow drought firmly behind us in the Alps (with snow forecast all week and next weekend), we’ve teamed up with Monarch, one of the UK’s leading independent airline groups, to offer…

13 Jan 2016

Schoolchildren hit by avalanche

Schoolchildren hit by avalanche

An investigation is underway tonight following an avalanche in Les Deux-Alpes that has killed a Ukrainian skier and two schoolchildren. We understand that the schoolchildren had been skiing in a closed…

27 Dec 2015

‘Don’t ski’ St Martin mayor urges locals

‘Don’t ski’ St Martin mayor urges locals

The mayor of French ski town Saint-Martin-de-Belleville has appealed to locals not to hit the slopes over New Year. With less than half of the Three Valleys ski area open, André Plaisance asked residents…

24 Dec 2015

Crystal launches celebrity skier quiz

Crystal launches celebrity skier quiz

Crystal Ski has launched a fun new online quiz “Which celebrity skier are you?” The news that Oprah Winfrey has just splashed out $14million on a new home in the Colorado ski resort of Telluride is…

8 Dec 2015

Fancy a Courchevel beer?

Fancy a Courchevel beer?

A new, limited edition beer has been launched in the French ski resort of Courchevel. “Mademoiselle Courchevel” has been made using in Tarantaise by the Alpine do Moutiers Brewery using water from…

5 Dec 2015

Big price drops in ski resorts this season

Big price drops in ski resorts this season

Prices are down in three-quarters of ski resorts this season, according to new research — with cheapest prices to be found in Bansko in Bulgaria. This year’s Ski Resort Report, released this morning…

27 Nov 2015

Black Friday hits the ski slopes

Black Friday hits the ski slopes

Like it or not, Britain is currently in the grip of Black Friday, which also means money off ski holidays this year. Alpine Weekends is offering Where to Ski and Snowboard readers an extra £50 off its…

24 Nov 2015

Win Helly Hansen kit with Peak Retreats

Win Helly Hansen kit with Peak Retreats

Ski tour operator Peak Retreats has teamed up with Helly Hansen to offer skiers the chance to win a ski outfit for the coming season. Helly Hansen provides uniform for 40,000 ski and mountain workers in…

1 Nov 2015

New measurements for Serre Chevalier

New measurements for Serre Chevalier

Where to Ski and Snowboard promotion Serre Chevalier Vallée in the French Alps has drastically changed the way it measures its ski area. Until this season, the resort used to claim it had 250km of pistes,…

19 Oct 2015

More glacier ski areas open in the Alps

More glacier ski areas open in the Alps

It has snowed again in the Alps, and more ski resorts are beginning to open! Skiers enjoyed fantastic conditions in Cervinia, Italy last weekend, with 120cm of snow on the 3,500m Plateau Rosà glacier…

8 Oct 2015

Tour op allows dogs on ski holidays

Tour op allows dogs on ski holidays

A tour operator has introduced a new service allowing skiers to take their dogs on holiday. VIP SKI has launched a “dogsalong” service in a handful of their chalets in Alpe d’Huez and Morzine in…

7 Oct 2015

Peak Retreats named top for families

Peak Retreats named top for families

Specialist French Alps ski tour operator Peak Retreats has been crowned “Best Family Ski Operator” in the inaugural Family Traveller Awards. The company was picked from a stellar short list of other…

5 Oct 2015

Tignes awarded for environmental efforts

Tignes awarded for environmental efforts

The French ski resort of Tignes has become the world’s first ski area to be awarded a Green Globe certificate for its work towards improving the environment. The certificate was awarded for the efforts…

1 Oct 2015

France most popular country for skiers

France most popular country for skiers

More ski passes were sold in France last season than any other country in the world, according to a statement released by Domaines Skiables de France (DSF) this week. The DSF represents 200 ski areas in…

9 Sep 2015

Crystal reports growth in skiing

Crystal reports growth in skiing

Despite a hit-and-miss season, with below average snowfall, major transfer day issues in France and strange, changeable snow conditions, Crystal Ski Holidays has reported strong growth in its ski market.…

7 Sep 2015

Skiing 20% cheaper than two years ago

Skiing 20% cheaper than two years ago

Skiing holidays are 20 per cent cheaper today than they were two years ago, according to Where to Ski and Snowboard 2016, which is launched today. A vital part of the “skiers bible” is its annually…

31 Aug 2015

Megève restaurant destroyed by fire

Megève restaurant destroyed by fire

An iconic mountain restaurant in the French ski resort of Megève has been destroyed by a fire. The prestigious L’Alpette on Rochebrune/Côte 2000 was razed to the ground on Sunday 23 August and…

27 Aug 2015

New gondola for Plagne Montalbert

New gondola for Plagne Montalbert

A new gondola opens in Plagne Montalbert this winter, replacing two chair lifts and shaving nearly 40 minutes from the journey time up Le Fornelet, part of the La Plagne / Paradiski ski area. The new…

24 Aug 2015

Hotelplan opens new chalet in Val d’Isère

Hotelplan opens new chalet in Val d’Isère

Ski Total, Esprit Ski and Inghams have taken the unusual step of opening jointly a new chalet hotel in the heart of Val d’Isère. The new Chalet Hotel Le Savoie sleeps 87 people in en suite rooms, with…

6 Aug 2015

Major changes begin in Val d’Isère

Major changes begin in Val d’Isère

The French ski resort of Val d’Isère is undergoing some major changes over the next two years. Work this summer has begun on a €16 (£11.1m) million two-year project to entirely redevelop the top…

23 Jul 2015

Cut-price instructor guiding with Ski Club

Cut-price instructor guiding with Ski Club

The Ski Club of Great Britain will offer cut-price instructor-lead on and off-piste ski guiding in France this winter. The Ski Club was last winter forced to withdraw its popular Leading service following…

16 Jul 2015

Anniversary Swiss climb begins

Anniversary Swiss climb begins

An anniversary ascent of the 4,478m peak of the Matterhorn will take place tomorrow, with a team of climbers from Britain, France, Italy and Switzerland. The ascent is part of a week — and indeed year…

22 Jun 2015

Tarentaise launches Alpine Legends pass

Tarentaise launches Alpine Legends pass

Three of France’s biggest ski areas are joining forces to offer a single pass. Following in the footsteps of US ski resorts which have combined to offer adventurous skiers and snowboarders a range of…

17 Jun 2015

Summer skiing begins in Les 2 Alpes

Summer skiing begins in Les 2 Alpes

Summer skiing will get underway in France this weekend, when the largest skiable glacier in Europe opens its lifts. With 111 hectares of slopes on its glacier at 3,200m, Les Deux-Alpes leads the charge…

8 Jun 2015

New blue to change skiing in Les Deux-Alpes

New blue to change skiing in Les Deux-Alpes

A new blue piste opening this winter will revolutionise skiing in Les Deux-Alpes.  The French ski resort has this morning announced that work has started on a new blue run called Jandri 1, which will…

22 May 2015

Neilson launches free ski coaching

Neilson launches free ski coaching

Neilson has become the latest ski tour operator to employ qualified instructors to guide its guests around resorts. The instructors will also offer free coaching in the half-day sessions, which are guaranteed…

14 May 2015

Ski Club Leaders move to Zermatt

Ski Club Leaders move to Zermatt

The Ski Club of Great Britain has moved its Leader course from Tignes to Zermatt, following a court decision that rendered its Leading services illegal in France. Ski Club Leaders are trained at the beginning…

1 May 2015

Skiing continues in Val Thorens

Skiing continues in Val Thorens

The ski resort of Val Thorens in the Three Valleys, France has posted a nice advert for its current ski conditions – with more snow forecast over the weekend. The video snow report was posted onto YouTube…

9 Mar 2015

Châtel lift completes Portes du Soleil

Châtel lift completes Portes du Soleil

Two new, much-awaited chairlifts have opened between Linga and Super-Châtel, completing the Portes du Soleil ski circuit. The two high-speed lifts, a four-man and six-man chair lifts both leave from Vonnes,…

28 Feb 2015

Rockfall brings chaos to 3 Vallées

Rockfall brings chaos to 3 Vallées

Skiers heading to or from Val Thorens, Les Menuires and St-Martin-de-Belleville in France are facing severe delays today after a landslide on the road. Yesterday afternoon (Friday, 27 March) a 50 cubic-metre…

23 Feb 2015

Snowfalls bring more instability in the Alps

Snowfalls bring more instability in the Alps

Heavy snowfalls over the weekend across the Alps have brought yet more treacherous conditions, with two more fatal avalanches in France and Switzerland as more than half a metre of snow fell in some places.…

9 Feb 2015

Excellent skiing ahead for half term

Excellent skiing ahead for half term

Snow is still falling today in the north-eastern Alps, but elsewhere the sun is shining after a week of massive snowfalls. Andermatt and Engelberg in Switzerland each report upper depths of 380cm this…

5 Feb 2015

Ski Bonjour

24 Jan 2015

Heavy snow forecast in the Alps

Heavy snow forecast in the Alps

Heavy snow is on its way to the Alps at the end of next week — particularly the northern Alps. Over the course of this weekend and the start of next week, a little snow is forecast but towards the end…

13 Jan 2015

Ski Club leader fined €10k for guiding

Ski Club leader fined €10k for guiding

The Ski Club of Great Britain is to lodge an immediate appeal against a court ruling made in France against one of its leaders last Thursday. Ski Club leader Ken Piddlesden appeared in court in Albertville…

12 Jan 2015

Ski resorts cut prices for 2015

Ski resorts cut prices for 2015

Prices in ski resorts across Europe have plunged by up to 23 per cent, according to a survey by Post Office Travel Money. The survey, which was compiled using prices from 27 resorts in Europe and North…

4 Jan 2015

Avalanche warnings high in wet snow

Avalanche warnings high in wet snow

As wet snow falls in many Alpine areas, the Swiss Avalanche Institute has issued a warning of considerable danger of dry and wet avalanches over a wide area. “As a result of mild temperatures together…

30 Dec 2014

Grab a brilliant January ski deal

Grab a brilliant January ski deal

Well, it snowed! After a nail-biting run-up to Christmas, an epic storm last weekend, 15,000 people getting stranded in the French Alps and being forced to sleep in emergency accommodation, things have…

22 Dec 2014

Serious snow likely for the weekend

Serious snow likely for the weekend

With Christmas week upon us, the good news is that Santa might well bring us some snow. While there are great conditions in Scandinavia — heavy snow forced the closure of Fagernes airport in Norway last…

17 Dec 2014

Ski Club defends leader in France

Ski Club defends leader in France

Ski hosting was under the spotlight again last week when The Ski Club of Great Britain appeared in court in France. In April of this year, Ski Club leader Ken Piddlesden was stopped by gendarmerie on the…

12 Dec 2014

Skiers keep calm as snow improves

Skiers keep calm as snow improves

British skiers are keeping calm and carrying on, despite a lack of snow in resorts for the time of year.  Where to Ski and Snowboard has this morning talked to a variety of tour operators from Inghams…

25 Nov 2014

Get a #skimakeover with Crystal

Get a #skimakeover with Crystal

Fancy a new outfit this season? One that no one else has? Crystal Ski holidays has teamed up with Avalanche to give three lucky skiers and snowboarders the chance to win a bespoke jacket for themselves…

23 Nov 2014

Skiers vote Val Thorens the best

Skiers vote Val Thorens the best

The French ski resort of Val Thorens was celebrating last night — after being named “world’s best ski resort” for the second year running. Last year the resort in the Three Valleys…

13 Nov 2014

Crystal stops ski hosting in Italy

Crystal stops ski hosting in Italy

Crystal has today announced that ski hosting will be suspended in Italy this winter due to “local legal restrictions” similar to those in France. A spokesman for Crystal told Where to Ski and Snowboard:…

12 Nov 2014

Luxury ski bookings soar this year

Luxury ski bookings soar this year

There’s more encouraging news this week for the British ski industry — 72% of luxury tour operators say bookings are up on this time last year. And, perhaps surprisingly, Brits remain the top consumers…

6 Nov 2014

Snowstorm hits European ski resorts

Snowstorm hits European ski resorts

In case your social media feeds aren’t telling you, too, a big snowstorm has hit the Alps. The storm was forecast to blow in and hit the southern Alps, and yesterday it did — though it also dumped…

31 Oct 2014

Hire a Twizy in Serre Chevalier Vallée

Hire a Twizy in Serre Chevalier Vallée

The electric car revolution is filtering down to the Alps this winter, with Renault Twizys set to become the latest way to find your way around a ski resort. Serre Chevalier Vallée is one of the resorts…

13 Oct 2014

Win a 50-year ski pass for Les Menuires

Win a 50-year ski pass for Les Menuires

Fancy winning a ski pass for Les Menuires for the next 50 years? On 12 February, 2015, Les Menuires in the Trois Vallées will celebrate its 50th birthday. To celebrate, the resort is giving away a ski…

10 Oct 2014

Ski resorts start to crank in to life

Ski resorts start to crank in to life

Winter is most definitely coming. Ski resorts across Europe and North America have been inundating us with pictures of the first snowfalls and the news that their snow-making has cranked in to life. In…

6 Oct 2014

New flight routes for the ski season

New flight routes for the ski season

A host of new flight routes will be operating from all over the UK to the Alps, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia this winter. British Airways will fly twice a week from Gatwick to Friedrichshafen in Germany…

24 Sep 2014

WTSS reader books his winning trip

WTSS reader books his winning trip

The winner of this year’s WTSS competition to win a free week in a Lagrange apartment has just booked his trip to La Toussiere, France. Jim Reed, 66, won a week’s stay in a Lagrange prestige apartment…

21 Sep 2014

Skiers are returning to Andorra

Skiers are returning to Andorra

Switzerland and Andorra are slowly but surely growing in popularity again, according to recent ski industry reports. In its 2014 consumer research, the Ski Club of Great Britain reported that customers…

12 Sep 2014

Park City will be biggest US ski resort

Park City will be biggest US ski resort

Vail Resorts have bought the Utah ski resort of Park City for a cool $182.5million (£112million), further strengthening the company’s grip on the US ski industry. Vail Resorts already owns the lease…

9 Sep 2014

20th anniversary edition launched

20th anniversary edition launched

Where to Ski and Snowboard was officially launched last night — 20 years since the first edition was published. Tour operators, ski journalists, long-standing readers and contributors, advertisers and…

6 Sep 2014

Ski hosting appeal goes to Paris

Ski hosting appeal goes to Paris

Le Ski has announced it will submit an appeal to France’s Supreme Court in Paris, to fight a ban on British tour operators guiding their clients around French ski resorts. The appeal court in Chambery…

4 Sep 2014

France keeps ski hosting ban

France keeps ski hosting ban

The future of ski hosting in France continues to be in doubt tonight, with the news that Le Ski’s appeal against a ban has been rejected. Tour operator Le Ski today had its appeal against a ban on ski…

1 Sep 2014

Ski season at Park City in doubt

Ski season at Park City in doubt

A dispute over the lease of ski terrain at Park City is threatening potential disaster for the Utah ski resort and nearby Deer Valley and Canyons this coming winter season. The top of the mountain and…

4 Aug 2014

Inghams offers 10 new ski resorts

Inghams offers 10 new ski resorts

Inghams has added 10 new ski resorts to its offering this winter — including one in Austria that is dedicated to people learning to ski and snowboard. Oberperfuss, just above Innsbruck in Austria, is…

30 Jul 2014

Eurostar ski train ticket sales open

Eurostar ski train ticket sales open

Get ready to book your Eurostar tickets to the French Alps — sales for the ski train open tomorrow (31 July). The train runs directly from London St Pancras to the French Alps, offering easy access to…

29 Jul 2014

New gondola to ease Chamonix bottleneck

New gondola to ease Chamonix bottleneck

The ski resort of Chamonix will be relieved of a significant lift queue this season — thanks to the replacement of the Plan Joran chair lift from Argentière to Les Grands Montet. The old four-man chair…

3 Jul 2014

Ski hosting verdict due 4 September

Ski hosting verdict due 4 September

A decision on whether British tour operators will be allowed to continue ski hosting in France will be given on 4 September. Yesterday (3 July), French chalet specialists Le Ski were present at a two-hour…

2 Jul 2014

Ski hosting drama continues

Ski hosting drama continues

Le Ski is back in court today, appealing against a ban on ski hosting imposed in February 2013. The court case comes as the Ski Club of Great Britain suspends its Leader service in France for next season.…

18 Jun 2014

Ski instructor to fight French ruling

Ski instructor to fight French ruling

A British ski instructor says he will “fight to the bitter end” a court ruling that he has been teaching illegally in France. Simon Butler, 51, was on Monday ordered to serve 200 days in jail in France…

21 May 2014

Ski Club Leader questioned on slopes

Ski Club Leader questioned on slopes

A Ski Club Leader is due to appear in a French court this September under the same legislation that affects UK tour operators’ ski hosting service in France. Ski Club chief executive Frank McCusker confirmed…

20 May 2014

Surge in demand for next ski season

Surge in demand for next ski season

The ski season might have only just finished, but skiers and snowboarders are already booking up for next year — with leading tour operators offering competitive early booking deals. French Alps specialist…

14 May 2014

Ski hosting court case postponed again

Ski hosting court case postponed again

The court case against Le Ski for illegal ski hosting was postponed again at a court hearing in Chambéry today (Wednesday). In February last year Nick Morgan, co-founder of the tour operator Le Ski was…

12 May 2014

Record-breaking snow for Lake Louise

Record-breaking snow for Lake Louise

Canadian ski resort Lake Louise has just closed for the season — a week later than originally planned — while celebrating an all-time snow record. March, April and May have brought more snow than ever…

24 Apr 2014

Water-ski to the end in La Clusaz

Water-ski to the end in La Clusaz

Ski resorts have all sorts of whacky ways to end their season — but none more so than the party taking place in La Clusaz this weekend. “Defy Foly”, the end of season party for Lake Annecy Ski Resorts…

28 Mar 2014

Brit breaks World Ski Record

Brit breaks World Ski Record

A skier from Edinburgh has broken the Guinness World Ski Record for skiing the most number of countries in one month. Jamie Stevenson, who works for Ski Independence, raised more than £3,000 for Disability…

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