Åre Sweden

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I am not one for extreme cold. Not until I learnt to ski could I appreciate the winter wonderlands of the Alps and beyond; and now grounded thanks to a skiing accident, the idea of going to Scandinavia’s major highland resort of Åre without being able to ski was a daunting one. The Beast from... Read more »


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I must admit, my knowledge of Arc’teryx was very thin; I recognised the logo but did not know how to pronounce the name properly . . . oh how much of a fool do I feel now! But my problem had been remedied, for this winter I was lucky enough to be properly introduced to... Read more »

Val Thorens

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FACTS SEASON START & END: late November to early May SKI ALTITUDE: 2300-3200m / Vertical Drop- 900m in one resort PISTES: 20% Beginner / 50% Intermediate / 30% Expert LIFTS: 30 SLOPES: 82 pistes 150KM (600km with Les 3 Vallees) SNOW: 470 snow makers covering 85% of pistes LIFT TICKET 2017/18: Adult: 52.5€ Adult day... Read more »


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FACTS SEASON START & END: Open late November to Early May SKI ALTITUDE: 1,400m-2864m / Vertical Drop- 1464m PISTES: 21% Beginner / 64% Intermediate / 15% Expert LIFTS: 45 (Gondola-7 / Chair lift-25 / Drag lifts-13) SLOPES: 83 Pistes for a total of 238km SNOW: 1100 snow cannons LIFT TICKET 2017/18 Ski Pass: Adult: from... Read more »

La Clusaz

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THE FACTS SEASON START & END: December to late April SKI ALTITUDE:  1100-2600m / Vertical Drop- 1500m in one resort PISTES: 55% Beginner / 34% Intermediate / 11% Expert LIFTS:  49 SLOPES: 84 Pistes for a total of 125KM CROSS-COUNTRY: 108 KM of cross-country ski trails SNOW: 215 snow cannons creating 185 acres of artificial... Read more »

The Unique Hotel Post

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We had driven from Cervinia in Italy all the way to Zermatt in Switzerland, a stunning journey that took us through some amazing Alpine scenery including the Grand Saint Bernard pass at 1918 metres from Italy to Switzerland. The journey would take us about 3:45 hours and we would end up only 8 miles from... Read more »

The Gotthard Hotel

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Cheeky and I arrived late one evening at Zurich where we boarded our Mercedes carriage which proceeded to whisk us through the night, up to the Austrian Alps. As we neared our destination we could make out the towering peaks of the Arlberg mountains as the moon glistened softly off the snowy cloak of winter.... Read more »


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Cheeky and I had flown into Salzburg airport, hired a car, then taken a very picturesque, meandering road through Germany and then back into Austria to our destination just next door to Kitzbuhel, in Kirchberg, all in under 1:30 hours! We drove through Kirchberg centre then travelled south for about two kilometres to find the... Read more »