French Chalet Rental Specialist OVO Network Launches Summer 2022 with almost 300 Properties

French Chalet Rental Specialist OVO Network Launches Summer 2022 with almost 300 Properties

image: C OVO Network Chalet Rocalillie Lodge

French Chalet specialist OVO Network launch their summer season with a record number of properties available to rent and rather than preventing growth, state that the pandemic has increased the popularity of both renting and owning chalets.

As the world entered an era in which people wanted to escape to nature, to get in touch with loved ones, or simply to reconnect with themselves, renting a chalet in France has grown in popularity. Plus, now, more than ever, owners of chalets are benefitting from renting out their chalets year-round.

Louis Andrews, Operations Director of OVO Network comments, “This winter season has seen a huge increase in demand – both from the French market and from overseas visitors.

“Fresh air, healthy living and accommodation with private facilities were key requirements at the height of the pandemic – luxurious Alpine chalets tick all of these boxes. As a result, demand for many of our properties was so great, that at certain periods we could have sold them several times over. Also, with our ‘OVO Verified’ status our guests are guaranteed the safety of their money when making chalet bookings with us*.

“Throughout the pandemic we took a bold stance to expand our programme, rather than reduce it. We took on new properties, introduced new destinations such as St Gervais and Chatel and more owners chose to work with us because of our expertise in the chalet rental market. This has paid off, with our chalet owners attracting strong bookings throughout the ski season and going forward into summer and autumn 2022.”

OVO Network has availability throughout the year at nearly 300 chalets across the French Alps, including:

Grand for Groups, Le Grand Bornand

Chalet Happyview in Le Grand BornandEnjoy a pool, gym, home cinema and sauna at this lavishly restored 440m2 chalet from which to explore the Aravis mountains; there are also Cool for Kids facilities.** Sleeps up to 23 guests. Stay 7 nights from 12th June for €6390 [£5394/£235pp], €8490 for 20th August 2022.

https://www.ovonetwork.com/en/chalets/france/le-grand-bornand/chalet-happyview

 

McCanna Lodge – Manigod

Offering wonderful views of the beautiful Manigod valley, this spacious chalet offers a jacuzzi, games room, TV lounge and an impressive master suite. Sleeping up to 11 guests, there are also Cool for Kids facilities.**

7-nights rental from 16th July 2022 – €3590/ 7-nights rental from 27th August 2022 – €3290

https://www.ovonetwork.com/en/chalets/france/manigod/mccanna-lodge

Chalet Gueret – Morzine

A gorgeous farmhouse, stylishly modernised to offer comfortable accommodation for up to 14 guests, with a sauna, summer swimming pool, beautiful gardens and panoramic views.

7-nights rental from 11th June 2022 – €3490/ 7-nights rental from 20th August 2022 – €5890

https://www.ovonetwork.com/en/chalets/france/morzine/chalet-gueret

 

Summer in Saint Gervais

Rocalillie Lodge has incredible views of Mont Blanc, an outdoor pool and hot tub, a sumptuous cinema room and is set in a large garden just outside St Gervais les Bains. Sleeps up to 14 guests.
7-nights rental from 25th June 2022 – €4290/ 7-nights rental from 27th August 2022 – €4590

https://www.ovonetwork.com/en/chalets/france/saint-gervais/rocalillie-lodge

Property Owners looking to rent out their own chalets via OVO Network receive a complete marketing, booking and management solution that makes it easy to successfully rent out a chalet. Dedicated to the Alps, OVO Network provides a sophisticated solution that covers everything from high quality photography and tailored marketing to bilingual guest communications and legal requirements. Plus, OVO Network owners can use their property whenever they choose.

**Cool for Kids- OVO Network Cool for Kids chalets offer a range of facilities for families holidaying with children, including black out blinds, bottle warmers, games and toys, plus extras such as Playstations, table tennis and table football.

www.ovonetwork.com


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OVO Network in Numbers:

  • 296 properties, 175+ added since March 2020
  • 45 destinations
  • 185 pets hosted winter 21-22
  • 22% increase in chalet bookings winter 2021-22 vs 2020-21
  • 50% of bookings were made more than three months before the arrival date – with bookings made, on average 142 days before arrival 2021-2022 season vs 117 days last year 2020-2021
  • 10000+ guests season 2021-22, up 74% on same period 2020-21
  • 38 Chalets offer the ‘Cool for Kids’ status

Notes:

*OVO Verified Properties offers the following guarantees:

100% certainty that the property is genuine, and monies are safe: Every OVO Verified Property has been visited and checked by OVO Network Team. Instant, secure online payment.

For case studies, images or more information please contact:

Vanessa Fisher PR: vanessa@vanessafisher.com 07957 618525

VoulezVous Stay in Tignes, At Easter?

VoulezVous Stay in Tignes, At Easter?

VoulezVous Stay in Tignes, At Easter?
Offers from the resort’s newest hotel & most striking chalets

VoulezVous, Tignes’ newest hotel, has some great offers in place for Easter holidays, with complimentary upgrades thrown in, subject to availability. For example, stay for a week (9-16 April) and pay for just six nights, with rates starting from Euros 391 (approx. £322) per night for two people sharing a double room on a half-board basis. Alternatively, families can book a Junior Suite that sleeps two adults and two kids comfortably paying Euros 571 (approx. £478) per night on a half-board basis.

VoulezVous – Spa swimming pool & Privilege guest room

VoulezVous, which opened in December 2021, is a totally new build property in a great location in Tignes Le Lac, being just 50 metres from the slopes and 200 metres from the lift. In stark contrast to much of the traditional accommodation in the resort, VoulezVous has funky contemporary interiors and styles itself as an entertainment hotel.

There is live music in the Icebreaker bar every Thursday to Saturday, the Il Savoia restaurant combines the best of French and Italian cuisines, and there are two private rooms that can be hired by families or groups for film nights or karaoke sessions. VoulezVous has its own Ski Salon where it’s possible to rent and buy equipment, as well as pick up lift passes, and there is a 600 square metre modern spa, complete with indoor pool and water jets, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, as well as a Technogym-equipped workout room, for post ski relaxation.

For those who prefer to stay in their own private accommodation when they ski, there is Carte Blanche, a range of exquisite chalets with striking, imaginative interiors that provide amazing levels of comfort, as well as a full concierge service. The chalets can be rented on a catered (B&B or half-board) or self-catered basis.

Carte Blanche : Chalet Rock ‘n’ Love & Chalet Husky

This Easter, Carte Blanche is offering a 25% discount on various chalets at the Black Diamond Residence, as long as the Excellence package is purchased. Excellence includes a VIP welcome, signature breakfast, afternoon tea “après-ski”, a daily selection of wines, evening meal, the assistance of the guest experience team, daily housekeeping services and a “Clarins” beauty package. Rates start at Euros 1500 (rather than Euros 2000) per night, with the chalets sleeping between 8 (Banksy Chalet) and 19 (Raven Chalet) guests.

Visit the relevant websites for more details:

https://www.voulezvous-hotel.com
https://carte-blanche.com

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Notes for Editors

VoulezVous and Carte Blanche are two of the core brands belonging to Les Etincelles, a new – and fast expanding – collection of properties, all based in snow-sure locations in the French Alps, that includes hotels, chalets and residences; many are ski in-out and all are within 200 metres of the slopes.

The company currently has properties in Tignes and La Plagne, but Les Etincelles is aiming to have accommodation in another six high-altitude French resorts (namely La Rosière, Les Arcs, Les 2 Alpes, Alpe d’Huez, Val d’Isère and Val Thorens) within the next five years.

Tignes is in the Savoie department of the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. Known as a snow-sure ski resort, it has the highest skiable area in Europe, as well as the longest ski season. Along with neighbouring Val d’Isère, it forms the “Espace Killy” ski area; together they create a single skiable area of over 300 kilometres of piste.

There are good transport links to Tignes, via Chambéry, Lyon and Geneva.

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For images, press information and to discuss press visits, please contact:

Sue Heady at Heady Communications at sue@headycommunications.com or
Vanessa Fisher PR at vanessa@vanessafisher.com

The Return of the Sudtirol Gardenissma

The Return of the Sudtirol Gardenissma

February 2022

Press Release

The Return of the Sudtirol Gardenissma

Südtirol Gardenissima, the most demanding Giant Slalom in the world, is back! It returns to the slopes along with the Gardenissima Kids on 2nd and 3rd April 2022

Get ready for the Südtirol Gardenissima Weekend and its two amazing events! The first is dedicated to ski enthusiasts, FIS athletes, and our beloved Ski Legends from the past. The second event was created for the rising stars of the future.

Vanessa Fisher PR

The weekend kicks off on Saturday, 2 April 2022 with the longest Giant Slalom in the world – the Südtirol Gardenissima – and continues on Sunday, 3 April 2022 with the Südtirol Gardenissima KIDS dedicated to younger athletes. Both events take place against the breathtaking backdrop of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Südtirol Gardenissima, now in its 24th edition, is a 6-km slalom starting from Monte Seceda and ending at the Col Raiser cable car valley station.

Athletes kick off two at a time within their category. The first kilometre is a parallel slalom which then turns into a giant slalom. The race starts at 7.30 am. Representatives of a National Team and those skiers who competed in the European Cup or the South American Cup in the 2020/21 or 2021/22 season will start individually, one every 30 seconds, on track A.

The men’s category features: National Team skiers or those skiers who competed in the European Cup in the 2020/21 or 2021/22, Junior, Seniors, master A, master B, and master C. The women’s category features: National Team skiers or those skiers who competed in the European Cup in the 2020/21 or 2021/22, Junior, Seniors, and master D. Skiers without FISI or FIS points have dedicated categories.

To register, skiers must pay their registration fee and send their medical certificate of sound health. Italian participants must have a FISI card. Registrations will close once 680 skiers have signed up. Participants will receive a 50% discount on their Val Gardena/Alpe di Siusi ski pass for one, two, or three days (Friday 1 April, Saturday 2 April, Sunday 3 April). When registered, skiers can inspect the slope (only once and only upon presenting their race bib) but cannot ski through the gates. The Col Raiser and Seceda cable cars will open at 6 am.

Sunday 3 April and the Südtirol Gardenissima Kids will be dedicated to our younger skiers. The event starts at 9 am and the skiers of the future will tackle a somewhat demanding slalom on a breathtaking 2 km run from Monte Seceda to the Fermeda cable car valley station.

Vanessa Fisher PR

Like parallel slalom, there will be two starting gates. At the start, they will compete on a giant parallel slalom route which then becomes a single giant slalom route.

The categories are Superbaby, Baby, Cuccioli, and Ragazzi.

The young skiers will receive amazing prizes during the exciting Südtirol Gardenissima Kids official award ceremony.

To register, visit  www.gardenissima.eu

The event will comply with the existing Covid 19 regulations.

 

DOLOMITES Val Gardena                                     

Tel.: (0039) 0471 77 77 21                          

Christina Demetz                                        

pr@valgardena.it                                          

www.valgardena.it                                         

The Ultimate Snowsports Lover’s Christmas Shopping List

The Ultimate Snowsports Lover’s Christmas Shopping List

The Ultimate Snowsports Lover’s Christmas Shopping List – a selection of items which should be top of every snowsports lover’s wish list!

Sunglasses – An après ski essential for long lunches in the sunshine

The Summit Sunglasses from dewerstone come with hand-made maple wood frames and their high quality 100% UV protection polarized lenses look after your eyes, reducing glare and fatigue.

Through 1% for the Planet, dewerstone commit 1% of their annual revenue directly to non-profit environmental action groups. All dewerstone’s products are Climate Neutral Certified and for every product they manufacture they plant a tree.  The Summit sunglasses are available to buy online at www.dewerstone.com RRP £59.95.

dewerstone

Beanie – stay warm on and off the slopes

The ‘Strike’ unisex beanie is fleece lined and whether exploring home or overseas, it will keep cold heads warm. As with the sunglasses from dewerstone, through 1% for the Planet, dewerstone commit 1% of their annual revenue directly to non-profit environmental action groups. All dewerstone’s products are Climate Neutral Certified and for every product they manufacture they plant a tree.

The Strike Beanie is available to buy online at www.dewerstone.com RRP £19.95.

dewerstone beanie

Sun Protection – Pelotan Once a Day SPF30 No Mess

Pelotan is a ‘once-a-day’, water and sweat resistant sun protection brand offering up to eight hours of protection at SPF 30. Now launching to the wintersports market for the winter season 2021-22, Pelotan is currently the official sun protection supplier of British Triathlon and British Cycling.

Pelotan is an alcohol-based product which is a no-mess, clear, quickly absorbed, lightweight and breathable – no more having to remove ski gloves to apply sun protection – get a full day on the slopes without risking skin damage. Pelotan is available online at www.pelotan.cc  – 200ml spray £20 and 50ml Roll on £10

Level Gloves – Off Piste & Iris Leather Ski Gloves

These All-Mountain leather, short cuff gloves are a favourite for their styling and warmth, Thermoplus 4000 (down to -22°C) and Primaloft® insulation. Men Off Piste £150. The women’s Iris is a super soft leather which is elegant and sporty at the same time, with Primaloft® padding and membrane. Women’s Iris £95 More info at levelgloves.com and available across the UK at all good ski shops.

Ski Boots –Dalbello Quantum – new and lightweight

What every skier needs – light weight, smooth walking, and maximum downhill performance, ideal for ski touring and on the piste skiing.

For the first time in ski boot manufacturing, this ski boot has been created using a bonded shell with two separate halves fused together using a special vibration process developed originally for heart valves and later in the monocoque of Formula One chassis. This allows the ski boot to be much lighter but without losing the power and control. £660 More info at Dalbello.it and available across the UK at all specialist ski shops.

Skis -Volkl Mantra M6 – New tailored frame and tip for better precision and performance

The Mantra is a popular and well-established icon within Völkl’s All Mountain Freeride series – it is known for providing reliable performance in a staggering variety of snow conditions; 100% made in Germany, minimising the environmental impact of ski manufacturing. The new models offer more stability, liveliness, manoeuvrability and best of all greater versatility, mainly achieved due to two of the latest innovations from Völkl: Tailored Titanal Frame and Tailored Carbon Tips; the amount of titanal, and its corresponding damping and torsional flex, is tailored to the skier’s height and weight via the length of the ski – in the longer lengths there is more metal, increasing torsional stiffness, power transmission and damping for larger, heavier skiers. The shorter the length, the less titanal is used, making the ski softer and more manoeuvrable so that smaller and lighter skiers can take full advantage of the added performance.

The Tailored Carbon Tips feature custom-inlaid directional stringers, rather than a uniform carbon sheet, to reinforce the torsional stiffness of the ski at the forward contact point. As a result, the shovel responds precisely and directly when entering the turn, supporting a quick, reliable reaction from the ski, especially on hard snow. As the skier moves through the turn, the torsional stiffness of the forebody of the ski immediately transitions to a softer flex, ensuring a smooth flow through the turn and an incredibly playful ride quality. £660 More info at Volkl.com and available across the UK at all good ski shops.

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For more information contact Iconic Agency’s PR Manager Vanessa Fisher  press@iconicagencylondon.com/ 07957 618525.

Dropbox link to images for each item: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7zicukwv0649t5q/AACZroNvXi9KfVJPefd6_mHHa?dl=0 

Canada interest spikes with skiers looking for a trip of a lifetime

Canada interest spikes with skiers looking for a trip of a lifetime

Canada interest spikes with skiers looking for a trip of a lifetime 

Mabey Ski launches winter 2021/22 programme with unforgettable bucket list ski adventures in Canada & beyond 

After successfully running a winter season with few restrictions, adventure ski specialist Mabey Ski (www.mabeyski.com) is excited to announce its 2021/22 bucket list adventures in Canada and beyond. British owned and operated Mabey Ski offers trips to skiers and snowboarders looking for a unique, once-in-a-lifetime ski adventure, after a winter without skiing.  

With many skiers desperate to plan their trips for 2021/22 and budgets potentially higher than normal due to a winter of no skiing for Brits, Canada is being earmarked as a top destination for next winter. Research from the Mountain Trade Network* shows that Canada is currently the number one dream destination for British skiers, and enquiries and bookings for next winter are already looking promising.  

Mabey Ski, specialises in winter experiences beyond the norm, offering bucket list trips in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, and the Italian Dolomites. Think never-been-skied mountain faces, larger-than-life local ski guides, mountaintop wine tasting, heli-skiing under the midnight sun, and backcountry clinics for skiers and snowboarders looking to escape the crowds for the first time.  

NEW bucket list trips for Winter 2021-22 include the chance to ski first descents on the remote Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, heli-ski from your private catamaran whilst it cruises up the fjords of Bella Coola in British Columbia, and ski into a volcano’s crater as part of a unique cultural trip to Japan.  

 

“Last year we asked our community what was important to them, and spent the past season researching, creating, and testing new adventures that will not only excite advanced skiers looking for their next challenge, but also encourage intermediate skiers to try something new,” says Mabey Ski founder, Nickie Mabey. “While a lucky few may have got a few turns in, most Brits missed out on the 2020/21 ski season due to the pandemic. After months of lockdown, it appears that British skiers are looking for more than just a ‘typical’ ski holiday – they want to escape the crowds, they’re looking for unusual experiences and an adventure that will make them forget there was ever a toilet roll shortage.” 

 

She continues: “Whether it’s unwinding in a mountainside hot spring, toasting a glass over a handmade ‘snow bar’ or fishing for Arctic char in a fjord lake, we know that the time guests spend off their skis is just as important as their time on them. That’s why we’re excited to launch our most unforgettable ski adventures yet. We spend time getting to know our guests to ensure each experience is tailored to them, whether they’re joining a hosted trip or embarking on a new adventure designed specifically for them.” 

 

Highlights of Mabey Ski Winter 2021/22 Winter Programme:  

 

  • Firstdescent heli-skiing in the Canadian Arctic  

Heli-ski first descents on un-named mountains under the midnight sun, eat freshly caught Arctic char sashimi and snowmobile to the floe edge. All from the comfort of your purpose-built basecamp on the Canadian Arctic’s world-famous Baffin Island. Price from: CAD 175,000 (approx. GBP 102,950) for up to 8 guests, exclusive use. 

Available trip dates: 07 May – 14 May 2022 
www.mabeyski.com/adventures/luxury-heli-skiing-arctic-baffin-island-canada 

 

  • Catamaran-based heli-skiing in Bella Coola, Canada 

Heli-ski pristine powder runs and first descents from the deck of your luxurious private 138-foot catamaran, docked at a different private anchorage each day. Fish for crab, prawns, and halibut (later served for dinner), and soak in the natural oceanside hot springs. Private cabins with daily massages, a private chef, top-deck hot tub and untouched powder. Price from: CAD 214,000 (approx. GBP 125,000) for 4 days, for up to 8 guests, exclusive use. 

Available trip dates: 05 – 12 March, 12 – 19 March & 26 March – 02 April 2022 

www.mabeyski.com/adventures/yacht-based-heli-skiing-british-columbia-canada 

 

  • Skiing a Japanese volcano crater 

This ultimate bucket list trip gives you the chance to hike dormant volcanoes, tackle steep open faces and ski tour up the iconic Mt Yotei, the tallest of Niseko’s volcanoes – with the chance to ski or board into its crater. The expedition will also give you the chance to ski Japan’s dream powder, sample local culture and discover the heartbeat and off-the-beaten track side of Niseko and its surrounding area. Price from: USD 2,800 per person (approx. GBP 1,980 per person) 7 days, based on 4 guests, twin share, all ground transfers included. 

Private bookings available from January to March 2022 

https://www.mabeyski.com/adventures/ski-tour-4-japanese-volcanoes-in-4-days/ 

  • Introduction to ski touring – in the true Canadian backcountry 

You will go from backcountry beginner to seasoned ski tourer under the guidance of professional ski guides. After learning the backcountry basics in Whistler, you will take a helicopter to McGillivray Pass Lodge, situated in a peaceful valley surrounded by nothing but snow. Spend three days putting your new-found skills to use touring backcountry bowls, skiing fresh lines and tucking into incredible food. Price from:  CAD 6,755 (approx. GBP 3,975) 

Trip dates: 4 – 12 April 2022  
Private variations available upon request 

www.mabeyski.com/adventures/intro-to-backcountry-ski-touring-whistler-canada 

 

  • Overnight remote basecamp adventure–the ultimate Canadian backcountry celebration 

After heli-dropping into the remote backcountry of Squamish-Lillooet and skiing fresh tracks with your ACMG guide all day, you ski back to basecamp – fully equipped with sleeping quarters, a communal canvas tent, and outdoor dining area – where you’re greeted with a glass of bubbles before you’ve even had a chance to click out of your skis. Drinks flowing, BBQ sizzling, tunes pumping and fire blazing. Price from:  CAD 16,800 for up to 6 guests, exclusive experience. 

Available trip dates: March – May 2022 
Fully customisable for varying levels of comfort 

www.mabeyski.com/adventures/overnight-backcountry-ski-touring-whistler 

 All of Mabey Ski’s unforgettable ski adventures can be found on their newly launched website www.mabeyski.com 

 Or follow them on social media:  

www.instagram.com/mabeyski 

www.youtube.com/c/mabeyski-backcountry-ski-adventures 

www.facebook.com/mabeyski 

www.twitter.com/mabeyski 

And don’t forget to listen to Mabey Ski’s podcast: Thinking Off Piste 

 

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For press information contact Betony Garner on betony@betonygarner.co.uk 07779 801 691 or Vanessa Fisher on vanessa@vanessafisher.com 07957 618525 

 

*www.mountaintradenetwork.com 

 

Images – low res images attached, and a wider selection of images, including high res images can be found on this public Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c7sxwrkso1hbpag/AAAz6dcwBvHSqr21nsoiTUNoa?dl=0

 

 

ABOUT MABEY SKI  

Mabey Ski is a British owned adventure ski company based in Whistler on a mission to conquer every continent. Founded by Nickie Mabey, whose family have been ski pioneers for over a century, skiing is more than just a hobby. It’s a lifestyle that has led her to ski peaks less tracked, explore remote regions, and create unforgettable ski adventures not found anywhere else. Find out more about Mabey Ski and its unique trips at www.mabeyski.com  

 

MABEY SKI – COVID-19 AWARE 

Mabey Ski is continuing to work closely with its partners on the ground to ensure all their ski adventures are as safe as possible. If guests need to cancel or postpone a trip for any reason, Mabey Ski terms provide a 100% refund up to 60 days before departure for all new bookings, or the option to postpone for free. To see full details of their Booking Terms & Conditions visit www.mabeyski.com/terms-conditions and for further details on their Coronavirus Advice, visit www.mabeyski.com/coronavirus-advice