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.
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.
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.
Canada interest spikes with skiers looking for a trip of alifetime
Mabey Ski launches winter 2021/22 programme with unforgettable bucketlist ski adventures in Canada & beyond
After successfully running a winter season with few restrictions, adventure ski specialist Mabey Ski (www.mabeyski.com)isexcitedto announceits2021/22bucketlist adventuresin Canada and beyond.Britishowned and operatedMabey Ski offerstrips to skiersand snowboarderslooking for a unique,once-in-a-lifetimeski 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 fornext 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 arealreadylooking promising.
Mabey Ski,specialises inwinterexperiences beyond thenorm, offeringbucket listtrips in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway,and the Italian Dolomites.Thinknever-been-skied mountain faces, larger-than-life localski guides, mountaintop wine tasting, heli-skiing under the midnight sun, and backcountry clinics for skiersand snowboarderslooking 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’sunwinding in a mountainside hot spring, toasting a glass overahandmade ‘snow bar’ or fishing for Arctic char in a fjord lake, we know that the time guests spendoff 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 gettingto 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 CanadianArctic
Heli-ski first descents on un-named mountains under the midnight sun, eat freshly caughtArctic 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.
Catamaran-based heli-skiing in Bella Coola, Canada
Heli-skipristine powder runs and first descentsfrom the deck of your luxurious private 138-foot catamaran, docked ata 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 anduntouchedpowder.Price from: CAD 214,000 (approx. GBP 125,000)for4 days,for up to 8 guests, exclusive use.
This ultimate bucket list trip gives you the chance to hike dormant volcanoes, tackle steep open faces and ski tour up the iconic MtYotei, 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 1,980per person)7days,based on 4 guests, twin share,all ground transfers included.
Private bookings available from January toMarch2022
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. Afterlearning the backcountry basicsin Whistler, you will take a helicopter to McGillivray Pass Lodge, situated in a peaceful valley surrounded by nothing but snow.Spend three daysputting your new-found skills to usetouring backcountry bowls, skiing freshlinesand tucking into incredible food.Price from: CAD 6,755 (approx. GBP 3,975)
Trip dates:4– 12 April 2022 Private variations available upon request
Overnight remote basecamp adventure–the ultimate Canadian backcountry celebration
Afterheli-dropping intotheremote backcountry of Squamish-Lillooet and skiing fresh trackswith your ACMG guideall day, youski back to basecamp –fully equippedwithsleeping quarters, a communal canvas tent, and outdoor dining area – whereyou’regreeted with a glass of bubblesbefore you’ve even had a chanceto 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
Mabey Ski is aBritish ownedadventure ski companybased in Whistleron 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,andcreateunforgettable ski adventuresnot found anywhere else. Find out more about Mabey Ski anditsunique tripsatwww.mabeyski.com
MABEY SKI – COVID-19 AWARE
Mabey Skiiscontinuing to work closely withitspartnerson the groundto ensureall theirski adventures areassafe as possible. Ifguestsneed 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 theirBooking Terms & Conditions visitwww.mabeyski.com/terms-conditionsand for further details on theirCoronavirus Advice, visitwww.mabeyski.com/coronavirus-advice
Erna Low Property: Crème de la crème of French Ski Property
Erna Low Property reports business is strong, with exciting new developments and partnerships, despite the challenges of 2020. Virtual viewings, ‘workcations’, the sole UK Agency on Pierre & Vacances resale apartments and an ever-growing demand for a bolthole in the Alps is ensuring a healthy UK market for property sales in France.
Three Top Properties Complete and for sale from Erna Low Property
Le Diamant des Cimes in La Rosiere Completing this year, Le Diamant des Cimes in La Rosiere with skiing over to La Thuile in Italy, is built in a traditional Savoyard style – using locally sourced stone, wrought wooden structure and balconies. Incredible views of the Tarentaise Valley. From 510,000 euros 2-4 bedroom classic freehold apartments. https://ernalowproperty.com/property/le-diamant-des-cimes-2-bed/
Le Ruitor – Sainte Foy de Tarentaise The ideal bolthole apartment, in a 4* residence, pool & spa facilities, offers owners an authentic alpine lifestyle, with access to some of the Alps most famous resorts. With over 45km of skiing from your doorstep, you’ll also be able to enjoy Tignes (Espace Killy) just a 10 minute drive from Les Brevieres ski lifts and 425km of connected piste. Prefer to ski the Paradiski, just a 15 minute drive away you’ll have access to Arcs 1950 & the worlds most popular ski domain of the Paradiski – 425km. https://ernalowproperty.com/property/sainte-foy-le-ruitor-3-bed-3/
Francois Marchand, Managing Director of Erna Low Property comments, “With continued demand for properties in the Alps, we are proud to have made it through these difficult last few months. Arc 1950 also continues to be a popular destination and we have many ongoing re-sales of apartments here, with increased values as their supply is limited. French mortgage rates remain low and whilst we have seen some delays caused by the part-closure of our French bank and notaire partners, rather than buyers cancelling their purchases, most have been happy to accept a small delay and continue with their purchase. Buyers who have cash are obviously in a great place to make a secure investment in a property purchase in the French Alps.” Andrew Scatchard, Sales Manager: “With an ever-challenging situation in the global economy, the resilience of Erna Low Property’s new and existing enquiries has been an encouraging light at the end of the tunnel. Plenty of buyers are either moving ahead as planned or getting their ducks in a row for February inspection trips. With our new Pierre & Vacances resale partnership, many clients are reassured by the guaranteed returns, and super prime locations. With interest rates at an all time low (some clients achieving 1.2% fixed for 20 years) now really is a superb time to invest in your dream mountain home.”
NEW P&V Resales – Erna Low Property are now the exclusive partner for Pierre & Vacances [P&V] apartment resales in the UK .
Alain Denninger, Senior Sales at Erna Low Property adds: “We are able to secure resales of apartments that come on to the property market, for UK buyers, so they can have an apartment ‘ready to go’ – this is really suiting the demands of many of today’s clients.”
“Workations” has been one of the key buzzwords of 2020 with people adapting to working from home. These P&V resales enable buyers to purchase a property and have the keys in time for this winter season – 2021. Cash buyers can complete within four to five months.
Ready to purchase P&V properties include the Les Crets in Meribel Mottaret [from 349,000 euros], the Amara in Avoriaz [460,000 euros/2 bedroom] and Le Belmont – Arcs 1800 (155,000 for a 1 bed)
Virtual Viewings Lockdown has not prevented sales of properties in the French Alps. Erna Low Property has used technology for buyers to be able to view remotely either an off plan development, where there usually may not be that much to actually see, or to have a ‘real-time’ view of a development which is complete and ready for purchase. These virtual viewings will continue beyond lockdown.
Trend for Larger Apartments Erna Low property has seen demand for the combination of small apartments off-plan to be re-designed in to bigger four- bedroom apartments. As Erna Low Property take on many small developments off plan, they are best placed to give buyers the opportunity to make their dream bolthole in the Alps. Buyers are choosing to have a bigger residence where they can host their family and friends and still have space to work. Two examples are the Cottage Alpin development in Les Gets and the Estellan development in Les Carroz.
ENDS Please contact Vanessa Fisher PR for any information on available properties for sale and/or images: email@example.com 07957 618525
Erna Low Property was established to offer customers the opportunity to purchase properties in some of the world’s most beautiful and desirable locations. Whether looking for snow or sun, Erna Low Property helps buyers to choose the perfect property for holidays, retirement or investment.
Erna Low Property has its dedicated Estate Agencies in London and in Arc 1950 to sell properties all over the Alps and the South of France and Portugal to property investors. Erna Low Property now holds a sizeable portfolio of properties from the French Alps, across Europe and beyond.
Arc 1950 Le village, high up in the French Alps, opened this weekend [4 July] to blue skies and a range of summer of outdoor sports activities free of charge – guests can enjoy the mountains at their own pace and with their own choices.
Visitors can choose two activity sessions per person and per week, from a choice of:
Fitness, with sessions outside in the village square with qualified Personal Trainers
Half day hikes (for adults and children) accompanied by a mid-altitude mountain guide
Mountain bike initiation sessions for children aged 8 to 12 years
Archery with equipment provided
Due to Covid-19, health protection measures will be taken for the different activities incl social distancing, cleaning of equipment, anti-bacterial hand gel etc.
A Village that takes care of the environment
All those involved in Arc 1950 le Village are also committing to “greener” and more responsible tourism. Pierre & Vacances group, which manages the Village’s 5* residences, is committed to limiting their impact on the environment through daily actions: e.g. careful sorting of waste and using eco-labelled cleaning products.
New: The “Clef Verte” (Green Key) Label
Pierre & Vacances residences in the Village have been awarded the “Green Key” label. Symbolising environmentally responsible tourism, the label rewards Arc 1950’s commitment to sustainable development. Residents and visitors alike therefore become co-responsible for this approach based on a variety of criteria such as environmental strategy, water, waste and energy management.
Retail and Restaurants -New Organic Offerings
In Arc 1950, the retailers are also in favour of sustainable development. The Village’s supermarket, 8 à Huit, has a deli counter that offers customers fresh and homemade items every day. There is also a range of organic products in the shop with many unpackaged items.
The Wood Bear Café offers gourmet, generous cuisine based on homemade dishes with organic, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
On the menu: lemonade flavoured with a selection of dandelions picked during spring in the mountains; Wild garlic pesto accompanies the Chef’s terrines; for dessert lovers, homemade fruit coulis [picked from the restaurant’s own garden] with the delicious cheesecake; Summer colours and fresh produce can also be found in the Açaí Bowl or the lunchtime ‘bowl du Midi’ . Enjoy it all on the terrace bordered with flowers and herbs.
Committed to the fight against plastic, plastic straws have been replaced by steel, plus special Wood Bear Café mugs replace takeaway coffee cups.
For a quick savoury stop, the Cascade Sucrée offers several variations of pasta with homemade sauces and a typically Savoyard speciality: the ‘Hot Diot’. Adapted from the famous hot dog, the Hot Diot consists of crusty bread and Diot sausage cooked in white wine.
Le Mazot and the Brasserie 1950 also now include a vegan and vegetarian dishes on their menus.
The Village restaurateurs are also committing to the local economy by using fresh local produce daily to prepare their balanced, seasonal dishes for example at Restaurant Le Perce Neige.
A Natural Wellbeing Experience and Nordic Baths
A visit to Arc 1950’s Deep Nature Spa with its 1000 m2 is an absolute must!
Its impressive mineral decor and the themed areas offer a range of sensorial experiences: the aquatic grotto (a relaxation pool heated to 30°), the ice grotto (ice shower and fountain) and the volcanic grotto (a sauna at 45°).
The signature Deep Nature massages are given in treatment rooms with incredible views overlooking Mont Blanc – THE way to relax in the mountains, book the twin room for a romantic massage ‘a deux’.
Arc 1950’s Deep Nature Spa has launched a Skin Care range of natural cosmetics that can be created to suit your skin type. With re-mineralising, exfoliating or warming face masks, this new range consists of natural products such as clay, vegetable charcoal or Iroise seaweed.
New: Nordic baths
The Village’s Deep Nature Spa has completed its range of services with two new outside Nordic hot water baths for you to relax in.
Arc 1950 is a car-free village with an environmentally responsible car park
NO cars in the Village streets due to the resort’s underground car park
LED lightbulbs are now used to reduce consumption
Since 2018, 3 Tesla recharging stations for electric cars
E-bike recharging points to encourage visitors and guests – also on the terrace of the Wood Bear Café
In 2017, reduction of nearly 45% in electricity consumption thanks to the installation of a Centralised Technical Management system for the heated ramp.
Free shuttle bus system linking the different sites of Les Arcs makes it easier to get around
Link from Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Les Arcs on the new panoramic funicular that offers breathtaking views of the valley.
Arc1950Booking.com, easier on-line booking
Arc1950Booking.com optimises the marketing of the Village, keeping cold beds to a minimum and showing offers from all, whether they are Pierre & Vacances, maeva.com or private owner/rentals.
Private owners now have a link where they can load their apartment for rental. The online calendar can be sychronised with Airbnb, HomeAway, Booking.com, Expedia and Abritel.
Arc1950Conciergerie offers every possible service to the Village’s guests
Arc1950Conciergerie offers owners and holidaymakers access to all types of services. Working with three local companies who have signed a quality and exclusivity charter with the Village: NV3, LeeBear and FaceB, Arc 1950 offers more choice to property owners and guests to Arc 1950:
NV3: As part of a team of carefully selected male and female cleaners and trained management staff, NV3 Property Services manages individual properties for services such as handing over keys, carrying out inventories, cleaning and housekeeping service for the greater comfort of guests and owners. +33 (0)4.79.08.25.66 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LeeBear offers hotel-style services for owners and guests in Arc 1950. Thanks to its free mobile application and presence in the Village, LeeBear can look after everything. Meals delivered to your apartment, transport reservations, booking a restaurant or cleaning. It makes everything so easy for owners and their guests: email@example.com
Face B is a new innovative solution for holiday rental property owners. Benefit from expertise of decorators, architects; Renovate your apartment simply and remotely with a service that includes the work, furnishings, decoration, and access to professional hotel equipment. In partnership with Maeva.Com, Face B offers owners the cost of their audit and advice on decoration/fitting-out based on “collection” styles. faceb-renovation.com / firstname.lastname@example.org/ +33 (0)6 27 89 68 11
Despite the current closure due to Covid19, L’Armancette 5* Hotel, Chalets and Spa remains focussed on a summer 2020 re-opening and with this in mind they have created three ‘themed’ breaks, two with mountain experts: a New Trail weekend, a Yoga & wellbeing break and a stay to co-incide with the 11th annual Music Festival Musique & Patrimoine.
Named after a local glacier,5* L’Armancette has just 17 intimate, ensuite rooms all individually designed and guests have stunning views out to Mont Blanc, the Dôme de Miage and the Aiguille de Bionnassay mountains.
L’Armancette also includes the gourmet restaurant ‘La Table d’Armante’ with its menu designed by Michelin star chef Antoine Westermann. The hotel sits on the site of the former village bakery and honours this tradition with its own onsite bakery serving bread and pastries to locals each day. In addition, the hotel has a tea room, private wine bar, a full spa with gym and large inside/outside swimming pool.
New for Summer: Trail Weekend – 5 – 7 June 2020 For runners and mountains lovers; three days dedicated to running in the mountains whilst staying in luxury of the 5-star hotel L’Armancette. Enjoy 3 days with trail runner François D’Haene (multiple winner of the UTMB – Ultra Trail Mont Blanc race in Chamonix) to include:
• 5 trail running sessions • Stretching and in-house massage • Full board in gastronomic restaurant La Table d’Armante • Tips and advice from François D’Haene From 1750 euros pp for 2 nights in a double room (2 pax), and from 2 100€ for a single room for 2 nights
Yoga & Mountains 5 -10 July 2020 A stay dedicated to wellbeing: enjoy yoga and the surrounding mountains with Marie Claude Hubert – local Yoga teacher and mountain guide. Combine revitalizing yoga in a peaceful environment with a full program* within the peaceful village setting of Saint Nicolas de Veroce: • Daily Yoga & meditation sessions • Mountain walks combined with yoga • Stand-up paddle yoga on Lake Passy • Spa in L’Armancette • Local highlights : Saint Nicolas de Véroce village visit, Saint-Gervais Thermal spa, Tramway du Mont Blanc trip, mountain lunch next to a glacier From 2015 euros pp in a double room (2 pax) and from 2 970€ in a single room, 5 nights half board including all the above (thermal spa entry/full board/all yoga sessions)
Music Festival 3 – 8 August 2020 For 11 years, This music festival has taken place in Saint-Nicolas, organised by French Pianist Nicole Simon Laroche. • Daily concerts in a different locations each day including a jazz concert mid-week in La Table d’Armante at L’Armancette restaurant with a special dinner • A concert in the stunning Saint-Nicolas’ Church. • Full pass for the music festival From 1 425€ pp in a double room (2 pax) and from 2 475 euros pp in a single room, 5 nights B&B plus jazz night at La Table d’Armante and a pass for the festival
There was little sign of the approaching Autumn, with clear blue skies and warm sunshine but a fresh dusting of snow the previous weekend provided glistening white peaks of the Domes de Miage and Mont Blanc mountains, a sign of winter to come.
The hotel, which re-opens for skiers on 4 December sits right alongside an old two-man chair in the centre of Saint Nicolas, almost a national treasure for the village showing no sign of being updated, as it sits on private land.
In contrast, a little lower down the village, the two-man chair, Chattrix is being replaced with a fast detachable 6- seater chairlift in time for the opening of the season. Local skier, Betony Garner, who often comes over to this area for skiing when the weather’s not so good in her home town, neighbouring Chamonix, said “This chairlift will offer much faster access back into the ski area which links with Megeve. It was always a very slow spot to get out of. This development will be great news for local skiers and for the holiday guests inSaint GervaisandMegeve.”
Director ofL’Armancette, Anne-Cecile Quey adds, “with our new hotel and this chair lift, Saint Nicolas is waking up to the 21st Century but the village will remain a special place to come to as the village is mostly stand-alone chalets and locally owned houses so it will never be too busy. We welcome locals to our in-house bakery, which we have maintained on the site of the former village bakery. For skiers, we will run a shuttle from the hotel to the new fast access chair to enable our guests to easily connect via this new chairlift”.
The 6 man chair will become the fastest access point to the Mont-Joly ski area, which is the highest point of the ski resort at 2353 m, offering 1000m descent from Epaule to Chattrix.
Skiing down the Chattrix blue run, skiers will ski right past three new chalets at Plateau de la Croix, above Saint Nicolas where the ski school meeting point is for guests in the village.
These chalets, also part of the newArmancettegroup, offer ski-in/out access, with the largest chalets – Aster and Carline sleeping up to 14 guests and the smaller chalet, Silene just 8 guests. I hiked up to see the chalets, a 45 minute steep climb up from Saint Nicolas and loved the autumn garden planting with its fruit trees and bushes. Fingers crossed they survive the snowy winter.
From the hotel at 1150m, the views across the valley withLes Contaminesin the distance are stunning and the Domes de Miage peak the highlight, but from these higher chalets there is a direct view to Mont Blanc.