Calling all Snow Geeks….

Calling all Snow Geeks….

Calling all Snow Geeks….

Gaming becomes a reality in Les Menuires, 9-10 December 2017, at the inaugural Les Menuires Geek Festival.

Gaming events are scheduled to take place all around the ski resort, situated at the heart of the Three Valleys ski area, over the opening weekend of the new winter season.

Gamers and geeks will be able to enjoy laser quest, animations that are virtually real as well as life-size video games – all on snow.

It’s the first time an event like this has been held in a mountain environment and Les Menuires are very proud hosts.

Les Menuires has dedicated a further 1000m2 inside to gaming during the festivities:

Geeks and guests can indulge in historical ski and snowboard console action in the Retro-gaming area.

The next generation of gaming technology is on show on snow for people to get their hands on in the Experience section and discover an escape game hidden in an igloo on the mountainside. At the snow front in La Croisette watch the NEW illumination of the area on Saturday 9th December with a ‘pyro’ show and concert.

Divided in 4 teams, gamers and skiers – comedians, Youtubers, artists and free riders will also compete for the Menuires Geek festival Cup, awarded during the evening Raclette Party.

And as the sun sets and apres ski begins so does ‘GAMEAT’ – which is gaming and eating of course!  www.menuiresgeekfestival.com/en/

 …and Female Fitness Freaks.. Pop in!

9000 women have participated in urban events ‘Pop in the City’ since its inception in 2012. Now for 2018 it’s in back in the mountains…

Pop in Les Menuires is just for the girls and takes place on 10 March 2018.

Intrepid females from all over Europe will take on a series of mental, strategic and physical challenges over 8 hours culminating in an evening extravaganza and prize giving.

‘Pop in’ originated in the cities of Europe and moved to the mountains for the first time in 2014.

Estelle Roy, Press Officer, Les Menuires adds, “We are excited to host these two ‘first time’ events, the Geek Festival over our opening weekend and ‘Pop in Les Menuires’ later in the season. We offer so many events season long and this ‘Pop in’ girls-only challenge will be great fun and really complements our other activities.”

www.popinthecity.com

www.lesmenuires.com

ENDS: For further information and images please contact Les Menuires UK PR

vanessa@vanessafisher.com +44 7957 618525

 

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Ski-Lifts Hat-trick – BEST SKI TRANSFER OPERATOR 2017  for the Third Time at the World Ski Awards

Ski-Lifts Hat-trick – BEST SKI TRANSFER OPERATOR 2017 for the Third Time at the World Ski Awards

Ski-Lifts Hat-trick – BEST SKI TRANSFER OPERATOR 2017 for the Third Time at the World Ski Awards

 

Ski-lifts are delighted to announce their WIN as the World’s Best Ski Transfer Operator 2017 at the World Ski Awards held this weekend in Kitzbuhel, Austria.  This is the third year Ski Lifts have won this award positioning them as THE leading ski transfer company in the Alps and beyond.

Richard Smith, Director at Ski Lifts comments, “We are delighted to win this prestigious award for the third year. We are competing with businesses around the world, not just in Europe so this is a fantastic award for us to have been given again.

Ski Lifts is one of the biggest operators of ski transfers providing over 50,000 transfers each season. We pride ourselves on our excellent levels of service both with our clients who book directly online and with our many industry partners – tour operators and travel agents including, TUI, Ski Independence, Erna Low, Ski Solutions and the Ski Club of Great Britain.”

NEW for winter season 17-18 Ski Lifts are offering a wider range of transfers from train stations across Europe.”

To celebrate the win, Ski Lifts are launching a mega competition to win an all-inclusive wintersports holiday to Morzine, France including seven nights Chalet board accommodation, flights, ski passes, ski goggles, ski rental and of course, transfers: https://www.ski-lifts.com/blog/biggest-ever-giveaway/

www.ski-lifts.com

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About Ski Lifts

Ski-Lifts.com was founded in 2003, providing airport transfers from Geneva Airport to MorzineAvoriaz and Les Gets in its own fleet of minibuses. Since then, Ski-Lifts has seen considerable growth and now via a trusted network of partners offers airport transfers to ski resorts in 10 different countries, over 200 ski resorts and transports around 50,000 passengers per winter season.

Ski-Lifts offer every mode of airport transport available from private or shared minibuses, to coaches, executive cars and limousines.  Ski Lifts experienced and knowledgeable team are can also build a bespoke transfer package where required.

Press Contact: For more information, images, or interviews with Director Richard Smith, please contact Vanessa Fisher: 07957 618525 vanessa@vanessafisher.com

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Top 5 French Winter Ski Investments for 2017-2018

Top 5 French Winter Ski Investments for 2017-2018

Press Info: 17 October 2017

Top 5 French Winter Ski Investments for 2017-2018

Despite the current low currency exchange rate, with French Mortgage rates held at a very low rate – 1.5% – purchasing a French property is still be a great investment.

Erna Low Property pick their Top 5 for the winter ahead:

SAMOENS

Le Pre d’Anne Cloe is a brand new development in Samoens, a short stroll from the town centre located by a quiet stream and is the ideal place to enjoy a holiday with your family and friends, in both summer and winter.

This small residence will be made up of just 24 apartments divided into 3 stand-alone chalets. 18 of the apartments will range from 1-3 bedrooms and six will be triplex semi-chalets of 4 and 5 bedrooms.   Samoens is a fantastic dual season resort with lots of sporting activities on offer.  With the new longest six seater chair lift in Europe opening in Flaine this winter, this ski area is one to watch. Prices from 244,500 euro.

http://www.ernalowproperty.com/properties-for-sale/property/8063161-sameons-le-pren-d-anne-chloe-2-beds-haute-savoie-samoens

 

VAUJANY

Over the next 4 years, huge infrastructure improvements are planned for the ski areas of Alpe d’Huez and Les 2 Alpes. The most prominent addition will be a new gondola which will link the two domains, creating a ski playground of 475km making it the 3rd largest ski area in France (that’s bigger than the Paradiski, Tignes & Val d’Isere and the Flaine Grand Massif)..

Les Edelweiss, in Vaujany (close to Alpe d’Huez) is made up of 50 apartments over five buildings just a 3 minute walk from the village centre and 250m from the main ski gondola.

Now is a fantastic time to invest in one of these already popular areas and Erna Low Property have brand new developments in each, offering large, luxury properties and easy access to the slopes. All properties, from studio to three bedroom, just minutes from the village centre and main gondola, are south facing. Prices from 142,000 euros.

http://www.ernalowproperty.com/properties-for-sale/property/8147874-vaujany-les-edelweiss-2-bed-vaujany-hautes-alpes

 Montriond/Morzine

Les Chalets de Montriond will be new development in the traditional Savoyard style using reclaimed wood and natural stone.

The two separate chalet buildings that make up the development have been cleverly designed to allow each apartment to benefit from the fantastic Alpine views. Every new owner will be able to customize their apartment with a wide range of materials to match their taste and requirements.

Located a short stroll from village of Montiond for all the amenities on offer and also on the road to the Ardent telecabin, for access to the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil and Avoriaz. 1 to 4 bedroom apartments available  Prices from 350,000 euros

http://www.ernalowproperty.com/properties-for-sale/property/7939838-montriond-morzine-les-chalets-de-montriond-2-beds-portes-du-soleil

 

LA ROSIERE

Les  Chalets du Chantel is a collection of 4 chalets, construction of which began in April with a delivery date expected in the 2nd semester of 2018. Each property will feature a garage and outdoor parking with a minimum of 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms / shower rooms. The architecture of the chalet will respect the Savoyard style with a mix of stone and woodwork on the facades and large bay windows opening onto very generous wrap-around balconies – everything needed for a modern and stylish, yet traditional, luxury ski property.

The location of the development is just outside the village of La Rosiere in a truly unique location. Access to the ski area is quick and easy, with a regular ski bus stopping just 50m from the chalets. At the end of the day, it is possible to ski right back to the door.

The 4 chalets are sold classic (standard purchase) freehold and there is definitely a strong potential on the rental market for this type of property. The largest chalet can be split into 2 sets of 3 bedroom apartments, but can also be sold as a whole in excess of 200m2. The other 3 chalets will be between 113m2 and 123m2 in size and very competitively priced – starting at €399,000.

 

http://www.ernalowproperty.com/properties-for-sale/property/7585342-la-rosiere-les-chalets-du-chantel-3-bed-apartment-espace-san-bernardo

 ARC 1950, LES ARCS

At the foot of a 60-metre high waterfall amidst a hundred-year old pine forest Intrawest  created a five-star traditional Alpine village called Arc 1950. Situated at the heart of Les Arcs, Arc 1950 is a unique and luxurious mountain village with direct access to Paradiski; one of the largest skiing domains in the world. Built at an altitude of 2,000 metres, the village offers panoramic views of Mont Blanc; the highest mountain in Europe.

The popularity of this unique high altitude village resort ensures

that year on year it enjoys an occupancy rate of over 90% during the winter. This makes for a strong rental market and an attractive proposition for investors. Erna Low Property have a selection of apartments for sale from €165,000.

http://www.ernalowproperty.co.uk/arc-1950

www.ernalowproperty.com /0207 590 1624

ENDS

For Further information or images please contact vanessa@vanessafisher.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.

With over 80 years’ experience, Erna Low Property has a strong knowledge of the French property market at large, with a particular expertise in the French Alps. Erna Low Property specialises in leaseback properties, as well as classic freehold and bare ownership purchases.

Erna Low’s ongoing relationship with top Canadian resort developer Intrawest (well-known for pioneering Whistler and Mont Tremblant in Canada and Arc 1950 Le Village in France) led to the launch of Erna Low Property in 2003. Arc 1950, a brand new ski village in the French Alps and Intrawest’s very first project in Europe, was the first key property sales project for Erna Low and over the past few years, Erna Low’s property sales service has gone from strength to strength. Erna Low Property has its dedicated Estate Agency to sell properties all over the Alps and the South of France to property investors

Erna Low Property now holds a sizeable portfolio of properties from the French Alps, across Europe and beyond. With their background as a specialist, niche tour operator, Erna Low has been hugely successful in introducing many clients to both property sales and holiday rentals.

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NEW Pyrenees Road Trips – Drive, Mountains and Spas: Five New Itineraries for 2017

NEW Pyrenees Road Trips – Drive, Mountains and Spas: Five New Itineraries for 2017

Download the Original PDF HERE

New from the Hautes-Pyrenees, France in association with Huesca*, Spain, is a series of 3, 4 or 7 day Road Trip itineraries taking in some of the most iconic landmarks in the Pyrenees as well as routes linking the French and Spanish borders.

 

With these itineraries taking you from France into Spain and back, the Road Trip Pyrenees hopes to evoke the spirit of adventure that other famous routes such as the Route 66, the Silk route, the trans-Amazonian highway have created. The Road Trip offers a super highway to exceptional places of magnificent spectacular scenery, for unique experiences and long lasting memories.

 

Combining some of the key sites of the Pyrenees including: Lourdes, Cirque de Gavarnie, Pic du Midi, Parc National des Pyrénées, Parc National de Ordesa and Monte Perdido, Le Grand Canyon d’Ordesa, Cañon de Añisclo, The Trou du Toro/Forau de Aigualllets and The Aneto – the itineraries covering over 25% of the Pyrenees massif.

 

Isabelle Pelieu, Director of HPTE* comments, “Our region is made for ‘Road Trips’! We have launched these five new itineraries three of which include routes crossing the border between France and Spain. We are excited to be working with our partner region Huesca and hope this new ’road trip concept’ will be a popular choice for tourists to the region. They are available to anyone for nine out of twelve months of the year.”

 

www.pyrenees-trip.uk

 

Choose a road trip and experience some of the following:

  • 2 COUNTRIES (France and Spain)
  • 3 WORLD HERITAGE SITES – Gavarnie & Ordesa – either side of the same mountain
  • 4 GRAND SITES MIDI-PYRENEES : Pic du Midi, Gavarnie, Cauterets / Pont d’Espagne, Lourdes…
  • 8  CLASSIC TOUR DE FRANCE COLS : Col de Peyresourde, Col de Val Louron-Azet, Col du Tourmalet, Col du Soulor, Col du Pourtalet, Coll de Fadas, Coll de Espina, Col du Portillon
  • 2 NATIONAL PARKS
  • 2 NATURE PARKS
  • 1 NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE
  • 1 MOUNTAIN LAKES ROUTE
  • 13 LAKES
  • 8 SPA CENTRES
  • 1 WINE GROWING AREA

 

Each itinerary comes with precise daily information of the required driving route including maps for each day with distance and time of travel by car all detailed.  All accommodation is booked for each of the itineraries through the boutique agency www.pyrenees-holiday.com .

 

A new ‘road book’ detailing all the itineraries is also available in print and provided for each road trip booking. The road book details, besides route information, ideas for walks, great restaurants, activities, sites to visit, not-to-be-missed panoramas and suggestions for exploring off the beaten track.

 

Example Road Trips:

 

The Grand Tour – 7 day road trip -3 nights in Spain- from 501 € /person based on 2 people

An example of a seven day itinerary takes in the French- Spanish border, the biggest and best scenery in the Pyrenees: the highest peak, spectacular canyons and grandiose cirques which are World Heritage sites, the mystery of Lourdes, the highest Observatory in Europe in the clearest of skies – the Pic du Midi with access by cable car to just under 3000m

http://www.pyrenees-trip.uk/offre/fiche/the-very-best-of-the-pyrenees/SEJMIP065V501Z88

 

Intense pleasures of the Pyrenees – 3 day driving circuit  from 278 € /person based on 2 people

3 days/3 nights in B&B, staying in Saint-Lary, Gavarnie, Lourdes,  1 ‘Grands Sites’ pass to the Pic du Midi (access to summit by cable car) + Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne (parking, cable-car ride from Puntas and chairlift to Lac de Gaube), 1 entry (2h) to two spa centres of the Hautes-Pyrenees: Balnéa and Les Bains du Rocher spa.

http://www.pyrenees-trip.uk/offre/fiche/intense-pleasures-of-the-pyrenees/SEJMIP065V5016ZU

www.pyrenees-trip.uk

 

Notes (see attached full pdf version)
From the UK there are easy options to access the French Pyrenees
Lourdes Pyrenees airport: 4 flights a week from London Stansted with Ryanair
  •  Biarritz airport (Biarritz- Lourdes: 1h50 by car): 1 daily flight from London Gatwick with EasyJet / 1 daily flight from London Stansted with Ryanair
  •  Toulouse airport (Toulouse- Lourdes: 1h50 by car): daily flights from London, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham airports by many airlines
*The Pyrenees-Trip Project combines the Tourist Development Agency of Hautes-Pyrénées (HPTE) and TUHUESCA, its Spanish counterpart acting on the Region of Huesca.
The project has been co-funded 65% by the «  Fonds Européen de Développement Régional ( FEDER) through the Program INTERREG V-A Spain, France, Andorra , (POCTEFA 2014-2020).The aim of POCTEFA is to strengthen the economic and social integration of the border territory between Spain-France-Andorra.
Its assistance is focused on the development of cross-border economic, social and environmental activities through joint strategies that promote the sustainable development of the territory.
 

For further itinerary examples, images or information please contact: Vanessa Fisher, Hautes-Pyrenees UK PR, vanessa@vanessafisher.com 07957 618525

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Sea Lifts Launch with Transfers from 18 New Airports

Sea Lifts Launch with Transfers from 18 New Airports

Sea Lifts launches its summer season with transfers available from 18 new airports including: Faro, Paris, Olbia, Porto, Bologna and Florence*.

 

Sea Lifts (sister company to Ski Lifts) now offers transfers from 30 airports across Europe to summer holiday destinations. The two most popular airports for Sea Lifts bookings last summer were Biarritz and Lourdes in France, and San Sebastian in Spain.

 

Richard Smith, Director of Ski Lifts comments, “Whether you are taking a golf break, a cycling holiday, a walking holiday in the Alps or Pyrenees or a beach break with your children, Sea Lifts offer an easy and safe transfer from your airport to chosen holiday destination. We have all sizes of vehicles available to transport sporting equipment if travelling with bikes or golf bags plus all our transfers have child seat options as standard.”

 

Sea Lifts continue to offer their summer mountain transfers to popular village destinations such as Morzine, Chamonix, La Clusaz and St Gervais.

 

Sea Lifts have also launched a NEW transfer service for this summer to and from London airports from UK homes. This service is on offer to the following airports: London City, Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton or Southend Airports.

www.sea-lifts.com

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*Full NEW airport list: Avignon/Marseille/Cannes/Nice/Paris/LaRochelle/Girona/Lisbon/Porto/Faro/Cagliari/Olbia/Alghero/

Bologna/Ancona/Florence/Verona/Venice

About Sea Lifts

Sea-Lifts offer every mode of airport transport available from private or shared minibuses, to coaches, executive cars and limousines.  Sea Lifts experienced and knowledgeable team are can also build a bespoke transfer package where required.

Sea Lifts sister company, Ski Lifts, is one of the biggest operators of ski transfers providing over 60,000 transfers each season to over 200 resorts in 10 countries. Ski Lifts have won the Best Ski Transfer Operator at the World Ski Awards for 2016 and 2015. Sea Lifts are expanding this summer to match their Ski Lifts business.

Press Contact: For more information, images, or interviews with Director Richard Smith, please contact Vanessa Fisher: 07957 618525 vanessa@vanessafisher.com

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Discovering the Pyrenees

Discovering the Pyrenees

From wild hot springs to fresh tracks, Vanessa finds a new family skiing favourite in the French Pyrenees

Published on Maddog Ski – http://www.maddogski.com/discovering-pyrenees-ski/

It is not always easy to choose a ski resort for the busiest week of the season – February Half Term. I was seriously worried that I had messed up. Not only had I chosen quite a small ski resort in the Pyrenees with only one main access point – a gondola – but also a resort whose closest city – Toulouse – was on the same February holiday period.

I’d envisioned long queues in the morning and packed terraces at lunchtime. As it turned out the worst queue was off the mountain, but I’ll come back to that!

Toulouse is just 1.5hrs from the town of Ax les Thermes in the French Pyrenees. Locals commute to Ax by train as the station is in the town centre, and over 800 people each weekend day arrive this way. However, we wanted to have the flexibility of a car so had rented a vehicle for our stay.

In an endeavour to be first in the lift queue, we breakfasted early only to be told by one of the hotel staff that all the lifts were shut due to high winds.

I’d heard of Ascou, a smaller local ski area reported to be open, but with fears of that being packed, on recommendation of the Tourist Office, we headed for the Col du Chioula for some cross-country skiing.

CROSS-COUNTRY IN COL DU CHIOULA

Tickets purchased and kit rented we spent a few minutes on the flat area getting to grips with the little, lightweight narrow skis and the soft boots. It’s over 15 years since I last tried cross-country skiing in Kimberley, BC and I had forgotten everything.

The front of the cross-country ski boots simply clip in to a toe piece on the ski. Our little group of seven (four children) were keen to get moving up the ‘green trail’. Following narrow cross-country tracks in the snow, we made good progress uphill, your heel lifts and helps to push and glide the skis along. Slightly longer ski poles with angled baskets are helpful for keeping the uphill momentum.

The downhill sections proved trickier for me, cue laughter from everyone, a lot of tumbles from me and a close encounter with a friend who decided he should fall over rather than be pushed.

Pyrenees ski - cross country

After lunch I was persuaded to try again and this time we all conquered the longer ‘blue trail’. Opening up stunning panoramas across the Pyrenees, we headed up to 1600m. We felt so lucky to have had bad weather to give us all this experience. The children loved it; my youngest, just 8 years old, needed a bit of a ‘tow’ up the longer, uphill sections, but the downhill they mastered much more quickly than I did.

SECRET HOT SPRINGS

Day 2 and 90mph winds still blowing, we decided to find the ‘secret hot springs’, which a friend had told me about. Not promoted by the region, they are tucked away on the GR10, the main hiking route that spans the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.

After a 15-minute uphill hike we found them. All prepared with swimming costumes under our ski clothes, it didn’t take us long to submerge ourselves in the toasty sulphuric water. It was warm, not super-hot, and quite smelly (!) but on extracting ourselves suddenly the water felt a whole lot hotter! There are three small pools literally on the side of the mountain – an incredible experience to find them and one we will remember forever.

AX 3 DOMAINES

Finally we made it up to Ax. Overnight the winds had dropped leaving a drizzly morning that we knew was forecast to clear. There were no queues, so we hopped straight on the access gondola up to Bonascre – one of the three main areas of Ax 3 Domaines. From Bonascre we took the high-speed six chair ‘Lievre Blanc’, and then the ‘Tute’ six-man, and were treated to about half a foot of fresh snow. The early birds definitely catch the powder – although we managed to find fresh tracks across the whole area all day, and even on our second day there was still fresh snow to be found through the trees.

Pyrenees ski

The ski area was busy, as expected, with a couple of bottlenecks at the Rebenty chair and the two-man ‘Savis’. With 25 million+ euros being invested in the next three years though, these queues will ease with the replacement of these slower chairs and with it the creation of several new runs. We discovered restaurant ‘Le Louzat’ – a fabulous spot for lunch tucked away in the woods, arriving early to get a table on the terrace.

ROAD TRIP TO ASCOU

We decided to head up to Ascou for our last ski day on the recommendation of a local friend. She said it is a special place, quiet and with runs through the forest. She was right. Just a twenty-minute drive from Ax – les -Thermes, Ascou-Pailheres sits just off the road up to the Col du Pailheres (closed in winter). There are only 15km of slopes and seven lifts, but for a day we loved it. The beginners’ area was very busy but on the higher draglifts we had the slopes almost to ourselves, not bad for the busiest week of the season!

Pyrenees ski

The runs cut through the forest and feel a little like some of the smaller Canadian resorts I have skied in. Lots of small off-piste sections you can cut through and just one base café but with excellent coffee. The terrace overlooks the beginner ski area and we enjoyed a peaceful coffee in the sunshine while the children skied the beginner button lifts and little Fun Park.

DISCOVERING THE REGION

We all loved discovering this area of the French Pyrenees and having a car rental meant we could explore Chioula and Ascou as well as skiing the main ski area at Ax 3 Domaines.  We tried to get in to the recreational spa after skiing – Les Bains du Couloubret, but this was where the real queues were.

After a 30-minute wait and no progress we decided to stick with the natural foot spa in the centre of the town. Each evening this becomes a focal point for people to sit and chat – we all loved it, the naturally occurring sulphuric water coming out at 77 degrees.

The town of Ax originated in approx. 800AD with the old hospital and foot spa alongside dating back to the 1200s. Spa tourism thrived during the 19th Century. Ax-les-Thermes is a town full of history with its narrow old streets to discover and quaint bars and restaurants.

USEFUL INFORMATION…

For further information on the ski area visit www.ax-ski.com. For packages to Ax 3 Domaines try Ski Weekends. With thanks to Intersport for ski rental.

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