A resort that works for Kids, Tweens and Teens plus a skiing Grandad at Half Term: Wengen in Switzerland.NEW
My visit was a family visit.
A return to a resort I have been to many times but not with my family for a couple of years – like many Wengen regulars we were lured back by its enduring appeal for families.
My dad, now 72, wanted another ski with his grandchildren before his various ailments curtail his skiing.
To cut a long story short I ended up taking half of his eight grandchildren to Wengen;
One young one, a couple of ‘tweens’ and one teen, along with my father “grandad”, whose own health has been a bit suspect of late.
Wengen worked for everyone.
Tired legs – young and old – can come down from the mountains by train or cable car.
Teens can hoon around the circuit from the Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg and speed down the Lauberhorn back to the village.
The teen found some fellow skiing teens who he has met before in Wengen = happy teen!
Grandad liked to have a regular break at lunchtime in the sunshine when it appeared or was happy to latch on to a random group over a bowl of soup at ‘the station restaurant’ at Kleine Schiedegg.
Mobile phones make it even easier these days to connect with everyone but the joy of Wengen is the accessibility of its slopes using the excellent trains.
Plus the stand out wigwam – an easy meeting point come rain or shine (and we had both!).
If you want to ski back to the village base, there are options to suit all abilities and on our final full day in the sunshine all the grandchildren made it down the famous 4.5km Lauberhorn Downhill run, a proud moment!
Despite it being half term, we avoided the cable car queues in the morning with early starts.
Not once did we queue at Grindelwald for a bubble or return train up the mountain.
The blue run through the trees to ‘Brandegg’ and all the way down became a favourite for all ages, younger legs darting in and out of the bumps and paths in amongst the woods and snow banks and the older less flexible legs finding the smooth path between the woods easy to turn on.
There are a few ski resorts which work well for mixed ability and mixed age groups but none that I have been to, make it as easy as Wengen.
Gaming becomes a reality in Les Menuires, 9-10 December 2017, at the inauguralLes 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.
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.”
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/
Ski-Lifts.com was founded in 2003, providing airport transfers from Geneva Airport to Morzine, Avoriaz 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.