SPRING DEALS TO THE FRENCH PYRENEES

SPRING DEALS TO THE FRENCH PYRENEES

Image: Oakley Park c Matthiew Pinaud

The French Pyrenees have received regular fresh snow top-ups over the last two weeks building on an already excellent snow base setting them up for excellent conditions for their final few weeks of the season and spring events.

Below are a selection of ski holiday offers for March and April:

Zenith Holidays in St Lary – Departs 17 March

Zenith Holidays offer 7 nights in the Cami Real apartments from 17 March from £163pp, sleeps 4. Flights available from £50 from London Stanstead. www.zenithholidays.co.uk

These excellent spacious apartments are in the centre of the Pyrenean village of Saint Lary Soulan in the Hautes-Pyrenees. Sensoria, the resorts thermal baths are just a short walk away through the garden of the residence. The main gondola up to the skiing at Pla d’Adet and beyond is a 100m from the Residence. St Lary has a lovely collection of shops and restaurants with plenty of Spanish influence in the local tapas bars lining the streets.

Big Break St Lary – 11-30 March

Book direct with St Lary between 11th and 30th March for any 3 days and get the 4th night for free. Just 175€ for four nights including a lift pass.  www.saintlary.com/hiver/big-break

 

Ski Weekends in Ax les Thermes – Departs 22 March

Spend 4 nights in Ax les Thermes in the 3* Hotel la Grand Cordee B&B including flights and from £382pp (2 sharing). http://bit.ly/2F3l0iG www.skiweekends.com  . For in-resort offers on lift passes from 19 March to the end of the season:  www.ax-ski.com/en/end-of-season-promotions

Ax les Thermes in the Ariege region of the French Pyrenees, just 1.5 hrs from Toulouse is an historic village based around its thermal waters. Guests can visit the Bains du Couloubret spa or soak their feet in the thermal open air foot spa at the base of the gondola. Ski Ax 3 Domaines with its three sectors, Bonascre, Saquet and Campels and skiing from 1400m up to 2400m. Over the closing Easter weekend March 31 and April 1st, a Snow Bike festival closes the season with MTB/Dirt bikes, enduro and races for all ages.

 

Erna Low in Cauterets Save 15% and 20% Departs 31 March

A family of four can stay 7 nights from in the Residence Balneo-Aladin in Cauterets, WAS £408, NOW £327 saving 20% or stay in a 7 person apartment, WAS £652, NOW £522 saving 15%. www.ernalow.co.uk

The Residence Baleno Aladin has a great location in the centre of Cauterets, 100m from the gondola taking skiers straight up to the ski area and 150m from the resort spa centre. Guests have  free access to the Espace Balnéo Aladin spa centre which covers 800m² and includes 5 pools heated to 32° with water jets and hot tubs, steam room and sauna.  Children from 3 to 13 years have a 3-storey play structure, games consoles, a mini cinema and a relaxation area for parents.

 

 

Pierre et Vacances in Grand Tourmalet Save 30% Departs 7 April

Pierre et Vacances offer 7 nights at the Residence Mer et Golf Pic du Midi  rom £357 per apartment that sleeps two people (down from £509, saving 30%) pierreetvacances.co.uk

Grand Tourmalet is made up of the two villages Bareges and La Mongie with the largest ski area in the French Pyrenees. La Mongie is ski in-out with the cable car access to Pic du Midi and Bareges and old French town with tree lined skiing from the Tournaboup area. Both areas have spas using the local thermal waters.

 

Ski France in Peyragudes – Save 10% 17-24 March and Free Children

Ski France offer an apartment sleeping up to 4 people from 31 March from £319 in the Residence Les Adrets de Peyragudes plus children ski for free with every adult ski pass purchased. www.skifrance.co.uk

Peyragudes is a modern ski resort with ski in ski out accommodation perched on the side of the mountain in the Hautes-Pyrenees region of the French Pyrenees. Guests can enjoy an indoor pool at the Les Adrets de Peyragudes residence or take a short drive/transfer down to the village of Loudenvielle where they can enjoy the Balnea spa. The French Snowboard Championships weekend takes place over the closing Easter weekend.

 

Les Angles 30% off Lift passes and reduced Packages

Les Angles is offering 30% off lift passes booked from 17 March to the end of the season.

So a six day adult lift pass  165€ instead of 195€ [child 12 yrs & under 148€  instead of 175€) www.lesangles.com

Les Angles old village Is at the foot of the slopes, and it has managed to retain its authentic character whilst at the same time providing facilities of a modern ski resort. It is the only resort in the Pyrenees where the ski slopes end in the old village itself. The ski area has 55km  with an altitude drop of 800m. With skiing up to 2,400m it  is one of the largest ski areas in the Pyrenees-Orientales.

 

SPRING EVENT

“Le Rendez Vous” EVENT 20& 21 April Cauterets

300 amateur and professional freestyle riders descend on Cauterets for the closing weekend. The Oakley snowpark  at the foot of the ski area will be open for photos and video shoots to get the best of the action from the event. DJs are on site and the “Winter Closing” party is held in Cauterets village at the Royalty Café.

Cauterets spring information can be found at http://blog.cauterets.com/ski-de-printemps-a-cauterets/ including ‘Free skiing for children’ between 8 and 21 April (with an adult lift pass).

 

Oakley Park c Matthiew Pinaud

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For Press Information and images: please contact vanessa@vanessafisher.com +44 7957 618525

 

Snow Depths and Closing Dates:

2 April: Ax-3 Domaines/Peyragudes/St Lary

8 April: Grand Tourmalet – Pic du Midi/Les Angles               22 April: Cauterets

Snow depths: lower/upper

Ax 3 Domaines 160/240cm                                                         Cauterets 270/320cm

Grand Tourmalet -Pic du Midi -130/170cm                                             Les Angles 150/180cm

Peyragudes 110/200cm                                                                 Saint Lary 150/230cm

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Full Moon Parties: 3rd February and 3rd March – La Clusaz, Annecy Mountains

Full Moon Parties: 3rd February and 3rd March – La Clusaz, Annecy Mountains

 

 

 

 

This weekend and next month skiers can party under the Super Blue Moon!

Celebrating it’s 15th Year – The Full Moon Party in La Clusaz in Annecy Mountains kicks off with Djs and bands playing in the bars and restaurants of La Clusaz in the Crêt du Merle and Beauregard sectors. The resort stays open both Saturdays, 3rd February and 3rd March from 9pm to 1am.

The 4 locations on the le Crêt du Merle area hosting parties are: Chez Arthur; Chalet des Praz,  La Ferme and  le Salto.

The following lifts will be open:

– TSD Crêt du Merle : 9pm-1am

– TC Ice rink : 9pm-12.30

– TC Beauregard : 9pm to midnight,

– TK Louveteau to access a family ski run: 9pm to 12.30am

Adult from 17 €/ – Child from 10 €

http://www.annecymountains.com/fiche-agenda/full-moon-2/ 

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For further info contact: Vanessa Fisher/vanessa@vanessafisher.com/07957 618525

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Inferno in the Snow

Inferno in the Snow

It was first organised by a group of ski-crazy brits in 1928, & today it’s the world’d largest amateur ski race. PlanetSKI partakes. 

Regular readers will know I’m no virgin Inferno racer.

Bbut this year I am taking part in the Inferno as part of the Super 3, the Inferno Is the second race in a series of three amateur ski races that take place across Switzerland.

The pretty village of Mürren, in the Jungfrau Region, is the Inferno host resort offering stunning views over to the Eiger, spotted only once when the weather cleared.

A brief clear spell and there's the Eiger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A brief clear spell and there’s the Eiger

There are fewer than 200 of the maximum 1850 Inferno entrants taking part in the Super 3 and it was great to see some familiar faces from last weekend’s visit to Belalp and the Hexe race – Postcard from Belalp / Hexe Race.

With oodles of snow we were looking forward to skiing a full course but strangely, whereas in Belalp we’d had the total 12km course, here in Mürren, rain had battered the lower slopes.

So the switch back section of the course down to Lauterbrunnen was clearly not skiable.

Arriving to huge snowfalls mid last week, and then violent winds gusting through the area whilst skiing on Thursday, we had a feeling that the top section of the resort would not be open.

As part of the 75th anniversary celebrations we had a new team event to take part in, the day before the main downhill event. Read more here on 75th Celebrations.

I had teamed up with my brother and two friends to make up our team of four.

Being a mass start, based on the original Inferno format of years ago, we lined up side by side at the top of the course.

Sadly this was only at Almendhubel as heavy snow and ongoing wind forced the organisers to choose a lower start point.

Rob Webb Team at the start with Vanessa in red

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(C.Rob Webb) Team 108 at the start with Vanessa in Red

As the wooden board dropped away below our skis, we pushed out of the start gate with our team strategy in place.

Tuck in behind each other, send the fast ones first – one ex army para who is a super fit cross – country marathon skier, my brother, ex-army ski racer, then me and finally a friend and Kandahar Ski Club member Alex.

The course sent us up the ‘woodcutters’ path – an uphill section which also features in the main Inferno event.

Woodcutter uphill section - ©by INFERNO Rennen Mürren/Photographer: Bruno Petroni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woodcutter uphill section – ©by INFERNO Rennen Mürren/Photographer: Bruno Petroni

The distance between our first two team-mates and Alex and I grew with each uphill strained movement!

No sooner had we reached the end of the long climb, we were careering around the corner past the chairlift and on to the ‘Palace Run’ back to Murren village centre.

Not everyone made it safely around these corners!

Corner Crash ©by INFERNO Rennen Mürren/Photographer: Bruno Petroni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corner Crash ©by INFERNO Rennen Mürren/Photographer: Bruno Petroni

With my team safely down, our individual times were too different to break in to the top 100 teams, but we were far from the slowest!

Vanessa and her Team - Inferno 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanessa 108-1 and her Team – Inferno 2018

Excitement levels rose when the organisers announced a break in the weather, enabling the Inferno downhill start to be moved up to Birg, still a way below the usual Schilthorn start but long enough to give more than a 3 minute race.

Our friends the German team ‘Racing Team Blitztal’ were found waxing their skis in the workshop close to our hotel – the Germans spending 4 hours on their skis and apparently adding an extra layer for the fast schuss along the upper section.

I left my team in charge of my skis requesting just a bit of wax if time!

Servicing skis pre 75th Inferno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Servicing skis pre 75th Inferno

Four hours later, the winds had picked up and once again the start for the 2018 75th Inferno was moved back down to the lower start at the top of the Almendhubel funicular lift with the finish to be in Murren.

As Christoph Egger, Race Director, pointed out – despite being a short course it is still longer than the longest FIS race plus, to give an extra twist, a small jump was placed just above the village centre finish.

The Germans were back in the workshop reapplying different wax, whatsapp messages were flying around my groups of participating friends as to whether a GS ski or a Super G ski would be more beneficial for this short course.

The customary burning of the devil took place.

It is said to ward off any bad spirits the night before the main Inferno race event, and still it carried on snowing.

Burning the devil ©by INFERNO Rennen Mürren/Photographer: Bruno Petroni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burning the devil ©by INFERNO Rennen Mürren/Photographer: Bruno Petroni

Race day, it was still snowing on and off and heavy winds picked up as the day progressed, confirming the right decision to move the start down by the race organisers.

1705 skiers participated this year, the fastest, Marcel Fassler, coming down at number 525 in 2 mins 46 seconds and with the jump just before a fast left bend in to the finish there was certainly some added excitement to the otherwise short, fast course.

Vanessa at the Jump - Team 108-1 Pic: Rob Webb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanessa at the Jump – Inferno 2018 – Pic: Rob Webb

Team 108-1 Vanessa in a racing tuck Pic: Rob Webb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanessa in a racing tuck Pic: Rob Webb

The route was running faster than the team event, I even knocked off over a minute off my time to earn a ‘bronze’ in my category and the 3rd fastest GB female in my category.

So with two races under my belt, it’s on to the third race in Saas Fee, the “Allalin-Rennen” in March.

We’ve had parading witches, burning cauldrons and devils…

I’m wondering what will come next…?

Vanessa in red flanked by Other Super-3 skiers after Inferno 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanessa in Red, flanked by Other Super-3 skiers after Inferno 2018

To get the feel for the Inferno have a quick look at the video below:

 

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Launch of Annecy Mountains between Annecy Lake and Mountains

Launch of Annecy Mountains between Annecy Lake and Mountains

Annecy Mountains launches as the new name for the area in France between Annecy Lake and the surrounding mountains.
This new brand incorporates four local authorities to promote the territory through the world of tourism, the economy and the inhabitants with the following tourist offices:
  • Lac d’Annecy
  • La Clusaz
  • Le Grand-Bornand
  • Manigod
  • Saint-Jean-de-Sixt
  • Sources du Lac d’Annecy
  • Thônes Coeur des Vallées
Annecy Mountains has three ambitions: to enter the Top 15 Must See Destinations; to become a World Class Destination and to work to build the best Partnerships in the region.
A new website has been launched with three main sections – Live In, Visit In and Invest in: www.annecymountains.com 
The region can be seen on social media at:
For full details please Click the Image Below to Download the PDF Brochure
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Notes:
Lake Annecy Ski Resorts no longer exists as a brand name, Annecy Mountains replaces this with a wider remit to encompass all the Tourist Offices listed in the above Press Release
 
For further information please contact: Vanessa@vanessafisher.com +44 7957 618525 or Stephanie Pollet stephanie.pollet@aravis.com
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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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