With winter fast approaching it's time to start thinking of those frozen holiday hideouts in the mountains, but if you are finding it hard to pin down a time or place that fits the bill then check out these ideas...
CHILL CHALETS FRANCE
Concept: Traditional style chalet accommodation in the French Alps
Where: Morzine, France and Bourg St. Maurice, France
Accommodation: Fully equipped and very comfortable chalets
What’s in the deal: Bed, linen, a help yourself breakfast, dinner, free use of Chill Chalets APO Snowboards 06-07 Test Centre, internet, WIFI, unlimited tea & coffee, use of our board and ski servicing equipment, even a free copy of UK snowboard flick Skyrocket on DVD! Chill Chalets can also offer advice on ski schools, guiding, heli-boarding, transfers or anything else, just ask them…
Price Tag: £40 per person per night
Bonuses: A company in it for the love, offering a high quality and tailor made service to suit the needs of the individual traveller or group, all rounded off with a true appreciation and respect for the mountains, the environment, hearty home cooked food and friendship.
Contact: T (UK) 07931967861; T (France) 00 33 (0) 614 611437; www.skype.com: ID – chillchalet1
Concept: An all-inclusive ‘learn-to-snowboard’ long weekend based in Finland aimed at busy professionals.
Where: Lahti, Finland
Accommodation: Luxury chalet-apartment, views over Vesijarvi Lake, Xbox, DVD player, cable TV, wireless Internet access and only 5 minutes from the slopes of Mesilla
What’s in the deal: Flights, accommodation Thurs-Sunday, lift passes, transfers, food, 2 hours of group tuition and 1 hour of personal tuition per day
Price Tag: £600
Bonuses: The big selling point of these holidays is that you can learn to snowboard, in a beautiful and exotic location whilst only taking one day off work
Info: www.boardforge.co.uk www.snowboardlessons.co.uk
Contact: Jan-Erik Paul on 01202 853685; T 01202 853501; E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Concept:Adventure holidays in the south of Spain sampling the delights of winter Sierra Nevada and the beaches of Salobrena.
Where: Salobrena, Granada, Sierra Nevada, Spain
Accommodation:Casa Escocia-fantastic 2 bed beach house in Salobrena
What’s in the deal:Transfers, meals, drinks (beer and wine included), ski/board passes, bike hire, accommodation. Please note that flights are not included but at the time of writing return flights can be booked from as little as £50 (UK to Almeira)
Bonuses:A multi-adventure holiday, with a personal and flexible approach. Featuring, Mountain biking in Las Alpujarras, Snowboarding or skiing on the Sierra Nevada, Dog sledding, cross country skiing or simply sledging at Puerto de la Ragua, hitting the beach or a day out in Granada city
Contact:T: (0034) 958 851 534; Tel from UK: 0844 734 4481 (charged at local UK rate); Mobile: (0034) 680 296 009; E: email@example.com
BLUE SNOW HOLIDAYS
Concept:Traditional weeklong ski and snowboard breaks in the Slovakian mountains
Where: Jasná - Nízke Tatry, Low Tatra National Park, Slovakia.
What’s in the deal:Direct transfers to and from Poprad Airport, in resort transport to and from the slopes, private cottage accommodation, personalised ski / snowboard improvement (20 hrs) or guiding, duel mountain lift pass, ski / snowboard hire* 6 days (add £50.00), welcome pack, including free beers!! (Flights not included)
Price Tag:£295 - £425 pp/pw
Bonuses:The beautiful and rugged landscapes, very competitive exchange rates, high quality instruction and diverse range of courses available; which include courses to investigate instructional winter sports careers.
Contact:T: +44 (0) 1296 688195; E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Concept:One company that sources accommodation from private owners in more or less any global winter destination you can think of.
What’s in the deal:Accommodation packages in winter destinations around the globe.
Where: Bulgaria, Poland, Iceland, Canada, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Slovenia….
Accommodation: Affordable holiday homes to rent directly from the owners.
Price Tag: Prices to suit any budget
Bonuses:Find accommodation wherever, whenever and for whatever budget you have.
TOUR PARTY / TRIPLE AIR / SNO TRIBE
Concept:Ski and snowboard holidays catering for a variety of different clients, with the option to participate in Sno Tribe Freestyle Camps.
What’s in the deal: Basic packages offering options of accommodation, travel. freestyle camp participation to all-inclusive “Teen Ski" packages…
“The Teen Ski package includes everything in one holiday – comfortable hotel accommodation, food, 7-day lift pass, an evening activities programme and 24 hour supervision - together with a place on the SnoTribe Freestyle & Freeride Camp (including expert coaching over 7 days and extras like video review etc). There are two alternative packages available, one with return transport from the UK and the other without (for those making their own travel arrangements from the UK or anywhere else in the world!)"
Where: Les Deux Alpes, (La Grave, Les Alps d’Huex), France
Accommodation: Self-Catered / Half – Board / Full Board
Price Tag: £200 - £995
Bonuses:SnoTribe Freestyle Camps which run over 7 days, “… with top level coaching… riding with Pro skiers and snowboarders… video review… awards… ski & snowboard guiding around the mountains… an awesome atmosphere… the chance to make new friends who share a passion for freestyle & freeride!"
Contact: T: +44 (0) 1323 640 222
Concept: Rider driven and created accomadation only in the heart of the Zillertal Valley Austria.
What's in the Deal:Self Catering Accomadation, inc Wireless, Board Tuning Room, welcome pack and access to the Winter jib Park.
Accomadation:Bunk beds in Shared Chalet, 3 separate rooms groups welcome depending on availability.
Price:€100 per person per week!!
Bonuses:Straight up accomadation only, for snowboarders out there to shred, with access to the winter jib park and a whole host of pro and am riders staying throughout the winter / summer / autumn seasons.
NEIL McNAB MOUNTAIN SPORTS
Concept:specialist snowboard camps with a dedicated programme of Backcountry courses, technical performance clinics and freestyle camps that operate all year round Winter, Summer and Autumn.
Where:Based in Chamonix with excursions to the following destinations depending on course selected; Courmayeur Megeve, St Gervais, Avoriaz, L2 Alpes. La Grave, Zermatt, Krasnya Polyana and Kamchatka Gulmarg in the Kashmiri Himalaya and Greenland.
Whats in the deal:6 days (some courses are longer) guiding, coaching or instruction from fully qualified Mtn Guides (UIAGM), Snowboard teachers (ISIA) or top Professional snowboarders. Accomodation, food (Half board) and lift passes are also included as is transport in resort.Backcountry equipment is also provided as needed.
Accommodation:Accomodation is provided in a hotel for the Chamonix based courses. The Hotel hosts a chill out bar/lounge a late night music/video Bar, a restaurant, pro shop and board service room. Satellite Tv is available in the bedrooms all of which are en suite. When visiting other venues similar standard accommodation is provided.
Price tag:£450 - £905
Bonuses:All courses are specifically designed by Neil McNab, professional freerider, Snowboard teacher/coach and high Mountain guide. Technical clinics teach Neil's new 'McNab pressure control system taught by fully qualified Snowboard teachers. The Backcountry program is overseen by fully qualified High Mountain guides with a strong emphasis on freeriding and Backcountry safety. Freestyle camps are run by Top UK Pro riders many of which started out in the McNab freestyle program themselves many years ago. Neil is one of the only Professional snowboarders qualified to both teach and guide in the backcountry of the high mountains anywhere in the world: "This is our passion, our expertise and our life."
Contact: E-mail - Info@mcnabsnowboarding.com; Tel - 0141 416 3828
ACCESS TRIPS JAPAN
Concept:Instructional adventure vacations for intermediate and advanced snowboarders.
Where: Japan - Tokyo, Nagano, Hakuba and the Island of Hokkaido.
Accomodation: Hotel / Lodge
What's in the Deal:Standard Price includes: 8 nights accommodation (double room occupancy with roommate of same or opposite gender). Freeride and/or some freestyle coaching (max. instructor-to-guest ratio = 1:5).Up to 5 days on snow, all resort lift tickets, visit of Japanese hotsprings and optional sightseeing including Japanese temple, snow monkey forest, Tokyo`s `Electric Town`. All transportation including airport pick-up and drop-off, all breakfasts, one dinner Optional sport-specific workshops including video coaching and tuning course
Standard price does not include:Airfare, other meals, snowboard rental. For trip upgrades, check out the website.
Price Tag: JPY 430500 | ~ USD 3637
Bonuses:Experience deep powder in Japan’s three best snowboard regions, Snowboard inside a volcano crater & enjoy other backcountry runs.Receive high quality coaching & be guided by locals who know all the ‘secret’ spots Visit outdoor hotsprings, Japan’s snowmonkeys, a famous temple & Tokyo’s renown `Electric Town`
Contact:Email: email@example.com; Skype: accesstravel; N. America Toll-free: 1 888-580-TRIP; Outside N. America: +1 604-879-1159; Fax Worldwide: +1 604-879-1159