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Snowpod Ltd kicks off the 09/10 winter season with a shiny new award for best interior design at the Cardiff Design Festival last week.

Rider-owned and run and launched last season in Tignes France, Snowpod is designed by the in-house team with the brief to make it strictly fun, edgy, irreverent and 'on it'. More 'street boutique' in style than 'Heidi hide-away' Snowpod features graffiti art, rubber, stainless steel, shag pile, salvaged finds and cheeky details... giving nostalgia and tradition a miss and offering something different to its guests!

With comfort and chill out paramount but only part of the plan, the idea behind Snowpod is that each one is put together to be unique and quirky and offer a showcase for and a backdrop to, up and coming talent from the arts, media, music, design and snow sport worlds.

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The Snowpod #1 package starts at £299 pppw for dinner, bed and breakfast and with a game plan that includes mountain hosting to show its guests around the Espace Killy, and with the usual 'toys' Xbox 360, flat screen TV and book, film and music library - providing fun and chillout beyond the vertical! An additional serviced package that offers transfers, equipment hire with in-house delivery and fitting, organised snow trips and in-house massage and pampering treats is also available.

For further details check out snow-pod.com and for availability, prices and to book a stay with Snowpod in Tignes, email yvonne@snow-pod.com

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Designed to be 'event-ful' rather than the usual run of the mill bargain bucket holidays, COLab Events kicks off pre-season with 'Ride and Tested' on-snow equipment testing with top brands including Burton, DC and Dragon. Followed with BoardB*tch gals-only snow week and by its Pro-Am snow sessions throughout the season.

Watch this space for further information on these events as well as its high altitude golfing breaks and corporate hospitality packages.

Rider-owned and run and introducing some exciting collaborations, COLab Events is set up by the guys behind Snowpod in Tignes... and these guys know a thing or two about being into snow, riding and sliding and into good times!

For further details go to colabevents.com

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BoardB*tch - come play with the big girls!

BoardB*tch is heading to Tignes this winter with its first gals-only week of the season kicking off nice and early from Sat 28th Nov to Sat 5th Dec 2009

Fun, frolics, chilling and riding at our own pace with accommodation in the cosiest pads in town, yummy food, chick flicks and pampering treats, lift pass, mountain hosting for the best places to ride and slide, social hosting for the best places to play, airport transfers and more all inclusive to make it the best time ever!!!!

Places £599 per gal. In addition, why not take up a level and include ski or snowboard lessons with our highly experienced, English-speaking instructors and set yourselves up nicely for the season ahead? £99 when booking on the BoardB*tch gals week.

Whether doing it for yourself or having a week away with your gals, a snow bunny or a board b*tch, we cater for everyone!

Group size being kept small and with a few places left, get on board sooner rather than later! Check out boardbitch.com and email info@boardbitch.com or telephone 07881 725062 for more details and availability.