Great news! We are delighted to announce that Chalet Pramacou in Tignes Le Lac is now part of our iGOSKi program (http://www.igoski.co.uk/accommodation/ski-tignes/chalet-hotel-le-pramecou.html). Tignes is part of the legendary Espace Killy ski area and is famous for its electric atmosphere. This ski resort is frequently named as one of the best places to ski in the world and is well known by any winter sports enthusiast.
“We are incredibly excited about this addition to our program. It reinforces our mission to continually provide guests with convenient and good value ski weekend packages. Skiers will benefit from 4 days skiing in one of the best ski areas in the world with the convenience of taking only 2 days off work. Not to mention the snow guaranteed in this super high resort.” – says Mike Everett, iGOSKi Sales Director. Booking a Wednesday to Sunday weekend or a Sunday to Wednesday midweek break in one of our favorite high altitude ski resorts means guaranteed fun, snow and great skiing for all. Tignes is a must for anyone with a passion for skiing! It’s home to the finest ski-able glacier in Europe - the Grand Motte - which even offers summer skiing, not to mention the greatest snow record in the European Alps. Expect excellent nightlife and après-ski scene, combined with superb powder snow.
Tignes sits at 2200m high, so it is always caked in snow! Our chalet-hotel is right in the heart of the action at Tignes le Lac, almost ski-to-door. It benefits from ensuite bedrooms with a pleasant and airy feel to them. Many have great views of the mountains and slopes. Our package comes with half board, which is totally hassle free! There is no rush or stress involved in booking tables after a long day skiing. The bread is delivered daily for breakfast by the local boulangerie and our salads and herbs come fresh from the market. Main courses and desserts are elaborated and cooked to the highest standards. The Pramecou has a lovely bright and airy restaurant with great views of the slopes. Guests can take advantage of a reduced price wine list. The friendly bar is fully licensed and serves draft beers, wines, spirits, good coffees and hot chocolates all day. With an open fireplace, small games room and sofa seating, the area provides a pleasant social hub in which to meet before or after dinner.
Most of us book a ski weekend of short break ski because these packages are very convenient and can fit around work schedules, days off and other life commitments. Indeed, you only need 1 day off work in exchange of a 3 days on the slopes! But the reason why most of us opt for these packages is because we would like to reduce, as much as possible, the cost of skiing. Bingo!
Remember to always choose a Tour Operator that gives you financial security (look for the ATOL logo!) such as iGOSKi. Unlike the “DIY” route, the Tour Operator will be able to pack up all the components of a weekend using their bulk-buying power, keeping prices down. Result! Here is a number of elements that can help you to take control of your personal skiing budget:
BOOK EARLY:Yes! Always! Flights get more expensive as the date draws near. Booking early will GUARANTEE the very best prices. Prices will only increase as the date nears.
PRE-BOOK SKI HIRE: Best prices are available for those who pre-book equipment. Offers such as 50% discount (http://www.igoski.co.uk/ski-hire.html ) can only be grabbed by Early Birds.
PREFER MIDWEEKS TO WEEKENDS: Try to go for a midweek break rather than a weekend. Flights and hotels can represent a lot better value when booked for week days. You can travel Sunday (am) to Wednesday (pm) – 3.5 days skiing – for £350 including flights, transfers and catered accommodation. James Hardiman – iGOSKi Managing Director – explains these super low prices: “By utilising off peak flights and filling the same [weekly] bed twice – it enables us to drive down the cost of a Sunday to Weds break which ostensibly ‘piggy backs’ the more common Wednesday to Sunday ski weekend. You can still get 3.5 days skiing for 3 days off work, which is, perhaps, why these are our best sellers!” This link is packed with offers and ideas: http://www.igoski.co.uk/short-ski-breaks.html
EARLY MORNING AND LATE EVENING FLIGHTS: Take advantage of these flights! They are a lot cheaper and maximize your time on the slopes! Yes, you will probably have to sacrifice a couple of hours in bed on the departure day, and maybe renounce to your ‘8 hours sleep’ on the return night before going to work, but hey! the flight prices will make up for it!
DEPARTURE AIRPORT: Try to be flexible with your departure airport. Of course we all love flying from our local airport, but depending on where you are in the country, this comes at a high price. Sometimes an extra hour on the train going to the airport means saving big bucks!
TRAVEL LIGHT:Most airlines nowadays offer discounts for passengers taking hand luggage only. Remember, you are only going for 3 or 4 nights. Getting all into your back pack and hiring skis (instead of paying high rates for ski carriage) can be a clever way to save your funds (see ski hire offers here: http://www.igoski.co.uk/ski-hire.html ). Smart packing means you can spend more on those well-deserved drinks after your day on the mountain!
HALF BOARD / BED & BREAKFAST/ SELF CATERING: Choose a Half Board or Bed & Breakfast package instead of self-catering. The small supermarkets in resort are usually quite pricey (over 40% more expensive than UK shops) and unless you are prepared to spend the big numbers on the catering element of your break, catering included is your best choice. iGOSKi Fabulous Food catering program (http://www.igoski.co.uk/catered-ski-breaks.html ) offer a high level of service that is overseen by specially trained hosts and chalet chefs; so you can expect the very best home cooked food included in your package.
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Thrill-seeking skiers looking for an adrenaline rush don’t have to travel very far for some of the world’s more adventurous slopes. Europe offers a selection of the most famous runs so that adrenaline-pumping ski action can even be enjoyed on a weekend break not too far from home.
The Highest Runs The Vallée Blanche is Europe’s highest ski route, located in Chamonix and possessing a ski lift at a heady 3,842m. It takes skiers up Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe, with the route back down the glaciers into Chamonix being all off-piste. The run is famous for being one of the most scenic in the Alps as well as for its obvious danger element, being completely unmarked and unmaintained. It starts with an exposed ridge walk down from the lift and should be completed with a guide, as it involves skiing through narrow areas between crevasses. The run also takes the title of longest route in the World meaning that it is great for a ski weekend with more uninterrupted ski time and less time on the lifts.
(The amazing Vallée Blanche) The Espace Killy Ski area shared by Tignes and Val d’Isere comes in just shy of Chamonix’s record, with the highest lift being at a height of 3,456m. Here, there are also 27 black runs for the more experienced skiers who are after the bigger thrills.
(The Espace Killy) The Fastest Run ‘The Flying Kilometre’ is found in the Paradiski area and hosts the Speed Ski World Cup with a course record of 156mph. Speed skiing is the second fastest non-motorised sport in the world and when not hosting the professionals, the run can be tried out by those looking to embrace the fear factor on the slopes. It all begins with a near free-fall and concludes with a survival medal awarded when completed. Less accomplished skiers can even give it a go, as all it requires is being able to hold a racing stance whilst reaching speeds faster than the motorway speed limit!
(‘The Flying Kilometre’ in Les Arcs) The Steepest Run The Pas de Chavanette in the Portes du Soleil Ski area, also known as ‘La Mur Suisse’ (The Swiss Wall), is definitely one for the braver skiers with a starting gradient of about 50 degrees that leaves nothing to the imagination. After a snowfall, the skier traffic on the run creates moguls that can reach the size of cars, making the route even more difficult to navigate; whilst its exposed position means that snow can turn into ice quickly for a more treacherous descent. This one is ‘for experts only’ as the sign dictates at the top.
(The Pas de Chavanette) This link is packed with great ideas and offers for your Ski Weekend: http://www.igoski.co.uk
Jumping a snowboard (or skis) is something that EVERY snow user aspires to, yet very few can do it well. Or rather, it may look good when done well, but if not done well, then you look an idiot and everyone laughs at you. Or worse still you end up in the fracture clinic with a big bill!
In order to succeed, then there are three golden rules when learning: 1. Try to pick a jump (which is a jump) and not a “skier-created” whoop off the side of a piste with no landing. 2. Start small and KNOW YOUR LIMITS 3. The catalyst to a good jump is ALWAYS in the take-off.
Find a Jump First, find a jump or build a jump with a powdery landing. A good place to start is at the snow park, there are always small jumps with proper landings. Don’t start on an icy morning, instead wait until the snow has softened.
Run up Approach the Jump at good (moderate) speed. Enough to make it up the transition and into the landing area. Moderate speed is your friend. Too slow and you hang up on the flat bit, (the table top). Too fast and you get the wobbles or over shoot the landing which makes it hard on impact. Tip: Don’t just go into a jump all pumped and full of agro! Stand back (wait your turn) and watch others for tips on where to start the run up from, and how much speed you need. Look at who runs up form where and who succeeds, and who fails. Follow those that succeed!
Body position Keep your weight absolutely central over the board with knees bent and ride up to the jump with slight pressure on your toe edge. Remember, the catalyst is in the take-off. If your weight is not central you will inevitably keel over mid-flight, or nose dive or gawd knows what else! In the air When you are in the air, focus on keeping your body nice and straight, still keens bent, and aim to float over the jump, letting the jump do the work. Just focus on body weight distribution (keeping it central) and the jump will take you nicely onto the landing area. Remember: Keep your knees bent in the air, and always spot the landing, because you will go where your head (and your eyes) are looking.
The landing If you have followed the above and have started with the right speed, and your body is centrally positioned over the board, knees bent and your are spotting the landing – then the landing will happen naturally and without heavy impact. You aim is to land on a down slope, this washes away the speed. Flat landings can hurt – so try to avoid these! Keep your knees bent and absorb the impact as best you can.
Advanced: To get any height or set up for a trick then all of the above is relevant, yet you will want to pop an Ollie right at the last minute (as you leave the lip). Ollie’s can be practised in your living room. Ollie’s gain the rider useful height and set up the body for certain tricks. Other tips are to use your legs to extend up the transition to gain more speed and height.
Great news! We are delighted to announce that Chalet Fjord in Val d’Isere is now part of our iGOSKi program (http://www.igoski.co.uk/accommodation/ski-valdisere/chalet-fjord.html ). Val d'isere is part of the legendary Espace Killy ski area and is famous for its electric atmosphere. This ski resort is frequently named as one of the best places to ski in the world and is well known by any winter sports enthusiast.
“We are incredibly excited about this addition to our program. It reinforces our mission to continually provide guests with convenient and good value ski weekend packages. Skiers will benefit from 4 days skiing in one of the best ski areas in the world with the convenience of taking only 2 days off work. Not to mention the snow guaranteed in this super high resort.” – says Mike Everett, iGOSKi Sales Director. Booking a Wednesday to Sunday weekend or a Sunday to Wednesday midweek break in one of our favorite high altitude ski resorts means guaranteed fun, snow and great skiing for all. Our flights are chosen to maximise your time on the slopes and minimise your time off work. Get in touch now! Our ski specialists will be happy to discuss all details and find the best prices!
Val d’Isere is a must for anyone with a passion for skiing. The ski area is split into 3 different sections, Le Fornet, Le Solaise and Bellvardes, each with their own unique charms. Twinned with Tignes, the area of Espace Killy has a flawless snow record mainly due to its proximity to the Mediterranean and the subsequent low pressures that dump a regular helping of the white stuff onto the neighbouring Italian Alps. Here you will find plenty of choices for all abilities. If you just want to cruise round the resort at a leisurely pace dipping in and out of restaurants, there are lots of gentle runs with fantastic views towards Mont Blanc and Le Grande Motte glacier. If you are an expert skier or boarder then you are certainly in the right place. Off-piste is the star of the show here! Val D’Isere has invented a new type of piste called ‘Naturide’. These are black runs that are still regularly patrolled for avalanche risk but don’t get groomed.
Our Chalet Fjord is centrally located, on the main street of central Val d’Isere, just 5 mins walk from the slopes, and benefits from a sauna. The après-ski bars and cafes are a snowball's throw away (100-200 metres).
Our package comes with half board catering, which is totally hassle free! There is no rush or stress involved in booking tables after a long day skiing. The bread is delivered daily for breakfast by the local boulangerie and our salads and herbs come fresh from the market. Main courses and desserts are elaborated and cooked to the highest standards. Ou menu is complimented by French wine served with evening meals. Thinking Val d’Isere? Think iGOSKi! We thought of all added extras, so you don’t have to! GET A QUOTE NOW! Call us on 02033934671 or e-mail us on email@example.com