The Ski Chalet Experience in Europe!

Ski Chalets
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Ski Chalets really are a home from home in another country, and provide an enjoyable experience designed for people from all over the world. France and Austria are the two most popular ski destinations in Europe, closely followed by Italy, but for the best ski chalets, you are definitely best sticking to Austria or France. The great diversity with these chalets is that they can sleep numbers from 6 to 40, meaning that you could either travel as a family or with a large group of friends.

Chalets are like personal hotels, that are put together to serve your needs. When you arrive you are usually greeted but someone that will take care of you on your stay, usually cooking for you or looking after the washing and what not. In some cases these people are referred to as “Chalet Girls” and not only do they help to look after you on your stay, but have good knowledge of the area and can provide good ski routes. So the ski chalet experience is one where you can enjoy the slopes but be catered for as if you were in the comfort of your own home.

For families or small groups of friends, between 6 and 8 of you could benefit from staying at a beautiful ski chalet in France called Chalet Pia. This chalet is a contemporary styled apartment like appearance and provides cosy and warm close quarters for visitors. There is always a dining and lounge area for each of the chalet apartments. As with most chalet deals, you will be fed breakfast and a 3 course meal most nights as well, this is a perfect place for large families to visit!

For those of you looking for a party adventure with a large group of friends, I bet you though you wouldn’t be able to find a place that could sleep up to 40 of you! Well then you should consider taking a look at the Chalet Mounty in Austria, this resort can take a huge number of visitors, and the best thing is that it is hosted by Crystal Ski enthusiasts, that will cook for you, take you out on ski trips and give recommendations on places to visit, even taking you out to a few of them! This is the jkind of place to take a group of friends that are looking to have a wild time, and enjoy a mass social event where you can all enjoy each others company and meet new friends!

These are just two examples of top quality chalets in Europe, there are many more, but these really stand out for two distinct reasons, they both cater for specific niche markets, one for families and one for large groups!

Bio:

Mark works for a Ski Chalets tour operator with Ski Resorts in France and Austria!

Top 10 Things to Do In Telluride Colorado

A view in Telluride from the ski slopes by Mou...
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Telluride, Colorado was voted as the top 10 ski destinations by Ski magazines. The terrains offer some of the most exotic trails that every skiier would love to explore. Not only is it an excellent destination to visit during the winters, but it is an all year round destination. Those looking for a luxurious holiday to the Telluride Mountains will find a list of things that it is famous for.

Here is the top 10 list of some of the best things that you can do at Telluride:

1.     Helisking – Nothing better than to Heli-ski in Telluride, where you are taken to the top in a helicopter and then you ski down the beaten snow path. Telluride heliski is an experience that you will never forget.

2.     Skiing – Telluride as mentioned is one of the best ski destinations in the United States and had donned several ski magazines with its awesome trails and ski expeditions. When it Telluride you are sure to enjoy this sport. Most Telluride luxury chalets will provide you with skiing equipment.

3.     Skating – The best two joints that you could try ice-skating at Telluride is the Mountain Village and the Harlely Ice Rink. This sport wil thrill people of all ages, infact this is the first place that visitors come to when in Telluride

4.     Ice climbing – Winter in Telluride is beautiful with waterfalls from the San Juan Mountains freezing up to offer visitors a huge playground to enjoy on. This makes a great place for ice climbing, and most luxury chalets in Tellulide store equipment for their visitors.

5.     Dog Sledging – Explore the Alaskan wilderderness on a dog sledge. You can learn everything right from harnessing to how to travel and experience the rough winter wonderland.

6.     Snow Mobiling – Telluride’s expanse from Ghost Town to Hot Springs during winters is covered in ice, and the only way to traverse is via a snow mobile. It is a great way to view the scenery and experience the roughed life first hand.

7.     Spas – After a day of snow mobiling, heli sking and dog sledging you need to relax. There is nothing better than a spa treatment that will rejuvenate your self.

8.     Shopping – Telluride has some amazing shopping arcades where you will find contemporary jewely, art galleries, boutiques and is a great place to shop for outdoor sports equipment.

9.     Food – There is no better way than to unwind and enjoy some scrumptious meal that Telluride has to offer.

10.  Nightlife – You can later unwind at some of their upscale nightclubs where some places even play live music.

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Skiing in Morzine-Avoriaz – The Gateway to the French Alps

French Alps
French Alps

Morzine-Avoriaz is a ski spot in the Portes du Soleil area of the French Alps and a favourite of those looking for a traditional resort with a longstanding pedigree. The resort has the capacity for more than 40,000 people to stay at any one time so it is a fairly sizeable destination and skiing in Morzine-Avoriaz is extremely popular.Despite the fact that Morzine and Avoriaz are usually referred to in the same breath, they are actually two separate locations and each one has a slightly different character. Morzine is the older of the two resorts, with a history stretching back some 80 years and a traditional layout with attractive old school chalets on the lower part of the mountain. 800 metres further up is Avoriaz, a much more recent addition of purpose built accommodation constructed in the 1960s. Avoriaz is the more modern of the two resorts, with a brand new purpose built swimming and leisure complex and excellent environmental credentials (it is France’s only car free resort) but it’s Morzine that has the traditional feel. Together, these resorts are a great option for beginners and those new to the slopes and also offer plenty for the non-skiers in the group.

The Slopes

Obviously most people who visit resorts such as Morzine and Avoriaz have come for the skiing and the position these resorts have in the centre of the Portes du Soleil ski area gives you access to some 650 miles of skiing via the lift links to other villages in the area. Here you will find fabulous 7-mile runs, hundreds of tended trails and slopes, countless lifts of every type and endless opportunities for off-piste adventures. A hands free electronic pass is available for the entire area to make things even easier. Half of Morzine’s slopes have been rated beginner or intermediate so are the perfect place for those looking to find their feet on the snow, and Avoriaz’s slopes are tree free and tend to appeal to those looking for fresh powder. A day’s Domaine Des Portes Du Soleil ski pass for an adult is €43 and for a child €32.

Off Piste Activities

When it comes to activities, both Morzine and Avoriaz have plenty to offer. Both have ice rinks, leisure complexes and the opportunity to get involved in hiking, sleigh rides, dog sledding, or exciting adventures like guided snowmobile tours. Avoriaz is a particularly good spot for families with children as it has the Village des Enfants, which offers a range of activities that are geared entirely towards little ones. If it’s shopping you are after then Morzine definitely wins, whether you’re looking for designer threads, ski gear or just lots of delicious alpine chocolate.

Après Ski And Eating Out

Whilst some may claim to head to the Alps solely for the thrill of the slopes, everyone knows that it’s the après ski that really sets one resort apart from the other. There tends to be more choice of après ski in Morzine, which has 4 nightclubs and a wide range of bars and pubs, such as The Dixie Bar (http://www.dixiebarmorzine.com), a 3 venue chain covering British, Irish and Spanish tastes. Avoriaz still offers a lively evening out with 8 après ski bars – such as live music venue The Place (http://theplace.dk/The_Place/Welcome.html) – and 1 club, but perhaps not the choice of establishments you might get further down the mountain. Similarly when it comes to eating out you will find you have around a third more choice in Morzine than Avoriaz, with everything from a curry to fondue available. La Chamade (http://www.lachamade.com) offers delicious, traditional cuisine in a cosy environment and La Grange (http://www.lagrange-morzine.com) specializes in generous portions of mouthwatering regional dishes.

Accommodation

Both Morzine and Avoriaz have a good range of accommodation, although if you are looking for traditional chalets you will only find these in Morzine. The Chalet Hôtel Les Prodains (http://www.hotellesprodains.com) has great value clean, comfortable and conveniently located rooms from around €60 a night and for something a bit more luxurious the L’Aiglon de Morzine (http://www.aiglonmorzine.com) offers 4 star chalet accommodation from around €185 a night.

Skiing in Morzine-Avoriaz has become hugely popular and taking a closer look at the resorts it’s not hard to see why. Sitting plum in the middle of a huge and well-connected ski area, with prime conditions for both beginners and experts, as well as a huge range of activities and après ski options, the resorts have something to offer everyone looking for a thrilling ski holiday in the French Alps.

Amy is a guest blogger from Easyjet who provide flights to Geneva from more than 30 airports across Europe – the fastest way to the slopes of Morzine-Avoriaz!