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PRODUCT OVERVIEW 2011/12

(The following is subject to change.)

PRIVATE LESSONS — Skiing, Snowboarding or Telemarking, All Levels

Create your own agenda with a private lesson, and receive specialized attention for fast, fun results. With over 1,300 best-in the- business pros (instructors) across four mountains, we have coaches for every age and ability level. From beginning turns to hitting the steeps and deeps or jibbing in the park & pipe, we teach it all, and we guarantee it! You and up to four friends or family members (no additional charge) will enjoy privileges that include custom-tailored teaching, priority lift access, mountain guiding, and overnight ski/snowboard storage. Offered every day at every mountain, lessons are available starting from 9 a.m. or by special arrangement. Lessons with pros fluent in many different languages are also offered, subject to Availability.

RESERVATIONS ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED AND REQUIRE PREPAYMENT. For details contact Mike at Born2ski

Lift ticket and equipment not included.

HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR CHILDREN AGE 12 AND UNDER AND RECOMMENDED FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS.

MEETING PLACES:

  • Snowmass (970-923-8733) — The Treehouse Plaza
  • Aspen Mountain (970-925-1227) — Private Lesson Desk in the gondola building
  • Aspen Highlands (970-544-3022) — Private Lesson Desk at the Aspen Highlands base area
  • Buttermilk (970-920-0788) — Outside the Bumps building, next to the Private Lesson Desk

Note: Park & pipe lessons will take place at Snowmass or Buttermilk.

SKIING & SNOWBOARDING FOR ADULTS — Group Lessons/Clinics

Beginner’s MagicTM

Levels 1-3 Offered daily at Snowmass and Buttermilk, 10:00am-3:00pm, includes lift ticket, lesson and equipment rental voucher Specifically designed to meet the needs of first-time through beginner (levels 1-3) skiers and snowboarders, Beginner’s Magic utilizes a unique teaching method that assures peak performance while building confidence and comfort in a new sport and the mountain environment. Your progress will astonish you… it’s guaranteed.

Adult Group Lesson

Levels 4-9 Offered Daily at Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands, 10:00am- 3:00pm

In groups of similarly skilled skiers or riders, you get tons of individual attention to polish your turns, gain confidence in the bumps and terrain parks or master the steeps and deeps.

Women’s Edge

Levels 4-9 Offered at Snowmass, Monday — Thursday, 10:00am-3:00pm, January through March

Stir the passion in your skiing with this unique multi-day program designed especially for women and taught by PSIA-certified female Pros. Advance your skills, develop lasting relationships and simply have a blast.

SKIING & SNOWBOARDING FOR CHILDREN & TEENS — Group Lessons

*NOTE: Helmets are REQUIRED for children ages 12 and under participating in a Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass lesson and recommended for all participants

Kids’ Group Lesson

All Levels, Skiing; ages 7-12; Snowboarding; ages 5-12 offered Daily at Snowmass, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands (skiing only, levels 5-9) from 9:30am-3:15pm

Kids make friends and learn to ski and ride in a fun, supportive environment. A day includes exploring the coolest trails, visiting dedicated kid’s adventure zones, and building skills in the park & pipe. Highlights of the week include Race Day and Park & Pipe Day.

Classes are divided according to age and ability and include a supervised lunch.

Teens’ Group Lesson

All Levels, ages 13-17 Offered Daily at Snowmass and during holiday break weeks at Buttermilk from 9:30am-3:15pm

Our Teens’ “Too Cool for School” program is taught by our most qualified coaches. Teens explore the mountain, checking out all of the terrain, from the beginner areas and the easy groomers to the park & pipe and the bumps and steeps. Groups are formed by skill level and goals.

Teen Steep Camps

Levels 8-9, Skiing only, ages 13-17 Offered at Snowmass and Aspen Highlands. 4-day program: Monday — Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. on select weeks throughout the season

These four-day free-skiing camps are for advanced and expert skiers and are designed to teach kids and teens how to ski North America’s toughest black and double-black diamond terrain in a fun, dynamic environment. Small groups stay together with the same pro for the week and are joined by some of the top free skiing competitors.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS FOR AGES 6 & UNDER

A few important insights:

Delighted children are key to an amazing vacation. Our highly-rated programs are designed to allow children to fall in love with skiing and snowboarding. Classes are structured to support a dynamic, interactive learning experience with tons of Personal attention. Please be aware class ratios may be higher during our busiest times.

To avoid long lines and save money on lessons and equipment with early-purchase discounts, we strongly recommend reservations and prepayment.

Equipment.

HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR CHILDREN AGES 12 AND UNDER.

To save time on lesson day, we encourage pick-up of rental equipment the afternoon before. We are unable to guarantee at what point late arrivals on lesson day will be able to join a class.

SNOW CUBS

8 weeks to 4 years (DAYCARE) at Snowmass Our Colorado state-licensed day-care, located in the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Centre, caters to infants and toddlers and provides a licensed registered nurse on staff. Children spend time playing games on and off the snow under supervision of our kids’ specialists and are grouped by age with dedicated theme rooms for each group. Lunch is included. Please have children at the program by 9:30am.

SPACE IS LIMITED. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS AND PREPAYMENT ARE REQUIRED. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR CHILDREN AGES 12 AND UNDER.

Drop-off Time: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; pick up 3 to 3:30 p.m. (complimentary childcare until 4 p.m.) Lift ticket and lunch included.

MEETING PLACE: Snowmass — 970-923-0563 — The Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Centre, first level

CUBS ON SKIS

2 ½ to 4 years (Snowmass and Buttermilk), ski only

Introduce your child to the fun of skiing with this all-inclusive package. Children enrolled in Cubs on Skis will spend time on snow with our pre-school specific pros in their own learning area complete with Magic Carpets. The rest of the day will be Spent enjoying hands-on activities at the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Centre at Snowmass or the Panda House at Buttermilk.

Lesson, equipment, lunch and daycare are included. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS AND PREPAYMENT ARE REQUIRED.

HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR CHILDREN AGES 12 AND UNDER.

Drop-off Time: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; pick up 3 to 3:30 p.m. (complimentary childcare until 4 p.m.)

Lift ticket, equipment, daycare and lunch included.

MEETING PLACE

Snowmass (970-923-0563) — The Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Centre, first level

Buttermilk (970-920-0935) — Panda House at the base of Buttermilk

BIG BURN BEARS

Snowmass — Ages 3 to 4, ski only

At Big Burn Bears, pre-school children learn to ski under the guidance of specially trained pros. Their own beginner area, obstacle courses, Magic Carpets and immediate access to the rest of the mountain make skiing a fun experience. Plus, the Treehouse includes their very own Bear Den, a themed indoor activity centre complete with a puppet theatre and a great place for lunch. Bears must be potty trained.

POWDER PANDAS

Buttermilk — Ages 3-4, ski only

Pandas enjoy a world of their own near the base of Buttermilk with the perfect teaching hill all to themselves. This beloved program offers children’s groups a walk out the door to their very own Magic Carpet area. More advanced Pandas ride the Unforgettable skitch towed by a snowmobile to their lesson area and, when ready, ski the mountain top to bottom. Lunch is included. The Powder Pandas program is convenient for parents skiing at Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands. Powder Pandas must be potty trained.

HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR CHILDREN AGES 12 AND UNDER.

Lesson, lift ticket, lunch/snacks, and equipment rental included.

Drop-off Times

Full Day: Drop off 9 to 9:15 a.m.; pick up 3 to 3:15 p.m. (complimentary childcare available upon request 8:30 to 9 a.m. and 3:15 to 4 p.m.)

Half Day, AM: Drop off 9 to 9:15 a.m.; pick up by 12:30 p.m.

Half Day, PM (first-time skiers ONLY): Drop off 12 to 12:30 p.m.; pick up 3 to 3:15 p.m. (complimentary childcare available upon request until 4 p.m.)

GRIZZLIES

Snowmass & Buttermilk — Ages 5–6, ski and snowboard

The Grizzlies spend their days on the mountain, enjoying their own beginner area and direct lift access for tearing up the slopes. Special events include the Winter Wild Things Native Animal Exploration program and race days. The Grizzlies program at Buttermilk is convenient for parents skiing at Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands. Both the full-day and half day lesson options are available at Snowmass and Buttermilk.

GRIZZLIES AT HIGHLANDS

Ages 5–6, Levels 5 and up, ski only

The fun kids’ trail and great terrain of Aspen Highlands, combined with very talented kids’ pros, provide your child the most exciting ski experience in the valley. A level 5 skier must be able to do a hockey stop both ways, handle using poles, ski blue Terrain comfortably, and make parallel turns. Only the full-day lesson option is available at Highlands. Lesson, lift ticket and lunch included; equipment not included but available for rent with advance reservation.

Drop-off Time: 9 to 9:15 a.m.; pick up 3 to 3:15 p.m. (complimentary childcare available upon request 3:15 to 4 p.m.)

Half Day, PM (first time skiers only): Drop off 12 to 12:30

Aspen Highlands Full Day: Drop off 9 to 9:15; on snow 9:30 am to 3 pm; pick up by 3:15 pm.

Monday, 07 March 2016 00:00

Dry Ski & Indoor Ski Slopes

Born2Ski always recommend our clients visit one of the many Dry Ski or Indoor Snow domes before visiting a resort.

Either to get your first experience on skis or as a great way to get your body ready for the exertions of an Alpine Ski Holiday.

UK dry ski slopes

Get back into the swing before you go. And if you've never been skiing or boarding before, definitely go: it'll save you a lot of time in resort. Don't forget to wear gloves and padded clothing though.

What about trying dry slopes to learn the basics of skiing before you go on holiday?

Most dry ski slopes offer courses for beginners, ranging from a few hours of introduction, to a series of intensive courses. Although the material usually used to make dry slopes (Dendix) is different from snow, it certainly gives one an idea of what skiing is all about. It is also a bit more difficult to ski on dry slopes, making the first runs on real snow seem much easier.

Recent improvements in materials used on the slopes have successfully diminished problems caused by rougher materials from earlier days that caused burns and scrapes when skiers fell, and also damaged equipment.

Indoor ski slopes that have been developed over the past several years differ from dry ski slopes in that they are inside huge buildings kept at near freezing temperatures and, like mountain ski resorts, use sophisticated snowmaking technology and guns to create a real snow surface.

Real snow centres are found the world over, including the Middle East, giving basically city dwellers access to instruction and preparation for ski or snowboard holidays, exercise, and fun.

Indoor ski slopes are located in Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

Construction of new indoor snow palaces is taking place in Bahrain, Belgium, and the United States. Las Vegas, Nev., North Carolina, and New Jersey all have indoor ski areas in various stages of planning and construction.

FULL LISTING

Southern Slopes

http://www.swadlincoteskislope.co.uk/
John Nike Leisuresport Complex
Sir Herbert Wragg Way
Swadlincote
Derbyshire
DE11 8LP
UK Reception: +44(0)1283 217200

http://www.chathamskislope.co.uk/
Chatham Ski Centre
Alpine Park
Gillingham
Kent
ME7 3JH
UK Reception: +44(0)1634 827 979

http://www.llandudnoskislope.co.uk/
Llandudno Ski Centre
John Nike Leisuresport Complex
Great Orme
Llandudno
LL30 2QL
Wales Reception: +44(0)1492 874707

http://www.plymouthskislope.co.uk/
Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre
Alpine Park
Marsh Mills
Plymouth
PL6 8LW
UK Reception: +44(0)1752 600 220
Facebook: OFFICIAL Plymouth Ski and Snowboard

http://www.ridehalifax.co.uk/
Tele: 01422 340760

http://www.kendalski.co.uk/
The Secretary
Kendal Ski Club
Canal Head North
Kendal
LA9 7BY
0845 6345 173 (answer phone)

http://www.sheffieldskivillage.co.uk/
4 Vale Rd, Sheffield, S3 9SJ
Tel: 0114 276 0044

http://www.midlothian.gov.uk/topic.aspx?topicid=86
Midlothian Council
Midlothian House
Buccleuch Street
Dalkeith
EH22 1DN
Tel: 0131 270 7500

http://www.xscape.co.uk/snow/castleford/?PHPSESSID=90d94017bc61b09f30caf9d2a8decffa
XSCAPE CASTLEFORD
Located at J32 off M62
Address; Xscape Ltd, Colorado Way, Glasshoughton, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 4TA

http://www.xscape.co.uk/snow/braehead/ Xscape Braehead, Kings Inch Road, Braehead, Renfrew, PA4 8XQ

http://www.runcornskicentre.co.uk/ Town Park, Palace Fields, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 6PT Tel 01928 701 965

Monday, 07 March 2016 00:00

Self Drive Ski and Snowtrains

There are two Ski trains to France
Eurostar ski train runs from 19 December 2011 to 16 April 2012. Travel to the heart of the Alps with stops at Moutiers, Aime La Plagne and Bourg St Maurice. You can also travel to Paris then catch the SNCF overnight couchette (6 person compartments) arriving Saturday morning.

Ski Train Advantages

  • Hassle-free ski train
  • 3 Different travel options
  • 8 days skiing with overnight services
  • Short transfers to resort
  • FREE carriage of skis

CHOICE of 17 ski resorts to chose from in France:

Alpe d'Huez, Brides les Bains,Chamrousse,Courchevel,La Plagne,La Rosiere, La Tania,Les Arcs,Les Deux Alpes,Les Menuires,Meribel,Mottaret, St Martin de Belleville,Tignes,Val d'Isere,Valmorel,Val Thorens

Good news for Northern travellers!

The St Pancras link is now open meaning a simple connection from Euston & King's Cross. Travel time from Leeds to Moutiers now around 9 hours! Plus new Ebbsfleet station near Dartford has masses of parking for London-based travellers.

London - Moutiers ....... 7 hours
Manchester - Bourg-St Maurice............10 hours
Birmingham - La Plagne ................8 hours

OPTION 1 — Direct Eurostar services from London St Pancras to the Alps

A wonderfully relaxed way to travel with short transfers and reduced check-in time. Eurostar give you a choice of either a daytime Saturday service or overnight Friday service arriving Saturday morning.

OPTION 2 — Friday night Paris snow train from London

Take the evening Eurostar from St Pancras to Paris Gard du Nord. Travel from Paris by SNCF overnight couchette (6 person compartments) carriage down to the Alps, arriving Saturday morning.

OPTION 3 — Using Rail Europe scheduled train services

Most Swiss resorts are near a train station including Wengen, Klosters & St Moritz and those around the Eiger & Grindelwald, but can involve a couple of train changes. In Austria, St Anton, Lech and Kitzbühel are all accessible, plus those around Innsbruck.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

French Resorts by Rail

Courchevel (3 Valleys)

Generally considered the most chic and the most expensive resort in France. It also happens to have outstanding skiing. There are four quite separate villages at different altitudes. 1850 is the highest and where it gets its expensive reputation, so if you can’t afford 1850, then 1650, 1550 and 1300 (Le Praz) gives you the same skiing for lower bar prices. Very French.

Getting there: Train to Moutiers. Altibus (£5 return person) or taxi (£25 each way). 35 mins to 1850. Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. (book sleeper Snowtrain or Eurostar overnight seat only). Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6pm. (book Eurostar)

Méribel (3 Valleys)

Meribel is in the middle valley, sandwiched between Courchevel and Val Thorens, hence excellent access to the other resorts. It is split in two between the village (1400) & Mottaret (1800). With a predominance of chalets, it also has plenty of oldworld charm, with few high rise blocks. Popular with the Brits.

Getting there: Train to Moutiers. Altibus (£5 return person) or taxi (£25 each way). 20 mins to Meribel. Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6pm.

Val Thorens (3 Valleys)

The Val Thorens glacier offers the highest skiing in Europe so good snow is the norm. Little bit further from Moutiers as it’s so high. Architecturally a sad sight, but lots to do after a days skiing.

Getting there: Train to Moutiers. Altibus (£5 return person) or taxi (£25 each way). 40 mins to Val Thorens. Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.

Les Arcs (Paradiski)

A number of different levels and lower villages accessible like x. Main resort at 1800.

Getting there: Train to Bourg St Maurice . Vernicular (tube train) goes to 1800 (£5 return person) or taxi (£25 each way). 15 mins on vernicular. Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.

La Plagne (Paradiski)

A resort on six different levels from 1800 to 2100, plus some lower villages. Main resort at 2000.

Getting there: Train to Aime La Plagne, then Altibus (£5 return person) or taxi (£25 each way). Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.

Chamonix (Mont Blanc)

Famous for its challenging skiing (not really a resort for beginners). Very traditional and therefore more picturesque than many of the purpose-built French resorts, but this means it’s a bit spread out. Car-free, but a free bus runs between the various lifts.

Getting there: Train to Chambery then to Chamonix via Annecy & Saint Gervais Les Bains. Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.

Megève (Mont Blanc)

Megève vies with Courchevel 1850 for the title of France's smartest resort. Three main ski areas, and welcomes "families and intermediates"; more serious skiers should head to nearby Chamonix. It has Alpine ambience, superlative designer hotels, Michelin-rated restaurants, and sophisticated nightlife. Much loved by Parisians, apparently.

Getting there: Train to Chambery then to Saint Gervais Les Bains via Annecy. Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.

Argentière (Mont Blanc)

Beautiful glacial scenery and rugged off-piste beneath the soaring peaks of the Mont Blanc massif. This is the starting point for the famous Vallée Blanche, a 15 mile descent past crevasses & house-sized ice boulders. For serious skiers only.

Getting there: Train to Chambery then to Chamonix via Annecy & Saint Gervais Les Bains. Taxi from Chamonix (£30 each way). Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.

Val d'Isère (Espace Killy)

Another chic French resort with excellent skiing for all levels, though it is also known for its excellent off-piste potential. Good snow record gives a long season. Two main areas, but lots of access points so doesn’t appear busy. Links with Tignes. Popular with British.

Getting there: Train to Bourg St Maurice. Taxi (40 minutes / £40 each way) or Altibus (70 minutes / £15 each way). Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.

Tignes (Espace Killy)

Good snow record with offer of summer skiing on glacier. Four main areas, all purpose-built so not a lot of Alpine charm. Links with Val d’Isere. Popular with the French.

Getting there: Train to Bourg St Maurice. Taxi (40 minutes / £40 each way) or Altibus (70 minutes / £15 each way). Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.

Switzerland Resorts by Rail

Very traditional resorts and hence lots of atmosphere.

Davos

Another claim for the oldest skiing resort. Plenty of skiing, shopping and tradition for all standards. Split into two, one part has better access to slopes, one to the shops. Popular with the wealthy and heads of state (World Economic Forum). Linked to Klosters.

Getting there: Train to Zurich via Paris (30 min Metro to Gard Lyon), then via Landquart to Davos (2.5 hours). Leave St Pancras on daytime train Saturday 7am, in Zurich by 5pm and resort by 8pm.

Klosters

The smaller sister resort to Davos, it retains more of the alpine village feel and still cites farming as one of its main sources of income. Some tough runs mixed with some easy ones. Resort has two main areas, with Klosters Platz the main one round the train station. Popular with heirs to the throne.

Getting there: Train to Zurich via Paris (30 min Metro to Gard Lyon), then via Landquart to Klosters (2 hours). Leave St Pancras on daytime train Saturday 7am, in Zurich by 5pm and resort by 8pm.

Wengen

Car-free resort hosts the famous Downhill Only Club, one of the earliest British skiing clubs and the Lauberhorn mens downhill course. Good for beginners (except children) and challenging off-piste, but intermediates might struggle. Extremely picturesque with the Eiger as a backdrop. Popular with old-school British. Linked with Grindlewald.

Getting there: Train to Interlaken via Zurich and Paris (30 min Metro to Gard Lyon), then via Lauterbrunnen to Wengen (45 mins from Interlaken). Leave St Pancras on daytime train Saturday 7am, in Zurich by 5pm and resort by 9pm.

Zermatt

Historic climbing town with lashings of Alpine charm and good restaurants. Recently benefited from investment in the lifts and offers skiing for all levels. popular with a celebs. Links with Cervinia in Italy.

Getting there: Train to Bern via Paris (30 min Metro to Gard Lyon), then a new link via Visp (90 minutes from Visp on scenic train). Leave St Pancras on daytime train Saturday 8am, in Bern by 6.30pm and resort by 8.30pm.

St Moritz

Home of British Alpine skiing and the Cresta run, it’s long on tradition for the rich and well connected. Lots of winter activities as well as skiing. Split into two (one lakeside, one mountain side). Popular with the wealthy.

Getting there: Train to Zurich via Paris (30 min Metro to Gard Lyon), then via Chur to St Moritz (3.5 hours / 4 hours on scenic train). Leave St Pancras on daytime train Saturday 7am, in Zurich by 5pm and resort by 9pm.

Austria Resorts by Rail

Austria tends to have more picturesque resorts as they aren't generally purpose-built like France.

St Anton

One of Europe’s great ski resorts due to its challenging slopes and vibrant nightlife. Not a resort for beginners. Two sides of the valley are ski able, with Rendl the easier. Linked with Lech. Popular with party goers.

Getting there: Train to St Anton (am Arlberg) via Munich and Paris (10 min walk to Gard l’Est). Overnight option: leave St Pancras Friday 5.30pm, leaves Paris 11pm and arrives Munich 9am Saturday 7am. Two hours via train to St Anton, so in resort by 12am. Daytime option:

Zell am See

Very pretty, traditional lake-side resort that has both summer and winter skiing on Austria’s highest mountain. Mainly intermediate level. Lively après ski means it’s popular with young Germans.

Getting there: Overnight: Train to Zell am Zee via Brussels. Overnight option: leave St Pancras Friday 5.30pm, the Bergland Express leaves Brussels 11pm and arrives Zell am Zee 11.30 Saturday. Daytime option: via Munich or Saltzberg.

Kitzbühel

Arguably the most picturesque Austrian resort, it is also hosts the Hahnenkamm, the most famous downhill course in racing. The skiing is mixed ability, however. The après-ski scene is also lively. Popular with the party set.

Getting there: Overnight: Train to Kitzbühel via Brussels. Overnight option: leave St Pancras Friday 5.30pm, the Bergland Express leaves Brussels 11pm and arrives Zell am Zee 11am Saturday. Daytime option: via Munich or Salzburg.

TRAIN STATION TRANSFERS

France

All France transfers are within 20 - 40 minutes from the train station by taxi (eg Meribel 20 mins, Val Thorens 40 minutes from Moutier). There is usually a local bus which takes a bit longer.

Altibus - cost from mainline stations to resorts is fairly standard at 25 Euros return (£17.50) / children half price.

Taxi - taxis will cost around £40 each way for a standard 30 minute trip for 4 people. For firm price, use the taxi links on your resorts' website (links to resort sites)

Switzerland

Virtually all major resorts have a train station, so transfers not required.

Austria

Like Switzerland, most resorts have a train station in them or close by that has good bus links.

Self Drive Skiing

Drive your car to the slopes - save money and gain extra time skiing

The most accessible and popular destinations for self-drivers are in France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and northern Italy. To give you an idea of distances, the French resort of Les Arcs is a drive of 950km from Calais, and Lech in western Austria just over 900km from Amsterdam.

Travelling to France or western Switzerland, you'll probably take the autoroute via Reims, Dijon and Mâcon. At Mâcon you can either cut in to Geneva for Switzerland and northern French resorts, or head to Lyon for the rest of France.

For Italy, it's probably simplest to head to Chamonix and then take the Mont Blanc Tunnel

( Tel 00 33 4 50 55 55 00 Or Web Site; www.tunnelmb.net).

Standard cars are charged €31.90 (£22) one way, €39.70 (£28) return to use the tunnel.

For eastern Swiss resorts, the normal route is via Reims and Metz, while those bound for Austria tend to go through Belgium, then past Cologne and Munich. See www.viamichelin.co.uk or www.mappy.com to plan your route.

Born2ski can arrange your Eurotunnel crossing together with your accommodation. You can take as long as you like to get to and from the resort, all we ask is that you arrive at and leave your accommodation on the specified dates reserved.

We can also arrange short break or longer durations if required.

Eurotunnel

Eurotunnel offers departures up to 3 times per hour 24 hours a day. The Folkestone Terminal has a full range of facilities to pick up anything that you need for your journey. The crossing time from Folkestone to Calais takes just 35 minutes.

There is a ticketless travel system with Eurotunnel. We will send you with your final documentation the 8 digit booking reference number. Please quote this at the automated check-in lanes (by typing in the number) or to the Eurotunnel staff at the manned check-in lanes.

FREE Eurotunnel Flexi-Plus

Included in your Eurotunnel crossing is a FREE flexi-plus upgrade which offers

Flexibilty to take another departure if you happen to arrive early or late at the terminal Priority boarding with exclusive check-in booths Flexi-plus lounge (open 6am-10pm) offering complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and a light meal Dedicated parking spaces at the terminal if you are stopping off Please note that due to height restrictions, vehicles over 1.85 metres in total height cannot use the FlexiPlus lounge, due to safety reasons caused by the location of the high space lanes.

Alternatively you can Cross the channel by FERRY at your chosen time and take your time to drive to the Alps. Stay overnight if you wish in one of our conveniently located hotels. We can also book Sea France DOVER – CALAIS or Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to Caen, Cherbourg or St Malo; Poole to Cherbourg and Plymouth to Roscoff, so please call our office if you would like further information on these crossings.

What Other Costs Should I Consider?

Fuel prices on the Continent are generally slightly cheaper than here. But tolls can be significant. Drive on the auto routes between Calais and Les Arcs, for example, and you'll be paying around €80 (£57) each way. In Switzerland and Austria, rather than paying charges at toll booths, you need to purchase a "vignette", effectively a windscreen sticker. Sold in most petrol stations and at border crossings, the Swiss version is valid for a year and costs SFr40 (£17), and the Austrian €7.60 (£5.40) for 10 days.

One important consideration is how close to your accommodation you'll be able to park, and any charges for parking. Similarly, if you will be driving between your accommodation and the ski lifts, you might want to check parking costs at the lifts.

Overnight Hotels en route

To ensure a hassle-free journey to resort, Born2ski can book hotel overnight stops in France. Great Prices from £30 per person per night.

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