When the first British guests arrived to winter in St Moritz in the late 19th century, they looked for ways to amuse themselves until one bright spark came up with the idea of using the natural slope from St Moritz to the neighbouring hamlet of Celerina to create an icy shute, down which they could throw themselves attached to a tiny sled.
Now that the snow has finally arrived in the Alps, the possibility of a winter ski holiday will soon be a reality. Though the Swiss franc is still strong, look around and you will find ample opportunities to save.
Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina is throwing itself into the Engadin’s celebrations of the Full Moon in March 2012.
Powder White is offering free lift passes to those who book chalet holidays in the snow-sure resort of Verbier in the New Year week.
The Cambrian, Adelboden has been independently voted among the ‘50 Best Luxury Adventure Holidays in the World’ for 2012 by AdventureTemples, an exciting new luxury adventure travel service and online community, with members worldwide.
All too often, people seem to think they have to make a decision between a ski and a spa break, when in reality they can enjoy the best of both worlds in one fell swoop.
With the launch of its new online 2011/12 winter holiday brochure, Headwater is challenging people to change their assumptions – snow-filled getaways are not just for the super-fit or hugely experienced.
One of the UK’s leading luxury ski holiday companies, Ski Verbier, which offers Europe’s most sought after, 5* ski chalets costing from £860 to £4,000 per person per week, has expanded from its heartland of Verbier with the launch of ‘Ski Chamonix’, and is now offering fully catered accommodation in two of Chamonix’s most luxurious properties, Chalet Cragganmore (sleeps 12) and Chalet Bowmore (sleeps 8).
Walks Worldwide has a great trek to Switzerland entitled Aletsch Glacier (Europe’s longest and largest glacier). It flows from the southern slopes of Jungfraujoch, just beneath the Eiger, and spreads over an enormous area towards the Valais.
Switzerland is known more for its yodelling and cheese fondues, but there is more than meets the eye to this picturesque alpine country.
New England may be famous for the brilliance of its autumn foliage, but it’s not essential to cross the Atlantic to enjoy this annual phenomenon.
Luxury ski specialist, Scott Dunn, is offering families a very special present this Christmas – a complimentary night for all Christmas week departures in all of its luxury chalets in Val d’Isère, Courchevel 1850, St Anton and Zermatt.
The Aletsch Glacier in the Swiss Alps is both Europe's longest and largest glacier, flowing from the southern slopes of Jungfraujoch, just beneath the world famous Eiger, over an enormous area towards the Valais.
Family holidays specialist Esprit Holidays is offering three fully organised outdoor activity programmes in the French and Swiss Alps this summer for children in age groups from 7 – 11 and 12 – 15 years and separate groups for adults, headed up by experienced outdoor activity leaders.
Following the launch of a new range of options to travel by rail to the French and Swiss Alps families can now take advantage of Esprit Holidays’ family active holidays with prices from just £277pp in July 2011 for a 7 night fully catered holiday by train.
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