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Maximise your time on piste with early bird ski deal

11th August 2011 Print

A new scheme has been launched to help skiers make the most of their winter break and maximise their time on the pick of the Alpine Pistes.

Ski specialist Take Me To (Ski) has come up with an introductory package aimed at cutting the time visitors spend getting to grips with the basics of high altitude skiing by providing free ski hire and lessons for the first two weeks of December.

The early bird offer will also apply to snowboard hire and lessons.

Brand manager Chris Wadley said: “Rather than waste precious hours of their holiday tracking down the best deals on ski hire and sorting out suitable instructors, we have come up with an introductory package aimed at getting them out on the pistes as quickly as possible.

“People have told us they find the whole business of tracking down the best deals on ski hire and booking lessons a real drag on their holiday experience. We’re all about experience and that’s what we aim to give our customers.

“As far as we’re concerned nothing is too much trouble. By sorting out the whole pre-piste package for them they get to spend more time doing exactly want they came for – taking advantage of some of the best downhill runs in the French Alps.

The introductory package will give early season skiers first glimpse of the newly upgraded facilities at the company’s jewel in the crown Hotel Les Grande Rousses in the top French Alpine resort of L’Alpe d’Huez.

Gloucester-based Take Me To (Ski) acquired the hotel earlier in the year and immediately launched a top to bottom refurbishment in time for the new ski season.

Chris Wadley, who spends half his time on location in the resort, said: “Already the rooms are looking good and with the work continuing at this rate, the hotel will be completely transformed before the start of the season.

“We aim to dramatically transform the hotel facilities on offer to four-star level. The overhaul will give us one of the most contemporary interiors in the resort.”

The Hotel Les Grande Rousses is located right on the snow front and visitors can Ski in and Ski out. The main lift which transports skiers to the central skiing area of L’Alpe d’Huez is only seconds away from the hotel and all of the bars, shops and restaurants are within a few minutes walk.

The 55-room hotel is fully equipped with an indoor swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi and offers first class food in the restaurant. The lounge is equipped with a fully serviced bar and open fireplace. All rooms are offered on a "Chalet-Hotel" basis including breakfast each morning, afternoon tea and cakes when you arrive home after the day skiing and a sumptuous four course evening meal each night.

Inside is a large living and dining area equipped with UK satellite TV. The hotel also boasts large south facing balconies for you to absorb breathtaking views of the Oisans Mountains.

Chris Wadley concluded: “I can assure everyone high altitude skiing is a world away from trying out the artificial slopes at Gloucester! By taking advantage of our introductory package skiers can be sure to get the best value for money and maximise their time on the Pistes.

“We see the introductory package as a way of introducing both first time and experienced skiers to our refurbished hotel in one of the most popular resorts in the Alps. We are delighted with what we have achieved and hope this introductory package will encourage more skiers to try our completely revamped facilities.”

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