Dec 05

St Anton ski hotels offer best customer satisfaction

St Anton has been praised for being home to the best ski resort hotels The Swiss ski resort of St Anton has been praised for being home to the best ski resort hotels, fantastic news for those looking forward to visiting the region on their holidays.

The developments, which can be read in full in this Telegraph article, come after Trivago collated 140 million hotel reviews from more than 200 booking sites, ranking hotels on the level of customer satisfaction. It revealed that hotels in St Anton scored an average of 86 per cent in Trivago’s Hotel Reputation Index, finishing just ahead of the Bulgarian resort of Bankso, which was a surprising silver medallist.

Other resorts that finished in the top ten included the French hotspots of Val d’Isere, Meribel and Tignes, as well as the Bulgarian resort of Borovets.

It is fantastic for people who have already booked into one of the hotels in St Anton for their ski holiday for singles this winter, with the news suggesting that a pleasant hotel stay will be awaiting them on arrival.

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Nov 26

Huffington Post reveals best ski resorts in Europe

A list of the best skiing destinations in EuropeThe Huffington Post recently published an article which listed the best locations in Europe for a skiing holiday. Taking ability into consideration, the list picks two locations recommended for beginners, advanced skiers, and those not wishing to ski at all.

Val D’Isère in France was named as one of the best locations for advanced skiers, making it a fantastic destination for those on single ski holidays with experience. The Huffington Post describes Val D’Isère as being very British, with ‘no need to brush up on your French’ before arriving but more importantly, there are 300km of pistes providing a wide variety of skiing opportunities.

Also gaining a mention because of its facilities for non-skiers, La Plagne is another resort in France which is perfect for a skiing holiday. This is due to La Plagne’s wide choice of things to do, which includes an underground walkway that gives access to restaurants and shops without having to feel the cold.

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Nov 19

Try some weird winter sports this season

Take a look at some weird winter activities While snowboarding and skiing is predominantly the main reason thousands of people visit snow-laden regions every year, there are some other weird winter sports people can try this year.

People booking singles skiing holidays this year can participate in a number of unusual winter sport activities such as human curling in Courchevel, which is where participants get catapulted along the ice themselves instead of a curling stone.

The La Plagne resort offers skiers and snowboarders the chance to take a ski taxi that allows people to access remote mountain restaurants and see parts of the resort that would otherwise be unreachable.

An article on the 2alpes.net website also reveals that in the Les Arcs resort, holidaymakers can have a go at trying to fly a camera drone and win prizes at the same time. Any golfers would also be pleased to learn that Les Arcs offers visitors a Ride ‘N’ Golf activity, which as the name suggests is where competitors ski or snowboard on a course whilst playing golf.

The Val d’Isere resort in France also offers guests an unusual winter activity to take part in. The human snake of sledges sees up to 10 people head down the mountain in a huge chain or alternatively guests can slide face first down the piste on an inflatable air board.

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Nov 18

Verbier opens pistes early after fresh snow fall

Early snowfall has meant that Verbier  has opened some of its pistesFollowing record-breaking snowfall in Switzerland many of the country’s top ski resorts have opened up their pistes three weeks earlier than planned.

Resorts such as Verbier, Saas Fee, Andermatt and Zermatt have all opened pistes after snow has fallen earlier than expected and this is expected to continue in the coming weeks.

This, of course, is great for people looking to head on early singles ski holidays as they will be able to avoid the large amounts of people that often travel to these resorts during the school holidays.

The Tignes resort in France has also been greeted with fresh snowfall in recent days and is expected to fully open for winter in the coming weeks, while other resorts in Austria and Italy are also expected to soon open up their doors to the skiing and snowboarding public.

This early snowfall is predicted to continue this week with Swiss and Italian resorts expected to receive the most.

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Nov 12

La Plagne named second cheapest resort in France

La Plagne has been named as one of the cheapest ski resorts in FranceThe French skiing resort of La Plagne has been named as one of the cheapest resorts in the country, fantastic news for those looking to head off to the mountains for less this season.

It comes after a leading holiday expert collated the prices of 20 of the most popular resorts in the country and based their value on the cost per kilometre. While Serre Chevalier commanded a price of just €2 per kilometre to take the top spot, La Plagne was just behind in second place at €2.31 per kilometre. On the other end of the scale, the two most expensive French regions were Avoriaz and Les Angles, with recorded prices of €7.32 and €7.25 respectively.

In order to generate the figures, researchers looked at the cost of four people sharing seven nights’ accommodation during the school holidays, plus six days of lift pass cover. This price was then divided by the number of kilometres in each resort.

With ski holiday packages for singles now proving more popular than ever, its news which can certainly be used by those on the hunt for the best deal.

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Nov 11

5 reasons you should go skiing in Les Deux Alpes

Les Deux Alpes has plenty to offer those searching for a ski holiday this winterAs one of France’s oldest ski resorts, and boasting the largest skiable glacier in Europe, Les Deux Alpes continues to be a popular destination for those on skiing holidays and here are a few reasons why.

Great for all abilities

Whether you’re a beginner or class yourself as an expert, Les Deux Alpes has an excellent mixture of slopes to keep a mixture of capabilities amused. From the slopes on the glacier, which are perfect for those starting out, to the legendary off-piste runs of La Grave, there’ll be no need to worry about inexperience or the possibility of the pistes not challenging more experienced skiers.

Lively nightlife

Those looking to go on a ski holiday for singles in 2015, will more than likely seek a destination with a buzzing social scene, and Les Deux Alps is certainly no exception. With more than 30 bars and clubs for those staying in the resort to enjoy, it’s the perfect place to meet new people and have a lot of fun in the process. Aside from this, there’s also bowling, a skating rink and an ice grotto to explore.

Efficient lift system

Les Deux Alpes has 53 lifts in total, which offer access to 92 marked pistes, as well as 765 hectares of off piste and 25km of cross country ski trails. Lifts are open in summer and autumn as well as in winter, and the majority are open between 9.15am and 16.30pm. Operating four types of lifts – button tow, chair, télécabine and téléphérique – you’ll find getting around Les Deux Alpes a breeze.

Fantastic food

Previously receiving a rave review from the Daily Express, Les Deux Alpes is well known for its delicious French cuisine served in a variety of the resort’s excellent restaurants. Serving local French specialities such as cheese fondue and meat platters, there’s all a skier could possibly need when refuelling after a busy day on the slopes. From those boasting large sun terraces such as La Toura to traditional mountain restaurants, a variety of different dining experiences can be enjoyed during a skiing holiday here.

Affordable

Not only does Les Deux Alpes offer the above four points, but it is also has a reputation for being great value for money, offering affordable skiing in a lively and colourful resort.

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Oct 24

Telegraph releases list of world’s best ski runs

Earlier this month, the Telegraph released their list of the world’s best ski runs, which included a number of destinations perfect for those on singles skiing and snowboarding holidays. North America claimed many of the spots in the list, but the Alps did just as well, with France, Austria and Switzerland featuring as well.

Verbier in Switzerland was placed at number 11 on the list, for its extreme ski run Tortin, which is recommended for experts and those with nerves of steel. Tortin was followed closely by The OK and Face de Bellevarde in Val d’Isere, which are both downhill courses created for previous sporting events, such as the World Cup and the Olympics.

Courchevel’s Grand Couloir also featured in the top 15, as it is wide and easy yet provides a challenge due to the two more difficult descents you will need to pass in order to reach it. However, you’ll want to make sure you look your best when using this ski run as it’s within easy viewing from the piste.

Sep 25

Les Deux Alpes all set for Rise Festival

A new music festival is to feature in Les Deux Alpes in DecemberIt’s been announced that a top new music festival is to feature in Les Deux Alpes this December, fantastic news for those already looking forward to their skiing holidays for singles during the period.

Called Rise Festival, it will be taking place from 13-20 December and promises to bring some of the biggest acts in music to entertain the crowds, among those being Jackmaster, Hannah Wants, B-Traits and Artwork – plus many more to be announced in the coming weeks. It has been organised by the same team behind Rock the Pistes, an event which continues to flourish in the neighbouring resort of Portes du Soleil.

It’s a great example of the fantastic events you could be enjoying on your ski holidays this winter, offering the perfect means of entertainment if you fancy taking a break from the pistes of Les Deux Alpes.

France’s second oldest ski resort, Les Deux Alpes offers the largest skiable glacier in Europe and provides fantastic skiing for all abilities.

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Sep 10

Les Deux Alpes to open over autumn half term

Les Deux Alpes is all set to open during the Autumn half term weekThe popular French ski resort of Les Deux Alpes is all set to open during the autumn half term week, fantastic news for those seeking to kick off their snow season nice and early.

Again likely to be a popular resort for family and singles ski holidays in 2014, Les Deux Alpes offers more than 410 hectares of skiable terrain, which can be accessed through a vast network of 55 different lifts. It has the largest skiable glacier in Europe and is beaten only by Chamonix as the oldest ski resort in France.

It will be open from 25 October until 2 November, although some areas may be closed because of the lack of snowfall. If you are unable to reach the mountain during half term, the fact that the winter season officially gets under way at the end of November means that there won’t be long to wait!

Other resorts to open early across Europe include Cervinia in Italy and Zermatt in Switzerland, both of which offer reduced openings during the half term period.

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Feb 03

Les Deux Alpes receives rave review

Les Deux AlpesAccording to an article in the Daily Express, the French resort of Les Deux Alpes is unbeatable when it comes to skiing holiday destinations.

The resort, which is a particularly popular singles skiing holiday spot, has been highlighted as a great skiing and snowboarding location recently, with an expert travel writer giving it a rave review.

The Daily Express article highlights that the resort has “superb pistes” for skiing and great restaurants where visitors can tuck into meat and cheese fondues.

The glacier at the resort is skiable all year round and all the Les Deux Alpes resort’s hotels and chalets are built on a plateau, meaning there are no hills, so it is easy for skiers and snowboarders to get around the resort.

The 140 miles of piste at Les Deux Alpes cater for all types of skiers – from beginners to experts – and the lifts down from the mountain go straight into the town.

The article also said that the town has a range of activities on offer for visitors, including a variety of bars and restaurants, a cinema, an ice skating rink, a heated swimming pool, sweet shops, patisseries and gift shops.

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