The week ahead
The week ahead
European Weather and Snow This Coming Week
Much of the Alpine area will continue to experience above average temperatures for a few more days at least, although temperatures are dropping and most forecasts indicate seasonal averages prevailing within a week or so. The weather will remain settled and (unfortunately) dry for most areas into next week.
European weather continues to be dominated by a blocking system of high pressure to the East, which brings milder than usual conditions to most of The Alps. Longer range forecasts are hinting at movement and we have our fingers crossed.
Some of the early-opening resorts have announced delayed openings this week – including Davos and Val Thorens – although glacier skiing is available at several resorts in Austria, Italy and France.
Unfortunately, our Worry Beads are not yet available. we are still only at mid-November and there is plenty of time for snows to come.
LAST MINUTE DETAILS FOR THIS DECEMBER…
Snowsure skiing at it’s best!
7 night Central B&B Hotel from R7,990
10 nights Central B&B Hotel from R10,990
12 nights Central B&B Hotel from R12,990
*A welcome dinner
*A hearty breakfast daily
*Accommodation in room type selected
*Christmas Dinner (if applicable)
*Return shuttle r\transfers ex Milan Malpensa airport
*Apre ski arrangements such as local pubbing & clubbing
*Black Bagging –a moonlight descent into the village
*Ice skating evening – for kids and teenagers only
*International swift fees for all pre-paid services
*Local bedding & tourist taxes
*New Years Dinner (if applicable)
*Resort representatives services
*Ski doo ride with a mountain hut dinner
*Ski equipment hire – skis, boots and poles
*Ski Excursions to Zermatt & Valtourenche
*Snow karting – a race on ice that’s never to e forgotten
*Handy Pre-departure Advice booklet
*Comprehensive Resort Advice booklet
Learn To Ski Before You Go:
*FREE Ski Lesson at The Ski School of South Africa
*Discounted Ski clothing & further discount on lessons
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Watch this space…..
WINTER SEASON STARTS ON 29th OCTOBER
Be the first to celebrate the winter season: At the foot of Mt Cervino you can start your ski season early! The snow’s great for splendid skiing in Italy and Switzerland.
PREVIEW WINTER SEASON 2011-2012
Nuova funivia per Plateau Rosà
The new cable car, futuristic design with maxi windows ensuring spectacular views during your ride, the future is here from this winter! It’s not only for skiers…
Over the Summer 2010 the first technical works were carried out to guarantee the general revision of the lift. The Spring of 2011 will see the continuation of the works and the replacement of the electronic and electromechanical parts, to be completed before the Summer opening on the 2nd July 2011 and over the autumn break the vehicles will be replaced. Breuil-Cervinia winter 2011-2011 will open with this fantastic new technology!
>>> Translation: “up-grading and lift improvements!”
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A brief summary of past experience in the ski business:-
I started skiing in the seventies in Austria and since then have spent approximately three weeks each year pursuing mypassion.
Snow Safaris started in 1985.
Destinations include the following.
St. Johan, Steinplatte, Igles, Neustift, St. Anton, Ischgl, Hintertux, Elmau, Going, Saalbach, Mayrhofen, Westendorf, Kitzbuhel, Kaprun, Hopfgarten, Scheffau, Galtur, Lech, Zurs and Kufstein.
Arraba, Colfasco, Selva, Corvara, Cortina, Cervinia, Pila, Courmayeur, Livigno, La Thuile, Sestrieire.
Verbier, Zermatt, Crans-Montana, Samnaun, St. Bernard Pass, Andermatt, Davos, Klosters.
Meribel, Chamonix, Avoriaz, Val d’Isre, Courchevel, Val Thorens, Tignes, Les Arcs. La Rosierie, Sainte Foy, La Plagne
Squaw, Heavenly, Vail, Beaver Creek
Portilla, Valle Nevado, Colorado.
Also in Southern Africa, we have skied Cape Mts., Rhodes, Tiffindell, Lesotho Highlands and the Drakensberg.
As an organizer of private ski trips, I have organized and guided in excess of 30 tours to various high quality ski resorts around the world on an annual basis.
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Avoriaz is completely unique. The design and architecture of the town is very 60s, but it was nevertheless well thought out and there is something spectacular and charming about its crazily angled structure, enhanced by its impressive setting on the edge of a cliff. One of the really exceptional features is that practically all the accommodation is ski-in ski-out.
As the village is car-free and very wide, everyone whacks on their equipment outside their apartment and cruises down to the lift a much preferable way to start the day than cumbersome bus journeys and long walks. The mountains are unquestionably superb, with Avoriaz being bang in the centre of the massive Portes de Soleil circuit that unites the slopes of France and Switzerland. If you are looking for luxurious accommodation think again there is only one hotel that could be described as such, Les Dromonts; most of the apartments are pretty cramped.