Yearly Archives: 2015

Enchanting Christmas Market – Brunico, Dolomites

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Visitors to the town of Brunico in the Italian Dolomites this December will be enchanted by the festive atmosphere of the annual Christmas market.

Over 35 market booths spread though the town centre present their beautiful displays of handmade crafts, gift items and other Christmas delights. Among the tasteful objects on sale are handmade Christmas tree decorations, wooden toys, leather and glass goods, ceramics, hand sculpted candles and much more. Also on sale are hot chestnuts, Sud Tyrolean delicacies and enticing confectionery.

Wonderful scents of pine, freshly baked pastries and cinnamon fill the air. Families can enjoy the children’s train ride or ice skating rink in front of the town hall. Musical performances take place in the streets under the town’s beautiful Christmas lights, including singers, Tyrolean brass bands or even Alpine horns.

Complete the feeling of Christmas spirit with a warm glass of mulled wine (or 2!), and perhaps, a few snowflakes!

Brunico street

Christmas lights in Brunico, Dolomites

Christmas market -confectionery

Brunico Christmas market stall, Dolomites

Christmas market -tree decorations

Brunico Christmas Market stall – tree decorations

 

brunico church

Brunico, Dolomites

Dolomiti’s Super Snowmaking

According to local folklore, a sweet lady called Frau Holle lives in a piece of paradise and when she shakes the bed sheets from the window, snow falls to the ground. Well Frau Holle can now take a break when she needs to, as these days almost 100% of Dolomiti Superski’s slopes have modern snowmaking systems. To reproduce realistic snowflakes, pure crystal-like water originating from mountain streams and free from any additives, is pumped into the air at very high pressure. As it falls in freezing conditions it is transformed into perfect snow.

Dolomiti Superski has 1200 km of slopes,  90% of which are to be found at an altitude between 1500 and 3269 metres. Every evening when guests are resting after a hectic day on the slopes, 300 snowcats begin their shift to prepare slopes with tender loving care and ensure that pistes are presented in the best possible condition. The task force team of machines smooth the slopes so they retain a good grip making it easy for you to show off your ski style, and careful preparation means that you are far less likely to lose control of your skis so the number of accidents between skiers is greatly reduced.

Regular systematic preparation of the slopes compacts the snow and protects the environment from the sharp edges of boards and skis which can otherwise do harm. The weight of the snowcats is distributed over a large area and it’s impact is actually less violent than that caused by hikers. Dolomiti Superski’s drivers are highly trained in their craft which is not as easy as it may seem. The result? Impeccable slopes each and every morning to welcome skiers.

What more could you wish for other than sweet Frau Holle will choose to shake her sheets all night and stop just in time for sunshine at first lift!

 

Visit Dolomitisuperski.com for full information on slopes, weather, webcams

 

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FIS World Cup Alta Badia

This December marks the 30th anniversary of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Alta Badia; the races will be taking place across 20th & 21st December.  All the usual big ski stars will be there (last year’s podium : First place for Marcel Hirscher (Austria), second for Ted Ligety (USA) and third for Thomas Fanara (France).

Great news this time round – there’s a new event! December 21st will stage the Parallel Giant Slalom at night, a new discipline in the FIS calendar. Alta Badia are proud to host it for the first time ever on the Gran Risa!  We can’t wait to go and watch …

Rail travel to the Alps

Winter sales are now open for train tickets throughout Europe with special rates for Early Bird tickets. These are limited, book now for the best rates this winter.

Trains to the French Alps run from Paris to Bourg St. Maurice, just 30 minutes from our Chalet Hotel Les Melezes, Tignes, or Pére Marie, Villaroger, Paradiski, and prices start from just £38 return.

DOLOMITI SUPERSKI by train
Paris to Venice from just 35€ one way. Take the Thello sleeper train departing Paris daily and arrive the next morning in Venice. The service arriving on Sunday mornings fits with our transfer service to Albergo Frohsinn, Alta Badia or Chalet Hotel Diamant, Kronplatz.

Alternative rail routes to the Italian Dolomites include via the scenic Arlberg Pass from Switzerland, or by German rail to Innsbruck.

For really helpful information about rail travel throughout Europe, visit www.seat61.com

For booking trains from UK stations to anywhere in Europe, visit LOCO2. This site makes booking train connections unbelievably simple!

First Snow of Winter

Snow is falling in Tignes & the Dolomites today and we’re opening on 9th October for Ski & Board Camp 2015 .  Price for a 3 night stay from just £129 per person and includes Geneva transfers, catered accommodation, lift pass and rental equipment.

THIS OFFER RUNS THROUGHOUT OCTOBER HALF TERM and we are running Freeski Courses for junior shredders  and we’ve got some great Pre Season Progression Courses throughout the offer.

Contact reservations@mountainsunltd.com for further details.

Staff Wanted for Winter 2015/16

Longing to Work A Ski Season?

We are currently recruiting for winter season 2015/16 and have positions available for chalet hosts, house/chalet manager, chef/caterers/chalet cooks, bar staff, drivers and ski techs.

If you are passionate about the outdoors and keen to be in the mountains and have a good attitude to work and customer service we may have the perfect opportunity for you. Please send CV with covering letter to admin@mountainsunltd.com

 

Ski & Board Camp 2015

The Ski & Board Camp 2015 is NOW ON SALE – popular as ever, it’s selling fast.  Where else can you bag 3 nights catered accommodation, Geneva transfers, lift pass and equipment rental from just £125?   Contact reservations@mountainsunltd.com for further information.

 

Via Ferrata

A Via Ferrata is a protected climbing route, the name means “iron road” in Italian. Modern Via Ferratas have a steel cable running along the route which is fixed to the rock every 3 to 10 metres. Climbers can secure themselves to the cable using via ferrata kit, limiting any fall, and use the cable as an aid to climbing. Other aids to climbing such as iron rungs, pegs, carved steps, ladders and bridges may be located on the course and allow potentially dangerous routes to be undertaken with less risk than unprotected scrambling or climbing and without the need for climbing ropes. Relatively inexperienced  climbers can enjoy the dramatic positions and access difficult peaks that would otherwise be only accessible to serious mountaineers. Some equipment is required (climbing harness and via ferrata kit comprising of a energy absorbing lanyard with 2 carabiners, plus a helmet) and a good head for heights is essential.

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Bike Friendly – Alta Badia

This summer the area of Alta Badia in the Italian Dolomites are going all out to become one of Europe’s top areas for cycling holidays.

The tourist office have created graded routes both for road cyclists and for mountain bikers and increased the number of lifts that can carry cycles.

Road cyclists can take part this summer in a series of guided road bike tours arranged by the Touist Office of Alta Badia in collaboration with Dolomite Biking Guides for just 25€. One of these routes, Passo delle Erbe / Wurtzjoch Tour passes right by our own Chalet Hotel Diamant.

It is even possible to hire electric cycles locally if you need some help with the hilly terrain!

Chalet Hotel Diamant has indoor cycle storage (locked) and an area where you can work on your bike, as well as several bikes guests can hire.

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Snow Volleyball – Kronplatz hosts World Tour

This weekend Kronplatz hosts the Snow Volleyball World Tour for the third time. Courts have been marked out at the top of Concordia 2000, Plan de Corones, and over 200 participants will compete.

Snow Volley ball is volleyball on snow. It took off in Wagrain,  Austria in 2008 and was acknowledged as an official sport by the Austrian Volleyball Association in 2011. The annual tour first took place in 2012 and has expanded each year. This winter, tour events have already taken place in Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic before visiting Kronplatz in Italy.  The movement are working hard to achieve global recognition for this increasingly popular sport and are seeking venues to host an offical European Championship in 2016.

With the atmosphere of a beach party complete with deck-chairs, palm trees, hot tub and cheerleaders, Kronplatz looks set to have an entertaining weekend.

In the words of Skirama who are promoting the event sponsored by Amway – “Good mood guaranteed!”

Details:  http://www.kronplatzevents.com/en/events/snow-volleyball-tour/info.htmlsnowvolleyball - kronplatz