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2016 World Snow Awards – we’ve been nominated

Mountainsun Ltd are thrilled to be shortlisted for the 2016 World Snow Awards in the category “Best UK Chalet Company”.

The winner of this category is decided by public vote. Voting will be open until 8th October 2016 at 5pm.  Please vote for us here:- http://www.worldsnowawards.co.uk/public-voting-2016/

 

The World Snow Awards, presented by The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard, honour the very best in the world of skiing and snowboarding.

The prestigious awards recognise the best brands, retailers, resorts, operators, venues and personalities in the industry, highlighting the top performers from the past 12 months and the most promising prospects for the season to come.

With 23 awards up for grabs the winners are decided by a judging panel of the leading figures in the UK skiing and snowboarding industry as well as by public vote. The likes of technique guru and celebrity coach Warren Smith and the Telegraph’s ski editor Henry Druce will meet to decide which travel providers and resorts have made the biggest impact and which new kit stands out from the crowd, as well as choosing a worthy winner for the coveted lifetime achievement award – awarded to someone who has made a remarkable difference with their contribution to UK snowsports.

The awards are unique in that they allow the UK public to have their say in a total of 4 categories including Best Snowsports School and Best UK Chalet Company. Results from the industry ski and snowboard tests are also compiled to celebrate the best hardware that will grace the mountain next season.

With awards for everything from Family Resort of the Year to best UK snowsports retailer, The World Snow Awards celebrate everything that matters to skiers and snowboarders in the UK when choosing how to spend their next trip in the mountains.

Entries are now open across all categories – winners will be awarded at The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show London at Battersea Evolution 27 – 30 October 2016.

PLEASE VOTE FOR US NOW!

Best UK Chalet Company

 

2016 World Snow Awards presented by TELEGRAPH SKI and SNOWBOARD

 

Perfect Snow and Empty Pistes in January!

Over a metre of snow has fallen across the French Alps in the last couple of weeks, with the depth now at around 180cm on the upper summits of Tignes. After the low levels of snow during the Christmas and New Year periods, the snow is a welcome relief for the tourist industry and also for those guests booked for later trips in the season.

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Tignes Le Lac and Val Claret with an abundance of snow, taken yesterday the 21st January 2016

January is renowned for being a quiet month in the Alps, and due to the sparse snow in December it seems that people that would normally come at this time of year have been deterred somewhat. This is a huge shame as the conditions right now are incredible, with ample snow and bluebird days -the seasonal staff are in their element! Wide, empty, corduroy pistes are there for the taking and with no lift queues at all, so much more ground can be covered in a day. There is still a lot of off-piste powder to be had, with ski touring being offered by numerous guides. In Tignes we would recommend Flossie Cockle from Freeflo and Rab Bickerdike from TDC.

After a busy start to the year, our chalets in Villaroger, Les Coches and Tignes are all fairly quiet right now and as a result we are offering some great last minute deals. Flights are proving to be reasonable last minute too, maybe due also to lack of bookings. A recent flight I was on from Geneva to Manchester was extremely quiet giving me an entire row to stretch out on! So if you have the luxury of being able to take time off as and when, I can only recommend coming out to see us sooner rather than later. If you want to find out more about what’s currently on offer in France, contact reservations@mountainsunltd.com for more information.

There is no snow forecast for the next week or so but things can change incredibly quickly in the Alps and with the cold temperatures that are currently being experienced, the snow that is already here is set to stay. Add to this, the fact that the pisteurs are working hard to maintain the pistes and the snow cannons are constantly creating new snow and the pistes will continue to be in great condition for everyone to enjoy for weeks to come.

 

 

 

Kronplatz hosts International Snow Sculpture Festival

The XXV1 International Snow Festival takes place in Dolomiti Superski this week.

 

Creation of imaginative sculptures begins tomorrow (13/01/16) in San Candido, in the Sextner Dolomiten region, and from the 18/01/16 in San Vigilio in Kronplatz. This year, over 30 artists are participating in teams coming from USA, Russia, Romania, Latvia, France, Netherlands, Mexico, and Italy, as well as Sud Tyrolean teams from the School of Stone Processing in Lasa, School for Sculptors in Innsbruck and from the Ortesei Art School.

 

The festival promises to be spectacular. The rules are simple:- Fresh snow is pressed into 3 x 3 x 3 metre blocks which are located in the main streetss and areas of the villages. A raffle is drawn to decide the blocks and each team then carves their design ideas into the snow using tools and nothing else but water which will of course quickly turn to ice in winter temperatures. The artists have just 3 days to complete their masterpieces after which time, tourists and local residents can vote for their favourite. The sculptures will be illuminated in the evenings creating amazing effects that differ from daylight views. The sculptures can be admired until mild weather melts them away and this will hopefully be some time in low winter temperatures.

 

San Candido, SEXTNER DOLOMITEN – snow sculpture building 13 Jan to 15 Jan 2016

San Vigilio, KRONPLATZ– snow sculpture building 18 Jan to 20 Jan 2016

 

These pictures are of previous year’s sculptures and we look forward to seeing 2016’s creations of this increasingly popular form of artwork. Our Chalet Hotel Diamant, Kronplatz, is within easy access of the San Vigilio festival and with fresh snow this week and more forecast, our guests will definitely be having fun!

 

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Sculptures in 2015 International Festival, Sud Tyrol

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!

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Christmas lights in Brunico, Dolomites

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Brunico Christmas market stall, Dolomites

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Brunico Christmas Market stall – tree decorations

 

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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.