Thursday, October 19, 2017

Revealed: Morzine is one of Europe's cheapest ski resorts!


Big news for budget-conscious travellers – according to a new report this week, the Slovenian resort of Kranjska Gora has the lowest prices in Europe, knocking Bansko in Bulgaria off the top spot for the first time in seven years.

Produced in partnership with Crystal Ski Holidays, the 11th annual ski costs survey from the Post Office compared prices in 22 European resorts – five French, five Italian, five Austrian, three Swiss, and one each in Andorra, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Finland.

Acclaimed as Europe's best-value family resort in December last year, Kranjska Gora has now been confirmed as the cheapest resort overall, followed by Bardonecchia, in Italy. Of the 10 cheapest destinations on this year’s Post Office report, four are Italian, providing an alternative to the Eastern European resorts which are usually seen as a good bet for a lower-priced winter sports break.

The biggest decrease is Morzine in France, with a price index that’s 13 per cent lower than October 2016. Prices have also dropped significantly in other French resorts, including Les Deux Alpes (down 11 per cent), Serre Chevalier (9.3 per cent) and Val d’Isère (7.6 per cent).

Sunday, October 15, 2017

€147.9 million on lift and piste development over the next 20 years

The big news at the  town council public meeting this month was the formal presentation of a new lift development connecting Morzine and Avoriaz. The current Mayor has expressed his desire to better connect the two resorts for a number of years, and as far back as 2009 we heard rumours of a new telepherique to link the two together. However, although those responsible for the resort’s development have approved the final plan for the new lift, there are likely to be a number of legal objections which could delay construction for a long time. More on this to follow…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Christmas in Morzine – children ski for free!!




Still undecided about what to do over the Christmas holidays? 

Alptitude have the answer for you;
Have yourself a merry little (white) Christmas here in Morzine!

Christmas in Morzine is without doubt one of the most magical times of the year here in Morzine.

The streets of Morzine will be full of Christmas spirit and excitement.   There will be a Giant Christmas tree, stilt walkers, live music, a light show and much much more.

Father Christmas and his elves even have a small village in Les Gets that you can visit and see them hard at work in their workshop!

As a gift to all of you coming to stay at Christmas – free children’s liftpasses!*


*Offer applies to all children under 12 years old when buying an adult Portes du Soleil liftpass valid from 5-7 days. Deal runs from 23/12/2017 to 29/12/2017 inclusive. The free liftpass will be valid for the same duration as the one purchased.

Alptitude have some great apartments and chalets for you will even put a beautifully decorated christmas tree in your property for all your presents to sit under!  Read on 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

8 Things to Learn Before Ski Season

Make sure you’re getting the most out of the hardest waiting game on earth!

But self-improvement is also about picking up new skills, getting that step ahead of hordes of skiers aiming at your secret stash. To make sure you're getting the most out of the hardest waiting game on earth, here are a couple things you should learn before the bull wheel starts spinning in a few short months.

1. How to put on chains READ ON

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Gear Made Clear: Skis

Ski construction may seem like a difficult subject to fully grasp—after all, how often do you get to take a look at the proverbial guts?—but the reality is similar building principles apply to each and every pair of planks on the market, regardless of the brand behind them.

Freeskier.com have kindly put together this guide to ensure you know exactly what it is you’re looking for in your next set of skis.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Flying with Skis: Cost Guide for the 2017/18 Season

So, you’re no stranger to hitting the slopes come winter. This time, you’ve taken the step to buying your own skis and you can’t wait to get out on the snow. But wait, it’s not that simple. You’ve got to get your equipment to the resort! What’s the cost of flying with skis? This varies from airline to airline – and if you don’t plan ahead, you’ll get stung. Here’s our ski equipment flight carriage cost guide for the 2017/18 season.

Note: Some airlines will accept ski equipment instead of baggage with no extra charge. This sounds like a great deal but let’s face it, we all take baggage with us on a ski holiday. In these instances, we’ve listed the additional charge of travelling with both baggage and ski equipment.

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Airport Baggage Area - Flying wish Skis Cost Guide

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

What To Know When Buying New Ski Boots


With so many choices, how do you know what type of ski boots to get?
While few purchases are as exciting as new ski equipment, the act of shopping also comes with a healthy dose of consternation. Nowhere do we get more flustered than trying to figure out how to find the right pair of ski boots.

As a reflection of our many different skiing styles and desires, the industry has produced specific boots to match our ever-segmented world. From fit to style to design to whether or not you want a walk mode and grippy soles, just knowing where to begin can be intimidating. This is true for professionals on down to beginners.

But this issue applies best to those who ski all the time: Boots, which cost a pretty penny, mean a great deal to us. In fact, boots can make or break a season. Since we depend on them all the time, we need them to be comfortable and work as intended. But even those of us who ski regularly have a hard time knowing exactly how a boot should properly fit.

In search of professional advice, I reached out to one of the industry's foremost experts in bootfitting and design. Matt Schiller, 46, has spent the majority of his career dialing equipment for some of the world's best skiers. From the World Cup to big mountain athletes to the X Games, he's been responsible for making sure boots, skis, and bindings are precisely tuned to get every possible advantage on the biggest stage. That includes three years as the service manager for the U.S. Ski Team, six years as Nordica’s race director, and three years as competition director for Atomic, where he helped Mikaela Shiffrin find the best fit for her equipment as she launched her career.

As the saying goes: You don't choose the boot—the boot chooses you. Schiller says finding new boots starts with having an open mind about fit, mechanics, and function. During an appointment, Schiller takes at least a half hour to collect several measurements before he even puts a boot on someone's foot. "I look really hard at mechanics," he says. "That will give them a short list of boots where they can think about fit, stance, and flex, and then they can go pick their top three boots with some guidance. I think that has to happen, no matter if you're a pro or a layman."

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