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UK ski market tough sell for tour operators as market share continues to spiral

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A new report is concluding that skiing is a hard sell in the UK.

The picture isn’t looking rosy for UK based tour operators trying to sell ski packages. The annual report on the state of the British ski holiday industry has concluded that the ski market continued its free fall, having dropped a further 11% year over year after product offerings had been depressed with a 13.3% decline in demand on the previous year. Overall demand for skiing has dropped by 25% since the start of the global recession and for the first time since the start of the decade, there are less than a million active skiers according to a study released by UK’s top tour operator, Crystal. Continue reading ‘UK ski market tough sell for tour operators as market share continues to spiral’

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More than $ 5-million being invested at Les 2 Alpes for upcoming season

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Skiers can look forward to more air time with the introduction of a new lift for the upcoming season.

Les 2 Alpes –one of the two French resorts open for summer skiing – is investing more than $5-million USD ahead of the upcoming season to build a new quad chairlift, improve signage and install avalanche triggers to protect power lines. Continue reading ‘More than $ 5-million being invested at Les 2 Alpes for upcoming season’

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Les 2 Alpes expands snowpark for summer business

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Les 2 Alpes opens up for business June 16th

Les 2 Alpes is ready to launch the biggest snowpark when it opens up for summer skiing and boarding on June 16th.

The French high alpine resort is once again going to be the first to open for the summer and will offer 1,000 m vertical (3,280 ft.) descents starting from an altitude of 3,600 metres.

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German Alps look forward to epic ski season

The renowned Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski area in Bavaria.

It’s going to one heck of a winter in Germany’s alpine ski region of Upper Bavaria.

In addition to being one of Europe’s up and coming ski destinations, Bavaria’s ski areas will host a plethora of major competitions this upcoming season, giving tourists many excuses to visit the historic region.

The 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will be held in Bavaria’s famous Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski area from February 7th till February 20th. Garmisch-Partenkirchen last hosted the World Championships in 1978. It also hosted the first Olympic alpine skiing competition at the 1936 Winter Olympics.

Garmish has invested heavily in preparing for the World Championships, including the creation of a second downhill slope to compliment the famous Kandahar downhill, and the addition of several new cable cars and chair lift.

According to the mayor of the town of Garmish, Thomas Schmid, the ski resort has invested about 60 million Euros ($80m) for the event, and another 42 million Euros ($57m) has been spent to speed up the train from Munich to Garmish for 2011. The train is well-known because skiers can take the train from Munich with their skis on, because it stops 200m from the bottom of the ski hill. The train ride takes about an hour and a half.

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Huge expansion of France’s Avoriaz gets underway

Avoriaz village in the French Alps.

A massive expansion of Avoriaz ski resort in France that will create two totally new resort districts gets underway this month.

Each district will include several new accommodation complexes, and that’s not all. Avoriaz is also building a large new water park and a spectacular new lift to replace the cable car link between the resort and Morzine in the valley below. Much of the new development will be completed in time for the winter after next, so December 2011.

The two new resort districts will be called Crozats and Amara. Between them they will add nine new Maeva and Pierre and Vacances residences containing more than 40 new apartments.

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Summer skiing in the Alps is a beginner’s paradise

Les Deux Alpes in France.

A great place for first timers to learn to ski and board could be summer glacier skiing in Les 2 Alpes in France.

There are 90 hectares of ski runs including two green nursery slopes and four more easy blues to progress on to. For the more advanced there are two red runs as a freestyle zone and off-piste area. 16 ski lifts operate in summer (51 in winter) comprising two gondola lifts, a cable car, four chairlifts, seven drag lifts, a snow tow, a funicular and an inclined lift.

From the top of the glacier skiers and boarders also enjoy a breathtaking 360 degree panorama, views over Mont Blanc and the Ecrins National Park and the chance to visit a glacier ice cave.

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Norway’s struggling Stryn soldiers on

A lone skier enjoys the summer weather at Stryn.

The struggling Stryn summer ski centre in Norway may survive after all.

Online reports say that the favourite ski resort of many ski racers including the great Alberto Tomba has been saved from threatened closure due to its economic difficulties.

Norway operates three small summer ski centres, equal to France, Italy and Switzerland, with only Austria offering more. Stryn operates a chairlift and a drag lift from late May to early August. The exact season end date depends on the amount of snow melting during the summer and weather conditions.

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