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Useful sites to visit before you book your next Ski Trip
This recent blast of icey weather has probably affected us all in some way, some of us have had to endure a nightmare commute to work that has ended up taking at least double the usual amount of time, and the lucky few have been having fun making snow angels and snowmen. It's no surprise to hear that the the specialist European ski travel agency, has been inundated with calls from people who have been enjoying the snow so much they have decided to book a ski holiday. If the never ending snowfall has encouraged you to book a ski break for your next trip, have a look at some of the great sites out there that can help you book your perfect trip.
Whether you are planning your skiing holidays in Europe or you plan to travel a little further afield to North America, make sure you have a look at Erna Low. As well as having a wide choice of Ski resorts to view from around the around the world, there is also a great section for ski holiday ideas. Here you can find information from their Top 5 snowboarding resorts to affordable ways to ski during the credit crunch.
An appropriate ski training program is essential for all skiers. If you’re thinking about getting in a few lessons before your next holiday, visit About Ski Schools for all the information you’ll need including Ski lessons, training exercises and fitness recommendations to improve your performance.
A great site to visit if you’re not sure where to begin when your planning your skiing holiday. They have a great section where you can find the “Deal of the Day” They’ve also got a great blog full of lots of up to date info about what’s going on in the skiing world. If you’re planning your holiday in America visit their partner site, www.skiamericaonline.co.uk which is full of the same great stuff as the first site, but for American skiing holidays. Run by skiing enthusiasts with hands on experience in all sectors, you can be sure that these guys know what they’re talking about.
Chaletsdirect.com is the perfect place to find your holiday accommodation in France, whether you're looking for self catered apartments or luxury catered ski chalets . There are great tools for finding your ideal holiday, such as the Solutions Room, a unique forum where you can post your requirements and let the offers come back to you. There is also the excellent fun and informative Ski Blog for news, views and useful advice on holidaying in the mountains at any time of year.
Before you set off on your holidays, it’s best to have all your ski gear and equipment ready beforehand. Most resorts will have shops that can offer you everything you need, but at a much higher price than if you had brought the goods beforehand. Because you don’t want to be wasting your hard earned money on these overpriced goods, SkiHeart.com searches the web for cheap snowboards and discounted ski equipment for you. Shop here before you buy your gear.
Interactive Resorts was established in 2004 by a group of 4 passionate skiers and boarders who, having worked in the industry for a long time, thought that they’d be able to provide a better service for skiers than most established travel agencies and tour operators. Over the last 6 years, Interactive Resorts has become the UK’s biggest and ski chalet specialist travel agent. They have several “catch all” websites, such as www.catered-ski-chalets.co.uk and www.last-minute-ski-deals.co.uk , which caters for the late booking ski chalet market. Each major resort also has a website devoted to it, www.courchevelskichalets.co.uk being one good example. Last year saw the launch of the flagship website www.interactiveresorts.co.uk which features maps of all chalet locations in a very unique layout. All the staff are experienced ski seasonnaires, no one gets a job at Interactive Resorts without ski experience, which means you can all be assured that you’ll always be dealing with someone who knows exactly what they’re talking about!
While this site isn't going to help you book your perfect trip, it will help you find the perfect gift for yourself, or a fellow ski lover. The owner of Vintage Ski World, Richard Allen, began collecting skis and other gear in the late 1980s and now boasts a huge selection of collectable items such as Vintage Posters, Photos, DVDs, Skis, Boots, Poles. A dream site for any collector wishing to build upon thier current collection.
If your planning to go skiing in the Alps and are looking for some excellent accommodation choices. Visit HolidayinAlps.com. They are a small family company specialising in high quality self catered accommodation in St Gervais and Les Contamines, Evasion Mont Blanc, France. They have a great range of around 20 properties ranging from 1 bedroom apartments to 5 bedroom chalets with hot tubs and sauna and they're all only an hour from Geneva airport.
If you are looking for some advice on where to ski from a more pesonal point of view, take a look on Travel & Tweet for their post on the Top Ten Ski Destinations in North America. Here you can find a great round up of Ski destinations and a some useful information about each one.
Chalet Cyclamen -Les Carroz chalet offers catered ski holiday, ski weekend and summer holiday in the Grand Massif, French Alps
Try this site for an excellent source of information on Whistler Blackcomb, one of the world's top ski resorts.
Bulgaria skier offers holiday ski apartments for rent in the ski resort of Cedar Heights in Pamporovo, Bulgaria
Ski chalets and apartments Book ski accommodation direct with owners
If you have any useful Ski sites, leave your comments below and I'll add them to the list!