Born2Ski always recommend our clients visit one of the many Dry Ski or Indoor Snow domes before visiting a resort.
Either to get your first experience on skis or as a great way to get your body ready for the exertions of an Alpine Ski Holiday.
UK dry ski slopes
Get back into the swing before you go. And if you've never been skiing or boarding before, definitely go: it'll save you a lot of time in resort. Don't forget to wear gloves and padded clothing though.
What about trying dry slopes to learn the basics of skiing before you go on holiday?
Most dry ski slopes offer courses for beginners, ranging from a few hours of introduction, to a series of intensive courses. Although the material usually used to make dry slopes (Dendix) is different from snow, it certainly gives one an idea of what skiing is all about. It is also a bit more difficult to ski on dry slopes, making the first runs on real snow seem much easier.
Recent improvements in materials used on the slopes have successfully diminished problems caused by rougher materials from earlier days that caused burns and scrapes when skiers fell, and also damaged equipment.
Indoor ski slopes that have been developed over the past several years differ from dry ski slopes in that they are inside huge buildings kept at near freezing temperatures and, like mountain ski resorts, use sophisticated snowmaking technology and guns to create a real snow surface.
Real snow centres are found the world over, including the Middle East, giving basically city dwellers access to instruction and preparation for ski or snowboard holidays, exercise, and fun.
Indoor ski slopes are located in Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.
Construction of new indoor snow palaces is taking place in Bahrain, Belgium, and the United States. Las Vegas, Nev., North Carolina, and New Jersey all have indoor ski areas in various stages of planning and construction.
- Ackers Trust Ski Centre, Birmingham 0121 772 5111
- Alpine Snowsports Centre, Hants 01252 325 889
- Avon Ski & Action Centre Ltd, Avon 01934 852335
- Bassingbourn Snowsports Centre, Herts 01462 618091
- Christ’s College Ski Club, Guildford 01483 504988
- Bowles Ski Centre, T Wells, Kent 01892 665665
- Brentwood Park Ski & Snowboard Centre, Essex 01277 211994
- Bromley Ski Centre, Kent 01689 876812
- Calshot, Southampton, Hants 02380 892077
- Chatham, Kent 01634 827979
- Snowtrax, Christchurch, Dorset 01202 499155
- Exeter and District Ski Club, Devon 01392 211 422
- Folkestone Ski Centre, Kent 01303 850333
- Gosling Ski and Board Centre, Herts 01707 384384
- Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre 08702 400375
- Hemel Ski Centre, Herts 01442 241321
- John Nike Leisure Complex, Bracknell, Berks 01344 789002
- Knockhatch Ski and Snowboard Centre, Hailsham, Sussex 01323-843344
- Norfolk Ski Club 01603 662781
- Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre, Plymouth, 01752 600220
- Riviera Ski & Water Sports, Aylesbury (formerly Captains Cabin) 01296 432288
- Sandown Park, Surrey 01372 467132
- Southampton Alpine Centre 02380 790970
- Suffolk Ski Centre, Ipswich 01473 602347
- Tallington Dry Ski Slope, Stamford 01778 344990
- The Dorset Snowsport Centre, Dorchester 01305 853 245
- Torquay Alpine Ski Club 01803 313350
- Wycombe Summit, Berks 01494 474711
- Xscape Snowdome, Milton Keynes 01908 200 020
- Yeovil Ski Centre, Somerset 01935 421 702
John Nike Leisuresport Complex
Sir Herbert Wragg Way
UK Reception: +44(0)1283 217200
Chatham Ski Centre
UK Reception: +44(0)1634 827 979
Llandudno Ski Centre
John Nike Leisuresport Complex
Wales Reception: +44(0)1492 874707
Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre
UK Reception: +44(0)1752 600 220
Facebook: OFFICIAL Plymouth Ski and Snowboard
Tele: 01422 340760
Kendal Ski Club
Canal Head North
0845 6345 173 (answer phone)
4 Vale Rd, Sheffield, S3 9SJ
Tel: 0114 276 0044
Tel: 0131 270 7500
Located at J32 off M62
Address; Xscape Ltd, Colorado Way, Glasshoughton, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 4TA
http://www.xscape.co.uk/snow/braehead/ Xscape Braehead, Kings Inch Road, Braehead, Renfrew, PA4 8XQ
http://www.runcornskicentre.co.uk/ Town Park, Palace Fields, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 6PT Tel 01928 701 965
There are two Ski trains to France
Eurostar ski train runs from 19 December 2011 to 16 April 2012. Travel to the heart of the Alps with stops at Moutiers, Aime La Plagne and Bourg St Maurice. You can also travel to Paris then catch the SNCF overnight couchette (6 person compartments) arriving Saturday morning.
Ski Train Advantages
- Hassle-free ski train
- 3 Different travel options
- 8 days skiing with overnight services
- Short transfers to resort
- FREE carriage of skis
CHOICE of 17 ski resorts to chose from in France:
Alpe d'Huez, Brides les Bains,Chamrousse,Courchevel,La Plagne,La Rosiere, La Tania,Les Arcs,Les Deux Alpes,Les Menuires,Meribel,Mottaret, St Martin de Belleville,Tignes,Val d'Isere,Valmorel,Val Thorens
Good news for Northern travellers!
The St Pancras link is now open meaning a simple connection from Euston & King's Cross. Travel time from Leeds to Moutiers now around 9 hours! Plus new Ebbsfleet station near Dartford has masses of parking for London-based travellers.
London - Moutiers ....... 7 hours
Manchester - Bourg-St Maurice............10 hours
Birmingham - La Plagne ................8 hours
OPTION 1 — Direct Eurostar services from London St Pancras to the Alps
A wonderfully relaxed way to travel with short transfers and reduced check-in time. Eurostar give you a choice of either a daytime Saturday service or overnight Friday service arriving Saturday morning.
OPTION 2 — Friday night Paris snow train from London
Take the evening Eurostar from St Pancras to Paris Gard du Nord. Travel from Paris by SNCF overnight couchette (6 person compartments) carriage down to the Alps, arriving Saturday morning.
OPTION 3 — Using Rail Europe scheduled train services
Most Swiss resorts are near a train station including Wengen, Klosters & St Moritz and those around the Eiger & Grindelwald, but can involve a couple of train changes. In Austria, St Anton, Lech and Kitzbühel are all accessible, plus those around Innsbruck.
French Resorts by Rail
Courchevel (3 Valleys)
Generally considered the most chic and the most expensive resort in France. It also happens to have outstanding skiing. There are four quite separate villages at different altitudes. 1850 is the highest and where it gets its expensive reputation, so if you can’t afford 1850, then 1650, 1550 and 1300 (Le Praz) gives you the same skiing for lower bar prices. Very French.
Getting there: Train to Moutiers. Altibus (£5 return person) or taxi (£25 each way). 35 mins to 1850. Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. (book sleeper Snowtrain or Eurostar overnight seat only). Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6pm. (book Eurostar)
Méribel (3 Valleys)
Meribel is in the middle valley, sandwiched between Courchevel and Val Thorens, hence excellent access to the other resorts. It is split in two between the village (1400) & Mottaret (1800). With a predominance of chalets, it also has plenty of oldworld charm, with few high rise blocks. Popular with the Brits.
Getting there: Train to Moutiers. Altibus (£5 return person) or taxi (£25 each way). 20 mins to Meribel. Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6pm.
Val Thorens (3 Valleys)
The Val Thorens glacier offers the highest skiing in Europe so good snow is the norm. Little bit further from Moutiers as it’s so high. Architecturally a sad sight, but lots to do after a days skiing.
Getting there: Train to Moutiers. Altibus (£5 return person) or taxi (£25 each way). 40 mins to Val Thorens. Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.
Les Arcs (Paradiski)
A number of different levels and lower villages accessible like x. Main resort at 1800.
Getting there: Train to Bourg St Maurice . Vernicular (tube train) goes to 1800 (£5 return person) or taxi (£25 each way). 15 mins on vernicular. Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.
La Plagne (Paradiski)
A resort on six different levels from 1800 to 2100, plus some lower villages. Main resort at 2000.
Getting there: Train to Aime La Plagne, then Altibus (£5 return person) or taxi (£25 each way). Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.
Chamonix (Mont Blanc)
Famous for its challenging skiing (not really a resort for beginners). Very traditional and therefore more picturesque than many of the purpose-built French resorts, but this means it’s a bit spread out. Car-free, but a free bus runs between the various lifts.
Getting there: Train to Chambery then to Chamonix via Annecy & Saint Gervais Les Bains. Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.
Megève (Mont Blanc)
Megève vies with Courchevel 1850 for the title of France's smartest resort. Three main ski areas, and welcomes "families and intermediates"; more serious skiers should head to nearby Chamonix. It has Alpine ambience, superlative designer hotels, Michelin-rated restaurants, and sophisticated nightlife. Much loved by Parisians, apparently.
Getting there: Train to Chambery then to Saint Gervais Les Bains via Annecy. Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.
Argentière (Mont Blanc)
Beautiful glacial scenery and rugged off-piste beneath the soaring peaks of the Mont Blanc massif. This is the starting point for the famous Vallée Blanche, a 15 mile descent past crevasses & house-sized ice boulders. For serious skiers only.
Getting there: Train to Chambery then to Chamonix via Annecy & Saint Gervais Les Bains. Taxi from Chamonix (£30 each way). Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.
Val d'Isère (Espace Killy)
Another chic French resort with excellent skiing for all levels, though it is also known for its excellent off-piste potential. Good snow record gives a long season. Two main areas, but lots of access points so doesn’t appear busy. Links with Tignes. Popular with British.
Getting there: Train to Bourg St Maurice. Taxi (40 minutes / £40 each way) or Altibus (70 minutes / £15 each way). Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.
Tignes (Espace Killy)
Good snow record with offer of summer skiing on glacier. Four main areas, all purpose-built so not a lot of Alpine charm. Links with Val d’Isere. Popular with the French.
Getting there: Train to Bourg St Maurice. Taxi (40 minutes / £40 each way) or Altibus (70 minutes / £15 each way). Leave St Pancras Friday on 5pm overnight Snowtrain arrive resort 10am. Daytime train leaves Saturday 9am, in resort by 6.30pm.
Switzerland Resorts by Rail
Very traditional resorts and hence lots of atmosphere.
Another claim for the oldest skiing resort. Plenty of skiing, shopping and tradition for all standards. Split into two, one part has better access to slopes, one to the shops. Popular with the wealthy and heads of state (World Economic Forum). Linked to Klosters.
Getting there: Train to Zurich via Paris (30 min Metro to Gard Lyon), then via Landquart to Davos (2.5 hours). Leave St Pancras on daytime train Saturday 7am, in Zurich by 5pm and resort by 8pm.
The smaller sister resort to Davos, it retains more of the alpine village feel and still cites farming as one of its main sources of income. Some tough runs mixed with some easy ones. Resort has two main areas, with Klosters Platz the main one round the train station. Popular with heirs to the throne.
Getting there: Train to Zurich via Paris (30 min Metro to Gard Lyon), then via Landquart to Klosters (2 hours). Leave St Pancras on daytime train Saturday 7am, in Zurich by 5pm and resort by 8pm.
Car-free resort hosts the famous Downhill Only Club, one of the earliest British skiing clubs and the Lauberhorn mens downhill course. Good for beginners (except children) and challenging off-piste, but intermediates might struggle. Extremely picturesque with the Eiger as a backdrop. Popular with old-school British. Linked with Grindlewald.
Getting there: Train to Interlaken via Zurich and Paris (30 min Metro to Gard Lyon), then via Lauterbrunnen to Wengen (45 mins from Interlaken). Leave St Pancras on daytime train Saturday 7am, in Zurich by 5pm and resort by 9pm.
Historic climbing town with lashings of Alpine charm and good restaurants. Recently benefited from investment in the lifts and offers skiing for all levels. popular with a celebs. Links with Cervinia in Italy.
Getting there: Train to Bern via Paris (30 min Metro to Gard Lyon), then a new link via Visp (90 minutes from Visp on scenic train). Leave St Pancras on daytime train Saturday 8am, in Bern by 6.30pm and resort by 8.30pm.
Home of British Alpine skiing and the Cresta run, it’s long on tradition for the rich and well connected. Lots of winter activities as well as skiing. Split into two (one lakeside, one mountain side). Popular with the wealthy.
Getting there: Train to Zurich via Paris (30 min Metro to Gard Lyon), then via Chur to St Moritz (3.5 hours / 4 hours on scenic train). Leave St Pancras on daytime train Saturday 7am, in Zurich by 5pm and resort by 9pm.
Austria Resorts by Rail
Austria tends to have more picturesque resorts as they aren't generally purpose-built like France.
One of Europe’s great ski resorts due to its challenging slopes and vibrant nightlife. Not a resort for beginners. Two sides of the valley are ski able, with Rendl the easier. Linked with Lech. Popular with party goers.
Getting there: Train to St Anton (am Arlberg) via Munich and Paris (10 min walk to Gard l’Est). Overnight option: leave St Pancras Friday 5.30pm, leaves Paris 11pm and arrives Munich 9am Saturday 7am. Two hours via train to St Anton, so in resort by 12am. Daytime option:
Zell am See
Very pretty, traditional lake-side resort that has both summer and winter skiing on Austria’s highest mountain. Mainly intermediate level. Lively après ski means it’s popular with young Germans.
Getting there: Overnight: Train to Zell am Zee via Brussels. Overnight option: leave St Pancras Friday 5.30pm, the Bergland Express leaves Brussels 11pm and arrives Zell am Zee 11.30 Saturday. Daytime option: via Munich or Saltzberg.
Arguably the most picturesque Austrian resort, it is also hosts the Hahnenkamm, the most famous downhill course in racing. The skiing is mixed ability, however. The après-ski scene is also lively. Popular with the party set.
Getting there: Overnight: Train to Kitzbühel via Brussels. Overnight option: leave St Pancras Friday 5.30pm, the Bergland Express leaves Brussels 11pm and arrives Zell am Zee 11am Saturday. Daytime option: via Munich or Salzburg.
TRAIN STATION TRANSFERS
All France transfers are within 20 - 40 minutes from the train station by taxi (eg Meribel 20 mins, Val Thorens 40 minutes from Moutier). There is usually a local bus which takes a bit longer.
Altibus - cost from mainline stations to resorts is fairly standard at 25 Euros return (£17.50) / children half price.
Taxi - taxis will cost around £40 each way for a standard 30 minute trip for 4 people. For firm price, use the taxi links on your resorts' website (links to resort sites)
Virtually all major resorts have a train station, so transfers not required.
Like Switzerland, most resorts have a train station in them or close by that has good bus links.
Self Drive Skiing
Drive your car to the slopes - save money and gain extra time skiing
The most accessible and popular destinations for self-drivers are in France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and northern Italy. To give you an idea of distances, the French resort of Les Arcs is a drive of 950km from Calais, and Lech in western Austria just over 900km from Amsterdam.
Travelling to France or western Switzerland, you'll probably take the autoroute via Reims, Dijon and Mâcon. At Mâcon you can either cut in to Geneva for Switzerland and northern French resorts, or head to Lyon for the rest of France.
For Italy, it's probably simplest to head to Chamonix and then take the Mont Blanc Tunnel
( Tel 00 33 4 50 55 55 00 Or Web Site; www.tunnelmb.net).
Standard cars are charged €31.90 (£22) one way, €39.70 (£28) return to use the tunnel.
For eastern Swiss resorts, the normal route is via Reims and Metz, while those bound for Austria tend to go through Belgium, then past Cologne and Munich. See www.viamichelin.co.uk or www.mappy.com to plan your route.
Born2ski can arrange your Eurotunnel crossing together with your accommodation. You can take as long as you like to get to and from the resort, all we ask is that you arrive at and leave your accommodation on the specified dates reserved.
We can also arrange short break or longer durations if required.
Eurotunnel offers departures up to 3 times per hour 24 hours a day. The Folkestone Terminal has a full range of facilities to pick up anything that you need for your journey. The crossing time from Folkestone to Calais takes just 35 minutes.
There is a ticketless travel system with Eurotunnel. We will send you with your final documentation the 8 digit booking reference number. Please quote this at the automated check-in lanes (by typing in the number) or to the Eurotunnel staff at the manned check-in lanes.
FREE Eurotunnel Flexi-Plus
Included in your Eurotunnel crossing is a FREE flexi-plus upgrade which offers
Flexibilty to take another departure if you happen to arrive early or late at the terminal Priority boarding with exclusive check-in booths Flexi-plus lounge (open 6am-10pm) offering complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and a light meal Dedicated parking spaces at the terminal if you are stopping off Please note that due to height restrictions, vehicles over 1.85 metres in total height cannot use the FlexiPlus lounge, due to safety reasons caused by the location of the high space lanes.
Alternatively you can Cross the channel by FERRY at your chosen time and take your time to drive to the Alps. Stay overnight if you wish in one of our conveniently located hotels. We can also book Sea France DOVER – CALAIS or Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to Caen, Cherbourg or St Malo; Poole to Cherbourg and Plymouth to Roscoff, so please call our office if you would like further information on these crossings.
What Other Costs Should I Consider?
Fuel prices on the Continent are generally slightly cheaper than here. But tolls can be significant. Drive on the auto routes between Calais and Les Arcs, for example, and you'll be paying around €80 (£57) each way. In Switzerland and Austria, rather than paying charges at toll booths, you need to purchase a "vignette", effectively a windscreen sticker. Sold in most petrol stations and at border crossings, the Swiss version is valid for a year and costs SFr40 (£17), and the Austrian €7.60 (£5.40) for 10 days.
One important consideration is how close to your accommodation you'll be able to park, and any charges for parking. Similarly, if you will be driving between your accommodation and the ski lifts, you might want to check parking costs at the lifts.
Overnight Hotels en route
To ensure a hassle-free journey to resort, Born2ski can book hotel overnight stops in France. Great Prices from £30 per person per night.
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Ski Safety - Before Hitting the Slopes
In Skiing, the chances of getting yourself injured are comparatively lower than in bicycling, in-line skating, or jet skiing. However, do not put your safety in jeopardy. You must always be out of harm's way whenever you go Skiing. It is common fact that prevention is still better than cure, and there are things you can do to avoid injuries before hitting the slopes. This section focuses on some guidelines that you can follow before heading the slopes:
Make sure you are in good shape. There is a much lower risk of getting injured and you will not get tired easily if you are physically fit before Skiing.
It is better to heed the advice of Ski instructors and experts, or better yet, take several Ski lessons from a competent Ski instructor. For instance, he will be able to give you some guidelines on how to fall correctly to lessen chances of injury.
Acquire the appropriate pieces of Skiing Equipment. Furthermore, check if your gear is in fine condition, especially the Ski Bindings. Have them adjusted correctly at a Ski shop. Head injuries are one of the worst that you can get in Skiing, so wear a helmet to reduce the risk of head injuries caused by falls and/or collisions.
Wear a Ski Outfit that can resist wind and water. There are Skiing clothes which have wind flaps, shield zippers, cosy cuffs for the wrists and ankles, or adjustable drawstrings to make you warm and keep the wind out. Avoid wearing loose garments since they may be entangled in Ski Poles and lifts.
Dressing in layers permits you to put up with the constant temperature changes of your body. Use a turtleneck, sweater, or a Ski Jacket. Wrists as well as your knees are very sensitive to Skiing falls and crashes. Thus, protect them with Wrist Guards and Padding.
Be keen on possible weather changes. Wear gloves or mittens, and bring something to keep your head warm like a hat or headband. You can lose heat through your head by as much as 60% so take the necessary garments.
Apply adequate amount of sunscreen or sun block for sun protection. Be aware that the sun's reflection off the Snow is strong even on cloudy days. Sun's rays and glare can impair your vision. Wear sunglasses or goggles so you can clearly see the terrain.
USEFUL WEB SITES:
3 & 4 Nights Semi Inclusive Ski Week Ends and Ski Packages Available Dec 2016 – April 2017
Born2Ski can arrange various Semi Inclusive ski short breaks from 3 nights minimum Based on TWIN share rooms with Shower & WC at the excellent 3* Terrace Hotel (See details further in this section)
Born2ski Have arranged many successful ski week ends and full weeks in Engelberg for many of our regular clients who have all enjoyed the service and value for money that this deal offers.
- Overnight En Suite Hotel rooms with breakfast buffet, and dinner
- 3-course themed buffet in the evening, including drinks (soft drinks, beer on tap, table wine),
- FREE SKI LIFT PASS (not valid arrival day),
Just add your own Low Cost Flights from Manchester, Luton, London Gatwick London City and Heathrow to Zurich or London Gatwick Flights to Basle & Transfers.
Born2ski can also arrange Flights if required and return transfers by road or rail from Zurich Airport or Basel. Please let us know your flight timings so that we can accurately cost the transfers
NB - events and activities offered by the hotel, can vary throughout the season, so do check with us prior to booking and we can advise further.
Example Prices for the All Inclusive Land Package
|JANUARY & FEB 2017 7 Nights From £759 per person||3 Nights From £375 4 Nights From £468|
|MARCH 2017 7 Nights From £679 per person||3 Nights From £349 4 Nights From £445|
|APRIL 2017 7 Nights From £665 per person||3 Nights From £335 4 Nights From £398|
Engelberg Ski Area Details
Welcome to the biggest and most popular ski and snowboard resort in Central Switzerland and the glacier paradise of Titlis! The famous Rotair, the world's first revolving gondola, transports visitors up to 3000 m above sea level. The area includes 82 km of pistes to suit all abilities, from complete beginners to more accomplished skiers and boarders, a boarder park, cross-country ski runs (41 km classic/39 km skating) and many more attractions, promising endless fun in the winter sun!
The village of Engelberg is located in the Swiss Alps, at 1050 m above sea level, surrounded by stunning mountain views. It is situated approx. 40 km from Lucerne and not far from the picturesque Lake of Lucerne. Engelberg-Titlis is the closest ski resort to Western Germany that guarantees snow. In addition to its 82 km of pistes for a wide range of abilities and breathtaking heights of around 3000 m, the area also offers 36 km of cross-country ski runs (incl. high-altitude cross-country skiing), a snowboarder's paradise with a boarder park, ski nursery, Engelberg Ski and Snowboard School, toboggan runs, ski jumps, snowshoe trails and a network of 38 km of winter walking paths. All of these attractions help to make Engelberg-Titlis a unique winter sports area that offers a multitude of opportunities for all ages.
Titlis (1.050-3.028 m) – Take a ride on Titlis-Rotair, the world's first revolving gondola, and bypass the eternal snowline, reaching heights of over 3000 m. Pistes of up to 12 km in length (combination of blue, red and black) stretch out across the snow-covered Titlis ski area.
Brunni (1.600-2.040 m) – Beginner and advanced winter sports enthusiasts alike enjoy this sunny paradise that promises snow, great walking and plenty of choice for families (including the popular kid's "Yeti Park")
Engelberg is a skiers and boarder's paradise with a fantastic snow record and wide, open bowls of fresh powder to be explored. One of Switzerland's best kept secrets there is something for all levels, with a good beginners area as well as the spectacular off-piste skiing and boarding on Mount Titlis up at 3200m, accessed via the world's first revolving cable car! The traditional town of Engelberg has a lively atmosphere with excellent après ski bars offering entertainment until the early hours, and for an alternative night out try the Igloo village up at 1900m!
There are some excellent bars and pubs, some with live music; the infamous Yucatan Music Bar, the Eden Bar, the Spindle and Terrasse.
3.5km toboggan run from Gerschnialp · Horse drawn carriage rides · Indoor swimming pool with sauna, solarium and steam baths · Excellent sports centre with tennis, badminton, curling, ice skating and gym · Paragliding · Snowshoeing · 38kms of prepared walks · Night skiing
There are a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. Pizzas from approx SFr15. Fondue from approx SFr17 · Alpenclub has a great atmosphere as well as food. Hotel Treff for excellent coffee and cakes. The Axels and Schweizerhaus have a good variety.
Historic Lucerne 1hr by train · Travel to the top of Mt Titlis on a revolving cable car · Visit Ice grotto in the glacier · Igloo village
Village Height: 1020 m (3,444ft) Highest Ski Lift: 3,020m (10,000ft)
Transfer time: 2 Hours from Zurich 1 Hour 30 minutes from Basel - Mulhouse
Total kms of piste: 82km
Piste type No. of runs Easy 11 Intermediate 25 Difficult 2
Number of lifts: 26 (1 Funicular, 8 cable cars, 7 chairlifts, 11 drag lifts)
Longest run: 12kms Titlis to village Mountain restaurants: 12 Cross-country trails: 36kms
Engelberg is a great resort for beginners with easy runs in the village and gentle runs on the Gerschnialp or the sunny Brunni. The excellent local ski school will ensure you really get the most out of your stay.
Spend the morning on the blues and reds of the south facing Brunni before heading up to enjoy the north facing slopes. The red runs on the glacier provide excellent high altitude skiing with stunning views across Central Switzerland.
Engelberg really is a paradise for advanced skiers. Although largely unknown in the UK there are endless off-piste opportunities as well as excellent on-piste challenges including the 2000m descent from the Glacier and the famous Laub.
If free riding is your thing then hook up with a guide and check out the Engelberg off-piste. There is some excellent terrain up on the slopes of Alpstublii and the Laub area for fast powder turns plus a board park at Jochpass to play in.
ALL INCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATION HOTEL TERRACE 3*
The All Inclusive hotel is stylish and full of character - Own funicular to village centre - Lounge and bar - Nightclub - Sauna and steam room - Solarium - Children's Club - Internet Terminal - Evening entertainment - Buffet breakfast - Lunch in a choice of mountain restaurants - evening meals with buffets for all courses - All bedrooms with private shower, WC, cable TV, hairdryer, safe and some with balcony (standard twins are in the annexe, connected to main building) - 200 bedrooms - Lift
The magnificent Hotel Terrace, built in 1904, dominates the village of Engelberg. It has recently been refurbished with newly renovated standard rooms with shower and WC in the annexe and superior rooms with a balcony and views of the village in the main building. The Terrace offers excellent value for money as an all inclusive hotel The hotel's own private funicular runs until early evening to and from the town centre where you can join the FREE buses to the main ski lifts 5 minutes' walk away.
The Tunnel Lift System, a new tunnel-lift system brings you within a few minutes directly to the centre of Engelberg. TheEngelberg ski bus runs from mid-December through until mid-April, a free ski bus shuttles people from the train station to the gondola station at the base of Titlis. (Approx. 20 minutes by foot from the hotel).
If you require a place for your luggage either before checking in or after checking out, there is a luggage room available. Hotel Terrace takes no responsibility for thefts. There are also two rooms available for showering and changing
The hotel has a total of 168 rooms available in the following categories:
- 116 standard twin rooms in the main building and in the annex
- 10 dorm rooms
- 26 deluxe twin rooms in the main building with balcony
- 9 deluxe 3-bed rooms in the main building with balcony
- 6 exclusive corner twin rooms in the main building with balcony
- 5 family rooms in the main building
- 1 deluxe family room in the main building
All rooms have a bath/shower, WC, cable TV, radio and telephone.
RESTAURANTS & MEALS
In the wonderful, modern dining area, the catering team – managed by André Egli – is ready and waiting to serve up a whole range of delicious food just for you. Here, in the largest communal space in the whole building, there's room for up to 220 people — for dining, chatting, dancing…
Breakfast - Breakfast is served from 7 am to 10 am.
Evening meal From 6:30 pm to 9 pm. The evening meal takes the form of an all-you-can-eat buffet.
During the WINTER, an extensive 3-course meal is served here each evening.
3-Course Event Buffet
For Sheer extravagance for all the senses. Every day a different selection of food is on offer as part of our extensive 3-course, all-you-can-eat evening buffet.
"Chandra" – Indian Restaurant You can enjoy exotic cuisine from the country of spices in our Indian-themed restaurant "Chandra"! Our Indian kitchen crew will be more than happy to recommend you delicious table buffets.
The restaurant is open from May until end of July, from 7 pm to 11 pm and food is served from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The price for your very own table buffet is From £23 per person.
The cosy rustic ambience in the Cave, coupled with a high quality technical equipment invites you to linger and is equally suitable for shows, parties, original events and aperitifs.
- SUNDAY Welcome Info Show
- MONDAY Crazy Mix
- TUESDAY Lord Of The Dance WEDNESDAY Vampires
- THURSDAY Terrace Since 1906 FRIDAY Rock The Cave
- SATURDAY HITs of 70`s and 80`s
Everyone's welcome. Daily disco after the show, stay as long as you like! Free entry!
Fantastically adventurous, visually stunning, spectacular and fascinating – these are just a few ways to describe our weekly shows at the "CAVE". The curtain will raise at 9.30 p.m.
Sauna & Steam Bath
Are you the kind of person that would like time to stand still every now and then? Maybe you wish you had more opportunity to enjoy a slower pace of life and bring an element of calm into your everyday routine? If this is the case, then our Wellness option will be just the ticket for you at Hotel Terrace – a place that can offer you the peace and relaxation that you're longing for
In our newly designed relaxation room you will be able to relax in peace and recharge your batteries ready for more outdoor adventures tomorrow. Calming colours, relaxing music and a good book… what more can you ask for?
Sonnenberg Swimming Pool
Sonnenberg swimming pool is around 5 minutes' walk from Hotel Terrace. Swim a few lengths or simply refresh yourself in the cool waters of our Sonnenberg swimming pool. The 25 m indoor pool and 50 m outdoor pool is the perfect places to while away a few fun hours. We also have a kid's pool for our younger visitors. After working up an appetite in the pool, you have the opportunity to get your energy levels back up with a snack at the pool's cafe.
Your first time skiing on Titlis?
We'll be happy to introduce you to the best pistes, the most stunning mountain scenery, the cosiest chalets and most popular après ski bars in the area. Members of our program team are at hand to accompany you as you discover some of the best slopes in Central Switzerland.
We meet at 9 am in front of the hotel from Monday – Saturday, allocate the various participants to groups according to whether they want a bit of action or a more leisurely approach to the day and then it's off into the deep white yonder.
Children under the age of 16 are welcome to join us in the company of an adult. All participants must be able to ski.
Have an amazing, unforgettable time in the snow with the Engelberg Ski School…
Conquering the most beautiful slopes far and wide together with other skiers – it doesn't get much better than this! You'll have a fun time polishing up on your technique – ski lessons in small groups are perfect for those looking for fun, recreation and good company.
Lessons Monday to Friday, for groups of 4 people or more Meeting place 9:35 am at the meeting point at Titlis base station Lesson ends 12:45 pm in the ski area
- 5 days | From £120
- 3 days | From £92
- 1 day | From £36
Includes Professional tuition and supervision Video and talk SWISS SNOW LEAGUE display on Friday Beginner tuition on the SunKid Wonder Carpet conveyor belt
Other Beginners must start on a Monday in order to participate in lessons throughout the week
It's fantastic that you want to try something new! The world of snowboarding will be a real inspiration! As part of a trial session, we will teach you some of the basic techniques and tricks to make your first day a truly unforgettable experience.
Lessons Friday, Saturday, Sunday, for groups of 4 people or more, Meeting place 9:15 am at the meeting point at Titlis base station, Lesson ends 14:15 pm at the meeting point
Price From £63
Includes Professional tuition and supervision, Snowboard and boot rental, Tuition on the SunKid Wonder Carpet conveyor belt
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES (Pay a supplement locally)
Whizzing Down the Mountain …
Excited shouts and a fresh flow of air pummelling your skin, hair and ears.
Fresh powder snow flying in all directions. Tobogganing fun in Engelberg. The snow paradises of Brunni, Gerschnialp, Fürenalp and Klostermatte beckon. An amazing experience: steering the toboggan with a lunge to the left and then a foot to the right.
Gerschnialp toboggan run (3.5 km) Rent your toboggan at the gondola station. Open Christmas through mid-March, snow conditions permitting. Breathtaking ride. Brunni toboggan run (2.5 km) 2.5 km family toboggan run from Brunnihütte to Ristis via Hütismatt. Toboggans are available to rent.
Fürenalp toboggan run/winter walking path (approx. 1 km) Ideal for families with young children. Free toboggan rental at the gondola station. After an ascent of approx. 20 minutes, you will be ready to enjoy the fun, leisurely 1 km toboggan run back down to the gondola station.
For those on their first tobogganing adventure, the gentle descent from Klostermatte is a great way to get started!
The ice rink at the sports park is a great place for both kids and adults to spend a fun few hours on the ice. In winter, weather permitting, there's also a large, natural, outdoor ice rink. Special events, including ice discos for kids and other such attractions, are arranged each season.
The Engelberg sports park is a great meeting place for all ages and the perfect place to enjoy your favorite pastimes and experience new sports. It is located near the base gondola station and can be easily reached on foot from the hotel. The following activities will keep you entertained and are great fun:
Curling: Why not try this cool Swiss sport with granite stones and brooms. During a two-hour session, an instructor will introduce you to some of the secrets and skills of the popular sport of curling.
Climbing: Master the 12-meter-high climbing wall with the help of a climbing guide and you'll see just how easy it is to make it to the top! Ideal training for outdoor climbing or perfect as a bad-weather alternative.
Gym: Who doesn't dream of having the perfect body? A fit body is a healthy body, making you feel more self-confident and secure. No other form of sport shapes your body so quickly and effectively than the gym.
Club Med ski holidays are fantastic value & offering all inclusive ski deals to a wide ranging selection of ski resorts in France Italy and Switzerland, plus Japan
With two stunning new Clubs in Alp D'Huz and La Rosiere, there's even more choice of excellent quality accommodation and service - see details of these, and other Club Med hotels, by scrolling down below
Born 2 Ski are delighted to recommend these excellent ALL INCLUSIVE Ski holidays with Club Med. The quality of accommodation, service, food, drink and facilities mean this is amazingly good value. Having experienced the excellent facilities and value for money ourselves we can really recommend these Ski Holidays.
Skiing with your family? Think of all the little extras that mount up the costs:-
Hungry children coming in from ski school, wanting a snack? Included!
Hot chocolate to warm up? Included!
You'd like to ski for a while after the kids finish ski school? Child care included!
Can't be sure you'll get back for lunch, after ski school? Supervised lunch for the children included!
Skiing with a group of friends?
Lessons needed for some or all of you? Included!
You've skied for a long time, don't feel you want lessons, but like to ski with similar standards of skier, or just have guiding around the area? Included!
Apres ski drinks and snacks? Included!
Wine with dinner? Included!
Dancing after dinner, with a cocktail or two? Included!
No more need for collecting the kitty, or working out who owes what on the bills, or getting that missing share from that one member of the group you can never quite pin down...
All tips and gratuities are also included
Skiing on your own?
Some hotels have single rooms, without supplement, or twin for sole use, with a supplement
The inclusive guiding and tuition means you don't have to ski alone - just join the group that most closely suits you level of experience
The convivial buffet style of most restaurants, offers a sociable atmosphere - the same with apres ski or after-dinner bars and entertainment
The majority of the CLUB MED Ski Villages are directly on the slopes and the ski instructors that work in the Villages are the best, as they all compete to work for Club Med.
All Inclusive: lift passes, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, all your drinks + tuition.
Club Med What's Included In A Club Med Holiday:
The Club Med package is all inclusive :-
You get all drinks, alcoholic or otherwise (except super-premium brands and Champagne).
Meals — which includes lunches with drinks, sometimes in exclusive Club Med mountain restaurants or neighbouring Club Med villages - this means you don't have to ski back to your home base for lunch, if there is a Club Med option elsewhere within the skiing domain.
High quality buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner - chefs are stationed at the buffets, to cook your food to order. There are also many villages with excellent a la carte restaurants, where tables must be booked.
They also provide packed lunches, afternoon tea, canapés and aperitifs.
Speciality restaurants for dinner, serving local specialities such as fondue & raclette.
Adult ski lessons for all levels, all day. Don't feel you need tuition? Just join a more advanced group for some excellent local guiding around the area
Ski lessons for children in villages with mini-club facilities, all day.
Lift passes, usually for the full area.
Child care from four years to teenagers, all day.
Child care for children 3 months to four years is available, though incurs a charge of between approximately £210 and £240.
Born2ski Can Offer These ALL Inclusive Holidays
When comparing CLUB MED Prices you have work out what you would spend on Lunches, Drinks and ski schools, plus Entertainment on a normal Chalet Holiday.
The Only Extra you pay on a Club Med Ski Holiday is for Ski Hires if required. Ski Carriage is Included on Charter Flights.
The Club Med Experience
Club Med is a French company but the staff and guests are multi-national and English is spoken widely, especially in the bars and restaurants.
The after dinner Entertainment and shows are performed by GOs (general staff) and might not suit everyone but you can easily sit in the bar or, as we advise, join in the fun.
The Villages have great bars or entertainment areas and you can also obtain drinks in the Village nightclub (still free drinks) opens up after 11pm.
At Club Med some of the Villages are for adults only and some Villages allow children and offer various facilities**
There is also a wide range of quality, although all Club Meds are regularly being renovated and upgraded, and there is nothing less than 3* equivalent. There are a wide selection of different room types including family suites, interconnecting rooms, upgraded rooms with various views, and lots of optional extras like massages or treatments in the spa areas.
The Club Med Villages are graded by Tridents
A choice of 3 categories of Resorts: 3-, 4- and 5-Trident
Club Med can also offer short breaks at certain times in the Season and offers good deals for Groups. Contact us for Details.
CLUB MED VILLAGES IN FRANCE:
CLUBMED The Grand Massif Samoens
CLUBMED La Rosiere (NEW)
CLUBMED Aime La Plagne
CLUBMED Les Arcs Panorama
CLUBMED Serre Chevalier
CLUBMED Arcs Extreme
CLUBMED L’Alpe d’Huez (NEW)
CLUBMED Val Thorens Sensations
CLUBMED Tignes Val Claret
CLUBMED Val d’Isere
CLUBMED La Plagne 2100
CLUBMED Peisey Vallandry
CLUB MED Valmorel
CLUBMED VILLAGES ITALY
CLUBMED Pragelato Vialattea
CLUBMED VILLAGES SWITZERLAND
CLUBMED Saint MoritzRoi Soleil
CLUB MED VILLAGES JAPAN
CLUBMED SAHORO HOKKAIDO
CLUB MED TOMAMO HOKKAIDO
SKI HOLIDAY SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AT CLUB MED ***
For 40 years, Club Med has been running children's clubs for babies through to teenagers. In its Winter Ski Resorts, Club Med has adapted its children's club facilities so that they can discover the pleasures of winter sports and the joys of skiing.
Club Med have done all in their power to ensure you have an unforgettable family holiday, with total happiness for children and peace of mind for parents.
FROM 3 YEARS OLD: LEARNING TO SKI AND THE PLEASURES OF SNOW* COURSE
From 3 years old: learning to ski and the pleasures of snow* course Introduce your children to the pleasures of skiing and snow: for the younger children, as a complement to Petit Club Med, this is a gentle introduction to the winter mountain universe. * At extra cost
FROM 4 to 5 Years old THE SNOW GARDEN
Skiing for little ones. From 4 to 5 years old, they learn to ski in a fun way, with specially devised circuits around fun figures and under hoops, and learn to use the "fil neige" ski lift. They can get their Ourson and Flocon badges
FROM 4 to 17 Skiing & Snowboarding Lessons
From 4 years old, in Club Med Resorts with clubs for children and/or teenagers, your children can do a full day's Alpine skiing class, for their level of skill. Youngsters with a taste for thrills can discover snowboarding, from 8 years old. Aerial acrobats can perfect their style and learn new tricks in the snowpark.
Whatever class they're in, your children get to take part in the European ski schools' award systems* (in France: Etoiles, Chamois, Flèche,...) * At extra cost
FROM 11 to 17 Years Old Special Teenagers Ski Programme
Youngsters will love their mountain holiday! Specially devised for 11 to 17 year olds, the "Special Teenagers Ski Programme" gives them the chance to try all the techniques of Alpine skiing: free style (snowpark), skiing on the edge of the piste and through the forest, slalom, skicross and skijumping.
FACILITIES FOR CHILDREN & TEENAGERS
A pioneer in taking care of children's needs, there are Club Med children's clubs for all age groups from 4 to 17: Baby Club Med*, Petit Club Med*, Mini Club Med, Junior’s Club Med or Club Med Passworld®, depending on the Resort.
Trust Club Med's experience to ensure you and your children of unique moments together in a spirit of confidence and serenity. * At extra cost
DISCOVER PREMIUM ALL-INCLUSIVE HOLIDAYS BY CLUB MED :
A choice of 80 unique locations and 25 destinations around the world
A choice of 3 categories of Resorts: 3-, 4- and 5-Trident
Return flights with a variety of airlines, class types and flight durations to choose from
Meet & Greet, transfers to and from the Resort 2, taxes & tips (Club Med Packages Only)
Choice of room comfort: Club, Deluxe, Suites according to Resorts
Room service breakfast in Suites, and in all categories of rooms in 5 Tridents Resorts
Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, all-day snacks and dinner
Choice of gourmet restaurants with a selection of exquisite and lavish buffet spreads or à la carte menu of specialties (Depending on the Resort)
Open Bar; drinks & snacks served throughout the day and evening with a large choice of cocktails and signature drinks
Club Med Baby Welcome ®: nursery equipment, special catering, bottle-heater (Depending on the Resort)
Free stay for children under 6 years (Depending on the Resort & Dates)
Child supervision from 4 to 10 years with multicultural and specialized G.Os® (Depending on the Resort)
Juniors’ Club Med from 11 to 17 years (Depending on the Resort)
Choose from 10 to 15 sport or wellness activities: waterskiing, sailing, fitness, trapeze, skiing…(Depending on the Resort)
Snow: ski pass and group lessons in partnership with ESF (Ecole du Ski Français) 6 7
Free access to Turkish Bath and Sauna at 4 & 5 Trident Resorts (Except Cervinia)
Concierge, replenished mini-bar, beach & pool bar service, champagne served by the glass in the evening at all 5-Trident Resorts
Relaxed or festive atmosphere with a choice of concerts and shows
What is there to say about this Ski area – Definitely my favourite ski area of all the numerous ski areas in the World I have visited.
Regarded by many in the Ski Industry as one of the worlds top ski resorts, St. Anton and its neighbouring areas of Lech Zurs and Stuben make up the famous Arlberg ski area and the whole area is steeped in the History and development of Alpine Skiing.
St Anton and Lech are grouped with a lot of other Major resorts such as Chamonix and Zermatt in the Best of The Alps Group of 12 Classic Ski resorts.
The Immediate St Anton am Arlberg area comprises of smaller hamlets such as Nasserein and Pettneu - Born2ski can help you find suitable Accommodation and deals across the whole of the region.
I have been visiting St Anton since 1989 and have witnessed the considerable development of the resort and the ski area. The numerous new chair lifts and magnificent Gondolas that have been introduced in recent years make sure it has one of the most modern lift systems in the world.
The latest being the excellent new Rendlbahn Gondola
St. Anton am Arlberg is a truly unique recreation paradise for the whole family. The cosy little town with 2680 inhabitants has still maintained its genuine ambiance and charming atmosphere. Relax and unwind at the elevation of 1300m where crisp and clean mountain air is guaranteed! Experience genuine Tyrolean hospitality and spend the most beautiful days of the year among friends.
I would have to say I regard the resort as my second home and make a visit each season where I can catch up with the many friends I have that live in the resort. Over the years I have introduced many clients and friends to the wonders of the resort and I would like to impart my extensive knowledge of the resort and its accommodations to help you make a discerning choice to visit.
As the Blur Song goes: which always sets the mood whenever I arrive in Anton:
Take a look at the Born2ski Search facility to find suitable St Anton Hotels, St Anton Chalets and also Hotels and Chalets in all the other Arlberg areas such as Lech or alternatively give me a call with your St Anton enquiry to get my personal service
0113 238 5624 MIKE
Something that St Anton is renowned for and it takes some beating – with Some of the main bars on the mountain home run to the Village – Including the famous Krazy Kangaruh and Mooserwirt – that have to be visited during any stay – be amazed at the number of skis on the piste as you ski up to them – just follow the music – DJ Gerhard in the Mooserwirt will serve up all the latest Euro tunes you have the energy to dance to. For a more relaxed après and also on the Mountain – go visit two of my favourites – Taps bar and the Griabli – also a great location for lunch or a meal after après..
In the main St Anton village try the Underground and Post Keller – and again to have a drink after dinner try the Jacksy’s bar in the Village and also Tom Dooley’s in the Nasserein area.
I have been visiting St Anton since 1989 and spent 3 seasons working in the resort.
Arlberg Ski area
St. Anton, St. Christoph, Pettneu,
Stuben, Zürs, Lech, Sonnenkopf 280 km marked ski runs
180 km off-piste options
Length of ski season November 28th, 2008 - April 26th, 2009
(St. Christoph: until May 3rd, 2009)
Operating times of lifts 8.45/9.00 a.m. to 4/4.30 p.m.
Valley altitude 1,304 m Peak altitude 2,811 m Difference in altitude 1,507 m
Longest downhill run Valluga - Ulmer Hütte - St. Anton: 10,2 km
Total number of lifts 85 Average annual snowfall approx. 7 m
8-man chair lift with bubble 1
6-man chair lifts with bubble 8
6-man chair lift 1
4-man chair lifts with bubble 7
4-man chair lifts 4
3-man chair lift 1
2-man chair lifts 16
Transport capacity/h 123,600 persons Snow-making on trails Arlberg Ski Area 63 % / St. Anton 94 %
Classification of trails
In the heart of St. Anton am Arlberg you will find the modern Centre for Wellness and Communications - the ARLBERG-well.com. With the Championship Hall is the new attraction a perfect venue for successful events in St. Anton am Arlberg. Here you may visit the website of the ARLBERG-well.com!
Completely aligned to your senses are the waterfall and the whirlpool. For little ones, there is an exhilarating collection of wading pool and slides. Take the waters amidst the stunning Alpine scenery: The ultimate in restoring new energies!
3 swimming pools
indoor pool - 12,9m x 12,6m with flume to elliptical current-pool (15m)
children's pool - 6,9m x 3,6m
outdoor pool - 25,0m x 8m
There are improved nursery slopes close to the Fang lift
Confident intermediates will love the exciting, challenging terrain. The run from Schindler Spitze to Rauz is a great, long piste. For something gentler, the blue run to St Christoph proves very popular. A visit to St Anton should include experiencing the Rendl area.
Paradise for the expert skier, St Anton boasts some of the world's most breathtaking off piste terrain, most notably in the huge bowl beneath the Valluga. The absolute abundance of options will keep any advanced skier entertained
The Snowboard Academy at the Arlberg ski school will assist beginners, while advanced boarders will be spoilt by the incredible, steep terrain which earns St Anton its reputation as one of the best free-ride areas in the world
St. Anton am Arlberg is Eurocity station. The station is situated in the local centre. All important international express trains - also the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express - stops in St. Anton am Arlberg.
Obligatory toll label on Austria's motorways and expressways (also on S16)
Over Salzburg - Kufstein - Innsbruck - Landeck - to St. Anton am Arlberg
or: over Munich - Fernpass - Landeck - to St. Anton am Arlberg
or: over Stuttgart - Bregenz - Feldkirch - Bludenz - Arlbergpass or Arlbergtunnel - to St. Anton am Arlberg
or: over Zürich - St. Gallen or Sargans, Feldkirch - Bludenz - Arlbergpass or Arlbergtunnel to St. Anton am Arlberg
The nearest airports are:
Innsbruck (approx. 100 km)
Friedrichshafen (approx. 130 km)
Zürich (approx. 200 km)
Munich (approx. 250 km)
Salzburg (approx. 300 km)
The history of skiing in St. Anton am Arlberg
Foundation of the Arlberg Ski Club (1901), the first ski race (1904),
the first ski school (1921) and the Arlberg-Kandahar Race (1928)
Tourism on the Arlberg dates back to the 19th century. But it was not until the advent of Alpine skiing, pioneered to a large extent by men from the Arlberg, that the region acquired the outstanding reputation it still enjoys today as a winter sports centre. Hannes Schneider was one of the foremost figures in the early days of skiing and starred in the films directed by Arnold Fanck which did a great deal to popularize the Arlberg. In the decades that followed a succession of great skiers made the Arlberg a household word for the best in skiing.
THE WORLD FAMOUS APRES SKI
There is a range of bars and clubs in St Anton to suit all tastes, with the lively Krazy Kangaroo Bar and the Mooserwirt Bar on the slopes, or the sophisticated hotel bars for a more subdued evening.
Alternatives to skiing include sledding, horse drawn sleigh rides, curling, snow shoeing, swimming, ice skating, tennis and squash.
Calais 618m . Le Havre 614m . Zeebrugge 592m . Innsbruck 60m . Munich 119m . Zurich 125m
€1.00 per person per day approx.
Covered car park (Klaus Eiter) €70/week approximately
OTHER RESORTS IN THE ARLBERG SKI AREA
Having spent a few seasons ski guiding around Lech and Zurs I can only describe the area as Picture postcard Austria – with some superb top quality Hotels bars and restaurants. Situated at 1450m with access to over 260km of pistes, Lech has an excellent snow record and is suitable to skiers of all abilities and especially recommended for families and couples.
The resort itself is pretty compact with most facilities close to hand. The centre of the resort has a number of shops that can be accessed via the riverside paths that form part of the winter walking trail network in Lech am Arlberg.
The skiing in the combined Lech-Zurs ski area - ideal for families with tree-lined skiing lower down and plenty of gentle intermediate skiing in the area.
The area is famous for its great snow record and usually has one of the best snow accumulations in the Alps – with world renowned ski schools and fantastic Off Piste Ski opportunities – It is definitely one resort I can recommend to all my customers.
An excellent change or first time Austrian ski area for all those that just ski in France.
Try it – you will love it.
You can also access Lech if staying in St Anton - on the Free Ski bus from the bottom of Alpe Rauze run in St Anton. Available on the Arlberg Lift pass.
Resort Height 1450m | Top Lift 2811m | Lifts 84
Great intermediate ski area, superb snow record and Heli-skiing operating out of the resort.
There are a couple of ski school options in Lech am Arlberg:
Ski School Lech, A-6764 Lech, Tel. 05583 / 2355, Fax 05583 / 3849
Ski School Omeshorn-Alpincenter, Dorf 443, 6764 Lech, Tel. 05583 / 39880
Though not the Après Mecca that is St Anton – Lech can still offer some excellent bars and more notably some award winning restaurants. There is a good après-ski scene in the village on of chic bars including the Tannbergerhof with its afternoon disco and the Fux Bar which has live music and pop art in the toilets! For the later revellers there is a night club called Side Step which specialises in 60’s and 70’s music.
Oberlech has slope side terraces for food and drink. And is ideal for a leisurely lunch – my favourite is the Mohnenfluh Restaurant.
Blue Runs 105km
Red Runs 140km
Black Runs 30km
The nursery slopes in Oberlech are a place to start, before progressing onto the numerous nearby easy slopes.
Lech offers access to the 'White Ring', a 22 km circuit of cruisy red and blue runs connected by a series of lifts, making it ideal for intermediate skiers.
Off piste is definitely the order of the day for more advanced skiers. Hire a guide and enjoy the excellent terrain in the area, with the option of spending a day over in St Anton for further challenges. Heli-lifts are available to some remote spots.
The facilities open to snowboarders have developed in recent years, with a terrain park at the Schlegelkopf, which includes a children's section. Minimal drag lifts suit beginners, while the well-maintained pistes and excellent powder routes, make Lech the perfect choice for intermediates and advanced boarders. Heli-lifts are available to some remote spots.
Alternatives to skiing include paragliding; ice climbing, ice skating, curling, horse drawn sleigh rides, swimming, tennis and squash. For a special treat why not pay a visit to the Strolz department store where they make made-to-measure ski boots by hand.
Calais 614 miles . Le Havre 610 miles . Zeebrugge 588miles . Innsbruck 71miles . Zurich 121miles . Munich 135miles
Local Tax €1.00 per person per night approx.
Lech & Zug
Zürs is one of the best loved winter sports resorts in the world. Boasting a vast high altitude domain of over 250km of piste, the village offers everything you could want from a winter sports holiday - including high quality hotels, fine dining and great après ski.
The village is full of international flavour, attracting a wide scope of visitors from all over the world - including royalty! The 'Arlberg Ski Circus' lift pass covers the resorts of Zürs, Lech, Zug, Stuben, St. Anton, Sonnenkopf and St. Christoph.
Zürs offers gentle nursery slopes, which are located beside the village centre. Long, wide, groomed blue runs are the order of the day.
Tremendous terrain for the intermediate skier with countless opportunities. With its amazing ski-in/ski-out location this area offers a huge variety of blue and red runs.
The best and the most challenging off-piste skiing can be found in Zürs with plenty of testing black runs and routes.
The Schlegelkopf-Hang is the home of the 'Boarderland Lech' - an ambitiously constructed slope paradise for snowboarders. The terrain - almost exclusively connected by chairlifts - offers opportunities to train and to show off with 1.2km of pipes, jumps and slides.
- Roof-top Curling - Indoor golf - Winter walks - Tobogganing - Squash
There are over 20 restaurants available, from cosy inns to well-known gourmet restaurants, some with international awards.
CHILDCARE AVAILABLE IN RESORT
Ski kindergarten: 3 - 7 years, Sunday - Friday, 9.30am - 3.30pm,
Approx. €59 per day, lunch and supervision €14 per day. Children must be out of nappies.
Village Height: St. Christoph:1800m
St. Christoph is at the heart of the vast Arlberg Ski-Circus, and deservedly rated as one of the finest resorts in the Alps for doorstep skiing. The Hospiz Alm is one of the area's mountain restaurants. With a range of excellent hotels endowed with luxurious health and spa facilities and gourmet dining, it is a perfect place to spend a relaxing holiday whilst enjoying some of the best skiing in the Alps.
This is a small hamlet where people enjoy doorstep access to the pistes and evenings dining on fine cuisine. For most non-skiing/boarding activities you will need to head to St. Anton, 6km from St. Christoph.
Located just off the main Arlberg Pass and often overlooked by visitors to St Anton, Lech and Zurs, the ski holiday resort of Stuben has many things going for it, including an attractive compact village, great access to the ski area above St Anton and of course the legendary snow record of the Arlberg.
I can personally recommend a visit to this off piste Gem – with the legendary North Face and one of my favourite routes anywhere I have skied – the Route to Langen am Arlberg – and catching the train back to St Anton after a breathtaking
The attractive resort of Stuben offers intimacy and peace far removed from St Anton and yet is located with lift access to the St Anton ski area, the best in Austria. Further options include the hugely impressive Lech and Zurs ski areas that can be reached with the regular ski buses. The Stuben ski area consists of a small ski area with a beginners section and a chairlift up the local peak. From there skiers can descend into the far reaches of the St Anton ski area and very possibly access the main area beneath the Valluga as fast as those skiers coming from the village of St Anton. The Stuben ski area joins the St Anton area via a skiable bridge across the Arlberg Pass road. From there a short drag and a modern, fast chair take skiers and boarders to the heart of the St Anton ski area. Back country / ski touring and off-piste guided descents are offered from many outlets in Stuben. Whilst Stuben is a small village compared to others in the Arlberg it has an interesting selection of small restaurants and bars in its charming centre.
In winter, Pettneu and Schnann offer a short and direct connection to the Arlberg ski area with their free ski bus (transfer time: 8 - 12 minutes). Pettneu's ski area, with 15 km of descents in all grades of difficulty, is especially family-friendly and integrated into the Arlberg Skipass.
This idyllic village in the heart of the Stanzer Valley is nestled in the lap of the Lechtal Alps. On a guided ski tour, you can explore the mountains around the town; or enjoy the silent magic of an evening snowshoe hike; or conquer the boulder wall in the climbing hall. The Arlberg ski area is reached quickly and easily on the free ski bus.
Right at the entrance to the Stanzer Valley, its immense variety is immediately visible: Strengen will make an impression of a typical ancient Roman settlement, lying on the centuries-old Roman road to the Arlberg. Skiing in Strengen means first climbing on your own steam before enjoying the superb downhill descent. The ascent to the Dawin ski hut is a genuine treat even for experienced tour lovers - and crowning it all is the magnificent descent.
"The White Thrill" - April 25th, 2009 DER WEISSE RAUSCH
The spring sporting highlight - "The White Thrill", - several hundred skiers, Snowboarders, Bigfooters and Telemarkers meet on the Valluga at 2650 meters for the mass start.
"The White Thrill" is also the first stage of the alpine triathlon "Arlberg Eagle". Whoever would like to hold the popular winner trophy high in his hands in the late summer must be ahead of the field in the ski race, in the half marathon in July and in the mountain-bike marathon in August.
ST ANTON ACCOMMODATIONS
HOTEL POST 4*
Occupying an enviable location in the centre of St Anton, just a minute's walk from the ski lifts the Hotel Post is a stunning hotel built in traditional Tyrolean style. Relax in the evening in the spa centre which has an indoor swimming pool, saunas, steam room and whirlpool. This popular hotel boasts a beautiful restaurant, a sun terrace, après-ski bar with live music and nightclub.
HOTEL MONTJOLA 3* PLUS
The Hotel Montjola is located in a quiet and sunny part of St. Anton, a 10 min walk from the ski lifts and the resort centre (serviced by complimentary shuttle bus in morning and evening). The friendly hotel has a fantastic bar and restaurant serving traditional and international dishes. After a hard day on the mountain you can relax in the sauna, steam bath, infrared cabin and solarium.
HOTEL ALTE POST 4*
The superior and traditional Alte Post presents very high standards of comfort and decor. Well-run by Herr Tandl and his family, the hotel has a select and elegant ambience yet still retains many rustic and characteristic Tyrolean features. Centrally located just two minutes' from the ski school and main Galzig lift. Also a Cosy lounge with lovely rustic furnishings and cocktail bar; elegant residents' restaurant; several a la carte stuberls in original 'Tyrolean farmhouse' style; fully-equipped fitness gym; mountain-crystal grotto; Japanese room with special bath treatment; leisure spa with indoor pool, herbal saunas, steambath and whirlpool (free); beauty and cosmetic farm (pay locally); sun terrace; internet; lifts.
HOTEL BANYAN 4*
The Hotel Banyan was brand new for winter 07/08 and is located close to the centre of St Anton on the Nasserein side. The bed and breakfast arrangement gives you the flexibility to sample the huge choice of restaurants within easy reach thanks to the hotel's superb location. The ski lifts are close by and the hotel's fantastic leisure facilities and carefully furnished rooms ensure you can relaxin comfort.
Central location ï 5 minutes' walk to Nasserein gondola and Galzig ski lifts - Wellness centre with swimming pool, sauna, steam room and fitness room - Massage (local charge) - Ski room - Lobby bar - Seating area with open fire place - Breakfast room - Buffet breakfast - All bedrooms with private bath or shower, WC, satellite TV, Wifi connection, safe and superior rooms with balcony or terrace - 39 bedrooms Bed & Breakfast
HOTEL SCHWARZER ADLER 4*
Founded in 1570, the Hotel Schwarzer Adler offers a truly unique blend of Tirolean charm combined with outstanding cuisine and leisure facilities. Ideally located in the heart of the resort, the hotel is perfectly positioned in close proximity to the majority of the ski lifts. With 400 years of history, each bedroom is individually styled with an eye for detail and comfort.
Noted for its culinary expertise, you will delight in 4-course evening meals, diverse buffets and a candle-lit gala meal. The hotel also features an a la carte restaurant and bar together with its own wine cellar.
The spa facilities are exceptional with a wealth of choice. Infusion sauna, mild Finnish sauna, steam baths, Kneipp water treatment pool, an indoor swimming pool and relaxation room provide all you need to refresh body and soul. A solarium, massage and beauty treatments are also available at a local charge.
Twin bedrooms are all lovingly furnished with private bath, WC, cable TV, radio, safe, bathrobes, hairdryer and internet connection. Gampen rooms feature a snug corner, whilst Galzig rooms offer a larger snug corner. The Valluga rooms are designed with a living room and a balcony.
There are numerous Chalets available in St Anton and Lech, Born2ski with its unique array of Contacts can arrange savings in all of these chalets. Though you need to book early especially for peak dates including Early March.
Plus we can arrange local attractions and unique events for GROUPS
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CATERED CHALETS IN LECH
CHALET FURKA 4* Sleeps 16
CHALET ALPENLAND 4* Sleeps 18/19
CHALET HOTEL SONNECK 4* Sleeps 26/32
CHALET HOTEL ALEXANDRA Sleeps 33/55
CATERED CHALETS IN ST ANTON
CHALET REGINA 4* Sleeps 30/36
CHALET EINKEHR 4* Sleeps 13/14
CHALET CHRISTIANE 4* Sleeps 16
CHALET ALTEPOSTE 4* Sleeps 16
CHALET PIA 3* Sleeps 39
CHALET MIDLAND 4* Sleeps 16
CHALET SONNENALP 3* Sleeps 8/9
CHALET EISFAL 3* Sleeps 10/12
CHALET BRUNELLE 3* Sleeps 16/17
CHALET HANS 3* Sleeps 16/18
CHALET TAJA 3* Sleeps 10/11
CHALET BAREN 3* Sleeps 23
CHALET FAUNER 4* Sleeps 16
CHALET PIA 4* Sleeps 8
CHALET TIROLERHAUS 4* Sleeps 28/32
CHALET SCHWEIGER 3* Sleeps 10
CHALET ILONA 2* Sleeps 10
CHALET SCHLOSSHOF 2* Sleeps 18/20
CHALET ACKSTEINER 4* Sleeps 10
CHALET CHRISTOPHORUS 4* Sleeps 17
CHALET ARLHOF 2* Sleeps 8
CHALET GERLINDE 4* Sleeps 8/9
CHALET INGE 5* Sleeps 32
CHALET HARRY 3* Sleeps 18
CHALET TRAUDL 3* Sleeps 16/20
CHALET AITKEN 4* Sleeps 8
CHALET ELFIE 3* Sleeps 24/28
CHALET MURR 4* Sleeps 24/26
CHALET ST MARTIN 4* Sleeps 18/23
CHALET FAUNER 3* Sleeps 8/9
CHALET SPORT SCHERL 3* Sleeps 8/9
CHALET LANDHAUS MOOS B 3* Sleeps 10/11
CHALET LANDHAUS MOOS A 3* Sleeps 12
CHALET HANNAH 3* Sleeps 10
CHALET EAGLES NEST 3* Sleeps 12
CHALET KATHARINA 4* Sleeps 12
CHALET JANK 4* Sleeps 14/16
CHALET HELVETIA 4* Sleeps 16
CHALET SOPHIA 3* Sleeps 18
CHALET ROSMARIE 3* Sleeps 21/22
CHALET JULIES HAUS 3* Sleeps 24
CHALET ALBER 3* Sleeps 46/47 Family Only
CHALET ALISEA 3* Sleeps 12 Family Only
CHALET ADLER 3* Sleeps 29/34 Family Only
CHALET AMALIEN HAUS 4* Sleeps 31
ST ANTON DE LUXE CHALETS
CHALET NARINA Sleeps 10 Outdoor Hot Tub
CHALET CHIARA Sleeps 12
CHALET SEEBURGER Sleeps 21/24
CHALET MOOSERWIRT Sleeps 6 Hot Tub
CHALET HAUS CHRISTOPH Sleeps 6/8 Beside the slopes
CHALET ROSANNA Sleeps 19
CHALET MONTFORT Sleeps 20/24
CHALET LOORI Sleeps 20
CHALET ARLBERG Sleeps 12
CHALET SCHUBERT Sleeps 10/11
CHALET STRAUSS Sleeps 10/11
CHALET ADLER LODGE Sleeps 10
CHALET MOZART LODGE Sleeps 6
CHALET DANUBE LODGE Sleeps 8
CHALET CHRISTOPH LODGE Sleeps 8
CHALET BODENSEE LODGE Sleeps 10
CHALET RESELEHOF Sleeps 27/28
CHALET LEVETT Sleeps 16/18
TO BOOK ANY ST ANTON OR LECH CHALETS CONTACT MIKE ON 0113 238 5624
WE HAVE MANY CLIENTS WHO WE HAVE INTRODUCED TO ST ANTON AND NOW GO BACK YEAR AFTER YEAR
As one of the regions experts please contact us for any Arlberg Holiday requirements including Ski week Ends.
MR D TILT Birmingham Comments:
We first approached Mike five years ago looking for a snow sure, lively resort that catered for all levels and offered some unmissable deals and we weren't disappointed with what we got. Mike was able to use his many contacts to secure us a room at Chalet Jennewein which was ideally situated for lift access, a short walk into town and, soon we found, open to the possibility of a ski home after a night at the legendary après ski bars - the Krazy Kanguruh and the Mooserwirt.
With Lech and Zurs around the corner the available ski area is enormous - able to support beginners, and to offer challenges to even the most seasoned skier. You can't possibly see it all in a week, which probably explains why we've been back five times already. You must try the long run down to Stuben, the restaurant in St Christoph where they have a purpose built slide to take you to the toilets, at least a day in Lech and Zurs, take a leisurely ski up at Rendl Beach and finish off your day skiing down Kandahar before beginning your assault on the après ski bars. If you're brave enough you can tackle the short ski down from the Krazy Kanguruh after a few Weiss biers or some shots but be careful !!! Stop off for dinner, warm up and hit the town. Aside from its picture postcard beauty St Anton is a real party town with more late night bars and clubs than you can shake a stick at. If that's not your scene why not try a sauna at the wellness centre - but beware, clothes are not allowed in Austrian saunas !!!
Mike introduced us to all of this when he met up with us for our first week at St Anton which added a real personal touch. Since then he's accompanied us on almost every one of our holidays and introduced us to lots of interesting people, and with his contacts has opened doors to the most unbelievable deals. It is strong testament indeed to Mike's attention to customer satisfaction that he has become one of our best friends. I haven't booked a holiday through anyone else for years - and neither would I want to. Book with any of the big companies and you risk sacrificing a quality holiday to put more of your money in their pockets. Book with Mike and he'll bend over backwards to make sure it's a holiday you'll never forget. And if you're really lucky you'll meet up with us regulars too !!!