Author: Roger Walker

Hotel de Champoluc – for one week only…

For many years, we very successfully featured the Hotel de Champoluc in our programme. Several years ago, the Italian owner decided to rent the hotel out for the entire winter to other tour operators who consequently have offered it as a ‘club hotel’. This would appear not to have fully succeeded, but the positive news going forward is that our good friend Max, who currently runs the La Mandria mountain restaurant, has joined forces with others to purchase the freehold on the hotel.

Hotel de Champoluc

For the next 2 winters, the property will be leased by another British tour operator (the third in 7 years), but subsequently Max and his colleagues intend to return it to a hotel that we will be able to offer to our clients from 2021! As those who have stayed here previously are well aware, this hotel is located right at the bottom of the Pistone piste, the run back into the village. It is literally just a few metres from the Ski 2 ski deposit, so couldn’t be more convenient.

For this coming winter, we have secured some rooms in the hotel for the last week of the winter, from Sunday 5th April 2020 x 7 nights – perfect for families looking for a centrally located hotel on this very popular week.

  • Families can stay in one of the 4 bedded rooms for just £1,347 per adult and £710 / £630 per child (based on 2 adults and 2 children, aged 11 or under, sharing a room)
  • Prices include return airport transfers, half board accommodation, 6 day Monterosa lift pass and lunches at a choice of mountain restaurants, plus free ski equipment hire for children
  • Exclusive access to the Ski 2 British Ski School – a 5 hour a day / 6 day group ski course for youngsters is just £235 per person
  • Excellent late season snow record with most skiing above 2,000 metres and skiing up to 3,300 metres
  • Quiet and well-groomed pistes
  • Access to the Ski 2 Penguin Club – the Ski 2 nursery for our younger guests

For a personalised quotation, please email info@ski-2.com or call one of our friendly team on 01962 713330

Mid-week Easter break at campZero

campZero entrance

Mid-week Easter Break 2020 at the 5* campZero Active Luxury Resort

campZero

Stay at this amazing new 5* resort on the outskirts of Champoluc next Easter.

Just 799 per person for 3 nights and £969 for 4 nights
from Monday 30th March 2020 or Monday 6th April

  • Prices based on 2 people sharing a twin or double bedded Suite with 2 bathrooms.
  • Includes private return airport transfers.
  • Unlimited access to the hotel’s spa and swimming pool complex.
  • Indoor climbing wall in the hotel.
  • On-demand transfers to and from our ski deposit and around the resort.
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation.
  • Full area Monterosa lift pass and lunches each day at a choice of mountain restaurants included.
  • Free ski guiding
  • All monies protected by our ABTA membership.
  • Just £150 per person deposit.
  • Over 20 years of specialising in Champoluc.
  • Ski 2 concierge service for restaurant bookings.

Email us at info@ski-2.com or call 01962 713330 for more details

Ski The Goat and win a North Face Duffle Bag

Have you skied the legendary run that is The Goat?
We are offering a North Face duffle bag worth £120 for our favourite social media post using #iskiedthegoat. Once you have ‘skied the goat’ in Champoluc, post an image on your social media platform of choice and you’re in with a chance of winning this great prize!
The winner will be chosen from all the posts with this hashtag before the 30th April 2019.
The Goat in Champoluc

Create Fresh Tracks – Let Skiing Take Your Confidence to New Heights

Is your anxiety and fear getting in the way of you enjoying the magic of skiing?

Do you feel anxious and out of your comfort zone on your skiing holiday? We’ve all had tuition and are more than familiar with the concept of how to ski – that’s not the problem here. Our challenge is to manage the psychology of our skiing – that fear factor which holds us back from relaxing into it and having a great day.

If this sounds familiar then join the club. We are the generation with many family and friends who love their skiing yet we’re feeling caught between sharing those precious experiences but dreading it! The added anxiety is missing out on family fun and friendships.

If you’re ready to take the first step to conquer your fear and take control then we have the perfect course for you.

In January and March 2019 we will be running the first bespoke Fresh Tracks Ski Coaching Courses in Champoluc, Italy in collaboration with Louise Pode of ProAbility Ltd.

Louise PodeLouise is an experienced coach who has made the transition from petrified to great skier. Using her professional coaching training she has changed her whole perspective of skiing and developed a Fresh Tracks Ski Coaching Course to enable you to regain your confidence.

This bespoke course will release you from those inner fears and enable you to fall in love with skiing at whatever level. It isn’t about technical expertise but empowering you to manage your fear of skiing and have fun on the slopes. Consider it as a gift to your family and friends… a gift of those many fun shared experiences ahead of you.

We’ll provide a fabulous environment with like-minded individuals, using great coaching techniques to ensure that you discover the magic of skiing.

For more information or to arrange a chat contact Louise at skicoaching@proability.co.uk or Ski 2 on info@ski-2.com, tel 01962 713330.

Together we can create a great skiing future!

Adventure Ski Course

This high energy ski course is aimed at teenagers who thought that ski lessons were only for their younger siblings and that they had outgrown ski lessons themselves. Under the expert guidance of some of our top instructors and guides, those joining the course will spend 9 hours a day enjoying the best that the Monterosa ski area has to offer. With time spent both on and off-piste, this course will challenge and inspire – perfect for youngsters looking to push their own skiing skills to the next level.

Teenagers skiing

Monday to Friday, 0900 to 1700 hours, on the following weeks:

  • Monday 17th February 2020
  • Monday 30th March 2020
  • Monday 6th April 2020

Monday – Off-piste skiing skills
Tuesday – Ski Safari across the Monterosa ski area. Evening talk on avalanches
Wednesday – a day’s off-piste ski adventure with qualified mountain guide (specialist equipment required. Available to hire locally)
Thursday – day of race training, including a chance to race around poles
Friday – a fun day’s skiing exploring the jumps and bumps of the Monterosa ski area

  • The above schedule is subject to change, depending on snow and weather conditions
  • Participants must have at least 8 weeks of snow skiing experience
  • Ski 2 reserves the right to assess those booked on the course and to offer an alternative ski lesson package to those who don’t ski to the required ability
  • This course is subject to minimum numbers and we reserve the right to cancel it, if there is insufficient demand

Cost per person of £349.

Call 01962 713330 for more details.

10 Good Reasons to Ski in Champoluc

  1. We are an independent tour operator, with 20 years of experience of organising ski holidays. Our holidays are fully ABTA bonded
  2. Our clients love our holidays and many return year after year
  3. We run our own British ski school and our own nursery for our younger guests – the Ski 2 Penguin Club
  4. Champoluc has a great snow record, even late season
  5. The included lift pass covers over 200kms of skiing
  6. We include private airport transfers
  7. We feature over 30 hotels with accommodation to suit most budgets
  8. Our prices include lunches, taken at a choice of mountain restaurants
  9. Most of our skiing is above 2,000 metres, with skiing up to 3,300 metres
  10. We include a free guiding service to help you explore the whole of the Monterosa ski area

 

Lunches included…

At a time when currency exchange rates are so volatile, it is reassuring that a Ski 2 holiday includes so many of the items that you would normally purchase in resort. This alleviates the currency gamble and allows you to relax in Champoluc knowing that you have already paid for your lift pass and your lunches!

Our lunch voucher system means that all of our guests receive a voucher for each day that they are skiing. These vouchers are redeemable at a good selection of piste-side restaurants across the Monterosa ski area.

Choose which restaurants you would like to eat at and then choose from a selection of dishes from the menu which might include a pizza, bowl of pasta, or panini with choice of fillings. Vouchers includes a drink – glass of wine, soft drink or a beer.

Whilst some of our first-time clients have reservations about a system which might limit where they can eat, in reality most of our guests love the restaurants that we have chosen to work with, are welcomed as Ski 2 guests and enjoy the selection of dishes available in return for their voucher.

  • Use your vouchers at a good selection of mountain restaurants
  • Choose from a selection of dishes and drinks
  • Add a few Euros to ‘upgrade’ your meal to something a little more extravagant!
  • If you choose not to eat in one of our recommended restaurants on one day, then use your voucher in the village for an après-ski drink instead
  • Relax in resort in the knowledge that lunches are included in your holiday cost

One of our favourite lunch stops …

La Mandria, run by Max and his friendly team, is tucked beside La Mandria piste with far-reaching vies across the valley. Easily accessible by those of most ski abilities, it provides a warm and cosy stop for those snowy January days, as well as offering a perfect sun-trap on the roof terrace for later in the season.

Our voucher covers a selection of home-made pastas and a variety of sandwiches and paninis, plus a choice from an extensive range of drinks. For a couple of extra Euros you can add a delicious salad to accompany your pasta. La Mandria is well worth a visit during your next Champoluc holiday.

Gift Shopping in Champoluc – for Children

Are you coming to Champoluc on a special family ski holiday? Want to give your children something to remember the trip by or take home to their friends? Lucky for you there is plenty to interest the little ones around the town centre. Take a short walk (or ask Ski 2 for a minibus ride) about 5-10 minutes down the road from the Ski 2 office and you will find an array of toys and souvenirs.

Does your child like to snuggle up warm in slippers or a cosy blanket? Or perhaps they fancy a trinket for their bedroom or some fancy chocolate? They might like to check out L’Emporio, on the left on the way down the hill.

If you love to write postcards together, you’ll find a stationery shop a little further down on the same side, but watch out because it also sells lots of toys, children’s helmet covers, irresistible fluffy onesies and games galore.

Near the sometimes frozen tree (it thaws out towards the end of season) you might have fun perusing the selection at Livres et Musique, a book and music shop with the biggest selection of postcards in town, loads of kids’ picture books and other fun souvenirs.

Maybe, like I was, your child is a rock and gem aficionado? Ask in the office and we can direct you to a hidden gem (excuse the pun) of a shop. If you’re staying in La Rouja, rock delights are just a stone’s throw away!

Enjoy shopping with your little ones, but if you don’t find the right souvenirs this time, you could always go for an ice-cream at Dolce e Salato!

Thank you to all the staff at CartoleriaGiornaliGiocattoli di Fassin Roberto, L’Emporio and Livres et Musique for being so welcoming and allowing us to take pictures of your beautiful shops.

Snowshoeing in the Aosta Valley

Jenny and Christina have gone snowshoeing in the sunshine…

It’s a sunny Thursday morning in March and we are waiting with great anticipation for our guide, Marzia, and her energetic dog, Majul. Marzia arrives and starts by orientating us in the valley, driving us through the old villages, pointing out the boundaries of Ayas and describing the other municipalities that make up this beautiful area.

We arrive at the pretty patterned town hall of Antagnod and Marzia shows us how to kit ourselves up with snow shoes and poles. Off we go!

Ascending up through the trees, we feel invincible as we glide across the top of snow that would thwart the everyday snow boot. We emerge amongst attractive stone houses, which Marzia explains would have been used in the summer. Only houses with wooden parts were used in the winter, as the wooden sections were where fodder for livestock was stored.

stone house in the aosta valley

Continuing on upwards, we are greeted with spectacular views as we wind our way up to the Barmasc area, known for summer hiking and mountain biking and once frequented by Pope Jean Paul II.

Diving back into the woods, we walk along the banks of a 600-year-old hand built aqueduct, constructed in a time of drought to provide locals with the necessary water supply to survive in this mountainous environment.

Excited for the descent, Marzia explains that the best method is to walk like Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men, adding a touch of dynamism to our steps and forging our own tracks through the fresh snow so as not to sink. It feels like a good bum workout and makes for a very attractive gait!

After a wonderful morning of exploring, we remove our snow shoes to find our feet feel as light as feathers. At Marzia’s recommendation, we take a short stroll through Antagnod and have a delicious bowl of Valle d’Aostan soup, followed by a well-earned ice cream. A morning well spent and a great alternative to skiing or snowboarding.

If you’d like us to help you organise an excursion, please let us know when you arrive in Champoluc. It is not possible to pre-book outings as we have found guests have the best time when we discuss the possible routes and weather/snow conditions together in resort.

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