Author: Roger Walker

Coronavirus Updates

Updated: 13:00 on Wednesday 17th June 2020

We have now added another page on our website for up to date information about the ongoing effects of Coronavirus on future ski holidays. Click here.

Updated: 07:00 on Thursday 12th March 2020

Italy has overnight placed further restrictions on its residents and businesses in an effort to halt the spread of the virus. For those with flights booked for Easter, your airline will already have been in touch to say that your flights has been cancelled, or they are likely to do this very soon (airlines are currently unable to land at any airports in Italy). At the point that they cancelled your flight, you will be offered a full refund.

We are asking clients to contact their travel insurance provider to check whether their policy might cover the cancellation of their holiday, but please rest assured that we do have ultimate responsibility to make sure that you are not ‘out of pocket’ for any monies paid to us for your holiday.

Updated: 12:00 on Tuesday 10th March 2020

We are currently contacting all of our customers who were due to travel in the coming weeks. Please do call us on 01962 713330 or email info@ski-2.com if you require our assistance.

Please email us if you require documentation for your insurance company.

Updated: 09:00 on Tuesday 10th March 2020

The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to anywhere in Italy due to an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19). We understand that airlines have cancelled all flights to Milan and Turin until the end of March and are offering refunds to those who have flights booked. For those with flights booked for April, we anticipate that the airlines will be in touch with you in the coming days to confirm that they have cancelled your flights and that a refund will be available.

Updated: 15:00 on Monday 9th March 2020

The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to a number of areas in northern Italy, due to an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) and various control and isolation measures imposed by the Italian authorities on 8th March. This includes Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate and Milan Bergamo airports.

We understand that insurance companies are now looking favourably on claims for any cancellation charges incurred as as a result of this travel ban. We can supply Cancellation Invoices and any other paperwork in order to support your claim.

Updated: 08:00 on Monday 9th March 2020

It is with much sadness that we are writing to inform you that the Italian authorities have now closed the Monterosa ski area for the rest of the winter, in an effort to halt Coronavirus. All ski resorts in the Aosta Valley are now closed and we understand that all ski resorts in Italy are due to close in the next 48 hours.

After 20 years in Champoluc building our business in Champoluc, we have faced a few big challenges, but Simon and I never dreamed that we would be in a position where our operation would close a month before the end of the winter. We know how much you were all looking forward to time with family and friends in Champoluc, enjoying the great snow, fun and friendship that Easter skiing always brings.

We have been working with our suppliers in the resort during this difficult time and we would like to offer you the opportunity to postpone your holiday to next March / April. We would agree with you a new travel date and hold your money over to 2021. We believe that most airlines are offering the opportunity to postpone flights to a later date, so you should be able to delay your travel until your new holiday dates.

As you will appreciate, we had many hundreds of clients still due to travel over the coming weeks and we will be very busy for the next couple of weeks dealing with the aftermath of this situation. Please do bear with us whilst we work with everyone to assist them. We are aiming to do this by date order of those due to travel, starting with those who were planning to travel later this week.

You may also want to make contact with your travel insurance company to ask for their advice in making a claim for the cost of your holiday if you would prefer not to postpone it.

Thank you for all the messages of support from many of our regular clients that we have received during these exceptional times.

Updated: 09:00 on Sunday 8th March 2020

Overnight Italy has placed anyone living in Lombardy under quarantine as it aims to contain the spread of coronavirus. Milan and Venice cities are both affected, although planes and trains are still running. At the current time all 3 Milan airports (Malpensa, Linate and Bergamo) are operating normally this morning.

Champoluc and the Aosta Valley are in the separate region to the west of Lombardy and whilst schools and universities are closed, Champoluc and the surrounding towns in the Aosta valley are not affected by this quarantine.

Currently there has been no change to FCO travel advice, although this could change during today – see link to the right of this text.

There is no problem for clients to change their travel arrangements if they wish to. Those due to fly in to Milan may want to consider contacting their airline with the aim of switching their flights to Turin or Geneva, or indeed to travel from the UK by car – click here for more details. We offer an £80 per adult discount for those choosing to self-drive. If you do change your flights, please just email the new flight details through to any member of our team and we will swap your transfer arrangements – there is no charge for this.

Clients due to travel in the coming weeks and considering making changes to their travel plans should be aware of our Booking Conditions and cancellation charges which apply and increase closer to the travel date. We very much hope that everyone will be able to travel as planned and we look forward to seeing you in Champoluc in the coming weeks. If you did decide that you were unable to travel, please email info@ski-2.com to confirm this in writing (We will take the date of cancellation as the day that we receive your email).

Updated: 11:00 on Friday 6th March 2020

There is no change to our advice detailed below. Champoluc and the Monterosa ski are both open as usual and fresh snow overnight has created some great skiing conditions. Clients due to travel in the coming weeks and considering making changes to their travel plans should be aware of our Booking Conditions and cancellation charges which increase closer to the travel date.

Speaking at a recent press conference the Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, in answer to a the question about whether travellers should be cancelling their holidays replied ….. “At the moment the virus outbreaks are across Europe and across most of the world in some form or other”. He continued “Once the epidemic is everywhere, then at that point restricting travel makes no difference at all. At the moment we are certainly not recommending any change to behaviours in relation to that and if it grows in the UK it doesn’t really make sense to say you are more at risk somewhere else than you are here.”

We understand that some employers and schools are are requiring employees or employees to ‘self-quarantine’ for 14 days if they travel to Italy or Europe over Easter. This does contradict government advice which suggests you should self-quarantine only if you subsequently suffer flu-like symptoms.

Updated: 16:45 on Thursday 5th March 2020

The closure of Italian schools and universities began today and will currently operate until 18th March. This new initiative from the Italian government has no effect on the rest of the infrastructure in Italy which continues to function normally. There are currently no suspected or confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the Ayas Valley, where Champoluc is situated. We continue to welcome clients to Champoluc and skiing conditions have been improved further by another fall of snow overnight.

Updated: 10:30 on Thursday 5th March 2020

It has now been confirmed that all schools and universities in Italy are to close until mid-March 2020 in an effort to halt the spread of the virus. All transport hubs and networks continue to operate as normal, including the 3 airports in Milan, Turin and Geneva.

Clients travelling with FlyBE will now be aware that the airline has ceased trading and cancelled all flights. Please advise us of your new flights once you have booked them so that we can rearrange transfers for you.

Updated: 13:45 on Wednesday 4th March 2020

News reports this afternoon say that all schools and universities in Italy are to close until mid-March 2020 in an effort to halt the spread of the virus, although this is yet to be confirmed. All transport hubs and networks continue to operate as normal, including the 3 airports in Milan, Turin and Geneva.

In the event of you being unable to travel to Champoluc because the Foreign Office deem it to be ‘unsafe’ or the Italian government declare the area out of bounds, then we understand that your wintersports insurance will cover any cancellation charges that may apply – click here to visit the website of the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

Updated: 08:55 on Wednesday 4th March 2020

We understand that there have been no more deaths as a result of Coronavirus in Italy in the past 24 hours. Please see below for our previous advice which still stands.

Please feel free to call one of our team on 01962 713330 if would like any advice about a future Ski 2 holiday booking.

Updated: 07:43 on Monday 2nd March 2020

We understand that some of our clients, due to travel to Italy in the coming weeks, will be concerned by information about Coronavirus provided in the press and Social Media. Just to reassure you that we are taking ongoing advice from our trade association ABTA and from the Foreign Office and continue to monitor the situation.

At the current time there are no restrictions on travel to the region in which Champoluc is situated. But we will, of course, keep our customers up to date with advice from the authorities. Once you have travelled on your ski holiday, the sensible advice from the government is to self-isolate if you were to suffer flu-like symptoms on your return and to seek medical advice (this advice only refers to those who suffer any symptoms on their return, re-confirmed recently by Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care).

All of the airports that we provide transfers from and to are operating normally (this includes Milan Malpensa, Turin, Milan Linate, Milan Bergamo and Geneva) and the resort of Champoluc are fully open and all are operating as normal. Passengers arriving at any Italian airport can expect to have their temperature checked by health workers, a precautionary measure that has been in place since the end of January.

We are aware of reports in the press that airlines have been ‘cancelling flights to some areas including Italy’. We understand that the airlines are just consolidating flights in the next few weeks because of lower demand to certain parts of the world, mainly from business travellers and those who might normally book last minute but are choosing not to travel. There is no suggestion that the airlines are cancelling flights at the moment because of any safety concerns.

At the moment there are no cases, nor suspicion of cases, of Coronavirus in the Valle d’Aosta – confirmed to us by a recent email from the regional health authority. The 11 Italian towns that our currently reported in the press to be on ‘lockdown’ are over 3 hours’ drive from Champoluc.

Our Booking Conditions currently apply to those who might choose to make amendments to their bookings.

Please feel free to call our office on 01962 713330 during office hours (Monday to Friday 0900-1700 hours and Saturday 0900-1200 to chat to one of our staff to discuss your booking.

Overcome your fear of skiing…

Join our Ski With Confidence course starting in March.

Reflections from our happy, confident and empowered Ski With Confidence clients.

What a great time everyone had on the first two Ski With Confidence courses of the 2019/2020 season. Our beautiful village of Champoluc, in the Aosta valley, makes the perfect location to develop confidence on the slopes. The Ski 2 team are delighted that the Ski With Confidence Courses is having such a positive impact, enabling more of our clients to manage the inner fear and develop their love for skiing….

We have worked with Louise from ProAbility, to ensure we provide the best package for your ski holiday. We choose a time of year when the slopes are quiet. You get to stay in fabulous hotel accommodation. The Ski 2 team take all the strain out of your holiday and provide the right environment for you to focus on creating a positive ski experience and having a great time.

“Fun, friendly, welcoming, relaxed, non-judgemental ethos and approach. Great foundation to build my future skiing experience. Champoluc is a fantastic ski area for people trying to gain confidence.” 
Julie

With the thought of years of ski holidays ahead, our clients tend to feel caught between sharing these precious times with loved ones or just dreading the whole thing.  Constant butterflies in the stomach, worried about injury and feeling out of control. Our clients had all been for ski lessons and were familiar with the basics of skiing – this wasn’t their problem. Their challenge was finding a way to manage the fear factor.

ProAbility’s Ski With Confidence package provides one-on-one coaching in the UK prior to heading out to Champoluc. This enables clients to overcome their anxiety and head to the slopes with calm and confidence. The coaching continues in resort and helps to develop a positive mindset. The holiday allows clients to put their new found skills into action.

“The coaching sessions were so useful for many areas of my life and I gained some valuable insights”
Wendy

On arrival in Champoluc, our group enjoyed the fantastic hospitality of the Hotel Relais and La Rouja. Expert instruction was provided by our talented Ski 2 instructors, who understand the focus on confidence building.

“Kieran, our instructor, was fantastic. Patient, kind and wise beyond his years. The team coaching each morning was a great way of motivating and building on my confidence.”
Nicola

Sharing the experience with a group of like-minded clients created great team spirit during the trip.

Wonderful group of people, I felt we supported each other and haven’t laughed so much in ages
Wendy

Does this sound like something you’d be interested in? Imagine how fabulous your ski holiday would be, if you could look forward to each day.  We ensure you overcome your anxiety and release yourself from your fears. The course will leave you feeling liberated.

“I thought ProAbility and Ski 2 put on a really valuable, and enjoyable experience. I am super excited for my next ski holiday.”
Roisin

“Thank you so much for helping to create so many happy skiing memories and so much positivity for the future.”
Wendy

“Excited to put my new found skills and anxiety free approach into practice on our next family holiday.”
Julie

Imagine how proud and empowered you’d feel if this was your feedback from our course……what a great feeling to have finally overcome that anxiety.

Our Ski With Confidence Coaching Courses will take you on that journey to develop your confidence. We are pleased to announce we have a final course running this season from Sunday 8th March 2020 to Thursday 12th March (4 nights). The accommodation is in Chalet Lo Miete at the 4* Hotellerie de Mascognaz. The price is £1850 and includes all your Ski With Confidence Coaching, private airport transfers, lift pass, private ski instruction, half board (including sole occupancy room supplement) and lunch vouchers.

If you’d like to find out more please call Louise at ProAbility on 07593 939367 or email skicoaching@ProAbility.co.uk. You can also contact the Ski 2 office on 01962 713330. Join our Ski With Confidence Coaching Courses to overcome those inner fears and discover the magic of skiing. Use the great skills you’ll develop to feel relaxed and confident on the slopes so you can really have fun. Imagine how good the après ski would feel then!

Together we can create a great skiing experience!

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.