As the 2013 ski season draws to a close, Champoluc in the Italian Alps remains a great alternative to pricey French resorts when booking your winter sports getaway for the next season.
With many household budgets under strain, and French resorts among the more expensive options for skiing enthusiasts, Italy has been making more and more headlines as a way to get great conditions on-piste, with competitive prices off-piste.
If you love the excitement of winter sports, but you’re not a fan of the cold weather, Champoluc’s mountain restaurants can keep you well supplied with hot drinks, at prices you might not expect to find in an Alpine ski resort.
A hot chocolate with cream can cost as little as €2.70 – that’s about £2.30 at current exchange rates – while other hot and cold drinks are often even cheaper. You can buy a caffe latte for €2.50, a cappuccino for €1.50, an Americano for €1.20 and, if you want some cold refreshment, a bottle of sparkling water for €1.50.
These are all real prices from Champoluc’s mountain restaurants this season, and Italian Alps ski resorts’ consistent pricing in years gone by suggests that they’re unlikely to rise by much for 2014. In terms of hot food, you again have plenty of options, even if you’re on a tight budget.
A classic British favourite, you can get a portion of chips for as little as €3.00, while €5.00 will buy you a filled panino, a hot dog or a cheeseburger. For €8.00 you can get an Italian take on another British classic, fish and chips, while €5.00 will get you a tasty dessert in the form of a crepe with fruit and cream.
While the prices may be more competitive than you’d find in many parts of the French Alps, skiing in Champoluc does not mean having to compromise by making the move to Italy for your 2014 winter sports holiday. The Italian Alps remains a great ski destination.
The current world record for skiing is 251.4 km/h (156 mph) and is held by Simone Origone. Simone was born in Aosta in 1979 and now lives in Champoluc, working in the valley as a ski instructor and mountain guide.
Speed skiers regularly exceed 200 km/h (125 mph) and wear dense foam fairings on their lower legs and aerodynamic helmets to increase streamlining. Their ski suits are normally made from air-tight latex, or could have a polyurethane coating to reduce wind resistance. Most only give minimal protection in case of a crash.
Ski 2 were delighted to have Simone teach at the Ski 2 ski school for a week this season. He spent last week in Les Arcs trying to break his record. We are proud to be one of his sponsors.
Ski 2 are extending our facilities for childcare in Champoluc next winter and would like to launch it all with a new name. There’s a bottle of champagne for the person who comes up with the best name for the new nursery which will help introduce children as young as three to the delights of skiing.
Please leave your suggestions on our Facebook post. We’ll choose the one we like the most on the 30th April and will have the winner’s Champagne delivered to them shortly thereafter.
Don’t dilly dally, we already have our first entry!
We’ve just had a very kind email from a Ski 2 client to thank us for organising a trip they have been on to Champoluc. We do go to every effort to make sure your time in resort is perfect and it’s great to have our team’s efforts recognised!
I want to let you know that you have a fantastic operation at Ski 2
Not only did you organise the most brilliant long weekend for us – with a brilliant guide and inspired choice of refuges – but Simon and the team on the ground are excellent, the central location and ski hire on site are great and nothing was too much trouble.
We really enjoyed it and think that Champoluc and Ski2 are great.
Finding reliable snow forecasts for the Alps can be a challenge. During the season keep an eye on this account to see the most up-to-date weather information we have for Champoluc. This will be updated from forecasts we trust and from staff in the resort.
Do you help to arrange ski trips for your school, college or other educational institution? We regularly welcome large groups to Champoluc and we've started this account to help promote and market this service.