Jet Set n Ski
The allure of an international ski holiday and mixing it with the jet-set on some of Europe’s glitziest slopes is for many the white powdery stuff that dreams are made of. Dreams may be free, but the reality of a European ski experience is made a lot more affordable with Club Med. New Zealanders usually associate a Club Med holiday with sun and fun in the tropics, but this world leader of all-inclusive resort holidays adds snow to the sun and fun mix with a selection of 22 ski villages. Located in Switzerland, France, Italy and Japan, Club Med has all –inclusive resorts at some of the most sought after locations on the planet. Ski specialist Julie Coulston, managing director of Ski Travel says a European ski holiday simply has to be experienced. “It is all about the ambience and just soaking up all those delicious European flavours.” We are assured that this applies both on and off the slopes. But what of the practicalities for the die-hard ski nut who can resist shopping in oh, so cute European towns and can walk past the bustling cafes and bars? Die-hard, go-hard skiers can quick trip it on and off the slopes with the ‘ski-in skiout’ concept that is unique to many of these European ski villages. Guests at the friendly Club Med chalets at Val d’Isère, France can push off from their chalet door to attend their all-inclusive ski lesson, which will accommodate five different levels of skiers from beginner to advanced; the latter being treated to a few new tricks from the pro’s often in ski domains off the beaten track. “The accessibility and variety is just awesome” says Julie, pointing out that even at the few villages without ski-in ski-out there is a novel method of arriving at and returning from the slopes; At foot of France’s famous Mont Blanc at Club Med Chamonix, you can simply shuttle bus it up to the slopes and then enjoy a leisurely downhill return run to the stylish Savoy Hotel that is Club Med Chamonix. For the ski-fit, town is just a short ski away, so clip on the cross country’s and cruise ski style into a local café or restaurant to sample après ski at its finest. For many the novelty of ‘simply being there’ is enough, but for those with more demanding attention spans such as kids and teens then there is a veritable feast of activities both on and off the snow to entertain, either as a family or whilst the adults hit the hard runs safe in the knowledge that the kids are well cared for and having a great time of their own. The Club Med kids club operates at selected villages in France, Italy, Switzerland and Japan providing expert ski tuition and a range of recreational and entertainment activities all within a fun, social and secure environment. By night, guests will be spoilt for choice with the option to either indulge in the local scene or take advantage of the all-inclusive entertainment and dining offerings at Club Med. The best part will however be in knowing that there is a choice and most importantly knowing how much it is going to cost you. Second guessing the credit card bill for the duration of your return flight is hardly the holiday memories you want to land back home with. Knowing that all of your entertainment, accommodation, ski passes and wining and dining is included before you go is just the ticket to a successful, stress free and affordable overseas ski holiday where you don’t even need to labour with your ski luggage. With a range of world class Rossignol ski equipment available for hire on arrival, your ski gear along with everything else you need to indulge your passion for ski is taken care of – Club Med snow style.