Jet Set n Ski

Ski & Snow - - Club Med -

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.

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