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Around a year ago, I went on a skiing vacation to France and had a great time by all accounts. The best part was that I went with all my friends, all of which had varied abilities, but were all eager to give it a go. Some of my friends compete in competitions and the like, whilst others have only been on the slopes a few times in their life. The fact is that we were all really looking forward to it, and we were all sure to enjoy ourselves whilst we were away. Unfortunately, we don't spend much time together, as we all go to different colleges, whilst others are trying to make it through the rat race.

When we decided to book the holiday I was delighted to hear that everybody was able to make it, and that everyone had promised to save up enough money to really enjoy themselves while we were away. The cost of booking the holiday worked out at around $300 for accommodation for the week as we were going to be staying at a backpacker's location, and it was only going to cost $150 for return flights. We really felt like we had struck a bargain, and we were even more delighted when we heard that the cost of living would be really cheap when we got there. We had decided to save up $1000 each, which meant that we would have more than enough spending money for when we arrived.

I have to say, I never quite expected Europe to be such an excellent skiing destination for people like us with mixed abilities. Sure, there are the Alps, but I thought these were only the playground of the expert skiers. How wrong I was! There are simply loads of different places in Europe you can go, regardless of your skiing ability, and you're almost guaranteed to have a great time. Also, the facilities right on the resorts are out of this world. It really is a great place to go skiing.

We arrived in France, and we were firstly shocked at how laid-back it all seemed. It was some surrealist painting, except in motion, with strange, stereotypically French characters passing by. Regardless of this initial culture shock, we soon got our skis on and experienced the awesome slopes for ourselves. Trust me - France is a great place to go skiing with your friends, and a great place to go on a vacation if you're looking to have a good time.

We chose France for our vacation, but there are loads of great European ski resorts, and in fact, some people even say that Europe is the home of the sport, and it is easy to see why. If you're looking for a great time, go for Europe, to experience a wholly different way of life, and skiing that is simply second to none. Check out your travel agent for good deals, and remember that the more flexible you are, the cheaper your holiday. By booking up the flights at the last minute, you can end up saving loads with some of the budget airlines, and by being totally flexible, you can avoid peak times, which means you can avoid peak prices. Your vacation in Europe doesn't have to cost the earth, but it can be a once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget.

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Article Source: Don't Go Skiing Out West, Go Skiing In Europe

 
Many types of holidays can help you enjoy your time off, be together with your family, and have a wonderful time. Skiing holidays can be great fun for you and your loved ones. However, when you are going on skiing holidays, there are several things that you must plan for ahead of time. These things include flights to get you to your destination, the accommodation that you choose to stay in when you are there, and transportation such as rail services and car hire services. All these things are important items to consider as you begin planning your skiing holidays.

Choosing A Destination

The first thing to remember when you are planning skiing holidays is the importance of the destination. There are many great ski slopes all over Europe, and lots of these places offer anywhere from a weekend to a week or more of skiing fun. Many resorts provide skiing holidays in mountain areas that are some of the most beautiful in the world. However, there are several questions that you need to ask before you choose the best place for your skiing holidays.

The first things you need to focus on while choosing skiing holidays are how long you are going to be there, the number of people who are going, and their ages. These are probably the most important factors in deciding where to take your skiing holidays. The length of your skiing holiday will have a lot to do with the destination that you choose. If you are only going for the weekend or a couple of days, you can find a remote and beautiful place to go to for your skiing holiday. If your trip is short, your focus will be on skiing, and it won't matter if there are not very many amenities or things to do. The other attractions that might be in the area won't be as important as the ski resort itself. You want to choose a ski resort that will allow you to do as much skiing as possible in the short time you have for your holiday.

If your skiing holiday is going to be longer than a few days, the location and amenities of the place that you choose for these skiing holidays are both very important. When you are going to take a ski holiday that lasts longer than just a few days, the other things that you can find to do become much more vital to you. For a long trip, you will need other things to do, no matter how much you love skiing. You will need to make sure that you choose skiing holidays at places that have restaurants, shopping districts, entertainment, and other activities. These will allow you to take a break from skiing, and make your skiing holidays more enjoyable overall.

The ages of the people going on your skiing holidays are also very important. If you are going on skiing holidays with your children, you need to choose places that have ski lessons for children, and fun activities for them as well. With your children along, you also want to research the safety of the ski resort even more thoroughly than you otherwise would. Remember again, that with children, you are going to want to pick your skiing holiday locations where there are lots of things for them to do besides skiing.

Getting There

Once you have chosen a place for your skiing holidays, you have to decide on the best way to get there. The travel that is involved often costs more than the actual skiing. However, there are many deals on flights and packages to various destinations for skiing holidays, if you know where to look. If you can save money on airline flights, you will have more money to spend on your skiing holidays.

The accommodation that you choose is also an important part of planning skiing holidays. Whether you stay on the actual site of the resort, or somewhere near the slopes, you want to be able to get there easily each day to ski. Remember, if you are staying at the place where you are skiing, it might be more expensive. However, your ski slope fees will usually be included. If you find an accommodation that is much cheaper than the resort, but where skiing is nearby, you might find this to be less expensive, but you probably will have to pay for the ski slope fees.

There are other things to consider as you plan your skiing holidays. Things like rail services that can get you to your destination, and whether or not you want to do a car hire are all decisions that you have to make before you leave on your trip. You will find that if you take the time to plan your skiing holidays before you go, you will be able to relax and enjoy them much more.

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Once you have managed the basics of skiing it is time to learn some turns.

The Snow Plough Turn

The basic position for the snow plough turn is the snow plough position which must be held throughout the complete turn. The centre of gravity of the body during the entire figure remains constant between the skis. Now do not do anything more than is asked of you. First, a turn to the right. Snow plough position=basic position. The skis begin to slide.

Now you move the left shoulder, the left knee and the left ski with a slight forward pressure. The centre of gravity is between the skis, the body is held erect and the turn to the right begins. Now repeat the performance to the left: right shoulder, right knee and right ski with slight forward pressure and, as you will notice, you will begin to travel to the left. The centre of gravity is always between the skis and you must never forget this. So, continue to travel in alternate turns.

When the right shoulder goes forward the left shoulder recedes and vice versa. Now look back and see your fine snow plough tracks. You are delighted to find how easy it is and how successful you have been. Now go to a somewhat steeper slope where you can practise it for yourself. Here once more the snow plough position is your basic position.

See that you do not go too fast for as soon as you get up speed you begin to be scared instead of thinking logically and automatically you become cramped. So, left shoulder, left knee and left ski forward, then right shoulder, right knee and right ski forward. Practise it in every type of snow and at every degree of steepness.

And now as a reward let me tell you a secret. The wide angled ends of the skis, as you progress, draw ever closer together until they are almost parallel. You continue to make the same movements and finally you have achieved a snow plough Christiania. I have perhaps jumped on a little ahead but in actual fact ski-ing is as simple as that. As a novice you will not find matters so simple but this snow plough turn is and remains the key to the swing.

The Snow Plough Christiania

In the fall line: right shoulder back, snow plough position, basic position, slide faster and faster, lean forward, turn left, left shoulder back, left ski forward and soon you are sliding with flat skis out of the swing. This is actually the rudiments of the swing.

The Stem Turn

In the stem turn there are several basic movements and basic rules which will accompany us throughout the whole of the development of our later ski-ing and which holds good for the further stages of this sport. Here for the first time you hear of alternately weighting and unweighting the skis. At the same time, ideas such as the uphill and the downhill skis crop up.

One of the most important preliminary exercises for the stem turn is running on the weighted downhill ski, i.e., the whole weight of the body on this particular ski so that you can take the weight off the uphill ski, stem and then bring it parallel again.

When you can do this it is proof that you really have the weight entirely on the downhill ski. You must now practise putting the weight on the left ski as the downhill ski and, on the counter move, on the right ski as downhill ski with the unweighted stemming of the uphill ski.

To lift the weight away from the slope is always rather strange and difficult for the beginner, but you must gradually get used to it. If the shoulder of the uphill ski, which at the same time is the outer ski of the turn, is far enough back then the whole of this side of the body is free and it is an easy matter to stem the weighted ski well out.

Now all that is left to do is incorporate these turns into your natural skiing.

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The 2006/2007 ski season saw a nice rise in numbers of Brits taking a ski holiday. Last year's 3% rise is expected to increase through the 2007/2008 ski season.

Just over 37% of UK skiers choose to ski in France while 19% choose Austria and 13% choose to ski in Italy. France seems to be the favorite ski destination for most Britons. Crystal Holidays already reports a 10% increase in bookings in its resorts.

The 2006/2007 ski season was more challenging than previous years due to poor snowfall at the start of the season. Lower-altitude ski resorts could face the same challenges this year, according to predictions, but early snowfalls in Austria and Andorra have been encouraging.

Inghams, another popular UK ski holiday company, also reports bookings ahead of last year at this time.

Litsa Constantinou, Chief Executive of Inghams, said: "We expect growth in many of the popular destinations and also that the trend for people taking multiple ski holidays will continue."

High-altitude, snow-sure resorts with Neilson Ski are also selling very well this 2007/2008 ski season. Andy Harmer, head of product and planning at Neilson, said: "Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish resorts are proving attractive, as are the Canadian resorts, which enjoyed fantastic snow last winter."

Crystal Holidays is the UK's leading holiday spot for year round travel, especially during ski season. Crystal features a network of 140 resorts in 14 countries worldwide. Gareth Crump, product and marketing director for Crystal Holidays, said: "France benefits from the popularity of the chalet and club hotel product and its high-altitude resorts. Austria lost out (last ski season) because its low-lying resorts suffered from poor snowfall."

Aside from great ski destinations, Crystal Holidays offers great family holiday getaways. Crystal has stylish hotels and chalets in some of the UK's most popular resort locations. Many of these locations offer a wide range of holiday escapes in Europe and North America; some of Crystal's holiday packages include; lakeside locations, mountain villages, beach resorts, walking breaks, city stays, touring and much more. You can truly enjoy your holiday at your own pace with activities like hiking, biking, climbing, rafting and paragliding.

The Principality of Andorra, more commonly known as Andorra, is a highly sought-after ski destination. Nestled in the eastern Pyrenees mountains bordering Spain and France, Andorra usually provides perfect ski conditions throughout the ski season. Crystal Holidays has three resorts in Andorra; Arinsal, Pas de la Casa, and Soldeu.

Andorra's economy relies primarily on the estimated nine-million tourists who visit each year. Due to the tourist population and immigration, there are many languages spoken in Andorra. The historic and official language of the area is Catalan. Many nationalities have immigrated to Andorra, so you'll also hear Spanish, French and Portuguese, as well as English.

Andorra is rich in culture and home to folk dances like the contrapas and marratxa. Andorran folk music shares similarities with all of its neighbouring provinces and countries but is essentially Catalan in character.

Skiing has become a very popular seasonal getaway during the last decade; more and more people each year book ski holidays as weekend getaways and week-long holidays. Where ever you plan your 2007/2008 ski holiday, keep these great destinations in mind.

Ski holiday information for Andorra is available at YourAndorra.com The Andorra guide includes a new gallery of Andorra photographs and other information such as how to gain Andorra residency

Article Source: More Brits Head to the Slopes For 2008 Winter Skiing

 
Morzine is located in the northern French alps, and right in the centre of the vast Portes du Soleil, which is the largest inter linked ski area in Europe. The area boasts 650 kms of pisted ski trails and a variety of skiing that will have you always finding new slopes even after a two week ski holiday!

The skiing is not only challenging, but is well suited to family skiers and beginners with inexpensive ski schools and excellent nursery slopes. The rugged profile of the northern alps makes for some interesting and scenic skiing, with a huge variety of terrain on offer.

But Morzine has gained dramatically in popularity for a number of other reasons, and first of which is its appealing situation. At just one hour from Geneva airport, Morzine caters admirably for the ever popular weekend ski breaks with the ultimate in convenience skiing.

Londoners can leave their office desk at 5.30 to get a 6pm train from London Bridge and an 8pm flight at Gatwick, which will have you in resort and at your ski chalet before 11 pm UK time.

Morzine also has a number of other appealing factors. It is incredibly pretty with a wooden ski chalet style to it's architecture - that gives a quaint and cosy atmosphere often lost in many of the higher, more purpose built modern day ski resorts. Morzine also benefits from a buzzing apres ski and a variety of boutique shopping that rivals many US resorts.

The resorts' family facilities are superb and the towns folk are not out to grab a quick buck from the passing tourist trade. Instead they greet you with a smile and charge very reasonable prices for an excellent service and exquisite Savoyard cuisine. They know that Morzine attracts more loyal skiers than any other resort in France, and that their hospitality will go a long way further.

However the major pulling factor with Morzine is in the resorts year round appeal. As quite a large mountain town, the population realised long ago that the winter skiing alone was not enough to sustain them.

Morzine has been built with just as much attention to the summer months as the winter. When most other ski resorts are winding down for a sleepy summer in May, Morzine is in tick over, awaiting a fresh surge of alpine enthusiasts that now flock to the resort looking for summer alpine and active chalet holidays in healthy surroundings.

Part of Morzine's attraction is its northern location which ensures good snow in the winter and luscious vegetation in the summer. When the snow goes, Morzine doesn't turn into a parched moonscape, simply lying in waiting for the winter snow to return. Instead the resort becomes resplendent in flora and fauna.

The restaurants re-open after a short inter season break and the chair lifts creak back into life again, ready to serve the hordes of mountain bikers and hill walkers that will arrive over the months of June, July and August.

As a year round alpine town Morzine attracts a huge resident population and a healthy smattering of British ex pats which has resulted in the now indigenous one-chalet-band holiday companies that serve the area.

The pleasant up shot of this is that the non transient population are some of the friendliest you will find in any ski resort, always keen to help and make the resort into a perfect family ski holiday destination or idyllic summer venue.

Even though Morzine sits at a moderate altitude, the expert skiers are not put off. One must remember that aside from it's excellent skiing, Morzine is the most Northerly located resort in the French alps and this lessens the need for altitude in order to get good snow.

The area's high precipitation record, often ensures better snow than the more southerly located super resorts such as Meribel, La Plagne and even Tignes and Val D'isere.

Morzine is also twinned with its high altitude sister-resort Avoriaz, which helps prolong the season and ensure good skiing is never more than a short Navette* ride away. The abundance of north facing slopes also ensure good snow bases form and help the snow last well into May!

In summer Morzine plays host to a number of festivals, such as the Tour De France, Mountain Bike World Championships, Mont Blanc Rally and a whole raft of local fairs that create a warm and welcoming family atmosphere with much to do for everyone.

So whether you want absolute ski convenience with the kudos of the largest ski area in Europe or a summer destination that is resplendent in beauty and a healthier option than any beach side resort, a chalet holiday in Morzine should have what you are looking for.

*Navette is a free shuttle bus that circuits a ski resort. Free on the standard liftpass that is!

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Article Source: A Guide To Skiing Holidays In Morzine

 
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