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As the 2018/2019 ski season comes to an end and the snow begins to melt, now is the perfect time to reflect on what has been a ski season to remember at Esprit Ski: from the bountiful snowfall across our ski resorts for families, to the fun filled ski lessons for children and so much more. It’s time to take a look at the top five highlights that have made the 2018/19 ski season such a huge success.

1. Snowfall

It’s wonderful to be able to report that across the Esprit Ski resorts, snowfall has reached some incredible levels throughout the 2018/19 ski season. Children have loved building snowmen, playing games, and taking advantage of the amazing fresh snow. Better still, because our properties are so close to the slopes, our guests and their families were able to make the most of the snow right on their doorsteps.

If you need some reassurance about snow surety for next season, the numbers on 2018/2019 snowfall levels below should give you plenty of encouragement:

  1. Austria – St Anton (726 cm) – the biggest snowfalls were in January
  2. Austria – Obergurgl (621 cm) – the biggest snowfalls were in January
  3. France – Val d’Isere (480 cm) – the biggest snowfalls were in December and January
  4. France – La Rosiere (475 cm) – the biggest snowfalls were in February
  5. France – Belle Plagne (447 cm) – the biggest snowfalls were in February and March
2. Playing in the snow

The fun hasn’t just been limited to the slopes at Esprit Ski this season. Let’s not forget the many wonderful activities we put together for children around the resort. Our childcare teams take the kids out onto the slopes to take part in activities, showing them how much fun they can have in the snow, including: building snowmen, bum-boarding, snowball fights, visiting the playground, visiting the stables, playing in snow castles, and even bowling. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed providing the extra activities across our resorts this season and seeing so many children enjoying all that we have to offer.

3. Ski Childcare

Our childcare programme for family ski holidays has proven to be a true highlight of the 2018/19 ski season for families. We are very proud to offer the UK’s leading childcare programme in the Alps for family skiing and a large percentage of our visitors have taken advantage of this service this season. From our nurseries to our excellent snow club and cocoa clubs, which are available post skiing in the afternoon and evenings, our wonderful childcare staff have been kept busy all winter. Children have enjoyed playing with kids of their own age and taking part in lots of fun activities. As for the adults, our flexible childcare gave parents the chance to fully enjoy the slopes, whilst feeling confident that their children, no matter their age, were having a great time. Discover more about our flexible childcare here.

4. Children’s Skiing Achievements

Whilst you may be a proficient skier, there have been many parents during the 2018/19 ski season whose kids have never skied before and wanted lessons. We are delighted that so many children have managed to learn with us during the season. All our ski lessons are accompanied by a member of Esprit staff as well as the ski instructor. We have had positive feedback that parents appreciate this additional level of care as well as the added benefit of helping all our Sprites and Spritelets feel more confident on the slopes. This season we have seen so many of our visiting children taking to the slopes for the first time and many more working to develop their existing skills. With guaranteed small classes taking place for specific age groups throughout the day, our ski lessons for children help each child receive the attention they deserve.

5. Celebrating special occasions

Many of our Esprit Ski holiday guests come to the Alps to celebrate a special occasion. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or seasonal celebration, we have enjoyed many wonderful moments with our guests in 2018/2019. Our staff have been regularly baking cakes and bringing them to families’ tables at dinner time. We have also enjoyed celebrating other important days of the year including Christmas, ringing in the New Year, indulging on pancake day, spoiling mums on Mother’s Day, and enjoying time together on Valentine’s Day.

The highlights of a family ski holiday

As you can see, the 2018/2019 ski season has been incredible, with Esprit Ski offering so much for families to enjoy. 2019/2020 promises to be another fantastic ski season for families and we can’t wait to welcome you to the slopes! Until then, that’s a wrap!

Click here to view the incredible Esprit Ski family holiday deals we have available.

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Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year is almost upon us – the perfect excuse to go on a ski holiday.  While there are many beautiful destinations to escape as a couple, nothing compares to the majesty of the mountains. Wake up to crisp, frosty air, drop the kids off with our child care experts and enjoy the perfect adult-only day knowing the kids are having a blast.

Making the most of Valentine’s day with a young family can be challenging, especially romantic getaways. With Esprit, our team of child care experts allow you to spend as much or as little time together with the kids as you’d like. Your holiday to the mountains means there’s time for you, time for the kids, and time together.

As it is such a special time of the year, some resorts go the extra mile to really dial up the atmosphere of love. Below, you can find several resorts which have unique offerings to ensure a romantic stay on the slopes:

Courchevel Dawn in Courchevel

Arguably the most ritzy of the 3 Valley resorts, Courchevel consists of three main villages at different altitudes (Esprit offers accommodation in the highest, Courchevel 1850). Ski in and ski out at the Chalet Hotel Crystal 2000 and make the most of your adult-only time on the slopes. For Valentine’s Day, Courchevel 1850 has an intimate dinner complete with fireplace and live music. Alternatively,  you can ride the gondola down to Courchevel village (1550) for the renowned fireworks show that is sure to add a spark to your evening.

Val d’Isère Val d’Isere high street view

A firm British favourite for many years, Valentine’s week is no different. A bustling town centre full of lively nightlife, boutique shops and delicious restaurants, it is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway to the mountains. Stay at the Chalet Hotel Ducs de Savoie for the perfect central location, drop the children off with our child care team and explore the 200km of pistes on offer across the Espace Killy ski area. On your way back to town, enjoy the lively La Folie Douce before arriving back in time for “Val in Love“.  Board the Solaise gondola and be whisked away to the summit for a romantic evening with aperitifs.

Méribel Méribel from above

One of the best all-rounder resorts to be found anywhere in the Alps, Méribel combines perfect beginner slopes, with a great variety of intermediate and advanced runs.  Book our evening evening childcare and have the night to yourselves as you enjoy a romantic night out with a bottle of champagne or a cosy night in by the fire. Relish the rejuvenating sauna and whirlpool bath and enjoy the solitude knowing the kids are having fun. In the evening on Cupid’s special day, the resort has roses at the tourism office, the perfect display of love.

Surprise your loved one with the perfect Valentine’s Day gift- an Esprit Ski holiday – click here to look at our latest ski deals!

Happy Valentines!

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Clothes Aren’t the Only Thing you Should Pack

Your ski trip is right around the corner, have everything packed? While clothes are an obvious addition, some things such as ski insurance, lift passes, and airport parking can be easily forgotten. With our ski holiday checklist, you’ll be prepared for everything, so you can hit the slopes without worry.

Ski Insurance

If you haven’t yet arranged your ski insurance, make sure you have sufficient coverage. Regardless of your ski ability, we highly recommend pre-purchasing ski insurance. In addition to covering medical expenses and personal liability, you are insured for lost baggage, lost skis, and travel delay. As an added bonus, a family of 2 adults purchasing insurance receive all children up to the age of 21 covered free of charge.

Childcare & Nursery

We strongly recommend that you pre-book your childcare, as we can’t guarantee that we can accommodate bookings on arrival in resort. This is particularly the case with Sprite ski lessons, where it is vital that you ensure that you have booked your children into the appropriate level of lesson for their ability, as moves often can’t be made in resort.

For children under the age of 2, travel cots, high chairs, and baby baths are included free of charge. These all await you in-resort to ensure your young family is comfortable and at ease for your holiday.

Lift Passes

Ensure you maximise your time on the slopes by pre-booking your lift passes with Esprit. We can deliver your lift passes directly to your chalet during your first breakfast. If you haven’t already, give our friendly reservations team a call on 01483 345 777 to pre-book your lift passes today.

Ski Hire

Have you pre-booked your ski/snowboard and boot hire for everyone in the family? If not, we can add this on for you, then you will be escorted to our partner ski-hire shop by your Esprit Resort Representative upon arrival. Eliminate the stress of sorting out ski gear and get on the slopes quicker.

Check out our fantastic Family Savers deals such as FREE ski, boot and helmet hire for children! Please note, these offers must be pre-booked at least 6 weeks prior to departure and are not available locally.

Getting to the Airport 

Need to sort out airport parking? We can help: You can pre-book your parking and save up to 35%. Don’t fancy driving? Get a quote for a minicab to the airport – you can even specify your ski luggage.

We recommend checking in at least 2 hours before the printed departure time on your e-tickets for your flight. Before you head off on your ski holiday, make sure to read through our pre-departure information.

And last but not least, if you’re not sure what clothes to pack, check out this handy guide. If you haven’t booked your ski holiday this season, you can view our top deals here.

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Esprit Ski by Luke Judd - 7M ago

The Alps received another dusting of snow this weekend and plenty more is forecast for this week!

If you read our previous Snow Alert, you will have seen that the Alps received their first flakes of snow earlier this month. This week it looks like they are going to get a proper covering with more snow forecast throughout the week. Take a look at the images below taken from the resort webcams on Sunday.

Belle Plagne

Alpe d’Huez

Les Arcs

Obergurgl

Tignes

Val d’Isère

Don’t worry we will keep you updated with more snow alerts as long as the snow keeps falling! Find out more about our family ski resorts here

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The first dustings of snow have fallen in the Alps, a sure sign that winter is almost upon us. Many resorts have also been busy in the off-season making multi-million euro improvements to make 2018/2019 the best season yet! If that doesn’t make you excited, the below first snow pics are sure to get you and your family excited for the upcoming ski season.

La Rosière

La Rosière possesses a more relaxed, family-centered feel than the nearby resorts of Val d’Isere and Tignes. Connected to the Italian La Thuile resort,  guests have access to 160km of pistes. New this year is a €15 million ski area expansion which will add 2 new chairlifts, adding even more territory to explore in this under-the-radar resort.

The close proximity to the slopes make Chalet Romeo a firm family favourite. Enjoy Less Crowds in La Rosière >>>

Méribel

The heart of the famed 3 Valleys ski area, Méribel is the gateway to 600km of pistes for you and your family to explore. The adjacent Val Thorens offers the highest ski resort in Europe, with fantastic snow-sure skiing on the Glacier de Péclet. This season marks the start of a two year, €15 million improvement in the Roc de Fer area. The result is two new high speed six-seaters replacing the Cherferie, Plan de l’Homme, Roc de Fer lifts.

The Chalet Hotel Alba is located 20 metres from the slopes and features wonderful amenities to relax after a day’s skiing.  Book your holiday to Meribel >>>

Obergurgl

Obergurgl works wonderfully well for family skiing holidays. The children’s kindergarten ski area and ski-school meeting point are now both conveniently located on the slopes. Additionally, the wide array of blue runs available are great for building confidence skiing.

The attractive Tyrolean village centre retains a cosy, intimate feel, yet is big enough to offer an ample range of facilities, and a friendly après-ski atmosphere. Experience all Obergurgl has to offer at the  Xtra Chalet Alpenblume >>>

Les Arcs

The doorstep skiing of Les Arcs 2000 is a major plus for skiing families. Comprised of 4 ski villages/resorts, our chalets such as the Chalet Olympus are all located at 2,000 metres to ensure you are at the heart of the extensive snow-sure slopes on offer.

As part of the Paradiski area, you can also explore the wonderful pistes of La PlagneRelax in Comfort at Les Arcs >>>

Courchevel

Courchevel is one part of the world-renowned Three Valleys and known as one of the most prestigious resorts in the world. New for this ski season, the Grangettes gondola has been modernised in addition to improved snow making capabilities.

Ski to the front door or watch your kids show off their newly learned skills at the Chalet Hotel Crystal 2000. Enjoy Luxurious Courchevel with the family>>>

Belle Plagne

Belle Plagne has everything skiing families could ask for – a purpose-designed Chalet Hotel on the slopes, a conveniently located children’s ski area, and a beautiful pedestrianised village centre. There is also a plentiful range of wide gentle blue runs for skiing ‘en famille’.

Our Chalet Hotel Des Deux Domaines allows you to virtually ski/ski out in addition to offering relaxing hot-tubs. Book your family ski trip to Belle Plagne >>>

With multiple affordable chalet offerings, we are sure you will find the perfect ski chalet for this ski season. Click here book the perfect family chalet.

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Esprit Ski by Harry - 8M ago

Why wait for the busy peak season crowds? Head out on an early season ski holiday and enjoy some quality family time on the piste. Here are some of our favourite, snow-sure resorts for early season skiing:

1. Val d’Isère  – 1,850m

Val d’Isère forms one piece of the legendary Espace Killy,  the ultra high altitude skiing mecca. It’s height virtually guarantees ideal conditions from late November to early May. With its superb modern lift system, you are whisked up to a world of varied family skiing that really does offer something for everyone.

Book a family holiday for December 16th, receive buy-one get-one on adult lift passes >>>

2. Tignes – 2,100m

Tignes is the second half of the Espace Killy area, a world renowned ski area. As an added bonus, it is completely snowsure due to the Grande Motte Glacier. With well over half of the 300km of ski areas located above 2,500m, it’s easy to see why Tignes is a firm favourite with skiers.

Book a family holiday for December 16th, receive buy-one get-one on adult lift passes >>>

3. Les Arcs – 2,000m

Les Arcs, is home to a number of superb ski resorts. Our chalets are located in Les Arcs 2000, the best and the highest of the ski resorts – based at the foot of the Aiguille Rouge, in a secluded snow-sure bowl. In addition to skiing, there are loads of fun activities for children and adults alike!

4. Obergurgl – 1,930m

Obergurgl works wonderfully well for family skiing holidays. The children’s kindergarten ski area and ski-school meeting point are now both conveniently located on the slopes. For children who have progressed beyond the beginners’ stage, the blue runs of the Gaisberg provide the ideal area to move on to, and wide open slopes and superb snow conditions make for relaxed, enjoyable skiing. There is also plenty of fun to be had by the grown-ups as well in Obergurgl.

5. Alpe d’Huez – 1,860m

Guaranteed snow plus lots of sunshine is what Alpe d’Huez is all about. From the Pic Blanc on a bright day, you can see one-fifth of France. Alpe d’Huez is the main resort of the fabulous Grandes Rousses ski area, offering plenty of family skiing opportunities over the 250kms of wonderful pistes, and endless acres of off-piste powder. The primary children’s ski area is at the Rond Point des Pistes at the top of the Telecentre lift, which starts only approx. 50m from our Chalet Hotel, and is known affectionately as ‘the yoghurt-pot lift’!

Now you know our some of our favourite picks for snow-sure resorts, take a look at our early season ski deals and get out on those slopes before everyone else!

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Esprit Ski by Luke Judd - 10M ago

The best way to stretch after skiing is in water with a swim. Why not take the kids for a dip in the chalet pool after their morning Sprite ski lessons? Swimming pool chalets are a popular choice for many of our guests and make for a great evening or morning apres ski activity. Scroll down to view all of our swimming pool chalets:

  • Chalet Hotel des Deux Domaines


  • Our top quality Chalet Hotel des Deux Domaines, located right in the heart of the wonderful Paradiski area in Belle Plagne, is firmly established as an Esprit family favourite

    The indoor swimming-pool and wellness area are a popular attraction for families, and for the added enjoyment and relaxation of our adult guests, children under 13 years old are not permitted into the upper level of the wellness area. Here the sauna, steam-room, indoor spa-bath and outdoor hot-tubs provide a tranquil haven for parents to relax on their own, whilst on the lower level the pool itself is open to all the family.

  • Chalet Hotel Le Savoie


  • Le Savoie commands an imposing setting right on Val d’Isere’s main street, and is only a short walk to the nearest ski-lifts, the main ‘home-run’ pistes, and children’s nursery ski area.

    To complete Le Savoie’s appeal, there is a relaxing spa area on the ground floor, comprising an indoor pool, a steam room, two whirlpool hot-tubs and two saunas, in addition to a range of beauty treatments and massages. The pool and spa area is not available to children under 12 years after 5pm each day.

    Altitude Residence Chalets


    The Altitude Residence is split into nine different chalets each on its own floor and with its own dedicated chalet host. The location is extremely appealing for families, as you get the best of both worlds with ideal ski access and proximity to our childcare rooms.

    In addition all guests have use of the indoor swimming-pool, the shared sauna, ski lockers, ski room, underground parking and lifts all nine floors as well as a convenient bar to quench your après-ski thirst!

  • Chalet Aravis
  • Chalet Belette
  • Chalet Fitzroy
  • Chalet Himalaya
  • Chalet Matterhorn
  • Chalet Mckinley
  • Chalet Monte Bianco
  • Chalet Olympus

With a number of different swimming pool chalet offerings we are sure you will be find the perfect ski chalet for your family. Click here to find out how you can book your swimming pool chalet online today.

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Esprit Ski by Luke Judd - 10M ago

Relaxing in the chalet hot tub is a great way to wind down after a long day of skiing on the slopes. The hot water combined with the massaging action of the jets can soothe tired muscles and help release lactic acid. Hot tub chalets are a popular choice for many of our guests and make for a great evening activity. Scroll down to view all of our hot tub chalets:

  • Chalet Castor


  • The Chalet Castor is located in Peisey-Les Arcs in France with unbeatable views of the valley. It sits at the end of a group of six Esprit family ski chalets, all built on a slope, and only 75m from the ski lifts and ski school meeting point.

    The comprehensive features of the Castor are completed by the sauna situated on the lower floor and the bonus of an outdoor hot tub in a truly enviable setting.

  • Chalet Corniche


  • The modern Chalet Corniche was built specifically for Esprit three years ago and has a loyal following of returning guests each year.

    The communal areas are contemporary in style with a large central fireplace dividing the living and dining areas. The wellness area is a haven in which to unwind at the end of the day – fit with a sauna, steam room, hot tub and relaxation area.

  • Chalet Ecureuil


  • The Ecureuil chalet sits in the bottom row of our group of six modern chalets in the heart of Peisey, yet only a short walk from the impressive ‘Vanoise Express’ cable-car, linking this part of the massive Paradiski area to the La Plagne section

    For total relaxation on your holiday there is a sauna on the lowest level, as well as an outdoor hot tub on the terrace, from where you can enjoy some of the most enviable views in resort, so don’t forget your swimwear!

  • Chalet Hermine


  • Chalet Hermine is the largest and smartest of our six chalets built on a slope in the heart of Peisey and only 75m from the nearest chairlift and children’s ski garden. Sleeping up to 18 guests in comfort, it also houses our Nursery and Snow Club in separate dedicated rooms, and provides convenient ski storage for all guests with heated boot racks at road level .

    Like our other Peisey ski chalets, the Hermine comes equipped with an outdoor hot tub located on the terrace, as well as a steam room indoors.

  • Chalet Hibou


  • The Hibou sits at one end of the lowest row of three of our chalets in the exclusive group of six modern chalets in Peisey-Les Arcs

    Facilities include a sauna on the lower floor as well as an outdoor hot tub.

  • Chalet Hotel Alba


  • Families really appreciate this lovely, high quality Chalet Hotel in a prime location in this ever popular, prestige resort. Offering comfort and convenience, combined with our established Chalet Hotel services, the Alba is deservedly popular.

    The Alba also has its own adult-only wellness area on the lower ground floor, with a sauna, steam-room and whirlpool spa bath affording parents a relaxing haven in which to unwind.

  • Chalet Hotel des Deux Domaines


  • Our top quality Chalet Hotel des Deux Domaines, located right in the heart of the wonderful Paradiski area in Belle Plagne, is firmly established as an Esprit family favourite

    The indoor swimming-pool and wellness area are a popular attraction for families, and for the added enjoyment and relaxation of our adult guests, children under 13 years old are not permitted into the upper level of the wellness area. Here the sauna, steam-room, indoor spa-bath and outdoor hot-tubs provide a tranquil haven for parents to relax on their own, whilst on the lower level the pool itself is open to all the family.

  • Chalet Hotel Le Savoie


  • Le Savoie commands an imposing setting right on Val d’Isere’s main street, and is only a short walk to the nearest ski-lifts, the main ‘home-run’ pistes, and children’s nursery ski area.

    To complete Le Savoie’s appeal, there is a relaxing spa area on the ground floor, comprising an indoor pool, a steam room, two whirlpool hot-tubs and two saunas, in addition to a range of beauty treatments and massages. The pool and spa area is not available to children under 12 years after 5pm each day.

  • Chalet Hotel Valverde


  • With comfortable accommodation, our full range of on-site childcare and the wonderful Monterosa ski area to discover, the Valverde has great all round appeal.

    The welcoming spa area, with sauna, steam-room and whirlpool hot-tub, offers a perfect way to relax any aching muscles after a full day out skiing, and to keep the atmosphere as restful as possible, children under 13 are not permitted in the spa.

  • Chalet Le Braconnier


  • The design and location of Chalet Le Braconnier enable you to experience the most incredible views down the Tarentaise valley and across it to Les Arcs and Tignes.

    With comfortable interiors and equipped with a sauna and hot tub, this chalets popularity can be gauged by the number of returning Esprit Ski guests, so early booking is strongly recommended.

  • Chalet Les Landelières


  • Chalet Les Landelières is in a quiet area of La Rosière, just below the village centre and only 75m further down the piste from Le Braconnier.

    This is an extremely popular chalet with super facilities for skiing families and early booking is recommended. There is an outdoor hot tub and the sauna area also boasts an exercise bike and a step machine.

  • Chalet Ourson


  • The Ourson chalet sits right in the centre of our cluster of Chalets des Deux Domaines, which are opposite Peisey’s main chairlift and only a short stroll from the ‘Vanoise Express’ cable-car, which provides access to the La Plagne area of the Paradiski domain.

    All chalet guests share a sauna on the lower floor and an outdoor hot tub on the terrace!

  • Chalet Pepi Gabl


  • The Pepi Gabl is a great hit with families wishing to enjoy all that St Anton has to offer.

    A spacious Wellness area is located on the lower ground floor, with a sauna and spa bath where parents and children over 13 may relax at the end of the skiing day.

  • Chalet Renard


  • Chalet Renard has been constructed into the hillside, so the entrance level and main living and dining area is on the second floor of the property with most of the bedrooms on the floors below. All the rooms enjoy superb views from a balcony or terrace.

    On the terrace off the lower floor, accessed via the sauna room, is an outdoor hot tub, a perfect spot to relax those muscles after skiing each day , whilst you soak up the unique views.

With a number of different hot tub chalet offerings we are sure you will be find the perfect ski chalet for your family. Click here to find out how you can book your hot tub chalet online today.

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Esprit Ski by Mark Pearce - 1y ago

SKI TOTAL AND ESPRIT SKI’S TOP SIX REASONS TO BOOK WINTER 18/19 TRIPS EARLY

Leading ski holiday companies share insider tips on why skiers should book sooner rather than later…

21st May 2018, London – As a record-breaking ski season draws to a close, leading ski holiday companies Ski Total and Esprit Ski have released some enticing deals for early bird bookers. Chalet specialist company, Ski Total, has announced a range of deals and offers for winter 2018/19, including deals on equipment hire and area lift passes. Meanwhile Esprit, the UK’s top ski holiday company for families, is also running ‘Family Savers’ which include amazing discounts for Baby and Toddler weeks.

Here, Ski Total and Esprit Ski’s Thomas Wake, ski trip veteran and marketing manager, shares top tips on the benefits of booking your next ski trip early:

1. Don’t miss out on savings of up to £870 per person with early bird offers
“Early bird bookers are rewarded with a number of deals, from two-for-one on equipment hire to discounted lift passes”

Currently, Ski Total and Esprit Ski are offering ‘Buy One Get One Free‘ on six-day adult lift passes for the Espace Killy ski area for those staying in Tignes departing on 9th and 16th December 2018. This offer is in addition to the ‘Buy One Get One Half-Price’ offer on six-day adult lift passes departing on selected dates between January and March 2019, also available in Tignes. Ski Total is offering CHF50 (£37) bar credit per person for bookings to Xtra Chalet De Verbier in Verbier, Switzerland made before the 27th June 2018, as well as 50 euros (£44) bar credit per person for bookings to Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria in Cortina, Italy bookings made before May 31st 2018.

Customers can also take advantage of 2-FOR-1 Ski/Board and Boot hire or ski carriage when they pre-book a lift pass through Ski Total. This offer applies to all properties in Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland on all departure dates and is subject to availability.

Meanwhile, Esprit Ski is offering up to £870 in savings per family during Baby and Toddler (BAT) Weeks, as well as free Infant places (saving £115 per infant), half-price Nursery places (saving £174 per infant) and half-price Spritelets and Snow Club for Toddlers, when booked together (saving £229 per toddler).

2. Book early and distribute the holiday costs over the year
“Guests only pay a £150 deposit up front, and after that can pay as little or as much as they wish at their convenience, providing the balance is cleared 10 weeks before the trip”

With a deposit of just £150 per person needed at the time of booking, skiers and boarders do not have to compromise on the holiday they really want next season. The earlier a booking is made the longer travellers have to save up and pay the balance, which is especially useful for groups giving the organiser plenty of time to gather everyone’s payments. Now is also a good time of year to secure snow gear bargains, so paying for your holiday in instalments frees up some funds to buy that new jacket in the sale- guests also receive 15% off Cotswold outdoor and Snow + Rock when they book.

3. Get in early for specific chalets, resorts, childcare places or room types, especially for peak season trips
“Those looking for specific chalet sizes, heading for famous resorts or in need of childcare will hugely benefit from booking early whilst the full range of options is still available. Small chalets in popular resorts such as Tignes and Peisey-Les Arcs, along with family and connecting rooms are snapped up quickly, especially during the school holidays. We also find some chalets are prone to being booked up early by groups – particularly those with hot tubs – so if you like a soak after a days’ skiing, it’s definitely worth getting in early!”

Esprit Ski has introduced three new pop-up chalets in Tignes, France to keep up with demand during high season dates. Chalet Corniche, Chalet Chamois and Chalet Aiglon are available to families for Christmas, New Year, half term and Easter. It’s also important to book childcare as early as possible as Esprit Ski prides itself on having small nanny to child ratios, which means spaces are limited. For infants aged 17 weeks to 12 months and 13 to 23 months there is one nanny per three infants and for toddlers aged 24 to 40 months Esprit Ski allocates one nanny per four toddlers.

4. Take the stress out of travelling by avoiding last minute planning
“Groups finalising their ski trip dates before everyone’s calendars fill up avoid the near impossible task of coordinating 10 diaries with only a couple of months to go! Smug skiers can dodge the last minute planning stress and WhatsApp back-and-forth to find the perfect dates by starting group conversations well in advance”

Everyone knows the most stressful part of booking a group holiday is finding a date that everyone can do. Those who book early can therefore relax in the knowledge that next season’s trip is all booked and all that’s left to do is look forward to it! Furthermore, Ski Total’s ‘Saver Deals’ such as 2-for-1 ski hire offers, need to be pre-booked and are not available to book locally.

5. Give the family or group of friends something to look forward to

“Booking early gives everyone something to look forward to. Some of our deals can be booked up to a year in advance”

Once everything is booked travellers are able to simply look forward to their upcoming trip with more time to plan their stay. The Esprit Ski and Ski Total websites have full listings of all resorts, chalets and hotels and all their amenities available for guests to research prior to their arrival. Each resort webpage also lists the activities available both on and off the slopes, childcare options and a detailed overview and map of the slopes.

6. Boost your workout motivation by making your ski holiday a fitness deadline
“I think we are all sometimes guilty of suddenly bursting into a panicked burst of fitness activity a week before our ski holiday to ‘get the ski legs back’. Whilst this isn’t necessary to enjoy your holiday, being able to take an extra run because you aren’t knackered, definitely means you can make the most of your time out there. Having your trip booked nice and early at least gives you the motivation to prepare a little sooner…even if in reality the pub garden proves more tempting!”

Skiers and boarders can get the most out of their ski holiday when booking in advance by building up fitness throughout the year and minimising muscle aches once they’re on the slopes. It’s always easier to stick to a fitness plan when there’s a specific date in mind to work towards. That’s why booking a ski holiday early means plenty of time to build up stamina for the slopes, which is especially important for beginners or those who haven’t skied or snowboarded for a number of years.

Ski Total and Esprit Ski have a range of deals and offers for the 2018/2019 season for early bookers to take advantage of such as:

2-4-1 ski equipment hire’ & Buy One Get One Free Lift Pass offers for Tignes in December 2018

Ski Total is offering seven-nights at the Chalet Hotel Rosset in Tignes, France from £639 per person departing on 9th December 2018, including return flights with transfers and catered accommodation, which includes a cooked breakfast, afternoon tea, and dinner with complimentary wine. Guests can benefit from the ‘Two-for-one on ski equipment hire’ offer, as well as the ‘Buy One Get One Free Lift Pass Offer’ on six-day adult Espace Killy Passes for departures on 9th December 2018. For further information or to make a booking, visit www.skitotal.com or call 01483 791 935.

Baby and Toddler (BAT) Week savings for Belle Plagne, France departing 20th January 2019

Esprit Ski is offering seven-nights at the flagship property, Chalet Hotel des Deux Domaines in Belle Plagne, France from £985 per adult departing on 13th January 2019, including return flights with transfers and catered accommodation with a hot and cold buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and a three-course evening meal including wine and coffee. Guest benefit from the Baby and Toddler (BAT) Week deals with free Infant places (saving £115 per infant), half-price Nursery places (saving £174 per infant) and half-price Spritelets and Snow Club for Toddlers, when booked together (saving £229 per toddlerFor further information or to make a booking, visit www.Espritski.com or call 01483 745 771.

CHF50 (£37) bar credit voucher for books at Xtra Chalet De Verbier made before 27th June 2018

Ski Total is offering seven nights at the four-diamond Plus Xtra Chalet De Verbier in Verbier, Switzerland from £655 per person departing from Gatwick on 15th December 2018. Those who book before 27th June 2018 receive a free CHF50 (£37) bar credit voucher per person. The chalet is located in the centre of Verbier with a bus stop just 50m away. Price includes flights, resort transfers and accommodation on a chalet catering board basis with skier’s breakfast, afternoon tea and three-course evening meal with complimentary wine over dinner. For further information or to make a booking, visit www.skitotal.com or call 01483 791 935.

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Esprit Ski by Mark Pearce - 1y ago

It has been a truly incredible season for snowfall this winter and we have been blessed with great conditions throughout. The Alps have given our overseas team the perfect backdrop for some amazing photos and videos throughout the year.

We have seen everything – from snow dances & dives to gunging & egging Cocoa Club shenanigans, Spritelet slaloms, sledge races and even a Christmas sing song!

Take a look at our Winter 2017/18 highlights reel featuring some of our favourite clips and pics from this season.

Winter 2017/18 Highlight Reel | Esprit Ski - YouTube


Don’t forget, we are on sale for winter 2018/19! View a selection of our deals here.

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