Crystal Ski offers exceptional value to skiers

Crystal Ski is launching its Winter 2010/11 brochure today with winter sports holidays to three continents, 11 countries and 131 ski resorts. Following the welcome given by our customers to Crystal Ski+ packages last winter, we are delighted to announce that these fantastic value deals will be available in 38 resorts this winter.

Crystal Ski+ includes ski hire and lift pass in the price of the holiday and was trialled in eight resorts last winter at prices from £479 per person – a very good deal for the skier when a week’s lift pass can cost more than £150.

This winter Crystal Ski+ packages will start from just £425. For that price customers receive:

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Lift pass for the duration of the holiday
  • Ski or snowboard hire for the duration of the holiday
  • Accommodation package and board they have bought
  • In-resort service

Crystal Ski+ is available in 38 resorts including: Courchevel, St Anton, Sestriere and Verbier just to name a few. It covers more than 100 properties including the four star family Hotel Seiblishof in Ischgl, the all-inclusive Hotel Miravalle in Sauze D’Oulx and the Hotel Brunerie in Les Deux Alpes with full board.

Crystal Ski is available all season with the exception of Christmas and New Year.

Crystal’s MD Mathew Prior said: “The feedback from last season was that our customers loved the excellent value Crystal Ski+ offered them. As a result we have expanded it to many more resorts and introduced it at lower prices than last year. We have also renegotiated our contract with SkiSet, our partner for ski and board hire in France and if customers pre-book, they will save up to 30% on the hire prices – a small example of how Crystal is constantly working to provide our loyal customers with even better value for money.”

Ten new destinations

In Austria, the new resorts are: Igls, just 5km from the city of Innsbruck, suitable for beginners and intermediates. Advanced skiers can also explore eight other ski areas totalling 295km of piste, accessible by free ski bus. Niederau, an ideal family resort with Crystal childcare for children aged from 6 months to 11 years. Best for beginners and perfect for confidence building second and third week skiers. Obertauern, Austria’s only purpose-built resort, offers a natural ski circuit which can be skied in either direction and is suitable for all abilities.

The new resorts in France are: Les Gets, part of the enormous 650km Portes du Soleil ski area, is an attractive and small resort offering good-sized tree lined slopes which are shared with Morzine.

Les Orres 1800 in the Southern French Alps is a new resort built in 2008 with nearly 90km of piste and a FREE lift pass included for all Crystal Ski guests.

Panorama in the Canadian Rockies is also new to the programme offering a variety of skiing with plenty of green, blue and black cruisers plus Taynton Bown or Extreme Dream Zone for experts.

In Italy, new are Pragelato, a newly developed resort linked via Sestriere to the extensive ‘Milky Way’ ski area with a high standard of accommodation and facilities. Perfect for intermediate skiers. Folgarida, an attractive purpose built resort with easy access to the ski area of Madonna di Campiglio offering a great value base for skiers of all abilities. Santa Cristina in the Val Gardena valley with direct access to the Dolomiti Superski area as well as the Sella Ronda.

New Hampshire in the USA, also new, offers five ski mountains all on one lift pass: Cannon, Loon, Wildcat, Cranmore and Waterville Valley. Package includes car hire.

Also new for 2010/11:

Fresh/First Tracks. Access to virgin pistes and skiing down the mountain on untouched snow. You will be given a separate, special ticket additional to the lift pass. Available in 13 resorts.

Short stay holidays to 44 ski resorts from 13 UK airports. Departures on 3 and 4 January and prices from £249 for a five day ski holiday including flights, transfers, accommodation.

Extended childcare options

  • ‘Whizzclusive’ childcare includes six days morning ski school, drop off/pick up, lunch and afternoon care;
  • new Whizz Kids Clubs and crèches in three resorts;
  • more resorts with private nanny service;
  • free helmet hire for children in all resorts (except Bulgaria).

Improved overseas service

  • pre-departure information pack available on your Iphone
  • text message alerts
  • more resorts and more time for ski escorting
  • fast pass service in the majority of Crystal resorts

‘Salomon Freestyle Grom Camps’. For all ages and standards of skiers, from first time freestylers to pro riders.

Crystal is increasing its routes to European ski destinations with new flights from Gatwick to Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Edinburgh to Salzburg (Austria) and an additional flight from Manchester to Salzburg. Also new are the direct Manchester and Gatwick flights to Calgary (Canada).

“We are proud of is that last winter we have raised over £30,000 for Disability Snowsport UK. We will, of course, continue our relationship with DSUK this winter and we are planning to support seven of DSUK’s activity weeks in Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland and USA, concluded Mathew.”

Prices to Europe start from £329 per person including return flights from London Gatwick to Grenoble, transfers and 7 nights self-catering at the Chalet Goelia Apartments in La Toussuire, France, departing on 2nd April 2011; and to North America prices start from £705 including flights from Heathrow to Denver, transfers, 7 nights’ room only in the 3 star Winter Park Mountain Lodge in Winter Park, Colorado, USA, including all airport taxes departing Jan 2011.

Crystal Specialist Reservation Service: 0871 231 2256 and  www.crystalski.co.uk

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