Crystal Ski is launching its new Winter 2009/10 brochure today with winter sports holidays to three continents, 13 countries and 127 ski resorts. As part of Crystal’s commitment to offer skiers the best value holiday this season we are also delighted to announce the introduction of  CRYSTAL SKI PLUS.

With prices from £479 per person INCLUDING flights, transfers, local lift pass, ski/board hire or ski carriage, a week self-catering or half board, in-resort service. Valid for departures during non-peak times to the top resorts of Les Arcs and La Plagne in the Paradiski, and to Flaine, France.

Crystal’s MD Mathew Prior said: “Times are hard for many but we know that in their hearts no skier wants to miss out on their ski holiday. We are committed to doing everything within our power to get our customers onto the slopes this winter at the lowest prices possible.

“Crystal Ski Plus shows the advantage of travelling with the UK’s largest specialist ski operator. By applying economies of scale and negotiating with our partners in ski resorts we are able to pass on savings of up to 20% to our customers compared to last year.

“It has also long been apparent to us that many headline cheap holidays and DIY arrangements are a false economy because of all the extras you need to pay for. Crystal’s commitment is to provide great value ski holidays in packages that protect the customer from hidden costs they can ill afford. Crystal Ski Plus puts all the essential components of a ski holiday into one fantastic value package and delivers a great holiday for a fixed price.

Other exceptional early booking offers have been introduced including:

  • free half-day crèche or kids clubs worth £110 on selected departures in January and March  (book by 13 September) and
  • £100 off for all bookings to European destinations (charter flights only) for departures over Christmas (book before 13 September).

Four new destinations

This winter Crystal is adding Mammoth in North America, Itter and Hinterglemm in Austria and La Toussuire in France.

The sprawling resort of Mammoth in the Sierra Nevada mountains has an impressive snow record and the ski area is suitable for all abilities: some challenging terrain, lots of great cruising, excellent for beginners. Snowboarders in particular love the terrain parks, but also the natural bowls, chutes, cliffs and tree runs on this big ski hill. Combine Mammoth with a few nights in Santa Monica from only £69 per person. Pre-book your lift pass and receive up to two lift passes free (saving of up to £430!).

The two new Austrian resorts are the small, quieter village of Itter in the Ski Welt, Austria’s largest and fully integrated ski area with 279km of varied and interesting runs and a network of modern lift and Hinterglemm which offers quick and easy access to the Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang ski area and has most of the north facing runs.

La Toussuire in France is part of one of the biggest ski areas in the Alps, the Les Sybelles, with over 300km of groomed pistes. Predominantly modern La Toussuire is one of the central resorts with a car-free main street and skiing above the tree line.

With Crystal you not only have more destinations to fly to, you also have more UK  departure airports from which to choose. Which means you can go to wherever you want from wherever you want.

Also new for 2009/10:

NEW Switzerland on a budget

For those who have the idea that Switzerland is expensive, we offer a selection of good value self-catering and half board accommodation with prices from £329 per person in Nendaz (part of the 4 Valleys), from £419 in Davos and from £499 in Saas Fee (price includes flights, transfers and half board in Saas Fee).

50% More Free Ski Escorting

Beat the queues, find the best runs and get inside information from our ski escort service which is now available three days a week.  A resident ski expert will be on-hand offering FREE three day ski or board escorting service to guests in a selection of our club hotels.

NEW Crystal Partnership with Disability Snowsport UK

Adaptive skiing and snowboarding with Disability Snowsport UK. Crystal Ski will use its power as the No1 tour operator to make Disability Snowsport more widely known, offer ski trips at reduced prices and provide practical help and assistance in resort.

Crystal Ski Fest in Sestriere, Milky Way ski area, Italy, from 14th – 21st March 2010. Teams competing in a speed ski competition, a parallel slalom and a giant slalom. Everyone from beginner to expert can benefit from race training from the British Ski Academy’s own trainers and instructors from the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI). NEW this year is not just the name (previously known as the Crystal Ski Challenge), but also the introduction of a beginner’s package allowing new skiers to learn alongside a great group of ski enthusiasts.

Lead-in price to Europe:

£299 per person including return flights from London Gatwick to Grenoble, transfers and 7 nights self-catering at the Le Cervin Apartments in Plagne Soleil, France, departing on 12th December 2009.

North America: £545 including flights from Heathrow to Boston, car hire, 7 nights’ room only in the 3 star Mountain Green Resort condos in Killington, New England, USA, including all airport taxes departing on 16th December 2009.

Reservations: 0871 231 2256

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