Historically the domain of the wealthy family, the catered ski chalet market has been given a shake up in the past 2 years by the team at Bura Snow Catered ski & snowboard chalets.
Bura Snow (http://www.burasnow.com), specialise in ski & snowboard holidays for groups of friends and young professionals, and are up to 50% cheaper than a catered chalet holiday in the neighbouring resort of Val d’Isère (a Bura Snow catered holiday in March is GBP449, compared to an average of GBP900 in Val d’Isère). With a laid back, informal vibe of holidaying at a friend’s house, but with the same high standards of service, food, facilities and professionalism you’d expect from a higher end competitor, Bura Snow are unique in their market.
The founders of Bura Snow, being in their late 20s themselves when they set up the company, are completely in tune with their typical clientele. With facilities and services such as unlimited free wine, movies on the in-house cinema screen, Nintendo Wii and free beers during the airport transfers, as well as having a strong social networking presence ( http://www.facebook.com/burasnow), Bura Snow are developing a cult reputation amongst savvy, budget-conscious skiers and snowboarders.
Possibly their most popular draw is the option to pay for all holidays in advance in interest free instalments. Rather than having to pay out hundreds of pounds in one go, Bura guests can pay off their holiday from as little as GBP30 per month.
After a highly successful initial 2 years, Bura Snow have taken on a second chalet due to demand and both chalets are in the high altitude French resort of La Rosiere, an undiscovered gem in comparison to its immediate neighbours - Les Arcs, Val d’Isère and Tignes. With over 150km of pistes, La Rosiere also has one of the best snow and sunshine records in the Alps, but surely the greatest thing about the resort are the uncrowded pistes which keep the lucky few British tourists in the know coming back every year.
“Grab a beer and a deckchair, we’re on the balcony watching the sun setting over the mountains and the sauna is heating up. Chill out now, we’ll probably go to the pub after dinner, there’s a band on. Welcome to Bura Snow.”