Aspiring ski instructors can learn to teach from the best with International Academy. The long-standing experts in instructor training courses have refined their product offering and asserted themselves as the specialists in Canada.
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays – the experts in guided walking adventures across the globe – has just launched its first brochure dedicated solely to winter walking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, down hill skiing and Christmas markets. The range of holidays is considerable and includes cross country skiing in the Stubai Valley, Austria.
Harris Holidays has announced the acquisition of International Academy. International Academy was previously part of TUI Travel PLC’s Specialist & Activity Education Division.
A coach has crashed in Switzerland killing 28 people, including 22 children and 6 adults. The coach, which had been carrying 52 people from a ski trip, was travelling between the Swiss Alps to Lommel and Heverlee in Belgium when it hit the wall of a tunnel. A day of mourning has been declared in Belgium following the tragedy.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has warned British travellers to exercise caution as they take to the slopes during the upcoming winter ski season. Thousands of holidaymakers will take to the pistes over the coming months, but just nearly a third admit to having no travel insurance accordance to research from the government body.
British skiers heading for the slopes this winter will have to dig deep into their ski jacket pockets as they brace themselves against not just the cold but the impact that the weakening pound will have on their spending power, advises currencies.co.uk.
Dicks Tea Bar, the legendary nightclubs in Val d’Isere and Meribel and The Den restaurant and bar in Meribel are under the new management of WhiteCap Ski, in time for the 2010/2011 ski season. Both Dick’s venues and The Den will launch in early December, allowing anyone visiting the Alps this year to have the same right of passage as many before them. This is one of the most anticipated launches in years as Dicks has been the nightclub for all ski bums, celebrities and royalty alike for over 30 years.
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.
The ski market shrunk 11 percent last year, taking the number of Britons who take ski holidays to below one million per annum. However the market is poised for an upturn, according to Crystal Ski’s influential annual report.
The following commentary is offered by Ken Schapiro, President of Condor Capital: Despite the disturbing ski industry news last week that resort operator Intrawest ULC had missed a debt payment on a $1.4 billion loan, the ski business is holding its own in the midst of nationwide travel revenue declines. All signs point toward a modest 3% to 5% revenue drop for mountain resorts nationally, which compares favorably with travel industry trends.
The outlook for skiing in 2009/10 remains uncertain for skiers and the ski business alike. Despite last season’s excellent snow conditions, the feelgood factor has yet to transfer to the forthcoming season, and operators are bracing themselves for a tough season.
Confidence is returning to the ski industry with 80 per cent of skiers who did not ski last year planning to return to the slopes this season.