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‘Tis the season

Written on December 9th, 2017
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‘Tis the season to think of winter, snow, skiing, Christmas, food and wine!

With winter descending upon us and the temperature dropping, here at Ski Bespoke we are all ready for the start of the ski season with some resorts opening this weekend (some have even been open since the end of the November as the snow has been so good!)

It will not be long until you are on those slopes enjoying the fabulous conditions and if you haven’t already booked for ski holiday here are our top picks for this winter.

Our top picks for 17/18

Fiss, Austria – Perfect for a short break or longer, great skiing which is suitable for all skiers and super hotels with amazing food and spas.

Val Thorens, France – Part the largest linked ski area in the world! You have access to Saint Martin du Belleville, Meribel and Courchevel. Superb for all levels and abilities and budgets.

The CHEDI, Andermatt – The WOW factor and a real ski treat. The hotel is now ski in – ski out and its fabulous Japanese restaurant has been awarded its first Michelin star. The ski area is now linked to make skiing easier.  *Also this winter the Swiss Franc is very good so it is the perfect time to enjoy a Swiss ski trip.

The Festive Season

Now with the countdown to the Festive Season and things starting to get busy with parties, gifts, menu decisions and many, many more things that seem to need to be done this time of year, we have decided to lend a helping hand by introducing you some fabulous products that will make any foodie happy.

While on a ski holiday you can sample some of the best food and drink that country/area can offer and here in the UK we also have some real treasures. These companies like ourselves started small with a Niche product and we thought it would be fitting to share them with you.

Here are our top picks for this Festive Season

The Secret Smoke House – Offering fabulous smoked salmon and trout. Perfect for a romantic Christmas breakfast in bed or the starter to you Christmas dinner.

Tunworth Cheese – This incredible Artisan Camembert is a real delight and in the words of Raymond Blanc ‘The best Camembert in the world!’ and he should know. This is the perfect choice for any cheese board.

Wiston Estate – Super sparkling wines produced in the heart of the South Downs. They offer a great variety of choice, they are the perfect way to start the Festive season or see in the New Year.

 

 

Our top ski weekends for 17/18

Written on November 18th, 2017
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Ski Weekends.

Here are our top selection of ski resorts which are perfect for weekend skiing.

  • Megeve, France
  • Val Thorens, France
  • La Clusaz, France
  • Ischgl, Austria
  • St. Anton, Austria
  • Solden, Austria
  • Klosters, Switzerland

 

 

Our top Shhh selection

Written on November 4th, 2017
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Top Shhh for 2017/18

If you are looking for luxury, style and fabulous food here are our top picks.

  • Le Chalet Zannier, Megeve, France
  • La Bouitte, Saint Martine de Belleville, France
  • Schloss Hotel Fiss, Fiss, Austria.

 

Call to discuss your truly memorable trip with one of our specialists 01243 200 202 / sales@skibespoke.com

 

Festive Markets

Written on October 21st, 2017
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Festive Christmas Markets

Take the opportunity to discover as fabulous European city along with your Christmas shopping.

Austria

  • Graz
  • Innsbruck
  • Klagenfurt
  • Linz
  • Salzburg
  • Vienna

 

Belgium

  • Brussels
  • Brugge

 

France

  • Annecy
  • Amiens
  • Boulogne
  • Lille
  • Lyon
  • Strasbourg

 

Germany

  • Baden Baden
  • Berlin
  • Cologne
  • Frankfurt
  • Hamburg
  • Innsbruck
  • Munich

 

Italy

  • Arco
  • Genoa
  • South Tyrol

 

Norway

  • Oslo

 

Switzerland

  • Basle
  • Bern
  • Geneva
  • Lausanne
  • Lucerne
  • Montreux
  • Zurich

Fabulous chalets but Shhh don’t tell anybody…

Written on October 7th, 2017
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Skiing, far from the Madding Crowd?

We have the perfect option for those who prefer the peace and tranquillity that the mountains offer yet still having access to fantastic skiing. We feature in our collection 3 outstanding chalets in St Martin de Belleville, France. These super chalets really make the perfect ski holiday, with exceptional one to one service, luxury furnishings, and great positioning within St Martin du Belleville.

These chalet options really are perfect to relax, recharge and ski!

This charming resort really is a hidden gem, being a sanctuary from the larger busier resorts yet being the gateway to the fabulous 3 Vallees ski area!

For further details please call 01243 200 202

 

 

Ski school special

Written on September 23rd, 2017
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Ski School Special

Every ski resort has an exceptional ski school and some are lucky enough to have more than one. While all ski schools offer the ability to learn to ski and snowboard some stand shoulders above the rest.

Below we have detailed our favourite ski schools that go that extra mile to help you achieve.

 

Family All Levels

ESF Val Thorens

Day care from 3 – 17 months

Nursery from 18 – 35 months

Piou-Piou club from 3 years

Kids club 3 – 6 years

Private and group ski and snowboard lessons

Teenage ski, snowboard, freeride and freestyle lessons

Adults group and private ski and snowboard lessons from complete beginners to advanced.

Snowshoeing

Telemark

Heliski

Handiski

 

ESF La Clusaz

Children from 3- 5 years

Children from 5 – 13 years

Private and group ski and snowboard lessons

Freeride and freestyle lessons

Adults group and private ski and snowboard lessons from complete beginners to advanced.

Nordic skiing

Snowshoeing

Handiski

 

Children of all learning abilities.

FISS – Ski School Fiss

Children from 3 months upwards can enjoy Bertas Kinderland.

Children can learn from 3 years old.

Lessons for 4 – 12 year olds

Lessons for teens 12 – 17 years

 

Flachau – Ski School Flachau

Toddlers club from 2 years old

Juniors from 3 years old

First time skiers

Trial lessons

Advanced juniors

Freeskiing Teens Club

 

Children’s lessons take place on ideal terrain using appropriate learning methods, modern teaching aids suitable for ALL children.

 

Nervous

Ski School Flachau, Austria and Altitude Verbier, Switzerland

  • Group and private lessons
  • First time skiers to advanced
  • Lessons on suitable terrain
  • Initiative teaching with a calm, patient, encouraging approach.

 

Advanced

Altitude Verbier

  • Ski and snowboarding private and group lessons
  • Off-Piste coaching and guiding
  • Mountain safety courses
  • Lessons offered in 10 different languages.

 

Ski Cool Val Thorens

  • Group and private ski and snowboard lessons
  • Freeride
  • Off piste certified training
  • Avalanche training

 

Please call to discuss your requirements with one of our specialists.

 

Ski resort special – Exclusive to Ski Bespoke

Written on September 9th, 2017
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Special feature resort – Fiss, Austria

 

This is a relatively unknown resort to the British market and really deserves its place in our Shhh don’t tell anybody…. Collection.

Many of our clients have discovered the delights of this charming resort. It truly offers something for everyone – well perhaps not for those miles and miles “under your belt junkies” or for the serious off piste aficionados. All our clients who have visited the resort have all highly rated their experience.

Our reasons to ski in Fiss.

  • Fabulous skiing for all levels.
  • Prefect for families, couples and friends.
  • Fiss-Ladis-Serfaus ski area is the most family friendly ski resort in Europe.
  • Cosy mountain restaurants, down-to-earth mountain huts, nice Après bars and splendid sunny terraces.
  • Non-skiers can enjoy walking, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing.
  • Marvellous ski school.

Ski School in brief.

  • The ski School Fiss-Ladis is one of the most respected in Europe.
  • They offer tuition for all levels from complete beginners to experts.
  • The ski school has approximately 300 instructors during the peaks periods. Their instructors are from all over the world.
  • Children can learn from 3 years old.
  • Children from 3 months upwards can enjoy Bertas Kinderland.
  • Children’s lessons take place on ideal terrain using appropriate learning methods, modern teaching aids suitable for ALL children.

They also offer.

  • Ski & Snowboard group and private lessons for all levels
  • Cross-Country skiing
  • Ski Tours
  • Freeride Day Tours
  • Snow-shoeing
  • Ski Bike
  • Snow Fox
  • Snow Blades
  • Tele Mark

Ski in the tracks of James Bond

Written on August 24th, 2017
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As Daniel Craig confirms he will return as James Bond how about staying in the Summit Suite at the fabulous Bergland Hotel in Solden, this is where he stayed during the filming of Spectre.

For further details on this fabulous hotel or skiing in the wonderful resort of Solden call our specialists today 01243 200 202 / sales@skibespoke.com

 

 

The Powerful force of nature.

Written on August 24th, 2017
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Ski holidays are the best way to get close to nature. The thrill of being up a mountain, the clean pure air, beautiful crisp snow and time to relax and enjoy life.

But skiing, travel and holidays while they are all exhilarating and fun you sometimes need that little extra boast to achieve perfection. While at Ski Bespoke we can arrange fabulous holidays, seamless travel, beautiful accommodation and a full concierge service, but what we can’t arrange and control is your emotions. However we have come up with a perfect solution and we have teamed up with a fabulous local company called Caroline’s Essences.

How it works
Caroline’s Essences use the powerful energy of nature to create a range of unique organic Flower Essence creams to enhance, energise and heal you.

The creams help with the following: calming, cleansing, balancing, courage, grounding, hope, inner strength, joy, meditation, peace, self-esteem and upliftment.

The creams are applied to wrist pulse points twice daily and when required as a support throughout the day.

So whether you are a nervous traveller, overwhelmed by the school holidays, trying skiing for the first time or taking your first heli ski trip there is a perfect cream that can give you the extra strength you need. Whether that is calming, courage, inner strength, Caroline’s Essences will be able to match you with the perfect product. Not to mention the additional skincare benefits from these luxurious creams and they can become part of your daily skincare routine.

The organic flower essence creams are made with wild, organic, and sustainable essential oils.

We will be featuring different creams in each of our newsletters so if you would like to hear the recommendations please sign up to our newsletter via our website.

 

About Caroline

Caroline is a member of BAFEP, the British Association of Flower Essence Producers. BAFEP is an international trade association responsible for all producers of Bach Flower Remedies and other types of Essences.

 

  • Diploma Phytobiophysics®
  • Reiki Master (Usui & Karuna)
  • Diploma Reflexology

 

What Caroline says about the creams –

Flower essences changed my life back in 2003, when they helped my son to start sleeping through the night regularly for the first time at the age of 7. I had said that whatever healed my son Charlie I would learn, so this is what I did and completed my diploma in 2005. While living and creating flower essences in Australia, I decided to make it my mission to increase awareness of flower essences and see my beautiful creams as the best way to reach a greater number of people. I wanted to create a product that stimulates the senses and was a joy to use, so I decided to put my essences into creams – with a rich organic vegan base – no nasty chemicals, and with the beautiful aromas of organic and wild essential oils. The creams are made with organic moisturising ingredients like shea butter, olive oil and flaxseed oil.

I hope they help you to.

Click to see the full range

You are never too young or too old!

Written on August 22nd, 2017
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Here at Ski Bespoke we feel you are never too young or too old to do the things you love and have a passion for and that certainly goes for skiing.

 

So whether you have never skied but have always wanted to learn, do not delay and start your ski journey this winter.

 

Likewise if you have skied for years and are thinking that it may be time to hang up your boots, think again there are plenty of slopes still to ski, gentle or steep, whichever is your preference?

 

Here are our top picks for those of any age wanting to learn to ski or for those who are still keen for adventure.

 

  • Fiss, Austria
  • La Clusaz, France
  • Megeve, France
  • 3 Vallees, France
  • Arlberg Region, Austria
  • Verbier, Switzerland

 

sales@skibespoke.com / 01243 200 202

 

Here is what our director Lesley Benson had to say to The Times & Daily Mail about ‘you are never too old’

 

The Times – (Paywalled) – https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/olderpreneurs-insist-retiring-is-for-wimps-as-barclays-hires-liz-earle-to-help-senior-start-ups-w72fj7mh2

 

The Daily Mail – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4811222/Number-firms-run-65-soars-140-decade.html

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