SKI SAFARI NEWSLETTER SPRING 2015 EDITIONUNVEILED: THE USAS BIGGEST SKI AREAFJORDS & MOUNTAINS THE FAMILY SKI SAFARITHE SECRET TO HALF TERM HAPPINESSVENTURING EAST: FOCUS ON NISEKO, JAPAN
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WELCOME TO SPRING
I was lucky enough to ski at resorts in Asia, North America and Europe this winter. Although a number of them didnt receive their usual snowfall, they all produced fantastic skiing and I enjoyed an incredible diversity of ski experiences.
But it was the passion that the people I met along the way have for the sport and the mountains that stood out. To me this passion is the essence of skiing and snowboarding and absolutely key to us at Ski Safari.
This newsletter showcases a selection of the ski experiences we offer and explains how they can be booked for the best possible price. So, wherever you are thinking of going next winter, please do give us a call.... and lets share the passion!
Richard Rice Founder and Chairman
BOOK NOW FOR EPIC PRICES ON YOUR LIFT PASSES
Heavenly * * *
Kirkwood * * *
Northstar * * *
Park City *
Niseko, Japan **
Verbier, Switzerland **
3 Valleys, France **
Buying a season pass early for selected resorts in Utah, Colorado and California even for a weeks holiday - is usually the most economical option. Book now for the best price, and be quick these passes are only available for a limited time. Not sure which pass is right for you? Use our quick and easy guide: skisafari.com/seasonpasses.
Five great value season passes on sale - ski all season from JUST 264pp!
Season pass prices valid when booked as part of a package and correct at time of going to print. Full, non-refundable payment required at time of booking. *Some blackout/restricted dates apply. Plus 10 restricted days at Vail and Beaver Creek. Plus 5 restricted days at Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Canyons and Park City. **5 day pass, participation of Verbier, Three Valleys and Niseko TBC for the 15/16 season. skisafari.com/seasonpasses
SAVE ON SKI EXTRAS EARLY BIRD LIFT PASS OFFERS
All package prices are subject to availability, include savings where applicable and are based on 2 people travelling January 2016, including flights, transfers and room-only standard accommodation unless stated otherwise.
SKI SAFARI LATEST NEWS
WHATS NEW FOR 2015/16
JACKSON HOLE TURNS 50! To mark the occasion, a brand new, high-speed lift will open in the resort. The Teton Lift will open up 200 acres of new intermediate and advanced terrain in The Crags, between Apres Vous and Caspar lifts. blog.skisafari.com/jacksonhole
BIGGING UP UTAHHuge news for the USA: Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons merge to become the largest single ski area in the United States, connected by a new high-speed gondola. Turn to pages 3 & 4 to read all about it.blog.skisafari.com/parkcity
AFFORDABLE ASPEN SNOWMASSKids up to 12 now ski free in Aspen Snowmass. Long stayers benefit too with the new Ski30 lift ticket; up to 30 consecutive ski days from as little as 456pp.blog.skisafari.com/aspensnowmass
THE EAST COASTS THREE IN ONEThe new St Lawrence Summits pass covers Stoneham, Le Massif and Mont Sainte-Anne. Ski all three on the Quebec Explorer Ski Safari to experience their culture, cuisine and powder in one holiday.blog.skisafari.com/stlawrencesummits
HOTTING UP IN SUNSHINEA high speed quad lift is scheduled to open on Sunshine Mountain. The new Tee Pee Town bubble lift will upgrade the existing two-seater, first installed in 1979, and comes complete with heated seats, footrests and orange bubbles for weather protection.blog.skisafari.com/sunshineteepee
RELEASE YOUR INNER KIThe Ki Niseko in Hirafu Village is Nisekos newest luxury ski-in ski-out property. Design aficionados will appreciate the contemporary Japanese theme implemented by renowned Hokkaido architect Koichi Ishiguro.blog.skisafari.com/kiniseko
QUEBEC EXPLORER SKI SAFARI
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UTAH PARK CITY & CANYONS BECOME ONE RESORT
PUMP UP THE VOLUME!The USAs biggest ski area is unveiled
Why this winter is shaping up to be, quite literally, the biggest season EVER for Park City Mountain Resort in Utah.
high-speed detachable chair, increasing the number of skiers carried.
Improved On-Mountain DiningAll the extra terrain to play in is going to work up an appetite! Thankfully, thats been covered too. An extra 750 indoor restaurant seats will be created in one brand new and two renovated on-mountain eateries.
As well as being blessed with the Greatest Snow on Earth, what is it about the Park City Mountain Resort ski area that continues to attract us Brits? Well, we think its the broad appeal of terrain to suit all levels of skiers and boarders: lots and lots of wide and immaculate groomers on King Con, hidden powder meadows in Dreamscape, and glades and bumps in McConkeys Bowl. The award-winning freestyle terrain includes a super pipe and a thigh burning mile long terrain park. Before you head out, download the Epic Mix app, absolutely free, which tracks your vertical feet and progress!
Park City and Canyons have always been hugely popular, and rightly so, notching up on average over nine metres of snow each year. Yet, in the back of our minds, we always had a little pipe dream as to how they could become even better: to be linked as one skiable resort. As it turns out, it wasnt just us that held that hope.
After purchasing Park City Mountain Resort last season, Vail Resorts (the folks behind the Epic Pass and already the owners of Canyons) have now announced a huge investment plan to update the area to the tune of a cool $50 million. Most significantly, the development plan is connecting the two mountains to create the largest single ski area in the USA - with more than 7,300 acres of skiable terrain.
THE PLANS A Brand New Interconnect GondolaAn eight-passenger, high-speed gondola running from the base of the existing Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Flat Iron Lift at Canyons. Youll be able to ski or ride directly from the top of Pinecone Ridge to Park Citys Thaynes Canyon trail, through gated access, or to the Iron Mountain area at Canyons, through new trails from Pinecone Ridge.
Lift Upgrades in Park CityKing Con will be upgraded from a four to a six-person high-speed detachable chair, and Motherlode will switch from a fixed-grip triple to a 4-person
UTAH PARK CITY & CANYONS BECOME ONE RESORT
OFF MOUNTAIN Park City itself is a true, authentic ski town, incredibly proud of its silver-mining heritage. Its most apparent on Main Street, lined with historic western style buildings filled with galleries, boutiques, restaurants and bars. This is where youll find the High West Distillery and Saloon, the worlds only ski-in ski-out distillery.
If you want to take some time off the slopes, the Park City shuttle is a free and efficient way to get between village bases, large supermarkets, the Tanger Outlet Shopping mall at Kimball Junction and the Olympic Ski Park. It runs frequently, picks up directly outside many hotels and runs late into the evening. You and your skis can be in Main Street or at the mountain bases within minutes.
WHERE TO STAY When it comes to choosing a place to stay, the accommodation throughout the town of Park City and Canyons is spread out and the choice can be overwhelming. Having seen or stayed at every single property we offer, our specialists can advise on the perfect hotel or condo for you.
SAVE AN EXTRA 125pp on selected properties with an Epic Pass*
EXPANDED TERRAIN IN NUMBERS
7,300 acres 38 lifts 300 runs
17 peaks 14 bowls
510 seconds the ride time between Park City and Canyons on the new Interconnect GondolaVisit blog.skisafari.com/parkcityexpansion
to view the expansion plan.
Eight of the best early booking offers
*125pp extra off Grand Summit, Sundial Lodge and Silverado when booked with an Epic Season or Epic Local pass. Maximum of 4 adults per booking. Book by 31 August. 4Request a quotation skisafari.com/quotation or give us a call 01273 224060
4* SUNDIAL LODGE AT CANYONS VILLAGE4*+ GRAND SUMMIT AT CANYONS VILLAGE
4* SILVERADO AT CANYONS VILLAGE 5*+ WALDORF ASTORIA AT CANYONS VILLAGE
With spectacular views of the mountain, this property makes up the heart of the village. Stay here for great value, high quality self-catering studios and condos with kitchens and shared rooftop hot tubs. Breakfast vouchers included.
10 NIGHTS B&B FROM 1265pp Based on 4 adults each purchasing an Epic pass
Ski-in, ski-out, just steps away from the Red Pine gondola and in the hub of the village, theres a wide range of rooms to choose between. Its superb facilities include a spa and outdoor heated pool. Breakfast vouchers included.
10 NIGHTS B&B FROM 1685pp Based on 4 adults each purchasing an Epic pass
Well equipped one and two bedroom condos with incredibly high quality furnishings, this is the best value place to stay in Canyons Village. Only a short five minute walk to the base area - or use the private shuttle bus to whisk you to the slopes. Breakfast vouchers included; use them at the nearby Grand Summit Hotel or on mountain.
10 NIGHTS SELF CATERING FROM 1375pp Based on 4 adults each purchasing an Epic pass
The number one choice for luxury on the mountain and a stunning ski-in ski-out location at the base of Canyons Village. A world-renowned brand, with opulent accommodation, amazing facilities, a fabulous spa and a vibrant bar and restaurant. Breakfast included if booked with Ski Safari.
10 NIGHTS B&B FROM 2499pp Based on 4 adults
STAY IN CANYONS VILLAGE AT PARK CITY
3* JUPITER INN CONDOS BEST FOR SELF CATERING5* HOTEL PARK CITY BEST FOR LUXURY
3* PARK CITY PEAKS HOTEL BEST FOR BUDGET4* NEW PARK RESORT AT KIMBALL JUNCTION
Our number one self-catering recommendation. Spacious studios, 1 and 2 bedroom condos, superbly furnished to a luxury standard but without the luxury price tag! A private on-call shuttle takes just 10 minutes to Main Street and the ski bases. Book quickly though these rooms sell fast.
10 NIGHTS SELF CATERING FROM 1195pp Based on 4 adults
For impeccable service, huge suites and incredible early booking offers there arent many other hotels in North America that come close to this one. The Cottage Suites have private hot tubs on the balcony with stunning mountain views, and all guests can enjoy the complimentary on-call shuttle for the short 10 minute ride to town. Continental breakfast included.
10 NIGHTS B&B FROM 2085pp Based on 4 adults
Theres good reason this hotel has been a favourite in Park City for years; its warm hospitality, fun atmosphere, cosy rooms and laid-back yet faultless service make it stand out. Renowned for their true skiers breakfast, daily rocking Wine and Wings aprs (chicken wings cooked four ways), and the affectionately-named Cookie Man, who delivers freshly baked cookies to your room every day.
10 NIGHTS B&B FROM 1295pp Based on 4 adults
Located in the Red Stone development in Kimball Junction, these luxury suites with full kitchens and private hot-tubs are reasonably priced. Good facilities, with great value bars and restaurants nearby, a great choice if you like a lot on your door-step without paying the Main Street premium. Car hire recommended with this property.
10 NIGHTS SELF CATERING FROM 1515pp Based on 4 adults
STAY IN PARK CITY TOWN
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BRITISH COLUMBIA WHISTLER
ON AND OFF THE SLOPES, WHISTLER IS A WINNERWhistler was the first resort we offered when founder and owner Richard Rice started Ski Safari - nearly 20 years ago! It remains our number one destination and every year its popularity grows.
This winter has been no different. Weve been overwhelmed by the positive reviews weve received this season - thank you for taking the time to submit them. After his stay there this Easter with his wife, Sam, and their two children, here Richard shares his recommendations for the perfect visit during the school holidays.
NO LIMITS Whilst a quarter of the terrain is black or double-black diamond keeping even the most advanced skiers challenged - nearly just as much is suited perfectly to beginners and the rest is incredible for intermediates. If youve never visited before, youve access to 200 runs, across two vast mountains linked by the worlds longest lift the Peak 2 Peak gondola. Non-skiers can buy pedestrian passes, so
they can meet the skiers on the mountain for lunch and ride across the Peak 2 Peak.
If like me youre after the very best powder, book a day or two with Whistler Heli-Skiing or Powder Mountain Cat-Skiing. These local operators specialise in getting you to the very freshest snow available.
A CLASS ACTThought ski school was just for beginners or kids? Ski School tuition in Whistler is outstanding whatever your level or age! Its a great way to unlearn bad habits, or push yourself that bit further; double-black moguls anyone? In general, group lessons are capped at four people too, meaning close guidance from highly qualified instructors.
OFF MOUNTAIN PURSUITSLegs need a day off? Non-skiers in your group? There really is SO much in resort to do! Fly through Whistlers ancient forest above Fitzsimmons Creek with Ziptrek Ecotours, or hop on a snowmobile to seek out spectacular view points. Speed junkies can head straight to Whistler Sliding Centre to try bobsleigh or skeleton on the 2010 Olympic track. For something a little more relaxing, enjoy the tranquillity of the forest dog sledding with Canadian Wilderness Adventures, or chill out in the Scandinave Spa, Whistlers Nordic-inspired oasis of calm, set in tranquil spruce and cedar forests.
BRITISH COLUMBIA WHISTLER
WHY BOOK WHISTLER EARLY?
1 Save up to 60% on accommodation ranging from cosy 3* apartments to 5* luxury hotels.2 Save up to 70% on lift passes but only if you book your holiday with us by 30 June. 3 Save on activities 25% off snowmobiling and ziplining.4 Kids ski and rent free all season long!
5 Flight prices are low - as popular departure dates fill up, prices rise too.6 Low 250pp deposit with nothing more to pay until 10 weeks before departure.EASTER 2016 HOW MUCH? BOOK 11 NIGHTS INCLUDING FLIGHTS, TRANSFERS AND ACCOMMODATION .
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