First Snow in the Alps October 2018

2018/19 Winter Season Snow Predictions

No we can’t predict the snow conditions but our Operations Manager has a pretty good feeling about this winter…  October Snow Fall  My social media is flooded with images if the fresh snow currently falling across the Alps.  Preparations for the up and coming season have been underway for months. Autumn has started to give way to winter conditions and the key dates have suddenly crept up close… 7th November – Resort Managers, Support Couples, Administration and Maintenance arrive in…

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A Catered Chalet Christmas

Christmas with Ski Amis, it’s definitely something to write home about. We understand that Christmas is special and want to make it as memorable as possible. Christmas with Ski Amis This is why we offer a Christmas with all the trimmings, mince pies at afternoon tea and Christmas trees in every catered chalet. Not only do you have a delicious Christmas dinner, you don’t have to cook it for yourself!  All you have to do it sit down and enjoy….

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Ski Holidays with Children

Tips for your First Family Ski Holiday

Happy Children = Happy parents, right? Tips and tricks for your first family ski holiday… If you have always enjoyed your ski holidays, yet the over-whelming thought of bringing your young family on their first family ski holiday is filling you and your partner with dread, then please do not fear as it really doesn’t have to be as complicated as you think! Packing and Organising First thing’s first; don’t pack last minute! Eeek, packing the night before you are…

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We’ve been Nominated in the British Travel Awards 2018!

Long established tour operator Ski Amis to sponsor the British Travel Awards 2018 as part of the Voter Prize Incentive with a Premium Service Catered Chalet Holiday for two people on offer in one of the best ski areas in France! Ski Amis have been providing quality catered chalet holidays in France for nearly 30 years and are delighted to announce that one lucky couple will  have the chance to win one of our bespoke  holidays as part of our…

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All you need to know about Les Menuires: Le Bettaix

Located in the largest valley of the Three Valleys, Les Menuires offers a great ski holiday for all. You have great access across one of the best French ski areas: the Three Valleys. You can ski the pistes of Val Thorens, Meribel and Courchevel easily from your base in Les Menuires. If you purchase a full area ski pass, you’ll find you have access to roughly 321 runs, 169 ski lifts and 2,100 snow machines. You are guaranteed a ski-filled,…

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Eurostar Ski Train

Increased Security for the Eurostar Ski Train

For passengers intending to travel to the Alps on the Eurostar ski train this season, the authorities are increasing the checks which are made on board as the train originates outside the Schengen area.  A new procedure has been put in place to deal with this which may cause delays. Please see below a translation of the article we have been given by the French Authorities. Subject: Intensifying checks on passengers from outside the Schengen area in Moutiers and Bourg…

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Romantic Catered Chalet Holidays in the Three Valleys

Romantic holidays in the Three Valleys … catered chalet holidays for adults

Frozen lakes and waterfalls, pretty villages, glowing log fires and falling snow. The mountains in the winter are perfect for a romantic holiday in a catered chalet. An activity holiday in the Alps may not shout romance at first, but it should! Go on, escape to the Three Valleys! A catered chalet in the mountains boasts hot tubs, saunas, log fires and balconies with amazing views.  Other accommodation ideas include staying in an igloo, a romantic private chalet, a chalet…

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Catered Chalet Christmas Ski Holiday

Have you booked your Christmas ski holiday in a catered chalet yet?

We talked a bit about Christmas in an earlier blog post – but now the snow has started to fall across the mountains and the season is VERY nearly here. At Ski Amis we are busily preparing for the start of the season. For those of you that have already booked your ski holiday, our resort managers have arrived in resort. They have begun setting up your catered chalet.  With snow on the ground and Christmas adverts on the television…

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Ski Holiday Travel Insurance

Do YOU have the right travel insurance for your ski holiday?

If you are going on a ski holiday for the first time then this information is important to know! I’m sure you are fully aware that you need to have travel insurance for your holiday – however standard travel insurance will not cover you if you hurt yourself out on the slopes!  The cost of piste rescue if you injure yourself can be significant.  This varies depending on where the accident occurs.  If you’re high up on the mountain, you…

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Catered Chalet Dining Table

Our catered chalet menu has had an upgrade and it looks delicious!

Whilst everyone has been busy enjoying their summer holidays, our staff at Ski Amis have been working hard. They have perfected our new catered chalet menu for the 2017-2018 season! We’ve kept some of our personal favourites, your favourites and added some great new dishes, which we’re sure you will love. Every year we listen to our customers to come up with a refreshing new menu plan that does not disappoint. Our UK staff have tried and tested the new…

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Ski Holiday Three Valleys Skiing App

The Perfect App Companions for your Three Valleys Ski Holiday

If you are heading to the French Alps this winter, then downloading a skiing app to have with you on the mountains is a must!  Epecially if you are heading for a large ski area like the Three Valleys for your ski holiday.  We have taken the time to have a look at two current apps on the market so you can choose which features are best suited for you.  One is for those who love to see their statistics…

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Chalet la plagne, la plagne chalets, catered chalet la plagne

Our New Premium Service Catered Chalet La Plagne – Welcome Nadine!

Introducing the new addition to our La Plagne chalets We would like to introduce the newest addition to our La Plagne chalets for the 2017-2018 season – Chalet Nadine!!  Nadine will be our new premium service catered chalet La Plagne and what a cracker she is too.   Excellent location! Chalet Nadine is situated in the heart of the beautiful village of La Plagne Montchavin.  The village is a buzzing centre of traditional local activity with very easy access to…

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Ski Amis Catered Chalets - The Colours of Autumn

Our catered chalets are in waiting … snow capped peaks … winter is coming!

Welcome from the Alps!  I’m Jenni and I’m the Operations Manager for Ski Amis.  I spend a lot of time out in France all year round making the preparations for the ski season and in the winter I manage the operation of our catered chalets.  I feel very privileged to experience the spectacular changes of scenery happening around me in the mountains several times a year.  It’s almost October now and the summer season has turned.  The first hint of…

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Craft Beer in our Catered Chalets

Craft Beer Now Available in our Catered Chalets

If you missed our post introducing new craft beer to our catered chalets for the 2017-2018 season, then don’t panic! Read on to find out more information about the new additions.  We tell you where they come from, their story and how they taste.  If you’ve already booked your holiday with us, we’ll also tell you how to add an order to your booking.  If you are still looking at your options for your ski holiday this winter, then how…

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Premium Service Les Menuires Chalets

Premium Service Now in Les Menuires! Chalets upgraded this season

The Ski Amis premium service chalets have been growing in popularity each year and especially since we did a complete overhaul last season to emphasise the difference between our two ranges.  Until now, there has been a gap in the premium service range – with our other resorts offering several different options.  To fill that gap for the coming season, in Les Menuires Chalets Irene and Jasmine are both being renovated and upgraded to come up to scratch for the…

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Ski Amis Head Office Team

Welcome to our new Ski Amis head office team!

Our first intake of apprentices was last week on 22nd August and the new Ski Amis head office team is taking shape!  It’s not only the new staff who are following training programmes as we’ve also promoted some of our existing loyal managers into new roles and are giving them the benefit of additional training too. Apprenticeship Levels The apprentices are at various levels and will be following different courses depending on their starting point. A level standard – Level…

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La Plagne Lift System

La Plagne invests in major lift upgrades for this winter

Why not try out one of the biggest single resorts in the world?  The La Plagne lift system had a reputation in the past for being slow and old!  However, in recent years the development company who manage the resort have made some massive investments. Now the resort boasts an amazing network of lifts which link together all of it’s 10 villages in an efficient way.  You can get from one side of the resort to the other in record…

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Trekking with ski equipment

To buy or not to buy? That is the question!

One of those key questions that’s on most first time skiers lips is whether they should rent ski equipment, or buy their own.  This question also comes up with regular skiers who have been skiing a few times! Almost everyone rents their ski equipment during those first few times on the slopes, but as time goes on and their passion grows, they gain knowledge about the brands.  Most people’s first purchase is ski boots and it grows from there.  But,…

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Ski Amis Office

This winter our UK team will be a team with a difference!

It’s a sure sign that winter is coming when the sales office fills up with people!  However, this year things are completely different.  We are no longer recruiting seasonal staff for the office who only work with us for six months.  This year we have made a major investment in our new apprenticeship and management training programme. What’s the new apprenticeship scheme about? Recruiting high quality staff has always been one of our major challenges – and especially so in…

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Ski Season Work

Fancy a season on the slopes? Find out everything you need to know about ski season work

Love skiing?  Fancy a season on the slopes? Ski season work as a Chalet Couple or Chalet Host in a catered chalet can be a great experience!  It can also teach you a lot of life skills and lay the foundations for a career in the tourism and hospitality industry. Most companies offer a very basic salary – but the benefits which come along with the job are second to none!  You’ll have your accommodation provided and your food in…

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Chalet Balkiss Hypnos Beds

The latest in sleep technology from Hypnos arrives at Ski Amis

It’s been an exciting past few weeks for everyone at Ski Amis!  Not only have we welcomed the first heavy snowfall of the season, but the resort team have worked tirelessly to install the brand new Hypnos beds and mattresses in almost all our chalets. What are Hypnos beds? We all know the importance of a good night’s sleep after a busy day on the slopes, so these beds – which come with a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty Queen…

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Car Hire in Winter

Flying to Geneva and planning on hiring a car this winter?

Before you leave home make sure you do your research!  A new European Union regulation which came into force on 1st May 2016.  The new law is causing chaos among holidaymakers heading to Switzerland who plan on car hire.  We think this is going to get worse as we head into one of the busiest periods at Geneva Airport! The new ruling bans EU citizens from driving non-EU registered hire cars in the EU.  The problem comes because although Switzerland…

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Chalet Staff Training

Winter is almost here… chalet staff training about to begin

The chalets have had their make-overs and the snow has started to fall!  There are hundreds of kilos of baked beans winging their way to resort!  This can only mean one thing!  The 2017-2018 ski season is almost upon us and the chalet staff training programme is ready to go. The new season comes hand in hand each year with a new in-resort team.  We’ve spent the summer signing up the dedicated people who are longing to spend a season…

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Chalet Upgrade

It’s A Facelift For our Catered Chalets

It’s all work and not much play for the team here as we prepare our chalets for a busy season ahead.  Always striving to be the best, we have listened to guest feedback and have targeted a lot of improvements in the service and chalets for the 2016-2017 season. There will be a chalet upgrade throughout the range! Premium service chalet upgrade We will be providing our collection of premium service chalets with a major upgrades.   Premium service will now provide you…

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Chalet Menu

Welcome to our new 2016-17 menu

After months of tasting we are delighted to announce our refreshed chalet menu has been finalised.  Following the 2015-16 season we’ve worked hard to meet our guest’s needs and looked at the their survey responses.  Our team in the UK were then tasked with coming up with a new plan!  They have created a more focused collection of dishes which incorporates the best of the existing menu, some previous well-loved Ski Amis classics, and some delicious new additions. New “healthy…

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Ski Amis offers exclusive ‘Le Tour’ discount

To celebrate one of France’s finest sporting events, Le Tour de France, we are offering 15% off all bookings for the length of Le Tour – the offer is valid until the yellow jersey crosses the finish line in Paris on 24 July. To take advantage of this great offer, simply call the team on 0203 411 5439 and quote ‘Tour 2016’.  You can also book online and put “Le Tour Offer” into the special requests box and we will apply the…

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