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30th October – 3rd November at Earls Court 2


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Ice Skating Spectacular Experience the wonder of Outdoor Ice Skating at Whitehall Lacock this Christmas with our real Ice Rink Our real outdoor Ice Rink has become Wiltshire’s coolest attraction, as our outdoor plant department is transformed into a skating arena, with our extended 140 seat heated Ice Cafe and separate party room for skaters and spectators. Parent & Toddler session, Late Night Skating, Group Bookings & School Sessions.

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For details and to book tickets go to: www.whitehallgardencentre.co.uk

Lacock, Chippenham Wiltshire SN15 2LZ Tel: 01249 730204

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Norton Lane, Whitchurch Bristol BS14 0BT Tel: 01275 832296

Shop online at: www.whitehallgardencentre.co.uk

Whether you glide through the snow like a professional or you skid down the slopes on your back, the ski season is finally upon us. With a host of new resorts popping up in Austria, France and Switzerland there is something new for beginners and the more seasoned skiers alike. Bristol Airport has an amazing winter schedule this ski season so if you do not have time for a week long break then there are short flights with resorts close enough to the airports to warrant a weekend getaway on the slopes. A ski holiday is something everyone should experience at some point in their lives as rest assured, once you have the bug, you will never look at a pile of snow in the same light again!. There are plenty of places to get started before you travel and get some practice in or if the snow is not for you, then with Christmas fast approaching there are Ice skating rinks popping up all over! Set on the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds and offering a wide range of tuition from age 3 upwards, Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre is the perfect place to learn to ski or snowboard. It is home to the longest dry ski slope in England & Wales. Whether it’s skiing, boarding or tubing you’re looking for then look no further. In-house MYRACE winter sports shop stock a great selection of skis & boards and equipment at world beating prices. www.my-race.com This year’s Ski and Snowboard Show is on from 30th October – 3rd November at Earls Court 2. Come and visit for the coolest day out in London. Show Opening Hours Thursday 31st October 11:00 – 21:00 Friday 1st November 11:00 – 19:00 Saturday 2nd November 10:00 – 19:00 Sunday 3rd November 10:00 – 18:00 Enjoy free ski and snowboard lessons from beginner to advanced standard, free ice skating, tubing and curling, apres ski style bars, alpine food, wine tasting sessions, resorts from around the world, chalet companies and tour operators, and over 250 stands

www.gloucesterski.com 01452 501438

Visit our killer ski & snowboard shop

www.my-race.com

Recreational Skiing & Snowboarding Children & Adult Ski & Snowboard Tuition Tubing / Snoxross Bikes Childrens & Adults Parties Slalom Race Training Corporate Events Ski Repair Learn to ski from age 3 for as little as £10 !

to kit you out for the season ahead! Thinking of bringing the family? Great news! There’s loads for children (and big kids!) to get involved with on the day, and children under 11 even get in for free!  Ski lessons are available for ages 4 and up, and Snowboard lessons for ages 7 and up, plus there’s tubing, ice-skating, an inflatable kids slide and even huskies to pet. That should help keep the kids entertained while the grown ups plan the next family winter sports getaway or shop for the latest kit. Join us at Ski and Snowboard Show London, your one-stop shop for everything you need for the season ahead, and a great day of snow-themed fun for all ages. In a nutshell: “an interactive and entertaining day of snow-themed fun for all ages, offering everything any Skier or Snowboarder needs to get ready for the season ahead” Your Season Starts Here!!! Flying from Bristol Airport Absolutely Snow offer some unique weekend and short break skiing holidays. “We found a gap in the market for short chalet style ski holidays. Our guests enjoy the intimacy of a chalet with the ability to fly from local regional airports” explained Duncan Gilroy the MD of Absolutely Snow.  Their fully catered chalets in Morzine are just 1 hour from Geneva, in La Clusaz they have the stunning 4 star chalet Hirondelle. Often overlooked but with cheap flights going to Barcelona, Andorra offers plenty of scope for weekend skiing. There are over 100 ski lifts, 210kms of marked piste, ski in ski out hotels and just over 2 hours from the airport. Accommodation only prices start from £235 per person half board in a chalet in Morzine to £695 for Chalet Hirondelle in La Clusaz which includes flights from Bristol, return airport transfers and half board accommodation. For further information visit www.absolutelytravel.co.uk or call 01248 712567. Bulgaria is a fantastic learn to ski and snowboard destination for couples and families who are looking to sample a skiing holiday at a value for money price.

THE WINTER SPORTS SPECIALIST


Skate & Ski

8 Broad Street, Staple Hill, BS16 5HL Tel 01179 109959  Email. info@scooterandski.co.uk

Established over 25 years. Your local, family run business. Everything you need for snowsports at competitive prices. Open 7 days a week from December through February. In addition to selling clothing and equipment for your ski trip we also hire ski jackets, ski pants, moon boots, helmets, skis and ski boots, snowboards and snowboard boots.

Units 1-3 Shield Retail Centre, Link Road, Bristol BS34 7BR


Of the three resorts, Bansko, Pamporovo and Borovets; Bansko is the largest and is a modern ski resort which has undergone considerable investment over the past few years. Each of the resorts caters well for beginner and intermediate skiers. Bansko frequently tops the polls for the best value for money ski resort in Europe e.g. beer for around £1 and eating out for a family of 4 for just £25. Bansko was also recently voted the best value for ski lift passes and equipment hire. Après ski is also fun with a choice of hundreds of mehana dining places offering local cuisine, plus local bars often with live music. Balkan Holidays has weekly charter flights until the end of March from Bristol to Sofia. For further information www.balkanholidays.co.uk or Tel: 0845 130 1114 or contact your local travel agent. Conveniently located in Filton, Snow+Rock boasts the most impressive range of skiwear and equipment in the West Country. The experienced and knowledgeable team is always on hand to assist you with those important decisions and expert ski boot fitters are able to make sure you get the perfect fit. The store has also a wellestablished ski and snowboard workshop for your servicing needs. Contact 01179 143 000, open Monday to Friday 10am – 7pm, Saturday 9am – 6pm, Sunday 11am -5pm. Some tips for a good holiday. Skiing is expensive especially over the New Year and at half term. The cheapest weeks are 3rd week of January and 2nd week of March. Book late for non peak times, there are often excellent bargains. The cost can be reduced by self drive. The resorts of Morzine, Chatel and La Clusaz are 8hrs from Calais most of which is on the motorway. La Grande Terche is a small resort, ideal for young families and an easy drive from Calais You should pick your resort carefully. For example St Anton has no easy skiing and is not suitable for beginners. La Clusaz and Montgenevre are good for beginners. Remember the bigger the resort the more costly the ski pass. So if you go to Val d`Isere/ Tignes the ski pass will set you back about £300. In some resorts ski passes can be purchased on line before departure with a good saving. A good read is”where to Ski and snowboard”. Almost every resort is covered.

Number 1 to Bulgaria

Direct from Bristol Airport

Prices from

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• Low Deposit of just £70pp • Non-Euro Value for Money • Ski Packs from just £115pp • 20kg Luggage FREE* • Free Child Places* *conditions apply

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To book call

0845 130 1114

or visit your local travel agent

www.balkanholidays.co.uk

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