freespirit by Mark Warner Issue Two – 2013
What’s Hot? Gadgets and gizmos for the coming season
Talking Tignes €3 million renovation at Chalet Hotel Aiguille Percée
FINDING THE BOOT THAT FITS Top tips for enhanced performance and greater comfort on the slopes
THE ICING ON THE CAKE Afternoon tea – our best kept secret...
PLUS: LATEST NEWS, GREAT PRIZES AND SKI HOLIDAY OFFERS
latest news | issue two
ADULT BEGINNER WEEKS You might just be reading this as a non-skier who’s fed up with missing out on the fun of a ski holiday, or maybe you’re a skier with non-skiing friends who you’d like to invite to join you.
Welcome As we move from one holiday season to the next, I’m already looking forward to my week on the slopes with the chance to enjoy a little après-ski and indulge in a little pampering. My top choice for this season is Chalet Hotel Aiguille Percée; it’s just enjoyed a €3 million makeover that will transform your time in Tignes (p4-5). No matter which chalet hotel you choose though, the food is likely to be a highlight from wholesome breakfasts to homemade cakes and three-course dinners. We do allow our chefs one night off a week! So, there’s a chance to win dinner out on us, while you are away (p6-7). To tempt you to book your skiing holiday for the coming season, Freespirit readers can claim a special £50 OFF per person, on our advertised prices on selected dates in February and March (p8-9). Our friends at Profeet have some tips to ensure you have comfortable boots – and even the chance to win a custom fitted pair (p10-11).
Baby Ski Weeks Our childcare (4 months - 12 years old) runs all season long but in celebration of our smallest guests, those who are under one, we’ve designated all March dates at chalet hotels Schweizerhof and Bérangère as Baby Ski weeks. It’s an ideal opportunity to meet and compare notes with like-minded Mums and Dads experiencing skiing with a baby for the first time.
Either way, our Adult Beginner Ski Weeks are back in 2014 to take the mystery out of mastering the mountains. Beginners packages include all that’s needed to get started – from lessons to a lift pass from £979. Chalet Hotel Christina, La Plagne: 23 March 2014 Chalet Hotel Bérangère, Les Deux Alpes: 12 January & 23 March 2014 markwarner.co.uk/ski-holidays/beginners
Chalet Hotel Aiguille Percée has been refurbished to the tune of €3 million since last season.
See pages 4-5 for the full story.
You may or may not consider yourself an elite athlete, but the best of the best will be in Sochi in February (p14-15) – let’s get behind TeamGB!
And finally, Christmas is coming and that means a little online retail therapy is in order! Check out our selection of what’s hot on the slopes for some present buying inspiration (p12-13).
There’s good news if you are staying at Chalet Hotels Schweizerhof or Rosanna in St Anton. You’ll discover a new 2km circulating cable-car – the Auenfeldjet – which links two of the snowiest ski resorts in Alps, Lech-Zürs and Warth-Schröcken. So, the Arlberg ski area has an additional 66km of skiing and a Ski Arlberg lift pass will be valid for the whole region.
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A great way to begin skiing, or improve your performance is to use your local Skiplex revolving ski slope; there’s even a giant mirror at the base of the slope allowing for immediate and real time feedback. All equipment and instruction is included in the price of lessons which start at just £19.99. Tuition is kept to a maximum of 3:1. Sites in Reading, Basingstoke and Chiswick. For 20%OFF, quote ‘MWSkiplex’ when you book. Terms & conditions apply. www.skiplex.co.uk
time to take a look at tignes | issue two
Chalet Hotel Aiguille Percée Gets A Facelift We think that you’ll be delighted with the results of the €3 million that have been invested in giving Chalet Hotel Aiguille Percée, in Tignes Le Lac, a significant makeover during the summer months. It’s one of our best loved destinations and now is the perfect time to choose it for your next skiing holiday and enjoy the property in all its new splendour.
From Jonny Wilkinson and his Toulon team mates to the French pole vault team – they all come to Tignes to improve their endurance and fitness levels.
Better bedrooms Comfort levels are better than ever with all the original rooms updated in a modern rustic style, the majority with brand new bathrooms and digital flat screen TVs featuring 20 British channels. 13 new bedrooms have been added including those that can be booked as interconnecting and family suites. Bigger bar & restaurant The communal areas of the hotel have been remodelled. The restaurant has almost doubled in size for more relaxed dining. And there’s a larger bar, with a new look and feel, that offers more seating to enjoy at the end of the day. There’s also a state of the art boot and equipment room to accommodate your kit.
Skiing for everyone
Take advantage of a brand new Viva health and beauty salon, as well as a steam room and large sauna plus an indoor swimming pool with current machine.
The retractable conservatory doors will be open in the spring months, for the ultimate alpine experience.
Meet The Manager
‘What of winter sports?’ you may ask. Well, Tignes definitely has plenty to offer.
Health & beauty treatments There’s excellent news for guests who have had a hard day on the slopes.
Conservatory The new conservatory adjacent to the pool, with enviable views of the slopes and Tignes Le Lac, has comfy loungers to sit back and relax on.
It’s certainly busy times at Aiguille Percée but there’s no chance that you’ll run manager Matt Davis off his feet during your stay. Earlier in the year, keen sportsman Matt strode confidently through the city streets in the London Marathon and four hours and seven minutes later, the not-so-solid gold medal was his.
Tignes boldly claims that it’s ‘the sportiest ski resort’ and why not indeed?
Come and see us during the season, we’d love to hear your feedback on the makeover.
Tignes centres around three small villages sitting high above the tree line. Our chalet hotels can be found nestled in the villages of Tignes Le Lac and Le Lavachet, forming part of the Espace Killy ski area.
Tignes provides a huge variety of terrain for skiers and boarders from challenging off-piste powder to leisurely cruising runs. The long runs down to Tignes-les-Brévières are a popular choice, home to many restaurants, perfect for lunch on the terrace.
ARK SWATCH SNOWisPback! The
One for younger family members. Come and improve your tricks on the new rails of the Snowpark in a super cool atmosphere – all levels welcome. With 10 new snow guns there’ll be plenty of snow for shaping new modules to keep the park fresh. A popular feature is the airbag, where you can try an air jump and land on the airbag – and it’s caught on film. Watch it on the big screen, then impress your friends and scare your parents by downloading and sharing it via the free WiFi! The Snowpark is open every day from Monday 9th December 2013, 10:00am to 4:30pm and access is free.
Enjoy a holiday at Aiguille Percée, Tignes from £530 Flights are from London Gatwick and London Heathrow with regional departures available from Birmingham and Manchester.
Off the slopes there is plenty going on; our very own pub in Tignes Le Lavachet – “Scotty’s” is both lively and popular and there are plenty of other bars and restaurants to choose from.
kiing holidays aren’t just about the skiing. Our talented chefs are always flat out preparing a daily menu that’s more than just fuel for a day on the slopes. Each season we work hard to continually improve the quality of our menus to make your weeks away with Mark Warner even more enjoyable. We are confident that we hit the spot each morning with the generous breakfast buffet – including a cooked breakfast if you wish – that sets you up for the day. And our three course evening meals with complimentary wine have always received praise from the skiing cognoscenti. But ssshh; afternoon tea is our best kept secret!
What started as a trickle of positive comments has grown into a flattering flood of guests’ compliments, praising the yummy home-made cakes, hot soup and tasty bread. Designed to fill any small gaps before dinner and pep up flagging spirits, our afternoon tea is a runaway success.
“My advice is to get to Afternoon Tea early, to ensure you’ve digested your homemade soup and naughty gateaux before it’s time for dinner!” Pippa J, Le Val d’Isère, Jan 2013
“Food was great and plentiful, and the afternoon cake was something we looked forward to every day.” Hilary C, Rosanna, March 2013
“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw afternoon tea! So much variety and all extremely tasty.” Deb M, Christina, Jan 2013
Cheese Fondue Recipe
As the outside temperature drops and another ski season approaches, recreate the traditional Alpine atmosphere at home with this classic cheese fondue. Since its heyday nearly forty years ago, this cheesy classic is enjoying a revival as a trendy party dish.
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cakes and cheese | issue two
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*Keep a little more wine and cheese on hand to adjust the consistency if needed. Add more cheese if it’s too liquid, add more wine if it’s too thick.
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A TASTY TREAT – WIN DINNER ON US
“As always the staff were great and you certainly don’t go hungry - the cakes were amazing.” AD, Schweizerhof, March 2013
If you are enjoying a Mark Warner holiday with us this season, here’s your chance to enjoy dinner on us. With meals included 6 days a week at our chalet hotels, you can enjoy an indulgent seventh night out. The lucky winner will have €150 to spend with our compliments on a dinner at one of our favourite local restaurants.
Q. WHAT’S OUR BEST KEPT AFTERNOON SECRET?
Email answers to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line – ‘Mark Warner Night Out’ Last day for entries: 01/12/13. All correct entries will be entered into a draw. See markwarner.co.uk/freespirit for full terms and conditions.
Get YouR skis On! Remember the feeling of crisp morning air, slipping off the lift for the first run of the day, the joy of fresh snow and friendly banter over a glass of vin chaud? That’s right, the new season is nearly here and there’s no better feeling than being back on the slopes. There are plenty of offers on our website, but exclusively for our Freespirit readers we’re giving an extra £50 per person off our advertised prices across February and March until 30th November 2013 (excludes weeks commencing 16th Feb and 30th Mar). All you need to do now is to choose from our portfolio of hand-picked chalet hotels in some of the finest, snow-sure resorts in the Alps!
freespirit offers | issue two
£ 50 FREESPIRIT OFFER
OFF SELECTED PRICES ADVERTISED ON OUR WEBSITE when you quote ‘freespirit’ Book by 30th Nov 2013
Claim £50 off per person for all February and March prices (excluding 16th Feb and 30th Mar departures). Here’s just a small selection of dates and prices to tempt you, but check our website for all other departures! Resort
Le Val d'Isère, Val d’Isère Moris, Val d’Isère Hauts de Tovière, Tignes
Aiguille Percée, Tignes
Bérangère, Les Deux Alpes Christina, La Plagne
Special Price From
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£809 £849 £784 £730 £694 £644 £610 £545 £570 £825 £789 £789 £715 £869 £687 £775 £869 £762
Dahu, Courchevel 1850 Tarentaise, Méribel Cristallo, Courmayeur Rosanna, St Anton Schweizerhof, St Anton
23 February 09 March 23 March 09 February 02 March 16 March 09 February 02 March 23 March 02 February 23 February 02 March 02 February 02 March 16 March
Special Price From
£759 £834 £788 £849 £834 £713 £645 £645 £550 £895 £875 £875 £700 £669 £615
Prices correct at time of going to press 22/10/2013
Mark Warner ski holidays include: Direct Flights | Resort Transfers | Accommodation Welcome Drinks & Canapés | Breakfast Afternoon Tea | 3 Course Dinner with Wine Evening Childcare | Ski Hosting* Lift Pass Collection Service
* St Anton and Courmayeur only. Prices are based on two people sharing, apply to 7 nights on selected dates at selected chalet hotels, include all applicable discounts and fuel supplements together with additional freespirit £50 discount. Offers apply to new bookings only, are subject to availability, can be withdrawn at any time and cannot be offered in retrospect or combined with any other offer unless specified and must be booked by 30th November 2013. Excludes weeks commencing 16th February and 30th March 2014. See website for full terms and conditions.
www.markwarner.co.uk 0844 273 6797 8
top tips on finding the right ski boots | issue two
what’s hot this season | issue two
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IT’S ALL SMILES FOR SOCHI Sli2de Sochi The Winter Olympics are only 3 months away and the excitement is beginning to build. One of our bobsleigh medal hopefuls, Kelly Denyer took time off training to answer a few questions.
What’s happening this season? My first Olympics, hopefully! Our season starts at the end of November with our first World Cup competition in Calgary, Canada. We don’t actually find out whether we have been selected to compete for Team GB at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games until the end of January!
Name: Kelly Denyer Age: 23 Position: Brakewoman How did you start? I first got into bobsleigh after seeing an email my dad was sent advertising try outs. I have always been a bit of a daredevil and thought it would be fun to have a go...3 years later here I am! How do you train in the UK? I train at the University of Bath Sports Training Village. We have a 90 metre tarmac push track which enables us to practice our starts throughout the year even without ice. Do you train abroad? Yes, I’ve travelled all over the world competing in bobsleigh: North America, Canada, Europe and Russia. During the summer we often travel to Andermatt in Switzerland for push training and Latvia for on ice testing. What’s your training regime? I train up to three hours a day, six days a week. My training includes sprints, weights, plyometric training, push training…. all sorts.
What are you most looking forward to in Sochi? It’s always been my dream to compete at an Olympics. So, if I am selected I think I am most looking forward to go out there to race. Earning the right to wear the Olympic rings and compete for my country would mean the world to me.
winter olympics | issue two
All the Winter Olympic action from Sochi will hit our TV screens during February 2014. In the meantime a series of events to promote winter sports, Slide2Sochi, will be touring the UK. The Slide2Sochi roadshows will be run at slopes across the country and will involve taster sessions for those wanting to give skiing or snowboarding a go, fun competitions on and off the slope for all ages, interactive games, giveaways, stalls and refreshments. For more details check out slide2sochi.org.uk
DID YOU KNOW? If you are skiing in La Plagne with Mark Warner you can try the bobsleigh for yourself!
Motivation song of choice? Foo Fighters ‘The Pretender’ is my ultimate pump up song before I get on the block.
Do you have a strict diet? For competition a women’s bob including athletes has a max weight limit of 340 kg. So although I have to keep an eye on what I eat luckily I can still get away eating most things. Custard creams are a must! What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Training takes up the majority of my time however I love travelling, reading and spending time with my family and friends. I also used to help my dad coach athletics to kids. Anything that will get my heart pumping like climbing, surfing – though more time is spent in the water!
KELLY IN ACTION FOR TEAM GB
PI O L YM C H T O RC LK W A E C SP A
The Olympic Torch will travel to the International Space Station on the Soyuz TMA-11M manned spaceship at the beginning of November 2013. Once in space, Russian cosmonauts Sergei Ryazansky and Oleg Kotov will take the Olympic Torch on a spacewalk. The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has organised the adventure as part of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay and it will be the first time the Olympic Torch will have been carried in open space. Although unfortunately, for safety reasons the torch will not be lit! 15
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