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Posted: 02 November 2018

What's New for the 2018/19 Season?

As the new season approaches, the excitement is building here at Halsbury HQ. So, we’ve taken a look at what’s new this season in anticipation!

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What's New for the 2018/19 Season?

NEW resort for Halsbury Ski

Firstly, we have some very exciting news of our own - we're very excited to have added our first Norwegian resort!

Myrkdalen is located in the heart of the Norwegian fjords and is still a bit of a hidden gem. The uncrowded slopes make it ideal for learners and it claims to be Europe’s snowiest resort!

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What's New for the 2018/19 Season?

NEW resources

We’ve also added some useful new resources, to help you plan your school ski trip.

Gathered a number of quotes for your next school ski trip? Check out our tips to make sure you're getting the best value for money.

How to compare quotes

Want to know how long it's going to take to arrange your school ski trip? Want a better idea of what you'll need to do and when? Your exact trip timeline will be unique to you, but this resource will give you a good idea.

Your ski trip timeline

With large numbers of groups heading out to a limited number of resorts at roughly the same time, availability is always extremely limited for school ski trips. Booking early will not only allow you greater choice, but it will also make your life a lot less stressful, as you'll have plenty of time to get everything done, avoiding those horrendous last-minute panics.

Why book your ski trip early?

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What's New for the 2018/19 Season?

Grandvalira

One of the biggest changes to any of our resorts this season is that which has taken place in Grandvalira, where they’ve made major changes to the base of the slopes by the resort village of Soldeu.

The base area has always been pretty confined, but this summer a huge platform has been built across the river there to enlarge it. The platform itself will offer around 16,000 square meters of space.

And it will also address another longstanding problem that the village of Soldeu has had to endure since the resort opened in 1964 - underneath the new platform, there will be 450 parking spaces.

The construction project should be finished by the end of November, in time for the resort to host the 2019 World Cup Finals, Andorra’s largest ever alpine skiing event.

There has also been good news for the future of the Grandvalira area as a whole.

Made up of the resorts of Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig to the east and Soldeu and El Tarter to the west, there was talk of the area splitting in two at the end of the 2019/20 season.

If that had gone ahead, it could have meant skiers would need separate lift passes to ski adjoining runs, which was a problem the area was notorious for before the formation of the Grandvalira area.

It’s now been confirmed that the split will not go ahead and, in fact, the resort of Arcalis is to join, making the area even larger – up to 240km!

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What's New for the 2018/19 Season?

Les 2 Alpes

In Les 2 Alpes, a longer term project is taking place.

Over the next 5 years, around 500 million euros will be invested in the area, improving ski lifts, ski run equipment, leisure properties and public infrastructure, as well as expanding the artificial snow cover.

This year, a new chairlift on the La Toura sector will increase the number of skiers per hour there, with even more new chairlifts and gondolas being installed between now and 2023, helping to increase capacity and get people moving across the resort more quickly.

From 2019, work will start on extending the artificial snow network. These works include the construction of a new reservoir and pumping premises, with the hope that this will eventually lead to a minimum of 30% coverage of the ski area in artificial snow.

In 2022, the plan is to construct a cable link between Les 2 Alpes and Alpe d’Huez.

Several accommodation projects are also taking place, with an ultramodern hostel pegged to open this year, and a new multiresidence in 2020.

There are also plans for an aquafun centre, a skatepark and a reorganisation of both the local car parks and public transport.

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What's New for the 2018/19 Season?

Zell am See/Kaprun

There are some big improvements underway in Zell am See/Kaprun.

This December a new 10-passenger mono-cable gondola will open – the MK Maiskogelbahn.

The new lift will take skiers from Kaprun town centre up to the Maiskogel in just 12 minutes. 123 cabins will be capable of transporting up to 2,800 people per hour.

A new mid-station, the Stanger (1137m) offers beginners direct access to broad, flat pistes which are ideal for finding their feet.

In December 2019 Salzburg’s first tri-cable gondola will open – the 3K Kaprun-Kitzsteinhorn-K-onnection. The completion of this will allow skiers to ascend from Kaprun town centre to the Top of Salzburg on the Kitzsteinhorn (3029m) via the Maiskogel.

Upon completion, this will become the longest continuous gondola corridor (12km covered by six lifts) and will also boast the greatest elevation rise in the Eastern Alps.

Missing out this year?

Start planning your next school ski trip now! For further information and advice, or to request your tailor-made quote, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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