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Posted: 24 September 2015

What's New This Season?

As the nights begin to draw in, the thoughts of those who, like us, have a passion for snowsports, inevitably turn to the mountains. The excitement surrounding the forthcoming season has been piqued by early snowfall on Europe's highest slopes, and social media is currently abuzz with fantastically snowy scenes. Of course, at this time of year, the current snowfall is unlikely to have much affect on the forthcoming season, but this fact seems to do little to dampen everyone's enthusiasm! With a recent survey showing that an increasing number of teachers are arranging school ski trips for their students, we are certainly feeling optimistic that this season will be as much of, if not more of a success than last year, with even more young students having the opportunity to experience snowsports.

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What's New This Season?

Austria has seen much of the early snowfall, which has allowed the resort of Sölden to open several weeks earlier than anticipated. The resort, which is already extremely popular is likely to become even more so this season, after its starring role in the latest Bond movie, which is due to be released in October.

Sölden isn't the only resort to get excited about this season. Many of Europe's top school ski trip destinations have invested heavily in improving facilities ahead of the 2015/16 season. Here at Halsbury Ski, we welcome the continuing investment in the improvement of facilities and are excited to explore some of the new features on Europe's mountains alongside our school groups!

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What's New This Season?

Les Arcs, part of the huge Paradiski area in France, will open its €36m 'Mille8' development this winter, which is particularly fantastic news for those travelling with children. The new complex offers a range of après-ski options, which are often the elements that can make a school trip truly memorable. A favourite après-ski activity among our school groups is swimming and the new complex boasts a huge 3800m² aqua centre with both indoor and outdoor fun pools. There's also a great sledge run and even some fantastic skiing facilities where beginners can hone their skills.

Les Arcs is not the only French resort to invest in its après-ski provisions this year. Nearby La Plagne, also a part of the Paradiski area, has installed eight new zip wire lines. This is definitely an activity for adrenaline junkies, as the wires measure between 50m and 200m, and run from Belle Plagne to Plagne-Bellecote.

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What's New This Season?

One development that has really got the team at Halsbury Ski excited is the new blue run at Les 2 Alpes. This resort is a great option for school groups, as it offers beginners the rare opportunity to learn high up the mountain. However, returning to the village was once a bit of a nightmare. Beginners and intermediates had a 'choice' of a tricky red or black, a very congested green or the gondola. Now that the resort has constructed this new blue run, 'Jandri 1', skiers of all abilities can happily ski back to the village, giving beginners and intermediates a much better experience.

Improvements to the infrastructure are also making headlines in Austria, where the constuction of a new gondola has linked four of the country's best resorts to create what is now one of the largest and most varied ski areas in the country. The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm/Leogang Fieberbrunn will add another dimension to an area that is already popular among British school groups, thanks to the variety of skiing it offers.

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What's New This Season?

As we look ahead to the forthcoming season, one important date for the diary is 17th January 2016, when the fifth World Snow Day will be celebrated. Of course, as a company founded to provide young people with the opportunity to experience snowsports such as skiing and snowboarding, alongside all the other benefits of school travel, we think World Snow Day is a fantastic initiative. Designed to promote snowsports to young people aged 4-14 years, this initiative has been running for the past three years and has, so far, been a resounding success, with over 591,000 participants last year in 45 countries. We look forward to seeing what World Snow Day 2016 has in store and its effect on the participation of young people in snowsports.

There is certainly plenty to look forward to this forthcoming season in Europe's favourite ski resorts. With continuing investment in and improvement of resort facilities and amenities, the future certainly looks bright for Europe's ski industry. We look forward to another season working alongside teachers who are keen to share their passion for skiing and the mountains with their students.

Planning a school ski trip and unsure as to which resort would best suit your students? Please contact our experienced and knowledgeable team of Ski Specialists, who will be very pleased to advise you.

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