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Want to know which country has the most ski visitors each year?
Or maybe the most lifts?
Or want to know how long you'd have to ski for continuously to get into the Guinness Book of Records?

Well take a look at the graphis below for some fun facts.....

This worldwide skiing infographic was produced by Sainsbury's Travel

Posted: 1/9/2014 10:35:37 AM by Richard Smith | with 0 comments

Many of you will have seen pictures of the early snow we’ve had across the alps in the last couple of weeks which are certainly raising excitement levels amongst the ski and snowboard communities. However, for those wanting to make the most of this early snowfall, there are a host of resorts that are either already open or due to open shortly.
Ski-Lifts takes a look at some of the best ski resorts for an early season getaway:
Les Deux Alpes
 Les Deux Alpes boasts the largest skiable glacier in Europe and perhaps unsurprisingly attracts a steady stream of skiers and snowboarders in both winter and summer. The glacier opened briefly for half term from late October to early November and is now set to reopen on 30th November. The snowpark that resides on the glacier in summer months is normally relocated to the slopes above mid-station for the winter season.
Transfer time from Grenoble: 2 hours
 The Grande Motte Glacier in Tignes is another popular location for summer skiing and snowboarding. The glacier opened for the winter on Saturday, October 12th whilst the Espace Killy is due to open fully on December 21st 2013. Transfers to Tignes from Bourg St Maurice train station are the easiest way of getting to the resort, but there are also an assortment of journeys offered from airports.
Transfer times: Geneva (2 hrs 50 mins) or Bourg St Maurice (50 mins)
Saas Fee
 The ski area of Saas-Fee opened on 1st November and currently has 6 lifts running which give access to a good selection of pistes. In addition, there is an excellent snow park with a half-pipe, large and small kicker lines and a variety of rails for freestyle enthusiasts. Swiss sports shops are currently running their "Swiss ski tests" which is a perfect opportunity to try out the new season’s equipment. Ski Lifts offers airport transfers to Saas Fee from several Swiss airports including Geneva and Zurich.
Transfer times: Geneva (2 hrs 50 mins) and Zurich (3 hrs 25 mins)
 The Glacier 3000 ski area at Les Diablerets opened its doors for snowsports on 26th October and will now remain open until May. The Glacier’s ski area includes 30 km of ski runs at altitudes from 1350 to 3000 m including the 7km long Olden ski run.
Transfer times: Sion (1hr) and Geneva (1 hr 35 mins)
 The official opening weekend of the Verbier winter season is scheduled for 30th November 2013. However, certain lifts are open at the weekends throughout November. These are likely to include the Chable-Verbier and the Medran 1 gondolas, the Lac de Vaux 1 chairlift and the Funitel that gives access to the Ruinettes sector. For transfers to Verbier from Geneva and Zurich contact the Ski Lifts team.
Transfer times: Geneva (2hrs) and Zurich (3 hrs 10 mins)
 The closest airport to Hintertux is Salzburg whilst Ski Lifts also provide transfers from Munich. The Hintertux glacier offers around a dozen lifts, 28km of piste and a terrain park year-round. The remainder of the ski area is due to open on Dec 7th 2013.
Transfer times: Salzburg (2 hrs 25 mins) and Munich (2 hrs 30 mins)

The Ski-Lifts Team

Posted: 11/12/2013 3:52:34 PM by Richard Smith | with 0 comments

Following on from our last blog post where we gave you the lift opening dates for the Portes Du Soleil, here is a run down on the season dates for the other major ski areas throughout France.
Our best advice is always to check with the local tourist office before booking for the start or end of season as dates are subject to change based on snow conditions.

Chamonix Valley
The Grand Montets area in Argentiere will be the first to open, with a partial opening on the 7th December 2013 and full opening from the 21st December.
The full area will close on the 28th April 2014, but some lifts will remain open until the 4th May.
Les Houches will be fully open from the 21st December 2014, with a closing date of the 13th April 2014.
The Brevent area in Chamonix will be fully open between the same dates as Les Houches, but will have selected lifts open from the 14th December.
Grand Massif
Flaine is the highest of the resorts in the Grand massif and therefore has the longest season, with lifts open from the 14th December 2013 until the 27th April 2014.
The other resorts such as Samoens, Morillon and Les Carroz open one week later on the 21st December, until the 21st April 2014.
3 Valleys
The Three Valleys will be open from the 7th December 2013 until the 25th April 2014.
Some lower lifts, such as in La Tania, are scheduled to open one week later on the 14th December.
Val Thorens will be open longer, from the 23rd November 2013 until the 11th May 2014.
Espace Killy
The full Espace Killy ski area (Val D’Isere and Tignes) will be open from the 30th November 2013 until the 4th May 2014.
However, the Tignes glacier is already open and will not close until the 11th May 2014!
The resorts that make up the Paradiski area (Les Arcs and La Plagne) all open from the 14th December 2013, although the connecting lifts to open up the full area do not open until the 20th December.
The lift system closes on the 26th April 2014.
The Southern Alps
And finally a run down on the opening dates for the major resorts in the Southern French Alps.
Alpe D’Huez is open from the 6th December until the 26th April, although some of the satellite resorts will close earlier on the 21st April.
Les Deux Alpes is open from the 30th November until the 26th April.
Because of it’s glacier skiing, they also plan to open next week for school half term (26th October until the 3rd November)!
La Grave is also open from the 21st December until the 4th May.
Serre Chevalier plans to open from the 14th December until the 21st April 2014.
Wherever you are going, we hope you have a great time and don’t forget that we can provide transfers to all of these resorts and more.

The Ski-Lifts Team

Posted: 10/22/2013 12:27:08 PM by Richard Smith | with 0 comments

Winter is in the air here in the Portes du Soleil! Following a hot summer and rainy September, temperatures are now dropping steadily. Whilst the very first flakes dusted rooftops in Avoriaz in September, it looks like the first significant snowfall of the winter is set to arrive this week. So it seems like a fitting time to be looking at lift openings and airport transfer start dates for the coming winter season!

The first lifts in the Portes du Soleil are due to open in the Pre-la-Joux area of Chatel at weekends from 30th November. Avoriaz, Morzine and Lets Gets follow with partial openings on 14th December 2013. The full Portes du Soleil ski area will then be open from 21st December.

Following the record-breaking snowfall in Avoriaz last winter, the 13/14 ski season has been extended by an additional week. Avoriaz will remain open until 27th April 2014, so despite Easter falling late next year (April 20th) holiday makers will still be able to ski in Easter week (snow-permitting).

Ski Lifts will be starting our shared transfers from Geneva airport to Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets from 14th December. Private transfers are available year-round.
Following high demand for many dates in the 202/13 season, we would like to encourage our customers to book their transfers from Geneva airport early this year to ensure they secure their preferred dates.

Key Dates
  • Chatel – Partial openings on the weekends of 30th Nov/1st Dec and 7th/8th Dec (Pre-la-Joux area only and snow permitting).
  • Morzine & Les Gets ski lifts are partially open (Pleney and Chavannes) from the 14th December 2013 (snow permitting) and then fully open from the 21st December 2013 - 21st April 2014
  • Avoriaz ski lifts are open from the 14th December 2013 - 27th April 2014 (partial openings in the first and last weeks)
  • Ski Lifts shared transfers to Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets start from 14th December 2013
  • The Portes du Soleil ski area will be open daily from 21st December 2013 to 27th April 2014
We'll follow up over the coming weeks with more information on lift opening dates for other resorts and areas throughout Europe, but many high altititude glacier resorts are already open so if you simply can't wait to get on the snow until December then get yourself out there - we are offering transfers right now!

The Ski-Lifts Team

Posted: 10/10/2013 10:29:18 AM by Richard Smith | with 0 comments

It feels like the winter season has only just finished (the peaks are still snow covered which is testament to that) and yet the Portes Du Soleil is gearing up for the summer mountain biking season already. Take a walk past through Morzine and the shops have done a quick turn around and the bikes are out on display. In fact, one week tomorrow the first lifts open to mountain bikes in Les Gets!
So here is a run down on the lift opening and closing dates throughout the PDS this summer.
Les Gets
Lifts are open daily from the 15th June until the 8th September.
However the Chavannes side opens up for weekends from the 25th May.
It has been well publicised that the Pleney lift will not be open this summer as it is being replaced, but there is no need to worry. Access to the Pleney side (and to Les Gets) will be provided by chairlifts open between 08:30 and 10:30 every morning from the 28th June until the 1st September.
The Super Morzine lift is also being opened up earlier this year, running daily from the 15th June.
Lifts open daily between the 22nd June and the 8th September.
The Pierre Longue area will also be open on the weekend of the 15-16th June.
Open daily from the 28th June until the 1st September.
Also open on weekends from the 8th June until the 16th September.
And finally the cable car in Champery possibly has the longest season of all, from the 15th June until the 6th October.
The big annual event of course is the Pass’Portes Du Soleil (28-30th June) which gives participants access to the whole PDS area, including areas such as Torgon, which is not open at any other time in the summer season.

As usual Ski-Lifts will be offering a full shared and private transfer service for the whole summer season and bikes are transported completely free of charge. Shared transfers start again from the 15th June 2013.

The Ski-Lifts Team

Posted: 5/17/2013 1:53:03 PM by Richard Smith | with 0 comments