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Here at Ski-Lifts we don’t try to hide the fact that we love Morzine – it’s where it all started for us after all and we know a lot about the place.

Most people who are familiar with the town, will know it for skiing or snowboarding, or for downhill mountain biking in the summer months and it goes without saying that it is one of the best destinations in the world for both of those. But one thing that puzzles us is why more people don’t take advantage of the town and what it has to offer, outside of the two peak seasons?

For one thing, if you were to travel here outside of these peak periods, you can get cheaper flights and much cheaper accommodation, as demand is lower. Yet the weather can still be fantastic especially through May, June and September and if you are here to enjoy the mountains you don’t have to go far to pretty much experience them all to yourself. Plus there are always a few shops, restaurants and bars open all year, because unlike many other ski resorts, Morzine is a village where people live – not a purpose built resort.

Obviously one down side could be that the lifts aren’t open on the mountain, so to get up there and enjoy them then you’ve got to use your own steam – but that’s all part of the fun and sense of achievement! Plus, pretty much any other activity on offer through the main summer season that doesn’t require the lifts, is still available in these quieter times and can actually be better.

Road cycling in Morzine

For example, if you are into road biking, then getting out and tackling some the famous climbs, such as the Col de Joux Plane (one of the most famous climbs of the Tour De France), or the climbs up to Avoriaz, can actually be more enjoyable outside of the main summer months as the temperatures are more comfortable and the roads have less traffic.

In the last couple of years Morzine has become well known as a base for triathlon training because it has something to offer for all three disciplines. The cycling we’ve mentioned, there’s plenty of nice trails to get out for a run and for the swimming there is an Olympic size pool and Lake Montriond. It’s why some of the biggest names in world triathlon are now using this as their base.

And if you prefer your biking of the off-road variety, then you can take on the numerous cross-country trails around and not have to contend with other riders getting in your way.

Finally, you can’t forget one of the oldest ways to enjoy the mountains, which is getting out and hiking – whether it’s in the forest on the lower slopes, or up in the high mountain pastures, the spring and end of summer months are arguably the most pleasant time to really get out there and experience it.

Hiking in Morzine

It goes without saying of course, that should you take our advice and come and visit Morzine outside of the peak seasons, we’re still running our airport transfers, so it couldn’t be easier.

The Ski-Lifts Team

Posted: 7/15/2014 9:39:21 AM by Richard Smith | with 0 comments

 Montreux Jazz Festival

Forget Glastonbury and the UK festival scene this summer and revisit Europe, where you’ll find some of the best music festivals are just a stone’s throw away.

Take in the cultural surroundings of a new destination and catch some incredible music. This summer there are some great names to be seen and some great festivals to get to.

In recent year’s music festivals in the mountains have been on the rise, such as Snowbombing in Mayrhofen and Rock The Pistes in the Portes Du Soleil, meaning when you’re on your skiing or boarding adventure you can team it with the fun and sounds of a music festival.

Snow + beer+ music = what more could you want? Exactly…but when it comes to the UK festival scene, you play weather roulette in the hope that you won’t be knee deep in mud. So, why not team your festival agenda with a bit of sightseeing this summer?

Venture forth to some new ground over in Europe for some more (let’s face it) reliable weather, and a taste of something different, here’s a few we think are worth a look…

Montreux Jazz Festival  4th-19th July 2014.
Montreux Jazz Festival Transfers
In its 48th year and clearly they are doing something right, there’s something for everyone here, so don’t be fooled by the name. Perfectly placed on the edge of Lake Geneva and surrounded by mountains, Montreux delivers on both scenery and serious line-ups. With 6 stages covering various genres and plenty of free music also available this is an event not to be missed. The festival runs for 2 weeks and you can purchase tickets for particular artists or areas, starting at around £40.

Who’s playing? Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, Lykke Li, Damon Albarn, Ed Sheeran, Outcast, Norma Jean Martine, Thomas Dutronc.

How do I get there? Transfers from Geneva Airport to Montreux take around one hour and are €38 per person (when 8 of you are travelling), you can book online directly with Ski-Lifts.

 Primavera, Barcelona 28th-31st May 2014.
Primavera Sound
The now legendary festival is known for its super friendly crowds and warm weather- this is surely a great excuse to go and see a fantastic city and squeeze in your summer music hit.  Set by the sea just 20 minutes from the city centre you’re likely to see most of the up and coming artists of the year, and some that will no doubt be big next year too.
Tickets are a steal in comparison to what some of the UK festivals ask, starting at just €195.

Who’s Playing? Arcade Fire, Pixies, Haim, SBTRKT, Foals, the National, Jagwa Ma, Hot Chip DJ set, Nine Inch Nails.

How do I get there? Located in the heart of Barcelona there is public transport running from the airport to the festival sight frequently. Or contact us and we will happily arrange private transfers for you.

BIG Festival in Biarritz will appeal to the surfers out there.
Transfers to the Big Festival in Biarritz
Running from the 16th to the 20th of July and only in its 6th year, this festival is just starting out, but here you can spend the day in the famous Biarritz surf and then head into the festival to catch some big headliners as well as some more local bands. The party goes on till late, with club nights open till dawn - however you might need to go out wearing your wetsuit to catch the morning surf! Some days are free but to catch the bigger headliners tickets are just €49.

Who’s Playing? Placebo, Metronomy, Flight Facilities, Cassius, Claptone.

How do I get there? Book you airport transfers from Biarritz airport with our sister company

The Garden Festival – Croatia. 2nd-9th July.
The Garden Festival
This boutique festival stands out in Croatia’s growing independent festival scene, set in Garden Tisno, this festival has got more of an electronic feel to it than its competitors and some really special additions. With a tiki bar, outdoor night club as well as a beach stage this festival is something special. But the highlights not to be missed are its Boat Party’s. The Garden Festival allows you to perfectly combine the best elements of a festival and your summer holiday in one breathtaking place.
Tickets start at £120 for a week’s pass.

Who’s playing? Eats Everything, Greg Wilson, Session Victim, Ben UFO, Midland, Jimmy B.

How do I get there? Book your flight to land in Split, coach transfers to local bus stations are available via the website, or contact us and we will arrange private transfers for you.

Posted: 5/12/2014 10:12:08 AM by Richard Smith | with 0 comments

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