Author: Kevin

Arcalis Resort Guide

Resort Profile Arcalis has no village at the resort base station, with the nearest acommodation at El Serrat (7kms away) and Ordino (15kms away), so it is very much a day-trippers and weekender’s resort. The attractive base station houses two large resaturants, snack bar, two bars, kindergarten and creche facility. There is afree 150 baby drag lift for up to 6 year olds. A shuttle bus also connects to the middle station where base station activities such as ski and board hire, ski school booking, and lift pass sales are also duplicated. Resort Statistics   Resort Height 1940m Top Station 2550m Bottom Station 1940m Vertical Descent 610m Drag Lifts 9 Chair lifts 2 High Capacity 1 Opens Early/mid – mid/end April Expert Rating 3 Intermediate Rating 7 Beginner Rating 8 Apres-Ski Rating 3 Snow Reliability 7 Mountain Info ‘Arcalis’ main ski area centres around two valleys which form a U-shape. The main valley, the Cercle d’Arcalis is a big bowl shaped area with trees lining one side and which accomodates most of the lifts. The central ridge offers two good north facing steeper, longer runs. Otherwise there are a fair variety of longer blue and red runs which link in to the second valley, the Cercle de la Coma. The snow cover is usually very good and said to be among the best in the Pyrenees and is a...

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Taos Ski Resort Guide

General Information The thought of skiing New Mexico doesn’t conjure up visions of powder runs, but it should! Taos Ski Valley is one the best kept secrets in the US. The mountain offers a great variety of terrain for all levels of skiing as well as an impressive cultural and artistic history that few other ski areas can offer. It’s a unique blend that permeates both the ski area and the charming, characterful town. The snow here tends to be that light, fluffy stuff that we love and if Mother Nature isn’t making it happen, they have plenty of snowmaking on hand! Experts, intermediates, and beginners will all find what they are looking for here- good skiing without the crowds. Taos is still a skiing only mountain, so if you are an avid snowboarder, you need to go elsewhere or take a break from the board to be on this mountain. The hospitality and friendliness of the area permeates. The people who live and work in Taos want you to love it as much as they do. And that’s easy to do! It’s a great destination: unique, challenging, classy, and fun. Why Go There? Why Go Elsewhere? Something completely different from other ski resorts Incredible terrain Small and intimate One of the best ski schools around Smallish ski area 20 minutes drive from town to ski area No snowboarding...

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Are Resort Guide

Resort Profile The World Cup resort of Are in the north of Sweden’s Jamtland is a small, traditional and pretty town with one or two more modern hotels but mainly typical colourful wooden buildings, and more accommodation strung out along the picturesque valley. There are four large ski areas all on the single lift pass to make for Sweden’s most extensive ski area. Pistes are above and below the tree line and although there is some quite challenging runs higher up, it is generally best suited to intermediates, beginners, mixed ability groups and families. It is also well suited to a relaxing mixed activity break with reindeer sleighrides, dog sledding, a reindeer centre, paragliding, floodlit tobogganing, snowmobiling on the frozen lake and the village itself is quite well served with shops and 17 restaurants in the main village, and a good selection of bars. Typically the Swedes offer smiling service and genuine courtesy, but Swedish visitors do like to let their hair down off the slopes and some of the bars and clubs do get surprisingly lively of an evening, and the after ski fun starts as early as 1500hrs. Resort Statistics   Resort Height 400m Top Station 1274m Bottom Station 400m Vertical Descent 880m Drag Lifts 24 Chair lifts 4 High Capacity 6 Opens Nov – May Expert Rating 9 Intermediate Rating 10 Beginner Rating 6 Apres-Ski Rating...

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Meribel Ski Resort Guide

Meribel or ‘Coeur des Trois Vallees’ is the central stationas the nickname represents (heart of the 3 valleys) of what a lot of people claim to be the largest link ski area in the world, the 3 valleys. These 3 valleys consist of Courchevel, Meribel and the Val Thorens Valley, in the tarentaise region. Meribel was part of the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics when it hosted the Ladies down hill, and the Ice Hockey which stimulated the renovation of the aptly named ‘olympic centre’. Widely renowned with skiers as providing something for everyone with the altiport providing an excellent base for learner skiers and boarders, whilst areas around the top of Saulire, and the highest point of Meribel, Mont Du Vallon, provide excellent steep reds and black slopes to keeper even the most competent skier entertained. Add this to a huge selection of off-piste and you start to understand why Meribel and the 3 valleys such a high reputation. With 2 snow parks which have been developed over the past couple of years with the newly designed DC Park which has attracted pro-riders to Meribel, the resort is setting itself a free style station for all types of disciplines. With specialist park riding sessions organised by independent ski schools throughout the seasons, it is at the heart of developing free style skiing and snowboarding. Guests are attracted to Meribel...

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Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Guide

General Information Lake Tahoe offers skiers anything and everything they are looking for. Want a nice resort for the family? No problem, Northstar’s your answer. Want a crazy nightlife and easy access to awesome skiing? Bingo, Heavenly’s your ticket. Want to stay in a charming mountain town without the commercialisation you might find at typical resorts? Perfect for you are Incline Village or Tahoe City. Bottom line is that the collection of ski areas and towns are close enough together making exploring fun and easy, yet each area is distinctive and unique. You’ll see the differences between Kirkwood and Squaw, Alpine Meadows and Sierra. And you’ll love ’em all for it! The ski areas are very popular on holiday weekends with skiers from L.A., San Francisco, and Sacramento but weekdays, the resorts can feel empty. Take your pick from the areas each day so that you can sample all of the terrain. Beginners and intermediates will prefer Northstar or Sierra at Tahoe but most of the areas offer a nice variety of terrain. Squaw and Heavenly boast some of the best advanced and extreme skiing in the US, but don’t overlook Kirkwood and Alpine Meadows! Both resorts get great powder and tend to be less crowded since they aren’t as well known (YET!). Why Go There? Why Go Elsewhere? Tremendous skiing Incredible scenery Inexpensive accommodation Range of activities for...

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