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World Business: Year Round Revenue Streams for Ski Resorts 17/09/10

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World Business: The European ski season is nearly upon us, but the recession has hit the industry hard. Visitor numbers were down last season, while running costs rose. So many resorts have been looking to additional revenue streams in the off season, to offset the drop in winter income.

Reporter: Chris Bockman

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September 27th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Ski the Canadian Rockies – Banff and Lake Louise Canada

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Banff and Lake Louise Canada offer a variety of ski and snowboard terrain spread over three world-class ski resorts in the Canadian Rockies.

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September 25th, 2010 at 7:08 am

Puy Saint Vincent: Homely Lively!

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Great ski (and snowboard) guaranteed Puy Saint Vincent is part of the Grande Galaxie Ski Area. Because of that, it is possible to access over 200 runs or trails as one ski pass allows you to ski and snowboard any of the La Grave, Les Deux Alpes, Briancon or Serre Chevalier ski resorts. Some pistes are above 2500 meters, thereby making skiing and snowboarding (in the snow park) conditions possible for a much longer season than on the lower runs. There’s 60 km of down hills and an equal number of cross-country trails in the resort. Snowboarders will find a fun park fully equipped with jumps and slides. With over 15 ski lifts and one going as high as 2750 meters, you days will certainly be full! The bigger part of the resort’s residences and hotels are at an altitude of around 1400 meters. In addition, most accommodations are amply attired, to take care of your children while you go down more demanding pistes in the afternoon. If you want to avoid the turmoil of overcrowded ski resorts, then Puy Saint Vincent is quite calm compared to its neighbours. It has been a well kept secret among ski vacationers for quite some time now. Savvy skiers and snowboarders know how hard it is to find such great ski conditions in an uncongested resort offering the following: 2 black runs, 12 red runs, 14 blue runs and 6 green runs, all easily accessible from Puy Saint Vincent proper. A resort all about sports You will not find tons of apres-ski offers in Puy Saint Vincent, there is not much of a nightlife, but neither will you probably hear any loud drunken foreigners while you try to recuperate from your day on the slopes. And conditions are perfect for joyful and singular exterior activities. Try paragliding or, if you prefer to have both your feet on the ground, then try a snowshoe trail adventure or a dog sled ride. If you are in need of flat surfaces after spending hours going up and down, try the outdoor ice skating rink. And if you like motor sports, then you can go on quad or snowmobile rides. You can also go ice cascades (waterfalls) climbing. In short, if you want your days to be fuller than full with various assorted outdoor activities, then Puy Saint Vincent is the place to pick for your next ski holidays. And other than the slopes, some restaurants and bars can be found in Puy Saint Vincent, but don’t expect any dancing to partying. But of course, after a very exhausting day, there are plenty of accom modation options where you can rest your weary head, and legs… and arms. Here, a day of enjoyment leads to a night of quiet rest. A resort for all ages When Junior is ready to try your favourite sport, there are some great nursery runs for beginners in the resort. There are also a few good ski schools to choose from. If most of the slopes are for the middle-grade, intermediate skiers and experts alike will have a few days of good runs. Honestly, there might not be enough runs to keep a family of six fully challenged for more than a week though but since Puy Saint Vincent is bordering the Les Ecrins National Park, the whole family will indeed find interesting additional activity options there. In addition to being part of the Galaxie ski area, Puy Saint Vincent, France is really two resorts in one. You’ll find a newer resort town built at 1600 meters and the older village at 1400 meters. There are seven snow cannons and the ski lifts are able to carry nearly 14,000 skiers and boarders per hour. But even during the peak season, Saint Vincent, France, is unlikely to see hoards amassing to such an extent. So for your next vacations, if you wish to get away in the wilderness, without crowds and with great skiing or snowboarding opportunities, you now know that Puy Saint Vincent is the place to be. But keep the secret!

jamiehanson
http://www.articlesbase.com/travel-articles/puy-saint-vincent-homely-lively-689957.html

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September 22nd, 2010 at 1:57 am

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