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  • Choose Aspen for your next family ski holiday!

    Thursday July 12, 2012 by Ellie Knowles

    Choose Aspen for your next family ski holiday!

    You may think of Aspen as being a glitzy, glamourous retreat favoured by the celebrity world and whilst it's definitely all of the above, many people do not realise that Aspen really is a great resort for all types of holiday maker, and none more so than young families. The childcare facilities in Aspen easily rival any resort in the Alps and come close to being the very best available. With fully trained nannies, a creative activity programme, excellent play facilities and great links with Aspen ski school, you really can relax knowing your child is being well looked after...in fact the only thing to worry about is that your child may be having more fun than you! 

    We are excited to introduce some incredible new chalets in Aspen to our portfolio, all of which are ideal for families, so now really is the perfect time to start planning your Aspen family ski holiday. For more information on the childcare and what's available, please do call Karen or Ellie on +44 1993 899 422

    In the meantime, here is a little taster of family friendly chalets available in Aspen. Have a look at the following -

    Tiehack Estate sleeps 15

    Chalet Antonia sleeps 10

    Ridge Run Estate sleeps 10

    Chalet Penny sleeps 10 + 2

  • New Year in St. Moritz

    Thursday June 28, 2012 by Mark Gibbins

    New Year in St. Moritz

    The resort of St. Moritz in Switzerland is renowned for its glitz and glamour, but it is a resort that should not be overlooked for some exceptional skiing. The mountain is vast and because a high percentage of visitors do not actually ski, it is relatively uncrowded during the busy weeks of the season.  The three linked ski areas provide much to suit all abilities from the rolling intermediate pistes of the Corviglia to the steep slopes and glacier of Diavolleza.

    One of my favourite quotes from a St. Moritz local…."I prefer not to take the gondola up the mountain with the other skiers, I arrange for a helicopter to drop me off at the top instead, it is much quicker!". Seems very logical to me.

    Chalets (your private home in the Alps!)
    The resort is better known for its hotels, but we have some great luxury chalets. One of our favourite hidden gems is the Chesetta in Silvaplana. It is one of our favourites, but most definitely the most luxurious and understated private luxury chalets available to rent in St. Moritz. The property is currently available from 20th December until 3rd January at the rate of CHF 170,000 on a fully catered basis.

    "Staying at Chesetta is not like a break in a five-star hotel, it's like staying with wealthy relatives who can't do enough to make you happy"  Financial News

    "The perfect escape for those in search of slope-side respite for all the family "  Harper's Bazaar

    Speak to Sarah in our chalet team to discuss a stay in Chesetta on +44 1993 899 421.

    Hotels, Hotels, Hotels!
    The resort is very well known for its iconic hotels such as the Badrutt's Palace, the recently renovated Carlton Hotel and newcomer Nira Alpina. All are great properties and very popular so get booked up months in advance. Ellie and Karen in our hotel team have the latest availability for luxury hotels in St. Moritz at their fingertips so give them a call on +44 1993 899 422 for more information. 

  • Paragliding and Mountain Biking at The Lodge, Verbier

    Tuesday June 26, 2012 by Karen Cabena

    Paragliding and Mountain Biking at The Lodge, Verbier

    A couple of us from the Oxford Ski Company have recently been out in Switzerland checking out the fantastic properties in our portfolio as well as getting the chance to experience what the Alps have to offer in the summer.  We stayed at Richard Branson's luxury chalet in Verbier called The Lodge - this was the perfect base from which to explore the resort.

    After a delicious breakfast at The Lodge we took the Medran lift up the mountain with our mountain bikes cleverly attached to the side of the cable car.  It was a great opportunity to be able to see the mountains in summer and looking across the green valleys up to the snow capped glacier above, the views were nothing short of spectacular! After a fun filled morning pedalling our way along mountain tracks and crossing streams, we arrived on top of the mountain to find a delicious picnic carefully prepared and laid out by friendly staff at The Lodge with cushions and blankets.  After enjoying the amazing views and tucking into our well deserved lunch, what better way to finish the morning than by paragliding down over the picturesque town of Verbier!  You can paraglide all year round in Verber, either from you feet in summer or on your skis come the winter.  Definitely an amazing experience and one we would highly recommend!

    The day was topped off by a hot and cold stone massage from the experienced, in-house masseur at The Lodge and then a BBQ with drinks on the terrace.  With superb facilities, a great location and a friendly, welcoming team, The Lodge is a perfect choice for your stay in Verbier be it in winter or summer. 

  • Cycle with an Olympian - The Mont Blanc Challenge!

    Tuesday June 26, 2012 by Mark Gibbins

    Cycle with an Olympian - The Mont Blanc Challenge!

    Fancy cycling with an Olympian in the year of the London Olympics? Well now you have the chance to thanks to Love Velo.  Graham Bell, five time Olympic skier and Ski Sunday presenter, will be leading the MWB Mont Blanc Challenge on 9th September 2012.

    The challenge will see cyclists ride 176km from Courmayeur to Chamonix over the Petit St Bernard, the Cormet de Roselend and other legendary Alpine cols with Graham Bell leading the riders.

    Love Velo are offering various weekend packages which include accommodation in an exclusive 4* luxury hotel in Courmayeur, airport transfers and race entry. Packages are from £699 per person for 3 nights and £499 per person for 2 nights (exclusive of flights). Love Velo are also offering a 10% discount on the advertised prices for any Oxford Ski customers who register their entry before 15th July 2012. Just insert coupon code "OxSki" at the checkout to redeem the offer. 

    Don't miss the opportunity of riding with an Olympian in an exclusive and bespoke sportif! For more information, call us on 01993 899 420. 

  • Top 10 Swimming Pools

    Monday June 18, 2012 by Sarah Kitching

    Top 10 Swimming Pools

    Many of the luxury ski chalets and hotels we feature have incredible spa facilities and swimming pools - perfect for easing aching limbs at the end of a day on the slopes.  Here are a few of our absolute favourite luxury ski chalets with swimming pools;

    1. L Raphael, Verbier, Switzerland
    2. Marco Polo, Val d'Isère, France
    3. Four Seasons Resort, Whistler, Canada
    4. The Art Chalet, Courchevel 1850, France
    5. Chalet White Pearl, Val d'Isère, France
    6. Aurelio Clubhouse, Lech, Austria
    7. Chalet Norte, Verbier, Switzerland
    8. Shemshak Lodge, Courchevel 1850, France
    9. Badrutt's Palace Hotel, St Moritz, Switzerland
    10. Dent Blanche, Verbier, Switzerland

    For more information on these luxury ski chalets or any other property in our portfolio, please get in touch with our chalet team on +44 1993 899 421 or make an online enquiry. 

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