Snow Cats – a very decent proposal

Did you know that the owners of Independent Mountain - Jamie and Olivia Siegl also offer a bespoke marriage proposal setting service, right here in the Alps.

There is no Romantic Gesture too great that they cannot organise for you.

I think my favourite proposal that they have organised so far was for a lovely young couple whilst on a Ski Holiday in the Three Valleys.    This involved setting up a surprise Romantic proposal spot, complete with flowers and champagne, on top of a stunning snow capped mountain peak where  the young man could ask for his young ladies hand in Marriage.

Sadly, the couple’s 2 beloved pets could not come on  this particular  romantic ski break with them and share the most magical moment when she said “i do!”  so Jamie and Olivia were asked if they could recreate 2 animals to represent their absent friends… et Voila.   2 very EPIC Snow Cats were born….

What a talented pair they are (Jamie and Olivia i mean. Cannot comment on the Snow Cats as they have since melted into Snow Cat heaven..)

 

IXS Swiss Downhill Cup 2009 #3

verbier-bike-track3rd leg of the Swiss Downhill Cup
August 28-29-30 2009

Last chance for the riders to score some points before the final of the Cup in Bellwald.

It will be also the opportunity to discover once again this pist and try to beat the time of the best riders of the European Cup.

More than 250 riders are expected.

During this period of holidays, the public will also be present to support the best swiss riders.

See what the riders were put through last year click here

For accommodation in Verbier, Click here

A very musical summer programme for Les Carroz

concerts-les-carrozThere are free concerts every weekend throughout the summer as well as plenty of wonderful family shows to delight children, parents and grandparents, with clowns, games and activities on the village square, especially pedestrianised for this summer in the mountains…

 

See the full Summer programme

For accommodation in Les Carroz, click here

Verbier Named 2009′s Best European Ski Resort

The Great Skiing and Snowboarding Guide has named Verbier “2009′s Best European Ski Resort’.” This is in recognition of the many improvements that have been made in terms of the resort’s tourist facilities and ski runs.Verbier

The Guide also saluted the cuisine of the L’Olympique restaurant, which was named “Best Mountain Restaurant 2009.” Verbier has also won back a star in the famous Michelin Guide. The critics of the famous gourmet’s reference have recognised the talent of Marco Bassi from La Table d’Adrien restaurant, Verbier, by awarding him a star.

Skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of the more regular public transport links between Verbier and Le Chable this winter. Verbier Tourist Office says: “After the success enjoyed last winter by buses running in the evening between Verbier and Le Chable, the Bagnes municipal authorities and the postal coach service have decided to reinforce this service with four extra daily connections throughout the week.”

The neighbouring ski resort of Le Chable is a relatively small village located at 850 metres. The resort has direct access to 150 kilometres of pistes served by 38 lifts. Many skiers and snowboarders to Verbier find Le Chable a cheaper option in terms of accommodation and dining.

 

Click here for self catered accommodation in Verbier

Click here for catered accommodation in Verbier

Click here for special offers in Verbier

Verbier Specials

The season isn’t yet over, we now have two complete chalets still available for NEXT WEEK, and we have just published a HALF PRICE Last Minute price of only £385 per person.

Here are our current offers:


n 28th March
now discounted from £775 to just £385 per person (Chalet Merri and Chalet Alice both available (both sleep 8).

Bedroom


n 4th April now discounted from £730 to just £425 per person (double room available in Chalet Maretse).

n 11th April now discounted from £520 to just £425 per person. Chalet Alice – 6 places    Chalet Maretse – 10 places

n No Empty Bed Supplement with parties of 5 or more.

n Free week of morning instruction, plus free ski and boot hire, (worth up to £205) for one member of a party if 6 or more are booked.

Chalet Merri, VerbierChalet Merri, Nendaz. Sleeps 8

Would any of you be interested in a luxury catered chalet holiday in Switzerland’s largest ski region, at a great discounted price?

These chalets have hot tubs, two of them have saunas, and all are extremely well equipped with trimmings such as Egyptian cotton bed linen, plush towelling bathrobes and slippers, DVD players, WiFi and iPod docks – and of course, a professional chef and a chalet manager to look after guests with excellent restaurant-quality cuisine. We provide a five star service, complete with free morning minibus shuttle service, free ski lockers beside the lift station and, if required, a nanny service for younger family members.

Please click on the links to read more about each Chalet or email me claire_v@independentmountain.com to book!!!

Why Les Carroz?

Top 5 most popular resorts for UK Skiers : Source ski club of GB
           
1 Val D’isere        
2 Courchavel        
3 Meribel        
4 Les Arcs        
5 La Plagne        
           
1     More Km for your money
In Comparison to the top 5 resorts you get more Km per Euro in Carroz !
           
  Ski area sizes and lift pass prices : based on 07 prices from
    “Where to Ski and board” guide book
     
    size of ski area price of pass price per Km
         
  Val D’isere Espace Killy 300 192 1.56
  Courchavel 3 Valleys 600 210 2.86
  Meribel 3 Valleys      
  Les Arcs Paradise de Ski 420 229 1.83
  La Plagne Paradise de Ski      
           
  Les Carroz  Grand Massif 265 173 1.53
2       More piste per person 
Les Carroz is quieter I.e there are less tourist beds,  
   that  means that each person gets more Km of open piste per person !
           
  sourced from resort tourist  amount of tourist    
  offices   beds    
           
  Val D’isere   27665    
  Courchavel        
  Meribel   36000    
  Les Arcs   19000    
  La Plagne        
           
  Les Carroz   8000    

 

For accommodation in Les Carroz, Click here!

Tour de France in Verbier!!!

Running from Saturday July 4th to Sunday July 26th 2009, the 96th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,500 kilometres.

These 21 stages have the following profiles:

  • 10 flat stages,
  • 7 mountain stages,
  • 1 medium mountain stage,
  • 2 individual time-trial stages,
  • 1 team time-trial stage.

 

Distinctive aspects of the race

  • 3 mountain finishes,
  • 2 rest days,
  • 55 kilometres of individual time-trials,
  • 20 Category 1, Category 2 and highest level passes will be climbed.

 

8 new stop-over towns

Brignoles, Gérone (Espagne), Issoudun, Martigny (Suisse), Saint-Fargeau, Tonnerre, vatan, Verbier (Suisse).

 

 

 

 

 

15 High Mountains Sunday 19 July PontarlierVerbier Pontarlier > Verbier 207 km
R Rest Day Monday 20 July Verbier Verbier  
16 High Mountains Tuesday 21 July MartignyBourg-Saint-Maurice Martigny > Bourg-Saint-Maurice 160 km

To find out more about the Tour de France, Click Here

For accommodation in Verbier Click Here or email your requirements at claire_v@independentmountain.com

Specials not to be missed! fr£399 inc flights and transfers!

14 March
£399 inc flights and transfers – LTW/Chambery 
Topaz       – £399 pp inc F&T -  6 beds (3 doubles, 1 twin – all en suite)
Baikal 1    – £399 pp inc F&T – 10 beds (2 doubles, 3 twins)
Chanrossa- £399 pp inc F&T – 18 beds (6 Doubles, 3 Twins)
(deduct £100 for accomm only bookings)
 
21 March
£429 inc flights and transfers – LGW/Chambery
James       – £429 pp inc F&T  – 12 beds (1 double, 5 tiwns)
Beauvallon – £429 pp inc F&T – 4 beds (2 twins)
Topaz        - £429 pp inc F&T -     1 bed (1 twin )
Renoir        – £429 pp inc F&T  -12 beds (2 double, 3 twin, 1 bunk)
Baikal 1    – £429 pp inc F&T – 10 beds (2 doubles, 3 twins)
Chanrossa – £429 pp inc F&T – 18 beds (twins/doubles)
(deduct £100 pp for accomm only bookings)

Ultra-trail Tour du Mont-Blanc

from Tuesday 25 August 2009 to Sunday 30 August 2009Unique in its kind, this event crosses 3 countries on foot (France, Italy and Switzerland), covers 166 kilometres and 9,400 metres climb in one fell swoop. A race with a time limit of 46 hours, the current held record being 21 hours and 6 minutes.

The enthusiasm for this challenge has led to the creation of a second race, from Courmayeur in Italy to Champex in Switzerland and on to Chamonix – a mere 98 kilometres, 5600 metres positive elevation with a time limit of 26 hours.

And last but not least, a team event entitled La Petite Trotte à Léon to complete the picture: 220 km, 17 000 m positive elevation, time limit 100 hours.

- UTMB® : 166 km and 9 400 m of + altitude change – 46 h maxi
start Friday, August 28 at 18:30 in the center of Chamonix Mont-Blanc
- CCC® : 98 km and 5 600 m of + altitude change – 26 h maxi
start Friday, August 28 at 9:00 AM in the center de Courmayeur (Italie)
- TDS (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie) : 105km et 6700m of + altitude change
start Saturday, August 29 at 5:00 AM in the center of Chamonix Mont-Blanc
- La Petite Trotte à Léon : + 250 km, 18000 m of + altitude change
start during the night of August 25th in the center of Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Location : Chamonix.Organisation : Les Trailers du Mont-BlancPhone : +33(0)6 11 55 63 37E-mail : ultratrailmontblanc@yahoo.fr
For accommodation in Chamonix  Click here

TIGNES CHALLENGE

 

In August, for the first time, the French Alps will host an Intelligent Sport® event! Tignes will be welcoming some of the most prestigious French companies, including Adecco and IBM France, to the Tignes Challenge presented by La Tribune which will be taking place August 27th – 29th.

Guy Forget, former tennis champion and current French Davis Cup captain will also take part in the new and exciting Intelligent Sport® event with his own team of VIP’s.

 Intelligent Sport® is the fastest growing team development concept, in the world – specifically designed for business. It fuses high energy sports action with strategy and intelligence, specifically designed to inspire & motivate people and teams for business.
Sometimes it takes an extraordinary experience to achieve a real change in mindset / performance… Intelligent Sport® is highly respected for its effectiveness at engaging business people & teams.
Strategy and teamwork will be the key factors to success, however Tignes offers a variety of exhilarating activities in the summer season and is set to be the perfect place to push participants’ limits – all from 1550m to 3550m above sea level!

Register your team before  March 15th 2009 on tigneschallenge.com and challenge yourself to Guy Forget.

 

Tignes Challenge helps leading businesses to improve their performance by :

-          Engaging their workforce around an iconic event

-          Initiating collaboration between key teams and individuals

-          Building great relationships with key customers and partners

-          Fostering ‘high performance’ values & culture

It also gives a business focus for ensuring the wellbeing and motivation of its workforce throughout the year. From health & fitness initiatives, to team familiarisation & training days, internal PR and charity fundraising projects, the groundwork teams lay down together in the lead up to their challenge is in many ways as valuable as their performance at the event itself.

As many Intelligent Sport World SeriesTM events, Tignes Challenge will be broadcasted in a programme specifically designed to showcase great team performance in action! It generates valuable branded exposure and the chance for your teams to shine on the media.

For accommodation in Tignes click here