Where is 2016 going? Can it be November already? I hope you've enjoyed a happy, healthy and prosperous year to date. I've certainly had a busy one and as ever some of the best is yet to come.
The Alps have already received some significant snowfalls and there's plenty more forecast in the days and weeks ahead. We must all keep our fingers crossed for that elusive white Christmas and an abundant start to the 2016/17 ski season after the disappointment of the last two years. If temperatures stay low and conditions remain for the next fortnight we can expect the best start to a season for over 30 years!
If that is not enough to tempt you out to the mountains then perhaps some of the new in-resort developments will do it. There is way too much to list it all but here are a couple of highlights:
Many a new lift will crank into action for the season, to include the Flexenbahn a connection from St Anton to Lech and Zurs making the Arlberg ski area the largest in Austria.
New and updated hotels will open their doors across the Alps. Check out Fahrenheit Seven in Val Thorens and the newly refurbished Les Peupliers in Courchevel Le Praz which has been upgrade to a four star.
Apres ski activities are set to push boundaries with Ischgl's new Skyfly offering a 2km zipwire ride down to the resort centre at 84km per hour.
Families will appreciate Meribel's improvements which include easier, safer beginner slopes, indoor picnic areas, outdoor relaxation areas, mountain animal themed pistes, a Yeti park and extra family entertainment in the school holidays.
Travel routes have been tweaked to include some new flights from the UK whilst others have been removed from last season's schedule.
Whilst the exchange rate is not so pleasing for the Brits this year there are plenty of great offers for hotels and chalets that will compensate for the Pound. Currently the very best offers can be found for December to include the festive period so why not consider a ski fix this side of the New Year. Whether you are looking for five star luxury or a more affordable home from home the perfect holiday is out there!
I'm here, ready and waiting to help. I'll trawl through the finer detail of the information above and supply you with some suitable accommodation suggestions. We can then create your holiday to include all essential elements for your ideal trip. I look forward to hearing from you.