Skiing from Gatwick Airport winter 2014-15

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Planning to hit the slopes? Here’s the APH guide to skiing from Gatwick Airport winter 2014-15. From beginners to experts we’ve got a destination for you.

We’re also looking at where to learn to ski in the UK, allowing you to try before you buy, along with an easy-to-read infographic covering the best options for all types of insurance that you’ll need.

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Great for beginners: Les Arcs, France

With its nursery slopes located just above each of the resort’s main villages, Le Arcs makes a great destination for beginners who are travelling from Gatwick in a party of more experienced skiers. The lift is free for those heading to the nursery runs, while there’s also a good progression of more advanced slopes as skill levels and confidence increase. The Brit-run New Generation ski school comes highly recommended and offers lessons for novice skiers and boarders with friendly English instructors. The resort has two centres, 1600 and 1800 on one side of the mountain, with Arc 2000 and the 1950 in a separate valley. All villages are traffic-free, while 1950 is considered to have the most ‘village-like’ feel of the quartet. The night life is fairly quiet, so the kids won’t be kept awake by the 24-hour partying of some resorts. 1600 and 1800 enjoy views across the valley to Mont Blanc, while 1950 and 2000 offer stunning vistas from their positions just beneath the Aiguille Rouge mountain.
How much for Jan 2015: £530.00pp, 7 nights self-catering (thomsonski.co.uk)
Six day lift pass: £215.00 (approx)

Great for intermediates: La Thuile, Italy

La Thuile: image courtesy of <a href="http://www.Inghams.co.uk" target="_new">Inghams.co.uk</a>

La Thuile: image courtesy of Inghams.co.uk

Located in Italy’s Aosta Valley, La Thuile combines easy slopes and reliable snow cover to create the perfect destination for intermediate skiers honing their skills. The slopes aren’t the most challenging, so will suit beginners as well as intermediates who aren’t looking to become the next downhill champ any time soon. Intermediates will enjoy the gentle reds, with some glorious cruises of up to seven miles in length. In fact, there’s a good dose of vanity rating going on, with many of the reds really deserving of no more than a blue grade. However, if your skill levels improve significantly, the area links to La Rosière in France where steeper sunnier runs will offer more of a challenge. La Thuile is built from a collection of modern buildings, but cross the river into the old town and you’ll be able to enjoy the authentic Italian atmosphere you’ve travelled to enjoy.
Six day lift pass: £160.00 (approx)
How much for Jan 2015: £545.00pp, 7 nights self-catering (inghams.co.uk)

Great for budget skiing: Les Deux-Alpes, France

While ‘skiing’ and ‘budget’ are rarely used in the same sentence, it is possible to choose carefully and shave some cash from your jolly on the slopes. A good example of this is Les Deux-Alpes, where high-altitude skiing comes at a decidedly down-to-earth price. Spend your day traversing the slopes at 2300m, or head to the glacier extending to 3400m. Snow cover is usually excellent, even as lower sunnier resorts are turning to slush. The town itself lies at the base of the slopes and offers a large amount of affordable accommodation and a vibrant apres ski. However, the plentiful accommodation which helps drive the prices down also has the less beneficial effect of driving up demand resulting in busy lifts and crowded pistes. Experts will love the off-piste action, intermediates will soon run out of options, but beginners will enjoy the nursery slopes – which are gentle and spacious – and a good selection of easy long runs on the glacier.
Six day lift pass: £180.00 (approx)
How much for Jan 2015: £420.00pp, 7 nights self-catering (crystalski.co.uk/)

Great for experts: Chamonix, France

Fancy some off-piste action... head to the Aiguille du Midi: <a href="http://wikitravel.org/en/File:Aiguille-du-Midi-summer.jpg" target="_new" style="color: #aeabab">image credit</a>

Fancy some off-piste action… head to the Aiguille du Midi: image credit

A traditional-style mountain town, which affords stunning views of peaks and ranges that include the Mont Blanc massif. The skiing is just as impressive, with expert skiers enjoying a plethora of off-piste terrain to explore. Buy the Mont Blanc Unlimited pass and unlock a gateway to the Aiguille du Midi, Les Houches and the Grands Montets cable car. From here you can head to the following…
Argentière/Les Grands Montets: at1250m to 3275m with nine lifts and 29km of pistes for glacier skiing and a couple of challenging black runs.
Le Tour/Vallorcine: From 1265m to 2270m, with 11 lifts and 29km of pistes. Described as an attractive area with gentle wide slopes and good snow, it provides the perfect location to start your off-piste skiing career.
Aiguille du Midi:1035m to 3842m, with two lifts and no pistes. The famous Vallée Blanch offers an unpatrolled and unmarked off-piste playground, which descends through glaciers back to Chamonix. One for the more experienced skiers, the long and visually stunning cruise is punctuated by dangerous sections between yawning crevasses.
Six day Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass: £225.00 (approx)
How much for Jan 2015: £558.00pp, 7 nights self-catering (inghams.co.uk)



Try before you buy… UK ski slopes

Thinking about heading to the mountains for your first experience on the slopes? Why not see if it’s really for you by trying out your snow-legs at one of the UK’s many indoor/dry ski centres? Find the closest one to you with our interactive map. Simply hover over each location to get more details.



Insure before you ski

Find out how much some of the big insurers will charge for your peace of mind as you hit the slopes this season…

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