Inghams North America Ski evening

Tonight I went along to London Rowing Club in Putney just around the corner from Inghams office. They often use this venue as it is so convenient for them and there are plenty of bus routes nearby

Inghams are experts in skiing both in Europe and North America and are the largest independent ski operator in the UK.

Tonights ski promotion was USA and Canada and although skiing is not my strong area of expertise, I wanted to learn more about the skiing aspect of the Canadian destinations which I am already familiar with after my visit last summer and to learn about the US destinateions and I did learn a lot from the evening. It was interesting to learn more about their unique selling points, features and surroundings and also to get a better idea of logistics and geography of the different regions

The main benefits of skiing in USA and Canada is that they have a much longer season than Europe, good English speaking instructors, flexible duration options, beautiful surroundings, a high standard of accommodation with good facilities and resort costs tend to be cheaper than Europe so even with the long flight the destinations still represent excellent value

Fairmont have amazing hotels in Western Canada and worldwide. I have stayed in quite a few Fairmont hotels in Canada and Singapore and have consistently found their service to be outstanding and Chateau Lake Louise is definitely one of the world’s best views from a hotel room. Also showcased were Banff Springs, Jasper Park Lodge, Chateau Whistler and Vancouver

British Airways and American Airlines have a Codeshare agreement under the One World umbrella giving them jointly a vast number of cbinations and possibilities to all the ski resorts and the rest if the world

Jackson Hole which has a beautiful setting close to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and a wild west town. Jackson is lucky enough to have it’s own airport. It also has the benefit of being suitable for all types of skiers and even families

Breckenridge is the highest resort in North America at 13000 metres. Breckenridge is well established as a ski resort and it also has a gold rush town with plenty of shops and restaurants

The other resorts represented were all in Canada. Marmot Basin Is in Jasper National Park, a picturesque setting and a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are three new chair lifts in Marmot Basin and the resort has runs suitable for all skiers and plenty of shops and restaurants

Tremblant is close to Montreal so flights times are shorter and easy to get to from the UK. Tremblant has snow from November to April. There is a pedestrian village with a definite French Canadian character. For non skiers there are many other activities

Banff and Lake Louise  and Norquay offer nearly 8000 acres of ski area from November to late May. This entire area is covered by the tri-area lift ticket. Banff is a bustling resort with plenty of shops and restaurants. There is a huge range of accommodation to suit all budgets and a regular shuttle bus into town. Lake Louise and Norquay are much smaller and quieter. Closest airport is Calgary

Whistler is close to Vancouver and easy to twin with a city break in Vancouver itself. A unique feature of Whistler and Blackcomb is the Twin Peaks cable car allowing you to ski on both mountains. Whistler village is pedestrianized and although purpose built it is quite pretty and there are plenty of shops

Fernie and Kimberley were not familiar to me at all before tonight. These are in the beautiful Kootenay region of Canada in British Columbia. Both resorts are family friendly with powder snow

There were some fabulous prizes for 10 lucky winners including flights, hotel stays and ski packs, thanks to the generosity of the North American suppliers many of whom came from across the pond to showcase their resorts

If you are interested in booking your ski holiday in North America or Europe please contact me 0845 058 7458 or email Cathie.odea@travelcounsellors.com.

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