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SkiEurope in the Press 2004



This is an updated list of the latest press mentions that SkiEurope had in daily newspapers, magazines, newsletters or on websites. Click on one of the titles below to select the article you wish to read


Winter Glamland

Sacramento Bee (December 26, 2004) by Janet Fullwood - And if you think Americans with anemic dollars can’t afford the good life, think again: Ski packages from the United States – negotiated before the dollar’s fall – can be had this season from about $1,500, including round-trip airfare, seven nights’ lodging at a three-star hotel. Check with Houston–based Ski Europe at (713) 960-0900 or www.ski-europe.com.

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Braving the spires of Chamonix

Los Angeles Times (December 12, 2004) by Grace Lichtenstein - With an exchange rate of about $1.35 to one euro, a package tour may be the most economical way to ski in France. Ski Europe, 1535 W. Loop South, Suite 319, Houston, TX 77027: (800) 333-5533, http: //www.ski-europe.com. Packages available Jan 14-22 or Jan 21-29 for $1,060 per person, double occupancy, including airfare from LAX to Geneva, ground transfers in Europe, seven nights in a moderately priced hotel with breakfast daily, local taxes and service charges.

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The Italian Job

Ski Canada Magazine (December 2004) by George Koch - Nearest airport is Torino (Turin), about 90 minutes’ drive by freeway and two-lane secondary highway. Milan, about four hours’ drive from Sestriere, has superior international air service. Ski Europe package including return airfare to Turin, Italy, seven nights’ hotel accommodation in four-star slopeside Hotel Cristallo in Sestriere, breakfast and dinner daily at the hotel, seven-day rental car, C$2,155 Toronto departure, C$2,590 Vancouver departure (local/European taxes included, Canadian taxes extra). For more information contact www.ski-europe.com.

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Smooth Operators

SKI Magazine (November 2004) by Everett Potter - For first-timers heading across the pond, the question of where to go can be mind-boggling. Operators such as Ski Europe organize hundreds of vacations to Europe to resorts large and small. They have price-driven packages that defy the current week dollar and make a ski trip to Europe as attractively priced as one to the Rockies. But more importantly, says Daniela Gugliotta, Ski Europe’s marketing manager, "Most of our staff is European, or they've spent a lot of time at the resorts. And when people call, they want personal recommendations. We can give that to them."

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St. Moritz, Winter Sports began in late 1800s

The Houston Chronicle (October 17, 2004) by Harry Shattuck - Tours that include airfare and lodging are cost-savers, too. One weeklong Ski Europe package from Houston in January costs only $1,295 per person. St Moritz doesn’t fit the image of a romantic “Heidi-style” Swiss village. Instead of wood chalets, you’ll find lots of concrete, steel and glass. And no cows parade through the streets dragging bells as in Zermatt, another favorite Swiss ski resort.

For practical purposes, there are two distinct districts – St. Moritz-Dorf, home to the fanciest shops and lodgings (except the Kempinski) and the more budget-friendly St. Moritz-Bad. They are connected by public buses and walkways. Although you’ll hear German, Italian, French and the local Romansch language, almost everyone here understands English.

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The Great Unknown

Acura Magazine (Fall 2004) by Claire Walter - Imagine taking one winter vacation to 14 ski resorts in two countries, with 288 marked slopes, untold off-piste acres, eight terrain parks, and more than 200 ski-lifts – without having to move from one hotel to another. Such is Portes du Soleil-French for “portals to the sun,” but in truth, synonymous with access to skiing, and more skiing. Billed as the world’s largest domain, it is truly a place where you can spend a week and hardly ever retrace your own ski tracks.

This vast ski region straddling the Franco-Swiss border comprises ancient Alpine villages, built-for-skiing mid-mountain resorts, and former farming hamlets where lifts now converge. You make your way from one to another by following coded signs that mark groomed circuits geared to specific ability levels from novice to expert. And if you tire of the groomers, you can drop into power bowls, mogul fields, and challenging chutes for an extra adrenaline rush. www.ski-europe-com (800)333-5533.

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Hot Right Now: Courmayeur, Italy
Condé Nast Traveler – (March 2004) by Caroline Binham - For a European-style ski break, head to the oldest ski resort in the Italian Alps, Courmayeur, in the Valle d'Aosta. Peak-season crowds can overrun the postcard-perfect slopes and the town's cobblestoned streets, studded with chic emporia. But by early March the prices and visitor numbers are down, making it an ideal time to arrive, especially as the month's average snowfall—85 inches—is Courmayeur's greatest. The 62.5 miles of mostly intermediate pistes promote style over substance, in keeping with the Italian tradition of looking good at all times. Book a package trip through Ski Europe (713-960-0900; www.ski-europe.com).
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Skiing outside the box
Tahoe Daily Tribune – (March 18, 2004) by Curtis Fong - The West Region of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association, to which I serve as president, and Ski Europe, put together a media tour this past February and I was fortunate to partake in this very fine European ski adventure. Our destinations included Champery, Switzerland and the legendary Chamonix, France, with a day trip to Courmayeur, Italy, and day in Verbier, Switzerland. It was a dream ski adventure that one could not pass up. Ski Europe, based out of Houston, Texas, is a 17-year old professional travel and tour company specializing in European winter vacations for individuals or groups to 60 resorts in six different European countries. Whether you're a veteran traveler or a first timer to Europe, Ski Europe can help make all the arrangements.
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Puttin’ on Moritz: A skier’s journey in Switzerland
The Scarsdale Enquirer – (March 5, 2004) by Dan Grabel - The Swiss franc, identified as CHf, is the currency of the realm, although they'll condescend to accept Euros, which the rest of the continent uses as legal tender. The CHf is worth 80 cents American. Our trip was organized by SkiEurope, which is located in Houston. It arranges individual and group travel to 60 resorts in Europe, winter and summer. For information, call (800)333-5533 or www.Ski-Europe.com.
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Skiing Switzerland/Engelberg
Harrison Report – (February 20, 2004) by Dan Grabel - Our trip was organized by Ski Europe, which has been taking Americans to European destinations for the past 17 years. It arranges individual or group travel to six alpine countries: Andorra, Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. It is headquartered in Houston and you can get information by phone at 800-333-5533 or on the web at www.ski-europe.com. If you have specific demands, you can use their SkiMatcher program, which recommends resorts, with details on 40 topics. The printout guide can run 20 pages. They have the nitty-gritty on 60 European ski destinations.
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Swiss destination a sure eye-opener
The Record – (February 12, 2004) by Mitch Kaplan - A European ski trip goes well beyond sliding on snow. It's a cultural exchange that, as with most travel, expands your world. Oh, and one more thing about Engelberg: While I saw shops selling trinkets and souvenirs, I didn't see one T-shirt shop. Talk about cultural differences. American ski tour operators who can supply information on Engelberg or Swiss skiing include: SkiEurope (800)333-5533, www.Ski-Europe.com ...
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Skiing Europe
The Hour – (February 12, 2004) by Al Harvey - What really made the journey easy though, considering the problems of traveling with heavy bags and skis, was a luggage handling operation called Flyrail that was arranged by SkiEurope, the company that booked our trip. Once we checked our luggage in at JFK we never saw it again until it arrived in our rooms in Engelberg.
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Skiing Swiss Alps a whole new world
The Gloucester Daily Times – (February 7, 2004) by Dave Sartwell - It is hard to describe how beautiful the mountains of Switzerland are. No postcard or picture can capture the majesty of the views that assault you at every turn. You can travel here for about the same amount of money that a trip to the Rockies can cost and be skiing in some of the best resorts in the world. For more information on the Engadine Valley contact www.pontresina.com or www.Stmoritz.ch. To make arrangements for a trip contact www.Ski-Europe.com.
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Swiss ski adventure memorable

The Recorder – (February 5, 2004) by Phil Johnson - Also, the part of the trip that was not a family visit was under the watchful eye of an experienced tour coordinator, who made certain that transfers and accomodations went smoothly and without surprise. However, my experience is by no means unique, and is something that could be equaled by anyone with the time and interest. The tour operator who coordinated our plans was SkiEurope / SkiCanada, (www.Ski-Europe.com), a Houston, Texas-based ski-travel-only firm that has been in business since the mid-1980s.

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No words good enough for this type of skiing

The Gloucester Daily Times – (January 31, 2004) by David Sartwell - I do have one complaint, however. In all of the days we were skiing in Switzerland I never heard a single person yodel (except for me, of course). For more information on skiing in the Engelberg region, visit the Web site - www.engelberg.ch. For information on how to book a ski trip to Switzerland, contact SkiEurope at www.ski-europe.com.

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What's The Deal?

WashingtonPost.com – (January 11, 2004) by Carol Sottili - Spend a week in the ski center of Austria for about $150 more than the price of airfare alone with a deal by Ski Europe (800-333-5533, www.ski-europe.com). The Feb. 20-28 package costs $725 and includes round-trip air on Lufthansa from Dulles to Innsbruck, seven nights at the three-star Hotel Tautermann, buffet breakfasts and local taxes. Air taxes of about $130 per person are extra. Airfare for late February weekends is currently running about $707, and the hotel is typically $101 a night.

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