Accessing foreign currency for a skiing holiday

When you’re out in the mountains on a ski holiday, the last thing that you want to be dealing with is the hassle (not to mention the expense) or exchanging cash or trying to access funds back home. When apres calls… you certainly don’t want to be stuck on the other line trying to unblock your card! So we’ve teamed up with the folks at Travelex to bring you a few tips on how to ensure you don’t get bogged down by money matters when you’re abroad. Paying for accommodation You can pay for ski lodging online using a credit card, but this can restrict the options available to you, as many property owners will only accept wired payments. Plus, the poor exchange rate and charges applied on these transactions mean you can end up paying over the odds.

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Fieber Pitch

Perfect powder and freeride fun in Fieberbrunn Pulling into the parking lot in Fieberbrunn on a cold and clear-skied February morning seems to have caused a rather weird sense of spatial displacement. Having driven past family-friendly SkiWelt and it’s sprawl of intermediate slopes, and glimpsed Kitzbühel’s Hahnenkamm in the distance – perhaps the most famous race course of all, it feels as if we’ve just arrived in Revelstoke or Jackson Hole. The parking lot is full of skiers hoisting monstrous powder skis over their shoulders and marching purposely towards the lifts in ski suits so bright they make your retinas ache.

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You’re so Flaine, I bet you think this blog is about you

Filming trips. Sometimes challenging, usually fun, always a lot of work. The week I had in Flaine before Christmas was a mixture of all three. I was there to showcase a new Ski Club venture, Chalet Freshtracks.  The Ski Club has run their holiday programmes for many years, but it’s the first time they’ve taken over a chalet for a whole season, so the task of filming it and finding out more about the area, landed on my desk.  Not the toughest assignment in the world, I’ll admit, but you’re never quite sure what the mountain and the weather will throw at you.

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Tales From The Lodge – Part 2: Henry is on Fire!

Ever wanted to leave city life behind and head for the mountains? Mark has done exactly that, joining Venture Ski (a ChaletManager client) as a Resort Manager. In this series of blogs we’ll be taking a “behind the scenes” look at what it takes to run a chalet… from keeping the guests smiling to getting out on the slopes. Whoa… this is crazy. My feet have hardly touched the ground and now it’s January already! No sooner had we all been bundled off the minibus from Geneva airport and, I have to say, given a very nice welcome party from the senior management (including a few beers and canapés!) than we started the dreaded training week!  Who would have thought that cooking, cleaning, laying a table and serving food would require so much detail and thought?

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