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Gay Ski Val D’isere, France

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Val d’Isère

is a commune of the Tarentaise Valley, in the Savoie department (Rhône-Alpes region) in southeastern France. It lies 5 km (3 mi) from the border with Italy.

The western and central areas of Val d’Isère are most recognizable by their “chalet” architecture, while in the eastern part of the town high-rise architecture dominates the landscape. Along with nearby Tignes the area forms part of the “l’Espace Killy“, the self-titled “Most Beautiful Ski Area in the World”.[citation needed]

The Pissaillas Glacier offers summer skiing, as well as the usual winter fare. Snow cannon are placed on certain slopes to accommodate heavy skiing. The ski slopes themselves are equipped with a high-volume gondola, able to transport standing skiers, the funicular Funival from La Daille via a tunnel to the top of Bellevarde, traditional chair lifts—some with windshields and many detachable, button/disc-pulls and tow-ropes. There are both groomed slopes and backcountry (off-piste) skiing. The slopes’ difficulty levels are particularly high. However, as in Tignes there are wide, easily navigable pistes for those of the beginner-intermediate level as well. Its extensive off-piste facilities include guides for safety reasons; reviews are generally favourable.

Tignes possesses more of the same, with a funicular shuttling skiers up through one of the mountains to the Grande Motte glacier. A free shuttle bus runs between the villages in the valley, providing free transport throughout the towns of Val d’Isère and La Daille.

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Whistler Blackcomb…Skiing in a Snowglobe!

 Last year was the first time I was ever skiing. I was actually quite amazed by the views! It was like being inside of a snowglobe! We were in Andorra , and to see for 5 miles, and all these tiny people moving about, was really cool!

Last week I found this video on YouTube.

A day in the life of a miniature Whistler , the biggest little ski area in the world. This video documents a bird’s eye view of teeny, tiny Whistler Village and surrounding Whistler Blackcomb mountains, making it a real life snow globe.

It is by Switchback Entertainment .


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Finding The Best Travel Deals For Your Gay Ski Week With SnowTrax.com

Winter is  here,
and the holiday season
is well underway
.

What wintertime treat is my personal favorite, you ask?  Eggnog?  Fresh cut pine trees? The gifts? Not even close.

The answer is skiing. What could be greater than speeding down a mountain over smooth, fresh, powdery snow?

This time of year,
 many people start thinking
about a  gay ski week  getaway! 



Telluride; Utah; Andorra; Switzerland!    Where to go?  So many choices!

How do you pick? Well for starters, if you are traveling in the US or Canada, there is a great new search engine.  A  search engine that works the same way users actually think. SnowTrax   helps you choose a ski destination based on whatever qualities matter to you – whether you’re craving expert-level steeps or family-friendly cruisers. “We can point you towards the mountains you will enjoy, applying our insider wisdom to suggest resorts based on terrain style, snow quality, après ski scene, and more.”



Even better, they help  you hunt down the absolute top value ski package by searching multiple mountains simultaneously. That’s right: uncover surprising travel deals by comparing to-the-minute fares at multiple ski destinations. Why pay more for a driving-distance hotel near Park City than a slopeside chalet at Vail? Choose your destination wisely by finding the cheapest mountains to fly to and the top value ski lodging option.

Diehard fan of Deer Valley? Addicted to Ajax? Even if you have sworn allegiance to one resort, Snow Trax will still rock your world. Compare hotels based on their proximity to ski lifts and bus stops – “we’ve painstakingly mapped the location of ski lifts and shuttle bus stops so you can judge hotels accordingly. View prices for the cheapest flights and the flights that will get you more time on the slopes – we’ll show you flights that can buy you an extra day of skiing in addition to the cheapest fare. Whether you prioritize convenience or savings, SnowTrax gives you all the tools so you can ski smart this season.”


SOON you will be able to search the world with Snow Trax  . At the moment, it’s just the US and Canada.


Key features include:

Multi-destination searches: compare packages at 5+ ski resorts simultaneously.




  •     Vacation optimization: view cheapest flight vs. flight that gives you the most on-mountain time

  •     Precise location of lodging: organize hotel results by the exact distance from lifts and shuttle stops

  •       Insider insight: find your ski resort match using our extensive filter system, based on up-to-date statistics and expert opinion

  •     Real-time pricing: SnowTrax displays to-the-minute rates; no price quotes required

 


 So where are you going to go? Let us give you some ideas:


 


Aspen Gay Ski Week will be in it’s 34th year in 2011!
January 16-23, 2011


New England’s Hottest Gay Ski Week
Stowe Vermont Gay Ski Week 2011 – Winter Rendezvous 2011
Jan. 19 through 23 in 2011


Winter Pride- Whistler Gay Lesbian Ski Week
January 30th-February 6th, 2011
GayWhistler.com is a year-round promoter of Whistler to the gay and lesbian community and produces and promotes GayWhistler ski week, WinterPRIDE every year.


As the “Top Gay Ski Week” in the country, as ranked by Gay.com, T-11 is back and better than ever. 
Telluride, Colorado.  February 26th- March 5th, 2011


16th year, the wild and rockin’ winter sports celebration known as Lake Tahoe WinterFest takes place 
March 6 through March 12 in 2011


Elevation 2011, is our ninth annual Mammoth Gay Ski Week!
March 16th-20th in Mammoth Lakes,California. 2000+  people  and  7  parties.


Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Crested Butte is committed to preserving the pristine landscape and mountain lifestyle. The Matthew Shepard Foundation Gay Ski Week will debut in the Spring with plenty of Sun and Snow for a full series of fun ski events and parties on March 19 – 26, 2011


Vail  Gay Ski Week  –  March 30-April 3rd.  5 days  of  affordable fun in a friendly atmosphere.


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Gay Ski Week in ANDORRA! Just Weeks Away!


The 2nd Annual Gay Ski Week in Andorra
is just a few weeks  away!

March 21-28, 2010.

Andorra is a small country nestled  between  Spain and France and offers some great skiing, shopping and one of the most amazing  Spa’s  I have ever seen! You have to fly into Barcelona, Spain  or Toulouse, France.  Then it’s a couple hours  away, up into the mountains of Andorra.

And March is a great time to go.  USUALLY, not too cold.  Last year when we were there, one day the air  was so warm, we actually  took off our coats and shirts for a bit and soaked up the sunshine and sipped a glass of wine on the slopes! Andorra has a high mountain climate with Mediterranean influences. Temperatures are low in the winter and mild in the summer, with significant variations depending on altitude and orientation.Andorra has a high percentage of sunshine and a generally dry climate.





Andorra truly has some breathtaking mountains!  We stood in awe at the Grand Valira ski resort/station, from the base of the mountains, looking towards the top, which must have stretched 2+ miles…skiers looked like ants moving down the hills!  Equally as beautiful, but much smaller was the Vallnord resort/station.

Even if you don’t ski, there is lots to do. Snow mobiling, sled rides, bike skis other fun activities. And when you are not on slopes, you might be shopping. 

Since there is no income  tax  and lots of duty free, Andorra is a great place to shop. Electronics, prestigious  fine jewelry and even fashion and perfumes, are much lowere than in some countries.  The products that can be imported into Spain or France are tax free up to certain limits and must be declared when they exceed a specific amount. For example, visitors over the age of 15 who buy durable products worth more than 525 € must pay duty before taking them to Spain or France.  



When you are done skiing and shopping, you need a  SPA! And one of the most beautiful spa’s I have ever seen is  here!  CALDEA SPA.  is AMAZING! It’s like something out of a Busby Berkeley movie!


Designed by the architect Jean-Michel Ruols – is fruit of the will of the community (town council) of Escaldes-Engordany to make use of the richness of the territory’s thermal water, with a philosophy different to that of traditional health resorts: thermoludism. The concept was entirely innovative and avoids use of the therapeutic properties of thermal water.

Thermoludism is the use of the properties and benefits of thermal water to rest, recuperate vitality and well-being. The water at different temperatures procures authentic gymnastic toning for the body, and the thermal water help psychic rebalance.




So what are you waiting for?!

You book a plane to Barcelona and ORIGINAL ANDORRA GAY TRAVEL SPECIALISTS will customize your gay week in Andorra!

Right now, they have  a  package  for  899 euros.

Hotel, meals, ski pass, ski school, rentals, transfer and parties included!

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This years host hotel is is the Hotel Rutllan. Other choices available as well. It will be a wonderful week, and very reasonably priced!



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