Tuesday, 22 December 2015

What's happening in the 4 Vallées this winter


So should we have a look at what's going off in Les 4 Vallées this Winter!?!


Well for a start we have a new Resort Manager to Nendaz, Chris Jenkins, who can't wait to show you around the resort and massive ski area. If you aren't already you should follow us on Facebook & Twitter so you can see the amazing pictures we have added of Nendaz & Les 4 Vallées!


Events

26/12/2015 in Nendaz Ski By Moonlight! Just in time for the first guests!!! If anyone is interested in the event it needs to be booked in advance so please let us know.

  
  
From 28/01/2016 to 31/01/2016 we have the FIS Handicap Races in Veysonnaz




 9th Feb in Veysonnaz there is a Touch lit descent!
This should be an amazing evening with great food and mulled wine.


  6th March 2016 in Veysonnaz we have the Down Hill Snowboarding World Cup!!

 Come along to see the best snowboarders in the world compete and enjoy the live concert and entertainment offered around Veysonnaz.

The Program:-

09:00-10:00    Training

11:00               The Live concert & Entertainment starts

10:00-13:00    Qualification

13:30-15:00    Final World Cup Down Hill Snowboard

15:00               Results in the Tipi




  On the 11th & 12th March in Nendaz we have the Freeride World Qualifier!




This is just some of the upcoming events! We are expecting an amazing season in the 4 Vallées so I really hope you can come along to enjoy it with the OTP Holidays team!





Friday, 23 October 2015

London Ski Show 2015

OTP Swiss Holidays & SwissPasses.com are exhibiting at the London Ski Show from 5th to 8th November 2015 at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park - our stand number is 602


Ski Show 2014

We are taking the opportunity of returning to the London Ski Show after many years of exhibiting at the regional ski shows.

We would be delighted if you could come and visit us and discuss your holiday requirements (skiing, MTB, Road Biking, Christmas Markets) and we will be selling Swiss Travel System tickets too.

We have a free Prize Draw on the stand with 2 x 5-day ski passes for the Jungfrau region too!



We even have 2 for 1 Transfer Tickets on sale at the show to make your Swiss holiday even better value!



Looking forward to seeing you there!

For directions to Battersea Evolution, just click on: http://london.skiandsnowboard.co.uk/




At www.otp.co.uk we offer 30 ski destinations in Switzerland along with MTB Holidays, Road Biking Holidays, Christmas Markets, Golf Safaris and City Breaks.

www.swisspasses.com is a leading supplier of Swiss Travel System passes and tickets so if you have already booked your holiday, come along and get discounted Swiss tickets, ski passes and ski rental!






Saturday, 25 July 2015

Your winter team 2015 / 2016

Your team!

We are very proud to present your team who will be looking after you when you come on holiday with us this winter.

GRINDELWALD: Jon Baker





From Bristol and with a BSc from Cardiff University in Information Systems, Jon is the Resort Manager for OTP in Grindelwald and the Jungfrau region. 28 years old and with a strong skiing background and a definite 'people-person', Jon is a top guy to ensure your holiday is the best!


 

NENDAZ, Les 4 Vallées: Chris Jenkins

 

 
From Doncaster and with a solid background in resort work, Chris is the Resort Manager for Nendaz and the 4 Vallées region. 22 years old, Chris is going to be an excellent person to show you the region and make sure your holiday runs smoothly.

 
 
 

SAAS-FEE: Tom Senior

 

 

From Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire, many of you will know Tom - OTP Senior Resort Manager and back again to charm you in Saas-Fee. Tom is a qualified ski instructor too and not only back with us again, he is in charge of all resort staff.
 
 
 
 

ZERMATT: Adam Winston

 



21 years old, Adam is from Hadley Wood in Hertfordshire. A graduate of Leeds University, Adam is Resort Manager for Zermatt, is a keen skier since 4 years old (!) and is the ideal person to entertain and look after you in Zermatt!
 
 
 

ROCKY & update:

Those of you who have travelled with us over the years will know our mascot and beloved OTP dog, Rocky. Sadly Rocky passed away on 20th March after almost 13 years of going up skiing, mountain biking and entertaining everyone with his tricks at Fondue nights. 
 
 
Obviously, whilst Rocky can never be replaced nor forgotten, from August this year we have a new OTP dog, and his name will be revealed then. Here is a picture of the pooch that will be starting his very first winter season in December ~ he has big paws to fill!
 
 
 
My name is Jeff Michel, and I am the MD of OTP Swiss Holidays. I am so proud of the team we have this season and if you get the opportunity, come and visit us at the London Ski Show, 5th to 8th November at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London and meet them, discuss your holiday and book!
 
 
OTP Swiss Holidays offers ski holidays to 30 Swiss resorts, so have a look at www.otp.uk and join us this winter for a great holiday. See you soon!




Saturday, 11 July 2015

SWISS 777er

Travel to Switzerland on the new SWISS 777er

SWISS are entering a new era in its long-haul aircraft fleet with the arrival of the first of its nine new Boeing 777-300ERs next January. The new twinjets will seat 340 passengers in SWISS configuration. They will also offer a new state-of-the-art cabin in all three classes, which will include Wi-Fi. The ‘Triple Sevens’ will be deployed on routes to and from Asia, South America and the US West Coast from summer 2016 onwards.
 
A further element in its ‘Next-Generation Airline of Switzerland’ strategy, SWISS will begin the renewal of its long-haul aircraft fleet in 2016. A total of nine new Boeing 777-300ERs (‘extended range’) will be gradually assimilated into the fleet.



The Boeing 777-300ER will offer 340 seats in SWISS configuration; eight in First Class, 62 in Business Class and 270 in Economy.
 
The cabin interior will be totally redesigned to provide comfort and aesthetics, meeting the most discerning of demands in all three seating classes.
 
The SWISS First Class seat will be transformable into the occupant’s own private suite that includes a 32-inch screen, the largest in the industry, as well as having electric window blinds and their own wardrobe. 



SWISS Business Class passengers will enjoy a new seating arrangement to offer optimum privacy and freedom of movement, while the seat cushion’s firmness can be individually regulated.



All the seats in the SWISS Business Class will have the option to be quickly and easily converted into a lie-flat bed that is over two metres long.



With new seat-cushion technology and further innovations that include a large personal touchscreen, SWISS Economy customers can also look forward to a new air travel experience. Outside the regular cabin service, all Economy customers will be able to make use of a self-service kiosk offering a wide range of drinks and snacks.



All nine Boeing 777-300ERs will also feature wireless internet via a broadband connection, enabling passengers to surf or send emails on their laptop, tablet or smartphone device.
 
From summer 2016 onwards, the new aircrafts will be deployed primarily on services to Hong Kong, Bangkok and Los Angeles. San Francisco, São Paulo and Tel Aviv will also receive a Boeing 777 service several times a week.
 
Why not enjoy superb comfort coming to Switzerland and enjoying a winter or summer break with OTP? If travelling independently, www.swisspasses.com offers the greatest range of Swiss Travel System tickets and passes.
 
See you soon!

Friday, 3 July 2015

Grand Train Tour of Switzerland

The Grand Train Tour of Switzerland

Switzerland's Ultimate Rail Tour 

Together with OTP & SwissPasses.com, Switzerland Tourism are proud to present the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland to show you the best!  

                 

The Grand Train Tour of Switzerland is a unique travel experience. It comprises the most attractive panorama rail routes across the country and can be booked at any time throughout the year.
                   
This magnificent tour includes seat reservations on scenic trains and a trip to the Top of Europe — the Jungfraujoch.

The 8 Day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland

The unique Grand Train Tour of Switzerland ticket includes 8 days of your choice of travel:
  1. Swiss Airport - Zürich City

    (includes hotel accommodation)
  2. Zürich City - Luzern - Interlaken

    (travel on the Luzern-Interlaken Express)
  3. Interlaken - Jungfraujoch -Interlaken - Montreux

    (includes the Jungfraujoch!)
  4. Montreux - Zermatt

    (along the Rhone Valley)
  5. Zermatt - St. Moritz

    (travel on the famous Glacier Express, includes lunch)
  6. St. Moritz - Tirano - Lugano

    (travel on the famous Bernina Express)
  7. Lugano - Bellinzona - Wilhelm Tell Express - Flüelen - Luzern

    (includes a special souvenir)
  8. Luzern - Swiss Airport

 


Our Grand Train Tour of Switzerland ticket includes 8 days of travel (days of your choice) and also includes:
  • First night overnight accommodation in your arrival Swiss City (3* hotel accommodation based on twin rooms)
  • Reservations on the Luzern - Interlaken Express
  • Top of Europe - Jungfraujoch excursion
  • Reservation on the Glacier Express (including lunch)
  • Reservation on the Bernina Express
  • Reservation on the Wilhelm Tell Express
  • 50% off any additional tickets for optional excursions to travel by train, boat, postal buses and cable-cars.
If you would like assistance with hotel accommodation on the rest of the tour, just contact us and we can assist with this too! We have a wide range of hotels awaiting you in Interlaken, Montreux, Zermatt, St Moritz, Lugano and Luzern.
Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
If you would like assistance with other excursions along the Grand Train Tour route, just contact us, we are the experts and can help you get the best out of this unique tour.
The Grand Train Tour of Switzerland is available at www.swisspasses.com and we look forward to showing you around the stunning routes!

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Andermatt - The Heart of the Alps

Andermatt, found in Canton Uri is a fast growing ski resort with plenty of reasons to visit.

With a ski area of 120km and an abundance of off piste skiing available, there is plenty to keep you entertained for any length of time. Not only that, but developments (130 million Francs worth!) are in progress and a much larger ski area is promised to be open by the 2017/18 season.
There is currently 5 different ski areas in the area, all covered by the same ski pass and each with something different to offer.

Andermatt-Gemsstock is an experienced skier's heaven. Sitting at nearly 3000m it has been known by and popular with freeriders from all over the world for years. It is also home to what is described by skiing legend Bernhard Russi as one of the finest downhill runs in the Alps. Combine the above with an awesome freestyle park then there is more than enough to satisfy those in search of an adrenaline rush.
A view of Andermatt and the Gemsstock Mountain
Next is the Andermatt-Nätschen ski area. Connected to Andermatt via a chairlift that goes into the town, Nätschen is regarded as a great place for families to ski. It's slopes are all varied in terms of difficulty and when the sun is out it's the perfect place to ski. Conditions couldn't be better. There is also the well known, 5km 'flying toboggan' run that takes you right back down in Andermatt, excellent for some variety for the kids (or adults!).

Realp is the best area in resort for beginners. If you are looking to try something new, teach the kids or just brush up on your own technique then head over to Realp where the gentle slopes give you the best opportunity to practice safely.

Sedrun-Oberalp offers something for everyone, from beginners to experts. In particular, it is known for its freestyle areas. With snow parks, a 100m half pipe and also a ski cross and snowboard cross course, featuring rollers, tables, jumps and steep turns, it is bound to test even the best riders to their limit.

Finally, there is the Sedrun-Valtgeva area. It is another ideal area for families looking to find their feet. There is a great tubing run and a couple of lifts for people who are looking to improve their sport.
A sample of the off-piste runs available...

As if all of the above isn't enough to keep you busy, there is also a spa, tobogganing runs, tubing, winter walking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, night skiing and so much more to keep you going.

There are over 15 hotels in Andermatt; from the 2-star Schweizerhof to the 5-star Chedi, there is something to suit everybody's budget. There is also plenty of self catered apartments to be chosen from so you're sure to find something to suit you.

With all this and ongoing developments, Andermatt really is becoming a resort to be reckoned with. Visit www.otp.co.uk for greats rates on holidays to Andermatt and many other Swiss ski resorts.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Largest Half-Pipe in the World!

The World's Largest Half-Pipe opens in LAAX

At 200 metres in length and 6.90 metres in height, the half pipe is of Olympic standard and unique worldwide. The half pipe is open to all guests since January - whether beginners or pros - with a passion for sport on the snow.

 
 
LAAX is well known asbeing a magnet for snowboarders, whether beginners or extreme and the resort has a very relaxed feel about it.
 
 
Europe's premier freestyle resort - The snowpark in LAAX just gets better and better:
Since 2013/2014, the new Pro-kicker-line in Olympic size in Snowpark Curnius, the new Superpipe at the NoName Park, which from winter 2014/2015 will at 200 metres in length be the longest continuous Halfpipe in the world, more than 90 obstacles spread over four snowparks,
 


This confirms once again that LAAX is not only Europe's leading and most comprehensive freestyle resort, but also a magnet for a host of international professional riders.
 
LAAX also plays host to numerous regional and international top events, such as the Burton European Open and the European Freeski Open, where each year over 300 snowboarders and freeskiers from across the world demonstrate just what is possible in the half-pipe and how slopestyle brings out the remarkable creative talents of the riders.
 

 
There are four snowparks around Crap Sogn Gion - Beginner, Ils Plauns, Noname and Curnius. All are guaranteed to set the pulse racing and all are ideally suited for any level of freestyler, from beginner to professional.
 
LAAX is easy to get to and OTP offers inclusive holidays to this great resort at www.otp.uk
 

If you just want to pop along and see the Freeski Open and have arranged your own accommodation, then www.SwissPasses.com can provide the transfers by Swiss Travel System and ski passes for you!

See you soon in LAAX!



Sunday, 25 January 2015

Swatch Skiers Cup 2015

The Swatch Skiers Cup returns to Zermatt!


After an intense selection process, the team captains for Europe and the Americas have unveiled the eight elite skiers they will bring to Zermatt, Switzerland for the unique intercontinental team battle in anticipation of the 5th edition of the Swatch Skiers Cup which will be held from February 21-27, 2015. - See more at: http://freerideworldtour.com/news/swatch-skiers-cup-2015-teaser#sthash.p7opJXj3.dpuf
After an intense selection process, the team captains for Europe and the Americas have unveiled the eight elite skiers they will bring to Zermatt, Switzerland for the unique intercontinental team battle in anticipation of the 5th edition of the Swatch Skiers Cup which will be held from February 21-27, 2015.

 Team America Captain Seth Morrison (Dom Daher Photo)
 Team Europe Captain Julien Regnier (Dom Daher Photo)

The fifth edition of the Swatch Skiers Cup will be marked by the loss of one of skiings most remarkable and truly inspirational human beings, JP Auclair (CAN), former captain of Team Americas who won the competition last winter. He passed away in an avalanche accident late September together with fellow freeskier Andreas Fransson, in Patagonia. In honor of his person and role in creating a whole new era of skiing at the entrance to this millennium, this edition of the Skiers Cup will be dedicated in memoriam of JP Auclair.




The event is a freeski duel between the two continents, the action is based around backcountry slopestyle and the entertainment in the village is open to everyone, which gives the event a special atmosphere. Snow conditions, shortly before the event takes place, will determine the exact location of the event.


Here is last years final wrap of the skiers cup.



 
So if you are looking for a week of enjoying one of the best ski resorts in the world as well as watching some of the best freestyle skiers in the world then look no further than booking a holiday to Zermatt! Visit www.otp.uk for amazing holiday packages, tailored to suit your needs or www.SwissPasses.com for fantastic discounts on airport transfers, lift passes and ski rental.



After an intense selection process, the team captains for Europe and the Americas have unveiled the eight elite skiers they will bring to Zermatt, Switzerland for the unique intercontinental team battle in anticipation of the 5th edition of the Swatch Skiers Cup which will be held from February 21-27, 2015. - See more at: http://freerideworldtour.com/news/swatch-skiers-cup-2015-teaser#sthash.p7opJXj3.dpuf
After an intense selection process, the team captains for Europe and the Americas have unveiled the eight elite skiers they will bring to Zermatt, Switzerland for the unique intercontinental team battle in anticipation of the 5th edition of the Swatch Skiers Cup which will be held from February 21-27, 2015. - See more at: http://freerideworldtour.com/news/swatch-skiers-cup-2015-teaser#sthash.p7opJXj3.dpuf
After an intense selection process, the team captains for Europe and the Americas have unveiled the eight elite skiers they will bring to Zermatt, Switzerland for the unique intercontinental team battle in anticipation of the 5th edition of the Swatch Skiers Cup which will be held from February 21-27, 2015. - See more at: http://freerideworldtour.com/news/swatch-skiers-cup-2015-teaser#sthash.p7opJXj3.dpuf

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

A busy March in Nendaz!

Still looking to book your last minute Swiss skiing holiday? Look no further than the week of the 7th to the 14th of March in the Nendaz ski area. The 220kms of pistes become host to both the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup qualifier for the men's, women's and team Snowboard Cross event and the annual Freeride World Qualifier in Nendaz.

FIS Snowboard Cross (SBX)





Involving big table-top jumps, wu-tangs, step-ups, step-downs, rollers and banked turns, the course provides a varied race for some of the world's top riders. 
The event takes place between the 13th and 15th of March, and with the Veysonnaz course (easily accessible with the Printze ski pass from Nendaz) considered one of the best in the world, it could be your perfect opportunity to watch Olympic athletes, world champion snowboarders and national teams compete in the only competitive tour of it's kind. Combine that with some excellent skiing conditions for yourself and the Nendaz Freeride event, you're in for an exciting, action packed week in one of Switzerland's top resorts.



Nendaz Freeride World Qualifier





Few people are ever lucky enough to witness such an intense, thrilling and frankly, dangerous event as a Freeride competition. From the 12th to the 17th of March, the world's best freeriders (both ski and snowboard) compete in the challenge that Mont-Gond has to offer. With great views of the event from the Plan-du-Fou restaurant and down in Nendaz village, you're sure to see the spectacular, jaw dropping and near sheer descents of those competing for first place and the World Qualifying points.



So for a week fit for thrill seekers, extreme sport fans and skiers of all ability, visit Nendaz. With the 4 Vallées ski pass, you will have over 410kms of pistes to explore at your leisure, guaranteeing you a varied day, every day. Throw in a couple of world class competitions in the same week for you to view and a lively, family friendly resort, you could have one of the best weeks in the snow available in the Alps. 
 
Halfway between Chamonix and Zermatt, Nendaz is situated only 15kms from the main motorway, rail and air network towards all European capitals
 
 


Visit www.otp.uk for great holiday packages, tailored to suit your needs or www.SwissPasses.com for fantastic discounts on airport transfers, lift passes and ski rental.