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Beginner's Guides: Is a Skiing Holiday a Good Idea?

Beginner's Guides: Is a Skiing Holiday a Good Idea?

Have some doubts about booking a skiing holiday? Whether it's because of the kids, nerves, budgets or something else, here's five reasons why you should book today.

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Why Skiing is a Great Workout

Is skiing as good for us at it feels? In this feature, we'll explain why skiing is a fantastic workout for you.

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Why Skiing is a Great Workout
The History of Skiing

The History of Skiing

In this guide, we travel through time to discover the origins of skiing and track its popularity as a sport and beloved pastime.

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What to Pack for a Skiing Holiday

In our latest blog, we offer the ultimate skiing packing list so you can feel prepared for your holiday.

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What to Pack for a Skiing Holiday
Discover Briancon in the Summer

Discover Briancon in the Summer

At an altitude of 1,326 metres, Briancon is the highest town in the whole of France. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to its interesting fortifications built between the 18th and 20th century and in the winter months, it is a popular destination for budget ski holidays. However, in the summer, when the snow has melted from all but the peaks of the surrounding mountains, it is still worth exploring!

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A Photographer's Guide to Serre Chevalier

The slopes of Serre Chevalier are amazing locations to photograph, even when the snow has melted at summer arrives. The luscious alpine scenery is filled with photo opportunities, and when staying at one of our catered chalets, Vallandry, you will have plenty of opportunities to head out and explore.

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A Photographer's Guide to Serre Chevalier
Spectacular Summer Sports in Vallandry, Les Arcs and Surrounding Area

Spectacular Summer Sports in Vallandry, Les Arcs and Surrounding Area

It's not all about the winter in the French Alps, with a host of sports to try in the summer months. Find out more in our guide.

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Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring

We bid farewell to another Ski Season and are now busy preparing for Summer. We share our best bits from the 2018/ 2019 Season with you.

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Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring
How Will Brexit Affect My Holiday Plans?

How Will Brexit Affect My Holiday Plans?

With Brexit dominating the headlines, we look to the news to determine how this will impact our holidaymakers.

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Early Bird Deal

With just a few weeks left of this Ski Season, we're already looking ahead to Winter 2019/20. We've frozen next season's prices at our current rates, so now's the time to snap up a fantastic deal on your Winter Holiday.

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Early Bird Deal
How to do a Shifty on Skis

How to do a Shifty on Skis

Pulling off a shifty when you’re on your next cheap ski holiday is tough. Follow our guide however to learn how to master the shifty technique!

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The Science Behind Skiing: Frequently Asked Questions

In this blog article we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the science behind skiing. Read on for some amazing tips and interesting info!

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The Science Behind Skiing: Frequently Asked Questions
There's no skiing like Spring skiing

There's no skiing like Spring skiing

Spring is almost here, and if you haven't tried Spring Skiing before, we show you why it can be an amazing time to escape for a snow holiday.

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What Should I Wear at Night on a Ski Holiday?

After a day of hard skiing, sometimes it can be difficult to work out what to wear. Bring lots of layers, stay warm, and read our guide for advice!

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What Should I Wear at Night on a Ski Holiday?
Let us entertain you

Let us entertain you

Apres is an essential part of your Winter holiday. Read on to find out how our team entertain you on your trip to the French Alps.

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The Science Behind Alpine Skiing & Hitting Top Speeds!

So, you want to know how to hit top speed the next time you go skiing? Check out how to increase your speed . . . using science!

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The Science Behind Alpine Skiing & Hitting Top Speeds!
5 Crazy Winter Sports For Adrenaline Junkies

5 Crazy Winter Sports For Adrenaline Junkies

Skiing and snowboarding are some of the most terrific and the most well known winter sports on the planet, but have you heard of these even crazier ones?

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The Big Ski Fashion Trends for 2019

Are you ready for this year's winter look? Get your slope style ready with our guide to the stuff you really, really want for your fashion wardrobe in 2019!

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The Big Ski Fashion Trends for 2019
Fresh snow hits the Alps

Fresh snow hits the Alps

After wall to wall sunshine so far this month in the Alps, the snow has returned for the first time in 2019.

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The Best Ski Accessories for 2019

Any skier knows that great gear is essential for a memorable skiing season. Check out what 2019 has to offer!

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The Best Ski Accessories for 2019
The Lifts Are Open

The Lifts Are Open

It's here! The lifts are officially open and the slopes are being groomed to perfection. Find out what's new and what's on this Winter across the Alps.

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Top 8 Health Benefits of Skiing

Skiing is not just an amazing and fun way to spend your free time – it is also a great way to stay in shape, lose calories, and improve your health!

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Top 8 Health Benefits of Skiing
How to go away skiing for one day

How to go away skiing for one day

If you're snowed under with work and can't get away for a week's skiing or even a long weekend, why not escape for a whirlwind one-day experience?

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What to Consider When Buying Skis

For beginners to skiing, you'll be happy to know that finding the right pair of skis is easy, but there are a few things you'll need to consider before exchanging money.

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What to Consider When Buying Skis
A Magical Mountain Christmas With Hucksters

A Magical Mountain Christmas With Hucksters

There are just 6 weeks left until Christmas and we are getting very excited in the Alps. Find out what makes a Christmas holiday with us so special and how we get ready for the big day.

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6 Easy to Learn Tricks on Skis

Even beginner skiers dream of pulling off basic ski tricks, even just once. Of course, performing a trick can be dangerous, and bones could break if you are not properly informed of the exercises and tricks you are doing before you start.

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6 Easy to Learn Tricks on Skis
Highlights from the Ski & Snowboard Festival 2018

Highlights from the Ski & Snowboard Festival 2018

We're back from this year's Ski & Snowboarding Festival! We share our best bits and highlights from the biggest ski show of the year.

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6 Gift Ideas for Skiers

Christmas is just around the corner and you if you have a friend or family member who skis, you may be scratching your head deciding a gift for them! Read our guide for some suggestions.

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6 Gift Ideas for Skiers
5 Ways To Convince Your Beloved To Love Skiing

5 Ways To Convince Your Beloved To Love Skiing

Skiing might be your passion, but perhaps it’s not shared by your loved one. Here’s five ways to show them why skiing might just be their new favourite sport.

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7 Interesting Facts About Christmas

It is the most wonderful time of the year according to many, but how much do you actually know about Christmas? Find out some interesting facts about the holiday in this blog.

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7 Interesting Facts About Christmas
New Brochure & Your Chance to Win a 7-Night Winter Holiday

New Brochure & Your Chance to Win a 7-Night Winter Holiday

With just a few months to go until the new season begins, we are getting ready with the launch of our 2018/19 brochure and a very special prize draw.

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How to Make a Magical Christmas for the Kids

Christmas is a magical occasion for the whole family but in particular the kids. Make this year’s Christmas unforgettable for them with our guide.

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How to Make a Magical Christmas for the Kids
Why You Should Go Away for Christmas

Why You Should Go Away for Christmas

Christmas is about spending time with family, creating memories and giving, and a Christmas get-away is the perfect way to achieve just that.

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Top Tips for your Family Ski Holiday

A holiday should be relaxing, but when it's a family holiday we know that with all the planning and packing, dietary requirements and travelling, it isn't always as relaxing as you'd hoped! We've put together our top tips on how to make sure your Family Ski Holiday goes off without a hitch.

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Top Tips for your Family Ski Holiday
The Science Behind Skiing and Perfecting Ski Jumps

The Science Behind Skiing and Perfecting Ski Jumps

There's more to skiing and ski jumping than you may think. There are many forces at play when you adorn skis and head for the slopes. Learn all about the science behind the sport in our feature!

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Our Summer in the Alps

Racing, adrenaline-filled activities and a proposal! We had it all in the French Alps this summer. Find out what we got up to and why France is the 'go-to' destination for your next summer holiday.

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Our Summer in the Alps
Men's Ski Fashion Trends 2018/19

Men's Ski Fashion Trends 2018/19

In this latest feature, we take a look at the popular styles and trends that will make you look sharp on the slopes this winter ski season.

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What's New in Les Arcs

Most of the ski resorts are taking the opportunity to make improvements and add new features. Check out what Les Arcs has got under their sleeve this Winter!

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What's New in Les Arcs
Women's Ski Fashion Trends 2018/19

Women's Ski Fashion Trends 2018/19

We share the latest women's ski fashion to help you look and feel a million pounds on the slopes next season (even on a budget!).

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An A-Z Guide to Getting Clued Up on Modern Ski Slang: Part II

It can definitely be daunting keeping up with all the conversations if you're new to the scene, so we've got you covered with our guide to the lingo.

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An A-Z Guide to Getting Clued Up on Modern Ski Slang: Part II
Big Trends for Winter 2018/19

Big Trends for Winter 2018/19

The world of Skiing and Snowboarding is ever changing with new additions to resorts and new equipment being developed. With that in mind, we explore the newest trends for this Winter.

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Top 10 Things To Do This Summer in the French Alps

The French Alps is spoilt with endless activities to try this Summer. We've put together our ten favourites that you've got to try this Summer.

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Top 10 Things To Do This Summer in the French Alps
An A-Z Guide to Getting Clued-Up on Modern Ski Slang: Part I

An A-Z Guide to Getting Clued-Up on Modern Ski Slang: Part I

Just like most sports, there's jargon involved in snowsports. So, if you don't know your shakas from your dumps, we've got you covered in our A-Z guide to ski slang.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Book Your Winter Holiday With Hucksters

When it comes to booking your next holiday on the slopes you may have a few 'must have's' that will make your Winter break the best yet. We give you 5 reasons why Hucksters will tick all your boxes for a great budget-friendly holiday.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Book Your Winter Holiday With Hucksters
Summer Survival Tips for Skiers and Snowboarders

Summer Survival Tips for Skiers and Snowboarders

If you are too scared to pack the goggles and gloves away for fear of official winter season closure setting in, then we've got a handful of ideas to help you survive summer.

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Quick Tips for Picking the Right Snowboard for You

When it comes to snowboards, you need to know what you're riding, and making the right choice can be tricky if you don't know what you're looking for. We've got a snappy guide you can refer to!

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Quick Tips for Picking the Right Snowboard for You
On your bikes for Le Tour de France

On your bikes for Le Tour de France

We are super excited that Stage 12 of this year's Tour De France passes through Bourg St Maurice, not far from our Vallandry base. Join us for four days of race action (and a bit of relaxation) in the spectacular Savoie region of France.

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Don't Underestimate the Charm of Serre Chevalier

Many crowds are drawn to the attractive 'doorstep style' ski resorts such as Les Arcs/La Plagne, Val d'Isere, or Alpe d'Huez, but ski holidays to Serre Chevalier shouldn't be underestimated when it comes to what it can offer you on a skiing holiday, or even your next summer adventure.

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Don't Underestimate the Charm of Serre Chevalier
 How to Stay Safe on the Slopes

How to Stay Safe on the Slopes

We've got some great information here for you to follow on how you can keep yourself, and others, safe on the slopes on your next ski holiday. Top tips that even seasoned skiers could use!

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A Beginner's Guide to Skiing (or How Not to!)

Hucksters invited one of our marketing team along on our latest trip out to Serre Chevalier and Vallandry to check out the April snow and as a beginner.

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A Beginner's Guide to Skiing (or How Not to!)
4 Ultimate Off-Season Exercises for Skiers

4 Ultimate Off-Season Exercises for Skiers

Before you start thinking about booking ski holidays for the 2018/19 season, get some off-season strength and conditioning exercises in. Here are four of the best exercises you can do to get you nicely set up for the ski season.

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World's Fastest Ski Race Track Event Wows Crowds with Speeds

The Speed Masters saw the world's fastest ski race track being tackled over the recent Easter weekend, there were some absolutely phenomenal speeds being recorded. Here's what went down…

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World's Fastest Ski Race Track Event Wows Crowds with Speeds
A Guide to Tackling the Tough Runs

A Guide to Tackling the Tough Runs

Just how are you going to get down the run that’s too much for you? How do you take on and overcome these tough runs? All is explained in this handy little guide to tackling the tough runs on your next ski holiday!

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Have you heard about our Summer Adventure Weeks?

With only 4 weeks left of the season, perhaps like us you're already thinking of your summer holiday?! Our B&B breaks are back plus an Adventure Week in Serre Chevalier and Summer Reunion Weekend in Vallandry.

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Have you heard about our Summer Adventure Weeks?
We are taking bookings for 2018/19!

We are taking bookings for 2018/19!

We are now taking bookings for 2018/19 season! Experience skiing at its best in our lodges across Europe. Book your holiday before 31st May 2018 and we'll freeze our current prices for you!

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4 Essential Tips to Keep Your Kids Warm and Dry on Ski Holidays

Check out this handful of handy top tips for you to take on board that will help keep your nippers (and you) warm, fuzzy and happy on your next ski trip.

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4 Essential Tips to Keep Your Kids Warm and Dry on Ski Holidays
Skiing or Snowboarding: Which Do I Choose?

Skiing or Snowboarding: Which Do I Choose?

Check out a few of the most-asked questions when it comes to ski and snowboard learning here, so you can get a good idea of what to expect before you take to the slopes.

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Essential Ski Trip Preparation Tips

Here are a handful of top tips you can follow before you head off for some fun in the mountains on your next ski holiday!

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Essential Ski Trip Preparation Tips
Introducing our new team in Vallandry

Introducing our new team in Vallandry

We've got some new faces at our lodge in Vallandry. Meet our bunch of adventurers... Joe, Leanora, Steve, Ben, Holly, Bee and James!

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How to Capture Awesome Snowsports Action on Camera

For skiers or boarders with a camera for those sweet (and fail) moments we've got six amazing tips to capture them in the best way possible!

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How to Capture Awesome Snowsports Action on Camera
6 Reasons Why Skiing Should Be Your New Year's Resolution

6 Reasons Why Skiing Should Be Your New Year's Resolution

There are a whole host of reasons why you should try skiing as your New Year's resolution, and we've got six of the best right here!

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New Year, New You: 5 Reasons to Try a Ski Holiday in 2018

If you've never been skiing or snowboarding before then check out these reasons why you need to give it a go!

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New Year, New You: 5 Reasons to Try a Ski Holiday in 2018
9 Fun Facts About Skiing

9 Fun Facts About Skiing

Learn more on these nine cool facts about skiing that will whet your appetite before you head out to have fun in the snow!

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6 Tops Tips for the Snowboard Newbie

Don't stay a snowboard newb for long with our top tips for the beginner!

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6 Tops Tips for the Snowboard Newbie
First ski of the season

First ski of the season

The first ski and snowboard of the season

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5 of the Coolest Restaurants in Vallandry, Les Arcs

When it comes to eating out in Vallandry, you're spoilt for choice, so here are five of our favourite places to check out when you're here!

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5 of the Coolest Restaurants in Vallandry, Les Arcs
A Traditional Christmas with Hucksters

A Traditional Christmas with Hucksters

If you're lucky enough to be heading out to the mountains with Hucksters this Christmas, here's what you can expect as part of the package!

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What to Give Skiers and Snowboarders for Christmas

Looking for some extra inspiration this Christmas? Take a peek at these present suggestions that are perfect for the skier/snowboarder in your life!

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What to Give Skiers and Snowboarders for Christmas
The Benefits of Booking an Early Ski Trip

The Benefits of Booking an Early Ski Trip

We've got a load of reasons why you need to book your ski trip early and not leave it until the last minute. Read up and avoid the pitfalls!

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Menu for 2018

We would like your help with our menu for this season. By completing our simple survey you can tell us what you like about our menu, what you want to change and what you enjoy most or what old favourites you would like to see back again.

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Menu for 2018
Snow making in Les Arcs

Snow making in Les Arcs

Well having learnt how the snow cannon work the really good news is that they have been running them in Vallandry in the last 24 hours!

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Maintenance

It is that time of year when we work on the chalet to get her looking her best for the season. This year there are some major changes to the lodges. We are remodelling them to form a new 16 bed lodge including some ensuite shower rooms.

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Maintenance
Enjoy some early skiing in Slovenia

Enjoy some early skiing in Slovenia

Winter has come early in Slovenia, with Bovec enjoying 90cm of snow this week. The resort will be opening the slopes this weekend and every weekend until the main season starts in December.

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Why Snowmakers Are a Resort's Best Friend

Why snowmakers are a resort's best friend - everything you could possibly want to know about the wonderful invention that is the snow cannon!

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Why Snowmakers Are a Resort's Best Friend
Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

We know the reason you take a Winter holiday is to pursue your passion for skiing or snowboarding. The buzz of conquering the piste and the thrill of pushing boundaries yet there is so much more to enjoy within the Alpine environment maybe something a bit slower yet still active and something different, like snowshoeing. Well we here at Hucksters have tried it and can quite honestly say are a little bit addicted, along it seems with many others as it is the according to some the fastest growing winter sport.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Experience Skiing at Christmas

Six reasons why you should tick a Christmas skiing holiday off of your bucket list.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Experience Skiing at Christmas
Bars and Restaurants You Should Try in Tignes According to a Seasonaire:

Bars and Restaurants You Should Try in Tignes According to a Seasonaire:

Check out seasonaire Owen's pick of best bars and restaurants you can head to while you’re enjoying your ski holidays in Tignes!

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Upcoming Ski Show 2017

The 2017 Ski & Snowboard Show is here and we cannot wait to get in and find out what the latest trends & tech will be this season. Come and find us on Friday or Saturday to chat about our 2017/18 Winter Holiday packages.

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Upcoming Ski Show 2017
Your Guide to Organising a Group Ski Holiday

Your Guide to Organising a Group Ski Holiday

Make the most of our essential guide that will help you to organise your next group snow trip.

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The Essential Apps You Need for Your Next Ski Trip

As they say, 'there's an app for that', so take a look and see what ski/snowboard apps you'll be downloading next!

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The Essential Apps You Need for Your Next Ski Trip
Paul

Paul

As the nights are drawing in and it is starting to get grey in the UK, just like the birds, it is time for me to think about flying south for the winter.Preparations are well underway for heading out to Vallandry and honestly I just cannot wait This will be my third season and now I am managing the Mont Blanc Chalet with Julie - So how did I get here? Well this all started as a mid career sabbatical but it has turned into a fantastic new lifestyle!

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Life as a Senior Seasonaire

How did I ever get started in this??? Well about ten years ago I stumbled across Hucksters whilst purchasing my first pair of ski boots At that time I had only been skiing two or three times, but I was already hooked, I duly turned up to meet the coach in Plymouth early on the Friday morning. I was immediately welcomed on to the coach by the whole group. From that point on I never looked back. I offered to stay on and help, as they say, the rest is history. I thoroughly enjoyed helping out and being welcomed into the Hucksters family, working with them, skiing together and even partying with them. Peak season helping led to life as a senior seasonaire!

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Life as a Senior Seasonaire
Natalie

Natalie

Ever wondered what it would be like to do a ski season? Would it be a long holiday with lots of skiing and partying? or would it be really hard work? Well the answer is both and something more besides, friendships formed for life, a bond in overcoming food preparation and memories of a time never to be repeated. We are going to bring you accounts of the experiences of some of our staff over the next few weeks and this week we start with Natalie who joined as a cook and has gone on to be an invaluable member of the Hucksters family.

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Travel to the Alps

Hucksters is one of very few tour operators who offer the option of coach travel to the French Alps for winter sports holidays. This year our service provider Shires International Travel are putting a brand new coach at our disposal. We understand that whilst we live in an era of lo-cost airlines, there is still scope for coach travel for the budget conscious, those who do not want to fly and those who want to make the most of their time on the slopes by travelling overnight to get to and from resort. For those for whom an extra day off work on a Friday is just not an option or who cannot get to our coach down in the south of the country or those with long legs we offer a scheduled transfer alternative to get you to and from the airport.

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Travel to the Alps
Lifts

Lifts

Our passion for downhill skiing or snowboarding by necessity requires us to invest every year in a ski pass. Without access to the lifts our sport would become something very different and considerably harder work! Cross-country or Nordic skiing is all very well and good but it is the exhilaration of travelling downhill under our own momentum that brings us back to the mountains year after year. Ski passes are not an insignificant part of the cost of our winter holiday so what exactly are we getting for the price of our pass? Well rather a lot in Les Arcs and the Paradiski with plans for even more in the future.

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What's new for Winter 2017/18

It's never too soon to start planning your next ski holiday with Hucksters. In fact, we are already booking up fast for peak dates next season. Dare we say it is only 157 days until Christmas Day!

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What's new for Winter 2017/18
Day in the life of a chalet host

Day in the life of a chalet host

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of your winter holiday at Hucksters? A life as a Chalet Host is certainly no mean feat! In truth the role needs someone with a vibrant personality (and a love of all things snow of course!), cooking skills and attention to detail. We share a day in the life of one of our seasonnaires.

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Beginners Tips to Master the Mountain this Holiday Season

Out of any destination you could head to when Winter comes, virtually no others can offer you the combination of glorious views and adrenaline that the snow-capped climbs provide

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Beginners Tips to Master the Mountain this Holiday Season
School ski trip planning

School ski trip planning

Planning for your child's first school ski trip can be a daunting task. What should you pack for them, how will they cope away from home, what can they expect? Here's our top tips to get ahead and organised this Winter.

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Join us on our new adventure

Join us as we embark on our exciting new journey to set up our own French businesses. Under the umbrella of Hucksters we are being given the opportunity to make a new life and business for ourselves in the French Alps.

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Join us on our new adventure
My Summer in Vallandry

My Summer in Vallandry

Highlights of Summer in Vallandry. My own very special journey to understand the place I call home in Winter and to get to know it in a very different way in the Summer.

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MTB in Vallandry

Altogether we have in Les Arcs 180km of marked trails from 800m to 2600m with a mix of enduro, DH, cross country and freestyle. The lifts open for the weekend of the 1st July and will then operate daily from the 8th July to the 3rd September.

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MTB in Vallandry
Summer Sports

Summer Sports

What is your Summer sport or game? Without wishing to boast whatever it is the chances are you can do it here in the Alps and a lot more beside. The mountains are not just about the winter and snow sports, discover just how much else is available for an action packed Summer holiday!

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Super September!

Landscapes and nature in the valley are drastically changing, the Alps really keeps you on your toes with the amazing ever changing seasons :)

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Super September!

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Beginner's Guides: Is a Skiing Holiday a Good Idea?

Have some doubts about booking a skiing holiday? Whether it's because of the kids, nerves, budgets or something else, here's five reasons why you should book today.

Customer Reviews

The staff were more like friends than employees and knew the area very well. Can't fault them. They sorted an issue with my wife's ski pass with as little stress as was possible. To start your day of skiing one had only to walk about 20m from the door, pop your skis on and off you go. You could eit...

S.K.

Hucksters, are to be highly recommended as they offer a very personalised service at package deal prices and take a genuine interest in making sure you have a good time. I have done 4 trips with them in the last 2 years so they must be doing something right!

A.T.

By dispensing with things such as towels and complimentary toiletries (bring your own) and guaranteed en suite bathrooms, Hucksters has managed to create accommodation that is definitely communal and cheap but in that no-frills way that makes you feel pretty smug at the money you are saving. It has ...

The Guardian - Top 10 Affordable Ski Lodges

Just back from a fabulous week in Vallandry. The lodge was great and the location to the lifts perfect. I wanted to say thank you for all your help and the wonderful staff, they are all good bunch and made us feel very welcome. Please let them know we did appreciate their hard work, and smiles every...

P.L.

We have travelled with Hucksters as both a school group and a family for an incredible 18 years. Never have I worked with a company who is so flexible and accommodating to individual needs. The ski and board options are exciting and varied to suit all abilities, from novice to the extreme, from door...

Mrs Denise May MBE