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Can anyone recommend someone that specializes in trips to Europe. Getting quotes right now and I am finding better deals myself surfing online on my lunch hour. Still prefer to use someone with the contacts and expertise.

Comparing Cortina, Chamonix and Zermatt.

 

Thanks !

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I used these guys about 15 years ago when I went to Austria.  http://ski-europe.com/

I took a bargain priced trip and skied out of Salzburg.  It was great.  Their website ought to have a lot of info on the classic places you are considering.  Of your three the only one I've been to is Zermatt, incredible scenery.  But they would all be awesome in good conditions.

 

My favorite site for studying and comparing European ski areas is:  http://www.wheretoskiandsnowboard.com/

 

This ski website is Europe oriented and has a lot of savvy British contributors to their forum, would be a good place to ask questions about places and accommodations you find by surfing yourself:  http://snowheads.com/

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The great thing about the interwebz is you can do your own travel plans..the bad thing about the interwebz is you can do your own travel plans.  :) 

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If you are looking to do a luxurious trip it might be worth checking out Virtuoso - people on FlyerTalk are pretty positive about the service + may be able to get you some additional benefits.

 

Never used them myself though.

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Thanks guys I will check these out!

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Lindenmeyr Travel agency specializes in European Ski Vacations for skiers of all ages, abilities and means who want an authentic European skiing experience.  It's a one-woman shop and Carol knows every major European destination intimately.  She is a wealth of knowledge regarding hotels, guides, the best travel connections, etc. and I can personally recommend her.  She's set me up with several trips and each one was perfectly organized with no surprises and a very reasonable cost. Give her a call.

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IME the problem with travel agents in Europe is that they are going to almost exclusively book three and four star places -- you are talking about $150 an night for bed and brekkie. Especially in Italy and Austria, and to a lesser extent in France and Switzerland, towns are littered with very clean, very comfortable pensions where you can stay for $40 a night, with breakfast. Also, packages which include a lift pass -- often handed to you when you check in -- are not hard to come by. Further, by using comprehensive and easy to use websites like oebb.at, it's not hard at all to figure out transfers yourself.

 

By the way, JamesJ, your trip to Salzburg back then was what inspired me to first go ski in Austria and am headed back again this year. With a little bit of savvy, and liberal use of translate.google.com, I feel confident booking the entire trip myself.

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By the way, JamesJ, your trip to Salzburg back then was what inspired me to first go ski in Austria and am headed back again this year. 

No kidding?  

 

I haven't been back to Europe since then (2003), but I'd love to go.  It's just that I have family in Utah now and that's my ski travel focus these days.  Are you still in MT, yet go to the Alps to ski?  Amazing.

 

PS:  Old Salzburg articles:  http://www.dcski.com/articles/446 and http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=445

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No kidding?  

 

I haven't been back to Europe since then (2003), but I'd love to go.  It's just that I have family in Utah now and that's my ski travel focus these days.  Are you still in MT, yet go to the Alps to ski?  Amazing.

 

PS:  Old Salzburg articles:  http://www.dcski.com/articles/446 and http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=445

 

Yeah, for sure. I live in Missoula but had been looking for ages to go back. Finally found a decent airfare from Missoula to Munich via Seattle and Iceland.

 

What your trip did for me was help to cut through some of the clutter of skiing in Europe. Like, I mean, in a space the size of the Front Range, basically, there are four countries and about 400 ski areas. And all the time everyone just says, oh go to Chamonix, go to Zermatt, go to St. Anton -- always the same three places. So it helped to see how someone picked some other place and just went. I wound up staying in Flachau and skiing Amade for a week, then Kitzbuehl, then Innbruck.

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And all the time everyone just says, oh go to Chamonix, go to Zermatt, go to St. Anton -- always the same three places.

 

There's a reason that some of us always recommend St. Anton. Actually, there are a few.

 

1. You can get there directly by train from Zurich, which has a good number of trans-Atlantic flights to choose from. So, it's easy to get to.

2. It's a nice town with plenty of stuff to do off the mountain.

3. It's got great terrain and a huge amount of it.

4. It's got a good snow record.

 

Most people asking for advice are skiing Europe for the first time, and it's hard to find a better combination of convenience, size, atmosphere, and snow.


Edited by CerebralVortex - 10/24/16 at 12:45am
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