Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Your winter team 2017/2018

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: Ellie Joy






With a season under her belt and a true love of the outdoors, Ellie is the Resort Manager for OTP in Grindelwald and the Jungfrau region. She is champing at the bit to is sure to show you around the slopes!




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, returning for a 3rd season.  Chris is 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 winter resorts.

ZERMATT: Andy Thackray





Andy is from Rotherham and having travelled extensively, Andy is Resort Manager for Zermatt, is a keen snow sports enthusiast for many years, he is the ideal person to entertain and look after you in Zermatt!



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 they will do you proud too. Thanks for everyone who visited us at the London Ski Show, 26th to 29th October at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London
 



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, 15 April 2017

Taking to the skies: Zermatt

With spring conditions upon us and the winter season drawing to a close, the OTP Resort Managers were given a taste of what other exciting activities Switzerland has to offer.

Partnering up with Fly Zermatt, the Resort Managers were each given the opportunity to go paragliding and soar above some of Switzerland's most iconic peaks.


Although the OTP team took off from Zermatt's Rothorn peak (3103 m), they reached altitudes in excess of 4000m.


The theory behind paragliding is that heat rising from the surface of the earth produces upward currents of air. As such, during the winter when Switzerland is covered in snow, there aren't as many air currents and flight altitudes tend to be a lot lower. As snow begins to melt during the spring and bare patches of earth are exposed, flights tend to be a lot more turbulent due to the mix of summer-like up-currents and the remains of the cold winter air.




Whether you're an adrenaline junky or simply want to experience paragliding at its highest altitudes, summers in Zermatt offer the smoothest flights and largest up-currents. Flights starting in Switzerland and crossing into Italy are one of the all-time favourites of paragliding enthusiasts.



 


Despite talk of landings being tricky, the experienced instructors at Fly Zermatt proved that there was nothing to worry about.


 

There was only one word the OTP Resort Managers used to describe the experience; beautiful.

Come along and join us; www.otp.co.uk


Friday, 24 March 2017

New SWISS planes between GVA & UK

SWISS is about to commence the renewal of its Geneva-based aircraft allocation to an all-Bombardier C Series fleet. SWISS Geneva will receive its first such aircraft, a CS100, on 26 March. This will be followed by the delivery of SWISS’s first CS300 and its Geneva stationing in May; and by the end of 2018 (and completion of the 30-aircraft C Series delivery programme), SWISS Geneva will have an all-C Series fleet.
 
 
 
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is about to start renewing its Geneva-based aircraft allocation to an all-Bombardier C Series fleet. The first such aircraft, a CS100, will commence operations from its new Geneva base with the start of the summer schedules on 26 March. The aircraft will be used on intra-European services to destinations such as London Heathrow, Dublin and Athens. With its state-of-the-art technology, the Bombardier C Series sets new industry benchmarks in comfort, operating economics and environmental terms.
 

 
Geneva will also be the home base of SWISS’s first Bombardier CS300, delivery of which is expected in May. The larger CS300 offers 145 seats, 20 more than the CS100. By the end of 2018 SWISS’s Geneva-based fleet will consist solely of Bombardier C Series aircraft: one CS100 and seven CS300s. The new twinjets supersede the seven Airbus A320s that are currently stationed there. The Geneva fleet renewal is a further confirmation of SWISS’s commitment to its Geneva base and the whole of Western Switzerland.
 

 
C Series deliveries completed by the end of 2018
The deliveries of the further Bombardier C Series aircraft for SWISS’s Zurich operations are also progressing well. A total of six CS100s are now in scheduled service, and one further aircraft is expected to be delivered roughly every month, rising to two deliveries a month at some points later in the programme. All 30 C Series aircraft should be delivered as scheduled by the end of 2018.
 
www.otp.co.uk recommend SWISS for our ski holidays as they not only offer free food, drinks, seat selection, but winter sports equipment also travels free!
 
Flying from London Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin & Cork, you should be able to find a suitable flight and enjoy the snow.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Andermatt is back on the map !

Andermatt is 1,437m above sea level and has a population of around 1,390 however it's not been a popular place for the British skiers since the eighties.

 With it being a great place for off-piste & free-riding it's now getting popular again with the Brits, and with the brand new five-star Chedi Hotel it's only going to get busier! With billionaire developer Samih Sawiris planning to build six more hotels and 500 apartments. 



 
 
 This development has brought new lifts too with one six-seater chair opening up more black runs on Gemsstock below Gurschenalp, and a whole series of slopes linking Andermatt's smaller sector, Nätschen-Gütsch, to Sedrun, 15km away to the east, and previously linked by train. The final lift will be completed for the 2018/19 season.
 
 
 
And a two stop cable car takes you to the top of Gemsstock, at 2,963 it's a steep, north facing 3.5km red run, not for the faint hearted.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Ski World Cup - Lauberhorn 2017



The sun is shining, the skies are blue and the Jungfrau region has been gifted with two weeks of solid snowfall just in time for the region's annual ski race; the Lauberhorn downhill world cup.

The bars are beginning to get livelier. Skiers and snowboards alike are starting to practice their best moves on the slopes. Everyone knows; the Jungfrau region is about to host a legendary weekend event.


What does the Lauberhorn downhill race entail, and why is it so special to Switzerland?:

  • First and foremost, it is the longest downhill world cup circuit at 4.48km (2.78 miles).
  • Racers will typically achieve speeds in excess of 90 mph, with Johan Clarey setting the record in 2013 at 100.6 mph.
  • It was first held 87 years ago in 1930, so it is now ingrained in Swiss history.
  • It starts on the Lauberhorn mountain located between the villages of Grindelwald and Wengen. Views from the top overlook Interlaken and the plains of Canton Bern.
  • Over 30,000 spectators from all around the world come to the Jungfrau region to be a part of this race and its festivities.
  • The type of race is unique in in that there are combined, slalom and downhill events. The winner of the downhill event receives 110,000 CHF.






The Lauberhorn is deemed to be one of the toughest events downhill racers will undergo in their careers. The course starts at the top the Lauberhorn mountain, playing host to a number of extremely challenging twists and turns, eventually descending over a thousand metres to the village of Wengen. Competitors are pushed to their limits by the course's intimidating jumps, which many would describe as skiing off of cliffs!

Apres, in style!

The Swiss are predominantly known for three things; cheese, chocolate and beer. The Lauberhorn World Cup is no exception. After the racing has finished herds of spectators flock to the mountain bars and restaurants to begin their nights. The villages of Grindelwald and Wengen swell with visitors; many venues offer attractive after-party deals. After satisfying their appetites with traditional Swiss fondue, most visitors are content with live music and chilled out evenings; ready for the next day of racing. However, for some of the more livelier visitors, the villages of Wengen and Grindelwald do not disappoint...

Still not convinced?

MUST-WATCH video; legendary downhill racer Graham Bell with a body cam going down the Lauberhorn. 






OTP offers fantastic deals on accommodation around the Jungfrau region. It's not too late to come out and enjoy this amazing sporting spectacle! See what OTP has to offer here.


Further information

For the past two days the downhill competitors have had a chance to accustom themselves to the course. Today, Thursday 11th January marks the official opening of the Lauberhorn downhill race. Wengen will play host to this year's party, and race bibs will be unveiled at 18.15. Keep your eyes peeled this week; the Swiss air force will be flying around practising for Saturday's airshow. 

Programme details can be found here

You can't watch the race without purchasing a ticket. Be sure to grab yours now before they sell out! http://www.lauberhorn.ch/en/offers/ticketing