Posted by Hayden Allen-Vercoe on Wed 17th September 2008 at 08:45 AM, Filed in Adventure HolidaysAlternative DestinationsExtreme HolidaysWinter Trips

If you love a good walk or perhaps you are looking for a holiday with a little more culture combined with a feeling of achievement then you may want to think about trekking in The Atlas Mountains.

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Trekking is growing in popularity as people are ditching the beach for some decent exercise, great air and stunning views.

For those of you that may not know, The Atlas Mountains are situated in Morocco (North Africa), about 1 ½ hours from Marrakesh airport. Like most mountain ranges, in the winter there’s snow and in the summer there’s sun. The setting is absolutely stunning and the mountains are inhabited by the ‘Original’ Moroccans – The Berber Tribes.

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If you’re looking for culture then you really have to look no further. Many of the Berber tribes retain traditional ways of life and are incredibly friendly people.

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(Mohammed, A Mountain Guide from TrekkingInMorocco.com)

There are a couple of fantastic places to stay in the mountains, notably The Kasbah Du Toubkal along with some of the Berber houses too.

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We suggest you start by taking a look at the Trekking In Morocco website and gauging what level of trek you want to do. From 1/2 day to 40 days trekking, there is certainly something for all levels of fitness.

Posted by Tom Wilkins on Tue 17th June 2008 at 06:43 AM, Filed in CampingExtreme HolidaysTravel AccessoriesWinter Trips

I recently discovered a great hand cream formula that actually did everything it said it would! Caled Lotil, this little 50ml tube should have a place in your suitcase or rucksack wherever the destination. What I really like about this stuff is that it’s such good quality for so little money - because it’s a little thicker it goes that much further.

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It’s suitable for any skin, just about anywhere on your body so perfect for after shaving, hiking, or as a moisturising formula after sunbathing.

A must have item at £2.99 a tube! (available in Boots)

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Posted by Ruth Miller on Thu 3rd January 2008 at 06:00 AM, Filed in SkiingHotelsWinter Trips

In terms of hotels in Aspen you should give serious consideration to Hotel Lenado. A small, friendly boutique hotel with a cosy 19 rooms. The location is close to the centre of Aspen so great for night life and restaurants. Also perfectly positioned for the slopes.

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The decor of the hotel is contemporary, stylish and very sumptuous. The lounge is open plan with a stunning floor to ceiling fireplace and a small bar. The roof top incorporates an amazing hot tub with beautiful views over Aspen Mountain.

The rooms are individually decorated and incorporate four poster hickory or carved applewood beds, bathrobes and TV’s. For the luxury focused there are Deluxe Smuggler rooms which include DVD’s, woodburning stoves, mini bars, private balconies and hot tubs…

I would say that the Lenado is uber luxurious, unpretentious and very homely. During ski season, double bedrooms go for £170 ($320) per night.

Posted by Ruth Miller on Wed 5th December 2007 at 06:00 AM, Filed in SkiingWinter Trips

Skiing is fast becoming about where the snow has the highest probability of falling. Slushy slopes are not what any of us want…

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So La Clusaz in Haute-Savoie France could well fit this requirement because it has one of the best snow records in europe and great resort atmosphere to boot.

If you’re going for Christmas, which is a great time to go incidentally, you can enjoy the feast of Christmas celebrations (Pestacles du Père Noël). You also get circus workshops, fireworks displays, Santa’s grotto and street entertainers.

One of the best hotels in La Clusaz is the Hotel Alpen Roc which does very reasonable half board deals.

Posted by Ruth Miller on Thu 22nd November 2007 at 02:17 PM, Filed in SkiingHotelsWinter Trips

We all know how spectacular the scenery in Switzerland can be - therefore where better to get hold of some guaranteed powder. Jungfrau a domineering mountain reaching up 4,000 meters could be just the place for a spot of Christmas skiing - and includes some of the most breathtaking views in the Alps.

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Basing yourself at Grindelwald, which is one of the best equipped resorts in the area - you can enjoy toboggan runs, one of which winds beneath the Eiger, skating, cross country skiing and snow shoeing.

It’s very unlikely that you will be lacking snow at these sorts of altitudes - but if fresh powder does become thin on the ground you can always take a train to Europe’s highest railway station, situated at 3,454 metres.

Discounts are usually offered in Autumn with something like the four star Hotel Scheizerhorf costing around £1,457 ($3,000) per person half board.

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