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Hitting the slopes won’t break the bank this winter
The winter sports season starts early this year at Bristol International, with the first charter ski flight taking off from the airport on 6 December – a fortnight earlier than in previous years. And sales are holding up well, despite predictions that ski holidays might fall victim to consumer cost-cutting. Specialist ski operator, Inghams, kicks off its Bristol programme with a weekly departure to Kittila in Finland, where skiers can combine the pleasures of the piste with snowmobiling, a husky dog safari or a search for the legendary Northern Lights. And because of Kittila’s location in the Arctic Circle, snow falls earlier than in other European resorts. Shaun Browne, Aviation Director at Bristol International Airport, said: “Ski holidays have always been very popular with the South West and Wales travel market, and operators and ski resorts have responded to the recession with a raft of money saving offers on everything from lift passes to boot hire. The result is that the slopes of Europe are more accessible than ever this winter.”
Other highlights of this winter’s ski programme from Bristol International include:
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