Add some Olympic flavour to your winter holiday

Date Posted: 23/01/2014

Skier in Lech, Austria.

As Sochi, Russia prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in February, we take a look at some of the best winter holiday experiences to channel your group’s inner Olympian. 

From ski racing to bobsleighing, you can practise some of the sports featured in the Winter Olympics with these group holiday packages.

Master the Giant Slalom in Courchevel 1650

Powder White’s package is great for adrenaline junkies who want to master the Giant Slalom discipline and get more from the mountains this season. It includes six hours of Giant Slalom training with professional race coaches.

Skiers will learn to master the gates before a competitive ‘knock out’ session, where newly acquired skills will be put to the ultimate test. The day’s training takes place on the famous

La Tania Stade run. Originally built for the 1992 Olympics, it’s a demanding red run perfect for advanced skiers looking for a challenge.

Get inspired while Olympians train at Le Snowpark in Tignes

Aspiring freestyle skiers and boarders can practice their favourite tricks at the famous Le Snowpark in Tignes.

Choose from green, blue, red or black levels and enjoy riding on the tables and rails of the snowpark, most of which have been ridden by the best freestylers during the X Games.

The expert line of the snowpark will serve as the Canadian slopestyle team’s HQ while they train for the Sochi Olympics.

Become a ‘Cool Runnings’ champion on an Olympic bobsleigh track

La Plagne in the French Alps is home to an Olympic bobsleigh track offering groups the chance to race down the slopes by bob-rafting, speed-luging or bob-racing while overlooking the views of Mont Blanc and the Beaufortian ranges.

Bob-rafting is a self-piloted, self-braking vehicle that fits up to four people. Or try speed-luging, in a half-sitting and half-lying position and descend around 90km/h.

Cross-country skiing at Kristiania Lech Mountain Retreat.

The real challenge is bob-racing, where visitors can take a seat behind a professional driver for a descent of up to 120km/h, giving a taste of a real competition run.

Stay at the Kristiania hotel in Lech

The Kristiania hotel in Austria’s quintessential ski resort of Lech was founded by Othmar Schneider, born in Lech in 1928 and a former Olympic gold medal winning skier.

Guests can get inspired with the original Olympic medals available to view at the hotel as well as hear the tales of growing up with an Olympic champion first hand from Othmar’s daughter Gertrud who now manages the hotel. 

For those looking to emulate him on the slopes, Lech is home to 180-kilometre-high Alpine deep snow runs, as well as cross-country skiing and the famous White Ring circuit, which holds races every year

Race down the 1992 Olympic ski run in Val d'Isère

Located at the bottom of La Face you will find the Chalet Eagle's Nest. Only 300 metres away and accessible on skis is the nearest La Face piste that was used for the 1992 Winter Olympics and the 2009 World Championships.

The infamous piste is often mogulled from top to bottom, remaining a key challenge for expert skiers. 

Eagle’s Nest is a traditional ski chalet built of wood and stone, guarded by a three-metre-high bronze eagle. Inside features include a sauna, steam room, pool with jet-stream and outdoor hot tub so skiers can relax after a hard day on the slopes.

Skate like an Olympian in Vancouver

Master a double-axel jump at the Trout Lake Ice Rink, the official figure skating training venue used for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

The rink is an east Vancouver gem situated at John Hendry Park and was retrofitted for community use after the Olympics were over.

Groups can follow in the footsteps of some of the British Olympians with a package from Scott Dunn, from ice-dancer contestants Sinead and John Kerr to figure skater Jenna McCorkell, all of which trained on this Olympic-sized ice rink.

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