Is the Winter Olympics fuelling a demand for ski holidays?

PUBLISHED: 08:12 25 February 2010 | UPDATED: 07:33 30 May 2010

BUDGET airline EasyJet reckon they have caught the current Olympic-like mood of independent British skiers with the launch of their new ski accommodation booking portal at the start of the 2010 ski season. The portal offers flexible accommodation and ski

BUDGET airline EasyJet reckon they have caught the current Olympic-like mood of independent British skiers with the launch of their new ski accommodation booking portal at the start of the 2010 ski season.

The portal offers flexible accommodation and ski pack bookings and has already allowed thousands of skiers to find accommodation to match the best value flights.

Latest booking statistics released by the airline show that skiers are breaking the mould of the traditional Saturday to Saturday ski holiday, and are travelling throughout the week, attracted by the lower fares on mid-week flights.

In addition, accommodation sales show that skiers are looking for convenience and a short airport-resort transfer time, with figures showing the following top ten destinations for easyJet skiers this season:

Chamonix, France

Avoriaz, France

Meribel, France

Les Arcs 1800, France

Pas de la Casa, Andorra

Val d'Isere, France

Kitzbuhel, Austria

Innsbruck, Austria

Soll, Austria

Arinsal, Andorra

EasyJet's Partnership Manager, Charles Martin, said: "France attracts over 50 per cent of all British skiers, so it is no surprise to see French resorts taking the top slots. "Chamonix and Avoriaz are real favorites with British skiers, thanks to the ease of access from Geneva with transfer times of just over and hour, coupled with the wide availability of easyJet flights from across 13 UK airports.

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