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March 12, 2010 at 10:57 am / by

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Cheap deals, secret resort and a big pancake!

Dear Hannah,

Mad Dog has been digging about in the snow to find you some juicy bits and pieces from the ski world. Gnaw away!

Top ten ski resorts
Those folk at easyJet have declared that the top ten resorts Brits are visiting are:

1. Chamonix, France
2. Avoriaz, France
3. Meribel, France
4. Les Arcs 1800, France
5. Pas de la Casa, Andorra
6. Val d’Isere, France
7. Kitzbuhel, Austria
8. Innsbruck, Austria
9. Soll, Austria
10. Arinsal, Andorra

They also say that more people are abandoning the Saturday-to-Saturday format, to make the most of midweek flight prices. Er, this is all according to their new accommodation booking portal though, so they are getting their info from the easyJet-friendly DIY holidaymaker. Still, always interesting to see where everyone is going. How many have you been to?

Best of the festivals

espn, xgamesThere are so many festivals going on in the mountains these days it’s amazing the snowflakes can squeeze in in between the revellers. Here, courtesy of is a round-up of the best


Altitude Festival, Meribel 20th-26th March 2010 This festival boasts stand-up comedy from some of the UK’s most popular performers, plus screenings of comedy films and live music throughout the week. This year’s line-up includes performances from Newton Faulkner, comedy from Phil Jupitus and music from DJ Yoda.

Click here for the rest of the festivals

Deals of the fortnight

alp d'huezGrab your longjohns and be gone by the weekend!

Montgenevre, France from £330
7 nights in a catered chalet
Departing 13/14 March 2010
Flights available from £110 per person (including tax and one bag)
01737 852242 or

Serre Chevalier, France from £330
7 nights chalet board in Chalet Amandier
Departing 13/14 March 2010
Flights available from £110 per person (including tax and one bag)
01737 852242 or

Click here to see all the deals

Merano 2000

A little secret..

Can’t imagine anything worse than traipsing along to those top ten resorts with all the other Brits?

Take a tip from Mad Dog’s Kate who spent last week in the South Tyrol, where she was pretty much the only person on the slopes.

She was in Meran 2000 and reported that there were: “More restaurants (10) than lifts (six) and only half a black run (I kid you not) but gorgeous ego snow and EMPTY! No queues and lovely sun (just as well as lifts are old and slooooow).”

Not long after she also emailed in that the wine on the mountain cost a mere €1.30. We think she may have found her heaven…

Check out her full dispatch here.

austrian pancakes

Time for an Austrian pancake!

For anyone who missed out on pancake day, here’s a real showstopper: the Austrian Kaiserschmarren. A favourite in mountaintop restaurants, this is a fine dish to fatten up your March – it’s still cold enough in the UK to warrant a bit of comfort eating!

120 g (4.2 oz/ ¾ cup) flour
3 eggs, separated
30 g (1 oz/ 2 tablespoons) sugar
A pinch of salt
About ¼ litre (1 cup) milk
3 tablespoons butter

Mix the flour, egg yolks, sugar and salt with the necessary amount of milk to make a viscous batter. Let rest for 30 minutes.

Then beat the egg whites until stiff and carefully fold them into the batter. Heat the butter in a pan, pour in the batter and sprinkle with raisins as desired.

Fry on the underside until golden brown, turn and finish cooking over low heat. Using two forks, tear the pancake into small pieces and brown again very briefly. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar and serve with a fruity side dish like stewed plums or any kind of fruit compote.

For a printable version of the recipe click here

(recipe courtesy of


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