Pitchup to an affordable ski holiday this winter
Nov 10 2014 Posted by Samantha Marsh
Piste off with the high prices of ski accommodation? Outdoor accommodation specialist Pitchup.com is offering a budget alternative this winter. Whilst self catering once offered a better value option, increasingly it is becoming prohibitively expensive.
The outdoor accommodation specialist has a number of lodges, pods, wigwams and touring choices close to resorts throughout Europe with accommodation options starting at less than £20 per night.
Commenting Dan Yates, founder of Pitchup.com, says “It’s not always front of mind to consider non chalet-style properties, but they’re well worth considering if you are looking for an exceptional value ski break.”
So get those skis and snowboards out and book a bargain break from Pitchup.com:
There has already been some snowfall on the highest Scottish peaks so is this winter set to be a bumper one for skiing at home? Loch Tay Highland Lodges is just 40 miles south of Scotland’s largest ski area at Glenshee. Set within 2,000 acres of mountains and forest, this ski centre comprises an impressive 36 runs across 40km of pistes. Loch Tay Highland Lodges provides the ideal base for winter sports enthusiasts as there are plenty of other outdoor activities on offer including hiking, cycling and fishing. The site also features its own restaurant with loch views. Winter accommodation ranges from wigwams and domes to a high-tech woodland cabin, with prices starting from as little as £40 per night for a basic wigwam. The cosy woodland cabins come with views of the loch and surrounding mountains, fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom, flatscreen TVs, iPod dock and a woodburning stove. These cost from £80 per night and can sleep up to six people. Anyone staying between now and 23rd December will receive a 15% discount.
Plough through the Sierra Nevada
If a combination of sun and snow makes for an ideal holiday then a break in Beas de Granada is just the ticket! This peaceful village is located on the verge of a national park and offers spectacular views towards the Sierra Nevada mountain ranges. It’s approximately 1.5 hours from the main ski areas providing a warm escape after a day on the slopes - average daily temperatures even in winter rarely drop below 15℃. Camping Alto de Viñuelas is a pretty campsite which features its own bar, restaurant and shop meaning visitors will have ample facilities to return to after a hard day of winter sports. Visitors will need to bring their own motorhome or caravan but with pitches costing from just £17.34 per night it’s an absolute bargain! Leaving more to spend on lift passes and equipment. The Sierra Nevada ski resort is Europe’s most southerly resort offering 79 pistes with the majority most suited to beginner or intermediate skiers and boarders.
City & ski combo!
Camping El Berguedà is situated between the culture, fashion and fun of Barcelona and the fantastic ski resorts of the Spanish Pyrenees. Port Del Comte is one of the nearest main ski resorts offering access to 31 pistes with all levels of ability catered for. Fresh snow is forecast soon meaning the resort could be up and running before December! Accommodation at Camping El Berguedà is offered as either touring pitches or in more luxurious log cabins. The cabins can sleep up to four and feature kitchens, living and dining areas, bathroom and two bedrooms. A one-night stay costs just £69.35. There are a number of activities and attractions within easy reach and for a day away from the slopes, the city of Barcelona is just a 90-minute drive away.
For more information visit www.pitchup.com. All prices correct at time of writing.
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Founded in 2009 by former lastminute.com man, Dan Yates, multi-award winning Pitchup.com is a free guide to all types of outdoor accommodation in the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Croatia, Luxembourg, Austria, Poland and Switzerland. Pitchup.com, which currently lists over 5,800 sites, provides users with a simple platform in which they can search and book an outdoor holiday with total ease: the customer journey from landing on the homepage through to booking a holiday can be completed in as little as four pages. The site also goes beyond traditional searches by allowing users to search for accommodation based on more than 80 criteria, such as adults only and campfires allowed, and view nearby events, Good Pub Guide pubs and VisitBritain attractions. It’s also possible to check out water bathing water quality in the surrounding area with data provided by the European Environment Agency. Users can also search on the offers page to find the best deals available.
In 2013 Pitchup.com became the first business of its type to launch a bookable mobile app and site, making the site easily accessible to users of mobile and tablet devices. The mobile site, m.pitchup.com, now accounts for 20% of bookings.
Pitchup.com enables users to search for all types of parks and sites from the major brands right through to one-off campsites and unique outdoor accommodation options, which may not have previously had a web presence.
Awards include Best UK Travel Website of the Year at the British Travel Press Awards 2011, and most recently Best Travel / Leisure / Sports / Mobile Strategy / Campaign at the Marketing on Mobile Awards 2014.