Summer is here
30th May 2009
Resorts are open for summer skiing, the exchange rate is improving while climbing, mountain biking and other activities are in full swing.
It’s the beginning of June and things are looking pretty good out in the Alps.
Our thoughts at PlanetSKI are now on summer in the mountains, so what’s happening?
For a start mobile phone bills are coming down for many British visitors to the Alps as Vodaphone is abolishing roaming charges. They stopped them on monday. Other companies are also discounting and watching the move closely.
Hopefully it will mean the end of high charges, just because you are phoning and texting in Meribel rather than Manchester.Perhaps more significantly for the beleaguered British tourist the exchange rate is slowly but surely improving. £1 buys you 1.15 euros and 1.75 Swiss Francs.
Back in January it was almost 1 for 1 and 1.54 respectively.
Sterling is now at a high against the US dollar.
If it continues like this then perhaps next winter we should be almost back to normality, though of course many of the deals will have been done by travel agent’s and tour operators at today’s rate so prices may not alter much.
However, food and drink will be better and it might be prudent to travel independently again.
Even the economy in the UK is showing signs of picking up with house prices rising 1.2% in May on April, according to figures just released from the Nationwide building society.
Over the next few months we’ll be bringing you all the news, information, features and videos of summer out in the mountains.
Our content editor, James Cove, has updated his blog with his continued amazement that more people haven’t discovered the joys of summer at altitiude.
And we will be looking at all the things going on. We have a preview of the Tour de France that is coming to the Swiss Alps next month.
So which resort is it and how did the Swiss persuade The Tour to come?
And just in case you don’t think there’s much to be take a look at the video below on how you can go toboganning (sort of) without snow.
And don’t forget to take a look at the “Photos of the week” on the homepage that has been updated with some images from summer.
For the spirit of the mountains.