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Snowboarding Europe's mega-areas

Week of September 21-28, 1995

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Q: I'm looking for a European snowboard trip this winter, preferably in Switzerland, France, or Italy. If you or anyone you know has some information, please write.
John Scola
Boston, MA

A: You're headed in the right direction: Bypass annoying lift lines in the Rockies, grab your board, and head for the mega-snow domain of Les Trois Vallees in France. This monster resort--it has five separate ski areas, 200 ski lifts, and over 400 miles of skiable terrain--allows snowboarding wherever skiers can go. Adventures on Skis, 800-628-9655, offers all-inclusive packages to Les Trois Vallees, starting from $1225 per person, including round-trip airfare from New York, ground transportation, six nights lodging, and daily breakfasts and dinners. An additional $218 buys you a six-day lift ticket to all five areas. Call the French Tourism Board, 212-838-7800, for more information.

SwissPak, 800-688-7947, offers snowboarders special packages to Davos resort, located 75 miles from Zurich, Switzerland. Starting at $1162 per person, you'll get round-trip airfare from New York to Zurich, second-class rail transfers, a seven-day ski pass, and a shared double or four-person room for six nights at what is known as the "first Swiss snowboard hotel," the Bolgenschanz. This includes a daily buffet breakfast and dinner. A package with everything except airfare starts at $644 per person. Call the Swiss Tourism Board, 212-757-5944, or the Italian Tourism Board, 212-245-4822, for more information. For more information on European resorts, check out our Outside Winter Travel Guide.

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