Range of new resorts boostsSki Independence programme

Range of new resorts boostsSki Independence programme

SPECIALIST operator Ski Independence has added the winter sports resorts of Fernie, Big White and Sun Peaks in British Columbia to its Canadian programme for the 1999/2000 season.

It now features eight resort areas, with a lead-in price of £579 for seven nights bed-and-breakfast accommodation at the Wolf's Den Lodge in Fernie.

This includes scheduled flights from London to Calgary. UK regional departures are via Heathrow, or from Manchester and Glasgow via Toronto with Air Canada. Departures operate from December 4 to April 8 2000. Other durations include 10 and 14-night holidays. Prices for the millennium period of December 25-January 1 start at £1,129 in Fernie.

The operator also features seven-night two-centres at Sun Peaks and Big White from £749 including car and return flights from Kamloops. Other resorts include Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise and Whistler in the west and Tremblant in Quebec.

Product manager Nick Laver said:"Fernie is a developing resort with a huge snow record and a ski area as big as Breckenridge, Colorado. It also has the only ski-in/ski-out facility in the region, so it is a convenient, as well as cheap, place to stay."

Laver added that Sun Peaks had been included in response to customer demand.

"It has a very good infrastructure and quality accommodation and is a short onward flight from Vancouver. Sun Peaks is ideal for families and also works well as a twin-centre with Big White," he said.

Ski Independence has upgraded the level of service at its six-bedroom Renoirs catered chalet in Whistler. Additional features include TVs in every bedroom, robes for each guest, a champagne reception and choice of wines with dinner. One-week prices start at £589 with flights.

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