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DITCH the drab and grey nights this winter and head to the crisp, clean air of Morzine in France. And before you whimper 'but I've already had my holiday quota this year' think again.

Life is busy these days and it can be impossible for some of us to get away for a full week's skiing, especially if we've already taken a week or two during the summer. And so, the birth of Short Break & Weekend Skiing is upon us.

Short Break skiing is the perfect opportunity for anyone who can't manage a Friday to Friday or Saturday to Saturday ski holiday. So Irish ski specialist Ski McNeill is offering to tailor a short break to suit any time schedule, be it a two-day jaunt or six nights away.

There are all sorts of things that can be done to give you extra time, such as short transfer times from the airport, delivering your lift passes, having meals ready on arrival and pre-booking any chosen activities.Literally, you could take off on an early morning flight from your local airport and be on the slopes by mid afternoon - and this is after lunch and boot fittings!

Of course, there are great many short break ski destinations, a pretty, Savoyard resort called Morzine is among the best - a super spot only 1.5 hours from Geneva Airport.

Nestling in the French Alps, Morzine is connected one of Europe's largest ski areas, offering a vast expanse of varied and exciting ski terrain, suitable for all grades of skier.

It is lovely to have the luxury of miles and miles of world-class skiing while still being able to retire to a traditional village resort every evening.

The resort itself is a charming little place, bursting at the seams with all sorts of winter-wonderland activities.

You can book a full itinerary so you make the most of your short break and do not miss out on anything.

The torch-lit descent from a mountain restaurant takes about 45 minutes and is a real favourite.

Alternatively, you may prefer a helicopter ride among the peaks, and if this sounds good then there's always the option to combine the ride with a cosy mountain dinner - how's that sound for a Saturday night out?!

From touch down you will be met by a skidoo to complete the final leg of this somewhat 'alternative' dinner date.

Literally, there are enough activities in Morzine to keep you going back year after year. But what you want to do when you get there is all up to you.

Maybe you just want to relax in the alpine surrounds, visiting the boutiques and absorbing the fine scenery, or maybe you would like a ski guide to get you aquainted with the area.

In the streets of Morzine, you will find classy boutiques and a great range of restaurants and bars, from the intimate to the more lively spots.

And if you really fancy a top notch break then you should consider Ski McNeill's Premier Plus upgrade.

On top of the flights and accommodation you book, for as little as pounds 6 per person per day, you will be the happy recipient of some extra special attention and service.

For further information on Morzine, or other Short Break Skiing ideas that they are working on, contact

You can visit the site, e-mail "" or telephone (ROI) 1890 886 100 or (NI) 028 9066 6699.


FAST AND FURIOUS: A skier takes advantage of a short break at Morzine
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Oct 13, 2002
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