Head for the Austrian slopes direct from Knock

Fantastic special offers from only €339 plus taxes

Ireland West Airport Knock in association with ski holiday experts Topflight will operate a weekly series of ski charters direct to Salzburg, the heart of Austria’s ski region, for the winter ski season.

Flights will depart Ireland West Knock every Saturday morning from December 27 to March 28. Topflight has a vast selection of resorts to choose from, all within an easy distance of Salzburg Airport. Topflight currently has some fantastic special offers starting from only €339 plus taxes. A ski holiday is an ideal way to beat the winter blues and with such great value from Topflight, there never has been a better time to hit the slopes and be guaranteed to have an action, fun packed holiday.

Call Topflight on (01 ) 2401700 or visit www.topflight.ie or your local travel agent for a copy of the Winter Ski Brochure 2009 and check out your choice of winter holiday direct with Topflight from Ireland West Airport Knock to Salzburg this winter.

Special offers from Ireland West Airport Knock

Departing on January 10, 17, and 24, based on two sharing for seven nights.

Austria, Soll: Soll Pensions B&B, €339 per person plus tax. January 3, B&B €339 per person plus tax.

Austria, Westendorf: Haus Leo B&B, €499 per person plus tax.

Austria, St Johann: 3* Goldener Lowe H/B, €599 per person plus tax. December 27 B&B from €799 per person plus tax.

Here are Ireland West Airport Knock and Topflight’s tips for enjoying a great snow or ski break:

Enjoy cultural breaks as well. The best time to go for good value is January 10, 17, or 24 to escape the January blues, or else March 7 or 14. Check the Topflight website or your local travel agent for great January deals.

All hotels and public areas are very warm, so bring a warm jacket, a warm sweater, and trousers as well as lined gloves, and keep the glam light tops for evening wear. Don’t overpack the woollies.

Don’t forget a hat.

Bring good sunglasses

A camera is a must for those stunning views.

Wellness resorts with thermal spas in Austria and Germany are excellent for treating yourself and indeed, some of the wellness medical spas can relieve arthritis and other symptoms. Treat yourself.

Here’s a quick round up of Topflight’s top Austrian ski and snow breaks this winter, from its Ski Brochure 2009.

Mayrhofen — great for beginners and intermediate skiers.

Westendorf/Soll/Scheffau, Ellmau and Going — loved by the Irish and great for beginners but also all part of the Ski Welt, the biggest interconnected ski area in Austria.

The Gastein Valley — superb for intermediate and advanced skiers and a unique wellness area.

St Johann — great for groups.

Saalbach — the Saalbach Ski Circus should be a top choice for good skiers, and it is the destination for the Today FM Ian Dempsey Ski Trip this year.

Zell am See — beautiful resort by Lake Zell and great intermediate skiing.

Kitzbuhel — trendy top of the range resort.

And here are some ideas to tempt non-skiers:

St Wolfgang — winter wonderful for occasional skiers and non skiers. Stunning St Wolfgang is set beside the lake, a total winter wonderland dream. Enjoy sleigh rides, balloon rides, cross country skiing – if you want to give it a go, snow shoe walking, Nordic walking, trips to Salzburg to Mozart concerts or even a Sound of Music tour, or visit the spa resort of Bad Ischl with its famous thermal baths just a short bus or taxi ride away.

The Gastein Valley — breathtaking mountain scenery, leisure and wellness facilities, thermal spas and its unique feature, the Heilstollen wellness and healing cave.

Win a ski holiday

Now is the perfect time to book your ski holiday. The Advertiser has teamed up with Topflight — voted best Irish ski company 14 years in a row — to offer you and a friend a chance to win your skiing holiday!

Just think of it – crisp mountain air, miles of piste to ski or snowboard on, blue skies, and après ski just waiting for you. The prize includes a fabulous ski holiday departing January 3 at the popular and centrally located three-star Hotel Post in Westendorf, Austria, with direct flights to Salzburg from Ireland West Airport Knock. The prize includes flights, transfers, and seven nights’ accommodation as well as skis, sticks and boots, ski school, and lift passes.

To enter, visit the Ireland West Airport Knock website on www.irelandwestairport.com and simply click on the competition banner. Terms and conditions apply.

Topflight thanks you for your entry and wishes you luck!

Three-day January ski sale

If you haven’t yet booked your ski holiday for this season, make sure you don’t miss out on Topflight’s three-day January ski sale, starting Monday November 24, where you can save yourself up to 50 per cent off brochure prices. Call Topflight on (01 ) 240 1700, your local travel agent, or visit www.topflight.ie

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