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Our team of Ski experts all have dozens of years experience selling skiing & snowboarding holidays, they have worked in the ski industry for an average of 30-35 years and all have many loyal customers who come back year after year for their expert advice. What's more, every member of the team is a passionate skier or boarder just like yourselves and they take regular ski holidays with their own friends and family, between them they have visited every major ski resort in all the top destinations across Europe, the USA & Canada and beyond! This gives them a fantastic understanding of your holiday needs and the knowledge needed to find the perfect ski trip for you. Because we work with all the top ski operators and specialist ski providers, without being tied to any specific one, they can also get you your perfect ski holiday at the best possible price!

So if you're looking for your next ski holiday and want the best deal, call us now and let us do all the work for's the only call you'll need to make.

Our Ski Experts...

Nigel Furlong

Your Ski Personal Travel Agent

I’ve worked in Travel for over 12 years. Born in Wales and brought up in Africa I got the taste for travel and the great outdoors very early in life. I’m widely travelled and have accompanied groups on sports tours to North America, Singapore, Australia and Fiji and on ski tours to California, New England, Colorado, Norway and Austria. I’m fanatical about winter sports and spend most of my time on snow on a snowboard – although I ski as well. I’ve skied in many major European, USA & Canadian resorts. Let me give you an exclusive insight into the world of ski and board holidays - expert product knowledge, impartial, sound advice and guidance when making your booking journey. My Motto – Tell me your ski dream and I’ll find the holiday.

Helen Furlong

Your Ski Personal Travel Agent

I recently celebrated 30 years in the travel business. I’m widely travelled and worked for tour operators in a wide range of ski and non-ski destinations including Australia, Barbados, USA and Canada, Egypt, and Greece. I enjoyed ski seasons as resort Manager in North America, Andorra, Italy and Austria! As a family we’re fanatical about winter sports and have skied in most major European, USA & Canadian resorts. I can offer product expertise, exclusive deals, impartial advice, attention to detail and high levels of personal service before, during and after your holiday is booked – all at highly competitive prices for groups and individuals. All this plus the security of knowing your holiday is financially secure and with the benefit of getting Co-operative membership points as well.

Julie Bowden

Your Ski Personal Travel Agent

A keen skier for 30 years, I have visited all major resorts in Europe, the USA and Japan; I now specialise in using my in depth knowledge of worldwide travel combined with skiing expertise to advise my extensive customer database on skiing holidays and worldwide destinations. Whether you’re looking for your first or 10th skiing holiday, an unusual combination of destinations, a tailor-made itinerary, or advice on the best time to combine Orang-utan watching in Borneo with skiing in Japan - just ask! No enquiry is too much trouble, be it large or small.

Sam Smith

Your Ski Personal Travel Agent

Skiing is my passion and over the years I've been fortunate enough to have travelled to many of the European and Eastern European ski resorts. I'm familiar with all the best resorts for skiers and snowboarders of all levels from novice to advanced. It's been my pleasure to help all my customers find the right resort to suit them over the last 18 years I've spent working in the travel industry. I welcome groups (large and small) couples and singles too and benefit from the most advanced search system in the travel industry so as to ensure I find the best holiday to suit your needs. All our holidays are ABTA + ATOL bonded for your peace of mind so sit back and let me take the stress away from the finding you the perfect ski or snowboarding holiday!

Kevin Gill

Your Ski Personal Travel Agent

I have worked in the Travel Industry for nearly 30 years having been fortunate to have visited over 60 ski resorts in Europe & North America as well as having worked in various Ski Resorts. I am part of a team of experienced travel professionals and have the time, expertise to care about finding what’s right for you and as a Ski holiday specialist I will help you find your dream ski destination whatever your requirements from total beginners to all levels.

Andy and Gina Meredith

Your Ski Personal Travel Agent

Between us we have over 30 years’ experience in travel, nearly 25 years of which have been spent specialising in skiing and boarding. Our favourite ski area is North America, Gina was fortunate enough to learn to ski in Quebec and Mont St Anne. We have since expanded our knowledge to encompass the many ski resorts of Europe, with St Martin de Belleville being a good example of what we appreciate most in a ski resort i.e. the all-round holiday experience of great skiing coupled with a traditional village atmosphere and quality après ski. We pride ourselves in being able to recommend resorts best suited to the needs of our customers whether they are beginners starting out for the first time on skis, or experts in search of that adrenaline rush! We realise that you probably have some idea of your ideal ski holiday already in mind when you contact us. This is why we take the time to listen to our clients before making any recommendations and then searching for the best resort and accommodation at the right price to create that perfect package. We search - you ski!

Freddie Skelton

Your Ski Personal Travel Agent

I have worked in the Travel Industry for over 20 years years having been fortunate to have visited many Ski Resorts all over the world, so can recommend many resorts with personal experience. I am part of a team of experienced travel professionals and have the time and expertise to care about finding what’s right for you and your next holiday.

Customer Feedback

Here's just a small selection of the great feedback the team have received from our customers recently.

Helen & Nigel Furlong: 

Hi Nigel
We would like to send a very big thank you to you for organizing the trip to Kranjska Gora. Everything was very well organized and the schedule ran like clockwork. The hotel and transfer were excellent and in spite of the resort being quite busy we got first class attention. It was so good to be with a group of supporters. They were great company and Gary and I had a brilliant time.
In spite a monsoon on the drive down to Stansted, a rainy day in Kranjska Gora and a disappointing result for Dave we had an absolutely fantastic weekend. The resort was charming, the hotel and staff were warm and welcoming, the GB team, together with a large number of the competitors, were based in our hotel and the organizers of the event were determined to make the competition a memorable one.
It is the first time that we have been to Slovenia ( it was Yugoslavia when we were last there !!) but I am certain we will go there again.
Thank you so much for such a well organized trip and I hope that you might do something like it again next year.
Many thanks from us both

Received From: Muriel

Hello Helen
Wow, what a fantastic holiday and THANK YOU. Your help went for a trouble free wonderful holiday in Zermatt and we are very grateful.
Kind regards

Received From: Melle Laing

Nigel it was wonderful thank you. Thanks for organising at short notice I will be in touch when the next one is due.

Received From: Chris

Helen & Nigel, just wanted to say a huge thank you for organising our wonderful Christmas holiday in Hinterglemm. The lack of snow was a disappointment, but at least we had some! The hotel Alpin Juwel was awesome, thank you for getting us the (free) upgrade. Super surprise that you organised Clare and Oliver to be in resort.
Your service is always first class and never disappoints, you really are Ski Holiday experts!

Received From: Daralyn, Paul, Bryony & Gabe

Hi Helen, Happy New Year to you, Mayrhofen was incredible, we all had such a good time and we were very lucky with the snow! New Years Eve all went to plan and Katie said yes!! Here are a couple of links to a few pictures from the day.
Thanks for your help with putting me in contact with Crystal before we travelled. The reps in resort were fantastic with helping arrange the proposal and it came as a big surprise to Katie on the day which was fab!

Received From: Phil

Hi Helen, just wanted to say thank you very much for the lovely Christmas card, and for all of your help with booking our ski trip this year. You were very friendly and helpful, we will definitely look to book again with you in 2015 and will recommend you to friends and family!
Have a lovely Christmas

Received From: Helena

Hello Helen, hope you have had a wonderful Christmas.
As I sit at Salzburg airport reading about the terrible problems in France and indeed Europe and have found a moment to send you a group photo taken on the Saalbach slopes yesterday of Daralyn and her family with myself and Oliver and to say thanks for arranging it all.
Our hotel was just amazing. Best ski hotel we have ever stayed in. Suite was stunning. Perfect hotel.
Daralyn and I are looking closely at our options for next year.
Thanks again.

Received From: Clare


Julie Bowden: 

Hi Julie has been exceptionally helpful and very friendly. Always going that extra mile. Rings when she says she will. Would definitely recommend going to her for any holiday destination. I'll be phoning soon to book more flights. Thanks for all your help x

Received From: Michelle Charlton

Thank you Julie for the help and advice you gave us in our quest to find the right ski holiday for my family and me. You were extremely knowledgeable and informative giving excellent descriptions of both resort and hotel.

Received From: Bernadette Spencer

Julie has booked virtually all our holidays for some years now and we've always been absolutely delighted with her service. Julie has always worked tirelessly to to identify the best accommodation, options and flights - her knowledge of the travel industry is second to none. We're now looking forward to booking our next trip with her.

Received From: Nick Carpmael

Hi Julie, firstly thank you thank you thank you! We loved Alpes Duez , Belle Aurore was perfect for us and amazingly we skied every day, not all of it was open but enough for us, want to go back when its all open and ski more of it.
I would reccommend you to anyone who wanted advice, you knew what you were talking about and assessed our needs perfectly. Now to start saving for next year ha ha.... thank you once again Sally & Joe x

Received From: Sally Goldfinch

I have used Julie for many years now & she is always very helpful, knowledgeable & patient, she needs to be patient as I like to go to places that are a bit off the beaten track & not generally your standard package deal! She always does this with enthusiasm & always beats competitors on price. I have passed her details on to many friends over the years as I have confidence in her abilities to provide an excellent service

Received From: Nick Herdman

Julie is exceptional when it comes to destination knowledge, organising group and family holidays including weekend trips. I’ve I’ve benefited from Julie’s expertise for approximately 6 years and during that time, every single holiday we’ve had has been arranged by her and has been fantastic.
Those holidays have included large group snowboarding/skiing holidays, typical family holidays and long weekend breaks including Lapland and Niagara Falls.
Many of the holidays we’ve had have included tours specifically organised by Julie, they were excellent and seamless, this has meant that our holidays have not been stressful in terms of worrying about the quality of the tour we’ve organised or the transportation or the venue we’re staying at. No stress means a much better holiday!
Julie has clearly experienced the destinations first hand and/or performed intensive due diligence to ensure the experience is second to none and it always has been.
I can always relax in the knowledge that everything will have been organised in the best possible way and our holidays have been truly memorable.

Received From: Shane Lukas


David Tonks: 

Got back from skiing on Sunday. Had a great time!! Mixed weather but good snow. Can thoroughly recommend the Hotel Principi de Piemonte. Very comfortable, good food, amazing shuttle bus service, great spa, ski-in-ski-out. Thanks for your help.

Received From: Simon Wootton

Our trip to Mayrhofen was excellent thank you. Everything was perfect thanks. Can you give me more details regarding the early booking offers for next year, many thanks, Manesh

Received From: Manesh Jogi

The sking holiday was great and thanks for all your help in sorting it out for us. The hotel was superb one of the best. They are all talking about next year already so if you can keep it in the back of your mine we would like to go to Austria. Many thanks Graham

Received From: Graham Stretton


Freddie Skelton: 

Service is always excellent , Freddie Skelton is always very helpful and always goes that extra mile to sort my holidays out

Received From: Mr Currell

Booked the holiday at fairly short notice with Freddie the Personal Travel Advisor, and it was a hassle free experience taking no time at all. We secured a superb room at the hotel and although our return flight had been significantly delayed with the hotel and reps being of little help, a quick call to Freddie and he went above and beyond to try and gain information on our delay. I would not hesitate to use or recommend Freddie & Midcounties Co-op travel service again.

Received From: Mr Flood

Fred has been amazing, yet again today. No fuss, honest, to the point, knows what I want and gets it done in a great friendly and professional way. A great asset, would not book with anybody else.

Received From: Christine

Just a very quick note to say I think Freddie is first class. Nothing is too much trouble for him. I have booked lots of my holidays through him and to be honest I wouldn’t use anyone else now. So thank you.

Received From: Glenys

Fred is always very knowledgeable about the skiing areas and able to provide all the correct amenities for our holiday at a good price.

Received From: Mrs Tattum


Andy & Gina Meredith: 

Hi Gina and Andy, Thanks! We are all back home safe 'n sound and back to the grindstone!
Everyone had a fantastic time. The skiing/boarding was great. The lads said the Snowpark was awesome. We had superb weather, runs to resort were slushy being end of season but higher up were great.
Would definitely go back to Les Deux Alpes.
Thanks for all your help!
Kind Regards, Heidi

Received From: Heidi

Hi Andy and Gina, It was brilliant! One of the best holidays I have had and cheap as well. You'll be seeing us again next year for sure.
Many thanks
Crystal were nearly as good as you as well.

Received From: Richard Dawson Noone

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