Top 5 Jaw Dropping Ski Chalets!

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With the sun in the sky and a cocktail in hand the winter months seem so far away. However, in ski resorts across the world chalets, apartments and hotel rooms are being booked up for the winter season, with skiers and boarders ensuring they don’t miss out on this seasons snow. Ski holidays are a great opportunity to do something different with the family or with friends and we have scoured the globe and picked our top 5 favourite luxury chalets to get you in the mood for this year’s season!

Petit Palais, Courcheval, France

This stylish chalet includes a cinema, gym, swimming pool, sauna, 7 bedrooms and even your own nightclub with lights, dancefloor and decks! Petit Palais is situated just off the slopes and is available to ski in and out of. The diner hosts amazing views of the Alpes and even comes with a butler to serve you food and drinks and your own chef to cook you meals.

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Big Horn, Revelstoke, Canada

This 15,000sq ft. chalet in Canada features 8 en-suite bedrooms, a large indoor pool, cinema and even its own helipad! Located at the base of Revelstoke Mountain, it’s the perfect place for large families and groups. One of our favourite features is the outdoor hot tub that has an integrated sound system and overlooks the valley.

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Zermatt Peak, Zermatt, Switzerland

This luxurious chalet resembles something out of a Bond film. The property is decked out with walnut flooring, crystal chandeliers, multiple saunas and high end technology. The chalet is located in the centre of Zermatt and hosts breath taking panoramic views across the entire village and surrounding mountain ranges.

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Toit Du Monde, Val D’Isere, France

Toit Du Monde (Roof of the world) has been created from an old monastery and is the combination of two chalets. This property has cinema screens hidden away that appear at the touch of a button and swimming pools which emerge from underneath the flooring. On exploring the chalet you will also find two massage rooms, two wine cellars and 8 bedrooms with a ski in ski out basement.

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Akasha, Whistler, Canada

This mini palace built into the mountains of the famous resort of Whistler in Canada boasts amazing views and luxury beyond compare! Our favourite feature of this chalet is the indoor pool, which is watched over by carved totems. The pool is fed by a stream, which flows down over sculpted rock and into the hot tub carved from stone, all with amazing views of Whistler and the surrounding mountain ranges.

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If these chalets haven’t got you in the mood for this year’s ski season then we don’t know what will! Shareagift is the perfect platform to collect money from friends and family towards to ultimate ski break. Collect money online and fund an amazing winter holiday that you will never forget! A skiing holiday can also be a great group gift idea for a birthday present or even for a stag do, and Shareagift makes it easy for you to save towards the perfect present.

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Top 5 Outdoor Sports You Must Try This Summer!

The sun is shining; crowds are flocking to Wimbledon for the opening day of the two week Tennis extravaganza and the met office have announced record-breaking temperatures across the UK this week, summer has officially begun! With Wimbledon and the sunny weather in mind we have compiled a list of outdoor sports you must try this summer!

1 – Segway Polo

Segway polo is similar to horse polo except that you ride a Segway rather than playing on horseback. The sport has grown in leaps and bounds, mainly because there is no specific fitness level or age restriction required to play, which means it is accessible to all. The sport is also amazing to watch as you can see in the video below and this year Germany are hosting the official Segway Polo world cup in Cologne from the 16th to the 19th of July.

2 – Quidditch

Quidditch is a sport to come out of the Harry Potter universe and was created in 2005, although it is still quite young it is played across the world and is actively growing. The sport consists of two teams running around on broomsticks. There are essentially two ways to score points; the first is by throwing deflated volleyballs through hoops at either end of the playing field. The other is to catch ‘the snitch’ which is a tennis ball in a sock hanging from the shorts of someone dressed in yellow that runs around the area trying to avoid being caught. Confused? So are we! Have a look at this video for a guide to Quidditch in 2 minutes.

3 – Dragon Boat Racing

Originating in China, dragon boats are human powered watercraft, usually decorated by Chinese patterns with a dragonhead at the front of the boat. Racers usually sit side by side, each with a paddle, with the aim of trying to reach the finish line first. The sport is over 2000 years old however it is only in the past 50 years or so that it has taken off around the world. This year the 12th World Nations Championships will be held in Ontario, Canada.

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4 – Underwater Hockey

Underwater Hockey originated in England in 1954 as a means to keep people interested in diving through the winter months. Two teams compete to move a puck across the pool floor into the opposing goals at either end with a device called a pusher. The sport is not particularly spectator friendly seeing as the majority of the sport is played underwater. During championships to encourage more spectators they have screens projecting a live underwater feed of the game. For a more extensive overview of the game take a look at the video.

5 – Roller Derby

Roller Derby is a contact sport, which originated in the United States and is growing in popularity across the world. The sport involves two teams of five members skating in the same direction around a track. In order to score points one person from each team is chosen to be the jammer and they earn points by lapping members of the opposing team whilst their own team members try to block the opposing teams jammer.

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If you were interested in any of these sports but don’t have any teams around you, or you have a new sport that you want to get off the ground then you can use Shareagift to raise money, get a team together and start playing! Alternatively if you’re more of a spectator or know someone that would love to watch one of these sports, Shareagift can help you give the gift of an exciting day out or holiday this summer by saving with others towards tickets, travel and spending money.

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