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RSM Urology Winter Meeting – Corvara

20th – 27th January 2018

2018’s RSM UROLOGY WINTER MEETING will be held in the beautiful mountain resort of Corvara, one of the key towns of the world’s famous Sella Ronda ski circuit, with links to Arabba, Selva, La Villa, San Cassiano & Armentarola. This is a perfect blend of Italian dolce vita and style with Teutonic efficiency and order, as Corvara lies in the Province of Süd Tirol/ Alto Adige , a German speaking Province that was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the first world war and the wealthiest province in Italy.

Towered over by the characteristic peaks of the Dolomites, Corvara not only offers the famous Sella Ronda ski circuit but links in with the extensive Dolomites Superski area covering 1,200 km of slopes and served by 450 lifts - an area so extensive that it would take many weeks to ski it all! Of course all that skiing will give you an appetite which is just as well as the Alto Adige/Süd Tirol is one of the most famous food destinations in Italy. Don’t worry about where to eat lunch, all the numerous mountain restaurants are superb whilst world leading high end cuisine can be found in the valleys. This destination will be both a visual and culinary feast, the perfect recipe to feeding both your appetite and your eyes.

The Sella Ronda circuit around the Sella massif is probably the best-known ski tour in Italy if not Europe. In just one day, you can ski some 40 kilometres (24 mi) of runs without ever having to remove your skis or retrace your steps. Just enjoy the unique landscape as you conquer the 4 great passes –
(The Campolongo , Pordoi , Sella and Gardena Pass ) and five charming villages - Arabba, Canazei, Selva Gardena/ Wolkstein in Groden, Corvara and Colfosco. A perfect day on the slopes not to be missed. Get even more fun and take a different angle on the view by going round again but in the other direction!.

If you want speed and exhilaration rather than a scenic tour, try the Men’s Ski World Cup Championship Downhill Run in La Villa/Stern, which is just down the road.

The Dolomiti Superski lift pass takes you even further covering 12 resorts including the famous Cortina d’Ampezzo and Val Gardena, the venue of many a World Cup downhill race.

The Academic Programme

The academic programme will take place in a fully provisioned and dedicated lecture theatre with room for 80 attendees. Full audio-visual facilities are available and the programme will begin on Sunday evening, 21st January. The format will include a mixture of “State of the Art” lectures, Point Counterpoint Sessions and Short Topic Updates.

Prof. Francesco Montorsi, from the University of Milan and his team will join us for dinner on Sunday night 21st January, and will be attending the morning session on Monday 22nd January. Prof. Andrea Tubero and his trainees, from the University of Rome, will attend the majority of the Academic and Social Programme. Their topics will include aspects of Endourology, Infertility and Andrology.

Sri Sriprisad (Secretary) will contact people in due course for their topics and contributions.

The Hotel

The 4* Hotel Col Alto, is a family owned hotel located in the centre of the village of Corvara . The hotel is a 4-minute walk (or a short ride on the very efficient hotel shuttle) to the nearest ski lifts though at the end of your day you can ski right back to the hotel.

Facilities include a superb spa and wellness centre including indoor pool, salt water Jacuzzi, Turkish bath, Finnish sauna, ice fountain, hydro-massage foot bath, heated relaxation beds, water beds and gym all of which is included in the price.

The large bar area of the Col Alto is a perfect place to enjoy pre dinner drinks and nibbles around the roaring fires, whilst the Iceberg Bar is a buzzy vibrant venue for those with energy to burn at the end of the evening.

We have secured two categories of rooms. The Classic Double rooms in the main part of the hotel are a very good size at 30 sqm with a small divide if you need to use the sofa bed. If you would like to upgrade we can also offer you the Junior Suite Martagon 36 sqm which can easily take a third guest too and has a nice balcony for sunny day chilling. The Junior Martagon Suites are situated near the conference and pool/spa area.

Guiding & Lessons

Private instructors and guides will be available to accompany those who wish to ski in groups, with the knowledge of being safely guided by the locals who know every corner of this very extensive circuit. As there is no Sunday morning lecture our experienced skiers will have the chance to explore this wonderful ski area, all the more so if you take advantage of our ski guides who will meet you after breakfast. Please indicate on the booking form if you would like to join the first morning guiding session. Subject to sufficient demand we will also be arranging morning lessons throughout the week for beginners or moderate skiers eager to improve. Having a guide or instructor is an excellent way to get to know the area and to improve your level of skiing. As in previous years, price will depend on the numbers in each group and the demand.

Cross Country Skiing

The trails of cross country skiing start at the Corvara ski school (just a few minutes walk away) and runs through the meadows in the direction of the Pescosta district. The 4 km of trails have only small height differences and are ideal also for beginners.

Snowboarding

Alta Badia is perfect for snowboarders. The sunny slopes perfectly suited for pro-borders, but also for snowboarding beginners. Once again lessons available on request.

There are excellent snow parks and facilities for snow boarders throughout the area

Non Skiers

We will be offering guided walking tours for those who would rather keep their feet firmly on the ground. This will include snowshoe hire and a choice of walks of different levels of difficulty . Prices will be dependent on numbers. There are also a number of gondola rides that will take you from Corvara and neighbouring Colfosco to some of the best restaurants on the Piste – you too can enjoy the stunning lunches (and wine) without the worry of getting on skis for the return!! A cookery lesson of typical local dishes is being arranged for Tuesday 23rd January - please note your interest on booking form.

Ice Skating

At the ice stadium in Corvara you can do traditional skating during the day and late in the evening enjoy the “ice Disco Dance”, where you can dance-skate.

Burns Night

There will be a Burns Night Celebration on Thursday 25th January. Start thinking of your Scottish theme!

Eating Out

Alta Badia has some of the most renowned restaurants in the whole of Italy. No other valley in the Alps can boast a higher concentration of Michelin starred restaurants and we think it is only fair to allow you one free night to experience some of the magnificent delicacies on offer. We shall give you plenty of warning of which night is free, along with a list of restaurants that you may like to choose from – whether it is dining on a humble (but magnificent) Pizza or using the opportunity to experience a 12 course tasting menu in one of the top restaurants in the country.

Book now to enjoy this wonderful skiing destination...

Our package will include:

  • 7 nights at the Hotel Col Alto, Corvara based on a Standard double room for double occupancy*
  • Full academic package for RSM members
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Morning coffee breaks during academic session
  • Après-ski tea breaks for all Conference Plus guests
  • 6 nights delicious four course evening meal with daily salad and desert buffet
  • Dinner wine package (1/2 bottle per person per night of the President’s choice of wines)

* Please note single rooms are available but these are limited so please book early as they go quickly

Not included:

  • Flights & Transfers (see below)
  • Massage & Spa treatments
  • Private walking/ski guides and instructors (see below)
  • Cookery lesson
  • Pre-booked lift pass
  • Hire of ski equipment

Flights & Transfers

We have managed to secure some great value group bookings on British Airways and can already quote you prices.

  • For convenience book through Innsbruck (BA or Easyjet) – only a 2 hour transfer.
  • For value book through Verona (BA only) – 3 hour transfer but excellent value fares and we can even offer you a ‘business class one way’ fare which allows you 2 items of luggage free in both directions (useful if you are bringing your own equipment).

Main Conference - Gatwick–Verona–Gatwick (BA)

Economy Return: only £175 (one 23kg bag)
Business Out Economy Return: only £280 (two 23kg bags)

Date From Depart Arrive To Airline
20th January 2018 GATWICK 0800 1105 VERONA British Airways
27th January 2018 VERONA 1150 1300 GATWICK British Airways

Main Conference - Heathrow–Innsbruck–Heathrow (BA)

Economy Return: £260 (one 23kg bag)

Date From Depart Arrive To Airline
20th January 2018 HEATHROW 0830 1135 INNSBRUCK British Airways
27th January 2018 INNSBRUCK 1235 1340 HEATHROW British Airways

Main Conference - Gatwick–Innsbruck–Gatwick (Easyjet)

Prices for flights and luggage on request. 20kg, 23kg, 26kg, 29kg or 32kg luggage can now be bought for Easyjet flights. See ski carriage prices below.

Date From Depart Arrive To Airline
20th January 2018 GATWICK 0700 0955 INNSBRUCK Easyjet
27th January 2018 INNSBRUCK 1050 1145 GATWICK Easyjet

Main Conference - Other Innsbruck flight options

The flights below are available on request and are individually priced. One checked in bag per person included in airfare (up to 20kg). See Ski Carriage section below for additional baggage costs.

Outbound:

Date From Depart Arrive To Airline
20th January 2018 EDINBURGH 1335 1700 INNSBRUCK Thomson
20th January 2018 MANCHESTER 1520 1835 INNSBRUCK Thomson
20th January 2018 BIRMINGHAM 1320 1620 INNSBRUCK Thomson
20th January 2018 NEWCASTLE 1430 1745 INNSBRUCK Thomson

Return:

Date From Depart Arrive To Airline
27th January 2018 INNSBRUCK 1810 1935 EDINBURGH Thomson
27th January 2018 INNSBRUCK 1945 2100 MANCHESTER Thomson
27th January 2018 INNSBRUCK 1730 1830 BIRMINGHAM Thomson
27th January 2018 INNSBRUCK 1855 2005 NEWCASTLE Thomson

Ski Carriage

  • BA: £60 each way
  • EASYJET: £70 return)
  • THOMSON: £40 return for 15kg or £60 return for 20kg

Coach transfers to/from resort

Airport transfers are based on a minimum of 12 guests:

  • Verona to Corvara: £40 each way (approx 3.5hr transfer)
  • Innsbruck to Corvara £33 each way (approx 2hr transfer)

Individual transfers can be organised with our transfer company please contact us for details.

All flight times subject to confirmation.

ATOL

Please note: if you buy your flights through Conference Plus you are automatically covered by the Government’s ATOL guarantee which protects your whole package in the event of a travel company failure. This does not apply if you buy your own flights.

Prices

DELEGATE COST (inc Academic Fee) £1449
Accommodation on half board sharing a twin/double room with morning/afternoon coffee/tea breaks, and wine package with dinner.

NON DELEGATE COST £1299
Accommodation on half board sharing a twin/double room with afternoon tea breaks, and wine package with dinner.

Supplements

  • Main Conference - Single room supplement in a Classic double room: £625
    Limited allocation so please book early to avoid disappointment!
  • Main Conference - Junior Suite Martagon: £135 per person per week sharing a double room
    A spacious large room near to spa/pool area, sleeps 3 comfortably

Skiing Costs

Dolomiti Superski Lift Pass - covering a total of 460 ski lifts

  • Adult Ski Pass: £234
  • Seniors >65 Ski Pass: £210

Ski Hire - All hire prices are for 6 days

  • Allround 3* (beginners & moderate): £75
  • Allround Superior 4* (experienced): £98
  • Boot Hire: £37
  • Helmet Hire: £25

Deposit

  • £350 per person (non-refundable)

Prices correct at time of going to press. May be subject to change.

Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance.

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Booking

To book your place on this conference please complete the form below. If you would like to pay online you will then be directed to our new online booking service.

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory and must be completed before submitting the form.



Name of delegate(s):
   
Name on passport (if different):
   
Name of non-delegates:
   
* Address:
   
* Postcode:
   
* Home Phone No.:
   
* Mobile No.:
   
Hospital Phone No.:
   
Fax:
   
* Email:
   
* Main Conference Flights:
   
* Transfers:
   
* Room:
   
Occupancy:
   
  If sharing, please state who you will be sharing with:
   
Cases:
   
Skis:
   
Boot bags:
   
Lift Pass:
   
Skier details: N.B. Please enter Date of Birth, Height and Weight for all skiers
   
Allround 3* Ski Hire:
   
Allround Superior 4* Ski Hire:
   
Boot Hire:
   
Helmet Hire:
   
Ski Tuition
   
Ski Guiding
   
Walking
   
Cookery Lesson
   
Insurance: We have secured excellent rates of insurance through Fogg Travel - Please click here for details.
   
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