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Posted by Rob Freeman 30th June 2015

In the end it was all planned very quickly - and triumph and tragedy were to follow in rapid succession.

Wood engraver, tent designer and mad-keen mountaineer Edward Whymper, just 25 at the time, was obsessed with the idea of being the first to climb the Matterhorn, a great slab of rock presiding over the Swiss village of Zermatt and the Italian community of Cervinia. He had tried several times to conquer it and each time had been beaten by the weather and adverse climbing conditions.

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Posted by Ski holiday deals 19th May 2015

At the heart of the Three Valleys ski area is the pretty resort of La Tania where Ski Total have just added two charming catered ski chalets.

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Posted by Matt Lumb 12th May 2015

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Posted by Rob Freeman 22nd April 2015

Dominated by one of the most famous natural landmarks in the world, the Matterhorn, Zermatt is rated by many as the best ski resort in the world. The sublime beauty of its setting and skiing on a vast scale contributes to this view, along with the historic resort's sense of tradition, lack of cars and rustic charm combined with a fair dash of stunning chic.

This special allure draws me back time and again - and on this trip there has been the added attraction of its end of season music festival, Zermatt Unplugged.

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Posted by Arnie Wilson 21st April 2015

It was that end-of-season feeling – did I REALLY want to ski every day during my latest visit to the picturesque and feel-good Alberta ski resort of Marmot Basin? Or – at the risk of sounding a little ski-weary, did I want to see what else the local railway town of Jasper had to offer?

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Posted by Rob Freeman 20th April 2015

Getting to meet people and hearing about their lives - that's one of the main differences between skiing in North America and skiing in Europe. On chairlifts, in mountain restaurants or apres-ski bars - in Europe it's often a curt nod and no more, but in Canada or America you strike up conversations.

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Posted by Beth Alexander 20th April 2015

Ah, the open road… Everybody loves a good road trip, don't they? That sense of adventure and discovery to be had when you drive off under your own steam, stopping where and when you feel like it and taking whatever time you like. Especially so when you do it in a country with as much wow-inducing natural beauty as Switzerland.

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Posted by Arnie Wilson 17th April 2015

Talk about a chip off the old block! Reece Bell, the 13-year-old daughter of Britain’s former World Cup and Olympic skier Martin and his American wife Laura, came sixth in the girls’ slalom at the La Scara Children’s International Race in Les Arcs on April 10 – considered one of the world’s top children’s races.

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Posted by Arnie Wilson 16th April 2015

Fancy skiing in Iceland – but not sure the slopes justify an entire week? Well how about a weekend? And here’s a really clever way of doing it: go there en route to the Rockies. 

Yes - use this awe inspiring island – not much bigger than Portugal or Hungary - as a stepping stone between Europe and North America, flying with Icelandair. You can spend anything from a couple of days to a whole week, with no extra charge for flights – before pressing on to Canada or the USA!

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Posted by Alf Alderson 16th April 2015

I’m just back from my last ski trip of the season, to the relatively little-known ski resorts of Bonneval sur Arc and Val Cenis in France’s Haute Maurienne region, and it’s a shame more resorts are not like them.

Unlike the huge purpose built ski areas to the north, these are two dinky little spots where community spirit is a big part of the attraction. I skied with various locals, all of whom seemed to know almost everyone on the mountain, from lifties to bar staff, to ski instructors and pisteurs.

15th April 2015 has departures until the 20th April. Click here

8th April 2015

Just £850 for six full days with mountain guides and instructors covering as much of the 10,000 hectares of off piste. An excellent opportunity for late season skiing!

8th April 2015

'EOS' (End of Season) £312 for the week commencing 12 April to Val d'Isere.

Esprit Ski is offering the enviably located Chalet Hotel Ducs De Savoie set in the legendary Espace Killy ski area for just £312pp (was £649pp.)

8th April 2015

Now in its sixteenth year the Verbier High Five by Carlsberg gives winter sports enthusiasts the opportunity to compete against professional athletes across several disciplines. 

1st April 2015

There has been 50cm of new snow reported this week in Val Thorens and 30cm in Val D'Isere which is great news for skiers heading away for Easter and the last weeks of the season.

1st April 2015

The Family Ski Company, the market leader in skiing for families, are offering a discount for the last week of their season. For the week commencing 11 April, properties in Ardent (Portes du Soleil), Reberty Village (Three Valleys) and Les Coches (Paradiski) willl be £299 per adult and £199 per child. The catered chalets, designed and operated with the family in mind, are reduced from £619 adult, and £519 per child. 

1st April 2015

The ski season is far from over and some ski resorts are open until mid-May...but the conditions are great now! has some great April ski deals on offer starting at just £239 per person.

Browse all the latest offers and deals here…

Last minute by coach, Saturday 4 Apri|, 6 days skiing in Brides les Bains (Meribel) £249 

31st March 2015

The Skiplex slopes based in Chiswick, Reading and Basingstoke will be running childrens Easter activity camps from the 7-17 April. Kids aged 6-12 are welcomed. The day lasts from 9-3pm and is crammed full of skiing, snowboarding, sledging, art and crafts, games and races. Prices start from £40 for the day with late pick up options and discounts for multiple days. For more information click here.

31st March 2015

Val d’Isère reported 30cm of snow yesterday and more is still to come this week so an end of season ski trip should be high on the agenda of any winter sports fan – and Ski Total have just the deal.....


31st March 2015

To see off the 2015 season in style, the Jungfrau is inviting all freestyle lovers to join them in the White Elements snowpark, Grindelwald to make the most of the end of season sunshine.

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