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Posted by Wendy Hollands 22nd January 2015

Skiing fans have no doubt already seen the latest video from freestyle and freeride skiing champion, Candide Thovex. His previous video, “One of those days”, ended with him jumping on skis over a police car, then releasing his bindings and running while the police chase him. It was difficult to imagine him topping those scenes, yet his latest video, “One of those days 2”, does just that.

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Posted by Rob Freeman 21st January 2015

The question comes regularly and is usually impossible to answer: What's the best ski resort?

But suddenly I find I can make a fair stab at it, if a few qualifiers are added - such as what's the best ski resort for families if you don't mind a bit of a trek to get there? In that case, the British Columbia resort of Sun Peaks is setting the bar very high.

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Posted by Wendy Hollands 21st January 2015

Few things in life are certain. One sure thing is an abundance of families in the snowy Alps during half-term break. The influx of holidaymakers can drain away the joy of a ski holiday, but there are steps you can take to maximise your time on the snow regardless of the masses.

1. Pick a small resort

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Posted by Wendy Hollands 16th January 2015

Winter means colder weather. No matter how many layers you wear, sometimes, it’s hard to stay warm, especially during the first few cold months of the ski season. Rather than hide indoors from the cold, here are five tips to keep the cold at bay so you can enjoy your time skiing.

1. Swing your arms

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Posted by Beth Alexander 16th January 2015

So, the MadDogSki survey results are in! We’ve been through the lot, counted them meticulously, and drawn up (well… downloaded) the graphs. Here they are, along with a few of our favourite answers.


Skiers vs. snowboarders

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Posted by Alf Alderson 9th January 2015

Ski conditions here in Les Arcs remain sketchy at best, especially off-piste, and many of the pistes are resembling slabs of granite (ie hard and shiny with lots of stones poking up). So, with that in mind I took myself to the Avalanche Park yesterday to have a play with my transceiver and probe

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Posted by John Barr 9th January 2015

First the holiday skiers arrived, then Christmas day, and only then did we get a decent dump of snow. Those that chose to holiday over New Year rather than Christmas were lucky and had much the better snow. Now that the holiday season is over we have the slopes more or less to ourselves again, and the snow stays in reasonable condition all day.

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Posted by Vanessa Fisher 7th January 2015

When you are booking a ski holiday there are a few options. You can book through a tour operator (TO) and have all the options booked in one, you can book all the elements individually - more DIY style - or you can do a bit of both and travel independently while using a TO for accommodation. All have their advantages and last weekend on our outbound travel weekend this was massively under the spotlight.

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Posted by Alf Alderson 30th December 2014

“There are three essentials for a good ski chalet” says Al Judge, who along with his wife Kat is the joint owner of AliKats Mountain Holidays (see what they did there with their names…?).

“En-suite rooms, a hot tub and good views”. Needless to say Chalet de l’Ange in Montriond, where I’ve just spent a lovely few days, has all three. And more.

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Posted by Arnie Wilson 30th December 2014

There seems to be snow almost everywhere in the Alps now (a mixed blessing for those who struggled through motorway snowdrifts and gridlocked traffic getting to and from various Alpine resorts) but in mid-December when there was still anxiety over “will there be snow when/where I go” I’d been leading a charmed life on skis. My first foray was to Ischgl at the end of November for James Blunt’s concert to open the resort for the winter. More than enough snow there, even though there wasn’t much in the way of glad tidings elsewhere in the Alps.

23rd January 2015

Early February ski holidays from just £449 per person per week

Last weekend, the Alps saw the heaviest snow dump yet allowing for perfect skiing conditions and the best time to book a last minute ski holiday. Take advantage of Powder White’s late ski deals on fully-catered chalet holidays in Europe’s top resorts now available from just £449 per person per week and with savings of up to £500 per person.

15th January 2015

Quick getaways with VIP SKI for just £149pp per night

VIP SKI is now offering short ski breaks (from Thursday-Sunday) so that no one misses out on some much-needed slope action. Every Thursday they will be showing a collection of rooms and chalets available for the following week. So skiers will have to be impulsive, as the offer is only available to book less than a week in advance.

13th January 2015

Powder White has just announced an exclusive partnership with one of Europe’s most renowned ski coaches, Warren Smith of the Warren Smith Ski Academy.

Smith is officially joining Powder White as ‘Skills Editor’ providing guests and website visitors with expert tips on how to enhance their performance on the slopes.

13th January 2015

Spend a week with your family in the stunning resort of La Rosière in the French Alps. Esprit Ski is offering the Chalet Valentine for just £220pp (was £624pp). This chalet is set 1 minute from the nearest ski lift and is for families seeking to enjoy total exclusivity.

13th January 2015

Save up to £562 on accommodation in Val d’Isere…

9th January 2015

Receive 2 Free nights and 2 free ski days in Aspen in spring 2015. Ski Independence is offering eight nights at the Limelight Hotel from **£1899 per person (B&B), including a Buy 5 get 7 day lift ticket.

The price is based on 2 sharing a Standard King room, including United Airlines flights from London Heathrow to Aspen and complimentary Aspen Airport transfers. Now is your chance to check out the slopes of this classic US resort.

9th January 2015

Fish & Pips are giving skiers and snowboarders a lift this January with savings of up to £250 on gourmet catered chalet holidays to Meribel and Val d'Isère. 

Those holidaying in Meribel Village can also take advantage of the newly upgraded Loze chairlift which has made it even quicker to access the vast 3 Vallees ski area from Fish & Pips’ prime chalet locations. 

8th January 2015

Skiing Whistler BC, Canada at least once in your life is a must. Come to think of it, with over 1190 acres of skiing across the two mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb, you’ll probably need to go more than once. The Peak to Peak Gondola, that spans the 4.4km’s between Whistler and Blackcomb, is the longest and highest lift in the world giving guests 365 degree views of the mountains and the valley, there is even one lift with a glass floor!

6th January 2015

Free childcare with VIP Ski

6th January 2015

January is a fantastic time to hit the slopes – the pistes are quiet, the snow has arrived and Erna Low has some fantastic last minute deals available!

Save 30% on accommodation in Les Arcs…

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