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Posted by Rob Freeman 17th April 2014

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Posted by Matt Lumb 14th April 2014

Matt, our intrepid blogger, took a trip to Ischgl for a spot of spring skiing - Sunday 16th March to Thursday 20th March 2014. Read all about his trip and for more information about Ischgl read our resort guide.

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Posted by Kate Whittaker 13th April 2014

MadDogSki friend Guy Elson recently took on the challenge of the BASI ski instructor training course in Morzine - here's his honest account of a character-building five days in the mountains:

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Posted by Kate Whittaker 13th April 2014

This was a trip that reminded us all how changeable weather is in the mountains.  Not only did we ski three resorts in three days; Oberguergl, Soelden and Oetz but we also had three very different weather days.  Super sunny on Friday in Oberguergl, cooler for glacier skiing in Soelden on Saturday and then knee-deep fresh powder on the piste in Oetz on Sunday that had us skiing till the last minute and arrivin

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Posted by Alf Alderson 10th April 2014

Livigno – you may well think if it in the same way as I do; or used to. This is probably summed up by the brief description of the skiing here on the Ski Club of Great Britain’s website, which tells us: ‘There are three key ski areas - Carosello, Costaccia and Mottolino - which provide varied terrain for beginners and intermediates but little for expert skiers.’

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Posted by Alf Alderson 10th April 2014

Its 2000 metres from top to bottom, 16km in length and it’s famed for being the longest black run in the Alps. We’re talking about the Sarenne, the signature run at Alpe d’Huez which I’ve done a couple of times in the last few days – despite the fact that it’s actually closed.

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Posted by Dave Burrows 3rd April 2014

It’s been an incredibly long time since I last blogged, if you don’t count a week of exams, I’ve had about 5 days off from ski teaching this season and those days were spent catching up with paperwork, resting or being hungover. I suppose the biggest news of the last month or so is that aside from remorseless ski teaching, in mid-March I went to take my BASI level 4 technical skiing exam in Verbier.  Unfortunately, it didn’t go nearly as well as I had planned for it to.

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Posted by Rob Freeman 2nd April 2014

My latest visit to Zermatt has more than a regal touch to it. I'm lucky enough to be staying in the fabulous Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, in the centre of the village, where every guest is treated like royalty. As I rode from the station in the Zermatterhof's immaculately-liveried horse-drawn carriage, it took an effort of will not to acknowledge the looks from the people in the streets with a discreet but regal wave.

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Posted by Alf Alderson 31st March 2014

I’m just back from skiing in a 305-mile long mountain range with a high point in excess of 3400m, which spans three countries, has waterfalls with a drop of over 1000ft and contains over 30 ski resorts.
It’s as easily reached from the UK as the Alps; it costs less to ski here than the Alps; and it offers more ‘authentic’ culture than the majority of French ski resorts. Yet very few people from the UK ever ski here.

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Posted by Beth Alexander 27th March 2014

Long-time skier and friend of MadDogSki, Katy Turner, recently took a trip stateside to visit Steamboat Springs, home of Colorado’s famous Champagne Powder snow. Here’s what Katy and her family thought of this famous Rocky Mountain ski resort.


14th April 2014

Skiplex, the UK’s continuous, indoor revolving ski slope specialists, are launching their Skiplex Academy Instructor Course this summer. Skiplex have three centres in the UK - Reading, Chiswick and Basingstoke - and this year they are offering enthusiastic skiers over the age of 18, the opportunity to complete their BASI Level 1 Instructor qualification free of charge!

This scheme forms part of their drive to recruit more instructors for their three UK ski centres after a very successful 2013-14 winter season.


8th April 2014

Here are some last minute ski deals for Easter and beyond.


8th April 2014

There are a variety of courses available in Canada so you can gain some qualifications in ski instruction. Once you have compeleted and passed there is even an opportunity of a new job. So, if you have always yearned to spend a winter on the mountain and get paid for it, here is your chance to change your life forever.  Read on for more details and how to book your place.


3rd April 2014

Easter is fast approaching and some schools are set to close tomorrow for the holidays. Val d'Isere have sent us a round up of their late ski deals from their top Tour Operators. Whether you want just a few days or a full blown family ski break there is still time to get yourself out on the slopes. Val d'Isere also offers plenty of other activities off the slopes such as ice-climbing, paragliding and a lot more - check our listings for more information.


2nd April 2014

It’s not too late for a snowy escape this Easter and Ski Club Freshtracks have some great offers. They also dismiss a few myths about late season skiing.


2nd April 2014

It isn't too late for that last ski fix of the season - feast your eyes on these deals. Spring skiing can be wonderful with lovely sunshine and a killer goggle tan to take home!


2nd April 2014

Why is now an ideal time to book your ski holiday? Because ski holiday companies are offering some great deals. There is always the big question, is it best to wait nearer the time or to book now? One thing is for sure, the earlier you book your holiday, the greater choice of accommodation and flights you have. Crystal Ski Holidays have sent this information through with some offers for early deals for 2014/15 ski season.


2nd April 2014

Here are some great end of season savings - great for a last budget ski holiday. Family skiing from under £300 pp to La Plagne or a indulgent ski holiday for two to Tignes... enjoy!


2nd April 2014

Please see below for some great end of season offers from Erna Low.  There is a mix and match on a number of resorts in France - just pick your resort and then decide if you are opting for just accommodation or travel (driving or flying) included.  The end of the season is nearly upon us but there is still time to squeeze in another cheeky ski week!


2nd April 2014

Jamie Stevenson, a Reservations Manager from Ski Independence, has just beaten the Guinness World Record for the most countries skied in one month, raising over £3000 for Disability Snowsport UK in the process. The old record stood at 15 countries in under 31 days. Jamie achieved 17 countries is just 21 days.

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