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Posted by Wendy Hollands 1st March 2015

Do you remember the first time you skied? Was it daunting? Exciting? Fun? What about the people you went skiing with? Did you feel like you were holding them up? Worried you’d lose them in the crowd? If you’re due to go skiing with a first-timer, there are lots of ways you can help them transition from being an absolute beginner to a confident learner. Here are some ideas.

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Posted by Rob Freeman 1st March 2015

It was a still, crisp, bluebird day of cloudless skies. The snow on the steep, intimidating off-piste route down to Zurs from the top of the Valluga above St Anton am Arlberg looked benign, even inviting.

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Posted by Vanessa Fisher 1st March 2015

I'm sure my fellow blogger from Grindelwald, Richard, was booked up for lessons last week, as the slopes all over the Jungfrau region seemed busy with half-term skiers. I joined them with my family in Wengen, a resort I have been to many times before and draws us back most years to see friends who live there.

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Posted by Rob Freeman 25th February 2015

When I first visited St Anton am Arlberg, about 30 years ago, I stayed in one of the Tirolean village's most luxurious chalets. Bathrooms were shared - with a ratio of one for two, or even three, bedrooms. Showers had to be staggered, and kept brief, if everyone was to have hot(ish) water.

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Posted by Arnie Wilson 17th February 2015

If I told you that a Swiss mountain with just one red run and one black run from its summit was one of the most sensational ski areas in the Alps, would you believe me? Well you’d better because I have just clapped eyes on it properly for the first time, and it exceeded all expectations. During two earlier visits the mountain was immersed in a foggy, misty white-out - and my first visit was so long ago that it was my very first time on skis.

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Posted by Matt Lumb 16th February 2015

Last season I put together a list of useful apps for the slopes and so this season, to avoid any accusations of trying something new, I thought I’d do the same.


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Posted by John Barr 12th February 2015

For many of the friends that visit us during the winter getting away from work is their top priority, followed by spending time with us, and the skiing – at least for some – is almost an afterthought. However, Richard, who visited us last week is an enthusiastic skier, so I planned to make the most of his time on the slopes.


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Posted by Rob Freeman 12th February 2015

Now, no one would claim that Whistler's apres-ski and nightlife is in the league of Ischgl, St Anton or Mayrhofen.

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Posted by Alf Alderson 11th February 2015

I’m recently returned from a weekend of skiing in Val Thorens where two ‘secrets’ of the mountains became apparent.

First, even at half-term you can get almost empty slopes on a Saturday because being ‘change over day’ very few people other than locals are around; second, that even five days after a dump you can still score perfect untracked powder if you ski with the right person.

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Posted by Richard Bath 11th February 2015

Rolling into January, off the back of a very warm and sunny December, was definitely an experience, albeit not one I’d like to repeat any time soon! The long awaited snow finally started to fall around the 14th and it hasn’t stopped since, leaving Grindelwald in a snow coma for the past few weeks. There’s been more snow than anything else in January, without a doubt.

6th March 2015

Easter Escapes

Meribel (Brides les Bains) with

25th February 2015

There’s only two months left of the ski season but there’s still some great skiing to be had. Head to the Alps for the best deals, here guests can save up to £550 per person in Europe’s top resorts, including Val d’Isere, Meribel, St Anton and Courchevel, with Powder White’s late deals for March.

14th March: Chalet Hermine, Courchevel 1850

Now just £749pp (was £1299) – saving £550pp

24th February 2015

Self-drive in Flaine – save 35%

Erna Low is currently offering 7 nights staying at Les Terrasses de Veret, Flaine on a self-catered basis, including return Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade for £137 (pp/based on five sharing). The residence boasts easy access to the slopes, an indoor swimming pool and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Starting 28th March 2015 for one week. Book before 5th March 2015! (subject to availability).

24th February 2015

The Easter holidays are a great time to get a final snow fix while basking in the spring sunshine. Pierre & Vacances are currently offering 20% savings on the 4 star Premium residence Les Crets in Meribel. This residence, nestled at the heart of Meribel showcases the Savoie region's architectural traditions. The interior design, with its warm welcoming colours reflects its authentic mountain spirit. At 1750m the views of the mountains and the lake are beautiful and at this height there is still plenty of snow around so guests can ski in and out from the doorstep. 

24th February 2015

The food lover’s ultimate ski holiday – now with 35% off selected weeks in March.

No need to choose between a gastronomic break and a ski holiday when booking with Powder N Shine. Each chalet’s chef has recent experience in the kitchens of a Michelin starred restaurant, including the renowned Petrus in London’s Belgravia – so imaginative cuisine and excellent wines are guaranteed.

24th February 2015

Whether you need day care whilst you hit the slopes, or just an extra hand getting the kids from pyjamas to piste, reliable childcare is an absolute must in resort. Not only does VIP Ski offer fantastic childcare, but when families book their ski holidays this year they are offering free childcare in several resorts on certain dates.

11th February 2015

Ski Total is offering the Chalet Ibex in the popular resort of Flaine for just £519 (was £789) for a week departing 15 March. Flaine is known as the gateway to the Grand Massif ski area with its 265km of pistes and the Chalet Ibex is a modern contemporary chalet ideal for groups of friends. The price is based on 2 adults sharing and includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, transfers, free Wi-Fi and seven nights catered accommodation including buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and a 4 course evening meal with complimentary wine.

11th February 2015

20% off accommodation in Japan

11th February 2015

Esprit Ski is offering a stay in the idyllic village of Gressoney, Italy, right in the heart of the Monterosa ski area, for just £374pp. The Chalet Hotel Valverde provides an excellent location adjacent to the main ski lift and only 4 minutes' walk to the village centre.

11th February 2015

La Cimes des Arcs – Save 20% on accommodation- departs 21 March

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