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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.

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Posted by Rob Freeman 7th April 2015

I blame Norbert. Norbert Niederkolfer that is, chef extraordinaire.

I should, I suppose, be talking about the excellent skiing we've enjoyed around San Cassiano. So just in case I forget to mention it again, the skiing has been a delight and a joy - long runs and the chance to head off on extended excursions on skis. I love the variety of the slopes around here. And this is the Dolomites, so the scenery, it goes without saying, has been sublime.

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Posted by Wendy Hollands 7th April 2015

If you’ve seen Candide Thovex’s lateset video, you might be interested to know that he started out training in the bumps. Competitive mogul skiing was new and popular when he was a kid, and he strayed from traditional downhill racing to explore freestyle skiing.

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Posted by Alf Alderson 7th April 2015

Is Le Grand Bornand the prettiest ski resort in France? I think it may be, and if not then it’s only because its neighbour La Clusaz is just as lovely.

I recently spent three days there, and whilst I can’t claim to have skied every ski resort in France and thus be in a position to make a true comparison, I don’t imagine anyone would be disappointed at the charming combination of scenery and skiing that these two resorts offer.

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Posted by John Barr 7th April 2015

The vast majority of Austrian pistes are now supported by snow making equipment. This is good, in that you can now rely on decent snow cover in the lower resorts during the main part of the season.  However, the downside is that, even though snow making technologies have improved over the years, natural snow is generally better to ski on.

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Posted by Matt Lumb 26th March 2015

I’m a fan of a well-deserved day off during a week of skiing. There’s a lie-in to be had, raclette and tartiflette to eat and bière and vin chaud to gulp down (soft drinks are available too). But if you did want to do something more constructive than that, what have you got? 

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Posted by Arnie Wilson 18th March 2015

Not counting our guide (and the pilot of course) there are four of us in the Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil helicopter as it lands high in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains.

We are the only heli-skiers in Africa. Less than half an hour ago we were still at our delightfully atmospheric hotel, the Kasbah Agounsane, bathed in mid-March sunshine, surrounded by olive groves, with some hotel guests already soaking up the sun around the generous swimming pool.

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Posted by Alf Alderson 18th March 2015

I’m just back from the classic Colorado ski towns of Telluride and Crested Butte, which both totally lived up to their reputations – loads of fluffy powder, great skiing and full on Wild West downtown areas.


15th April 2015

Skiweeekends.com 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! Skiweekends.com 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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