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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? 

Arnie Wilson's picture
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.

Alf Alderson's picture
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.

Vanessa Fisher's picture
Posted by Vanessa Fisher 18th March 2015

After a short hike uphill and along a 500m traverse to the left, we stepped over the small snowy pass and looked towards an open plateau. We were greeted with views over to the Bec du Bosson hut - a breath-taking panoramic with the Zinalrothorn, Weisshorn, Dent Blanche and even (in the far distance) Mont Blanc peaks all in view. 

Alf Alderson's picture
Posted by Alf Alderson 18th March 2015

Do you like skiing groomers (pisted runs)? And do you want your pistes to be of the highest quality? If so, there’s one place you have to visit – Beaver Creek in Colorado.

The grooming here is smoother than Des O’Connor, the sun shines all day (if it isn’t snowing) and they even spray the pistes with a light top-up from the snow cannon after the snowcat has done its job, just to make it that bit more special.

Wendy Hollands's picture
Posted by Wendy Hollands 2nd March 2015

Ski touring is one of those sports I never thought I’d try. As a teenager, I remember looking from a chairlift at the crazy people walking up the hill with skis on. Why would they do that when they could get a lift up and enjoy the buzz of skiing? Even now, when I ski past someone walking up a piste, I giggle on the inside, picturing that scene from Planes, Trains and Automobiles where the people in one car are yelling to another car: “You’re going the wrong way”.

But then… I went the wrong way.

Rob Freeman's picture
Posted by Rob Freeman 1st March 2015

I'd heard amazing tales of this astonishing resort that has gondola lifts as far as the eye can see, and endless runs snaking their way down the sides of a sugarloaf mountain. It was in Italy, in the majestic Dolomites, but you could be forgiven, I was told, for thinking you were in Austria - the villages bordering the ski area boasted onion-domed churches, lederhosen was much in evidence and waitresses were delightfully dirndl-clad.

John Barr's picture
Posted by John Barr 1st March 2015

Matt Lumb’s recent blog talked about his favourite ski apps, building on his blog from the year before. I, too, have found myself using more and more apps on the slopes as the seasons go by. Here is a summary of ones that I find most useful.

Skimaps

Wendy Hollands's picture
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.

Rob Freeman's picture
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.


26th March 2015

The week of the 12 April, VIP SKI is offering half-price childcare in Alpe d’Huez, saving families up to £387.


26th March 2015

Six days skiing in Meribel this Easter from just £249 with Skiweekends.com


26th March 2015

Erna Low has reduced the cost of a seven night self-catered stay at the Hameau du Mottaret in Meribel by 20%.


26th March 2015

End of season skiing can sometimes be seen as a bit of a gamble but not this year!


13th March 2015

Free child's lift pass and ski hireFamilies can save £188 on the cost of a holiday with Ski Weekends to


11th March 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:


11th March 2015

If sledging fun is more your style, hop along with your family and friends to enjoy 30 minutes sledging on Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 10.30am – 3.30pm. Cost for aged four and over is just £7 (adults and Juniors).


11th March 2015

Mountain Heaven have selected catered chalets in a number of French resorts for just £299 per person (was £399) for the week commencing 11 April 2015.


11th March 2015

A week's half board at the designer Hotel Tango in Val Thorens, France, from £849 per person (based on two sharing; save £135 per person) including flights from Gatwick and transfers departing on 4 April 2015. 


6th March 2015

Easter skiing at The Snow Centre for just £1

From 4pm to 6pm if you've never tried skiing or snowboarding before you can try it for just £1 on The Snow Centre’s Easter Sunday Ski or Snowboard Taster Sessions.

For ages 4 years and upwards, adults and juniors are welcomed to try their chosen snowsport in a 15 minute session on the slope with our friendly Instructors. £1 includes skis or snowboard, boots and helmet hire plus 15 minutes on the slope.

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