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Posted by Beth Alexander 3rd July 2014

If you’re happy to leave skiing for the winter months, and want to enjoy the mountains in full summer bloom instead, have a look at our top five things to do in the mountains this summer (without skis).

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Posted by Rob Freeman 9th May 2014

Sneakily, mischievously, gleefully - the ski season had a surprise in store. And on the very last day, well into May, it was like unwrapping an unexpected gift and finding it was just what you wanted - a fabulous bluebird perfect snow day. In Ischgl it was as good a day as I've experienced all winter. If only the season could go on another week. Or two. Or perhaps that's being greedy.

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Posted by Rob Freeman 1st May 2014

Lancashire's seamers sink Northants and Aldi has barbecues on sale at tempting prices - surely that must mean winter, and the ski season, is over.

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Posted by Alf Alderson 29th April 2014

I’m just back from a weekend in Switzerland, where along with my mate Simon I took part in the Susten Derby above Meiringen. This is a ski touring event which involves an 1100-metre ascent of the 2833-metre Obertalstock from the rustic Steingletscher Hotel on the Sustenpass, followed by a pell-mell descent back to the start point.

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Posted by Wendy Hollands 28th April 2014

The ski season here in La Clusaz ended last weekend, and work has already begun for next year’s ski season. Last October, a sign was attached to the lift ticket office at Bossonnet.

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Posted by Alf Alderson 22nd April 2014

With May just around the corner and Easter in full swing it may seem that the ski season is all but over, but here in Les Arcs it was snowing all day yesterday and the forecast is for more of the same all week. And even during the recent spell of warm and sunny weather it was still possible to get in some great skiing if you know the right people.

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Posted by Matt Lumb 17th April 2014

The Rock The Pistes Festival, held across the Portes du Soleil ski area between Tuesday 25th March to Friday 28th March 2014, celebrates its fourth year with an ‘Édition Spéciale UK’, which I suspect translates to ‘Special UK Edition’.

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Posted by Rob Freeman 17th April 2014

There is one type of skiing condition that eclipses all others. Spring snow. Or firn schnee in Austria. It is sought out by skiers with the same enthusiasm as a pig seeks outs truffles. In fact, taking the truffle parallel a little further, the great French food writer Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin eulogised the truffle as 'the diamond of the kitchen'. In that case, spring snow is the sapphire of the slopes.

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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:

16th September 2014

Action Demo Day – Saturday 20th September

The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead is playing host to a gear demo day on Saturday 20th September to test out next year's snow sports kit. You’ll get to try out skis and snowboards, which are not yet available on the high street.

Headlining brands include, Salomon, Raven, Pathron, DOUK Snowboards, Smokin, Dupraz, Stepchild, Ride, Volkl, Endeavour, APO, Nordica, Blizzard, Atomic, Faction and Armada.

26th June 2014

Holidays are for chilling! Book your child a place on, quite literally, the coolest courses available this Summer.

The Snow Centre’s School Holiday courses and new Activity Days won’t blow the summer budget and will keep children cool, fit and active.


Children aged 4-16 can now be booked onto the Summer Holiday courses that will run from Monday 28th July until Thursday 28th August 2014.

22nd April 2014

Here is the latest ski report courtesy of J2Ski for week ending 19th April 2014. The season may be coming to an end but there are still some good snow dumps across the Alps.

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.

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