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Naeem Alvi's picture
Posted by Naeem Alvi 29th March 2010

Spring has completely arrived now. We haven’t seen any real snowfall for a good couple of weeks. Most mornings are usually bright and clear with temperatures gradually increasing as the day progresses. A lot of the snow has started to melt and the occasional spell of rain is only helping to make conditions more Spring like. The park is also open nearly everyday now with a typically chilled vibe that is typical of the area as the season draws towards its final month.


24th March 2010

The Chillfactore in Manchester has some great 2 for 1 offers on Ski/Snowboard taster lessons, Lift passes, Tubing, Luge and ice play.

Call 0161 749 2255 to book, quoting D2D241.

 

 

Dan Scott's picture
Posted by Dan Scott 23rd March 2010

Hello to everyone out there, mountain and lowland dwellers alike.

Duncan Smith's picture
Posted by Duncan Smith 22nd March 2010

The end of the world is nigh in St Anton...... or is it?

The last week has been a 'four seasons' in one week. We started out with thick whiteouts, low temperatures, storms and heavy snow, which led to waist deep off piste in sheltered areas. By Wednesday we had bluebird powder conditions and the sun shone all day so it was crisp in the morning and mild by the afternoon. Friday was hot hot hot; temperature in resort was in the high teens, people are walking around in shorts and the snow has been getting slushy and heavy - spring conditions. We had rain and clouds by Sunday. Top tip this week is to stay as high as possible as the freezing level is hovering around the 2000 - 2500m mark. I've attached some pics from this week as examples.

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Posted by Jon White 22nd March 2010

The quite time is drawing to an end, ahead lays a busy Easter. Spring snow has set in early this year and today’s rain really isn’t helping. Warm temperatures are forecast until mid week when the freeze level starts to go down again. As with most resorts in the Alps right now we need snow – along with cold temps so it’s not raining on half the mountain. On the plus side it’s spring snow already :) sugary turns and fresh tracks every day without snowfall. With the longer days it looks like the night sledging should be good, you just need to take some wax with you.

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Posted by Will Roberts 22nd March 2010

Spring is here and it’s a favourite time of mine for backcountry skiing. A few days ago we finished teaching an introductory course to backcountry skiing and ski touring which 4 participants, over 4 days, learnt the foundations of skills that will take them outside of the ski resorts and up into the peaks around them. The course took us to the top of the ‘Croisse Baulet’ in Combloux, and timed to perfection the descent was on lovely thawed soft spring snow before it had begun to melt.

Naeem Alvi's picture
Posted by Naeem Alvi 22nd March 2010

After having spent most of the season, exploring the infamous tree’s of Serre Chevalier, I decided it was time to step a little further out of bounds. Fortunately, a work colleague of mine, and Serre Che resident, was more than happy to show me some of the better open face off-piste that the area has to offer.

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Posted by Anne Smellie 22nd March 2010

With no real snow for the last two weeks, you would expect a proper ice rink around Val d’Isère. Although melting in resort is prolific, despair not, as the pistes are still in fantastic shape.

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Posted by Ski holiday stories 22nd March 2010

There are Igloos in La Plagne!

Will Roberts's picture
Posted by Will Roberts 12th March 2010

After last week throwing all four seasons at us the weather has returned to sunshine and the Terrain park on Mt Joux has been looking perfectly shaped for some fun in the air.


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


4th February 2015

It is a proven scientific fact that you get a ‘happiness boost’ from planning and anticipating a holiday. Happiness also leads to greater productivity in the work place, thus benefiting employers as well as employees – everyone’s a winner!

Once more, past studies into happiness levels suggest that people may well get more out of several small trips a year, rather than one big break. 

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