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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.

Will Roberts's picture
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.

Anne Smellie's picture
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.

31st July 2013

If you are desparate to escape the heat of our long awaited UK Summer then have compiled a list of places to ski in August 2013

17th July 2013

The ski season may seem a long way off in this sweltering heat but the Snow Centre at Hemel has a great Bank Holiday offer. Ed Drake, UK hopeful at next year's Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic, will be coaching and passing on some of the techniques that have made him so successful. The event takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August 2013 and is a one day only event. All skiers and snowboarders are invited, from enthusiastic new converts to budding Olympians. Read on for more information and details on how to book your place to make sure you don't miss this great opportunity.

25th April 2013

This Spring Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre is celebrating its 4th year as one of the UK’s top destinations for indoor skiing and snowboarding. They’ll be throwing a party over May bank holiday weekend, with all sorts of freebees, offers and special events.

8th April 2013

If you are a fan of rock then this is an opening night you won't want to miss. The fabulous ski resort of Ischgl will have a wild rock night to kick off the season for 2013/14 with Nickelback. This current season will be closed by the legendary Deep Purple so dig out those old denims and head on out to Ischgl for the party of the season.

28th March 2013

The season is coming to an end with just a few weeks left but there is still snow on the hills so why not grab a bargain and head out for some super spring skiing? Here are some great discounts for spring skiing in France, you just need to sort out your travel and if you are flying why not check out our SkiFlightWizard for information on where you can fly to and fro.

21st March 2013

Great news - there is lots of snow in the mountains as reported here in the J2Ski Snow Report  for the week ending March 23rd, 2013

13th March 2013

If you have managed to get some cheap flights and now just need a great apartment, this could be right up your street. Some apartments in France from the specialists,
All offers are for accommodation only and do not include any travel.

13th March 2013

Here are some great discounts for the late season getaways in March and April, from the self drive ski holiday specialists, Erna Low. Driving to a ski resort can be great fun and often better value if there is a group of you. Check out our handy top ten tips for driving to the Alps.


12th March 2013

Still searching for the ideal Easter ski break? Here are some great offers from some of our top tour operators, all three star accommodation. If you can't find the deal for you why not fill in our JustAskOnce form online and let us try to help.


11th March 2013

Very short notice but if you can get some accommodation this Satruday, here are some great cheap flights from Crystal Ski.

Flight only from £59 per person including 20kg hold luggage, 5 kg hand luggage, all taxes.

Departure 16 March, return 23 March.

Birmingham to Geneva - £59
Gatwick to Geneva - £99
Manchester to Geneva - £99
Manchester to Chambery - £59
East Midlands to Chambery - £99

To book call 0871 231 2256 – Crystal Ski.

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