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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.

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.


26th February 2013

Spring skiing often brings out the best in the Alps with bluebird days and fabulous festivals. It is these festivals that are growing in stature and popularity with British skiers, sunny weather has always been popular! Festivals taking place in the French Alps this spring differ in style, content, clientele and length meaning there’s something for nearly everyone.


26th February 2013

If you are heading out for a spot of spring skiing in Switzerland then why not try hiring a car to get to resort? Often a cheaper option than transfers if there is a group  of you, and now there is an added bonus with this bargain offer from Rhino Car Hire.


25th February 2013

The recent news from France that ski hosting by British tour operators or chalet hosts is to be outlawed has caused a lot of concern among British skiers. Ski hosts are generally chalet hosts who will take their guests around the mountains to familiarise them with the best runs, a free service and a great added extra to your ski holiday package.  It all started when a chalet host from Le Ski was taking his guests on a run and was stopped by the French Police and questioned. Le Ski is now appealing the ruling through the courts in France but this could have far reaching consequences for everybody involved.


25th February 2013

As spring takes the edge off the winter chill, ski resorts worldwide compete to give the best sign off to the end of the season. It’s fair to say that a winter and a spring skiing holiday offer a completely different holiday experience. Sunshine skiing brings a new found energy to the ski slopes with less crowds, the opportunity for long alfresco lunches and better value prices. Music takes centre stage in what has become an annual tradition for ski resorts to bid farewell to the season - but which ones top the charts?


22nd February 2013

Fancy yourself as a bit of a David Bailey then head to the hills in Courmayeur, Italy for great chance to win their competition where photographers and riders go head-to-head to capture the money shot.
Read on for more details and check our our resort information about Courmayeur.


22nd February 2013

Fed up with hassle at the airport, long waits in airport lounges, or just plain hate flying? Ever considered going by train ?  Eurostar have some great fares as low as £119 return taking you right to the alps. Travelling by train can be much more relaxing than flying, just sit back and enjoy the scenery flying by or read a good book. There is more room than a plane and you can get up and move around quite easily. Read on for more information from Eurostar and for details on booking your bargain travel.


21st February 2013

Easter is just around the corner and it's a great time to take the kids skiing - the weather is a bit warmer for one thing. Tirol has lots to offer for families and here are the recommendations for various age groups, courtesy of the Tirol Tourist Board.

Check out our MadDogSki top tips for first day at ski school.


20th February 2013

Whether you are looking for a cheeky ski weekend or a party celebration for St Patrick's Day then there should be something for you here in this selection from Ski Solutions.

Ski Solutions are the UK’s original specialist ski tour operator and travel agency, with over 25 years experience of arranging hotel and chalet holidays to the Alps and North America.

 


19th February 2013

If you have ever fancied trying out 'Splitboarding' then now is your chance. RudeChalets are running an introductory course in the lovely resort of Chamonix. The package includes all accommodation, equipment, transfers and guiding. Read on for more details from RudeChalets.


18th February 2013

Have you always wanted to bash gates like a World Cup racer? Fancy yourself the next Marcel Hirscher? Or maybe you just have a secret desire to descend a piste dressed as a giant Yorkshire Pudding? If the answer to any of these questions

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