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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.

9th October 2013

Crystal Ski are offering buy-one-get-one-free on lift passes when you book your ski holiday with them before 21st October 2013. There are plenty of dates and resorts on offer within this deal and prices starting from £282 pp we reckon it's definitely worth looking into.

9th October 2013

The holiday companies are falling over themselves to offer some great deals this season. Ski Total have some fabulous cash back offers in addition to their £19 Heathrow parking with Purple Parking we think they may be onto a winner.

9th October 2013

Erna Low are the leader in the ski industry for ski drive holidays. Here are some deals for France with up to 20% discounts available.  All packages include Eurotunnel crossing with free FlexiPlus upgrade. If you haven't driven to the Alps before check out our top ten tips. There are time restrictions on these deals.

9th October 2013

Purple Parking have teamed up with Ski Total and Esprit Ski to offer parking at Heathrow for just £19. All you need to do is book with them to get this great offer. Below are a few great ski holiday deals to Austria, check out their websites for more resorts and deals.

7th October 2013

You can almost smell the snow now and as we run up to the coming ski season the early deals are still coming in. From 4 * holidays in Austria to luxury new year in the Three Vallees have a browse and see if something grabs you. Happy hunting!


2nd October 2013

These lovely new chalets in Les 2 Alpes are available with some great savings, prices include flights and transfers as well as catered chalet accommodation. There is also a deal here for family Christmas skiing in the ever popular Val d'Isere, travelling on 22nd December from just £833pp. Read on and hopefully you can find something to suit you and your budget, If you need any inspiration why not have a look at our SkiResortWizard and find the right resort for your perfect holiday.

2nd October 2013

Here is the first weather report of the season, courtesy of There isn't really much snow around just yet but there are a few glaciers open for skiing and New Zealand is still open for business. We will keep you updated as the snow starts falling.

1st October 2013

Here at MadDogSki we recognise a good ski holiday company when we see one, and Powder White ticks all our boxes. They’ve been growing steadily over the last ten years and consistently add great new chalets and ski holiday ideas to their portfolio. Ideas like the Ski Safari program, where you get to ski the five resorts of the Three Valleys and Espace Killy in one week. The latest addition of 'Pure Ski Touring' is one we’ll think is worth checking out. Here’s the low down...

1st October 2013

Fancy a wonderful ski break in St Moritz? Then just enter this competition run by Ski Independence who have teamed up with White Stuff & the Nira Alpina Hotel. Read on for more information and how to enter.

1st October 2013

As the ski season looms large on the horizon the resorts and tour operators are sending our news of ski holiday deals and discounted packages galore. Here are a few from across Europe and further afield, with savings on on lift passes and ski hire included in some deals.

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