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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.

19th November 2013

The Christmas holidays are a great time for a ski holiday and fabulous for a family ski trip - guaranteed white Christmas and skiing as well... what's not to love?  With snow already falling across the Alps the hopes of another great season are high. Pierre & Vacances still have some holidays left for the Christmas holidays in some of the most popular ski resorts in France.

15th November 2013

If you fancy a free ski holiday to either Meribel or Val d'Isere just enter this competition from Element Ski Travel. Simples.....

15th November 2013

There has been plenty of snow falling in the last week and now the sun is out to show it off in all its' glory. Here is a round-up of the snowfall around the globe, courtesy of There are a number of resorts opening early for the 2013/14 ski season.

14th November 2013

It’s that time of year again (and we’re not talking about Christmas this time), when all the ski gear and holiday companies start launching their winter season competitions. We’ve been seeing quite a few popping up around the web these past couple of weeks, so we thought we’d round them all up for you here. There are all manner of ski holidays to be won, as well as gear vouchers and season passes, so get your email on cut and paste, cross those fingers and throw some salt over your shoulder.

12th November 2013

There are just a few apartments left for New Year from Ski Collection. They are all luxury accommodation and include Eurotunnel crossing for one car and passengers. Read our Top 10 tips for Driving to the Alps if you are considering taking you car across.

12th November 2013

Here are a couple of deals for ski holidays over the Christmas period in the Alps. So if you fancy a guaranteed white Christmas then check them out.

12th November 2013

If you have young children you can make all their dreams come true with a visit to Santa in his home in Lapland. Here is an offer from £399pp, a massive saving of £1000 for a family.

11th November 2013

Every season there are some great events taking place in ski resorts around the world, here are a few to whet your appetite with, as soon as we hear about more we will let you know. Last season the MadDogSki team had a fabulous week enjoying the delights of the Altitude Comedy festival in Mayrhofen, Austria. This year the Altitude team are returning to Mayrhofen 31st March – 4th April 2014. For more information visit their website and if you need more persuasion to go read our blog.

11th November 2013

The snow is falling across the Alps already and here are some great ski deals and ski holiday offers for the coming season across some of the top ski resorts. With free ferry crossing with VIP Ski and reductions on holidays booked before 27th November with Pierre & Vacances you may just find a ski holiday to suit your needs and budget. If you have more specific requirements fill in our JustAskOnce form and let us find some deals for you

11th November 2013

Erna Low are specialists in ski drive holidays and there are some deals here with discounts of up to 15% off accommodation price. Self catering accommodation is good if you are on a budget - giving you flexibility for what you eat and how much you spend. If you are planning on driving to your resort check out our Top 10 Tips for driving to the Alps - and if you have any extra tips please let us know.

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