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Posted by John Barr 30th November 2010

Austria is postcard pretty under the latest snowfall. It’s been cold for a week and the snowmaking machines have been working day and night, putting down a solid base. We’ve had 40cm of fresh snow in the valley, more in the mountains, the temperature is minus 10 degrees in the car park and the sun is shining. Most resorts won’t be open for another week or so, but the Fleckalmbahn gondola between Kitzbühel and Kirchberg is operating, along with a pair of chairlifts between the Ehrenbachhöhe and Steinbergkogel. Officially, two blue runs are open, but a short red and several sections of black runs are easily accessible, and the fresh powder is skied out by mid-day – helped by snakes of 10-year-old wannabe Franz Klammers, who slalom past me while doing exercises with their poles as if I’m standing still.


24th November 2010

Redpoint Holidays are celebrating their 15th Birthday by offering you a 15% discount on a weeks skiing in February - 12th to 19th 2011.

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Posted by Amie Postings 19th November 2010

Saas Fee, Wednesday 17th November 2010
The 5.30am departure from Morzine was a rather rude start to the winter season. Living here all year round, we are constantly teased by the snow-tipped mountains of the Portes du Soleil. But the three-hour journey to Saas Fee seemed like a small price to pay for some early season action.

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Posted by Dave Burrows 18th November 2010

"It’s been an interesting last month or two since I passed my BASI 2 ski instructor exams and got myself a job teaching in Morgins this winter.  I seem to have spent the last two months preparing for this winter, catching up with people and tying up loose ends.

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Posted by John Barr 17th November 2010

Two weeks ago one gondola, one chair lift, one red piste and one blue piste opened on the Resterhöhe range above Pass Thurn, at the far end of the Kitzbühel ski area. The runs are high, north facing, and well served by snow-making equipment, so once the temperature drops towards the end of October the runs are ready for the rest of the season. Through November they are only open at weekends, but the pisteurs are hard at work through the week making new snow, and bulldozing fresh snow falls into position. The predominantly artificial snow is firm rather than icy first thing in the morning, and sugary by early afternoon if the sun comes out – but for an hour or two in the middle of the morning it feels like real snow.

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Posted by John Barr 17th November 2010

The summer has long gone, taking with it the open air concerts, the coach loads of tourists, the pole wielding mountain walkers and the lycra-clad cyclists. The town itself is having a well-earned holiday before the madness of the winter season arrives. Many hotels, bars and restaurants are closed for a month or more, the staff and owners recharging their batteries in the warmer climes (at this time of year) of Italy or the south of France. Meanwhile, the town is relaxing, but expectant – waiting for the ski season to start. As am I.

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Posted by Liz Woods 17th November 2010

Experienced skiers who want to put their skills to the test are being sought by Austrian based ski specialists, Redpoint (www.redpoint.co.uk). As part of their 15th anniversary celebrations, the independent company will be running a special ski challenge in the Ziller Valley. Skiers who take part will be attempting to ski all the runs in the valley in just six days – that’s over 600kms of runs.

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Posted by Liz Woods 16th November 2010

Courmayeur, Vallee d'Aoste
Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th March 2011

This year, City Ski Championships has levelled the playing field on the slopes at Courmayeur introducing a new way of racing.

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Posted by Liz Woods 15th November 2010

Winter Wonderland awaits; La Nina and incredible snowmaking infrastructure deliver early start to the season at Whistler Blackcomb
 

WHISTLER, BC, Friday, November 12, 2010 – Few things get skiers and riders more excited than the words “early opening,” which is why Whistler Blackcomb is thrilled to announce that Whistler Mountain will open six days early, on Friday, November 19. Blackcomb Mountain will open on Thursday, November 25, Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day.
 

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Posted by Kate Whittaker 15th November 2010

It's offers like this one from Paradiski that make us think seriously about dropping the usual extended family affair and heading for the hills!


28th January 2015

Save 30% on February dates in La Rosiere


28th January 2015

Easter in the French Pyrenees offers great value skiing, long sunny days and a relaxed atmosphere with a lovely Spanish influence from across the border.

Save 30% at the Cami Real


27th January 2015

AliKats has perfected the recipe for group chalet holidays in the mountains; ingredients include a spacious luxury chalet, delicious food, free-flowing wine, a hot tub and – last, but not least - a rack of over fifty retro ski suits.

Guests are free to borrow the one-piece wonders when they like and they’ve been known to increase group fun on the mountain by over 25%.


23rd January 2015

Early February ski holidays from just £449 per person per week

Last weekend, the Alps saw the heaviest snow dump yet allowing for perfect skiing conditions and the best time to book a last minute ski holiday. Take advantage of Powder White’s late ski deals on fully-catered chalet holidays in Europe’s top resorts now available from just £449 per person per week and with savings of up to £500 per person.


15th January 2015

Quick getaways with VIP SKI for just £149pp per night

VIP SKI is now offering short ski breaks (from Thursday-Sunday) so that no one misses out on some much-needed slope action. Every Thursday they will be showing a collection of rooms and chalets available for the following week. So skiers will have to be impulsive, as the offer is only available to book less than a week in advance.


13th January 2015

Powder White has just announced an exclusive partnership with one of Europe’s most renowned ski coaches, Warren Smith of the Warren Smith Ski Academy.

Smith is officially joining Powder White as ‘Skills Editor’ providing guests and website visitors with expert tips on how to enhance their performance on the slopes.


13th January 2015

Spend a week with your family in the stunning resort of La Rosière in the French Alps. Esprit Ski is offering the Chalet Valentine for just £220pp (was £624pp). This chalet is set 1 minute from the nearest ski lift and is for families seeking to enjoy total exclusivity.


13th January 2015

Save up to £562 on accommodation in Val d’Isere…


9th January 2015

Receive 2 Free nights and 2 free ski days in Aspen in spring 2015. Ski Independence is offering eight nights at the Limelight Hotel from **£1899 per person (B&B), including a Buy 5 get 7 day lift ticket.

The price is based on 2 sharing a Standard King room, including United Airlines flights from London Heathrow to Aspen and complimentary Aspen Airport transfers. Now is your chance to check out the slopes of this classic US resort.


9th January 2015

Fish & Pips are giving skiers and snowboarders a lift this January with savings of up to £250 on gourmet catered chalet holidays to Meribel and Val d'Isère. 

Those holidaying in Meribel Village can also take advantage of the newly upgraded Loze chairlift which has made it even quicker to access the vast 3 Vallees ski area from Fish & Pips’ prime chalet locations. 

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