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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!


26th June 2014

Holidays are for chilling! Book your child a place on, quite literally, the coolest courses available this Summer.

The Snow Centre’s School Holiday courses and new Activity Days won’t blow the summer budget and will keep children cool, fit and active.

Weekdays

Children aged 4-16 can now be booked onto the Summer Holiday courses that will run from Monday 28th July until Thursday 28th August 2014.


22nd April 2014

Here is the latest ski report courtesy of J2Ski for week ending 19th April 2014. The season may be coming to an end but there are still some good snow dumps across the Alps.


14th April 2014

Skiplex, the UK’s continuous, indoor revolving ski slope specialists, are launching their Skiplex Academy Instructor Course this summer. Skiplex have three centres in the UK - Reading, Chiswick and Basingstoke - and this year they are offering enthusiastic skiers over the age of 18, the opportunity to complete their BASI Level 1 Instructor qualification free of charge!

This scheme forms part of their drive to recruit more instructors for their three UK ski centres after a very successful 2013-14 winter season.


8th April 2014

Here are some last minute ski deals for Easter and beyond.


8th April 2014

There are a variety of courses available in Canada so you can gain some qualifications in ski instruction. Once you have compeleted and passed there is even an opportunity of a new job. So, if you have always yearned to spend a winter on the mountain and get paid for it, here is your chance to change your life forever.  Read on for more details and how to book your place.


3rd April 2014

Easter is fast approaching and some schools are set to close tomorrow for the holidays. Val d'Isere have sent us a round up of their late ski deals from their top Tour Operators. Whether you want just a few days or a full blown family ski break there is still time to get yourself out on the slopes. Val d'Isere also offers plenty of other activities off the slopes such as ice-climbing, paragliding and a lot more - check our listings for more information.


2nd April 2014

It’s not too late for a snowy escape this Easter and Ski Club Freshtracks have some great offers. They also dismiss a few myths about late season skiing.


2nd April 2014

It isn't too late for that last ski fix of the season - feast your eyes on these deals. Spring skiing can be wonderful with lovely sunshine and a killer goggle tan to take home!


2nd April 2014

Why is now an ideal time to book your ski holiday? Because ski holiday companies are offering some great deals. There is always the big question, is it best to wait nearer the time or to book now? One thing is for sure, the earlier you book your holiday, the greater choice of accommodation and flights you have. Crystal Ski Holidays have sent this information through with some offers for early deals for 2014/15 ski season.


2nd April 2014

Here are some great end of season savings - great for a last budget ski holiday. Family skiing from under £300 pp to La Plagne or a indulgent ski holiday for two to Tignes... enjoy!

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