News & blogs

John Barr's picture
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.

Amie Postings's picture
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.

Dave Burrows's picture
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.

John Barr's picture
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.

John Barr's picture
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.

Liz Woods's picture
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.

Liz Woods's picture
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.

read more...

Liz Woods's picture
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.
 

Kate Whittaker's picture
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!


17th December 2014

Celebrate 2015 with a family ski trip


17th December 2014

Ski Val Thorens with a 10% discount in January


17th December 2014

Escape the January blues and head to the Alps for a snow-sure ski holiday. Powder White is offering great value deals on early January ski holidays with chalets in some of Europe’s top high-altitude resorts now available from just £349 per person per week.

 

3rd January: Chalet Hermine, Courchevel 1850

Now just £1299pp (was £3999pp) – saving £2700pp


17th December 2014

20% off skiing in Norway with Ski Safari

Trysil was recently voted "Best Ski Resort in Norway" for a second year running at the annual World Ski Awards and over the last few days has received a promising 20cm of snowfall. Located two hours north of Oslo, the majority of the accommodation options present ski-in ski-out convenience, the ski school is right on the doorstep and the mountains offer effortless blues and flattering reds on wide open slopes.


10th December 2014

Snow is in the air and powder on the brain! The recent snow storm that hit California laid the foundations for excellent skiing conditions in the Golden State! The top of Mammoth Mountain is now open and has a base up to 22 inches andtop to bottom skiing and riding. Fresh from the recent flurry, Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe has a total of 24 inches, whilst Mount Rose has been hammered with snow during the last week and has had over 3 feet of snow.


10th December 2014

Savings of up to £3500 per chalet...


3rd December 2014

Peak Retreats advise UK skiers to take advantage of Easter week, 28 March 2015, because…


27th November 2014

As December looms large thoughts are surely turning to grabbing a great ski holiday deal. Here are some to tempt you - from an adventure to Antartica and fine dining experience in Val d'Isere with VIP ski there is a lot on offer. Make sure you are signed up to our Newsletter so you get our Ski Deals Newsletters throughout the season.


20th November 2014

We’ve just heard about this very tempting long weekend in the Italian Dolomites, launching this December 12th – 15th. Combine full days of guided skiing with evenings of gourmet cuisine and wine tasting.

Ski in the Dolomites

  • Get news!
  • Get prizes!
  • Sign up here!