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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 March 2015

Six days skiing in Meribel this Easter from just £249 with Skiweekends.com


26th March 2015

Erna Low has reduced the cost of a seven night self-catered stay at the Hameau du Mottaret in Meribel by 20%.


26th March 2015

End of season skiing can sometimes be seen as a bit of a gamble but not this year!


13th March 2015

Free child's lift pass and ski hireFamilies can save £188 on the cost of a holiday with Ski Weekends to


11th March 2015

There’s only two months left of the ski season but there’s still some great skiing to be had. Head to the Alps for the best deals, here guests can save up to £550 per person in Europe’s top resorts, including Val d’Isere, Meribel, St Anton and Courchevel, with Powder White’s late deals for March:


11th March 2015

If sledging fun is more your style, hop along with your family and friends to enjoy 30 minutes sledging on Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 10.30am – 3.30pm. Cost for aged four and over is just £7 (adults and Juniors).


11th March 2015

Mountain Heaven have selected catered chalets in a number of French resorts for just £299 per person (was £399) for the week commencing 11 April 2015.


11th March 2015

A week's half board at the designer Hotel Tango in Val Thorens, France, from £849 per person (based on two sharing; save £135 per person) including flights from Gatwick and transfers departing on 4 April 2015. 


6th March 2015

Easter skiing at The Snow Centre for just £1

From 4pm to 6pm if you've never tried skiing or snowboarding before you can try it for just £1 on The Snow Centre’s Easter Sunday Ski or Snowboard Taster Sessions.

For ages 4 years and upwards, adults and juniors are welcomed to try their chosen snowsport in a 15 minute session on the slope with our friendly Instructors. £1 includes skis or snowboard, boots and helmet hire plus 15 minutes on the slope.

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