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Posted by Kitrina H 28th February 2011

So, I head out to Arinsal, I turned out to be going to Arcilis. They are both Vallnord but apparently two unconnected separate hills. While heading out I hear it is a good place for beginners: it`s flat, that sort of thing.
 

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Posted by Dan Scott 24th February 2011

At last, a small taste of that oh so rare white stuff. We have been treated with a nice little flurry of about 15 cm of fresh snow up here in Zermatt. If you really go looking you may almost get knee deep in those sacred wind deposited spots. It’s been a long wait and it’s actually pretty good to not see the sun for a couple of days. 6 weeks of blue bird days has been a treat but we were desperate for snow and it’s arrived just in time for all you lucky lot on half term break with your littlens.

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Posted by Amie Postings 21st February 2011

It’s quite hard not to turn your attention towards the summer when spring flowers are popping up from under the snow and the goggle tan is developing nicely. To encourage further thoughts of long sunny days in the mountains the Portes du Soleil people this week launched the 8th annual ‘PassPortes du Soleil’ mountain bike trek. The ‘PassPortes’ (as it is known locally) is a 3 day mountain bike tour of 9 Portes du Soleil resorts including Morzine. 6000 mountain bikers pedal along an 80km route, climbing 1000 metres and descending 6000 metres along the way.

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Posted by Liz Woods 16th February 2011

Learning to ski at 40 is pretty daunting and, I have to admit, not something I thought I would ever do.  However I have been trying to master the art with varying success over the last few years. My technique is not too bad, I know how to turn, how to stop and get on and off chair lifts. Unfortunately I do not have great balance at the best of times so when I am strapped into boots with skis attached fear kicks in. I know it is unreasonable to think that I am going to die on a green run but there it is. So like the lion in The Wizard of Oz I needed to find some courage - but how?

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Posted by John Barr 14th February 2011

I spent last weekend in snow-capped mountains, but without skis attached to my feet. I occasionally go walking with a group of guys that worked together way back when, and when I received the most recent invite I realized it was at the end of a week when I planned to work in the UK, so signed up without checking the details. The two details I should have paid attention to were “February”, and “Glencoe”.

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Posted by Ski holiday deals 14th February 2011

TG Ski have some places left on their ski camps on 26th March - 2nd April, and Snowboard camp from 9th April in Morzine.

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Posted by Dave Burrows 14th February 2011

10 reasons why being a Ski Instructor is the greatest job in the world (in no particular order);

1.    Free lift pass for the Portes du Soleil.  650kms of pistes to rip on your day off.

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Posted by Liz Woods 12th February 2011

Well the girls did it - they won...  How wonderful. They won in the Best Visitors Trail category and we are all very very proud of them - especially as they had to endure all those bars, sunshine and skiing!  Hannah will be putting up a post detailing their run when her hangover clears and she can see singularly again... So well done again girls and just love the costumes - and no, I won't be sporting this little number at the Ski Show in October!!
 

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Posted by Liz Woods 8th February 2011

Kate and Hannah are off on their travels again - they are out in Zermatt to take part in the Luttman-Johnson challenge which takes place Wednesday 9th February 2011.


4th February 2011

Torfean Council in Wales have announced that they will be closing the Pontypool Dry Ski Slope for the summer, in a bid to save money.  However protestors have claimed that it will become overgrown and a target for vandals if it is left unattended for so long.  The dry ski slope is the longest and oldest in Wales and many people are unhappy about this closure.


16th September 2014

Action Demo Day – Saturday 20th September

The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead is playing host to a gear demo day on Saturday 20th September to test out next year's snow sports kit. You’ll get to try out skis and snowboards, which are not yet available on the high street.

Headlining brands include, Salomon, Raven, Pathron, DOUK Snowboards, Smokin, Dupraz, Stepchild, Ride, Volkl, Endeavour, APO, Nordica, Blizzard, Atomic, Faction and Armada.


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.

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