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Posted by Dave Burrows 13th February 2012

They’ve arrived. 

I walked out of the apartment this morning and scene of French chaos greets me.  Three cars with their bonnets open and their owners slipping about on the ice, juggling with jump leads.  Another car owner faffing about with bits of cardboard, trying to drive directly up a sheet ice slope without snow tyres.  Another guy taking relentless run ups trying to drive out of said iced up driveway, making it even more slippery in the process.  Torville and Dean could skate on our driveway at the moment.

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Posted by John Barr 13th February 2012

During my first two seasons in Austria my skiing improved beyond recognition. When the snow was perfect and the pitch of the slope just right, I almost felt as if I was in control and actually knew what I was doing. However, the next day I’d ski a steeper black run in icy conditions and all my poise and balance would be out of the window. It was back to survival mode. There is a vicious circle that affects many skiers. When conditions are more difficult we tend to lean back, which gives us less control, and it all goes to pot. I’m sure you’ve been there as well.

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Posted by Kitrina H 8th February 2012

I had a great plan for blogs this week. First I was going to write about rolling back into life as a full-time instructor for the first time in years. Then, best of all, transcribe my trip to Mt Baker to race in the Banked Slalom, one of the oldest still-running snowboard competitions. How does that saying go? The best laid plans of mice and men, often go astray?

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Posted by John Barr 7th February 2012

Having missed the mountains last weekend due to a business trip to New York, I was looking forward to skiing with friends in Fieberbrunn on Saturday. My car, however, had other ideas.


7th February 2012

There are some great deals coming our way, here are a selection from some of the big boys - Thomson Ski, Crystal and First Choice Ski. Please note all prices are per person for 7 nights and rooms based on two sharing (unless mentioned otherwise). For more information and other deals or to book please goto the company websites - and happy hunting, hope you get yourself a bargain!


7th February 2012

Some great Easter deals here from Ski Collection, all these offers include Eurotunnel crossing with Flexiplus upgrade - save yourself the hassle of check-in at the airport...  See more deals


7th February 2012

Driving to your ski destination seems to be getting more and more popular so those lovely people at Peak Retreats have put together some deals for March, including Eurotunnel crossings. There are some great advantages of taking your car - least of all you don't have to pay ridiculous baggage allowances as you do with so many of the budget airlines.  See more deals

 

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Posted by Wendy Hollands 7th February 2012

Back in 2002, I was drawn to being a ski bum after working long days in London. An apartment in Brides-les-Bains near Méribel was offered to me so I flew to Geneva, then took four poorly-connected slow trains, requiring stair climbs at each interchange. The taxi ride from the station involved the driver asking “Où travaillez-vous?” (“Where do you work?”), which I thought had something to do with travel. I smiled and shrugged and said “No parlez” based on one of my mum’s Paul Young album titles.

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Posted by Hannah Engelkamp 6th February 2012

Several days before the skies over London opened and froze the badly-attired Saturday night partygoers to the bone in nightbus queues across the capital, MadDogSki's founder Kate spotted this little bit of friendly graffiti.

I wonder whether it's a potent snowmaking symbol, since a few days after its arrival you could have crosscountry skied down Chancery Lane, if you weren't too worried about the state of your bases afterwards. And Per is clearly a reference to the Swedish god of generous snowfall*. Spooky!

 

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Posted by Tim Wilson 6th February 2012

Having travelled widely throughout the world, it should come as no surprise when I see dreadful mistranslations of the English lanuage. But after living in France for a long time, I still find it striking that one of our nearest neighbours sees little need to verify their handiwork before making posters and even basing whole advertising campaigns on their "Franglais". It's not like there aren't any English people around to ask whether offering "Steak and Ships" is a good idea for you official printed menu. (Seen in the Kilimanjaro restaurant in Arc 2000)


4th March 2014

Here are a selection of deals from Erna Low for the Easter week commencing 5th April 2014. Just choose your resort and then decide how you want to travel and then get in touch to book your holiday. Easter heralds the end of the ski season for many resorts so you haven't got long to get that snow fix in!


3rd March 2014

Here are some excellent deals from Ski Collection and Peak Retreats for a number of great resorts in France. All these ski holidays include Eurotunnel travel and self catering accommodation.


3rd March 2014

Here are some fantastic deals for some of our favourite ski resorts in France. From partying at La Folie Douce to an Easter holiday treat to Whistler in Canada there are plenty to choose from. The end of the ski season is between 5-10 weeks away, depending on the resort, so you still have time to get in a great ski holiday (or a second!)


3rd March 2014

Here is the latest ski report courtesy of J2Ski.com for week ending 1st March 2014. The snow is still falling in parts but no great volumes anywhere.


25th February 2014

Here are a few ski deals to a variety of some of the most popular ski resorts in France from Peak Retreats and Ski Collection. All have either March or April departures and have savings of up to 35% on accommodation.


25th February 2014

Here are a few bargain ski holidays with savings of up to £265 per person in Zell am See, Austria. All three have end of March departures so you can enjoy the snow with possibly a spot of Spring sunshine as well.


25th February 2014

Here are a couple of great deals with 23rd March departure. There is a family ski holiday to the friendly resort of Saas Fee in Switzerland or a week skiing in La Rosiere, France which is close to the Italian border. If you have been inspired by the Olympics then pack up your bags and hit the white stuff.


25th February 2014

The Winter Olympics may be over but the snow is still out there for us all to enjoy. Here are some great deals for some ski holidays for the next couple of months.


25th February 2014

The excitement of the Olympics lives on in La Plagne, France. Here are a selection of three events being held in La Plagne to help you relive some of the thrills, and hopefully not spills, of the last few weeks. For more information about the resort read our guide to La Plagne.  


24th February 2014

YSE have sent these three chalet deals to us, with savings of up to £240 per person they are definitely worth checking out. All the chalets are in the beautiful resort of Val d'Isere, France - for more resort information check out our Val d'Isere resort guide.

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