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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)


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!


2nd April 2014

Please see below for some great end of season offers from Erna Low.  There is a mix and match on a number of resorts in France - just pick your resort and then decide if you are opting for just accommodation or travel (driving or flying) included.  The end of the season is nearly upon us but there is still time to squeeze in another cheeky ski week!

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