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Posted by Nora Mulcahy 24th March 2014

After a few early March powder dumps, it appears that spring has finally sprung. And seeing as March equates to St Paddy’s day it is nice to find myself (as usual) very far from home and (as usual) the only Irish person in town. A cheesy Paddy’s day picture for my mam is now de-rigour seeing as she has made the outstanding effort to post me Paddy’s Day paraphernalia from Dublin to <<insert country of interest>> for over 10 years now. Thanks Mam.

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Posted by Nora Mulcahy 24th February 2014

I’m coming to learn that the snow here is as reliable as rain in Ireland. But after having my fair share of inconsistent ski seasons in terms of snow quality/volume, it is only natural that I develop a moderate amount of anxiety when the snow forecast for Niseko reads “0cm” for a string of days in a row. And yet, it always comes. Like a few days ago when all of a sudden the wind changed and the sun morphed back into the blotted out ball that we are so used to seeing down here.

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Posted by Nora Mulcahy 10th February 2014

I am becoming a little bit of a powder snob these days after spending  just over 5 weeks skiing in one of the powdery-ist places on earth. After my recent visit to Moiwa, a small resort near Hirafu I am struggling to settle for days that don’t guarentee fresh - or almost fresh - powder turns. Fortunately in Niseko there is pretty much unlimited backcountry, slackcountry or side country with relatively little hiking compared to Europe.

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Posted by Nora Mulcahy 19th January 2014

I am going through an identity crisis.

For years I have been shunned by skiers in the swiss Alps for being a snowboarder. “Make too much noise”, “Causing avalanches” (yes, really) and most offensively, “wearing baggy trousers” were all comments I heard daily whilst living in Verbier. So, I decided to learn skiing when a couple of friends of mine were one man down to compete in the Patrouilles Des Glaciers 2012 ski touring competition.

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Posted by Hannah Engelkamp 26th February 2010

Getting to Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, is always going to be a faff. Of course, if you have time, a faff is exactly what you want. It's while faffing that you meet people and see all the weird signs, bits of tat, delicious and suspicious food - essentially stumble around in the detail - of another country. Why do people travel if not to make life harder for themselves? More difficult, more rewarding, more surprising.

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Posted by Hannah Engelkamp 12th February 2010

There’s no denying it’s a very long way away, and it’s taken two days, plus some vigorous jetlag, to get to this point, but the first faceful of their famous champagne powder blows that all away


26th March 2015

The week of the 12 April, VIP SKI is offering half-price childcare in Alpe d’Huez, saving families up to £387.


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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