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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 13th 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

23rd September 2014

Coast Blackcomb Suites offer in Whistler, Canada

With twinkling lights, horse drawn sleighs and roaring fireplaces aplenty, Whistler is a truly magical place to be at this time of year. The unique lodge-style setting of the Coast Blackcomb suites and its ski in/ski out location alongside Merlin’s ski run make it the perfect choice for a Christmas escape.

23rd September 2014

Get your skis on or you'll miss it!

- Book between 20th – 26th September for limited edition savings -

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.


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.

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