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Posted by Wendy Hollands 2nd March 2015

Ski touring is one of those sports I never thought I’d try. As a teenager, I remember looking from a chairlift at the crazy people walking up the hill with skis on. Why would they do that when they could get a lift up and enjoy the buzz of skiing? Even now, when I ski past someone walking up a piste, I giggle on the inside, picturing that scene from Planes, Trains and Automobiles where the people in one car are yelling to another car: “You’re going the wrong way”.

But then… I went the wrong way.

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Posted by Wendy Hollands 22nd January 2015

Skiing fans have no doubt already seen the latest video from freestyle and freeride skiing champion, Candide Thovex. His previous video, “One of those days”, ended with him jumping on skis over a police car, then releasing his bindings and running while the police chase him. It was difficult to imagine him topping those scenes, yet his latest video, “One of those days 2”, does just that.

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Posted by Wendy Hollands 28th April 2014

The ski season here in La Clusaz ended last weekend, and work has already begun for next year’s ski season. Last October, a sign was attached to the lift ticket office at Bossonnet.

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Posted by Wendy Hollands 17th March 2014

Snow parks use machinery to sculpt kickers, spines and pipes, but there’s another type of snow sculpture made with shovels and hands only.

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Posted by Vanessa Fisher 17th February 2014

La Clusaz split my skiing life. Heading west from the centre of La Clusaz, up Cret du Merle, down through fresh snow on black Lapiaz, and over to ‘Balme’, I was back to how I skied BC (before children). Skiing off piste as much as possible, and as fast as possible. I headed down the linking pistes to get to the 2477m viewing point at the top of the Col de Balme chair, the spot that a local told us on a chair lift en route has one of the best views of Mont Blanc.

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Posted by Wendy Hollands 3rd February 2014

Spending a lot of time in a ski resort leads to getting to know the local shop owners and staff. This can result in free ski and snowboard waxing, complimentary food and drink, and preferential treatment. I managed to blag my way into the snowboard test for professionals, right here in La Clusaz, and then the ski test in Méribel a week later. It was a semi-legitimate blag: I work for the shop every now and again.

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Posted by Wendy Hollands 15th January 2014

This ski season has been an odd one. After steady snow in November and early openings all over the European Alps, the weather warmed up. Some more snow has fallen, but not as much as usual. My European friends are used to skiing on fluffy powder with a decent snow depth and on hard-packed, solid snow in busy areas.

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Posted by Liz Woods 12th March 2013

Radio Meuh is a renowned web radio in France and other countries and they are holding their first festival in a marquee in La Clusaz.

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Posted by Liz Woods 25th April 2012

For over 20 years, La Clusaz has been celebrating the end of the season with a two day festival, the ‘Defi Foly’, at Lake Confins in Lake Annecy Ski Resorts region. This weekend, 28th and 29th April, over 150 crazy competitors will try and cross the 180m lake on all manner of sliding objects, from skis, to snowboards to monoskis,  all trying to beat the 155m record set in 2010.

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Posted by Wendy Hollands 2nd April 2012

April is here. That means the last month of snow in most European ski resorts. Seasonaires everywhere are panicking as they try to cram in more mountain time, BBQs and partying before it all ends. The warm April weather arrived weeks early, causing rivers of melted snow on the lower slopes. With the memory of the 2011 season ending prematurely still fresh in all our minds, the talk here in March was “what if there’s no more snow?” Thankfully, 2012 has been nothing like 2011.


2nd January 2014

If the effects of all those mince pies and Christmas cake have got too much then a late ski holiday deal might just be what the doctor ordered. Flexiski have a selection of deals for January 2014 to tempt you...


22nd December 2013

Here is the latest snow report, courtesy of J2Ski for the week ending 21st December 21st 2013. The snow hasn't been very abundant but those who are in resorts that are high enough have enjoyed some great blue sky days for skiing. See the blog from John Barr based in Kitzbuhel, Austria.


18th December 2013

At last, a girlie ski weekend to rival any lads ski trip. Flexiski are offering packages to St Anton during their 'Ladies First! Feel-good weeks'  from £550 pp. All guests will receive a free book of vouchers from the Tourist Office. Read on for more information...


17th December 2013

If all the Christmas festivities are getting too much you may want to be looking ahead to January. Here are a couple of great ski holiday deals whic are a fraction of their original price and are guaranteed to blow away the festive cobwebs.


16th December 2013

Here are a selection of ski deals and other offers such as free lift passes from some of our top tour operators here in the UK. There are varying departure dates and resorts/countries to choose from.


16th December 2013

The Winter Olympics will take place in Sochi, Russia from 7th to 23rd February 2014. After the magnificent success of our own London Olympics the legacy of Olympic events has come under scrutiny. Here are a range of ski holidays from Ski Safaris to a selection of ex-Winter Olympic venues around the globe. Why not try one out for yourself and then Russia 2015?


16th December 2013

Erna Low are specialists in self drive ski holidays, here are a selection of their special offers in France for this week. The holidays all include Eurotunnel crossing, not flights, and have various start dates. See our Top Ten Tips for driving to the Alps if you are tempted to try it for the first time.


16th December 2013

Here is the latest snow report courtesy of J2Ski, for the weekn ending 15th December 2013. With the season kicking off across the ski resorts fingers are crossed for another great one.


12th December 2013

That smooth old crooner Robbie Williams is to close the season in Ischgl in April 2014 in a spectacular end of season spectacular. Read on for all the details..


12th December 2013

If you fancy swapping this miserable wet weather for a spot of lovely snow conditions why not treat yourself to a last minute pre-Christmas break? Here is a great deal from Flexiski, staying at our favourite Hotel Saint Louis in the lovely ski resort of Courchevel. The Three Valleys opened last weekend and the Flexiski overseas team are reporting good conditions for the start of the season. Please note these deals do not include any travel.

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