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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.

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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 Wendy Hollands 11th March 2011

Taking a drag lift up a gentle blue run over in the Merdassier area of La Clusaz, the last thing I expected to see was a series of tipis, including this one, pictured, alongside the drag lift. It’s a toilet — a tipipi. This is a French play on words, as French kids say they need to do a ‘pipi’ when they need to pee.


18th February 2013

Have you always wanted to bash gates like a World Cup racer? Fancy yourself the next Marcel Hirscher? Or maybe you just have a secret desire to descend a piste dressed as a giant Yorkshire Pudding? If the answer to any of these questions


18th February 2013

The ski show is coming back to Manchester. After several years of absence it is being brought back by VOS Media with the launch new event: Ski and Snowboard Show North. The first new show will be held from 25th – 27th October 2013, at EventCity, Manchester.


14th February 2013

Skiing is never going to be the cheapest holiday on earth but it needn’t cost a fortune either. The choice and variety of holidays on offer in the Austrian Tirol means there is something to suit all budgets. This season Austria represents fantastic value for money, from affordable mountain restaurants to competitive lift pass prices. And with amazing snow conditions at the moment, that’s something money can’t buy!


13th February 2013

If you are still looking for a good ski deal then check out these offers from Ski Solutions. There is a short break to Champoluc which is seeing a rise in popularity this year - quiet slopes and great food, what's not to love? - as well as Hotel accommodation in St Anton and Zermatt. Happy skiing everyone.


12th February 2013

Here's a round-up of some great music festivals, film festivals, outdoor art exhibitions, sporting events…there is always something to see or do in Savoie Mont Blanc’s ski resorts.

7-10 March

Black weekend – Chamonix
Black weekend is a cultural event combining visual arts and music with skiing.


8th February 2013

Here is an amazing offer for a half price trip to BC, Canada for the trip for a lifetime. Read on...

Due to a last minute cancellation we have 2 seats available for a 7-day heliski trip with TLH Heliskiing in British Columbia.


7th February 2013

Flexiski have alerted us to this great deal for the Easter holidays. So if it is a bit of luxury ski in/ski out you are looking for then you have come to the right place. This is one of our favourite hotels and we can't recommend it enough - for the luxury of course.


6th February 2013

Please see below some of the latest special offers from Erna Low - the ski drive specialists. There aren't any flights but all ski holidays include Eurotunnel crossings with upgrade. Driving to resort can seem a bit daunting but there are many advantages - take as many pairs of shoes as your boot can handle is pretty high on our list! Check out the MadDogSki driving tips.

 


5th February 2013

Looking for a great ski deal in March ? Those lovely guys at Ski Solutions have sent us these offers, from a mountain lodge in Banff to a weekend skiing in Courmayeur at Easter there should be something to suit. There are savings of up to £500 pp on some of these ski holidays, go on - you know you want to...

 


4th February 2013

If you fancy a bit more than just skiing why not go to a resort with special events on ?  Here are details of a comedy tour hitting Verbier and carnival time in Livigno.

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