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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.


30th September 2013

Christmas is a magical time to be skiing but if you want to make sure you the get the dates and resort of your choice then you need to be organised now. Here is a great deal for a two centre holiday to Austria - a night in Innsbruck to enjoy the atmosphere of the Christmas markets and then 7 nights in Obergurgl. Just perfect to get you in the mood for the festive season, and even stock up on Christmas pressies at the same time.


27th September 2013

Neilson have announced their Ski Extra Sale. There are some great money off ski holidays from £25 to £75 and other deals. You need to be quick though and book your holiday with them before the 2nd October 2013 - great way to spend this weekend !


26th September 2013

Erna Low are the specialists in self drive ski holidays and the following offers are available for booking until 31st October 2013. See our tips for driving to the Alps if you haven't tried it before, you just might like it!


26th September 2013

If you are booking your flights and accommodation separately then an apartment is always worth looking at. Great if you are on a budget as well or travelling in a group.
All offers are for accommodation only and do not include any travel.


26th September 2013

It may only be September but Christmas will be on us soon. If you are considering a pre-Christmas jaunt or a fabulous family Christmas in the snow then check out these deals from Ski Total and Esprit.


25th September 2013

With the ski season only a few months away there are some good early deals available. Here is a great selection from Ski Solutions, including Canada with savings of up to £205pp and a family friendly deal to Val d'Isere. Flights are from either London or Manchester.  If you have something else in mind just call their knowledgeable and friendly team on 020 7471 7749 or go to their website for more information on these deals and other resorts they cover. Some of these deals do have time limitations on them.


23rd September 2013

The stunning ski resort of Livigno are tempting skiers to their resort with offers of free lift passes. We all love a freebee and for this one all you need to do is stay at least 4 nights in a hotel, or 7 nights in an apartment. The timing is restricted to the beginning or the end of the season, so to qualify you need to book from 1st -20th December 2013 and from 5th April - 1st May 2014.


20th September 2013

Skiing at Christmas is especially magical and here is a great deal from Ski Meribel. Prices start from £325 per person which is based on 4 people sharing a self catering apartment in Meribel, week commencing 21st December 2013. Your sleeper coach travel is included and you can take all the presents you like - there's no charge!

For more information visit SkiMeribel or call the team on 020 8668 8223

 

 


18th September 2013

Now is the time to bag yourself an early booking discount and here is a great selection of deals from Ski Solutions. There are some good savings on trips across Europe as well as Canada - increasing in popularity amongst British skiers. Here's to a great season folks!

 


17th September 2013

We think this is a brilliant idea - special holidays aimed at singles who want to learn to ski. Friendship Travel are launching this product for this coming season and it is sure to be a hit. This holiday is based in Les Deux Alpes and everthing is included from transfers to lift passes. Check them out and if you know anybody who wants to learn but is wary of joining a large group being the only non skier this could be right up their street.

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