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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.

5th November 2013

Skiing with the family can be a real treat, just make sure that you are well prepared and have your childcare arranged before you go. Read our handy tips on skiing with children to ensure you all have a good holiday. There is a great ski holiday deal here from Esprit Ski to the wonderful family friendly resort of La Rosiere. Also there is a great pre-Christmas ski holiday deal to the fabulously chic resort of Courchevel in France.

5th November 2013

Erna Low are specialist in ski drive holidays and there are some great discounts ski holidays below. There are a selection of dates, pre-Christmas, Christmas and end of the season in April to the wonderful Val Thorens. If you need any details about these resorts just click on the names and you will see our resort information along with listings for bars, restaurants and shops in resort. You will also find details of things to do in the resort when you can't or won't ski.

4th November 2013

The season will soon be upon us so here is the weekly round up of snow conditions across Europe and further afield courtesy of J2Ski for the week Ending November 2nd, 2013

4th November 2013

The ski season is getting ever closer and at the Ski Show in London last week there was lots of excitement about a good season ahead. Here are some sweet deals for Christmas and pre-Christmas to Val d'Isere and some others which include free lift passes or free child places... something to tempt everyone to start booking if you haven't already.  Make sure you are signed up to receive our newsletters - they include prizes, news, information and some great ski deals throughout the season.

27th October 2013

With snow falling across parts of the Alps and in the US there are resorts and glaciers opening up for the coming season. Here is the weather report courtesy of J2Ski for the week ending 26th October 2013.

25th October 2013

London Ski and Snowboard Show Yes, you read it right. This year the excellent Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Shows in London and Manchester are giving away 20,000 free lift passes to attendees of the shows who book in advance.

22nd October 2013

Erna Low specialise in self drive ski holidays. Here are some of their latest special offers to some popular resorts in France, the deals include Eurotunnel crossing. If you haven't driven to the Alps before try reading our Top Ten Tips to see if that can persuade you.

22nd October 2013

The following offers are just for ski holiday accommodation - all you need to do is arrange your travel. For information on flighs why not check out our SkiFlightWizard to see who flies where and once you know which resort you are going to just go to that resort and find out the best transfer companies.

22nd October 2013

Ski Total and Ski Esprit have some weekly ski deals here from 15th December, Sunday flights giving you the advantage that the traffic will probably be lighter to resort and the airport may be slightly less hectic! With the snow already falling across the Alps the signs are good for another fabulous ski season. Great news but could mean that places will get booked up quickly.

21st October 2013

Peak Retreats have announced that they have added a new luxury apartment to their portfolio. It includes an indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room along with a fitness room to keep you fit for the slopes. What's more they are offering a special deal if you book before 15th November and take their ski-drive offer.

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