Well, it's been a crazy few days in Les Arcs! The end of last week saw a snowstorm which has deposited more white stuff in a few days than we had all of last season. This is a great start but has brought with it a fair amount of chaos as well. The roads up to the higher resorts have been closed at times for avalanche blasting and high winds and there have been a few accidents too.
The Paradiski area in the French Alps will be opening a new Nature Spa this season. It will be in Arc 1950 in the Residence Les Sources de Marie and is to be 1000m2 deep, with views over to Mont Blanc.
The snow is finally here - it took a while to arrive, a fair amount of snow dancing - and most probably some serious re-arranging of the jet stream some five miles above our heads. After 6-7 weeks of scraping around on ice in the morning and slush in the afternoon, everyone has been out playing in the 30-40cm of powder on offer and off of a sudden, areas that were previously inaccessible have become open game, so my friend, Filip & I decided to do some exploring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.