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Posted by Vanessa Fisher 18th March 2015

After a short hike uphill and along a 500m traverse to the left, we stepped over the small snowy pass and looked towards an open plateau. We were greeted with views over to the Bec du Bosson hut - a breath-taking panoramic with the Zinalrothorn, Weisshorn, Dent Blanche and even (in the far distance) Mont Blanc peaks all in view. 

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Posted by Alf Alderson 18th March 2015

Do you like skiing groomers (pisted runs)? And do you want your pistes to be of the highest quality? If so, there’s one place you have to visit – Beaver Creek in Colorado.

The grooming here is smoother than Des O’Connor, the sun shines all day (if it isn’t snowing) and they even spray the pistes with a light top-up from the snow cannon after the snowcat has done its job, just to make it that bit more special.

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Posted by Wendy Hollands 1st March 2015

Do you remember the first time you skied? Was it daunting? Exciting? Fun? What about the people you went skiing with? Did you feel like you were holding them up? Worried you’d lose them in the crowd? If you’re due to go skiing with a first-timer, there are lots of ways you can help them transition from being an absolute beginner to a confident learner. Here are some ideas.

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Posted by Rob Freeman 1st March 2015

It was a still, crisp, bluebird day of cloudless skies. The snow on the steep, intimidating off-piste route down to Zurs from the top of the Valluga above St Anton am Arlberg looked benign, even inviting.

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Posted by Matt Lumb 16th February 2015

Last season I put together a list of useful apps for the slopes and so this season, to avoid any accusations of trying something new, I thought I’d do the same.


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Posted by Arnie Wilson 30th January 2015

Skiing is believing! Somehow I’d never had a chance to try the ski areas in the High Tatras. Or the Low Tatras for that matter (both are part of the Carpathian Mountains) which offer all kinds of skiing permutations in Slovakia and Poland.  Strangely, perhaps, the best resort I visited – Jasna-Chopok – is in the Low Tatras. Don't be put off by the 'Low '! It was unquestionably the best and biggest of the three resorts I skied in the region, even though the other two are in the so called High Tatras.

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Posted by Alf Alderson 27th January 2015

Pretty much everywhere you look around these parts a ski lift of some sort will catch your eye. I guess it would be nice if it were possible to pursue our skiing obsession without this rather intrusive form of uphill transport, but for downhill skiers ski lifts are, like Simon Cowell, a regrettably unavoidable constituent of modern life, so my view is let’s learn to appreciate them (ski lifts, that is, not Simon Cowell).

Purists will argue, of course, that we could all skin up the mountains and earn our turns, but the reality is that this is just never going to happen.

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Posted by Wendy Hollands 16th January 2015

Winter means colder weather. No matter how many layers you wear, sometimes, it’s hard to stay warm, especially during the first few cold months of the ski season. Rather than hide indoors from the cold, here are five tips to keep the cold at bay so you can enjoy your time skiing.

1. Swing your arms

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Posted by Beth Alexander 16th January 2015

So, the MadDogSki survey results are in! We’ve been through the lot, counted them meticulously, and drawn up (well… downloaded) the graphs. Here they are, along with a few of our favourite answers.


Skiers vs. snowboarders

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Posted by Alf Alderson 30th December 2014

“There are three essentials for a good ski chalet” says Al Judge, who along with his wife Kat is the joint owner of AliKats Mountain Holidays (see what they did there with their names…?).

“En-suite rooms, a hot tub and good views”. Needless to say Chalet de l’Ange in Montriond, where I’ve just spent a lovely few days, has all three. And more.

26th March 2015

The week of the 12 April, VIP SKI is offering half-price childcare in Alpe d’Huez, saving families up to £387.

26th March 2015

Six days skiing in Meribel this Easter from just £249 with

26th March 2015

Erna Low has reduced the cost of a seven night self-catered stay at the Hameau du Mottaret in Meribel by 20%.

26th March 2015

End of season skiing can sometimes be seen as a bit of a gamble but not this year!

13th March 2015

Free child's lift pass and ski hireFamilies can save £188 on the cost of a holiday with Ski Weekends to

11th March 2015

There’s only two months left of the ski season but there’s still some great skiing to be had. Head to the Alps for the best deals, here guests can save up to £550 per person in Europe’s top resorts, including Val d’Isere, Meribel, St Anton and Courchevel, with Powder White’s late deals for March:

11th March 2015

If sledging fun is more your style, hop along with your family and friends to enjoy 30 minutes sledging on Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 10.30am – 3.30pm. Cost for aged four and over is just £7 (adults and Juniors).

11th March 2015

Mountain Heaven have selected catered chalets in a number of French resorts for just £299 per person (was £399) for the week commencing 11 April 2015.

11th March 2015

A week's half board at the designer Hotel Tango in Val Thorens, France, from £849 per person (based on two sharing; save £135 per person) including flights from Gatwick and transfers departing on 4 April 2015. 

6th March 2015

Easter skiing at The Snow Centre for just £1

From 4pm to 6pm if you've never tried skiing or snowboarding before you can try it for just £1 on The Snow Centre’s Easter Sunday Ski or Snowboard Taster Sessions.

For ages 4 years and upwards, adults and juniors are welcomed to try their chosen snowsport in a 15 minute session on the slope with our friendly Instructors. £1 includes skis or snowboard, boots and helmet hire plus 15 minutes on the slope.

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