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Posted by Beth Alexander 3rd July 2014

If you’re happy to leave skiing for the winter months, and want to enjoy the mountains in full summer bloom instead, have a look at our top five things to do in the mountains this summer (without skis).

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Posted by Matt Lumb 17th April 2014

The Rock The Pistes Festival, held across the Portes du Soleil ski area between Tuesday 25th March to Friday 28th March 2014, celebrates its fourth year with an ‘Édition Spéciale UK’, which I suspect translates to ‘Special UK Edition’.

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Posted by Kate Whittaker 13th April 2014

MadDogSki friend Guy Elson recently took on the challenge of the BASI ski instructor training course in Morzine - here's his honest account of a character-building five days in the mountains:

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Posted by Beth Alexander 17th March 2014

With just a few weeks of the 2013/14 ski season left to go, we’ve put together a roundup of upcoming mountain events to help you close the season with a bang. From music festivals and comedy festivals to ski competitions and challenges, there’s plenty to do before the snow melts away.

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Posted by Matt Lumb 17th February 2014

Should you bother with your phone when on the ski slopes? I say yes. There are some great skiing apps to help you get the most out of your time on the slopes, and then to relive it once you’re back at home. The following (by no means exhaustive) round-up reviews a few of the popular skiing apps available. These were tested on an iPhone 5s in January 2014.

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Posted by Alf Alderson 3rd February 2014

As any weather forecaster will tell you, it’s notoriously difficult to predict the weather in the mountains. So much so that as I peruse three different weather forecasts for Les Arcs on a Saturday afternoon at the beginning of February I’m informed that there should be respectively 9cm, 1cm or a few flakes of snow falling in the next 12 hours.

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Posted by Rob Freeman 6th January 2014

Yes, it's a French term but we all know that French ski resorts have always come a poor second to Austria in laying on decent apres-ski...but there's an ever-increasing number of exceptions, and I've just seen the birth of the latest.

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Posted by Nora Mulcahy 2nd January 2014

Both myself and the snow have taken their time to arrive in Japan, but it was definitely worth the wait. I landed two days before New Year’s Eve as did the beginnings of the famed powder in Nesiko. My first morning I dragged my jetlagged self out of bed and was richly rewarded. Even though the top of the mountain was closed due to high winds (high being defined very conservatively in Japan as 40km p/h!) I cut my teeth in Grand Hirafu.

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Posted by Beth Alexander 27th November 2013

Festivals are generally thought of as a summer thing, but actually there are all sorts of festivals going on around Europe in the winter months too. Combining late nights of music or comedy with the early mornings and pace of a skiing trip makes for quite an intense time, but at least you don’t have to camp as well! Here’s our run-down of the very best winter festivals rocking the pistes over the 2013/14 ski season.

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Posted by Liz Woods 15th July 2013

Some lovely people who are friends of MadDogSki have been on a fabulous honeymoon trip to Greenland and other cold parts up north - and they sent us this lovely blog about their trip, and accompanying photos...


16th September 2014

Action Demo Day – Saturday 20th September

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.

Headlining brands include, Salomon, Raven, Pathron, DOUK Snowboards, Smokin, Dupraz, Stepchild, Ride, Volkl, Endeavour, APO, Nordica, Blizzard, Atomic, Faction and Armada.


26th June 2014

Holidays are for chilling! Book your child a place on, quite literally, the coolest courses available this Summer.

The Snow Centre’s School Holiday courses and new Activity Days won’t blow the summer budget and will keep children cool, fit and active.

Weekdays

Children aged 4-16 can now be booked onto the Summer Holiday courses that will run from Monday 28th July until Thursday 28th August 2014.


22nd April 2014

Here is the latest ski report courtesy of J2Ski for week ending 19th April 2014. The season may be coming to an end but there are still some good snow dumps across the Alps.


14th April 2014

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.


8th April 2014

Here are some last minute ski deals for Easter and beyond.


8th April 2014

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.


3rd April 2014

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.


2nd April 2014

It’s not too late for a snowy escape this Easter and Ski Club Freshtracks have some great offers. They also dismiss a few myths about late season skiing.


2nd April 2014

It isn't too late for that last ski fix of the season - feast your eyes on these deals. Spring skiing can be wonderful with lovely sunshine and a killer goggle tan to take home!


2nd April 2014

Why is now an ideal time to book your ski holiday? Because ski holiday companies are offering some great deals. There is always the big question, is it best to wait nearer the time or to book now? One thing is for sure, the earlier you book your holiday, the greater choice of accommodation and flights you have. Crystal Ski Holidays have sent this information through with some offers for early deals for 2014/15 ski season.

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