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Posted by Vanessa Fisher 7th January 2014

With school holidays being so short and a Christmas promised with the in-laws in Cornwall, European New Year skiing just seemed an impossibility to fit in.

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Posted by Libby Sharpe 25th March 2013

Great friends of MadDogSki, Libby and Anne, have taken the plunge and decided to go on their first ski holiday, so they headed to the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead for a bit of practice. Here is the start of their journey into the wonderful world of skiing.

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Posted by Liz Woods 22nd October 2012

In an effort to improve my skiing I headed off to the Chill Factore in Manchester. My friend Kathryn had found a deal on Groupon and at £9.50 it was a bargain. After rooting around for half an hour I found all my gear and boots, albeit with mismatched socks, and we headed out.

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Posted by Hannah Engelkamp 11th April 2011

In need of some Easter distraction? Don't quite feel like saying goodbye to winter? Why not take the family sledging?

Hemel Hempstead's Snow Centre has the perfect holiday plan, to wear the kids out and burn off the Easter eggs. It's a 67m run with little bumps and jumps to keep things lively, and a choice of three vehicles upon which to make your speedy way to the bottom.

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Posted by Ski holiday deals 22nd March 2011

The Chill Factore have a great deal via travelzoo.com

 

A 2 hour lesson at the Chill Factore in Manchester should cost £80.00 but they have it on offer for just £39.00 - valid from 30th March to 26th August (8 - 30th April excluded)

 

Great for attempting Snowboarding if you are a skier, or vice versa... opportunity too good to miss?

 

 

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Posted by Liz Woods 16th February 2011

Learning to ski at 40 is pretty daunting and, I have to admit, not something I thought I would ever do.  However I have been trying to master the art with varying success over the last few years. My technique is not too bad, I know how to turn, how to stop and get on and off chair lifts. Unfortunately I do not have great balance at the best of times so when I am strapped into boots with skis attached fear kicks in. I know it is unreasonable to think that I am going to die on a green run but there it is. So like the lion in The Wizard of Oz I needed to find some courage - but how?

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Posted by John Barr 14th February 2011

I spent last weekend in snow-capped mountains, but without skis attached to my feet. I occasionally go walking with a group of guys that worked together way back when, and when I received the most recent invite I realized it was at the end of a week when I planned to work in the UK, so signed up without checking the details. The two details I should have paid attention to were “February”, and “Glencoe”.

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Posted by Liz Woods 21st June 2010

Mountain spring cleaning at Cairngorm and Nevis Range – next weekend

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Posted by Snow forecast 8th January 2010

Scotland is basking in perfect skiing conditions, why not get brave, as long as you have plenty of warm clothes it should be a blast...

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Posted by Hannah Engelkamp 6th January 2010

The worst snow in thirty years, says the radio as I type. Looks like the best to me! Sure, the UK has ground to a halt, but official statistics* show that for every one person who is having a horrible time in a jam on a motorway, there are nine people getting all excited about fluffy stuff falling from the sky.


25th February 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.

14th March: Chalet Hermine, Courchevel 1850

Now just £749pp (was £1299) – saving £550pp


24th February 2015

Self-drive in Flaine – save 35%

Erna Low is currently offering 7 nights staying at Les Terrasses de Veret, Flaine on a self-catered basis, including return Eurotunnel with free Flexiplus upgrade for £137 (pp/based on five sharing). The residence boasts easy access to the slopes, an indoor swimming pool and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Starting 28th March 2015 for one week. Book before 5th March 2015! (subject to availability).


24th February 2015

The Easter holidays are a great time to get a final snow fix while basking in the spring sunshine. Pierre & Vacances are currently offering 20% savings on the 4 star Premium residence Les Crets in Meribel. This residence, nestled at the heart of Meribel showcases the Savoie region's architectural traditions. The interior design, with its warm welcoming colours reflects its authentic mountain spirit. At 1750m the views of the mountains and the lake are beautiful and at this height there is still plenty of snow around so guests can ski in and out from the doorstep. 


24th February 2015

The food lover’s ultimate ski holiday – now with 35% off selected weeks in March.

No need to choose between a gastronomic break and a ski holiday when booking with Powder N Shine. Each chalet’s chef has recent experience in the kitchens of a Michelin starred restaurant, including the renowned Petrus in London’s Belgravia – so imaginative cuisine and excellent wines are guaranteed.


24th February 2015

Whether you need day care whilst you hit the slopes, or just an extra hand getting the kids from pyjamas to piste, reliable childcare is an absolute must in resort. Not only does VIP Ski offer fantastic childcare, but when families book their ski holidays this year they are offering free childcare in several resorts on certain dates.


11th February 2015

Ski Total is offering the Chalet Ibex in the popular resort of Flaine for just £519 (was £789) for a week departing 15 March. Flaine is known as the gateway to the Grand Massif ski area with its 265km of pistes and the Chalet Ibex is a modern contemporary chalet ideal for groups of friends. The price is based on 2 adults sharing and includes return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, transfers, free Wi-Fi and seven nights catered accommodation including buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and a 4 course evening meal with complimentary wine.


11th February 2015

20% off accommodation in Japan


11th February 2015

Esprit Ski is offering a stay in the idyllic village of Gressoney, Italy, right in the heart of the Monterosa ski area, for just £374pp. The Chalet Hotel Valverde provides an excellent location adjacent to the main ski lift and only 4 minutes' walk to the village centre.


11th February 2015

La Cimes des Arcs – Save 20% on accommodation- departs 21 March


4th February 2015

It is a proven scientific fact that you get a ‘happiness boost’ from planning and anticipating a holiday. Happiness also leads to greater productivity in the work place, thus benefiting employers as well as employees – everyone’s a winner!

Once more, past studies into happiness levels suggest that people may well get more out of several small trips a year, rather than one big break. 

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