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Posted by Dave Burrows 5th December 2012

So it’s dumping down outside, the snowploughs can’t keep up with the volume of snow that’s falling and I haven’t seen sunshine for about a week.  Winter has arrived at last.  
Last year, I was a little apprehensive about the arrival of winter after a long hot summer and very dry autumn.  This year has been very different with much more rain but the arrival of winter came on the same week and so the cycle of the seasons, more noticeable living here in the mountains, continues.

Liz Woods's picture
Posted by Liz Woods 4th December 2012

As the season starts in Tirol, Austria here are some updates from resort for this winter.

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Posted by Amie Postings 3rd December 2012

It was announced late last week that Avoriaz will definitely open one week early, which then sent an excited ripple throughout the resort of Morzine. Lift passes will be priced at €17.50 per adult per day, available from the Casse in Avoriaz from 8.30am this Saturday, 8th December.

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Posted by John Barr 3rd December 2012

Many local ski areas plan to open next weekend, but the ski options this weekend were limited so we took the train to Rattenberg for the weekend. This tiny town in the Inn valley with 405 inhabitants near the Alpachtal/WIldschönau ski area is famous for its glass blowing, and hosts a Christmas celebration every Saturday during December.

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Posted by John Barr 27th November 2012

Snow is supposed to arrive here around mid-week, with temperatures in the village dropping from plus 5 to minus 5. Although there were two or three local pistes open last weekend, I’m waiting for a big dump before venturing out again.

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Posted by Amie Postings 22nd November 2012

2013 will see the third Rock the Pistes festival take over the pistes of the Portes du Soleil between 20th and 24th March. It’s a free music festival and literally, all you need to go is your lift pass and a pair of skis or snowboard.

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Posted by Emily Mayne 19th November 2012

A little over a week before I board my flight to Geneva and I am at the stage of selecting an array of beanies and shopping for the cheapest thermals Primark has to offer. Once I’ve bought a vat of hand cream and mentally prepared for 6.45am alarms I think I’ll be good to go.

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Posted by John Barr 19th November 2012

While there is still one run in Kitzbühel open this weekend, the weather has been cold, but clear. We have had no new snow and the sun has taken some of what we skied on last weekend. As the walking paths are still clear, on Friday we walked up the Kitzbüheler Horn, the mountain that serves both St Johann in Tirol and part of the Kitzbühel ski area. The artificial lake used to provide an artificial snow covering for the lower slopes was full, and the surface was like glass in the still conditions. I must have taken thousands of photographs of the Wilder Kaiser mountains, but I think this is one of my most impressive efforts.

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Posted by John Barr 9th November 2012

I hadn’t planned to start skiing until large areas were open this year, but there was a decent snow covering in the Resterhöhe area above Pass Thurn at the far end of the Kitzbühel ski area, and the sun was shining - so it seemed rude not to give it a go. Although only one run was advertised as being open, there were actually two in operation.  One blue and one red, both served by the same lift.

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Posted by Wendy Hollands 9th November 2012

A report this week compared lift pass prices in French ski resorts and the results pointed to bigger resorts offering better value for money. RelaxNews used the price of a 6-day pass and the skiable area of each resort, and then worked out the price per kilometre of piste. The results varied from €3.42/km in Super Besse to just 34c/km in Les Portes du Soleil. In the eyes of somebody who wants to ski an entire mountain, Les Portes du Soleil is the winning resort.


12th December 2013

If you fancy swapping this miserable wet weather for a spot of lovely snow conditions why not treat yourself to a last minute pre-Christmas break? Here is a great deal from Flexiski, staying at our favourite Hotel Saint Louis in the lovely ski resort of Courchevel. The Three Valleys opened last weekend and the Flexiski overseas team are reporting good conditions for the start of the season. Please note these deals do not include any travel.


12th December 2013

Below are a selection of the lastest special offers from Erna Low - the self drive ski holiday company. Check out our Top Ten tips for driving to the Alps. All these deals include Eurotunnel Crossing with free upgrade and don't include any flights or transfers.


12th December 2013

Here are a couple of great deals from Ski Total and Esprit Ski. There is great ski in/ski out in Avoriaz and a fabulous family ski holiday in Saas Fee to choose from. Visit Saas Fee and Avoriaz on our site for more information about these resorts and make sure you are up to speed before you set off.


12th December 2013

The weather here may be miserable and rainy but across many of the ski resorts of the world the snow is starting to fall and hopes are high for another great season. Here are some deals from leading tour operators, all are for 4 star accommodation and flights can be arranged from all leading UK airports.


9th December 2013

Here is the latest weather report courtesy of J2Ski for the week ending 7th December. The snow is falling and the sun is shining so what better incentive could you have to book your ski holiday?


4th December 2013

Here is a selection of discounted ski holidays for 2013/14 season. There are ski weekends and discounts for the next four weeks on bookings with Pierre & Vacances. With the snow already falling across the Alps this is a season you don't want to miss.


4th December 2013

Here are a couple of good ski holiday deals, one for fabulous Christmas in Tignes, France and the other a family ski holiday to the child friendly Italy. There are some great savings of up to £269 pp - what's not to love?


4th December 2013

Chamonix All Year are based in Chamonix all year round and their knowledge of the resort is second to none. Here they are offering a fabulous deal due to a cancellation - but be quick if you want to snap up the holiday.


4th December 2013

This coming ski seaon is promising to be a great one and here are some great offers for ski holidays in January 2014. There's a variety of resorts to choose from and savings of up to £200 pp.


4th December 2013

Erna Low are the specialists in self drive ski holidays and here are some great discounted deals to France for the coming season. If you haven't driven to the Alps before check out our Top Ten Tips - with up to 40% off a ski holiday it could persuade you to try something new.

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