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And so it begins… first snowfalls in Europe’s ski resorts

Oh, how we love this time of year. The anticipation of a whole winter to come and all the lovely snow that’s going to fall from the sky over the next few months. Right now we have nigh-on six full...


Top resorts for early season skiing in Europe

As the temperature takes its autumn dip and the kids go back to school, our thoughts inevitably turn to the mountains. Of course skiing in November and December is not a dead cert, but if you choose your...


Skiing in New Zealand

Would you rather be here?  If so, it might be time to hop over the equator and sample the snowfall in the Southern Hemisphere. We’ve only just began exploring the ski resorts of New Zealand,...


Europe’s top five summer glacier ski resorts

As summer gets underway, most of Europe’s ski resorts shut up shop for the season. But don’t pack away those ski boots just yet. Check out our top five resorts for summer glacier skiing in...


Top 10 tips for driving to the Alps

Worrying about driving to a ski resort in France, Austria or Switzerland? Have no fear – it’s almost the same as driving at home, except that you’re on the other side of the road, and...


Ski fitness tips from a pro

With shorter days and plummeting temperatures, it can be a challenge to keep fit during winter. But if you’re planning a ski holiday, then keeping your fitness levels up is the best way to really...


Ski goggles or sunglasses?

Ski goggles or sunglasses - which is better to wear whilst skiing? This is one of those topics people get very passionate about – should your facial furniture of choice be goggles or sunglasses?...


How to book a ski weekend

"Hi MadDogSki - I'm looking for a work trip to any resort. I'm expecting about eight people but really struggling to find places that can accommodate us. We're not overly concerned about...


Help – is glacier skiing scary?

Have a ski question? Just ask our very own ski agony aunt and grown-up chalet girl Kate. Send your questions to kate@maddogski.com "Dear Kate, it’s nearly July and I miss the snow! I keep...


Crash bang wallop - the results

Here at last, the moment you've all been waiting for, it's time to unveil the results of the MadDogSki 'Crash Bang Wallop' poll. Exciting, no? Read on to find out who falls over most out...


Kathryn gets her Mojo back!

I am a seasonal skier who suffered an accident a few years ago and has had several knee operations to rectify the problem, but still suffers pain with sporting activities, such as skiing. The ski...


Chairlift chill-out

Slowly the adrenaline of the last run begins to subside, and your breathing slows down again. You wriggle your toes to warm them up, and dare to wrestle your phone or camera out of your pocket, look at...


Where to eat and drink in Scotland

Following a banging few seasons of Scottish snow, we're planning to get Scottish resorts up on the site soon. In the meantime we asked our Scottish friend Andrew Black to recommend his favourite bars...


Freeze Festival in pictures

London's sexiest ski event came back for more on the 28th and 29th of October, 2011. The combination of world-famous skiers and snowboarders, a massive big air jump, big crowds and the stunning Battersea...


10% off luxury chalets with Powder N Shine

Ski Val Thorens with a 10% discount in January Powder N Shine are pleased to report that all three of their chalets are fully booked (bar one room) until week commencing 10 January and with only...


Great value early January ski deals from Powder White

Escape the January blues and head to the Alps for a snow-sure ski holiday. Powder White is offering great value deals on early January ski holidays with chalets in some of Europe’s top high-altitude...


Great ski deals from Jackson to Norway and the Alps

20% off skiing in Norway with Ski Safari Trysil was recently voted "Best Ski Resort in Norway" for a second year running at the annual World Ski Awards and over the last few days has received...


Snow storm hits California - Late deals from Ski Safari

Snow is in the air and powder on the brain! The recent snow storm that hit California laid the foundations for excellent skiing conditions in the Golden State! The top of Mammoth Mountain...


Big ski chalet savings with Powder White

Savings of up to £3500 per chalet... 7th February – Save £3500 - Chalet Appaloosa, Val d’Isere Now £9086 per fully catered chalet based on 14 sharing (was £12,586)...


Great budget ski holiday deals for Christmas and January

Christmas week ski holiday deals Save 35% on accommodation in Val Thorens…  Erna Low has 7 nights staying at the Machu Pichu on a self-catered basis, including return flights from...


Early booking Easter ski holiday deals

Peak Retreats advise UK skiers to take advantage of Easter week, 28 March 2015, because… There will be plenty of snow! – the end of March date should guarantee good snow levels (even...


Great mix of ski holiday deals 2014/15 season

As December looms large thoughts are surely turning to grabbing a great ski holiday deal. Here are some to tempt you - from an adventure to Antartica and fine dining experience in Val d'Isere with...


Great offers and deals from Fish&Pips

Here are a selection of great deals from the lovely ladies at Fish&Pips. They run fabulous chalets in Meribel and Val d'Isere and you can be sure of fabulous cuisine and a personal service throughout...


Low price ski holidays from Ski Total

As the snow starts to fall across Europe there are some great deals to be had, here is a selection from Ski Total. With 7 nights starting from only £299 per person they have to be worth checking...


Deals and discounts for early booking

The snow is starting to fall across parts of the Alps, Whistler is opening for the season early following some great skiing weather over in Canada so now is the time to snap up a bargain. There are some...


Weekly snow report for week ending 15 Nov 2014

Here is the latest round up of snow conditions from around the ski resorts of the world, courtesy of J2Ski.com. This Week’s Headlines: * Andermatt, Crans Montana and Davos aim to open this weekend. *...


Special offers - week commencing 17th Jan 2015

Les Arcs offers a great choice for a ski holiday- the slopes are snow sure, there are family friendly facilities and great selection of villages.  January is a fantastic time to visit the area due...


December 2014 ski holiday deals

If you re looking to escape the madness of pre-Christmas shopping and parties then why not take an early ski trip? Here are a couple of great deals for 14th December 2014 departure dates. Either taking...


Great ski deals and offers for next season

Here are a selection of great deals and offers for the coming season, there are Christmas deals, free child places and short break offers and even a free night in Zermatt, read on for more information...


Top 10 most exciting winter openings and ski news for the 2014/15 season

There has been a veritable blizzard of new openings and developments in the mountains this season, with a flurry of ski-related news filling our inboxes. From storm-chasers in Canada to a snowy Club Med...


Deals and special holiday offers for 2014/15

Here are a variety of special offers and deals from across the ski world for the coming season. From a VIP weekend in Verbier to Christmas in Are, Sweden.  Spend a Weekend Skiing in Verbier with...


Early season ski holiday deals to France

It's finally November and winter is starting to bite here in the UK but more importantly there is snow forecast for the Alps. Here are a couple of great deals from Esprit and Ski Total for some early...


Season opening deals for Obergurgl

The 2014/15 season in Obergurgl is just 10 days away from it's grand opening. They have put together some great ski holiday deals for the opening few days. You can choose your length of stay from 2...


Chalet deals in Les Arcs

This lovely people running this chalet in Les Arcs have some great early bird offers for this coming season. The price is for accommodation for the week and includes cleaning service upon check out, towels...


Discount Christmas ski accommodation in the three valleys

There is a long list of reasons as to why the Three Valleys would be an enchanting place to spend Christmas, including the fantastic snow record, variety of enchanting resorts and 600km of interconnected...


J2Ski Weekly Snow Report Week Ending 1 Nov 2014

The snow is starting to fall and some resorts are already opening for weekends. Signs are promising for another great ski season. Here's a full round up from around the globe, with thanks to J2Ski.com. This...


Go French this Christmas and save £100s with Pierre & Vacances

If you are considering spending Christmas skiing then you could do well to check out these deals from Pierre & Vacances. The offers start in early December with savings for all the family. If you want...


Free places for baby and toddler

There is news that heavy snowfall is about to arrive in the Alps, hopefully these ski deals will whet your appetite and turn your minds to snowy adventures with your little ones. Plus there are some great...


Savings and deals for January 2015

The weather certainly is getting autumnal here in the UK, Winter doesn't seem that far away. Here are some good deals with savings for your ski holidays as well as a BOGOF offer for lift passes from...


Ski holiday deals for 2015 from Fish&Pips

Here are some ski holiday deals from the lovely Fish&Pips, where the service and food is always incredible. They have chalets in both Meribel and Val d'Isere. These deals offer savings of up...


Family Skiing - worth waiting or book now?

For most families, bound by school holidays, skiing during the Easter holidays represents the best value for money, in comparison to Christmas and half-term school holidays. With most schools breaking...


Great deals and offers for 2014/15 season

Here's a variety of ski deals and offers for the coming season, from free lift passes to 15% off French ski holidays from Pierre & Vacances. October is the month of Ski Shows in London and Birmingham...


Early bird ski deals for December and Spring

If your thoughts are turning to your next powder fix then here are a few deals to whet your appetite. There's a family trip in France in December and a wonderful spot of spring skiing in Val d'Isere...


Ski holiday deals, 8th October 2014

Here are some ski holiday deals for early glacier skiing in December and great half term savings for one adult skiing with one child. One adult & one child save £399 this half term skiing...


Christmas and January ski holiday deals

Well our weather has finally turned autumnal and the leaves and falling fast... Winter is just around the corner. Here are a couple of ski deals to France for the coming 2014/15 ski season. Free...


December in Lapland - meet the 'real' Santa

Okay, so it's not a ski holiday but it is in the snow.. take the kids to see Santa and enjoy a snowmobile safari and make their dreams come true! Take your family to meet the real Santa this...


Great January 2015 ski deals

If your thoughts are already turning to the coming ski season then here are a few great deals for some January 2015 skiing in France. There is a great couples deal to Flaine where you can enjoy the wonderful...


Christmas 2014 ski holiday deals

Coast Blackcomb Suites offer in Whistler, Canada 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...


Flash sale at Powder White - save over £1000 per chalet

Get your skis on or you'll miss it! - Book between 20th – 26th September for limited edition savings - It is that time of year again when savvy skiers have to start planning ahead to ensure...


The Snow Centre early season offers and events

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...


Snow report for w/e 19th 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. This Week’s Headlines: •  ...


Free BASI Level One training with Skiplex

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 -...


Last minute ski deals for Easter

Here are some last minute ski deals for Easter and beyond. VIP skiing for less than £500 in La Plagne Be treated like a VIP for less than £500 with a late season ski break with VIP SKI....


Opportunity to take a ski instructor course in Canada

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...


Easter ski holiday deals to the fabulous Val d'Isere

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...


Easter snowy deals from Ski Club Freshtracks

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. Easter may fall a little later this...


Late ski deals for Easter 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! Save up to £200...


Early bird deals for next seson skiing

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...


Massive end of season savings on ski holidays

Here are some great end of season savings - great for a last budget ski holiday. Family skiing from under £300 pp to La Plagne or a indulgent ski holiday for two to Tignes... enjoy! Family...


End of season ski deals from Erna Low

Please see below for some great end of season offers from Erna Low.  There is a mix and match on a number of resorts in France - just pick your resort and then decide if you are opting for just accommodation...


Jamie Stevenson beats Guinness World ski Record

Jamie Stevenson, a Reservations Manager from Ski Independence, has just beaten the Guinness World Record for the most countries skied in one month, raising over £3000 for Disability Snowsport UK...


Late season ski deals to France and Austria

Here are a couple are great deals to grab just before the end of the season. Enjoy either a spot of Easter family skiing in St Anton or a friendly Spring break in Les Gets. Family skiing in St Anton...


50% off accommodation in France

The last hurrah of the season is nearly upon us and there are some great bargains to be had. Here are some great discounts from Erna Low with a choice of resort, accommodation only or travel included ski...


Snow report for w/c 22nd March 2014

Here is the lastest snow report courtesy of J2Ski. The season end might be in sight but there are still some great conditions to be found, and spring sunshine in with the package! This Week’s...


Easter ski holiday deals 2014

The Easter holidays are fast looming and here are some great ski holiday deals for the holidays. Children travel free to St Anton VIP SKI is offering the first child travelling with two adults a...


Easter ski holiday deals

It’s not too late to book a last minute ski deal for this April, here are a couple of offers from Esprit and Total Ski. Why not combine beautiful sunshine and great snow to make it the perfect Easter... Ski...


Late spring ski holidays to France

Skiing in the spring sunshine is amazing - here are a couple of great deals for some March and April ski breaks from Peak Retreats and Ski Collection. There is 40% off Les Deux Alpes and a saving of £250...


Great Easter ski holiday deals

Easter is fast approaching and the weather is heating up across Europe. However the ski resorts are working hard on keeping as many pistes open as possible as well as doing a few 'snow dances'. ...


Save £300pp on ski chalets with Fish&Pips

Make a last-minute hop to the ski slopes this Easter and save up to £300 per person. The Lapin (rabbit) run leads virtually to the door of Fish&Pip’s chalets in Meribel Village, where (hot)...


The last hurrah - events to close the 2013/14 ski season

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...


Save up to 30% on spring skiing in French resorts

Here are a selection of resorts across the Alps with some great savings. All these offers are from Pierre & Vacances, their range of apartments across the French Alps are ideal for families and groups...


Snow report for w/e 15th March 2014

Here is the latest ski report from around the globe, courtesy of J2Ski for the week ending 15th March 2014. There hasn't been much snow across Europe but conditions are still good and forecasts are...


April discounted ski weeks in France

The end of the ski season is nigh and here are a couple of great deals for the month of April. Both include Eurotunnel return travel, read our Top Ten Tips for driving to the Alps if you have any reservations. 25%...


Late season ski deals

Here is a selection of late season deals for the end of March and into April. They range from some long haul skiing to USA or a cheeky weekend in Val Thorens. If you are in need of a late snow fix before...


March discounted ski holidays

The weather is glorious in the mountains - as well as here in good old blighty. Get some late season skiiing in with these late deals, for a family trip in Italy or a fun break for two in St Anton. Family...


Save over £200 pp with Fish & Pip’s in March

There are some great savings of over £200 pp with white hot ski chalet deals in March. Fish & Pips offer gourmet food and first rate service ensuring you get the most out of your ski holiday....


Powder White - Easter chalet from £69pp per night

Powder White have selected some of their lovely chalets to offer exclusively to MadDog visitors. Choose from Verbier, Courchevel, Val d'Isere, Meribel and St Anton and from a week to a weekend stay....


Discounted ski holidays in France during Easter

If you still haven't booked your ski break over Easter then here are some deals from Erna Low that could tempt you. There are various options for each resort - accommodation only, ski drive or fly...


Savings on luxury and family ski holidays

With Easter around the corner the end of the ski season in most resorts is looming. Here are some great ski holiday deals with some great savings for family and luxury ski holidays, as well as some great...


Last minute ski holiday deals from Fish & Pips

Fish & Pips have just sent us this great offer - save more than £200 pp for the week commencing 22nd March in both Meribel and Val d'Isere. They also have discounts on ski passes and ski...


March and April discounted ski holidays

The ski season is entering the final months so be quick and snap up a bargain before te snow melts... here are some great ski hoidays with savings of up to £190 pp.   Beautiful Cervinia,...


Book now and save with Powder White

Powder White have sent us a great selection of bargain ski holiday deals - with savings of up to £350 pp on catered chalets in the Alps during March and April. Some of Europe's top resorts are...


Pick and mix deals from Erna Low

Here are a selection of deals from Erna Low for the Easter week commencing 5th April 2014. Just choose your resort and then decide how you want to travel and then get in touch to book your holiday. Easter...


Ski holiday deals to France

Here are some excellent deals from Ski Collection and Peak Retreats for a number of great resorts in France. All these ski holidays include Eurotunnel travel and self catering accommodation. 4* luxury...


Ski holiday deals - March and April 2014

Here are some fantastic deals for some of our favourite ski resorts in France. From partying at La Folie Douce to an Easter holiday treat to Whistler in Canada there are plenty to choose from. The end...


Snow report for w/c 2nd March 2014

Here is the latest ski report courtesy of J2Ski.com for week ending 1st March 2014. The snow is still falling in parts but no great volumes anywhere. This Week’s Headlines: •  ...


March and April ski deals to France

Here are a few ski deals to a variety of some of the most popular ski resorts in France from Peak Retreats and Ski Collection. All have either March or April departures and have savings of up to 35% on...


March ski holiday deals 2014

Here are a few bargain ski holidays with savings of up to £265 per person in Zell am See, Austria. All three have end of March departures so you can enjoy the snow with possibly a spot of Spring...


Ski deals for 23rd March 2014 departure

Here are a couple of great deals with 23rd March departure. There is a family ski holiday to the friendly resort of Saas Fee in Switzerland or a week skiing in La Rosiere, France which is close to the...


Savings for ski holidays for March/April 2014

The Winter Olympics may be over but the snow is still out there for us all to enjoy. Here are some great deals for some ski holidays for the next couple of months. Save up to £550 on holidays...


The Olympic spirit continues in La Plagne

The excitement of the Olympics lives on in La Plagne, France. Here are a selection of three events being held in La Plagne to help you relive some of the thrills, and hopefully not spills, of the last...


Reduced chalet prices from YSE

YSE have sent these three chalet deals to us, with savings of up to £240 per person they are definitely worth checking out. All the chalets are in the beautiful resort of Val d'Isere, France...


March ski holiday deals from Erna Low

Erna Low have been in the ski holiday business since 1932 so you can be sure they know what they are talking about! Here are some great ski holidays which all give you the choice of accommodation only,...


Erna Low ski holiday special offers

Here are some great deals from them for a number of popular ski resorts in France from Erna Low. There are options for accommodation only, holidays with Eurotunnel travel or flights. Just pick your resort...


Ski holiday deals, departing 16th March 2014

March is a lovely time for skiing, if you pick a high snow sure resort you can enjoy the snow and the sunshine. What's not to love about a long lazy lunch on the mountain basking in the spring sunshine?...


Ski holiday deals in March 2014

Here are some great deals for next month - with savings of up to £330 pp on a week in France they might be hard to resist. The first two deals include flights, transfers and accommodation for a week’s...


Ski holiday deals for the family

Sking with the family is a great adventure and can be fun for all if you plan ahead, see our tips on how to make sure the kids have a good time. Here are a couple of deals that should help with the cost...


Ski holiday deals and discounts

With the Olympics well under way bookings at UK indoor and outdoor slopes is on the increase. Why not have a look through these deals and see if you can get further afield. Go on... the snow is great out...


Snow report for w/e 15th February 2014

Here is the latest snow report for the week ending 15th February 2014 - courtesy of J2Ski. The conditions are looking good and Scotland is boasting 'best ever' with snow falling daily since Christmas....


Easter skiing deals in the French Alps

There have been reports of good snow falls in the French Alps so Easter is lining up to be a great time for a ski break.  Here are a few deals to inspire you and tempt you to grab a bargain and dust...


March ski holiday deals

If watching the fun and excitement of the Olympics has inspired you to hit the slopes yourself then here are a few deals for France. There are some great savings with a half price deal to the lovely Courchevel...


Ski week deals for March 2014

The snow is falling well across the ski resorts of Europe and here are some great deals for March, early and late. There are some savings of of up to £240 pp in for luxury accommodation in Tignes,...


Ski news and holiday deals February 2014

Here are a great selection of ski holiday deals/weekends/free child places and more from some of the top ski resorts. The season is well under way now and snow fall is improving so read on - you might...


Luxury chalet in Verbier for Easter

Bramble Ski, who have a fantastic offer - Chalet Victoria 111 in Verbier, between Sunday 13th April Sunday 20th April 2014 for £10,699 - saving £2038 on the original price. The chalet sleeps...


Mid season ski holiday deals in France

Here are a couple of great deals from Esprit Ski and Ski Total for February and March ski dates. Family skiing in the snow sure resort of Val d’Isére Ski with the family in the elite...


Discounted ski holidays

Good snowfalls have been reported across most of Europe so now is a great time to get your ski holiday booked. Here are some great deals from some of our top Tour Operators for the coming months. New...


Erna Low ski holiday deals w/c 3rd Feb 2014

Here are some fantastic March special offers from Erna Low - the specialists in ski drive holidays. Self catering accommodation is included as well as updates to FlexiPlus on the Eurotunnel crossing, no...


Ski holiday deals w/c 3rd February 2014

As the ski season is now well under way and the snowfall reports are looking a bit more promising here a selection of ski holiday offers to tempt you. Contact the individual holiday providers for more...


Self drive ski holidays to France

Driving to a ski resort can be a fun and exciting experience, Ski Collection have a range of ski holidays to France with savings and discounts available on ski passes. There are a number of advantages...


Snow report from J2Ski w/e 1st February 2014

Here is the latest snow report from around the globe for the week ending 1st February 2014, courtesy of J2ski.com This Week’s Headlines: •    Lower Austrian resorts finally...


Last minute ski deal to Val d'Isere from YSE

YSE operate a wide range of wonderful chalets in Val d'Isere and they are offering this last minute one-week deal departing on Sunday 23rd February. Chalet des Pentes is in an ideal location for your...


It's snowing in Austria... at last

The snow has been falling in Austria so there are lots of happy bunnies over there having fun on the mountains. Check out these vidoes and share the excitement. If you are itching to get out there make...


Last minute deals from Fish & Pips

The lovely ladies at Fish & Pips have sent us some great last minute deals - for 1st and 8th February - so you will need to be quick to grab these bargains. You can be sure you will be treated like...


Self drive ski holiday deals from Erna Low

Here are some fantastic special offers on ski holidays available for dates throughout the season. Erna Low are the experts in self drive ski holidays so if you want to cut out all that airport hassle and...


Tour Operator ski holiday deals

Below ski holiday deals which include flights, transfers and accommodation for a week’s stay. With savings of up to £210 pp for February skiing in Norway they are well worth a look we reckon....


Ski holiday deals to Italy and Switzerland

Here are a couple of great ski holiday deals from Esprit and Ski Total. Both the resorts of Saas Fee in Switzerland and Selva in the Italian Alps are beautiful resorts with some wonderful views and great...


Ski holiday deals w/c 27th January 2014

Please find below a range of deals and ski news for this week from various tour operators across the globe. There are some half term savings, luxury ski breaks and weekend offers to name but a few... Piste...


Half term self drive ski holiday deals

Here are some fantastic late availability for the Half Term week (15th February 2014) from Erna Low. All of these offers include Eurotunnel crossing with free Flexiplus upgrade and not flights - so you...


Let the Ski train take the strain

There are a number of advantages to going by train for your ski holiday, helping to save the planet is one of them but there are quite a few more - Avoid the airport hassle; ski for eight days; ski/board...


Fabulous savings on February ski holidays

Here are a couple of great deals for family ski holidays to either Obergurgl or Avoriaz in the French Alps. Both depart on the 9th February and offer great savings of up to £2000. Snow conditions...


Self drive ski holidays for half term

February half term is the most popular time for family ski holidays so here are some fantastic late Feb half-term savers from Ski Collection. All are self drive with free flexiplus upgrade on Eurotunnel....


Last minute deals with flights and transfers

Here is a great selection of ski holidays, all prices include flights, transfers and accommodation* for a week’s stay. Please contact the holiday provider for more information and to book. With some...


Ski deals to St Anton and Les Arcs 2000

Here are a couple of great savings on ski holidays in early February. Firstly there is a saving of over £2000 for a family going to St Anton, Austria with lots of added extras and then a brilliant...


Erna Low accommodation only deals

If you like to book your holiday yourself then here are some great accommodation only ski holiday deals from Erna Low. You just need to arrange your own travel, whether that is by car, coach or plane....


Ski holiday bargain deals

Here are a bunch of ski holiday deals all for 7 days with various start dates in February 2014. All these deals are for self catering holidays with return Eurotunnel travel. Read our Top Ten Tips for driving...


Ski holiday deals for Europe and US

Here are a range of ski holiday deals with great savings, both in Europe and the US. For more information and to beook please contact the company offering the deal. There are luxury breaks, budget breaks,...


Snow report for w/e 11th January 2014

Here is the latest weather resport courtesy of J2Ski for the week ending 11th January 2014. The snow has been a bit scarce in the early part of the month but it seems to be making a better show as the...


Half term ski holidays that don't break the bank

Half term in February is an ideal time for family ski holidays, the weather is ideal but often the prices are very high. Here are some ski holiday deals from Pierre & Vacances that won't break...


Ski Holiday deals to Savoie Mont Blanc region

Snow has been falling aplenty in the Savoie Mont Blanc ski region and here is a great selection of ski holiday deals from British Tour Operators. With savings of up to £270 pp there should be something...


Erna Low ski holiday deals

Erna Low have now launched a new website which offers a wide range of flights and transfers, as well as the Eurotunnel flexiplus and ferry options.  Please see below for some fantastic deals for...


Two for one ski holiday prices, depart 12th January

Here are some fabulous ski holiday deals for this weekend from £339pp - Two for One Prices! These are brought to you by Ski Total  and all are departing on 12 January 2014.  Take this opportunity...


Week long ski holiday deals

Here are some good deals for France and Finland, a ski holiday might just be what you need to shake off those extra mince pies and Christmas cake ! There are plenty of choices from flights to Snowtrain...


£320 pp off Ski Holidays in January

Here are some chalets from VIP Ski with some fantastic locations for every ski holiday. The departure dates are 19th January so you need to be pretty quick off the mark. Return flights are included as...


Money off/discounted ski holiday deals

The snow is great once again this season and there are a few great ski holiday deals to be had. Here are a range of discounts and money off deals from Canada and Europe... enjoy. Amazing 50% off at...


Luxury ski holidays with le Chardon

If it a spot of luxury you are looking for then you need look no further than the lovely people at Le Chardon. Their chalets and service are second to none. For those of you keen to bag a deal there are...


Late ski holiday deals from Erna Low

With Christmas behind us we all need cheering up - especially with this awful weather. Those lovely people at Erna Low have sent through these great deals with 45% and 40% discount off accommodation price....


Snow report for w/e 4th January 2014

Here is the first ski snow report for 2014, courtesy of J2Ski for the week ending 4th January 2014. The snow is continuing to fall and conditions look good for a promising season ahead. This Week’s...


Late ski deals for January from Flexiski

If the effects of all those mince pies and Christmas cake have got too much then a late ski holiday deal might just be what the doctor ordered. Flexiski have a selection of deals for January 2014 to tempt...


Snow report for w/e 21st December 2013

Here is the latest snow report, courtesy of J2Ski for the week ending 21st December 21st 2013. The snow hasn't been very abundant but those who are in resorts that are high enough have enjoyed some...


Ladies first in St Anton - January 2014

At last, a girlie ski weekend to rival any lads ski trip. Flexiski are offering packages to St Anton during their 'Ladies First! Feel-good weeks'  from £550 pp. All guests will receive...


January 2014 ski holiday deals

If all the Christmas festivities are getting too much you may want to be looking ahead to January. Here are a couple of great ski holiday deals whic are a fraction of their original price and are guaranteed...


Ski holiday deals and other snippets

Here are a selection of ski deals and other offers such as free lift passes from some of our top tour operators here in the UK. There are varying departure dates and resorts/countries to choose from. Free...


Olympic legacy resort ski holidays

The Winter Olympics will take place in Sochi, Russia from 7th to 23rd February 2014. After the magnificent success of our own London Olympics the legacy of Olympic events has come under scrutiny. Here...


Discounted ski holidays from Erna Low

Erna Low are specialists in self drive ski holidays, here are a selection of their special offers in France for this week. The holidays all include Eurotunnel crossing, not flights, and have various start...


Snow report for w/e 15th December 2013

Here is the latest snow report courtesy of J2Ski, for the weekn ending 15th December 2013. With the season kicking off across the ski resorts fingers are crossed for another great one. This Week’s...


Robbie Williams to close the season in Ischgl

That smooth old crooner Robbie Williams is to close the season in Ischgl in April 2014 in a spectacular end of season spectacular. Read on for all the details.. Robbie Williams - Swing Both Ways...


Pre-Christmas break with Flexiski

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...


Ski holiday deals from Erna Low

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...


Great chalet/family ski holidays in France

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...


December and January ski holiday deals

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...


Snow report for w/e 7th 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? This...


Discounted ski holidays

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...


Great early season ski deals

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...


Chamonix - great offer due to cancellation

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...


Top tour operator ski deals, Dec 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. Ruka,...


Ski drive discount deals from Erna Low

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...


Crystal Ski deals for 2013/14

For those of you who like to be ultra organised you will be pleased to know that Crystal Ski Holidays have launched their winter programme for 2014/15. They will have holidays to over 130 ski resorts in...


Discounted ski holiday deals

It's December at last and the snow is falling across the Alps - all hopes are resting on the snowfall continuing for another great season ahead. Peak Retreats and Ski Collection have sent us these...


Ski holiday deals to La Plagne, France

December is upon us and now the advent calendars have been cracked Christmas is getting closer. Here are some great ski holiday deals for the holiday period in La Plagne, France. They really push the boat...


January 2014 ski holiday deals

With snow already falling across the Alps there is a lot of excitement for a cracking season in 2013/14. Here are a couple of good deals for a bit of January skiing, with some fabulous savings and some...


Erna Low deals from £205pp

Here are some great deals from the ski drive specialists, Erna Low. All these ski holidays include Eurotunnel crossings with free Flexiplus upgrade. There are some booking time restrictions on these though...


Ski holiday deals for the coming season

Here are a range of deals from a number of the most popular tour operators. Departures from all major UK regional airports available. Pre-Christmas bash: Courchevel 1850, France – 7 nights Hotel...


Ski holiday deals from Ski Collection

Ski Collection have a great selection of special ski holiday deals on offer, all with Eurotunnel crossing. The snow is already starting to fall across the Alps and laying a good base layer for what is...


Early booking deals from Peak Retreats

Peak Retreats are specialists in ski holidays across the Alps. Here are a collection of some of their best deals for next year, some have cut off dates for booking so be quick if one of them takes your...


Wine tasting and skiing in Samoens

Here's an offer I know a few people who will find hard to resist - a wine tasting and gastronomic dining together with skiing in the Grand Massif ski region. Heaven on earth we reckon! Read on for...


Save over £300 on Christmas in Chamonix

Fancy treating the family on a great ski holiday for Christmas? Here is a fabulous deal from Chamonix All Year who are offering this package for £1785. Just pack up the pressies and make the getaway...


December ski holiday deals for the family

Here are a few more late ski holidays for departure on 15th December. As the snow is already falling across the Alps and a bumper season is again anticipated you can be assured to get a good amount of...


Boxing Day luxury ski holidays

If you are fed up with spending post Christmas picking over the turkey carcass and watching 'Escape to Victory' again on the telly, why not whisk the family off for a great ski break. The deals...


Great December ski deals for Europe

The ski season is so near now you can almost smell it! The snow is already falling across many ski regions and the promise of another good ski season is tantalizing. The upshot of all this good news is...


Ski Fest 2014 in Les Arcs, France

If you are an intermediate or above level of skier and fancy improving your technical and speed aspects of your skiing then Ski Fest could be for you. It is a week-long event from 22-29 March 2014 and...


Ski resort news snippets 2013/14

Every year each ski resort around the globe put together great fun events, new services or offers to attract customers. Here are a few snippets of news from new transfer services to World Cup skiing information.Please...


Fabulous Meribel from just £595pp

As ski holiday deals go we reckon this one is a bit of a winner. Located in the heart of Meribel the Chalet Les Matines is a ski in ski out chalet and is available for just £595 pp for a pre-Christmas...


Enjoy a white Christmas with Pierre & Vacances

The Christmas holidays are a great time for a ski holiday and fabulous for a family ski trip - guaranteed white Christmas and skiing as well... what's not to love?  With snow already falling across...


Win a ski Chalet Holiday with Element Ski Travel

If you fancy a free ski holiday to either Meribel or Val d'Isere just enter this competition from Element Ski Travel. Simples..... Win a Chalet Holiday! As part of the launch of Element Ski Travel,...


Snow report from J2Ski w/e 16th November 2013

There has been plenty of snow falling in the last week and now the sun is out to show it off in all its' glory. Here is a round-up of the snowfall around the globe, courtesy of J2ski.com. There are...


'Tis the season of the competition

It’s that time of year again (and we’re not talking about Christmas this time), when all the ski gear and holiday companies start launching their winter season competitions. We’ve been...


Last few New Year apartments from Ski Collection

There are just a few apartments left for New Year from Ski Collection. They are all luxury accommodation and include Eurotunnel crossing for one car and passengers. Read our Top 10 tips for Driving to...


Ski deals for Christmas in the Alps

Here are a couple of deals for ski holidays over the Christmas period in the Alps. So if you fancy a guaranteed white Christmas then check them out. Ski this Christmas in the Dolomites and save £150pp Ski...


Save over £1,000 on a family trip to visit Lapland

If you have young children you can make all their dreams come true with a visit to Santa in his home in Lapland. Here is an offer from £399pp, a massive saving of £1000 for a family. Take...


Ibiza Rocks and more this season

Every season there are some great events taking place in ski resorts around the world, here are a few to whet your appetite with, as soon as we hear about more we will let you know. Last season the MadDogSki...


Deals on holidays, lift passes and more...

The snow is falling across the Alps already and here are some great ski deals and ski holiday offers for the coming season across some of the top ski resorts. With free ferry crossing with VIP Ski and...


Erna Low ski drive deals

Erna Low are specialists in ski drive holidays and there are some deals here with discounts of up to 15% off accommodation price. Self catering accommodation is good if you are on a budget - giving you...


Discounted ski holiday apartments in France

Here are a couple of good deals for discounted ski holiday apartments in France. With discounts of 25% and 10% off the price of accommodation you can bag yourself a bargain holiday, you just need to find...


Snow report from J2Ski w/e 9th November 2013

The winter is definitely on it's way across most of the main ski areas, so let's hope the 2013/14 season is as good as the last one. Here is the latest J2Ski Snow Report for the eeek ending November...


Fantastic offers in Whistler for 13/14

Ski Indpendence are offering some fabulous deals and offers for skiing in Whistler for this coming season.  Whistler Blackcomb is a wonderful place to ski and many who have tried go back time and...


Erna Low offers with 40% discounts

It is argued by many that driving to the Alps is a much 'greener' alternative so if you fancy giving it a go check out these great deals from Erna Low. All these deals include Eurotunnel crossing...


Incredible chalet deals from £249 from Les3Chalets

Les3Chalets are a new company for 2013/14 season, launched by brothers Steve and Phil who founded Snowskool. They are offering some great deals here for their chalets, all in and around the beautiful Meribel...


Packing up the London Ski Show

The ski slope has been dismantled and the resorts are all packed up and gone home... the London Ski and Snowboard show is all over for another year. As always, the 2013 event was a great long weekend packed...


Pre-Christmas skiing in France

Here are some great ski holiday deals on offer for early season in the Alps and including flights with BA from Heathrow. Featured here are a ski in ski out in Avoriaz and fabulous skiing in family friendly...


Half price visits to Santa in Lapland!

Christmas is less than 2 months away... the shopping days are counting down so we think it isn't too early for this mention. This is not the cheapest 2 nights away you may have but your little ones...


Accommodation only deals to France

If you are planning to book all the elements of your ski holiday yourself then Ski Apartments might be able to help you with accommodation. Here are a few deals for skiing in February and March 2014 in...


France ski holiday deals

Skiing with the family can be a real treat, just make sure that you are well prepared and have your childcare arranged before you go. Read our handy tips on skiing with children to ensure you all have...


Ski drive deals to France

Erna Low are specialist in ski drive holidays and there are some great discounts ski holidays below. There are a selection of dates, pre-Christmas, Christmas and end of the season in April to the wonderful...


Snow report from J2Ski w/e 1st November 2013

The season will soon be upon us so here is the weekly round up of snow conditions across Europe and further afield courtesy of J2Ski for the week Ending November 2nd, 2013 This Week’s Headlines: •  ...


Ski holiday deals in and around Christmas

The ski season is getting ever closer and at the Ski Show in London last week there was lots of excitement about a good season ahead. Here are some sweet deals for Christmas and pre-Christmas to Val d'Isere...


Snow report from J2Ski w/e 26th October 2013

With snow falling across parts of the Alps and in the US there are resorts and glaciers opening up for the coming season. Here is the weather report courtesy of J2Ski for the week ending 26th October 2013. This...


20,000 free lift passes!

Yes, you read it right. This year the excellent Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Shows in London and Manchester are giving away 20,000 free lift passes to attendees of the shows who book in advance. The Manchester...


Erna Low ski drive deals

Erna Low specialise in self drive ski holidays. Here are some of their latest special offers to some popular resorts in France, the deals include Eurotunnel crossing. If you haven't driven to the Alps...


Ski apartment ski deals in France

The following offers are just for ski holiday accommodation - all you need to do is arrange your travel. For information on flighs why not check out our SkiFlightWizard to see who flies where and once...


Early season Sunday flight deals

Ski Total and Ski Esprit have some weekly ski deals here from 15th December, Sunday flights giving you the advantage that the traffic will probably be lighter to resort and the airport may be slightly...


Peak Retreats add new luxury apartment

Peak Retreats have announced that they have added a new luxury apartment to their portfolio. It includes an indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room along with a fitness room to keep you fit for...


Ski deals and ski holidays 2013/14

The snow is falling in the Alps (yay!), and the ski industry is in full flow sending out some great deals and offers to tempt us all out into the mountains. Here are a selection of the best deals this...


Snow report from J2Ski w/e 19th October 2013

There is snow falling across parts of the Alps, many glaciers are enjoying powder conditions. Here is a full break down of snow conditions across the globe, courtesy of J2Ski for the week ending October...


Introducing Ski Sarajevo!

It’s always exciting to experience the ski scene in a new country, so we were really interested to hear about Ski Sarajevo, a new venture from the Balkan travel experts behind Sail Croatia. We don’t...


Ski drive deals from Erna Low during 2014

Erna Low specialise in ski drive holidays, all these deals include Eurotunnel crossing and there are booking date restrictions so you need to be quick to book. If you haven't driven to ski resort before...


Accommodation deals for February 2014

As we all know skiing is an expensive holiday but it can be possible to cut costs by booking it all separately. Here are some great accommodation deals from ski.apartments.co.uk for February next year....


New Year accommodation special offers

New Year is a very popular time for ski holidays and therefore get booked up very quickly. Here are some deals from Ski Collection for a variety of apartments in major French resorts commencing 28 Dec....


Luxury skiing in January 2014

If you are looking for a good deal on luxury skiing then we have something here that may tempt you. These luxury chalets are offered by Ski Total and Esprit Ski , with indoor swimming pool, in-house nursery...


Great discounts and deals on ski hoidays

There are plenty of great deals and discount ski holidays here - from free lift passes to 20% off in school holidays at selected French resorts. The snow is already falling across parts of the Alps so...


Snow report from J2Ski w/e 11th October 2013

As the weather is about to turn here in the UK it is already plummeting across the Alps. There are a number of glaciers open. Here is the latest weather report from the ski regions, courtesy of J2Ski.com. This...


BOGOF on lift passes with Crystal Ski

Crystal Ski are offering buy-one-get-one-free on lift passes when you book your ski holiday with them before 21st October 2013. There are plenty of dates and resorts on offer within this deal and prices...


Double cash back with Ski Total

The holiday companies are falling over themselves to offer some great deals this season. Ski Total have some fabulous cash back offers in addition to their £19 Heathrow parking with Purple Parking...


Ski drive deals from Erna Low

Erna Low are the leader in the ski industry for ski drive holidays. Here are some deals for France with up to 20% discounts available.  All packages include Eurotunnel crossing with free FlexiPlus...


Cheap parking at Heathrow with ski deal

Purple Parking have teamed up with Ski Total and Esprit Ski to offer parking at Heathrow for just £19. All you need to do is book with them to get this great offer. Below are a few great ski holiday...


Some early snow deals for next ski season

You can almost smell the snow now and as we run up to the coming ski season the early deals are still coming in. From 4 * holidays in Austria to luxury new year in the Three Vallees have a browse and see...


Early season deals from Ski Total and Esprit

These lovely new chalets in Les 2 Alpes are available with some great savings, prices include flights and transfers as well as catered chalet accommodation. There is also a deal here for family Christmas...


Snow report from J2Ski w/e 4th October 2013

Here is the first weather report of the season, courtesy of J2Ski.com. There isn't really much snow around just yet but there are a few glaciers open for skiing and New Zealand is still open for business....


Pure ski touring with Powder White

Here at MadDogSki we recognise a good ski holiday company when we see one, and Powder White ticks all our boxes. They’ve been growing steadily over the last ten years and consistently add great new...


Win a 3-night break in St Moritz

Fancy a wonderful ski break in St Moritz? Then just enter this competition run by Ski Independence who have teamed up with White Stuff & the Nira Alpina Hotel. Read on for more information and how...


Ski deals and discounts for 2013/14 season

As the ski season looms large on the horizon the resorts and tour operators are sending our news of ski holiday deals and discounted packages galore. Here are a few from across Europe and further afield,...


Pre-Christmas break to Austria

Christmas is a magical time to be skiing but if you want to make sure you the get the dates and resort of your choice then you need to be organised now. Here is a great deal for a two centre holiday to...


Savings on Neilson holidays

Neilson have announced their Ski Extra Sale. There are some great money off ski holidays from £25 to £75 and other deals. You need to be quick though and book your holiday with them before...


Discounted ski deals from Erna Low

Erna Low are the specialists in self drive ski holidays and the following offers are available for booking until 31st October 2013. See our tips for driving to the Alps if you haven't tried it before,...


Apartment ski deals in France

If you are booking your flights and accommodation separately then an apartment is always worth looking at. Great if you are on a budget as well or travelling in a group. All offers are for accommodation...


December and Christmas ski deals to France

It may only be September but Christmas will be on us soon. If you are considering a pre-Christmas jaunt or a fabulous family Christmas in the snow then check out these deals from Ski Total and Esprit.   Luxury...


Early booking offers from Ski Solutions

With the ski season only a few months away there are some good early deals available. Here is a great selection from Ski Solutions, including Canada with savings of up to £205pp and a family friendly...


Free lift pass in Livigno with your accommodation

The stunning ski resort of Livigno are tempting skiers to their resort with offers of free lift passes. We all love a freebee and for this one all you need to do is stay at least 4 nights in a hotel, or...


Christmas in Meribel from £325 pp

Skiing at Christmas is especially magical and here is a great deal from Ski Meribel. Prices start from £325 per person which is based on 4 people sharing a self catering apartment in Meribel, week...


Early booking deals from Ski Solutions

Now is the time to bag yourself an early booking discount and here is a great selection of deals from Ski Solutions. There are some good savings on trips across Europe as well as Canada - increasing in...


Single beginner weekends launched by Friendship Travel

We think this is a brilliant idea - special holidays aimed at singles who want to learn to ski. Friendship Travel are launching this product for this coming season and it is sure to be a hit. This holiday...


Early ski holiday bargains galore!

It's that time of year again.. the tour operators are desparate for you to book your ski holiday and are dangling many a carrot. Here are a few to whet your whistle, with some good discounts for early...


Early Bird Canadian packages

Canada is fast becoming a popular destination with us Brits and if you book by the end of November you can get up to 50% early bird discounts. Ski Safari are offering 10 nights at the  4* Upper Village...


40% discount on ski holidays

Erna Low are specialsts in ski-drive holidays to Europe. There are some great offers here with discounts starting at 40% so read on and grab a bargain. See our top ten tips for ski-drive holidays and just...


Apartment deals in France

The ski industry is firing into life for the 2013/14 season and offers and deals for ski holidays are appearing in our inbox daily. Here are some offerings from skiapartments.com, some great offers for...


Lift pass deals with Crystal

The great BOAGOCLPF* offer is on from Crystal Ski Holidays - buy-one-adult-get-one-child-lift-pass-free - and in real terms that is a potential savin gof £172 per child. All you need to do is book...


Thrilling off-piste weekend

Anybody who has skied off-piste will tell you that nothing beats it on the mountain. So if you have always fancied trying it but need a bit more tuition and confidence then why not try this great weekend...


Eurostar tickets on sale for 2013/14 ski season

Eurostar are putting their Ski Train tickets on sale from 6th August 2013 for this coming season. So if you want to get ahead of the game and start booking your next ski trip this could be a good place...


August skiing 2013

If you are desparate to escape the heat of our long awaited UK Summer then J2Ski.com have compiled a list of places to ski in August 2013 August snow conditions Snow depths have been dropping through...


Ski & boarder cross at the Snow Centre

The ski season may seem a long way off in this sweltering heat but the Snow Centre at Hemel has a great Bank Holiday offer. Ed Drake, UK hopeful at next year's Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic, will be coaching...


July ski deals for 2013/14 season

The weather outside may be sweltering but the next ski season is never too far from our thoughts. Here are some great early bird deals to cool you down and maybe spur you into action for booking your next...


Mad Dog in Greenland

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...


Book early for 10% savings on 2013/14 season

Last season was such a great season that we are already getting excited about the next one. Ski Indepence are offering 10% savings on some of their most popular four-star French residences. These luxury...


Indoor skiing in the UK: Hemel's birthday bash

This Spring Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre is celebrating its 4th year as one of the UK’s top destinations for indoor skiing and snowboarding. They’ll be throwing a party over May bank holiday...


Snow report for w/e 27th April 2013

Here is the latest snow report from J2Ski and as the weather seems to be finally warming up in the UK there have been snowfalls in Europe, Canada and even Scotland. There are a number of resorts still...


J2Ski snow report w/e 20th April 2013

There is still snow falling in North American resorts and some French resorts are reporting fresh snowfall. Scotland is still open for skiing, this cold weather everybody is complaining about has some...


Season extended in Whistler, BC

The wonderful weather over in Canada has meant the the resort will be open this year until 27th May - and with some great spring weather this results in some fabulous conditions. There are good deals to...


Last gasp ski deals

Traditionally the ski season ends after Easter but the weather has different ideas this year. The snow is still falling across the Alps and many operators are extending their season into May. Here are...


Late season chalet deals

The snow is still falling in parts of the Alps and the season is far from over in many places. Chalets Direct have some great deals for this season including: Tignes from £239 The package includes...


Nickelback to open Ischgl 2013/14 season

If you are a fan of rock then this is an opening night you won't want to miss. The fabulous ski resort of Ischgl will have a wild rock night to kick off the season for 2013/14 with Nickelback. This...


Ski deals as the season winds down

The snow may be on the way out and the season slowly sinking into Spring but there are still some great ski deals to be had. Go on, you know you want to.... Great value skiing and party time in St...


Amazing April deals for Courchevel

The conditions in the Alps are still great for a spot of Spring skiing and with fresh powder now falling in Courchevel 1850 here are some fabulous deals from courchevelapartment.com. The Easter conditions...


Late season ski accommodation deals

The season is coming to an end with just a few weeks left but there is still snow on the hills so why not grab a bargain and head out for some super spring skiing? Here are some great discounts for spring...


End of season deals from Erna Low

With the ski season heading for it's last throes here are some late deals from the ski drive experts Erna Low. Check out our MadDogSki top ten tips for driving to the Alps.   Serre Chevalier...


The J2Ski Snow Report - w/e 30th March 2013

Here is the latest ski report from  www.J2ski.com for the week ending 30th March 2013. Spring is setting in everywhere but the snowfall last week in most countries will keep the skiing good for the...


Late season deals and events

We haven't seen much Spring weather here in the UK but you can sure of a lovely spot of spring skiing in the Alps. The MadDogSki team trip has just returned from Austria and the weather was beautiful,...


Ski deals from TUI

Here are last ski deals of the season from TUI. The snow is so great across the Alps, especially in Austria then is seems rude not to head out there and make the most of it! Obergurgl, Austria - 7...


Erna Low discount deals to France

Here are some fantastic end of season special offers from Erna Low. They specialise in ski drive holidays so all these ski holidays include Eurotunnel crossings with free FlexiPlus upgrade. There is up...


Savings on apartments in France

If you are just looking for some cheap accommodation there are some great deals here from Ski Apartments, you just need to organise your own travel arrangements. If you need some information about flights...


Grest spring ski deals from Ski Solutions

With reports of great new snow falls across the Alps it is a great time to head over there. Ski Solutions have sent us these deals through the the end of the season with some good weekend options as well...


Big snow almost everywhere - w/e 23rd March 2013

Great news - there is lots of snow in the mountains as reported here in the J2Ski Snow Report  for the week ending March 23rd, 2013 This Week’s Headlines: * Big Snowfalls Return to The...


The J2Ski snow report w/e 16th March

 Here is the snow report from across the globe for the week ending March 16th, 2013, published with thanks to www.J2ski.com. Yippee there is new snowfall across the Alps so all those Easter ski trips...


Accommodation only deals for Spring

If you have managed to get some cheap flights and now just need a great apartment, this could be right up your street. Some apartments in France from the specialists, Skiapartments.co.uk. All offers...


Discounted ski deals from Erna Low

Here are some great discounts for the late season getaways in March and April, from the self drive ski holiday specialists, Erna Low. Driving to a ski resort can be great fun and often better value if...


Easter deals from Ski Solutions

The ski season may be nearing the end but there are still plenty of deals out there for Easter. Conditions across the Alps are still really good and more snow is forecast so get browsing and grab a bargain. Easter...


Easter deals from TUI

Still searching for the ideal Easter ski break? Here are some great offers from some of our top tour operators, all three star accommodation. If you can't find the deal for you why not fill in our...


Cheap flights - 16th March 2013

Very short notice but if you can get some accommodation this Satruday, here are some great cheap flights from Crystal Ski. Flight only from £59 per person including 20kg hold luggage, 5 kg hand...


J2Ski snow report w/e 9th March 2013

Hdere is the ski report for week ending March 9th, 2013 courtesy of J2Ski. There hasn't been very much fresh snow but what is still there is affording great skiing conditions. If fresh snow is what...


Late season bargains and events

If you still haven't had your fix of the white stuff, or are looking for a second trip then check out some of these deals and events across the globe. The snow may be faling in the UK but don't...


Luxury Spring ski deals

There's plenty of time to hit the slopes before the season ends. So if you want to enjoy some luxury skiing at a discount then take at look at these offers from Flexiski. Good snow conditions...


Discounted Spring skiing accommdation

Still not booked your spring ski fix? Never fear, here is a selection of discounted accommodation from Ski Apartments. No flights or travel is included in any of these ski deals. If you need any help with...


Great Spring skiing with Ski Solutions

Spring is definitely in the air over in the Alps but the snow is still amazing, so if you need a second fix of the snow, or even a first then one of these deals might be what you are looking for. The lovely...


End of March deals from TUI

Here are some deals from some of the bit tour operators for late March ski getaways. The snow is so great this season that spring skiing is bound to be a delicious treat. Just don't forget the sunscreen...


Discount skiing from Erna Low

Erna Low are specialists in self drive ski holidays and all these offers include Eurotunnel crossing with a free FlexiPlus upgrade. These are their best special offers for the upcoming Easter holidays,...


Eddie Izzard headlining at Mayrhofen's Altitude Festival

The news announced today that Eddie Izzard is to headline Altitude, comedy festival in Mayrhofen this year, has made us MadDogSki girls very happy. We are heading out there for the week and can't wait...


Ski deals and events in the mountains

If you want to follow in the footsteps of Royalty in Switzerland or take the kids skiing for free in Italy there is something in this selection to suit nearly everybody. Save £195 to Killington,...


Breathalyser law shelved in France

Following the news that you have to add a breathalyser (or two) to your car equipment when you drive in France, here is an update. It seems that these plans have been shelved indefinitely due to the lack...


Chamonix luxury chalet for Easter

Here is an amazing chalet in Chamonix, with 6 superb en-suite bedrooms it is ideal for two families. With great snow and blue skis there is no better time to go skiing. The chalet is the high end of luxury...


Less is more with Fish & Pips

The lovely ladies at Fish and Pips have sent us thiese wonderful deals with you for spring skiing to share with you. There are savings of over £300 with these 'less is more' deals from Fish...


Deals for ski apartments only

If you are on a budget here are some great deals on ski apartments, with discounts of up to 40%. All you have to do is sort out your travel and away you go. This has been such a bumper season it would...


Ski drive deals from Erna Low

Erna Low the ski drive specialists have the following ski deals on offer. all include Eurotunnel crossing with upgrade. See our tips for driving to the alps, it might just appeal to you if you want a change...


Easter and April ski deals from Ski Solutions

The brilliant snow this year has meant a great ski season for everybody in Europe, Spring may be in the air but there is still time to bag yourself a great bargain. Here are a selection from Ski Solutions...


Fabulous chalet discount, extra for teachers

If you are still looking for a great deal for the Easter school holidays then look no further, especially if you are a teacher! Here is a wonderful chalet on offer for March, with an extra 25% discount...


Spring into festival season in the Alps

Spring skiing often brings out the best in the Alps with bluebird days and fabulous festivals. It is these festivals that are growing in stature and popularity with British skiers, sunny weather has always...


March and Easter TUI ski deals

If you normally head to France for your skiing holiday why not try something different? Here are some good deals for Switzerland and Austria from some of the major tour operators. Wengen, Switzerland...


Ski spring car hire rates from £25 per day!

If you are heading out for a spot of spring skiing in Switzerland then why not try hiring a car to get to resort? Often a cheaper option than transfers if there is a group  of you, and now there is...


Ski offers and deals for Spring

With spring a few leaps away there is still plenty happening out in the Alps and beyond to tempt you onto the snow before the winter is out. Here are some events involving skiing and cars which might get...


Ski hosting to be outlawed in France

The recent news from France that ski hosting by British tour operators or chalet hosts is to be outlawed has caused a lot of concern among British skiers. Ski hosts are generally chalet hosts who will...


Best late-season ski festivals

As spring takes the edge off the winter chill, ski resorts worldwide compete to give the best sign off to the end of the season. It’s fair to say that a winter and a spring skiing holiday offer a...


Photo comp in Courmayeur, Italy

Fancy yourself as a bit of a David Bailey then head to the hills in Courmayeur, Italy for great chance to win their competition where photographers and riders go head-to-head to capture the money shot. Read...


Hit the slopes for less

Fed up with hassle at the airport, long waits in airport lounges, or just plain hate flying? Ever considered going by train ?  Eurostar have some great fares as low as £119 return taking you...


Top ski spots for Families this Easter

Easter is just around the corner and it's a great time to take the kids skiing - the weather is a bit warmer for one thing. Tirol has lots to offer for families and here are the recommendations for...


Ski Solutions Spring and Easter deals

Whether you are looking for a cheeky ski weekend or a party celebration for St Patrick's Day then there should be something for you here in this selection from Ski Solutions. Ski Solutions are the...


Ski Apartment March ski deals

Please see below some great Ski Apartments deals for March 2013. All you have to do if arrange your own transport, and if you need some help sourcing a flight check out our SkiFlightWizard. All offers...


Discounted accommodation from Erna Low

Self drive ski holidays are increasing in popularity and here are some great ski deals including Eurotunnel crossing with FlexiPlus upgrade. If you are new to ski drive holidays then check our MadDogSki...


TUI deals for Spring skiing 2013

Still searching for that late ski deal bargain? Then we may have just what you are looking for with these deals from some of our leading tour operators in the ski travel business. If your requirements...


RudeChalets offer splitboard intro week

If you have ever fancied trying out 'Splitboarding' then now is your chance. RudeChalets are running an introductory course in the lovely resort of Chamonix. The package includes all accommodation,...


Luxury or budget deals for Spring skiing

Here's a great mix of deals and experiences from across the ski world - go wild in Wyoming or live in the lap of luxury in Avoriaz, France. There are ski holidays for families or couples, for a week...


The J2Ski Snow Report

Here is the snow forecast for the week ending February 16th, 2013, courtesy of www.J2ski.com This Week’s Headlines •    Baqueira Beret reports most snow to this date in...


Dual Slalom in Tignes with the Ski Club of GB

Have you always wanted to bash gates like a World Cup racer? Fancy yourself the next Marcel Hirscher? Or maybe you just have a secret desire to descend a piste dressed as a giant Yorkshire Pudding? If...


Ski and Snowboard Show North

The ski show is coming back to Manchester. After several years of absence it is being brought back by VOS Media with the launch new event: Ski and Snowboard Show North. The first new show will be held...


The J2Ski Snow Report

Here is the weather report for Week Ending February 9th, 2013 This Week’s Headlines •    Pyrenees now claiming deepest current snow In the world at 5.4m •  ...


March skiing in Tirol

Skiing is never going to be the cheapest holiday on earth but it needn’t cost a fortune either. The choice and variety of holidays on offer in the Austrian Tirol means there is something to suit...


Ski Solutions deals for Spring 2013

If you are still looking for a good ski deal then check out these offers from Ski Solutions. There is a short break to Champoluc which is seeing a rise in popularity this year - quiet slopes and great...


Easter ski deals from Erna Low

Erna Low are one of the oldest tour operators in the business and now specialise in ski drive holidays. All the deals include Eurotunnel crossings with upgrade for your car and passengers. Check out our...


Spring deals from SkiApartments.com

There are some good accommodation only ski deals here, so you just need to bag yourself a bargain then source your flights/travel. If you want to check who flies where try our SkiFlightWizard for information...


72 Hour sale for Whistler accommodation

Whistler is having great snowfall this season and are offering upto 50% off accommodation. You have to book by midnight Thursday 14th February (their time) - sharing the lurve! For full details read on. With...


TUI ski deals for March and April

There are some great ski deals here from some of our leading ski tour operators, in Austria and France with good savings pp. All sk deal prices are per person for 7 nights and rooms based on two sharing...


Very late ski deals

If the recent flurries of snow that we have been getting has tempted you to look for a late ski trip. There is a great variety of deals here for the very near future, so have a browse, book yourself a...


Great events in Savoie Mont Blanc ski region

Here's a round-up of some great music festivals, film festivals, outdoor art exhibitions, sporting events…there is always something to see or do in Savoie Mont Blanc’s ski resorts. 7-10...


The J2Ski Snow Report

Here is the snow report for the week ending February 9th, 2013 This Week’s Headlines •    Pyrenees now claiming deepest current snow In the world at 5.4m •  ...


Amazing half price Heli Skiing

Here is an amazing offer for a half price trip to BC, Canada for the trip for a lifetime. Read on... Due to a last minute cancellation we have 2 seats available for a 7-day heliski trip with TLH Heliskiing...


Easter holidays in the Three Valleys

Flexiski have alerted us to this great deal for the Easter holidays. So if it is a bit of luxury ski in/ski out you are looking for then you have come to the right place. This is one of our favourite hotels...


Erna Low ski drive holiday deals

Please see below some of the latest special offers from Erna Low - the ski drive specialists. There aren't any flights but all ski holidays include Eurotunnel crossings with upgrade. Driving to resort...


Top deals from TUI

TUI have put together this list of great ski deals, prices are per person for 7 nights and rooms based on two sharing unless otherwise mentioned. Direct regional flights are available from all major UK...


Ski Solutions deals for March 2013

Looking for a great ski deal in March ? Those lovely guys at Ski Solutions have sent us these offers, from a mountain lodge in Banff to a weekend skiing in Courmayeur at Easter there should be something...


Great Meribel half term luxury ski deals

Quick, quick, here are some ski deals from those lovely ladies at  Fish&Pips in Meribel for this coming weekend. If you want to be looked after and enjoy some of the best cuisine on the mountain...


Party time in ski resorts

If you fancy a bit more than just skiing why not go to a resort with special events on ?  Here are details of a comedy tour hitting Verbier and carnival time in Livigno. Snowed In Comedy Tour This...


Varied ski deals for half term

If that great deal or perfect half term break is till alluding you then check out some of these great ski deals and discounted trips. From discounts on ski holidays on the other side of the Atlantic to...


Late deal to Tignes - 9th Feb 2013

Crystal Ski have a great last minute deal, a week in Tignes, practically half price - you'll have to get your skates on though, it deaprts on 9th February 2013...   3 * Hotel Tignes 2100,...


Chalet deals for half term

Half term is not far away and there are still some deals out there. Here is a selection from Chalets Direct, there are a lot more on their site.   Morzine, France - up to £250 saving pp February...


Half term offers from Flexiski

Flexiski have sent through details of some great last minute ski deals for this coming half term - so be quick. There are only just over 2 weeks until half term, so tese luxury half term ski deals won't...


Snow report for w/e February 2nd, 2013

This week’s weather headlines •    Third week of heavy snow in the Pyrenees. •    Gales of up to 114mph temporarily close some Scottish ski areas. •  ...


Apartment deals in Val Thorens

Please see below for some brand new Ski Apartments special offers in the ever popular resort of Val Thorens. All offers are for accommodation only and do not include any travel. If you want to book flights...


Ski deals for February and Half Term

If you are still searching for a good ski deal for February or half term, then cast your eyes over these little beauties. With savings of over £350 per person on a deal to USA there are definitely...


Discounted self drive ski holidays

Erna Low specialise in self drive ski holidays, all deals include Eurotunnel crossing for your car and people, not flights. There are some great ski deals here for France with up to 30% discount per person....


Half term and Easter deals 2013

The half term holidays are only a few weeks away and if you are still looking for a good deal then there are still some out there. Or if you are looking for an Easter treat then there are some ski packages...


Brilliant ski deals from Ski Solutions

The lovely guys at Ski Solutions have sent this selection of ski holiday deals through to us. With choices ranging from a mountain lodge in Banff to an Easter break in Chamonix there is something for everyone....


Top tour operator deals

TUI have sent through a selection of ski deals, a mixture 4 nights and 7 nights in Switzerland, Austria and France. Good luck grabbing yourself a bargain. Ski deals: prices are per person for 7 nights...


Snippet of deals for w/c 21st January 2013

We may be getting plenty of the white stuff in the UK but it just isn't the same in Stratford as it is in Steamboat, USA. Here are a selection of great deals and trips to whet your whistle, from half...


Great ski deals from Ski Solutions

Here are some great deals from Ski Solutions for the next few months, there are a variety of accommodation types and resorts to choose from. Be warned though, they will be snapped up fast... Ski Solutions...


Deals for ski apartments only

Please see below for some of the latest Ski Apartments offers. None of these deals include flights, why not look at our SkiFlightWizard to check where you can fly and book your trip. We have a comprehensive...


TUI ski deals for w/c 14th January 2013

Here are some great ski deals, prices are per person for 7 nights and rooms based on two sharing unless otherwise mentioned. Direct regional flights are also available from all major UK airports at a supplement...


Erna Low ski drive deals w/c 15th January 2013

Erna Low specialise in ski drive holidays - all packages include a Eurotunnel crossing for your car and passengers and accommodation. So, if you want to avoid the airport queues and take as much luggage...


Snippets of deals for w/c 14th January 2013

Whilst we are shivering in the UK with sleet and nasty weather, elsewhere in the ski regions of the world the news is much more positive. There are some great deals here which should be able to tempt you...


Ski forecast report for week ending 12th January 2013

This week’s headlines for a round up of snow conditions in ski resorts around the world:     Alaskan resort reports 1.45m (4.5 feet) of new snow in past 7 days.    ...


Snow report for week ending 5th January 2013

This Week’s headlines Big snowfalls across USA, up to 1.3m in past 7 days in fact. Fresh snow after dry weeks in the Pyrenees. All five Scottish ski areas still open. Record snowfall equals...


Great deals across Europe for 2013

Ski Solutions have sent us some great deals for this season, from week long breaks to short weekend trips, there is something here for everyone. Choose from Europe or further afield in the wonderful wilds...


Accommodation deals for Easter 2013

Please see below for some of our latest Ski Apartments offers for the Easter week commencing 30th March 2013. All offers are for accommodation only and do not include any travel. For flights why not check...


Discounted deals from Erna Low

Erna Low specialise in self drive ski holidays, all these great deals include Eurotunnel crossing for car and passengers. There are some great advantages of taking your car instead of flying especially...


Livigno gets top Snow Award

The Italian resort of Livigno has been voted the Best European Resort 2012 by the recent World Snow Awards. There was a panel of 22 judges from the ski and snowboard world including Olympians Martin and...


Last minutes deals to Meribel

Those lovely people at Fish&Pips have some great ski deals to Meribel - you need to be quick though, they are for next week! Contact them directly for more information or to book.   Last...


Want to ski for over half of the year?

Working a season in a ski resort is getting more popular with people of all ages and ski ability so here is a great opportunity to learn to teach. Head down to New Zealand during our summer and spend their...


Ski deals and holidays for 2013

Here are some ski deals for the new year, from free lift passes in Livigno to £600 of a luxury ski trip to Squaw Creek. Free Lift Pass in Livigno          Livigno...


Various holiday deals for 2013

There are a good selection of deals here, worth a browse if you are looking for some inspiration for your ski holiday. There are discounts of up to £700 on holidays to USA, £300 in St Anton...


Fish&Pips January sales!

If you are heading for the sales to snap up a bargain then check out these deals as well, for some great January skiing you can't go wrong. Beat the post-Christmas blues 10% off and a FREE ski...


Ski accommodation only deals

If you have you want to travel independently from a tour operator and just need a great deal on accommodation then Ski Apartments have some here. It does exactly what it says on the tin - just apartments...


January 2013 ski deals from Erna Low

Erna Low, specialists in ski drive holidays, have sent us some great deals for next month. So if you are wanting a little something to look forward to in January then this might just be the adventure you...


Keep your New Year resolutions on track in Switzerland

As another year beckons, thoughts turn to the familiar ritual of half-heartedly drawing up New Year’s resolutions. Make 2013 the year to travel and make resolutions you actually want to keep by shaping...


Savings of up to £300 and other deals

A great mix of ski deals and discounts here for some early season skiing. There are weekends in Morzine through to family skiing in Banff so have a browse - you might just be tempted to book and you could...


Ski deals for January 2013

Enjoy a great ski trip to kick off the New Year with a great deal on a ski holiday. If you can't find something to tempt you here or have more specific requirements why not fill our JustAskOnce online...


Great European deals from Ski Solutions

As the new ski season gets underway properly, Ski Solutions are proud to announce the opening of their own exclusive properties in St Anton, Méribel and Tignes. They have also extended their short...


Accommodation only deals for France

Here are some accommodation only deals from Ski Apartments for France with some good reductions of over £100. So bag yourself a bargain, sort the flights and you could be getting your winter powder...


30% discount on Erna Low deals

We are pleased to share these Erna Low special offers, the specialist in ski drive holidays. Flights are not on the menu but if you are tired of the airport lounges and delays then this could the your...


Room only and half board deals from TUI

TUI have sent through some good deals for early season skiing in December and early January from some of the top UK tour operators. With savings of up to £330 per person they are well worth a look...


Weekly round up with early season deals

The ski season is getting underway in many parts of Europe with some amazing dumps of snow. Lifts are opening early and resort workers are whooping it up with the locals on the early season snow. Here...


Early season ski deals from TUI

As the ski season starts there are some great deals to be had out there. Here are a selection from some of the top ski tour operators for USA and Europe with savings of up to £340 per person. For...


Ski solutions deals and discounts

Ski Solutions have sent us this great selection of ski deals for this season, from Christmas in La Plagne with a saving of over £100 to free lift passes in the party town of St Anton there should...


Self-catering deals in France

If you are looking for a good deal on accommodation only deals to France then have a browse through the Ski Apartment website, there are a few detailed here. If you need any help with flights then why...


Last minute deals from Erna Low

Here are some great last minute deals from Erna Low, the specialists in ski drive holidays, with up to 50% off these deals are sure to go quickly. 50% off accommodation price. Chamrousse France:...


A round up of Christmas ski holidays

With Christmas fast approaching you may be looking to escape the mayhem, or just to get a bit more in the Christmas spirit with a bit of winter wonderland. Here are a few varied trips for pre-Christmas...


January deals from Ski Apartments

Please see below for some of the best Ski Apartments offers for departures in January 2013. These offers are for just accommodation only. If you are looking to fly to your ski destination why not try out...


Christmas offers from Erna Low

Erna Low are specialists in ski-drive holidays and here is a great selection of their deals for Christmas. Definitely worth considering if you want to avoid the airport queues over the festive period -...


Ski Solutions deals for Christmas and beyond

The season is now kicking off and Ski Solutions have sent us a great selection to tickle our taste buds. There are deals for half-board hotels and hotel short breaks as well as many more with some including...


TUI ski holiday deals, Canada and Europe

A range of ski deals from TUI for new year and early January. If you want to venture further afield than Europe then here is a deal to Whistler for New Year, although a little further to travel you are...


Great early deals to Meribel & Val d'Isere

As the season is getting underway in Val d'Isere and Meribel, the snow cannons are working well and the seasonnaires are starting to arrive in resort for training. Those wonderful people at Fish &...


Various ski deals and holiday ideas

With a range of savings from £180 for a ski holiday to Lake Louise in Canada to a free ski pass for Val d'Isere, there are plenty of offers here. If you need more help choosing the resort for...


Accommodation only deals

If you are happy to sort out your own travel arrangements then here are some accommodation offers from Skiapartments.co.uk. As you can guess from the name they specialise in apartments for skiers! If you...


Great offers from Ski Solutions

Ski Solutions have sent us a selection of their offers and discounts for the coming months. There is money off holidays, free child places, upgrades and lots more so read on and you may just bag yourself...


TUI ski deals for the new year

We have a selection of holidays here ranging from USA to Europe from some of our leading tour operators. If this has tempted you to start thinking about booking a holiday but need more inspiration then...


Snippets of deals for this week

Here is a wide range of deals and offers for ski holidays - so if you are looking for inspiration or a bargain have a browse, you might just bag yourself the holiday you have been looking for. If you are...


Erna Low December 2012 discounted deals

Erna Low have sent some December deals through, as specialist in ski-drive holidays they all include Eurotunnel crossing for your car and family. Driving to your ski resort has some great advantages -...


Festive celebrations in La Plagne

Make News Year’s eve 2012 one to remember in La Plagne with all the family and take advantage of FREE child ski pass!  Join the wonderfully icy festive merriment that is Red Pompom Night. Bid...


Whistler ski resort opens early - 17th November

The ski resort of Whistler in Canada will be opening early, on 17th November. There is a packed day planned with a some great events including the Wonder-Full Gondolas event - gifts for the first 1500...


Great savings from Ski Solutions

Here is a selection of great deals from Ski Solutions for this week. There is a good range of resorts and type of accommodation from hotels to chalets, self catering or full board. Enough to tempt you...


Win the ultimate Canadian ski holiday

Those lovely people at Ski Solutions are running a fabulous prize draw for the ultimate ski holiday to Canada. You could win a 14 night holiday for 2 people to Canada discovering all the top resorts...


Ski deals with local airport flights

Here are a selection of holiday departure dates and destinations from TUI, all with offers and dicounts. You can choose from all inclusive in France to self catering in Italy, with savings of up to £220...


New luxury chalet in Verbier for VIP Ski

VIP SKI chalets are renowned for offering luxury and comfort, having been built to meet all the desires of the most discerning guests . . . and the very latest addition in the picturesque resort of Verbier...


Round up of holiday ideas and discounts

If you are looking for inspiration or just a good deal then here are a variety of deals with some great discounts.   Morzine Women's week Escape to Morzine for the perfect girls’...


Twixmas breaks from skiweekends.com

After eating too much turkey and too many mince pies, a ski trip might be just in order for those days between Christmas and New Year. Ski Weekends are offering some great deals to make a fantastic ski...


Discounted ski apartments for this season

If you are booking a ski trip for the coming season then here are some good deals for apartments in France. Dates range from December through to April next year and there are plenty of others on the Ski...


Ski deals, discount and offers to tickle your fancy...

With the ski shows all taking place over the last few weeks it would appear the season is nearly upon us. If you are still hunting a good bargain or just looking for some inspiration then this collection...


Ah, Mr Bond... we’ve been expecting you!

If the new film Skyfall has caught your imagination then SkiWeekends want to offer you a wild weekend of snowsports and 007 fun. It’s not just diehard fans of James Bond who are looking forward...


Self-drive ski deals from Erna Low

Some good discounts for the coming season on offer here from Erna Low, all ski packages include Eurotunnel crossing with FlexiPlus upgrade. Driving can be a great way to get to the slopes if you want to...


£100 and over savings on ski holidays

Here are some savings on ski holidays of up to £190 per person based on 4 sharing, with other added extras such as 2for1 on lift passes or free wine. So if you fancy a romantic Christmas ski package...


Views to die for in Tyrol

The newest attraction for the Pitztal ski area is the stunning new Wildspitze cable car, which opened last week and replaces Austria’s highest ski lift, the Pitz Panorama gondola. The 8-person cable...


Paradiski: the complete green package

If the green credentials of your ski holiday are becoming very important to you then the Paradiski area can let you indulge without the guilt. They have been working very hard to give their resorts renewable...


Erna Low discounted deals for 2013

Searching for a ski holiday for 2013? Why not try going in the car instead of flying? Erna Low only deal with driving holidays, all these offers include Eurotunnel crossing so you can take the car and...


New shared transfers help stranded skiers get up the hill

Worried about transfers to resort if you are travelling by train? here is the answer to your prayers. Those lovely people at Three Valleys Transfer are starting a new shared transfer service that will...


Savings of £300 on ski packages

Looking for a ski package from your local airport ? There are a number here with great savings for this coming December and into January 2013. All include flights and airport transfers, with savings ranging...


Win ski show tickets!

Want to go to the ski shows for free? You are in luck - today we kick off our grand Facebook competition. We have 15 pairs to give away to either the London, Glasgow or Birmingham NEC shows which are all...


Ski-drive deals from Erna Low

If you want to avoid the airport queues and grab a ski holiday deal why not take your car with you ? Erna Lowe specialise in ski-drive holidays and all prices include Eurotunnel crossings.   20%...


Deals on new season ski holidays

If you haven't booked your 2012/13 season ski trip then here are a few deals that might save you searching, or at least whet your appetite! Whistler with Ski Safari - save £770 Enjoy a...


Luxurious Christmas with Flexiski

If you are looking for a luxury Christmas ski trip then you will want to check out Flexiski special packages in Courchevel 1850 or St Anton.   In Courchevel you will be staying at the glorious Hotel...


TUI ski deals throughout the season

Here are some great ski deals from TUI travel agents, for the beginning of the season in St Anton - sure to be a great party, USA in January and great savings on Courchevel throughout the season.   Courchevel...


New Porsche in Laax

Laax gets the Porsche, can anyone top that with a Hummer ? or a Rolls Royce for Courchevel ?   This winter Laax once again offers a world first: a Porsche-designed, solar-powered ski-lift. The six-seater...


Erna Low discounted deals

If you are looking for a deal on your ski holiday for 2013 then here is a selection from Erna Low. They specialise in skiing holidays which include Eurotunnel crossings with your car, no flights.   January...


Early season and Christmas skiing

If you are looking at some early skiiing deals then here are a few from Crystal Ski and Thomson Ski, there is even one for Christmas!   Christmas skiing Rauris, Austria – small charming...


Free drinks on your ski holiday

All of the ski holiday companies are talking about adding value to their holidays this season, and many of them are doing it in unusual ways. We just heard that the tour operator Ski Total are offering...


Hit the slopes with Eurostar

Eurostar have announced their direct ski service for 2012/13 season and tickets go on sale tomorrow, 31st July 2012. The service leaves St Pancreas International and Ashford International stations to the...


Crystal offers for beginners

If you are one of those people who have heard your mates rave about their skiing trip but worried about the cost of going yourself then Crystal have come up with some great deals to tempt you. They have...


£69 for SIX PEOPLE at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead

If glaciers just aren’t for you, there’s always our very own home slopes to consider, and if you thought that they were a bit pricey, just check out these impressive deals. 160m of snow, serviced...


Where can I ski in summer 2012?

The glaciers are opening, and skiing is back on the menu! Plus, with all the sunshine up there you don't need to forego a summer tan either - glacier skiing is distinctly more summery than wintery,...


Good clean fun in Scotland, 16th June 2012

Fancy a fun family day out, whilst helping the environment ? Well head on up to the Scottish ski resorts for the 16th June 2012 and take part in the Ski Club of Great Britains 'Big Spring Clean 2012'....


April offers from Directski.com

With snow falling again in the UK the ski season is definitely not over yet, and here are some great ski deals from Directski.com with savings of *£346 per person bringing the cost of a week’s...


April ski deals with Peak Retreats

The sun is still shining and the snow is still on the hills so if you can get away for some late skiing, here are some deals to browse through.  All the deals include Flexiplus Eurotunnel crossing...


The last gasp April ski deals

There is still snow on them there hills, and the tan potential is amazing so grab yourself a bargain and head to the slopes, all these deals from Erna Low depart 14th April and include flexiplu Eurotunnel...


Luttman Johnson challenge 2012

The Ski Club of Great Britain will be co-hosting the Luttman Johnson Challenge with Evolution 2, once again returning to Tignes for the event. Last year our very own Kate and Hannah took part and had a...


Sunbathing on the slopes

Ski Collection have put together some great ski deals for April, all include Flexiplus Eurotunnel crossing for your car and passengers. The sun is out and spring skiing is a joy, so just remember to apply...


Great April ski deals from Peak Retreats

Here are some great ski deals for April from Peak Retreats with savings of up to £81 per person, all prices include Flexiplus Eurotunnel crossing for a car and passengers. So if you are searching...


Guiding deals in Chamonix

If you are heading to Chamonix either next week or beyond, the guys at Evolution 2 will be happy to take you out and show you the wonderful mountains around Chamonix. They can take you to all the best...


Val d'Isere April deal from Fish & Pips

If you are looking for some fine cuisine on your spring ski holiday, then look no further than Fish & Pips. They won The Times Chalet Chef 2010. See more deals   Fish & Pips are offering...


Winter Urban Plagne Festival returns

Between 9th to 15th April, 2012 la Plagne will be hosting the 5th Winter Urban Plagne Festival and it promises to be more dynamic than ever this year.  Combining a film festival, pro-rider competition,...


Self-catering late ski deals

Some great deals here from Peak Retreats, some good savings on 7 night stays and some even offer free 6 day lift pass, check individual offers. All holidays include Flexiplus Eurotunnel crossing for a...


April skiing offers

Ski Collection have sent us over some great deals for April skiing, some great savings and the season has been so great this year it woudl be a shame not to make the most of it! See more deals   Now...


Get a free marathon MOT – are your shoes up to it?

Profeet on the Fulham Road, London have just launched their ski boot sale with up to 30% off ski boots, up to 50% on touring boots plus up to 40% on Patagonia clothing online. They also have one...


Fantastic savings on late ski deals

Some fabulous savings of up to £450 per person for a week skiing, these deals are definitely worth a little investigation. They are all offered by the bigger tour operators and are 3 or 4 star so...


Easter and April ski deals

Still searching for that late season bargain? With skiing continuing into April in many places there are some good deals out there, with some great savings of over £100. See more deals   Easter...


Last minute deals from Erna Low

With the season drawing to a close there are still some great deals out there, here are some from Erna Low, all with Eurotunnel crossing for car and passengers. If you have a different resort in mind then...


Chamonix lessons

If you are heading to Chamonix next week and could do with great tips or sessions to improve your technique then look no further than Evolution 2. They have adapted sessions to meet demand and have some...


March departure ski deals

There are some great ski deals here from some of the larger tour operators, courtesy of TUI. Please note all prices are per person for 7 nights and rooms based on two sharing (unless mentioned otherwise)....


Spring ski deals from Erna Low

There is up to 30% off some ski holidays listed here from Erna Low. All have arrival date of 17th March 2012 and include Eurotunnel crossing, not flights. See more deals 30% off accommodation...


Easter deals with Peak Retreats

If you are still searching for the Easter ski bargain then check out these deals from Peak Retreats. All include Flexiplus Eurotunnel crossings for your car and passengers and all accommodation have heated...


Late skiing with Directski.com

With great snowfall and cheap ski holidays, 2012 has proved to be one of the best ski seasons for decades, according to Directski.com, and I am sure we would all agree. We love their reasons to go late...


No luck finding a job?

Fancy taking the plunge and working in Canada for a year? The prospect can be pretty daunting but the benefits are great. So if you are struggling to find a job in the UK or just fancy a year to remember...


Evolution2 in Chamonix

Evolution 2 are based in Chamonix and a more experienced and enthusiastic bunch you couldn't wish to meet. They have some great activities for you to try, all under their trained supervision and guidance,...


Avalanche hits the Chill Factore

The Chill Factore in Manchester have launched their new thrill ride - the Avalanche. For a great adrenalin rush just pop along, get strapped inside a giant beach ball (Sphere) and roll down the snow...


Flash sale from P&V

Ski accommodation giant Pierre & Vacances are offering a flash sale from March 1 - 5 with up to 40% off ski holidays for stays between 10th March to 21st April, including the Easter holidays. Prices...


Festi Val Tho 2012

Fancy a 3 day party on the slopes? From 27th - 29th March Val Thorens, France is the place to be for all serious party goers. The Festi Val Tho 2012 is celebrating its fifth anniversary and this year...


Easter ski deals from Peak Retreats

Here are a collection of great Easter ski deals from Peak Retreats, all include Flexiplus Eurotunnel crossings for car and passengers.  With potential savings of up to £50 per person there are...


March and Easter ski bargains

Ski Collection have just sent us some holidays for March, Easter and beyond so if you are looking for a snow fix in the next few months your search could be over. With savings of up to £92 per person...


March late ski deals

Some great savings are to be had on late ski deals, here are some that we have received from some of the larger Tour Operators - Crystal Ski, Thomson Ski and First Choice Ski. With up to £285 money...


First track VIP breakfast in Meribel

Every Tuesday from mid February to the end of March 2012 you can take the first lift at 8am and enjoy a VIP breakfast at the top of the Tougnete chairlift. Just book your ticket with the Meribel Alpina...


Beat the Heathrow Express strike

Heathrow Express workers have announced 24-hour strikes on 26th February and 11th March 2012, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) are offering a 10% discount on airport parking for passengers travelling to...


Big Snow Festival - coming to Sauze d'Oulx

The Big Snow Festival is always a big event with lots of fun on and off the snow. This year it has moved to Sauze d'Oulx, Italy. Located at one end of the Milky Way ski area, there are great links...


Stay at Richard's pad in Verbier

Want to live like a millionaire for a few days? Well now you can... Richard Branson is renting out rooms - normally you can only hire the whole chalet but as a special offer you can go it alone. Your stay...


Big snow in the Alps and America gets dumped on

We all know that are excellent almost everywhere now with most of the world’s major ski regions either enjoying sunny periods after huge snowfalls, Skkinfo.com brings you a breakdown of all the snowfall...


Bargain March and Easter skiing

Those lovely people at Ski Collection have sent through some cracking offers, with nearly £200 saving per person on deals in March. They all include Flexiplus Eurotunnel crossing for car and passengers...


Great savings on March skiing

If you are looking for a March ski trip then here are some bargains to whet your whistle.  With savings of nearly £300 per person for a trip to the USA you might be tempted further afield as...


Last minute ski deals for 3rd March 2012

Here are some offers for last minute ski holidays, with arrivals on 3rd March, offering discounts of up to 45% off. If you are flexible where you go then there are bargains to be had, and with the fabulous...


Free skiing from Crystal Ski

Crystal Ski have teamed up with indoor snow centres across the UK to run a competition for some free slope time and lessons. You simply fill in a form online and then if you win you can choose from Milton...


Snowfall slows in the Alps - but it's still very cold!

The big story of the past week has been a second week of very low temperatures in Europe, a period which is just coming to an end with warmer temperatures coming in off the Atlantic to the West. ...


Let the train take the strain

Have you tried the Eurostar overnight travel? If you fancy giving it a go then TUI have sent through some good deals including the travel by Eurostar. You may be worried about the time it takes but there...


March cheap ski getaways

All these great ski deals are self catering, with Eurotunnel Flexiplus crossing. Some of them are very basic apartments and others have spa facitilies included, the prices reflect what is on offer. ...


Up to 50% off ski holidays

Some great ski deals here, with reductions of up to 50% there are bargains to be had. With the fabulous snow conditions over in France they are pretty tempting from where I am sitting! See more deals 50%...


Try a smaller resort to save money

If you are still looking for that great bargain ski holiday, have you considered one of the smaller resorts in France? You can often save some considerable money, lift passes and ski hire are generally...


Fine dining in Val d'Isere

Val d'Isere have some great fine dining experiences on and off the slopes. The snow is so amazing this year, add to that the tempting Michelin star cuisine on offer and you could be in seventh heaven!...


Feel the love in the snow

It's that time of year again, everybody's thoughts turning to mush as of Valentines day approaches. Skiinfo have gone all gooey on us and produced a list of 10 top romantic places to go to with...


Last minute ski deals

There are some great deals coming our way, here are a selection from some of the big boys - Thomson Ski, Crystal and First Choice Ski. Please note all prices are per person for 7 nights and rooms based...


Ski Collection deals with Eurotunnel

Some great Easter deals here from Ski Collection, all these offers include Eurotunnel crossing with Flexiplus upgrade - save yourself the hassle of check-in at the airport...  See more deals   Easter...


Deals with Eurotunnel crossings

Driving to your ski destination seems to be getting more and more popular so those lovely people at Peak Retreats have put together some deals for March, including Eurotunnel crossings. There are some...


Chez Serre Chevalier deals

Those lovely people Duncan and Alison at Chez Serre Chevalier have sent us details of some great offers for their chalets. So with the snow conditions so amazing over in Europe it has to be worth checking...


Easter in the mountains

If you are planning a ski trip at Easter then you could be going to join in with some great celebrations in Chamonix, St Anton or The Three Valleys.  Chamonix will be hosting party after party with...


Wipeout sale from Crystal

Still searching for a bargain ski holiday - then look no further. Crystal Ski have announced their 'Wipeout Sale' and there are some great deals in there, with holidays starting at £165.00!! ...


Ski deals from TUI

There are some great savings here, upto £284 per person for a weeks half board skiing... tempted? Well you should be, with the fabulous skiing conditions over in Europe they have to be worth a second...


Ski Collection deals, 30th January 2012

If you are planning a ski holiday over Easter here are some good deals from those lovely people at Ski Collection. With Eurotunnel travel and accommodation with spa facilities there are plenty to choose...


Erna Low deals departing 11th February 2012

Here are some good offers for the forthcoming half term, all departures on the 11th February 2012.  All include Eurotunnel Fleixplus crossing for your car and passengers. There are some really good...


Peak Retreats deals, 30th January 2012

Peak Retreats have sent over a selection of deal, a mixture of apartments and hotels. All include Flexiplus Eurotunnel crossings for your car and passengers. Savings on each person soon adds up when you...


Snowfall in Paradiski reaches record levels

The huge ski domain in the French Alps, Paradiski, are reporting record levels of snow, all set to peak for the half term holidays in February. Good news for everybody who has booked to take the kids for...


Kids go free at the Chill Factore

Half-term can be a tricky time to keeps the kids happy - too cold to go out and expensive to do anything. The Chill Factore in Manchester have the answer - free kids places for a range of activities from:...


Free off-piste courses in March

Free off-piste guiding in St Anton - if that appeals to you then read on...                Alpine Evolution are offering free off-piste...


Skiinfo.com update, 26th January 2012

Skiinfo.com have sent through their update of the snowfall and conditions in ski resorts around the world. It might tempt you to think about taking a trip to a country - or indeed a continent! - that you...


Ski Fit workshop - London

Heading off to the slopes and worried about your fitness level? If you are based in or around London then this might be the answer you are looking for.  A Ski Fit Worshop is being held on 2nd February...


Ski Collection deals, 24th January 2012

Ski Collection have sent us some deals to share with you, all with Flexiplus Eurotunnel crossings included. If you haven't tried skiing to resort yet it may be worth considering - particularly if you...


Peak Retreats deals, 24th January 2012

Peak Retreats have sent through their latest batch of ski deals, with dates upto the end of the season there are plenty to choose from. Reports of the snowfall across Europe will no doubt lead to a surge...


Erna Low weekly deals, 24th January 2012

Ski deals with about £50 off per person, these offers from Erna Low are for 4th and 11th February departure to some of our favourite resorts in France. All include Eurotunnel crossings with free...


Tignes party nights - February 2012

Fancy a party night out in Tignes, and if anybody knows how to throw a party it is the guys in Tignes! 15th & 16th February 2012 and the party is in town - 15th February - The American rapper Flo...


Flexiski weekends

Weekend and week skiing for March in the wonderful Hotel Saint Louis in Courchevel, France. Flexiski have put together some great packages for March including - 4 nights stay, flights to Geneva, transfer...


Fish & Pips chalet late availability

We love these late availability alerts - for a few minutes we have a little dream about making the most of them ourselves instead of passing them on. After all, what are we doing next week that's so...


Half-term discounts with Club Med

Half term deals for this year will be as rare as hen's teeth we reckon, following all this lovely snow over in Europe. This deal from Club Med is all the sweeter as it gives you a great saving of upto...


Ski deals, 17th January 2012

Here are a bunch of deals from the the TUI brands, Crystal, Thomson Ski & First Choice Ski.  With savings of upto £150 on ski holidays, all prices are per person for 7 nights and rooms based...


Ski Collection deals, 17th January 2012

With deals of up to £100 off per person for a week Ski Collection have some tempting offers.  All with Flexiplus Eurotunnel crossings but if you go to their website there will be deals with...


Peak Retreats deals,17th January 2012

Peak Retreats have sent their weekly deals through, with some late deals for January and some Easter prices. See more deals Last Minute Ski Deals Now £141pp (was £179pp) for 7 nights...


Erna Low weekly deals, 17th January 2012

Here are some tempting deals with upto 60% off accommodation from Erna Low - the snow over in Europe is too good to miss surely... See more deals   60% off accommodation price. La Tania, France:...


Ski Collection deals, 4th January 2012

Here are a selection of January and Half Term deals from Ski Collection, remember Half Term gets very busy so grab a bargain while you can and treat the family to a fab week skiing. See more deals   January...


Peak Retreats deals, 3rd January 2012

Peak Retreats have some good deals for January and even Half Term so if you are still thinking about it, get booking as the half term week in February gets notoriously busy.              ...


Good news from Peak Retreats

Peak Retreats have announced that although the French goverment have increased the VAT on lift passes they are offering lift passes at pre-increased prices, as well as including a discount.  Here...


The snow keeps falling in Whistler

Whistler Blackcomb have amazing snow for the start of the season. It has been snowing since before Christmas and the love just keeps coming.   If you want proof check out their photos/videos and...


Erna Low weekly deals, 2nd January 2012

Erna Low have these great deals on offer - so brush off those first day back to work blues by browsing and pick yourself a deal...See more deals   50% off accommodation price. Les Orres, France:...


Snow alarms all over the world!

After the snow deluge that blanketed Europe for much of December up to Christmas, the snowfall has eased to a more regular rate and conditions have stabilised. That is particularly good news in the French...


Ski deals for the next month

Here are some ski deals for January 2012 if you fancy a get away to cheer you up in the bleak month to come! See more deals Ski deals: prices are per person for 7 nights and rooms based on two sharing...


12 days of Christmas – giant giveaway!

We love the Wednesday Win, and are chuffed that heaps and heaps of you do too - we've got people signing up in droves. But it's Christmas, so we're upping our game. Instead of a weekly prize...


Peak Retreats deals for New Year

Here are some new deals for early 2012 with Peak Retreats. See more deals New Year Now £320pp (was £394pp) for 7 nights self-catering in the residence l’Adret Chantemerle in Serre...


Latest snow news from the Tirol, Austria

You know that a tourist office is feeling confident when their press release is a string of snow depths, webcams, and the fantastic "Quality of snow: powder". Mmm - that's just what came...


Huge Snowfalls In The Alps

The Alps, Scandinavia and Scotland are all looking ‘mostly good’ after moderate to large snowfalls since the start of December.  Up to 1.5m (five feet) of snow has fallen in parts of the...


Chalet in La Plagne for end of January

MadDogSki's Hannah has come across this flat for rent in Jan - it's a friend's timeshare. See more deals Located in the resort of La Plagne Bellcote, there is a lovely self catering flat available...


Deals for the Festive period, 2011

There are still some bargains to be had for the festive season coming up... See more deals Folgarida/Madonna di Campiglio, Italy Hotel Park (four-star), half board. Price per person & saving amount:...


Peak Retreats deals, 13th December 2011

Peak Retreats have some deals left for Christmas and the New year, but be quick... See more deals Christmas Now £226pp (was £386pp) for 7 nights self-catering in the residence Les Alpages...


Ski Collection deals, Christmas and New Year

Here are the latest deals for the festive period from Ski Collection. See more deals Christmas Now £335pp (was £437pp) for 7 nights self-catering in the 4 star residence Montsoleil –...


Scottish Snowsports Festival - 17th December 2011

Edinburgh City Centre will be turned into a world class ski resort on Saturday 17th December when the Scottish Snowsports Festival heads to Scotland’s capital.   The famous Princes Street...


20% Christmas deals

Premiere Neige are offering 20% off all their remaining properties over the Christmas period in Sainte Foy. See more deals So if you are still not sure whether to go for a ski holiday over the festive...


Last-minute Christmas week deal in St Anton

Due to cancellation, Alpine Evolution has last minute availability in its boutique six person chalet, Der Alte Stadl, for just 1045 euros per person - a reduction of £230 per person based on normal...


Pierre & Vacances deals

Pierre & Vacances are specialists in self catering accommodation, in chalets, apartments and Hotels throughout France. They have some great deals for this season, running all the way to May 2012. Here...


Skiinfo.com update, 7th December 2011

Huge Snowfalls In The Alps What a change in 48 hours!  The long awaited snowfalls in the Alps began at the weekend and have gathered pace with the biggest yet reported over the past 24 hours (to...


Tirol deals, 7th December 2011

Those lovely people in Tirol have sent through some information on some great deals. With some good dumps of snow their season is well and truly under way...  See more deals If your budget won’t...


Ski deals for the next month

Here are some great ski deals for Austria, Spain and Italy...  See more deals Cervinia, Italy Hotel Petit Palais (three-star), all inclusive catering. Price per person & saving amount: £279...


Friday flights over Christmas with Inghams

Inghams have some great Friday flights over the holiday season, great news - gives you a day to settle in!  See more deals   FRIDAY FLIGHTS OVER THE FESTIVE SEASON WITH INGHAMS Inghams is...


Peak Retreats deals, 7th December 2011

Peak Retreats have sent us their latest great deals over the next month... See more deals Pre -Christmas Now £165pp (was £200pp) for 7 nights self-catering in the residence Le Grand Panorama...


Ski Collection deals, 7th December 2011

The latest pre-Christmas, Christmas and New Year deals from Ski Collection. See more deals Pre Christmas Now £280pp (was £387pp) for 7 nights self-catering in the 4 star residence Chalet...


Skiinfo.com update, 2nd December 2011

Big Snow Again Out West While Europe Battles To Open Slopes Resorts in Europe continue to struggle to provide adequate snow to be able to open and an increasing number are postponing their opening...


London City to Berne

If you are travelling from London City to Berne then you may have come across Skywork Airlines. They added this route to their schedule in September.   As an added attraction they have introduced...


Peak Retreats special offers

Peak Retreats have sent these great Christmas and New Year offers through, for full information and booking details visit their website or call them on 0844 576 0123. See more deals Christmas Now £293pp...


Christmas and January deals

Ski Collection have sent through some of their latest deals for Christmas 2011 and into January 2012 for full information on each deal goto their website or give them a call on  0844 576 0175 Christmas: Now...


An evening with Chris Davenport

A couple of years ago we met Chris Davenport after he'd skied all of the 14ers (mountains over 14,000ft) in Colorado. It looked like he had earned a few years in front of the telly, but no - of course...


Free ski/board carriage

Flybe have today announced savings of upto 40% on selected ski flights as well as free carriage for your skis and boards. So, if you are planning a trip it must be worth checking them out.  


Serre Chevalier deais

if you fancy trying the wonderful resort of Serre Chevalier, then maybe some of these offers will convince you: See more deals Le Hameau du Rocher Blanc 15% off all week bookings - must book by 30 Nov 2-10...


December and January deals from Inghams

A few fantastic deals on December and January departures from Inghams, the ski holiday specialists. See more deals DELIGHTFUL DOLOMITES - Was £579pp – Now £419pp – Save £105pp The...


December deals

Some deals for December from some of the top ski holiday specialists.See more deals Santa Adventure Package, Finland Iso-Syöte Cabin (three-star), self catering. Activities included: snowmobile...


Free Studio in Tignes

Fancy a ski break in Tignes from Sunday 8th to Saturday 14th January 2012 and want free accommodation ? All you have to do is buy 4 adult lift passes and you get the Studio for free... Tignes Reservations...


Whistler opening early

Whistler Blackcomb ski resort have announced that due to the return of La Nina weather front, coupled with their improved snowmaking infrastructure, means that the resort will open on 18th November 2011....


Searching for a great Christmas present ?

Can't think what to get your ski loving friend ? Well look no further, the London based artist William Thomas who is renowned for his scenes of London and the River Thames, is branching out into mountain...


MadDogSki in Sport magazine

We've got a big old article coming up in the next issue of Sport magazine - the free paper that is distributed to commuters around the UK. We've written the ski special, putting in all of our favourite...


£40 off Westbeach jackets when you donate your old one - any brand! - to charity

Make a bit of space in your wardrobe, save a jacket from landfill, get money off a Westbeach jacket AND have Westbeach donate money to the British Heart Foundation on your behalf. Very good things, on...


Ski Back - holiday experience

Ski Back is a unique holiday experience in Adelboden, Switzerland The Waldhaus Huldi Hotel is a family run business which has been offering excellent service to it's guests for nearly 100 years. They...


Crystal early season ski deals

Crystal have some great deals for December and early January this season, with £50 off lots of destinations and some with 2 for 1 on lift passes. If you are still trying to decide where to go this...


Powder White deals for New Year

Powder White are offering free lift passes for all chalet holidays booked to Verbier for New Year week. And, an added bonus if you book before 15th November 2011 you will get an extra £250 off per...


ESF launch UK website

ESF - Ecole du Francais, the biggest ski school in France, have launched a UK website. They are increasing their English speaking instructors so this aims to ensure we Brits can view their programme and...


Ladies only in St Anton

Calling all ladies who love to ski... and have a great time. St Anton is holding special Ladies First weeks from 7th to 28th January 2012. Just book your trip to St Anton between these dates and when...



Kids ski for 10 euros

St Anton are offering all children, upto the age of 8, a season of skiing for just €10 - the 'Snowman Card'. This opens up the 280km of pistes and the 84 cable cars and lifts to your little...


Whistler discounted deals

Whistler Tourism are offering upto 36% discount on holidays booked with them before 14th Novvember 2011. There also give children free stay, ski, rent and shuttle ... and with the snow already falling...


MadDogSki at the NEC!

MadDogSki are back from our stand at the British Ski+Board Show, which was a roaring success in the Birmingham NEC last weekend. Heaps of people came to see us, to tell us their favourite resorts and get...


Fly to Japan for free

We must confess, MadDogSki has been lucky enough to ski in Japan, and it was everything we hoped it would be - featherlight powder unlike anywhere else in the world, sushi and noodle soup, hot saki for...


December deals

Here are some deals with some pretty good savings, for next month. There are various airport departures and all prices are per person for 7 nights and rooms based on two sharing (unless mentioned otherwise),...


Great deals from Momentum

Momentum Ski have just sent us these great deals through for Courmayeur in Italy for early next year, but there are only a few left so if you are tempted give them a call and get yourself booked. See more...


Discounts on Chatel lift pass

Chatel are offering 25% off season passes and 10% off passes of 3 days or more, for the coming season.  Just book online before 5th December 2011 to get this great offer.   


Les 2 Alpes opens tomorrow!

Les 2 Alpes's glacier is opening tomorrow, and there are a load of events lined up for the 22nd and 23rd October:   Enjoy the glacier Snowboard and skateboard contests, gear tests, the chance...


20% discount from Alp-Line

Alp-Line have a 20% discount on all transfers booked from now until 31st October 2011. Go to their website to book your transfer and take advantage of this offer.  


'Snow Bunnies' launched by Alpine Evolution

Alpine Evolution has launched their new ‘Snow Bunnies’ package for this season. The package gives your free childcare, ski school and other extras per child. If you have pre-school little ones...


Chalets Direct - tempting deals

Chalets Direct have some great deals for pre-Christmas, Christmas and New Year. See more deals   With holidays from £285pp to Bulgaria, 25% of holidays in December and January to Les Menuires,indulgence...


Great Christmas deals

Those lovely people at Ski Collection have sent us a whole list of great deals, from a pre-Christmas get-away to Christmas and New Year deals. Go on, have a browse and head to the hills... See more deals Pre...


Fantastic £2500 luxury ski trip to give away

We're very excited about this! We've just confirmed that we'll be giving away a holiday to one lucky winner from the British Ski+Board Show in Birmingham, and it's not just any old holiday...


Free tickets to the British Ski+Board Show!

Are your thoughts beginning to turn to all things snowy? Fancy really immersing yourself in it for a few days? If so, you should probably come and see us at the British Ski+Board Show in Birmingham.  It's...


Deals form Directski.com

Those lovely poeple at Directski.com have come up with some lovely deals to tempt you with. You can almost smell the snow in the air as the season gets closer... 'Directski.com checks 1000's of...


First season snowfall in Chamonix

The first snow has been falling Chamonix, taking everybody by surprise. There was 20cm of snow at 1200m this weekend, accompanied by sudden drop in temperatures has sent locals surrying for the snow chains...


BA offer free ski carriage

BA have announced free ski carriage if you book your ski flight in the month of October 2011. The flight must leave from London City airport to either Chambery, Grenoble or Geneva between December and...


Discounted transfers

Alp-Line.com have a great offer, 30% discount off ski transfers for 2011/12 season. Just go to their site and and book before 31st July and you can save some dosh... or call them on 0033 (0)450 74 38 42. "The...


Happy (Ski) Independence Day

To celebrate American Independence Day, Ski Independence are offering a £50 discount on all ski packages to the USA if booked between 4th and 9th July 2011.  The USA have had record snow...


Ski Collection for 2011/12 season

Ski Collection have launched their 2011/12 season programme, offering a bigger choice of 3 & 4 star accommodation. With nearly 40 resorts including popular places such as Flaine, Les Arcs, Val Thorens...


Ski Collection ski deals - 16th April 2011

Ski Collection have a couple of deals for this coming week, at high altitude so you can make the most of the spring skiing... The Mad Dog Team have just come back from Val Thorens, staying at one of Ski...


Flexiski April deals

Flexiski have some great deals for next week, with 3 nights in St Anton, fully catered starting at £390, or £225 Bed & Breakfast, Courchevel 3 nights from £360 Bed & Breakfast...


WSG Tsunami appeal

WSG Media have told us that they are donating money from sales of their Snow-search Japan book to the Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Fund from now until the  end of April. Here is their...


Anyone for Pimms?

Do you fancy a bit of luxury to end the ski season? A cheeky few days before the last of the snow is all gone for another year? Then check out the Hotel Saint Louis in Courchevel - they have some short...


Ski Collection ski deals - 2nd to 9th April 2011

Ski Collection, specialists in French resort ski holidays, have sent us their latest offers.  They run just before the school holidays start (for most) so get out there whilst it is still a bit quieter...See...


Ski Collection ski deals

Ski Collection have another list of ski deals for you to check out and tempt you over to France for a bit of spring skiing... See more deals £104 (was £148) per person for 7 nights self-catering...


Where to go late season skiing - using historical data!

Most European resorts stay open until mid-April, many until May, and late season skiers are rewarded by sunny weather, longer hours of daylight, longer lift opening hours and the lovely terrace culture...


Peak Retreats late deals

Peak Retreats have some great budget deals on offer - departing 26th March and 2nd April. See more deals   £55pp (was £82pp) for 7 nights self-catering in an apartment for 6 at ‘Le...


Ski Collection holiday deals

Ski Collection have some great deals to tempt you over to France for a bit of skiing, 19th - 26th March 2011: See more deals   £157 (was £196) per person for 7 nights self-catering in...


Courchevel 1850 offers

Flexiski are offering some great deals for a luxurious week or short break in the fabulous Courchevel 1850. Enjoy some VIP treatment in the Hotel Saint Louis, a ski in ski out right in the heart of 1850.   The...


Council cuts hit skiing

Torfean Council in Wales have announced that they will be closing the Pontypool Dry Ski Slope for the summer, in a bid to save money.  However protestors have claimed that it will become overgrown...


Great deals on chalet holidays

Chalets Direct have some great discounted holidays available for January and February from a wide selection of resorts. Some discounted by upto 60% so check them out if you fancy a cheap cheeky trip to...


Big Snow Festival, NEW acts announced

The Big Snow Festival in Andorra, 13th - 20th March, have announced some new acts and deals, read on to see the recent press release... •    New line up additions announced –...


Luxury chalet available Sunday 9th Jan

The wonderful Chalet Kilamnjaro, one of Le Chardon Mountain Lodges in Val d'Isere, have last minute availability for this Sunday (9th January 2011). This luxury chalet is reduced in price to £7,960,...


Verbier radio launched

The new Verbier Mountain Radio has launched.  It's first broadcast was at 7.30am on Monday 3rd January.  Click here for more information.  


Truly amazing deal for Christmas week

This is possibly the best deal for skiing in France so far... how fabulous to take off and spend Christmas on the slopes, knowing that you have bagged yourself a bargain! A family of four can go skiing...


Winter Sessions

Fancy a wild weekend partying on the slopes? Look no further than Winter Sessions to provide you with all the fun you will need with DJ's making the mountains rock. In Chamonix, Meribel and Val d'Isere...


News from Ski Club of Great Britain

The Ski Club of Great Britain, the UK’s most established snowsports organisation, has re-launched its website. The Ski Club website, which will continue to provide skiers and snowboarders with...


Ski Weekender - self catered weekends

The Ski Weekender Lite self-catered weekend has been introduced by Ski Weekender to complement their fully catered packages for those on a tighter budget. Running from Thursday night to Monday evening...


Fancy a cheeky ski break before Christmas?

If the thought of too many relatives and Turkey is making you shudder then maybe a few days skiing before Christmas is what you need.  Check out this deal from Ski Weekender to La Clusaz or Le Grand...


Snowy start to November in Whistler

New from Whistler Blackcomb website is that the snow has already started falling.  Click here and follow the link at the bottom for latest news and you will see all the great offers they have on lessons...


A snow sure Christmas with Redpoint

Redpoint Holidays have some Christmas offers for you : Christmas in Austria is a magical experience. Each town and village organises their own Christmas markets and the streets are decorated with Christmas...


Snowsafe - discounts on products

Snowsafe offer an array of equipment to keep you safe on the mountain from trackers to shovels. Please see more product information here. All Mad Dog visitors can get a discount on selected products,...


Ski deals for Christmas & the New Year

We are huge fans of Cervinia. It's all wide sunny motorway pistes, gorgeous and great value family-run mountain restaurants (Mad Dog's Hannah's belly still rumbles at the memory of a particularly...


Swiss Airlines win award

Swiss Airlines have received another accolade to add to their growing list during 2010.  They have been awarded the Best Short-Haul Airline at the Guardian and Observer Travel Awards 2010*. Gregor...


Ski Verbier in style

A great chance to stay in Sir Richard Branson's privately owned chalet ... There are a few remaining dates in December for you to book rooms in this luxury chalet, rates start from £2,760...


Ride Free Sport Film Festival 2010

The 5th Ride Freesport Film Festival in association with Ski Club of Great Britain takes place on Tuesday 19th October at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square, London. The event kick starts the...


'Credit Crunch' deals to Austria

Redpoint holidays are offering 'credit crunch' ski deals to Austria....here's what they had to say. With the economic situation hitting both skiers and travel companies hard, an Austrian based...


SnowCamp Everest Challenge 2011

Snow-Camp Everest Challenge 2011 supported by Ellis Brigham Sign up now for the Snow-Camp Everest Challenge! This time it’s going to be even more of an adventure! From the base in Morzine, participants...


The SnowCamp Rally

The SNO!zone Snow-Camp Rally in association with SCUK is back - bigger and better than ever! The charity aims to give inner-city young people the chance to ski and snowboard for the first time. Developing...


Directski.com acquire Ski Beat

Ski Beat, one of the UK's leading ski chalet operators with fifty chalets in six ski resorts in France, has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by online ski holiday company Directski.com


Great deals from Whistler

Peak Deals have some great offers for ski holidays to Whistler Blackcomb, check out their site for all the deals.  


Ski Club of GB rebrand

The Ski Club of Great Britain have issued this press statement regarding their rebrand: We are delighted to share the news with you that the Ski Club of Great Britain has rebranded. From today, the Ski...


Early deals from skiweekends.com

skiweekends.com are offering some good discounts for early booking for the 2010/11 season, with savings of upto £100 it is well worth checking them out.   They tell us that their prices will...


10% discount with SkiidyGonzales

SkiidyGonzales are offering a 10% discount on early bookings. Team Skiidy takes on The Barcelona Tri for charity! Claim your 10% early booking discount and do your bit for charity...  Summer...


Fat Face - new winter gear

Fat Face have launched their new range of winter wear for 2010/11. The range will be available online or in store from October onwards.  From gorgeous chunky knit accessories, to heavy weight fleece...


Aktiv specialist ski clinics

Atkivexperience have some specialist ski clinics available for next year, for ladies and blokes... The ladies can enjoy a weekend (Thursday to Sunday) of ski and yoga, 17th - 20th March 2011. For the...


Win a 5* holiday to Whistler

Ski Indpendence are offering you the chance to win a luxury holiday worth £20,000... The trip starts with a business class flight with British Airways from Heathrow and you will be staying in 5*...


Christmas party packages

Flexiski are offering some great early bargains, from £390 pp for a 4 day break in December. Check out their website for more information and to book.    


Womens Ski Week - 10% discount

Redpoint holidays are offering women only ski weeks from 29th January to 26th March 2011 in Hintertux, Austria. This year they will also include a complimentary massage, facial and solarium session. Book...


Liberty Pass, Meribel

Meribel are introducing the new Liberty Pass - this will allow you to pay just for the time you actually spend on the slopes. Just hand over your bank details when you purchase and 'pay as you go'. ...


New routes from Jet2.com

Jet2.com have announced some new routes for this winter. They are targeting the busy period with some flights from Newcastle and Edinburgh.  The dates are limited but the prices are starting from...


Big Snow Festival 2011

 New Flight options added from Bristol and Newcastle 4* Montane Hotel, 7 night 'Silver package' from just £499 Tickets to hottest party to hit the slopes, The Big Snow Festival,...


New Zeland ski season opens

The ski season has started in New Zealand, with a reported 3000 skiers kicking off in Cornonet Peak.  So if you are in need of a snow 'fix' you know where to go...


Ski team secures funding

Following the collapse of Snowsport GB, owing huge debts, it looks as though there may be light at the end of the tunnel for the team.   A two-year deal has been struck to secure funding with a...


First 'Green' lift ...

The first solar powered ski lift is to be unveiled in Tenna, a tiny ski resort in Switzerland.  There are just 110 inhabitants of this tiny village, however they are forging forward with their 'green'...


Chillfactore offers...

The Chillfactore in Manchester has some great 2 for 1 offers on Ski/Snowboard taster lessons, Lift passes, Tubing, Luge and ice play. Call 0161 749 2255 to book, quoting D2D241.    


Deals of the fortnight

Grab your longjohns and be gone by the weekend! Montgenevre, France from £330 7 nights in a catered chalet Departing 13/14 March 2010 Flights available from £110 per person (including...


Great Zenith deals

Offers valid for w/c 2/03/2010 Departing 6/7 March 2010: •    Serre Chevalier - 7 nights chalet board in Chalet Amandier £290pp •    Alpe D'Huez...


Chatel deals

Chatel have some great deals - uptp 40% off ski pass, under 12 yrs old go free and lots more.   Read more...      


Meribel snowfall

Heavy snow fall in Meribel which means great skiing this weekend and next week - however the downside also means that the traffic is due to be bad and snow chains will be necessary...


Mad Dog aprés-ski expert on Times Online!

Mad Dog has spent the last hour thinking about booze! Kate, the boss, was answering questions on all things aprés as part of a panel of experts on a Times Online live discussion. Lots of good tip...


Morzine - special offer

Chilly Powder is offering Chalet Le Plan des Rochers is available for exclusive use during the week commencing Saturday 6th February with 30% offBased on 12 adults sharing this six bedroomed luxurious...


Whistler update - 29th Jan 2010

With record snowfall and technical approval, Whistler Blackcomb and VANOC are games-ready Alpine Skiing courses in top condition with final prep underway for Olympic racing WHISTLER, BC, Jan....


Valentines ski deals

Some deals for you to treat your loved one to.   Chalet Leonardo, Méribel 11th February 3 nights - £540 The Chalet Leonardo was built in 1994 on the site of a 19th century farmhouse...


*Nissan Russian Adventure*

The Nissan Russian Adventure 2010 has been postponed and moved to Chamonix due to high winds and too much snow. The new date is Saturday 30th January. Read more...      


First pre-payable taxi transfers from Paris

Snowcarbon announce the first pre-payable taxi transfers from Paris, coming off the Eurostar service, to resort.   Read more...


The Big Snow Festival

The Big Snow Festival Adds Three Extra Flights & New Packages, 20 Jan 10 3-night tickets released for only £75 Top travel deals on offer for snow and music fans Early Bird deals to The...


Zenith deals

Zenith have some more great deals - only valid for booking this week though, so hurry and grab yourself a bargain.      


Ski for €240 in Les Gets

Go for 4 nights to Les Gets or a bargain price, and on top of that only €120 for children over 5. You stay at the Hotel Stella, 2 star Hotel with halfboard accommodation. Price includes TV, access...


Zenith New Year offers

Zenith have more great offers for the New Year - here are a few to tempt you but check their website for more information...   Departing 2 January 2010: •    Alpe D'Huez...


Zenith - special offers

Zenith Holidays have some great special offers:   New year departing 26 December •    Alpe D'Huez - 7 nights chalet board in Chalet Paulette £279pp (1 room...


Need a Christmas flight ?

Need a flight over Christmas or New Year? We have seats available! Prices from £79 return including taxes and 20kg luggage allowance. AND in-flight meals, as we want our customers to have a good...


Ski in Slovakia

Deals to Slovakia with Mountain Paradise! Glorious empty slopes, great snow conditions and bargain prices make Slovakia’s Tatras Mountains an excellent choice for the 2009/10 season. Enjoy a week’s...


Mad Dog on the panel of experts!

Mad Dog's founder and owner, Kate Whittaker, was invited to the offices of the Times yesterday, to be part of a crack team of experts giving ski advice and top tips in an online Q and A session. The...


Free ski pass

Free 4-Valleys lift pass Verbier If you book your ski chalet holiday to Verbier in Switzerland with Crystal Finest Ski or Thomson Ski, you will receive an area lift pass for free, saving up to £227!...


Ski deals for December

Ski deals: prices are per person for 7 nights and rooms based on two sharing (booked online).   Winter Park, Colorado, USA Winter Park Mountain Lodge (three-star), room only Price per person...


Latest deals from Zenith

Zenith Holidays have some great deals at the moment - Montgenevre & Alpe d'Huez from £199, 7 nights in a chalet or £179 in Serre Chevalier, departing 13th December for 7 nights.


Zenith Holidays - special offers

Zenith Holidays have weekly deals to tempt you to book your ski holiday, here are a selection: Offers w/c 16/11/2009 Chalet Louis, Alpe D'Huez Stay for 3 nights in this delightful chalet and,...


Verbier open early

Verbier has delclared itself the first resort to open for the season, using a combination of manmade and natural snow. More information...



** WINNER **

Thanks to everybody who has entered our competion so far.  The first draw produced a winner. Remember, keep entering via our site or on twitter, four more draws will be made and we will announce...


Birmingham Ski Show

Come and see us at the British Ski & Board Show, NEC Birmingham 30 Oct – 1 Nov 09 - we've got great competions to enter, special deals on resort guide books and, if you're quick enough,...


Mad Dog is now on Twitter!

We are always looking for new ways to keep in touch with everyone, so naturally we have got ourselves a twitter account. If you’re not familiar with Twitter, thenyou can read about what it is here....


Colin Jackson & Christmas dinner at The Snow Centre

This winter ski season may be having a bit of slow start snow-wise out in the Alps, but here in the UK, the slopes were chokka and the snow was fluffy when the Expedient Marketing and PR team went...


Family ski holiday offer with Espirit Ski

Celebrate 2015 with a family ski trip Visit one of Austria's highest and most snow sure resorts, Obergurgl. Esprit Ski is offering the enviably placed Chalet Verwall for just £324pp (was...


Christmas & New Year events in the ski resorts of Tarentaise, France

Christmas is coming! To help you get in the mood, here are a few of this year’s highlights from the festive celebrations in the ski resorts of France’s Tarentaise region. Val D'isere 59th...


Christmas gift ideas for the skiers in your life

With so much great ski gear around it’s not always easy to decide what is the best Christmas gift for the skier in your life. Here are a few choice options to suit all budgets. Anon M2 Magna Tech...


Blunty gives Ischgl's ski season a blast-off

I've seen a few extraordinary things at Ischgl's big opening and closing rock concerts - but the star of the show risking all in a body surfing escapade is a first. That's what James Blunt...


Early season skiing in Kaprun, Austria

It's early December, summer has well and truly gone, most of the local bars and restaurants are closed while their staff enjoy a few warm days in Italy before the winter snow and guests  arrive,...


Top 7 most unusual places to stay on a ski holiday

Chalets, schmalets – conventional buildings are all very well, but for something a little more interesting, here are our top seven most unusual places to stay on a skiing holiday. Kakslauttanen...


5 of the best and worst things you can do to prepare for your ski holiday

With the ski season just poking its nose round the corner and Christmas on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about getting ready for your ski trip this winter.  Already?  Yes, there’s...


150 years of skiing in Switzerland

So the story goes, that towards the end of Summer 1864 Johannes Badrutt, the then owner of the Kulm Hotel, St Moritz, made a bet with an Englishman. Johaness claimed that if he visited again in December,...


Savour the flavour at Whistler the gourmet capital

It could be seen as a bit of a faux pas. Big time. Packing the ski gear for the first time since last winter. Flying to Vancouver, driving up to Whistler, looking forward to some late autumn/early season...


Early season ski holiday deals to Austria

Austria is consistently one of our favourites for an early season ski holiday, with lifts opening as early as September in some areas. Here are some ideas on where to go and how to get there.   November...


Top 5 summer mountain holiday ideas in Europe

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...


Schools out for Summer... but not Ski School!

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...


Ischgl is wowed by the show and the snow

Sneakily, mischievously, gleefully - the ski season had a surprise in store. And on the very last day, well into May, it was like unwrapping an unexpected gift and finding it was just what you wanted -...


Snow and Robbie fever descends on Ischgl

Lancashire's seamers sink Northants and Aldi has barbecues on sale at tempting prices - surely that must mean winter, and the ski season, is over. Not in the Austrian resort of Ischgl. We're...


Susten Derby, ski touring event in Switzerland

I’m just back from a weekend in Switzerland, where along with my mate Simon I took part in the Susten Derby above Meiringen. This is a ski touring event which involves an 1100-metre ascent of the...


Big changes for next season in La Clusaz

The ski season here in La Clusaz ended last weekend, and work has already begun for next year’s ski season. Last October, a sign was attached to the lift ticket office at Bossonnet. Until a...


Friends in high places - Heli-skiing in Italy

With May just around the corner and Easter in full swing it may seem that the ski season is all but over, but here in Les Arcs it was snowing all day yesterday and the forecast is for more of the same...


Portes du Soleil - Rock The Pistes 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’,...


Spring skiing in Les Trois Vallees

There is one type of skiing condition that eclipses all others. Spring snow. Or firn schnee in Austria. It is sought out by skiers with the same enthusiasm as a pig seeks outs truffles. In fact, taking...


A fistful of Ischgl

Matt, our intrepid blogger, took a trip to Ischgl for a spot of spring skiing - Sunday 16th March to Thursday 20th March 2014. Read all about his trip and for more information about Ischgl read our resort...


The inside track on BASI - ski instructor training in Morzine

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: There...


The Tirolean peaks and star resorts

This was a trip that reminded us all how changeable weather is in the mountains.  Not only did we ski three resorts in three days; Oberguergl, Soelden and Oetz but we also had three very different...


The new face of Livigno

Livigno – you may well think if it in the same way as I do; or used to. This is probably summed up by the brief description of the skiing here on the Ski Club of Great Britain’s website, which...


The brilliant Sarenne piste - the hard way

Its 2000 metres from top to bottom, 16km in length and it’s famed for being the longest black run in the Alps. We’re talking about the Sarenne, the signature run at Alpe d’Huez which...


BASI exam stress for Dave

It’s been an incredibly long time since I last blogged, if you don’t count a week of exams, I’ve had about 5 days off from ski teaching this season and those days were spent catching...


Zermatt issues a Matterhorn challenge to Prince Harry

My latest visit to Zermatt has more than a regal touch to it. I'm lucky enough to be staying in the fabulous Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, in the centre of the village, where every guest is treated like...


The forgotten mountains

I’m just back from skiing in a 305-mile long mountain range with a high point in excess of 3400m, which spans three countries, has waterfalls with a drop of over 1000ft and contains over 30 ski resorts. It’s...


Powder hounds in Steamboat Springs

Long-time skier and friend of MadDogSki, Katy Turner, recently took a trip stateside to visit Steamboat Springs, home of Colorado’s famous Champagne Powder snow. Here’s what Katy and her family...


They think it's all over - but not quite yet

OK, I admit it, it's all my fault. Last Saturday, after weeks of blue skies and warm weather I put the snow blower back in the shed and brought out the lawn mower. So overnight the temperature dropped...


Fun with a practice chairlift in Le Grand Bornand

Le Grand Bornand have installed a brand new chairlift, but this one has just one chair and no cable. It’s a chairlift for new skiers to learn how to get onto chairlifts correctly. Local newspaper...


Rob is surprised by the entente cordial in La Rosiere

I've looked at it often, up there on its lofty shelf, as I've driven along the Tarentaise Valley to Les Arcs, Tignes or Val d'Isere. But for some reason I've never, until now, closely inspected...


Springtime St Patricks Day – Japanese style

After a few early March powder dumps, it appears that spring has finally sprung. And seeing as March equates to St Paddy’s day it is nice to find myself (as usual) very far from home and (as usual)...


I bet Fred Astaire never had this problem!

One of the things that used to be part of our life in the UK, but that we can't do in Austria is dancing. From our previous home in Reading we were within easy reach of half a dozen locations that...


Was it the perfect ski weekend…?

I’ve lost count of the number of times I have been asked to recommend a ski resort, a tour operator, a chalet, a type of ski, style of jacket, goggle, sunglasses, gloves…the list is endless...


Snow sculptures

Snow parks use machinery to sculpt kickers, spines and pipes, but there’s another type of snow sculpture made with shovels and hands only. The staff who operate the chair lifts in La Clusaz excel...


Perfectly groomed pistes in Les Arcs

Well, yesterday I enjoyed my best day of piste skiing this season. An early start saw me and my mates Graeme, Roger and Terry at the top of the Aiguille Rouge in Les Arcs pretty much before anyone else...


Why go back to ski school?

This week has been an awesome one for me. Since I spent a couple of seasons in the Alps ten years ago, my skiing has become less and less confident partly due to lack of fitness but also (I think) because...


The camera never lies - ski school video analysis

As a group, we were viewing the day two video analysis session with a mixture of trepidation (all our flaws on the big screen for everyone to see) and curiosity (what do I really look like skiing). ...


Mounties in a Whistler manhunt

I've arrived in a Whistler that is steadily getting buried under huge snowfalls - and bizarrely is in the grip of a manhunt by the Mounties. A base* jumper - some say he was a waiter at one of Whistler's...


Back to school - but what a classroom...

So what makes a group of competent skiers go back to ski school? In my case it was a combination of two things: all the good things I had heard about the Warren Smith Ski Academy (WSSA) from friends but...


Olympic celebrations in Le Grand Bornand!

Le Grand Bornand is recovering from a huge party this week as it celebrated the homecoming of three Olympic Medallists, this from a tiny French alpine village that supposedly has more cows than people....


Squeezing in a trip to Limone

When I've left Turin airport I've usually headed north to find a ski resort, sometimes west. Rarely south. That's just the Mediterranean down there isn't it? Well yes, the Med is in...


Exploring icy Japan - the Sapporo Ice Festival and snow on the beach

I’m coming to learn that the snow here is as reliable as rain in Ireland. But after having my fair share of inconsistent ski seasons in terms of snow quality/volume, it is only natural that I develop...


Apps for the ski slopes... Slope-apps... Slapps!

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...


Time travelling in the Tarentaise

If you’re planning on using a bus transfer from a Tarentaise ski resort this winter, here’s a story that might be of interest… I’ve just had a visit from my Aussie mate Cam –...


La Clusaz – better BC or AC?!

La Clusaz split my skiing life. Heading west from the centre of La Clusaz, up Cret du Merle, down through fresh snow on black Lapiaz, and over to ‘Balme’, I was back to how I skied BC (before...


It only hurts when I breathe

Two weeks ago we had new snow in Austria that freshened up the slopes, followed by two days of poor visibility. But on Wednesday the sky was blue, the sun was shining and I was skiing in Fieberbrunn with...


Backcountry / Slackcountry / Sidecountry Niseko

I am becoming a little bit of a powder snob these days after spending  just over 5 weeks skiing in one of the powdery-ist places on earth. After my recent visit to Moiwa, a small resort near Hirafu...


Up and away: views from the top of Europe

The Eiger is arguably one of the most recognisable mountains in the world, so I was fully prepared to be impressed seeing it IRL. What I wasn’t prepared for was the equally impressive setting for...


The day I joined the Ski Goddesses

Strange but true, it can be quicker to get from the centre of London to a ski resort in the Tarentaise Valley than from one part of the French Alps to the other. In fact you can pretty well get to Whistler...


Science or guesswork?

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...


Pro ski tests in La Clusaz

Spending a lot of time in a ski resort leads to getting to know the local shop owners and staff. This can result in free ski and snowboard waxing, complimentary food and drink, and preferential treatment....


The world’s largest ski race – The Inferno!

Last weekend was like a tale of two halves. Two days of skiing, two totally different days of conditions and for almost the first time I could have done with two different sets of skis! I had booked...


The snow continues in Saalbach, Austria

Our good friend Kathryn sent us the second part of her holiday report, together with some great photos of her trip - and Austria certainly won her heart. And still it snows.....yes, the snow is still...


Best condtions in the Chamonix Valley, France

Simon Halliwell, of Powderama ski clinics in the Chamonix Valley has been scoping out some of the best slopes and conditions in the past few days.   Whilst new snow is due in the next few days,...


The skiers' bible

A couple of seasons ago I purchased a copy of ‘Les Cles de Paradiski’ by Didier Givois, a local mountain guide and photographer. This handsome tome ain’t cheap at €40, but if you...


Snowy conditions in Saalbach, Austria

Kathryn, a very good friend of MadDogSki, headed out to Saalbach, Austria for a spot of January skiing. Here is her quick report from the resort...Our First days skiing in Saalbach was on Sunday and it...


January gets off to a great start for Dave

A belated happy Christmas and New Year to you all.  The festive season here tends to descend into a cycle of teaching, partying and alcoholism and the massive attack of cramp a couple of days ago...


It's official - the snowiest resort in France

Deep on the slopes, deep on the roofs, deep everywhere you look. What a bit of luck, I've pitched up in officially the snowiest resort in France this week. Shame that not more people know about...


Three days, three valleys

My first blog for MadDogSki includes food, skiing, snowshoeing, vipers, racing, snowmobiles, swimming trunks and travelators. So, here we go … Chalet R I’ve just returned from a three-day...


Minimum effort, maximum return: Rusutsu tree skiing

I am going through an identity crisis. For years I have been shunned by skiers in the swiss Alps for being a snowboarder. “Make too much noise”, “Causing avalanches” (yes, really)...


Just like skiing in Australia

This ski season has been an odd one. After steady snow in November and early openings all over the European Alps, the weather warmed up. Some more snow has fallen, but not as much as usual. My European...


The cable-car that was nearly KO'd by a bird

For 28 years they've been talking about building this super-duper, state-of-the-art lift, wrangling with State environment planners, sweet-talking ecology campaigners and doing big sums with money...


Five resorts in five days, John Barr

A group of friends visited recently from the UK, and I became concerned as the date of their arrival loomed because the snow in the valleys was fading fast, the snow higher on the mountains was thin, and...


Why January is the best month for skiing

I’m always surprised at the number of skiers I meet who seem to dislike skiing in January, usually on the basis that it’s cold and the days are short. Whilst both these facts are hard to dispute...


Christmas Kids Camps at the Snow Centre

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. The Snow Centre (TSC) came to the rescue...


Freezing frolics at the new Folie Douce

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...


Niseko New Years

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....


On the Road

This is quite a long one so strap yourself in... Good news is that finally it’s snowed here in Chatel and Morgins.  The rain on the skylight stopped hammering at about 1.30am this morning,...


Happy Christmas from Austria

I was thinking about you, stuck in a traffic jam on the M25 on your way to Auntie Masie’s for Christmas lunch. I bet you were looking forward to the over-boiled Brussels sprouts, the rock hard roast...


The winter crowds have arrived!

Having run the Kaisermarathon in October, and skied several times a week during December, my legs are in great shape but the rest of my body is not. So this morning I visited the gym as part of an early...


Stocking filler ideas for skiers

December 25th is looming large, and we all know that the ‘Christmas present situation’ must be tackled soon. With that in mind, we’ve put together our best list of ski related stocking...


Alternative alarm clocks

Five years ago I lived in a quiet residential district on the outskirts of Reading, and I’d be woken by the goods trains rattling their way towards London at all hours of the night. Now that I live...


Winter festival guide

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...


Dave Burrows - pre season blog

I write to you in this blog with the great news that I’ve actually been skiing!  Unless you count the day I spent in Saas Fee in October, which now seems so long ago as to not matter at all,...


Early season skiing in Val Thorens

I’m just back from the opening weekend in Val Thorens and it has to be said that this season has started with a bang the size of a small nuclear explosion (in fact you can see me creating my own...


The best pre-Christmas ski trips

Well, we all know that we can’t rely on the British weather to deliver us a white Christmas, so the best way to be sure of snow is to book a pre-Christmas ski holiday. It’s a great time of...


Go Ski, Go Board – Just go!

The Go Ski Go Board campaign from Snowsport England (supported by the Tirol Tourist Board) is kicking off this month, and last week I had the chance to go to the launch event at Hemel Snow Centre, both...


Dave bids farewell to a great season

So last time we spoke, I was back in the teaching groove after finishing my BASI Level 3 technical and teaching exams.  The season soon wrapped up, with ski teaching work dropping off in Morgins immediately...


MadDogSki winner reports from Val Thorens

The winner of our MadDogSki prize draw, Claire, has returned from her trip to Val Thorens and sent us this report. We are so pleased they had such a good time. Although there were a few mishaps it definitely...


MadDogSki in Mayrhofen 'The Hoff', Austria

We headed off to Mayrhofen in Austria, or 'The Hoff' as it is affectionately known, for our 2012/13 season MadDogSki week. Four friends, snowy mountains and a comedy festival too – what...


The very last day of the season (probably)

A handful of lifts and runs are open in the Hahnenkamm area above the town of Kitzbühel, and in the Resterhöhe area at the far end of the Kitzbühel ski area above Pass Thurn. Having skied...


Looking down on things

I got a nifty new camera for Christmas. It’s a Nikon Coolpix AW 100 since you ask, which is waterproof – useful in snowy conditions should they ever occur again - and also shockproof which...


The good book

One of the biggest dilemmas I’m facing whilst skiing the Three Valleys is knowing exactly where to ski – there’s so much terrain to go at it takes ages to get to know your way around,...


Tree skiing

If you’ve ridden the Chapelet chair in Courchevel 1650 or skied the slopes beneath you’ll probably have seen the famous ‘Forked Tree’ sitting proudly on a ridge above the lift....


Easter snow in Austria

While the green and pleasant land of England has been turned into an arctic wasteland in the run up to Easter, the same (thankfully) has happened in the Austrian Alps. Where south facing slopes had recently...


Back in the loop

MadDogSki, I only just realised that the last time I blogged was 6 Feb.  Since then, I have been teaching non-stop for 4 weeks, followed up by 2 weeks of BASI level 3 exams.  Looking at my calendar...


Alternative Easter in the Three Valleys

Easter is almost upon us, and with it the inevitable crowds. Even so, with the snow conditions as they are at the moment it’s hard to imagine how you could not enjoy some great skiing. But if the...


Visit to The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead

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...


The best spring skiing in the Three Valleys

Our Three Valleys blogger, Alf Alderson picks his favourite end-of-season runs. There’s a lot to be said for spring skiing. Not only do you get all the usual pleasure that comes from blasting...


Taking DIY a bit far

When I emigrated to Austria four years ago I knew that I was less than a half hour’s drive from a great range of ski resorts, and so I sought out the best ski guide books available to understand...


Learning to ski: Packing for a ski holiday

Having spent all my holidays thus far in sunny climes, my packing list has usually been pretty straightforward - but I have no idea what to pack for my first ever ski trip. As I’m learning to ski,...


Radio Meuh Circus Festival

Radio Meuh is a renowned web radio in France and other countries and they are holding their first festival in a marquee in La Clusaz. 29th - 31st March 2013 With assistance from the La Clusaz Tourist...


Party time in Austria: Free ski guiding & après-ski fun

We just heard about the SkiWelt Party Weeks in Austria and had to share. Starting tomorrow (Saturday 9th March), until Saturday 23rd March, the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental is offering all guests staying...


Give it the boot

Like most people I’m a sucker for the end of season ski sales, and a couple of seasons ago I picked up a good deal in the form of a pair of Head Vector LTD boots. They fitted me pretty nicely straight...


Michelin starred mountains

I have a season to do list. I make one every time I do a season. Learn to snowboard, do a 360 and some other tasks I will sufficiently ignore. But one I have managed to tick off is “go to a Michelin...


Snow report, w/e 2nd March 2013

The ski season is moving into Spring in fine fashion and if you haven't had your ski fix yet this year then what are you waiting for? Here is a round up of the conditions in ski resorts around the...


A glass snowboard? It'll never work!

Ever wondered what it would be like if someone made a glass snowboard? No, nor did we. But now we are! And luckily someone has. It's the guys from Signal Snowboards, who put out a monthly vlog on snowboard...


The weekly snow report - 21st Feb

This year many resorts are experiencing amazing snow for the ski season, it's not too late to get a late deal on a ski holiday - check them out on our news pages. Here is the round up of ski weather...


Neige!

Over the last two weeks we have had consistently falling snow with freezing temperatures and despite some white out days, still just enough vis to take advantage of some heavenly off piste. We have been...


Fish&Pips recipe 2 - Chocolate Fondant

Here is a fabulous recipe for all your chocolate lovers out there from the lovely ladies from Fish&Pips. A superb pud that will be sure to win the hearts of all your guests. Chocolate Fondants...


Group skiing in Serre Chevalier

A great friend of MadDogSki, Kathryn, has just come back from a group ski trip to Serre Chevalier and has shared her holiday experiences with us. If you would like to put your holiday up on our site just...


Ski with an Olympian

If you have ever wondered what it is like to be a top class Olympic athlete then here is your chance to meet one and share the mountain with them. For the first time you can spend a day gainng inight and...


A visit to the circus

The All Star Card ski pass covers all of my local resorts including Kitzbühel and the SkiWelt, and many more besides. So I decided to spread my wings and explore the Ski Circus of Saalbach, Hinterglemm...


Whistler Blackcomb video

The 7th episode of The Wonder Reels video series from Whistler Blackcomb is now available, so if you want to see pure poetry in motion click on the link below. The Wonder Reels Ep. 7: AIRSPACE celebrates...


Training days

Unless you are interested to hear me talk about the ski training that I have been doing more or less constantly since mid-January, I’m afraid you might find this blog entry a little boring. ...


How hard is the Hahnenkamm race, really?

This is my fourth ski season living in Austria, and I had not yet been to see the Hahnenkamm races. However, the stories I had heard about the main race days being incredibly busy (and alcohol fuelled)...


Sno Escape

There are various off-the-hill options in Meribel on a white out day. Nachos in Jacks Bar, bowling in the Olympic Centre, the gym (avoid… AVOID!) But can that fulfil your non skiing gran for a week...


Fish&Pips recipe - Cod and Avocado Mousse

The lovely ladies at Fish&Pips are producing a recipe of the week and sharing it with us, so if you want to amaze your friends with some fine dining straight from the alps why not have a go? If you...


French mountain comfort food for cold January days

It's cold outside. New year's resolutions are probably wearing thin. This is no time for dieting - it's time for comfort, eating, and comfort eating. And wine. This dish has it all. Some of...


Ischgl goes Deep Purple

Ischgl just announced their next big name in their recent retrospective of classic rock – closing the 12/13 season will be super popular rock band Deep Purple.   Ischgl found its selling...


Practising for the Hahnenkamm

On Thursday I’m going to Kitzbühel for the Hahnenkamm practice session hoping to get some good pictures of top skiers in action. The race days are both busy and very rowdy, but the practice...


Great snow conditions in La Rosiere

Christmas and New Year weeks have long been and gone and the resort has now quietened down considerably. The snow is finally falling too and the skiing is now all about the powder rather than carving through...


I’m glad it’s not Christmas every day!

After a mild spell that threatened the snow on lower slopes, it has now turned colder and we’ve had flurries of snow over the weekend to freshen the slopes. With the seasonal crush now behind us...


Well busy, mate

It’s been over a month since I blogged, what with friends and family coming to visit, teaching at Christmas and New Year and some training, I’ve not had a moment to sit down and write. This...


Discovering Nyon

The mountain they call ‘Nyon’, with its pyramid shape, is iconically Morzine. While the other hills all roll into one giant Alp, Nyon stands tall and proud. This might be my forth winter in...


Review of the Folie Douce in Meribel

Review of the Folie Douce? Well sure Maddog, it would be my honour. Having done my first season at a fresh age in Val d’Isere, La Folie Douce holds a special place in my heart. The original is ridiculous,...


Starting the season with a BANG!

The resort opened quietly on the 15th December with a huge amount of snow having fallen. The village already has 1.5m of snow, while at the top of the resort, the Fort lift has just over 2.5m. The La Thuile...


Where did all the people come from?

We enjoyed fantastic skiing at the end of last year with great snow and empty slopes – then the holidaymakers arrived. I had forgotten how busy the slopes become at peak times. While it is great...


A quiet day in Westendorf

The Christmas holidaymakers are starting to arrive, you can hear more and more high German, English and Dutch spoken in local bars and shops. I skied in Westendorf on Saturday in the hope of some long...


Christmas in Morzine

It seems strange being so close to Christmas, yet the resort hasn’t officially opened yet. There is partial opening of the Pleney and the links into Les Gets this week but conditions are generally...


Out and about with John Barr

I was supposed to be playing in a bridge tournament in Schladming this weekend, but unfortunately my partner had to call off at the last moment. My wife and I decided to spend Saturday night in Schladming...


Come on then, winter! Show us your best!

There is something really extra-specially fantastic about skiing in early December. It's a celebration of winter just when your instincts are to hide under a duvet, drink red wine on a school day (or...


All systems go in Austria

After a slow start in November when a handful of runs opened, the Austrian ski season took off in a big way last weekend. Most of the resorts around here are now at least partially open – that includes ...


Bonus weekend skiing in Avoriaz and Les Gets

This weekend saw the advance, partial opening of both the Avoriaz and Les Gets ski networks. However, as early as Friday night there were rumors and speculation that the lifts wouldn’t open, as there...


The snow report

Here is a round up of the snow conditions across the globe for the week ending December 8th, 2012 •    Falls of up to 105cm in 72 hours reported in the Alps. •  ...


Training week for the chalet team

One week in for us chalet bitches and we’ve broken the back of deep cleaning with toothbrushes and cocktail sticks and air in town is thick with over-excitement and stale lager. When the Tavern offers...


It’s started - snow in Chatel

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....


Latest news from the Austrian Tirol

As the season starts in Tirol, Austria here are some updates from resort for this winter. Emergency App ‘Bergrettung Tirol’ A new emergency app has been developed for use throughout...


Early Lift Openings in Avoriaz & Les Gets

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...


Festival of Light

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...


Still waiting for the big snow

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...


Prepare to Rock Out

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...


Why the first week of the season is so good!

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...


On with the walking boots rather than ski boots

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...


Welcome to the 2012/2013 ski season

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...


Lift pass price comparison

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...


New places to drink and eat in Morzine

Morzine and the surrounding area has never been short of a good restaurant or bar to keep us entertained, fed and watered during the winter season. But there are some quite exciting new developments on...


Scaring myself at Chill Factore, Manchester

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...


Morzine, Les Gets and Portes du Soleil lift pass prices for Winter 2013

October is the month to buy your discounted lift passes for this coming winter season. Despite masses of investment in the ski lift infrastructure across the Portes du Soleil in recent years, the...


Changes to the Face de Bellevarde, Val d'Isere

This great shot is from the photo of the day from YSE for yesterday, and for anybody who is planning a trip to Val d'Isere this season, this is good news! The interesting thing in this shot is the...


So, what do you do in summer?

Probably the most common question that I get asked during the winter season, be it in my capacity as a ski instructor or sometime transfer driver to the airport is, ‘So, what do you do in summer?’...


Update on the new Prodians to Avoriaz telecabine…

When construction began on the new high speed, high capacity lift before the end of last season, there was much excitement. However the recent announcement that the new lift will not be ready until February...


Ski resorts by night - beautiful video

Ever wondered what happens in a ski resort as you sleep off a few too many mulled wines? Cardrona ski resort in New Zealand have put together this beautiful video of the nocturnal life of the resort; the...


Free or cheap ski passes for winter 2013

Skiing on a budget? There are all sorts of great deals on ski passes, which will help take the sting out of your ski holiday this year. Here's a round-up of the best we've come across. If you...


London's very own gondola

The passionate skiers at Ski Solutions had one thing in mind when they saw a gondola erected on home turf - skiing. Despite the obvious lack of July snow, they rallied a bunch of ski buddies, dragged the...


Mont Blanc - it’s July but it is not summer

Well the weather reports in Mont Blanc were not good so we were unable to attempt a summit let alone get past 13,000 feet (Mont Blanc is at about 15000, Kilimanjaro at about 19500). Severe thunderstorms...


Memorial Day (ski) madness

The traditional start of summer in the States saw a different type of weather last weekend in the Teton Mountains of northwest Wyoming. Instead of frisbee golf, lawn games and BBQ, the holiday weekend...


Last gasp from Les Arcs

What a week to finish off this excellent season. There was some moaning and groaning when Les Arcs' management decided to close all of Peisey/Vallandry and Arc1600 and all but the Transarc gondola...


Defy Foly In La Clusaz

For over 20 years, La Clusaz has been celebrating the end of the season with a two day festival, the ‘Defi Foly’, at Lake Confins in Lake Annecy Ski Resorts region. This weekend, 28th and 29th...


Art, Music and Snowboard Mogul Races in Whistler

Most people think living in Whistler is a 24/7 party. The truth is there can be spells where nothing is going on. Weeks of boredom. Being one of the most expensive places to live it's usually because...


La Rosiere steals Emma's heart

We are now in our last week of skiing in La Rosiere and it has just not stopped snowing! For the last six days we’ve had fresh powder on the slopes every morning and, surprisingly for this time of...


It's still snowing

As the ski season draws to a close we expect sunny days and slushy snow. This year that came and went and now it's back to winter conditions. Tuesday was the only day this week where the weather was...


Basscamp comes to Morzine

Morzine got the shock of its life last week when the Basscamp Music Festival kicked off. Over 500 lovers of electronic music filled the après terraces, underground bars and clubs of Morzine over...


Stay safe on the slopes with a good and geeky infographic

Ski insurance - totally critical but not the most interesting of subjects. Ski travel insurance company, Hiscox, have made a nice little infographic to liven up the topic, and impart some good geeky ski...


Heavy snowfall on still open slopes in the Alps

There’s been fresh snow in the Alps over the weekend according to reports on skiinfo.co.uk. Powder alarms for more than 20cm (eight inches) of new snow in 24 hours were generates by still-open...


The season's best ski and snowboard videos

Here are five of our favourite films from this season, and one of a snowboarding opossum. What even is an opossum? Read on to find out   1. Snowboarding in an LED suit Put your headphones...


Water slide ride in Les Arcs

In Les Arcs there is always something to do. When the skiing conditions start to get spring-like and the afternoon slush makes it hard work on the legs there is an answer... The Water Slide! Situated...


Last snowfall of the season?

I thought my season’s skiing was over a few weeks ago. As the mild weather continued I spent a weekend playing (badly) in a bridge tournament in Kitzbühel before heading off to London for meetings....


Model for a day

The best thing about my job with Snow School is I never know what I will be doing when I show up to work. I may be training with the legends of the sport or teaching someone famous or doing a photo shoot....


Crazy ways to get down the hill

Out comes the sun, and everyone goes a little bit crazy in the mountains. Suddenly just skiing or snowboarding seems a bit last month, and instead schemes are devised to make the downhill route a bit more...


Smells like spring skiing

We reckon this is the best suncream for skiing. It's not something you usually get excited about; in fact it's usually something you begrudge paying too much for, forget to put on, suffer awkward...


Season draws to a close

Last season I ended the winter on a high note, passing the first module of my BASI Level 3 ISIA qualification.  A year on and I’m 4 modules in, having just ended this winter passing my Second...


Old Man Winter Plays an April Fool's Joke

April first started out like every morning in the last two weeks. Eleven cm's of fresh on the snow report with more falling outside. Certainly there will be more cm's by the time I get to the hill....


Bryan Adams, Easter bunnies and a broken arm!

Sitting in the warm sunshine, under the magnificent Eiger, with a glass of wine, bubbling cheese raclettes and Bryan Adams strumming along in the background I contemplated the season here in Wengen. From...


Where's still good to ski?

It’s not been your average ski season for snow fall – if there ever is such a thing.  The Alps had record breaking snow in January and February but it has been very warm in March. ...


End of season round up from La Clusaz

April is here. That means the last month of snow in most European ski resorts. Seasonaires everywhere are panicking as they try to cram in more mountain time, BBQs and partying before it all ends. The...


A Trip to Praz de Lys

It’s quite sickening to hand over the €630 at the start of the winter season for your full area Portes du Soleil lift pass. But at the time, when asked if I wanted the ‘extra area passes’...


Lower altitude ski resorts start closing...

Many of the world’s lower altitude ski areas have closed a week or two early as record-breaking warm temperatures in March in large parts of Europe and North America – approaching the high...


France vs Austria – which is better?

Which is better, France or Austria? Sure, variety is the spice of life, but mostly because you can use it to inspire vigorous arguments over strongly held preferences. MadDogSki's founder Kate is...


Swiss travel deal - two-for-one

I'm a big fan of train travel in any country, but Switzerland really does make the most of it. The trains are gorgeous - often double decker, always clean and tidy and usually on time. And they've...


Ski Boot Camp

The sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip hooray! It's a wonderfully balmy 10'C in the village,  birds are singing, windows are flung wide and every square inch of pavement is taken up with...


Skiing over to Italy from France

In my last blog I mentioned that it is possible to ski over to Italy. I found it quite exciting to be able to say that I had skied across a European border without a passport. However, for those of you...


It beats hanging around on street corners

On a Saturday morning in Reading - where I used to live before emigrating to Austria - you’d find “the youth” hanging around the Oracle shopping centre or on street corners in the centre...


Winter X Games

Since their launch in 1995 the Winter X Games have come to be known as one of the biggest freestyle skiing and snowboarding events on the calendar. Until recently they had never been hosted in Europe,...


My big fat white Christmas part 2

...a combination of buses, trains and a lift in a friend’s car and I arrived relatively painlessly in La Tania on Christmas eve. You could sense the excitement as everyone was looking forward to...


Dave is enjoying a bumper ski season

It’s been a while since I last blogged, mainly due to how busy it’s been at the ski school during the school holidays.  I’m looking at the list of days worked here in front of me...


Sun and spring skiing in the Tirol...

That was what the Tirol tourist office promised us and they were right – three days of amazing snow and sun gave me a much needed mid-season snow fix.   I flew (very early) on easyJet’s...


MadDogSki meets wild cows in Austria's highest resort

What do you get when you mix jagertee with gluhwein? The answer is WildeKuh - a ‘blow your ski socks off’ warming drink served by Kuhtai mountain restaurant Zum Kaiser Maximilian. The popular...


Spring has sprung in Les Gets!

So today was my first jumper day of the season, with beautiful blue sky and gorgeous sun making for a lovely day on the pistes, improved only by the sneaky beer at the end of the day! I personally love...


More amazing snow art

I managed to get a rare photo of the artist at work this Sunday on the lake above Arc 2000. You can see his snow shoes but you might not get a good impression of how quickly he is moving which is about...


A Spring weekend in Austria

The last two weekends have offered alternating periods of blue skies, fresh snow, sun and steady drizzle . I’ve skied into mist before now, but never what look like angry, churning cumulous clouds....


Emma goes skiing to another country

One of the more unusual things about La Rosiere is the link it has with the Italian town of La Thuile. There is history to be told between the two, the Franco-Italian border has changed many times over...


Party in La Plagne

Becky went off to La Plagne with lots of her old ski season buddies and here is her blog of the trip - they obviously had a great time and maybe a few little drinkies on the way...   Group...


In search of powder in Sainte Foy

This last week has been unusually mild in the French Alps. The sudden warming has created some dangerous conditions on sunny slopes and as a result there have been several significant avalanches (including...


Go wild for the Morzine Penguins

Locally the Morzine Avoriaz Penguins ice hockey team are a big deal. People flock from miles around to watch their biggest games at the Palais du Sport in the centre of Morzine (AKA The Skoda Arena). This...


Spring arrives in Austria

The changeable weather of last week has given way to spring; we’ve had blue skies for several days. As long as it was cold overnight the snow stayed in good condition until late in the day. However,...


Some ways to heal up if you are laid up

Being laid -up with an injury, I thought I'd share my knowledge on how to recover from one, quickly and well. It's the dangerous time of season It's the mid-winter curse around here at...


Huge snowfall in North America

Here is the latest snowfall information for worldwide snowfall, from Skiinfo.com. Looks like great dumps for Norther America and lovely sunny weather in the Alps. Good news for everybody getting a ski...


Charlotte joins the team in Courchevel

There's something about a royal visit from the parents for focussing the mind on the finer things in resort. Maybe it's because you secretly want their approval or perhaps, as in my case, you just...


If you don’t like the weather, just wait until tomorrow

I recently skied with a friend from England who visited for a long weekend. We skied five resorts in four days, and had radically different weather each day. We spent Thursday in Kitzbühel, under...


Snow art in Les Arcs

When the snow is falling, most of us seasonaires are looking forward to laying down some fresh tracks with our skis or boards. But there is one mysterious fellow in Les Arcs who is just itching to get...


Half term in La Rosiere

We are now part way through the busy ‘half term’ period for the UK, France and the majority of Europe and don’t we know it in La Rosiere. The mood has definitely changed and the streets...


March and April drive ski deals

Some reasonable ski deals here from Peak Retreats. All have Flexiplus Eurotunnel crossing included and with possibly savings of up to £99 each for a week they deserve a look we reckon. See more deals Now...


When not skiing, you’ll usually find me…

I’ve been a bit rubbish on the old blog front, mainly because I haven’t been skiing. The week before last was ridiculously cold; I’d never felt temperatures like it. There were big signs...


I met some chicks in a bar...

I was away on business again last week, scheduled to return to Munich airport at 4pm, early enough to miss the worst of the rush hour. But my plane was delayed, and the minibus transfer was caught first...


Weekend warriors

Half term may be over, but there are still months of the ski season left, and record-breaking snow depths right across the wintery world. If ever a season warranted a sneaky off-peak weekend trip, it’s...


Feel the love

Cinnamon hearts, warm fuzzy feelings and the colour red, from time immemorial that's Valentine's Day. Besides the chocolate the best part of this day is it's a day to acknowledge love.   Valentine's...


Chaos in Chatel - Half term is here

They’ve arrived.  I walked out of the apartment this morning and scene of French chaos greets me.  Three cars with their bonnets open and their owners slipping about on the ice, juggling...


Stand taller, ski better

During my first two seasons in Austria my skiing improved beyond recognition. When the snow was perfect and the pitch of the slope just right, I almost felt as if I was in control and actually knew what...


What happens when someone snowboards over your hand...

I had a great plan for blogs this week. First I was going to write about rolling back into life as a full-time instructor for the first time in years. Then, best of all, transcribe my trip to Mt Baker...


We’ve had the snow, now we’ve got the big freeze

Having missed the mountains last weekend due to a business trip to New York, I was looking forward to skiing with friends in Fieberbrunn on Saturday. My car, however, had other ideas. Two weeks of not...


Returning to life as a ski bum

Back in 2002, I was drawn to being a ski bum after working long days in London. An apartment in Brides-les-Bains near Méribel was offered to me so I flew to Geneva, then took four poorly-connected...


God of snowfall spotted in London

Several days before the skies over London opened and froze the badly-attired Saturday night partygoers to the bone in nightbus queues across the capital, MadDogSki's founder Kate spotted this little...


Lost in translation

Having travelled widely throughout the world, it should come as no surprise when I see dreadful mistranslations of the English lanuage. But after living in France for a long time, I still find it striking...


Catching up with the pack!

Hello! I’m Emma – a newbie to the ski season way of life! I am part way through a year out and arrived later than normal to start life as a chalet host in La Rosiere, having replaced someone...


When real life gets in the way ...

Is missing a powder day a crime?  Some would say yes but I guess on some days, it’s a question of priorities.  When your estate agent from the UK rings you up while you’re riding...


Big Mountain Battle : Rode, Rocked and Raced!

So how did you spend your Saturday afternoon?  Mine was spent racing over 120km in search of checkpoints cunningly hidden behind trees, lakes and buildings! Yes, the Big Mountain Battle took place...


Make sore shins a thing of the past

Today's Wednesday Win is a pair of Shin Shields, shock absorbing foam pads that are made from this very clever substance. Check out their own video, demonstrating how good the substance PORON is at,...


Big Mountain Battle – Ride, Rock and Race!

The excitement this month in Les Gets is centring round the “Big Mountain Battle” which is akin to an extreme orienteering race on the snow! Part of the “Helly Hanson Big Mountain Battle”,...


New swimming pool in Morzine

During the summer months, the outdoor swimming pool is the place to hang out in Morzine. But unlike other major ski resorts, there has been no indoor, winter alternative. Until now. After years of...


Whistler gets a hit of arctic air

It happened on Sunday, the cold snap that comes at least once during the winter. Early in the week I check the weather network website (I've learned to not rely on the Whistler/Blackcomb site as the...


Poor David needs his mum!

The really curious thing about these ghosts from my past is that at some point in the last few days, more or less all of them have asked me about how difficult it is to live out here and aren’t I...


Freestyle fun in Les Arcs

With the sunny weather we've had for the last ten days or so many people have been taking advantage of the excellent Snowpark in Les Arcs. There is something for all levels and a T-bar drag lift that...


It’s the Hahnenkamm!

When you think about Kitzbühel, you think about the Hahnenkamm race. The two are synonymous. And this weekend is Hahnenkamm weekend. Kitzbühel and surrounding villages are filling up with a combination...


Go home to the mountains this winter

Hello, and thanks to our friends at MadDogSki for asking us to blog from the Serre Chevalier valley this season. John Muir said “The mountains are calling and I must go”, and it's...


New swimming pool - La Plagne

Brand new pool and SPA complex just opened in Montchavin-les Coches, La Plagne This brand new swimming pool and SPA complex in La Plagne’s ‘l’Espace Paradisio has a great selection...


Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Having endured a week working in London I couldn’t wait to get back to the mountains, especially as the local forecast predicted low temperatures and blues skies for Saturday. I was concerned by...


The home of Father Christmas

So Christmas and New Year seem like a lifetime ago, but a quick re-cap on the festive season in Les Gets... after all, according to the locals, Father Christmas does live here! So, it all went off...


The Whistler London Connection

Canada’s heritage draws on a few different cultures. It’s plain to see the most predominate is English. You can’t swing a tea bag without hitting four citizens that are first, seasond...


Stay safe in all this snow - top tips on avalanche awareness

It's been a record-breaking ten days, and the Austrian Tirol has been getting some of the biggest dumps of snow of all. Everyone is delighted, but the Tirol Tourist Board has one sober reminder - increased...


I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

The claim that Eskimos have many words for snow is, apparently, unfounded. However, the Sami people who live in arctic regions of northern Scandinavia do have hundreds of words to describe snow, and we...


Eleven beautiful full-breasted maidens

According to the gospel of Wikipedia, the French have different lyrics to the 12 days of Christmas song, and it's enough to make you pack your bags and hail a Eurostar without delay. Who needs pipers...


Happy 2012 Everyone!

The end of December was a bit of a drought in Whistler, but on my birthday morning, December, 24th ten cms fell over night and the snow has been falling ever since. There is a hard freeze melt layer still...


My big fat white Christmas - part 1

Lucky enough to be skiing in two resorts before Christmas, I was watching as eagerly as anyone as the snow starting falling in the Alps. Despite that, I really wasn’t prepared for the sheer amount...


Why the snowdome?

Today's 12 days giveaway is very exciting, a Headstuff coaching session for two lucky winners, usually £67 each, from Ski Wizards, a unique ski school that deals with the importance of the mind...


How not to fall over while skiing

Every skier must be familiar with the sympathy fall. It's when a fellow piste-user falls over nearby, causing you to do that same almost instantly, even though you had no real reason to. It's caused...


What's the best thing about the skiing in Paradiski?

Well that is a tricky question... there are so many things to choose from, but today I am going to concentrate on just one... the trees! In case you haven't already heard, we've had a LOT...


Avoiding the queues

On Christmas Day we set off on a little tour of the Portes du Soleil, in and out of this ski resort and that resort, blue skies overhead, snow in good condition. The biggest difference for me however,...


Ice, owls and waffles in Whistler

Wind is one force of nature that seems to be taking over Whistler/Blackcomb lately, with its sidekick temperature. It's just moving air but it is moving our snow all over the place. Some places have...


Christmas in France = skiing

It’s a funny thing being out here in the Alps at Christmas. Christmas isn’t generally celebrated by a day of complete shutdown like it is in the UK. The French and Swiss normally have a big...


I wish it could be Christmas every day

On Christmas Eve it drizzled, which put paid to our plans for cross-country skiing. Visibility higher up was limited, but when the clouds broke I could see that the rain was falling as snow above 1,000...


Moose from the hot tub, in Jackson Hole

We MadDogSki desk-jockeys do love reading the blogs as they come in, and here's a particularly special moment, captured and sent in by Jesse Howe in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. "Thought you would...


Oh for the wings, for the wings of a chicken

Having spent the last few months worrying loudly about the lack of snow, many Austrians now feel a bit sheepish as it has dumped continuously for the last few days and looks set to continue until the sun...


Crossing state lines broadens minds

“I’m moving to Jackson”. Four words uttered under my breath in hushed, revered tones upon hanging up the phone. Sometimes you don’t realize how ready you were to move until...


Crazy days in Les Arcs

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...


Powder day after powder day in Avoriaz, Morzine and Les Gets

Avoriaz was the only resort to be officially open last week but high winds and an even higher avalanche risk closed all of the lifts on Thursday and Friday. So first lifts out of Ardent on Saturday morning...


First ski of the season

The official opening of the SkiWelt was delayed until 15th December, but a few runs at Scheffau, Kitzbühel and Pass Thurn were open last weekend. I headed for Sheffau on Sunday, where the car park...


Opening Weekend – Avoriaz & Les Gets

It’s always a cracking start to the season in Avoriaz. The ‘Fete de Glisse’ or ski test weekend means you can test this season’s new skis and snowboards from all the major manufacturers...


Winter arrives in Chatel

After a lot of people getting very nervous and some dire predictions by local farmers that the snow wouldn’t arrive until February, the snow is here and winter has started at last. I was wondering...


It's snowing!

Sunday night, just a few hours after I posted my last blog about the lack of snow, it snowed. Hallelujah! On Monday we had snow down to middle station in St Johann (1,200 metres), with slushy rain in the...


Autumn to Winter in two days

Those fine folks at YSE Chalets are back with their daily pictures from Val d'Isere - sign up on their site if you don't get them already. We are particularly boggled by these two - the first...


Countdown to Christmas

October and the first half of November were unnaturally warm in Austria. The Föhn wind which blows from the south (known as the “hairdryer” according to Google’s translation of the...


First lift in Whistler for 2012

Nature is beautiful. It is especially beautiful in the winter. When the snow falls it's like soundproof insulation, everything seems to become so quiet. The great thing about living in a ski town is...


Look out for us in Sport magazine

Want monthly suggestions on where to ski or snowboard, and what the best new kit to take is? You can find it on this very website of course, but now you can also read all about it in Sport magazine - the...


New spa in Paradiski

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...


Get skiing in December or for Christmas

What could be better than skiing for Christmas? No sticky sofa lethargy, no inlaw-based dilemmas; get a catered chalet and you don't even have to think about the washing up! And what could feel more...


Whistler is gearing up for the snow

First the leaves change colour, then the temperature drops, you start to hear more Australian accents, see more people walking around the village in awe with a CV in hand. Then there is the first snowfall...


Dave goes in search of snow...

It’s mid-November here in Chatel and there is still no sign of the long awaited snow.  A lot of people here are getting quite edgy about this but as I keep pointing out to them, I arrived about...


Retallack: The Movie

Here's the trailer for Retallack: The Movie, a new film shot entirely in the Canadian 'resort' of Retallack, which we've long been kind of crazy about. Retallack is a mountain that's...


Where to ski in November

Everyone’s thinking about skiing and every week there are more pictures of snowmachines doing their thing, and the first real snowfalls coating cars in carparks, and stationary chairlifts. Even here...


Pre-season update from Chatel

I’ve been sitting here reading through the blogs of my fellow Mad Dog Ski bloggers, looking on enviously as they blog about their recent snowfalls and upload snowy images of the hills around them. ...


A tribute blog from Kitrina

I am dedicating this blog in the memory of Eric Rousseau. You probably didn't know Eric, although you might have, he did travel to Europe as a member and last year captain of the Canadian team at Interski,...


Pre-season update from Whistler

It's October. Leaves are turning golden, the harvest moon will be rising soon, and six or so weeks until Whistler/Blackcomb chairlifts start turning! I'm starting to notice new faces in town, a...


Where can I go skiing NOW?!

It's that time of year when the MadDogSki bloggers get to see the first snowfalls of the season, dusting the tops of the mountains and smelling all fresh and full of promise. This boots them out of...


It’s time to put the bike away and get the skis out!

We’ve had a strange summer in Austria. There have been a few hot and sunny weeks, but also lots of rain. And when it rains in Austria – it rains. None of this damp, thin drizzle you get in...


Free flights to Canada

Our friends at Basecamp - Ski and Snowboard Courses, are offering free flights to anyone who joins their Instructor, Performance or All Mountain Course in Banff before the end of September 2011. Basecamp...


Ski deals for new year and beyond

If you are enjoying this lovely sunshine but yearning for the snow here are some deals to whet your appetite... See more deals Zermatt, Switzerland Chalet Annie (three-star), with catering (breakfast,...


Jet2.com ski flights

Jet2.com have announced some great flights from Manchester, Belfast and Glasgow to the slopes for just £31.99, one way, including taxes. Leeds Bradford is just £21.99 to Geneva.   So...


Flexiski brochure 2011/12

Those lovely people at Flexiski have launched their brochure for 2011/12 season. They have added the wonderful resort of Zermatt to their list of holidays on offer.  You can view the brochure online....


News from Courchevel

Adam Bevan, our blogger from Courchevel last season, has sent us some update information from resort and a bit of a round-up of his season.  It was his first time out and he thoroughly enjoyed working...


Up & coming resorts

If you are thinking of a December ski holiday then have a look at Directline Skiing, they have a selection of offers for late 2011 and early 2012 season.  See more deals They reckon that Norway will...


Summer Skiing in Saas Fee

So I’m back and so is the ski season. The summer ski season that is. This summer, I’m going to be making regular trips up to Saas Fee to prepare myself for my BASI Level 3 exams in Zermatt...


Summer in the Alps

When the snow melts, how do you replace those winter thrills? Thankfully, there’s wakeboarding. Most beginners take a few attempts to get up (six for me), but once you’re up, wakeboarding...


New Zealand open for business!

The resort of Coronet Peak in New Zealand officially opened yesterday, Thursday 30th June 2011. After having a bout of unseasonably warm weather they have been holding their breath for the weather to drop...


Go ice diving in Morzine next winter!

We just had a question about ice diving near Morzine, so we looked it up and found this cool little video. If you're feeling too warm today, this should cool you down! Ask your own question at http://www.maddogski.com/ask...


Still some powder days in Whistler!

One more pow day for May We don't get holidays in Whistler, we get powderdays. Christmas, Easter we got to work on them all. We give them up for the 20cm rule, so we can start work at noon when...


Live in the mountains next season?

Got that nagging feeling that you didn't get enough snow in this winter? Or perhaps you are facing changes at work, and beginning to think about doing something completely different? Well, why ever...


End of season in Zermatt

The end of the season normally involves some denial for my friends and I. None of us want it to end and we’ll get in as many desperate last days in the slush as possible. But this year, I was indifferent,...


The winners had a great time!

Emily, one of the lucky winners from our Birmingham Ski Show prize draw, has returned from her great ski trip to Morgins in the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil. Here she is with her boyfriend on the...


The End

Saturday, blue bird day, warm, plus 20 temperatures, riding down the mountain and what is blasting in my ear? The hit single from Marianus Trench played live right at the bottom of the hill! The energy...


Think of your late ski trip as an early summer holiday

If you've got a late season ski trip planned you might find yourself in for an early season summer holiday instead. But, as blogger Tim Wilson points out, that could be rather nice!   With the...


Skiing in Tignes

Tignes is still open for skiing well into May.  Check out their website and get yourself a deal for some late skiing - just remember your shorts and flip-flops as well as the ski boots!


Chatel finally closing for the season

So the winter season is pretty much finished here in Chatel, with the Pre-la-Joux area being forced to stay open until 24 April. Some modern-day Jonny Halliday called Christophe Mae is playing in Chatel...


The last hurrah for Whistler!

It's been creeping up. I told myself I'd be ready this year, but it's sprung on me like a wild animal attack: the Telus Ski and Snowboard festival, the last hurrah for Whistler/Blackcomb. The...


Do the Cresta run... in England?!

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...


Secret mountain gigs, notified by text!

The Festival des Concerts Sauvages has been taking place all week in the Portes du Soleil and although there aren’t any recognisable English acts on the line-up, the well-known French artists have...


Bring back bikini skiing!

Hello to all of you snowboarders and skiers out there, still hanging on to our last remnants of snow. Well, it looks as though the season is finally drawing to a close. Zermatt, however is still in full...


So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodnight!

The pistes in St Johann turned to meadows a couple of weeks ago, and I played in a bridge tournament instead of skiing last weekend, so I thought that the ski season was over for me until last Friday when...


Painful lessons learned...

Things I learned when my friends from home came to visit for the second time this season: 1.    ’33 Export’ is STILL the worst beer I’ve ever tasted and the fact that...


More powder days in Whistler

April's around the corner and the weather is sunny and warm in Whistler. Clearly it's time to stop skiing and start golfing. ... April fools!   It seems like the powder days are far from...


Springtime for Whistler!

It is now that time of the year when the valley and the mountain begin to split into two different worlds. The snowfall in the valley has turned to rain. Still a few snowflakes in the cooler morning time,...


We're in the Alpine tundra

Team Mad Dog arrived in Val Thorens last night by plane, train and automobile. We're staying in Chalet Val 2400 in a huge apartment that looks out over the village, and the valley beyond. My partner's...


The end is nigh so stay high...

Shortly after local prodigy Kevin Rolland won the halfpipe world cup in la Plagne, the resort made the unsentimental decision to destroy the pipe to make use of the snow elsewhere. The photo shows the...


Skiing by train, why on earth not?

Team Mad Dog are heading for Val Thorens on Saturday, by train. Hannah is getting excited, possibly more about the train journey than the skiing, and reading about how bad Heathrow is just makes the Eurostar...


Be avalanche aware

With a sprinkling of snow due next week, desperation is creeping in amongst seasonaires in La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand (and no doubt every other resort in Europe) to get some fresh tracks before the...


Thrills in St Anton

'The White Thrill' is a race held every year in St Anton, it has a cult following of skiers looking for some extra thrills. So if you feel like scaring yourself silly go on - you know you want...


More great Morzine deals

Those lovely guys at Host Savoie have another great offer for you, make the most of some sunny skiing in lovely Morzine, and let Andy and the team pamper you. Too good to miss...   It has been well-documented...


The final countdown

“The final countdown, dadada deeerr...” It’s the “final countdown” into the last month of the season. If you haven’t already visited Zermatt, Then get here! We have...


Europe still has some great snow...

There's still plenty of good snow in Europe if you know where to look. It's certain that some of the best known Northern French Alpine areas, like the 3 valleys and the Portes du Soleil, aren't...


£39 ski lesson

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...


Hallelujah!

After my last blog I had little hope of being able to ski at the weekend, and then it rained for two days. But the temperature slowly dropped, and above 1,000 meters or so the rain turned to snow - not...


Snow, snow and more snow in Whistler

Snow, snow and more snow! Whistler has been hit with some intense storms and I was right in the middle of it today. It was one of those days when the chairlift rides are traumatic, then once you're...


I'm in love with the Super Morzine

As reported in a previous blog, I have recently discovered the joys of skiing. After years trailing my snowboard along flats, clipping on and off in preparation for chair lifts and going to all lengths...


Going, going, almost gone

We have friends visiting at the weekend – one is a keen skier, the other planned to take their first lessons – so I felt duty bound to test the slopes this morning so I can advise them if paying...


Season winding down in Chatel?

We’ve almost got Chatel back to ourselves now as the bulk of school holiday tourists are long gone.  There are only a few French school groups left in town, inexplicably traipsing back through...


Great deals in Les Gets & Morzine

Our lovely friends at Host Savoie, based in Morzine and Les Gets have some great deals on offer.  So let Andy and his team make your spring ski trip something special.  We stayed with them for...


The end is nigh

Last weekend a group of friends visited and we skied St Johann, the SkiWelt and the Steinplatte at Waidring. Whilst we had great fun (and the snow at the Steinplatte was in remarkably good condition considering...


Get out to Whistler... quick

March and the pussy willows are coming out. Go back in pussy willows! I'm not ready for winter to be over yet! I'm not ready for Spring!   Then I travel down the highway, (well more like...


A tipi for doing a pee pee

Taking a drag lift up a gentle blue run over in the Merdassier area of La Clusaz, the last thing I expected to see was a series of tipis, including this one, pictured, alongside the drag lift. It’s...


Homeward bound

An overnight train to Paris, a day in Paris, one night in a hostel, the Eurostar to London, a fight from Heathrow, and my European adventure is over. Now I'm back in wonderful stormy Whistler, eating...


Chatel powder days for Dave

‘For those of you still on your feet – welcome to the Aspen Ski School Hiring Clinic.’ Life in the goldfish bowl of Chatel continues at a relentless pace and I can’t believe that...


Kitrina's grand day out

So, I head out to Arinsal, I turned out to be going to Arcilis. They are both Vallnord but apparently two unconnected separate hills. While heading out I hear it is a good place for beginners: it`s flat,...


Mid-Season… really?

It’s quite hard not to turn your attention towards the summer when spring flowers are popping up from under the snow and the goggle tan is developing nicely. To encourage further thoughts of long...


The cowardly lion found some courage...

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....


Look – no skis!

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...


Ski camps

TG Ski have some places left on their ski camps on 26th March - 2nd April, and Snowboard camp from 9th April in Morzine. Here are the details of what you get : THE SKi & SNOWBOARD CAMPS INCLUDE: •   ...


The best job in the world?

10 reasons why being a Ski Instructor is the greatest job in the world (in no particular order); 1.    Free lift pass for the Portes du Soleil.  650kms of pistes to rip on your day...


Mad Dog Winners

Well the girls did it - they won...  How wonderful. They won in the Best Visitors Trail category and we are all very very proud of them - especially as they had to endure all those bars, sunshine...


Mad Dogs on tour...

Kate and Hannah are off on their travels again - they are out in Zermatt to take part in the Luttman-Johnson challenge which takes place Wednesday 9th February 2011. From what I can ascertain it involves...


What to do with VFR

VFR (Visiting Friends & Relatives) Before the winter season started my boyfriend and I made a (half joking) list of rules for visiting friends and relatives (VFR). You've never been so popular...


The snowy desert!

So, I am guessing all us mountain lovers are curious as to where the snow is here in the European Alps. Unfortunately it’s certainly not in Zermatt. Luckily the majority of our pistes are supported...


Friendly skiing

Yesterday I went skiing with my neighbour’s son in law. Most of his skiing is with his family (he has two girls about 5 years old) so he was looking  forward to a lads ski day. He’s from...


A lesson learnt...

I learnt yesterday that I still can’t drink whiskey.  I haven’t touched the stuff since an unfortunate incident years ago when I thought it would be a good idea to go toe-to-toe with a...


Where is the snow?

It has been a quiet couple of weeks in Courchevel; January is renowned for being one of the least known months for skiing holidays, however, it is probably one of the best times to get some peaceful skiing...


Some things I didn't know

Some things I didn't know...  We had some journalists staying in the chalet that I run last week. They were quite high profile and the Morzine Avoriaz Office de Tourisme kindly provided me with...


Challenge completed by John

In my “Do they know it’s Christmas” blog I skied from Kitzbühel to Ellmau via five other resorts, covering 84km. Since then I have studied the Kitzbühel and SkiWelt piste maps...


The Right stuff

Until last week nothing significant had fallen out of the sky since the middle of December when we had over a meter of snow at village level. Last week would have been more of the same, but for temperatures...


Friends visit Dave from home - and it's not pretty

My friend Spencer sent me a text the other day that read ‘Old adage:  Fresh fish and house guests go off after three days.’  After having Cheeko, Hughsey and the Afghan breeze...


Sunny sunny Morzine

In an ideal world it would snow heavily from 7pm on the dot each and every night, laying down 10 inches of brand new powder and stopping at about 7am. The sun would come out at precisely 8.30am each morning...


Derby day in Serre Chevalier

Serre Chevalier are hosting the Ultimate Tour Test and the Serre Chevalier Derby, 19-20 March 2011. On Saturday 19th March the freeride event in ski, snowboarding, monoski and telemark is open to...


Read this if you want a good deal...

Here's a great deal that just fell into our inbox! We've stayed at the Fitz Roy several years ago, and it is lovely - all four poster beds and jacuzzi baths! It's right by the piste and in...


Not great snow in Andorra... yet

Beunos dias! Bonjour! Hello 2011! Andorra so far? Good cafe, good crepes, good low prices on huge bottles of alcohol, no good snow. It's been sunny and clear since Boxing Day, yesterday was pretty...


Luttman-Johnson Challenge 2011

This years' challenge has been announced for 9th February 2011.  This always proves to be an fabulous and fun day out on the mountain, some incredible costumes and all for charity. Check the Ski...


Sometimes it pays to get lost

My day didn’t start well. I had planned to explore the Wildschonau resort, but couldn’t find it! The route seemed so simple that I didn’t bother with a map (it’s a man thing), and...


Help! How to enjoy skiing on ice

It snowed last night - halleluja! - but yesterday Mad Dog were skiing on some pretty icy pistes. Luckily for us we had some expert help from Keith Marshall at Momentum Snowsports. We filmed it, so we'll...


Mad Dogs on tour...

Kate (big boss) and Hannah (editor in chief) are out and about on another ski trip - I will just stay here and man the phones again then guys... Hannah is seen here on the way to the airport sporting...


Check out 'mini Whistler'

If you want a distraction now we are all finally back into the routine of the working week, check out this video of 'tiny' Whistler - shot from a birds eye view... Very clever - what do you think...


Do they know it's Christmas

I’ve skied twice before on Christmas Day – and both times it rained. The first time was a few years ago in Chamonix. Strong winds kept the higher, snow covered slopes closed. The lower slopes...


Thank goodness it's all over

Christmas Day was cold with patches of blue sky in the Portes du Soleil and we spent 4 hours doing the Chatel circuit. Once out of Lindrets and in to Plaine Dranse the crowds thinned out and instead of...


Language problems in Andorra

That is the theme of Pas De La Casa for me.  Sometimes it seems like every language but English is spoken here. The main tounges I`ve heard are French, Spanish, Catalan and some Portguese are all...


Snow safari

Last week I traversed the savannahs of the SkiWelt in search of lions and tigers, giraffe and antelope. A Dutch ski instructor based in Ellmau runs the Ski Safari to introduce newcomers to the large SkiWelt...


Christmas in Courchevel

Firstly, Joyeux Noel to all! Hope Christmas was good. Things couldn’t be much better in Courchevel. Lots going on and enough snow to keep everyone happy. Over the Christmas period it’s...



More snow please, for Zermatt

"Please Santa can we have some snow for Christmas!” Well, firstly I guess I should say Hello again to all you maddog blog readers and co-bloggers. I guess all of ya’ll in your various...


Safety first

Jesse in Jackson, Wyoming has sent us details on a Safety First programme they are running. Whislt we may not all get over the America for our skiing I am sure it will be of interest to us all.  If...


A rough start for Kitrina

First there was a six hour drive from Shropshire to Milton Keynes to get the papers legalised. Next an 48 hour long wait in the airport. Then a three hour long bus ride and now I`m finally here.   The...


The highs and lows of ski teaching

Last week it was a delightful group of Kenyans all learning how to ski and generally ski teaching was fun and happy.  This week I’ve been plunged into Christmas week ‘cours collectifs’...


Great photos

We have been sent this lovely picture by Jez so we thought we should share. If you have any photos you would like to see posted up then send them in, although a recent offering from Fraser wasn't...


Size doesn't matter!

That the holiday season is upon us is evidenced by the English, American and Dutch accents that are now common in mountain restaurants and on chairlifts. But the Föhn wind is blowing from the south...


Santa day in Whistler

Take a look at this great video of Santa on his skis.  19th December was officially 'Dress Like Santa Day' in Whistler and Santa gave the good old reindeers a day off and took to their skis...


Adam prays for the snow!

Got into resort last Wednesday; one of the blokes I'm working for picked me up from Geneva. Not much snow as we headed up, and the same was to be said for resort.  I'm living in a place called...


Christmas week in Morzine - things to do!

Fantastic snow conditions continue in the Portes du Soleil and that’s before the amazing two foot of snow that fell overnight! Yesterday in Lindarets there was hardly another skier or snowboarder...


Nursery slopes of skiing (and teaching)

In my last blog I was worrying that my skiing might not be good enough to impress my new ski school director but since I’m now in my shiny new ski school jacket and teaching all this week, I guess...


Too much snow ?

Too much snow in our drive. 30cm yesterday, 60cm overnight, and it’s still snowing. Very lucky that we bought a snow-blower yesterday (the last one in our local DIY store). Too much snow on the piste,...


Ski boots causing you pain ?

The lovely guys at Momentum have just sent us this article they have put together, packed full of tips to prevent the pain of sore feet caused by ski boots.  Having suffered myself from the torment...


While the cat's away...

Well well, Kate and Hannah are away this weekend on a 'work trip' to Tignes... looks like they had a good time!


Pre-season blog from Avoriaz

After travelling to Saas Fee and Val D’Isere in recent weeks in search of pre-season thrills, we finally got to play on our own mountain this weekend. Fantastic snow fall in Morzine and Avoriaz last...


Skiing in Waidring

Last year some friends visited us in the middle of December and we skied on the SkiWelt. A few lifts and a handful of runs were open, but the skiing was very limited and conditions poor. Fast forward 50...


Whistler dream video

The snow is falling in Whistler and all is set for a fantastic season over there.  Nuulife Cinema have put this great video together - capturing the excitement and anticipation of the locals as they...


Meribel opening early

Great news... Meribel is opening a whole week early due to the fabulous snow that is falling. Luckily they have good use for all this white stuff that is managing to paralyse most of the UK! Book...


Ski & Snowboard Show - Scotland

The first Ski & Snowboard show in Scotland took place in October and was deemed a success by all. There were exhibitors from all areas of the ski industry and thousands of people travelled from...


A Canadian ski bum in Europe

Autumn. The worst season in the calendar for a snow slider. November and its problem child siblings September and October. The dreaded fall shoulder season. If your planning is on point, then November...


Learning curve in Chatel

It’s been a grey couple of weeks here in Chatel. Not in terms of the atmosphere - it’s getting more lively by the day as more seasonaires arrive and locals return – but the weather has...


Val D’Isere Opening ‘Premier Tracks’ Weekend

After clearing more than a foot of snow from the car, it seemed rather traitorous to be leaving Morzine for Val D’Isere on Friday morning. Despite the big dump (and those rumours…) neither...


More Kitzbühel lifts and runs open

Austria is postcard pretty under the latest snowfall. It’s been cold for a week and the snowmaking machines have been working day and night, putting down a solid base. We’ve had 40cm of fresh...


Early season knee-deep powder in Saas Fee

Saas Fee, Wednesday 17th November 2010 The 5.30am departure from Morzine was a rather rude start to the winter season. Living here all year round, we are constantly teased by the snow-tipped mountains...


Coming and going (but not in that order)

"It’s been an interesting last month or two since I passed my BASI 2 ski instructor exams and got myself a job teaching in Morgins this winter.  I seem to have spent the last two months...


It’s skiing Jim, but not as we know it!

Two weeks ago one gondola, one chair lift, one red piste and one blue piste opened on the Resterhöhe range above Pass Thurn, at the far end of the Kitzbühel ski area. The runs are high, north...


Looking forward to the new ski season

The summer has long gone, taking with it the open air concerts, the coach loads of tourists, the pole wielding mountain walkers and the lycra-clad cyclists. The town itself is having a well-earned holiday...


Skiers challenged to ski 600 km in 6 days

Experienced skiers who want to put their skills to the test are being sought by Austrian based ski specialists, Redpoint (www.redpoint.co.uk). As part of their 15th anniversary celebrations, the independent...


The 2011 City Ski Championships

Courmayeur, Vallee d'Aoste Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th March 2011 This year, City Ski Championships has levelled the playing field on the slopes at Courmayeur introducing a new way of racing. read...


Whistler Blackcomb to open 6 days early

Winter Wonderland awaits; La Nina and incredible snowmaking infrastructure deliver early start to the season at Whistler Blackcomb   WHISTLER, BC, Friday, November 12, 2010 – Few things get...


Take the family to the snow for Christmas

It's offers like this one from Paradiski that make us think seriously about dropping the usual extended family affair and heading for the hills! Mad Dog's Hannah stayed in Peisey a few years...


Not too late to spend the whole season on snow!

Ski Internship courses with a job offer at the end of them... read on Uninspired by the wet grey UK skies outside the stuffy office? EA Ski & Snowboard still have a two places left on their Banff...


Saas Fee lifts open early

The lifts in Saas Fee will be opening on 4th December this year, 2 weeks earlier than normal - yes they are that confident that the snow will be good ! There are some great deals on offer this year on...


Word of the week in Whistler : SNOW

A heavy Pacific storm has been hitting Whistler Blackcomb this weekend, dropping between 25-30cm of snow at higher elevations. The freezing level is expected to remain steady with more periods of snow...



Morzine goes 'green'

muchbetteradventures.com and the Travel Foundation are working together to bring up the 'green' credentials in Morzine.  Read more...


Get skiing in Tignes

Fancy a bit of early skiing ? Tignes is open from 25th September 2010 so you get can out on the Grande Motte glacier before everybody else.  They are offering 6 lifts open and at over 3000 metres...


Discount ski pass for Chatel

Chatel Tourist Office are offering 25% discount on ski passes if purchased before 12th December 2010, taking the price of an adult pass from €451 down to €338, Junior/Senior from €397...


News from Whistler Creekside

This winter guests will bask in Olympic afterglow at Lodging Ovations in Whistler Creekside.   First Tracks Lodge, Evolution and Legends Offer 20% Off Winter Bookings Made Before November 15,...


Snowboard Camps

Just Snowboard Camps are offering some great breaks specifically designed to improve your snowboard skills.  Read on for more information...


Make a snowboard in your bedroom!

We can't tell you how to, I'm afraid. Frankly snowboards seem worth the money to us, being pretty technical these days, and generally getting quite a battering while they're out on the hill. But,...


Chanel skis? Doesn't suit you sir!

Check out Chanel's new skis and snowboard. There's just one option of each, and apparently both are for "any level of skier", which should raise suspicions from the off with any beginner...


Night skiing in New Zealand

Coronet Peak in New Zealand have announced they are to floodlight some of their ski fields, including some beginner slopes, every evening between 4pm and 9pm.  This has proved popular with locals...


Lake Wanaka ski resort open

All four ski areas are now officially open at Lake Wanaka, New Zealand.  Great early season conditions are reported so if you are in need of a snow fix head down under...


Ski racing, with an extra helping of danger

Reckon ski racing isn't scary enough already? Trust Swedish freeskier Jon Olsson to raise the stakes by sending three skiers down a course with mere inches between them. Jon, inventor of heaps of...


Glacier Skiing in Whistler

GLACIER SKIING AND RIDING ON BLACKCOMB MOUNTAIN KICKS OFF JUNE 19 Biggest snowpack in years awaits summer skiers and riders WHISTLER, BC, June 15, 2010 – After a record breaking year of snowfall,...


Clean up in Scotland

Mountain spring cleaning at Cairngorm and Nevis Range – next weekend In its third year, the Ski Club of Great Britain’s ‘Big Spring Clean’ returns to the Scottish ski resorts...


Cook up a storm ...

Always wanted to learn to surf? But really want to do a season too? Then Natives has the perfect solution. Natives has been running successful cookery courses for the last eight years, and this year they...


Nissan Outdoor games

The Nissan Outdoors Games combines an adrenaline charged film festival with an outdoor sport event. Top-class international athletes in extreme sports gather to share their passion through the camera lens....


Strange times in Val

Soaring temperatures and little snow means that the slopes are looking iffy at the moment. First thing in the morning is the ideal time to get a fast ski, although only if you enjoy skiing on substances...


End of season in Serre Chevalier

After 18 weeks, the season is finally drawing to a close. As you would expect conditions are fairly marginal at present. Although, according to the local folk, this is the best end of season snow pack...


Last season blog from St Anton

The snow is fast turning from slushy moguls to muddy grass, the sun seems to be shining rather a lot, and this is the last report from St Anton for season 2010. I thought I would get in to the end of season...


Dancing on the ceiling

Well well well, The snow has finally arrived in Zermatt. Whilst all other lowland resorts are closing up and preparing for the summer, the Zermatters are still very much in Skiing mode. The past week has...


The worst things about Serre Chevalier

Conditions are amazing throughout the valley, considering just how late in the season it actually is. After a couple of weeks of sun, and little snow fall during March things took a sharp turn for the...


Birthday blog

Birthdays.  Mine falls on April Fools.  You can imagine the litany of jokes and tricks I had to endure in my younger years.  'To be honest it's quite fitting', I am told by those...


Spring surprise in St Anton

Weather Upadate - Buckets of snow this week as the clouds came in over the weekend and dumped on us. Monday was still snowing and there was waist deep powder everywhere. Tuesday was a bluebird and one...


Chamonix events coming up

Chamonix is still in full swing, still great conditions and the last resort in the Grand Montets due to close on the 9th May ! The 16th to 18th April see the Winter Sessions putting on a great weekend...


News from Val

The week-long snowfall has brought smiles to many faces in resort, as the majority of pistes are open again. Temperatures are soaring though, and on the sunniest days the jackets can even be left behind...


April and Powder

At the end of March the warm temperatures and strong sun took away a huge amount of the snow, BUT, Then our usual end of season dump finally arrived. Four days of snow and cold temperatures made it feel...


Keep going !

Early this week we looked set for the end of the season, with abundant slush and ice everywhere. Heavy snow today and yesterday though means that the season is not yet lost. Here is the news from Val d’Isère: Ski...


Serre Chevalier on a budget

Spring has completely arrived now. We haven’t seen any real snowfall for a good couple of weeks. Most mornings are usually bright and clear with temperatures gradually increasing as the day progresses....


Broken eyes and bumps

Hello to everyone out there, mountain and lowland dwellers alike. Well, it’s been a while since my last blog, sorry! I myself have been recovering from injury following the Chamonix bump bash....


Doom and gloom in St Anton

The end of the world is nigh in St Anton...... or is it? The last week has been a 'four seasons' in one week. We started out with thick whiteouts, low temperatures, storms and heavy snow, which...


Fun Easter coming in Saas Fee

The quite time is drawing to an end, ahead lays a busy Easter. Spring snow has set in early this year and today’s rain really isn’t helping. Warm temperatures are forecast until mid week when...


Backcountry all the way

Spring is here and it’s a favourite time of mine for backcountry skiing. A few days ago we finished teaching an introductory course to backcountry skiing and ski touring which 4 participants, over...


A day in the Serre Chevalier backcountry

After having spent most of the season, exploring the infamous tree’s of Serre Chevalier, I decided it was time to step a little further out of bounds. Fortunately, a work colleague of mine, and Serre...


Pistes still great in Val !

With no real snow for the last two weeks, you would expect a proper ice rink around Val d’Isère. Although melting in resort is prolific, despair not, as the pistes are still in fantastic shape. Last...


For one night only

There are Igloos in La Plagne! Yes, I know, you are wondering what on earth I am talking about, It really is true, there are 4 real Igloos here in La Plagne at 2000 metres, with magnificent views...


The sunshine is back !

After last week throwing all four seasons at us the weather has returned to sunshine and the Terrain park on Mt Joux has been looking perfectly shaped for some fun in the air. After that we’ve...


Vincent Jay - Champ in Les Menuires

Vincent Jay who comes from Les Menuires/St Martin de Belleville won a bronze medal at the Olympics in Canada.  Not surprisingly the tourist office is very proud of their champion, read more about...


Season far from over in Whistler...

The season is far from over in Whistler, Canada.  They are reporting snowfall overnight so you can still have a visit to the 2010 Olympic Village. Snowfall in whistler...


Topsy Turvy times in St Anton

Its been topsy turvy of late - the annual February warm spell came as usual, without the rain this year, and March has seen us blast back into winter just as everyone had started buying sun cream and shades....


Men in skirts

235 chilly people with 470 chilly legs spent Saturday morning standing in line on CairnGorm Mountain, near Aviemore, wearing kilts. They had cobbled together some reasons to do this, namely in order...


Powder Daze

’16 inches’ says the Snow Goddess.  Did I hear that right?  I call the WPR snow hotline again.  It’s usually a busy signal for a solid ½ hour after a 6-inch storm,...


Mad Dog’s new favourite Italian secret

Tired of all the usual resorts? Looking for a more laid back experience? Then look no further than Sud Tirol. This lovely corner of Italy used to be Austrian and you can still see the influence in the...


Spring is here in Val d'Isere

The weather is warming up now, and it really feels like spring is setting in. Despite the melting in resort, things are still tip top up on the pistes. Here is the latest from Val d’Isère:   Snow...


Take to the slopes on cardboard!

Tired of all this top of the range ski equipment? Hankering after simpler times? Fear not, in Lake Louise you can take to the slopes on cardboard. On April 17 Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada, hosts the...


Best of the festivals

There are so many festivals going on in the mountains these days it's amazing the snowflakes can squeeze in in between the revellers. Here, courtesy of PV Holidays is a round-up of the best   Winter...


Where is Kate ?

Kate is away on a press trip to Italy and sent us this photo to the office - just to make us really jealous... Luckily though we are all off for our Mad Dog Ski trip to Les Gets in 2 weeks - and...


Powder day in La Plagne

The weather forecast was for 8cm! It started snowing late Thursday night and continued all day Friday. On Saturday morning we found 45cm of snow on our balcony after being woken by very loud avalanche...


Day Zero in Japan: absolutely not faffing in Tokyo

Getting to Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, is always going to be a faff. Of course, if you have time, a faff is exactly what you want. It's while faffing that you meet people and see all...


Powder time in Serre Che

Powder time! After a few weeks of fairly average snow, things have finally started to improve. Last week we had around 15cm of fresh snow and for the last 3 days, it has been snowing non stop. What makes...


Half term madness in Zermatt

“Skanking to Reggae amidst the half term madness” Well as the half term frenzy is drawing to a close it looks like the spring weather is already on the way. We have been lucky here in Zermatt...


Ski Club Dual Slalom - Tignes

Ski Club are holding a new event in Tignes on Wednesday 7th April - Dual Slalom. They are teaming up with Evolution 2 to host the event which promises to be a fun filled day for all - with fancy dress...


Party town - Saas Fee has it all...

Saas-Fee has kicked into full gear over the last 2weeks and this week coming is lining up for more of the same. A quite season can be fun if there is lots of snow, but I’ve never known the two coincide....


Jackson Hole roadtrip blog

“I’m heading to Jackson”.  Drop that gem in the lower 48 and watch everyone’s eyes get big like silver dollars.  The place is legendary – Judaism has Jerusalem,...


Mad Dog in Serre Chevalier

Every once in a while we at Mad Dog get a chance to leave the desk behind and head for the thing we all desire most at this time of year, the mountains. This time it was my turn!So with everything booked...


Fantastic snow in Val

With Half Term holidays in both the UK and France, the slopes and resort have become crowded and busy. Despite the busy pistes, the mood in the resort is fun and lively. Here is the latest from Val d’Isère:...


Feb half term news in Megeve

Well, February half term is in full swing and the crowds are in, and although the main areas are pretty busy there are plenty of secret stashes around Megeve that stay quiet all the time.   Head...


St Anton - season so far...

After lots of snow falling last week this week seems to be one bluebird after another! Its crisp and cold first thing in the morning but by lunchtime the sun is warm and the pistes are softening up. It...


La Plagne blog

After a ‘scratchy’ start to the season the snow finally arrived, about 30 cm had fallen over a couple of days in early January so when we woke to a lovely sunny, very cold, alpine sparkly day...


Best aprés-ski spots

Whether your life is fine without a Valentine, or you need a little Dutch courage to help you find one in resort, this mini-guide to the best of this season’s aprés joints should come in handy....


The TV-watcher’s guide to the Winter Olympic disciplines

To help you figure out why the little Lycra-clad folk on the telly are doing the crazy things they do, here’s a digested version of the rules of each sport about to kick off in Vancouver. We’ve...


Champagne, powder & fancy dress

Zermatt is finally looking a little more white thanks to a few small dumps over the past few days. The off piste is in much better condition but i would definately stick to the marked yellow itinerary...


‘Bad’ powder day in Japan

There’s no denying it’s a very long way away, and it’s taken two days, plus some vigorous jetlag, to get to this point, but the first faceful of their famous champagne powder blows that...


Whistler - snowing again

It's snowing again in Whistler, preparing the ground for the Olympics and visitors alike.   Whistler weather...        


Life in Alpe D'Huez

I’m looking out across my balcony at gorgeous blue skies, quiet pistes and melting snow! We’re not forecast any significant snow fall in the next couple of days, but there is still some good...


New ski horror movie

Hollywood hits the slopes in a new horror film called Frozen that sees two snowboarders and a skier stranded on a chairlift overnight. The flick is written and directed by Adam Green, and follows three...


Powder galore in Megeve

Megeve Blog - Powder, powder,...... oh and more powder! The snow has been falling thick and fast over the past week with the odd break in the cloud to get out and enjoy some fresh, laid back powder...


Snow and ski news from Val

The weather this season has been varying. There have been a lot of snow days and, unfortunately, much flat light to be seen, although this week I am absolutely buzzing from six consecutive days of pure,...


Windy weather in St Anton

The past week has see quite a lot of weather coming in. Pretty much everyday its been snowing and Wednesday looks to have a massive dump, although the winds are quite high so that the upper chairlifts...


Bacon with maple syrup, all the way!

Today Mad Dog has been talking about mountain food on the Times Online discussion. Boy, it made us hungry! We were considered perculiar for having fallen for waffles, bacon and maple syrup in Colorado....


Great snow weather in La Plagne

With all the snow that has been falling on and off as well as the low temperatures we have been experiencing for the last few weeks the conditions are good. On piste is in really good shape and the pisteurs...


First blog from Serre Che!

After a fairly abysmal start to the season the snow eventually started falling after two weeks of sunshine. Since then we have had more than our fair share of powder days and more recently, periods of...


Excellent snow conditions in Morzine

Conditions are excellent here in Morzine and in particular on the Avoriaz side of the Portes du Soleil. At least 3cm of snow is forecast for each day this week and although temperatures have dropped, they...


Jesse survives massive avalanche in Winter Park

I am not like 99% of American worker bees, in that I actually relish Monday mornings.  They are special to me, because after 3 straight days of running and coaching the largest developmental freestyle...


Excllent skiing in St Anton

Its been a good last couple of weeks, despite there only being one significant fall of snow, its stayed really cold and sunny most days - my goggle tan is quite severe! Theres even heaps of snow still...


The top things to do while your valentine is tearing up the pistes

Are you one of the UK’s many ski-widows? Do you find yourself having a yearly argument with your other half, explaining once again that you will never be a skier, so there’s no point wasting...


Mad Dog resort bloggers' thoughts on the Winter Olympics

What does the Winter Olympics mean to you? The Mad Dog bloggers and other assorted friends tell us whether they’re on the edge of their seat, or hiding somewhere out in the backcountry, while the...


Steve Podborski and the Dave Murray Downhill

It's nearly time for the biggest event Whistler has ever hosted! Episode 7 of the Whistler Blackcomb Snowcast, presented by TELUS, takes us to the official race course.   In this episode,...


Will Britain even make it to the Winter Olympics?

With a mere three weeks or so until the Winter Olympics begin in Vancouver, there’s a chance that our athletes might not be allowed to compete. Yesterday the Radio 4 programme ‘You and...


Excite your taste buds in La Plagne

La Plagne tourist board have sent a list and details of their top tips for eating in style in La Plagne this season. Read more..


3 local Olympic hopefulls

Only 29 days until the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and we're ready to cheer on local athletes in their quest for gold. In this week's Snowcast, presented by TELUS, we meet three locals...


We love Les Gets

Les Gets is one of the 12 resorts that together make up the massive 650km of piste that is the Portes du Soleil. The vast area is half Swiss and half French, and is enough to keep even the swiftest skier...


Video goggles

How cool is this - Camera goggles! Shoot video of your runs on the ski slopes with these camera goggles. They have about 2 hours of recording time so should be enough to get your best moves in.    They...



Video on history of Snowboarding at Whistler Blackcomb

As we gear up for another pow weekend (40cm expected by Sunday), we thought we'd take it back to the old school with a little history lesson in snowboarding at Whistler Blackcomb.   Back in...


Ski Scotland

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...


The Vallée Blanche January 2010

Many of you have been asking about the status of the Vallée Blanche and when guests might be able to enjoy the trip. Here is some info from the Evolution 2 High Mountain Guides, after they have...


The worst snow in 30 years? Bring it on!

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...


Luttman-Johnson Challenge 2010

Zermatt will be the host for the Luttman-Johnson Challenge on 3rd February 2010. A wonderful opportunity to a great day out with your mates, take it as seriously as you want and just have a ball...


Snowflash - Whistler

**SNOWFLASH**  Following a day of flurries and 2-4cm of snowfall, the scene is set for another bumper fall in the night....  


The weather is beautiful

The weather is beautiful at the moment, but seriously cold, which is good for the snow already on the ground and great for making more. Every night, each of Val d'Isère's 300 cannons is...


Official record in Whistler

It's official - November 2009 has the record for highest snowfall - 18 feet in total.  Click here for more information and statistics.


Foreign office advice for skiers

The UK Foreign Office have issued a statement regarding accidents whilst skiing, including when alcohol might be involved.  Check out their guidelines and make sure you have your insurance up to date...


Records broken

It is official - the Whistler Tourist Office have announced that this is the snowiest November to date. With 523cm of snowfall so far this month it is forecast to be a brilliant season. 


Snow Carbon site launches

Why fly to a ski resort in Europe when you can take the train? snowcarbon is an independent website that shows you which ski resorts are easiest to reach and how to book the lowest fares.  Find out...


20% discount on clothing and equipment

Progression Ski and Snowboard School have teamed up with LD Mountain Centre to offer all our customers and friends a credit crunch cracking 20% discount on all 2009/10 ski & snowboard clothing and...


It's snowing in Courchevel...

The Tourist Office in Courchevel have sent this lovely link to their webcam - showing off their new, beautiful snowfall on the slopes.... the fun is about to start.


Insure the snowfall !!

Guaranteed snow or your money back on ski holidays to France with Pierre & Vacances   Following on from the success of Pierre & Vacances’ popular ‘sunshine guarantee’...


Ski racer Ed Drake hits Chile

August 2009. At last we were off for a 4 week training camp. Three of us flew out from Britain a few days early to get some free skiing under our belts after a long time off the snow and get acclimatised...


Win free flights

We are very excited to be running a joint promotion with bmibaby offering five lucky people the chance to win a pair of free flights to Geneva plus £100 of Ellis Brigham vouchers.  Simply send...


The Snow Centre – Hemel Hempstead

UK skiers are beginning to realise the benefits of year-round skiing and snowboarding, and that’s becoming easier to achieve with the development of new indoor snow centres in various locations around...


Race against the British Ski and Snowboard Team

This year’s Metro Ski & Snowboard Show at London Olympia will give visitors a unique opportunity – a chance to race against British Ski and Snowboard Team athletes from the past and present.   SnowsportGB...


Ski Club of GB at the Metro Ski & Snowboard Show 2009

This year’s Metro Ski & Snowboard Show at London Olympia will give visitors a unique opportunity – a chance to race against British Ski and Snowboard Team athletes from the past and present. SnowsportGB...


Here comes the sun

In true style, Chamonix summoned one final dump of powder up high at Les Grands Montets on Friday, kindly providing fabulous conditions for the last weekend of the season. Of course all the rides to the...


Time to celebrate

I headed up to Brevent in the week and the slopes were peaceful but deep, giving me a feeling of riding in slow motion and having all the time in the world to get my turns right! It feels like...


Happy Easter everyone

Ok so I’ve not updated this blog for a while but it’s not like I'm the first bloke to make a comeback on Easter Monday! Easter is a great time of year, a time to eat chocolate eggs...


Geography can be fun!

Living in the Chamonix Valley is a bit like being in a constant, interactive Geography lesson. In a great way! The valley is stunningly beautiful, awe inspiring and offers incredible experiences for everyone,...


Spring Fever

It’s all change here in Cham, Spring has firmly installed herself in the valley and Summer is hitching up her flowery skirts and sprinting toward us. Not to worry though, unlike some other unfortunate...


9 days to go

With the season closing in Schladming in just 9 days we have had a big rush of people trying to squeeze in a second weeks skiing or just a weekend away, we are now manic with at least one or two airport...


Sunny days

The first skier came down the Plan this morning as the church bells were striking nine. Today is our thirteenth sunny day in succession, but it’s the last: we’re forecast snow tonight and crappy...


Brilliant weekend skiing in Chamonix

I rode Brevent (they didn’t open the top) which had literally tons of fresh snow on offer and plenty of cartwheeling potential for me as a relative newcomer to riding powder. I am reliably...


St Valentine

Valentines day for me was spent in true Chamonix style with my special someone, riding Flegere and watching the Helly Hansen Winter Ride. The competition was hot, with everyone vyeing for a place in the...


Spoilt spoilt spoilt

I have dined at what is arguably Chamonix’s most popular restaurant twice in the last two weeks! Normally this happens once every few months when we have guests to impress, yet I have found myself...


Sun, spring and celebrities

I met a movie star this week! Chamonix has recently become something of a magnet for celebrities with Kylie tearing up the slopes at Les Grand Montets and Alan Partridge being spotted devouring a fondue...


Finally the snow arrives

Well it’s my first blog of the season, so hello from Meribel.  It was an awesome start to the season, the week I arrived out here for training it dumped solid for a week and a half,...


Sweet conditions in Whistler

It’s taken a while this season for High alpine conditions to be skiable but thankfully things have taken a major turn for the better.The snowpack has stabilized & together with a few good...


Perfect conditions

The end of last week and the weekend saw heavy snowfall in Verbier. Thursday was a lovely clear day with good snow both on and off the piste. The weekend saw the heaviest snowfall with Geneva airport being...


New years in Verbier

It was a snowy start to the New Year as snow began to fall mid day on Wednesday getting heavier as 2008 drew to a close. Many of the runs particularly around the Verbier area had begun to get a bit...


Turning to the dark side…

Tomorrow sees a whole new world for me - 15 years trying to get good at skiing and I am about to turn to the dark side. I have purchased wrist guards, knee pads and very ugly padded ‘hip protectors’...


Hello world

Oliver Nixon here from the WB Ski School…..writing to give you the latest from Whistler BC.After a pretty slow start to the season the snow has arrived!Plenty of powder in the last week &...


Cliff of doom

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...


Season kicks off with a bang!

It’s official; tomorrow sees the official kick-off of the winter season here in Chamonix! From tomorrow (8/12), Chamonix is open for skiing every day, with Les Grands Montets, widely known as the...


New for winter 07/08…SNOW!

Just another rainy interseason in the Alps, right? Wrong! Winter 2007/8 has kick-started with a gigantic snowstorm, news of new parks in the resorts around town, the descent of hundreds of Gore-Tex-clad...


Hiking Les Grands Montets and Touring Le Tour

This week has pretty much seen perfect mid-winter skiing & riding conditions; tons of fresh snow lying around everywhere and beautiful blue skies overhead. We took a walk up to Lognan, the Les Grands...


Host Savoie chalets

Host Savoie are a chalet company in the Portes du Soleil, run by Welshman Andy and Belgian Sylvie. They set up their company in 2005, in the world-famous and truly gigantic Portes du Soleil ski area. Their...


Best things to do in La Plagne, by halfpipe master Kevin Rolland

French freestyle overlord Kevin Rolland lives in La Plagne and gives us a rundown of the best things to do in Paradiski. Be prepared – he’s famous for being a hard worker, and his perfect day...


The best skiing in Val d'Isere

Every so often we get the chance to pin down a friend of MadDogSki who knows their patch of mountain really well, and quiz them about their very favourite places. All so you can make notes and act like...


How do I find a weekend ski trip?

The majority of ski companies only deal with Saturday-to-Saturday holidays. There are some who don't though. Of course, all hotels will do whatever nights you like, but are often rather more expensive.We...


Where are all the frequently asked questions?

Ah, a very good question. They are, as they say, under construction. If you have a burning one that you'd like to see dealt with here, just get in touch and we'll tell you the answer.


Val d'Isere daytrip

Need a helping hand to find your way around the ski slopes of Val? Download this daytrip, print it out, and stick it in your pocket ready for the first day...


The Three Valleys ski challenge

There’s nothing like covering some serious distance on skis and lifts, and if this is your aim you need to go for one of the big linked ski areas like the Portes du Soleil (650km of piste), Paradiski...