Skiing for beginners

Need to know pretty much everything about skiing? And in a hurry before your travel companions find out? We're adding more beginner ski tips all the time, as well as travel advice and guides to the things you didn't even know you didn't know. If you are a beginner, ask us questions and we'll post the answers.

Where to practice skiing in the UK

If you’re thinking of taking your first ski trip, then it’s a good idea to visit one of the UK’s many indoor ski slopes (or outdoor dry ski slopes) and get in a little practice before...


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?...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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’...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Learning to ski: Ski rental and choosing the right kit

After much anticipation we arrived in Austria and were greeted by snowy Alps and a stand-up shot of the potent local schnapps at our Mayrhofen chalet. Everything was as it should be. Now to sort out our...


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,...


Learning to ski: Booking cheap flights in Europe

With my first ever ski holiday approaching fast, the time had come to start researching some cheap flights to Europe. I’ve always been under the impression that if you want a good flight deal, then...


Learning to ski: Getting the snow ball rolling

After years of seeing my friends heading off on ski trips to Europe (I’ve always preferred the idea of a beach to learning to ski on a freezing cold mountain top), I’ve finally decided to give...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


10 ski tips for beginners

Learning to ski as an adult can be very daunting, so get a head start with these ten ski tips for beginners, straight from a brand new ski convert. Before I start though, what’s written below is...


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...


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...


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...


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.