Skiing weekends

Ski weekends take a little planning, but are totally possible and well worth the effort. What could be better than skiing at the drop of a good snow report, safe in the knowledge that all of your colleagues are pushing their way around Ikea while you are working on your goggle tan? Find out how to be the jammiest of them all come Monday morning...

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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Revolutionary electronic ski finder

if you are a keen off-piste skier and like to take on challenging slopes then this could be for you - an electronic finder that can locate skis buried up to 1 metre in the snow from 30 metres. The device...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


Skiing in Scotland

Last week I went skiing. I drove there on the left, and I didn’t take my passport, change any money, take out insurance or get on a plane – I just drove north for a long time, and hit the slopes...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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’...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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...