During a road-trip across British Columbia in Canada last winter, I had the opportunity to test myself in Taynton Bowl, Panorama’s signature high alpine terrain offering some of Canada’s most legendary inbounds adventure skiing. On the same trip I learnt a little about the terrain expansion Panorama has recently announced for winter 2017/18.
Saved time on the first day having lift tickets!
James, Flaine, February 2017
Booking the right lift passes, ski & snowboard tuition and rental equipment for your ski holiday can be a daunting prospect. Should I book a local or full area lift pass? Is it better to book full or half day lessons? Where will I be able to pick up my rental equipment?
Exclusive ski properties, à la carte services
We’re delighted to introduce The Ski Independence Private Collection, a brand new luxury product for Winter 2017/18. The Ski Independence Private Collection is a selection of private chalets and apartments boasting excellent facilities and à la carte services. We’re offering this exclusive new product in sought-after European ski resorts including Val d’Isère, Courchevel, Méribel, St Anton and La Clusaz. Three of our Ski Specialists visited a range of Private Collection chalets and residences last winter; here’s what Morven had to say:
From picture-perfect traditional Alpine chalets, complete with original features and full of character, to modern, luxurious interiors, ski chalets come in all different shapes, sizes and styles. Originating as farmers’ abodes in the summer months, the modern chalet provides a home-from-home for holidaymakers.
From luxury self-catering to fully staffed, 5-star service, we ventured out to three of France’s top ski resorts to check out the very latest in luxury lodging. Read the rest of this entry »
The fantastic Big White Masters Ski Weeks are tailored specifically towards skiers and boarders aged 50+, looking to meet like-minded snowsports fans. These week-long programmes include top ski coaching over 5 half days, a bit of après-ski, good conversation and plenty of social events and entertainment – surely a winning formula!
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Finding the right place to stay is one of the crucial ingredients in creating the perfect ski holiday; that’s why Ski Independence visit all of the properties we offer. We take the time to carefully hand-pick the very best ski hotels and residences in every resort that we feature, and every one has been experienced by one of our team of Ski Specialists. Below you’ll find our selection of the best unashamed 5-star luxury ski hotels from around the world, from unique family-run hideaways and beautiful home-from-home retreats, to the best-known global hotel brands. Needless to say, all offer outstanding surroundings, impeccable service and world-class dining, leisure and wellness facilities.
Most people who ski and/or snowboard have heard of Whistler Blackcomb. Since 1997, when Whistler and Blackcomb mountains joined forces, the resort has attracted well over a million skier visits every season.
What’s the recipe for the perfect ski holiday? Maybe a sprinkle of snow, a big heap of terrain, a soupcon of sunshine, a pinch of stunning scenery, and a dollop of après-ski? Alberta has all the ingredients to make the skiing equivalent of a Michelin star meal!
The Perfect Ski Holiday ingredient #1: Powder
Ski Independence Ski Specialist, Karen Moodie, sums up her recent trip to Eastern Canada:
I was lucky enough to head over to Tremblant with a group of UK tour operators and agents to explore both Tremblant and the Laurentian Moutains. This started off with upgrades to Club World with British Airways and it was amazing to say the least! The champagne welcome drink and three course dinner with your feet up, while watching one of the latest movies, was an experience I never thought I would get the chance to do on a plane, never mind the fully reclining bed for a comfortable sleep. Now I understand what all the fuss is about travelling business class!
Arriving in Montréal late evening we were whisked up to Tremblant which took about an hour and a half along a main road – there are no winding roads to upset your journey at all. It is a smooth ride, what’s more you are on your way before you know it with the very efficient airport system.
Upon arrival at the luxury 5-star Fairmont Tremblant, where we spent two nights, we were shown to our rooms then treated to canapés and fizz in the Nansen Lounge, including miniature confit duck poutine, a posh version of the Canadian favourite! Being my first visit to Canada and to a Fairmont property I was bowled over by the friendliness of everyone and we had only been in the country 2 hours…
If you have recently returned from a trip to the Three Valleys, you might have spotted groups of children whizzing about the slopes in Val Thorens with wings attached to their backs (yes that does say wings!). This has nothing to do with fancy dress. In your head you might be picturing some sparkly fairy wings, but think more parachute-like cape and you will be closer to reality.
Wingjump, to give it its official name, is the latest innovative teaching aid to be employed by instructors working for Ski Cool in Val Thorens. Aiming to provide a better sense of balance and instil confidence in learners, the Wingjump is ideal for skiers who are trying to improve their parallel turns. The added feeling of lift that the Wingjump provides encourages you to keep your weight forward, making turns that bit easier whilst allowing you to build up some speed at the same time. And what’s more it’s great fun!
Here’s a clip from Ski Cool’s Facebook page to give you a flavour: Read the rest of this entry »
In February 2017 Ski Independence PR Roger Ainger took in a few days skiing the Sud Tyrol’s Dolomiti Superski area, staying in the beautiful resort of San Cassiano in Italy. Read on to find out more about this fabulous, welcoming and gastronomic destination.
In about 30 years of skiing, I had thought that I had tried most ways of getting up the mountain without straining the thigh muscles. From low speed, one person chairs through to high-speed 6 packs, button lifts, rope tows, T-bars, gondolas, cable cars, aerial trams, surface trains, under the mountain trains – I have ridden them all. Now for the first time I have used a two horse power lift. However, I get ahead of myself – more of this later…
I have just returned from a wonderful skiing trip to the Sud Tyrol – that part of Italy that is never entirely sure if it is in Italy or Austria. Everybody speaks both German and Italian plus of course the obligatory English. Many as well speak Ladin, but if you are thinking of adding another language to your skills be aware that Ladin is spoken only in a handful of valleys in this part of the world! Read the rest of this entry »