Fairmont Gold Review

Vikki May 3rd, 2016

Described by Fairmont as “our exclusive lifestyle hotel experience”, Fairmont Gold offers an extra dimension to the traditional yet relaxed luxury of Fairmont Hotels. Available in a wide range of our Canadian resorts, we wanted to give you more information about the superb levels of service and personal attention on offer with Fairmont Gold.

Fairmont Gold Review

Fairmont Gold Marquis De Lorne Suite at the Chateau Lake Louise

We could list off everything that is included – a private check-in desk, a dedicated Fairmont Gold team, a delicious continental breakfast served in the Fairmont Gold Lounge. We could tell you how big your room will be (at least 165sqft. at the Fairmont Banff Springs). Or, we could tell you what your view might be like – anyone for the Marquis De Lorne Suite at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise? Ok, so that’s quite a bit of information already! What really matters, though, is the experience itself. Our Ski Groups Specialist, Vikki, was lucky enough to experience the uniquely personal and discreet Fairmont Gold service in March 2016…

Vikki’s Fairmont Gold Review

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Monster Ski 2016; France and Italy

Vikki March 24th, 2016

Our Ski Groups Specialist, Vikki, has just returned from Monster Ski 2016 where she and a group of avid skiers took on a fantastic 3 day challenge to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research. So far nearly £25,000 has been raised, great work!

On Monday 14th March 2016 I met with the guys and girls who were taking part in this year’s Monster Ski 2016 – an awesome trip to raise funds for the MS Trust. The Monster Ski challenge is to ski 30,000 vertical feet for 3 consecutive days, which is the equivalent of Mount Everest 3 times over! This is no mean feat and this is the 2nd year I have joined these amazing people in taking part in this fantastic challenge covering Chamonix & Courmayeur.

Monster Ski 2016

Team Monster Ski 2016

Monster Ski 2016: Day 1

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6 Resorts in One Day – The Ski Utah Interconnect

Julie March 21st, 2016

The Ski Utah Interconnect – The Best Way to Ski 6 Resorts in One Day

Looking out the window to bluebird skies and a smattering of fresh snow I experienced that deep fluttering excitement that only comes from opening the curtains knowing you have a day of skiing ahead of you. Though this wasn’t going to be just any ski day; today myself and Katie from the ski team would go where few skiers are allowed to go, today we would ski 6 of Utah’s best ski resorts, crossing under ‘no entry’ ropes and boot packing up the backcountry from Deer Valley to Snowbird and everywhere in between (Park City, Solitude, Brighton and Alta) – we were doing The Ski Utah Interconnect Adventure Tour.

Ski Utah Interconnect

That way!

We pulled up to the Deer Valley car park at 8am and headed into the Snow Park Lodge where we met our guide, Chris Peters, and our fellow tour participants, a state trooper and two firefighters, both from New York. If things got sketchy out there, at least the emergency services would be present! Our guide gave us a quick run-down of the day’s plan, presented us with the obligatory “it’s not my fault if you die” waivers, then handed out avalanche transceivers and the Holy Grail of Ski Passes – the Ski Utah Gold Pass which would allow us to access to chairlifts in all the resorts we would enter. I tightened up my ski boots and we were ready to get going. Read the rest of this entry »

Fly Direct to Salt Lake City: Ski Utah in 2016/17

Vicky March 9th, 2016

On Sale Now – Fly Direct to Salt Lake City next winter

Fly direct and non-stop from London Heathrow to Salt Lake City with Delta, from Winter 2016/17 onwards!

The journey to Utah’s excellent and often legendary ski resorts will be quicker and far more convenient than ever before and is a real bonus for UK skiers and snowboarders. This brand new route will run 4 times a week, all winter, and Delta will also be operating daily direct flights from Amsterdam to Salt Lake City, with connections from Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds Bradford & more.

Find out more by getting in touch with our team of Ski Specialists by calling 0131 243 8097. Read the rest of this entry »

7 of The Best Ski Resort Spas from Ski Independence

Vicky February 17th, 2016

Skiing can be tough on the body, especially if you only get away once or twice a year, with burning thighs a common complaint. What better then, than to relax and recharge at the end of the day with a soak in a luxurious hot tub or sauna or by indulging in a full body massage? Our guide to the best ski resort spas is here to help you find the perfect place to ease your aching limbs out of your ski boots and into the very best Jacuzzis and luxury pools.

From the simple pleasure of a hot tub with a beautiful mountain vista, to an all-out spa experience complete with ice pools and flower baths, Ski Independence’s team of Ski Specialists have tried and tested (reluctantly, of course!) a wide range of spa and wellness experiences to share with you.

1. The Remède Spa, St Regis Hotel Aspen

The Best Ski Resort Spas

The Confluence waterfall at the St Regis Aspen

Voted the Number 1 Spa in the World by Travel + Leisure, the 1,500 square foot luxury Remède Spa at the exclusive St Regis hotel comes complete with steam caves, cold plunge pools, hot tubs, a fitness centre, the ‘Confluence’ waterfall and complimentary champagne. There’s even an oxygen lounge if the Rocky Mountains altitude is proving a little too much to handle in the first few days of your holiday.

Take your rejuvenation a step further with unlimited access to Aspen’s renowned yoga studio Shakti Shala for $25 per night when you stay at the St Regis Aspen.

Ski Independence top tip: “I really love the St Regis Spa in Aspen – it’s a champagne and nibbles, self-indulgent, spoil yourself sort of a place. Just what you want on holiday!” Karen, Ski Specialist Read the rest of this entry »

A Short Break in Saas Fee

Julie January 28th, 2016

I don’t need to tell you that January can leave you feeling a bit blue. Christmas is over, the days still so short and with recent downpours around the country it’s the kind of month I want to run away screaming into the hills from, which this January is exactly what I decided to do. Running away for the entire month apparently wasn’t an option however to my delight running away for a few days seemed a bit more feasible. So a short break in Saas Fee it was!

This would be my first short break and it feels ridiculously luxurious to start the working week like everyone else then smugly skip off to the snowy mountains much to the envy of your snow loving colleagues. As the one who is usually waving others off my guilt at this was limited.

The reviews of Saas Fee from clients this season have been excellent, see below, so I decided I had to get in on the action:

“The Hotel Allalin was wonderful. Clean and tastefully decorated, friendly helpful staff and wonderful food. The rooms were spacious. The whole experience was quite exceptional.” Michelle Dec 2015

A Short Break in Saas Fee

Brushing off the January blues

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Ski Resort News and Updates 2015/16

Vicky January 19th, 2016

There’s a lot to celebrate in winter 2015/16, with daily news of superb snowfall and conditions in all our featured resorts. Not only is the snow about as good as it could be, but there are plenty of new developments, innovations and skier friendly offers around too. Here’s a short guide to some of the best ski resort news and updates for this season.

Jackson Hole is 50

Winter 2015/16 marks Jackson Hole‘s 50th anniversary. To celebrate, a brand new lift – the Teton Lift – has been installed and it opens up 200 new acres of terrain on the upper mountain. The resort has produced a series of retrospective videos in celebration of this legendary ski resort too. Here’s Episode 1:

News from the 3 Valleys

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Heavy Snow in Europe – just keeps on falling!

The Team January 5th, 2016

We’re delighted to report that huge volumes of the white stuff has arrived in the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps, with many ski resorts getting at least 40cm of heavy snow in the last few days. 2016 is off to a great start!

Our snow reports from Avoriaz, Morzine, Courchevel, Les Arcs and more on 5th January say “Heavy snow just keeps on falling” and significantly more snow is predicted to arrive over the next week. Now is a great time to book your 2016 ski getaway.

Here are just a few stats to whet your skiing appetite:

Heavy Snow in Europe

From Val Thorens Facebook page – 4 January 2016

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Early Season Skiing 2015-16

Vicky December 15th, 2015

Ski Independence go skiing! Many of the Ski Independence team have been out and about in the Alps and North America over the past few weeks fitting in some Early Season Skiing for 2015-16. With so much early season snowfall we’ve been feeling pretty spoiled.

Early Season Skiing 2015-16

Early morning view of Mont Blanc from Avoriaz (image by Aly)

For the lucky ones who’ve already notched up some ski days this season, we’ve enjoyed sunny skies, skied perfect groomers and discovered plenty of powder stashes. These ‘fam’ trips allow us to squeeze in some much sought-after early season turns but it’s not all fun and games – there’s a bit of work involved too (we promise)! The main purpose of these visits is to build on our knowledge of our featured properties and destinations, so when it comes to creating tailor-made packages we’re best placed to choose the most suitable resort, accommodation and travel options – based on real experience.

Katie is just back from a week in Colorado, packing in visits to Vail, Breckenridge and Beaver Creek. Katie said of the trip, “Had the most amazing time – intense but so much fun! So great to see the resorts and hotels in real life rather than on the internet!” Read the rest of this entry »

2015/16 Ski Season Snow Alert!

Vicky November 23rd, 2015

The snow has arrived and the 2015/16 ski season has officially begun!

All across the Alps, huge amounts of snow has been falling since Friday morning, cooler temperatures have set in, and another storm is on the way for the middle of this week. Val Thorens in the Savoie region now has a base of 50cm:

Val Thorens under a heavy blanket of snow this morning

Val Thorens under a heavy blanket of snow this morning

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