Season Of The Seven Territories

Pip November 19th, 2014

Nestled 90 minutes from Denver, among breathtaking Colorado scenery is the beautifully unique and surprisingly vast Winter Park.

The second largest ski area in Colorado celebrates its 75th birthday this year, and although there are plenty of bars and restaurants to celebrate in, the only place to be found in Winter Park, is on the mountain. Aside from a short transfer time and superb value for money, Winter Park’s huge ski area has a unique twist, making mountain the ultimate choice for families and mixed ability groups.

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Season of the Seven Territories

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Steamboat Events – Winter 2014-15

Jenny O Farrell October 24th, 2014

Our favourite guest blogger, Jenny O’Farrell from Steamboat, has returned! We asked Jenny to give us the low-down on what’s hot in Steamboat and she’s put together a list of must-see Steamboat events for winter 2014/15:

18th December – 30th March – Night Skiing & Riding

Ok, so if you did not get in enough turns from first Gondola at 8:30, you can enjoy night skiing and riding for three more hours from 5:30.

This will be year #2 of illuminated slopes in Steamboat, and we’re excited to add another day to the schedule for a Thursday-Sunday program this winter. You have steeper trails off the top of the Christie Peak Express 6-pack chair, and the Lil’ Rodeo terrain park is very popular at the night sessions. The lighting is quite impressive, too – the snow is well-illuminated, but you can still appreciate the bright stars in the bight sky, too. For those who prefer to watch, grab a cocktail at the Bear River Grill and enjoy the atmosphere at the cozy fire pits.

Steamboat Events

Ski Steamboat under floodlight!

5th-10th January 2015 – Musicfest at Steamboat

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Celebrate Swiss Style; 150 Years of St Moritz

Pip October 21st, 2014

Celebrate 150 Years of St Moritz; Timeless Luxury and Vintage Charm

Lots of things get better with age… cheese, wine. Where better to enjoy these two vintage delights than in a truly vintage setting!?

150 years of St Moritz

Fireworks on the Frozen Lake

With all the charm of a chocolate box, St Moritz celebrates its 150th winter of snowsports this year! The Polo world cup on the frozen lake, the annual vintage car rally and the stylish, soulful sounds of the blues festival already transport you back in time to the authentic charm and romance of the early days of alpinism. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Great Reasons Why Switzerland Works for Family Skiing

The Team September 8th, 2014

Think family skiing and many people may not immediately think of Switzerland – but we say definitely don’t rule it out!

You may be surprised at just how much Switzerland has to offer on a family ski holiday; many of the ‘must-have’s’ are readily available – from quality childcare, interconnecting rooms, family-friendly terrain, family-friendly pricing and plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained. Read on for our top 5 reasons why Switzerland works for family skiing:

1. Plenty of great, family-friendly accommodation

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The Ski Independence Whistler Guide for iPad

Vicky August 28th, 2014

We’re delighted to announce that Ski Independence has launched a brand new guide to Whistler and Vancouver, which is now available in the iTunes and iPad App Stores.

Whistler Guide for iPad

Whistler Peak 2 Peak Gondola (image: Mike Crane)

Packed full of useful information about skiing in Whistler and city stopovers in Vancouver, find out more about these two great destinations, together with a variety of images and inspirational videos. Free to download, this insiders guide is packed full of useful information about Whistler ski holidays, details on a selection of hand-picked lodging options and information on how to book with Ski Independence: Read the rest of this entry »

From Scotland… to Panorama in Canada

The Team August 18th, 2014

One of our contacts in Panorama Mountain Village, Shannon, recently made the move from Scotland to Panorama in Canada and tells her all about their first winter back in British Columbia, and why she chose to stay put.

“The journey from Scotland to Calgary is one that I have done many times and I now find the flight a time to relax and gather my thoughts. Excited that this time I was not going back to Scotland, I was travelling further north and into a gauntlet of towering mountain ranges – with the Rockies lying to the south and the east and the Purcells to the north and the west. In all directions stand pristine, snow-covered peaks and untouched forests, and plenty of powder! Read the rest of this entry »

Canada Road Trip – part 1; Alberta

Vicky August 15th, 2014

Canada Road Trip, A First Time For…

Having spent a huge amount of time snowboarding in the French Alps and elsewhere in Europe, as well as in Colorado, last winter I decided that it was about time I experienced Canada for the first time. This was first on the list of many firsts for this trip – and as my other half had never been to Canada either, it was difficult for us to contain our excitement: the vast landscapes, the epic powder, the stunning hotels, the Canadian people, and the adventure that we were about to experience, let’s go now! We got everything booked up back in September and had to wait for what seemed like months before we could get on the flight, and get on the road in February.

Canada Road Trip

Spectacular views like this awaited us – Banff Avenue

Stage 1 of our trip involved a few days in Alberta, before driving over the border into British Columbia. Here are a few ‘firsts’ from our Canada Road Trip – part 1: Read the rest of this entry »

Why Travel in First and Business Class?

Vicky August 4th, 2014

Top Reasons to Travel in First or Business Class

Travel in First and Business Class

British Airways First Cabin

Since the advent of commercial air travel life on board, particularly on long haul routes, has changed almost beyond recognition. Whilst safety has always been the number one priority, clean air and well-being now follow closely behind. Fortunately, gone are the days of free cigarettes for First Class passengers – indeed gone are the smoking seats at the back of the plane, thank goodness! The iconic Concorde is no longer, the A380 double decker is now king of the skies and modern aeroplanes travel huge distances with no need for refuelling stops on the way.

Turning left when you board a flight has always been one of the finer things to experience in life, and it could also mean the difference between a bleary eyed arrival or one where you’re well rested and raring to go! What’s more, the luxury experience begins long before you get on board. But if air travel has come on so dramatically from the early days, why not just stick to Economy? Well, we know we’d always upgrade wherever possible and here are our top reasons to fly in style in First and Business Class cabins. Read the rest of this entry »

Extra Value Whistler – Winter 2014/15

Pete July 30th, 2014

Whistler has long been a Mecca for skiers and snowboarders, so what continues to draw such a varied international audience to this destination year after year?

Certainly the resort benefitted from playing host to the Winter Olympics in 2010 – not only was the resort beamed into millions of homes for 16 days, the infrastructure was vastly improved too. The umbilical Sea-to-Sky highway between Whistler and Vancouver was dramatically overhauled, while the creation of world-class training facilities will undoubtedly progress winter sports for the ensuing generations.

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Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains – enduring appeal. Image: David McColm

However, Whistler’s real trick is the continued development they commit to the mountain every year. Recent flagship projects include:

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Inside Track – Ski Bucket List; Michael

The Team July 24th, 2014

Managing Director of Ski Independence, Michael, is the third generation to run his family business, Osprey Holidays. Originally named Bennett’s Travel, and started in in the 1950′s by Michael’s grandfather, the family travel agency grew and evolved into Osprey Holidays. In 1994 Ski Independence became an integral part of the business.

Michael has skied all over Europe and North America, starting when he was just 4 years old. In the late 80′s Michael completed a season in the Alps and he’s been hooked ever since. Read on for Michael’s Ski Bucket List. Read the rest of this entry »

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