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 »

20 Years of Ski Independence

The Team July 9th, 2014

Tailor-Made Ski Specialists for Over 20 Years

Ski Independence have sent over 100,000 clients on holiday over the past 2 decades and we’re extremely proud to be celebrating our 20 year anniversary for the 2014/2015 winter season.

We produced our first ever brochure in 1994 and our website went live many years later with the world moving at lightning pace to the digital era of today. So much has changed over this time, but our commitment to offering the very best tailor-made service has stayed the same throughout.

Take a trip down memory lane and take a take a look at a selection of brochure covers from the past 20 years – which is your favourite?

20 Years of Ski Independence Brochure Covers

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North America Exchange Rate Savings Guide

The Team June 27th, 2014

Enjoy Great Exchange Rate Savings in North America this Winter

If you’re considering a ski trip to the USA or Canada this winter, you can expect excellent exchange rate savings as the Pound reaches a 5 year high against the Canadian and US Dollars (a 17% and 15% hike respectively).

The Canadian and US Dollars hit a 52 week low of C$1.56 and $1.48 to the pound last July but today stand at C$1.82 and $1.70.

So what does this mean for your ski holiday? Read the rest of this entry »

Why Do Skiers Care About El Niño?

Nick June 24th, 2014

We’ve heard rumours that El Niño is set to make a return in 2014, which could be great news for ski resorts in North America. With increasing confidence that 2014/15 will see a return of this weather phenomenon, Nick has delved a little deeper into why ski resorts and skiers care about El Niño.

What is El Niño?

El Niño, which means “the boy” in Spanish  (as in Jesus – because its effects are most strongly felt in South America around Christmas), is a phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) when things heat up over the tropical Pacific Ocean. Read the rest of this entry »

Inside Track – Ski Bucket List; David

Dave June 4th, 2014

Having started his love affair with winter sports on the slopes of Scotland (both real snow and dry slopes!), David spent several seasons living and working in Austria and he is a big fan of this small and charming country. A qualified snowboarding instructor, David knows all about the great slopes, pretty resorts and plentiful après-ski on offer in the Austrian Alps but he’s also ventured further afar in recent years and counts Whistler and Banff as two of the top ski destinations in the world. Read on for David’s Ski Bucket List. Read the rest of this entry »

Ski World Record – Day 21: Final Day – Norway

Vicky April 17th, 2014

21 epic days down! Jamie reflects on the 3 weeks he spent breaking the Ski World Record, plus there’s news of more to come. It’s been an amazing and exhausting time and Jamie finally makes it home to Edinburgh in once piece.

Watch out for more videos and keep an eye out for Jamie in the press over the coming days and weeks! Watch Jamie’s Ski World Record - Day 21 video blog below: Read the rest of this entry »

Banff and Lake Louise 2014 Competition Winner

Vicky April 2nd, 2014

After running a contest last autumn offering entrants the chance to win a 5-star ski holiday to Alberta in Canada, winner of our Banff and Lake Louise 2014 Competition, Mark, has been in touch with a quick run-down of his trip together with a few of his photos.

Banff and Lake Louise 2014

We had a fantastic time – the organisation was top draw from start to end and went without a hitch. A fabulous prize – enjoyed every second of it! Read the rest of this entry »

The Southern Alps, France: Montgenèvre Ski Resort Review

Karen March 31st, 2014

Karen from our Reservations Team has just returned from a week’s holiday in Montgenèvre; a hidden gem in the Southern Alps and the southernmost of our French destinations, sitting right on the border with Italy. Here’s what she made of it.

Karen’s Montgenèvre Ski Resort Review

I had visited Montgenèvre before, but a long time ago and out of season, so this was effectively new territory for me. For those interested in the geography and history Montgenèvre is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and it sits on a submarine volcano (long extinct) on a strategically important pass in the Southern Alps between Italy and France. The Romans and Gauls fought out some good battles there in the past and there are some pretty interesting forts and relics around the place too. How often can you combine a skiing holiday with a history lesson? And the southern Alps location makes for plenty of sunshine and plenty of snow too. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Nights in St Moritz; a luxury experience

Vicky March 25th, 2014

Last October Ski Independence ran a competition in conjunction with fashion and lifestyle brand, White Stuff, for a chance to win a winter break to the luxurious Nira Alpina Hotel in St Moritz. Mark Doherty was the lucky winner and he has very kindly put a few words together about his trip in February.

3 Nights in St Moritz

“Last autumn I entered a competition to win a short skiing break and was lucky enough to win a 3 nights in St Moritz at the Nira Alpina Hotel. All the planning was done by Ski Independence and we flew on Saturday 22nd of Feb from Manchester to Zurich, a just-long-enough 1.45 min flight! From landing in Zurich it was Swiss Rail to St Moritz, 2 changes, a short taxi ride and 4 hours later we were at the hotel for about 2100hrs. A quick shower & change and it was wine & dine time in the hotel’s Stalla Veglia Trattoria. Read the rest of this entry »

Ski World Record – Day 20: Sweden

Vicky March 21st, 2014

And he’s done it, day 20 in Sweden see’s Jamie take the Ski World Record for 16 countries skied. Absolutely brilliant, all his hard work has finally paid off….but wait he’s not stopped there. He’s off again!

Watch Jamie’s Ski World Record - Day 20 video blog below: Read the rest of this entry »

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