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

Here’s a pretty shot from the neighbouring Three Valleys resort of Méribel:

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Meribel – Rond Point on the morning of 23 November
Photo: merilys.info

The northern Alps of the Haute Savoie, and the Valais in Switzerland, haven’t missed out either:

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Megève webcam, Monday 23 November

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Sunny Verbier looking stunning under a blanket of fresh snow

Val d’Isère‘s weather over the next 9 days, looking good for Wednesday and Sunday:

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Snow-forecast.com predicting more siginifcant snowfall over the next week!

Magical early winter snowfall in this short video from Avoriaz:

Meanwhile, the centimetres are turning into metres across Canada and the USA:

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18 November, Kicking Horse is reported to have the “Most Snow in British Columbia”

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Panorama on 17 November, over 50cm fell in one day (photo by Andrew Brown).

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Vail ski patrol the day before Vail’s opening day (photo Andrew Taylor)

For information on ski holidays with Ski Independence this winter call our expert reservations team on 0131 243 8097 or request a tailor-made quotation online.

8 of the Best Ski Resorts Now Open

Vicky November 16th, 2015

Can’t wait for winter? Looking for an early season getaway? News of BIG North American snowfall is filling up our inboxes and many resorts are already open – or will be very soon!

The 2015/16 ski season is well and truly underway and things are off to a cracking start in the USA and Canada. Resorts in Europe aren’t far behind, with cold weather and plenty snow in the forecast – over a metre is predicted to fall in Avoriaz this coming weekend!

Here’s our pick 8 of the best ski resorts now open:

1. Lake Louise, Alberta:

Boasting one of the longest winter seasons around, Lake Louise is always one of the first resorts to open. What’s more, at least 50cm of snow is expected to fall in the new few days.

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First Tracks at Whistler Blackcomb 2015/16

Vicky November 9th, 2015

Named No.1 Overall Resort last winter by SKI Magazine, Whistler Blackcomb celebrates 50 years in 2015/16 and winter is already underway.

These lucky souls experienced first tracks from the top of Blackcomb Mountain just a few days ago:

Find out more about Whistler by visiting our Whistler resort pages. We currently have a huge range of special offers for holidays to Whistler, with the best deals available when you book by the 15th November 2015.

Call us now on 0131 243 8097  to book your Whistler 2015/16 ski holiday.

Skiing in September…in Switzerland!

Claire October 6th, 2015

European Product Manager, Claire, has just returned from Switzerland with all the latest news and tales of skiing in Saas Fee!

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Why Do Skiers Care About El Niño?

Nick September 16th, 2015

We’ve heard rumours that El Niño is set to make a return in 2015, which could be great news for ski resorts in North America. With increasing confidence that 2015/16 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 »

EPIC USA Road Trip

Nick August 27th, 2015

The incredible EPIC Season Pass is perhaps the best ever season pass money can buy – at just £461 for unlimited skiing in 11 resorts spread over 3 countries, it’s simply unbeatable. I wanted to see if we could plan a viable road trip to take in the best of Colorado, Utah and California in an Epic USA Road Trip.

Remember to sign up for Epic Mix to view your ski stats and pics throughout your trip…

British Airways

British Airways

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Insider’s Guide Méribel & Mottaret

Nicole August 11th, 2015

Having worked a season in Méribel, Nicole shares her insider’s tips on how to make the most out of your trip to one of the most popular ski resorts in France.



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Making the most of Whistler Blackcomb

Pete July 9th, 2015

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.

Whistler - David McColm

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Nick’s Mid-Summer Ski Adventure in Scotland…

Nick July 2nd, 2015

My question – ‘Anyone want to go for a last slide of the season this weekend?’ – to my Ski Independence team last week was met with blank stares and hoots of derision. The old man of the mountains had finally gone mad apparently. But I had a plan, and a cunning one at that.

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Gordon’s EPIC Trip Part 1 – Lake Tahoe, California

Gordon July 1st, 2015

I was lucky enough to take part in two trips back to back at the end of February, taking in both California and Utah and I loved every minute of it. Our aim was to visit and ski some of the resorts covered by the EPIC pass – a multi-resort season pass covering many of our most popular ski areas.

Blue Skies in Canyons

Blue Skies in Canyons

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