Insider’s Guide to St. Moritz

Nikki January 28th, 2015

I’m one of the reservations team here at Ski Independence and we’re lucky to be able to visit the resorts and properties we offer to ensure we have first-hand knowledge and experience to pass on to our clients. I visited St Moritz in April 2014 and thought I’d write a little insider’s guide to let you know what I thought about the resort and the two different ski areas.

St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz, Switzerland

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Powder Alert! Recent Snowfall Across the Alps

Pip January 19th, 2015

Everybody is talking about this weekend’s snowfall, and not without good reason. Buckets of snow over the weekend has given snowsports enthusiasts all over Alps plenty to shout about. Here are some of our favourite winter wonderland scenes from the weekend…

Snow

Alpe d’Heuz 17 January | Copyright: Chalet Liotard/Alpe d’Huez Officiel

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Insider’s guide to Avoriaz and Hotel des Dromonts

Karen January 15th, 2015

If we put together a list of our most requested elements for a ski holiday it might read like this: a mid price hotel with a spa, ski-in/ski-out access, a snow-sure resort, a large ski area, a short transfer and can we also make sure there’s lots of availability for short breaks as well? Until now it’s been tricky trying to tick all of those boxes, but the newly renovated Hotel des Dromonts in Avoriaz offers all that and more.

Insider's guide to Avoriaz and Hotel des Dromonts

View from the hotel entrance, Hotel des Dromonts, Avoriaz

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Festive Opening Hours – Ski Independence

Vicky December 19th, 2014

The whole team at Ski Independence would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! If you need to get in touch with us please call 0131 243 8097 and please find below our festive opening hours.

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Top Tips for the Festive Skier

The Team December 17th, 2014

Travelling over the festive period is always easier with a little planning and forward thinking, with over 20 year’s experience the Ski Independence team have shortlisted their top tips for the festive Skier.

 #1 – Dress to Impress

Christmas and New Year is the perfect time to showcase your best dress or sharpest suit and where better to celebrate than a ski resort. However, as anyone who has experienced the festive period abroad will know, the traditions are not always what we would expect. A bit of research goes a long way to ensuring you pack what you need for those all-important special occasions. We’ve shortlisted a few of the weirdest and most wonderful to get the ball rolling.

Top Tips for the Festive Traveller

Image: Destination Davos Klosters, Corinne Klucker

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Ski Independence Top 5 European Luxury Ski Hotels

Pip December 5th, 2014

Peak Of Chic – Luxury Ski Hotels

Ski Independence are proud to offer some of the worlds most exclusive luxury ski hotels and chalets. This list is comprised of our top 5 European picks for this season.

Hotel W, Verbier

Verbier has long been renowned as a place of luxury, but the addition of the Hotel W has taken standards to dizzying new heights. Arriving at Verbier’s only 5-star ski-in Hotel, the W’s attentive staff provide an unrivalled welcome with their ‘Whatever/Whenever’ service, which does exactly as the name implies.

AROLA Restaurant

Hotel W, AROLA Restaurant

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Winter 2014/15 #WinterIsHere

Vicky November 27th, 2014

Great news! If you haven’t already heard, the snow has well and truly arrived in the Alps and North America. #WinterIsHere is trending on Twitter and we wanted to share a few recent images and videos to inspire you for Winter 2014/15.

 

  • Vail, Breckenridge and Beaver Creek in Colorado are now all open and there’s been enough snow that Vail’s back bowls should be open for the Thanksgiving weekend celebrations.

There’s still time to buy your Epic Season Pass, giving you access to all these resorts and more, if you’re quick! >> Book online here

#winterishere

Great shot from Vail – so much powder!

  • 12 inches of new snow in Breckenridge, here’s a clip of the skiing on offer on Peak 9:

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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.

Seven Territories

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 »

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