Alberta Road Trip 2015

Karen April 20th, 2015

Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise make an excellent multi-centre holiday that offers so much more than just skiing, with jaw-dropping scenery, wildlife, walks and more – here’s a round-up of my recent trip…

Banff, Alberta Road Trip 2015

Banff, Alberta Road Trip 2015

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Top 5 Family Ski Holidays

Pip April 3rd, 2015

Europe’s short travel times and great skiing make for the ideal family ski holiday destination, but which resorts are best for families? Finding the right ski area, ski school, childcare options and accommodation all within a reasonable travel time can be challenging. With over 20 years of experience, we’ve short listed some of the best European resorts and accommodation for all the family…

 

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

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Top 5 Mountain Restaurants – Europe

Pip March 19th, 2015

Most snowsports enthusiasts will agree that there is rarely a sight as beautiful as blue skies over the Alps. Dramatic snowy peaks drenched in bright, warm sunshine – these are the days when you ski hard in the morning and take a late lunch on a panoramic terrace and relax well into the afternoon. Here are Ski Independence top 5 mountain restaurants for a self-indulgent late lunch this spring.

Chez Vrony, Zermatt

Few mountain restaurants can boast the reputation or rich history of Chez Vrony. From its humble beginnings as a spartan farmhouse, to its current position as #1 restaurant in Zermatt on Tripadvisor – one trip to Chez Vrony will have you reminiscing for quite some time, especially if you visit under clear blue skies.

Chez Vrony, Zermatt

Chez Vrony, Zermatt

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Insider’s Guide to The Chedi Andermatt

Gordon February 11th, 2015

In December, I was lucky enough to stay at the Chedi Andermatt and have to say I was utterly blown away by this hotel. What an amazing experience it was! For our clients who want the very best money can buy, this hotel ticks all the boxes.

Insider's guide to The Chedi Andermatt

The Chedi Andermatt

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Mille 8, Arc 1800: Family Ski Holidays Just Got Better

Pip February 4th, 2015

Les Arcs is one of France’s largest and most popular ski areas. Located in the Savoie region and part of the Tarentaise Valley, Les Arcs links with nearby La Plagne to form the huge Paradiski area boasting over 425km of ski terrain. This vast ski paradise, linked by the spectacular Vanoise Express (a slightly scary double-decker cable car) is a firm favourite with British skiers and boarders.

Image by: Manu Reyboz

Image by: Manu Reyboz

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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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