I don’t need to tell you that January can leave you feeling a bit blue. Christmas is over, the days still so short and with recent downpours around the country it’s the kind of month I want to run away screaming into the hills from, which this January is exactly what I decided to do. Running away for the entire month apparently wasn’t an option however to my delight running away for a few days seemed a bit more feasible. So a short break in Saas Fee it was!
This would be my first short break and it feels ridiculously luxurious to start the working week like everyone else then smugly skip off to the snowy mountains much to the envy of your snow loving colleagues. As the one who is usually waving others off my guilt at this was limited.
The reviews of Saas Fee from clients this season have been excellent, see below, so I decided I had to get in on the action:
“The Hotel Allalin was wonderful. Clean and tastefully decorated, friendly helpful staff and wonderful food. The rooms were spacious. The whole experience was quite exceptional.” Michelle Dec 2015
There’s a lot to celebrate in winter 2015/16, with daily news of superb snowfall and conditions in all our featured resorts. Not only is the snow about as good as it could be, but there are plenty of new developments, innovations and skier friendly offers around too. Here’s a short guide to some of the best ski resort news and updates for this season.
Jackson Hole is 50
Winter 2015/16 marks Jackson Hole‘s 50th anniversary. To celebrate, a brand new lift – the Teton Lift – has been installed and it opens up 200 new acres of terrain on the upper mountain. The resort has produced a series of retrospective videos in celebration of this legendary ski resort too. Here’s Episode 1:
News from the 3 Valleys
We’re delighted to report that huge volumes of the white stuff has arrived in the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps, with many ski resorts getting at least 40cm of heavy snow in the last few days. 2016 is off to a great start!
Our snow reports from Avoriaz, Morzine, Courchevel, Les Arcs and more on 5th January say “Heavy snow just keeps on falling” and significantly more snow is predicted to arrive over the next week. Now is a great time to book your 2016 ski getaway.
Here are just a few stats to whet your skiing appetite:
- 64cm in 3 days (La Plagne)
- 44cm in 24 hours (Verbier)
- Over 180cm forecast in the next week (Val d’Isère)!
- 120cm forecast over the next 3 days (Les Arcs)
Ski Independence go skiing! Many of the Ski Independence team have been out and about in the Alps and North America over the past few weeks fitting in some Early Season Skiing for 2015-16. With so much early season snowfall we’ve been feeling pretty spoiled.
For the lucky ones who’ve already notched up some ski days this season, we’ve enjoyed sunny skies, skied perfect groomers and discovered plenty of powder stashes. These ‘fam’ trips allow us to squeeze in some much sought-after early season turns but it’s not all fun and games – there’s a bit of work involved too (we promise)! The main purpose of these visits is to build on our knowledge of our featured properties and destinations, so when it comes to creating tailor-made packages we’re best placed to choose the most suitable resort, accommodation and travel options – based on real experience.
Katie is just back from a week in Colorado, packing in visits to Vail, Breckenridge and Beaver Creek. Katie said of the trip, “Had the most amazing time – intense but so much fun! So great to see the resorts and hotels in real life rather than on the internet!” Read the rest of this entry »
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:
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:
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.
European Product Manager, Claire, has just returned from Switzerland with all the latest news and tales of skiing in Saas Fee!
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 »
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…