The Ski Independence Whistler Guide for iPad

Vicky August 28th, 2014

We’re delighted to announce that Ski Independence has launched a brand new guide to Whistler and Vancouver, which is now available in the iTunes and iPad App Stores.

Whistler Guide for iPad

Whistler Peak 2 Peak Gondola (image: Mike Crane)

Packed full of useful information about skiing in Whistler and city stopovers in Vancouver, find out more about these two great destinations, together with a variety of images and inspirational videos. Free to download, this insiders guide is packed full of useful information about Whistler ski holidays, details on a selection of hand-picked lodging options and information on how to book with Ski Independence: Read the rest of this entry »

From Scotland… to Panorama in Canada

The Team August 18th, 2014

One of our contacts in Panorama Mountain Village, Shannon, recently made the move from Scotland to Panorama in Canada and tells her all about their first winter back in British Columbia, and why she chose to stay put.

“The journey from Scotland to Calgary is one that I have done many times and I now find the flight a time to relax and gather my thoughts. Excited that this time I was not going back to Scotland, I was travelling further north and into a gauntlet of towering mountain ranges – with the Rockies lying to the south and the east and the Purcells to the north and the west. In all directions stand pristine, snow-covered peaks and untouched forests, and plenty of powder! Read the rest of this entry »

Canada Road Trip – part 1; Alberta

Vicky August 15th, 2014

Canada Road Trip, A First Time For…

Having spent a huge amount of time snowboarding in the French Alps and elsewhere in Europe, as well as in Colorado, last winter I decided that it was about time I experienced Canada for the first time. This was first on the list of many firsts for this trip – and as my other half had never been to Canada either, it was difficult for us to contain our excitement: the vast landscapes, the epic powder, the stunning hotels, the Canadian people, and the adventure that we were about to experience, let’s go now! We got everything booked up back in September and had to wait for what seemed like months before we could get on the flight, and get on the road in February.

Canada Road Trip

Spectacular views like this awaited us – Banff Avenue

Stage 1 of our trip involved a few days in Alberta, before driving over the border into British Columbia. Here are a few ‘firsts’ from our Canada Road Trip – part 1: Read the rest of this entry »

Why Travel in First and Business Class?

Vicky August 4th, 2014

Top Reasons to Travel in First or Business Class

Travel in First and Business Class

British Airways First Cabin

Since the advent of commercial air travel life on board, particularly on long haul routes, has changed almost beyond recognition. Whilst safety has always been the number one priority, clean air and well-being now follow closely behind. Fortunately, gone are the days of free cigarettes for First Class passengers – indeed gone are the smoking seats at the back of the plane, thank goodness! The iconic Concorde is no longer, the A380 double decker is now king of the skies and modern aeroplanes travel huge distances with no need for refuelling stops on the way.

Turning left when you board a flight has always been one of the finer things to experience in life, and it could also mean the difference between a bleary eyed arrival or one where you’re well rested and raring to go! What’s more, the luxury experience begins long before you get on board. But if air travel has come on so dramatically from the early days, why not just stick to Economy? Well, we know we’d always upgrade wherever possible and here are our top reasons to fly in style in First and Business Class cabins. Read the rest of this entry »

Extra Value Whistler – Winter 2014/15

Pete July 30th, 2014

Whistler has long been a Mecca for skiers and snowboarders, so what continues to draw such a varied international audience to this destination year after year?

Certainly the resort benefitted from playing host to the Winter Olympics in 2010 – not only was the resort beamed into millions of homes for 16 days, the infrastructure was vastly improved too. The umbilical Sea-to-Sky highway between Whistler and Vancouver was dramatically overhauled, while the creation of world-class training facilities will undoubtedly progress winter sports for the ensuing generations.

extra value whistler

Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains – enduring appeal. Image: David McColm

However, Whistler’s real trick is the continued development they commit to the mountain every year. Recent flagship projects include:

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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 »

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