Ski Independence Blog

Why You Should Visit Zermatt This Winter

Catherine September 6th, 2022

The Swiss ski resort of Zermatt has always been on my bucket list and my recent trip there was a long time coming. Originally scheduled for late March 2020, two years later I finally boarded the plane to Geneva…

Zermatt is a place I’d heard amazing things about before visiting, but could it really be as good as people make it out to be? The answer to that is a resounding yes! Stunning views of the Matterhorn, a huge ski area with endless runs, amazing hospitality and a warm welcome awaits.

Here are 6 reasons why Zermatt is well worth a visit this winter.

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10 Ski Bucket List Experiences in Europe

Catherine July 21st, 2022

The last couple of years have taught us just how important travel is for the soul. We all need a break from the everyday. The delight in being somewhere new, admiring spectacular scenery, sampling new food and exploring different terrain on your skis shouldn’t be underestimated.

With this is mind, we’ve put together a bucket list of top ski experiences in our European programme.

1. Marvel at the Mighty Matterhorn (Zermatt, Switzerland)

Zermatt (credit: @victorhwn725)

You’ve seen photos of this iconic mountain but have you seen it in the flesh? It really is as spectacular as it looks. Zermatt is a picture perfect resort and works well for skiers and non-skiers alike. The best views are from the top of the Gornergrat mountain railway at 3100m.

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Getting the Most From Your Epic Pass

Karen May 10th, 2022

The multi-resort ski lift ticket is big business these days, but does it make sense for you to purchase one? Let’s look at what’s on offer and how you can get the best value out of an Epic Pass

Getting the most from your epic pass

What is an Epic Pass?

The Epic Pass was born in 2008 as a way to use one season ticket for resorts under the ownership of Vail Resorts. What started then with 5 resorts in Colorado, plus 1 in California, has now become a network of 37 North American resorts plus 20+ international friends.

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The Best Ski Hotels for Wellness

Vicky March 29th, 2022
best ski hotels for wellness
Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti

Soothing spa treatments, hot tubs with a view, a dip in a heated outdoor pool. Is there a better way to round off a day on the slopes? No luxury ski hotel would be complete without the finest wellness facilities – your après-ski sanctuary set against majestic mountain scenery.

If rejuvenation and restoration are key components of your next ski holiday, our Ski Specialists have put together their essential guide to the best ski hotels for wellness this winter.

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A 40th Anniversary Utah Road Trip

The Team March 22nd, 2022

Ski holidays were happily back on the agenda in Winter 2021/22 and after so many cancelled or postponed travel plans, a ski trip this season offered the opportunity to do things differently. Whether that meant staying for longer, venturing further afield or adding on a luxury mini break, clients were seeking rich experiences that were truly worth the wait.

For one Ski Independence client, combining their 40th wedding anniversary celebration with a 3 year absence from the slopes meant revisiting the bucket list. The brief? To tick off another iconic ski destination and then take in one of the great USA National Park routes on the same trip. So with the help of our team of Ski Specialists, the planning of their Park City skiing and Utah road trip was about to commence…

Utah Road Trip

The holiday surpassed our expectations! We had a brilliant time – particularly the Utah-Nevada road trip. I just want to repeat my heartfelt thanks for all the support you provided…

By Jonathan Berman

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Our Favourite Ski Videos of the Winter So Far

Vicky January 19th, 2022

Even though it’s only the middle of January, there are already plenty of awe-inspiring video clips to warm you up for your ski holiday. Here’s our Top 5 Favourite Ski Videos of the winter so far:

1. Candide Thovex’s latest show-reel

There’s no soundtrack on this clip, but hearing the skis on the snow makes Candide’s skiing all the more impressive:

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Christmas and New Year 2021/22

The Team December 21st, 2021
Christmas 2021
Megeve (image: Simon Garnier)

Whatever you’re doing to mark Christmas 2021, we’re sending our best wishes for a safe & enjoyable festive period.

Our Festive Opening Hours 2021/22

  • We will close at 12:30 on Friday 24th December.
  • Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th December: 09:00-17:30
  • Friday 31st December: 09:00-12:30
  • From Tuesday 4th January 2022: weekdays: 09:00 – 17:30 & Saturdays: 09:00-16:00

If you have an urgent query please email [email protected]. This inbox will be monitored periodically over the festive period.

The Best Early Season Conditions in 10 Years?

Vicky December 15th, 2021

Huge Snowfalls in the French Alps

With snow depths of up to 190cm on the upper slopes already, many resorts open early and powder in abundance, could this be one of the best starts to the ski season in the Alps in a decade?

Feast your eyes on our selection of recent snowy images that we’ve gathered from social media…

The Three Valleys

Méribel-Mottaret webcam,14th December
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What’s New in the French Alps this Winter

Vicky November 16th, 2021

France’s excellent ski resorts have all kinds of new activities, gastronomy and accommodation to discover after the hiatus of the past 18 months. Here’s a taste of what’s new in the French Alps this winter:

Après-Ski with a difference

Ice Floating

What's New in the French Alps
Tignes ©andyparant.com

Take your wellness routine to the next level! Float on the icy waters of Lac Ouillette (Val d’Isère) or Lac de Tignes in a specially designed waterproof wet-suit and experience a completely unique way to relax. Get even closer to nature by floating under the stars once the sun has gone down.

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Après-Ski with a difference

Ice Floating

What's New in the French Alps
Tignes ©andyparant.com

Take your wellness routine to the next level! Float on the icy waters of Lac Ouillette (Val d’Isère) or Lac de Tignes in a specially designed waterproof wet-suit and experience a completely unique way to relax. Get even closer to nature by floating under the stars once the sun has gone down.

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Dreaming of Your 2021/22 Ski Holiday?

The Team May 12th, 2021

Ski Holidays in 2021/22 – The Perfect Escape?

Fresh air, open space, stunning views, excellent exercise, fine dining, superb service. Is this the ideal antidote to the past year not seeing much beyond your living room window? We believe that now, more than ever, a ski holiday is the perfect way to escape and reconnect.

your 2021/22 ski holiday

Look forward to family time on the slopes next winter (image: Whistler by Robin O’Neill)

As international travel begins to open up, we know we’re not alone in anticipating an extra special ski holiday next season. We want to make sure that happens for you too. With some excellent early booking offers available, and demand expected to be very high, why not get ahead and start making plans now?

We’re here to ensure you have the best possible 2021/22 ski holiday, when the time comes. Below you’ll find some great reasons to put your trust in Ski Independence.

>> From short breaks to family getaways read our Ski Holiday Guides for expert advice & inspiration.

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