Ski Independence Blog

The Best Ski Hotels in Switzerland

Rebekah January 7th, 2020

Offering the perfect mix of tradition and style, it’s easy to see why Switzerland is one of the world’s most popular ski destinations. From the buzz of Verbier to the charm of St Moritz, Switzerland has something to offer for everyone.

Escape to the extraordinary at the W Hotel, Verbier

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Introducing Europe’s Snow-Sure Resorts

Rebekah January 3rd, 2020

When it comes to unforgettable ski holidays, snow is, of course, a hugely important factor. While we can’t guarantee the snow for your holiday, choosing a high-altitude resort will certainly up the chance of good snow conditions, especially if planning an early or late season trip.

Les Arcs. Image: Pete Webb

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Where our Team are Heading this Season

The Team December 10th, 2019

With snow falling and ski resorts opening, we can’t help but dream about our visiting the mountains and taking those first turns on the slopes.

We’ve asked our team where they’re visiting this season, and here’s what they have to say.

Pete exploring some early season snow in Big White this week

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Ski 3 Continents with 1 Ikon Pass

Lucy December 6th, 2019

With the Ikon Pass expanding into Europe for the first time, it’s now possible to ski three continents within the Ski Independence programme using the same lift pass! Following the recent addition of Zermatt in Switzerland, we’ve taken a look at how you can make the most of your Ikon Pass in winter 2019/20.

Winter Park, USA

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Snow: The Magic Ingredient

The Team November 19th, 2019

Whether you’re in the Rockies, Sierra Nevada, Wasatch, Tetons or the Monashees, or indeed any of the other soaring mountain ranges in North America, you can expect to ski and ride some of the very best powder snow conditions you’ve ever experienced. When it snows in North America it generally snows hard – a snowfall of several feet overnight is not uncommon.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Canada – Image: Ryan Creary

Some of our featured resorts receive almost 40 feet of snow each winter – that’s approximately the height of three London buses stacked on top of each other. But it’s not all about the quantity, it’s also about the quality. A combination of cold, dry polar air mixing with moist ocean air over the continent’s massive mountain ranges plus the high altitude of the resorts, makes for a perfect recipe for snow that is light, dry and plentiful. Read the rest of this entry »

25 Years with Ski Independence

Nick November 14th, 2019

This year, our Ski Product Manager Nick is celebrating his 25th work anniversary with Ski Independence. As the 2019-20 ski season is kicking off, Nick has given us an insight as to how things looked 25 years ago.

“Back in August 1994 when I started with Ski Independence the world was a very, very different place. Read the rest of this entry »

Europe’s Most Snow-Sure Destinations

The Team November 6th, 2019

When it comes to unforgettable ski holidays, snow is, of course, a hugely important factor. While we can’t guarantee the snow for your holiday, choosing a high-altitude resort will certainly up the chance of good snow conditions, especially if planning an early or late season trip.

Tignes - Image: Stephane Cande

Tignes – Image: Stephane Cande

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Making the Most of Ski Lessons

Pete October 29th, 2019

For many, the term Ski School – or Snow School in current, inclusive parlance – conjures up images of instructors skiing beautifully down pristine pistes, followed by long trains of less graceful disciples trying desperately to ski like the instructor, who is often barely in view. More akin to a primary school congo line than skiing or snowboarding, it can be viewed as a necessary evil which must endured before you are able to join more proficient friends and family members cruising effortlessly around the resort.

Great conditions for spring ski lessons

Great conditions for spring ski lessons in Whistler, Canada. Image: Mike Crane

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Our top Hotels for a Christmas Ski Break

Catherine October 25th, 2019

If the idea of Christmas spent in the snowy mountains surrounded by friends and family sounds appealing, read on. We’ve selected the best hotels in Europe offering programmes filled with festive fun from sumptuous Christmas dinners to spectacular decorations helping to create that magical festive feel.

Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski, St Moritz

Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski, St Moritz

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Our Guide to Europe’s Picturesque Ski Destinations

Daria October 22nd, 2019

Whether you want to be able to show off to your Instagram followers, or just simply fancy visiting a stunning destination,we’ve got you covered. While we think there are amazing photo opportunities in all the European resorts we feature, we’ve narrowed down our picks of the must-Instagram moments for you!

Courchevel at Sunset

Courchevel at Sunset. Image: Courchevel Tourisme/Patrice Mestari

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