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Two days of luxury at Hotel L’Apogée Courchevel

The Team February 19th, 2018

The wonderful Hotel l’Apogée overlooks Courchevel 1850 from its unrivalled ski-in/ski-out position in the Jardin Alpin area of the resort. Part of the growing Oetker Collection group, each property is unique.

Oetker Collection promise guests will “discover a ‘passion for living’, an appreciation for culture, gastronomy and the pleasures of nature”. One of our Ski Specialists, Karen M, had the chance to experience all of this and more on her recent visit to experience the 5-star luxury at Hotel L’Apogée.

luxury at Hotel L’Apogée

Hotel L’Apogée sits in a prime ski-in/ski-out location in Courchevel 1850

Upon arrival at Geneva airport we were met by one of Hotel L’Apogée’s pristine vehicles and headed up to the mountains. At just two and a half hours, the journey to Courchevel is more than do-able for a short break or not too far if travelling with the family for a week. Once at L’Apogée we were greeted by inviting and friendly faces of the hotel staff and led to the Bar de L’Apogée for a tasty lunch. The bar menu is great for lunch or a light dinner with everything from burgers to ‘fish of the day’ dishes. The barmen here were so attentive and talked us through the wine choice of the afternoon while we waited for our order to arrive. After an early start that morning the hearty burgers went down a treat! Read the rest of this entry »

Women to Watch at the Winter Olympics 2018

Vicky February 6th, 2018

Celebrating Women in Sport

Today we’re celebrating women in winter sports, on the day Britain celebrates 100 years since women first gained the right to vote. Below you’ll find Ski Independence’s pick of women to watch at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. Who’s your one to watch, be they a Brit or an international athlete?

Amanda Lightfoot

“Amanda Lightfoot is the only Biathlete competing for Team GB at Pyeongchang. Cross country skiing is recognised as being the most physically demanding sport, so adding shooting to the mix demands incredible fitness, stamina and recovery. She might not be a nailed-on medal hope, but I’ll be cheering her all the way!” Karen, Senior Ski Specialist

Women to Watch

Amanda Lightfoot (source: Team GB)

>> When to watch: Saturday 10th Feb 11:15-12:45 7.5km Biathlon; Saturday 17th Feb 11:15-12:10 12.5km Biathlon Read the rest of this entry »

The Ikon Pass: Arriving in 2018/19

Vicky January 31st, 2018

One Pass | 23 Ski Destinations

A brand new season pass is coming for Winter 2018/19!

Exciting news for fans of skiing in the USA & Canada: the Ikon Pass is a new season pass set to go head-to-head with the Epic Pass next winter, offering skiing in 23 destinations on one lift ticket.

Launched by the Alterra Mountain Company, Ikon Pass holders will be able to access resorts including Steamboat, Winter Park, Mammoth Mountain, Tremblant, Squaw Valley, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole and Big Sky, all featured Ski Independence resorts and among the best ski destinations on the planet.

The Chief Marketing Officer of Alterra, Erik Forsell, said, “The Ikon Pass is a collaboration of like-minded mountain destinations across North America where incredible terrain, unique character and local traditions are celebrated.”

The Ikon Pass In Numbers

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In Pictures: Amazing Start to the Winter Season

Vicky January 8th, 2018

Thought it would never end? After the snowstorm to end all snowstorms, the weather in the French Alps has calmed – a little – and the sun is even making an appearance in some resorts. What an amazing start to the winter!

The Swiss Alps are still in the middle of yet another blizzard and 100cm will fall in Saas Fee today alone!

If you haven’t booked a holiday yet for this winter, now is the time!

amazing start to the winter

A break in the storm in Val Thorens, 5th January 2018

France

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Opening Hours – Christmas and New Year 2017/18

The Team December 18th, 2017

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the whole team at Ski Independence. If you need to contact us please call 0131 243 8097 and below you’ll find details of our festive opening hours.

Festive Opening Hours 2017/18

  • Saturday 23 December: 9am – 4pm
  • Sunday 24 December, Christmas Eve: Closed
  • Monday 25 December, Christmas Day: Closed
  • Tuesday 26 December, Boxing Day: Closed
  • Wed 27, Thur 28, Fri 29 December: 9am – 5.30pm
  • Saturday 30 December: 9am – 4pm
  • Sunday 31 December, New Year’s Eve: Closed
  • Monday 1 January, New Year’s Day: Closed
  • Tuesday 2 January: 9am – 5.30pm
  • We then revert to normal winter hours: Monday – Thursday: 09:00 – 18:30 | Friday: 09:00 – 17:30 | Saturday: 09:00 – 16:00 | Sunday: Closed
Opening Hours 2017/18

Image Nicolas Ansourian, Megève Tourisme

 

Let the Ski Season Begin!

Vicky November 30th, 2017

With December is just around the corner, many of our featured resorts will soon be open for winter 2017/18 as the ski season begins. And what a start to the season it promises to be!

Several resorts are already up and running and we’re itching to get out there and find our ski legs once more. We’ve sought out the most inspirational pictures and videos that we can find from around the web, so read on and get in the mood for winter!

Val Thorens

Anyone for corduroy? Open now, Val Thorens is leading the charge with simply superb conditions. 70cm has already accumulated on the lower slopes and there’s another 20cm on the way. Read the rest of this entry »

Ski Independence Highly Commended

The Team October 30th, 2017

We’re thrilled to have been awarded the accolade of Highly Commended Tour Operator by the Ski Club of Great Britain, following the results of their 2017 Consumer Survey.

Announced at the Ski Club’s autumn party on Wednesday 25th October 2017, our MD, Michael Bennett, collected the award and said, “We’re delighted to win this Ski Club of Great Britain award and it’s testament to the hard work and dedication of the team”.

Ski Independence Highly Commended
Ski Independence Highly Commended

Ski Independence’s overall NPS in 2017 was 75 – well above the ‘Excellent’ benchmark of 50 points or more, and considered ‘World-Class‘ (70+). Needless to say we’re over the moon with the result!

The Ski Club’s annual Consumer Research Survey collects data from a huge number of UK skiers & snowboarders every summer, gathering Net Promoter Scores (NPS) for every company surveyed. The NPS measures the willingness of clients to recommend a company’s products or services to others, acting as a mark of customer satisfaction and trust.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of Ski Specialists for advice on where to ski this winter and to book your tailor-made ski holiday now. Call the team on 0131 243 8097 or request a tailor-made quotation online.

Monster Terrain Expansion at Panorama, BC

Nick October 4th, 2017

During a road-trip across British Columbia in Canada last winter, I had the opportunity to test myself in Taynton Bowl, Panorama’s signature high alpine terrain offering some of Canada’s most legendary inbounds adventure skiing. On the same trip I learnt a little about the terrain expansion Panorama has recently announced for winter 2017/18.

Terrain Expansion Panorama

The obligatory photo at the Summit

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European Ski Extras Service Better than Ever!

Catherine September 7th, 2017
ski extras service

Hitting the slopes hassle-free in Flaine

Saved time on the first day having lift tickets!

James, Flaine, February 2017

Booking the right lift passes, ski & snowboard tuition and rental equipment for your ski holiday can be a daunting prospect. Should I book a local or full area lift pass? Is it better to book full or half day lessons? Where will I be able to pick up my rental equipment?

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The Ski Independence Private Collection

The Team August 22nd, 2017

Exclusive ski properties, à la carte services

Residence La Canadienne in Val d’Isère

We’re delighted to introduce The Ski Independence Private Collection, a brand new luxury product for Winter 2017/18. The Ski Independence Private Collection is a selection of private chalets and apartments boasting excellent facilities and à la carte services. We’re offering this exclusive new product in sought-after European ski resorts including Val d’Isère, Courchevel, Méribel, St Anton and La Clusaz. Three of our Ski Specialists visited a range of Private Collection chalets and residences last winter; here’s what Morven had to say:

From picture-perfect traditional Alpine chalets, complete with original features and full of character, to modern, luxurious interiors, ski chalets come in all different shapes, sizes and styles. Originating as farmers’ abodes in the summer months, the modern chalet provides a home-from-home for holidaymakers.

From luxury self-catering to fully staffed, 5-star service, we ventured out to three of France’s top ski resorts to check out the very latest in luxury lodging. Read the rest of this entry »

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