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Archive for November, 2009

Strike a pose & smile to win a Grannies, Inc beanie!

The Team November 30th, 2009

We are excited to announce a new and fun competition in conjunction with Grannies, Inc. If you’re hitting the slopes this winter, send in your funny, beautiful, silly or seriously good photos or films and you could be in for a chance of winning a custom made beanie thanks to Grannies, Inc. Read the rest of this entry »

Fly SWISS to the Alps

The Team November 27th, 2009

We are delighted to now offer SWISS as part of our tailor-made ski packages to the Alps.

SWISS will fly 33 times daily directly from Manchester, Birmingham, London Heathrow and London City to Switzerland (Zurich, Geneva and Basel), making the airline the direct carrier with most daily frequencies between the UK & Switzerland. Read the rest of this entry »

Heavy Snowfalls in Japan for Niseko Opening Day

Gareth November 25th, 2009

Heavy snowfalls over the past couple of days in Japan primed Niseko’s powdery slopes for the much-anticipated season opening today.

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Buying new skis & boots

The Team November 23rd, 2009

As many of you will be heading out to buy new equipment for the season we thought we’d help you by putting together a guide to help you choose the rights skis & boots. The key element in a successful purchase is having expert help to make sure you are buying what is right for you.

What to look for when buying skis

If you have been involved in skiing for many years you will have seen the dramatic change in the length and shape of the new models that are now available. The benefit for all skiers is that this new shape of ski can be used in a much shorter length which makes them more manoeuvrable and much more fun. Edge control is fantastic and there is much less strain on the limbs and knees. You can now also enjoy a full day on the hill without the legs feeling as tired after that lunch stop. Read the rest of this entry »

New ski flights from Gatwick to Geneva with Snowjet

The Team November 20th, 2009

Ski flight specialist Snowjet is adding Geneva to its winter destinations served from Gatwick. Read the rest of this entry »

Record Snow In Whistler

Nick November 19th, 2009

The record’s broken, it’s officially the snowiest November EVER in Whistler!! 418cms so far and there’s still 12 days left in November. The current storm system has blanketed the mountains with over 250 cm (100 inches) of fresh snow in the past week. Operations crews are hard at work preparing more lifts and terrain to open this weekend as conditions allow.




7 days


56 cm

56 cm

83 cm

250 cm

233 cm

22.4 in

22.4 in

33.2 in

100 in

93.2 in

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As the nights draw in and the temperatures plummet…

Henry November 19th, 2009

As the nights draw in and the temperatures plummet I’m getting increasingly excited about heading out to North America’s slopes. Fortunately the wait won’t be too long as I’ll be going to Canada in mid January to help host a holiday for readers of Britain’s best selling winter sports magazine Daily Mail Ski & Snowboard.

We’ve been running these holidays in conjunction with Ski Independence for more than 10 years to resorts such as Winter Park, Steamboat, Aspen and Breckenridge. People love the friendly atmosphere, superb organisation as well as the fistful of free extras such as guiding with locals, welcome receptions and great prizes to be won. They attract all ages and are particularly suitable to people who want to come on their own and be with like-minded people. Read the rest of this entry »

Top Family Resorts in USA, Canada & France

The Team November 17th, 2009

It is a huge help when all the little extras can be booked before leaving the UK, such as ski school, child care, rentals & lift tickets so we have put together a quick pick of some of our favourite family ski resorts where everything can be done before you go, leaving you just to enjoy the snow.

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Top resorts opening early in Canada & France

The Team November 11th, 2009

Top of the mountain – skiers. Photo by Justa Jeskova

Whistler, Canada & Val Thorens, France are both opening this weekend ahead of schedule, with more snow forecast to arrive so that powder deep fresh tracks can be made on Saturday.

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Lake Louise Opening Day

Gareth November 6th, 2009

Lake Louise officially opened today thanks to Mother nature and one of the most sophisticated snow making systems in the world.

As the first skiers take to the slopes of Lake Louise today we thought we’d pass on a few local secrets to help you make the most of your visit this season.

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