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Our Whistler Top 10

Michael November 29th, 2011

I can’t remember what sparked the conversation in the Ski Independence office, but we worked out that between us, we’d visited Whistler Blackcomb over 60 times. That’s far more than any other ski resort we feature but there’s a very good reason; Whistler is our biggest selling North American resort.  Apart from meaning we’ve racked up a lot of both air and ski miles, and stayed in a lot of Whistler hotels it also means we know Whistler Blackcomb inside out. Our clients can therefore be confident our unrivalled Whistler knowledge allows us to recommend the perfect flight, transfer and accommodation recommendations to ensure the perfect Whistler ski holiday. Read the rest of this entry »

And the award for Best European Ski Resort goes to…

The Team November 23rd, 2011

St Moritz!  Our friends at St Moritz Tourist Office have been in touch to tell us about their most recent award. Martin Oester writes:

“St. Moritz extends a huge thank you to British Travellers!  Thanks to your votes (of which there were 700,000 cast by the British travelling public) on 2nd November at the British Travel Awards 2011, St. Moritz won gold, earning it the accolade of Best European Ski Resort.  We are delighted to receive this recognition from both the public and the travel experts. Now, could there be any better way to start another winter season? Read the rest of this entry »

Arc 1950 – Great Value Extras for Families

Vicky November 15th, 2011

Les Arcs 1950 Le Village – now kids rent free!

Book your family holiday to Arc 1950 Le Village and make great savings on your ski and snowboard rentals, plus benefit from great value Family Lift Passes, all winter!

It makes a huge difference being able to book all your extras before you leave the UK and we can reserve lift passes, ski rental and ski school in many of the European resorts that we feature.  Book your holiday to Les Arcs 1950 this winter we can pre-book all your equipment rental, lift passes and tuition, meaning you can get on with enjoying your holiday as soon as you arrive in resort. Read the rest of this entry »

Movindependence – Update

The Team November 15th, 2011

On first glace as I sit here looking around the Ski Independence office nothing seems out of the norm… that’s until one of the “guys” look up from their computer screen to show off their 15 days of growth on their top lip (now more commonly known as a lip cosy!), some may be impressive, some may be sculpted (Andy’s Trucker!) and some are just plain ridiculous!

To clarify the situation for those of you who are wondering why a bunch of guys at Ski Independence are growing (or attempting to grow) moustaches, it’s all in support of Movember.  No, that’s not a spelling mistake, Movember is correct – a very worthwhile charity with one aim, to raise money for prostate cancer, a subject which I am sure is close to many.  Now, this is not a plea for money by any means however if anyone does have a few spare coins (or notes) and would like to support this worthwhile cause then they can do so by visiting the Movindependence site to make a donation! Read the rest of this entry »

Ptarmigan Chalet, Vail

Michael November 9th, 2011

30 feet of light dry fluffy powder and an annual average of 300 blue sky days a year means Vail Colorado is always near the top of any list of the world’s best ski destinations.  Vail Mountain offers a heavy mix of alpine bowls, glades and wide-open trails linked by a super quick and efficient modern lift system. The town of Vail serves up some exceptional après ski, dining and shopping – everywhere you go, superb service is the order of the day. Read the rest of this entry »

Whistler – Book by 15 November

The Team November 7th, 2011

It’s easy to see why Whistler Blackcomb is regularly voted the world’s best ski destination, and you won’t be surprised to hear it’s always our top selling North American resort. Whistler Blackcomb is home to a massive 8,171 acres of in bounds terrain including no less than 2 mountains, 3 glaciers, 16 Alpine Bowls and over 200 marked runs – pretty impressive stats by anyone’s expectations!  Off the slopes, Whistler offers the biggest choice of hotels and condos of any North American resort plus a dizzying array of world-class shopping, restaurants, bars and nightlife.

Following lasts winter’s staggering 52 feet of snow, forecasters are predicting another La Nina weather system for Winter 2011/2012.  For the mountains in the Pacific Northwest this means snow – and lots of it! Read the rest of this entry »

Snow, sun and fun in the Swiss Alps

Karen November 7th, 2011

I’ve blogged about the delights of rail travel in Switzerland here before… so the opportunity for Cathy and I to take a 4 day trip to the Swiss Alps, travelling entirely by public transport sounded like a great way to test exactly how easy it is. Now let me begin by saying that I’m not a train geek, but it’s such an easy way to travel and what could be better than sitting in comfort watching the Swiss Alps roll past your window.

Our journey began early.  Turns out it was the beginning of the school half term holidays and Edinburgh Airport was busier than I’ve ever seen it.. a queue is bad any time, but at 6am it seems so much worse so it was a relief to arrive into Geneva Airport.  By 10.45 we were on our train, just 20 minutes after landing! Read the rest of this entry »


The Team November 3rd, 2011

I was in Breckenridge a couple of years ago with a colleague and when we first arrived and went out to a couple of bars we found it a bit odd that most of the men around the resort were sporting ridiculous looking moustaches.  We thought this must be a fashion thing in Breckenridge a bit like having the ski pants half way down the backside but upon asking a local we found out that the resort was doing a charity seasonaire style Movember to raise money for prostate cancer.

With November now upon us we have here at Ski Independence decided to have our own Movember to raise a bit of money towards a worthwhile cause and to perhaps give the office a good laugh during the increasingly dark and colder November days leading up to the start of the ski season.

The Movember ringleader Andy!

There is a fair number of us taking part and the rules are to come into work cleanly shaven then for the rest of the month attempt to grow a fine looking moustache. There are a few worried participants who find it hard to grow anything on their face but we’re all going to give it a go.

We’ll be keeping our progress up to date with our site – Ski Independence Movember. Read the rest of this entry »