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Fancy a powder day in Squaw Valley?

The Team September 26th, 2012

Squaw Valley, at Lake Tahoe, California, is a great resort for all levels of skier, but it’s also home to plenty of big mountain chargers who like nothing more than to try to outdo each other on a big snow day – often at the same time.

It’s become somewhat of a Squaw Valley tradition to line up early on a powder day at the base of the famous KT22 lift which accesses some of Squaw’s most raucous terrain, including Fingers – a particularly challenging cliff section. The results are often spectacular; the race is quickly on to ski the best/steepest/craziest line before everyone else, and the carnage can be witnessed from the safety of base village, which creates a natural amphitheatre for the action:

We currently have some fantastic early booking offers for trips to Squaw Valley, and also great deals on season passes and lift tickets which cover Squaw Valley, neighbouring Alpine Meadows, and other nearby Lake Tahoe resorts including: Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Diamond Peak, Sugar Bowl, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Mt. Rose.

A warm Canadian welcome with a continental twist: Mont Tremblant

Karen September 18th, 2012

North America?  Europe?  Which is better?  Well I’m not going to get into that right now – that’s a debate that requires a lot of time and probably a few drinks to help it along.  How about a compromise?  Tremblant is in the heart of French speaking Canada – a place with an identity all of its own but which takes influences from both Europe and Canada.

Tremblant doesn’t have the traditional cobbled streets and crooked farmhouses of St Martin de Belleville or Morzine, and it doesn’t have the fashionable bars and boutiques of Vail or Aspen, but it is purpose-built perfection with many coloured buildings that twinkle on the hillside giving it an almost Disney-esque appearance. Read the rest of this entry »

Vail Resorts and Verbier both officially Epic

Michael September 7th, 2012

Vail Resorts announced yesterday that their Epic season pass has been extended to include the Swiss resort of Verbier.

It’s the first time I can remember a North American lift pass product also including the ability to ski in a European resort. After my initial surprise on hearing the news, I have to say I’m now rather taken with the idea.

The Epic pass allows unlimited skiing all season at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood by Lake Tahoe in California. The new partnership allows an extra 3 days free skiing in Verbier on a 4 Vallées ticket with no date restrictions. All eight resorts together give you  access to a grand total of 23,610 acres of terrain. Read the rest of this entry »