Archive for March, 2014
Karen from our Reservations Team has just returned from a week’s holiday in Montgenèvre; a hidden gem in the Southern Alps and the southernmost of our French destinations, sitting right on the border with Italy. Here’s what she made of it.
Karen’s Montgenèvre Ski Resort Review
I had visited Montgenèvre before, but a long time ago and out of season, so this was effectively new territory for me. For those interested in the geography and history Montgenèvre is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and it sits on a submarine volcano (long extinct) on a strategically important pass in the Southern Alps between Italy and France. The Romans and Gauls fought out some good battles there in the past and there are some pretty interesting forts and relics around the place too. How often can you combine a skiing holiday with a history lesson? And the southern Alps location makes for plenty of sunshine and plenty of snow too. Read the rest of this entry »
Last October Ski Independence ran a competition in conjunction with fashion and lifestyle brand, White Stuff, for a chance to win a winter break to the luxurious Nira Alpina Hotel in St Moritz. Mark Doherty was the lucky winner and he has very kindly put a few words together about his trip in February.
3 Nights in St Moritz
“Last autumn I entered a competition to win a short skiing break and was lucky enough to win a 3 nights in St Moritz at the Nira Alpina Hotel. All the planning was done by Ski Independence and we flew on Saturday 22nd of Feb from Manchester to Zurich, a just-long-enough 1.45 min flight! From landing in Zurich it was Swiss Rail to St Moritz, 2 changes, a short taxi ride and 4 hours later we were at the hotel for about 2100hrs. A quick shower & change and it was wine & dine time in the hotel’s Stalla Veglia Trattoria. Read the rest of this entry »
And he’s done it, day 20 in Sweden see’s Jamie take the Ski World Record for 16 countries skied. Absolutely brilliant, all his hard work has finally paid off….but wait he’s not stopped there. He’s off again!
Watch Jamie’s Ski World Record – Day 20 video blog below: Read the rest of this entry »
Jamie has equalled the existing Guinness World Record on day 19 of his Ski World Record attempt in Finland. Skiing the resort of Messilla, he has now skied in 15 different countries in just 19 days. Day 20 will see new records being created – brilliant stuff, keep going Jamie! Watch Jamie’s Ski World Record – Day 19 video blog below: Read the rest of this entry »
A few solid days of driving and Jamie has made it to Estonia, the latest country in his record-breaking (almost!) list. Freezing cold and a little lacking in snow, the resort of Kuutsemäe was fortuantely open, allowing Jamie to mark off country number 14.
Jamie’s Ski World Record continues in Finland where he aims to equal the current Guinness World Record of 15 countries skied in under a month.
Watch Jamie’s Ski World Record – Day 18 video blog below:
Jamie’s Ski World Record continues and the Czech Republic was next on the hit list, bringing Jamie’s total to 13 countries skied in 15 days! Just 2 to go before he equals the current Guinness World Record – easy, right Jamie?
The Ski World Record – Day 15 video blog is one of our favourites yet and summarises the day, retro style!
Jamie’s now into double figures with 10 countries skied in total for his Ski World Record. With his unfortunate last few days, today becomes a triumph in Poland!
The Ski World Record – Day 13 video blog gives us a sunny Poland and more driving. Read the rest of this entry »
Jamie’s epic road trip continues and his Ski World Record attempt is still very much on! No countries skied on day 12 unfortunately; the snow was also lacking in Hungary just as it was in Croatia. Things look more promising from here on in though.
The Ski World Record – Day 12 video blog gives a quick summary of countries skied so far, plus a quick stop in a Budapest barber’s shop. Read the rest of this entry »
It was touch and go whether the resort would be open on day 10 in Croatia. Watch Jamie’s Ski World Record – Day 10 round-up below to find out how things went. Read the rest of this entry »
The beautiful resort of Vogel in Slovenia was the next stop on Jamie’s journey. Watch his Ski World Record – Day 9 round-up below for a snapshot of the Slovenian peaks, as well as some of the local cuisine… Read the rest of this entry »