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Whistler is one of the most impressive ski resorts on the planet. It has an incredible snow record: Last season saw over 9.5m of fresh powder and 80 snow days. Combine this with amazing skiing in Whistler Blackcomb’s huge ski area, world class accommodation, and fantastic restaurants throughout the village – and you’re already halfway to the ski holiday of a lifetime.
To help you get the most out of your Whistler ski holiday, The team at Ski Independence have put together a few of our top tips to getting you on your way, both on and off the slopes. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
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 »
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’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.
Described by Fairmont as “our exclusive lifestyle hotel experience”, Fairmont Gold offers an extra dimension to the traditional yet relaxed luxury of Fairmont Hotels. Available in a wide range of our Canadian resorts, we wanted to give you more information about the superb levels of service and personal attention on offer with Fairmont Gold.
We could list off everything that is included – a private check-in desk, a dedicated Fairmont Gold team, a delicious continental breakfast served in the Fairmont Gold Lounge. We could tell you how big your room will be (at least 165sqft. at the Fairmont Banff Springs). Or, we could tell you what your view might be like – anyone for the Marquis De Lorne Suite at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise? Ok, so that’s quite a bit of information already! What really matters, though, is the experience itself. Our Ski Groups Specialist, Vikki, was lucky enough to experience the uniquely personal and discreet Fairmont Gold service in March 2016…
Vikki’s Fairmont Gold Review
The Ski Utah Interconnect – The Best Way to Ski 6 Resorts in One Day
Looking out the window to bluebird skies and a smattering of fresh snow I experienced that deep fluttering excitement that only comes from opening the curtains knowing you have a day of skiing ahead of you. Though this wasn’t going to be just any ski day; today myself and Katie from the ski team would go where few skiers are allowed to go, today we would ski 6 of Utah’s best ski resorts, crossing under ‘no entry’ ropes and boot packing up the backcountry from Deer Valley to Snowbird and everywhere in between (Park City, Solitude, Brighton and Alta) – we were doing The Ski Utah Interconnect Adventure Tour.
We pulled up to the Deer Valley car park at 8am and headed into the Snow Park Lodge where we met our guide, Chris Peters, and our fellow tour participants, a state trooper and two firefighters, both from New York. If things got sketchy out there, at least the emergency services would be present! Our guide gave us a quick run-down of the day’s plan, presented us with the obligatory “it’s not my fault if you die” waivers, then handed out avalanche transceivers and the Holy Grail of Ski Passes – the Ski Utah Gold Pass which would allow us to access to chairlifts in all the resorts we would enter. I tightened up my ski boots and we were ready to get going. Read the rest of this entry »
Skiing can be tough on the body, especially if you only get away once or twice a year, with burning thighs a common complaint. What better then, than to relax and recharge at the end of the day with a soak in a luxurious hot tub or sauna or by indulging in a full body massage? Our guide to the best ski resort spas is here to help you find the perfect place to ease your aching limbs out of your ski boots and into the very best Jacuzzis and luxury pools.
From the simple pleasure of a hot tub with a beautiful mountain vista, to an all-out spa experience complete with ice pools and flower baths, Ski Independence’s team of Ski Specialists have tried and tested (reluctantly, of course!) a wide range of spa and wellness experiences to share with you.
1. The Remède Spa, St Regis Hotel Aspen
Voted the Number 1 Spa in the World by Travel + Leisure, the 1,500 square foot luxury Remède Spa at the exclusive St Regis hotel comes complete with steam caves, cold plunge pools, hot tubs, a fitness centre, the ‘Confluence’ waterfall and complimentary champagne. There’s even an oxygen lounge if the Rocky Mountains altitude is proving a little too much to handle in the first few days of your holiday.
Take your rejuvenation a step further with unlimited access to Aspen’s renowned yoga studio Shakti Shala for $25 per night when you stay at the St Regis Aspen.
Ski Independence top tip: “I really love the St Regis Spa in Aspen – it’s a champagne and nibbles, self-indulgent, spoil yourself sort of a place. Just what you want on holiday!” Karen, Ski Specialist Read the rest of this entry »
After a very busy and exciting first season here at Ski Independence five friends and I decided it was time for us to hit the slopes in Val d’Isère…
Managing Director of Ski Independence, Michael, is the third generation to run his family business, Osprey Holidays. Originally named Bennett’s Travel, and started in in the 1950’s by Michael’s grandfather, the family travel agency grew and evolved into Osprey Holidays. In 1994 Ski Independence became an integral part of the business.
Michael has skied all over Europe and North America, starting when he was just 4 years old. In the late 80’s Michael completed a season in the Alps and he’s been hooked ever since. Read on for Michael’s Ski Bucket List. Read the rest of this entry »
Having started his love affair with winter sports on the slopes of Scotland (both real snow and dry slopes!), David spent several seasons living and working in Austria and he is a big fan of this small and charming country. A qualified snowboarding instructor, David knows all about the great slopes, pretty resorts and plentiful après-ski on offer in the Austrian Alps but he’s also ventured further afar in recent years and counts Whistler and Banff as two of the top ski destinations in the world. Read on for David’s Ski Bucket List. Read the rest of this entry »
Recently back from a week’s skiing in St. Moritz, the Ski Independence Sales Manager, Gareth, has been lucky enough to visit a huge number of our featured resorts – from humble skiing beginnings at Cairngorm Mountain to the heady heights of the Aspen Highlands Bowl. Here are Gareth’s recommendations and the top 5 experiences on his wish list. Read the rest of this entry »