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10 Ski Bucket List Experiences in Europe

Catherine July 21st, 2022

The last couple of years have taught us just how important travel is for the soul. We all need a break from the everyday. The delight in being somewhere new, admiring spectacular scenery, sampling new food and exploring different terrain on your skis shouldn’t be underestimated.

With this is mind, we’ve put together a bucket list of top ski experiences in our European programme.

1. Marvel at the Mighty Matterhorn (Zermatt, Switzerland)

Zermatt (credit: @victorhwn725)

You’ve seen photos of this iconic mountain but have you seen it in the flesh? It really is as spectacular as it looks. Zermatt is a picture perfect resort and works well for skiers and non-skiers alike. The best views are from the top of the Gornergrat mountain railway at 3100m.

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Getting the Most From Your Epic Pass

Karen May 10th, 2022

The multi-resort ski lift ticket is big business these days, but does it make sense for you to purchase one? Let’s look at what’s on offer and how you can get the best value out of an Epic Pass

Getting the most from your epic pass

What is an Epic Pass?

The Epic Pass was born in 2008 as a way to use one season ticket for resorts under the ownership of Vail Resorts. What started then with 5 resorts in Colorado, plus 1 in California, has now become a network of 37 North American resorts plus 20+ international friends.

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The Best Ski Hotels for Wellness

Vicky March 29th, 2022
best ski hotels for wellness
Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti

Soothing spa treatments, hot tubs with a view, a dip in a heated outdoor pool. Is there a better way to round off a day on the slopes? No luxury ski hotel would be complete without the finest wellness facilities – your après-ski sanctuary set against majestic mountain scenery.

If rejuvenation and restoration are key components of your next ski holiday, our Ski Specialists have put together their essential guide to the best ski hotels for wellness this winter.

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A 40th Anniversary Utah Road Trip

The Team March 22nd, 2022

Ski holidays were happily back on the agenda in Winter 2021/22 and after so many cancelled or postponed travel plans, a ski trip this season offered the opportunity to do things differently. Whether that meant staying for longer, venturing further afield or adding on a luxury mini break, clients were seeking rich experiences that were truly worth the wait.

For one Ski Independence client, combining their 40th wedding anniversary celebration with a 3 year absence from the slopes meant revisiting the bucket list. The brief? To tick off another iconic ski destination and then take in one of the great USA National Park routes on the same trip. So with the help of our team of Ski Specialists, the planning of their Park City skiing and Utah road trip was about to commence…

Utah Road Trip

The holiday surpassed our expectations! We had a brilliant time – particularly the Utah-Nevada road trip. I just want to repeat my heartfelt thanks for all the support you provided…

By Jonathan Berman

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Our Favourite Ski Videos of the Winter So Far

Vicky January 19th, 2022

Even though it’s only the middle of January, there are already plenty of awe-inspiring video clips to warm you up for your ski holiday. Here’s our Top 5 Favourite Ski Videos of the winter so far:

1. Candide Thovex’s latest show-reel

There’s no soundtrack on this clip, but hearing the skis on the snow makes Candide’s skiing all the more impressive:

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The Best Early Season Conditions in 10 Years?

Vicky December 15th, 2021

Huge Snowfalls in the French Alps

With snow depths of up to 190cm on the upper slopes already, many resorts open early and powder in abundance, could this be one of the best starts to the ski season in the Alps in a decade?

Feast your eyes on our selection of recent snowy images that we’ve gathered from social media…

The Three Valleys

Méribel-Mottaret webcam,14th December
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What’s New in the French Alps this Winter

Vicky November 16th, 2021

France’s excellent ski resorts have all kinds of new activities, gastronomy and accommodation to discover after the hiatus of the past 18 months. Here’s a taste of what’s new in the French Alps this winter:

Après-Ski with a difference

Ice Floating

What's New in the French Alps
Tignes ©andyparant.com

Take your wellness routine to the next level! Float on the icy waters of Lac Ouillette (Val d’Isère) or Lac de Tignes in a specially designed waterproof wet-suit and experience a completely unique way to relax. Get even closer to nature by floating under the stars once the sun has gone down.

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Après-Ski with a difference

Ice Floating

What's New in the French Alps
Tignes ©andyparant.com

Take your wellness routine to the next level! Float on the icy waters of Lac Ouillette (Val d’Isère) or Lac de Tignes in a specially designed waterproof wet-suit and experience a completely unique way to relax. Get even closer to nature by floating under the stars once the sun has gone down.

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Our Favourite Quieter Resorts

Karen March 28th, 2021

Avoriaz, France. Credit: Avoriaz Tourism

You might be looking to spend your time on the mountain in a slightly quieter resort with fewer lift queues this year, or for a resort where you can avoid using enclosed lifts like gondolas and cable cars. So here are a few of our suggestions for our top recommended quieter ski resorts: Read the rest of this entry »

Gstaad – A Picture Postcard Destination

Catherine November 18th, 2020

For decades, the rich and famous have been flocking to the picture postcard Swiss resort of Gstaad. With exceptional levels of hospitality and a spectacular choice of luxury hotels, it’s no wonder that this charming village has been a long time haunt for the elite. Famous guests and residents have included Julie Andrews, Brigitte Bardot and none other than Mr Bond himself, Roger Moore. Look beyond the designer boutiques (of which there are plenty) and you’ll find that underneath the glitz and glamour, Gstaad is at its heart a traditional farming community with an extremely warm heart.

picture postcard gstaad

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What’s New in the Three Valleys

Catherine October 19th, 2020

Meribel, France. Credit: 3Vallees, David Andre

With over 600km of pistes, the Three Valleys (Courchevel, Méribel and  Val Thorens) is the largest ski area in the world. This alone is reason enough to plan a trip there but there are also plenty of exciting developments in store this winter. Read the rest of this entry »

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