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Ski + City Breaks in Europe
Make the most of your holiday time with our definitive guide to the best European cities for a short break – before or after a stay in the mountains.
Whether you want to take advantage of cheaper weekday flights, or you just fancy a bit of culture and shopping to enhance your ski holiday, Ski Independence can easily add on a night or two in a city destination.
Here are 7 great cities that work well combined with a ski holiday – with some recommendations of where to stay and what to see while you’re there.
1. Verona – The City of LoveRead the rest of this entry »
The Savoie Cheese Route
If you thought the only way to explore the Alps was through skiing or walking then think again! The Savoie Cheese Route invites you to explore the Savoie and Haute Savoie regions of the Alps through visiting farms, shops and restaurants, all with one thing in common – cheese!
By doing so, visitors can learn about more about their favourite Savoie cheeses, including the well-known Reblochon, Raclette and Emmental, and discover the different stages of production, from dairy farm to shop shelf.
We’ve narrowed down the route to the resorts we feature, including charming Megève, world-famous Chamonix and the family-friendly resorts of Les Gets, La Clusaz and Avoriaz. Plus, we’ve included a cheese guide to ensure you’re all clued up before heading off on your next holiday.Read the rest of this entry »
Make Your Colorado Ski Holiday Epic
Set high in Colorado’s awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains are three must-visit ski destinations for any skier or boarder – Breckenridge, Vail and Beaver Creek. All three are premier ski resorts where first-class, world-beating service is top of the agenda.
At Ski Independence we offer a wide range of accommodation in these impressive Colorado destinations, ranging from self-catered condos to boutique and full-service luxury hotels. Learn more about these three resorts below, together with the all-important Epic Pass that gives you access to the mountain – and gets you skiing!Read the rest of this entry »
Top Picks for Skiers and Non-Skiers Alike
It goes without saying that here at Ski Independence we are incredibly passionate about winter sports. However, we understand that a trip to the mountains is about so much more than just skiing or snowboarding. A number of our regular clients don’t clip into skis at all and instead prefer to relax, breathe in the clean air and simply experience being in one of our featured resorts for the pure joy of the mountains. With this in mind we’ve selected our favourite properties that will work well for skiers and non-skiers alike – ideal if your other half doesn’t quite share your love for skiing!
Hotel Mont Blanc, Chamonix
Chamonix offers so much more than just skiing. It’s a fantastic town to visit with an excellent choice of restaurants, bars and visitor attractions as well as spectacular mountain views. The town itself is charming and historic and it’s perfectly pleasant simply strolling through the streets.Read the rest of this entry »
10 Ski Bucket List Experiences in Europe
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)
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.Read the rest of this entry »
Getting the Most From Your Epic Pass
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…
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.Read the rest of this entry »
The Best Ski Hotels for Wellness
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.Read the rest of this entry »
A 40th Anniversary Utah Road Trip
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…
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 BermanRead the rest of this entry »
Our Favourite Ski Videos of the Winter So Far
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:Read the rest of this entry »
The Best Early Season Conditions in 10 Years?
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…