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What’s New: Igloo Village Les Arcs

Lucy October 9th, 2019

The Igloo Village, which is already a popular après and dining spot in the much-loved resorts of Avoriaz and Val Thorens, is set to reopen in Les Arcs this winter. Whether you fancy a soul-warming hot chocolate, refreshing beer on the sunny terrace or a fondue dinner amongst family and friends, the Igloo Village will be the place to be when it open its doors on the 15th of December 2019.

Igloo Village Les Arcs. Image: Manu Reyboz

So how do you create an igloo village complete with a bar, restaurant and two hotel rooms? After accumulating around 3000m₃ of snow, it takes around 5 days to assemble the outer structure. Then the sculpting and decorating begins! Over 10 days an expert team sculpts the different rooms and carves incredible sculptures into the igloo walls. The electricians and sound technicians then add the finishing touches. The result? A 350m₂ ice village full of atmosphere, amazing art and, of course, snow. Read the rest of this entry »

One Week – Five Amazing Ski Destinations

Rebekah October 4th, 2019

Can’t make up your mind where to go on your ski holiday this winter? The Capra in Saas Fee are offering you the opportunity to experience five famous ski resorts in the Valais region of Switzerland within the space of a week.

Ski- und Snowboardfahren in Saas-Fee (PPR/Saastal Tourismus AG/Vernon Deck)

Skiing in Saas Fee. (Image Credits: PPR/Saastal Tourismus AG/Vernon Deck)

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The Ultimate 5 Star Gastronomic Experience

Catherine October 1st, 2019

Courchevel 1850 is the ultimate luxury alpine destination. The resort is positively bursting with top quality 5-star hotels all offering unrivalled facilities and outstanding levels of service. Courchevel 1850 is also renowned for its gastronomic scene boasting no fewer than 6 Michelin-starred restaurants.

K2 Palace

Hotel Le K2 Palace

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The Ski Independence Cheese Route

Lucy September 25th, 2019

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.

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Bears, Moose and Marmots: Karen’s North American Wildlife Guide

Karen September 23rd, 2019

I love holidays. I love planning them, and I love going on them.  Over the years I have skied at more than 70 resorts worldwide and my trusty ski companion is my mum, who patiently acquiesces to all sorts of wacky plans to ski more resorts and cram in even greater experiences.

One of my favourite things to do is to combine a ski trip with my other passion – wildlife.  There’s lots of places where you can do that, particularly in North America.  Here’s a taste of some of the things I’ve seen on my ski travels.

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Why You Need to Visit Niseko

Iona September 19th, 2019

Japan’s outstanding success as a ski destination can be summed up in one simple word – snow. Our Ski Specialist Iona is one of our resident Niseko experts after spending a season there working as a ski instructor. Read on for her Niseko highlights, and why it’s a destination not to be missed.

Skiing in Niseko

Whistler and Niseko are two of the most popular ski destinations with Australians. So why have the British been so slow in exploring Niseko? Depending on flight connection times the journey can be only a couple hours longer than the journey from the UK to most North American resorts. Those extra couple of hours will offer you a holiday different to any other you have experienced before.

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Luxury and Innovation in St Moritz

Morven September 9th, 2019

Synonymous with old school glamour and historic mountain luxury, St Moritz conjures up images of fur coats, dinner jackets and cigar rooms. After enjoying a long weekend at the iconic 5* Badrutt’s Palace, I realised it was all these things but also much, much more.

After a quick transfer through Zurich Airport and onto the incredibly efficient Swiss Rail network, I settled in for a beautiful journey to St Moritz. Classic Swiss mountain vistas appear at the window only 20 minutes after leaving Zurich and these continue all the way for 3 hours 40 minutes. They say the best things in life take time…

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Powder Highway: The Ultimate Ski Roadtrip

Nick September 2nd, 2019

The Powder Highway in Canada is a legendary circular ski road trip route through the interior of British Columbia and the Kootenay Rockies. It features up to seven of Canada’s best powder destinations: Panorama, Kicking Horse, Revelstoke, Red Mountain, Whitewater, Kimberley and Fernie.  If you’re a good skier looking for the ultimate road trip, this should be high on your bucket list!

Revelstoke Mountain Snow Ghosts. Image: Andrew Strain

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What’s new in Europe this year

Lucy August 27th, 2019

Despite the hot summer weather, we can’t help but look forward to the upcoming winter season. The addition of several new and exciting properties to our European programme has us daydreaming about being back in the mountains. Whether you’re looking for the ultimate luxury retreat in exclusive Megève, a stylish hotel in family-friendly Avoriaz or spacious apartments in popular Val d’Isère, these brand new properties have got you covered.

We’ve put together our pick of the best hotels and residences opening in time to book for this winter.

Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti, Pinzolo

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Italian Dolomites, the brand new 5-star Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti offers fantastic accommodation with truly breathtaking views. The Resort enjoys an ideal location, just 350m from the ski lifts and a 10-minute walk from the centre of Pinzolo, a traditional Italian village oozing charm and authenticity. Among the exceptional facilities on offer are two restaurants, a lounge bar, reading room and 5000m² spa featuring indoor and outdoor swimming pools and no fewer than 9 saunas– perfect for soothing tired muscles after a day exploring the extensive Campiglio Dolomiti di Brenta ski area!

Making the Most of Whistler

Gareth August 1st, 2019

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.

View of the Peak to Peak from Blackcomb – Image: Mike Crane

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 »

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