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Making the most of Whistler Blackcomb

Pete May 25th, 2017

Most people who ski and/or snowboard have heard of Whistler Blackcomb. Since 1997, when Whistler and Blackcomb mountains joined forces, the resort has attracted well over a million skier visits every season.

Whistler - David McColm

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Ski Resort News and Updates 2015/16

Vicky January 19th, 2016

There’s a lot to celebrate in winter 2015/16, with daily news of superb snowfall and conditions in all our featured resorts. Not only is the snow about as good as it could be, but there are plenty of new developments, innovations and skier friendly offers around too. Here’s a short guide to some of the best ski resort news and updates for this season.

Jackson Hole is 50

Winter 2015/16 marks Jackson Hole‘s 50th anniversary. To celebrate, a brand new lift – the Teton Lift – has been installed and it opens up 200 new acres of terrain on the upper mountain. The resort has produced a series of retrospective videos in celebration of this legendary ski resort too. Here’s Episode 1:

News from the 3 Valleys

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8 of the Best Ski Resorts Now Open

Vicky November 16th, 2015

Can’t wait for winter? Looking for an early season getaway? News of BIG North American snowfall is filling up our inboxes and many resorts are already open – or will be very soon!

The 2015/16 ski season is well and truly underway and things are off to a cracking start in the USA and Canada. Resorts in Europe aren’t far behind, with cold weather and plenty snow in the forecast – over a metre is predicted to fall in Avoriaz this coming weekend!

Here’s our pick 8 of the best ski resorts now open:

1. Lake Louise, Alberta:

Boasting one of the longest winter seasons around, Lake Louise is always one of the first resorts to open. What’s more, at least 50cm of snow is expected to fall in the new few days.

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First Tracks at Whistler Blackcomb 2015/16

Vicky November 9th, 2015

Named No.1 Overall Resort last winter by SKI Magazine, Whistler Blackcomb celebrates 50 years in 2015/16 and winter is already underway.

These lucky souls experienced first tracks from the top of Blackcomb Mountain just a few days ago:

Find out more about Whistler by visiting our Whistler resort pages. We currently have a huge range of special offers for holidays to Whistler, with the best deals available when you book by the 15th November 2015.

Call us now on 0131 243 8097  to book your Whistler 2015/16 ski holiday.

A Season with Ski Independence

The Team May 4th, 2015

As another fantastic winter season draws to a close, the Ski Independence team share their highlights from winter 2014/15…

 Dave, Reservations Consultant

Dave at Whistler Blackcomb

Dave at Whistler Blackcomb

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The Ski Independence Whistler Guide for iPad

Vicky August 28th, 2014

We’re delighted to announce that Ski Independence has launched a brand new guide to Whistler and Vancouver, which is now available in the iTunes and iPad App Stores.

Whistler Guide for iPad

Whistler Peak 2 Peak Gondola (image: Mike Crane)

Packed full of useful information about skiing in Whistler and city stopovers in Vancouver, find out more about these two great destinations, together with a variety of images and inspirational videos. Free to download, this insiders guide is packed full of useful information about Whistler ski holidays, details on a selection of hand-picked lodging options and information on how to book with Ski Independence: Read the rest of this entry »

Extra Value Whistler – Winter 2014/15

Pete July 30th, 2014

Whistler has long been a Mecca for skiers and snowboarders, so what continues to draw such a varied international audience to this destination year after year?

Certainly the resort benefitted from playing host to the Winter Olympics in 2010 – not only was the resort beamed into millions of homes for 16 days, the infrastructure was vastly improved too. The umbilical Sea-to-Sky highway between Whistler and Vancouver was dramatically overhauled, while the creation of world-class training facilities will undoubtedly progress winter sports for the ensuing generations.

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Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains – enduring appeal. Image: David McColm

However, Whistler’s real trick is the continued development they commit to the mountain every year. Recent flagship projects include:

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#WhistlerUnfiltered: Behind the Lens

Vicky November 7th, 2013

Be inspired this winter with the #WhistlerUnfiltered: Behind the Lens campaign, a collection of inspirational photographs and the stories behind them. An exhibit entitled “The Pro’s Lens” is available to view online, and you can check out several awe-inspiring galleries of the mountains in and around Whistler which showcase the work of 9 professional outdoor photographers – the lucky (and very talented) people who manage to make a living from creating these amazing photographs!

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Ski and Snowboard Show 2013 – London 1st-3rd November

Vicky October 28th, 2013

Gareth and Andy are heading to the Ski and Snowboard Show 2013 at Earls Court 2 in London this week. They’ll be working alongside Whistler on Friday 1st November and will be on the Vail Resorts stand on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd November.

Pop along to say hello and learn all about the 2 new lifts opening at Whistler this winter, discover what Peak 6 means for Breckenridge in 13/14, find out all about the very best discounts on offer or simply get some ideas for your holiday to WhistlerBreckenridgeVailBeaver CreekKeystone, CanyonsHeavenly or Northstar. What’s more, benefit from exclusive prices on Epic Passes!

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Whistler Expansion: 2 Brand New Ski Lifts

Pete August 16th, 2013

Whistler Blackcomb has long been considered one of the best places to ski on the planet: its allure an almost intangible mix of scenery, culture, terrain and of course, snow conditions. I first skied there in 1999 and was hooked immediately – as our airport transfer seamlessly transported us up the fabled Sea to Sky highway it seemed like we had landed on another planet rather than another country. The road follows the Howe Sound once North of Vancouver before splitting cross country towards the forested mountains on the horizon and is surrounded by scenic beauty on a scale I had never encountered before. Enough reminiscing though, what is really exciting about Whistler Blackcomb is Read the rest of this entry »

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