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Why Do Skiers Care About El Niño?

Nick September 16th, 2015

We’ve heard rumours that El Niño is set to make a return in 2015, which could be great news for ski resorts in North America. With increasing confidence that 2015/16 will see a return of this weather phenomenon, Nick has delved a little deeper into why ski resorts and skiers care about El Niño.

What is El Niño?

El Niño, which means “the boy” in Spanish  (as in Jesus – because its effects are most strongly felt in South America around Christmas), is a phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) when things heat up over the tropical Pacific Ocean. Read the rest of this entry »

Powder Alert! Recent Snowfall Across the Alps

The Team January 19th, 2015

Everybody is talking about this weekend’s snowfall, and not without good reason. Buckets of snow over the weekend has given snowsports enthusiasts all over Alps plenty to shout about. Here are some of our favourite winter wonderland scenes from the weekend…

Snow

Alpe d’Heuz 17 January | Copyright: Chalet Liotard/Alpe d’Huez Officiel

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Winter 2014/15 #WinterIsHere

Vicky November 27th, 2014

Great news! If you haven’t already heard, the snow has well and truly arrived in the Alps and North America. #WinterIsHere is trending on Twitter and we wanted to share a few recent images and videos to inspire you for Winter 2014/15.

 

  • Vail, Breckenridge and Beaver Creek in Colorado are now all open and there’s been enough snow that Vail’s back bowls should be open for the Thanksgiving weekend celebrations.

There’s still time to buy your Epic Season Pass, giving you access to all these resorts and more, if you’re quick! >> Book online here

#winterishere

Great shot from Vail – so much powder!

  • 12 inches of new snow in Breckenridge, here’s a clip of the skiing on offer on Peak 9:

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Snowfall in Europe and Resorts Open in North America

The Team November 11th, 2013

A weekend of snowfall makes for a happy and excited Ski Independence team!

STOP PRESSWhistler and Big White are opening earlier than scheduled this coming Saturday, 16th November, due to excellent early snow cover!

Snow has fallen in the Alps already this autumn, but has generally melted away with fluctuating temperatures in September and October. Now though, snow that falls has a good chance of sticking around – and with a huge storm and up to 30cm of fresh snow having fallen all over the Alps over the weekend, there’s a good chance this latest snow is here to stay and we will have a great base for the winter!

Over in North America, several resorts are now up and running for the 13/14 season including Breckenridge, Mammoth and Lake Louise.

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The 3 Valleys are now Epic

Vicky September 10th, 2013

Les Trois Vallées (or the 3 Valleys) – the largest ski area in the world – is now covered by the Epic Season Pass! Not only can 2013-2014 Epic Season Pass holders ski in 9 resorts in the USA, Verbier in Switzerland, and the Arlberg in Austria (including St Anton and Lech), you now also receive 5 days skiing in the 3 Valleys, including the Ski Independence featured resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville and Val Thorens. Read the rest of this entry »

Peak 6 – Brand New Terrain in Breckenridge

The Team August 6th, 2013

For many seasons Breckenridge has been an exciting place to visit for British and local skiers alike. It was the first North American resort I visited and it is still well and truly my favourite place to ski in Colorado. Not only does it have high altitude slopes for all abilities, it also has a vibrant town which has kept a lot of its old silver mining days charm. This coming season however will really whet the taste buds. The reason? Brand new terrain in Breckenridge with a massive expansion of the ski area with the opening of over 540 acres in what is known as Peak 6. Read the rest of this entry »

Powder Alert, worldwide!

Vicky February 6th, 2013

In the past few weeks, snow is and has been falling in abundance around the globe and skiers & snowboarders worldwide are reaping the benefits. Delighted whoops and ‘yee-haas!’ have been heard far and wide, and we’ve picked a couple of our favourite videos from recent weeks to whet your appetite. Winter 2012/2013 keeps getting better!

Firstly, here’s a quick snapshot of snow conditions in some of our featured resorts: Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas Opening Hours

The Team December 20th, 2012

The whole team at Ski Independence would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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“Let it snow Let it snow Let it snow”

The Team December 6th, 2012

As Dean Martin and Michael Buble have sung before this is certainly being sung by ski resorts all over Europe and in Canada at the moment.

With not wanting to sound like Michael Fish or that nice lady Carol who reads the weather on BBC, there is a long prolonged low front sitting right over central Europe, bringing cold and snowy conditions that’s dumping serious amounts of the white stuff as low as 800 metres above sea level. Over the next few days leading up to the weekend resorts in the Swiss and French Alps are expecting up to a metre of fresh snow and resorts such as Les Gets and Chamonix have already been suggesting opening the lift ticket windows and cranking up those lifts.

This is no Alpine farmers fable of “the cows are all looking West”, winter has arrived in the Alps big time. Read the rest of this entry »

Canada Update 22nd November 2012

Gareth November 22nd, 2012

Great news – we managed to secure the Air Canada Early Booking offers for another few weeks. We’ve only got until the 15th December to book your Canadian ski holiday at the very best price.

Flights that serve Whistler, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Fernie, Panorama, Big White, Silver Star, Sun Peaks and Tremblant are all on sale but availability is now pretty limited so you need to book fast!

We also have some great deals on accommodation with free nights and room upgrades, as well as heavily discounted lift pass deals.

Oh and across British Columbia and Alberta the snow conditions are amazing – check out a pic from Whistler yesterday and a shot from the opening day at Banff!

Chic Pea Restaurant Whistler

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