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Snow: The Magic Ingredient

The Team November 19th, 2019

Whether you’re in the Rockies, Sierra Nevada, Wasatch, Tetons or the Monashees, or indeed any of the other soaring mountain ranges in North America, you can expect to ski and ride some of the very best powder snow conditions you’ve ever experienced. When it snows in North America it generally snows hard – a snowfall of several feet overnight is not uncommon.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Canada – Image: Ryan Creary

Some of our featured resorts receive almost 40 feet of snow each winter – that’s approximately the height of three London buses stacked on top of each other. But it’s not all about the quantity, it’s also about the quality. A combination of cold, dry polar air mixing with moist ocean air over the continent’s massive mountain ranges plus the high altitude of the resorts, makes for a perfect recipe for snow that is light, dry and plentiful. Read the rest of this entry »

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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Colorado Multi-Centre Ski Holiday

Karen M March 27th, 2019

I’ve just returned from incredible Colorado multi-centre trip thanks to Colorado Tourism Office and Norwegian Airlines. I wanted to share a few of my standout experiences and recommendations.

colorado multi-centre

Steamboat, Colorado

Flight with Norwegian

The trip started off with an excellent flight with Norwegian Airlines from Gatwick to Denver – one of the great things about this flight is that you’re taking off at 10am so arriving in Denver around 1pm, with the full day ahead of you – so whether you’re heading straight up to the mountains, or into the city for a few days, it’s perfect.

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Guest Blog: Jackson Hole Ski Resort Review

The Team February 21st, 2019
Jackson Hole Ski Resort Review

Photo Credit- Tristan Greszko/Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Our latest blog post comes from a long-standing Ski Independence client and veritable food, drink and skiing connoisseur. John shared his Jackson Hole ski resort review with us after he recently returned there many years after his first visit.

“I’m goin’ to Jackson, I’m gonna mess around,
Yeah, I’m goin’ to Jackson,
Look out Jackson town.”

Johnny Cash

Jackson Hole is a town-sized dude ranch. That’s not a criticism, it is a proper western town, but one can’t help noticing that the day of the cowboy and the wild west is more legend than present day reality. Still, I love the place.

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Our Pick of the Best Family Ski Holidays

The Team August 16th, 2018

Our top 9 recommendations for 2018/19

A family ski holiday is one of life’s great pleasures. There’s nothing quite like being together in the fresh air of the mountains, watching your children grow in confidence and ability. Ski Independence have been a family ski holiday specialist for 25 years and we know from experience that the bet family ski holidays take a lot of careful planning and a good dose of detailed knowledge – so why not leave it to us? We’ve highlighted some of our recommendations for the best family ski holidays for next winter, and if you don’t see what you fancy below we’re happy to recommend a huge range of alternative destinations, accommodation & activities to suit your family. So, in no particular order…

The excellent nursery slopes at Aspen Snowmass

1. Les Gets, France

Karen M, Ski Specialist

A short transfer from Geneva and a traditional pretty village are often two sought-after points on a family holiday wish list and Les Gets more than ticks these boxes. The centre of the village is lined with shops and restaurants serving a selection of Savoyard specialities along with a couple of lively bars offering laid back après-ski. Read the rest of this entry »

New for 2018/19 – Ski Independence Update

Karen M July 24th, 2018

new for 2018/19

Find out all about what’s new for 2018/19!

We’re excited to announce that the brand new Ski Independence brochure has arrived, bookings are rolling in and early booking offers are high in demand.

Now is the best time to book and to give you some inspiration here’s an overview of what’s new for our European & North American programmes.

>> Order your copy of our Winter 2018/19 brochure now

Europe

Les Gets is a hotspot for families with its French charm and easy access to the huge Portes du Soleil ski area. Read the rest of this entry »

The Ikon Pass: Arriving in 2018/19

Vicky January 31st, 2018

One Pass | 26 Ski Destinations

A brand new season pass is coming for Winter 2018/19!

**UPDATED 8 March 2018**

Exciting news for fans of skiing in the USA & Canada: the Ikon Pass is a new season pass set to go head-to-head with the Epic Pass next winter, offering skiing in 26 destinations on one lift ticket. Chief Marketing Officer of Alterra Mountain Company, Erik Forsell, said, “The Ikon Pass is a collaboration of like-minded mountain destinations across North America where incredible terrain, unique character and local traditions are celebrated.”

Ikon Pass holders will be able to access resorts including Steamboat, Winter Park, Mammoth Mountain, Tremblant, Squaw Valley, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole and Big Sky, Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Ski Big 3 (Banff Sunshine VillageLake LouiseBanff Mount Norquay) all featured Ski Independence resorts and among the best ski destinations on the planet. We have two pass types available, with discounted children’s rates on offer before 9th April 2018.

Ikon Season Pass

Adult: £627 / Teen: £502 / Child: £313

  • Full season pass with completely unlimited skiing all season in 8 destinations including Steamboat, Winter Park, Copper Mountain Resort, Squaw Valley, Mammoth Mountain and Tremblant plus 7 days skiing in a huge number of other resorts including Jackson Hole, Big Sky, Deer Valley, Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Aspen Snowmass.
  • Until the 9th April 2018, children’s passes are better than half price with the purchase of a full adult pass.*

Ikon Base Pass

Adult: £418 / Teen: £334 / Child: £209

  • Unlimited access to 8 destinations including Winter Park, Tremblant, Copper Mountain and more, as well as 5 days at destinations including Steamboat, Mammoth Mountain, Jackson Hole, Big Sky, Killington Resort and Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Aspen Snowmass, AltaSnowbird and Ski Big 3 (Banff Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, Mount Norquay).
  • Until the 9th April 2018, children’s passes are half price with the purchase of a full adult pass.*

>> Full Ikon Pass Details Available Here <<

The Ikon Pass In Numbers

  • 26 destinations in 9 US states & 4 Canadian Provinces
  • 63,709 skiable acres
  • 3,304 trails
  • 481 lifts

Ikon Pass Destinations

The Ikon Pass will rival the hugely popular Epic Pass in scope and scale for skiing across North America and our team of Ski Specialists can advise you on how to get the best out of your Ikon Pass next winter, whether you’re planning a multi-centre holiday or more than one trip in the season.

ikon pass

Speak to a Ski Specialist on 0131 243 8097

 

*T&Cs apply to all purchases, please get in touch with us for further details.

A Denver City Stopover

Karen January 4th, 2017

Voted the best place to live in America in the 2016 US News and World Report, Denver is sophisticated and diverse, boasts a great climate, is packed full of cultural attractions and has a thriving restaurant scene. Our Senior Ski Specialist Karen visited Denver on an educational trip in December 2016. Here are her thoughts on her experience in the Mile High City.

A Denver City Stopover might just surprise you!

I’m not going to lie, Denver, in my head, was an industrial sprawl providing infrastructure for the Rockies, but little else. How wrong I was – downtown Denver is clean, walkable, safe and full of interesting architecture and quirky independent boutiques. Hipsters have well and truly taken over here – it’s virtually impossible to buy a drink that’s not in a jam jar. And if you’re not serving hand-ground-artisan-coffee-beans-personally-sourced-from-an-indigenous-community-in-the-woods then you’re not selling coffee in this town!

A Denver City Stopover

View from State Capitol

Our group stayed at the Crawford Hotel. Part of a new (2 year old) refurbishment of Denver’s Union Station, dating from 1881, it’s an awesome building and there are lots of bars, restaurants and shops on the ground floor. Every outlet is independently owned and local – no chains here. Hotel guests get given a discount card when they check in: this gives you a free coffee, a scoop of ice cream, a beer and discounts in the stores. Entry level rooms are small, but really stylish and comfortable.

Why this hotel is of particular interest, though, is its location. The tram from Denver Airport arrives right at the back door of the hotel and we got from the plane to the hotel in just over an hour! The tram goes every 15 minutes from the airport terminal, and takes just over half an hour. Read the rest of this entry »

Ski Resort Updates – 1 December 2016

Vicky December 1st, 2016

The 2016/17 winter season is officially underway! Here is a short roundup of recent news and images to inspire your next ski holiday. From early resort openings in France and Canada to record snowfalls for the time of year, we can’t wait to get out there and ski! The first of our resort visits for the season start today – our Sales Manager, Gareth, is off to Verbier whilst Ski Specialist, David, is heading out to Colorado.

Whistler Blackcomb Open Ahead of Schedule

It has been nothing short of a brilliant start to winter for British Columbia’s ski resorts, with huge snowfalls early on. Whistler is celebrating its biggest November snow base in 6 years. Watch this video from Whistler’s opening day:

>> Find out more about Making the most of Whistler Blackcomb

Also Open for Winter 2016/17

  • Banff and Lake LouiseLake Louise Ski Resort has been open since Friday 18th November and the famed Delirium Dive at Sunshine Village is now operational too. These superb Alberta ski resorts are off to an incredible start to the season, with yet another storm system passing through this weekend.

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Snow Photos: 23 November 2016

The Team November 23rd, 2016

Snow Photos – our latest selection

Welcome to the first in our series of galleries for Winter 2016/17. Our partners in resort have shared a whole range of inspiring and ‘make-your-friends-jealous’ images with us, which just make you want to get out there and ski!

Explore our pick of the best snow photos in the gallery below from the early part of this winter, including some exclusives from Steamboat Resort and Avoriaz.

Powder turns in France had significant early snowfalls this year, so the upper slopes have a strong base for the winter (image: @trebleedit @avoriazalpineskischool)
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Keep up to date with recent snowfall as it happens in the USA, Canada, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Japan. Check back here for updates throughout the season & don’t miss the Ski Independence Instagram page!

Get in touch with our team of Ski Specialists for more advice on where to ski this winter and to book your tailor-made ski holiday now. Call the team on 0131 243 8097 or request a tailor-made quotation online.

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