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Steamboat Events – Winter 2014-15

Jenny O Farrell October 24th, 2014

Our favourite guest blogger, Jenny O’Farrell from Steamboat, has returned! We asked Jenny to give us the low-down on what’s hot in Steamboat and she’s put together a list of must-see Steamboat events for winter 2014/15:

18th December – 30th March – Night Skiing & Riding

Ok, so if you did not get in enough turns from first Gondola at 8:30, you can enjoy night skiing and riding for three more hours from 5:30.

This will be year #2 of illuminated slopes in Steamboat, and we’re excited to add another day to the schedule for a Thursday-Sunday program this winter. You have steeper trails off the top of the Christie Peak Express 6-pack chair, and the Lil’ Rodeo terrain park is very popular at the night sessions. The lighting is quite impressive, too – the snow is well-illuminated, but you can still appreciate the bright stars in the bight sky, too. For those who prefer to watch, grab a cocktail at the Bear River Grill and enjoy the atmosphere at the cozy fire pits.

Steamboat Events

Ski Steamboat under floodlight!

5th-10th January 2015 – Musicfest at Steamboat

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20 Years of Ski Independence

The Team July 9th, 2014

Tailor-Made Ski Specialists for Over 20 Years

Ski Independence have sent over 100,000 clients on holiday over the past 2 decades and we’re extremely proud to be celebrating our 20 year anniversary for the 2014/2015 winter season.

We produced our first ever brochure in 1994 and our website went live many years later with the world moving at lightning pace to the digital era of today. So much has changed over this time, but our commitment to offering the very best tailor-made service has stayed the same throughout.

Take a trip down memory lane and take a take a look at a selection of brochure covers from the past 20 years – which is your favourite?

20 Years of Ski Independence Brochure Covers

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North America Exchange Rate Savings Guide

The Team June 27th, 2014

Enjoy Great Exchange Rate Savings in North America this Winter

If you’re considering a ski trip to the USA or Canada this winter, you can expect excellent exchange rate savings as the Pound reaches a 5 year high against the Canadian and US Dollars (a 17% and 15% hike respectively).

The Canadian and US Dollars hit a 52 week low of C$1.56 and $1.48 to the pound last July but today stand at C$1.82 and $1.70.

So what does this mean for your ski holiday?

  • A 6-day regular season Whistler adult Super Early Bird lift pass is now just £252. Before the Pound strengthened, the price would have been £295, meaning a saving of £43.
  • An adult group ski lesson on Whistler Blackcomb would have been £94 but is now available for £80, a saving of £14.
  • And over in Breckenridge in the USA, a 6 day regular season adult lift pass would have cost you £296, but is now available for £258, a saving of £38.
  • You can make even big savings on the little things – a C$100 family lunch on the mountain is now nearly £10 cheaper and those C$5 après-ski beers are now 57p a pint cheaper!

For more great savings, check out guide below…

The Ski Independence Exchange Rate Savings Guide 2014/15

exchange rate savings guide

We have some amazing Early Booking Offers for the 2014-15 ski season – find out more here – or contact our reservations team by calling 0131 243 8097 for expert help and advice with your ski holiday plans this winter. Click here to request a tailor-made quotation online.

Colorado: Storm of the Century brings over 70cm of fresh snow!

Vicky February 4th, 2014

Ski resorts in Colorado, USA have just witnessed one of the biggest storms in many years in what has been dubbed the ‘Storm of the Century’. There were accumulations of over 60cm of snow in 48 hours in Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Vail and Keystone! These are the largest snowfalls since the 2000-2001 winter season and totals for the 48 hour period to the 31st January were:

  • Vail: 66cm with 5,289 acres of skiable terrain accessible by 31 lifts.
  • Beaver Creek: 71cm with 1,832 acres of skiable terrain accessible by 24 lifts.
  • Breckenridge: 81cm with 2,907 acres of skiable terrain accessible by 35 lifts.
  • Keystone: 68cm with 3,058 acres of skiable terrain accessible by 19 lifts.

The only way to do justice to this amazing news (save for booking a flight and getting out there to experience it for yourself!) is to marvel at some awesome photos from the last few days:

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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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New Peak 6 Trail Map for Breckenridge

The Team October 25th, 2013

If you haven’t already heard, Breckenridge resort in Colorado is opening up a whole new mountain in 2013/2014, adding a massive 543 acres to the ski terrain. The addition of Peak 6 is exciting stuff for this well-known North American destination and we can’t wait for the chance to to try it out! A brand new trail map has just been published to take into account the 23% increase in terrain – take a look below: Read the rest of this entry »

Inside Track – Ski Bucket List, Cathy

The Team September 11th, 2013

First in a new series of blog posts from our reservations team, Cathy gives us her top tips on where to ski this coming winter as a family, as a couple, and what she would do if money were no object! Cathy has skied all over the Alps and North America and always make sure she and her family gets their snow fix each and every winter. 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 »

Multi-Resort Ski Passes – Winter 2013/14

Karen June 11th, 2013

If you’re looking for the best value for money pass or planning more than one ski holiday this year, a multi-resort ski pass is your ticket to huge savings and fantastic resort choices. There’s a wide range of tickets to choose from for Winter 2013/2014, including the Epic Season Pass which not only covers some of the most popular resorts of North America and Switzerland, but continues to impress with new additions topping the already extensive list.

Canyons Resort in Utah is the latest addition to become Epic, very exciting news for skiers who want to try out one of the four largest ski areas in the US. The good news is the Epic Season Pass is just one example of the many multi-resort ski passes out there offering great value. Read the rest of this entry »

Our Top Reasons to Visit Jackson Hole and Big Sky

Vicky May 31st, 2013

There are endless reasons to visit Jackson Hole and Big Sky and experience the best of skiing in Wyoming and Montana. While we can’t list them all here, we’ve come up with a very short list of the best of what’s on offer and show you why booking a place on the 2014 Ski & Snowboard Magazine Reader Holiday (an amazing 10-day itinerary) is a must-do!

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