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Skiing the Sud Tyrol – The Italian Dolomites

Roger February 9th, 2017

In February 2017 Ski Independence PR Roger Ainger took in a few days skiing the Sud Tyrol’s Dolomiti Superski area, staying in the beautiful resort of San Cassiano in Italy. Read on to find out more about this fabulous, welcoming and gastronomic destination.

Skiing the Sud Tyrol

Typical and spectacular Dolomites scenery (image: Alto Adige Marketing)

In about 30 years of skiing, I had thought that I had tried most ways of getting up the mountain without straining the thigh muscles. From low speed, one person chairs through to high-speed 6 packs, button lifts, rope tows, T-bars, gondolas, cable cars, aerial trams, surface trains, under the mountain trains – I have ridden them all. Now for the first time I have used a two horse power lift. However, I get ahead of myself – more of this later…

I have just returned from a wonderful skiing trip to the Sud Tyrol – that part of Italy that is never entirely sure if it is in Italy or Austria. Everybody speaks both German and Italian plus of course the obligatory English. Many as well speak Ladin, but if you are thinking of adding another language to your skills be aware that Ladin is spoken only in a handful of valleys in this part of the world! Read the rest of this entry »

New Lift Pass Service – Launched for Winter 2016/17

Catherine October 25th, 2016

Hitting the slopes has never been easier with our new lift pass service!

Here at Ski Independence we know how important it is to be able to maximise your time on the slopes. That’s why we are delighted to unveil our new lift pass service which is available in a number of our French resorts. If you pre-book your lift pass(es) in one of the selected resorts, we will send your tickets to you before you travel*, saving you time and hassle in resort. Simply place the hands-free lift pass card in your jacket pocket and you’re ready to go! No queuing at the ticket office – just get on the first ski lift that takes your fancy.

New Lift Pass Service (image: C Cattin, Val Thorens Tourist Office)

Now even easier to get on the slopes of Val Thorens (image: C Cattin, Val Thorens Tourist Office)

We are offering this service in some of our top resorts this season: Val Thorens, Val d’Isère, Flaine, Samoëns, La Clusaz, Les Gets and La Plagne – and we plan to add this service to a number of additional resorts in winter 2017-18. Read the rest of this entry »

An Italian Ski Adventure

Karen August 8th, 2016

Skiing in Italy: What’s good, what’s great, and why it’s now in my list of favourites!

Before this February my experience of skiing in Italy had been restricted to day trips taken from French resorts, but this winter an ambitious plan was formed to fulfil several wishes in one trip: Combining a trip to Rome, a 6 Nations rugby match (and a Scotland win!), a week of skiing and a stopover in Verona.

One of the nice things about visiting Italy is that it’s relatively small – and they have a super-efficient high speed rail system which meant we could get from Rome in the south, up to the Trentino region in a little under 4 hours. None of the ski resorts are accessible by rail, but we were able to get a transfer from the town of Trento to Madonna di Campiglio, which took about 2 hours.

Italian Ski Adventure

The charming resort and extensive pistes of Madonna di Campiglio

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Skiing in September…in Switzerland!

Claire October 6th, 2015

European Product Manager, Claire, has just returned from Switzerland with all the latest news and tales of skiing in Saas Fee!

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Insider’s Guide Méribel & Mottaret

Nicole August 11th, 2015

Having worked a season in Méribel, Nicole shares her insider’s tips on how to make the most out of your trip to one of the most popular ski resorts in France.

Méribel

Méribel

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Nick’s Mid-Summer Ski Adventure in Scotland…

Nick July 2nd, 2015

My question – ‘Anyone want to go for a last slide of the season this weekend?’ – to my Ski Independence team last week was met with blank stares and hoots of derision. The old man of the mountains had finally gone mad apparently. But I had a plan, and a cunning one at that.

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Gordon’s EPIC Trip Part 1 – Lake Tahoe, California

Gordon July 1st, 2015

I was lucky enough to take part in two trips back to back at the end of February, taking in both California and Utah and I loved every minute of it. Our aim was to visit and ski some of the resorts covered by the EPIC pass – a multi-resort season pass covering many of our most popular ski areas.

Blue Skies in Canyons

Blue Skies in Canyons

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Panorama Holidays and Heli-skiing

The Team May 13th, 2015

Our reservations consultant Nikki shares her amazing holiday and heli-skiing experience in Panorama, BC, Canada

Our journey started with our flight from Heathrow to Calgary on Air Canada which took around 9 hours. The on-board service was great and everything ran like clockwork. On arrival at Calgary, we quickly located our bags and cleared customs.

We took a transfer from Calgary to Panorama which took around 4 hours including a short stop off in Banff. The driver was happy to let us stop at the grocery store in Banff, which was a good idea because the general store in Panorama is smaller. They still have everything you need for your stay in Panorama, just a little less choice and it was good to arrive at our condo with some basic supplies.

Ski Tip Gold Condos

Ski Trip Gold Condos

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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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Alberta Road Trip 2015

Karen April 20th, 2015

Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise make an excellent multi-centre holiday that offers so much more than just skiing, with jaw-dropping scenery, wildlife, walks and more – here’s a round-up of my recent trip…

Banff, Alberta Road Trip 2015

Banff, Alberta Road Trip 2015

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