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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.
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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The growing impact of climate change has potential consequences for winter snowsports. But rather than dwell too long on the unthinkable prospect of a snow-free future, we think it’s important to act today.
The Ski Independence team are proud supporters of Protect Our Winters UK, partnering with them to help mobilise the snowsports world in the fight against climate change. After all, it takes a whole community of passionate climate heroes to meet a global challenge of this scale.
We can all take positive action to protect our winters. And supporting ski hotels and resorts that show a commitment to sustainable tourism and eco-friendly practices is a great place to start.
Take a look at some of the eco-friendly resorts and hotels leading the way when it comes to positive climate action:
Vail Resorts’ portfolio of world-class resorts include Vail, Breckenridge & Beaver Creek in Colorado, as well as Canadian big hitter Whistler, have publicly committed to an ambitious set of sustainability goals, otherwise known as their EpicPromise.
The EpicPromise sets its sights on achieving a zero footprint. That means zero net emissions, zero waste to landfill and zero net operating impact to forests and habitat – all by 2030. They’re working towards their goal through a wide range of actions from sponsored employee volunteering to investment in carbon offset programmes, 100% renewable energy and environmental stewardships. Read the rest of this entry »
Snow Photos – our latest selection
Snowfall in Europe has been massive in the last couple of weeks which is great news for anyone either in the Alps now or going there soon. Snow-forecast.com’s latest snow overview reads, “if you’re going to France this week, you couldn’t have timed it any better.”
Over in North America, there has been as much as FIVE METERS falling at Heavenly Lake Tahoe since the start of the year and more snow is expected to across the mountains throughout the week, including Colorado’s Vail, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge; Utah’s Park City Mountain (which has received 226cm in January); and the Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Mountain Resort (500cm in January alone!).
Here’s our round-up of the best recent snow photos from our featured resorts:
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.
- 12 inches of new snow in Breckenridge, here’s a clip of the skiing on offer on Peak 9:
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
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.
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 »
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 »
Long gone are the mining days that once occupied the town of Breckenridge in the 1800’s, however true to its roots the town has many subtle reminders of the gold rush boom years. As you wander the streets and cruise the mountain of Breckenridge, gentle reminders of the mining days soon start to jump out at you. Gold King, Cashier and Brian Rose are all piste names with a story behind them; in town you will find the Gold Pan Saloon – the bar with the longest running liquor license west of the Mississippi. Walk through the swing doors, warm up by the pot belly stove, order your whiskey at the original bar and you can almost expect Clint Eastwood to join you for a drink! Read the rest of this entry »
If the festive period has left you exhausted and in need of a winter holiday, now has never been a better time to book your 2012 ski holiday. The British Airways Sale is now on and we have some fantastic savings to our most popular USA and Canadian destinations. These amazing deals are available on Economy, World Traveller Plus and Club World flights where you can save up to £1,000 on the regular flight price! Read the rest of this entry »
Superlatives can be overused in the ski industry. We are sometimes guilty of bigging-up things as ‘awesome!’ or ‘fantastic!’ and that means that when you need a really big impact word – well… where do you go?! So with this in mind I headed out to Colorado to check out some of the Vail Resorts family and see if their ‘Epic’ tag rang true…I wasn’t disappointed.
The Vail resorts portfolio includes Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Keystone and the Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, as well as Heavenly and Northstar in California. Each resort has its own character so there’s no ‘production line’ feel to things but the Vail Resorts brand does assure the guest of consistently high levels of customer service and excellent on-mountain facilities. Their Rock Resorts hotel brand maintains these standards off the slopes too. Read the rest of this entry »