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It’s Snowing!

The Team October 12th, 2011

As resorts across the southern hemisphere close their doors to skiers and boarders it’s now the turn of Europe, the USA and Canada to get in on the action.  After a week of newsletters bombarding my inbox with “It’s Snowing” in the subject line I’m in no doubt we’ve now seen the first significant snowfall of the 2011/12 season on both sides of the Atlantic.

In Europe, the Swiss Alps were the winners with up to 80cm of fresh snow falling.  In France, Les Menuires in the Three Valleys also fared well with up to 40cm and Chamonix, Courchevel and Meribel awoke to a moderate covering of snow on Sunday morning.  After a month of no resorts being open in France, Tignes re-opened the Grande Motte Glacier which will now remain open all the way through until May 2012.

Monday morning in Chamonix under the Autannes chairlift. Photo: Compagnie du Mont-Blanc

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Fairmont Chateau Whistler – It’ll be hard to leave…

The Team August 1st, 2011

I was lucky enough to spend a few days at the stunning Fairmont Chateau Whistler in April and needless to say when my time was up, I didn’t want to leave…

Without a shadow of a doubt, this hotel deserves it reputation, it’s Whistler’s flagship property but it’s more than just another luxury hotel. It really does have a great slope side location – I don’t think I’ve ever actually stayed somewhere and been able to ski right back to the door, but you can here. I stayed in a Mountain View Suite which was huge and had great view of the mountains and Blackcomb slopes. I had a sitting room, 2 bathrooms and an amazing bed, it’s well worth the upgrade! Read the rest of this entry »

Kate & William’s Banff Getaway

The Team July 8th, 2011

Everybody needs a break these days. After weeks of speculation on where the Royal couple would find quiet personal time during their whirlwind tour of Canada, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge finally chose Skoki Lodge in Banff National Parkfor a very special overnight getaway. Read the rest of this entry »

Big White – Big Deal!

The Team June 10th, 2011

If you’re looking for ski holidays with lots of snow, ski in/ ski out accommodation, a whole heap of terrain and a great family resort, then how about Big White in British Columbia? Here’s why we love skiing in Big White…

It’s The Snow!

Big White’s motto “It’s the Snow” exists for a reason! Over 750 cm of light, dry, fluffy Okanagan Champagne powder falls annually in Big White – you can have fresh tracks for days as the slopes are so quiet!

Ski-In Ski-Out Convenience

No matter if you’re looking for a luxury condo or a budget studio, you can spoil yourself with the massive convenience of ski in/ ski out accommodation in Big White – there is so much choice for all budgets and tastes.

Ski in/ ski out accommodation in Big White

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Whistler Blackcomb in Miniature

The Team January 3rd, 2011

A day in the life of a miniature Whistler, the biggest little ski area in the world. This video documents a bird’s eye view of teeny, tiny Whistler Village and surrounding Whistler Blackcomb mountains, making it a real life snow globe.

We think you’ll agree that this is pretty awesome and offers a true reflection of everything on offer at this fantastic resort – which is far from miniature in real life!

Ultimate Convenience For Ski Rentals

The Team December 7th, 2010

What could be better than having someone come directly to your hotel room to fit your skis & boots? Well here is your answer for many of our North American resorts.

Black Tie Ski Rentals provide a delivery service for ski and snowboard rentals that is second to none. All you need to do is provide your requirements and we will arrange for Black Tie to deliver your rentals to you at your accommodation at a time convenient to you – usually the morning of your first ski day.

Black Tie service is the perfect compliment for your Aspen ski holiday

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Marmot Basin gets first big snowfall of the season

The Team September 21st, 2010

Canada’s most elevated ski area, Jasper’s Marmot Basin, received over 10 cm of snow today with considerably more accumulation at higher elevations.

At 1,700 metres, Marmot boasts the highest base elevation of all Canadian ski resorts meaning it often gets large amounts of snow early season. That was exactly the case today, see the image below:

Early Season Snow For Marmot Basin

Last winter Marmot opened on 11th November, its earliest opening date ever, with ideal snow conditions. So far this fall is shaping up to deliver a repeat performance of last year’s early season snowfalls which helped contribute to Marmot’s record setting year for attendance. “I think this snow is here to stay”, predicted an optimistic Brian Rode, Marmot’s VP of Marketing and Sales. “We may still get some warm weather, but given that it’s nearing the end of September, I am quite sure this is the beginning of a very good base layer”, added Rode.

Marmot Basin is once again targeting 11th November as the opening day of the season, only 52 days from today.

New Alpine Bowl in Kicking Horse

The Team August 6th, 2010

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has announced the opening of a 4th Alpine Bowl to celebrate it’s 10 winter season. Known by local mountain enthusiasts as ‘Super Bowl’, the terrain will introduce an epic selection of advanced and expert skiable terrain.

“Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is excited to announce the addition of a 4th Alpine Bowl to its already impressive roster of terrain,” states Steve Paccagnan, President and CEO of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort “this opening is a perfect lead in to the 10 years of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort celebrations while continuing to demonstrate the resort commitment to improving the overall guest experience.” Read the rest of this entry »

Visit Vibrant Vancouver

The Team July 5th, 2010

Host city of 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, vibrant Vancouver is one of the world’s premiere and most beautiful city destinations.  It is a hip, modern and friendly coastal metropolis surrounded by spectacular wild scenery with an ocean foreground and a stunning backdrop of snowcapped mountains. Renowned for its unique blend of urban, outdoor and wildlife adventures, Vancouver is a lifestyle city unlike any in the world! 

In the winter, a 2-night Vancouver stop-over stay is the perfect complement to a Whistler holiday. Thanks to Vancouver’s mild climate, the city is easy to explore in the winter time. Spend some time soaking in the sights and ambiance of this charming city with its curious mix of one-of-a-kind attractions, eclectic neighbourhoods, tempting shopping, lively nightlife, epic culinary scene and fun outdoor activities. See why Vancouver is easy to visit and hard to leave! Read the rest of this entry »

Beware of men who ski with a gumshield…

Nick May 11th, 2010

Sunshine Village is one of three ski resorts on Banff’s excellent tri-area ski lift ticket. It sits a short 20 minute drive from downtown Banff. It’s one of my favourite places to ski – it has a huge amount of interesting terrain, dramatic scenery, a great snow record and a long season, with skiing available well into May.  Today was cold, bright and crisp with a load of new snow – perfect conditions for an adventure… Read the rest of this entry »

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