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Early Season Skiing 2015-16

Vicky December 15th, 2015

Ski Independence go skiing! Many of the Ski Independence team have been out and about in the Alps and North America over the past few weeks fitting in some Early Season Skiing for 2015-16. With so much early season snowfall we’ve been feeling pretty spoiled.

Early Season Skiing 2015-16

Early morning view of Mont Blanc from Avoriaz (image by Aly)

For the lucky ones who’ve already notched up some ski days this season, we’ve enjoyed sunny skies, skied perfect groomers and discovered plenty of powder stashes. These ‘fam’ trips allow us to squeeze in some much sought-after early season turns but it’s not all fun and games – there’s a bit of work involved too (we promise)! The main purpose of these visits is to build on our knowledge of our featured properties and destinations, so when it comes to creating tailor-made packages we’re best placed to choose the most suitable resort, accommodation and travel options – based on real experience.

Katie is just back from a week in Colorado, packing in visits to Vail, Breckenridge and Beaver Creek. Katie said of the trip, “Had the most amazing time – intense but so much fun! So great to see the resorts and hotels in real life rather than on the internet!” Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Family Ski Holidays

The Team April 3rd, 2015

Europe’s short travel times and great skiing make for the ideal family ski holiday destination, but which resorts are best for families? Finding the right ski area, ski school, childcare options and accommodation all within a reasonable travel time can be challenging. With over 20 years of experience, we’ve short listed some of the best European resorts and accommodation for all the family…


Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens, France

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Val Thorens turns 40

Vicky January 18th, 2012

At an altitude of 2,300m the French ski resort of Val Thorens is Europe’s highest.  In the 1960’s Pierre Schnebelen and his pioneering team lodged their visionary plans with the Savoie General Council to transform the small mountain village of Val Thorens into a thriving ski resort.  Despite critics, plans were approved and in the summer of 1971 the first 3 ski tows were installed ready for their opening on the 18th December 1971.

Following a successful opening year, development steadily continued in the small mountain village and come the winter of 1972 the resort established itself with the opening of the local tourist office, ski school and first restaurant.  Ten years after opening, in 1981, the project of building the world’s largest cable car began; the Cime des Caron.  Ascending to 3,200m and carrying 150 people this marked a new era for Val Thorens and catapulted the resort into becoming one of Europe’s top winter destinations. Read the rest of this entry »