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6 Resorts in One Day – The Ski Utah Interconnect

Julie March 21st, 2016

The Ski Utah Interconnect – The Best Way to Ski 6 Resorts in One Day

Looking out the window to bluebird skies and a smattering of fresh snow I experienced that deep fluttering excitement that only comes from opening the curtains knowing you have a day of skiing ahead of you. Though this wasn’t going to be just any ski day; today myself and Katie from the ski team would go where few skiers are allowed to go, today we would ski 6 of Utah’s best ski resorts, crossing under ‘no entry’ ropes and boot packing up the backcountry from Deer Valley to Snowbird and everywhere in between (Park City, Solitude, Brighton and Alta) – we were doing The Ski Utah Interconnect Adventure Tour.

Ski Utah Interconnect

That way!

We pulled up to the Deer Valley car park at 8am and headed into the Snow Park Lodge where we met our guide, Chris Peters, and our fellow tour participants, a state trooper and two firefighters, both from New York. If things got sketchy out there, at least the emergency services would be present! Our guide gave us a quick run-down of the day’s plan, presented us with the obligatory “it’s not my fault if you die” waivers, then handed out avalanche transceivers and the Holy Grail of Ski Passes – the Ski Utah Gold Pass which would allow us to access to chairlifts in all the resorts we would enter. I tightened up my ski boots and we were ready to get going. Read the rest of this entry »

Fly Direct to Salt Lake City: Ski Utah in 2016/17

Vicky March 9th, 2016

On Sale Now – Fly Direct to Salt Lake City next winter

Fly direct and non-stop from London Heathrow to Salt Lake City with Delta, from Winter 2016/17 onwards!

The journey to Utah’s excellent and often legendary ski resorts will be quicker and far more convenient than ever before and is a real bonus for UK skiers and snowboarders. This brand new route will run 4 times a week, all winter, and Delta will also be operating daily direct flights from Amsterdam to Salt Lake City, with connections from Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds Bradford & more.

Find out more by getting in touch with our team of Ski Specialists by calling 0131 243 8097. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Do Skiers Care About El Niño?

Nick September 16th, 2015

We’ve heard rumours that El Niño is set to make a return in 2015, which could be great news for ski resorts in North America. With increasing confidence that 2015/16 will see a return of this weather phenomenon, Nick has delved a little deeper into why ski resorts and skiers care about El Niño.

What is El Niño?

El Niño, which means “the boy” in Spanish  (as in Jesus – because its effects are most strongly felt in South America around Christmas), is a phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) when things heat up over the tropical Pacific Ocean. 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 »

A Utah Ski Holiday to Remember

Karen March 29th, 2012

It has been a ‘slow snow year’ for much of the USA – something to do with the jetstream apparently.  Seems like most of the snow got sent to Whistler and Banff!  So on my recent holiday to Utah I didn’t encounter any of that legendary Utah powder, but there was plenty to ski on, and lots to impress.

Our destination was Park City, and our mode of transport was Air France / Delta Airlines from Edinburgh, via Paris.  A few words on this: we flew to Paris the evening before (free stopover if under 24 hours between flights) and stayed in an airport hotel, thus eliminating the 4am start that doing the journey in one-go would entail.  There were positives and negatives to this:  Charles de Gaulle Airport must be one of the least user friendly airports around: Finding our way to the free hotel shuttle pick up point was a bit like orienteering!  Then, horror of horrors the next morning.. French queuing. The French don’t like to stand in line.  Fact.

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In Utah the powder is dry…

John March 1st, 2012

The first thing they tell you is, “Utah is not a dry state”.  Oh yeah? Well, where can I buy a bottle of wine on a Sunday?  Sorry, liquor stores are closed on Sunday.  OK, tomorrow then?  Well no – not if Monday is a holiday.  Utah may not be a dry state, but a man could get thirsty waiting for the off-licence to open as many State supermarkets are not allowed to sell wine, spirits or strong beer.  More of Utah’s flirtation with prohibition later, but we were there to ski and on that subject the news is better – much better.

Our friends at Ski Independence recommended the Park City area.  We’d skied British Colombia, California, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming, but there was a Utah-shaped gap in our North American skiing CV, which we thought we should put right. Deer Valley looked an appealing base particularly as it’s a ‘no boarders’ resort, but we listened to advice that Canyons might suit us better. Briefly, an area just 45 minutes’ drive from Salt Lake City’s airport comprises three principal ski sites, Park City, with Deer Valley to one side and Canyons to the other; they are not joined up, but you can buy a pass which provides access to all three.  Each is about 15 minutes drive from Park City. Read the rest of this entry »

Six Resorts in Eight days

Vicky February 15th, 2012

For the past 10 years Ski Independence has worked in conjunction with the Daily Mail Ski and Snowboard Magazine to help organise their annual readers’ ski trip. Over the years, hundreds of satisfied customers have enjoyed these organised and great value trips to resorts including Banff, Fernie, Steamboat, Aspen, Telluride and Whistler just to name a few.  On the 1st February this year 45 readers, along with Annika and Eve from Ski Independence, packed their bags and headed for the western state of Utah to ski 6 of the State’s 14 ski resorts.

Enjoying the sunshine in Solitude

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Ski Independence go skiing!

The Team January 27th, 2012

On Wednesday we lose 2 members of the Ski Independence team as they pack up their bags and make their way to Utah to lead the Daily Mail Ski and Snowboard Magazine reader trip.  Starting in Park City and visiting Deer Valley, Snowbird and Canyons along the way, Annika our Groups Manager and Eve one of our Reservation Consultants, along with  Henry Druce and Dave Watts, editors of the magazine and British Ex-Olympic skier Martin Bell, will spend 8 days skiing 6 of Utah’s 14 resorts.

Following on from yesterday’s blog ‘Where do Ski Independence Staff Ski’ below you will find the rest of the team’s ski plans this winter. Read the rest of this entry »

Where do Ski Independence Staff Ski?

The Team January 26th, 2012

Here at Ski Independence we look forward to the end of January as we know that it’s about that time of year when we can look forward to and count down the days until we get on the slopes.  There are some lucky team members who have already put in some turns this winter but for many the first are yet to come.  Over the next few days we thought we would share with you what our own ski plans are for the rest of the winter,  so here’s who’s doing what! Read the rest of this entry »

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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