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Fact Files: Gareth

The Team June 29th, 2011

Over the years we receive superb feedback on the knowledge,  passion and experience of team here at Ski Independence. So we thought it would be an idea to give you a bit of an insight into who’s who..

To start things off, here’s Gareth, our Sales Manager:

For the benefit of our readers could you explain your role at Ski Independence and what you’re responsible for?

I do a bit of everything which keeps my days varied. The bit I enjoy the most though is booking the most amazing holidays for our clients (and myself).  Another enjoyable aspect of my job is working with a great bunch of hotel, transfer and on mountain suppliers from all over the world.  You get to meet some fantastic people and I think they like working with us too – hence the reason we get some of the best ski deals in the market!  We have a fantastic team here in the office and the job wouldn’t be the same without them – I love every minute of my working week with them.  Don’t quote me on that over the busiest parts of the season please…! 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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Mud free Meribel

The Team March 31st, 2011

Last time I was in Meribel was ten years ago when I left with four seasons under my belt and mud-covered snowboard boots from a very rainy season.  I subsequently headed off in search of the sun-soaked powder-filled slopes of Colorado I’d heard so much about…

Two seasons later and it was time to settle down back in the UK but with a vow that one day I would go back to relive the good times I had in the Three Valleys.  With the muddy memories a distant memory, I planned my trip.  Surely I couldn’t have chosen a better season…

We arrived to the rumours of it being the best weeks of the season ahead with the arrival of a foot of snow followed by a forecast of a week of blue skies.  After a couple of weeks of web-cam watching and hearing all the news about the poor snow conditions, I was less than enthused, however we arrived to find that what everyone had been saying all along this season, the snow was much better than we expected.

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Where are you going skiing in 2011/12?

The Team March 24th, 2011

This season is still in full swing, and with record levels of snow in WhistlerMammoth and Colorado my feet are still itching to get some more turns in before packing away my boots.

However, I’ve also been tempted by some of next season’s early booking offers available in both North America and Europe. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler and the Westin Resort and Spa in Whistler have a superb 50% off early booking deal, resulting in some of the best prices around. These are proving very popular with many clients having taken advantage already for next winter. I have to say that I’m pretty tempted to get my ski holiday booked early too!

Superb March conditions in Whistler

Some of the French properties are getting involved as well and have released their rates for 2011/12 – the earliest we’ve ever seen. We’re delighted to offer 10%  off a range of luxury self catered properties including four in Tignes, a brand new property in Alpe d’Huez and a new property in the resort of Val Cenis, which is on the French/ Italian border and is a very exciting addition to our European menu.

Choices, Choices… If you’re looking to next season and want to get the best price, just drop us a line and we’ll let you know the latest offers. There’re certainly some crackers out there, and it seems that the topic of conversation at the moment is “Where will we go next year?”…

Resort Review: Squaw Valley

The Team March 3rd, 2011

John Henwood travelled with Ski Independence in February 2011, here is a review of his stay:

At the approach to Squaw Valley the Olympic rings are proudly displayed alongside a plinth on which the eternal flame that epitomises sporting achievement permanently flickers. At first one could be forgiven for thinking that the Winter Olympics were a recent event here, but no fewer than thirteen Olympiads have come and gone since that flame was ignited for the 1960 games.

There is a sense that Squaw Valley is living and trading on former glory, a feeling that is perpetuated with photographic displays of those games and the remnants of last year’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the event. It is a rather odd phenomenon because Squaw Valley has plenty to recommend it today and there is surely no need to continue promoting the past when there is so much to enjoy in the present.

CP Photo/COC

Canada's Anne Heggtveit (centre) celebrates her gold medal win in the slalom ski event at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics.

Let’s start with access. Squaw Valley is one of a ring of ski resorts that surround Lake Tahoe, which lays half in Nevada, half in California; it is about six miles west of Tahoe City. An easy 45 minute journey from Reno airport in all but the most difficult of conditions (when it can take up to half an hour longer) the roads are good, well signed and kept open through the severest of winters. Of course that’s the last lap of a long journey from the UK, which for us involved a ten-hour flight to San Francisco, some marking time and then an hour flight on to Reno.

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Whistler Blackcomb beats average annual snowfall

The Team February 18th, 2011

Whistler Blackcomb has seen 186cm (73 inches) of fresh snow in the past 7 days, which takes the season’s total to 1,033cm (407 inches), beating their annual snowfall with three months remaining in the ski season.

“Each day over the past week I’ve been overhearing friends and guests’ claiming ‘this was the best day ever,’ as they describe their day at Whistler Blackcomb; claims that are immediately trumped the next day with the new ‘best day ever’ claim,” says Doug MacFarlane, Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Operations Manager. “And they’re right. Whistler Blackcomb has seen an incredible storm cycle resulting in 186 cm (73 inches) of snow this past week. Couple this with our operations crews efforts; grooming 1,000 fresh acres each night and patrol working hard to open alpine lifts as early as possible after each dump of snow, it’s an incredible time to ski and ride at Whistler Blackcomb.”

There are some amazing late season deals available to Whistler, starting from only £849pp for 7 nights at the Tantalus Resort Lodge, with the resort open until mid-May with skiing available on Blackcomb Mountain. Call the reservations team on 0131 243 8097 for more details.

To view other fantastic Whistler offers – click here

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The Best 5 Views In North America

Michael January 11th, 2011

We’re talking  jaw-dropping, OMG moments in and around ski resorts in North America – the views to die for. The USA and Canada is renowned for some pretty staggering scenery and their ski destinations don’t disappoint. These are my favorites, why not tell us yours?

Heavenly, Lake Tahoe

Experience breathtaking and contrasting views of Lake Tahoe to your left, and to your right the arid desert plains of Nevada. Above your head a bluebird sky and underneath your skis, stacks of creaky dry Heavenly snow. If this doesn’t put a smile on your face then nothing will. You’ll think you’re the luckiest person alive, something the casinos in town will be keen to disprove!

View from the Gunbarrel Grill in Heavenly

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Non-Stop Fun In Whistler

The Team December 23rd, 2010

The excitement in Whistler doesn’t stop with the 8,000 plus acres of ski terrain; there are endless opportunities for adrenaline fuelled fun off the slopes. Here’s the latest low down on just some of the activities available from Leanne at The Adventure Group.

“Intro to adventuring in Whistler” could take a few pages, but I’ll try and keep it short and sweet – the Coles Notes of how to effectively have FUN!  With endless opportunities in this winter wonderland, it can sometimes be daunting to choose the best option for your group or family.  You want something unique, that you can’t experience anywhere else which make you laugh, right?!  Let me give you some “insider tips” to make your holiday that extra bit special… Read the rest of this entry »

Short break to Villars?

Claire December 15th, 2010

Last week Claire, our European Assistant Product Manager, took a quick trip to Villars in Switzerland to see what’s new for the season ahead and to see why it is such a popular choice for Ski Independence clients.

Upon arrival at Geneva Airport, we headed to the train station, which is just a short walk from arrivals, to catch our Swiss rail transfer to Villars. This is becoming an increasingly popular method of transfer to resort and it’s easy to see why. It must have been one of the most enjoyable and easiest ski transfers I have experienced.  Displayed throughout the station, all the timetables give you the correct platform you need to be on and when the next departure is. As it is to be expected, all of the trains run with Swiss efficiently and depart on time. Read the rest of this entry »

Aspen Snowmass – Best Opening Weeks In History

The Team December 2nd, 2010

This has been one of the best opening weeks in Aspen’s history as they were well above average snowfall for the month of November.

They’ve received over a foot of snow within the past week and more is on the way. Click here to view the opening weekend video highlights the Visa Aspen Winternational races, the Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series featuring Blind Melon and fireworks over Aspen Mountain.

Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, Aspen Winternational

Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, Aspen Winternational

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