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Experience More With A Twin Centre Ski Holiday

The Team September 7th, 2010

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next ski holiday then how about combining a couple of resorts for a North American twin centre trip?

Here are a couple of our favourite suggestions:

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Win The Ultimate Ski Holiday To Whistler

The Team September 2nd, 2010

Ever fancied taking your seat in business class, sitting back and sipping champagne, looking forward to a 10 day holiday of unadulterated luxury? Then this is your chance…

We are delighted to be offering one lucky winner and a friend the opportunity to experience Whistler and Vancouver in true style staying at two luxury 5* hotels whilst everything ranging from lift tickets to snowmobiling, shopping gift cards to sightseeing tours in Vancouver is taken care of, making what is possibly the Ultimate Ski Holiday to Whistler, British Columbia. Read the rest of this entry »

French World Cup Team in Tignes

The Team May 21st, 2010

The 09/10 winter ski season is well and truly over in the Alps at this time of year but with the 2010 FIFA World cup in South Africa nearly upon us many of the national teams are heading for the mountains to get some well needed altitude training with England in Austria and Les Bleus – the French team up in the high resort of Tignes in the heart of the Espace Killy area. Read the rest of this entry »

High and Wide – a week in Val Thorens

The Team April 26th, 2010

Après ski announcements don’t come much more euphoric than ‘you are on top of the world!’ and this is certainly how we felt during our sun-drenched week in Val Thorens this season (13th-20th March).

I was pleasantly surprised by the vast array terrain and facilities Val Thorens holds. Val Thorens is a purpose built resort sitting at 2300-2400 metres altitude.  As our transfer bus dropped us off I realised immediately that Val Thorens was a layout of large concrete buildings of different shapes and sizes depending on their age.  The aesthetics are unlikely to entice those looking for a ‘chocolate box’ Savoyard village but, whatever the resort lacks in appearance it makes up with functionality and when, being honest, do you really go to a ski resort to study architecture?  Or to ski?

Simply put, Val Thorens is placed at the head of the Belleville valley. The stunning teeth of L’Aiguille de Peclet which look down on the resort village, act as a reminder of the vertical ascent still available at this altitude. Furthermore, the surrounding slopes are as wide as they are high with sweeping pistes rolling across the bowl within which Val Thorens sits.

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Family Time in Les Arcs 1950

John April 14th, 2010

John Bennett, Chairman of Ski Independence, is currently out in Les Arcs staying at Le Village with his family. Here is a short report from his stay so far…

This trip was all about taking one of the grandchildren with us and so school holidays dictated dates.  Now ,I’m not a fan of late season skiing but this trip – so far – has changed my view.

Arcs 1950 was developed by Intrawest, the Canadian company that operates Whistler and a number of other resorts in North America.   They have created a great village atmosphere high up in the Tarantaise with quality accommodation. The snow covered main street means everything is ski-in and ski-out – brilliant with kids involved and lined with a sufficiency of shops, bars and restaurants. 

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Video Snow Report from Chamonix – 7 April

The Team April 7th, 2010

It’s hard to believe that these are Easter conditions!

Check out the snow conditions in Chamonix, thanks to Seb Montaz at Chamonix Guiding.

Whistler Season Extended By 1 Week

The Team April 1st, 2010

Whistler Blackcomb has announced the decision to extend skiing and riding on Whistler Mountain by one week. Whistler Mountain’s last day of operations will be Sunday, April 25 while Blackcomb Mountain’s last day of operations will be Monday, May 24. 

“With over 1,353 centimetres (533 inches) of snow so far this season and a current snow base of 363 centimetres (143 inches), this incredible season is far from over,” says Dave Brownlie, president and chief operating officer at Whistler Blackcomb. “The great snow was a key factor in deciding to keep Whistler Mountain open an additional week, but guest feedback about Whistler Mountain closing during the second week of the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival played a big role in the decision as well. We listened to the feedback, then reviewed and revised the required lift maintenance schedule, allowing us to extend Whistler Mountain’s winter operations by one week.”

The last day of operations for the Creekside Gondola and the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will remain as scheduled on Sunday, April 18 when regular lift maintenance must begin. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park will open May 15 via Fitzsimmons Express (weather permitting). Whistler Mountain, along with the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, will reopen for summer sightseeing for the Memorial Day long weekend, starting Saturday, May 29.

Looking for a change next season?

The Team April 1st, 2010

It can often be a habit for us winter sports fanatics to veer towards going on holiday to a well known and well advertised resort.

These big resorts, with the examples of Val d’Isère, Courchevel, St.Anton, Zermatt and Vail, are top places with excellent ski areas but some of their smaller neighboring resorts can also reveal very much hidden gems in both terrain and atmosphere. Small resorts doesn’t necessarily mean small ski area; take Les Coches or Peisey Vallandry in the Paradiski area, or St Martin de Belleville within Les 3 Vallées. Smaller resorts which do have a smaller ski area, such as Les Saisies or Chinaillon, tend to be less busy over peak times, which means less time in queues, more time on the slopes! It is also worth saying these lesser known destinations can be much friendlier on your wallet in terms of buying an après ski drink or going out for a meal and if it is quieter slopes during the peak periods you want, these may fit the bill.

Here’re a few examples of this type of resort and their main benefits along with some ideas for accommodation:

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2009/10 Photo competition – entries so far…

The Team March 22nd, 2010

Thank you for all your entries so far for our 2009/10 photo competition. There have been some excellent submissions from resorts all over Europe & North America. Here are the entries so far:

There is still plenty of time to send in your entries to be in with a chance to win a custom made beanie thanks to Grannies, Inc.

Just send in your best photos & films from your 2009/10 ski holiday as an e-mail attachment along with your name, address, telephone number and age if under 18 yrs to [email protected].

It would be great if you could also include a note the location of the photograph and include a short caption to best describe the photo. 

Terms & conditions: Ski Independence will not be held responsible for any injury or accidents that occur as a result of attempting dangerous tricks or stunts. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges. The judges’ decision is final. Ski Independence has the right to use and publish any photo entered into the competition. Entries must be received on or before 1st May 2010.

On the shores of Lake Tahoe…

Dave March 19th, 2010

Last week I was lucky enough to visit South Lake Tahoe, compliments of our partners at Vail Resorts. If like me, you’ve never been to Lake Tahoe, it is quite unlike other ski resort you’ll have ever visited. Here’s an account of my trip which I hope will provide you with a good insight to what lies on the shores of Lake Tahoe…    

There are a couple of travel options for Heavenly – you can either fly with United Airlines to Reno, via San Francisco and then take a 1 hour bus transfer to Heavenly or you can fly to San Francisco with British Airways, and hire a car. The drive from San Francisco to Heavenly is about 3 ½ hours. To allow for maximum flexibility when in resort I opted for the latter option and hired a car. The drive was much easier than I had anticipated. When you leave the airport, heading north on the 101, you aim for the Bay Bridge, then keep on the I-80 East and that is all there is to it. Just keep an eye out for the signs/lanes for South Lake Tahoe and there you are. It was a very easy, and an enjoyable drive. 

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