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Over the summer, construction and improvments in Breckenridge have not just been limited to the slopes. 12th November, opening day in Breckenridge, will see the debut of the Gold Runner Coaster, 2500 ft of twists and turns below Peak 8.
Located at the base of Peak 8, thrill seekers can take to the Gold Runner Coaster cars, either solo or with a friend and enjoy a thrilling journey through the forest around and above the ski runs, but don’t worry you have control of your own speed. The BreckConnect Gondola provides easy access to this new adrenaline-packed attraction, which is suitable for adults and children. We can’t wait to try it!
Hurrah for autumn! There’s a chill in the air, the first frosts make the world look white again, and in the Ski Independence office we start each day with a barrage of emails with photos of early snowfall. It’s also the time of year that suppliers from various ski resorts come to visit and remind us why theirs is the best ski resort!
It’s an exciting time for all the reservations team – we spend all day, every day, all year long spouting off all kinds of statistics and facts about snow and skiing, but at times we forget just how awesome getting out onto the snow really is. The visits from our overseas friends not only enable us to put faces to names and re-inforce our good relationships , but also remind us exactly what we’re missing when we’re sat behind our desks (thanks guys!) and we really appreciate the considerable effort it take to come to Edinburgh to see us. Read the rest of this entry »
We had the international sales team in from Aspen Snowmass this week to update our reservations team on what’s new in the resort for winter 2010/11. Something that really struck a chord with us all was the huge amount of complimentary services and value-adds that our clients receive as part of a Ski Independence holiday to Aspen Snowmass.
Here’s a few of the great extra benefits you can take advantage of this winter:
If you’re flying into Aspen airport, then most properties offer a complimentary airport-to-resort transfer. Several of our lodging partners offer free daily breakfast. The Sky Hotel has a complimentary nightly manager’s apres-ski reception in the lobby, whilst The Gant offers free transportation around town – they’ll even take you to the shops, or pick you up from the bars. Some hotels even offer complimentary access to a local health club. Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s 5am Steamboat snow report indicated a small but welcome 5cm/2″ at mid-mountain and 10cm/4″ at the summit. However, when I was shoveling my driveway at 7am and fighting a losing battle against Mother Nature, trying to clear my way out before she erased my hard work, I knew that a lot had happened since the snow stake was checked pre-dawn. And I was right!
Finding myself in a generous and selfless frame of mind and with meetings on my midday schedule, I decided to check out Steamboat snow conditions on the first gondola so that I could provide detailed information to my esteemed friends and colleagues. I rode up the gondola with some nice folks from Fort Collins, CO who were up for a long weekend, and together we planned a ski itinerary for them. Good thing, too. It is definitely a day to have local knowledge or a local buddy, as visibility is as limited as the snow is fabulous. We’re talking superlatives here, folks!
With over 5ft of snow in 6 days, Jackson Hole is currently offering what is being said as “some of the best conditions in 10 years”!
Jackson Hole’s snow reporter had this to say yesterday “What a week! Yesterday I found some areas that hadn’t been touched for at least two days. Luckily, our mountain is steep, because gravity wasn’t enough to keep me going through 3 feet of snow when I tried to traverse across the ungroomed powder on Sublette Ridge. Instead I pointed my board down the slope and floated easily through the white fluff, trying not to eat the face shots that accompanied every turn. Conditions were fabulous everywhere, and with 6 new inches atop our already deep snow, today will be just as spectacular. Enjoy!”
www.Skiinfo.co.uk reports that the Alps and both Eastern and Western sides of North America have again all reported heavy snow in the past seven days over New Year, building on last week’s accumulations.
Snow depths are building in France with Flaine now at 2.7m (9 feet) on upper slopes, La Clusaz on 2.5m (8.3 feet) and Orcieres on 2.1m (7 feet). The French Alps have also seen some of the heaviest falls of the past week with St Gervais reporting accumulations of 90cm (three feet) and the Paradiski region of La Plagne, Les Arcs and Peisey Vallandry 70cm (2.3 feet). Most other areas have reported at least a foot of new snow. As a result of the new snow, the snow depth has already almost doubled since the end of 2009 at many French resorts.
In Austria, Kitzbühel received fresh powder on Saturday. Christoph Hirnschall of Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel told me: “The 20 cm of new snow on Saturday helped the winter’s atmosphere very much as they added a layer of natural snow to the already well-prepared slopes.” Kitzbühel had up to 45 cm of artificial snow on their mountain slopes before. Now the snow depths reach 65 cm on upper and 30 cm on lower slopes with 51 lifts in operation.
Here is the first of our reports straight from Steamboat, Colorado. Jenny O’Farrell, Steamboat’s International Sales Manager, will be bringing you regular updates during the course of the season on what’s what on and off the slopes in Steamboat.
Saturday 19 Dec. Read the rest of this entry »