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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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On The Edge in Steamboat

Jenny O Farrell January 28th, 2010

Today I was riding on the edge! That would be on the edge of some otherwise lovely groomed runs that my companion was enjoying, but I was in the mood for some deeper, fluffier messier snow. And fortunately for both of us and all of you, too, in Steamboat there’s no need to compromise!

The noontime view from my south-facing office window showed colorless sky with just a bit of sun brightening the horizon, but when we got out to the Gondola, we found a bluebird day over our mountain.  We started out down Rudi’s to Blizzard to the Storm Peak Express, and just as I suspected from my two driveway shovels in the last 24 hours, the snow was just right.  It’s soft and loose, but it has just enough weight to it to offer some resistance to my sharp snowboard, and it’s a really fun ride. Read the rest of this entry »

Cold Temperatures And Heavy Snow Across Alps & North America

Gareth January 6th, 2010

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.

Flaine 6 January 2010

Flaine 6 January 2010

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.

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As the nights draw in and the temperatures plummet…

Henry November 19th, 2009

As the nights draw in and the temperatures plummet I’m getting increasingly excited about heading out to North America’s slopes. Fortunately the wait won’t be too long as I’ll be going to Canada in mid January to help host a holiday for readers of Britain’s best selling winter sports magazine Daily Mail Ski & Snowboard.

We’ve been running these holidays in conjunction with Ski Independence for more than 10 years to resorts such as Winter Park, Steamboat, Aspen and Breckenridge. People love the friendly atmosphere, superb organisation as well as the fistful of free extras such as guiding with locals, welcome receptions and great prizes to be won. They attract all ages and are particularly suitable to people who want to come on their own and be with like-minded people. Read the rest of this entry »

Top Family Resorts in USA, Canada & France

The Team November 17th, 2009

It is a huge help when all the little extras can be booked before leaving the UK, such as ski school, child care, rentals & lift tickets so we have put together a quick pick of some of our favourite family ski resorts where everything can be done before you go, leaving you just to enjoy the snow.

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First signs of winter across USA & Canada

Nick October 2nd, 2009

It was just as if Mother Nature was waiting for the months to roll over to Autumn before blessing North America & Canada with the first snowfalls of the season. Here are some the latest photos to whet your appetite for what’s to come…

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