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Bigger & better resorts in Colorado & California

The Team May 30th, 2011

Vail Resorts, the management company who own Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, Beaver Creek, Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe are going to be busy over the coming months making their resorts even better for the coming season. Here’s a few details on what’s new in their resorts throughout Colorado and California.

Northstar-at-Tahoe™ is going to be bigger and better for the 2011-12 season.

Located on the North shore of Lake Tahoe, the resort of Northstar-at-Tahoe™ is receiving $30 million of improvements on and off the mountain. On the mountain, there is going to be a new high-speed quad chairlift on the “Backside”, new snowmaking facilities and a new restaurant at the top of the Tahoe Zephyr Express Lift. In resort, those who like to shop will be pleased to hear that there are going to be new Patagonia and Burton retail shops and a larger North Face store – perfect for picking up some kit for your holiday – and also a new restaurant in the Village which hopes to brings additional energy and entertainment to the resort.

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Ultimate Convenience For Ski Rentals

The Team December 7th, 2010

What could be better than having someone come directly to your hotel room to fit your skis & boots? Well here is your answer for many of our North American resorts.

Black Tie Ski Rentals provide a delivery service for ski and snowboard rentals that is second to none. All you need to do is provide your requirements and we will arrange for Black Tie to deliver your rentals to you at your accommodation at a time convenient to you – usually the morning of your first ski day.

Black Tie service is the perfect compliment for your Aspen ski holiday

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How do you decide?

Karen October 25th, 2010

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 »

Ever wondered how chairlifts are put up?

The Team October 18th, 2010

Ever wondered how chairlifts are put up? Check out this video from Vail to find out.

Chair 5 tower install from satchele Burns on Vimeo.

The new Chair 5 lift will significantly enhance the guest experience of Vail’s legendary Back Bowls by giving skiers and riders a faster lift that provides easier access to lap terrain in the area and also improves skier circulation across Vail Mountain.

TGR Light The Wick Premiere

The Team October 4th, 2010

Last Thursday night Vail Resorts hosted the UK premiere of the new Teton Gravity Research (TGR) film, Light the Wick at the 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London. Ski Independence was the official travel partner, having collaborated with Vail Resorts on the night’s big prize giveaway – a seven-night trip for two to Breckenridge, Colorado, including flights, accommodation and transfers.

Things kicked off at 7pm with a DJ providing the soundtrack to an impressive still photo slide show from the previous year’s TGR adventures, and plenty of shots to whet the appetite for skiing from Vail Resorts’ six ski areas: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Heavenly. By 8pm 500 eager ski and snowboard fans were assembled, and after t-shirts were thrown into the crowd and winners of rucksacks, goggles & ski clothing had been announced, it was time for the main feature.

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First 3D Ski Film

The Team September 5th, 2010

Teton Gravity Research is proud to announce the London premiere of their newest HD and 3D ski film, Light the Wick, which is hosted by snowusa.com.

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Vail Resorts Announce EpicMix

The Team August 31st, 2010

Vail Resorts have just announced the launch of EpicMix, a new online and mobile application which allows skiers and snowboarders to digitally capture their ski experience and will completely transform the holiday experience for skiers and snowboarders this year at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly.

An radio frequency-enabled chip embedded in Vail Resorts’ EPIC season passes will automatically track your lift rides, calculating vertical feet skied and days on the mountain and will recognize special achievements and accomplishments by granting you commemorative, collectible digital pins. EpicMix will have hundreds of available digital pins for a multitude of unique experiences available at each resort. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

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 »

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