Posts Tagged ‘whistler’
Andy is one of the longest serving members of our reservations team and he really knows his stuff, has visited resorts all over the world and is a pretty good skier to boot. A fully qualified BASI instructor, Andy still manages to get a couple of weeks teaching in each season in some of his favourite resorts and has often accompanied our group trips like the Monster Ski challenge.
Read on to discover Andy’s ski bucket list top 5, his favourite places to stay and his recommendations for couples and families. He also shares some memorable ski experiences from trips to Chamonix and Whistler. Read the rest of this entry »
Nicole Graham joined Ski Independence in the summer having worked several winter seasons, including in New Zealand and in Méribel. Find out more about her most memorable ski moments as well as top must-visit resorts, her recommendations on where to stopover and where to go as a family… Read the rest of this entry »
Whistler Blackcomb has long been considered one of the best places to ski on the planet: its allure an almost intangible mix of scenery, culture, terrain and of course, snow conditions. I first skied there in 1999 and was hooked immediately – as our airport transfer seamlessly transported us up the fabled Sea to Sky highway it seemed like we had landed on another planet rather than another country. The road follows the Howe Sound once North of Vancouver before splitting cross country towards the forested mountains on the horizon and is surrounded by scenic beauty on a scale I had never encountered before. Enough reminiscing though, what is really exciting about Whistler Blackcomb is Read the rest of this entry »
Dry, light, Canadian Rockies powder and lots and lots of it! Ski resorts all over Alberta and British Columbia are currently experiencing some of the best conditions this season. In the past 72 hours Whistler has welcomed 85cm of fresh powder bringing their cumulative snowfall this season to a massive 1015cm. Close behind them are the resorts of Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village, which make up the Banff-Lake Louise ski area, who have also seen upwards of 1 metre in recent weeks. One person lucky enough to have experienced this is Catriona, our Banff Lake Louise rep who has sent us this update on conditions. Read the rest of this entry »
For the past 10 years Ski Independence has worked in conjunction with the Daily Mail Ski and Snowboard Magazine to help organise their annual readers’ ski trip. Over the years, hundreds of satisfied customers have enjoyed these organised and great value trips to resorts including Banff, Fernie, Steamboat, Aspen, Telluride and Whistler just to name a few. On the 1st February this year 45 readers, along with Annika and Eve from Ski Independence, packed their bags and headed for the western state of Utah to ski 6 of the State’s 14 ski resorts.
As I sit at my desk early on Friday morning, I look out the window to a beautiful blanket of white. I remember why I moved here 18 years ago. Fresh out of university on the West Coast of British Columbia, I moved to Whistler for a year, just enough time to save some money to travel to Australia. Eighteen years later, I’m Married with 2 kids, a dog and a mortgage. My window view is much the same. There is something truly magical about this place. There’s just something about Whistler… Read the rest of this entry »
If the festive period has left you exhausted and in need of a winter holiday, now has never been a better time to book your 2012 ski holiday. The British Airways Sale is now on and we have some fantastic savings to our most popular USA and Canadian destinations. These amazing deals are available on Economy, World Traveller Plus and Club World flights where you can save up to £1,000 on the regular flight price! Read the rest of this entry »
Having witnessed one of the snowiest Decembers on record across the Alps; picture perfect conditions over the Christmas week, and a short lived spell of mild weather for New Year, the Alps are now getting ready for the first dump of 2012…and it’s another big one! With some European resorts already reporting more snow to date this winter than the whole of last season, the Alps are now enjoying some of the best snow conditions in the world. Below is a quick round up on where to find the best snow conditions. Read the rest of this entry »
I woke up on Sunday morning and it was snowing!! How can someone in their late 20’s (come on allow me some poetic license) get so excited every time it snows? If you know the answer please let me know! So I thought to myself, if it’s snowing here in Edinburgh then it MUST be snowing in our favourite ski resorts across the world – right? RIGHT!
It started to snow across France on Friday, across Switzerland on Saturday and it’s not stopped since. In fact my email inbox is full of like minded people getting really excited about the snowfall. Have a look at this picture that has just been sent to my colleague Eve (one of her friends is in Val d’Isere and like a kid at Christmas, that’s his car!)
Whistler has the most open terrain IN THE WORLD right now! I know we make a big fuss about Whistler but no wonder – they’ve had over 10 feet of snow fall this season alone!
Today the Peak Chair opens, tomorrow Harmony Express opens – I have one question for myself, what am I doing sitting here at my desk? I should be there…
Of course I’m here so I can book holidays for those who are able to take time off at this time of year (and beyond) – I won’t get to ski until Mid March and only then if we are quiet enough, one of the pitfalls of working in the ski industry, we’re busy when the snow is falling and everyone else is skiing. Read the rest of this entry »