Tag: Skiing

  • The Kronplatz – plan de corones holiday region in winter

    The Kronplatz – plan de corones holiday region in winter

    On arrival, every guest will receive a travel ticket from their host (where the host is a member of the local Tourist Association). The HOLIDAY PASS entitles guests to use all public transport throughout the whole of South Tyrol. This means it is also valid for ski buses and the regional “Ski Pustertal Express” train, […]

  • Best slopes are above 2,000m in Méribel

    Best slopes are above 2,000m in Méribel

    There has been a lack of significant new snow in the Alps but existing snow has held well in the relatively cold conditions. Last night 5cm of new snow was fairly widespread, however, up to 45cm of new snow is expected by the end of next week. Fresh snow across France has improved the patchy […]

  • Skiing in Obergurgl, including the best runs, hotels, restaurants and bars

    Skiing in Obergurgl, including the best runs, hotels, restaurants and bars

    Obergurgl, one of the highest ski villages in Europe, set at 1,930m at the end of the Ötztal valley near the city of Innsbruck, used to trade on its reputation as Austria’s most snowsure non-glacial resort. These days its image as the country’s most reliable resort for snow cover over a season that lasts from […]

  • Val Thorens – the highest resort in Europe

    Val Thorens – the highest resort in Europe

    Purpose-built Val Thorens is not only the highest resort in the giant Trois Vallées ski area that includes Courchevel and Méribel, but the highest in Europe. Its lofty altitude means that doorstep skiing with guaranteed snow cover is possible from November to May. At 2,300m it has 200m on its nearest pretender, Tignes, also in […]

  • Whistler: too much snow to ski? No such thing

    Whistler: too much snow to ski? No such thing

    ‘It’s puking snow up here again today,” said Anton Horvath, Whistler’s avalanche forecaster, peering out of his office window on Wednesday last week. “If you took off your skis outside, you would literally sink up to your armpits. I’ve been here for 35 years and I’ve never seen a storm cycle of this intensity in […]

  • Val d’Isère – skiing in best freestyle ski areas

    Val d’Isère – skiing in best freestyle ski areas

    Joe Harkess, freestyle coach, All Mountain Academy Tricksters inspired by Jenny Jones’s Olympic bronze medal should ride the snowpark at Bellevarde (under the Mont Blanc chairlift). It has jumps of varying sizes, as well as boxes and rails – so it’s much like a slopestyle course. New this year is a giant airbag, great for […]

  • Snow wonder

    Snow wonder

    While your friends head to Spanish beaches and Italian hills, Chile – with its numerous ski resorts – is an adventurous alternative to the typical summer holiday. Andean skiing offers an unforgettable combination of beach-style weather, great snow and exotic travel. There are many attractions. Here on the fringes of the Andes, skiers will find […]

  • Skiing in the French Pyrenees: who needs the Alps?

    Skiing in the French Pyrenees: who needs the Alps?

    It wasn’t the usual airport transfer. We bumped along in the back of a friendly stranger’s battered old jeep, the resident cocker spaniel having obligingly moved to sit on his owner’s lap in the front seat. But our shuttle driver had decided that rather than risk climbing further into the mountain blizzard without chains, it […]

  • Puy-Saint-Vincent, great little ski resorts

    Puy-Saint-Vincent, great little ski resorts

    Pretty Puy-Saint-Vincent sits on the edge of the Ecrins national park in the southern French Alps, not far from the Italian border. The closest airport is Turin, less than two hours away, or add another hour to drive from Grenoble or Chambéry. A small UK company, Snowbizz, established a base here in 1986 and offers […]

  • Oz-en-Oisans – a family-friendly ski resort with amazing slopes

    Oz-en-Oisans – a family-friendly ski resort with amazing slopes

    Before I had kids, my dream winter break was all about mixing great snowboarding with a good après scene involving live music and big jugs of beer, while a powder-tastic snow movie played in the background. Post-children, I still want the snowboarding to be amazing – I actually crave that more than ever – but […]

  • Head for the hills, the snow’s finally here

    Head for the hills, the snow’s finally here

    This season, Europe’s slopes have been so barren there were practically tumbleweeds blowing across them, until thankfully a deep covering of snow finally dropped over the Alps last weekend. But those who’ve been holding out for thigh-deep powder before bagging a last-minute trip may find the battle for deals more savage than that for a […]