Browsing entries tagged with France

18 Sep 2017

More September snow for the Alps

More September snow for the Alps

It’s been snowing again in the Alps, which bodes well for anyone planning a spot of autumnal glacier skiing. For the third weekend in a row, snow has blanketed ski resorts across the Alps, delighting…

10 Aug 2017

Chamonix to host music festival

Chamonix to host music festival

The ski resort of Chamonix will host a new music festival next spring which it hopes will become “the” closing party in the Alps. Musilac Mont-Blanc will be a winter version of the rock-pop Musilac…

6 Aug 2017

New lifts and piste regrade in Méribel

New lifts and piste regrade in Méribel

The ski resort of Méribel in France’s Three Valleys is installing a new lift above the satellite village of Mottaret that will whisk skiers to the summer in a fraction of the previous times. The…

25 Jul 2017

New lift and piste in Val Thorens

New lift and piste in Val Thorens

The French ski resort of Val Thorens is replacing its Moraine chair with a 10-seater gondola to significantly improve the comfort of skiers. The new €14million lift — which will be open in time for…

21 Jul 2017

Two new major ski hotels for the Alps

Two new major ski hotels for the Alps

Two hotels from leading luxury operators will be opening in the Swiss and French Alps in the next couple of years. The first hotel to open will be a Four Seasons, currently being finished in the French…

7 Jul 2017

Club Med to open in Samoëns this winter

Club Med to open in Samoëns this winter

Club Med is opening a new flagship family resort in Samoëns this coming winter. The 420-room ski-in, ski-out Grand Massif Samoëns will offer something hugely different to the small French ski resort…

16 Jun 2017

Snoworks offers free race training in Tignes

Snoworks offers free race training in Tignes

Ski instructors can take advantage of free race training in Tignes at the end of the month, thanks to Snoworks. Snoworks is offering free giant slalom (GS) and slalom coaching during the week beginning…

9 Jun 2017

Crystal launches Doncaster flight

Crystal launches Doncaster flight

Crystal Ski Holidays has launched a new flight from Yorkshire to the French Alps. The flight from Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) to Chambéry Savoie Mont Blanc Airport for this winter coincides with…

22 May 2017

Alpe d’Huez takes over La Grave lease

Alpe d’Huez takes over La Grave lease

The future of French ski resort La Grave, legendary among experts for its steep and wild terrain, looks more secure following an agreement with nearby Alpe d’Huez. On 11 May, the Société d’Aménagement…

4 Apr 2017

Val d’Isère unveils £170m redevelopment

Val d’Isère unveils £170m redevelopment

The French ski resort of Val d’Isère has today announced a massive development that will transform its centre. The five-year, €200million (£170m) redevelopment “Le Coin de Val” will add new hotels,…

13 Mar 2017

A truly Epic Pass goes on sale

A truly Epic Pass goes on sale

Next season’s Epic Pass has gone on sale, offering unlimited, unrestricted access to an incredible 45 top ski resorts around the world. The 2017-18 Epic Pass, issued by Vail Resorts, is currently available…

2 Mar 2017

Morzine celebrates women’s week

Morzine celebrates women’s week

Next week the ski resort of Morzine in France is running “Morzine loves Women” week to coincide with International Women’s Day next Wednesday, 8 March. Each day of the “Morzine loves Women” week…

31 Jan 2017

FWT cancelled in Chamonix

FWT cancelled in Chamonix

This week’s opening event of the Freeride World Tour in Chamonix has been cancelled due to unsafe conditions. The first event of the tour that pits the world’s best freeride skiers against each other…

25 Jan 2017

Save 10% in Megève with Stanford Skiing

Save 10% in Megève with Stanford Skiing

Readers of Where to Ski and Snowboard can save up to 10 per cent on week-long skiing holidays and short breaks in the French resort of Megève this March — with prices starting at just £295 per person…

11 Jan 2017

Free powder day pancakes in Aspen

Free powder day pancakes in Aspen

While a row is breaking out over whether skiing has or hasn’t been good in the Alps in recent weeks over the pond, a storm of historical proportions has been pounding ski resorts across North America.…

6 Jan 2017

More heavy snow on the way to the Alps

More heavy snow on the way to the Alps

Heavy snow has “transformed” the landscape in Austria this week, with up to 80cm falling in parts. It’s welcome news for ski resorts who have been desperate to keep skiers and snowboarders happy…

14 Dec 2016

Peak Retreats joins forces with Club Med

Peak Retreats joins forces with Club Med

French Alps specialist Peak Retreats, best known for its wide selection of self-catering ski accommodation, has teamed up with Club Med to offer all-inclusive ski holidays. In response to what it says…

9 Dec 2016

Free lift passes if you’re 40 in Valmorel

Free lift passes if you’re 40 in Valmorel

The French ski resort of Valmorel is this season celebrating its 40th birthday — and offering free ski passes for anyone celebrating their 40th birthday, too. The Tarentaise resort opens on 17 December…

10 Nov 2016

Ski resorts open early as snow falls

Ski resorts open early as snow falls

A host of ski resorts are opening early this week thanks to bumper snow conditions for mid-November. Courchevel, Verbier, Val Thorens and Alpe d’Huez have all announced they will be cranking up their…

3 Nov 2016

Tour operator Ski 2 launches in Les Gets

Tour operator Ski 2 launches in Les Gets

Tour operator Ski 2, which specialises in the Italian resort of Champoluc, is branching out with a new operation in Les Gets, France this winter. Ski 2 has been operating in Champoluc for 18 years, but…

31 Oct 2016

Short skiing breaks

25 Oct 2016

Val Thorens to ease piste hotspots

Val Thorens to ease piste hotspots

The French ski resort of Val Thorens has developed a new system that will offer skiers real-time information about how busy its pistes are. The system, called “Ski Flux”, is part of the slope maintenance…

21 Oct 2016

Whistler added to the Epic Pass

Whistler added to the Epic Pass

Whistler Blackcomb has been added to the Epic Pass for the coming ski season, following the final closure on its acquisition by Vail Resorts. This means that all 2016-1t Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass holders…

19 Oct 2016

New chairlifts in big French ski resorts

New chairlifts in big French ski resorts

We have already reported on the huge improvements in the major French ski resorts of Val d’Isère and Alpe d’Huez, as well as the new chairlift in La Plagne from Plagne Montalbert to Aime 2000 in the…

12 Oct 2016

Ski rail price comparison opens

Ski rail price comparison opens

Skiers can now compare train prices at a glance with a new price-checker resource on rail-ski website Snowcarbon. The price-checking tool, which goes live tomorrow (Thursday 13 October), will allow skiers…

11 Oct 2016

Skiing starts in Kitzbühel next week

Skiing starts in Kitzbühel next week

The ski resort of Kitzbühel in Austria will next week become the first non-glacial ski resort to open its lifts for the winter season.  On Saturday 22 October, skiing will begin on Resterkogel and…

6 Oct 2016

Flash sale on Crystal Ski holidays

Flash sale on Crystal Ski holidays

Have you booked your ski holiday yet? For the next five days, Crystal Ski Holidays is running a flash sale, offering an extra £100 off per person on 100 different hotels, apartments and chalets across…

28 Sep 2016

Aussies enjoy luxury skiing in Europe

Aussies enjoy luxury skiing in Europe

Australians have overtaken Russians in the luxury chalet holiday market – having doubled from 5% over the 2014/15 season to 10% of the market last year, while Russian bookings dropped from 12% to…

13 Sep 2016

Chambéry steps up for more flights

Chambéry steps up for more flights

One of the most convenient airports in France for skiers flocking to the Alps has undergone a major renovation to improve services this winter. Chambéry Savoie airport, which is within an hour and a half’s…

8 Sep 2016

New ski resort offered to British market

New ski resort offered to British market

Specialist French Alps ski tour operator Peak Retreats has become the first to offer Praz de Lys to the British market. Just 40 minutes from Geneva Airport, sitting at 1500m in the Giffre Valley, Praz…

4 Sep 2016

Epic Pass adds 13 Euro ski resorts

Epic Pass adds 13 Euro ski resorts

Some of Europe’s top ski areas have been added to the Epic Pass for this coming season. The multi-resort pass from Vail Resorts has added Les 3 Vallées, Paradiski and Tignes-Val d’Isère in France,…

30 Aug 2016

Inghams ski adds Montgenèvre

Inghams ski adds Montgenèvre

Ski tour operator Inghams has added the resort of Montgenèvre in France to its programme for the forthcoming season. Inghams will offer two chalets in Montgenèvre, the3.5 diamond Chalet Rocher de L’Aigle…

1 Aug 2016

Le Ski releases Yorkshire Day video

Le Ski releases Yorkshire Day video

Chalet company Le Ski has released a short video in celebration of Yorkshire Day, showcasing how it has taken its Yorkshire values the French Alps. The idea of Yorkshire Day came about during a meeting…

14 Jul 2016

Alpe d’Huez updates Signal slopes

Alpe d’Huez updates Signal slopes

The Signal sector in the ski resort of Alpe d’Huez is to be updated this summer. The Signal sector links to the village of Villard-Reculas on the back, and until now has been reached by draglifts or…

5 Jul 2016

Val d’Isère launches new beginner tickets

Val d’Isère launches new beginner tickets

The French ski resort of Val d’Isère has announced a new set of ski passes to accompany the construction of its new beginner area on Solaise. The resort will offer one-day “I just want to try and…

18 Jun 2016

Property sales boom in the Alps

Property sales boom in the Alps

According to leading alpine property experts sales have been booming despite the uncertainty caused by a potential Brexit. Erna Low Property published its ‘French Alps Property Report’ earlier this…

30 Mar 2016

Italian skier breaks downhill speed record

Italian skier breaks downhill speed record

An Italian speed skier has broken the record for the fastest man on snow — hitting 254.9kph (158mph) at the weekend. Ivan Origone broke the world record on a specially groomed piste in the French ski…

15 Mar 2016

Skier dies from collision in Flaine

Skier dies from collision in Flaine

Police in France have opened an investigation following the death of a man in the ski resort of Flaine. The 43-year-old skier was on the Serpentine piste, a blue run, at 4pm on Sunday afternoon when the…

14 Mar 2016

Avalanche app launches in France

Avalanche app launches in France

A new, free ski app will give skiers and snowboarders information on avalanche risks, weather and snow quality across the French Alps and the Pyrenees in both France and Andorra. The app, called “Ski…

10 Feb 2016

Skiing costs more as sterling falls

Skiing costs more as sterling falls

Bad news for skiing families this half term — the value of sterling has fallen by more than 10 per cent in the past two months. According to the Post Office Travel Money, although prices are still lower…

28 Jan 2016

How big is a big French ski area?

How big is a big French ski area?

There’s been a lot of debate about the size of ski areas recently — but what does size actually mean? If you struggle to work out exactly how big 250km is (Serre Chevalier), 425km (Paradiski) or 600km…

27 Jan 2016

Half term ski holiday offers released

Half term ski holiday offers released

With just two weeks before the start of half term, and spring-like conditions in the Alps with sunshine and fabulous snow on piste, tour operators are releasing fantastic offers to entice families to the…

19 Jan 2016

Last chance to win ski flights with Monarch

Last chance to win ski flights with Monarch

With December’s snow drought firmly behind us in the Alps (with snow forecast all week and next weekend), we’ve teamed up with Monarch, one of the UK’s leading independent airline groups, to offer…

13 Jan 2016

Schoolchildren hit by avalanche

Schoolchildren hit by avalanche

An investigation is underway tonight following an avalanche in Les Deux-Alpes that has killed a Ukrainian skier and two schoolchildren. We understand that the schoolchildren had been skiing in a closed…

27 Dec 2015

‘Don’t ski’ St Martin mayor urges locals

‘Don’t ski’ St Martin mayor urges locals

The mayor of French ski town Saint-Martin-de-Belleville has appealed to locals not to hit the slopes over New Year. With less than half of the Three Valleys ski area open, André Plaisance asked residents…

24 Dec 2015

Crystal launches celebrity skier quiz

Crystal launches celebrity skier quiz

Crystal Ski has launched a fun new online quiz “Which celebrity skier are you?” The news that Oprah Winfrey has just splashed out $14million on a new home in the Colorado ski resort of Telluride is…

8 Dec 2015

Fancy a Courchevel beer?

Fancy a Courchevel beer?

A new, limited edition beer has been launched in the French ski resort of Courchevel. “Mademoiselle Courchevel” has been made using in Tarantaise by the Alpine do Moutiers Brewery using water from…

5 Dec 2015

Big price drops in ski resorts this season

Big price drops in ski resorts this season

Prices are down in three-quarters of ski resorts this season, according to new research — with cheapest prices to be found in Bansko in Bulgaria. This year’s Ski Resort Report, released this morning…

27 Nov 2015

Black Friday hits the ski slopes

Black Friday hits the ski slopes

Like it or not, Britain is currently in the grip of Black Friday, which also means money off ski holidays this year. Alpine Weekends is offering Where to Ski and Snowboard readers an extra £50 off its…

24 Nov 2015

Win Helly Hansen kit with Peak Retreats

Win Helly Hansen kit with Peak Retreats

Ski tour operator Peak Retreats has teamed up with Helly Hansen to offer skiers the chance to win a ski outfit for the coming season. Helly Hansen provides uniform for 40,000 ski and mountain workers in…

1 Nov 2015

New measurements for Serre Chevalier

New measurements for Serre Chevalier

Where to Ski and Snowboard promotion Serre Chevalier Vallée in the French Alps has drastically changed the way it measures its ski area. Until this season, the resort used to claim it had 250km of pistes,…

19 Oct 2015

More glacier ski areas open in the Alps

More glacier ski areas open in the Alps

It has snowed again in the Alps, and more ski resorts are beginning to open! Skiers enjoyed fantastic conditions in Cervinia, Italy last weekend, with 120cm of snow on the 3,500m Plateau Rosà glacier…

8 Oct 2015

Tour op allows dogs on ski holidays

Tour op allows dogs on ski holidays

A tour operator has introduced a new service allowing skiers to take their dogs on holiday. VIP SKI has launched a “dogsalong” service in a handful of their chalets in Alpe d’Huez and Morzine in…

7 Oct 2015

Peak Retreats named top for families

Peak Retreats named top for families

Specialist French Alps ski tour operator Peak Retreats has been crowned “Best Family Ski Operator” in the inaugural Family Traveller Awards. The company was picked from a stellar short list of other…

5 Oct 2015

Tignes awarded for environmental efforts

Tignes awarded for environmental efforts

The French ski resort of Tignes has become the world’s first ski area to be awarded a Green Globe certificate for its work towards improving the environment. The certificate was awarded for the efforts…

1 Oct 2015

France most popular country for skiers

France most popular country for skiers

More ski passes were sold in France last season than any other country in the world, according to a statement released by Domaines Skiables de France (DSF) this week. The DSF represents 200 ski areas in…

9 Sep 2015

Crystal reports growth in skiing

Crystal reports growth in skiing

Despite a hit-and-miss season, with below average snowfall, major transfer day issues in France and strange, changeable snow conditions, Crystal Ski Holidays has reported strong growth in its ski market.…

7 Sep 2015

Skiing 20% cheaper than two years ago

Skiing 20% cheaper than two years ago

Skiing holidays are 20 per cent cheaper today than they were two years ago, according to Where to Ski and Snowboard 2016, which is launched today. A vital part of the “skiers bible” is its annually…

31 Aug 2015

Megève restaurant destroyed by fire

Megève restaurant destroyed by fire

An iconic mountain restaurant in the French ski resort of Megève has been destroyed by a fire. The prestigious L’Alpette on Rochebrune/Côte 2000 was razed to the ground on Sunday 23 August and…

27 Aug 2015

New gondola for Plagne Montalbert

New gondola for Plagne Montalbert

A new gondola opens in Plagne Montalbert this winter, replacing two chair lifts and shaving nearly 40 minutes from the journey time up Le Fornelet, part of the La Plagne / Paradiski ski area. The new…

24 Aug 2015

Hotelplan opens new chalet in Val d’Isère

Hotelplan opens new chalet in Val d’Isère

Ski Total, Esprit Ski and Inghams have taken the unusual step of opening jointly a new chalet hotel in the heart of Val d’Isère. The new Chalet Hotel Le Savoie sleeps 87 people in en suite rooms, with…

6 Aug 2015

Major changes begin in Val d’Isère

Major changes begin in Val d’Isère

The French ski resort of Val d’Isère is undergoing some major changes over the next two years. Work this summer has begun on a €16 (£11.1m) million two-year project to entirely redevelop the top…

23 Jul 2015

Cut-price instructor guiding with Ski Club

Cut-price instructor guiding with Ski Club

The Ski Club of Great Britain will offer cut-price instructor-lead on and off-piste ski guiding in France this winter. The Ski Club was last winter forced to withdraw its popular Leading service following…

16 Jul 2015

Anniversary Swiss climb begins

Anniversary Swiss climb begins

An anniversary ascent of the 4,478m peak of the Matterhorn will take place tomorrow, with a team of climbers from Britain, France, Italy and Switzerland. The ascent is part of a week — and indeed year…

22 Jun 2015

Tarentaise launches Alpine Legends pass

Tarentaise launches Alpine Legends pass

Three of France’s biggest ski areas are joining forces to offer a single pass. Following in the footsteps of US ski resorts which have combined to offer adventurous skiers and snowboarders a range of…

17 Jun 2015

Summer skiing begins in Les 2 Alpes

Summer skiing begins in Les 2 Alpes

Summer skiing will get underway in France this weekend, when the largest skiable glacier in Europe opens its lifts. With 111 hectares of slopes on its glacier at 3,200m, Les Deux-Alpes leads the charge…

8 Jun 2015

New blue to change skiing in Les2Alpes

New blue to change skiing in Les2Alpes

A new blue piste opening this winter will revolutionise skiing in Les Deux-Alpes.  The French ski resort has this morning announced that work has started on a new blue run called Jandri 1, which will…

22 May 2015

Neilson launches free ski coaching

Neilson launches free ski coaching

Neilson has become the latest ski tour operator to employ qualified instructors to guide its guests around resorts. The instructors will also offer free coaching in the half-day sessions, which are guaranteed…

14 May 2015

Ski Club Leaders move to Zermatt

Ski Club Leaders move to Zermatt

The Ski Club of Great Britain has moved its Leader course from Tignes to Zermatt, following a court decision that rendered its Leading services illegal in France. Ski Club Leaders are trained at the beginning…

1 May 2015

Skiing continues in Val Thorens

Skiing continues in Val Thorens

The ski resort of Val Thorens in the Three Valleys, France has posted a nice advert for its current ski conditions – with more snow forecast over the weekend. The video snow report was posted onto YouTube…

9 Mar 2015

Châtel lift completes Portes du Soleil

Châtel lift completes Portes du Soleil

Two new, much-awaited chairlifts have opened between Linga and Super-Châtel, completing the Portes du Soleil ski circuit. The two high-speed lifts, a four-man and six-man chair lifts both leave from Vonnes,…

28 Feb 2015

Rockfall brings chaos to 3 Vallées

Rockfall brings chaos to 3 Vallées

Skiers heading to or from Val Thorens, Les Menuires and St-Martin-de-Belleville in France are facing severe delays today after a landslide on the road. Yesterday afternoon (Friday, 27 March) a 50 cubic-metre…

23 Feb 2015

Snowfalls bring more instability in the Alps

Snowfalls bring more instability in the Alps

Heavy snowfalls over the weekend across the Alps have brought yet more treacherous conditions, with two more fatal avalanches in France and Switzerland as more than half a metre of snow fell in some places.…

9 Feb 2015

Excellent skiing ahead for half term

Excellent skiing ahead for half term

Snow is still falling today in the north-eastern Alps, but elsewhere the sun is shining after a week of massive snowfalls. Andermatt and Engelberg in Switzerland each report upper depths of 380cm this…

5 Feb 2015

Ski Bonjour

24 Jan 2015

Heavy snow forecast in the Alps

Heavy snow forecast in the Alps

Heavy snow is on its way to the Alps at the end of next week — particularly the northern Alps. Over the course of this weekend and the start of next week, a little snow is forecast but towards the end…

13 Jan 2015

Ski Club leader fined €10k for guiding

Ski Club leader fined €10k for guiding

The Ski Club of Great Britain is to lodge an immediate appeal against a court ruling made in France against one of its leaders last Thursday. Ski Club leader Ken Piddlesden appeared in court in Albertville…

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