Browsing entries tagged with Snowboard

16 Nov 2013

Crystal Ski wins best operator award

Crystal Ski wins best operator award

Crystal Holidays has won two prestigious travel industry awards. Last Thursday, 7 November, the tour operator won Best Winter Sports Operator Award at this year’s Scottish Passengers Agents Association…

13 Nov 2013

Sign up for a Monster ski challenge

Sign up for a Monster ski challenge

Confident on a red run and fit enough to ski all day, every day in all conditions? Fancy skiing the vertical equivalent of Mount Everest three days in a row to raise money for charity? The Monster Ski…

11 Nov 2013

Avalanche transceiver app warning

Avalanche transceiver app warning

The Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) in Revelstoke, British Columbia has warned skiers and boarders against relying on apps that turn smartphones into avalanche transceivers. The CAC said it has found “a…

6 Nov 2013

Spain builds Europe’s longest snowpark

Spain builds Europe’s longest snowpark

The ski resort of Sierra Nevada in Spain is building nine new features to its huge Sulayr snowpark, which it claims will give the park the longest line in Europe. When the season opens on 30 November,…

5 Nov 2013

Crystal founder buys Ski Famille

Crystal founder buys Ski Famille

Ski Famille has been bought by Peter Dyer, the founder of Crystal and former owner of Esprit and Total Ski. Mr Dyer’s new company Vertigo Holidays acquired the family ski specialist last week, and plans…

4 Nov 2013

New craze for fake panda eyes

New craze for fake panda eyes

How to get an instant ski-holiday hit without the investment? Go into a spray tan booth with your ski goggles on, apparently. The ski goggle tan is this season’s latest fashion accessory — or at least…

1 Nov 2013

Adult-only ski breaks on the rise

Adult-only ski breaks on the rise

A luxury chalet company in Les Trois Vallées is offering adult-only weeks in response to increasing requests from its clients. The Alpine Club, which operates in the ski resort of St Martin de Belleville,…

28 Oct 2013

Snow storms help ski resorts open early

Snow storms help ski resorts open early

It’s not just the UK that has been in the grip of a storm — in the past 24 hours there has been heavy snowfall in Canada’s Banff-Lake Louise-Sushine Village. The tourist office has issued a statement…

23 Oct 2013

Chalets filling for half term and New Year

Chalets filling for half term and New Year

If you haven’t yet booked for half term, now is the time to do so. Results of a survey released this week by Alpine Answers show that 80% of chalet accommodation for half term week (15 February) is sold…

22 Oct 2013

Sochi snow comes to London

Sochi snow comes to London

Despite the unseasonal temperatures, winter is coming to London this week — with 10 tonnes of real snow being dumped in Covent Garden to give budding skiers and snowboarders a chance to learn some new…

21 Oct 2013

More ski flights for regional airports

More ski flights for regional airports

Skiers and boarders living near Cardiff and Manchester will benefit from new flight routes this winter. Flybe is adding four brand new flight routes out of Cardiff Airport to Chambery, Geneva, Grenoble…

17 Oct 2013

Piste measuring standard draws closer

Piste measuring standard draws closer

The International Federation of Lift Operator Associations (Fédération Internationale des Associations Nationales d’Exploitants de Téléphériques or FIANET) has issued a recommendation that all ski…

15 Oct 2013

Ski concierge service launches in the Alps

Ski concierge service launches in the Alps

A ski concierge company has launched to make life easier for holidaymakers — especially those who ski more than once a year. Valet Alpin will store skis, snowboards, boots and other equipment in heated…

14 Oct 2013

Skiers queue for first lift at A-Basin

Skiers queue for first lift at A-Basin

Arapahoe Basin has again been the first ski resort to open in Colorado. A-Basin opened one the Black Mountain Express lift at 08:30 yesterday morning, opening up one intermediate run — the High Noon…

9 Oct 2013

Ski resorts get architectural

Ski resorts get architectural

A new attraction opens in Chamonix this winter — the Skywalk, a glazed structure at the top of the Aiguille du Midi (3,842m). The Skywalk is made entirely of glass, and will have a 1,000m drop below…

8 Oct 2013

Ski shows give away 20,000 lift passes

Ski shows give away 20,000 lift passes

The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Shows take place at the end of this month, with a massive 20,000 lift passes to give away. Some of the world’s best-known ski resorts, including Chamonix, Les 3 Vallées…

4 Oct 2013

Ski for free with Sir Steve Redgrave

Ski for free with Sir Steve Redgrave

A host of Sochi-themed events take place this weekend at Milton Keynes and Reading, with free lessons on offer from Sir Steve Redgrave, Graham Bell and Chemmy Alcott. Five-times Olympian and BASI qualified…

3 Oct 2013

WTSS to host live Twitter Q&A session

WTSS to host live Twitter Q&A session

Are you going round in circles trying to decide where to go on your ski holiday? Have you got any questions on a ski resort that you’ve been looking at but can’t quite decide on? Well, Where to Ski…

2 Oct 2013

Reader wins Lagrange ski holiday

Reader wins Lagrange ski holiday

One lucky Where to Ski and Snowboard reader has booked a holiday he won by reporting for us this year. Every year, WTSS relies on hundreds of reader reports to compile our new edition, and as a thank you…

26 Sep 2013

Austria issues piste guidelines

Austria issues piste guidelines

The Austrian national lift company association has issued guidelines on how pistes should be measured. Earlier this month, Where to Ski and Snowboard 2014 was published with a new chapter “Piste extent…

26 Sep 2013

Join a bobble hat world record attempt

Join a bobble hat world record attempt

Have a bobble hat at the ready and in London this weekend? Head along to the Fulham Ski Fête on Sunday afternoon to help break the world record for the largest gathering of people wearing bobble hats…

24 Sep 2013

Reader sets record with 1995 booking

Reader sets record with 1995 booking

Readers of Where to Ski and Snowboard are very loyal, and many have followed the book since we first started to publish it in 1994 — but recently we came across something of a record. Specialist Canadian…

23 Sep 2013

Glaciers open for skiing in the Tirol

Glaciers open for skiing in the Tirol

Over the past two weeks we’ve had reports of snow falling in the Alps — and last weekend the Stubai Glacier and Rettenbach Glacier (Sölden) opened in the Tirol, Austria, meaning that all five of…

20 Sep 2013

Crystal Ski reinstates ski guiding in France

Crystal Ski reinstates ski guiding in France

Crystal Ski Holidays has teamed up with ski school Evolution 2 to offer social skiing for its customers in France. In February British tour operators withdrew ski hosting or guiding from their programmes…

19 Sep 2013

Vote in the British Travel Awards

Vote in the British Travel Awards

Crystal Ski and Ski Amis are among a number of shortlisted contenders for Best Ski and Winter Sports Holiday Company in the British Travel Awards. The British Travel Awards are the largest consumer voted…

17 Sep 2013

Chez Vrony creates SWISS in-flight meals

Chez Vrony creates SWISS in-flight meals

A mountain restaurant in Zermatt will be serving up in-flight meals on SWISS flights this winter. The family-run Chez Vrony is a long-standing favourite restaurant of both the editors and readers of Where…

16 Sep 2013

Kitesurfers raise £60K for Snow-Camp

Kitesurfers raise £60K for Snow-Camp

More than 300 kitesurfers set a world record yesterday, and raised £60,000 in the process for UK snowsports charity Snow-Camp, the RNLI and Virgin Unite. The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada, of 318 kitesurfers…

12 Sep 2013

Piste length matters argues Editor Gill

Piste length matters argues Editor Gill

Piste length does matter, according to our readers. Some 83% of you have told us that size really matters, and to choose a ski resort for your winter holiday you need to know the facts. We’re still waiting…

10 Sep 2013

WTSS 2014 lifts lid on piste exaggeration

WTSS 2014 lifts lid on piste exaggeration

Where to Ski and Snowboard 2014 has lifted the lid on a big ski resort secret: the gross exaggeration of piste lengths. In the new edition of Where to Ski and Snowboard, released last Monday, editors Chris…

9 Sep 2013

W Verbier launches DJ contest

W Verbier launches DJ contest

Fancy a job in a ski resort with a difference? W Verbier, the Swiss ski resort’s newest five-star hotel, is looking for a resident DJ. Verbier is fast becoming known as the Ibiza of ski resorts, with…

6 Sep 2013

Ski holiday bookings up 15% on last year

Ski holiday bookings up 15% on last year

Ski and snowboard holiday bookings are up 10 per cent on last year, according to some of the UK’s major winter tour operators. Crystal, Thomson, Esprit Ski, Ski Total, Peak Retreats and Ski Collection…

1 Sep 2013

Snowboarding soars for over-50s

Snowboarding soars for over-50s

An indoor ski slope in Manchester is reporting a huge rise in the number of older people taking up snowboarding. Chill Factore in Manchester reports a 350 per cent rise in people over the age of 50 trying…

30 Aug 2013

Ski the 3 Vallées on Vail’s Epic Pass

Ski the 3 Vallées on Vail’s Epic Pass

The Three Valleys in France is the latest ski area to join Vail Resort’s Epic Pass, which already includes ski days Verbier and the Arlberg as well as the entire season in ten USA ski resorts. The Three…

28 Aug 2013

Skier Chemmy Alcott breaks leg

Skier Chemmy Alcott breaks leg

Skier Chemmy Alcott has broken her leg training. It is yet another setback for the 31-year-old whose career has been dogged by injury — but she maintains she will still race in the 2014 Sochi Winter…

23 Aug 2013

Thomson adds 13 new ski flight routes

Thomson adds 13 new ski flight routes

Thomson is adding 13 new regional flight routes to its ski programme this winter. The new routes to European ski slopes include departures from East Midlands, Liverpool, Southend, Southampton, Glasgow…

22 Aug 2013

Olympic slopestyle course revealed

Olympic slopestyle course revealed

Details of the first ever Olympic slopestyle course have been released by the International Ski Federation (FIS). The course, for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games (7-23 February 2014), will be 635m…

20 Aug 2013

Birmingham ski show cancelled

Birmingham ski show cancelled

InTheSnow Live, the ski show planned for Birmingham in October, has been cancelled following a clash of dates with a new show launching in Manchester. Running in the place of the British Ski and Snowboard…

18 Aug 2013

Order Where to Ski and Snowboard 2014

Order Where to Ski and Snowboard 2014

The 18th edition of Where to Ski and Snowboard, fully revised and updated for the 2013/14 winter season, will be available soon. The “skiers bible”, edited by Chris Gill and Dave Watts will be…

16 Aug 2013

UK encourages new skiers and boarders

UK encourages new skiers and boarders

A new scheme to encourage more Brits to try skiing and snowboarding is to launch next month. Go Ski Go Board is run by Snowsport England in conjunction with the Tirol Tourist Board. It brings together…

9 Aug 2013

Snowboard event in Davos pulled for 2014

Snowboard event in Davos pulled for 2014

One of the biggest and most popular snowboarding events in Davos will not take place this season. The 6* TTR O’Neill Evolution, which since its 2006 launch kicked off the new competition year will…

7 Aug 2013

Ski areas of Arosa and Lenzerheide link

Ski areas of Arosa and Lenzerheide link

This winter, the Swiss ski resort of Arosa is linking its ski area with nearby Lenzerheide. The combined ski area will now total around 225km of pistes and 42 lifts. A new 1,694m cable car, capable of…

5 Aug 2013

Ski train tickets on sale tomorrow

Ski train tickets on sale tomorrow

Going skiing on the Eurostar this winter? Well get ready to book — tickets will go on sale at 6.30am tomorrow morning, Tuesday 6 August. For the second year running, Eurostar will run a Swiss ski train…

31 Jul 2013

Steamboat plans night skiing

Steamboat plans night skiing

Steamboat Springs is planning to introduce floodlights on five ski runs for this coming season. The plan would light up around 1,000 vertical feet on Sitz, See Me, See Ya, Vogue and Stampede as well as…

29 Jul 2013

Huge snow dome for London

Huge snow dome for London

Plans have been unveiled for a huge indoor ski centre to be built near the Olympic Park in London. The snow dome will feature runs for different abilities, the longest of which will be 300m, as well as…

18 Jul 2013

Cosmos launches new ski programme

Cosmos launches new ski programme

Cosmos Holidays has launched a ski and snowboard programme for the first time ever this week, as news of a revival of fortunes in the British ski industry was revealed. Over the coming winter season, Cosmos…

16 Jul 2013

British ski industry starts to bounce back

British ski industry starts to bounce back

The number of UK skiers taking a ski holiday grew over the 2012/2013 season, for the first time in four years. Some 5,000 more skiers and snowboarders took a winter sports holiday last year, an increase…

12 Jul 2013

Verbier opens for skiing this weekend

Verbier opens for skiing this weekend

Verbier is opening to skiers and snowboarders this weekend as a one-off thanks to the good layer of snow at the top of Mont Fort. The cold, prolonged spring and excellent snow conditions means there is…

10 Jul 2013

Brit sets indoor snowboard record

Brit sets indoor snowboard record

British snowboarder Jamie Barrow has set the world’s first indoor snowboard speed record. Jamie reached a speed of 69.4kmph on the 520m indoor slopes at SnowWorld in Landgraaf, Holland, on Saturday,…

8 Jul 2013

Scotland reports bumper ski season

Scotland reports bumper ski season

Nearly 300,000 “skier days” were had in Scotland’s ski resorts last season, giving the country one of its best winter seasons on record. Between them, revenue from the five ski centres injected about…

5 Jul 2013

Swiss opens Gatwick to Geneva route

Swiss opens Gatwick to Geneva route

SWISS will be flying from London Gatwick to Geneva three times a week from 14 December. The airline is also introducing new fares, offering one-way trips from London to Geneva for as little as €39 (£33.60…

1 Jul 2013

Rare summer skiing in Cortina

Rare summer skiing in Cortina

Cortina d’Amprezzo in the Italian Dolomites opened some of its ski slopes last weekend for the first time in 12 years. Fresh snow led to the re-opening of the Freccia Nel Cielo cable car in Cortina from…

28 Jun 2013

Spag bol for €5? Yes please!

Spag bol for €5? Yes please!

There’s nothing like stopping for a lovely plate of spaghetti bolognaise in the middle of the skiing day. Hot, satisfying and packed with carbs (and parmesan), it’s our favourite (well, Web Editor…

26 Jun 2013

Mt Hutt reopens after 20-year storm

Mt Hutt reopens after 20-year storm

Mount Hutt in New Zealand opened again yesterday after a record-breaking storm dumped three metres of snow on the ski area late last week and over the weekend. Conditions were “as good as it gets”…

25 Jun 2013

Skiers flock to summer glacier

Skiers flock to summer glacier

The summer season has begun in Les Deux Alpes, France, where the glacier opened last Saturday, 22 June. More than 3,000 skiers and snowboarders headed to the French ski resort to enjoy “excellent”…

20 Jun 2013

Breckenridge opens new ski area

Breckenridge opens new ski area

Breckenridge is adding more than 540 acres to its ski area during next season — boosting the resort’s skiable terrain by 23 per cent. The resort in Colorado, which currently has 2,358 acres at 2,925m,…

18 Jun 2013

Bumper ski season for US resorts

Bumper ski season for US resorts

America is reporting a bumper ski season, thanks to great snow conditions over the 2012/2013. Eleven per cent more skiers and snowboarders visited US ski areas last season than during the 2011/12…

16 Jun 2013

Snowboarders build their own slope

Snowboarders build their own slope

A snowboarder from Aviemore last week built his own slope and snowboard ramp to celebrate his birthday. Mike Jachacy, a 31-year-old snowboard coach, enlisted the help of nine friends and a 4x4, van and…

14 Jun 2013

More flights for New Zealand ski season

More flights for New Zealand ski season

To cope with a busy ski season in the southern hemisphere, more flights have been laid on between Wellington and Queenstown in New Zealand. The ski season opened in Coronet Peak near Queenstown last weekend…

11 Jun 2013

Swap your snowboard for a kitesurf

Swap your snowboard for a kitesurf

Missing your snowboard? Why not have a go at kitesurfing? Snow-Camp, the charity that uses skiing, snowboarding and life skills programmes to support inner-city young people, is putting together a record-breaking…

7 Jun 2013

Excellent summer skiing in Europe

Excellent summer skiing in Europe

What a weird summer we are having. The flooding of last weekend in Austria, Germany and Switzerland has calmed, but the snow on the mountains across Europe has stayed and resorts are gearing up for their…

6 Jun 2013

North Korea builds ‘world class’ resort

North Korea builds ‘world class’ resort

A new “world class” ski resort is being built in North Korea ready for next winter. The country’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un has ordered his military to build a resort on the site of the Masik Pass…

4 Jun 2013

Vail Resorts takes over Canyons

Vail Resorts takes over Canyons

Vail resorts, the company that owns ski resorts across the US, will be running Canyons in Park City, Utah from next season. The deal will cost upwards of $25million a year. Canyons has 4,000 skiable acres…

26 May 2013

Winter continues in the Alps

Winter continues in the Alps

Heavy snow is wreaking havoc in the Alps, where winter refuses to give up its grip and unusually cold conditions continue to prevail. This photo of the Col du Petit Saint Bernard, the route between Italy…

3 Jan 2013

Join in second World Snow Day

Join in second World Snow Day

Later this month month, winter sports destinations in 39 countries worldwide will join forces to celebrate World Snow Day, on Sunday 20 January. World Snow Day was started last year by the International…

30 Oct 2012

Oakley unveils new GPS ski goggles

Oakley unveils new GPS ski goggles

Imagine a set of ski goggles that put your exact position onto a resort map, tell you where your friends are, track the speed you’re skiing, the vertical descent you last skied, how high your last jump…

30 Oct 2012

Bristol police find stolen snowboard

Bristol police find stolen snowboard

Have you had a snowboard stolen this summer? Police in Bristol are asking snowboarders in the area to check their equipment is safe after recovering a board they believe was stolen. The snowboard, which…

3 Feb 2011

Jones takes silver at Aspen

Jones takes silver at Aspen

The Aspen edition of the Winter X Cross games has taken place during the past week or so, with good news for British slopestyle rider Jenny Jones. Jones won silver in the slopestyle contest at the 15th…

16 Feb 2010

Brit reaches semi, Canada gets gold

Brit reaches semi, Canada gets gold

Britain’s Zoe Gillings has finished a very respectable eighth in the Olympic women’s snowboard cross, reaching the semi finals. But it was Canada that eventually took the gold medal, with a…

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