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26 Jun 2017

Powdair to Sion offers season pass

Powdair to Sion offers season pass

The new airline that will fly between regional UK airports and Sion in Valais, Switzerland, is offering season passes for frequent fliers. Powdair, which will take its first flight on 14 December 2017,…

12 Jun 2017

Fire destroys Verbier sports centre

Fire destroys Verbier sports centre

An investigation is underway to establish the cause of a massive fire and explosion that have torn apart the Verbier Sports Centre. A fire broke out at the sports centre — which was undergoing construction…

25 May 2017

powdair tickets to Sion on sale 6 June

powdair tickets to Sion on sale 6 June

New skiers airline powdair will start selling tickets for next winter from 6 June and begin flying from regional airports to Sion in Switzerland on 14 December 2017. In February, Where to Ski and Snowboard…

5 May 2017

SWISS flights to Sion go on sale

SWISS flights to Sion go on sale

SWISS is offering flights from London to Sion again for part of the 2017/18 ski season. This February just gone, Swiss International Airlines operated a direct service during the February half term…

20 Feb 2017

PowdAir to fly from UK regions to Sion

PowdAir to fly from UK regions to Sion

A new airline specifically for skiers and snowboarders will begin flying to Sion Airport in Switzerland from regional airports in the UK later this year. PowdAir will fly five times a week to Sion from…

20 Dec 2016

Snow is falling in the Alps - but where?

Snow is falling in the Alps - but where?

Snow has been falling in the Alps — with a storm hitting very localised areas. According to our snow guru Fraser Wilkin of weathertoski.co.uk (who produces our weekly snow reports) the heaviest snow…

29 Nov 2016

New ski coaching zone for Verbier

New ski coaching zone for Verbier

Fancy some tips with an instructor but don’t want to sign up for ski school or go to the expense of a private lesson? Another new initiative this season in Verbier will allow skiers to pick up tips and…

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…

8 Nov 2016

Verbier offers free snow safety courses

Verbier offers free snow safety courses

The Swiss ski resort of Verbier is offering free mountain safety courses this winter in a bid to ensure skiers venturing off-piste know more about what they’re doing. Verbier is known for its incredible…

31 Oct 2016

Short skiing breaks

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…

17 Oct 2016

SWISS launches ski flight to Sion

SWISS launches ski flight to Sion

Swiss International Airlines will be operating three flights between London Heathrow and Sion Airport next February half term to alleviate some of the seasonal pressure that week. Sion Airport is a short…

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…

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…

10 Sep 2016

New fast lifts for top Swiss resorts

New fast lifts for top Swiss resorts

We’ve already reported on ancient gondolas being replaced in the Swiss ski resorts of Zermatt and Saas Fee and a hi-tech new chairlift in Klosters. Here is news of three more much-needed new chairlifts…

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,…

11 Aug 2016

The Snow Centre gets a Swiss flavour

The Snow Centre gets a Swiss flavour

The Snow Centre has teamed up with Switzerland Tourism and the Valais to give UK skiers an even more authentic experience while practicing their skills on the closest real snow slope to London. The walls…

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…

19 Apr 2016

FWT champion dies in avalanche

FWT champion dies in avalanche

The freeride community is in mourning following the news that Freeride World Tour champion snowboarder Estelle Balet has been killed in an avalanche. The 22-year-old two-time women’s champion was making…

5 Apr 2016

Ride with Ed Leigh in Verbier

Ride with Ed Leigh in Verbier

Snow is forecast in the Alps this weekend — so now’s your chance to grab one last trip to the Big Hills. Inghams is offering a corker — a chance to go snowboarding with TV presenter Ed Leigh. Earlier…

6 Mar 2016

Skiers evacuated from Verbier lift

Skiers evacuated from Verbier lift

Around 60 skiers had to be rescued from a chairlift in Verbier this afternoon. Helicopters were called in to the Swiss ski resort when the La Chaux Express chair lift broke down just after lunch today…

23 Feb 2016

Verbier offers self-tracking drones

Verbier offers self-tracking drones

Fancy filming your skiing exploits with a self-tracking drone? While the use of drones is banned in some US ski resorts, Verbier is embracing the technology by offering Europe’s first self-tracking drones.…

12 Feb 2016

Skier fined for speeding in Verbier

Skier fined for speeding in Verbier

A skier has been fined and found guilty of causing “simple bodily injury” for skiing too fast and hitting another skier in Verbier in 2014. The skier — who has not been named — was fined CHF1350…

5 Feb 2016

Verbier hosts new music and ski festival

Verbier hosts new music and ski festival

The Swiss resort of Verbier has announced a brand new ski and music festival to celebrate the end of the season. “Verbier Impulse” will run over two weekends — 8-10 April then 15-17 April with ski…

4 Jan 2016

Second snow storm hits the Alps

Second snow storm hits the Alps

Last night, a second wave of snow hit the Alps, with some resorts receiving up to half a metre of snow overnight. “It’s good to have the snow back!” said Avoriaz tourist office on its facebook page.…

29 Dec 2015

Snow on its way for the Alps

Snow on its way for the Alps

The snow drought that has been plaguing the Alps might be coming to an end. Forecasts show a cold front approaching that will bring to an end the mild weather responsible for green slopes and closed pistes.…

25 Nov 2015

Second snow storm arrives in the Alps

Second snow storm arrives in the Alps

In case it has escaped your notice, winter has arrived in the Alps. After weeks of warm, sunny weather, the forecast storms blew in over the weekend dumping up to 120cm of snow in places and delivering…

6 Nov 2015

Megève joins Mont Blanc ski pass

Megève joins Mont Blanc ski pass

The French ski resort of Megève will this year join the Mont Blanc Unlimited Ski Pass — giving skiers and snowboarders access to nearly 1,000km of skiing in three different countries. The Mont Blanc…

21 Aug 2015

Early offer on Vail’s Epic Pass

Early offer on Vail’s Epic Pass

If you’re planning to ski in the states this winter at any of the Vail Resorts-owned ski areas, it might pay to buy your ski pass now. Until Monday, 7 September Vail Resorts is selling its Epic Pass…

14 Aug 2015

Verbier reduces ski pass prices

Verbier reduces ski pass prices

Verbier and the 4 Vallées ski area have lowered the price of their lift passes in response to the strong Swiss Franc. The prices of day tickets will be reduced during low- and mid-season weeks, and a…

31 Jul 2015

China is ‘skiing mad’ says Warren Smith

China is ‘skiing mad’ says Warren Smith

China will be an enthusiastic host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, says ski instructor Warren Smith, following the news that Beijing will host the Games, despite concerns about a lack of natural snow. China…

22 Jul 2015

City Ski Champs move to Verbier

City Ski Champs move to Verbier

The City Ski Championships is moving to Verbier this season — for the 17th year of the event. At a time when many companies are fleeing Switzerland because of rising prices, the event’s organiser,…

5 Mar 2015

Pay what you want for Davos ski pass

Pay what you want for Davos ski pass

The Swiss ski resorts of Davos and Klosters have launched a campaign allowing visitors to pay what they want for their ski passes. Following on from cost-saving initiatives in Crans Montana and Verbier,…

11 Feb 2015

Find romance on the ski slopes

Find romance on the ski slopes

In case it had escaped your notice, Saturday is Valentine’s Day, and ski resorts around the world are running special events from chairlift speed dating to private gondola rides and even mass weddings.…

5 Feb 2015

Verbier reduces prices to help skiers

Verbier reduces prices to help skiers

Businesses in Verbier have slashed up to 15% off their prices to help visitors struggling with the recent currency swing. In January, the Swiss National bank cancelled its fixed exchange rate policy, causing…

30 Jan 2015

Snow causes fatalities and closures

Snow causes fatalities and closures

Resorts in the Alps are closed today due to colossal amounts of snow falling — and there is more to come. Many that are open have raised the avalanche danger level from three to four (high). In the past…

22 Jan 2015

Inghams guarantees Swiss prices till Feb

Inghams guarantees Swiss prices till Feb

Ski tour operator Inghams is guaranteeing frozen prices in Switzerland until the end of February. Following last week’s announcement on the discontinuation of the minimum exchange rate, the Swiss franc…

30 Dec 2014

Grab a brilliant January ski deal

Grab a brilliant January ski deal

Well, it snowed! After a nail-biting run-up to Christmas, an epic storm last weekend, 15,000 people getting stranded in the French Alps and being forced to sleep in emergency accommodation, things have…

22 Dec 2014

Serious snow likely for the weekend

Serious snow likely for the weekend

With Christmas week upon us, the good news is that Santa might well bring us some snow. While there are great conditions in Scandinavia — heavy snow forced the closure of Fagernes airport in Norway last…

16 Dec 2014

Morzine lodge offers £28-a-night stays

Morzine lodge offers £28-a-night stays

Another “poshtel” has opened in the Alps offering yet more affordable accommodation for this winter. Rude Lodge in Morzine opened last Friday, 12 December, following a £1.2million overhaul of Le Laury’s…

5 Dec 2014

Free skiing for Santas in Verbier

Free skiing for Santas in Verbier

Among all the doom and gloom about bare patches in the Alps — Ski Welt in Austria becoming the latest to delay its opening date — one ski resort is remaining upbeat. Verbier is offering free lift…

24 Nov 2014

Value ski lodgings open in Switzerland

Value ski lodgings open in Switzerland

Two of Switzerland’s most popular resorts are set to become more affordable this winter, with the opening of new accommodation. In the glacial resort Saas-Fee, the world’s first youth hostel to have…

12 Nov 2014

Luxury ski bookings soar this year

Luxury ski bookings soar this year

There’s more encouraging news this week for the British ski industry — 72% of luxury tour operators say bookings are up on this time last year. And, perhaps surprisingly, Brits remain the top consumers…

7 Nov 2014

Swiss ski resorts open early

Swiss ski resorts open early

The storm that blew in across Europe this week has meant that non-glacial ski resorts across the Alps and Pyrenees are getting ready to open early — with Andermatt and Verbier opening this weekend. Andermatt…

19 Sep 2014

Ski holidays bookings busy for September

Ski holidays bookings busy for September

Tour operators say skiers and snowboarders are well into booking their holidays for this winter season. “We’ve been hugely busy in May, June and July,” said Nick Morgan of Le Ski, which offers catered…

17 Sep 2014

Verbier opens 3* hotel as chalets close

Verbier opens 3* hotel as chalets close

A newly refurbished three-star hotel is opening this season in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier, in its move to offer more affordable lodging. The Montpelier Hotel, a former Inghams property near the sports…

12 Sep 2014

Park City will be biggest US ski resort

Park City will be biggest US ski resort

Vail Resorts have bought the Utah ski resort of Park City for a cool $182.5million (£112million), further strengthening the company’s grip on the US ski industry. Vail Resorts already owns the lease…

10 Sep 2014

Verbier reunites with 4 Vallées ski area

Verbier reunites with 4 Vallées ski area

Regular skiers of Verbier are breathing a sigh of relief that the Swiss resort has reunited with Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon to form the 4 Vallées ski area once again, in an agreement that will last 18…

9 Sep 2014

20th anniversary edition launched

20th anniversary edition launched

Where to Ski and Snowboard was officially launched last night — 20 years since the first edition was published. Tour operators, ski journalists, long-standing readers and contributors, advertisers and…

30 Jul 2014

Eurostar ski train ticket sales open

Eurostar ski train ticket sales open

Get ready to book your Eurostar tickets to the French Alps — sales for the ski train open tomorrow (31 July). The train runs directly from London St Pancras to the French Alps, offering easy access to…

30 Jun 2014

Treasures uncovered at Breckenridge

Treasures uncovered at Breckenridge

Volunteers helping on a mountain clear-up in Breckenridge ski resort last week found an eclectic assortment of lost property. A rusty saw, a bra, several phones and iPods, golf balls, skis, snowboards,…

25 Jun 2014

More bad news for 4 Vallées skiers

More bad news for 4 Vallées skiers

Verbier has confirmed that a chairlift key to the enjoyment of one of its most favoured off-piste routes will not be included in the new ski pass. On Monday, Verbier’s lift company, Téléverbier, announced…

24 Jun 2014

Skiers dismayed at Verbier break-away

Skiers dismayed at Verbier break-away

The announcement that Verbier has broken away from the 4 Vallées ski area — which includes Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon — has been greeted with dismay. Where to Ski and Snowboard co-editor Dave Watts…

23 Jun 2014

Dispute breaks up 4 Vallées ski area

Dispute breaks up 4 Vallées ski area

The 4 Vallées ski area in Switzerland — Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon — will cease to exist from next week.  Téléverbier, the lift company that covers the Verbier area, has today announced…

22 Mar 2014

Party season kicks off in the Alps

Party season kicks off in the Alps

Party season has kicked off in the Alps. From today (22 March) to 12 April, local DJs will be playing on the terraces of Verbier’s mountain restaurants, and the resort is offering 4 for 3: four nights…

6 Mar 2014

Japan joins the Epic Pass

Japan joins the Epic Pass

Niseko in Japan has joined the Three Valleys in France, Verbier in Switzerland and 10 USA ski resorts in the Epic Pass. For the 2014/15 season, Epic Pass holders will receive five free days skiing…

8 Jan 2014

Amazing ski holiday deals this week

Amazing ski holiday deals this week

If you want to grab a fantastic bargain, now is the time. The conditions are fantastic and there are ski deals everywhere — we’ve just added a load to our “bargains” section — but the offers…

29 Nov 2013

Ski resorts open with fab snow

Ski resorts open with fab snow

More ski resorts across Europe and the US are opening this weekend — and not before time. This week’s snow report details “excellent” snow conditions across the Alps Yesterday, the Austrian party…

28 Nov 2013

New Channel 4 celebrity ski show

New Channel 4 celebrity ski show

Skiing is coming to our TV screens in a new guise, The Alpine Games. In the run-up to the Sochi Winter Olympics next year, Channel 4 will be screening a live prime-time show where 12 celebrities get to…

15 Nov 2013

More ski resorts open lifts early

More ski resorts open lifts early

This week’s snow report reveals a promising start to the season and there is more snow forecast this weekend — great news for those of us itching to get on the slopes. Whether you are in Europe or…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

7 May 2013

One pass for Verbier, Arlberg and Vail

One pass for Verbier, Arlberg and Vail

Five days skiing in the Arlberg, Austria, Verbier in Switzerland and a season pass in top US resorts for just US$689 (£445)? Amazing value if you ask us. The Epic Pass, relaunched by Vail Resorts in 2011,…

6 May 2013

Verbier link to Bruson well underway

Verbier link to Bruson well underway

The tourist office in Verbier sent us this picture last week: of work well underway on the new lift station at Le Châble. Work started on the new eight-seater gondola from Le Châble to Bruson last October.…

15 Apr 2013

Speed skiers go for record in Verbier

Speed skiers go for record in Verbier

Speed skiers have descended on Verbier this week in the hope of beating the current world record. All of this week, the world’s fastest skiers will be racing in the XSPeedSki, on a 60° slope running…

9 Apr 2013

UK boarder attempts speed record

UK boarder attempts speed record

UK snowboarder Jamie Barrow is hoping to reach speeds of 160kph (100mph) in an attempt to set the first British speed snowboarding record later this month. On 19-20 April Jamie, a former British junior…

4 Apr 2013

Fab April snow: don’t stop skiing

Fab April snow: don’t stop skiing

The pistes are empty, the lift queues non-existent and resorts are planning their closing weekends…but the snow in most places is outstanding and the sun is out, so if you have a chance to get away…

6 Mar 2013

Special deals for women skiers

Special deals for women skiers

If you’re a mum or even just female free and cut-price ski passes are coming your way this week. To celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday (8 March), the Swiss ski resort of Verbier is offering…

15 Feb 2013

Three skiers die in three avalanches

Three skiers die in three avalanches

Today the Alps are sunny with warmer weather that’s likely to continue over the weekend, but after a fortnight of heavy snow, three avalanches have claimed the lives of three skiers in Valais, Switzerland…

11 Jan 2013

Temperatures and snow fall in the Alps

Temperatures and snow fall in the Alps

Temperatures are dropping and it’s snowing again in the Alps. Just when everyone is heading back to work after the New Year break, the snow is coming — and it’s much needed after this week’s warm…

7 Jan 2013

Video yourself across the Alps this season

Video yourself across the Alps this season

Were you hoping to get a GoPro for Christmas? If Santa hasn’t delivered, fear not — ski resorts around the Alps have installed video systems in their half pipes and freestyle parks, with automatic…

20 Dec 2012

Police urge caution after avalanche

Police urge caution after avalanche

Skiers and snowboarders in are being warned to take extra care after a 23-year-old Swedish woman died yesterday in an avalanche in Nendaz, Switzerland. The woman, who has not yet been named, was skiing…

6 Nov 2012

Swiss, Avoriaz and VIP SKI win awards

Swiss, Avoriaz and VIP SKI win awards

Völkl and Salomon skis, Avoriaz, Ellis Brigham, Swiss airlines and Geneva airport are among 28 winners of the inaugural World Snow Awards in London last week. While skiers and snowboarders across UK start…

2 Nov 2012

Verbier opens ahead of schedule

Verbier opens ahead of schedule

Verbier opens to skiers this weekend, thanks to the recent bumper snowfall in the Alps. “We’ve had over 50cm of snow,” said Yan Baczkoski of Verbier Tourism, explaining that the Swiss ski resort…

28 Oct 2012

Snowfall allows ski resorts to open early

Snowfall allows ski resorts to open early

Winter has arrived in ski resorts across Europe and North America. While we were digging out our winter coats in the UK this weekend, snow started to fall across the Alps. It’s dumping in Verbier, Tignes,…

24 Oct 2012

Start your ski holiday with €150 bar credit

Start your ski holiday with €150 bar credit

We all know how expensive a ski or snowboard holiday can be; and drinks in resort can add untold extras on top of your bill. Where to Ski and Snowboard editors Dave Watts and Chris Gill introduced the…

8 Oct 2012

New lift from Le Châble to Bruson gets go-ahead

New lift from Le Châble to Bruson gets go-ahead

The long-awaited lift link between Bruson and Le Châble in Verbier has finally been given the go-ahead. Work starts this week on an eight-seater gondola that will carry skiers from Le Châble to Bruson…

30 Sep 2012

New ski train to Switzerland

New ski train to Switzerland

A new Swiss Alps Ski Train is being officially launched later this week that will directly connect the UK with Switzerland ski resorts this winter. The train service will start at London St Pancras, with…

17 Sep 2012

Free lift tickets at the Ski and Snowboard Show

Free lift tickets at the Ski and Snowboard Show

Visitors to this year’s Ski and Snowboard Show in London can claim a free day’s lift pass at one of six top resorts. Verbier, Chamonix, Tremblant, Aosta Valley, Mount Washington and Norway are offering…

12 Sep 2012

Vail season pass offers three free Verbier days

Vail season pass offers three free Verbier days

Skiers who heading to Colorado to ski this winter could get three days’ free skiing in Verbier. If you buy an Epic Pass, which offers unlimited skiing this season in any Vail Resorts destination —…

15 Dec 2011

Scandinavia stop for Freeride World Tour

Scandinavia stop for Freeride World Tour

The Swatch Freeride World Tour is back for a fifth season and has announced its first Scandinavian stop. The series, which features extreme skiing and boarding by the world’s best mountain riders,…

20 Mar 2011

Freeride Tour wraps up in Verbier

Freeride Tour wraps up in Verbier

The Freeride World Tour has been successfully fought for and won at the Nissan Xtreme event in Verbier this weekend. The world’s best riders came together for the final round of the tour, testing…

21 Feb 2011

New bus from Chamonix to Verbier

New bus from Chamonix to Verbier

Why settle for one classic resort, when you can day trip out to another? Chamonix has introduced a new bus service to Verbier, as part of the Swiss resort’s recent inclusion on the Mont Blanc Unlimited…

30 Jan 2011

Nissan offers fresh tracks opportunity

Nissan offers fresh tracks opportunity

Nissan Adventure Sports is offering skiers and boarders the chance to have the slopes exclusively to themselves, using a First Tracks initiative. First Tracks (Extreme Grip) is common in the US, but less…

7 Jan 2011

Verbier transmitting!

Verbier transmitting!

Rise and shine! Verbier skiers get themselves a new English-language radio station, raring to broadcast to the early risers and buoyant aprés-ski listeners holidaying in the Swiss resort. Mountain Radio…

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