Browsing entries tagged with France

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…

20 Mar 2014

Ski 4 Cancer in 3V next week

Ski 4 Cancer in 3V next week

With “no make-up selfies” for Cancer Research taking social media by storm in the UK, next week a skiing challenge takes place in La Tania for the charity Ski 4 Cancer. Run for the first time in 2013,…

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…

28 Feb 2014

Jail for drunk skiers in France

Jail for drunk skiers in France

Don’t drink and ski in France is the loud and clear message from prosecutors this week. If you go boozing and then get on your skis and snowboard, you face up to a year in jail or a fine of €15,000…

25 Feb 2014

Instructor claims French are at war

Instructor claims French are at war

Simon Butler, one of seven British ski instructors in Megève last week, has said there is a “war” going on in the French Alps. Mr Butler was arrested at the bottom of a chairlift in Megève on Tuesday…

19 Feb 2014

Val Thorens opens highest zip wire

Val Thorens opens highest zip wire

Val Thorens, one of the highest ski resorts in Europe, now has a new accolade: it has the highest zip wire in Europe, too. The highly anticipated ride, which costs €50 a pop (about £42), opened on Monday,…

18 Feb 2014

Family ski trips on the rise says Club Med

Family ski trips on the rise says Club Med

Half of parents are willing to take their children out of school for a skiing holiday according to a new report by Club Med — which also says family ski holidays are on the rise. Released last Friday,…

12 Feb 2014

Celebrate Valentine’s Day on skis

Celebrate Valentine’s Day on skis

Are you going to be skiing on Friday? In case it hadn’t escaped your notice, Friday is Valentine’s Day and ski resorts around the globe are getting into the romantic spirit — starting with Courmayeur,…

6 Feb 2014

Save on ski hire with Skiset and WTSS

Save on ski hire with Skiset and WTSS

Skiset leads the field in offering serious discounts on ski and boot hire when pre-booked online, and now Where to Ski and Snowboard has teamed up with Skiset to offer readers further savings. In total,…

5 Feb 2014

Brit aims to break Ski World Record

Brit aims to break Ski World Record

A British man will next month attempt to break the Ski World Record by skiing 20 different countries in 31 days to raise money for Disability Snowsport UK. Jamie Stephenson, who works for the tour operator…

23 Jan 2014

Londoner finishes second on FWT

Londoner finishes second on FWT

A British snowboarder who works in central London during the week and commutes to the Alps at the weekend has come second in the first stage of the Swatch Freeride World Tour (FWT). Sascha Hamm, 37, is…

20 Jan 2014

The Stash in Avoriaz: world’s best ski run?

The Stash in Avoriaz: world’s best ski run?

The Stash — an “ecological” snowpark in Avoriaz — has been named the world’s most exhilarating ski run by a panel of the world’s top ski and snowboard experts. Part tree run and part terrain…

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…

16 Dec 2013

Ibiza Rocks the Snow in Meribel

Ibiza Rocks the Snow in Meribel

The first Ibiza Rocks the Snow festival kicked off this weekend in Meribel — giving early season visitors to the French ski resort a week of Ibiza-style partying. Every day until Saturday (21 December),…

9 Dec 2013

Head to Bansko for a bargain holiday

Head to Bansko for a bargain holiday

For the cheapest ski holiday this year you must head to Bansko according to The Post Office. A six-day ski pass with ski and boot hire for one person, a week of ski school and lunch on the slopes with…

5 Dec 2013

First day out

4 Dec 2013

Swap your skis to match your outfit

Swap your skis to match your outfit

A ski hire company has launched a special package for women — skis in every colour to match your outfit. Ski Republic, which operates in France, Andorra and Switzerland, has teamed up with Coreupt to…

1 Dec 2013

Free ski passes with Helly Hansen kit

Free ski passes with Helly Hansen kit

Splash out on some new ski kit and it could come with a one-day or two-for-one lift pass. Outdoor clothing specialist Helly Hansen has teamed up with 20 resorts to offer ski passes to skiers and snowboarders…

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…

20 Nov 2013

ESF to offer tours of La Rosière

ESF to offer tours of La Rosière

A ski resort in France is introducing guided resort tours for the first time this winter. Every Sunday, instructors from the Ecole du Ski Français (ESF) in La Rosière will guide first-timers around the…

19 Nov 2013

Val Thorens is world’s best ski resort

Val Thorens is world’s best ski resort

Val Thorens has been named the best ski resort in the world. The French resort, one of eight that make up the Three Valleys, was awarded the prestigious title at the World Ski Awards in Kitzbühel, Austria…

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…

7 Nov 2013

Ski hosting appeal deferred

Ski hosting appeal deferred

The ESF says British bookings are up, as a Court of Appeal hearing over ski hosting in France was yesterday deferred until next May. The case was deferred to give both parties — Le Ski and the Ecole…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

14 Jul 2013

British skiers want ski hosting

British skiers want ski hosting

Switzerland, Austria and Italy are set for brisk business over the 2013/14 ski season, thanks to the current ban on ski hosting in France. So said Andy Perrin, head of Inghams and sister operators…

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…

19 May 2013

Snow still falling in the Alps

Snow still falling in the Alps

A handful of ski resorts in the Alps are still open this weekend, and Engelberg (pictured here on Tuesday), closes on 26 May. This weekend skiers have enjoyed an unexpected treat after 15cm of fresh snow…

11 Apr 2013

Last chance to go skiing this season

Last chance to go skiing this season

This weekend is nearly your last chance to go skiing or snowboarding this season — and enjoy snow cover that many in the Alps are saying has been the best in 40 or 50 years. Though conditions are now…

15 Mar 2013

Yoga festival a first in Val d’Isère

Yoga festival a first in Val d’Isère

Val d’Isère is holding a yoga festival in April, the first event of its kind in a French ski resort. Around 24 yoga classes, as well as dance and music workshops and concerts will take place over three…

7 Mar 2013

Ski tour ops unite to back hosting appeal

Ski tour ops unite to back hosting appeal

British tour operators have united to fight against last month’s ruling that ski hosting is illegal in France. Following the ruling in Albertville on 21 February, tour operator Le Ski made a formal appeal…

21 Jan 2013

WTSS readers say ESF should back off

WTSS readers say ESF should back off

Where to Ski and Snowboard readers say they believe the Ecole du Ski Français (ESF) has no right to interfere with ski guiding that tour operators offer their clients. UK tour operator Le Ski is the first…

16 Jan 2013

Pyrenees on highest avalanche alert

Pyrenees on highest avalanche alert

Parts of the French Pyrénées are on red alert following heavy snowfalls of more than 50cm in 24 hours. The “alert rouge” – the highest avalanche warning - has been issued by Meteo France for the…

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…

9 Jan 2013

Tour operator guiding goes to French Court

Tour operator guiding goes to French Court

UK tour operator Le Ski has more than a month to wait until a French court decides whether the company was illegally providing employees to show holiday skiers around the pistes in the Three Valleys last…

18 Dec 2012

Avalanche dogs train in Les Deux Alps

Avalanche dogs train in Les Deux Alps

Avalanche dogs and their trainers are this week finishing three weeks of annual training in the French ski resort of Les Deux Alpes. This is the seventh year that training has been held by the National…

17 Dec 2012

Calculate the cost of ski carriage v ski hire

Calculate the cost of ski carriage v ski hire

With only one mainstream airline offering free ski carriage this winter, more and more skiers and snowboarders are thinking about hiring equipment in resort this year. The winter sports equipment retailer…

1 Dec 2012

Vars

1 Dec 2012

Valmeinier

18 Nov 2012

Giant French ski lesson cancelled

Giant French ski lesson cancelled

250 ski instructors from resorts all over France will now NOT descend on London this week for a winter warm-up. Tourist body Atout France has confirmed that the event has been cancelled “for technical…

10 Nov 2012

More ski resorts open thanks to early snow

More ski resorts open thanks to early snow

Snow has been falling this week and more is forecast across the Alps this weekend, with Obergurgl in Austria joining the ever-growing list of ski resorts opening early. Conditions are so good in Obergurgl…

26 Oct 2012

Canadian man dies in early avalanche

Canadian man dies in early avalanche

Canadian authorities are reminding all off-piste skiers to brush up on their avalanche skills this season, following the death of a mountain worker in British Columbia. Pat Lawrence Desmarais, a 50-year-old…

15 Oct 2012

Autumn snowfalls hit the Alps

Autumn snowfalls hit the Alps

Monday morning has brought snow across France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland — with particularly heavy dumps on the

11 Oct 2012

Ski train tickets go on sale today

Ski train tickets go on sale today

Train tickets to the Swiss and French Alps have gone on sale today. Services to both countries leave every Saturday from 22 December to 13 April, with prices starting at £149 return to France, and £189…

28 Sep 2012

Australia extends ski season

Australia extends ski season

As Tignes prepares to open to skiers this weekend, ski resorts in Australia have extended their season and are hailing it as one of the best ever. Thredbo and Perisher in New South Wales and Mt Buller…

20 Sep 2012

It’s snowing in the Alps

It’s snowing in the Alps

The Alps have been hit by more snow for the third week running — in time for more glaciers to open this weekend.  Austria and Switzerland both reported fresh snowfall last night, with temperatures…

3 Jan 2012

French lift passes get the VAT hike

French lift passes get the VAT hike

French lift passes are one of the items that will cost more as a result of the French government’s 1.5% increase in VAT (TVA in France) on these and other goods. The ruling took effect on 1 January…

1 Dec 2011

France for £49?

France for £49?

A travel company has launched its new coach service to the French Alps with a bargain (but limited*) fare of £49 each way. SkiShuttle.co.uk is targeting the “skint skier” with a new weekly…

6 Oct 2011

Third win for Peak Retreats

Third win for Peak Retreats

Peak Retreats, specialist tour operator to the French Alps, has won the Best Ski Company award again at the annual Guardian, guardian.co.uk, Observer Travel Awards. This is the third consecutive win for…

30 Aug 2011

Flexible festive offers from Lagrange

Flexible festive offers from Lagrange

With Christmas and New Year’s days falling on a Sunday this year, Lagrange holidays has introduced a few flexible incentives for those skiers planning to hit the slopes during that week. These include…

22 Sep 2010

Directski.com acquires Ski Beat

Directski.com acquires Ski Beat

Another industry shake-up has been announced this week, with news that one of the UK’s leading ski chalet operators to France, Ski Beat, has been sold to Directski.com – a dynamic, online independent…

28 Mar 2010

French summer programme launched

French summer programme launched

Ski operators are beginning to offer summer programmes to encourage year-round holidays in the mountains. As well as glacier skiing, there are plenty of adrenalin sports on offer at most resorts during…

1 Aug 2009

Compagnie des Alpes increases sales

One of the largest lift operators, Compagnie des Alpes, has released its winter 2008/09 report, in which it announces the sale of its stake in Verbier - but also reports record profits.The company,…

8 Jul 2009

Eurostar ski train tickets now on sale

Eurostar ski train tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for Eurostar’s ski train services to the French Alps - and starting prices are a little lower than last winter.Eurostar will offer two weekly services for winter 2009/10…

31 Dec 2008

Tignes gears up for airwaves event

Some of the best freestyle riders worldwide will be in Tignes next week (4-9 January) for five action-packed days of competition in the parks and pipes.The Tignes Airwaves is back for a fifth year and…

27 Dec 2008

Top notch improvements in the Portes du Soleil

Top notch improvements in the Portes du Soleil

There’s quite a lot that’s new on the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil ski region this winter… Faster connectionsThe key development on the mountain is installation of the country’s…

22 Dec 2008

Flaine’s newest development opens

Intrawest’s second European ski development has opened in Flaine, France.Flaine Montsoleil is a new four-star residence that follows Intrawest’s famed Arc 1950 village as the latest in smart…

11 Jan 2006

Les Arcs launches new Wed’ze ski

They are a cross between blades and standard skis. They come in two lengths, feature classic release bindings and are emblazoned with trendy, cool decals.  They are set to steal the freestyle and…

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