Browsing entries tagged with Ski

27 Jan 2022

Is skiwear rental the next big thing?

Is skiwear rental the next big thing?

Renting clothing and accessories for your ski holiday might one day become the norm, if the success of a start-up skiwear rental business this season has anything to go by. Sustainable skiwear retailer…

21 Jan 2022

Switzerland drops pre-travel testing

Switzerland drops pre-travel testing

Travel some alpine countries is set to become far easier in the coming weeks, with Austria and Switzerland relaxing test requirements for visiting Brits this weekend. From tomorrow, Saturday 22, January,…

20 Jan 2022

Ellis Brigham launches Scottish ski shuttle

Ellis Brigham launches Scottish ski shuttle

With demand rising for adventures in home-grown mountains, outdoor retailer Ellis Brigham has come up with a brilliant way of helping skiers and snowboarders in Scotland reach local slopes. The new Ellis…

19 Jan 2022

Les Arcs welcomes back British skiers

Les Arcs welcomes back British skiers

We’ve been inundated with emails from French ski resorts welcoming British skiers back after restrictions were finally lifted last week, but none has been quite as eye-catching as this one from Les Arcs…

17 Jan 2022

Oxygène offers free ski lessons

Oxygène offers free ski lessons

The independent French ski and snowboard school Oxygène is offering free snowsports lessons across 14 different ski resorts this season, to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The free ski and snowboard sessions…

13 Jan 2022

Relief as France lifts UK travel ban

Relief as France lifts UK travel ban

Ski companies have spoken of their relief and delight that France has this morning confirmed it will lift restrictions tomorrow, in time for skiers to travel this weekend. In a televised announcement at…

12 Jan 2022

Skiers miss the mountain views, says S+R

Skiers miss the mountain views, says S+R

“The feeling of being alive” and stunning mountain views are two of the main things people have missed from their annual ski holiday, according to research by retailer Snow+Rock. Announcing the results…

8 Jan 2022

Will French drop British travel ban next week?

Will French drop British travel ban next week?

As rumours abound that restrictions in France on British travellers entering the country for leisure will be lifted at the end of next week, one company has estimated that ski resorts in the country have…

30 Dec 2021

Tirol opens longest ski circuit in the world

Tirol opens longest ski circuit in the world

The SkiWelt and Kitzbühel in Austria have together launched what they claim is the longest ski circuit in the world. The new “KitzSkiWelt Tour” connects the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental with…

28 Dec 2021

Skiers turned away from Innsbruck airport

Skiers turned away from Innsbruck airport

Skiers headed to Austria are urged to ensure they have all the correct Covid testing and paperwork after it emerged that border control at Innsbruck airport denied entry to more than 100 British travelers…

9 Dec 2021

Austria ski resorts set to reopen

Austria ski resorts set to reopen

Ski holidays in Austria are set to return next week, after the country’s nationwide lockdown lifts on Sunday (12 December). The provinces of Voralberg and Tyrol, home to many of Austria’s ski resorts,…

6 Dec 2021

Switzerland drops quarantine for UK

Switzerland drops quarantine for UK

Switzerland has dropped quarantine requirements for UK visitors — meaning it’s possible for British skiers to head to Swiss ski resorts, but testing remains prohibitively expensive. On Saturday night,…

30 Nov 2021

Inghams suspends Swiss ski trips

Inghams suspends Swiss ski trips

French ski holidays are back on, following confirmation this morning that skiers are to be permitted to transit through Geneva airport without quarantining or taking the PCR tests necessary for travel…

29 Nov 2021

Swiss covid rules cause chaos at Geneva airport

Swiss covid rules cause chaos at Geneva airport

British skiers are frantically finding alternative ways to travel to the Alps this winter following chaos at Geneva after Switzerland imposed a 10-day quarantine on travellers from the UK. While skiers…

28 Nov 2021

EcoSki launches ski-related charity auction

EcoSki launches ski-related charity auction

A Picture Organics onesie ski suit, four tickets to Snowboxx festival, a welcome hamper for a chalet in Morzine, a two-day lift pass at Glencoe and 60-minute personalised mix by former resident Dicks Tea…

24 Nov 2021

Surgical masks to be worn on French ski lifts

Surgical masks to be worn on French ski lifts

The wearing of proper face masks is to be compulsory on ski lifts in France this winter for anyone over the age of 11, with Covid passes required if case rates rise, according to a new protocol announced…

22 Nov 2021

Skiers urged to remain confident in Austria

Skiers urged to remain confident in Austria

Skiers should have confidence in booking a holiday in Austria this season, says the owner of a ski instructor academy in Kaprun, which today is sending home 200 of its students. Ski Instructor Academy…

16 Nov 2021

Ischgl bans boozing in the streets

Ischgl bans boozing in the streets

As Austria places two million unvaccinated people into lockdown, the Tyrolean ski resort of Ischgl has cancelled next week’s opening season concert and announces a ban on the consumption and sale of…

26 Oct 2021

New ski flights open to Grenoble and Chambéry

New ski flights open to Grenoble and Chambéry

Several new regional flight routes have been announced for the upcoming ski season to Chambery and Grenoble, both airports that offer easy access via shorter transfer times to a host of popular ski resorts…

22 Oct 2021

Inghams launches Covid hub

Inghams launches Covid hub

Inghams is the latest ski operator to report extremely strong sales for winter 2021-22, as it launches a new Covid-19 online hub to help guests navigate myriad ever-changing covid rules before and during…

18 Oct 2021

Record-breaking ski season ahead says Club Med

Record-breaking ski season ahead says Club Med

This ski season is shaping up to be a record-breaker — with larger numbers of first-time skiers than ever before. So says holiday company Club Med, which today releases its ninth annual ski report. ‘The…

15 Oct 2021

Brush up on your avalanche skills this autumn

Brush up on your avalanche skills this autumn

If you think your off-piste skills are a little rusty after a winter without skiing, or you fancy going ski touring for the first time this season, Henry’s Avalanche Talk (HAT) is returning to the UK…

5 Oct 2021

Bolzano airport reopens to skiers

Bolzano airport reopens to skiers

A new flight has been launched from London Gatwick to Bolzano in Italy, offering easier access to the South Tyrol and its ski destinations in the Dolomites. Bolzano has been closed since 2016, and the…

1 Oct 2021

Mountain rescue carry RECCO detectors in Italy

Mountain rescue carry RECCO detectors in Italy

Search and rescue helicopters across Italy are now equipped with RECCO detectors, making the Alpine country the second in the world to be entirely covered by the technology. RECCO SAR Helicopter Detectors…

29 Sep 2021

Rent your ski kit this winter

Rent your ski kit this winter

Want some nice kit to ski in this winter but don’t want to buy? Well, the world’s largest rental service for ski kit has launched from sustainable skiwear retailer EcoSki. Working in collaboration…

23 Sep 2021

New link between Orelle and Val Thorens

New link between Orelle and Val Thorens

Two new high-speed gondolas will this winter link the ski resorts of Orelle and Val Thorens, providing a fast connection with the Maurienne Valley and the Tarentaise. Orelle has long been known as the…

21 Sep 2021

Covid vaccines needed to ski in Austria and Italy

Covid vaccines needed to ski in Austria and Italy

All skiers over 12 will need to be double jabbed, recovered from Covid or regularly test negative if they want to ski in Austria and Italy The news means families looking to ski in Austria and Italy —…

17 Sep 2021

Study confirms skiing benefits mental health

Study confirms skiing benefits mental health

Skiing is good for our mental health — something we’ve long known at Where to Ski and Snowboard has now been confirmed by research published in the journal Frontiers of Psychiatry. Skiers have…

15 Sep 2021

Squaw Valley renamed Palisades Tahoe

Squaw Valley renamed Palisades Tahoe

The Californian ski resort of Squaw Valley has been renamed Palisades Tahoe, after recognising the ‘derogatory and offensive’ nature of the term squaw. The new name also covers the ski area of Alpine…

13 Sep 2021

Direct ski rail service relaunched to the Alps

Direct ski rail service relaunched to the Alps

Eurostar’s direct ski train will run again for the 2021-22 ski season, under a new name “Travelski Express” as a charter service from Europe’s biggest ski resorts operator — Compagnie des Alpes.…

9 Sep 2021

Ikon Pass expands into Europe

Ikon Pass expands into Europe

Ikon Pass — the mega ski pass that offers access to ski resorts across North America — has added the Dolomiti Superski in Italy and Kitzbühel, Austria to its list, now offering up to 21 days of skiing…

30 Aug 2021

British Airways to launch budget airline

British Airways to launch budget airline

British Airways is launching a budget, short-haul operation from Gatwick airport to compete directly with Ryanair and easyJet as air travel picks up after the Covid pandemic. Before the coronavirus pandemic,…

26 Aug 2021

Aspen to charge for uphill skiing

Aspen to charge for uphill skiing

Aspen Skiing Co will this winter charge skiers who ski tour – or skin up – the four mountains of Aspen-Snowmass this winter and skiers will be required to wear armbands to show they have paid. It’s…

23 Aug 2021

Too much skiing threatens CopenHill closure

Too much skiing threatens CopenHill closure

The surface on Copenhagen’s famous artificial ski slope, CopenHill, has deteriorated so fast that it may be closed this autumn — until 2024. Copenhill opened in Denmark in the autumn of 2019 to critical…

18 Aug 2021

Morzine-Avoriaz awarded sustainability label

Morzine-Avoriaz awarded sustainability label

Improving walking and cycling routes, reducing the amount of waste created and helping local businesses become greener are some of the moves that have helped the French ski resorts of Morzine and Avoriaz…

12 Aug 2021

Club Med opens first resort in Canada

Club Med opens first resort in Canada

Club Med will open its first resort in North America this December, the ski-in, ski-out four-trident Québec Charlevoix in Canada. The Massif de Charlevoix ski area in which the resort is situatied is…

10 Aug 2021

Patagonia calls for volunteers

Patagonia calls for volunteers

If yesterday’s climate change report from the IPCC has unnerved you, Patagonia is offering creative types the chance to help. This evening, at 1800 BST, the outdoor and ski brand Patagonia is hosting…

27 Jul 2021

Iconic Méribel gondola cabins sell instantly

Iconic Méribel gondola cabins sell instantly

Meribel Alpina, the lift company in the popular Les 3 Vallées ski resort, has raised €50,000 to improve the environment around Méribel’s ski area by selling off the cabins from L’Olympe gondola…

12 Jul 2021

Sign to save ski season work

Sign to save ski season work

A petition calling for Boris Johnson to secure seasonal work for young Brits across Europe needs more signatures. The organisation Seasonal Businesses in Travel (SBIT) is petitioning the government to…

22 Jun 2021

Ski-mo proposed as new Olympic sport

Ski-mo proposed as new Olympic sport

Ski mountaineering — a competitive version of ski touring often nicknamed “ski-mo” — has been proposed as a new event for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. The proposal, initially put forward by the…

17 Jun 2021

Exhibition of Les Arcs design opens in London

Exhibition of Les Arcs design opens in London

An exhibition dedicated to Charlotte Perriand, the famous female designer of the French ski resort of Les Arcs, will open this weekend in London. “Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life” runs from 19…

10 Jun 2021

Morzine opens ski lift to reduce road traffic

Morzine opens ski lift to reduce road traffic

The French ski resort of Morzine will open its Ardent gondola this summer as an experiment to reduce traffic up the Route de la Joux Verte and congestion in the hamlet of Lindarets. The Ardent gondola…

4 Jun 2021

Skiing’s answer to Desert Island Discs launched

Skiing’s answer to Desert Island Discs launched

A new podcast series billing itself to be “the ski version of Desert Island Discs” has launched, with the first three episodes — with Damon Hill, Heston Blumenthal and Frank Gardner — available…

1 Jun 2021

Chamonix confirms new Montenvers gondola

Chamonix confirms new Montenvers gondola

The French ski resorts of Chamonix has been forced to reconfigure its world-famous Montenvers-Mer de Glace site as a result of global warming and last week confirmed a huge spend to make skiing the Vallée…

27 May 2021

Hotelplan ups game on sustainability in ski business

Hotelplan ups game on sustainability in ski business

The new head of sustainability for Hotelplan UK, owner of Inghams, Esprit Ski and Flexiski, has spoken to Where to Ski & Snowboard about her plans to create change within the company. Prue Stone, who…

24 May 2021

Summer skiing starts across Europe

Summer skiing starts across Europe

Ski areas in Italy and France are opening for the summer skiing season, for many the first time their lifts have turned in 2021. On Monday 17 May, Italy’s Council of Ministers cleared ski lifts to begin…

21 May 2021

James Gambrill appointed Ski Club MD

James Gambrill appointed Ski Club MD

James Gambrill has taken over as general manager of the Ski Club of Great Britain, with the hope of rescuing it from its well-publicised troubles of the past decade. James is skilled in snowsports, marketing,…

20 May 2021

New BA Southampton-Chambéry flight

New BA Southampton-Chambéry flight

British Airways is launching a new route to the mountains from Southampton Airport to Chambéry this winter. The flights will start on 18 December and run weekly until 17 April. The outbound is every Saturday…

11 May 2021

A-Basin offers ski-in, ski-out Covid jabs

A-Basin offers ski-in, ski-out Covid jabs

Getting your Covid vaccine will be a complete pleasure for some Colorado skiers next weekend, as Arapahoe Basin hosts a ski-in, ski-out Covid vaccine clinic. On Sunday 16 May, from noon until 4pm, Arapahoe…

4 May 2021

Verbier upgrades Médran gondola

Verbier upgrades Médran gondola

Having successfully completed a winter operating under the cloak of coronavirus, Verbier is forging ahead with improvement projects over the summer, pressing ahead with new lift plans and infrastructure…

29 Apr 2021

Jet2.com adds ski flights after strong demand

Jet2.com adds ski flights after strong demand

The budget regional airline Jet2.com has added extra flights to next winter’s ski programme in response to what it says is “very strong demand”. After putting its flights for the 2021/22 season…

27 Apr 2021

Inghams absorbs Ski Total chalets

Inghams absorbs Ski Total chalets

Inghams has taken over the running of Ski Total and will market them under the snappy name “Ski Total by Inghams Chalet holidays”. Ski Total has been running chalet holidays since the early Eighties,…

19 Apr 2021

Work starts to link Squaw and Alpine Meadows

Work starts to link Squaw and Alpine Meadows

Work will start this summer on a gondola link between the bases of the Californian ski areas of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, eliminating the need to drive between the two. Between them, Squaw and Alpine…

6 Apr 2021

London Ski & Snowboard Festival is back with a bang

London Ski & Snowboard Festival is back with a bang

At last — some fantastic news for skiers and snowboarders… Covid permitting, the London Ski & Snowboard Festival is back this autumn, promising all the goodies we love at Battersea Park from 28-31…

31 Mar 2021

Demand grows for ski properties

Demand grows for ski properties

Interest in buying property in the Alps is higher than usual at the moment, echoing the trend of strong bookings for the ski season next winter. Where to Ski & Snowboard has this week spoken to several…

17 Mar 2021

Skiers warned to book early for next winter

Skiers warned to book early for next winter

Skiers are being warned not to expect to find last-minute deals next season because demand for ski holidays next winter is currently so high. Across the board, companies and tour operators are reporting…

2 Mar 2021

Bookings strong for 2021-22 ski holidays

Bookings strong for 2021-22 ski holidays

Two ski chalet operators — Ski France and Ski Solutions — have launched a ‘contactless chalet’ service for next season, amid news that bookings for winter 2021/22 are very strong. Chalet companies…

24 Feb 2021

One-stop sustainable ski shop opens

One-stop sustainable ski shop opens

A website that promises to sell only sustainable ski and snowboard clothing and accessories has launched to offer environmentally-minded winter folk the chance to buy “kit with a conscience”. EcoSki.co.uk…

10 Feb 2021

Gondolas hold less risk of Covid than small offices

Gondolas hold less risk of Covid than small offices

A study recently conducted on lifts in the Swiss ski resort of Engelberg has found that skiers are 100 times less likely to catch Covid-19 on a 12-minute ride on a well-ventilated gondola than they are…

8 Feb 2021

Italian ski resorts may re-open 15 Feb

Italian ski resorts may re-open 15 Feb

Ski resorts in some areas of Italy are likely to open from next Monday, 15 February. Although the Italian government has not yet formally announced the re-opening, the country’s media is reporting that…

1 Feb 2021

Elan launches folding ski

Elan launches folding ski

Slovenian ski manufacturer Elan has today launched the world’s first high-performance folding ski, making travel more convenient and cheaper thanks to the fact they will pack down to around 90cm in length.…

27 Jan 2021

Recreate après-ski with new Piste Off toffee vodka

Recreate après-ski with new Piste Off toffee vodka

As we near the end of “Dry January”, no closer to being able to go on a skiing holiday, there’s some good news. A new drink has been launched that will help avid skiers and snowboarders to enjoy…

21 Jan 2021

French ski lifts remain shut

French ski lifts remain shut

Ski lifts in France are to remain closed during February and possibly beyond, said government ministers yesterday. While French ski resorts were hoping they would get the go-ahead to open lifts from 1…

20 Jan 2021

Val Thorens make génépi hand sanitiser

Val Thorens make génépi hand sanitiser

As French ski resorts await news from the government on whether they can reopen their ski lifts in February (an announcement is due today, Wednesday 20 January), the team at Val Thorens tourist office…

14 Jan 2021

GHIC replaces EHIC for British skiers

GHIC replaces EHIC for British skiers

Travellers are being warned not to be conned into paying for the new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) that has this year replaced the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), following Britain’s departure…

10 Jan 2021

French ski resorts remain closed

French ski resorts remain closed

While Italy and Austria have delayed the opening of their ski resorts to tourists until mid-January at the earliest, last week the French government said coronavirus infection rates in France remain too…

4 Jan 2021

Italy and Austria delay ski openings

Italy and Austria delay ski openings

Italy and Austria have delayed opening their ski resorts until 18 January, at the earliest. When resorts were closed in October in Italy, they were given a preliminary opening date of 7 January, in line…

14 Dec 2020

Ski resorts in Sweden now open

Ski resorts in Sweden now open

The Swedish ski resorts of Åre, Sälen and Vemdalen will be opening this week, joining Trysil and Hemsedal in Norway, which opened on 11 December. All resorts are owned by the company SkiStar, which says…

9 Dec 2020

Italian ski resorts remain closed

Italian ski resorts remain closed

Skiing remains off the cards in Italy to anyone except professional athletes, with new regulations introduced last week to prevent travel between different regions and communes to help reduce the spread…

3 Dec 2020

Ski lifts to start turning in Austria

Ski lifts to start turning in Austria

Skiing will be allowed in Austria from 24 December, but limited to locals only with hotels ordered to remain closed. The news was announced yesterday by the Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, speaking…

1 Dec 2020

Protestors gather over French ski resort closures

Protestors gather over French ski resort closures

Anger is growing in the French Alps with demonstrations taking place all week to protest at the government’s decision to close ski resorts due to Covid-19. Last week, President Macron announced ski resorts…

24 Nov 2020

Skiers ‘cautiously optimistic’ about changes to quarantine rules

Skiers ‘cautiously optimistic’ about changes to quarantine rules

The news that the Government is reducing quarantine from 14 days to five on 15 December has been cautiously welcomed by a ski industry keen to take desperate UK skiers to the mountains this winter. Under…

18 Nov 2020

Ski tour operators suspend operation

Ski tour operators suspend operation

More sad news for the ski industry this morning as VIP Ski goes into administration and Hotelplan UK announces that it is suspending all operation this winter across its family brand Esprit Ski and much…

3 Oct 2020

Mobile ski boot fitting service launched

Mobile ski boot fitting service launched

A new service offering mobile professional ski boot fitting has launched for the 2020-21 winter season. Hike and Ride is a mobile boot fitting lab that can travel across the UK, helping skiers to purchase…

29 Sep 2020

France and Austria release Covid ski measures

France and Austria release Covid ski measures

With fresh snowfall across the Alps last week thoughts are turning to skiing and guidance on keeping skiers safeguarded from Covid-19 have been released from the French and Austrian governments. This advice…

18 Sep 2020

Zermatt to open Switzerland’s first automated gondola

Zermatt to open Switzerland’s first automated gondola

As ski resorts around the world announce details of Covid-secure operations for this coming winter, Switzerland’s first fully automated gondola will open in Zermatt this December. Despite the difficult…

10 Sep 2020

Ski operators remain positive for the season ahead

Ski operators remain positive for the season ahead

Small, independent ski companies are remaining positive about the winter season ahead, which starts in just over two months from now. Since Crystal Ski Holidays dropped the bombshell on Tuesday that it…

8 Sep 2020

Crystal cancels catered chalet ski holidays

Crystal cancels catered chalet ski holidays

Crystal Ski Holidays has taken the decision to cancel all catered chalet holidays for the 2020/21 ski season due to Covid 19. The decision comes as the coronavirus infection rate rises in the UK and…

1 Sep 2020

Vail Resorts outlines Covid ski plans

Vail Resorts outlines Covid ski plans

Vail Resorts has unveiled its plan for operating its 34 ski resorts across North America this coming winter. The 2020-21 winter ski season begins for Vail Resorts on 6 November at Keystone, and last week…

27 Aug 2020

Squaw Valley to change its name

Squaw Valley to change its name

The ski resort of Squaw Valley in California has announced it is to drop the “derogatory and offensive term ‘squaw’” from its name. Squaw Valley was named in 1949, but since that time changes have…

20 Aug 2020

Verbier unveils world’s highest zipline

Verbier unveils world’s highest zipline

Top Swiss ski resort Verbier has unveiled a new star attraction: the world’s highest zipline. The new Mount 4 Zipline starts at 3330m and flies for 1.4km over the Tortin glacier, descending 383 vertical…

10 Aug 2020

National Snow Show launched for 2021

National Snow Show launched for 2021

A new event for snowsport enthusiasts has been launched, to run over two days in October 2021 at the NEC in Birmingham. The National Snow Show will take place 23-24 October with more than 140 exhibitors,…

5 Aug 2020

Indoor ski centres open this weekend

Indoor ski centres open this weekend

Indoor ski centres across the UK are preparing to open their doors following months of closure due to Covid-19. Ski centres, along with other indoor leisure facilities including ice rinks, bowling alleys,…

22 Jul 2020

Ski piste named after Novak Djokovic

Ski piste named after Novak Djokovic

A piste in the ski resort of Jahorina in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been named after tennis player Novak Djokovic, who seems to have recovered well following his brush with Covid-19. The inauguration took…

19 Jul 2020

Whistler removes Horstman T-Bar

Whistler removes Horstman T-Bar

The Horstman T-Bar lift in Whistler-Blackcomb was removed this week, because the glacier has receded so much the ski lift was no longer serviceable. The Horstman Glacier at the top of Whistler-Blackcomb…

15 Jul 2020

Ski titles hit by coronavirus

Ski titles hit by coronavirus

Two more ski publications have become coronavirus casualties, as websites OnTheSnow and Skiinfo close for good. Their Colorado-based owner, Mountain New Corporation, closed both sites on 13 July citing…

1 Jul 2020

New high-speed chair for Schladming

New high-speed chair for Schladming

Work has begun on the installation of a high-speed eight-seater chairlift in the centre of the Austrian ski resort of Schladming. The new chair will replace the 26-year-old four-seater Lärchkogelbahn…

25 Jun 2020

Acrobats perform in Les Diablerets

Acrobats perform in Les Diablerets

The Swiss ski resort of Les Diablerets staged an incredible acrobatic show this week to mark its reopening after the Covid-19 lockdown. Stunts by circus performers Sheila Nicolodi, Ramon Kathriner, Freddy…

23 Jun 2020

New state-of-the-art gondola for Zermatt

New state-of-the-art gondola for Zermatt

Regular readers of Where to Ski and Snowboard will know that Zermatt in Switzerland is my favourite resort. One of my favourite runs in Zermatt has long been the one on skier’s right of the whole area…

12 Jun 2020

World’s largest ski show set for October

World’s largest ski show set for October

A virtual event, touting itself as “the World’s Largest Ski Show” will take place from the French ski area Portes du Soleil this coming October. The World’s Largest Ski Show (#WLSS) will run gfrom…

5 Jun 2020

French ski resorts open tomorrow

French ski resorts open tomorrow

The French ski resorts of Les 2 Alpes and Val D’Isère will open tomorrow, 6 June, for the start of their summer skiing season. Les 2 Alpes opens for weekends only throughout June (6-7, 13-14, 20-21…

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