Browsing entries tagged with Ski

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…

3 Jun 2020

Skiers plan to hit pistes next winter

Skiers plan to hit pistes next winter

Ski tour operators are reporting that skiers are feeling positive about the 2020/21 winter season and planning to take ski holidays. A customer survey by French specialist Peak Retreats reports that…

14 May 2020

Work underway on Eiger Express

Work underway on Eiger Express

The Jungfrau ski region has confirmed its huge gondola/cable car hybrid to Eigergletscher will in operation by December 2020 as work continues on its V-Cableway project. Work began on the Eiger Express…

24 Apr 2020

Ischgl plans more quality après-ski

Ischgl plans more quality après-ski

The Austrian ski resort of Ischgl is planning to move its après-ski scene more upmarket, as Austria starts to ease its lockdown. Mayor of the Tyrolean ski town has said he will work with local business…

20 Apr 2020

Work to start on gondola in Cortina

Work to start on gondola in Cortina

The Italian ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo will start work in June on a new gondola that will for the first time link the ski areas of Tofane and Cinque Torri. The journey has previously only been possible…

18 Apr 2020

Levi stockpiles snow for next ski season

Levi stockpiles snow for next ski season

A ski resort in Finland is preserving snow for the 2020-21 winter season after being forced to close early due to the coronavirus outbreak. Staff at Levi, a ski resort in Finnish Lapland north of the Arctic…

14 Apr 2020

Ötztal valley helps skiers remain upbeat

Ötztal valley helps skiers remain upbeat

While travel as we know it is not currently possible, “armchair travelling” is the new buzzword, and helping to keep horizons intact for those with wandering feet. While some companies are offering…

11 Apr 2020

Zermatt displays Union jack on Matterhorn

Zermatt displays Union jack on Matterhorn

As the coronavirus death toll hit 980 in the UK last night, the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt sent a sign of solidarity. Since 25 March, the famous Matterhorn mountain which straddles the ski resorts of…

1 Apr 2020

Val Thorens offers ski pictures for kids to colour in

Val Thorens offers ski pictures for kids to colour in

The French ski resort of Val Thorens has published a set of drawings for children to colour in to help keep them busy at home during the coronavirus outbreak lockdown. The resort in the world-famous Three…

18 Mar 2020

easyJet winter 2020/21 flights on sale for under £30

easyJet winter 2020/21 flights on sale for under £30

The airline easyJet is launching its winter schedule early to allow skiers and snowboarders to change existing bookings that have been affected by the coronavirus. Until 24 March, fares for next winter…

13 Mar 2020

Now Switzerland closes its resorts too

Now Switzerland closes its resorts too

Switzerland is following Austria, Germany, Norway and Italy with the closure of its ski resorts in the battle to contain Covid-19.  This afternoon, Televerbier announced: “Due to the COVID-19…

13 Mar 2020

Ski resorts in Austria, Germany and Norway close for the season

Ski resorts in Austria, Germany and Norway close for the season

Most ski resorts across the Austria are closing this weekend, along with Norway and Germany, too. Hundreds of ski resorts across Austria — from Lech to Saalbach-Hinterglem — as well as Germany and…

10 Mar 2020

Coronavirus forces closure of all ski resorts across Italy

Coronavirus forces closure of all ski resorts across Italy

Ski resorts across the whole of Italy have now been closed, following the country-wide lockdown in Italy to prevent further spread of coronavirus. Following our news story yesterday, the ski resorts that…

9 Mar 2020

Ski lifts close in northern Italy

Ski lifts close in northern Italy

Ski lifts in the Aosta valley and other northern regions of Italy have been closed until further notice, as part of the government’s lockdown in an attempt to contain the coronavirus outbreak. The means…

24 Feb 2020

Win skiwear rental for a week

Win skiwear rental for a week

Where to Ski and Snowboard has teamed up with French skiwear rental service Les Petits Montagnards to offer one lucky reader a voucher for €100 to spend on renting ski kit for their holiday in France.…

20 Feb 2020

Flights go on sale to Scandinavian ski resorts

Flights go on sale to Scandinavian ski resorts

Tickets go on sale today (20 February) for winter 2020/21 Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) flights from London to Scandinavian Mountains Airport. The brand new, privately-owned airport offers speedy access…

19 Feb 2020

Austria ski resort stars in Hollywood film Downhill

Austria ski resort stars in Hollywood film Downhill

The Austrian ski resort of Ischgl has hit the big screen in a new comedy drama opening in cinemas at the end of the month. Hollywood film “Downhill”, starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus,…

15 Feb 2020

Patagonia’s Worn Wear Tour kicks off

Patagonia’s Worn Wear Tour kicks off

Patagonia’s famous “Worn Wear Tour” returns to the European slopes this winter, beginning in the French ski resort of La Clusaz this weekend. The clothing manufacturer is renowned for its environmental…

4 Feb 2020

Les Gets launches Lumina night walk

Les Gets launches Lumina night walk

The French ski resort of Les Gets is launching an illuminated, multi-media night walk this summer. The “Lumina night walk” is the first of its kind in a European ski resort and is expected to draw…

3 Feb 2020

Win a three-pack of FALKE ski socks worth £90

Win a three-pack of FALKE ski socks worth £90

Where to Ski & Snowboard has teamed up with our favourite sock manufacturer FALKE to offer one lucky reader a three-pack of SK4 ski socks worth £90. FALKE sells a range of ski and snowboard socks…

24 Jan 2020

Jet2.com launches East Midlands-Grenoble flight

Jet2.com launches East Midlands-Grenoble flight

From next month, Jet2.com will start operating flights from East Midlands to Grenoble Alpes Isère. The route is one of nine new regional flights launched for winter 2020 by Jet2.com in its biggest ever…

14 Jan 2020

SkiBro expands to 150 ski resorts

SkiBro expands to 150 ski resorts

The ski school booking platform SkiBro has expanded to include 150 different resorts for this winter, and has partnered with Where to Ski and Snowboard to offer up to €50 off bookings. SkiBro began operating…

9 Jan 2020

Win a pair of Messy Weekend ski goggles

Win a pair of Messy Weekend ski goggles

Where to Ski and Snowboard has teamed up with Danish ski and snowboard goggle manufacturer Messy Weekend to help your next ski trip go with a bang. The company’s latest goggle, the Float XE2, is made…

8 Jan 2020

Orelle offers free ski accommodation

Orelle offers free ski accommodation

The ski resort of Orelle in France is offering free accommodation to skiers who by a Three Valleys lift pass next week and at the end of March. The small farming village of Orelle is the mythical ‘fourth…

23 Dec 2019

Schladming opens 10-seater gondola

Schladming opens 10-seater gondola

The Austrian ski resort of Schladming-Dachstein has opened a new 10-seat gondola in the Planai section of its ski area. The lift, which replaces an old six-seater ‘bubble’, uses state-of-the-art technology…

16 Dec 2019

Kids skiwear rental service launched in France

Kids skiwear rental service launched in France

A rental service for kids skiwear is entering its second winter in the French Alps. Les Petits Montagnards offers a wide choice of skiwear for children aged between one and 16 years for between €45 and…

10 Dec 2019

Get paid to ski the Alps this winter

Get paid to ski the Alps this winter

Want to ski the Alps and get paid for it? You have until Christmas Eve to enter a competition by SkiBro, the ski instructor booking platform, to review ski lessons across the Alps while being paid £600…

3 Dec 2019

The Kooks to headline Rock the Pistes

The Kooks to headline Rock the Pistes

British band The Kooks have been announced as the headline act for the 10th edition of the Rock the Pistes Festival across the Portes du Soleil. Rock The Pistes, from 15-21 March 2020, features concerts…

28 Nov 2019

Sölden opens new 7.3km toboggan run

Sölden opens new 7.3km toboggan run

A new toboggan run of 7.3km will open in Sölden this winter, from the mid station of the new Gaislachkogal gondola. The new toboggan run will offer a new attraction to the already popular Austrian ski…

22 Nov 2019

More snow due in the Alps this weekend

More snow due in the Alps this weekend

The French ski resort of Val Thorens will be opening this weekend, with fresh snow due across the Alps on Sunday. Verbier in Switzerland opened to fantastic conditions last weekend, and this morning Saas-Fee…

20 Nov 2019

Colorado launches Denver-ski bus service

Colorado launches Denver-ski bus service

Colorado is finally looking at ways to ease the terrible congestion that runs along the 1-70, the major road connecting Denver and some of the state’s best ski areas. The Colorado Department of Transportation…

13 Nov 2019

Kitzbühel ups stakes for 80th Hahnenkamm

Kitzbühel ups stakes for 80th Hahnenkamm

The organisers of one of ski racing’s most famous races, the Hahnenkamm, have announced a record prize fund for next year’s event — the 80th anniversary. The Austrian ski resort of Kitzbühel will…

12 Nov 2019

Ski event to raise awareness for allergy

Ski event to raise awareness for allergy

A charity ski event will be taking place across the 3 Valleys and Paradiski next January, in memory of talented skier and tennis player Sadie Bristow, who died in August 2018, aged only nine years old.…

6 Nov 2019

Lots of new developments in 3 Valleys and Paradiski for 2019/20

Lots of new developments in 3 Valleys and Paradiski for 2019/20

Tour operator Ski Amis has great-value catered chalets in La Tania and Les Menuires in the Three Valleys ski area and in La Plagne and Les Arcs in the Paradiski area. Both these giant French ski areas…

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