Browsing entries tagged with Ski

24 Feb 2014

Brits get ski and board fever

Brits get ski and board fever

Brits have gone ski and snowboard mad since the start of the Winter Olympics. Snow centres up and down the UK are reporting a massive spike in interest following snowboarder Jenny Jones’s bronze medal…

20 Feb 2014

No one to blame over Schumacher fall

No one to blame over Schumacher fall

No one was to blame for Formula One champion Michael Schumacher’s accident in Meribel last December, crash investigators have found. In a statement, investigators said the piste marking in Meribel “conformed…

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,…

17 Feb 2014

Cumbrian ski lift buried by snow

Cumbrian ski lift buried by snow

While the south of England recovers from Friday’s high winds and floods, a ski resort in the north of England is celebrating “brilliant” conditions. The Cumbrian ski slope on Raise, next to Helvellyn…

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,…

11 Feb 2014

New transfer service to Three Valleys

New transfer service to Three Valleys

A new airport transfer service to the Three Valleys launches on 1 March in a bid to help make skiing trips to the French resorts more cost effective and fuss-free. FluidCar is a car share company from…

10 Feb 2014

Jenny Jones wins historic medal

Jenny Jones wins historic medal

The UK ski and snowboard industry is in full celebration mode following Jenny Jones’s historic medal in the Sochi Winter Olympics yesterday. Jenny took bronze in the Snowboard Slopestyle, Britain’s…

7 Feb 2014

Nicholls snowboards to Sochi final

Nicholls snowboards to Sochi final

The opening ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games takes place this afternoon at 3pm UK time — with one snowboarder already guaranteed a place in the slopestyle final. British athletes were…

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…

3 Feb 2014

The Jump brings Kühtai to fame

The Jump brings Kühtai to fame

Tour operators are reporting a rise in interest for Austrian resorts — especially Kühtai — following the celebrity winter sports television programme The Jump. The Channel 4 programme — described…

31 Jan 2014

Ski helmets sell out after Schumacher fall

Ski helmets sell out after Schumacher fall

As doctors slowly bring Michael Schumacher out of his medically-induced coma, helmet manufacturers say they are virtually sold out following the racing driver’s accident. Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher,…

29 Jan 2014

Skiers heading back to US and Canada

Skiers heading back to US and Canada

Skiing in North America has suffered some terrible fortune in recent years, but this season looks to be a record-breaker. Last year, 11% more skiers and snowboarders visited US ski areas than in 2011/2012,…

28 Jan 2014

Alpe d’Huez lift pass changes this year

Alpe d’Huez lift pass changes this year

A split between the lift and piste management companies in Alpe d’Huez and Oz-Vaujany this season has left some WTSS readers short-changed on their lift passes. A six-day Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine…

27 Jan 2014

More fabulous February ski deals

More fabulous February ski deals

Last month we saw some recession-busting bargain ski holidays, but the deals keep on flooding in. So much so that, as the snow finally starts to fall in earnest, we thought we’d flag up a few more for…

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…

22 Jan 2014

Record Team GB heads for Sochi

Record Team GB heads for Sochi

A record number of skiers and snowboarders have been selected to represent Great Britain in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games next month. Chemmy Alcott, James Woods and Katie Summerhayes lead the team…

21 Jan 2014

Keep tabs on your child on the slopes

Keep tabs on your child on the slopes

A ski hire company is offering parents the ability to keep tabs on the whereabouts of their children on the slopes, with the addition of a child-friendly GPS and app. Skiset, which has hire shops all over…

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…

17 Jan 2014

Arosa-Lenzerheide link opens tomorrow

Arosa-Lenzerheide link opens tomorrow

The new link between the Swiss ski resort of Arosa with nearby Lenzerheide opens tomorrow, 18 January. The combined ski area will now total around 225km of pistes and 42 lifts — thanks to the construction…

16 Jan 2014

Livigno launches family-tempting offers

Livigno launches family-tempting offers

The family-friendly ski resort of Livigno, located in Lombardy between Switzerland and Italy, is offering some superb deals this season to draw skiers to its sunny slopes. Known locally as “The Little…

15 Jan 2014

Controversy over uphill skiing in the US

Controversy over uphill skiing in the US

Skinning — or ski touring up the piste — has become so popular in the US that increasing numbers of resorts are introducing rules to ensure skiers chip in with running costs and stay safe on the mountain.…

13 Jan 2014

New reader report system: file and win!

New reader report system: file and win!

Where to Ski and Snowboard has launched a new reporting system for the 2013-14 season — with more user friendly features than ever before, including a new mobile facility allowing you to report on the…

9 Jan 2014

Cattle help Lech get ski-ready

Cattle help Lech get ski-ready

The managing director of Lech Ski Lifts has devised a unique way of preparing the slopes for skiing. This autumn, Michael Manhart put 23 Highland cattle out to graze on the slopes of the fashionable Austrian…

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…

7 Jan 2014

Vonn ‘devastated’ to miss Sochi

Vonn ‘devastated’ to miss Sochi

Lindsey Vonn says she is “devastated” not to be defending her Olympic downhill title at Sochi next month. The 29-year-old Olympic champion says her knee is too unstable to compete at top level. Last…

6 Jan 2014

Cheshire wins ski halfpipe gold

Cheshire wins ski halfpipe gold

Just a month ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics, freeskier Rowan Cheshire has won gold in a halfpipe FIS World Cup event in Calgary. The 18-year-old freeskier is the first ever British woman to win the…

3 Jan 2014

US resorts offer discount ski lessons

US resorts offer discount ski lessons

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month takes place in the US this month, with ski resorts across 22 states in North America are offering special packages to beginners throughout January, to encourage more people…

2 Jan 2014

Skiers urged to take extra Euros away

Skiers urged to take extra Euros away

Skiers arriving in Tarantaise resorts this weekend might be wise to take some extra Euros with them after a strike by staff who supply cash to ATMs in the French mountains. WTSS has received reports that…

1 Jan 2014

Lawyer calls for compulsory helmets

Lawyer calls for compulsory helmets

A leading firm of personal injury lawyers is calling for ski helmets to be made compulsory across all European ski resorts. It is illegal to ski without a helmet in some US resorts, but in Europe some…

31 Dec 2013

Heavenly launches mobile ‘DJ cat’

Heavenly launches mobile ‘DJ cat’

The Lake Tahoe ski resort of Heavenly has unveiled a new kind of après-ski party, with its mobile DJ cat. The retired grooming cat, unveiled on 27 December, has been fitted with enough speakers to equip…

29 Dec 2013

Michael Schumacher in coma after ski fall

Michael Schumacher in coma after ski fall

Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher has been injured in skiing accident in Méribel, and is reported to be in a critical condition. The 44-year-old German was skiing with his son and friends when he suffered…

26 Dec 2013

Borrow a pooch in Aspen

Borrow a pooch in Aspen

Going to Aspen and feel the need to have a pooch at your side? Well, help is at hand. The Aspen Animal Shelter is offering skiers the chance to rent a dog while they are in the upmarket ski town. The shelter…

25 Dec 2013

Peak 6 opens at Breckenridge today

Peak 6 opens at Breckenridge today

Skiers in Breckenridge, Colorado are getting an extra-special Christmas today, with the long-awaited opening of the resort’s Peak 6. There are more than 540 skiable acres on Peak 6, with 400 of those…

23 Dec 2013

Skiline launches Christmas challenge

Skiline launches Christmas challenge

Skiing tomorrow? Then enter the vertical metre hunt! Skiline, the company that allows you, with the entry of your ski pass, to show your travelled vertical meters during your ski day and also to show the…

23 Dec 2013

Courmayeur to host Gourmet Ski week

Courmayeur to host Gourmet Ski week

The Italian ski resort of Courmayeur is already known for its amazing mountain restaurants and dining experiences, but in February this moves up a notch with the first Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience.…

20 Dec 2013

New lift opens Ischgl freeride terrain

New lift opens Ischgl freeride terrain

The Austrian ski resort of Ischgl opens its €18.5million (approximately £15.4m) Piz Val Gronda cable car on Sunday, which will give access to 100 hectares of freeride skiing. The much-anticipated lift…

18 Dec 2013

Avalanche warnings as Brit teenager dies

Avalanche warnings as Brit teenager dies

A teenager has been killed in an avalanche in the ski resort of Lech, amid warnings from experts that the Alps are about to experience the most unstable snowpack in nearly 20 years. The unnamed 16-year-old…

17 Dec 2013

Great new link from Lech to Warth

Great new link from Lech to Warth

Most keen skiers have heard of Lech and Zürs, the most fashionable resorts in Austria. But few have heard of Warth or Schröcken in the next valley – but the ski area these two resorts share gets more…

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),…

14 Dec 2013

Luxury apartments open in Andorra

Luxury apartments open in Andorra

The ski resort of El Tarter in Andorra is getting an upgrade thanks to a new luxury holiday complex opening next week. Sandwiched between Spain and France, the Principality of Andorra was once known for…

12 Dec 2013

La Folie Douce opens in Alpe d’Huez

The legendary “La Folie Douce” opens its fourth venue in the French Alps this weekend — in Alpe d’Huez in the Grandes Rousses mountains. La Folie Douce has its own special brand of après-ski —…

11 Dec 2013

Celebs named for C4’s The Jump

Celebs named for C4’s The Jump

Former Pusscat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, broadcaster Anthea Turner and five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave are among the celebrities taking part in Channel 4’s new winter sports TV show, The…

10 Dec 2013

Robbie Williams to play in Ischgl

Robbie Williams to play in Ischgl

The Austrian party ski resort of Ischgl will be deluged with Robbie Williams fans at the end of the season — because the singer and occasional skier will be playing a concert at the top of the mountain.…

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…

3 Dec 2013

Skiing makes you happy, it’s official

Skiing makes you happy, it’s official

Skiing and snowboarding makes you happy and is good for you — it’s official. Taking time out on the snow boosts your wellbeing, say researchers at a university in Korea — with skiers getting more…

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…

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…

27 Nov 2013

Méribel gives away 100 ski passes

Méribel gives away 100 ski passes

Méribel is giving away 100 lift passes and 400 free breakfasts on Saturday, 7 December, to celebrate the opening day of the ski season. The first 100 skiers and snowboarders to show up at the reception…

25 Nov 2013

Neilson ski sold by Thomas Cook

Neilson ski sold by Thomas Cook

Neilson, which provides ski as well as sailing and beach holidays, has been sold by Thomas Cook. The company has been sold to private equity firm Risk Capital Partners for £9.15million, as part of Thomas…

22 Nov 2013

Stubai loses 42km in remeasurement

Stubai loses 42km in remeasurement

The Stubai Glacier has published new figures for the length of its pistes, losing 42km in the process. The Austrian ski area’s website now offers two measurements — the fall line which is the direct…

21 Nov 2013

Courchevel offers free ski day

Courchevel offers free ski day

It’s dumping all over the Alps at the moment — we’ll post this week’s snow report later today — and resorts are gearing up to open. Courchevel has had so much snow it is opening a couple of its…

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…

18 Nov 2013

Off-piste ski guide to Scotland published

Off-piste ski guide to Scotland published

The first guide to off-piste skiing in Scotland has been published by local ski guide Kenny Biggin. “Scottish Offpiste Skiing and Snowboarding: Nevis Range and Ben Nevis” was launched on Friday, 15…

16 Nov 2013

Crystal Ski wins best operator award

Crystal Ski wins best operator award

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

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…

13 Nov 2013

Sign up for a Monster ski challenge

Sign up for a Monster ski challenge

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

11 Nov 2013

Avalanche transceiver app warning

Avalanche transceiver app warning

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

6 Nov 2013

Spain builds Europe’s longest snowpark

Spain builds Europe’s longest snowpark

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

5 Nov 2013

Crystal founder buys Ski Famille

Crystal founder buys Ski Famille

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

4 Nov 2013

New craze for fake panda eyes

New craze for fake panda eyes

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

1 Nov 2013

Adult-only ski breaks on the rise

Adult-only ski breaks on the rise

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

31 Oct 2013

Tickets left for Avalanche Tour

Tickets left for Avalanche Tour

Ski show season is upon us, with Manchester last weekend and London opening yesterday. You’ve got your kit sorted, how about some pre-season avalanche awareness training? Henry’s Avalanche Talk UK…

29 Oct 2013

Aldi announces 2013 ski wear range

Aldi announces 2013 ski wear range

Supermarket chain Aldi has announced its 2013 range of skiwear and accessories for the budget-conscious. The range is part of its Special Buys which will go on sale from 5 December in stores across the…

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…

25 Oct 2013

Ski cable car gets fashion makeover

Ski cable car gets fashion makeover

Skiers in La Plagne and Les Arcs will be boarding a funky cable car over the coming season, thanks to leading fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. The largest cable car in the world — the Vanoise…

23 Oct 2013

Chalets filling for half term and New Year

Chalets filling for half term and New Year

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

22 Oct 2013

Sochi snow comes to London

Sochi snow comes to London

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

21 Oct 2013

More ski flights for regional airports

More ski flights for regional airports

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

20 Oct 2013

Ski racer injured in Tignes lift accident

Ski racer injured in Tignes lift accident

French downhill skier Brice Roger was among six people injured when a ski lift derailed in Tignes yesterday. State investigators were assessing the scene of the accident this morning, Sunday 20 October,…

17 Oct 2013

Piste measuring standard draws closer

Piste measuring standard draws closer

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

15 Oct 2013

Ski concierge service launches in the Alps

Ski concierge service launches in the Alps

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

14 Oct 2013

Skiers queue for first lift at A-Basin

Skiers queue for first lift at A-Basin

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

9 Oct 2013

Ski resorts get architectural

Ski resorts get architectural

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

8 Oct 2013

Ski shows give away 20,000 lift passes

Ski shows give away 20,000 lift passes

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

4 Oct 2013

Ski for free with Sir Steve Redgrave

Ski for free with Sir Steve Redgrave

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

3 Oct 2013

WTSS to host live Twitter Q&A session

WTSS to host live Twitter Q&A session

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

2 Oct 2013

Reader wins Lagrange ski holiday

Reader wins Lagrange ski holiday

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

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