Browsing entries tagged with Skiing

10 Oct 2014

Ski resorts start to crank in to life

Ski resorts start to crank in to life

Winter is most definitely coming. Ski resorts across Europe and North America have been inundating us with pictures of the first snowfalls and the news that their snow-making has cranked in to life. In…

30 Sep 2014

Zermatt, Cervinia and Monterosa Ski to link

Zermatt, Cervinia and Monterosa Ski to link

Zermatt, Cervinia and Monterosa Ski (encompassing Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna) are planning to link up and create one of the largest ski areas in the world. A lift link has long been discussed between…

28 Sep 2014

New flights to Jackson & Mammoth

New flights to Jackson & Mammoth

Two ski resorts in the US have new direct routes from major hubs used by Brits during the ski season. Jackson Hole in Wyoming has a new route from Chicago and Mammoth Mountain in California has a direct…

21 Sep 2014

Skiers are returning to Andorra

Skiers are returning to Andorra

Switzerland and Andorra are slowly but surely growing in popularity again, according to recent ski industry reports. In its 2014 consumer research, the Ski Club of Great Britain reported that customers…

19 Sep 2014

Ski holidays bookings busy for September

Ski holidays bookings busy for September

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

12 Sep 2014

Park City will be biggest US ski resort

Park City will be biggest US ski resort

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

9 Sep 2014

20th anniversary edition launched

20th anniversary edition launched

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

2 Sep 2014

Ski slope planned for southern Scotland

Ski slope planned for southern Scotland

A ski club in Scotland is appealing for help moving its ski tow this weekend to a permanent home on Lowther Hill near Leadhills in Dumfries and Galloway. The Lowther Hills Ski Club is building a clubhouse,…

9 Aug 2014

Skier takes to the waves in Hawaii

Skier takes to the waves in Hawaii

It’s that time of year when we’re enjoying the summer, but also looking forward to the winter — and professional freeskier Chuck Patterson might have the right idea. The “professional waterman”…

6 Aug 2014

Fitness tests for Aspen ski staff

Fitness tests for Aspen ski staff

If you’re heading to Aspen to ski this winter, you can rest assured the lift operators, ski patrollers and ski instructors will be fitter than fiddles. The Aspen Skiing Co has introduced a fitness test…

1 Aug 2014

Ski centre plans £500k expansion

Ski centre plans £500k expansion

One of the biggest ski centres in the north west of England has applied for a grant of £500,000 to become a “winter sports centre of excellence”. Ski Rossendale in Rawtenstall, in Lancashire’s…

22 Jul 2014

Snowsports on the up in England

Snowsports on the up in England

Skiing and snowboarding is growing in popularity in England, according to the latest research. A report by Snowsport England, released at the end of June, shows that the number of people using artificial…

18 Jul 2014

Skiing for the price of a beer

Skiing for the price of a beer

Canada’s cult resort Red Mountain is adding another 200 acres of in-bound skiing for the 2014-15 season. Three new runs have been cut into the trees on the south side of Mt Kirkup and accessed by snowcat.…

16 Jul 2014

Roger Federer plays Lindsey Vonn

Roger Federer plays Lindsey Vonn

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has challenged US skier Lindsey Vonn to a mystery competition involving a mountain. The pair are apparently genuine friends, regularly attending each other’s competitions…

14 Jul 2014

Vanessa Mae ski results may be rigged

Vanessa Mae ski results may be rigged

Four Slovenian ski federation officials have been suspended for allegedly rigging the points given to violinist Vanessa Mae to allow her to compete in the Winter Olympics. Vanessa competed for Thailand…

11 Jul 2014

Ski race camp launched for kids

Ski race camp launched for kids

Children aged between six and 10 years old are being offered an introduction to ski racing at Skiplex later this summer. The new ski race camp, set up by Skiplex in association with the British Alpine…

26 Jun 2014

UK Sport funds British team

UK Sport funds British team

Snowsports in Britain have received a huge boost with an award of £7.6 million to develop Olympic skiing and snowboarding over the next four years. After a record-breaking Winter Olympics in Sochi, where…

18 Jun 2014

Ski instructor to fight French ruling

Ski instructor to fight French ruling

A British ski instructor says he will “fight to the bitter end” a court ruling that he has been teaching illegally in France. Simon Butler, 51, was on Monday ordered to serve 200 days in jail in France…

17 Jun 2014

Schumacher injuries are rare says expert

Schumacher injuries are rare says expert

A leading ski injury doctor is reminding skiers that the accident suffered by Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher is rare. Yesterday (Monday 16 June) Schumacher’s agent Sabine Kehm released a statement…

16 Jun 2014

Chilean ski resort opens early

Chilean ski resort opens early

Skiers and snowboarders in Chile had a nice surprise on Friday, when the resort of Valle Nevado opened two weeks early thanks to heavy early snowfall. Thanks to El Niño weather patterns, the Chilean Andes…

13 Jun 2014

Les 2 Alpes glacier opens next week

Les 2 Alpes glacier opens next week

The glacier at Les Deux-Alpes will open for skiing and snowboarding on Saturday 21 June. The French resort has the largest skiable glacier in Europe, situated at 3600m. After good snowfalls this spring,…

9 Jun 2014

Skiing declined in Scotland last season

Skiing declined in Scotland last season

Skiing and snowboarding has declined in Scotland over the 2013/14 season, despite phenomenal snowfalls. The record levels of snow led to fewer days in Scotland’s five ski areas as staff struggled…

6 Jun 2014

New route to Finland from Crystal

New route to Finland from Crystal

Skiing in Finland is set to become more accessible next winter, with new direct flights available from Manchester. The weekly flights, from Crystal Ski Holidays, will depart every Sunday from Manchester…

3 Jun 2014

Skiing continues at Arapahoe Basin

Skiing continues at Arapahoe Basin

It might be June, but the 2013/14 ski season is still going strong in one Colorado resort. Originally due to close on 1 June, the snow is so good at Arapahoe Basin that it will re-open over the next…

30 May 2014

Buy a ski resort in Austria for just €1

Buy a ski resort in Austria for just €1

Fancy buying your very own ski resort? Well if you have €1 (about 81p) you can do just that. The Petzenbahnen ski resort in the Austrian region of Carinthia went on sale at the beginning of this month…

28 May 2014

Highland cows go skiing in Scotland

Highland cows go skiing in Scotland

You might well expect to ski Highland cows in Scotland, but not crossing the piste. But that’s exactly what happened last weekend at Midlothian Snowsports Centre in Hillend, near Edinburgh. A couple…

21 May 2014

Ski Club Leader questioned on slopes

Ski Club Leader questioned on slopes

A Ski Club Leader is due to appear in a French court this September under the same legislation that affects UK tour operators’ ski hosting service in France. Ski Club chief executive Frank McCusker confirmed…

12 May 2014

Record-breaking snow for Lake Louise

Record-breaking snow for Lake Louise

Canadian ski resort Lake Louise has just closed for the season — a week later than originally planned — while celebrating an all-time snow record. March, April and May have brought more snow than ever…

9 May 2014

Aspen closes with four parties

Aspen closes with four parties

Not content with one season party, Aspen/Snowmass in Colorado celebrated the closure of its 165-day season with four different parties. Aspen started its season early, and finished late, so on Sunday,…

3 May 2014

Robbie Williams closes Ischgl season

Robbie Williams closes Ischgl season

Robbie Williams today pulled 25,000 people to the Austrian ski resort of Ischgl for its closing season concert. Opening the show with his classic Let Me Entertain You, Robbie had the packed audience on…

24 Apr 2014

Water-ski to the end in La Clusaz

Water-ski to the end in La Clusaz

Ski resorts have all sorts of whacky ways to end their season — but none more so than the party taking place in La Clusaz this weekend. “Defy Foly”, the end of season party for Lake Annecy Ski Resorts…

22 Apr 2014

Hemsedal extends its ski season

Hemsedal extends its ski season

It’s been snowing again over the weekend, with resorts in the Alps receiving a good dusting of snow — which is continuing today in the higher resorts where the likes of Obergurgl, Val Thorens and Les…

18 Apr 2014

Future of Olympic slopestyle uncertain

Future of Olympic slopestyle uncertain

The future of slopestyle in the Winter Olympics is in doubt, after the discipline produced an “unacceptably high” number of injuries in Sochi according to an official at the International Olympic Committee…

16 Apr 2014

Last call for your ski resort reports!

Last call for your ski resort reports!

We need your ski resort reports! We’re about to start updating Where to Ski and Snowboard for the next season, using information we have gathered, that sent to us by the tourist boards and tour operators…

14 Apr 2014

Free skiing at The Snow Centre

Free skiing at The Snow Centre

We’re dangerously close to the end of the ski season — but that’s no reason so stop enjoying snowsports. Or so says The Snow Centre at Hemel Hempstead, which next month celebrates its fifth birthday.…

9 Apr 2014

New airport for top Nordic ski resorts

New airport for top Nordic ski resorts

Tour operators are welcoming the news that a new airport is to be built in Sweden, close to the ski resorts of Sälen in Sweden and Trysil, Norway. There have been rumours of an airport in Sälen for years.…

5 Apr 2014

Chemmy skis out in style

Chemmy skis out in style

Four-time Olympian Chemmy Alcott skied her last ever competitive race this week in Méribel — wearing traditional Austrian dress. Alcott was racing at Delancey British National Alpine Championships where,…

30 Mar 2014

Sun Peaks increases ski terrain

Sun Peaks increases ski terrain

Sun Peaks in British Columbia will add an extra 522 acres of new terrain for next season, making it the second-largest ski area in the Canada after Whistler. Sun Peaks, which is already a popular choice…

28 Mar 2014

Brit breaks World Ski Record

Brit breaks World Ski Record

A skier from Edinburgh has broken the Guinness World Ski Record for skiing the most number of countries in one month. Jamie Stevenson, who works for Ski Independence, raised more than £3,000 for Disability…

25 Mar 2014

Chemmy Alcott announces retirement

Chemmy Alcott announces retirement

Chemmy Alcott has announced her retirement from competitive skiing.  Alcott, 31, is Britain’s most successful alpine skier, despite battling serious injury in the latter stages of her career. This…

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,…

18 Mar 2014

Aspen hosts first ever double pipe event

Aspen hosts first ever double pipe event

The Colorado ski resort of Aspen will tomorrow play host to a snowboard competition never seen before. From 19 to 23 March, the first ever double halfpipe competition will be held at the base of Buttermilk…

13 Mar 2014

Three extra skiing weeks in Cortina

Three extra skiing weeks in Cortina

Cortina d’Ampezzo, in the Italian Dolomites, is the first European ski resort to announce it is extending its season. Excellent snow conditions on the slopes, which range from 1,225m to 2,930m, means…

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…

27 Feb 2014

Charity helps Scot become instructor

Charity helps Scot become instructor

A 19-year-old from South Lanarkshire has become the first young Scottish person to qualify as a ski instructor through the charity Snow-Camp Glasgow. Michael Conner from Blantyre says his life has “changed…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 —…

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