Browsing entries tagged with Switzerland

23 Feb 2015

Snowfalls bring more instability in the Alps

Snowfalls bring more instability in the Alps

Heavy snowfalls over the weekend across the Alps have brought yet more treacherous conditions, with two more fatal avalanches in France and Switzerland as more than half a metre of snow fell in some places.…

20 Feb 2015

Could you build a prize-winning igloo?

Could you build a prize-winning igloo?

A unique competition takes place in the Swiss ski resort of Adelboden next month — igloo building. The resort, which shares a ski area with nearby Lenk, will host its annual Igloo Festival on 14 and…

9 Feb 2015

Excellent skiing ahead for half term

Excellent skiing ahead for half term

Snow is still falling today in the north-eastern Alps, but elsewhere the sun is shining after a week of massive snowfalls. Andermatt and Engelberg in Switzerland each report upper depths of 380cm this…

5 Feb 2015

Verbier reduces prices to help skiers

Verbier reduces prices to help skiers

Businesses in Verbier have slashed up to 15% off their prices to help visitors struggling with the recent currency swing. In January, the Swiss National bank cancelled its fixed exchange rate policy, causing…

30 Jan 2015

Snow causes fatalities and closures

Snow causes fatalities and closures

Resorts in the Alps are closed today due to colossal amounts of snow falling — and there is more to come. Many that are open have raised the avalanche danger level from three to four (high). In the past…

22 Jan 2015

Inghams guarantees Swiss prices till Feb

Inghams guarantees Swiss prices till Feb

Ski tour operator Inghams is guaranteeing frozen prices in Switzerland until the end of February. Following last week’s announcement on the discontinuation of the minimum exchange rate, the Swiss franc…

13 Jan 2015

Ski Club leader fined €10k for guiding

Ski Club leader fined €10k for guiding

The Ski Club of Great Britain is to lodge an immediate appeal against a court ruling made in France against one of its leaders last Thursday. Ski Club leader Ken Piddlesden appeared in court in Albertville…

12 Jan 2015

Ski resorts cut prices for 2015

Ski resorts cut prices for 2015

Prices in ski resorts across Europe have plunged by up to 23 per cent, according to a survey by Post Office Travel Money. The survey, which was compiled using prices from 27 resorts in Europe and North…

4 Jan 2015

Avalanche warnings high in wet snow

Avalanche warnings high in wet snow

As wet snow falls in many Alpine areas, the Swiss Avalanche Institute has issued a warning of considerable danger of dry and wet avalanches over a wide area. “As a result of mild temperatures together…

30 Dec 2014

Grab a brilliant January ski deal

Grab a brilliant January ski deal

Well, it snowed! After a nail-biting run-up to Christmas, an epic storm last weekend, 15,000 people getting stranded in the French Alps and being forced to sleep in emergency accommodation, things have…

12 Dec 2014

Skiers keep calm as snow improves

Skiers keep calm as snow improves

British skiers are keeping calm and carrying on, despite a lack of snow in resorts for the time of year.  Where to Ski and Snowboard has this morning talked to a variety of tour operators from Inghams…

5 Dec 2014

Free skiing for Santas in Verbier

Free skiing for Santas in Verbier

Among all the doom and gloom about bare patches in the Alps — Ski Welt in Austria becoming the latest to delay its opening date — one ski resort is remaining upbeat. Verbier is offering free lift…

24 Nov 2014

Value ski lodgings open in Switzerland

Value ski lodgings open in Switzerland

Two of Switzerland’s most popular resorts are set to become more affordable this winter, with the opening of new accommodation. In the glacial resort Saas-Fee, the world’s first youth hostel to have…

12 Nov 2014

Luxury ski bookings soar this year

Luxury ski bookings soar this year

There’s more encouraging news this week for the British ski industry — 72% of luxury tour operators say bookings are up on this time last year. And, perhaps surprisingly, Brits remain the top consumers…

6 Nov 2014

Snowstorm hits European ski resorts

Snowstorm hits European ski resorts

In case your social media feeds aren’t telling you, too, a big snowstorm has hit the Alps. The storm was forecast to blow in and hit the southern Alps, and yesterday it did — though it also dumped…

27 Oct 2014

Hanging bridge a world first for Gstaad

Hanging bridge a world first for Gstaad

The first hanging bridge in the world to connect two mountain peaks has opened in the Swiss ski resort of Gstaad. The “Peak Walk by Tissot” suspension bridge at Glacier 3000 cost in the region of CHF1.8million…

21 Oct 2014

Heavy snow forecast in the Alps

Heavy snow forecast in the Alps

Winter is due to arrive in the Alps from tomorrow — with a drop in temperature and heavy snow expected across parts of Switzerland and Austria. The news bodes well for those of us hoping to get a pre-season…

8 Oct 2014

Iconic ski hotel seeks a ‘Junior GM’

Iconic ski hotel seeks a ‘Junior GM’

Does your child have what it takes to run a hotel? Badrutt’s Palace in St Moritz, one of the most famous hotels in Switzerland, wants to find a Junior General Manager to help upgrade its appeal to families.…

6 Oct 2014

New flight routes for the ski season

New flight routes for the ski season

A host of new flight routes will be operating from all over the UK to the Alps, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia this winter. British Airways will fly twice a week from Gatwick to Friedrichshafen in Germany…

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…

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…

17 Sep 2014

Verbier opens 3* hotel as chalets close

Verbier opens 3* hotel as chalets close

A newly refurbished three-star hotel is opening this season in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier, in its move to offer more affordable lodging. The Montpelier Hotel, a former Inghams property near the sports…

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…

10 Sep 2014

Verbier reunites with 4 Vallées ski area

Verbier reunites with 4 Vallées ski area

Regular skiers of Verbier are breathing a sigh of relief that the Swiss resort has reunited with Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon to form the 4 Vallées ski area once again, in an agreement that will last 18…

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…

4 Aug 2014

Inghams offers 10 new ski resorts

Inghams offers 10 new ski resorts

Inghams has added 10 new ski resorts to its offering this winter — including one in Austria that is dedicated to people learning to ski and snowboard. Oberperfuss, just above Innsbruck in Austria, is…

30 Jul 2014

Eurostar ski train ticket sales open

Eurostar ski train ticket sales open

Get ready to book your Eurostar tickets to the French Alps — sales for the ski train open tomorrow (31 July). The train runs directly from London St Pancras to the French Alps, offering easy access to…

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…

23 Jun 2014

Dispute breaks up 4 Vallées ski area

Dispute breaks up 4 Vallées ski area

The 4 Vallées ski area in Switzerland — Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon — will cease to exist from next week.  Téléverbier, the lift company that covers the Verbier area, has today announced…

11 Jun 2014

Andermatt finally gets ski area permit

Andermatt finally gets ski area permit

The ski resort of Andermatt in Switzerland has finally received permission to extend its ski area and link with nearby Sedrun — but can’t yet start work. Markus Berger, communications director…

16 May 2014

Chedi increases visitors to Andermatt

Chedi increases visitors to Andermatt

The new development in the ski resort of Andermatt, in the Swiss Alps, has been responsible for a 20 per cent increase in visitor numbers to the region over the past year. The Chedi Andermatt opened in…

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…

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…

28 Apr 2014

Don’t stop skiing, it’s still snowing!

Don’t stop skiing, it’s still snowing!

It might be nearly May, but winter has returned to the Alps and some ski resorts in North America, bringing with it piles of fresh snow. In Europe, the northern French Alps and parts of Italy and much…

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…

26 Mar 2014

Fresh snow sparks surge in ski bookings

Fresh snow sparks surge in ski bookings

Tour operators are reporting a sudden rise in the number of people booking a last-minute ski or snowboard holiday — and offering fantastic deals for those looking for a snowy escape. Fresh snow has covered…

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…

18 Feb 2014

Family ski trips on the rise says Club Med

Family ski trips on the rise says Club Med

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

12 Feb 2014

Celebrate Valentine’s Day on skis

Celebrate Valentine’s Day on skis

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

6 Feb 2014

Save on ski hire with Skiset and WTSS

Save on ski hire with Skiset and WTSS

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

5 Feb 2014

Brit aims to break Ski World Record

Brit aims to break Ski World Record

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

23 Sep 2013

Glaciers open for skiing in the Tirol

Glaciers open for skiing in the Tirol

Over the past two weeks we’ve had reports of snow falling in the Alps — and last weekend the Stubai Glacier and Rettenbach Glacier (Sölden) opened in the Tirol, Austria, meaning that all five of…

17 Sep 2013

Chez Vrony creates SWISS in-flight meals

Chez Vrony creates SWISS in-flight meals

A mountain restaurant in Zermatt will be serving up in-flight meals on SWISS flights this winter. The family-run Chez Vrony is a long-standing favourite restaurant of both the editors and readers of Where…

10 Sep 2013

WTSS 2014 lifts lid on piste exaggeration

WTSS 2014 lifts lid on piste exaggeration

Where to Ski and Snowboard 2014 has lifted the lid on a big ski resort secret: the gross exaggeration of piste lengths. In the new edition of Where to Ski and Snowboard, released last Monday, editors Chris…

9 Sep 2013

W Verbier launches DJ contest

W Verbier launches DJ contest

Fancy a job in a ski resort with a difference? W Verbier, the Swiss ski resort’s newest five-star hotel, is looking for a resident DJ. Verbier is fast becoming known as the Ibiza of ski resorts, with…

26 Aug 2013

Swiss block North Korea ski lift deal

Swiss block North Korea ski lift deal

Switzerland is blocking North Korea’s plans to build a “world-class” ski resort. The ski lift company Bartholet Maschinenbau (BMF) had agreed to supply chairlifts and cable cars to Pyongyang, in…

9 Aug 2013

Snowboard event in Davos pulled for 2014

Snowboard event in Davos pulled for 2014

One of the biggest and most popular snowboarding events in Davos will not take place this season. The 6* TTR O’Neill Evolution, which since its 2006 launch kicked off the new competition year will…

16 Jul 2013

British ski industry starts to bounce back

British ski industry starts to bounce back

The number of UK skiers taking a ski holiday grew over the 2012/2013 season, for the first time in four years. Some 5,000 more skiers and snowboarders took a winter sports holiday last year, an increase…

14 Jul 2013

British skiers want ski hosting

British skiers want ski hosting

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

19 May 2013

Snow still falling in the Alps

Snow still falling in the Alps

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

7 May 2013

One pass for Verbier, Arlberg and Vail

One pass for Verbier, Arlberg and Vail

Five days skiing in the Arlberg, Austria, Verbier in Switzerland and a season pass in top US resorts for just US$689 (£445)? Amazing value if you ask us. The Epic Pass, relaunched by Vail Resorts in 2011,…

3 May 2013

Banff voted top ski resort by Crystal

Banff voted top ski resort by Crystal

BANFF in Canada has been voted best overall ski resort by Crystal Ski customers. The resort topped the poll for its convenience, “jaw-dropping” views, unlimited skiing for any ability and “incredible…

11 Apr 2013

Last chance to go skiing this season

Last chance to go skiing this season

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

4 Apr 2013

Fab April snow: don’t stop skiing

Fab April snow: don’t stop skiing

The pistes are empty, the lift queues non-existent and resorts are planning their closing weekends…but the snow in most places is outstanding and the sun is out, so if you have a chance to get away…

26 Feb 2013

Andermatt expansion begins this spring

Andermatt expansion begins this spring

The Swiss ski resort of Andermatt has received the second stage of approval for the expansion of its ski area, and is expecting the final sign-off sometime during May or June. Andermatt is linking up with…

15 Feb 2013

Three skiers die in three avalanches

Three skiers die in three avalanches

Today the Alps are sunny with warmer weather that’s likely to continue over the weekend, but after a fortnight of heavy snow, three avalanches have claimed the lives of three skiers in Valais, Switzerland…

11 Feb 2013

Ups and downs for women’s skiing

Ups and downs for women’s skiing

British women’s skiing suffered dramatic highs and lows this weekend, with an historic podium win in slopestyle by Katie Summerhayes and the withdrawal of Chemmy Alcott from the World Ski Championships.…

10 Feb 2013

Piste maps added to Google Maps

Piste maps added to Google Maps

Piste maps from Aspen and Vail in Colorado, Sun Valley in Idaho, Squaw Valley and Mammoth Mountain in California and Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont are among some of the 38 US ski resorts added to Google…

15 Jan 2013

GB skier James Woods wins again

GB skier James Woods wins again

British skier James Woods has won a second slopestyle ski World Cup. James “Woodsy” Woods, 20, from Sheffield, has won the FIS US Freeskiing Grand Prix in Copper Mountain, Colorado — a qualifier…

11 Jan 2013

Temperatures and snow fall in the Alps

Temperatures and snow fall in the Alps

Temperatures are dropping and it’s snowing again in the Alps. Just when everyone is heading back to work after the New Year break, the snow is coming — and it’s much needed after this week’s warm…

20 Dec 2012

Police urge caution after avalanche

Police urge caution after avalanche

Skiers and snowboarders in are being warned to take extra care after a 23-year-old Swedish woman died yesterday in an avalanche in Nendaz, Switzerland. The woman, who has not yet been named, was skiing…

26 Oct 2012

Canadian man dies in early avalanche

Canadian man dies in early avalanche

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

25 Oct 2012

Laax unveils Porsche-designed ski lift

Laax unveils Porsche-designed ski lift

Topping the list of swanky chair lifts for this season is the new Porsche-designed ski lift, which opens in the Swiss resort of Laax this December. The six-man Lavadinas-Fuorcla Sura chair boasts a top…

15 Oct 2012

Autumn snowfalls hit the Alps

Autumn snowfalls hit the Alps

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

11 Oct 2012

Ski train tickets go on sale today

Ski train tickets go on sale today

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

3 Oct 2012

A new black and a Sunnegga Express upgrade in Zermatt

A new black and a Sunnegga Express upgrade in Zermatt

Last weekend, Zermatt tourist board unveiled a host of changes for the coming two seasons, mindful of the need to keep attracting British skiers and snowboarders put off by that the ever-strong Swiss Franc.…

30 Sep 2012

New ski train to Switzerland

New ski train to Switzerland

A new Swiss Alps Ski Train is being officially launched later this week that will directly connect the UK with Switzerland ski resorts this winter. The train service will start at London St Pancras, with…

20 Sep 2012

It’s snowing in the Alps

It’s snowing in the Alps

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

19 Mar 2012

Best (and last) chance to buy in Switzerland?

Best (and last) chance to buy in Switzerland?

From January 2013 no new second home properties will be built in any Swiss ski resorts. This is the latest news following a referendum held in the country last week, and means British investors will need…

9 Dec 2011

Powderbeds offers new Swiss service

Powderbeds offers new Swiss service

Powderbeds.com, an online ski accommodation retailer, has launched a new service aimed at helping skiers and boarders find good deals on Swiss hotels. The company has set up a live pricing service that…

29 Nov 2011

Swiss resorts fight the franc

Swiss resorts fight the franc

With Switzerland ranked the most expensive place to ski in the Alps this winter, and the exchange rates poor recently, the resorts are finding ways to ease the holiday cost and keep the Brits coming to…

8 Oct 2011

Gold strike near Swiss resort

Gold strike near Swiss resort

A fabulous gold nugget weighing 128.5 grams has been found in a Swiss river near Crans-Montana. A German hiker made the surprising discovery in the river Raspille-Tièche, to the east of Crans-Montana…

9 Sep 2011

Adelboden for the weekend?

Adelboden for the weekend?

Swiss airline SkyWork has announced a new UK-Switzerland route for winter 2011/12, which will reduce transfer time to the resort of Adelboden and its neighbours – making them a bit more attractive…

29 Jun 2011

Saas Fee prepares to ride

Saas Fee prepares to ride

Freestyle fans will be keeping their fingers crossed that this year’s Saas Fee Ride will go ahead as planned on 23 July. Saas Fee’s biggest summer snow festival marks the start of the glacier…

24 Jul 2010

Glacier Express derails, kills one

Glacier Express derails, kills one

Switzerland’s popular Glacier Express train crashed on Friday 23 July, killing a Japanese tourist and injuring nearly 50 others (also mostly Japanese). Four are said to be in a critical state. The…

1 Aug 2009

Compagnie des Alpes increases sales

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

18 Jun 2009

Lenzerheide secures 2013 World Cup finals

Lenzerheide in eastern Switzerland will host the 2013 Alpine World Cup finals, according to an FIS announcement.The FIS council made the decision in its recent meeting in Vancouver, Canada, where they…

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