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  • Everything big in America… especially in Park City and Deer Valley

    There were some amazing ski properties on show when NEIL ENGLISH visited the Utah resorts of Deer Valley and Park City, which now claims to be the biggest ski area in America. But one well-heeled owner of a slopeside mansion is now having to eat a slice of humble pie… read more

  • New ski area unveiled in the French Pyrenees

    FOUR Pyrenean ski resorts have combined to create a new ski area – the Pyrenees 2 Vallées.

    PHOTO: Peyragudes

    Saint-Lary, Peyragudes, Piau-Engaly and Val Louron will be linked by shuttle bus and between them offer 247 km of skiable terrain with 166 pistes and 66 lifts. read more

  • What’s new in France 2017/18

    Future of La Grave secured

    AFTER a period of uncertainty for La Grave, the future of the legendary off piste area in Les Hautes Alpes has been secured by SATA, the lift company associated with Alpe d’Huez.

    SATA has taken on the lease to operate the lift system in La Grave and has pledged to maintain the unique off-piste atmosphere of the area. read more

  • Chewbacca attacks staff at ski resort

    What the papers say: read more

  • Fancy a luxury ski holiday without the luxury price tag?

    A 5* budget ski holiday, surely that’s an oxymoron? Apparently not if tour operator Mountain Paradise has anything to do with it.  They are a UK-based company operating solely in the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia and provide luxury ski getaways for the cost-conscious snow sports enthusiast. read more

  • Crystal adds hidden gem to its winter programme

    Nassfeld is the largest resort in the Southern Austrian region of Carinthia, yet it remains relatively unknown to British holidaymakers.

    Located close to the Italian and Slovenian borders, the ski area itself is surprisingly expansive and has everything we come to expect from a resort nowadays – terrain parks, a snow cross track, a half pipe and over 100km of pistes ranging from beginner nursery type slopes through to the ‘Carnia’, a piste that is over 7km long. read more

  • A new 007 mystery in Sölden

    There are some clandestine activities going on in Sölden that would be worthy of a spy thriller story.

    But then that’s not surprising as the ski area, located in the Austrian Tyrol, found itself in the media spotlight in 2015 when it was used as one of the locations for the James Bond film Spectre. read more

  • Berthoud Pass remembered – historic photos of what is believed to have been the first ski area with a lift in Colorado

    Frank ‘Scoop’ Baldwin, editor of the Skier & Snowboarder magazine writes:

    I skied the Berthoud Pass Ski area in Colorado about 25 years ago – and it was of my most memorable ski days ever. read more

  • Norwegian’s low air fares put North American resorts within reach

    The high cost of trans-Atlantic air fares has always been one of the stumbling blocks when trying to attract UK skiers and snowboarders to the Rockies in America.

    But there are changes in the air as Norwegian is offering return flights from London Gatwick to Seattle and Denver for under £400. read more

  • Skiplex goes in to liquidation

    The UK’s three Skiplex indoor ski centres are in the process of going into liquidation.

    There were no real advance signs of problems for Skiplex, except perhaps that it stopped accepting online bookings and only accepted telephone or visitor bookings. read more

  • The changing face of Val d’Isère

    Val d’Isère is embarking on an ambitious €200m (£170m) building project to redevelop the centre of the world-famous resort.

    The project is being called Le Coin de Val d’Isère and involves the demolition and reconstruction of a giant triangle in the heart of the resort. read more

  • UK Sport announcement: British Ski and Snowboard receive investment boost from the National Lottery and UK Sport

    Winter sports remain on track for record breaking Games in PyeongChang

    Andrew Musgrave

    After a successful 2016/17 season UK Sport, the nation’s high performance sport agency, remains confident Great Britain can achieve its best ever Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games at PyeongChang 2018. read more

  • Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards and Skier & Snowboarder magazine team up – again!

    One of the UK’s favourite sporting personalities, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards is joining the Skier & Snowboarder team – again!

    Eddie first wrote for the magazine nearly 30 years ago when he was signed up as a columnist by Editor Frank Baldwin after he found himself in the celebrity spotlight following his ski jumping exploits in the 1988 Calgary Olympics. read more

  • High Standards at the English Indoor Slopestyle Championships

    The English Indoor Slopestyle Championships witnessed a great turnout of 70 skiers and snowboarders earlier this month, as the event settled easily into its new home of Snozone in Castleford.

    Showcasing the best rising freestyle ski and snowboard talent in the country, the English Indoor Slopestyle Champs has always been one of the key dates on the UK snowsports calendar, and the 2017 edition saw young riders from aged 7 battling it out for the English titles. read more

  • CHILL FACTORE CELEBRATES ‘BRING YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY’

    Chill Factore, the North’s premier indoor snow destination, has opened its doors to man’s best friend to celebrate ‘Bring Your Dog to Work Day’ (Friday 23rd June).

    Collie cross Tegan, Australian Shepherd Loki and Corgi cross Winnie testing out the sledges

    Home to the longest indoor real snow slope in the UK, Chill Factore supported the national awareness day by welcoming dogs to join its employees to gain work experience at the iconic leisure attraction and enjoy its famous snow. read more

  • Esprit Ski – Book Now for Best Ski Deals & NEW BAT Week at Christmas!

    Esprit Ski has announced that Christmas Week in 2017 has now become a Babies And Toddlers (BAT) Week! This is for all departures to France and Austria on the 19 December 2017 and departures to Italy on the 23 December 2017, with prices starting from £2479 for a family of four (2 adults, 1 child 2-4 years & 1 infant). read more

  • More special offers and early bird discounts

    Enter the Dragon’s Lair

    Slovakian tour operator Jasna Adventures has launched a 2018 early bird offer for their brand new chalet, The Dragon’s Lair, at 2017 prices.

    The new chalet offers exclusive accommodation for individuals, families and groups of up to 18 people.
    Accommodation includes five guest rooms, all with en-suite, two family rooms, and two double/triple rooms, and a mezzanine room for up to four people, allowing for groups up to eighteen people to enjoy the chalet for themselves. read more

  • New routes and free ski carriage with British Airways

    British Airways is launching two new ski routes for winter and has more flights available from Heathrow for under £40 than ever before.

    The new Heathrow flights to Grenoble in France will depart on Saturdays from 2 December with fares starting from £39 each way. Skiers will also be able to reach the Italian slopes via Turin from just £40 each way. read more

  • New airline opens up more routes into heart of Swiss Alps

    New airline powdair has launched ticket sales through its website powdair.ski with a winter schedule that links Sion Airport with the UK.
    Flights commence from 14 December, 2017 and will cut transfer times to some of Switzerland’s most popular ski resorts for winter sports enthusiasts including Zermatt, Verbier, Saas Fee, Crans Montana and Nendaz. A variety of transfer options from Sion Airport to onward destinations are available to book at the point of ticket purchase, including shared and private journeys to the major resorts in the region.
    The airline claims that there will be very little fluctuation on ticket pricing across peak dates, meaning that families won’t feel hard done by during the busier school holiday periods. Average prices will be around £140 and there is more good news for skiers and snowboarders because equipment is included in the ticket price.
    The eight airports that will be served by powdair are – London Luton, London Southend, Southampton, Bristol, Manchester and Edinburgh. Flight times are typically between one hour 25 minutes and two hours.
    Marcelline Kuonen, Head of Experience and Market Management at Valais Promotion, said: “We are looking forward to seeing direct flights into the Valais region and welcoming more guests into our fantastic region. Some of the world’s top ski resorts are within easy reach of Sion Airport.”
    Zoë Ombler, Head of Commercial for powdair said: “It’s not every day that we get to launch an airline and especially one that opens up a completely new route into an airport that is so close to some of the world’s best ski resorts. The response we have already seen shows the kind of interest people have in the area and regular, scheduled flights into Sion are long overdue read more