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Chalky’s charitable Himalayan challenge

Veteran British ski instructor Chalky White has been invited to the Himalayas to help underprivileged children share the thrill of skiing – and he needs the help of others who’d like to mix their passion for snowsports with a spot of heartfelt philanthropy. You can find out how to donate by reading the story below or go to: read more

COMPETITION – win a pair of DAHU boots

Ski equipment has come a long way since the early pioneering years and the expectations and limitations of skiers have changed.

Yet, when it comes to ski boots, the overall design has remained unchanged for the past 40 years. That’s where DAHU comes in. The company has introduced a total breakthrough by combining après-ski comfort with outer shell performance. 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

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

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

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

UK sets new world record for fastest 100m in ski boots

Emma Kirk-Odunubi and Max Willcocks – employees at Profeet in London – have set new world records for the fastest 100m while wearing ski boots.

Guinness World Records recently confirmed that Max is the new fastest male over 100m, with his time of 14.09 seconds eclipsing the previous record of 17.65 by Andre Ortolf, set in Augsberg, Germany in 2014. read more

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Brentwood Leisure Park at risk of closure after company submits plans to build 13 houses
You can see the full story on Essex Live by clicking here

The future of Brentwood Leisure Park hangs in the balance as the council decides whether to allow the landowner to tear down the existing buildings and replace them with executive homes.

A planning application has been submitted to Brentwood Borough Council which, if successful, would see the business park, in Warley Gap, demolished and replaced with 13 detached houses, a mix of three and four bed properties. read more

News from Savoie Mont Blanc

It might be one of the hottest months of the year, but most of the talk was about skiing and snowboarding last week when representatives from the Savoie Mont Blanc area of France visited London to spread the word about new attractions in the their resorts for the coming season. Here are some of the highlights (for more info on the resorts, click on the names): read more

Fancy a last minute trip to Colorado?

Photo: Ashley Ojala/Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

We often get calls at the Skier & Snowboarder from people looking to get a final fix of skiing and snowboarding right at the end of the season. All of the major European resorts are now closed, but due to some unusually late snowfalls in North America there are some great conditions to be had if you don’t mind a transatlantic crossing. read more

TAKING MUSIC TO THE MOUNTAINS

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A festival of 24 concerts in the Trentino Dolomites: July 7 – August 31, 2017

Each summer, the Sounds of the Dolomites music festival is held in the beautiful Trentino Dolomites in Italy. The event features an eclectic and wide-ranging musical programme and this year includes the 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker, singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti, and jazz legend Chick Corea. read more

KIDS GET A TASTE OF SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING

Racers ready: Aimee Fuller, Eddie The Eagle and Graham Bell on the slope at Hemel Hempstead for the launch of National Schools Snowsport Week

More than 2,000 youngsters are to get  their first taste of skiing and snowboarding as part of National Schools Snowsport Week – and to kick things off some of them had the chance to get top tips from some of our biggest wintersports stars. read more

STILL TIME TO BOOK AN EASTER TRIP – LOOK AT SOME OF THESE GREAT OFFERS

TIGNES: Families can enjoy some late season skiing in the French Alps as well as brilliant Easter festivities including Tignes annual Easter egg hunt by booking a seven night holiday on a chalet board basis at four diamond Chalet Camille from £599pp, a saving of £230pp (Children 12+). Price includes return flights from London Gatwick to Geneva and transfers, departing on 15 April 2017. read more