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Top 5 Ways For Skiers And Snowboarders To Make It Through The Summer

clock 20th May 2014 | comment0 Comments

There’s one thing both skiers and snowboarders can agree to hate. Summer. We all love a blue bird day on the hill, but once the days start getting longer, our snow starts fading away and our favourite season melts away for another 6 months. Now we’ve had the hottest day of the year, how are we going to make it through the rest of summer when all we can think about is our next snow fix?

Do you keep making excuses to avoid packing your skis away? Do you reach for your ski coat at the smallest breeze? Can you not stop watching snowboard films even though it’s over 20 degrees outside? You my friend have the highly contagious seasonitis. The only cure is winter, but after years of practise trying to settle that itch here are my top tips to help any ski or snowboarder get through these summer months.

5. Take Up A Summer Board Sport

Wherever you are in the world, whether you live in the city, the countryside or lucky enough to be by the beach, you can pick up a board sport anywhere. Surfing, skateboarding or wakeboarding are some of the top activities that’ll give you that familiar adrenaline rush you long for.

Embrace nature, visit exciting new places and have fun adventures this summer with another board sport. If you’re not sure where to start, look up your local skate park or centre for camps over the summer and hang out with likeminded people or venture to the beach and get a surf lesson.

4. Visit A Snow Dome

The one place you can get that proper snow fix on UK soil is at one of the indoor snow domes. Whether you’re a season pro or looking for some extra lessons after your first ski holiday, the snow domes have a huge, varied list of snow activities to keep you keen till the mountains open again. From lessons for all ages, to freestyle nights, to ski cross camps to testing next seasons equipment at demo days. Follow your local snow dome on Facebook to keep up to date with events over the summer or head to Go Ski Go Board for information and advice on your nearest snow sports venue.

3. Après in London

Bring the party of the mountains into the city, the only difference is you will not being able to knock off the hangover with some fresh alpine air in the morning.
Enjoy the exhilarating sub-zero temperatures of the Icebar while sipping a tasty cocktail from your own ice glass. Be transported to an Austrian style alpine lodge at Bodo Schloss and indulge in the delicious traditional Austrian cuisine while drinking a ski boot cocktail. Or experience an authentic german bar at the Bavarian Beerhouse, serving ice cold beers in huge stein glasses and offering ‘oompah-tainment.’ Prost!

2. Summer Ski

While it’s summer in Europe, it is winter in the southern hemisphere. If you’re lucky enough to be able to afford a long haul flight then go chase winter and head to Australia, New Zealand, Chile or Argentina to take advantage of the ski season down under.

If you have ever considered doing an instructor course or you are thinking about working as a ski instructor on your gap year, we work with the International Academy that is one of the first British companies to specialise in providing courses leading to ski and snowboard instructor qualifications. The academy offers a range of courses at guaranteed unbeatable prices; some courses also have guaranteed work afterwards for successful students. If you don’t fancy doing the full instructor course, there are dedicated improver courses available in Canada and France. For more information call us on 020 8544 6006

If you are craving the mountains, but want to stay closer to home, many European glacier resorts stay open over the summer. Slopes may only be open for a few hours a day, but many sports camps, instructor courses and adrenaline seekers take advantage of the quiet pistes during the warmer season to ski a few runs in the morning, then mountain bike during the afternoon.

Read our top 5 glacier resorts for freeride and summer skiing


1. Reminisce With Your Favourite Alpine Foods

This may be my favourite option! Invite all your ski friends over and have an alpine themed dinner complete with tartiflette, fondue, cured meats and germknodel, you can even put a summer twist with a bbq full of the finest frankfurters and bratwurst. Put on your ski holiday edit in the background and look back at the amazing winter you’ve just had and start planning for an even better one next season



Or just embrace the sunshine and head to a new part of the world and create new adventures... but that’s just not as fun as the snow life!

Once the days start becoming colder and the nights start drawing in, look out for the latest ski and snowboard films to start dropping online and premiering around the country. Once October comes around ski shops start receiving the latest new gear and the Ski & Snowboard shows come to London and Manchester. Then just before ski season kicks off our favourite snow event comes to town – Freeze Festival!

By Krystelle


Year on Year Snowfall | Which resorts had the most snow?

clock 13th May 2014 | comment1 Comments

We’ve taken three of the most popular resorts from Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland, Canada and the USA to give you a glimpse at which ones have had the most snow over the past three years’ worth of seasons.


Year on Year Snowfall Year on Year Snowfall - Austria Year on Year Snowfall - France Year on Year Snowfall - Italy Year on Year Snowfall - Switzerland Year on Year Snowfall - Canada Year on Year Snowfall - USA


The 2013/14 ski season | Which resorts were the most popular last season?

clock 9th May 2014 | comment0 Comments

Our Most Popular Resorts

We've pulled together our booking data from the 2013/14 season to bring you a selection of the most popular places to go and the most popular months to visit the mountains.


Top 3 Resorts Overall 1. Val d’Isere, France
2. St Anton, St Anton
3. Meribel, France


Top 3 Resorts France

1. Val d’Isere

Val d’Isere has been voted one of the top places for winter sports holidays in Europe. With plenty of piste to explore, as well as three glaciers, Val d’Isere is a consistently popular resort amongst skiers and snowboarders. It’s also the home to one of the popular Folie Douce bars, offering great après to complete a long day out on the mountain.

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Chalet Hotel Champs Avalins

Chalet Hotel Champs Avalins Catered Chalet Hotel
400m from slopes
300m from lifts
Balcony + Terrace

2. Meribel

Meribel lies at the centre of the Three Valleys ski area, where it is linked by lift to both Courchevel and Val Thorens. Meribel is known for its efficient lift systems, which virtually eliminates the need to queue. The resort offers plenty of great runs, as well as the opportunity for some great off-piste skiing too.

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Chalet Hotel Les Grangettes

Chalet Hotel Les Grangettes Catered Chalet Hotel
50m from slopes + lift
100m from town
Sauna


3. Tignes

Tignes is part of the large Espace Killy ski area, which is known for its consistent snowfall. The resort provides excellent skiing and boarding for the absolute beginner right through to expert due to its varied terrain. Tignes is also well known for its après ski and party atmosphere.

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Chalet Hotel Rosset

Chalet Hotel Rosset Catered Chalet Hotel
150m from slopes
200m from lift
En Suite


Top 3 Resorts Austria

1. St Anton

The resort of St Anton is popular due to its reliable snow coverage and brilliant piste conditions. It’s also well in reach of other ski areas, opening up your choice of pistes. St Anton also has a particularly good reputation for its lively nightlife.

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Chalethotel Rosanna

Chalethotel Rosanna Catered Chalet Hotel
Balcony
Terrace
Wi-Fi


2. Solden

Solden has an excellent lift system, with little to no queues. It is situated at a high altitude, bringing reliable snow conditions and some brilliant off piste skiing opportunities. It is also home to two glaciers, extending the resorts season and making for some great springtime skiing.

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Chalet Hotel Abendrot

Chalet Hotel Abendrot Catered Chalet Hotel
50m from slopes
100m from lift
Sauna


3. Obergurgl

Obergurgl is located at a very high altitude, resulting in guaranteed snowfall throughout the season. The runs are never crowded and you’ll never find yourself queuing for a lift. The ski area is very easy to access, with the lift running straight out of the main village where most of the resort accommodation is situated.

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Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl

Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl Half Board Hotel
10m from slopes
Heated outdoor pool
Gym + Sauna


Top 3 Resorts Italy

1. Sauze d’Oulx

Sauze d’Oulx is part of the popular Milky Way ski area. It offers long skiing hours, some excellent runs and great snow conditions. The resort has a traditional Italian village feel to it, complete with some fantastic bars and restaurants, serving up delicious Italian cuisine.

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Hotel Savoia Debili

Hotel Savoia Debili Half Board Hotel
100m from lift
Sauna + Jacuzzi
Gym


2. Cervinia

Cervinia is a high altitude resort, bringing great snow conditions across the season. Its runs are particularly suited to beginners and intermediates. For those wanting to experience more advanced runs, the resort is linked to the nearby resort of Zermatt by lift, opening up your choice of ski area.

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Club Med Cervinia

Club Med Cervinia All Inclusive
Indoor Pool
Sauna + Gym
Kids club


3. Cortina

Cortina is a great resort with a real traditional Italian feel. The town is bustling with lots of shops and the large number of restaurants and bars attract plenty of non-skiers too. The resort has great snowmaking facilities and the pistes are kept in brilliant condition throughout the season.

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Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria

Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria Catered Chlaet Hotel
Catered Chalet
600m from lift
Sauna
Whirlpool


Top 3 Resorts Andorra

1. Soldeu

Soldeau has a relaxed, laid back atmosphere with some great duty free prices and rather large drink measures! The resort is particularly great for beginners and intermediates and it offers fantastic snow due to the majority of pistes being situated above 2000m.

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Xalet Motxo

Xalet Motxo Catered Chalet
400m from resort
Lift + Ski school nearby


2. Arinsal

Arinsal has a great ski school with English speaking instructors, making it an ideal resort for first timers. There are some top runs, with many passing through picturesque woodland. The resort is also known for it’s cheap, lively après ski, making it particularly appealing to a young crowd.

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Hotel Princesa Parc & Diana Parc

Hotel Princesa Parc & Diana Parc Half Board Hotel
200m from slopes + Ski school
Sauna + Jacuzzi


3. Pas de la Casa

Pas de la Casa is one of the highest resorts in Europe, giving it a long season with plenty of good snow. The resort has a French feel to it, as it is situated close to the French border.

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Manzano Apartments

Manzano Apartments Self Catered
80m from slopes
450m from town


Top 3 Resorts Switzerland

1. Zermatt

Zermatt plays host to the stunning backdrop of the Matterhorn, offering challenging intermediate and advanced runs, heliskiing opportunities and the chance to ski to the nearby resort of Cervinia.

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Hotel Ambassador

Hotel Ambassador Half Board Hotel
200m from slopes
Kids club
Indoor pool


2. Verbier

Verbier is part of the vast 4 Valleys ski area, giving guests access to some wonderful intermediate and advanced runs. It offers excellent après ski, but also features plenty of quieter areas, which are well-suited to families.

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Chalet Hotel Montpelier

Chalet Hotel Montpelier Catered Chalet Hotel
500m from ift
Indoor pool
Sauna


3. Saas Fee

The resort of Saas Fee boasts three world records – it is home to the highest revolving restaurant, the highest metro train (which runs right up into the mountains) and the largest ice pavilion. It also offers huge amounts of snow, glacier skiing and a large variety of runs.

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Chalet Hotel Ambassador

Chalet Hotel Ambassador Catered Chalet Hotel
150m from slopes
Indoor pool
Sauna


Top 3 Resorts USA / Canada

1. Whistler

Whistler offers wonderful skiing across both the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and receives a whopping nine metres of snow on average each season. Here, you’ll find the famous PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, offering stunning views across the valley. The resort has something for everyone and is family friendly.

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Coast Blackcomb Suites

Coast Blackcomb Suites B&B Apartment
300m from lift
Heated outdoor pool
Gym + Hot tub


2. Tremblant

The resort of Tremblant is known for its varied terrain, as well as having the biggest half pipe in Canada. Situated on the East Coast, it is one of the easiest resorts to access for those coming from Europe. One part of the mountain is dedicated specifically to beginners, making it a great choice for a first ski holiday.

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Marriott Residence Inn

Marriott Residence Inn B&B Hotel
Catered Chalet
Gym
Fridge, Microwave + Toaster provided


3. Banff

Banff is part of the Big 3, along with Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. You can gain access to all three resorts with your lift pass. The resort boasts over 200km of pistes, stunning views and some fantastic après ski and dining opportunities.

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The Fairmont Banff Springs

The Fairmont Banff Springs Room Only Hotel
Indoor + Outdoor pools
Gym + Spa
Sauna + Jacuzzi




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