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11 awesome photos of the snow right now

clock 2nd February 2015 | comment1 Comments

We have been glued to our computers over the weekend looking at all the fresh snow that our friends and customers are enjoying at the moment. Over 1 metre of snow has fallen in many resorts over the past week, transforming conditions across the Alps. Resorts reporting the best of the new snow are Chamonix, Flaine, Alpe d'Huez Avoriaz, Les Arcs, Soldeu and Crans Montana.

Here is a selection of our favourite snowy photos from the web over the past few days..

France

Austria

Andorra

Bulgaria

Scotland


By Krystelle

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Skiers and snowboarders head for the hills as snow hits the UK

clock 31st December 2014 | comment1 Comments

What did you get up to after Christmas? Whilst some were polishing off the turkey leftovers and watching a festive flick on the telebox, others were shredding the gnar in the UK countryside. Parts of the north and midlands received up to 11cm of snow from Boxing Day 2014 which allowed keen skiers and snowboarders to head to the hills for some fresh powder turns.

Check out these awesome photos of backcountry riding, UK style!

Team GB Olympic Snowboarder Jamie Nicholls getting some fresh tracks at home in Yorkshire

Jamie laying down a handplant on his mini ramp & Bradford looking very snowy in the background

Friends of Iglu, Lauren Quinnell & Ollie Evans riding near the Peak District in Wessington, Derbyshire

Stunning snowy landscapes in Leek, Staffordshire, perfect day for a fun shred with friends  (Credit - Instagram @samcorbett88)

Paragliders jumping off Mam Tor in the Peak District (Credit - Twitter @PaulSCaddy)

More beautiful snowy scenery in the Peak District (Credit - Twitter @PaulSCaddy)

Skiers in the Peak District (Credit - Twitter @PaulSCaddy)

David Mercker Cox taking his board out in Glenariff, Northern Ireland

Snowy Glenariff at sunset

David getting his freestyle on in the snow in Northern Ireland

By Krystelle



How to ski cheap in January

clock 10th December 2014 | comment0 Comments

If you love snow days, quiet pistes and short lift queues, then January is the ideal month for you. Along with off season ski deals and peaceful slopes, January is the perfect month to go to the mountains for any avid skier or snowboarder.

Once Christmas and New Year is over and children go back to school, you’ll find skiing in January one of the quietest points of the season. As companies aim to fill as much accommodation as possible, you will find cheap deals and offers for this time of year.


Conditions are normally excellent at this time of year as January tends to be the coldest month of winter, plus one of the snowiest. Many resorts will still be building up their snow bases, but with the low temperatures it is one of the most snow sure points of winter. Here is an overview of the snow last season:

January 2014 snow depths in popular ski resorts

Val d’Isere – 99cm
Tignes – 109cm
Meribel – 81cm
St Anton – 62cm
Les Arcs – 102cm
Alpe d’Huez – 139 cm
Val Thorens – 126cm
Zermatt – 153 cm
Avoriaz – 149 cm
Pas de la Casa – 135cm

Where to get the best ski deals

Whether you book last minute or in advance you will always find good deals for January. For an overview of the cheapest deals available, take a look at our cheap ski holidays page where you can view the lowest price for each departure date in January, including Friday departures and short breaks.

Our favourite cheap January deals

Self-catering Apartments

Cassiopee Apartments in La Plagne, France.
From £199 pp based on 3 people sharing on 3rd and 10th January

Located in the top village in La Plagne, Belle Plagne, these apartments are in the heart of the village and surrounded by the shops, restaurants and bars. It’s a perfect location to get out skiing quickly where you can either join the bubble in Belle Plagne to take you up the Roche de Mio, or the slopes are less than 50 m away where you can ski down to Bellecote to join the chairlifts.

Catered Chalet


Chalet Natalia II in Meribel Mottaret, France
From £417 pp based on 2 people sharing on 3rd January

Chalet Natalia 2 is also great for getting out on to the mountain quick as it is just 100m away from the slopes. Meribel Mottaret is located just above Meribel so you can enjoy the higher mountain views and avoid the lifts in the centre of Meribel.

Half Board Hotel

Hotel Aiguille Rouge in Les Arcs, France
From £449 pp based on 3 people sharing on 3rd January

Conveniently placed in ski in – ski out accommodation, this hotel has easy access to lifts and the ski area. Les Arcs has skiing suitable for all abilities, from the blue runs surrounding the Arc 2000 village to the variety of long blues and reds across the resort. Advanced skiers can enjoy the black pistes from Aiguille Rouge summit or take advantage of the extra 225km of skiing in neighbouring La Plagne.

View our snow reports from the slopes in January 2014

02 Jan 2014 – Sainte Foy, France

24 Jan 2014 – Morzine, France


By Krystelle

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Snowsport England launch Go Race Go Freestyle

clock 24th September 2014 | comment0 Comments

Following the success of Go Ski Go Board last year, Snowsport England’s latest initiative Go Race Go Freestyle aims to capitalise on Sochi buzz and give people more of a chance to mirror the skills of the Team GB skiers and snowboarders.

Go Ski Go Board

In its first year of launch, 10,000 people participated in the Go Ski Go Board sessions across the country where new riders had the chance to try skiing or snowboarding. Snowsport England continues to get more people into ski and snowboard by offering value for money and convenient access to the sports.

Read about last year’s GSGB launch

Go Race Go Freestyle Launch

We met Tim from Snowsport England at the launch of Go Race Go Freestyle and spoke about advice for new skiers and snowboarders, keeping the momentum of the Sochi legacy as well as the GRGF launch and other events coming up. Watch our video with Tim here:



The GRGF launch kicked off at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead this week with Go Ski Go Snowboard Ambassadors, and Team GB skiers, Katie Summerhayes and Darcie Mead. Nick and Krystelle were at the event to meet Katie and Darcie as well as having a taking part in a Go Race Go Freestyle session.


Katie and Darcie talking about their involvement in the campaign, then on the slopes at the Snow Centre

Get involved in Go Race Go Freestyle

Events will be held Nationwide at indoor and artificial slopes and snowsports clubs nationwide. The Go Race Go Freestyle sessions will come in various forms:

  • TRY FREESTYLE taster sessions will give people the chance to hit the snowpark for the first time 
  • TRY RACE sessions gives the chance to try skiing through gates for the first time and experience the buzz of racing. 
  • GO FREESTYLE sessions involve learning basic freestyle tricks and flying over ramps and rails with a freestyle coach. 
  • GO RACE’ level takes people through the basic and fundamental skills involved in Alpine ski racing from start to finish in a safe and friendly environment. 
  • JUST RACE & JUST FREESTYLE are sessions where skiers and snowboarders can regularly take part and immerse themselves in a snowsport lifestyle. 



Darcie and Nick taking part in Go Race

Tim Fawke, CEO of Snowsport England said: “Sochi 2014 brought snowsports to the attention of more people than ever before, particularly those inspired by the dynamism and excitement of ski racing or by the fantastic performances from Great Britain’s freestyle skiers and snowboarders. With GO RACE GO FREESTYLE sessions, we are giving people the opportunity to get a taste for another side of snowsports and for people who want to get even more involved, it becomes part of the pathway from grass roots to elite snowsports.”


GO SKI GO BOARD and GO RACE GO FREESTYLE sessions can be found on www.goskigoboard.org.uk

View all our photos from the event on Facebook

By Krystelle



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