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Will it be a bumper end to the ski season?

clock 26th February 2015 | comment0 Comments
In the past few weeks snow conditions this season have completely turned around. It may have been a slow start to the ski season after the warm December temperatures, but since mid-January things have been looking up. There has been a series of huge snow dumps teamed with a string of sunny days occurring over the last few weeks, dramatically building up the snow bases of ski resorts across Europe. February Snow The February half term was a perfect week for a ski holiday with up to 60 cm of snowfall on the half term transfer weekend then beautiful blue skies for most of the week after. View current snow conditions in our latest snow reports. As the busiest ski week of the season came to a close, it was reported in the long range forecasts that we were in for one of the biggest snow storms of the season over the next 9 days, including up to 231 cm of snowfall in just a few days. The Alps may not have received the 2m foreseen but 120 cm in Soldeu, 98 cm in Cervinia, 82 cm in Grindelwald and 66 cm in Avoriaz was very welcomed by the post-half term skiers and snowboarders. Snow bases and snow conditions are currently superb for the start of March. Particularly Austrian resorts are looking significantly healthy for this time of year (compared to last year):  Resort February 2014 February 2015 St Anton 53cm / 128 cm 59 cm / 221 cm Solden 12 cm / 270 cm 15 cm / 317 cm Obergurgl 79 cm / 177 cm 61 cm / 205 cm Lech 100 cm / 115 cm 96 cm / 171 cm Lower pistes cm / top pistes cm March Skiing Skiing in March is one of the most best times of the year, as temperatures start to warm up you can enjoy the fantastic ski conditions in the morning, then by the afternoon you can embrace the après atmosphere on a sun terrace on a mountain top bar. With the current great snow depths in many resorts across Europe, a ski holiday in March will be excellent. With even more snow storms on the horizon over the next 9 days, there will be no shortage of snow for the rest of the season. The snow conditions we have at present are the best so far this season and with Easter week just 4 weeks away it’s looking like there will be plenty of snow to enjoy this year. After Easter falling so late in April last year, this wasn’t a great time for a ski holiday. With Easter Sunday falling on the 5th April this year, many families will be heading out to ski resorts for the first week of April to spend the Easter holidays in the snow. Top tips when booking an Easter ski holiday With temperatures rising towards the end of the ski season, your save bet is to aim for high resorts. It is always difficult to predict the snow conditions at the end of season so be sure to choose a ski resort with high altitude to secure the best snow conditions. You want enough snow to build a snow bunny don’t you?   Best resorts for end of season skiing With the Grande Motte Glacier in Espace Killy open through till May and the highest ski lift peaking at 3450m you can guarantee good snow in Tignes and Val d’Isere for Easter. Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe, as well as in the largest ski area in the world with over 600 km of piste in the 3 Valleys Les Arc 2000 – the magic is in the name, as the village sits at 2000m, snow is still decent at this high altitude later on in the ski season and the ski area’s highest point is 3226m at the Aiguille Rouge. If you prefer the Austrian side of the Alps, the Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun provides skiing or snowboarding almost all year round. Even if it is warm in the valley there will still be snow at 3000m on the glacier.   View Last Minute Ski Offers and Easter Holiday Ski Deals


Ski Yourself Fit This Season

clock 17th February 2015 | comment0 Comments
  If you’re looking to kill a few calories but are unwilling to sign your soul away for an unused year at your local jazzy gym, why not consider the outdoor life and some truly awesome winter sports to get in shape the fun way. Of course the temptation of all that heavenly indulgent mountain food on a ski or snowboarding holiday (Tartiflette, Raclette, Fondue..) might have you concerned about piling it on, but fear not as food = fuel and that’s exactly what you’ll be burning tonnes of each day spent on the slopes. Snowsports are an excellent form of cardio as well as a great way to tone and strengthen leg, core and arm muscles. Both skiing and snowboarding are particularly good for strengthening the ankles, lower legs, quadriceps and glutes, as you engage these muscles to control your board or skis. Both activities require good balance, which work your core muscles, pulling in your abs and helping to align your spine. As you balance, you use your arm muscles to help steady yourself, working to firm them up, particularly in the upper arms and shoulders.     When your muscles are strong, the body works harder to use them, therefore burning more calories. This, plus being in a cold environment (where your body burns calories just to keep warm) is great news for your metabolism! On top of all these great health benefits, skiing and boarding also release adrenaline and endorphins which lift your mood and make you feel more alert, awake and happy. So how many calories does skiing / snowboarding burn? Skiing or boarding for 6 hours can burn a whopping 2000 - 3000 calories, depending on your age, weight and height. With that in mind, it may take a lot less time than you think just to burn off that mulled wine and 3 Wiener Schnitzels you had for lunch… Here are a few examples of some popular, hearty ski foods and drinks with an estimate of how long it takes to burn off each one (each food portion is based on a 300g serving).   Food / Drink Approx. Calories Approx. amount of Skiing / Boarding it takes to burn it off Tartiflette 550 1hr 18mins Fondue 793 1hr 54mins Apfelstrudel with Custard 548 1hr 18mins Käsespätzle 885 2hr 6mins Germknödel 458 1hr 6mins Raclette 1000 2hrs 24mins Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce and Cheese 700 1hr 42mins Goulash Soup with Bread 468 1hr 6mins Tiroler Gröstl 758 1hr 48mins Wiener Schnitzel 750 1hr 48mins 1 Nutella Crepe 579 1hr 24mins 3 Glasses of Mulled Wine 820 2hrs 3 Pints of Beer 546 1hr 18mins 1 Mug of Hot Chocolate With Marshmallows and Whipped Cream 321 48mins   Health Tips for Skiing & Snowboarding The amount of calories burned while out on the slopes are immense and give you reason to feel less guilty about what you consume après ski. A day in the mountains can be exhausting and you will find yourself needing to consume more food in order to feel energised. If you want to know about the best foods to eat in order to keep you powering through, we’ve created a little guide below. Breakfast – Breakfast is the most important meal and if you want to set yourself up for a day of skiing / boarding then don’t skip it. Eating in the morning will kickstart your metabolism and give your body the fuel it needs to get through those first few runs. A protein heavy breakfast featuring plenty of salmon, ham or eggs is ideal, as it will keep you full for longer. Throw in some carbs, such as bread or potatoes, and your energy levels will be all set to go. Mid-morning snack – Top up your energy levels mid-morning with a granola bar, protein bar or flapjack. It’s light enough to digest while still skiing, plus it should give you that little extra boost. Remember to keep hydrated too and to drink as much water or fruit juice as you can. Lunch – Lunch is a great time to rebuild your energy. Think carbs and go for a baked potato, pasta, or a whole whole-wheat sandwich. Soups and salads are a great option too as they are packed full of healthy vegetables. Avoid too much fried, greasy food as this will sap your energy levels and leave you feeling groggy. Before hitting up the piste again, try and allow 1 hour to digest your food. If you try and get skiing again too early you risk getting stomach ache and even feeling a little dizzy – not good when navigating slightly more complex runs! Mid-afternoon snack – If you feel tired again mid-afternoon, grab another granola bar, protein bar or flapjack. Fruit is another great, light option too to help keep you going until the evening. Dinner – By the end of the day, your muscles will be tired and will need some good food to help them recover. Eat plenty of protein again – cheese, chicken, red meat – and some more carbs – bread, pasta, potatoes – to restore your energy levels.   Feeling in the mood for a ski trip now? Check out our Last Minute Ski Holidays 2015.


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 @Varsfob 40cm de neige fraîche et soleil: pas mal! http://t.co/YriQiaUh9t #skipasslive pic.twitter.com/8eiGi7Q0Qm — skipass (@skipass) January 30, 2015 Playing in the POWder!! We have snow and lots of it!! @LaPlagne #ski #snow #dumpalert pic.twitter.com/SGHj9EjT36 — Piste Pads (@pistepads) February 1, 2015 There's no denying, we have TONS OF #SNOW in #Morzine! pic.twitter.com/zQigpZ1OTC — Mint Snowboarding (@MintSnowboard) February 1, 2015 Some more major snow fall today and still snowing #latania @La_Tania pic.twitter.com/7rTurhxmpK — Scott Janaway (@scottjanaway) January 30, 2015 No Scott Manning isn’t sitting down - that’s the depth of the snow #valdisere pic.twitter.com/nlqK2w051q — YSE (@yseski) January 31, 2015 Powpow day! #gavage #LaClusaz pic.twitter.com/PdxP8wgtr0 — romain montimart (@rmontimart) January 31, 2015 Austria #KITZSTEINHORN @ZellKaprun pic.twitter.com/y3XAO2pFYX — Mark Hoogink (@MarkHoogink) January 30, 2015 Mario Wanger on a pow day in the Zillertal backcountry http://t.co/Ai5xb4BM6L #FlowSnowboarding pic.twitter.com/mdXh6nWniy — Flow Snowboarding (@FLOWsnowboardn) January 30, 2015 Andorra It's still snowing !!!! @Vallnord #andorra pic.twitter.com/SooRozGpMr — Neilson Andorra Team (@neilsonandorra) January 31, 2015 Bulgaria #Bansko #ski conditions 9/10 today. Best snow of the year so far. pic.twitter.com/YyHHXRr3nB — banskoblog.com (@bansko) February 2, 2015 Scotland Lovely day on the hill ... sometimes poor visibility ... but TONS of snow ... and it's snowing again to carpark ... pic.twitter.com/zHwnD13osZ — Nevis Range (@TheNevisRange) January 31, 2015 By Krystelle View last minute ski holidays | View chalet deals | View ski deals in March 


Top 5 ski and snowboard events to look out for in 2015

clock 16th January 2015 | comment2 Comments
Last winter our lives were taken over by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. This year we can get engrossed in the many more ski and snowboard competitions and events that take place in Europe. Most kick off early season in January, getting us stoked up nicely for the rest of the ski season. 5. Innsbruck Air + Style One for the snowboarders. Innsbruck is the second stop on the Air and Style circuit, Emil Ulsletten stole the show at the first event in Beijing in December, and then next step will be Los Angeles in February. The World’s best snowboarders have competed in this big air event over the past two decades. Athletes are whittled down through 3 rounds before the 4 snowboarders battle in out in the super final. Athletes includes at Innsbruck include: GB’s Billy Morgan, Halldor Helgason, Sage Kotsenburg, Max Parrot, Stale Sandbech, Seb Toots & more. Date: 16th & 17th January 2015 4. FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships One for the British Team This year’s World Championships take place in Kreischberg, Austria. This is the first time that both freestyle skiing and snowboarding have been combined in a World Championships. After Great Britain’s success at Sochi we have a 22 strong squad of skiers and snowboarders competing in the event, including slopestyle, halfpipe, moguls, aerials and more. View the full British team line up. Date: 14th -25th January   3. Suzuki Nine Queens One for the girls This is the 5th big air competition of the Suzuki Nine Queens in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria. The world’s best female skiers and snowboarders are invited to this stunning pocket in Tirol for a unique event consisting of a series of jumps and features set around a huge sculpted ice castle. Date: 15th – 20th March 2015 2. Swatch Freeride World Tour For the utmost dedicated This mammoth snow sports tour consists of five venues in Europe and the USA. 2015 is bigger than ever with two new stops on the Freeride calendar, Vallnord, Andorra and Alaska, USA. Last season more than 637, 000 viewers followed the finest skiers and snowboarders across this spectacular journey. Taking part in the Freeride World Tour Competition will be 28 male skiers, 14 male snowboarders, 14 female skiers and 7 female snowboarders. Through the events the riders will be narrowed down to a limited few that will take part in the Grand Finale in Verbier. The FWT season kicks off in the ultimate freeride resort, Chamonix, on 24th January, then heads to Fieberbrunn, Austria, on 31st January before Vallnord, Andorra for the first time on 14th February. Then it is off to Alaska on 14th March before the grande finale and the 20th anniversary of the Xtreme Verbier on 28th March. Athletes that reach the Verbier climax will have to take on the legendary Bec des Rosses mountain face. Two-time winner at the Bec des Rosses, Sweden’s Reine Barkered is delighted to be part of the history of the “Bec”: “I'm excited to have the chance to compete at the 20th anniversary of Verbier Xtreme. Verbier is the crowning point for a freerider and I will do my very best to step up to the top of the podium here a third time.”   1. Hahnenkamm One for the ski elite Austria’s greatest ski festival is bigger than ever in 2015 as it is celebrating its 75th Anniversary. The Hahnenkamm race is one of the most famous alpine ski races of the world and is the highlight of the World Cup calendar. For Kitzbuhel, this is the best week of the year, as spectators and celebrities flock to the town to see the famous ski racers, as well as joining in the week of partying. The magnificent race features jumps up to 80m, steep slopes including peaking at 85% gradient on the Mausefalle, and skiers reaching speeds up to 140 km per hour along the run. The famous ‘Streif’ is considered the most spectacular ski runs in the world where only the elite can Date: 20th - 25th January 2015   By Krystelle


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