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Skiing is limited to the higher terrain, Tignes and Val Thorens offer good skiing. With the drop in temperatures the lake has frozen over in Tignes this weekend and most resorts received a sprinkling of snow. Some resorts had to delay their opening, so ski areas set to open this weekend are: Avoriaz, Chamonix, Courchevel, Flaine, La Plagne, Les Arcs, and Morzine.

 Frozen lake at Tignes on Sunday 6th

Morzine on Tuesday 9th December

Some of the Iglu team were in Val Thorens this week for the opening of the new Club Med Sensations hotel. Take a look at the stunning conditions in VT

Much more snow in the French Pyrenees compared to their northern neighbours. Grand Tourmalet received 30-40cm of fresh snow, now they have a 50cm base up top and 20cm below. Saint-Lary has got about a foot of freshies and Cauterets has a base of 20cm of up top and 10cm below. Resorts are hoping to open this weekend.

Saint - Lary on Tuesday 9th December


As temperatures dropped towards the end of the week, resorts were able to fire up the snow cannons. For ski-able areas you still have to head high towards the glacier resorts. The best of the snow was in Obergurgl with 10cm of fresh snow reported. From Wednesday 10th December, Kitzbühel will be operating the Hahnenkamm cable car every day for the season.

Fresh snow in Obergurgl


Zermatt still has the most open terrain with 179 km for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. Zermatt and Saas Fee have been amongst the luckiest resorts in the Alps with no issues with the amount of snow so far this season. Over 250 Santa’s took over the slopes of Verbier at the weekend to celebrate the opening of the season:

St Moritz celebrated 150 years of winter tourism this weekend. Our friends at Planet Ski were in resort for the celebrations and they have a snow report straight from the slopes:


There are still no resorts open in Bulgaria yet, but with the recent snowfall and more on its way this week (over 30cms predicted in Pamporovo) the ski resorts of Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo are opening on Saturday.

Bansko - Monday 8th


With 15cm of snow over the last few days, the Grandvalira ski area opened 120 km last weekend. The bottom of the mountains at Soldeu is getting a great covering:

By Krystelle
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Snow Report | 23 Nov 2014
France has received a good amount of snow recently and it is already possible to ski in Tignes. With 20cm of snow this week, Val Thorens has opened this weekend and was able to open more slopes than anticipated due to the brilliant conditions.

Opening day at Val Thorens

With a 1m base up top and 40 cm at 1800m, La Clusaz is reporting the best conditions at this time of the year for 15 years. 

Did you see the video of the Iglu team riding fresh tracks in Avoriaz this week after 50cm of snow

French resorts planning to open next weekend are: Val d’Isere, Les 2 Alpes & Serre Chevalier

Opening weekend in La Clusaz

With good snow in Austria many skier and snowboarders having been taking advantage of the open glacier resorts. The fantastic conditions at Stubai are attracting the likes of professional skiers and snowboarders worldwide, including Norwegian snowboarders Torstein Horgmo and Ståle Sandbech. Temperatures have started to warm up now so hopefully another dump of snow will be on its way soon.

Stubia on Saturday 22nd November

After a drop in temperatures and successful snow making, Whistler opened early on Saturday. Skiers and snowboarders were in for a powdery treat with fresh snowfall over the weekend.

Lindsey Vonn was in resort to open Vail this weekend. 1,110 acres of terrain is now already open. With 6 inches of snowfall on Saturday night and another 4-7 inches predicted Monday; slope conditions are looking good for the week through to Thanksgiving.  

Lindsey Vonn opening Vail

Resorts opening from 6th December are: Courchevel, St Anton, St Christoph, Megeve, Meribel & Lech

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Snow Report | 17 Nov 2014 Update 19 Nov 2014:

Iglu Ski live from Avoriaz: Look at all the snow after hiking up the Fornet Bowl at sunrise this morning. Excellent early season snow conditions in Avoriaz

Snow News

With lots more snow in Europe and the Canada, even more resorts are now opening.

The majority of ski resorts don’t open until the start of December, but our first customers heading to St Anton, Val Thorens, Obergurgl, Zermatt and Tignes on 6th Decemeber must be getting very excited for fantastic conditions on their ski holiday!


One of our senior sales experts, Christian, is now based in Morzine for the season, so he will be giving regular updates on conditions in the Portes du Soleil ski area this winter. They had 50cm of fresh snow in Avoriaz this weekend; take a look at the powder on the slopes:


There's been lots of snow in Val d’Isere the past week, and another 15cm fell overnight on Saturday making the local webcams looking very snowy:


Conditions in Zermatt are fantastic for this time of year. Many ski instructors and season staff are making the most of the snow and heading out to the resort for pre-season training. The snowpark crew are working on building up the park for the start of winter; currently there is one feature open and ready for action. More snow is predicted today, so look out for even better snowy photos tomorrow. 


More resorts have opened in Austria, including Obergurgl which now has 13 lifts open.

Athletes from all over the world have been in Dachstein this weekend for the 2014 Pleasure Jam. Team GB’s Aimee Fuller came in 5th place in her first competition of the season. After qualifying in first place to the semi-finals, Rowan Coultas came in 6th overall in the snowboard Slopestyle competition. A top start to the ski season for British ski and snowboarding with stunning conditions on the Dachstein glacier.


Lake Louise was the first Canadian resort to open for the 2014-15 ski season after cooler temperatures and ample snowfall to Banff. After opening on Thursday, the snow was good enough to open a further 15 new runs yesterday.

With over 10 inches of snow blanketing the mountains the past week, Sunshine Village is now open and spinning it’s lifts for the ski season. After opening weekend, the conditions are now very sunny so the resort is eagerly waiting to receive the next dump.  

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By Krystelle
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Snow Report | 09 Nov 2014: Top 5 Photos from this Week Austria received the better of the first dump of snow with up to 80cm of freshies, and once again the Austrian Alps was favoured by the snow gods with up to a metre of snow falling in some ski areas.

Team GB were over in Austria this week making the most of the early season pow.

Photos courtesy of Jamie Nicholls and Ben Kilner

Whilst ski resorts in the USA are postponing their open days due to poor snow conditions, Verbier in Switzerland is taking full advantage of the fresh snow and opening their slopes to the public this weekend.

Resorts in France were covered in a blanket of white snow again; Avoriaz received 40cm of snow transforming the resort into a winter wonderland.

Many resorts don’t actually open until the start of December, so fingers crossed this early snow will make a solid base for the start of the season.

Even Scotland got a piece of the snowy action with a good amount of snow in Cairngorm.

Top 5 snow photos of the week

1. Montgenevre, France

2.  Verbier, Switzerland

3. Avoriaz, France

4. Solden, Austria

5. Val d'Isere, France

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By Krystelle

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Snow Report | Top 5 photos from this week
Austria was treated to the best of the snowfall with up to 80 cm at Hintertux, 70 cm in Lech and 50 cm at Stubai and Kaprun. The Val Senales Glacier in Italy was blessed with up to 60cm of snow. The snow has now stopped and clouds have cleared with blue skies that should stay throughout the weekend.

French resorts received about 10cm of snow, giving some of our favourite resorts a snowy white makeover. Switzerland had slightly more snow with 15cm being recorded at Saas Fee on Wednesday.

Top 5 snowy photos from this week

1. SkiWelt - Ellmau, Austria

2. St Anton, Austria

3. Whistler, Canada

4. Alpe d'Huez, France

5. Livigno, Italy

It's time to start counting down to ski season! 42 days to go...

By Krystelle

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99 Days till Ski Season 2014/15 Winter is getting closer and it’s only 99 days until some of our first customers depart on their mountain adventures. Here’s a quick summary of some of the first resorts to open this winter.

Val Thorens, France
First departure: 6th December 2014

• Val Thorens is a glacier resort located at an altitude of 2230m, making it Europe’s highest village.
• The resort boasts 600km of piste and 5 freestyle parks.
• Expect to experience great après ski, a huge choice of accommodation and plenty of runs to suit all abilities.

Obergurgl, Austria
First departure: 6th December 2014

• Obergurgl is Austria’s highest parish and is located at 1930m, making for reliable snow conditions throughout the season.
• The resort is ideal for beginner and intermediate level skiers and snowboarders, offering 110km of piste.
• Obergurgl caters to all ages, and in addition to skiing and boarding the resort offers cross country skiing, tobogganing, delicious food and lively après ski.

Zermatt, Switzerland
First departure: 6th December 2014

• Zermatt is famous for its stunning scenery, offering guests a traditional ski experience, complete with a car-free village, horse-drawn sleighs, delicious cuisine and a lively nightlife.
• The resort is located at an altitude of 1620m and offers 313km of piste, with a number of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs.
• Many visitors to Zermatt spend some time exploring the Italian resort of Cervinia, which is only a stone’s throw away.

View Ski Holidays in December

Until then, enjoy this snowy webcam shot of Hintertux, Austria (yes, there really is that much snow in August!)

Hintertux summer 2014 
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Win a GoPro HERO 3+ Black Edition Telegraph Ski and Snowboard and action sports distributor, Madison, to give our lucky followers the chance to win the latest in adventure sports technology - a GoPro HERO 3+ Black Edition (RRP £360).

GoPro have fast become the most popular camera when it comes to capturing sports in action, particularly skiing and snowboarding.  Visit YouTube or Vimeo and you’ll find endless GoPro videos, from snow enthusiasts filming their ski holidays, to pro-athletes recording their daredevil adventures; GoPro is most definitely the go-to brand and it’s easy to see why.

The HERO 3+ Black Edition boasts a 12MP camera and takes videos with up to a 4k resolution.  It upstages the previous model with its super-fast Wi-Fi, plus it’s even smaller and lighter (20% to be exact).  Using the built-in Wi-Fi, you can instantly sync your photos on the go, via the GoPro App, to your smartphone or tablet.

Get creative with the camera’s Time Lapse mode which allows you to shoot images at timed intervals – great for capturing you and your friends hitting some big air!  New features also include SuperView for taking wide angle shots, Auto Low Light mode, sharper images, clearer audio and a 30% longer battery life.  What’s more, it is compatible with all existing GoPro mounts and equipment.

Madison were founded in 1977 as a small London bike show, but have expanded to become the leading distributor of parts and accessories in the UK. Along with this, they supply an impressive range of ski and snowboard accessories, bags, helmets, electronics, tools and nutrition supplements. 

To be in with the chance of getting your hands on this professional piece of kit, all you have to do is visit the Telegraph Ski and Snowboard website and submit your details.  Good luck everyone!

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British Ski and Snowboard Awarded 4.89 million by UK Sport
Team GB at Sochi 2014

Sochi showcased huge exposure for the British ski industry and the world recognised the elite status of Team GB’s athletes. With an Olympic Bronze medal, five more top 10 finishes, a further five top 20 and 3 in the top 30, it was the most successful Winter Games to date for British skiers and snowboarders.

Jenny Jones blew the nation away with her Bronze Medal winning run in the Ladies Snowboard Slopestyle Final and confirmed her place as the Queen of British snowboarding. Jenny won Great Britain’s first ever Olympic Snowboard Medal and became the first ever British female to win an Olympic medal on snow.

Both Jamie Nicholls and Billy Morgan made history by representing Great Britain in the first ever Snowboard Slopestyle Olympic Final and taking the 6th and 10th places. The Top 10 places continued in the Freestyle Skiing where Katie Summerhayes finished in 7th in the Ladies Ski Slopestyle Final. Despite James Wood’s injuries he qualified in 3rd place which made him the first ever British athlete to go through to a Men’s Ski Slopestyle Olympic Final and after tough competition Woodsy came away with 5th position in the finals.

The list doesn’t stop there; Team GB had a fantastic team of skiers and snowboarders participating in many specialities from Snowboard Cross to Cross Country to the Ski Halfpipe.

£4.89 million Funding

Previously British Ski and Snowboarding received funding of £1.51 million from January 2012 to September 2014 so the latest UK Sport funding award is a huge success for British Ski and Snowboarding and the run up to Pyeongchang 2018.

Dave Edwards, Chief Executive of British Ski and Snowboard comments on the Team BSS website ‘the latest funding award from UK Sport comes at one of the most exciting times for snowsports in this country. The level of funding is reflective of the current talent in our Park and Pipe programme and it will allow us as a governing body to maintain world class performance programmes and offer even more support systems for these athletes…We will now continue to move forward and develop athletes who will compete and aim to beat the world’s best over the next four years and in Pyeongchang in 2018.”

By Krystelle  

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Snow Report | 22 Apr 2014 Great conditions are forecast across Austria over the next 9 days, with Ischgl expecting to see 21cm of snowfall, St Anton 20cm and Hintertux 32cm (adding to its already excellent upper piste depth of 400cm).  Neustift currently reports an upper piste depth of 365cm after a 12cm snowfall this weekend.  It is forecast a further 23cm over the next 9 days.  Obergurgl has seen 26cm of fresh powder over the past week and is forecast a further 26cm.

It has been snowing lots over the past few days in France and there’s even more to come.  In the next 9 days there will be 41cm of fresh snow in Chamonix, 40cm in Les Arcs, 32cm in Les Deux Alpes, 52cm in Tignes, 63cm in Val d’Isere and 38cm in Val Thorens.

Italy’s conditions are also looking good with 53cm of snow forecast in Cortina 53cm over the next 9 days.  Gressoney is set to see 57cm, Livigno 25cm and Passo Tonale 26cm (which will add to the 600cm upper piste depth nicely!).

Over in Switzerland there’s also plenty of snow, with Zermatt forecast 83cm, Saas Fee 80cm and Verbier 49cm in the next 9 days.  There is still some great snow cover across the higher altitude resorts, with Zermatt boasting 255cm, Saas Fee 402cm, Andermatt 400cm and Engelberg 355cm.

Happy skiing everyone and also, Happy Earth Day!






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Snow Report | 15 Apr 2014 For those of you heading out to the mountains for Easter ski trips, most European resorts are forecast new snow over the next 9 days, setting them in great stead to end the 2013/14 season with a bang.  It seems there could be plenty of powder days and bluebird conditions – perfect for those of you wanting to get their last ski fix before the summer begins!

Over in France, Alpe d’Huez is expected to see 37cm of fresh snow over the next 9 days, Chamonix 40cm, Les Deux Alpes 41cm, Tignes 49cm and Val d’Isere 57cm.
  Most French resorts have another 10 days or so left before closing down for the Summer.  Tignes and Val d’Isere will stay open until the 4th of May, with the Tignes glacier closing a little later on the 11th May.  The high altitude of Val Thorens will also stay open until 11th May.

Italy also has plenty of snow forecast for the next 9 days, with Cervinia expecting to see 82cm, Champoluc 57cm, Gressoney 65cm, Livigno 30cm and Passo Tonale 29cm.
  Again, most resorts will stay open for about another week after Easter.  For later skiing, Livigno is due to close on the 4th May and the Presena glacier in Passo Tonale usually offers skiing until mid-June.

In Austria, the Hintertux glacier is forecast 17cm of snow over the next 9 days and is expected to remain open all through the summer.
  St Anton is forecast 20cm of new snow, Obergurgl 21cm and Ischgl 24cm.  The majority of Austrian resorts will stay open until the end of April.

Finally, in Switzerland the next 9 days will see 101cm of snowfall in Zermatt, 55cm in Verbier, 100cm in Saas Fee and 49cm in Crans Montana.
  Zermatt and Verbier will stay open until May, with most other resorts ending their seasons at the end of April.

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