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THE NORTH AMERICA SKI TRAVEL GUIDE 2018
North America saw some incredible snow conditions last winter with several areas in California receiving so much snow they only closed KALLE HÄGGLUND
for last season a few months ago and are about to re-open. Here’s the
lowdown including all the big news stories from across the pond.
NEW DESTINATIONS: Åre & Vemdalen Every year our tour operators give us new ski resort choices. This season we’re starting a new column focusing on a different destination choice each issue, beginning with Sweden’s top resort and it’s smaller neighbour, new in the Crystal brochure.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY TIROL @INTHESNOWMAG
Planning a full family ski holiday ups the pressure on making the correct choice several notches, so it’s very important to
get it right. Here’s the case for Austria’s Tirol region with short
on a human scale and loads more to do too.
flights and transfers, family-friendly accommodation, ski areas
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028 SKI FRANCE: Kids Go Free All Winter You can choose your family ski holiday in a number of different priority orders: the resort, the means of travel perhaps? Ski France recommend putting your accommodation top of the list and have
several facilities offering free kids’ lift passes as an extra incentive.
BUYERS’ GUIDE 055–066 With the new season upon us our Buyers’ Guide is bigger and better than ever. It’s chock-full of all the latest and greatest new bits of must-have kit, but now there’s even more of it to choose from or just quietly drool over.
EDITOR PATRICK THORNE
We’re back! Yes, the new ski season is almost here and once again InTheSnow stands ready to bring you all the news for the winter ahead. And there is indeed lots and lots of news, as always, which savvy skiers and boarders will have been accessing already via our online and social media presence and our free weekly news ezine, all of which continue year round.
COLMAR GOES BACK TO THE FUTURE
But still, it’s always nice to have some solid hard copy and
when the first print issue appears each autumn, it always feels like the season is truly upon us. In the British ski industry, most people are still moaning
Italian technical skiwear business Colmar is one of the
about Brexit and its impact on ski holidays, although so far
great names of the global industry, making skiwear since the 1930s, they have consistently managed to produce the best kit, year-in, year-out, ever since.
ever-more people seem to be booking ski trips rather than
being put off. The pound hasn’t got any worse against the euro (if anything, it’s doing better at the time of writing!).
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once Brexit actually happens, but we don’t need to worry about that until the winter after next – phew! This winter there’s plenty to get excited about already though with the Winter Olympics coming up, new terrain opening in the Grand Massif and La Rosière ski areas in France, and a new black run announced at Cortina. There seem to be ever-more ski flight routes to choose from with easyJet and Jet2 among the main players, but also a bit of a transatlantic battle starting with Norwegian flying from London to Denver and other “low-cost” airlines moving into long haul and driving down prices with their competition. Another new trend for 2017/18 is international hotel
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chains moving into the Alps, including Hard Rock Hotels opening in Davos, Four Seasons in Megève and Hyatt in La Rosière. It’s all in this magazine or at InTheSnow.com. Here’s to a great season!
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RESORTS OPEN ALREADY After Snowy Start to 2017/18 Ski Season British tour operators and European ski resorts are both celebrating after an unprecedented snowy start to the autumn helped fuel early bookings of ski holidays and advance lift ticket sales.
Scandinavia as well as in the Alps.
pulls the wrappers off in September or early October
At the start of October more than a dozen ski areas
and spreads the snow out on the slopes – hey
are now open in Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland
presto, they can open early!
and Norway. That number is set to double during
Across the Atlantic there has been some heavy
snowfall too with ski areas across the western
More than half of the open ski areas are in Austria,
side of the continent reporting up to 40cm of fresh
where all eight of the country’s autumn glacier ski
snow in 36 hours on the last day of summer and
centres had already opened before the end of
first of summer.
The outlook for snow cover had not been great
September. These resorts all stage season-opening
It was too early and too short-lived for any to be able
Austria: Dachstein, Hintertux, Kaunertal,
through the summer, which was one of the hottest
festivals, usually with a bit of an Oktoberfest vibe to
to open permanently for the season because of it, but
Kitzsteinhorn, Molltal, Pitztal, SÖlden and
in the Alps ever recorded, melting snow even on the
them, during October when you can also try out the
again it created a huge spike of excitement for the
Stubai glaciers (Kitzbuhel opens 14 Oct)
highest glaciers and leading two centres in Austria
new season’s gear in the snow. SÖlden will host the
season ahead, and two areas – Silverton Mountain in
and Italy to close their summer skiing operations for
season’s first Wold Cup alpine ski races by the end of
Colorado and Mt Bachelor in Oregon – did run their
the first time ever.
lifts the weekend after the snow fell to allow excited
(Les 2 Alpes from 21 Oct to 1 Nov)
However there was a dramatic change at the start of
In France the season is underway at Tignes and
skiers and boarders the chance to make some turns
September when the first of three successive snowy
Switzerland will follow Austria’s lead by tripling its
while it was there.
Italy: Passo Stelvio and Val Senales
weekends in the high Alps led to the remarkable
open ski areas from two to six by the end of October.
As we go to press, snowmaking has also started in
(Cervinia at weekends from 14 Oct)
opportunity to go powder skiing in what was still
October also sees an interesting approach to
Colorado with the ski areas of Arapahoe Basin and
“opening early” unveiled by several ski areas in
Loveland saying they’re targeting a mid-October
Switzerland: Saas-Fee, Zermatt
As September progressed the snowfall reached
Scandinavia and the Alps. Geilo in Norway, Ruka in
opening for the season – subject to temperatures
(Engelberg, Diavolezza 21 Oct; Laax,
lower elevations leading to whiteout conditions at
Finland and Kitzbuhel in Austria will all open way
staying low enough for snowmaking to continue.
Glacier 3000 28 Oct)
ski areas as low as 1,500m above sea level, which
ahead of when the natural snow season starts, and
Ski resorts and tour operators in the Alps and
proved great marketing material on social media,
also ahead of when it’s easy to do much snowmaking
dolomites in particular will be hoping that the snowy
even months ahead of scheduled opening dates, for
thanks to a technique sometimes called ‘snow
conditions of September carry on through the
resorts across Europe.
farming.’ Each resort stockpiles huge amounts of
autumn and in to the start of the winter to bring us
Snow was reported on high slopes in the
snow in the spring, puts a protective cover over it to
an epic start to the main ski season in late November
Dolomites, Pyrenees and at northerly latitudes in
keep the summer sun off it as much as possible then
and early December.
Where Can I Go Skiing Already?
Norway: Galdhøpiggen, Geilo Finland: Ruka (6 Oct)
07 // OCT17
DROP EVERYTHING The latest movie from MSP Films, Drop Everything, is touring the UK this November with screenings in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London. Presented by Holmlands, in partnership with Elemental Adventure and Ellis Brigham, the movie is set to be one of the funniest and most action-packed films of the season. Tickets are now available to buy online at www.skimovielondon.com.
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ENGELBERG AIMS TO OPEN IN OCTOBER Engelberg is the latest resort to move snow cannons onto their glacier. The new machines have been installed from the Stand station to the Titlis glacier. The lower section of the glacier ski slope and the section through the Rotegg can now be covered in artificial snow. “The objective is to open the slopes on the glacier in October,” said a spokesperson for the ski area.
NEW SCOTTISH SKI & MTB EVENT
MORE FLIGHT ROUTES TO THE FRENCH ALPS two weekly flights from London
adding five weekday flights from
Gatwick to Grenoble from 18/12/17,
London City to Chambery in
from £30.79 each way.
January and February 2018, from
The company also have a new
£68 each way.
weekly flight from Bristol to
In addition, four existing routes
Grenoble from 17/12/17, from £29.78
into these have been bolstered
Patrick’s Day next year will see competitors ski
Winter 2017/18 sees the opening of no fewer than 13 brand-new routes from across Britain into the airports that service the Northern Alps, Southern Alps and French Pyrenees.
with extra services from 2017/18.
or board from the summit of Aonach Mòr at the
The airports at Grenoble and
Ryanair are adding a weekly flight
In total, that’s 38 extra planes from
top of the slopes then jump on mountain bikes
Chambéry are seeing the biggest
from London Stansted to Grenoble
11 UK airports winging their way
Ischgl is one of half-a-dozen Austrian ski areas
jump in the number of flights.
from 19/12/17, from £20.39 each
to the mountains of France every
that seem to spend at least €10m on a luxurious
New routes include easyJet adding
way and British Airways are
week this winter.
new lift every summer, and 2017 is no exception
A race modelled on several other popular downhill competitions will be staged for the first time at the Scottish ski resort on Nevis Range next winter. The Ski-An-Duro race on St
for the rest of the downhill.
ISCHGL TO ADD NEW LIFT FEATURING MUSIC STARS
with a €12 million chairlift soon to open, as well as a big spend on snowmaking upgrades.
SUMMER SNOW DELIVERY IN ITALY
The new state-of-the-art Doppelmayr six-seat chairlift will have all the bells and whistles but will also have a unique novelty that only Ischgl
Several truckloads of snow were brought down
could deliver – images of many of the pop and
to central Livigno at 1,850m in the Italian Alps
rock stars who have performed over the years
in August. A grooming tractor followed the
at the resort’s famous “Top of the Mountain”
dumper trucks down the resort’s narrow main
concerts at the beginning and end of its fivemonth-long ski season.
street to prepare the snow for a special ski competition. The snow had been stored from
The increasingly long list of star names now
last winter through the spring and summer
includes Kylie, Mariah Carey, Deep Purple, Elton John (who famously had his grand piano
in a massive pile protected from the heat by sawdust and tarpaulins.
NEW NORWAY CHOICES
SKI CLUB GETS £89K FOR CLUB HOUSE
delivered to the mountain by helicopter), Robbie Williams, Alicia Keys, Muse, The Killers, Rihanna, Pink and many others. The new Palinkopf lift will be the fourth version
After several years of hard work
past few years that a new team
comprises a social area, storage
of the lift which was initially a drag lift in 1973,
and fundraising by its volunteer
has worked to really develop the
and a garage for a snow groomer,
upgraded to a double chair in 1985 and since
Ski Solutions have launched four resorts in
team, Lowther Hills Ski Club has
ski area, securing and installing a
which the Club is currently trying
1996 has been a quad chairlift, carrying 12 million
Norway: Trysil, Myrkdalen, Beitostølen and
been awarded £88,956 for the
second-hand ski lift, land usage
to acquire by crowd funding via
skiers up the slopes over the past 21 years.
Geilo, giving clients the opportunity to ski or
construction of a ski lodge at
permissions, temporary snow
The new lift will have many innovations and
snowboard under the spectacular Northern
Lowther Hills, with more than half
fencing and many other items to
The new lodge building has been
feature individual, ergonomically designed,
Lights. The resorts in Norway are also
of the money coming from the EU.
enable the centre to operate. The
funded 55% by the EU’s LEADER
heated seats. The old quad chairlift will be
The Club operates Southern
club runs the only community-owned
programme for rural development,
disassembled and then rebuilt at another winter-
activities including ice fishing, dog sledding,
Scotland’s only ski centre, and
ski centre in Scotland and currently
and 45% by a nearby wind farm
sports site in Scandinavia.
horse sleigh rides, ice rally driving and much
whilse there has been skiing in the
uses a portacabin as the clubhouse.
fund (Clyde Wind Farm).
more. Ski Solutions holidays to Norway cost
area for decades, it’s only in the
The new Lowther Hills Ski Lodge
excellently equipped for non-skiers with exciting
from £400pp. skisolutions.
008 // OCT17
INDOOR SNOW CENTRE TO BE GREEN POWERED
UNDER 25S SEASON PASS FOR UNDER £330
An initiative to install 10,000 solar panels on the roof of the world’s
The three ski lift companies in the ski region of Les 4 Vallées in
second-biggest indoor snow centre (by surface area) is underway.
Switzerland have announced an initiative to reduce the price of
The installation process at SnowWorld Landgraaf in the Netherlands
the annual “Mont4Card”, which is normally priced at CHF1,402
should be complete by the end of the year, by which time the system
(£1,124) for adults, to CHF400 (£326) for under 25s (born
should be able to generate 3.2MWp of energy – enough to power 750
from 1993). The price drop comes as other Swiss ski regions
homes with green energy and to allow the centre to operate with 100%
have announced a variety of low-priced season pass deals. A
renewable energy on sunny days. The centre believes it’s currently the
spokesperson for Les 4 Vallées lift companies said they see it
largest on-site solar power project for a private commercial venture in the
as a long-term investment and that they were “Acknowledging
world. The new green power system follows similar smaller projects at
the need to promote snow sports to the younger generation.”
other indoor snow halls in the Netherlands and Germany including 3,000
The pass does not only cover the largest ski area in Switzerland
solar panels on the roof at the other SnowWorld facility in Zoetermeer.
but pass holders also get discounts worth over CHF2,000
“SnowWorld has worked for many years to become more sustainable,”
(£1,600) including six days of skiing in each of Chamonix and
said Wim Moermans, CFO of SnowWorld. “The installation of the solar
the Aosta Valley, and five days of skiing in each of the following:
panels is an important step in this sustainability strategy.”
Portes du Soleil, Grandvalira, Silvretta Montafon and at resorts
The green energy initiative is also noteworthy as SnowWorld
in the Vail Group.
Landgraaf was built on the spoil heap of a former coal mine.
This offer is for a limited time to Thurs 30 Nov 2017. mont4card.ch
INGHAMS CELEBRATES 20 WINTERS IN LAPLAND Tour operator Inghams has announced the launch of its winter 2017/18 Lapland programme, which marks its 20th year as a destination specialist to the north of Finland.
For this coming winter, Inghams is extending its ski
facilities including a public sauna and a modern
season to Lapland right until Easter 2018 (7 April),
restaurant and bar with cosy fireplace.
when usually British operators end their Lapland
Large glass windows adorn every room, offering
programmes sooner in the season, will offer new
uninterrupted views over the Arctic wilderness.
flights from Gatwick to Ivalo to shorten transfer
All rooms are duplex suites sleeping two to four
times to Saariselkä to just 20 minutes, and has
people, with an option to upgrade to a luxury
Operating from November to April, the brochure
introduced the newly built Five Star Arctic Hotel in
suite with private sauna or a glass cabin.
features a wide choice of package holidays
Saariselkä, due to open in December 2017, which
Prices start from £1,479pp for seven nights on
including to the leading resorts of Levi, Ylläs and
combines the rustic charm of a log cabin with the
a half-board basis, including return flights from
Saariselkä, as well as the newly added seven-
modern comforts of a high-end hotel.
Gatwick or Manchester to Kittilä or new direct
night Muotka Wilderness Lodge holiday and
Located in a scenic fell-top location above
flights to Ivalo from Gatwick.
Santa Short Breaks.
Saariselkä village, guests will be able to enjoy
009 // OCT17
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BY PATRICK THORNE
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FAMILY VALUES FOR YOUR LIFT PASS Let’s make no bones about it; family ski holidays are expensive. All those costs for lift passes, rentals and ski school are multiplied by three or four, depending on how many there are in your family
THE JUMP IS AXED
group, and you may have to add on nursery care. You can save by sharing rooms or an apartment, on a self-drive, but some costs are more difficult to minimise, however you approach them. The lift pass is one big part of the family ski holiday cost, but it’s worth knowing that while a family
Channel 4 has said there won’t be a fifth series of TV series The Jump, at least not next winter.
portrayed the thrill and fun of winter
been axed for good, with Channel
sports. Perhaps it was a bit of both.
4 saying the reason it won’t return
The Sun reports that 34 celebrities
next winter is that it intends
injured themselves during the four
to focus on the 2018 Winter
The TV show, which asked
series of the show, several of them
Olympics, it does not believe it will
celebrities to challenge themselves
seriously. The third series in 2016
return at all.
eating in and perhaps all travelling down together
IT’S DEFINITELY SNOWING ON MARS!
of four could pay the best part of £1,000 for four
and risk injury in various fun
saw almost all participants injure
Other media commentators have
passes at a top-end resort, you can knock a half,
snowsports challenges in the
themselves, and there was some
speculated that a variant of the
even two-thirds, off that cost if you shop around.
Austrian Tirol each winter, divided
media surprise when the show
show replacing winter snow
A new study involving weather and climate data
The problem is it involves a lot of maths. The thing
opinions among the winter-sports
returned at the start of this year.
sports with “safer” summer water
collected from the various missions to Mars has
is that different countries approach child lift ticket
community as to whether it offered
The newspaper reports that
sports may be the way forward for
determined that it does snow on the red planet,
gratuitous viewing or accurately
although the show has not officially
year round. Previously both ground rovers and
pricing differently, and then resorts within each country approach pricing for kids differently again.
orbiting surveyor spacecraft had observed ice or
In France children tend to have to pay for passes
frost on the surface of Mars and what appeared
from age four or five, and often about 75% of the
to be snow showers high above the surface, but
adult price even then. When they reach age 12
it was believed that while snow formed high in
or 13, it’s the full adult price, and with the most
the Martian atmosphere, it was so fine and the
expensive French passes now around the €300
distance to the ground so great, and with very
(around £266) mark, that’s a lot of pass cost.
few natural forces to make it descend, that it
The good news is most French resorts offer a
evaporated high above the surface.
percentage discount, often around 20% of the
However, in the new study, the findings of which
total bill if a family all buy their tickets together,
were published in the journal Nature Geoscience,
so you can save there and sometimes increase
researchers found that turbulent forces in the
the saving by buying in advance online, which
Martian atmosphere made it likely that powerful
sometimes unlocks a further discount.
“down drafts” could cause the high-altitude snow
In the other leading nations it is more common
to be pushed down to the surface before it had time
for children not to have to pay until they are six
or seven, and in some cases even eight years old, so if your children are in their early school
GIANT SKI AREA PROPOSED FOR ROMANIA
“There’s not enough to build a snowman,” says study co-author Aymeric Spiga, a planetary scientist at the French National Centre for Scientific
years, you may be able to take them out of having Plans to build a new ski resort in
Emmanuel de Martonne in 1907, are
reputation for being very snow-sure
Research. “Still, the snow is probably a substantial
Romania’s Făgăraș mountains have
part of the Southern Carpathians
– with snow normally lying for more
player in the planet’s water cycle,” he added.
been announced by the country’s
and reach a height of 2,544m.
than eight months a year.
In 2008, NASA’s Phoenix lander spotted
Ministry of Tourism.
So far there’s limited information
The resort development was “one
wispy structures high overhead that looked a
childhood, perhaps to 16 or 18, so even if you do
The project is included among
about the project, but Romania’s
of my personal dreams,” he said.
lot like virga streaks on Earth, and scientists
have to pay, the child price will probably be much
a number of proposals listed
Minister for Tourism, Mircea Dobre,
Romania currently has around
concluded that it had most likely seen a
less, even for teenagers.
in a new Tourism Master Plan
told local media that the project’s
40 ski areas, although most are
high-altitude snowstorm. In 2012, NASA’s Mars
So it’s well worth shopping around as you work
just approved at a Romanian
origins actually date back nearly 50
small with one or two elderly drag
Reconnaissance Orbiter observed what looked
out your overall family holiday cost. The difficulty is
years to 1968. He said the location
lifts and their operational status
like a cloud of carbon dioxide snowflakes over
that the age from which children pay, and the age
The Făgăraș Mountains, named
chosen could provide a ski area
unknown. The largest ski areas
the South Pole. Facebook.com/SnowInSpace
to which they receive a discount, and how big that
“The Transylvanian Alps” by
with 150km of ski slopes and has a
have around 40km of slopes.
to pay altogether by choosing the right resort. It’s likely the child price will be half the adult price or less in Austria and Switzerland and also that discounts will continue to an older age in
discount is, varies from resort to resort, and the one that’s the best value for you will vary depending on the number and ages of your children.
010 // OCT17
SKI AREA DECIDES TO DELAY OPENING DATE Alyeska Resort in Alaska, which typically posts one of the world’s biggest snowfall totals, has decided to open three weeks later than usual this winter, in mid-December rather than late November. The resort’s Marketing Director Eric Fullerton said the decision had been made due to “shifting weather patterns”, meaning that snow cover was unpredictable early in the season, despite the resort having spent millions on snowmaking in recent years.
NEW LIFT PASS COVERS 4 PYRENEES SKI AREAS A hi-tech new lift pass, “Pyrénées 2 Vallées”, has been created to cover skiing at four of the top
FIND YOUR PERFECT HOME FROM HOME IN CHAMONIX
ski areas in the French Pyrenees – Saint-Lary, Peyragudes Piau-Engaly and Val Louron – with 247km of slopes. You pay €20 for the pass then 10 to 15% off the normal daily rate (depending on the time of your visit in the season) for each day you use it. pyrenees2vallees.com
NEW GONDOLA IN ZELL AM SEE SKI REGION
Finding accommodation that’s good enough for your family or group in Chamonix can be a challenge. One of the world’s greatest resorts (many argue THE greatest), the Chamonix Valley has tens of thousands of guest beds available, but most are in anonymous selfcatering apartments, hotel rooms or catered chalets run as seasonal businesses.
discerning skiers and boarders from all over
fully inclusive luxury catered chalets,
so have an intimate knowledge of all the
the world who are looking for luxury chalets
from four to 18 guests, from two-
best services to use so can also advise
and beautiful apartments in the Chamonix
bedroom apartments and mini chalets
on and book the best ski instructors,
Valley that are a little more special.
to eight bedrooms, throughout the
guides, chefs, restaurants and much
The Ten80 team always take great pride
Chamonix Valley both in town and on
more as required.
in finding the perfect property for their
the slopes, and has a great choice of
guests, advising them and then putting
apartment and chalet lets.
Discover more about Ten80
everything into place so that all their
The Ten80 team also work and “play” in
clients have a great holiday and discover
the Chamonix Valley all year round and
for access to all our sites.
But what if you could stay in someone’s
experienced Ten80 team manage and
second home? Not a place they bought to
look after these properties for their
rent out, but their own home that they’ve
owners all year round and ensures that
invested time, love and money in to
they are always in immaculate condition
create a personal place in Chamonix that’s
to ensure that you, your family and
something unique, somewhere special?
friends have a fantastic and memorable
That’s the service that Ten80 Holidays
holiday. They’re also always on hand in
have been providing for the past 12
resort to help whenever required.
years, connecting owners of magnificent
Ten80 offers everything from weekly
Mad River Glen in Vermont still don’t), has said
properties in the Chamonix Valley with
self-catered family holiday breaks to
it will stage a major event in March to celebrate
A new gondola will replace the former Areitbahn making the link from Schüttdorf in the valley up to Areitalm in the Zell am See-Kaprun ski area this winter. The former lift was built in 1988 and has clocked up 25 million carried guests over its 29-year lifespan. The new lift
the very best that Chamonix has to offer,
will have 50% more capacity, travel faster and
available exclusively through Ten80.
offer on-board wi-fi.
The dedicated, dynamic and
TAOS’ 10TH SEASON OF SNOWBOARDERS Taos ski resort in New Mexico, which was one of the last to allow snowboarding on its slopes in North America (Alta and Deer Valley in Utah and
the 10th anniversary of allowing boarders on its slopes. It also has a number of upgrades including a new pulse gondola, a new beginner
WORLD’S STEEPEST FUNICULAR RAILWAY TO OPEN THIS WINTER
area and a fully renovated children’s centre.
NEW GONDOLA & PISTE FOR VAL THORENS
The world’s steepest funicular railway
levelling cabins that will always
village of Stoos at 1,306masl. Stoos,
lift is due to go into service at the small
sit vertical regardless of the angle of
which is located about 50km south of
Swiss ski area of Stoos this December.
Zurich and has a population of just 100,
The futuristic-looking lift has been built
The new Stoosbahn will run 28 times a
has a small ski area with about 35km
Val Thorens has invested €14 million to upgrade
by Garaventa, part of the Doppelmayr
day between 7am and 9pm and operate
of runs on the Stooshorn, the longest
their Moraine chair lift to a gondola serving a
Group, and will climb a gradient of up
on a completely new line created
at 2.1km in length. Besides the new
ski area popular among skiers and boarders
to 110% (nearly 48°) in steepness over
especially for it from the valley station
funicular there are half-a-dozen chair
more than 740 vertical metres of ascent.
near Schwyz at 562msal (metres above
and drag lifts located between 1,256 and
Each train will have four cylindrical self-
sea level) into the centre of the mountain
of all abilities, with beginners especially well catered for, and the heated 10-seater cabins will provide easier, safer transportation. There will also be a fourth new blue run in the Plein Sud sector, descending to the top of the resort via a
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“balcony route” overlooking Val Thorens village.
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teenage son, having a wonderful time with
three brand-new chalets built specifically for
the hospitable locals in spectacular mountain
them for the coming 2017/18 season, with a
scenery with fantastic powder snow, all at
fourth, in Morzine, under construction ready for
comparatively low prices. So next March
Mountain Heaven will run two week-long Iranian
The new chalets this winter include Chalet
Ski Experience tours, hosted by Nick and visiting
Business has been booming for Mountain
Valeriane in La Rosière with four bedrooms and
three different resorts (Shemshak, Darbandsar
Heaven as skiers and boarders have responded
a hot tub, which will be the company’s closest
and Dizin) as well as touring Tehran and the
to the consistently high service standards, very
catered chalet to the pistes in the Les Eucherts
World Heritage Site of Esfahan.
comfortable accommodation and top value
area of La Rosière. Also new are Chalet Grand
with (unlike some others) ABTOT bonding
Chardon and Chalet Petit Chardon in La Plagne
for their clients’ financial security which they
1800. Both are unique in terms of the chalets
provide through this era of Brexit uncertainty
having access to a heated outdoor pool
in their chalets and apartments in France and
together with other leisure facilities, including
This season Mountain Heaven are able to offer
Switzerland. In fact, the company has been
a squash court. Chalet Grand Chardon has six
some all-inclusive holidays for those that would
battling hard to meet demand!
en-suite bedrooms and Chalet Petit Chardon
like to travel by the direct Eurostar train service
Having fine-tuned their inventory of chalets on
has three bedrooms.
on a Saturday. When part of a catered package,
offer this winter so that any that do not quite
Always innovating, company director Nick
prices can be as low as £100 return – £50 less
meet the company’s very high standards have
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CABLE-CAR STATION TO BECOME HOTEL The oldest cable-car station in France at Tête
de Solaise – it dates back to 1942 – is about to be transformed into a 40-bedroom hotel that, at
2,550m, will be the highest in France. Access in summer will be by road, while in winter the hotel can only be reached by the new Solaise gondola or by snowcat. The scheduled opening date is December 2018.
E S E TH S L R I G CAN
HELMETS OBLIGATORY AT INDOOR SNOW CENTRE The Snow Centre at Hemel Hempstead has made wearing a helmet when skiing on its slopes obligatory. “We believe that wearing a helmet reduces the risk and seriousness of certain head injuries, which is why we have taken this decision,” a statement issued by the Centre reads. It continues, “However, a helmet is not an armour and should not encourage you to take more risks. The golden rule is control!”
UK HAD NO DEEP SNOW LAST WINTER
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The UK had no snow lying more than 20cm at all last winter, according to data released by the Met Office. It’s the first time so little snow has been reported since the national weather agency began recording the figures almost 60 years ago. The Met Office said that deep snow
This new column is dedicated to celebrating the best of women in snowsports. For the first one, Team GB’s female athletes tell us how skiing is empowering their lives.
stay really fit and feel good in my body. It
so many places. Most of all it allows me
up many opportunities which have
also enables me to travel the world and
to be free. I got a plate at home which
empowered me not only in my athlete
meet like-minded people. It also allows
says “If you’re lucky enough to be in the
life but day to day. In everyday life,
me to push myself, challenge myself and
mountains you’re lucky enough”. Skiing
sport provides me with the inspiration
test my limits. I have learnt that when you
to me is more than just my sport. It’s an
to train to be fit for my sport. This is
think you’ve done everything you can and
opportunity to be in amazing places with
something I have grown passionate
you’ve given everything you’ve got then
amazing people. It also allows us to be
about; when I am not on my snowboard
you can always do a little bit more! I learnt
on an equal level with the boys and shred
and I am back in the UK, I see this as
to push through really tough times to come
with the best of the guys!
an opportunity to channel my energy
out on the other side.
Delancey British Alpine Europa Cup Squad SKIING empowers me because it’s seen as a man’s sport! A lot of characteristics that are associated with men, like strength
British Freestyle Ski Cross Squad
and speed, are key to ski racing. I love
to higher average temperatures and that last winter was the mildest in England and Wales for more than 105 years.
JET2 ADD NEW SKI FLIGHT TO LYON
positively into my day-to-day routine,
AIMEE FULLER EMILY SARSFIELD
was becoming progressively less frequent due
British Park and Pipe Snowboard Squad
Jet2 have announced they’re launching a new
improving my energy levels and mood
twice-weekly service from Stansted to Lyon
by keeping me moving. Snowboarding
in France, adding to their services to Geneva,
is all about experience; every day on
Grenoble and Salzburg. Lyon is located west
the mountain is different and can be
of the French Alps so is best placed to access
challenging. Overcoming challenges on
resorts on that side of the mountains including
Snowboarding has created a platform
the mountain is like problem solving in
Tignes, Les Arcs and Alpe d’Huez. Other French
for me to be strong, confident and
everyday life; it’s working out the best
airports growing in popularity this coming winter
knowing that every time I go skiing I’m
Skiing has brought to me so many
follow my dreams. Finding the love
way of doing the best possible trick you
with more routes from the UK include Chambery
breaking down barriers! Sports help me
opportunities and allowed me to visit
and passion for a sport has opened
and Grenoble. jet2.com/ski
CRYSTAL ALL-SKI-COSTSINCLUSIVE HOLIDAYS Crystal holidays have added what they call their first “slope-ready resort” – Pamporovo in Bulgaria. DAN DECKELBAUM
All holidays to this resort include a lift pass, equipment hire and tuition in addition to the flights, transfers and seven nights’ full board with drinks included, so it is intended to be a high-value option for first-time or more seasoned skiers. Prices from £579 staying in the Hotel Snezhanka, two sharing, departure 7 January 2018.
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Two years after the release of the last James Bond film, Spectre, one of the key locations for the film, Sölden in Austria’s Tirol region, is to open “a unique James Bond cinematic installation” right next to the mountain-top restaurant where the film was shot.
award-winning architect Johann Obermoser.
Sölden, which is usually open for skiing from
The innovative, dynamic space is inspired by
September to late spring each year, is one of
the work of visionary James Bond Production
the most popular destinations in Austria. In fact,
Designer Sir Ken Adam, according to a
it now enjoys the second-highest number of
statement from the lift company.
guest nights in the country, second only to the
“We’re delighted to be partnering with EON
capital city of Vienna.
Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to bring
Several Bond films have had scenes shot in
Bond back to Sölden by creating a truly unique
ski resorts over the years. Mürren, the main
Sölden’s lift company is creating a bespoke new
experience in the heart of the Tyrol region,” said
location for the film On Her Majesty’s Secret
building to house the 007 installation at the top
Jakob Falkner, Managing Director of Cable Car
Service nearly 50 years ago, has increasingly
of the Gaislachkogl Mountain next to the ICE Q
Companies Sölden, who added:
added attractions to commemorate the film, and
Restaurant, Sölden, Austria. The iconic location was
“Together with the many exciting and varied
Peyragudes in the French Pyrenees opened
used in Spectre as the Hoffler Klinik and formed
activities available in the area, this James
a 007 ski run to celebrate 20 years since
part of the snow chase sequence in the film.
Bond installation will strengthen Sölden’s
Tomorrow Never Dies was released in 1997,
The installation will be embedded into the
position as a year-round destination for sports
one of the most exciting parts of the film having
top of the mountain, designed and built by
been filmed there.
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British-favourite resort Méribel in the world’s largest ski region, Les 3 Vallées, celebrates 80
years this winter since the village became a ski resort thanks to the efforts of Colonel Peter Lindsay who opened the first ski lift here in 1938. Two new chairlifts are planned for winter
2017/18 along with other slope upgrades. A new high-speed six-seater chairlift will replace the
old Roc de Tougne twin draglifts, taking just three minutes to ascend to the top of the Lagopède and Bartavelle pistes and providing faster access to Les Menuires and the wider Belleville
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Valley. The main route to Val Thorens is also being improved with a new route that bypasses two formerly unavoidable tricky sections, meaning the piste will be re-graded from red to blue. Other upgrades include a new covered carpet lift at the central Le Rond Point accessing the new Easy Rider beginner area. The main terrain park is also being renamed the Elements Park with four separate zones rated from beginner to expert.
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New SnowboardING World Record Set
FREERIDE BY LEON BUTLER LeonButlerFreeride
Snowboarder Keith Hayes has set a new world record for snowboarding the biggest vertical in 12 hours. The record was set last winter at Sun Peaks ski resort in British Columbia, Canada, but it took some time for Keith to receive his official confirmation and certification from the famous Guinness Book. Keith was supported by a team of 10 from the Winter Sports Company as he attempted and then set the new world record. It was an early start, and the chairlift started turning at 8am sharp – but conditions were perfect. After a week of heavy snowfall and
powder days, 12 March was the one day of the year when Keith’s team weren’t hoping for knee-deep powder. Perfect conditions for this event would be fresh snow on the
Freeriding is a form of skiing and snowboarding that embodies all styles, but in essence it is riding the natural terrain of a mountain free from rules and manmade features. It’s generally associated with off-piste and big mountain due to the natural terrain, cliffs and features being used. It’s basically sliding down a mountain in any way you want to: it’s open to interpretation.
professional tour is a five-event series where
the very best skiers and snowboarders
This rewards the riders who don’t hesitate before
compete on some of the steepest and heaviest
dropping a cliff and show no confusion or stopping.
mountains in the world. They build up points
Traversing can also sometime be a no-no if it
over the series which will determine the overall
disrupts your line. It’s all about the “flow” of your line.
preceding day, followed by a clear evening for a pristine groomed
winner of the tour; it’s an amazing spectacle
run on the Sunday morning. “The snow gods listened and Keith started his day on the most perfect groomer we’ve ever seen!” said a Winter Sports Company spokesperson. Keith rode the Sundance Chairlift and as the day progressed, the
to watch, with the skiing and riding being at
weather brightened. By 2.30pm Keith had completed the benchmark
the highest level with big consequences and
Probably the most exciting part of the competition.
distance of 12,500m that had been set by the Guinness Book prior to
Nothing is man-made and so it’s always amazing
the event to become an official world record holder. At the eight-hour
To get onto the FWT you first need to qualify
to see someone hitting a 20-foot cliff. Judges look
mark it was a case of mind over matter, as the lift shut to the general
through the Freeride World Qualifier Tour Series,
for size of cliff, style while in the air, and whether it
which is made up of events all over the world with
was a clean landing and takeoff.
and the benchmark a distant memory, it looked as though Keith was until 6pm, completing 40 runs – a whopping 19,000 vertical metres.
public and the weather closed in. With over 30 runs under his belt, ready to stop, but with the support of volunteers he kept on going
thousands of competitors of all ages. It’s the same Freeriding has always been the dirty, older
platform as the main tour, in that athletes build up
brother to freestyle – something only the old
points over a season with the aim to finish at the
This is looked at more closely in the qualifier and
As well as it being a personal challenge, Keith also made his
and crusty were into – but it’s beginning to gain
top and earn a place on the FWT.
junior events. It’s not a main criterion as everyone
successful record attempt to raise money for Epilepsy Action.
popularity as more people are looking to explore
There are a few different levels of events on the
has their own style. Someone can lose points if
the mountains. Legends of the sport like Shane
qualifier tour. The difficulty of each event is shown
they are side-slipping down a section while other
McConkey and more recently Jeremy Jones
by a star ranking, one star being the lowest and
riders are carving.
and Xavier De Le Rue have really pushed what
four stars the highest. The more stars, the more
is possible and brought it to the big screen, and
points that are on offer due to the level and risk
Judges will then give an overall score between 0
with the likes of Travis Rice and Candide Thovex
and 100. What makes these events even tougher
bringing their freestyle roots into freeriding it will
is that you get one run, with no practice. So, on
Keep Calm and Ski This Winter The Adventure Yogi company is organising a “Wintersports and
1. Difficulty of Line
the day it’s down to whoever can keep it together
This is all about the route chosen down the
and put a clean, smart run down.
Freeride World Tour
mountain. How difficult is it? What’s the danger
Picking a line is tough. Usually a photo of
Over the years, freeriding has developed and
factor? How have they linked up features? How
the venue is sent out a few days before the
and making it harder to fully enjoy our skiing experience. That’s why
progressed and a competitive format has evolved
creative is their route?
competition, followed by an inspection day. This
AdventureYogi has developed a dedicated winter retreat combining
continue to grow.
now known as the Freeride World Tour. Some
Yoga” retreat this winter. “As every regular skier knows, we use muscles on the slopes in ways
involves scoping the competition face from the
believe it is a bit of a contradiction to introduce
bottom using binoculars, and this is where freeride
competition into freeriding, but it is a great
Control is key in freeriding: if you are out of
is slightly different from other events. The athlete
format that pushes athletes and satisfies their
control, then bad things can happen. Judges
has to use experience and knowledge to pick a line
competitive edge while keeping true to the origins
want to see a rider knowing exactly where they
that will score well – it’s hard seeing how steep a
are going and not flying by the seat of their
run is or how big a cliff is from the bottom.
pants. This is probably one of the main criteria –
Freeriding, whether it’s competitive or not, just
The FWT format works like this ...
falling in the middle of your run is pretty much a
comes down to how a person sees the mountain
There are two levels to the FWT. The main
nail in the coffin.
in front of them and where their inspiration lies.
we don’t during the rest of the year, bringing stiffness and tension
skiing and yoga – the two extremes that complement each other perfectly,” an AdventureYogi spokesperson explained, adding, “Certain yoga postures can benefit skiers and help greatly reduce the physical demands put on the body by active sport.” The retreat, staged in March 2018 in St Foy, will include dedicated daily yoga practice so participants gain more balance, concentration, flexibility and strength for the ski slopes. Each day will begin with a warm-up power yoga session followed by an energising breakfast. After a day on the slopes, evenings will be dedicated to winding down in the sauna, experiencing holistic treatments and gentle yoga, then enjoying a three-course vegetarian
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dinner. Prices start from £893. adventureyogi.com
VALLÉE BRIANÇON The BIG ski area that doesnÕt shout about it!
Serre Chevalier Vallée Briançon (or sometimes just “Serre Che” to its friends!) is one of the world’s biggest ski areas with more than 80 runs, adding up to about 250km of piste and spread over 410 hectares of wonderful natural environment in an authentic valley of the Hautes-Alpes.
les-Bains; Villeneuve – La Salle les Alpes; and
off-piste terrain and mostly XL-sized terrain parks,
Chantemerle – Saint Chaffrey) or in the historic little
Serre Chevalier also thinks hard about every aspect
Whatever you choose to do during the day, you can
mountain town of Briançon, whose fortifications have
of your snowsports holiday, so there are special
all get back together in the evening to enjoy some of
been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
learning areas for first-timers in the terrain park or on
the great regional cuisine in an authentic mountain
Whichever you choose, you’ll find each benefits
the freeride slopes, and there are also runs designed
restaurant or perhaps a drink in a cosy local bar to
from the same fabulous climate of the Southern
to just be straightforward, simple, pure fun!
reflect on another wonderful day in the mountains.
Alps, bathed in sunshine once the snow has fallen.
Enjoying Serre Chevalier Vallée Briançon at a
It’s a natural, genuine environment of beautiful
gentler pace may include a bit of snowshoeing,
landscapes, where you can breathe deeply, relax,
taking one of the 20 or so trails leaving from the
really feel you have got away from your day-to-day
valley, allowing you to discover the magnificent
But when you’re staying there, the only real clue
life or the crowded slopes of some well-known ski
surrounding countryside and its impressive peaks
Ski Holidays to Serre Chevalier are offered by
to just how big it is is when you set off skiing in the
resorts and then just have fun.
which form part of the Écrins National Park. Nordic
numerous ski holiday companies including the
morning and realise the pistes can take you on and
Just how you have fun is up to you, and if you’re
skiing, dog sledding, perhaps a ride on a piste-
big operators like Crystal and Inghams or smaller
on amid the larch forests over a 1,600m vertical
in a family or group where half of you like high-
basher or ski-joering (being gently towed behind
specialists like Ski Miquel or Zenith. You can also
between up to 2,800m above sea level, with 80% of
adrenaline sport, and the other half prefer to relax,
a pony on your skis) are among the many other
arrange holidays yourself via the resort’s website:
the runs located above 2,000m.
Serre Che is your perfect choice.
opportunities here, or if you just want to completely
serre-chevalier.com/en/winter/ Fly in to Grenoble
That’s because you stay not in big-altitude resorts
Along with hundreds of kilometres of piste for all
pamper yourself, there are plenty of spas to
or Turin or it’s a 12-hour drive from London!
but in one of three charming villages (Le Monêtier-
abilities, from great novice areas to the steepest
choose from too, including some very unusual and
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One of the best-known names in world skiing, Kitzbühel has one of the most illustrious pasts – and presents – in downhill ski racing, and an incredible heritage as a winter resort destination for those of us not brave enough to throw ourselves down the course of the infamous annual Hahnenkamm race.
decade ago when a major international report mentioned that low-altitude ski areas would increasingly suffer as the decades went on through this century. So far, Kitzbühel has come out fighting, actually extending its ski season to usually open some high terrain in late October each year using snow farming and clever snowmaking to open runs when most other areas can’t. It has published data going back decades showing it is getting about as much snow as it ever did, and it also has extensive snowmaking. But it can’t be denied that when I visited in February this
If you just roll up to Kitzbühel on your ski holiday, as I did,
year it was raining and the snow wasn’t in great shape. Then
you’ve made a good choice. The local ski area has about
again, I was unlucky enough to visit in a warm spell across
177km of ski runs which you can access from half-a-dozen or
the Alps and Kitzbühel wasn’t the only one suffering.
more spots in and around the resort, but which are now all interconnected up top by more than 50 lifts, including some of the world’s fastest, most comfortable and effective queue-
gobbling lifts on the planet. You’ll probably be impressed by the ski area and its lifts,
While its outskirts appear much the same as any large
therefore (one of which holds the world record for crossing
Austrian mountain village, the medieval town centre is
at the highest level above the valley floor, some 400m up),
something special and makes Kitzbühel a great choice if you
but it’s the town itself that is the resort’s trump card for
have non-skiers in your party or, indeed, fancy a more laid-
back winter holiday where skiing isn’t the be-all and end-all.
The pedestrianised medieval resort centre is something very
There’s a great choice of cafés and restaurants – from
special, drawing tourists year-round to witness its ancient
affordable organic cafés up to gourmet dining – both chic
buildings and painted frescoes. It’s home to an enticing mixture
and modern, and traditional in one of those ancient and
of boutique shops, quirky restaurants and stylish cafés in
authentic buildings. Even for a coffee stop you’ll have no
buildings which, in some cases, date back to the 14th century.
problem finding a hand-made espresso or soya latte here.
If you’re looking for a ski resort with character, choice and a
Shoppers, too, will be delighted by the wide choice of
good-sized ski area, Kitzbühel is it.
enticing shops and boutiques, including many that have been in the town for generations. It’s not only ski shops,
either: there are jewellers, fashion boutiques, a lingerie store, tailors, shoe shops, a great book shop and many more.
Kitzbühel is most famous for the annual Hahnenkamm
It’s also worth noting that there’s plenty to do in Kitzbühel
downhill World Cup ski race each January which plunges
besides either downhill snowsports or rather sedentary
down the mountainside at 85°. The race is the biggest
eating, drinking and shopping. The resort’s impressive
single sporting event in Austria, summer or winter, attracting
Aquarena indoor pool complex features a 25m competition
50,000 or more to the resort to watch it and tens of millions
pool, leisure pool, and spa facilities including sauna,
more to TV screens around the world. Raced 77 times since
steambath and hammam. There are lots more spa centres
the early 1930s, a Hahnenkamm win for a racer is equivalent
around the resort including in many of the 4★ and 5★ hotels
to, perhaps better than a Winter Olympic Downhill victory.
here. There’s also the Mercedes-Benz Sportpark for ice
But Kitzbühel, unlike some of the other world-famous resorts
skating and curling, while the SALEWA KletterKitz climbing
such as St Anton, or Chamonix or Val d’Isère, doesn’t really
gym features an 850m² climbing area that rises up to a
have a reputation for its tough skiing. Of course, there’s
height of 17m. Then there’s indoor tennis, toboggan runs,
plenty of it, but most of the groomed terrain in the local
even a casino – the list goes on.
Wilder Kaiser mountains is suited to intermediates; even the Hahnenkamm’s race course is specially created by linking a number of runs through normally closed sections each year,
Where to Stay
and so it disappears as a race course once the race has
been run and a few die-hards have booked their chance to
I was staying in the comfortable 4★ Hotel Jägerwirt
ski it themselves afterwards.
during my most recent stay in Kitzbühel. The hotel is a
The ski area itself is divided into three sectors, all
long-standing favourite with Brits, partly due to the warm
interlinked, including the Kitzbüheler Horn, the larger
welcome from the friendly and efficient staff and partly due
Hahnenkamm and the smaller BichlAlm which is promoted
to the big buffet dinners, among other things.
as a freeride option complete with snowcat operation. One
Facilities include an indoor pool and a great spa with
popular option is a 35km one-day marked “Ski Safari” route
sauna, steam room and relaxation area. There’s also
that takes you right around the whole area.
a popular bar (warning to non-smokers/good news for
If the 179km of piste locally doesn’t sound like enough (it
smokers: people still smoke in bars in the Tirol) where you
should be for a week for most of us), the area pass covers
can buy one of the world’s biggest burgers if the fancy
many neighbouring ski resorts a short bus ride away; in total
they offer more than 1,000km of ski runs on the Kitzbühel
The Hotel Jägerwirt is well located with both ski lifts and
Alps All Star Card. Closest is the SkiWelt, one of Austria’s
the heart of the resort just a short walk away (the ski bus
three largest ski areas with some 280km of runs – it’s ski
stops right outside if you don’t want the 10-minute walk).
area almost touches Kitzbühel’s.
Crystal Ski Holidays (crystalski.co.uk; 020 8610 3123)
One thing you should be aware of in Kitzbühel is the snow.
offers a week’s half board at the 4★ Hotel Jägerwirt in
The resort’s highest slopes at 2,000m above sea level are
Kitzbühel from £557pp (based on two sharing) including
among the lowest of all the major ski destinations in Europe.
flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck and transfers (price given
That may not be great news in this era of a warming climate,
is for departure on 16 December 2017). Direct flights are
and the resort was singled out by journalists a little over a
available from all major UK airports.
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UNIVERSITY STUDENTS CASH IN ON QUIET DECEMBER
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Tour operators are reporting that sales of ski holidays for December, until New Year Week at least, are slow, while Easter sales are booming and February half-term holidays may “sell out”, for France at least, within the next month.
that their student market is up for this sector.
because the university holidays are not clashing
“The calendar is better generally next season
with any other major European holidays this
with Christmas looking attractive in terms of
year, which means that prices are considerably
days off for adults, and students have a full two
lower for students this season. Student operators
weeks before Christmas, giving them more
believe there will be high demand and as such
choice. Worries about a holiday being ruined by
have secured more beds.
little snow don’t concern the students as much:
Although the student market interest in
The main reason being given for slow December
a lot of them are beginners so they don’t need
December ski holidays goes against the trend,
demand is the successive poor snowfall starts to
massive areas to be open, and they are equally
Cathy says that the student interest is strong at
the season in recent winters, although of course
as motivated by the après-ski as the snow
no one knows how winter 2017/18 will start.
activities. Their chosen destinations include the
“Easter is early, universities break up earlier,
But at least one holiday company is seeing strong
highest resorts of Val Thorens, Alpe d’Huez and
there’s no clash with French holidays and, again,
interest from a particular market sector. Pierre
Tignes so the risk of less snow is lower,” says
there are cheaper prices than last winter for
& Vacances, the biggest provider of mostly self-
Pierre & Vacances’ Cathy Rankin.
everyone able to travel either 24 or 31 March
catering accommodation in the French Alps, says
For British students the calendar is good
compared to Easter holidays last year.”
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Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK) recently
carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth. Once out
staged its Solent Challenge just off the coast
on the open water, the sails were hoisted,
of Portsmouth. Fifteen yachts participated in
engines switched off and the sailors began
the fundraising event including two crews
to feel the boat move under its own power.
from tour operator Crystal – Supersailors and
The weather was perfect – enough wind
The Reely Nauti Crew.
to give the thrill of speed through the
Guest of honour was Sir Steve Redgrave,
water, but not enough to make anyone
and his team of sailors consisted of British
Association of Snowsport instructors and
At the end of the day there was a prize
giving and BBQ dinner. The Crystal teams
The ten members of each yacht received a
came seventh and eighth and raised over
crash course on sailing during the morning
£3,600 for the charity. DSUK will be running
and then headed out on Sunsail’s 40-foot
the fifth Solent Challenge next year and
yachts past the British Navy’s largest aircraft
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TVB PAZNAUN - ISCHGL
the village, keeps going until the early hours. Ischgl is
So Much Snow
the village of Samnaun, where you can pick up
certainly a contender for the après-ski capital of Europe,
Along with a formidable natural snowfall record,
some seriously cut-price bargains. But there’s
and the resort has mega venues such as the Trofana
Ischgl has no less than 1,100 snow machines covering
much more to do in Ischgl besides downhill
Arena, with five bars on various levels, live shows and
most of its 238 kilometres of perfectly prepared
snowsports, or even instead of them, if you don’t
top DJs, and Pacha, regarded by many as the greatest
pistes, and in recent years has proved itself ready
want to ski. It’s a very long list but ice-skating,
club in the Alps, in the Designhotel, Madlein.
to go in late November while other resorts have
snowshoeing, winter hiking, tobogganing, spas
struggled to open, particularly in warmer-than-normal
and swimming or the exciting Ischgl Skyfly mega
autumns when Mother Nature doesn’t play ball with
zip wire are all options.
If you’re after a ski area with both a big international
ski area and a thriving après-ski scene, then look
As if its great skiing and a world-class party scene
deliveries of the natural stuff. It stays fully open
no further. Set deep in the stunning Paznaun Valley,
were not enough, Ischgl has also risen to become
right through to the start of May, too. The slopes are
The Biggest Parties
Ischgl’s Silvretta Arena ski area expands for 238km
a stronghold in terms of cuisine. There’s everything
served by 45 ski lifts, including some of the most
Ischgl celebrates both the start and end of its
over some of the most majestic mountains in the
from highly affordable ski lodges through to gourmet
comfortable, state-of-the-art high-speed gondola and
very long season with a big music festival on the
Alps, offering varied and snow-sure skiing from
restaurants serving award-winning cuisine. On the
chair lifts on earth.
mountain, bringing in a major world star for a free gig
November all the way to May.
slopes, there are 14 mountain restaurants and ski
– you just need a lift pass to reach the venue. The list
lodges to choose from, offering everything from a
Not Just Skiing
quick pit-stop snack (if you want to zoom back out
Of course, most visitors will want to carve their
the Mountain concert gets ever longer, but includes
Ischgl is almost as famous for its legendary après-ski
onto the snow) to refined menus with table service
way down the pristine pistes on the Idalp on skis
the likes of Kylie Minogue, Rihanna, Pink, Lionel
and nightlife scene as it is for its incredible ski area.
(for a long lunch until the lifts close). Only recently,
or snowboards, or explore the freeride terrain
Ritchie, Robbie Williams, Katy Perry, Muse, Diana
The après-ski scene kicks off at Niki’s Stadl by the
Ischgl was described in the A la Carte guide as a “…
off Piz Val Gronda. A must-do is the Duty-Free
Ross and Elton John (twice) – his grand piano arriving
Pardatschgrat chair while the Kuhstall, in the centre of
culinary Mecca in the Alps”.
Run, which takes you across the Swiss border to
slung beneath a helicopter.
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of global superstars to have performed at the Top of
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With a snow-sure, five-month season, 238km of slopes and lifts reaching up to 2,800m, Ischgl is the perfect resort for skiers looking for reliable snow, and lots of it.
Photo © Atelier Busche
The UK’s largest ski tour operator, Crystal, have announced they’ll be offering holidays to two Swedish ski areas next winter.
white stuff from December through to May.
commented, “Åre, Sweden’s biggest ski area,
Pistes and lifts are uncrowded and offer a good
and Vemdalen are a perfect addition to our
spread of runs, from green to black, making it
already large choice of resorts, and will satisfy
a memorable experience for all abilities,” said a
those skiers who like to experience a different
environment and culture than the Alps. Everyone
Åre is the most popular ski destination in
speaks a good level of English, food is delightful
Scandinavia and one of the biggest with 100km
and resorts are extremely family friendly. Flights
of runs served by 42 ski lifts. It has hosted the
are direct from Gatwick to Östersund and
The company already operates to resorts in
Alpine Skiing World Championships on multiple
transfers are just over an hour.”
Sweden’s neighbouring countries, Norway and
occasions and will do again in 2019.
“This new partnership with Crystal Ski Holidays
Finland, and has been expanding its choice of
Vemdalen, with a total of 35 ski lifts and 51 runs, is
is very interesting for us. I think we can provide
destinations in those two countries over the past
smaller and targeted more at families by operators
a ski product that British skiers will love to
Skistar, who also run Åre and other leading resorts
experience. The Nordic region has so much to
“Swedish mountains may not be as high as
in the region such as Norway’s Hemsedal. Crystal
offer and the skiing here suits the British taste,”
the Alps, but their proximity to the Arctic Circle
will offer a choice of 3★–5★ accommodation.
says Niclas Sjögren Berg, SkiStar ski resort
means they’re usually covered in a layer of the
Crystal’s purchasing manager, Michael Brabin,
manager for Åre.
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Ten years after their last lads’
can get harsh, with strong winds and whiteouts common. The
who started riding in the boom of the noughties and had to hang up their
Soldeu and El Tarter areas are lower down and have more
boards due to family commitments, are now returning to the slopes – and
technical, varied and tree-lined slopes.
this time they are introducing their kids to the dark art of one-plank sliding.
One morning, we snowboarded over to Pas from Soldeu. As we sat
Clothing has certainly got more scientific over the years, especially
in a cafe at the bottom of the main slopes, we reminisced over a
with the advancement of base layers. Back in the day we just layered
cappuccino about the days of stumbling out of nightclubs at 4am to
up with T-shirts and a hoody under very baggy jackets with trousers
get a few hours’ kip before getting the early bird chairlifts for a full
at least three sizes too big. All this was not only heavy, but totally
day’s snowboarding, all bleary eyed and heads thudding – times have
impractical for keeping us warm and dry all day.
One of my friends also commented on how well skiers and snowboarders
When picking up the hire equipment, my mates were baffled by all
get on now. There certainly used to be an air of animosity between
the different shapes and profiles of snowboards. It used to be simple:
the groups, with insults traded between each other all part of the day’s
every board was camber (curved upwards across the board). Now
entertainment. Everyone seems happy just to ride the mountain together
It had been too long! But at last we were all heading out to Andorra
you have the added choices of flat, rocker (reverse camber) or hybrid,
now – perhaps there is such a thing as world peace!
on a lads’ snowboarding trip to celebrate my mate’s 40th birthday.
which is a combination of them all! Also, they are not all perfectly
One thing that hasn’t changed over the years is the infrastructure
We used to get together annually, but then the little things in life like
rounded at the top and tail anymore; now they come in a weird and
of the Grandvalira region. It was only formed in 2003, with massive
getting married, having a mortgage and starting a family put a stop to
wonderful selection of shapes.
investments in new and modern ski lifts. Most of these lifts are still in
our trips. Being a snowsports journalist I have been fortunate in being
Another pleasant change is that snowboard boots are so much lighter
place and still do a grand job, as you are highly unlikely to queue at any
able to snowboard at least a couple of times a season. Most of our
and easier to get on and off. We used to be knackered lacing up
point, and even if you do, it is never for long. Having said that, I do think
group hadn’t been snowboarding since the last time we all went to
the boots each morning and then having to have them pretty much
a lot of the chairlifts need to be modernised, especially getting rid of the
Andorra 10 years ago and were excited, if not a little anxious, about
surgically removed from our feet at the end of each day. Now, with the
ones that come at you with leg-breaking speed, then meander up the
hitting the slopes once again.
fast lace and Boa systems, it is done in seconds.
mountain at a leisurely pace before throwing you off at the end.
Back in the day we used to head over to Pas de la Casa, where we
As we headed up the gondola for the first time, some of my friends
As always, we booked the whole trip with Crystal Ski. As a group
partied hard and got used to snowboarding with massive hangovers.
were amazed that everyone was wearing ski helmets! When we
leader this makes life so simple as everything is included within the
This time, we decided to go to the neighbouring town of Soldeu.
were last all in Andorra a decade ago, not even the snowboarders
package, including flights, transfers, lift passes, equipment hire and
As we found out on our first night, Soldeu may not have the party
wore helmets, let alone skiers. High-profile ski accidents such as
reputation of Pas, but it certainly has a lively nightlife and a good
with Michael Schumacher have certainly had an impact, as the vast
As for Andorra, it has never let us down. We were worried when we
atmosphere, with great live music playing every night in venues such
majority of skiers and snowboarders now protect their nods.
arrived about the lack of snow, but then it came, and kept coming, and
as the Irish bar, Harp, and Bar Code. After a few beers and games of
It was a relief to see that snowboarding is still as popular as ever
by midweek we were making lines through untracked powder fields –
table football, we headed back to the hotel just after midnight. This
in Andorra, as it has been widely reported that snowboarding
what more can you ask for?
was a complete contrast to the heady days of our former trips, but at
participation has been in sharp decline over the last few years. This
There may have been many shocks to the changes in style, fashion
least we woke up with clear heads for a good day’s snowboarding.
may be true in other parts of Europe, but in Andorra the dark Force is
and technology since my mates last went snowboarding, and we have
Soldeu is part of the massive Grandvalira ski area which boasts
still strong, with a good number of snowboarders out on the mountain
all certainly got older with thinning hair lines and thickening waistlines,
an area of 210km with 128 slopes. Pas de la Casa is at the highest
and plenty of snowboarding schools to be seen.
but one thing that will never change is the love for snowboarding and
point and has vast, wide and seemingly endless rolling slopes.
This could be a sign that the sport of snowboarding has got all grown up
that immense feeling of freedom while surfing across fresh powder –
Being so high you are at the mercy of the weather and conditions
and is about to hit a golden age, where more and more mature riders,
Amen to that.
trip to the famous party resort of Pas de la Casa, Mark Barber and friends are back, but this time they’re celebrating a friend’s 40th. What has changed and what is still the same?
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BEAR’S BEHAVIOUR INDICATES SNOWY WINTER
BOOMING SALES OF SNOW MACHINES
SLACKLINING IN ECLIPSE ABOVE ICONIC SKI RUN
The late summer behaviour of a rescued grizzly bear named Boo is being
TechnoAlpin, manufacturer of the world’s most popular all-weather
Among the millions who travelled to the “area of totality” during the total
seen as a sign that there’s a harsh winter ahead by staff at a ski resort in
snowmaking machine, the Snowfactory, has reported booming sales.
solar eclipse in the USA in August, where the sun was 100% obscured by
British Columbia, Canada.
“We now have more than 20 machines in operation worldwide
the moon, were a few athletes and professional photographers working
“It’s bearly (sorry, had to) the end of summer, and Boo is already
and the number is growing, almost by the day!” said TechnoAlpin’s
for Red Bull and aiming to do something different during this once-in-a-
preparing for winter. Lining up with the yellowing of the leaves on the
Marketing Manager, Max Rougeaux.
trees for fall, Boo’s coat has started thickening as he’s been packing on
All-weather snowmaking creates snow in a temperature-controlled
In Wyoming, Alex Mason stepped off the edge of a cliff high above Jackson
the pounds, leading our local grizzly bear experts to believe winter will
environment within a large articulated unit, rather than in the
Hole, spending the entirety of the two-minute 26-second eclipse totality on
hit us early this year and be a snowy one!” says Matt Mosteller, Senior
outdoors, which means the snow can be made regardless of the
a 23m-long slackline (just 2.5cm wide) strung 45m over one of the world’s
VP of Marketing & Resort Experience at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies,
outdoor temperature. The technology is not new. Early machines
most famous ski runs, Corbet’s Couloir, at an elevation of 3,185m.
which run several of Canada’s top ski destinations including Fernie,
were used in the 1990s, and Zermatt and Pitztal have operated
“The line is 150-feet off the deck,” Mason explained. “But with over
Kimberley, Nakiska and Boo’s home resort of Kicking Horse, which
similar machines from another manufacturer on their glaciers for
10,000 feet of exposure, it truly felt like I was walking in the sky. It was
boasts the fourth-biggest lift-served vertical in North America.
nearly a decade. They are, however, getting more popular.
the most amazing and surreal experience of my life … it was really
Boo was brought to the resort after having been orphaned as a cub
What they don’t make is huge volumes of snow compared to
intimidating to take this on, but I’m so glad I did. Such a once-in-a-lifetime
and was saved from certain death. He now lives in the largest enclosed
conventional snowmaking or Mother Nature; average production
grizzly bear habitat in the world.
is 100 cubic metres of snow per 24 hours.
Mason’s exploits were captured by photographer Keith Ladzinski
Boo’s behaviour this September is reported to be similar to his “prediction”
One of the latest resorts to take delivery of a machine is Sölden
two years ago in 2015, which Matt describes as coming before an “epic ski
in Austria, and two of Scotland’s five ski centres, Glencoe and
“This was an extremely challenging setup and photo shoot with a ton of
season with over 17 feet of snow and lots of powdery goodness.”
Cairngorm, have expressed a wish to acquire Snowfactory
different variables and such a short window of opportunity. We had to rig
Boo is currently eating up to 40,000 calories a day, earlier than he
snowmaking following one of the worst-ever seasons for snow
the line in the exact right location and make sure the tension was perfect
usually does, to put on the proper pounds to survive his hibernation
cover last winter.
while minimising wear and tear and keeping Alex safe. In the end, I’m
during the winter.
really happy with the way it all came together.”
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the usual random “no longer a child” rule
selection of bedrooms. There’s a sunny
situated around the hotel, and babysitting
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ski area, Les 3 Vallées, as well as at their
that some travel providers decide applies
terrace, sparkling Jacuzzi and a recently
services are also available on request, as
party at Hotel Ibiza on the same dates
Hotel Ibiza in Les Deux Alpes, another
when your kids hit 16, 14 or even 12.
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are private transfers for families from the
costs from £1,075 per adult (£2,150 total
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live music acts perform.
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with the Kids Go Free deal) on a half-board
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world-famous resorts each year and pay the
cost, but you can also make your own
price in terms of expensive lift passes and
meals and keep your drink in your own
high in-resort costs. But there are literally
fridge, saving a fortune on eating out. If
thousands of resorts in Europe, and while
you do travel pre-Christmas or after Easter,
you can now pay €300 (around £266) for a
look out for deals like “a free lift pass with
1. Travel low season
six-day lift pass at some of the top names,
your apartment” (or sometimes a free
Visiting ski resorts before Christmas or
perfectly good ski areas will charge you half
apartment with your lift pass!).
after Easter can be risky for snow cover,
that for your week’s ski fix.
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Choosing where to go on your family ski holiday is always tricky. There are so many choices and every resort claims to be the best for families. But one way to narrow down the choice is to think about the whole holiday right from leaving home.
Tiroler Zugspitz Arena
Salzburg and Munich airports are all within an
the resorts of Niederau, Oberau and Auffach,
with the neighbouring Alpbachtal, home to
It’s fair to say that the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena
You may not be familiar with the name Ötztal,
It’s the perfect family resort with wide, gentle
Inneralpbach and Alpbach, which has been
is not that well known in the British market
but it is home to Austria’s most-visited ski
slopes, many blue runs and great childcare
voted the most picturesque village in Austria.
so far, so this is truly a hidden gem waiting to
resort, Sölden, as well as one of the most snow-
facilities at the valley or top stations, not to
Wherever you choose to stay, the human
be discovered and a good choice if you don’t
sure resorts in the Alps and a long-standing
mention an incredible choice of 77 family-run
scale and traditional values of the authentic
want to spend your holiday surrounded by
British favourite, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl.
mountain restaurants for plenty of pit stops on
Ski Juwel villages, as well as the beautiful,
Brits. It’s also a good choice if you’re looking
Sölden is a busy party town, but Obergurgl
the slopes. To help keep prices down, there’s
family-friendly slopes and friendly local service
for the best value for money, as prices on
has a strong reputation with families. It’s
a special young family lift ticket during certain
providers, make it a great place for families to
everything from a lift pass to a cup of coffee
small, easy to get around and has lots of
low-season periods known as Family Ski
learn to ski or board together.
Most families enjoy a stress-free start, and end,
are lower here than at better-known resorts.
slopes for beginners/intermediates, great
Weeks. Here, children aged 15 years or younger
There are dedicated children’s areas on the
to their holidays from a quick flight into a small
The resort encompasses six different skiing
fast lifts with no queuing, excellent English-
ride for free with a paying adult and there are
slopes and local valley lifts, so you can ski
airport with a small transfer at the other end,
areas, all on one ski ticket, and offers skiing
speaking ski schools and for the youngest
also big accommodation discounts too.
close to home if you wish, and there are good-
and arriving at a friendly, moderately sized ski
across the Austrian and the German side of
guests, the wonderful Bobo Ski Club. The
There is a choice of nine villages in the
humoured English-speaking instructors to
resort. This tends to be better than flying in to a
the Zugspitze mountain, Germany’s highest.
resort has a relaxed, low-key atmosphere
region – all connected to the same big ski
teach you. Bobo the Penguin and the Dragon
big airport then facing a long transfer to a huge,
Each separate ski area has about 30km of
and is very quiet in terms of traffic as it lies at
area. The most popular villages for Brits
Club are there to teach the youngest skiers,
anonymous ski area. So, the short answer is to
slopes, most of them rated easy blues or
the top of a valley, while the road to Italy is
include Söll, which has its own family and
and a family lift pass discount is on offer.
head to the Austrian Tirol.
slightly more challenging reds, meaning your
closed in winter. Several hotels offer in-house
beginners’ ski area and Kinderland ski area
The chocolate box resort of Alpbach is one
Ski areas in the Tirol not only tick all the
family will enjoy an intimate, friendly ski area
childcare and specialist British families tour
on the local slopes, and the ski schools
of the closest resorts to Innsbruck Airport,
boxes on ease of access from the UK, but
but have the choice to try another area every
operator Esprit Ski have two chalets, an
run programmes for kids. Off-the-Slope
only 50 minutes away, has great beginner-
the resorts themselves work very hard to
day of the week. There are gentle runs with
afternoon club and crèche and Snow Club.
attractions include KiKo Söll, an adventure
level skiing and offers great value for money
make sure that they offer a great holiday
stress-free carpet lifts serving the beginner
Off the slopes you can try snowshoeing, ice
farmyard open all year round, and a meet-
in terms of accommodation, ski schools and
destination for families.
slopes as well as more challenging skiing for
skating, curling, tobogganing or indoor horse
the-huskies day every Friday.
lift passes. There’s a wonderful children’s
So, expect family-friendly accommodation
older children and parents.
riding, or visit the Aqua Dome in Längenfeld,
Ellmau meanwhile has nursery slopes right
centre, a great ski school for kids and special
options; great ski school and kindergarten
Each ski area is easy to reach; most of them
a popular thermal spa complex.
in the centre of the village. There are also
offers for the family over Easter.
facilities, usually with dedicated on-snow
start right in the centre of the villages and
If you’re looking for a quieter, more intimate
gentle tree-lined runs that are great for
Niederau in the Wildschönau valley is
fun and learning areas for younger kids;
are within short walking distance of your
village still, Hochoetz is the Ötztal’s best-kept
beginners/intermediates but connected to
another traditional Tirolean village, full of
fast, comfortable lifts that are easy for
accommodation. Free ski buses link the
secret. There’s a good mix of slopes here
the SkiWelt, so there are more challenging
charm with a friendly atmosphere and great
families to use and lots to do off the
villages, which each offer excellent childcare
with quaint mountain inns and a homely
slopes available for the more advanced
facilities and ski schools.
atmosphere. If you just want the simple
skiers in your party.
Children will have fun in Bobo’s Kids Club or
The extra good news is that the pound
Off the slopes, there are lots of indoor activities
things on a holiday where you can enjoy true
Off the slopes, Ellmau offers husky rides, snow
in AKTI’s adventure land and can also have a
will most likely go further in Austria than in
including an indoor climbing wall, swimming
“quality family time”, this unique alpine valley
tubing, tobogganing, horse-drawn carriage
great ride down the local toboggan run.
many other ski nations. Young children don’t
pool, tennis courts and a family leisure pool with
could be the one for you.
rides, ice skating, winter walking and snow
usually pay for their lift tickets at all until age
slides, water jets and a baby pool. You can also
six or seven in Austria when four or five is the
try outdoor activities such as free winter hiking
norm in many resorts in other countries, and
tours, snowshoeing or hiking with torches,
child discounts often continue up to age 16
tobogganing and horse-drawn sleigh rides.
or 18, whereas, again, other resorts in other
Finally, you’ll find a great choice of family-
If the “getting there” aspect of going on a ski
countries often make children pay adult
oriented dining options, loads of family-friendly
holiday is the most challenging part for your
prices from age 12 or 13, as do airlines.
accommodation and, for the icing on the cake,
family, look no further than the SkiWelt, one
Here are some of the Tirol’s top family-
the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena even organise many
of Austria’s largest ski areas with more than
The Ski Juwel ski area was created a few years
family-orientated nighttime activities to enjoy.
284km of pistes to explore, as Innsbruck,
ago when a new lift linked the Valley, home to
Tiroler Zugspitz Arena: zugspitzarena.com/en
shoeing. It is also home to the great Kaiserbad swimming pool, which features “Ellmi’s friends”
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental
children’s area and an indoor climbing wall. Tirol: visittirol.co.uk Otztal: oetztal.com/en
Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau
Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschonau: skijuwel.com/en/winter
GOES BACK TO THE FUTURE
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Vaujany is a small ski village with a fast link into the popular Alpe d’Huez resort in southeastern France. It’s a quiet, yet growing ski resort, perfect for the whole family where you have the best of all worlds
Looking eastward you have the high-peaked, snow-
Loads to Do off the Slopes
Besson and the tartiflette at La Combe Haute, but
covered mountains of the Grandes Rousses, and
If you’re not exhausted from the extensive skiing,
you really can’t go wrong with the varied restaurant
to the west you look down into the unencumbered
there’s an indoor ice-hockey stadium, bowling alley,
choices in Vaujany, all very well priced and with
Romanche valley and the Grand Galber Mountain
sports hall and gym that hosts events throughout the
face. The views, while having a break from skiing on
season. There’s also the brilliant indoor swimming
the chairlifts, are inspiring to say the least.
pool and aqua-bike hire (you’ve got to try it once)
Fabulous for Families
at the leisure centre plus spa facilities if you fancy
Vaujany is a small picturesque village blessed with
a bit of pampering. For non-skiers wanting day
outstanding modern facilities and infrastructure, that
– escaping the crowds, yet with access to one of the
world’s biggest and best ski areas that offers one of
Linked to the popular Alpe d’Huez ski resort by a cable
excursions, we can recommend Vaujany’s very own
has a friendly, traditional community. With its amazing
the world’s biggest lift-served verticals, the longest
car, Vaujany has over 250km of pistes and 80 lifts for your
expert snowshoe guide. Beautiful mountain scenery
and very reasonably priced leisure centres, its own
black run on the planet and the snow-surety of glacier
skiing pleasure, and the region has recently been named
awaits at a pace more likely to conjure up sightings of
dedicated ski school, village feel and never far to a
skiing above. Visitors love the intimate, personal feel
the “Best European Ski Resort in 2017” by European
chamois and chevreuils. Whether you are a beginner
lift, it’s easy to see why Vaujany has previously won
of the village, which has a good selection of shops,
Best Destinations. The village offers excellent skiing
or a regular hiker, the guide will adapt to your needs
both the coveted “Famille Plus Label” and “Best
restaurants and leisure facilities. It’s no surprise that it’s
for beginners to experts, with uncrowded local slopes
for an unforgettable experience.
Small Resort” titles. Younger children are well cared
becoming known as ‘The ultimate back-door ski resort’.
where the resort’s ski school has been providing quality
for at the village crèche and older children can stroll
ski lessons for all ages for over 25 years. Intermediates
Fantastic for Foodies
and above shouldn’t miss the wonderful 10-mile-long
Vaujany offers an authentic French Alps food
much worry on the safe streets. It’s a perfect place
Just a short stroll through the village with its ancient
Sarenne, and the swerving red of Bartavelles. Expert
experience with an abundance of food and drink
for young children and teenagers to develop some
wooden chalets, charming bars and authentic
skiers are spoilt for choice. With everything from Le
experiences from small local markets to pizza at La
independence and for the parents to relax.
restaurants frequented by the locals will have you
Tunnel, one of the top ten hardest runs in the world, to
Remise, to an afternoon beer tasting at Goodwin
booking your next 10 ski holidays at Vaujany. Easy
the off-piste heaven at your fingertips in the Grandes
Brewery. If you’re looking for long lunches or
Visit skipeak.net or call the company who have been
to get around on foot, you can walk everywhere in
Rousses, with most itineraries finishing at the local Alpette
leisurely evening meals, this is the place to be. You’ll
experts on Vaujany ski holidays for almost three
a matter of minutes. The views are splendid, too.
area or Montfrais, you’ll be in skiers’ paradise.
love the brochettes de boeuf at Le Chalet du Lac
decades for more information.
Ambience & Spectacular Scenery
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D E A D LY SINS OF ORGANISING A SKI H O L I D AY Five m ill ion Br its s ay that they sk i or snowboar d, but only one m ill ion go each year. We need to get better at arr anging sk i hol idays, s ays Dan iel Elkan
friends were chatting away to each other. The holiday had begun.
that in mind, here are what I refer to as the “seven deadly sins” of organising
We were headed to the huge Paradiski, to carve and cruise the slopes of
a ski holiday. Avoid these and you are well on your way to the slopes!
Peisey-Vallandry, La Plagne and Les Arcs – all 425km of them. The variety of slopes would cater amply for a mix of nervous beginners,
SIN #1: TRYING TO PLEASE EVERYONE
mile-munching intermediates and powder-hungry experts. With so many
Your friendship circle is likely to encompass people who have different
of us, a catered chalet, acting as a home from home, meant that we could
tastes, priorities and budgets – better to please most people and let some
come back from the slopes and not worry about the need to shop or cook.
fall by the wayside. Your mate who insists on a ski-in/ski-out infinity pool, for
Indeed, it turned out that our First-World problem was only whether another
example, may need to find some other buddies this time.
log should be chucked into the furnace or the wood-fired hot tub as the snow melted on our steaming shoulders.
SIN #2: WIDE CONSULTATION
The great thing about travelling by train is that the journey is relaxing and
Step back from the keyboard … that well-meaning group email asking for
social, with space for people to move about and mix. With a group of people
everyone’s thoughts and where they want to go is like throwing a grenade into
Ski holidays might be an incredible experience – but organising one for a
who don’t all know each other, it’s a tremendous bonus to see friendships
your planning. Everyone will have suggestions, and this will bog you down.
group of friends can feel like a daunting task. There are a myriad of options
forming before your eyes, en route. When we arrived at the chalet at dusk, it
Instead, if you want representative opinions, consult a couple of friends privately.
and yet rarely something that will please everyone. For the past 14 years I’ve
felt like everyone knew each other already.
organised ski holidays for my group of friends. During this time, experience
At dinner, surrounded by animated chat about the skiing we could look
SIN #3: GIVING PEOPLE CHOICE
has taught me that the skill and success comes with knowing what not to do.
forward to, a thought struck me. Having made it on holiday, we really were
Barry Schwartz’s illuminating TED Talk, The Paradox of Choice, shows why
Arranging a ski holiday for a big group is a chunk of work. Once you are on
the lucky minority: so many ski holidays get little further than an excited pub
too much choice is counterproductive. The more options there are, the
your way, however, it all feels worth the effort. Sat on the Ski Train, glass of
conversation, drowning in a flurry of group emails and no eventual decision.
more difficult it is for everyone to come to a decision. Instead, once you’ve
bubbles in hand as we plunged through the Kent countryside towards the
I believe this is because people make classic errors in planning and
sifted the options and decided what you think is best for your group, offer it
Alps, the plan had come together, A-Team style. Around me 24 beaming
communication – condemning the holiday to never actually happen. With
as a “yay-or-nay” choice to your friends.
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SIN #4: TOO MUCH DETAIL
commit and pay by. People will procrastinate if you let them – so be friendly
explore. The village has plenty to do off slope too, with a new sports and
Don’t fill your initial invite with endless details. Just keep things inspiring
but firm. You don’t want them to jeopardise the trip for everyone, so appeal
aqua centre – along with a vibrant après-ski and nightlife scene.
and honest – blending excitement with the essentials like date and price.
to their better nature and make sure they are on the case.
Personally, I don’t even give the name of the accommodation I’ve found, just
ALPE D’HUEZ | FRANCE
the facts about it and photos as attachments.
One of the big hitters of the Southern Alps, Alpe d’Huez makes a central base
SIN #5: NO SIMPLE NEXT STEP Don’t ask for a deposit immediately; that’s a step too far. Just ask people to
Five other great sk i resorts for grou ps
for skiers to explore off in all directions. The local slopes have a huge network of green and blue runs, fanning out to red and black runs in some spectacular, scenic terrain and some very rustic mountain eateries for group bonding over lunch.
indicate their in-principle interest. Once you’ve got a long list of people, you
SAUZE D’OULX | ITALY
can send a second email to those people letting them know that you are ready for deposits. That way, everyone knows it’s happening – and that they
AVORIAZ | FRANCE
Part of the 400km Milky Way ski area, Sauze’s slopes are fantastic for
need to get their act together to assure their place.
The completely ski-in/ski-out nature of this compact resort makes this a
intermediates – tree-lined, quiet and dotted with some great mountain
great base for groups of mixed ability – with a vast 650km of slopes to
restaurants for a cosy cappuccino stop or a sumptuous lunch. The resort
SIN #6: UNDER-INVITING
explore in total. Neighbouring resorts include Morzine and Les Gets, and
has a lovely cobbled old centre with a relaxed ambience and plenty of lively,
Saying that you want to go skiing is one thing; committing is another. Be
the variety of terrain is a huge attraction here. The village has buzzing bars
aware that you need to over-invite to get the numbers that you need.
that will keep the party people happy – as well as the unique Aquariaz
Encourage people to invite like-minded friends – which in any case can be a
tropical swimming complex.
good thing for a social mix and new friendships to form on the slopes.
VAL D’ISÈRE | FRANCE Endlessly popular with ski groups, Val d’Isère is arguably the birthplace of the
VAL THORENS | FRANCE
French après-ski scene, home to the original and legendary Folie Douce bar.
SIN #7: LACK OF DEADLINES
Nestled on one of the peaks in the huge Les 3 Vallées ski area, Val Thorens
The village has an abundance of catered chalets for a range of budgets – along
Plan in advance and give people clear deadlines as to when they need to
has excellent beginner slopes just below it and a huge extent of terrain to
with wonderful ski slopes – shared with the neighbouring resort of Tignes.
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S E L F- C AT E RING A PA RTM E N T S, CHALETS,HOTELS
FRENCH ALP S & P YRENEE S
ST MARTIN DE BELLEVILLE St Martin de Belleville is a traditional ski resort located in Les 3 Vallées, the world’s largest ski region. Rich in historic character and charm, it offers an atmospheric alternative to its neighbouring purposebuilt resorts of Les Menuires and Val Thorens. A new gondola makes accessing Les 3 Vallées quick and easy from the old village.
What Not to Miss
being run by the father-and-son duo, René
Go mushing with the huskies along the river
and Maxime Meilleur. Definitely a blow-the-
and through the woods – just half an hour
budget, book-in-advance type of evening,
but great fun. Also, make sure to pop in to
but unforgettable. Or head to La Trantsa
the Baroque and very beautiful 17th-century
by snowshoe for their weekly tastings of
chapel, the Notre Dame de la Vie, built
“trantsa”, a Belleville speciality made from
between 1635 and 1685, still one of the main
sérac (skimmed milk cheese) and rye bread.
pilgrimage sites in the Savoie.
It was only in the 1980s that St Martin de
Skiers rave about Jerusalem, the main piste
Belleville was linked to Les 3 Vallées. Before
down to St Martin de Belleville, but now it
this the village was just a sleepy little farming
has got even better with the steeper section
community which was only connected to
bypassed in a €1 million+ investment programme
electricity in the 1950s. It still retains its old
this season and therefore even easier for a fast
charm but with the new gondola built in 2015
Find the locals in the “P bar”, just behind
cruise back to base. Enjoy the rollers on this
it really is a choice base to access the huge
the village church, owned and run by British
blue run (was a red run) on the way down, and
and modern 3 Vallées ski area.
girl Lucy Chittenden. They have live music
stunning views of the Belleville valley.
Buy a Chalet There?
every Thursday and Sunday evenings; the
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be yours! Chalets du Nant du Four, one
and Mosco Mules being the best-sellers
Bouitte, in St Marcel (a little hamlet close by
of two new-build chalets, is currently
– and relax by the log fire: open every day
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available for €3,296,000 (£2,968,542) with
Alps and still maintains its traditional roots,
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Brits who venture “across the Pond” to ski in North America tend to fall in love – with both the skiing and the overall holiday experience. There’s the draw of the “big country” when you fly west to find open roads and then open ski slopes waiting for you. It may be a cliché but everything seems bigger too – the rental car, the ski lift, the meals when you dine out. Even the cups of coffee are bigger, although sometimes that’s not such a good thing. Another thing North America has, most seasons at least, is snow. Lots and lots of light fluffy powder snow, which again is a cause of North American ski addiction among many Brits. The Western US and Canadian provinces of BC and Alberta are all famous for their light, floaty powder that really transforms the ski experience. The only downside of skiing North America is that it can cost a lot, especially since the pound fell in value against both the US and, to a lesser degree, Canadian dollars. This fall has been mostly blamed on Brexit, and it certainly hit a new low when the Brexit vote happened, but really it had been falling for a while before and hasn’t actually declined much more over the past year or so; in fact, if anything, it has recovered a little (at least, at time of writing!). Michael Bennett, Managing Director of one of the leading specialists to North America for ski holidays for many years, Ski Independence,
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had this to say on the matter:
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The US North East Coast – this includes the area known as New
Canada’s West – predominantly the provinces of Alberta and
client numbers for the coming season, but this has not been the case,
England and ski states including New Hampshire, New York, Maine
British Columbia, the former home to arguably the most spectacular
and year-on-year sales are currently up 9%, driven in part by strong
and Vermont. Most of the ski areas here are smaller than out west,
mountain terrain in North America (if not the world) around Banff and
demand for Canada.”
with lots of snowmaking and a great atmosphere. They’re also only
Lake Louise, with BC home to four resorts with the four biggest lift-
The good news is that, well aware of the increased bill for Brits
five or six hours behind the UK so jet lag is less of a factor. Famous
served verticals in North America as well as the continent’s biggest ski
heading west, our caring powder providers – both British travel
resorts here include historic Stowe, where the Von Trapps (of The
area and the western world’s most recent Winter Olympics host (and
companies and the resorts themselves in the USA – have been
Sound of Music fame) eventually ended up; Lake Placid, which has
remaining so until at least 2026), Whistler Blackcomb.
working hard to cut prices to help get us over there. And we’ve had
hosted two Winter Olympics; Smugglers Notch, famously one of the
one bit of luck too: increasing competition on transatlantic routes has
most child-friendly resorts on earth; and Killington, biggest in the East.
driven down costs of the airfare element of the ski holiday, so prices are, if anything, better than 12 months ago (see US Ski Holidays from
The US West – keep flying west over the plains and you come to
the UK Can Be Cheaper Next Season below).
the Rockies with more coastal mountains beyond and the biggest ski
US Ski Holidays from the UK Can Be Cheaper Next Season
areas with the best snow in the USA. The most famous ski states are
A British tour operator is claiming that, despite the current low value of
Colorado (Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge, Steamboat and dozens more),
the pound against the US dollar, ski holiday prices from the UK to the
Utah (Park City, Snowbird, Alta) and California (Mammoth, Heavenly,
USA can be cheaper next winter than last, because of the entry of a
Squaw Valley), but you also have great resorts like Jackson Hole in
low-cost transatlantic airline option.
Canada and the USA are big, big, big and while we may have heard
Wyoming, Taos in New Mexico, Mt Bachelor in Oregon, Sun Valley in
Tour operator Ski Safari is selling an identical 14-night package to
of half-a-dozen North American resorts like Whistler, Vail, Aspen and
Idaho and Big Sky in Montana. The list goes on.
Copper Mountain in Colorado next season for £150 less than the price
Where to Go?
Stowe, there are in fact nearly 1,000 ski centres to choose from across
last season for customers who opt to fly on the new Norwegian airline
the continent spread across around 50 US states and Canadian
Quebec – there are several smaller ski provinces in Eastern Canada
service from Gatwick to Denver.
provinces and six time zones. So, wherever you go in North America
but the winter sports scene is dominated by Quebec, home to nearly
The new Gatwick to Denver service launches this autumn with two
you’re rarely that far from a ski lift.
100 ski areas including world-famous Tremblant (an easy transfer
flights weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) with flight DY7171 to Denver
There’s so much to choose from, it’s hard to generalise, but some of
from Montreal airport) and Mont Ste Anne. This region provides a
departing 9.50am, arriving 12.40pm, and DY7172 from Denver to
the most popular ski regions include:
very different North American ski experience as French is the main
London Gatwick departing 2.40pm, arriving 6.40am the next day.
language and cultural heritage and influence.
Norwegian will be operating Boeing 787-9 planes featuring 35
“It would be easy to think the weaker pound would be affecting our
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premium economy seats, and 309 economy seats.
well), will unveil the new Peak 10 Falcon SuperChair, upgraded from a
Northwoods Express (Chair 11), replacing what was one of the world’s
The Ski Safari package is based on a 14-night holiday for two adults
quad to a six-seater, this winter. Breck’s Peak 10 is renowned for its views,
first detachable quad chairlifts when it was installed back in 1985.
departing 20 January 2018 (compared with the identical package
steep runs, challenging mogul fields and tree trails and is a favourite local
last season departing 21 January 2017) and (at time of writing) will
spot for advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders. The new lift
New Quad at Sunday River
cost £1,925pp next winter compared to £2,075 last winter, staying in
expands Peak 10’s uphill capacity by 25% for the 2017/18 ski season.
Maine’s Sunday River is spending $2.1 million replacing an old fixed-
the central Copper Mountain Condos on a room-only basis with the
grip triple chairlift at Spruce Peak with a new quad, which will cut the
package including transfers.
Arizona Snowbowl to Add Third New Lift in Three Years
To take advantage of current lower prices, Ski Safari recommend
Arizona Snowbowl is to add its third new chairlift in three successive
skiers book as soon as possible to lock in savings.
ski seasons. The new fixed-grip quad chairlift will replace the current
Alta Replacing Two Lifts with One
Hart Prairie Riblet double chairlift, doubling capacity and increasing
Alta is removing its old Supreme and Cecret lifts and replacing them
uplift speed thanks to conveyor loading. The other two new lifts
with the longer Supreme detachable quad lift that extends much
added were the new Humphreys quad chairlift in 2015 and the Grand
farther down the mountain.
What’s New in Resorts?
journey time by three minutes.
Canyon Express high-speed six-person lift last winter. Stay in a Slopeside Tree House at Whitefish
The first of what are being promoted as the world’s first ski-in/ski-
Pod Hotel Coming to Whistler
Copper Mountain are upgrading the Kokomo triple chairlift to a high-
out tree houses has opened in Montana in advance of the next ski
Whistler is to be home to Canada’s first “pod” hotel when the new
speed quad that will extend 60m further downhill than the old lift to
season. Operator Snow Bear Chalets aims to have at least three
Pangea Pod Hotel, currently under construction at North America’s
provide better access from Copper’s West Village.
luxurious “tree house” chalets available to rent by the slopes of
biggest ski area, opens towards the end of next season. Pangea will
Whitefish Mountain Resort in north-western Montana. The tree houses
feature a series of custom suites housing a total of 88 private sleeping
are being built around 7.5m above the forest floor, but only a few
pods. Each boutique pod will be lined in wood, containing a memory
metres from the nearest ski runs with views into the mountains of
foam double mattress. They’ll also be equipped with individually
nearby Glacier National Park.
controlled LED lights, multiple charging points (including USB ports)
Crystal Ski (crystalski.co.uk) are offering Heavenly, in California,
and an integrated fan for ventilation and white noise.
as a new resort for winter 2017/18. This resort sits comfortably on
New Quad at Breckenridge
What Are the New Holiday Options?
the state line between California and Nevada and offers skiers and Tenth New Lift in 10 Seasons at Vail
boarders a unique opportunity to ski two US states in one day, on top
one of the first to open each winter (this year on November 10, all being
Vail Mountain is installing a six-seater chairlift as an upgrade to the
of experiencing the lively, flashy casino atmosphere that Nevada is
Breckenridge in Colorado, the most popular US destination for Brits and
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famous for. South Lake Tahoe is located at the bottom of the mountain
ski-deals; Canadian Affair: canadianaffair.com/holidays/canada/
on the shores of the glorious Lake Tahoe (the highest lake in the USA).
ski-holidays; Scott Dunn: scottdunn.com/luxury-holiday/ski-holidays/ ski-north-america; Virgin Holidays: virginholidays.co.uk; and Ski World:
Ski Independence (ski-i.com) have reintroduced Revelstoke to
skiworld.co.uk – who even offer holidays to the ski resort of Alyeska
their programme, a quirky resort in central BC that posts the biggest
lift-served vertical in North America at 1,713m. Regarded as one of Canada’s best powder snow destinations, Ski Independence are also promoting road trips and heli-skiing in North America.
New Ski Flight Routes to North America
Frontier Ski (frontier-travel.co.uk) have seen an increase in skiers
Competition has been hotting up again on ski flight routes to the US
wanting a “multi-centre” ski vacation so that they can explore different
– increasing choice and driving down prices even with established
resorts, according to founder Sandra Potter. Canada is ideally placed
carriers on routes where competition has been introduced.
to offer this as there are many resorts within easy reach of each other
As mentioned above, Norwegian have just launched a new year-round
offering very different terrain and atmosphere.
service from Gatwick to Denver with fares well below previous levels
For instance, Frontier’s Powder Explorer, with prices starting from
on the route.
£1,699pp, allows you to ski in the glories of Banff National Park, the
In Canada, Air Transat have announced additional services between
challenging resort of Kicking Horse with its ski-in/ski-out convenience,
London and Vancouver, further increasing capacity on this route as
and Panorama with extensive terrain and the chance to heli-ski right
demand increases too.
from the resort. From Panorama, clients drive their SUVs along the
Stopovers in Iceland are getting ever-more popular too, with Iceland’s
Columbia Valley to Kimberly, which boasts some of the most stunning
low-cost airline WOW Air adding more connections to the USA from
views in the whole of the Rockies, and finish their holiday in the
Reykjavik (although all to the East Coast and Midwest so far). But
renowned snowbowls of Fernie.
Icelandair already operate to Denver from there, with connection services from Manchester, Belfast, Glasgow, Birmingham, Aberdeen
Other British holiday companies operating to North America include:
and London (Heathrow and Gatwick). The good news is most airlines
fly over Iceland anyway on their way across the Atlantic, so it’s not like
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you’re going out of your way.
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If you’ve never skied Japan before, you’re in for a treat. This is unlike any other country you’ll have skied or visited before – a combination of incredible culture, wonderful people, great food and of course amazing skiing all in one country.
monkeys bathe in the hot springs.
lessons and guiding, they ensure you
Culture is a huge part of any trip and the
get everything you want and more from
lightning-fast bullet trains make a visit to
your Japan ski experience at prices that
Tokyo or Kyoto easy while you’re here. It
cannot be beaten. Just go to their website
goes without saying that the food is fantastic
to enquire about visiting Niseko, Hakuba,
and, from miso soup to katsu curry, it’s far
Furano or Kiroro. If you are undecided
more varied than you can imagine.
which resort to visit you will find a wealth
You’ll also find izakayas (Japanese pubs) and
of information on the site and can ask
ryokans (traditional inns) in every resort, and
specialists questions over live chat.
The resorts receive more snow than almost
relaxing in the steamy onsens (hot springs)
With each of their Japan ski specialists
anywhere else in the world, with Japan’s
quickly becomes part of the daily après ritual.
being, or having recently been, based in
northern island of Hokkaido particularly renowned for its unbeatable, copious
resort, you will receive the unrivalled local
Visit Japan with Ski Safari
volumes of light, deep powder snow.
service which has been rated “excellent”
Particularly powdery, Niseko is Japan’s
Ski Safari is a team of passionate skiers
in independent ratings from more than
most famous resort with the iconic volcano
and snowboarders who specialise in tailor-
180 genuine clients.
Mt Yōtei, a half-size image of Mt Fuji, as its
made ski holidays and aim to provide the
backdrop. Along with its great snow, Niseko
best service and value for money, from
is also one of the Japanese resorts that
single-resort trips to multi-resort ski safaris.
boast some of the world’s best tree skiing.
Many of their team have skied Japan, and
Here the relatively mellow terrain means
Product Manager Andrea even grew up in
Japan National Tourism Organisation:
you don’t have to be an expert to ski it.
Tokyo and revisits every winter, so you’re
If you prefer to stay on the groomed pistes
guaranteed unparalleled advice from first-
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LECH-ZUERS-TOURISMUS / KIRSTIN TOEDTLING
BY PATRICK THORNE
30%–70% LESS SNOW IN SWISS ALPS BY 2I00 The latest of many studies into the impact of climate change in the Alps has been published and predicts a best-case scenario of 30% less
FANTASTIC GONDOLAS The Fantastic Gondolas festival returns to Lech this winter, a special evening near the start of the season when the cabins of the Rüfikopf cable car are transformed into dance floors, served by various DJs.
about 1,000 festival enthusiasts
visual arts artists using multimedia
every year, will this season take
installations, and the event continues
place on 9 December 2017. The
with the lift running through to 2am.
bottom and top stations, as well as
“If you did not know better, you
all the gondolas, will see Austrian
could think you were at a festival
and international DJs performing.
in a major city rather than at 2,350
These will include Tom Findley from
metres above sea level,” said
British band and Grammy nominees,
Fabienne Kienreich of Lech Zürs
Using data collected from 82 weather stations
The exterior of the lift cabins and
Tourismus, who added, “Absolutely
and three different climate change scenarios,
buildings are also illuminated with
The surrounding mountain
everyone dances at Fantastic
projected colour patterns.
landscape will also be brought to
Gondolas, sometimes in the snow.”
Fantastic Gondolas, which attracts
life with large-scale projections by
and a worst-case vision of 70% less snow – if temperature rises are not pegged to 2°C by 2050. The detailed study, published in The Cryosphere, focuses on two regions in the Swiss Alps: the Aare in central Switzerland and the Grisons in the east. Its lead author is Dr Christoph Marty, a research scientist at the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in Switzerland.
the researchers simulated snow cover in the two regions through the 21st century.
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snow on average in the Swiss mountains by 2100,
“GAME OF THRONES ON SNOW” FOR TECH FEST The French ski resort of Les Menuires
In scenario one CO2 emissions are halved by
plan to kick off their 2017/18 season with
2050, meaning temperature rises since pre-
a “Geek and Tech” festival which they say
industrial levels are likely to stay below 2°C.
will be the biggest event of the season.
The other two scenarios assume no specific
Running over the weekend of 9–10
international effort to cut emissions, with average
December 2017, the two days will see
global temperatures rising 2.2°–4.9°C by the end
indoor and outdoor activities all focussed
of the century.
on technology and gaming.
Initially all three scenarios have similar outcomes
“It’s the first time an event like this has
over the next few decades, with a 20%–30%
been held in a mountain environment,”
decline in snow cover by 2050 compared to
said a resort spokesperson.
recent years. In the latter half of this century,
Bars will have evenings dedicated to
though, the difference becomes more marked,
video games; outdoors a game based
with temperature rises pegged and snow
on Game of Thrones will bring lasers
decrease limited to 30% in scenario one, but
and photo-tech together. The cinema
climbing to as much as a 70% loss of snow cover
and event spaces in Les Menuires will be turned into gaming centres, bringing
in scenarios two and three. The researchers say there’s likely to be more precipitation in the Alps, but that it is more likely
OLYMPIC BIG AIR CONTEST FOR STEEL WORKS
industry professionals and skiers and riders together. Both retro gaming and the latest-
to fall as rain. Below 1,200m it is expected there Meeting in Lima, Peru, the
environmental reasons before the
Games,” an FIS spokesperson said.
generation video games and consoles
situated above 1,500m the current six and a half
International Ski Federation (FIS)
Summer Olympic Games in Beijing
Among other decisions, the
will be featured, and there’ll also be a
months of snow cover is likely to be reduced to
has approved the venue suggested
Executive Board agreed to unify
simulation space offering an immersive
four months by 2050 and two months by 2100.
by the 2022 Winter Olympics
The area is currently being
the oaths taken by athletes,
experience and augmented reality.
“Skiing on natural snow will be more and more
Organising Committee in China for
redeveloped as an ambitious mixed
followed by officials and then
Packages from €130pp including two
limited to a shorter season or higher elevations.
the first-ever Big Air contest to be
development, which will include
coaches at the opening ceremony,
nights’ accommodation with two day
staged at an Olympics.
housing, leisure facilities, sports
into one oath, with athletes taking
ski passes and two day passes to the
even more important than today,” Dr Marty told
The Big Air at Beijing 2022 will be
facilities and office space.
the lead, as of the Olympic Winter
event are available direct from the resort.
staged at the Shougang Industrial
“The Executive Board was excited by
Games in Pyeongchang next
Park in West Beijing, a former
the project and felt that it would be
February, to shorten this segment
steel plant which was closed for
an iconic location for Big Air at the
of the ceremony.
will be almost no snow by 2100; for resorts
The efficient production of technical snow will get
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InTheSnow have teamed up with Andorra Resorts to give away a fantastic holiday for two people to Arinsal, Andorra, worth €1,300! Enter at InTheSnow.com/competitions
Vallnord is a varied and exciting domain in the
school, or for the more experienced you might like
everything you need for a relaxing and comfortable
full area lift passes as well as your skis and boots
Pyrenees including the resorts of Pal-Arinsal and
to explore the tree-lined runs of Pal or the incredible
stay including a bar, restaurant and quiet break-away
for the week, so all you need to do is get yourself to
Ordino-Arcalis, and with your full Vallnord passes
off-piste possibilities in Arcalis, host to the men’s
area. It’s also just a few minutes’ walk to Arinsal’s
Barcelona and the Andorra Resorts team will take
you can take the whole week to explore them
Freeride World Tour.
popular and welcoming après-ski bars, meaning it’s
care of the rest!
from the fantastic base of the Hotel Xalet Verdu in
Hotel Xalet Verdu in Arinsal is ideally situated just
the perfect location for your holiday.
Arinsal! If you are new to snow then you are in the
300m from the main gondola in Arinsal, highly rated
Not only does the prize include your shared
perfect place to take part in Arinsal’s highly rated ski
for couples, this chalet-style, family-run hotel has
transfers and accommodation, it also includes two
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Photo : David ANDRÉ
Terms: Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. One entry per person. No cash alternative will be provided and the holiday is not transferrable. The prize does not include flights. The winner will be notified within seven days of the competition closing, and if the winner does not respond within seven days we reserve the right to draw a new winner. The accommodation is a twin room for seven nights during winter 2017/18. Availability will be confirmed at the time of claiming the prize, and certain dates are excluded. Andorra Resorts act solely as a booking agency in respect of the prize. The agency booking conditions of Andorra Resorts and conditions of the suppliers of the prize components will apply to the booking and must be accepted to claim the prize.
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Zermatt with its mighty Matterhorn mountain is a big favourite among British skiers, but it’s so in demand that prices are driven almost as high as the lifts, the highest in Europe.
It was top star-rated food with every meal, and the staff The skiing was superb, set against a backdrop of
were very helpful, friendly and attentive.
long-reaching mountain peaks including the famous
Along with the attractive dining room the hotel has a
Matterhorn (or Monte Cervino as it is known on the Italian
residents’ bar and lounge area. All bedrooms have en-
side), which stands at 4,500m. There is a vast choice of
suite bath/WC, free Wi-Fi and Sky TV, and most have a
runs including skiing for all levels.
balcony or terrace.
When snow coverage permits, this area is famous for its
This is a really good-value ski holiday where the hard
extensive off-piste skiing for the more adventurous. For
work is done for you and where you never feel as though
You can however base yourself in Italy’s top resort of
those who want to stay in the sun and brush up on their
you have been overcharged for anything. As well as
Cervinia instead, and ski all that Zermatt has to offer
technique there is ample choice of red, blue and black
good value, it’s a great place to improve your skiing, with
from this lift-linked resort. You may even find you like
runs where you can avoid the shadows of the mountains
a huge variety of terrain and heaps of room to spread
the Cervinia side more, and not just because the prices
and ski all day in sunlight.
out, as the crowds are very minimal.
are a lot lower (unusually, even the lift pass for the same
This area is also renowned for being very quiet,
shared area costs much less if you buy it in Italy).
especially mid-week, so no need to avoid hundreds of
In fact, although Cervina is known by some as
others on the slopes. If you feel energetic, there are
the cheaper place to stay when skiing around the
over 180km of piste to cover, spanning three valleys on
Matterhorn, this is one of Italy’s very best resorts in its
the Italian side alone, and double that if you buy the full
I was lucky enough to enjoy great weather and snow
own right and a popular spot for Italian weekenders
regional pass that includes Zermatt’s skiing too.
conditions during my stay, so as the skiing was great,
from all over the country. Indeed, it is common for
There are several restaurants spread around the mountain
the travel was fast and seamless and the food and
people from Milan and other large cities to buy holiday
which all offer very reasonably priced meals, including local
everything else about the Chalet Hotel Dragon was
specialities and international cuisine. Every meal we had
great, I can happily report that everything about this
The area therefore has maintained its local charm and
was excellent and consisted of truly memorable homemade
holiday was excellent.
traditions. Being close to France and Switzerland, there
food that only the Italians know how to prepare.
It’s worth noting that this ski destination is extremely
are also quite a few French and Swiss visitors, and of
At the end of a day on the slopes, Cervinia village
good value for money. Not just the travel and
course a lot of UK visitors, with a good mixture of all
offers a selection of fine dining and après-ski pubs,
accommodation, but local eating and drinking was cheap
age groups and families in resort.
hotels and restaurants.
compared to UK prices, even with the weaker pound.
On my visit, organised by leading tour operator Inghams earlier this year, we flew in to Turin after a short one hour and 40 minute flight from Gatwick airport. I was
The main thing I heard often repeated from the ski
Chalet Hotel Dragon
met by the Inghams representative, who accompanied
choice of cheese platter. For me, the food was amazing!
guides and people working in the resort was, “I think this region of Italy goes unnoticed as a top ski destination”, and from my experience I’d strongly agree with that.
us on the transfer up to Cervinia, taking less than two
The Chalet Hotel Dragon is in an excellent location just
hours in the coach.
across the road from the first ski lifts, and also close to
So, I was checking in to my hotel only around four hours
several equipment hire shops.
after taking off from London, and as I arrived at my hotel
The main street in the village, which hosts all the bars,
Inghams is offering a seven-night holiday on
I saw the ski lift was just across the street.
restaurants and a couple of nightclubs, is also just
a catered basis (including buffet breakfasts,
I was booked in at the Chalet Hotel Dragon in Cervinia,
around the back of the hotel, so everything is extremely
afternoon tea and cake and five-course evening
a cosy hotel/chalet-style operation run by Inghams
close to hand.
meals with complimentary wine for six days) at
with generous-sized rooms. The hotel, once owned by
In terms of catering, I enjoyed a full skiers’ buffet
the three-and-a-half-diamond Xtra Chalet Dragon
a Scotsman, has a very strong Highlands theme with
breakfast every day, afternoon tea/coffee with a
in Cervinia, Italy, from £789pp departing in
many decorative references to Scotland.
selection of cakes from 4.30pm. Complimentary tea and
January 2018. Price includes return flights to Turin
The hotel staff are there to meet you at arrival, taking
coffee are available all day.
and airport transfers. Ski and snowboard tuition
your bags and ski gear to your room and settling you in
In the evening, there is soup and other snacks as well as
is available to pre-book for three or six half-days
with a complimentary drink.
a complimentary aperitif and hot finger food delivered to
from £123pp. For more information and to book,
Once organised, it was around lunchtime and there
you by the hotel staff. Dinner is served around 7.30pm
please visit www.inghams.co.uk/ski-holidays or
were sandwiches and soup waiting for us in the
in the restaurant where you have a choice from two
call 01483 791 114.
restaurant. When you are ready to organise your ski
starters, two mains and two desserts as part of your
For more information on Cervinia and the Aosta
hire, the closest shop is just across from the hotel
three-course meal in addition to a selection of local
Valley, please visit www.aosta-valley.co.uk.
entrance, so it’s all very easy.
wines and beers, also included. To finish off there is a
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Chalets1066 in Les Gets and while on the one
and IT, and her loyal team have the knowledge
hand the business has proved so popular it has
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cost and best value overall.
ranging from economy up to luxury; on the other
In fact the company is now employing more and
it remains a small, family-run business at its heart.
more local people, and the seasonaires they are
Chalets1066 now have a range of low-cost
employing are specifically qualified in a trade and
accommodation where costs are from €128pp
generally in their mid/late 20s since they were
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That can apply to everything from ski rentals
work in the Alps sadly didn’t have the substance
or tuition to shopping, eating out and all other
Susan, the original director of the company, and
to work hard and stick out a full ski season.
aspects of your holiday.
her husband Mark, are now making Les Gets
In fact while many ski businesses are closing
A great resort to choose is Les Gets in the
their year-round home after falling in love with
down, with Brexit and the GBP/EUR rates,
Mont Blanc Eco Resort nestled in the pretty village of Vallorcine.
French Alps. Part of one of the world’s biggest
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ski regions, the Portes du Soleil, which stretches
in Les Gets. Over a decade and more since, they
Having the Chalet1066 company team resident in
over the Swiss border linking a dozen villages
have got to know everything and everyone in
resort also means there’s always someone senior
with hundreds of kilometres of piste.
the village whilst other holiday companies may
on hand during your holiday to ensure any issues
But whether you ski the full region or stay closer
fly in young staff with no knowledge of the resort
that may arise during your stay can be dealt with
to Les Gets (which means you only need the very
each winter. Susan has led the team in Les Gets,
quickly and help organise any aspects of your
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Les Gets it’s easy to fill your week and ski local,
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The largest holiday company in Les Gets, Chalets1066, are able to advise on what’s best for you depending on your individual needs. Chalets 1066 can tailor your holiday allowing you to choose from a list of optional services to have exactly what you want - economy to luxury service. In addition all clients benefit from free ski pass delivery, the option for fresh bread and croissants delivered by the local baker for a nominal additional fee, and staff and management based in Les Gets. This winter marks the ninth season for
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4★ luxury in Le Grand Bornand
Anyone who hasn’t been on a holiday to the French Alps for a few years is in for a pleasant surprise. Not only do French apartment holidays still offer by far the best value in skiing, usually with the ultimate in slopeside convenience, but the apartment complexes themselves have greatly improved in recent years.
architectural style, and they are always in great
Four 7 with more international cuisine, and the area
Residence Le Ruitor in Sainte Foy could be just your
locations for slope access.
has its own bakery, mini-market, ski school office,
place. Again, there’s an indoor heated pool, saunas,
These apartments give you your own space to relax
crèche and rental shop, so you only really need to
steam room, fitness room and very comfortable
with home comforts including comfy beds, cosy lounges
leave to go out skiing and boarding if you like!
apartments to relax in. The residence also has a bar,
and kitchens that have everything you might need. They
CGH Kalinda is a 4★ prestige residence ideally
perfect for relaxing evenings.
make the perfect base for families, who can spread out
located at the foot of the modern Boisses gondola
and choose whether to eat in or dine out each evening.
with a blue piste leading back to the door, and a
The best apartment buildings also offer the kind of
leisure centre with private indoor heated swimming
facilities and services once only offered by top-class
pool and a large baby pool with slide. There are also
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You can expect bigger, comfier, airier, hi-spec
pool, sauna, steam rooms and other spa facilities,
CGH Kalinda also boasts the superb Ô des Cimes
booked via the specialist award-winning French ski
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and you can book in for a spa treatment too. All the
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holiday company, Peak Retreats. Experts in French
swimming pools and restaurants on-site.
extras like wi-fi (usually free), a heated boot room,
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ski holidays, the company specialises in providing
There’s also a much wider range of apartment
breakfast delivery of croissants and pain au chocolat
In Les Carroz, a delightful village in the large, snow-
a personal service with unrivalled local know-how;
holidays available, especially in the bigger resorts
are normally there too.
sure Grand Massif area, the CGH Residence & Spa Les
staff have personal experience of its properties.
but even in many smaller French ski stations. The
Some of the best on the market at present include:
Chalets de Léana opened just last winter and offers
Peak Retreats is ABTA-bonded meaning your
best are now graded 4 and 5★ so it may be worth
CGH Residence & Spa Kalinda in Tignes 1800, at a
many similar facilities including another luxurious leisure
holiday money is secure. The company can offer
spending just a little bit more to secure a really
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accommodation only or tailor-made holidays inclusive
swanky apartment for your trip.
best ski areas, shared with neighbouring Val d’Isère.
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of travel by Eurotunnel, equipment hire, lift passes
These spacious, well-planned apartments are
There are two restaurants in Tignes 1800, Ô 1800
If you’d prefer a quieter smaller resort where you’ll
and lessons and offers complete flexibility, organising
designed within buildings created in traditional
serving traditional and Savoyard specialities and Le
have the ski slopes to yourself, then the CGH
as much or as little of your holiday as you like.
A typical CGH apartment interior
A typical CGH residence pool
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TUITION SKI TOURING This month we are looking at ski touring or skinning, otherwise known as ski mountaineering, or randonnée in French. This is essentially using your skis to access backcountry and relying less on the ski lift system. The big draw of touring is to be able to explore the mountain environment and be at one with nature, escaping the crowds of people.
Skis, Boots and Skins
cuff to pivot freely for better range of motion when you’re hiking and skinning.
Skis used for touring range from very
TIP: Be sure you are getting boots that are
light models intended for maximum uphill
compatible with your bindings.
Where should I go and what snow can I expect?
JON (AKA WESTY) Jon holds the top qualifications from
When you first start, it’s advisable to always
France, Switzerland and Britain,
mobility and speed, to more freeride
do up and down tours as opposed to loops or
and we can say firsthand that he is
designs that are slightly heavier but offer
traverses. That way you will be able to study
a great ski instructor! Jon heads up
the terrain you will ski back over and follow
the team at Altitude Ski School –
your own tracks back down. As you become
Verbier’s most established British ski
the advantage of some extra ski under your
Safety Kit and Knowledge
foot for the descent. Skins are pre-cut sections of material (usually
When ski touring you will often be entering
more experienced you can start to plan
school. Each month Jon or one of
mohair or synthetic) that stick to the bottom of
uncontrolled avalanche zones. For your
different, more challenging routes. Having
his team will provide us with a few
your skis and allow you to travel uphill without
own safety and the safety of other skiers it
some experience of map reading will be
tips and words of wisdom to help
sliding back down. Clips at both ends of the
is essential that you have the correct safety
crucial as the routes become more complex.
improve our understanding of skiing.
skin and a sticky, non-permanent glue keep
equipment and also the knowledge of how to
Before you head off in the morning, always
each skin attached to the base of your ski.
use it in an emergency situation. Without an
make sure you plan your route and remember
Bindings for touring are slightly different to
avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel you
to take with you a compass and map!
alpine bindings, as they allow you to lift your
will not be able to search for someone buried
Finding good snow, and more importantly safe
A very general guide is that if you are
heel when skinning, or lock this down for
in an avalanche, and no one can find you.
conditions, requires experience and knowledge
The Altitude winter company portfolio
comfortable skiing on red slopes and can also
the descent. They come in two types: frame
TIP: Practise using this safety equipment.
of the mountains. To stay safe, it is advisable
includes the ski and snowboard
manage gentle moguls and ice with a little off-
bindings or pin bindings. Pin bindings are
Grab some friends, go out in the snow and
to go with experienced ski tourers or hire a
school, the Futures instructor training
piste, then you are probably fine to start doing
more lightweight but also require specific
bury some packs with beacons in them to
mountain guide to help develop your knowledge.
programmes and FREERIDE VERBIER,
some gentle ski-touring routes.
boots with pin connectors. You will need
practise your search skills.
TIP: In the spring conditions never set off
a new school dedicated to off-piste
TIP: When ski touring, you are quite likely
frame bindings if the boots you intend to use
TIP 2: A shovel with a plastic blade isn’t
too late in the day – if touring at the end of
coaching in Verbier.
to experience varied snow conditions. It
do not have these connectors.
strong enough to dig through concrete-hard
the season in May you might need to start at
is best to be prepared and confident in all
Touring boots are lighter than regular ski
avalanche debris. Aluminum is the only
least an hour before sunrise in order to find
conditions to help avoid any injures.
boots and feature a walk mode that allows the
choice for safety in avalanche terrain.
some good snow on the way down.
How good do I need to be to start ski touring?
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FINDING GOOD SNOW CONDITIONS Finding good snow conditions for off-piste or ski touring is something that every skier strives for. Below are a few
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general tips to help you understand how to get it right. On a typical ski tour you may find different types of snow, some of which are harder to ski than others. Ideally you should be confident with all types. The easiest to ski is probably “spring snow”, which freezes overnight and then the top couple of centimetres are softened by the sun, followed closely by powder snow on a hard base. You might also encounter hard snow, which can be good to ski, unless it is also icy! Snow conditions that are more tricky to ski include deep powder with no base (sublime but sometimes difficult), and the hardest is probably breakable crust. The priority here is to survive without falling or breaking through the crust. So how do we find the good snow which is easy to ski, versus the hard conditions which can be extremely challenging? This requires a little planning and experience. If it’s been snowing lots, the chances are
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you will find good powder conditions on all slopes, which will remain good for a while if the temperature stays cold. The north-facing slopes tend to keep the powder for longer periods whereas the sunny southfacing slopes will start to transform over time. Melt freeze will occur on slopes that face east, south and west, and this is where you will start to experience breakable crust… pretty nasty to ski!
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NORTH AFRICA North Africa is famous for its stereotypical image of deserts and camels, but it is also home to some high mountains, the Atlas, and some people have been smart enough to put up some ski lifts in Algeria and Morocco.
surveyed by international resort planners with
in poor years.
the aim of improving the basic infrastructure
The approach road to the resort is through
of half-a-dozen drag lifts and an aged chairlift
gently rolling woodland of giant cedar trees,
located between 2,200m and 3,300m above
home to colonies of monkeys who may throw
sea level. However, as yet new lifts that were
branches at you in welcome.
supposed to arrive from Spain have failed to
Over the border in Algeria there’s a ski area
materialise, and snow conditions remain a big
called Chréa located not far from the capital
gamble for anyone planning a visit – mid-
Algiers. An Olympic Facility was reported to
January to mid-February is the best bet. There
have opened at the centre after it became
In Egypt there aren’t any ski lifts on the
are two ski jumps and it’s possible to take time
safer to reach in 2002, after a decade of
mountains, or even the pyramids, but earlier
out and go surfing at the coast nearby.
being too dangerous to visit during terrorist
this year it opened the first indoor snow
There’s a second smaller Moroccan ski area
activity in the region.
centre in Africa, Ski Egypt, built by the
at Michlifen, which is located within a natural
With over 7,000 tons (6,350 tonnes) of
company behind Ski Dubai, so you can now
amphitheatre and surrounded by a beautiful
snow indoors, Ski Egypt, which opened last
hit the Egyptian snow slopes 365 days a year.
area of cedar forest and served by a couple
March, is the first indoor ski resort in Africa.
North Africa’s largest ski centre is Oukaïmeden
of drag lifts, one of them pulling up a very
Attractions include a big ski slope and snow
in Morocco, located a relatively easy trip from
steep hillside. Snow cover is reported to be
park, but snow fun activities like sledging,
Marrakech. Initially developed by the French in
unpredictable, and the season may only last a
“bobsleigh” and a zorbing run on snow are as
the 1940s, the centre has more recently been
few weeks from mid-January to mid-February
popular as ski school.
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IN ASSOCIATION WITH
Atomic Revent Helmet
Dare2b Women’s Revival
with AMID and Holo Core
Why do helmets have to look big and feel
The women’s Dare2b Revival Ski
uncomfortable? Not anymore – the Revent uses
Jacket is made of highly waterproof/
super-light Holo Core and impact-absorbing
breathable ARED VO2 20,000 fabric
AMID, making it possible to reduce the volume
with high-loft, low-bulk insulation and
of the helmet while providing up to 40% higher
is packed with ski-defined features.
protection than industry standard! With Live Fit
Four-way stretch fabric mapped with
and the new 360 size adjustment system, this
AEP KINEMATICS technology provides
helmet provides an instant, individual fit fine-
superb mobility. With a detachable
tuned to any head shape. skibartlett.com
Sidas Cat Track Boot Walker £25 Ski boot traction devices commonly known as Cat Tracks, which allow you to walk confidently and comfortably with your ski boots on. Their tapered design at the tip makes the movement of the foot easier,
Slytech Flexi Lite
and the asymmetric crampon shape makes
walking on snow safer. skibartlett.com
£149.99 One of the lightest, thinnest, most flexible back protectors available on the market, that still offers one of the highest levels of protection. Now there’s
IN ASSOCIATION WITH
no excuse not to wear a back protector! Comfortable, safe, low profile, lightweight – what more
could you want? skibartlett.com
Chamonix Women’s Ski Jacket
Zeal Optics Portal//RL’s goggle
A fully insulated ski jacket (laboratory
Designed from the inside looking out, Portal//RLs is
tested at −30° C) that includes a storm
Zeal’s first goggle to feature its new patent-pending
flap to prevent wind from coming
Rail Lock System (RLs). This one-of-a-kind, quick-
through the zip. It is fully waterproof
change lens uses a dual sliding rail system that
with taped seams and highly
guides, slides and locks your lens into place in one
breathable, letting moisture out so
swift motion for a safe and secure closure that also
you stay dry on the inside.
keeps out snow and ice. In addition, the rimless
design of Portal offers unsurpassed peripheral vision for an elevated optical experience. zealoptics.com
Peak Performance Men’s Volcan Ski Parka £720 Crafted from 2 GoreTex® C-knit
Head Kore 93 Skis
fabrics, the Volcan Parka solves
£645 inc. Binding
backcountry challenges with its balance of durability and weight.
More at skibartlett.com
Clever new construction makes
Trust it in the wild or around town.
the Kore range of skis extremely
Stockists: Ellis Brigham,
lightweight for a freeride ski,
Snow+Rock, MR PORTER,
making them easy to turn,
MatchesFashion, Surfdome, Nevisport
fun and a lot less tiring. Their performance is not compromised,
With their renowned reputation for
they’re super responsive edge to
specialist expert advice, combined with
edge and they grip on hard snow
their carefully selected and tested range
and ice. skibartlett.com
of products, it’s no surprise that Ski Bartlett’s word-of-mouth reputation over the last 50 years has made them the UK’s most popular independent ski shop! @INTHESNOWMAG
Dainese Trailknit Winter
Back Protector Shirt £159.50
£140 Protective base layer with removable Flexagon Lite back Merino fleece is a
protector. Featuring seamless construction and bacteriostatic,
revolution in merino
hypoallergenic and anti-order technology. Differentiated
wool. We combine a
weaving with compression areas and interwoven micromesh
polyester outer skin with
sections for improved airflow. dainese.com/gb
a 100% merino wool inner. The merino wool is directly woven together with the outer skin and brushed. The result is an unbelievably stretchy, highly resistant and enormously breathable product. Stockist: Absolute Snow
Scott Slight 100 Skis £549 Days of meticulous thought, research and testing have gone in to making these skis one of the most award-winning skis of the season. Lighter construction allows these skis to flow smoothly from turn to turn, their shape makes them easy to control and easy to start the turn and at the same time they are unbelievably fun. These really are one of the best skis we’ve ever tried! skibartlett.com
LEGO® Tec Adele Glove £19.99 Not only will these gloves keep little hands dry while skiing and snowball making, but the cosy fleece lining will keep them warm in the coldest of weather. As with all LEGO® Tec products these gloves are designed by people who know what children need: clever quick-release buckles that clip to LEGO® Tec jackets so your kids don’t lose their gloves! skibartlett.com
Peak Performance Men’s
Dare2b Men’s Overshadow Jacket
Volcan Ski Pants
£585 The men’s Dare2b Overshadow Black Label Ski Durability has a new meaning with the Volcans.
Jacket is made of highly waterproof/breathable ARED
The GoreTex® construction gives weatherproof
V02 20,000 fabric with warming Alpaca-blend filling
protection and ventilation for backcountry
and packed with ski-driven features. Four-way stretch
adventures when your focus is on performance.
fabric mapped with AEP KINEMATICS technology
Stockists: Ellis Brigham, Snow+Rock, MR
provides superb mobility on the slopes.
PORTER, MatchesFashion, Surfdome, Nevisport
Atomic Redster TR Skis £674.00 Incl Binding A hybrid cross between two Redster race skis, the G9 long-turning ski and the S9 short-turning ski, allowing you to easily be able to do some of both! Still just as stable
Ortovox Piz Boval Jacket
and just as grippy as their pedigree race
ski heritage, but in a fluid, more forgiving package. These would be a superb ski if
One piece, two styles: we have given our
you’re instructing, coaching or you just want
SWISSWOOL LIGHT SERIES new colours
a performance-inspired piste ski.
for your wild side. With their low weight and
good insulation performance, the products are perfect for long, strenuous days on ski tours. The 90g/m² light lining made of Swiss wool is fitted with BREATHABLE, WINDPROOF and extremely SCUFFRESISTANT and WATER-RESISTANT Pertex Microlight. Stockist: Ellis Brigham
057 // OCT17
Volcom Stone Stop Pad
Burton Malavita Snowboard Binding
Personalise your board and add some extra
This team favourite blends Burton’s top
grip with the Stone Studs Stomp. Place
technologies with a mid-range flex that’s 100%
these convenient little Stone shapes in a
freestyle-focused. The Malavita binding has
pattern of your own. These will help with
carved out a reputation for its ability to destroy
getting on and off lifts or scooting along the
everything that gets in its way. Features like the
flats to stop your back foot from slipping off
Heel Hammock, Supergrip Capstrap™, and Asym
Hammockstrap™ wrap response around the boot
for a seamless fit and ultimate comfort. sputniksnowboardshop.com
Burton Lexa EST Women’s Snowboard Binding £219.95 Boasting legendary all-terrain performance, it’s no wonder the Lexa binding is a top pick for so many riders. Double Take buckles with Insta-Click get you strapped in fast and dropping first. The Asym Hammockstrap™ and Supergrip Capstrap™ combined with a supportive Heel Hammock in the hi-back cradles your boot in supporting comfort. sputniksnowboardshop.com
Burton Kilroy Custom Snowboard £364.95
IN ASSOCIATION WITH
A new evolution of the most trusted board in the game. Built for riding any and all terrain, the Burton Kilroy Custom takes the attitude and approach of the most trusted board ever and gives it a new unique shape and construction. Better yet, it’s a board that can be thrashed without worries thanks to a recipe that’s highperformance without the price.
Volcom Shelterlen GTX Boot
£154.95 Guaranteed to keep you dry, waterproof nubuck, Ballistic Nylon for maximum durability, tongue
Burton Déjà vu Flying V
Thirtytwo Lashed Premium
gussets, speed lace hooks and moulded eva
4K HDR Action Camera £149
midsole for added comfort. Breathable and
From unexplored peaks to your
Ride in style with the new Lashed Premium
is absolutely jam-packed with technology
favourite parks, the Burton Déjà Vu
snowboard boot with supple full grain
and features and comes with a range of
tames anything that stands in your
leather and equipped with the new 100%
accessories to get you going. With a full-colour
way. The board’s smooth rocker
heat mouldable performance fit liner. Ride
1.5” LCD screen to aid and assist, and built-in
profile surfs through deep powder,
harder with the added support from the
digital stabilisation to reduce natural shake,
while subtle camber underfoot and a
new internal harness, securely anchoring
this lightweight, simple-to-use camera will
true twin design keeps you in control
the foot, and cushion every landing with
suit all abilities. It boasts a 16MP camera and
no matter which way you point it.
the high-density evolution foam outsole.
a backlit Sony Exmor-R sensor to help your
footage in low light. olfi.co.uk
waterproof GORE-TEX performance comfort
The all new 4K HDR Olfi one.five action camera
Anon M2 MFI Goggles £234.95
More at sputniksnow boardshop.com
Featuring Magna-Tech® Quick Lens Change Technology, using 16 rare earth magnets to make lens changes easier than ever. Spherical Lens Technology mimics the curvature of the human eye
Sputnik is one of the UK’s largest
for superior optics, while NEW SONAR Lenses by ZEISS enhance
independent snowboard shops. We
contrast for the best possible definition and terrain recognition.
offer great choice and service to all our
customers. Whether you are beginner or expert, we can kit you out to ensure you have a great day on the mountains. 058 // FEB17
IS YOUR JACKET STILL WATERPROOF?
Anon Rodan Helmet £TBC
DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN RE-WATERPROOF IT?
The Anon Rodan helmet features an in-mold shell construction for the best in comfort with a sleek, low-profile fit and feel. A 360° Boa® Fit System provides easy, on-the-go fit adjustment with the turn of a dial, and the Fidlock® magnetic snap helmet buckle lets you open or close with one hand, even if you’re wearing gloves. sputniksnowboardshop.com
Thirtytwo Lashed Double Boa £279.95 The new Lashed Double BOA is everything you’ve come to expect from the Lashed with the convenience of the dual BOA closure system. Combining the independent eyestay with zonal BOA tightening for forefoot support and parallel cable pattern for instep and heel lock. sputniksnowboardshop.com
Burton AK 2L Swash Jacket £369.95 Beneath its smart refined exterior hides a wealth of features. From PrimaLoft® insulation to the GORE TEX® exterior and
If you properly look after your winter ski and snowboard clothing, it will look after you – keeping you warm and dry and lasting for years to come. Cleaning It’s important to keep your technical waterproof
GORE-SEAM® tapes, this jacket is designed
clothing clean as it stops the pores in the fabric
to stand up to the most extreme weather
clogging, hindering its waterproofness and making it
conditions while keeping you warm and dry.
much less breathable.
sputniksnowboardshop.com The majority of winter clothing is machine
Volcom Shadow Insulated Jacket
washable, but don’t forget to check the washing care label inside your garment.
£199.95 The faux-fur collar isn’t the only thing that’s cozy. This warm jacket features a unique
Do not use modern detergents, conditioners or softeners, as these can affect the waterproofing and breathability of your garment.
low-loft insulation for added warmth and the flattering fit of the long esquire fit. The 2-Layer Shell keeps the weather out and a unique breathable lining system will help
Do use specialist technical fabric cleaners that allow the waterproofing and breathability level to be maintained.
you regulate your temp. sputniksnowboardshop.com
Tip: Before washing your garment, check there is no residue of old detergent, conditioners or softeners in your machine. Wash at the temperature indicated on each care label, but often multiple garments (and even gloves) can be washed together. If your clothing is newer and does not need reproofing then just wash and allow your garment to drip dry. Re-waterproofing
On older clothing you may find that the snow and
Polar Fleece £74.95
Volcom Tower Pullover Fleece £69.95
Ultra soft polar fleece work wear inspired button up plaid shirt. Ideal mid layer for
Perfect for relaxing fireside or strolling through
warmth and breathability, and features 32
the city on a cool night, the Tower Pullover
Repel treated fabric to repel water and snow
Fleece offers a stylish way to stay warm. This
on those bad weather days. 100% polyester
long fit hoodie includes a sueded heather
fleece fabric with a unique printed jersey
lining. Includes a fold over cowl neck that’s both fashionable and comfortable. sputniksnowboardshop.com
water does not bead up and run off the surface of your jacket like it used to, and now starts to soak in to the fabric. This is due to wear and dirt affecting the water-repellent treatment and the waterproof membrane. This waterproofing can easily be reactivated by using wash-in or spray-on waterproofers. Simply add the wash-in proofer to the same wash as the technical cleaner or use the spray-on proofer after washing. It really is that easy. You should be able to wash the garment approximately three times, with technical cleaner, before it needs re-proofing again.
059 // JUN17
Giro Men’s Helmet – Zone MIPS
Galactic Extreme Men’s Ski Jacket £119.99
The Zone MIPS features an innovative hybrid construction that combines the ding-resistant
This ski jacket has a modern and functional
durability of a hard-shell upper with the
design and is made with waterproof fabric
lightweight in-mold construction lower and
and taped seams to ensure you stay dry.
sidewalls. The Zone MIPS is packed with
It has a detachable snowskirt to prevent
amenities including the In Form 2 Fit System, a
snow getting into your jacket and is highly
quick-fit vertical tuning adjustment system for
proper helmet positioning, MIPS technology, fully
adjustable venting, Fidlock® magnetic buckle closure and a sleek, integrated POV camera mount. giro.com/range
BBCO Grey/Navy Darwin Beanie £27 Grey/Navy Darwin beanie, unisex design available in three striking colour schemes, features half-fleece lining for extra warmth with embroidered logo side patch. Combines
style with functionality and a fresh new look
Waistcoat Back Protector
for A/W 2017.
Dainese Non-Waistcoat Back Protector £135 / £105 Flexagon redefines the standards of protective comfort with its innovative construction technology. The exceptional flexibility is aided by overlapping layers of Crash Absorb®
LEKI Vertex Glove and Pole Package £99.95
Giro Men’s Goggle – Axis £179.99
memory-retention foam that move independently of one another and follow the anatomy of the body.
2017 marks the tenth anniversary of LEKI’s best-selling
Trigger S – a patented, safety-release system that is fast and
The AxisTM frameless design features an elegant
comfortable, quick and easy to click in and out. To celebrate,
new quick-change lens system and clean, bold style.
LEKI is launching the Vertex Package. This Vertex S pole and
Four self-locating magnets assist in lightning-fast
Vertex S glove combination offers a 30% saving with a package
lens replacement, and four snap pins keep the lens
price of £99.95 [as opposed to £134.90 if bought separately].
securely locked in place. The Axis includes two of
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the best lenses in the business with premium VIVID lenses with Optics by ZEISS, while EVAKTM vent technology and anti-fog coating keep moisture in check. The Axis is ready for all aspects, conditions and every element. giro.com/range
Rossignol Pure Pro 100
Giro Ladies Goggle – Ella
Mountain Warehouse Sub
Zero Women’s Ski Pants
Featuring a women-specific 100mm fit, the
The Ella frameless design boasts an
PURE PRO 100 delivers award-winning
elegant new quick-change lens system
Fully waterproof ski pants
power and precision in a customisable
and clean, bold style. Four self-locating
which have an adjustable
design. Sensor Blade shell technology
magnets assist in lightning-fast lens
waistband, with snow gaiters
reduces weight and drives energy directly
replacement and four snap pins keep
to prevent snow getting into
into the ski while Flex Adjustment options
the lens securely locked in place. The
your clothes, while still highly
allow performance to be tailored to the
medium fit accommodates a wide
breathable, keeping you cool
needs of every skier.
range of female faces while boasting an
and comfortable by allowing
Stockists: Snow+Rock, Blues the Ski
impressively wide EXV field of view.
moisture out and cool air in.
060 // OCT17
SCOTT Symbol 2 Plus D Helmet £170
Throwback Jacket £270
The SCOTT Symbol 2 Plus D delivers the next level in skiing safety. With D30 inserts and MIPS integration this helmet has established a
The men’s Dare2b Throwback
new standard for low-, mid- and high-velocity impacts. With a totally
Ski Jacket is made of highly
new shape, the second generation boasts a much lower profile than its
predecessor and our 360° Pure Sound ear pads allow for better noise
VO2 20,000 fabric with high-
detection, meaning you will be looking your best and staying safe.
loft, low-bulk insulation and is
packed with ski-driven features. Four-way stretch fabric mapped with AEP KINEMATICS technology provides superb mobility. With a detachable snowskirt. dare2b.com
Rossignol Soul 7 HD £665 Incl binding The most innovative, popular and playful freeride ski in the world, the all-new Soul 7 HD has been 100% redesigned. Featuring an all-new Air Tip 2.0 and Carbon Alloy Matrix, at 106mm underfoot the Soul 7 HD is lighter and more powerful, with the uncompromising versatility to go wherever the snow takes you. Stockists: Snow+Rock, Ellis Brigham, Snowtrax
BBCO Origins Navy Fisherman Beanie £30 The Origins beanie range is unisex, rustic, functional and stylish with its chunky roll-up. Made from 100% British wool and produced right here in the UK. Features half-fleece lining for extra warmth along with a side logo design. bigballscollective.com
SKINS Windproof Long Tights
Convolute Jacket £250
Keep the wind out with zoned, stretch-woven, laminated panels down the front of the leg.
The women’s Dare2b Convolute Luxe Ski Jacket is
Thermal protection to keep you warm in sub-
made of highly waterproof/breathable ARED VO2
zero temperatures. Enhance circulation to
15,000 stretch fabric lightly wadded with warming
increase oxygen delivery to active muscles and
insulation. With a faux-fur trimmed hood and a
help blood lactate. Inseam panels eliminate
detachable snowskirt for slope to street wearability.
abrasion between the legs. Comfortable,
soft microfibre waistband anchors onto hips. Shaped crotch for comfort. Keep a key safe on the stretch loop fastened into the waistband. skins.net/uk
Thule RoundTrip Ski Roller 175cm £170 A spacious, rolling ski bag with padded, cinchtop ski sleeves to ensure your gear travels safely to each destination. Fits two pairs of alpine skis up to 175cm in length plus poles.
SCOTT S1 Carbon Ski Boot
Stockist: Snow+Rock national stores
£650 The all-new SCOTT Carbon S1 ski boot was specifically designed to meet the needs of the modern skier who demands a boot with real touring capability and comfort without sacrificing downhill power and confidence. scott-sports.com
061 // OCT17
BBCO Navy Native
Dainese AWA L1 Jacket
£27 AWA L1 is the collection’s ultimate layeringThe Native beanies are made
system garment comprised of a three-
using the finest New Zealand
layer waterproof breathable outer shell
merino wool unisex design with
and an insulating packable inner jacket.
inner half-fleece lining. Merino
Both garment layers integrate TRAILKNIT
wool beanies are extremely
seamless knitted constructions. The
breathable and less prone to
under jacket features TRAILKNIT on the
clamminess, so ideal for outdoor
undersleeve and side, right along with the
pursuits. Also available in White.
outer jacket vents.
Giro Mens Helmet – Range MIPS £249.99 The first helmet to boast a truly integrated custom fit at the turn of a dial. By utilising a two-piece shell and a durable yet semi-flexible design – what is called Conform Fit Technology – this helmet expands and contracts, adapting to every rider’s individual head shape. High-end performance and functional features like MIPS technology, adjustable venting, an integrated POV camera mount and Fidlock® magnetic buckle closure complete this leading-edge design. A team rider favourite for freeride pursuits. giro.com/range
Eider Rocker Jacket Men £399.95 Ergonomic and high-performance – the Rocker features the Fix a Shape zip, durable full-stretch fabric, and high
Jublo Aerospace Goggles
waterproofing/breathability for reliable
protection all winter long. Features: fixed
With Aerospace, Julbo has created the first goggles that work just as well when climbing as when hurtling down the mountain! To avoid misting during ascents, the SuperFlow System enables the screen to edge forward for greater ventilation, while remaining perfectly protected from the sun’s rays. The ideal goggles for those who want maximum ventilation. julbo.com
hood, 3D adjustable, helmet compatible;
Dainese AWA P L1
front opening with the ergonomic
and waterproof YKK Fix a Shape zip; Defender High-Density shoulder and
AWA pants are synthetically insulated
elbow reinforcements; five zipped outer
and paired with the reliable waterproof
pockets under flaps; fixed stretch powder
protection of D-Dry Plus. They are
skirt with a no-slip elastic band and pant-
ergonomically crafted with carefully
Rossignol Experience 84 HD
Rossignol Alltrack Pro 120
£515 Incl binding
£335 The new EXPERIENCE 84 HD blends
062 // OCT17
Giro Ladies Helmet – Stellar MIPS £249.99
The new ALLTRACK PRO 120
the heart of a high-performance carving
delivers an award-winning fusion
machine with a smooth, powerful
The StellarTM MIPS helmet is our premier women’s offering. It utilises integrated
of power, precision and hiking
freeride feel. The finely tuned fusion of
Conform Fit Technology – a two-piece outer shell hugs the head with the turn
performance in our anatomic 100mm
our patented Carbon Alloy Matrix, Air
of a dial providing a bespoke fit. The low-profile Stellar MIPS comes fully loaded
“medium” fit. Compatible with WTR
Tip and Auto Turn Rocker technologies
with high-end performance and safety features including our Multi- Directional
rocker soles, ALLTRACK offers ski-hike
delivers high-definition precision with
Impact Protection System (MIPS), adjustable venting, an integrated POV camera
versatility combined with traditional
effortless versatility across all terrain
mount, and Fidlock® magnetic buckle closure allowing you to stay focused on
alpine performance that continues to
and snow conditions.
the pursuit of powder or perfect groomers.
Stockists: Snow+Rock, Snowtrax
Blues the Ski Shop, Ellis Brigham
Eider The Rocks
Ortovox Ascent Avabag 22L with System
249.95 ASCENT means total emphasis on safety. We have developed a Fully featured mountain-to-
technological ultra-light avalanche airbag backpack that has been
town-style jacket. Features:
adapted in every aspect to our AVABAG system. In order to achieve the
adjustable, removable hood by
low total weight of 1,780g, the foamed 3D back system distributes the
Plug In System, one adjustment
weight evenly between the hip fins and the padded shoulder straps.
at the back; pit zips covered
The circular frontal zipper provides quick access to equipment, the
by flaps; four outer pockets,
diagonal ski attachment, ice axe holder and rope fastener.
including one with exposed
Stockist: Snow and Rock
waterproof zip; zipped inner pocket with earphone cable opening, goggle pocket with an
Rossignol Temptation 80
integrated lens cleaner; snow
£385 Incl binding
gaiter with non-slip band. eider.com/en
With the heart of a frontside carver and an easy freeride feel, the new TEMPTATION 80 is the women’s all-mountain benchmark for advanced skiers. Featuring our most versatile blend of rocker and camber and our patented Air Tip technology, the TEMPTATION 80 offers elevated all-mountain performance for easier progression across all snow conditions. Stockists: Snow Lab, Nevisport, Snowtrax
Peak Performance Men’s Helo Mid Jacket £150 The cozy stretchiness of the Helo makes it an instant favorite with its soft woolmix fabric. Not just warm, it wicks away moisture too, making it ideal for an impromptu change of pace. peakperformance.com
Jublo Starwind Goggles
£70 Designed for expert and demanding men and women riders, the new
We use 100% MERINO WOOL
Starwind goggles are ideal for small to
for our ROCK‘N‘WOOL
medium faces. Compact and offering
collection. These products
top performance, it incorporates the
have a material weight of
best of Julbo technology, such as a
185g/m², making them highly
minimalist frame and XXL field of vision,
versatile from the beginning
the SuperFlow System with its superb
of winter to the end, even
ventilation as well as all our photochromic
when temperatures take
a dip. Incidentally, 100% of the merino wool from this collection comes from the Australian island of Tasmania (the material is ethically and ecologically sound). Stockist: Snowfit
Scott S1 Carbon Ski Boot £650
Eider Sybelles Ski Pant Women
SKINS DNAmic Thermal Tights £100
The all-new SCOTT Carbon S1 ski boot was specifically designed to meet the needs of
£249.95 Stand out in low light with reflective graphic panels on the
the modern skier who demands a boot with
Ultra-feminine softshell pants – form fitting and
calves. Thermal protection to keep you warm in sub-zero
real touring capability and comfort without
figure flattering, with zipped cuff extenders to
temperatures. Enhance circulation to increase oxygen delivery
sacrificing downhill power and confidence.
fit over boots. Features: side opening with zip;
to active muscles and help blood lactate. Inseam panels
adjustable waist with Velcro tabs; high waist in the
eliminate abrasion between legs. Comfortable, soft microfibre
back; zip fly with snap and hook; ergonomically
waistband anchors onto hips. Shaped crotch for comfort. Keep
shaped knees; zipped hem with comfort gusset.
a key safe on the stretch loop fastened into the waistband.
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Bern Lenox Helmet
Bern Watts Visor Helmet £89.99
The Watts: our original visor helmet.
Still looking great and performing in all seasons.
Still delivering looks and performance in all
Providing both comfort and safety, the Lenox has a
seasons. The Watts utilises our premium liner
variety of versatile options to meet your needs whether you’re
featuring Boa technology for a more adjustable fit
on your board, your bike, the slopes or in the water. The Lenox utilises
range. It’s also got drop-in audio-ready ear pads. The Watts
our premium liner featuring Boa technology for a more adjustable fit
uses a thin ABS shell lined with EPS foam to create a burly
range and drop-in audio-ready ear pads. The Lenox uses a thin ABS
lightweight lid that meets certifications for both bike and snow.
shell lined with EPS foam to create a burly lightweight lid that meets
Stockists: Ellis Brigham, Subvert Boardstore,
safety standards for both bike and snow.
The Board Basement, Freeze Pro Shop, Surfdome,
Stockists: Ellis Brigham, Subvert Boardstore, The Board Basement,
Hyped Sports, Internet Fusion
Freeze Pro Shop, Surfdome, Hyped Sports, Internet Fusion
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Eivy Icecold Raglan Top £59.99
POW Tanto Trigger Mitt
POW Warner Long Glove
The Icecold Raglan is the perfect onsnow accessory. We have developed
The Warner features technical
FABdryTM, a four-way moisture-
of materials for essential comfort,
materials, long and short cuff options
wicking polyester/elastane stretch
the Tanto is the most comfortable,
and unique ventilation systems. With
fabric with insulating capabilities
practical trigger in the POW range.
GORE-TEX®, Thinsulate™ and merino
thanks to its brushed inside.
Stockists: Hyped Sports,
wool liner included, this makes the cold
Stockists: Subvert Boardstore,
The Board Basement, Route
days better. Stockists: Hyped Sports,
Surfdome, Hyped Sports, Freeze
One, Surfdome, Snowear,
The Board Basement, Route One,
Pro Shop, Boardwise
Made with the ideal combination
Smith Vantage MIPS Helmet
Smith I/OX Thunder Split Goggles £199.99
Eivy Icecold Pants
The Vantage was built for the hard core, demanding
The Icecold Pant is the perfect on-
the ultimate in everything. Using AerocoreTM
snow accessory. We have developed
construction that features Koroyd®, it simultaneously
FABdryTM, a four-way moisture-
maximises full coverage protection and increased
wicking polyester/elastane stretch
airflow. For the most custom fit, the Vantage offers
fabric with insulating capabilities
The extra-large spherical lens of the I/OX allows unparalleled peripheral vision,
the Boa® FS360 fit system with a 360 halo design.
thanks to its brushed inside. Look
while 5XTM anti-fog technology provides five times the fog absorption compared
Combine all this with the Smith-pioneered AirEvac
great on the snow, in the gym or
to anything else on the market. This technology combined with the interchangeable
technology for goggle integration, and the Vantage
relaxing in the chalet.
lens keeps you on the mountain all day, regardless of the conditions. Comes with
delivers the perfect blend of technology and style.
Stockists: Subvert, Surfdome,
Sun Platinum ChromaPop Lens and spare Storm Rose Flash CP Lens. Stockists:
Stockists: Snow+Rock, Ellis Brigham, Absolute
Hyped Sports, Freeze Pro Shop,
Snow+Rock, Ellis Brigham, Absolute Snow, Freeze Pro Shop, Hyped Sports
Snow, Freeze Pro Shop, Hyped Sports
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Dare2b Men’s Carve
Eider Monterosa Fur Jacket Women
It II Pro Jacket
£250 For the lady skier who wants reliable warmth and one-of-aThe Carve It Pro Ski Jacket
kind style. Features: removable hood with zip; removable
is made of seam-sealed
faux fur; zipped full-front opening under piping; ski pass zip
pocket with invisible zip; elasticated cuffs; very comfortable
VO2 20,000 fabric with high-
stretch cuffs. eider.com/en
warmth, low-bulk insulation. Four-way stretch fabric mapped with AEP KINEMATICS technology provides superb mobility on the slopes. Packed with ski-driven features and a detachable snowskirt. dare2b.com
Scott Slight 93 Ski £500 SCOTT is always striving to bring skiers the next level of performance. Introducing the SCOTT Slight 93, the newest generation of crossover skis. Utilising a revolutionary combination of unidirectional and triaxial carbon with a lightweight wood core and aramid fibres in a sandwich construction. With a 15m turn radius the SCOTT Slight 93 will elevate any skier’s ability. scott-sports.com
BBCO Cream Elan Beanie £30 Quite possibly the warmest beanie hat we’ve ever made. The Elan beanie is made from the softest, chunkiest knit complemented with a half-fleece lining and side faux leather patch logo. This is the closest you will get to putting your head into a toasted giant
Mountain Warehouse Orbit 4 Way Stretch Men’s Ski Pants
Dainese AWA M2
£84.99 AWA M2 consists of a dual layering These ski pants offer full mobility and flexibility with
system comprising a three-layer
adjustable braces and RECCO reflectors to bounce
waterproof breathable outer shell and
back location information in case of avalanche. They
an insulated packable inner jacket. The
are also fully waterproof and highly breathable.
outer shell has a subdued aesthetic with
glossy printed details on undersleeve and sides resembling a space suit Dainese engineered for astronauts. dainese.com/gb
Giro Men’s Goggle – Contact £229.99 The breakthrough design of the Contact goggle makes it easy to adapt instantly to changing weather and light conditions. The Snapshot Magnetic Lens Interchange System sets a new standard in fast, accurate and secure lens interchange by utilising a shutter-button release-and-locking mechanism. The Contact offers an outstanding field of view and now includes two premium VIVID lenses with Optics by ZEISS (one sun/all-conditions lens and one infrared storm/low-light lens). New for 2018, the Contact now features EVAKTM vent technology for increased moisture management and vent foam durability.
Ortovox Crossrider 20 £100 Those who place great emphasis on low weight and selected features will love the CROSS RIDER 20. At 860g it is one of the lightweights, but also boasts: storage space for safety equipment, ski and snowboard fastenings, an ice axe and hiking pole fastening, front and rear access to the main compartment and hydration system compatibility. Offering sufficient space for smaller tours or days on the piste. Stockist: Ellis Brigham
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Protest Clavin Men’s Snowjacket
Protest Remain Men’s Snowjacket
Protest Ester Women’s Snowjacket
The Protest Clavin snowjacket is part of the
Comes in red checker lumberjack style with a
Part of the PVRE Series providing 20K protection
Protest PVRE Series providing 20K protection
relaxed ergonomic pre-shaped fit and a longer
and withstanding 20K mm of water pressure,
and withstands 20K mm of water pressure. It
length. A member of the Geotech 10K series
safeguarding a waterproof finish. Available in a
comes in a slim fit in a regular length and in a
and withstands 10K mm of water pressure. The
variety of all-over printed tweed with solid parts.
variety of colours. The jacket features a fixed
removable hood boasts a thermoknit collar.
The softshell jacket features a removable hood with
hood with thermoknit collar, ventilation zippers,
Featuring critically taped seams, a regular waist
detachable faux fur, critical taping, ventilation zippers
waterproof zippers, and stretch material with a
gaiter, lift pass holder and headphone access, all
and a regular waist gaiter. Also featured is a lift pass
stretch waist gaiter.
ensuring your preparation for the slopes.
holder, goggle pocket and headphone access.
Protest Saddle Snow Women’s Dungaree £99.99 The Protest Saddle might just be the best combination of technical snow wear and fashion ever developed. The Protest Saddle overalls are hyperstylish, secure and reliable. Featuring a slim fit, the denim overalls are part of the Protest Geotech 10K series and withstand 10K mm of water pressure, safeguarding a waterproof finish.
Protest Mount 17 Men’s Snowjacket
Protest Mayfield Men’s Snowjacket
Protest Clear Women’s Snowjacket
The Protest Mount 17 snowjacket is part of the
The Protest Mayfield comes in a variety of
Part of the Geotech 10K series able to withstand 10K
Protest PVRE Series providing 20K protection
unique colour block looks. The jacket is
mm of water pressure, safeguarding a waterproof
and withstands 20K mm of water pressure,
ergonomically pre-shaped and comes in a
finish. The unique snowjacket comes in a variety of
safeguarding a waterproof finish. The ergo-
regular fit and length. The Mayfield is a member
complementary colour blocks and grey melange
nomically pre-shaped and slim fitting jacket
of the Geotech 10K series and withstands
parts. Features a fixed hood with themoknit
comes in a longer length. The soft shell jacket
10K mm of water pressure, safeguarding a
collar, ventilation zippers, critically taped seams
features a fixed hood, high thermoknit collar,
waterproof finish. The Mayfield features critically
and a regular waist gaiter, providing the ultimate
ventilation zippers, water-repellent zippers and
taped seams, and a regular waist gaiter, all
preparation for the slopes. Also features a lift pass
a regular waist gaiter.
ensuring your preparation for the slopes.
holder, goggle pocket and easy headphone access.
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Enjoy The Glacier
Ski & Snowboard Show
World Cup 2017/18 Opener
Les 2 Alpes, France
Sölden, Tirol, Austria
After an autumn when only Tignes was open
The UK’s only surviving ski and snowboard
The 2017/18 World Cup freestyle raving got started
for much of October and November in France,
show (unless another one appears that no
in New Zealand in early September, but the alpine
Les 2 Alpes stages its annual October glacier
one has told us about) is having something
skiers get their season underway in the Tirol at the
fest with BBQs, meet the pros, gear tests and
of a renaissance at its new venue, Battersea
end of October on Sölden’s glacier. skiweltcup.
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15-21 JAN I8
9-25 FEB I8
La Grande Premiere
Val Thorens, France
Kitzbühel, Tirol, Austria
Pyeongchang, South Korea
The highest resort in Europe celebrates the start
The biggest race in the World Cup calendar and
The biggest show on snow is back, four years after
of the ski season with an opening-weekend
the biggest sporting event, summer or winter, in
Sochi, and with Team GB battling for medals in a
fiesta that includes gear testing, games and
Austria is back. Can Britain’s Dave Ryding go one
bigger range of ski and snowboarding events than
opportunities to try out a huge range of snow
better than his second place in the slalom last
ever before. Fingers and everything else already
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First British Ski Holidays to Iran
Paralympic Winter Games
Pyeongchang, South Korea
What are believed to be the first British package
After the winter Olympics come the Paralympics,
The long-running British freestyle skiing and
tour ski holidays to Iran will run from 4 and 12 March,
and once again Britain has a formidable team
snowboarding championships, or “The Brits”
organised by the established French and Swiss ski
of super-talented athletes battling to secure an
for short, successfully combine world-class
holiday firm Mountain Heaven. mountainheaven.
even-bigger medal haul than at Sochi in 2014.
competition with plenty of partying, and this year
a post-Olympic meet-up too. the-brits.com
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CARLTON HOTEL ST MORITZ
HOTEL PLEIN SUD SERRE CHEVALIER
Located on a sun-soaked plateau above the lake of St Moritz, the hotel boasts captivating views from all of its 60 suites and junior suites. A complete refurbishment now showcases the historical values of the property, built a century ago, with a contemporary re-interpretation. The hotel exhibits the signature unconventional style of interior designer Carlo Rampazzi and a colour palette affording the hotel an unrivalled self-assured luxury.
Located in the heart of Serre Chevalier the hotel Plein Sud is situated only 200m to the slopes, lifts & village centre making it easy. Serre Chevalier offers over 250km of pistes with a varied amount of skiing and a fantastic tree line. Super fast lifts with panoramic views to get you to the heart of the ski area
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At the heart of Courchevel 1850, just a stone’s throw away from the pistes, this is the perfect base for an unforgettable ski holiday. The recently renovated 28 room hotel offers a relaxing lounge-bar to enjoy a drink by the open fire or shoot some pool. All rooms offer large windows making for a light and airy atmosphere and the new chic boutique-style superior bedrooms offer unparalleled levels of comfort, a spacious balcony and extras including coffee machines, iPod docks and light-up showers.
The Terrasses de Veret residence is a mere 50m from the pistes, is centrally located and boasts a large heated pool, outdoor jacuzzi and sauna. All apartments enjoy balconies with views of the pistes or the valley and interiors offering modern elegance. New for 2016 includes WIFI access in every apartment, luggage storage, games room with table football, and a new-look ski and storage area.
Kandersteg is an ideal family ski resort and cross-country paradise. The idyllic and cosy village is in the heart of the Bernese Oberland and can easily be reached by train or by car. The Hotel Victoria is centrally located and offers a beautiful view of the snow-capped mountains. You will find a cheerful and familiar atmosphere combined with Swiss hotel tradition. The ideal place to relax and enjoy oneself.
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Located in the very heart of the old village of Val d’Isère, this hotel is among the most fashionable in the region. Perched at 1850m altitude, it is superbly located just a few steps from the snow, meaning you can be on the slopes straight from your front door. The 109 rooms are spacious and comfortable, seamlessly blending wood and natural colours. It has all the equipment and services of an international hotel with a world-class reputation.
4 hotel with spa in central Chamonix, by the Aiguille du Midi lift, offering a new level of comfort including a 500m2 spa (with pool, onsen, hammam, banya, ice cave and tepidarium), restaurant, bar, ski shop, four conference rooms, take-away shop, free wi-fi and a covered car park.
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SAMMY LUEBKE Tahoe-bred Sammy Luebke just had the season of a lifetime, winning almost everything he entered on the Freeride World Tour - the most competitive circuit of the world’s greatest freeride snowboarders.
The beauty of snowboarding is everybody has their own style – usually that translates into their runs. Some people like the more technical lines, while others choose maybe a more freestyle line. In your recent run in Alaska we can see you’re fully enjoying your run. What was
With four victories out of five stops and a second place, Sammy secured his second Freeride World
going through your mind? The snow was so good that day that all I could think about was putting up a big slash and sending powder flying into the glowing morning light.
Tour champion title in a row
Is there any stop during the FWT that is
more special to you?
title before the
I would say Fieberbrunn, Austria, because
end of the tour after the fourth stop
I’ve never lost when competing there; also, it was the first FWT event I ever won.
in Haines, Alaska). He now has the 2018 Freeride
After two world champion titles, is
World Tour on his radar for his
competition still something you want to
sixth season. When not competing,
do, or would you like to open up to new
this married father of two is a busy man,
taking care of his daughters, spending time
I really like competing. For me, it keeps
in the mountains splitboarding, travelling
pushing me to ride harder and progress
throughout the world and filming in the
my riding style. Also, I just want to keep
backcountry as much as he can.
learning more about the mountains and snowpack to ensure I can ride when I’m
Has your perspective changed on how
you approach snowboarding since you started?
Do you have any routine to stay on top
I definitely used to focus on just learning
and keep you going?
tricks, but as I got older I started just
Visualise, visualise, visualise. Believe in
working on my board control. Once you’ve
yourself. Also, I always put my left boot on
mastered that, everything else just falls
first in the morning.
into place. Also, to just have as much fun as possible because that’s why we all
What’s on your radar for the 2018 season?
started snowboarding in the first place.
I guess, trying to go for the ever-elusive three FWT titles straight! Travel to new
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How do athletes manage to find original
places, splitboard lots, snow camping, new
lines in the competition?
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