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A MAGICAL CHRISTMAS IN THE MOUNTAINS 6-PAGE SPECIAL  There’s that same sad debate in Blighty each December: will it be a white Christmas this year? The fact that it almost never is doesn’t seem to put us off hoping! But why play that game when you can (almost!) guarantee a white Christmas by heading to the mountains for a fantastic, festive few days away from all that ghastly over-commercialisation. Our

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special section looks at the ski resorts that do Christmas best, great places in Lapland where you can ski and even

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meet Santa, Xmas markets in the Alps and much more besides.

HAVE SKI HOLIDAYS GOT BETTER?  We all have our gripes when things go wrong, perhaps with an overcrowded airport or an unrealistic baggage allowance, but in many ways the ski holiday experience has quietly been getting better and better over years.

PURE FREERIDING PLEASURE  The Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn

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ski area in Austria is one of the world’s biggest with TIROL WERBUNG

270km of piste. However, while it’s famous for its almost endless snowy motorways, insiders argue its deserves to be better known for its freeriding.

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ALL ABOARD THE NIGHT TRAIN TO TIROL  Travelling to Austria by train was one of the original

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routes taken by the very first “package holiday” skiers

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Elkan and his friend Rupert Mellor finds it’s a lot faster

nearly a century ago. Now ski train expert Daniel and more comfortable these days than it was then.


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FINDING THE ELUSIVE AFFORDABLE SNOW FIX 

EDITOR

It’s that holy grail of ski holidays, the one where you max out the value and find a high-quality holiday but minimise your outlay on flights, transfers and the

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accommodation and catering too so you really feel you’ve got a good deal.

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BUYERS’ GUIDE  057–064 It’s Christmas and what could be a better time to not only drool over all the new gear that’s available but actually have an excuse to bag some of it for yourself? Check the Guide then get those letters to Santa written.

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WHY HIRE WHEN YOU CAN BE A BUYER?  Renting may seem like the obvious route in this day and age when it comes to keeping up with ever-changing kit developments and managing baggage fees on flights, but one ski shop argues

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that there are lots of reasons to buy instead.

BLOW THE BONUS SKIING On GOLDEN SKIS 

EXPERIENCE TERRIFIC TIGNES YOUR OWN WAY  Tignes has the longest ski season in France and there’s always something going on there. Our quick guide gives you a fast overview and highlights some of the events coming up at one of the world’s top resorts this winter.

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Almost as soon as the ski season ends, I, like so many skiers and snowboarders, am longing for the start of the next one. I try to keep my love of snow satisfied by watching web cams and social media video posts from southern hemisphere ski areas. I sometimes visit an indoor snow centre too, occasionally even a glacier summer ski area just to scrape through to the next season. So I can hardly believe it, but we’re finally here, winter 2018/19! Of course the tension has been building to fever pitch for months now. As you’ll read in our main story, resorts have been opening earlier than ever before after some great early-season snow in North America, while in Europe we had some record-breaking snowfalls up high in late October and even a powder day on Halloween at some glacier ski areas. I mean, how can we not get overexcited? In this issue we have our usual mix of all the latest news stories, events and some great features. Our biggest section this edition is, of course, Christmas, which adds another level to the joy of being in the snow. We highlight those resorts that go that much further for the big day – an even bigger Christmas tree, even more miles of fairy lights and an even more endearing Santa. If you’ve not booked yet it’s not too late! We also have some inspiring features with a look at some of the world’s oldest skiers who are still hitting the slopes at 100, ski writer Daniel Elkan looks at the latest routes to the Austrian Tirol by train (that’s pretty much how British package ski holidays began nearly a century ago, but it’s much faster and more comfortable now) and we ask some industry insiders what’s got better with ski holidays over the past few decades (there’s quite a lot). I hope you enjoy reading it all and wish you a great winter. Think snow!

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HUGE AUTUMN SNOWFALLS! ALL PICS: JOSEPH LARGE

Resorts Open Early

There were record snowfalls in the Alps at the end of October, and several ski areas in the USA have posted their earliest-ever opening as winter 2018/19 got off to a good start in many areas on both sides of the Atlantic.

October to become the first in North

for it to last without thawing much,

America to open on its earliest-ever

and for snowmaking to begin working

opening date.

on top too, along with likely natural

Wolf Creek has been followed by lots

snowfalls. The process is known as

more early openers, some reporting

“snow farming”.

their earliest-ever opening, in some

The early opening is also good PR for

cases as resorts that have been opening

the resort. Kitzbühel in Austria did the

six decades or more. In Colorado,

same thing a week later, opening the

Breckenridge (pictured), Keystone,

same day as Wolf Creek. This early

It’s early days of course, but hundreds

Beaver Creek and Vail all opened

opening event draws thousands of

of ski areas were already open by the

earlier than planned in the first half of

keen skiers and Austrian media crews

end of November.

November after each receiving more

to film it.

In the Alps there were huge snowfalls

than a metre of pre-season snowfall.

The resorts say that the “old snow” is

above 2,500m altitude in late October

Ruka in Lapland had actually been the

actually good to ski on as, they say, it

which saw powder conditions on

first ski area in the northern hemisphere

has lower moisture content.

several of the already-open glacier ski

without year-round snow cover on

What does all this early snowfall mean

areas for Halloween! The Diavolezza

a glacier to open for the 2018/19 ski

for the main 2018/19 ski season?

Glacier near St Moritz reported 1.8m of

season, a week before Wolf Creek.

Well, probably not much as it’s still

snowfall in just three days.

Ruka manages to open in early

too early to predict how it will all play

A few weeks before in Colorado,

October by storing snow from the

out. Resorts do look for early snow

Wolf Creek ski area received 68cm

previous winter in huge piles under

to build a base on, and in most cases

of snowfall in 72 hours and moved its

cover through the summer then

cold temperatures to run snowmaking

scheduled opening date forward by

spreads it back out on the slopes when

equipment so any autumn snow is good

three weeks from 2 November to 13

it is cool enough in the early autumn

news in that regard.

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EDDIE THE EAGLE GIVES SUPPORT Eddie the Eagle has backed campaigners trying to save Gosling dry ski slope, revealing that he used the facility frequently when living in the area in the 1990s, shortly after his famous Olympic ski jumping campaign at the 1988 Winter Olympics in

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Calgary, Canada.

NEW PISTE IN THE FRENCH PYRENEES A new ski run is due to open this winter at Peyragudes in the French Pyrenees. The Alouette blue run will be a long run providing a smooth, easy return route to the village, but it will also contain terrain features to make it a fun run too.

AUSTRIA’S BIGGEST SKI AREA TO BE 374KM BY 2022

NEW SKI RESORT OPENS IN CHECHNYA

A property sales company looking

linked to the Saalbach-Hinterglemm-

linked area with 306km of runs.

to sell apartments in a new

Leogang area several years ago to create

Now agents selling apartments in the new

A new ski resort is reported to

development set to open next year

what was briefly Austria’s largest ski area,

All-Suite Resort Fieberbrunn are predicting

at the Austrian Tirol resort of

taking the title away from long-time holder,

that a new lift now under construction is

Fieberbrunn says the village will

the SkiWelt. However, the long-awaited

the first stage in a lift link to neighbouring

the North Caucasus. The Verduchi

be part of Austria’s largest ski

lift-linking of the St Anton and Lech sides

Zell am See, and that subsequent lifts will

ski resort cost hundreds of millions

area by 2022.

of the Arlberg took the “biggest area”

complete the connection by 2022 to create

of euros, but unfortunately local

Fieberbrunn, which also has a reputation

title away from them a year later with the

what will be one of the world’s biggest ski

reports say it had no snowfall on

as one of Austria’s snowiest resorts, was

Arlberg claiming Austria’s first 300km+ lift-

areas with 374km of piste.

have officially opened in the Russian Republic of Chechnya in

the ground for opening day, so 800 truckloads were brought in.

HELMETS MADE MANDATORY Hovden Alpinsenter, one of Norway’s leading ski destinations, has announced that helmet wearing is to be compulsory for all skiers and boarders using its slopes from this season onwards. The resort cited safety reasons for introducing the requirement and has not announced what punishment will be imposed on transgressors.

DETAILS OF REVAMPED SHEFFIELD SKI VILLAGE UNVEILED

SLOPE NAMED AFTER OLDEST SKIER

More detailed plans for the new-look

skills, but was destroyed by an arson attack

curving ski runs and a new ski lift.

Sheffield Ski Village have been unveiled by

more than six years ago.

Plans for later phases of the centre’s

A ski slope has been named “Cheers

the city’s council and with the consortium

The £22.5 million redevelopment plan

development include a combination of

to Lou” in honour of skier Lou Batori

leading plans to redevelop the site under

first announced last November includes

action and adventure sports facilities,

who died in February at the age of

the EXTREME Destinations banner.

a new ski lodge, mountain bike trails and

including the possibility of an indoor sky

107 having skied up to age 106 at

The 19.4-hectare site was once home to

zip wires. Details of ski runs have not

diving facility-live music, E-Gaming and

Crystal Mountain in Michigan where

Europe’s biggest dry slope centre, where

yet been unveiled, but artist impression

virtual reality hub as well as restaurants,

world-famous skiers and boarders including

images released show skiers on a

bars, social spaces, retail and themed

James “Woodsy” Woods first learnt their

freestyle ski run and plans show two

accommodation.

he was the only person to have a reserved parking space.

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LUX SKI WEEKEND IN A BOX Tour operator Powder Byrne has come up with what the company describes as “the perfect

the resorts of Val d’Isère and Argentière. Running

solution to the question, what do you get the

throughout the winter season, three different courses

special person in your life who genuinely has

will be suited to advanced and expert snowboarders

everything?”

who already ride off-piste but want to access areas not

The company’s brand-new Ski Weekend in a Box

served by resort lifts. The options range from courses

is a beautifully packaged box containing Pol Roger

aimed at confident snowboarders with previous off-

Champagne, a Fortnum & Mason Christmas cake,

piste experience to more extreme adventures where

a solar-powered mobile phone charger, a Powder

snowboarders reach some of the highest peaks in

Byrne corkscrew or Swiss army penknife, a cosy ski

the Chamonix Valley or do a full tour using some

hat and the main event, a “Ski Weekend” voucher

of the mountain refuges in the Chamonix Valley for

for a three-night Swiss escape for two people.

accommodation, both aimed at experienced, expert

There are two boxes to choose from, a weekend

off-piste snowboarders only, preferably with previous

at the Valsana Hotel & Apartments in Arosa for

splitboarding experience. Prices are from £898pp, which

£3,500 or a weekend at the Waldhaus in Flims for

includes full-board accommodation in an UCPA Centre,

£4,500. Both include accommodation on a B&B

lift passes, equipment hire and 23 hours of instruction

basis, flights from London, luxury resort transfers,

or guiding. Equipment will be provided, including

dedicated in-resort service and complimentary ski

splitboard, boots, transceiver, shovel and probe.

guiding from the Powder Byrne team.

CYRILLE QUINTARD

Tour operator Action Outdoors has launched new dedicated splitboarding courses for this winter in

ALPE D’HUEZ UNVEIL MOUNTAIN COASTER Alpe d’Huez is unveiling a new alpine

d’Huez, set to open on 15 December,

seat luge with one person steering,

coaster this winter that will offer a novel

will be a kilometre long and full of

the other wearing the mask.

twist – participants can ride the coaster

bends, jumps, waves, “flip-flaps” and

This coaster is located in the resort’s

wearing virtual reality headsets.

tunnels as well as being floodlit for

Bergers area, and one descent for

For those unfamiliar with alpine

night use.

two people costs €14 (around £12.50),

coasters, sometimes called mountain

But what distinguishes it from

or €25 (around £22.30) for two

coasters, they are essentially downhill

coasters that have been built so far

descents so you can swap (€32.50

roller coasters, accessed by a ski lift,

is the introduction of virtual reality

(around £29) for 5, €60 (around

and are increasingly popular at ski

headsets so riders can be transported

£53.50) for 10, €90 (around £80) for

resorts around the world.

to another world as they race down

20 and €225 (around £200) for 50 if

The new year-round attraction at Alpe

the track. This is possible on a two-

you get addicted!).

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SAMOËNS

Ski Resort

Village

The Good Life

Family Fun

Highly Accessible

Samoëns is set within the fourth-

If you’re used to the purpose-built

The Savoyard charm of the

Off the slopes, there’s more

Samoëns is only one hour from

largest ski area in France, the

concrete blocks of some Alpine

village is also reflected in the

than enough to keep the entire

Geneva Airport, making it a

Grand Massif, which with 265km

resorts, Samoëns will be a true

local gastronomy and lifestyle.

family entertained. Rent a

fantastic destination for those

of slopes provides entertainment

breath of fresh air. It’s one of the

This is truly somewhere to

fat bike, try your hand at ice

who want to avoid lengthy

for skiers of all abilities. The resort

most beautiful ski resorts in the

experience the good life.

climbing or even paragliding! If

transfers. A great resort for

is linked to four others: Flaine, Les

Alps, an old farming village with

Wellness activities abound,

you’re after a tamer adventure,

families, this short transfer time

Carroz, Morillon and Sixt-Fer-à-

traditional character and a huge

from relaxing spas and

snowshoeing offers a unique

is an added bonus, meaning

Cheval, all of which benefit from

amount of history. The homeland

massage options, to Nordic

way to explore the beautiful

no lengthy journeys for restless

snow-sure geographical locations.

of stonecutters, the pedestrianised

walks and yoga practices.

snowy landscapes, while

youngsters! This also makes it a

With 80% of slopes here north-

old part of the town is steeped

Meanwhile, the delicious

sledging and dog sledding

good choice for short ski breaks,

facing, the area is renowned for

in protected stone architecture,

local cuisine is exactly what

prove undeniably popular with

such as weekend trips, allowing

its impressive snow conditions

which gives this resort a truly

you will need after a day on

children. The skating rink in the

you to make the most of your

all the way into spring. Whether

unique feel. Where new-builds

the mountain – Savoyarde

picturesque town centre is also

time in the mountains.

you prefer gorgeous tree-lined

do exist, they tend to be tasteful

specialities washed down with

always a winner, allowing you

Plan your trip to Samoëns with

groomers, bowls of untouched

timber chalets, designed with a

exquisite local wines.

to bask in the delightful Alpine

award-winning French Alps

snow or incredible mountain vistas,

consideration for the surrounding

ambience of the area.

specialists Peak Retreats.

this area doesn’t fail to deliver.

area and its character.

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BAPTISTE ASSÉMAT

VEGAN, GLUTEN- & NUTFREE HOLIDAYS ON SALE

DALI ON THE SLOPES IN COURCHEVEL

NEW ICE CONCERT HALL TO USE ICE INSTRUMENTS

A chalet holiday company has launched a number of ski

Visitors to French resort Courchevel over the past

The Presena Glacier in the Val di Sole area of Italy’s

holiday packages for vegans and other “special diet”

decade will have been unable to miss the growing

Trentino region is taking its icy heritage to new levels

skiers to cope with demand for meat-free dining. Vegan,

number of works of art that appear on the ski

this winter with a “concert hall” to be built of snow and

gluten- and nut-free weeks are all being offered.

slopes, most of them changing each winter.

ice on the glacier where performances will be made by

Ski Beat, which operates at seven leading ski resorts

In fact the arrival of the work is not just random but

an orchestra playing instruments made of ice.

in the French Alps, say they are responding to record

the work of Galeries Bartoux in partnership with the

The new “giant igloo concert hall” is to be located

levels of demand for special diets with food a big part of

ski area, which 10 years ago took on the ambitious

close to the top station of the resort’s Paradiso cable

the chalet holiday experience.

task of bringing art to the mountains to create an

car station at an elevation of 2,600m.

Guests enjoy breakfast, homemade cakes, canapés and

open-air gallery in the snow. Art at the Summit’s first

The large igloo will be able to host 200 guests for

aperitifs, a three-course evening meal and unlimited

surrealist exhibition saw the ski slopes and resort

a series of concerts to be performed in this unique

wine and coffee during their holiday.

centre become a backdrop for Dali’s artwork with

setting on Thursdays and Saturdays from January

“Ten years ago, it was rare to be asked for special

monumental sculptures appearing including original

to March.

menus,” Sales and Marketing Director Laura Hazell told

pieces that are among the famous artist’s most

The music offered will range from pop and rock to jazz

website Plant Based News, adding, “Now, we have so

renowned creations, made during the 1980s. Skiers

and will be played with ice instruments created by the

many requests we are dedicating specific weeks this

were able to admire “Woman Aflame” at the top of

American artist Tim Linhart.

coming season especially for those who either cannot

Les Chenus and “Alice in Wonderland” at the top of

Both before and after the concerts it will be possible to

eat certain food types, or choose not to.”

La Vizelle, as well as the famous melting watches

visit the “ice lab” where these instruments are created.

Vegan weeks are scheduled to run from 15 December at

dotted all over the resort. Ten years later Les 3

The Ice Music Festival will end with an “Ice Music

the company’s Chalet Cristal 5 in Val d’Isère and from 5

Vallées resort reports that Dali’s work is returning

Party” on Saturday 30 March with famed Italian

January at Chalet Bouquetin in Les Arcs.

to Courchevel’s mountains to celebrate the 10th

musician and cello player Giovanni Sollima.

anniversary of Art at the Summit this winter.

Ski it to believe it! Powder Ski Heaven. Fascinating Culture. Tailor-made perfection. Huge snowfall, amazing powder, beautiful scenery and a rich culture; skiing in Japan is unlike anywhere else in the world. We recommend the resort of Niseko on the island of Hokkaido, with an average winter snowfall of over 50 feet, together with a wide range of accommodation to suit international visitors and easy access from Sapporo airport. Japan offers an amazing array of experiences to complement your ski holiday. From the teaming metropolis of Tokyo, to the tranquil temples of Kyoto or the natural beauty of Mount Fuji, there’s a stopover or excursion to make your trip complete.

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EUROPE’S HIGHEST DRONE RACE HEADING TO SWITZERLAND Ski resorts have something

will be welcoming drones for another

managing director of Drone Champions

of a love-hate relationship

reason. It is hosting the 2019 Drone

League, said, “A race at this altitude and

with drones. They’re used to

Champions League, the first one to

in the snow is uncharted territory for us.

produce amazing video and are

exceed 2000m above sea level.

The entire technology of drones has to

also beginning to be used in

The Drone Champions League is the

withstand the extreme temperatures.

search and rescue, but most

world’s first live high-speed race series

This will be a challenge for all of us

leading resorts have banned

for drones and sees eight international

– a pure thrill. But with our races we

public drone use due to the

teams compiled of the world’s best

want to create experiences that not

possible safety hazards – for

drone pilots compete against each

only fascinate our pilots but also the

example, if a drone collides

other to steer their homemade drones

spectators and fans again and again.”

with a lift.

through the scenic and exhilarating

The Drone Champions League will

But from 28–30 March 2019, the

course as quickly as possible.

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snow park at LAAX in Switzerland

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WORLD’S LONGEST INDOOR SLOPE SUBSIDING Reports from Germany say that the

say, “been slipping slowly for years.”

reinforced in 2011 after measurements

world’s longest indoor snow slope, the

Plans to stabilise the structure by

indicated subsidence.

Alpincenter Bottrop, is subsiding.

bringing in 400,000m3 of a spoil

In a move to signify the transition from

Built on a huge mining spoil heap

mixture have not proved popular

coal to clean green energy, almost

created by the former Prosper colliery

with locals who fear the moves could

all of Alpincenter Bottrop’s vast roof

in Germany’s Ruhr Valley industrial

endanger health.

is covered in solar panels generating

heartland, the facility with its 640m-long,

The problem at the 15-year-old

clean power to provide refrigeration

24% gradient indoor slope has, reports

centre is not new; roof supports were

and other power for the complex.

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Skiing In Isère In The Heart Of The French Alps These days, many ski areas claim to “have it all”. However, Isère in the heart of the French Alps is one area that can definitely stand up to this label. The third most popular French skiing destination, the Isère area is made up of 23 different resorts.

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glacier skiing. Meanwhile, down at resort

Where: Alpe d’Huez.

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Stay: 4★ Le Cristal de l’Alpe apartments

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and concluded at near 3pm, with the longest segment of the journey being the coach ride that ferried us from Geneva Airport to our accommodation. The main perk here is that you are almost guaranteed to arrive at your hotel stress-free, and in hotels as pleasant as the Hotel Montana in La Tania, you can also look forward to a warm welcome from the chief staff. These guys were all an absolute delight, and really will do everything in their power to ensure that your stay is as comfortable as possible. A complimentary glass of wine was also provided, and several more were purchased from the bar while we relaxed by the log fire in the hotel lounge after our trip.

Day TWO The one thing we can all agree on when booking a winter break is that they’re not cheap. Despite the best efforts of holiday companies to keep prices down, all the different bits involved in a ski trip inevitably add up.

We rose bright and early with a big breakfast first on

At this point it must be said that when the conditions

the agenda, followed by easy collection of rental gear.

are good the skiing in the Courchevel region really is

Then straight on to the slopes with the Hotel Montana

top-notch. At the very top of the slopes leading into La

very conveniently situated beside the main gondola,

Tania, an enormous snowy basin opens up before you,

so almost before we knew it we were up the mountain

just begging to be explored. Fi and I threw ourselves

and on the slopes.

in, and before we knew it we were completely lost (in a

As Fi is still relatively new to the world of skiing, we

good way) between various little groups of trees, pistes

Of course, you want to be out among snow-covered

decided to book her in for a couple of lessons with the

and lifts. If you have good conditions, the compulsion

mountains, exploring all of the slopes, eating all of the

local ski school – New Generation. A top lad by the

to ski till you drop is a very welcome danger.

local cuisine and enjoying all of the aprés-ski activities

name of Josh took the beginners up on a few of the

Suffice to say, this day flew by with such enthusiasm

that are on offer. Ultimately, you want this snowy

gentler slopes and come lunchtime I was reunited with

and joy that we nearly collapsed on our return to

adventure to last forever and, equally, you want to get

a much more confident skier.

the Hotel Montana, but after a short nap we found

your money’s worth.

After a quick lunch, Fi and I met with a guide called Sam,

ourselves back in the hotel restaurant with a large plate

The family holidays that I recall from my youth would

whose time we had also booked via New Generation.

of food brought straight out (our orders having been

generally be comprised of one, sometimes two, weeks

Again, this informative and friendly fellow deserves high

taken during the previous night’s meal for maximum

in one resort or another, skiing as much as we could.

praise; leading us all over the slopes of the Courchevel

efficiency) and another relaxed night in the lounge

That was convenient as two weeks is a very decent

Valley while being very aware of my and Fi’s differing

playing cards and pool.

amount of time to do all of the above and then some.

levels, he was able to provide top tips for my partner

But now, as a twenty-something “millennial” on a tight

while finding runs that I could happily whizz down.

budget, those half-month excursions to the Alps or

After a long day touring the slopes, we both retired

the Rockies are no more, and even finding the funding

for the night to a delightful dinner back at the Hotel

Day FOUR

to fork out on the most affordable of ski trips without

Montana, followed by further drinks in the lounge and

As we neared the tail-end of our trip, the conditions

maxing out the already severely stretched plastic is a

live music provided by a talented guitarist.

for skiing were slightly less pleasant, as a thick layer of

major challenge.

cloud descended upon the mountain range, but due

and get with the times. That means a shorter, affordable

Day Three

ski fix is the order of the day, and I can tell you that this

Day three began with another massive cooked

free of the fog and you look back to see the carpet of

certainly satisfies your cravings for the white stuff.

breakfast to get our strength up before we headed out

grey stretching out to the horizon, although skiing back

I will put to you that the minimum amount of time required

to meet Sam again. He led us around a few more areas

into that is rather less fun.

to achieve the purest ski trip escapism is four days.

before leaving us to explore by ourselves.

Due to the difficult conditions and our own weariness,

So, in order to get to the slopes at all, my snowobsessed fiancée Fi and I needed to think differently

to all the skiing of the previous couple of days, this did not bother us too much. I always love the moment when your chairlift breaks

Our latest trip to La Tania, a wonderful little resort based

we decided to finish on the slopes slightly earlier on this

in the Courchevel area of Les 3 Vallées in France, proved

day, returning our rentals shortly after lunch.

as affordable as it was enjoyable – very.

After relaxing in the lounge a while longer, we popped

On this occasion, we chose to book our holiday via iGO

over to a local restaurant to enjoy a fabulous cheese

SKI. In case you are unfamiliar, these guys specialise

fondue. Relaxing with some fantastic French cuisine and

in providing short trips of roughly three or four days

friendly company made for the perfect finale to our mini-

to some of the most fabulous resorts across the Alps,

break and we headed back to the airport in the evening.

and their efficiency cannot be understated. Here’s a breakdown of our trip:

Day One

The ski-in/ski-out Hotel Montana in La Tania, in the Courchevel Valley, features a swimming pool, sauna and steam room as well as log fire, Wi-Fi, sun terrace and games area. iGO SKI’s half-board package includes a hearty breakfast buffet, freshly baked

Naturally, this was very much a travel-oriented day, and

cakes and afternoon tea, coffee and hot chocolate

as such was a nice opportunity to catch up on a few

and three-course à la carte dinners.

podcasts/books. Our journey began at roughly 4am

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The White Ring – The Race

Mad Snow Race

Inferno Race

Lech Zürs, Austria

Les 2 Alpes, France

Mürren, Switzerland

The White Ring is a ski route that takes you around

The clue is in the name of this walking or jogging

To be honest, you most likely need to apply for the 2020

the slopes of Lech and Zürs in the Arlberg region.

obstacle course in the snow that’s back for its third

race as 2019 will already be over-subscribed, but the

Celebrating 50 years in existence this winter, the annual

staging this winter. The 5km “fun challenge” comprises

world’s longest downhill alpine ski race open to amateurs

race around the circuit takes racers around 22km of

a “mad” obstacle course with moguls, climbs, descents

is worth attending anyway for the surrounding festivities

piste and 5,500m of altitude. derweissering.at

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Full Moon Party

European Gay Ski Week

Les 3 Vallées Enduro

La Clusaz, France

Les Arcs, France

France

There’s full-moon skiing a few times each season at

European Gay Ski Week is truly international and

The largest gathering of amateur skiers in the world is

several resorts, but none quite match the Full Moon

attended by upwards of 800 people from all over the

open to everyone from families to expert skiers with

Party that’s been running at La Clusaz since 2003. Party

world each year. This year’s edition promises to be

around 10 events, accessible to all, dotted across the

on skis, on the slopes opened especially for the night

one of the biggest yet, with parties, DJs and a week of

entire ski area. Lots of fun events, pros taking part and

and lit only by the light of the moon. laclusaz.com

festivities. lesarcs.com

prizes to be won. les3vallees.com/en

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Bacon Appreciation Day

Bajada-en-Bañador

91st Slush Cup

Aspen, Colorado, USA

Sierra Nevada, Spain

Sunshine, Alberta, Canada

In celebration of closing day at Aspen’s Buttermilk ski

Yet to be confirmed for 2019, but we hope a sure

A pond-skimming event (where you ski over snow

area, this annual event celebrates all things bacon

thing, the seventh annual staging of Sierra Nevada’s

then across a meltwater pool) is a common end-of-

including bacon waffles, bacon doughnuts and even

mass “ski in your swimwear” day usually takes places

season event for ski resorts worldwide, but none is

a bacon and beer happy hour from 2 to 4pm with all

on the last Saturday of April, before the resort, close

bigger than Sunshine’s. One of the last resorts open

bacon items free while supplies last.

to the Med and Europe’s most southerly, ends its

each season, the Slush Cup has been running for

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Introducing the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn – the ultimate Austrian freeride ski area. One of the largest ski areas in Austria, the Skicircus boasts 270km of slopes, as well as an extensive range of thrilling activities, international flair and breathtaking natural landscapes. Yet it’s the infinite freeride spots that really make this area stand out.

to be when fresh snow falls. “Easy up – Wild down” is their motto and it’s clear to see why. In Fieberbrunn, it’s all about having fun, taking on some of the most incredible terrain on the slopes before sitting back and enjoying the relaxing nature of life down in the town. The youngest town in the Skicircus and a freeride hotspot at the centre of the Kitzbüheler Alps, it’s no surprise this resort has proved incredibly popular, with its deep virgin snow, sunny slopes and easy-going atmosphere. Across the ski area, freeride routes are available at all levels of difficulty, and dedicated freeride parks can be found at the Lärchfilzkogel in Fieberbrunn and the

Freeriding at its Finest

Asitzmuldenbahn lift in Leogang. In these designated areas, created primarily for those

In merging Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang

who enjoy freeride and freestyle, various

with the Tirolean resort of Fieberbrunn, the

obstacles have been integrated into the

area has created an absolute freeride Mecca,

natural terrain. If you like your kickers with a

fulfilling every dream of skiing enthusiasts.

side of deep snow, you’re going to have a lot

Here, freeriding means a lot more than just

of fun here. The area even hosts top events

leaving fresh tracks in deep, pristine snow.

such as the Freeride World Tour – if it’s good

Freeride signifies the feeling of freedom

enough for the crème de la crème of freeride

discovering countless powder runs in the

skiing, it’s good enough for us!

great outdoors, the silence that is only broken

Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang

by the sound of the snow beneath your skis.

Fieberbrunn also offers a number of freeride

The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang

teaching and guiding options for all abilities,

Fieberbrunn makes finding this bliss incredibly

from experts who want to find the best

easy, with Freeride Park, numerous ski routes

terrain to beginners keen to learn more

of varying degrees of difficulty, diverse Check

about the world of powder. Indeed, for the

Rooms (info points), avalanche transceiver

latter, it’s definitely best to dip your toe into

fields and much, much more.

freeriding with a certified guide, who will be able to fully brief you on mountain safety and avalanche awareness.

Three Towns with a Common Ground

Terrain for Everyone

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Fieberbrunn comprises three connected

Nevertheless, while the Skicircus is an

towns: Saalbach Hinterglemm, Saalfelden

ideal destination for off-piste adventure, it’s

Leogang and Fieberbrunn. Together, these

by no means limited to freeriding. Skiers

towns make up one of the largest ski regions

of all abilities can benefit from 270km of

in Austria, but apart, they are all wonderfully

piste, comprising 140km of blue runs for

diverse, creating a unique, varied ski

beginners, 112km of red runs for developing

experience and attracting visitors from all

intermediates and 18km of black runs for the

across the world. Perhaps the most well known

more advanced skiers. With 70 lifts, over 60

of the three, Saalbach Hinterglemm is as

cosy mountain huts and numerous snowparks,

renowned for its incredible mountain scenery

freeride parks, night skiing opportunities and

as it is for its energetic events and legendary

toboggan runs, it’s one of the most diverse

Austrian après-ski. Saalfelden Leogang, on the

and entertaining ski areas in Austria. SkiMovie,

other hand, is a calmer village, giving visitors

speed and race tracks, snow trails, Funslopes

a tranquil destination in which to relax and

and snowtubing provide fun-packed action

rejuvenate, with a range of sports activities

that skiers are sure to love, while other

and cultural highlights available to entertain.

additional offers such as Snowmobil-City and

Last but by no means least, Fieberbrunn is the

Flying Fox XXL as well as the Baumzipfelweg

smallest destination in the Skicircus, intended

(Tree Top Trail), and Timoks Alm and

for those looking to truly leave the stresses

Timoks Coaster, provide unique mountain

of modern life behind. It’s definitely the place

experiences for the whole family.

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North Lake Tahoe

This is one US Destination you Cannot Afford To Miss

North Lake Tahoe is an area unique in the skiing world. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in all of North America, making this ski destination distinctively different than others you have travelled to before.

North Lake Tahoe is definitely a destination to consider!

the area and conducted America’s first-ever organised

Off the hill, a unique combination of nature and

ski races. In 1960, the Winter Olympic Games were held

tradition have led to a number of fantastic dining

here at Squaw Valley and the area has now developed

opportunities, from sophisticated gastronomy to

into a winter paradise, with a plethora of activities and

family-value fun, as well as an impressive number of

unique experiences to entertain all ages.

craft breweries and brew pubs.

This winter, North Lake Tahoe has invested further

However, what really sets North Lake Tahoe apart

in new snowmaking equipment, energy-saving

when it comes to winter holidays is its commitment

technologies and a huge calendar of winter

to fantastic events and aprés activities. This winter,

Not only is it one of the most stunning natural

events, all of which cements its reputation as an

families can attend a number of festive events, from

landscapes in the world, but it is a ski destination

area with a focus on sustainability, modern luxury

Noel Nights at Northstar California to Northern Lights

with huge variety and is home to the nation’s largest

and family enjoyment.

at Incline Village and all the magical sleigh rides, live

concentration of downhill ski resorts.

One of our favourites of the 12 ski resorts is Squaw

music and holiday celebrations in between.

North Lake Tahoe consists of 12 ski towns that span

Valley | Alpine Meadows, a beautiful ski area which

What’s more, a full calendar of events will be in

the Nevada and California state line, each with its

is covered by the new Ikon Pass, a multi-resort

operation throughout the winter. The fourth Tahoe

own distinct personality and community, providing an

pass offering skiers access to up to 38 incredible

Film Festival will be celebrating environmental

incredible diversity when it comes to both ski terrain

destinations! Similarly, Northstar California is home to

and foreign films, while the music festival

and resort atmosphere.

the Epic Pass, which gives access to a staggering 65

WinterWonderGrass, taking place at Squaw Valley,

With 6–9m of average annual snowfall, North Lake

resorts across the world. So, if you want to get the most

will feature an epic combination of mountain fun,

Tahoe has a history of skiing dating back to the 1850s,

bang for your buck when it comes to your ski pass,

musical performances and craft beer tasting.

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Skiing or boarding into old age is the dream of many, and the consensus of several studies over the years into mental and physical wellbeing in our later years indicates that it makes sense to keep making your turns on the snow for as long as you can.

weekend,” Hilda told local media as she

the slopes kept them young at heart.

commented on her retirement from the

In addition, 70% of over-65s who ski or

slopes, adding, “I love it so much, but I’ve

snowboard said the fresh mountain air

had a good innings.”

helped them bat away any feelings of old age, with over 80% of people claiming

The Man who Skied the Vallée Blanche ON HIS 99th Birthday

improve their mood. Hitting the slopes is also the key to a good night’s sleep with 78%

Kiezo Miura was a legendary Japanese skier

saying it helps them have better-quality rest.

who celebrated his 99th birthday down the

As well as the mental health benefits,

Vallée Blanche and celebrated his 100th

there are also the physical ones. At 408

But just how old is that? Well, so far, it seems

birthday with four generations of his family

calories an hour, skiing burns more calories

the answer is 107.

skiing in Snowbird, Utah. A skiing teacher

than tennis or aerobics, and almost twice

When a very old skier is spotted on the

and photographer of mountain landscapes,

as many as the equivalent time spent

slopes a news story tends to be published,

Keizo was also the oldest person to climb

playing golf or badminton. Some regulars

so here’s a quick guide to some of the

Kilimanjaro, aged 77, and his oldest son

at Chill Factore have seen physical benefits

world’s oldest skiers of recent years.

Yuichiro was the first man to ski Mt Everest.

including the slowing down of osteopenia

Keizo died in 2006, 41 days short of his

and other conditions, a spokesperson for

102nd birthday.

the centre claimed.

The Man Who Skied for Almost 100 Winters

“Like many other sports, skiing burns a lot of calories and circulates oxygen and

recently hitting the slopes at the age of 107.

Australia’s Oldest Living Olympian Aged 95

Based in Washington State, Lou has been

Born in what was then Czechoslovakia in

frequent bending and stretching of the legs

skiing since age 10. In later years, he had

1921, Frank Prihoda, now aged 95, was

and the need to respond to the bumps and

his own reserved parking space at Crystal

one of the European pioneers of skiing

other features of the slopes. These dynamic

Mountain ski resort.

in the Snowy Mountains of Australia and

movements help to improve balance and

“Waiting to be carted away is a stupid waste

represented Australia at the 1956 Olympics

muscle strength to make you a better skier

of life. You can replace anything – your

in Cortina. Frank currently works part-time at

on the slopes and to improve your overall

shoes, your house, your belongings. But you

Thredbo ski resort’s Ski Museum.

physical fitness and health,” said Jamie

Lou Batori is the world’s oldest known skier,

cannot replace time … so make the best of it,” said Lou.

nutrient-rich blood all around the body. However, what is special about skiing is the

McPhee, Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiology at Manchester Metropolitan

homemade wooden skis in the 1920s, not

The Man Who skied in July For His 100th Birthday

long after alpine skiing had been invented

George Jedenoff has become a bit of an

by Chill Factore said they would still be

and before the sport had been introduced

internet sensation in recent years, both for

skiing or snowboarding in their 70s, and

to the Winter Olympics.

being a very old skier and for being a very

one in seven (14%) were confident they’d

nice person at the same time, and a role

still be going in their 80s. Some are even

model to us all. George has been skiing in

adamant they’ll still be on the slopes in

Utah every season since he first learned,

their 90s!

aged 43, and when he turned 100 on

“It’s the perfect sport to try at any age – it

Hilda Jamieson from Angus in Scotland

5 July last year he decided to hit the

doesn’t matter whether you’ve skied or

reportedly stayed on the slopes to age 102,

slopes to celebrate.

snowboarded before, we have plenty of

shortly before her death in 2016, when a

“The motivation is a matter of attitude,” he

people who start in their late 60s and get the

degenerative eye condition finally forced

said. “We’re on this earth just a short while

bug! We have one gentleman who comes

her to make her final run.

and there’s no use trading in your chips too

to Chill Factore several times a week who is

Hilda Jamieson and her husband David

early. You have to stay in shape, you have to

82,” said Morwenna Angove, Chief Executive

were pioneers of Scottish skiing, first hitting

stay motivated. The thought of coming up

at Chill Factore. “But half of over-65s say they

the slopes on homemade skis in the 1930s,

here to ski is motivation enough.”

easily lose motivation in getting fit, so it’s

Born in Austria, Lou first skied on

Britain’s Oldest Skier Was Still on The Slopes Aged 102

hiking up for the joy of a few minutes’ descent before the first ski lifts were built

University. Two thirds of the over-65s researched

important to make sure you enjoy it.” Ralph White, 82, tries to ensure he gets

as they helped create Glenshee Ski Centre.

More of Us Are Becoming “Snow-A-Ps”

week and regularly visits Europe during the

The couple’s three daughters all became

The Chill Factore indoor snow centre near

winter season.

keen skiers with one competing for Team

Manchester reports that it has seen an

“I feel endorphins every time I hit the slope. I

GB in the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble.

increase in what it describes as the third

feel more positive and totally refreshed. I am

“Nowadays nobody walks, they just take

generation or “Snow-A-Ps” taking up skiing

a huge advocate for enjoying a recreational

a ski lift – and I doubt they could walk up

or snowboarding and visiting the indoor

or physical activity as you get older. If you

those slopes. There were no edges on the

snow slope at least four times a week.

are deeply committed to something you

skis and we only had leather boots, which

In research undertaken by the destination,

enjoy, then keep it going! It will be a huge

I had to clean and dry five pairs of every

83% of people said that they believed hitting

benefit to you both physically and mentally.”

– many of them by the couple themselves

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across to Chill Factore three to four times a

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Tignes offers everything you would want from a ski holiday. This sporty cosmopolitan resort gives individuals the opportunity to experience the mountains their way. If you are looking for a hardcore skiing adventure or want a holiday that includes so much more than just the skiing, Tignes can provide this.

140m from the pistes and only a five-minute walk from the centre of Tignes Le Lac. If you are looking for an action-packed ski holiday, there are many other sports that you can try such as snow tubing, snowmobiling, ice climbing and dog sledding. There are also various festive events such as the New Year’s Eve Pop Rock and European Snow and Gay Pride. You can also expect legendary après with multiple spots to choose from such as the Underground Bar and Melting

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The high altitude of 2,100m means the snow

Pot. Plan ahead for these events and stay in

is guaranteed and has led to Tignes being the

an unbeatable location such as the Ski Lodge

first resort to open and the last resort to close.

Aigle, which is part of the buzzing nightlife.

The Tignes and Ski Val d’Isere area allows

Skiworld, the largest independent ski

skiers and snowboarders to explore the 300km

specialist in the UK, has been taking

of beautiful wide pistes and varied terrain. A

customers to Tignes for over 35 years.

noteworthy saving is that on selected dates in

Offering a wide range of ski-in/ski-out

December and January, you can get up to 50%

accommodation from twelve chalets and

off your Tignes & Ski Val d’Isère lift pass when

eight apartments to Ski Lodge Aigle, Skiworld

you book with Skiworld.

has something for everyone and every

Convenience is key in a ski holiday and

budget. Best of all, Skiworld offers a price

Tignes is all about that. No chalet, apartment

match guarantee on all apartments, making

or lodge is too far from the piste or lift, and

sure you get the best deal possible.

the 24-hour bus means you don’t need to

If you are excited by the thought of a ski holiday

worry about getting back from après-ski.

in Tignes and the resort ticks all your boxes,

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany’s leading ski resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is “back in the brochures” for 2018/19 after many years’ absence, with the UK’s largest ski holiday operator, Crystal Ski, offering packages there which are on sale now.

lift pass covering hundreds of

annual World Cup races and has a

kilometres of slopes including at ski

freefall section with a 92% incline.

areas over the Austrian border.

The towns have retained somewhat

The local skiing is spread across two

separate identities. Partenkirchen

main areas: the Alpspitze peak and

has kept its authentic feel and

the lower Hausberg and Kreuzeck

cobbled streets while Garmisch

peaks linked by a narrow track;

tends to be a bit more modern. Both

higher up is the Zugspitze glacier,

offer plenty of charm, with buildings

accessed via a cogwheel railway

painted with traditional frescoes,

from town. A brand-new state-of-the-

and shops ranging from bakeries to

Germany has hundreds of ski areas

art cable car opened last year at the

goldsmiths. There’s a variety of hotels

with most of the larger centres

glacier too.

to choose from, most offering a good

located on its southern border with

There’s a fairly even mix of terrain

4★ standard.

Austria. Until recently they have

for beginner, intermediate and

Other attractions besides the ski

rarely featured in British brochures,

advanced runs, but since the reds

slopes include a visit to the nearby

but Crystal now have two, having

tend to be the longest and best links,

Olympic ski jump, toboggan runs and

previously added the resort of

intermediates in particular will enjoy

the chance to hike on the old Olympic

Ruhpolding to their programme a few

GaPa. Those new to the sport can

bobsleigh track.

seasons ago.

stick to the dedicated beginners’

A week’s stay at the 3★ Hotel

Sitting close to the Austrian border

area, or progress to the wide blues

Rheinischer Hof costs from

in Bavaria (skiers fly into Innsbruck in

on the glacier. Experts will find

£775pp (two sharing) including

the Tirol), they offer 49km of slopes

several tricky blacks to challenge

half-board, flights from Gatwick

in the ski area and an extra 20km on

them – including the famous

to Innsbruck departing 5 January

the Zugspitze glacier, with a regional

Kandahar run, which is used for the

2019 and transfers.

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Night trains have always been popular with skiers. After all, who doesn’t love the idea of being whisked through the countryside while asleep, only to wake up in the Alps? So with a new Nightjet sleeper train service to the Austrian Tirol, it was time for a ski safari by train. There’s definitely something of the “magic carpet” feel to night trains to the Alps. You lie down and get taken to far-off slopes – adding an extra day’s skiing either side of your holiday. However, in recent years, this romantic – and very practical – idea has been bludgeoned by hard-nosed decisions to cull services. In 2008, the legendary Disco Train was axed by Rail Europe as a result of the economic crisis. Then, two years ago, SNCF brutally axed most of its sleepertrain network to save costs. Eurostar’s own direct overnight ski train has no beds – so skiers have to sit up all night. Hardly the stuff dreams are made of. So when I heard that ÖBB, the Austrian WORDS: DANIEL ELKAN

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through Germany to the Austrian Alps

to some of the oldest, most attractive

epic views over the Wilder Kaiser mountain

RailJet train to Zurich, then by TGV onto

every night of the week, I felt a tingle of

chalet buildings in the Alps. We grabbed a

range – best enjoyed from the sun deck

Paris and by Eurostar back to London.

excitement.

second, heartier breakfast and headed up

of the rotating Gipfelalm restaurant which

With valleys, lakes, mountains and fields

To catch the Nightjet, you need to get to

to the top of the Schatzberg peak, to start

perches at the peak. Our guide, Anita

appearing and disappearing out of the

Cologne. So at London St Pancras, fellow

weaving our boards around the network of

from the SkiWelt tourist office, whizzed us

windows, it didn’t feel like an 11-hour

ski writer Rupert Mellor and I heaved our

red runs on the slopes high above Auffach,

around the slopes, stopping to visit the

journey. More like another kind of magic

snowboard bags onto the Eurostar from

sampling spit-roast chicken at the Böglalm

KinderKaiserland, a special area for very

carpet, but this time with us sat up, gazing

London St Pancras to Brussels and from

finished with a shot of Wildschönau

young children to gain confidence on skis,

at the scenery and daydreaming of our

there caught an ICE train.

Krautinger – turnip schnapps. We passed

and to the Simonalm, a 400-year-old hut

next return to the Alps by train.

The huge windows, masses of space, plenty

the impressive new Alpbachtaler Lauser

now guarded by friendly local “witches”.

of table seats and a proper restaurant on

Sauser roller coaster ride, constructed next

We left the SkiWelt feeling that we’d only

board make UK trains seem like a poor

to the Wiedersberghorn gondola.

scratched the surface – and indeed we

relation. In the comfortable café bar we

Soon it was time to slip out of Alpbach and

barely had. However, our final destination,

Daniel and Rupert travelled with Eurostar

were served spaghetti bolognaise, freshly

head down the train tracks to Kufstein,

St Anton, was beckoning. On the way, we

(eurostar.com), ICE and Nightjet trains

prepared salad, wine and draft beer – all

closest station to the resort of Söll. The

stopped for a day to visit Innsbruck and

(nightjet.com) with accommodation

while speeding smoothly at 300km per hour.

resort is part of the huge SkiWelt – with

ascend the Nordkette cable car and then

organised by Tirol Tourism (tyrol.com)

At Cologne, we climbed onto the Nightjet

284km of slope, serviced by 90 ski lifts.

travelled to St Anton on a RailJet train

and local tourist offices (alpbachtal.at;

and into our couchette compartment.

Wandering through the friendly village at

through the spectacular Arlberg Valley to

wilderkaiser.info; stantonamarlberg.com).

There wasn’t a lot of room to spare, but the

dusk, we entered a Tiroler Bauernstandl, a

St Anton station, conveniently located in

Example journey from London to Alpbach:

comfy bedding and cosy washbasin gave

little shop and bar selling regional produce.

the village.

Depart London St Pancras on the 15:04

it a homely, hotel-like feel. We were soon

“So you are English?” the gregarious

That night, a huge new flurry of snow hit

Eurostar to Brussels; take the 18:25 ICE

being rocked gently to sleep by the train,

owner asked. “Then sit down!” Wine was

the region, continuing for two days. We

from Brussels to Cologne; then take

dreaming of the slopes.

put in front of us and a classic BBC video

followed our local guide, Folke, through

the 21:21 Nightjet sleeper train to Wörgl,

We awoke to a knock from the guard

from 1987, On The Piste, showing British

the Gampen and Galzig areas and into

arriving 08:36; from there it’s about 25

delivering breakfast on a tray, before

skiers trying to learn to ski, was played in

tree-lined powder fields for which St Anton

minutes by taxi. Rail fares via Cologne

alighting at Wörgl, a few minutes from

our honour.

is renowned, and eventually back down for

from £195 return.

the village of Alpbach, a resort that has

Unable to shake the hilarious images of

well-earned beers in the village – which

Daniel Elkan is founder of Snowcarbon:

magnetised British clients for many years.

flailing skiers from our minds, next morning

seems to buzz at any time of day or night.

an independent guide on how to travel to

It’s easy to see why. The village is home

we headed up to the Hohe Salve with its

Our reluctant return home took us back by

ski resorts by train.

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CYPRUS

Many of us have headed to Cyprus on a sun and sea holiday, but not many know that, if you time it right, you can ski on snow there as well as water.

from the beginning of January until the

six including a beginners’ run, three blues, a

with your own skis or snowboard, of

end of March, you can ski on the white

red and a black) and are named after Greek

course, but the centre does have its

snow under a beautiful Mediterranean

gods like Aphrodite, Zeus and Hermes.

own ski shop situated in the Sun Valley

blue sky – that has to be special.

Altogether there are about 5km of runs

area. It is operated by the Cyprus Ski

Skiing has actually been popular in

which have 100% snowmaking coverage.

Club and is run by trained technicians

the area for at least 85 years. The first

An International F.I.S. Skiing Competition

and carries approximately 300 pairs of

The island’s impressive Troodos

recorded ski descents were made in

is organised every year by the Cyprus Ski

alpine skis and 400 pairs of ski boots, 50

mountain range stretches across most

the early 1930s, and the first ski lift was

Federation and takes place at the Zeus

snowboards with boots and 50 pairs of

of the western side of Cyprus, offering

installed more than 70 years ago in 1947.

Slalom Homologated Piste.

cross-country skis and boots. There are

a cool sanctuary in the summer and the

Operated by the Cyprus Ski Club, there

Mount Olympus is located just over 30

also several ski schools who can offer all

opportunity for sports in the winter.

are four ski lifts including a 380m-long

miles from Larnaca Airport and 2km from

levels of tuition.

At the top of the Troodos Mountains one

chairlift and three T-bars varying in length

the Troodos Mountains resort, about an

Membership of the Cyprus Ski Federation

can also find the only ski centre in the

between 125m and 262m long. They are

hour’s drive from the seaside town of

is required in order to gain access to

country on the slopes of Mount Olympus

the most southerly lifts in Europe.

Limassol and the capital, Nicosia.

the lifts, but this is readily and cheaply

(1951m above sea level) where, usually

The slopes open from 9am daily (there are

You can surprise airport staff by arriving

available to foreigners.

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Christmas comes but once a year, and once again it is coming up fast! Of course, it goes without saying that Christmas in the mountains is much better than Christmas at home. That was one of the reasons the whole ski holiday idea got started more than 150 years ago in St Moritz when a clever hotelier bet some departing summer visitors from London they’d enjoy spending Christmas there too more than back in grey, foggy London. He was proved right and the rest is history.

Avoriaz

The Largest Christmas Tree in the Alps Car-free and located 1,800m up in the French Alps, Avoriaz is one of the safer and (apart from all the partying skiers and boarders) more peaceful resorts you can find. On 23 December they’ll be unveiling the tallest Christmas tree in the Alps at 23m high, bedecked with 22,000 LEDs – 3km of fairy lights. Christmas Eve promises to be even more amazing with a spectacular fireworks and light show, and this year the resort will be handing a Christmas bauble to every holidaymaker visiting the resort. That means over 10,000 presents to give away! Always with an eye on the environment the resort has also planted more than 464 Christmas tree saplings (two trees planted for every one cut down) – a spectacle in itself! Avoriaz also has a full Christmas programme of events

Spending Christmas in a ski resort with your family is even

including a big Christmas show and a Christmas sweets

more magical. Being able to promise your children a White

workshop where you can master the skills to create

Christmas, seeing Santa in the snow, is very special. And

chocolate soup, homemade vanilla ice cream, chocolate

if you don’t actually like spending time with your extended

spring rolls, coconut emulsion and chocolate soufflé, yum!

family at Christmas, or indeed the whole Christmas prep and

Oh and a final Christmas treat – children under 12 ski free

then making Christmas lunch, getting away from it all and

over Christmas week when an accompanying adult buys a

them all is the perfect excuse.

pass (festive T&Cs apply).

The problem is choosing where to go, and where to stay, from the myriad of choices. Do you put skiing first and look for a great resort or put Santa first and perhaps book a trip to his “homeland” in Lapland where you can visit him at home before he sets off on his Christmas

Davos

A Rare Combo of Snow-Sure & Appealing

Eve world tour? Do you choose a traditional, magical resort, or do you play it safe for snow (this is still early

Europe’s highest town also has one of the most snow-

in the escape after all) and book a modern high-altitude

sure resorts in the Alps, so it offers both traditional charm

destination where the chances of resort-level snow cover

and altitude – a rare combination. What’s more, Christmas

are that much higher? And do you invest in a hotel or

has an extra ski celebration dimension as the world’s first

chalet where someone will do all the leg work prepping

“modern” drag lift, a T-bar, opened here in Christmas 1934.

Christmas lunch and doing the decorations for you or

Staying in Davos is extra special at Christmas. Along with

book an apartment and DIY Christmas, perhaps booking

the resort being fully decorated there are a number of

into a resort restaurant on the day if there’s space and if

Christmas markets, torchlit walks, traditional Christmas

you can afford it?

music concerts and family igloo building. Then on Christmas

The choice will of course depend on your personal

Eve “Samichlaus” and his Christmas angel will be at the

circumstances and preferences. All we can do is present

children’s club at the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère,

some ideas in each category for your consideration …

where there’ll be Christmas games and fun for kids with cookie baking, Christmas carols and stories.

A Snow-Sure Christmas Although last Christmas was super snowy (and as a result,

Hemsedal

Pick Your Own Christmas Tree

tour operators tell us, bookings have ski rocketed), the If you like to go northerly in latitude rather than higher

write “After last year’s snowy winter we’re expecting/hoping

in altitude to make the chances of a snowy Christmas

for the same again this winter”, and although there have been

higher, then the leading Norwegian resort of Hemsedal

some big early snowfalls in October and November, no one

has always been a nice choice for taking in the festivities.

REALLY knows how white this Christmas will be, as previous

There’s a special Christmas Eve bonfire in the village the

years, good or bad, have zero influence on this year, so it

morning before the big day, a special serving of “Christmas

may be wise to hedge your bets and book high. That doesn’t

porridge” at the children’s centre when Santa visits just

mean you have to skimp on Christmas excess though …

before lunchtime, Christmas services at the church through

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the afternoon and a special Christmas Eve buffet dinner served at several of the local hotels and restaurants. One particularly nice touch, however, is that you are free

Rhémy De Noël

The Santa Claus Of Courmayeur

to walk into the surrounding forest, though maybe not too far to be safe, and pick your own Christmas tree for your

On Christmas Eve, the wonderful Italian resort of

holiday accommodation, because, well, the forests here are

Courmayeur celebrates its very own Santa Claus, Rhémy

made up of Christmas trees of all sizes.

de Noël. Kids from all over write to Rhémy, sending their letters or leaving them in a special post box located in the

Banff

Christmas In The Castle

village’s Abbé Henry square, and miraculously every one receives an answer. The story goes that Rhémy de Noël was a chimney sweep who was born on Christmas Day. Surprised one year by a lack of snowfall in December, Rhémy embarked

Banff is great to visit at any time of the year of course, a

on a hike through the Mont Blanc glaciers to find out

great resort with three world-class ski areas – Sunshine,

why snow had not yet fallen on the village on Christmas

Norquay and Lake Louise – all nearby.

Eve. Once he reached the summit on Mont Blanc he

But at Christmas it takes it up a notch, no less so than at the

discovered that all of the snow had been caught by a

world-famous Banff Springs Hotel.

giant who was feeling lonely. Rhémy decided to spend

“They put on a huge ‘Christmas in the Castle’ celebration from

some time with the giant, and finally snow started to fall

7 December to 1 January. Things like letter writing to Santa,

upon Courmayeur once again. Since then, every year

snowflakes hidden around the castle for a scavenger hunt,

Rhémy has moved down to the valley on 24 December

A Christmas Carol show at their theatre, gingerbread house

to bring presents to the children who light up a lantern to

making, ornament painting, photos with Santa and the elves,

show him the way to the village.

Christmas pyjama party and more,” explains Naomi Harrison

A small party is dedicated to his arrival at the Maserati

of specialist ski travel agency SNO (sno.co.uk), which has

Mountain Lounge, where, on Christmas Eve afternoon, all

Christmas packages departing Heathrow on 22 December.

of the children wait for Rhémy, and, together, light the big lantern, a symbol of friendship and joy.

A Family Christmas Some ski resorts have a natural advantage over others

Mount Washington Resort Spend Christmas In Bethlehem

when it comes to providing a magical Christmas as they’re located in particularly beautiful, atmospheric places where

The quaint villages of New England lit up by fairy lights are

it’s that much easier to believe in Santa. Oh and they offer

particularly magical at Christmas time, and thanks to the

wonderful skiing too – and what could be a better Christmas

tendency of North Americans to borrow place names from

present than that?

all over the world to name their communities, it’s possible to stay in Bethlehem, the closest town to the historic Mount

Les Gets

Santa’s Home In The Alps

Washington Hotel and Bretton Woods ski area. You can even stay in one of the Inns there. The hotel itself runs the Holly Jolly Christmas Buffet with a festive celebration of sleigh rides, snowshoeing, skiing, stories with Santa, holiday treats and a bundle of other

Les Gets always goes that extra mile for families, with great

holiday-themed activities. A major Christmas buffet is also

attractions and services on and off the slopes, especially for

on offer (this is America!).

younger children, all season long. It’s no surprise that some Ski Famille have a big presence here. As you might expect, therefore, at the end of each year the village bubbles with excitement thanks to Father Christmas,

La Clusaz

RUDI WYHLIDAL

of the UK’s leading family ski specialist tour operators like

The Pestacles Du Père Noël

who Les Gets lay claim to from 22 to 28 December, saying he lives in the resort.

La Clusaz has been organising the famous Christmas

“Father Christmas feels at home here, but keeps to himself

“Pestacles” for nearly 20 years, the biggest family street

because he is so busy preparing all the Christmas gifts.

theatre festival organised in the Alps each winter. From 24

He spends most of his time with his helpful, loyal friends,

December to 2 January, people of all ages gather in the

the elves, in the enchanted forest where he lives,” a senior

village for a magical and wonderful celebration of Christmas

manager at Les Gets tourist office explains.

with a difference, totally unique in France and free for all.

Included in the week’s programme are storytelling, visits

Children will marvel at street theatre in all its forms with

to the heart of Santa’s magical, joyful land in Les Gets and

artists from around Europe using the festive season to

numerous other activities and surprises for the whole family

put on circus and theatrical shows. During the week,

(workshops with the elves, Christmas market, shows, local

magicians, puppeteers, storytellers, jugglers, singers,

village fêtes and fairs, fireworks and the arrival of Father

musicians, artists and dancers put on spectacular shows

Christmas on the 24 December … ). You get the picture.

for all the family.

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The Alps & Norway Avoriaz: avoriaz.com Courmayeur: courmayeurmontblanc.it Davos: davos.ch/en Hemsedal: hemsedal.com/en La Clusaz: laclusaz.com Les Gets: en.lesgets.com Ski Famille: skifamille.co.uk SNO: sno.co.uk


Christmas in Lapland For a really special Christmas ski holiday it’s hard to beat a trip to Santa’s official homeland: Lapland. It’s a truly magical place and the good news for skiers is that the vast majority of visitors aren’t actually bothered about skiing, which means that in mid-December you’re likely to have the ski slopes pretty much to yourself, as not many Finns venture north at that time of year either. The possibly less good news is that there’s near 24-hour darkness that far north in mid-winter and it can be jolly cold too, but for Christmas lovers that just adds to the magic of the place, illuminated by twinkling lights with the ski slopes themselves floodlit, and often an ultra-fine powdery snow falling, and hopefully, once that stops, the Northern Lights dancing in the sky. Both of the UK’s two largest ski holiday companies, Crystal and Inghams, along with a number of other specialist travel companies, are active in the area and can offer holidays to all of Finland’s leading resorts between them, where you can ski but also try out great activities like dog sledding or a reindeer

North America

Lapland

Banff: banfflakelouise.com

Crystal: crystalski.co.uk

Banff Springs Hotel:

Inghams:

fairmont.com/Banff-Springs

inghams.co.uk/lapland-holidays

Bethlehem: bethlehemwhitemtns.com

Levi: levi.fi/en/

Bretton Woods: brettonwoods.com

Pyhä: pyha.fi/en/pyha

Mount Washington Hotel:

Ruka: ski.ruka.fi/en/skiresort

omnihotels.com

Ylläs: yllas.fi/en

Santa actually has several different homes in the Finnish forest including his Secret Cottage near to the resorts of Ruka and Pyhä, where you can bake gingerbread cookies and sing songs with Santa for a particularly special experience, and his Secret Cabin closer to Levi and Ylläs, where you’ll be met by his elves and can even arrange for Santa to read the letters your children sent to him from home. Inghams are long-time experts in Finnish Lapland and say they’ve had to increase capacity there this winter due to demand. Popular options include their 4★ Ylläs Log Cabins, each of which have their own private sauna to relax in after a day of exploring, as well as a log fire and well-equipped, modern kitchen for cosy nights in. Ylläs is one of Finland’s leading ski resorts with one of its biggest ski areas and boasts one of its most appealing village bases. LAPLAND

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safari and, all importantly, meet Santa.


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KRAMPUS & CHRISTMAS Santa is essentially a fairly straightforward kind of guy, keeping himself to himself for 364 days of the year (perhaps just dealing with all that preChristmas correspondence and checking his naughty and nice lists), then flying around the world

The Spirit of Christmas

IN THE AUSTRIAN TIROL

Whether or not you see Krampus, the Austrian Tirol is a very special place to be during the weeks running up to Christmas.

on Christmas Eve distributing billions of presents.

This year there’s a special anniversary

There are lots of Christmas events

atmosphere that is created. Bathed

to celebrate too, 200 years since the

too, and it all runs right through to 6

in natural light Rattenberg evokes a

For Austrians, though, there’s another

hymn Silent Night was first composed

January 2019.

feeling of warmth and security.

Advent figure – there’s also Krampus,

in the area. The problem is deciding

For something a little more intimate,

The St Johann Christmas Market

the evil counterpart to St Nicholas, who

which resort to choose as each offers

the medieval settlement of Rattenberg,

taking place over weekends through

balances Santa’s presents for good girls

their special take on Christmas, and

Austria’s smallest town, and part of

December is another very special

and boys by handing out punishments to

many offer Christmas markets of one

the Alpbach ski area, is a very special

experience, with everything from

type or another.

place to be in the run-up to Christmas

Christmas cookie baking and puppet

Innsbruck leads the world when it

with Advent markets, lots of candles,

theatres to gingerbread and mulled

comes to Christmas markets with no

warming fires and a truly special mulled

wine all set under the fantastic

What does this all mean if you happen to

less than six to choose from with a

wine made with elderberries and served

Christmas lights. The tiny market

arrive in Austria during the three weeks

combined 200 stalls. There’s a 14m-tall

in an original Rattenberg Advent glass.

offers a unique shopping experience

before Christmas for a little early-season

Christmas tree full of sparkling and

On the four Advent Saturdays,

for visitors of all ages with its fair of

skiing? Well, along with all those fabulous

glittering crystals which continue from

Rattenberg is illuminated solely by

various crafters, artists, gift shops and

Christmas markets, you may well run into

the famous Golden Roof in the centre

candlelight, torchlight and open fires.

gastronomic surprises.

Krampus. Large, foreboding, black-clad

to 300m above town at Hungerburg.

Visitors are drawn to the town by the

For more information: visittirol.co.uk

those who have been naughty. This all happens on the feast day of St Nicholas, 6 December.

and with antlers on his head, he roams the feast. He’s hard to miss. Lots of ski resorts organise Krampus parades in the weeks leading up to 6 December, with the great Zugspitz Arena organising one of the best. Krampus parades are exciting, fun events, with the scarily costumed marchers dressed to look something between a caveman, a Viking and a demon, often carrying whips or fiery torches to add to their edgy image.

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NIC ALEGRE

SCOTTISH SKI AREA GUARANTEES SNOW FROM GREEN ENERGY The Lecht ski area in Scotland will offer guaranteed snow this winter, thanks to their purchase of a “Snowfactory” – an all-weather snowmaking machine. All-weather snowmakers are proving increasingly popular at ski areas to

NEW FREESKI SUPERSTAR IS ONLY ELEVEN YEARS OLD

guarantee snow cover whatever the weather, but The Lecht’s approach of

A young American freeskier is

Skiing at Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole in

be a prodigy on skis” by his PR people, Kai

ensuring the snow it makes has been

reported to be taking the world of

Wyoming as a member of the TVSEF/Grand

says his dream is to be a pro skier.

matched by green energy produced

extreme skiing by storm.

Targhee Freeride Team, Kai has already skied

Asked what he would like to change in

by the centre’s wind turbine is believed

Eleven-year-old Kai Jones has already won

the infamous Corbet’s Couloir as well as

the world, he said, “I would like to see less

to be a world first – and possibly a sign

a US national championships in the sport

tackling the rarely attempted Central Couloir

pollution around the world, and I would

of things to come in the ski business in

and signed up sponsors including Atomic,

at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, taking lines

like to support our beautiful environment

this era of climate change.

Quiksilver, Smith, Jackson Hole and Teton

that most adults won’t even consider.

more. I am going to support this cause

Gravity Research, who have released a

Described as “an exceptionally well-spoken,

by recycling and by not littering. Support

five-minute film about him.

regular 11-year-old kid who just happens to

Protect Our Winters.”

A spokesperson for The Lecht revealed that they had successfully run the unit in June this year: “The GB Park and Pipe youth team also enjoyed the benefits of the Snowfactory with a very successful training camp at The Lecht on three of the hottest days in June. From now on we may be seeing more snow in the summer months as well as in the winter,” he said. Three of Scotland’s five Highland ski areas have purchased the all-weather snowmaking units from TechnoAlpin. Glencoe on the West Coast had been aiming to acquire one for over a year and, like The Lecht, tested a unit last season. Cairngorm recently announced a £1m spend on snowmaking including a third unit. The area that each Snowfactory unit can physically cover

NEW RAIL PASS MAKES JAPANESE SKI SAFARI EASIER

is limited, and they are mostly used to guarantee snow for beginner areas or

JR (Japan Railways) has launched a new

The new JR Tohoku–South Hokkaido Rail

on any five days of their choice during a

for terrain parks. Unlike most Scottish

regional pass for the Tohuku and South

Pass, which costs about 19,000 yen (around

14-day validity period. Some of the famous

winters throughout the history of

Hokkaido region which should make it

£130) for a teenager or adult, allows holders

Japanese resorts accessible with the pass

easier for skiers to get around Japanese

to make unlimited journeys by train in the

include Zao Onsen, Bandai Resorts and

ski areas if they want to explore – the

areas covered by both companies.

Appi Kogen (Morioka Station) in Tohoku,

will open some of their slopes in early

company also owns and operates several

Operating a “Flexible 5-day” system, the

and Niseko (Kutchan station), Kiroro,

December thanks to the Snowfactory.

leading Japanese ski fields.

pass allows the holder to travel on trains

Furano and Rusutsu in Hokkaido.

snowsports in the country, Lecht have said with some confidence that they

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There have been lots of remarkable skis made over the years, many design firsts, sometimes a technical breakthrough, but perhaps none have quite turned heads so much as the Oro Nero Gold Skis.

and reflect Pichler’s lifelong desire to create what he calls “High Performance Art”. “Each Foil Skis package is a bespoke experience, designed to individual specifications that create an overall aesthetic of unmatched style and a sheer joy to ride,” the company promises, adding, “The skis are of World Cup performance, in perfect balance

SKIING ON GOLDEN SKIS Rent From: €2,750 (£2,460) Buy From: €42,505 (£38,035)

The clue is in the name – they’ve got gold in

with the body, in harmony with nature and

them and a price tag to match, costing more

something that aesthetically celebrates the

than £38,000 a pair. These really aren’t the skis

timeless beauty of skiing.”

you’d want to leave casually leaning against a

The trouble has been with the price tag and

grungy ski bar when you go après-skiing.

the limited availability, as testing the skis out

Actually, the gold isn’t the only expensive

to see if they actually ski well has been hard

element of the skis, which are sometimes

to do for most skiers, but the good news this

described as “a functional piece of art”.

season is that the Grandes Alpes luxury hotel

The Oro Nero Gold Skis have been crafted

in Courchevel 1850 has the skis available to

with 8,000-year-old certified Bog Oak

rent, with an option to purchase them at the

hardware beneath that 14-karat gold-plated

hotel’s Ski Shop L’Atelier.

finish, also featured on the matching poles,

Of course, this will possibly be the most

bindings and custom-made hardware. Only

expensive ski rental of all time. The Signature

five to 10 pairs of Oro Nero Gold Skis are

Grandes Alpes Foil Skis will be available to

made per year.

rent on a daily rate of €950 (approximately

Founded by Andreas Pichler, an award-

£850) and include a vintage lock, a classic

winning designer, artist and competitive

flask, and a monogrammed leather ski bag,

alpine skier, Foil Skis are the product of

or the more exclusive Oro Nero Gold Skis will

decades of research, analysis and testing,

be available to rent on a daily rate of €2,750 (approximately £2,460). If you like them after your test day, they’ll be available for purchase at approximately €42,505 (£38,035) and include full personalisation with initials or your family crest. Grandes Alpes, Courchevel 1850 is a luxurious Alpine hotel, offering a “chaletinspired experience” alongside the conveniences of a 5★ hotel, including ski-in/ski-out access, personal butler service and now the opportunity to rent the most expensive skis on the market.

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OUTDOOR SNOW PARK FOR FLORIDA A company that runs a number of summer outdoor attractions in the USA has announced plans to open an outdoor real-snow ski area in Florida. The plans by Point Summit Incorporated are for a 58-acre site in the Tampa Bay area, a location behind their existing TreeHoppers Aerial Adventure Park.

ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR ZERMATT 2019 The first acts have been JORDAN MANLEY

announced for the Zermatt Unplugged festival from 9–13 April next year. Passenger will open the festival and fellow Brit Jessie J will close it on the same

THE WORLD’S MOST NORTHERLY SKI CAMP

stage on the final night. In total there are more than 80 concerts held on 14 stages over five days.

NZ’S SECOND GONDOLA FOR 2019

A company set up by a former ski

The company’s clients can explore the

resort (Riksgränsen in Sweden), among

instructor that specialises in

Arctic Cordillera mountain range via snow-

undiscovered skiable wildernesses in the

building “world first” experiences

cat or helicopter, skiing some slopes that

Arctic Cordillera mountain range.

ski lifts at New Zealand’s North

that push the boundaries of travel

have never been skied before and getting

“The Baffin Island adventure is ideal for

Island ski areas of Turoa and at

is offering what it believes is the

the opportunity to then name the lines

skiers looking for a ‘world first’ experience:

Whakapapa on Mt Ruapehu, will

world’s most northerly ski camp

skied themselves.

uncharted slopes, unnamed ski lines,

open its state-of-the-art gondola

this winter.

Cookson’s heli-ski base is located

immersion into local culture and a real

with 10-person cabins in time for

Cookson Adventures has set up the camp

among the remote fjords near the small

chance to test one’s physical limits,” said

from a base on Baffin Island in northern

Inuit community of Clyde River, further

Adam Sebba, CEO of Cookson Adventures.

Canada, 70° north within the Arctic Circle.

north than the world’s most northerly ski

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Ruapehu Alpine Lifts, which runs

the 2019 ski season there.

COURT BLOCKS PLANS FOR BANSKO In the latest development in a 20-year battle by Bulgaria’s Bansko ski area to expand its lift and slope network on national park and UNESCO World Heritage site land, three

DAVOS KLOSTERS MOUNTAINS

judges reached a unanimous decision that the current proposals breach the country’s environment protection laws.

BLACK SLOPE EXTENSION

COVER BANDS CONVERGE ON DAVOS

The black “Amazzonia” slope (no. 57) in the Pradalago area

Davos will stage its increasingly popular

Green Day, the Beatles and Elton John will

mode at Bolgen Plaza and in the evening

festival of cover bands in the latter stages of

be taking part in the Davos Cover Festival.

in the nostalgic Montanasaal and in the

the ski season next spring. This year tribute

Concerts will take place almost at any

famous Bolgenschanze. With the exception

bands to artists such as Bryan Adams, U2,

time of the day or night between 28 and

of the pre-concert and the dinner show, all

the Black Eyed Peas, Queen, the Bee Gees,

31 March 2019 with gigs staged in the ski

concerts of the Davos Cover Festival are

has been widened along the final

Nirvana, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen,

area near the Parsennhütte, in après-ski

free of charge. coverfestival.ch

stretch between Lago Montagnoli

of Madonna di Campiglio in Italy’s Trentino region has been extended. In addition the “Spinale Diretta” piste (no. 73) in Spinale

and the end of the slope.

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A lot of older skiers bemoan how ski holidays have changed. They complain of crowded slopes, airports and roads to the slopes, too much snow making, and especially how everyone in resort spends their time on their phone rather than really “getting away from it all” in the mountains.

It is no longer “compulsory” to clock in for the first lift at 9am and clock out at 5pm ... people seem to be taking it easier and seem to want to enjoy all the other things a mountain holiday offers (fresh air, scenery, après-ski and the many other activities now available in most other resorts).

Better Quality Accommodation is the Norm Accommodation options have improved dramatically

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But when we spoke to some industry veterans, they

over the past 20 years. The cramped apartments

put forward the case for ski holidays actually having

of the 1960s and 1970s are now largely gone and a

got much better over the years in many different

new level of higher accommodation standard is the

ways. Here’s what their arguments boiled down to:

norm, built to cater for all tastes but moving more into the premium/upmarket arena, while prices are very competitive. This means that to get some form

Ski Areas Are Staying Open Longer

of luxury on a ski holiday is no longer the preserve of the ultra-rich.

The climate may be warming but, so far at least, ski areas are staying open longer. “Lift companies have long realised that they need to provide decent snow conditions from opening

Ski Equipment Is Better

in mid-December right the way through to mid to

Along with better lifts providing us with more time

late April for closure. They have heavily invested

on the slopes during our ski day, ski equipment has

in artificial snowmaking to make a base, and this

changed quite radically over the last 25 years. Until

means that natural snow falling on top can last a

the 1990s it took a few weeks before you could

lot longer, and slopes that may have closed earlier

start to feel confident enough to tackle a red or

can now be left open right through to the end. Even

black slope, but now you see people who started

during the worse years of natural snowfall we saw,

their first lesson earlier in the week skiing fairly

most resorts managed to open a significant part of

confidently on red slopes and even some on black

the ski area,” says Xavier Schouller of ski holiday

slopes. Advances in ski design, originally driven

company Peak Retreats.

in part by copying some snowboard design ideas, have made it a lot easier to learn and then a lot less effort to ski once you have. This means you

Ski Lifts Have Improved

can ski for longer, even if you are not so fit, and

Ski lifts have got better and better, with the lift

continue to ski effortlessly. We could see a lot more

manufacturers building ever-faster and more

older skiers on the slopes. They have the money,

comfortable chairlifts and gondolas. Skiers and

the time and enjoy the great outdoors!

it is also easier for people in their 70s and 80s to

snowboarders are therefore spending less time stood in queues or crawling up the mountain on a slow old lift, and more time enjoying the good bit: sliding down.

Technology Has Made Life Better on the Slopes Although some may complain about people using

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technology to stay connected on the slopes, resort

In the early years of winter sports a century ago,

connected to the latest weather and avalanche risk

the rich people who could afford to holiday in the

info and keep themselves safe. They can also help

mountains had fun sledging, ice skating and snow

plan routes around big ski areas more effectively

shoeing but didn’t ski much. Then when mass ski

than struggling with a paper map. In the old days,

holiday tourism started around the 1970s, everyone

boarding a lift involved getting a paper lift pass

just skied all day and didn’t do much else. Now

out of a pocket then putting a plastic lift pass in

we have come full circle and people are spending

a machine slot; now many resorts offer hands-

a little less time on the slopes and enjoying more

free access. There are 101 other ways in which

about where they are (perhaps because they’re

technology has improved life on the mountains. It’s

fitting in more time going downhill in less hours

even easy to send live pictures back to Blighty to

thanks to those faster lifts!).

annoy friends and workmates.

apps have made it a lot easier for people to stay

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People Do More in the Mountains

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22% OF SKIERS DON’T CHECK THEIR INSURANCE

NEW RED & BLACK RUNS FOR COURMAYEUR

It has become one of the fiercest rivalries in the skiing

New research for ABTA has found that 22% of

Courmayeur by Mont Blanc in Italy’s Aosta Valley has

world, with two of America’s great ski towns going

people who have been on a winter-sports holiday

announced 1.3km of new ski runs in the resort’s Arp

head to head over a vital world record.

didn’t check their insurance to ensure that they

sector which will eventually be accessed by a new lift,

Park City in Utah (once known for its strict alcohol

were fully covered for snowsports.

renewing access to an area decades after the Apetta ski

laws when it came to après-ski) is the latest to

ABTA members reported two British ski-related

lift, which used to serve it, was dismantled.

reclaim the crown of shot ski world record holder – a

fatalities and 197 “significant incidents” on

The Arp sector provides wonderful views of the

record that essentially involves a lot of people lining

the slopes last year, and the organisation is

southern side of Mont Blanc, but until this winter only

the resort’s Main Street in a massive long line, each

campaigning to encourage people to stay safe both

freeriders have been able to ski there, setting off from

holding a bit of a ski, which is bolted at each end to

on- and off-piste, by making sure they have the right

the 2,750m-high Arp ridge on off-piste routes accessible

the next skis either side, on to which a shot glass

level of fitness to enjoy their holiday injury-free as

from the Arp cable car.

is balanced. All must then lift the ski and drink their

well as appropriate winter-sports travel insurance.

The new groomed piste skiing will include a 700m red

shot together.

ABTA’s top tips include checking your insurance

run, which in turn gives access to a north-facing slope

For this attempt, 1,275 Park City residents (or

covers the activities you want to do. Many policies

with a very challenging 600m-long black piste with a

“Parkites”) took part with the “ski” (actually 508 linked

will not cover damage to rental equipment or skiing

gradient of 70%. The numerous off-piste routes that have

skis) measuring nearly 785m in length.

off-piste without a guide, and many policies require

long been in existence will continue to be accessible.

The event raised $29,475 (around £22,910) for

you to wear a helmet at all times. They also warn

The construction of the pistes is the first step in a

community organisations in the Rotary Club’s Grant

that a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) won’t

larger project of development in the Courmayeur

Program. The shots were Double Rye Whiskey

cover all your medical costs, private treatment or

Mont Blanc ski area, which will continue with the

provided by local distillery High West. Breckenridge

return to the UK, so you will need to take out travel

replacement of the Youla and Arp lifts, which are due to

look likely to try to reclaim the title later this winter.

insurance to ensure you are fully covered.

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These days, us skiers and snowboarders benefit from a huge wealth of accommodation options when booking our winter holiday. However, the amount of choice can be slightly overwhelming and it’s easy to make assumptions about what your accommodation will be like. Because of this, many people miss out on one of the best accommodation options: the luxury self-catered apartment.

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SelfCatered Luxury?

It is possible ... the best-kept accommodation secrets

you want, with no set menus or mealtimes. Feeling like

Montgenèvre – Le Napoléon

a cheesy feast? Enjoy sampling the local cuisine in a

One of the world’s oldest ski resorts and the only

cosy mountain restaurant. Exhausted from a long day’s

French resort in the huge 400km Via Lattea (Milky

skiing? Simply stick on some pasta, put your feet up

Way) ski area. Snow-sure sunny slopes and the option

and relax with a glass of local wine.

to ski into Italy for lunch! Stay at Le Napoléon CGH

Cooking facilities are often on a par with what you

Résidences & Spa, with a fantastic central location, in

might enjoy at home, and the added extras in many

the heart of the resort right opposite the slopes.

apartments are a godsend after a day on the slopes. Whether it’s a swimming pool, sauna, steam room

Les Carroz – Les Chalets de Léana

or hot tub, you can enjoy high-quality hotel-style

Only an hour from Geneva, Les Carroz is a charming

pampering on your own terms.

traditional mountain village, perfect for families and set in the Grand Massif ski area. Stay in Les Chalets de

It’s not uncommon to see “self-catered apartment” and immediately envision boisterous students, cramped spaces and limited “cooking” facilities. However, by doing

Three of our favourite luxury self-catering picks:

Léana CGH Résidences and Spa, luxury apartments in traditional chalets overlooking the central village

so, you overlook some of the mountains’ most impressive

Val Cenis – Les Chalets de Flambeau

accommodation options right under your nose.

An epic ski area with the longest green run in the world

Luxury self-catered apartments are not only beautifully

(so they claim). Stay at Les Chalets de Flambeau CGH

Peak Retreats is an award-winning French Alps

decorated, with fantastic facilities and impressive

Résidences & Spa, at the foot of the slopes by the ski

specialist featuring a selection of handpicked luxury

views; they also give you a flexibility that no catered

school meeting point. With an indoor pool, baby pool,

apartments, including those above, in resorts across

chalet or hotel can. You can eat what you want, when

hot tub, sauna, steam room, games room and spa.

the French Alps. peakretreats.co.uk 023 9283 9310.

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square, a short walk from the slopes.

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FOR THOSE WHO DARE

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BY HENRY SCHNIEWIND

Backcountry skiing can be surprisingly safe if you apply the essentials. But it also depends on other factors including:

1. WHERE YOU GO

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OFF-PISTE AND BACKCOUNTRY RISK REDUCTION ESSENTIALS

LES ARCS CELEBRATES 50TH BIRTHDAY SEASON

Slopes less steep than 30° won’t release a slab avalanche of any

The French ski resort of Les Arcs,

ending on 14 December next year (2019)

the “50 Years Ski Show” running from 16

consequence. But, you can be on a

part of one of the world’s largest

with the inauguration of new “space-age”

February to 11 March 2019. In addition a

low angle slope and still trigger an

ski areas, Paradiski, and a long-

carriages on the funicular up from Bourg

celebratory “XXL Music Concert” is being

time British favourite, celebrates

St Maurice to Arc 1600 where the original

lined up for March.

its 50th season this winter.

Les Arcs hotel “Les Trois Arcs” opened in

As an added bonus, anyone who is

If you ski on slopes steeper than 30°

The resort, the only one linked directly by

December 1968.

turning 50 during the coming ski season

then further steps are required in order

train and funicular railway from London St

The official celebrations will begin in Arc

can have a free one-day Les Arcs/Peisey

to continue to apply the ‘risk reduction

Pancras by Eurostar during the ski season,

1600 on Boxing Day with planned events

Vallandry ski pass.

measures’ that help to keep your time

has a whole year of celebrations planned,

through the coming season including

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avalanche that releases on a steeper slope above you.

on the mountain no more dangerous than driving a car.

2. HOW YOU GO Avoid terrain traps. Terrain traps are anywhere below you that could make the consequences of being swept away even worse, e.g. into a lake, hole or ravine, over cliffs or into trees. Keep your Distances. Only expose one person at a time to any danger – this means 10-50 metres apart on a slope. Stop at islands of safety - places where you are protected from the slope avalanching above.

3. HOW PREPARED YOU ARE Carry the basic avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe) whenever you go off-piste. Do a

11–17-YEAR-OLDS OFFERED CHANCE TO DRIVE JAGUARS AND LAND ROVERS ON SNOW

partner check to make sure everyone’s transceiver is working before you set off.

The French ski resort of La Plagne

Accompanied by a qualified instructor

be offered free of charge but while

If you’re buried under an avalanche,

is to offer budding Lewis Hamiltons

and a parent/guardian, children take

the minimum age is 11, there’s also a

you have 15 minutes to live. Your

aged 11–17 the chance to try driving

the steering wheel via dual controls

minimum height requirement of 142cm

on snow in a Range Rover Evoque

and, through fun exercises, start

or about 4 foot 9 inches. The sessions

or a Jaguar E-PACE this winter.

learning to drive. The sessions will

are also open to 18–22-year-olds.

friends should be able to find you and dig you out in less than 15 minutes. henrysavalanchetalk.com

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The

Whistler Company As winter sports fans, we are all becoming increasingly aware of the pressures that climate change is putting on our beloved mountain environment.

SCOTT SERFAS

Taking Responsibility Seriously

season, they are replacing all toiletries

the best possible service, so that all

Holiday Whistler offer a unique service

with aluminium instead of plastic,

visitors can enjoy the best of Whistler.

in the resort, providing a high level of

ensuring all products are organic,

Indeed, with local ownership and staff,

service to both homeowners and guests.

chemical-free and cruelty-free, and they

Holiday Whistler set themselves apart

Recently, a significant rebranding process

are promoting reusable water bottles

with an unparalleled knowledge of

has aligned their expert local knowledge

and shopping bags. Holiday Whistler

the area. They are able to assist with

and passion for Whistler with increased

will also be upping their recycling

any queries you may have, with a

We all want to enjoy those spectacular

environmental sustainability efforts.

efforts and aiming to educate guests

can-do attitude and friendly hospitality

snowy slopes, but we want to do so safe

With the hospitality industry currently

on the recycling options available in

that is sure to make you feel right at

in the knowledge that our globe-trotting

experiencing huge challenges when it

the resort, alongside allocating part of

home. If you’re looking for a beautiful,

actions are not putting our mountains in

comes to environmental sustainability,

their time and revenue to not-for-profit

well-serviced property, an amazing

further jeopardy. For travellers heading to

Holiday Whistler pride themselves on

environmental organisations.

destination to explore, and a company

the popular resort of Whistler this winter,

providing a combination of personal

Working with both homeowners and

that takes environmental responsibility

one company is striving to offer a more

service, local expertise, global reach and

guests, Holiday Whistler strive to

seriously, Holiday Whistler may just be

sustainable option.

the utmost in sustainable practices. This

combine their sustainability efforts with

the answer.

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SUN PEAKS

MICHAEL WERLBERGER

RESORT:INSIDER

SUN PEAKS in an eight-year term as Canadian Senator for British

of Chief, Expo and Challenger running under the

Columbia. The good news is you don’t have to be an

Burfield chairlift are seldom skied in the week, and

Olympic-standard skier to join Nancy: just competent

Headwalls has a seriously steep 55-degree pitch

enough to get around the mountain.

(that’s where the FIS World Cup Speed Skiing event, the Velocity Challenge, is staged).

Eat Japanese:

Great Coffee:

Regular visitors to BC ski resorts will know that among the diverse ethnic mix in this Western

While it can still be a challenge to find a good coffee

Canadian province, there’s a strong group of people

in some North American ski resorts, Sun Peaks is

Built around a compact, pedestrianised and ski-in/

of East Asian heritage from just across the Pacific.

blessed with several great cafés. None rate higher,

ski-out central resort development, the ski area

They’ve brought with them many good things,

however, than the Bolacco Café, which touches on

above has grown into one of North America’s

including sushi, and Japanese cuisine is very popular

a 90% excellent 5★ rating on TripAdvisor from more

biggest and best.

in British Columbia. In Sun Peaks you can indulge at

than 200 reviews, with another 9% rating it merely

the Oya restaurant in the heart of the resort, one of

“very good”! The reason is great service and a

the best of its kind, well, anywhere.

fantastic selection of largely home-made snacks and

Ski With Nancy: One great thing about skiing in North America is that

savouries. Yum.

Try The Dark Side:

most resorts have some knowledgeable locals on hand to give you a free tour of their slopes. At Sun

Sun Peaks has a very family-friendly atmosphere

Peaks, though, this offer is truly turbo-charged with a

– there’s even a ski-in/ski-out primary school for

free tour offered in the early afternoon each day by

village kids at the base of the slopes (how cool is

Nancy Greene Raine, who won a very decisive giant

that?), but if you like your skiing “steep and deep”

slalom victory in Grenoble, France, in the 1968 Winter

it does have a dark side with steep terrain – in fact,

Olympics, was voted Canada’s greatest female athlete

North America’s only Speed Skiing World Cup events

of the 20th century and even managed to squeeze

are staged here. The double black diamond runs

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SUN PEAKS

Sun Peaks in BC, Western Canada, is one of the great success stories of modern ski resort developments. Established 25 years ago on what had previously been a “locals’ ski hill”, Sun Peaks has grown organically and as a community with a clear desire to be a good place to live as well as a world-class ski destination.


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Ease into it so you can look forward to

available in the pharmacies, where you

each new day.

are restricted by their opening times,

As an athlete warms up with mobility

so be sure to bring them with you.

exercises, dynamic stretches and

Keep them in your pocket for niggles

raising their heart rate, so should you.

on the slopes.

It doesn’t have to be anything high

Do your research on the piste map

intensity. If you enjoy yoga, why not

and lift times. Getting stuck in a

introduce a few flows to your morning?

neighbouring valley because the

Otherwise a walk to stretch your legs

return lift is shut can really put a

certainly helps. Croissant from the

dampener on your holiday (you really

bakery, anyone?

do learn from experience). Or taking

If it’s a bluebird powder day and you

your beloved on a red run that you

are at the front of the lift queue, you

“thought was an easy blue”(NEVER do

are forgiven for heading straight to

this). Have a plan, and know final cut-

the fresh stuff without warming up.

off times for the lifts.

However, if you’re going to spend the

Mobile phones and cards can

day on the pistes it’s worth making

interfere with the signal of your lift

your first runs count. Go to a gentler

pass at barriers. To be speedy, ensure

day in the mountains.

slope and relax into it by skiing at 60%,

your ski pass is on your left-hand side,

I confess I haven’t met many people

but over-exaggerating the movements.

in a pocket on its own, preferably in

like this! Something always comes

Exercises such as flexing the boots,

the sleeve.

up, and they don’t quite start the gym

shuffling the feet and stepping uphill

If you are really keen to maximise

when they should, and then is there

as you traverse the slope all help to

skiing time, then consider travelling

any point going when there’s just two

increase mobility and prevent injury.

up the lifts alone. A lot of the queues

weeks before their trip? I can totally

Your legs will thank you!

have single lines, which move quite

understand that. So here are my top

Learn the 10 FIS rules. Adhering to

a lot quicker as they fill the empty

tips for making the most of your time

who has right of way and when means

spaces on the chairlifts. This is most

on skis (once in resort!).

that everyone has a more enjoyable

effective on a six- or eight-person

We expect people to get excited,

day on the slopes and will help prevent

chairlift, especially in peak season. For

especially when somewhere new and

accidents. These can usually be found

only a few minutes alone, this time is

there’s so much to explore; but often

on the piste map, as well as the phone

well traded!

people ski/board longer than they

number of local patrollers. Have it

Skiing and boarding are best when

A model client will spend weeks prior

should on the first day, pushing their

saved in your phone just in case.

it feels effortless and fluid, which

at the gym, working on their flexibility,

body past its limits. Almost everyone

Healthwise you need to drink more

is when you are comfortable and

strength and cardio fitness, enabling

I know overdoes it; then they are too

water than you are used to, to

enjoying yourself. Look up and

them to be ready for all types of snow,

sore for the next three days to do as

compensate for the altitude, exercise

appreciate the view from time to time

conditions and the demands of a full

much as they wanted to.

and alcohol. Painkillers are only

– it really is spectacular!

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EXETER SKI SLOPE WILL STAY OPEN A dry ski slope operated by a club that is celebrating 50 years in operation will continue to operate, the local council has confirmed. Exeter Ski Club operates on a dry slope at Clifton Hill, but doubts over the slope’s future surfaced when the adjacent sports centre closed due to snowfall damage.

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WILL SMITH RAVES ABOUT SKI DUBAI Hollywood star Will Smith was in Ski Dubai earlier last month and posted a live video of his stay in the indoorslopeside Kempinski hotel. “They made a winter environment in the desert. Why go to the snow when you can bring the snow to you? Dubai is wild,” Smith commented

LENNY KRAVITZ TO PLAY OUT ISCHGL’S SEASON

before going skiing. Rock star Lenny Kravitz – whose hit

resort’s five-month-long ski season to

Gonna Go My Way”, “It Ain’t Over ’Til It’s

AREA TO REOPEN AFTER DECADES

“5 More Days ’Til Summer” was one of

a spectacular finale on 30 April, the

Over” and “Fly Away”, as well as songs

the signature sounds of the UK’s long

penultimate day of the season, performing

from his latest album Raise Vibration. He

hot summer – will scale new heights

on a mountain-top open-air stage at

joins Ischgl’s impressive Hall Of Fame of

A small ski area known as

when he stars in Ischgl’s Top of the

2,320m in front of thousands of fans.

international artists who have opened and

Adventure Mountain, close to the

Mountain season-closing concert at

Kravitz, a huge name in rock since signing

closed Ischgl’s ski season, including Robbie

community of Greenland in the state

the end of April next year.

his first record deal nearly 30 years ago,

Williams, Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Lionel

of Michigan, is set to operate for the

The American singer will bring the Tirolean

will be performing hits such as “Are You

Richie and Mariah Carey.

first time in 20 years. The local ski club was awarded a $10,000 grant by the government to purchase a drag lift to install at the hill.

JOINT HOSTS FOR WORLD CHAMPS The International Ski Federation has selected the resorts of Courchevel and Méribel in France to host the 2023 Alpine World Ski Championships. At their international congress in Costa Navarino, Greece, the FIS chose the French bid ahead of one from Saalbach-Hinterglemm in Austria.

€10M INVESTMENT IN SWEDISH AREA

POOL TO PISTE BY THE MED

Sweden’s Sälen ski area is set

A luxury hotel company in Spain is offering

of southern Spain to the ski slopes of

starts from €1,570 (around £1,400) per

to receive what owners SkiStar

skiers the chance to stay for two days by

Europe’s most southerly resort, with its

couple and includes two nights in a

are describing as “Scandinavia’s

the pool in Marbella then head up into the

124 ski slopes, where they’ll stay in the

Junior Suite at Puente Romano and two

mountains in Sierra Nevada.

equally luxurious ski-in/ski-out El Lodge.

nights in a Double Deluxe room at El

The Pool to Piste package from Puente

This offers direct access to the Maribel

Lodge – breakfast included. Transfers

and expanded snowmaking facilities

Romano, Marbella, takes guests from

piste into the main station via the spacious

between the two hotels are also included.

in time for the coming winter.

the (hopefully) sun-drenched beaches

sun deck. The Pool to Piste package

puenteromano.com

most modern eight-seater express chairlift”, along with new ski runs

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 Dalbello DS 130 Ski Boot

 Killtec Kicky Kids’ Jacket

Expert skiing demands expert fit - but wouldn’t you prefer something a bit more comfortable than the usual race boots? The DS could be the boot for you. Unbelievable control, superb power transmission onto the edge and not compromise on fit. These boots will be on the feet of instructors, coaches, freeriders and those who really know how to ski. £450 | skibartlett.com

Help your kids stand out in style with this very affordable jacket. All the technical features you’d expect in a ski jacket scaled down to a suitable size to keep your kids warm, dry and happy all day. Don’t just use this for skiing; whenever the weather changes, be bright, be seen and always keep warm and dry. £44.99 | skibartlett.com

 Patagonia Capilene Air Mid-Layer

As its name suggests, this is a barely there super-lightweight mid-layer that feels as warm as a 100-weight fleece, but as light as air! Its unusual knitted appearance will look at home on the piste or in your living room. Eco polyester wrapped in merino wool makes it warm but also durable. Hooded £139.99 Crew £109.99 | skibartlett.com

 BERN WESTON PEAK HELMET

With a detachable brim, the Weston Peak helmet is crafted using Bern’s Zipmold construction. Combining flyweight, impact-absorbent Zipmold liquid-injected foam and a streamlined PVC microshell plus micro-adjustable Boa® Fit System, Lux Liner and goggle airflow channels, the Weston Brim provides a no-nonsense fit and solid temperature regulation. £100 | Surfanic & RX Sport

 Blizzard Sheeva 9 Women’s SKIS (FAR RIGHT) & Rustler 9 Skis (RIGHT)

Last year’s successful Rustler and Sheeva ranges have just grown with the introduction of the new narrower 90mm versatile all-mountain model. So easy to start the turn with its rockered front, but with grip and playful performance throughout every turn and on any slopes. This will be a superb ski to start you on the road to off-piste skiing. Both £449 Per Pair | skibartlett.com

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 Ortovox Fleece Plus

 Bollé SCARLETT PHANTOM+

Classic Knit Hoody

This refined, frameless design features Bollé’s revolutionary lens, PHANTOM+ which combines four advanced lens technologies to redefine vision on snow. Made with NXT® for superior visual acuity, it adapts to light thanks to a powerful molecular photochromic filter, allowing you to see clearly in any light condition. LTS (Low Temperature Sensitive) technology ensures optimum photochromic performance even in low temperatures. £129 | bolle.com

 SINNER Stoneham Hybrid Ski Helmet

More at skibartlett.com With their renowned reputation for specialist expert advice, combined with their carefully selected and tested range 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!

Warmth with the utmost classiest style – wear it skiing, wear it for après, or if you’re like us you’ll be living in it almost every day of the week! This is a superb quality product you should definitely add to your gorgeous Swisswool collection. £249 | skibartlett.com

The perfect combination between a lightweight in mould helmet and extra protection provided by the top ABS shell. The soft fleece lining and the rotating size adjuster wheel ensures a comfortable fit. The Stoneham ski helmet has multiple ventilation channels, removable earpieces and a goggle holder. £115 | Go Outdoors

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 TOMMYXROSSIGNOL Tenacious Men’s Jacket

The Tenacious Jacket has classic Tommy red, white and blue chevron detailing and includes the iconic logos of both Tommy Hilfiger and Rossignol. The multiple high-performance fabrics provide quick-dry, durable, breathable and insulating properties while maintaining ease of movement. £600 | tommy.com | Select Tommy Hilfiger Stores

 Lange XT 80 Free Junior Ski Boot

 Arva Reactor Ultralight 25L

A kids’ hike-and-ride ski touring boot built on the same principle as the popular Lange XT Free range but in a scaled-down lightweight version for little rippers who want to come along for the ride. £249 | skibartlett.com

Avalanche Airbag Backpack

A fast-inflating, lightweight avalanche airbag. If you are a weight-conscious tourer, a smaller skier, or just fed up with heavy backpacks, – this avalanche airbag gives you all the technical features you would expect on a backcountry pack, with the advantages of lighter fabrics and cleaner lines. £540 | skibartlett.com

 Scott Scrapper 95 Ski

 Dynastar Legend X96 Skis

Designed for those of you who want to ski more off-piste than on, but whodon’t want to compromise on either! Its front rocker and tip shape allow you to easily turn on pistes, charge through crud and float in powder. You’ll get grip on hard snow, power underfoot and stability at speed. £639 Incl Binding | skibartlett.com

A new all-mountain freeride ski for this season. Utilising tech ideas from across the Scott range, these are light, poppy and playful and have integrated skin holes – giving you a fun ski for touring and an all-mountain ski for everyday adventures. £425 | skibartlett.com

 Therm-ic Boot Dryer

 EIVY ICECOLD

Did you know your feet can sweat up to a Coke-can-full of sweat each day! Make sure you dry your boots after skiing to ensure your feet stay warm the next day. Lightweight for easy travelling with extendable arms that blow air into the boots. Can be used for any footwear or gloves. £38.95 | skibartlett.com

The neck warmer is ideal when it’s cold, the fabric is moisture wicking, stretchy and fast drying, and a light brush on the inside keeps you dry and warm. Flatlock seams prevent chafing and the extended back gives extra warmth and protection. Extended cuffs with integrated thumb loops make sure the arms stay in place. £59.99 | Boardwise & Surfdome

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 Atomic Vantage 97C Skis

 Fischer Ranger Free

A solid, confidence-building all-mountain ski in a newly constructed lightweight form. Stability and performance on the piste, lively and playful on the off-piste, smooth and predictable through different turns and terrain. Explore the mountain and still have legs for the next day! £524 Incl Bindings skibartlett.com

Rockered-style grip walk soles will help you hike to find those hidden powder stashes and their carbon-reinforced 130 flex and freeride inspired lightweight construction will allow you to charge on the way back down on any terrain you can find. Pin tech binding compatibility. £579 | skibartlett.com

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 FLUX DSL Men’s

 MONS ROYALE Yotei

Snowboard Bindings 2019

Powder Hood LS Baselayer

 BURTON Paddox Men’s Snowboard Jacket

The Flux DSL focuses on weight, flexibility and playfulness. A nylon and fibreglass Performance Blend provides all-around performance and allows the Alpha Base to be super-lightweight while remaining soft with a comfort footbed. The Honeycomb Strap gives a more comfortable fit and lightweight design. £219.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com

This long-sleeve base layer is made from 100% merino wool so has the benefits of being thermo-regulating, antiodour and breathable in all conditions. The scuba-style hood and high neck offer luxurious protection. £99.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com

This snowboard jacket features a refined pullover style with a side zip for easy entry. DRYRIDE two-layer fabric and taped seams provide the waterproofing, while the trademark Burton Living Lining provides adaptive breathability and moisture wicking for allcondition comfort. £224.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com

 BATALEON Storm Women’s Snowboard 2019

The third-generation freeride 3BT profile with a dynamic camber work together to provide more uplift in the nose for maximum float in softer snow alongside a powerful edge hold and predictable response. SideKick dramatically increases the uplift just outside the widest points of the nose and tail to improve handling in rough terrain. £459.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com

 BATALEON FeelBetter Women’s Snowboard 2019

Fully updated for the 2018/19 season, this soft and forgiving board is designed for riders looking to progress with confidence. The new and improved third-generation 3BT with SideKick in the tip and tail will make edge catch a thing of the past. Why feel good when you can feel better! £369.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com

 ANON M4 Toric Snowboard

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Goggle (+ Spare Lens & MFI Facemask)

Stevens Men’s Snowboard Boot

These goggles offer an incredibly precise helmet-to-goggle fit with a maximum field of vision. Toric lens technology mimics the natural curvature of the eye for superior optics, enhanced peripheral vision and maximised venting for a fog-free view. SONAR lens technology increases your depth perception and boosts contrast. £259.95 | sputniksnowboardshop.com

The TM-2 blends support and comfort to produce an all-terrain slayer that suits all riding styles. Energy Foam cushioning and the cradling Performance Footbed mean there’s nothing too big to launch off. The Performance Liner has been constructed with dual-density Intuition foam to maximise support and stiffness. £279.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com

 BATALEON Magic Carpet Men’s Snowboard 2019

Designed from the ground up with pow in mind, the Magic Carpet is the ultimate choice for resort powder days. The twin shape makes the board equally fun to ride in any direction, and the Twin Pow 3BT + SideKick profile massively raises each corner to provide float and turn initiation in softer snow. With dual carbon rods extending outwards from the mounting points towards the tip and tail, the Magic Carpet will fly through crud and variable snow conditions. £499.95 | sputniksnowboardshop.com

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 BURTON GORE-TEX Dunmore

 BURTON Wheelie Double Deck

Men’s SNOWBOARD Jacket

Luggage Bag

At a first glance, the 2019 Burton GORE-TEX Dunmore snowboard jacket might look like your typical workwear jacket, but underneath it’s packing some serious shred credentials. The GORE-TEX fabric outer pairs with the lightweight THERMOLITE® insulation and Living Lining® to result in a high-performance waterproof and breathable jacket with automatic climate control. £249.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com

Breeze easily through the airport with the rugged IXION™ skate wheels, and pack like a tornado thanks to the volume-enhancing CRAM™ stretch zipper zones. Large enough to hold all your kit for a couple of weeks away, and even squeeze in a few extra souvenirs on the way home. £224.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com

 SINNER Olympia Goggle

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Take cover in this impressive glove made with superior fabric and grade-A leather. Be ready for anything! Featuring premium water-repellent leather, fitted leather cuff with ergo-leather pull-tab, hybrid style for maximum warmth, buff thumb material to wipe your nose/goggles and wrist cinch closure. £79.99 | Absolute Snow & Surfdome

 ANON Prime MIPS Men’s Snowboard Helmet

Twenty-three vents with onehanded adjustment and a 360° Boa Fit System allows for on-thefly fit adjustment with just the turn of a dial. The Hybrid 50/50 shell combines a durable hard plastic top with the performance of a featherweight bottom. £194.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com

The Olympia is our newest goggle. It’s a very modern goggle with a minimalistic look because the frame is only 2 mm wide. Therefore the field of view is great. Equipped with a double mirror lens with special anti-fog coating to stay fog free, while it blocks harmful UV-rays. The mirror lens (Category 3) is suitable for very sunny conditions, reduces glare and offers 100% UVA / UVB / UVC protection. To make it fit perfectly under your helmet the Olympia is equipped with an adjustable and anti-slip strap and an outrigger system. £65 | Go Outdoors

 BATALEON Boss Men’s

 BERN WATTS & WATTS

Snowboard 2019

MIPS HELMET

This snowboard will take every rider up a notch. The bigger the lines and the harder the terrain, the better it gets. A softer flexing core is reinforced with X-shaped carbon stringers under each binding for stability and durability, and the SideKick profile raises the corners of the board to boost float in soft snow. £519.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com

Their original visor helmet is still delivering looks and performance, utilising Bern’s premium liner with Boa technology and drop-in audio ready ear pads. The Watts uses a thin ABS shell lined with EPS foam to create a burly lightweight lid that meets certifications for both bike and snow. £90–£110 Ellis Brigham & Surfdome

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 MONS ROYALE Cornice Half-Zip Women’s Baselayer

The Mons Royale Women’s Cornice Half-Zip offers a highperformance merino base layer for mountain life. Thumb loops provide sleeve security, and the half-zip allows ventilation when you need it. Also boasting the anti-odour, moisturewicking and thermo-regulating properties of merino wool, it’s the ultimate all-rounder. £89.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com

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 BURTON Avalon Women’s Bib PanT

The women’s Burton Avalon Bib snowboard pant features stretch panelling at the centre back for unrestricted mobility and to keep snow from sneaking inside. A chest pocket keeps everything in its place, while fleece-lined handwarmer pockets also store keys, phone or cards. The classic overall suspender system also includes a drop-seat feature that works seamlessly under a jacket and allows for easy bathroom breaks. £214.95 | sputniksnowboardshop.com

More at sputniksnowboardshop.com Sputnik is one of the UK’s largest independent snowboard shops. We 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.


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 Planks Men’s Tracker

Women’s Snowboard

Insulated Jacket & Pant

Boot 2019 (Floral)

Planks utilise recycled plastic bottles to make lightweight bomb-proof fabric, that makes hiking a dream and stands up to everyday action without an issue. Economically priced, so you will still have some money in the bank to book that trip and find that pow! Jacket £279 Pant £179 (not shown) skibartlett.com

These soft and forgiving boots have been built for park and pow days alike and feature the Fast Track lacing system for easy entry and exit. The Team Fit liner has been constructed with dual-density Intuition foam specially formulated to provide a great balance of support, flex and comfort. £209.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com

Historically there were only two ski boot sole options available: smooth alpine soles for your general skiing and grippy rubber touring soles to help when hiking. Then a few years ago, WTR (Walk-To-Ride) soles were introduced, giving alpine skiers a grippier sole for walking combined with smooth alpine sole sections for safer binding release. Now we have a new kid on the block: Grip Walk. Grip Walk soles have taken the boot industry by storm and are the answer to most people’s skiing needs. The curved grippy rubber sole makes it more natural to walk, much like a scaled-down touring sole, combined with alpine-style smooth sections that rest on the binding to allow for safe lateral release. The result: safer, easier, more natural walking! The sole development came about as a result of more and more people having a dabble at touring and off-piste skiing, but they wanted the holy grail of ski boots, the one boot that could do everything! But these soles are definitely not just for the more adventurous skiers among us – how many times have you walked to a lift or the treacherous stairs to the toilet and felt like you were taking your life in your own hands trying to stay on two feet? We feel, along with lots of others in the ski industry, that in a few years’ time Grip Walk soles will become the new alpine norm. Why wouldn’t you want to make your skiing experience a whole lot easier? So where’s the catch? Well, the main one is that WTR and Grip Walk soles are thicker and more rubbery so will NOT fit into your standard alpine bindings. But fear not: manufacturers have created suitable bindings to correspond with each of the four different soles available, and some bindings are also cross-compatible. It’s important to check that your ski boots fit properly into your bindings and not just sit in – sometimes your boot will look like it fits in the bindings but it isn’t actually correct. Always get your boot and binding checked by a certified workshop technician. If these are not set up correctly they may not release when they need to and can lead to injuries!

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 Head V-Shape V6 Ski

Similar construction to the lightweight Kore skis make these less tiring to ski and creates a more agile feeling under your feet: great for all-day-long skiing without the demanding feel of a standard ski. The good thing about the V6 is that when you push their limits, ski quicker and ski harder they’ll still give you the performance when you want them to. £465 Incl Binding | skibartlett.com

 Smith I/O Mag Goggles (Rise)

 Smith Quantum MIPS

The I/O MAG™, utilising Smith MAG™ lens change system, is designed for optimised performance and perfected fit: two locking mechanisms for lens security, AirEvac ventilation for fog-free integration with Smith helmets, and a frame designed around one of Smith’s largest spherical lenses, providing a maximised field of view and 5X anti-fog technology. £229.99–£254.99 Ellis Brigham | Snow and Rock

The Quantum is protection with maximum horsepower. Using Aerocore construction featuring Koroyd and Smith’s innovative Exoskeleton design to provide increased protection in side-impact zones, this is the helmet for athletes pushing the limits on the mountain. £269.99 | Absolute Snow | Surfdome

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 TOMMYXROSSIGNOL Shimmering Women’s Jacket

The Shimmering Jacket has classic Tommy red, white and blue chevron detailing, the iconic logos of both Tommy Hilfiger and Rossignol and includes a detachable faux fur hood. The style also comes in matching ski pants and accessories £600 | tommy.com Select Tommy Hilfiger Stores

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 POW TRENCH GTX GLOVE

Featuring a durable GORE-TEX insert, buff thumb material to wipe your nose or goggle, over-cuff design for total coverage and wrist cinch closure, this glove is all you need. £44.99 | Absolute Snow & Surfdome

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 Fischer F17 Ski

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A very user-friendly ski at a great price. Hone your skills in the morning, while still allowing your legs to keep working for those “afterlunch” tired afternoons. Lightweight and easy to control. Perfect for when you want to cruise and enjoy the scenery! A great ski for the aspiring intermediate among us. £399 Incl Binding skibartlett.com

Adjustable length for different-size skis, whether you have an ever-growing quiver, or you’ve got various family members who want to “borrow” your bag! Lightweight but with solid and sturdy inline skatestyle wheels, helping you maximise baggage weight allowances at a superb price. £160 | skibartlett.com

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 STANCE Backcountry

 BURTON Eastfall Women’s

 EIVY ICECOLD BASE-

Ultralight Men’s

Snowboard Jacket

LAYER TIGHTS (LANDSCAPE)

Snowboard Socks

Its clean design is paired with the tried-and-true classic fit to make it the perfect choice for adventures both on and off the mountain. The premium waterproofing of DRYRIDE two-layer fabric and dependable eco-warmth of 40% recycled content THERMOLITE® insulation keep you warm and dry in all conditions. £209.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com

Base-layer tights in stretch, fast-drying and moisturewicking fabric with a light brush on the inside to keep you dry and warm. Extra waist height for warmth and protection and flatlock seams to prevent chafing. £54.99 | Freeze Pro Shop Surfdome

The Backcountry Ultralight socks offer the perfect mix of graduated compression and ultra-low-profile warmth. Exceptional comfort, unprecedented durability and obsessive attention to detail have made these socks true overachievers and the perfect companion to wherever your next alpine adventure may take you. £24.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com

 Ortovox Safety Bivy Bag

If you’re heading off the beaten track you never know what mishaps may happen – be prepared for any eventuality. A lightweight, waterproof and windproof cover that will protect you from the elements, combined with its extremely bright colour to make you visible if you need to be rescued! An essential safety item to add to your ski touring backpack. Single £50 | Double £70 skibartlett.com

 Volkl Secret Women’s Ski

Taking over from the legendary Volkl Aura and based on its new awardwinning big brother the Mantra. If you’re the kind of girl who can stick it with the boys, who charges hard and who wants performance, stability and edge grip out of their skis, then you’ve just found your weapon for this winter! £624 | skibartlett.com

 Mammut Barryvox Avalanche Transceiver, Shovel and Probe Set

At not much more cost than some avalanche transceivers, this is a great starter avalanche safety set to get you started on your forays into the back country. Optimised to be lighter-weight, whether you’re touring or just want less weight in your pack. Super safe – fast and very easy to use. As Mammut would say “When time is your enemy, fast is your friend.” Don’t leave home without one! £325 | skibartlett.com

 Smith Skyline Goggles (Deep Forest)

The all new Skyline maximises your field of view with its rimless design and provides superior helmet integration. The oversized spherical lens has substantial peripheral vision and is enhanced with Fog-X anti-fog coating for clear vision. £159.99–£184.99 | Ellis Brigham | Freeze Pro Shop

 FLUX TT Men’s Snowboard Bindings 2019

The TT does everything you need from a binding and can dominate the park just as easily as wade knee deep through pow or rip some carves on the piste. The Alpha highback offers all-round versatility with an even and natural flex and provides solid support from the super-tough nylon material. A micro-adjuster lets you adjust the forward lean in 2.5° increments. £189.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com

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 Smith Mission &

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Mission MIPS Helmet

Snowboard Boot 2019 (Grey/Black)

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This boot has been built to conquer the entire mountain and is the most versatile of the ThirtyTwo line-up, representing the pinnacle in comfort and customisability. The Elite liner has been injection moulded with high rebound foam to provide premium support, a medium flex and long-lasting durability. Intuition foam makes this liner completely heat mouldable, and an Elite footbed provides adaptive arch. £379.95 | sputniksnowboardshop.com

Where classic styling meets everlasting value, the all-new Mission brings the proven fit and function of Smith helmets to an audience who will never again call this piece of gear “just a helmet.” £99.99–£129.99 Absolute Snow | Surfdome

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WATCH ‘EDDIE THE EAGLE’ ON HOLIDAY WITH EDDIE

MORE COUPLES PLAN WEDDINGS IN THE SNOW

CHALET COMPANY BATTLE PLASTIC

Tour operator Ski Weekends is giving skiers the

An adventure wedding photographer says she

Chalet company AliKats Mountain Holidays have joined the

chance to ski and stay in the same chalet as Eddie

believes the demand for snow weddings has risen

battle against the 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic in the world.

“The Eagle” Edwards in January.

by half after a heavy snowfall in the UK last spring.

Since establishing their company in 2011, which now

The company will be running their special “Ski +

Cat Ekkleboom-White, who takes pictures of

runs 10 chalets in Morzine, Al and Kat have been

Stay with Eddie” holidays in January from Thursday

couples in the snow at ski resorts across Europe,

conscious of keeping plastic usage to a minimum.

10 to Monday 14 January, Monday 14 to Thursday 17

says she has seen a 50% uptake in the number of

Over the years, they have refined their techniques and

January and from Thursday 17 to Monday 21 January

winter weddings for the 2019 season.

now follow these simple, but effective, procedures:

based in the Ski Weekends’ Chalet Monique in

“My destination weddings are on the rise but most

buying organic cleaning products in bulk and refilling

Courchevel 1650 in Les 3 Vallées.

predominantly is the rise of winter weddings,

existing containers, plus purchasing food with minimal

The holiday will provide guests with the opportunity

where people want to get married in the snow,”

packaging or having it delivered in reusable crates.

not only to ski and stay with Olympian Eddie but also

says Cat, adding, “I do definitely feel that winter

“We have a responsibility to do our best to reduce single-use

to watch the movie Eddie the Eagle with the legend

weddings are becoming more popular, much more

plastics in the chalets so we undertook a complete end-to-

himself followed by a Q&A.

than in previous years. March is still the most

end assessment of our business to identify where we these

Also, £25pp will be donated to charity Ski 4 Cancer a

sought-after month as there is still snow on the

were being used,” commented Al Judge of AliKats. “We

UK charity which provides Alpine-based holidays for

mountain yet the weather is warmer in general.”

have made changes to many areas including the suppliers

families affected by cancer and also makes grants to

Cat says the Austrian Alps are the most

we work with and our kitchen processes, and although this

UK-based care institutions and funds research into

popular destination for winter weddings, with

often means spending more, we think it is worth it.”

the positive effects of exercise.

legendary ski resorts such as Kitzbühel, St

New for this season, Al and Kat will be giving every

“Ski Weekends are looking forward to working with

Anton, Zell am See and Mayrhofen top choices

guest a reusable water pouch for the slopes, replacing

Ski 4 Cancer this season with the aim of raising as

for couples looking to say their vows in the

plastic toothbrushes with bamboo versions and

much money as possible for such a great cause,” said

snow then hit the slopes on their wedding day.

substituting all plastic washing-up brushes with ones

company MD Dan Fox.

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made of natural materials. alikats.eu

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JACKIE PAASO Jackie Paaso is a professional freeride skier and former Vice Champion of the Freeride World Tour (FWT).

How do you prepare mentally in order to deal with the pressures and the stresses of competing? It is a constant struggle. I’ll have days when I feel really confident about my skiing, and the next day I feel like

So how did you end up one of the

the worst skier in the world. I think

world’s top freeride skiers?

that’s common in a lot of people

I started skiing when I was four

and athletes. We are very critical of

years old, and I was a mogul skier

our own performances. So when I

until my early 20s, competing in

have those days I fight it! I’ve had

moguls, aerials and ski ballet! Then

days before a competition where I

I moved out to Tahoe and I started

felt like the worst skier in the world

mostly freeriding. I did my first

but I manage to push it to the side

competition in demo bindings and

and win the contest. It’s not letting

I almost won! I got fourth place, but

yourself dwell on that thought. I run

I started to think, “OK, I might be

ski retreats with Uthrive and this is

able to be good at this!”

an area we massively focus on as our heads can be stopping us from

Where is your favourite place to

skiing at our best.

ski and why?

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It always depends on the conditions

What would you say has been the

but I would have to say the Alps.

best moment of your career so far?

The mountains are just amazing,

I think I’m in the midst of it, with

especially after coming from the

my film Evolution of Dreams. Being

States. They are so accessible and

able to share my story with people

the tradition of skiing in the Alps

is probably going to be one of the

is so special compared to other

things I look back at and I see it as

places in the world.

one of the best parts of my career.

Are you ever scared before a run

Where will your journey

and if so, how do you combat this?

take you next?

Yes!! I’ll have those days where

I’m currently working with Uthrive

I’ve chosen a line that is quite big

running ski retreats where I get to

and I do get scared, but I have to

share my passion and knowledge

ask myself why I am scared. If it’s

with other freeriders, skiers or

because it’s something I shouldn’t

anyone who wants to give freeriding

do then I have to take a step

a go. We get to visit some pretty fun

back and make a new plan. If it is

places like Chile, which has some

something I can do then I have to

incredible mountains that most

push that fear to the side.

people have never skied before!

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InTheSnow | Issue 61 | December 2018  
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