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INTHE SNOW ISSUE 62 | FEB â€˜19
One of the biggest ski resort developments in the Alps for many years has reached its conclusion this winter with the
030 NEW GIANT SWISS SUPER SKI REGION OPENS AFTER 10 YEARS’ PLANNING full opening of a lift and piste connection between the famously snowy Swiss resort of Andermatt (currently posting the world’s deepest base at 6m) and its neighbour Sedrun to create the region’s new biggest ski area. But the whole resort AGENCE ZOOM
is being renewed too with a new base development taking shape including a huge new Radisson Blu hotel and spa
THE SEASON’S MUST-SEE EVENT Andorra’s Grandvalira ski resort, the biggest in the Pyrenees, has been playing a bigger and bigger role in hosting international ski racing over recent seasons, and 2019 will see its biggest yet as it prepares to host the Alpine Ski World Cup Finals.
MORE THAN JUST POWDER The wonderful world of ski holidays has got ever more diverse and there’s now a huge selection of “niche” markets-within-the-market catered for according almost any criteria you can think of. We’ve compiled a feature on some of the options you now have.
CHEESE LOVER’S GUIDE TO THE SKI SLOPES We tend to choose our ski holiday destination
according to price, location, size of the ski area or
making our choices based on the local cheese? Our
maybe the après-ski scene. But should we be Editor thinks so.
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which opened last month.
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SEE MORE, SKI MORE, AND LOVE SKI
Loveski.com is a recently launched website that offers a one-stop shop for detailed resort descriptions and inspiration along with tips, competitions and reviews.
There are even easy-to-follow entertaining videos on ski
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technique from Eddie the Eagle.
2019 is here, the ski season is in full swing, and what a remarkable one it is already
Our regular fix of all the latest and greatest gear is
turning out to be!
back with new skis, boards, boots, helmets,
Thankfully snow cover is pretty good almost
goggles, clothing, ski bags, backpacks and much,
everywhere, but in the Eastern Alps it has
much more – you name it, it’s there. This month a
been an incredible start to the season with
special focus on ski touring kit for kids.
BLOW THE BONUS On A PRIVATE JET
closer to home there’s a simple answer – hire a private jet. They’re now available not just for a
almost anywhere – Japan or Alaska perhaps?
RESORT INSIDER: AROSA, SWITZERLAND headlines a few years ago when the ski area more than doubled in size thanks to a connection opening to
… for week after week. Of course too much snow too fast isn’t always great news when you want to go skiing if transport routes in are blocked and ski slopes are closed with lifts buried it passes on it does mean resorts are in great shape for the rest of the winter. Those who follow competitive World Cup racing have also had lots to get excited about this season with three skiers closing
A LITTLE ROMANCE WITH YOUR SKI HOLIDAY? A day in the beautiful snowy mountains, a cosy chalet to come home to with as crackling log fire, perhaps a glass of champagne. No one can deny that ski resorts can be the perfect destinations for romantics, but some appeal more than others.
in on the all-time 30-year-old record of 86 wins set by Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher was getting close to 70 wins as we went to press and America’s Mikaela Shiffrin, still only 23, has passed 50 while her teammate Lindsey Vonn, in her last full season, was on 82. Who will break Stenmark’s record first? Meanwhile Britain’s Dave Ryding started the year on a high with the second silver of his career making him the most successful British skier in the modern era. You can
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dumping down as much as 3m in a week
and the avalanche danger high; but once
If you want to get to the slopes faster and from
quick hop over to the Alps but if you want to fly
massive January snowfalls (The Times reckons they’re the biggest for a century)
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SNOWTASTIC START TO 2019
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Amazing snowfalls in the Alps to start the year
A year ago it was France and Western Switzerland that was seeing huge snowfalls; this winter it has been Austria and Eastern Switzerland with some areas seeing as much as 4m of snowfall since Christmas.
while it’s coming down. Airports, road
figures, and this is partly down to
and rail links were closed at times, as
the better snow conditions at this
were entire ski areas, as the avalanche
time of year, compared to in some
danger hit the maximum level 5 in some
previous years,” said Frankie Gibson
areas. But once things settled down
of tour operator Inghams, adding, “Our
again, it was powder heaven with a
programmes in Austria and Italy are also
deep snow base that looks set to last
doing well this season and experiencing
well into spring now even if it doesn’t
great early season conditions.”
Ski areas seeing some of the
Across the Atlantic the picture is
biggest snowfalls included Saalbach
The French Alps had a dry start to the
mostly good in North America too with
Hinterglemm in Austria, which saw 3m of
year, but most of the big resorts offered
Breckenridge in Colorado opening all
snow fall in a week, and Austria’s Arlberg
good ski conditions anyway thanks
of its ski area earlier than ever before
region, where planned World Cup ski
to bases built up from big autumn
because of the great conditions there,
races had to be cancelled because there
snowfalls, topped up with snowmaking.
and Whistler Blackcomb in Canada
was too much snow falling.
Since then they’ve had some good
recording its biggest-ever December
The deepest snow depth in Europe
snowfalls too – if not on the scale of
snowfall total: 384cm.
(and the world) reached 5m by the
Austria – which have put most in a
And over the Pacific from BC in Japan
middle of January.
good position for the rest of the season.
it’s looking typically snowy too in
Of course, so much snow so fast isn’t
“We had a great Christmas and New
Niseko where around 6m of snow has
ideal for actually getting on the slopes
Year in France, with strong booking
fallen since the start of the season.
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PRAYERS VOLCANO DOESN’T ERUPT Tourism officials in the spa town of Kusatsu, located north of Tokyo in Japan, have said prayers for safety and abundant snow this ski season. The ceremony, attended by police officers and firefighters among others, followed a volcanic eruption during the 2017/18 ski season in which one person died and 11 were injured.
SOCHI NOW IN “WORLD’S BIGGEST” A new ski area in Russia means that the ski region it is part of moves into the world top 50 by size, the first time a Russian area has done. The new Alpica ski area is linked to another Sochi 2014 Olympic resort, Rosa Khutor, taking the combined area’s size to 129km.
GIRL DIES AFTER CHAIRLIFT JUMP
FRENCH RESORT USING GREEN TECH TO COVER 30% ENERGY Serre Chevalier, the largest ski area
turbine electricity will all be generated in
power from its exposed high-altitude passes.
in the Southern Alps, has announced
the Vallée, is now underway. The resort will
Altogether this provides 4.5 gigawatt hours
A 15-year-old girl has died after
it will be meeting 30% of its energy
generate the energy in a €3.6 million (around
of power towards the 14.5 required for all
jumping from a chairlift at a small
needs by 2021 using a combination of
£3.2 million) project that will create solar
58 lifts as well as snowmaking equipment –
ski area in Quebec. The girl and
green energy sources.
power from Serre Chevalier’s average 2,500
including 14 machine rooms and 577 snow
a friend jumped from the chairlift
Work on the project, which will mean
hours of sunshine per year, hydropower
guns – and all other needs such as heat
hydroelectric, photovoltaic and micro-wind
from its snowmaking water system and wind
and light in buildings.
at the Mont-Vidéo ski centre, apparently attempting a stunt, which one landed successfully, but the other hit a boulder buried under snow and was fatally injured.
TELFORD GETS £750K UPGRADE Telford Ski Centre, which has an 85m dry slope, has received a £750,000 upgrade to respond to the needs of a growing number of skiers using it. The money has gone on MIKE JONES
base lodge improvements including a large open entertainment space, a new-look bar, showers, toilets and additional changing room space.
NEW GONDOLA STEAMBOAT
SKI AND SAIL HOLIDAYS BY YACHT
The 2018/19 ski season is only
Pinnacle Ski is offering an unusual ski
Guests can also try dog sledding, sign
a Zodiac Professional RIB.
just starting, but Steamboat ski
holiday opportunity for the well heeled, the
up to cultural excursions and keep an
A week’s ski and sail trip for up to six
area have already announced
chance to ski and sail on a luxury trip in
eye out for whales. Plus, there’s a very
costs from €47,700 (£42,511 at time of
their plans for winter 2019/20. The
Norway. Billed as “the ultimate ski touring
good chance of seeing the shimmering
writing) including six days of ski touring
Colorado resort will be replacing
trip”, guests stay on the spacious Oyster
Northern Lights too. Off the slopes and
and sailing (weather permitting), IFMGA
their main gondola, which first
885 RS yacht, which sleeps six and offers
on the waves guests can make use of the
mountain guide, all local transport to/from
opened 30 years ago, in a $15
365° views of the spectacular fjords, then
on-board facilities, which include an in-
the airport and the harbour, and full-board
spend their days skiing with an IFMGA-
house movie server, PlayStation 4, music
accommodation, including packed lunches,
certified mountain guide.
library, Yachtspot wireless wi-fi system and
drinks and house alcohol. pinnacle-ski.com
million (around £11.6 million) project this summer.
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VAL THORENS UNVEILS “THE BEE”
HIRSCHER THIRD IN ALL-TIME WINS
Following on from the success of unveiling the
Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher has moved up
highest zip wire in Europe at 3,230m in 2014, Val
to third place in the table of all-time World
Thorens have spent another €1.2million (around
Cup wins in alpine skiing and become the
£1.07 million) on a new “zip line experience”, this
most successful Austrian skier of all time with
time running above the resort itself.
his 63rd win, which came a few days after
Christened “The Bee”, the new activity is longer
his 62nd, in Alta Badia, Italy, when he drew
than the original zip wire at 1,800m long compared
equal with the previous Austrian all-time best,
to 1.3km, and there are also dual cables, so two
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people can ride alongside each other.
Although it is still early days the 29-year-old
Altogether the new zip lines provide 200m of vertical
is also on target to extend his record to eight
descent, 65m above the ski slopes. Riders start from
consecutive World Cup overall crowns.
the top of the Moutière chairlift and land at the heart
At time of writing Hirscher is now 19 wins
of Val Thorens Place Caron.
behind American Lindsey Vonn (34), who has
Open daily, accessible to skiers and pedestrians,
said she expects to retire after the Lake Louise
offering average speeds of 65km and with the
races at the start of next season. Vonn needs
chance of a video souvenir filmed by GoPro, the
five more wins to overtake long-time overall
ride costs €35pp (around £31pp) and is offered to
record holder, Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark,
with 86 victories.
Heavenly Skiing At Down To Earth Prices
High Quality Catered + Self Catered Accommodation French and Swiss Alps Snow Sure Resorts
CRYSTAL PUT 2019/20 SKI HOLIDAYS ON SALE Crystal Ski Holidays, the UK’s biggest
months ahead of the holiday date is
routes from London Gatwick and
ski holiday operator, have put ski
not so much about announcing new
Bristol to Memmingen in Germany
holidays for next winter (2019/20)
destinations (that tends to happen in
making it easier to get to some
on sale already, just as the current
the spring) but about offering skiers
resorts in the Austrian Tirol and
season gets going in the UK.
the chance to budget long term and
from Bristol to Toulouse to improve
“We want to offer customers plenty of
perhaps secure travel dates and
access to Andorra.
choice in the best ski areas and family
Early booking offers include £75 off
resorts,” said Chris Logan, Managing
The company have, however,
childcare and a deal on a half-price lift
Director of Crystal Ski Holidays.
announced several new flight routes
pass and equipment hire bundle when
Offering ski holidays on sale up to 16
for winter 2019/20 including new
booked together on trips to Andorra.
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NEW SKI MOJO FITTING SERVICE ski~mojo, a support that helps people with knee, leg and hip issues stay on the slopes for longer, has established a number of official representatives available to help potential customers try MIKA MERIKANTO / RED BULL CONTENT POOL
and test the ski~mojo at The Snow Centre (Hemel Hempstead), Chill Factore (Manchester), Snozone (Castleford) and Snow Factor (Glasgow). skimojo.com
NEW ROMANIAN AREAS OPEN Two new ski areas are opening in Romania this season – one after 10 years “under construction”. Rarău Massif in northeastern Romania boasts a new gondola and two ski runs; Vârful lui Roman in the Căpăţânii Mountains initially has one 800m-long run.
SKI LIFT STOPPED BY FIRE A gondola lift at Val Gardena in the Italian Dolomites was forced to stop operating when a small bush fire broke out beneath the lift. The fire brigade quickly extinguished the
RACE THE FACE Freerider Jérémie Heitz and ski
perfect snow to collect. They then had to
a little bit more of the unknown and, when
racer Daron Rahlves Race have staged
rappel down using crampons and ice axes
you face something new, you fear what the
a unique giant slalom race down the
to test the conditions and set up race gates.
consequences will be and calculate the
face of Hohberghorn in Switzerland
American Rahlves, a former world
risks,” he said.
from a 4,000m glacier summit.
champion, admitted he didn’t hesitate
Rahlves clocked a time of 26.440 seconds
Billed as the “ultimate skiing showdown”
when asked to take part.
with Heitz following him down in 27.720, a
by sponsors Red Bull, the pair were not
“It’s nuts – a ski race down an Alpine face.
time difference of 1.28 seconds.
just competing with each other but the
It’s been a project tough to pull off with
“I knew I couldn’t fight against a Kitzbühel
elements, waiting more than a month for the
weather factors and snow conditions. It’s
winner!” said Heitz.
fire, which was most likely caused by someone smoking in a gondola cabin, against the regulation for users of the lift, and throwing their lit cigarette from the cabin.
SHIFFRIN SETS MORE RECORDS Mikaela Shiffrin (23) has set more records this season. She has now won more slalom races than any other woman, is the first person to win 15 World Cup races in a calendar year and after winning her first Super G became one of only seven to win races in all five downhill disciplines.
NEW FREESTYLE SLOPE OPENS
SNOW ART EXHIBITION LANDS IN LONDON New artwork from English artist Andrew
the unselfconscious delight that children
at the last moment, when forecasts
Macara is to be exhibited from 14
take in their environment, finding their
predict good weather.
Snowsports Centre in West Wales.
February to 2 March by the Jonathan
carefree movements more dynamic
The exhibition includes “Children Sledging,
The new slope features a tabletop
Cooper gallery in London.
and interesting than that of adults. His
Les Gets, France”; “The Orchard, Morzine,
Born in Derbyshire in 1944, Andrew
choice of scene is visual and instinctual;
France”; and “Selva Gardena, Italy”, all
landing area and a lengthy in-run.
Macara’s work includes numerous ski
fascinated by the contrast of light and
created with oil on linen.
The area covers some 1,400m and
scenes of the French and Italian Alps.
shadow, he only works on bright days,
sits alongside the original ski slope.
In his work Macara is drawn above all to
and his frequent trips abroad are booked
A new Playgrass Freestyle Slope has opened at Llangrannog
jump, a quarter pipe, a good 2
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PROTE ST.E U
The French Pyrenees are settling into the current ski season with fresh snowfall for the start of 2019 and lots of new attractions to tempt skiers and boarders to their slopes this year. For those unfamiliar with the region, the French
resorts having year-round communities; prices tend
Pyrenees is a friendly, sunny, snowy region with
to be lower than further north and there’s even a
something of a Mediterranean vibe located down on
strong foodie culture to dive into. Spa culture is also
France’s southern border with Spain and Andorra.
a big part of the Pyrenees snow holiday experience,
Despite its southerly latitude it has a spectacular
with every resort having its own great spa. The ski
snowfall record, often boasting deeper snow depths
region’s ski areas are of a good size for a week or
than the Alps to the north, as essentially it’s the first
even a long weekend’s skiing and are easy to reach
place the snow clouds dump on as they arrive full of
via Toulouse (served by BA/easyJet) or Lourdes
moisture from the sea.
(Ryanair). So here’s what’s happening in the French
The region has an authentic feel with many of the
Pyrenees in winter 2019:
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Older kids will enjoy the terrain parks and all the other activities on offer here including speed-riding, dog sledding, snow biking, ice climbing, paragliding, snow scooters, paintball … the list goes on. Good skiers of all ages aren’t forgotten either with the black “Sarrat” descent arguably one of the most beautiful off-piste routes in the Pyrenees after a fresh snowfall. The Sensoria wellness centre in the resort’s lovely base village offers something for kids and Mum and Dad alike with four areas including spa facilities for adults and water fun area for the kids.
January: Where To? The first question, when you’re planning your trip to the French Pyrenees, is which region and then which resort
March: Pic du Midi
to choose. There are the highest peaks of the Hautes-
The start of spring is peak time for exploring the Pic du
Pyrenees or the laid-back atmosphere in the Pyrenees-
Midi and the biggest ski area in the French Pyrenees,
Orientales region. Then you can choose between
Grand Tourmalet, with its 100km of runs and 1,100m of
the ambience of traditional villages or the maximised
vertical served by 34 lifts. Stay in Barèges, known for its
convenience of purpose-built ski centres, and spa towns
tree-lined runs or in La Mongie with its wide-open slopes.
or intimate villages. The good news is it’s hard to go
The area’s special attraction, however, is undoubtedly
wrong and you’ll most likely end up hooked and wanting
the chance to sign up for a high-altitude guided off-piste
to try one after another.
descent down from Pic du Midi. Opened as a unique
Here’s a very quick guide to some to consider, however.
freeride ski domain as recently as December 2013, based
In the Hautes-Pyrenees Saint-Lary is one of the bigger
on the idea of the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix and La
resorts and ski areas while Cauterets has a great compact
Grave, the spectacular cable car ride to the 2,877m top
base, spa and foodie culture and one of the best snow
station from where there is a 360° view of the Pyrenees
records in Europe. The Grand Tourmalet region is the
is exciting enough. But for good skiers descents of up to
biggest in the French Pyrenees and includes the famed
1,700 vertical metres and 10km in length are the icing on
Pic du Midi, one of the world’s great off-piste descents.
the cake at this incredible ski destination.
Purpose-built Peyragudes has the interesting attraction of having been a key location for the opening scenes of the James Bond 007 film Tomorrow Never Dies and recently opened a James Bond ski run to celebrate. In the Ariège mountains the thermal spa town of Axles-Thermes provides the benefit of being accessible by rail from the UK surprisingly quickly (if not by air via Toulouse). It also has a new ski lift and several new runs to offer this winter, and finally in the Pyrenees-Orientales region Les Angles, another purpose-built resort, has its new Angleo spa with a fusion of Catalan and French influences open for this winter.
April: Spring Break Forget Brexit, if it happens, and head to the great resort of Cauterets, open until the end of April each season. It’s often sitting on the deepest snow base in France by the end of March. There are 22 slopes, 15 lifts and plenty of snowmaking. Cauterets is a village with beautiful original architecture and two ski areas: the Cirque du Lys for alpine skiing, reached quickly from the heart of the village by a modern eight-passenger gondola, and Pont d’Espagne area at the heart of the Pyrenees National Park for Nordic activities, although there’s another 3km of downhill here too.
New this year the “Cauterets Fun Park” is an almost
For a half-term family ski holiday with a difference head
kilometre-long area with on-snow attractions including
to Saint-Lary – a great alternative for a family ski holiday
a family Slalom Zone, JIB area and a Yeti “parcours”
with 100km of runs served by more than 30 lifts and
backed up by 300 snow guns. Awarded the Famille
You can also choose to mix spa time with slope time and
Plus label by the French government for its exceptional
enjoy a new gourmet body treatment with organic honey
service and facilities for families, on-snow attractions
from the Pyrenees in the resort’s Bains du Rocher. The
include a special kids’ park, green slopes, two sledging
75-minute treatment starts with a scrub made from plum
runs, a play area and a large pedestrian area. There are
kernel, propolis and honey, followed by a massage with
two nurseries taking children from 18 months of age,
propolis oil and a Cauterets honey body wrap.
and ski school can start from age three.
What a great way to wind up your 2019 ski season!
FAULKNER BROWNS ACHITECTS
BY PATRICK THORNE
VAIL RESORTS TO BE 100% GREEN ENERGY POWERED BY 2020 Vail Resorts have announced that the total energy requirements of their 17 North American ski resorts will be offset by a multi-million-dollar investment in a wind energy venture. Several of the company’s high-
UK’S SEVENTH SNOW CENTRE GETS GO-AHEAD FROM PLANNERS The operators of The Snow Centre
The brand-new snow centre, which should
Hempstead opened its doors in May 2009.
Hemel Hempstead are to run a
open next year, will feature two indoor
Located alongside a 13-screen cinema,
second facility at Swindon.
real-snow slopes; a 170m Main Slope,
including the largest IMAX screen in
Full planning consent has now
a 75m Lesson Slope and a designated
Europe, 19-lane bowling alley, a trampoline
Creek hydro project, but the new
been given to the long-standing
fun zone for sledging and snow play. On
park, a gym, shops and the existing Oasis
relationship with Lincoln Clean
proposals for the facility with
completion the centre will become the
Leisure centre, The Snow Centre Swindon
15,800m2 of indoor snow space
UK’s seventh indoor skiing facility – and
is part of a £270 million project led by
within Swindon’s North Star
the first new real-snow slope the UK
property development and investment
has seen since The Snow Centre Hemel
profile resorts are already green energy powered, including Whistler Blackcomb thanks to its Fitzsimmons
Energy will dramatically increase the company’s overall investment in green power. Vail Resorts’ multi-million-dollar wind energy virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) enables the development of the Plum Creek Wind Project, which is expected to be completed in 2020. Under the 12-year agreement, Vail Resorts are purchasing 310,000 megawatt hours (MWh) annually – enough wind energy to reduce
the emissions associated with the company’s estimated 2019 total North American electricity consumption by 100%. That equates to the approximate amount of electricity needed to power 30,000 average US homes each year. Vail Resorts have also announced a partnership with Eco-Products to
MAYOR ASKS OIL COMPANIES TO PAY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE DAMAGE IN WHISTLER
supply all of their North American
In the latest stage in a series of
climate, and the impact that’s having on
being experienced by Whistler.” It goes
restaurants with compostable and
communiqués and legal action by ski
on to say Whistler has had to spend
towns and resorts across North America,
The letter, to 20 big oil companies based
CA$1.4 million (around £0.82 million) on
Jack Crompton, Mayor of Whistler
in Canada, the USA, Russia, Italy, Brazil
“wildfire protection” and that climate
Blackcomb, has written to a number of
and France, begins, “We are writing to
modelling suggests less snow will fall on
oil companies asking them to pay for
ask your company to commit to pay a
the ski area in the future, harming their ski
the damage caused by fossil fuels to the
fair share of the costs of climate change
business. He’s had no response.
recycled-content items and eliminate conventional single-use plastics, a process which will begin during the 2018/19 winter season.
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ROMANCE WITH YOUR SKI HOLIDAY?
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Of course some resorts are a little more romantic than others. They’re the kind of places where you’d
fondue evening, cake in the afternoon, a filled picnic rucksack or a trip in a horse-drawn carriage. Perfect!
One of the most underrated aspects of a ski holiday is undoubtedly the romance factor! Some people are just so obsessed with deep powder and counting their piste kilometres they forget about the magnificent scenery all around them, the cosy cafés where you can snuggle up and the magical wonder of all that fluffy white stuff. In short, the perfect backdrop for love to blossom, or if you’re lucky enough to already have it, for it to grow.
St. Johnann In Tirol
like to cuddle up under the blankets on a sleigh ride
St. Johnann in Tirol in the Kitzbüheler Alpen, close to
or perhaps work up a rosy glow in your cheeks on a
Kitzbühel itself, is another good choice. The beautiful
snowshoe hike into a pretty valley. With St Valentine’s
old town is oozing atmosphere with characterful
Day on the way, it seems a good opportunity to make
buildings and enticing cafés, restaurants and shops.
a few recommendations:
Along with a number of spa facilities offering beauty and massage services you can choose winter walks, sleigh rides or enjoy a dog sledding adventure or even ski under the moonlight. One particularly popular option is a romantic evening sleigh ride, journeying across this magical
winter landscape, wrapped in warm blankets as you look out at the twinkling lights of buildings and listen to the rhythmic sounds of the horses’ hooves before arriving at the cosy inn and enjoying a tasty meal of
ALPBACHTAL SEENLAND TOURISMUS BERGER BERNHARD
Tiroler Zugspitz Arena Tiroler Zugspitz Arena in Austria’s picturesque Tirol region is a great choice for romantics. Besides the extensive skiing on wonderful ski slopes surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery, you can choose from a long list of low-key activities where you can really enjoy your time together. A hike by torchlight, a spot of ice skating or perhaps an evening with a good meal and traditional Tirolean entertainment in a mountain hut?
Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau The Ski Juwel region is not only one of the 10 biggest in Tirol but the villages of Alpbachtal and Wildschönau at its heart have won awards for being the most beautiful in Austria. It is again a great choice
for a romantic sleigh ride or a peaceful winter hike together through the white wonderland. A great and unique choice for your holiday, there is a charming restored 12th-century castle, Schloss Matzen, in Brixlegg. Chock-full of secret passageways,
ancient courtyards and spiral stairs there are a
For the complete package you can even sign up
dozen individually decorated guest rooms, each
for the special “Romance Tirolean Style” package
lavishly appointed with antiques, rich bed linens and
at the Romantik Hotel Spielmann (hotel-spielmann.
plush tapestry curtains but also boasting all modern
com/en) which includes a “spoil-yourself” half-board
conveniences of course. It’s a very cosy, very different
arrangement as well as a sparkling-wine breakfast, a
and very romantic place to stay.
This season, Grandvalira are celebrating 15 years since the opening of southern Europe’s largest ski resort. Since its opening in 2003, Grandvalira has grown at an exponential rate, with constantly improving facilities and a huge range of non-skiing leisure activities.
event in the World Cup Finals. Firstly, a new 150,000
with an incredible sporting experience. Watch 25 of the
sq. foot ski platform in the Soldeu area, right at the foot
world’s best skiers battle it out on the slopes, before
of the Avet slope. This will allow visitors an enhanced
heading up the mountain yourself to take on the area’s
experience when watching the World Cup Finals and
exceptional skiing. Whether you want to see Lindsey
will provide an additional 450 parking spaces to allow
Vonn attempt to become the most decorated skier of all
everyone to enjoy the event. Secondly, works on
time or simply observe the incredible skill of slalom stars
the Àliga slope in the El Tarter sector will guarantee
Marcel Hirscher and Mikaela Shiffrin, Grandvalira will
safety and quality while ensuring that the world’s
Throughout this time, Grandvalira has hosted a
provide the perfect setting in which to do so.
best ski racers will have the perfect stage on which
number of incredible events, and this year they are
Grandvalira is one of Europe’s best ski areas, with
to showcase their talents. The foot of the slope has
ramping things up a level with the Men’s and Women’s
150 miles of slopes to enjoy. The area combines the
also been extended to ensure that as many people as
Alpine Ski World Cup Finals, which will take place
resorts of Pas de la Casa-Grau Roig and Soldeu-El
possible can observe and soak up what is sure to be
from 11 to 17 March 2019. An undeniable highlight on
Tarter, and has added Ordino Arcalís this year to bring
an electric atmosphere.
the alpine skiing calendar, this event will be the most
you even more incredible skiing. Their commitment
Inspired by the racing, you can try it for yourself! The
important sporting event ever to be hosted in Andorra
to constant improvement is evident, with €10.4 million
technological development of Grandvalira means that
and is definitely one you don’t want to miss!
invested in the ski area this year alone.
here you can try the first online game of the Alpine Skiing
An event that all skiers are sure to enjoy, the
Part of this investment involves improving the area’s
World Cup Finals: the Ski Race Soldeu, where gamers can
Grandvalira World Cup Finals provide holidaymakers
infrastructure for hosting what is sure to be a huge
compete to achieve the best time on the World Cup slope!
with the opportunity to combine an amazing ski holiday
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ALASKAN SKI AREA TO REOPEN A ski area in Alaska that hasn’t operated for more than 40 years looks set to reopen next winter after a community effort to restore skiing at Skeetawk in the Talkeetna Mountains announced they have secured $1.3 million (around £1 million) in funding and bought a chairlift.
RECYCLING TO BE LEGACY OF FIS BIG
The Swedish hosts of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships this February have announced that a recycling programme being put in place for the event will continue indefinitely afterwards on the resort as a legacy of the Championships.
DANISH POWER PLANT SKI SLOPE COMPLETE & SET TO OPEN IN MARCH A 450m-long artificial-surface ski
repeatedly delayed over the past few years.
the world’s highest artificial climbing wall
slope down the sloping side of a
Designed by innovative architects BIG, the
on one of its vertical sides. The power plant
power plant has been completed.
new Amagar Bakke waste-to-power plant
began operating over a year ago, but there
A private ski area planned for
The ski-slope-on-a-power-plant project,
near Copenhagen was designed with a
has been slow progress on the ski slope,
several years in Colorado has
near Copenhagen, has attracted global
sloping roof specifically to be used as one
christened “Copenhill”, which was expected
opened. Cimarron Mountain Club
coverage since first announced more than
of the world’s longest artificial-surface ski
to finally open last year but most recently
has no ski lifts with uplift provided
six years ago, but its completion has been
slopes. The building will also be home to
the date being suggested is March 2019.
PRIVATE SKI AREA OPENS SLOPES
by ski cat or hiking. There are 60 named runs for members and their families to enjoy. The Club has a limit of 20 members, each membership costing $2.85 million (£2.2 million).
MANUFACTURER TO BE SOLD TO CHINESE The Finnish-based business known as Amer that owns the former companies, now brands, that include Salomon, Arc’teryx, CHRISTIAN ARNAL
Peak Performance, Atomic, Mavic, Suunto and Wilson looks set to be sold to a Chinese group for €4.6 billion (around £4.1 billion).
NEW SKI TRAVEL AGENCY LAUNCHED
SCAN YOUR FEET FOR FASTER RENTALS
A new specialist ski travel agency
French ski shop chain Skiset, which claims
and matched to the best boots for them.
“Skiset concentrates on the client
has been launched offering
more shops than any other in France
The extra good news though is that
experience,” explains Julien Gauthier,
holidays through some of the
(375), has come up with a clever new
your precise foot data is stored in your
Network Development Manager for the
way to ease the boot rental (and thus the
personal profile so that next time you
company, who continues, “ScanFeet is
ski rental) process. Skiers and boarders
go skiing, there’s no need to go through
born from the desire to digitise our know-
visiting Skiset stores can now use a device
the measurement process again; the
how, improve the flow of clients in-store
team behind the well-established
called ScanFeet to quickly have their
technicians have all the data they need.
and increase customer loyalty. The new
Andorra Resorts brand, founded in
feet digitally scanned so that the precise
You can even order up the gear you know
software enables our staff to target the
dimension of their feet can be determined
will fit online.
best ski boots available.”
major tour operators to France, Canada and Andorra. Destination Ski has been launched by the
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A giant “new” Swiss ski area has officially “opened” this winter after 10 years of design and construction and an investment of CHF130 million (about £103 million at time of writing).
flagship mountain, the Gemsstock, snow is stockpiled on the Gemsstock Glacier and St Anna Glacier. Thanks to constant snow farming, around 25,000m3 of topquality snow can be protected from melting at both locations, with around 10,000m2 of fleece being used for this purpose at the two locations.
Switzerland where every bit of land is already owned
GREAT MOUNTAIN DINING
and development strictly controlled isn’t going to
Food is seen as a big factor in the success of
happen, and the historic resorts of Andermatt and
the newly revamped ski area, which boasts eight
Sedrun are, well, already famous.
mountain restaurants overseen by restauranteur
Of course, creating an entirely new ski area in
Andermatt, in particular, is famous for its great skiing
Marco Però and his team, who place great importance
and deep powder snow, and the great Swiss skier
The big driving force behind this entire project (at
on using local and regional products. The cheese,
Bernhard Russi, a Winter Olympic gold medallist who
one point described as “the biggest building site in
fruits, sausages and herbs from the Andermatt region
has gone on to design the downhill courses at most of
Switzerland”) has been Egyptian billionaire Samih
help make the cuisine authentic and special. With
the Olympics for the past 30 years, was born here.
Sawiris (now also Chairman of the Board of lift
great attention to detail, specialities from Uri and
So what has actually happened is that the two ski areas
company Andermatt-Sedrun Sport AG), who has also
Grisons are served in a traditional style while also
have had their lifts and runs almost entirely renewed,
been developing a new year-round resort base, the
being freshly reinterpreted.
extensive snowmaking added and a new connection
Andermatt Swiss Alps destination, with a selection of
One nice feature is that the spring water from the
between them completed. In other words the ski area
properties and accommodation ranging right up to the
Gotthard Massif is of especially high quality, and so
has been almost entirely redeveloped, renewed, taken
luxurious 5 Chedi Hotel. A new Radisson Blu hotel is
the restaurants offer still and sparkling mountain
back to the drawing board and started from scratch.
the latest to open there this winter.
water for free. To ensure an environmentally friendly
Planning lasted from 2009 to 2014, and construction
The new gondola to Schneehüenerstock highlights the
resort, plastic bottles are not used in the SkiArena.
has been going on since 2015. The result is a ski area
significance of this new central hub to the whole area.
of 120km, the largest in central Switzerland, served by
Two ski lifts meet here between the two parts of the
22 lifts including state-of-the-art high-speed chair and
ski area at an elevation of 2,500m, and it is here too
gondola lifts to whisk you up the slopes.
that the three-way link to the Disentis ski area will be
The ski area has something for everyone with terrain
completed next winter.
ranging from the nearly 3,000m-high Gemsstock all the
“With this ski region we now have the type of first-class
way to Sedrun in the canton of Grisons. The new area
winter attraction we need for successful international
also links two Swiss cantons and two cultures.
marketing of the destination,” Mr Sawiris said at the
And although the new area officially opened just
official inauguration of the ski area.
before Christmas with the opening of the last key
Fortunately it’s a stunning spot worthy of such an
lift in the connection, the Schneehüenerstock-
important location at the heart of the new area. There
Express gondola, work is now underway on a second
are breathtaking views of the Ursern Valley, and a new
connection to another neighbouring ski area, Disentis.
mountain restaurant also opened there in December,
Due for completion next winter, 2019/20, this will
complete with a huge terrace, so it’s a great place to
enlarge the area further to 160km.
take a break and take it all in.
SNOW-SURE Andermatt has a reputation for its good, deep snow cover, and indeed at the time of writing in early winter the entire world – in any case it’s usually one of the
deepest in the Alps all season.
Andermatt-Sedrun is just 90 minutes from Zurich Airport
As a result the ski season at SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrun
by road, and rail passengers can make the journey
lasts seven months from November to May. Besides
in two hours. The resort has been designed so that
that natural snow, there’s been heavy investment in
Andermatt’s rail station is both close to the Andermatt
snowmaking as well as snow farming equipment.
Swiss Alps destination and has a new gondola up to the
In order to enable an early season start on Andermatt’s
slopes departing from the station itself.
2018/19 it was posting the deepest snow base in
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RYDING BRITAIN’S MOST SUCCESSFUL ALPINE SKIER
After finishing fifth overall in last year’s FIS Speed Ski
An annual initiative to get more people to try skiing
Dave Ryding became Britain’s most successful ever
World Cup standings, Great Britain’s highest-ranked
or snowboarding for the first time by offering free or
alpine skier in the modern era after finishing second
speed skier, Jan Farrell, says he has developed a
heavily discounted first-timer sessions at England’s
in a City Sprint event on New Year’s Day in Oslo.
revolutionary training regimen to ensure that the
indoor snow and dry slopes has been a major
When Ryding finished second at Kitzbühel two years
upcoming 2019 FIS Speed World Cup season is his most
success according to organisers Snowsport England.
ago, he became the first British skier to stand on the
successful to date. The 2014 Speed Downhill World Cup
The now-annual 30 Days of Snowsport initiative in
Alpine World Cup podium in 35 years. The last had
champion has gone to new lengths to perfect his Speed
the autumn saw 21 snowsports clubs and facilities
been Konrad Bartelski, who took second in the Men’s
Ski technique including “skiing” on top of a custom-fitted
offer 596 opportunities to participate in skiing or
Downhill in Val Gardena in December 1981.
BMW M2, reaching speeds of 180kph at Jarama Circuit
snowboarding. This meant 8,500 people engaged
But following the Oslo result, Ryding is now
outside of Madrid. Instead of training in a wind tunnel
with snowsports during the month-long initiative,
Britain’s most successful Alpine World Cup skier in
Farrell is perfecting his body position on the track, while
1,500 more than the previous event.
history. Davina Galica is the only other British skier
working to cut wind drag at high velocity.
Tamworth SnowDome and Kendal Snowsports Club
with two Alpine World Cup podiums with a pair of
“In competition, my runs only last for 15 seconds. But, by
saw huge numbers passing through their doors
downhill third places in 1968 at the very start of the
training on top of a speeding car, I can spend more time
throughout October, and at North Staffs Ski Club
in my racing position, allowing me time to memorise the
those new to snowsports were able to try it for
“I’ll look back at the end of my career and see where
perfect form and test my new material,” says Farrell.
the first time for free. There were also sessions at
I’m at, but I just want to keep working, keep learning,
Farrell has also teamed up with the innovative sports
Snozone Castleford for visually impaired skiers.
keep getting better and maybe – you never know –
training team at Iberian Sportech in Seville, utilising
“The additional taster sessions and beginner lessons
maybe go that one step more,” said Ryding.
advanced training apparatus used by top-level
we put on are always hugely popular and 30 Days of
Ryding also placed second in an all-star invitational
international football clubs. The first World Cup event of
Snowsport helps raise awareness of those lessons
slalom race in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana in
the season is in Sweden in February where Farrell will aim
and our facility. The event gets more people involved
February with French racer Clement Noel taking top
to top his career-best speed of 231.66kph.
in our exciting sports,” said Dan Norgrove from the
spot. Some of the world’s top alpine skiing athletes took
part including Olympic Gold Medallist André Myhrer.
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These days it can feel as if we are inundated with online information about skiing. There are online ski shops, resorts with a hugely detailed online presence and many blogs claiming to offer top tips for skiers. Indeed, at times it can almost feel like there are too many websites to sift through when you’re looking for information or advice.
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Lebanon has a rich history as a ski destination, with the first reported skiers spotted on the slopes here more than a century ago in 1913.
day at the beach and half on the slopes.
million (US) upgrade, but plans for a new
only a few years after The Cedars in
There are six ski areas with lifts, the oldest
gondola are yet to be fulfilled.
1957 by Sheikh Salim el-Khazen and was
of which, The Cedars, located 130km from
Faraya (which frequently has a
originally divided into the Refuge and
capital Beirut, opened about 70 years ago.
rebranding and is currently named
Jonction areas, but these were merged
The cedar is Lebanon’s national emblem
“Mzaar Ski Resort”) is Lebanon’s largest
with the newer Wardeh sector added for
and it grows in abundance below the
resort by some distance with 80km of
Despite its global reputation as a hot
natural amphitheatre containing the
runs divided into 42 separate trails and
Of the four smaller Lebanese ski resorts,
country, with beautiful beaches on the
pistes, the steepest of which has a 61%
served by 16 lifts. It has by far the best
Qanat Bakish claims the best snow
Mediterranean Sea, the landscape in
average gradient. It also has the highest
base facilities too, including the 5★
quality and quantity in the country most
fact quickly climbs uphill from the coast
lifts in the country with the slopes rising
InterContinental Mzaar Hotel and Spa
seasons, but Zaarour is perhaps the most
to snow-capped mountain peaks of
from 1,950 – 3,086m. Although the resort
Hotel, which is one of the few 5★ ski
interesting, being the closest to Beirut,
more than 3,000m, winning the country
was established soon after World War
hotels outside of the world’s best-known
only 40km away and where the country’s
the nickname of the “Switzerland of the
Two, skiers had in fact first visited the
ski resorts in Western Europe, Japan or
first magic carpet lifts were installed. It
East”. One practical upside of this is that
slopes in the 1920s. Recent modernisation
also has a reputation for the best cross-
it’s relatively easy here to spend half a
saw three new chairlifts added in a $15
The resort was originally established
country skiing in Lebanon.
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MULTI-DISCIPLINE GOLD MEDALLIST Ester Ledecká, the 23-year-old who won gold in a ski as well as a snowboard competition at the Winter Olympics, is competing in both disciplines in the World Cup this season. She says it’s “complicated” as FIS schedules have not been designed for someone wishing to compete in both.
OPERATOR POSTS RECORD PROFITS The Compagnie des Alpes group, which operates 11 of France’s leading ski areas including Chamonix, Tignes, Les 2 Alpes, Serre Chevalier, Les Arcs, La Plagne, Flaine, Méribel, Les Menuires and Val d’Isère, along with 13 theme parks, has posted a
WITCHES RACE IN SWITZERLAND
record net profit of €57.2 million (around £50.9 million).
SKI AREA OFFERS FREE SKIING DAYS Howelsen Hill, the little-known, publicly owned second ski area close to the Steamboat Springs in Colorado, is offering free skiing on Sundays every week once a month. Initially free skiing was offered monthly, but the policy is so popular
An annual ski race held in memory
too, whom she visited by disguising
not known why she didn’t simply turn into
of a witch was back in the Swiss
herself as a raven.
a raven again and fly off.
Valais region this January. Up
One day she was flying back from her
Centuries later, the Belalp Ski Club thought
to 1,500 “witches” carrying ski
lover in raven form and saw her pious
up the downhill witch festival to honour the
poles or broomsticks take part in
husband up a tree picking cherries. She
pious husband. Legend suggests the tree
the annual competition, which was
decided to kill him off by pooing in his eye
the husband fell from grew at the 12km-
staged for the 37th time.
as she flew over. This blinded him, he fell
long race finish point.
The Walliser legend goes that once a
from the tree and was killed.
The fastest-racing witch becomes a warlock
witch lived in Hegorn in the Natischerberg
By now, however, the authorities were
and receives a wooden witch mask, and
mountain. She was married to a pious
wise to her raven disguise, caught her,
15 witch groups will win prizes for their
man, whom she hated, but had a lover
tortured her and burnt her at the stake. It is
costumes, according to a jury decision.
they’ve changed it to weekly.
CULTURE CLUB ADD TO ZERMATT Boy George and Culture Club are a headline act for the Zermatt FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS
Unplugged acoustic music festival, which will run from 9 to 13 April. The band, playing Thursday, are added to a line-up which already includes Jessie J performing on Saturday.
CORTINA IMPROVES SLOPE FOR FIS
BANFF “MOST INSTAGRAMMED SKI RESORT”
Cortina have already made slope Banff has topped the table of the ski
was placed third in the table (1,183,962
entry with Niseko, Japan (ninth, 357,618
the 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski
resorts receiving the most hashtags on
hashtags) with Europe’s highest entry at
hashtags), Asia’s highest. Wanaka, New
Championships. The famous
Instagram in data compiled by insurance
number four, Chamonix (863,814 hashtags).
Zealand (10th, 346,327 hashtags), was the
Olympia and Vertigine pistes
company Alpha Travel Insurance.
Of the top 25 most Instagrammed resorts
southern hemisphere’s most popular.
have been enlarged and slightly
Banff received 1,901,654 hashtag uses
the USA had the most destinations for one
An average of 80 million photos are
modified in their gradients with
beating fellow Canadian resort Whistler
country with eight, while 12 were in Europe.
uploaded every single day on Instagram,
bends to meet the latest race
on 1,761,367 hashtags into second place
Zermatt in Switzerland (seventh, 577,386
and over 7 million posts on the site have
course design requirements.
for pictorial popularity. Aspen in Colorado
hashtags) was Europe’s other top 10
the hashtag #skiing.
improvements ahead of hosting
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NEW DEST INAT IONS Snowbasin Utah Sometimes described as “one of North America’s best-kept secrets,” Snowbasin hosted the Winter Olympic downhill in 2002, yet few skiers really know the resort that is located in the same state as America’s biggest, Park City, as well as known international destination ski areas like Alta, Deer Valley and Snowbird. This winter, holidays to Snowbasin are being offered by tour operator Ski Safari. Located less than an hour north of Salt Lake City, Snowbasin offers a luxury resort experience with plush ski lodges complete with chandeliers and marble cladding. Opened in 1940, it is actually one of the oldest continually operating ski resorts in the USA. However, despite its history, its lift system is one of the most modern in North America. Snowbasin’s 1,214 hectares of terrain are suited to adventure-seekers, with long groomers, powder bowls, amazing treelines, forested gullies and some challenging chutes as well as the Olympic downhill which was one of half a dozen in North America to feature in the book
Powder: The Greatest Ski Runs on the Planet. Like many of the best-known ski areas in the USA used to be, there are no hotels at the base of Snowbasin itself, meaning the slopes remain uncrowded, especially during the week. Accommodation can be found in Ogden, 30 minutes from the resort, with plenty of free parking available at the base area. Powder Mountain is also 30 minutes away and Snowbird and Alta just over an hour’s drive, making Ogden a great base to explore this area. Ogden is a modern year-round city with colourful roots and art deco architecture. In its heyday, Ogden’s Historic 25th Street, which became popular with the coming of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, was home to brothels, bootleggers and countless bars and shops. Nowadays, due to the rise in commercial air travel, the street is a lot more sedate, but its vibrant past is still palpable. Skiers booking with Ski Safari can stay at the 4★ Hilton Garden Inn, close to Historic 25th Street, which is a centrally located, award-winning hotel within walking distance of The Junction, home to many local attractions. After a day on the slopes, guests can make the most of this area, with its indoor pool, lively bars, a wide selection of restaurants and a cinema and activity centre – all within 100m². A week’s stay at the Hilton Garden Inn on a B&B basis starts from £1,255pp based on a January 2019 departure and including return flights (Heathrow to Salt Lake City with one stopover), accommodation and SUV car hire.
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It’s the eternal ski holiday juggling act: how to find an affordable ski holiday destination BUT one that also offers a very highquality experience for your euros so you really feel you’re getting great value. The answer is closer than you might think: Andorra.
here, not just flown in for the ski season, and plenty
class special children’s ski areas to have extra fun
of traditional local cuisine to enjoy, made with
in on the slopes. The easy-to-use lifts make getting
ingredients grown in the region.
around together on the slopes fast, comfortable and safe too. As an added bonus there are free lift passes for children (in Grandvalira up to 11 years old, in
First Rate For Beginners
Vallnord up to 15 years of age).
Andorra has always had a reputation as a great place
Top choices for families include Arinsal or La Massana
to learn to ski and that’s even more the case today
in the Vallnord ski area. Here you’ll find lots of large
than it was before. The ski schools here all employ
apartments available for your holiday, typically larger
The ski holiday experience offered by this tiny
not only English-speaking staff, but mostly NATIVE
than those you’ll find in France, so you’ll have plenty
principality that lies between France and Spain in the
English-speaking staff – be they Brits, Aussies, Kiwis
of space to spread out and really enjoy your quality
Pyrenees mountain range has transformed dramatically
or even the occasional Canadian or American – so
family time together.
over the past few decades with hundreds of millions
there really is no language barrier, just a good sense
of euros invested in improving both the resorts
of camaraderie and fun in award-winning ski schools
… And Everyone Else
themselves and everything about the ski areas above.
where staff really understand British skiers. That, along
The great value and relaxed atmosphere in Andorra
Where there were once lots of small areas, now most
with the fact that Andorra is one of the most affordable
makes the country an excellent choice for all ages
of the ski villages are linked by fast, comfortable
destinations, which means you don’t spend a fortune
looking for a relaxed, affordable ski destination.
gondolas or chairlifts to one of two larger multi-resort
finding out whether you like skiing or not, has always
Along with hundreds of kilometres of easy-going
areas known as Grandvalira or Vallnord. They both
been a strong selling point, but recent improvements
skiing, resorts like Soldeu (in the heart of the
offer lots of skiing to keep you busy for a week, and
in lifts and ski runs have made it a better choice still.
Grandvalira area) have a more sophisticated feel and
Grandvalira has in fact grown so large it’s now one of
Each of the ski areas now has state-of-the-art learning
more refined atmosphere for evening entertainments.
the biggest in Europe with more than 200km of runs.
facilities and programmes to offer too.
Spa culture is growing in popularity in Andorra with
Similarly, in the villages themselves, the quality
Arinsal in the Vallnord ski area is a particularly good
some great spa hotels in Soldeu and a major public spa
has risen, and you’ll be able to afford a 4★ hotel or
choice for beginners although if you really want to
complex in the principality’s capital, La Vella, a short trip
apartment for the price you’d pay for a 3★ elsewhere.
party after your day on the slope the highest ski area
from any of the resorts, which is also home to more than
At the same time though, all the things we’ve always
in Andorra, Pas de la Casa, part of Grandvalira’s ski
2,000 shops, so great for a bit of a tax-free shopping
loved about skiing in Andorra are still there. Number
area, has the biggest après-ski scene in the country.
excursion if you fancy a break from the slopes.
one is perhaps its duty-free status, which means
Whether you’re a first-time skier or snowboarder
dining out, both in resort in the evening and on the
looking for a friendly place to learn, a family looking
mountain during your ski day, as well as après-ski, are
Great For Families
for space to be together and just stop and breathe,
much better value than in most ski resorts, plus there’s
Again the high-value factor of skiing in Andorra
or a regular skier looking for a wonderful ski holiday
a great selection of duty-free shopping to enjoy.
makes it a great choice for families, where everyone
choice with a bit of spa culture and shopping on the
But Andorra is also famous for its friendly, relaxed
can afford to eat out together. The laid-back, family-
side, you can’t do better for value and a fun, happy
atmosphere, perhaps in part thanks to its proximity
friendly atmosphere in each of the ski villages and out
atmosphere on the slopes than Andorra.
to southern Europe and the Mediterranean, so you’ll
on the slopes is another big plus. As with ski school,
Visit the Crystal website to book:
find real people living year-round in the communities
childcare facilities are excellent too with some world-
BY HENRY SCHNIEWIND
ESSENTIAL OFF-PISTE EQUIPMENT Skiing or snowboarding off-piste can be a lot of fun – why would people do it if it wasn’t? But unlike being on the marked and open runs of a ski resort, there’s some safety considerations to bear in mind. Whether you’re with a guide or experienced enough to go with friends,
NEW FREESTYLE SPORTS ACADEMY OPENS IN MANCHESTER
there’s certain items of equipment that A new indoor sports centre has
plaza, trampolines, ramps, foam pits,
venue, which is not far from the Chill
opened near Manchester and
sprung floor area, half pipe, parkour terrain,
Factore indoor snow centre:
although it does not appear to have
digital media studios, classroom, dance
“Graystone isn’t about marginal gains. It’s
any artificial ski slopes as such,
studio, climbing wall, café bar and store.
about huge gains,” he told the Manchester
it’s being welcomed by Britain’s
The “Big Air to Foam” facility, which will
elite freestyle snowsports
provide varying heights of drop-ins to foam,
The team behind Graystone are currently
Device that straps to your body and
athletes as the venue they’ve been
is being particularly welcomed by pro
crowdfunding to open half-a-dozen similar
both sends and receives a radio
waiting for so that they can train
skiers and boarders to float their biggest
facilities across the UK. A growing number
properly on home soil.
tricks into the soft landing. The facilities will,
of this type of facility have been opening
Graystone Action Sports Academy, located
however, be open to everyone.
around the world over the past decade,
same frequency of 457kHz. They are
just off the M602 and a short walk from
Bronze-medal-winning snowboarder Billy
with the USA leading the way with the
the most effective and fastest way of
Salford Crescent rail station, will offer
Morgan is among a host of top British
Woodward centres there located across the
locating an avalanche victim. Price
world-class facilities including a skate
snowsports stars to welcome the new
country, including at several ski resorts.
are essential to have in your backpack – and, crucially, you need to understand how to use them too.
TRANSCEIVER signal. There are several brands (such as ORTOVOX), all operating on the
PROBE If one of your group does get buried under snow, then once you’ve got within a metre of the transceiver signal then a probe is necessary to
CAN AN ARTIFICIAL MATERIAL WORK AS WELL AS DOWN?
pin-point the precise location of the victim. This can save valuable time
It’s long been held as fact that down
extremely effectively. It’s designed to
before digging starts. Price range
has the best warmth-to-weight ratio
act with the insulating properties and
out there. But a new jacket from
lightness of down in fact.
Haglöfs is attempting to challenge
Available without a hood (SRP £165),
that assumption. The Essens Mimic
with hood (SRP £180) or as a vest (SRP
jacket is insulated with a material
£140), the added bonus of the synthetic
called QuadFusion™ Mimic – a material
QuadFusion™ Mimic is that it maintains
developed, as the name suggests, to
its performance when the garment
essential if you want to dig the victim
mimic the properties of down. This
gets damp, managing moisture
out quickly and within the maximum
material is made from spiral-shaped
effectively, the company claims, and
fibres, formed into small balls, that
avoiding the usual problems faced by
trap and hold air – and warmth –
down in wet weather.
SHOVEL A lightweight shovel especially designed for backpack storage is
time of 15 minutes from burial to ensure survival. henrysavalanchetalk.com
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STORE OFFERS VIRTUAL REALITY HELI-SKIING
WINTER OLYMPICS FOR WESTERN EUROPE
CHAIRLIFT SPEED DATING GETS SOPHISTICATED
Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports is offering a free, super-
The 2026 Winter Olympics will be returning to
The concept of putting two people on a slow old
immersive virtual reality (VR) heli-ski/board experience
Western Europe, to be staged in either Sweden or
double chairlift for a ride up a mountain together with
in-store this winter. The VR experience features the
Italy. Calgary in Canada, the 1988 hosts, were the
a view to see if a relationship could quickly develop
film Lines Of Sight made by award-winning Sherpas
latest city to drop out of the contest to host the
(and the option to ski their separate ways at the top if
Cinema and uses cutting-edge cameras by Google to
Games leaving only two contenders, Italy’s Milan-
it doesn’t) has been with us for some years.
replicate the heart-pounding excitement of skiing and
Cortina combination and Swedish capital Stockholm.
However, up to now most chairlift dating events, often
snowboarding in knee-deep powder in the Cariboos in
In events mirroring the application process for the
staged on Valentine’s Day, have generally been fairly
British Columbia, Western Canada.
2022 Games, which eventually also had just two
casual with participants lining up and being randomly
“The challenge is not to whoop with excitement!” said an
candidates at the end (the winners Beijing and
matched with another single in the line.
Ellis Brigham spokesperson.
Kazakhstan), a number of initial applicants have
But the concept has got more sophisticated in
In collaboration with UK heli-ski expert Pure Powder and
dropped out of the process over the past months
Wisconsin this winter with a dating service called
Canadian-based CMH Heli-Skiing, the mountain sports
and years, most recently Switzerland (Sion), Austria
“It’s Just Lunch,” running chairlift dating events at
retailer currently offers this immersive experience in its
(Graz), Japan (Sapporo) and Turkey (Erzurum) as
Wilmot Mountain ski area. This time singles who
Bristol and Covent Garden stores and will be rolling it out
well as Canada. The most recent Western European
sign up are paired ahead of time, on paper, by
across its 24 stores nationwide as the season goes on.
host city was Turin in 2006. The Games then went
professional matchmakers who assess their interests
It is not the first time Ellis Brigham has embraced in-store
to Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014, PyeongChang 2018
and compatibility, before meeting for the first time
experiences; it was the first retailer to offer in-store ice
and will next be in Beijing in 2022.
on the chairlift.
climbing by building an 8m ice wall into its London and
Whether the games will be the first to be staged in
“It’s like a very short first date. Do you want to see
Manchester stores, and the chain has begun trialling
Europe for 20 years is open to debate – Sochi is
this person again? Do you want to get to know them
augmented reality on some of their products.
politically in European Russia, but geographically on
better? Those are the questions you’re trying to
“Shopping has never felt so thrilling!” the
the western fringes of Asia. A final decision on the
answer,” said Courtney Smallbeck of “It’s Just Lunch”.
host city will be taken by the IOC on 23 June 2019.
CHALE TS IN LES GE TS Where you can ‘tailor your holiday’ from economy to luxury…
A SELEC TION OF OVER 30 PROPER TIES
“Time-conscious ski enthusiasts can speed
30 minutes to reach it in an eight-seater Cessna
through smaller, more convenient airports to
Citation Sovereign, costing £22,000.
board their waiting aircraft, avoiding queues
Crossing the Atlantic flights with Air Partner
at check-in, security and immigration. We can
to Canadian Rockies International Airport
even organise quick connections through
enables skiers to fully test their backcountry
bespoke helicopter transfers to reach the
skiing skills in British Columbia and save
most spectacular and exclusive resorts
nearly four hours’ flight time in addition to
available,” said Julia Timms, Air Partner’s
the two hours at the airport before departure.
Chief Marketing Officer, who added, “Our
Private jet flights on a 13-seater Bombardier
travel experts have curated an exceptional
Global 5000, from £99,000, take just eight
list of secluded locations around the world,
hours 25 minutes to reach the beautiful
designed to offer the very best skiing
Island Lake Lodge in Fernier. Legacy airlines
experiences, from the Alps to Alaska, the
fly to the same location from London via
Canadian Rockies and Japan to Lapland.”
connections in Calgary in 12 hours 10 minutes.
Based on current availability, a one-hour
Or go further and reach Fairbanks
35-minute flight in a six-seater Embraer
International Airport in Alaska, then transfer
Phenom 300 from London to Innsbruck saves
by helicopter to remote Denali National Park
the two hours spent at Heathrow before
in half the time it takes with a scheduled
departure when travelling by a scheduled
service, saving eight hours. Flights in a Falcon
flight. Air Partner can offer quick and easy
7X take eight hours and 15 minutes, can carry
access to the beautiful Wedelhütte ski area of
up to 14 passengers and cost from £95,000.
Hochzillertal in the Austrian Alps, from £9,950.
Stunning Sheldon Chalet here is surrounded
Heading a little further afield, taking a private
by staggering widescreen views offering a
jet saves two and a half hours on flying time
luxurious lodge surrounded by endless peaks
to the stunning Jávri Lodge, which provides a
and untouched snow.
winter retreat in the lap of luxury at Levi, the
Alternatively, flying in the other direction,
largest ski resort in Finland. While passengers
Japan’s Yachiho Kogen ski area can be reached
on traditional airlines spend two hours in
via Matsumoto Airport after a direct 11-hour
the airport, and another six hours flying from
30-minute flight from London in a Gulfstream
As well as flying in luxury, clients can make
London to Ivalo via transfers in Helsinki, Air
G650, offering up to 14 seats for passengers,
significant time savings, thanks to quicker
Partner can offer direct flights to Finnish Lapland
from £140,000. It’s another eight-hour time
check-ins and streamlined airport checks at
to enable clients to enjoy the ultimate Arctic
saving compared to travelling on scheduled
smaller, more convenient airports.
skiing experience and take just three hours and
airlines, and who wouldn’t want that?
Reach the Slopes Faster By Private Jet A private jet booking company says that high-net-worth clients with a fast-paced lifestyle are turning to private jet travel for their skiing trips in order to slash travelling times, flying from smaller and more convenient airports to reach some of the world’s most remote skiing destinations.
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With Europe’s highest lifts, year-round skiing and the iconic Matterhorn as its backdrop, Zermatt in Switzerland is one of the world’s most desirable ski destinations. For many it is THE most desirable. But because of that popularity, finding a place to stay here that matches the inspiration of the resort itself and is perfectly located next to the lifts isn’t easy.
with its 360km of slopes climbing up to 3,883m
The luxurious spa and wellness area at the
above sea level that straddles the Swiss/Italian
Matterhorn FOCUS is as thoughtfully designed as
border linking Zermatt to Cervinia via the world’s
the rest of the hotel and features an indoor pool,
new highest 3S cable way, the “Matterhorn
outdoor jacuzzi, caldarium and Finnish sauna. It is
easy to let go and relax and enjoy a few hours of
The majestic Matterhorn, one of the most beautiful
peaks in the Alps, rises directly in front of the hotel
Throughout your Zermatt holiday in the Hotel
and forms an imposing backdrop for the suites
Matterhorn FOCUS you can relax and feel the true
and rooms. All 30 suites and rooms have specially
luxury and genuine hospitality of the hosts and
designed lamps, sofas and beds by the well-
their motivated team.
known Zermatt artist and designer Heinz Julen.
Tip: The FOCUS Winter Package is inclusive of
The 4★ superior hotel Matterhorn FOCUS in
The hotel is formed of two interconnected chalet-
seven nights in designer double rooms or suites
Zermatt, Switzerland, provides unique hospitality
style buildings, each with large windows offering a
and with a six-day ski pass to Zermatt. Also
combined with a high lifestyle quality and
spectacular view of the Zermatt mountains. In the
included is a 25-minute athletic body massage,
extraordinary design. Here art and design merge
morning you can enjoy a rich pampering breakfast.
breakfast buffet, access to the spa, a small
lifestyle and architecture with nature.
After a day of skiing, a cosy lounge with a large
afternoon snack and much more. The package
But it is also in a prime location next to the
sofa around the fireplace welcomes you home and
price is dependent on season and room category
valley station “Matterhorn glacier paradise”
provides an intimate refuge for afternoon tea and
ranging from CHF 1,255.00 per person and is
providing fast access to all of the huge ski area
an aperitif in the evening.
available until 28 April 2019.
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MORE THAN CHRIS GEARY
POWDER 036 // FEB19
Most skiers are happy just to get on the slopes again each winter. Almost all of us are there just to have fun, and we’ll fit into one broad category or another. The commonest are of course holidays for families or holidays to progress a certain level of ability (beginner, intermediate or perhaps off-piste or heliskiing). Then there is the ever-growing list of options for those who want a music festival in the mountains on their trip or gourmet catering.
Borders (untamedborders.com/ski-iraq) is again offering ski touring trips to Afghanistan and Iraq this winter.
You can learn a language while on your ski holiday with The Alpine French Ski School (alpinefrenchschool.com) based in Morzine in the Portes du Soleil on the French/Italian border. A wide variety of learning options from group or private classes to French conversation and super-intensive courses are available for adults and children alike.
But the list of other types of niche ski holiday you can try is
ever growing, so we thought a quick list of some of the options
Taking your dog (and possibly other pets) on a ski trip is a lot
was in order:
easier than it used to be, although it is unclear yet whether
Brexit will make any difference to that. Currently the list of
valid microchip and recent-enough rabies shot. There are
and ever-more foodie experiences are on offer, but how about
other things to check too – including that your accommodation
learning to cook yourself? The 5 Hotel Rosengarten in
accepts dogs. Tour operators Peak Retreats (peakretreats.
Kirchberg, Austria, has an on-site cookery school run by two-
co.uk) and Ski Collection (skicollection.co.uk) have a list of
Michelin-starred chef Simon Taxacher, where you can learn
what’s required and pet-friendly accommodation they offer.
culinary skills when not skiing the Kitzbühel area (rosengartentaxacher.com/en/).
Many religious people, including some as venerated as the late Pope (now Saint) John Paul II, say that being in the
After a two-year break the long-running Altitude Comedy
mountains makes them feel closer to God. It makes sense then
Festival (altitudefestival.com) is back in the Austrian resort of
that there are a number of holiday companies specialising
Mayrhofen this year, taking place from 1 to 7 April 2019. The
in Christian travel, including ski and snowboard holidays.
line-up hadn’t been announced at time of going to press, but
Oak Hall (oakhall.co.uk) is one of the leading operators with
past years have seen all the best of Britain’s comedy circuit
a great selection of resorts and options including advanced
head to the snow including Jimmy Carr, Eddie Izzard, Frankie
skiing courses. Other religions have fewer options from
Boyle, Lee Mack, John Bishop and Bill Bailey. If you like your
UK-based companies but a bit of Googling does reveal some
comedy a little more “Swiss”, the Arosa Humour Festival has
possibilities. Totally Jewish Travel (totallyjewishtravel.com)
been going even longer and will be back in December this
lists kosher ski holidays worldwide for example. HomeAway
year for its 28th run.
(homeaway.co.uk) lists halal holiday destinations for Muslims
including some in ski resorts.
Gay ski holidays have been organised for decades now, but
they are growing in popularity and the choice is improving
Going skiing on your own isn’t recommended, at least so far as
each season too. Europe’s biggest gay ski week this season
being on the slopes is concerned, but actually going on a ski
takes place in Tignes and Val d’Isère from 16 to 23 March
holiday on your own is very common these days. All of the big
(europeansnowpride.com), but there are plenty of others
tour operators have special initiatives to try to attract their share
around the ski world and companies like Out Of Office
of the “solos market”, and there are also specialist companies
(outofoffice.com) offering a choice of ski holidays.
like The Ski Gathering (theskigathering.com) which offer “social
The Ski Week (theskiweek.com) is a highly successful ski
and single ski holidays for solo skiers and snowboarders looking to share a chalet with other outgoing individuals.”
holiday concept launched five years ago. It aims to bridge
the gap between university ski trips and young family ski trips
Vegan, gluten-free and nut-free diets are catered for by more and
by providing a great week in a series of locations around the
more holiday companies, and this winter Ski Beat (skibeat.co.uk)
world for young professionals with as big an emphasis on
has had special holiday weeks at selected chalets when the food
après-ski fun as snowsports and skiers meeting up from all
offered is all one of these special diets, not just an option.
around the world. Unlike the old “18–30” ski holidays of the
last century which tended to have 90% male participation, The
Ski Week’s organisers actively work for a gender balance on
Ski holidays with yoga classes as a small or big part of them have
each trip with the percentage of girls needed in your “crew”
been growing in popularity in recent years, and besides UK-
when you book calculated by taking into consideration the
based holiday companies, a growing number of ski schools and
balance of girls and guys already booked that week.
resorts offer yoga to guests too, whoever they’ve travelled there
things to check include that your dog has a pet passport, a
Great food is a staple of the ski holiday experience for many
with. Soulshine Retreats (soulshineretreats.com) have a number of yoga holidays in La Rosière in the French Alps in February and
It’s possible to ski in countries where the Foreign Office travel
March. Tour operators Inghams (inghams.co.uk) and Mountain
advice is often not to visit. Ski trips to Afghanistan, Iraq and
Heaven (mountainheaven.co.uk) are among mainstream
North Korea have all been offered in recent years. Untamed
companies organising special yoga ski holiday weeks.
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ULTIMATE GADGETS F O R Y O U R C H A L E T AEG SteamPro Oven The AEG SteamPro oven allows you to achieve results that are impossible in a normal oven. Featuring pioneering technology, such as the Food Sensor probe, you can precisely measure the core temperature of your food, so you can cook that steak to a perfect rare, medium or well-done, giving you restaurant-quality results every time. The added Sous Vide and steam functions give your cooking and baking that extra touch, ensuring enhanced flavours, moisture and texture. ÂŁ1649 | aeg.co.uk
038 // FEB19
Nowadays more than ever, we see operators offering the latest and greatest gadgets to ensure your stay is as fabulous and luxurious as possible. Here are some of the musthave items in your next chalet stay...
AEG Laundry Range
Ruark Audio Speaker
Samsung QLED HDR 4000 8K Ultra HD Smart TV 75”
Specifically designed to care for even
At Neom, wellbeing starts with the
The MRx has been designed to look as
Goodbye 40 inch plasma or LED TVs
your most delicate garments. With a range
little moments. The shower drops that
good as it sounds. On its own, the MRx
and hello the 75 inch lifelike QLED 8K
of world-first technologies, each model
help you kick ass at 6am, leaving you
is the perfect system for the kitchen,
resolution of Samsung’s flagship Q900.
within the range offers an impressive list
energised and ready to go. The candle
bedroom or study as a standalone
Four times as detailed as 4K UHD,
of features to ensure the best results and
that creates a tranquil calm zone in your
connected bluetooth and connected
it combines real 8K resolution with
keep your clothes looking and feeling
busy family home. The deeply relaxing
speaker or pure quality. But, with its
intelligent AI upscaling for an incredibly
newer for longer. With special cycles
bath that works hard to prepare you for a
multi-room capabilities, you can link two or
lifelike picture. With over a billion true-to-
for everything from outdoor clothing to
perfect night’s sleep. Their 100% natural
more MRx’s together to provide beautifully
life colours, this screen delivers staggering
woollen garments, AEG laundry appliances
fragrances offer true wellbeing benefits:
synchronised sound all around the home
HDR brightness contrasted with ultimate
feature tailored programming that controls
to help relieve stress, aid sleep, boost
or chalet. With full access to internet
QLED black levels. Add in minimalist 360
the movement and temperature of each
your energy and lift your mood. £Various |
radio and streaming online services and
design, Near-Invisible Optical Cable, One
cycle, preventing shrinkage, maintaining
the Ruark Link App that gives full remote
Connect box and Premium One Remote
shape and restoring waterproofing.
control, this really is the ultimate in wireless,
and it all adds up to…I really want one.
AEG 9000 Series Washing Machine (L)
connected to beautiful sounding bluetooth
£6799 | samsung.com/uk
AEG 8000 Series Tumble Dryer (R)
speakers. £399 | ruarkaudio.com
£899 | £749 | aeg.co.uk
Simba Hybrid Duvet with OUTLAST
Vax Blade 2 Max Cordless
A duvet is a duvet right? WRONG! The
With almost three times more suction
The Nintendo Switch is one-part
VertuoPlus is Nespresso’s newest design
Simba Hybrid Duvet is designed to take
power than any cordless vacuum Vac
handheld and one-part home console,
for the ultimate brewing experience.
the heat – literally. With built-in heat-
have ever produced, the Blade 2 Max
and plans to be the only device you’ll
Offering five cup sizes at the touch of
regulating OUTLAST® technology to
40V cleans carpets better than the
ever need for gaming, wherever you
a button, the VertuoPlus is a versatile
keep you comfortable all night, this is the
UK’s top 10 cordless vacuums; in a
are. The hybrid console is undeniably
brewing machine to satisfy all your coffee
all-season duvet you don’t find every day.
sleek, lightweight design. The specially
clever, offering up an exceptional level
needs. Just insert a capsule and close
And no more duvet swapping winter to
designed floorhead and powerful
of handheld graphical quality, while
the lever – when activated, the capsule
summer; the 10.5 tog duvet keeps your
brushless motor ensures optimal pick-up
seamlessly transitioning into a home
spins up to 7,000 rotations per minute,
nights comfortable year-round, thanks to
on all floor surfaces.
console straight onto your big TV - no
blending ground coffee with water and
temperature-regulating technology that’s
£249 | vax.co.uk/blade2max
chalet should be without one.
producing the perfect crema to enjoy
£279 | nintendo.com/switch
quality coffee. £199 | nespresso.com
out of this world – literally, it was designed for astronauts. £195 | simbasleep.com
FEB19 // 039
3I JAN-3 FEB
Lambert Smith Hampton Challenge
AJ Bell Alpine Challenge 2019
City Ski Championships
Morzine, Les Portes du Soleil, France
Now in its 32nd year, the Challenge welcomes over
A unique team skiing or snowboarding event,
Snow-Camp is also the official 2019 charity partner for
100 property owners, occupiers, fund managers and
challenging teams of four riders to clock up over 150km
the City Ski Championships, which sees more than 250
managing directors for three days of racing and fun in
of GPS-tracked skiing over two action-packed days
skiers take part in races including parallel slalom, Super G
the Italian mountains, this year raising funds for charity
in the massive Portes du Soleil ski area. It’s the 10th
and giant slalom. Celebrity guest attendees include Colin
Anniversary edition of the event supporting Snow-Camp.
Jackson, Heston Blumenthal and Sir Steve Redgrave.
3I JAN-3 FEB
Wounded Veteran Ski Challenge
SkiStar Invitational 2019
Monster Ski Challenge
Back for its fifth year, this marathon and slalom race
A charity race planned as part of the Alpine World
The Monster Ski is a three-day challenge in Chamonix
brings together corporate, social and also veteran
Championships in Åre on 12 February will see some
where the goal is to ski over 9,000m of vertical decent
teams competing. The event has raised almost half
famous racing names from the past, including the all-
(the equivalent of Mount Everest every day) and raise
a million pounds for wounded veterans over its first
time World Cup wins record holder Ingemar Stenmark
at least £1,500 for people with multiple sclerosis (MS)
along with Anja Pärson and Luc Alphand.
through the MS Trust charity.
CHARITY SKI EVENTS IN 20I9 29-3I MAR
Arctic Circle Race 2019
3 Valleys Charity Day
Bikinis for Breast Cancer
La Tania, Méribel Village
Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
Dubbed the world’s toughest Nordic ski race,
What started as La Tania Charity Day years ago has
There are a number of charities raising funds to
the route travels 160km through the magnificent
now moved to Méribel Village and is a full-on end-of-
help fight breast cancer in North America with
landscape around Sisimiut on Greenland’s west coast,
season party all for a good cause. All proceeds go to
Boarding for Breast Cancer running events at US
roughly 65km north of the Arctic Circle. Charity Ski 4
the Sebastian’s Action Trust and La Ligue Nationale
resorts. Bikinis for Breast Cancer is a long-running
Cancer is offering a subsidised place to anyone who
Contre le Cancer, so you can rest easy that your
“ski or board in your bikini” event in Canada for the
wants to race for them.
partying is going towards a good cause.
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
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WELCOME TO THE DESIGN HOTEL
NEXT N O I T A OC PRIME L LLEY STATION VA TO THE TERHORN «MAT ADISE» R A P R E I GLAC
FREDHEIM FOTOS FOTOS FREDHEIM
AROSA options, with love and a high level of service, and the team appear to be succeeding.
Amazing Cable Cars Lift nerds will get excited when they ride the new cable cars across the valley separating Lenzerheide and
ALESSANDRO DELLA BELLA
Arosa is a classic Swiss ski resort which can easily be accessed from Zurich Airport by rail, initially following the same stunning route at the line to St Moritz before branching off. Located high up at 1,739m above sea level, Arosa has always had a reputation as a snowy hideaway.
Arosa’s ski areas. Unlike most cable cars in the world, these are able to operate separately, independent of one another, so only one need operate at a time or
The local ski club was founded in 1903 and the
both can go in the same direction at the same time.
ski school in 1933. However, it used to have quite a modest ski area until a lift connection
to neighbouring Lenzerheide a few years ago
The remarkable spa in the Arosa Tschuggen Hotel is
dramatically increased it to 220km, one of the
the largest in the Alps covering an amazing 5,000m²
biggest in Switzerland.
of watery wonderland. Half buried in the mountainside, iconic sail-shaped skylights designed by star architect
Best Ski Run
Mario Botta cover light wells down into the facility.
For expert skiers the Silvano Beltrametti World Cup
Pretty much every spa facility and treatment imaginable
course on the eastern side of the area is particularly
is here, and the centre is open to non-residents.
popular. Tackle it in the morning when it’s still in the shade for a fast descent on a crisp, grippy surface.
above sea level is to be found at the Rothorn from
Bullrian is not the cheapest of restaurants even
where there are, on a clear day, spectacular 360°
by Swiss standards, but it tops the TripAdvisor
panoramic views. The resort assures us that 1,001
reviews table for Arosa with more than 93% rating it
mountain summits across the Alps are visible from
excellent, the rest merely “very good”. The idea is to
here but we haven’t counted.
provide healthy world cuisine, including vegetarian
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URS HOMBERGER AROSA SWITZERLAND
The ski area’s highest point peak at 2,865m
SWITZERLAND TOURISM/GIGLIO PASQUA
LOVERâ€™S Guide to the Ski Slopes
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Let’s be honest, cheese and snowsports are synonymous with each other. We always take the first chance to tuck into a fondue, raclette or tartiflette as soon as we arrive in resort. So why should we pretend that powder is the priority any longer? Here’s the cheese lover’s guide to the ski slopes:
fudge than actual cheese”. The unique taste comes from caramelising the milk sugars, and you can even make it into a sugary fondue! It’s available in Trysil Co-op if you don’t make it to the farm itself.
The Cheese Route Trentino, Italy
There’s so much great cheese as well as snow in Italy’s
Trentino region that they’ve created a special tourist route through it: the Dolomites Cheese Route. En-route taste
renowned cheeses like the Caprino di Cavalese, excellent
There’s no need to say that cheese is big in Switzerland,
in combination with local honey made in these valleys, or
and Gstaad is close to Gruyères where the world-famous
the celebrated Puzzone di Moena and the tasty Cher de
Gruyère cheese comes from. The Gstaader Bergkäse
Fascia. The route passes San Martino di Castrozza and
(Gstaad Dairy) produces its own mountain cheese, ripened
enters the Valle di Primiero, which gives its name to its
for four to six months, with a spicy Alpine herbal aroma.
most famous fresh and ripe cheese.
Available as one-, two- or three-year-old versions, it becomes stronger with age. The dairy also makes its own soft herbal cheese and a mountain Taleggio.
Cheese may not be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Japan’s abundant, light, fluffy powder,
but the northern island of Hokkaido is also home to nearly
A key ingredient in “Fondue Savoyarde”, in toasted
all of the country’s dairy farms.
cheese dishes and tarts and good to just scoff on its own,
“The Niseko Cheese Factory is owned by Takashi Kondo
Beaufortain is one of the harder cheeses produced in the
who learned the trade at a dairy school in France. Numerous
French Alps. Ski Weekender feature the very lovely, very
cheeses have won the Japan Cheese Awards and as well as
authentic and very cheese-heavy village of Arêches-
classics like blue, camembert, mozzarella and gouda, they
Beaufort where there is a cheese cooperative in the
also incorporate tropical fruits and wine. Niseko Fromage
centre of the village that’s well worth a visit.
is also well worth a visit, where Seki Akira makes many different varieties including his weird but wonderful crispy
Vegan cheese Banff, Canada
Veganism and cheese don’t usually co-exist happily,
cheese,” enthuses Naomi Harrison of sno.co.uk.
but the Glowfood Creamery in Banff has got around the
Le Grand Bornand, France
problem by creating what it describes as an “artisan
Reblochon, the key ingredient in that incredible dish that
vegan cheese” for the eco-conscious / dairy-free cheese
is Tartiflette, is big in Le Grand Bornand. In fact, the village
lover. The cheese isn’t made from cow’s or goat’s milk but
boasts no less than 55 cheese farms in operation, more
from organic tree nuts. The “cheese” is then infused with
than 2,400 hectares of grazing land once the snow melts
flavours from spices, herbs and salts.
and as many cows as people (over 2,000 of each). Every Thursday afternoon a special tour takes you to visit a typical
farm to find out how Reblochon Fermier cheese is made
Skiers in Quebec, Canada, have long since realised
from milking the cows through to tasting the cheese.
Tremblant, Quebec, Canada they can enjoy the best of both the old and new worlds when it comes to cuisine. Cheese lovers can indulge in
Val D'Anniviers, Switzerland
Québécois Poutine (fries, cheese curd and gravy) as well
Which is better, fondue or raclette? It’s a tough call and
as Savoyard fare as the locals stay true to their French
the sensible answer is to enjoy both (plus a couple of
roots. For the latter, La Savoie serves fondue and raclette
tartiflettes) during your week in the mountains. Let’s face
with the cheese and machines imported from France.
it, you’ll soon burn off the excess cheesy goodness in your system, probably. The picturesque Val D'Anniviers in the
Valais canton is the closest ski area to Turtmann where the best raclette cheese comes from.
The fromagerie here brings together milk producers from
Norway is not perhaps the first place you would think of
the Val d'Anniviers to produce mountain cheeses including
when you think of cheese … and yet there’s plenty here
their signature Raclette PDO cheese. Exclusively made
too. The increasingly popular destination of Trysil is close
with milk harvested between 900 and 1,900m altitude,
to the old Bryn Mountain Farm which produces goat’s
the cheese is created in copper tanks and then on spruce
cheese that is described as tasting “more like super sweet
boards in the time-honoured way.
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struggle to find grip as the edges will
common mistake is to move your
be rounded. Skis can be serviced at
shoulders forwards, making
specialist shops in the UK or once in
your hips drop back.
resort, or even with an edging tool,
You must have the hips high and
if you have been shown how to do it
then commit to leaning your shins
properly. An aggressive edge angle
against the front of the boot. It is a
makes it easier to grip on ice, however
bungee jump moment: you have to
they also get blunt more quickly. The
be assertive or you won’t succeed. If
majority of skis are set at an 89° angle,
your shins are pressing hard against
and this is perfect for most people.
the front of the boot, the edge at the
Tactically, you can look ahead to the
tip of the ski will connect and grip on
softer patches of snow between the
the ice. If you approach the ice in this
ice sections, and aim to make the
very strong forward position, you have
second part of your turn there. If the
built a platform where you can then
snow has built up to bumps at that
stand wholly on your downhill ski,
point, aim to make the same type of
particularly pressing the shin against
turn, but absorb the mogul at the end
the boot. Applying pressure to the
do you deal with ice?”
of the turn by bending the knees, and
ski gives even more grip, and can be
So: dealing with it. It’s simple enough
this will also lower your speed as you
increased by lowering the downhill
in concept – it mainly requires the
connect with the soft snow.
shoulder even further down the hill. It
ability to be confident in the correct
The psychological and technical
must be as if you’re standing between
movements. However, confidence
factors of skiing on ice are heavily
two walls and you can only move your
cannot be taught, as it is gained over
interlinked as you get a better
upper body laterally.
the experience of attempting and
technique with greater confidence. It’s
Skiing on ice starts and ends with the
achieving control. And that means
important that you are positive in the
confidence to commit to that strong
It will probably baffle you that
skiing on even more ice to practise!
way you approach the ice.
skier position, and courage to press
I absolutely love it! To me it is
Improving your confidence can start
Naturally you will back away as soon
completely on one ski (the outside).
consistent; I know what to expect and
from having sharp edges. This part
as you see it. Then the tips of the skis
Only once you feel this movement
have learned over many years how
of the ski is made from metal and is
flap, and you only have a small section
will you understand how the ski can
to trust myself to ski on it. However,
designed to cut through ice, provided
of edge at the back of the ski to try to
actually grip, and keep you in control.
most people aren’t as fortunate as I am
pressure is applied in the correct
grip with, which is almost impossible.
This holiday, have conviction on the
to have had that type of training, and
way, and that they are sharpened.
If you widen your stance and squat
ice; you are already sliding, so what
the most frequent question that I have
If it has been a long time since your
in an effort to feel more stable, this
have you got to lose?
been asked as an instructor is: “How
skis have been serviced, then you will
will make you slip further. Another
WORDS: SEGA FAIRWEATHER
No matter the ability, or skill level, no recreational skier enjoys skiing on ice. Snowboarders find it even harder.
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LAKE LOUISE FINED $2.1 MILLION Lake Louise ski resort in Alberta, Canada, has been fined $2.1 million (around £1.23 million) for cutting down 38 endangered white-bark trees. The resort cut the trees down accidentally in 2013 although it wasn’t realised what they had done until 2014. It’s appealing the fine amount.
WORLD’S BIGGEST INDOOR SNOW PARK A giant new mall in Abu Dhabi, which will host the world’s biggest indoor snow play park covering 38,100m2 is set to be completed by the end of 2020. Reem Mall, which has a $1.2 billion (around £0.9 billion) price tag, was first announced in 2015, and work commenced on site in 2017.
GAME OF THRONES THEMED SNOW VILLAGE OPENING NEAR LAPLAND A “snow village” containing
Made from 40,000m3 of snow and
details “as seen on TV”.
buildings carved from snow and ice
almost 400,000kg of ice over an area of
The village, located 45km from leading
will be themed on hit TV show Game
20,000m2, it has taken 50 construction
Finnish ski area Levi, also contains an Ice
New Zealand’s Cardrona ski
of Thrones this winter.
workers a month to build the village with
Restaurant and a warm Log Restaurant, an
area opened a snow fun area in
An agreement between the
incredible Game of Thrones sculptures
Ice Chapel where around 50 couples get
December at the start of summer
SnowVillage’s owners Lapland Hotels,
created by ice sculptors from Russia,
married during the winter season, an Ice
in the southern hemisphere. The
and the Nordic division of HBO, the
Poland, Latvia and Ukraine.
Bar, two Ice Lounges (one with Game of
resort’s decision came after it
makers of Game of Thrones, means that
Features include a life-sized iron throne
Thrones art), an Ice Sculpting Gallery for
unexpectedly received around
the village, which features 24 rooms,
with swords, a scary Braavosi Hall of
visitors and a fun Ice Slide.
10 of which are en-suite, can be legally
Faces and a White Walker with glowing
The village will be open for visitors daily
themed on the show.
blue eyes and many other awe-inspiring
until mid-April 2019.
KIWI SKI AREA OPENS IN SUMMER
10cm of snowfall in the last week of spring.
13 OF 50 HELMETS FEATURE MIPS A study of 50 sports helmets from the world’s top manufacturers used for snowsports, skating and cycling by Virginia Polytechnic in partnership with the US Institute for Highway Safety has determined that the 13 best all feature the Swedish MIPS technology.
TRIVAGO NAMES MOST EXPENSIVE An analysis of hotel prices offered by leading ski destinations in
TWO NEW SKI RUNS OPEN IN SPAIN’S VAL D’ARAN
Europe and North America by Baqueira Beret in Spain’s Val d’Aran has
hectares, have been created in the resort’s
capacity to 61,024 people.
found that, on average, Italian
opened two new ski runs there this winter.
Os Baciver area, close to the Saumet’s zone.
“It really is a beautiful area where the
resort Madonna di Campiglio
The resort, located a little over 160km from
A new mile-long surface lift with a
freeriding is the main draw with lots of
attracts the highest “clicked price”
Barcelona, already has the largest ski area
capacity of 800 people per hour provides
off-piste areas to enjoy easy and safe
– of €677 (around £594) per night
in the Spanish Pyrenees with 165km of piste.
access to the new area. The new lift
free skiing,” said Commercial Director
The new runs, covering around 2.27
increases the resort’s hourly uplift
price comparison site Trivago has
for a hotel room.
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IN ASSOCIATION WITH
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Tecnica Cochise Team
Black Crows Corpus
Junior Ski Boot
Patagonia Women’s Snowbell Jacket
All-mountain touring ski boots for kids – utilising lots of the same technical features as the awardwinning adults’ Cochise boot, scaled down with a lower cuff and softer flex, specifically for smaller and lighter skiers. Its 42° range of motion for hiking or using with frame-style touring bindings makes these ideal for the little freeride ripper in your family. Now you can seek out those hidden valleys as a family. £295 | skibartlett.com
Adding an insulated jacket to their sellout line of clothing opens up the possibilities of where and when you can wear your Black Crows clothing. This is definitely one of the warmest, most comfortable and waterproof jackets we’ve worn, fitted with the best technical features for the harshest of winter conditions. £TBC | skibartlett.com
Why buy two jackets when you can have three in one? A waterproof outershell jacket keeps the harsh winter elements at bay and the lightweight insulated liner gives you warmth when you need it. Zip the two together for waterproof, breathable warmth, or wear each one individually. The best way to maximise the use of your snowsports jacket, whether you are at home or in the mountains. £359 | skibartlett.com
BERN HEIST BRIM HELMET
Innovative Dual Shell construction combining lightweight Zipmold+ and PVC lower shell, with the durability of an ABS top shell. The ABS covers a liner that uses Energy Absorbing Ribs providing greater impact dispersion with Aluminum Shields for better durability and a killer aesthetic. £129.99 | Absolute Snow
Blizzard Rustler Team Junior Ski
A scaled-down version of the awardwinning Rustler 9 for the child in your family who’s following in your footsteps with a freeride heart. Fit a touring binding and take your kids off-piste and off the beaten track with you. A ski that will progress any advanced junior skier through their next powder adventure. £289 | skibartlett.com
Nordica Enforcer 100 Skis
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POC POCito Auric Junior Helmet Bollé NEVADA W/ PHANTOM lens
Featuring a high-contrast Green Emerald PHANTOM lens with a tint that changes with the light from cat.1 to cat.3, the Nevada PHANTOM gives superior optical clarity and enhanced vision whatever the conditions. This cylindrical frameless goggle is a big hit with Team Bollé athletes including Dave Ryding. £129 | bolle.com
A ski that will never let you down, dependable at high speeds, solid through crud, superb smooth float off-piste and their edge grip and smooth feel on-piste is impressive. If you’re a confident skier who likes skiing fast then these will definitely put a smile on your face. Give them a little bit of effort and they will reward you with power and acceleration into the next turn. These are always a sellout ski worldwide for a very good reason. £569 | skibartlett.com
Protects the soft skulls of your young ones, whether it’s in case of falls, or getting hit by someone else. Strong multi-impact safety protection and super day-glow colours make sure your kids will always be safe and seen. £164 | skibartlett.com
Black Crows Sacus Ski Bag
We love this retro-inspired ski bag that definitely stands out on the airport conveyor belt. Your new bomber-proof lightweight goto partner for every adventure – get travelling and don’t forget to add your own sticker souvenirs to remember your journey. £50 | skibartlett.com
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!
Norrona Lyngen Gore-tex Shell Jacket
This very innovative jacket has been specifically designed for ski touring, utilising featherlight GORE-TEX Active fabric, making it waterproof, windproof, lightweight and extremely breathable. Two front-zip options allow you to either zip the jacket up with a highly breathable mesh panel exposed to let air in or zip it up normally to keep the weather out. With its tiny lightweight pack size you’ll barely even realise it’s in your pack or on your back! (Available in men’s and women’s) £469 | skibartlett.com Smith Vantage MIPS Helmet (Matte Charcoal)
With Aerocore construction featuring Koroyd, the Vantage simultaneously maximises full coverage protection and increased airflow. Offering the Boa 360 fit system with a 360º halo design, combined with the Smith AirEvac2 tech for goggle integration, the Vantage delivers the perfect blend of technology and style. £219.99 | Ellis Brigham Dubarry Galway boot
The Dubarry Galway boot combines stylish classic design with the highest-quality manufacturing materials, making it a firm favourite with women who enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle. Waterproof leather, lined with GORE-TEX® and featuring a sturdy sole, it’s a winter wardrobe essential. £329 | dubarryboots.com
Dynastar POW AUGUST TRIGGER MITT
Ski Speed Zone 9 Ti
Superbly smooth from turn to turn and very easy to adjust the turn size from long to short and back again. Its stability as you pick up speed and anchored feeling to the snow will build your confidence wherever you go. £489 Incl Binding skibartlett.com
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 | Snowfit
Scott Speedguide 95
Combine the construction of the mentally lightweight Speedguide 80 and the strong carbon-weave make-up of the Superguide touring skis and you get a solid, grippy, lightweight technical ski for performance-inspired touring. £625 | skibartlett.com
ZIP HOOD TOP BASE LAYER
The neck warmer is ideal when it’s cold, the fabric is moisture wicking, stretchy and fast drying, 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. Freeze Proshop £62.99
Hoji Touring Boot
Patagonia Descensionist 32L
One of the hottest products of the year. No more fiddling and faffing to switch from ski to tour – just lift ONE lever and you can start ski touring. Not only is the design simple, it also doesn’t compromise on either its powerful alpine freeride feel for downhill skiing, or it’s impressive range of ankle flex for effortless ups. skibartlett.com Pebax £540 Pro £585
Patagonia’s impressive thought and design has gone into this durable but lightweight technical backpack. Multiple ways to access your kit with the large top-loading drawcord or the large side-zip opening. An anatomically shaped back system makes it comfortable for carrying your kit on long adventures. £139.99 | skibartlett.com
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JONES Mercury Men’s
MONS ROYALE Yotei Tech
Snowboard Bindings 2019
LS Men’s Baselayer
Women’s Yotei BF
Designed for the all-mountain rider who needs supreme edge control and comfort balanced with a more manoeuvrable, medium flex. The asymmetrical Highback shape with Flex Hinge technology dampens chatter and follows the contours of your leg for comfort and to eliminate calf-bite. £264.95 | sputniksnowboardshop.com
Equally at home on the slopes or at the bar, the Mons Royale Yotei Tech LS offers merino performance with a casual style. Anti-odour, thermoregulating and moisture wicking, what more could you need from an all-hours baselayer? £79.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com
Ride as hard as you like in the Mons Royale Yotei BF Tech LS baselayer. The thermoregulating, anti-odour and moisture control makes this technical garment a nobrainer for all conditions. sputniksnowboardshop.com £79.95
Tech LS Baselayer
JONES Dream Catcher Women’s Snowboard 2019
The 2019 Jones Dream Catcher women’s snowboard is an allmountain board built for riders looking for a high-performance directional freeride shape with a friendly flex. The Dream Catcher is stable and confident, yet soft enough to be playful in any terrain. sputniksnowboardshop.com £394.95
GNU Chromatic Women’s Snowboard 2019
Offers a medium flex with a forgiving feel to give early intermediate riders the board they need to hone their skills and have fun in the process. The rocker profile features an underfoot rocker for snow contact and a mild camber towards the tip and tail to provide float and solid turn initiation in variable snow conditions. £354.95 | sputniksnowboardshop.com
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BURTON Ritual LTD Women’s Snowboard Boot 2019
Smith Squad Goggles
The lens is made from molded carbonic-x material so it’s tough, but still has Fog-X technology and TLT optics for crystal-clear vision. The minimal semi-rimless frame and newly designed, fully integrated strap connection point delivers the function you need without extra moving parts. £99.99 | Big Dreams
With an Ultraweave shell that creates lasting, powerful support without any extra weight by eliminating seams and unnecessary bulk. The incredibly comfortable Imprint 3 liner is complemented by the DRYRIDE Heat Cycle lining which utilises carbon threads to reflect body heat inwards to keep your foot warmer, while at the same time wicking warmthrobbing moisture outwards. £319.95 | sputniksnowboardshop.com
JONES Mind Expander Men’s Snowboard 2019
The 2019 Jones Mind Expander snowboard is an alternative allmountain board that wants to slash every terrain feature in sight. Surf shaper Chris Christenson and Jeremy Jones have designed the Mind Expander for the creative rider who draws lines blending freestyle, freeride and surf styles. £479.95 | sputniksnowboardshop.com
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BURTON Lelah Women’s
DAKINE Heli Pro 24L
Backpack Sammy Carlson
The Burton Lelah women’s jacket offers a streetwear aesthetic that isn’t afraid to charge hard on the slopes. Refined fabrics, faux-fur trim on the hood and high-end detailing to create a fresh feel that seals out winter weather. THERMOLITE insulation is tucked underneath DRYRIDE 2L fabric to see you through the storm. The slim fit offers a tight and clean look without inhibiting mobility. £184.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com
The Dakine Heli Pro 24L backpack is perfect for crossing over from the resort and into the backcountry. With a fleece-lined goggle pocket, backpanel access to the main compartment, and a front access pocket designed to hold a shovel and snow tools, you’ll have all the gear you need. When the bootpack gets steep, you can strap skis on diagonally or A-frame and a snowboard on vertically. sputniksnowboardshop.com £89.99
Smith I/O Mag Goggles Austin Smith x THE NORTH FACE
POW STEALTH GTX MITT
Wrap your paws in these leather glove pillows and you’ll thank us later. Featuring Stealth GORE-TEX + Gore warm technology, premium water-repellent leather, fur-lined inner cuff and Unite POW wrist leash included. £119.99 | The Board Basement
The I/O MAG™, utilizing the Smith MAG™ lens change system, is designed for optimised performance and perfected fit: two locking mechanisms for lens security, AirEvac ventilation for fogfree 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. £254.99 | RX Sport
Smith Scout Helmet
The all-new Scout has the look and attitude you want with the tech and fit that sets Smith helmets apart. The bombshell construction and lifestyle fit system make for a perfect fit that keeps your goggles in place when you wear them under your helmet. £89.99 | Subvert GNU Riders Choice Men’s
The original visor helmet still delivering looks and performance. Utilising Bern’s premium liner with Boa technology and drop-in audio ready ear-pads and a thin ABS shell lined with EPS Foam to create a burly lightweight lid that meets certifications for both bike and snow. £90 | Ellis Brigham
The one board the entire GNU team agree they’d want to ride no matter the conditions on the mountain. The asymmetric shape creates a more efficient and less tiring ride by allowing for a softer flex on the heelside and precision control on the toes. Magne-Traction serrated edges turn the hardest ice into powder and the aggressive C2x rocker provides control and float in all conditions. £534.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com MONS ROYALE Christy Women’s Leggings
Disappearing under your boots, the Mons Royale Christy leggings are so soft and stretchy that you’ll barely notice they are there. 190gsm 100% merino is odour resistant, moisture wicking and will keep you warm and cosy all winter long. £74.95 | sputniksnowboardshop.com
DAKINE Tour Snowboard Bag 165cm (Rincon)
When weight (and cash) is your highest concern, ditch the wheels but keep the features. Load up the main compartment with a board, pair of boots, bindings and even some extra outerwear in the exterior zippered pocket. 360° padding keeps hard goods protected, while the removable padded shoulder strap and dual end handles make for easy transportation. £64.95 | 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.
EIVY ICECOLD TIGHTS BASE LAYER (AUTUMN BLOOM)
Base-layer tights in stretch, fast-drying and moisture-wicking fabric with a light brush in the inside to keep you dry and warm. Extra waist height for warmth and protection and flat lock seams to prevent chafing. £54.99 | Surfdome
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KIDS CAN GET OFF THE BEATEN TRACK WITH NEW SKI TOUR KIT
Ski touring gives you a sense of adventure, a feeling of freedom and the tranquility of getting away from the crowds.
BURTON Cartel Re:Flex Snowboard Binding 2019
A legendary blend of comfort, performance and all-terrain versatility. The Re:Flex binding system offers more flex and feel than traditional disc bindings and the Living Hinge reduces the overall weight and footprint but also allows you to independently adjust forward lean and hi-back rotation. £244.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com
The sense of achievement of hiking up under your own steam to be greeted by epic views reaching far across the mountains, and of course the reward of that adventurous ski back down. What an amazing opportunity for your children to be able to experience with you… Technological developments in the last few years have meant ski equipment is now much lighter and safer, allowing more scaled-down children’s products to be produced and therefore making it much easier to go into the backcountry with the whole family. Lange, Rossignol, Tecnica and other brands have developed scaled-down hike and ride boots for children. With walk modes built in, it is now much easier and less tiring for your children to hike up with you. Skis have become lighter in the last few years and junior skis are no exception. Suitable wider-bodied freeride skis for children are readily available, often built off of the concepts from their award-winning adults’ ski versions. Atomic, Black Crows, Blizzard and Line are just a few of the many brands that are building impressive junior freeride ski options. And if your children get truly bitten by the off-piste touring bug, which is definitely infectious, then ski touring bindings are also an option. Lighter-weight and lower DIN release touring bindings are now readily available. Markers “Tour” frame-style bindings and their new “Alpinist” are both great lightweight options and now at more affordable prices. Giving children the rare opportunity of freedom and a sense of adventure at a young age will plant the seed for the future – it empowers them to push their limits, seek out the unknown, create their own playground and eventually to adventure into their own hidden valleys.
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PICTURE ORGANIC CLOTHING Narrow Cap
One of your favourite snowboard brands brings you this iconic snapback cap. Made from 100% cotton and vegan-friendly. The cork detail peak and tree logo help you really stand out from the crowd. £31.95 sputniksnowboardshop.com
Volkl RTM 79 Skis
You will love the feeling of the smoothness under your feet and the light and easy initiation to help you start every turn. Push your limits when you are feeling on form and these skis will reward you with a springy, lively feel. They’ll cruise with ease and give you the confidence to progress to the next level. £574 inc. binding | skibartlett.com
The Vorlage goggles are equipped with a frame optimized for a large field of view and a double spherical mirror lens used in partly cloudy to sunny conditions with anti-fog coating while it blocks UV-rays. £55 | Go Outdoors Ultimate Outdoor | Blacks
Thermic Bluetooth Battery for heated socks + Heated Socks
If you suffer from cold feet we’ve got the answer – heated ski socks that you can wear whether you are on the slopes, while watching football or walking the dog. Now featuring a very clever Bluetooth-enabled battery, giving you the ease of controlling the various heat settings from a simple app on your phone, lasting for up to 16 hours, so you’ll never be cold again! £160 + £65 | skibartlett.com
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BURTON [ak] GORE-TEX Helitack Men’s Snowboard Jacket
In the coldest, wettest conditions, warmth and dryness are equally critical. That’s why the Burton Men’s [ak] Helitack jacket is powered by a sustainably superior bluesign-approved combo of mapped stretch insulation and Burton-exclusive GORE-TEX 2L fabric. The elemental result is ultimate warmth, waterproofing and breathability even in the wettest conditions. The full package is backed by a lifetime warranty. £434.95 | sputniksnowboardshop.com
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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 backcountry. 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
G3 Skin Wax Kit
This easy-to-apply rub-on skin wax will help repel water and prevent icing and snow clumping under your skin, which will also help you glide more easily over the snow. £10 | skibartlett.com
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URBAN MUSIC FESTIVAL ON SNOW A new “urban music festival on snow” will take place in the French resort of Les Orres this March. Not3s, B Young, Tim Westwood and DJ Semtex will headline the Fresh Mountain festival with preparties 9–11th, the festival itself on 12–14th and an afterparty on the 15th. Fresh-Mountain.com ERIC BERGER PHOTOGRAPHY
“NO CALORIES IN THE MOUNTAINS” Research carried out by Crystal has found that wintersports activities can burn off so many calories it’s possible to gorge on a McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (including medium fries and Coke) then burn off the 1,015 calories gained with an hour or two of snow or ice sports.
SNOWIEST DECEMBER EVER FOR WHISTLER BLACKCOMB
VIRTUAL REALITY IN QUEBEC
Whistler Blackcomb in BC, Canada,
much terrain in the first few weeks after
30cm each day and 2.1m in a week.
have reported their snowiest-
their official late November opening date.
Whistler’s Marc Riddell told vancourier.com,
ever December, a particularly
The resort received 384cm of snowfall on
“It was a phenomenal holiday period and
The Canadian resort of Tremblant
remarkable achievement when there
their highest slopes during the month, past
we’ve got a great base to start the season,
says that new state-of-the-art
was no snow for the first week or so
the previous all-time record for a December
particularly given the snow we’ve had in
technology allows participants
of the month after an unseasonably warm
snowfall set back in 1994. When the snowfall
January. It took some time to arrive this
to discover a virtual reality world
autumn, and they had struggled to open
was at its heaviest, the resort was receiving
season, but it’s not letting up.”
of “extraordinary, fun-filled and thrilling experiences” at a new entertainment centre it has created in its pedestrian village.
SAINT GERVAIS ANNOUNCES PLANS Management at the historic ski area of St Gervais, close to Mont Blanc in the French Alps, have announced development plans for the resort over the next few years including two new six-seat chairlifts, the first of which will open next winter.
BRECKENRIDGE TAKES BACK RECORD
SINGLE-DAY LIFT TICKET AT VAIL HITS $209
Breckenridge has retaken the record for the most people
US media have been reporting that the
the day for skiers and boarders arriving
include a reported 43% of days on the
price of a day pass to ski at Vail hit $209
without a ticket. The number of people
slope last season spent by holders of a
(£165) over the New Year period. Other big
doing so is reported to have declined year
season pass, and Vail Resorts recently
1,299 people lined up on the
ski areas in Colorado and Utah were not
on year although no one seems to know
reported it had sold around 950,000 of
Colorado ski town’s Main Street
charging much less for a one-day ticket.
how many people still just roll up and
its Epic pass variants this winter, the most
holding 433 skis between them,
Many of the big US resorts have, for
buy a ticket on the day with many buying
commonly bought of which provides
each holding three shot glasses,
decades, not published the day pass price
discounted versions online in advance.
access to the company’s 19 ski areas and
for the successful record attempt.
in advance and chosen to set the price on
Figures that are available, however,
several dozen more around the world.
simultaneously knocking back a shot on a ‘shotski’ at one time.
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LONDON FESTIVAL SEES 24% JUMP IN VISITORS The London Ski Festival , formerly the Ski Show, has reported a 24% jump in visitor numbers from last year. The Show, which has been running for 45 years and was rebranded a “Festival” this year, is the only one remaining in the UK, and visitors in October remarked on the “buzz” this autumn with a greater emphasis on events, food stands and entertainments and less on the traditional exhibition hall feel. The Festival was opened by Olympic bronze medallist Billy Morgan and Love Island 2018 contestant Laura Crane with new attractions including a vintage Ferris wheel, dog sledding, ChelSki Slope and Snow+Rock’s Climbing Wall. The dates have already been set for this year’s Festival, which will take place 24–27 October 2019
NEW LINE CINEMA
once again at Battersea Park, Battersea Evolution.
ASPEN LAUNCH DUMB & DUMBER SKI HOLIDAYS A Colorado-based travel company is offering a ski holiday package themed on the cult 1994 movie Dumb
and Dumber starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as Lloyd and Harry. The “Lloyd and Harry Package” from the Denver-based Curtis Hotel is fairly luxurious and comes with a price tag to match: $10,000 (around £7,780). The package’s benefits include two nights in a deluxe room, two pairs of handmade skis, a $200 (around £155) spa credit and a luxury jet to Aspen, then SUV transportation to/from Aspen Mountain and two single-day lift tickets. Things get even more D&D with a three-hour moped rental included along with a 12-pack of bottled beers from Aspen Beer Co. to enjoy on the flight home. But the pièce de résistance is undoubtedly the inclusion of one powder blue and one orange tuxedo with matching top hats.
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ROWAN CHESHIRE Rowan Cheshire is a freestyle skier and was the first British female to win a half-pipe competition at the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup at only 18 years old.
focusing on my progression and doing well in the World Cups and championships, to get me closer to that Olympic dream. What are your top tips to skiers in regard to getting fit for the ski season and helping to avoid injury?
She has competed in the past two
Focus on doing knee stability
Winter Olympics, famously being
and balance exercises, as well as
knocked unconscious while in
trying to build up strength. This will
training at Sochi where she was
help protect the knee joints and
forced to withdraw with severe
prevent injury. Including balancing
concussion and a broken nose, but
exercises is important to increase
she returned to make the finals of
core stability and prepare your
the half-pipe competition at the
legs and also prevent injury. You
Olympics in Korea last year.
can perform great single-leg balance exercises on a Bosu ball,
When and where did you first hit
by balancing on the flat side while
trying to stay as stable as possible.
I first skied on a dry slope in
Adding movements to this is a
Stoke-on-Trent when I was 10 years
old. My first skiing on snow was in Whistler, Canada. I loved the
What’s your favourite ski resort
adrenaline rush I got from it and
that in freestyle there was always
Whistler is my favourite ski resort –
something to learn and that there
it’s such a nice town with lots to do.
were no rules.
I’ve had some great memories there.
What are your main goals for
Is there somewhere you’ve
always wanted to ski but haven’t
My main goals are to make the
made it to yet?
finals in the World Championships
I’ve always wanted to visit Japan,
and I have a list of tricks that I want
both for the skiing and the culture.
to perfect and learn this season.
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I’ve learnt a lot from skiing.
the Beijing Olympics, or too soon?
It’s made me a much more
I have my goal to win a medal
confident person and has given
at the Beijing Olympics, but I’m
me amazing opportunities and
taking it season by season and
opened a lot of doors.
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