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Skiing records in the first Guinness Book

The Guinness Book of records was first published in 1955 after Sir Hugh Beaver, the MD of Guinness at the time, had a heated argument about which was the fastest game bird in Europe. He realised that men must need a book full of facts about the fastest, slowest, biggest, first and so on. He commissioned Ross and Norris McWhirter to compile what would become the Guinness book of records. At home I have a copy of one of the books published in 1955.

The Great British Chalet Holiday

We asked a selection of people who are in the ski industry to give us their thoughts on what makes the Great British Chalet Holiday. We would also like your thoughts on what makes the Great British Chalet Holiday. You can do this by commenting below, writing on our Facebook page or tweeting us. Iain Martin - Founder of Skipedia, a marketing consultancy for the ski industry.

Interactive Resorts has been nominated for an award

Interactive Resorts have been nominated in the Best Travel Agent category in the SnowVole Awards 2012. This is the first time for the award will take place having been launched during the first year of the new ski forum SnowVole.com. You can vote in categorise such as Best Tour Operator, Best Après Ski Resort and Favourite Ski Manufacturerm, as well as the Best Ski Travel Agent category that we have been nominated in. Voting is open until the 14th of October and the winners will be announced at the Birmingham Ski Show.

Why Choose a Hotel Over a Chalet?

We asked our ski hotel specialist Andy to give us his opinion on why you should consider staying in a hotel on your ski trip. Choosing a ski holiday can prove to be a tricky task for many reasons, one of which is that if starting from scratch, there are so many resorts and properties to choose from. There are also many factors to decide upon as well, like how close you need to be to the slopes, and whether you need a sauna or not. These then have to be rated in order of importance as properties tend to differ so much.

La Plagne Bar Crawl

If you are heading out to the La Plagne in the winter, then maybe our bar crawls guide will come in handy.

Based in 1800:

8.30pm – Start off in La Mine for a warm up beer consumed whilst perching on a mining cart and listening to some live music 9.00pm – Jump on the bus to Plagne Centre 9.10pm – Head to Igloo for an Affligem Blond and a boogie with the dancing polar bear 9.45pm – Stop off in Luna Bar for one of their special beers

10.30pm – Head along to Scotty’s Bar for shots or spirit + mixers.

Ski travel agent - Slang words

Like any job, working in ski chalet sales has its own little collection of slang, acronyms and job-specific phrases. To the untrained ear these could be a little confusing,so we’ve put together this list of some of the most common. So now next time you’re on the phone to us booking your ski holiday, you’ll know what we mean!

Horace Goes Skiing

There has been a lot of love shown for Horace Goes Skiing last week when we included it in our, 10 ski related thing that you don’t need to buy on eBay blog. We have rescued him from the eBay sale for you to play with. Just click on the start button. AIM: Get Horace across the road to get a pair of skis and back again. Then you take Horace to the mountains for a spot of slalom on his skis. Please tell us your best score.

10 ski related thing that you don't need to buy on eBay

Obviously we recommend that you do not buy used helmets or boots from eBay, but that is up to you. Here are 10 ski related items you really don't need to purchase from eBay.  Except maybe the last one.  If you do, can we come and play on it? We would love your comments on these items.

 Ski things on ebay

Courchevel invests €118 million

Great news for frequent skiers in the Three Valleys, Courchevel are planning a €118 million spending spree on the ski area over the next 7 years. The town council have promised to improve runs and lifts in all of the Courchevel areas. This Does not include La Tania but does include 1850, 1650, 1550, Le Praz and Pralong.

Courchevel ski map

How to become a ski instructor: Live and work in the Mountains!

What better way to spend your time than working as a ski instructor, and going to the mountains every day for work? There simply is no better lifestyle to choose, but before you dive head first into the ski industry you need to work out how you are going to qualify, and who is going to help you on this awesome journey! There are a huge amount of options and opportunity out there and it’s not always that clear which is the right solution for you.

Tell us where you want to go,
and let us find your perfect holiday!