End of season review 2011/12

 Way back in November UK news papers were awash with news of the poor snow conditions in the European Alps. Reports in the Daily Mail and the Sun managed to cause uproar within the ski community not just for peddling horror stories about potentially ruined holidays, but also for ill-informed journalism.


Ski Fashion Through the Ages

Skiing. We all love a bit of it. But how long has it been a sporting pursuit for, and more importantly, how have fashions and styles changed over the years? A place called Rodway in Norway boasts rock drawings of men on skis going back 5000 years, and the oldest ski ever found has been carbon dated to 3200BC! We sent our roving reporter out to take a look into the situation and for centuries it seems, skiing was neither fun nor entertaining.

A Right Royal Ski Holiday

Prince William and Princess Kate have been rumoured to be on a ski holiday in the alpine resort of Meribel this week. After a lot of hard work we have tracked down some "exclusive" photos of their trip. Our Reporter has got photos of their accommodation as well as action shots of the Royal Couple skiing. One holidaymaker that we spoke to, who has seen the royal pair on holiday, said "They ski very well".

Will the Easter Bunny find your chalet and other questions?

Are you worried that the Easter Bunny won’t be able to find your chalet in the Alps? Should you take your own eggs? Do the Austrians celebrate Easter? Do eggs take longer to boil at altitude? Who the hell is the Poisson d'Avril? If so then this is our one stop guide to Easter in the alps.

Mobile Roaming in Europe

EU roaming rules have now made the cost of making and receiving calls when abroad in the EU 73% cheaper than in 2005.  But before you set off for your ski holiday, remember that phoning, texting and surfing the web can still be a costly business! On average Brits return from their ski holiday with a bill of about £150 and most don’t even check the roaming charges before they go.

Tignes Winter X Games 2012

This year is set to be bigger and better than ever before! Known as the ‘Olympic Games of freestyle’, the Winter X Games is taking place in famous French resort of Tignes from March 14th -16th 2012.  It brings together the best snowboarding and slopestyle athletes in the world for real world class competition, hosted and televised by ESPN. This year 150 world-class athletes are competing in skiing and snowboarding events.

Reasons to Book Your 2012/13 Chalet Holiday Early.

With all the last minute ski deals that kick in once December and January roll around, you’d be forgiven for thinking that leaving it late to book your ski trip is the way to play it. If you have a group of 2, 4 or maybe even 6 and you can fly from Gatwick, then the last minute market is the best place to focus your attentions. But if you want provincial flights or you’re a big group, there’s a lot to be said for getting in there early.

The Family Ski Holiday - A Guide

Anyone who has ever planned and booked a family ski holiday will tell you it’s not an easy game. Booking the annual boys’ trip is easy... even the corporate ski weekend seems painless to arrange. But there’s something about taking the children to the mountains which requires further care, thought and consideration.

End of the Season - Val d'Isere Beckons!

It's been a funny old season in the ski industry this year. Early season snow was excellent and peak week bookings strong; all the signs pointed to another season of superb ski conditions and a bouyant industry. The first couple of weeks after Christmas were paradise for the lucky ones who had booked that date as they offered good snow, blue skies and sunshine. After that though, we all started to get a little worried.

Luxury Skiing in Verbier

Verbier and high end luxury go hand in hand; few resorts offer more luxury chalets than Verbier and for years it has been the winter playground for the world’s rich and famous. Anyone who is anyone, from pop stars to royalty, flock to what is one of the world’s top ski destinations every season, and so the opening of a new luxury chalet will inevitably cause a stir. That is exactly what happened with Chalet No.

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