Getting the Most Out of Your Luxury Skiing Holiday
If you are splashing out on a 5-star winter sports experience, get ready to enjoy your holiday to the full. Maximum value for money is the idea here: squeezing every last ounce of pleasure from the sumptuous accommodation, prime location and superb ski amenities for which you are paying. (more…)
24th Apr 15 | Views - 57
Luxury Ski Chalets Where Celebrities Stay
If you enjoy a spot of people watching on your annual ski holidays, there are a number of French Alps destinations that should definitely be on your shortlist when you are ready to book this year’s trip. All three of the resorts that made my list offer excellent opportunities for spotting the rich and famous and as you would expect, they all boast luxury ski chalets with 5-star facilities in which even the fussiest of A-Listers would be happy to stay. (more…)
1st Apr 15 | Views - 21
Four Exciting Activities To Enjoy On Your Ski Holiday (That Aren’t Skiing)
When you think skiing holidays, it would not be unreasonable to assume that the majority of your time is going to be spent either on your skis, or enjoying yourself into the small hours at an après ski party. But why limit yourself? Most ski resorts can offer a wide range of thrilling activities for adrenaline junkies hoping to find their next fix. Here is just some of the entertainment that awaits…
Skiing or snowboarding not fast enough for you? Few winter sports can get the endorphins rushing like a bobsled experience. Several ski resorts will allow you to get a taste of what it feels like to be an Olympic athlete, as you hurtle down the track at speeds of up to 70mph.
Where can I do this?: Whiteface Mountain, New York, USA; Park City, Utah, USA; La Plagne, France; Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
Ride a roller coaster
So, your friends boast about their summer holidays to theme parks? Have they tried a mountain coaster though? These hair-raising rides are bigger and longer than anything you’ll find at Disneyland. The Alpine Coaster at the Imster Bergbahnen resort, for example, starts at 1,500 meters above sea level and is 3.5 kilometers long. Or, how about the Gold Runner coaster at Breckenridge? This 2,500 feet ride runs through the forest and above the ski runs.
Where can I do this?: Breckenridge, Colorado, USA; Park City, Utah, USA; Imster Bergbahnen, Austria; Okemo Mountain Resort, Vermont, USA.
Try snow rafting
While skiing or snowboarding requires a degree of athleticism to enjoy it to the fullest, there’s no need for training when snow rafting or snow tubing! As the name suggests, this means heading down specially-designated slopes in an inflatable boat with half a dozen or so others, or going it alone in a tube. Simple – but great fun!
Where can I do this?: Vacancia, Austria; Niesko, Japan; Vogel, Slovenia.
Ride a snowmobile
Who watched A View To A Kill and didn’t want to have a go at snowmobiling? Well, there are plenty of ski resorts where you can live out your James Bond fantasies. Riding these motorised machines is not just exciting, but also freeing, as you’ll often be able to get to areas of the mountains you couldn’t otherwise access and soak up some exclusive views.
Where can I do this?: Park City, Utah, USA; Whistler, British Columbia, Canada; Stratton Mountain Resort, Vermont, USA; Morzine Avoriaz, France; Chamonix, France.
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15th Mar 15 | Views - 12
Where Can You Go For A Ski Holiday With A Non-Skier?
As unusual as it may be, it is possible that a member of your family or group of friends might not want to spend their holiday going up and down ski slopes. Some might not be physically able, while others simply do not enjoy the skiing experience at all; but even so, that’s not to say that non-skiers cannot have fun at a ski resort. In fact, more and more resorts are providing entertainment for those who are looking to have a good time away from the runs — and we don’t just mean hitting the bars and clubs. Here is a selection of some of the most popular resorts, which can be enjoyed by the whole family, young and old. (more…)
1st Mar 15 | Views - 5
The Best Ski Resorts For Disabled Skiers
Although being a disabled skier does mean that there are a few things that you need to take into consideration – such as parking, instructors, equipment and facilities – there are several resorts that strive to ensure disabled skiers can take full advantage of the slopes. Some of the top resorts for less-abled skiers include: (more…)
15th Feb 15 | Views - 7
What Exercises Can I Do At Home To Prepare For My Ski Trip?
Starting an exercise regime to become ski-fit means you’ll not only enjoy more time on the slopes and less time recovering from aching muscles, but you’ll also reduce your chance of picking up an injury.
So, here are some ski specific exercises that you can do – without having to take up a gym membership or using expensive equipment – to build up your strength and stamina in the weeks before your trip. (more…)
1st Feb 15 | Views - 8
A Rough Guide To Ski Slope Safety Ratings
So, you’ve chosen your destination and ski resort, kitted yourself out with all the right gear and put in some serious hours on the cross trainer to build up your strength and cardio. The crisp, white snow awaits; but where do you start? (more…)
15th Jan 15 | Views - 5
What Does It Take To Become A Champion Skier?
Maybe you grew up watching Ski Sunday or have been inspired by the Olympic Games and now foster dreams of becoming a professional athlete. Perhaps you have been skiing from an early age and think that you have the talent to make you a winner. However your aspirations have developed, you might wonder what it takes to become a champion skier. While no two paths to success are likely to be identical, there is still a traditional route to put you on the right track. (more…)
1st Jan 15 | Views - 6
How Do They Make Artificial Snow And Which Resorts Use It?
Maintaining and operating a ski resort is an expensive venture and the best ways to ensure that one remains popular and profitable is by having the longest ski season possible. However, how long the season lasts is in part dictated by climate and geography. After all, what good is a ski resort without any snow? (more…)
15th Dec 14 | Views - 1
Am I Guaranteed Snow On My European Ski Trip?
People often wonder why Brits are so fascinated by the weather. The simple answer is: because we get so much of it! When we pull open our curtains every morning, what the weather report has predicted rarely corresponds with what we see out the window. Head to some of Europe’s most popular ski resorts, though, and the climate becomes far more predictable. After all, what good is a ski resort without the white stuff? (more…)
1st Dec 14 | Views - 1