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Read exciting travel reports live from the resorts, news and tips for preparing ski holidays and special weather and snow reports in the Snowplaza ski blog. The Snowplaza team reports regularly from the mountains and keeps you informed about the latest trends in skiing and snowboarding. In addition, you will find tips and news about interesting new products; skis, snowboards, gadgets, clothing and equipment as well as advice and ideas for your next ski holidays.

21 April 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

Skiing in summer? Totally possible! If you don’t mind waking up a little earlier than usual, you can enjoy skiing and snowboarding in the Alps all through the sunny months of June, July, August and September. Just keep in mind that summer skiing means softer snow so unfortunately you’ll have to start the après-ski in the early afternoon... but that shouldn’t be too painful, should it? Of course, the selection of ski resorts is a little more limited, but we’ve compiled a list of the best summ... Read more ›

19 April 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

Dodgy knees? Mature skier? Or just not quite as fit as you wish you were? Whatever the case, American company Roam Robotics has come up with a solution. Their robotic ski/snowboard exoskeleton, the first of its kind, is engineered to take the strain off your knees and leg muscles, making it easier to ski or snowboard and ultimately giving you more time on the slopes. The innovative Roam Robotics ski exoskeleton is scheduled for release in the United States in January 2019 and is expected to... Read more ›

14 April 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

It’s a well-known fact that one of the best parts of a ski holiday is the après-ski, and one of the best parts of après-ski is the beer. But more than just a way to get sloshed, having a pint on the slopes can be an opportunity to discover new and exciting tastes! Many breweries are located right in the mountains and use the freshest alpine glacier water for their beer, meaning some of these beers are truly outstanding. For a refreshing brew made with the best the Alps have to offer, look n... Read more ›

11 April 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

It’s a first in France. It’s a mind-blowing journey. It’s the most fun you’ll ever have. It’s a 4-season alpine coaster with virtual reality! No idea what that means? To be honest, we didn’t exactly know what to expect, either. You can actually see the alpine coaster from the Bergers area as it’s right next to the slopes, and I had already wondered about it when I first arrived at Alpe d’Huez. From the outside, it looks like a regular little roller coaster. But as soon as I tried the vir... Read more ›

10 April 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

Gnarly, dude! Inspired by John Hill's ice skateboard, Youtuber Davidsjones has done the seemingly impossible and created a snowboard completely made out of ice (except the bindings). The snowboarder worked together with the Ice Farm to design an ice snowboard with bindings embedded straight into the ice. In partnership with Matt Maniaci and Stan from the Ice Farm, Davidsjones tests out the snowboard on a local hill and even tries a couple of tricks! Watch the film to see them have a go and t... Read more ›

8 April 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

The village of Saalbach is nestled in the heart of the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, with access to the 270km of slopes in this enormous Austrian ski area. You can ski for days without doing the same slope twice – if you’re really bent on getting to know every ski resort of the Skicircus, you can also take on the Skicircus Challenge. As for Saalbach itself, it boasts a pretty, car-free village centre with easy access to the ski lifts. Our Snowplaza team recently paid ano... Read more ›

6 April 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

Votes are in: Snowplaza readers have decided on the 20 best ski resorts in the Alps in 2018! The Snowplaza Awards 2018 results range from posh Swiss ski resorts to Austrian après-ski hotspots to enormous linked ski areas in France, with a guest visit from a special Canadian ski resort! It’s a tough choice but you’ve narrowed it down to just 20 of your absolute favourites! Did you vote? A few lucky Snowplaza readers will win a ski pass for their ski resort of choice – winners will be notified... Read more ›

1 April 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 1

In a bold move Friday, many of the major French ski resorts announced they would implement a new ban on snowboarders. The ban came about after multiple complaints by skiers of their fellow snowboarders’ “reckless behaviour” and “damage to the slopes”. Popular ski areas such as Les Portes du Soleil, Les Trois Vallées and Chamonix stated that the loss in revenue is worth preserving the integrity of the slopes and ensuring a more peaceful environment for skiers, who currently make up 77% of their... Read more ›

31 March 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

Planning is already underway for the FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships 2023 and the biggest question is: Austria or France? Both Saalbach and Courchevel-Méribel have submitted bids to host the bi-annual event, which is considered one of the most important competitions in alpine skiing. It’s a tough choice seeing as these are two of the biggest names in the Alps. But the FIS will have to select just one of these worthy candidates to organise their flagship event in 2023. The successful ca... Read more ›

30 March 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

Dubbed the “Island in the Sun” for its annual 300 days of sunshine, L'Alpe d’Huez is the fifth-largest ski resort in France, with 250km of pistes for all ages and abilities. The ski area boasts fantastic terrain and some of the most breathtaking views in the Alps. L'Alpe d’Huez’s ski season stretches from December to April and although the slopes are mostly south-facing, snow is guaranteed until late in the season at this high-altitude ski resort. L'Alpe d’Huez is certified with the French Fa... Read more ›

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