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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.

5 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Lists''

It's finally time for your ski holiday with family or friends! You've been looking forward to it all year and you can't wait to be on your skis again. But what's this? You're still in the plane and people are already agreeing that of course, there's no need to catch the first chairlift up, it's nicer to have a relaxed breakfast and hit the slopes later in the day before stopping for a drink or two. As the best skier in the group, this holiday might take a bit of patience! Here are 10 signs you s... Read more ›

5 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

A new study released this week in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery claims that the rise of helmets in ski areas may not be the blessing we all thought it was. While helmets do protect against certain injuries, the researchers found that helmeted skiers and snowboarders were more often seriously injured than non-helmeted skiers and snowboarders.... Read more ›

4 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Skiing techniques''

No matter how many goggles they advertise with incredible visibility features, we skiers and snowboarders know from experience that skiing in poor visibility or flat light is just about impossible and not much fun! We've all come across those days when you can't see further than a few feet in front of you, but the snow is great and you don't want to miss a day of skiing. Don't worry, we're here to help! These tips will help you get safely down the hill even in poor visibility.... Read more ›

4 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Skiers at an American ski resort were in for a surprise last week when two bears made an appearance in a tree right next to the chairlift. The incident occurred at Mammoth Mountain, a Californian ski resort built on a lava dome. The mama and baby bear were captured in a short video before they scurried off, although they were seen by several other skiers wandering in and around the ski area.... Read more ›
(Photo: © Mammoth Mountain)

3 December 2019 from Danielle in ''

To truly experience winter in Germany, you have to pay Bavaria a visit. There's something for everyone here, whether relaxed days in the snow or unforgettable adventures in the forest. And who better to tell you about it than those who have been calling winter their favourite time of the year here since childhood? Locals tell of cross-country skiing, winter hiking, snowshoe tours, winter survival, tobogganing or game feeding in Bavaria. They cultivate their customs and traditions, they know wher... Read more ›
(Photo: © Tourismuszentrale Fichtelgebrige, Florian Trykowski)

1 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''

Looking for ski-in, ski-out accommodation in Austria? In this article we've laid out 10 ski villages with slopeside hotels, chalets and apartments so you can ski straight out your front door and onto the pistes! Forget about ski bus schedules and car parks and book a convenient ski holiday this winter with no need to lug your skis halfway across town!... Read more ›

30 November 2019 from Danielle in 'Lists''

It's nearing the end of November and almost all ski resorts in the Alps should be open for skiing within the next month. Excited? So are we! Here are 12 things that you're liable to experience on your first day back on the slopes.... Read more ›

29 November 2019 from Danielle in 'Mountain weather''

It's snowing again in France, Switzerland and Austria, with weather forecasters predicting this weekend could see a few dozen centimetres of the white stuff. It's the western part of Austria that's getting the majority of the snow, with thick flurries in the Arlberg and surrounding regions that are projected to continue until tomorrow morning. By Sunday the snow is expected to move over to the southern Alps.... Read more ›

29 November 2019 from Danielle in 'Ski areas', Latest news''

Social class has reached the Alps! This winter, Les Arcs is launching what might just be the world's first "business class" ski pass. Skiers and snowboarders can elect to pay more for their ski pass to enjoy priority at lifts and other exclusive advantages. The concept of business class is familiar to anyone who's ever travelled on a plane or even a train, but it's uncertain how skiers and snowboarders will react to this kind of classism in their ski areas.... Read more ›

28 November 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

Some of France's biggest ski areas may be on thin ice - literally. From Les Trois Vallées to Les Deux Alpes, melting permafrost is putting the future of the French skiing industry in peril. Melting glaciers already made headlines during the heatwave this summer, which saw positive temperatures at the summit of Mont Blanc. Now, not only glacier ski areas but also regular ski resorts are questioning the stability of their lifts and mountain shelters due to the melting permafrost. ... Read more ›

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