Latest news on skiing and snowboarding

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.

17 August 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

How does it feel to be on a ski lift carrying you towards an erupting volcano? Skiers and snowboarders found out last week at Chilean ski resort Nevados de Chillán, when the volcano started spewing a gigantic column of smoke and ash into the air. Surprisingly, most skiers just continued about their normal day – apparently this happens quite often in Chile. The country has some great ski resorts and is a popular option for European and North American skiers who head to the southern hemisphere ... Read more ›

15 August 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

A Polish man recently became the first person ever to ski down from the summit of K2, the world’s second-tallest mountain after Mt. Everest at 8611m above sea level. Andrzej Bargiel had already attempted the treacherous descent of K2 in 2017 but had had to turn back due to weather conditions. This July he was finally successful, navigating crevasses, glaciers, avalanches, hypothermia, lack of oxygen and steep cliff faces to bag the title of first-ever skier to successfully ski down from the su... Read more ›

12 August 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

This winter, the popular Austrian ski resort of Ischgl will kick off the 2018/19 ski season with another one of their popular Top of the Mountain concerts. Following on the heels of Helene Fischer, who debuted the 2017/18 ski season, pop star Jason Derulo is slated to send his music reverberating around the hills of the Silvretta Arena this November. The American artist will entertain thousands of skiers and snowboarders with his R&B hits at Ischgl’s open-air stage on November 24, 2018. Don’t... Read more ›

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

Ski boots aren’t the most comfortable footwear around. In fact, some of us would go so far as to say we HATE THEM. Pretty much the only thing they’re good for is skiing, and even then, every time you have to walk up the stairs at a mountain restaurant or hobble back to the hotel at the end of a ski day can justly qualify as one of the highest forms of torture. But during the summer months, when we’re all dying to get back on the ski hill, some people take this yearning a step further and don ... Read more ›

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

The ski resorts in Scotland offer an opportunity to explore some of the more rugged and wild areas of the country. Dotted around the Highlands and the CairnGorms National Park, they are surrounded by stunning scenery and charming historical towns. If you live close enough to drive, Scotland is a smart choice for beginner and even intermediate skiers, who can practise carving without paying through the nose for a ski pass at an Alpine ski resort. And despite the low altitudes and frequent lack... Read more ›

5 August 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

An American company called Alpine Media Technology is in the process of rolling out groundbreaking technology that will see screens installed on ski lift safety bars. Conceived by Freddie Peyerl, Gerrit VandeKemp and Jeffrey Connors and inspired by aerospace engineering technology, the screens are designed to excel in cold weather and bright sunlight. Patents are pending in 19 countries for these screens, which will display useful information as well as adverts to skiers and snowboarders as th... Read more ›

3 August 2018 from Lianne in 'Ski areas'' | 0

The decades-old debate between skiers and snowboarders is not the fiery battle it once was, thanks in part to the myriad ‘hybrids’ who like to ski and snowboard. Buuuuuut we would like to diplomatically point out that snowboarders are still gnarlier and just better in general. There, we said it. This article is a response to Danielle’s inflammatory (and completely ridiculous) article on why skiing is purportedly better than snowboarding. Following are just seven of the many reasons wh... Read more ›

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

Let’s get this straight once and for all: everybody knows that skiing is better than snowboarding. Winter sports wouldn’t even exist if it wasn’t for those pioneering Norwegians strapping two boards to their feet to glide over the ice and snow. If you want to put both feet on the same board, then you’re better off surfing or skateboarding. In this article you’ll find 10 reasons why skiing is the #1 winter sport. Waiting for snowboarders to strap into their bindings, lending a ski pole on the... Read more ›

29 July 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

Choosing the right travel insurance policy for your winter sports holiday can be a daunting task. With so many providers and such a difference in price tags, it’s tempting to just give in and get the cheapest one. But an extra hundred pounds now could save you thousands of pounds and a lot of hassle down the road. Skiing and snowboarding are risky sports and travel insurance companies often make you pay a premium for coverage. While the EHIC card goes partway towards covering your costs, it’... Read more ›

27 July 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

Dancing on tables at après-ski was fun back in the day, but with young children in tow, the image of your ideal ski resort will have to shift a little! If you’re trying to plan the perfect family ski holiday in the Alps, you’ll need to scope out a ski resort that has beginner-appropriate terrain and, ideally, some children’s discounts and family-friendly facilities! The sunny region of South Tyrol in Italy is particularly popular with young families, but there are plenty of other ski resorts w... Read more ›

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