Sharing the dream!

Now, a few years later, (I won’t tell you exactly how many) I am married to a Frenchman (not from the mountains but no-one is perfect) who thankfully shares my passion for skiing and snowboarding. We are now experiencing the pleasure of passing on this love of all things cold and white to our 2 children. Having experienced some crazy times as a chalet girl, some totally unforgettable ski holidays with friends and now, more recently, family ski holidays, I really cannot say which is the best ! All I can say is that I hope for everyone, including my children, that they get to experience what I have experienced in my « ski life » !

After skiing for the first part of my « ski life », I then discovered the joys of snowboarding. After one week of falls and frustration, I finally got the hang of it and didn’t look back until my kids started learning to ski! Don’t ever try to hold a 3 year old on skis between your legs when you’re snowboarding – it very obviously doesn’t work ! So now I have rediscovered the joys of skiing and often hang back to help out a stranded snowboarder on one of those fatal flat roads !!

Considering it is almost impossible to ski ALL year round, I did the next best thing! Work in the ski business! Having worked for a large online tour operator for several years, I am now proud to say that I am responsible for the snowplaza.co.uk website, in particularly our fantastic blog! The team is growing and you will see we have been joined by Gareth another avid skiing loon!

As I now live in France, I am lucky enough to be able to visit French ski resorts very easily – some within only a two and a half hour drive - Vars, Risoul and Serre Chevalier are among my favourites in the South. This means I manage to stay up to date with what’s happening on the slopes all through the season.

I hope you enjoy reading my articles and don’t hesitate to leave comments to let me know what you think !

Last 5 articles by Nikki

6 September from Nikki in 'Mountain weather'' | 3

weather report

The weather and snow conditions are, obviously, one of the most important factors when you go on your annual ski holidays and finding a reliable weather & snow report is not always easy. Will there be plenty of sunshine and/or fresh snow or will you be skiing in artic conditions or maybe on slushy snow? These are vital questions that you ask yourself in the run up to your ski holidays and Snowplaza has the answer to all these questions. If you want to know the weather forecast for the Alps and find up-to-date snow reports for all your favourite ski resorts, look no further. Read more ›

6 September from Nikki in 'Tips'' | 1

ski holidays 2018

It’s all over for the ski season and your ski holidays seem like a distant memory. However, you're already thinking about your next ski holidays in the 2018 ski season. Snowplaza has made an overview of everything you need to plan your perfect skiing holidays. You’ll find links to main topics about skiing and ski holidays in the Alps. You can see the best ski resorts in France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland to help you decide where to go on your next ski holidays. You can find and book ski accommodation, check webcams and stay up-to-date with weather and snow reports. Ready, steady, Ski > Read more ›

20 January from Nikki in 'Tips'' | 5

how to ski

Skiing is an incomparable sport which combines technical skills and the thrills of speed in stunning, unforgettable surroundings. However, first things first – you need to know how to ski! It’s never too late to learn to ski, although the learning curve is much faster the younger you are. You can learn how to ski alone or with an experienced friend, however you’ll make much faster progress at ski school. We’ve put together a briefing on how to ski before your first ski holidays explaining how to find the best skis and ski boots for beginners, how to put your skis on and how to find your ski legs. Ready to hit the slopes? Read more ›

10 January from Nikki in 'Equipment'' | 5

ski wear

If you feel freezing while skiing, you’re not wearing the right ski wear. If you’re clothing is soaking wet on the inside at the end of a day’s skiing, you’re also wearing the wrong ski wear. If looking trendy is priority number 1, then you’re probably wearing the wrong ski wear too! If you fall into any of these categories, then you should definitely read our buyer's guide to ski wear. Ten tips on what’s important when buying ski jackets, ski pants, gloves and thermal underwear with information about breathable, windproof and waterproof ski wear so that you feel comfortable in any weather on the slopes. Happy skiing. Read more ›

23 November from Nikki in 'Family/Children'' | 1

family ski holidays

As many of you are off to the Alps for your annual family ski holidays, or are maybe already there, we thought we'd have a bit of a laugh making fun of the different ideas men and women have about what happens on family ski holidays. Men seem generally more optimistic and will probably say their wives are pessimistic - although we tend to stick together and say we are realistic about what really happens on any kind of family holiday. Take a look and share with friends if you know exactly what we're talking about ... Read more ›

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