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.

4 April 2019 from Danielle in 'Mountain weather'' | 0

Skiers and snowboarders in the Alps are rejoicing (and not a bit surprised) after last night's snowfall, which brought up to a metre of fresh snow to some places.  The snow started in the French Alps and has been moving eastwards towards Switzerland and Italy to douse ski areas as far as the Dolomites in fresh powder just in time for the end of the ski season.  Austria and the Northern Alps aren't expecting nearly as much snow but after the insane snowfalls they experienced earlier thi... Read more ›

4 April 2019 from Danielle in 'Snowboarding techniques'' | 0

Congratulations, you’ve taken the leap and decided to try out snowboarding! Whether you’re a skier looking for a new challenge, or a budding snow sports enthusiast who has chosen snowboarding, you’re going to love it. And after some lessons with a good instructor and a few practice runs, you’ll be shredding the slopes like a pro! Nothing tops the sensation of whizzing down the mountain in a spray of white powder. In order to help you prepare for your first day on the slopes, we’ve prepared some ... Read more ›

3 April 2019 from Danielle in 'Tips'' | 0

To ensure a long life for your ski equipment and clothing, it's important to treat it right.  How do you protect your skis against rust?  Where should you store your ski equipment?  Should you wash your ski clothing?  Ski gear doesn't come cheap, whether it's a pair of brand-name goggles or a plush new helmet.  So it's important to take care of it, both during and at the end of the ski season.  With a little TLC, you can protect against the rust, odours and general ... Read more ›

2 April 2019 from Danielle in 'General'' | 0

The 2018-19 ski season is creeping to a close and ski resorts across the Alps are determined to see it out with a bang!  April and May bring an end-of-season event calendar jam-packed with concerts, parties and competitions, from another edition of Ischgl's popular Top of the Mountain concerts to the Electric Mountain Festival in Sölden.  Have you booked your spring skiing holiday yet?  Check out the calendar below to get some inspiration!... Read more ›

1 April 2019 from Danielle in 'Announcements'' | 0

Austrian ski resorts have called for a ban of alcohol on the slopes, effective beginning in the 2019-20 winter season.  Austria is revered as the home of après-ski and has long been one of the most popular destinations for winter sporters, in large part for that very reason.  It remains to be seen how the on-slope bars and mountain restaurants will cope with the new legislation.... Read more ›

30 March 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news'' | 0

After more than 12 million trips and 25 000 operating hours, it's time to retire the Fleidingbahn chairlift in Westendorf, at the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental.  The lift, which has been in operation since 1983, will carry its last riders at the end of March 2019.  The Fleidingbahn chairlift will be replaced by a modern 8-person chairlift that will whisk skiers and snowboarders comfortably to the top of the SkiWelt.... Read more ›

29 March 2019 from Danielle in 'Skiing techniques'' | 0

Ski poles!  Great for leaning on when the lift queue is moving slowly.  Or for pushing yourself along the flat bits (take that, snowboarders!).  Or for dragging along behind you in a desperate and misguided effort to slow yourself down on a steep slope.  But ski poles weren't actually invented for any of the above purposes.  Used properly, they can help you adopt the proper stance for efficient, smooth skiing.  Keep reading for tips on how to properly use your ski p... Read more ›

28 March 2019 from Danielle in 'General'' | 0

We couldn’t be happier when it’s finally time to pack up and head to the slopes for a ski holiday. Bracing mountain air, freshly groomed slopes and a cold pint on a mountain terrace... life doesn’t get any better! But non-skiers and snowboarders might be vaguely shocked to learn about some of the antics we get up to when we get to the ski resort. From plastering ourselves with sunscreen in the middle of winter, to hitting the pub in full ski attire, I suppose we do have a few weird quirks that n... Read more ›

27 March 2019 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

Easter is late this year but not too late to squeeze in a last-minute ski holiday!  The Alps have been blessed with several big late-season snowfalls already and many ski resorts are still going strong, with lots of snow.  What's more, it's now officially spring skiing conditions, with lots of sunshine and low prices to boot!  But that doesn't necessarily mean the snow cover is absolutely guaranteed at every single ski resort in the Alps.  To avoid a nasty surprise, try booki... Read more ›

26 March 2019 from Danielle in 'Mountain restaurants'' | 0

It's inching towards spring skiing weather in many ski resorts and this is the perfect time to be seeking out the best mountain terraces in the Alps!  The longer days and warm weather make you want to spend every second outside, so instead of huddling around a hearth clutching mugs of mulled wine, you'll increasingly find us skiers and snowboarders shedding the winter jacket and kicking back with an Aperol Spritz in a sun lounger, enjoying the sunshine!  Here are 10 of our favourite al... Read more ›

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