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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.

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 'Latest news', Ski areas''

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 ›

27 November 2019 from Danielle in 'Mountain weather''

The southern Alps are already deep in the throes of winter, having had several weeks of generous snowfall. Now it's time for the northern Alps to receive their share, with temperatures forecast to drop over the coming days.... Read more ›

24 November 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Austria has officially banned smoking inside catering establishments including bars and restaurants. This was one of the last countries where smokers could still smoke inside - indoor smoking has been banned in Scotland since 2006 and the rest of the UK since 2007 - and this is welcome news to non-smokers who have long been clamouring for clean air. However, the new Austrian law, which came into effect on November 1st, has many smokers up in arms. ... Read more ›

23 November 2019 from Danielle in 'Lists''

After skiing down yet another perfectly groomed piste, you skid to the bottom of the slope and breeze onto the chairlift with hardly any queue. In a jiffy you're headed up the mountain again, the sun shining and fresh powder below... time for a selfie! You rummage around in your pocket and extract your mobile phone but your fingers are a little cold and your grip slips... down goes your phone into the snow! How on earth are you going to get that back (and in what condition)? We've all been there... Read more ›

23 November 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''

It's finally here! The first-ever Snowplaza Ski Opening in Gurgl started off on a great note, with beautiful weather and amazing snow and loads of lovely people. Here are some photos of the first few days!... Read more ›

21 November 2019 from Danielle in 'Skiing techniques''

Ah, that fresh powder snow! Golly, those views! Is that a bird landing on your ski pole? Skiing off-piste is a completely different experience from sticking to the groomed slopes. If you're a confident skier with a few years of carving under your belt, you might be dreaming of taking it to the next step and finding a patch of virgin snow where you can carve out fresh tracks. But it's said that even the best on piste skier will feel like a complete beginner again once he or she is up to his or he... Read more ›

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