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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.

7 November 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''

Gurgl is known for its excellent snow quality and guaranteed snow cover. The slopes lie between 1800 and 3080m above sea level and the ski area boasts modern lift infrastructure. First time in Gurgl and wondering which pistes to try first, or which restaurants serve the best Austrian dishes? We'll tell you everything you need to know to enjoy your first ski holidays in Gurgl, formerly known as Obergurgl-Hochgurgl.... Read more ›

1 November 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''

Snow cover is one of the most important aspects of a ski holiday. There's nothing worse than arriving at your skiing destination after a long summer and finding the hills still green and covered in flowers! It's a little hard to ski without snow, and since we've all experienced this horrorshow at least once in our lives, we've learned to scope out ski resorts with guaranteed snow at the moment of booking our holidays. If you're planning on going skiing in Austria this year, here are 10 Austrian ... Read more ›

27 October 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''

Did you know there are already plenty of ski resorts open for skiing in November? The higher-altitude ski areas in the Alps have already been blessed with several snowfalls this autumn and as we get into November, the snow line should be dropping down as far as the valleys soon. In this article we'll give an overview of Alpine ski areas where you should be able to expect reliable snow cover for skiing in November.... Read more ›

21 October 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''

Kitzbühel has just opened for skiing, making it the first non-glacier ski resort in the Alps to open for the 2019/2020 winter season. The Austrian ski area promises almost 200 days of guaranteed snow, traditionally opening in mid-October and staying open for skiing and snowboarding until early May. Kitzbühel shares its ski area with Kirchberg, Jochberg, Hollersbach and Pass Thurn to make up the KitzSki area, which boasts around 200km of pistes and excellent freeriding possibil... Read more ›

18 October 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''

The French skiing airport par excellence, Chambéry Airport comes alive in the winter and welcomes hordes of British skiers and snowboarders. A short flight to this pretty little town will drop you right in the heart of French skiing territory, with access to almost every big French ski area including Chamonix, Les Trois Vallées and Les Portes du Soleil. Chambéry Airport operates seasonal winter flights to more than half a dozen destinations in the UK, mostly with BA but also with the budget airl... Read more ›

12 October 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''

There's nothing more heartbreaking than arriving at your long-awaited ski holiday only to find brown hills and a couple of cows grazing! When you've scheduled holiday time, invested money and spent hours researching your ski area and accommodation, the last thing you want is a ski area with unreliable snow cover. The good news is that you don't have to be completely at the mercy of the elements this year. Switzerland is known for its especially high-altitude ski areas and the following ski areas hav... Read more ›
(Photo: © Jungfraubahnen 2019)

11 October 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''

Andorra has long been popular with British skiers and snowboarders looking to avoid the crowds in Austria or the expense of ski holidays in France. In recent years Andorra has also been strengthening its summer offering, making it a destination that's worth visiting year-round. There are no direct flights to Andorra, but the principality is served by the Seu d'Urgell airport just across the Spanish border. It's also easy to combine a holiday in Andorra with a city trip to Barcelona, which is jus... Read more ›
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9 October 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''

The SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental is off to a strong start for the 2019-20 winter season, the culmination of a 73.4 million euro investment. Over this winter and next winter the ski area will inaugurate four new lifts as well as new events and activities. Keep reading for everything you need to know about the upcoming changes to the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental.... Read more ›
(Photo: © SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental, Christian Kapfinger)

5 October 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''

Looking to catch a glimpse of Kate or Meghan Markle on the slopes? These are the exclusive and luxurious preferred ski resorts of the British royal family. Be sure to bring a full wallet if you're planning your ski holidays here this year!... Read more ›
(Photo: © Verbier (St. Bernard))

4 October 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''

Innsbruck is a true winter sport paradise. The picturesque Tyrolean capital is nestled right in the centre of dozens of ski areas and seems to be tailor-made for a winter holiday. With nonstop flights on EasyJet from London and Bristol and plenty of shuttle buses once you arrive in Innsbruck, it’s a perfectly doable option for a week of skiing or snowboarding. Once in Austria you can choose to stay in Innsbruck itself or exploring a bit further along the winding valleys. Whatever you choose, you... Read more ›
(Photo: © TVB Innsbruck)

29 September 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''

Where's your dream destination? From the Matterhorn to Whistler, Norway to South America, every skier dreams of the once-in-a-lifetime visit to a unique and special ski resort. Here are ten of our favourites.... Read more ›
(Photo: © Michael Portmann)

21 September 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''

This winter it's even easier to reach 20 Austrian ski resorts by train, including St. Anton, Kitzbühel and the Skicircus. The Alpen Express leaves from the Netherlands and Cologne, but offers an option to combine the journey with a train or ferry from the UK. Alpen Express trains will run from December 20, 2019 through March 13, 2020.... Read more ›

8 September 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''

Incredible powder snow, unspoilt nature, friendly locals... Canada is a true winter wonderland and it's every skier's dream to go skiing in Canada at least once during their lifetime. Why not make it this year? Ski holidays in Canada are easier than you might think, thanks to direct flights and friendly exchange rates. Here are 5 reasons you should book your ski holiday in Canada this year.... Read more ›
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25 August 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''

We all have our preferences when it comes to going on ski holidays. Some of us love Austria, some of us love France, but there are some skiers and snowboarders who are convinced that Italy is where it's at. Our colleague Miranda loves skiing in Italy so much she's spent several winters there, and she's here to tell us why the land of sunny slopes, pizza and fine wine is her country of choice for ski holidays. Welcome to la dolce vita!... Read more ›


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