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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.


13 July 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


Åre, Sweden is the largest ski area in Scandinavia and belongs to the exclusive club of the world's best winter sports villages: Leading Mountain Resorts of the World. An attractive village with traditional wooden buildings and a long winter sports history, it's also the birthplace of several notable skiers and various outdoor brands such as Peak Performance, Spektrum, Elevenate and Eivy. A few years ago, we were lucky enough to spend a few days skiing here and exploring the area. It was an unfo... Read more ›

30 June 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


Italy’s ski resorts boast sunny pistes, family-friendly facilities and world-famous Italian cuisine. That’s not to mention the breathtaking panoramic views from the ski slopes, a good number of which are located in the Dolomites. Whether you haven’t been to Italy yet or whether you’re dying to go back, it’s worth looking into which ski resorts will suit you best. Are you an après-ski fanatic or are you planning a family holiday? Whatever your fancy, discover our picks for the 15 best ski areas i... Read more ›

11 June 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


This alpine skiing paradise has a disproportionate amount of Europe’s biggest glaciers and highest mountain peaks - one could almost call Switzerland the pinnacle of alpine skiing. Best-known for its jetsetters, who flock to the likes of St. Moritz and Zermatt to spend their millions, Switzerland also features its fair share of quaint villages and family-friendly ski resorts. The skiing is exceptional, with everything from wide cruising runs to fantastic off-piste terrain. Together with gourmet-... Read more ›

5 June 2020 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)

2 June 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


Authentic Austrian villages and traditional charm define skiing in Austria. But that doesn’t mean the Austrians don’t know how to party – in fact, après-ski was basically invented here! The ski areas in Austria offer a wide variety of terrain for every taste and budget, from the glitzy slopes of St. Anton to the family-friendly resort of Mayrhofen. We’ve narrowed down the top 15 ski resorts so you’re sure to find the perfect place for your next ski holiday, whether it’s a family bonding trip or ... Read more ›

26 May 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


France is known for having a good number of the world’s largest linked ski areas, with some of the ski areas measuring over 600km of pistes at altitudes of more than 3000m above sea level. But that’s not all France has to offer, and skiers and snowboarders are starting to discover the smaller resorts whose pretty scenery, village atmosphere and varied terrain can easily compete with the biggest names in the Alps. In our list of the top 15 French ski resorts, we've selected some up-and-comers alo... Read more ›

3 May 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


Whether it’s your first ski holidays or whether you’re an intermediate skier or snowboarder looking to improve your skills and build confidence, it’s nice to choose a ski area that’s not too intimidating. While ski schools are invaluable for helping teach you technique and get you on your feet, sometimes the best way to practise skiing and snowboarding is by exploring the mountain on your own. In the following list we’ve highlighted some of the ski areas that have the most blue slopes, so you ca... Read more ›

26 April 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


Are you looking for the perfect ski resort for ski holidays with a large group? Whether you’re with family or with the mates, there’s a good chance your group will have people with different ability levels. If you don’t feel like forcing your friend down a black piste during their first-ever ski holiday, and you’re equally unenthusiastic about accompanying your newbie mates down the nursery slopes all day long, then you should check out this list of ski resorts that are perfect for mixed-ability... Read more ›

19 April 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


Going on your first-ever ski holidays this year? Or maybe you’re trying to convince your partner or children to ski, and you want to find the perfect ski resort? For first-time skiers, it’s important to find a ski area that has lots of easy, accessible pistes. It also doesn’t hurt to have a lively village scene and some nice on-piste restaurants, just in case the skiing starts to feel like an insurmountable challenge! Below we’ve picked out 15 great resorts for beginner skiers and snowboarders. ... Read more ›

7 March 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


Silvretta Montafon has almost 140km of slopes, making it the largest of the 5 different ski areas within the Montafon in Vorarlberg. Advanced skiers and boarders can undertake many different day trips here without having to ride the same slope twice. Silvretta Montafon is also home to the HochjochTotale, longest run in the Vorarlberg. This beautiful slope winds its way down from the Alpilagrat (2430m) all the way back to Schruns in the valley. It's an absolute must-do and a good thigh-burner for... Read more ›
(Photo: © Montafon Tourismus GmbH, Schruns, Daniel Zangerl)

29 February 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


Tree-lined slopes offer many advantages: they can hold their snow better, they're easier to navigate in flat light and they're sheltered from the wind and snow. Plus, they're so fun! Unfortunately, it's not always easy to find runs through the trees in the Alps (shout-out to North America where there is gladed skiing for every level!). On this list you'll find some in-bounds tree skiing and some off-piste tree skiing, all of it awesome on a powder day! Always remember to be properly avalanche-eq... Read more ›
(Photo: © Ana Pacheco)

27 February 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


Who hasn't heard of The Challenge, the epic ski circuit that takes ambitious skiers and snowboarders through all four villages of the Skicircus? But that's not the only ski circuit waiting for you in the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. Choose from gentle blue slopes, demanding red slopes or a mixture of everything - there's a ski circuit for everyone! These exciting and varied routes offer a fantastic opportunity to explore the spectacular mountain landscapes of the Skicircus... Read more ›
(Photo: © saalbach.com, Mirja Geh)

23 February 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


Aside from skiing and snowboarding, the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn offers a selection of different toboggan runs, a fun option for young and old! Go on an old-fashioned wooden sledge, speed it up with a modern coaster or experience the beauty of night tobogganing on floodlit pistes. Either way, you’re guaranteed to create some amazing memories! Here we give an overview of the different tobogganing options in the Skicircus. Have you tried tobogganing at the Skicircus? What... Read more ›
(Photo: © CB Photography)

21 February 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


The Run of Fame in the Arlberg is the most challenging ski circuit in Austria, with 85 kilometres of slopes and 18000 metres in altitude gained and lost. Skiers and snowboarders who tackle this route are guaranteed an unforgettable ski day on the pistes of Warth-Schröcken, Lech Zürs and St. Anton am Arlberg. Plus, thanks to the Flexenbahn lift, there is no more need to take a ski bus for this ski tour. In this article we'll share everything you need to know about the Run of Fame ski circuit in t... Read more ›
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15 February 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


The Sella Ronda is on the bucket list for many skiers and snowboarders, and rightly so. Part of the Dolomiti Superski linked ski area, this beautiful ski circuit covers 40 kilometres across four different valleys in the impressive Sella massif. Along the way, skiers and snowboarders can enjoy incredible views, friendly Italian hospitality and a range of challenging slopes. It's the ideal ski circuit for any skier or snowboarder! In this article we'll tell you everything you need to know about th... Read more ›

7 February 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


Beautiful Livigno is a must-see winter sports destination. A remote village tucked deep within the Italian Alps, this skiing paradise offers endless slopes, exciting activities and tax-free shopping. Without further ado, here are 10 reasons why you should book your next ski holiday in Livigno!... Read more ›
(Photo: © Livigno / Roby Trab)

6 February 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


Zell am See - Kaprun has around 135 kilometres of pistes, spread out along the Schmittenhöhe and the Kitzsteinhorn/Maiskogel. Thanks to the new zellamseeXpress, it's also easy to reach the Skicircus. Zell am See - Kaprun offers reliable snow cover thanks to the glacier pistes on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. But it's not just about the skiing here - in this article we've laid out 10 things you can't miss on your next ski holiday in Zell am See - Kaprun.... Read more ›
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5 February 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


Some ski resorts just have an extra lil' something that other ski resorts are missing - Turracher Höhe is a great example. This pioneering ski resort in the Austrian Alps comes with an honest-to-god piste butler. Our Snowplaza reporters have been to check it out - here's everything you need to know!... Read more ›

1 February 2020 from Nikki in 'Destinations''


The tiny, unpretentious ski resort of Orelle in the beautiful Maurienne mountain range in Savoie, France, is not for those who like to eat in stylish restaurants and be seen in a different trendy bar every night. This low-key ski resort is for serious skiers who don’t want to pay the high prices in the neighbouring world-famous ski resorts or change for dinner every night, but who do want to have access to the endless ski slopes in the world’s largest ski area!... Read more ›

30 January 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


First tracks in the morning, fresh mountain air and panoramic views... that's how every perfect ski day should start. But those aren't the only ingredients for a perfect ski day. In Tyrol's Zillertal you will also find authentic mountain restaurants, romantic day trips and plenty of action off the slopes. Keep reading for more inspiration for a perfect ski day in the Zillertal.... Read more ›
(Photo: © Zillertal Tourismus GmbH / Andre Schönherr)

26 January 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


Are you tired of going to the same ski resorts in the Alps for every ski holiday? Looking for something a bit more unique? Along with the reduced lift queues, unspoilt mountain scenery and relaxing lack of crowds, the lesser-known ski resorts in Europe often have the added advantage of being more affordable. Visiting ski areas like France's Sainte Foy Tarentaise or Norway's Trysil guarantees a much more down-to-earth experience, where you'll likely have more interaction with the locals and enjoy... Read more ›

25 January 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


Planning a family ski holiday can be stressful when you watch the prices start to add up. It can be easy to panic and think you’ll never be able to afford skiing ever again! But luckily for you families out there, many of the biggest ski areas across Austria and Switzerland offer free or discounted lift tickets for kids. You’ll want to look out for ski areas that have family-friendly facilities if you’ve got young tots, or choose ski areas with snowparks and good ski schools if you’re going on h... Read more ›

13 January 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


Skiing every month of the year? Sign me up! You might think ski holidays are only viable a few months of the year, but thanks to glaciers and high-altitude ski areas, the Alps actually offer year-round snow sports fun! While we always advise checking the snow report before booking a holiday, these ski resorts offer a fairly decent chance of snow cover and cold temperatures, even in the summer months. Here are our top 12 ski resorts for skiing every month of the year!... Read more ›

13 January 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


We're lucky enough to live within easy enough reach of the Alps, which offer some of the best skiing in the world. While there's no reason not to be content with freshly groomed pistes and a cosy selection of mountain huts, it's sometimes nice to take your ski holidays to the next level with a trip to a dream skiing destination. We've compiled a list of highest, biggest, steepest and most snow-sure ski areas in the world so you can start ticking them off your bucket list! Have you been to any of... Read more ›

9 January 2020 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


As sparkling snowflakes start falling and the temperatures drop, it's time for families to start getting excited about their annual winter sports holiday. Is there anything better than enjoying a carefree holiday together in a paradisiacal winter wonderland? This winter, make all your dreams come true in Tyrol's Zillertal!... Read more ›
(Photo: © Zillertal Tourismus / Tom Klocker)

18 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


Gentle hilly landscapes framed by the Chiemgau Alps. Sparkling lakes set against snow-white plains and quiet forests. Perfectly traced cross-country ski trails which even the most experienced cross-country and biathlon skiers won't be able to resist. Idyllic views that remind you of Canada. An infrastructure that is fully committed to winter lovers on two skis; an arena which brings the best biathlon athletes here every year and drives them to peak performances. Ruhpolding, Germany's cross-count... Read more ›
(Photo: © Ruhpolding Tourismus GmbH)

13 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


In honour of the launch of the New Klagenfurt Airport, Austria is making it cheaper and easier to get to the Alps this year with an incredible partnership between easyJet, Klagenfurt Airport and the ski areas of Nassfeld and Schladming Dachstein. Read on for more details on how to claim your free transfer from the airport to the slopes.... Read more ›
(Photo: © © Schladming-Dachstein Tourismusmarketing GmbH- Ikarus)

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 ›

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 ›

20 November 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


The world keeps spinning faster and faster, technology advancing at the speed of light with one innovation after another. In these hectic times, some of us long for the simple things in life. Perhaps a trip to the winter woods, some quality holiday time and a pair of snowshoes are all it takes to find your inner balance in this fast-paced world.. Need to unplug and unwind? It's time for a snowshoe tour in Ruhpolding, Upper Bavaria.... Read more ›
(Photo: © Ruhpolding Tourismus GmbH)

14 November 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations', Adventure''


Bavaria's forests are a true adventure playground, and no one knows it better than the people who have spent their whole lives here. In this article, locals who are well acquainted with Bavarian culture and traditions reveal the most beautiful places, the most incredible experiences and the best activities in Bavaria.... Read more ›
(Photo: © www.bayern.by, Klaus Fengler)

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 ›

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))

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 ›

6 March 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


Spring is coming to the Alps, and across the ski resorts of Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy, the sun is finally starting to shine through the clouds! Now is the best time for a ski holiday: skiing under blue skies in soft spring snow, pausing now and then to kick back and enjoy a drink on a sun lounger with panoramic mountain views... it’s pure bliss! We’ve gone in search of the sunniest ski resorts in the Alps and picked out seven ski areas that get abnormal amounts of sunshine. If you w... Read more ›

1 March 2019 from Danielle in 'Destinations''


The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is beloved in the skiing and snowboarding world as one of Austria’s top ski areas. Lengthy ski circuits, plenty of activities for families and a rousing après-ski scene place the Skicircus squarely on the alpine map. But all the skiing and other activities can get exhausting, and it’s important to take a break to refuel every now and again! With more than 70 mountain restaurants, the choice can be overwhelming. We’ve compiled a list of our f... Read more ›

26 October 2018 from Danielle in 'Destinations''

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Otherwise known as the ‘Diamond of the Alps’, the Austrian ski resort of Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is nestled at the end of the Ötztal valley and enjoys guaranteed snow thanks to the high altitude. Skiing and snowboarding are often possible here from early autumn until well into spring, a feature that makes the ski area popular with both recreational and professional athletes. For the 2018/19 ski season, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl will be inaugurating the Kirchenkarbahn II, a lift that will open up access to... Read more ›

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