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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 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: ©, 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 ›

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 ›

26 October 2018 from Danielle in 'Destinations''

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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