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.

14 October 2020 from Danielle in 'General''

There’s no better way to celebrate the holidays than by gloating over the misfortunes of others. And while après-ski can be a nice time to wind down with friends after a day of skiing, it also provides some of the best opportunities for making a fool of yourself in public. Pick a bar, take an apérol spritz and wash it down with some mulled wine and a few pints, add some classic après-ski music and you’ve all the makings of your very own viral Youtube clip!... Read more ›
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27 August 2020 from Danielle in 'General''

It's almost time for the kids to go back to school and you're suddenly faced with having loads of time on your hands. Before you know it you're on a ski holiday website. How did that happen? Well, since you're here, you might as well book already, right? Is it a good idea to book your ski holidays this early? ... Read more ›

13 August 2020 from Danielle in 'General''

We've all skied on artificial snow - most notably at the end of the season when only a ribbon of white winds its way down through green pastures as the cows graze! But what exactly is the difference between artificial snow and natural snow? How harmful is artificial snow with regards to the environment? And which snow is better for skiing? We'll answer all this and more in our article! ... Read more ›

27 July 2020 from Danielle in 'General''

Having your own skis or snowboard is a blessing if you spend a lot of time in the mountains. Renting is fine but there's nothing like being able to glide onto the slopes without queuing at the rental shop, and skipping the boot fitting, and not having to worry about getting the proper-sized skis or the right style! The problem is, your own gear won't last forever, and it seems a shame to throw it away when it's no longer in condition for using on the slopes. With a little imagination and a tiny ... Read more ›
(Photo: © Pixabay, JerzyGorecki)

23 June 2020 from Danielle in 'General''

It releases a flow of endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine. It eases tension and relaxes you, helping combat against stress, depression and anxiety. And when you sink like a stone into bed at the end of the day, you can be fairly sure you’re getting a nice, sound sleep which will fully recharge your batteries. What is this wonder pill? It’s skiing, of course! Our favourite sport is not only fun, it’s also a great way to stay healthy and happy. Of course, the fresh air and gorgeous sce... Read more ›

8 June 2020 from Danielle in 'General''

No!!! Here at Snowplaza we strongly believe that you are never too old for skiing or snowboarding, and we are already planning to ski through our last days! Will this be possible? There's one golden rule when it comes to deciding whether or not you should keep skiing or snowboarding: listen to your own body!... Read more ›

29 May 2020 from Danielle in 'General''

In the tiny 4-person gondolas of yesteryear, we cosied up with family and friends to enjoy the trip up the mountain in peace and quiet, making relaxed conversation with people we knew well. And we don't have any complaints about the huge mega-gondolas either. With 100 other people, nobody is looking each other in the eye. But what happens when you squeeze into a gondola at mid-station and it's already got three people in it? Do you carry on normal conversation with your friends and studiously ig... Read more ›

23 May 2020 from Danielle in 'General''

Are you missing ski season? We are too! To help get through these long spring days, we've compiled a list of some of the best ski films made by Red Bull. Almost all of them take place in the beautiful Alps.... Read more ›

13 May 2020 from Danielle in 'General''

Most skiers and snowboarders start getting crazy excited around August in anticipation of ski season. You, on the other hand, prefer a more relaxed, realistic attitude, and only start getting fussed when the first snowflakes fall from the sky. Around January you begin looking at ski holiday packages for the end of the season – a long weekend should be more than enough, right? If you recognise yourself in these traits, you probably aren’t a hardcore skier. But hey, that’s ok! Take this quiz to fi... Read more ›

10 May 2020 from Danielle in 'General''

We spend a lot of time sorting through prices, package deals, types of terrain, beginner vs. expert-friendly, snow conditions and the like. But how much thought do you put into whether your ski resort of choice is environmentally friendly? With the looming threat of climate change causing brown hills in the near future, it’s more important than ever to make sure our choices reflect our passion for the snow. It would pretty ironic to think that we are contributing to poor snow conditions and shor... Read more ›
(Photo: ©, Daniel Roos)

5 April 2020 from Danielle in 'General''

The coronavirus put a sudden end to ski season, leaving many of us pining after the ski hills instead of going on our scheduled ski holidays. If you were lucky enough to hit the slopes this winter, we're happy for you! If you weren't, there's always next year. But if you can't wait that long, here are some pictures of the 2019/20 ski season in the Alps to tide you over!... Read more ›

23 March 2020 from Danielle in 'General''

If you haven't booked your trip yet, it's time to start thinking about your next ski holidays in the 2020/21 ski season! Snowplaza has made an overview of everything you need to plan your perfect skiing holidays. You’ll find links to main topics about skiing and ski holidays in the Alps. You can see the best ski resorts in France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland to help you decide where to go on your next ski holidays. You can find and book ski accommodation, check webcams and stay up-to-date wit... Read more ›

22 March 2020 from Danielle in 'General''

Happy Mother's Day! Today is all about Mum, and showing our gratitude for all the things she's done for us over the years and all the stuff she's put up with. There's a good chance your mother took you on your first-ever ski holiday as a child, and just look at you now - you're ski-crazy! If your mum is an avid skier or snowboarder and she's missing the mountains, here are some ways to bring the ski holiday back home for her special day.... Read more ›

14 March 2020 from Danielle in 'General''

Now that ski season is ending early in a lot of places, we're facing a long summer before we get to go skiing or snowboarding again. But don't worry, there's still a way you can get your stoke on! From epic freeriding stunts to hilarious renditions of all the best skiing and snowboarding stereotypes, these five videos make us feel almost as if we were on the slopes ourselves!... Read more ›
(Photo: © Matchstick Productions)

1 March 2020 from Danielle in 'General''

Ski resorts are always evolving, with slow, old lifts being upgraded to hyper-modern high-speed models. Fancy gondolas with heated cabins or high-speed 8-person bubble chairlifts... it seems we can't get enough of them! And this all comes at the expense of the poor old drag lift, which is a rarer and rarer sight in Europe's ski resorts nowadays. And while we're just as enthusiastic as the next person about some of the developments that have been made in the ski industry this decade, we can't hel... Read more ›

1 March 2020 from Danielle in 'General''

The 2019-20 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?  ... Read more ›
(Photo: © Otztal Tourismus)

1 March 2020 from Danielle in 'General''

December means obsessively checking the snow reports. January means freezing cold temperatures. February means long lift queues and busy slopes. That’s why we say March is the best month of the year to go skiing! Despite its unfair reputation, March often has piles of snow. The days are longer, the sun comes out of hibernation and the big winter sports rush calms down enough so that you don’t have to spend all day queuing. Of course, not everybody has the luxury of going on a winter sports holid... Read more ›

18 February 2020 from Nikki in 'General''

Whether your teenage children have recently become snowboarding fanatics and you felt like you just spent your recent ski holiday with 2 foreigners who speak an incomprehensible language, or you just fancy changing snow sport next year and you don’t want to sound like a complete idiot as well as look like one, we’ve put together a list of snowboarding jargon to help you in either situation… If you were ever a skateboarder in your younger years, or have skateboarding fans around the house, then s... Read more ›
(Photo: © Zwitserland Toerisme - Laax - Gaudenz Danuser)

29 January 2020 from Danielle in 'General''

February half-term is coming up and it's almost time for the ol' ski holidays! The only problem? It's almost time for everybody else's ski holidays, too! Busy airports, busy roads, busy lifts... sometimes it's hard to believe you've forked out all this money just to spend the whole week queuing! Here are some of the thoughts that flit through your head while you waste your time in yet another lift queue.... Read more ›

8 January 2020 from Danielle in 'General''

Popular ski clothing brand Spyder is a staple on the slopes, with its recognisable spider symbol on the jacket and ski pants. This American brand has been producing high-quality technical ski clothing since 1978 and is highly respected by skiers and snowboarders from around the world. That's why we figured it was time to put Spyder's 2019/20 collection through its paces! Read more about our experience with Spyder in this article.... Read more ›
(Photo: © Spyder)

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 ›

2 November 2019 from Nikki in 'General''

While counting down the days to ski season, I decided to do some serious research into funny ski run names! When skiing in French, Austrian, Italian and Swiss ski resorts, we very often find it hard to pronounce the names of the ski lifts and ski runs, but these names rarely make us chuckle. For a bit of light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek fun, you have to cross the Big Pond and venture to ski resorts in North America and Canada. I’ve made a selection of funny and unusual ski run names from the best ... Read more ›
(Photo: © Ana Pacheco)

29 October 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

So, you've got a handle on turning and you're feeling confident about your pizza stops. Does that mean you're ready to tackle a red piste? Actually, what exactly is a red piste, anyway? In this guide we'll delve into the different piste markings and explain what's behind those enigmatic difficulty ratings. One thing to keep in mind is that piste ratings are always a little bit subjective, and they can change from resort to resort. Piste difficulty is also heavily dependent on snow conditions. A ... Read more ›

23 October 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

Ski season is almost upon us and if you're not ready yet, it's time to start preparing! From finding accommodation to arranging ski rental to getting your ski clothing together, there are several things you can already start doing now in order to ensure your ski holidays go smoothly this winter. ... Read more ›

13 October 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

Ski pass prices in the Alps are continuing to climb steeper, with an average increase of 4% in the most popular resorts this season. This means a 6-day ski pass in high season will cost you an average of £9.36 more than last season. It's becoming all too common to fork out more than £260 for a week of skiing. In this article we'll give a rundown of how ski pass prices have changed in the 2019-2020 ski season and provide data for some of the biggest resorts in the Alps.... Read more ›

1 October 2019 from Nikki in 'General''

Having once held the job title of chalet girl, a few years back now, I decided to find out what has changed and what has not since those rather hazy days working for a well-known low cost ski holiday tour operator in Val d’Isère! Apparently not much has changed apart from the size of the skis you use AND the tips you get! Read on to find out more about life as a chalet girl – whether you’re mother of one or would like to be one in the future, you’ll find out everything you wanted (or not) to kno... Read more ›

22 September 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

School is back in session and the summer is definitively over. Sad? On the contrary! It's finally time to start getting amped about the most important season of the year: winter! Our favourite time of year also heralds the start of ski season and although we can think of a hundred reasons why winter is the bee's knees, we've kept it to a humble ten. Here they are!... Read more ›

12 September 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

We talk a lot about spring skiing, but we often forget that early-season skiing shares many of the same advantages. Most ski areas open at the end of November or in early December for the winter season, but there's a handful of high-altitude ski areas that are able to open their slopes as early as October and even September. Most of these are glacier ski areas that enjoy guaranteed snow cover. Long, sunny days and empty slopes - what's not to love? Here are 10 reasons we love early-season s... Read more ›

23 August 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

All right, so we've just about had enough of the summer! It seems like ski season can't come fast enough. What wouldn't you give to have a day - nay, even an hour - to spend in the snow? Alas, for most of us this won't be possible for another few months yet. So we're bringing you the next-best thing: 8 pictures of snow, snow, snow to help you cool down!... Read more ›

15 August 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

So, you fell in love with a skier! Happens to the best of us. Skiers are sexy, smart and adventurous - what's not to love? Erm, well actually, these 8 things...... Read more ›

25 July 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

The warm sun on your face is a lovely feeling and the beach is calling to you but somehow, a true skier or snowboarder just can't stop thinking about the mountains, even in the summertime! Whether you're counting down the days to ski season or focusing on getting in shape ahead of your ski holiday, thoughts of the snowy Alps are never far from your mind. Here are 20 things we can't help but think during the summer. How many can you relate to?... Read more ›

1 June 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

For many skiers, driving a piste basher is the ultimate dream job. Spending every day in one of these impressive machines worth more than €300 000, with more than 450 horsepower, and with plenty of time left over for skiing - this just might be the best ski resort job there is! A while ago, our colleague Miranda was lucky enough to spend some time interviewing a piste basher driver. Find out more about this dream job below!... Read more ›

9 April 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

We're well into spring and a lot of us have already hung up our ski gear for the season.  But if you've already written off winter 2018-19, you just might be missing out on the best part!  As proven by last week's snowfall, skiing conditions are often well decent until at least late April, if not May in some cases.  And as a general rule, spring skiing brings out the happy-go-lucky skier in all of us, that person who is content to wake up early, do a dozen laps of the slopes and t... Read more ›

28 March 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

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 ›

22 March 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

Serre Chevalier is working hard to become the first-ever 100% sustainable ski resort in Europe.  Through investments in green energy and paper-free lift passes, this French ski resort is setting an inspiring example for other ski resorts in Europe.  Here are some ways Serre Chevalier is making an effort to minimise their impact on the environment.... Read more ›
(Photo: © Alternative Media)

15 March 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

Skiing and the environment

As skiers and snowboarders, we pride ourselves on our close connection to nature. We spend as much time as we can breathing in the fresh mountain air and enjoying the beautiful winter landscapes. But skiing’s recent burst in popularity and the resulting focus on expansions, mergers and modernisation has been taking its toll on the environment. Shorter ski seasons force us to rely on artificial snow to keep these mega resorts open, at the expense of the environment we all love and rely on for ... Read more ›

13 March 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

Relaxing on a terrace durign a ski holiday

Excuses, excuses! We’re all guilty of them, and this applies to a ski holiday as well. How can you justify to your friends that you just don’t feel like skiing today? Somehow it feels easier to get away with using a clever excuse. How many of these excuses are you guilty of using on a ski holiday?... Read more ›

8 March 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

Photo © Head

Now that more women are skiing, ski manufacturers have been quick to capitalise on women’s lines of ski equipment. They advertise women’s equipment as specifically designed for a woman’s body shape and weight distribution – but some claim that women’s skis are just another example of the “shrink it and pink it” strategy. So, what’s the truth? Is it worth it for women to buy female-specific ski equipment, or should we do away with the whole gender division?... Read more ›

28 February 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

Skiers wearing lederhosen in Austria

If you’re planning a ski holiday to Austria, it’s handy to know a few basic words in German. This will help you out if the apartment letter greets you with an enthusiastic “Servus!” or if your ski instructor starts screaming “Bremsen! BREMSEN!” Here are 16 words that will go a long way to communicating with the locals on your next Austrian ski holiday.... Read more ›

27 February 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

How many calories do we burn skiing?

As if we needed another excuse to get out in the snow! Believe it or not, you might actually lose weight on your next ski holiday despite all the Schnapps and wiener schnitzel. Skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports are a fantastic way to burn calories and stay healthy, in addition to getting you outside in the fresh air with the gorgeous scenery! So just how many calories do we burn while skiing and snowboarding?... Read more ›

23 February 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

Top 10 things not to do in Austria

Austria is one of the most popular destinations for British skiers and snowboarders, and it’s no wonder why: more than 7000km of slopes, a lively après-ski scene and a friendly local culture make this country a no-brainer for your next ski holidays. But despite the warm hospitality, the Austrians are a proud nation and it’s always important to respect their customs and traditions. Prepare yourself for your ski holiday in the Austrian Alps by checking out our list of things to avoid while on ho... Read more ›

21 February 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

Ski holiday resolutions

This year, you're starting your ski holiday off with the best intentions! Ahem, much like last year... and how did that go for you? From keeping the drinking in check, to mastering the toughest slope at the ski resort, we may mean well but it doesn't always work out that way! Which of these apply to you? ... Read more ›

15 February 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

Waiting on the slopes

We spend a lot of our time on the mountains waiting by the side of the slopes (snowboarders, we’re looking at you!). But although we complain about the wait, there’s really no excuse for being bored during these times. Dole out a bag of sweets, check out the other skiers or just breathe in and enjoy the mountain landscapes! If you find yourself whinging about how long your friends take to put on their bindings, check out our other ideas for what to do while you’re waiting on the slopes.... Read more ›

14 February 2019 from Danielle in 'General''


It's Valentine's Day today and what better way to spend it than on the slopes with your loved one? In the midst of a snowy winter wonderland, with the fresh mountain air and the endorphins flowing, this is the perfect chance to celebrate your relationship with the love of your life. Here are 5 reasons Valentine's Day is best celebrated with a ski holiday.... Read more ›

7 February 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

Wiener Schnitzel on a tray

Going on ski holidays means accepting that for the time you’re in the mountains, life is going to be a little different. From early bedtimes to strange-tasting coffee, ski holidays in the Alps are an interesting blend of different cultures and the things we do because we love the sport. It just wouldn’t be a ski holiday without them! How many of these can you relate to?... Read more ›

6 February 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

Skateline ice skating route

Graubünden is taking ice skating to the next level with Skateline, Switzerland's first ice path. The magical trail winds through the forest along the Albula river, combining the concepts of ice skating, cross-country skiing and winter hiking. Interested? Read on to find out everything you need to know about this beautiful route through a winter wonderland.... Read more ›

2 February 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

Most recognisable fears on a ski holiday

When we reminisce about our ski holidays, we tend to remember nice things like the sunshine, the freshly groomed slopes, the mountain terraces where we enjoyed a cup of hot cocoa... But there are plenty of little details that can add unwanted stress to your ski holiday. Fear of heights? Fear of icy slopes? Hate moguls? Then ski holidays aren’t always as easy and wonderful as we make them sound! Hats off to you for persevering anyways!... Read more ›

18 January 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

How to survive a ski holiday with bad weather

We all cross our fingers for bluebird conditions when we go on a ski holiday: fresh powder and blue skies, so we can carve fresh tracks under the sunshine! But unfortunately, weather in the mountains is unpredictable, and you never know what kind of weather you’re going to find on your next trip to the Alps. It might be foggy, or sleeting sideways, or absolutely blizzarding. A fair-weather skier will tell you this is the reason they carefully check the weather forecast before stepping foot in... Read more ›

17 January 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

Girls inspiring girls to ski and snowboard

Google “famous skiers” and the top results will all be men. In the traditionally male-dominated world of skiing and snowboarding, it took a while to increase female participation. Even when girls started to be interested, there weren’t that many famous women to look up to. But today, we’re finally starting to see some amazing role models. Not only do these powerful women forge new frontiers in the skiing and snowboarding world, they inspire young girls to do the same. Without further ado, h... Read more ›

11 January 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

Measuring avalanche risk

When you see a closed-off piste or an out-of-bounds sign, it’s an indication that the ski resort has judged the area unsafe for skiing. Far from trying to be killjoys, ski resorts occasionally close off terrain for skiers’ and snowboarders’ safety. Although there have been cases in which ski resorts were found not liable for injuries or deaths due to avalanches that occurred in-bounds in their ski areas, they still have a pretty big incentive to secure their in-bounds terrain and ensure the av... Read more ›

1 January 2019 from Danielle in 'General''

Beginning of a new ski year

It’s the start of a new year for skiers and snowboarders all around the world, and the perfect time to set yourself some snow-related New Year's Resolutions! Will you ski a black piste for the first time in your life? Invest in a new pair of skis? Take lessons and perfect your skiing technique? Here are ten ideas for skiing- and snowboarding-related new year’s resolutions.... Read more ›

29 December 2018 from Danielle in 'General''

Photo by Pixabay

Everybody knows who the most annoying person in a group of skiers and snowboarders is. It’s the person who nags everybody to wake up at the crack of dawn and keeps you on your toes all day trying to stick to their schedule. Or is it the one who makes you wait while they go back and get their gloves, stop for a bathroom break and stand in the queue to get a new ski pass because they dropped theirs on the bus? Maybe your group of friends doesn’t have either one of these people – but in that cas... Read more ›

28 December 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas', General''

7 reasons for a ski holiday with friends at the Skicircus

The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is the ideal destination for a ski holiday with friends. With more than 270km of slopes, a lively après-ski scene and a range of comfortable accommodation options, planning a successful ski trip with your mates has never been easier. If you’re looking for a destination that offers plenty to do both on and off the slopes, look no further. Here are 7 reasons we love group ski holidays at the Skicircus.... Read more ›

27 December 2018 from Danielle in 'General''

9 things skiers and snowboarders do but will never admit

There’s nothing like a ski holiday! Fresh air, happy memories and lots of fun playing in the snow. But somehow, ski holidays somehow seem to bring out a side of us that we’re not exactly proud of. Do you go to bed at 9pm, wear the same clothes all week or flirt with the good-looking skiers in the après-ski bar? You’re not alone, but sshhh, we’ll never admit it! How many of these dcan you relate to?... Read more ›

21 December 2018 from Danielle in 'General''

Snow sports mistakes: beginner on the piste

Ah, your first time on skis! Fond, fond memories. After squeezing into those uncomfortable ski boots and strapping into the bindings, it sounded like child’s play to ski a few metres and pull off a perfect snowplough. Alas, for most of us, it wasn’t that easy. Whether you got dragged onto a black slope by some sadistic older member of your family or whether you refused to even take a go on the nursery slope, the first few days of skiing were probably torture. Here are ten mistakes we wish w... Read more ›

15 December 2018 from Danielle in 'General''

Cold beers on a mountain terrace in the Alps

If memories of your last ski holiday are fond but somewhat blurry, chances are you have one of these drinks to thank. From mulled wine to Jägerbombs and everything in between, here are some of our favourite après-ski drinks for a trip to the Alps. What’s your go-to?... Read more ›

9 February 2015 from Nikki in 'General''


How much do you pay for a tasty snack up on the slopes on your ski holidays in Austria? The answer lies in the Snowplaza Germknödel index. Snowplaza launched this index last year to compare overall prices in ski areas in Austria in an amusing manner. The Germknödel is one of the most popular snacks in Austrian ski resorts and its price is a good way of judging prices in general in ski resorts. The prices of these delicious dumplings with custard were compared in the highest mountain restaurant i... Read more ›

29 January 2015 from Nikki in 'General''

les gets

Half board is one of the most popular accommodation options for ski holidays in Les Gets in the Portes du Soleil in France. In recent years, a high level of comfort and facilities, worthy of the best urban hotels, such as mountain spas and gourmet restaurants, has been added to the natural charm of existing charming accommodation in Les Gets. We’ve taken a closer look at 2 chalet hotels in Les Gets, La Marmotte and La Tapiaz, which on top of providing their guests with exceptional comfort and ho... Read more ›

9 January 2015 from Nikki in 'General''


This winter everyone is worried about snow conditions in the Alps so many people are looking at ski resorts in Canada as an alternative. Ski resorts in the Rockies in Canada offer, among many other things, guaranteed snow. Snowplaza has now expanded its offer to cover, for the moment, the main ski resorts in Canada, namely, Banff, Lake Louise and Whistler. Admittedly, it takes a long time to get there but once you arrive in a Canadian ski resort, you quickly forget your long journey! Most people... Read more ›

22 December 2014 from Nikki in 'General''

ski pass

We need your help! We'd like to know which is the best ski resort for 2015. Each winter Snowplaza goes in search of the best ski resorts in Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy and Germany. We’re asking skiers and snowboarders to vote for the best ski resort for 2015. Participants will automatically be entered in a prize draw and Snowplaza will buy a 6-day ski passes for 5 winners! Each winner receives a ski pass for the ski resort they voted for and chooses their desired dates! What are you wait... Read more ›

22 July 2014 from Nikki in 'General''

winter wedding

If you’re looking for an original wedding idea, why not getting married in the Alps? Imagine a real white wedding with snowflakes floating around you, fur coats (fake of course), beautiful snow-laden pine trees and wooden chalets with open fire places… If you and your future other half are mad about skiing or snowboarding, then what could be more perfect? You could even get married on the slopes so you don’t have to lose any skiing time! Now is the time to start looking, if you’re tempted by a w... Read more ›

14 April 2014 from Nikki in 'General''

Dutchweek 2014

If you like getting a suntan, hanging out with tall, blond, blue-eyed people – and you fancy getting away for some last minute skiing, then head for Dutchweek in Val Thorens! Each year, thousands of Dutch people come to this world-famous French ski resort in the heart of the Three Valleys ski area (the largest in the world by the way) to celebrate Dutchweek and Koninginnedag (Queen’s Day) – their Queen’s birthday - on the 30th of April! Great snow conditions, warm spring sunshine and clear blue ... Read more ›

12 March 2014 from Nikki in 'General''

snow tubing

Each year, ski resorts invest millions to attract skiers and non-skiers to their resort. Each year, new activities emerge for the greatest pleasure of everyone: sports lovers, extreme thrill seekers, nature lovers and anyone simply looking to try something new... You will always find a way to have a great time on your ski holiday with activities just as fun and entertaining as skiing or snowboarding.

So if you don’t ski but want to travel with a group of friends or family who do, read ... Read more ›

17 January 2014 from Nikki in 'General''

Heliskiing teaser

In France, heli-skiing has been prohibited since 1985, by French "Mountain Law": "Dans les zones de montagne, les déposes de passagers à des fins de loisirs, par aéronef sont interdites sauf sur les aérodromes dont la liste est fixée par l'autorité administrative » - in mountain areas, it is prohibited for aircraft to drop off passengers for recreational purposes except at listed aerodromes determined by the administrative authority. In Europe, heli-skiing is banned in Germany, permitted in Swit... Read more ›

4 December 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

cars racing on snow

Whether there is snow or ice on the road, being faced with a potentially slippery surface makes any normal driver anxious. Add having to negotiate hairpin bends with no safety barriers and your ski holiday is bound to get off to a bad start! However, it doesn’t have to be this way…

People who drive daily in the mountains have clocked up a lot of experience and knowledge of the real danger which exists when driving in severe winter conditions. We went up the mountains to get some tip... Read more ›

22 November 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

Trois Vallées

These super-sized ski areas are generally born when several ski resorts decide to link their ski areas together by cable car or ski lift and the new ski area can accessed with a single ski pass. What characterizes these super-sized ski areas in the first place is, of course, their XXL size in terms of ski slopes, altitude differences and number of lifts but also in terms of level of services, facilities and accommodation options. They usually include several charming smaller ski resorts, often o... Read more ›

20 November 2013 from Nikki in 'General''


Being a huge fan of snow, ice and the ephemeral beauty of the mountains, I’ve always dreamt of sleeping in an igloo. So why haven’t I done it yet I hear you ask! Well, I need sleep, lots of it and the good stuff – not that camping kind of sleep when you wake up every half an hour with stiff hips and shoulders! I also worry that the reality is not as romantic as the idea! So I thought I’d do some research into the options as there seems to be an igloo fever that's catching… Either book accommoda... Read more ›

15 November 2013 from Nikki in 'General''


So what does a snowmaker do? Well, he/she is charge of making artificial snow in ski resorts. With the effects of global warming and increasingly demanding skiers and snowboarders who expect excellent snow conditions regardless of the weather and time of the year. Artificial snow has now become more of a necessity than a luxury for all ski resorts, regardless of altitude or their exposure. Let’s take a look behind the scenes of this little-known profession. ... Read more ›

8 November 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

bag of money

If you’ve had to reconsider whether to go skiing or not this year, then read on and you may reconsider again…

There are tons of ways to save money when booking your ski holiday. By taking into account lots of different criteria such as when and where to go, pre-booking extras online and choice of transport, it’s possible to make large savings on your holiday. There are also plenty of ways of saving a few pounds (or Euros) once to get to your resort. We’ve tried to think of all the po... Read more ›

7 November 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

ski hat

European meteorological agencies agree that this winter could be the coldest we’ve had for the last 100 years! Keep up with the trends and more importantly, keep warm on the slopes this winter season and try your luck to win a woolly ski hat to wear on this year's ski holiday.... Read more ›

6 November 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

cross-country skiing

Every winter, millions of people flock to the European Alps on a ski holiday in search of the thrills and feeling of freedom they get up on the slopes. Winter sports are considered to be a relaxing but at the same time, exhilarating activity and a pure pleasure to be enjoyed with family and friends. When we think of winter sports, we often neglect cross-country skiing and put it aside as being too placid and not exciting enough! However, this seemingly low-key sport is a bit of a dark horse! Re... Read more ›

15 October 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

snowflake crystal

After the recent fresh snowfalls across the European Alps, I was inspired to share some insights about this magical, ephemeral substance which brings so much joy to so many people each winter season! However, if you’re unlucky enough to get the wrong type of snow, it can really put a dampener on your ski holiday. It’s a complicated business - snow isn’t simply frozen water. Snow is actually ice crystals in the shape of hexagonal prisms that form when water freezes in the air that then join toget... Read more ›

24 September 2013 from Nikki in 'General''


After a seemingly perfect winter season last year, it is hard to imagine that global warming is having an effect on the ski industry. The winter season 2012/13 started with a warm autumn attracting hikers and climbers in thousands to the Alps. This was followed by early, heavy snowfalls in November (even at low altitudes), that were then regularly topped up throughout the season to the delight of skiers, snowboarders and local businesses. However, scientists who daily observe and monitor the eff... Read more ›

9 September 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

Aspen teaser

The Snowplaza UK website just didn’t feel right without including the outstanding ski resorts in Colorado and Utah in North America ! Although relatively few British skiers venture as far as North America for their ski holiday, those who do, come back raving! Huge snowfalls, meaning excellent off-piste skiing, quiet ski slopes with efficient ski lift systems and high quality accommodation with standards of service that you rarely find in European ski resorts is what’s on offer on the other side ... Read more ›

30 August 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

ski area

You might think that everyone who works in the ski industry spends the summer lounging around waiting for the first snowfalls! Well, that might be the case for some, but here at Snowplaza, we make the most of the spring and summer months to keep busy collecting and checking data so that we can be proud to publish this information on our websites. We have also been working on improvements and this winter you will notice quite a few changes on the UK website including the addition of many new ski ... Read more ›

26 August 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

golf mountains

Golf lovers are forever searching for the ultimate golf course. For an unforgettable round of golf, it would be hard to beat teeing off on a pristine green with the majestic snow-capped Alps or the impressive rocky Dolomites as a backdrop. If you’re bored of your local golf courses and fancy a change of scenery while breathing in clean, fresh mountain air and taking in the spectacular scenery, then read on to find out where the best spots are for a round of golf in the European mountains this s... Read more ›

19 August 2013 from Nikki in 'General''


If you’re a snowboarding fanatic who just cannot wait for the first snowfalls, then there is a solution other than snowboarding on expensive glaciers. Mountainboarding, also commonly known as All-Terrain Boarding (ATB), Dirtboarding or Offroad Boarding, is a little-known sport, which offers a very similar sensation to snowboarding. A mountainboard is made up of similar components to those of a snowboard but also has four wheels with pneumatic tires, and two steering mechanisms known as trucks. R... Read more ›

8 August 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

mountain bike bag

If you’re off on a mountain biking holiday in Europe this summer and are travelling by plane, then you might be surprised to know that you can actually take your bike on holiday with you ! There are plenty of different types of soft bike bags and hard bike cases or boxes on the market and it’s important to choose a good one or the first day of your holiday could be spent repairing rather than just rebuilding your bike! We’ve put together some advice to help you select the right one for you so th... Read more ›

30 July 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

orelle summer

On Sunday the 18th of August, the tiny French ski resort of Orelle, which is part of the famous Three Valleys ski area, the largest in the world, will open its gondola lift all day from 9am to 5pm. What’s so special about that I hear you ask! Well, the particularity of Orelle’s 3 Vallées Express gondola is that it is not only the longest in Europe, but it takes you up to 2300 meters of altitude in just 15 minutes! I can tell you from experience, that climbing 1500 meters in such a short time, ma... Read more ›

25 July 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

horse riding mountains

From a one-hour pony trek to introduce your children to the joys of horse riding to a one-week luxury horse trekking holiday for more experienced horse riders, this wonderful sport is open to almost anyone regardless of age and ability! The unique relationship you have with your horse or pony, added to the pleasure of being high up in the mountains with exceptional scenery spread out around you, makes this activity truly unforgettable. Read on to find out more about the different options availab... Read more ›

19 July 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

jazz alps

From Thursday, the 1st of August, the fourth edition of the “Jazz au Frontiers” (Jazz at the Borders) festival will be held in the French ski resort of Montgenevre which lies just on the border with Italy. The 2013 edition will take place over three days, with a theme of a jazz trip around the world... Just picture yourself soaking up some warm mountain sunshine, sipping a cool drink and listening to some outstanding international jazz! If you're tempted, then read on to find out more...... Read more ›

10 July 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

bungee jump

So you’re already a big fan of summer holidays in the mountains and fancy taking the experience to the next level ! How about discovering the mountains from a different angle – from above! From skydiving to hot air ballooning, there are various different ways of enjoying the stunning mountain landscapes and famous snow-capped peaks which spread out below you like a tapestry of colours and unusual shapes - it’s simply up to you to decide how fast you want your heart to beat! Read on to find out m... Read more ›

4 July 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

envirotrek event

In recent years, increased attention has been made to preserving the environment and encouraging the general public’s responsible actions and approach to the mountain environment. "Respect the Mountains' is an organization dedicated to keeping the mountains clean which organizes the Envirotrek event each year, in five different countries, during June and July. This event aims at raising awareness about sustainable tourism, in particular among the younger population, in the form of a competition ... Read more ›

28 June 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

fauna in alps

The European Alps stretch across 8 countries dominating central Europe, from Slovenia to the south of France, covering an area of approximately 250,000 km²! With the highest peaks above 4000 meters, the huge climatic differences between the lowest and highest points, along with the dramatic seasonal temperature changes, the Alps are home to a large number of natural habitats where about 30,000 animal species and 13,000 plant species can be found. This incredibly rich biodiversity creates a simpl... Read more ›

21 June 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

white water rafting

The French Alps are already famous for being home to some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the winter months and hiking, trekking and rock climbing in the summer. Add to this, the excellent food, exceptional wines, cultural and historical events and sites to see and visit and you couldn’t ask for much more to make the perfect winter or summer holiday. If water sports are your thing, but you want to to get away from the crowded beaches this summer, or you just want to try something new, the... Read more ›

12 June 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

fete de la montagne

The last weekend in June will, from now on, be remembered as "the weekend when you absolutely must go to the French mountains. From the Pyrenees to the northern Alps, there is something happening in nearly every village, every French ski resort, in every region – from free activities and accommodation for only 1€, to sporting and cultural events, everyone has come together to make this an unforgettable weekend. Large companies, local businesses and associations have all got involved to offer a p... Read more ›

19 May 2013 from Nikki in 'General''


Excellent, record breaking snow conditions, busy ski resorts, fully-booked accommodation and packed ski slopes - it seems that winter sports have managed to beat the recession this winter! After having a very good impression of this last winter season, I wanted to be sure that it wasn’t just an impression! I was lucky enough to have the opportunity of interviewing Vanessa Perret, the Directrice of the Tourist Office in the small ski resort of Orelle which is part of the Three Valleys, who confi... Read more ›

6 May 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

olympic ski jumping

Snowboard and ski half-pipe, ski jumping, biathlon mixed relay, figure skating and luge team relay and many other Olympic disciplines could soon become a thing of the past. And the cause? I hear you ask… the cause is global warming! Lack of snow could seriously endanger the future of the major winter sports competitions in the coming years! Olympic snowboard and ski medalists have therefore taken the bull by the horns and have sent a letter to the President of the United States about the alarmin... Read more ›

20 April 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

Apotheosis days

So you thought it was all over for this ski season – well not quite yet! It’s snowing again at the moment across the Alps which means conditions will be perfect for the end of the 2012/13 winter season! Some ski areas, in particularly the Three Valleys ski area, are high enough to stay open well into the month of May, so why not make the most of all that wonderful white stuff and some warm spring sunshine and get back up on the slopes for an end of season blast! Val Thorens is holding its Apoth... Read more ›

3 April 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

Royal family skiing

Skiing is one of the only sports that has to be done in public – not like tennis, polo, golf, etc which can all be played in expensive, private clubs far from the madding crowd or even sailing where celebrities can always get away from the crowds in a hidden bay or far out to sea! As far as I am aware, no-one actually owns a private mountain with its own ski slopes and ski lifts – not yet anyway! Not until I win the lottery! The rich and famous, such as the Royal Family, have to rub shoulders wi... Read more ›

26 March 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

spring sunshine

Even though it’s snowing across the UK and warm spring days seem far off, many people still think that the ski season in Europe is nearly over and are starting to think about summer holidays. With Easter falling relatively early this year, the 31st of March – this weekend – there are plenty of opportunities to get away for a late ski holiday with the family to enjoy the good weather, quieter slopes and the affordable prices. Plenty of ski resorts across Europe stay open well into spring, so don... Read more ›

16 March 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

Golf ball in snow

When most people think of high altitude sports it’s mainly skiing and snowboarding that spring to mind. Although, there are plenty of other sports that can be practiced on snow, golf wasn’t one that immediately came to mind when asking around recently in a café in Meribel! One young snowboarder actually thought I was joking! Maybe it’s the use of the word “green” that makes it hard to associate golf and snow – funnily enough the “greens” are called “whites” when playing Snow Golf! Whilst you ... Read more ›

1 March 2013 from Nikki in 'General''


When most of us think of the perfect ski resort, we conjure up images of peaceful, picture-postcard, traditional mountain villages surrounded by snow-laden trees and snow-capped peaks. Unfortunately, this is not always the case!

One thing that can spoil the atmosphere in a ski resort is a main road running through the center or simply lots of cars coming and going all the time. The answer is to choose a ski resort with a car free center ... Read more ›

26 February 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

Festi val tho logo

Val Thorens is well known for being a ski resort that likes to party! Along with an already pretty lively nightlife, this ski resort is proud to host the only free electro festival in the Alps! For the 6th edition of this electro music festival, there's an exciting and electrifying program, mixing different styles of electro, house, techno, trance, low and much more...

So if you like to mix winter sports and partying, then don’t miss the "FESTI VAL THO 2013" in Val Thorens – it promis... Read more ›

19 February 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

natural spa

As promised in my recent article “Spas on ski holidays”, I’ve put together a selection of thermal spas where you can lay back and let the natural minerals work wonders on your poor tired body.

The curative affects of thermal spas were discovered in the 17th century by the Romans and then became extremely popular with the aristocratic and “high-society” families in the early 20th century. Since then, the healing properties have been proved to cure all kinds of ailments from skin compl... Read more ›

18 February 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

heavy snow

It’s not only the UK which has been having almost record snowfalls this winter. With just over 5 meters recorded up on the slopes in Andermatt in Switzerland and 4.5 meters in Flaine and Les Carroz in France, lack of snow is certainly not an issue this season.

The 2012/2013 ski season has so far lived up to expectations and promises to do so right to the very end! With Easter falling relatively early this year, the possibilities for getting away for a Spring ski holiday are endless... Read more ›

12 February 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

ski lift

When you think about it for a moment, skiing and snowboarding are rather intriguing pass times! Millions of people each year pay large sums of money to spend 6 days of their precious annual leave in ski resorts going up the mountain very slowly and coming back down at varying speeds in various fashions. Sitting on the equivalent of an uncomfortable (often wet) outdoor sofa with friends, family and people of mixed nationality you have never met before, takes up rather a large part of these 6 day... Read more ›

6 February 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

spa teaser

If you’re like most British skiers, you probably get away on a ski holiday once or twice a year. Unless you follow my advice given in my article “Getting fit for skiing WITHOUT gym membership”, then you are going to hurt after the first few days! Don’t worry, there is a remedy and it’s a very pleasant one too – almost an argument for NOT getting in shape before your ski holiday! Spa and wellness centres – either in your accommodation or ski resort – will put you back on track and leave you ready... Read more ›

7 January 2013 from Nikki in 'General''

Valentine surprise

You have an important question to ask someone special? You’re looking for a romantic alternative to packed restaurants, over-priced meals and disappointing weekends away? You’re just an old romantic who can’t help looking for the most original idea to surprise your other half? Well, we’ve put together a list of ideas with something to suit all tastes… Who would fail to be charmed by the cozy, romantic atmosphere in a traditional, picture-postcard ski resort. Add dinner for 2 in a cable car, ... Read more ›

31 December 2012 from Nikki in 'General''

swiss chocolate

Switzerland, the country of mouth-watering chocolates and Gruyère cheese, has to be one of my all time favourite ski holiday destinations. Although, of course, every European winter sports country has something unique to offer, Switzerland just keeps coming back to the top of the list each year.

Whether it’s because I’m a romantic at heart or I just love the feeling of being transported back in time, Swiss mountains and their ski resorts just seem to have that little extra something th... Read more ›

26 December 2012 from Nikki in 'General''

Aquariaz water park

Even if there is a world-wide recession, hotels and local businesses in ski resorts are determined to encourage people to come back to the mountains for their annual ski holiday.

From high technology on the slopes to new après ski activities such as thrilling water parks, top class restaurants and new nightclubs, everyone has been investing time and money to offer new and exciting reasons to get back up the mountains this winter season. Airlines and rail companies are also offering s... Read more ›

20 December 2012 from Nikki in 'General''

win a ski pass

Have a chance of winning a 6 day ski pass in the resort of your choice simply by reviewing your favorite ski resort(s)*! It’s as simple as it sounds! By leaving a review you take part in our prize draw to win a 6 day ski pass in the resort where you have booked your holiday*. So what are you waiting for - get reviewing!... Read more ›

19 December 2012 from Nikki in 'General''

Old photo skiers

Many ski resorts make the claim of being the birthplace of modern skiing. Last winter when I was in Lech am Arlberg and Mürren, I heard claims that skiing, as we know it today, began in these ski resorts. I was told the same thing when I was in St. Moritz! So what’s the real story - who thought of inventing bindings and where did they built the first ski lift?... Read more ›

14 December 2012 from Nikki in 'General''

FIS World Snow Day

The largest winter event in the world is being held on Sunday the 20th of January 2013 - literally across the world! That’s some claim to fame and it’s being made by The Fédération de Ski Internationale! The 2nd edition of the FIS World Snow Day, an event which aims to bring children, from 4 to 14 years old, to the slopes for a fun-filled day of activities, entertainment and competitions; a chance to discover winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing and freestyle, snowsho... Read more ›

13 December 2012 from Nikki in 'General''

Off piste tracks

If perfectly groomed green, blue, red or even black runs are no longer a challenge, and you don’t really enjoy having to avoid the crowds on the slopes, then it’s perhaps time to venture off piste to find out what else the mountain has to offer. For thousands of experienced skiers and snowboarders every year, finding the perfect slope laden with virgin snow is the ultimate high point of their ski holiday.... Read more ›

10 December 2012 from Nikki in 'General''

La nuit du pompon rouge

Are you looking for something different to do this year? Fancy a change of scenery? Why not celebrate the New Year in a ski resort?? Surrounded by snow-covered mountains, in a magical atmosphere, what could be more enchanting? Nothing beats raising a glass to welcome in the New Year around a log fire in a mountain chalet or in a cozy, convivial hotel lounge, enjoying some great food and, of course, great company. Or something more lively if that’s your style…

Here are a few suggestio... Read more ›

5 December 2012 from Nikki in 'General''

Andros Thophy Ice Racing

The Andros Trophy is the world’s premier ice racing championship and is held in 6 well-known ski resorts across the European mountains. This event attracts famous racing drivers from motorsport’s world such as F1 World Champions Alain Prost and Jacques Villeneuve, and 1996 Monaco GP winner Olivier Panis!... Read more ›

3 December 2012 from Nikki in 'General''

Winter X Games

With everything the ski resort of Tignes, France already has enough to offer, the Winter X Games really is the cherry on the cake! Tignes, renowned for being a pioneer in new and alternative winter and summer sports, was the natural choice of venue for the first Winter X Games held in Europe. This ski resort has long been associated with the freestyle and freeriding culture. ... Read more ›

25 November 2012 from Nikki in 'General''

First snowfalls

But all good things come to those who wait... Even if there have already been heavy snowfalls in the European mountains, there is a lot of work that needs to take place to prepare the ski slopes, ski lift network and the ski resort itself before most of us get a chance to get up on the slopes!... Read more ›

19 November 2012 from Nikki in 'General''

So what’s Snowplaza all about then? Well, quite simply just about all you need to know about skiing and snowboarding holidays! After the huge success in the Netherlands and Belgium since 1999 and the recently launched flourishing French website, we couldn’t leave out all our British skiing and snowboarding fans! So now, you too can find tons of useful ski info, snowboarding tips, detailed ski maps, webcams and all the latest news on your favorite winter sports and ski resorts.... Read more ›


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