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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.


29 March 2016 from Pauline in 'Latest news'' | 0

Snowplaza Award 2016

The best ski resorts of 2016 have been chosen! The ultimate best ski resort of 2016 is Ischgl followed by SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental in number 2 and Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in number 3. It’s now time to announce the five Snowplaza Award winners of the 6 days ski passes. This year, once again, the Snowplaza Award has been a huge success with more than 52 000 votes from all over Europe, thank you! ... Read more ›

7 March 2016 from Pauline in 'Latest news'' | 1

The best ski resorts 2016 have been chosen!

The voting for the best ski resort of 2016 is now closed. We have the final results and we are ready to share them with you! This year, more than 52,000 winter sports enthusiasts across Europe voted for their favorite ski resort. The choice has been made among about 650 ski resorts in Europe. The winners of the ski passes will be chosen by drawing lots this week. You can find more information at the bottom of this page.... Read more ›

4 May 2015 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 1

Disability Snowsport UK

Disability Snowsport UK launched their latest fundraising appeal last week and Snowplaza has joined forces with this innovative charity to help raise funds and awareness. Disability Snowsport UK launched a Crowdfunder Campaign on the 29th April which will run for 4 weeks. They hope to raise £15,000 to run one of their ski schools for people with disabilities for 1 year. At the heart of this crowdfunding appeal is the desire to increase opportunities, fitness, mobility, freedom, social interactio... Read more ›

17 April 2015 from Gareth in 'Latest news'' | 1

snowbombing

The word on everyone’s lips over the last few weeks has been Snowbombing. After a week’s festival with world class DJs and bands performing up on the slopes of the stunning ski resort of Mayrhofen in Austria, the Snowbombing festival has once again proved its status as one of the most popular music festivals in the mountains. From the 6 to 11 of April, Mayrhofen was transformed into a festival venue of international acclaim. With world famous stars such as Fat Boy Slim, Basement Jaxx and Carl Co... Read more ›

7 April 2015 from Gareth in 'Latest news'' | 0

zermatt

With headliners such as James Blunt, Sina, Travis, Patricia Kaas and Charlie Winston there’s no doubt the Zermatt Unplugged Festival will delight tourists on their ski holidays in Zermatt. From Tuesday April 14 to Saturday, April 18, the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt hosts some of the biggest pop and rock artists as well as musicians in the making. However, Zermatt Unplugged is not just about talented musicians on stage; it is about the whole resort coming alive for an end of season celebration. ... Read more ›

6 March 2015 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 0

At last, we have the final results of the election to find the best ski resort and ski area in Europe for 2015! More than 52,000 skiing and snowboarding fans across Europe voted for their favorite resort and ski area over the last two months. The Number 1 was chosen among over 600 ski resorts and ski areas in Europe! The winners of the ski passes have already been contacted and can now enjoy some free skiing in their favorite ski resorts thanks to Snowplaza! Here are the 20 best ski resorts and ... Read more ›

19 January 2015 from Gareth in 'Latest news'' | 1

The jump

Fans of skiing and original reality TV series will be delighted to hear that The Jump is coming back for a 2nd series very soon. After a very successful first series last year featuring a host of popular Brit celebrities such as Darren Gough, Melinda Messenger, Anthea Turner, Amy Childs, Sinitta, Kimberly Wyatt, and the winning participant Joe McElderry, Channel 4 commissioned a 2nd series of The Jump hosted by Davina McCall. Will you be watching the next round of celebs risking their lives in s... Read more ›

16 January 2015 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 0

best ski resort

Snowplaza’s quest to find the best ski resort for 2015 continues… After about a month of voting with around 15,000 ski and snowboard fans across Europe taking part, the first midterm results are out. Austrian ski resorts in the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental area, Ischgl and Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis are in the lead for the moment with the French resorts of Val Thorens and Avoriaz not far behind. Join in the voting for the best ski resort 2015 and you could win a ski pass for your chosen resort! V... Read more ›

29 December 2014 from Gareth in 'Latest news'' | 0

Risoul

Heavy snow in the French Alps caused complete havoc this weekend with some 15,000 drivers stranded overnight on Saturday. On one of the busiest weekends in the ski season, heavy snow hit the Savoy region and the Southern Alps on change-over day! Many people spent the night in their cars and the lucky ones in emergency shelters! Now the calm has returned and almost everyone has either reached home or their ski holiday destination, here are just a few of today's webcam images of the white stuff th... Read more ›

18 December 2014 from Gareth in 'Latest news'' | 0

les deux alpes

Keep calm, it's been snowing! The pistes won’t ALL be green this winter! The most important news in the past few days is that is has been snowing in the French Alps. One of Snowplaza’s reporters visited the 2 French ski resorts of Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes and actually witnessed fresh snow falling!!! Although there’s not enough snow yet in Les Deux Alpes to allow a return to the resort on skis, Alpe d’Huez has been lucky and has snow cover right down to the resort centre. So keep calm and d... Read more ›

8 December 2014 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 0

Alpe d

Alpe d’Huez is still one of the British skier’s favourite resorts in France for all kinds of winter holidays. Families with young children on their first ski holidays; large groups of mixed level skiers and snowboarders; and the party crowd who want to enjoy good apres-ski can all find what they’re looking for in resort. Alpe d’Huez also offers great value so is ideal for those looking to ski and save. We decided to take a look at what’s new for this coming 2014/15 ski season in Alpe d’Huez.... Read more ›

1 December 2014 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 1

James Blunt

James Blunt officially opened the ski season this weekend at the legendary Top of the Mountain concert in Ischgl in Austria. According to the organizers 17,000 visitors came to the Silvretta Arena Ischgl-Samnaun ski area this weekend to ski on the fabulous fresh snow and enjoy the Top of the Mountain concert in Ischgl. Mega star James Blunt was the highlight of the concert getting the crowd going in this outstanding setting. Snowplaza was there to open the ski season and report back with concert... Read more ›

4 November 2014 from Gareth in 'Latest news'' | 1

Snow

If you’re planning on skiing in Italy and Switzerland this winter, the news that up to 3 meters of snow is expected over the next few days will no doubt make you smile! Bad weather with heavy rain and snowfalls are expected in certain parts of the Alps. Above an altitude of 2000 meters the rain will thankfully fall as snow. Areas that will be particularly affected are northwestern Italy and southern Switzerland where record amounts of precipitation are expected. In some regions, the weather men ... Read more ›

31 October 2014 from Gareth in 'Latest news'' | 0

Peter Speight

If you haven’t heard of him already, Peter Speight is a young, talented freeskier and part of the British Freestyle Halfpipe Squad that we’re keeping a close eye on. After coming 23rd in the World Championships in March 2013 and then qualifying for the finals of the New Zealand Freeski Open in August 2013, travelling all over the world skiing is what life is all about now for this young Sheffield lad. We were lucky enough to interview Peter in the run up to the recent Telegraph Ski and Snowboard... Read more ›

2 October 2014 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 2

ski hosting chamonix

Here at Snowplaza, we have been closely following the ski hosting ban story since its start. British-owned ski holiday operator Le Ski have had their neck on the block since early in 2013 and although many people, holiday-makers and those working in the ski industry alike, thought (and hoped) that the issue would be forgotten, this is clearly not the case. Recently in a French court in Albertville, the Le Ski ski hosting case continued and it clearly not over yet. Nick Morgan, co-founder of Le S... Read more ›

16 September 2014 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 2

James Blunt ischgl

James Blunt fans will be thrilled to know that he’ll be performing at the Top of the Mountain concert in Ischgl in November. After the enormous success of the previous concert in Ischgl despite the blizzards, music and winter sports fans can once again combine their passions on their ski holidays in Ischgl in Austria. Last year’s end of season performance from Robbie Williams will be a hard act to follow but James Blunt has the talent to make this season’s opening concert in Ischgl the best yet.... Read more ›

15 July 2014 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 0

Ski hosting val tho

Like many other British skiers, I have been closely following the case of Le Ski, the UK based tour operator at the centre of the ski hosting scandal in France. If you’ve read my previous articles on the subject, you will know that I, along with the Snowplaza UK team, feel quite strongly about this subject and believe that ski hosting should be re-established for the coming season without any major changes to the way things are done. Here’s the latest news on the story following the recent court... Read more ›

27 June 2014 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 1

Envirotrek

With an estimated 100 million annual visitors to the European Alps, Respect the Mountains believes there is an urgent need to preserve this fragile environment. Tourists, in particular, on ski holidays, are not aware of the damage caused by litter left behind on the ski slopes. “The snow will cover it up” is a common misconception made while throwing a cigarette packet or snack bar wrapper off the ski lift! Awareness and education are the way forward and Respect the Mountains organises the Envir... Read more ›

27 May 2014 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 1

Atomic skiwear

We already knew that Atomic makes great skis and has been doing so since 1955. But now, the famous Austrian ski manufacturer has decided to branch out into a new sector in the ski industry: skiwear. This autumn, the first skiwear collection from Atomic will appear consisting of ultra-lightweight ski jackets, ski pants, T- shirts, hoodies, beanies and caps. Atomic promises a unique collection of progressive, all-mountain ski clothing adapted to all types of skiing. Snowplaza is honored to introdu... Read more ›

5 May 2014 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 2

Robbie Williams Ischgl

The 2014 "Top of the Mountain" concert in Ischgl in Austria was legendary! On Saturday, Robbie Williams and his famous 25-piece band put on an amazing show on the Idalp stage at almost 2,300 meters above sea level. Around 25,000 very enthusiastic fans witnessed the megastar with his entire big band framed by the spectacular mountain scenery of the Austrian Alps. Robbie Williams caused a mega mood and played the season finale in Ischgl with songs from his latest album "Swings Both Ways". In addit... Read more ›

20 March 2014 from Michael in 'Latest news'' | 1

Ski Snow Fiesta

The Ski & Snow Fiesta in the 3 ski Swiss resorts of Villars, Gryon and Les Diablerets are offering special deals on your ski accommodation, free adult ski passes, discounts for ski and snowboard hire, free ski lessons and free ski passes for kids. What are you waiting for – why not come skiing this Spring in Switzerland ! From the 29th of March to the 21st of April, the Ski & Snow Fiesta awaits you with all of the above special deals plus live music and DJs on the mountain terraces, tons of fun ... Read more ›

6 February 2014 from Gareth in 'Latest news'' | 5

Sochi 2014

The 2014 Winter Olympics started today in the Russian town of Sochi with British athletes competing in snowboard slopestyle and figure skating events 24 hours before the opening ceremony which takes place tomorrow at the Fisht stadium. The last time the sporting events got under way before the official opening ceremony was 30 years ago! The Olympic organising committee has been working 24 hours a day to make sure venues are ready to welcome the athletes and hotels ready to welcome international ... Read more ›

21 January 2014 from Gareth in 'Latest news'' | 4

European Gay Ski Week

The sixth edition of the European Gay Ski Week will be held in the popular ski resort of Alpe d'Huez from the 22nd to the 29th of March 2014. This is the fourth time that gay skiers from all over Europe will get together for seven days of wild celebration on the famous ski slopes of the Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine ski area. A packed program of live music and entertainment is lined up in the après-ski bars and nightclubs of the resort, and where necessary, available in all languages! Once the skiin... Read more ›

31 December 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 1

World Snow Day 2014

The 'Bring Children to the Snow' campaign, "SnowKidz", launched in 2007 aimed to encourage FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski) Members (National Ski Associations) to promote snow sports in their own country. Now World Snow Day goes beyond the FIS members to work with everyone involved in the snow sports community. The overall aim is to introduce children, from 4 to 14 years old, to the wonders of the mountain environment and snow sports, by encouraging all stakeholders to celebrate everything... Read more ›

10 April 2014 from Gareth in 'Latest news'' | 3

Robbie Williams teaser

Robbie Williams fans everywhere, grab your diaries! Even though the winter season 2013/14 seems to be almost over, you still have a chance to do some fantastic skiing AND see Robbie Williams at the Top of the Mountain Concert which closes the season each year! Megastar Robbie Williams will be on stage in the Austrian ski resort of Ischgl on the 3rd of May! Robbie, followed by his faithful Big Band, will perform songs from their newest album, Swings Both Ways, on the giant open-air stage at 2300 ... Read more ›

10 October 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 2

Swiss snow forecast

The white stuff is on its way! From today light to medium snowfalls are forecast in the Swiss, Austrian and French mountains - and not only at high altitudes! The first leaves have barely started to fall from the trees and they will be under winter’s white blanket already before they reach the ground! Snow this early in the Autumn really means a great start to the winter ski season as when the ground freezes, even if most of the early snow melts, there is a good cold, hard surface ready for the ... Read more ›

7 October 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 1

ski hosting group

This coming winter season will, for many British skiers and snowboarders spending their ski holiday in French ski resorts, be the first time in over 30 years that they will not be able to enjoy the services of a ski host on their ski holiday! Following a court case earlier this year between the Ecole de Ski Francais (ESF) and the ski chalet company, Le Ski and in the face of continued court action, British ski holiday tour operators have been obliged to remove their ski hosting services from the... Read more ›

3 October 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 5

Mont Blanc

A young French alpinist recently stumbled across a treasure chest as he was approaching the summit of the famous Mont Blanc mountain, Europe's highest peak, in the French Alps. He noticed a metal box marked “Made in India” poking out of the ice and once open, he discovered real treasure – around 100 precious gems including emeralds, rubies and sapphires carefully packed ! Sounds like a film script doesn’t it? The story gets even more intriguing once you know how the stones ended up on the slopes... Read more ›

1 October 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 4

Freeze festival teaser

So the Freeze festival is back to officially launch the winter season 2013-14 – in London! Clapham Common, will become a winter wonderland for 5 days from 27th of November! Let yourself get carried away by the sights and sounds of this unique music, ski and snowboard festival and you’ll soon forget you’re in London! Live music in 4 different après-ski bars, plenty to eat and drink, premieres of the latest ski and snowboarding films, world-class ski and snowboard competitions and even an alpine s... Read more ›

27 September 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 3

Tignes 1800

After 2 winter seasons with record-breaking snowfalls, there is a very positive atmosphere in ski resorts across the Alps which have been investing heavily in providing new services, infrastructural improvements and good deals to make your ski holiday even more unforgettable – whether with family or friends. From small improvements such as renovated lifts to the opening of a new satellite ski resort at Tignes 1800, there has been a buzz of activity and enthusiasm that hasn’t been felt for years ... Read more ›

21 September 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 4

ski and snowboard show

Whether you live down south or up north, you can attend one of the outstanding ski and snowboard shows held in the UK. Whether at the Ski and Snowboard Show North in Manchester or the Ski and Snowboard Show in London, you can enjoy a great day out with tons of activities including free ski and snowboard lessons, free ice skating, tubing and curling! There are even après-ski style bars, delicious mountain food to try and wine tasting sessions! The exhibitors are world-wide ski resorts, hotel and... Read more ›

13 September 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 3

ski resort opening

Although I have the feeling it was only yesterday that I posted an article on this subject and I detest the way time flies, I am very happy to be announcing official ski resort opening dates for this new winter season 2013-14 ! As you will see, some ski resorts will even be open in October such as Tignes, in the French Alpes, which opens its ski runs on the Grande Motte glacier on the 12th of October! Les Deux Alpes opens for its annual festival “Enjoy the Glacier” and "Ski and Test & Rock'n Rol... Read more ›

12 September 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 2

tignes glacier

If you thought you had to wait until December to get back on the slopes this winter, then you're in for a nice surprise! You could be skiing in one of the world’s best ski resorts in one month’s time so get booking right now and start counting the days! Imagine yourself glacier skiing with the warm Autumn sun on your back… This winter season 2013-14 is going to be a long one with the first ski resort opening on the 12th of October 2013 and last closing date planned for the 11th of May 2014! We... Read more ›

4 March 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 1

ski host pointing

British skiers are generally pretty laid back and like things to be informal when on a ski holiday. They are also pretty demanding as far as service is concerned. This is maybe why ski hosting (or social skiing) has become so popular over recent years.

The opportunity to have a member of your chalet staff or other in-resort staff give you an informal, but well-informed tour of the slopes seems like a great idea. But not everyone thinks the same! ... Read more ›

30 January 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news'' | 2

helmet camera

A great new event has appeared in Les Arcs this year: ARtCamS: A video contest which was launched on the 15th of December 2012 in which every winter sports lover can take part and show off their talents and tricks.

The contest is made up of two competitions, one for amateurs and one for the pros, and they both run throughout the winter season 2012/2013. The closing date for entries is the 31st of March 2013. So 2 months left to get filming... ... Read more ›

 
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