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.

17 September 2021 from Danielle in 'Tips''

It's no fun skiing when you’re afraid. And it happens to the best of us, whether you’re just starting out, whether you’ve been away from skis for a long time or whether you just don’t have a head for heights. Maybe you’re coming back from a bad fall and you’re brave enough to get back out on the slopes – but unable to completely overcome a slight sense of panic at the slippery ice and the steepness of it all. There’s no quick fix for anxiety while skiing, but it’s definitely worth putting the ti... Read more ›

29 September 2020 from Danielle in 'Tips''

There are many things to consider when buying a new pair of ski goggles, from the different types of lenses to the way they fit your helmet. In this article we'll break down some of the most important considerations.... Read more ›
(Photo: © DAKA)

16 September 2020 from Danielle in 'Tips''

The usual ski holiday consists of nothing but good times. After all, what could go wrong? You're partaking in your favourite sport and you've been looking forward to this all year! But sometimes you'll have the bad luck to run across a nasty accident, or even be involved in one. When this happens, it's important to be prepared. Do you know how to act when an accident occurs on the slopes? Here we'll answer some common questions about accidents and first aid on the piste.... Read more ›

2 September 2020 from Danielle in 'Tips''

So, you hit the jackpot and found a budget flight straight to the heart of the Alps. You were thinking ahead, so you’ve already booked an affordable hotel and looked into lift passes. Looks like your relatively cheap holiday in the Alps is all lined up! Or is it? Sorry, EasyJet, did you say ONE carry-on bag? As in… no personal items? With fees for sports equipment starting at £35, it’s worth thinking hard about what items you absolutely need to take, and which ones might be better to rent. Here ... Read more ›

6 May 2020 from Danielle in 'Tips''

We all love a ski holiday, with its attendant adrenaline rushes, mountain views and fun in the snow. But there are certain problems that loom over every ski holiday, such as sore muscles and cold fingers. Follow these tips against common skier and snowboarder problems, and you're good to enjoy your ski holiday with no stress!... Read more ›

8 April 2020 from Danielle in 'Tips''

Anyone who's ever ventured into the world of ski shopping will recognise the barrage of unfamiliar terms: flex! camber! rocker! You feel pressure to buy the best skis possible for the best price, but you have no idea what the salesperson is going on about. If you, too, have been assailed by unfamiliar ski jargon and would like to know just exactly what it means, look no further! We've put together a handy dictionary of the most useful words to know when buying skis. ... Read more ›

1 April 2020 from Danielle in 'Tips''

As the coronavirus sweeps through the world and has us all huddling inside and social distancing, skiing might be the last thing on your mind. But there's no reason you can't brighten up your house arrest by bringing some of the Alps to your living room! Ski season 2019/20 is over, but we skiers and snowboarders know that skiing itself is never REALLY over! Here are 8 things you can do to make up for that cancelled ski trip (we know, we know, it's not the same).... Read more ›

23 March 2020 from Danielle in 'Tips''

Slightly panicked about the possibility of spending all summer stuck inside? Don't worry, we're all in the same boat. Luckily, there are a few quick exercises you can do every day so your body is ready to hit the slopes by the time your ski holidays start. Exercises for skiing tend to focus on the leg and core muscles, so we’re recommending squats, standing scales, side planks, mountain climbers and swimmers, which should be supplemented with some kind of cardio training. No need to lug yourself... Read more ›

11 March 2020 from Danielle in 'Tips''

Viewing platforms with panoramic views of the Alps, high-altitude mountain restaurants with outdoor sun loungers where you can feel the sunshine on your face as you drink in the view, suspension bridges that cross dozens of metres above towering ravines... while some people prize these experiences, some of us are quaking in our (ski) boots! And while for some reason we can get it together enough to appreciate the beauty of gliding over the snow on our skis, and maybe even pulling off a black run... Read more ›

28 February 2020 from Danielle in 'Tips''

Anyone who's ever skied on improperly waxed skis will recognise the importance of keeping your skis maintained. In addition to preserving your gear, tuned skis help your grip and help you slide better, letting you ski to the fullest of your abilities. Taking your skis in to get tuned professionally can be expensive, so some people prefer to wax them at home. ... Read more ›

22 February 2020 from Danielle in 'Tips''

In the ski and snowboard world you'll see a bit of everything, from gearheads who wax their skis multiple times a week to laid-back people who don't seem to care at all about their equipment. While it's not necessary to freak out about caring for your gear, there are certain things you should avoid if you want to keep your beloved equipment in working condition. ... Read more ›

14 February 2020 from Danielle in 'Tips''

So you want to teach your partner to ski! Whether you’ve just started a new relationship or whether you’ve been nagging them for years to try your favourite winter sport, hopefully this is the year you’ll get the chance to share your love of skiing with the love of your life. There’s nothing like waking up at the crack of dawn and heading outside into the crisp mountain air to earn first tracks on the virgin powder snow. Finding myself in a new relationship with a non-skier, I was determined to ... Read more ›

31 January 2020 from Danielle in 'Tips''

Taking off your ski boots at the end of the day is the best feeling in the world... until the stench overwhelms you! And it's no wonder they smell so bad - after all, you've been exercising and sweating in them for about 6 hours, and they're encased in hard plastic that's not at all breathable. Maybe you even had some snow fall in there and make things nice and moist. Bleagh! Following are some tips on how to reduce the stink of your ski boots.... Read more ›

18 January 2020 from Danielle in 'Tips''

Mystified by the array of choices presented to you when all you want to do is just get a pair of skis so you can enjoy your ski holiday? In this article we've made a general outline of how to pick your hire skis based on height, weight and ability level. Please note, this article is intended as a quick overview of what to look for, not a comprehensive review of everything you need to consider when hiring skis. Insurance, etc. are not covered in this article.... Read more ›

15 January 2020 from Danielle in 'Tips''

Still haven't booked your ski holiday this year? Just got back from Austria and already dying to go again? Book through Sunweb and you'll have access to some of the nicest hotels in the Alps, many with ski-in, ski-out access to the slopes and all the comforts you need for a relaxing, carefree ski holiday with friends or family. Browse deals now and find your dream destination!... Read more ›
(Photo: © Sunweb)

7 January 2020 from Danielle in 'Tips''

Après-ski is the best! Free-flowing alcohol, singing along to cheesy après-ski hits and creating unforgettable memories with your friends. The downside is waking up the next morning with a splitting headache and wondering how you can possibly drag yourself out of bed to get the most out of your ski day! Here are 10 tips from our team on how to prevent an après-ski hangover.... Read more ›

29 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Tips''

The first ski holiday with your significant other can either be the time of your life or a complete disaster. More often than not, you have the power to decide how it will go... depending on how well you plan it. To avoid the potential for fights, it's important to communicate beforehand about what you expect from the trip, as well as be honest about your skiing level. Here are 5 points to consider when planning a ski holiday as a couple.... Read more ›

28 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Tips''

Having trouble deciding on which model skis or snowboard to hire? Wondering whether you should bring your own boots with you? There are loads of questions that present themselves when it's time to hire skis or a snowboard. In this article we'll endeavour to answer some of the most common ones.... Read more ›

26 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Tips''

Some people just aren't made for the cold. If you start shivering when everyone else around you is wearing shorts and a t-shirt, you're probably one of those people. So how do you reconcile your cold fingers and toes with your love for skiing? You've tried wearing warm socks and an extra layer, but nothing seems to help. At your wit's end? Here are some of our best tips for keeping warm on a ski holiday.... Read more ›
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24 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Tips''

We all obsessively check the snow report to make sure there will be enough snow for our ski holidays. But, while this is totally out of our hands, there are so many other ways to guarantee successful ski holidays. Stay positive and focus on having fun, and you'll find that the 2019-20 ski season might just be your best one yet!... Read more ›

8 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Tips''

You're almost ready to set off on your very first ski holiday and you're in a fine mood. You've been preparing for weeks and you're ready to hit the slopes and see what all the fuss is about! You've managed to borrow most of your ski equipment, you've read up on skiing and you know more or less what to expect... or not? As a beginner skier, it seems there are always a few things that people forgot to tell you.... Read more ›

15 November 2019 from Danielle in 'Tips''

After months of planning, it's finally almost time to go on your ski holiday! The last obstacle before you leave is packing your bags - without forgetting anything. We know from personal experience that it's an expensive mistake to leave your goggles or sunscreen at home and have to buy them in-resort! Since skiing and snowboarding are such technical sports that happen out in the elements, there are quite a few essential items of clothing and gear that you have to bring. And that's not to mentio... Read more ›

6 November 2019 from Danielle in 'Tips''

Skiing off-piste and exploring the backcountry are enticing options for advanced skiers. Virgin powder, beautiful scenery and the chance to be in nature without the crowds seems to draw more and more freeriders every year. But off-piste skiing comes with its own set of risks, and it's important to be equipped with the skills and tools to stay safe in the backcountry. While avalanches can happen to even the most experienced skiers and boarders, you can increase your chances of survival by properl... Read more ›

5 September 2019 from Danielle in 'Tips''

Have you just booked your very first-ever ski holiday? No idea how to start preparing or what to bring? Don't worry, we've got you covered! A little preparation at home before you leave for your ski resort will help you take to the slopes with total confidence. In this article we've put together a packing list along with tips for getting in shape, booking ski lessons and generally preparing for your first ski holiday. Happy skiing!... Read more ›
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18 June 2019 from Danielle in 'Tips''

Summer is creeping around the corner and before you know it, it will be ski season again! It's time to start browsing chalets and ski areas in the Alps and, more importantly, it's time to think about getting in shape for your week in the snow. By staying fit over the summer, you can make your ski holidays much easier on yourself - trust us! In this article we've laid out ten summer activities that will help you stay fit for ski season. So when the hills turn white again, you can proceed directly... Read more ›

15 June 2019 from Danielle in 'Tips''

Doing a ski season in a ski resort is a fantastic way to improve your ski technique by leaps and bounds, not to mention spend all winter skiing for a very reasonable price. Many in-resort jobs throw in a lift pass, staff accommodation and discounts on ski or snowboard gear, vastly reducing your costs and effectively providing you with a paid ski holiday! There are plenty of positions that require extra staff during the winter, so don't hesitate to send out your CV and see if you can't snag somet... Read more ›

7 May 2019 from Danielle in 'Tips''

No friends on powder days! But is that really what you want? To many of us, the idea of a solo ski holiday can sound daunting. Your mind fills with images of lonely evenings in your chalet and no one to take selfies with on the chairlift. But skiing and snowboarding are social sports, and even if your friends and family don’t have the budget or the time to join you on your ski holiday, there are plenty of opportunities to meet people. We have lots of tips for going on a successful solo ski holid... Read more ›

6 April 2019 from Danielle in 'Tips''

The latest climate report released by the World Meteorological Organization tells us more of the same old depressing news: the earth is continuing its relentless heating, causing our glaciers to melt and our ski seasons to get increasingly shorter.  But there's no need to watch helplessly from the sidelines as we watch our snowpacks disappear.  On the whole, we skiers are an affluent bunch.  It's time we stepped up to save our winters.  From enjoying discounts for eco-friendl... Read more ›

3 April 2019 from Danielle in 'Tips''

To ensure a long life for your ski equipment and clothing, it's important to treat it right.  How do you protect your skis against rust?  Where should you store your ski equipment?  Should you wash your ski clothing?  Ski gear doesn't come cheap, whether it's a pair of brand-name goggles or a plush new helmet.  So it's important to take care of it, both during and at the end of the ski season.  With a little TLC, you can protect against the rust, odours and general ... Read more ›

18 March 2019 from Danielle in 'Tips''

Spring skiing is hard to beat!  The days are getting longer, you're practically guaranteed sunshine and the mountain terraces are in full swing.  But in order to make your spring ski holidays a success, it's worth keeping a few things in mind.  Keep reading for our tips on how to have the best spring ski holidays ever this year!... Read more ›

22 January 2019 from Danielle in 'Tips''

Injured skier on the piste

Skiing and snowboarding carry their fair share of risk, no matter whether you’re a beginner or an expert. But with a few simple precautions, you can greatly minimise your risk of injury. Get fit, equip yourself with proper-fitting material and stay within your expertise level and you’re much less likely to hurt yourself. And that means you can ski longer: a win-win!... Read more ›

17 November 2016 from Nikki in 'Tips''

la rosiere

Picture empty pistes. Good. Now add to that no lift queues (even in peak school holiday periods), seriously good powder, an excellent snow park and sun-soaked slopes. Imagine access to Italy on your skis, without even needing to take your passport. Think breakfast of pain au chocolat in France, pizza in the quaint town of La Thuile for lunch and back in La Rosiere for apres-ski. These two resorts - La Thuile in Italy and La Rosiere in France share a ski pass and are home to some of the Alps’ mos... Read more ›

25 April 2015 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Last minute ski holidays are becoming more popular as skiers and snowboarders prefer to wait until the last minute to be sure of having the best snow and weather conditions. Skiing conditions over last few ski seasons have been unpredictable, with snow arriving just in time for Christmas and frequent warm spells, so booking last minute ski holidays allows you to find the best skiing conditions possible. Ski holiday specialists and ski resorts have caught on and now offer many great last minute s... Read more ›

26 March 2015 from Nikki in 'Tips''


Here at Snowplaza, we decided to send one of our reporters with her family to test the French ski resort of Courchevel to see if this world-famous resort has what a family needs on a ski holiday. That lucky reporter just happens to be me! You may think Courchevel is too exclusive and luxury to be suitable for family ski holidays but it turns out that Courchevel is so versatile, it is suitable for just about any kind of ski holiday – expect maybe the low cost type! Here are 10 good reasons why yo... Read more ›

23 March 2015 from Gareth in 'Tips''

val thorens

The skiers’ and snowboarders’ verdict on Snowplaza is clear: the best ski resort in France is Val Thorens! The highest ski resort in Europe already won the coveted title of 'Best Ski Resort in the World" in 2013 and 2014 in the World Ski Awards, so this new title is not a surprise and simply confirms the incredible versatility of this top-notch resort in the Three Valleys. Here are, in our opinion, the 10 major assets of your favorite ski resort.... Read more ›

12 March 2015 from Nikki in 'Tips''

ski lessons val d

If you’re off to Val d'Isere, in the Espace Killy in the French Alps for your next ski holidays you’ll no doubt hear about the independent ski school Mountain Masters. These "Mountain Masters" really live up to their name. Whether you're looking to improve your skiing or snowboarding from intermediate to advanced or you'd like refine your technique in extreme off-piste conditions, you will find a Mountain-Masters professional who will safely guide you and help you progress at any level and any s... Read more ›

2 March 2015 from Nikki in 'Tips''

tignes spirit

If you still haven’t managed to get away skiing or snowboarding this season and you’re looking to ski this spring, then Tignes is the perfect resort for skiing in April. We’ve found some super ski deals from Tignes Spirit who specialise in accommodation in Tignes. This independent ski and snowboard holiday company based in Tignes, offers a great selection of apartments, chalets and flat rentals in the huge Espace Killy ski area in France. Take a look at what’s on offer for ski holidays in Tignes... Read more ›

6 February 2015 from Gareth in 'Tips''

val d

Val d’Isere in the French Alps has everything you could ask for in a skiing resort: it has a fantastic ski area adapted to both skiers and snowboarders as well as a brilliant atmosphere and great apres-ski and night-life. The resort offers over 300km of pistes for all levels, with around 90 ski lifts. It’s a large, modern ski resort that after a face-lift a few years back has managed to keep the traditional charm of a French ski resort from when it was built in the 1930s. Sounds great right? Wel... Read more ›

8 January 2015 from Nikki in 'Tips''

French ski resorts

I was recently asked to name the best French ski resorts! This is a hard task as everyone has different needs and expectations from their ski holidays and therefore the best French ski resort for families will not be the same as the best French ski resort for a group of snowboarders. I therefore decided to make 5 categories: The best ski resorts in France for families, snowboarders, beginners, expert skiers and party animals looking for the best apres-ski spots. Take a closer look at Avoriaz, Ch... Read more ›

1 January 2015 from Gareth in 'Tips''

Snow chains

After the chaos in the French Alps this weekend caused by sudden, heavy snowfalls and bad road management, snow chains and how to fit them are a rather hot subject. Although local authorities were aware of the snow forecast, the necessary measures needed to deal with the large quantities of snow were apparently not put in place correctly. On top of this, the fact that last weekend was one of the busiest of the ski season, meant that roads were quickly blocked with drivers struggling with snow ch... Read more ›

16 December 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

La Folie Douce DJ

Apres ski for many is almost as important as skiing itself ! French ski resorts such as Tignes, Val d’Isere, Val Thorens and Alpe d’Huez have got the hint and have opened apres ski bars such as La Folie Douce to the delight of thousands of apres ski fans. The traditional apres ski we used to enjoy in ski resorts in Austria still exists with some yodelling from time to time but has been overtaken by an avalanche of trendy apres skiing venues - particularly popular with the younger crowds, althoug... Read more ›

6 December 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Christmas stocking

If you’re wondering what to get as a Christmas present for your husband or wife or teenage kids who love skiing or snowboarding, don’t look any further. We’ve put together a selection of great Christmas gifts ideas for skiers and snowboarders after hours of surfing the net. Suitable gifts for winter sports lovers are often rather expensive so we made an effort to find some reasonably priced stocking fillers that will put a smile on every skier or snowboarders face this Christmas. ... Read more ›

25 November 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Snow Candy chalets

As I spend more time surfing the net than the slopes, I often come across interesting websites offering services relating to ski holidays. The name Snow Candy caught my eye recently. This small business based in the French ski resort of Morzine, specialising in luxury ski chalet holidays for skiers and snowboarders, has 22 years of experience and shares a real passion for the mountains and snow sports with its loyal clientele. Read on to find out more about Snow Candy and how they put together p... Read more ›

20 November 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Oxygene ski instructor

Here’s the next chapter in my series about ski lessons in France and the alternatives on offer. If learning to ski already seems like a challenge, then you don’t need to add the language barrier to the package! Choosing ski lessons with an English-speaking ski school based in your chosen ski resort is the best option for you. Oxygène is an English-speaking, family-run ski school with over 20 years of experience offering ski lessons in La Plagne, Val d’Isère and Courchevel. With more than 80 ski ... Read more ›

7 November 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Ski republic

Ski holidays should be a pleasant experience but let’s all admit they are less relaxing than beach holidays! With so many things to organise, especially on family ski holidays, the first few days quickly become stressful and exhausting rather than enjoyable. Once you’ve sorted out ski gear and ski passes for everyone, ski school for the older kids and childcare for the younger ones and worked out where everything is and how it all works, you might well feel like you need another holiday! One gre... Read more ›

17 October 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Olivers Travels

If you’re fed up with mediocre ski accommodation where you simply sleep and store your skis and feel like treating yourself to something special for your next ski holidays, then you might be interested in this: Hand-picked, tried and tested luxury ski chalets in France are what you can expect if you choose to organise your ski holidays with the privately owned villa rental company Oliver’s Travels. If this sounds way over your ski holiday budget then read on, as you might be pleasantly surprised... Read more ›

10 October 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

cheap ski holidays

Finding cheap ski holidays can be like searching for the perfect man – just when you think you’ve finally found a good deal, there are always hidden surprises! Spending less is a priority for most people because, let’s admit it, ski holidays are not cheap! Cheap ski holidays cannot really exist because of the many expenses involved – travel to the ski resort, accommodation, ski passes, equipment rental and maybe ski lessons too! We may not be able to offer you cheap ski holidays but how does les... Read more ›

18 September 2014 from Gareth in 'Tips''

ski pass

The Snowplaza research team have been carefully analysing ski pass prices in ski resorts across Europe to be able to tell you where to find the cheapest and best value ski passes. We've started with the Brit's favourite ski holiday destination, France. We've analysed the increase in price compared to last year's ski season, the price per kilometer to see if you really get your money's worth on the slopes this winter and also where you can ski for 6 days and pay under €150 for your ski pass. If y... Read more ›

4 September 2014 from Gareth in 'Tips''

Early season skiing

It may seem too early to start thinking about skiing but in the French Alps you can treat yourself to some superb early season skiing very soon. You can be back up on the ski slopes in one month’s time! Even though the kids have only just gone back to school and your summer holiday clothes are still in a pile ready to be packed away, you can start thinking about your first ski holidays for the 2014/15 winter season. Read on to find out where you can enjoy some early season skiing.... Read more ›

28 August 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

ski pass

With the summer holidays over, iIt’s time to starting thinking about this season’s ski holidays. Juggling your ski holiday budget may well be one of the most complicated parts of your holiday planning so we are here to help! Ski passes always eat up a large part of the budget and that’s why we’ve collected and compared the 2014/15 ski pass prices from right across the Alps to make sure you know where to find the good ski pass deals. Follow our series of blogs about ski pass prices for the 2014/2... Read more ›

20 August 2014 from Gareth in 'Tips''

Ski and Snowboard Shows

Once again, the hugely successful Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Shows return to London and Manchester in October and November this year. Whether you want to brush up your skills before your next ski holidays, introduce your children to snowboarding, have a chance to get kitted out with the latest, high-tech ski and snowboard gear or get in the mood with a few apres ski drinks in the evening, you’ll have the chance to do all of this under one roof!... Read more ›

14 August 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''


Tempted by the idea of getting back up on the slopes in just a few months, but fed up with the long journeys? Then check out our top 5 easy to get to ski resorts in the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps. We’ve found 5 world-class ski resorts that can be reached within only one hour from the nearest airport. Depending on where you live in the UK, you could be up on the slopes in the afternoon enjoying great snow, fantastic skiing and some apres ski fun too! These easy to get to ski resorts are so e... Read more ›

1 August 2014 from Gareth in 'Tips''

ski season job

If you, or someone you know, is thinking about taking a ski season job this winter, now is the time to start looking. Although the official ski season doesn’t start until the end of November/beginning of December in most European ski resorts, many companies involved in the ski business, especially hotels and chalet companies, will start looking to fill vacancies very soon. It’s important, however, to remember that working in a ski resort is not the same as being on holiday in a ski resort so thi... Read more ›

13 June 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

BASS ski instructor

As promised, here is the next chapter of “Ski lessons – the alternatives”. If you like to ski in the finest ski resorts in the French Alps, then you are certainly familiar with the resorts of Chamonix and Megeve. Here, everything is top class – luxury chalets and ski apartments, gourmet restaurants and, of course, some of the most outstanding skiing in the world. However, do you feel that your skiing or snowboarding skills do not come up to scratch? Are you struggling to keep up, frustrated with... Read more ›

26 May 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Masterclass ski school

Are you looking for an alternative to the rather old-fashioned, text-book style teaching methods of French ski schools? Are you frustrated by misunderstandings largely due to “ze” French ski instructors’ rather strong accent? After witnessing the disappointment of young kids who, after 6 days of ski school, didn’t “earn” their shiny medal, I decided to look into alternative ski lessons. I’ve come up with a selection of high quality, independent ski schools and will feature each one in articles o... Read more ›

24 April 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Venture ski chalet

Skiing is not just about unforgettable ski holidays with family or friends! Corporate ski trips in the form of client entertainment or team-building sessions on the slopes can also mean memorable moments and quality time with clients or colleagues. There are many offers on the net but we decided to take a closer look at one particular company, Venture Ski, and what they propose for corporate ski and team-building trips and weekends in the beautiful French ski resort of Sainte Foy. ... Read more ›

18 April 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''


When you go skiing with your young kids, do you always have that niggling, guilty feeling that stays with you all day as you wonder whether your little darlings are really having fun in “ze” local childcare centre? Well, that was before and this is now! We have found a childcare solution that will make sure everyone has a great and memorable family ski holiday. Merinannies is a professional organisation that supplies excellent childcare services for kids from 4 weeks to 14 years old in a selecti... Read more ›

4 April 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Skiing is the perfect family holiday and it’s an opportunity for parents to spend some quality time with their children. A family friendly chalet is therefore quite essential to avoid tears and tantrums and that’s just the parents. SkiBoutique have one of the most exclusive collections of luxury ski chalets in the Alps and here we present five of the very best from their portfolio that are geared up for a perfect ski holiday for all the family.... Read more ›

17 March 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Easter ski holidays

When we think of Easter ski holidays long sunny days, great skiing and suntanned faces usually come to mind. With Easter Sunday falling late again this year, on the 20th of April, what better excuse do you need to squeeze in a second ski holiday before the end of the season. If you’re worried about snow conditions, then there are plenty of last minute ski deals around waiting to be snapped up and you can keep up-to-date on weather and snow conditions easily with our SnowAlert service to be sure ... Read more ›

5 March 2014 from Gareth in 'Tips''

Germknodel index

How much does lunch cost on the slopes in Austria? The answer lies in the Germknodel index! Snowplaza has launched an index to compare food prices in ski resorts in Austria in an fun way. The Germknodel, a yeast dumpling with vanilla sauce, is one of the British skier’s favorite treats when skiing in Austria. Its price is a good indicator of the cost of food in the ski resort. We've listed the prices of a Germknodels in the highest mountain restaurant in 20 of the most popular ski resorts in Aus... Read more ›

3 March 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Flocons de sel

For most people, ski holidays in France are not complete without a delicious Savoyard Fondue, but for some a meal in a gourmet French restaurant is an absolute must as well! Hotels and ski chalets have become more and more luxurious with owners paying more attention to service and quality in most French ski resorts in recent years. Restaurants are following the trend by offering more elaborate and even gourmet menus up on the slopes or in the ski resorts themselves. Innovating and focusing on wh... Read more ›

19 February 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Top of the french alps

The "Top of the French Alps" label, recognized by the French Ministry of Tourism, has been awarded to a handful of French ski resorts that offer a certain level of services and facilities to meet the requirements of an ever more demanding international clientele. Skiing in the French Alps has only become a popular winter holiday option in the last 50 years but we can now say that ski holidays are part of the British holiday culture. Always in search of good service, British skiers are no longer ... Read more ›

11 February 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Tignes 1800

Just when you thought you knew everything about Tignes, this Savoyard ski resort in the French Alps, so popular with British skiers, pulled Tignes 1800 out of its hat! When we talk about the French ski resort of Tignes we usually think of the 3 ski resorts (La Lavachet, Le Lac, Val Claret) where most of the ski lifts up to the Espace Killy ski area start from. However, the village of Les Boisses, at 1800 meters, which was previously just a checkpoint on the road to Tignes for most tourists, has,... Read more ›

28 January 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Mandarins in Les Orres

For tourists on holiday in the French ski resort of Les Orres, mandarins are not simply a delicious winter fruit they can eat on the chairlift to recharge batteries with a vitamin C boost between two descents on their skis or snowboard... For 6 years now, it is the welcome hostesses of this ski resort in the Hautes-Alpes who bear this unusual name which comes from the color of their eye-catching uniform. There are twenty mandarins in Les Orres and their role is, quite simply, to ensure that your... Read more ›

24 January 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Val Thorens

Your choice of airport transfer company is extremely important even though this may be the last part of your journey before starting to enjoy your ski resort. There are so many companies providing airport transfers from Lyon Airport, Geneva Airport, Chambery Airport, and Grenoble Airport to the French and Swiss Alps that it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start when booking your transfer. It’s important to take into account reliability, comfort, on-board equipment, safety and, of course, ... Read more ›

14 January 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''


Everyone has different ideas about the perfect ski holiday. Although, good snow conditions and a wide choice of ski holiday accommodation are often high on everyone’s list, other criteria can be very varied! Families prefer resorts with good ski schools, plenty of activities and good childcare options. Snowboarders will certainly prefer a ski resort that has a choice of snowparks but also, not too many drag lifts! Some ski fans are just looking for easy skiing and some really lively après-ski an... Read more ›

6 January 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Val d

As skiing and snowboarding become more popular each year with British holiday makers who prefer to spend their winter holiday on the slopes rather than in the sun, it’s essential to remember that snow sports are intense physical activities that require a good physical condition and compliance with the rules of conduct and safety on the slopes. In its report from 2012, the French "Association des Médecins de Montagne" counted 140,000 skiing accident victims out of 7 million people for the 2011/20... Read more ›

27 December 2013 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Valberg ski pass

We all know that skiing is not a cheap sport and that ski holidays are one of the most expensive kinds of holidays that exists. You’ve booked your flights, ski accommodation, pre-booked your ski equipment and lessons and the ski holiday budget is already through the roof! Then comes that moment when you remember the ski passes for the whole family - for the whole week! In some ski resorts the price of the ski pass can amount to 25% of the total ski holiday cost so it is normal to ask yourself t... Read more ›

23 December 2013 from Nikki in 'Tips''

ski gadgets

If, like many, you just haven’t had time to get all your Christmas shopping done yet this year, then here are 5 great last minute Christmas gift ideas if you have a skier or snowboarder on your Christmas shopping list. Order one of them on the net and you’ll receive them just in time for your 2014 ski holiday. From high-tech gadgets, practical clothing and must-have equipment to outrageously glamorous and trendy accessories, we've scanned the on-line stores to find the best of the best. Hopeful... Read more ›

10 December 2013 from Nikki in 'Tips''

La Plagne bobsleigh

If the idea of speeding along walls of ice at more than 120 km per hour, rushing headlong into a tortuous and icy tunnel gets your heart racing, then book your next ski holiday in the popular ski resort of La Plagne or nearby Montchavin Le Coches. You can experience the thrills of piloting a real bobsleigh on the Olympic circuit in La Plagne. With three different types of bobsleigh available, the bob-raft, bob-racing and the speed luge, you can either go with a group, with or without a pilot or ... Read more ›

27 November 2013 from Nikki in 'Tips''

snowy christmas tree

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, if you are, then get your skis or snowboards on and hurry up and book a ski holiday for this Christmas! Snow at home is often not a lot of fun – it generally means ruined shoes, slushy streets and traffic jams! However, wandering through pretty snowy streets in warm moonboots surrounding by snow-laden pine trees and traditional wood chalets is something close to heaven! Read on and you’ll realise you simply have to spend at least one Christmas holiday... Read more ›

12 November 2013 from Nikki in 'Tips''


A multitude of dedicated freestyle spots have bloomed across the Alps in recent years. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, it’s very easy to find the perfect freestyle spot in various ski resorts across the Alps. Half-pipes, boarder cross and endless kicker rails – freestylers are spoiled for choice. The best snow parks in the European Alps welcome the pro riders and it’s almost impossible to get bored thanks to technological advances and the designer’s creativity. Here are the most famou... Read more ›

31 October 2013 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Dutch week

For many skiers and snowboarders a ski holiday just isn’t complete without some late afternoon table dancing in ski boots, getting lost on the way back to the apartment in the early hours and the compulsory hangover or two. The number of blue, black or even green runs really isn’t on the priority list – however, the number of après-ski bars is top of the list! A ski holiday without good après-ski is like a ski holiday without good snow for those avid party goers. Austrian ski resorts have a gre... Read more ›

29 October 2013 from Nikki in 'Tips''


One of the most popular ways of getting to the French Alps is by taking a flight to Geneva. With so many great offers and new low costs options, it’s now easy to find cheap flights to Geneva airport and once you arrive you have some of the best and most popular French ski resorts within a 2 hour drive ! If you’re travelling with children or you’re just simply impatient to get up on the slopes, this short transfer time is a huge advantage – you could even go skiing in the afternoon ! Read on to ... Read more ›

26 October 2013 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Fit for skiing

If you’re a well-organised skier or snowboarder, you may well have already booked this winter’s ski holiday. Or maybe you're planning to go skiing at Christmas or for the New year? You’ve thought of everything! Whether you’ve booked an all-inclusive trip or a private chalet or self catering apartment; the dog is already booked into the kennel, you've updated your smartphone with all the latest ski apps and you’ve even serviced your skis… But have you really thought of everything? ... Read more ›

24 October 2013 from Nikki in 'Tips''

2 skiers

In a few weeks’ time you will be able to make your first turns of the winter season 2014 - if you’re lucky enough to have a ski holiday planned before Christmas! As ever, our team is always looking for ways to help you find the best deals for your ski holiday and one of the most important parts that we often forget about is ski passes. The basic rates for ski passes can sometimes seems extortionate and the larger ski areas are becoming aware of this and have started putting together some interes... Read more ›

17 October 2013 from Nikki in 'Tips''

avalanche teaser

Ski holidays are not only synonymous with snow, skiing and fun. Skiing and snowboarding represent real dangers often related to weather and snow conditions in the mountains. Unfortunately, each year in the Alps, there are a few tragic accidents when terrible avalanches are triggered giving no warning. Don’t be put off – the risks are minimal especially when skiing on marked slopes, but rise dramatically as soon as you venture off-piste! After the avalanche last weekend in Tignes, I felt it neces... Read more ›

29 May 2013 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Bike park

The fun just carries on! As of last year, the ski areas of Tignes and Val d'Isère are now linked in the summer too making up the new Tignes Val d’Isère Bike Park! This summer, from the 29th of June to the 1st of September, these 2 world-famous ski resorts invite you to discover their infamous slopes on your mountain bike! The ski lifts are free, in both Tignes and Val d'Isère (with no strings attached) and even the 3 bike washing stations are free!!! With Val d’Isère’s Bike Park, hosting the UCI... Read more ›

12 April 2013 from Nikki in 'Tips''

80% off

It may seem a little silly to buy skis or snowboards, boots and/or winter sports clothing just when spring is starting, or at least trying, to show its face, but I’m fairly certain you won’t regret it! You’ll have a huge grin on your face when, at the beginning of next season, you come across your brand new skis or snowboard and boots tucked away at the back of the garage and that super cool ski jacket that you had had your eye on for ages and you ended up buying at half the original price… The... Read more ›

6 April 2013 from Nikki in 'Tips''

wooden skis

You are, no doubt, aware that it’s fashionable to be “green” these days and this trend is becoming particularly relevant when skiing or snowboarding! When we think about winter sports holidays, respect for the unspoiled natural surroundings and wildlife is one of the first things that spring to mind, so being a green skier seems logical… Although, unfortunately, this trend is very often simply a commercial ruse used to sell more products to an environmentally sensitive consumer, certain compani... Read more ›

11 March 2013 from Nikki in 'Tips''

solo skier

Desperate to go skiing this season but none of your usual crowd wants to go, has got the money to go, can get time off work to go, etc? This isn’t just a dilemma for you, it’s a disaster! You can’t possibly consider the idea of missing your annual ski holiday just because none of your ski buddies are free! And you couldn’t possibly go alone! Or could you?

Don’t resign yourself to the fact that you’ll have to wait until next year – we’ve found the solution… actually quite a few! ... Read more ›


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