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Are you a skier or snowboarder? There’s intense rivalry between lovers of each sport, and our infographic shares some fun facts and figures to get those cogs whirring and spur on some further competition!

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Skiing is an extreme sport, and whilst there is an inherent risk whenever you step out on to the mountain, there are certain precautions you can take to make your trip one to remember, rather than one to forget.

For a start, no matter whether you are a pro skier jumping off 30 foot cliffs...


Ski trips are renowned for being expensive and, when taking a family away, the cost adds up even more. It is therefore paramount that you pick the right resort to ensure both you and your children get the most out of their holiday.
Sometimes, by going for a small resort renowned for...

1) Price
We all love saving money when we can and with skiing holidays being a pretty expensive sport we need to try and cut corners where possible. By booking a chalet holiday closer to the actual departure date you will save yourself, in some cased, hundreds of pounds. The operators and...


 

Budget Skiing: Saving money on the slopes - 10 Tips

 

Timing

1.       Avoid certain weeks of the season. February half-term (w/c 9th...


The Czech Republic offers terrific skiing conditions for experienced and beginner skiers alike. Mountains in the Czech Republic are considerably lower than the nearby Austrian Alps and the slopes are much more gentle. This makes for a safer and more relaxed ski holiday, perfect for families,...


 

One Directioners keep calm; this is not a heads up for the generic music awards. The BRITS is THE British Snow Tour event for skiers and boarders. Heading into its 9th year in 2013 it is now moving from its spiritual home in Laax,...

Les Deux Alpes caters really well for for the non-skiers; the town which is built around the main road ‘Avenue de Muzelle’ is extremely lively. However, for those wishing to explore the mountain, can purchase a ‘Pedestrian Pass’ covering up to 13 of the station's ski lifts: including all cable...


There are a number of different elements to winter sports travel insurance that you need to consider when buying it – don’t just buy the one with the cheapest premium as it may cause you a lot of grief when something goes wrong.

 
Cheap premiums normally come with higher...

Thorough planning and organisation is crucial to any group ski trip, especially if trying to organise a last-minute one! Larger chalets available for sole use by larger groups are always the first to sell and hardest to come by, particularly close to the departure date. So, the more planning you...


Organising a ski trip can be a huge hassle, especially when you’ve got little ones to be thinking about. Here is a checklist of essential items to pack in preparation for your family ski holiday.

 
Outerwear
Ski Jacket and salopettes are really important! Cold...

Ski helmets are becoming more popular every season and with good reason. A correctly fitted ski helmet can prevent you from a serious injury and in extreme cases even prevent death. However ski helmets are like shoes, if they don’t fit well they are only going to cause more pain therefore making...


If you are planning a family ski trip this winter then Val Thorens should definitely be one of first choices! Sat at the top of the Three Valleys ski area, the resort is as snow-sure as they come at 2300m with skiing all the way up to 3230m.
 
Whether you fancy an...

  1. DC Park, Meribel Opened last season this park took 3 months to Prepare with 50,000m3 of earth moved to pre shape the kickers. This instantly became one of the best maintained and fun parks to ride in the Alps. With one chair lift and cable car serving this huge park it is...

Mayrhofen - Vans Penken Park
The Mayrhofen Vans Penken Park is one of the biggest snow parks in Europe and professionals from all over the world flock there to show off their gnarly tricks. With over 35 features and its own chairlift it's no wonder it's favourite amongst pro riders...

Deux Alpes
Les Deux Alpes has a huge park scene, and a lot of seasonnaires head to “L2A” to work on their freestyle year upon year. The kickers are maintained really well, and there’s a huge park set up on the glacier over the summer. Pro riders and national teams can often be seen...

In the current economic climate, the finer things in life are increasingly difficult to afford for most families, this we all know. The rise in the cost of living in recent years has obviously had an adverse affect on the average family’s holiday budget so people are becoming noticeably more...


  1. Anyone who has ever headed to the mountains in winter, know that skiing is never going to be cheap, especially when all of the extras such as lift passes and equipment hire are taken into consideration. However it is possible to keep the costs down, so here’s our guide on how to organise a...

Most parents with young children will dread the thought of a ski holiday – early morning flights, long transfers and miserable ski lessons are just some of the trials that await them. One way to reduce the stress involved with a ski holiday is to pick a resort which is easy to get to. Whether...


  1. Ski Joering If you’re a fan of horses and skiing, why not combine the two into an alternative activity whilst you’re on holiday. The art of Ski Joering was founded in Scandinavia and is the traditional button lift! You don a harness which is attached to a horse and it uses...

Les Arcs, by Train
If you’re off skiing as part of a group then you should consider travelling to the Alps by train! The Eurostar offers a great, hassle free journey direct from London (or Ashford) to the foot of the mountain. There are some real advantages of travelling by train, one...

  1. Penken Park – Mayrhofen: Without doubt, the best snow park in Austria. With its own lift, accessing all that it has to offer is extremely easy. 5 areas, each concentrating on different abilities. Whether, you are a complete beginner, intermediate or pro skier – this park caters for all...

The Streif, Hahnenkamm, Kitzbühel
While most good skiers will be able to ski the Streiff, it would be an insult to the famous Hahnenkamm not to include it on this list. The run isn’t the most challenging under normal conditions, but it’s widely acknowledged as being the toughest of...

Increasingly, people are leaving it until the last minute to book their ski holiday. By doing this, not only are prices are significantly lower but you can also judge which resorts have the best snow conditions prior to booking so all but guaranteeing some of the best conditions around. Here is...


Unlike the complicated task of finding somewhere last-minute for a larger group or a small family, it is normally couples that have the most success in finding good last-minute deals. Whereas larger group trips often take longer to organise and have more complicated room requests, the vast...

When arranging a group ski holiday for those who want to make the most of their budget, there are a few tricks of the trade to help you get the best value out of your money. There are actually many ways to enjoy a high-end ski holiday without breaking the bank. 

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