Last year, Summit goggles came to our attention here at Crystal as a cool, forward thinking and fresh new force within the industry. Their ‘thing’ is magnetic lenses, so you can swap out your goggles as and when the weather changes – you literally just pop them off the front and then replace as appropriate. The dream, right? So when they got in touch asking if we’d like to test a couple of pairs, we jumped at the chance to send them all over the…Continue Reading “The Big Deal: Summit Goggles”

The best thing about aprés–ski in Austria is that it’s exactly how you’d imagine. Oompah bands, mountain huts and blaring Europop. Yes, they’re a cliché, but the dance routines and barfuls of revellers dancing on tables in their ski boots are what make it so fun. There are steins, happy hours and lines of shots; it’s cheerful, it’s cheesy and it’s cheaper than France and Switzerland. Austrian aprés also tends to start early and finish early, with a lot of bars closing by 7pm, so…Continue Reading “Best apres ski resorts in Austria”

South Tyrol, Italy’s northernmost province, combines traditional alpine villages with Italian joie-de-vivre. The region’s Dolomite mountains not only form the foundation for Europe’s largest ski area – the Dolomiti Superski – they’re also a UNESCO heritage site. South Tyrol entices its visitors with its variety and harmony of opposites, all based around its four perfectly picturesque resorts… Selva Home to the UNESCO-protected Sella massif – one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Europe – Selva is ideal for intermediate skiers, who are spoilt for…Continue Reading “Region Spotlight: South Tyrol”

Did you know that you can drive from Vancouver to Whistler? The route is known as the ‘Sea to Sky Highway’ and it’s an incredible way to see the best of Alberta – well worth adding a couple of nights in Vancouver onto your trip so you can squeeze it in. The first part of the journey takes you along the shore and into the coast mountains of Vancouver. From there, you’ll delve through deep green rainforest islands and up through the beautiful, ever-rising scenery…Continue Reading “From Sea To Sky – Canada’s Highway To Powder Heaven”

Desperate to get back on the slopes? Struggling to make a decision on where to go with your hard-earned holiday savings? No worries, we’re here to help. Welcome to Resort Spotlight. More Resort Spotlight: Heavenly, Lake Tahoe – USA. Where is it? Tremblant sits in the heart of French Canada, just a little way northwest of Montreal. This means it’s still northerly enough to get properly cold, and offers all the best bits of Canada without the lengthy West-coast flight times you’ll see for resorts…Continue Reading “Resort Spotlight: Tremblant, Canada”