Snow centres have indoor ski slopes where you can have a go at skiing, snowboarding and sledging on real snow. They’re a taste of the mountain with fresh snow every day, runs of different lengths and gradients and qualified instructors – so you can learn the basics or sharpen up your turns before your next ski holiday, making them ideal for beginners and pros alike. Where are they? There are snow centres in Manchester, Castleford, Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Hemel Hampstead and Tamworth. And you’ll find a…Continue Reading “WHAT’S A SNOW CENTRE?”

Itching to spend some solo time on the mountain, but not sure where to go? With tons of comfy 3 and 4-star hotels, and a reputation for hearty food and friendly people, Austria is our top pick for a solo ski holiday. Choosing a place to stay is key – whether you want a lively resort with loads going on, or somewhere quieter where you can savour time to yourself. Supplement-free single rooms tend to book up quickly, so get looking early to find the…Continue Reading “SKIING IN AUSTRIA: BEST RESORTS FOR SOLO SKIERS”

Getting ready for your first snowboarding holiday is exciting, especially if you focus on a few important bits first. It’s not about having all the gear and no idea, or choosing your resort because it’s got the cheapest beer. The saying ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ is never more true. Pick up the basics before you go Book some pre-holiday lessons at an indoor snow centre, as you’re going to get more from your holiday by arriving in resort knowing some of the basics….Continue Reading “SNOWBOARDING BASICS FOR BEGINNERS”

The snow train

Eurostar operate a direct service from the dreary skies of London to the crisp air of the French Alps. We jumped on board to try it out and after an effortless ride to the mountains, we’re big fans. Find out why should you skip the airport and head for the train station. Our journey At 8.45am, we joined the pack of multi-coloured coats and ski bags at St Pancras’ Eurostar terminal. Within the hour, we’d boarded the train and were off to the mountains. Our…Continue Reading “THE SNOW TRAIN TO THE SLOPES”

We’ve picked out our favourite resorts for families with older kids. Between the accommodation, skiing, activities and food, this is one holiday they’ll be bragging about for years to come. Méribel, France Méribel’s a good base for intermediate-skier families who are new to the Three Valleys. It’s right in the middle of the ski area, so you can head out in any direction to explore the massive 600km of piste. When you’re not on the slopes, keep the kids entertained at the big indoor pool…Continue Reading “TOP SKI RESORTS FOR TEENAGERS”