Facebook0TwitteremailSki resorts are constantly looking for ways to make your holiday even better – expanding their slopes, building faster lifts and opening new places to eat, drink and party. Check out our round-up of the best additions for Winter 18/19. Ski areas Mont Valaisan – La Rosière, France As if La Rosière wasn’t tempting enough, with its link across the border to La Thuile in Italy, it’s now opening up a whole new area. Mont Valaisan adds five pistes, two chairlifts and a freeskiing zone….Continue Reading “WHAT’S NEW IN SKI RESORTS FOR WINTER 18/19?”

Facebook0TwitteremailProving that good things come in small packages, Andorra is a tiny principality tucked between France and Spain. It covers just 181 square miles across the Eastern Pyrenees, and is home to two main ski areas – Vallnord with 93km of slopes, and Grandvalira with 210km. It’s a popular pick for learners and there’s plenty of piste to challenge more experienced skiers too. And whether you’re going with mates or have the family in tow, you’ll find a resort and hotel to suit you. The…Continue Reading “A GUIDE TO SKIING IN ANDORRA”

Facebook19TwitteremailAmerican Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, spending time with your loved ones and feasting on roast turkey and pumpkin pie. But while our pals across the pond are celebrating with mountains of food, we’re dreaming of the rocky, snow-covered kind. Here are three things we’re thankful for in our favourite USA ski resorts – Breckenridge,  Heavenly and Vail. 1. The skiing The USA tends to get more snow than Europe – Vail alone gets smothered with 9 metres of the white stuff each year. And…Continue Reading “LET’S GIVE THANKS FOR USA SKI RESORTS”

Facebook1.5kTwitteremailLooking to tick the best black runs off your bucket list? Check out our pick of some of the most challenging pistes in Europe… The Swiss Wall, Avoriaz, France You’ll find the Swiss Wall (called Le Pas de Chavanette on the piste map) on the French/Swiss border. With a difficulty rating that’s literally off the charts – it’s technically classed as orange – it’s more demanding than most black slopes. Though only 1km long, the wide run drops 331m. It’s great fun after fresh snowfall,…Continue Reading “BLACK RUN FRIDAY”

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Facebook0TwitteremailWhat does a ski resort look like? Well, the answer isn’t that simple. Old or new, pretty or more functional, they’re all different. And how they look is down to the influences at play when they were being designed, from local industry to the expansion of railways, and ever-changing architectural styles. Art Nouveau Art Nouveau and Art Deco spread across Europe in the early 20th century, weaving the shapes of nature and the geometric lines of the times into architecture. Blossoming ski resorts were soon…Continue Reading “DESIGNING THE MOUNTAIN: THE ARCHITECTURE OF SKI RESORTS”