Soll, Austria

Gliding down snow-covered mountains, surrounded by trees, wildlife and crisp fresh air – ski holidays let you to get up close and personal with nature. And with climate change at the forefront of our minds, a lot of resorts have invested in eco-friendlier ways to cut down their carbon footprint and help preserve the Alpine landscape for years to come. Söll, Austria Söll is well known for its green heating initiative. Instead of gas or coal, they burn wood chips to make fuel to heat…Continue Reading “TOP ECO-FRIENDLY SKI RESORTS”

Zell am See, Austria

Sitting on the frosty shores of Lake Zell in Austria, this high-altitude ski area has an excellent snow record and sensational views. And there’s plenty to do and see off the slopes too – narrow cobbled streets lined with 19th-century buildings lead to bustling squares filled with shops and cafés. MOUNTAIN STATS Easy pistes: 60km Intermediate pistes: 55km Difficult pistes: 29km Snow range: 762-3,029m Resort height: 762m Ski areas: Zell am See – Kaprun 138km Pronunciation: Zell – am – zay Transfer time: 2 hours from…Continue Reading “THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO ZELL AM SEE”

Paradaski ski area, France

Families, beginners and intermediates love the Paradiski – a huge, high-altitude ski area in France. The resorts of La Plagne and Les Arcs are made up of almost a dozen villages, from purpose-built hubs with a mix of bars and restaurants, to quieter, more traditional hamlets. MOUNTAIN STATS • Easy pistes: 140• Intermediate pistes: 65• Advanced pistes: 37• Ski area size: 425km• Snow range: 1,250-3,250m• La Plagne resort height: 1,800-2,150m• Les Arcs resort height: 1,600-2,000m WHAT’S THE SKIING LIKE? The Paradiski is known for variety…Continue Reading “AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO THE PARADISKI”

History of skiing

Clicking into your ski boots, gliding down perfectly groomed runs and sipping creamy hot chocolate on a slopeside terrace…it’s hard to imagine a world without skiing. Here’s how our favourite winter sport started. How was skiing invented? Skiing was first invented around 3,000 BCE as a way of walking long distances in snow – wearing skis spreads out your weight and stops you from sinking into deep drifts. So it was more like modern cross-country skiing than the downhill type that most people do now….Continue Reading “A BRIEF HISTORY OF SKIING”

When you’re missing the mountains, there’s snow choice but to resort to some wintry wordplay to chairlift your spirits. Here are some of our favourites… Skiing puns Alpine for you when I’m gone You’ll après-ciate a crisp pint of beer after a day on the slopes Make it schnappy Dance like snowbody’s watching Ski ya later What’s the Matterhorn with you? All you need is glove(s) Can I Alp you? It’s all downhill from here You’ve taken a piste of my heart Snow puns With…Continue Reading “21 SKI PUNS THAT WON’T LEAVE YOU BOARD”