Banff is Canadian skiing at its most natural – three ski areas and a proper little railway town, all set in Canada’s first national park. Your whole trip is spent in parkland, surrounded by untouched scenery and wildlife. Transfers to the mountains are by coach, but it’s likely to be the most beautiful coach trip you’ve ever taken. And you’ll get to meet some of the locals along the way – bighorn sheep, elk or even the elusive moose. MOUNTAIN STATS Beginner pistes: 62 Intermediate…Continue Reading “AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO BANFF”

Banff, Canada

Canada is a bucket-list ski destination and it’s easy to see why. Traditional railway towns are full of friendly locals, and the national parks are bursting with scenery and wildlife. As for the slopes, world-renowned ski areas offer wide open runs and few lift queues. We caught up with one of our ski experts, Lucy, after a trip to the Ski Big 3 area, which covers the resorts of Banff and Lake Louise. Why should I visit Canada over Europe? Lucy: For the great slope…Continue Reading “WHY SKIING IN CANADA IS SO GREAT”


Traditional culture, authentic hotels and linked ski areas have made Austria one of the world’s best-loved countries for winter holidays. And while each of these ever-expanding areas has a star town, they’ve also got lesser-known villages that share the same slopes and have a whole different feel to their flashier neighbours. Take a look at these alternatives to stay somewhere quieter, better value or more picturesque – and still get easy access to the same great skiing and headline resorts. BEST TRADITIONAL RESORT Westendorf for…Continue Reading “BEST UNKNOWN SKI RESORTS IN AUSTRIA”

Dolomites, Italy

Italy’s all about the slower pace of life. Quiet slopes, minimal lift queues and a whole host of scenic mountain lunch stops are very much the lure here. Peppered along the Alps and into the Dolomites, the traditional farming villages and working towns have a relaxed atmosphere – think authentic Alpine hotels and family-run spots to grab a bite to eat or catch up over a glass of local wine. And the few purpose-built resorts at the foot of the slopes add convenience and the…Continue Reading “TOP 6 ITALIAN SKI RESORTS”

How many words are there for snow?

Let it snow, let it sposh, let it skift. Believe it or not, these words all mean the same thing – snow. Our word comes from the Old English ‘snaw’, but there are hundreds of other snowy terms around the world. It’s a common myth that Inuits have 50 words for snow, and the Scots actually have over 400. Read on for some of our favourites. Crump: Dating back to the 17th century, this is the oh-so-satisfying crunching sound you make when you step into…Continue Reading “HOW MANY WORDS ARE THERE FOR SNOW?”