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?”

Skiing in Andorra

Andorra is a lesser-known ski destination with a lot to offer. We sent three of our ski experts on a spring trip to the Grandvalira ski area to find out what it’s like. So where exactly is the Grandvalira? Amy: The Grandvalira is the biggest ski area in Andorra, which is a tiny country in between France and Spain. What’s the skiing like? Alice: There are around 210km of runs, mainly blue and red, and with a variety of tree-lined and wide, open pistes. The…Continue Reading “SKIING IN ANDORRA: THE GRANDVALIRA”

Holidays are all about indulgence, and ski holidays are no different – what with the chalet cakes, mountain-top pizzas and après-ski mulled wines. But don’t feel too guilty, because skiing has pretty good fat-burning potential.   How many calories can you burn skiing? It really depends on you and the type of slopes you’re tackling – moguls and black runs will burn a lot more than gentle greens. But even beginners who aren’t spending much time on steeper slopes can easily burn off their morning…Continue Reading “HOW MANY CALORIES DOES SKIING BURN?”

Ischgl, Austria

Everyone learns to ski at their own pace, so how long it takes to progress can vary a lot. Stay on track with our guide to the big ski milestones, and speed up your progress with tips on how to improve. What does it mean to be good at skiing? Good is a relative term, but the key to being a good skier is often confidence. When you’re confident exploring new runs, techniques and equipment, you can focus less on being good and more on…Continue Reading “HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET GOOD AT SKIING?”

Night skiing is exactly what it says on the tin – skiing after the sun goes down, with floodlights or torches to light your way. It started as a way for resort staff to get in some slope time at the end of the day, but now loads of resorts open up night skiing to customers too. Why is night skiing good? Whether you’re a skier or boarder, we can all agree that there are never enough slope hours in the day – so having…Continue Reading “WHAT IS NIGHT SKIING?”