How to keep your hands warm

Getting cold hands is no fun at all. Not only can it dampen your spirits on the slopes, it may even cut the day short. So why do hands get cold and why does it happen so easily in the mountains? It’s because your body’s working much harder to stay warm, which means blood flow increases in your body’s core and decreases in your hands and feet. On top of that, skiing tends to work a lot of your lower-body muscles, so circulation heads to…Continue Reading “HOW TO KEEP YOUR HANDS WARM WHEN SKIING”

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”

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”

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?”

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 Ski area: Zell am See–Kaprun, 138km Snow range: 762-3,029mResort height: 762mPronunciation: Zell – am – zayEasy slopes: 60kmIntermediate slopes: 55kmDifficult slopes: 29km What’s the skiing like in Zell am See? Zell am See…Continue Reading “AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO ZELL AM SEE”