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?”

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”

Borovets, bulgaria

You’re dreaming of snowy mountains and gliding gracefully down slopes – but how do you actually start planning a ski trip? Check out our first-timer FAQ to help you get going.   How do I book a ski holiday? First, you’ll need to sort your flights, transfers and accommodation. These are included with all of our ski holidays, so you just need to decide on when and where you want to go. Look for resorts that are best for beginners, with highly rated, English-speaking ski…Continue Reading “HOW TO PLAN YOUR FIRST SKI TRIP”

Glacier skiing in Chamonix, France

What is glacier skiing? Glaciers are made up of layers of compacted snow and ice, taking millions of years to form – and you can ski on some of them. There are glaciers in loads of ski resorts, with marked runs and off-piste to explore. Why is glacier skiing great? Because the cold from the ice keeps the snow in perfect condition for skiing. Glaciers often sit at high altitude too, and the low temperatures mean they get heaps of snow that lasts longer –…Continue Reading “WHERE TO GO GLACIER SKIING”

FRENCH ALPS

Think ‘skiing’ and the French Alps are bound to come to mind. The huge, high-altitude ski areas are home to some of Europe’s prettiest, most challenging and most enjoyable runs. Here are five of our favourites to try… L’Aiguille Percée — Tignes Difficulty: BlueLength: 5km Cruise down a wide blue that’s full of photo moments. Start with a snap of the famous Aiguille Percée, the eye-of-the-needle rock that dominates the skyline up at 2,300m. Trace through the treeline, carve by an ice cave and skirt…Continue Reading “TOP 5 RUNS IN FRANCE”