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?”

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?”

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”