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”

When you’re missing the mountains, there’s snow choice but to resort to some wintry wordplay to chairlift your spirits. Here are some of our favourites… Skiing puns Alpine for you when I’m gone You’ll après-ciate a crisp pint of beer after a day on the slopes Make it schnappy Dance like snowbody’s watching Ski ya later What’s the Matterhorn with you? All you need is glove(s) Can I Alp you? It’s all downhill from here You’ve taken a piste of my heart Snow puns With…Continue Reading “21 SKI PUNS THAT WON’T LEAVE YOU BOARD”

Are your annual cravings for a winter getaway kicking in? Our Winter 19/20 holidays are now on sale so you can get ahead of the game and book next year’s snow-filled adventure. There are loads of advantages to booking early – here are just a few… 1. Choose from more accommodations Whether you’re looking for an apartment, hotel or one of our high-end chalets, there’s much more choice when you start looking early. And if you’re getting the family together you can opt for an…Continue Reading “TOP 7 REASONS TO BOOK YOUR WINTER 19/20 SKI HOLIDAY EARLY”

Looking to tick the best black runs off your bucket list? Check out our pick of some of the most challenging pistes in Europe… The Swiss Wall, Avoriaz, France You’ll find the Swiss Wall (called Le Pas de Chavanette on the piste map) on the French/Swiss border. With a difficulty rating that’s literally off the charts – it’s technically classed as orange – it’s more demanding than most black slopes. Though only 1km long, the wide run drops 331m. It’s great fun after fresh snowfall,…Continue Reading “BLACK RUN FRIDAY”

Deep in the Canadian Rockies is the mountain town of Banff – named after the Scottish birthplace of George Stephen, the President of Canadian Pacific Railway who founded the town and its natural springs in 1883. As well as a short transfer of just 90 minutes, there are plenty of reasons why you can’t beat a winter holiday to Banff. Here are a few of our favourites… Outstanding skiing 8,000 acres of feather-light, dry powder cover the three huge mountains that make up Banff’s ski…Continue Reading “BEST THINGS ABOUT BANFF”