A week of skiing requires a good level of fitness, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a mountain newbie. So before heading up to the peaks, try to get in some workouts to get ski-fit – not only will you enjoy the slopes more, but you’ll strengthen those key muscles, meaning there’ll be less risk of injury. You don’t have to be a member of a gym either. Instead, get slope-ready in the comfort of your own home with our online workout plan inspired by…Continue Reading “GET FIT FOR SKIING”

  It might seem insignificant to some, but to others the struggle is real. Some might scoff and mutter about how trivial it is, but here at Crystal we appreciate the importance of having the perfect ski hairstyle to hold your hair in place on the slopes, without ending up at apres-ski taming wind-kissed, wild tangles into submission. There are a couple of legitimate factors up for consideration: you want it out of the way, you want it to resist a helmet-hair situation and you…Continue Reading “7 Ski Hairstyles To Avoid Helmet Hair”

Altitude Festival 2016 – It’s Snow Joke

Festival season is here, but forget muddy wellies and warm ciders. Just add snow and say hello to pristine piste and ice cold drinks. Catch top Edinburgh fringe comedians – including the likes of Marcus Brigstocke, Andrew Maxwell and Kai Humphries – straight from the ski slopes at Austria’s “funniest show on snow” – Altitude Comedy Festival.  The venue is Mayrhofen in the Austrian Tirol and the shows will take place from 11-17 December 2016. Altitude Festival hosts some of the world’s biggest comics. Previous…Continue Reading “Altitude Festival 2016 – It’s Snow Joke”

A traditional mode of transport in Northern Europe, cross-country skiing has been around for yonks and in a world of high speeds and 1080 spins, it’s often labelled a ‘niche’ hobby. Across Scandinavia though, the habit retains its popularity, holding high status as a leisure pursuit and an exercise.

Perfectly groomed cross-country trails under the Northern Lights in Geilo, Norway
Perfectly groomed cross-country trails under the Northern Lights in Geilo, Norway

The advantages to cross-country skiing are plenty; not only can it be learnt pretty quickly, but it’s also a great workout. Plus, unlike its downhill counterpart where skiers are often restrained to queues, cold lifts, busy slopes and over-full cafes, cross-country skiers glide silently past.

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Continuing with our series on excellent après and nicely segued from our guide to mountain food, we’ve put together this list of intriguing national and regional beverages for your perusal. After what seems like weeks of festive drinking and Dry January, the last thing on most people’s minds is booze. With the season in full flow however, many of you heading to the slopes over the next few months will almost certainly be enjoying a tipple or two. Not that we would ever condone or encourage on-slope drinking……Continue Reading “Our guide to Mountain drinks”