Month: March 2018

Crested Butte Resort Guide

Looking for true Colorado with a bit of the tough stuff thrown in? Then Crested Butte is your place. This resort boasts some of the most challenging terrain in the US as well as one of the nicest western towns. Don’t worry if you are a beginner…there are some great places on the mountain for you to explore and a fantastic ski-school.

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Alpe d’Huez – perfect for a Group Ski Holiday

  On top of the world! in Alpe d’Huez Alpe d’Huez is popular with English holidaymakers and native French skiers and snowboarders thanks to its sustained levels of sunshine (often quoted as over 360 days annually). It has a modern feel, and is sprawled across a wide area, with 250 pistes across 230 km. It boasts the longest piste area in the Alps, almost that of Tignes and Val d’Isère combined.     The resort Alpe d’Huez has one of the largest nursery areas in Europe, as a result it is one of the prime venues for beginners to learn to ski and snowboard for the very first time. Expect to be spoilt for choice when it comes to beginner slopes. This resort is by no means a one trick pony, with a diverse array of different slopes which cater for different levels, making it the ideal venue for group ski holidays. Small groups of advanced snowboarders and skiers may prefer the under-classified slopes of Val d’Isère more however, due to the wide variety of what would be considered black runs anywhere else in Europe. The majority of the slopes are south-facing meaning lots of exposure to the sun. Some slopes can see closure near the end of the season due to this, but with such a vast array of slopes to choose from, this is hardly an issue....

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Chatel Ski Resort Guide

Resort Profile Chatel lies within the Porte du Soleil circuit, the world’s biggest lift and or bus linked winter playground which joins eight resorts in France and seven in Switzerland. It offers Good intermediate skiing, plenty within reach of the well spread out village. Resort Statistics   Resort Height 1200m Top Station 2200m Bottom Station 1200m Vertical Descent 1000m Drag Lifts 9 Chair lifts 6 High Capacity 0 Opens Dec-April Expert Rating 5 Intermediate Rating 7 Beginner Rating 6 Apres-Ski Rating 6 Snow Reliability 6 Mountain Info The whole Porte du Soleil ski area offers such a vast range of terrain and uplift that there really is something for everyone. Chatel’s wide range of skiing is best when it’s quiet. The Linga sector is great with gondola access from resort level but it is over 1km from the village centre and needs a short (Navette free) bus trip, and Super Chatel (1640m) offers something, including some slightly more snowsure beginners runs for everyone and a couple of black runs, while the skiing beyond her towards Morgin and Torgon offers some pleasing long runs. Chatel itself has 2 gondolas, 12 chairlifts and 24 drag lifts Avoriaz can be a paradise for intermediates of all standards. It has a reputation for bottlenecks in busy peak season in high traffic zones, but there is a good variety of uplift and skiing is...

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Skiing Beginner Course

Like most sports, Skiing is something you have to do and practice to learn it. It is about getting the feeling and developing your body, mind, and instincts by constant practice. There is however a lot of value in knowledge and reading about the basics of Skiing will definitely help you in those awkward first days on the slopes. We suggest you read the following and try to do the exercises described. Of course, a real life qualified trainer is the best way to learn Skiing but for those not willing to spend money on lessons, this section might prove very helpful. Skiing Beginner Course – Surface Exercises to the Plough Surface Exercises to the Plough Before beginning any type of sport, one must know the basics. In this section, you will learn the first basics of practicing on a flat surface and learning how to walk and turn. You will also learn how to make your way uphill and use A and V shapes to go up and down slopes. Just like in any other Outdoor Activity, you need to prepare before hitting the slopes. There is a very long list of the things you must take into consideration as well as the fundamental Skiing skills so that you will have a safe and fun time Skiing. Beginner Equipment One of the first things you will want to...

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Checklist for the Perfect French Ski Family Holiday

Any holiday can be stressful if you’re not prepared, so we’ve put together a French ski-holiday checklist containing things to do and things to consider before and during your ski holiday. Kids – If you’re planning on taking children – ensure that you book a child-friendly chalet or hotel. Kids clubs and daycare are usually available in resorts, at various prices. Tourist offices offer lists of local childminders and au-pairs. Child friendly English speaking ski schools – You may wish to send the kids out to learn from professionals. The French Ski School (ESF) has schools in each resort, otherwise...

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