Author: Kevin

A Guide to Choosing the Right Skis

Skiing is a fun and healthy hobby that has captivated the hearts of millions of people. However, deciding to buy your first pair of skis can be as confusing as your first time going down the mountain!   Choosing the Correct Skis Although there may seem to be thousands of skis available, they all fit into one of several general types – beginner’s skis, all mountain skis, freeride skis, freestyle skis, racing skis, and powder skis. We shed some light on the mysteries of correct ski selection.   How to choose Skis for Beginners Beginner’s Skis are made with...

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Cardrona Resort Guide

Resort Profile Cardrona is 33km from Wanaka and offers everything from reasonable beginners skiing and riding to some serious powder chutes. The season runs from mid June to mid October. Nearest town Wanaka is an enchanting laid back settlement on the bonny and visually stunning banks of Lake Wanaka, a slice of heaven all vow to return to. Resort Statistics   Resort Height 1504m Top Station 1880m Bottom Station 1504m Vertical Descent 376m Drag Lifts 2 Chair lifts 3 High Capacity 0 Opens June – Oct Expert Rating Currently Being Updated Intermediate Rating 6 Beginner Rating 6 Apres-Ski Rating 8 Snow Reliability 8 Mountain Info Numerous runs over decent variety of terrain suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels (check out the ‘Powder Keg’ chutes. A family atmosphere prevails and the area is noted for accessibility and attitude to disabled skiers. 33km from Wanaka season runs from mid June to mid October. Licensed Restaurant, 4 – Carved Half pipes, Self-Catering accommodation on hill, Near Waiorau Nordic Centre, Winter Gravity Cross Challenge, Heliskiing. Accommodation & Apres Ski There is self catering accommodation on the ski area at Cardrona but nearest settlement of significance is Wanaka> This is an enchanting laid back town on the tranquil, stunning shores of Lake Wanaka. Amongst its eclectic collection of restaurants is the strangely named Kyefuckapie. Shopping is of a similarly small scale but interesting...

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Aspen and Snowmass Ski Resort Guide

General Information Aspen has a reputation for being the playground of the rich, but it’s great whatever your budget. True, your flexible friend can get hurt, but only if you choose to mix with the in-crowd. Aspen is a 19th century boomtown, restored to past glories. It’s full of character. Within its cobblestone pedestrian mall beats the heart of the town: shops, restaurants, bars and galleries housed in perfectly restored historic buildings. The Village of Snowmass is a pleasant ski-in/ski-out village, 12 miles from Aspen, with some nice restaurants and good shops. The two towns are linked by a great bus service, making it easy to stay in Snowmass and still enjoy the experience of Aspen’s town. Aspen Mountain, Ajax, is right in the heart of the town. The other ski areas are a short drive/bus ride. Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands are full of interest to advanced skiers and intermediates. Buttermilk is great for novices and Snowmass offers a variety of terrain for all skiers. You can’t go wrong with all the options that the Aspen area offers! Why Go There? Misleading reputation. Aspen need not be any more expensive than any other Colorado resort Excellent snow record; wonderful Colorado powder Characterful, beautifully restored old mining town One of America’s best ski areas – good for all standards Good lift system. Few queues Superb children’s facilities; excellent ski...

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Soldeu Resort Guide

Resort Profile Soldeu’s ski area is accessed by parallel chair and gondola lifts from the two bases at Soldeu and El Tarter, giving at least four choices to get up to the above-treeline terrain first thing in the morning, minimising queues. There are two large ski areas specifically designed for beginners at Els Espoiolet in Soldeu and Riba Escorada in El Tarter and more than 160 multi-lingual teachers ready to give advice. Beginners will soon progress on to the gentle slopes of Solana del Forn above the resort. Intermediates will enjoy Soldeu’s skiing the most, with predominantly easy and intermediate trails to enjoy. The new lift link to Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig opens up 150km (93 miles) of terrain best suited to intermediates. Expert skiers have eight trails to choose from and a drag lift serving the off piste terrain of Pic d’Encampadana. Here you will find a snowcat operation, unique to the Pyrenées, bringing off-piste powder to those who want it. It may be unique to the world in that the service is offered free of charge to lift pass holders without supplement. The ski school manages heli-skiing excursions, snowcat and off-piste ski lessons if you need them and can also offer telemark and snowboarding tuition. The resort’s bump skiing stadium was extended a couple of years ago season and you can pick up free...

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Nevis Range Resort Guide

Resort Profile Since opening in 1989 the reputation enjoyed by Nevis Range has grown by the season. As the newest centre with major financial investments behind it, it has had to try harder to attract skiers and boarders. It has a lot going for it. On a clear day the scenery is a match for the Alps or the Rockies. From the steep pitch of the Nid Wall you can see for miles up the silvery lochs of the Great Glen and down Loch Linnhe. Set on Britain’s eighth highest peak Aonach Mor, the ski area looks across to Ben Nevis. With 35 runs off 11 lifts there is potentially some good skiing for all abilities when the whole area is up and running. Although there are some good beginner areas, including a short plastic dry slope, the majority of the terrain is well suited to intermediate skiers and boarders. Nevis Range staff are enthusiastic skiers and they have lead the way in Scotland in pursuing new levels of customer service, and the resort personnel are generally smiling, friendly and strive to help. Advanced skiers and boarders have some of the most exciting skiing and riding in Scotland in the back coires which drop off the back of the summit runs. Some of the runs over here hold snow well into May. The nearest accommodation is just at the...

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