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Its Opening Time

Another spate of ski resorts opened at the weekend. There is good snow at altitude in the Alps and even the French resorts are taking advantage and opening ahead of their scheduled start dates. It has though warmed up with rain falling in some resorts.

ESF justifies legal case against Ski Club GB

The organisation says it is supporting a legal action against a Leader from the Ski Club of Great Britain as he was allegedly breaking the law. Last week the Club said it was ending its current ties with the ESF and urged others to do the same.

Val Thorens wins again

The French resort has been named as the Best Ski Resort in the 2014 World Ski Awards. It won the title last year. The UK company, Crystal, was voted the Best Tour Operator.

Butler expulsion from BASI suspended

The British ski instructor, Simon Butler, claims victory as a court suspends his expulsion from the British Association of Snowsports Instructors. It may though be short-lived.

New initiative to fund Alpine ski racing

The GB alpine skiers receive precious little funding. Some fear the sport is under threat and Team GB may soon be unable to compete at the highest level. A new funding scheme has been launched.

Great ski deals for January

There are some huge savings off holidays after the festive season. One of our partners, Iglu, highlights what is on offer and we look at some other deals around.

Do you want to be a better skier?

If you want to take a pre-season ski instruction course with Snoworks you will need to be quick. Only a few places are left.

Should more resorts open?

Val Thorens and Vail opened on schedule last weekend. Whistler started early and other resorts in the Alps are taking advantage of the snow and doing the same. Should more open early?

Skiing secrets

It is back; the occasional blog that may or may not have something to do with snowsports. 75-years old is a good age to take up snowboarding apparently.

Increase in skiing on slopes of England

There has been a rise of 12% as people head to the snowdomes and artificial slopes of England. It is due to improved facilities and marketing, plus the impact of the Sochi Winter Olympics effect.

New for France this winter

The resorts in France claim a spend of €300million this summer to improve their resorts. What is new and will it pay off?

Crystal on the catwalk

The largest tour operator in the UK has gone to the Italian catwalk to launch its new uniforms for next season. What do you think?

Getting a work visa for Canada

With ever-tighter employment laws in Europe some seasonal winter workers are looking towards Canada. Getting a work permit is not difficult but it requires some planning ahead.

Fed up with carting your skis around?

If you make multiple trips to the Tarentaise area of the French Alps a new service allows you to store your skis. They are then taken to the next resort you visit.

The complex world of ski baggage charges

Some airlines offer it for free and others charge huge amounts. Check out a study from Skyscanners that looks at the variety of charges and who is the cheapest.

Ride the Canadian backcountry
Partner News

You do not have to be an expert to enjoy the deep powder snow in and around Kicking Horse. But if you try it then you might just become one, see how with one of our partners, Kicking Horse Powder Tours.

The Snoworks philosophy
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Most ski instruction courses teach techniques and movements to help people become better skiers. Snoworks has an entirely different method. Ski open.

Esprit Ski launches 3 new initiatives
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The family ski specialist is to introduce baby and toddler weeks, extra offerings in certain chalet and holidays to Whistler. Winter is coming!

Fancy a ski holiday near Morzine
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AliKats Mountain Holidays is offering two new properties in Montriond near Morzine. They offer quick access to the slopes in a quieter setting.

Skiing in Norway
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The Scandinavian country has seen a steady increase in visitors in recent years; people who want an alternative to the Alps. PlanetSKI reports from the snowfields of Norway.

An alternative Swiss ski area
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Every skier and snowboarder has heard of Zermatt and Verbier. Many are familiar with Davos, Klosters and St Moritz. But what about the linked resorts of Flims and Laax?

Visit the weather page to find weather reports for other regions and resorts.
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last updated: 2014-11-24 16:30:19

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