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Taking to the Backcountry: Off-Piste Skiing and Snowboarding (2018-02-15 15:16:27)

For huge numbers of keen skiers and snowboarders the world over, there’s simply no feeling like the adrenaline rush of tackling backcountry terrain in the mountains. The moments leading up to a big off-piste run are to be savoured: the peppermint-fresh air, the calm silence, the open expanse of light, untouched powder before you. You drink it all in before clipping into your skis or strapping into your board.


The joys of a spring ski holiday (2018-02-06 07:51:23)

  While hitting the slopes is magical any time across the ski season, a spring ski holiday can be unforgettable for five big reasons.   More snow than you know   By the time spring rolls around in the Alps, months of snow has settled on the piste to form an excellent base that’s ripe for carving.


Five top snow-sure ski resorts in Europe (2018-02-06 07:50:22)

  Whether you’re craving a snowy Easter ski trip or planning a Christmas holiday in the Alps for next season, you’ll want to consider these snow-sure resorts.   Below, we’re featuring five of our favourite high-altitude destinations where the snow stays in excellent condition all season long.


Top Festivals Hitting the Alps this Winter 2018 (2018-01-16 16:40:35)

  Some of our favourite ski resorts will be hosting unmissable festivals this season, bringing together live bands and slick DJs with groomed pistes and stunning mountain surrounds.   Skiing and partying go hand in hand, and each year a slew of lively mountain festivals take the celebrations up a notch.


Improve your Skills on the Snow with Progression Ski & Snowboard School (2017-12-27 17:02:35)

  Ski or snowboard lessons are often a big part of our clients’ experience holidaying in the Alps, and advising people on ski school options in their chosen resort is a helpful step we often take. With that in mind, we’d like to introduce you to Progression Ski & Snowboard School.


Why Val Thorens is an Award-Winning Resort (2017-12-13 14:38:41)

  Val Thorens was the star of the recent World Ski Awards, landing the coveted World’s Best Ski Resort accolade for the fourth time in five years. It's received plenty of awards and recognition over the years, so here we're taking a look at what makes this Alpine destination such a winner.


Five Reasons to Ski the Alps in January (2017-11-23 13:31:32)

  With fresh snow to enjoy and big savings on catered chalets, January is a great time to go skiing in the Alps. Groups of friends, couples in search of romance, powder-hungry pros and eager learners looking for peace and quiet are all well-placed to make the most of January’s usually bumper conditions.


Win £55 worth of Yazzie Parka stylish skiwear (2017-11-06 14:41:13)

  Catered Ski Chalets have partnered up with one of the ski world’s most stylish start-ups – Yazzie Parka – in a brand new competition hitting Instagram now. The prize pack includes a brand new unisex heather grey hoodie in size large (£40) and a one-size-fits-all beanie (£15).


Skiset competition - winner’s announcement! (2017-09-11 16:56:00)

  Back in July, we teamed up with Skiset – Europe’s n°1 ski hire company – to run a competition to win free ski or snowboard and boot hire. The competition was open to anyone who booked a ski holiday for six or more people to the popular French resorts of Val d’Isère, Méribel (not Méribel Village), Les Arcs 2000, Tignes Val Claret and La Plagne 1800.


5 Reasons Why Méribel Works for Families (2017-08-25 16:01:20)

Nestled in the heart of the Three Valleys ski area, the French resort of Méribel is a popular all-rounder. It’s home to some of the finest snow parks in Europe, with off-piste terrain to keep even the most advanced riders and skiers challenged.


Win £82 of women’s ski wear in our #WinItWednesday competition (2017-07-25 13:17:27)

In partnership with SNOOKS, the UK’s first ski and snowboard brand dedicated solely to women, we’re giving away stylish ski wear in our latest #WinItWednesday competition. Read on to discover more about SNOOKS, a look at the trendy £82 prize pack and all you need to know about entering – it’s super easy!


Méribel, an insider’s guide (2017-06-13 13:20:48)

  The French ski resort of Méribel regularly ranks among our most popular destinations, attracting skiers and snowboarders of all ages, groups of families and friends alike, bargain-hunters and discerning visitors looking for high-end luxury. With slopes running up to 3,230m and swift chairlifts and gondolas, getting around is easy.


Ski Lift Upgrades for the 2017/18 Winter Season and Beyond (2017-05-18 10:39:33)

  With competition strong among rival ski resorts across the Alps, every visitor’s lift pass purchase counts, and popular destinations like St. Anton, Méribel and Verbier work hard to maintain swift and modern lift systems. Between ski seasons, huge sums of money are spent upgrading resorts to make getting around and exploring the terrain easier than ever before.


Win £45 of ski wear in our #WinItWednesday competition (2017-04-11 14:08:04)

  Catered Ski Chalets have partnered with outdoor label Chloe Parka to offer some awesome ski wear in our latest #WinItWednesday competition. The prize pack includes a stylish sweatshirt and beanie (pictured below) and entering the contest only takes a few clicks.


5 Top Ski Resorts for New Year (2017-04-04 17:16:59)

  To make your New Year's Eve truly spectacular, a snow-clad Alpine resort is the place to be. Ski through the day and raise a glass of vin chaud at night as fireworks burst overhead, illuminating the slopes and magnificent mountain peaks.


Over half a metre of fresh snow in the Alps (2017-03-27 12:39:11)

  April is just around the corner and yet more snow has fallen across popular ski resorts in the Alps. For anyone considering a dash to slopes over the Easter holidays, we look at some of the destinations currently enjoying tip-top conditions.


5 Top Ski Resorts for Christmas 2017 (2017-03-17 10:03:17)

  Spring is in the air and the hazy days of summer are just around the corner. That means it's time to forget about the snow for another year, right?


5 Top Ski Resorts for Spring (2017-03-07 17:12:16)

  As snow continues to fall across the Alps (almost a metre in the past few days!) we look at five of the best ski resorts for your money this spring.   Expect high-altitude slopes where you can bounce through powder in March, carve perfect corduroy pistes with the family in April and party under bluebird skies at sunny terrace bars.


Non-Stop Ski Challenges to Try in the Alps (2017-02-28 10:35:37)

  Spring is ticking round in the Alps and the biting cold of winter is giving way to bluebird skies and sun-kissed peaks. The sun is up and the days are longer — time to test your endurance and get that burn in your ski legs.


5 Top Family Ski Deals for Half Term (2017-02-01 13:09:27)

  Like it or loathe it, the school calendar dictates holiday dates for families looking for adventure. Whether for summer sun or winter snow, parents with kids in school are typically tied to pretty restrictive dates.


Top Romantic Holidays in the Alps (2017-01-23 10:47:43)

  Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day or “just because”, a romantic holiday in the Alps can be the ultimate celebration for couples who share a love of skiing. Below, you’ll find some of our most beautiful mountain properties, from modest chalets to luxurious hotels, that are ideal for snuggling up with a special someone.


Save on the Slopes this February Half Term. (2017-01-18 10:38:10)

  With travel, accommodation, lift passes and ski hire to budget for, whisking the family off to the Alps can be a pricey business. February’s popular Half Term date is just round the corner, so we thought it a fine time to suggest a few ways you can enjoy outdoor adventure with that value-for-money feeling.


Getting ready for the Alps at Chel-Ski in London (2017-01-18 09:45:31)

  Recently, Catered Ski Chalets broadcast via Facebook Live from Chel-Ski’s indoor ski slope to demonstrate some key techniques for the piste this season. One of our ski holiday experts was joined by an ace Chel-Ski instructor, and we saw everything from basic skills to some impressive advanced moves.


#WinterIsHere Competition Winners Announced! (2017-01-11 11:14:47)

  Now that our #WinterIsHere competition has come to an end, the team here at Catered Ski Chalets want to thank our thousands of hopeful entrants for taking part. With prizes including Mojo ski and snowboard wear, copies of the hugely popular Steep videogame, a voucher for SunGod Revolts and the top prize — an all-inclusive Club Med Ski holiday for two to the Alps — entrants had it all to play for!


Ski School Recommendations for Winter 2016/17 and Beyond (2017-01-06 12:16:26)

When it comes to skiing and snowboarding, a little professional help goes a long way. Whether you’re taking to the snow for the first time or you’re a seasoned expert with years of experience, there’s always room for improvement.  In the Alps over the last 25 years, two international ski schools have set themselves apart from the competition; Oxygène and Magic in Motion.


Take Your New Year’s Resolutions to the Snow this Winter (2016-12-30 13:53:34)

  The turkey is finished, the presents are unwrapped, and Christmas is over and done with for another year. Now it’s time for New Year’s celebrations!


A Short Break in Snow-Sure Tignes (2016-12-29 16:05:13)

  Getting up at 4am is never fun, especially on a cold and dark winter morning, but when you’re heading to the Espace Killy for a few days’ skiing across some of the world’s most beautiful and snow-sure slopes, it really makes the process a whole lot easier.   I’d never visited Tignes or Val d’Isère before, but I’d heard nothing but good things from my colleagues and seasonaire friends, many of them returning year-on-year to make the most of the buzzing après scene and fantastic snow.


4 things to get you pumped for skiing this season (2016-12-22 09:27:32)

  Snow has settled across the Alps and keen skiers are booking up beds in top resorts. For many, it’s just a matter of counting down the days to departure, but that wait can seem to stretch for eternity.


5 Christmas Gifts for Skiers and Boarders (2016-12-13 14:37:06)

  If you have keen skiers and snowboarders left on your Christmas list, here are five great-value gifts that will bring extra joy to their winter holidays.     SunGod Revolts (£95)   SunGod Revolts are the world’s first interchangeable, fully-replaceable ski goggles.


5 Reasons to Hit your Local Indoor Ski Slope (2016-12-09 12:49:34)

  Nothing can match the fresh air, stunning scenery and outdoor adventure found in the Alps… let’s make that clear from the kick-off. But for skiers and snowboards of all levels, the UK’s modern indoor slopes can play a big role in honing your skills.


Win a £140 ski jacket from Mojo’s new range! (2016-12-08 14:47:21)

  Our friends at Mojo Clothing recently revealed their 2016/17 line of awesome winter apparel. As part of our #WinterIsHere competition, Catered Ski Chalets are giving away a Mojo ski jacket worth £140, along with other fantastic prizes.


3 Top Luxury Ski Destinations for Winter 2016/17 (2016-12-07 17:28:37)

  Across the soaring peaks and plunging valleys of the European Alps, hidden hamlets and bustling mega-resorts welcome keen skiers and snowboarders for outdoor adventure on the slopes. Spanning 1,200 kilometres across diverse nations including Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland, the Alps offer snow-lovers a diversity of culture, language and terrain not seen anywhere else on the planet.


Ubisoft Launch Steep - Win Your Copy! (2016-12-05 13:46:27)

  Launched by Ubisoft on Friday, Steep is an open-world game inspired by the Alps where players can explore in ways never seen before. The team here at Catered Ski Chalets are giving away copies of the game to lucky winners of our #WinterIsHere competition – along with a bunch of other stellar prizes.


Tips for Avoiding Injury on the Slopes (2016-12-01 15:49:16)

  After you’ve spent your precious time saving, planning and getting excited for a ski holiday, who has time for injuries? Not us.


Our Top 5 All-Inclusive Resorts (2016-11-29 14:38:25)

  It’s a bumper start to the 2016/17 ski season, and some of our favourite Alpine destinations are already cranking up the lifts and welcoming skiers to the slopes. To celebrate, we’ve partnered with our friends at Club Med to offer two lucky winners the chance to hit the ski resort of their choice in our #WinterIsHere competition, which you can enter here.


All-Inclusive Ski Adventure, Courtesy of Club Med (2016-11-22 13:15:15)

  Since 1950, Club Med has been delivering unforgettable ski holidays across Europe and beyond. Over the decades, the company has fine-tuned its product and today delivers the most all-encompassing holiday packages the ski industry has to offer.


Celebrating the Festive Season with Club Med (2016-11-15 13:00:05)

With the chance of fresh snow and the promise of festive celebrations among family and friends, Christmas and New Year are magical times to spend in the Alps. Twinkling lights illuminate the pretty streets and, with a little luck, snowflakes fall over the pistes in time for morning.


Kicking off the Ski Season with our #WinterIsHere Competition. (2016-11-10 12:49:47)

The first heavy snows of winter are falling across the peaks and valleys of the Alps, and ski resorts are preparing to swing open their doors for the 2016/17 season. This year, we’re teaming up with Club Med and offering you the chance to celebrate in style with our #WinterIsHere competition.


Ski Resorts for Extra-Affordable Getaways (2016-11-10 11:58:07)

  For skiers who enjoy the thrill of a bargain as much as they relish long turns through powder and speeding down the piste, here are three resorts renowned for being more affordable than their neighbours.   Mayrhofen, Austria This traditional Tyrolean village is famous for buzzing après-ski, reliable snow and very reasonable prices.


3 Ski Resorts for Off-piste powder hounds (2016-11-09 15:15:21)

  If carving steep lines through untouched snow is priority number one on your holiday, here are three resorts to hit.     St Anton A ski hard/party hard town, confident intermediates and expert riders will find exhilarating off-piste potential across St Anton and the Arlberg – now Austria’s largest linked ski domain.


5 Top Ice and Snow Sculpting Festivals (2016-11-03 10:02:33)

  It really is magical to watch someone shape a huge block of snow into a snarling dragon or a gigantic Darth Vader. If you like to see humanity push the boundaries of artistic possibility, here are 5 ice and snow sculpting festivals to check out this season.


New Brands for Winter 2016/17 at the Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show (2016-10-31 17:25:04)

  So the Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show 2016 has been and gone. Thousands of keen snow-lovers filled the Battersea Park venue space last weekend, with dozens of top ski resorts and hot new brands all laying out their wares.


3 Top Christmas Experiences in the Alps (2016-10-31 15:45:49)

  When you spend Christmas in a top ski resort, you can count on the pleasure of mulled wine, festive lights and roaring fireplaces, as well as the excitement of Santa riding through town. But there’s so much more to a Christmas ski holiday...


Halloween at England’s Top Snow Centres (2016-10-26 15:41:11)

England’s indoor ski centres are getting ready for the Halloween weekend with special offers, kids camps and spooky themed slopes. Whether you want to practise your turns with expert coaches or hit a few kickers before sipping cocktails, there’s plenty to thrill adults, teens and little ones alike.


3 Ski Resorts for Foodies (2016-10-25 09:30:10)

Michelin starred restaurants, Alpine-style specialties and top-tier cheese and wine: here’s where to go if you like your skiing with a side of gourmet dining – or perhaps the other way around?       Courchevel, France   As if access to the world’s largest lift-linked ski area wasn’t enough, Courchevel also has more Michelin starred restaurants than any other Alpine resort.


5 Must-See Ski & Snowboard Films of 2016/17 (2016-10-13 15:16:56)

  Like pictures of fresh snow on social media, these films make us want to dash to the Alps right away.   Shades of Winter – Between   This documentary-style extreme sports film follows the Shades of Winter crew as the shred around the world, from the slopes of a Hawaiian volcano to the sheer gradients of Alaska.


Benefits of an all-inclusive ski holiday (2016-10-10 13:47:58)

Accommodation, flights and transfers included, lift passes taken care of, gourmet lunches, snacks and dinners, unlimited drinks and ski lessons all wrapped up under one tidy price. This is the all-inclusive Club Med experience.


Christmas in Courchevel (2016-10-07 17:43:36)

A look at what’s on in Courchevel 1850 this festive season and chalet options for an unforgettable getaway.     Many would say that Christmas is the most magical time for a ski holiday, and with Alpine villages illuminated by festive lights, exciting events for the whole family and the chance to meet Father Christmas, it's hard to disagree.


Oxygène and Magic in Motion Ski School Merge (2016-10-04 12:24:59)

For skiers taking to the snow in major resorts such as La Plagne, Val d’Isère, Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel and Val Thorens in the last 20 years, two international ski schools have stood out from the crowd for the quality and variety of their tuition; Oxygène and Magic in Motion.   The brands have worked hard — since starting up separately in 1992 — to develop and diversify their on-slope classes, building over the years a reputation for excellence and a huge collection of very happy clients.


3 Tips for Beginner Snowboarders (2016-09-29 11:31:28)

You’ll stack, you might curse but you’re going to love it.   Like any extreme sport, starting out in snowboarding can be daunting, but once you get up to speed the thrills make all those early stacks worthwhile.


SunGod launch new sport sunglasses. Sell out in less than a month. (2016-09-21 14:04:41)

  The minds behind our favourite custom ski goggles recently brought out a new model of adventure sunglasses, the SunGod Renegades, and they’re certainly a hot item.     If the name SunGod rings a bell, it’s probably for the designer’s fully customisable ski goggles that launched last season.


Eurostar Launches Extra Services for Express Travel to the Alps (2016-02-29 12:14:38)

Skiers craving an Easter escape to the French Alps will have more high-speed trains to whisk them there starting Good Friday, with a new 3-times-per-week service direct to Lyon.  While flying into airports like Geneva or Chambery remains the top choice for many, there’s a lot to be said for travelling by Eurostar to the Alps: the price is competitive, the journey is comfortable, there are fine views to enjoy and you can carry your skis without paying extra.Beginning Friday, 25th March, Eurostar will offer a new 3-times-per-week service direct from London St Pancras International to Lyon.


After Aspen Snub, Shaun White Skips Oslo X Games. Talks Olympic Aspirations. (2016-02-25 13:26:39)

Following his exclusion from the Aspen X Games — allegedly over remarks he made in October — Shaun White will not appear at the event’s inaugural run in Oslo this week. Instead, the snowboarding legend has been promoting his Air + Style tour and discussing Olympic hopes for the future.Snow sports fans the world-over were stunned by the absence of halfpipe superstar Shaun White at the Aspen X Games last month.


UK Rockers Muse to Headline Ischgl’s Top of the Mountain Festival in April (2016-02-19 13:06:41)

 When it comes to celebrating the start and end of the ski season each year, nowhere throws a better party than the Austrian town of Ischgl. The resort’s famous Top of the Mountain concerts draw crowds 20,000-strong, all keen to enjoy the heady blend of sensational skiing and live music.Over the years, Ischgl has played host to a long list of luminaries including Robbie Williams, Elton John, Tina Turner, Katy Perry, Deep Purple, Kylie Minogue, the Beach Boys, Rihanna, Pink and James Blunt, and this year’s headline act for the season closing party has recently been announced.UK rockers Muse will take to the stage on Saturday 30th April, bringing their unique blend of art-rock and heavy riffs to the soaring peaks and snowy slopes of Ischgl’s Idalp sector.


Hit & Run; DC Announces a New International Contest Series (2016-02-16 12:54:58)

A new competition set to hit the slopes next week is billed to bring an altogether more international feel to the way we rank our riders. DC’s new Hit & Run comp will see competitors race for the top spot across Mammoth Mountain, Meribel and Whistler Blackcomb, with events scheduled to start on 26th Feb.


Eddie the Eagle Jumps for Charity (2016-02-12 15:34:13)

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards recently made a triumphant return to Olympic-scale ski jumping, along with five lucky competition winners, to raise money in aid of Ski 4 Cancer.Eddie, famous for his inspiring effort at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, launched off the 90 metre Olympic jump in Courchevel recently — his first such jump in 20 years. He also took part in a friendly competition with a line up of Brits who had never ski jumped before (don’t worry, they received expert training beforehand) in an event dubbed the ‘Unofficial British Ski Jumping Championships’.The amateur ski jumpers, comprised of Alexandra Stubbs, Max Willcocks, Andrew Marshall, Donald Banks and Mark Black, were fortunate enough to win a ‘Jump with Eddie’ contest, which saw them earn two week-long trips to Courchevel.


A Brit’s First Trip to Whistler (2016-02-01 10:02:32)

 For a long time, a trip to the Canadian ski resort of Whistler Blackcomb felt beyond my grasp. 10-day trips there from the UK typically cost over a grand, and I’d always been perfectly happy ticking off European resorts a little closer to home.


A Brit’s First Trip to Whistler (2016-02-01 10:02:32)

 For a long time, a trip to the Canadian ski resort of Whistler Blackcomb felt beyond my grasp. 10-day trips there from the UK typically cost over a grand, and I’d always been perfectly happy ticking off European resorts a little closer to home.


Shaun White “Wasn’t Invited” to 2016 Winter X Games (2016-01-29 16:49:18)

 According to the Denver Post, Winter X Games golden boy Shaun White will not be competing in the 2016 Games – the 23-time medal winner was reportedly not invited. Snow sport lovers tuning in for the X Games SuperPipe event in Aspen this weekend are bound to be thinking, “Wait a sec, where’s Shaun White?” Well, the Denver Post has quoted Game’s spokesperson Danny Chi as saying, “He wasn’t invited”. Hold on, we are talking about the Shaun White, aren’t we? 2 Olympic gold medals, 15 x Games gold medals – the most in the event’s history – that guy, right? Since making his debut in 2003 at 13-years-old, the athlete has become something of a poster boy for the Games, competing in Aspen every year except 2014, when he took leave to prepare for the Sochi Olympics. White famously landed the first ever Double McTwist 1260 in competition at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, winning gold in the Men’s Halfpipe Final.


3 Under-the-Radar Family Ski Resorts (2016-01-25 16:28:47)

 When it comes to family ski holidays in the Alps, not all resorts are created equal. If you’re planning a half-term or Easter ski holiday with the kids, it’s worth spending a bit of time researching the best resorts that cater particularly well to families, meaning the little ones will have more fun… and therefore so will you. Obergurgl, AustriaThere are numerous ski resorts geared towards families across France, but Obergurgl in Austria gets our vote for it's friendly Austrian charm and suitability for families with older/teenage children.


London Auction Presents History of Skiing in Vintage Posters (2016-01-14 17:45:05)

An upcoming London auction on 21st January will feature classic ski posters from the 1900s that paint a picture of the sport’s colourful history. The images take us back before the invention of the snowboard and Gore-Tex jackets, when skis were made purely from timber and white bonnets were the height of chic on the slopes.Christie’s Ski Sale will include images from the turn of the 20th Century, not long after ski holidays first began.


50% Off Ski Holidays for March and April (2016-01-06 15:05:54)

The snow has arrived in earnest for 2016 and groups of skiers are excitedly booking their trips for later in the season. With January sales on everyone's mind and savings to be made across the Alps, we’re rolling out some spectacular discounts for those looking to ski in March and April.Select holidays in Mayrhofen, St Anton, La Plagne and Courchevel are available at massive 50% discounts – all with flights, transfers and accommodation included.


Top Ski Resorts to Hit Right Now (2015-12-29 15:06:49)

 Mild weather is dominating the Alps right now, but temperatures are expected to drop in January with more fresh snow to fall. Whilst it may not be the very strongest start to winter 2015/16, ski conditions in many resorts are good. The question is, where?We’ve taken a look across the snow reports and forecasts online to bring you the resorts with the best ski conditions.


5 Tips to Keep Safe on the Slopes (2015-12-21 10:29:34)

  Whether you’re new to skiing or a seasoned expert, it pays to be safety-conscious – after all, skiing is an extreme sport and mishaps can happen. Below are 5 tips to help ensure that your ski holiday is exactly what it should be: nothing but ripping good fun.


3 Top Ski Resorts for Beginners (2015-12-17 15:16:58)

  Whether you’re planning your very first ski holiday, or you have a beginner in your midst and you want them to enjoy a positive introduction to the sport, we bring you 3 of the best resorts for those making their start on the snow.   One of our top picks: a gem tucked away in the Ötztal Alps in Austria.


Cost of Ski Holidays... Dropping (2015-12-11 17:35:37)

 Let’s face it, ski holidays aren’t exactly well-known for being cheap, but new research has revealed that the cost of a ski holiday is in fact falling. Prices for accommodation, ski hire, lessons and even food and drink have dramatically dropped this year compared to last season. The latest annual report by the Post Office shows that the cost of a ski holiday across some of the European resorts most popular with Brits has decreased – in some places quite significantly. According to the report - covered in the Telegraph this week - the popular French resort of Les Deux Alpes, for example, has seen a whopping 13.5% drop in prices compared to the 2014/2015 ski season.


SKI Magazine and Forbes Name Their No.1 Resorts (2015-12-07 11:45:31)

Across the pond in a land we like to call “Powder Heaven”, but most call “North America”, SKI Magazine and Forbes named their number 1 resorts for 2016. But who got it right?Forbes and SKI Magazine run two of the most reputable, and read, ski resort rankings in the States and Canada, but the two lists use quite different methods.


Luxury Ski Chalets at Everyday Prices (2015-11-27 15:32:00)

Just because you like a bit of luxury, doesn’t mean you don’t also enjoy the distinct satisfaction that comes with getting a good deal on your ski holiday. With that in mind, here are our top picks for luxury ski chalets that you can book this season without breaking the bank.Bellevarde Lodge Chablis in Val d'IsereIf you’re looking to get out on the slopes as soon as humanly possibly this season, the Bellevarde Lodge Chablis is for you (and 11 of your skiing pals, if you so wish).


Free Ski Fitness App (2015-11-24 10:31:59)

A new app developed by a team of physiotherapists aims to get skiers and boarders in top shape for the snow, reducing their risk of joint and muscle injury.  Image courtesy of Tucker Sherman on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.    Most of us have experienced one of the following scenarios: you excitedly get on the mountain for first tracks of the season but struggle to get your snow-legs back, you find yourself absolutely exhausted before the day is out, or the next morning you have to literally roll out of bed because your muscles are that sore.   SKIRAD (ski ready & avoid damage) takes users through exercises to improve their fitness ahead of the ski season, pre-snow warm ups and post-snow cool downs to maintain peak condition during their holiday and practical advice to help avoid injury on the slopes.


Last Chance to Buy Epic Pass for 2016 Ski Season (2015-11-19 17:20:19)

If you’re considering a ski trip across the pond to the States – and with their recent heavy snowfalls, we know we are – then you’ll want to check out the Epic Pass before sale ends this coming Sunday 22nd November. The pass provides complete, all-season lift access at some of the best ski destinations on the continent, all at incredible value for money.Powder skiing in Vail, Colorado.


Avoid Holiday Scam in the Alps: How to Protect Yourself (2015-11-13 17:26:51)

A website operating under the name “chalethunter.com” is reportedly selling fake holidays to resorts including Meribel, Chamonix, Les Gets, Chatel, Val d'Isere, Tignes, Verbier, Courchevel, Morzine, St Martin, Megeve and many more across the Alps, a reminder to always stay safe when booking your dream winter getaway.Image credit: Marcie Casas on Flickr under a Creative Commons license.According to Meribel reporter Alice Gregr, the apartments and chalets advertised by chalethunter.com do not exist under their listed names, and do in fact belong to other companies. One unlucky skier reportedly lost thousands of pounds to the scam.


Luxury Skiing and Superb Value in Verbier (2015-11-06 14:21:47)

  Interactive Resorts are delighted to be running an exclusive offer on the beautiful 5* chalet Plein Soleil in Verbier, for the 17th Jan 2016.This stunning 6-8 bed property sits within easy reach of the main Médran lift station and the vibrant heart of the resort. The three well-appointed bedrooms all offer en-suite facilities, and there’s a bunk room for any children in your party.Comfortable and spacious, the chalet-apartment offers open-plan living area with deep sofas, rustic feel and roaring fire perfect for relaxing round in the evenings.French windows on one side of the property open out onto a south-west facing balcony, from which guests can enjoy breathtaking views over the peaks beyond.For ski access, there’s a shared shuttle service between 8am and 4pm, whisking guests to and from the ski lifts, lessons and resort centre with ease.The Plein Soleil is available with Interactive Resorts for the 17th January, reduced from a sole-use price of £5750 down to £5000.If you’d like more information on this wonderful deal or further details on any of our other wonderful properties, don’t hesitate to call us on 020 3080 0200 or use our helpful chat facility to get in touch. 


London Ski and Snowboard Show Starts Strong (2015-11-06 11:17:33)

The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard show kicked off in London’s Battersea Park yesterday, with plenty of Alpine-style excitement to whet our appetites ahead of winter 2015/16.Expert riders entertained the crowds with big air stunts over at the Mount Battersea kicker, ski fans met Team GB riders, visitors enjoyed Alpine-inspired food, new gear for winter 2015/16 went on sale and British Electronic music outfit Hot Chip took celebrations into the evening.The excitement continues today and all through the weekend with more big-air action at Mount Battersea, more of the latest ski gear on display and sale,  hilarious live acts at the comedy tent, prizes and  give-aways plus live music from Norman Jay MBE. It’s all happening in a brilliant Alpine-style setting right smack in the middle of London’s Battersea Park.Tickets are available online and at the door.


Christmas in the lap of Luxury with a 10% Discount and Free Liftpasses (2015-10-30 16:07:36)

Interactive Resorts are delighted to offer the beautiful 6* luxury chalet Grande Corniche in Les Gets for the Christmas week with a 10% discount and free lift passes included.Built from stone and wood in classic Alpine style, the chalet offers all the contemporary fixtures and fittings you’d expect from a property of this calibre. Guests can relax among friends and family around the crackling log fire, unwind after long days on the snow in the stylish glass sauna and enjoy a soak under the stars in the spacious outdoor Jacuzzi.Grande Corniche sits within easy reach of the traditional restaurants, bars and shops of Les Gets town centre, with chauffeur-driven 4x4 to get to and from the slopes each day.  A famously family-friendly resort, Les Gets is home to a wide range of terrain with slopes suitable for first-timers and seasoned skiers alike.


Five Ski Apps to Check Out This Season (2015-10-28 12:04:06)

Snow has been falling across the Alps and more is on the way; it’s time to gear up for the ski season. Here are five apps to consider having in your pocket this winter – including some brilliant freebies.


A Foot of Snow Falls over Colorado Resorts (2015-10-26 15:20:30)

 Last week saw Colorado’s weather patterns take a decidedly wintery turn, with up to a foot of fresh snow settling across the peaks and valleys of the region’s major ski resorts.The likes of Vail, Beaver Creek, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone and Breckenridge all saw between 7 and 12 inches of fresh snow, while Aspen Snowmass reported up to 6 inches of the white stuff falling over its peaks and pistes.  The first significant mountain snowfall of the season began Wednesday of last week, and it continued right through Thursday.


Third Michelin Star in Zermatt (2015-10-19 11:38:32)

 In big news for foodies, the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt has another feather in its cap (or chef hat). The Omnia this year became the third on-mountain restaurant to earn a Michelin Guide star, joining Le Capri (housed in the Mont Cervin Palace hotel) and After Seven (Backstage Hotel Vernissage) in the coveted culinary rankings. Zermatt: home to Europe’s highest ski runs, the Matterhorn and gourmet excellence.


Whistler Blackcomb Releases 50 Years of Going Beyond - The Movie (2015-10-16 13:09:17)

 Discover how an Olympic dream in 1966 turned into one of the most legendary resorts in North America. Meet the visionaries and industry giants that helped make it happen – from famous freestyle skiers to the guy who championed dropping bombs to combat avalanches.Whistler Blackcomb have just released a very special 30-minute movie to commemorate their 50th anniversary, the highly anticipated 50 Years of Going Beyond.The movie marks five decades of innovation and unbelievable skiing.


Enjoy New Year Skiing with Over £200pp in Savings (2015-10-14 16:04:36)

 For those looking to ring in the New Year slope-side, Interactive Resorts are pleased to offer the charming Papillon 6 in La Rosière at a special rate: reduced from £1299pp to £1080pp for the December 26th week with accommodation, transfers and flights from London Gatwick.This catered chalet boasts a prime location on the piste, comfortable interiors, crackling fireplace and two shared saunas. The property sleeps up to 13 people in 7 bedrooms with full en suite facilities, offering plenty of flexibility for families or groups of friends.


What’s New in France for the 2015/2016 Ski Season? (2015-10-09 10:45:30)

 Each winter we look forward to seeing how our favourite ski resorts have spent their money in the off-season; upgrading lifts, improving learner facilities and renovating infrastructure both in-resort and on the slopes. This summer has seen a whole raft of improvements, so read on for details on some of the upgrades to look forward to across the Alps during the forthcoming winter ski season! Three new fast lifts in the Three Valleys In a bid to relieve queues and deliver snow-lovers up the mountain quicker, there have been a few lift upgrades across the Three Valleys for the 2015/2016 winter season.


Courchevel this Christmas for £695pp with a free lift pass (2015-10-06 16:00:17)

 Interactive Resorts are pleased to offer the catered chalet-hotel Les Avals, nestled in the heart of Courchevel 1650, at £695pp for a 7-night stay at Christmas including flights, transfers and accommodation, with free local area lift passes for all travellers.Les Avals is on special offer, down from £845pp with no lift passes to £695pp with free local area lift passes. For skiers looking to enjoy Christmas slope-side this year, the deal represents some of the best value-for-money on the market right now!The property boasts prime location across the road from Courchevel 1650’s main gondola.


Hands-Free Chat Across the Slopes with Airwave Technology (2015-09-07 17:24:28)

 Skiers and snowboarders who like hitting the slopes with their favourite tunes in their ear, listen up! There’s a handy piece of kit nearly ready to break onto the market for winter 2015/16, which allows open radio communication between friends on the mountain and lets you enjoy your favourite beats at the same time.Introducing the Airwave.Brainchild of British inventor and keen snowboarder Rob Wheatley, the Airwave integrates your walkie talkie with your phone over Bluetooth, bringing you instant communication directly from your earphones.You simply download the Airwave app to your phone, plug in your walkie talkie to the Airwave and put it in your rucksack or jacket pocket.


An Intro into Learning to Snowboard (Part 1) (2015-09-02 17:18:57)

  Since snowboarding first burst onto the winter sports scene in the early 1980s with pioneers such as Jake Burton and Dimitrije Milovitch, the sport has grown from strength to strength. Of course, brave souls have been strapping themselves onto planks of wood to experiment with different thrills and spills since the early 20th century, but let’s for now focus on the sport as we know it today...  Following early successes at the 1982 National Snowboarding Championships in Vermont, snowboarding grew and grew before hitting the big time at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.


What’s New in Val d’Isere for 2015/16 (2015-08-19 15:10:33)

 The French ski resort of Val d’Isere takes pride of place among the most popular Alpine destinations in the world, and with its attractive town centre, modern lift system, top-notch ski schools, vibrant nightlife and varied restaurant scene, it’s a well-deserved status.But aside from the superb visitor infrastructure, Val has a history of spending and investing wisely – keeping up with competition from other popular resorts like Meribel and Verbier, and ensuring that guests enjoy fine skiing facilities all the way from village-level to the soaring peaks above.Winter 2015/16 is just round the corner, and this summer has seen a whole host of improvement works both in-resort and on the slopes. We’ve taken a look across the resort to highlight a few of the more major changes we can look forward to this winter.Solaise lift redevelopmentRumours of a Solaise redevelopment have been bandied around for quite a while now, and this summer has seen them starting to take shape.


London’s Freeze Festival Returns Bigger and Better than Ever (2015-08-04 17:27:47)

 It’s the London snowsports event which, for keen skiers and boarders across the UK, heralds the countdown to the winter ski season, and this November it’s set to return from a 1-year hiatus in style.Organisers have re-jigged the format to fit in more of the competitions, gigs and snow-related shenanigins we know and love than ever before. There’ll be an official FIS Snowboard World Cup Big Air comp alongside an International Freeski Invitational in place to draw some of winter sport's biggest names to the UK capital and, in short, we’re looking at a weekend of intense competition and raucous partying!360 tonnes of the white stuff will be ploughed across an impressive 120 x 41-metre jump for the World Cup Big Air comp – making a real spectacle for those ski and snowboard fans who manage to bag themselves tickets to the show.Although the official competitor lineup is yet to be released, the nature of the event means we’re guaranteed to see a dazzling diaplay of international ski and snowboard talent alongside the home-grown crop from right here in the UK.Image courtesy of http://freezebigair.com/ Festival-goers will be able to watch well-established skiers and boarders like James Woods, Billy Morgan, Jenny Jones and Jamie Nicholls stomp the snow alongside a whole host of up-and-coming athletes hoping to make a name for themselves on the international competition circuit.


London’s Freeze Festival Returns Bigger and Better than Ever (2015-08-04 17:27:47)

 It’s the London snowsports event which, for keen skiers and boarders across the UK, heralds the countdown to the winter ski season, and this November it’s set to return from a 1-year hiatus in style.Organisers have re-jigged the format to fit in more of the competitions, gigs and snow-related shenanigins we know and love than ever before. There’ll be an official FIS Snowboard World Cup Big Air comp alongside an International Freeski Invitational in place to draw some of winter sport's biggest names to the UK capital and, in short, we’re looking at a weekend of intense competition and raucous partying!360 tonnes of the white stuff will be ploughed across an impressive 120 x 41-metre jump for the World Cup Big Air comp – making a real spectacle for those ski and snowboard fans who manage to bag themselves tickets to the show.Although the official competitor lineup is yet to be released, the nature of the event means we’re guaranteed to see a dazzling diaplay of international ski and snowboard talent alongside the home-grown crop from right here in the UK.Image courtesy of http://freezebigair.com/ Festival-goers will be able to watch well-established skiers and boarders like James Woods, Billy Morgan, Jenny Jones and Jamie Nicholls stomp the snow alongside a whole host of up-and-coming athletes hoping to make a name for themselves on the international competition circuit.


World's Fastest Ski Lift Cranks Up in Austria (2015-07-23 16:27:25)

 If you’ve ever spent a week among the soaring peaks and rolling slopes of Austria, you’ll already know just how impressive the country’s ski lift system is. Modern, comfortable and impressively swift gondolas and chairlifts dot the terrain, whisking skiers to lofty altitudes in a matter of moments.  While we’ve been enjoying the best of the British summer, technicians and engineers have been busily beavering away in the Skiwelt region of the Tirol – Austria’s largest ski area – and have recently revealed their latest creation. The Jochbahn lift ferries skiers up the Brixner Sonnseite at an eye-watering 6 metres per second, and takes top spot as the fastest in the world.


Senior Sales Consultant Roles at Interactive Resorts (2015-06-03 11:38:38)

Position: Senior SalesLocation: London, FulhamSalary: £20,000 to £24,000 (depending on experience) + uncapped commission Interactive Resorts are among the UK’s leading ski holiday specialists, and we’re on the lookout for experienced staff keen to join our already highly experienced and motivated team of sales consultants. The Senior Sales Consultant position here is ideally suited to experienced salespeople looking for the next step in their career in the ski industry. If you’ve already started a career in the ski industry, or you have strong experience selling in other sectors, get in touch today! We offer one of the very best packages in the industry, with some of our senior staff earning over £40,000 per annum.


Happy Easter Holidays in Alpe d’Huez. (2015-05-14 16:40:08)

  This year we returned to skiing after a break of 11 years! Having a family had meant that skiing holidays were put on the back boiler for a while, but now our girls are 11 and 9 we decided it was the perfect time to introduce them to the slopes.


Happy Easter Holidays in Alpe d’Huez. (2015-05-14 16:40:08)

  This year we returned to skiing after a break of 11 years! Having a family had meant that skiing holidays were put on the back boiler for a while, but now our girls are 11 and 9 we decided it was the perfect time to introduce them to the slopes.


Top Dry Slopes and Snow Centres for Summer Skiing in the UK (2015-04-29 15:31:47)

 Sadly, the 2014/2015 ski season is coming to an end. In a season that saw smart snowboard bindings and virtual reality goggles, it was a forward-thinking winter that nonetheless began with very little snow.


Luxury Living in Le Fornet, Val d'Isère (2015-04-29 09:52:14)

-By Liza As a family we try to going skiing once a year for a week, and have been doing so for the past 25 years. For the last 10 or so it has always been to Val d’Isere, but this was our first time booking with Interactive Resorts.  My brother, sister and I are now in our late 20s and in many ways not much has changed in the years we have been holidaying together.


The 'Arctic Man' race. Self preservationists need not apply. (2015-04-27 18:38:07)

Exploring the weird and wonderful world of niche American ski races, one thing becomes completely clear of our well meaning, star spangled, quirky relatives over the pond – Adding engines to stuff with WILD ABANDON, even ski races, makes everything better; I give you ‘Arctic Man’. It all started as a bet between 2 groups of skiers and snowmobilers in a quiet Fairbanks bar 30 years ago. The hosting of the 2007 US Alpine Championships in Alyeska, Alaska, transformed this small-town quirky ski race into a competition of international acclaim. So then, the race itself, in a nutshell, is about speed and a total disregard for even slight self-preservation, and NOTHING else.


The 'Arctic Man' race. Self preservationists need not apply. (2015-04-27 18:38:07)

Exploring the weird and wonderful world of niche American ski races, one thing becomes completely clear of our well meaning, star spangled, quirky relatives over the pond – Adding engines to stuff with WILD ABANDON, even ski races, makes everything better; I give you ‘Arctic Man’. It all started as a bet between 2 groups of skiers and snowmobilers in a quiet Fairbanks bar 30 years ago. The hosting of the 2007 US Alpine Championships in Alyeska, Alaska, transformed this small-town quirky ski race into a competition of international acclaim. So then, the race itself, in a nutshell, is about speed and a total disregard for even slight self-preservation, and NOTHING else.


One of the Best Family Holidays We've Had! (2015-04-27 09:50:54)

 To put it simply, this was one of the best holidays my wife and I have ever been on, and certainly the best family holiday we have had with our two sons. The chalet Nicole in La Plagne, as recommend by Zoe, exceeded every expectation we had of a skiing holiday.  In its first year since a major renovation, the chalet offered both the personal space in the family suites, and the lounge areas for the whole group to eat, drink and relax together in.


Top 5 Weird (or Wonderful) World Records on Snow (2015-04-22 14:57:40)

 The plans of British speed skier Jan Farrell to attempt seven ski-related world records this year got us thinking: What are the weirdest world records ever to be achieved on the snow? If you’ve been wondering the exact same thing (granted, it’s a pretty niche conjecture), wonder no more you snow-loving weirdos... 1.


Take me back to Meribel! (2015-04-22 09:59:52)

-By Louise Take me back to Meribel, please? I have a confession.


Good Times in Val d’Isere (2015-04-20 17:26:08)

 We used Interactive Resorts to organise our ski trip last year and were impressed with the efficiency, helpfulness, online tools and above all the personal attention on offer.  So it came to pass that I used them again to organise this year’s trip, and spoke to Jim Lockett who upheld the values previously experienced!


Roller Skiing is no Disco. (2015-04-20 15:33:47)

Pre and post season fitness is always a concern for avid proponents of cross country and Nordic skiing; anyone whose definition of ‘physical activity’ encapsulates more than pottering to and from boozy lunches, and table top dancing at the après bar. Originating around the 1950s when cross country skiing began to evolve into a competitive sport, the need for summer training became a concern until the concept of the roller ski was born. It became an established competitive sport in its own right during the 1970s, and today is popular across Western Europe, Canada and North America... But not Britain; perhaps it’s the lycra and silly helmets that put us off. National ski teams still use roller skis for their pre season training.


The Copelands go big in Val Thorens (2015-04-17 16:13:45)

Up at 3.00am on a Sunday morning for a 5.00am rendezvous with the whole group of ten people at Gatwick South terminal. A five man stag do of the previous year but this time tempered and enhanced by WAGS and girl chums.


Powder Mountain: Ski Resort of the Future (2015-04-15 11:26:36)

 Powder Mountain is not a particularly well known ski resort; it has a 7000 acre ski area, seven lifts, a Mexican restaurant, a base lodge and no snow making facilities. All that looks set to change in the very near future with new investors looking to expand the village from a backwater to, well, a resort.  Not just any resort either.


New Year Skiing in Meribel Mottaret (2015-04-13 16:12:45)

With just a few weeks left of winter 2014/15, we here at Interactive Resorts HQ have begun to cast our minds ahead to peak-date holidays for the 2015/16 ski season. It’s always been the case that when it comes to Christmas and New Year skiing, the early bird catches the worm - and we don’t foresee that changing any time soon!We’re focusing today on small groups of friends hoping to hit the slopes together, and we’ve selected the 6-bed chalet Andre in the ski in/out village of Meribel Mottaret, in France’s Three Valleys ski area.


New Year Merriment in Morzine (2015-04-13 09:56:09)

 Our much-anticipated week of fun in the French Alps didn’t get off to the most auspicious start, with a somewhat delayed departure from Gatwick, albeit shorter than originally feared. After numerous caffeine shots at Costa to counteract an early start, and having tracked down a wandering 12-year-old, we were off!


Hitting Speeds of 62.4mph in Courchevel (2015-04-09 15:23:40)

 By Phil After recently travelling to Courchevel 1850 with Interactive Resorts/Mark Warner and staying in Le Dahu, I can’t thank Interactive Resorts enough for the hassle-free service that they gave; nothing was too much trouble from start to finish. I also have no idea how Jade at Interactive Resorts put up with our indecisiveness prior to making the booking.


Skiing’s top 5 Hardest Endurance Events (2015-04-08 13:07:41)

Sucker for punishment, maniacal about masochism or delighted by difficulty? This selection of ski-borne suffer-fests, some balancing precariously on the brink of possibility, is especially for you. 5.


Snow-Lovers Take Note: Geneva Airport Set to Expand (2015-04-01 12:35:20)

 With rising passenger numbers and a distinct lack of space, Geneva Airport was in dire need of an overhaul. Providing access to ski resorts within France, Italy and Switzerland, the airport has grown considerably since it was built in 1968, with the biggest changes occurring over the last few years.


La Plagne: Why We're Going Back Next Year (2015-04-01 10:35:22)

-By Rob Booking a holiday online still feels like a risk, in comparison to the days when you left the travel agent who had provided you with the physical evidence of your custom. As a father of a six year old, I can not afford for this to go wrong and with some trepidation I booked through a firm that I had not heard of before, but whom seemed professional both online and in the brief phone conversation I had with them.


Yoga: the ski jitters cure all you've been waiting for (2015-03-30 17:14:17)

Those of us who don’t have the luxury of heading out to the slopes for months at a time each year (and really, how many of us do?) will be very much aware of the painful first few days on the mountain that we standardly call ‘getting your ski legs back’.  It’s the leg ache that has you waddling like John Wayne, the back that twinges when you get into position, and unfortunately it lasts most of the week.  Well, you’ll be delighted to discover that despite all those recommendations for squats and lunges flying around, it turns out that all you really need to do to prepare for the season ahead is take up yoga. Not only does everybody’s favourite wonder activity make you infinitely more flexible, but it also gives you a hefty fitness boost for skiing. Yoga photo credit Fecundo Collar Lopez The concentration in breathing, holding a pose and how to rest is great for core strength, something that come in very handy when it comes to the ski slopes.


High Altitude Adventure in Les Deux Alpes (2015-03-30 16:44:32)

I was the lead organiser of a group of 8 who stayed in Chalet Bouton D’or in Les Deux Alpes last week. We had a fantastic week, with 5 days of skiing in glorious sunshine followed by one in heavy snow.


Sun and Snow in Les Menuires (2015-03-27 13:33:20)

 It has to be said, I’m not a natural skier, but with the peer pressure of 15 friends and an absolute steal of a deal, there was no way I was missing out on our gang’s ski-trip this year. And what a trip it was… Our chalet was comfy, cosy and just a hop, skip and a skid from the piste. Greeted with big smiles by our lovely chalet hosts, Gemma and Caroline, we were spoilt all week with the best breakfasts, cakes and dinner, not to mention the sauna and hot tub.


Top 5 French Ski resorts with ski-in ski-out access (2015-03-26 10:01:55)

French resorts are the undeniable kings in the hunt for ski-in ski-out convenience. They might not be all that pretty <cough!


New Year in Val d'Isere (2015-03-25 12:19:48)

 -By Sarah We celebrated last New Year in Val d'Isere – the perfect way to begin the year! The holiday began with an eventful journey involving a very bumpy (and second-time lucky) landing at Chamonix, followed by a five-hour journey up the mountain to Val due to snow on the road. However the staff at Fish n' Pips were great, keeping in touch by phone and providing supper for us when we eventually reached the resort. We stayed at chalet Santons, a gorgeous apartment with lovely bedrooms and bathrooms, and a large cosy living room.


Ischgl, a Perfect Place to Ski and Party Hard (2015-03-23 12:38:32)

This was a much awaited reunion of family and friends who had been on a trip together some 15 years before in Ellmau, Austria. A mixed generation group of 9, we ranged in age from early 20s to mid 50s.


Few Words Released for Free on You Tube (2015-03-23 12:01:47)

 French freestyle skier Candide Thovex has been opening eyes, dropping jaws and setting tongues wagging since he burst onto the scene in the late nineties, signing with Quicksilver and taking gold in international competitions across the globe. The skiers-eye-view footage he releases on You Tube from time to time demonstrates his natural talent to perfection, and his new videos always go viral when uploaded online.


Few Words Released for Free on You Tube (2015-03-23 12:01:47)

French freestyle skier Candide Thovex has been opening eyes, dropping jaws and setting tongues wagging since he burst onto the scene in the late nineties, signing with Quicksilver and taking gold in international competitions across the globe. The skiers-eye-view footage he releases on You Tube from time to time demonstrates his natural talent to perfection, and his new videos always go viral when uploaded online.


Dawn of the Modular Shell Ski Boot (2015-03-20 16:36:10)

Technology and ski builds are forever in a state of flux. What makes a ski ‘the best’ is not the same today as it was two years ago, let alone ten!


La Plagne: An Intermediate's Paradise (2015-03-17 16:54:44)

The Paradiski area is known as an intermediate’s paradise and La Plagne certainly lived up to that reputation. The ski area was unanimously named as one of the best the four of us had ever skied, with an enormous range of blue and red runs ideal for the improving intermediate.


A Wonderful Week in Val d’Isere (2015-03-16 14:53:25)

 Our recent ski holiday was to the French ski resort of Val D'Isere - in the Espace Killy area - and we were lucky enough to actually be staying in a chalet that was originally owned by the Killy family. This gave it incredible character, with personal photos and touches dotted all around the chalet.


Urban Regeneration Sweeps from Northampton to the Alps (2015-03-16 14:35:54)

Anybody who has ever taken a spin through Milton Keynes knows that the 1970s was a pretty bleak decade in the architectural fashions game. Huge, monolithic blocks of concrete were widely considered the height of on-trend construction, and from car parks to hospitals, bus stations to blocks of flats, it seemed a case of ‘the blander the better.’ The recent demolition of the Greyfriars bus station in Northampton, however, is the biggest sign yet that modern town planners are finally looking elsewhere for inspiration.


Top 5 Avalanche Near-Misses on YouTube (2015-03-13 12:37:41)

The dramatic rescue of an Australian skier who was buried in an avalanche in Les Crosets recently was all caught on a friend’s GoPro camera. The lucky skier thought he was doomed and uploaded the video to raise awareness of the dangers of avalanches while skiing off-piste.


Being Retired Means One Thing: Skiing Whenever You Like (2015-03-13 12:04:59)

By Stefan Being retired from work I have the opportunity to do what I like most - skiing whenever I like. This year I went back to fantastic Meribel with my wife.


The World Ski Awards to hit the A-ROSA, Kitzbuhel (2015-03-09 16:51:43)

The World Ski Awards. The awards you weren’t aware existed, and certainly hadn’t considered when booking your holiday.


Skiers Stranded in Cable Car (2015-03-06 16:44:16)

Picture the scene... you’re gracefully gliding up the slopes in your gondola to enjoy a couple of final runs before heading home for a well-earned drink, when suddenly your gondola stops and begins swinging in the breeze, leaving you stranded.It’s the stuff of nightmares and it happened recently to upwards of 200 skiers in Val Gardena, in the Dolomites, Italy.


Say good bye to flats! The dawn of jet powered snow sports. (2015-03-02 17:53:03)

The German vocabulary fantastically encapsulates my feelings towards flat sections of piste in one simple word... ‘Schadenfreude’ Schadenfreude - meaning “to take pleasure in another’s misfortune”, really comes into its own - especially being a winter biathlete and cross country skiing enthusiast - at the sight of hordes of boarders (and skiers not naturally blessed with cardio or skating ability), when they approach a MASSIVE flat <cue Dr.Evil laugh!>.


The Ski Resorts that time forgot (2015-02-27 17:30:40)

Abandoned ski resorts- Whether it’s disgruntled zombies of particular political leanings, or a resort with a distinct Nicholson-esque hotel in it. Horror movie directors have a positive ‘mountain’ (hur, hur!) of locations to choose from the world over, with places like Colorado playing host to over 175 derelict resorts!


The Beginners Guide to Ski Slang (2015-02-24 16:47:35)

Skiing is a sport that comes with a confusing lexicon of terms that have little to no immediate connection to whatever it is you are actually doing at any one moment. After all, what is a jibber?


The famous Folie Douce tones down its piste-side parties (2015-02-20 11:31:31)

Legendary French après bar the Folie Douce is set to tone down its parties, it has been reported this week. As a result of extreme drunkenness at some of the parties held over the last few weeks, the famous après joint will no longer be allowed to host events even so much as implying the presence of guest DJs. Piste-side raves at the Folie Douce have long since become a staple in resorts across the French Alps, with the presence of gently swaying skiers dancing in their boots to Eurotrash to be expected in resorts from Alpe d’Huez to Meribel.  Skiers in Val Thorens will be disappointed to discover that you can no longer hop onto the ski lift in shoes and walk across to the bar in the wake of an après ski rave went awry.


Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards Record Smashed (2015-02-16 17:21:58)

In news that will undoubtedly ruffle Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards’ preened and pristine feathers, the ski jump world record has recently been smashed not once but twice! While we were all glued to our screens watching rank amateur Joey Essex beat it out against such luminaries as Louis Spence, Phil Tuffnell and Mike Tindall in TV’s reality-ski-competition The Jump, the professionals were busy elsewhere breaking real world records.


Ski Lit - It's a Thing (2015-02-13 14:29:40)

We at Interactive Resorts have recently been educated about the wonders of Trip Fiction. It’s a website that gives readers the ability to search for novels set in specific locations, so we’ve decided it’s high time to have a look at the best the site has to offer when you type the Alps into the search bar.


The Undeniable Joys of Spring Skiing (2015-02-09 17:41:54)

With February clicking through at a rate of knots, and March and April looming large on the calendar, winter in the Alps will soon give way to spring. Out with winter's biting winds, blowy gales, low-vis snow-storms and thick layers of thermal ski gear...


Beware the Dangers of Off-Piste Skiing (2015-02-06 17:33:50)

 After a shaky start to winter 2014/15, the skies opened and feet of the fresh stuff fell over resorts across the Alps. Now, with February ticking by and about half the season left to enjoy, conditions on the slopes are amazing.But what about conditions off the slopes?


Snowstorm Continues to Sweep Northern Alps (2015-02-02 16:43:28)

 A huge snowstorm continues to sweep across the Alps making for some fantastic skiing, particularly in northern resorts. In the largest snowstorm of the 2014/2015 ski season so far, two metres of the white fluffy stuff has fallen in resorts across the Alps, with similar amounts in the Pyrenees. Widespread snowfall over the weekend saw conditions in northern Italy, southern Switzerland and western France improve dramatically.


To rent or to buy? That is the question. (2015-01-30 17:35:43)

 Ski equipment has never come cheap; buying the thermals, the inner layers, the outer layers, the socks, the helmet, the goggles, the gloves, the boots, the skis, the poles; it all adds up, until eventually you’ve spend far more than you ever meant to. Obviously, beginner skiers should be thinking about renting what they can.


Virtual Reality Skiing: Control Your Ski Goggles...With Your Eyes (2015-01-26 16:33:23)

The production of the world’s first augmented-reality (AR) ski goggles is well and truly underway – and they’ll be controlled by your eyes. The RideOn Goggles, set to launch later this year, will use orientation sensors, a camera and network connectivity to place a see-through user interface in the centre of your field of vision. Still with us? It basically means you can interact with the weird virtual reality stuff without being visually impaired while you ski or ride. Image courtesy of RideOn's Indigogo campaign page. Wearers of the goggles will be able to do things like message their friends, record videos and view practical information about the weather and altitude in just the blink of the eye.


These Boots are made for Skiing: Why well fitted ski boots are Important (2015-01-23 17:32:16)

 Bespoke ski boots. They’re an unexpectedly tricky issue to tackle; are they a necessity or a waste of money?


Top 3 Best French Ski Resorts for Kids (2015-01-19 17:24:55)

 If you’re planning on heading out to the mountains with the kids, choosing the right ski resort is crucial. Pick your resort wisely and you’ll enjoy a hassle-free, fun-filled holiday where everybody’s happy.


Top 3 Best French Ski Resorts for Kids (2015-01-19 17:24:55)

If you’re planning on heading out to the mountains with the kids, choosing the right ski resort is crucial. Pick your resort wisely and you’ll enjoy a hassle-free, fun-filled holiday where everybody’s happy.


Hitting the Hill without Breaking the Bank (2015-01-16 17:01:28)

 As much as skiing started off as a sport for the wealthy upper classes, these days it’s a little more inclusive. You don’t have to be one of the rich and famous to hit the hills; as long as you’re not expecting to stay in luxury, snow sports are open for everybody.  So, you’re a keen skier but you don’t have the budget to stay in a large chalet with a sauna and a hot tub, how can you keep the cost down when you ski? Well firstly, are you determined to visit one of the big Alpine countries or will you brave the Eastern European resorts for some brilliant budget holidays off the beaten track?


Skiing in a Mixed-Ability Group in France. (2015-01-12 17:32:33)

For such a wonderfully social sport, skiing with a group of friends can sometimes get a little tricky... Rarely is everybody of the same ability level on the snow, and rarely does everybody know the terrain to the same degree.Groups of skiers who set out en masse in the morning with high hopes of a long day together on the snow usually find that by the second or third run, two or three splinter factions have formed.


Snowboard Bindings Just Got Smart (2015-01-09 16:00:11)

 Once upon a time, in a snowy land far, far away, snowboard bindings were merely things that held your boots to your board. It was a simple time when nobody complained about the job the bindings were doing so well... But that was then, and this is 2015.


When’s the Best Time to Book Ski Holidays for 2015/2016? (2015-01-05 17:00:11)

 It may seem like a long way off but the very best time to book ski holidays for 2015/2016 is in fact right now. Because it’s not just electronics and Christmas cards that go on sale at this time of year – there are a whole host of ski deals and offers to be had for the 2015/2016 season ahead, and availability is wide open. Why book now for 2015/2016 ski holidays?Booking your 2015/2016 ski holiday now means you can pretty much take your pick from the chalets and ski deals on offer.


Top Tips for Organising your First Ski Trip (2015-01-02 17:21:01)

 If you’re about to head out onto your very first ski trip, you might’ve decided to check out our guide on learning to ski. If you have, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that’s all there is to it.


How do the Top Ski Resorts Celebrate New Year’s Eve? (2014-12-24 10:10:59)

 With the New Year almost upon us, many of us here in the UK will be paying over the odds to get into pubs and clubs up and down the country. We’ll pay more to get in, more to drink – even more to get home afterwards.


What's in a New Year? (2014-12-22 17:19:37)

 New Year’s Eve is one of those nights that people seem to either love, or loath. Personally, I find it’s little more than the same old night out, with higher prices and more people bustling around.


5 of the Best Christmas Ski Resorts in the Alps (2014-12-15 15:06:11)

 Christmas in a ski resort is perhaps one of the best ways to spend the festive period. Let’s face it – swapping grey skies and packed commuter trains for snow-blanketed villages and horse-drawn carriage rides is tempting at the best of times.


5 of the Best Christmas Ski Resorts in the Alps (2014-12-15 15:06:11)

 Christmas in a ski resort is perhaps one of the best ways to spend the festive period. Let’s face it – swapping grey skies and packed commuter trains for snow-blanketed villages and horse-drawn carriage rides is tempting at the best of times.


New James Bond Film Set in Austrian Ski Resorts (2014-12-12 17:12:48)

 Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, it’s highly likely you’ve heard the rampant PR — sorry, we mean announcement — concerning the new James Bond film. News emerged that the latest 007 film has been christened Spectre and will star the impossibly chiselled Daniel Craig in his fourth appearance as the famous secret agent. If you didn’t read past the headlines (or rather the national press didn’t write past that point), you may have missed the news that two of the film’s star locations will be ski resorts in Austria.


Are Google going to bring out a Skiing app? (2014-12-08 16:51:07)

Has the world finally gone mad? Do we really need a Google glass skiing app?


Fun for all the team at Hemel Hempstead (2014-12-05 16:53:22)

We at IR know that there is no better way to spend an afternoon than strapping on some skis or a snowboard, and heading for the slopes. That’s why, when we realised we had some filming to do, we headed straight for the Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre to get some runs in on a Wednesday afternoon.  It might’ve taken us a while to wade through the busy London traffic, but when we arrived at the Snow Centre on that drizzly afternoon, we were all ready to get onto some snow and head for the hill.


A very short history of Snowboarding (2014-12-01 17:28:31)

Ever wondered how we got from the heady days of snurfing to the mountain staple we now know as snowboarding?  Well, for those of you who've always wondered, but never quite had the time to find out, we're about to give you a concise history of the second most popular sport on the mountain.  So, in the years before there was a boarder around every corner, snowboarding evolved from a board in the same shape as a sledge, with a rope at one end to ensure stability.


The Best Music Festivals in the Alps this 2014/2015 Season (2014-11-28 16:34:28)

 With the Rock on Snowboard Tour kicking off in Val Thorens this weekend before heading to Avoriaz in December, we’re taking a look at the best music festivals happening in ski resorts across the Alps this winter season. December Other than Rock on Snowboard (where you can catch Shaun White's Band, Bad Things) another early season festival in the Alps is the Rise Festival in Les Deux Alpes. This takes place from 13th to 20th December and is basically a week-long party with an impressive line-up of international bands and DJs. JanuaryThe Mix Mountain Festival hits La Plagne on 26th January and will run for four days.


Aldi Brings Added Value to the Slopes for Winter 2014/2015 (2014-11-21 17:20:43)

  The sales staff here at Interactive Resorts HQ work hard to deliver value for money on their clients ski holidays every day, and when it comes to finding ‘the right property at the right price’ (to coin a phrase) they’re outstanding. But Team IR aren’t the only people working hard to make skier’s pounds go further on the slopes – news has trickled in of UK-wide supermarket chain Aldi’s winter ski wear, and the prices are superb!


Three Valleys, Best Lift Infrastructure (2014-11-10 16:29:03)

 The bods over at SnowVole have very recently announced that The Three Valleys ski area in France has won the gong in their "Best Lift Infrastructure" category, and we here at Interactive Resorts are pleased as punch! Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the swift, modern lifts in Austrian resorts like Ischgl and St Anton, or you prefer the sedate yet beautifully-placed lift-links taking skiers around the Portes du Soleil, you can’t deny the Three Valleys is world class. With a whopping 600kms of groomed pistes and some of the most incredible back country in Europe to enjoy, the Three Valleys’ myriad gondolas, chairlifts and drags certainly have their work cut out, and with visitor numbers through the roof each year, maintaining and running the lifts is a job of gargantuan proportions. The Williams Party making the most of the superb links and amazing slopes in Meribel last winter. Credit, David Williams.


Eurostar Gives Ski Fans More Time on the Mountain (2014-11-07 11:58:16)

Last month, snow fans across the UK rejoiced when Eurostar announced that those heading from London to Geneva by train will have a much easier journey from December onwards, with a new connection in Lille instead of Paris.  The new service will set off from London for the very first time on 14th December and will pretty much see connection times cut in half, reducing overall journey times from London to Geneva by up to an hour. The service will run four times per week, whisking around 900 passengers to and from Geneva’s central station.


Top 5 Most Affordable Ski Chalets in Europe (2014-11-03 16:54:43)

Let’s face it, skiing and snowboarding aren’t known for being particularly affordable sports. In fact, by the time you’ve booked your flights, got your gear and some half-decent insurance plus secured a place to sleep, it’s little wonder that you don’t have much change to keep you in gluhwein for the week.


Top 5 Most Affordable Ski Chalets in Europe (2014-11-03 16:54:43)

Let’s face it, skiing and snowboarding aren’t known for being particularly affordable sports. In fact, by the time you’ve booked your flights, got your gear and some half-decent insurance plus secured a place to sleep, it’s little wonder that you don’t have much change to keep you in gluhwein for the week.


10 Reasons to visit Avoriaz (2014-10-31 17:17:13)

Unlike some of the bigger resorts, the goliaths of French ski resorts, if you will, Avoriaz doesn’t come with multiple parts built at different altitudes at different times, and a sharp range of building types and sizes. In fact, considering how many French skiers flood in at the weekends it’s really quite a small resort.  And with that, over half of you have stopped paying attention.


It's Almost Time for the Ski & Snowboard Show (2014-10-27 17:36:55)

With the likes of Tignes, Les Deux Alpes and Meribel already reporting the first signs of snow, and some resorts even opening early, it’s safe to say that the winter season is so very nearly upon us. We’ve previously reported a whole host of ways you can get in the mood for pounding the powder this coming season; from the Top 10 Ski Films, to the London Season’s Opening Party, and coming this weekend, the Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Snow in Earl’s Court. Having already executed a successful show in Manchester at the end of last week, the popular annual event is hitting the capital this weekend, packed with live freestyle demonstrations, fashion shows, lessons, après bars, live music, Olympic athletes and 250 top brands. Take a peek at our previous blog for more info on what to expect at the show as here we’ve chosen a few of the brands we recommend you should check out when you’re there. Retro Mountain Be bold, be brave, be retro. Only recently established in 2013, the young team behind Retro Mountain believe they have the answer to the ‘fashion or function’ conflict of many skiers.


10 Reasons Why La Plagne is Worth a Visit. (2014-10-24 17:00:00)

 Here at IR, we think that La Plagne is rather unfairly maligned; people seem to remember it as an unattractive concrete jungle, which admittedly, is not too far off in certain parts. That’s not all there is to La Plagne however.


Almost Ablaze: London's Season Opening Party (2014-10-20 17:44:20)

With the annual Freeze Festival taking the year off this season, the guys behind the organisation had been putting all their energies into organising the premier of Almost Ablaze, it’s a ski film, and the London premier will see hundreds of ski bums heading to Bankside Vaults on the 14th November to dance the night away with DJs, Apres Ski Bars and live music all the way through until 2am.  Almost Ablaze is the sort of film that passes in a blur of incredible locations, daring skiing, next level riding and globetrotting glamour. The film has been hailed as film of the year at the 2014 International Freeski Film Festival, with the athletes wired for sound, giving the viewer a more immersive experience.


Ski Chalet Etiquette (or How To Keep Your Chalet Staff On Side) (2014-10-17 17:47:32)

Ask anyone over here at Interactive HQ about their experience as a Seasonnaire (as most of us have been at one point or another) and they’ll have a whole host of ridiculous stories, funny anecdotes and genuinely sound advice about surviving the season. But what if you’re on the other side?


Interactive Resorts’ Top 10 Best Songs for the Slopes (2014-10-15 10:43:22)

There I was, minding my own business, when into my email in-tray popped The Telegraph’s latest ski and snowboard mail-shot. I rate the Telegraph very highly and find its travel supplements interesting and informative, but when I clicked their article on the best songs for skiing and snowboarding I nearly fell off my chair!


Student Skiing: Pros and Cons? (2014-10-13 17:43:34)

Having seen the recent debate about whether student ski trips are a good or bad thing for the Alps, we’ve decided to give you a full run down of the pros and cons of the student ski trip. We’ve all been in a resort when a host of students descends, they’re noisy, vaguely unfriendly, they clog up a bar like nobody else and they’re always blocking up the terrain park despite not generally being capable of many of the jumps and rails inside.


Top 10 Ski Films (2014-10-10 15:28:46)

Google ‘Top 10 Ski Films’ and you’ll be inundated with every man and his dog claiming to hold the definitive ranking. So hey, we can declare this to be “The Best-Ultimate-Definitive-Never-To-Be-Beaten Top List of All Time” or we can just let you enjoy the selection of the most-mentioned ski films out there.


Are These The Best Mountain Photographs Ever Taken? (2014-10-06 16:07:21)

For those of you who don’t know, the Matterhorn is a pretty famous mountain in the Alps located in the ski resort of Zermatt in Switzerland, not far from the border of Italy. Its elevation reaches some 14,692 feet, making it the 10th tallest mountain in Switzerland.


27 Top Stupid Ski Questions Asked on Yahoo Answers (2014-10-03 16:26:45)

Let’s be honest, everyone loves a bit of a giggle at other people’s expense from time to time.And whilst we’re not condoning such atrocious behaviour, there’s no denying this lot are practically asking for it... We’ve trawled through Yahoo Answers yet again to find the best ski questions and provide you with the musings from some of the bright sparks lurking out in cyberspace.


The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show 2014 Hits London. (2014-09-26 17:30:09)

  It’s that time of year, readers, where the great and the good of the UK ski industry come out of their summer hibernation, dust off, and hit the annual Ski and Snowboard Show. This year the ski show is sponsored by The Telegraph, and is set to take place between 24th October and 26th October at Manchester’s EventCity, then 30th October to 2nd November at London’s Earls Court.


Snowbombing 2015 Hits Mayrhofen (2014-09-24 11:42:38)

 Over recent years, no mountain music festival has captured the imagination of party-loving skiers and boarders the way the Snowbombing Festival has. In a nutshell, Snowbombing is the biggest, the loudest and the most exciting festival of music, ski and dance to take place in the European Alps each year! The annual festival takes place in the Austrian ski resort of Mayrhofen in April, with DJs and musicians of international acclaim joining thousands of revellers for a hedonistic week of skiing and partying that put other mountain music festivals to shame – there really is nothing else quite like it. Headliners for the 2015 festival are yet to be announced, but past acts include festival favourites and big-name talent like The Prodigy, Chase and Status, DJ Carl Cox and The Chemical Brothers - with over sixty acts booked over the entire week, this is just the tip of the iceberg.  Snowbombing Snowbombing will take place over 6th-11th April 2015 this year, and accommodation options are on sale already.


Five of the Coolest Places to Ski in the Alps (2014-09-19 17:35:19)

For powder Andermatt in Switzerland is known around the globe for its freeriding scene, and from a position in the cradle of the Gemsstock, Andermatt gets buffeted by huge storms each winter that leave enormous piles of powder in their wake. 2013 saw a huge development on a scale that has been compared to the Burj al Arab in Dubai amongst others, which catapulted Andermatt out of the relative obscurity that saw it practically unheard of outside of the freeriding community and into the spotlight.


Learning to Ski or Snowboard as an Adult – How Old is Too Old? (2014-09-17 16:54:48)

As the new winter season hurtles towards us, we at Interactive Resorts are taking a moment to think back to the first time we clambered onto a pair of skis or donned a snowboard to make our first tentative moves (and shakes) on the mountain. For some, that was at too tender an age to even remember, for others it’s still a fresh and recent memory of fun, fear and countless falls.


French Ski Hosting Ban Remains in Place. (2014-09-08 17:45:31)

 For years now, skiers travelling with UK-based tour operators or chalet companies have enjoyed a wonderful range of different services, with helpful reps on arrival at the airport, talented chalet staff in the kitchen and friendly hosts running free ski guiding services up on the slopes.All that changed last year, when French ski school l’Ecole de Ski Français began taking exception to the number of British seasonaire staff guiding guests around the mountains. A ban on the practise was imposed, and a subsequent appeal by the Brits at the Court of Appeal in Chambery was very recently lost.The debate centres on the ESF and a British company called Le Ski, but Le Ski are far from alone.


A Taste of Traditional Food on Your Ski Holiday in Austria (2014-09-04 18:18:31)

Whether you’re heading to the advanced runs and lively après of St. Anton or the family friendly, laid back resort of Obergurgl, your ski holiday in Austria will be an experience to remember.


Which Airport? Getting to St. Anton (2014-09-03 10:55:28)

Photo Credit: St Anton Tourist BoardGetting to St. Anton from the UK is a relatively quick and simple affair.


Extreme Sports in Verbier; Glacier Walking. (2014-08-22 16:06:07)

 The Swiss ski resort of Verbier is widely reputed for its lively nightlife, beautifully-groomed slopes, phenomenal off-piste and excellent range of accommodation, including some of the most opulent luxury chalets in Europe. Indeed, if this were where the resort’s list of attributes ended it’d be impressive as it is!


How do the Changes to Swiss Employment Law Affect British Seasonnaires? (2014-07-22 10:08:05)

It’s not yet entirely clear exactly how the changes will affect seasonnaires-to-be in the UK, although with the winter season just around the corner chalet companies and tour operators are already gearing up for their recruitment drives. Will there be as much demand for seasonal jobs? Will many of the new intake mind about the drop in jobs in Swiss resorts?


How will the changes to Swiss employment law affect UK skiers? (2014-07-22 10:02:14)

So we know the employment laws in Switzerland are sending UK tour operators running from the hills, but we’re left wondering what impact the changes will have on the tens of thousands of eager seasonnaires that head out to work in the Alps each winter. Will the changes in the law mean there are no job roles to fill in Switzerland?


Changes to Swiss Employment Law Making Life Hard for UK Chalet Companies (2014-07-15 15:53:00)

UK-based tour operators and ski chalet companies working in Switzerland are faced with a pretty unique set of difficulties these days, as news emerges of changes to Swiss employment law. For many years now, UK ski operators have been merrily advertising their chalet host, resort driver, chalet manager and kitchen porter vacancies sticking as close to the UK minimum wage as they can get away with. To sweeten the deal for their prospective employees, lift passes, food, accommodation and travel have traditionally been included in the packages, and many good chalet hosts across the board have been able to survive the season on tips alone! Folklore Festival in Zermat - Copyright: Kurt Mueller All that is set to change in Switzerland, though, as the country introduces an amendment to its employment laws.


Interactive Resorts Giveaway - Win £50 in Ellis Brigham Vouchers (2014-07-04 12:11:37)

Yep, you guessed it – Interactive Resorts are back with another competition! We have a £50 gift card for one of our many clients, Facebook friends and Twitter followers to win and spend at any Ellis Brigham outlet.


Sports teams training in Tignes (2014-07-03 12:32:35)

With its spectacular altitude, open space, fantastic sporting infrastructure and dedication to outdoor pursuits, the French resort of Tignes attracts high numbers of international professional athletes throughout the summer and winter to train.  Here’s the science! High altitude means less air pressure, and as air pressure falls, so does the amount of oxygen available.


New Lift Links Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d’Huez (2014-06-27 15:35:46)

In big news for the many fans of the French ski resorts of Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d’Huez, a brand new lift has been announced that will link the two resorts together. We at Interactive Resorts are really excited by the news, as it adds yet another string to the bow of this already epic part of the Alps.Over the years the proposed link has been discussed and postponed many times, and certainly the two resorts are close enough to merit it.


Summer Skiing (2014-06-24 11:32:34)

You’d be forgiven for thinking that as soon as the end of April clicks round in the Alps, the sun shines, the snow disappears and ski resorts become ghost towns till November. While this may be true in many resorts across Europe – certainly those with no summer sports to offer –there are a few high-altitude resorts where summer skiing is possible from June to September, and the atmosphere is fantastic!


Win Your Holiday Entry - Copeland's EPIC Val Thorens Adventure! (2014-06-05 15:11:33)

Today we are bringing to you one of the entries of the Win Your Holiday competition that we really enjoyed reading. We are sure that you will enjoy it as well so here it is.


Our Win Your Holiday article winner: Chatel, We Salute You! (2014-05-16 10:37:46)

The restaurants in the village cater for every need and are very child friendly. On the slopes there are many types of restaurants and cafes.


Our Win Your Holiday article winner: Chatel, We Salute You! (2014-05-16 10:37:46)

The restaurants in the village cater for every need and are very child friendly. On the slopes there are many types of restaurants and cafes.


On Top of the World in Meribel! (2014-05-02 11:21:52)

Our group of 20 came to Meribel on 04/01/2014 for a week long ski holiday. We stayed at the Chalet Bachal, close to the Morel ski lift.


The Highest Resorts in Europe – Perfect for Spring Skiing this Year! (2014-04-03 16:44:58)

 With snow conditions across the Alps still excellent this winter 2013/14, we thought it a good idea to offer up a few resort choices for anybody thinking of a last minute dash to the slopes. Those in favour of early mornings of crisp, freshly-bashed corduroy pistes, bluebird skies, long terrace lunches and sunny après ski need look no further!Val Thorens 2300m Sitting on the edge of the Three Valleys at an eye-watering 2300 metres base-altitude, the French resort of Val Thorens top the list of high-altitude resorts ideal for late-season skiing.


Tales from the Alps (2014-03-18 10:41:14)

It's a source of continued befuddlement for us here at Interactive Resorts... Why do more skiers and boarders not appreciate the glorious blue skies and warmer temperatures on the slopes in the sunny spring months?!


Have you heard of the Epic Pass? (2014-03-18 10:37:59)

The Epic Pass is a lift pass produced and sold by Vail Resorts in America, which covers all the Vail resorts including Heavenly, Breckenridge and Beaver Creek and offers access to some of the best powder, finest lines and most attractive resorts in the country.Photo by Jack Affleck - Vail's Legendary Back BowlsThe Epic Pass jumped over the Pond last year to encompass resorts in France's mighty Three Valleys ski area, including the popular and well-known resorts of Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens. The Epic Pass also now encompasses the Swiss resort of Verbier, plus the Arlberg resorts of St Anton, Lech and Zurs in Austria's beautiful Arlberg region.


Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 and TeamGB Performance. (2014-02-06 17:10:36)

Curated by: Interactive Resorts, photo credits to Sochi 2014About the GamesWell there has been plenty going on already at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, both on piste and off. We've seen great criticism from the media regarding Russia’s gay rights, and only a day before opening the UN secretary Ban Ki-Moon condemned attacks on and discrimination against homosexuals.The athletes themselves have also been generating plenty of headlines, with two-time gold champion Shaun White announcing that he will not compete in the snowboard slopestyle competition but will focus his efforts on winning his customary gold medal in the half-pipe competition.


Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 and TeamGB Performance. (2014-02-06 17:10:36)

Curated by: Interactive Resorts, photo credits to Sochi 2014About the GamesWell there has been plenty going on already at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, both on piste and off. We've seen great criticism from the media regarding Russia’s gay rights, and only a day before opening the UN secretary Ban Ki-Moon condemned attacks on and discrimination against homosexuals.The athletes themselves have also been generating plenty of headlines, with two-time gold champion Shaun White announcing that he will not compete in the snowboard slopestyle competition but will focus his efforts on winning his customary gold medal in the half-pipe competition.


A snow canvass for Simon Beck! (2014-01-30 15:00:04)

EVIAN (Brand content) - Snow Art by Simon Beck from FLORENT SAUZE on Vimeo. Many artists find unusual canvasses for their art pieces and the more unusual the canvass the more intriguing is the art piece.  While all of us have an artist in us it is often by accident that we discover our inner qualities.


The season starts early in Manchester! (2013-10-29 09:29:38)

Last weekend saw the doors open for the first Telegraph Ski and Snowboard show North in Manchester. The show opened on Friday and ran over the weekend, expecting 12,000 visitors through the door.


Alpe d’Huez Going Green! (2013-10-25 08:52:26)

Not a headline you would usually see on a site promoting a winter resort but I am, of course referring the resorts purchase of a brand new eco friendly piste basher of which I know you are all aware! Skiing has never been a pastime known to be in touch with its eco warrior roots, with debates on carbon footprints, environmental degradation and development well cased.


Six weeks left until resorts start to open...! (2013-10-24 19:53:23)

Autumn is well and truly upon us. Leaves are tumbling, the long, dark nights are drawing in, Bonfire Night is just around the corner, and I’m sure everyone is finding it that bit more difficult to get out of bed in the morning.


NEW CHAIRLIFT IN LA TANIA (2013-10-23 21:23:19)

A new lift is due to be finished by the start of the upcoming season. Previously the only chairlift directly accessible from La Tania gondola and Gros Murger drag lift was the Dou Des Lanches chairlift that took skiers from to the Loze summit that accesses Meribel and Courchevel 1850.


SLIDE2SOCHI COMING TO LONDON (2013-10-23 21:17:44)

A new initiative has been set up to get people behind the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics. Whilst the majority of these events will be taking place in dryslopes and indoor ski slopes throughout the country, offering taster sessions to all budding skiers and snowboarders alike.


Red Mountain undergoes mammoth expansion (2013-10-21 16:57:47)

In the last couple of weeks the lift towers have begun to be erected on what is set to be one of the biggest expansion of a ski resort of all time. The aim is to become one of the biggest resorts in North America and by the sounds of things they are not doing things by half!


6 injured in Tignes lift accident (2013-10-21 16:44:16)

This week was supposed to be one for good news for the ski resort of Tignes as the heavens opened adding some lovely fresh snow to the 85cm on the Grande Motte glacier.Well unfortunately the positive mood in the resort has been short lived as a fault on the Rosolin T-bar has injured six people today. The good news is that it is suggested that five of those six suffered just cuts and bruises but the bad news is a 15-year-old girl has had to be taken to hospital with a suspected back injury.This is not the first time the Rosolin has caused injuries as a similar accident occurred in the summer of 2012, it has now been closed until further notice.


Fascinating documentary on North Korea’s new ski resort (2013-10-21 15:51:56)

It has been one of the biggest pieces if news in relation to the world of skiing throughout the summer. The leader of North Korea Kim Jong-Un has decided that his country needs a ski resort and by all accounts he is going to everything in his power to make sure that he gets his wishes.


Arosa and Lenzerheide finally combine (2013-10-21 15:47:06)

Since the 1970s there has been talk of combining two ski resorts in Switzerland that are located only 2km apart. Arosa and Lenzerheide are not the most well known resorts amongst the British ski holiday makers but so long as the developments go to plan, as of the 22nd December Switzerland will have a new resort to offer its visitors that will boast 225km of piste.


The Great Fulham Ski Fete (2013-09-04 14:27:33)

Interactive Resorts are proud to announce our Great British Ski Fête, taking place on the 29th September. With Alpine cuisine, live music and events organised for all we hope to reach out to the local community, build brand awareness for ourselves and our exhibitors and raise money for charity as well.


Private lessons vs. Group lessons (2013-09-04 12:54:58)

It would seem that the average Brit participating in a ski holiday feels that a private lesson offers the ski school a quality customer who pays the extra and deserves more priority within the ski school structure. If however the average Brit were to take out a pocket calculator and do some simple sums, he/she would realize that it is very much the reverse.


Where to ski - Great resorts to go to early in the season (2012-11-26 12:16:55)

There is a lot to consider when planning an early season ski trip. The main worry is always going to be the snow and the amount of terrain that is open for you to play on.


Now you can ski from the age of one (2012-11-26 10:38:16)

If you are looking for a way to get your children into skiing even earlier, then look no further than the babysnow. Designed by an ESF instructor in Les 2 Alpes, it is essentially a pram for on the piste.


The History of Alpe d’Huez (2012-11-21 16:48:58)

Up until 1950 Alpe d’Huez was a coal mining town. The extreme deforestation that resulted from the mining caused the town to be buried under a succession of avalanches in the late 1940s.


Top Independent Ski Schools In The Alps (2012-11-02 12:17:38)

We asked our followers on Facebook and on Twitter for their recommendations for their favourite small and independent ski schools in the Alps. We he have narrowed them down to a top 4 that represent a selection of what is out there.


What happened this weekend in the Alps (2012-10-30 14:05:38)

Forget the Relentless Freeze Festival and the Birmingham Ski and Snowboard Show this is what actually happened in the Alps this weekend.  On Friday many of the resorts were green and warm.


Great Resorts To Spend New Year's Eve (2012-10-16 15:35:53)

The staff at Interactive Resort have been in the mountains to welcome in the New Year on many occasions.  Seeing in the New Year in a ski resort is always fun especially if you like to party and there is no better way to get rid of that New Years Day headache than a blast down the mountain.


Snow Train Tickets Now On Sale (2012-10-11 13:53:51)

If you are planning to travel to the Alps this winter by train then the time has come to book your ticket. The Eurostar direct service from London operates on Saturdaysfrom the 21st December until the 13th of April.


Best snow parks in Europe (2012-10-03 10:00:25)

The first official, purpose-built snow park was created in Vail in 1990. This sparked a large change in resorts’ attitudes towards snowboarders, and ski resorts soon realised that there was a lot of money to be made by attracting boarders, rather than outlawing them.


Stay in an igloo and go skiing (2012-09-25 10:13:47)

When deciding what chalet you would like to stay in on your annual ski holiday are you looking for a good meal, open fire, lovely wine, warm sleeping bag and walls made of ice and snow? If this sounds like your ideal accommodation you are probably keen to stay in an Igloo.


Our Top Five Ski Runs (2012-09-18 15:48:50)

Often top five lists of the greatest ski runs feature impossibly difficult runs that suit the hardened ski racer, rather than the casual tourist. That’s why when we decided to choose our favourite runs we considered what we thought made them enjoyable.


Verbier's Changing Après Ski - Farinet facelift and Casbah closure (2012-09-18 10:57:30)

When you think of Verbier you probably associate it with amazing off piste. You may also associate it with partying and if so then you probably love the Hotel Farinet and its selection of party venues.


Sports that should be in the Winter Olympics (2012-09-13 15:06:02)

The summer Olympics are over which means that we can start looking forward to the next games. These will be the Winter Olympics 2014 that are held in Sochi, Russia.


Free lift pass at the London Ski Show (2012-09-11 16:43:54)

The London Ski and Snowboard Show are giving away 10,000 free lift passes. But how good is the offer?


Lifts pass prices for the 2012/13 winter season (2012-09-05 14:50:40)

All of the lifts pass prices for the 2012/13 winter season. We have compiled a list of lift pass prices, of our top selling ski resorts.


Should I Do A Ski Season? (2012-08-16 11:48:29)

Just got your A level results? Not sure what to do?


5 Snow Sport Movies You Must Watch (2012-08-14 16:29:32)

As you would expect the staff at Interactive Resorts are pretty into snow sports. All of us ski or snowboard and winter sports make up part of our individual identities.


A Christmas Ski Holiday Booking (2012-08-09 09:30:38)

The other day an enquiry came through to me. The group was made up of 13 people and they were looking to go on holiday to Serre Chevalier to enjoy some Christmas skiing.


Our Visit to the Sochi Winter Olympic Park - In London (2012-08-08 13:03:16)

 Have you been to the Sochi Winter Olympic Village in Kensington Gardens yet? During this summer’s London 2012 Olympiad the Russians have brought a taste of what you can expect from their winter Olympics in two years time.


Why our staff know so much about ski resorts. (2012-08-06 10:45:41)

We asked our staff a selection of questions to find our just how experienced in the ski industry they are. We then did some calculation and created this infographic.


Three Great Chalets in Serre Chevalier (2012-08-01 13:22:08)

You may have never considered a ski holiday to Serre Chevalier. So before we show you some of the best catered ski chalets that the resorts has to offer, we feel it pertinent that we share with you why you may wish to visit this destination.


SnowVole awards (2012-07-24 10:32:58)

We Have Been Nominated. We are very please that we have been nominated in the Best Ski Travel Agent category in the SnowVole ski industry awards.


Where to ski and snowboard in the summer in the UK (2012-07-20 10:53:19)

Skiing in the summer in the UK and working on your skiing technique will really help you make the most of your winter ski holiday. So we have put together a handy map showing the location of all the dry and indoor slopes in the UK.


Skiing the Espace Killy in a Day (2012-07-19 10:05:00)

We asked our Tignes specialist, Phil, to come up with a ski itinerary. He came up with a route that takes you to all four corners of the Espace Killy.


10 Reasons To Visit Alpe d'Huez (2012-07-11 15:53:41)

10 Reasons To Visit Alpe d'Huez Written by Mike Woodruff, Interactive Resorts' Alpe d'Huez Specialist. Alpe d’Huez isn’t all about the Tour de France, in the winter it is a skiers dream.


Best UK Ski Travel Agent Nomination (2012-07-10 12:54:23)

We have been nominated in the SnowVole.com awards for best Ski Travel Agent.  Go to www.SnowVole.com to vote.


Why do chairlifts stop? (2012-07-03 09:30:59)

We wanted to know why chair lifts stop, so we asked a liftie. Laura is from the UK and has been a working in Notre Dame de Bellecombe on the lifts since 2005.


Skiing records in the first Guinness Book (2012-07-02 12:16:14)

The Guinness Book of records was first published in 1955 after Sir Hugh Beaver, the MD of Guinness at the time, had a heated argument about which was the fastest game bird in Europe. He realised that men must need a book full of facts about the fastest, slowest, biggest, first and so on.


The Great British Chalet Holiday (2012-06-28 10:27:54)

We asked a selection of people who are in the ski industry to give us their thoughts on what makes the Great British Chalet Holiday. We would also like your thoughts on what makes the Great British Chalet Holiday.


Interactive Resorts has been nominated for an award (2012-06-26 09:11:43)

Interactive Resorts have been nominated in the Best Travel Agent category in the SnowVole Awards 2012. This is the first time for the award will take place having been launched during the first year of the new ski forum SnowVole.com.


Why Choose a Hotel Over a Chalet? (2012-06-21 13:49:11)

We asked our ski hotel specialist Andy to give us his opinion on why you should consider staying in a hotel on your ski trip. Choosing a ski holiday can prove to be a tricky task for many reasons, one of which is that if starting from scratch, there are so many resorts and properties to choose from.


La Plagne Bar Crawl (2012-06-14 11:25:51)

If you are heading out to the La Plagne in the winter, then maybe our bar crawls guide will come in handy.Based in 1800:8.30pm – Start off in La Mine for a warm up beer consumed whilst perching on a mining cart and listening to some live music 9.00pm – Jump on the bus to Plagne Centre 9.10pm – Head to Igloo for an Affligem Blond and a boogie with the dancing polar bear 9.45pm – Stop off in Luna Bar for one of their special beers10.30pm – Head along to Scotty’s Bar for shots or spirit + mixers.11.00pm – Finish off at The Mouth which is brand new this season (used to be PlanJA) – Guinness is on tap, staff are much improved (having more than one helps!) and it’s open till 2am!12.30am – If you want to carry on dancing the night away to some French europop, jump on the free minibus to Le Cosy Bar in Bellecote which is open till 4am.    Based in Belle Plagne:8.30pm – Start off with a game of bowling and an Amstel at Le Bowling Bar10.00pm – Head to Cheyenne Cafe for a wild west themed drink or two11.30pm – head to the nightclub Le Saloon to party till 4am, though drinks are expensive hereOther bars worth a look elsewhere:Spittin’ Feathers and Showtime in BellecoteBobsleigh Bar (for the sport, lots of screens) in Plagne 1800 To chat to someone about booking a holiday to La Plagne call us on 020 3080 0240. 


Ski travel agent - Slang words (2012-06-12 12:52:39)

Like any job, working in ski chalet sales has its own little collection of slang, acronyms and job-specific phrases. To the untrained ear these could be a little confusing,so we’ve put together this list of some of the most common.


Horace Goes Skiing (2012-06-06 09:46:47)

There has been a lot of love shown for Horace Goes Skiing last week when we included it in our, 10 ski related thing that you don’t need to buy on eBay blog. We have rescued him from the eBay sale for you to play with.


10 ski related thing that you don't need to buy on eBay (2012-06-01 10:40:12)

Obviously we recommend that you do not buy used helmets or boots from eBay, but that is up to you. Here are 10 ski related items you really don't need to purchase from eBay.


Courchevel invests €118 million (2012-05-31 13:59:15)

Great news for frequent skiers in the Three Valleys, Courchevel are planning a €118 million spending spree on the ski area over the next 7 years. The town council have promised to improve runs and lifts in all of the Courchevel areas.


How to become a ski instructor: Live and work in the Mountains! (2012-05-25 14:13:44)

What better way to spend your time than working as a ski instructor, and going to the mountains every day for work? There simply is no better lifestyle to choose, but before you dive head first into the ski industry you need to work out how you are going to qualify, and who is going to help you on this awesome journey!


STOP, DROP AND ROLL (2012-05-24 14:59:57)

Since the early days, us Brits have been playing childish games, ring a ring a roses, kiss chase, hop scotch, and what makes these games so popular is that, they are easy. You don’t have to have a specific build to play these games, it is not a game born on athleticism, it is simply, a game to have fun, and is that not what games are about?


Working for Interactive Resorts; an Insider's Guide. (2012-05-23 15:27:12)

If you ask anybody who works on the sales floor at Interactive, “What’s the best thing about working there?” there’s one answer that you’ll hear again and again. The people.


What to do if you lose your passport. (2012-05-18 12:48:34)

 Après ski and nightlife is the other great part of a skiing holiday. Sometimes you can get carried away, especially in Ischgl.


Lift Upgrades in the Espace Killy (2012-05-16 11:13:11)

Val d’Isere Val d’Isere is one of the best known ski resorts in the world and is part if the Espace Killy area that includes Tignes .The area has seen considerable investment in the lift system over the last few years such as the Face Olympique de Bellevard . Val d’Isere has also poured money into projects such as the amazing leisure centre and swimming pool, which anyone with a two day plus lift pass, can swim in for free.


Verbier adds a new lift for the 2012/13 season (2012-05-10 11:40:19)

Next winter will see a new lift in the Verbier ski area. The lift operators will be installing a cable car from La Châble to the village of Brunson, which has its own ski area.


More choice when booking a winter flight. (2012-05-08 14:21:36)

The low fare airline, Monarch, has announced that it will be offering flights to some of the most popular ski destinations this winter. This is great news as it will give ski tourists more choice of airport and a bigger chance to snap up a bargain flight. Monarch will be flying to Grenoble, Friedrichshafen and Munich from December until Easter, specifically for the winter sport trade.


The Ischgl Blog of Blogs (2012-05-03 10:21:51)

  You may have heard that we went to Ischgl for our end of season trip. The trip was so much fun that it has spawned many blogs paying tribute to it.


La Plagne Improvements (2012-04-30 14:34:24)

The resort of La Plagne is making some welcome improvements for 2012/13. The lift operators will be focusing their attention on the Plagne Centre area.


Interactive Resorts Trip to Ischgl (2012-04-26 14:48:41)

Well, that was the season that was. It started, as usual these days, with a lot of writer-types in various publications mouthing off about the lack of snow (in mid-November) then, to our joy, the Alps raised two defiant fingers to the lot of them and dumped fresh powder all over the place.


A History of snowboarding in 2 minutes (2012-04-24 09:33:03)

Ever wondered what the history of snowboarding is but only have two minutes to spare? Then have a look at this history of snowboarding in 2 minutes.Snowboard history


End of season review 2011/12 (2012-04-13 12:53:39)

 Way back in November UK news papers were awash with news of the poor snow conditions in the European Alps. Reports in the Daily Mail and the Sun managed to cause uproar within the ski community not just for peddling horror stories about potentially ruined holidays, but also for ill-informed journalism.As we all know, the scaremongering in the press was short lived and what has been called an epic season shortly followed.



A Right Royal Ski Holiday (2012-03-30 10:56:29)

Prince William and Princess Kate have been rumoured to be on a ski holiday in the alpine resort of Meribel this week. After a lot of hard work we have tracked down some "exclusive" photos of their trip.


Will the Easter Bunny find your chalet and other questions? (2012-03-27 16:30:35)

Are you worried that the Easter Bunny won’t be able to find your chalet in the Alps? Should you take your own eggs?


Mobile Roaming in Europe (2012-03-16 13:13:18)

EU roaming rules have now made the cost of making and receiving calls when abroad in the EU 73% cheaper than in 2005.  But before you set off for your ski holiday, remember that phoning, texting and surfing the web can still be a costly business! On average Brits return from their ski holiday with a bill of about £150 and most don’t even check the roaming charges before they go.


Tignes Winter X Games 2012 (2012-03-01 09:59:03)

This year is set to be bigger and better than ever before! Known as the ‘Olympic Games of freestyle’, the Winter X Games is taking place in famous French resort of Tignes from March 14th -16th 2012.


Reasons to Book Your 2012/13 Chalet Holiday Early. (2012-02-23 16:43:32)

With all the last minute ski deals that kick in once December and January roll around, you’d be forgiven for thinking that leaving it late to book your ski trip is the way to play it. If you have a group of 2, 4 or maybe even 6 and you can fly from Gatwick, then the last minute market is the best place to focus your attentions.


The Family Ski Holiday - A Guide (2011-09-06 09:31:08)

Anyone who has ever planned and booked a family ski holiday will tell you it’s not an easy game. Booking the annual boys’ trip is easy...


End of the Season - Val d'Isere Beckons! (2011-04-12 13:16:30)

It's been a funny old season in the ski industry this year. Early season snow was excellent and peak week bookings strong; all the signs pointed to another season of superb ski conditions and a bouyant industry.


Luxury Skiing in Verbier (2011-04-04 14:23:12)

Verbier and high end luxury go hand in hand; few resorts offer more luxury chalets than Verbier and for years it has been the winter playground for the world’s rich and famous. Anyone who is anyone, from pop stars to royalty, flock to what is one of the world’s top ski destinations every season, and so the opening of a new luxury chalet will inevitably cause a stir.


Brand New Super-Tarentaise Gondola Plans Released (2011-04-01 08:25:21)

A new lift development costing almost 200 million Euros and linking the major ski areas of the Tarentaise was unveiled yesterday to widespread excitement among the ski industry. The new gondola, named the "Super-Tarentaise" will start in Le Praz (Courchevel 1300) and cross the Bozel Valley to La Plagne, before rising above the Bellecote Glacier, over to Les Arcs and finally liaising with Tignes via the spectacular Aiguille Rouge peak.


Fresh Snow Across the Alps (2011-02-16 15:47:38)

It's been a while. According to an old pal who still lives in Chamonix and posted on facebook this morning, it's been 36 days.


Skiing off the Beaten Track (2011-02-15 17:56:42)

So you think you know everything there is to know about skiing in Europe? Done the Three Valleys?


Matt's Morzine Ski Weekend (2011-02-01 11:09:49)

I was recently offered the opportunity to head out to Morzine (due mostly to a last minute ski deal which I was lucky enough to find), to sample the resort and the fantastic chalet Amis. I naturally jumped at the chance.


Flora and Mike Ski the Three Valleys (2011-01-27 11:56:53)

For early season snow and bluebird skies most people wouldn’t dream of mentioning Meribel. At 1400 metres, it doesn't have the makings for good early conditions.


What is Alpine Skiing? (2011-01-26 09:59:00)

Skiing is dated back to pre-historic times. It is a part of the history of Sami and Nordic people in which skiing was a part of their military manoeuvres, hunting and used as practical means of transportation.


The Great Interactive Resorts Pizza Hustle (2011-01-25 13:20:56)

At Interactive Resorts, we're not just focused on last minute ski holidays and catered ski chalets. We also love pizza, especially down in our IT department (AKA the dungeon).


Club Med - All Inclusive Ski Holidays have never been so good! (2011-01-24 17:24:12)

As far as business models go for ski companies, you have to go an awfully long way to beat the example set by Club Med, as I found out in Les Arcs last week. I received an invitation to stay for 4 nights in the 4 star Hotel Club Med Peisey Vallandry to see what all the fuss is about, and I have nothing but good things to say! We flew out from Heathrow Terminal 1 with Swissair and the transfer coach whisked us to resort.


3 amazing ski resorts for 2012 (2011-01-06 12:09:01)

Travellers that are considering making plans for a 2012 ski trip may wonder where the best action on the slopes will be this season. Annually, hundreds of resorts compete for the attention of avid skiers, but only a few are truly top-notch places that are certain to provide the ultimate vacation, thus qualifying as one of the best.


Web Developer Job, London £25k-32k (2011-01-05 10:06:21)

Edit: Wooohooo! This london web-developer job post has been filled.


Lead Web Developer Job London, £40K (2011-01-05 10:02:24)

Edit: Wooohooo! This job post has been filled.


A 5 Star Holiday in Val d'Isere (2010-12-22 11:14:30)

Mention early season skiing and a few resorts always spring to mind. For the best early season snow record, some of the best chalets and service in the Alps and a generally superb time, Val d'Isere is close to unbeatable.


An Early Season Ski Weekend in St Anton (2010-12-10 17:42:15)

St Anton – not the highest resort in the Alps and thus not the natural choice for a pre-season ski weekend away, right? Wrong.


Ski Sales Staff Wanted! (2010-12-10 12:01:06)

If you're a sales professional with a healthy interest in Skiing or Snowboarding or even an ex seasonaire simply looking for a change in career path, then Interactive Resorts may well have the answer. We are currently on the lookout for seasonal sales staff to add to our expanding sales team, based in Fulham, SW London.


Meet the Interactive Resorts team! (2010-09-10 16:04:48)

Interactive Resorts is now established as the UK's biggest ski specialist travel agent. Unlike some other agencies, we deal only in Ski and Snowboard holidays which means our specialist knowledge of ski resorts is unrivalled in the industry.


The history of Val Thorens in the Three Valleys (2010-08-06 14:47:03)

From St Martin de Belleville through De Bettaix and Les Menuires all the way up to the breathtaking heights of Val Thorens nestled at 2300m above sea level, the Val Thorens Valley and its neighbouring resorts of Meribel and Courchevel make up Europe’s largest and most popular ski area. So how did it all come about…?In the 1960s the potential of Val Thorens to be transformed from a small mountain village into a location for a purpose built ski area was noted.


The surprisingly interesting history of La Plagne (2010-08-02 16:04:48)

La Plagne is one of several “mega-resorts” in the northern Tarentaise area of France. La Plagne is made up of 10 different villages with each offering a completely different ambiance.


Eurostar to the Alps on sale this morning (2010-07-13 11:04:00)

Although a majority of our clients tend to book a package with flights and transfers included, a growing number now make their own travel arrangements to the Alps and the direct Eurostar services to the Tarentaise are always very popular indeed. This year there will be the usual two direct services, one leaving London St Pancras on Friday evenings, arriving in the Alps early on Saturday morning, and one leaving on Saturday mornings which arrives on Saturday afternoon.


Morzine - A Brief History (2010-07-12 16:05:43)

The polar opposite of 1970s tower-block resorts like Tignes and La Plagne, the beautiful, charming ski resort of Morzine began life as far back as 1090. The area was one of only two crossing-points over the river Dranse and as such was of great geographical importance. Around the start of the 12th century, Cistercian monks began arriving in the area of St Jean d’Aulps on pilgrimage from other areas in France, most notably Dijon.


The History of Zermatt in Switzerland (2010-07-07 15:18:41)

 Today, Zermatt is one of the top ski resorts in Europe, if not the world, but how did it all begin? Has Zermatt always been a popular ski destination for the rich and famous, or has this only developed in recent times?


A Brief history of Courchevel, France (2010-06-29 10:38:36)

Courchevel in France is one of Europe’s premier ski resorts, sitting at 1850 metres above sea level and forming part of the Three Valleys, the world’s largest fully linked ski area. Courchevel is split into 4 villages, each named after their altitudes.


Keswick Beer Festival Weekend 2010 (2010-06-09 15:03:33)

For us at Interactive Resorts, the annual Keswick Beer Festival is as much a part of the job as sending out booking confirmations and updating chalet availability. Last year’s trip set a high water mark for Cumbrian shenanigans which we knew would be hard to beat, but things began well with the decision to take the train instead of a coach.


Holly's view of skiing in Val Thorens (2010-05-13 15:04:40)

Wednesday 14th April: Volcano erupts in Iceland.Flight departure time to Val Thorens: 05:50 Saturday 17th April.Actual Coach departure: 12:45 Saturday 17th April.Arrival time in Resort 10:00 Sunday 18th April.Carrying on from Mr. David Froom’s superb depiction of the week that was…..  Approximately 1179 miles of land and sea separate London from Iceland, so who would have ever thought that one volcano could cause so much disruption?


Spring Skiing in Banff (2010-05-07 09:19:19)

My spring ski holiday to Canada may not have been on the same scale as Holly’s Christmas trip, but it certainly makes me agree that everyone should go to Canada at least once in a lifetime. It is a different experience to skiing in Europe but an exciting one too!I decided to base my trip in March in and around Banff.


The Interactive Resorts Ski Trip to Val Thorens (2010-05-05 16:12:59)

The build-up was big, top billing in the office for weeks before we were due to leave. Pre-departure was littered with nerve jangling worries over how we'd get there, and whether we'd even be able to.


Skiing in Canada - The One and Only (2010-04-27 15:59:55)

Coming from NZ where our Christmas normally consists of shorts and sandals, BBQs and camping, sunshine and beaches, a white Christmas is something of a novelty. You can only imagine my delight at being told in early 2009 that the family Christmas was to be held in Canada! BA’s announcement of their strike over the festive period nearly threw a massive spanner in the works.


Family Skiing Holiday Part II - Useful Tips (2010-04-15 12:11:30)

Continuing on from Rupert's family ski holiday in Alpe d'Huez, we've put together a series of useful tips to help you make the most of yours.1. Ski lessons in Alpe d’HuezIn advance, we booked ski lessons for the kids for the start of the week; we chose small group private lessons for the kids through British Masterclass, who turned out to be one of the best ski schools we’ve come across.


Our Family Ski Holiday (2010-04-15 09:18:06)

This year, our family ski holiday consisted of a group of 9 adults and 7 children aged from 2 to 7 years old. The party contained three non-skiing adults (Grandma and Aunties!) who, between them, acted as ‘nannies’ - looking after the kids when they weren’t skiing and giving the chance for the skiing adults to occasionally enjoy some ‘kid-free’ runs. Our skiing abilities were mixed; the adults' ability ranged from beginners through to advanced, the younger members had either never skied or had up to 4 weeks' skiing under their belts.With this in mind we were looking for somewhere offering good facilities and activities, both in the chalet and in the resort, that the non-skiers could enjoy too.  As our holiday was in mid March we were looking for somewhere with a good snow record but with (fingers crossed!) a bit of sunshine – always beneficial in helping the younger children keep warm when on the lifts.


Val Thorens 2010 - 4 days and counting (2010-04-13 13:07:09)

Here we are, another season has come and almost gone and this Saturday the Interactive Resorts crew are heading back to the mountains for one last week of skiing, sunshine, fun and games before summer. The last three years of the official company trip have all been to Val d'Isere but this year promises to be a complete change as we're heading to Europe's highest resort of Val Thorens!The first Interactive Resorts end of season trip was in 2007 to the Chalet Cherrier in Val d'Isere.


A week skiing in Meribel (2010-04-12 14:32:38)

Booking my personal ski holiday this year was going to be a challenge; it was a mixed ability (complete beginner to expert), mixed sex (school mates and girlfriend!), group of people all on a budget and looking for plenty of evening entertainment. Meribel was chosen as the destination.Booking my personal ski holiday this year was going to be a challenge; it was a mixed ability (complete beginner to expert), mixed sex (school mates and girlfriend!), group of people all on a budget and looking for plenty of evening entertainment.


Wanted: Passionate Skiers and Boarders (2010-04-08 13:01:54)

Do you love skiing or boarding? Could talk about ski holidays all day?


Chalets in Zermatt reviewed (2010-04-06 11:20:56)

Having spent a couple of years working in chalet holiday sales, I’ve had the good fortune to stay in some amazing chalets....the Bellevarde Lodges in Val D’Isere – ski in/out with hot tubs on the balcony, and the Taiga Lodge in Meribel with its cinema rooms being previous favourites.  Fabulous though these are, they don’t really come close to the accommodation I’ve just stayed in on a recent trip to Zermatt. Arriving in the resort via the train from Täsch, we were greeted by the sight of the mighty Matterhorn and a picture perfect Swiss village just below it.  As the little electro-taxi made its way up to Petit Village (known as Zermatt’s satellite village for its spectacular views), I had a feeling we’d be in for a treat.  Soft lightings, with pale wooden furnishings, massive mirrors and subtle under-floor heating welcomed us into the Chalet Grace – a fresh, contemporary and utterly gorgeous chalet in every possible way.  Afternoon tea was laid out waiting for us – and as we reclined in the massive sofas with fur throws, we tucked into warm white chocolate & brandy cupcakes with rounds of smoked salmon & goats cheese sandwiches.....just what the doctor ordered after a long day of travelling!  Matt and Jen, our hosts  took some time out to show us around and great feature after great feature was pointed out -  pool room, cinema room, outdoor hot tub, sauna, Pilates studio.  Little wonder then that we found it difficult to leave the chalet each night after a four course dinner– especially with the open bar, stocked with everything from Cardinal lager to Perrier Jouët Champagne!Whilst it was easy to want to spend every second of our time in Zermatt in the Grace, the aim of our mission there was to check out a range of chalets in the resort, so this we set off to do on the second day of our visit.  Whilst Zermatt is by no means a resort for people on a budget, we did manage to see some of the more cost effective options that are there.  If it’s all about location, then you can’t really go wrong with the 16 person Chalet Mazot – right in the centre of town and a short walk from the Sunnega lifts.  It doesn’t have a living room, but who needs a living room when you have bars like Vernissage round the corner! The steep hill that winds up behind the Mazot, leads up to the Aeschhorn chalets; two wonderfully kitsch and traditional apartments, each sleeping 6 with quirky attributes such as the murals on the bedroom walls of mountain scenery.


Skiing Chamonix on and off piste (2010-04-01 11:59:20)

I’ve just returned from an excellent stay at the Chalet Grands Montets in Chamonix.  Newly finished, this chalet has been completely rebuilt from a shell that dates back to the 1940s.


The wonderful resort of Hetteyi (2010-04-01 10:54:00)

This small resort nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, the resort offers skiing so completely different to what most of us have experienced. Not only is the setting quite spectacular but the culture is very different.


A week's Ski Holiday in Zermatt and Verbier (2010-03-25 12:04:41)

Having worked in the ski industry since 2004, I've seen a lot of resorts. In fact, until last week there were only 2 major resorts in our programme that I had never visited.


Nightlife and skiing in St Anton (2010-03-23 10:42:28)

Badly cooked sausages, Euro Pop, lederhosen and dodgy dancing. Until early January this year, that was about the extent of my knowledge of Austria.


BA cabin crew strike (2010-03-12 11:23:29)

We are extremely disappointed that Unite, the union that represents the majority of British Airways (BA) cabin crew, has announced that it intends to take strike action.We are currently considering our response to this strike threat and what action we will need to take to minimise disruption. All our flights are operating normally at the moment.We will be updating this page with further details as soon as it is available.


Skiing in Chamonix (2010-03-10 12:18:59)

Chamonix. The name itself rings all the superlatives; the highest lift, the longest off-piste run and the most awe inspiring views the Alps have to offer.


Simon Seeks - A new website dedicated to passionate travellers (2010-03-05 12:48:55)

If you’re part of the Travellers and Bloggers community, you’ve probably heard about the new travel website Simonseeks.com from the entrepreneur Simon Nixon. In one of their recent blog posts, Interactive Resorts has been recommended as a great site to visit when trying to find your perfect skiing holiday.In June 2009, Simon launched this new site which aims to give an opportunity to everyone interested in writing holiday reviews about their trips, a chance to make money from it.


March Festivals in Meribel (2010-03-03 12:13:48)

Spring skiing has always had its advantages – the days are longer, the lifts are open later, the snow is still good and the temperatures are warm enough to sit outside at the end of the day enjoying a cold beer or a vin chaud! This season the resort of Meribel is providing extra incentives for skiing at this time of year by hosting not one, but two festival extravaganzas!


Industrial action on both sides of the Channel (2010-02-24 12:06:42)

We are aware that there is an air traffic control strike currently taking place in France which began yesterday (23rd February) and is scheduled to finish on Saturday 27th February.At this moment we have received no information from any of our tour operators or airlines about how this action may affect any holidays due to depart on Saturday or Sunday. We are also aware that British Airways staff may strike at some stage over the Easter break.


Alpe d'Huez and Les 2 Alpes – Skiing Affordability Realised! (2010-02-18 11:39:05)

On hearing my first ski trip of the season would be to Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes my feelings were mixed. On the one hand it meant seeing two resorts and a whole range of chalets that I did not know much about, on the other hand, would they live up to the demanding standards set by the Three Valleys and Espace Killy regions?Setting off from London before the sun had even risen was a shock to the system but it meant landing in Lyon and picking up the hire car with most of the day still to go.


Luxury ski holiday in St Anton (2010-02-15 14:03:44)

Working at the sales end of the ski industry, you always come across chalets that make you think “I wish I could stay there”, so when the opportunity arose for several friends and I to stay in one such chalet, we naturally grabbed it with both hands. Chalet Seeberger has long been on my hit list for several reasons:The chalet is as central as you could possibly want.The catering is of a very high standard.The wines served would be good enough to grace a quality restaurant.The chalet does not come with flights and transfers included in the price so we pounced on some very good value Easyjet Gatwick to Innsbruck flights and hopped on the train up to resort.


Skiing in La Rosière: A Hidden Gem (2010-02-11 10:49:33)

One of the lesser known resorts of the Tarentaise region, La Rosière truly is a gem waiting to be discovered. Some people are too quick to dismiss this resort as too small, too quiet and too family orientated but three colleagues from the London office and I spent the opening weekend of the season discovering what this resort really has to offer.


Les Portes du Soleil, Val d'Isere, Verbier and a lot of motorway! (2010-02-09 15:41:48)

Working for a ski company means that familiarisation trips out to resort and the chalets are part and parcel of the job. Perk yes, but absolutely necessary!


Powder skiing in Val d'Isere (2010-02-05 17:07:58)

Looking for a last minute deal can be risky business because there comes a point when prices don’t go any lower and holidays just get sold. If like our group you were dead set on going to a specific resort then having not got anything sorted by Thursday for a holiday intended to start on Saturday is perhaps a little foolish.


Skiing in Verbier, a trip to remember! (2010-02-03 15:03:09)

First things first, myself and my fellow travelling compadres needed to catch the red eye out of Gatwick into Geneva, from where we could catch the train to Le Chable (2.5 hrs) at the foot of the mountain on which Verbier is perched. As you would expect, the Swiss trains run like clockwork and with one quick change at Martigny we were there.


Luxury chalets in Val d'Isere - Harriet's week of pampering (2010-02-01 18:54:12)

The chalets I have just visited are 4 of our most luxurious chalets and a boutique hotel in Val d’Isere in the Legettaz area. They are all clustered together and built in the traditional Savoyarde style.  The owner helped design all of the chalets and I can honestly say they are absolutely beautiful, all very different in style with something to suit everyone. Even though I stayed in Chalet Le Kilimanjaro myself (with one of the best views of Val from the living room) my favourite was the Chalet Mistral.


4 exercises to improve your fitness for skiing (2009-12-15 13:51:46)

The ski season is upon us. It is a fact that the fitter you are the more you will enjoy and get the most out of your time on the piste, no matter what your level.


BA industrial action 22nd December to 2nd January (2009-12-14 17:30:57)

Just a very quick post for anyone who thinks they may be affected by the industrial action at BA that has been announced this afternoon. If you missed the news, BA cabin crew have voted to go on strike from 22nd December until 2nd January in a move that is widely thought will bring chaos to anyone travelling with BA over that period.Only around 5% of our customers booked to travel during that period are booked on BA flights, and all of those are charter flights.


European Ski Resort Opening Dates 2009-10 (2009-12-03 15:36:03)

A week later, and with superb snow for sure, the final large ski areas will get going. Les Arcs/La Plagne start on 12th December, Avoriaz will be startign on the same day as well as Zinal and Grimentz in Switzerland.The final stragglers will be officially open from 19th December.


Life at Interactive Resorts (2009-12-01 09:49:32)

Few office workers spend their working life chatting about one of the things they love the most. Few get to spend their days surrounded by like-minded friends, banter abounding, helping their clients into the holidays they want.


Espace Killy: 3 days and counting! (2009-11-25 12:39:23)

Here we are, another year has passed and another ski season is about to kick off. Forget all those excited blogs and tweets in October about new snow in Europe and a few resorts in the States opening early, we're now getting ready for the real snow.


Road Trip, anyone? (2009-11-16 17:25:56)

So, we’ve established that travelling to resort by train is fun and surprisingly efficient. If you really must, then fly, But what about the third way, the Road Trip?


New chairlift in La Plagne (2009-11-03 12:30:35)

Plagne 1800 has a new chairlift out of the village: the new Melezes chairlift which runs from the ESF meeting point to Plagne Centre. This then connects to another new chairlift - the Bergerie, arriving at 2184m just above Plagne Villages, which gives access to Plagne Centre and Plagne Bellecote, making Plagne 1800 a much more convenient option for beginners.For more info checkout our La Plagne resort details or see our collection of La Plagne Chalets.


South West London - The centre of the UK ski industry (2009-10-21 15:40:39)

For those in the know, South-West London has always been the heart of the UK ski industry. Obviously none of the big resorts are located here; in fact you’d be hard pushed to spot a single snowflake over winter.


Snow is falling - Bring on the new season! (2009-10-07 17:08:01)

The first snows of the new season have begun to fall across the northern hemisphere and one resort in North America has already opened for the winter season. Loveland, Colorado became the first non-glacier resort to open this morning.The first snows of the new season have begun to fall across the Northern hemisphere and one resort in North America has already opened for the winter season.


Weekending by Rail (2009-09-18 18:34:51)

So as we’ve already established, I’m a convert to the train. Having always hated flying, my first attempt to get out to the Alps by rail went so well that I vowed never again to fly where the train was possible.


3 Peaks Challenge for Cancer Research (2009-08-27 11:22:47)

 While the rest of Interactive Resorts were celebrating the company's 5th birthday with a boat trip down the River Thames I set off on my epic journey. The challenge was to complete the 3 Peaks in 24 hours and raise money for Cancer research in the process.Well, to sum it up I completed the 3 peak challenge in less than 24 hours, no thanks to driving licence issues, horrendously cold and foggy weather conditions, traffic jams and mini bus breakdowns.


Train to Courchevel for me (2009-08-14 14:54:02)

Following on from Alex’s interesting blog about the relative merits of train versus plane, I though I’d add my own (heavily biased) view. A couple of seasons ago I booked a last minute deal in Courchevel 1550 at the hotel Chanrossa.


Train or Plane? (2009-08-06 09:33:13)

‘We’re sorry to announce that the 13:25 flight to London Gatwick is delayed”…. The all too familiar voiceover that greeted us on arrival at Chambery airport last March - our return leg home delayed by reasons best known to Monarch and Monarch alone.


The Tour hits the mountains (2009-07-16 12:25:47)

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Alps are a little quiet during the long summer months, locals just whiling away the lazy days waiting for the new snowfall and the hustle and bustle of winter to kick in again in November. You’d be wrong though...You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Alps are a little quiet during the long summer months, locals just whiling away the lazy days waiting for the new snowfall and the hustle and bustle of winter to kick in again in November.But you'd be wrong...


Some good news for the British skier... (2009-06-30 13:06:37)

Finally, some good news for the British skier! As of Wednesday the 1st of July, restaurants and cafés in France will enjoy a massive cut in VAT which will, in turn, be passed onto their customers.


17 days to go before Interactive Resorts ambulance sets off. (2009-06-25 14:19:11)

17 days to go before the Interactive Resorts sponsored Land Rover ambulance sets off for Mongolia! Ross Dolton (Interactive Resorts) and Matt Greene (Chef) are the Mongol Response team who have converted a 4x4 into an ambulance and are driving it 10,000 miles to donate it to a local community in Mongolia.


Keswick Beer Festival Trip 2009 (2009-06-12 13:06:36)

For the team here at Interactive Resorts, group trips away are an absolute highlight in the calendar and few are as eagerly anticipated as our annual pilgrimage up to the Lake District for the Keswick Beer Festival. Working hard all day discussing ski resorts, deals, discounts and altitudes is all well and good, but there’s a time and a place for letting your hair down and for us, it’s Keswick.


Is it worth booking your 2009 / 2010 catered chalet holiday early? (2009-05-22 09:28:59)

Based on last seasons last minute deals, I would have said no as there were some great bargains to be had… but is it going to be different next season? The answer is YES.


Skiing in Val d'Isere, apres ski and a little taste of Tignes! (2009-05-08 15:33:34)

After another busy season in the London office, expectations were high for the end-of-season staff trip to Val d’Isere. The requirements were simple; amazing weather, fresh snowfall, beers a-plenty and laughs all the way, and we were not in the least disappointed on any count.


Learn to snowboard in the Three Valleys? (2009-04-15 16:37:44)

After skiing for years, who in their right mind, would turn down an offer like this: “Hey mate, how’s it going? Guess who’s going out to the 3 valleys to learn how to snowboard this New Year?” “No way, are you?


Spring Powder in Verbier (2009-04-12 15:48:44)

Our Morzine Chalets specialist, Chris Callaghan waxes lyrical on Verbier ski resort, having just returned from his first taste of boarding outside of France. Everyone’s got their own idea of the perfect day on the hill.


Leprechaun's in St Anton! (2009-04-09 15:07:45)

I originally organised the trip with my mum to go to the Chalet Katharina, however what you will find with St Anton is that you find yourself making more friends as the week goes on. This might explain why, on the 2nd day, my sister (Jenni) and her boyfriend (Jim,) my mum (Anne) and I were kitted out in Leprechaun outfits dancing on the tables in the Mooserwirt with a 20+ strong group of Irish.


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