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The Perfect Easter

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 4:56am
Our favourite spring break can fall anytime within a five week, 35-day possible date range. Where would you most like it to land? As skiers, our perfect Easter would probably be the one when the snow kept falling that bit longer, temperatures stayed cold enough for it to keep powdery and, essentially, winter went on that little bit longer.

One lift for the rest of your life, Gampenbahn, Ischgl

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:15am
Ischgl's new freeride-focused PVG tram may be getting all the attention but in its shadow a much-loved-by-locals quad is just as special  Why are we not getting the plush, shiny Piz Val Gronda? A lift that’s been just short of 30 years in the planning, and cost a shade under €20 million? Why are we not enjoying the plush heated seats, or pressing our noses against the splendid v-shaped glass for a better view of the terrain below?

Editor's letter, year-round skiing special

Nicola IseardWed, 26/03/2014 - 5:09am
"Just imagine that with snow on it!" If there was a catchphrase from last summer (our first one since Chrigl and I moved to Morzine last February) this was it. It was never: "look at that beautiful channel of rock and the way it links down with those trees." What amazed me, when we hiked up some of our favourite ski runs, was just how steep they were.

Graham Bell's blog: Bonanzas

Mary CreightonWed, 12/03/2014 - 3:10am
Ex-Olympic racer Graham Bell on racing in far flung places, from bonanzas in Lebanon to Iceland One of the big bonuses I enjoyed as a ski racer was the travel opportunities that it offered. A standard season would include Southern Hemisphere training in Chile or New Zealand followed by a stint on the glaciers of Europe, then North America for the early-season races, followed by the classic Alpine races in December and January.

Little hills and big thrills in Vogel, Slovenia

Jonny RichardsTue, 11/03/2014 - 7:28am
Jonny Richards on why the small ones can be just as juicy With just 18km of pistes, Vogel is without doubt the weakest resort in pure skiing terms that we’ll be featuring in this blog, well, probably ever. But against the odds, it makes up for it in other ways. We know, we know. It sounds ridiculous, even for a little two-day hop. But it really is rather good, and memorable, and convenient, being an easy 40-minute drive from Ljubljana, the capital’s airport.

One lift for the rest of your life, the Jungfrau railway, Wengen

Mary CreightonThu, 06/03/2014 - 5:43am
OK, it’s not a lift; it’s a train. But the journey from Wengen to the shoulder of the north face of the Eiger opens up many riding opportunities, including a 2.76 mile run down the World Cup’s longest downhill course: the Lauberhorn. We board the train in Wengen at 1274m. It’s a very traditional ‘no cars’ resort and Brits have been visiting since the Downhill Only Ski Club started up here in 1925. The train is basic but immaculate. More reassuringly, it clings to the mountainside on a sturdy cogwheel system.

Shaun White, revisited

Simon AshtonMon, 24/02/2014 - 11:53pm
Back in December, I wrote a blog on Shaun White, which you can read here.

Fat ski lovin'

Simon AshtonThu, 20/02/2014 - 11:39pm
This season I finally had the chance to ski my Moment Bibby Pros. These were a 184cm 2012/13 model and relatively skinny underfoot at 118mm compared to the revamped 2013/14 model which has gone to 120mm (yes 2mm makes all the difference). Frankly I’m glad I got the 12/13 model as it is a stiff, lively no compromising ski – the 13/14 model has been tweaked to be more powder orientated rather than smashing through all conditions with aplomb.

Has Slopestyle Changed the Face of British Skiing?

Simon AshtonWed, 19/02/2014 - 10:08pm
Already Slopestyle, whether Snowboarding or Skiing, is being talked about as the hit of the Sochi Olympics. The action was epic, with amazing smashes, big tricks and the first British Snowsport medal thanks to Jenny Jones’ Bronze.

Editor's letter, the Hidden Gems issue

nameTue, 18/02/2014 - 10:33pm
VERY HUSH HUSH About five or six years ago I went to Bruges. I can't remember the name of the hotel we stayed in, or what I ate for any particular meal, but I remember this one bar clear as day, a tip-off from a local we'd met.