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Ski Trade discuss skier trends at Listex

5 May 2017

I am spending the day at Listex (London International Snowsports Exchange).  This is a gathering of ski trade and service providers to meet, discuss and form new trade relationships.  The first session is titled Back to the Future and is a discussion on skier trends and the snowsports industry and what skiers and boarders want to do.                       Skier Trends Discussion Sean Newsom from We Love to Ski talked about the incredible investment that […]

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Remember the first time you stepped on snow … and then on skis?

21 April 2017

National Schools Snowsport Week The first time on snow is quite a special moment, we can all remember that day it snowed at home and we made contact with the cold white fluffy stuff.  I am sure we can also remember the first time we put skis on and they felt very slippery. Photo credit Matt Alexander/PA Wire Here is a whole class of school children from Yewtree School in Hemel Hempstead about to try out skiing for the first time as […]

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This season’s last off-piste snow & weather report : Savoie / N. French Alps

20 April 2017

Another winter season comes to an end, with a few chilly days ahead. Fingers crossed for a return to nice off-piste skiing & touring spring skiing conditions as we move into May. This season’s last off-piste snow report: 13 – 19 April, Savoie & Northern French Alps Snow depths are still good for off-piste skiing and touring in high-altitude Val d’Isère, Tignes and other similar resorts especially near the French/Italian border. Elsewhere, they’re well below average for the time of season. Following a long spate of very mild […]

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Off Piste Snow & Weather : 13 – 19 April, Savoie / N. French Alps

13 April 2017

Spring snow skiing conditions get better every day! Off-piste snow report: 13 – 19 April, Savoie & Northern French Alps Val d’Isère and Tignes (high-altitude resorts near the French/Italian border) continue to fare much better for off-piste snow depths than most others in the N French Alps. Val & Tignes still have snow depths of 200+ cm  above 2500 m. Unfortunately, the picture isn’t so rosy elsewhere, with snow depths more like what we’d expect for May. Snow is transforming rapidly in the warm weather and sunshine, giving […]

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Off Piste Snow & Weather: 6 – 12 April Savoie / N. French Alps

6 April 2017

Mild weather and Spring Skiing! Off-piste snow report: 6 – 12 April for Savoie & Northern French Alps   For most resorts of Savoie and the N French Alps, off-piste snow depths are poor for this time of season. The best snow can be be found in high-altitude resorts, with Val d’Isere and Tignes, near the Italian border, doing much better than most. It’s amazing how quickly any recent snow has settled down and humidified on sunny E to S to W facing slopes, […]

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