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    • Where: Banff, Canada
    • Who: Suze
    • When: January

    Banff is located in the stunningly beautiful Banff National Park and is packed with activities. A trip to the top of Sulpher Mountain is a must so you can see the stunning scenery surrounding Banff. You can either get the gondola or walk. It's not a hard walk and so worth the effort. The walk around the Banff Prings hotel is nice and there is a small waterfall. For a much better river walk with falls go to Athabasca Falls. Mount Norquay is the local ski slope but for really good skiing drive to Lake Louise.
    Great food options and lots of nightlife.

    Published: 06 February 2016

    • Where: Whistler, Canada
    • Who: Suze
    • When: January

    I stayed at Whistler Blackcombe village this January and I would highly recommend it. The Fairmont is at the bottom of the lift and you literally step out the hotel and onto the lift.
    The slopes themselves are fantastic with wonderful views (as you'd expect!) and great eating choices when you are up on the slopes.
    For non-skiers the Peak to Peak gondola will let you experience the fantastic views and scenery, with a lot less effort!
    The village itself has a fantastic choice of restaurants and the Sushi bar is great.
    Prices are extremely reasonable, especially with the great exchange rate with GBP

    Published: 06 February 2016

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    • Where: Aspen Ski, Colorado USA
    • Who: Ed
    • When: February

    I just returned from my third visit to Aspen, and I have been well and truly smitten. Not only is the skiing extensive - 4 very different mountains, but there are numerous diversions both apres ski and for the non-skier. Aspen is a real town with a life not totally dedicated to skiing. History: take the geology tour at 1 pm most days on Aspen Mountain. Apres ski: spend some time at the the bar of the Aspen Brewing Company trying a few of the numerous micro-brews available on tap and talking to the many locals who will be joining you. Fine (but inexpensive) dining: try the the fixed price menu at the bar at Jimmy's.

    Published: 25 February 2013

    • Where: France
    • Who: Lev
    • When: January

    Morzine

    After skiing for many years and having never gone to France before I was suitably impressed!! I can’t comment for year in year out but great snow especially at the top and it wasn’t too icy the further down you came. Plenty of runs to keep busy on and a real good mix of difficulties, the blacks were about as challenging as I've seen anywhere with some pretty fierce reds along the way and if you’re looking for off piste then there was plenty of untouched snow.

    If you get bored of Morzine and its close neighbours then you can buy a Portes de Soleil pass which then allows you to ski France / Italy / Switzerland for about an extra 60€ (for a week)

    The all important apres ski had a good atmosphere but found the beer a little pricey at 5.50 € a pint but this seemed to be the same everywhere.

    I took my son with me for the first time and abandoned him in a French ski school mainly because it was cheaper than the English school but the French schools all spoke perfect English. He really enjoyed the ski school and it gave me from 9.30 till 12 to do my own thing. As it was his first time I assumed it would be more a 'baby sitting' service until my wide smiled 8 year told me they had been on the mountain rather than just the nursery pen which gave him great confidence to ski with me in the afternoons.

    Would definitely recommend and go again.

    Published: 28 January 2013

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    • Where: Breckenridge Ski, Colorado USA
    • Who: OGAdamson
    • When: December

    An hour and a half’s drive up the I70 from Denver is the old gold mining town, now ski resort, of Breckenridge. As a 'real' town, it has a lot of character and a huge selection of bars, restaurants and shops to supplement its four interlinked mountains offering a huge range of skiing for all abilities. Traditionally blessed with an excellent snow record there are challenging double diamond runs in the back bowls, fun black and blue runs and wide open cruising green runs for beginners. There are also great facilities for snowboarders.

    All the runs are well marked and most tree-lined, particularly useful in bad weather and there is usually an “easy” way down – good for mixed ability groups skiing together. The ski school is thoroughly recommended, particularly for children. The slopes are generally quiet by European standards, well groomed, well patrolled and served by efficient lifts with barely any queues (except for peak weekends at Christmas, New Year, President’s day etc and even here they are well managed). However, despite the many sunny days, it does get seriously cold so the right kit is essential. Breckenridge is also nearly 10,000 feet above sea level so you need to take it easy the first few days to get used to the altitude.

    There is plenty of skiing here to occupy two weeks but if you should tire of Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek are all within an hour’s drive and all covered by the lift pass. In fact, a visit to all is worth-while especially the back bowls at Vail and the Outback at Keystone. If you do book independently, do buy your lift pass in advance online at Epic Mix – you will save a fortune! You will pay for a season’s pass with just 5 days skiing.

    Most accommodation is in condos but there are some hotels. A lot you can ski back to but there are free buses regularly running around the resort. The condos are huge by European standards and very warm and cosy with all mod cons. Most will have access to Jacuzzis and pools too. There is a big supermarket in town but it is cheap enough to eat out every night. The mountain restaurants did seem a lot more expensive this year for nothing very special – best to ski a full morning and have a late lunch in town. If you’re not too keen on the skiing, there is dog sledding, snow mobiles, ice skating, a shopping outlet about 20 minutes’ drive away at Silverthorne and Breckenridge even has its own brewery, although all beer is very gassy here!

    Published: 16 January 2013

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    • Where: Flaine, France
    • Who: Timsted
    • When: December

    We went to flaine in December as a large group for a few days skiing and drinking.

    There are 2 types of skiing holidays: one where all you want to do is find the best snow, spend all day skiing and then retire to bed early ready for an early start tomorrow, the other where you do some skiing and then hit the après ski. Flaine is very much suited to the first type of ski holiday.

    It was snowing from the minute we arrived to the minute we left. You would think this a good thing for a ski resort but it isn't, as visibility was terrible and 90% of the lifts and runs we're closed. There was enough open to enjoy the few days we were there but if you were in Flaine skiing for a week it could get very boring. The weather seemed to get perfect for skiing the day we left!

    Flaine as a ski resort isn't great as there really isn't anything there. There is the 1 bar, White bar, at the bottom of the slopes, a pizza takeaway, supermarket and that's about it, Flaine is split on 2 levels. There is a lift that takes you up the side of the mountain to save walking (see video) which takes you up to another token restaurant and small shopping centre. Flaine is very fragmented as a resort and has no town centre like places like Chamonix or Schladming. We were staying in a hotel further up from the 2 levels I mentioned but there are busses every 15 mins to take you up and down. They do stop at 6pm though so be warned if you are down the bottom after that time. Our hotel put busses on for us until 11pm so I assume others will too.

    With all the above said and done it is a skiing enthusiasts paradise as there are so many runs (over 500km) with a good balance of beginner up to expert.

    Published: 22 December 2012

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    • Where: Courchevel, France
    • Who: JenT
    • When: January

    The three valleys ski resort is fantastic. I stayed in La Tania which is a smaller resort with fairly easy access to rest of the pistes. There is good size begininers area which doubles up as a sledging area in the night! Just a handful of bars and resturants, quite laid back with pool tables and duke boxes etc serving more pub grub like burgers and pizza. Getting to the resort can be tricky if you dont have snow chains.
    The runs on the 3 vallleys are full of variety and over a massive area. Take a packed lunch if you can otherwise the pits stops in Courchevel could cost you a fortune. There are quite a few hellipads about the area and you may well see some rich and famous around if you can recognise them under their ski goggles. In Courchevel there is also a toboggan ride over over a mile long for about 15 euros.

    Published: 09 July 2012

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    • Where: Banff, Canada
    • Who: JenT
    • When: February

    I have been skiing here for a total of 4 weeks. The resort is flat with amazing scenary all around you. Plenty of bars resturants and shops. Skiing is not on the door step and you need to catch a shuttle bus everyday. There are 3 ski areas to choose from and buses run every 20 mins to each of them. Lake Louise is probably the most popular which takes about 40 mins. Sunshine is about 20 mins but followed by another 20 mins in a cable car then lastly there is Norquay which has limited runs but is only 10 mins away.
    We always used the bus journey back to the resort to catch up on a little shut eye!
    Be warned though if you,ve only been skiing in europe before it is 10 times colder.
    Most of the hotels are room hotel or half board and have indoor pools to relax those aching muscles. Inns of Banff has a large heated outdoor pool but if your hotel doesnt have one, at the bottom of the resort is an outdoor naturally heated spring. Calgary is about an hour away with huge shopping malls.

    Published: 09 July 2012

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