Putting the Boot in… 19 Jan2015

Putting the Boot in…

Ski Boot & Ski Binding Compatibility It’s a minefield out there – once it was all so simple! All ski boots fitted all types of bindings, end of story… simples. Admittedly ski bindings were nowhere near as sophisticated nor as safe as they are nowadays and neither was the range of...

6 Skis in 6 Days 18 Jan2015

6 Skis in 6 Days

Chamonix is one of the most exciting ski areas in Europe, with over 80 maintained pistes across 5 different areas there’s something for everyone from complete beginners to advanced. With all this varied terrain, deciding what equipment is best for which area and conditions can often be...

Over the Ropes 14 Jan2015

Over the Ropes

Quest Back Country Package Salomon have introduced a complete backcountry ski package developed in close collaboration with their Mountain Collective. Quest BC provides touring convenience with no compromise on downhill performance. Balancing the touring needs of lightweight construction and...

Evolution of Revolution 13 Jan2015

Evolution of Revolution

Splitboarding Split boarding has come of age. A few years ago they were a novelty, now they are everywhere! It’s not as though they are particularly new, Voiles 1st split dates back to the early nineteens.  This growth set against a back ground of declining regular snowboard sales is...

Gentle Day in the Hills 12 Jan2015

Gentle Day in the Hills

Chamonix, a mountain town of superlatives and increasingly renowned for endurance competition is set to host a new breed of triathlon event. Introducing the Evergreen 228, the worlds toughest, most beautiful and most environmentally responsible Iron-distance triathlon of the international...

d’Ispere 11 Jan2015

d’Ispere

d’Ispere – New Thriller Reveals The Dark Heart of a Mountain Paradise   Novel set in French ski resort to become this year’s snow-on-the-ground hit. There’s much written about the sports of skiing and snowboarding and the delights that come with holidaying in the mountains...

Win a Spa&Ski Break 12 Mar2014

Win a Spa&Ski Break

Your chance to win an amazing ski-spa package with Lythe Hill and Ski Weekend 6 days of luxury for 2 people 21 – 27 APRIL 2014 Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at the award winning Lythe Hill Hotel Restaurant & Spa in the glorious market town of Haslemere, Surrey –...

Heli Ski Mt Blanc 11 Mar2014

Heli Ski Mt Blanc

Spring Weekends Heli Mont Blanc Ski from the summit of Mont Blanc. Heli drop at 3800m, climb to the summit and ski down (between 3510m & 2400m vertical descent depending on conditions). 21st-24th March, 28th–31st March, 4th-7th April, 11th-14th April Included: 3 Days with a Mountain...

DPS Skis 10 Mar2014

DPS Skis

Where does DPS come from? Where are the origins? DPS is about the mystery encountered during a slide across deep snow. It is the inspiration for everything we create. It fuels a reverence for mountains, storms, and the people who sculpt powder culture. It leads us on a search for distant...

It’s all in the Game! 09 Mar2014

It’s all in the Game!

Hit the slopes with all the shots! With perhaps a ski holiday fast approaching many of us will suddenly change their daily computer viewing to snow reports, webcams and any new kit that we may feel that we could do with for the slopes this season! Inevitably we daydream of snow falls arriving...

Mont Blanc Marathon 08 Mar2014

Mont Blanc Marathon

When the winter season comes to a close, the build up for the Mont Blanc Marathon is in full flow – now is the time to start planing your training if you want to be part of this fantastic challenge in June 2014- entries are now open! Training for The Mont Blanc mountain marathon should...

Early Season Offers 05 Nov2013

Early Season Offers

The last week or so has seen Chamonix switch into winter mode, with the threat of frozen pipes, snowy roads and that perennial shock of cold buttocks sitting in your car first thing in the morning. On the upside… we are really looking forward now to the new ski season! Chamonx starts...

Skiing without Fear 03 Nov2013

Skiing without Fear

ALPINEMOJO Skiing without Fear by Roddy Willis So, there you are standing on the side of a mountain looking down the mogul strewn Black run your instructor has taken you to; wondering to yourself how you got yourself here and more importantly how you will get down? Now your charming instructor...

Buying Ski Boots 03 Nov2013

Buying Ski Boots

Profeet Ski Lab Manager, British Ski Boot Fitters Association Trainer, and ski boot fitter for royalty and the stars,  Michelle Wilcox offers us some advice on ski boots. If you are going to buy one piece of kit make it ski boots. On average skiers rent boots one or even two sizes too big....

Fit to Ski 03 Nov2013

Fit to Ski

Who and Why? Jane Newman MSc BSc MMACP MCSP SRP is a fully qualified chartered sports physio, with 13 years of experience and 3 seasons working as a physio in the Alps, she knows what to look out for when it comes to ski injury prevention through to rehabilitation. The article aims to give you...

Mountain Clothing 03 Nov2013

Mountain Clothing

Modern materials and construction techniques mean that there is no such thing as bad weather in the mountains, just poor clothing! Here we will discuss briefly the correct way to dress for snowsports in the high mountains. Winter in Europe usually spans a period of 4 – 5 months, from...

Choosing Ski Goggles 30 Oct2013

Choosing Ski Goggles

To look good or feel good. Goggles have come a long way since they were an afterthought, just in case you couldn’t wear your sunglasses all day long. Now they work, the comfort and fit are great and the lenses are first class. Bollé has always concentrated on the quality and performance of...

PASSION FOR KITESURFING 30 Oct2013

PASSION FOR KITESURFING

A PASSION FOR KITESURFING WHY?  Kitesurfing has been around for around 15 years and it has certainly carved a path in the world of watersports in this time. With a solid teaching structure now in place (the British Kitesurf Association – BKSA in the UK) and a healthy growing industry...

Free Socks! 27 Mar2013

Free Socks!

Free socks? Not in a Free Willy sort of way but rather a great giveaway from our sock partner; Smartwool. This month we have 5 pairs of the fabulous Smartwool PhD Ski Light socks. The PhD Ski Light includes a light-cushioned shin and sole, as well as superior fit, durability and versatility....

Ski the Stura 26 Mar2013

Ski the Stura

Ski Weekend discovered the wild and remote Stura Valley 3 years ago. Since then we have never missed an opportunity to visit this unique and magical place to simply experience some of the best and least touched skiing in the Alps. Everybody we brought to the Valle Stura loved it, and the...

Col du Passon 23 Mar2013

Col du Passon

Col du Passon 3028ms An excellent tour with a good ratio of skiing/climbing. Starting in Argentière take the easy option and get a one way ticket to the top of the Grands Montets (3283m). If the top station is not open then you can still access the Glacier d’ Argentière by climbing up...

How to climb Mt Blanc 21 Mar2013

How to climb Mt Blanc

The majority of successful attempts are led by mountain guides. An official mountain guide will hold the IFMGA qualification. They are the only people legally allowed to take paying clients up Mont Blanc. A number of companies and Guides organise ascents. Many people with a suitable amount of...

Antarctic Peninsular 04 Mar2013

Antarctic Peninsular

The Seventh Continent “Antoine, you’re the skipper, you outline the boats safety features to our guests.” Hesitantly, the young man accompanied by his even younger looking girlfriend, Julie, briefed us in broken English on the emergency procedures needed to sail across the...

Luxury Family Hotels 04 Mar2013

Luxury Family Hotels

From a quintessentially English manor house to a magnificent Grade I listed stately home, Luxury Family Hotels offer affordable family escapes in some of England’s finest country house hotels. Why compromise on quality or value for money just because you’re travelling with your children?...

April Ski Offers 29 Jan2013

April Ski Offers

Fantastic April Skiing offers! “From the champagne on the airport transfer, the wonderful chalet staff and the fabulous chalet that greeted us to the perfect weather and deep powder, we seem to have found heaven on earth!” The Classic Haute Route. Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn on...

Avalanche Airbags 29 Jan2013

Avalanche Airbags

A review of Avalanche Airbag systems. Preventing or minimizing burial depth is the key to reducing avalanche fatalities. In contrast to other avalanche safety equipment, airbags actively reduce the chance of burial. They work using the principle of inverse segregation. When granular objects of...

Glacier de Toule 28 Jan2013

Glacier de Toule

Gavin Foster shares his secret spots in Chamonix and the Mont Blanc Massif. Route: Toule Glacier with Glacier de Vierge or La Noire to finish back in Chamonix Summary: Off Piste skiing in Glaciated terrain, (SkiWeekendMountain guide required) Skiable: December – end April Access: Cable car...

One Small Step 28 Jan2013

One Small Step

As a ski instructor one commonly notices a pattern between couples who ski together, the overriding image is of the ‘man’ teaching the woman to ski, when she clearly has a better technique than him. Pair this with the corporate weekend, where male bravado outshines talent and being scared...