Women & Skiing 28 Jan2013

Women & Skiing

In recent years ski courses have sprung up for ‘ladies only’.  I remember teaching in Whistler, Canada BC, over 15 years ago and there were several female ski teachers advertising weekend courses specifically for ladies.  It seemed, to me, a great idea, not specifically something that...

Ski Fitness / Injury 14 Jan2013

Ski Fitness / Injury

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...

Snowkiting 14 Jan2013

Snowkiting

An introduction to Snowkiting By Eric Bridge, Kitesurf Examiner and owner – Edgewatersports www.edgewatersports.com For getting away from the crowds and into the mountains you have a few choices, you could strap on some skins and hike your way out there.  You could get yourself and a...

See Yourself 03 Dec2012

See Yourself

See Yourself and Go-Pro In my previous article (Metal Edges or Mental Edge) I wrote about Positive-self-talk. If you’ve got your Positive-self-talk dialled in – then it is time to ‘Go-Pro’ with some visualisation. Maybe, you already know that many top skiers use visualisation...

Schwartztor / Porta Nera 02 Dec2012

Schwartztor / Porta Nera

Through The Black Door The Schwartztor translates from German as the Black Door – not a particularly attractive name for a ski run and much less so for one of the finest off piste runs in Europe! Always better to mention it by its Italian name of Porta Nera which somehow has more appeal...

Skiing with Kids 02 Dec2012

Skiing with Kids

I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving. – Morgan Freeman How many sports can claim to be to be for...

Off-piste Essentials 01 Dec2012

Off-piste Essentials

Thinking of trying out some off-piste skiing or ski touring this winter? There’s nothing better than leaving the pistes, heading out and skiing untracked powder under a blue sky, or skinning into a remote valley and spending the night in an alpine hut. Off-piste skiing though carries a...

Waterproof / Breathable Fabrics 29 Nov2012

Waterproof / Breathable F...

What are some of the latest and greatest technologies in the world of technological fabrics these days? Well, there is always the waterproof breathable category. GORE-TEX Many of us have heard of GORE-TEX – the most common name when it comes to a waterproof technology. GORE-TEX is known...

Snowing in Chamonix!

Winter has arrived in Chamonix! Put your golf clubs in the attic, evict the mice from your ski boots, brush the dust off your skis (maybe a new pair?) . Snowy photos from the...

Metal or Mental 29 Oct2012

Metal or Mental

Metal Edges or Mental Edge Presumably if you are reading this article, then the chances are that at some point you have had a ski lesson. Your instructor might have told you to do ‘something’ with your legs and body so that your skis do ‘something’ on the snow? There really are only...

Looking forward 2012/13 27 Oct2012

Looking forward 2012/13

Looking forward to Winter 2012-13. The first day of winter – Saturday 27th October – arrived with cold air sweeping down from Scotland all the way to the Alps, bringing our autumn to and end with a dip in temperatures from high teens down to minus figures. 5-10cms of snow on the...

Ski Boots 2013 24 Oct2012

Ski Boots 2013

Review of ski boot fitting, technology and innovation for the 2012/13 season. Winter is nearly upon us and it’s time to look at what innovation and technology has brought to us in ski boots for the coming season. Before we look at what’s new and exciting this year remember that even more...

December Skiing 19 Oct2012

December Skiing

Book now for the Ski Weekend 2012/13 season Val d’Isere warm up weekend Led by Gavin Foster and the team of Ski Weekend Guides and Ski Instructors Dates: departing on Friday 30th November, returning Tuesday 4th December, for 4 days of skiing. Price: from £649 pp Includes: 4 nights B&B...

2012/13 Forecast

Le Weather • 2012/13 Ski Season Forecast (complete with additional financial advice) according to tvmountain.com November 2012 The current northwest action brings significant disruption to the Northern Alps and will be stormy with heavy rain and snow – especially in the middle and...

Early Season Offers 03 Oct2012

Early Season Offers

Ski Weekend is offering some excellent early season specials including Ski in 3 Countries, Christmas Week, Short Break Ski Specials ————————————————————- Ski in 3...

NODECKCHAIR! 24 Jul2012

NODECKCHAIR!

Why not try out an exciting activity holiday in the Alps? There are all sorts of amazing activities to do around Chamonix during the summer. Have you ever wanted to try a high ropes course, or try your hand at rock climbing? Perhaps white water rafting or canyoning has caught your eye? How...

Ten Things: Opinel Knife 24 Apr2012

Ten Things: Opinel Knife

1. The simple peasant’s knife quickly proved popular, hundreds of thousands of knives being sold by 1914. By 1939 an incredible 20 million knives had been sold – at the time, enough for half the population of France to own one! The company is still run by the Opinel family,...

Seven Superlatives 24 Feb2012

Seven Superlatives

Chamonix is often quoted as having the biggest and the best. Truth or fiction? You decide…   1. Most famous Other places swing in and out of fashion but Chamonix remains the premier destination for skiing and mountain sports. This world beating reputation is built upon a long...

Loads of Snow

The Chamonix Buzz! The ski world is buzzing about the snow conditions in Chamonix – and with good reason. This is turning into a very special season: “The snowfall has been fantastic with the depth on upper slopes now reaching almost 5m – a 25 year record for this time of year...