Feb 20

European ski destinations in peak condition for half-term

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So far this week, conditions in European ski resorts have been at their peak, providing many holidaymakers with a fantastic holiday this half-term.

Sunny skies have been widespread in the Alps, creating ideal overhead conditions, with temperatures climbing above zero Celsius. France has remained wintery, with the best current conditions found in Tignes and Val d’Isere, which are both offering great snow. From today, snow clouds are expected to begin dropping fresh snow, especially in the south of the country.

The Swiss Alps in particular are reaping the benefits of the sunshine, with the snowpack beginning to consolidate, meaning less risk of an avalanche. Snow is also expected this weekend in a number of Swiss resorts, including Verbier.

Powdery conditions are still being reported on Austrian pistes, with those in Obergurgl particularly excellent, which is great news for those on ski holidays for singles this February half term.

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Feb 09

Skiers & snowboarders opt out of wearing ski helmets

A third of British skiers and snowboarders do not wear helmetsA recent study has found that a third of British skiers and snowboarders decide not to wear a helmet.

Research by snow sports insurer Columbus Direct also found that three quarters of British skiers and snowboarders who go on singles skiing holidays and other types of skiing breaks ski off piste without a guide or an instructor.

The study, which surveyed 3,500 people, found that 60 per cent of those who decide not to wear a helmet would not change their minds, despite accidents being widely reported in the media, such as F1 driver Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident in December 2013, whose head injuries could have been fatal without a ski helmet.

Even more worryingly half of those surveyed in the study said they do not carry any safety equipment on the mountain.

Greg Lawson, managing director of Columbus Direct, told the Telegraph, “Compacted snow on the piste can feel like concrete when you land on it at speed, so it’s well worth the investment of a helmet.”

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Feb 04

La Plagne and Courmayeur lauded for their cuisine

La Plagne and Courmayeur have both been praised for their foodThe French resort of La Plagne and the Italian resort of Courmayeur have both been praised for their food by the Gloucester Citizen.

La Plagne and Courmayeur are renowned for the great skiing and snowboarding conditions that they possess and as a result both resorts are popular destinations for ski holidays for singles.

But a recent article on the Gloucester Citizen website has praised both resorts more for the gourmet experience they offer to visitors.

Skiers and snowboarders alike can enjoy the very best sky high dining at the resorts and the article says that visitors to the Paradiski region, which offers skiing between Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne, are particularly spoilt for choice as they can easily take the Vanoise Express aerial tram and visit the area’s very best restaurants.

Don’t worry if you are not going to either of these resorts this winter as there are plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants in other ski resorts across Europe, such as Courchevel and Les Deux Alpes in France and Verbier in Switzerland.

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Jan 27

Top ski and mountain festivals in 2015

Guide to some of the best ski and snowboard festivals  in 2015

The Telegraph has listed some of the best ski and snowboard festivals that are set to take place in 2015.

To save you some time we have chosen our top three that should feature in your plans for singles ski holidays.

The Brits (March 21st-28th)

Tignes is a renowned destination for people going on a singles holiday as it not only boasts great skiing conditions, but great parties such as “The Brits”.

The Brits is featured in the Telegraph guide as the week-long festival attracts thousands of novice and expert skiers and snowboarders with its music and annual British Snowboard and Freeski Championships.

Snowboxx (March 21st-28th)

It is unfortunate that Snowboxx takes place on the same dates as The Brits, but Snowboxx, which is this year held at Alpe D’Huez, attracts huge DJs. The festival will this year feature open-air stages, pool parties, art projects on the slopes and après terrace parties.

Hot Ice Festival (April 11th-May 3rd)

Val d’Isère will this year host end of season parties and three weeks’ worth of snow and après entertainment. In previous years there have been races, behind-the-scenes demonstrations into snowmaking and controlled avalanche explosions, and guided tours of the resort.

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Jan 15

Pippa Middleton names Verbier and Courchevel as top ski resorts

Pippa MiddletonAccording to Pippa Middleton, the Swiss ski resort of Verbier and the French resort of Courchevel are some of the best ski resorts in the world.

Courchevel and Verbier are renowned for boasting some of the best singles skiing holidays in the world and now this has been recognised by Pippa Middleton, the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

In her latest article for Vanity Fair she advises visitors to Verbier in Switzerland to either come wearing a party hat or powder skis, as there is “never a dull moment” at the resort.

She also reveals that Verbier has great off-piste slopes, some great restaurants that offer some great grub and reveals that le Rouge is a great après ski destination, as it boasts entertainment from an Ibiza-style D.J, whilst clubs such as Casbah, Carve and the Farm Club are all well worth a visit too.

Courchevel in France on the other hand was described as having “fantastic skiing for all abilities and is a preferred place of mine”. The piece notes that there are plenty of off-piste runs available to skiers and some great places to eat.

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Jan 07

Val d’Isere offer free Wi-Fi across the mountain

Val d'IsereIt’s been confirmed that the French ski resort of Val d’Isere has installed complimentary Wi-Fi across the mountain, meaning that communicating with your friends and family while on the slopes is easier than ever.

In a move that makes the resort even more cyber friendly, the fact that the Wi-Fi is also free of charge means that people can share images and connect to the internet without worrying about the usual charges associated with data usage abroad.

This isn’t the only benefit that mountain users can enjoy during their solo ski holidays in the region, as the new digital bus service is now making travelling across the resort easier than ever. Launched at the start of the season, its main focus is to ensure skiers and snowboarders spend as little time travelling as possible – providing more time to explore the mountain.

If you are looking forward to exploring the fine pistes of Val d’Isere in the coming months, be sure to bring your phone and take advantage of the new Wi-Fi services.

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Dec 30

Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones celebrate Christmas in the French Alps

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas have been on the slopes of the French Alps Hollywood stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas have celebrated the festive season by hitting the snow-covered slopes of the French Alps.

The celebrity couple took snaps of their holiday in the French Alps and posted them on Facebook, with one photograph showing off their family of four on top of a ski slope and another photo showing Catherine Zeta-Jones taking part in an uphill hike.

The French Alps are one of the world’s most popular regions for ski holidays and breaks for singles and now that the Alps has been dusted in snow, thousands more holidaymakers are expected to jet-off to the region.

A recent ABTA study backed this up after it revealed that large numbers of people are looking into taking a winter holiday this winter season.

To see the photographs that Catherine Zeta-Jones posted on her Facebook page, check out this article on the Mirror website.

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Dec 23

St Anton voted one of Austria’s best ski resorts

The St Anton resort in Austria has been voted as one of the best ski resorts Austria is now one of the most popular skiing destinations in Europe with skiers from across the globe descending on the country over the ski season to test out its resorts slopes.

St. Anton is one such resort that has arguably become Austria’s most visited ski destination as it is hugely popular for ski holidays for singles.

According to The Epoch Times St. Anton is one of Austria’s best ski holiday destinations as it boasts “great slopes for experts”. The guide goes on to say that “St. Anton is just the perfect place to go for those who know how to ski, how to party and how to spend”.

The resort is renowned for its great slopes and off-piste runs, which are regarded as some of the most challenging a skier will face. After a long day at the slopes you need to check out the local bars and the guide reveals that there are plenty at St Anton, including MooserWirt.

Other resorts named in the guide included Lech, Pitztaler Glacier and Zillertal Valley.

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Dec 15

2014 Powder Awards honour the best in skiing

The best performances in skiing have been recognised at the annual Powder Awards The best in skiing were recently commended at the annual Powder Awards, which took place in Salt Lake City in Utah earlier this month.

The event was attended by some of the most talented skiers in the world, alongside filmmakers and photographers who made huge achievements in the past year. The 15th edition of the awards ceremony celebrated those that are sure to be an inspiration to people heading on singles ski holidays in 2015, including the late J.P Auclair who sadly passed away in September.

Highlights of the evening included the award given to Angel Collinson for the Best Female Performance, following her role in the film Almost Ablaze. Cody Townsend also picked up three Powder Awards for his crazy ski line and won in the categories; Best Male Performance, Best Line and Full Throttle. His ‘insane’ stunt made headlines and has gone viral across the web, with more than 2.5million views on YouTube.

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Dec 09

ABTA reveals rise in people taking winter holidays

Huge numbers of people are looking to take a winter holiday this yearRecent research has revealed that huge numbers of people are looking to take a winter holiday this year, suggesting that the popularity of the winter holiday has done little to falter.

It comes after ABTA revealed some interesting consumer research late last week, showing that 12 million are looking to head off for a winter holiday while a further 12 million are still considering the idea of jetting out of the UK.

When the numbers are analysed closer, 18 per cent of those planning are keen on a winter sports holiday, with Courchevel and other French regions sure to prove popular for those keen on combining great ski conditions with outstanding value on their ski holidays for single travellers. A pleasant rise on figures from 2012, it is being attributed to people heading back to the slopes as the economy continues to recover.

Ski holidays popular among younger travellers

The idea of a winter sports holiday is popular with the younger generation, with 39 per cent of 16-24 year olds who are planning a holiday likely to take a skiing holiday over a winter sun break. Among the most likely places for people to purchase a skiing lift pass are France, Italy and Austria, although the emerging resorts of Poland, Slovenia and Bulgaria are also proving favourable.

Winter sun holidays are also a popular planning option, with 43 per cent of those planning a holiday.

Mark Tanzer, ABTA chief executive, said that with the incredible range of holidays available to the British holidaymakers, it’s hardly surprising that so many are heading off during the colder months.

With strong levels of snowfall currently blessing ski resorts across Europe, it looks to provide a fantastic experience for those who have already booked their skiing holidays.

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