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Pretending to be a parent (in a ski resort)

Author and Alps resident Claire Garber ‘pretends’ to be a parent and gives us her perspective on what it’s like to look after a child in a ski resort. If like me (Ed.) you’re already a parent, you’ll likely not require the advice – but at least it’s fun to read it from the perspective of someone thrown into the deep end. Ski resorts are a different place when navigating them with children. This is something I discovered only recently when helping to look after my boyfriend’s daughter of seven. My free-flowing lifestyle of flexible arrangements, unstructured days and easy-going nights was immediately curtailed. My apartment looked different, as did my fridge, my bathroom, my lounge. There was Calpol next…

On the trail of St Anton’s legendary pathfinders

Arnie Wilson delves in to the fascinating history of the ‘cradle’ of Austrian skiing It’s almost impossible to have a quiet time in St. Anton. The lion of the Arlberg roars triumphantly both on and off the slopes in this iconic ski area, which likes to fashion itself (with some cause) as “the cradle of Alpine skiing”. But then generally people don’t come here for R+R. They go for the powerhouse skiing – some of the best in the Alps - and the cacophony of celebrated slope-side bars like the Krazy Kanguruh and the MooserWirt. At lunch time, after an exhilarating morning skiing just a fraction of St Anton’s huge and challenging ski domain, concentrating on the Kapall and Gampen…

The Athlete Interview: EMILY SARSFIELD, Olympic ski cross racer

Kerry McCarthy, Features Editor from The Great Outdoors Agency caught up with British Olympic ski cross athlete, Emily Sarsfield to hear about the sport she loves and what’s been happening since the Winter Olympics in South Korea.  K: You have enjoyed skiing since the age of 3, and you started competing in the English Alpine Squad at the age of 13. What was it about the emerging sport of ski cross that won you over in your early twenties? ES: I started skiing on family holidays and school ski trips at the age of 3 and was always chained to my elder sister - I think this had a lot to do with my skiing progressing quickly! I competed in…

Tour of Duty

Chamonix and Geneva based journalist Katy Dartford gives us the lowdown on the highs of ski touring, including some suggestions for where to start getting involved. It’s been one of the fastest growing areas in the winter sports sector over the past few years, but is it all just an uphill struggle? Formerly the domain of ‘old beardy’ mountaineer types, with the main aim being the climb to the summit - ski touring - off-piste skiing which involves both uphill and downhill travel - is now growing rapidly. But with lift tickets becoming increasingly expensive and more competition for first tracks on the mountain, it’s now also about the downhill - finding adventurous skiing lines whilst venturing out into remote,…

Family winter ski adventure in Slovenia

Neil Pedoe and his young family return to Slovenia chasing affordable, late-season Easter snow. Did he find bluebird spring skiing? Or did rain stop play?Stepping out into fresh snow and dazzling sunlight at the top of Kanin-Sella Nevea’s main gondola was a somewhat surreal experience, as only 30 minutes before we were sitting on a grass verge in the sun, pulling on our ski boots – the very idea of snow in this balmy climate seeming fanciful. But now, at 2,200m, we were squinting through the light at pristine, snow-covered slopes rising on three sides from the powder bowl top station. Above us the ever-steeper, rocky ridge summit of Mount Prestreljenic rose towards the Italian border, while below, the snow-draped…

SUPER 3 WOMAN

I’ve taken part in one of the biggest amateur ski races in the Alps, The Inferno, for several consecutive years, it’s addictive - the adrenaline from the race, the friends you make and look forward to seeing the following year, the weekend break away and the hope that you may get a medal - and if not, at least a sticker for your ski helmet. So last summer when a skiing buddy asked if we’d (me and the other half – ‘OH’) like to enter the Super 3 - a series of ski races which he had chatted briefly to us about during the 2017 Inferno ski race, we didn’t take long to say a great big yes. Being a…

SHORT BREAK SKIING GATEWAY TO THE SUN…AND SNOW

Sports Journalist and ski instructor Bruce Pope tries out Morzine-Avoriaz for the first time and finds far more than just a stash of snow anda short transfer time. Trees are rushing by on either side as I dart down a snowy track. I’m loading my outside ski nice and early, determined not to miss the enticing entrance to a chute on my right that flashed by too quickly on my previous run. The timing is good this time and with the speed I’m carrying I’m airborne for a split-second as the chute dips down, eliciting an involuntary “whoop” along with a small jolt of adrenaline. I’ve come to Morzine for a few days and I’m loving every minute of it,…

British Instructors abroad

Snow Enthusiast Editor, Rob Stewart, a former full-time ski teacher himself, catches up with some old friends to find out what life is really like in the ‘World’s best office’ during the final winter before Brexit might have a huge impact on how British instructors can work in the EU. Here’s what they have to say: Isla Marsh is a BASI ISIA ski instructor and BASI 1 Snowboard instructor working in Hakuba, Japan and Perisher, Australia for independent ski schools, Hakuba Snowsports School and Perisher Snowsports School. The best thing about her job is: “Watching people get stoked on skiing” and nothing much frustrates her apart from the odd management issues. Would she recommend ski teaching as a career? Isla…

Sun, Sand, Snow and Spain

Snow Enthusiast’s Rob Stewart takes a family February half-term break in Southern Spain – combining sightseeing, Spanish culture, skiing and even a little beach time. I’d known about Spain’s southern ski resort, Sierra Nevada, for many years and had always had it on the list of ‘must do places’, so when I spotted an opportunity during the February half term week for a multi-activity holiday that didn’t look too price sensitive for a school holiday week, I had to go for it. The itinerary, more enticing (and varied) than a spread of evening tapas served up with a fine sherry, took in the city of Grenada – along with its famous Alhambra palace – four days skiing in the Sierra…

The ultimate ski and snowboard trips for the 2018-19 winter season

At Snow Enthusiast, we’ve been scouring the airways, social media channels and hanging around in dodgy bars for months looking for information to bring you the very best and most interesting ski and snowboard trips for the 2018-19 winter season. Here are some of our favourites: Heliskiing with Chemmy Alcott in Italy Britain’s most successful female skier and BBC sports presenter, Chemmy Alcott, is hosting a four day epic heliskiing trip in Alagna, Italy, this winter. The chance to explore the vast Monterosa ski region, access terrain via a helicopter, eat glorious Italian food and enjoy the company of like-minded skiers and of course the charismatic Chemmy, is surely a trip that should be scrawled on any bucket list. Experienced…

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