After a sluggish start to the ski season, there have been record-breaking snowfalls in many resorts. If you’re planning on hitting the slopes, don’t just google ‘ski holiday’; take a recce of these top sites for skiers and snowboarders.
welove2ski aims to be the most useful resource online for skiers and snowboarders. It is the glossy brainchild of three ski-obsessed editors who have written features about skiing in every national newspaper. The Sunday Times ski editor, Sean Newsom and The Daily Telegraph Ski Correspondent, Peter Hardy run the unbiased site with lifestyle writer Felice Hardy. The trio have experienced 500 ski resorts in 22 countries so suffice to say, they know their business.
Where there’s a passion, there’s a social network. EpicSki is a community for skiers, both newbies and professionals. In 1998, this site began as a small scale offering of holiday snaps and a utilitarian discussion forum. Nearly two decades and three new software installations later, the site has morphed into a buzzing networking platform for skiing enthusiasts. Look out for the forums, galleries and unofficial guides.
THE SKI CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN
The Ski Club of Great Britain has a bricks and mortar residence to its name and a lengthy history; it began in 1903 when ski lifts and safety bindings were unknown. The Ski Club has moved on! It recently re-designed their Snow and Weather App with live webcams and created new Facebook resort groups. Members gain access to 9-day weather forecasts over 250 resorts, first-hand snow reports and year-round discounts.
THE FAMILY SKI HOLIDAY
Not going to let the baby get in the way of your skiing? The Family Ski Holiday helps families with children aged from three months and over. The site offers catered chalet skiing holidays with all day childcare in the French resorts of Reberty, Les Coches and Ardent which have easy access to major ski areas including the Trois Vallées and Portes du Soleil.
The snowHeads site isn’t going to win awards on looks alone, but this is a thriving community with a well-used forum on all skiing matters. It’s been established for a long time and has over two million postings. In order to post questions or search for comments, you need to register – 50,000 already have. Chat topics vary from ‘Where’s the best powder today?’ to ‘How I survived the snowtrain.’
Updated four times a day, Snow Forecast does just as it says on the tin. It provides weather forecasts for the top lift, bottom lift and mid-mountain for 3100 ski resorts around the world. Snow Forecast is all about being prepared, whether that's to fly out at the merest hint of powder or if you're already in your resort of choice.
For first-class accommodation in unspoilt, traditional mountain villages, look to Peak Retreats, the award winning ski operators. This site was founded by two French Anglophiles who wanted to help holiday-makers discover the real Alpine France. Users can discover holidays in smaller, more authentic ski villages such as Samoens and Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval, but also with access to larger resorts such as Morzine and Chamonix.
MORE CHALET RENTALS
The GWG has a number of other companies on its database, where you'll find some of the best chalet rentals, including:
Ski in Luxury
Ultimate Luxury Chalets
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Updated February 2017