Impress friends and family on the slopes with the help of these skiing expert sites.

The number of skiing holidays available is on the rise, especially now the economic market is gradually starting to stabilise. According to research however there has been a significant shift in attitude when booking skiing trips. More and more skiers are looking for better value for money, whilst still expecting high standards. Regardless of whether you are an advanced skier, a beginner or merely looking to accompany your partner for a bit of light après ski, these selected sites have been chosen with you in mind. 



This site offers great promise to skiers, with interesting resorts at competitive rates. European ski resorts and chalets are a particular highlight, with issues that should be on the radar of prospective travellers well and truly flagged up. There are snow reports aplenty, as well as details for last minute vacations, family ski packages and luxury ski chalets. Want to check out the nearest airport to your chosen destination? Look no further. Great amenities can make or break a vacation getaway, so J2Ski wisely have a forum ready for you to read the latest news and take part in snow report discussions, ski techniques, avalanche safety & general ski chatter. Comprehensive indeed. 



ABC OF SKIING


The ABC of Skiing is packed with great content and plenty of fantastic articles for beginners as well as experts. Even the practical tips are well presented. There's also a daily news desk with up to date skiing news and events from all around the world. To top it all off there's an online shop and a services directory, alongside a skiing community that will make you feel like the pro you are deep down inside. 



You'll find lots of in-depth reviews and opinions on Snow Carbon penned by independent ski writers; the perfect reading material when picking from a choice of 32 resorts in the Alps. This site will appeal to you if you prefer to travel by train or are considering it, with step by step advice along with guidance on resorts, from a range of journey planners, luxury and standard packages.

ON THE SNOW


At On The Snow you can find and book convenient and comfortable accommodation with travellers advice on all the essentials; après ski guides, luxury ski guides, transport to the slopes, and all year round skiing guides are in abundance on this site. There are also tips from ski industry experts on destinations and where to stay, eat, and play when you get there, whilst the sections on ski news, events, fitness, ski gear and lifestyle news are first rate. 

MOUNTAIN WAREHOUSE


This retail emporium for the seriously outdoorsy stocks all the clothes and accessories required for both children and adults. Launched in 1997 it doesn't carry a vast variety of brands, but it does carry exclusive labels that are hard to come by. Mountain Warehouse pride themselves on selling top quality products, but it's their ability to cut out the middleman that facilitates the significant discounts on offer. 



ASKMEN

This slick site for men deserves a mention for its excellent editorial; in depth reviews and articles on "the top 10 hot luxury ski resorts" amongst others. If you're planning a trip with a group of male friends or simply want to impress your partner, it's well worth the bookmark. 




WARREN SMITH SKI ACADEMY
www.warrensmith-skiacademy.com

Warren Smith is one of the UK's leading ski instructors, currently seen coaching celebrities in the slopes on Channel 4's The Jump. On the Warren Smith Ski Academy site you'll find loads of helpful materials, both for beginners and pros. There are video tutorials (don't miss the Technique Series), course listings, and even a blog to kick you into gear.

SKI CENTRAL

Resorts, tour operators, lodging properties, ski packages and an online gear shop - Ski Central has it all really. On top of all that there's also detailed information covering over 20,000 package deals, as well as ski reports and guidance on skiing throughout North and South America.




WORLD SNOWBOARD GUIDE
www.worldsnowboardguide.com



The guide boarders go to, giving you all the information you need on the best places to ride, sleep and party, covering 1000 resorts in 63 countries. You'll also find best prices on hotels and holidays, along with its essential Top 10s, giving you the definitive lists of essential resorts.

SKIING INFORMATION BLOG

Put your feet up and relax, safe in the knowledge that this site will navigate you around an unbeatable range of resorts in Colorado, Vermont and Lake Tahoe. Not sure which tutorial to try? The Ski Information Blog guides you every step of the way with its selection of info for beginners, advanced skiers and experts. In addition there are tons of tips, not forgetting the reviews which come in droves; goggles, ski boots, winter apparel - whatever you need it's all there. 

February 2014