I love this feature on http:www/welove2ski.com/snow-forecast
You can type in the name of your resort (yes – I’m going to Sauze d’Oulx in January!!! – see previous post). The name of your resort will appear on the map of the Alps and it will give you a 5 day snow forecast. I obsess over the snow reports and log onto this everyday to check progress – I’m a snow geek! It adds to the anticipation of the holiday. This feature is only available for the Alps so if you’re going to America/Canada, this won’t work.
This is also a great website for general snow reports – see the latest report below. It’s a useful way to check out where the best snow is, if you are lucky enough to get a last minute ski break.
We have been very lucky with the snow these last couple of winters, so fingers crossed we will get another great season.
It was a relatively painless process this year. We are a core group of five (of varying abilities) who ski (and argue) together. There is usually much debate and wrangling over where to go. We were surprisingly well behaved this year and unanimously decided on Sauze d’Oulx in Italy – it ticks lots of boxes for us.
We are breaking with tradition (as we normally favour Austria). Having skied in Italy twice before (Canazei & Courmayeur – see my first blog for a review of Canazei), I know that Italy is a more laid back version of Austria – with better food (sometimes)! Although Italy can’t match the Austrian après ski. Having said that, Sauze d’Oulx is supposed to be huge fun with great night life, cheap food & drink and fantastic skiing – so I am very hopeful!
We have booked with Crystal Ski and we got a good deal – price included a week’s ski pass and ski hire.
Our friends, ‘the independent travellers’ are doing their own thing and and have booked flights into Turin on Ryanair. They are flying back from Milan – both airports are close to Sauze d’Oulx which can be easily reached by public transport.
We are going on January 23rd (to get over the January Blues) so the big countdown starts now – I’m so excited!
Here’s where we’re staying:
The Ski Centre in Sandyford, Dublin is holding a Ski Fest Weekend on 7/8th November 2015.
See website for details: http://www.skicentre.ie
Pick up New Guides
Crystal’s New “Guide to the mountain” and Snow+Rock winter catalogue packed full of the latest and greatest. 10% OFF Snow+Rock Coupon – just ask at reception
Ski Prep Demo – 2:30pm Sunday
Want to understand how to edge and wax your skis? Chat with Matthew the resident Ski Technician!
Try New Ski Gym Classes for only €5
Weekend Special Offers
“Summer pricing on 10 Lesson and €100 off Membership”
50% off your first session must book on the day!
Hypoxi Trial session €19.99 – Great for guys & girls… treat yourself like the stars and shape-up in only 4 weeks for Christmas. Works for Victoria Beckham, Cheryl Cole, Robbie William and Simon Cowell… pop in and chat to Lisa, Jonathan and Alexa.
Join the Crystal Club Ski Trip – Rated as one of the best trips ever last year: “All-in-deal” – only €1,179
And much more….
I love this time of year! The ski season has started and I’m looking forward to Christmas. But where to ski this season?
Crystal Ski http://www.crystalski.ie and DirectSki http://www.directski.ie have launched their new brochures for the 2015/16 season. I love the new graphics in the Crystal Ski brochure and Direct Ski have a great 1980s ski vibe in their new campaign.
The Irish Independent had a really good ski supplement a few Saturdays ago – if you are looking for ideas.
Recommended Ski Review Websites:
Some great ski websites for reviews on resorts, latest news, general information, etc, are:
http://www.welove2ski.com (This is a good site for checking out snow forecasts/conditions).
I normally ski in Austria because I love the Après-ski and pretty alpine villages, but a few years ago I skiied in Canazei, Italy. This is a lovely, pretty little resort in the Dolomites. Check-out the review that I wrote for the RTE Travel site at the time.
Anyway, I will be back very soon to give you more ideas and info…..