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A father-and-son ski trip to Andorra

A father-and-son ski trip to Andorra Returning to the Pyrenees for a family skiing adventure many years after a stag-do, it’s not just dad who has grown up. So has Andorra … It is 10am and I’m trying to engage my two sons in their first skiing lesson. My vow to be a patient teacher and never raise my voice to Rafa, 16, and Luca, 14, has already broken. “Get that bloody foot up,” I yell as an outraged professional instructor and his junior students serenely practise snowploughing nearby. It’s day one, we have only been on the nursery slopes for 20 minutes. I watch groups of young men on the piste ski past me and can’t help feeling…

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From summit to sea: a snowboarding adventure in the Arctic Circle

From summit to sea: a snowboarding adventure in the Arctic Circle There are no lifts in Norway’s picturesque Lyngen Alps, so if you want to ride down a mountain to the shore you have to hike up it first I’m on top of the world, in all senses of the term: we’re 500 miles inside the Arctic Circle in Norway’s Lyngen Alps and I’m buzzing at having reached the summit of Riššavárri, after a 31/2-hour hike. Jagged white peaks rise starkly from snaking, deep blue fjords, the sun is shining, the light’s amazing – and there’s no one here but me and my guide, Mikal Nerberg. With more than 60 summits over 1,000 metres, the Lyngen Alps have a…

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Great snowy breaks around the world: readers’ travel tips

Great snowy breaks around the world: readers’ travel tips Snowshoeing and tobogganing are two of our tipsters’ snowy fun favourites but being chased down the street by demons also gets a look in This is a stunning area of Lombardy, high in the Alps. From the top of the Valmalenco cable car we followed snow trails through the woods to the enchanting Lago Palù, where we walked across the frozen lake to a little igloo with ice table and stools. Fifteen minutes further on we reached the cosy Rifugio Palù overlooking the lake below, where we stopped for a hearty lunch in the sunshine before jumping aboard its motor-sledge, which whisked us back to the cable car station. All…

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Dancing with wolves (nearby): a wild New Year’s Eve in Canada

Dancing with wolves (nearby): a wild New Year’s Eve in Canada At an eco-lodge in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, New Year’s Eve is celebrated around a campfire, surrounded by snow, endless forest and wolves “Hello,” I called. “Anyone there?” I was beginning to lose hope I’d ever find the Algonquin Eco-Lodge. It was as dark as a coal mine on the thickly wooded trail, the temperature around -25C. A sign about 15 minutes back said it was a 2.5km walk from the parking lot. There had been a few forks in the path and now I thought I might have taken a wrong turn. My phone had no signal – par for the course in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park,…

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On the piste: a group ski holiday in Morzine – for solo travellers

On the piste: a group ski holiday in Morzine – for solo travellers Our writer rediscovers a teenage taste for fun skiing days and raucous nights – but her thirtysomething limbs and liver find the going tough I was 14 when I first went skiing, a scrimped-and-saved-for school trip to Austria by coach and it remains vivid in my memory. Not just the joy of flying down snowy mountains, but all the trappings of a teenage escapade abroad: the dramas, holiday romances, and underage drinking … Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Rachel Dixon Tweet

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Les Trois Vallées: great skiing – but away from the bling crowd

Les Trois Vallées: great skiing – but away from the bling crowd A new hostel in low-key Les Menuires provides easy access to great ski areas but is more about beanies and live bands than expensive designer gear In Courchevel 1850, there’s an eight-bedroom chalet that costs €295,000 a week. The price includes two chefs, two butlers and a massage therapist, but not helicopter transfers to the resort’s altiport, ski equipment or lift passes. Given that kind of excess, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Trois Vallées, the biggest linked ski area in the world, was an exclusive, mega-rich enclave. Yet here I am in Les Menuires, just two valleys to the east and on the same lift…

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An affordable winter sports break in Oslo, of all places

An affordable winter sports break in Oslo, of all places Despite its pricey reputation, Norway’s capital may be the world’s most accessible snow sports hub, with an Olympic bobsleigh run and cross-country skiing a short schuss from the centre I’m on the metro, Line 1 of Oslo’s T-bane, but instead of shopping bags and briefcases, people are getting on with skis and snowboards. The train heads north, emerges from the tunnel in a forested suburb covered in thick snow then climbs up and up. At Midtstuen station a crowd of excited children get on with their sledges. They have clearly just toboganned down the hill. “Stay on the train until the last stop,” a 12-year-old tells me. “You rent…

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Snowboarding in Serbia: deep powder for those without deep pockets

Snowboarding in Serbia: deep powder for those without deep pockets Kopaonik, Serbia’s premier ski resort, is covered in beautiful forest, good for beginners and novices, and easy on the wallet… So is it a genuine alternative to the Alps? I’m in a snowy forest, surrounded by spruce and fir trees, with branches so laden with snow that every now and then I can hear a faint pfff as the limb gives way and the powder falls to the ground. In spite of the heavy snowfall, the piste I’m snowboarding on, which cuts right through this magical forest, is perfectly groomed. This is Kopaonik, Serbia’s biggest resort: it caters mostly for beginner and intermediate skiers, so there’s plenty for those…

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20 affordable skiing holidays with a difference

20 affordable skiing holidays with a difference These ski trips aren’t only about the slopes; they take in the resorts’ stunning backdrops and everything from mountain art to romantic railways Combine zooming down the slopes with a week of language lessons at the Apple Languages school in Kitzbühel, a medieval mountain village full of chic shops and cosy cafes and one of the most famous locations in the skiing world. The small school’s director is a former ski instructor who often joins students up the mountain, where they can head every afternoon, as the German beginners’ lessons finish at 12.30pm. The bus stop for the lifts is opposite the school. Kitzbühel is the venue for the Hahnenkamm men’s downhill…

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Great ski kit on a budget – in pictures

Great ski kit on a budget – in pictures Designer ski gear can cost as much as an actual holiday so shop around and look the part at high-street prices Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Gemma Bowes Tweet

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