Festival News!

I absolutely love festival season but it isn’t quite here in England just yet. The Alps on the other hand will play host to an eclectic mix of live music throughout the winter season and as the start of spring draws that little bit closer; it brings with it an array of festivals. Over the next few weeks I will […]

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Which lift pass for Austria?

Tirol Arlberg

Heading to Austria and want to have more than just one resort at your disposal? Chris Taine takes at a look at a few of the ‘super’ ski passes available. Decisions, decisions… Spending more time in Munich, it has become apparent that a season pass will prove a worthwhile investment this year. But there are a lot of resorts, not […]

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Could Ischgl be Austria’s most ‘fun-sure’ resort?

Which roughly translates as "Skiing is the best thing that I can possibly imagine"

The Ski Club’s Online Content Editor Chris Taine wonders whether hedonistic Ischgl could lay claim to being Austria’s, or even Europe’s, most ‘fun-sure’ resort. Emblazoned in an enthusiastically cursive script on the wall of the Höllboden lounge, the refrain to ‘Schifoan’, the 1976 Austro-pop ski anthem by Wolfgang Ambros, is a timely reminder that a bad day of skiing is still […]

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Carving up the Arlberg

The Ski Club’s Online Content Editor Chris Taine visits St Anton am Arlberg, and finds out that’s there’s more to Austria’s ‘freeride mecca’ than just freeriding… I could say, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. But that might be oversimplifying somewhat. “When a lingering high pressure system overstays its welcome and results in patchy off-piste conditions even at high […]

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Staff blog: Warming up winter at Freeze

Freeze Festival 'piste map'

Ski+board Deputy Editor Rosie Barcroft braves the chill to check out the new look Freeze Festival on Clapham Common, including the ‘Hail the Rail’ freestyle showdown. I stood in front of the piste map and tried to work out where to go. Idris Elba was playing on the Mainstage, world-class snowboarders were about to perform on Hail the Rail, and […]

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Gearing up for Summer Parties


With the 2012-13 season all but wrapped up and the last Ski Club Freshtracks holidays done and dusted, it’s time to start looking forward to the summer. Or to be more precise, the Ski Club’s summer parties. That’s right – parties. Plural. The Summer Party has multiplied this year, with Manchester hosting the northern edition on Friday 19 July.

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Pass Thurn – the other side of Kitzbühel

View from the Breitmoos piste

Although Pass Thurn is part of the extensive inter-linked resort of Kitzbühel, it feels a world away from the wallet-emptying boutiques and sometimes kitschy glitz (or is that glitzy kitsch?) of the main resort. Above Kitzbühel, the slopes of the Hahnenkamm are where legends are born during the annual FIS Alpine World Cup Downhill, but for the average punter these […]

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