Rising in the East

Typical farmhouse in Kals am Grossglockner

Chris Taine visits little-known East Tyrol and discovers that the ski areas at the base of Austria’s highest mountains may not remain a secret much longer… While the snow gods have been rather stingy in their snowy offerings on the northern side of the Austrian Alps this season, it’s been a different story on the south side of the Felbertauern […]

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Staff blog: That’s La Plagne

Hiking above La Plagne

George Robinson heads to La Plagne with Crystal Ski to discover that there’s more to this family destination than many people might think… “So the trek will only take maximum 20 minutes” says Fred, our ESF mountain guide. One hour later we’ve done it. Thanks Fred. We’re virtually on top of the Paradiski area – miles always from the crowds. […]

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The return of Frau Holle

Off-piste terrain near the Kapauns chair

It’s been a long time coming, but the ski areas north of Innsbruck have had a wintry blast and heavy snow, as Content Editor Chris Taine found out over the weekend.  Frau Holle has been making her bed. Big time. She may have been made several beds, perhaps attempting to make up for her rather lacklustre bed-making so far this […]

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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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Just scratching the Serfaus…

The final day of the season (at least for me) always brings mixed emotions. Excitement at the prospect of summer months spent hiking and exploring the mountains on a bike, tempered by the fact that skis will be waxed and packed away until next winter. Of course it’s always nice to end the winter on a high, with perfect spring […]

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