Whistler – The World’s #1 Ski Resort?

Whistler, in British Columbia, Canada opened its slopes in 1966 and is consistently ranked as the number one ski resort in North America. Home of the 2010 Winter Olympics and legendary due to its epic terrain, it’s one of those places that is on every skier’s bucket-list.

The Stats

  • Ski area: 8,171 acres of skiable terrain across the two mountains
  • Highest lift: 7th Heaven chair on Blackcomb reaches 2240 metres
  • Average Snowfall: 11.7 metres per year
  • 200+ marked ski trails, 3 glaciers and 16 alpine bowls
  • Longest trail: Peak to Creek (Whistler) and Green Road (Blackcomb), both 11km long
  • Ski season: North America’s longest, running from late November until late April

Fun Facts

  • Whistler Mountain, formerly known as London Mountain, changed its name in 1965, inspired by the whistling sound of the Hoary Marmots that greeted summer hikers
  • Due to Whistler’s coastal proximity, temperatures are moderate through the winter season, rarely dropping below -10C in the village and -15C on the slopes
  • Whistler hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics and the legacy of the games still lives on. The ‘Dave Murray Downhill’ trail, named after the legendary Canadian ski racer, is an epic downhill course, that hosted numerous World Cup races in the games. It’s widely considered one of the best downhill courses in the world and definitely one to tackle if you have a need for speed.
  • Whistler’s record-breaking Peak 2 Peak gondola is the highest and longest supported cable car in the world. Wait for one of the silver gondolas which are glass-bottomed, for incredible views of the valley below, from a mind-boggling height of 436 metres.
  • The Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb is open to skiers and boarders through the summer, so riders can practice their sport even in the hotter months.
  • Whistler is well known for its many resident black bears, that can be seen during the summer months.

Why is it so good?

The Mountain – It is actually two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, linked by the famous PEAK 2 PEAK gondola, these mountains are home to 200+ marked trails. PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola traverses the almost 3-mile distance between the two peaks in 11 minutes. There are 37 other lifts.

Powder Mornings – Powder. Sweet, sweet, powder. Measured in metres, not centimetres, Whistler gets huge snow! Winter 2015-16 and 2016-17 both produced a whopping 12+ metres. Get a head start on the hill by purchasing a Fresh Tracks Mountain Top Breakfast ticket that gives you early access on Whistler Mountain so you can eat a full breakfast and get a few laps in before everyone else.

World-class Après – With its unique buzz and vibe, the Village Stroll is definitely where it’s at. There’s plenty of fun to be had, from shopping, dining, spas and art museums to activities such as ice skating over at the Olympic Plaza, tubing, snowmobiling, zip trekking and bungee jumping. Whistler Village has over 90 eateries and is home to some of the best chefs in the country.

Accommodation – Whistler (125km north of Vancouver) has a massive range of every type of accommodation from budget lodgings to high-end luxury. Popular properties include the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, the Four Seasons Resort Whistler and the Delta Whistler Village Suites.

Heli-ski Heaven – Perhaps the ultimate ski experience and more affordable than you might expect, Whistler Heli-skiing offer a great range of packages for intermediate skiers and above, giving access to virgin backcountry terrain, in an area 50 times the size of Whistler Blackcomb.

Whistler is Epic – Skiing at Whistler Blackcomb is now included in the Epic Season Pass, which offers unlimited skiing in 12 major resorts in North America, including Vail and Breckenridge.

Getting There is Easy – There are daily flights with BA and Air Canada from Heathrow to Vancouver, then a straightforward two-hour journey along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler resort. And while you’re there, add a day or two in Vancouver at the start or end of your ski holiday.

Canada Offers

Special 2017/18 Season Offer – £100pp OFF
For a limited time only! Book selected hotels in Whistler and Banff, for holidays in March or April 2018, (any duration 10 nights or more) and receive £100pp OFF! 

Early Booking Offers for Canada 2018/19
Canada holidays for the 2018/19 season are now on sale! And what’s more, there are some amazing Early Booking Offers to take advantage of right now. See our blog to learn where the best Canada 2019 ski deals are to be found, or use the date filter to see all deals below.

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Top Tips for Booking the Best Easter Ski Holiday

Easter Ski Deals

Everything You Need to Know About Easter Ski Deals 2018

When is Easter 2018?

Good Friday – 30th March

Easter Sunday – 1st April

School holidays in most regions in England are from 30th March 2018 – 13th April 2018

…Meaning if you book a holiday departing on 24th March, you will see quieter slopes before schools break up, and you only need to take 4 days leave from work as the Friday is a bank holiday!

Other popular weeks this season for Easter ski deals are departing 30th March and 7th April.

 

Easter Ski Conditions

When is the best Easter to go skiing for a couple of decades you ask?! This Easter! The snow this year really has been once in a ski lifetime for some, and all the signs are pointing towards one of the best Easters for snow. See the resorts we have selected below, where snow will have kept best from the early season mega-dumps.

 

Best Destinations for Easter Ski Holidays

Simply put, these resorts are your 3 best bets for a fantastic week’s skiing at Easter:

Val Thorens – Europe’s highest resort town at 2300 metres is one of the most snowsure from the start of the season right through to May. Hedge your bets by staying in Val Thorens, but if the late season snow is good lower down too, you have the whole 600km of the Trois Vallees ski area on your doorstep.

Zermatt – Whilst Val Thorens is Europe’s highest resort village, Zermatt boasts Europe’s highest lifts, stretching up to a dizzying 3820 metres. This means access to high snow is better than anywhere else. Combine this with the ski runs on the glacier, and the excellent snow-making facilities in resort, and you are guaranteed amazing skiing any time.

Tignes and Val d’Isere – Where better to soak up some sun than on the terrace of one of the many bars and restaurants which are on your doorstep in the Espace Killy. The height of these resorts guarantees access to good skiing, and the great Spring atmosphere guarantees a good time.

 

Best Easter Ski Deals

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY we are running a Flash Sale which includes holidays departing on 24th March and 07th April 2018. Take the family away for less, with holidays up to 50% OFF! But hurry, sale must end Monday 19th February!

 

See all other Easter Ski Deals here, with loads of great reductions.

 

Already thinking about Easter 2019? Why not check out our amazing Ski-All-In deals – you can save hundreds of pounds by buying all inclusive on your Easter 2019 holiday.

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Your Guide To February Ski Holidays

February Ski Holidays

To most of us, skiing in February means dodging kids on the slopes with the precision and accuracy of Dave Ryding on a slalom run. But if you’re savvy you can avoid the crowds and find some great skiing at low prices when you book last-minute.

 

When is half term in Europe?

UK half term aside (this year that’s February 10th – 18th for most of us), it’s worth considering the native half terms too, which vary country to country and often regionally too. Below is a brief breakdown of European half terms. If you choose your ski resort wisely you may be pleasantly surprised by the space you have on the slopes:

European School Holidays*:
France – February 24th – March 4th
Austria (Tyrol region) – February 17th – 24th
Switzerland – February 10th – 24th

 

February skiing conditions

In addition to avoiding the crowds, also consider altitude and weather. February in the Alps is traditionally a stormy month. Whilst this inevitably means snow (excellent), it can also mean wind and whiteouts and maybe rain (not excellent). Additionally, the Foehn winds can bring unusually warm temperatures into some lower altitude valleys in the Northern alps, accelerating the potential for a thaw.

 

Top tips for finding the best skiing in February

  1. Look for resorts that offer access to some skiing below the treeline, often meaning you can make the most of a full day’s skiing even if the visibility isn’t ideal.
  2. In general, the higher the altitude of the village/resort base, the more likely you’ll be able to ski-in/ski-out conditions and a greater chance of snow rather than rain!
  3. If a resort is described about as ‘good for families’, it’s likely to be busier in February due to the school holidays in most European countries.
  4. Consult a knowledgeable ski tour operator staffed by experienced skiers, many ex-seasonaires who really know their onions when it comes to the best ski resorts in Europe.

 

Top 4 Ski Resorts in February:

  1. Val Thorens – The highest resort in Europe with multiple geographical aspects. Also part of the 3 Valleys ski area so a variety of lower altitude slopes below the treeline are within skiing distance.
  2. Tignes – plenty of skiing at high altitude to ensure that skiing in the rain is very The sheer size of the Tarrentaise means you’ll rarely be without a skiing option.
  3. Val d’Isere – A vast area with long high alpine runs and also gladed tree skiing in the local area, but also connected with Tignes for high altitude snow-sure skiing on the Grand Motte glacier.
  4. Zermatt – High altitude skiing on the Swiss side, and usually even better conditions over the border in Cervinia which is included on the full area lift pass and well worth a visit.

 

Don’t miss out on the opportunity for the best February skiing… Take a look at our February chalet holiday ski deals, some at over half price!

 

*source: www.schoolholidayseurope.eu

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PyeongChang 2018: A Record-Breaking Games for Team GB?

This month in PyeongChang, South Korea, the world’s best winter sports athletes from around 80 nations will compete across 15 sporting disciplines for 102 gold medals, and the chance to be crowned an Olympic champion.

Around 60 of those athletes will be representing Team GB, and will be aiming to beat Britain’s best ever medal haul of 4 (achieved both in 2014 and in 1924). In an attempt to build on what was a positive Olympics in Sochi last time out, UK Sport has doubled its investment in winter sports. The £13.5 million injected in the four year cycle leading up to the Winter Games in 2014 has been raised to £27.9 million for PyeongChang 2018.

Four years on, will we see twice the success of Sochi? Is Britain becoming a genuine contender at the top of the world of winter sports?

 

Here’s your guide to Team GB’s very best medal hopes at the Winter Olympic Games 2018…

 

Lizzy Yarnold

Yarnold is looking to be the first Briton to retain a Winter Olympic gold medal after her Skeleton success in Sochi. After making history by becoming the first British slider and only the second woman ever to hold the Olympic, World, and European titles simultaneously in 14/15, she took the 2016 season off and will look to be back at her world-beating best for PyeongChang.

 

Katie Ormerod

Katie has been setting records since aged 15 when she was the youngest female snowboarder to land a double backflip, going on to be the first girl to complete a Backside Double Cork 1080 aged only 16. She recently won the 2017 FIS Big Air in Russia, and will be looking to replicate that success in South Korea in 2018 now that Snowboard Big Air has landed as a new event in the Olympics. The introduction of Big Air comes at the expense of Snowboard Slalom, which has been dropped for 2018.

 

Eve Muirhead

It is a family affair in the curling at these Games, since it was confirmed that Eve Muirhead will be joined by brothers Thomas and Glen in representing Great Britain. Eve has been confirmed to skip the women’s team once again after earning bronze in Sochi, whilst brothers Thomas and Glen will make their first appearance at an Olympics under men’s skip Kyle Smith.

 

Dave Ryding

After that second place finish in Kitzbuhel, the best finish for a British skier in 35 years, all eyes should be on “The Rocket” Ryding as a real medal contender in Men’s Slalom. He is now an altogether different prospect to the skier who finished in 17th at Sochi. Ranked 8th in the Slalom FIS World Cup standings at the end of 16/17, Lancashire’s Ryding will be looking to build on his strongest ever season last year and earn Britain’s first medal in an alpine ski event.

 

Jamie Nicholls

The first male British snowboarder to win gold at a World Cup Slopestyle event in 2016, Nicholls has already proven he can go up against the world’s best and win. Having made it into the final of the Snowboard Slopestyle in Sochi, Nicholls unfortunately placed just outside the medals in 6th. He will have four more years’ experience by the time PyeongChang comes around, and be in with a real chance of at least making it onto the podium.

 

Aimee Fuller

She first landed on many fan’s radars with her characteristically energetic commentary on Jenny Jones’ record-breaking bronze in Sochi. Surely not one to be watching the final from the commentary box this Olympics, Fuller is a great rider in her own right, having become British champion in both Big Air and Slopestyle at the 2017 BRITS in Laax.

 

James Woods

After taking his first ever Winter X Games gold medal in Big Air in 2017, Woods went on to take Winter X Games Europe bronze in Slopestyle. The 25 year old who was raised on the artificial slopes of Sheffield Ski Village is peaking at the right time and is in a great place to genuinely challenge the best in the world for gold medals in the most high profile of freestyle events.

 

Millie Knight

Britain’s Winter Paralympians managed a 7 medal haul at the most recent World Championships, with 18 year old visually impaired skier Millie Knight and her guide Brett Wild claiming four of those. Aged 15 at Sochi, Knight was the youngest person ever to compete for ParalympicsGB; she is the skier to beat in Pyeongchang, going into the games as World Champion.

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The Best Early Booking Offers for 2018/19 Canada Ski Holidays

Canada ski holidays 2019Canada ski holidays for the 2018/19 season are now on sale!

And what’s more, there are some incredible value rewards on offer for early bookers on a whole host of fantastic hotels and condominiums in some of Canada’s top resorts, Whistler, Banff and Lake Louise. Skiing in Canada offers some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery, most extensive ski resorts, and very best terrain… learn more about Canada ski holidays.

Here’s a handy summary of all our top hotels’ early booking offers side by side, so you can easily compare where the best savings can be found for your 2018/19 Canadian adventure.

 

Whistler

Coast Blackcomb Suites

Incredible value for such a ski convenient property, and with very spacious condos. Enjoy an extra up to 30% off when booking before 30th April 2018.

Crystal Lodge

Up to 35% off selected room prices when booked before 30th April 2018. Pretty impossible to beat the incredibly central location, standard of accommodation and the price. A real favourite.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Top class hotel in slopeside location with possibly the best early booking offers of any property in Canada with discounts up to 50%… and when combined with double room upgrades, you can save £1000s.

Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

The world renowned Hilton offers good sized, very comfortable rooms. Possibly the best located property in Whistler with a great aprés scene, and a whopping up to 40% off before 30th April 2018.

The Listel Hotel

Up to 35% off before 31st March 2018. The longer you stay in this centrally located boutique hotel, the bigger the early booking rewards – understandably, this great hotel gets booked early…

The Westin Resort and Spa

Up to 50% off prices on selected rooms when you book before 31st March 2018. Standard deluxe rooms are available with sofa bed or double queen. The extra space and bed sizes make the double queen great value for a family with lovely room facilities too.

Whistler Peak Lodge

Up to 37% off before 30th April 2018, with 7 different room types on offer (sleeping up to 8 people) make this the perfect choice to fit any group size.

 

Banff & Lake Louise

Brewster’s Mountain Lodge

Up to 20% off room prices on selected rooms when booked before 30th April 2018. You can also reduce the cost of your holiday dramatically – prices are based on 2 and the rooms sleep up to 4. Putting more people in your room really lowers costs.

Fairmont Banff Springs

This stunning hotel has great facilities and possibly the best early booking offers of all the Canadian ski hotels – Fairmont offer up to 35% off selected rooms when booked before 30th April 2018.

Caribou Lodge

Up to 25% off prices on selected rooms when booked before 30th April 2018. Room prices are based on 2 and the rooms sleep up to 4, so buddy up in a group of 4 for a big saving.

The Fox Hotel and Suites

Charm, luxury, amazing facilities, and up to 25% off before 30th April 2018… oh, and a free daily breakfast from on-site bar and grill, Chilli’s.

Moose Hotel and Suites

Up to 25% off selected rooms before 30th April 2018. Prices are based on 2 people in a room but they sleep 4, so you can double the saving on offer by travelling with another couple.

Sunshine Mountain Lodge

Stay 5 nights pay for 4, when you book before 30th April 2018. Remember prices include lift passes as this unique property is on the mountain. A much better buy than it might at first appear when you bear this in mind.

Ptarmigan Inn

Up to 25% off some room prices when booking before 30th April 2018. Prices are based on 2 and the rooms sleep up to 4 so putting more people in really reduces the cost dramatically.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Yes a luxury hotel, renowned for its amazing location and views, but Fairmont also offer possibly the best early booking offers in Canada – discounts of up to 35% off before 30th April 2018.

 

 

Discounts vary by departure date, length of stay and are subject to availability at time of booking.

For 18/19 season Canada bookings flight details and prices are still provisional. Once these flights become available we will be in contact to confirm these details with you. Please see our full terms and conditions here – https://www.skiworld.co.uk/skiworld-booking-contract

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Ski Hire: Which is Right for You?

Your Complete Ski Hire Guide

If you’re renting ski equipment this winter, it pays to understand the the differences between the categories of ski hire on offer. Here we make it easy to understand the terms and technologies you need to know to get the right ski gear for you.

Our ski rental is categorised from bronze to platinum, in order to make it simple for you to select a ski that best meets your needs. It’s important to take into consideration both your ability and the terrain you prefer to ski on when choosing ski rental.

New for 2018 – we are now offering a Price Match Guarantee on ski hire, so if you find the same equipment for less elsewhere, we will match the price!

Our Levels of Ski Hire

Ski models shown here are examples of each grade, ski equipment offered will be of a similar standard to those shown.

Bronze Ski Hire

These are our entry level, budget skis for those wishing to keep costs down whilst enjoying the slopes. This range will mostly be onto the third season so will likely have some superficial scratches to the top sheet, however all edges, bases and bindings are rigorously maintained.

Who are they good for? Budget conscious intermediates and beginners with less than 2 week’s experience

Who are they not good for? Those looking to improve and head off the nursery slopes for blue runs and above.

Silver Ski Hire

Great for a beginner skier looking to improve their skills or an intermediate building confidence. They are easy to use, stable and many of the skis in the range have an ‘auto-drive’ feature, which helps initiate turns more easily. Whilst many of the skis are new, there may be some up to two years old, but these skis are checked, maintained and kept in top condition.

Who are they good for? Beginners and intermediates looking to progress.

Who are they not good for? Technical skiers and those looking to go off-piste or racing.
Ski Hire

Gold Ski Hire

In the gold level there are several types of high-end skis, for all kinds of intermediate and experienced skier; off-piste, all-mountain, slalom race skis, park skis, touring and telemark skis are all available here. Most of these skis will be new this year, but some technical skis with low usage could be on their second season. Again, these will have been rigorously tested to ensure that the performance is still as it was when it left the factory.

Who are they good for? Intermediates (3+ weeks) and experienced skiers, particularly those looking to work on a certain aspect of their skiing.

Who are they not good for? Absolute beginners.

Ski Hire

Platinum Ski Hire

Always brand new for the season and feature the latest in ski technology. The difference in platinum to gold is that these skis are the newest and highest grade skis on the market in terms of quality, ability and style. You’ll find products from boutique manufacturers, trialling next year’s big breakthrough technology. The range features off-piste, all-mountain, slalom and park skis.

Who are they good for?  Experienced skiers and specialist skiers looking to make the most of their holiday and stay at the forefront of the sport.

Who are they not good for? Beginners. You need experience to make the most of these skis.

Ski Hire

It’s never too late to upgrade your ski hire

If you decide you’d like to mix it up and try a different ski during your holiday, speak with your Skiworld Resort Host. The difference between ski hire levels is often only around €20 – a small spend that could mean a massive improvement in your skiing experience.

See Our Ski Hire Prices

Know Your Ski Gear

Make sure you get the most out of your experience by choosing a ski designed to perform in the conditions you ride in.

  • Piste skis – Also referred to as carving skis, perfect for turning on groomed snow. They’re built with a narrower waist for quick edge changes and often with a shorter turn radius, for tighter, faster carves.
  • Freestyle skis – Also referred to as park skis or twin tips, these are primarily designed for landing tricks. They are soft and forgiving, with the front and back tips turned up to allow for smooth landings facing forwards or back.
  • All-mountain skis – A versatile, all-terrain ski, designed to handle both hard snow and powder, so great for all-rounders. All-mountain skis offer a wide selection of models, with a range of waists and camber profiles.
  • Freeride skis – Designed for adventurous souls who want the freedom to explore the entire mountain. Slightly wider than all-mountain skis, they handle all types of snow conditions, giving good performance through powder, crud and freshly groomed runs. Great for riders that want the freedom to play off-piste and in varied terrain.
  • Big mountain skis – Designed for the serious backcountry powder days, these skis are known for their wide body, which ensures you stay afloat in deep snow. 

Ski Hire

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New Year – Same Forecast

Storm Eleanor, which has affected parts of the UK in the first few days of 2018, is makings its presence felt in the Alps too.

This means – you guessed it – more snow on the way, unfortunately with the caveat of high winds as well, which has resulted in some lift closures this week after tough travel conditions over the weekend.

All this means ski conditions in January are set to be the best in many years, and with last minute holidays going from as little as £309, the are some amazing value January ski deals to be had.

Looking Further Ahead

And after all this snowfall, the second half of the season could see some perfect conditions too. We have never stood a better chance of blissful Easter skiing.

Our huge January Sale is still on!

Make the most of amazing savings of up to 50% on selected chalet holidays in February, March and April, including Easter dates.

See all our best deals for each available date on the Sale below.

Date Resort Chalet Was Now % OFF
17th February Mayrhofen Stoanerhof £1,159 £580 50%
24th March Les Arcs Pascale £928 £603 35%
31st March St Anton Hans £1,155 £578 50%
7th April Les Arcs Yves £706 £458 35%

 

See our terms and conditions relating to Flash Sales and Late Deals here

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Snow Report: Another 3 Metres Still To Come!

Another 3 Metres To Fall Over The Next 9 Days

“Oh No There Isn’t?!”

Oh Yes There Is!

It may be panto season, but the amount of snow which has already fallen this winter, and the amount still set to come, is far from a joke.

The Alps enjoyed beautiful Christmas conditions, with largely clear, sunny skies. Holidaymakers were free to enjoy the incredible snow underfoot, along with lovely conditions overhead too. Alright for some…

Europe Snow-forecast:

Forecasts for the next 9 days are showing snowfalls of up to 3 metres in most resorts – the only exceptions being the ones getting MORE than 3 metres, namely Les Arcs, Lech, St Anton and Zermatt!

Don’t miss the chance to take advantage of the best early season for 20 years.

Check out the current upper piste depths and next-9-day-forecasts for top European resorts, along with our best available January ski deals!

Resort Upper Piste Depth Next 9 Days

13th January

Price

20th January

Price

27th January

Price

Alpe d’Huez 230cm 228cm £459 £482 £706
Courchevel 128cm 198cm £459 SOLD OUT £762
La Plagne 210cm 249cm £459 £420 £646
La Rosiere 190cm 296cm £359 £447 £603
Lech 170cm 318cm SOLD OUT £549 £726
Les Arcs 220cm 305cm £359 £329 £521
Les Deux Alpes 130cm 285cm SOLD OUT £468 £584
Mayrhofen 165cm 143cm SOLD OUT SOLD OUT £509
Meribel 168cm 213cm £399 £514 £641
Nendaz 150cm 196cm SOLD OUT SOLD OUT £897
St Anton 175cm 325cm £359 £570 £683
Tignes 161cm 284cm £509 £418 £654
Val d’Isere 161cm 293cm SOLD OUT £548 £652
Val Thorens 220cm 253cm £409 £464 £632
Zermatt 140cm 322cm £409 SOLD OUT £632

Also check out our massive SALE. Save up to 50% on holidays in February, March and April, from Boxing Day for a limited time only.

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‘I’ve not seen snow like this in my full 20 years’ experience’

Paul Kay, Head of Overseas Operations for Skiworld, said he hasn’t seen comparable snow at this stage in the season in 20 years. And he’s not the only one – Robert Davis of Snow-Forecast claims this is the best early season in 21 years.

That makes 1996 the last comparable early season (the year Spice Girls released their debut single, ‘Wannabe’, to put that into perspective…)

Perhaps it’s no surprise then, that there’s plenty more snow to follow. Forget inches – we’re talking METRES. It’s set to be a white Christmas, with La Rosiere, Les Arcs, Tignes, Val d’Isere and Zermatt all expecting over two metres in the next nine days.

We’ve taken a look at the facts behind the snowfall.

Pulling data from ‘In the Snow’s’ base depth records, we’ve compared snowfall over the last five Decembers.

The difference we’ve found is really quite astounding.

Particularly of note is La Plagne – this time last year they had a base of only 15cm. This year? A base of 110cm.

See below for a comparison of the popular resorts of La Plagne, Val d’Isere and Courchevel:

According to Davis, one of the key reasons behind all this snowfall is La Niña, a weather phenomenon we are currently experiencing.

‘La Niña causes a cooler than average temperature in the Pacific Ocean, leading to colder weather and rain in Europe’, says Davis. ‘For several months, colder than normal equatorial sea temperatures in the Atlantic have been compensated by warmer than usual temperatures across the North Atlantic, where Europe’s storm systems are generated. This, in turn, is driving extra evaporation which manifests itself as heavy snowfall across the mountains of Europe, and it is snow rather than rain that has been falling because the wind has generally come from a north-westerly quarter rather than the mild southwest, thanks to the jet stream.’

So there you have it – the best start to the season in two decades.

Two metres to follow before New Year.

What a way to start 2018!

Don’t miss out on what’s shaping up to be a season that people will talk about for years to come; check out Skiworld’s fabulous late deals for January here.

We’ll leave you with a taster of what ‘best early season snowfall’ looks like, from our resort teams:

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Definitely The Best Early Season For Years!

Our team in Les Arcs 1800 at Chalet Arnaud getting stuck into the new snow!

Well, what looked promising a week ago has gone on to become something even more fantastic than we dared to dream!

This week has seen, as predicted, ridiculous amounts of snow all over the Alps (and even in the UK before Christmas, it’s a miracle!).

Those of us who love skiing and boarding have been waiting several years for an early season this good… And now its here we can’t wait to get up a mountain, and we’re sure you can’t either!

“It Doesn’t Show Signs of Stopping!”:

Want to get stuck into the fun? No problem, we still have last minute ski holidays available from as early as 23rd December from £399! Already got plans for Christmas and New Year? The snow is still falling so early January looks to be just as good – see all our January ski deals, or check the snow reports coming in from all our top resorts below, alongside our best early January ski deals for each!

Resort Upper Piste Depth Next 9 Days 6th January

Price

13th January

Price

Alpe d’Huez 190cm 31cm £399 £750
Courchevel 112cm 21cm £479 £599
La Plagne 270cm 21cm £429 £449
La Rosiere 200cm 49cm £449 £449
Lech 150cm 165cm SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Les Arcs 145cm 41cm £399 £449
Les Arcs – Peisey 145cm 41cm £419 £499
Les Deux Alpes 70cm 27cm £399 £499
Meribel 130cm 19cm £429 £569
Nendaz 100cm 49cm £539 SOLD OUT
St Anton 140cm 159cm £399 £599
Tignes 190cm 24cm £529 £669
Val d’Isere 190cm 22cm £459 £629
Val Thorens 275cm 13cm £499 £499
Zermatt 100cm 47cm £519 £599

See full snow reports here.

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