Winter IS coming - and the ski season WILL start soon. We hope. But will ski holidays be more expensive? What is the news for UK seasonaires working in Europe? What about UK retirees and the new WFH-ers doing a whole winter? What is the Covid effect and where's best to go post-pandemic? And, most importantly, will there be good snow?...Discover More
Tic Toctober. The leaves are changing colour, the thermometer's dropping and we're into the countdown to the start of the ski season. Fingers crossed. Sooo have you booked your ski holiday yet or or you waiting for any post-pandemic fallout and/or pre-season snowfall? Check out the LATEST NEWS of the Covid effect on ski holidays, whether for families, friends or seasonaires, for this winter 2021-2022.
So let's all go ski touring and not worry about the lifts opening? Also it's free, right? Not when you're in Aspen and want to walk up the mountains instead of taking the gondola. The first resort (that we know of) to make you pay for uphill skiing is Aspen, who will be charging $69 for skinning, snowshoeing or walking up it's four ski areas from winter 2021-2022. Ten dollars from the $69 Uphill Pass goes to Mountain Rescue Aspen. So fair dos.
La Niña alert! Forecast to return this winter, 2021-2022, will make it two years in a row for La Nina climate pattern, impacting not only on the severity of Atlantic hurricanes but, also, in winter, bringing cold weather and snow to the north-west and unusually dry conditions to most of the southern area of the US. It's effect on snowfall across Europe is less predictable, as you'll see if you check out our latest Snow Forecast feature with the data linking snow in the Alps.
We can't wait till wnter BUT autumn in the mountains is also a favourite time bringing a breathtaking change of scenery. So check back in October to enjoy the kaleidoscope of colours viewed from our webcam overlooking the slopes at the STYLE ALTITUDE HQ in Serre Chevalier..
The Adventure Junkies recently announced the Top 25 Skiing Blogs of 2021 featuring another award for STYLE ALTITUDE. Displayed on our virtual award shelf this joins our 7 other Ski Blog awards and our coveted accolade of BEST SKI & SNOWBOARD PUBLICATION UK, 2020 Fitness & Nutrition Awards.
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Taking selfies with inconveniently located rocks is one way that Chris 'my shadow's the only one that walks beside me' Tomlinson is filling his 365 days of holidays before the ski season...
With selfie-seeking hikers queueing up Snowdon, Chris Tomlinson, says it's like half term on the piste, without the fear of being felled on a fell by a French kamikaze walker...
He's called Ullr, after the Norse God of Snow, and Patron Saint of Skiers, said to 'cover the land in snow' so let's hope our mountain pup brings us epic snow next winter in Serre Chevalier...
One day it's sunny and warm, the next it's cool. That's what we expect here in the mountains. It can be cloudless in the morning and raining a hooley in the afternoon. So be prepared...
For the first time in 40 years ski journalist, Rob Stewart, did not ski last winter. But he's planning to make up for that lost ski season with 5 months of ski trips for winter 2021-2022. .
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