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Courchevel article in Skier & Snowboarder Magazine

Courchevel article in Skier & Snowboarder Magazine

In January 2020, Iain travelled to Courchevel to find out about the preparations for the 2023 World Alpine Ski Championships, which are being hosted jointly with Méribel. Iain looked at the plans for the new ‘Eclipse’ downhill run and how UK billionaire Jim Ratcliffe is helping to fund improvements at the Club des Sports. His...
Arosa article in Skier & Snowboarder Magazine

Arosa article in Skier & Snowboarder Magazine

A year ago – in the good old days before ‘Lockdown 1.0’, Iain stayed at the Hotel Valsana in Arosa, Switzerland. Is this the most sustainable hotel in Switzerland? That’s the question I ask in this article, recently published in Skier & Snowboarder Magazine
When is a ski lift not a ski lift?

When is a ski lift not a ski lift?

As all British skiers are well aware, the ski lifts in France (and across most of Europe) are not turning at present. Safety measures in place French ski resorts have presented a well-prepared case that ski lifts can be managed safely using new Covid protocols. However, despite the evidence from Switzerland that opening lifts does...
One Month in La Clusaz for One Euro

One Month in La Clusaz for One Euro

We’ve written before on Skipedia about ski resorts targeting the #workation market, but even with a 40% discount the rates offered for a month’s accommodation in Courchevel would still have to fit in your budget. But a month in La Clusaz for just a single Euro seems to good to be true. Partnership with Airbnb...
Digital Nomads Go Skiing: The Rise of the Workation

Digital Nomads Go Skiing: The Rise of the Workation

Back in October 2020, I highlighted the rise of the ‘workation’ in my presentation for LISTEX, organised by the Mountain Travel Network. I noted the increasing number of articles featuring travel destinations courting the digital nomads for whom ‘working from home’ doesn’t tie you to your own house, but makes the world your oyster. Demand...
Génépi Hand Sanitizer: Val Thorens create the perfect Alpine hand gel

Génépi Hand Sanitizer: Val Thorens create the perfect Alpine hand gel

Most resorts have designed their own face masks, but as far as we know, only Val Thorens has created their own hand sanitizer. Even better, they’re certainly the only resort to launch a hydroalcoholic gel that actually smells of the mountains…made with a unique mix of génépi. Thibaut Loubère, marketing manager for Val Thorens, said:...