Saturday, February 21, 2015

Schools to change term dates to allow families to take cheaper holidays





                                                 








Families with school-age children could get cheaper holidays thanks to a high majority of headteachers planning to immediately use new powers to change term dates to allow off-peak travel.
The development follows a long-running campaign by parents demanding the right to take their children out of school for term-time breaks.  Read on..

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

13 Tips for Skiing with Kids

13 Tips for Skiing with Kids


Top kids' instructors share wisdom on making skiing fun for everyone in the family.
Family Week on SKIMag.com: Tips with skiing for kids and keeping families happy on the hill13) For lessons, arrive early, preferably the day prior to get rentals if needed, ( or get Doorstep Skis to deliver them :-)), to get tickets in hand and hopefully avoid lines during peak season. It is great to let your children—especially if they are very young (3-6 years)—know where they are going and what will take place throughout the day, to reassure them.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

How To Be A... Mountain Brewer

Chrigl Luthy brews beer in Morzine, France. Photo: Sam McMahonLet’s be honest – you’re never going to live a happier existence than when you’re a seasonnaire. You get to live in the mountains with a guaranteed group of friends, never-ending party scene and endless shredding. The only downside? The jobs. From cleaning floors to peeling potatoes, generally the work is, well, pretty shit. However, there are some lucky souls who land themselves dream seasonal jobs. Whitelines tell us some of the raddest jobs the mountains have to offer…..

Meet Chrigl Luthy – Brewer...Read on 

Let’s be honest – you’re never going to live a happier existence than when you’re a seasonnaire. You get to live in the mountains with a guaranteed group of friends, never-ending party scene and endless shredding. The only downside? The jobs. From cleaning floors to peeling potatoes, generally the work is, well, pretty shit. However, there are some lucky souls who land themselves dream seasonal jobs. This season we’re featuring some of the raddest jobs the mountains have to offer…..

Meet Chrigl Luthy – Brewer

JOB TITLE: Co-Owner and brew-master at the Bec Jaune Brewery in Morzine, France.
HOURS: Six days a week
PAY: TBC…
PERKS: I get to work with my favourite thing, beer! And I get to live in the mountains and ski when I want.
DOWNSIDE: Brewing is actually hard work; working and skiing every day makes you very tired…
Getting to brew beer after a day riding powder sure seems like the dream right? Can life really be that good? We spoke to Chrigl Luthy – co-owner of a new brewery/restaurant in Morzine, The Bec Jaune Brewey – to find out all about life as a mountain brew-master. After working in London for several years he made the plunge and moved to the Alps to pursue his true calling as a full time skier/brewer, here he is in his own words:

Read more at http://whitelines.com/features/interviews/how-to-be-a-mountain-brewer.html#XQRtCoRbdg52GhDX.99
BREWING BEER AND SKIING, MUST BE A TOUGH LIFE. FIND OUT MORE FROM CHRIGL LUTHY
Read more at http://whitelines.com/features/interviews/how-to-be-a-mountain-brewer.html#XQRtCoRbdg52GhDX.99

Monday, February 9, 2015

What Type of Rider Are You?



People say you are what you eat, but what do they know? As any self-respecting snowboarder will tell you, it’s all about what you ride, duuuude. Style is everything. But which style? What board should you buy? What brands should you wear to be cool? These are the really important questions you’ll need to answer. To help you, Whitelines has compiled this handy quiz that’ll tell you what kind of rider – nay, what kind of person – you are. Read on and all will be revealed...

Friday, February 6, 2015

What to pack for Skiing?

The Tasty Ski Company are a hardened bunch of alpine mongrels. They have lost count of how many ski seasons they have done out here in the French Alps. They have also lost count of the number of times some of their guests have forgotten to pack an essential item for their ski holiday. Here is their quick guide to packing everything you need for your week in the french Alps.  Read on...what to pack for skiing

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Mountain Skills: Get the Most Out of the Uphill

While backcountry skiing or riding, we tend to spend more time going up than down. And, simply put, skinning done poorly is not fun. There are three primary ingredients to a good day of touring: establishing a proper pace, setting an appropriate skintrack angle and avoiding kick turns whenever possible. The reality of earning your turns is that more than half of your time in the backcountry will be spent going uphill. If you race through the up, the day will end sooner and with fewer turns. Taking short cuts will just cut the day short. You’ve likely come into the backcountry to escape the rat race, so learn to enjoy the climb up and the whole experience will get a lot better. Here’s how.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

23 Ways To Make A Chairlift Ride Incredibly Awkward


shutterstock_103307735 Lift rides can be pretty uncomfortable. Here's some hints on how to make them even more so!

Ski resort chairlift queues are usually buzzing with joy, laughter and unadulterated hatred. It’s one the strangest vibes on the mountain.

The fact that everyone is slowly trying to edge in front of one another means that all civility is either false or non-existent.
And the communal rage directed at anyone who does manage to skip the queue is only matched by the awkwardness felt when you end up on a lift with a silent stranger.

Of course, more often than not the rider you’re seated with is nice enough, easy to chat to and turns out to be pretty cool.
Other times, though, they just stay silent and refuse to talk. If you’re feeling like a bit of dick when that next happens, here are 23 things you can do or say to make that ride incredibly awkward…


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