Singles Ski Welcome

Hi My Name is John Mac, I have been a keen skier for over 20 years. Recently I have found myself with no mates to go skiing with, I know, what a "Billy No Mates" :) So I know from experience how difficult it is to get a decent deal if you are a Single Skier or Boarder. With that in mind I have started this Blog to help all Single Skiers & Boarders to find decent deals for getting to the slopes & to hook up with fellow skiers/boarders.

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Singles Ski Holidays 2011

If you are looking for Ski or Boarding Holidays & don’t want to pay any Single Supplements then please check out these Singles Ski Holidays 2011 deals.

SkiWeekends.com welcomes singles ski and snowboarders on their tailored skiing holidays for singles. They have some great options for singles ski holidays without paying through the nose. Take a look at what skiing holidays for singles they offer below:

Single Ski Weeks with no supplement!

Most of  their Three Valleys Skiing Weeks have no single supplement staying in 3 star hotel Le Verseau from £239 on half board. This includes the sociable coach transport to/from UK, an ideal skiing holiday for singles!

Chamonix Skiing and Three Valleys Skiing by coach from £269 Half Board (inc the supplement) Or fly to any of their resorts and pay £25 per night extra to the normal weekends price.

Christmas and New Year Ski Deals

They also have Singles Ski Deals for Xmas & New Year, click here for further details about Christmas Ski Deals and New Year Ski Deals.

Room share with no supplements

To avoid paying any supplement they also offer a room share option.

Skiing holidays for singles – flight options

They offer great value ski weeks and ski weekends by flight or coach to many ski resorts across Europe.  If you fly with BA then there is no charge for your skis or snowboard.

Why go skiing by coach?

The coach is a brilliant option for single travellers; not only does it offer a cheap skiing option, it’s incredibly sociable. Single ski travellers are grouped together so that by the time you get to resort you have already made new friends to ski or board with.

Skiing holidays for singles – accommodation

Ski weekends offer many different hotels, but their Club Hotel Verseau in Brides les Bains for the 3 Vallees and Le Vert for Chamonix are great for singles.  In the Club hotels they offer singles the option to sit with others so you don’t have to dine alone. Both hotels have lively sociable bars, Le Vert being open until 2am on Saturdays.

Skiing and boarding together

Whilst they do not offer any ski guiding service they do point guests in the right direction and help single skiers get together, which happens fairly naturally after meeting on the coach or at breakfast or dinner. The resort team are always on hand and you’ll find no shortage of things to do.

Whether you are looking for a bargain ski holiday or to indulge yourself in a luxury weekend on the slopes, they offer a wide selection of skiing holidays for singles. They have high speed breaks for those who want an action packed weekend, or even 10 days ski long stays for those who can’t get enough!

Why not also take a look at their 3 day ski weekend specials, single parent ski holidays. and their new Learn to Ski or Snowboard weekends.

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Linda's Lens: I Love Mt. Bachelor

I love Mt. Bachelor.  It’s my most favorite place to ski in Oregon.

My tank full, I hit the road for Bachelor.  From the town of Bend, it’s a short 20-mile trip to the ski area.  Compared to the usual 1 1/2 to 2 hour journey from my house to Hood, this drive is a breeze.  (I love Mt. Bachelor!)

I arrived at the parking lot to clear, bright skies.  Mt. Bachelor gleamed white in the sunlight.  Time to put on my skis and make some turns! 
A sunny Saturday at Mt. Bachelor brought out the fair weather skiers in droves.  The main lift was a swarm of bodies.  But I parked myself in the singles line and was on a chair in no time.  Fast-moving lifts – I love Mt. Bachelor!
Mt. Bachelor has seven lifts, and they were all in operation that day.  The in-bounds portion of the ski area takes up roughly 2/3 of the mountain, so there’s lots of room for people to spread out.  Even though the main lift might be busy, just ski over to another area and chances are you’ll avoid a lift line.  That’s exactly what I did.  I skied over to the Skyliner lift, and in less than five minutes I was back on the chair.  (I love Mt. Bachelor.)

One of the best things about skiing Bachelor on a sunny day is the views.  A parade of snow-capped volcanoes line the northern horizon.  To the Northwest, the Three Sisters vie for your attention, and Broken Top mountain anchors the Northeast.  To the east, a lovely panorama of the high desert plain spreads out before you.  And of course you can’t miss the in-your-face view of Mt. Bachelor’s summit crater.  What fantastic sights!  (I love Mt. Bachelor.)

I had the most wonderful day making laps on Mt. Bachelor’s trails.  Although it hadn’t snowed for several days, there were lots of impeccably groomed runs to choose from.  And even off the groom, the snow was soft enough to make some decent turns.  I traveled all over the mountain and managed to tire myself out quite nicely!  Lots of fun places to ski – I love Mt. Bachelor.

My brother Dale, who lives in Bend, was busy on Saturday, so I skied solo.  But Sunday he was able to join me.  Although the weather was quite windy, we still had nice blue skies.  (I love Mt. Bachelor!)

And the views were just as grand.  The high winds caused cool lenticular clouds to form over the Three Sisters.  It looked like the mountains were wearing white cloudy caps.

Dale is a lot of fun to ski with.  We’re pretty evenly matched in our abilities, and enjoy the same type of terrain.  I had a wonderful morning tearing up the slopes with Dale.  And – the high winds scared away all the fair weather skiers, so we practically had the place to ourselves.  On a Sunday!  (I love Mt. Bachelor.)

We got kind of a late start, so Dale and I talked about skiing through lunch.  But every time we came up the lift, we caught a whiff of burgers cooking from the mid-mountain lodge.  Each lift ride, the burgers began to smell better and better.  Around noon, it became too much, and I gave into temptation.  I suggested to Dale we stop for a bite.  Inside the lodge I saw something that sounded so good, I just had to have it, even though it was the most greasy, unhealthy thing I could eat.  Chili-fries!  And they were fantastic. (Even though I paid for it later, it was worth it!)  Ummmm……a mid-mountain lodge with great food.  (I love Mt. Bachelor!)

So I had a wonderful time enjoying the long runs, sunny skies, and magnificent views at Mt. Bachelor.  I head later from one of my friends that Hood had lousy weather all weekend.  It even rained on Sunday.  Did I pick the right time to ski Bachelor?  Yes, yes and YES!  I love Mt. Bachelor so much, I wish I could ski there every weekend.

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South pole record breaker Bryony Balen back home in Derbyshire


The UK’s youngest person to ski the full distance to the south pole has returned to her home in Derbyshire. 

Bryony Balen, 21, from Melbourne, reached the landmark on Friday after skiing 705 miles (1,100km) from the coast to the pole.

 

The Newcastle University student spent 56 days in the Antarctic, a day less than expected, in temperatures as low as -40C (-40F) to complete the trek.

 

Miss Balen said it was “surreal” to be back home in the UK.

 

“It hasn’t sunk in that it’s all over and I’m back to the real world,” she said.
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The former Nottingham Girls’ High School pupil, who took a year out from university to attempt the challenge with five others, began her record-breaking Antarctic trip in November.

 

Miss Balen said that although reaching the south pole had been a “massive” highlight, it had not been her most memorable moment.

 

“Just after halfway through, we reached a mountain range called Thiel Mountains and I was just getting strong, got rid of the blisters and our team was moving really well,” she said.

 

“That for me was the highlight, to be out there in such dramatic scenery, to be feeling good and to know that we’ve got less than halfway to go to get to the pole and the ultimate goal.”

 

Miss Balen said it was “a bit strange” not to be skiing for 10 hours a day and pulling a sled with a 60kg bag on her back, but added she was enjoying the comforts of her home.

 

“I’m not complaining about the luxuries of being back home, nice cups of tea and chairs and tables,” she said.

 

The former record was set by 23-year-old Andrew Cooney in 2003, who Miss Balen said had inspired her to take up the challenge.

 

“I wanted to become the youngest Briton to ski this route… and wanted to inspire people to get outdoors and raise some money for charity whilst I was doing it,” she said.

 

Miss Balen said she now wanted to focus on recovering and completing her geography degree before her next expedition.

 

“I’m looking forward to putting weight back on and then I’m sure I’ll have some adventure planned, but I want to get my degree finished and put a lot of work into that now for the final year,” she said.

 

She said the expedition, which took three-and-a-half years to plan, had “consumed her life”.

 

“I always knew I wouldn’t be the youngest person to ski to the south pole, but I am the youngest to have done it from the coast,” Miss Balen added.

 

In December, Amelia Hempleman-Adams, 16, from Wiltshire, became the world’s youngest person to ski to the south pole.

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Should all skiers wear helmets?


The first thing I realise as we venture out of the patrol headquarters at the top of Cairngorm ski station, is that a 70mph wind isn’t just an irritant which has caused all the ski lifts to close – it is also an awesome force vicious enough to knock me clean over. 

“If you can ski in Scotland,” grins Dr Mike Langran, Cairngorm’s ski patrol doctor as he watches me clatter back upright on my skis, “then you can ski anywhere!”

 

The wind howls around our heads mockingly, spitting sleet in our faces.

 

“Another good reason for wearing this!” he jokes, rapping his knuckles on his helmet. “It keeps you warm!”

 

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People need to know that a helmet doesn’t make you invincible”

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Dr Mike, as he is known in these parts, never hits the slopes without a helmet and whenever he has to tend to an injured boarder or skier who is not wearing one, he encourages them to try one out.

 

Around 10% of those he treats on the mountain-side have sustained some degree of head injury – but Dr Mike is not an advocate of making helmets mandatory on the slopes.

 

He is also president of the International Society for Skiing Safety and, having studied ski accident statistics from around the world, he knows the risks of sustaining a head injury are small.

 

He is also interested by the fact that despite a 40% increase in recent years in the number of skiers and boarders wearing helmets in Scotland, there has been no reduction in the number of people who have sustained head injuries.

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Gregor Samuels: ‘I’d have been dead if I wasn’t wearing my helmet’

“There is some research that indicates that helmet wearers take more risks,” he says.

 

He indicates down the slope with his ski pole, although it’s now so foggy I can’t see more than a few feet in front of me.

 

“I’ve certainly seen boarders and skiers doing some crazy things on this mountain which I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t be doing if they weren’t wearing a helmet.

 

“People need to know that a helmet doesn’t make you invincible.”
Left in a coma

The snow beneath our feet rasps suddenly and a border in a bright yellow jacket shoots past us, his board scraping the top layer of ice that’s frosted onto the hard packed snow, his teeth flashing in a broad smile as he expertly descends the slope.

 

He is 17-year-old Gregor Samuels, a member of the British freestyle boarding team, only just back on the pistes after a badly executed jump last year in Colorado left him in a coma for four weeks and in hospital for four months.

 

“The doctors said I’d have been dead if I wasn’t wearing my helmet,” he tells me when we meet up in the warmth of the top station restaurant.

 

“If any of my friends aren’t wearing their helmets now, I won’t take it from them – I make them put them on.”

 

He hands me a photograph of himself in the coma in which he is slumped lifeless in a hospital cot, horrific tubes protruding out of his head.

 

He says he can only vaguely recall being transferred to the hospital in an ambulance.

 

But his mum Suzanne interjects gently: “No Gregor. That was when you were taken to the rehabilitation unit. That was over four weeks after you fell.”

 

Research shows the under 16s are far more likely to have an accident than adults. And in Italy and Austria, it’s now compulsory for children to wear a helmet on the slopes.

 

Discount offer

 

Stories like Gregor’s have inspired the UK travel insurer, Essential Travel, to offer a 15% discount to any one heading for a winter sports holiday who agrees to wear a helmet.

 

Dr Langran on head injuries

The precise nature of head injuries seen will vary from resort to resort depending on factors such as user population and the particular features, such as presence of trees, etc.

 

The vast majority are fairly minor, such as bruising, abrasions and lacerations from impact with objects such as ski poles and ski lift bars, or the snow surface itself.

 

More serious injuries usually occur as a result of collisions with trees or other skiers/boarders.

 

These sort of injuries tend to include loss of consciousness, concussion, skull fracture and intracranial bleeding/swelling (in isolation or in combination)

“We’re the ones who see the claims come rolling in,” says marketing manager Nina Montgomery.

 

“And we see the dangers and difficulties our clients are coming up against on the slopes, so we want to convey to the public what we’re seeing and we want to advise them of the precautions they could take so they don’t have a horrible end to their holiday.”

 

There are limits to the degree of protection even modern helmets can provide, and many collisions – either into other skiers or into trees or pylons – result in forces that may exceed these limits.

 

France, the European country with one of the lowest rates of helmet use, is extremely conscientious about placing signs all over the slopes warning skiers to slow down.

Dr Mike Langran

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Dr Mike Langran talks about the risks of not wearing a ski helmet

But watching scores of people hurtle down the mountainside at Val d’Isere, it became clear that few people were taking heed.

 

“It’s quite difficult for us,” says Renaud Lobry, head of the Val D’Isere ski patrol team.

 

“In France we have to protect skiers’ liberty and speed is a real problem; it’s a factor of danger, of collision and accidents – but we are not allowed to do anything – we cannot take their lift passes or tickets – we can just give advice, and not much more than that.”

 

Even experts in danger

 

My own instructor, Pat Zimmer, is proof that anybody can be at risk.

 

A French former downhill champion he had always skied with an idiosyncratic, and very becoming, bobble hat.

 

Then one morning last December on a quiet slope, an out-of-control skier smashed into him and sent him flying. He landed heavily on his head, prompting a serious brain haemorrhage.

 

Quick work by neurosurgeons saved his life, and he is now back on the slopes – accompanied by a gleaming white helmet.

 

“My advice?” he says, “Clunk, click, every trip! And never leave home without it!”

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Swiss ski resorts hit by drought

The traditional start of Switzerland’s ski season has been marred by a shortage of snow across the Alps.

The autumn has been the driest on record in the country.

Correspondents say the continuing drought is bad news for the country’s tourism industry which is already suffering from the strong Swiss franc.

Big resorts such as Davos or St Moritz have been able to open a few runs with the help of snow cannons. Others have delayed the start of the season.

The franc has risen sharply this year against the euro, the dollar and the British pound, making a skiing holiday in Switzerland far more expensive than in France, Italy or Austria.

Praying for snow

The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes says now the lack of snow has added to the worries of hoteliers, ski instructors, and lift companies.

There was some snow in parts of the Swiss Alps early on Saturday, but observers say this was not enough to kick-start the struggling ski season.

Alpine resorts in neighbouring countries are also experiencing shortages of snow.

A hotel in Austria’s Katschberg mountains has hired 15 chimney sweepers – which are associated with good luck in the country – to pray for snow.

“We’re confident things will go well now!” hotel manager Wolfgang Hinteregger said.

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The El Colorado Chile Ski Resort

The El Colorado ski area in Chile may have a familiar sounding name for a ski resort, but the terrain is classic Andes. The slopes are situated on wide-open expanses that afford amazing views and great skiing. El Colorado skiing is, for the most part, suitable for those at their beginning and intermediate stages.

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Austria – A Ski Holidays Haven

At the foothills of The Alps lies the mountainous country of Austria. Its many snow capped peaks make Austria ski holidays a mesmerizing vacation in the paradise of snow and adventure. This perfect blend of scenic beauty and adventurous mountainous terrains make sure that this tourist hot spot has something to offer to everyone.

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Top 5 Ways to Spend Winter Vacation in Lake Placid | Legal Brand

Leading 5 Techniques to Devote Winter Vacation in Lake Placid

(ORDA/Dave Schmidt) Snowshoers on frozen Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY

Lake Placid, NY (PRWEB) November 22, 2011

As the 1st snowfall blankets the Adirondack Region of New York, discover Lake Placid for a winter vacation filled with loved ones fun, outdoor recreation, skiing and riding, historic Olympic sites and spa pampering. With a lot of approaches to experience the Adirondacks, it can be overwhelming to decide exactly where to start off. From early season, holiday travel and beyond, guests can program the ultimate getaway in Lake Placid with these trip concepts.

 

1.    Whiteface Mountain: Enjoy skiing and riding down the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies.

An expanded ski shop, 1,000 new pairs of rental skis at the rental center, new on-mountain dining alternatives and widened trails are just a few reasons to go to in 2012. The mountain is set to open for the season on Nov. 25, 2011. Browse some of the early season Lake Placid ski package options available.

2.    Off-mountain adventure: Ranked No. 1 by Ski Magazine readers for off-mountain activities this year for the 19th time, there are a lot of Lake Placid outdoor activities for visitors to appreciate this winter.

An thrilling new way to encounter Lake Placid is by Adirondack ice climbing. Related to rock climbing, this challenging sport entails traversing ice-covered waterfalls and cliffs. Experienced Adirondack guides can support beginners attempt this newly common extreme sport in the High Peaks around Lake Placid.
Snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are other enjoyable methods to expertise the beauty of the Adirondacks in Lake Placid this winter. It is free to hit the backcountry trails, producing these activities entertaining and inexpensive options for outdoor enthusiasts’ winter break. Take component in the Cascade Cross Country Center’s full moon events Jan. 7, Feb. 4, or March 10, 2012 for evening skiing and snowshoeing with bonfires, drinks, live music and lit trails for a new spin on these classic Lake Placid winter activities.

3.    Family fun: An perfect mountain resort destination in the Northeast, the village boasts a number of Lake Placid events and activities that are family members-friendly.

The Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll will take place on Dec. 9-11 on Primary Street in Lake Placid. Notably this year, the High Peaks Resort yule log hunt will return for the very first time in 50 years. Kids can enjoy breakfast with Santa, Mr. Punch’s Christmas Carol at The Lake Placid Center for the Arts, a free of charge holiday skating party at the Olympic Center outdoor skating oval, a toboggan chute ride onto frozen Mirror Lake and considerably a lot more to get in the holiday spirit.
Stars on Ice, presented by Smucker’s, will be held in Lake Placid on Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the 1980 Rink in the Herb Brooks Arena of the Olympic Center. Tickets go on sale Nov. five to this world-class production of skating superstars.

4.    Lake Placid events: Lake Placid has held a place on the world’s competitive winter sports stage because the 1920s when resident speed skater Charles Jewtraw won the 1st gold medal at the initial Olympic Winter Games in 1924. Lake Placid went on to host the 1932 and 1980 Games, and remains one of the few places that continues to host Olympic winter sports such as bobsledding, speed skating and ski jumping.

The Lake Placid FIS Freestyle Cup will take place at the Olympic Jumping Complex Jan. 19-21, 2012. Be amazed by high-flying aerial tricks performed by guys and girls of the U.S. Ski Team.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2012, the Lake Placid Loppet 50km, 25km and .five km kid’s ski race will take location at the Olympic Sports Complicated from Feb. three-four, 2012.
The Bobsled and Skeleton Globe Championships will take place at the Olympic Sports Complex from Feb. 16-26, 2012. New this year, night runs will take location from five p.m. to 8 p.m. for added excitement.

five.    Spa and wellness: Singles and couples can take advantage of Lake Placid spa and salon offerings to rest and recharge for 2012 in the peace of the Adirondacks.

Spa remedies such as the “ultimate pampering package” at The Spa at the Mirror Lake Inn and the “maple butter body wrap” at The Spa at the Whiteface Lodge are just a couple of ways to unwind.
From the holiday season through spring 2012, it’s easy to invent your own best day in Lake Placid this winter with any or all of these activities and events.

About Lake Placid

Lake Placid is a 4-season destination, offering diverse experiences, outdoor adventures, special events and an ever-altering backdrop to complement your favorite activities. Take pleasure in the organic beauty, and embrace the timeless atmosphere in the heart of the Adirondacks.

 

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Planning Your Group Chalet Holiday

Booking a group chalet holiday can be tricky. There are many elements which need to be brought together in harmony to create a great holiday atmosphere for all involved. With so many individual preferences and requirements where do you start? In this article we give you the framework for reaching these decisions within a larger group of people with minimal stress and conflict.

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La Tania – A Great Ski Resort for Families

If you’re considering taking your family on a holiday with great skiing and cosy ski chalets, La Tania in the French Alps would be the perfect destination. A picturesque village near Courchevel, this lovely ski town is particularly well known for its cosy, good-value, and family-friendly ski chalets. La Tania is located in the Savoie area south of Geneva. Together with Courchevel, Meribel, and Val Thorens, it is part of one of the world’s largest ski resort areas, The Three Valleys, which features over 600 kilometres of runs.

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Ski champion Craig Macfie killed by drunk-driver












A Scottish skiing champion from Edinburgh has died after being hit by an alleged drink-driver in the USA.

Craig Macfie, 24, from Morningside, was hit by a car as he was cycling in Eugene, Oregon, on Friday. He died in hospital on Saturday.

His brother, Alastair, 22, said his family would miss the former George Watson’s College pupil “dreadfully”.

Mr Macfie won a string of skiing titles and was part of the GB team. He was studying at the University of Oregon.

He had been studying sports marketing.

Mr Macfie leaves behind parents Rosie and Andy, brothers Alastair and Euan, and sister Catriona.

His brother Alastair said on Facebook: “His bicycle was hit by a drunk-driver and he never regained consciousness.

“He was surrounded when we got to Oregon by many of his American friends who had kept vigil over him until we arrived.


“He received the best of care from a wonderful hospital with caring professional staff.

“All our family are grateful for all our great memories. He enjoyed a full, interesting and enjoyable life.

“It was just too short.

“We will miss him dreadfully.”

A George Watson’s College spokesman said: “It was with great sadness that we learned the sad news of Craig Macfie’s death.

“Craig was a most likeable, friendly and good-natured young man who played his part in the general life of the school throughout his school career.

“His particular love was skiing and as a competitive sportsman, he functioned at a very high level.

“His dream on leaving school was to find a way to combine his love of winter sports with his interest in business management.

“The only regret now is that he did not get the opportunity to fulfil that dream.”

A Snowsport Scotland spokeswoman said: “Craig Macfie was an exceptionally talented athlete who skied for the Scottish and GB Alpine Teams as well as, latterly British Universities.


“He was known for his dogged commitment to his sport, his quirky sense of humour, being able to smile and bounce back after injury as well as his physical and mental strength.

“One video clip sums Craig up, a spectacular crash at the World Universities Championships in Ezurum, Turkey earlier in 2011.

“The video captures him crashing, being thrown off the piste by the impact, breaking through a safety fence bouncing and sliding down a 100 metre slope, after which he stands up, face covered with blood, smiling and giving the thumbs up.

“He went on to compete in the slalom the next day.

“Everyone at Snowsport Scotland is devastated to hear of his death. Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends.”

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: “We can confirm the death of a British national in Oregon, USA. We are providing consular assistance to the family.”



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