With any holiday we all like to do our research before we set off from home. Whether it’s reading a resort guide for La Rosiere or checking off all the essentials on your ski gear list, there will be lots of research to do once you’ve booked your ski chalet with us in Courchevel, La Plagne or any other resort.
We’ve done the hard bit for you so you can get on and do all the fun stuff – below is a list of the best online resources for skiers and snowboarders. Have a browse and get inspired, or find out what you need to know before you go.
Have we missed a good one? Let us know if we should add another resource to this guide.
Ski news and information
PlanetSKI is an independent news and information website about the world of skiing and snowboarding. The site is updated on a daily basis as their reporters roam round the mountains spotting the new trends, reporting on the snow, following sport, reviewing resorts and going to events.
“We don’t pull our punches and like to shoot from the hip. The real testament is our numbers – up to 5,000 people a day visit PlanetSKI and over 14,000 follow us on Twitter. If you want independent and accurate news about snowsports, then look no further.” – James Cove, PlanetSKI content editor
InTheSnow.com have a dedicated team of snowsports gurus who create fabulous content 24x7x365, giving skiers the latest ski news from resorts all over the world. In The Snow’s website features great video content, gear & gadget reviews, as well as the world’s largest and most comprehensive resort guide, making sure every ski holiday you take is perfectly planned.
HAT has grown over the years to become a team of ski professionals and free riders who know their stuff about off-piste skiing. They provide great advice on their website, and also run live training events and online courses in avalanche awareness. If you’re considering off-piste skiing, their website is a great place to start.
Ski and snowboard communities
If you want to hear more about snowboarding from the people who do it, or want to chat with like-minded passionate snowboarders, GONEboarding.co.uk is the place to be. They are a friendly community, and you can find a forum, consumer reviews, and lots of cool videos and photos on their website. If you’ve got a question, whether you’re a beginner or are an expert, ask the community.
Discounted ski equipment and snowboarding gear
The Snow Base is a great place to buy end-of-line, ex-demo and pre-owned ski equipment and clothing at discounted prices. If you’re looking to sell, they also offer a selling service, but it’s not like eBay so don’t expect any bidding wars. You can read more about how that works here.
“As we all know taking part in snowsports is very expensive, and through our website more people are able to enjoy skiing and snowboarding holidays.” – Sam Smith, Co-Founder and Director, The Snow Base
Ski and snowboard apps
Ski Tracks is the most downloaded ski application in the world and bills itself as the most advanced Ski Tracking application available on both iPhone and Android.
Just take your phone with you and Ski Tracks will record all your movements. It will analyse your performance and even provide Run-by-Run analysis of your day’s skiing or snowboarding. You can also add photos to your record of the day’s skiing.
What’s really great is that you don’t need a phone signal or data for the app to work – so you really can take it anywhere!
As well as all the fun stuff, safety should be a prime concern of yours. This is why Mammut has launched a Safety App, which has three functions:
- performs a risk check of your location based on a number of factors, such as the level of danger, exposure and slope angle
- has an SOS feature, where your GPS data is transmitted to a saved number or local rescue services
- lists avalanche bulletins, in which there are links to the main avalanche bulletins from all over the world.
Learn some French
If you’re not confident in your French, just make sure you know a few essentials to get you by. There’s the obvious hello – bonjour, but specific ski lingo will be much more useful. Did you know that lift pass is ‘un forfait’, for instance? Cactus Language has created this useful French ski vocabulary blog, so you can brush up on the essentials.
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