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Kate Garner Copywriter & Content Creator

With a passion for snowsports and all things travel related, Kate is a whiz with words, and has a love of all things digital, especially social media.

What Is Après-Ski?

Wed April 10, 2024

Four friends enjoying drink on terrace by ski slopes

Skiing and snowboarding are some of the most exhilarating activities on offer during the winter. However, the adventure doesn't end when the skis come off at the end of the day. As afternoon transitions to evening, a different kind of magic begins to unfold in the ski resorts of the Alps. This is the world of après-ski (pronounced “ap-ray-skee"), a popular tradition that extends the joy of a day spent on the mountain into the night.

From cosy chats by the fire with a glass of wine in hand to lively parties that last into the early hours, après-ski is a celebration of a great day on the slopes with friends and family. Join us as we delve into what makes après-ski an indispensable part of the skiing experience.

Kate Garner Copywriter & Content Creator

With a passion for snowsports and all things travel related, Kate is a whiz with words, and has a love of all things digital, especially social media.

The Piste X Code: Interview With The Founders

Thu March 28, 2024

The Piste X Code is a bilingual, on-piste safety campaign to remind mountain-goers of the principles of safe skiing and snowboarding, with the aim of reducing unnecessary accidents in ski resorts. It was launched in 2022 by the local community in the popular mountain resorts of Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz in response to a tragic accident in a nearby ski resort in January 2022.

We spoke to one of the founders, Louise Paley, to find out what inspired them to create the code and how it has been received by skiers and snowboarders.

Nici Hardy Head of Marketing

A Marketing professional with a love of travel and all things ski related. Nici secured her dream job with VIP SKI in 2010 and hasn't looked back since!

Be kinder to the planet during your time on the slopes

Fri March 22, 2024

Snow cannon in front of ski lift

Ask anyone if taking a ski holiday is good for the environment and they’ll likely come back with a resounding no. First there’s getting there, on short-haul, carbon-emitting flights. Then there’s the work on the mountain to make it friendly for skiers; from deforestation and piste grooming to running chairlifts back up the hill. And then there’s the catch-22 in the form of snow production; snow needs to be made artificially to keep the traditional low altitude areas open, but this emits more carbon into the atmosphere, exacerbating the problem.

Nonetheless there are several actions the eco-conscious skier can make, small changes to ensure we’re all doing our bit to ensure the future of skiing.

Kate Garner Copywriter & Content Creator

With a passion for snowsports and all things travel related, Kate is a whiz with words, and has a love of all things digital, especially social media.

17 Of Our Favourite Winter Skincare Products

Fri March 22, 2024

Smiling woman pouring skincare product onto hand

There’s nothing more exciting than packing for a long-awaited ski holiday but have you remembered your winter skincare essentials? Cold mountain air, sunlight bouncing off the snow and altitude can all play havoc with our skin, not to mention the extra alcohol we might be consuming during apres-ski, leaving our skin craving extra care and protection. 

We asked the team here at VIP SKI for their winter skincare must-haves for a week on the ski slopes at Easter. From sunscreens that stay put on the sunniest runs to after-sun lotions that mend the wind's wear, here are our favourite budget-friendly winter skincare products to help keep you glowing from the first lift to the last run. 

TDC Skiing & snowboarding school

Ski Lessons, Group Clinics, Private Coaching and Ski Touring in Val d'Isere, Tignes and Meribel. @tdcski

5 Of The Best Off-Piste Routes In Val d’Isere

Sat March 09, 2024

TDC Ski instructor skiing in deep powder

Val d'Isere, with its vast, mostly lift-accessible terrain, offers a treasure trove of routes for adventurous skier looking to escape the marked trails and enjoy some untouched powder away from the crowds (particularly during the holidays). In this guide, ski instructor and off-piste manager at TDCSki, Terry, outlines 5 of the best off-piste routes in Val d'Isere.

From the remote tranquillity of Pays Desert to the adrenaline-inducing steeps of Pisteur’s Couloir, there's something for every level of adventure seeker.

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