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Skiing 101 - Learn the Basics

Fri February 15, 2019

Guide to basic skiing techniques

Ok, we’re a little biased, but as far as we’re concerned, skiing is one of the world’s most exciting, graceful and fulfilling sports. And even better, getting to a reasonable level of ability can be quick and easy, if taught well. With this guide, the team here at VIP SKI are aiming to illustrate the basic techniques of skiing so that you can swiftly become more confident and able on the slopes, after which point you can progress at your own pace. Because let’s be honest, done badly skiing can be dangerous, so there is nothing more important than laying the foundations well.


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Skiing since the age of five and passionate about all things snow. On a mission to bring you the latest updates, news and features from all of our resorts.

And the Winner Is…January Staff Photo Competition

Fri February 08, 2019

Where’s the best tree run on a snowy day? What mountain restaurant should we try for the ultimate panoramic view in the sunshine? Which bar should we head to for a cheeky après ski session? Get chatting to your chalet hosts and you’ll soon discover that they’re walking, talking ski holiday guide books, with the kind of insider knowledge which only comes from living in their chosen resort for five months over the winter season.   

Each month we challenge the team to submit their favourite ski holiday photo from the past 30 days. The submissions vary from stunning views over the Alps to dramatic wipe outs (which we often suspect might be sent in without the subject’s permission). Here is the shortlist from January…


Marketing Assistant

Skiing since the age of five and passionate about all things snow. On a mission to bring you the latest updates, news and features from all of our resorts.

Meet the Marmots - Five Fun Facts

Fri February 01, 2019

If you’ve ever been on a chairlift and spotted a furry creature dashing around in the snow beneath you then don’t worry, you’re not seeing things. Watching out for Marmots is one of the best ways to make a long lift journey pass quickly, particularly if you’re skiing with kids. They tend to hang out in wooded areas but have been known to wander around on the pistes when it’s quiet – particularly first thing in the morning or during the twilight hours. We’ve compiled a list of fun facts to make your marmot hunt a little more exciting:

1)      When they feel threatened marmots make a high-pitched whistling sound (much like many of our guests first thing in the morning). In Quebec Marmots are known as the “siffleux” – which translates directly as “whistlers”. The tone of the whistle differs depending on what kind of danger is approaching.

2)      Marmots have spread beyond the Alps and can also be found in Asia, India and areas of the Rocky Mountains in the USA. Rumour has it that French-dwelling marmots are the only one who have developed an ability to ski, but that their American counterparts are very keen to learn.

3)      The name “marmot” comes from the Latin mus montanus, meaning Mountain Mouse.

4)      In Alaska they celebrate Marmot Day on the 2nd of February every year. Dismayed that the state’s lack of Groundhogs precluded them from participating in the traditional Groundhog Day celebrations, Alaska has taken matters into it’s own hands and instead relies on a Marmot for weather forecasting duties. On Marmot day Alaskans share a meal and are encouraged to come up with marmot-themed jokes.

5)      One of the world’s best-known ski resorts, Whistler, gained its name thanks to the Marmots which can be heard on the slopes. Previously known as “London Mountain”, negative associations with London’s fog problems prompted a change of name in 1965.

Now that you’re armed with these fun facts all that’s left is to wish you luck in the hunt for these elusive animals. If you do manage to spot one this winter then be sure to tag us in your photos so that we can share on our Instagram account. 


Marketing Assistant

Skiing since the age of five and passionate about all things snow. On a mission to bring you the latest updates, news and features from all of our resorts.

Get Fit for Skiing – Episode 3

Fri January 25, 2019

Looking to tear up the slopes?

This week’s ski exercise is one for the real powder hounds, mogul bashers and speed demons. It’ll help to create more power through your turns for tighter carving action on the ski slopes this winter, whilst also exercising the muscles necessary for rotational separation – the movement which allows your shoulders to remain facing down the piste whilst your legs and hips turn independently. In technical terms:

“This exercise is fantastic to help you generate strength and condition in posterior oblique sling, while enhancing the stability of your knee, sacrum and low back and the strength in your glute max and scapula adductors.”


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