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Avalanche Dangers

Avalanches are a way of life in the mountains. There are many risk factors but, if you take note of some sensible pointers, you will have minimised any risk as much as you possibly can. Avalanches occur because snow is deposited in successive layers during the winter and then, subsequently, one lay... Read more

Freak snowfall and avalanche fears leave thousands of Brits trapped in Austria

Freak snowfall and avalanche fears left thousands of British tourists trapped in ski resorts in the Austrian Alps last night. More than 1,000 Brits are stranded in the town of Ischgl alone, but many more are believed to be stuck in ski resorts Galtur, St Anton and Arlberg. The Tyrol region has seen... Read more

Off piste Skiing and Avalanche Dangers

Avalanches are a way of life in the mountains. There are many risk factors but, if you take note of some sensible pointers, you will have minimised any risk as much as you possibly can.Avalanches occur because snow is deposited in successive layers during the winter and then, subsequently, one layer... Read more

Choosing Ski Boots with Chemmy Alcott

Boot fit is vital, whether you're new to skiing, or a pro like Chemmy.Although it can be better to rent skis when you get to the mountain as you're saving on baggage costs and getting the best skis for the conditions, if you ski regularly, you may want to consider bringing your own ski boots on holi... Read more

Choosing Skis - Chemmy Alcott helps you find your Ski Personality

What's your ski personality? Do you want 'safe', 'fun' or 'fat boy' skis? Choosing skis can be a bit tricky, so we've asked ex-Olympic skier Chemmy Alcott about the type of skis she recommends, based on the type of fun you’re looking to have. Are you a big mountain skier, a bump skier or do you ju... Read more

Off Piste Ski Guide

Make sure you’re covered for that fresh, untouched snow with off piste ski insurance Most experienced skiers or snowboarders are tempted at some stage by the thrill of that fresh snow, but do they always think about covering themselves with off piste skiing insurance?  Skiing the same set runs each ... Read more

How to stay safe when visiting 2015’s hottest destinations

Heading abroad this year? Make sure you read this first. We've taken a look at some of the potential risks associated with the top destinations for 2015, listed in ABTA’s latest Travel Trends Report. However, before we begin assessing the risks, what are the top travel destinations for 2015? Austria... Read more

How to avoid injuries while you’re on the slopes

When pro skier Ian McIntosh plunged down a mountain after attempting a ski stunt which went horribly wrong, he fell almost 2,000 feet in under a minute. Luckily, he was relatively unharmed after the fall and was able to walk away, but anyone who saw the video was left in no doubt - skiing can be a d... Read more

How can you get your confidence back after a skiing injury?

An accident while you’re skiing or snowboarding is a life-changing event; even if you only suffer a small injury, it can take months to get back to where you were physically - and getting your confidence back can take even longer. Greg Hill has a lifetime of skiing experience. He won the Whistler R... Read more

Winter is coming, get covered

Ski breaks can be expensive enough once you’ve bought the gear, lift pass and ski hire, so the last thing you want while on your holiday is a hefty medical bill in the unfortunate event of an accident. With Columbus Direct Winter Sports Cover, we will provide you with cover that will put your mind a... Read more