Chemmy Alcott - travelling with a 10 week old baby

Following the birth of her baby boy Locki in January this year, four-time British Winter Olympian and our brand ambassador Chemmy Alcott has long gone back to her demanding work duties. Juggling between sleepless nights, her work as a ski race coach and TV presenter, as well as a hectic travel schedule, Chemmy is as energetic and unstoppable as ever as her life begins a new chapter. Columbus Direct has had the delightful opportunity to talk to Chemmy about her travel experience in general and how she is meeting the intensive travel requirements of her work as well as the relentless demands of ... Read more

Chemmy Alcott reveals how to stay on top of your game on the slopes

Skiing holidays are known for their decadent side; days spent racing down slopes coupled with rich food, lashings of booze and late nights can take their toll. It’s not unusual to see exhausted, dehydrated winter sports fans sleeping on the flight on the way home - but here’s how you can avoid wreck... Read more

How to become a skiing instructor

If you’re already getting excited about the start of the ski season, you’re probably dreaming of untouched pistes, hazy evenings enjoying some après-ski and the feeling of utter satisfaction when you feel your boots snugly click into your skis. Don’t tell us you’ve never thought about doing this for... Read more

The Dark Adrenaline Winter Sports Playlist 2015 - 2016

Whether you're a pop fan (we're not judging you) or you prefer something with a slightly harder edge, we thought some of you could do with a new playlist for your winter holiday.  So, we approached Dark Adrenaline and asked them about their favourite songs to ski and snowboard to. They were only to... 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

Ski and snowboard theft: How can you protect yourself?

Having your kit stolen or damaged is bound to put a dampener on your winter sports holiday - so how can you protect yourself? The Ski Club of Great Britain has done some research into winter sports theft, and discovered that one in eight people - that’s 13% of winter sports holidaymakers - have had... Read more

A third of Brits don’t have the right cover for their winter sports holiday

Hands up if you’re looking forward to hitting the slopes this winter? We’re as excited as you are about getting to grips with the pistes and enjoying some much-needed time away, but there’s one thing we don’t forget to check - our travel insurance policy. A new study by ABTA, working in partnership... Read more

Chemmy Alcott interviews park and pipe star Rowan Cheshire

We couldn’t comment on whether Rowan Cheshire is the ‘hottest girl in winter sports’ (although our brand ambassador certainly thinks so!), but we can say that park and pipe star Rowan Cheshire is definitely going places. Rowan’s been training in Switzerland during the summer, and she’s getting read... Read more

Columbus to the rescue! Two customers tell us how we saved the day

As you know, we’re in the business of taking care of you and your family if something goes awry when you’re abroad. And we’re good at it. We’ve been protecting travellers since 1988, and we’ve made sure that you can have access to the support and cover you need while you’re travelling. However, don... Read more

Chemmy Alcott reveals the best skiing and snowboarding gadgets for Christmas 2016

If you’re a winter sports fan and looking to give yourself a pre-Christmas treat, or you’re looking for the ultimate gift for a skier or a snowboarder, we think you’ll enjoy our brand ambassador’s latest video. When we spoke to Chemmy at the Ski and Snowboard Show 2015, we decided to ask her which ... Read more

Top 5 Ski Resorts for January 2016

Daniel Elkan is a freelance ski journalist and founder of Snowcarbon, a website about how to travel to ski resorts by train. He’s passionate about helping people choose the best resorts for their ski holidays – and discovering and researching the best places to ski. You can find out more about Snow... Read more