Best ski resorts USA and Canada for Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced and Expert (on and off piste)

Thinking of heading to the USA or Canada for your skiing or snowboarding holiday this year? Whether you’re a complete newbie or a seasoned expert, we’ve got you covered with the best resort recommendations for all abilities. BEST RESORTS IN US AND CANADA FOR BEGINNERS KIMBERLY ALPINE RESORT - BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA Learning to ski or snowboard can be tough enough, let alone if you are battling the slopes in a blizzard! Kimberley Alpine Resort is perfect for all those ‘fair-weather’ skiers and boarders out there - you know who you are! Located in the Purcell Mountains in the East Kootenays... Read more

How to think like Chemmy Alcott

There seems to be no stopping our brand ambassador, Chemmy Alcott. Despite recently tearing her ACL (the tough band of tissue joining the thigh bone to the shin bone at the knee), she’s still firing on all cylinders. Her recovery’s going well, and she’s determined to make the most of her time off t... Read more

What’s it like to work as a chalet host with your partner?

When winter sports fans Helen and Tom decided to work a winter season in France, they had no idea what to expect. After packing up their lives in the UK and moving to Chatel, they worked as chalet hosts from December 2013 - April 2014. The pair ran a catered chalet which slept up to 12 people; they ... Read more

Holiday insurance and extreme sports: What do you need to know?

Adventure holidays are all about exploring new and thrilling ways to have fun. You might want to try scuba diving, jet-skiing, deep-sea fishing or zorbing – the excitement’s yours for the taking. The only limit is your imagination! We believe that you should be able to get out there and make the mo... Read more

Columbus Direct and Chemmy Alcott's virtual reality ski lesson

This Wednesday, Columbus Direct will be using a new virtual reality platform to bring skiing expertise to anyone who’s looking to improve their skills. Our brand ambassador Chemmy Alcott and her husband Dougie Crawford will be conducting the virtual reality ski lesson at The Snow Centre in Hemel He... Read more

What to see at London’s Ski and Snowboard Show 2016

What’s the story? We love everything about this festival, but one of the highlights is the evening entertainment - last year, the show teamed up with Snowbombing and four incredible acts (that’s Hot Chip et al), and this year promises to be just as spectacular.  The schedule hasn’t been formally a... Read more

The ultimate winter sports guide to Transition festival

What do I need to know? Even though this is an event born from Snowbombing’s success, Transition has developed its own individual vibe. From humble beginnings it’s done well, as it’s known for drawing in crowds of up to 3,000 people, who just want to enjoy a beer, ski all day, and dance until dawn.... Read more

The ultimate guide to the World Ski & Snowboarding Festival

This is the place to push your limits, and show off what you already know. Is it good for snowboarders? We’ve just got two words for you - Monster Boarderstyle. This is an unmissable spectacle of power and style; the bordercross-style race, featuring four daring riders at a time, will leave you br... Read more

Guide to Snowboxx 2016 for skiers and snowboarders

There's no denying it; Snowboxx is the last word in ski and snowboarding chic. What’s the story? Now in its fourth year, Snowboxx has pulled out all the stops; this year revellers can expect a brand new festival village, ultra-secret mountain parties, pool parties with a tropical theme, and park c... Read more

Who’s playing at Snowbombing 2016?

What can you expect? Even though it’s one of the most enjoyable festivals for ski and snowboarding fanatics, be warned - Snowbombing is not for the faint hearted. This six-day stretch places as much emphasis on keeping your ski game on point as having a good time afterwards. So this means you’ve go... Read more

Hic! The ultimate guide to Brew-Ski Festival 2016

Mix your pleasures and make new friends at the Brew-Ski Festival. What’s it like? This festival is sheer, unadulterated fun. From the huge array of beers on offer to the chance to meet fellow skiers, it’s a chance to let your hair down and enjoy two days of decadence. Plenty of previous revellers... Read more