The Suvretta House

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We had just driven one of the most beautiful high alpine roads in Europe- the Julier Pass to St. Moritz. This certainly is a mountain pass that one should experience in one’s lifetime. Once in the  Engadin Valley, we turned off the main road to make our way up the private road to the Suvretta... Read more »


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Cheeky and I had flown into Salzburg airport, hired a car, then taken a very picturesque, meandering road through Germany and then back into Austria to our destination just next door to Kitzbuhel, in Kirchberg, all in under 1:30 hours! We drove through Kirchberg centre then travelled south for about two kilometres to find the... Read more »

Elizabeth Art Hotel

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We pulled up in front of the Elizabeth Arthotel just as people were coming down off the mountain from a day of skiing or snowboarding. It felt like the party was in full swing in Ischgl with the people bursting out of the adjoining apres ski bar ‘Shatzi’ complete with Go-Go dancers; we had arrived... Read more »


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THE FACTS   SEASON START & END: mid September to early May (depending on Snow conditions) SKI ALTITUDE: Rettenbach Glacier 2675-3250m / Tiefenbach Glacier 2795-3249m) / Vertical Drop- 575m PISTES: 30% Beginner / 60% Intermediate / 10% Expert LIFTS: 10 (Gondola-3 / Chair lifts-2 / Drag lifts-5) SLOPES: 11 Pistes for a total of 34.5 KM... Read more »

Lapland Safaris

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It was the New Year, Cheeky and I were heading North to the icy forests and lakes of Finnish Lapland. If I am not loitering with intent in the mountains then this is my other favourite environment… forests, snow, lakes, minus temperatures and very few human-beings other than Scandinavians. We flew into Kittilä airport, being... Read more »

Sorel Winter Footwear

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The Winter season was about to begin and we faced that age old 1st world problem of too much winter equipment and gear, and what seems to be shrinking airline luggage limits, which usually results in any type of outdoor boots other than ski or snowboard boots being left at home Sadly. However this season... Read more »


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THE FACTS SEASON START & END: Early December to late April SKI ALTITUDE: 1338-2738m / Vertical Drop- 1400m in one resort PISTES: 33% Beginner / 34% Intermediate / 33% Expert LIFTS: 58 SLOPES: 99 Pistes for a total of 150KM CROSS-COUNTRY: 66 KM of cross-country ski trails SNOW: 60% Artificial Snow LIFT TICKET 2015/16 :... Read more »

Hotel Manali

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There had been a lot of fresh snow, so our drive through the winding roads up to Courchevel Moriond had been spectacular on this dark January winter’s evening. We eventually arrived at the Manali at 1650 metres; at first we were not sure if it was the entrance or the back of the hotel that... Read more »