Skiing

Chalet St Peres in St Martin de Belleville

The Vintage Magazine, that is the editor and his wife, two daughters with accompanying husbands and their respective two children apiece recently spent a fabulous week skiing at St. Martin de Belleville, actually that is not technically correct, we stayed in St. Martin but skiied in the vast area of the Three Valleys (aka Les Trois Vallées if you are French) which incorporates,  Courcheval, Val Thorens, Méribel, Les Menuires, Saint Martin De Belleville, La Tania, Orelle and Brides les Bains; that makes 600 kilometres of slopes to explore and a resort to suit every taste and budget and every level of skiing ability from wonderfully groomed blue pistes to vertiginous couloirs.  There are in fact 321 Alpine ski runs made up of 51 green, 132 blue, 106 red and 32 black making this area perfect for families.

We chose St. Martin de Belleville as we had stayed here about 12 years ago and had fallen in love with the authentic charm of this Savoie region village but also because of the high speed gondolas and chairlifts which whisked us off and up into all the other ski areas.

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Countdown to Winter

I love this time of year!  The days are getting shorter, the temperature is dipping; it can only mean one thing – snow is just around the corner…

With winter’s imminent arrival what better way to get you in the mood than coming along to one of our heli skiing presentations which start on 27th October and take place in London, Glasgow & Aberdeen. You and your skier friends are invited to join us for a relaxed evening of ski movies & presentations mixed in with a healthy dose of drinks & canapes.  For info & registration click here.

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Pure Powder is proud to be the UK’s leading heli-skiing specialist with over 30 years of experience.  Pure Powder organises more heli-skiing trips than all the other UK heli-ski operators put together!

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Bell 212 Helicopter at CMH Heli-Skiing

The 7th February 2014 will see the opening of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games, which will be held in and around the resort of Sochi in Western Russia.   They will be the largest and most expensive winter games ever, with a record 98 events in 15 winter sports disciplines.  New to the Olympic programme will be Parallel Slalom for snowboarders and something called Slopestyle, a development of freestyle, in which young people on skis or snowboards hurl themselves off artificial ramps and perform various gymnastic contortions in mid air, with marks awarded by judges.

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Hannes Schneider jump turn circa 1940

Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) Heli Skiing

Canada is where heli-skiing all started and the interior ranges of British Columbia are seen as the Mecca of heli-skiing; famed for huge snowfalls of light, fluffy champagne powder and endless amounts of fantastic terrain, this is some of the best skiing on the planet!

And who better to explore this with than CMH Heli-Skiing, the inventors of heli-skiing in 1965.   CMH has an exclusive playground of incredible heli-skiing terrain 40% the size of Switzerland just waiting to be skied, but without the queues!

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Helicopter Landed