The dedicated ski enthusiasts at Flexiski, the European specialist operator for high quality flexible breaks, have been trawling the web for their favourite ski and snowboard sites. Here, they list their top 10 favourite Internet destinations.
1. Native tongues
Listen to and download useful basic ski phrases in French and German like “Sorry I’m still learning,” or “What a poseur!” from the BBC’s online languages area. http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/languages/quickfix/ski/index.shtml
2. The Art of Skiing
A lovable Disney classic featuring Goofy’s amusing attempts at ski perfection: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4nBVgFQfK8
3. Wipe out!
Rated as one of the TimesOnline’s top travel websites, WeLove2Ski.com offers a lively mixture of reviews, features and advice. We at Flexiski particularly enjoyed its selection of funniest wipeouts from YouTube. http://www.welove2ski.com/jsp/index.jsp?lnk=b01&featureid=693&desc=The%20funniest%20wipeouts%20on%20Youtube
4. Ski fit
Top UK female Ski champ Chemmy Alcott fronts Channel 4’s worldcupskiing ‘Fit to Ski’ exercise programme segment. Watch Chemmy’s guide, devised by British Ski team coach Mark Tilson, on her website: http://www.chemmyalcott.com. Further details of the regime can be found on: http://www.channel4.com/sport/microsites/S/skiing/fit_to_ski.html
5. Silly season
Europe’s biggest alpine festival rounds off the ski season from April 5-20, 2008. The Méribel event is awash with comic and musical talent from the UK, US, Canada and France. www.altitudefestival.com
The Ski Club of Great Brittan’s microsite SkiTV features videos on ski and snowboard technique as well as resort, safety and fitness guides: http://www.skiclub.co.uk/skiclub/skitv/default.asp
7. Game on
They’re silly but we like them anyway. Perfect your downhill ski technique with this online ski game: http://www.donutgames.com/play/downhill_skiing/. Or for the more competitive thrill seeker try your luck at Aggressive Alpine Skiing: http://www.mausland.de/228.maus. Finally get technical with the Ski stunt simulator, download from http://www.cs.ubc.ca/%7Evan/sssjava/javademo.html.
8. UK Ski
If you want to get in some practice sessions during the summer or before you hit the slopes, find a dry, or indoor ski slope near you at the www.snowsportengland.org.uk website. Click on the interactive map for venue details.
9. Ski Gear
Discounts of up to 50 per cent can be snapped up on a wide variety of brands at www.snowandrock.com towards the end of the season.
Ok, we admit it, we’re biased but our newly revamped site has a fantastic ski blog that our chalet staff write to keep you up-to-date with exactly what is going on in-resort. And a soon to be added live chat function means you will be able to organise tailor made bookings without picking up the phone, direct with one of our travel consultants. www.flexiski.com
Flexiski, part of TUI Travel Plc, has more than 20 year’s experience of offering high quality, flexible skiing breaks in 13 top European ski resorts in France, Austria and Switzerland.
All trips are tailor-made by an expert personal travel consultant. Clients can chose from long weekends, mid-week breaks or a longer skiing holiday. Accommodation is available in catered chalets, where resort managers offer a concierge-style service, or handpicked three to five-star hotels.
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