NOTE : As of January 2016 Rifreel is now closed. Its ski week! You head off to the airport, pumped about the week ahead filled with fresh powder runs. You meet the rest of the gang at the airport and the banter begins. Armed with your GoPro, you start recording the trip; the plane, arriving […]
We tested the Free Rider 18 backpack by Ortovox. This backpack comes with a removable back protector and the capacity to hold 18 litres. This is suitable for long days on the slope, allowing you to attach your snowboard, helmet and more ! The Free Rider 18 is manufactured to the highest level of quality and designed to be comfortable for wearing the whole day.
If you’re heading to the slops this year you might find the chart that’s below handy. Traditionally sizing for ski boots was done with the Mondopoint scale. Mondopoint shoe size scale is actually the ISO standard which “is based on the mean foot length and width for which the shoe is suitable, measured in millimetres.” […]
This video has been doing the rounds this weekend, of a few lads (and a dog) skiing in the Mourne Mountains over Easter. The peak, Slieve Donard, which is at 850m looks to have gotten quite a few inches of fresh powder. The hike up did look quite exhausting, and not for the faint hearted. […]
Here is a quick review from Declan Doherty, one of our readers who sent in his trip report on how he got from Dublin to Glencoe, Scotland. By organising a ferry through and travelling through Northern Ireland he was able to realise his dream ski holiday with his kids at an affordable price. Skiing for […]
Here is a quick review from Martha, one of our readers who sent in her trip report on how she got from Cork to SkiWelt, by organising everything herself. Organising your holiday gives you more flexibility and can save quite a bit from package holidays. Cork to Munich to Wörgl The Cork flight (booked in Sept. cost around […]
Ski Amadé is Europe’s largest skiing area Located in Austria, the Ski Amadé (http://www.skiamade.com/en/winter)is the largest skiing area in Europe with approximately 280 lifts and almost 900 kilometers of slopes. The Ski Amadé consists of five individual regions, in surrounds 28 villages are located. The Ski Amadé, is a widely known area, and is famous […]
This week in Schladming, Austria US downhill skier Lindsey Vonn managed to tear her two knee ligaments in a crash on Tuesday. Vonn was in the middle of her Super-G run, and landed awkwardly after a jump, and screams can be heard as she came to a stop on the slope. She was evacuated off […]
New flexible ski helmet from Giro, Combyn, that can withstand multiple hits and still remain fully operational.
What’s the difference between an Austrian and French skier and ski style ? Watch this video and find out.
We came across the following tweet today on twitter Snowboarding in Dublin! Life statues: complete http://t.co/HnEXPXWS — GBear (@GarryCurran92) January 24, 2013 With all the snow that’s been falling since Monday, a few avid skiers and snowboarders have take their own initiative and taken to the mountains. While it can be quite hard work hiking […]
A look at the changes in ski equipment and attire over the last few years.
Some interesting skiing pictures from around the world.
A quick weekend trip into the Austrian Alps. We based ourselves in Innsbruck, to maximize the ski options each day. We visited Patscherkofel & Scheffau in Skiwelt.
A look at the current conditions in the Alps. Right now there is a band of snowing on target for the end of the week, which should be a welcome addition to the snow in some of the lower resorts. Time to get your skis on !
The snow is coming down on the Alps in buckets, and I am excited that there has been so much snow already in December. I hope this means that there this year there will be plenty of snow and that the snow Gods will deliver it to us often. This week we have some pictures […]
A look at the resorts in and around Bourg St Maurice in France. It’s right in the heart of some of the best French skiing.
This weeks ski video that you should really check out from the Salomon Freeski team.
Kelly Gallagher, a visually impaired skier from Bangor, Co. Down gives us her skiing tips, as well as some details about how she is, despite her disability, able to ski as the same pace as everyone around her.
Will it snow in Ireland this winter ? One news paper report says that there could be snow for up to 2 months and temperatures may go as low as -20C
So deep powder action in St. Anton, Austria. See some amazing skiing during the best of 2012 ski season’s conditions.
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We just got our hands on some new Northface Ballard 6″ boots and we must say we are in love. These are a perfect snow boot to keep your feet warm & dry in the cold weather. Finding the perfect snow boot can be tough, but we are more than happy with our purchase. At […]
Chalet Là Bas near Bourg-Sain-Mauice in France offers some of the best catered accommodation you’ll find. Their personal touch will make skiing in Les Arcs a relaxing & exhilarating dream.
Here are some tips for intermediate skiers who would like to bring their skiing to the next level. Ski school will bring you so far, but perhaps you’d like to try something before heading for some après ski. These tips are for people that can comfortably make it down all sorts of red slopes and […]
Today, July 1st is Canada day, and it partially inspired us to write this article. Happy Canada day to all our readers ! Read some of our tips for skiing in Canada.
Have you ever had it? You know? That burn in your thighs and that cramp in your calves? Well most snowboarders have, and believe me, it isn’t that pleasant. We look forward to our snowboard holiday all year, and at the end of the first day, all we want to do is put our feet […]
Taking interesting skiing videos is (surprisingly) harder than we first thought. Just strapping a camera to your head, your snowboard or just attaching it to your chest will only get you so far. These types of mounts may get you great shots, but getting a shot that will include some scenery, yourself and your fellow […]
This year Japan has seen some of the best snow in decades. In some places the snow reached up to 15m high. Of course the Japanese have technology to insure that the skiers can get to slopes in Tateyama safely. They used GPS to accurately (down to 1cm) plough these roads between the villages of […]
A look at ways to get from Munich to the Alps by doing day trips. If you find yourself in Munich for a few days in the winter this can be a great way to get in a day on the slopes.
Seshbar is the latest Irish sports power bar. Currently these bars are available in Chocolate & Peanut flavour, and they are very tasty indeed. We recently ordered a few bars to test them, and we were happily impressed with the quality of their product.
Cortina d’Ampezzo, situated in the Northern Italian Dolomite mountains, is an exclusive and popular resort, providing superb views of the surrounding mountain range and a highly reliable snow record. Indeed, its name alone has a certain cachet, bringing to mind images of the halcyon days of the 1960s and ‘70s. The skiing and snowboarding terrain […]
Skiing in Italy is a real alternative to the slopes of Austia, Switzerland & France. It can be a most cost effective while still offering top class skiing. A lot of the resorts in Italy are not as busy as their other European counterparts, and thus suited to beginner skiers and families.
As pointed out to use by a member of our skiing forum, the ski operator Inghams.ie has ceased operation in Ireland after 25 years. They have the following message on their website stating: THURSDAY 4 AUGUST 2011 Inghams regret to announce that it has reluctantly decided to cease tour operations from Ireland with effect from […]
Trawling through the internet today I came across the following official video by RTE. It’s an interview with two of Irelands Olympians Tamsin & Kirsty McGarry when they were featured on Bulletin TV last year. The pair from Dalkey, Co Dublin have represented Ireland at the Olympics. Tamsin was the first first Irish woman competitor […]
Last week we asked on twitter for some suggestions of your favorite skiing videos and friendly Mr. Paul Gilpin (@paulgilpin) responded with some of his top videos. He is a big fan of the GoPro cameras, and below is 4 examples of people using them in a creative way. GoPro cameras are small, light and […]
An overview of 10 Irish ski operators and tips on how you can compare them with eachother. Not every ski holiday offer is created equal and you should know what to look our for ! Now is the time to be searching for those 2012 skiing bargains !
2 cool & unique skiing videos caught our attention this week. Here they are for everyone to enjoy. The first one is a tilt shift of Jackson Hole and the second one is of some urban skiing in Finland.
Since I’ve started skiing I’ve developed my own way of dealing with carrying things with me through out the day. As a snowboarder I don’t like carrying things in my jacket or pants pockets. On a deep powder day, you know you will simply forget to zip one up after you are done with it. […]
How to get to Skiwelt from Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck by train. Save hassle and money by using the really great Austrian & German train networks. Trains are a great way to travel, hopefully by reading our tips you will have a good idea as how to take this trip.
So after a long hard season, we are taking a break from the usual posts, and asking for something a little different, your help ! We entered the photo below in a competition from Crystal Ski, and it’s getting great feedback, but we are coming in 2nd place. So this is where we would like […]
Here is a really cute 1-ze for kids. This Columbia one piece fleece (Little D™ Fleece Bunting) will make sure your young baby will be both warm and fashionable (and cute) on the piste. Dress him/her up as a dinosaur, complete with spikes on the hood. The hands feature velcro on the sleeves, where the […]
With all the news of the general election coming in March, and the state of the Irish economy, we needed to find some happy news this Friday. So a few minutes ago there was a nice bit of news on twitter today, from Outdoors Ireland (www.outdoorsireland.com) that they have launched their new website. Outdoors Ireland, […]
Remember to eat enough while skiing. Here are our top tips for eating while on the slopes. From Tiroler Gröstl to Schinken Käse Toast you’ll find something out there to keep you full through out the day.
Great Outdoors in Dublin have a sale on this weekend, it might be worth your time to check out their sale and to see what they have on offer. From their promo email it looks like the do have some bargains.
If you’ve skied before, then I don’t need to describe to you the feeling in your legs on the second or third morning of your trip. Just heading downstairs for breakfast is agony. Something strange has happened in the night – your thigh muscles have seized up good & proper. Rather than blame your boots, […]
Windskiing: the crazy that never took off because it’s way way too dangerous ! Have a look at what’s involved in windskiing, but be careful not to get swept away on your skis.
A new & exciting ways to throw snowballs further and more accurately. This device enables you to throw snowballs up to 150 feet ! The curved basket helps you aim your snowball while it gathers speed along the curve.
The ski club of Ireland will be hosting some of the top Freestyle talent in Europe this weekend. So if you ever wanted to learn how to hit a rail or a jumpnow is the perfect opportunity. 9/10/2010
This weekend there is a ski / snowbord fest in Kilternan. Full details are available here or you read the post on ssnowboard.ie. So for all you budding skiers, if you are looking for something to do to get you back in the frame of mind for the upcoming ski season, this might be for […]
Like what we saw at Austrian ski resorts last year, a new bill in California would see all children under the age of 18 wearing skiing helmets. So far in the US this would be the first of its kind to restrict skiers and snowboarders to what they wear on California slopes. The bill also […]
Here are a few of nice videos that have been sent into the skiing.ie email box. After watching them we are really starting to look forward to the 2010/2011 ski season, and we hope the make you feel the same way. If you have any links to videos feel free to pop them in our […]
For those of you interested in mountains and are in Dublin this Wednesday night, you should check out the information night on Mount Kilimanjaro. The talk will take place in Great Outdoors on Chatham Street, Dublin 2 from 7:30 pm.Kilimanjaro is in north-eastern Tanzania and towers at 5,895m and is the highest mountain in Africa. […]
A review of one of the best hotels in Altenmarkt im Pongau in Austria. A look at Hotel Schartner, which offers a family friendly run hotel with all the facets of a 4-star hotel.
A story of a German boys survival techniques when he got stuck on a ski lift for 6 hours.
Those guys at google have come up with some great applications for the Olympics, and the one that has everyone talking about is the addition of StreetView for many of the slopes in Whistler, Canada. They have equipped a skidoo with their google street view mapping equipment and have taken to the slopes. For the […]
The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver have finally started. Yesterday there was speed skating (short & long track), ladies freestyle skiing (moguls) and Mens Luge, Womens Ice Hockey, Ski Jumping and the biathlon. But sadly none of the Irish athletes were in these events. The Olympic Council of Ireland [www.olympicsport.ie] has kindly published a schedule […]
If you are looking for the Christmas or birthday present for your hard core skiing and snowboarding friend then look no further! Here we have from Transcend the ultimate pair of skiing goggles. Zeal Optics and Recon Instruments have come together to offer this amazing piece of skiing kit. These bad boys have an integrated […]
News has come out today that the Italian government are taking steps to punish and fine skiers and snowboarders who start avalanches. Last weekend there was a terrible story of 7 skiers who died in Trentino, Italy who were caught in avalanches. 4 of the dead were rescuers. On the same day a 12 year […]
A quick review of the ski resort Obertauern, Austria. Obertauern is especially suited to beginner & intermediate skiers. It also boasts many possibilities to go off piste and to tackle some fresh powder. In all Obertauern has 100km of slopes that will keep you challenged for your week there.
The following is a great post from one of the members of our skiing forum, osulljp. Thanks for such a detailed report ! Went to the small Austrian resort of Bichlbach over the New Year. Flew into Memmingen with Ryanair and it was a very easy 100km drive from there,(75% motorway). Train is also possible […]
The perfect iPhone app for keeping you warm on the slopes. This iPhone application will run your phone as hot as possible, so that it will keep you hands warm.
When talking to families who are either non-skiers or basic level skiers we hear that when they think of skiing holidays a stressful picture comes to mind. They think that a ski holiday is just too much hassle and it won’t be as relaxing as a ‘normal’ holiday. But it doesn’t need to be this […]
Aprés ski and hangovers go hand in hand during a week of skiing. Partying after the slopes is an important party of many people’s week in the snow, but sometimes you need to have a strategy for how you are going to deal with the effects of your night partying. The science bit : Hangovers […]
Last week we had the pleasure of going to Galtür in Austria to see the Europe’s largest snowman. The snowman named Emil is located at the bottom of their childrens slope, and is a big hit with the kids. Overall Galtur is very kid friendly, and in fact for 2009 they have laid out their […]
There has been a new law introduced to Austria this week, stating that all kids under the age of 14 are required to wear a skiing helmet when on the ski slopes. There are obvious dangers while skiing, and head injuries are one of the most common. It is predicted that in Austria alone there […]
It’s that time of year again, the time to start planning and booking your snow holiday. In case you are not a seasoned veteran of the slopes we are reminding you of some of the cool features here at skiing.ie. These tips will help to make sure that you and your friends will have the best […]
What you need to know about skiing insurance. Skiing can be a dangerous sport, and if you are unlucky enough to be air lifted off a mountain, you could find yourself with bills in excess of €3,000. Your E111 card will cover emergency care, but will not cover your transport to the hospital or your aftercare on your return to Ireland. For this reason we would recommend that skiers should purchase an extra level of insurance that will cover you for skiing / snowboarding.
Again and again people ask us here at skiing.ie about what resorts have the best night life and good aprés ski. One important part of a skiing holiday for many skiers is the party afterwards. With a mixture of bad pop music (have you ever heard Austrian pop ?) and traditional songs mixed in with […]
The only artificial ski slope in Ireland, is in Kilternan, Co. Dublin. It is run by the Ski Club of Ireland, who offer skiing lessons for all ages, levels and for skiers and snowboarders.
Most people won’t enjoy talking about this topic, but hopefully these tips will prepare you in case you have an accident on the mountain side. Every year many people injure themselves on the piste, but it should not be something to put you off your holiday. Granted, skiing and snowboard can be dangerous sports, but […]
French skiing resorts are very popular with Irish skiers and snowboarders. One of the main advantages of France as a ski destination is it’s short flight time from Dublin & Cork. The French Alps is the number one destination for Irish heading on skiing holidays. Top French Resorts France boasts some of the best ski […]
If you are thinking of going skiing but you want to avoid the crowds, below is a list from The Guardian . They’ve picked their top 10 quiet resorts. These are places where you won’t be queuing at the lifts for too long. If you want to avoid the crowds and or the embarrassment of […]
Skiing is great fun, and if you have never tried it before you should read out tips for beginners. If you are thinking about going on a skiing holiday in 2008, but you are still undecided, here are a run down of some of the major plus points for taking a skiing holiday. Skiing holidays […]
So you’ve decided to head to the snow for the first time, and sure you have loads of questions, some of them have been asked and answered in our skiing forum. Here we pose the top seven tips that you should be aware of when deciding where to go to on your first skiing holiday. […]
The nice guys at BlackDog.ie have updated the site’s colours and look a little. So far the main news section and the links section have been updated to reflect the new template. The look incorporates the Irish colours, which I love, and also has the blue to reflect a snow scene. In the coming days […]
We will try to give you some ideas of what are the best offers in your search for the snow in 2008. If you have any hot tips or news on deals that might be of interest to our readers either contact us or add it in the comments section (if you are a company […]
We’ve just kicked off the site and we are still trying to bring it all together. It’s our aim that sometime in the future that Skiing.ie will be the best place to find information on Skiing for Irish people. Sadly Skiing in Ireland isn’t really that easy, with our highest mountain Carrauntuohill being just 1,038 […]
Here is a quick run down about the state of the nation for Irish Skiers Skiing Beginners In the last 10/15 years skiing has become the sport of mid-20’s professionals. It is these people who have the €1,000+ to spend on a holiday in the snow. Skiing holidays are not known for being cheap, but […]