On Tuesday 17 May, Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre and Conferencing hosted 80 staff, family and friends for the first ‘community paddle’ evening on the riverfront.
Bisham Abbey staff member Alona, connected with local families, many hosting Ukrainian refugees and approximately 20 families gathered on the lawn to share the river front activities provided free of charge by Boat Rental Thames.
Bisham Abbey’s manager James Ewart commented, “We wanted to showcase to our staff and local community the wonderful riverfront we have here at Bisham Abbey. Boat Rental Thames offer all sorts of activities to help people to experience the river, be it on a paddle board, kayak or electric boat. Many of our staff haven’t had the chance to try these and to have so many local Ukrainian families join us as well made for a very special evening in the sunshine.”
Guy Fisher, Owner & MD of Boat Rental Thames added, “we expected to be hosting staff and their families and were absolutely delighted that so many local families supported the evening by bringing their Ukrainian guests. It was a real pleasure to show everyone all of our river craft, the new water bikes were a big hit and the younger family members were able to take a trip out on our skippered electric boats.”
The evening saw over 50 people take a boat of some kind on the river, over 80 guests shared the BBQ and drinks organised by Bisham Abbey on the lawn.
Local boy Walter, was delighted to be gifted this Boat Rental Thames t shirt, the Ukrainian family who are being hosted by the boys family, insisted he be given it for their kindness!
Located between 1,200 and 3,200 meters above sea level, the Vallée des Belleville with its flower filled meadows rises up to snow-capped peaks, from the authentic village of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville to the lakes of Les Menuires, the green meadows give way to the blue colours of the glaciers and the peaks of Val Thorens.
Discover these three unique and contrasting areas via the free shuttle buses and lifts accessible to all, making trips between each resort extremely easy. Explore the valley by its many trail paths or by a mountain bike – find the secret valleys of Deux Nants and Les Encombres or discover the Belleville traditions.
The new Pointe de la Masse cable car is 3,318m long and covers a height gain of 1,050m at a speed of 7m/s or more than 25km/h. It is one of the longest in the Vallée des Belleville, but also one of the fastest in France and only the second one of its kind in the country. Hikers can go up to the top in less than 8 minutes and enjoy incredible views and hikes. Open from 9th July 2022
New eMTB bike track – ‘Via 3 Vallees’
This new cycling track is 34 km long and is asphalted from Courchevel to Val Thorens, passing by Méribel and Les Menuires. It’s both accessible to families on electric bikes and other riders on normal mountain bikes. It is dedicated to cyclists and stays away from hiking paths. One section is still to be completed, this new track opens for summer 2022 for bikers to experience the ‘Via 3 Vallees’. The whole valley offers 260km of bike tracks, with a new training area at La Croisette, ‘The Ludizone’ in Les Menuires.
Explore Vallee des Encombres
Relatively unknown, the Vallée des Encombres is accessible by mountain bike or on foot solo or with a guide. When leaving Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, head towards the Châtelard hamlet, with its tiny, winding alleys and renovated chalets. Stop at the Gittamelon refuge in the hamlet at 1700m, this family chalet turned refuge is one of the last private refuges in the Alps. A typical mountain hut, it sleeps 18 and belonged to the grand-parents of Marc Jay, the current guardian who has run it along with his wife Anne-Sophie since 1993. The last ascent leads to the summit of the Col des Encombres at 2,325m with 360° views of the Ecrins massif and the high summits of the Vanoise National Park.
Tarentaise Baroque Music Festival at La Bouitte in Saint Martin de Belleville
La Bouitte – a 3 Michelin star Belleville restaurant, hosts the 31st edition of the Tarentaise Baroque Music Festival. The Vallée des Belleville is a hotspot for alpine baroque architecture – with 36 chapels and churches -enjoy a Michelin-starred dinner accompanied by music performed by soprano, Maria Cristina Kiehr, and harpsichordist Jean-Marc Aymes from Concerto Soave. Chefs René and Maxime Meilleur have a great rapport with the musicians who will taste each dish a few minutes before the guests, and then play music which takes into account the emotions that the food evokes. It is a true musical, culinary and wine focused experience.
Glacier hike and the Three Lakes circuit
From the top of the new La Masse lift, after a fast eight minute ascent to 2,804m enjoy a 3hr 30 descent, via the Three Lakes Circuit taking in the Longet Lake, Black Lake and Crintalia Lake. From the heart of the Vallée des Belleville, you are surrounded by majestic alpine peaks that are reflected in roughly 15 mountain lakes spread out in this exceptional area. Enjoy breathtaking scenery in the Lou Valley. Or take a guided day walk above Val Thorens to the Chavière glacier.
Kilbert Silvestre and the Black Honey Bee
Born in the Vallée des Belleville, Kilbert is a mountain guide and ski patrol member in winter and has been a beekeeper in La Biellaz since 2006. His grandparents already had beehives in Saint Marcel when he was just a boy, so the interest came naturally. He has been fighting to protect the black bee in Savoie. It is now threatened by hybridisation waves, a phenomenon that makes bees more fragile and less resistant. He also owns a hundred production beehives in the Vallée des Belleville and participates in a project to breed queens which allows him to give local beekeepers in the valley an isolated strain of black bees. The beehives are kept with respect to the bee’s life, so the honey is harvested with care and sold in shops of the actual producers and in local Vallée des Belleville markets. You can visit his “honey house” in la Biellaz with the Bureau des Guides.
Key Diary Dates:
Every Monday: Solar workshops at the top of the Cime du Caron at 3200m
1-3 July 2022: Ultra Cycling Tour de la Vanoise – Team or solo long distance cycling event
16 July 2022: Craft Beer Festival, Saint Martin de Belleville
28 July 2022: Dinner & Concert at La Bouitte, Saint Martin de Belleville
30 July & 20 August The Tougnete Climb – depart Croisette @1800m to bike to 2304m
5-7 August 2022: Val Tho Summit Games: Trail Running for all ages, Val Thorens
Four fantastic bike and run events kick off Summer 2022 in Val Gardena – with its three main villages – Ortisei (1,236 m), Santa Cristina (1,428 m) and Selva di Val Gardena (1,563 m) in the heart of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 600km of bike trails.
11th June 2022: Sellaronda Bike Day & the Dolomites Saslong Half Marathon
The Sellaronda Bike day is a celebration of everything cycling as the roads on the Sellaronda will be closed to cars, allowing cyclists to take over.
The whole event boasts 53 km, while a 1,600 m elevation gain awaits those willing to complete the whole distance. Cyclists of all ages and levels will have the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful, free to attend, cycling tour featuring unique views on traffic-free roads, as the Sellaronda and its passes around the Sella Group will be closed to cars. The second date of the summer Sellaronda Bike day is 17th September 2022.
On foot, the Saslong Half Marathon takes place on the same day. For experienced runners this route, stretches from its start point at Monte Pana, extending between 1624 and 2363 m, with 900 m elevation. After reaching the Comici Hut the athletes will run across the City of Rocks to Passo Sella boasting a breathtaking view across the Marmolada. The asphalt-free trail winds its way across an environmentally protected area.
18th June: HERO Südtirol Dolomites
The HERO Südtirol Dolomites in Selva Val Gardena represents one of the hardest mountain bike events for amateurs and professional cyclists. The competition is spectacular and a great opportunity for international professional athletes and ambitious amateur cyclists to come together, allowing them to pursue the same dream: race and conquer one of the two demanding distances. All participants can choose between two distances stretching around the Passo Sella and Sassolungo:
The classic distance comprises 60 km and 3,200 m elevation gain.
The marathon distance boasts 86 km and a total of 4,500 m elevation gain.
Selva Val Gardena represents both the start and the end of the HERO Dolomites. Both the classic and marathon edition will take participants around the Passo Sella at the feet of the legendary skiing carousel, the Sellaronda. The day before the HERO Südtirol Dolomites, children can take part in the “HERO Kids” – starts in Selva Val Gardena and is a great event for younger cycling fans that will put their skills to the test in a friendly ‘competition’ where all that matters is having fun on two wheels.
25th June: NEW Val Gardena Family Bike Day
Part of the “Respect the Dolomites” projects, the first edition of the Val Gardena Family Bike Day will be held on Saturday, 25th June 2022. A day dedicated to cycling, explore Val Gardena in a green and sustainable way on two wheels. The route starts from Ortisei and takes you to Plan, in Selva Val Gardena, cutting across picturesque S. Cristina. The itinerary features different check points and sightseeing highlights, as well as spots where you can refill your water bottle and tank up on energy with a quick snack. Collect stamps at the checkpoints and sightseeing spots – only three required – to receive a small treat at the end of the itinerary.
with “Accueil Velo” – Cyclists Welcome – accreditation
OVO Network, chalet rental specialists in the French Alps, is increasing the number of its chalets that have the Accueil Vélo (cyclists welcome) accreditation.
Aside from skiing, the French Alps are renowned for their amazing cycling routes and events; biking enthusiasts will find no end of adventure for both road cycling and mountain biking, with challenging climbs, great views, and flatter valleys for all abilities.
Tim Andrews, founder of OVO Network comments, “The number of cyclists coming to the Alps continues to grow each year. The chance to cycle some of the famous cols and to follow in the tracks of the Tour de France are a major attraction for road bikers.
“But what these cyclists also want is a comfortable base to return to after a long day in the saddle. That’s where our chalets are proving very popular. Many are well equipped for cyclists, with secure storage, cleaning facilities, bike repair areas and extras such as hot tubs and saunas to help ease tired muscles.”
In response to the growing demand for high end cycling chalets, OVO Network is working with its chalet owners to help more properties gain the Accueil Vélo (cyclists welcome) accreditation. To achieve this, chalets must pass several checks, such as proximity to cycling routes and secure bike storage, which many OVO Network properties already have.
Andrews adds, “Accueil Vélo is aiming to help France become the world’s top destination for cycling tourism by 2030. We want to support this by encouraging our owners to apply for the accreditation. According to YouGov, 1 in 5 UK adults watched the Tour de France in 2021, so we know the demand for accommodation suitable for cyclists is there.”
OVO Network works closely with all its property owners to help them to maximise the potential of their chalets. With a strong demand from cyclists, chalet owners have increased occupancy rates, especially for the low seasons of spring and autumn shoulder seasons when cycling is at its best.
Upcoming cycling events in the French Alps include:
5-12 June: The Criterium du Dauphine [stage 8 passes through Thones & Le Grand Bornand where OVO Network properties are located]
11-12 June: Le Belier NEW Mountain bike event in La Clusaz
10-12 July: Tour de France [stage 9 Chatel, stage 10 Morzine – Megeve where OVO Network properties are located]
The following chalets are ideal for cyclists and/or already offer Accueil Vélo accreditation:
* Chalet Crechoua in La Giettaz – A new five bedroom, five bathroom chalet set in the pretty mountain resort of La Giettaz with easy access to fantastic cycling, including the famed Col des Aravis. The chalet has bike storage, an electric bike charger, a hot tub and a sauna, as well as Cool for Kids Extra facilities such as swings and table tennis. 7-nights rental from €1990.
* ChaletsCaramel & Nougat in Manigod – These two luxury chalets have everything a cyclist could want and have the Accueil Vélo accreditation. Set just off the famed Col de la Croix Fry, which is regularly part of the Tour de France, there’s great cycling on the doorstep. The two chalets share an indoor pool, with both having a hot tub, and Caramel also having a home cinema. 7-nights rental from €3090.
*ChaletsMacaron and Meringue in Le Grand Bornand Chinaillon – Le Grand Bornand is regularly a stage finishing point in the Tour de France, and these two designer chalets have the Accueil Vélo accreditation. Semi-detached, making them a great option if you’re holidaying as a large group, each has its own hot tub, secure bike storage, and easy access to world-class cycling. 7-nights rental from €1690 for Macaron and from €2490 for Meringue.
Nickie Mabey, Founder and owner of adventure ski specialist Mabey Ski (www.mabeyski.com), has become an ambassador of the charity, The Skiers Trust.
For over fifty years the Skiers Trust has been empowering young people, helping them to thrive and reach their potential through snowsports. It gives a life chance to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, with physical disabilities or with special educational needs, such as autism and down’s syndrome, whilst supporting the next generation of British competitors to develop so that they can compete internationally and at the Olympics.
The Penny Mabey Fund, part of the funds allocated to these young people by The Skiers Trust, was established in 1990 by a major donation from Penny Mabey (1923-2002), Nickie Mabey’s Grandmother. Penny was an active member of the Ladies’ Ski Club and had a lifelong passion for skiing, given to her by her mother and which she passed on to all members of her family.
Nickie Mabey comments, “My family has this incredible, historical connection to The Skiers Trust and whilst researching my family’s skiing history, I wanted to make sure the Trust and our family connection with the charity continues. We are a family of passionate skiers and whilst many of the family went down the ski racing line, I found myself escaping the crowds, skinning up remote mountains and exploring off-the-beaten-track ski destinations. This love for discovering new places like a local was behind me setting up Mabey Ski in 2017, and now as an ambassador for The Skiers Trust, I am looking to help the charity grow to keep supporting upcoming young skiers.”
David Budge, Chairman of the Skiers Trust adds, “We are delighted that Nickie Mabey has agreed to come on board and work with us to take the Skiers Trust forward in our mission to help young people.”
Nickie Mabey’s family have been skiing since 1912. Her great-grandmother Dorothy was one of the British pioneers of skiing, spending winters in Switzerland, learning to ski in long woollen skirts on 230cm wooden skis. Nickie’s grandmother, Penny, was unsurprisingly a natural skier. Tackling the slopes without gloves or a hat (let alone a helmet) she learnt to ski on the slopes of Murren, skiing on old wooden skis, which eco-conscious Grandpa Bevil would then cut down to size for daughters Biddy and Isy. Nickie’s father and five aunties progressed from ski school to trainees, two of whom made the British Ski Team. After competing at the FIS World Cup, Nickie’s auntie Isy, became the first ever female racer to be selected by BUSC in 1972, breaking a 47-year tradition.
The Penny Mabey Fund is given as a single award and is presented to a young amateur female skier who shows exceptional commitment and drive to become an international skiing competitor. Nomination for the award is made by the Ladies’ Ski Club. Recent awards have been given to members of the GB Snowsports Alpine World Cup and Europa Cup squads including current Alpine ski racers Alex Tilly ,Charlie Guest and Telemark athlete Jasmin Taylor.
Mabey Ski creates out-of-the-ordinary ski adventures across the globe that push boundaries and challenge the conventional. Mabey Ski is a British-owned adventure ski specialist based in Whistler on a mission to conquer every continent. Founded by Nickie Mabey, whose family have been ski pioneers for over a century, skiing is more than just a hobby. It’s a lifestyle that has led her to ski peaks less tracked, explore remote regions, and create unforgettable ski adventures not found anywhere else. Find out more about Mabey Ski and its unique trips at mabeyski.com.
ABOUT SKIERS TRUST
The Skiers Trust is the UK’s oldest and widest reaching national snowsports charity for young people. It was created in 1966 to be the formal charity element of the triumvirate of British Snowsports alongside the National Ski Federation (now GB Snowsport) and the Ski Club of Great Britain. It was established by a core group of National Ski Federation and Ski Club members guided by Sir John Hunt who had been the first Director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award which he played a major part in devising and led for its first ten years. Sir John Hunt is internationally renowned for having led the first successful Everest expedition in 1953.
Today it supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who couldn’t otherwise access snowsports. It operates a Pool of Talent to recognise up and coming talented young competitors and has supported four of the current six person GB Snowsports World Cup Squad over recent years. It supports activities at UK dry ski slopes, snowdomes and ski resorts across Europe. The Penny Mabey Fund is a Foundation Fund operated by The Skiers Trust. Its aims are to support young female ski racers.
French Chalet specialist OVO Network launch their summer season with a record number of properties available to rent and rather than preventing growth, state that the pandemic has increased the popularity of both renting and owning chalets.
As the world entered an era in which people wanted to escape to nature, to get in touch with loved ones, or simply to reconnect with themselves, renting a chalet in France has grown in popularity. Plus, now, more than ever, owners of chalets are benefitting from renting out their chalets year-round.
Louis Andrews, Operations Director of OVO Network comments, “This winter season has seen a huge increase in demand – both from the French market and from overseas visitors.
“Fresh air, healthy living and accommodation with private facilities were key requirements at the height of the pandemic – luxurious Alpine chalets tick all of these boxes. As a result, demand for many of our properties was so great, that at certain periods we could have sold them several times over. Also, with our ‘OVO Verified’ status our guests are guaranteed the safety of their money when making chalet bookings with us*.
“Throughout the pandemic we took a bold stance to expand our programme, rather than reduce it. We took on new properties, introduced new destinations such as St Gervais and Chatel and more owners chose to work with us because of our expertise in the chalet rental market. This has paid off, with our chalet owners attracting strong bookings throughout the ski season and going forward into summer and autumn 2022.”
OVO Network has availability throughout the year at nearly 300 chalets across the French Alps, including:
Grand for Groups, Le Grand Bornand
Chalet Happyview in Le Grand Bornand – Enjoy a pool, gym, home cinema and sauna at this lavishly restored 440m2 chalet from which to explore the Aravis mountains; there are also Cool for Kids facilities.** Sleeps up to 23 guests. Stay 7 nights from 12th June for €6390 [£5394/£235pp], €8490 for 20th August 2022.
Offering wonderful views of the beautiful Manigod valley, this spacious chalet offers a jacuzzi, games room, TV lounge and an impressive master suite. Sleeping up to 11 guests, there are also Cool for Kids facilities.**
7-nights rental from 16th July 2022 – €3590/ 7-nights rental from 27th August 2022 – €3290
Rocalillie Lodge has incredible views of Mont Blanc, an outdoor pool and hot tub, a sumptuous cinema room and is set in a large garden just outside St Gervais les Bains. Sleeps up to 14 guests. 7-nights rental from 25th June 2022 – €4290/ 7-nights rental from 27th August 2022 – €4590
Property Owners looking to rent out their own chalets via OVO Network receive a complete marketing, booking and management solution that makes it easy to successfully rent out a chalet. Dedicated to the Alps, OVO Network provides a sophisticated solution that covers everything from high quality photography and tailored marketing to bilingual guest communications and legal requirements. Plus, OVO Network owners can use their property whenever they choose.
**Cool for Kids- OVO Network Cool for Kids chalets offer a range of facilities for families holidaying with children, including black out blinds, bottle warmers, games and toys, plus extras such as Playstations, table tennis and table football.
VoulezVous Stay in Tignes, At Easter? Offers from the resort’s newest hotel & most striking chalets
VoulezVous, Tignes’ newest hotel, has some great offers in place for Easter holidays, with complimentary upgrades thrown in, subject to availability. For example, stay for a week (9-16 April) and pay for just six nights, with rates starting from Euros 391 (approx. £322) per night for two people sharing a double room on a half-board basis. Alternatively, families can book a Junior Suite that sleeps two adults and two kids comfortably paying Euros 571 (approx. £478) per night on a half-board basis.
VoulezVous – Spa swimming pool & Privilege guest room
VoulezVous, which opened in December 2021, is a totally new build property in a great location in Tignes Le Lac, being just 50 metres from the slopes and 200 metres from the lift. In stark contrast to much of the traditional accommodation in the resort, VoulezVous has funky contemporary interiors and styles itself as an entertainment hotel.
There is live music in the Icebreaker bar every Thursday to Saturday, the Il Savoia restaurant combines the best of French and Italian cuisines, and there are two private rooms that can be hired by families or groups for film nights or karaoke sessions. VoulezVous has its own Ski Salon where it’s possible to rent and buy equipment, as well as pick up lift passes, and there is a 600 square metre modern spa, complete with indoor pool and water jets, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, as well as a Technogym-equipped workout room, for post ski relaxation.
For those who prefer to stay in their own private accommodation when they ski, there is Carte Blanche, a range of exquisite chalets with striking, imaginative interiors that provide amazing levels of comfort, as well as a full concierge service. The chalets can be rented on a catered (B&B or half-board) or self-catered basis.
Carte Blanche : Chalet Rock ‘n’ Love & Chalet Husky
This Easter, Carte Blanche is offering a 25% discount on various chalets at the Black Diamond Residence, as long as the Excellence package is purchased. Excellence includes a VIP welcome, signature breakfast, afternoon tea “après-ski”, a daily selection of wines, evening meal, the assistance of the guest experience team, daily housekeeping services and a “Clarins” beauty package. Rates start at Euros 1500 (rather than Euros 2000) per night, with the chalets sleeping between 8 (Banksy Chalet) and 19 (Raven Chalet) guests.
VoulezVous and Carte Blanche are two of the core brands belonging to Les Etincelles, a new – and fast expanding – collection of properties, all based in snow-sure locations in the French Alps, that includes hotels, chalets and residences; many are ski in-out and all are within 200 metres of the slopes.
The company currently has properties in Tignes and La Plagne, but Les Etincelles is aiming to have accommodation in another six high-altitude French resorts (namely La Rosière, Les Arcs, Les 2 Alpes, Alpe d’Huez, Val d’Isère and Val Thorens) within the next five years.
Tignes is in the Savoiedepartment of the Rhône-Alpesregion in south-eastern France. Known as a snow-sure ski resort, it has the highest skiable area in Europe, as well as the longest ski season. Along with neighbouring Val d’Isère, it forms the “Espace Killy” ski area; together they create a single skiable area of over 300 kilometres of piste.
Südtirol Gardenissima, the most demanding Giant Slalom in the world, is back! It returns to the slopes along with the Gardenissima Kids on 2nd and 3rd April 2022
Get ready for the Südtirol Gardenissima Weekend and its two amazing events! The first is dedicated to ski enthusiasts, FIS athletes, and our beloved Ski Legends from the past. The second event was created for the rising stars of the future.
The weekend kicks off on Saturday, 2 April 2022 with the longest Giant Slalom in the world – the Südtirol Gardenissima – and continues on Sunday, 3 April 2022 with the Südtirol Gardenissima KIDS dedicated to younger athletes. Both events take place against the breathtaking backdrop of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Südtirol Gardenissima, now in its 24th edition, is a 6-km slalom starting from Monte Seceda and ending at the Col Raiser cable car valley station.
Athletes kick off two at a time within their category. The first kilometre is a parallel slalom which then turns into a giant slalom. The race starts at 7.30 am. Representatives of a National Team and those skiers who competed in the European Cup or the South American Cup in the 2020/21 or 2021/22 season will start individually, one every 30 seconds, on track A.
The men’s category features: National Team skiers or those skiers who competed in the European Cup in the 2020/21 or 2021/22, Junior, Seniors, master A, master B, and master C. The women’s category features: National Team skiers or those skiers who competed in the European Cup in the 2020/21 or 2021/22, Junior, Seniors, and master D. Skiers without FISI or FIS points have dedicated categories.
To register, skiers must pay their registration fee and send their medical certificate of sound health. Italian participants must have a FISI card. Registrations will close once 680 skiers have signed up. Participants will receive a 50% discount on their Val Gardena/Alpe di Siusi ski pass for one, two, or three days (Friday 1 April, Saturday 2 April, Sunday 3 April). When registered, skiers can inspect the slope (only once and only upon presenting their race bib) but cannot ski through the gates. The Col Raiser and Seceda cable cars will open at 6 am.
Sunday 3 April and the Südtirol Gardenissima Kids will be dedicated to our younger skiers. The event starts at 9 am and the skiers of the future will tackle a somewhat demanding slalom on a breathtaking 2 km run from Monte Seceda to the Fermeda cable car valley station.
Like parallel slalom, there will be two starting gates. At the start, they will compete on a giant parallel slalom route which then becomes a single giant slalom route.
The categories are Superbaby, Baby, Cuccioli, and Ragazzi.
The young skiers will receive amazing prizes during the exciting Südtirol Gardenissima Kids official award ceremony.
The Ultimate Snowsports Lover’s Christmas Shopping List – a selection of items which should be top of every snowsports lover’s wish list!
Sunglasses – An après ski essential for long lunches in the sunshine
The Summit Sunglasses from dewerstone come with hand-made maple wood frames and their high quality 100% UV protection polarized lenses look after your eyes, reducing glare and fatigue.
Through 1% for the Planet, dewerstone commit 1% of their annual revenue directly to non-profit environmental action groups. All dewerstone’s products are Climate Neutral Certified and for every product they manufacture they plant a tree. The Summit sunglasses are available to buy online at www.dewerstone.com RRP £59.95.
Beanie – stay warm on and off the slopes
The ‘Strike’ unisex beanie is fleece lined and whether exploring home or overseas, it will keep cold heads warm. As with the sunglasses from dewerstone, through 1% for the Planet, dewerstone commit 1% of their annual revenue directly to non-profit environmental action groups. All dewerstone’s products are Climate Neutral Certified and for every product they manufacture they plant a tree.
Pelotan is a ‘once-a-day’, water and sweat resistant sun protection brand offering up to eight hours of protection at SPF 30. Now launching to the wintersports market for the winter season 2021-22, Pelotan is currently the official sun protection supplier of British Triathlon and British Cycling.
Pelotan is an alcohol-based product which is a no-mess, clear, quickly absorbed, lightweight and breathable – no more having to remove ski gloves to apply sun protection – get a full day on the slopes without risking skin damage. Pelotan is available online at www.pelotan.cc – 200ml spray £20 and 50ml Roll on £10
Level Gloves – Off Piste & Iris Leather Ski Gloves
These All-Mountain leather, short cuff gloves are a favourite for their styling and warmth, Thermoplus 4000 (down to -22°C) and Primaloft® insulation. Men Off Piste £150. The women’s Iris is a super soft leather which is elegant and sporty at the same time, with Primaloft® padding and membrane. Women’s Iris £95 More info at levelgloves.com and available across the UK at all good ski shops.
Ski Boots –Dalbello Quantum – new and lightweight
What every skier needs – light weight, smooth walking, and maximum downhill performance, ideal for ski touring and on the piste skiing.
For the first time in ski boot manufacturing, this ski boot has been created using a bonded shell with two separate halves fused together using a special vibration process developed originally for heart valves and later in the monocoque of Formula One chassis. This allows the ski boot to be much lighter but without losing the power and control. £660 More info at Dalbello.it and available across the UK at all specialist ski shops.
Skis -Volkl Mantra M6 – New tailored frame and tip for better precision and performance
The Mantra is a popular and well-established icon within Völkl’s All Mountain Freeride series – it is known for providing reliable performance in a staggering variety of snow conditions; 100% made in Germany, minimising the environmental impact of ski manufacturing. The new models offer more stability, liveliness, manoeuvrability and best of all greater versatility, mainly achieved due to two of the latest innovations from Völkl: Tailored Titanal Frame and Tailored Carbon Tips; the amount of titanal, and its corresponding damping and torsional flex, is tailored to the skier’s height and weight via the length of the ski – in the longer lengths there is more metal, increasing torsional stiffness, power transmission and damping for larger, heavier skiers. The shorter the length, the less titanal is used, making the ski softer and more manoeuvrable so that smaller and lighter skiers can take full advantage of the added performance.
The Tailored Carbon Tips feature custom-inlaid directional stringers, rather than a uniform carbon sheet, to reinforce the torsional stiffness of the ski at the forward contact point. As a result, the shovel responds precisely and directly when entering the turn, supporting a quick, reliable reaction from the ski, especially on hard snow. As the skier moves through the turn, the torsional stiffness of the forebody of the ski immediately transitions to a softer flex, ensuring a smooth flow through the turn and an incredibly playful ride quality. £660 More info at Volkl.com and available across the UK at all good ski shops.
Canada interest spikes with skiers looking for a trip of alifetime
Mabey Ski launches winter 2021/22 programme with unforgettable bucketlist ski adventures in Canada & beyond
After successfully running a winter season with few restrictions, adventure ski specialist Mabey Ski (www.mabeyski.com)isexcitedto announceits2021/22bucketlist adventuresin Canada and beyond.Britishowned and operatedMabey Ski offerstrips to skiersand snowboarderslooking for a unique,once-in-a-lifetimeski adventure,after a winter without skiing.
With many skiers desperate to plan their trips for 2021/22 and budgets potentially higher than normal due to a winter of no skiing for Brits, Canada is being earmarked as a top destination fornext winter. Research from the Mountain Trade Network*shows that Canada is currently the number one dream destination for British skiers, and enquiries and bookings for next winter arealreadylooking promising.
Mabey Ski,specialises inwinterexperiences beyond thenorm, offeringbucket listtrips in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway,and the Italian Dolomites.Thinknever-been-skied mountain faces, larger-than-life localski guides, mountaintop wine tasting, heli-skiing under the midnight sun, and backcountry clinics for skiersand snowboarderslooking to escape the crowds for the first time.
NEW bucket list trips for Winter 2021-22 include the chance to ski first descents on the remote Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic,heli-ski from your private catamaran whilst it cruises up the fjords of Bella Coola in British Columbia,and ski into a volcano’s crater as part of a unique cultural trip to Japan.
“Last year we asked our community what was important to them, and spent the past season researching, creating, and testing new adventures that will not only excite advanced skiers looking for their next challenge, but also encourage intermediate skiers to try something new,”says Mabey Ski founder, Nickie Mabey.“While a lucky few may have got a few turns in, most Brits missed out on the 2020/21 ski season due to the pandemic. After months of lockdown, it appears that British skiers are looking for more than just a ‘typical’ ski holiday – they want to escape the crowds, they’re looking for unusual experiences and an adventure that will make them forget there was ever a toilet roll shortage.”
She continues:“Whether it’sunwinding in a mountainside hot spring, toasting a glass overahandmade ‘snow bar’ or fishing for Arctic char in a fjord lake, we know that the time guests spendoff their skis is just as important as their time on them. That’s why we’re excited to launch our most unforgettable ski adventures yet.We spend time gettingto know our guests to ensure each experience is tailored to them, whether they’re joining a hosted trip or embarking on a new adventure designed specifically for them.”
Highlights of Mabey Ski Winter 2021/22 Winter Programme:
Firstdescent heli-skiing in the CanadianArctic
Heli-ski first descents on un-named mountains under the midnight sun, eat freshly caughtArctic char sashimi and snowmobile to the floe edge. All from the comfort of your purpose-built basecamp on the Canadian Arctic’s world-famous Baffin Island.Price from: CAD 175,000 (approx. GBP 102,950) for up to 8 guests, exclusive use.
Catamaran-based heli-skiing in Bella Coola, Canada
Heli-skipristine powder runs and first descentsfrom the deck of your luxurious private 138-foot catamaran, docked ata different private anchorage each day. Fish for crab, prawns, and halibut (later served for dinner), and soak in the natural oceanside hot springs. Private cabins with daily massages, a private chef, top-deck hot tub anduntouchedpowder.Price from: CAD 214,000 (approx. GBP 125,000)for4 days,for up to 8 guests, exclusive use.
This ultimate bucket list trip gives you the chance to hike dormant volcanoes, tackle steep open faces and ski tour up the iconic MtYotei, the tallest of Niseko’s volcanoes – with the chance to ski or board into its crater. The expedition will also give you the chance to ski Japan’s dream powder, sample local culture and discover the heartbeat and off-the-beaten track side of Niseko and its surrounding area.Price from: USD 2,800 per person (approx. GBP 1,980per person)7days,based on 4 guests, twin share,all ground transfers included.
Private bookings available from January toMarch2022
Introduction to ski touring – in the true Canadian backcountry
You will go from backcountry beginner to seasoned ski tourer under the guidance of professional ski guides. Afterlearning the backcountry basicsin Whistler, you will take a helicopter to McGillivray Pass Lodge, situated in a peaceful valley surrounded by nothing but snow.Spend three daysputting your new-found skills to usetouring backcountry bowls, skiing freshlinesand tucking into incredible food.Price from: CAD 6,755 (approx. GBP 3,975)
Trip dates:4– 12 April 2022 Private variations available upon request
Overnight remote basecamp adventure–the ultimate Canadian backcountry celebration
Afterheli-dropping intotheremote backcountry of Squamish-Lillooet and skiing fresh trackswith your ACMG guideall day, youski back to basecamp –fully equippedwithsleeping quarters, a communal canvas tent, and outdoor dining area – whereyou’regreeted with a glass of bubblesbefore you’ve even had a chanceto click out of your skis. Drinks flowing, BBQ sizzling, tunes pumping and fire blazing. Price from: CAD 16,800 for up to 6 guests, exclusive experience.
Available trip dates:March – May 2022 Fully customisable for varying levels of comfort
Mabey Ski is aBritish ownedadventure ski companybased in Whistleron a mission to conquer every continent. Founded by Nickie Mabey, whose family have been ski pioneers for over a century, skiing is more than just a hobby. It’s a lifestyle that has led her to ski peaks less tracked, explore remote regions,andcreateunforgettable ski adventuresnot found anywhere else. Find out more about Mabey Ski anditsunique tripsatwww.mabeyski.com
MABEY SKI – COVID-19 AWARE
Mabey Skiiscontinuing to work closely withitspartnerson the groundto ensureall theirski adventures areassafe as possible. Ifguestsneed to cancel or postpone a trip for any reason, Mabey Ski terms provide a 100% refund up to 60 days before departure for all new bookings, or the option to postpone for free. To see full details of theirBooking Terms & Conditions visitwww.mabeyski.com/terms-conditionsand for further details on theirCoronavirus Advice, visitwww.mabeyski.com/coronavirus-advice