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ICE is delighted to announce the first in a series of new global adventure touring courses. Masterclass Quest is for those seeking the finest touring in the most far flung places on earth.

Hannah Luke, who was resort manager for ICE for four years, has achieved her BASI Level 4.

After a cracking week training our ICE students in race week, inspiring all, Chemmy Alcott had a blast beating Graham in the World Cup course at Stockholm. Go Chemmy! BBC Sport catches it all.

What a treat the ICE students had last week being trained by past Olympians. ICE Race week certainly lived up to and exceeded expectations. Working with such legends is always inspirational and moved many of our ICE students. Chemmy, 4 times Olympian again couldn't be faltered in her strive to pass on her depth of racing tips. Chemmy gave a great presentation called 'Life in the Fast Lane' which inspired all. She is a specialist race coach and all those involved on the 4, 5 and 10 week courses benefit from Chemmy's expertise in giant slalom. She was British National Champion 7 times and remains the only British skier to win a run in World Cup. Alain Baxter shared his wealth of knowledge from racing on the World Cup stage reaching number 11 in the World and Bronze in slalom in 2002. With the forthcoming Olympics looming, the ICE students could chat freely with Chemmy and Alain about their time as a professional racers. A great and inspiring week for all.

To take full advantage of the superb skiing conditions why not upgrade to some Freeride skis. Mark Jones ICE Trainer put the 2018 skis through their paces in Kuthai, with a team of testers. Freeride skis are suitable mostly for areas that have a lot of "powder" or deep, soft snow, which are usually areas that have heavy snow storms. PERFECT for right now after nearly a month of snowstorms and waist deep powder in Val d'Isere, time to get testing the Freerides. This year the team were most impressed by: Head Kore 93 – Top Performer Salomon QST 99 – Top Performer Völkl 90Eight – Top Performer

At present, news reports of masses of snow are plentiful, but how does it really stack up against other seasons? Radio TV Val d'Isere released some interesting stats today. Up to 22nd January, this season Val d'Isere had 6.09 meters of snow fall, compared to last season there was only 4.29 meters for the whole season! Figures below - Winter 06/07: 4 M77 Winter 07/08: 6 M05 Winter 08/09: 6 M00 Winter 09/10: 5 M04 Winter 10/11: 2 M34 Winter 11/12: 6 M90 Winter 12/13: 7 M95 Winter 13/14: 4 M44 Winter 14/15: 4 M01 Winter 15/16: 6 M19 Winter 16/17: 4 M29

Very violent winds over the last few days have caused lifts to close and people to hibernate. The amazing pisteurs have their work cut out, not only clearing snow, there are lifts to fix, the storm even cut a cable from a lift. Fortunately the restaurant Peau de Vache is now starting to be dug out although they are having to climb out of the top floor today to get out. Snow is still falling, another half a meter forecast for this Saturday alone! The photo from YSE shows the top of the Cugnaï chairlift. The man's skis are well above where the top of a chair should be! That's a lot of snow!

Being able to ski trees opens a door to a magical environment. On a stormy day there's nothing better than heading into the woods — the wind drops, there's silence all around and you're immersed in another world. But you need a few pointers if you don’t want to end up looking like a sniper because your helmet is so full of shrubbery. Check out some top pointers from Mark Jones ICE BASI Trainer below...

12th January and finally we are seeing more lifts open. The Pisteurs have done an amazing job clearing snow from lifts to make them run again and digging piste markers out to show where the runs are! However I think they are still digging the restaurant out that was totally buried in the snow with only a glimmer of the roof showing! Enjoy the snow and unless your with an experienced guide stay on the pistes, very high avalanche risk.

Sooooo much snow has fallen, a whole restaurant buried on the slopes! A simple task of one child trying to walk to school in Val d'Isere is like trecking Everest! We have never seen so much snow in Val d'Isere. At this rate, by the time it melts, there will still be snow for next season. If you have ever thought about becoming a ski instructor or trying our performance courses this is definitely the year to do it!

Glorious sunshine today at the top of Bellevarde in Val d'Isere. Lifts now open and enjoying the powder. More snow forecast, over half a meter predicted to fall in next few days, heaviest on Monday night. Careful everyone, remember all what you have learnt on mountain safety and off-piste awareness, stay safe. If in doubt, always ask one of the ICE trainers who are always happy to share their wealth of experience.

Biggest storm in many years brings snow and disruption to The Alps. Val d'Isere has closed lifts on 4th Jan due to fresh west-northwesterly winds Haute Tarentaise and Haute Maurienne with gusts reaching 95 km/h. Although snow has fallen it is mainly the wind preventing lifts to open. The result is that it’s not just dangerous on the slopes with an unstable snow-pack, but in resort there is danger from snow falling from roofs - and many resorts are urging skiers to stay indoors today. Forecast for 5th January from valdinet - Cloudy weather clearing up at times ; humid, with rain early in the day. Variable winds, light at most places. Haute Tarentaise and Haute Maurienne : gusts reaching 55 km/h, at daybreak. So take care everyone over the next couple of days and look forward to skiing in that powder when the wind relents.

After watching this video I'm itching to get my carvers out and go into fast speed cruise control, lush piste skiing. Salomon bring together the legend, the champion and the young blood in Val d'Isere to reveal the sensation of the perfect turn.

Our Partner ski school Ski 2 is looking for instructors for the upcoming Holiday periods over New Year. Please click through to find out more.

Fantastic snow conditions has led to few remaining places on our courses. Don't waiver, speak to our Trainers and don't miss out on this seasons training opportunities.

Glorious day for our trainees in Val d'Isere, very excited starting the season with awesome weather conditions.

Great snow and the lifts are open, what are you waiting for? OPEN - 25th November 2017 to 1st May 2018

BASI President Sir Steve Redgrave skiing with the groups in Zermatt, Mark Jones ICE Trainer is presently training the BASI Level 2 group.

Everyone needs to watch this, even if you think you are prepared, check, then check again, have the right kit and know how to use it! Even with our BASI 1 courses we train in avalanche awareness.

Beautiful snow covered slopes in Val d'Isere today and its only 17th November. More snow on its way on Sunday.

I rarely watch TV, however, when I do get that golden moment to sit and relax, I have found a great App for some short inspiring videos. The films tease me to get back out on the slopes again, some great quality videos without flicking through the channels. Download the Salomon TV App: iOS: http://apple.co/2rFNEzy

Wow, did anyone see Dave Ryding's first slalom at Levi? He knocked them out the park, first place with an awesome first run, then gaining ground to an astonishing half a second lead on the second. Unfortunately he lost an edge in the last half, but what a cracking way to start the season. Enormous potential to achieve another medal this year, many more World Cup races plus the Olympics to come this season, it's going to be an exciting season ahead for Dave.

There's snow and masses of it! A metre of fresh snow on the glaciers, a foot of snow in Val d'Isere village and its mid November, it doesn't get better than this! Get some training in before your course or just come out and ski for fun, there are some great deals to be had early December. Photo courtesy of YSE

It's here already and lots of it. Snow! Photo below of the piste we meet for training in the winter every day. Can't wait to start! More snow forecast for this week too. Good snow in November normally means we are going to have a cracking good winter. Come join us :-) Photo courtesy of YSE

If you are struggling, this is a great video to enthuse you of the outdoors and the possibilities to improve your fitness before the season begins. These guys take it to the next level, but there is no reason you can't start small, cycle to Uni/work, jog round the block, we all have to start somewhere. However, the fitter you are the quicker your skiing improvement will be as soon as you are on the slopes. If you have signed up to an ICE course this winter, get your trainers on and go outdoors. We have seen it many a time, those who are fitter but weaker skiers to start off with on a course, are often the ones who come out on top, as they have the stamina and fitness to absorb the new techniques and to power on.

We have lots of young guns sign up for ICE courses but we also have requests from more mature skiers (is over 40 old?) Naah! This video just proves that you are as young as you feel and all your body needs is to be pushed to higher levels. You'll never too old to go on an ICE course, its only your mentality that will forbid it. Ageing pro freeskier, Mike Douglas explores, diet, fitness and mentality to decide when is too old or not!

Look no further, Lynn Mill and the team of women testers put all the skis through their paces and agreed on three top skis to buy this coming season. Firstly the Salomon QST LUX 92 fantastic both on and off the piste really adapts to its terrain with energy, and a smooth ride. Built on a Spaceframe construction with full Woodcore, it balances on-piste power and soft snow flotation. The Blizzard Sheeva 10 super manoeuvrable but stable due to the titanium plate spreading the strength along the length of the ski. The remaining top ski was the Volkl 90Eight W another great performing ski super fun regardless of whether conditions were light and fluffy or heavier. You can't go wrong this season if you pick one of these three skis.

SkiEasy are looking for dynamic, hard working, quality ski and board instructors for London's newest indoor ski centre in the heart of Chiswick. Full and part time available. Read more...

ICE Trainer Mark Jones leading the ski test team evaluating the best men's freeride skis for this season. Three top skis to choose from, Salomon QST 99, Volkl 90eight, and the Head Core 93.

If you booked up on a normal package ski holiday last year you may have been asked if you wanted to donate a £1 towards helping winter athletes reach their potential. If you did, well done as you have helped contribute to the grants awarded to some of our young talent and hopefully future Winter Olympians. The money went towards the British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation, who have just awarded their first grants out for this season. Read more to find out who are the lucky young guns.

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