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With a plethora of All-Mountain Skis to choose from, Mark Jones ICE Trainer and Chief Tester put over 100 skis through their paces, to decipher the top 3 skis for this season. All-Mountain skis combine piste skiing with off-piste powder, a great choice it the budget only stretches to one pair of skis. The top 3 were....

What's not to like in this video, researching what bindings to get combined with some jaw dropping freestyle. Salomon Shift has definitely shifted up a gear! Durability of a pin binding but ability to release like a downhill binding, it's a game changer, incredible skiing. Bring on the season!

Early snow in October is always a fantastic sign for the season to come, and its started! Tonight another 20cm is expected to fall in Val d'Isere. Web cams set up throughout the resort and up the mountain show us a picture of snow in the mountains but good coverage in the village too. It looks enticing! There are a few places left on some of our courses, don't miss out, its going to be a good one! Check out the web cams at...

Lynn Mill and her team of women testers put a 100 skis through their stringent tests to decipher the top 3 women's piste skis for 2019. Main criteria is checking the skis edge performance and short and long radius turns on piste, bumps and of course some gentle cruising! The top 3 skis are...

Another cracking fair and unbiased review by Mark Jones and his expert team of testers. This review looks at Piste skis, otherwise defined as skis intended to be used on the piste, from changing edge in a blink of an eye to laying into some great carving turns. The three top skis were .....

What kit does Mark Jones and his team of testers recommend for the 2018/2019 winter season. Test cards have finally been counted and results will be announced shortly. Looks like ski conditions were perfect in the ski testers video.

Yep, that's right, deep into your mind, draw from the strength within and get off the settee and start that fitness regime. It's only 2 months to go until the ski season begins and it is so important to start training now. Why?....

ICE student Lewis Reid completes his Level 4 having done his Levels 1,2,3 and now 4 with ICE

The BASI National Education Team, which incorporates the British Demo Team, is the pinnacle of ski coaching in the UK. Members of the team are selected through a rigorous two day selection process which includes skiing in formation, presentations and an interview process. ICE is delighted to have several of its regular training staff on the Team for this four year cycle.

Our ever popular 6 week and 10 week Level 1&2 programmes are starting to fill up as is the Level 3 seasonal programme. The ICE courses are the largest of their kind by quite some way with around 100 people starting a course of some sort 7th Jan 2019, however space is starting to get tight and if you are keen to join us this, give us a call on 0870 760 7360 as soon as you can to reserve your place.

This year's students will be accessing the ski area even quicker than usual thanks to the brand new gondola in La Daille just opposite the apartments.

Our partners in Japan are recruiting for 2019. If you are a Level 2 or above, Japan is a great option for ski instructor work.

Struggling to get the trainers on? Need inspiration? Keeping your fitness up this summer will help with your learning curve exponentially when you hit the slopes next season. Katie, Emelie and Ida's infectious enthusiasm in this Salomon video will get you putting your trainers on in no time and planning your trip to the mountains.

It's open, what are you waiting for! Take the Funival train and ski down and catch the Marmottes chairlift before you even had breakfast. It may be scorching in the UK, but for those that long for the mountains the snow is waiting for you! Lifts open from 07:00 until 12:00 every day until 13th July.

Ridiculous? Or, just ridiculously amazing! My vote is the latter. The heavens opened this season and blessed us with the best snow in decades in Val d'Isere. On 3rd June, the lifts open again but incredibly the slopes that are opening that are not even on the glacier! There is still so much snow that it will be possible to ski on slopes where the snow fell less than 6 months previously. In Val d'Isere lifts will be open in the Bellvarde area, in the morning you can go on the Funival and enjoy several pistes and get on the Marmottes chairlift to the top again. Incredulously they will be open 2 weeks before the glacier above opens! Get your sunnies and your skis and get packing for a great summer skiing experience in Val d'Isere.

Interski have some job opportunities for BASI Level 2 instructors and higher over the Easter holiday period. A fantastic opportunity to make the most of the remainder of the winter.

Oh yeah, always in the alps! In 2019, Val d'Isere will get you dreaming higher! The old Solaise lift station is being converted into a hotel, so in 2019 you could spend a night at 2550m, the highest hotel in France. Of course it goes without saying that in case you fancy a swim at 2550m they are building a pool too. Hungry? Let's throw in two restaurants too. It is a very exciting development with 10 rooms, 6 apartments and as a refuge, a 14-bed dormitory. The old docking point for the cable cars hosts a large opening facing down the valley, it will be glazed over and provide the suites with fantastic views.

Photo from March 8th and the sun is shinning but still more snow on the way, with 2.5m in the village and 3.5m up top, the snow just keeps on coming. Excellent skiing conditions easily predicticed right up to the last day of the season. It doesn't get better than this!

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.

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