Ski Independence go skiing! Many of the Ski Independence team have been out and about in the Alps and North America over the past few weeks fitting in some Early Season Skiing for 2015-16. With so much early season snowfall we've been feeling pretty spoiled. [caption id="attachment_8960" align="aligncenter" width="822"]Early Season Skiing 2015-16 Early morning view of Mont Blanc from Avoriaz (image by Aly)[/caption] For the lucky ones who've already notched up some ski days this season, we've enjoyed sunny skies, skied perfect groomers and discovered plenty of powder stashes. These 'fam' trips allow us to squeeze in some much sought-after early season turns but it's not all fun and games - there's a bit of work involved too (we promise)! The main purpose of these visits is to build on our knowledge of our featured properties and destinations, so when it comes to creating tailor-made packages we're best placed to choose the most suitable resort, accommodation and travel options - based on real experience. Katie is just back from a week in Colorado, packing in visits to Vail, Breckenridge and Beaver Creek. Katie said of the trip, "Had the most amazing time – intense but so much fun! So great to see the resorts and hotels in real life rather than on the internet!" Gareth, Craig and Aly recently road tripped around French Alps taking in the Portes du Soleil, the 3 Valleys and Paradiski. Properties they visited included the new 4-star Hotel La Tapiaz in Les Gets, the iconic Hotel Les Dromonts in Avoriaz (have a read of Karen's extensive review here) and the superb 5-star Hotel Altapura in Val Thorens. [caption id="attachment_8958" align="aligncenter" width="769"]Early Season Skiing 2015-16 New to the Ski Independence programme, Hotel La Tapiaz in Les Gets (image by Aly)[/caption] [gallery ids="8971,8970,8969,8967,8966,8964"] [caption id="attachment_8961" align="aligncenter" width="305"]Early Season Skiing 2015-16 Unique Avoriaz architecture: Hotel des Dromonts (image by Aly)[/caption] Claire visited Saas Fee back in September, read more on her experiences hereAodhan just spent a fabulous long weekend at the Hotel W in Verbier and Morven is in British Columbia this week. We've had photos from a snowy Sun Peaks and she travels to Whistler next - where it has just dumped another whopping 39cm! [caption id="attachment_9010" align="aligncenter" width="238"]Early Season Skiing 2015-16 Living the high life: 'W-selfie' by Aodhan![/caption] [caption id="attachment_8998" align="aligncenter" width="675"]Early Season Skiing 2015-16 Next stop for Morven: Whistler (photo taken on 11th December 2015) - snow, snow, snow![/caption] Finally, our Managing Director Michael is on holiday right now for Val d'Isère's opening week. He reports "good skiing on piste" and "most runs and lifts open". Looking great for mid-December! [caption id="attachment_8994" align="aligncenter" width="867"]Early Season Skiing 2015-16 Val d'Isère from above, mid-December 2015[/caption] We'd love to hear about your skiing plans for the coming winter - where are you headed to, and when? If you've still not finalised plans, speak to one of our team of experts on 0131 243 8097 or request a quick and easy tailor-made quotation online.