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What's new in the ski world?

As the ski season kicks in and action loving skiers trawl the web to look for a winter ski-deal, it’s worth keeping in mind some of the updates that are happening in the ski world. We’ve searched the web and come up with the following innovatory tips from a list by the Mail, that are useful, fun and money saving.

Whether you like to, or have to go solo, recently launched Ski*Pals website (skipals.co.uk) is a must-see page. It puts like-minded single skiers in touch with each other. Not only can you share the costs of a holiday, but it’s a great way to meet new people with similar interests. The site was a hit at the recent 2010 Ski & Snowboard Show, with a number of Alpine hotels and chalets joining and agreeing to scrap their single supplement charges. Ski*Pals also caters for those looking for seasonal work in ski resorts and those wishing to hire them.

If you’re a bit of a wimp when it comes to the cold, delighting in the exhilarating descent, but hating shivering in the chair lift on the way back up the slopes, take note that heated chairlifts have been introduced in Zell-am-See and Saalbach in Austria, Trysil in Norway and the Canyons in Utah. The lifts have orange tinted Perspex covers for bad weather.

And finally, for those with a time problem, the new Swiss Snowtrain has a ski instructor on board to teach you a few of the moves before you arrive. It leaves Geneva each Saturday at 1.40pm from January 29th 2011 to March 19th, stopping at stations handy for resorts such as Verbier and Saas Fee. (swisstravelsystem.com)

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