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What to pack for your cross-country skiing trip

By Chris Payne, Headwater customer In my previous blog I explained why I have been returning to Venabu for cross-country skiing for 14 years, and how a typical day looks. In this follow-up, I thought it would be useful to list what I take with me. After years of trying, my current solution for keeping […]

Cross-country skiing in Venabu – why we’ve been returning for 14 years

By Chris Payne, Headwater customer My first real cross-country skiing experience was around my 60th birthday back in 2004 at Venabu. Since that date I have done 30 weeks of Nordic skiing, most of it at Venabu, but also including Kandersteg, Leutasch and Saariselka. As a skier I am competent, but not expert – I […]

5 wacky Christmas dinners from around the world

Christmas is a time for celebrations; a time for getting together with loved ones to eat, drink and be merry. Here in the UK, the traditional festive feast consists of a golden skinned turkey, a glistening joint of ham, goose-fat roasties, mounds of seasoned vegetables and gravy – and of course, everyone’s favourite tasty treat, […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Cross-Country Skiing: Part 1

The beauty of cross-country skiing is that you’re able to admire the stunning scenery around you whilst skiing on crisp white snow, compared to downhill skiing when you move at a much faster pace. Take your time to marvel at the fascinating wildlife, beautiful winter flowers and sky-blue alpine lakes. In some places you can […]

Make your own: Glühwein

A warming glass of glühwein at Christmas really helps to get you in the mood for the festivities and makes you feel all fuzzy inside. Popular in German-speaking regions, including Vienna, Munich and Salzburg, this traditional ruby-coloured potion is usually created from red wine spiced with cinnamon, cloves and other fragrant ingredients. You’ll most certainly […]

Top 5 secret winter wonderlands

It’s getting on to that special time of year…already the weather is a little nippier, and the nights are drawing in. When it’s cold, it’s tempting to stay inside. But here’s one fact about the winter: the best places to be are out there in the great outdoors! Perhaps you don’t believe us, but if you […]

A World Search for Winter Snow

If you’re still playing the waiting game with the summer weather, it’s probably time to cut your losses. Again, the temperatures struggled to graze 30 degrees this year, which does nothing to quell the temptation to look further afield in the future. The snow is soon to deftly grace the northern half of the planet, bringing […]

From Candy to Couscous: Four of Europe’s Most Unique Food Festivals

When it comes to food festivals, Europe has some of the most weird and wonderful in the world. Offering a bounty of nourishment, and a rich and assorted history to boot, it’s only natural to celebrate them in some fittingly bizarre ways. Here are four of the best from the continent we call home.   […]