Claire Louise Barry
Ski Solutions Expert & Skier
Claire Louise is one of our ski holiday experts. She has an incredible knowledge of North American ski resorts - if you're keen to head across the Atlantic give Claire Louise a call.
Book early for skiing in North America – summer is the best time to get amazing hotel deals there (up to 50% off) plus the flights will be at their cheapest then too. But if you are planning to ski in North America, you don’t have to limit yourself to hotels. There are so many apartment/condo options with great hotel style amenities and best of all they’ll offer you a living room and kitchen, particularly excellent for families. Apartments in North America are generally much bigger than European apartments.
My favourite off the piste activity is Snowmobiling, so if you get a chance to do it on holiday definitely give it a try! Also Winter in Tahoe is actually their low-season, therefore accommodation prices can be very reasonable.
Number of Seasons
I skied for the first time at 17 while on a school trip. My next trip wasn’t until I was 21 when I spent a season in Breckenridge, Colorado. I fell in love with the Rockies and the way North American ski resorts operate (very efficiently with excellent customer service). I started working in the ski travel industry in London after that season. I’ve always concentrated on North American resorts but since joining Ski Solutions I’ve started dealing with the many wonderful European resorts that we offer and am really enjoying selling both.
‘First tracks’ in Beaver Creek, Colorado – I skied what seemed like an almost vertical black with the help of some lovely locals and felt a great sense of satisfaction when I looked back up from the bottom. ‘First tracks’ is offered in many North American resorts, it’s so wonderful to be one of very few people on the mountain before 8am. You get to ski either fresh powder or fresh corduroy….whichever you prefer!
Breckenridge –– a great mountain and a truly American ski town.
In North America: Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, Beaver Creek, Winter Park, Steamboat, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stratton, Banff, Whistler.
In Europe: Meribel, Val d’Isere, Morzine, Kitzbuhel, Zermatt, Courmayeur, Brentonico, Madonna di Campiglio