ESF is the largest ski school in the world, with over
8000 English speaking instructors based in resorts all
over the French Alps. Whether you are an
experienced skier or a complete beginner, ESF can
cater for your needs and help you reach your full skiing potential.
esf can help cater for your needs and help you reach your full skiing potential
Created 25 years ago, Evolution2 has become one of the most respected Ski and Adventure Schools in the French Alps. They have bilingual instructors and prefer to teach in smaller groups so that whatever your level and expectations, you can discover the joys of snow sports in a professional and friendly environment. They also offer a number of experiences to clients including ice diving and secret forest meals.
discover the joys of snow sports in a professional and friendly environment
With over 20 years of experience organising skiing & snowboard lessons, European Ski are based in one of our favourite resorts, Les 2 Alpes. Lessons are taught in groups of no more than 10 by a fluent English speaker. As with all our ski school partners, they’re dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable learning environment so you can maximise your snowsports experience.
la folie douce
In the great outdoors, with a living backdrop of dancers, divas and DJs, LFD invites fun-seekers of all ages to share their unique mix of high-quality cuisine and high-altitude clubbing. You’ll find LFD in four of our resorts; Avoriaz, Alpe d’Huez, Val Thorens and Val D’Isere, and they are seriously not to be missed.
One of our favourite spots in the Alps is Bar 360 in Val Thorens. This après bar which starts the beats from 2pm and runs through till 6.30pm is the go-to spot for alfresco drinking, table dancing and plenty of house music. With the fresh mountain air in your lungs and at an altitude of 2368 meters you can expect for things to get very messy when big names such as Afrojack hit the decks. The disco ball decorated student mecca is just a comfortable green run away from home meaning you can get safely back in time for après après.
This is altitude clubbing at its best. Based in Les Deux Alpes at 2600m, there’s always a crazy atmosphere at Pano. You can enjoy live music every day, with Djs and performers entertaining on the patio all winter long. They also have an infamous closing party in April.
Smithy’s Tavern opened in Alpe d’Huez way back in 1996 and following their success, they opened in neighbouring resort Les Deux Alpes. They are a true all-rounder – well-known for excellent food, drink and of course, partying. We love working with the guys at Smithys to bring you themed nights, live bands and guest DJs.
Originating in Val d’Isere, this brand of bars has now expanded to Tignes Val Claret. This season saw Wasteland Ski host the first ever non coco’s resident DJ takeover. This spot was smashed by Cirque Du Soul and Dazed during the Bath Snow trip.
don’t be surprised if you walk away with a giant toy unicorn or a cardboard cut-out of Bruce Forsyth!
famous first words
FFW was born while the creator Tim Warwood was living in the mountains during winter seasons. At first it was just with friends, but then it grew into hosting nights in pubs and now you can even find them at festivals. The format is simple so anyone can play,
and everybody gets involved – all you have to do is sing the first line of a well-known song. Think you’re up to it?
Bongo’s Bingo is legendary. It has been sweeping the UK with its bingo madness for a few years now and we’re lucky enough to exclusively partner with them in the Alps. Helping us to deliver a truly unique experience and allowing our groups special access to UK events, it is always a pleasure to work alongside them. They are no doubt the most ridiculous but the most hilarious nights out – don’t be surprised if you walk away with a giant toy unicorn or a cardboard cut-out of Bruce Forsyth!
house of dinosaur
H.O.D. run big and bold bespoke events in the UK and Internationally. They specialise in immersive games, event design and providing wonderful personalities to host a wide range of events. It’s so much fun working with these guys, and they always bring something new to the game.
Graystone Action Sports Academy is a new specialist centre in Manchester where riders can realise their freestyle dreams. The first of its kind, the space is 35,000 sqft which means a plenty of room for shredding! This is the perfect training ground to perfect your skills in a controlled and secure environment. Their state of the art facilities are used by Olympic athletes and we are thrilled to be able to offer Wasteland clients the chance to use their centre and host events for your club in the space.
All Wasteland groups have the chance to visit and host events at Graystone for the coming season and we can arrange travel to and from the centre for your members.
New for this season, Wasteland Ski are proud to be partnering with Essence Bottles to offer our clients access to a high-performing and reusable flask which will contribute to the reduction of single use plastic.
Not only are they perfect for in the mountains but are also great for day-to-day life. The bottles are multipurpose promising to keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours.
Every day we use over 35 million plastic bottles in the UK. Be part of the solution and do it in style.
WE will be hosting a surprise set at this year’s El Dorado!
El dorado festival
If you can’t wait till next season for a snowsports family get-together, then we have the perfect solution for you, join us at El Dorado this July!
We are thrilled that for a FOURTH consecutive year we are partnering with Cirque du Soul, the pioneers behind El Dorado Festival to offer this product via ROAM our summer brand. Heading back to the epic grounds of Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire from the 5th-7th of July for another insane festival. Thinking back to last year’s El Dorado, highlights included epic music, unique entertainment, insane decor and the huge crew of Wasteland clients who took over the campsite! This year’s line-up is looking even better and we can’t wait to hit the festival with you.
House of Apres
We have been collaborating with House of Après for a couple of seasons now ever since we bonded over a mutual love of music and Apres.
Through our Future Sound initiative with them we’ve been giving student DJs within the Wasteland community a platform to have their mixes featured.
This season has seen a number of student DJ’s playing in resort during their holidays. We love seeing fresh talent coming through and whether it was warming up the crowd for huge DJ takeovers, dropping sick beats at mountain meals, or taking on apres at Pano they all smashed it!
don’t be surprised if you walk away with a giant toy unicorn or a cardboard cut-out of Bruce Forsyth!
A new partner for this season, Olfi is a more reasonably priced competitor to other action cameras in the industry. With all of the same features and as high quality for half the price, they are the obvious choice for Wasteland groups looking to document every aspect of their trips. These cameras can withstand extreme environments including snow, water and even a pint of beer or two and Olfi offer a number of functional accessories so the cameras can be handled, clipped on and utilised to fit your needs.
Do you want to go big? Do you want to be known as the loudest club? And do you want to do both of these at every event whether in the UK or the Alps? Then you need a Soundboks speaker! If your plan is to disrupt the Alps (not after curfew in your accommodation mind) then these portable, rechargeable and quite frankly pretty sick speakers are the trip companion your club needs.
Wasteland Ski are proud to offer Wasteland groups an exclusive discount on Soundboks and their backpacks which allow you to strap the speaker on and take this baby riding with you so shredding can have just as many sick beats as apres!
Lydia is the European Leader in mobile payments with over 1,500,000 users across 5 countries. With Lydia you can securely pay your friends, family or favourite club/society in seconds. It doesn’t matter who they bank with or even if they have Lydia, you only need their phone number to make a payment. Whether it’s for rent, bills, taxis or takeaways Lydia has got you covered. For clubs and societies, not only can they revolutionise and streamline your payments – completely removing the need for cash and offering you flexible online payment pages for tickets and merchandise. They can also sponsor you for using Lydia!
Their partnerships are bespoke and can be adjusted to suit how your club works and operates. These partnerships can include; cashback for using Lydia to take payments or exclusive events and activities for Lydia users at your club. For example beer pong competitions, exclusive Lydia bars or BBQ’s.
Wasteland can put you in touch so you can arrange the perfect partnership for your club!
Our partnership with the Jibworx team on events in the mountains was a great success once again and this years jams have been gnarlier than ever! The season saw Jibworx taking on the double header in the form of the VT and Tignes Takeovers back in December, keeping competitors from across the UK on their toes with park jams and judging from the AfterJam boys.
Let’s play a cheeky game of Would You Rather, we’ll go first.
Would you rather…
A) ARRIVE IN RESORT AND WAIT IN A LONG, COLD QUEUE AT THE HIRE SHOP TO HAVE YOUR KIT FITTED AT A PREMIUM PRICE?
B) HAVE YOUR KIT FITTED BEFORE THE TRIP, BY EXPERTS, AT A LOCATION OF YOUR CHOICE, FOR CHEAPER?
If you chose A, you need to check yourself.
If you chose B, well done – you’re clever like us.
For those of you who are new to snowsports or not quite pro enough to have your own gear, hiring kit can be an expensive, time-consuming and unnecessary addition to your trip. So, to save you both time and money, we partner with a hire specialist here in the UK. Cleverly named Prefitted, the idea is that you get everything fitted pre-trip. Genius, right?!
The process is simple, professional and goes like this:
• Choose a time & location to have your kit fitted (usually on campus or somewhere convenient for all).
• Get kitted-out with helmets, ski’s, snowboard’s and any clothing you may need.
• Arrive in resort & collect your pre-fitted, ready to roll kit from the hire shop.
• Hit the slopes ASAP feeling super smug.
• We’re always striving to make your trip as easy and fun as possible and we’re proud to say we’re the only tour company who offer this service – another great reason to come away with us.
The clue’s in the name…
Retrofitted have an unrivalled selection of genuinely vintage, unashamedly loud and quite frankly funky AF gear which will definitely help you make an impression at après!
Brought to you by kings of convenience Prefitted, they provide retro ski clothing rentals delivered straight to the mountains so you don’t have to take up precious space in your luggage transporting a onesie.
After all with a jam-packed social schedule and more fancy dress than freshers week you are going to need all the space you can get.
Expect ski jackets, salopettes and one-piece suits which were at the height of fashion during the 80s and 90s however in recent times have seen a revival in popularity. Their collection features brands including; Ellesse, Fila, Sergio Tacchini and O’Neill to name but a few.
outerwear, streetwear & hardwear
Back in 1989 a small crew of friends in British Columbia were driven by the uniting theme of snowboarding. A few years later and Horesfeathers Clothing was born as they produced their first collection of clothing and outerwear. Not only do we love their collections, but we love their attitude because like us, they take great interest in their influence on the environment.
we love their attitude because like us, they take great interest in their influence on the environment
Burton Snowboards was founded in 1977, Vermont. Since then it has served a pivotal role in growing snowboarding from a backyard hobby to a world-class sport by creating ground-breaking products, supporting the world’s best riders, and pushing more resorts to allow snowboarding. Keen to protect our glorious world and the people who live in it, they committed to having the most positive impact possible on everyone around them.
It’s no secret we’re a big fan of the AfterJam family. UK engineers of clothing and events, AfterJam was created with the aim of developing a lifestyle brand that seamlessly blends with the vibe of the mountain resorts and is devoted to living for the seasons.
In February 2018 we supported them with their first ever big UK dryslope event and we can’t wait to keep working with them over the coming seasons.
Designed in Australia, Dirty Dog are pure bred for all extreme conditions with the use of advanced technology to offer you some of the best sport inspired eyewear. They also do snow helmets too, so you’re protected when you need it most.
Protect our winters
Wasteland Ski are proud to announce that we are now official partners of Protect Our Winters. The decision to sponsor this worthwhile cause was an obvious one, and through their vetted partners, we are giving our clients the chance to support their valuable work on protecting the future of outdoor & snow sports from climate change. The opportunity to donate to Protect Our Winters is available on all groups booking pages so the process of donating is as easy as possible.
If you haven’t heard about the effect that climate change is having on our glorious planet Earth then listen up, the signs are all around you and the planet needs your help!
In many ways the snowsports industry has gone from strength to strength since it began with improved technology and accessibility, however it’s impossible to ignore the changing climate when many resorts across Europe haven’t seen a full season of snow since the 80s.
If the world continues business as usual it’s predicted that by 2100, the overall snow cover in the Alps will decline by 70% and there will be almost no snow below 1,200 meters (the average height for ski resorts). Even though that may seem like a long way off, some of the lower alpine resorts have already been forced to close because of such poor conditions.
Here are a few rules which you can abide by while in resort. They may seem small, but they really do help to conserve the natural environment and reduce your carbon footprint.
- If you smoke, invest in a pocket ashtray; if you don’t, call people out when you see them throwing cigarette butts off the lift.
- Get a flask so you’re not buying single-use plastic.
- Take your rubbish off the mountain with you.
- Return your lift pass (as a rule, they’re recyclable).
- Use the recycling bins in town.
- Bring your own shopping bags to resort.
- Use eco-friendly ski/board wax — anything that goes on your skis will be left behind on the mountains and trickle down into the lakes and surrounding ecosystems.
For the second consecutive season, Wasteland Ski have chosen to support the Charity PAPYRUS (Parents Association for the Prevention of Young Suicide).
PAPYRUS are a charity dedicated to preventing suicide among young people, they offer confidential help and advice to those who are contemplating suicide as well as anyone who may be worried about a young person.
In addition they also provide a support network for the friends and family of those affected by and suffering from mental health issues.
They have a 24 hour Hopeline which is free to call among other campaigns including actively visiting schools to help spread awareness and support.
This charity has done wonderful things and we look forward to continuing our work with them. Currently all Travel Collective trip goers are given the opportunity to donate towards this excellent charity via our online booking portal and we are delighted to have raised over £4,000 in total.
If your club are interested in running fundraising activities on behalf of Papyrus, Wasteland Ski would like to hear about them and offer support.