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Missing Skiing – Try Ski Painting

Vail Ski Painting Chair 22

Pete Caswell is know for creating the feeling of skiing on canvas with paint and this year his talent is becoming ever more in popular. As the ski lifts have stopped turning so Pete’s brushes have speeded up to keep the many piste hungry skiers happy while they eagerly await a return to the slopes. Many like to follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

Ski Prints and Ski Paintings

Many of his clients so often comment about the first time they look at his paintings they feel like they are skiing again in the snowy mountains. He’s been called the Lowry of the slopes and other times a bit of Van Gough. There is a lot of fun and joy captured in the paintings along with the exhilaration of skiing in the mountains. Lots of texture, plenty of bright colours and some crazy ideas and styles which all come together to lift you out of normality of life to put you on your skis again atop a great big Mountain of snow.

Val d'Isere Skiing Painting
Val d’Isere Skiing Painting

Pete has spent most of his life travelling to the best ski resorts he can find and translating that incredible skiing ski feeling onto canvas. Most winters but not this one Pete can be found mostly on the slopes of Europe cruising round with his canvas at hand and boards and skis to feet. What a life!

Val d'Isere Cafe ski painting
Val d’Isere Cafe ski painting

You can buy Pete’s ski paintings on his website which are all listed by resort https://petecaswell.co.uk/wp2/ski-snowboard-paintings/ Originals range from a few hundred up to several thousand pounds in price.

His Prints are available on his ski prints site but do read all the shipping info first as there are 2 different sites, one for international clients with a full catalogue of all his ski prints and a simpler site for UK clients. https://petecaswell.co.uk/wp2/ski-prints/

Morzine Ski Painting
Morzine Ski Painting

You can read more about Pete’ skiing story in the recent article in the Ski Journal Magazine.

One of the latest ski painting commissions
One of the latest ski painting commissions
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Its all about a Feeling – Skiing

Morzine Ski Painting Ski Print and Ski Poster

What makes these paintings so much fun. Its all about a feeling, that special feeling, the one which makes you feel just exhilarated, happy, fun and free. Its all in the painting and the painting is all in the snow.

Flaine Grand Massif Ski Painting
Flaine Grand Massif Ski Painting, Ski Poster

When I started to paint ski resorts I tried so hard to capture that very special, very free and very beautiful inner feeling which seems to make you glow from the inside out. Its the mountains, the air, the buzz of the lifts, the cold dry breeze, the intensity of the rocks, the peaks, the views. Then the thrills and the spills , the soft powder landings, the relentless turns, the jumps and hops, banks and trees. Over all this is cast the the bright sunny light beaming from Dawn to dusk, the perfumed scent of snow vaporising in the drip drip of melting ice and daylight so intense it has a noise in it. As skis descend the sweet smell of pine fills the air as you descend to the peace and warmth of wooded slopes below before the clanging whirring lifts swirl you back for another go.

Megeve Ski Print
Megeve Ski Print

From this spawns the great scenes of the mountains of rocks, of heights, drops and cliffs, topped with snow and mighty peaks. All scaled by great machines of whirring humming power gliding you cleanly and peacefully without effort back to the top.

One of the latest ski painting commissions
One of the latest ski painting commissions

And in the day of powder before comes the very special time if you are brave enough to try. In winds and storms and blizzards of white, of tingling fingers and only white so bright. Inside this cave of whitened snow blown which hammers like pins across the cheeks, and into mouths and across your eyes, tipped down you neck and up your pants. On the lift in total white a howling wind in the trees above, but within as white around is peace inside, a warm glow sheltered from the icy cold by layers and layers, but still waits and waits for that Cafe, coffee, croissant and burning log fire. and maybe something a little stronger or maybe a fresh pot of tea.

Val d'Isere Cafe ski painting
Val d’Isere Cafe ski painting
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The Top 10 European Alpine Resorts by Pete Caswell

Ski Prints and Ski Paintings

Top 10 European Alpine Ski Resorts and Snowboard Resorts. Its a hard call but someone has to do it and test them out. As part of my ski paintings work, if you can call it work, I have travelled to most of the main Alpine resorts in Europe and skied and boarded them at various times in my life. I first skied Norway at age 3, then Austria at 4 and then Flaine at 5 so I have been around a fair few places, the States and New Zealand too, and even skied the Yorkshire Dales with James Heriot and above the set of Withering Heights .

I am a pretty picky person when it comes to resorts. But one thing that doesn’t really go into the equation is nightlife for me. So other than a recommendation that if you want nightlife head to Austria where it is just great, then I will stick to the day time pleasures on offer; Lunches on the slopes, scenery, access, height, expanse, variety, challenges, snow and all that goes into an epic days skiing.

I can’t pin down a real perfect resort as so much depends on conditions and time of year,,,, but in the top running for me are Tignes / Val d’Isere, Verbier, Zermatt, Portes Du Soleil, 3 Valleys. These are the epic resorts you should all ski before you get too oland and are a good bet . This doesn’t mean to say that the others are not as good. In fact in the right conditions some others may be better, cheaper, and more fun. But these big resorts cover the widest rages of options and have more top end fun.

Morzine Ski Painting Ski Print and Ski Poster
Morzine Ski Painting Ski Print and Ski Poster

My four top picks are Tignes / Val d’Isere and Verbier, Portes Du Soleil and 3 Valleys. Its hard to choose between these 3 resorts as they each have their own plus points and all are not to be missed.

Tignes and Val D’Isere in Espace Killy are one of my favourites. Its a great choice for early season skiing and a bit of early off piste action. Unlike a lot of resorts the off piste is ready here a lot earlier needing less snow cover. Its high and the Grande Motte Glacier is a super expanse of open space which can attract some wonderful snow conditions. When you reach the top of Grand Motte Glacier on the cable car you will see why I love this place, even in a snow storm this place rocks. Try a coffee at the top of the Funicular first to put you above cloud 9.

Nendaz Ski Painting
Nendaz Ski Painting

Its also pretty close to drive too from the UK. The pistes are varied with some real challenges on and off piste. The resort is pretty expansive and great fun to explore. The off piste is easy to access. Lift access from the resorts is pretty amazing and at 2000m you usually have snow to the back door. The only downsides are lack of wooded areas for those white out days, not much for the beginner and can get a bit busy early season when its the only place with snow….. and the typical French issues of crazy skiers, terrible coffee and food which is nearly edible, but really not that great. So self cater and take your own coffee machine with you in your back pack and that sorts out a lot of these worrying issues. The Sun Cafe in Val is a good stop for me. One of the small downsides to this area is getting there is not so easy from Geneva Airport, but it can be done by train or bus Bens Bus, or Alti Bus or better still hire a car. Other options include the Snow Train to Bourg Dt Maurice and then the local Alti Bus which is a different option or to Grenoble or Chambery and get the bus, Bens Bus, or Alti Bus or slightly more complicated the SNCF Train as you have to get to the train station.

Take a look at the Tignes Val D’Isere Piste Map just to see what a large ski area it is.

Val d'Isere Cafe ski painting
Val d’Isere Cafe ski painting

My second pick is Verbier in Switzerland or the Four Valleys . This choice is a bit of a conditional choice. If you have fresh power and are not there in peak season then this place is just epic. In fact it rides well above epic, its in the Heavenly region, with fluffy white clouds and angels floating around dropping star dust. You don’t believe me, but fresh powder in early December and at the top of Mt Fort on a narrow snowy ridge, with 2 cable cars worth of descent ahead of you into wide open powder bowls,,,, then tell me angels don’t exist.

Morzine Ski Painting
Morzine Ski Painting

But you have to avoid the crazy prices which means trying not to stay in Verbier. Take a look at dare I say it Siviez, one of my favourites. Anyone of you would look at Siviez and spot 3 apartment blocks, one bar in a tent and a minute shop….. But then think about it and look at the piste map here as it has the most unbelievable off piste access you can get. Take a look at Siviez and imaging after a big snow dump…. who will get to the snow first Verbier or Siviez ? So when this place dumps you get these incredible off piste patrolled areas under Mt Fort and these are huge indeed and such a blast in the early morning after a dump. Huge big bowls of powder and from the top of Mt Fort to Siviez that is one amazing descent of free flowing powder junkies heaven on wood. There is a little bit of wood land for white out days but not a lot, and over in Verbier can get too busy. Coffee is still not great but maybe a little better than the French unless you have a bulging wallet and can afford a boutique mountain cafe. Again self cater and take the portable coffee machine up the slopes with you and that beats it. Outside of Verbier the apartment rentals are actually pretty reasonable. You can get there by train and bus easily from Geneva Airport. Also Alpy Bus for shared transfers Its just the food that gets a bit pricey, but in my last visit in 2019 I noticed the mountain restaurants had tamed their crazy prices and they were actually a bit cheaper.

Take a look at the Verbier, Nendaz, Siviez For Valleys Piste Map

Grand Massif Flaine Snowboard Painting
Grand Massif Flaine Snowboard Painting

After these 2 resorts I have to put the next 3 in a kind of raffle for next prize. Why, because they all have something special but don’t quite tick the very top box, but they are pretty close to it and again sholdn’t be missed.

Portes Du Soleil, including Morzine, Avoriaz, Les Gets some beautiful small Swiss villages, Chatel, Champery, Montriond, Morgins Torgon, St-Jean-de Aulps, Abondance, La Chapelle d’ Abondance, Val-d’Illiez Les Crosets , Champoussin . This is a new entry onto my list. I have always discounted this place. Not challenging enough. Not enough good off piste options off the lift, and too low. But then I went there in a perfect week with lots of fresh snow and perfect conditions and it blew me away. While on paper it seems just as expansive as Tignes / Val and 3 Valleys it appeared to be a Tardis of a ski area and seemed never ending. Partly I am sure as it was my first trip, but it seemed to have lots of nooks and Crannies which went on forever and gave a real feeling of exploring a vast area of intricate villages. Take a look at the list of Beautiful Swiss villages in this ski area and you will see what I mean, this is quite some list of villages to ski between.

St Anton Ski Painting Off Piste
St Anton Ski Painting Off Piste

Morzine seemed to have a wonderful buzz about it for a French ski resort and Avoriaz was ok but being higher it had the better access to the mountains. So skiing being the trump card we stayed at Avoriaz, but my stomach would have quite liked Morzine. There were lots of friendly tasty cafes especially above Morzine and Les Gets which is not that common in these big French ski areas. At the top of the Swiss Wall there was an excellent cafe with great coffee, tea in large tea pots and smiling waiters. I think this was something to do with it being on the Swiss French Boarder line that somehow teleported it to a place outside of these 2 countries into an international zone where the food was weirdly good and the waiters oddly happy. The scenery over the Swiss wall was really epic, just stunning. Over at Morzine and Les Gets there was lots of tree line skiing for those snowy days. Very close to Geneva Airport makes this a really great choice with bus, Easy Bus and train options. SNCF Train to Cluses and then the local bus Alti Bus The only slight downs are no real epic top peaks to ski off, not really high for early season skis and not too challenging. But these are only very small downs in what is a great place.

take a look at the Portes Du Soeil Piste Map just to see how expansive it is.

Val d'Isere Ski Painting
Val d’Isere Ski Painting

More in the next installment next week. Follow me on Facebook to get to see the next instalment..

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Love to Ski Vail and Beaver Creek

Ski Print Vail Colorado

If you love to ski Vail and Beaver Creek, then you might just love these ski paintings by Pete Caswell.

Pete is an International Ski Artist who paints the best ski resorts around the globe. Pete has stayed in all the resorts of the 3 Valleys over the years to make unique paintings of each.

You can order his ski prints from his UK print site https://skiprints.co.uk/ For just 3 Valleys prints try  Vail and Beaver Creek Ski Prints

Or buy an original ski painting from the current collection at www.petecaswell.co.uk. Or just check out the Original Ski Paintings from Vail and Beaver Creek

Vail Ski Painting Chair 22
Vail Ski Painting Chair 22

Pete’s paintings are getting ever more popular and now is one of the best times to get one of his paintings while they are still affordable with prices from just a few hundred up to a a couple of thousand pounds.

Beaver Creek Skiing Painting
Beaver Creek Skiing Painting

For a bit more choice you can order off the international print site which has the full back catalogue of the paintings from this ski area. See shipping info https://petecaswell.co.uk/wp2/ski-prints/ and then go straight to Vail and Beaver Creek Ski Prints.

Pete also paintings some wonderful sunset paintings and sailing paintings and sunset Prints which are a great buy to brighten up your walls with a splash of bright light and wonder. Sunset Prints also at but do check the shipping info first.

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Love to Ski Aspen

Aspen Ski Print Colorado

If you love to ski Aspen in Colorado, then you might just love these ski paintings by Pete Caswell.

Pete is an International Ski Artist who paints the best ski resorts around the globe. Pete has stayed in all the resorts of the 3 Valleys over the years to make unique paintings of each.

Aspen Ski Print
Aspen Ski Print

You can order his ski prints from his UK print site https://skiprints.co.uk/ For just Aspen prints try  Aspen Ski Print

Aspen Ski Print
Ski Print and ski painting from Aspen in Colorado, Ajax (Aspen mountain) with the town in the background and the iconic Aspen gondola high above the tree line. Lots of texture in the autumnal inspired coloured trees. The lady’s in charge in this one with skiers heading off down the piste. Lots of texture and colours to take home.

Or buy an original ski painting from the current collection at www.petecaswell.co.uk. Or just check out the Original Ski Paintings from Aspen

Pete’s paintings are getting ever more popular and now is one of the best times to get one of his paintings while they are still affordable with prices from just a few hundred up to a a couple of thousand pounds.

Aspen Ski Print

For a bit more choice you can order off the international print site which has the full back catalogue of the paintings from this ski area. See shipping info https://petecaswell.co.uk/wp2/ski-prints/ and then go straight to Aspen Ski Prints.

Pete also paintings some wonderful sunset paintings and sailing paintings and sunset Prints which are a great buy to brighten up your walls with a splash of bright light and wonder. Sunset Prints also at but do check the shipping info first.

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Love to Ski Whistler

If you love to ski Whistler in Canada, then you might just love these ski paintings by Pete Caswell.

Pete is an International Ski Artist who paints the best ski resorts around the globe. Pete has stayed in all the resorts of the 3 Valleys over the years to make unique paintings of each.

You can order his ski prints from his UK print site https://skiprints.co.uk/ For just 3 Valleys prints try  Whistler Ski Prints

Or buy an original ski painting from the current collection at www.petecaswell.co.uk. Or just check out the Original Ski Paintings from Whistler

Pete’s paintings are getting ever more popular and now is one of the best times to get one of his paintings while they are still affordable with prices from just a few hundred up to a a couple of thousand pounds.

For a bit more choice you can order off the international print site which has the full back catalogue of the paintings from this ski area. See shipping info https://petecaswell.co.uk/wp2/ski-prints/ and then go straight to Whistler Ski Prints

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Love to Ski Megeve

Megeve Ski Print

If you love to ski 3 Valleys, Meribel, Courchevel and Val Thorens, then you might just love these ski paintings by Pete Caswell.

Pete is an International Ski Artist who paints the best ski resorts around the globe. Pete has stayed in all the resorts of the 3 Valleys over the years to make unique paintings of each.

You can order his ski prints from his UK print site https://skiprints.co.uk/ For just 3 Valleys prints try  Megeve Ski prints

Or buy an original ski painting from the current collection at www.petecaswell.co.uk. Or just check out the Original Ski Paintings from Megeve

Megeve Vintage Ski Poster in the French Alps
Megeve Vintage Ski Poster in the French Alps

Pete’s paintings are getting ever more popular and now is one of the best times to get one of his paintings while they are still affordable with prices from just a few hundred up to a a couple of thousand pounds.

For a bit more choice you can order off the international print site which has the full back catalogue of the paintings from this ski area. See shipping info https://petecaswell.co.uk/wp2/ski-prints/ and then go straight to Megeve Ski Prints.

Pete also paintings some wonderful sunset paintings and sailing paintings and sunset Prints which are a great buy to brighten up your walls with a splash of bright light and wonder. Sunset Prints also at but do check the shipping info first.

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Love to Ski Wengen Today

Wengen Ski Print

If you love to ski Wengen and Grindelwald, then you might just love these ski paintings by Pete Caswell.

Pete is an International Ski Artist who paints the best ski resorts around the globe. Pete has stayed in all the resorts of thein Switzerland over the years to make unique paintings of each.

You can order his ski prints from his UK print site https://skiprints.co.uk/ For just Wengen prints try  Wengen Ski Prints

 

Or buy an original ski painting from the current collection at www.petecaswell.co.uk. Or just check out the Original Ski Paintings from Wengen

For a bit more choice you can order off the international print site which has the full back catalogue of the paintings from this ski area, but do read shipping info https://petecaswell.co.uk/wp2/ski-prints/ and then go straight to Wengen Ski Prints in the international back catalogue

Pete’s paintings are getting ever more popular and now is one of the best times to get one of his paintings while they are still affordable with prices from just a few hundred up to a a couple of thousand pounds.

For a bit more choice you can order off the international print site which has the full back catalogue of the paintings from this ski area. See shipping info https://petecaswell.co.uk/wp2/ski-prints/ and then go straight to Wengen Ski Prints.

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Love to Ski Morzine Today

Morzine off Piste Skiing Painting

If you love to ski Portes Du Soleil and especially Morzine, then you might just love these ski paintings by Pete Caswell.

Swiss Wall Avoriaz Morzine ski painting and ski prints
Swiss Wall Avoriaz Morzine ski painting and ski prints

You can order his ski prints from his UK print site https://skiprints.co.uk/ For just Portes du Soleil prints try https://skiprints.co.uk/collections/france/portes-du-soleil#MainContent

Pete is an International Ski Artist who paints the best ski resorts around the globe. He only visited Portes du Soeil just a few years back and was blown away by the wonderful intricacy of such a large ski area with lots of amazing valleys tucked away on the edges of the resorts. And for France the food and hospitality was in a similar vein unbelievable, in particular the cafe at the top of the Swiss Wall was quite astoundingly good.

Or buy an original ski painting from the current collection at www.petecaswell.co.uk. Or just check out the Original Ski Paintings from Portes du Soleil

Pete’s paintings are getting ever more popular and now is one of the best times to get one of his paintings while they are still affordable with prices from just a few hundred up to a a couple of thousand pounds.

For a bit more choice you can order off the international print site which has the full back catalogue of the paintings from this ski area. See shipping info https://petecaswell.co.uk/wp2/ski-prints/ and then go straight to Portes du Soeil Ski Prints.

Pete also paintings some wonderful sunset paintings and sailing paintings and sunset Prints which are a great buy to brighten up your walls with a splash of bright light and wonder. Sunset Prints also at but do check the shipping info first.

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Love to Ski 3 Valleys Today

Courchevel Ski Print

If you love to ski 3 Valleys, Meribel, Courchevel and Val Thorens, then you might just love these ski paintings by Pete Caswell.

Meribel Ski Painting 3 valleys
Meribel Ski Painting 3 valleys

Pete is an International Ski Artist who paints the best ski resorts around the globe. Pete has stayed in all the resorts of the 3 Valleys over the years to make unique paintings of each.

Altiport Meribel Ski Print and ski poster
Altiport Meribel Ski Print and ski poster

You can order his ski prints from his UK print site https://skiprints.co.uk/ For just 3 Valleys prints try  3 Valleys Ski Prints

Ski Print Meribel
Ski Print Meribel

Or buy an original ski painting from the current collection at www.petecaswell.co.uk. Or just check out the Original Ski Paintings from 3 Valleys

Pete’s paintings are getting ever more popular and now is one of the best times to get one of his paintings while they are still affordable with prices from just a few hundred up to a a couple of thousand pounds.

For a bit more choice you can order off the international print site which has the full back catalogue of the paintings from this ski area. See shipping info https://petecaswell.co.uk/wp2/ski-prints/ and then go straight to 3 Valleys Ski Prints.

Three Valleys Skiing Painting
Three Valleys Skiing Painting

Pete also paintings some wonderful sunset paintings and sailing paintings and sunset Prints which are a great buy to brighten up your walls with a splash of bright light and wonder. Sunset Prints also at but do check the shipping info first.