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Win Oakley Tanner Hall Signature Ski Goggles Plus Signed Poster

clock 15th December 2014 | comment0 Comments

During the run up to Christmas we have a few giveaways to get you in the festive mood. Make sure you are following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep an eye out for the competitions. All competitions will run until the end of the month and we will announce the winners on Friday 2nd January 2015. First up we have a pair of new Oakley goggles up for grabs.

Tanner Hall

Tanner Hall is a professional freeskier from the USA. He has a long list of trophies and titles under his ‘skis’ including 10 x Winter X Games medallist and 11 x US Open Medallist. Last season Tanner went in search of powder at Revelstoke, his latest edit shows their epic powder day on the deepest day of the trip. Part 2 drops soon!

Oakley Canopy Ski Goggles

Oakley is one of the leading goggle brands, notable for top technologies and an innovative range of sporting accessories. They are a big player in the sports industry with a diverse range of professional athletes on the Oakley team. View the Oakley Goggles collection here

The Oakley Canopy has a large lens volume and low profile design to allow a wide view with maximum vision. The O-Flow Arch technology helps breathing and comfort on the nose.

Your Oakley Canopy Goggles comes with Emerald Iridium Lens:
• Ideal for medium to bright light
• 13% Visible light transmission
• Iridium coating to further tune contrast and reduce glare

Earlier this year we took a look at the new Oakley Flight Decks Goggles

Competition

Courtesy of Shade Station we are giving away this amazing pair of goggles (RRP £150) to one lucky person. For your chance to win a pair of Oakley Tanner Hall Canopy goggles plus a signed poster:

How to win

  1. Go to our Instagram page @igluski
  2. Look out for the competition post below on our Instagram page
  3. Follow us 
  4. Repost the image and tag @igluski either using Regram or take a screenshot and repost it to your page 
  5. Add the hashtag #igluskiholidays
  6. We will announce the winner on Instagram on Friday 2nd January 2015

Good luck!



Top 5 Ski Resorts in Italy

clock 12th December 2014 | comment0 Comments

Italy is a spectacular choice for a ski holiday, boasting some of the world’s best ski resorts it’s a destination that combines high altitude skiing, mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine plus an après ski scene in a league of its own.  Perhaps even more noteworthy is the affordable price tag and just how far your holiday budget can travel.  Italy offers a great collection of ski resorts and the diversity on offer means that everyone from pro skiers, to first time beginners and winter sports fans can find their perfect winter escape.

Get started on planning your ideal Italian ski holiday with help from our top 5 resorts listed below.

5. Sauze d’Oulx 


Sauze d’Oulx has long held the torch for being a popular party destination and has had Brits flocking in for the infectious après ski scene for decades.  But times have progressed from the days when parties overruled the pistes and  Sauze d’Oulx now flaunts an attractive balance of quality ski runs, mountain village charm and just the right amount of entertainment to ensure you don’t miss a full days skiing on one of the best pistes in the country.  Skiing at Sauze d’Oulx can be great fun for all levels with competent and skilled ski schools available for beginners, intermediates or those looking to pick up a few new advanced skills.  Evening meal times are a real treat with a flavoursome Mediterranean menu offered at many affordable restaurants.

4. Cervinia

Settled in the mountains of Northern Italy and spilling over into Switzerland, Cervinia is a popular snow sure resort offering a fantastic grand skiing area with useful links to Zermatt and Valtournenche.  Skiers of all levels can expect to be welcomed by excellent snow conditions with a virtually guaranteed top to bottom blanket of snow on the slopes. Cervinia is a perfect resort for beginners and intermediates with easy gradients providing ample opportunities for practice runs. Advanced skiers can enjoy a fantastic range of slopes by taking advantage of the easy links to other popular resorts. Fuel your days on the slopes with homemade Italian pizza and delicious fresh seafood.  Make some time to fully explore the resort as some of the best mountain restaurants are not pinpointed on the resort piste map.

3. Cortina

 



Meet the elite of the Italian ski world at Italy’s most fashionable and stylish resort.  As a previous host of the 1956 Winter Olympics and popular stop on the World Cup skiing circuit, Cortina d'Ampezzzo boasts premier skiing amongst the unbelievably magnificent backdrop of the Dolomite Mountains.  Shopping and lunching hold as much prime time here as skiing, due to the luxury boutiques and top class eateries lining the charming cobbled streets of Corso Italia, the epicentre of Italian skiing lux.  Keen skiers will appreciate the less crowded circuits (whilst more than half of Italian visitors parade their fur coats), perfectly groomed slopes and excellent selection of main skiing areas.  All levels of skier are welcome and if you want to learn how to ski in style then this affluently nicknamed   “Queen of the Dolomites” is the resort for you.

2. Val Gardena

A favourite destination for British visitors and affectionately known as the ‘holiday valley of the Dolomite’, Val Gardena is a fantastic ski area situated in the charming alpine region of South Tyrol.  With stunning scenery, idyllic pistes and enchanting wooden chalet-style accommodation, Val Gardena has all the ingredients for your next superb ski holiday.  Visitors to Val Gardena can choose to stay in one of three attractive villages, Ortisei, S.Cristina or Selva and make the most of the 1,200 km of pristine slopes.  Advanced skiers will love the Saslong World Cup piste and the Dolomiti Superski area whilst skiers of all levels can enjoy leisurely pursuits on the Sella Ronda circuit. Accommodation ranges from 5* luxury hotels to friendly guest houses and comfortable self-catered apartments.  Enjoy great music and cocktails from a stylish local lounge bar or admire the striking scenery and indulge in gourmet delights from any of the perfectly placed restaurants.

1. Courmayeur

Be wowed by the magnificence of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain and experience la dolce vita in the traditional alpine village of Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley.  Charming and rich in history, Courmayeur has the warm welcoming glow of a classic mountain community combined with a fabulous array of shops, restaurants and bars plus an alluring après ski scene.  Bordering France and with close proximity to Chamonix, advanced skiers can take full advantage of first rate ski slopes and enjoy a large area of great ski terrain.  Thrill seekers will be glad to know that Heli-skiing and off-piste skiing are popular past times in Courmayeur, whilst beginners and intermediates are well catered for upon the gentle mountain terrain.

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By Ciara



How to ski cheap in January

clock 10th December 2014 | comment0 Comments

If you love snow days, quiet pistes and short lift queues, then January is the ideal month for you. Along with off season ski deals and peaceful slopes, January is the perfect month to go to the mountains for any avid skier or snowboarder.

Once Christmas and New Year is over and children go back to school, you’ll find skiing in January one of the quietest points of the season. As companies aim to fill as much accommodation as possible, you will find cheap deals and offers for this time of year.


Conditions are normally excellent at this time of year as January tends to be the coldest month of winter, plus one of the snowiest. Many resorts will still be building up their snow bases, but with the low temperatures it is one of the most snow sure points of winter. Here is an overview of the snow last season:

January 2014 snow depths in popular ski resorts

Val d’Isere – 99cm
Tignes – 109cm
Meribel – 81cm
St Anton – 62cm
Les Arcs – 102cm
Alpe d’Huez – 139 cm
Val Thorens – 126cm
Zermatt – 153 cm
Avoriaz – 149 cm
Pas de la Casa – 135cm

Where to get the best ski deals

Whether you book last minute or in advance you will always find good deals for January. For an overview of the cheapest deals available, take a look at our cheap ski holidays page where you can view the lowest price for each departure date in January, including Friday departures and short breaks.

Our favourite cheap January deals

Self-catering Apartments

Cassiopee Apartments in La Plagne, France.
From £199 pp based on 3 people sharing on 3rd and 10th January

Located in the top village in La Plagne, Belle Plagne, these apartments are in the heart of the village and surrounded by the shops, restaurants and bars. It’s a perfect location to get out skiing quickly where you can either join the bubble in Belle Plagne to take you up the Roche de Mio, or the slopes are less than 50 m away where you can ski down to Bellecote to join the chairlifts.

Catered Chalet


Chalet Natalia II in Meribel Mottaret, France
From £417 pp based on 2 people sharing on 3rd January

Chalet Natalia 2 is also great for getting out on to the mountain quick as it is just 100m away from the slopes. Meribel Mottaret is located just above Meribel so you can enjoy the higher mountain views and avoid the lifts in the centre of Meribel.

Half Board Hotel

Hotel Aiguille Rouge in Les Arcs, France
From £449 pp based on 3 people sharing on 3rd January

Conveniently placed in ski in – ski out accommodation, this hotel has easy access to lifts and the ski area. Les Arcs has skiing suitable for all abilities, from the blue runs surrounding the Arc 2000 village to the variety of long blues and reds across the resort. Advanced skiers can enjoy the black pistes from Aiguille Rouge summit or take advantage of the extra 225km of skiing in neighbouring La Plagne.

View our snow reports from the slopes in January 2014

02 Jan 2014 – Sainte Foy, France

24 Jan 2014 – Morzine, France


By Krystelle

January skiing deals | Cheap Ski Holidays | Ultimate Apres Ski Guide



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