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9 ski and snowboard personalities

clock 26th January 2016 | comment0 Comments

We’ve all bumped into one of these on a chairlift and you can often see them coming from a mile away. Ski resorts are full of weird and wonderful people that all share a love for the mountains and our beloved winter sport. What’s your ski personality?

1. Old Pro



The Old Pro

 

2. Powder Hound



Powder Hound

 

3. The Seasoniare



The Seasoniare

 

4. Forever Young Father



 Forever Young Father

 

5. Extreme Infant



Extreme Infant

 

6. All Gear No Idea



All Gear No Idea

 

7. Ski Chic



Ski Chic

 

8. Park Rat



 

9. Super Mum



Super Mum

 



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12 funny ski run names that you won’t believe actually exist

clock 27th October 2015 | comment1 Comments

Winter is coming, will you be shredding one another of these hilariously named pistes this season?

 

1. Doom & Gloom, Whistler


 

Nothing like a bit of Doom and Gloom after tackling Stefan's Chute & Cockalorum.

 

2. Devil's Crotch, Breckenridge


Devil's Crotch, Breckenridge

 

This hellish double diamond expert piste isn’t for the faint hearted

 

3. Steeper Than Hell, Snowbird

 

Steeper Than Hell, Snowbird

 

Snowbird: Hitting the nail on the head since 1971

 

4. Glory Hole, Alta

 

Glory Hole, Alta

 

I wonder what goes on here...

 

5. Schattberg, Saalbach

 

Schattberg, Saalbach

 

Because we’re all still kids at heart!

 

6. Idiot's Delight, Alpine Meadows

 

Idiot's Delight, Alpine Meadows

 

Locals say you have to be stupid to actually take this route

 

7. Tom's Mom, Brekenridge

 

 

*Insert riding Tom's Mom joke here*

 

8. Adios Mother F*****, Snowmass

 

AMF Snowmass

 

Steep as f***

 

9. Harakiri, Mayrhofen

 

Harakiri, Mayrhofen

 

A ski run that compares itself to the ‘abdomen cutting’ samurai suicide ritual, it is the steepest slope in Austria after all.

 

10. Goat's Head Soup, Sunshine Village

 

 

Goat’s Head Soup, Goat’s Eye Gardens, Cleavage, Ewe First, Mother-in-Law, Think Again, Bushwhackers and Chicken. What were these guys on when naming this area.

 

11. Organ Grinder, Sugarbush

 

Organ Grinder, Sugarbush

 

Your body will be pulverised after this long and steep piste

 

12. Spanky's Ladder, Whistler Blackcomb

 

 

…how do they come up with these names!

 

And one more for luck

 

Our friends at PlanetSKI in Marmot Basin... Does it mean the same thing in Canada as it does in Britain?

 

 

And then you have Knob Hill, Knob Bowl and Knob Traverse leading off Knob Chair. Find out more about The Knob in PlanetSKI's Banff to Jasper blog

 

Other favourites include:

Shaft & Climax, Mammoth

Dick's Ditch, Jackson Hole

Psychopath, Breckenridge

Beer Belly, Red Mountain

Kill the Banker & Big Woody, Revelstoke

Big Doo Doo, Alyeska

 

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The Top 10 Best Hollywood Ski Films

clock 16th July 2015 | comment0 Comments

Snow where are you?? It’s that time of the year again, the long summer months are here and news of fresh powder on the slopes feels like a distant memory. So here at Iglu Ski we have put together a wintry themed list of Hollywood movies involving skiing and ski resorts that are so frosty you really should watch in the warmth of summer.

Without further ado and in no particular order, I give you the Top 10 Best Hollywood Ski Films.

 

 

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

Hot Tub Time Machine is an adventure comedy that follows a group of best friends who've become bored with their adult lives. In an attempt to reconnect and reminisce about the Good ole days the group revisit Fernie Alpine ski resort in British Columbia, Canada. After a crazy night of drinking in a hot tub the men wake up back in 1986. With the chance to amend past mistakes, rekindle lost relationships and improve their own lives in the future firmly in their own hands as well as the consequences.

 

 

Frozen (2010)

 

Not to be confused with the children (and adult) Disney hit film of 2014. This Frozen is the terrifying tale of three eager snowboarders, whose endeavour to get one last run, takes a turn for the worst with them fighting for their lives. Joy soon turns to despair when they get stranded high up on a mountain ski lift when a storm approaches, and the realisation that the resort will be shut for the whole week sinks in.

Stuck in the bitter cold the trio take their chance at survival to get off the lift and back down to the resort. Filmed at Snowbasin near Ogden in Utah and without giving away too much, hypothermia isn’t the only thing they have to fear.

 

 

Chalet Girl (2011)

Set in St Anton, Chalet Girl is a charming romantic comedy that brings the resort life to the big screen. Think chick-flick with snowboards, Chalet girl tells the tale of former skateboarding champion Kim who has become resigned to working in a fast food restaurant until she gets the surprise job opportunity to work for a wealthy family in the Alps. After being whisked away from England her fun filled adventure begins, full of love, heart-break, partying and a turbulent time in her new job, she enters a snowboarding competition with the dreams of winning the huge cash prize.

 

 

Dumber and Dumber in Aspen (1995)

Dumb and Dumber is a comedy classic, full of hi-jinx and slapstick comedy, the two good-natured but dimwit friends set out on a cross-country trip to Aspen, Colorado to return a briefcase full of money to its owner, only to be pursued by a group of criminals who are also after the briefcase. Aspen, known for its extravagant hotels and picturesque mountain views is comically described by Jim Carey as "a place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano”. Take a look at this laughter filled adventure.

 

 

Happy Feet (2006)

Okay, okay! We know this film is an animation that doesn’t feature skiing or ski resorts, but hey those penguins are incredible body boarders. And who doesn’t love a musical themed heartfelt story about a courageous penguin that is unable to sing like the rest of his kind, but instead is inspired to tap dance in the hope of winning the affection of the penguin he loves.

 

 

Inception (2010)

This science fiction heist thriller, featuring a star ensemble cast with leading man Dom (Leonardo DiCaprio) who sets out on an impossible task fulfil his redemption. Dom acquires a team of specialists to perform corporate espionage using an experimental military technology to infiltrate the subconscious of their targets and extract information while experiencing shared dreaming. This mind boggling movie features an adrenaline fuelled scene high up in the mountains where the team are trying to destroy a snow covered fortress.

 

 

The World is Not Enough (1999)

With the world’s oil supplies hanging in the balance, James Bond is assigned to diffuse an international power struggle and protect the daughter of an oil tycoon. Though filming for this movie took place all around the world, the most iconic scene of the whole movie is undoubtedly set on the slopes. Pierce Brosnan & Elktra King expertly navigate their way down the slopes with the breath-taking mountains ofChamonix in the background, before battling villains in the sky on flying snowmobiles. For more action packed clips of James Bond on the slopes check out our must read blog.

 

 

Cool Running's (1993)

Based on the true story of four Jamaican bobsledders, who dream of competing in the 1988 Winter Olympics despite having never seen snow. With the help of a disgraced former champion desperate to redeem himself, this joyful feel good comedy follows the Jamaican hopefuls as they set out to become worthy of Olympic selection, and go all out for glory. Cool Running’s is the charming tale of determined underdogs, with plenty of laughs, moments of real tension, and five engaging performances, this is a definite must watch.

 

 

Out Cold (2001)

Combining outrageous comedy, awesome snowboarding and the most over the top après-ski antics you’ve ever seen on the big screen. Out Cold, captures that youthful time in our lives where the party and fun never seems like it is going to end. Set in the fictional tiny-town of Bull Mountain, Colorado – a winter wonderland of snow, skiing and snowboarding. A place where there's always fluffy powder to plow through and hilarious friends around every corner.

 

 

Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason (2004)

Whether you’re shaking your head in admiration or shaking your head in despair, the hopeless lovable Bridget Jones never fails to raise a smile. The edge of reason takes Bridget on a hilarious and unexpected new journey as she navigates the treacherous territory of modern love without ever losing her inimitable sense of humour.

One of the film’s most iconic scenes takes place in Lech, Austria where Bridget loses her composure after convincing herself she’s pregnant and ends up slaloming down the slopes before inadvertently gate-crashing a professional ski race and whizzing off piste and miraculously ending up in the resort pharmacy. This jolly movie is a must watch if you haven’t already!

 

 

Now that’s what you call a great list, by the time you’ve watched them all it might just be time to start dusting off your skis and preparing for your winter ski break with IGLU Ski. Let us know your favourite film from our list in the comments section below.

By Myles

 

(Here at IGLU Ski we promote safe drinking and encourage everyone to act responsible on the slopes.)



Top 5 reasons we love spring skiing

clock 1st April 2015 | comment0 Comments

Skiing in March and April is our favourite time of the ski season. Days get longer and temperatures start to warm up so you can relish in the brilliant ski conditions in the morning then hit the bars in the afternoon and soak up après in the sun on a mountain top terrace.

End of season skiing is a popular option for skiers and snowboarders as there is more availability in favoured accommodations and families can enjoy a cheaper ski holiday in the Easter break compared to the high prices at Christmas and half term. Here are our top 5 reasons why we love spring skiing:

1. The Sunshine

There’s nothing better than carving up the mountain with the sun beating down on your back. You don’t have to cart around lots of layers, you can sunbathe in between ski runs and you’ll have that special code worn only by fellow skiers and boarders – a cracking goggle tan so that everyone knows you’ve just returned fresh from the slopes.

 

2. Longer Days

More sunshine = longer days = lifts are open longer = more time out in the snow! Do we need to say any more?

 

3. It’s cheaper

As the slopes get emptier, the prices get cheaper, meaning that a last minute ski holiday is a great way to save the pennies. You'll have a bigger choice of accommodation as chalets and ski in - ski out accommodation won't sell out quite so fast. If you’re looking to squeeze in your second holiday of the season without using up all of your budget, then now’s the time.

If you don't have the time to enjoy a full week on the slopes, there are a number of Weekend Ski Breaks available so you can squueze in that last ski adventure of the season.

Take a look at Last Minute Ski Deals

 

4. The slopes are empty

As the spring months draw nearer, the slopes become quieter and quieter. Airport transfers become much smoother and faster and there are much smaller queues for chairlifts, lunch stops and bars. You’ll have more time to enjoy the breathtaking mountain views, rather than rushing to be first on the lifts.

You'll find that there's much more space on the pistes and if you are lucky enough to enjoy a late season powder day, you’ll be able to ski more fresh laps.

Spring is also a great time to bring along the kids and those who are just learning so they can focus more on their riding and less on trying to dodge others!

 

5. End of season parties

Experience some top après as resort bars aim to drink dry the last of their stock, ready to close down for the summer. You’ll find plenty of closing celebrations at just about every resort with live music, BBQ’s and of course, snow – a perfect combination!

The end of season also brings along a lot of festivals, such as SnowbombingSnowboxx and Zermatt Unplugged.

 

Snowboxx festival at Folie Douce, Alpe d'Huez

 

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