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clock 24th June 2015 | comment0 Comments
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An expert's guide to St Anton

clock 19th June 2015 | comment0 Comments

The experts at Iglu Ski have come together to offer you the ultimate guide to St Anton – one of the Alps’ snowiest resorts. Think Monaco Grand Prix blended with the Munich Beer Festival amongst skiing that rivals Val d’Isere.

St Anton is home to 380km of pistes, over 200km of off-piste and is served by more than 94 state-of-the-art lifts. Restaurants, bars and clubs are amongst some of the best in the Alps. Iglu Ski offers ski holidays to nearly 50 ski chalets in St Anton suitable for a range of group sizes. View our favourite St Anton chalets here.

It was tough to narrow down our favourites, but here are just some of our recommendations and top tips to make the most of your trip to St Anton.

Our favourite ski runs

St Anton has a well-deserved reputation for its exciting and varied runs. Below are some of our favourites on the Alberg Mountain.

On-piste

  1. Schindler
  2. Rendl
  3. Lech & Zurs
  4. Galzig
  5. Kapall 

For the more hard-core amongst you, some of the best runs can be found off-piste. Things are a little quieter around Sonnenkopf where the views are magnificent. We recommend heading out with a guide so they can show you their hidden gems.

Off-piste

  1. Valluga North Face 
  2. Schindler Chutes
  3. Sonnenkopf
  4. Galzig off-piste
  5. Schindlerkar 

Check out the St Anton piste map here.

Our favourite bars

The bars in St Anton are some of the craziest in the Alps with classic Austrian après madness, you’ll find beer steins galore accompanied by the occasional lederhosen.

  1. Moosewirt – with daily après from 3.30pm to 8pm, Moosewirt is one of the best party places on Alberg Mountain, with dancing on tables, a huge disco ball and Jaeger bombs aplenty 
  2. Krazy Kangaruh – the original home of après ski in St Anton hosts parties from dawn til dusk
  3. Fang House – the fun house in Nasserein with lots of charm and outdoor seating to soak up the sun
  4. Bar Cuba – a great sports bar and favourite of seasonaires, home to foosball and a large population of goggle tans
  5. Scotty’s Bar & Pizzeria – for cheap beer and good pizza, to be enjoyed a little later on in the evening 

Our favourite clubs

Après the après ski, there are two main places to party until 3am. The Kandahar Bar hosts some fantastic live music and DJs from all over the world; Piccadilly is also a popular go-to for late night fun.

Our favourite restaurants

  1. Hospiz Alm – gourmet fine dining in St Christoph for a blow-out meal after a long day on the slopes. There is even a slide to the bathroom to avoid snow-boot-related incidents!
  2. Pizzeria Pomodoro – for a lively atmosphere, world famous lasagne and the best pizza on the Alberg Mountain
  3. Bobos – Mexican bar and restaurant open daily from 5pm until 3am – good food and a great selection of cocktails
  4. Robi’s Rodel-Stall – to relax in front of an open fire at the end of the toboggan run, enjoy cheese fondue, their notorious spare ribs and a warm atmosphere
  5. Museum – for something a little different. The Museum is located just off the blue Galzig piste, a museum by day and candlelit gastronomic delight by night; it was also used as the exterior filming location for the chalet in British comedy, Chalet Girl.

We recommend you visit…

St Anton in February for the best skiing, but we recommend a March trip for the best après. As always, the weather can be unpredictable so with that in mind – we’d say St Anton is a great destination all year round.

More reasons to love St Anton

  1. Short transfer time from airport – approximately an hour
  2. Short flight from London – around one and a half hours
  3. In it for more than just skiing? St Anton offers some great facilities:
    1. Toboggan run – a popular activity for all and free to use, the course runs from Gampen to the Rodelstall and takes around 15 minutes to complete with a vertical elevation of 1,670 feet. Toboggans are available to rent at all good sports shops – they cost around 9 euros. 
    2. Wellness centre – for the ultimate relaxation with outstanding views of the mountain, here you’ll find an outdoor heated pool, an indoor pool, outdoor flume, paddling pool and spa area. 
    3. Arl.rock Sport Park – activity centre offering climbing, bouldering, bowling, tennis and more. 
  4. There’s a broad range of accommodation in St Anton, from the lavish to the on-budget, there is something for everyone. 

Some final advice…

  1. St Anton is a great fit for intermediate to advanced skiers; pistes classified as blues here would generally be red in other resorts. With that said – there are some great beginner slopes in Nasserein and Gampen. 
  2. It’s worth a ski over to Lech where you’ll find some great off-piste skiing. Under the bridge towards Stuben, the piste runs parallel to cars driving down the road – overtake one and take a selfie. The look on their face is a picture!
  3. Sonnenkopf is a bus away but definitely worth the journey to escape the crowds
  4. Don’t be put off by staying in Nasserein, there’s great access to the skiing and it’s only a flat 10 minute walk to the centre of town, plus regular buses
  5. Innsbruck and Zurich are nearby if you wanted to take a city break at the same time – both transferable by train if you wanted to avoid coach transfers
  6. A seven day lift pass is €240 for adults and €142 for children, half day and beginner passes are also available

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Any other recommendations? Disagree with us? Comment below.

We hope you enjoy!

The Iglu Ski team x



Top 5 celebrity ski hotspots

clock 18th June 2015 | comment0 Comments

Live the celebrity lifestyle for a week and discover some of your best-loved A-lister’s favourite ski destinations. Many celebrities set aside a week of their busy schedules each winter to go skiing in their preferred ski resorts. These chic ski towns are filled with designer shops, ritzy hotels, glamorous bars and swanky restaurants.

You don’t need to be a millionaire to experience these fantastic ski areas, we offer great value ski holidays to these resorts* so you can go skiing on the same slopes as Posh and Becks without the hefty price tag.

Take a look at top celebrity ski destinations:

 

St Moritz, Switzerland

5. Meribel, France

Nestled at the heart of the largest ski area in the world, Meribel is no stranger to hosting famous people. There are very few hotels here so celebrities can enjoy the privacy of their very own luxury ski chalet holiday. The restaurants and bars aren’t as glitzy as neighbouring resort Courchevel, so this is perfect for anyone wanting some quality time with friends and family away from the crowds.

You may have to look a little harder for celebrities here but many have their own properties in this charming village in the 3 Valleys. Emma Watson purchased a luxury chalet in 2008 for £1 million and now the demand for property in Meribel has increased so much that it is now rumoured to be is worth between 3-4 million.

Celebrities spotted in Meribel:

- Prince William and Kate Middleton
- Natalie Imbruglia
- Sophie Ellis-Bextor

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Left to Right: Meribel ski resort. Sophie Ellis Bextor in resort, photo: The Mirror. Prince William and Kate Skiing, photo: Rex Features

4. Zermatt, Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the first-rate ski countries in the World. Home to iconic mountains, the most peaks over 4000 m and an elite ski scene fit for the rich and famous.

Settled under the illustrious Matterhorn, Zermatt is a picturesque alpine village filled with gourmet restaurants, cosy ski chalets and world-class skiing.

Celebrities spotted in Zermatt:

- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
- Phil Collins
- Vanessa-Mae and Frida Lyngstad (Abba) have homes in here

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Zermatt ski resort

3. Courchevel, France

With over 600 km of pistes on its doorstep, Courchevel is certainly rich in ski terrain. 1850 is the most chic of the villages which is home to six star hotels, Michelin star restaurants and glamourous shops. At peak season uber-rich Russians doned in fur lined ski wear fill the resort and can be spotted sipping their Dom Perignon at apres. This elegant ski town is full of alpine charm and a favourite of many of the Iglu team and the stars.

Celebrities spotted in Courchevel:

- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Posh and Becks
- Pippa Middleton
- Geri Halliwell

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Left to Right: Courchevel ski resort.  Posh and Becks, photo: Daily Mail. Leonardo DiCaprio in resort, photo: EOnline

2. Aspen, USA

Aspen ski resort is playground for millionaires and superstars. This ski haven is renowned for its exclusivity and harbors some of the most expensive properties in the US. With designer shops like Dior and Gucci amongst the delectable bistros, it’s no wonder this is a hot spot for the A-listers. A top location to spot a celeb is in the chic 5 star hotel The Little Nell.

Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia are regular visitors to the resort, having spent 3 previous Presidents’ Day weekends skiing in Aspen.

Other celebrities spotted in Aspen:

- Mel Gibson
- Kate Hudson
- Mariah Carey
- Paris Hilton
- Jay Z and Beyonce
- Antonio Banderas
- Ben Fogle

Aspen ski resort

1. St Moritz, Switzerland

Famed for its annual snow Polo World Cup on the frozen lake of St Moritz, this prestigious event started more than 30 years ago and draws in more than 12 000 spectators and a host of top celebrities.

At peak times, the resorts very own airport brings in more than 40 private jets a day so the rich and famous can enjoy the Swiss slopes or a ‘designer’ getaway to enjoy the fine amenities of the resort.

With designer shops, exclusive sporting events and superb spas, St Moritz is always at the top of the exclusivity lists. You’ll find the biggest names in fashion here including, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Roberto Cavalli and Versace.

The best places to spot a celeb in resort are Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, Break 7, Roo Bar, Hanselmann tea room and the Polo World Cup.

Celebrities spotted in St Moritz:

- Robbie Williams
- Claudia Schiffer
- George Cloony
- Charlie Chaplin
- Alfred Hitchcock
- John Travolta
- Robert De Niro
- Elizabeth Hurley
- Tina Turner
- Naomi Campbell
- Boris Becker married his model wife here

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Left to Right: St Moritz at night. Naomi Campbell, photo: Daily Mail. Boris Becker getting married in St Moritz, photo: OK

Other celebrity hotspots:

Klosters - The Royals
Deer Valley - Dustin Hoffman, Bruce Springsteen and John Travolta
Telluride - Tom Cruise and Oprah
Verbier - Richard Branson
Val d’Isere - Jamie Oliver
Obertauern - The Beatles filmed ‘Help’ here
Champéry- Noel Gallagher
Crans Montana - Roger Moore
Cortina d'Ampezzo - Peter Sellers and Frank Sinatra

Have you ever spotted a celebrity on the slopes? Tell us on Twitter @igluski 

 

By Krystelle 

*We do not offer ski holidays in Aspen



7 ski destinations you never knew existed

clock 10th June 2015 | comment0 Comments

Try something totally unique for your next ski adventure and upgrade your skiable country conceptions to include some truly life changing terrain. You’ve likely been to France, Austria, North America and skied the slopes of some serious big hitters, either that or your friends have and consistently remind you of how uh-mazing it was. Go bigger and better with some superstar ski facts on where you plan to conquer next, how about Hawaii for starters?

Top far-out ski havens you need to experience

National Park Torres del Paine, Chile

Hawaii

Picture Hawaii and you’re probably seeing swaying palm trees, fire side hula dances and somewhat of a surfers paradise. But look beyond the tropical front line and you’ll also discover Mount Kea, Hawaii’s skiable White Mountain reaching 4205m high. Not for the faint of heart, this dormant volcano allows for some seriously high skiing, plus the lack of resort facilities mean only the adventurous need apply.

 

India

Rising up as an escape from India’s soaring summer temperatures, Gulmarg is a hill station of Kashmir which now boasts India’s most famed ski resort. High up in the Himalayas, this resort provides astonishing mountain views and also plays host to Asia’s highest gondola. With strong expectations of snow-sure seasons and the bonus of towering terrain, Gulmarg feeds the urge of those needing a completely new adventure.

 

Gulmarg ski resort, India

Japan

A cultural explosion and sensory wonderland, Japan is a popular destination for many reasons. No stranger to snow fans, Japan hosts in excess of 500 ski resorts, unparalleled scenery and pure powder. Rusutsu resort in Hokkaido is fast becoming one of Japan’s most popular resorts. Comprised of three skiable mountains and combining top class skiing with quirky Japanese conventions. Be sure to ski through the abandoned theme park for an unforgettable run.

 

Ski through a theme park in Rusutu. Photo from Japan Ski Experience


Powder lines in Niseko, Japan

South Africa

Five hours drive from Johannesburg and sitting pretty in the Maluti Mountains lies Afriski. This snow coated South African wonder is best for skiing and snowboarding during June and July, meaning you can still get your fix outside of the typical ski season. All levels are catered for, from the top class tuition for beginners to Lesotho’s notable passion for adventure. Their après ski game is strong with unique drink challenges and the highest restaurant in Africa.

 

Afriski Mountain Resort

Australia

You might be inclined to head down under for beach fun, water sports, sizzling BBQ’s and a laid back lifestyle, but did you know that Australia also hosts some pretty awesome skiing? Snow fans and adrenaline junkies should head to the south west, stopping by New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania for a taste of Australian alpine life. Ski eucalyptus tree lined runs and experience a unique après the Aussie way. Popular ski resorts include Perisher, Thredbo, Falls Creek and Mount Buller.

 


Perisher, New South Wales

South Korea

Hosts of the 2018 Winter Olympics, South Korea has been a favourite amongst ski stars for years; and now it serves a purpose to all wanting a winter adventure with a big cultural injection. Yongpyong in the Gangwan-do region is Korea’s largest ski and snowboard resort and quickly emerging as the most popular. The Rainbow slope comes equipped with plenty junctions and courses making it one of the best in Korea, whilst beginners can let loose and crash-free on the ultra-wide beginner slope.

 

Top of the Rainbow Lift at Yongpyong resort (Pyeongchang)

Chile

Chile offers a completely alternative ski/ snowboarding experience, with its diverse climate and lively Latin American culture. Chile’s snow coated resorts can be found high in the elevated Andean mountain range, providing ultimate dope slopes and views to die for. Get your thrills skiing steaming volcanoes before savouring their famous Chilean red wine to unwind.

 

Fresh powder in Portillo, Chile


DC Snowboarding in Chile

 

If you liked this blog, read our top 5 once in a lifetime ski experiences or top 5 hidden gems

For a powder-filled ski holiday next season try Canada or Japan

By Ciara



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