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New ski lifts for 2017

clock 6th July 2016 | comment3 Comments

Every ski season there are hundreds of new ski lifts and upgrades in ski resorts across the world. As technology advances and ski resorts grow in popularity they continue to improve and advance current transportation links across their mountains. Discover the latest ski lifts news for 10 top resorts in Europe and North America.

 

 

La Plagne, France

La Plagne has teamed up with MND Group to equip the famous resort with a new generation detachable 6 seater chairlift. One of the major innovations of these new chairlifts is the detachable grip technology that connects the chairlift to the cable, improving performance and maintenance. This innovative ski lift, Envers is planned to replace the old Coqs lift in Aime 2000.

Val d’Isere, France

Work continues on the 2 year plan to redevelop the Solaise area in Val d’Isere. A new 10 person gondola will replace the current Solaise Express to increase capacity to 3600 skiers per hour. The ski lift will have 91 bubbles and each one will be fitted with heated seats and wifi.

Read more about the Solaise upgrades in Val d’Isere.

 

 

Chamonix, France

There will be 2 new ski lifts in the Brévent/Flégère region in Chamonix this winter. La Parsa will be upgraded to a new 6 seater high speed detachable chairlift to increase capacity to 3000 skiers per hour and the old TK 2000 draglift will be a replaced with a modern version. Both new lifts will increase travel times and the flow in this region.

Saas Fee, Switzerland

The 4 seater Von Roll gondola that was built in Saas Fee in 1976 will be replaced this summer with a new 10 seater gondola. Project Spielbodenbahn has already begun and the new gondola is planned to open on 22 December 2016, when the season begins. The enhanced cableway will reduce journey time by more than a half and will include free wifi in every bubble.

 

Project New Spielboden Gondola. Photo: Sass Fee

 

Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria

There are several new lifts planned in the Saalbach-Hinterglemm area this year: A new 10 seater cable car will replace the old Schönleitenbahn in Saalbach, increasing capacity to 3200 skiers per hour. Another new 10 seater cable car will connect the Zwölferkogel and the lifts in the area of the Westgipfel. Lastly the Oberschwarzachlift will be upgraded to a double drag lift.

St Anton/Stuben/Lech/Zurs, Austria

A huge new project was announced earlier this year to link the Stuben/St Christoph/St Anton side of the Arlberg ski area with Lech/ Zürs. Currently you can only travel between the resorts by road, but the new Flexenbahn gondola will link the resorts together creating the largest linked ski area in Austria.

Read more about the New ski lifts in Arlberg.

 

The new Flexenbahn cableway. Photo: St Anton am Arlberg

 

Solden, Austria

A new, 10 seater, ultra-modern cable car will replace the Giggijochbahn in Solden. This will increase capacity to 4500 skiers per hour.

Trysil, Norway

Great news for the Norwegian ski resort, a new 6 seater express lift is being built from Skihytta to the top of Trysilfjellet Mountain to replace 2 T-bar lifts. The Skihytta Ekspress will be high-backed with wind bubbles and heated seats. The new chairlift aims to boost skiing in the Trysil hugely.

 

The Skihytta Ekspress. Photo: Skistar

 

Jackson Hole, USA

After last year’s new Teton lift was a grand success, Jackson Hole is planning a new gondola between Bridger Gondola and Teewinot chairlift called the Sweetwater Gondola.

Vail, USA

The Sun Up lift in the Black Bowls will be the final old school chairlift to be replaced in Vail. From winter 2016/2017 there will be a new high speed quad chairlift.

 

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EU referendum: What does this mean for ski holidays

clock 24th June 2016 | comment1 Comments

In light of the UK referendum vote where the UK has voted to leave the European Union, we wanted to inform British skiers and snowboarders about necessary details for their winter 2016/17 plans.

As of 27th June 2016, prices of ski holidays for next season haven’t changed, although some packages that include lift pass and ski hire have increased because of exchange rates, such as the Ski All In deals. Iglu Ski still have a large range of early booking offers and ski deals available with deposits from just £99 pp. View our latest ski deals here.


ABTA released this official statement on Friday 24th July 2016:

The Prime Minister has stated that there will be no initial change in the way people travel. Travellers are as free to move between the UK and the EU as they were yesterday, European Health Insurance cards remain valid and regulations such as Air Passenger Rights remain in place. People due to travel this summer will see little changes to their holiday. Once the UK formally notifies the EU of its intention to leave, the remaining Member States will have up to two years to offer the UK a deal for a future trading relationship and during this period holidaymakers will not see any immediate changes.

However, the fall in value of the pound will have an immediate impact on holidaymakers and their spending power overseas.




What does Brexit mean for your ski holiday booking?

The UK has two years to leave and negotiations will take time so none of the EU rules and regulations will change immediately.

When the UK formally notifies the EU of its intention to leave, the remaining member states will have up to two years to offer the UK a deal for a future trading relationship.

For the time being it is business as usual.

Will my EHIC card still be valid?

The EHIC card is the European Health Insurence Card that gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare on holiday in another EEA country or Switzerland. The UK has two years to leave and negotiations will take time so none of the EU rules and regulations will change immediately. 

EHIC exists within a group known as the European Economic Area. Therefore, the future of Britons' EHIC cover could depend on whether the UK decided to sever ties with the EEA.

How will this affect currency exchange?

At the moment the biggest change for holidaymakers is the shift in exchange rates. With a weaker pound, travellers will be receiving less Euros to the pound when changing up money for their holiday. Pre book in advance and check a comparison website for the best rate for you.


Pre-book and pre-pay extras

Currency exchange rates seem to be the principal concern for many in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote, one way to mitigate against unfavourable exchange rates is to book inclusive packages and pre-book your extras.

Ski packs and lift passes can be pre-booked for your ski holiday. View All Inclusive Ski Holidays.


View further Q&A’s from ABTA 

ABTA are the UK’s largest travel association, representing both travel agents and tour operators. Iglu Ski (Iglu.com) is a member of ABTA to support and protect our customer’s holidays by abiding to the ABTA code of conduct.Find out more here.



New ski chalets for 2017

clock 22nd June 2016 | comment0 Comments

For winter 2016/2017 we have a huge range of new chalets and hotels in France and Austria perfect for families and groups. From newly built chalets in La Plagne to high end hotels in Lech, there is a wide range of new properties to the Iglu Ski programme that cater for all tastes.

As Iglu Ski works with over 90% of UK ski tour operators we have the largest variety of new chalets, hotels and accommodation anywhere. For winter 2016/2017 we already have 32 new chalets and hotels added to our growing collection, with more still to come!

Courchevel


The Founets Aval and Amont are 2 new luxury chalets located in the glamorous corner of Courchevel, surrounded by boutiques, Michelin star restaurants and other five and six star accommodations. Chalet Benjamin and Samuel are modern chalets set within the same new complex in Courchevel Village. The excellent location makes these 2 properties ski in – ski out and just 50m from town.

New ski chalets in Courchevel:

Chalet Founets Aval
Chalet Founets Amont
Chalet La Vielle Forge
Chalet Benjamin
Chalet Samuel

 

Chalet Founets Amont

Chalet Founets Amont


Val d’Isere

Located in the middle of the high street in the heart of Val d’isere are Chalet Pic Noir, Ptarmigan and Perdrix. Filled with wooden cladding, high end fixtures and stunning views across the village, these new chalets are a fantastic option for an extravagant stay in one of the best ski resorts in the world.

New ski chalets in Val d'Isere:

Chalet Pic Noir

Chalet Ptarmigan

Chalet Perdrix

Chalet d'Isere

 

Skiing in Val d'Isere

Val d'Isere

 

La Plagne

Chalet Rose and Lily are two new premium ski in – ski out chalets located in La Plagne Centre, overlooking the pistes, ski lifts and nursey slopes.

Plagne Soleil have been busy building several new chalet complexes for this winter and we are delighted to be able to offer 7 new chalets, sleeping between 7 and 14 people, for winter 2016/17. These chalets are perfectly positioned just 100m from the slopes with quick and easy access to the La Bergerie chairlift. A regular bus service runs between Plagne Soleil and la Plagne Centre so you aren’t restricted to the one village once the slopes are closed.

New chalets in La Plagne:

Chalet Benoite

Chalet Campanula

Chalet Crocus Blanc

Chalets Hellebore

Chalet Hepatica

Chalet Iris Bleu

Chalet Silene

Chalet Rose

Chalet Lily

Chalet Guillaume

 

Chalet Rose

Chalet Rose

 

La Rosiere

This collection of ‘James Bond’ chalets are fantastically located just 400m of the ski lifts, ski school meeting points and nursey slopes in La Rosiere 1850. Chalet Beretta, Daniel and Tomasz have been built to a high standard and are extremely spacious.

New chalets in La Rosiere:

Chalet Beretta

Chalet Daniel

Chalet Tomasz

 

La Rosiere

La Rosiere

 

Alpe d’Huez

Chalet Viking is a brilliant value chalet close to both the town centre and slopes of Alpe d'Huez. Sleeping up to 24 people, it is an excellent choice for large groups who like to ski hard during the day then party hard in the evening at one of the many busy bars and clubs. Chalet Percheron and Rebeque are better suited for smaller groups as they sleep 8 people each.

New chalets in Alpe d'Huez:

Chalet Viking

Chalet Percheron

Chalet Rebeque

 

Chalet Viking

Chalet Viking

 

St Anton

Chalet Cirrus, Stratus and Nimbus are 3 luxury chalets new to our winter 2016/17 programme. The chalets are located between the Rendl and Galzig lifts allowing easy access to both sides of the St Anton mountains and the vibrant resort centre.

We are pleased to now offer 3 chalets in the Chalet Amelia complex for this coming winter. Amelia 4, 6 and 12 are premimum chalets that are perfect for small groups or larger groups that can be spread across the 3 chalets.

New chalets in St Anton:

Chalet Stratus

Chalet Cirrus

Chalet Nimbus

Chalet Amelia 4

Chalet Amelia 6

Chalet Amelia 12

 

Chalet Stratus

Chalet Stratus

 

Lech

Hotel Theodul is a stunning new addition to our collection of properties in Lech. Located in the outstanding Arlberg ski area, intermediate and advanced skiers will love the vast selection of slopes and terrain that this corner of Austria has on offer.

 

Hotel Theodul

Hotel Theodul



Switzerland Vs France

clock 16th June 2016 | comment0 Comments

2 of the biggest ski destinations in Europe fight it out this weekend in the group stage of the UEFA EURO 2016. On Sunday 19th June, the France and Switzerland football teams go head to head at the Grand Stade Lille Métropole.

Both contries are big favourites for many skiers and snowboarders, but which one will be crowned King of the Alps? We compare the slopes, après and cuisine to find out…

Zermatt, Switzerland


Slopes

Switzerland
Most resorts in Switzerland are set at a high altitude, bringing guaranteed snow as well as glacier skiing and good conditions throughout the season. Many of the ski areas provide long runs and challenging pistes, making it particularly good for skiers at a more intermediate to advanced level. There are, however, still opportunities for beginners. The resort of Wengen has a ski school as well as a blue piste and a ‘slow speed zone’ for those just starting out.

From stunning scenery to plenty of pistes, backcountry runs and snowparks, Switzerland certainly has a lot of variety. The Graubunden ski area is Switzerland’s largest alpine area, offering a whopping 225km of skiable piste. Head to Verbier and you’ll find your ski area expanded to across the 4 valleys, which includes the neighbouring resorts of Nendaz and Les Collons.

If you visit Zermatt you’ll soon spot the famous Matterhorn peak (pictured above), which is often featured in many photos of the resort. There are some great advanced runs here as well as the opportunity to do some heliskiing for those who are looking for a new challenge. It is also the highest altitude resort in the country sitting at a top height of 3900m.

For the adventurous ones out there, Flims Laax is home to 4 snowparks (including Europe’s largest half pipe) and a glacier for spring and summer skiing.

 

France
Much like Switzerland, France also offers plenty of variation, from high altitude resorts to snowparks and glaciers. Snow reliability is high and the majority of resorts offer good snow conditions throughout the season. Les Deux Alps is the highest resort, standing at a top altitude of 3600m. The resort experiences long sunshine hours and boasts 220km of piste, a board park and a halfpipe.

There are plenty of linked ski areas such as the massive 3 Valleys with its 600km of runs. Portes du Soleil is one of the largest skiable areas in the world, with lots of ski-in ski-out accommodation which is ideal for families and kids. For your freestyle fix, the Paradiski area has four snowparks and two half-pipes.

France caters equally well for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers. Alpe d’Huez has lots of blue runs, beginners only areas and no abundance of ski schools. If you like backcountry skiing, Tignes has some fantastic off piste opportunities, as does Val d’Isere. There are also numerous glacier resorts in France, including Tignes, some of which offer skiing all year round.

Winner: France


La Plagne, part of the Paradiski area in France

 

Après

Switzerland
The après scene in Switzerland is a little on the small side, with not a great deal of après venues on offer. However, each of the bars makes up for it, with resorts such as Verbier known to have some fun and lively nightclubs. As well as nightclubs, expect to find discos, jazz bars and quiet pubs – something to cater for every taste.

 

France
France is home to some well-known après venues, like Rond Point in Meribel and the legendary La Folie Douce, which has bars in Val d’Isere, Meribel, Val Thorens and Alpe d’Huez. Ibiza Rocks the Snow Festival is also held yearly in France, bringing some great partying and music to the mountains. All in all, expect some wild après, live bands every night and quieter venues where you can relax with a drink.

Winner: France


Folie Douce in Val d'Isere


Food

Switzerland
Switzerland is the home of the delicious Fondue as well as a whole other collection of comforting mountain foods. Enjoy Käseschnitte (cheese on toast), Raclette (melted cheese scraped overmeat, bread and vegetables) or fried potato Rösti’s. To satisfy your sweet tooth, Switzerland is a great place to find Swiss Chocolate and no end of delicious cakes and pastries.

 

France
Most dishes found in the French mountains are cheese, potato or bread heavy. Traditional French dishes include Tartiflette (baked cheese, potatoes and meat), Beaufort Tart (a cheese and pastry tart), sweet crepes and pastries.

Winner: Switzerland


Swiss cheese fondue

 

The Verdict

Winner: France

This one was a very close call – both countries have some excellent skiing, après and food and are both firm favourites for many snowsports enthusiasts. The winning streak came from France due to its ability to cater equally to beginner, intermediate and advanced abilities. It also knows how to throw a mean après party to end the day!



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