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Eddie The Eagle Movie out 8th August – Win 1 of 3 DVD copies with Iglu Ski

The family film of the year starring Britain’s favourite Olympic underdog, Eddie the Eagle, is now available on digital download and on DVD and Blu-ray from 8th August. Eddie the Eagle is based on the true story of Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards journey to the 1988 Calgary Winter Games as Great Britain’s first Olympic ski-jumper. The film stars Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) as Eddie and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) as coach and former champ Bronson Peary.     For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies ENTER YOUR DETAILS HERE The Metro describes the film as ‘The feel good British film of the year,’ and we can’t describe it better than that! The inspiring story is directed by Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine on Leith) and produced by Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman, Kick-Ass, Stardust) and co-starts a long list of mainstream actors including Christopher Walken, Jim Broadbent, Keith Allen and Tim McInnerny.   We saw the film earlier in the year and it’s a must-have for any skiers DVD collection and the perfect way to get the family excited about heading to the snow this winter! Eddie The Eagle is a fun filled, heart-warming and crowd-pleasing story that will have all ages laughing and cheering along through the film. The DVD and Blue-ray includes 4 deleted scenes and 4 extra features: Let the Games Begin: Soaring with Eddie the Eagle, All Or Nothing: The Hero’s Heart, An Unlikely Friendship: Eddie & Peary, Attitude is Altitude: Filming The Ski Jumps. Closing date for entries is 12pm on Wednesday 10th August. Terms and conditions apply. See link above for your chance to win.

New ski lifts for 2017

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.   View New ski chalets for 2017

EU referendum: What does this mean for ski holidays

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

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 2017 we already have 65 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 Shemshak Lodge Chalet Montana Chalet Maisonnée A   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 Hotel Le Yule The Jura Chalet Skye The Iona The Arran Chalet Le Rocher Chalet Solyneou Chalet Lhotse Chalet Calistoga Chalet Marco Polo   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 Petit Bois   Chalet Rose   Tignes New chalets in Tignes Our ever growing ski holiday collection has 2 exciting additions for Tignes this winter… Chalet Edelweiss and Chalet Lilas are located in Tignes Val Claret in the 4 star L’Ecrin de Neiges Residence. Chalet Edelweiss Chalet Lilas 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   Alpe d’Huez Chalet Percheron and Rebeque are best suited for smaller groups and families that are looking for fantastic skiing and a lively town in the evenings. Alpe d'Huez has a fantastic apres scene with lots of activities to do throughout the town. New chalets in Alpe d'Huez: Chalet Percheron Chalet Rebeque   Les Arcs Big news for Les Arcs this coming winter is that it’s getting its first 5 star hotel. Hotel Taj I Mah is located in Les Arcs 2000 next to Le Cabriolet gondola, offering ski in – ski out access to the slopes. Find out more about the hotel in Iglu Ski News. New hotels and chalets in Les Arcs Hotel Taj I Mah Chalet Merle Chalet Chouette Prince Des Cimes   Hotel Taj I Mah in Les Arcs   Morzine This beautiful old building has been renovated for this season and turned into a stunning luxury chalet that sleeps up to 15 guests. Still retaining some of its vintage elements, the The Manoir interiors have been modernised to a high standard to create the ultimate ski chalet experience with VIP platinum catering. Meribel Located in the heart of Meribel in the incredible three valleys ski area is the stunning Hotel Le Tramplin. The hotel received a makeover last year and now boasts a beautiful and modern interior. The ski slopes are just 50m away and the hotel has a spa area and large outside heated pool. New chalets in Meribel Chalet Violette Chalet Lupin   Hotel Le Tremplin in Meribel   Val Thorens Hotel Fahrenheit Seven is a modern boutique property with excellent access to the slopes. Guests can expect a high standard of service and excellent amenities. New chalets in Val Thorens Chalet Loup Blanc Chalet Caribou   Montgenevre We have 2 brilliant new additions in Montgenerve this season. Chalet Genepy is a charming chalet with excellent access to the slopes and Chalet Rocher de L’Aigle was recently renovated and has fantastic views of the village. Chalets in Montgenevre are hard to come by in this fantastic ski area so these chalets are bound to be popular! New chalets in Montgenevre Chalet Genepy Chalet Rocher de L’Aigle   Chalet Genepy in Montgenevre   La Tania The 12 man Chalet de Mon Pere is situated in a stunning spot in La Tania with amazing views of the surrounding mountains. The green run, Plan Fontaine, passes near the chalet giving you quick and easy access to the extraordinary 3 Valleys ski area. Reberty Reberty is a small picturesque village located between Val Thorens and Les Menuires in the Three Valleys ski area. These 4 new accommodation-only catered chalets puts Reberty on the Iglu Ski map and we are delighted to be able to offer holidays to this small gem. New chalets in Reberty: Chalet Flocon De Neiges Chalet Le Chamois Chalet Neve Chalet Sapin de Reberty Chalet Flocon de Neiges in Reberty   Vaujany Experience the incredible Alpe d’Huez ski area away from the bustling central resort and stay in one of Alpe d’Huez satellite villages, Vaujany. The village itself has 30 pistes of varying abilities and the Vaujany-Alpette cable car transports skiers and snowboarders in minutes to the rest of the huge ski area. New chalets and hotels in Vaujany: Chalet Dibona Chalet Lucette Chalet Rostaing Chalet Saskia Gentiane catered apartment 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 and hotels in St Anton: Chalet Stratus Chalet Cirrus Chalet Nimbus Chalet Amelia 4 Chalet Amelia 6 Chalet Amelia 12 Hotel Pfeffermuehle   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

Switzerland Vs France

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 SwitzerlandMost 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!