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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


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.



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


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


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 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

Top 5 tree ski runs

clock 22nd May 2015 | comment0 Comments

Everyone loves tree runs, whether it’s a tree lined piste in a lush alpine area or off piste terrain through the sloping glades. As well as tree areas being one of the most beautiful areas in a ski resort, these places are the best spots to head for when it is a white-out. Tree cover offers protection from the elements which allows you to see the slopes and surrounding better and lets you to carry on with your day instead of retreating back to your chalet.

Tree skiing is fantastic as it is accessible for all abilities. There are ski resorts with plenty of tree lined blue pistes which are great for beginners and leisurely skiers, then experienced skiers can head off piste to weave through the powder and trees.

North America and Canada offer the most extensive tree terrain as the mountains don’t reach the heights of Europe’s peaks. Even though tree lines are often low in some of the top European ski resorts, there is still some amazingly fun tree skiing to be had!

Also, take a look at our Top 5 Black Ski Runs



5. Serre Chevalier

Lovers of tree skiing will adore Serre Chavalier as the resort is famed for its great snow conditions, freestyle terrain and wide trees to weave through. Experienced skiers will be captivated by the ski area around the secret chairlift (aka the Aguillette) over Chantemerle because of the fun off piste and trees to ski through near the 2800m Aguillette red piste.

Chosen by Lucy, Senior Sales Expert

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4. Val d'Isere

Both the runs into La Daille and La Fornet in Val d’Isere are great when the weather closes in and easy to access from the pistes (and get back to the piste from) for those who aren’t too adventurous. Perfect after a huge dump of snow for laps of fresh tracks through the trees.

Chosen by James, Head of Ski Product 

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3. Whistler

Whistler has some incredible gladed tree runs off the back of Crystal chair on the Blackcomb mountain. On Whistler mountain you can also ski the famous A-line downhill bike track through the trees which feels a bit like a wooded boarder cross course.

Chosen by Laura, Digital Marketing Manager

Plus the off piste Million Dollar Ridge in Whistler is popular with locals; make sure you have a guide in these places as the routes are not on the map.

Chosen by Christian, Senior Sales Expert

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2. Chamonix

There are extensive alpine ski areas and exceptional natural freeride terrain in Chamonix. Over the back of the Tete de Balme chairlift there are some great off piste lines through the trees. Then at the beautiful Les Houches ski area there is lots more skiable tree terrain including Aillouds which is a long, wide, easy going run, plus the red runs down to Saint Gervais take you back through the trees.

Chosen by Krystelle, Digital Marketing Executive

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1. Avoriaz

The Stash in the Lindaret trees in Avoriaz is one of the great tree runs of the world. My tip is to stay skiers left and go all the way down to Ardent on a powder day. Unbeatable. When the trees get too tight, try and aim for the open glades and look out for the fun drops!

Chosen by AJ, Sales Director

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Wildcard: Japan

Travis Rice shredding in fresh, hip deep champagne powder. Get us to Japan!

Find out more about ski holidays in Japan


Read a previous blog on Tree Skiing in France

By Krystelle

Top 5 sun terraces on the slopes

clock 7th May 2015 | comment0 Comments

Imagine sitting with an ice cold drink, on a sun drenched terrace, overlooking the most awe inspiring mountain views after a day on the slopes. Sounds like paradise doesn't it? Whenever the sun comes out in the UK we cannot help but remember our favourites winter days soaking up the sunshine in the snow.

Here at Iglu we’ve had our fair share of sunny days on a mountain restaurant terrace (after a hard day skiing of course!) so the competition was tough but we’ve narrowed it down to our favourites.


Here are our top 5 sun terraces on the slopes in Europe:

5. Restaurant Combatseline, Nendaz

Perfect for a Swiss fondue

This sun soaked restaurant is well priced for Switzerland and dominated by magnificent mountain views from the middle of the 4 Valleys. Combatseline is located at the top of 63 Novelli chairlift from Siviez, right between Nendez, Veysonnaz and Verbier.


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4. Cap Horn, Courchevel

Perfect for people watching

This large, swanky, sunny terrace overlooks the Courchevel Altiport and is an ideal spotting celebrities and millionaires. It is the perfect place to make the most of the sunshine, just don’t forget a bundle of cash!


Photo Credit: CAP HORN Courchevel

3. Chantebise 2100, Alpe d’Huez

Perfect for a long lunch

This large restaurant terrace is perfectly located at the first DMC stop overlooking the stunning Alpe d’Huez ski slopes. Once you sit down and tuck into your substantial Croque Monsieur, burger or salad you’ll find it had to leave this sun trap whilst surrounded by the glorious vista.


2. Grillhof Alm, Mayrhofen

Perfect for a quick pit stop

A great spot if you have just skied the Harakiri (the steepest slope in Austria) and you need a beer to calm your nerves (exactly how I came across the bar!) Located in the Penken/Horberg bowl by the Vans Snow Park, surrounded by pistes, this huge terrace is a great place for a quick drink, a spot of lunch or a chill out in the beanbags in the sunshine.


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1. Rond Point, Meribel

Perfect for après

Le Rond Point is a popular spot that offers great food, ski in-ski out sun terrace and lively après ski. Asthe ‘Ronnie’ is located on the sunny side of the valley it is in goggle tan heaven and the ultimate location whether you are looking for a quick refresher drink, or an afternoon of live music and toffee vodka! With regular live music you’ll be rocking in your ski boots throughout après before attempting to ski back to the village.

The runners up... 

Panorama Alm, Kitzbuhel
At Panorama you are really sitting in the ‘front row seat in the Alps’ with the incredible 360 degree mountain views. Located on Pass Thurn Mountain there is a huge sun drenched terrace with tasty and reasonable priced food.

Las Vegas Lodge in San Cassiano
A jewel in the Dolomites, the beauty of this place is remarkable with its wooden décor, bordered by the finest ski slopes and totally immersed in unforgettable panoramic views.

Chez Vrony, Zermatt
Priceless views and exceptional food. This beautiful terrace has spectacular views of the Matterhorn and the Vrony burger is a must try!

By Krystelle

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