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Top 10 ski resorts of winter 2015-2016

clock 27th April 2016 | comment0 Comments

Will this ski season be known as the winter that kept on giving? The start of winter didn’t get off to the best start but February, March and April have seen fantastic snowfall with many ski resorts in the Alps still open during the last week of April.

El Nino has smashed records in North America with reports of increased visitor numbers thanks to the magnificent snowfall throughout winter, creating one of the best seasons in recent years. Jackson Hole in USA ended the season totaling over 10 metres of snowfall for its 50th anniversary year!

Back over in the Alps some of our leading resorts received over 8 metres of snow during the season, including St Anton, Tignes and Flaine. British skiers and snowboarders basked in the excellent ski conditions throughout most of winter.

 

Powder day in April in Les Arcs

 

Here at Iglu Ski we work with over 50 ski holiday tour operators in order to provide the largest amount of ski deals in the UK market to ensure we can find the best holiday for our customers. We currently have ski holidays available in over 200 resorts across 16 countries with thousands of ski chalets, hotels and apartment options.

With this broad selection of holidays available we have an excellent insight into UK skiers and snowboarders favourite ski destinations. Here are your best-selling ski resorts for winter 2015/16:

10. Courchevel

The swankiest ski resort in the prestigious 3 Valleys comes in 10th place again this winter as it attracts thousands of skiers and snowboarders every year to discover the world famous slopes. Despite its elite status, there are plenty of fantastic value chalets here including Chalet Cascades and Chalet Hotel Coq de Bruyere.

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9. Les Deux Alpes

Les Deux Alpes is consistently popular each season as it is one of the most snow-sure resorts in the Alps and is the perfect destination if you can only travel at the start or end of the season. Delight in the long hours of sunshine and party the night away in the legendary après bars.

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8. Alpe d’Huez

This bustling resort attracts extreme sports enthusiast all year round, but truly comes alive in the winter with it’s breathtaking alpine views from Pic Blanc glacier, it’s insane après scene and 250km of fantastic pistes including the longest black ski run in Europe!

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7. Val Thorens

If you are after top snow conditions then look no further than the highest ski resort in Europe. With skiing up to 3200m above sea level and access to the 600km of pistes in the 3 Valleys you are guaranteed a fun packed week in this ski wonderland.

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6. Meribel

Discover one of the prettiest ski resorts in France and spend a week surrounded by charming chalets and beautiful tree lines runs in the largest linked ski area in the world. Meribel is popular due to the large variety of ski chalets and chalet hotels available.

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5. La Plagne

This ski paradise has managed to push its way up 3 spots since last season as a result of the huge amount of ski accommodation on offer (Iglu Ski currently has 60 properties available) and the dependable snowfall (La Plagne received 839cm of snow in winter 2015/16). Head to La Plagne next winter to explore the extensive 425km of ski runs that make up the Paradiski area.

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4. Les Arcs

Les Arcs has secured its spot within the top 5 as it is a fantastic ‘all round ski resort.’ With spectacular views, towering peaks and connections to the equally-as-impressive La Plagne, you are always surrounded my pristine mountains vistas during your stay.

Together with the fantastic ski area, choice of villages and bustling bars you are guaranteed an exhilarating week on the slopes in Les Arcs. Have you read about the new Mille 8 area?

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3. St Anton

British skiers and snowboarders love après. FACT. This is why year after year St Anton makes it into the top 3.

If you want the best après, you head to St Anton! Once you’ve experienced Mooserwirt and KK’s there’s no going back to anything else.

Winter 2016/17 will see a brand new cable car link in the Arlberg ski area connecting Stuben to Zurs making passage between the ski resorts much easier and faster. This will make ski holidays to St Anton much more desirable and the newly connected 305km of pistes may help push St Anton up the leader board next winter.

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2. Val d’Isere

The Escape Killy duo take the top spots as the world famous ski area attracts thousands of British skiers and snowboarders once again. The charming Val d’Isere village has over 80 ski property options including Chalet Hotel Champs Avalins, Chalet Hotel Savoie and Chalet Lo Soli.

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1. Tignes

Tignes reins at the top for the second year in a row as the most booked ski resort at Iglu Ski for winter 2015/16. With high altitude skiing available nearly all year round, it is one of the most snow dependable resorts in Europe. Totaling 876cm of snowfall this season there has been excellent skiing available most of the winter and the greatest selection of ski chalets, hotels and apartments for all group sizes.

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The best of the rest:

 

Top Austria

  1. St Anton
  2. Mayrhofen
  3. Ischgl


Top Italy

  1. Sauze d’Oulx
  2. Champoluc
  3. Cervinia


Top Switzerland

  1. Verbier
  2. Zermatt
  3. Wengen


Top Andorra

  1. Soldeu
  2. Arinsal
  3. Pas de la Casa


Top North America

  1. Whistler
  2. Banff
  3. Vail

 

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6 things to do and see on a ski holiday in Val d’Isere

clock 6th April 2016 | comment0 Comments

The magnificent Val d’Isere ski resort is a firm favourite among many skiers and snowboarders. With access to the world class Espace Killy slopes, legendary après ski and a huge selection of ski chalets and hotels makes Val d’Isere a popular ski destination for seasoned riders and new comers to winter sports alike.

The Espace Killy ski area is made up of 300km of remarkable pistes that surround the Val d’Isere and neighbouring Tignes villages. With 2 glaciers and heaps of skiing above 2000m, Val d’Isere and Tignes are considered 2 of the most snow-sure resorts in the Alps which make them a perfect choice for early and late season ski holidays as well as guaranteeing great snow conditions throughout winter.

Don’t miss these 6 experiences on a ski holiday in Val d’Isere:

 

Skiing in Val d'Isere

 

1. Ski the Lost Valley


In excellent snow conditions ski the Lost Valley (Vallée Perdue) down to La Daille. It’s tricky to find but it’s definitely worth the effort as there is some of the prettiest ski runs and the best tree skiing in Val d’Isere here.

 

Skiing down to Val d'Isere

Skiing down to into Val d'isere

 

2. Après at the Folie Douce


Have an après session at the legendary Folie Douce Val d’Isere, the Mecca of the European party ski scene.

If you manage to drag yourself away from Folie before the lifts close, you can ski back over to Val d’Isere and continue the party at the bottom of the slopes at Coco Rico. Otherwise you can ski down from Folie to La Daille and take the ski bus to Val d’Isere town.

 

Apres at Folie Douce

Apres at Folie Douce Val d'Isere

 

3. Ride the Leissires chairlift


Also known as the ‘up and over chairlift’ or the ‘scare chair,’ the Leissires chairlift straddles the mountain peak between Solaise and l'Iseran and takes you up and down the vertical mountain walls giving you a unique perspective of the gorgeous views from both angles. You must ride the chairlift both ways for the full experience!

 

Leissires chairlift

Leissires chairlift back to Solaise

 

4. Party at the Moris Pub


Probably the most well-known bars in Val d’Isere. Catch The Dominos at their weekly set during the ski season and party into the early hours at the English Pub themed bar.

The renowned Moris Pub is located under Chalet Hotel Moris.

 

Apres at Moris Bar in Val d'Isere

Iglu Ski's Scottie at Moris Pub

 

5. Test drive one of France’s best freestyle snow parks


The Espace Killy is extremely lucky to have 2 of the best snow parks in France; the Val D’Isere Park at Bellevarde and the Tignes Park at Col du Palet.

Freestyle skiers and snowboarders in Val d’Isere will love the 25 rail features and 3 boardercross tracks whilst beginners can test their new skills at the large small feature area on the other side of Bellevarde.

 

Freestyle snowpark in Val d'Isere

Val d'Isere snowpark

 

6. Gorge on the best Savoyarde dishes


Get you fondue fix at La Cassarole in Val d’isere town, enjoy scrumptious alpine burgers and steaks at the mountainside La Fruitiere and sample local delicacies at the ‘Best Mountain Restaurant,’ Le Signal. (Awarded at the 2015 World Snow Awards)

 

Cheese Fondue in Val d'Isere

Cheese Fondue

 

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Squeeze in a second ski holiday in 2016 with a weekend ski trip

clock 11th February 2016 | comment0 Comments

Are you still dreaming of tartefliette or fantasising about waking up in the mountains one last time? Weekend ski breaks or short ski trips are the perfect way to squeeze in a second ski holiday before the end of the ski season.

If one week a year just isn’t enough to overcome your ski itch, or you don’t have the time to take a full week off, then a short ski holiday may be ideal for you.

 

 

Weekend Ski Holidays

We have a selection of 3 and 4 night getaways that run over the weekend or during the week in France, Austria and Switzerland. Weekend ski holidays are available in a large selection of hotels and chalets in top resorts across the Alps including Meribel, Morzine, Chamonix, La Plagne and Brides Les Bains. There are even coach travel options from the UK if you are looking for a super budget getaway.

By taking an extra two days off over the weekend, you can get up to 4 days* skiing or snowboarding, plus the opportunity to enjoy a vin chaud on top of the mountain just one more time (*if you are able to get a Thursday evening inbound flight and a Monday evening outbound flight).


Morzine in France

 

Top 5 reasons to take a ski weekend

1. It’s a great value ski holiday if you are on a budget
2. Trying out a new resort and exploring a new ski area
3. Maximising your time off over the weekend
4. Opportunity to go on a ski holiday more than once a year without using up all your holiday time
5. Enjoying and fun, healthy sport

 

Top weekend ski breaks for 2016

 

Le Petit Dru Hotel in Morzine, France

4 Nts - 24 Mar 2016 from £759 pp

 

Hotel Beaulieu in La Clusaz, France

4 Nts - 31 Mar 2016 from £499 pp

 

Chalet Cleopatra in Les Menuires, France

4 Nts - 14 Apr 2016 from £474 pp

 

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The difference between skiing and ski jumping

clock 10th February 2016 | comment0 Comments

There’s recently been some speculation about how safe skiing is with all the injuries the contestants have experienced on the current season of ‘The Jump.’ Comparing skiing and ski jumping is like comparing football to gymnastics. They are 2 separate sports that use different equipment, require different techniques and performed in different locations.

Both skiing and ski jumping are extreme sports, you have to understand the risks you are taking when signing up to these snow sports. Just like any other sport, if you abide by suggested safety rules (FIS Rules of Conduct) you can experience these fantastic sports in a fun and safe manner.

The contestants in The Jump take part in a wide variety of snow sports that are all considered extreme sports. Many of the sports attempted in the show are normally only carried out by professionals. The average skier wouldn’t have ever tried ski jumping, skeleton or snow cross.

The risk of injury in skiing and snowboarding is low, for every 1000 people skiing and snowboarding in a day, on average between 2 -4 will need medical attention (0.2-0.4%). Sports that have a higher risk include: Football, cycling, baseball and basketball. Find out more about staying safe in the snow.

Don’t confuse skiing with ski jumping. Learn the facts here:

 

1. Location: A Ski Jump VS a Skiers piste

 


Even the easiest ski jump wouldn’t be touched by most skiers, ski jumps are generally reserved for the professionals.


A ‘green’ piste is the easiest slope on the mountain and is designed for beginner skiers. A green piste has between 6-25% gradient. As a skier progresses they can move on to the blue, red and then black pistes.



2. Skis: Jumps skis VS Mountain skis

 


Jump skis are 1 and a half times the athlete’s body length.

Mountain skis normally come up between your chin and the top of your head and then snowboard come up a little shorter.

 

3. Clothing: Ski jump suit VS ski wear

 

A skier would get extremely cold on top of a mountain in a tight onesie!

 

4. Air Time: Flying 100m through the air VS Keeping your skis on the slope

 

There’s no jumping involved on the mountain unless you choose to. Skiing just involves gliding across the snow on skis.

 

5. Bindings: Jump bindings VS Mountain Bindings

 

On a jump ski, you are essentially attached by a toe clamp at the front and just a cord at the back of the boot. 


On a mountain ski you are secured into a step in binding that clamps at your heel and toe in order to provide maximum support.

 

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