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9 ski and snowboard personalities

clock 26th January 2016 | comment0 Comments

We’ve all bumped into one of these on a chairlift and you can often see them coming from a mile away. Ski resorts are full of weird and wonderful people that all share a love for the mountains and our beloved winter sport. What’s your ski personality?

1. Old Pro



The Old Pro

 

2. Powder Hound



Powder Hound

 

3. The Seasoniare



The Seasoniare

 

4. Forever Young Father



 Forever Young Father

 

5. Extreme Infant



Extreme Infant

 

6. All Gear No Idea



All Gear No Idea

 

7. Ski Chic



Ski Chic

 

8. Park Rat



 

9. Super Mum



Super Mum

 



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Is North America your best chance for powder days this ski season?

clock 30th December 2015 | comment0 Comments

The West Coast of North America couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season. Jackson Hole in Wyoming, USA already boasts 4 metres of snowfall which is the perfect present for their 50th Anniversary celebrations this winter.

Snowfalls have been so good in recent weeks that many base snow depths sit well above one metre in most resorts (only a handful of resorts in Europe have a one metre top snow depth at present!)


 

Epic start to the ski season in North America

There are excellent skiing conditions in ski resorts in Colorado, Utah and California in the USA where top base depths are already higher than they were at any point last winter. Stand out areas include Mammoth (216 upper depth/145cm lower depth), Squaw Valley (206/140cm) and Taos (193cm).

Up to 60cm of snow has fallen in the past week in Western Canada adding to the already high snow bases with lots of powder skiing on offer. Big White (232cm) boasts the deepest snow base in Canada currently with Fernie (193cm) and Whistler (182cm) not too far off. With fluffy, fresh powder off piste and perfect corduroy on piste, these are some of the best conditions in the world at the moment!

If you are looking for a powder filled ski adventure this ski season, your best bet is to head over the pond and avoid Europe’s unreliable winter this year. This winter’s El Nino has caused these huge spikes in snowfall so early on in the season. Predictions say that the Lake Tahoe area, Telluride, Aspen and Vail will be the best resorts to it up for the best snow this year.

The deepest snow bases so far are:

334cm – Cypress Mountain
310cm – Mount Bachelor
244cm – Timberline
231cm – Big White
216cm – Mammoth Mountain
213cm - Alpine Meadows
203cm – Squaw Valley
193cm - Fernie
182cm – Whistler Blackcomb

Don’t believe how good it is? Take a look at these recent photos…

Jackson Hole, USA

Big White, Canada

Aspen, USA


Many of the holidays we offer to USA and Canada are tailor-made as we cannot guarantee flight prices online, plus we prefer the flexibility of choosing flights, hotels and extras to suit our customer’s needs. Speak to the Iglu Ski experts about a North American ski holiday and we’ll put a package together specific for you.

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A great start to the ski season in Val Thorens

clock 12th December 2015 | comment0 Comments

Last week we ventured to Val Thorens in Les 3 Valleys for Iglu Ski’s first ski season trip. A large group from the Iglu Ski team was lucky enough to be invited by Club Med to visit their newest all inclusive hotel sited in the highest ski domain in Europe.

The stunning Club Med Val Thorens Sensations is a large and contemporary hotel comprised of everything you need to live your day to the full. From extensive all inclusive menus at breakfast, lunch and dinner, to optional evening entertainment every night, to various activities around the hotel including a fitness centre, climbing wall and spa, as well as an ideal location next to the slopes for maximum mountain time.

It’s not often we get the opportunity to ski in the first week of December, but after a huge storm in the Alps at the end of November the mountains were left with a lovely fat snow base. Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe, so it has altitude on its side making it one of the most snow-sure ski resorts in the Alps and the perfect option for an early or late season ski holiday.



When we arrived in Val Thorens we were greeted with a 90cm snow base and brilliant skiing conditions. This time last year the mountains were still brown and waiting for their first snow covering. The great snow conditions gave us 2 days of glorious skiing and snowboarding before heading back to the UK. The sun was shining but it was still cold so the slope conditions weren’t affected by the blazing sunlight.

Even though there hasn’t been much snowfall since, Val Thorens is still holding up its 90cm base on the top slopes and 50cm base on the lower slopes with snow making and the cold temperatures. It currently boasts one of the top bases in France and is the ideal destination for a last minute ski holiday in December.

Here are some of our photos from Val Thorens:

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Ski holidays in Val Thorens

 

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Ski holidays in Val Thorens

 

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What the team said about the snow conditions...

James, Head of Ski Product:

Amazing conditions for so early in the season. The pistes were in perfect shape although it was a bit shallow for any off piste. I was there at a similar time last year and things are looking much better this year – it’s a proper base.

Phil, Sales Team Leader:

Great piste conditions, much better than the same time last year. Risky off piste at the moment if rocky, but a good base for when the next snowfall comes.


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Top 20 ski resorts for winter 2015/16

clock 4th November 2015 | comment0 Comments
With just one month to go until our first customers of the season take to the slopes, here are the best sellers so far this winter [More]


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