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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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
2. Powder Hound
3. The Seasoniare
4. Forever Young Father
5. Extreme Infant
6. All Gear No Idea
7. Ski Chic
8. Park Rat
9. Super Mum
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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!)
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.
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
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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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:
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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