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Top 20 ski resorts for winter 2015/16

clock 4th November 2015 | comment0 Comments
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12 funny ski run names that you won’t believe actually exist

clock 27th October 2015 | comment1 Comments

Winter is coming, will you be shredding one another of these hilariously named pistes this season?

 

1. Doom & Gloom, Whistler


 

Nothing like a bit of Doom and Gloom after tackling Stefan's Chute & Cockalorum.

 

2. Devil's Crotch, Breckenridge


Devil's Crotch, Breckenridge

 

This hellish double diamond expert piste isn’t for the faint hearted

 

3. Steeper Than Hell, Snowbird

 

Steeper Than Hell, Snowbird

 

Snowbird: Hitting the nail on the head since 1971

 

4. Glory Hole, Alta

 

Glory Hole, Alta

 

I wonder what goes on here...

 

5. Schattberg, Saalbach

 

Schattberg, Saalbach

 

Because we’re all still kids at heart!

 

6. Idiot's Delight, Alpine Meadows

 

Idiot's Delight, Alpine Meadows

 

Locals say you have to be stupid to actually take this route

 

7. Tom's Mom, Brekenridge

 

 

*Insert riding Tom's Mom joke here*

 

8. Adios Mother F*****, Snowmass

 

AMF Snowmass

 

Steep as f***

 

9. Harakiri, Mayrhofen

 

Harakiri, Mayrhofen

 

A ski run that compares itself to the ‘abdomen cutting’ samurai suicide ritual, it is the steepest slope in Austria after all.

 

10. Goat's Head Soup, Sunshine Village

 

 

Goat’s Head Soup, Goat’s Eye Gardens, Cleavage, Ewe First, Mother-in-Law, Think Again, Bushwhackers and Chicken. What were these guys on when naming this area.

 

11. Organ Grinder, Sugarbush

 

Organ Grinder, Sugarbush

 

Your body will be pulverised after this long and steep piste

 

12. Spanky's Ladder, Whistler Blackcomb

 

 

…how do they come up with these names!

 

And one more for luck

 

Our friends at PlanetSKI in Marmot Basin... Does it mean the same thing in Canada as it does in Britain?

 

 

And then you have Knob Hill, Knob Bowl and Knob Traverse leading off Knob Chair. Find out more about The Knob in PlanetSKI's Banff to Jasper blog

 

Other favourites include:

Shaft & Climax, Mammoth

Dick's Ditch, Jackson Hole

Psychopath, Breckenridge

Beer Belly, Red Mountain

Kill the Banker & Big Woody, Revelstoke

Big Doo Doo, Alyeska

 

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James Bond's SPECTRE in Tirol

clock 12th October 2015 | comment0 Comments

As we count down the days until the SPECTRE world premiere in London on 26th October, Visit Tirol have released new film stills from some of the big action scenes that took place in Austrian Tirol.

The new James Bond film SPECTRE was filmed in various locations in Tirol and 007 fans are delighted to see Bond back in the snow. It was about a year ago the announcement was made that the 24th James Bond would be returning to the mountains and in January 2015 filming of SPECTRE began.

As well as huge ski and Austria fans, many of us at Iglu Ski are big James Bond fans have been waiting impatiently for the new film to be released. So if you are anything like us, this news should add a glimmer to your day!

Action scenes from the new James Bond film were filmed in two ski resorts in Tirol – Sölden and Obertilliach.

New action film stills from SPECTRE

 

James Bond SPECTRE filling in Austria Tirol

James Bond SPECTRE filling in Austria Tirol

James Bond SPECTRE filling in Austria Tirol

Photos: SPECTRE in Obertilliach Tirol (c) Sony Pictures

007 in Sölden

Sölden is one of the most famous resorts in Austria, if not Europe! The world class terrain and bustling town make it a popular ski holiday hot spot year after year.

Producers and Art Department of SPECTRE felt like Austria had everything there needed to create a spectacular sequence. After discovering the magnificent lift and Ice Q restaurant structure at the Gaislachkogl peak in Sölden they knew they didn’t need to search any further.

After a long journey through many countries, Production Designer, Dennis Gassner stated "What could be more exciting than to be up there, on top of the world?" The ICE Q restaurant in Sölden at 3048m was the unique, modern facility that they were after.

 

Ice Q - The new Restaurant Highlight in Tirol

Photo: Oetztal Tourism by Rudi Wyhlidal

Ice Q - The new Restaurant Highlight in Tirol

Photo: Bergbahnen S +Âlden

007 in Obertilliach

Obertilliach is a small picturesque ski village located in East Tirol which is popular for beginners but quite unknown to the UK holiday maker. A dramatic action scene takes place here, including a huge explosion which features on the newest teaser trailer.

The scene features a local, traditional mountain hut, now called ‘Bond House’ by the locals, which was dismantles and re-assembled on the slopes at the Golzentipp ski area, just for the film!

Four locations in Obertilliach will feature in the film including scenes from the Grade II listed historic village. This was fantastic news for the village, Mayor Matthias Scherer cheered "For a tourist destination, like us, it was like winning the lottery. It’s not every day that a small community of 687 has a British secret agent coming to visit." 

Obertilliach ski resort in Austria

Obertilliach ski resort in Austria

 

Take a sneak peak at the Austrian locations in this behing the scenes footage:



Feel like James Bond for a week at visit Chalet Hotel Hermann in Solden. Prices start from £564 pp 

 

For more 007 fun, read our Top 5 James Bond Ski Scenes

 

By Krystelle 



With news of an El Niño this winter, are we in for a bumper ski season?

clock 2nd October 2015 | comment0 Comments

The strongest El Niño in 50 years has been predicated for this winter. The deputy director of the NOAA (National Oceania and Atmospheric Administration) Climate Prediction Center, Mike Halpert, has reported “this could be among the strongest El Niños in the historical record dating back to 1950.”

Experiencing an El Niño this winter is awesome news for skiers and snowboarders as this could mean we receive much more snow than an average winter... and more snow means more powder days!

 

Breckenridge, USA


Every 2–7 years an area of the tropical regions in the Pacific Ocean warms up and distorts the weather patterns in the western Ocean, including Australia, North and South America and even parts of Europe and Africa, this is called El Niño.

The National Oceania and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) recent report predicts the El Niño will persist through winter before settling down in spring. There have already been signs of the start of El Niño this summer, such as the record number of storms during the central Pacific hurricane season.

What does this mean for Europe?

The 2 strongest previous events were in 1982-83 and 1997-98, in 1997-98 there was powder day after powder day and amazing conditions across the Alps. Now the World Meteorological Organisation is predicting that this phenomenon could be one of the strongest on record.

At the moment, this year’s El Niño is stronger than it was at this time of year in 1997” - Bill Patzert (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory climatologist)

It’s had been reported that the start of winter in December and January will be quite mild, then in February we will see a change to a colder winter that will most likely feature several storms and significant snow.

 

Heavenly, USA

Ski areas in the US that should benefit from El Niño are:


California - Resorts could receive between 30-40% more precipitation. This could mean great things for ski holidays in Heavenly, Northstar, Mammoth and Lake Tahoe.

Colorado – After a wetter than usual spring, the trend should continue through the winter to create a much more seasonable winter than last year. Vail Resorts are optimistic for a fantastic winter in their resorts, including Park City, Vail, Breckenridge and Beaver Creek.

An El Niño often means that Europe is prone to heavy rain and storms and a colder than average winter.

If you are looking for the best snow this season, take a read of our top 5 snow sure ski resorts in Europe

 

By Krystelle



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