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Top 5 Sun Terraces on the Slopes

clock 15th July 2013 | comment0 Comments

This week’s Top 5 is all sun terraces!

Imagine sitting with an ice cold drink, on a sun drenched terrace, overlooking the most owe inspiring mountain views after a day on the slopes, sounds like paradise doesn’t it? With the fantastic weather in the UK at the moment, we cannot help but remember our favourite 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 down our top 5 just for you. A special mention goes to our ‘wild card,’ choice Las Vegas Lodge in San Cassiano, Italy. 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.

Here are our Top 5 Sun Terraces on the Slopes:

1. Restaurant Combatseline – Nendaz

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.

2.Cap Horn - Courchevel

This large, swanky, sunny terrace overlooks the Courchevel Altiport and is an ideal spot for people-watching Celebrities and Millionaires. It is the perfect place to make the most of the sunshine, just don’t forget a bundle of cash!

3. 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!

4. 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.

5. Rond Point in Meribel 

Le Rond Point is a popular spot that offers great food, ski in-ski out sun terrace and lively après ski. As ‘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!

What are your favourite sun terraces? Let us know @Igluski!



‘Britain’s Fastest Snowboarder’ Jamie Barrow sets the World Indoor Snowboard Speed Record

clock 9th July 2013 | comment0 Comments

UK Snowboarder Jamie Barrow set the world indoor snowboard speed record at the weekend after reaching 69.4km/h at SnowWorld in Landgraaf.

Back in April Jamie broke the British Snowboard Speed Record Record down the Mont Fort Speed Track in Verbier after clocking a huge 151.60km/h.

Jamie chose to attempt this record at SnowWorld as it is the world’s biggest indoor snowdome with a massive 520 meter long slope.

Jamie was overjoyed to have broke another record and afterwards said, “I’m really happy with the result and the opportunity to both train and set another record. This has given me even more confidence to push my limits and hopefully set more speed records in the future.”

He added, “I hope this record will encourage others to attempt to beat it and go even faster. Without competition the sport wouldn't be where it is at the moment.”

Updated (29/07/13): Check out the full video that has just been posted!



Top 5 Family Friendly Resorts

clock 28th June 2013 | comment0 Comments

This week’s Top 5 is all about families!

A ski holiday is a great opportunity for the family to spend some quality time together. With family-friendly accommodation, ski schools and a range of family fun, there is no better way to spend time away with your family.

We spoke to 11 year old Zara and here is what she had to say:

"I love skiing, I have been skiing for seven years now and visitied lots of ski resorts. My favourite ski holiday was Meribel, I love the snowpark and the beds in the Hotel Tarentaise are super comfy. Tignes is a really friendly resort, Evolution have great English speaking instructors and after a day on the slopes I love skiing back down to resort and hearing the music blasting from Loop Bar. I go to the swimming pool most evenings and love the husky rides. In La Plagne it is so easy to go bum boarding after skiing as the hotel is on the piste. There are lots of children in La Plagne so ski school and kid’s club was really fun."

Here are our Top 5 Family Friendly Resorts:

1. Meribel

With a huge range of beginner and intermediate pistes, it is the perfect resort for a family holiday. Children benefit from plenty of beginner friendly ski areas, and will love the mini boardercross and animal themed Moon Wild.

2. Tignes

Skiing in Tignes in so vast, it is great for all abilities. There are several free lifts for beginners and has excellent ski and snowboards schools. Children will love the après ski in Tignes, with ice skating, bowling, swimming pool and Husky rides.

3. Saas Fee

Saas Fee has one of the largest beginner areas separate from the main slopes, yet is still next to town and right behind the Chalet Hotel Annahof. Families will love the Ice Pavilion and the 3500m high revolving mountain restaurant.

4. La Plagne

This skiers Paradise is an ideal choice for families of all abilities. There is an excellent selection of family friendly accommodation throughout the resort and has a great reputation for it’s encouraging ski schools.

5. Lapland

Children will love skiing at the Home of Santa Claus. Families can enjoy the thrill of Reindeer sleigh rides, husky sledding and snowmobiling. Ski resorts are much smaller in Finland but there is so much more to experience in this magical winter wonderland.

What are your favourite family ski resorts? Let us know @Igluski!



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