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Londoners Love Skiing

clock 7th November 2014 | comment0 Comments

For a country with a lack of snowy mountains the UK has a high proportion of keen skiers and snowboarders that head to ski resorts all across the world, season after season.

As the UK’s largest independent ski travel agency we offer ski holidays to over 200 resorts, giving our customers the widest choice of destinations available.


Earlier this year we published a roundup of our top selling ski resorts for 2013/14, which found Val d’Isere, St Anton and Meribel coming up top.

During the build up to the winter season, London comes alive with alpine themed fun and lively ski events to get city goers amped for the season ahead.

With a significant proportion of Iglu Ski customers residing in London we have delved into the city’s boroughs to find out how they compare.

What are the most popular ski resorts?

 

This highest percentage of skiers and snowboarders live in the South West, with an average spend of £763.02 pp and Val d’Isere as their resort of choice.

The lowest rate of skiers and snowboarders in London are found in West Central London where La Plagne is the most popular option, with an average spend of £759.46 pp.

Who spends the most on their ski holiday?

 

The biggest spenders are in SW3, Chelsea, where the average spends is £957.24 pp and residents favour the chic resort of Courchevel. 

The ski resorts in the 3 Valleys and Espace Killy in France are the preferred locations by Londoners for their ski holiday and only a handful of boroughs favoured Austria over France.

Where are the most popular ski destinations?


View the full infographic here


By Krystelle



Snowsport England launch Go Race Go Freestyle

clock 24th September 2014 | comment0 Comments

Following the success of Go Ski Go Board last year, Snowsport England’s latest initiative Go Race Go Freestyle aims to capitalise on Sochi buzz and give people more of a chance to mirror the skills of the Team GB skiers and snowboarders.

Go Ski Go Board

In its first year of launch, 10,000 people participated in the Go Ski Go Board sessions across the country where new riders had the chance to try skiing or snowboarding. Snowsport England continues to get more people into ski and snowboard by offering value for money and convenient access to the sports.

Read about last year’s GSGB launch

Go Race Go Freestyle Launch

We met Tim from Snowsport England at the launch of Go Race Go Freestyle and spoke about advice for new skiers and snowboarders, keeping the momentum of the Sochi legacy as well as the GRGF launch and other events coming up. Watch our video with Tim here:



The GRGF launch kicked off at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead this week with Go Ski Go Snowboard Ambassadors, and Team GB skiers, Katie Summerhayes and Darcie Mead. Nick and Krystelle were at the event to meet Katie and Darcie as well as having a taking part in a Go Race Go Freestyle session.


Katie and Darcie talking about their involvement in the campaign, then on the slopes at the Snow Centre

Get involved in Go Race Go Freestyle

Events will be held Nationwide at indoor and artificial slopes and snowsports clubs nationwide. The Go Race Go Freestyle sessions will come in various forms:

  • TRY FREESTYLE taster sessions will give people the chance to hit the snowpark for the first time 
  • TRY RACE sessions gives the chance to try skiing through gates for the first time and experience the buzz of racing. 
  • GO FREESTYLE sessions involve learning basic freestyle tricks and flying over ramps and rails with a freestyle coach. 
  • GO RACE’ level takes people through the basic and fundamental skills involved in Alpine ski racing from start to finish in a safe and friendly environment. 
  • JUST RACE & JUST FREESTYLE are sessions where skiers and snowboarders can regularly take part and immerse themselves in a snowsport lifestyle. 



Darcie and Nick taking part in Go Race

Tim Fawke, CEO of Snowsport England said: “Sochi 2014 brought snowsports to the attention of more people than ever before, particularly those inspired by the dynamism and excitement of ski racing or by the fantastic performances from Great Britain’s freestyle skiers and snowboarders. With GO RACE GO FREESTYLE sessions, we are giving people the opportunity to get a taste for another side of snowsports and for people who want to get even more involved, it becomes part of the pathway from grass roots to elite snowsports.”


GO SKI GO BOARD and GO RACE GO FREESTYLE sessions can be found on www.goskigoboard.org.uk

View all our photos from the event on Facebook

By Krystelle



Top 5 ski resorts to avoid chairlifts

clock 27th August 2014 | comment0 Comments

In which ski resorts can you can access the most ski area without having to sit on a chairlift?

We were inspired by this topic after a question on our ski blog. Taking a gondola maybe preferred by groups with beginners, families with young children, anxious skiers or anyone that prefers to keep out of the cold (why are you skiing?) Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but for the majority of us we just choose whatever gets us up the mountain quick enough.

So for a bit of fun we decided to take a look at which ski resorts you can access the most ski area without having to sit on a chairlift. Here are our top 5 ski resorts to avoid chairlifts.

5. Val d’Isere, France

From Val d’Isere you can take the Olympique cable car to the Rocher De Bellevarde peak at 2827m where there is a huge selections of ski runs from the top. There are green, blue and red run options all the way down to 1785m where you then have the benefit of taking the funicular at La Daille back to the top. From here there is the blue Santons and black Face de Bellevarde which you can ski all the way back to Val d’isere.

On the otherside of the valley, the Solaise cable car gives you access to another green beginner area, plus the red run Plan that forms the black Rhone-Alpes or red Piste M.

In neighbouring Tignes, it is possible to take the Funiculaire Grande Motte and the Grand Motte cable car all the way to the glacier at 3456m before skiing all the way back down to Val Claret on a choice of blue and red runs.

4. Levi, Finland

Levi is a fantastic resort for beginners; the small ski area mainly consists of blue and red runs which are great for anyone new to ski, particularly with the quiet slopes and lack of queuing. What is also great for beginners is that there is only one chairlift - you can access the 43 pistes in Levi using the 2 cabin lifts, 1 chair lift, 14 T-bars, 6 drag lifts and 4 rope lifts.

3. Alpe d’Huez, France

Similar to many of the large resorts, there are many chairlifts in Alpe d’Huez but there is a surprising amount of bubbles, gondolas and telecabins where you can access all over the ADH ski area.

From the village in 1860m, the 1st and 2nd Troncon can take you all the way up to 2700m where there is an assortment of green, blue and red runs that take you back to ADH. Otherwise you can carry on and take the Pic Blanc cable car up to the glacier at 3330m. If all lifts and runs are open, from 2700m you can follow the blue runs Couloir and Boulevard des Marmottes to Plat des Marmottes and take the Marmottes 2 and 3 up to the glacier as well.

From Oz en Oisans at 1350m there are the Poutran bubbles to get you back over to ADH or there is the L’Alpette bubble that takes you up to 2050m, with green, blue and red runs to ski, or the Alpette Rousses cable car to 2800m at Dome des Petities Rousses with fantastic red runs that came take you all the way back down to Oz en Oisans or ADH.

2. Verbier, Switzerland

From Verbier village at 1500m you can get all the way to Mont Fort at 3330m using la Chaux bubble, plus the Gentianes and Mont Fort cable cars. Verbier is home to some of the most challenging skiing in the Alps, including the runs from Mont Fort. There is a fantastic variety of tough reds and exhilarating blacks from intermediates and advanced.

1. La Plagne, France

La Plagne has a huge 225km of ski area across the villages; yes there are mainly chairlifts to access the whole expanse but you maybe surprised how much you could access without having to touch a chair.

From the Grande Rochette ‘Funitel’ Gondola in Plagne Centre there are a variety of blue, red and black runs to ski down. From the top at 2505m you can head left to pick up the black Rochette or the leisurely blue run Mira back down to Centre, or if you head right at the top you can access the red run Carina which leads into a few blue options plus the Colorado Park.

Also from the top you can access the back of this mountain where you can head all the way down to Champagny at 1250m, although to get back to Plagne Centre you will need to take a bubble and 2 chair lifts.

At Plagne Bellecotte you can ride the Roche de Mio bubble, which makes a stop in Belle Plagne, to the peak of Roche de Mio at 2700m. From the top you can take the blue run Tunnel back down to Belle Plagne and Bellecote, or you can choose my favourite run in La Plagne, the red Sources which leads in to blue runs back down to Bellecotte at 1930m.

Also from the top you can access the back of the mountain on the fantastic blue run Levasset, plus the Bellecotte bubble up to the glacier. Even non skiers can take in the views at 3417m on the glacier as it is completely accessible from Bellecotte with the 2 bubble lifts. If you did want to completely avoid chairlifts, you can take the ski bus between Bellecotte and Centre, otherwise the Colosses and La Bergerie chair lifts can take you between the two ski areas quickly.



Chile VS Australia: Battle of the Southern Hemisphere Resorts

clock 13th June 2014 | comment0 Comments

Today marks the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and many of the countries fighting it out to be the winner of the World Cup are also some of the finest countries in the world to ski in, so in true Iglu Ski style we have been pondering which countries would win in a battle of the best ski resorts.

First up is Group B teams Chile VS Australia with a clash to find the best of the southern hemisphere resorts. We will look at the 3 top factors of a leading ski resort (the slopes, the après and the cuisine) in an endeavour to crown the winner of Chile VS Australia.


Perisher, Australia

The Slopes

Chile
Skiing in Chile is often regarded as a once in a lifetime opportunity due to its location in South America and the legendary off piste. The country offers 20 ski resorts which are located in the south with ski lifts peaking at 3500m. The Andes provide the perfect playground for adrenaline seekers and adventurers wanting to heli-ski with its 1 million acres of untouched powder. The Andes is the second highest mountain range in the world with the summit of Aconcagua sitting at 6950m. One of the best reasons to visit Chile is for guaranteed snow due to the high altitude.

The resort of Portillo averages 24ft of snow as well as plenty of sunshine similar to spring skiing in the Alps. Resorts in Chile are smaller than its European counterparts and lifts can be quite dated but slopes are quiet and Portillo even limits tickets sold so there is never a busy day on the mountain. Valle Nevado is situated in the heart of the largest ski area in the southern hemisphere and snow is guaranteed by the height and the considerable size of the terrain. This season, Valle Nevado opened 2 weeks early, on Friday 13th June, due to fantastic early snowfall.

Ski Pucon is situated on a volcano and is popular with freestylers due to the natural half pipes formed by lava. Chile famously featured in the Art of Flight with Travis Rice and Scotty Lago sending it off a 12ft kicker in the pristine South American backcountry. This put Chile on the map for many snowboard enthusiasts, including myself!

Australia
With winter kicking off down under this month, many ski resorts in the Southern hemisphere are starting to open… with or without snow! Unfortunately it hasn’t been the best start of the season in Australia and many resorts are still looking green on opening weekends. Resorts have to rely on snow guns to get some snow on the slopes, but with temperatures gradually dropping, it is expected to dump very soon.

Australia is famously known for its sun, sea and surf, but it is also a ski lovers paradise. Most ski resorts are found in the two states of New South Wales and Victoria. Perisher is the largest ski area in Australia, located in the picturesque Kosciuszko National Park neighbouring Thredbo just up the road. Mt Perisher peaks at 2054m, with the highest chair lift reaching 2034m.

One of the most visited Australian resorts is Thredbo, the resort has the steepest terrain in Australia and also the longest runs including the 5.9km Super Trail. Further South sits Mt. Hotham and Falls Creek which are linked by a helicopter ride. Falls Creek freestyle park and pipe consistently wins awards as well as playing host to many high profile snowboard events throughout the winter. Cross country skiing is available in most resorts where visitors can take advantage of the long groomed trails through the forest.

Winner: Chile



Portillo, Chile

The Après


Chile
Due to the small villages nightlife is limited in many resorts. Valle Nevado has the largest concentration of restaurants and bars and Portillo offers live music in a local bar and an all-night disco

Australia
Most of the resorts in Australia are well developed with large villages. Some tourists even come mainly to party with may be some skiing thrown in on the odd day. With 4 villages, Perisher is known for bars and restaurants becoming very active in the evening once the lifts have closed. Falls Creek has 28 bars and restaurants but if you are looking for a quiet evening there are spa options or places to sit in front of an open fire.

Winner: Austalia


Mt. Buller, Australia

The Cuisine

Chile
Traditional Chilen food may be hard to find in ski resorts. In large hotels you will probably encounter high quality international food and in budget accommodation you will find simple foods. Chile produces a bounty of fine fruit and vegetables which are easily found around resorts. Typical Chilan food is normally meat heavy with plenty of slabs of meat and fish in restaurants, where breakfast is more of a sweet affair with biscuits, cakes and tarts.

Australia
As Australian resorts aren’t very high and villages are easily accessible the food is general to what you find all over Australia. Many villages have a range of restaurants from fine dining to better value options. A traditional lunch on the mountain would be a burger/hot dog and chips but many resorts are starting to extend their ranges to include healthier options. If you are able to travel just outside the ski area to sub-alpine villages in Victoria, you can treat yourself to a feast of flavours including local beers and fresh produce

Winner: Chile


Chile

The Verdict

Winner: Chile

We love snow and the more snow the better. The Australian ski season can be variable with bad years having barely any snowfall. Australia does have many great resorts and features to make a fantastic week on the slopes, but Chile has it in the ‘back of the net’ with its epic backcountry and snow sure resorts.


By Krystelle



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