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From Cruise To Ski - Hitting The Slopes For The First Time Ever

clock 16th September 2013 | comment0 Comments
I am probably the only person at Iglu who has never skied… I started at Iglu after working onboard cruise ships for over five years, so needless to say my cruise knowledge is more extensive than my ski knowledge. However, with the winter season rapidly approaching I was anxious to improve this. As the UK's largest independent ski agency, it's no suprise that amongst a team of ski and snowboard enthusiasts I was one of the only who had never set foot on a slope. As colleagyes shared their snowy experiences with me through stories, videos and pictures my interest in all things ski only increased to the point in which something had to be done to quench my growing thirst for snow. This is my opportunity… So, I began looking into where, if and how I could take ski lessons and found the perfect opportinity at the Go Ski Go Board launch at Hemel Hempstead. They were looking for somone who had never skied before to take part in a one hour lesson...this was definetely my chance! I was so excited, although admittedly slightly nervous. Someone compared it to surfing which put me at ease as I like to surf, although I wasn't too convinced it was similar! Gloves, hat, coat, boots… The day I had been waiting for arrived. Ironically a boiling hot day in London, I took a swift train from London Victoria, one hour to Hemel Hempstead. It is also accessible via car, just ten minutes from junction 20 on the M25. Upon arrival we were met by the organisers who took us to get our boots and skis. Our instructor, James told us a little bit about himself, what we would be doing and reassured any doubts we had. He made me feel at ease and I was eager to go out and learn. Here goes… The Snow Centre is an indoor slope that boasts real snow and as soon as I touched it I was filled with adrenalin to get started. First, James explained how to put on and take off the skies and went through some basic techniques. He was very patient and explained everything thoroughly. Our next stage was to learn how to stop, an important stage for me! Again, James was extremely patient and helped us with anything we felt nervous about. Once I knew how to stop, there was no stopping me! James even noted "you do not have much fear for a young girl who has never skied". We went on to learn different techniques for changing direction and turning. Every time we learnt something new it was explained in an understandable way and with great patience. I was enjoying myself so much that I did not realise we had been on the slopes for nearly two hours. I looked over to the intermediate slopes and could see the skiers and boarders speeding down and performing amazing tricks, I asked James if he could teach me to be like them, to which he laughed and replied "sure!" My time on the slopes was unfortunately coming to an end but I really did not want to leave. Hooked… At the end of the lesson I felt fulfilled with what I had achieved and it has completely inspired me to learn more. When I had first arrived at The Snow Centre with my nerves, I never thought I would be feeling like this by the end of my lesson. I cannot commend James enough for his patience and excellent teaching skills. He made me feel completely at ease and comfortably pushed us that bit further. He had an excellent way of engaging with us on an equal level and making the lesson fun. I would definitely recommend taking ski lessons, and even more so with the Go Ski Go Board programme. The only warning I have is that you may become hooked! Watch this space… During work the next day I couldn’t help but keep watching videos on YouTube of skiers and boarders and thinking how much I want to step into their world! I cannot express enough how great skiing is. Take that from someone who has never been interested in winter sports! People are often put off as they think it will be too expensive, but this new programme offers affordable lessons and great rates on different courses. I cannot wait to see what the winter season has in store for me and I hope I will be confident on the slopes by the new year! Watch this space!


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!


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!


Bernard's First Chalet Holiday

clock 18th January 2013 | comment1 Comments
What's it like staying in a chalet? One of the Iglu team popped their catered ski chalet cherry this winter and here are their thoughts on the experience. [More]


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