Winter is here and December is the time where the Iglu Ski staff head out to the mountains all over Europe to refresh our ‘ski heads’ by testing the slopes, discovering new additions in resort and viewing our best-selling accommodations so we have all the expert knowledge to recommend the perfect ski holidays to our customers over w. You can follow the Iglu Ski team’s antics on social by #igluinthesnow
There were multiple groups from the ski team staying in Tignes from 12th – 17th December. Krystelle & Scotty were staying at Chalet Hotel Aiguille Percee, hosted by Mark Warner; Alice, Ella & Megan were staying at Chalet Alaska with Ski Total as their hosts, and Marco stayed with Inghams at Chalet Camille. After the large snowfall at the end of November the slopes in Tignes were still in good condition thanks to the high altitude and snowmaking facilities. In the early mornings and late in the afternoon some of the slopes were a little icy but during the day the skiing felt great. There were plenty of runs open with barely any brown patches on piste at all. The Espace Killy ski area has fantastic snow making facilities which helped considerably during this dry December.
Krystelle, Marco & Scotty
Alice, Ella & Megan
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Most of the team staying in Tignes also spend time over in Val d’Isere, below is Krystelle’s photos from their day over there. The pistes behind Solaise where in the best condition (even better than the Tignes side). The blue runs off the Glacier Express were fantastic at late morning before heading into Val d’Isere for lunch. Tilly and Ella were staying in Meribel with Powder White but came over to Val d’Isere for FIS World Cup. Tilly had this to say about her stay… ‘Val d'Isere has a vast area of skiing and lots of nightlife! We got up for first tracks and the snow was brilliant for early season. We were very fortunate to see the World Cup first hand, the atmosphere when the French were racing was incredible.‘
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Beth and Lisa were on a hosted trip by Madame Vacances of key resorts in France. Their Alps adventure took them to Alpe d’Huez, Flaine and Les 2 Alpes. Similar to other resorts, the snow wasn’t perfect but there was still enough to enjoy a brilliant day on the slopes in the December sunshine.
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Laura and Josh joined Neilson Ski Holidays in Mayrhofen just before xmas week from 16th – 19th December and we’re lucky enough to be greeted by a fresh few inches of snowfall. Here’s what Laura had to say about their trip… ‘After good snowfall in November, the wide lower slopes had good conditions, firm corduroy piste in the morning that softened up by 11am for easy, enjoyable skiing for all levels. Once we reached 2000m the 15cm of new snow provided excellent skiing both on and off the marked piste. We were still finding fresh lines to ski when the lifts closed and apres began!‘
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Christian and James are based out in Morzine throughout the year and were keen to pop over to Avoriaz to check out the new Transition festival and see how the slopes were looking.
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Seb, Rufus and Ian enjoyed a 3 Valleys adventure with Powder White from 14th-17th December. The snow was icy in parts in the first thing but by late morning softened up. The run down from the top of Saulire Express down to Meribel was a highlight of the trip. Read more about their trip in Seb's 'Alpine Action Experience' blog
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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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Earlier on in the year we kicked off our new expert guide video series with a set of videos aimed at perfecting the ski basics to improve your time on the slopes. In this latest set of videos I chat to members of our expert Iglu Ski team and ask them which resorts they would recommend for groups, families and beginners.
Groups, families and beginners all have special requirements on a ski holiday.
Our ski experts take all this into consideration, plus any other requests, when choosing you the perfect ski holiday.
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Introducing the first of our new Expert Guides series aimed at improving your ski performance so you can enjoy your ski holiday to the max. We have started with a few simple tips to help you out if you are new to skiing or looking for methods to improve your ski experience and time on the slopes. At Iglu Ski, we have a huge amount of knowledge across the team and we wanted to share our ski and snowboard holiday advice to the general skiing public so you can make the most of your time when you are in the mountains.
Our first 5 videos are presented by AJ (Sales Director) who has a plethora of ski knowledge after countless ski holidays in at least 10 countries, working in Whistler as a ski instructor (CSIA level 3) and as a guide in the Portes du Soleil.
We will be creating more videos over the ski season. Take a look at our Expert Guide Playlist on YouTube for the lastest videos. Here are the first videos in the series, which were filmed at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead.
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"Just home from Christmas in Val d'Isere... this was the best ski holiday I have ever been on. Val is stunning, the hotel fabulous, staff sensational and skiing out of this world. We booked through Iglu. They were fantastic. Peter had great ski knowledge, offered advice and went the extra mile. " - Pamela (Dec 2015)