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Top 5 best après ski resorts in Austria

clock 21st July 2015 | comment0 Comments

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is where is good for après. The quality of the après scene could make or break a ski holiday for some. After a long day on the mountain, many of us love to unwind and celebrate with a cold beer, great music and dancing.

Austria has the best après bars in the world. If you crave a lively ski resort full of lots of entertainment after a day of skiing or snowboarding then look no further than the picturesque villages and beautiful mountains of Austria.

Get your après boots at the ready and take a look at our contenders for the best après in Austria:

best apres ski resorts

 

5. Soll

This party town is popular with younger crowds with its large club like venues such as Whisky Mule and Salven Stadl which are open to the early hours. If you prefer a quieter après venue there are plenty of more sophisticated bars in Soll such as Bella Vita and Rossini café. With around 30 restaurants and bars in resort there are plenty of options to suit everyone’s tastes.

4. Saalbach

This skiing gem has some of the best après ski in the Alps. Between Saalbach and Hinterglemm there are over 40 après venues! You are truly spoilt for choice in this beautiful part of Austria. One of the most rememberable venues is the ‘goat themed’ Goasstall in Hinterglemm. If you are with to dance in your ski boots until dinner time, look no further than Hinterhag Alm next to the Kohlmais piste.

apres ski in saalbach and hinterglemm

Goasstall

3. Mayrhofen

I was fantastically surprised by the après in Mayrhofen, not only was it spectacular fun, it was great value too (especially compared to the large French resorts). Mayrhofen is a huge party town with a wide variety of pubs, bars and clubs making it a perfect choice for large groups.

On piste I loved the White Lounge Igloo bar at the Ahorn and the uber cool Grillhof Alm by the Van park on the Penken side. Once back in the village head to the Ice Bar or Bruck ‘n’Stadl for the liveliest après, then if you are still wanting to carry on the party after dinner, Mo’s, Scotland Yard, Funky’s and Harakiri are open till late.

apres ski at Bruck n Stadl in Mayrhofen

Bruck n Stadl

2. Ischgl

There was a divide in the Iglu Ski offices over the top spot on this list. We have a handful of ski experts that believe Ischgl deserves the golden crown. With incredible party venues like Trofana Alm, Schatzi Bar and the Kuhstall you are guaranteed a vibrant week of amazing après.

Apres ski ar Kuhstall Bar in Ischgl

Kuhstall Bar

1. St Anton

It’s no surprise that St Anton is the undefeated heavyweight champion with its world renowned legendary après bars. With an abundance of piste-side bars, you can’t avoid stopping off for a post-ski beverage on your last run home. The Krazy Kangaruh and Mooserwirt are 2 of the most famed après bars in resort, that are packed to the brim with skiers and snowboarders daily and the best spots to get your dose of dancing on tables in your ski boots!

Are you thinking about skiing in St Anton this winter? Read our experts guide to St Anton

apres ski at Mooserwirt in St Anton

Mooserwirt



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By Krystelle



Top 5 Ski Resorts to See the Northern Lights

clock 30th June 2015 | comment0 Comments

The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis is a magnificent natural phenomenon that lights up the night sky with a stunning and eye-catching display. This natural wonder attracts spectators from all over the world and it’s easy to see why a northern lights sighting features high on many people’s bucket lists.

For centuries the Aurora has baffled, bewildered, terrified and delighted mankind. Appearing around the northern polar region in a spectrum of illuminate colours from green to yellow, red and even purple. The lights are best seen around midnight and can appear as a static glow or a pulsating dynamic dance amongst the stars. Certain countries are blessed with frequent visits from the Aurora due to their geographical location with some better than others for optimal sightings. Select ski resorts can also enjoy spectacular displays when the timing is right; and a combined ski holiday with a once in a lifetime northern lights sighting is a trip to be treasured for a lifetime.

Try something different for your next ski holiday and venture to one of the top 5 resorts below who have reported good Aurora activity in the past.

Harstead, Norway – For Cross Country Skiing

Nearby Tromso, Norway
 

Húsavík, Iceland

Nearby Vik, Iceland


Banff, Canada

Sunshine Village, Banff  View ski holidays in Banff                                                                      image ©Dan Dolson

 

Levi, Lapland (Finland)

View Ski holidays in Levi

 

Fairbanks, Alaska – For Ski Touring

Dalton Highway, north of Fairbanks, Alaska

 

 Fun Facts

-The Aurora Australis are the southern counterpart for the Northern Lights and can be spotted from Tasmania, Antarctica, Argentina and more.

-The Aurora are named after the ancient Roman goddess of Dawn who goes by the same name.

-Native American legends tell how they were able to summon ghosts and spirits by whistling at the lights.



An expert's guide to St Anton

clock 19th June 2015 | comment0 Comments

The experts at Iglu Ski have come together to offer you the ultimate guide to St Anton – one of the Alps’ snowiest resorts. Think Monaco Grand Prix blended with the Munich Beer Festival amongst skiing that rivals Val d’Isere.

St Anton is home to 380km of pistes, over 200km of off-piste and is served by more than 94 state-of-the-art lifts. Restaurants, bars and clubs are amongst some of the best in the Alps. Iglu Ski offers ski holidays to nearly 50 ski chalets in St Anton suitable for a range of group sizes. View our favourite St Anton chalets here.

It was tough to narrow down our favourites, but here are just some of our recommendations and top tips to make the most of your trip to St Anton.

Our favourite ski runs

St Anton has a well-deserved reputation for its exciting and varied runs. Below are some of our favourites on the Alberg Mountain.

On-piste

  1. Schindler
  2. Rendl
  3. Lech & Zurs
  4. Galzig
  5. Kapall 

For the more hard-core amongst you, some of the best runs can be found off-piste. Things are a little quieter around Sonnenkopf where the views are magnificent. We recommend heading out with a guide so they can show you their hidden gems.

Off-piste

  1. Valluga North Face 
  2. Schindler Chutes
  3. Sonnenkopf
  4. Galzig off-piste
  5. Schindlerkar 

Check out the St Anton piste map here.

Our favourite bars

The bars in St Anton are some of the craziest in the Alps with classic Austrian après madness, you’ll find beer steins galore accompanied by the occasional lederhosen.

  1. Moosewirt – with daily après from 3.30pm to 8pm, Moosewirt is one of the best party places on Alberg Mountain, with dancing on tables, a huge disco ball and Jaeger bombs aplenty 
  2. Krazy Kangaruh – the original home of après ski in St Anton hosts parties from dawn til dusk
  3. Fang House – the fun house in Nasserein with lots of charm and outdoor seating to soak up the sun
  4. Bar Cuba – a great sports bar and favourite of seasonaires, home to foosball and a large population of goggle tans
  5. Scotty’s Bar & Pizzeria – for cheap beer and good pizza, to be enjoyed a little later on in the evening 

Our favourite clubs

Après the après ski, there are two main places to party until 3am. The Kandahar Bar hosts some fantastic live music and DJs from all over the world; Piccadilly is also a popular go-to for late night fun.

Our favourite restaurants

  1. Hospiz Alm – gourmet fine dining in St Christoph for a blow-out meal after a long day on the slopes. There is even a slide to the bathroom to avoid snow-boot-related incidents!
  2. Pizzeria Pomodoro – for a lively atmosphere, world famous lasagne and the best pizza on the Alberg Mountain
  3. Bobos – Mexican bar and restaurant open daily from 5pm until 3am – good food and a great selection of cocktails
  4. Robi’s Rodel-Stall – to relax in front of an open fire at the end of the toboggan run, enjoy cheese fondue, their notorious spare ribs and a warm atmosphere
  5. Museum – for something a little different. The Museum is located just off the blue Galzig piste, a museum by day and candlelit gastronomic delight by night; it was also used as the exterior filming location for the chalet in British comedy, Chalet Girl.

We recommend you visit…

St Anton in February for the best skiing, but we recommend a March trip for the best après. As always, the weather can be unpredictable so with that in mind – we’d say St Anton is a great destination all year round.

More reasons to love St Anton

  1. Short transfer time from airport – approximately an hour
  2. Short flight from London – around one and a half hours
  3. In it for more than just skiing? St Anton offers some great facilities:
    1. Toboggan run – a popular activity for all and free to use, the course runs from Gampen to the Rodelstall and takes around 15 minutes to complete with a vertical elevation of 1,670 feet. Toboggans are available to rent at all good sports shops – they cost around 9 euros. 
    2. Wellness centre – for the ultimate relaxation with outstanding views of the mountain, here you’ll find an outdoor heated pool, an indoor pool, outdoor flume, paddling pool and spa area. 
    3. Arl.rock Sport Park – activity centre offering climbing, bouldering, bowling, tennis and more. 
  4. There’s a broad range of accommodation in St Anton, from the lavish to the on-budget, there is something for everyone. 

Some final advice…

  1. St Anton is a great fit for intermediate to advanced skiers; pistes classified as blues here would generally be red in other resorts. With that said – there are some great beginner slopes in Nasserein and Gampen. 
  2. It’s worth a ski over to Lech where you’ll find some great off-piste skiing. Under the bridge towards Stuben, the piste runs parallel to cars driving down the road – overtake one and take a selfie. The look on their face is a picture!
  3. Sonnenkopf is a bus away but definitely worth the journey to escape the crowds
  4. Don’t be put off by staying in Nasserein, there’s great access to the skiing and it’s only a flat 10 minute walk to the centre of town, plus regular buses
  5. Innsbruck and Zurich are nearby if you wanted to take a city break at the same time – both transferable by train if you wanted to avoid coach transfers
  6. A seven day lift pass is €240 for adults and €142 for children, half day and beginner passes are also available

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Any other recommendations? Disagree with us? Comment below.

We hope you enjoy!

The Iglu Ski team x



Top 5 celebrity ski hotspots

clock 18th June 2015 | comment0 Comments

Live the celebrity lifestyle for a week and discover some of your best-loved A-lister’s favourite ski destinations. Many celebrities set aside a week of their busy schedules each winter to go skiing in their preferred ski resorts. These chic ski towns are filled with designer shops, ritzy hotels, glamorous bars and swanky restaurants.

You don’t need to be a millionaire to experience these fantastic ski areas, we offer great value ski holidays to these resorts* so you can go skiing on the same slopes as Posh and Becks without the hefty price tag.

Take a look at top celebrity ski destinations:

 

St Moritz, Switzerland

5. Meribel, France

Nestled at the heart of the largest ski area in the world, Meribel is no stranger to hosting famous people. There are very few hotels here so celebrities can enjoy the privacy of their very own luxury ski chalet holiday. The restaurants and bars aren’t as glitzy as neighbouring resort Courchevel, so this is perfect for anyone wanting some quality time with friends and family away from the crowds.

You may have to look a little harder for celebrities here but many have their own properties in this charming village in the 3 Valleys. Emma Watson purchased a luxury chalet in 2008 for £1 million and now the demand for property in Meribel has increased so much that it is now rumoured to be is worth between 3-4 million.

Celebrities spotted in Meribel:

- Prince William and Kate Middleton
- Natalie Imbruglia
- Sophie Ellis-Bextor

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Left to Right: Meribel ski resort. Sophie Ellis Bextor in resort, photo: The Mirror. Prince William and Kate Skiing, photo: Rex Features

4. Zermatt, Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the first-rate ski countries in the World. Home to iconic mountains, the most peaks over 4000 m and an elite ski scene fit for the rich and famous.

Settled under the illustrious Matterhorn, Zermatt is a picturesque alpine village filled with gourmet restaurants, cosy ski chalets and world-class skiing.

Celebrities spotted in Zermatt:

- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
- Phil Collins
- Vanessa-Mae and Frida Lyngstad (Abba) have homes in here

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Zermatt ski resort

3. Courchevel, France

With over 600 km of pistes on its doorstep, Courchevel is certainly rich in ski terrain. 1850 is the most chic of the villages which is home to six star hotels, Michelin star restaurants and glamourous shops. At peak season uber-rich Russians doned in fur lined ski wear fill the resort and can be spotted sipping their Dom Perignon at apres. This elegant ski town is full of alpine charm and a favourite of many of the Iglu team and the stars.

Celebrities spotted in Courchevel:

- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Posh and Becks
- Pippa Middleton
- Geri Halliwell

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Left to Right: Courchevel ski resort.  Posh and Becks, photo: Daily Mail. Leonardo DiCaprio in resort, photo: EOnline

2. Aspen, USA

Aspen ski resort is playground for millionaires and superstars. This ski haven is renowned for its exclusivity and harbors some of the most expensive properties in the US. With designer shops like Dior and Gucci amongst the delectable bistros, it’s no wonder this is a hot spot for the A-listers. A top location to spot a celeb is in the chic 5 star hotel The Little Nell.

Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia are regular visitors to the resort, having spent 3 previous Presidents’ Day weekends skiing in Aspen.

Other celebrities spotted in Aspen:

- Mel Gibson
- Kate Hudson
- Mariah Carey
- Paris Hilton
- Jay Z and Beyonce
- Antonio Banderas
- Ben Fogle

Aspen ski resort

1. St Moritz, Switzerland

Famed for its annual snow Polo World Cup on the frozen lake of St Moritz, this prestigious event started more than 30 years ago and draws in more than 12 000 spectators and a host of top celebrities.

At peak times, the resorts very own airport brings in more than 40 private jets a day so the rich and famous can enjoy the Swiss slopes or a ‘designer’ getaway to enjoy the fine amenities of the resort.

With designer shops, exclusive sporting events and superb spas, St Moritz is always at the top of the exclusivity lists. You’ll find the biggest names in fashion here including, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Roberto Cavalli and Versace.

The best places to spot a celeb in resort are Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, Break 7, Roo Bar, Hanselmann tea room and the Polo World Cup.

Celebrities spotted in St Moritz:

- Robbie Williams
- Claudia Schiffer
- George Cloony
- Charlie Chaplin
- Alfred Hitchcock
- John Travolta
- Robert De Niro
- Elizabeth Hurley
- Tina Turner
- Naomi Campbell
- Boris Becker married his model wife here

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Left to Right: St Moritz at night. Naomi Campbell, photo: Daily Mail. Boris Becker getting married in St Moritz, photo: OK

Other celebrity hotspots:

Klosters - The Royals
Deer Valley - Dustin Hoffman, Bruce Springsteen and John Travolta
Telluride - Tom Cruise and Oprah
Verbier - Richard Branson
Val d’Isere - Jamie Oliver
Obertauern - The Beatles filmed ‘Help’ here
Champéry- Noel Gallagher
Crans Montana - Roger Moore
Cortina d'Ampezzo - Peter Sellers and Frank Sinatra

Have you ever spotted a celebrity on the slopes? Tell us on Twitter @igluski 

 

By Krystelle 

*We do not offer ski holidays in Aspen



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