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Top 5 ski bars to spend St Patrick's day in

clock 11th March 2015 | comment0 Comments

If there is one thing we know at Iglu, it's how to have a good party (with finding the perfect ski holiday a very close second!) So combining both of our top traits and finding the perfect après bar is what we can do best.

Earlier in the ski season our sales director AJ put together his top après ski destinations for this winter and now we have looked for some alternative suggestions for our top 5 ski bars to spend at Patrick's day in.

 

5. Pub le Ski Lodge in La Tania, France

The ski lodge may not be an Irish bar, but it’s one of our favourite après venues in this part of the 3 valleys, as they sure know how to have a great time! There’s a sun terrace for perfecting that google tan in the afternoon then happy hour from 4-6pm to get the party started.

Find out more about La Tania

 

4. O’flannigans in Kitzbühel, Austria

Head to Flannigans for your Guinness and Magners fix while in Kitzbühel. With regular live music, special events and sports games screened on the big TVs, Flannigans is a great escape from the chic shops and bars around the exclusive town. The bar has been around for 10 years, Paul and Stuart pride themselves on delivering the best entertaining atmosphere thoughtout the season.

Find out more about Kitzbuhel

 

3. The Harp in Soldeu, Andorra

This Irish run and owned bar has some of the funniest and friendliest staff I have ever come across in a ski resort. As well as the ‘best craic on the mountain,’ the bar has live music 7 nights a week. The nightlife is Soldeu is extremely lively so be prepared to be out till 3 or 4am some nights, so if you want to ski all day and party all night for St Patricks then Soldeu is your top choice.

Find out more about Soldeu

 

2. Shatzi bar in Ischgl, Austria

This Austrian après bar is a favourite amongst the Iglu ski team. Its electric atmosphere and Tyrolean dressed staff provide the best après ski vibe for any celebration. The music here is primarily modern dance so if you want some classic après tunes after you can head to Trofana Alm which is one of the best après ski bars in the world.

Find out more about Ischgl

 

1. Dubh Linn Gate in Whistler, Canada

This bar is as authentic as it gets. With the best beer selection in Whistler and live music blasting all day long, this is the ultimate bar to spend the luckiest day of the year in. The Irish spirit is well and truly alive at the Dubh Linn Gate Pub where you are guaranteed to have a memorable night with a tall beers, great food and the fun atmosphere.

Find out more about Whistler

 

By Krystelle



Will it be a bumper end to the ski season?

clock 26th February 2015 | comment1 Comments

In the past few weeks snow conditions this season have completely turned around. It may have been a slow start to the ski season after the warm December temperatures, but since mid-January things have been looking up. There has been a series of huge snow dumps teamed with a string of sunny days occurring over the last few weeks, dramatically building up the snow bases of ski resorts across Europe.


February Snow

The February half term was a perfect week for a ski holiday with up to 60 cm of snowfall on the half term transfer weekend then beautiful blue skies for most of the week after. View current snow conditions in our latest snow reports.

As the busiest ski week of the season came to a close, it was reported in the long range forecasts that we were in for one of the biggest snow storms of the season over the next 9 days, including up to 231 cm of snowfall in just a few days. The Alps may not have received the 2m foreseen but 120 cm in Soldeu, 98 cm in Cervinia, 82 cm in Grindelwald and 66 cm in Avoriaz was very welcomed by the post-half term skiers and snowboarders.

Snow bases and snow conditions are currently superb for the start of March. Particularly Austrian resorts are looking significantly healthy for this time of year (compared to last year): 

Resort February 2014 February 2015
St Anton 53cm / 128 cm 59 cm / 221 cm
Solden 12 cm / 270 cm 15 cm / 317 cm
Obergurgl 79 cm / 177 cm 61 cm / 205 cm
Lech 100 cm / 115 cm 96 cm / 171 cm

Lower pistes cm / top pistes cm

March Skiing

Skiing in March is one of the most best times of the year, as temperatures start to warm up you can enjoy the fantastic ski conditions in the morning, then by the afternoon you can embrace the après atmosphere on a sun terrace on a mountain top bar. With the current great snow depths in many resorts across Europe, a ski holiday in March will be excellent.

With even more snow storms on the horizon over the next 9 days, there will be no shortage of snow for the rest of the season. The snow conditions we have at present are the best so far this season and with Easter week just 4 weeks away it’s looking like there will be plenty of snow to enjoy this year.

After Easter falling so late in April last year, this wasn’t a great time for a ski holiday. With Easter Sunday falling on the 5th April this year, many families will be heading out to ski resorts for the first week of April to spend the Easter holidays in the snow.

Top tips when booking an Easter ski holiday

With temperatures rising towards the end of the ski season, your save bet is to aim for high resorts. It is always difficult to predict the snow conditions at the end of season so be sure to choose a ski resort with high altitude to secure the best snow conditions. You want enough snow to build a snow bunny don’t you?

 

Best resorts for end of season skiing

  • With the Grande Motte Glacier in Espace Killy open through till May and the highest ski lift peaking at 3450m you can guarantee good snow in Tignes and Val d’Isere for Easter.
  • Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe, as well as in the largest ski area in the world with over 600 km of piste in the 3 Valleys
  • Les Arc 2000 – the magic is in the name, as the village sits at 2000m, snow is still decent at this high altitude later on in the ski season and the ski area’s highest point is 3226m at the Aiguille Rouge.
  • If you prefer the Austrian side of the Alps, the Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun provides skiing or snowboarding almost all year round. Even if it is warm in the valley there will still be snow at 3000m on the glacier.
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    Top 5 Ski Resorts in Italy

    clock 12th December 2014 | comment1 Comments

    Italy is a spectacular choice for a ski holiday, boasting some of the world’s best ski resorts it’s a destination that combines high altitude skiing, mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine plus an après ski scene in a league of its own.  Perhaps even more noteworthy is the affordable price tag and just how far your holiday budget can travel.  Italy offers a great collection of ski resorts and the diversity on offer means that everyone from pro skiers, to first time beginners and winter sports fans can find their perfect winter escape.

    Get started on planning your ideal Italian ski holiday with help from our top 5 resorts listed below.

    5. Sauze d’Oulx 

     

    Sauze d’Oulx has long held the torch for being a popular party destination and has had Brits flocking in for the infectious après ski scene for decades.  But times have progressed from the days when parties overruled the pistes and  Sauze d’Oulx now flaunts an attractive balance of quality ski runs, mountain village charm and just the right amount of entertainment to ensure you don’t miss a full days skiing on one of the best pistes in the country.  Skiing at Sauze d’Oulx can be great fun for all levels with competent and skilled ski schools available for beginners, intermediates or those looking to pick up a few new advanced skills.  Evening meal times are a real treat with a flavoursome Mediterranean menu offered at many affordable restaurants.

    4. Cervinia

     

    Settled in the mountains of Northern Italy and spilling over into Switzerland, Cervinia is a popular snow sure resort offering a fantastic grand skiing area with useful links to Zermatt and Valtournenche.  Skiers of all levels can expect to be welcomed by excellent snow conditions with a virtually guaranteed top to bottom blanket of snow on the slopes. Cervinia is a perfect resort for beginners and intermediates with easy gradients providing ample opportunities for practice runs. Advanced skiers can enjoy a fantastic range of slopes by taking advantage of the easy links to other popular resorts. Fuel your days on the slopes with homemade Italian pizza and delicious fresh seafood.  Make some time to fully explore the resort as some of the best mountain restaurants are not pinpointed on the resort piste map.

     

    3. Cortina


    Meet the elite of the Italian ski world at Italy’s most fashionable and stylish resort.  As a previous host of the 1956 Winter Olympics and popular stop on the World Cup skiing circuit, Cortina d'Ampezzzo boasts premier skiing amongst the unbelievably magnificent backdrop of the Dolomite Mountains.  Shopping and lunching hold as much prime time here as skiing, due to the luxury boutiques and top class eateries lining the charming cobbled streets of Corso Italia, the epicentre of Italian skiing lux.  Keen skiers will appreciate the less crowded circuits (whilst more than half of Italian visitors parade their fur coats), perfectly groomed slopes and excellent selection of main skiing areas.  All levels of skier are welcome and if you want to learn how to ski in style then this affluently nicknamed   “Queen of the Dolomites” is the resort for you.

    2. Val Gardena

     

    A favourite destination for British visitors and affectionately known as the ‘holiday valley of the Dolomite’, Val Gardena is a fantastic ski area situated in the charming alpine region of South Tyrol.  With stunning scenery, idyllic pistes and enchanting wooden chalet-style accommodation, Val Gardena has all the ingredients for your next superb ski holiday.  Visitors to Val Gardena can choose to stay in one of three attractive villages, Ortisei, S.Cristina or Selva and make the most of the 1,200 km of pristine slopes.  Advanced skiers will love the Saslong World Cup piste and the Dolomiti Superski area whilst skiers of all levels can enjoy leisurely pursuits on the Sella Ronda circuit. Accommodation ranges from 5* luxury hotels to friendly guest houses and comfortable self-catered apartments.  Enjoy great music and cocktails from a stylish local lounge bar or admire the striking scenery and indulge in gourmet delights from any of the perfectly placed restaurants.

    1. Courmayeur


     

    Be wowed by the magnificence of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain and experience la dolce vita in the traditional alpine village of Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley.  Charming and rich in history, Courmayeur has the warm welcoming glow of a classic mountain community combined with a fabulous array of shops, restaurants and bars plus an alluring après ski scene.  Bordering France and with close proximity to Chamonix, advanced skiers can take full advantage of first rate ski slopes and enjoy a large area of great ski terrain.  Thrill seekers will be glad to know that Heli-skiing and off-piste skiing are popular past times in Courmayeur, whilst beginners and intermediates are well catered for upon the gentle mountain terrain.

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    By Ciara



    Exclusive look at the new Club Med Val Thorens Sensations

    clock 2nd December 2014 | comment0 Comments

    Iglu take a look at the brand new 4 trident resort from Club Med. Club Med are famous for their all-inclusive ski holidays located on the slopes so you can get the most out of your week skiing.

    Situated in Europe’s highest resort, Val Thorens Sensations is opening for its first guests on 14th December 2014. 2 weeks before the launch, Iglu are in resort to take a sneak peek at the latest offering from Club Med. The design is new for Club Med; it promises to be unique and is aimed at adults and experienced skiers and boarders. Take a look at the remarkable new hotel:

    Read more about Club Med Val Thorens Sensations

    Beautiful morning in Val Thorens

    AJ, Phil & Nick in Val Thorens

    The Epicurious, Gourmet Lounge

    The Goumet Lounge gets the thumbs up from AJ!

    Hot tub with a view

    Stunning mountain views from one of the 6 Suites

    View ski holidays at Val Thorens Sensations 



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