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Top 5 tree ski runs

clock 22nd May 2015 | comment0 Comments

Everyone loves tree runs, whether it’s a tree lined piste in a lush alpine area or off piste terrain through the sloping glades. As well as tree areas being one of the most beautiful areas in a ski resort, these places are the best spots to head for when it is a white-out. Tree cover offers protection from the elements which allows you to see the slopes and surrounding better and lets you to carry on with your day instead of retreating back to your chalet.

Tree skiing is fantastic as it is accessible for all abilities. There are ski resorts with plenty of tree lined blue pistes which are great for beginners and leisurely skiers, then experienced skiers can head off piste to weave through the powder and trees.

North America and Canada offer the most extensive tree terrain as the mountains don’t reach the heights of Europe’s peaks. Even though tree lines are often low in some of the top European ski resorts, there is still some amazingly fun tree skiing to be had!

Also, take a look at our Top 5 Black Ski Runs

 

 

5. Serre Chevalier

Lovers of tree skiing will adore Serre Chavalier as the resort is famed for its great snow conditions, freestyle terrain and wide trees to weave through. Experienced skiers will be captivated by the ski area around the secret chairlift (aka the Aguillette) over Chantemerle because of the fun off piste and trees to ski through near the 2800m Aguillette red piste.

Chosen by Lucy, Senior Sales Expert

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4. Val d'Isere

Both the runs into La Daille and La Fornet in Val d’Isere are great when the weather closes in and easy to access from the pistes (and get back to the piste from) for those who aren’t too adventurous. Perfect after a huge dump of snow for laps of fresh tracks through the trees.

Chosen by James, Head of Ski Product 

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3. Whistler

Whistler has some incredible gladed tree runs off the back of Crystal chair on the Blackcomb mountain. On Whistler mountain you can also ski the famous A-line downhill bike track through the trees which feels a bit like a wooded boarder cross course.

Chosen by Laura, Digital Marketing Manager

Plus the off piste Million Dollar Ridge in Whistler is popular with locals; make sure you have a guide in these places as the routes are not on the map.

Chosen by Christian, Senior Sales Expert

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2. Chamonix

There are extensive alpine ski areas and exceptional natural freeride terrain in Chamonix. Over the back of the Tete de Balme chairlift there are some great off piste lines through the trees. Then at the beautiful Les Houches ski area there is lots more skiable tree terrain including Aillouds which is a long, wide, easy going run, plus the red runs down to Saint Gervais take you back through the trees.

Chosen by Krystelle, Digital Marketing Executive

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1. Avoriaz

The Stash in the Lindaret trees in Avoriaz is one of the great tree runs of the world. My tip is to stay skiers left and go all the way down to Ardent on a powder day. Unbeatable. When the trees get too tight, try and aim for the open glades and look out for the fun drops!

Chosen by AJ, Sales Director

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Wildcard: Japan

Travis Rice shredding in fresh, hip deep champagne powder. Get us to Japan!

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Read a previous blog on Tree Skiing in France

By Krystelle



Top 5 snow-sure ski resorts in Europe

clock 12th May 2015 | comment0 Comments

It can be difficult choosing a ski holiday, especially if you can only travel at certain times of the year. Skiing at Christmas and New Year can be a risk as it is often one of the first weeks of the season for many ski resorts, and we often get asked what ski resorts would be best for late season skiing in March or April. Choosing a high altitude ski resort gives you the best chance for great snow conditions for your ski holiday whatever time of the ski season.

France continues to be our top selling ski country, with 9 out of 10 of our top selling ski resorts being located in France. France is often favoured because of the high ski areas, the variety of slopes, and snow-sure resorts.

 



We are very lucky in Europe to have a large range of fantastic world-class ski areas that receive large amounts of snow year after year. Here are 5 of our favourite snow sure ski resorts in Europe:

 

5. Cervinia, Italy

Winter 2014/15 snowfall: 977 cm

Cervinia has one of the best snow records in Italy, making it the perfect option if you looking for a change from a ski holiday in France or Austria. Located in the Aosta Valley, this high altitude ski area also links to Zermatt in Switzerland giving skiers and snowboarders access to a huge 350 km of piste on just one lift pass.

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4. Avoriaz, France

Winter 2014/15 snowfall: 690 cm

The Portes du Soleil is one of the largest ski areas in the world with over 650km of piste between the 12 ski resorts. Avoriaz has the highest point in this district with a summit of 2466m, allowing the resort to receive the best snow cover in the region.

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3. Sölden, Austria

Winter 2014/15 snowfall: 695 cm

When skiing in Sölden you have access to 2 glacier ski areas, Rettenbach & Tiefenbach. Snow is guaranteed in this high altitude ski area where all of the slopes are between 1350m and 3340m. Sölden is Austria’s only ski area that has 3 skiable peaks that are reach heights of over 3000m: Gaislachkogl (3058m), Tiefenbachkogl (3250m) and Schwarze Schneide (3340m).

View ski holidays in Sölden

2. Val Thorens, France

Winter 2014/15 snowfall: 596 cm

Val Thorens was purpose built to make use of the fantastic snow conditions in this part of the 3 Valleys. 99% of the ski area is positioned above 2000m which ensures the best quality snow during its long season.

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1. Saas Fee, Switzerland

Winter 2014/15 snowfall: 1166 cm

With a summit reaching up to 3600m, the altitude and aspect of Saas Fee means this is one of the snowiest ski resorts in the Alps. The beautiful, traffic-free village sits at 1800m and is surrounded by magnificent snowy peaks. Snow conditions are so good in this Swiss resort that the ski area is also open during the summer months.

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Other snow-sure favourites include...

Tignes / Val d'Isere

Les Deux Alpes

Zermatt



Top 5 Royal Resorts

clock 2nd May 2015 | comment0 Comments

With the exciting news of the Royal baby being born, we couldn’t help feeling patriotic here at Iglu. With this in mind it gave us an excellent idea for this week’s top 5… Top 5 Royal Resorts. The British Royal family are famous for heading to the slopes each winter and their holidays are often heavily publicised in the press.

A ski holiday is the perfect time to feel like royalty.  Here are our top 5 resorts that are fit for a king:

5. Klosters


Klosters has acquired international status from the presence of Royals. This picturesque luxury Swiss resort is said to be Prince Charles’ resort of choice and Kate’s relationship with William was first publicised when she was invited to Klosters with the royals in 2005. The Royal Family have a long history at Klosters and would be the most likely destination to bump into them on a chairlift. If you want to stay where the Royal Family have stayed, Charles favours the 5* Walserhof hotel.

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4. Meribel


Situated at the heart of one of the world’s premier ski areas it is no surprise that the Royal Family love it in the Three Valleys. With the fantastic ski schools in resort, will this be where Kate and Will will bring George on his first ski holiday!

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3. Verbier


This year Verbier was the chosen resort for Prince Harry and Prince Andrew’s ski trip where they stayed in a luxurious chalet. The resort isn’t as romantic as Klosters but has world class skiing and world class private chalets to match that cater for the super-rich.

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2. Lech


Lech is a popular holiday destination for both Royals and celebrities. The resort is renowned for its 5* hotels, exclusive bars and fancy restaurants and is often seen as the Courchevel of Austria. Being linked to neighbouring resorts Zürs , St Chrisoph, St Anton and Stuben it is becoming one of the world’s greatest ski destinations.

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1. Zermatt


Zermatt is one of Switzerland’s top ski areas and is often counted in the world’s top 5. WWith guaranteed snow, sun drenched slopes, skiing up to 3500m and beautiful views of the Matterhorn, it is no wonder that this resort in a firm favourite with the Royals. The wintery fairy tale wonderland offers so much more than just a prime ski location. How about visiting the Igloo village, relax on a sunny terrace of a gourmet mountain restaurant or après in a boutique lounge or champagne bar? This traditional resort is one of the most stunning resorts you will ever visit and is definitely a resort fit for Royalty.

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View the Ten Most Exclusive Ski Resorts in the World

By Krystelle



Top 5 ski videos of winter 2014/2015

clock 23rd April 2015 | comment0 Comments

Relive the best moments of the ski season with our favourite ski videos from 2014/15. From ski comedy, to next level riding to stunning backcounty cinematography, we’ve included it all in these top picks.

5. IFHT, How to be a skier

The funniest ski video of the season!

4. Sweetgrass Productions, After Glow

This is one of the most mesmerising ski videos I have ever seen. Watch skiers dressed in custom made LED suits gracefully ski at night through deep pillows and Alaskan spines in the backcountry wilderness.

3. Léo Taillefer, Find Your Line

Filmed in Tignes/ Val d’Isere, this was a submission for the ‘GoPro Find Your Line’ video contest from Transworld Snowboarding and Newschoolers. Kicking off the video with a backflip, Léo skis through super narrow couloirs at crazy high speeds as he dodges people on his decent through this gnarly section of the Espace Killy ski area.

2. Scott Stevens, Capita: Defenders of Awesome 2

Scott Stevens is one of the most stylish snowboarders out there. His creativity and one-footed airs make him one of the most watched riders on the scene today. After his ground-stomping first part in Defender of Awesome, he has stepped up his game in the Stay Bad Ass sequel and thrown down one of my favourite film parts of this winter. To watch this part you will have purchase the film, put to give you a taster you can catch his b-side segment here:

1. Candide Thorex, One Of Those Days 2

Wouldn’t we all love to have one of these days! After his first awesome day in 2013, Candide blew up the internet earlier this year with this amazing sequel filmed in his home resort of Val Blanc. Double flips, cliff drops, tree runs and jumping over skiers all crammed into 5 minutes of action packed radness.

 

Earlier this winter we put together our winter 2014/15 video guide with a full list of all the ski and snowboard films that dropped this year – which one was your favourite?

 

By Krystelle

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