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Iglu at The Ski and Snowboard Show

clock 5th November 2013 | comment0 Comments
That’s another ski show wrapped up for another year, and what great fun it was! The 2013 London Ski and Snowboard Show was held at Earls Court 2 from the 30th October through untill 3rd November. If you have never visited the ski show before – get it in your calendars for next year! It is the best way to find everything you need for the season ahead and definitely the coolest day out in the city.

Snow retailers from all over the country came to the ski show to showcase their brand new stock and sell off old stock at bargain prices. If you have spent the summer searching for a brand new pair of ski boots or a new snowboard but you haven’t been sure enough to press that buy it now button, the ski show is the perfect place to view your wish list items and talk to on hand experts to see if it is the right product for you.


If you are looking for some inspiration for your next winter holidays, representatives from large and small resorts from across the world exhibit at the ski show to give you a taste of what you could experience on your next ski trip. From the large European resorts of The 3 Valleys and Verbier, to resorts across the pond including Jackson Hole and Panorama to even Japan!

The Austrian Tirol Stand was one of my favourite exhibits this year which brought the Tyrolean charm from the heart of the Alps to central London. With its very own bar, themed seating areas, and even the Austrian après game ‘Tiroler Nageln,’ where players have to try hammer nails into a tree trunk using the wrong end of the hammer head.


If you've never tried skiing or snowboarding before, then the ski and snowboard show is the perfect place to give it ago without even leaving the city, or touching your wallet! Fully trained instructors from The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead are on hand through Ski Show week to give you 30 minute taster sessions.

As the event coincides with the local half term, year on year the Ski Show has more indoor activities for the family. As well as the skiing this year boasted ice skating, tubing, a scooter park, and even Burton Snowboards had the Riglet Park that offered snowboard lessons to children between 3-6 years old.

There really is something for everyone and all ages at the Ski and Snowboard Shows, this was my 4th year attending and I already cannot wait for next year.

My Top 5 Ski Shows Musts are:

1. Have Tartiflette for lunch
2. Get a free photo on a chairlift with your friends and family
3. Try Thunder Toffee Vodka
4. Take a look at ski resorts you've never thought about going to
5. Buy your new season bobble hat


View our full gallery from The Ski & Snowboard Show

By Krystelle


Iglu Meets Great Britain's Halfpipe Snowboarder Dom Harington

clock 1st November 2013 | comment0 Comments

With less than 100 days to the Sochi Winter Olympics, excitement builds up as the first ‘London Snow’ event and Slide2Sochi Roadshow hits Covent Garden. If you missed our previous news blog on the event you can read more here

Great Britain’s Halfpipe Snowboarder and Sochi 2014 hopeful Dom Harington was at the opening of London Snow and spoke to us about his journey to the Winter Olympics.


As the Slide 2 Sochi road show continues up and down the country, taster sessions were given on the 5 metre by 10 metre real slope by fully qualified instructors. Slide 2 Sochi has been set up to actively encourage people of all generations to get behind Great Britain’s winter sports athletes and participate in skiing and snowboarding ahead of Russia’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.



With the emergence of a new generation of talented athletes the wait could finally be over for Team GB winning an Olympic medal in Ski or Snowboarding. With aims high and Slopestlye making its debut at the Olympics, Great Britain also hopes to smash the previous record of 4 medals at the 2014 winter games.

Leading British Freeskiers and Snowboarders include:

  • Katie Summerhayes – Ski Slopestyle
  • James Woods – Ski Slopestyle
  • Jenny Jones – Snowboard Slopestyle
  • Billy Morgan – Snowboard Slopestyle



  • For more information view the Slide 2 Sochi Roadshow Events

    By Krystelle



    Lindsey Vonn To Take On The Boys

    clock 19th October 2012 | comment0 Comments

    Female skiing sensation and model, Lindsey Vonn, has written to the FIS requesting permission to compete in the men's downhill in Lake Louise next month. Could this be another Red Bull first?

    Lindsey Vonn has dominated Women's downhill skiing for years, both on the mountain and in the press. At 27 she already has 33 World Cup victories to her name, 26 of which are in downhill skiing. If being one of the greatest women skiers on the planet wasn't enough, Vonn's looks have also led her to being a poster girl for both the sports and the US Winter Olympic team.

    Photo: © U.S. Ski Team

    Vonn certainly has the skiing ability and public appeal to take on the boys at their own game, and as she already trains with them, you can bet she's pretty confident in beating them too. But is this all down to Vonn, or does having an ambitious sponsor like Red Bull help.

    When it comes to action sports and high adrenaline, Red Bull are the masters of PR. This week the Red Bull Stratos took place — where Austrian sky diver jumped out of a balloon at 120,000ft breaking both the sound barrier and the record for the world's most ridiculous, sorry, highest sky dive. So, is it any surprise they are supporting another one of their prized assets taking on a world first?

    The decision to take on the Men's Downhill apparently comes from Lindsey Vonn's team, as opposed to the US ski team, which this statement from the US team seems to back up: "We clearly have great respect for Lindsey, her accomplishments in the sport and her desire to seek this new challenge. But we have not had any formal discussion yet between Lindsey and FIS. As with any issue or opportunity, decisions we make are management decisions but include all appropriate parties."

    So, could and should Vonn be allowed to take on the men? There is no reason why she shouldn't, unless the likes of Bode Miller are worried that she could pip them to the podium positions. British women's skier Chemmy Alcott seems to think not, according to a post on Facebook this week:

    "Most people will expect me to be averse to Lindsey Vonn's request to ski against the boys. They will probably expect me to be jealous, as a peer who will never have the opportunity she is seeking.

    Or they might think that I will deem it unfair that Lindsey will, if she continues to compete on the women's World Cup tour, "break" FIS rules by skiing on a piste the week before an event. This would give her a big advantage in the women's race because the gate setting in Lake Louise next month is the same.

    However, this is far from true. I am sympathetic to Lindsey's plight. She is not just any female requesting the opportunity to compete against men in her sport - she is the best, and by far. Numerous times she has destroyed the competition in speed events by seconds (a lifetime in our sport)."

    I say let her compete against the boys to see how they cope with her taking the limelight on and off the slopes...



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