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There's plenty to look forward to this coming 2014/15 winter season, whether you’re staying put in the UK or taking a holiday to the mountains. If you’re eager to swap the summer sun for snowy pistes, then start your countdown now and get planning your next adventure.
Here’s a look at what’s to come…
We used to get festival blues when they all finished for the summer, but now we don’t have to. The popular festival Ibiza Rocks heads to the mountains each year bringing a host of DJ’s and live bands with it. Get your party on and enjoy live music, plenty of snow and wild après. We can’t wait!
Spring 2015 will welcome another year of this well-loved comedy festival, which last year saw comedians such as John Bishop and Al Murray perform. From live stand up to musical parodies, you’ll always find plenty to keep you entertained in-between your time spent out on the pistes. Plus, there’ll also be beer. Lots of beer!
This festival, held in Mayrhofen, Austria, showcases a mixture of new emerging talent and well-established artists. There are also ski and snowboard lessons on offer, plus contests and of course – optimum opportunity for après fun times. To give you a taste of what to expect, last year’s line-up featured The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, DJ Yoda and Foxes.
January 2015 will see another year of the X Games in Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado, with contests in skiing, snowboarding and snowmobile. Previous years of the games have seen our very own Jenny Jones claim gold three times (yes Jenny!). With coverage provided by ESPN, you can enjoy the all the action from the comfort of your sofa.
This December, Breckenridge will play host to Dew Tour to celebrate its tenth anniversary. There’ll be athlete meet and greets, live music, plus snowboard and ski contests in superpipe, slopestyle and streetstyle. Expect to see the likes of Torah Bright, Sage Kotsenburg, Rowan Cheshire, Jenny Jones and Aimee Fuller compete.
The Freeride World Tour stops at various resorts across Europe and North America, offering top skiers and snowboarder the chance to compete for the World Champion title. If you’re on holiday at the time, be sure to stop by at one of the events and check it out – some of the resorts visited along the way are Chamonix, Verbier and Mammoth Mountain.
The 2014/15 season will see the opening of a new 4 Trident Club Med hotel in Val Thorens – Val Thorens Sensations. The hotel is all-inclusive (including ski & snowboard lessons) and is due to open in December 2014. With a fantastic ski-in ski-out position and a display of exceptional mountain views through its huge panoramic windows, the hotel also features a new innovation - Wi-Fi on the slopes! If you’re a Club Med fan, we recommend you try this one out.
Opening on the 5th July 2014, the ‘For Friends Hotel’ is situated in Mösern, Austria. The hotel offers stunning views across the surrounding mountains and valleys and is situated 20km from Innsbruck. The hotel will feature an infinity pool, a spa which offers sound therapy and the chance to rent the luxurious For Friends Roof Top Suite.
Located in Zell am Zee, Austria the Mountain Lake Resort will offer 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments and penthouses, each boasting their own mix of traditional Alpine design mixed with a contemporary twist. Keep cosy and warm with comforting underfloor heating plus a steam room and sauna for winding down after a long day. The hotel also features floor to ceiling windows so you can really make the most of the surrounding mountain scenery.
With over 60 lift constructions under way in Europe and North America, lift systems look to be improved in many resorts next season. Many of these new builds will be effectively upgrading the current lift systems and there will also be a few brand new ones to look forward too as well. In Scheffau, Austria one of the most expensive chairlifts in the world is currently under construction. The chairlift will hold 8 people and will featured cosy heated seats, weather hoods, foot rests and a conveyor belt system for ease of entry.
At the end of July 2014, the 1456m high Jakobskreuz viewing platform will open in plenty of time for the winter season. It will feature five viewing areas which offer displays of the beautiful surrounding mountain landscapes and will be the setting for various lectures, seminars and workshops.
The world’s longest suspension bridge for pedestrians will open in Reutte, Austria later this year. The Highline 179 will rise 110m from ground level and is certainly not for the faint of heart! If you’re looking to take a little break from the day’s skiing or boarding, then certainly give this a try.
You don’t have to go to the mountains to enjoy snow-related events. From the 30th October – 2rd November 2014 the Ski and Snowboard Show will take place in Earls Court, London. Here you’ll find a huge range of activities and stalls; ski and snowboard taster lessons, an ice rink, curling, tubing, après activities, an Austrian themed stand and much, much more.
London will play host to another Freeze Festival this year (dates TBC), with live music, mountain drinks, comforting cuisine and snow-themed fun in Clapham Common. Last year saw live performances from DJ Fresh and Idris Elba as well as international ski and snowboard rail jams, film screenings and even a Christmas jumper world record attempt.
With the UK still feeling the hype from this year’s successful Winter Olympics, our engagement in snowsports has never been better. After Jenny Jones’ bronze medal win, snowdomes and dry slopes were full to the brim, regularly finding themselves fully booked and even running out of rental equipment. The Go Ski Go Board campaign was launched alongside the Olympics to encourage more people to give snowsports a try. The campaign is set to run for the next four years, meaning that there are plenty of ongoing opportunities on offer for pre-holiday lessons, taster sessions and improvers courses at reduced prices. This is an exciting time to get involved with UK snowsports – you can even start your season early and get some practice in before the first resorts open their doors.
What’s more, if you’re serious about skiing or boarding, there are more and more opportunities cropping up to apply for sponsored positions at your local snowdome. Olympian, Rowan Cheshire, started off as a member of the Chill Factore freestyle club in Manchester and fellow Olympians Aimee Fuller, Ed Drake and Jamie Nicholls are all members of The Snow Centre’s pro club in Hemel Hempstead.
One of our favourite things about the winter is the festive season and what better way to get that festive feeling than spending it in a ski resort surrounded by heaps of snow. With the disappointing lack of snow in the UK this year, at least we know we’ll get our snow fix out in the mountains. With local parades, activities for kids, sleigh rides, Carol concerts and festive food and drink, you’ll be feeling Christmassy in no time. New Year ’s Eve also plays host to some spectacular firework displays at most resorts, as well as some fantastic parties to see in the New Year.
Visit the Canadian resort of Whistler for the chance to experience a range of exciting festive activities for both families and adults alike. Watch athletes perform tricks through hoops of fire, sip a hot chocolate (or something a little stronger) around the bonfire or don your fancy dress for the Dress Like Santa Day.
See 2015 in with a bang at the Tignes annual Fire Mix Party featuring live music, DJ’s and lots of outdoor partying. Grab your friends, wrap up warm and start 2015 off right. What’s more, there’s nothing more refreshing than a day out on the mountain to settle that sore head…
Drink mulled wine, listen to carols, browse the Christmas markets and get yourself in the Christmas mood this year. With guaranteed snow (unlike here in the UK!) and plenty of beautiful seasonal lights, we couldn’t really think of a more magical way to spend the festive period.
Now that the 2013/14 ski season has come to an end, we've taken a look back at some of our favourite moments and our most popular posts on social media.
In February, Jenny Jones made history (and made the whole of Great Britain immensely proud!) by being the first Brit to win a medal on snow in the Winter Olympics. #TeamGB
March saw Red Bull’s double half pipe make its debut in Aspen, Colorado. This unique creation played host to some of the world’s best riders, who competed to win $60,000, plus a nifty Polaris Snowmobile.
The Winter Olympics this year saw an epic finish line crash in the quarter finals of the men’s ski cross competition. All four athletes crossed the line in incredibly close succession – Armin Niederer was the only contestant to cross on skis, making him the winner –just!
The most inspirational video we saw this year was one about an incredible 96-year old man, George Jedenoff. George learnt to ski when he was 43-years old and it was at that moment he discovered his lifelong passion – he hasn’t missed a season since. This video just goes to show that it’s never too late to give something a try.
We found plenty of great videos this season demonstrating the struggles of using T-Bar lifts whilst on a snowboard. Comedy gold!
Two of the Iglu Ski team, James and Hans – seasoned snowboarders - decided to try out skiing while at Deer Valley resort. They did pretty well (except for a few minor tumbles!) and had the basic technique down after just one day. Go team!
In this video, we watched in awe as a piloted Go Pro camera flew behind two snowboarders riding off-piste, resulting in some absolutely stunning bird’s eye view footage.
2013/14 saw a craze for Pharrel Williams inspired music videos to the song ‘Happy’. So many resorts joined in and there were some great results which you can’t help but watch with a smile on your face – snow, ski, snowboarding, mountains and happy people dancing!
The spring sun began to shine and closing time for many resorts was drawing nearer. However the snow wasn’t giving in just yet and it continued to snow buckets. 74cm was due in Solden this week alone, 67 cm in Saas Fee, 58cm in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, 54 cm in Cervinia, 48cm in St Anton, 45cm in Verbier, 35cm in Chamonix, 32cm in Bansko, 28cm in Lake Louise, 28cm in Val d’Isere, 27cm in Tignes, the list goes on…
You’ve had a pretty eventful year, what have been your highlights so far? The highlight for me has been the X-Games, I think that’s the pinnacle that everyone wants to get to. Only eight girls in the world get invited. Just to get an invite is an achievement in itself and I was happy just to be there. I got a fourth. When I look back over my season that’s definitely the thing I was happiest with. Congratulations Thank you Where is your favourite place to ski? My favourite place to ski is Breckenridge in America, it has the best park in the world and also everyone from skiing & snowboarding is there so you can catch up with people you haven’t seen for a couple of months. When you’re not on the slopes what can we find you doing? I spend a lot of time in the gym and at the physiotherapist. Normally half my time when I’m not on the slope goes toward making me better on the slopes, a lot of trampolining. Apart from that I hang out with my friends a lot. Who’s your hero? Sarah Burke. She unfortunately passed away last year due to an injury in the half pipe but she’s the reason why girls get to compete in the X-games, and she’s one of the main reasons why we’re in the Olympics. She really pushed forward for that. When we’re all skiing at the Olympics everyone will be skiing for her. Winter is just around the corner, what are your plans for the season? My plans are to be back in Breckenridge at the start of the season for a couple of months and then really just follow the competition circuit where ever that takes us. Not too sure yet, it will probably be a different country every week but it’s cool. If you could ski somewhere in the world where you haven’t been before, where would it be and why? I think New Zealand, I haven’t managed to be there for their winter but that’s somewhere that everyone goes and I think it looks like a pretty cool place, so it sounds good. It’s a very exciting time for British snow sports with the Olympics coming up, what are your hopes for the games? Obviously I’d love to win a medal. I’m going to try and put the best run down that I can. I’ll try my hardest and hopefully I can. If I finish top ten or top five I’ll be happy. I just want to have fun and experience it and try and get the best result I can. What do you think chances are for the British ski and board team to get medals? I think we have a huge chance. There are loads of different athletes that are up with a chance of winning medals. Not just ski and snowboard but we’ve got loads of good skeleton people. I think this will be one of the best games that team GB have ever had. And that fact that slopestyle is in it for the first time and halfpipe skiing is going to be pretty cool. So I’m just looking forward to it. Thank you very much. Thank you.
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