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Top 5 What To Consider When Booking Your Family Ski Holiday

clock 24th June 2014 | comment2 Comments

Skiing can bring such enjoyment for the whole family and with a little preparation in advance while booking your ski holiday, you and your children will love the whole experience more and they will end up being keener than you by the end of the week. Here are our top tips to think about when planning your exciting adventure.

5. Accommodation with Childcare

Choosing your ski accommodation is a big decision for any ski holiday, and is even more important when deciding for your family trip. There are many factors that can make your week on the slopes an easier and more enjoyable experience so you can make the most of your time in the mountains. Being near the slopes and ski school meet point is paramount and makes the mornings less hassle when getting the kids, plus equipment, to ski school on time. There are some resorts and accommodations with childcare that take care of your children throughout the ski day so you can head for first lifts and the child care team will take the little ones to ski school and pick them up again after so you can stay out till last lifts.

A catered chalet or club hotel provides the perfect setting for any family ski chalet holiday. Cosy surroundings, an intimate level of service and professional childcare all add up to a perfect week on the slopes.

There are plenty of holiday options with childcare available in your chalet or hotel so you can enjoy peace of mind during your week. Childcare services include qualified English speaking nannies, exclusive ski school classes, variety of services depending on ages and flexible care. In selected resorts there is evening child care available which is perfect for children who aren’t quite ready for bed when it is time for the adult only dinner. Evenings are normally themed with a variety of games, storytelling, quizzes or even a mini disco!
Resorts in France with evening childcare

4. Ski School

Many resorts have an array of ski schools available but some of our ski holidays have the added bonus of exclusive small ski classes just for selected accommodations. With classes with no more than 8 children per instructor, you can have peace of mind that your children are having a safe, enjoyable time on the mountain whilst learning to perfect their turns.

Ski schools in France & Switzerland 

3. All Inclusive with Club Med

For complete satisfaction on your family ski holiday, you cannot beat the services from an all-inclusive Club Med holiday. For 40 years Club Med has been running clubs for infants through to teenagers and has adapted its facilities so that kids can discover the pleasures of winter sports, as well as the fun of skiing. Some family holidays do not cater for teenagers, but at Club Med your youngsters will love their winter getaway with ‘Special Teenager Ski Programmes’ that gives them a chance to experience all techniques of alpine skiing, from freestyle to slalom and ski jumping.
Read about our family trip to Club Med Valmorel

2. Childcare Equipment

Igluski are pleased to offer a wide range of family ski holidays that can cater for children as young as 3 months. The correct childcare is key to a good family ski holiday and rather than packing all the toys and kit you need for the week we can help you find the perfect family location that will have basic childcare equipment already in resort, such as cots, monitors, bottles and much more.

1. Where to Buy Kids Ski Gear

Little Skiers are our favourite supplier of kids ski wear. It’s a family business, run by parents who love to ski, so they really know what they’re talking about when it comes to figuring out what to pack for your first ski trip with the family, along with what sizes you will need . They are a one-stop shop for everything from skis to helmets and jackets, so if you’re thinking about preparing for next season, head over to their website. We recommend taking an extra pair of gloves to avoid expensive purchases if they are misplaced, plus a good base layer as the kids will enjoy their day on the slopes much more if they are warm.

Tess and Chris from Little Skiers have been kind enough to offer us £100 worth of Lucky Bums ski wear and equipment – enter the competition by liking this picture on Facebook, or retweeting it here. Winner announced Friday 27th June.


By Krystelle

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Top 5: When football meets ski

clock 17th June 2014 | comment0 Comments

The top 5 football and ski crossovers

The world is going wild with World Cup fever at the moment and there’s no end to the mention of famous footballers that we keep seeing across the headlines. But what does football have to do with ski, snow and mountains? Turns out there are a few footballers who aren’t exactly strangers to the mountain. And there are also a few snowsports athletes out there who have some pretty good skills with a football too!



5. 2018 FIFA World Cup in Sochi

The 2018 FIFA World Cup host country has been announced and it’s none other than Sochi, Russia – home to the 2014 Winter Olympics. The plan is for football fans to attend the matches of their choice and then participate in activities such as skiing and snowboarding in between. The football will be held inside of the Fisht Olympic Stadium, whose name is inspired by the highest mountain in Sochi, Mount Fischt. The stadium has a little snowy twist itself and has been designed to look like the peak, with its roof design made to resemble a snowy mountain top.



4. Jamie Nicholls, Billy Morgan & Ben Kilner

These three talented Team GB snowboarders showed us they don’t just keep all of their eggs in one basket with this clever football-snow fusion video. The video shows them performing footy tricks while on their boards, such as kicking the ball up mid-flip in the half pipe. A new sport in the making perhaps? We would love to see this one pop up at the next Winter Olympics!



3. David Beckham

David Beckham is no stranger to the ski scene, with his wife Victoria and three sons spotted holidaying out in the Alps multiple times each season. The footballer was also once spotted at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead taking his sons for skiing lessons – rumour has it he also gave it a cheeky try himself. We’ve never actually seen Beckham accompanying his family out on the pistes and we suspect that this may be because of his footballing contract (most footballers have contracts which ban them from partaking in other sports which could cause them injury!). This doesn’t stop Becks from enjoying the mountain atmosphere though and he has been photographed strolling through the snow in Courchevel, as well as partying it up at London après bar, Bodo’s Schloss.



2. Ramon Vega

Ex-Tottenham Hotspur footballer, Ramon Vega started up a new venture in property development after he retired, beginning in the ski resort of Verbier, Switzerland. The ultra-luxurious Coco Club, where you can purchase cocktails served in ice sculpted glasses for £500, is the first members club to open in the Alps. If you want to be in with chance of spotting some famous footballers while skiing in Switzerland, then definitely head here!



1. Jeremy Bloom

Unlike Beckham, Jeremy Bloom managed to play football and ski - he even went on to have successful careers in both of these sports. Born in Keystone, Colorado he joined The United States Ski Team aged fifteen, making him the youngest ever freestyle skier to join. He went on to become a world champion skier and in 2005 he was named as the #1 freestyle skier in the world. At the same time, Jeremy was also a professional American footballer who played for the Colorado Buffaloes, Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers.



Chile VS Australia: Battle of the Southern Hemisphere Resorts

clock 13th June 2014 | comment0 Comments

Today marks the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and many of the countries fighting it out to be the winner of the World Cup are also some of the finest countries in the world to ski in, so in true Iglu Ski style we have been pondering which countries would win in a battle of the best ski resorts.

First up is Group B teams Chile VS Australia with a clash to find the best of the southern hemisphere resorts. We will look at the 3 top factors of a leading ski resort (the slopes, the après and the cuisine) in an endeavour to crown the winner of Chile VS Australia.


Perisher, Australia

The Slopes

Chile
Skiing in Chile is often regarded as a once in a lifetime opportunity due to its location in South America and the legendary off piste. The country offers 20 ski resorts which are located in the south with ski lifts peaking at 3500m. The Andes provide the perfect playground for adrenaline seekers and adventurers wanting to heli-ski with its 1 million acres of untouched powder. The Andes is the second highest mountain range in the world with the summit of Aconcagua sitting at 6950m. One of the best reasons to visit Chile is for guaranteed snow due to the high altitude.

The resort of Portillo averages 24ft of snow as well as plenty of sunshine similar to spring skiing in the Alps. Resorts in Chile are smaller than its European counterparts and lifts can be quite dated but slopes are quiet and Portillo even limits tickets sold so there is never a busy day on the mountain. Valle Nevado is situated in the heart of the largest ski area in the southern hemisphere and snow is guaranteed by the height and the considerable size of the terrain. This season, Valle Nevado opened 2 weeks early, on Friday 13th June, due to fantastic early snowfall.

Ski Pucon is situated on a volcano and is popular with freestylers due to the natural half pipes formed by lava. Chile famously featured in the Art of Flight with Travis Rice and Scotty Lago sending it off a 12ft kicker in the pristine South American backcountry. This put Chile on the map for many snowboard enthusiasts, including myself!

Australia
With winter kicking off down under this month, many ski resorts in the Southern hemisphere are starting to open… with or without snow! Unfortunately it hasn’t been the best start of the season in Australia and many resorts are still looking green on opening weekends. Resorts have to rely on snow guns to get some snow on the slopes, but with temperatures gradually dropping, it is expected to dump very soon.

Australia is famously known for its sun, sea and surf, but it is also a ski lovers paradise. Most ski resorts are found in the two states of New South Wales and Victoria. Perisher is the largest ski area in Australia, located in the picturesque Kosciuszko National Park neighbouring Thredbo just up the road. Mt Perisher peaks at 2054m, with the highest chair lift reaching 2034m.

One of the most visited Australian resorts is Thredbo, the resort has the steepest terrain in Australia and also the longest runs including the 5.9km Super Trail. Further South sits Mt. Hotham and Falls Creek which are linked by a helicopter ride. Falls Creek freestyle park and pipe consistently wins awards as well as playing host to many high profile snowboard events throughout the winter. Cross country skiing is available in most resorts where visitors can take advantage of the long groomed trails through the forest.

Winner: Chile



Portillo, Chile

The Après


Chile
Due to the small villages nightlife is limited in many resorts. Valle Nevado has the largest concentration of restaurants and bars and Portillo offers live music in a local bar and an all-night disco

Australia
Most of the resorts in Australia are well developed with large villages. Some tourists even come mainly to party with may be some skiing thrown in on the odd day. With 4 villages, Perisher is known for bars and restaurants becoming very active in the evening once the lifts have closed. Falls Creek has 28 bars and restaurants but if you are looking for a quiet evening there are spa options or places to sit in front of an open fire.

Winner: Austalia


Mt. Buller, Australia

The Cuisine

Chile
Traditional Chilen food may be hard to find in ski resorts. In large hotels you will probably encounter high quality international food and in budget accommodation you will find simple foods. Chile produces a bounty of fine fruit and vegetables which are easily found around resorts. Typical Chilan food is normally meat heavy with plenty of slabs of meat and fish in restaurants, where breakfast is more of a sweet affair with biscuits, cakes and tarts.

Australia
As Australian resorts aren’t very high and villages are easily accessible the food is general to what you find all over Australia. Many villages have a range of restaurants from fine dining to better value options. A traditional lunch on the mountain would be a burger/hot dog and chips but many resorts are starting to extend their ranges to include healthier options. If you are able to travel just outside the ski area to sub-alpine villages in Victoria, you can treat yourself to a feast of flavours including local beers and fresh produce

Winner: Chile


Chile

The Verdict

Winner: Chile

We love snow and the more snow the better. The Australian ski season can be variable with bad years having barely any snowfall. Australia does have many great resorts and features to make a fantastic week on the slopes, but Chile has it in the ‘back of the net’ with its epic backcountry and snow sure resorts.


By Krystelle



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