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15 Tips for Half Term Family Skiing

clock 4th February 2015 | comment1 Comments

Thousands of lucky British children will be going skiing for the first time at half term. For their parents it will be a brilliant break – but only if they plan it properly. To help them, the UK’s biggest ski holiday agent, Igluski.com, invited its clients to come up with tips for families making their debut on the slopes. Here are the best of them:

 

Top Tips

1. Don’t waste money on expensive ski clothes for your children; they’ll outgrow them by next year. Borrow what you can and also scour the charity shops.

2. Sew name tags on all your children’s ski wear. There’s then a chance they’ll come back from ski school and other outings wearing their own clothes.

3. If you need a pushchair, take one with large wheels. Then it won’t get stuck in the snow.

4. Pack sun block sticks not sprays. Then you won’t have to take your gloves off when you want to rub it on.

5. Don’t pack any best clothes. They’re wasted in a ski resort. Use the space for extra gloves and hats.

6. If you need a baby bottle warmer take your own. Then you won’t have to queue to share the only one in the chalet.

7. Imagine the mess a broken bottle of Calpol would make in your luggage. So take sachets instead.

8. If your child needs disposable nappies, find room for a pack of your usual brand in your luggage – they will be much more expensive in resort, if available at all.

9. Don’t forget slippers

10. If there’s a coach transfer to the resort, sit as near to the front as you can. There’s then less chance of a windy road making your children sick.

11. Write you mobile number on a child’s hand or arm if they’re going to ski school on their own.

12. Don’t be tempted to go to watch your children in ski school. It could distract and upset them.

13. Invest in a set of walkie talkies. Then if you get separated on the slopes you can call each other.

14. Three rigid rules for all the family – never ski without a helmet, never ski alone and never ski after drinking alcohol.

15. Take snacks and entertainment for the plane and coach transfer to resort. As half term is one of the busiest weeks of the season, delays are likely.

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11 awesome photos of the snow right now

clock 2nd February 2015 | comment1 Comments

We have been glued to our computers over the weekend looking at all the fresh snow that our friends and customers are enjoying at the moment. Over 1 metre of snow has fallen in many resorts over the past week, transforming conditions across the Alps. Resorts reporting the best of the new snow are Chamonix, Flaine, Alpe d'Huez Avoriaz, Les Arcs, Soldeu and Crans Montana.

Here is a selection of our favourite snowy photos from the web over the past few days..

France

Austria

Andorra

Bulgaria

Scotland


By Krystelle

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Which skier are you?

clock 27th January 2015 | comment0 Comments

Thousands of Brits head to the slopes each winter for their one week a year on the slopes. As the mountain lifestyle is so different to our normal 9-5 lifestyle we all have strange traits and habits on a ski holiday – where else can you get away with a Glühwein stop at midmorning or where melted cheese becomes part of your daily diet?

We’ve put together some of our favourite humorous ski characters you’ll find in a ski resort – which one are you and your friends most like?


Powder hound


You don’t bother getting out of bed if there isn’t any fresh snow. If there has been snow forecast, you will be up before sunrise to hike up your favourite mountain for fresh tracks before most people are even eating breakfast. You are an expert in all things backcountry, avalanche safety and snow prediction and often found preaching to people on a chairlift.

Ski Chic

Even though you have been skiing since a young age, you now only get out on the slopes if it is a perfect blue bird day. You are most likely found occupying sun loungers and bar stools in Zermatt, Courchevel or Davos in late season. Your skis have seen more action in the ski racks of an après bar than on snow.



The Ski Family

Are you a super mum that is always fully prepared for any weather or situation? Are you a dad that tries to fit in with the chalet staff at après and is the first one to get the jagerbombs in? Do your children either head straight to the snow park or fly down red runs when there are meant to be sticking to blue pistes?

View more characters and full infographic here

By Krystelle

Illustrations by Mark Owens



Top 5 ski and snowboard events to look out for in 2015

clock 16th January 2015 | comment2 Comments

Last winter our lives were taken over by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. This year we can get engrossed in the many more ski and snowboard competitions and events that take place in Europe. Most kick off early season in January, getting us stoked up nicely for the rest of the ski season.

5. Innsbruck Air + Style

One for the snowboarders.

Innsbruck is the second stop on the Air and Style circuit, Emil Ulsletten stole the show at the first event in Beijing in December, and then next step will be Los Angeles in February. The World’s best snowboarders have competed in this big air event over the past two decades. Athletes are whittled down through 3 rounds before the 4 snowboarders battle in out in the super final. Athletes includes at Innsbruck include: GB’s Billy Morgan, Halldor Helgason, Sage Kotsenburg, Max Parrot, Stale Sandbech, Seb Toots & more.

Date: 16th & 17th January 2015

4. FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships

One for the British Team

This year’s World Championships take place in Kreischberg, Austria. This is the first time that both freestyle skiing and snowboarding have been combined in a World Championships. After Great Britain’s success at Sochi we have a 22 strong squad of skiers and snowboarders competing in the event, including slopestyle, halfpipe, moguls, aerials and more. View the full British team line up.

Date: 14th -25th January

 

3. Suzuki Nine Queens

One for the girls

This is the 5th big air competition of the Suzuki Nine Queens in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria. The world’s best female skiers and snowboarders are invited to this stunning pocket in Tirol for a unique event consisting of a series of jumps and features set around a huge sculpted ice castle.

Date: 15th – 20th March 2015



2. Swatch Freeride World Tour

For the utmost dedicated

This mammoth snow sports tour consists of five venues in Europe and the USA. 2015 is bigger than ever with two new stops on the Freeride calendar, Vallnord, Andorra and Alaska, USA. Last season more than 637, 000 viewers followed the finest skiers and snowboarders across this spectacular journey.

Taking part in the Freeride World Tour Competition will be 28 male skiers, 14 male snowboarders, 14 female skiers and 7 female snowboarders. Through the events the riders will be narrowed down to a limited few that will take part in the Grand Finale in Verbier.

The FWT season kicks off in the ultimate freeride resort, Chamonix, on 24th January, then heads to Fieberbrunn, Austria, on 31st January before Vallnord, Andorra for the first time on 14th February. Then it is off to Alaska on 14th March before the grande finale and the 20th anniversary of the Xtreme Verbier on 28th March.

Athletes that reach the Verbier climax will have to take on the legendary Bec des Rosses mountain face. Two-time winner at the Bec des Rosses, Sweden’s Reine Barkered is delighted to be part of the history of the “Bec”: “I'm excited to have the chance to compete at the 20th anniversary of Verbier Xtreme. Verbier is the crowning point for a freerider and I will do my very best to step up to the top of the podium here a third time.”

 

1. Hahnenkamm

One for the ski elite

Austria’s greatest ski festival is bigger than ever in 2015 as it is celebrating its 75th Anniversary. The Hahnenkamm race is one of the most famous alpine ski races of the world and is the highlight of the World Cup calendar. For Kitzbuhel, this is the best week of the year, as spectators and celebrities flock to the town to see the famous ski racers, as well as joining in the week of partying. The magnificent race features jumps up to 80m, steep slopes including peaking at 85% gradient on the Mausefalle, and skiers reaching speeds up to 140 km per hour along the run. The famous ‘Streif’ is considered the most spectacular ski runs in the world where only the elite can

Date: 20th - 25th January 2015

 


By Krystelle



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