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How to dress for the slopes on a budget

clock 13th November 2014 | comment0 Comments

With winter just around the corner, Aldi have launched their new collection of ski and snowboard gear. We went along to the first preview to take an exclusive glimpse of the full line. Set in the beautiful Austrian ski lodge themed restaurant, Bodo’s Schloss, we were treated to an evening of alpine entertainment.

At Iglu Ski, we feel we can cater for all needs when searching for a ski holiday, from budget hotels and self-catering apartments through to uber luxury chalets. Even though we can provide a selection of bargain ski holidays, it’s all the extras you need for your winter getaway that add up and can put people off going skiing and snowboarding.

After the success of last year’s collection, Aldi has come to the rescue once again with its Ski Specialbuys range, offering ski and snowboard wear at an affordable price. These products will be available in stores from 4th December while stocks last.

Whether you’re a complete beginner, regular holiday maker, or even a pro, Aldi has everything you need to fight off the freeze.

For entry level skiers, there are adult salopettes and jackets from £16.99 each. Salopettes include 3M Thinsulate wadding, 2 zipped hip pockets and an inner snow cuff with anti-slip tape. Jackets include 3M Thinsulate wadding, side ventilation, snowbelt and a built in ski pass pocket sleeve. For kids there are bundles from £14.99 that also includes socks, gloves and accessories.

For the seasoned skier, there is the Aldi Pro range that features an enhanced specification to rival big-brand names, just without the large price tag. The Pro Jackets and Salopettes range from £29.99 - £34.99 and the Pro Lite Shell Jacket and Trousers come in between £34.99 – £39.99.

New for this season and hitting stores nationwide in January 2015 will be Aldi’s first ever kids snowboard range, featuring children’s clothing as well as a Snowboard Suit (£19.99), Gloves (£4.99) and Goggles (£7.99).

Other items include:
Children’s ski socks - £1.99
Adult ski socks - £3.99
Hats, gloves & scarfs - £2.49-2.99
Children’s thermal set - £4.99
Ski & Snowboard Goggles - £7.99
Adult Base Layers - £8.99 each
Adult Merino Wool Thermals - £15.99 each
Adult Helmet - £19.99

The Verdict

At first glance we were really impressed with the choices and colours for each of the genders; it was more than just black for men and pink for ladies, which is often the case for budget clothing. Then we had the opportunity to try on all the range: I loved the amount of pockets and detail in the jackets and soft shells; there were lift pass pockets and even iPhone/iPod compartments in some of the coats. 

Direct Marketing Executive and seasoned snowboarder, Millie, also came along for viewing and here's her thoughts on the new Aldi ski Specialbuys:

“Aldi’s new range of ski wear has seriously impressed me. In previous years I’d heard good things about their thermals, but had been dubious as someone who buys things to last from season to season.

Having now tried out a pair of Aldi’s Merino Wool base layers as well as their compression thermals, I can safely say I’m sold. As I’m yet to hit the slopes in them, the jury’s still out on performance. But, I was pleasantly surprised by the snug fit and quality feel of the fabric. For someone on a budget, these certainly deliver functionality without compromising on looks.

Combining great fit, quality, comfort and an affordable price tag, these could give the well-known brands a serious run for their money this season.”

This collection is perfect for families on a budget or anyone looking to give skiing or snowboarding a go for the first time this winter but is anxious about spending a heap of money on a full ski outfit.

As well as the ski clothing, we were very impressed with the winter cocktails that were being served through the night and we thought we would share with you the recipe for our new favourite drink - perfect for something different this Christmas, plus all ingredients can be purchased at Aldi!

Cranbellini: Serves 1

Ingredients
75ml Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene NV
25ml Cranberry juice
25ml sugar syrup (or boil together 25ml of water & 25g of caster sugar to make)
Fresh cranberries
1 tsp Mixed spice
1 tsp Icing Sugar
Method:
Dip the rim of a champagne glass into cranberry juice, then into the icing sugar and then into the mixed spice
Pour in the cranberry juice & sugar syrup to fill ¼ of the glass and then top up with Prosessco.
Garnish with a cranberry to finish.


By Krystelle

Where do Londoners love to ski | Where has the best apres this season | Top 5 ski resorts for groups



Londoners Love Skiing

clock 7th November 2014 | comment0 Comments

For a country with a lack of snowy mountains the UK has a high proportion of keen skiers and snowboarders that head to ski resorts all across the world, season after season.

As the UK’s largest independent ski travel agency we offer ski holidays to over 200 resorts, giving our customers the widest choice of destinations available.


Earlier this year we published a roundup of our top selling ski resorts for 2013/14, which found Val d’Isere, St Anton and Meribel coming up top.

During the build up to the winter season, London comes alive with alpine themed fun and lively ski events to get city goers amped for the season ahead.

With a significant proportion of Iglu Ski customers residing in London we have delved into the city’s boroughs to find out how they compare.

What are the most popular ski resorts?

 

This highest percentage of skiers and snowboarders live in the South West, with an average spend of £763.02 pp and Val d’Isere as their resort of choice.

The lowest rate of skiers and snowboarders in London are found in West Central London where La Plagne is the most popular option, with an average spend of £759.46 pp.

Who spends the most on their ski holiday?

 

The biggest spenders are in SW3, Chelsea, where the average spends is £957.24 pp and residents favour the chic resort of Courchevel. 

The ski resorts in the 3 Valleys and Espace Killy in France are the preferred locations by Londoners for their ski holiday and only a handful of boroughs favoured Austria over France.

Where are the most popular ski destinations?


View the full infographic here


By Krystelle



Top 5 Ski and Snowboard Films in 2014/15

clock 21st October 2014 | comment1 Comments

With the winter season quickly approaching, the new ski and snowboard films are coming in thick and fast. Technologies are progressing as quickly as the riders making this year a very exciting time for ski films. From extreme and exotic locations to powder fuelled productions to discovering the stories behind our favourite athletes.

Here are the 5 films we cannot wait to watch in full to get us inspired for winter. Take a look at all the ski and snowboard films coming this season and tell us your favourite 5.

5. Jeremy Jones - Higher

The one we’ve been waiting for

Higher is the highly anticipated final installment of Jeremy Jones’ Deeper, Further, Higher trilogy. After pushing boundaries and revolutionising backcountry snowboarding in his first 2 films, now Jones and Teton Gravity Research are back and taking their quest to the next level. From Jones’ playground in Jackson Hole to the incredible descents in the Eastern Alaska Range and the Himalaya of Nepal, Higher depicts Jones’ incredible snowboard journey which has made him one of the greatest mountain snowboarders of our time.

Expect: Huge lines, untouched powder and exotic destinations

Riders: Jeremy Jones, Bryan Iguchi, Luca Pandolfi, Ryland Bell

4. Red Bull – Days of my Youth

The one for the skiers

When Red Bull Media House and Matchstick Productions team up you know something ground breaking is going to happen. The film took two years to make while shooting in locations all over the world including places never documented before. Using state of the art techniques including MSP’s new Cineflex Elite, the latest in aerial filming technology, they believe Days of My Youth will set a new standard for the entire ski industry.

Days of My Youth takes a look into the minds of ten of the world’s best freeskiers and examines their lifelong affinity for the sport and the self-discovery every skier takes.

Check out those views in the trailer at 0.30 in and you won’t be able to wait for the full version!

Expect: Next level cinematography and extreme locations

Riders: Richard Permin, Mark Abma, James Heim, Michelle Parker, Cody Townsend, Markus Eder, Bobby Brown, Sam Anthamatten, Russ Henshaw, Gus Kenworthy, PK Hunder

3. Absinthe Films - Heavy Mental

The one we wish we were in

Absinthe films have been throwing down some of the best snowboard films season after season. From last year’s Dopamine to 2012’s Resonance to the rest of the amazing back catalogue, Absinthe consistently showcase the finest riders and push the boundaries of the sport.

With 22 years of snowboarding video production, director Justin Hostynek still drops some of the most progressive riding out there. The trailer opens with an epic heli shot of Alaskan spines to the equally as epic sounds of Alt J’s Fitzpleasure. Heavy Mental spotlights a solid list of riders and watch out for the full parts from Bode Merrill and Victor De Le Rue..

Expect: An epic soundtrack and heavy riding

Riders:Victor De Le Rue, Austen Sweetin, Bode Merrill, Jason Robinson, Mat Schaer, Wolfgang Nyvelt, Manuel Diaz, Victor Daviet, Johnnie Paxson, Romain De Marchi, Blair Habenicht, Scot Brown, Ozzy Henning, Rusty Ockenden, Nils Arvidsson, Mathieu Crepel, Sylvain Bourbousson, Helen Schettini, and Mike Basich

2.Teton Gravity Research - Almost Ablaze

The Blockbuster

As with any TGR production you can expect state of the art cinematography that provides a sensory overload. Combined with some of the most progressive skiing and immersive destinations, Almost Ablaze takes you beyond the boundaries.

Awarded Film of the Year at the 2014 International Freeski Film Festival, Almost Ablaze follows the globetrotting lifestyle of these thrill-seeking athletes. From urban riding in the war-torn Olympic venues of Sarajevo to exploring new terrain in Sella Nevea to next level skiing in Revelstoke, this is extraordinary skiing in extraordinary locations.

Expect: Next level skiing

Riders: Angel Collinson, Chris laker, Colter Hinchliffe, Dana Flahr, Dane Tudor, Dash Longe, Dylan Hood, Griffin Post, Ian McIntosh, Jonny Collinson, Joss Christensen, Karl Fostvedt, Mark Carter, Max Hammer, Nick Mcnutt, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Tim Durtschi, Todd Ligare

1. Oakley - Snowboarding: For Me

The Ultimate Snowboard Film this Season

Does Oakley have the finest snowboard team out there? With huge names like Shaun White and Nicolas Muller to new favourites like Torstein Horgmo and Mark McMorris, this world-class line up is guaranteed to bring one of the leading films of this season. Featuring riding from the streets of Finland to the backcountry of British Columbia, to Norway and Japan, each rider has his own story. Snowboarding: For Me focuses on the unique relationship between the members of the team with the sport and lifestyle they live every day.

Expect: An all star line up

Riders: JP Walker, Terje Håkonsen, Shaun White, Danny Kass, Torstein Horgmo, Ståle Sandbech, Mikkel Bang, Mark McMorris, Nicolas Müller, Jake Blauvelt, Heikki Sorsa, Eero Ettala and Kazu Kokubo.

View our video guide for all the ski & snowboard trailers coming this season

By Krystelle



London Freeski Film Festival 2014

clock 3rd October 2014 | comment0 Comments

Summer is finally over which marks one of our favourite times of the year – the countdown to ski season. If you’re lucky enough to be in London this is when the ski and snowboard films start premiering around the city and you can meet up with all your ski buddies and start drinking like it’s après o’clock in the Alps. It’s still 2 month until many of us can head to the mountains for our first shred of winter, so how do you pass the time?

London Freeski Film Festival is back for it’s 3rd year and here to help you kick start your winter season in style. This year promises even more films, more stalls selling the latest gear, plus lots of prizes to giveaway.

On Thursday 23rd October you can catch this year’s best new ski films featuring your favourite riders on two planks. Whether you’re into your gnarly jibbing or throwing down big mountain, there’s something for everyone.


Ski films confirmed:

UK Premiere - Level 1 Production: Less

The 15th annual ski motion picture from Level 1, shot in USA, Canada, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, France and Japan.

Poor Boyz Productions: Twenty

"True to the movement" since 1994, the Poor Boyz cameras have captured everything from the first twin tips in the park to remote mountain descents in this years unforgettable film.

Stept Productions: Ten and Two

Join the Stept crew as they continue the search for their American dream. These weathered nomads strive to find a balance between craziness and normalcy as their transnational adventure takes them from New England, to the Teton Mountains and back.

UK Premiere - Sandra Lahnsteiner : Pure

PURE is the second “Shades of Winter” movie of Austrian freeskier and filmmaker Sandra Lahnsteiner. Sharing her plattform of “Shades of Winter” with female athletes from all over the world you can again expect high performance skiing at its best.




When? Thursday 23rd October at 7pm
Where? Famous Three Kings, Fulham, W14 9NL
How? Buy Tickets HERE

Everyone who buys a ticket will be entered into the raffle to win lots of ski swag to set you up nicely for this winter.

15% of all proceeds will be donated to the ‘Huck Cancer Foundation’, which is a non-profit organisation set up so skiers and snowboarders can show their support in the fight against cancer, which helps benefit the lives of patients in both the UK and France.

By Krystelle



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