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Is North America your best chance for powder days this ski season?

clock 30th December 2015 | comment0 Comments

The West Coast of North America couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season. Jackson Hole in Wyoming, USA already boasts 4 metres of snowfall which is the perfect present for their 50th Anniversary celebrations this winter.

Snowfalls have been so good in recent weeks that many base snow depths sit well above one metre in most resorts (only a handful of resorts in Europe have a one metre top snow depth at present!)


 

Epic start to the ski season in North America

There are excellent skiing conditions in ski resorts in Colorado, Utah and California in the USA where top base depths are already higher than they were at any point last winter. Stand out areas include Mammoth (216 upper depth/145cm lower depth), Squaw Valley (206/140cm) and Taos (193cm).

Up to 60cm of snow has fallen in the past week in Western Canada adding to the already high snow bases with lots of powder skiing on offer. Big White (232cm) boasts the deepest snow base in Canada currently with Fernie (193cm) and Whistler (182cm) not too far off. With fluffy, fresh powder off piste and perfect corduroy on piste, these are some of the best conditions in the world at the moment!

If you are looking for a powder filled ski adventure this ski season, your best bet is to head over the pond and avoid Europe’s unreliable winter this year. This winter’s El Nino has caused these huge spikes in snowfall so early on in the season. Predictions say that the Lake Tahoe area, Telluride, Aspen and Vail will be the best resorts to it up for the best snow this year.

The deepest snow bases so far are:

334cm – Cypress Mountain
310cm – Mount Bachelor
244cm – Timberline
231cm – Big White
216cm – Mammoth Mountain
213cm - Alpine Meadows
203cm – Squaw Valley
193cm - Fernie
182cm – Whistler Blackcomb

Don’t believe how good it is? Take a look at these recent photos…

Jackson Hole, USA

Big White, Canada

Aspen, USA

 

Iglu Ski in North America

We’ve already had staff visiting North America this season, including Whistler, Sun Peaks, Vail resorts and Lake Tahoe resorts. Call us up to speak to one of our North American Ski Experts and find out more about skiing and snowboarding in this ski paradise.

 

Lake Tahoe, USA

 

Sales team leader Phil is spending New Years at Lake Tahoe and backflipping his way around the snowy slopes of Heavenly, Northstar and Squaw Valley.

 

Sun Peaks, Canada

 

Product Manager, Nick, left rainy England for a few days in powder filled Sun Peaks, here's what we had to say about the conditions:

After arriving in Sun Peaks late on the 12th December we awoke to a cloudy snow day. Still visibility was good in amongst the trees and we enjoyed fresh turns with hardly a sole in sight. The only hint of a queue was when my group of 9 all arrived at the lifts together. We headed up Mt Morrisy and enjoyed fresh tracks in the relative shelter of the trees on wonderfully named gladed runs such as midlife crisis, showboat and tumble dry!

Crystal Chair on Mt Tod was closed for most of the day due to the weather but a rumour went around the few people of the mountain that it was opening soon and we hightailed it there to be the first up and enjoy an incredible couple of laps of Crystal bowl in un touched powder.

The next day we awoke to clear skies and sunshine allowing us to really take in the sights and see how amazingly convenient Sun Peaks is with its 3 mountains all easily accessible from the centre of town. Heading up Mt Morrisy again and with the clouds gone it was easy to see why this place is so popular as we got great views of the terrain over on Mt Tod and Sundance. We headed up over to Crystal chair again to find trees covered in ice and snow (snow ghosts). A few more laps of Crystal bowl before lunch and then it was off to Gils backcountry area which is now within bounds and patrolled. Sun Peaks offer guided Gils back country tours with a certified guide and instructor. They will show you the safest routes and the best lines whilst improving your technique off piste!

The addition of Gils and a couple of new runs on Mt Morrisy (Wringer and In Tatters) to make Sun Peaks Canadas 2nd largest ski area. The snow was incredible and has only got better since I left.


Many of the holidays we offer to USA and Canada are tailor-made as we cannot guarantee flight prices online, plus we prefer the flexibility of choosing flights, hotels and extras to suit our customer’s needs. Speak to the Iglu Ski experts about a North American ski holiday and we’ll put a package together specific for you.

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Discover Soldeu

clock 24th March 2015 | comment0 Comments

Andorra is a hidden gem in the skiing world and is often overlooked when choosing a ski destination. Located between France and Spain, the Andorran ski resorts have just as good slopes as the French Alps but without the lift queues and ridiculous bar tabs.

In March 2014 I booked a last minute ski holiday to Soldeu in Andorra. Like many skiers and snowboarders, I had never thought much about skiing the Pyrenees when we have the wealth of popular French and Austrian resorts at our fingertips.

The perfect week in Soldeu, Andorra

My curiosity got the best of me when a friend that was working in the resort kept on saying how amazing the skiing was and her stunning snowy photos filled up my Facebook feed for most of the winter. As my planned week off quickly approached I decided to discover a new ski destination, so I booked a last minute ski trip to Soldeu.

 

Going up in the TC8 gondola from Soldeu

Andorra is a hidden gem between France and Spain, with just as good slopes as the French Alps but without the lift queues and ridiculous bar tabs. The resort of Soldeu is situated in the middle of 210km of pistes in Grandvalira with linked access to 5 other ski villages including Pas de la Casa.

As Andorra is tax free, alcohol prices in the shops are amazingly cheap. This is great if you are looking for a cheap ski holiday as apartment accommodation prices are very reasonable and you can eat and drink cheaply so you should have no problem with over spending on your trip.

 

On the slopes in Pas de la Casa


There are regular ski events throughout the season in Grandvalira from professional skiing events to freestyle competitions. Recent events include the Speed Skiing World Championships at the Grau Roig Riberal slope, Alpine Skiing European Cup on the Àgila slope in El Tarter and the Total Fight Master of Freestyle competition held at the El Tarter Snowpark.

The Andorran ski resorts have had incredible snowfall the past few seasons, with snow levels even topping our favourite French ski resorts. During the winter 2014/15 ski season Pas de la Casa recieved 734 cm snowfall, Soldeu had 715 cm and Arinsal got 608 cm.  Does it all sound too good to be true? Why don’t more holiday makers make Andorra their ski destination of choice?

 

Fresh snow and quiet slopes on a powder day in Soldeu


I didn’t believe it until I experienced it myself and I had one of my favourite ski weeks ever. I was extremely lucky and encountered a perfect week of snow conditions whilst staying in Soldeu. For the first 3 days I woke up to nearly a foot of fresh snow everyday so I was able to make full use of my new Nitro powder snowboard, and then for the second half of the week we had beautiful bluebird days. I couldn’t have prayed to the snow gods for a more superb ski holiday.

How to have a great week on the slopes

 

To start your week off there are plenty of blue runs around the Soldeu and El Tarter ski area allowing you to easily warm up your ski legs before venturing on to any intermediate or advanced pistes. Each of the villages are well linked with hardly any need for traversing which is great for snowboarders.

 

Fantastic wide pistes with stunning views

As you progress through the week head over to Grau Roig and Pas De La Casa for a superior choice of wider and longer blue and red runs. The black and red runs on the face in Soldeu are fantastic and are easily accessed straight from the gondola or the TSD 6 man chairlift.

For the freestylers, the snowpark at El Tarter is amazing and quick to get to from Soldeu. There is everything you need from fun features to huge kickers for all levels to enjoy.

 

Mountain restaurant stops in El Tarter

How to make the most at après

 

There is no lack of après and nightlife in Soldeu town. If you like a late night or two, this is a resort for you! Fat Alberts is a favourite and where you will end up if it ends up being a big night out. With live music and themed nights throughout the week, it is a popular spot for holiday makers and seasonaires.

 



The Aspen in the middle of town is one of the most popular bars. The bar staff are awesome, there is a huge choice of drinks, plus there’s also pool tables upstairs and you can watch popular sports events here.

The Irish bar, The Harp, is a top bar to hit for après and is often filled with the ski instructors as they finish their day of work. It is the perfect place to get the shots in after a day on the slopes and have some banter with the bar staff.

If you are looking for a late night venue to end your bar crawl, head to Pussycat that is open till 5am!

 

The end of an amazing week in Soldeu

 

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Words and photos by Krystelle



11 awesome photos of the snow right now

clock 2nd February 2015 | comment0 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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I love April Skiing

clock 16th April 2012 | comment1 Comments
Iglu head to the slopes in April for some spring powder. [More]


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