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There is still so much more fun to be had once the ski lifts have closed… There are numerous activities to explore in resort after a day’s skiing and here at Iglu we have tried and tested plenty of winter attractions and events to recommend only the best for you.
Probably the most fun on snow you can have without skis! Toboggan down the longest track in France and revel in the spectacular views, hilarious moments and adrenaline rushes down the 6km run. From an altitude of 3000m at the Péclet glacier, it’s a 45 minute decent of sliding entertainment through varied slopes and raised bends. A fun filled family activity suitable for everyone from 5 years old.
Enjoy an unforgettable winter activity through pristine Canadian backcounty. See the slopes from a different angle & ride your very own skidoo through fresh powder or head into the remote wilderness with a professional guide. Scenic tours are a great introduction to the backcountry through tree-lined tracks and extraordinary landscapes.
The St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow is the world’s most prestigious winter polo tournament. Nearly 15,000 spectators from every corner of the world make the pilgrimage to Lake St Moritz every year. It is the social highlight in St. Moritz where the World Cup has been held every year since 1985. Don’t miss the next tournament 29 Jan – 01 Feb 2015!!
Experience high speeds up to 115km/h in a professional Olympic bobsleigh. This once in a life time activity will leave your adrenaline pumping for days after. Choose from the Guest bobsled where you can reach speeds of up to 90 km/h through the 800m long ice track, or unleash your inner dare devil and take the driven taxi bob and hit 115km/h over the 1270m ice track. Just don’t forget your lucky egg!
Les Arcs has reinvented this traditional activity of being pulled along on your skis by a horse across all types of terrain. Originating in Scandinavia, competitive ski Joering is practiced all over the world. A series of forest trails in Les Arcs have been transformed into over 20km of Ski Joering routes in a natural environment of rare beauty.
With the exciting news of the Royal baby being born, we couldn’t help feeling patriotic here at Iglu. With this in mind it gave us an excellent idea for this week’s top 5… Top 5 Royal Resorts. The British Royal family are famous for heading to the slopes each winter and their holidays are often heavily publicised in the press.
A ski holiday is the perfect time to feel like royalty. Here are our top 5 resorts that are fit for a king
Continuing with our popular Top 5 blogs, this week is an exciting one!
We came up with the idea to do a top 5 ‘Glacier Resorts for Freeride and Summer Skiing’. There is no better person to do this than Ewa, our Commercial Executive and freeride enthusiast.
'These are my top 5 places to go for Summer/early and late season skiing. My favourite is Hintertaux - not only are there incredible places for freetouring but also you've got a chance to practise some gnarly tricks in the snowy Betterpark!'
Here is what she came up with:
The best thing about Hintertux is the lack of queues due to its super-fast lift-system! The real secret there is off piste! Amazing area for free-touring, practising slaloms for professionals from all over the world and there is plenty of activities that you can take part in after shredding the area on skis! Snowboarders and free-skiers certainly appreciate the year round freestyle opportunities at the Betterpark Hintertux at 3200m at the foot of the majestic Olperer Mountain and is a favourite meeting point for local riders as well as the international scene. For beginners I would advise friendly Hintertux Familypark. There are no two ways about it that Hinter is one of the highest freestyle-spots in Austria and is considered by many to be the best Snowpark in the Alps- Skieresort.de 2011 awarded it as a ‘Best Glacier Ski Resort WORLDWIDE’.
The Stubai Glacier reaches an altitude of 3300m and it goes without saying that it has fabulous views too! Long runs, very wide tracks and not crowded – best suited for beginners and intermediate skiers. Steep skiing can be very limited, therefore go to Freeride Stubai Centre and get some more info. It is worthy to consider hiring an experienced IFMGA guide, so you won’t miss getting to ‘Hinterer Daunkopf’ col! In fact, Stubai is incredible for both off-piste skiers and snowboarders. Besides, the location is very convenient by being close to Innsbruck Airport with several low-cost airlines flying there.
Not so many runs, however it is very decent particularly for the training purposes. It can be very crowded with the first three Bahns during October and November (full of professional skiers), then it gets more chilled and during the rest of season there are basically no crowds. Don’t miss Panorama run (very steep and icy- amazing for giant and downhill!). If you’re looking for gnarly places for freeride, spectacular views, friendly Tyrolian people, great value of money and no queues- Pitztal has it all! Only on the evenings there is not much going on, so if you’re after après ski, go to nearby Ischgl or Solden where skiing is amazing too – hey! It’s Austria!
4. Les 2 Alpes
It is the largest ski resort in the Dauphine region and is the second oldest ski resort in France, after Chamonix. If you’re looking for a good mix of great skiing, partying and extra activities in the afternoon, it is an excellent resort for groups of friends! The lower slopes down to the resort are steeper and more challenging than the higher ski areas, including the wide and forgiving glacier runs. In summer, Les Deux Alpes becomes a popular venue for downhill and freeride mountain biking. Hence, summer skiing in Les 2 Alpes takes place between 2800m and 3600m. Just during this time you will be queuing at 6am, and then due to plenty of runs, you won’t feel overcrowded at all. Also, the park is pretty sick with a setup that had something for every level!
The least crowded glaciers from all! Kaunertal has best setup in the Alpes for snowboarders and free skiers in autumn and spring. Apart from extra activities after skiing, there is not much to do in the way of après. However I love it! It is so chilled to get a proper slalom training there and also enjoy the Kaunertal Snowpark where snow is guaranteed from October until June.
Wow, after that we certainly wish we were out skiing right now! Stay tuned for next week's Top 5!
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