Last week we ventured to Val Thorens in Les 3 Valleys for Iglu Ski’s first ski season trip. A large group from the Iglu Ski team was lucky enough to be invited by Club Med to visit their newest all inclusive hotel sited in the highest ski domain in Europe. The stunning Club Med Val Thorens Sensations is a large and contemporary hotel comprised of everything you need to live your day to the full. From extensive all inclusive menus at breakfast, lunch and dinner, to optional evening entertainment every night, to various activities around the hotel including a fitness centre, climbing wall and spa, as well as an ideal location next to the slopes for maximum mountain time. It’s not often we get the opportunity to ski in the first week of December, but after a huge storm in the Alps at the end of November the mountains were left with a lovely fat snow base. Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe, so it has altitude on its side making it one of the most snow-sure ski resorts in the Alps and the perfect option for an early or late season ski holiday. When we arrived in Val Thorens we were greeted with a 90cm snow base and brilliant skiing conditions. This time last year the mountains were still brown and waiting for their first snow covering. The great snow conditions gave us 2 days of glorious skiing and snowboarding before heading back to the UK. The sun was shining but it was still cold so the slope conditions weren’t affected by the blazing sunlight. Even though there hasn’t been much snowfall since, Val Thorens is still holding up its 90cm base on the top slopes and 50cm base on the lower slopes with snow making and the cold temperatures. It currently boasts one of the top bases in France and is the ideal destination for a last minute ski holiday in December. Here are some of our photos from Val Thorens:
James, Head of Ski Product:
Amazing conditions for so early in the season. The pistes were in perfect shape although it was a bit shallow for any off piste. I was there at a similar time last year and things are looking much better this year – it’s a proper base.
Phil, Sales Team Leader:
Great piste conditions, much better than the same time last year. Risky off piste at the moment if rocky, but a good base for when the next snowfall comes.
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Earlier on in the year we kicked off our new expert guide video series with a set of videos aimed at perfecting the ski basics to improve your time on the slopes. In this latest set of videos I chat to members of our expert Iglu Ski team and ask them which resorts they would recommend for groups, families and beginners.
Groups, families and beginners all have special requirements on a ski holiday.
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Winter is coming, will you be shredding one another of these hilariously named pistes this season?
1. Doom & Gloom, Whistler
Nothing like a bit of Doom and Gloom after tackling Stefan's Chute & Cockalorum.
2. Devil's Crotch, Breckenridge
This hellish double diamond expert piste isn’t for the faint hearted
3. Steeper Than Hell, Snowbird
Snowbird: Hitting the nail on the head since 1971
4. Glory Hole, Alta
I wonder what goes on here...
5. Schattberg, Saalbach
Because we’re all still kids at heart!
6. Idiot's Delight, Alpine Meadows
Locals say you have to be stupid to actually take this route
7. Tom's Mom, Brekenridge
*Insert riding Tom's Mom joke here*
8. Adios Mother F*****, Snowmass
Steep as f***
9. Harakiri, Mayrhofen
A ski run that compares itself to the ‘abdomen cutting’ samurai suicide ritual, it is the steepest slope in Austria after all.
10. Goat's Head Soup, Sunshine Village
Goat’s Head Soup, Goat’s Eye Gardens, Cleavage, Ewe First, Mother-in-Law, Think Again, Bushwhackers and Chicken. What were these guys on when naming this area.
11. Organ Grinder, Sugarbush
Your body will be pulverised after this long and steep piste
12. Spanky's Ladder, Whistler Blackcomb
…how do they come up with these names!
And one more for luck
Our friends at PlanetSKI in Marmot Basin... Does it mean the same thing in Canada as it does in Britain?
And then you have Knob Hill, Knob Bowl and Knob Traverse leading off Knob Chair. Find out more about The Knob in PlanetSKI's Banff to Jasper blog
Other favourites include:
Shaft & Climax, Mammoth
Dick's Ditch, Jackson Hole
Beer Belly, Red Mountain
Kill the Banker & Big Woody, Revelstoke
Big Doo Doo, Alyeska
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