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12 funny ski run names that you won’t believe actually exist

clock 27th October 2015 | comment1 Comments

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


Devil's Crotch, Breckenridge

 

This hellish double diamond expert piste isn’t for the faint hearted

 

3. Steeper Than Hell, Snowbird

 

Steeper Than Hell, Snowbird

 

Snowbird: Hitting the nail on the head since 1971

 

4. Glory Hole, Alta

 

Glory Hole, Alta

 

I wonder what goes on here...

 

5. Schattberg, Saalbach

 

Schattberg, Saalbach

 

Because we’re all still kids at heart!

 

6. Idiot's Delight, Alpine Meadows

 

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

 

AMF Snowmass

 

Steep as f***

 

9. Harakiri, Mayrhofen

 

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

 

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

Psychopath, Breckenridge

Beer Belly, Red Mountain

Kill the Banker & Big Woody, Revelstoke

Big Doo Doo, Alyeska

 

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5 reasons why Jackson Hole should be next on your ski bucket list

clock 20th October 2015 | comment0 Comments

This ultimate bucket list destination is bigger and better than ever this season as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. Jackson Hole is synonymous as the pinnacle of extreme skiing and is often regarded as the nation’s best ski resort.

This is the birthplace of big mountain skiing, home to many snowsport pioneers and features in some of our favourite extreme videos including The Art of Flight, Almost Ablaze and Jeremy Jackson’s Higher.

 


Jackson Hole is located in Wyoming neighbouring the stunning Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park’s. As well as discovering this authentic American cowboy town you are also treated to the unique wildlife and wilderness in the region. The ski resort was created to rival European ski area and is now compared to Chamonix, Verbier and St Anton.

There is plenty of terrain to keep an expert rider occupied for the whole season, but there are also many runs for the non-advanced. Beginner and intermediate pistes make up half of the ski area since a new high speed lift opened up the Casper area last season.

Jackson Hole 50th Anniversary - Born to be Wild


In just 50 years Jackson Hole has evolved into a world class resort where passionate skiers and snowboarders can dare to live the dream. Take a look at the new video celebrating Jackson’s 50th

 


The 50th anniversary is the perfect time to remember how amazing this ski destination is and why it is at the top of many ski bucket lists. Here are the top 5 reasons why Jackson Hole should be next on your list:

1. Cowboy spirit

Jackson Hole town has preserved its American west roots so that visitors can still experience the cowboy lifestyle. If you’re not visiting during rodeo season there is still plenty on offer to forge your own frontier memories.

Once you are off the mountain, don you cowboy boots and discover the superb boutiques and saloons on the wooden cladded boardwalk shopping area. Seek out a true cowboy’s fuel and enjoy Wyoming made Whiskey and world class beers in one of Jackson’s many bars.

If you are looking for something more unique, get behind the reins of a traditional horse drawn carriage and ride into the sunset across the beautiful snowy valley.

 

Famous home grown whiskey

 

2. Unique wildlife

With stunning scenery everywhere you turn, a ski holiday in Jackson Hole will feel like the ultimate adventure. From elk in Grand Teton National Park to bison in Yellowstone National Park to natural hot springs in the Bridger Teton National Forest, there are a wondrous amount of wildlife and wilderness on your doorstep.

 

The Grand Prismatic Pool at Yellowstone, Elk at Grand Teton National Park & Lake Jackson 


3. Extreme skiing

There is over 1200m of epic vertical skiable terrain on offer at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The legendary backcountry zones and bounty of fresh snow makes this a focal point for advanced skiers in search of glory and adventure. The Mountain Resort is known for high alpine steeps, long runs and an open gate policy allowing riders to access the backcountry playground.

Jackson Hole is home to some of the top freestyle athletes in the world including Travis Rice, Tommy Moe, Max Hamer and Jess McMillan. 

An extreme adventure wouldn’t be complete without an attempt at the infamous Corbet’s Couloir. As you cruise up on the tram you can take a glimpse of the scary peak before you come face to face with it. No other resort in North American has a chute so legendary that skiers and snowboarders come from all over the planet to tackle this ultimate ski run. Find out more about the thrill seeking terrain here.

 

Corbets Couloir

 

4. Extraordinary apres

Discover your inner cowboy at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in the heart of Jackson. As well as western style dancing, live bands, wooden cladding and animal mounts, the bar stools are genuine saddles! This famous bar is a reminder of what the wild Wyoming west was, and still is.

 

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar

 

5. New features for this winter

To celebrate this special occasion there are lots of exciting new additions to the ski area. Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy the new mountain restaurant, Piste Mountain Bistro.The new Teton quad lift opens up access to an intermediate area and 3 pistes including, expanding the Wide Open piste, creating the steep Kemmerer run and the Crags Run along the northern ridgeline.

Just for this memorable year, Jackson Hole have a selection of lift pass offers for this season. There is a limited edition 10 day pass that is available all winter, the 50th anniversary Gold Pass will come with 4 ‘buddy pass’ vouchers (50% off 1 day lift passes), and if you hold a season pass to anywhere in the world you can receive 50% off Jackson Hole passes between Jan 11-31st.

 

 

View Jackson Hole's 50th video series

 

View ski holiday packages in Jackson Hole:
The Lodge
Cowboy Village Log Cabins
Ranch Inn
Snake River Lodge & Spa
The Wort Hotel
Snow King Resort
Inn at Jackson
Teton Mountain Lodge
Spring Creek Ranch
Parkway Inn

 

By Krystelle 



James Bond's SPECTRE in Tirol

clock 12th October 2015 | comment0 Comments

As we count down the days until the SPECTRE world premiere in London on 26th October, Visit Tirol have released new film stills from some of the big action scenes that took place in Austrian Tirol.

The new James Bond film SPECTRE was filmed in various locations in Tirol and 007 fans are delighted to see Bond back in the snow. It was about a year ago the announcement was made that the 24th James Bond would be returning to the mountains and in January 2015 filming of SPECTRE began.

As well as huge ski and Austria fans, many of us at Iglu Ski are big James Bond fans have been waiting impatiently for the new film to be released. So if you are anything like us, this news should add a glimmer to your day!

Action scenes from the new James Bond film were filmed in two ski resorts in Tirol – Sölden and Obertilliach.

New action film stills from SPECTRE

 

James Bond SPECTRE filling in Austria Tirol

James Bond SPECTRE filling in Austria Tirol

James Bond SPECTRE filling in Austria Tirol

Photos: SPECTRE in Obertilliach Tirol (c) Sony Pictures

007 in Sölden

Sölden is one of the most famous resorts in Austria, if not Europe! The world class terrain and bustling town make it a popular ski holiday hot spot year after year.

Producers and Art Department of SPECTRE felt like Austria had everything there needed to create a spectacular sequence. After discovering the magnificent lift and Ice Q restaurant structure at the Gaislachkogl peak in Sölden they knew they didn’t need to search any further.

After a long journey through many countries, Production Designer, Dennis Gassner stated "What could be more exciting than to be up there, on top of the world?" The ICE Q restaurant in Sölden at 3048m was the unique, modern facility that they were after.

 

Ice Q - The new Restaurant Highlight in Tirol

Photo: Oetztal Tourism by Rudi Wyhlidal

Ice Q - The new Restaurant Highlight in Tirol

Photo: Bergbahnen S +Âlden

007 in Obertilliach

Obertilliach is a small picturesque ski village located in East Tirol which is popular for beginners but quite unknown to the UK holiday maker. A dramatic action scene takes place here, including a huge explosion which features on the newest teaser trailer.

The scene features a local, traditional mountain hut, now called ‘Bond House’ by the locals, which was dismantles and re-assembled on the slopes at the Golzentipp ski area, just for the film!

Four locations in Obertilliach will feature in the film including scenes from the Grade II listed historic village. This was fantastic news for the village, Mayor Matthias Scherer cheered "For a tourist destination, like us, it was like winning the lottery. It’s not every day that a small community of 687 has a British secret agent coming to visit." 

Obertilliach ski resort in Austria

Obertilliach ski resort in Austria

 

Take a sneak peak at the Austrian locations in this behing the scenes footage:



Feel like James Bond for a week at visit Chalet Hotel Hermann in Solden. Prices start from £564 pp 

 

For more 007 fun, read our Top 5 James Bond Ski Scenes

 

By Krystelle 



With news of an El Niño this winter, are we in for a bumper ski season?

clock 2nd October 2015 | comment0 Comments

The strongest El Niño in 50 years has been predicated for this winter. The deputy director of the NOAA (National Oceania and Atmospheric Administration) Climate Prediction Center, Mike Halpert, has reported “this could be among the strongest El Niños in the historical record dating back to 1950.”

Experiencing an El Niño this winter is awesome news for skiers and snowboarders as this could mean we receive much more snow than an average winter... and more snow means more powder days!

 

Breckenridge, USA


Every 2–7 years an area of the tropical regions in the Pacific Ocean warms up and distorts the weather patterns in the western Ocean, including Australia, North and South America and even parts of Europe and Africa, this is called El Niño.

The National Oceania and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) recent report predicts the El Niño will persist through winter before settling down in spring. There have already been signs of the start of El Niño this summer, such as the record number of storms during the central Pacific hurricane season.

What does this mean for Europe?

The 2 strongest previous events were in 1982-83 and 1997-98, in 1997-98 there was powder day after powder day and amazing conditions across the Alps. Now the World Meteorological Organisation is predicting that this phenomenon could be one of the strongest on record.

At the moment, this year’s El Niño is stronger than it was at this time of year in 1997” - Bill Patzert (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory climatologist)

It’s had been reported that the start of winter in December and January will be quite mild, then in February we will see a change to a colder winter that will most likely feature several storms and significant snow.

 

Heavenly, USA

Ski areas in the US that should benefit from El Niño are:


California - Resorts could receive between 30-40% more precipitation. This could mean great things for ski holidays in Heavenly, Northstar, Mammoth and Lake Tahoe.

Colorado – After a wetter than usual spring, the trend should continue through the winter to create a much more seasonable winter than last year. Vail Resorts are optimistic for a fantastic winter in their resorts, including Park City, Vail, Breckenridge and Beaver Creek.

An El Niño often means that Europe is prone to heavy rain and storms and a colder than average winter.

If you are looking for the best snow this season, take a read of our top 5 snow sure ski resorts in Europe

 

By Krystelle



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