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Top 5 ski and snowboard events to look out for in 2015

clock 16th January 2015 | comment1 Comments

Last winter our lives were taken over by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. This year we can get engrossed in the many more ski and snowboard competitions and events that take place in Europe. Most kick off early season in January, getting us stoked up nicely for the rest of the ski season.

5. Innsbruck Air + Style

One for the snowboarders.

Innsbruck is the second stop on the Air and Style circuit, Emil Ulsletten stole the show at the first event in Beijing in December, and then next step will be Los Angeles in February. The World’s best snowboarders have competed in this big air event over the past two decades. Athletes are whittled down through 3 rounds before the 4 snowboarders battle in out in the super final. Athletes includes at Innsbruck include: GB’s Billy Morgan, Halldor Helgason, Sage Kotsenburg, Max Parrot, Stale Sandbech, Seb Toots & more.

Date: 16th & 17th January 2015

4. FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships

One for the British Team

This year’s World Championships take place in Kreischberg, Austria. This is the first time that both freestyle skiing and snowboarding have been combined in a World Championships. After Great Britain’s success at Sochi we have a 22 strong squad of skiers and snowboarders competing in the event, including slopestyle, halfpipe, moguls, aerials and more. View the full British team line up.

Date: 14th -25th January

 

3. Suzuki Nine Queens

One for the girls

This is the 5th big air competition of the Suzuki Nine Queens in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria. The world’s best female skiers and snowboarders are invited to this stunning pocket in Tirol for a unique event consisting of a series of jumps and features set around a huge sculpted ice castle.

Date: 15th – 20th March 2015



2. Swatch Freeride World Tour

For the utmost dedicated

This mammoth snow sports tour consists of five venues in Europe and the USA. 2015 is bigger than ever with two new stops on the Freeride calendar, Vallnord, Andorra and Alaska, USA. Last season more than 637, 000 viewers followed the finest skiers and snowboarders across this spectacular journey.

Taking part in the Freeride World Tour Competition will be 28 male skiers, 14 male snowboarders, 14 female skiers and 7 female snowboarders. Through the events the riders will be narrowed down to a limited few that will take part in the Grand Finale in Verbier.

The FWT season kicks off in the ultimate freeride resort, Chamonix, on 24th January, then heads to Fieberbrunn, Austria, on 31st January before Vallnord, Andorra for the first time on 14th February. Then it is off to Alaska on 14th March before the grande finale and the 20th anniversary of the Xtreme Verbier on 28th March.

Athletes that reach the Verbier climax will have to take on the legendary Bec des Rosses mountain face. Two-time winner at the Bec des Rosses, Sweden’s Reine Barkered is delighted to be part of the history of the “Bec”: “I'm excited to have the chance to compete at the 20th anniversary of Verbier Xtreme. Verbier is the crowning point for a freerider and I will do my very best to step up to the top of the podium here a third time.”

 

1. Hahnenkamm

One for the ski elite

Austria’s greatest ski festival is bigger than ever in 2015 as it is celebrating its 75th Anniversary. The Hahnenkamm race is one of the most famous alpine ski races of the world and is the highlight of the World Cup calendar. For Kitzbuhel, this is the best week of the year, as spectators and celebrities flock to the town to see the famous ski racers, as well as joining in the week of partying. The magnificent race features jumps up to 80m, steep slopes including peaking at 85% gradient on the Mausefalle, and skiers reaching speeds up to 140 km per hour along the run. The famous ‘Streif’ is considered the most spectacular ski runs in the world where only the elite can

Date: 20th - 25th January 2015

 


By Krystelle



Skiers and snowboarders head for the hills as snow hits the UK

clock 31st December 2014 | comment0 Comments

What did you get up to after Christmas? Whilst some were polishing off the turkey leftovers and watching a festive flick on the telebox, others were shredding the gnar in the UK countryside. Parts of the north and midlands received up to 11cm of snow from Boxing Day 2014 which allowed keen skiers and snowboarders to head to the hills for some fresh powder turns.

Check out these awesome photos of backcountry riding, UK style!

Team GB Olympic Snowboarder Jamie Nicholls getting some fresh tracks at home in Yorkshire

Jamie laying down a handplant on his mini ramp & Bradford looking very snowy in the background

Friends of Iglu, Lauren Quinnell & Ollie Evans riding near the Peak District in Wessington, Derbyshire

Stunning snowy landscapes in Leek, Staffordshire, perfect day for a fun shred with friends  (Credit - Instagram @samcorbett88)

Paragliders jumping off Mam Tor in the Peak District (Credit - Twitter @PaulSCaddy)

More beautiful snowy scenery in the Peak District (Credit - Twitter @PaulSCaddy)

Skiers in the Peak District (Credit - Twitter @PaulSCaddy)

David Mercker Cox taking his board out in Glenariff, Northern Ireland

Snowy Glenariff at sunset

David getting his freestyle on in the snow in Northern Ireland

By Krystelle



Win Oakley Tanner Hall Signature Ski Goggles Plus Signed Poster

clock 15th December 2014 | comment0 Comments

During the run up to Christmas we have a few giveaways to get you in the festive mood. Make sure you are following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep an eye out for the competitions. All competitions will run until the end of the month and we will announce the winners on Friday 2nd January 2015. First up we have a pair of new Oakley goggles up for grabs.

Tanner Hall

Tanner Hall is a professional freeskier from the USA. He has a long list of trophies and titles under his ‘skis’ including 10 x Winter X Games medallist and 11 x US Open Medallist. Last season Tanner went in search of powder at Revelstoke, his latest edit shows their epic powder day on the deepest day of the trip. Part 2 drops soon!

Oakley Canopy Ski Goggles

Oakley is one of the leading goggle brands, notable for top technologies and an innovative range of sporting accessories. They are a big player in the sports industry with a diverse range of professional athletes on the Oakley team. View the Oakley Goggles collection here

The Oakley Canopy has a large lens volume and low profile design to allow a wide view with maximum vision. The O-Flow Arch technology helps breathing and comfort on the nose.

Your Oakley Canopy Goggles comes with Emerald Iridium Lens:
• Ideal for medium to bright light
• 13% Visible light transmission
• Iridium coating to further tune contrast and reduce glare

Earlier this year we took a look at the new Oakley Flight Decks Goggles

Competition

Courtesy of Shade Station we are giving away this amazing pair of goggles (RRP £150) to one lucky person. For your chance to win a pair of Oakley Tanner Hall Canopy goggles plus a signed poster:

How to win

  1. Go to our Instagram page @igluski
  2. Look out for the competition post below on our Instagram page
  3. Follow us 
  4. Repost the image and tag @igluski either using Regram or take a screenshot and repost it to your page 
  5. Add the hashtag #igluskiholidays
  6. We will announce the winner on Instagram on Friday 2nd January 2015

Good luck!



How to ski cheap in January

clock 10th December 2014 | comment0 Comments

If you love snow days, quiet pistes and short lift queues, then January is the ideal month for you. Along with off season ski deals and peaceful slopes, January is the perfect month to go to the mountains for any avid skier or snowboarder.

Once Christmas and New Year is over and children go back to school, you’ll find skiing in January one of the quietest points of the season. As companies aim to fill as much accommodation as possible, you will find cheap deals and offers for this time of year.


Conditions are normally excellent at this time of year as January tends to be the coldest month of winter, plus one of the snowiest. Many resorts will still be building up their snow bases, but with the low temperatures it is one of the most snow sure points of winter. Here is an overview of the snow last season:

January 2014 snow depths in popular ski resorts

Val d’Isere – 99cm
Tignes – 109cm
Meribel – 81cm
St Anton – 62cm
Les Arcs – 102cm
Alpe d’Huez – 139 cm
Val Thorens – 126cm
Zermatt – 153 cm
Avoriaz – 149 cm
Pas de la Casa – 135cm

Where to get the best ski deals

Whether you book last minute or in advance you will always find good deals for January. For an overview of the cheapest deals available, take a look at our cheap ski holidays page where you can view the lowest price for each departure date in January, including Friday departures and short breaks.

Our favourite cheap January deals

Self-catering Apartments

Cassiopee Apartments in La Plagne, France.
From £199 pp based on 3 people sharing on 3rd and 10th January

Located in the top village in La Plagne, Belle Plagne, these apartments are in the heart of the village and surrounded by the shops, restaurants and bars. It’s a perfect location to get out skiing quickly where you can either join the bubble in Belle Plagne to take you up the Roche de Mio, or the slopes are less than 50 m away where you can ski down to Bellecote to join the chairlifts.

Catered Chalet


Chalet Natalia II in Meribel Mottaret, France
From £417 pp based on 2 people sharing on 3rd January

Chalet Natalia 2 is also great for getting out on to the mountain quick as it is just 100m away from the slopes. Meribel Mottaret is located just above Meribel so you can enjoy the higher mountain views and avoid the lifts in the centre of Meribel.

Half Board Hotel

Hotel Aiguille Rouge in Les Arcs, France
From £449 pp based on 3 people sharing on 3rd January

Conveniently placed in ski in – ski out accommodation, this hotel has easy access to lifts and the ski area. Les Arcs has skiing suitable for all abilities, from the blue runs surrounding the Arc 2000 village to the variety of long blues and reds across the resort. Advanced skiers can enjoy the black pistes from Aiguille Rouge summit or take advantage of the extra 225km of skiing in neighbouring La Plagne.

View our snow reports from the slopes in January 2014

02 Jan 2014 – Sainte Foy, France

24 Jan 2014 – Morzine, France


By Krystelle

January skiing deals | Cheap Ski Holidays | Ultimate Apres Ski Guide



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