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Will it be a bumper end to the ski season?

clock 26th February 2015 | comment0 Comments
In the past few weeks snow conditions this season have completely turned around. It may have been a slow start to the ski season after the warm December temperatures, but since mid-January things have been looking up. There has been a series of huge snow dumps teamed with a string of sunny days occurring over the last few weeks, dramatically building up the snow bases of ski resorts across Europe. February Snow The February half term was a perfect week for a ski holiday with up to 60 cm of snowfall on the half term transfer weekend then beautiful blue skies for most of the week after. View current snow conditions in our latest snow reports. As the busiest ski week of the season came to a close, it was reported in the long range forecasts that we were in for one of the biggest snow storms of the season over the next 9 days, including up to 231 cm of snowfall in just a few days. The Alps may not have received the 2m foreseen but 120 cm in Soldeu, 98 cm in Cervinia, 82 cm in Grindelwald and 66 cm in Avoriaz was very welcomed by the post-half term skiers and snowboarders. Snow bases and snow conditions are currently superb for the start of March. Particularly Austrian resorts are looking significantly healthy for this time of year (compared to last year):  Resort February 2014 February 2015 St Anton 53cm / 128 cm 59 cm / 221 cm Solden 12 cm / 270 cm 15 cm / 317 cm Obergurgl 79 cm / 177 cm 61 cm / 205 cm Lech 100 cm / 115 cm 96 cm / 171 cm Lower pistes cm / top pistes cm March Skiing Skiing in March is one of the most best times of the year, as temperatures start to warm up you can enjoy the fantastic ski conditions in the morning, then by the afternoon you can embrace the après atmosphere on a sun terrace on a mountain top bar. With the current great snow depths in many resorts across Europe, a ski holiday in March will be excellent. With even more snow storms on the horizon over the next 9 days, there will be no shortage of snow for the rest of the season. The snow conditions we have at present are the best so far this season and with Easter week just 4 weeks away it’s looking like there will be plenty of snow to enjoy this year. After Easter falling so late in April last year, this wasn’t a great time for a ski holiday. With Easter Sunday falling on the 5th April this year, many families will be heading out to ski resorts for the first week of April to spend the Easter holidays in the snow. Top tips when booking an Easter ski holiday With temperatures rising towards the end of the ski season, your save bet is to aim for high resorts. It is always difficult to predict the snow conditions at the end of season so be sure to choose a ski resort with high altitude to secure the best snow conditions. You want enough snow to build a snow bunny don’t you?   Best resorts for end of season skiing With the Grande Motte Glacier in Espace Killy open through till May and the highest ski lift peaking at 3450m you can guarantee good snow in Tignes and Val d’Isere for Easter. Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe, as well as in the largest ski area in the world with over 600 km of piste in the 3 Valleys Les Arc 2000 – the magic is in the name, as the village sits at 2000m, snow is still decent at this high altitude later on in the ski season and the ski area’s highest point is 3226m at the Aiguille Rouge. If you prefer the Austrian side of the Alps, the Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun provides skiing or snowboarding almost all year round. Even if it is warm in the valley there will still be snow at 3000m on the glacier.   View Last Minute Ski Offers and Easter Holiday Ski Deals


Ski Yourself Fit This Season

clock 17th February 2015 | comment0 Comments
  If you’re looking to kill a few calories but are unwilling to sign your soul away for an unused year at your local jazzy gym, why not consider the outdoor life and some truly awesome winter sports to get in shape the fun way. Of course the temptation of all that heavenly indulgent mountain food on a ski or snowboarding holiday (Tartiflette, Raclette, Fondue..) might have you concerned about piling it on, but fear not as food = fuel and that’s exactly what you’ll be burning tonnes of each day spent on the slopes. Snowsports are an excellent form of cardio as well as a great way to tone and strengthen leg, core and arm muscles. Both skiing and snowboarding are particularly good for strengthening the ankles, lower legs, quadriceps and glutes, as you engage these muscles to control your board or skis. Both activities require good balance, which work your core muscles, pulling in your abs and helping to align your spine. As you balance, you use your arm muscles to help steady yourself, working to firm them up, particularly in the upper arms and shoulders.     When your muscles are strong, the body works harder to use them, therefore burning more calories. This, plus being in a cold environment (where your body burns calories just to keep warm) is great news for your metabolism! On top of all these great health benefits, skiing and boarding also release adrenaline and endorphins which lift your mood and make you feel more alert, awake and happy. So how many calories does skiing / snowboarding burn? Skiing or boarding for 6 hours can burn a whopping 2000 - 3000 calories, depending on your age, weight and height. With that in mind, it may take a lot less time than you think just to burn off that mulled wine and 3 Wiener Schnitzels you had for lunch… Here are a few examples of some popular, hearty ski foods and drinks with an estimate of how long it takes to burn off each one (each food portion is based on a 300g serving).   Food / Drink Approx. Calories Approx. amount of Skiing / Boarding it takes to burn it off Tartiflette 550 1hr 18mins Fondue 793 1hr 54mins Apfelstrudel with Custard 548 1hr 18mins Käsespätzle 885 2hr 6mins Germknödel 458 1hr 6mins Raclette 1000 2hrs 24mins Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce and Cheese 700 1hr 42mins Goulash Soup with Bread 468 1hr 6mins Tiroler Gröstl 758 1hr 48mins Wiener Schnitzel 750 1hr 48mins 1 Nutella Crepe 579 1hr 24mins 3 Glasses of Mulled Wine 820 2hrs 3 Pints of Beer 546 1hr 18mins 1 Mug of Hot Chocolate With Marshmallows and Whipped Cream 321 48mins   Health Tips for Skiing & Snowboarding The amount of calories burned while out on the slopes are immense and give you reason to feel less guilty about what you consume après ski. A day in the mountains can be exhausting and you will find yourself needing to consume more food in order to feel energised. If you want to know about the best foods to eat in order to keep you powering through, we’ve created a little guide below. Breakfast – Breakfast is the most important meal and if you want to set yourself up for a day of skiing / boarding then don’t skip it. Eating in the morning will kickstart your metabolism and give your body the fuel it needs to get through those first few runs. A protein heavy breakfast featuring plenty of salmon, ham or eggs is ideal, as it will keep you full for longer. Throw in some carbs, such as bread or potatoes, and your energy levels will be all set to go. Mid-morning snack – Top up your energy levels mid-morning with a granola bar, protein bar or flapjack. It’s light enough to digest while still skiing, plus it should give you that little extra boost. Remember to keep hydrated too and to drink as much water or fruit juice as you can. Lunch – Lunch is a great time to rebuild your energy. Think carbs and go for a baked potato, pasta, or a whole whole-wheat sandwich. Soups and salads are a great option too as they are packed full of healthy vegetables. Avoid too much fried, greasy food as this will sap your energy levels and leave you feeling groggy. Before hitting up the piste again, try and allow 1 hour to digest your food. If you try and get skiing again too early you risk getting stomach ache and even feeling a little dizzy – not good when navigating slightly more complex runs! Mid-afternoon snack – If you feel tired again mid-afternoon, grab another granola bar, protein bar or flapjack. Fruit is another great, light option too to help keep you going until the evening. Dinner – By the end of the day, your muscles will be tired and will need some good food to help them recover. Eat plenty of protein again – cheese, chicken, red meat – and some more carbs – bread, pasta, potatoes – to restore your energy levels.   Feeling in the mood for a ski trip now? Check out our Last Minute Ski Holidays 2015.


15 Tips for Half Term Family Skiing

clock 4th February 2015 | comment1 Comments
Thousands of lucky British children will be going skiing for the first time at half term. For their parents it will be a brilliant break – but only if they plan it properly. To help them, the UK’s biggest ski holiday agent, Igluski.com, invited its clients to come up with tips for families making their debut on the slopes. Here are the best of them:   Top Tips 1. Don’t waste money on expensive ski clothes for your children; they’ll outgrow them by next year. Borrow what you can and also scour the charity shops. 2. Sew name tags on all your children’s ski wear. There’s then a chance they’ll come back from ski school and other outings wearing their own clothes. 3. If you need a pushchair, take one with large wheels. Then it won’t get stuck in the snow. 4. Pack sun block sticks not sprays. Then you won’t have to take your gloves off when you want to rub it on. 5. Don’t pack any best clothes. They’re wasted in a ski resort. Use the space for extra gloves and hats. 6. If you need a baby bottle warmer take your own. Then you won’t have to queue to share the only one in the chalet. 7. Imagine the mess a broken bottle of Calpol would make in your luggage. So take sachets instead. 8. If your child needs disposable nappies, find room for a pack of your usual brand in your luggage – they will be much more expensive in resort, if available at all. 9. Don’t forget slippers 10. If there’s a coach transfer to the resort, sit as near to the front as you can. There’s then less chance of a windy road making your children sick. 11. Write you mobile number on a child’s hand or arm if they’re going to ski school on their own. 12. Don’t be tempted to go to watch your children in ski school. It could distract and upset them. 13. Invest in a set of walkie talkies. Then if you get separated on the slopes you can call each other. 14. Three rigid rules for all the family – never ski without a helmet, never ski alone and never ski after drinking alcohol. 15. Take snacks and entertainment for the plane and coach transfer to resort. As half term is one of the busiest weeks of the season, delays are likely. View our last minute Half Term Ski Holidays Including 7 Nts at Hotel Airelles B&B Club Hotel in Les Deux Alpes from £734 pp


11 awesome photos of the snow right now

clock 2nd February 2015 | comment1 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 @Varsfob 40cm de neige fraîche et soleil: pas mal! http://t.co/YriQiaUh9t #skipasslive pic.twitter.com/8eiGi7Q0Qm — skipass (@skipass) January 30, 2015 Playing in the POWder!! We have snow and lots of it!! @LaPlagne #ski #snow #dumpalert pic.twitter.com/SGHj9EjT36 — Piste Pads (@pistepads) February 1, 2015 There's no denying, we have TONS OF #SNOW in #Morzine! pic.twitter.com/zQigpZ1OTC — Mint Snowboarding (@MintSnowboard) February 1, 2015 Some more major snow fall today and still snowing #latania @La_Tania pic.twitter.com/7rTurhxmpK — Scott Janaway (@scottjanaway) January 30, 2015 No Scott Manning isn’t sitting down - that’s the depth of the snow #valdisere pic.twitter.com/nlqK2w051q — YSE (@yseski) January 31, 2015 Powpow day! #gavage #LaClusaz pic.twitter.com/PdxP8wgtr0 — romain montimart (@rmontimart) January 31, 2015 Austria #KITZSTEINHORN @ZellKaprun pic.twitter.com/y3XAO2pFYX — Mark Hoogink (@MarkHoogink) January 30, 2015 Mario Wanger on a pow day in the Zillertal backcountry http://t.co/Ai5xb4BM6L #FlowSnowboarding pic.twitter.com/mdXh6nWniy — Flow Snowboarding (@FLOWsnowboardn) January 30, 2015 Andorra It's still snowing !!!! @Vallnord #andorra pic.twitter.com/SooRozGpMr — Neilson Andorra Team (@neilsonandorra) January 31, 2015 Bulgaria #Bansko #ski conditions 9/10 today. Best snow of the year so far. pic.twitter.com/YyHHXRr3nB — banskoblog.com (@bansko) February 2, 2015 Scotland Lovely day on the hill ... sometimes poor visibility ... but TONS of snow ... and it's snowing again to carpark ... pic.twitter.com/zHwnD13osZ — Nevis Range (@TheNevisRange) January 31, 2015 By Krystelle View last minute ski holidays | View chalet deals | View ski deals in March 


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