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Top 10 once in a lifetime ski luxury

clock 27th August 2015 | comment0 Comments

We all deserve a little luxury in our lives, and what better way to treat ourselves than to indulge in an exquisite chalet setting for our yearly ski holiday. Luxury ski chalets aren't just for the rich and famous, we have a wide selection of affordable luxury properties in Europe, USA and Canada.

A luxury ski chalet is how you would dream your ideal ski retreat, with opulent alpine furnishings, spectacular spa facilities, gourmet food and fine wines. The expert and professional staff will match that of 4 and 5 star hotels. They will cater for all your needs and enhance every detail of your stay so you will experience the finest week of your life.

Excellent food is at the heart of a ski holiday. At a luxury chalet or hotel, an exceptional menu and cuisine is an essential part of the service. Chefs will tantalise your taste buds and cook to your likes and dislikes. From a hearty breakfast, to a gratifying afternoon tea after skiing and a dinner banquet fit for royalty. Expect canapés and aperitifs followed by a 4 course meal, then coffee and treats to bring the night to a close.

Each luxury property will have its own unique features, from saunas and steam rooms, to private cinemas, hot tubs, gyms and even wine cellars.

Iglu Ski has a large selection of luxury ski holiday options, including all-inclusive holidays. Take a look at our 10 favourite once in a lifetime ski chalets to inspire your next ski adventure and speak to our expert ski sales team to discuss your dream options.

 

Top 10 Luxury Chalets and Hotels

 

chalet lafitenia

Chalet Lafitenia, Val d'Isere, France

 

chalet sirocco

Chalet Sirocco, Verbier, Switzerland

 

Chalet Uberhaus, Lech, Austria

Chalet Uberhaus, Lech, Austria

 

Chalet Ambre, Tignes

Chalet Ambre, Tignes, France

 

Chalet Maria Schnee, St Anton

Chalet Maria Schnee, St Anton, Austria

 

Hotel Kaila, Meribel

Hotel Kaila, Meribel, France

 

Hotel Carlina, Courchevel

Hotel Carlina, Courchevel, France

 

Hotel Fitzroy, Val Thorens

Hotel Fitzroy, Val Thorens, France

 

The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff

The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Canada

 

Club Med Val d'Isere, France

Club Med Val d'Isere, France

 

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By Krystelle



Top 5 James Bond Ski Scenes

clock 23rd August 2015 | comment1 Comments

In 2015 we will see the return of actor Daniel Craig for his fourth 007 mission, SPECTRE, as well as bond returning to the sacred ski slopes. Renowned for filming in the most spectacular locations in the world, director Sam Mendes was eager to announce that shooting will be taking place in Sölden, Obertilliach and Lake Altaussee, Austria.

SPECTRE

In the movie, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to the Alps in Austria among many glamorous destinations to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

Take a look at the snowy scenes from 0:44...




Skiing, the high-octane preserve of the lone wolf perfectly captures the sophisticated and adrenaline fueled persona of James Bond.

Author Ian Fleming, of the original James Bond novels, has certainly passed his love for skiing on to his star subject. Bond has made regular appearances on the slopes; he has never performed any other sport more. With the love for skiing brimming strong in his blood from his Swiss mother, it’s no surprise he’s a natural on the hallowed slopes.

 

James Bond in Austria

Daniel Craig in Austria for the filmimg of Spectre

James Bond in Austria

Daniel Craig with co-stars Lea Seydoux and Dave Bautista

 

"If you are going to live the high life you've got to ski. Its action packed, it's classy, it's quintessential Bond." said comedian and Bond enthusiast Rob Deering

It’s now 15 years since the snow-loving spy was last seen on skis, when Pierce Brosnan survived a dramatic off-piste chase scene in The World Is Not Enough. It's about time he’s back on the slopes, dodging bullets, causing an avalanche and taking down henchmen, all while demonstrating the most sublime downhill technique.

As the first day of production got underway in Lake Altausse, Austria earlier this year, here at Iglu Ski we decided to take you on a journey back in time to revisit some of Bonds most hair-raising and explosive adventures on the sacred slopes.

 

Top 5 James Bond Ski Scenes

 

After much deliberating, we've whittled down the list of great Bond ski scenes to present you our top 5 favorites (expect some outrageous ski attire, gadgets, stunts and even flying ski-mobiles!)

5. The World is not Enough (1999)


Pierce Brosnan & Elktra King expertly navigate their way down the slopes with the breath-taking mountains of Chamonix in the background, before battling villains in the sky on flying snowmobiles.

 

4. Living Daylights (1987)


Timothy Dalton's Bond in "Living Daylights" swept down a mountain slope on a ski equipped car, and then on a cello case to escape danger and gun fire to cross the border into Osterreich, Austria.

 

 

3. A View to Kill (1985)


If snowboarding down a mountain in Switzerland on a blade from a destroyed ski-mobile, while evading henchmen with California Girls by the Beach Boys playing is not quintessential Bond then nothing is.

 

 

2. For Your Eyes Only (1981)


Roger Moore As Bond produces one of the best chase sequences in the Italian Alps of Cortina D'Ampezzo, performing outrageous jumps while being chased by armed villains on motorbikes, before hurtling down a bobsleigh run while escaping the pursuit.

 

 

1. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)


The most iconic sequence in the James Bond franchise is undoubtedly 'The Spy Who Loved Me', when Bond shot straight off the edge of a cliff at Baffin Island in Canada, we saw him fall and fall, and when the Union Jack parachute opened up and the theme tune kicked in, the world cheered.

 



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By Myles



Ski Films 2015/16 | Misconceptions

clock 19th August 2015 | comment0 Comments

This winter, Perspective Studios will showcase their latest ski production Misconceptions. The film follows a group of skiers that see the streets and mountain in a different light and are inspired to push their ski playgrounds to the limit.

Perspective Studios comment that ‘society has often been harsh in placing stereotypes on this new breed of skiers, caring little for their professionalism and dedication.’ The riders in the film aim to break those misconceptions and showcase these athletes doing what they love.

Here is the trailer for Misconceptions that was released just this week:




Perspective Studios are a UK based film production company that have worked with the biggest names in the UK snow industry including The Snow Centre, Snow & Rock and Extreme. They have also filmed GB Park and Pipe snowboarders Jamie Nicholls and Aimee Fuller. The film includes British skiers Tyler Harding, Callum Welch and Mike Rowlands.

We are so excited for this film that we’ve even put our name to it! We are very proud to be supporting this UK ski film and are one of the media partners. Follow their journey on Facebook here.

Misconceptions will premiere in London at the iF3 International Freeski Film Festival at the Clapham Grand on Thursday 15th October.

 

 

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By Krystelle



Top 5 best long ski runs

clock 18th August 2015 | comment0 Comments

It’s a truly gratifying feeling when you finish one of the world’s longest ski runs. Stretch your ski legs to the maximum and conquer one of the greatest pistes known to skiers and snowboarders.

Everyone has different ideas about what makes a great ski run. You could prefer tree lines, steep drops, roller coaster terrain or just a long gentle slope. Rather than choosing the top 5 longest ski runs ever, we have selected a variety of favourites amongst the team which you can enjoy on this winter’s ski holiday.

Get the most out of your ski holiday and gain those vertical ski miles with these best long ski runs.

 

Top 5 Best Long Ski Runs

 

5. Peak to Creek, Whistler

Selected by Phil, Sales Team Leader

Peak to Creek is an 11 km intermediate run with a variety of terrain and iconic views. You’ll experience a bit of everything on this ski run – from tree glades, to rollers, to steep sections and huge alpine bowls. From Whistler’s Peak Chair to the base by Creekside Gondola, you can rack up to 1544 vertical metres whilst riding this epic piste.

Find out more about skiing in Whistler

 

Phil on his descent down Peak to Creek in Whistler

 

4. Saulire, Courchevel

Selected by Laura, Digital Marketing Manager

One of my favourite aspects of the Saulire is the stunning mountain views at the peak (2700m). The Saulire/Creux range is a network of red and black runs between 2700-2000m, which then open up into blues as you ski down into the villages. Whilst skiing down Saulire you can view the famous Couloir formations, including Grand Couloir which you may like to tackle towards the end of your trip once your ski legs are fully warmed up!

Even Great Britain’s number one ski cross athlete, Emily Sarsfield, calls this one of her favourite ski runs.

Find out more about skiing in Courchevel

 

Skiing in Courchevel, France

 

3. La Sache, Tignes

Selected by AJ, Sales Director

If you are an expert skier or snowboarder and love a challenging piste, La Sache in Tignes down to Le Bréviere is brilliant and very long.

La Sache is a long black run that gets steep and fast as long as it’s done before Lunch. After lunch it gets VW Beetle size moguls that really throw the intermediates who clutter up the steepest part of the Run. If conditions are good, you can discover great off-piste on the left hand side as well.

Find out more about skiing in Tignes

 

Skiing in Tignes France

 

2. Pic Blanc to L’Enversin d’Oz, Alpe d’Huez

Selected by Krystelle, Ski Editor

Alpe d’Huez is famous for its long ski runs, which is perfect if you love a holiday packed with plenty of skiing. Did you know that the Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine de Ski offers 5 descents with a total vertical drop of 10,000m between them? My favourite line is the Pic Blanc (3330m) to L’Enversin d’Oz (1125m) – that’s over 2000m vertical meters!

From the peak of Pic Blanc it is a black run down to 2700m, but after that it is a mix of red and blue pistes to the finish. The runs take you right across the ski resort over a mix of terrains. Alpe d’Huez is known for its great snow conditions, so even in late season you can still conquer this huge run all the way to the bottom.

Or for the more adventurous, Alpe d’Huez is home to the longest black run in Europe, La Sarenne. The illustrious Sarenne is 16 km long and starts at the peak of Pic Blanc. The legend is quite deceptive, as the last half is a gentle slope along the river. Even though it’s not a particularly scary black run, your legs will be burning by the end (if not in the middle!)

Read more about Alpe d’Huez in our recent blog 10 reasons Alpe d'Huez is a must-ski destination

 

Skiing in Alpe d'Huez France

 

1. The OK, Val d’Isere

Selected by Thomas, Senior Ski Sales Expert

This run has it all, not least the heritage of one of the oldest World Cup Downhill courses but also its varied terrain. Named after local legends Oreiller and Killy, OK run means a thousand metres of vertical drop set in stunning surroundings. Access is by underground funicular, cable car or two stage chair lift. The OK confers plenty of bragging rights to ‘intermediates’ who compare times with Ski Sunday stars thanks to generous width enabling plenty of turns if necessary.

Skiers marvel at the start of Mont Blanc views and soon find their pace along the well-groomed rollers gradually building up in steepness. Passing the Folie Douce is when one can stretch legs and let gravity tow you into speeds beyond comfort zone. The increasingly blur of surroundings becomes more acute as after the cable car the gradient becomes more of a wall than a slope. Manage this section in a schuss before the tree line will certainly turn heads, especially from those on the terrace of the rustic Le Triffolet restaurant or those on the chairlifts above. The relentless vertical drop within the tree line also starts to take its toll on the thighs, turning at will highly recommended as the piste narrows and crowds increase. The last section is a nice drop finishing in La Daille but not before plenty of bumps present themselves on the sides of the piste should you want to mix up your style. .

Find out more about skiing in Val d'Isere

 

Skiing in Val d'Isere France



Other long favourites that narrowly missed out in the top 5 are –

Best for beginners - Cascades, Flaine: The longest blue run in Europe

Best for off piste - La Vallée Blanche, Chamonix: A 22km glacier route starting from the Aiguille du Midi

Best ski circuit- Sella Ronda, Dolomites: Ok it’s not just one run, but it’s very gratifying to complete.

Best for rollers – Jerusalem, Meribel

Best for destroying your legs – Olympic, Avoriaz

 

By Krystelle



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