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Top 10 Resorts for Spring Skiing

clock 19th March 2014 | comment0 Comments

With Springtime fast approaching and bluebird days becoming more and more frequent, we’ve put together a list of our top resorts for Spring skiing. At this time of year, the higher altitude resorts and those with glaciers are the best to visit, as snow conditions stay preserved for longer - many even offer all year round glacier skiing.


Val Thorens, France

Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 31cm
Opening dates: November - May


Val Thorens
  • Val Thorens is Europe’s highest resort, standing at an altitude of 2230m, with 99% of the runs situated above 2000m.
  • The high-altitude works in its favour to preserve snow conditions for longer, meaning that the resort promises optimal snow cover throughout the season. If you can find another European ski area with more ski runs open than Val Thorens on any of the days that you are there, they’ll give you a free day of skiing as part of their Snow Guarantee.

  • Zermatt, Switzerland

    Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 54cm
    Opening dates: All Year Round


    Zermatt
  • Zermatt’s high-altitude provides consistent all year round skiing, with its glaciers staying open during the Summer months.
  • The resort is situated just across from Cervinia, which you can access by lift.
  • There are some great heliskiing opportunities on offer in Zermatt – expect stunning views and more challenging runs with this experience.

  • Whistler-Blackcomb, Canada

    Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 46cm
    Opening dates: November - July


    Whistler
  • Enjoy spectacular views and a huge selection of runs across both the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
  • The resort has excellent snow cannon facilities, meaning that the pistes are kept in good condition year round.
  • If freestyle’s your thing you’ll find the award winning Nintendo Parks. The parks feature a special difficulty rating system so there’s something for every ability.
  • The Blackcomb glacier provides skiing through June and July.

  • Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Austria

    Opening dates: November - May


    Obergurgl
  • The high-altitude Obergurgl is linked by cable car to Hochgurgl, which is even higher up the mountain.
  • There are good snow making systems in Hochgurgl to keep pistes in tip-top condition.
  • Obergurgl-Hochgurgl are situated close to the resort of Solden where you can hit up some glacier skiing.

  • Lake Louise, Canada

    Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 36cm
    Opening dates: November - April


    Lake Louise
  • Lake Louise is situated in the stunning Rocky Mountains and is part of the Big 3 (along with Banff and Sunshine Village).
  • The resort won Canada’s Best Ski Resort last year at the World Ski Awards.
  • Snowmaking facilities help to keep the runs in good shape when snow is looking a bit thin.

  • Tignes, France

    Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 37cm
    Opening dates: December - May


    Tignes
  • Tignes is another of the French resorts which can guarantee good snow cover well into Spring. There are snow making facilities on those pistes that are more prone to harsh sunlight.
  • The Grande Motte glacier offers skiing and boarding throughout the Summer.

  • Hintertux, Austria

    Opening dates: All Year Round


    Hintertux
  • Hintertux is a glacier resort, which is well renowned for its year-round freestyle park, Betterpark Hintertux.
  • Powder days combined with bluebird conditions can be expected throughout the Spring.
  • Hintertux is home to Snowbombing Festival which runs from the 7-12th April 2014.

  • Cervinia, Italy

    Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 42cm
    Opening dates: October - May


    Cervinia
  • Cervinia is located just across the border from Zermatt.
  • The glacier, Plateau Rosà offers year-round skiing.
  • Cervinia is home to one of the longest runs in Europe running down to Valtournenche and standing at 13km long.

  • Mammoth, California, USA

    Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 8cm
    Opening dates: November - May


    Mammoth
  • Mammoth Mountain is home to Springfest, a festival packed full of competitions, après ski, family events and the annual pond skim.
  • Visitors benefit from the California sunshine, whilst experiencing one of the longest ski seasons in North America.
  • Occasionally, the resort opens for Independence Day skiing on the 4th July.

  • Passo Tonale, Italy

    Snow forecast over the next 9 days: 31cm
    Opening dates: October - April


    Passo Tonale
  • Passo Tonale is one of Italy’s highest resorts.
  • It offers glacier skiing plus Red and Black runs right through to Summer.
  • There are some great off-piste opportunities, as well as a designated snowpark for freestyle enthusiasts.


  • December/January Ski + Snowboard Events in Popular Resorts

    clock 13th December 2013 | comment0 Comments
    Ski Events Calender Dec 2013/Jan 2014

    1st-21st December 2013
    Advent Magic in the Park - St Anton, Austria


    Escape the Christmas rush this year and visit the picturesque resort of St Anton in the mountains of Austria instead. The start of the month saw St Anton don wonderful Christmas decorations, complete with open fireplaces and wonderful themed areas, getting visitors into the festive spirit. After a hard day out on the slopes, visitors can take part in a selection of fun activities such as designing greeting cards, indulging in delicious festive cookies and listening to recitals of traditional Austrian Christmas stories and poems. This event is perfect for adults and children alike with plenty to keep the little ones entertained – namely a festive trail and craft workshops with the resident elves!

    To see our ski holidays in St Anton click here


    Week 1: 14th–21st December 2013, Week 2: 8th-15th February 2014, Week 3: 29th March-5th April 2014
    Ibiza Rocks The Snow – Meribel, France


    Enjoy a touch of Ibiza on the slopes this winter, with the organisers of the infamous Ibiza Rocks music festival. Combine skiing and snowboarding with some wild après ski and cracking live music over the 8 day festival. The festival runs three times over the season starting on December 14th and finishing on April 5th 2014 with performances from artists such as Kissy Sell Out, Mistajam and Clean Bandit.

    To see our Ibiza Rocks the Snow deals click here
    Igluski Blog: ‘Ibiza Rocks Is Bringing the Heat To Meribel’
    For more information and to buy tickets click here




    16th December 2013-14th April 2014
    Kissy Sell Out - Various Resorts, France


    Looking for some wild après ski? Then look no further – electro DJ Kissy Sell Out will be playing at various resorts around France this season. The tour kicks off with an appearance at Meribel for Ibiza Rocks the Snow, followed by further appearances at Les Deux Alpes, Val Thorens and Val d’Isere.

    For a full list of dates and to buy tickets please visit individual resort websites. To see our ski holidays in Les Deux Alpes click here
    To see our ski holidays in Meribel click here
    To see our ski holidays in Val Thorens click here
    To see our ski holidays in Val d’Isere click here


    21st December 2013
    Synchro Ski World Cup – St Anton, Austria


    Watch skiers from around the world compete in this entertaining competition in which competitors much complete each run in pairs. The full competition runs from morning till evening, beginning with qualifiers and ending with the final run.

    To see our ski holidays in St Anton click here


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    21st December 2013
    Ice Skating Gala “Les Etoiles De La Glisse” - Courchevel, France


    Elegant figure skaters from around the world will gather to perform in this spectacular ice skating gala at one of our favourite resorts. Watch the performers execute graceful moves while donning wonderful costumes against a backdrop of impressive lighting effects. Perfect entertainment for all the family!

    To see our ski holidays in Courchevel click here


    21st-27th December 2013
    Christmas, A Magical Week – Courchevel, France & Magical Xmas – Val Thorens, France


    Spend a magical Christmas abroad in France this year, with plenty of festive entertainment to keep you occupied in between riding the slopes at both the Val Thorens and Couchevel resorts. There will be workshops for the little ones, live music and shows, torchlight descents and to top it all off, a visit from Father Christmas himself.

    To see our ski holidays in Courchevel click here
    To see our ski holidays in Val Thorens click here




    22nd December
    World Snowboard Day – Les Deux Alpes, France


    Celebrate World Snowboard Day this season at the fantastic Les Deux Alpes resort. Spend 24 hours exploring breathtaking backcountry runs, carving up the slopes and trying out some jibs in the freestyle park.

    To see our ski holidays in Les Deux Alpes click here


    25th December 2013
    X-Mas Events – Les Deux Alpes, France


    Fancy spending Christmas somewhere a little different? Spend your days riding the slopes, then relax with a glass of mulled wine, a great choice of festive food and epic fireworks to wind down the day. There are also a selection of Christmas markets and a special street parade on Christmas Eve, complete with a visit from Father Christmas.

    To see our ski holidays in Les Deux Alpes click here




    31st December 2013
    Tignes Fire Mix Party – Tignes, France, Val Tho Crazy Night – Val Thorens & NYE – Les Deux Alps, France


    What better way to see in the new year than on the slopes, combining adrenaline fuelled runs with wild après ski. This New Year’s Eve, Tignes will play host to the Fire Mix Party, featuring a range of top class DJ’s, fireworks and an open air nightclub. It’s time to don those thermals and party into 2014! Val Thorens will also play host to some great NYE entertainment with plans for torchlit descents, ski and snow freestyle shows, live music and fireworks to see in the new year. Finally, Les Deux Alpes will also be spending NYE in style. With a giant firework (and champagne cork!) display and plenty of lively evening entertainment, this celebration provides the perfect end to a day out in the snow.

    To see our ski holidays in Val Thorens click here
    To see our ski holidays in Les Deux Alps click here
    To see our ski holidays in Tignes click here


    31st December-20th February 2014
    Night Carnival – Val D’Isere, France


    Experience beautiful illuminations, spectacular ice carvings and comforting hot drinks between your skiing and snowboarding adventures at this winter festival in Val d’Isere. With plenty of market stalls to explore and a host of evening entertainment, you’ll never be stuck for something to do.

    To see our ski holidays in Val d’Isere click here




    4th-25th January 2014
    Ladies First – St Anton, Austria


    Take advantage of a range of wonderful off-piste skiing, ladies-only concessions and plenty of goodies during this ladies week at the St Anton resort. Some of the great offers available include one day of lessons completely free of charge if you book a ski course with Arlberg Ski School. The resort are also offering 20% discount on all ladies slopewear and sportswear. Finally ladies, pick up your special voucher book from any of the Tourist Offices around St Anton for a range of surprises and further special offers, including the chance to win a week’s summer holiday for two!

    To see our ski holidays in St Anton click here


    5th January 2014
    Savoie Snowboard Tour – Val Thorens, France


    Why not take a break from carving up the slopes of Val Thorens to watch this regional 8 circuit snowboard competition. Local competitors under the age of 20 will participate in this event which aims to promote promising new talent as well as the sport of snowboarding.

    To see our ski holidays in Val Thorens click here




    7th-9th January 2014
    X Speed Tour – Tignes, France


    The X Speed Tour is a celebration of high speed skiing and is organised by the world record speedskiier, Xavier Cousseau, who made the headlines when he achieved a top speed of 131.89mph. Watch the thrilling ski demos and if you’re up for it, then you can even have the chance to try and beat the record yourself!

    To see our ski holidays in Tignes click here


    12th January 2014
    Moguls French Cup – Tignes, France


    Visit Tignes on the 12th January for a chance to watch some spectacular skiers compete in the French Mogul World Cup. With breath taking jumps, tricks and high speed runs fins some inspiration from these talented thrill seekers!

    To see our ski holidays in Tignes click here


    19th January 2014
    World Snow Day – Les Deux Alpes, France


    January 19th plays host to World Snow Day and what better way to celebrate than with a day spent carving up the slopes at Les Deux Alpes. With a Snowboard half-pipe competition, sledging, free of charge skiing lessons and a chance to try a jump onto the Big Air Bag, amongst other things, you’d be mad not to join in! After a day spent exploring all of the adventurous activities, take some time to relax with hot wine and live music from one of the many bars on the resort.

    To see our ski holidays in Les Deux Alpes click here



    Next month: Fun Festivals, the Freeride World Qualifier and an attempt at the World’s Longest Jump!





    O'Neill Shoreditch Showdown

    clock 27th November 2013 | comment0 Comments

    Thursday 21st November was no normal day in Shoreditch, between the hip bars and the trendy hangouts, O’Neill transformed Old Street’s graffiti clad Red Market into an iconic London Street Scene that provided the ultimate backdrop for showcasing the UK’s finest skiers and snowboarders.

    The Shoreditch Showdown entertained a 500 heavy crowd with a night of world class riding. The 24 man open jam included best tricks on the bus stop, rails, post box and telephone box which built up to the epic head to head final. With a clean frontside 270 to switch boardslide on the rail styled out with a tap on the red post box, Sparrow Knox won over the judges and nailed that Number 1 spot for the snowboarders “I just like to ride, we were all here as mates, I totally didn’t expect to win. It was a great format and a mad set-up.”


    Meanwhile for freeski 17 year old Tyler Harding killed it all night and ended with a 270 on revert 270 off the rail. Stoked with his win Harding said “It’s something special to win in a place like this, completely unexpected. A great way to set up for the winter.” Both riders recieved £500 for winning each discipline.

    Other stand out tricks included Team GB snowboarder Jamie Trinder’s 50:50 frontflip off the London bus shelter and George Walton impressed the judges with a bolts 360 nose tap on the red phone box. Snowboarder Andy Nudds had a top night at the event “This is by far one of the best events I’ve been to, everyone has been killing it and the crowd were sick. The standard of British riding has been phenomenal tonight.”


    Thanks to O’Neill for putting on an amazing rail competition that definitely has been the best event in the snow calendar so far this season. O’Neill’s #RIDEMORE campaign is designed to inspire creativity and innovation. Find some different terrain, step outside the ordinary, and most importantly – be creative, then you too can #RIDEMORE.

    Ski Results

    1st Tyler Harding
    2nd Ross Welch
    3rd George Walton
    4th Michael Rowlands

    Snowboard Results

    1st Sparrow Knox
    2nd John Weatherly
    3rd Ollie Dutton
    4th Andy Nudds



    Who needs a mountain anyway? The Shoreditch Showdown sure proved that!

     

    Written By Krystelle
    Image Credits: James North Photography



    Iglu at The Ski and Snowboard Show

    clock 5th November 2013 | comment0 Comments
    That’s another ski show wrapped up for another year, and what great fun it was! The 2013 London Ski and Snowboard Show was held at Earls Court 2 from the 30th October through untill 3rd November. If you have never visited the ski show before – get it in your calendars for next year! It is the best way to find everything you need for the season ahead and definitely the coolest day out in the city.

    Snow retailers from all over the country came to the ski show to showcase their brand new stock and sell off old stock at bargain prices. If you have spent the summer searching for a brand new pair of ski boots or a new snowboard but you haven’t been sure enough to press that buy it now button, the ski show is the perfect place to view your wish list items and talk to on hand experts to see if it is the right product for you.


    If you are looking for some inspiration for your next winter holidays, representatives from large and small resorts from across the world exhibit at the ski show to give you a taste of what you could experience on your next ski trip. From the large European resorts of The 3 Valleys and Verbier, to resorts across the pond including Jackson Hole and Panorama to even Japan!

    The Austrian Tirol Stand was one of my favourite exhibits this year which brought the Tyrolean charm from the heart of the Alps to central London. With its very own bar, themed seating areas, and even the Austrian après game ‘Tiroler Nageln,’ where players have to try hammer nails into a tree trunk using the wrong end of the hammer head.


    If you've never tried skiing or snowboarding before, then the ski and snowboard show is the perfect place to give it ago without even leaving the city, or touching your wallet! Fully trained instructors from The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead are on hand through Ski Show week to give you 30 minute taster sessions.

    As the event coincides with the local half term, year on year the Ski Show has more indoor activities for the family. As well as the skiing this year boasted ice skating, tubing, a scooter park, and even Burton Snowboards had the Riglet Park that offered snowboard lessons to children between 3-6 years old.

    There really is something for everyone and all ages at the Ski and Snowboard Shows, this was my 4th year attending and I already cannot wait for next year.

    My Top 5 Ski Shows Musts are:

    1. Have Tartiflette for lunch
    2. Get a free photo on a chairlift with your friends and family
    3. Try Thunder Toffee Vodka
    4. Take a look at ski resorts you've never thought about going to
    5. Buy your new season bobble hat


    View our full gallery from The Ski & Snowboard Show

    By Krystelle


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