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Butta 2015 Collection

clock 26th May 2015 | comment0 Comments

Whether you are enjoying the last of the winter snow in the Alps, or back in the UK for some spring adventures, Butta’s latest collection is the perfect inter-season wear.

It’s that time of year when the weather is so unpredictable in the UK, one minute the sun is shining and then the next it’s chucking it down. If you’re like me and always get caught out by either wearing too many layers or just not enough, then Butta can save you this spring. Their 2015 collection was created and designed for active lifestyles and this erratic British climate.

Butta's 2015 collection

If you’ve had your head under a rock the past few years and haven’t heard of Butta, this awesome company was started in 2011 with an aim to make eco-friendly waxes for skiing, snowboarding and surfing. With greener waxes this can help preserve the mountains and oceans that we love to ride. Last season we named Butta as our top British Brand for Winter 2013/14.

As well as continuing to fine tune and develop their existing wax range, Butta have now created a range of stylish, lifestyle apparel and accessories so you can take Butta on the road with you, whatever your adventure.

Last month I went on an end of season snowboarding holiday to Tignes in France to test out the new Butta range. The sun was blazing throughout the week which meant it was too warm for a jacket so I had the perfect opportunity to try out The Crew Sweat.

Spring riding in the Butta Crew Sweat in Tignes

This jumper quickly became my favourite riding top as I abandoned my other hoodies for the rest of the week. The extra length is ideal for snowboarding as it doesn’t ride up your back, plus the longer length adds extra style! The sweater is fleece lined and the elasticated neck, sleeves and waist make sure that there are no cheeky draughts when you’re on a long chairlift. The jumper is also great for weekend adventures, whether it’s a walk in the woods, an evening stroll along the beach or camping at a festival.

If you like the sound of The Crew Sweat, you are going to love The Lumbersexual. This tall style, heavy weighted check shirt is also made with spring riding in mind. Both the Crew Sweat and Lumbersexual are unisex and come in multiple colours.

Left: Wearing The Snapback in Tignes after a day on the mountain. Right: Packing my snowboarding gear

The last item you need to complete your Butta ensemble is the classic Snapback. As everyone should, I always wear a helmet when snowboarding, but as you come off the mountain and hit the first bar at après, The Snapback is perfect for keeping that afternoon sun out of your eyes (as well as taming that helmet hair!)

What I love about this collection is the high quality and versatility for the items. I can enjoy these clothes in the mountains and back at home. There’s no need to pack your Butta wear away between seasons as these garments look stylish throughout the year. They'll be the first items I'll pack when winter 2015/16 comes around!

Check out Butta’s website for their full collection

 

By Krystelle



Top 5 tree ski runs

clock 22nd May 2015 | comment0 Comments

Everyone loves tree runs, whether it’s a tree lined piste in a lush alpine area or off piste terrain through the sloping glades. As well as tree areas being one of the most beautiful areas in a ski resort, these places are the best spots to head for when it is a white-out. Tree cover offers protection from the elements which allows you to see the slopes and surrounding better and lets you to carry on with your day instead of retreating back to your chalet.

Tree skiing is fantastic as it is accessible for all abilities. There are ski resorts with plenty of tree lined blue pistes which are great for beginners and leisurely skiers, then experienced skiers can head off piste to weave through the powder and trees.

North America and Canada offer the most extensive tree terrain as the mountains don’t reach the heights of Europe’s peaks. Even though tree lines are often low in some of the top European ski resorts, there is still some amazingly fun tree skiing to be had!

Also, take a look at our Top 5 Black Ski Runs

 

 

5. Serre Chevalier

Lovers of tree skiing will adore Serre Chavalier as the resort is famed for its great snow conditions, freestyle terrain and wide trees to weave through. Experienced skiers will be captivated by the ski area around the secret chairlift (aka the Aguillette) over Chantemerle because of the fun off piste and trees to ski through near the 2800m Aguillette red piste.

Chosen by Lucy, Senior Sales Expert

Find out more about Serre Chavalier

4. Val d'Isere

Both the runs into La Daille and La Fornet in Val d’Isere are great when the weather closes in and easy to access from the pistes (and get back to the piste from) for those who aren’t too adventurous. Perfect after a huge dump of snow for laps of fresh tracks through the trees.

Chosen by James, Head of Ski Product 

Find out more about Val d'Isere

3. Whistler

Whistler has some incredible gladed tree runs off the back of Crystal chair on the Blackcomb mountain. On Whistler mountain you can also ski the famous A-line downhill bike track through the trees which feels a bit like a wooded boarder cross course.

Chosen by Laura, Digital Marketing Manager

Plus the off piste Million Dollar Ridge in Whistler is popular with locals; make sure you have a guide in these places as the routes are not on the map.

Chosen by Christian, Senior Sales Expert

Find out more about Whistler

2. Chamonix

There are extensive alpine ski areas and exceptional natural freeride terrain in Chamonix. Over the back of the Tete de Balme chairlift there are some great off piste lines through the trees. Then at the beautiful Les Houches ski area there is lots more skiable tree terrain including Aillouds which is a long, wide, easy going run, plus the red runs down to Saint Gervais take you back through the trees.

Chosen by Krystelle, Digital Marketing Executive

Find out more about Chamonix

1. Avoriaz

The Stash in the Lindaret trees in Avoriaz is one of the great tree runs of the world. My tip is to stay skiers left and go all the way down to Ardent on a powder day. Unbeatable. When the trees get too tight, try and aim for the open glades and look out for the fun drops!

Chosen by AJ, Sales Director

Find out more about Avoriaz

Wildcard: Japan

Travis Rice shredding in fresh, hip deep champagne powder. Get us to Japan!

Find out more about ski holidays in Japan

 

Read a previous blog on Tree Skiing in France

By Krystelle



Top 5 snow-sure ski resorts in Europe

clock 12th May 2015 | comment0 Comments

It can be difficult choosing a ski holiday, especially if you can only travel at certain times of the year. Skiing at Christmas and New Year can be a risk as it is often one of the first weeks of the season for many ski resorts, and we often get asked what ski resorts would be best for late season skiing in March or April. Choosing a high altitude ski resort gives you the best chance for great snow conditions for your ski holiday whatever time of the ski season.

France continues to be our top selling ski country, with 9 out of 10 of our top selling ski resorts being located in France. France is often favoured because of the high ski areas, the variety of slopes, and snow-sure resorts.

 



We are very lucky in Europe to have a large range of fantastic world-class ski areas that receive large amounts of snow year after year. Here are 5 of our favourite snow sure ski resorts in Europe:

 

5. Cervinia, Italy

Winter 2014/15 snowfall: 977 cm

Cervinia has one of the best snow records in Italy, making it the perfect option if you looking for a change from a ski holiday in France or Austria. Located in the Aosta Valley, this high altitude ski area also links to Zermatt in Switzerland giving skiers and snowboarders access to a huge 350 km of piste on just one lift pass.

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4. Avoriaz, France

Winter 2014/15 snowfall: 690 cm

The Portes du Soleil is one of the largest ski areas in the world with over 650km of piste between the 12 ski resorts. Avoriaz has the highest point in this district with a summit of 2466m, allowing the resort to receive the best snow cover in the region.

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3. Sölden, Austria

Winter 2014/15 snowfall: 695 cm

When skiing in Sölden you have access to 2 glacier ski areas, Rettenbach & Tiefenbach. Snow is guaranteed in this high altitude ski area where all of the slopes are between 1350m and 3340m. Sölden is Austria’s only ski area that has 3 skiable peaks that are reach heights of over 3000m: Gaislachkogl (3058m), Tiefenbachkogl (3250m) and Schwarze Schneide (3340m).

View ski holidays in Sölden

2. Val Thorens, France

Winter 2014/15 snowfall: 596 cm

Val Thorens was purpose built to make use of the fantastic snow conditions in this part of the 3 Valleys. 99% of the ski area is positioned above 2000m which ensures the best quality snow during its long season.

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1. Saas Fee, Switzerland

Winter 2014/15 snowfall: 1166 cm

With a summit reaching up to 3600m, the altitude and aspect of Saas Fee means this is one of the snowiest ski resorts in the Alps. The beautiful, traffic-free village sits at 1800m and is surrounded by magnificent snowy peaks. Snow conditions are so good in this Swiss resort that the ski area is also open during the summer months.

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Other snow-sure favourites include...

Tignes / Val d'Isere

Les Deux Alpes

Zermatt



Top 5 sun terraces on the slopes

clock 7th May 2015 | comment0 Comments

Imagine sitting with an ice cold drink, on a sun drenched terrace, overlooking the most awe inspiring mountain views after a day on the slopes. Sounds like paradise doesn't it? Whenever the sun comes out in the UK we cannot help but remember our favourites winter days soaking up the sunshine in the snow.

Here at Iglu we’ve had our fair share of sunny days on a mountain restaurant terrace (after a hard day skiing of course!) so the competition was tough but we’ve narrowed it down to our favourites.

 


Here are our top 5 sun terraces on the slopes in Europe:

5. Restaurant Combatseline, Nendaz

Perfect for a Swiss fondue

This sun soaked restaurant is well priced for Switzerland and dominated by magnificent mountain views from the middle of the 4 Valleys. Combatseline is located at the top of 63 Novelli chairlift from Siviez, right between Nendez, Veysonnaz and Verbier.

 

Photo credit: myswitzerland.com

4. Cap Horn, Courchevel

Perfect for people watching

This large, swanky, sunny terrace overlooks the Courchevel Altiport and is an ideal spotting celebrities and millionaires. It is the perfect place to make the most of the sunshine, just don’t forget a bundle of cash!

 

Photo Credit: CAP HORN Courchevel

3. Chantebise 2100, Alpe d’Huez

Perfect for a long lunch

This large restaurant terrace is perfectly located at the first DMC stop overlooking the stunning Alpe d’Huez ski slopes. Once you sit down and tuck into your substantial Croque Monsieur, burger or salad you’ll find it had to leave this sun trap whilst surrounded by the glorious vista.

 

2. Grillhof Alm, Mayrhofen

Perfect for a quick pit stop

A great spot if you have just skied the Harakiri (the steepest slope in Austria) and you need a beer to calm your nerves (exactly how I came across the bar!) Located in the Penken/Horberg bowl by the Vans Snow Park, surrounded by pistes, this huge terrace is a great place for a quick drink, a spot of lunch or a chill out in the beanbags in the sunshine.

 

Photo credit: grillhofalm.at

1. Rond Point, Meribel

Perfect for après

Le Rond Point is a popular spot that offers great food, ski in-ski out sun terrace and lively après ski. Asthe ‘Ronnie’ is located on the sunny side of the valley it is in goggle tan heaven and the ultimate location whether you are looking for a quick refresher drink, or an afternoon of live music and toffee vodka! With regular live music you’ll be rocking in your ski boots throughout après before attempting to ski back to the village.

The runners up... 

Panorama Alm, Kitzbuhel
At Panorama you are really sitting in the ‘front row seat in the Alps’ with the incredible 360 degree mountain views. Located on Pass Thurn Mountain there is a huge sun drenched terrace with tasty and reasonable priced food.

Las Vegas Lodge in San Cassiano
A jewel in the Dolomites, the beauty of this place is remarkable with its wooden décor, bordered by the finest ski slopes and totally immersed in unforgettable panoramic views.

Chez Vrony, Zermatt
Priceless views and exceptional food. This beautiful terrace has spectacular views of the Matterhorn and the Vrony burger is a must try!



By Krystelle



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