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

clock 16th January 2015 | comment2 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



James Bond returns to the slopes in SPECTRE

clock 13th January 2015 | comment1 Comments

Last month the eagerly awaited announcement of the title and cast for the 24th James Bond film was unveiled to a rousing applause at London’s Pinewood Studios.

SPECTRE will see the return of actor Daniel Craig for his fourth 007 mission, 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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

Daniel Craig in Austria for the filmimg of Spectre

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 on Monday 5th January, 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



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

clock 31st December 2014 | comment1 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!



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