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With a rise in interest in skiing and snowboarding, Great Britain has seen a boost in brands in the snow industry. Over the last few years an exciting range of snow companies have popped up all over the country allowing us to represent British companies in the sports we love. With the effects of climate change and the ever growing concerns to be environmentally friendly, many brands have started to put focus on sourcing locally and using eco-friendly materials. This is extremely important within the snow sports industry as we want snow on mountains for many years to come so we can continue our passions. It is great that so many new British brands are adopting these principles.
D4Seven was founded with intentions of producing a custom UK brand focusing on fresh designs to the UK snow sports scene. D4Seven is all about adventure, living life to the fullest and pushing your boundaries. The large clothing range includes a collection of tall and normal fit t-shirts, to beanies to women specific apparel. D4Seven is keen to back the continued progression of the UK Snow sports by supporting a team of up and coming talent and sponsoring University snow sports teams.
Summit Worldwide produces some of the most stylish, freshest, most technologically advanced goggles in the Industry today. Founder Simon Reddy says ‘Our main objective is to provide better products than our competitors without the extortionate mark-ups.’ I first noticed this brand at the Ski Show; I loved the style of the goggles and favoured the prices even more! The prices are less than half compared to competitors with similar styles. Look out for 2014’s new Xpose goggles.
Funi is a custom hat company where you can design your own knitted beanies online or purchase from their large range of existing designs. As well as the striking designs, I was drawn to this company as Funi do lots for charity plus doing their part to be environmentally friendly. For every sale of the ‘Chernobyl Bobble,’ £1 was given to The Belarus Fund to help children still affected by the Chernobyl disaster. All headwear is knitted in Britain and the yarn use is made and spun in the North of England. Funi has now expanded from just beanies to seasonal collections with scarves and headwear.
DOUK Snowboards are the only 100% independent handmade snowboard manufacturer in the UK. Having been unsatisfied with the quality of equipment being mass produced by the major manufacturers and increasing prices they were charging, DOUK formed the basis of their business plan. They wanted to design and build snowboards to the highest standard and sell them at a competitive price. The team based in Worcestershire, design and produce every aspect of the board in their very own workshop, from the camber measurements to engineering the hard wood cores to producing the final top sheet graphics. Look out for the new UK inspired designs.
Butta has taken the snow industry by storm by bringing ski and snowboard fans Greener ECO waxes. The team have a big love for the mountains and believe it is of up most importance to preserve the mountains all year round, which is why Butta is much greener than most other wax’s on the market. The company was born out of a constant struggle to find an easy to apply, long lasting, nice smelling, fast, reliable, and green wax. After the success with the snow products, they have now ventured into the surf and skate wax markets, as well as apparel.
To celebrate our fantastic UK brands, here is your chance to WIN your very own amazing Funi AND Butta beanie. For your chance to win both beanies, head over to Iglu Ski Facebook to like and comment on the competition post. Easy! One winner will be chosen at random on Friday 16th May 2014 at 1pm.
What’s this? Club Med is launching a new resort?
Yes, Club Med are opening a brand new 4 Trident resort in the popular French ski area in Val Thorens in the 3 Vallées. The resort will be called Val Thorens Sensations and is due to open on the 14th December 2014. They’ve used crowdsourcing to help decide on certain aspects of the new build, starting a Facebook community where followers helped to make key decisions, such as whether there should be an indoor climbing wall (they voted yes!). Sensations is set to operate from November to May, promising optimal snow cover during that time due to the resort’s high altitude.
Who is the new resort aimed at?
The new resort will be aimed at groups of friends, singles, couples and families with teenage children. The resort is accessible to young children too (from 2 years up), however, there will no kids clubs or kids entertainment programmes running.
So what makes this newbie stand out from the other Club Med resorts then?
The resort will stand out from the rest due to its contemporary design, which features huge bay windows that will give guests a fantastic view of the surrounding snow-covered mountains. There are 3 sun-facing terraces and the majority of rooms promise to have breathtaking mountain views. Each of the rooms will be one of four different categories – there will be 361 Club Rooms, 12 Deluxe Rooms, 5 Junior Suites and 6 Suites.
We know that Club Med is all inclusive, so what dining options will this new resort provide me with?
There will be 2 onsite restaurants which will stay open from 7.30am till midnight, so whether you’re an early riser or a night owl then there will be something to suit you. One of the restaurants will provide a buffet set up and the other will be a concept restaurant, catering for the more gourmet tastes and offering a menu of local cuisine. For those dying to get out on the slopes, a self-service take-away corner will provide guests with a range of hot drinks and snacks, which can be taken out onto the slopes with them.
What about the après ski?
If you’re after a drink, then Sensations will have the choice of 2 bars and a packed schedule of evening entertainment. One bar will offer a more cosy and intimate setting, whereas the other will provide a more open and lively atmosphere. From 3.30pm each day, the Wine Cellar and Grocery Store will play host to a range of wine tasting sessions, after which guests can purchase goodies to take home with them.
Can I hire equipment direct from the resort?
Val Thorens Sensations have struck up a partnership with Rossignol and will also be supplying equipment by Lacroix and Dupraz, meaning that guests will be able to rent top quality boots, boards, skis and more. Once you’ve got your equipment sorted, you’ll also have the option to take ski and snowboard lessons, which are included in the price and aimed at all levels from beginner through to advanced. The resort is also in a ski-in ski-out position, making it super easy to get out on the slopes once you’ve got your equipment.
When I’m not on the slopes, what other activities can I do?
Sensations will put a special focus on health, fitness and wellbeing, offering a range of additional packages which include fitness training, nutritional advice and spa treatments. If you want a break from the slopes, or you just fancy working on your fitness a bit more, then a range of fitness classes are included in the price of your stay. Zumba, Body-Balance and Pilates are just some of the classes on offer. Alternatively, if you’re a little shy about training in a room full of others, you can choose to join in with a toning workout video, which will be available from the privacy of your room. For all those gym and weight fanatics out there, there is a fully equipped cardio and weight training zone. If you’re on the lookout for a bit more adrenaline then there is also a large 10 metre high climbing wall with 4 routes, mountain biking, sledging, snow mobiling and boardercross. If you fancy a swim, then you can head to a nearby pool, where you’ll receive free entry as a Val Thorens Sensations guest.
I’m too tired for more exercise, what can I do to relax here?
After a hard day on the slopes, why not relax with a Turkish Bath? All customers will have free access to the onsite Turkish Bath and will have the option to pay extra for spa treatments to wind down after an exhausting day.
Spa treatments aren’t really my thing, what else can I do?
If you’re still looking for more to do, then the resort will also house a tenpin bowling alley and a shopping boutique. Also on offer is a selection of ‘a la carte’ excursions, which will allow guests to pick and choose outings as they please. These will include a Baroque art guided tour, a traditional themed evening in a yurt and a snowscooter outing.
What else can you tell me about Sensations?
This new resort promises to be very digitally focused and wi-fi will even be available out on the slopes. High speed internet, ranging from free packages to high speed paid packages will be available in the hotel. The resort even has its own app so that users can look at the daily schedule of events, find ski buddies and share content such as images and music. In most public areas, digital screens will display information relating to daily activities and weather conditions. To top it all off, Sensations promises effective queue management to heighten guests overall experience, making it as stress free, fun and relaxed as possible.
Christmas is over, you’ve eaten your bodyweight in turkey (not to mention all those Mince Pies!) and now your jeans are feeling a little too tight. Now, you’ve got a ski holiday booked and you’re worried about all that indulgent mountain food – Tartiflette, Raclette, Fondue. ‘How am I ever going to get in to shape again?’, I hear you cry. Well, never fear, all that skiing or boarding you’re about to do may just allow you to eat whatever you want without having to worry…
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).
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.
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Happy skiing, snowboarding and eating, everyone!
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