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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 best après ski resorts in Austria

clock 21st July 2015 | comment0 Comments

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is where is good for après. The quality of the après scene could make or break a ski holiday for some. After a long day on the mountain, many of us love to unwind and celebrate with a cold beer, great music and dancing.

Austria has the best après bars in the world. If you crave a lively ski resort full of lots of entertainment after a day of skiing or snowboarding then look no further than the picturesque villages and beautiful mountains of Austria.

Get your après boots at the ready and take a look at our contenders for the best après in Austria:

best apres ski resorts

 

5. Soll

This party town is popular with younger crowds with its large club like venues such as Whisky Mule and Salven Stadl which are open to the early hours. If you prefer a quieter après venue there are plenty of more sophisticated bars in Soll such as Bella Vita and Rossini café. With around 30 restaurants and bars in resort there are plenty of options to suit everyone’s tastes.

4. Saalbach

This skiing gem has some of the best après ski in the Alps. Between Saalbach and Hinterglemm there are over 40 après venues! You are truly spoilt for choice in this beautiful part of Austria. One of the most rememberable venues is the ‘goat themed’ Goasstall in Hinterglemm. If you are with to dance in your ski boots until dinner time, look no further than Hinterhag Alm next to the Kohlmais piste.

apres ski in saalbach and hinterglemm

Goasstall

3. Mayrhofen

I was fantastically surprised by the après in Mayrhofen, not only was it spectacular fun, it was great value too (especially compared to the large French resorts). Mayrhofen is a huge party town with a wide variety of pubs, bars and clubs making it a perfect choice for large groups.

On piste I loved the White Lounge Igloo bar at the Ahorn and the uber cool Grillhof Alm by the Van park on the Penken side. Once back in the village head to the Ice Bar or Bruck ‘n’Stadl for the liveliest après, then if you are still wanting to carry on the party after dinner, Mo’s, Scotland Yard, Funky’s and Harakiri are open till late.

apres ski at Bruck n Stadl in Mayrhofen

Bruck n Stadl

2. Ischgl

There was a divide in the Iglu Ski offices over the top spot on this list. We have a handful of ski experts that believe Ischgl deserves the golden crown. With incredible party venues like Trofana Alm, Schatzi Bar and the Kuhstall you are guaranteed a vibrant week of amazing après.

Apres ski ar Kuhstall Bar in Ischgl

Kuhstall Bar

1. St Anton

It’s no surprise that St Anton is the undefeated heavyweight champion with its world renowned legendary après bars. With an abundance of piste-side bars, you can’t avoid stopping off for a post-ski beverage on your last run home. The Krazy Kangaruh and Mooserwirt are 2 of the most famed après bars in resort, that are packed to the brim with skiers and snowboarders daily and the best spots to get your dose of dancing on tables in your ski boots!

Are you thinking about skiing in St Anton this winter? Read our experts guide to St Anton

apres ski at Mooserwirt in St Anton

Mooserwirt



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By Krystelle



The Top 10 Best Hollywood Ski Films

clock 16th July 2015 | comment0 Comments

Snow where are you?? It’s that time of the year again, the long summer months are here and news of fresh powder on the slopes feels like a distant memory. So here at Iglu Ski we have put together a wintry themed list of Hollywood movies involving skiing and ski resorts that are so frosty you really should watch in the warmth of summer.

Without further ado and in no particular order, I give you the Top 10 Best Hollywood Ski Films.

 

 

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

Hot Tub Time Machine is an adventure comedy that follows a group of best friends who've become bored with their adult lives. In an attempt to reconnect and reminisce about the Good ole days the group revisit Fernie Alpine ski resort in British Columbia, Canada. After a crazy night of drinking in a hot tub the men wake up back in 1986. With the chance to amend past mistakes, rekindle lost relationships and improve their own lives in the future firmly in their own hands as well as the consequences.

 

 

Frozen (2010)

 

Not to be confused with the children (and adult) Disney hit film of 2014. This Frozen is the terrifying tale of three eager snowboarders, whose endeavour to get one last run, takes a turn for the worst with them fighting for their lives. Joy soon turns to despair when they get stranded high up on a mountain ski lift when a storm approaches, and the realisation that the resort will be shut for the whole week sinks in.

Stuck in the bitter cold the trio take their chance at survival to get off the lift and back down to the resort. Filmed at Snowbasin near Ogden in Utah and without giving away too much, hypothermia isn’t the only thing they have to fear.

 

 

Chalet Girl (2011)

Set in St Anton, Chalet Girl is a charming romantic comedy that brings the resort life to the big screen. Think chick-flick with snowboards, Chalet girl tells the tale of former skateboarding champion Kim who has become resigned to working in a fast food restaurant until she gets the surprise job opportunity to work for a wealthy family in the Alps. After being whisked away from England her fun filled adventure begins, full of love, heart-break, partying and a turbulent time in her new job, she enters a snowboarding competition with the dreams of winning the huge cash prize.

 

 

Dumber and Dumber in Aspen (1995)

Dumb and Dumber is a comedy classic, full of hi-jinx and slapstick comedy, the two good-natured but dimwit friends set out on a cross-country trip to Aspen, Colorado to return a briefcase full of money to its owner, only to be pursued by a group of criminals who are also after the briefcase. Aspen, known for its extravagant hotels and picturesque mountain views is comically described by Jim Carey as "a place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano”. Take a look at this laughter filled adventure.

 

 

Happy Feet (2006)

Okay, okay! We know this film is an animation that doesn’t feature skiing or ski resorts, but hey those penguins are incredible body boarders. And who doesn’t love a musical themed heartfelt story about a courageous penguin that is unable to sing like the rest of his kind, but instead is inspired to tap dance in the hope of winning the affection of the penguin he loves.

 

 

Inception (2010)

This science fiction heist thriller, featuring a star ensemble cast with leading man Dom (Leonardo DiCaprio) who sets out on an impossible task fulfil his redemption. Dom acquires a team of specialists to perform corporate espionage using an experimental military technology to infiltrate the subconscious of their targets and extract information while experiencing shared dreaming. This mind boggling movie features an adrenaline fuelled scene high up in the mountains where the team are trying to destroy a snow covered fortress.

 

 

The World is Not Enough (1999)

With the world’s oil supplies hanging in the balance, James Bond is assigned to diffuse an international power struggle and protect the daughter of an oil tycoon. Though filming for this movie took place all around the world, the most iconic scene of the whole movie is undoubtedly set on the slopes. Pierce Brosnan & Elktra King expertly navigate their way down the slopes with the breath-taking mountains ofChamonix in the background, before battling villains in the sky on flying snowmobiles. For more action packed clips of James Bond on the slopes check out our must read blog.

 

 

Cool Running's (1993)

Based on the true story of four Jamaican bobsledders, who dream of competing in the 1988 Winter Olympics despite having never seen snow. With the help of a disgraced former champion desperate to redeem himself, this joyful feel good comedy follows the Jamaican hopefuls as they set out to become worthy of Olympic selection, and go all out for glory. Cool Running’s is the charming tale of determined underdogs, with plenty of laughs, moments of real tension, and five engaging performances, this is a definite must watch.

 

 

Out Cold (2001)

Combining outrageous comedy, awesome snowboarding and the most over the top après-ski antics you’ve ever seen on the big screen. Out Cold, captures that youthful time in our lives where the party and fun never seems like it is going to end. Set in the fictional tiny-town of Bull Mountain, Colorado – a winter wonderland of snow, skiing and snowboarding. A place where there's always fluffy powder to plow through and hilarious friends around every corner.

 

 

Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason (2004)

Whether you’re shaking your head in admiration or shaking your head in despair, the hopeless lovable Bridget Jones never fails to raise a smile. The edge of reason takes Bridget on a hilarious and unexpected new journey as she navigates the treacherous territory of modern love without ever losing her inimitable sense of humour.

One of the film’s most iconic scenes takes place in Lech, Austria where Bridget loses her composure after convincing herself she’s pregnant and ends up slaloming down the slopes before inadvertently gate-crashing a professional ski race and whizzing off piste and miraculously ending up in the resort pharmacy. This jolly movie is a must watch if you haven’t already!

 

 

Now that’s what you call a great list, by the time you’ve watched them all it might just be time to start dusting off your skis and preparing for your winter ski break with IGLU Ski. Let us know your favourite film from our list in the comments section below.

By Myles

 

(Here at IGLU Ski we promote safe drinking and encourage everyone to act responsible on the slopes.)



Top 5 best value group ski holidays

clock 14th July 2015 | comment0 Comments

Ski holidays are an excellent way to spend quality time with a group of friends or family. If you are thinking of a group ski holiday for next season, now is the time to start getting your deposits down and securing your ideal apartment, chalet or hotel.

Last winter we put together our top 5 ski resorts for groups, which included an extensive choice of ski resorts with first-rate skiing, fantastic après and a wide selection of accommodation so there is something to keep everyone happy.

For this season we have chosen 5 amazing great value group ski holidays featuring our favourite properties, in top ski resorts with superb group offers including free places, lift pass deals and ski hire savings.

 

Group ski holidays

5. Chalet L’Ours Brun, Les Arcs

This is a popular chalet within a residence block located in the fantastic Les Arcs 2000 village. With catered chalet board as a standard, your group can enjoy a hearty breakfast, afternoon tea and a 4 course dinner with wine daily during your stay. One of the best features of this property is its convenient location just 250 metres (3 minutes’ walk) to the ski lifts. There are special offers throughout the season on Chalet L’Ours Brun making this a beloved choice for groups of friends and families.

13 December 2015 from £569 pp + 50% off ski/snowboard and boots hire + group discount

Group discount: Book the whole chalet (12 people) and get 2 & ¼ free places

Les Arcs Group Ski Holidays

Les Arcs 2000, France

4. Chalet Eterlous, Alpe d’Huez

Alpe d’Huez is the best choice if you have a wide variety of tastes in your group. The amazing ski area has something for everything, there is an assortment of pistes that both skiers and snowboarders will love and a wide choice of areas suited for beginners, intermediates and experts. Non skiers can enjoy the bounty of activities ‘off the piste’ including ice skating, swimming in the heated outdoor pool, sports centre, shopping, dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice diving and much more.  Plus the Folie Doche here is one of my favourite apres venues ever!

I went to Alpe d’Huez last season; read my 10 reasons why this is a must-ski destination.

30th January 2016 from £679 pp + buy one get one free lift passes + group discounts

Group discount: Book whole chalet (14 people) and get 10% group discount

Alpe d'Huez Group Ski Holidays

Folie Doche, Alpe d'Huez, France

3. Chalet Elfie, St Anton

If you are looking for a lively ski resort with best après in the World, St Anton should be your top choice. This is a great option if you are a group of intermediate to advanced skiers that like to ski hard all day and then party hard at apres. Chalet Elfie is a spacious, great value chalet that is located 15 mins walk or a short bus ride away from the slopes.

17 January 2016 from £694 pp + 20% off ski/snowboard and boots hire + group discounts

Group discount:Book 15 people and get 2 & ¾ free places

St Anton Group Ski Holidays

St Anton, Austria

2. Hotel Del Clos, Soldeu

Soldeu is an underrated ski paradise in Andorra that is often over looked. Andorra is the perfect ski destination choice if you are looking for a cheap ski deal, and Soldeu has a superb ski area that rivals some of our Alp-favourites. Soldeu is linked to the largest ski domain in the Pyrenees, Grandvalira, which has 210 km of extensive, varied ski runs. On a trip in March 2014, I experienced some of my favourite powder riding ever. With peaceful slopes there were plenty of fresh tracks to enjoy throughout the day and a plethora of bars to party into the early hours. Read about my perfect week in Soldeu.

28th Feb 2016 from £694 pp + half price lift passes + group discounts

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Soldeu Group Ski Holidays

Soldeu, Andorra

1. Chalet Hotel Champ Avalins, Val d’Isere

The Champs Avalins is one of our bestselling properties year after year because of it’s fantastic value and that it’s located in the best ski area in the World. Espace Killy is made up of 300 km of vaired pistes over Tignes and Val d’Isere. It may not be the prettiest of accommodations, but it’s the location that counts as you can ski back within 50m of the hotel. This chalet hotel sleeps up to 83 people making it a perfect choice if you can’t find a chalet of the correct size for your group.

10th January 2016 from £589 pp + buy one get one half price lift passes + group discounts

Group discount example: Book 10 people and get 1 & ¾ free places

Val d'Isere Group Ski Holidays

Val d'Isere, France

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By Krystelle



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