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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 long ski runs

clock 18th August 2015 | comment0 Comments

It’s a truly gratifying feeling when you finish one of the world’s longest ski runs. Stretch your ski legs to the maximum and conquer one of the greatest pistes known to skiers and snowboarders.

Everyone has different ideas about what makes a great ski run. You could prefer tree lines, steep drops, roller coaster terrain or just a long gentle slope. Rather than choosing the top 5 longest ski runs ever, we have selected a variety of favourites amongst the team which you can enjoy on this winter’s ski holiday.

Get the most out of your ski holiday and gain those vertical ski miles with these best long ski runs.


Top 5 Best Long Ski Runs


5. Peak to Creek, Whistler

Selected by Phil, Sales Team Leader

Peak to Creek is an 11 km intermediate run with a variety of terrain and iconic views. You’ll experience a bit of everything on this ski run – from tree glades, to rollers, to steep sections and huge alpine bowls. From Whistler’s Peak Chair to the base by Creekside Gondola, you can rack up to 1544 vertical metres whilst riding this epic piste.

Find out more about skiing in Whistler


Phil on his descent down Peak to Creek in Whistler


4. Saulire, Courchevel

Selected by Laura, Digital Marketing Manager

One of my favourite aspects of the Saulire is the stunning mountain views at the peak (2700m). The Saulire/Creux range is a network of red and black runs between 2700-2000m, which then open up into blues as you ski down into the villages. Whilst skiing down Saulire you can view the famous Couloir formations, including Grand Couloir which you may like to tackle towards the end of your trip once your ski legs are fully warmed up!

Even Great Britain’s number one ski cross athlete, Emily Sarsfield, calls this one of her favourite ski runs.

Find out more about skiing in Courchevel


Skiing in Courchevel, France


3. La Sache, Tignes

Selected by AJ, Sales Director

If you are an expert skier or snowboarder and love a challenging piste, La Sache in Tignes down to Le Bréviere is brilliant and very long.

La Sache is a long black run that gets steep and fast as long as it’s done before Lunch. After lunch it gets VW Beetle size moguls that really throw the intermediates who clutter up the steepest part of the Run. If conditions are good, you can discover great off-piste on the left hand side as well.

Find out more about skiing in Tignes


Skiing in Tignes France


2. Pic Blanc to L’Enversin d’Oz, Alpe d’Huez

Selected by Krystelle, Ski Editor

Alpe d’Huez is famous for its long ski runs, which is perfect if you love a holiday packed with plenty of skiing. Did you know that the Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine de Ski offers 5 descents with a total vertical drop of 10,000m between them? My favourite line is the Pic Blanc (3330m) to L’Enversin d’Oz (1125m) – that’s over 2000m vertical meters!

From the peak of Pic Blanc it is a black run down to 2700m, but after that it is a mix of red and blue pistes to the finish. The runs take you right across the ski resort over a mix of terrains. Alpe d’Huez is known for its great snow conditions, so even in late season you can still conquer this huge run all the way to the bottom.

Or for the more adventurous, Alpe d’Huez is home to the longest black run in Europe, La Sarenne. The illustrious Sarenne is 16 km long and starts at the peak of Pic Blanc. The legend is quite deceptive, as the last half is a gentle slope along the river. Even though it’s not a particularly scary black run, your legs will be burning by the end (if not in the middle!)

Read more about Alpe d’Huez in our recent blog 10 reasons Alpe d'Huez is a must-ski destination


Skiing in Alpe d'Huez France


1. The OK, Val d’Isere

Selected by Thomas, Senior Ski Sales Expert

This run has it all, not least the heritage of one of the oldest World Cup Downhill courses but also its varied terrain. Named after local legends Oreiller and Killy, OK run means a thousand metres of vertical drop set in stunning surroundings. Access is by underground funicular, cable car or two stage chair lift. The OK confers plenty of bragging rights to ‘intermediates’ who compare times with Ski Sunday stars thanks to generous width enabling plenty of turns if necessary.

Skiers marvel at the start of Mont Blanc views and soon find their pace along the well-groomed rollers gradually building up in steepness. Passing the Folie Douce is when one can stretch legs and let gravity tow you into speeds beyond comfort zone. The increasingly blur of surroundings becomes more acute as after the cable car the gradient becomes more of a wall than a slope. Manage this section in a schuss before the tree line will certainly turn heads, especially from those on the terrace of the rustic Le Triffolet restaurant or those on the chairlifts above. The relentless vertical drop within the tree line also starts to take its toll on the thighs, turning at will highly recommended as the piste narrows and crowds increase. The last section is a nice drop finishing in La Daille but not before plenty of bumps present themselves on the sides of the piste should you want to mix up your style. .

Find out more about skiing in Val d'Isere


Skiing in Val d'Isere France

Other long favourites that narrowly missed out in the top 5 are –

Best for beginners - Cascades, Flaine: The longest blue run in Europe

Best for off piste - La Vallée Blanche, Chamonix: A 22km glacier route starting from the Aiguille du Midi

Best ski circuit- Sella Ronda, Dolomites: Ok it’s not just one run, but it’s very gratifying to complete.

Best for rollers – Jerusalem, Meribel

Best for destroying your legs – Olympic, Avoriaz


By Krystelle

Top 5 ski in ski out chalets for winter 2015/16

clock 11th August 2015 | comment0 Comments

Ski-in ski-out chalets make a ski holiday a more enjoyable experience with peace of mind that you will be able to enjoy maximum time on the slopes during your stay.

Many ski and snowboard enthusiasts favour a ski-in ski-out accommodation so they can hit the slopes straight away without wasting time getting a ski bus or walking with all your equipment to the nearest ski lift.

These types of properties are one of our most popular booked ski holidays. Get your prime spot on the mountain with one of our favourite ski-in ski-out chalets for winter 2015/16.



5. Chalet Hotel De Champoluc

Champoluc, Italy

This is the perfect choice if you prefer a smaller, more traditional style resort compared to the popular ski capitals. Champoluc is a beautiful ski destination filled with stunning scenery and delicious Italian cuisine. The ski area is particularly suited for intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders, and there are endless opportunities with the epic off piste. The Chalet Hotel De Champoluc is located at the foot of the home-run slope back to resort, which is next to the main Crest gondola and ski hire shop, making it the perfect spot for a ski holiday in this Italian gem.

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Ski holidays in Champoluc in Italy

Chalet Hotel De Champoluc


4. Chalet Maison Rose

Val d’Isere, France

Chalet Maison Rose is one the best located ski chalets in Val d’Isere. Based by the Solaise nursery slopes and lifts you can easily be the first to the top of the mountain every morning. The charming traditional style building is just 5 minutes from the town allowing you to easily explore the glamorous town and night spots of this fantastic ski village.

If you are thinking about visiting Val d’Isere this season, read about what’s new for winter 2015/16.

View more about Chalet Maison Rose


Ski holidays in Val d'Isere in France

Skiing back to Val d'Isere


3. Chalet Christophorus

Obergurgl, Austria

The British love skiing in Austria, we love the beautiful villages, the tree lined pistes, the cheaper prices compared to France and the quicker transfer times. Unfortunately there are a lack of chalets in many resorts and it is often un heard of for a ski chalet to ski-in ski-out… this is what why Chalet Christophorus is one of our most popular Austria chalets. This adult only chalet is surrounded by ski slopes allowing you to ski straight down to the Festkogl gondola each day.

Obergurgl has an excellent snow record with a longer than most ski season, making it an excellent choice for a ski holiday in Austria.

View more about Chalet Christophorus

Ski holidays in Obergurgl in Austria

Obergurgl ski area


2. Chalet Violetta

Avoriaz, France

Avoriaz is another super high ski village that offers properties with fantastic close proximity to the slopes. Chalet Violetta is situated right by the piste giving skiers and snowboarders the best opportunity for a full day on the slopes and enjoying your ski holiday to the max. No walking, no bus rides, just pop on your skies and off you go.

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Ski holidays in Avoriaz in France

Chalet Violetta in Avoriaz


1. Chalet Catherine

Val Thorens, France

You can’t get more ski-in ski-out than this; you can physically ski to and from the doorstep from this popular chalet. Val Thorens is well-known for its easy access to the mountain as the resort is purpose as Europe’s highest ski village so it could benefit from the finest snow conditions and guests can rejoice in the easy slope access.

View more about Chalet Catherine


Ski holidays in Val Thorens in France

Val Thorens ski village and slopes

Take a look at more ski-in ski-out properties here


By Krystelle

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

Call for group discounts

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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