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Get in the mood for winter at London’s most spectacular location

clock 19th November 2014 | comment1 Comments

Join in the celebrations for the 10th year of winter fun at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink

Warm up to winter in style at one of the most beautiful and iconic settings in the Capital, the Natural History Museum Ice Rink is now open throughout the festive season. If there is one place in the city to kick start your festive spirit and to start counting down to winter, here it is. The ice rink is set in the foreground of the stunning Museum and will be open to skaters through till Sunday 4th January.

Want to win the chance to go to ice skating at the Natural History Museum for free?
See the bottom of the blog for more info.

 

Many ski area’s aren't open till mid-December, so if you are as ski crazy as us and cannot wait another few weeks to satisfy that snow urge this is one activity that will delight your winter lust. Set in a winter wonderland, surrounded by nearly 80,000 twinkling fairy lights and a huge glittering 40 ft Christmas tree, beginners and advanced skaters alike can enjoy the 1,000 square meter rink.

As we can’t enjoy the slopes just yet, we have spent the build up to ski season trying and testing all the exciting winter and ski themed activities you can do in London.

We were lucky enough to visit this festive haven in its first week of opening, and what a wonderful evening out we had! From exiting the underground, you are dazzled by the exquisite fairy lights and then stunned by the extraordinary architecture of the Natural History Museum before you stop and take it the atmosphere of this beautiful setting. There is something very special about being able to ice skate outside in the middle of London on a winter’s evening.

It is the perfect activity for friends and family alike, all ages were out on the ice and if there is someone in your group that isn't ice-ready, they can stand around the outside and take photos or enjoy a mulled wine from the café bar.

 

The marketing girls looking festive at ice skating

Here’s what we had to say on our adventure on the ice:

Chloe: "Ice skating at the Natural History museum was a magical evening out that helped throw me in to the Christmas spirit. I was mesmerised by all the lights, the decadent Christmas tree, and music. I was also impressed that the ice wasn’t too overcrowded. Followed by a mulled wine and festive nibbles at the bar, this is certainly an experience I would recommend anyone to share with your friends and family."

Laura C: "A fantastic location just outside of the Natural History Museum, the setting couldn’t have been better. The ice rink was the perfect size, and the big Christmas tree in the middle added the perfect wintery touch. I had great fun skating around (and trying not to fall over), and it’s safe to say that I’m definitely feeling festive and in the Christmas spirit now."

 

Iglu Ski on ice & the view of the ice rink from the balcony at the cafe bar


Where? Natural History Museum. Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD. Nearest tube – South Kensington

When? Thursday 30 October 2014 – Sunday 4 January 2014. Check the website for daily session times.
How? Online: http://www.nhmskating.com. In Person: at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink Box Office. Phone: 0844 847 1576 

Extra sessions

The Ice Rink will also be offering ‘SK8’ sessions where all can take to the ice for extended skating periods.
On weekdays in November, the Ice Rink will hold special sessions for parents and toddlers, and for students who present their NUS card at the box office. Parents with pre-school children can enjoy special rate skating sessions with complimentary drinks for both adult and child in the cafe afterwards. Students will also benefit from an exclusive special rate and complimentary drink.

Visit the website for more details on sessions and offers www.nhmskating.com

 

Win 2 Tickets to Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum

Celebrate the festive season at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink, London’s most spectacular winter attraction. Whether you’re a novice or an expert skater, it’s a wonderful day out with family, friends or someone special. This Christmas one lucky reader will win two tickets to London’s most enchanting ice rink for an unforgettable Christmas experience in the capital.

To win – Head to Facebook to like and comment on the image telling us who you would take with you, or go to Twitter and retweet this tweet.

Terms and Conditions: Promotion closes at 23:59 on 30 November 2014. Winners will be notified on 01 December 2014. The prize must be redeemed by 12 December 2014 and is non-transferable and has no cash alternative. There is one prize of two ice skating tickets at The Natural History Museum Ice Rink. Advance booking is essential, and prize is subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply. The winner will be the first entrant selected at random after the closing date. Over-18’s only. Promoter: IMG (UK) Ltd.


By Krystelle



Londoners Love Skiing

clock 7th November 2014 | comment0 Comments

For a country with a lack of snowy mountains the UK has a high proportion of keen skiers and snowboarders that head to ski resorts all across the world, season after season.

As the UK’s largest independent ski travel agency we offer ski holidays to over 200 resorts, giving our customers the widest choice of destinations available.


Earlier this year we published a roundup of our top selling ski resorts for 2013/14, which found Val d’Isere, St Anton and Meribel coming up top.

During the build up to the winter season, London comes alive with alpine themed fun and lively ski events to get city goers amped for the season ahead.

With a significant proportion of Iglu Ski customers residing in London we have delved into the city’s boroughs to find out how they compare.

What are the most popular ski resorts?

 

This highest percentage of skiers and snowboarders live in the South West, with an average spend of £763.02 pp and Val d’Isere as their resort of choice.

The lowest rate of skiers and snowboarders in London are found in West Central London where La Plagne is the most popular option, with an average spend of £759.46 pp.

Who spends the most on their ski holiday?

 

The biggest spenders are in SW3, Chelsea, where the average spends is £957.24 pp and residents favour the chic resort of Courchevel. 

The ski resorts in the 3 Valleys and Espace Killy in France are the preferred locations by Londoners for their ski holiday and only a handful of boroughs favoured Austria over France.

Where are the most popular ski destinations?


View the full infographic here


By Krystelle



Top 5 Ski and Snowboard Films in 2014/15

clock 21st October 2014 | comment1 Comments

With the winter season quickly approaching, the new ski and snowboard films are coming in thick and fast. Technologies are progressing as quickly as the riders making this year a very exciting time for ski films. From extreme and exotic locations to powder fuelled productions to discovering the stories behind our favourite athletes.

Here are the 5 films we cannot wait to watch in full to get us inspired for winter. Take a look at all the ski and snowboard films coming this season and tell us your favourite 5.

5. Jeremy Jones - Higher

The one we’ve been waiting for

Higher is the highly anticipated final installment of Jeremy Jones’ Deeper, Further, Higher trilogy. After pushing boundaries and revolutionising backcountry snowboarding in his first 2 films, now Jones and Teton Gravity Research are back and taking their quest to the next level. From Jones’ playground in Jackson Hole to the incredible descents in the Eastern Alaska Range and the Himalaya of Nepal, Higher depicts Jones’ incredible snowboard journey which has made him one of the greatest mountain snowboarders of our time.

Expect: Huge lines, untouched powder and exotic destinations

Riders: Jeremy Jones, Bryan Iguchi, Luca Pandolfi, Ryland Bell

4. Red Bull – Days of my Youth

The one for the skiers

When Red Bull Media House and Matchstick Productions team up you know something ground breaking is going to happen. The film took two years to make while shooting in locations all over the world including places never documented before. Using state of the art techniques including MSP’s new Cineflex Elite, the latest in aerial filming technology, they believe Days of My Youth will set a new standard for the entire ski industry.

Days of My Youth takes a look into the minds of ten of the world’s best freeskiers and examines their lifelong affinity for the sport and the self-discovery every skier takes.

Check out those views in the trailer at 0.30 in and you won’t be able to wait for the full version!

Expect: Next level cinematography and extreme locations

Riders: Richard Permin, Mark Abma, James Heim, Michelle Parker, Cody Townsend, Markus Eder, Bobby Brown, Sam Anthamatten, Russ Henshaw, Gus Kenworthy, PK Hunder

3. Absinthe Films - Heavy Mental

The one we wish we were in

Absinthe films have been throwing down some of the best snowboard films season after season. From last year’s Dopamine to 2012’s Resonance to the rest of the amazing back catalogue, Absinthe consistently showcase the finest riders and push the boundaries of the sport.

With 22 years of snowboarding video production, director Justin Hostynek still drops some of the most progressive riding out there. The trailer opens with an epic heli shot of Alaskan spines to the equally as epic sounds of Alt J’s Fitzpleasure. Heavy Mental spotlights a solid list of riders and watch out for the full parts from Bode Merrill and Victor De Le Rue..

Expect: An epic soundtrack and heavy riding

Riders:Victor De Le Rue, Austen Sweetin, Bode Merrill, Jason Robinson, Mat Schaer, Wolfgang Nyvelt, Manuel Diaz, Victor Daviet, Johnnie Paxson, Romain De Marchi, Blair Habenicht, Scot Brown, Ozzy Henning, Rusty Ockenden, Nils Arvidsson, Mathieu Crepel, Sylvain Bourbousson, Helen Schettini, and Mike Basich

2.Teton Gravity Research - Almost Ablaze

The Blockbuster

As with any TGR production you can expect state of the art cinematography that provides a sensory overload. Combined with some of the most progressive skiing and immersive destinations, Almost Ablaze takes you beyond the boundaries.

Awarded Film of the Year at the 2014 International Freeski Film Festival, Almost Ablaze follows the globetrotting lifestyle of these thrill-seeking athletes. From urban riding in the war-torn Olympic venues of Sarajevo to exploring new terrain in Sella Nevea to next level skiing in Revelstoke, this is extraordinary skiing in extraordinary locations.

Expect: Next level skiing

Riders: Angel Collinson, Chris laker, Colter Hinchliffe, Dana Flahr, Dane Tudor, Dash Longe, Dylan Hood, Griffin Post, Ian McIntosh, Jonny Collinson, Joss Christensen, Karl Fostvedt, Mark Carter, Max Hammer, Nick Mcnutt, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Tim Durtschi, Todd Ligare

1. Oakley - Snowboarding: For Me

The Ultimate Snowboard Film this Season

Does Oakley have the finest snowboard team out there? With huge names like Shaun White and Nicolas Muller to new favourites like Torstein Horgmo and Mark McMorris, this world-class line up is guaranteed to bring one of the leading films of this season. Featuring riding from the streets of Finland to the backcountry of British Columbia, to Norway and Japan, each rider has his own story. Snowboarding: For Me focuses on the unique relationship between the members of the team with the sport and lifestyle they live every day.

Expect: An all star line up

Riders: JP Walker, Terje Håkonsen, Shaun White, Danny Kass, Torstein Horgmo, Ståle Sandbech, Mikkel Bang, Mark McMorris, Nicolas Müller, Jake Blauvelt, Heikki Sorsa, Eero Ettala and Kazu Kokubo.

View our video guide for all the ski & snowboard trailers coming this season

By Krystelle



Snowsport England launch Go Race Go Freestyle

clock 24th September 2014 | comment0 Comments

Following the success of Go Ski Go Board last year, Snowsport England’s latest initiative Go Race Go Freestyle aims to capitalise on Sochi buzz and give people more of a chance to mirror the skills of the Team GB skiers and snowboarders.

Go Ski Go Board

In its first year of launch, 10,000 people participated in the Go Ski Go Board sessions across the country where new riders had the chance to try skiing or snowboarding. Snowsport England continues to get more people into ski and snowboard by offering value for money and convenient access to the sports.

Read about last year’s GSGB launch

Go Race Go Freestyle Launch

We met Tim from Snowsport England at the launch of Go Race Go Freestyle and spoke about advice for new skiers and snowboarders, keeping the momentum of the Sochi legacy as well as the GRGF launch and other events coming up. Watch our video with Tim here:



The GRGF launch kicked off at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead this week with Go Ski Go Snowboard Ambassadors, and Team GB skiers, Katie Summerhayes and Darcie Mead. Nick and Krystelle were at the event to meet Katie and Darcie as well as having a taking part in a Go Race Go Freestyle session.


Katie and Darcie talking about their involvement in the campaign, then on the slopes at the Snow Centre

Get involved in Go Race Go Freestyle

Events will be held Nationwide at indoor and artificial slopes and snowsports clubs nationwide. The Go Race Go Freestyle sessions will come in various forms:

  • TRY FREESTYLE taster sessions will give people the chance to hit the snowpark for the first time 
  • TRY RACE sessions gives the chance to try skiing through gates for the first time and experience the buzz of racing. 
  • GO FREESTYLE sessions involve learning basic freestyle tricks and flying over ramps and rails with a freestyle coach. 
  • GO RACE’ level takes people through the basic and fundamental skills involved in Alpine ski racing from start to finish in a safe and friendly environment. 
  • JUST RACE & JUST FREESTYLE are sessions where skiers and snowboarders can regularly take part and immerse themselves in a snowsport lifestyle. 



Darcie and Nick taking part in Go Race

Tim Fawke, CEO of Snowsport England said: “Sochi 2014 brought snowsports to the attention of more people than ever before, particularly those inspired by the dynamism and excitement of ski racing or by the fantastic performances from Great Britain’s freestyle skiers and snowboarders. With GO RACE GO FREESTYLE sessions, we are giving people the opportunity to get a taste for another side of snowsports and for people who want to get even more involved, it becomes part of the pathway from grass roots to elite snowsports.”


GO SKI GO BOARD and GO RACE GO FREESTYLE sessions can be found on www.goskigoboard.org.uk

View all our photos from the event on Facebook

By Krystelle



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