Igluski.com Latest Ski News List of ski news articles updates on Ski Resorts thoughtout the day en-gb http://www.igluski.com 2016-10-22 What's new in Avoriaz for winter 2017 Avoriaz celebrates its 50th anniversary this season and is rejoicing through the entire season with a host of events and activities that the whole family will enjoy.

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New snowmaking

Avoriaz has one of the best snow records in the Alps, with an average of 8 metres of snow each season. To be able to produce a better base layer at the start of the season, Avoriaz has an extensive network of 220 snowmakers covering 64 hectares. This ensures better retention and stability of the snowpark.

For this season the snow network has been extended to include the blue Abricotine piste (1.5km), the blue Fornet piste (0.5km) and full access around the resort centre.

New kids fun zone

This winter, Avoriaz is launching a new freestyle area aimed at children and a 3-year development plan for a ‘Lil’ Stash.

The Stash is an iconic freestyle course running through the forest in Avoriaz. Burton Snowboards and the resort are developing a dedicated junior Stash from children aged 6-14 with age specific features, layout and décor. This will be located in the Proclou sector and will feature a mini boarder cross, a snake run, slides, fun boxes and more.

New snowboard school

Local and professional snowboarder Johann Baisamy has retired from international competition to open his own snowboard school. Avoriaz prides itself on being the best resort for snowboarders in Europe with around 20% of their winter visitors being boarders.

New at ESF Avoriaz

The Ecole du Ski François in Avoriaz have a couple new features for winter 2016/17 including introductory snowboarding lessons from the age of 4 at the Burton Riglet Park on Place Jean Vuarnet and group lessons on Saturday mornings for 17 & 18 years olds studying the ski options on their baccalaureate.

Snowboxx festival

One of Europe’s largest snow festivals takes over the ski resort from 18th to 25th March. With Basement Jaxx headlining, Snowboxx festival brings the party to Avoriaz along with a week of music and fun. Over 5000 people are expected to come along to join in with the apres ski parties, igloo sessions, feast on the piste and more alongside the daily gigs from huge artists. The line up so far includes Basement Jaxx, Wilkinson, Hannah Wants, Bicep and more.

Snowboxx festival 2016 line up

Festive Events

From the 16th December to 6th January Avoriaz hosts the Magical Festival of Light which includes a full itinerary of free events that the entire family will love.

  • 19th & 26th December & 2nd January – Magical Festival of Light
  • 20th & 27th December & 3rd January – Torchlight decent on the Arare piste
  • 21st & 28th December & 4th January – Fluorescent night at Aquariaz
  • 15th & 22nd December – Santa’s elves arrive on sleighs
  • 16th, 23rd & 30th December – Magical sledging fun on the Arc en Ciel piste
  • 24th December – Father Christmas arrives in resort
  • 25th December – Grand pyrotechnic show

Rock the Pistes festival

From 18th to 25th March, stages will be put up at various points across the Portes du Soleil area to host the Rock The Pistes festival. This one of a kind festival is free to anyone with a Portes du Soleil lift pass. 2017 line up will be announced soon.

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What's new in St Anton for winter 2017 Arlberg ski area is legendary. It is known as the Cradle of alpine skiing and attracts die-hard enthusiasts from around the world. St Anton is the biggest and best resort in the Arlberg ski area and is Iglu Ski's top selling Austrian resort.

St Anton and the rest of the ski resorts in the Arlberg ski area have an exciting winter coming up as a new cableway is being built linking Stuben, St Christoph and St Anton to Lech and Zurs, to create the largest linked ski area in Austria. Read more about the latest additions in St Anton…

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New in St Anton

New ski lifts to create largest ski area in Austria

The biggest news for winter 2017 is that a new cable car system will link all ski resorts in the Arlberg creating Austria’s largest interconnected ski area.

3 new cable cars will connect Zurs to Stuben making travel between both sides of the Arlberg faster and easier. The ski area will include a total of 305 km of pistes and 87 lifts, as well as an extra 200 km of backcountry terrain.

From St Anton, skiers and snowboarders will be able to access St Christoph, Stuben, Zurs, Lech, Schrocken and Warth. The lift will open from December 2016.

Read more.

New ski lifts in St Anton

Run of Fame

As the new cable cars allow fluid transportation between the ski resorts, a new route named the ‘Run of Fame’ has been created to test even the most proficient skiers. Visitors can attempt to ski the 65 km route in one day. Access to the circuit is possible and different sections and there will be special signage to point skiers and snowboarders in the correct direction.

New chalets

We are delighted to have 7 new properties in St Anton for our winter 2016/17 programme. The Amelia chalets are located within the same complex so are perfect for larger groups that can be spread across the 3 chalets.

Chalet Stratus
Chalet Cirrus
Chalet Nimbus
Chalet Amelia 4
Chalet Amelia 6
Chalet Amelia 12
Hotel Pfeffermuehle

New chalet in St Anton

New kids lift pass

Children born from 2009 only pay 10 Euros for the ‘Snowman Card’ season lift pass which gives them access to all the slopes in St Anton, all season.


Festive fun
The festivities begin in St Anton 4 weekends before Christmas Eve. There will be a varity of advent themed areas and events throughout December including a Christmas Adventure Trail, Christmas card workshop, Advent Magic at the Museum, a Christmas market and more!

Test the latest skis at opening weekend

Visitors in St Anton on 2nd – 4th December can try out the latest ski models from a range of manufactures free of charge. There will also be a special music event on the Saturday night to celebrate opening weekend.

Witness the Austrian tradition of Krampus on 5th December.

Ski show and fireworks every Wednesday
Every Wednesday evening throughout the season (from January 4th onwards) visitors in St Anton can watch a spectacular show of projected imagery, fireworks and skiing. Admission is free and takes place on the slope in front of the Karl Schranz Stadium. The show is hosted by the St Anton tourist board.

New Orleans meets snow festival
From 7th – 9th April there will be live concerts in the village and the slopes celebrating soul, blues, fun and jazz music. This will be the 4th year that the ‘New Orleans meets Snow’ festival has taken place in St Anton. Highlights of this year’s line-up include Blues Night on the Saturday with the Markus Linder Blues Band.

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Val d'Isere opens 26th November
Due to its microclimate, high altitude and improved snow-making facilities, Val d’Isere is one of the most snow-sure resorts in the Alps making it the perfect choice for an early season ski holiday.

After recent improvements to the ski area, Val d’Isere now boasts the largest snowmaking facility in Europe which will keep even the driest of winters at world-class standards. The operations will be able to cover the area the size of Wembley Stadium to a depth of half a metre in just 60 minutes.

Val d'isere opening weekend 2016

The snow-sure resort plans to keep the slopes open until 1st May 2017.

For anyone thinking of hitting up Val d’Isere for opening weekend, the Ski Force Winter Tour will be in resort for ski testing. The new season’s ski and snowboards from leading manufactures will be available to test on the Front de Neige free of charge. Instructors will also be on hand to show you around the Espace Killy ski area. This will only be available on opening day.

Start the season in Val d’Isere with these great ski deals:

1st December – 4 nights at Hotel La Toviere from £580 pp
9th December – 7 nights at Chalet Hotel Champs Avalins from £454 pp
9th December – 7 nights at Chalet Hotel du Monet from £499 pp
9th December – 7 nights at 5* Chalet Hotel Le Savoie from £949 pp
16th December – 7 nights at Chalet Hotel Le Val d’Isere from £849 pp

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What's new in Alpe d'Huez for winter 2017 Alpe d’Huez has invested 12 million Euros for winter 2017 to improve and enhance areas of the resort. The ‘Signal’ sector will see many improvements with major redevelopments over the summer for the start of the ski season.

The ski area is scheduled to open from 3rd December 2016 through to 23rd April 2017.

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Redevelopment of Signal

The signal side of Alpe d’Huez is the final area in the resort to be modernised. For winter 2017 the Signal/ Grand Sure sector will have a total overhaul.

The old Grand Sure chairlift will be replaced by a modern 4 seater which will double the capacity of skiers in the area to 1650 passengers per hour

The Signal chairlift and Signal draglifts 1, 2 and 3 will be dismantled for a new telemix-hybrid ski lift with 39 8 seater chairs and 8 10 person cabins. The lift will have a capacity of 3300 passengers per hour.

Plus there will be 22 new snow cannons on a newly created green run and 7 new snow-cannons on the front side of Signal.

Alpe d'Huez

New ski runs

With the creation of the new Signal ski lift a new green run has been formed that is accessible from the top of Signal at 2108m that runs down to the beginner area at Grenouilles. There will be special features along the piste including bumps, a tunnel and photo spots to be enjoyed by all ages.

The Snowpark gets a makeover

For winter 2017 the snowpark will be improved and enhanced to cater better for all levels of riders. The resort has gone all out to change a separate the expert, intermediate and beginner areas. There will be features for all levels and a safe area for beginners with moguls, ramps and kickers. The routes and sizes of the modules will evole throughout the season.

New chalets

We have 2 brand new chalets in Alpe d’Huez for our winter 2017 programme.

Chalet Percheron sleeps 8 people and is located in the Huez sector of the resort. The televillage gondola is just 160m away which takes guests up to the centre of Alpe d’Huez.

Chalet Rebeque
is on the east side of the huge resort, just 320m from the Alpauris chairlift. Conveniently there are a few shops and bars close by or the town centre is a walk away.

New ski offers

Enjoy half price lift passes on ski holidays in Alpe d'Huez in December and January.

Get exclusive savings on all-inclusive Club Med ski holidays. Including up to 15% off and 2 for 1 ski hire exclusive to Iglu Ski.

Recieve free bar credit on selected chalet hotels and catered chalet holidays - book before 31st October.

Save up to £250 pp by booking a ski all in deal with lift pass and ski hire included.

Future plans for Alpe d’Huez

More than 350 million euros is being upgraded into the Alpe d’Huez domain over the next 5 years, plans include expanding Oisans and a new gondola link to Les 2 Alpes creating one of the largest linked ski areas in the world.

There will be a large investment in expanding hotels in the resort creating 4600 bed spaces. Major pedestrianisation will take place in the town with new underground parking facilities.

New in Alpe d'huez

100 million Euros will be spent modernising the ski area and creating new ski lift. Current plans include:

  • 2016 – Installation of the new Signal lift.
  • 2017 – New lifts connecting Huez (1450m) to the centre of Alpe d’Huez (1860m) and a year round toboggan run.
  • 2018 – More snow cannons and improvements to the ‘skiers return’ area.
  • 2019 – Installation of the new Wolf lift.
  • 2020 – Replacement of Chalvet chairlift.
  • 2021 – Link to Les 2 Alpes.

New gondola link to Les 2 Alpes

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What's new in La Plagne for winter 2017 La Plagne is the world’s most visited ski resort with over 2.5 million skiers and snowboarders visiting the resort over the past few seasons. 10 ski villages make up the huge La Plagne domain with 225km of pistes across the family friendly area.

Th Vanoise Express link to Les Arcs snow-sports fans 425km of pistes in total to play with in the grand Paradiski area.

With such a large resort there are plenty of new features and enhancements for the coming ski season. 12 million euros has been invested by the ski area operator for this winter. Take a look at what’s new in La Plagne for winter 2017:

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New chairlift

The new 6 seater Envers chairlift near Aime 2000 is being built over the summer for opening in December 2016. The new chairlift replaces the old Coqs chairlift and also extends the original route.

New chairlift in La Plagne
Where the new chairlift is being built (Aime 200 at top of photo)

New ski runs

  • 10 ‘Natur’ tracks (ungroomed trails) have been included around the glacier, La Plagne Centre and Aime 2000.
  • A new ‘Fun Slope’ has been created by the Arpette chairlift in Plagne Bellecote with features such as tunnels, jumps, bends and bridges.
  • Pistes around Montchavin and Les Coches have been regraded and renamed to make the area clearer for skiers and snowboarders.

New ski runs in La Plagne
New Natur runs on the glacier

New chalets

We have 10 new chalets for our winter 2017 programme in La Plagne including Chalet Rose and Lily in Plagne Centre and 7 brand new chalet in Plagne Soleil.

Chalet Lily in La Plagne
Chalet Lily in La Plagne Centre

New bars

Chauffe Marcel bar

The new après party place of La Plagne launches this season! Chauffe Marcel will have one of the best sound systems in the Alps with regular BBQ’s and DJs playing on the slope side balcony from 3pm. Located on the slopes as you ski down to Plagne 1800, this new venue will bring a lively edge to apres in La Plagne.

New bar in La Plagne

Le Bonnet mountain bar

This new slope-side snack bar will combine street food and apres ski music until 7pm throughout the season.

The Supertyro

This is a new zip-line that takes riders 600m from Aime 2000 to Plagne Centre with incredible views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding valley. All equipment is supplied.

New ski offers

Book your winter 2017 ski holiday and recieve half price lift passes on selected catered chalets.

Get free lift passes at Christmas with ski holidays in La Plagne

Save up to £250 pp with Ski All In deals with lift pass and ski hire included in your package ski holiday.

Winter 2017 Events

Husky Sledding Competition
13th January

Ice Climbing World Championships
4 & 5th February

Telemark FIS World Championships
14-19th March

Super Slalom
1st April

Easter Ski Fest
5-18th April

La Plagne expansion plans

The resort is planning a multi-year investment plan with between 20-25 million euros to be spent each year on the resort over the next 5 years. These are the plans for the project but dates of the builds haven’t been confirmed.

La Plagne Expansion

La Plagne opens fully for the season on 17th Decemeber 2016 and will be open until 22nd April 2017. A 6 day local lift pass costs 259 Euros and a full area Paradiski pass is 298 Euros.

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What's new in Val Thorens for winter 2017 3 Valleys ski area has lots of exciting new additions for winter 2017. Val Thorens boasts the longest ski season in Europe as it is consistently the first to open and last to close. On average, snow covers the mountains from late November until early May and for this season Val Thorens aims to open its slopes from the 27th November.

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New hotel

Fahrenheit 7
is a new 4 star hotel located at the foot of the slopes. There are multiple dining venues and bars including the terrace, Rotisserie and Le Zinc restaurants, plus 2 bars! The hotel boasts stunning mountain views and is now available to book.

Fahrenheit 7

New bars and restaurants

Aurelie’s Tea Room
This foodie lounge is half gallery and half gourmet café where skiers that are looking for more of a ‘zen’ atmosphere can relax over a green tea or freshly made bowl of soup on a cosy sofa. Yoga classes will be ran in the mornings and the tea room comes to live at après with champagne and finger food available.

With beers from around the world and a range of juicy burgers on the menu, this space will be popular with riders at après. Ran by 2 local snowboarders, the bar will broadcast a range of extreme sports and exhibit sports photography.

Le Zinc Bar
Located in the new Fahernheit 7 hotel, Le Zinc is a wine bistro offering light meals. Perfect for food and wine fans, there are over 150 quality wines on the menu and speciality cheese and meat platters to share. Le Zinc will also have a live band 3 times a week.

New après activities

Formula 1 simulators at Driv’inn club

Located in the Caron gallery, a new area has been created for fans of car racing. There are 3 high tech simulators where a network of players can compete against each other. This is available for private hire for special occasions.

Home style cookery lessons
Learn to cook Aveyron style specialities at La Maison brasserie by the restaurant owners and Michelin stared Chef Cyril Attrazic.

New ski lifts

Val Thorens has invested 14 million Euros to upgrade and expand the ski area so skiers and snowboarders can get the most out of the resort. Including 2 new lifts, new modules in the Funslope and new ski touring routes
  • New 6 seater chairlift in Boismint sector.
  • New 6 seater chairlift above the slalom stadium.

Val Thorens chairlift
The new Boismint chairlift takes shape over summer

New resort tech – Live info on the slopes

Ski Flux is a new project that will allow Val Thorens to measure the number of skiers on the slopes at all times and guide them towards different runs via information screens so visitors can enjoy the best skiing available.

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What's new in Les Arcs

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Introducing Les Arcs' first five star hotel Les Arcs is opening in December 2016. The Taj I Mah, situated in the village of Les Arcs 2000, can be now booked for this coming season with Iglu Ski. Package holidays include half board hotel accommodation, flights and transfers. Short breaks are also available.

The hotel has ski in – ski out access and is located next to Le Cabriolet gondola. The 48 rooms and suites all have private balconies that offer fantastic views of the surrounding Les Arcs mountains.

The 5 star hotel exudes luxury with a particular focus on first class food. The hotel features 2 restaurants, both managed by Michelin-starred chef Eric Samson. Expect a gastronomic experience at Diamant Noir and La Rotisserie serves a wide variety of meals including local Savoyard specialities.

The large spa area has an indoor pool, steam bath, Jacuzzi, sensory showers and solarium. Massages and spa treatments are available at an extra charge.

Les Arcs is situated in the extensive Paradiski area with La Plagne. Skiers and snowboarders staying at The Taj I Mah can enjoy the 425km of pistes from the doorstep of the hotel. Les Arcs is fantastic for families and groups alike with a large variety of non-ski activities, fantastic après and diverse terrain suitable for all abilities.

Hotel Taj I Mah


Swimming Pool


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Vail Resorts buys Whistler for over $1 billion Whistler Blackcomb in Canada for approximately 1.1 billion US dollars / 1.4 billion Canadian dollars.

Vail Resorts current portfolio of ski resorts in California and Colorado includes: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Mt. Brighton, Park City and Kirkwood in USA as well as Perisher in Australia.

Last winter Park City and Canyons combined to create the largest linked ski area in the United States with over 7300 acres and 300+ runs. But Park City was still second to Whistler as the largest ski resort in North America.

Whistler Blackcomb

This isn’t the first expansion deal of 2016 for Vail Resorts, earlier this year they announced that they had purchased Wilmot Mountain between Milwaukee and Chicago which increased their North American presence.

One of Vail Resort’s strategies is to purchase and improve ski areas near urban centres to increase visitor numbers. They are certainly doing something right - Vail Resorts stocks are up 40% in the past 12 months.

Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts comments, "Whistler Blackcomb is one of the most iconic mountain resorts in the world with an incredible history, passionate employees and a strong community. With our combined experience and expertise, together we will build upon the guest experience at Whistler Blackcomb while preserving the unique brand and character of the resort as an iconic Canadian destination for guests around the world."

"Combining Whistler Blackcomb with Vail Resorts' portfolio of outstanding resorts provides Whistler Blackcomb with increased financial strength, marketing exposure, guest relationships and broadens the geographic diversity of our company with resorts across the United States, as well as in Australia and Canada. This relationship will bring greater resources to support our current operations and our ambitious growth plans, including the Renaissance project, the most exciting and transformative investment in Whistler Blackcomb's history," said Dave Brownlie, Whistler Blackcomb's chief executive officer.

It's a very exciting time for the ski resorts in North America, in May Whistler announced it's 5-year £345 million transformation progect 'Renaissance,' which is one of the most exciting developments in the resorts history.

Vail Resorts will integrate Whistler Blackcomb into its Epic Pass for the 2017-18 ski season.

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Explore 2750km of piste with the new Kitzbüheler Alpen AllStarCard
The Kitzbuheler Alpen All Star Card has combined with the Salzburg Super Ski Card to offer a lift pass for an area larger than anywhere else in the world!

The new pass will cover more than 2750 km of slopes and 900 ski lifts, including 3 of Austria’s largest ski areas: Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, Zell am See – Kaprun and Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau.

Top resorts included in pass

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Price of the AllStarCard ski pass

The pass is cheaper than you think, so if you are a keen skier or snowboarder and thinking of either doing multiple ski holidays during the season or visiting more than one ski area on your holiday than you may want to consider this new pass.

The AllStarCard ski pass is valid from: 15.10.2016 - 01.05.2017

Ski passes are available for 1 to 14 days, as a 10 day pass with freely selectable days and a season pass.

A 6 day pass is:
Adults: € 265
Children: €132
Youth: €198

10 day pass with freely selectable days:
Adult: €485 (advance €435)
Child €242 (advance €217)
Youth: €363 (advance €326)

Season passes purchased before 06/12/2016 start from €680 (adult)

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Eurostar tickets to the Alps go on sale on 20th July

Ski train to the French Alps

From 9am on Wednesday 20th July you can buy tickets for the high speed passenger rail service from London St Pancras and Ashford International to the heart of the French Alps. It is essential to book early for this as peak dates sell out quick for Eurostar.

There are day and night services with generous baggage allowance so customers can carry plenty of ski gear. Allowances include up to 2 suitcases, hand luggage and skis or snowboards at no extra cost.

The favoured Friday overnight service gives keen skiers and snowboarders 2 extra days on the slopes, arriving in France on a Saturday morning for quick coach transfers up to resort and then leaving the following Saturday evening.

Resorts by ski train

Popular resorts including Tignes, Val d’Isere, Meribel, Courchevel, Les Arcs and La Plagne are just a short journey away.

For example, Moutiers to Meribel is just 30 mins, and most other transfers to these resorts will take between 30-45 mins.

Eurostar ski resorts

Iglu Ski has a range of ski holidays via the Eurostar to top ski destinations in France. Here are a few of our favourite packages:

Eurostar ski holiday packages for 2017

Prices include Eurostar travel, transfers, ski carriage and accommodation

7 Jan 2017 Hotel du Golf Les Arcs £729 pp
14 Jan 2017 Chalet Hotel Les Anemones Courchevel £717 pp
11 Feb 2017 Chalet Les
Val d'Isere £1189 pp
18 Feb 2017 Chalet Hotel Les Grangettes Meribel £1258 pp
25 Mar 2017 Chalet Hotel
Le Dome
Tignes £619 pp
01 Apr 2017 Chalet Spitzberg Les Arcs £938 pp

*Prices correct of 14/07/2016 - please click through to holiday package page for the latest price.

For more information and to book Eurostar ski holiday packages, speak to one of our ski experts on the number above or email here.

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