Igluski.com Latest Ski News List of ski news articles updates on Ski Resorts thoughtout the day en-gb http://www.igluski.com 2016-08-28 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


View Hotel Taj I Mah ski deals

http://www.igluski.com/news/introducing-les-arcs-first-five-star-hotel_a19736410 2016-08-19
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.

http://www.igluski.com/news/vail-resorts-buys-whistler-for-over-1-billion_a19736405 2016-08-08
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

View all resorts included in pass

View resorts closer on this interactive map

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)

http://www.igluski.com/news/explore-2750km-of-piste-with-the-new-kitzbuheler-alpen-allstarcard_a19736404 2016-08-02
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.

http://www.igluski.com/news/eurostar-tickets-to-the-alps-go-on-sale-on-20th-july_a19736398 2016-07-14
What's new in Val d'Isere for winter 2016/2017 It’s an exciting year for Val d’Isere as work completes on their 2 year redevelopment project on the Solaise Mountain. The € 16 million upgrades will benefit all types of skier and snowboarder, from the seasoned experts to the first timers.

Val d’Isere has a picturesque alpine village and 300km of first-class slopes that link with Tignes to make up the grand Espace Killy ski area. Val d’Isere is one of Iglu Ski’s top selling ski resorts, only to be out-rivalled by its neighbouring Tignes.

Here's what is new in Val d’Isere this season:

New Solaise gondola

December will see the opening of the new state-of-the-art gondola that will transform access across the Val d’Isere Mountain for all skiers and snowboarders.

The old Solaise Express chairlift and even older Solaise cable car are being replaced by the new 10 person gondola with 91 cabins with heated seats and Wi-Fi. The new cableway will increase capacity by 40% and can carry up to 3600 skiers an hour, reducing queues during peak times. The journey will be just 7 minutes, making it one of the fastest ski lifts in the world.

Val d’Isere have made every attempt to minimise the environmental impact of the new project, including reducing the number of lift stations from 8 with 34 pylons to just 2 with 16 pylons and the gondola machinery is buried underground to reduce the noise impact for both two and four legged inhabitants in the area.

New Day Lodge

Located at the top of the new Solaise gondola, the new North-America style Day Lodge will be a large indoor space where skiers and snowboarders can relax and take a break during the ski day. Facilities in the new Day Lodge will be:
  • A café serving hot drinks and pastries
  • Vending machine
  • A comfortable picnic area where skiers can bring their own lunches, equipped with a microwave.
  • Kids’ Corner and table football for the kids
  • 2 sun terraces

New beginner area

A new beginner ski area on Solaise aims to encourage novice skiers to head up the mountain and away from the Front de Neige so they can experience the mountain in its full glory.

New beginner slopes at the top of the Solaise gondola have been regraded to provide the perfect pistes for learning to ski and snowboard. The slopes are served by 3 magic carpet lifts.

New in Val d'Isere

New ski chalets

We are delighted to have these new chalets in Val d’Isere this ski season. Located in the heart of the village and just off the main high street are Chalet Pic Noir, Ptarmigan and Perdrix making these the perfect chalets for quick access to the slopes and amenities.

New ski chalets in Val d'Isere:

Chalet Pic Noir
Chalet Ptarmigan
Chalet Perdrix
Chalet d'Isere
Club Aspen

Take a look at more new ski chalets for 2017

New ski deals

New introduction to off piste and further off piste weeks at Chalet Hotel le Val d’isere. 

New ski guiding weeks are available on ski holidays at Chalet Hotel Moris and Chalet Hotel Le Val d’Isere

New Year savings and free nights for a range of chalet holidays in Val d’Isere. 

New reduced lift pass for beginners

To celebrate the redevelopment of the new area, Val d’Isere is offering a special lift pass for beginners for winter 2016/2017.

The pass includes access to 9 lifts and costs just 35 Euros for one day, instead of 50.50 Euros for the full area. The pass includes use of:
  • The two village lifts – Legettaz and Rogoney
  • The Solaise Gondola
  • The 3 magic carpets
  • Madeleine, Datcha and Glacier chairlifts

New val d'isere lift pass
Ski lifts available on new lift pass

View 2017 ski deals to Val d'Isere
http://www.igluski.com/news/whats-new-in-val-disere-for-winter-2016-2017_a19736397 2016-07-13
Alpe d'Huez plans link to Les 2 Alpes by 2021
The flagship project will be to build a gondola link between Alpe d’Huez and Les 2 Alpes, creating one of the largest linked ski areas in the world.

Upgrades and expansions include:

1. Linking Alpe d’Huez & Les 2 Alpes

60 million euros will be spent on this exciting project to connect the 2 popular resorts by 2021. The cable car crossing across the valley will take 18 minutes. Starting at 2200m in the area Signal de l’Homme the cable car will cross the valley passing over Freney-d’Oisans to Mont-de-Lans in Les 2 Alpes.

With 250km of piste in Alpe d’Huez and 225km in Les 2 Alpes, linking the 2 domains will create a ski area totaling 475km! This will be larger than Espace Killy (Tignes and Val d’Isere) and Paradiski (Les Arcs and La Plagne).

It’s likely that the building work won’t start until 2019 for opening in 2021.

The latest plan of the link:

2. More Hotels

200 million euros will be spent on modernising and expanding hotels in Alpe d’Huez, creating 4600 new ‘high end’ beds, including 800 in 5 star hotels and over 3000 in 4 or 5 star apartments.

New hotels in Alpe d'Huez
Four new neighborhoods will be built. Photo: immobilier.lefigaro.fr

3. Less Cars & Better Quality of Life

New underground parking will be created so there are less cars in resort. Roads will become pedestrianised and more trees will be planted.

4. Better Links Across the Mountain & Villages

30 million is to be invested in a new 2 km gondola link between the village of Huez and Alpe d’Huez ski resort.

100 million will be spend on modernising existing lifts to speed up transportation and increase capacity across the mountain.

Vaujany also has long term plans to connect to Les Sybelles region of Maurienne, which would create a linked ski area of over 800km!

http://www.igluski.com/news/alpe-d-huez-plans-link-to-les-2-alpes-by-2021_a19736390 2016-06-19
Ski as much as you want, whenever you want with the Epic Pass USA. Even though the pass is for the whole winter 2016/17 season, when purchased in advance it pays for itself in just over 5 days. In simple, it’s cheaper to buy an Epic Pass than buying locally.

You can only purchase an Epic Pass for a limited time. You will not be able to purchase one once in ski resort. Book your 2016/17 Epic Pass with Iglu Ski for unlimited skiing all winter in a wide range of ski resorts.

An epic pass gives unlimited access all season to these ski resorts:

2016-2017 Epic Pass Price:

Adult (13 years +) $809
Child (5-12 years) $419

With the Epic pass you could take one trip to Colorado, skiing as many of the mentioned resorts as you wish, then head to Tahoe later in the year for another trip all on one lift pass.

The Epic Pass provides our guests with ultimate ease and flexibility to revisit their favourite resorts, plus an opportunity to sample new destinations every year,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts.

Find out more about Skiing in North America.

Epic Pass in Europe:

The Epic pass has teamed up with Verbier resorts in Switzerland to offer 5 days skiing in Verbier with your Epic pass. This is a perfect way to save money on your lift pass if you are considering a ski trip to USA and one to Switzerland during the season.

To get the 5 day lift pass for Verbier, you must book your accommodation directly through a hotel in Verbier. Unfortunately holiday bookings through a UK tour operator or travel agency won’t be valid to receive the 5 day pass.

View USA ski deals | View top 5 ski resorts in North America blog]]>
http://www.igluski.com/news/ski-as-much-as-you-want-whenever-you-want-with-the-epic-pass_a19736386 2016-06-07
Ski in Tignes this summer
There’s no need to wait for winter to get your ski fix.The Grand Motte glacier in Tignes offers 20 km of pistes and a snowpark over the summer months. The glacier is open from 7am to 1 pm daily allowing you to ski all morning and then spend the afternoon enjoying all the summer activities and water sports that Tignes has to offer.

Summer activities in Tignes include: Hiking, mountain biking, golf, climbing, canoeing, paddleboading, cycling and more!

Summer skiing lifts and pistes:

Summer skiing in Tignes

Summer ski holiday packages

There are 3, 4 and 7 night packages available departing on various dates from 4th July to 1st August 2016. Packages include flights, hotel accommodation and transfers.

Hotels in Tignes include:

Hotel Village Montana in Tignes Le Lac

Hotel Village Montana

Hotel Paquis in Tignes Le Lac

Hotel Paquis

For more information on these holidays this summer please call our expert ski sales team on 020 3696 9452 or email us.

http://www.igluski.com/news/ski-in-tignes-this-summer_a19736380 2016-05-20
Whistler Blackcomb announces $345 million transformation project 'Renaissance' Whistler Blackcomb the new ‘Renaissance’ project is the most exciting development in the resort’s history.

Renaissance will introduce new experiences and provide weather-independent activities throughout the year with a focus on Whistler Blackcomb’s core interests, skiing, mountain biking and sightseeing.

Whistler Blackcomb aims to bring the outdoors under cover which mean play can go on whatever the weather and provide a more accessible introduction to the mountains to more people.

Main new features:

  • The Watershed: An indoor, four season adventure centre featuring waterslides, surfing pool, rock climbing, cliff jumping, wave pool, hot and cold pools, rope swings, caves, bowling, food areas and even more!
  • Blackcomb Adventure Park: New outdoor non-skiing activities for the whole family.
  • The Annex: A state of the art indoor Action Sports complex designed for aspiring ski, snowboard, mountain bike, BMX and skateboard athletes.

New for skiing & snowboarding:

  • A new high speed ‘Magic’ gondola with both cabins and chairlifts connecting Blackcomb Base & Base II
  • Night skiing via the new Magic gondola
  • New snow school learning zones.
  • Enhanced snowmaking at Blackcomb
  • On-Mountain Improvements: Enhance existing infrastructure specific for skiing, mountain biking and exploration.
  • Blackcomb Base & Base II: Revitalize Blackcomb's Base Areas, including makeovers of the Blackcomb Daylodge and surrounding Plaza and new ski in-ski out housing.

The project will be launched in 3 phases, the first phase will be investing $100 million in creating the new four season attractions and phase two and three will focus on completing the grand picture and adding the enhancements across all of WB’s guest experiences. The first 2 phases are expected to be complete in 4-5 years.

View Package Ski Holidays to Whistler Blackcomb

http://www.igluski.com/news/whistler-blackcomb-announces-345-million-transformation-project-renaissance_a19736378 2016-05-18
Explore Verbier with Ski Sunday presenter Ed Leigh Verbier in Switzerland!

You will spent 4 nights staying at Chalet Hotel de Verbier with 2 half days riding with Ed Leigh, discovering the epic Verbier ski area.

With excellent end of season snow conditions this is the perfect ski break to squeeze in before the ski season is over. Verbier has had a fantastic winter so far and currently boasts 235cm on its top slopes, plus there is currently 65cm of snowfall forecast next week to top up the existing strong snow base.

Verbier is renowned for it’s off piste riding and extensive intermediate/advanced terrains so this is the ideal trip if you are looking to push your riding.

Verbier is Ed Leigh’s second home so you will have the chance to discover the resort's hidden gems and the best après and nightlife spots from the man himself. How many people can actually say they’ve had the chance to ski or snowboard with a Ski Sunday presenter?

The holiday includes return flights, transfers from Geneva, 4 nights chalet board (breakfast and dinner with wine), welcome drinks, plus an end of week party (with prizes up for grabs!)

For more information view Explore Verbier with Ed Leigh or call us on the number above to speak to our sales team.

http://www.igluski.com/news/explore-verbier-with-ski-sunday-presenter-ed-leigh_a19736361 2016-03-23