Igluski.com Latest Ski News List of ski news articles updates on Ski Resorts thoughtout the day en-gb http://www.igluski.com 2015-08-28 Vail Resorts plans $110 million in resort improvements for winter 2015/16
The main aim of the plan will be to link Park City and Canyons, transforming two resorts into one and creating the largest ski resort in the US with more than 7300 acres of skiable terrain.

Vail Resorts include Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada;

"Each year, Vail Resorts is the industry leader in capital improvements to ensure an unparalleled guest experience at each of our resorts,” said Rob Katz, chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “The overall capital plan reflects our goal to target high return investments which support a premium experience and our improvement plan in Utah will be one of the most transformative ever undertaken in the ski industry.”


Skiing in Vail Resorts

Projects planned at Vail Resorts include:


Combining Park City & Canyons into the largest resort in the US
This will include a new eight-passenger, high-speed, two-way Quicksilver gondola from the base of the existing Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons. The plan will also complete a number of infrastructure upgrades to both resorts, including upgrading the King Con and Motherlode Lifts, creating new and widening existing trails, and additional snowmaking.

Six-Passenger Avanti Express Lift (#2) at Vail
The existing Avanti Express Lift will be replaced with a six-passenger lift which will reduce wait times and improve reliability.

Expanding Beaver Creek snowmaking
An additional 23 fully automated guns with be placed on the two most popular intermediate runs on the mountain, Red Tail and Centennial.

Snowmaking on Peak 6 at Breckenridge
A mile of new snowmaking pipes will be added on Lost Horizon an Bartoon Breezeway on Peak 6.

Ski app to provide life line wait times
EpicMix™ Time will allow guests at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone to access real-time lift line wait times. Using new technology, EpicMix Time will calculate up to the minute chairlift and gondola wait times on 55 lifts.

EpicMix Time ski app

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http://www.igluski.com/news/vail-resorts-plans-110-million-in-resort-improvements-for-winter-2015-16_a19736250 2015-08-26
Stowe and Taos join the Mountain Collective for winter 2015/16
Stowe in Vermont and Taos in New Mexico as the latest additions to the Mountain Collection partnership. Stowe will be the first resort on the East Coast to be included and with Taos as an addition, the pass now extends to New Mexico.

The pass stretches to selected ski areas in USA, Canada and Australia. Resorts already part of the partnership are:


Last year Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine Village joined the Mountain Collective pass. And this summer (Australia’s winter) was the first time Thredbo was part of the collaboration.

The Mountain Collective Pass now grants access to 21 mountains, with more than 43 000 acres of terrain and 271 lifts. Passes are available at MountainCollective.com. Each pass holder will receive 2 days at all the 11 ski resorts mentioned above plus other benefits.

Skiing in Stowe, Vermont
Stowe ski area

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By Krystelle

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http://www.igluski.com/news/stowe-and-taos-join-the-mountain-collective-for-winter-2015-16_a19736240 2015-08-12
The world's longest indoor ski slope is coming to Dubai
This will be twice as long as the current longest indoor slope in Germany.

The ski centre will be part of the $6.8 billion Meyden One project that will also feature a hotel, a 4 km canal and marina, shopping complex, 300 restaurants, plus the world’s tallest residential building and world’s largest fountain!

The first stage of the project is due to be completed by 2020.

Dubai also is home to Ski Dubai which was the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East, located in the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world.

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By Krystelle

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http://www.igluski.com/news/the-worlds-longest-indoor-ski-slope-is-coming-to-dubai_a19736235 2015-08-05
SkiWelt to construct fastest chairlift in the world for winter 2015/16 SkiWelt ski area in Austria is to build the new Jochbahn chairlift which will operate at a speed of 6 metres per second (previously 2.4). The new chairlift will cost around 12 million Euros and transport 3000 passengers per hour.

As well as being upgraded, the chairlift route will also be extended to more than double its previous length. The journey time will be considerable less than the old lift.

All 75 chairs on the new 2km Jochbahn will be equipped with comfort suspension, heated seats and weather protection hoods. The new lift is not only the fastest in the world; it will also be one of the most comfortable rides ever.

The chairlift will be solar powered by a nearby solar panel farm covering 180 sq.m. It was important to ensure that the energy for the new lift is sustainable.

Construction will start in summer 2015 and should be ready for the start of winter 2015/16.

New chairlift for winter 2015/16

New chairlift for winter 2015/16


Resorts in the SkiWelt include: Ellmau, Scheffau, Soll, Westendorf and Hopfgarten

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http://www.igluski.com/news/skiwelt-to-construct-fastest-chairlift-in-the-world-for-winter-2015-16_a19736226 2015-07-22
Tignes is open for summer skiing Tignes opened its glacier at the weekend for skiing and snowboarding over the summer.

From 27th June to 9th August, 20 km of piste on the glacier will be open to enjoy snow sports over the warmer months.

Summer skiing in Tignes is popular for ski and snowboard courses and clubs, athletes head here for training at the snow park and adventure enthusiasts that want to enjoy skiing in the morning then one of the other many action sports in the afternoon.

Via the Perce-Neige funicular, it takes just 7 minutes to get up to the glacier in Tignes. The ski area is open from 7:15 am to 1pm (last lift down at 1:30pm).

Between 27th June – 3rd July, 4 ski lifts are planned to be open: Funicular + Cable car + Vanoise & Rosolin chairlifts.

From 4th July – 9th August, all glacier lifts should open (depending on snow conditions).

Other activities to do in Tignes over the summer include: Mountain Biking, hiking, water sports on the lake, tennis, squash, zorbing, trampolining, mini golf, archery, canoeing and flyboarding.

Tignes summer skiing piste map:


summer skiing in tignes piste map

Unfortunately we don’t sell summer ski holidays. Other resorts that are open over the summer are Les 2 Alpes, Hintertux, Zermatt, Saas Fee, Kaprun, Dachstein, and Stubai

View the best of our ski deals for winter 2015/16

By Krystelle

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http://www.igluski.com/news/tignes-is-open-for-summer-skiing_a19736208 2015-06-29
Freeride World Tour: Xtreme Verbier
Earlier this season we named the Freeride World Tour as one of our Top 5 ski events to look out for in 2015.

The last event of the Freeride World Tour was incredible. Watching the skiers and snowboarders conquer the 500m rock face of Bec des Rosses was nail-bitingly exciting. Aurélien Ducroz took the ski crown for the 4th time as he won the 20th edition of Xtreme Verbier.

Watch the Xtreme Verbier ski highlights:



Watch the Xtreme Verbier snowboard highlights:



Winners of the Xtreme Verbier 2015

Ski Men
1. Aurélien Ducroz (FRA) 88.50
2. Reine Barkered (SWE) 88.12
3. George Rodney (USA) 87.75

Snowboard Men
1. Jonathan Charlet (FRA) 91.00
2. Emilien Badoux (SUI) 85.75
3. Sammy Luebke (USA) 82.75

Ski Women
1. Hazel Birnbaum (USA) 88.50
2. Silvia Moser (ITA) 76.25
3. Christine Hargin (SWE) 72.75

Watch Hazel Birnbaum's winning run:



Snowboard Women

1. Nicola Thost (GER) 71.00
2. Estelle Balet (SUI) 55.00
3. Shannan Yates (USA) 52.25

Watch Nicola Thost's winning  run:

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http://www.igluski.com/news/freeride-world-tour-xtreme-verbier_a19736170 2015-03-29
Spring activities in Les 2 Alpes
Weekly Events

Freeride Attitude – Every Tuesday
This session offers free off piste safety information every Tuesday. You get the chance to test out avalanche equipment including a transceiver, shovel and probe with a mountain guide to hand to discover more about how to explore the mountain safely.

First tracks – Every Wednesday
Experience first tracks and ski the slopes before lifts are officially open for 13 Euros. From 8 to 11am, including a delicious breakfast at the restaurant LE 3200.

Activities on offer all season:

Dog Sledding
New for 2015 is the chance to take a ride with husky dogs. Enjoy the journey as you speed along in the sled, powered by the husky dogs.

Wine tasting and night skiing
Enjoy an evening of wine tasting on the mountain following by night skiing - or take a piste basher down the slopes for the non-skiers.

Mountain Biking
At the end of the season, mountain bikers can ride on the trail to Venosc (700m altitude) from Saturday April 11 until April 25, the date the resort closes.

Visit to the Ice Cave
Created in 1993 at the foot of the glacier, non-skiers (and skiers) can access the ice cave which includes a range of ice sculptures for all ages.

Paragliding
Les 2 Alpes offers a tandem flight which takes off at 2400, offering a magical flight over the village.



Spring Events

March 21st – Peanut Butter and Volcom Rail Jam

April 2nd – Full Moon Skiing and Dinner
Enjoy an evening of skiing until night falls, followed by an aperitif, dinner and then you can ski down to the village - or take a piste basher down the slopes for the non-skiers. Cost 50 euro per person which includes dinner and wine.

April 19th – Roast Beef Rail Jam

April 20th - 24th - Junior Foliz
The winter festival for children, there will be entertainment, workshops and shows for kids from 6 to 12 years.

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http://www.igluski.com/news/spring-activities-in-les-2-alpes_a19736166 2015-03-16
Have a go at the wintersports featured in Channel 4's The Jump
Read our latest snow report of Austria

Do you think you could master the same wintersports that the 16 famous faces attempt? You too can try slalom, ski jumping or ski cross for yourself this winter on a ski holiday in Austria!

Ski Jumping

One of the most terrifying disciplines of all, ski jumping requires strong nerves and a mind over matter approach. It’s no surprise that TOWIE stay, Amy Childs, got cold feet last year and became the only contestant to bail out.

‘The Jump’ takes place in a village called Natters, just outside Innsbruck, which isn’t open to the public. However you can try ski jumping in other ski resorts in Tirol.

The ski jumping centre in in Wörgl has 5 ski-jumps, which meet the international FIS standard with 3 smaller ski-jumps (15, 30 and 40 metres) and 1 larger ones (60 metres). With expert training and full guidance, it is available for 50 Euros per person for 3 hours. For more informations email jedermann@flughunde.at or call +43 664 34 20 663.

To get there – Base yourself in one of the ski resorts of the Hohe Salve region, such as Hopfgarten or Westendorf and explore Austria’s largest interconnected ski area, the SkiWelt.


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Skeleton and Bobsleigh

One of the most thrilling disciplines to watch is the skeleton; contestants go head first down the ice track reaching speeds of up to 60 mph. In the TV show, the skeleton and bobsleigh events take place at the Olympic Bobsled, Luge & Skeleton Run in Igls, which was used at the Innsbruck Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976.

Have a go yourself on the bobsleigh, prices start from only 30 Euros per person in a guest bobsled which holds 5 people with a professional pilot. Or if you want to experience the ultimate thrill, opt for the taxi bobsleigh where you can achieve speeds of up to 115 km/ph which costs 95 Euros per person. 

Snowboarding

Experience the best winter sport of all :) If you haven’t come over to the dark side yet, you can do snowboard lessons in most resorts in Austria. One of the best resorts for snowboarders is Kühtai which is located about 30 minutes from Innsbruck and as one of Austria’s highest resorts at 2020m. You too can test your freestyle skills in the KPark Kühtai, set up to offer an easy, medium and proline with a selection of kickers, rails and boxes and Austria’s biggest super pipe at almost 7m high.

Why visit Kühtai?



Ski Racing


The ski racing events on The Jump will take place in Kühtai but if you are looking to build on your ski racing techniques then there couldn’t be a better resort to participate in a ski racing camp than in Sölden. . If this inspires you to improve your racing techniques, then check out the Andre Arnold Ski Racing Camps in Sölden. The former World Cup ski racer Andre Arnold runs camps throughout the winter season on selected dates, including 5 days ski training on slalom and giant slalom, with full video analysis and the final ski race with award ceremony.

Ski Cross

Last year the Ski Cross event was one of the most popular events that saw Sir Steve Redgrave and Marcus Brigstocke crash out in style. One of the most popular ski resorts in Tirol for this discipline is the Stubai Glacier. The Ski Cross course at Eisjochferner (Stubai) features ten waves, jumps and eight banked corners. From late December the ski cross course is transformed into the Big Family Funslope for everyone to use for free with a valid ski pass.

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http://www.igluski.com/news/have-a-go-at-the-wintersports-featured-in-channel-4s-the-jump_a19736145 2015-02-05
Hahnenkamm 2015: 75th Anniversary Kitzbühel, Austria. Known as one of the most challenging ski races in the world, the Hahnenkamm World Cup Race is one of the biggest dates in the ski events calendar. 

2015 Program:

Friday 23rd January
11:30 am – Super G

Saturday 24th January
11:45 am – Downhill

Sunday 25th January
10:15 am – Slalom

Snow conditions are looking great this year after the fresh snowfall last week, here is the latest snow report from Kitzbühel as preparations begin for the big weekend:

 

5 Interesting Facts About Hahnenkamm

1. The first race in 1931 was won by a Brit! Gordon Cleaver achieved 6th place in the downhill and 2nd place in the slalom becoming the first combination winner.

2. The race’s steepest section is on the Mausefalle ‘Mousetrap’ peaking at 85% gradient.

3. The winning time of the Hahnenkamm downhill was in 1997 by Franz Strobl in an amazing 1:51.58.

4. During race weekend over 25, 000 people book into hotels and B&B’s around Kitzbühel

5. In the initial years after World War ll, details and events of the Hahnenkamm race are clouded in mystery – names of the top 5 finishers still remain unknown.



Catch up with the best from the weekend on Ski Sunday at 17:15 on BBC 2 on 25th January

See where the Hahnenkamm was placed in our Top 5 ski and snowboard events to look out for in 2015


Why ski in Kitzbühel?



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By Krystelle
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http://www.igluski.com/news/hahnenkamm-2015-75th-anniversary_a19736135 2015-01-22
James Bond Comes to Sölden
Renowned for filming in the most spectacular locations across the world, Spectre director Sam Mendes was eager to announce that shooting will be taking place in Sölden, Obertilliach and Lake Altaussee, Austria. In a press conference held at London’s Pinewood Studios on Thursday, 4th December 2014, director Sam Mendes confirmed: “We are bringing Bond back to the Alps, back to the snow - to Sölden in Austria.”

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This is Exciting news for Sölden and the whole ski area of Tirol, Austria which has become used to hosting prestigious events such as the Alpine Ski World Cup. Spectre will feature an all-star cast, including the likes of famed Oscar Winner Christoph Waltz, who is expected to take the role of Bonds nemesis and will be battling 007's Daniel Craig across Austria’s breath-taking backdrop.

Home to the marvellous BIG 3 vantage points Gaislachkogl (3,058 m), Tiefenbachkogl (3,250 m), Schwarze Schneide (3,340 m), and some of the most beautiful ski trails in the Alps, it’s clear to see why Sam Mendes and the 007 franchise hand-picked Sölden as their prime alpine destination.



With multiple scenes set to be located at the extravagant IceQ restaurant and in the nearby glaciers of Rettenbach and Tiefenbach, we can all anticipate a great deal of excitement with the promise to see Bond returning to the slopes.

Book your next ski holiday to Solden now and with any luck you might see the secret agent on the slopes!


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http://www.igluski.com/news/james-bond-comes-to-solden_a19736123 2014-12-11