Igluski.com Latest Ski News List of ski news articles updates on Ski Resorts thoughtout the day en-gb http://www.igluski.com 2016-07-28 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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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
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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!

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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]]>
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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.

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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

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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.

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Whistler Blackcomb extends its ski season until 30 May Whistler has averaged 1163 cm of snow all each year. The 2015/16 snow levels have just surpassed the average and currently clocks in at an impressive 1177 cm.

With a total snowfall so far this season of nearly 12 metres Whistler Blackcomb will be extending the ski season on Blackcomb Mountain until 30th May! This means skiers and snowboarders still have another 2 months of spring skiing to enjoy before winter ends.

It has been an excellent ski season in Canada; Whistler has had consistent fresh snow this season with the majority of the snowfall in December and March.

With winter showing no signs of stopping anytime soon, this could end up being the snowiest winter in the past 10 years!

Whistler extends ski season
22 Mar 2016

Whistler Blackcomb
21 Mar 2016

Photos: Mitch Winton, Coast Mountain Photography

We still have ski holiday availability for Whistler, have a browse at Whistler Ski Deals our Contact Us for a tailor made holiday to your requirements.

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Snow Report | 29 Feb 2016: Over 100 cm forecast this week!
The heaviest snow falls have been in the southern ski areas, including the Dolomites, southern French Alps and Switzerland seeing over 50 cm of snow over the weekend. The northern alpine regions did miss out on the huge dumps this time around but the snow is set to return midweek.

Top snowfalls forecast this week are:

Chamonix, France – 134 cm
Flaine, France – 118 cm
Avoriaz, France – 103 cm
Courmayeur, Italy – 86 cm
Lech, Austria – 78 cm
St Anton, Austria – 71 cm
Les Arcs, France – 70 cm
Verbier, Switzerland – 70 cm


Ski resorts in Italy are back on track to have a brilliant ski season. Many resorts had a big dump of snow over the weekend, taking totals from the last 7 days up to 70 cm of fresh snow! The Monterosa ski area has reported fresh snowfall overnight of up to 25cm in Gressoney. The Dolomites received further snow, boasting 40 cm in Madonna di Campiglio and the Milky Way region had 30 cm recorded on the upper slopes of Sestriere and Sauze d’Oulx.

Over the next 9 days huge snowfalls are forecast in Italy with up to 100cm predicted, including large snowfalls in South Tyrol resorts.


Livigno snow report

Monterosa ski area (Champoluc / Gressoney)

Monterosa snow report

Photo: @skiinchampoluc

Sauze d'Oulx, Italy

Sauze d'Olux
Photo: @neilsonitaly


Many ski resorts in France already boast excellent snow conditions, so more fresh snow= more powder days! Chamonix, Samoens, Bonneval and Flaine have received the best of the latest snowfalls with over half a metre of fresh snow in the past 7 days.

Val d'Isere reported this morning that 20 cm of snow fell during the night and 45cm on the glacier!

Plenty more snow is forecast in France this week, with nearly all leading resorts currently forecast over 50 cm of snow and over 100 cm in some areas!

Val d'Isere, France 

Val d'Isere snow report

Its one of the snowiest winters we can remember. Another 30cm this morning.

Posted by YSE Chalet Holidays - Val d'Isère on Monday, 29 February 2016

Serre Chevalier
. France

Serre Chavalier snow report

Courchevel, France


Saas Fee and Zermatt received huge snowfalls and strong winds over the weekend which forced the majority of both mountains to close. The weather is set to brighten up on Tuesday and then more snowfall is forecast on Wednesday and Thursday.

Saas Fee, Switzerland

Saas Fee snow

Other ski areas:

Pas de la Casa, Andorra

Pas de la Casa snow.

Ski Welt, Austria

Ski Welt

Mayrhofen, Austria

Mayrhofen snow report

Mayrhofen snow report

View more snow reports | last minute ski deals

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8 metres of snow and 50th anniversary celebrations in Jackson Hole Jackson Hole as they near the 8 metre snowfall mark for the 50th anniversary year. 

As you can imagine, snow conditions are epic and the skiing and snowboarding this winter has been out of this world!

Take a look at the stunning conditions in this video of riders skiing above the ‘Sea of Dreams.’

Jackson Hole Events

There has been a range of exciting events to mark the anniversary, from the opening of the new Teton Lift to the recent Grand National Powder 8’s event.

Jackson Hole News
Powder 8's competition

There are plenty more celebrations to come including:
  • The Jackson Hole Rendezvous Festival, with national acts like the Zac Brown Band, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Uncle Kracker, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and more. 
  • A different live band every night in March during ‘March Radness’ 
  • Steep & deep camps from 8-11th March
  • World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb on 26th March
Some people have been taking the celebrations to the next level!

Jackson Hole Snow

Jackson Hole now boasts a 218cm snow base on the top slopes and 163 cm base at mid-mountain. There's plenty of powder around! 

Snowfall in Jackson Hole
Snow clearing on 18th February

Jackson Hole Snow
Powder on 19th February

Find out more about Jackson Hole in our recent blog 5 reasons why Jackson Hole should be next on your ski bucket list.

For more information about tailor made ski holidays to Jackson Hole, call our sales team on the number above or enquire here.
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