Igluski.com Latest Ski News List of ski news articles updates on Ski Resorts thoughtout the day en-gb http://www.igluski.com 2015-11-30 Val d'Isere and Tignes open today! Val d’Isère and neighbouring Tignes opens today.

The Espace Killy ski area (Tignes & Val d’Isere) is one of the top ski regions in the world. It consists of 300km of pistes, 79 lifts, two glaciers, 1930m vertical drop, two snowparks, one SuperPipe,

From this Saturday, all the Val d’Isère sectors will be open: Pissaillas/Iseran, Solaise, Bellevarde and La Daille. You can ski to and from the Front de Neige in the middle of the village.

Opening weekend in Val d'Isere
Opening morning in Val d'Isere

Skiers can now discover the new Ski Tranquille ‘quiet’ ski area on the top of Solaise. The whole mountain has been regraded here over the summer to provide a new peaceful nursery area for beginners and low intermediates, away from busy ‘through’ traffic. It’s easily reached by brand new galleried magic carpet lifts.

Find out more about what’s new in Val d’Isere for winter 2015/16

The Grande Motte glacier in Tignes has been open for a while now to offer skiing and snowboarding at high altitude over the warmer months.From Saturday 28th November The link will be available with Tovière gondola & Tufs chair lifts. Use Tommeuses chair lift to come back to Tignes.

These are the chairlifts that will be open from this weekend:

Grande Motte area:
- Cable car / access to Glacier piste
- Funicular / access to dahu, Face, Double M pistes
- Lanches chair lift / access to Double M piste
- Vanoise chair lift / access to Rimaye, Dahu, Face pistes

Tovière area:
- Bollin chair lift / access to Bollin piste
- Tufs chair lift / access Henri, Creux pistes
- Tommeuses chair lift / access to Creux, Edelweiss, Rocs, Crêtes, Violettes pistes
- Tovière gondola / access to Henri, Creux pistes

Palafour area:
- Palafour chair lift/ access to Anémone, Lys pistes
- Grand Huit chair lift / access to Perce-neige piste

Palet area:
- Tichot chair lift / access to Carline piste
- Grattalu chair lift / access to Grattalu piste
- Merles chair lift / access to Lac, Prémou pistes

Check out what’s new in Tignes: the new Le Rosset beginner area in Tignes-Le-Lac .The chairlift has been realigned to allow for the Jardin de Neige with two new baby slopes and longer covered magic carpet.

Find out more about what’s new in Tignes for winter 2015/16

Val d'Isere opening weekend

Val d'Isere opening weekend
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Christmas in Arc 1950 Les Arcs was turned back into a wintry landscape and is looking towards the resort’s opening and the start of ski season.

Les Arcs is found in the Savoie area of the French Alps, this huge ski area made up of 200km of piste and consists of 4 villages at different altitudes Arc 2000, Arc 1950, Arc 1800 and Arc 1600.

Arc 1950 is Europe’s newest ski resort, built just 12 years ago at 1950m in Les Arcs. Their planned opening date is Saturday 12th December 2015, then from 19th – 26th December Christmas festivities will take over the village, with Santa descending by zip wire, laden with children’s gifts, fireworks will light up the sky and the village will sparkle with Christmas lights.

Every week throughout the season, including this special Christmas week, Arc 1950 offers a ‘theme’ to its weekly programme of activities, such as, Russian fashion week in January, Carnival and Kids week in February and Olympic and St Patricks’ week in March.

Nathalie Guidon, General Manager at Arc 1950 comments, “We are excited to now have our resort covered in snow. With our village at 1950m, we can guarantee ski in-and-out for our guests who come to us for their skiing holiday. You can ski to your door, you can ski to the shops, in fact the resort is designed so you can ski right through our little village to everything you need!

In addition to these themed weeks, during each week itself, on top of being able to ski in the second biggest ski area in the world, the Paradiski region, Arc 1950 offers a full village programme, including freestyle nights on Tuesdays, sledging on lit pistes on Wednesday evenings and night skiing on Thursday and Friday evenings.

View ski holidays in Arc 1950

Christmas Arc 1950

Arc 1950 Christmas

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Courchevel opens early for skiing Courchevel in France will open for FREE on Wednesday 25th November, before officially opening on 5th December.

After nearly 100cm of snow fell in the resort over the weekend, Courchevel has decided to celebrate by opening 3 lifts and 3 slopes for some mid-week festive fun on the slopes.

There will be skiing and snowboarding between 10-4:30, with free parking, sledging on the snow front, hot chocolate and festive music at the bottom of the slope. Perfect for family fun whilst local children aren’t in school on Wednesday.

Courchevel is in the 3 Valleys ski area in France and will be officially opening on 5th December and will be open throughout winter until 24th April 2016.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for photos from the Courchevel opening day.

View more about ski holidays in France.

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Learn to ski or snowboard holidays Learn to Ski Weeks designed especially for people new to snowsports.

These hassle free package holidays take all the worry out booking your first ski experience in the mountains. The catered chalet hotel includes flights, transfers, accommodation, breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner with wine as standard, then also included in the price is lift passes, ski/snowboard hire and 5 half days tuition. Which means the only extra money you will need is for lunch, après and souvenirs!

Learn to ski holiday packages

It can be a daunting experience trying to organise your first ski holiday – where to go, what do you need, where do you book everything? We’re here to help. These packages include all the necessities to get your first ski or snowboard holiday off to a flying start and our expert ski sales team are on hand to answer any questions you may have about your first adventure in the snow.

The learn to ski packages are only available in selected properties on selected weeks of the season.

Adult Learn To Ski Weeks

Chalet Hotel Christina in La Plagne, France

17th January 2016 - £950 pp
13th March 2016 - £950 pp

Chalet Hotel Christina is located in La Plagne Centre which is a perfect area to learn to ski in. The hotel is located at the bottom of the slopes on a large flat plateau area which gives you easy access to the ski school and the main ski lifts, plus you can ski back to the hotel at the end of the day.

Chalet Hotel Bérangère in Les Deux Alpes, France

10th January 2016 - £950 pp

31st January 2016 - £950 pp

Les Deux Alpes is an excellent resort for a first ski holiday; there are brilliant beginner slopes and the south facing slopes give long hours of sunshine and stunning alpine views. The chalet hotel Bérangère is also located at the foot of the slopes giving easier access to the ski area.

What is included?

  • Return flights from UK
  • Transfers from airport to accommodation
  • 7 Nts catered accommodation including breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner with wine
  • Lift passes
  • Ski or snowboard hire (helmets are a small extra charge)
  • 5 half- days of group ski or snowboard lessons

View more beginner advice:

First ski trip checklist

Planning your first ski holiday

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New for Alpe d'Huez in winter 2015/16 Alpe d’Huez is a fantastic large ski domain that consists of 5 linked ski villages - Auris en Oisans, Alpe d’Huez, Oz en Oisans, Vaujany and Villard Reculas. With panoramic views, high altitude skiing, 250 km of ski runs and a lively town, Alpe d’Huez is a brilliant option for a ski holiday destination.

I visited this great resort in March 2015 here are my 10 reasons why Alpe d’Huez is a must-ski destination.

skiing in Alpe d'Huez

What’s new in Alpe d’Huez


The legendary Sarenne black slope has 30 new snow cannons and improvements have been carried out along the piste including 4.5km of new piste down to the Alp Auris lifts. The piste management team SATA hopes that the slope will be open from 5th December 15 to 24th April 2016

If you wish to beat the crowds, once a week you will have the opportunity to open Sarenne with the ski rescue patrollers at 8:30am and ski the run before everyone else.

Back again this year is the ‘Sarenne by night’ experience where you take up the last cable car to the top of Pic Blanc, watch the sunset over the Grand Rousses with ski instructors and a glass of vin chaud before conquering the slope and ending with a mountain dinner before returning to resort by bus. The excusion costs approx. 75 Euros.

New beginner lift pass

A new ski pass called ‘Premiere Glisse’ has been introduced that gives access to the ski lifts in the beginner area and to the Sures, Foret and Col charlift for 22 Euros a day.


SATA and Auris-en-Oisans have worked together to give the village a complete maker over. A 3.5 million euro investiment has developed a new ski area at the foot of the slopes in the village.

The beginner ski area has been expanded and enhanced with new and upgraded lifts and snowmaking facilities. At the top of the Sures chairlift, the Corniche piste has been modified to provide another beginner area. An extra 12 snow cannons have been installed at the top of Auris-en-Oisans to guarantee snow cover between the village and Alpe d’Huez throughout the season.

skiing in alpe d'huez

Oz en Oisans

The Oz-Vaujany chairlift has been improved for this season cabins have been modernised inside and out to improve safety and comfort and speed up access.

New app

A new mobile app « Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski » has been launched to help skiers get the most out of their holiday. The app provides information, and interactive piste map, weather updates, webcams and a guide for each resort in the grand domaine ski area.

Events this season:

Ross on tour - Alpe d’Huez: 24th-25th February 2015
Rossignol comes to Alpe d’Huez and will offer free equipment testing to all. Guests can try out Rossignol skis and snowboards, enjoy events and games and try and win some Rossignol kit.

Telemark World Cup - Auris-en-Oisans: 19-20th March 2016
The Telemark world cup will be held for two days at Auris-en-OIsans. Spectators will have the chance to meet the French Telemark team at a special evening with a screening of the film Télémarcoeur. The event will also give participants the opportunity to test and hire telemark equipment, go night skiing with a telemark professional or take part in an introduction to speed skiing with a timed downhill on the Gentiane track.

Ladies Week - Auris-en-OIsans: 5th-8th March 2016
Auris-en-Oisans doesn’t only want to celebrate Women’s Day on 8th March, women will be queens of the pistes all week! The ski area and all traders have prepared a special program of events and promotions for women to be pampered! Of course, men are also welcome.

Sarenne Snow Bike - Alpe d’Huez: 16th April 2016
If you’ve heard of the famous ‘Megavalanche’ in summer then the ‘Sarenne snow Bike’ is the winter version. The un-timed mountain bike decent down the legendary Sarenne black piste will set even the most hardened adrenaline junkie’s heart racing. Riders set off at an altitude of 3300m and snow bike 16km to the village of Huez at 1460m. 

New accommodations

Both of these properties are under new ownership this season and are being renovated by the new owners.

Hotel Alpenrose
Hotel Le Pic Blanc

What's new in Tignes
What's new in Val d'Isere
What's new in Austrian Tirol
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New for Tignes in winter 2015/16 Tignes will open the Grande Motte glacier for the season. Ski before anyone else from 3rd October and enjoy non-stop skiing until 8th May 2016. 

The rest of the Espace Killy ski area opens on the 28th November and you can buy package ski holidays to Tignes or Val d’Isere from 12th Dec 2015


Tignes is one of our best selling ski resorts, as it is one of the highest resorts in the Alps there is guaranteed skiing throughout the winter and makes it one of the top choices for an early or late season ski holiday. Tignes is linked to Val d'Isere and boasts 300 km of varied pistes.

Here's what to expect in Tignes this season:

New Alpine Legends Superpass

Three of the largest ski areas in France have joined togther to offer a new superpass called The Alpine Legends. This new pass will give you access to a total of 1325km of piste across Espace Killy (Tignes & Val d'Isere), Paradiski (La Plagne & Les Arcs) and the 3 Valleys (Meribel, Courchevel & Val Thorens). Read more about the pass here.

New Events

31st Dec 2015 - A Pop Rock New Year’s Eve with RTL2 radio.

Bring in 2016 with a bang and celebrate New Year ’s Eve on the highest outdoor dance floor in Europe.

17th Jan 2016 – Red Bull Linecatcher

The backcountry freeride competition come to Tignes in 2016. Expect the world’s best freeskiers tackling untracked slopes, couloirs, cliffs and natural kickers at the Red Bull Linecatcher.

17th Mar 2016 – Gay Pride

Tignes will host it’s first Gay Pride in 2016 to further emphasaise its status as a gay-friendly resort. 

New accommodations

Hotel Le Taos
Kalinda Apartments

Neighbouring ski resort, Val d’Isere is undergoing lots of redevelopments and has a few new chalet and hotels for this season. Find out what’s new for Val d’Isere in winter 2015/16  

View more information about ski holidays in Tignes

http://www.igluski.com/news/new-for-tignes-in-winter-2015-16_a19736263 2015-09-21
Snow Report | 15 Sept: First snowfall in France
Up to 20cm fell in the northern French Alps in the higher ski resorts. The best of the new snow was seen on the Grande Motte glacier in Tignes as the brown, dull landscape is transformed into a snowy, winter wonderland. Take a look at the video below if you don't believe us!

Les Deux Alpes and Tignes have now closed for summer skiing and both are set to re-open in October. 

If the sight of snowfall is getting you excited we currently have a fantastic range of  deals, including the lowest prices we’ve seen in a long time for Christmas and New Year getaways.

Here are our favourite recent photos of the new snow:

Val Thorens

snow report val thorens

Alpe d'Huez

snow report alpe d'huez

snow report alpe d'huez

Les Deux Alpes

snow report les deux alpes

Val d'Isere

snow report val d'isere
Photo:  YSE Ski - Val d'Isere


What a difference 24 hours makes in Tignes! #winteriscoming

Posted by Iglu Ski on Monday, 14 September 2015

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New for Austrian Tirol in winter 2015/16
The Tirol region in Western Austria is made up of about 80 ski resorts, including some of our most popular ski holiday destinations. Tirol will take the spot light this autumn as Sölden features in the new James Bond film SPECTRE.

Last season UK arrivals increased by 3.7% to the region, with the largest increases in Ötztal, Ischgl, Stubai and Alpbach. St Anton is still the most popular resort, and our top selling Austrian resort.

New ski lifts & pistes

New Tirol S Gondola

A new 10 seater, high speed gondola will connect Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang in Salzburgerland with Fieberbrunn in Tirol from December 2015. The new connection will increase the ski area to a total of 270km of piste which will be one of the largest ski areas in Austria.

New tirol s gondola

New Hartkaiserbahn cable car in Ellmau

The iconic Hartkaiser funicular railway in Ellmau retired at the end of last season. The replacement will be a brand new 10 seater cable car which will double capacity and carry up to 3200 people an hour. The cabins will include wi-fi, heated seats and a longer platform for easier boarding.

Mayrhofen’s new 3S Penkenbahn

Mayrhofen is one of our most popular Austrian ski resorts, and this season a new and improved Penkenbahn is launched. The stat of the art 3S gondola will have 24 seats per carriage and will take just 8.2 mins to the top.

3S penkenbahn

New developments in Kirchberg-Kitzbühel

A new 8 seater chairlift will be coming to the in the Hahnenkamm-Pengelstein area in Kitzbuhel. The ‘Brunn’ chairlift features leather chairs, heated seats and pull down hoods.

SkiWelt to construct fastest chairlift in the Word

Brixten im Thale in the SkiWelt ski area in Austria is to replace the 20 year old Jochbahn with a modern 8 seater chairlift. Read more about the upgrade in our news article.

SkiWelt new chairlift

New black piste down to Zell am Ziller

Thanks to a new 2.2km black piste from the middle station at the Wiesenalm in the Zell-Gerlos ski area, skiers and snowboarders can enjoy a full 8.4km valley descent from Übergangsjoch at 2,500m all the way down to Zell am Ziller.

The Zell am Zillar ski area can be accessed on a ski holiday in Mayrhofen.

New ski chalets and hotels

Hotel Ferienhof in Mayrhofen
Chalet Angela in Obergurgl
Chalet Belle in St Anton
Chalet Hattie in St Anton

Chalet Angela, Obergurgl

Other resort news

Safe freeriding in Hochfügen

Hochfügen in the Zillertal has joined together with the ski company Dynastar to offer a new initiative to help anyone interested in freeriding to do it safely. From January trained ski guide from the Skiscule will head out 2 times every Saturday for a 2 ½ hour tour providing safty tips and techniques. Participation is free but registration is necessary.

Snowfarming in Seefeld

Seefeld will implement ‘snowfarming’ for the first time, which will enable the cross country season to start in November 2015. A new 2 ½ km trail wil open for amatuers and athletes to train.

By Krystelle 

http://www.igluski.com/news/new-for-austrian-tirol-in-winter-2015-16_a19736254 2015-09-04
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
Tarentaise ski resorts launch Alpine Legends Superpass
This new pass will give you access to:

- 300 km of piste in Espace Killy (Tignes and Val d’isere)

- 425 km of piste in Paradiski (La Plagne and Les Arcs)

- 600km of piste in the 3 Valleys (Meribel, Courchevel and Val Thorens)

= 1325 km of piste! Including 5 glaciers and 391 ski lifts.

How Much?

6 days costs 340 Euros
7 days cost 390 Euros
8 days costs 440 Euros


The Superpass will be available from the ski lift companies in Les 3 Valleys, Paradiski & Espace Killy.

For more information view the Alpine Legends website.

Ski Holidays in Tignes
Tignes, Espace Killy

Recently we reported on the latest American resorts to join the extensive Mountain Collection Superpass. These multi-resort lift passes are growing in popularity as skiers and snowboarder become more adventurous with their holidays.

Are you starting to think about next seasons ski holiday? Take a look out our best ski deals

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