Igluski.com Latest Ski News List of ski news articles updates on Ski Resorts thoughtout the day en-gb http://www.igluski.com 2015-08-04 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

By Krystelle ]]>
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

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:

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.

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.

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.


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. 


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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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
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.”


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!

By Myles]]>
http://www.igluski.com/news/james-bond-comes-to-solden_a19736123 2014-12-11
Snow Report | 23 Nov 2014
France has received a good amount of snow recently and it is already possible to ski in Tignes. With 20cm of snow this week, Val Thorens has opened this weekend and was able to open more slopes than anticipated due to the brilliant conditions.

Opening day at Val Thorens

With a 1m base up top and 40 cm at 1800m, La Clusaz is reporting the best conditions at this time of the year for 15 years. 

Did you see the video of the Iglu team riding fresh tracks in Avoriaz this week after 50cm of snow

French resorts planning to open next weekend are: Val d’Isere, Les 2 Alpes & Serre Chevalier

Opening weekend in La Clusaz

With good snow in Austria many skier and snowboarders having been taking advantage of the open glacier resorts. The fantastic conditions at Stubai are attracting the likes of professional skiers and snowboarders worldwide, including Norwegian snowboarders Torstein Horgmo and Ståle Sandbech. Temperatures have started to warm up now so hopefully another dump of snow will be on its way soon.

Stubia on Saturday 22nd November

After a drop in temperatures and successful snow making, Whistler opened early on Saturday. Skiers and snowboarders were in for a powdery treat with fresh snowfall over the weekend.

Lindsey Vonn was in resort to open Vail this weekend. 1,110 acres of terrain is now already open. With 6 inches of snowfall on Saturday night and another 4-7 inches predicted Monday; slope conditions are looking good for the week through to Thanksgiving.  

Lindsey Vonn opening Vail

Resorts opening from 6th December are: Courchevel, St Anton, St Christoph, Megeve, Meribel & Lech

By Krystelle ]]>
http://www.igluski.com/news/snow-report--23-nov-2014-_a19736116 2014-11-23
The lowdown to the main events in St Anton this winter 2014/15 St Anton has gained popularity for its Adventurous slopes, extensive off-piste, fantastic village and the spiritual home of après.

Perfectly situated only two hours' drive from three international airports and with a railway station at its heart, the resort is easy to reach and once there, small enough to navigate on foot or by the free public buses. With state of the art developments, St. Anton’s tradition and resort soul has been invigorated. Its pedestrianized main streets are thriving with exuberant skiers and snow boarders taking in the local culture, cuisine and fantastic après life.

(Take a look at some of the fun to be had in St Anton!)

The New Winter Season is coming 

Opening Party
After months of eager anticipation and laborious wait, the moment will come for skiers and snow boarders on Friday 5th December, which marks the start of winter and the day when St Anton bursts to life for a sensational new ski season. The opening weekend will be jam packed with the following events: ‘St Anton Ski Open’ presents a star-studded concert headlined by German pop-rock band and World Music Award Winners "The BossHoss", Austrian rock band “The Weight” and renowned music veterans “Manfred Mann’s Earth Band”, who will be performing on the 6th December. Take to the wheel of a brand new Audi sports car and navigate your way around the mountainous terrain of St Anton free of charge on all three “Stanton Ski Open” days.
Information: Dates - St Anton Ski Open: 5-7 Dec; Opening Concert: 6 Dec; Audi Experience 5-7 Dec

Sports and Climbing Centre
Interested in horizontal and vertical sports? Arl Rock Climbing facilities in St Anton is just the place to try your hand at up to 30 diverse routes of varying levels of difficulty that can be climbed outdoor; indoor facilities include a bouldering area covering 80 square metres and 65 climbing routes in degrees of difficulty ranging from 3 to 9. Fancy taking a break from the slopes? Head to St Anton’s sports centre, it comes newly equipped with a variety of excellent indoor sporting activities such as, tennis, volleyball, squash and bowling.
Information: Visit www.arlrock.at for more info on the great activities on available.

Fine Dining on the Alps
The action doesn’t only take place of the slopes in St Anton; with its wide selection of excellent restaurants with cuisine that will cater for all appetite’s, leaving you will a culinary experience to savour. This hasn’t gone unnoticed over the years and St. Anton can again celebrate as five of its restaurants have again been awarded Toques by the acclaimed Gault Millau Restaurant Guide. Die Stube, Verwallstube, The Restaurant, Hopiz Alm and Newcomer of the year 2014 Raffl’s. St Anton now boasts six toques in total and 71 coveted Gault-Millau points.
Information: ‘Die Stube’ at The Hotel Alte Post; ‘Verwallstube’ at Galzig; ‘The Restaurant’ at The Hotel Arlberg Hospi & Hopiz Alm; ‘Raffl’s’ at the St. Antoner Hof.

World Snow Volleyball Tour 2015 
Extreme sport, party atmosphere, combined with snow, mountain air and lots of adrenalin! It sounds like time to welcome back the Snow Volleyball World Tour in April. The international volleyball elite will be competing in customary style at the top station of the Rendl lifts at 2,030m above sea level for the sought after title of ‘King of the Snow 2015’.
Information: Tournament takes place from 3-5 April 2015

Downhill-Delight: “The White Thrill”
The cult classic marks an end to the ski season at the famous Austrian resort, testing the physical and mental demands of its eager participants. Every year more avid participants are drawn back to compete. This one of a kind challenge, begins with a mass start like no other, which sees an astonishing, 555 participants set off at once. Nine kilometres of unprepared slopes, 1,300 metres in altitude difference and a tough150 metre ascent take the most hard-core amateurs and even pros to their absolute physical limits. This great spectacle is not one to miss!
Information: Taking place on 18 April 2015
(For more information on all the other events taking place)

The best the Alps have to offer is certainly found in St Anton. It lives up to its reputation of being among the top resorts in the world in every way. Create your next ski memories in St Anton, take a visit, you’ll have the time of your life!             

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By Myles

http://www.igluski.com/news/the-lowdown-to-the-main-events-in-st-anton-this-winter-2014-15_a19736109 2014-11-07
150 year anniversary of the ascent of the Matterhorn In 2015, Zermatt, Switzerland, will be celebrating the Matterhorn, the mountain of mountains. Zermatt will mark the 150th anniversary of the first ascent by the Zermatt mountain guides; all year long, celebratory events will take place in Zermatt including an open-air theatre amongst other activities.


The mountain’s history

Once considered too difficult to climb, the Matterhorn, standing 4,478 metres tall, has long been the fascination of many alpinists. On 14 July 1865, father and son, Peter and Peter Taugwalder and British climber Edward Whymper reached the peak of the Matterhorn. During the descent, the accompanying front four-member rope team sadly fell to their deaths.

The danger of the mountain sparked curiosity and controversy worldwide. It was so much so that the then Queen Victoria campaigned to issue a climbing-ban following the loss of Lord Francis Douglas. This only drew more attention to the mountain, with mountaineers and climbers travelling from all over the world to challenge it. Towering over the quaint village of Zermatt, the Matterhorn was regarded as the most desirable trophy for mountaineers.

Today, roughly 4,000 people attempt to climb the peak each year. Many Zermatt mountain guides are in the third, fourth or fifth generation of guides in their family, passing down their knowledge and experiences through generations. Some guides are also part of a musical group of mountain guides called Bergfühermusik Zermatt – imagine that whilst scaling down the mountain. 2015 will see the re-opening of the Hornli Hut, the starting point for a Matterhorn climb, Zermatt’s first open-air theatre will share ‘The Matterhorn Story’, and you can find out more at the Matterhorn Museum.

zermatt village

Ski Zermatt

Zermatt welcomes skiiers, snowboarders, mountaineers and history buffs alike to enjoy the majesty of the Matterhorn, the most-photographed mountain in the world. The Zermatt Alpine Centre provides mountain activities all year round.

zermatt ski

http://www.igluski.com/news/150-year-anniversary-of-the-ascent-of-the-matterhorn_a19736098 2014-10-21