Igluski.com Latest Ski News List of ski news articles updates on Team GB News thoughtout the day en-gb http://www.igluski.com 2015-09-01 Snowbombing launches a brand new festival in Avoriaz this December Transition. 

Dizzee Rascal is already confirmed as headlining.

The festival will take place between 13-19th December in France’s snowiest resort Avoriaz.

Acts confirmed already are mercury award winning Dizzee Rascal, genre transcending garage duo Bondax, Canadian DJ and producer B-Traits, Krafty Kuts, Wilkinson, Ben Pearce and many more soon to be announced!

Prepare to enjoy some of the Snowbombing favourites in Avoriaz such as Artic Disco Igloo, Rompa’s Reggae Shack, and the Ride & Seek competition. Plus not just one, but 2 legendary Pool Parties!

Transition will also be launching fresh new events for its festival goers, including Europe’s largest alpine meal, featuring no less than 2000 people! It’ll be a meal to remember with a torchlight descent down the mountain before dining out under the start. Plus a momentous mountain BBQ at the legendary Burton Stash park. Add to the mix a mind blowing combination of 8 club, mountain parties, forest-lit outdoor events, igloo sound clashes and pop-up parties PLUS skiing and snowboarding, this could be the best early Christmas present you could ever give yourself.

Avoriaz is renowned for its impressive snowfall, during winter 2014-15 the ski resort received a huge 6.11m of snowfall making it the snowiest resort in France. Avoriaz is linked to the Portes du Soleil ski area that has over 650km of skiable terrain over its 12 resorts.


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The line up so far for Transition

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Avoriaz by night


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The Forest Party at Snowbombing in Mayrhofen


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Dizzee Rascal


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http://www.igluski.com/news/snowbombing-launches-a-brand-new-festival-in-avoriaz-this-december_a19736245 2015-08-19
London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to Host Snowboard World Cup Big Air in November Saturday 14th November in London.

Freeze Big Air 2015 will be Britain’s biggest-ever snow sports event and will be held at the iconic London’s Queen Olympic Park.



This huge event will feature 60 of the world’s best snowboarders and skiers to compete on a real 120m x 41m snow jump made our of 360 tonnes of snow.

Freeze is famed for holding its start of winter festivals at Battersea Power Station and Clapham Common, after a year break in 2014, the brand has come back in 2015 with Freeze Big Air.

Team GB Olympic bronze medallist Jenny Jones is confirmed as the event’s official ambassador, and together with fellow Olympian Jamie Nicholls, they will compete alongside the world-class snowboarders and skiers on British soil.

Sochi showed the nation that we have world class skiers and snowboarders, and a huge event like this in the capital will be a very exciting opportunity to further the awareness of snowsports in the UK.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “The Freeze Big Air Festival is clear proof that anything is possible at the magnificent Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We have already hosted a plethora of world class sporting events and can now add Olympic-level snowboarding to that incredible mix. I am delighted that London will be showcasing the spectacular talents of some of the world’s leading winter athletes in such a unique setting. It promises to be an extraordinary day that adds to our reputation as the world’s number one sporting city.”

Jenny Jones at Freeze Big Air
Jamie Nicholls and Jenny Jones at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The event will form part of UK Sport’s National Lottery funded major events programme and is fantastic news for snowsports in the UK. Dave Edwards, Chief Executive of event partner and national governing body British Ski and Snowboard has commented “Our British athletes helped to showcase halfpipe and slopestyle competitions at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Now, we are able to provide many of those outstanding athletes, and the next generation of British world class competitors, with an opportunity to demonstrate their talents in a World Cup event on home snow! We are honoured to be allowed to host what is likely to be the first World Cup Big Air competition to take place following the announcement that the event is to be included in the Olympic programme in 2018.”

Other huge annual ski and snowboard events that are held in cities include: Burton Rail Days in Tokyo, and Air + Style in Innsbruck, Beijing and LA. It would be a brilliant addition to have Freeze Big Air as a regular event in London.

Jenny Jones
Snowboard Slopestyle Bronze medalist, Jenny Jones

When: 14th November 2015
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
How: Early bird tickets now on sale at £37.50



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http://www.igluski.com/news/londons-queen-elizabeth-olympic-park-to-host-snowboard-world-cup-big-air-in-november_a19736229 2015-07-27
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
          
http://www.stantonamarlberg.com/images/stories/pdf-dateien/calendar-events/winter/winter14-15_e.pdf 
(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

 
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http://www.igluski.com/news/the-lowdown-to-the-main-events-in-st-anton-this-winter-2014-15_a19736109 2014-11-07
Team GB's Woodsy wins the NZ Freeski Open
After taking the top qualifying spot yesterday, Woodsy dominated the finals with a first run score of 93.3 and stayed on top for the remainder of the three runs, cementing the win with a huge score of 96.7 on his second run.

The North Face Freeski Open in New Zealand kicked off on Thursday 28th August with the Slopestyle competitions and will be followed by the Halfpipe events on Saturday 30th August. The park and pipe events have been held at Cardrona Alpine Resort, the official resort partner of the NZ Park & Pipe Team.

Woodsy said of the win: "My first run was good, but I knew I had more to give. When the level of competition is so high you can't play around. My goal is always to ski the best I can so I wanted to improve. I'm really proud of the rail section and the kickers were smooth. I went big and that felt good."

Here is what happened in the qualifiers - check out Woodsy's epic run at 1:20!



Team GB Update: What have the athletes been up to over the summer

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http://www.igluski.com/news/team-gbs-woodsy-wins-the-nz-freeski-open_a19736082 2014-08-29
Ski, Board & Snow Fun FREE at The Snow Centre on August Bank Holiday Monday event it held in May to coincide with its 5th Birthday.

Lift passes on Monday will be just £10 an hour and then there are Free Beginner Ski and Snowboard Taster sessions.

There will be something for all ages:

Age Three +
This Bank Holiday August Weekend the ‘Super Slide’ will be in the car park of The Snow Centre FREE for all the children who want to have a go.

Age Four +
No previous experience required to Sledge. Whizz, spin and slide down the slope on a Rubber Ringo or Sledge.

Age Three to Six
3 – 6 year olds can try snowboarding or skiing for FREE on Bank Holiday Monday. The Burton Riglets will be set up for the mini riders and the Mini Ski Park for the super sliders. All equipment is provided however it’s suggested you take a waterproof suit and a pair of gloves as they are on real snow, outside.


Age Four to Adults
The chance to try skiing or boarding if you've never done it before for FREE.

Fifteen minute taster sessions are available between 10am – 4pm, and are available for both Adults (age17+) & Juniors (age 4 -16) – places are limited so it’s recommended to book your space.

After all that exercise and excitement treat yourself to a bite to eat from the fabulous Snow Centre’s Bavarian BBQ and marvel at the Piste Basher Demonstration

By Krystelle  
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http://www.igluski.com/news/ski-board--snow-fun-free-at-the-snow-centre-on-august-bank-holiday-monday_a19736077 2014-08-18
British Ski & Snowboard Athletes Announced for Sochi 2014 It's official - there will be 19 skiers and snowboarders heading to Sochi 2014! 

Congratulations to Chemmy Alcott & Dave Ryding (Alpine Skiing), Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young, Callum Smith & Rosamund (Posy) Musgrave (Cross Country), James 'Woodsy' Woods & Katie Summerhayes (Ski Slopestyle), Murray Buchan, James Machon, Rowan Cheshire & Emma Lonsdale (Ski Halfpipe), Zoe Gillings (Snowboard Cross), Billy MorganJamie Nicholls, Jenny Jones & Aimee Fuller (Snowboard Slopestyle), Ben Kilner & Dom Harington (Snowboard Halfpipe). 

Go Team GB, we're behind you every step of the way!

Image Credit: http://www.teamgb.com
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http://www.igluski.com/news/british-ski--snowboard-athletes-announced-for-sochi-2014_a19736007 2014-01-24
Freeze Festival Drops F.I.S. For An Invitational Event In 2012 The Relentless Freeze Festival may not be running as part of the F.I.S. World Cup for 2012, due to cost cutting from the ski federation, so they have decided to make the competition invitational and are hoping to boast a world class line-up.

The benefits of having a World Cup event meant the Freeze Festival was able to gain great PR and attract big names to the event, but having the F.I.S. onboard meant certain restrictions, which were put in place preventing certain competition formats being used. With the invitational format this winter, the popular Europe vs The World competition is back, along with the best trick competition.

The invitational format also means that non World Cup riders can enter this year and the line-up is looking as good, if not better, than previous winters as the world's top skiers and snowboarders have all been invited to compete. So far the Helgusons, Gjermund Braaten, Janne Korpi, Staale Sandbech, Marko Grilc and Victor de la Rue have all been confirmed, with rumours circulating that Seb Toutant and Mark McMorris may also be appearing. Jamie Nicholls & the always inverted Billy Morgan will be representing the UK. The skiing line-up is also looking pretty good too, with Jossi Wells, Henrik Harlaut and Gus Kenworthy, with James Woods representing the UK.

If the skiing isn't enough for you, this year's music line-up is the most impressive yet, with DJ Shadow headlining the Friday night and Public Enemy on the Saturday night. With two stages, an aprés ski bar and loads of skiing and snowboarding on offer, this year's Freeze Festival looks set to be the best yet.

Written by Charlie Hamilton-Beaufort
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http://www.igluski.com/news/freeze-festival-drops-fis-for-an-invitational-event-in-2012-_a19735837 2012-09-14
Freeze Festival 2012 Dates Announced The organisers of the Relentless Freeze Festival, which takes place at London's Battersea Power Station, have announced the dates for next season's festival — 26th & 27th October 2012 — and are already building up the hype, by releasing the first wave of tickets this coming Tuesday (8th May).

Each year the Freeze Festival has grown and with 2012 set to be the fifth year of the skiing, snowboarding and music weekender, it will surely be the largest event yet. Previous seasons have seen the British and International skiers and snowboarders of the highest calibre hit the slopes, including the likes of Scotty Lago, Seb Toots, Danny Kass, Jossi Wells, Jon Olsen, as well as Brits Jamie Nicholls, Billy Morgan, James Woods and Jenny Jones.

The Freeze Festival's main snowboarding competition has been a longstanding part of the FIS World Cup, with the skiing competitions also bringing in world class athletes, along with a whole host of music acts. The last two events have seen Pendulum, Groove Armada, Roni Size, Rizzle Kicks and Jett Black take to the stage, as well as Cyprus Hill and The Streets headlining.

The Freeze Festival has managed to combine a growing snowsports scene with great music and has even hosted the UK premiere of Jeremy Jones' Deeper, the launch of Shaun White Snowboarding and more. With an aprés ski feel to the day, bars pumping out party music and Jägermeister and a great selection of shops offering winter sports apparel, it's the closest thing to an alpine festival in the UK.

Having been to the three of the four previous festivals, I am already looking forward to this year's offering. With the sequel to Deeper, Higher, set for release this winter, hopefully it will make the bill, and maybe this year Jamie Nicholls or James Woods can pick up a win for the UK on the slopes.

Expect great music, loads of skiing, snowboarding and, of course, entertaining hosting from Tim Warwood and Christian Stevenson. Two things you can be assured of, once we have more news, it will be here and there will be plenty of the Iglu team hitting up the bar and enjoying the fun throughout the weekend!

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http://www.igluski.com/news/freeze-festival-2012-dates-announced_a19735803 2012-05-03
Pyeongchang To Host 2018 Winter Olympics The South Korean county of Pyeongchang has been chosen to host the 2018 Winter Olympics by the International Olympic Committee today.

South Korea was selected ahead of two European candidates, having lost out at the final hurdle for both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. The IOC reached a unanimous decision in the first round of voting at the IOC's Executive Board, in Durban, South Africa. Pyeongchang, on South Korea's east coast, has a population of 47,000 and says it can become a hub of winter sports in the region.

"This is one of the happiest days for our country, our people and millions of youth dreaming of winter sport," Pyeongchang bid chief Cho Yang-ho told Reuters.

This is the third time that the Winter Olympics will take place in Asia, with Japan having hosted the event in Sapporo in '72 and Nagano '98. If the South Korean snow resembles the powder fields of Japan we could be in for a cracking games.

Source: BBC

Written by Stephen Adam
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http://www.igluski.com/news/pyeongchang-to-host-2018-winter-olympics_a19735642 2011-07-06
Slopestyle Makes It Into Sochi 2014 Games Last night the International Olympic Committee announced that the slopestyle discipline for both ski and snowboard would be added to the program of events for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The decision was reached last night by the IOC's Executive Board before the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa after first being touted by the Olympic Programme Commission to the Executive Board back in October last year. The OPC studied the proposal of the individual International Sports Federations and compiled a detailed analysis of the events at last winter's World Championships. The OC have also agreed to add the snowboard parallel special slalom to the 2014 games, following April's inclusions - ski halfpipe, women’s ski jumping, biathlon mixed relay, figure skating team event and luge team relay.

"We are very pleased with the addition of ski and snowboard slopestyle and snowboard special slalom in the Olympic Winter Games programme," said IOC President Jacques Rogge. "Such events provide great entertainment for the spectators and add further youthful appeal to our already action-packed line-up of Olympic winter sports. We look forward to welcoming all the athletes to Sochi in 2014."

"Slopestyle is a very popular sport," IOC President Jacques Rogge said. "It is growing very fast. You have young, dedicated, spectacular athletes and definitely I believe that it has the same future that we had with the beginning of snowboard in '98 in Nagano."

The addition of slopestyle could be great news for the UK with the likes of Jamie Nicholls and Aimee Fuller currently flying up through the ranks in the TTR World Snowboard Championships. The two British youngsters had great seasons on the international scene and Jamie Nicholls has proven to be among Nike's most accomplished young riders. Britain also boasts a few Winter X Games medals too, with James Woods picking up a podium in last year's ski slopestyle at Tignes Euro X Games and Jenny Jones picking up four medals in the past three years, three of which were gold. Hopefully other up and coming British skiers and snowboarders, such as Katie Summerhayes and Sparrow Knox, will also be hitting form at the right time to bring some medals home!
 

Written by Stephen Adam
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http://www.igluski.com/news/slopestyle-makes-it-into-sochi-2014-games_a19735641 2011-07-05