Igluski.com Latest Ski News List of ski news articles updates on Latest Ski News thoughtout the day en-gb http://www.igluski.com 2015-07-29 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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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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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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New ski chalets for winter 2015/16
All of the chalets are available on a catered basis which includes a hearty breakfast, afternoon tea and cake, and a 3 course evening meal with unlimited wine until coffee, every night apart from the one evening that the chalet host is off.

You can secure places in these chalets for just £150 pp

New for this season:


Chalet Les Eterlous, Alpe d’Huez, sleeps 14
Chalet Pinier, Alpe d’Huez, sleeps 8
Chalet Martine, Alpe d’Huez, sleeps 8
Chalet Galzig, St Anton, sleeps 6
Chalet Kapall, St Anton, sleeps 10
Chalet Libra, Val Thorens, sleeps 6
Chalet Aries, Val Thorens, sleeps 6
Chalet Leo, Val Thorens, sleeps 9
Chalet Pascale, Les Arc, sleeps 22

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Residence in Val Thorens for Chalet Libra, Aries and Leo

View winter 2015/16 ski offers

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Snow Report | 15 Jul 2015
Summer skiing is in full swing in Europe with most of the large glacial areas open to skier and snowboarder. Here’s a brief recap of current snow conditions around the globe:

Europe

The glaciers in Tignes and Les Deux Alpes are currently open for summer skiing. It hasn’t snowed in a few weeks but because of the high altitude the bases are still in good condition. Zermatt in Switzerland and Cervinia in Italy have lifts operating, and Saas Fee is due to open this weekend. Warren Smith Ski Academy have already been out in Cervinia.

Take a look at their latest video blog from Cervinia last week:

 

Australia

An ‘Antarctic Vortex’ (AKA a huge dump of snow) has blasted across the Australian peaks bringing in fresh powder to most resorts. Thredbo in New South Wales has been blessed with the most snow with 25cm of freshies on Monday with Perisher getting 21cm. Over in Victoria Hotham had 11 cm of snowfall.

Check out Thredbo under a blanket of powder:



New Zealand

Resorts are having a great start to the season, with most receiving fresh snow in the last 7 days. Mont Olympus has had 40cm during the past week, with 25cm falling last Friday. All resorts have great snow bases, with many of the upper slopes well over 1m deep.

Stunning view from Turoa ski resort:

New Zealand skiing in July 2015
Turoa, New Zealand, 13th July

South America

Ski resorts in Chile will have an astounding start to the ski season. All resorts received 50-60cm of snowfall over the weekend before Saturday’s big opening day.

Lifts are already open in Las Lenas in Argentina after a huge 100cm dump of snowfall at the weekend. Even more snow is expected in Argentina this week for a powder-filled weekend.

Skiing in Las Lanas in July 2015
Las Lenas, Argentina, July 12th

Skiing in Portillo July 2015
Portillo, Chile, July 13th


Can't stop thinking about winter too?
Take a look at our 2015/16 ski deals

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