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‘Britain’s Fastest Snowboarder’ Jamie Barrow sets the World Indoor Snowboard Speed Record

clock 9th July 2013 | comment0 Comments

UK Snowboarder Jamie Barrow set the world indoor snowboard speed record at the weekend after reaching 69.4km/h at SnowWorld in Landgraaf.

Back in April Jamie broke the British Snowboard Speed Record Record down the Mont Fort Speed Track in Verbier after clocking a huge 151.60km/h.

Jamie chose to attempt this record at SnowWorld as it is the world’s biggest indoor snowdome with a massive 520 meter long slope.

Jamie was overjoyed to have broke another record and afterwards said, “I’m really happy with the result and the opportunity to both train and set another record. This has given me even more confidence to push my limits and hopefully set more speed records in the future.”

He added, “I hope this record will encourage others to attempt to beat it and go even faster. Without competition the sport wouldn't be where it is at the moment.”

Updated (29/07/13): Check out the full video that has just been posted!



Top 5 Family Friendly Resorts

clock 28th June 2013 | comment0 Comments

This week’s Top 5 is all about families!

A ski holiday is a great opportunity for the family to spend some quality time together. With family-friendly accommodation, ski schools and a range of family fun, there is no better way to spend time away with your family.

We spoke to 11 year old Zara and here is what she had to say:

"I love skiing, I have been skiing for seven years now and visitied lots of ski resorts. My favourite ski holiday was Meribel, I love the snowpark and the beds in the Hotel Tarentaise are super comfy. Tignes is a really friendly resort, Evolution have great English speaking instructors and after a day on the slopes I love skiing back down to resort and hearing the music blasting from Loop Bar. I go to the swimming pool most evenings and love the husky rides. In La Plagne it is so easy to go bum boarding after skiing as the hotel is on the piste. There are lots of children in La Plagne so ski school and kid’s club was really fun."

Here are our Top 5 Family Friendly Resorts:

1. Meribel

With a huge range of beginner and intermediate pistes, it is the perfect resort for a family holiday. Children benefit from plenty of beginner friendly ski areas, and will love the mini boardercross and animal themed Moon Wild.

2. Tignes

Skiing in Tignes in so vast, it is great for all abilities. There are several free lifts for beginners and has excellent ski and snowboards schools. Children will love the après ski in Tignes, with ice skating, bowling, swimming pool and Husky rides.

3. Saas Fee

Saas Fee has one of the largest beginner areas separate from the main slopes, yet is still next to town and right behind the Chalet Hotel Annahof. Families will love the Ice Pavilion and the 3500m high revolving mountain restaurant.

4. La Plagne

This skiers Paradise is an ideal choice for families of all abilities. There is an excellent selection of family friendly accommodation throughout the resort and has a great reputation for it’s encouraging ski schools.

5. Lapland

Children will love skiing at the Home of Santa Claus. Families can enjoy the thrill of Reindeer sleigh rides, husky sledding and snowmobiling. Ski resorts are much smaller in Finland but there is so much more to experience in this magical winter wonderland.

What are your favourite family ski resorts? Let us know @Igluski!



Krystelle's Top 5 Ski Resorts In France

clock 21st June 2013 | comment1 Comments

This weeks top 5 comes from Krystelle, our Marketing Assistant.  Having worked in various ski resorts, she is the perfect person to tell us her top 5 ski resorts in France.  Here is what she had to say:

"J'adore la France, I love the food, I love the après and most of all I love the ski areas. It is all about the mountain for me, it has got to have an amazing ski, or should I say snowboard, area to keep me busy all day, everyday. These resorts have it all."

 

5. Les Deux Alpes

The higher the resort, the better in my opinion. With an impressive snow record, the resort sits at 1650 and the ski area peaks at 3600! Les Deux Alpes has an extensive ski terrain and snowboard friendly, with one of the best boardparks in Europe. Top tip: Hire an expert and explore the legendary off piste.

4. Flaine, Le Grand Massif

The Flaine Bowl is the perfect place to catch some powder without venturing too far off track. It may be a small town, but if your all about shredding and face shots then you have an extraordinary playground right here. Visit the Flying Dutchman for the liveliest night that you won't remember!.

3. Meribel, Three Valleys

Ideally situated in the middle of the largest linked ski area in the world, Meribel is a fascinating resort for all. It is one of the most attractive ski areas, with its tree lines pistes and also has one of my favourite après spots, the Rond Point. I recommend staying in the higher village of Meribel Motteratt for stunning views of the mountains and ski in-ski out.

2. La Plagne, Paradiski

It's not just the family resort it's made out to be! I've had some of the best apres moments dancing on tables in La Plagne. It's a spectacular resort, packed with beautiful blue runs and Les Ars is just a stones throw away over the Vanoise Express with longer runs and a wider choice of red pistes.

1. Tignes, Espace Killy

Tignes has everything, a huge range of slopes, a killer park, banging après, and beautiful mountain views. The more traditional alpine village of Val d'Isere just over the hill giving guests a massive 300km of piste to play on. With guaranteed snow on the glacier, your guaranteed an epic time in the Espace Killy ski area.



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