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Italy Ski Resorts Set to Open Next month with Limits on Lift Capacity

A decree has been signed looking forward to ski resorts operating from 15th October with an 80% capacity in cable cars and gondolas. Other rules will also be in place. It is the first ski nation to give a clear indication of what things may look like next season. NEW

Compulsory Health Passes Likely for French Ski Resorts Next Winter

The government is encouraging the introduction of passes for ski holidays in France this winter. Other ski nations in Europe have restrictions already operating or planned for the winter. UPDATED

US Ski Areas Welcome Easing of International Travel Restrictions

It will come as a relief to the US ski industry and opens up the prospect of skiing next winter. We have reaction from ski areas in the USA. Canada has already lifted its restrictions with double vaccinated people allowed in without quarantine. UPDATED

All workers in Italian Ski Resorts Will Need Covid Pass Next Winter

It is the result of a country wide policy as Italy becomes the first European country to make it compulsory for all workers to have a Covid ‘green pass’. Cases remain low and stable, but the authorities have decide to be on the side of caution.

Ski Holiday Bookings Surge as Travel Restrictions To Ease

Ski companies report a sharp rise in bookings following the government announcement that PCR Tests and Traffic Light System will be axed. New rules come into force in October.
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Austria Government in Court over Reaction to Covid-19 in Ischgl

Court proceedings are beginning in Vienna in a civil case against the Austrian government over its alleged mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak at the ski resort of Ischgl in March 2020. It is seen as a test case for many other cases. UPDATED

More Ski Resorts in Australia Re-Open

The resorts in Victoria were allowed to open to locals only earlier this month, now the lifts are firing up in New South Wales. NEW

New Covid-19 Rules Introduced in Austria as Cases Rise

Cases are rising with the number of people in intensive care growing, though the figures remain relatively low compared to other European nations. Worries are growing as the ski season approaches with some resorts already open and others firing up lifts in the coming weeks. NEW

Announcement Expected Today on End of PCR Travel Tests

An announcement is expected shortly and it will be welcome news for the snowsports and wider travel industry that has been hit hard by the restrictions. The traffic light system is also expected to go. If confirmed there will likely be a rise in ski holiday bookings. UPDATED

Switzerland Tightens Restrictions as Covid-19 Continues to Rise

As many countries are easing restrictions Switzerland is tightening its rules and they will last into the ski season. There are fears that hospitals might be over-stretched, with some beginning to worry about what the winter may bring. UPDATED

Victoria Ski Areas in Australia Re-open

The Victorian Government has announced that the lockdown will lift in regional Victoria, and the ski areas are able to open from Friday 10 September. Resorts in New South Wales remain closed.

UK Government Plans ‘Shake Up’ of Travel Traffic Light System

It will have an impact on travel to the ski resorts this coming winter and could lead to a surge in bookings according to some. The precise details are somewhat less clear. So, what might we expect to happen?

Apres Ski Bars in Austria Could be for the Vaccinated Only Next Season

The Austria Health Minister has submitted a proposal to restrict nightclubs and apres ski venues only to those who have been vaccinated. The measure could be in place next month as a handful of resorts are open in October.

Ski Resorts in Europe Start to Announce Opening Dates

The glacier ones are the first to open this month and then into October. A handful of resorts open in November with the vast majority then starting in December. We also look at the entry requirements in these Covid-19 times. UPDATED

New Zealand Ski Resorts Re-open as Covid Restrictions Ease

All the ski resorts are now able to reopen as the lockdown is eased.  Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders were out on the slopes making the most of decent Spring snow conditions. UPDATED

Ski2 Goes Out of Business With a Heavy Heart

The company had been operating for more than two decades but says the double hit of Brexit and Covid-19 means its future is untenable. It joins a number of other operators that have been forced to call it a day. NEW

Italy Ends Quarantine for Fully Vaccinated People from the UK

Italy lifts the 5-day quarantine for travellers arriving from Britain that was introduced back in June. Here on PlanetSKI we also look at current arrival rules in the main ski nations of Europe. Covid-19 continues to spread rapidly in the UK. UPDATED

Switzerland, Finland and Canada Go On UK’s Green List

It means people travelling from the three ski nations will not have to be jabbed to avoid quarantine. Austria, Norway & some others are on the green list, while the majority of ski nations are on the amber list. We look at which UK list the ski nations are on. UPDATED

Hospitals in Switzerland Could be Overrun in Weeks

The stark warning comes from the federal government as cases continue to surge. The health authorities describe the situations as ‘very worrying’ and new containment measures are being considered. In a surprising move the UK has put Switzerland on its Green list. UPDATED

Covid-19 Hits Preparations for Beijing Winter Olympics

The President of the International Ski Federation says the road to Beijing ‘will not be easy’ due to Covid-19. The Beijing Co-ordination Committee is planning Covid-19 safety measures as some call for boycotts due to China’s human rights record.

New Zealand Extends Lockdown with Ski Resorts Closed

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country needed to be “cautious”.  The nationwide lockdown has been extended by three days until midnight on 27 August.

Covid Cases Continue to Rise Sharply in Switzerland

There has been double the number of cases compared to last week with some scientists expressing growing concern. Hospital cases are rising and the government has launched a campaign to encourage more people to get vaccinated ahead of winter. UPDATED

Mountain Regions in France See Summer Tourism Boost

Large numbers of French people are opting against travelling abroad and taking a holiday in their own country. The Alps and the Pyrenees are proving to be particularly popular.

Travellers from the UK Can Now Enter Austria Without Quarantine

The rules change means some late summer travel is now easier if people have been double vaccinated or meet other health requirements. It bodes well for the start of the ski season with some glacier resorts opening in October.

Ski Resorts in Australia Close as Pandemic Spreads

New South Wales has imposed a state-wide lockdown meaning resorts such as Perisher and Thredbo have shut. Previously they had been open to locals. Ski resorts in Victoria remain open, but only for local skiers and snowboarders.

Norway to accept COVID-19 certificates from England & Wales

Norway will accept the English and Welsh NHS COVID Pass from today, 12th August. It means fully vaccinated people will be able to enter Norway without quarantine required. Norway is on the UK’s ‘green list’ of countries. UPDATED

Mixed Picture for Australian Ski Resorts

Ski Resorts in Victoria are set to welcome back skiers and snowboarders but Covid-19 travel restrictions remain in New South Wales. NEW

Pandemic Disrupts Ski Season Down Under

Ski areas in Australia and New Zealand are being hit by the effects of Covid-19 for a second winter.  The wider Sydney region has gone into full lockdown for two weeks, putting the local New South Wales resorts out of bounds for residents. And New Zealand has paused its quarantine-free travel bubble with Oz. UPDATED

USA Ski Areas Report Strong Season Despite Covid

Ski resorts in the USA had their fifth best season on record in 2020-21, according to the latest figures produced by the National Ski Areas Association. Some areas had their best season ever. UPDATED

39 Died in Avalanches in France Last Winter

It is much higher than previous years and is nearly double the average over the past 50 years. Covid-19 restrictions, the growth in ski touring and unstable snow are to blame.

More European Countries Ban Flights from the UK

A landing ban comes into force in Austria and the UK is put on the list of variant virus areas. France has introduced strict new measures. Germany has done the same and we look at the rules in the other main mountains countries of Europe with the potential impact on summer tourism to the mountains.

France Restricts UK Travellers From Monday

Anyone heading to the Alps or the Pyrenees mountain ranges will need to quarantine for 7-days and prove their visit is essential.  The new measure comes into force on Monday due to the spread of the so-called Indian variant in the UK.

Covid-19 Restrictions Set to Ease in Austria as Summer in the Mountains Beckons

Hotels, accommodation providers and businesses can reopen on May 19th.  Some glacier skiing is hoped to be on offer too with other summer activities available. We also look at the situation in some of the other ski nations of Europe. UPDATED

Restart of International Travel from UK Under Threat

The Transport Select Committee says a report by the Government’s Global Travel Taskforce gives “insufficient” detail to allow for travel on 17th May.

Worries Continue for Brits Wanting to Work in Alps After Brexit

The Association of British Travel Agents has stepped up its campaign to try to allow labour mobility. It says there is a possible solution to the problem.

Scotland’s Mountain Areas Open Up

Scotland is open, with a further easing of Covid-19 restrictions coming into force on Monday 26th April. The nation is an option for spring and summer holidays, but it’s come too late for the Scottish ski industry.

Easing of Restrictions in Switzerland

The Swiss are able to return to cafes and restaurants outdoors from Monday. It is too late for an impact on the ski areas, with just a handful still open. With cases rising the government admits it is ‘taking a risk’. NEW

Verbier Ends its Ski Season

It is the end of a long and strange season under the pandemic. We have recently reported from the area on how the 4 Vallees and other resorts have coped in this, the strangest of winters. Earlier we heard from some of the people lucky enough to make it to the slopes.

The Worst Ski Season of the Millennium

It was the year when skiing and snowboarding was stopped in its tracks by the coronavirus pandemic.  Winter 2019-20 was officially the worst of this millennium according to a major report just published.

Snow Centres in England Open Again

England’s indoor snow centres are back in business as the lockdown eases still further. Most of the slopes have welcomed skiers and snowboarders for the first time this year.

Was Switzerland Right to Keep its Ski Resorts Open?  

Switzerland took the controversial decision not to close its ski resorts back in December as other alpine nations shut theirs.  It is now the final week of this very different season in the major resorts. We report in-depth from the Valais in Switzerland on how winter unfolded in this exclusive report.

Summer Holidays in the Mountains Edge Closer

People in England can start thinking about booking foreign holidays again this summer. The government has unveiled further details of its traffic light system, though there is criticism of the testing costs and most European countries still have high levels of Covid-19.

Travel Bubble for Australia and New Zealand

It bodes well for the approaching ski season Down Under and could be a model used in Europe as well to help people get to the mountains later in the summer if cases fall in Europe. No quarantine will be required.

Will We Be Able to Go to the Mountains in Europe This Summer?

Boris Johnson has unveiled a ‘traffic light’ system which could determine if, and where, we can go on holiday to the mountains this summer. Details though are in short supply & travel to the main mountain nations in Europe seems some way off.

Canada Ski Resorts Closing Early Due to Covid-19 Surge

Whistler and now Revelstoke have closed with immediate effect.  Big White follows suit on Monday blaming increased interest in lift tickets, plus an apres ski party that breached Covid-19 rules.

Vaccination Certificate for Switzerland by the Summer

The Swiss health authorities say they plan to roll out a certificate for people who have been vaccinated against coronavirus. Austria is planning one for next month and other alpine nations are looking at the issue.

Covid-19 Situation in Ski Nations of Europe

Cases are rising in many ski areas and countries, with restrictions changing as Easter gets underway. Check out all the latest developments in our rolling and updated blog. UPDATED

Tighter Restrictions in Parts of Austria

The eastern states of Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland will re-enter a strict coronavirus lockdown on April 1st. It follows rising cases in the states with a record number of people in hospital in Vienna. What may the impact be elsewhere in Austria?

Norway Announces New Covid-19 Measures as Cases Rise

The restrictions will be in place over Easter when many head to the ski resorts and their cabins in the mountains. Elsewhere in Europe cases are rising in many countries with further restrictions.

Reaction as Summer Holidays Abroad May Be Off the Cards

Some scientists say they are unlikely to take place, politicians have not refuted the claims, the travel industry is angry and the rest of us simply wonder when and if we can go on holiday to the mountains. With predictions of variant viruses for years to come it raises the issue of skiing next winter too.

Covid-19 Impact on Skiing and Snowboarding

The team at PlanetSKI is reporting all the news & developments as it affects the snowsports world in our ever-popular rolling blog. If you want to see its impact and the response of skiers & snowboarders then read on…

Austria Set to Introduce Vaccine Passport Next Month

The card will be for vaccinated people, those who have had the virus & people who have tested negative. It’s hoped it will help re-start tourism but much depends on whether countries will allow their citizens to visit Austria as it has rising levels of Covid-19, with only 9% of the country vaccinated.

Norway Prime Minister Questioned Over Breaking Covid-19 Rules in Ski Resort Birthday Celebrations

They are questioning Erna Solberg after she admitted breaching the country’s coronavirus regulations during her birthday celebrations in the ski resort of Geilo.

Will We Be Able to Head to the Mountains of Europe This Summer?

Despite a hugely successful vaccine roll out in the UK it is not so in much of Europe. There is talk of vaccine passports, but with the virus mutating and spreading some say borders may be closed with tourist travel banned.

Switzerland Extends Covid-19 Measures From Monday as it Faces Third Wave

With cases rising & some criteria not met, the majority of the lockdown measures will continue from today, Monday 22nd March. Ski resorts remain open. Cases are showing a worrying surge across many ski nations in Europe.

Ski Resorts Hit as New Lockdown Imposed in Parts of France

21 million people in 16 areas of France will be placed under the measures from midnight today. There areas affected include Paris and other northern cities. The lockdown will last 4-weeks. UPDATED

Norway Sees Highest Covid-19 Levels as Easter Skiing Approaches

The Norwegian government has outlined its Covid-19 guidelines for the Easter holidays. Tens of thousands of people are expected to head to cabins in the mountains as the country faces its biggest threat from the pandemic.

Italy Ski Regions Now In Tighter Restrictions + Easter Lockdown

There are strict new measures across Italy including most of the main ski regions. The whole country goes into a new national lockdown over the Easter weekend. Any hopes for some ski resorts to open at the end of the season remains a distant dream.

Covid-19 Impact on Skiing & Snowboarding

The team at PlanetSKI is reporting all the news & developments as it affects the snowsports world in our ever-popular rolling blog. If you want to see its impact and the response of skiers & snowboarders then read on… UPDATED

More Airlines Offering Vaccine Status on an App

British Airways is the latest and follows Ryan Air, plus others.  Will this mean summer travel from the UK is more likely to the mountains and other destinations?

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Who Invented The Ski Lift?

Skiing has come a long way and it has only been in the last 100 years that fanatics have had the privilege of being hauled up the mountain and dropped at the top, ready to ski down.

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In #ValThorens this winter, there will be a new secure and marked zone in the Borgne sector dedicated to #skitouring without any ski lifts around #Les3Vallees #MyPlayground @Val_Tho

At present, by opting into the province’s restrictions exemption program we’ll be able to operate our gondola, chairlifts, lodges, & sprung structures at full capacity.

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