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Coronavirus 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

Europe Faces Tipping Point in Battle With Covid-19

The virus is having a huge impact on skiing and snowboarding this winter, with the season perhaps over for UK-based skiers before it has even started. The World Health Organisation makes a stark assessment of the situation in Europe though there is some cause for hope.

Night Skiing Affected as Canadian Province of Quebec Goes into Stricter Lockdown

Canada’s second-most populous province is to have a 4-week lockdown, including a strict curfew that will affect night skiing. Quebec contains the ski resorts of Le Massif, Mont St Anne and Stoneham.

30 Days to Go to Cortina Ski World Championships

The slopes have been illuminated to mark the occasion as the countdown moves into its final stage. It is set to be the main event of the alpine ski racing calendar this winter and a dress rehearsal for the 2026 Olympics.

Ski Resorts in France Ordered to Keep Lifts Shut

They were supposed to open on Thursday 7th January but the authorities in Paris have said they must stay closed.  It is a bitter blow for the resorts, many of whom had prepared their slopes. The government said it is necessary to defeat Covid-19.

Inghams Suspends All Ski Holidays Until End of February

Ski Total and Flexiski holidays are also cancelled. All brands are run by the Swiss company, Hotelplan.  It follows the UK lockdown and there are serious doubts about much of the rest of the season for all UK ski companies.

Switzerland Plans to Extend Its Lockdown Measures Until End of February

Restaurants, gyms and cultural venues will likely remain closed.  There is no word on the fate of ski resorts that remain open in some cantons. Talks are ongoing with final decisions made in a week’s time. NEW

Morzine Adapts To Survive With Its Ski Lifts Shut

The French Alps resort that’s a favourite with the British is reporting a busy holiday period despite the closure of ski lifts and a lack of visitors from the UK. UPDATED

Scotland Ski Areas Shut Up Shop

Nevis Range cancelled a while back before even opening, then Cairngorm closed just as it opened. Now others are being order to close to stop the spread of Covid-19.

French Ski Resorts Still Waiting To Hear Whether Ski Lifts Can Open

It was stated in December as Xmas and New Year restrictions were put in place that the lifts would open on January 7th – that’s today. The government is making an announcement later and it is expected they will remain shut. UPDATED

Coronavirus 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

Andorra Opens Some Ski Resorts for Locals Only

It opened up some ski areas on Saturday for local residents only and hopes to allow international visitors this weekend. UPDATED

Italy Delays Opening Ski Resorts

Italy has postponed the reopening of its ski resorts until later this month at the earliest. January 18th is the date pencilled in. In the Pyrenees Andorra has open some slopes for local residents only. UPDATED

Will Ski Lifts Turn in France on January 7th?

That is the date that was announced by President Macron as he ordered the lifts to shut. Some doubts remain, but there are signs of hope. Whether UK skiers can get there is another matter altogether as Covid-19 coincides with Brexit. UPDATED

Fancy Attending a New Year’s Eve Party from a Ski Resort?

Val Thorens is turning up the dials for a virtual one from the slopes. It normally hosts a huge celebration with 10,000 in the resort. It is not to be this year, so it’s doing its best.

High Demand for Peak Time Ski Trips Next Winter

With this season looking like it could be a write-off, UK ski tour operators and travel agents say key dates for next winter are selling fast.

Reaction as 100s of UK Skiers Reported to Have Fled Quarantine in Verbier

420 people were contacted by the authorities and told to isolate in their location but only ten are left. Most people’s quarantine has now expired and the reported exodus took place over a week ago. The restrictions were put in place after the UK reported the new variant of the virus.

Coronavirus 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

Covid-19 Regulations in the Ski Nations of Europe & Beyond

Which ski resorts are open, what are the restrictions and when might we see the others opening? Check out our weekly review of where we now stand as the situation changes across the Alps, the Pyrenees & beyond. UPDATED

Switzerland Tourism Launches Overview of Regulations, Canton by Canton

Some cantons have ski areas open, others have shut them. The Federal government has closed restaurants, but some were allowed to open. Now they are closed. It is, to say the least, a confusing picture.

Ischgl Closed Until Second Half of January

Ski resorts in Austria have opened for local skiers only, but the resort in the Tirol that was an early spreader of Covid-19 is shut until towards the end of next month.

Ski Resorts Remain Open As Austria Goes into Third National Lockdown

They opened on Xmas Eve but now come under tighter restrictions. Outdoor exercise is allowed, though in resort most of the facilities remain closed. UPDATED

Austria Ski Resorts Open for Locals Only

It comes ahead of a third national lockdown on December 26th.  Details of the new restrictions and the path forward have been released, but the lucky locals are on the slopes. UPDATED

Cairngorm to Close Due to Covid-19

The Scottish resort shuts at the close of play on Xmas Eve following new rules announced by the First Minister. Glencoe & the Lecht say they will remain open as Scotland goes into Level 4 restrictions from Boxing Day.

UK Residents in Quarantine in Switzerland Allowed to Leave

The authorities had ordered UK skiers into isolation if they arrived after December 14th. Now flights resume between to the two countries but only for nationals returning home for Xmas.

Quarantine Chaos Continues for British Skiers in or Heading to Switzerland

All flights are banned for the foreseeable future and all people who have arrived from the UK since the 14 of December are required to go into a 10-day quarantine.

Coronavirus 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

Resorts Open/Close + What Rest of Ski Season May Look Like

Which ski resorts are open, what are the restrictions and when might we see the others opening? Check out our weekly review of where we now stand as the situation changes across the Alps, the Pyrenees & beyond. UPDATED

Covid-19 News from Ski Nations of Europe

There are new lockdowns announced in Italy and Austria, travel bans on UK tourists into Switzerland and Sweden announces more rules on facemasks. Resorts in France are opening even though the ski lifts cannot run.

Switzerland Set to Ban Arrival of UK Tourists on January 1st 2021

Coronavirus restrictions co-incide with Brexit meaning UK citizens will not be able to cross the border except for essential reasons. Norway already has a similar policy and as things stand the ban could be extended to all EU and Schengen countries.

More Swiss Cantons to Close Their Ski Resorts over Xmas

9 out the 26 cantons have decided to close their ski areas – the well-known resort of Andermatt will see some of its slopes shut. The rest are smaller resorts. The majority of ski resorts in Switzerland remain open. The Federal Government has said they may have to close if the R-rate goes above 1.2. New restrictions have been announced. UPDATED

French Ski Resorts Prepare for Xmas Without Lifts Running

The lifts may not be running but hotels can open and ski touring, cross-country and snowshoeing are allowed. It’s all looking very different in these Covid-19 times.

Italian Ski Lift Company Closes for the Season

The Saslong lift company operates part of the slopes in Val Gardena and it has said it will not open due to the chaos and confusion of Covid-19 restrictions.  It highlights the extra pressure put on hospitals if ski areas open and criticises the handling of the pandemic by the regional and national authorities.

World Health Organisation Urges Caution for Ski Resorts

The WHO has issued wide ranging guidance as Covid-19 spreads again. It has specific advice for ski resorts and skiers in Europe as the season gets underway.

Quarantine Reduced to 5 Days

Quarantine for people arriving in England is to be reduced to five days. Then people will need to take a test and, if negative, they can end their self-isolation. There are reports of problems though.

France Ends its National Lockdown

Plenty of restrictions remain in place from Tuesday with lifts not turning in ski resorts, but now people can travel to the mountains. Locals have been skinning up, though some districts have banned touring as so many are heading uphill and threatening extra pressure on hospitals.

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

Resorts Open/Close + What Rest of Ski Season May Look Like

Which ski resorts are open, what are the restrictions and when might we see the others opening? Check out our weekly review of where we now stand as the situation changes across the Alps, the Pyrenees & beyond.

French Court Confirms Closure of Ski Lifts as Date Set for January Opening

The Council of State made its decision as the government says lifts may open on January 7th if conditions allow. Lifts will not be turning in the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Jura or the Massif Central over Xmas. Resorts are set to open on January 7th but strict criteria will need to be met and it remains uncertain. UPDATED

Norway Set to Bar People from the UK

On January 1st the border will be closed as Covid-19 restrictions coincide with Brexit changes. Skiing will be off limits for people from the UK. There are growing concerns that UK citizens might be barred from all EU countries in three weeks. UPDATED

More Ski Resorts Open in Spain

The Catalan ski areas in the Pyrenees are opening. Last week’s planned openings were delayed. Some smaller ski areas in Spain have fired up their lifts with skiing underway for locals only. UPDATED

UK holidaymakers Could be Barred from EU after 1st January

Current Covid-19 rules only allow people from the EU, European Economic Area and Schengen countries to cross the borders. There are a handful of exceptions, but newspaper reports claim the EU has indicated the UK will not be exempt. The Foreign Secretary has played down the reports.

Alpine Elements Plans Relaunch

The ski tour operator has been going for 23 years. It went into administration on Tuesday, blaming Covid-19 and a lack of government support. But the owner has bought the brand and hopes to continue trading. He’s been speaking to PlanetSKI.

Train Services Stopped Between Switzerland and Italy

Swiss Federal Railways has said that the connections would be halted at the border crossings in the Alps as its staff simply did not have the capacity to carry out the coronavirus checks required by Italian authorities.

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

Will Ski Resorts in Spain Open for Skiing at Xmas?

It looks like some will and some won’t, with final decisions expected this week. Elsewhere in the Pyrenees Andorra and France are not opening until January. NEW

Huge Queues For Verbier Lift

Photos have been posted on social media showing people apparently not social distancing. The resort has now put barriers in place, but questions remain as other resorts are set to open. Switzerland has decided to allow all its resorts to open despite many European countries keeping them shut.

Swiss Ski Resorts To Open Over Xmas

The announcement has been made by the Federal government. Many will welcome the move and many others will worry about it helping to spread coronavirus in a country that continues to have a high infection rate.

Andorra Closes Its Ski Slopes

Andorra has announced the ski lifts will not run over Xmas. Resorts in the French Pyrenees will be closed until January at the earliest. There are restrictions in Spain.UPDATED

Hotelplan UK Suspends All Ski Holidays Until February

The company runs Inghams, Ski Total and Flexiski. It has already axed the entire season for its other brand, Esprit Ski.

Italian Mountain Areas Placed Out of Bounds to Visitors Amid Fears of Third Wave

Italy has just had its highest daily death toll, surpassing the number at the height of the pandemic in March. New restrictions are announced, with more to follow, to try to beat the current spread with ski resorts closed. Other alpine countries except Switzerland have closed ski areas as Covid-19 spreads across the Alps. NEW

Nordic Nations Pull Out Of Cross Country Ski Races Over Covid-19 Fears

The Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish cross country ski teams have all been withdrawn from the next two World Cup events.

Latest Restrictions in Italy Revealed With Huge Impact on Mountain Areas

Travel between regions has been banned over holiday period stopping many from going to second homes in the mountains or visiting family & friends. The government has singled out ski areas in particular. Further measures to battle Covid-19 to be announced later. UPDATED

Switzerland Under Pressure to Increase Covid-19 Measures and Shut Ski Resorts

It is keeping the ski resorts open as fellow alpine nations close theirs and try to prevent their citizens from visiting the Swiss Alps. If there is a serious outbreak or hospitals become overrun there could be long-term consequences.

Austria Allows Skiing At Xmas, But Only Just & Not For Many

Strict quarantine rules are set to be imposed making the slopes out-of-bounds to most foreign holiday skiers. Resorts can open on Xmas Eve for locals only as hotels remain shut.

Italian Ski Resorts Want to Limit Skiers to Overnight Guests Only

The alpine regions see it as a way to preserve the winter and reduce the spread of Covid-19.  The authorities are yet to react.

France Reveals Measures to Stop Its Citizens Skiing Abroad

President Macron said on Tuesday he will take measures to dissuade people from skiing in neighbouring Switzerland. Details have now been revealed. UPDATED

Ski Amis Goes Out of Business

It is the latest UK ski operator to cease trading amid the impact of Covid-19 and tough conditions ahead with Brexit.

More French Resorts Protest about Plans to Close the Ski Lifts

Several more demonstrations have been held today in the French Alps. Resorts are urging the government to change its mind. The authorities say the closure is about stopping hospitals becoming overwhelmed and saving lives. UPDATED

Coronavirus 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

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Registration for World Snow Day Opens Today

The 12th edition of World Snow Day will take place on the 15th January 2023.

The World Snow Day Awards will also be handed out.

The events aims to get more young people into snowsports.

https://planetski.eu/2022/06/30/registration-for-world-snow-day-opens-tomorrow/

Tyrolean mountains on fire 🔥⛰? Yes that exists 🙌! When the longest day meets the shortest night, summer is welcomed in the alpine region in and around Innsbruck with fires on the mountain. Check out the spectacular pics💛 #myInnsbruck #HerzJesuFeuer #Bergfeuer

What Does PlanetSKI Do In The Summer? Part Two…

It’s the question we’re asked many times at this time of year.

We’re currently hiking the #SouthDownsWay in preparation for walking at altitude in the Alps later this summer.

https://planetski.eu/2022/06/27/what-does-planetski-do-in-the-summer-part-two/

Sunshine Village Re-opens for Canada Day

The lifts will start again from June 28th to July 3rd and will be open on Wednesday 1st July – Canada Day.

The resort hasn’t opened at this time of year for over three decades.

https://t.co/tu5WvzSJtQ

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