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Alteration to Avalanche Warnings in Switzerland

Starting this winter, the SLF is enhancing the precision of its reporting by subdividing the danger level in its avalanche bulletins. It will indicate whether the danger is towards the bottom end, in the middle or towards the uppermost end of the reported level. NEW

Travel by Train To Morzine & Save Money in Resort

Skiers and snowboarders opting for a low-carbon ski holiday to Morzine, in the French Alps, can save money when choosing to travel to resort by train thanks to the AlpinExpress Pass. NEW

Travelski Express Reverts to Overnight Departure

The direct weekend train service will now depart from London St Pancras for a Friday overnight service to the French Alps. It means skiers will still get 7-days on the slopes with a daytime return the following Saturday.

Another French Resort Delays Opening Due to Lack of Snow

Val d’Isere has followed Val Thorens in announcing a delay to the start of the season. Warm weather is to blame, but there is snow in the forecast. UPDATED

World Cup Ski Racing in Levi Gets the Green Light

It comes as seven out of eight World Cup races of the season have been cancelled due to unfavourable conditions.  Warm temperatures have played havoc with the schedule and some question whether the season should start later.

First Non-Glacier Resorts Open in the Alps

Verbier was first out of the blocks on Friday, followed by Arosa/Lenzerheide, Sulda & Kitzbuhel. UPDATED

Train Tickets to French Ski Resorts Now on Sale

The French national rail company, SNCF, has put tickets on sale for journeys between January 3rd and March 26th 2023. UPDATED

With Cop27 Underway Recent Report Paints Worrying Picture of Glacier Melt

UNESCO says some of the most well-known glaciers in the world will have melted by 2050. They include the Dolomites in Italy, Mt Kilimanjaro and those in the Yosemite & Yellowstone parks in the USA. Alpine glaciers will also be affected. UPDATED

Ski Resorts Around Queenstown in New Zealand Claim Bumper Winter

It has been a tale of two islands in New Zealand this winter. The South Island has claimed a record winter, but it has been somewhat different on the North Island. NEW

Park City in Utah Goes For Sustainable Tourism Plan

The US mountain town aims to be at the forefront of sustainability and believes others can learn from its initiatives. PlanetSKI examines its plans and looks at what people may notice.

Switzerland Aims for Greener Energy

Swiss ski resorts will use a deal of energy this winter and they have been asked to reduce consumption. For the future the country is looking to greater use of renewable energy with the debate now raging.

Satellites Could be Used to Detect and Help Predict Avalanches

Swiss scientists are undertaking research to see if satellite technology and images taken from space could predict them and offer safety advice. The results so far are encouraging.

Another Austrian Glacier Ski Area Opens + Skiing Starts in Finland

Kitzsteinhorn in SalzburgerLand opened on Friday with its Glacier Park opening on Saturday. Six glacier ski areas are now open in Austria with five others in Italy and Switzerland. Resorts in Finland have opened too with snowmaking starting in the USA. UPDATED

Cairngorm Ski Resort Looks at Using Underground Geothermal Energy

A feasibility study is getting under way to explore the potential to use natural heat, miles below the Earth’s surface, as a renewable energy source at Cairngorm Mountain.

Full Extent of Summer Swiss Glacier Melt Revealed

Switzerland has the most glaciers of any country in Europe. This summer they lost 6% of their size. Several have virtually disappeared with the situation described as ‘disastrous’.

Switzerland Launches Plan To Try To Save Glaciers

The government has agreed a CHF3.2 billion (£2.93 billion) climate action package. Swiss glaciers have lost half their volume in the past 80 years and some predict many may melt by the end of the century unless action is taken. UPDATED

Full Details of National Snow Show Unveiled

The UK’s only national ski & snowboard show is set to kick off in just over three weeks. It takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on October 15th and 16th. We have the full details of what’s on offer. UPDATED

See What’s New in Morzine For the Coming Season

The French resort that is situated in the heart of the Portes du Soleil is a firm favourite with British skiers and snowboarders. Check out what is on offer for next season.

Zermatt Re-Opens for Skiing and Snowboarding

The Swiss resort that is normally open year-round closed its  glacier ski area this summer. It was a symbol of the impact of climate change. Val Senales in Italy has also re-opened with Soelden in Austria set to fire up some lifts on its glacier at the weekend. UPDATED

Dachstein Glacier To Remain Shut This Season as Climate Change Takes its Toll

The warm summer temperatures have reduced the size of the Austrian glacier. The lifts are now unstable as the ice has melted and the permafrost has been damaged. Large crevasses have also opened up.

Climate Change Impacts Adventure Sports in the Mountains

Climate change is making adventure tourism more challenging and sometimes riskier. That’s the claim from travel industry bodies, tour operators and mountain experts.

New Resorts + Saturday Morning Departure for Travel Ski Express

Val Thorens, Courchevel and La Rosiere are added to the ski packages by train to France with a daytime outward bound journey rather than a night one. There is growing interest in travelling by train to the Alps.

Swiss Glaciers Have Lost Half Their Mass in Last 85 Years

Switzerland has nearly half the total number of glaciers in the Alps. The melt rate is accelerating and they may all have disappeared by the end of the 21st century according to a new report. The latest concerns centre on the impact on the water reserves of Europe with glaciers referred to as the ‘water towers of Europe’. UPDATED

New Overnight Ski Train From Holland to Austria

The German tourism business TUI has introduced the TUI Ski Express in cooperation with GreenCityTrip. Next winter there is also an overnight train from Holland to the French Alps.

Water levels on Italy’s Lake Garda in the Alps at 15-year low

Water levels on Italy’s Lake Garda are at 15-year low as the drought continues. It comes as the body of a missing British man has been found under the waters.

Some Glaciers in Himalayas Resisting Climate Change Melt

Some areas of glaciers in the Karakoram Range are defying the global trend of glaciers losing mass. The glaciers of the Himalayas are melting, but not in one area. It appears to be due to an increase in precipitation from the west. NEW

Alpine Glaciers Set for Highest Ice Loss in 60 Years

The summer heatwaves in Europe are having a significant impact with glaciers shrinking sharply. This year is when many have woken up to the fact that on current projections it is likely many glaciers will disappear in the coming decades. UPDATED

Another Glacier Resort in Europe Set to Close

The Fonna glacier resort in Norway is closing its summer season early on August 21st as conditions deteriorate.  It had been the only place where summer skiing bore some semblance to normal conditions. NEW

Melting Glaciers Reveal Human Remains

Two bodies have been found in separate sites in Switzerland as the glaciers recede under high summer temperatures.  It follows the discovery of wreckage from a plane crash in 1968.

Receding Glacier Reveals Wreckage from 1968 Swiss Plane Crash

A mountain guide has found wreckage of a plane that crashed in 1968 on the Aletsch glacier in Switzerland. As the glaciers melt across the mountains more of their secrets are being given up.

French Mayor Says Climbers Should Pay  €15,000 Deposit to Ascend Mont Blanc

The Major of Saint-Gervais, Jean-Marc Peillex, says it is needed to cover possible rescue and funeral expenses. Saint-Gervais sits at the base Western Europe’s highest mountain. UPDATED

More People Head To Mountains This Summer to Keep Cool

More and more people in France are choosing the mountains for their holidays this summer as temperatures soar. That’s according to The National Association of Mountain Mayors. UPDATED

Canadian Ski Resort Threatened by Wildfire

Apex Mountain Resort is evacuated and its snow guns are turned on as the Keremeos Creek Fire spreads. We have an updated video from the resort as the fire grows. UPDATED

Zermatt Suspends Summer Skiing as Glacier Melts

It is the latest resort to call off summer skiing as the warm summer temperatures take their toll.  Hintertux in Austria is now the only on summer ski resort in the Alps open to the general public.

Great Salt Lake in Utah at Lowest Level Ever Recorded

The largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere has reached its lowest level since records began. The lake is claimed to have a significant impact on the quality of winter snow in Utah.

Controversial Plans to Link Pitztal & Soelden Cancelled

It had been planned to join the two Austrian glacier areas in the Tirol. There has been much opposition from environmentalists and some locals.  UPDATED

Italian Resort Suspends Summer Skiing as Glacier Melts

Passo Stelvio is the latest summer ski resort to close as warm temperatures take their toll. Some question how many more years glacier skiing in Europe will be able to continue. The freezing level in Switzerland is currently over 5,000m – higher than any alpine peak. UPDATED

Heatwave Takes Its Toll on Mountains of Europe

The current heatwave has accelerated the melting of the glaciers with summer skiing and snowboarding currently badly affected. Some glaciers resorts have closed their slopes, but the mountains are offering some respite from the heat and a wealth of great activities. UPDATED

Les2Alpes Ends Summer Glacier Skiing as Temperatures Soar

It is the latest resort to end its summer skiing operations.  There are continued high temperatures and a lack of fresh snow after a modest winter for snowfall. It raises questions about how long summer glacier skiing can carry on in alpine resorts. UPDATED

Italy Declares State of Emergency Over Drought

It is the worst drought in 70 years and follows poor levels of winter snow and precious little rain since. The alpine areas are badly affected and it will impact on summer glacier skiing. UPDATED

Final Death Toll in Italian Glacier Collapse Reaches 11

It was feared a 12th person could have been killed, but rescuers now say there is no reason to believe the toll will be higher. A day of mourning has been held. Rising temperatures have been widely blamed for the tragedy. UPDATED

Warnings of Further Glacier Collapses as Climate Change Makes Mountains Unstable

In Switzerland scientists are monitoring the mountain above Kandersteg which is moving several meters a year. A new crack has been spotted on the Marmolada glacier in Italy that partially collapsed killing 11 people earlier this month. UPDATED

Fresh Warning on Alpine Snow Levels

A new study claims the number of snow days where snow lies on the ground in the Alps will halve by 2100 if greenhouse emissions remain high. Mountain seasonal snow cover is undergoing major changes due to global climate change, but action can be taken. NEW

State of Emergency Set to be Declared in Italian Alps as Drought Worsens

There has been no rain for almost 4-months in places. It follows a winter that saw snowfall levels down 70%, so there has also been precious little meltwater filling the rivers and reservoirs.

Everest Base Camp Set to Move Due to Climate Change

The camp is on the Khumbu glacier that is melting rapidly. A new site needs to be found at a lower altitude where there is no year-round ice. Rising temperatures are hitting the glaciers in the Himalayas hard. NEW

Low Levels of Winter Snow in Italy Lead to Worst Drought in 70 years & Water Rationing

Some people in the ski regions of Piedmont and Lombardy have been asked to ration water in the sharpest drought in the area for 70-years. It follows one of the worst winters for snow in recent years. UPDATED

New Overnight Sleeper Train to the French Alps from Holland

The Dutch travel operator Sunweb Group and overnight train operator European Sleeper have announced plans to launch a new night train from the Netherlands. It should give another option for UK skiers who like train travel to the mountains.

Summer Skiing Opens on Whistler/Blackcomb Glacier

It’s the first time the glacier has opened in the Canadian resort since 2019. There were fears that skiing and snowboarding in the summer might be over forever.  However there are restrictions and worries for the future of glacier riding.

Another Alpine Glacier Resort Calls Off Summer Skiing

The Molltaler glacier in Austria has announced it will not open this year.  Earlier this month Val d’Isere said its glacier will remain shut.

The Alps Are Turning Greener But Native Plants Under Threat

A new report says the melting ice, diminishing snowpack & rising temperatures means non-native plant species are growing in the Alps. It is a further sign of increasing climate change.

Lake Tahoe Clean Up Ends

The 72-mile shoreline of the Californian lake has been cleaned in a project that started in May 2021. Lamposts, phones and engagements rings were found.

Austrian Glaciers Likely to Melt by End of the Century

That’s the stark warning from the head of the World Meteorological Organisation, WMO, as global warming takes its toll. Glacier skiing continues in the Alps this summer but there are worries about for how much longer.

US Resort Uses Fully Electric Piste Basher

Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico is thought to be the first North American ski resort to use a fully-electric snow grooming machine. Other resorts are looking with interest with some claiming hydrogen power is the future.

Skiing, Snowboarding & Sustainability

Much is talked about environmental initiatives and sustainability.  But is it even possible for ski resorts to be ‘green’? They are in pristine mountain environments, use large amounts of resources and that’s not even mentioning international travel. PlanetSKI examines the issues in the Ski Welt in Austria.

Inghams Acts on Sustainability

The ski tour operator and its sister brands, Esprit and Santa’s Lapland, have announced they’re taking new steps towards sustainable travel as part of a Climate Action Plan. 

Eco Stays in Isère

More and more of us are trying to do our bit to ‘go green’ and still enjoy our snowsports.  The Isère region in the French Alps has some great ideas for how you can make your visit more sustainable.

International Ski Federation Launches New Environmental Initiative

It aims to become the first Climate Positive International Sports Federation by 2022 through its FIS Rainforest Initiative.

Kite Skiing Across Antarctica

Justin Packshaw and Jamie Facer Childs are heading south to begin an 80-day expedition across 2,500 miles of the frozen continent. PlanetSKI is following their travels.

North American Ski Industry Leaders Join Together to Fight Climate Change

Alterra Mountain Company, Boyne Resorts, POWDR and Vail Resorts have announced the Climate
Collaborative Charter. It is the ski industry’s first unified effort to combat climate change with shared commitments around sustainability and advocacy.

A Greener Way to Get to the Alps

World attention is on the COP26 summit and how we can tackle the climate situation. Skiers wanting to head to France are being advised that train travel is perhaps better for the planet.

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PlanetSKI declares (drum roll please) the season of 2022/23 underway.

30 areas are now open in the Alps, with dozens in North America.

PlanetSKI is on its way to Austria today on a week long trip visiting a handful of resorts.

Updated: https://t.co/MXj4zqJH4X

Snow Camp young people have had THE BEST time this week at the premier showings of Warren Miller's 'Daymaker' 🤩 We want to say an enormous thank you to the team for getting us involved, and the generous donations from the ticket sales. ⛷️

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Snow Sculptures Back in Ischgl this Winter

The slopes of #Ischgl in the Austrian Tirol will see the 29th anniversary of the resort’s #ShapesinWhite exhibition.

https://planetski.eu/2022/11/25/snow-sculptures-back-in-ischgl-this-winter/

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