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Environment

Climate Report Claims Many Winter Olympic Hosts Could Not Stage Games In 30 Years

The study says that only 10 of 19 former Games locations will be able to stage reliable winter sports events by 2050 and just 6 by 2080.

Norway’s Melting Glaciers Reveal Viking & Iron Age Finds

Melting glacial ice in Norway is revealing hundreds of Viking and other historical artifacts on the route of a long-lost ancient mountain pass.

CLIMATE CHANGE COULD LEAD TO TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOB LOSSES IN WINTER TOURISM

Two new reports make grim reading for those involved in winter tourism. The future looks bleak, but there is some hope.

FRENCH PRESIDENT VOWS TO PROTECT MONT BLANC

Emmanuel Macron has been to Chamonix to see for himself the damage caused to the country’s largest glacier by global warming and announce measures to protect the mountain from over-tourism.

TOP SKI RACER CALLS FOR BAN ON SUMMER SKIING

The recently retired German alpine racer Felix Neureuther believes skiers should no longer train on glaciers in the summer. Is it time to ban summer skiing?

MORZINE GETS TOUGH ON CLIMATE CHANGE

The community in the French ski resort is determined to reduce the environmental impact of the mountain town.

ISCHGL EARNS CLIMATE AWARD

The resort in the Austrian Tirol has been recognised as the largest climate-neutral ski area in the Alps.

THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY OF SNOWSPORTS

The head of the International Ski Federation reflects on 10 years of the best & worst in skiing & snowboarding as we enter a new decade.

Les Menuires Going Greener

It’s the only ski resort in France to have partnered with Protect Our Winters. The charity is helping Les Menuires be more green.

ITALIAN RESORT BANS SINGLE USE PLASTIC

Pejo 3000 is outlawing bottles, bags, disposable cutlery, straws plus packets of ketchup & mayonnaise. Some call for a similar ban across the Alps.

MELTING GLACIERS THREATEN WORLD’S WATER SUPPLIES

That’s the claim from a recent summit as climate change affects the mountain regions of the world.

FIS BANS SOME SKI WAXES

Flourinated ski wax will not be able to be used by racers next season due to its impact on the environment and health.

CAIRNGORM CONSIDERS GREEN ENERGY

The owner of the Scottish ski area is commissioning work to look at the scope for using renewable energy.

CAIRNGORM: BIOFUEL TO BE USED ACROSS RESORT

The Scottish ski resort will use biofuel to reduce emissions in its road-clearing, snow making & other diesel-fuelled machinery.

SWISS GLACIERS MELT BY 10% IN LAST 5 YEARS

That’s the claim from the Swiss government at a recent United Nations conference. It is a similar picture across the Alps.

TAKING THE TRAIN TO ITALIAN SKI RESORTS

We hear much about going by train to ski areas in France, Switzerland and even Austria. But what about Italy?

SKI SLOPE ON A WASTE TO ENERGY PLANT OPENS

The slope is on the roof of a waste incineration plant in Copenhagen. PlanetSKI reports.

SKI FLIGHT FREE IS LAUNCHED

A new website and campaign is launched to persuade people to shun flying and use other ways to travel to the mountains.

UK SKI INDUSTRY EMBRACES GREEN

Many Tour Operators have new environmental initiatives and we’ll be doing our bit too. PlanetSKI reports.

GLACIER WATCH CARRIES ON

Part of a glacier on Mt Blanc could collapse. Roads are closed & huts evacuated as 250,000 cubic metres could fall.

PART OF GLACIER ON MT BLANC COULD COLLAPSE

Roads have been closed, paths shut & huts evacuated on the Italian side of the mountain. 250,000 cubic meters of ice are in danger of breaking away.

RIP: SWISS GLACIER IS DEAD

Hundreds of people have attended a high altitude funeral for Switzerland’s Pizol glacier. It is no more.

RIP: SWISS GLACIER IS DEAD

Hundreds of people have attended a high altitude funeral for Switzerland’s Pizol glacier. It is no more.

PLANETSKI GOES GREEN

Climate Action Week is underway. We have a series of special reports on how the mountain environment is changing and what can be done about it.

FRENCH SKI AREA CLAIMS TO GO GREENER

Savoie Mont Blanc says 91% of its visitors care about the mountain environment. No surprise there, so what are they doing about it?

SNOWSPORTS BRAND JOINS CLIMATE STRIKE

The snowboard manufacturer Burton is closing all its stores and offices worldwide to support the Global Climate Strike.

LAKE LOUISE MAY REDUCE SKI AREA TO GO GREENER

The Canadian ski area is looking at a series of initiatives. One involves the ski area leasehold being reduced by almost 30%.

SWEDISH MOUNTAIN SHRINKS

A peak on Sweden’s Kebnekaise mountain is getting smaller and smaller as global warming intensifies.

ROYAL MARINE VETERAN LEAVES ROWING MACHINE ON MONT BLANC

Bad weather caused him to leave it in a refuge but the French authorities are not impressed.

ICELAND GLACIER IS NO MORE

People have gathered to mark the demise of the Okjokull glacier. The 700 year old glacier has melted.

LES2ALPES ENDS SUMMER SKIING AS GLACIER MELTS

There is now no glacier skiing in France as Tignes has also closed early. PlanetSKI reports.

MOUNTAINS CRUMBLE & GLACIERS MELT IN SUMMER HEAT

Rising temperatures are melting the ice that holds the mountains together, with melting glaciers causing flooding.

TIGNES GLACIER CLOSES FOR SUMMER SKIING

The heatwave & hot temperatures have taken their toll. With deteriorating conditions the resort has pulled the plug on summer snowsports.

THREDBO FIRST RESORT IN AUSTRALIA TO GO 100% GREEN

All its major resort operations are now supplied by renewable sources of power. It’s been hosting an environmental week.

ANTARCTICA: SAVING IT WITH ARTIFICIAL SNOW

Scientists propose dumping trillions of tons of man-made snow on Antarctica in order to stop Antarctica’s ice sheets melting.

$25M TO FIGHT CANADA’S WORST NATURAL HAZARD

The government is giving the extra money to Avalanche Canada to make roads, communities & resorts safer.

PROTECT OUR WINTERS TARGETS EUROPE

The snowsports environmental pressure group has received $50,000 from both Burton Snowboards & Nidecker Group to target Europe.

HIMALAYAS: ICE LOSS SPEEDS UP

Images from Cold War US spy satellites in the 1970s have revealed the dramatic extent of ice loss in glaciers in mountain range.

ANGER AS CLIMBERS LAND PLANE ON MONT BLANC

Two mountaineers have been pursued by police after landing their plane less than 400 metres from the Mont Blanc summit.

PLASTIC USED TO REPAIR ZERMATT ROAD

In a pioneering environmental move the Swiss resort has used recycled plastic to repair a road. The shape of things to come?

SWEDISH BID PUSHES GREEN CLAIMS

The joint 2026 bid from Stockholm & Åre has reiterated its pledge to deliver the first climate-positive Winter Olympic Games.

TRAIN TRAVEL TO THE ALPS

A new video is out to show the advantages of taking the train to your ski resort of choice next winter.

POOR SNOW ENDS ITALIAN GLACIER SKIING

Summer skiing at the Stelvio Pass glacier ends as the European heatwave takes its toll. It follows poor winter snowfall.

Snow report

Twitter

Finland lifts travel restrictions for 17 more European countries but not UK and Sweden, Falls Creek remains open for some snow activities as lifts close + New Zealand to limit people flying into country to align with available quarantine accommodation.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/12/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-5/

Crowds descend on resorts in New Zealand to enjoy 'epic' #snow conditions ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/07/13/epic-conditions-at-new-zealand-ski-resorts/
@MtHutt @CoronetPeak @TheRemarks @CardronaNZ
#ski #snowboard #NewZealand

What will #apresski look like next season?

If the example of some of the summer party hotspots in anything to go by then the answer is very different.

Is apres an essential part of your holiday or are you not bothered?

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/13/what-will-apres-ski-bars-look-like-next-season/

#FallsCreek remains open for some snow activities as lifts close due to #covid19

The resort will still run some cross country skiing, tobogganing, snowmobile tours and back country tours.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/12/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-5/

#covid19skiing #coronavirusskiing #skiinginaustralia

The date is set and the countdown begins as indoor snow centres in England can open - 4 months after covid-19 restrictions shut them. https://planetski.eu/2020/07/10/the-snow-centre-announces-it-is-to-reopen/

New Zealand to limit people flying into country to align with available quarantine accommodation.

The skiing conditions are currently described as “epic”.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/12/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-5/

11-year old from Scotland become youngest person to climb the Matterhorn.

HUGE congrats to Jules Molyneaux from Perthshire.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/01/julys-news-in-brief/

Has your local slope reopened yet? We've collated information about reopening dates of facilities across England on our website.

Find out if your local slope is open or planning to open soon ➡ https://bit.ly/ReopeningInfoSE

Who has ever tried packing up the car and setting off to the Alps on the road? Once you arrive, you can enjoy the freedom of driving to neighbouring resorts to explore new slopes... ❄️⛷️

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