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Environment

Piste Bashers Going Green

An Italian company has unveiled a fully electric piste basher + a hydrogen powered groomer. A glimpse into a more environmentally friendly future?

Vail Resorts Claims Major Step Towards Zero Carbon Goal

The mega US-based ski company says it’s made big advances towards its commitment to reaching a zero net carbon footprint by 2030.

Ikon Pass Offers a Way to Shred for Sustainability

Lift pass holders in North America can clock up their skier days this winter and the company will plant 22,500 trees in the names of those with the most skier days in each of its resorts.

French Piste Bashers Turn Green

All 250 ski resorts in France will introduce hydrogen-powered piste bashers as part of a commitment to going carbon neutral by 2037.

Ski Lift Company Commits To Preserve Mont Blanc Glacier

Skyway, the alpine cable car connecting Courmayeur in Italy to Chamonix in France claims to be the first company to come up with an environmentally sustainable research project to preserve the glacier.

Courmayeur Defends Its Action On Threatened Glacier Collapse

Homes and hotels were evacuated earlier this month over fears that a massive ice block could fall from a Mont Blanc glacier.  The threat has now been lifted.

Newspapers From Crashed Jet Found in Melting Glacier Ice

Several newspapers believed to have been on board an Air India Boeing 707, which crashed above Chamonix more than 54 years ago, have been found by the manager of a nearby mountain hut.

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 metres 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.

Mont Blanc Is Melting

Rising temperatures are reducing the glaciers and the situation is set to get worse according to a recent report. Temperatures have risen three times faster than the global average. A new study paints a similar picture in Switzerland.

Snow report

Twitter

38-year old British man dies in #avalanche in #Verbier

He is the latest in a string of separate avalanche deaths across Switzerland after recent #snow.

Seven people have died in four days.

Extreme caution is urged in many parts of the Alps.

https://t.co/pAY7HBJ13c

A 19-year old skiing with three friends become the 5th avalanche death in Switzerland in past 3 days.

None had safety equipment & the authorities are urging caution as risk of #avalanche in many places is “considerable”.

Updated:

#veytaux https://t.co/O0XIBGv9UH

Heavy #snow continues in the mountains…. and it’s not just in the Alps.

Updated:

https://planetski.eu/2021/01/15/huge-snowfall-continues-in-the-alps/

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#schnee #neige #letitsnow

The gardens at Versailles looking fabulous under a light blanket of snow #birdsEyeView #Snowfall #loveSnow ❄️

Twitter feed video.The gardens at Versailles looking fabulous under a light blanket of snow #birdsEyeView #Snowfall #loveSnow ❄️
Chateau de Versailles@CVersailles

🇫🇷 Le château de Versailles sous la neige vu du ciel !
🌍 The Palace of Versailles under the snow seen from the sky!

Latest news on #Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports

-Germany Extends Lockdown Measures with Skiing Off the Cards
-UK Arrivals Need Negative Test for Entry
-Ski Resorts in France Await Their Fate

https://planetski.eu/2021/01/18/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-24/

#coronavirusski #CoronaVirusUpdate

Authorities in the Alps re-iterate #avalanche warnings as four die in separate incidents over the w/end.

The risk remains ‘considerable’ in many places.

Updated:

https://t.co/8aAiMe9nPm

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