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FIS Appoints Sustainability Director

The International Ski & Snowboard Federation says that sustainability is central to the federation’s mission. The new director is Susanna Sieff. NEW

Tirol in the Summer

There’s hiking, biking, climbing, cultural activities, relaxing and much more. With something for families, adrenaline junkies and everyone in between. See what’s on offer in the summer in one of PlanetSKI’s favourite winter playgrounds.

Swiss Village Evacuated due to Fear of Rockfall

It is feared 2-million cubic meters of rock could hit the village of Brienz. As the Alps becomes more unstable other areas are under threat. UPDATED

Greenpeace and FIS Trade Blows Over Environmental Action

Greenpeace accuses the International Ski Federation of ‘greenwashing’ while FIS says tackling climate change is top of its agenda.

LAAX Is Pessimistic About the Future of Snowsports Unless  Climate Change is Reversed

The Swiss resort says that unless we can cut our carbon output “it’s unlikely that skiing in the alps will be able to continue long term.”

Which Ski Resorts Are Still Open?

Quite a few places are open & April conditions are the best in recent years.  UPDATED

More Resorts in California Record Snowiest Season Ever

Palisades Tahoe has seen 18.03m, Heavenly Mountain Resort received 14.37m and Kirkwood Mountain Resort reached 17.78m.  They are new records for all three resorts. PlanetSKI is heading to California next week.

Investigation After Two More Skiers Die on Mont Blanc

They were ski touring when a bloc of ice collapsed above them. The authorities say there were 40 people on the route so it could have been much worse. UPDATED

The PlanetSKI Spring Snow Report

The superb Spring conditions continue but most resorts are now closed. UPDATED

Climate Change Threatens Ski Resorts

A new intergovernmental report on the climate crisis paints a bleak future. Journalism student, Leonora Ellis, looks at the possible implications for the ski industry.

Austria’s Glaciers Shrinking Faster Than Ever

Austrian glaciers last year retreated more than ever according to the Austria Alpine Club.

The PlanetSKI Snow Report

The weather has turned in the Alps with bright sun and then thick snow. PlanetSKI is out enjoying the Spring conditions. LIVE & UPDATED

Mammoth Snow in Mammoth Mountain

A record breaking 17.65m of snow has fallen in the Californian resort. Which is why PlanetSKI is heading there next month once the ski season ends in Europe. Check out the images.

Less Snow in Switzerland But Same Number of Avalanche Deaths

That’s the conclusion from the Swiss Institute for Avalanche Research that has published its preliminary report on the 2022/23 season.

Skier Numbers Back to Normal After Covid

The ski industry bounced back last season with the USA seeing more skiers than ever before, according to the latest International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism.

Four Dead in Norway After Avalanches

A series of avalanches in the north of Norway have claimed the lives of four people.  It is an area popular for ski touring and people are advised to exercise caution under current conditions.

More Snow in the Alps as Easter Holidays Get Underway

More snow has fallen in the Alps with PlanetSKI in the thick of it with some resorts looking more like January than April. Winter isn’t over, not by a long way. LIVE

Lack of Winter Snow in Italian Mountains Threatens Summer Drought

There has been around half as much snow falling as there should have been. This could have severe consequences for the water supply.

More Resorts in USA Extend Ski Season

Resorts in California have extended their season after record-breaking snowfall, with some saying they will continue into summer. Once the season ends in Europe PlanetSKI is heading out to the USA. Look out for our reports in mid-May. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Snow Report

Mild conditions predominate in the Alps & the Pyrenees, but there’s snow in the forecast. LIVE & UPDATED

Val Gardena Receives Sustainable Tourism Recognition

The resort in the Dolomites, Italy, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has been certified by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

The PlanetSKI Snow Report

Parts of the French Alps that barely saw any snow for 2 months have been hit by a series of snowstorms with some of the best conditions of the winter. LIVE & UPDATED

Avalanches in the Alps

The snowpack is now stabilising after a number of avalanches following the heavy snow last week. In one incident a piste basher was caught and was taken down the slope. LIVE & UPDATED

More Snow Falls in the Alps

The long-awaited storm hit the Alps with up to 1m in places. PlanetSKI is out in the thick of it as ore snow falls. UPDATED

Snow Needed in the Alps & It’s Not Just for Skiing

Some snow is finally falling in what is set to be the first decent fall for most since early January. The French Alps went 32 days without any snow falling at all. It’s the worst drought since records began with implications beyond the Alps. UPDATED

Ski Resorts Close, Transport Hit Hard & People Await Rescue as Heavy Snow Pounds California

Resorts in Lake Tahoe have so much snow they can’t open with some hit by power cuts. The historic winter snowfall continues.

Human Remains Found in Swiss Alps are British Man who Vanished Almost 50 Years Ago

The bones were uncovered on a glacier in the Val de Bagnes in the autumn. They have now been formally identified as those of a 32-year-old man who disappeared in the area in 1974.

A Day With A Chamonix Mountain Guide

The powder snow may not be there at the moment but a day out with a mountain guide is always a special experience. And so it proved to be.

Eleven Dead in Avalanches in the Alps

Heavy snow has led to a series of avalanches. The have been fatal accidents in Austria, Switzerland & Italy.

PlanetSKI Snow Report

It’s clear skies & sunshine across the Alps and the weather is set to stay the same into next week. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Spends a Day with the Verbier Piste Patrol

We started at dawn with avalanche bombing and ended at dusk with the final sweep of the pistes. There was much in between, in what was our most interesting days of the season so far.

Good Conditions Continue in the Alps

Cold temperatures and more snowfall in the Alps are turning January into a great month for skiing and snowboarding. There’s also snow in the Pyrenees, while parts of North America and Scandinavia are continuing to deliver the goods.  UPDATED

How Green is Your Ski Trip?

More and more of us want to do our bit to help the environment,  but a trip to the mountains for snowsports is far from ‘green’.  Morzine in France, however, claims to be a resort with a conscience, and is keen to promote itself as an eco-friendly ski town. We’re there to find out more.

Fresh warnings on Off Piste Safety as Ski Instructor Dies in France

The 57-year old ski teacher died in an avalanche in Les Arcs France.  The snowpack is stabilising after the fresh snow of last week but caution is urged.

Blue Sky & Powder Across Large Parts of the Alps

Winter is firmly back on track in the Alps after the latest snow. Let’s hope it lasts. UPDATED

More Snow Continues to Fall in North America

The powder snow has been some of the best in a generation bringing excellent early season conditions. It has though come at a price with a number of avalanche deaths. NEW

Driving to the Alps for Skiing & Snowboarding

More people are driving to the Alps – it can be cheaper & more environmentally friendly than flying, plus there’s a host of other reasons. PlanetSKI has just driven to Verbier + we have reaction from readers who also like to drive.

It’s All White Now!

The big snowstorm across the Alps has delivered.  The low altitude ski areas that had been very bare have turned white at last.  Resorts are breathing a sigh of relief, though many could still do with more. UPDATED

Big Snowstorm Finally Hits the Alps

The forecast snow has started and there are indications that up to 50cm may fall in some places. UPDATED

Skiing in Scotland

Scotland’s ski resorts have enjoyed a strong start to winter as some resorts in the Alps and Pyrenees struggled for snow. The weather is now changing. UPDATED

Fresh Snow Is Finally On Its Way To The Alps

It is forecast that the storm will start on Sunday & there could be around 50cm of much needed snow. UPDATED

Ski Resorts Across Europe Look to Save Energy

Some are slowing down lifts while others are suspending night skiing. Some Xmas lights have been reduced and there’s a whole host of measures under discussion.

The Alps: Warm Weather with No Significant Snow

There remains no snow worth talking about in the forecast as 2023 gets underway.  In places in the Alps the freezing level is up to 3,000m but there are still some decent conditions around. UPDATED

Rain & Warm Temperatures Hit Low Level Ski Resorts

Areas in the north-west Alps including resorts in France have been worst affected with some slopes closed and lifts not running. The Pyrenees has also suffered. UPDATED

Investigation Continues after Ten People Feared Caught in Austria Avalanche

Four people were injured, one seriously, after the slide struck on Xmas Day in Zurs in the Arlberg area in western Austria. A huge search operations was launched. First videos have been posted on social media. UPDATED

Heavy Snow & Rain Hits the Alps Affecting Xmas Skiing

There has been heavy snow at altitude in the Alps with up to a metre falling in places. Lower down rain has harmed the snowpack. UPDATED

Fresh Warnings for Off Piste Skiers as More Avalanche Deaths in France

Seven people have already died in avalanches this season in France alone. The authorities are urging people to exercise caution and follow the rules. UPDATED

Les Gets Bans Smoking on Ski Slopes

The French resort is banning smoking on ski lifts and on the slopes except in 5 designated areas. It is the first resort in Europe to do so. NEW

Avalanches Warnings Across US Ski Areas

Heavy snow is falling with increased danger of avalanche.  There have been 600 recorded avalanches in Colorado alone this winter.

IOC Delays Decision on 2030 Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Committee is postponing its decision on who will host the next but one Winter Olympics and Paralympics, partly in response to climate change.

FIS Claims to be Climate-Positive Organisation

The International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) has said it will be a climate-positive organisation for the second consecutive season.

Sustainable Ski Holidays in the Tirol

From public transport to environmentally friendly accommodation, regional produce to winter activities with a small carbon footprint – the Tirol claims to have plenty of options for skiers keen to enjoy the Austrian Alps while at the same time helping protect the planet.

Change 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.

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.

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.

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