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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

US Ski Resorts Open + More Snow in Canada

The Thanksgiving Holiday weekend in the USA has seen a multitude of ski resorts open for the season. Some have the best early season conditions in years. NEW

Absolutely Snow – The One Stop Holiday Shop

Are you stuck in a rut when it comes to ski holidays, lacking inspiration for which country and which kind of accommodation to choose? Absolutely Snow claims it can help. NEW

Snow Sculptures Back in Ischgl this Winter

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

The Ski Season of 2022/23 Starts

Around 30 resorts in the Alps are offering some skiing, with dozens now open in North America. UPDATED

As Jackson Hole Opens PlanetSKI Looks at its Season Ahead

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has opened with the early season snow conditions the best in many years. What makes the resort so iconic? UPDATED

Alpine Fleet – the New Transfer Service from Geneva

Airport transfers to the Alps have often involved either costly private transfers or cheaper but less flexible and far longer, shared bus transfers. Alpine Fleet plans to shake things up.

More Snow is Falling in the Alps

Another storm is hitting, starting off the season nicely in many places. At last winter is here folks. UPDATED

Obergurgl Celebrates its Season-Opening

The resorts of Obergurgl and Hochgurgl in the Tirol have opened for the season. PlanetSKI was amoung the lucky ones making their first turns of the winter.

World Ski Awards Announced

Verbier takes the crown for the world’s best resort with Bear Lodge, Les Arcs named ‘World’s Best New Ski Hotel’. We look at the winners across all the categories.

Fancy a More Affordable Base for the 2023 Alpine World Champions?

They take place in Meribel & Courchevel next February. The neighbouring resorts of Les Menuires and Saint Martin de Belleville are stressing their advantages.

Testing Set to Start on Cairngorm Funicular

The series of repair works is nearing completion and final testing is about to start. It should be open for skiers and snowboarders in early 2023 and is part of wider improvements to the Scottish ski area.

Snow Falls in the Alps as More Resorts Open

Some much needed snow is falling with more forecast. PlanetSKI is in the Austrian Alps. UPDATED

More US Ski Resorts Open Early After Fresh Snow

Heavy snow is falling in the USA with many resorts opening early to take advantage of conditions. We look at the state of play in North America as the season gets off to a great start. UPDATED

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

The Best Ski Resorts in the World?

A new survey rates the major ones & make a fascinating read. What’s your favourite resort & why?

Xmas Treats in the Tirol

Tirol’s villages, towns & ski resorts are famous for their traditional customs and celebrations, plus a home for museums & other cultural attractions. This is perhaps never truer than during the Christmas period.

13 Ikon Pass Resorts in North America Open Early

Skiing & Snowboarding has come early to four states in the USA and Alberta in Canada. North America has seen some good early season snow with cold temperatures to top things up with artificial snow.

Les3Vallees: What’s New for Next Season

It’s the largest linked ski area in the world with 600kms of ski runs. It never rests on its laurels and has a host of new developments for the winter of 2022/23. We look at all the improvements.

First Non-Glacier Resorts Open in the Alps

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

Val Thorens Unveils What’s New for Next Winter

The highest resort in France is due to open for winter on November 19th. PlanetSKI will be there as the first lifts turn. Here we look at what’s new in the resort for coming season.

Repairs to Cairngorm Funicular Near Completion

Highlands and Islands Enterprise, owners of Cairngorm ski resort in Scotland, have said that the repairs to the funicular are on schedule and the funicular will reopen this winter.

More Ski Resorts Opening in the USA

Nine US resorts are now open with some skiing on offer in three states – Colorado, Utah and California. Two more resorts, Timberline & Brighton, are opening some slopes this Friday. UPDATED

Ski Resorts Opening in Canada

Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, Mt Norquay and Nakiska in Alberta are open. The first resort in British Columbia, Big White, opens this Thursday. UPDATED

Austria Glacier Ski Areas Enjoy Some Fresh Snow

The latest storm has given the open glacier areas some welcome fresh snow. PlanetSKI readers are out enjoying some turns. We look at current conditions & ahead to some resort openings. UPDATED

Flexiski Re-Launches for 2022-23 Winter Season

The short break and flexible ski specialist is offering new destinations for the coming season. It has re-launched following its change of ownership during the 2021-22 season.

Crystal Ski Holidays Heads to Japan

The UK’s largest ski operator has unveiled Japan as a new destination, with holidays this winter to the resort of Niseko from December 10th to April 2nd.

Snow Falls in The Alps

There’s been some welcome snow across the Alps but temperatures are set to rise this week. UPDATED

First Ski Resorts In Canada Open With More to Follow

Lake Louise opens today as Sunshine Village got its season underway on Thursday. Five US resorts are already open as Wolf Creek begins its season. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Looks to Winter in The Tirol

The Austrian region is home to more than 80 ski areas with around 3,400 kms of skiable terrain. Tirol has options for everyone, both on snow and off snow, and the region has been telling us what’s new for this coming season.

Bruson Gets a Makeover

The area in the Swiss resort of Verbier is often overlooked by visitors but now there is no excuse not to visit. There’s a new lift, upgraded facilities and an alpine treasure awaits.

Early Season Snow Falls in North America with Resorts Opening

Loveland opens on Thursday. It joins Winter Park, Keystone & Arapahoe Basin. UPDATED

Tirol Hosts Major Sports Events For Winter 2022/23

There’s alpine ski racing, ski jumping, freestyle, cross country, snowboarding and much else besides including tobogganing. Why not combine your ski holiday with one of the major sporting events? NEW

Val Gardena Unveils its Wares for Winter 2022/23

Val Gardena lies in the heart of the Italian Dolomites, where dramatic scenery provides a wonderful winter holiday, set within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. NEW

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

Skiing in Norway

The Scandinavian country is seeing an increasing number of British skiers. It offers a somewhat different winter experience. We look at what the country offers with Norway – Home of Skiing. There’s the skiing, and then the rest…

First Ski Resort in USA Opens

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado is out of the blocks and fired up its first lift on Sunday. Other resorts in the area may open some slopes next weekend. Winter is coming folks. UPDATED

Mister Dancehall Opens Ischgl Ski Season

On 26 November 2022, Sean Paul will kick-off the Ischgl winter season at the  “Top of the Mountain Opening Concert”. Admission is included in the day ski pass.

Thinking of Skiing in Austria This Coming Winter?

We have asked the Austrian National Tourist Office to tells us about its attractions – new and old.

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.

New Online Travel Agency Launched for Les3Vallées

The Association Les 3 Vallées is launching a new online travel agency – Les 3 Vallées Travel. It will provide guests a simple and direct way to book holidays to the largest linked ski area in the world, all year round.

Ski Solutions – New for Winter 2022/23

The leading UK ski agent has a host of new offerings for the coming winter.  As the first snow falls in the Alps and some glaciers area open thoughts are turning to winter.

Two NZ Ski Resorts Placed in Voluntary Administration After Poor Winter

The Tūroa and Whakapapa ski areas are on the North Island . External experts are to be appointed to see if they can survive. Poor snow, which some say is caused by climate change, are to blame along with the impact of Covid-19 restrictions since 2020.

Park City, Utah: One of the Great US Ski Towns

It is a favourite of ours at PlanetSKI. It gives access to some of the best ski resorts in Utah and has an atmosphere all of its own. We look back at some of PlanetSKI’s past visits.

New Lift for Jackson Hole

The iconic US resort in Wyoming known for its deep powder and steep terrain is about to get even better. The Thunder chairlift is being replaced.

Full Details of ‘3 Valley Rally’ for Snow Camp Unveiled

It aims to be the biggest Alpine Fundraiser for the Snow Camp Charity.  It all takes place in Val Thorens in April 2023 and promises an experience like no other.

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

Vars-Risoul Ski Area Splits Over Lift Pass Revenue Row

The link between the two resorts in the southern French Alps is cut as the 185km ski area will not be joined this coming winter. It has been a joint ski area for 46-years. Skiers are disappointed and are calling for an outbreak of common sense. 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.

Andorra Joins the Ikon Pass

The resorts in the principality in the Pyrenees are the latest resorts in Europe to join the expanding global lift pass. Sun Peaks in British Columbia, Canada, is also joining.

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’.

New Viewing Platform for Mont Fort in Verbier

Viewing platforms and walkways are all the rage in the Alps with many being constructed.  They offer another activity out on the slopes and are perfect for the Instagram generation.

PlanetSKI Has Some Half Price Tickets to The National Snow Show

We have managed to get our hands on 100 50% off tickets for the National Snow Show which is now just 2 weeks away – from 15th to 16th October at the NEC Birmingham.

The Tirol Prepares for Winter

A handful of glaciers ski areas are already open and the region in Austria is looking forward to the coming ski season. We look at what’s on offer this autumn plus see what’s new in the Tirol for this winter.

More Glacier Areas Open for Skiing & Snowboarding

It comes as fresh snow is continuing to fall with many resorts looking rather wintery. The autumn snow will make little difference for the ski season ahead, but has certainly helped the glacier ski areas. More open in Austria and Cervinia in Italy fires up some lifts. UPDATED

Collapse of Sterling Set to Have Implications in Some Ski Countries for Next Winter

In some resorts prices will likely be higher next season as the pound continues to fall. It will be most sharply felt in US and Swiss resorts, but less so in Canada and much of the Alps. It comes as rising energy prices may raise the cost of lift tickets. UPDATED

Glacier Ski Areas in Austria Are Opening

Hintertux and Soelden already have slopes open with others making final preparations after the temperatures have dropped and fresh snow has arrived. The winter of 2022/23 is around the corner with significant snow forecast for this week. 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.

Crystal Ski Heads to Bosnia & Herzegovina

The area offers budget ski breaks that are around £200 cheaper than other comparable resorts. TUI Airways is also launching the only non-stop flights from London Gatwick to Sarajevo International Airport as a new flight route for the ski season.

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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. ⛷️

If you thought going downhill on skis was hard work, look away now! Action from today's Ski Mountaineering World Cup in #ValThorens #Les3Vallees #InfiniteMountainExperiences 🎞️ @Ski_Chrono

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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