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Two Resorts in Australia Close Due to Covid-19 Spike

Falls Creek and Mt Hotham in Victoria have closed after local restrictions have been put in place and the border with the neighbouring state of New South Wales is shut. Could similar openings and closures happen in Europe next winter? UPDATED

New Ski Lifts Under Construction in Alps

With the main peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe behind us, several resorts are busy building new lifts and improving others ready for winter.

Another Ski Resort Opens in Australia

Thredbo and Mt Buller were first out of the blocks and Perisher is now open. Some have delayed opening as there is not enough snow. It will though be a far from normal season with Covid-19 restrictions in place. UPDATED

Nevis Range To Re-Open In July

The ski resort near Fort William is getting ready open for summer activities next month as the Scottish Government prepares to ease lockdown restrictions.  However, some jobs are to go.

NZ Resort Opens With No Covid-19 Restrictions Needed

Mt Hutt in the South Island opened on Friday, earlier than originally planned for skiing and snowboarding. New Zealand has moved to Covid-19 alert level 1, meaning ski resorts will be able to operate largely as usual this winter.

Thredbo Website Struggles To Cope As Oz Ski Resort Opens Up For Bookings

The Australian ski resort is the first in the country to open up its bookings for the winter. It’s reporting unprecedented demand among skiers and snowboarders as all the major ski fields prepare for a season like no other.

New Zealand Ski Areas get Special Exemption to Open

The country has further relaxed its coronavirus restrictions, moving to Alert Level Two.  Ski resorts are finalising their plans to open. Many resorts around the world are watching closely as it could be a blueprint for others.

Cairngorm Funicular Repair Timescale Under Review

Plans to begin work on repairs to the main lift at the Scottish ski area this year are being reviewed as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Top Resorts off the Beaten Track

Next season may be the best time to head to the smaller quieter resorts. Our friends at Maison Sport have compiled their top 5 small french resorts, and we mention a few of ours too.

COLORADO EXTENDS BAN ON SKIING IN SKI RESORTS

The governor, Jared Polis, has banned lift served skiing until at least May 23rd in a new executive order.  Some resorts had hoped to re-open this weekend and one is still holding out hope.

ANOTHER US RESORT SEEKS TO OPEN AMID PANDEMIC

This time it is Wolf Creek in Colorado. Two other areas in the state are looking at the possibility and one resort in California has already done so.

Aosta, The Rome of The Alps

Regular readers will know PlanetSKI was based in the historic Italian city in the heart of the Alps last winter. Then coronavirus struck, but not before we had been on an historical tour of the ancient alpine city and fallen in love with the city and its surrounding ski resorts.

SKI RESORT IN NORWAY EXTENDS ITS REOPENING

Myrkdalen opened at the weekend and says it will open next weekend too. Social distancing measures are in place and the resort claims they will be enforced. Some question the decision.

Ikon Pass Extends its Discount for Next Winter

Renewal discounts for the multi-resort season pass are being doubled and early-bird prices extended for another month.

More Resorts in the USA Look to Re-Open

Mt Baldy in California has re-opened even though it appears to be against the rules. Now two in Colorado are considering their position, but says they will only do so if allowed to.

MT BALDY SKI RESORT IN CALIFORNIA RE-OPENS

The ski resort claims that if some golf courses in the state can open, then so can a ski resort. The announcement of skiing and snowboarding re-starting amid covid-19 has met with mixed reaction.

SKIING CONTINUES IN SCOTLAND, BUT FOR HOW LONG?

All five mountain snowsports centres are open but precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Rumours are that this will be the last weekend.

MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT IN NORTH AMERICAN SKI RESORTS

Alterra Mountain Company has announced it will invest $223 million in capital improvements to its resorts for next winter.

FROM AOSTA TO CHAMONIX

PlanetSKI heads from its base in Italy to the powder fields of the capital of off piste skiing. 30cm of fresh snow awaits in Argentiere.

IKON PASS ON SALE FOR NEXT WINTER

The lift pass that gives access to 41 ski resorts across five continents is available to buy for next season from 5th March.

BEST SKIING OF THE SEASON IN SCOTLAND

After a dismal, practically snowless, start to the winter, Scotland’s ski areas are covered in snow. Lots of it. Our Scotland reporter is enjoying Fab February.

ZERMATT OR BUST

PlanetSKI went to the Swiss resort from Italy for a 24-hour visit.  It turned into 72-hours as a big storm hit. There are worse places to be stranded but the journey back wasn’t quite as planned.

LICENCE TO THRILL IN KITZBÜHEL

The ski resort in the Austrian Tirol is preparing to host its 10th James Bond themed event next month.

AVOIDING  THE CROWDS IN THE AOSTA VALLEY: TORGNON

In half-term week many resorts across the Alps suffer from busy slopes and long lift queues. Er, not where PlanetSKI has been skiing.

HOW TO AVOID LIFT QUEUES

It’s busy out on the slopes at the moment with the half-term break in full swing. Our friends at Maison Sport offer some advice on how to avoid the queues.

WINTER & SPRING IN LES3VALLEES

What can we say about the biggest lift-linked ski area in the world? Its 600km of pistes and off-piste terrain offer skiing, snowboarding & much more for all. Welcome to Les3Vallees.

STRIKE ACTION HAS LIMITED IMPACT ON FRENCH SKI RESORTS

Unions are calling on workers to withdraw their labour over changes to the French unemployment system which they say will unfairly impact upon seasonal workers.

SNOW REPORT FROM THE CAIRNGORMS

The area has recently been battered by strong winds and snow, Rod Frazer has sent us a quick update on the current snow conditions in the Cairngorms along with some stunning photographs.

LIVERPOOL HEADS TO VERBIER FOR FOOTBALL & SKI EVENTS

The football club and the Swiss resort have teamed up for LFC weeks in April. So, what’s it all about?

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN FOUNDER DIES AGED 104

Dave McCoy knew he could turn California’s Mammoth Mountain into a ski resort and he did. The ski pioneer has died peacefully at his home.

Fancy Skiing in Voss, Norway?

It has just got a whole load easier as the resort joins the Norway, Home of Skiing group. Norway is a particular favourite of ours at PlanetSKI.

TAHOE SKI AREA LAWSUIT SETTLED

The threat of legal action to stop a California ski area building a new gondola to link two resorts has been lifted.

6 Quirky Snow Experiences in North America

Six ski resorts, six different experiences. Something to think about when planning your ski trip to the USA or Canada.

POSTCARD FROM NASSFELD

The Austrian resort has more than a little bit of Italy in it.  Sounds like a good combination to us. And it is.

SIR ELTON JOHN: AS SEEN IN ISCHGL

Not in person but in snow.  A likeness of the music superstar has been sculpted on the slopes of the resort in the Austrian Tirol.

COMING IN TO LAND… AT KLAGENFURT

Where? Ever flown this way into Austria? No, neither have we but we’ll be doing it again. And here’s why…

PLANETSKI VISITS SITE OF FIRST NEW US SKI AREA FOR 40 YEARS

Mayflower will be next to Deer Valley in Utah. Some are welcoming it while others question the need for yet another ski resort.

ALPINE ACTION IN THE AOSTA VALLEY

It is home to some of the most famous resorts in Italy. Cervinia, Courmayeur & Champolouc to name a few.  PlanetSKI is based there from next month & here we look at some of this winter’s attractions.

NEW PUPS FOR PARK CITY SKI PATROL

These cuties are the two newest members of the Ski Patrol Team. They’re about to start some serious avalanche training in Dog School.

MORZINE GETS TOUGH ON CLIMATE CHANGE

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

PLANETSKI HEADS TO THE MOUNTAINS

The Xmas and New Year festivities are a thing of the past.  It’s time to go skiing… & dining.

News From Ikon Pass

The Ikon Pass is accepted in resorts across the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand & Japan. See what’s new for this winter.

ISCHGL EARNS CLIMATE AWARD

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

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.

INVESTIGATION AFTER GLENCOE BASE STATION DESTROYED BY FIRE

It was severely damaged by a blaze in the early hours of Christmas Day. It has now partialy re-opened. UPDATED

PLANETSKI HANDS OUT ANOTHER AWARD

Which is The Best Ski Resort You Have Never Heard Of? We’ve found ours. Step forward Zauchensee. Where?

NEW 10-SEATER GONDOLA FOR SCHLADMING

It replaces an old 6-seater lift and enhances the resort’s lift capacity.

NEVIS RANGE CELEBRATES 30 YEARS

The Scottish ski resort will party like it’s 1989 this weekend with lift tickets sold at the same price as 30 years ago.

NEVIS RANGE 30 YEARS ON

The Scottish ski resort has been celebrating its birthday as it turns 30. We look back at its illustrious history.

HOW TO SKI LES3VALLEES ON A BUDGET

Here we look at ways to make your money go further in the largest linked ski area in the world.

CAIRNGORM OPENS THIS WEEKEND

Mass snowmaking at the Scottish ski area means there’s guaranteed skiing. But there’s a new warning of a big decline in natural snow.

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.

SCOTTISH SKI AREA INVESTS £1M

The Nevis Range, Scotland’s highest ski resort, is spending the money to improve the experience for visitors this winter.

LES 3 VALLEES GOES FROZEN

The French ski area is decking itself out in the style of Frozen 2, the new animated film from Walt Disney studios.

ARC 1950 REVEALS ITS WINTER PLANS

Arc 1950 unveils its offerings for the coming season. Big Air events, snow camps for teens, eco awards & more.

EARLIEST OPENING IN HISTORY FOR STEAMBOAT

The Colorado ski resort will be the latest in the US to take advantage of the huge early snowfalls when it opens on Friday. UPDATED

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN OPENS

The California resort fired up its lifts on Saturday. It only closed for skiing just over 3-months ago. So, what’s new for winter?

RESORT CHARGES FOR WALKING UP

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado will require people to buy a pass costing $30 to skin up its pistes.

VERBIER CANCELS WEEKEND OPENING BUT SNOW ON THE WAY

It was due to open on Saturday, but now snow is heading to parts of the Alps. See here as we publish some planned Opening Dates. UPDATED

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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