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Union Flag in the Snow Welcomes Brits Back to Les Arcs

The flag is a physical sign of welcome to British skiers and snowboarders following the decision of the French government to lift the ban on non-essential travel from the UK. NEW

Verbier Voted World’s Best Ski Resort

The Swiss resort has been voted the World’s Best Ski Resort at the annual World Ski Awards. Val Thorens has picked up the gong for the best resort in France. Read on for more winners. UPDATED

Snow Returns to the Scottish Highlands

It’s not enough yet to allow for extensive skiing and snowboarding but resorts in Scotland are opening some slopes. They hope they’ll soon be able to open up more terrain.  UPDATED

Italy Makes Insurance Compulsory for All Skiers & Snowboarders

Slope users will need to take out 3rd party liability insurance. The penalty for not doing so will be a fine up to €150 and the withdrawal of the ski pass.

Isère Pilots Marked Trails For Ski Touring

The French region is trialling 33 signed and secured ski touring routes in 12 ski areas this winter.  The idea is to make touring more accessible and safe as it continues to grow in popularity.

Glencoe to Host UK’s First On Mountain Ski & Snowboard Festival

The Mighty Coe will take place at Glencoe Mountain in Scotland on the weekend of 26th and 27th March. Skiers & snowboarders will be able to test next season’s kit as well as take part in a full programme of events.

Crucial Winter Ahead For Scottish Ski Industry

This season will be pivotal to the recovery and future of the nation’s ski industry, according to Snowsport Scotland. After two years effectively lost to the Covid-19 pandemic, they’re hoping for a bumper year.

‘Fastest Gondola in the World’ Opens in Les3Vallees

The La Masse lift in Les Menuires is not all about speed. It opens up a superb skiing area to many more people with a host of attractions. PlanetSKI was at its official opening at the weekend.

UK Travel Ban Hits French Resorts Hard

PlanetSKI reports from Les3Vallees on the impact as some resorts may see 40% of their business wiped out. The French government has promised some compensation, but not for UK companies and likely not for many seasonal and part-time workers. NEW

Switzerland Increases Restrictions as Cases Rise

There will not be closure of restaurants, bars and events, as had been forecast by some. Instead there are further restrictions mainly targeting the unvaccinated. Its intensive beds are more than 80% occupied.

Further Easing of Restrictions in Austria

Unlike many other countries in Europe covid-19 cases are falling in Austria with restrictions easing. It follows a national lockdown, but there are growing concerns about the omicron variant as ski resorts open for Xmas. UPDATED

More Austria Ski Resorts Reopen as National Lockdown is Lifted

They open after the national lockdown in the country ends. Restrictions remain in place with some of the provinces having their own tougher regional rules.  NEW

Arc1950 Opens for the Winter Season

VIP SKI is opening a flagship property in the resort for this season, Bear Lodge. With heavy snow falling and superb early season conditions we have asked the VIP SKI’s Gareth Crump to update us from the resort.

Win a Ski Trip Around the World

In book form that is. We have three copies of ‘Ultimate Skiing Adventures’ by our gear and equipment editor, Alf Alderson, to be won in a competition. All you have to do is answer one simple question.

Last Day to Purchase Your Ikon Pass

The multi resorts pass is on sale until Thursday 9th of December, and then that’s it. You’ll need to hurry if you think it is the pass for you… UPDATED

Swiss Voters Back its Covid-19 Certificate

The referendum was held on Sunday as cases rise sharply. Switzerland has one of the lowest vaccination rates in western Europe. It is the second vote in the last 4-months on Covid19 measures. UPDATED

Inghams Highlights Switzerland

Inghams has recently launched its Covid-19 Online Hub to guide customers through the various and complex rules. Here it looks at the situation in Switzerland.

Austrian Prosecutor Ends Covid-19 Case Against Ischgl

The Innsbruck state prosecutor has concluded its 18-month probe into criminal liability for the outbreak in the ski resort. There will be no charges for the authorities in Ischgl. There are accusations of a ‘cover up’ from some interested parties.

France Extends Pass Sanitaire Requirement to Ski Lifts

It is no great surprise and it brings France into line with Austria and Italy. There have been further changes to mask wearing rules with more requirements. UPDATED

Jackson Hole Prepares to Open

The iconic US resort that is a firm favourite of PlanetSKI is firing up its lifts in time for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday. Here we look at the resort and what the season may hold in store. NEW

Bavaria Cancels Xmas Markets

Ski resorts in the German alpine state were preparing to open in the next few weeks and are watching developments closely as Covid-19 spreads. The government says by the end of this winter everyone in Germany will either be ‘vaccinated, recovered or dead’.NEW

Austria Goes into Lockdown but Skiing Can Continue

Two more resorts have re-opened as others consider their position. Skiing has been classed as a ‘recreation outdoor’ activity but many resorts have chosen to remain closed. They are planning to open on December 13th after lockdown is lifted. UPDATED

Ischgl Cancels Traditional Opening Concert as Covid Cases in Austria Soar

New rules have come into place across Austria this week with unvaccinated people ordered into lockdown. Ischgl will open for skiing as planned at the end of November but the concert is off.

Ikon Pass Suggests Five US Resorts

It advises on the resort best for families, best for foodies, best for snowboarders, best for luxury and best for spring skiing. NEW

More Ski Resorts Open in Europe and North America

Verbier in Switzerland and Hochgurgl in Austria opened last weekend. In North America Vail & Breckenridge in the USA have opened some slopes with three resorts around Banff in Canada also now open. Check out the opening day videos…UPDATED

Fancy Some Free Ski Lessons?

Chamonix in France is offering two to six day free group ski lessons. They are on offer from January 1st 2022 except for the February school holidays.

The Isère Region Looks Forward to Winter

Skiing starts at 800m and heads up to 3,600m. The spectacular mountain resorts and the people of Isère in France are waiting to share their region with visitors again. Much of its skiing is perhaps not familiar to UK visitors – yet.

What’s New in SalzburgerLand in Austria for This Season

In SalzburgerLand resorts have taken advantage of the pandemic pause to invest in improved ski facilities, plus launch new and refurbished hotels.

How About Heading to Jackson Hole this Winter?

The iconic US resort is due to open at the end of November in time for the Thanksgiving Weekend.  Things are looking pretty good with the first snow already falling. Time for a bucket list ski trip across The Pond?

Val Thorens Looks Forward to Winter

It is usually the first resort to open its full area in France and often the last one to close. The highest resort in the Alps has a wealth on offer for this coming season in the post-pandemic ski world.

US Ski Areas Open Weeks Early After Heavy Snow in California

Three resorts in California have fired up some lifts after more than half a metre has fallen. There has been snowfall across some other ski states with another resort in Colorado opening at the weekend. UPDATED

Time to Ski in Norway?

With the realistic prospect of post-pandemic skiing this winter many are looking to take a bucket list trip or ski somewhere entirely different. Perhaps Norway is worth a look. We think so.

More Ski Resorts Now Open in the Alps

More resorts opened in Austria and Switzerland at the weekend. 19 resorts in the Alps are now offering some skiing and snowboarding. The start of the ski season of 2021/22 continues. UPDATED

Austria Assures for Next Season

It is stressing its Covid-19 precautions, the attractions of its snow and mountain regions plus the additional extras offered by a ski holiday in the Austrian Alps. It is all part of a multi-million euro marketing campaign, ‘Winter Love’. UPDATED

Tignes is First Resort to Open in France

Skiing and snowboarding have started in Tignes. In Italy Cervinia has also begun its winter season this weekend with more resorts opening in Austria. 14 resorts in the Alps have some glacier slopes open with skiing starting in the USA too. UPDATED

First Resorts in USA Open

Wolf Creek is first out of the blocks and opened on Saturday 16th. On Sunday Arapahoe Basin followed suit. Loveland and Keystone in Colorado have also been snow making but say they will open later in the month. UPDATED

Nevis Range Improvements Begin

Work on the 4m project has begun at the Scottish resort. It hopes to secure its future for generations to come.

Ski Season in Australia Comes to an End

The strangest of seasons Down Under finishes. Most will prefer to forget it, with the bans on international visitors & lockdowns due to Covid-19. A few lucky ones were able to make some final turns with thoughts now on 2022.

New for the 2021/22 Ski Season

Do you want to find all the news for the approaching season in one place? If so then look no further than our new section on PlanetSKI. In a post-pandemic season it is perhaps even more important to keep across all the news.

Morzine Avoriaz: Reasons to visit this winter

Good skiing and snowboarding is a given in the French resort in the Portes du Soleil that is a firm favourite with UK skiers. See the full details of what’s on offer this winter from the resort’s tourist office.

Another Glacier Resort Opens in Austria

Kaunertaler has opened some slopes and joins Hintertux, Soelden and Piztal in the Tirol that have already fired up their lifts. Winter is coming folks! UPDATED

USA Ski Resorts Consider Staff Vaccination Policy

President Biden has ordered all private companies, including ski resorts, with more than 100 employees to make vaccinations compulsory. Those who refuse will need to be tested each week. It comes as ski resorts release details of their Covid-19 rules.

Where to ski next winter: The Pyrenees

Western Europe’s other mountain range is often overlooked, but it has some fabulous skiing and snowboarding in France, Andorra and Spain. We look at what the region offers with the specialist, Absolutely Snow.

Italy Ski Resorts Set to Open Next month with Limits on Lift Capacity

A decree has been signed looking forward to ski resorts operating from 15th October with an 80% capacity in cable cars and gondolas. Other rules will also be in place. It is the first ski nation to give a clear indication of what things may look like next season.

Compulsory Health Passes Likely for French Ski Resorts Next Winter

The government is encouraging the introduction of passes for ski holidays in France this winter. Other ski nations in Europe have restrictions already operating or planned for the winter. UPDATED

New for the Tirol Next Season

The Austrian ski area has 80 ski resorts with more than 3,000 kms of pistes. There’s fabulous skiing & snowboarding, delicious cuisine, and stunning scenery. See what’s new for this coming winter.

Squaw Valley Ski Resort Renamed ‘Palisades Tahoe’

The California ski resort has changed its name after the term ‘squaw’ was widely seen as derogatory. It was described as racist and sexist. NEW

Works Starts on Ptarmigan building at Cairngorm

The building at the top of the Scottish ski resort includes the UK’s highest restaurant, as well as a shop, exhibition space and viewing platforms. It  has been closed to the public since the funicular was taken out of service in 2018.

Victoria Ski Areas in Australia Re-open

The Victorian Government has announced that the lockdown will lift in regional Victoria, and the ski areas are able to open from Friday 10 September. Resorts in New South Wales remain closed.

Ski Resorts in Europe Start to Announce Opening Dates

The glacier ones are the first to open this month and then into October. A handful of resorts open in November with the vast majority then starting in December. We also look at the entry requirements in these Covid-19 times. UPDATED

New Zealand Ski Resorts Re-open as Covid Restrictions Ease

All the ski resorts are now able to reopen as the lockdown is eased.  Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders were out on the slopes making the most of decent Spring snow conditions. UPDATED

Two Major European Ski Areas Join Ikon Pass

Dolomiti Superski in Italy and Kitzbühel in Austria join Zermatt in Switzerland on the pass offered by the US company, Alterra. It offers people 21 days in the Alps for the coming winter.

US Resorts Announce Opening Dates

The two main resort operators, Alterra and Vail Resorts, have announced when their lifts start spinning for the 2021/22 season. Many UK skiers and snowboarders are looking across the pond as they plan a bucket-list ski trip as the pandemic begins to be brought under some sort of control. Fingers crossed. UPDATED

Cairngorm Funicular Out of Action this Winter

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has announced another delay to the repair works. It will come as a blow to the Scottish resort and those that ski and snowboard there.

Patagonia Boycotts Jackson Hole over Right-Wing Fundraiser

The outdoor clothing company has pulled its products from shops in the Wyoming resort after the resort’s co-owner hosted a fundraiser for the ‘House Freedom Caucus’.

Sustainability Award for Morzine-Avoriaz Ski Resorts 

The Flocon Vert sustainability label is awarded by the European organisation, Mountain Riders. It recognises destinations that demonstrate a commitment to a sustainable development policy. UPDATED

Backcountry Ski Gate in Park City Closed for Good After Avalanche Deaths

Two people died in an area last winter and now an access gate has been closed indefinitely. The area is just outside the boundaries of the resort in Utah, USA, but can still be reached by experts.

Mixed Picture for Australian Ski Resorts

Ski Resorts in Victoria are set to welcome back skiers and snowboarders but Covid-19 travel restrictions remain in New South Wales. NEW

Scotland’s Nevis Range Becomes Accredited Living Wage Employer

 Living Wage is an independently set hourly rate, calculated to ensure a decent standard of living can be achieved by an individual.

How Much Do You Know About Serre Chevalier?

The French resort has issued this summer’s news and information to the press as a quiz. It may be currently difficult to travel there but it is still possible to find out about what’s on offer.

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Reaction continues to pour in after THAT historic win for British skiing.

Hard to stop looking at the images of #DaveRyding’s victory. We’re loving soaking it all in!

Updated: https://planetski.eu/2022/01/22/world-cup-victory-for-dave-ryding/

GOLD! 🥇 Read the full story of how the boy from Bretherton @daveryding grew up to make history as the first GB winner of an alpine skiing World Cup ⤵

https://planetski.eu/2022/01/22/the-dave-ryding-story/

@GBSnowsport #ski #slalom #Kitzbühel #WorldCup

Absolutely phenomenal. Sporting history is made as @daveryding is the first GB skier to win an alpine World Cup race. Huge congrats Dave!

https://planetski.eu/2022/01/22/world-cup-victory-for-dave-ryding/

@GBSnowsport #Kitzbuehel #slalom

Turning increasingly snowy in the north-eastern Austrian Alps. This is Bad Leonfelden in Upper Austria where it has snowed for much of today and will continue to do so tomorrow: Detailed weekend weather forecast for the Alps: https://www.weathertoski.co.uk/weather-snow/latest-snow-forecast/

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