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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

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019/20

The up-market resort in Les3Vallees isn’t resting on its laurels for next winter. See here for what’s new.

WINTER IN LES 3 VALLEES

It’s the biggest ski area in the world with massive 600km of pistes. Here’s your guide to the coming winter in Les3Vallees in the French Alps.

FIRST US SKI RESORT IN EAST OPENS

Killington kicked off on Sunday after a bumper start to the season over in the west as two more resorts open in Colorado this weekend.

SKIWELT: FANCY SKIING IT?

With 284 kms of slopes it is one of the largest and most modern ski areas in Austria. With a whole host of activities on offer.

SKIING UNDERWAY IN THE ALPS

Skiing starts in Tignes in France while Kitzbuhel in Austria became first non-glacier resort in the Alps to open.

CAIRNGORM: PISTE BASHER TO BE USED AS SKI LIFT

A brand new piste groomer will be used to move skiers and snowboarders up the mountain when there’s no snow at the base.

WHAT’S NEW IN LES MENUIRES FOR NEXT SEASON

Quite alot it seems as the high altitude resort in Les3Vallees in France looks to the future.

FIRST SKI RESORTS OPEN IN USA

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado kicks off the 2019/20 season after pipping Keystone to the post in surprise early opening. UPDATED

IMPROVEMENTS TO AUSTRIA LIFTS CONTINUE

Now it’s the turn of Ischgl to unveil its new lifts for next winter. The lift systems in Austria seem to be getting bigger & better.

SCOTLAND’S ALL AREAS SEASON TICKETS ON SALE

They are limited in number so if you want be able to ski all the areas in Scotland on one ticket then you’ll need to hurry.

NEW LIFTS FOR AUSTRIA SKI AREA

SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental is installing four new gondola lifts. We ask which country has the best lifts.

CAIRNGORM FUNICULAR: £13.3M TO REMOVE

That’s the estimated cost of dismantling the mountain railway. Repairing it will cost around £10 million.

TAHOE SKI AREA FACES LAWSUIT

A wilderness protection group is taking legal action in the US to try to block the construction of a gondola on environmental grounds.

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%.

NEW LIFT PASSES FOR LES ARCS

The ski area claims them as ‘revolutionary’ as they offer more than just access to the lift system. PlanetSKI reports.

NEW NORTH AMERICA SKI PASS LAUNCHED

It stands out from the Ikon Pass & the Epic Pass as it brings together small independent ski areas. But why is it significant?

ZERMATT JOINS THE IKON PASS

It is the first European resort to join the alliance of resorts from North America. It already offers Australia, New Zealand Japan & South America.

IS THE IKON PASS TOO POPULAR?

Locals in Aspen in Colorado have been complaining that the slopes are getting too busy with people from other resorts flooding in.

KITZBUHEL: MULTI-MILLION EURO UPGRADE TO LIFT

The 35-year-old Fleckalmbahn gondola in the Austrian Tirol resort is getting a major facelift for next winter.

NEW HIGH LIFT PLANNED FOR LA GRAVE

New top lift for La Grave proposed, but will it change the character of the iconic off-piste resort in France?

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN CLOSES FOR WINTER 18/19

The US resort enjoyed a 260-day season, finally calling it a day last weekend. It leaves just 100 days until the start of next season.

A-BASIN RUNS SUMMER SNOW PARK SESSION

Last weekend it was back to snowsports as Colorado’s ski resort A-Basin took to winter riding in the summer snowpark.

LES3VALLEES: WHAT’S NEW FOR NEXT WINTER

There’s new activities, innovative additions, upgrades, investments + food & drink spots in one of the world’s largest linked ski areas.

US SKI RESORT TO HOLD FIRST PRO DISC GOLF EVENT

Arapahoe Basin ski area is to host the first-ever Alpine Open pro-sanctioned disc golf tournament next month.

NEW SKI LIFTS NEXT WINTER

Ski resorts throughout the world are forever updating their lift systems. See here for what’s new for next winter.

SUMMER SKIING KICKS OFF

Tignes & Les2Alpes have opened. After decent winter snow + cold temperatures it’s looking good, though a heatwave is coming.

INVESTIGATION AFTER FATAL SWISS GONDOLA ACCIDENT

One worker has died and six others have been injured in the accident in Engelberg. Two are in a serious condition. UPDATED

SKI SEASON STARTS DOWN UNDER

It’s been a pre-season ‘snow-mageddon’ in Oz. Many resorts have swung into action with the best start to winter in years.

SKIING THE SKIWELT

It’s one of the largest linked ski areas in Austria & we’re here in its closing week. And guess what?…

PLANETSKI IS IN THE PYRENEES

We’re posting a series of reports from Europe’s other mountain range. Special reports from France, Spain & Andorra.

PLANETSKI HEADS TO NORWAY

We are skiing in Kvitfjell and Hafjell – two resorts that have just joined Norway Home of Skiing. UPDATED

FORTRESS MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT TO RE-OPEN?

It’s one of the strangest ski areas we’ve ever visited. Now it is set to rise from the ashes…

MEASLES OUTBREAK HITS VAL THORENS

18 people have been affected and people are advised to check if they are vaccinated if coming to the resort.

RE-INVENTING THE SKI HOLIDAY

The French resort of Les Carroz is making a huge effort to attract non-skiers and offer people other activities. Is it the future?

END OF SEASON IN VAL THORENS

Skiing and snowboarding continues in to May. There’s a range of events and activities on offer. PlanetSKI reports. NEW

BELLA MADONNA

Perfect pistes, Italian style & fab food at an affordable price. PlanetSKI heads to Madonna di Campiglio.

POSTCARD FROM VAL GARDENA

The Italian resort in the Dolomites is steeped in alpine history & charm. PlanetSKI has been soaking it up on our latest travels.

PLANETSKI POUNDS THE POWDER

The sun comes out just after we report from one of the snowiest places in the Alps: Ski Amade in Salzburgerland, Austria.

POSTCARD FROM SERRE CHE

Do people send postcards anymore? Well, we do & this one comes from Serre Chevalier in the southern French Alps.

THE FUTURE OF LIFT PASSES?

An experiment is extended in Serre Chevalier as lift passes go on to a mobile. There are concerns about battery duration.

INSTAGRAM-ABLE SKI DESTINATIONS

We’re sorry for the title, but you kinda want a look, don’t you? Here are some of the most beautiful, snowy destinations in the USA.

COLORADO – WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019

It has some of the best ski resorts in North America. This season there are new lifts, new areas and a host of improvements.

LES CARROZ: THE GOOD VILLAGE LIFE

Wellness, gastronomy and new winter sports (as well as the old) in the ski village of Les Carroz.

CAIRNGORM REPORT DELAYED AGAIN

It was due out early December, then mid December and now it is next year. It’s another blow for the struggling Scottish resort. NEW

THE BEE BUZZES INTO VT

It’s the new double zip wire that flies you straight into the heart of the resort of Val Thorens. The Bee is now open.

THE SEASON STARTS ACROSS THE ALPS

Dozens more resorts have opened with many tour operators starting their winter programme. And it’s been snowing. Again. UPDATED

CAIRNGORM: DEAL DONE

Highlands and Islands Enterprise is to resume control of operations at Cairngorm Mountain with immediate effect.

FINAL DAY TO BUY IKON PASS

Thursday is the final day to buy the multi-resort lift pass. If you’re visiting different resort in North America it’s worth looking at. NEW

LES MENUIRES JOINS POW

The French resort has joined up with the environmental pressure group. It is the first French resort to do so. NEW

WHERE TO SKI THIS XMAS

It’s not too late to book a festive trip with all the fresh snow falling. This could be the year to head to the Alps at Xmas.

LAKE LOUISE FINED $2.1m AFTER CUTTING DOWN ENDANGERED TREES

The Canadian resort is fined aftter pleading guilty to cutting down trees, including 38 endangered whitebark pine. NEW

THE SEASON STARTS IN THE PYRENEES

The ‘other’ mountain range in Europe has opened for snowsports. Resorts fired up their lifts at the weekend. UPDATED

NZ RESORT TO OPEN AFTER SUMMER SNOW

Cardrona opens for the summer with winter snowsports on offer. Not bad as it is the start of summer Down Under! NEW

VAL THORENS OPENS

PlanetSKI spends the weekend on the slopes as Europe’s highest resort opens for the season. So what’s it like?

10 QUIRKY FACTS FROM 5 US RESORTS

Steamboat, Winter Park, Deer Valley, Mammoth Mountain and Squaw Valley. Here’s what you may not know about them. NEW

NORTHERLY NEW LIFT IN EUROPE SET TO OPEN

It will open next month in the Norwegian resort of Narvik deep inside the arctic circle. PlanetSKI plans to be in the first gondola.

VERBIER SEEMS TO HAVE IT ALL

From sports competitions to festivals, Michelin stars to yoga for athletes, the resort has a lot on the agenda this season.

NEW SKI SLOPES FOR THE TATRAS

There are plans to put in the new lifts and slopes at Strbske Pleso in Slovakia. Not everyone is happy.

Snow report

Twitter

The squads for Ski and Snowboard Cross for 2020/21 have been announced, with four athletes featuring in the World Cup squads and over a dozen more earning places in the Europa Cup squads.

Congratulations to all the athletes!

Read more: https://bit.ly/2F1jB1b

⛷️: Ollie Davies

UK advises against all but ‘Essential’ travel to Andorra,
Italy threatens to suspend Ryanair flights, Three more indoor snow centres in England open today + People urged to stay away from busy areas of Cairngorms National Park.
https://planetski.eu/2020/08/02/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-5/

Rock debris covers glaciers across the world

The amount is larger than previously thought.

That’s according to a study run by Britain’s Northumbria University and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/01/augusts-news-in-brief/

Italy appears to be keeping Covid-19 under some control.

As cases rise in many parts of Europe Italy seems to be currently on top of the pandemic.

PlanetSKI looks at the situation in Italy and considers a visit to the Italian Alps.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/07/italy-appears-to-be-keeping-covid-19-under-some-control/

@AostaValley

3 more indoor snow centres in England open today, People urged to stay away from busy areas of Cairngorms National Park, Melbourne lockdown rules tightened as nearby ski resorts close for season, US resorts fear fall in international visitors next winter

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/02/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-5/

Inspections begin ahead of next World Cup snowsports season

FIS has sent technical staff to venues due to host World Cup ski and snowboard events next winter.

They include trips to Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Austria and Switzerland.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/04/inspections-begin-ahead-of-next-world-cup-snowsports-season/

#TamworthSnowdome has re-opened today with other #indoorskicentres following tomorrow.

Updated: https://planetski.eu/2020/08/04/snow-centres-in-england-to-open-this-week/

@SnowDomeTam @Snozone_UK @HSRC_Hemel #indoorskiing

As the company that runs Ski Weekends goes into administration we have an interview with the MD + analysis & reaction as the first major UK operator goes under due to Covid-19:

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/05/leading-uk-ski-tour-operator-goes-into-administration/

Check out all the latest news on the coronavirus impact on snowsports.

Opening World Cup Races Moved Forward to Avoid Crowds + US Resorts Fear Fall Off in International Visitors Next Winter

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/02/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-5/

As two resorts in Australia announce they will stay closed for the rest of the season due to covid-19 PlanetSKI looks at the implications for the coming winter in the Northern hemisphere:

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/05/two-ski-resorts-in-australia-to-stay-closed-for-the-rest-of-the-season/

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