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SECOND US SKI RESORT OPENS

Loveland in Colorado has opened a week after its rival Arapahoe Basin won the battle to open first. Winter is coming to the US! UPDATED

ARE SKI MASKS BANNED IN AUSTRIA?

A new law aimed at Muslims has come into force that saying faces in public must be visible from the hairline to the chin. But what about ski masks? NEW

FOREVER APART?

Deer Valley & Park City in Utah are on the same mountain but separated by a rope. Is this likely to change? Not anytime soon.

SCOT RESORT CROWD FUNDS TO BUY SNOW FACTORY

Glencoe needs the snow after a series of poor winters. It is the latest initiative to battle poor snow in Scotland.

WHERE TO SKI THIS AUTUMN

The first resorts open in Scandinavia & more resorts have opened in the Alps. See where to ski early around the world. UPDATED

SKIWELT WILDER KAISER-BRIXENTAL

Say that three times… Nevermind. The ski area has had an investment of €4.5M, ready for this coming winter. Start here next season?!

VAIL ON A ROLL

New construction planned in Vail for its age old club – and it’s big. It continues: The high-profile, big-buck developments through US top-name resorts.NEW

ASPEN BUYS DEER VALLEY

The Aspen ski company has added yet another US resort to its portfolio in its buying spree. But will the snowboarding ban now end? UPDATED

BUY A BIT OF A SKI MOUNTAIN

Sales have opened for fans of the oldest resort in Western Canada to buy up a piece of their favourite resort, Red Mountain.

NEW SKI RESORTS

There’s a host of them being planned across the world but it’ll be a while before you can try them.

POPULAR TIGNES HAUNT SOLD

The Alpaka which has been owned by a British couple for more than 30 years is to be demolished to make way for a new hotel.

THAT’S A WRAP

It’s over folks – the US ski season of 16/17 is officially over. Mammoth Mountain, the last ski resort going strong, has stopped its lifts. NEW

SPLISH SPLASH SCHLAD

It’s wet and wild around the Austrian resort of Schladming and we’re not talking rain. On our visit we find there’s water everywhere.

WILDFIRE THREAT TO BRECKENRIDGE

One of America’s best known ski resorts was put on alert as a forest fire broke out on the edge of the town. NEW & UPDATED

TIGNES OPENS FOR SUMMER SKIING

It’s a go: the Grande Motte glacier is open for business. You don’t have to change hemisphere for your summer ski fix. NEW

SUMMER IN GSTAAD

The upmarket Swiss ski resort is not just for winter. There’s a lot to keep you busy and active in the hot season too. Here’s our Chief Reporter’s diary of a not entirely problem free four days in Gstaad.

FINAL RESORT CLOSES IN US STATE

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado has called it a day in the ski season that just keeps on giving. But sking continues elsewhere in the US. This could be a year-round season with resorts open into August. UPDATED

SKI RESORTS GO ALL OUT FOR SUMMER

With the number of skiers declining & fears about climate change, resorts & tour operators are re-inventing themselves.

LA GRAVE – THE FUTURE

The agreement between the cult freeride French resort & company that will now run its lifts states the ski area should stay ‘wild’.

LA GRAVE SAVED

The company that runs the lifts in the nearby resort of Alpe d’Huez is set to run the lift system of the cult off piste resort. Many are breathing a sigh of relief but there are some concerns for the future.

SUNSHINE VILLAGE AT WAR WITH PARKS CANADA

The Canadian ski resort faces a parking crisis next season as Parks Canada intends to restrict parking on the access road. The resort is up in arms & says it will reduce the numbers able to ski. NEW

ADDICTED TO TIGNES

The French resort has its fans and its detractors. As it closes for the season, PlanetSKI’s Chief Reporter tells us why she keeps going back.

‘WORLD CLASS’ AIM FOR SCOTTISH SKI AREA

A £4m proposal to revamp CairnGorm and construct an artificial ski slope is moving ahead and if all goes ahead it aims to be up and running by the start of next season.

SAAS-FEE WINTERCARD

The Swiss resort’s crowdfunding campaign to get 77,777 season lift tickets sold before 23rd April at CHF 222 has been successful. NEW

THE MOST POPULAR SKI RESORT IN THE WORLD

There are 2,106 main resorts to chose from but is it in Europe, North America or elsewhere? All is revealed in a new report just published.

HUGE DEVELOPMENT FOR VAL D’ISERE

A £170m re-development in the French resort is set to go ahead. PlanetSKI reports from the resort and sees what the future may hold. NEW

US RESORT LIMITS TICKET SALES

Powder Mountain in Utah is promising only to sell 1,500 lift tickets per day to ensure the slopes do not get too busy and lift queues remain short. Neat idea that maybe other resorts should copy.

POSTCARD FROM SUN PEAKS

Some people are happy to see the back of winter, but not us. Quite simply we cannot get enough. PlanetSKI has been in Sun Peaks, Canada, for a spot of spring skiing.

MARCH IN MONTGENEVRE

It’s the oldest ski resort in France, has more sun than most and an abundance of snow. Yet Montgenèvre is often overlooked in favour of the bigger, more fashionable ski areas.

NEW INVESTMENT FOR FRENCH PYRENEES

Luz and Cauterets are set to link up with further improvements at Barèges and La Mongie. NEW

A TOUR OF CORTINA

A little on the Italian Dolomite resort of Cortina and its history. It makes a fascinating visit.

JACKSON HOLE

It has the most impressive of journeys to reach it, the skiing of a lifetime and a town atmosphere that more than lives up to its reputation. Jackson Hole – just get there…

NORTH AMERICA LIFT PASS WARS BEGIN

Vail Resorts has announced prices for its lift passes for next season as it battles with the Mountain Collective group of resorts.

3 DAYS IN TRYSIL

It’s the final 24 hours of PlanetSKI’s short trip to Trysil and there are two things on our Chief Reporter’s agenda – to soak up some local ski culture and to search for the sun on the slopes.

A JACKSON HOLE VIRGIN

The PlanetSKI 4-week road trip swings into the resort we’ve most been looking forward to ski – Jackson Hole. Our editor has never skied it before but heard so much about it.

WHAT NOW FOR LA GRAVE?

Fans of the off-piste paradise in the French Alps fear big business will soon take over and ruin the mountain after attempts by locals to run the lift themselves were rejected.

BACK IN BRECK

PlanetSKI returns to one of its favourite large resorts in North America, Breckenridge in Colorado. So, what makes it special?

VAIL TO BUY ANOTHER RESORT FOR $50 MILLION

Vail Resorts has announced it’s to buy Stowe ski resort in Vermont for $50 million. It will be the company’s first resort on the US East Coast. NEW

A-BASIN SET TO EXPAND

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado is set to expand its terrain by a third. PlanetSKI reports from the resort. It is known as a locals’ hill with steep slopes and challenging…
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JACKSON HOLE REOPENS

Teams have been working round the clock to restore power after high winds brought down lines and closed the resort. On Monday the resort reopened UPDATED

POSTCARD FROM CERVINIA

January in Cervinia offers empty ski slopes, fabulous food and easy access to sking in Zermatt. PlanetSKI has been in Cervinia for a long weekend.

SERRE CHEVALIER ON ICE

Serre Chevalier is a resort that’s not just for skiers. In our third and final report from the delightful French resort, PlanetSKI explores the many ways you can find pleasure away from the pistes. NEW

LA PLAGNE REVISITED

PlanetSKI was last in the French resort in December hoping for a pre-Christmas off piste adventure. There was no off piste. Would a January trip prove more successful?

CRANS-MONTANA: MY MISSED TRICK

Long and varied pistes travelling round the mountain, high altitude skiing and a good resort atmosphere we won’t be overlooking Crans-Montana again.

UK SKI GUESTS FOUND NEW HOTELS IN BANFF

It follows a huge fire at one of the Canadian ski town’s major hotels. The Mount Royal Hotel was severely damaged over the New Year holiday period.

WORLD’S LARGEST SKI LESSON

Approximately 80 resorts across the USA and Canada joined up to try to make it into the Guinness Book of Records. #largestskilesson NEW & UPDATED

ZIP INTO ISCHGL

Ischgl offers a new way to get your speed kicks with a zip wire where you can reach speeds of up to 85km/hr down the valley. The resort’s slogan ‘relax if you can’ has never been more of a challenge.

A NEW WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR SKIING

The Verbier ski school, European Snowsport, has come up with a neat idea for those that want to improve but don’t want to join a group or have a full on private lesson.

COLORADO SKI COUNTY JUST GOT BIGGER

The Hesperus Ski Area is joining the resort grouping to become its 22nd member. NEW

HEAD HIGH

With generally poor snow low down in the Alps the best thing to do is head to a high altitude resort. Many though are rather soulless affairs. Not Hochsoelden in Austria that sits at 2,090m.

BIGGEST LINKED SKI AREA IN AUSTRIA

St Anton & Lech are now linked by ski lifts. But why are resorts so keen on building more lifts & are they really necessary?

AVORIAZ OPENS

The Portes du Soleil resort has fired up its lifts and started its season. It is also celebrating its 50th birthday. PlanetSKI looks back as well as forwards…

POSTCARD FROM SAALBACH

Saalbach has opened and it has some new initiatives out on the slopes and in town. One of our readers passed through the Austrian resort last season.

ON TO VAL D’ISERE…

PlanetSKI moves through the French Alps and on to Val d’Isere for some luxury, more December skiing and World Cup action.

YEAR-ROUND SNOW SLOPE FOR TIGNES

The French resort is set to build a £53m indoor ski slope as part of a new sports facility with accommodation and shopping. Not all are happy, though. PlanetSKI reports from Tignes.

VT 3RD TIME WINNER

As Val Thorens wins title ‘Best Ski Resort in the World’ for a third time, PlanetSKI visits to find out how it has turned around its reputation.

48-HOURS IN VAL THORENS

The highest resort in France officially kicked off its season at the weekend with fresh snow and plenty of action; on and off the slopes. PlanetSKI was in resort for the start of its long, long season.

LA GRAVE CAMPAIGN SMASHES GOAL

Supporters have pledged the €45,000 needed as a first stage in the fight to save the off-piste mountain resort. More though is needed. UPDATED

ISCHGL’S APRES BOOT BAN

The ski resort is banning people walking in ski boots or carrying skis & snowboards in the town centre after 8PM. People face a fine of €2,000. Why?

BID TO SAVE LA GRAVE

Could this winter be the last for the untamed mountain? Not if the locals & lovers of the place have anything to do with it. They’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign to take over the lift in the iconic French off piste resort.

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Latest news on #Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

-Cervinia Opens then Closes
-First Ski Resort in N. America Opens With Covid-19 Restrictions in place
-GB Ski Test Due to Go Ahead at Kuhtai, March 2021
-Chinese Economy bounces Back with No Second Wave

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First Ski Resort in North America Opens with Covid-19 Restrictions in Place

#MtNorquay near #Banff in #Canada takes the prize after some recent heavy snow.

Other resorts have their snow guns on.

https://planetski.eu/2020/10/25/first-ski-resort-in-north-america-opens/

Latest news Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

-Areas in the Jura mountains increase restrictions
-Cervinia is latest resort to open some slopes
-Updated Covid-19 News from the Ski Nations
-Canada Looks to Local Skiers

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Areas in the Jura mountains in Switzerland increase restrictions as cases of covid-19 rise at alarming level.

Ski camps suspended and rules tightened.

The rest of Switzerland is seeing a surge in cases.

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Sharp Spike in Covid-19 Cases in Switzerland - PlanetSKI

It is currently seeing one of the highest numbers of cases per head of population of any nation in the Alps.

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#Cervinia Opens this Weekend

The Italian glacier resort in the #AostaValley is the latest to fire up its lifts for autumn.

Conditions are good with full #Covid19 restrictions in place.

https://planetski.eu/2020/10/22/cervinia-opens-this-weekend/

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Slide 21 is Cancelled due to Covid-19

It’s being reported that the annual UK snowsport tradeshow that was due to take place in January 2021 has been called off.

It was to have been held at the Telford International Centre.

https://t.co/XW3VAYNd4x

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