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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.

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.

MORE RESORTS & RUNS OPEN

More fired up their lifts this weekend following the recent heavy snow. And there’s better news to report from North America. Check out the latest… UPDATED

ZERMATT TOP AGAIN

The Swiss resort has defended its crown and secured the title of Best Ski Resort in the Alps. NEW

MORE RESORTS OPEN

Courchevel, Verbier & Alpe d’Huez opened this weekend with many more resorts firing up lifts and opening slopes after all the new snow. Others, including Val Thorens, have announced early openings. PlanetSKI reports. UPDATED

LOVELAND LOSES LAUNCH DATE RACE

“”The waiting game is finally over”” as Colorado’s Loveland opens its slopes/lifts for the launch of the 2016/17 season, just behind its old competitor Arapahoe Basin. NEW

TWO US RESORTS OPEN TODAY

Loveland in Colorado & Mammoth Mountain in California fire up some lifts today. However elsewhere resorts have been forced to put back their opening dates following a warm and dry autumn. NEW&UPDATED

FAMILY FUN IN LES MENUIRES

Igloo making, night skiing and plenty of gentle pistes; the Les3Vallées resort has added activities this winter to enhance its position as a kid-friendly ski area. NEW

FIRST RESORT IN CANADA OPENS

Sunshine Village is the first resort in Canada to open and it’s the earliest opening for the resort in over 30 years. And it didn’t even need to make artificial snow. UPDATED

CROWDFUNDING FOR LOW-COST SEASON PASS

The Swiss resort of Saas-Fee has launched a season pass for CHF 211 in a concept aimed to overcome a declining interest in alpine tourism. NEW

WHEN DOES THE SKI SEASON START?

It’s a question we are often asked at PlanetSKI as people wonder when resorts open and when people make their first turns. So what’s the answer?

MOST EXPENSIVE LIFT IN THE ALPS OPENS

The new lift in Stubai opened at the weekend with PlanetSKI in the first gondola. The 3S Eisgrat lift cost a cool €68m & is the latest in futuristic design, but is it worth it?

WHISTLER SALE GOES THROUGH

The Canadian resort has been bought by Vail Resorts for £1b. The deal has now been approved by the financial authorities. NEW

ANDORRA WOOS MORE BRITISH SKIERS

Visit Andorra has been announced as the official destination partner for Snowsport England. It is part of a wider drive by Andorra to put itself back on the map.

RESORT OPENS WHEN IT HASN’T SNOWED

Ruka in Finland has opened for skiing without a flake faling. It kept some snow from last winter and spread it over a single run.

THE BEST RESORTS IN NORTH AMERICA

Ski Magazine has released its annual survey into the best of the best across the Pond. The poll is now in its 29th year. See if you agree with its results.

WHISTLER VOTED NO 1 AGAIN

For the third year in a row the SKI Magazine Resort Survey has named Whistler as the No. 1 Overall Ski Resort in North America. NEW

BUMPER SKI SEASON IN AFRICA ENDS

The resort of Afriski in southern Africa has called a close on its season after one of the best winters in recent years. Check out the pictures of snowsports in Africa! NEW

FANCY BEING A SKI RESORT OWNER?

Red Mountain in Canada has launched a crowdfunding campaign offering skiers and boarders the chance to own part of the mountain.

NEW CANADIAN RESORT APPROVED

The Valemount Glacier Destination Resort will cost $175m & will see the biggest vertical drop in North America. It has the green light from the Provincial government. UPDATED

VAIL BUYS WHISTLER FOR $1bn

The largest resort operator in North America, Vail Resorts, has bought its main rival. Whistler is the most popular resort on the continent & this could be the start of further expansion in Canada for Vail Resorts. UPDATED

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Austrian Company Developing Covid-19 Test That Could be Used for Country's Ski Resort Employees

SKIDATA is working on a screening system to allow resorts to test employees.

It's working with Austria's largest corona test laboratory, Novogenia GmbH.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/09/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-6/

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

Masks required outdoors in Haute-Savoie Region of France + Coronavirus hits work of British Antarctic Survey

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/09/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-6/

Memories of Bormio 2020.

The dates for the English Alpine Championships 2021 have been announced ⬇

Races: 14th – 19th February, opening parade: Saturday, 13th Feb.⁠

Double Amputee Climbs the Matterhorn

A former soldier, 39-year old Neil Heritage from Dorset, who lost both of his legs in Iraq has become the first above-the-knee double amputee to reach the summit.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/09/double-amputee-climbs-the-matterhorn/

#matterhorn @zermatt_tourism

Coronavirus Hits Work of British Antarctic Survey

It is scaling back its work with only essential teams heading back to the continent as it emerges from winter.

Virtually all science in the deep field has been postponed for a year.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/09/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-6/

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