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IT’S SNOWING IN AFRICA

The resort of Afriski in Lesotho has recently seen 1m of snow. It’s a ski area in Southern Africa and PlanetSKI looks at the snowfall in one of the more unusual places to ski. UPDATED

Cash needed for NZ rescue helocopter

The annual fund raising efforts are underway and ski resorts and skiers are getting behind the initiative. NEW

Ski season starts Down Under

It kicks off in NZ after a delayed start & resorts have opened in Australia but there’s precious little snow in Oz. Not so in South America which is deep in the white stuff. UPDATED

Scottish resorts claim success after bad start

It was a difficult winter with poor snow and revenues were down on the previous seasons. However the Scottish snowsports industry is putting on a brave face.

Whistler – Big plans for summer after best winter

The Canadian resort has just reported its best and busiest ever winter. The resort is preparing to spend £186m on ambitious plans to boost its year-round appeal.

THE MOST UNLIKELY PLACES TO SKI

They include one of the flattest countries in the world, a nation better known for its beautiful beaches, and one ravaged by three decades of conflict.

WORLD’S MOST POPULAR RESORTS

You probably have your favourite, but do you know which resorts and countries attract the most skiers and snowboarders? A new report reveals all.

5 BEST SUMMER GLACIER RESORTS

When winter’s over and you can’t wait till next season there’s no need to head to the southern hemisphere for your snow fix. There are plenty of options in the Alps.

Most popular resorts with the Brits

The UK’s largest snowsports travel agent, Iglu Ski, has announced its Top 10 best selling resorts. Any guesses which they are? It is no great surprise that France features heavily…
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Ski resort closes as grizzly bears threaten

Lake Louise in Canada was again partially shut as three bears have now been seen roaming near the front side of the mountain. A bear also wandered into Marmot Basin. UPDATED

Snowboard ban remains

In a long-running legal case in Utah a court has backed the resort of Alta in its ban on snowboarders. No further appeals will be made and the case is over.

Resort closing dates

Many have closed already and more shut this weekend. Skiing & snowboarding continues into May in places with some of the best late season conditions in recent years. UPDATED

Going green

The Swiss ski resort of Laax is aiming to boost its green credentials. But is skiing & snowboarding compatible with environmental sustainability?

Good April conditions

Many resorts are shutting for the season but some are open into May in the Alps. See here for current condtions, which resorts are still open and when they close. UPDATED

Spring skiing in Scotland

2 out of Scotland’s 5 ski areas remain open with some good as fresh snow falls. There were also a series of events on last weekend as the season ends. UPDATED

Whistler extends season after huge snowfalls

The Canadian resort is to open until the end of May. It is the most popular North American resort with the British and the largest ski area on the continent.

Scotland claims good February

The ski areas of the UK saw good snow and a rise in skiers and snowboarders out on the slopes. It follows a poor start to the season.

Postcard from the Pyrenees

There’s more to skiing in France than the Alps – the Pyrenees make an excellent alternative, particularly for families. We report from the Grand Tourmalet.

Largest ski area in Austria set to be created

New lifts will join St Anton with Lech and will be in place for next winter. It will make it the largest linked ski area in Austria and one of the largest in the Alps. UPDATED

Lift strike in Les2Alpes over

On Wednesday morning the lifts did not open as staff went on strike. By 2pm the lift company agreed to all the demands and the slopes opened. Thousands of people had their holiday disrupted in the busy half-term holidays. UPDATED

Lift strike threat in Les2Alpes

Unions are threatening to strike next week during the busy half-term week. Negotiations are ongoing.

Which resort has highest concentration of bars?

Is it Ischgl, St Anton, Meribel or perhaps Pas de la Casa? No, it’s Borovets in Bulgaria.

Lets not forget Scotland!

Things are looking good for the busy half-term week after a difficult season on the slopes of the UK’s resorts. UPDATED

PLANETSKI HOPES TO SKI DELIRIUM DIVE

It is one of the steepest and deepest freeride areas in Canada but has been unable to open so far this season. Our content editor may be one of the first to ski it.

Uncertain future for La Grave

The legendary off piste resort in France faces difficult times. Its one and only lift could shut.

Verbier to stage new music festival

The Verbier Impulse music festival takes place over two weekends in April.

US resort bans bottled water

Squaw Valley in California is outlawing bottles in order to protect the environment. It is the first ski resort in the world to introduce such a ban.

New meets old

The Swiss resort of Adelboden combines new developments with old traditions. PlanetSKI reports from a resort that blends old and new in perfect harmony.

Freeriding in Fieberbrunn

The resort has a growing reputation as a freeride hotspot. With a new lift linking it to Saalbach and 1 meter of fresh snow this week conditions are currently near-perfect.

Looking for love?

Head to Verbier on Valentine’s Day, grab a green armband and you may be in Cupid’s firing line.

LARGEST US SKI AREA OPENS

The Quicksilver Gondola links Park City and the Canyons to create the single biggest ski area in the USA.

IN PRAISE OF THE SNOW CANNON

Many ski areas in the Alps have seen precious little natural snow, but are open with skiing entirely on artificial snow. The mountain landscape is green & brown with strips of white. PlanetSKI reports from the Dolomites.

Europe’s smallest ski resort

Resorts and ski areas are continually arguing which is the biggest in the world. But which is the smallest? Step forward Oga.

Why do some resorts fall out of favour?

The Italian resort of Livigno used to be a very big destination for the British but over the years has slipped in popularity. It is fighting back and helped by its duty-free prices.

Xmas in Arc 1950

The resort is putting on a host of events over the festive period. Including Santa arriving on a zip wire.

When does the ski season start?

There is some snow in the Alps & the Pyrenees with more resorts opening last weekend. PlanetSKI now declares the season of 2015/16 underway.

More resorts open

The highest resort in the Alps, Val Thorens, got things underway on Saturday and PlanetSKI was there. Many other resorts open too this weekend. We have also been in the Tirol this week. NEW

More resorts open

The highest resort in the Alps, Val Thorens, got things underway on Saturday and PlanetSKI was there. Many other resorts open too this weekend. We have also been in the Tirol this week. NEW

When does the ski season start?

There is some snow in the Alps & the Pyrenees with more resorts opening last weekend. PlanetSKI now declares the season of 2015/16 underway.

Xmas in Arc 1950

The resort is putting on a host of events over the festive period. Including Santa arriving on a zip wire.

The Alps opens for skiing

With the fresh snow of last weekend and more falling at the moment resorts are taking advantage as the season starts. Dozens open over the next few days. UPDATED

The Alps opens for skiing

With the fresh snow of last weekend and more falling at the moment resorts are taking advantage as the season starts. Dozens open over the next few days. UPDATED

Val Thorens postpones opening

The highest resort in the Alps was due to open this weekend but there is not enough snow and poor weather would have closed roads and slopes.

Val Thorens postpones opening

The highest resort in the Alps was due to open this weekend but there is not enough snow and poor weather would have closed roads and slopes.

Chamonix lift company takes over Megeve

The Compagnie du Mont Blanc will take over operating the Megeve lift system this winter.

Chamonix lift company takes over Megeve

The Compagnie du Mont Blanc will take over operating the Megeve lift system this winter.

Alpine Legends ski pass scrapped

It was billed as one of the biggest ski passes in the world as Espace Killy, Les3Vallees and Paradiski joined on a single pass. Not any more.

Alpine Legends ski pass scrapped

It was billed as one of the biggest ski passes in the world as Espace Killy, Les3Vallees and Paradiski joined on a single pass. Not any more.

Colorado opens for skiing

Loveland and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado have started for the winter season. Wolf Creek starts today, Saturday. Other US resorts have already opened. UPDATED

Colorado opens for skiing

Loveland and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado have started for the winter season. Wolf Creek starts today, Saturday. Other US resorts have already opened. UPDATED

CairnGorm future on display

The operators of the Scottish ski resort have unveiled their multi million pound vision to turn the resort into a world-class year-round destination.

CairnGorm future on display

The operators of the Scottish ski resort have unveiled their multi million pound vision to turn the resort into a world-class year-round destination.

More resorts open in the Alps

Two non-glaciers resorts opened at the weekend after recent heavy snow and another glacier resort in France also opened some slopes. PlanetSKI reports. UPDATED

Sun Peaks expands again

The Canadian resort has released its new trail map including two new runs. The resort is the second biggest area in Canada.

Sun Peaks expands again

The Canadian resort has released its new trail map including two new runs. The resort is the second biggest area in Canada.

More resorts open in the Alps

Two non-glaciers resorts opened at the weekend after recent heavy snow and another glacier resort in France also opened some slopes. PlanetSKI reports. UPDATED

Another US resort opens

Killington in Vermont fired up a few lifts on Sunday and now Sunday River has followed suit. Cold temperatures have allowed the snow cannons to work. UPDATED

Another US resort opens

Killington in Vermont fired up a few lifts on Sunday and now Sunday River has followed suit. Cold temperatures have allowed the snow cannons to work. UPDATED

Snow is falling & slopes are opening

Kauntertal in Austria kicked off the season with a huge party last weekend. Later this week Kaprun opens its lifts on the Kitzteinhorn glacier and snow is falling in France. UPDATED

Snow is falling & slopes are opening

Kauntertal in Austria kicked off the season with a huge party last weekend. Later this week Kaprun opens its lifts on the Kitzteinhorn glacier and snow is falling in France. UPDATED

Snow report

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Australia records deadliest day, New Zealand goes 101 days without a locally transmitted Covid-19 case + Austrian company developing Covid-19 test that could be used for country's ski resort employees.

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

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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/

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