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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

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

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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
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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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