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A Beginners’ Guide to Telemark Skiing

Ski touring, cross country skiing, snow shoeing. They can all be done when the lifts are shut.  And then there’s telemarking.  Our friends at Maison Sport have produced the definitive guide. Why not give it a go if you’re in the mountains and wanting a new challenge? NEW

Ski-In Ski-Out: Dundee-style

It’s rare to be able to ski to your front door in Scotland, especially when living far away from the Highlands. But hundreds of people have been doing just that.  Even as the big thaw begins, it’s looking good for spring touring, as PlanetSKI reader Graeme Wallace has been finding out. 

Coping with Covid-19 in the Alps

It is a year since coronavirus started to spread widely in Europe. In our occasional series we hear from PlanetSKI readers who have lived through it out in the mountains. Here’s Kevin Young from near Chamonix…

Lockdown Ski Lessons With A Difference

Fancy some top tips on your ski technique?  Let’s face it, most of us are not going to see a slope this season but we can still benefit from free coaching by expert instructors.  How?

5 Family Resorts in the Tirol for Next Season

The Austrian ski region is full of quiet, uncrowded resorts.  Some you’ve probably never heard of. Let PlanetSKI be your guide to some of the best resorts to visit for a family trip next winter.

Why Are There Currently So Many Fatal Avalanches in the Alps?

The snowpack is highly unstable in places and some people are simply skiing and snowboarding where they should not be given the current conditions. The worrying aspect is professionals have also been caught out. The conditions are some of the most dangerous in recent years.

Top 12 Must Watch Ski Movies

Not on the slopes?  This is the next best thing.  Get your fix of ski and snowboard action with these recommendations.

Life In A Ski Resort When The Lifts Are Closed

As ski lifts in France remain closed into February and perhaps for the rest of the season we ask what’s it like to be in a ski resort in the French Alps in mid-winter when all the lifts are closed.   We hear from Alexandra Beuchert and Simon Perry, who have French residency and travelled from the UK to their home in Tignes in late December.

Cross Country Skiing Takes Off In France

More and more skiers are clipping into long, skinny skis to get their snow fix.  PlanetSKI has been talking to a Nordic skiing instructor in the French Alps about the surge in demand for cross country lessons as the lifts remain closed.

Ski Sunday… It Skis For All of Us & Still Surprises

It’s back on TV & for most of us it is likely to be the closest we get to skiing anytime soon.  Our editor, James Cove, can’t remember the last time he saw the programme recently as he’s always out in the Alps away from TVs. He did though see its very first episode back in 1978. So, what did he make of it?

Happy New Year Folks!

Bonne année, Urte berri on, Frohes neues Jahr, Gleðilegt nýtt ár, Felice anno nuovo, 明けましておめでとうございます, Godt nytt år, Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku, С Новым Годом, Srečno novo leto, Feliz año nuevo and Gott nytt år.

Merry Xmas One and All!

Joyeux Noel, Frohe Weihnachten, Eguberri on, Feliz Navidad, Fijne kerst, Hyvää joulua, Buon Natale, ハッピークリスマス, Счастливого Рождества, Wesołych Świąt, Veselé Vianoce, Vesel božič and God Jul.

PlanetSKI Heads Uphill in the French Alps

Our roving reporter Chris Moran lives year-round in Les3Vallees in France.  As the latest national lockdown lifted he went uphill, but there was danger around and he urges caution.

Five Undiscovered Gems in the Tirol

Thinking about heading to the Tirol in Austria once conditions allow? Well, how about avoiding the well-known resorts and going for somewhere less-crowded.  Somewhere you have probably never heard of. Until now…

End Of The Road?

Rob Greatbach has spent 10 years working towards his goal of qualifying as a top level ski instructor to teach in France.  Covid-19 and Brexit could well have just conspired to put an end to his dream.

Christmas Presents for Skiers and Snowboarders

We’ve dived into Santa’s sack to find the best on offer. We all want nothing more than to ski this Xmas, but for most of us that’s just not gonna happen, so here are some pressie ideas from ski jackets to ski books to keep you going until the lifts open again.

Getting Fit for Skiing

Waste of time? Certainly not.  If you want to be fit, strong and raring to go when the mountains open up again, now is the time to put the work in. So say our friends at Maison Sport.

A Different Kind Of Apres

If any of us manage to get to the Alps this winter, what can we do after a day on the slopes when we can’t indulge in traditional apres? 

Coping with Winter Lockdown

Lockdown Two is very different to Lockdown One. Winter weather with its cold temperatures and short hours of daylight. Here are some tips from Norway.

November’s News in Brief

– GB Cross Country Skiers Have Best Ever Start to Season
– British Woman Missing in the Pyrenees
– Public to Choose Logo for 2026 Winter Olympics
– Fancy Some Free Family Skis? ….UPDATED

Les3Vallees This Winter

Ski areas often claim to have something for everyone but the largest linked ski area in the world really does.  Here’s what to expect in Les3Vallees resorts in the Savoie region of the French Alps this ski season.

French Ski Area Using Drone To Help Save Lives

Three resorts in Les3Vallees in the French Alps will this winter have access to a high-powered drone that has already proved its worth in mountain rescues.

October’s News In Brief

– Snow Helps Extinguish Wildfires
– Autumn Colours in the Mountains
– Tree hugging and ice floating in France this winter
– Russia Accused of Hack Attack on 2018 Winter Olympics.. UPDATED

September’s News In Brief

– Switzerland Rejects Proposal to End Free Movement
– Chemmy Alcott to be lead presenter on Ski Sunday
– Suicide-Prevention Training for US Ski & Snowboard
– Call for Openness as Cairngorm Decision Nears…UPDATED

August’s News in Brief

– $1.4M Remote Control Avalanche System for Colorado Highway
– Detecting avalanche victims under 5 metres of snow
– Drones to replace ski lifts?
– Further Dramatic Loss of Ice in Greenland …. UPDATED

Second Anniversary of First Ski Descent of K2

The Polish ski mountaineer, Andrzej Bargiel,  became the first person to ski down the mountains two years ago this week.

July’s News in Brief…

– 2026 days to go to 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Olympic
– Investigation after 4 die in Swiss Alps plane crash
– People Turned Away from Snowdon Mountain in Wales
– FIS Reports £15.5m Profit for 2019 ….UPDATED

How To Drive To The Alps

Ski tour operators are reporting increased interest in driving to the mountains next winter with people unsure of other travel options amid covid-19.  PlanetSKI offers some help.

June’s News in Brief

– Woodsy gets lucky
– World’s oldest heliskier is almost 95
– Squaw Valley considers name change
– The $18m ski chalet ….UPDATED

Maison Sport’s Home Workout Guide

With more time on our hands and gym closures many people are choosing to do home workouts. Our friends at Maison Sport have created their own ski related home workout.

May’s News in Brief

– Twelve year old boy followed by Brown Bear
– A ‘normal’ PlanetSKI summer?
– Threat to Lauberhorn World Cup ski racing lifted
– 2 men charged after Colorado avalanche … UPDATED

Aosta, The Rome of The Alps

Regular readers will know PlanetSKI was based in the historic Italian city in the heart of the Alps last winter. Then coronavirus struck, but not before we had been on an historical tour of the ancient alpine city and fallen in love with the city and its surrounding ski resorts.

Is It All Over For GB’s Billy Morgan?

Reports earlier this week suggested the Olympic medallist and GB Snowsport athlete had called time on his competitive snowboarding career at the age of 31. Not quite, he tells PlanetSKI.

NEWS IN BRIEF…

– Two more US resorts join Ikon Pass
– Ice avalanches on Mars
– More high speeds trains for Beijing 2022
– Ski racing podcast

Improve Your Skiing While at Home

The team from Maison Sport have come up with a timely set of ideas for improving your skiing, even when you can’t get onto the slopes.

APRIL SKIING SECRETS

– PlanetSKI wins silver & holiday to Andorra
– An awful lot of cheese
– Good point, well made
– Radio SW18, The Aperitivo Sessions

LIFE UNDER LOCKDOWN…

Here we have a page for you to share your stories, tips, experiences … in fact anything you want.  Many of our readers are currently under restrictions in ski resorts across the mountains.

London Ski Show – A History

It was a fixture in the calendar for 46 years. But the Telegraph London Ski & Snowboard Festival has been axed. We look back on the history of the show.

FROM AOSTA TO CHAMONIX

PlanetSKI heads from its base in Italy to the powder fields of the capital of off piste skiing. 30cm of fresh snow awaits in Argentiere.

PLANETSKI AT THE GLENSHEE SKI TESTS

They were supposed to take place in Italy & we were poised in the Aosta Valley. Worries about the coronavirus led people to pull out, but that didn’t stop PlanetSKI covering the tests.

MARCH SKIING SECRETS

– Giving up drinking?
– Exotic’ travel plans
– Is a new word about to enter the dictionary?
– PlanetSKI ‘apologises’

ZERMATT OR BUST

PlanetSKI went to the Swiss resort from Italy for a 24-hour visit.  It turned into 72-hours as a big storm hit. There are worse places to be stranded but the journey back wasn’t quite as planned.

AVOIDING  THE CROWDS IN THE AOSTA VALLEY: TORGNON

In half-term week many resorts across the Alps suffer from busy slopes and long lift queues. Er, not where PlanetSKI has been skiing.

WINTER & SPRING IN LES3VALLEES

What can we say about the biggest lift-linked ski area in the world? Its 600km of pistes and off-piste terrain offer skiing, snowboarding & much more for all. Welcome to Les3Vallees.

AVOIDING THE CROWDS IN THE AOSTA VALLEY: CREVACOL

It’s the busiest week of the ski season with crowded slopes, long lift lines and packed restaurants. But not everywhere. PlanetSKI reports.

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN FOUNDER DIES AGED 104

Dave McCoy knew he could turn California’s Mammoth Mountain into a ski resort and he did. The ski pioneer has died peacefully at his home.

PLANETSKI ARRIVES IN AOSTA FOR 3-MONTH STAY

We’re now based in the self-proclaimed ‘Heart of the Alps’. There’s some skiing to be had here in Italy, and in neighbouring France & Switzerland. Plus much else besides.

6 Quirky Snow Experiences in North America

Six ski resorts, six different experiences. Something to think about when planning your ski trip to the USA or Canada.

IS THIS THE WINTER TO SKI IN JAPAN?

Japan is home to some of the best powder skiing on the planet. Read here about the skiing in Japan holidays offered by Mabey Ski as snow finally falls.

FEBRUARY SKIING SECRETS

– What have turtles got to do with skiing?
– Terrifying video of snowboarder clinging to a cliff face
– Girl dangling off chairlift rescued at Elk Mountain
– Moose stampedes through queue of skiers

Heliskiing in Austria on the Cheap

The resort of Nassfeld sits on the Italian border and is one of the few Austrian resorts offering heliskiing. PlanetSKI jumps aboard.

POSTCARD FROM SCHLADMING

PlanetSKI was in town for the night slalom World Cup race.  And to take a look round its slopes.

SCHLADMING EXCELS WITH RYDING IN TOP TEN

The Rocket came 8th – his second Top Ten of the season. PlanetSKI is slopeside in Schladming at one of the highlights of the racing season.

THE AKSEL LUND SVINDAL INTERVIEW

The great Norwegian ski racer has been answering questions from PlanetSKI.  He was in Kitzbühel for the infamous Hahnekamm races but this time, he was watching.

SCHLADMING: A CELEBRATION OF SLALOM

Downhill has the Hahnenkamm + the Lauberhorn.  PlanetSKI is in Schladming for slalom’s biggest night, and party, of the winter.

YOGA FOR SKIING

A new  SkiFit Yoga Workshop takes place on Saturday 25th January at the Milton Keynes Snozone.

PLANETSKI TOURS THE SKIWELT

It’s one of the largest linked areas in Austria, but not one we know that well. Time to change that.

WE LOOK BACK AT OUR TRIP TO UTAH

PlanetSKI was in Utah earlier this month. Take a look back at all our US adventures rolled into one article. What a blast!

Skiing in Bulgaria: It’s Cheap & Very Cheerful…

Our Social Media Editor has been to Borovets & Bansko. She knew it was going to be cheap and cheerful but it was going to be fun discovering more. First up, Borovets.

SKI TREASURE HUNT IN THE DOLOMITES

Day Two of Ian Davis’s Dolomiti Superski adventure. Competing in the annual Ski Caching event. It has its roots in Geocaching.

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Latest on #coronavirus

-British Alpine Championships Cancelled Due to Covid-19
-The Queen Urges People to Get Vaccinated
-Verbier Closes Part of Ski Area as Ski Numbers Fall
-Situation Worsens in Parts of France But Another Lockdown Ruled Out

https://planetski.eu/2021/02/22/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-29/

Evening update:

- The Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, calls for Europe-wide vaccination passport
- Ski Resorts in Finland Affected by New Restrictions as Cases Rise

https://planetski.eu/2021/02/22/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-29/

#Finland to introduce tougher restrictions as #covid19 cases rise.

Bars & restaurants will close + students over 13 to have remote learning.

Ski resorts can stay open but many facilities will shut + strict social distancing measures will be enforced.

https://planetski.eu/2021/02/22/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-29/

Latest news on #Coronavirus impact on snowsports:

-Swedish Doctor ‘Worried’ as Ski Resorts Enter Busy Holiday Period
-Switzerland Agrees Easing of Some Covid-10 Measures
-‘Too Early’ To Book Foreign Holidays says Home Secretary

https://planetski.eu/2021/02/22/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-29/

#covid19ski

AVALANCHE!!!

The most dangerous timing for avalanches, are the sunny days right after a big storm. If you plan on skiing any of our resort accessed back country we encourage you to sign up for an AST course.

(📹: Mischa Hribova)

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