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July’s News in Brief…

– GB 11-year old is youngest to climb Matterhorn
– Rockfall warnings in Scottish mountains
– Good snow in Tignes
– Aspen joins Facebook advertising boycott… 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.

ALL ABOARD THE ALPEN EXPRESS TO AUSTRIA

PlanetSKI takes a new rail route to the Tirol as we head to the mighty Ski Welt. Check out the ride & our first day on the slopes.

PLANETSKI RETURNS TO THE DOLOMITES

Dolomiti Superski: 39 resorts, 1200kms of slopes, glacier skiing, mott of the slopes at 1600m with many at 2000m.

OUR FINAL DAY IN UTAH… ONE FOR THE MEMORY.

PlanetSKI ends its week-long trip to Utah. Snow shoeing, cross country skiing, ice castles & a swim in a 10,000 year old thermal crater.

PLANETSKI HEADS TO ZERMATT: THE ONE IN UTAH NOT SWITZERLAND

We didn’t know there was another resort called Zermatt. It is not so much a resort as a base to try snowsports activities & nearby ski areas.

SKIING, FOOD & HISTORY IN THE TIROL

PlanetSKI reporter Clare Meaney has been finding out what the neighbouring resorts of Ischgl and Galtür have to offer. After the skiing, it’s eating and a bit of culture.

And so to Park City Mountain Resort…

PlanetSKI’s trip in Utah moves round to one of our favourite large resorts in North America. But can it live up to expectations?

DEER VALLEY RE-DISCOVERED

The first resort we’re hitting in Utah is Deer Valley. Consistently voted the No1 resort in the USA. So, is it?

BACK ON SKIS AFTER SERIOUS INJURY

PlanetSKI reporter, Clare Meaney, had a serious injury 5 years ago after being skied into. She has pretty much been unable to ski, until now.

MAIN STREET, SNOW SHOEING & OLYMPIC BOBSLED RUN

We’ve arrived in Park City, Utah for a few days of powder skiing. But first we go to two ends of the spectrum.

RELAX IF YOU CAN!

It’s known for its fabulous skiing & apres ski, but it has another side too – relaxation. Relax if you can.

PLANETSKI ARRIVES IN UTAH AS MORE SNOW FALLS

Half a metre fell last week and more is forecast. Which is good as PlanetSKI has just touched down in Salt Lake City!

PLANETSKI HEADS TO THE MOUNTAINS

The Xmas and New Year festivities are a thing of the past.  It’s time to go skiing… & dining.

JANUARY SKIING SECRETS

– ‘Drunk’ arrested for trying to drive up a ski slope
– Chose your music for the slopes
– Environmental cost of some ski waxes
– GB snowboarder aims to break own speed record

PLANETSKI HANDS OUT ANOTHER AWARD

Which is The Best Ski Resort You Have Never Heard Of? We’ve found ours. Step forward Zauchensee. Where?

NEVIS RANGE 30 YEARS ON

The Scottish ski resort has been celebrating its birthday as it turns 30. We look back at its illustrious history.

IT’S BEGINNING TO FEEL A LOT LIKE XMAS

PlanetSKI tours the Advent Market in Altenmarkt in SalzburgerLand in Austria. It sure works up an appetite.

PLANETSKI IS SKIING IN SCOTLAND

Our intrepid Scotland reporter, Rod Frazer, has been out on the slopes for the first turns of the season.

PISTE, POWDER & NO POLITICS

PlanetSKI is regaining its sanity in the Austrian Alps. Away from UK politics.

POLITICS, PISTE & POWDER

Hands up who’s fed up with politics? Yes, we are too so we’ve gone to Austria for the weekend to get away from it all. Just a couple of days.

THE BEST OFF PISTE GUIDEBOOK EVER?

It’s the idea of a British skier & is published two years after he came up with the idea while nursing a broken leg.

HOW TO SKI SCHOOL…

You may have many questions about taking lessons. Here are a few answers from our friends at Maison Sport.

HOW TO START AND END A SKI SEASON IN 2 HOURS

Day One of my winter: Opening Day at Les Menuires in Les3Vallees. The sun’s out, the snow’s good. What could possibly go wrong?

PLANETSKI VISITS XMAS MARKETS IN TIROL’S CAPITAL

A Christmas market has always been on our radar. We’re in Innsbruck for perhaps the best Xmas markets in the Alps.

HOW TO DO A CITY AND SKI BREAK…

Innsbruck has world class city attractions + some fabulous ski resorts nearby. Day Two Update: City + Ski.

DECEMBER SKIING SECRETS

* Grouse attacks Russian snowboarder
* Official on course as ski racer speeds towards him
* Check out the black + white ski video
* Woof, woof

BUSTING SKI MYTHS

Our friends over at Maison Sport have been at it again. Offering straight advice on topics relevant to all skiers & snowboarders.

Snow report

Twitter

Finland lifts travel restrictions for 17 more European countries but not UK and Sweden, Falls Creek remains open for some snow activities as lifts close + New Zealand to limit people flying into country to align with available quarantine accommodation.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/12/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-5/

Crowds descend on resorts in New Zealand to enjoy 'epic' #snow conditions ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/07/13/epic-conditions-at-new-zealand-ski-resorts/
@MtHutt @CoronetPeak @TheRemarks @CardronaNZ
#ski #snowboard #NewZealand

What will #apresski look like next season?

If the example of some of the summer party hotspots in anything to go by then the answer is very different.

Is apres an essential part of your holiday or are you not bothered?

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/13/what-will-apres-ski-bars-look-like-next-season/

#FallsCreek remains open for some snow activities as lifts close due to #covid19

The resort will still run some cross country skiing, tobogganing, snowmobile tours and back country tours.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/12/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-5/

#covid19skiing #coronavirusskiing #skiinginaustralia

The date is set and the countdown begins as indoor snow centres in England can open - 4 months after covid-19 restrictions shut them. https://planetski.eu/2020/07/10/the-snow-centre-announces-it-is-to-reopen/

New Zealand to limit people flying into country to align with available quarantine accommodation.

The skiing conditions are currently described as “epic”.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/12/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-5/

11-year old from Scotland become youngest person to climb the Matterhorn.

HUGE congrats to Jules Molyneaux from Perthshire.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/01/julys-news-in-brief/

Has your local slope reopened yet? We've collated information about reopening dates of facilities across England on our website.

Find out if your local slope is open or planning to open soon ➡ https://bit.ly/ReopeningInfoSE

Who has ever tried packing up the car and setting off to the Alps on the road? Once you arrive, you can enjoy the freedom of driving to neighbouring resorts to explore new slopes... ❄️⛷️

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