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Ski News in Brief

– Congratulations to Zak Carrick-Smith
– Save £100 on Lift Pass & Ski Hire with Inghams Ski
– 3 Teachers Jailed after Japan Avalanche Kills 8
– Verbier is Most Expensive Resort in the Alps for 2nd Home
– Snow Camp Looks Back on 20th Birthday Year… LIVE & UPDATED

June’s Ski News in Brief

– Swiss Voters Back Plan to Boost Domestic Renewable Energy
– Snow Camp Hiring London Programme Manager
– More June Snow in Scotland
– Italian Resort Set to Ban All Plastic
– Extreme Skier Dies Attempting to Ski the Matterhorn… LIVE & UPDATED

May’s Ski News in Brief

– Candidates for 2030 & 2034 Olympics Present Their Cases
– Social Media Used to Find Hit-&-Run Snowboarder
– Swiss Village Considers Tourist Tax to Limit Day Trippers
– NZ Resort of Cardrona Prepares for Winter
– Milan-Cortina Olympics HQ Raided by Police… LIVE & UPDATED

Yoga & Skiing in Les Menuires

The Yoga and Ski week at Les Menuires in Les3Vallees is now in its 8th year and is surging in popularity. PlanetSKI’s Katy Dartford sees what the experience is all about.

Ski Touring Around Innsbruck

It is one of the fastest growing on-snow activities in the Tirol – ski touring. PlanetSKI has been walking uphill a few times during our extended stay in Innsbruck.

Skiing for the Very First Time

18-year old Luca Reid James put skis on for the first time. It was daunting at first but he now seems hooked for life.

The City Part of PlanetSKI’s Innsbruck Stay Continues

We’re here in Innsbruck in the Tirol for a month or so – the ultimate Ski + City location in the Alps. 13 ski areas around the city with 23 attractions off the slopes – all on one pass. UPDATED

Father & Daughter Ski Touring in St Anton

Why would one chose to walk up a mountain on skis when it is quicker and easier to ski down them? Ask Simon Miller and his daughter Tabitha who went out touring with a local guide.

PlanetSKI’s Innsbruck Stay Spreads its Wings

We’re here in Innsbruck in the Tirol for a month or so – the ultimate Ski + City location in the Alps. 13 ski areas around the city with 23 attractions off the slopes – all on one pass. UPDATED

April’s Ski News in Brief

– Electric Snowcat on Trial in Arapahoe Basin
– Swiss Ski Resorts Claim Success
– Alterra Buys Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing
– Good April Snowfalls in the USA
– Bear Cubs Filmed Climbing Steamboat Gondola Pylon… UPDATED

PlanetSKI’s Extended Innsbruck Stay Enters Week Three

We’re here in Innsbruck in the Tirol for a month or so – the ultimate Ski + City location in the Alps. 13 ski areas around the city with 23 attractions off the slopes – all on one pass.

Is It Better to Buy Skis or Rent Skis?

It’s one of the eternal dilemmas for skiers. PlanetSKI reporters examine the advantages and disadvantages of both. UPDATED

Week Two in Innsbruck Continues for PlanetSKI

We’re here in Innsbruck in the Tirol for a month or so – the ultimate Ski + City location in the Alps. 13 ski areas around the city with 23 attractions off the slopes – all on one pass. UPDATED

PlanetSKI’s Innsbruck Stay Goes Up a Gear

We’re here in Innsbruck in the Tirol for a month or so – the ultimate Ski + City location in the Alps. 13 ski areas around the city with 23 attractions off the slopes – all on one pass. Bring it on… UPDATED

Ski Solo & Make Friends

What do a former Coldstream Guardsman, a retired hospital consultant and a golf course greenkeeper have in common? They’re among a group of 8 on a ski holiday arranged especially for individuals travelling alone. PlanetSKI joined them.

Ski News in Brief

– Happy Easter Folks!
– Multiple Avalanches in Colorado
– Skiing in Afghanistan
– The Patrouille des Glaciers in Verbier
– British Man Dies in Avoriaz…LIVE

PlanetSKI Sets Out to Ski Les3Vallees in a Day

The huge French ski area is the largest linked ski area in the world. PlanetSKI set out to ski every area and discover a little bit about each area as we passed through.

Spring Skiing in the Tirol

With longer days, sunnier slopes, and warmer temperatures, it’s one of our favourite times to ski.  Late season skiing has a lot going for it and there are few places better than the Austrian Tirol.

Après Ski – The Maison Sport Guide

It started as a few drinks after a day on the slopes and turned into a phenomenon.  Après ski. Our friends at Maison Sport reveal their top 5 resorts in Europe for your post-ski tipple.

Crystal Ski Selects its Best Resorts For Teens or Tots

Whether the dynamic needs to be suited to teens or tots, Crystal has rounded up its top resorts for families of all different shapes, sizes and ages.

Tirol – Beyond the Slopes

There is much more to the Tirol than just the fabulous skiing. Here we look at some alternative activities, from the well-known ones to a few surprises.

PlanetSKI Goes Adaptive Skiing

In 2015 our reporter Clare Meaney was the victim of a hit-&-run accident in Val-d’Isere. She suffered a badly broken leg, & then a brain haemorrhage. Clare is now back on snow, in a sit-ski.

Unusual Ski Fines

€15,000 fine for triggering an avalanche in France, €2,000 fine for wearing ski boots in Ischgl after skiing & $500 for sharing your ski pass in Colorado. These are just some of the examples found by VIP SKI.

International Ski Patrol Day 2024

Saturday 10th February was International Ski Patrol Day. PlanetSKI looks into the work of Shawn Beaudoin, a ski patroller in Whistler, Canada & sees what’s going on around the world.
UPDATED

Ski News in Brief

– Boss des Bosses returns to Verbier
– Record Numbers for Swiss Hotels & Mountain Huts
– Snowboarder In Utah Has Shotgun Pulled on Him
– High Number of People Caught in Avalanches in Colorado
– Registration is Open for L3V Enduro..LIVE

Skiing & Healing in Gastein

PlanetSKI’s Jane Peel has just spent some time in Bad Gastein in Austria. For the skiing, obviously.  But she’s also been enjoying – or perhaps enduring – the strangest experience she’s ever had on a ski trip.

Dave Ryding: The PlanetSKI Interview

GB’s greatest alpine ski racer has been speaking exclusively to PlanetSKI’s Jane Peel about the season so far and the potentially bright future for the GB alpine team.

PlanetSKI at Schladming Night Slalom as Ryding Comes 14th

The spectacular Schladming World Cup Night Slalom has taken place in the Austrian resort. PlanetSKI was slopeside for THE greatest slalom race of the season.

Andorra’s Other Ski Areas

The majority of UK skiers head to the main resorts of the Grandvalira – Soldeu, El Tartar and Pas de La Casa.  But there are others – Arinsal, Pal and Arcalis.

Obertauern Revisited

It’s many, many years since PlanetSKI’s Chief Reporter visited Obertauern, one of Austria’s highest non-glacier resorts. She’s back to see what it’s like in 2024.

PlanetSKI Hits the Pyrenees

We’re in Europe’s other main mountain range for most of January – skiing the French Pyrenees, Andorra and then the Spanish Pyrenees. First stop was Ax-3-Domaines in France, now we’re in Andorra. UPDATE

Helly Hansen’s Women’s Snow Camps in Whistler

They aim create a safe, motivating environment for women to develop their skiing skills while feeling at home in the mountains. PlanetSKI’s Katy Dartford reports from the camp in Whistler.

Is Apres Ski on the Decline?

A new survey claims 9 out of 10 British skiers and snowboarders no longer enjoy apres as much as they used to. Pardon?  UPDATED

Ski News in Brief

– Go Katie!
– New air route to Verona for next winter
– Woman trapped in gondola overnight
– Mikaela Shiffrin airlifted to hospital after crash
– Milan-Cortina Olympics Could get its Own Sliding Centre … LIVE

Happy New Year Folks!

It was celebrated in style in the mountains. See what happened across ski resorts in Europe and North America.

Skiing Les Arcs over the Festive Period

PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, is spending Xmas in the Alps with his family. Rather strangely none of them actually wanted to be skiing in the festive period – in Les Arcs or anywhere else for that matter. UPDATED

Kaunertal: The Tirol’s Secret Glacier Ski Area

Soelden, Stubai, Hintertux & Pitztal may be better known, but Kaunertal is the real deal – a high-altitude alpine gem. PlanetSKI is converted.

Ski Legends Turn Out to Honour Klammer

More than 30 skiing legends have gathered in the Austrian resort of Bad Kleinkirchheim to join in the 70th birthday celebrations for one of the greatest downhill racers of all time, Franz Klammer. They took part in a race with a difference and PlanetSKI was slopeside.

An Australian in Austria

Grace Burnfield and her partner, Luke, are from Perth in Western Australia. They’re touring Europe at the moment, including taking in a spot of skiing. Ischgl seemed the best place to head to and so it proved to be.

A Day Ski Touring in the Tirol

It is one of the big growth areas in snowsports – ski touring. It doesn’t have to be for the experts. Check out our photogallery from the weekend.

December’s Ski News

– Austrian Ski Racer Marco Schwarz Injured
– FIS New Year Greetings
– Swiss Avalanche Institute Wants Public Help
– PlanetSKI Heads Off Piste with ESF Guide
– Wolves Released into the Wild in US Mountains…LIVE

Why Ski in Austria Next Winter?

We are asking some of the Alpine and Scandinavian countries to tell us, in their own words, what makes a ski holiday so special in their region. Next we hear from Austria.

Five of the Best in the Tirol

We are asking some resorts and ski areas to tell us, in their own words, what makes a ski holiday so special in their region. First we hear from the Tirol Austria.

Ski Sainte Foy With Premiere Neige

In 2002, Premiere Neige made its debut in Sainte Foy starting with just two chalets. Today it owns a collection of 30 catered and self-catered properties.

November’s Ski News

– Pat Sharples Named Coach of the Year
– Gastro Day in Gurgl raises €28,660 for Local Families
– From Pow, Pow to Woof, Woof
– Swiss Sports Federations Back Winter Olympic Bid
– Avalanche in Iran Kills 5 Climbers… LIVE

Happy Birthday Iglu Ski

The pioneering ski agent is 25-years old. All those years ago it recognised that the future of booking a ski holiday was using digital technology with real-time information to put the customer at the heart of the process.  400, 000 people have reaped the rewards.

The Snow Show 2023

PlanetSKI reporter Simon Wilson has not been to a ski show for more than forty years – so we despatched him to this year’s exhibition & asked him to take his teenage-self along. What has changed?

Fancy Free Tickets to the London Snow Show This Weekend?

It takes place this weekend at the ExCeL in east London and follows on from the National Snow Show in Birmingham last weekend. PlanetSKI has a bunch of tickets to give away. NEW

PlanetSKI Ends its Autumn Trip to the Mountains of Europe

But not before we watched England and Wales in their separate matches in the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup. They were being held last weekend in Marseille to the south of the Alps. UPDATED

Ski Club GB Looks Forward to the Season of 23/24

The Ski Club of Great Britain is celebrating its 120th anniversary and to mark the occasion, is launching a host of new initiatives for its members as it heads into the 2023-24 winter ski season.

Save Money on Your Ski Trip

We have just fully updated the PlanetSKI Guide to Saving Money – it’s full of handy tips and practical advice. It sits in another section of the web site but we re-produce it here. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Stays in 14th Century French Chateau in Alps

We’ve stayed in some varied and interesting places in our travels around the Alps. But never a genuine French chateau. Check out the Le Chateau de Candie in Chambery.

PlanetSKI Seems to Have Turned Into PlanetRUGBY. Again!

We’re on the final week of our month-long tour of France: watching the group stages of the Rugby World Cup. Plus visiting The Alps, Pyrenees & Jura as we look ahead to winter. NEW

Autumn Ski News

– World Cup Alpine Ski Racing Starts then Stops
– The Rocket Prepares to Launch
– Ban on Russia & Belarus Snowsport Athletes Continues
– Chef de Mission for 2026 Paralympics Appointed
– Good luck with your recovery Wozza!…LIVE

Autumn in the Alps

The seasons are changing as autumn gets underway & winter edges closer. The days are shorter, there’s been snow at altitude & the leaves are changing their colour. PlanetSKI reports from the Alps. UPDATED

PlanetSKI is in the Jura Mountains

We’ve been in the Pyrenees and the Alps on our autumn tour of the mountains, now its time for the Jura.  One of Europe’s little-known and under-appreciated ranges. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Turns Into PlanetRUGBY

We’ve been in the Pyrenees, the Alps & the Jura in France as we take in the Rugby World Cup. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Is In the Alps

We’re in Chambery: hiking at altitude, nosing round the ancient town, plus staying in a Chateau. We have a bit of time on our hands between matches in the Rugby World Cup. UPDATED

PlanetSKI’s Autumn Trip to the Alps & Pyrenees Continues

We’ve been in the Pyrenees. We’re heading to the Alps and then hopefully it’s the Jura. Plus we’re taking in the Rugby World Cup. Did we mention golf and lilo testing? UPDATED

PlanetSKI Is In The Pyrenees

We’re back in our natural habitat – the mountains. We are in France for 4-weeks (hopefully longer) for the Rugby World Cup. Be rude not to spend the downtime between matches in the Pyrenees & the Alps. UPDATED

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