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The Dave Ryding Story

He’s only gone and done it. The man known as The Rocket has hit the stratosphere with GB’s first Alpine World Cup victory. PlanetSKI has followed his career and reports on how it all began. NEW

100 Years of Slalom Racing

The centenary is being marked this week in Mürren. The Swiss resort was the venue for the first slalom race, held on 21st January 1922. NEW

PlanetSKI is Back on Snow

We are in one of our favourite alpine bases, Aosta in Italy, until the end of February. We are finally back on snow and report on what it is like in these Covid-19 times. It followed a somewhat traumatic experience even to get here. UPDATED

50 Years of Skiing at Cumbria Dry Slope

It’s a very special golden anniversary this winter for the Carlisle Snowsports Club and its dry slope on the England-Scotland border.

January’s Skiing Snippets – See What Catches our Eye in the World of Snowsports…

– Freeride World Tour Set to Roll
– Record Rise in Covid Cases in France & Italy
– No Tickets for General Public at Beijing Games
– Snow Camp Re-brands ….. LIVE & UPDATED

Merry Xmas & Happy New Year Folks

Father Xmas has been busy of late, popping up in ski resorts across the world. Lets hope he is doubled jabbed with a booster and that he managed to get into France OK… UPDATED

And the Winners Are…

PlanetSKI recently ran a competition to win copies of Ultimate Skiing Adventures. We don’t normally do competitions but with 187 interested in this one, then perhaps things might change.

Eco Stays in Isère

More and more of us are trying to do our bit to ‘go green’ and still enjoy our snowsports.  The Isère region in the French Alps has some great ideas for how you can make your visit more sustainable.

Win a Ski Trip Around the World

In book form that is. We have three copies of ‘Ultimate Skiing Adventures’ by our gear and equipment editor, Alf Alderson, to be won in a competition. All you have to do is answer one simple question.

December’s Skiing Snippets – See What Catches our Eye in the World of Snowsports…

– For When We Can Get to Ski in France
– Colorado Orders Compulsory Masks as Omicron Surges
– Ice Cathedral in the Swiss Alps
– Jackson Hole Tram Opens.. LIVE & UPDATED

The London Ski & Snowboard Festival is Back

It will take place in October 2022 and claims to be a great event and launchpad for the season – bigger, better, brighter. Will it live up to expectations? PlanetSKI reports from the launch event.

Is Now the Time for a North America Ski Road Trip?

Hell Yeah!  The Ikon Pass covers many fabulous resorts in the USA and Canada and so with a single pass you can ski dozens of resorts.  PlanetSKI reports from experience on the possibilities and what road trips are all about.

Kite Skiing Across Antarctica

Justin Packshaw and Jamie Facer Childs are heading south to begin an 80-day expedition across 2,500 miles of the frozen continent. PlanetSKI is following their travels.

November’s Skiing Snippets – See What Catches our Eye in the World of Snowsports…

– Japan to Close Borders to All Foreigners
– Covid Rules for Ski Resorts in British Columbia, Canada
– Drug-Taking Ski Instructor Responsible for GB Surgeon’s Death
– Ski Season Starts in the USA …LIVE & UPDATED

5 Top Resorts for Families in the Tirol

The Tirol in Austria has around 80 ski resorts and 3,000 kilometres of pistes and is a firm favourite for families. We asked the Tirol Tourist Office to recommend its Top Five. NEW

October’s Skiing Snippets – See What Catches our Eye in the World of Snowsports…

– Olympic Train Line Nears Completion
– GB Paralympian Kelly Gallagher Retires
– EU Recognises UK’s NHS Covid Pass
– Big Air Chur Highlights … LIVE

Ski Solutions – See What’s New for Next Winter

The ski specialist has new offerings and is urging people to book early for post-pandemic skiing and snowboarding next season. It is reporting a surge in bookings as travel restrictions are set to ease.

PlanetSKI Has More Free Tickets to Snow Show to Give Away

We have been inundated with requests to extend the free ticket codes so we have negotiated a few more from the organisers. NEW

PlanetSKI at the Henley Festival

It’s the latest in our adventures in the UK this summer as we have been unable to get to the mountains. Us skiers at the event decided to dedicate it to the approaching winter season as it has some snowsport connections. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Heads to Henley

After a series of summer activities in the UK due to being unable to reach the mountains we are rounding things off at the Henley Festival before our thoughts turn to autumn glacier skiing and winter. Believe it or not the Festival has some associations with skiing.

September’s Skiing Snippets – See What Catches our Eye in the World of Snowsports…

– How to Measure a Shrinking Glacier
– Big SNOW Indoor Slope in USA Shut Due to Fire
– Para Skiers Show Freestyle Skills
– Vaccinated Children Exempt From Norway Quarantine … LIVE

Breithorn or Bust… Part Two

PlanetSKI’s intrepid Switzerland reporter, Catie Friend, has been on a women-only expedition to the summit of the Breithorn. It was part of a wider challenge for all-women teams to climb the 48 4,000+ meter mountains in Switzerland this summer: Part Two.

Breithorn or Bust… Part One

PlanetSKI’s intrepid Switzerland reporter, Catie Friend, has been on a women-only expedition to the summit of the Breithorn. It was part of a wider challenge for all-women teams to climb the 48 4,000+ meter mountains in Switzerland this summer. Part One.

Excitement Grows for National Snow Show

Ticket sales have passed the 11,000 mark with the easing of covid rules in the UK and lifting of travel restrictions for vaccinated people coming from abroad helping. PlanetSKI has met the organiser and looks ahead to the autumn event.

August’s Skiing Snippets – See What Catches our Eye in the World of Snowsports…

– New Zealand Sees First Death Linked to Pfizer Vaccine
– 1,000+ Australian Covid Deaths as Resorts Remain Shut
– Forest Fire Threatens California Ski Resort
– Swiss Cow Rescued by Helicopter … LIVE & UPDATED

PlanetSKI Looks Back at Being PlanetBOAT

Earlier in July we spent a few days river cruising on the Thames. We can’t access the Alps at the moment so we’re doing a few activities here in the UK. See our updated report.

PlanetSKI Turns Into PlanetBOAT – Part Three

With the mountains effectively out-of-bounds PlanetSKI is confined to the UK. So, we’re trying a few outdoor activities within our shores. Next up it’s a spot of river cruising on the Thames. But have we managed to master it on our final day?

PlanetSKI Turns Into PlanetBOAT – Part Two

With the mountains effectively out-of-bounds PlanetSKI is confined to the UK. So, we’re trying a few outdoor activities within our shores. We’re on the Thames for a few days of river cruising and hoping to improve after an, er, challenging start. Surprisingly there are quite a few similarities with skiing.

PlanetSKI Turns Into PlanetBOAT – Part One

With the mountains effectively out-of-bounds PlanetSKI is confined to the UK. So, we’re trying a few outdoor activities within our shores.  First up it’s a spot of river cruising on the Thames. But what an earth does it have to do with skiing?

Winter Olympians Swap Snow for Water

Former GB ski racer Chemmy Alcott and freestyle snowboarder Aimee Fuller have been showing their style on the water after getting hooked on the growing sport of wakesurfing.

July’s Skiing Snippets – See What Catches our Eye in the World of Snowsports…

-France Extends Health Pass Requirements
-Australian Family Fined After Breaking Lockdown to go Skiing
-Reduced Winter Games NZ Confirmed
-GB Snowsport Supports Fundraising efforts of BSSNF..UPDATED

June’s Skiing Snippets – See What Catches our Eye in the World of Snowsports…

-Italy Ends Mask Wearing Outdoors
-Summer Season Starts At Park City in Utah
-Ski Race Series Kicks Off in GB
-Covid Outbreak in Sydney Means Ski Resorts Out of Bounds for Some
-Quarantine-free Travel for the Fully Vaccinated?….UPDATED

Skiing in Scotland into May

Scottish ski tourers have been out in force on Cairngorm, making the most of what will probably be the last significant snowfall of this winter. PlanetSKI’s Scotland reporter Rod Frazer was among them.

Verbier Ends its Ski Season

It is the end of a long and strange season under the pandemic. We have recently reported from the area on how the 4 Vallees and other resorts have coped in this, the strangest of winters. Earlier we heard from some of the people lucky enough to make it to the slopes.

95-year-old Goes Heliskiing

The are claims that Junior Bounous from Utah is the oldest person in the world to have gone heliskiing. He took to the skies and slopes of Snowbird this week.

Last Blast of Winter For Scottish Ski Areas

The return to winter weather has brought a dusting of hope for those desperate to slide around Scotland’s summits.  There was more snow over the weekend as temperatures fall. Graeme Wallace reports for PlanetSKI. 

Off Piste Skiing & Photography in Zermatt

Every now and again on PlanetSKI we post videos from our readers and our friends out in the mountains. This one caught out eye and brought back many memories too – from last year and longer ago.

Skiing Snippets – See What Catches our Eye in the World of Snowsports…

-GB Snowsport Supports Enough Is Enough
-Check It Out…
-Fancy a Fondue?
-Schweitzer Ski Resort Joins Ikon Pass
-Covid-19 Cases at Everest…UPDATED

Marmot Basin in Canada Opens New Terrain

It is the epitome of high alpine riding – steep, snow-filled, treeless terrain with breathtaking views of the surrounding Rocky Mountain Peaks. Who are we to disagree? Check out the images from one of our favourite resorts in Canada.

Where to Ski Next Winter: Norway

In our occasional series we are looking at areas to ski next winter that offer something a little bit different. Norway is one of our favourites – the Scandinavian country is most certainly not the Alps, but that’s good.

A Guide to Cross-Country-Skiing

It’s taken off this winter, according to numerous reports from the Alps.  If you’ve yet to be converted, have a look at the latest guide from our friends at Maison Sport.

Top 5 Resorts In The Tirol for Powderhounds

With most of us turning our attention to next winter it’s time for PlanetSKI to help you decide where to go. If you love your freeriding, read on.

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?

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?

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.

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

Snow report

Twitter

Reaction continues to pour in after THAT historic win for British skiing.

Hard to stop looking at the images of #DaveRyding’s victory. We’re loving soaking it all in!

Updated: https://planetski.eu/2022/01/22/world-cup-victory-for-dave-ryding/

GOLD! 🥇 Read the full story of how the boy from Bretherton @daveryding grew up to make history as the first GB winner of an alpine skiing World Cup ⤵

https://planetski.eu/2022/01/22/the-dave-ryding-story/

@GBSnowsport #ski #slalom #Kitzbühel #WorldCup

Absolutely phenomenal. Sporting history is made as @daveryding is the first GB skier to win an alpine World Cup race. Huge congrats Dave!

https://planetski.eu/2022/01/22/world-cup-victory-for-dave-ryding/

@GBSnowsport #Kitzbuehel #slalom

Turning increasingly snowy in the north-eastern Austrian Alps. This is Bad Leonfelden in Upper Austria where it has snowed for much of today and will continue to do so tomorrow: Detailed weekend weather forecast for the Alps: https://www.weathertoski.co.uk/weather-snow/latest-snow-forecast/

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