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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. UPDATED – WITH ALL INCLUSIVE SELF DRIVE SKI DEALS

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.

Snow report

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Today's #Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports.

-Unclear If Ski Resorts Will Open in Spain
-Swiss Ski Resorts Will Be Open at Xmas
-Mass Testing Starts in Austria
-Andorra keeps slopes closed for Xmas
-Hotelplan UK Suspends All Ski Holidays
+more

https://planetski.eu/2020/11/30/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-19/

Snow depths in Europe from today 4th December through to 20th December... it's both painful & joyful to view this animated gif! ❄️ #WeWillSkiAgain #CovidWillPass #TheMountainsWillBeWaiting @wxcharts

Hotelplan UK Suspends All Ski Holidays Until February

The company runs #Inghams #SkiTotal & #Flexiski.

People who have booked will be offered an alternative holiday at a later date, or a refund.

https://planetski.eu/2020/12/04/hotelplan-uk-suspends-all-ski-holidays-until-february/

#coronavirusski

Latest news on #Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports.

-Ski Cross World Cup in Val Thorens Goes Ahead
-Italy bans regional travel over holiday period
-Nordic Nations Pull Out Of Cross Country Ski Races
-Switzerland Under Growing Pressure

https://planetski.eu/2020/11/30/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-19/

#coronavirusski

As the second lockdown lifted yesterday, snowsport facilities across England have started to open their doors again. We have collated the reopening dates of facilities on our website.

Check if your local slope is open ⬇

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