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What does next season hold in store?

The tour operator, Erna Low, has asked a selection of snowsports journalists to offer their informed opinion(best guesses) for the winter ahead. PlanetSKI was among those canvassed.

The Jump is back

The Channel 4 programme is back for a second series next winter. It might have been slated by the critics and had a high number of injuries but the ratings were good.

Vail challenges Park City to the Ice Bucket Challenge

The two resorts may be locked in a bitter legal dispute over who owns the ski area of Park City Mountain Resort but that has not stopped some friendly banter.

Counting Scottish snow patches

265 areas of snow remain after the heavy snowfall of last winter. The patches have been counted for the last 7 years and there are normally around 50.

Skiers take up icebucket challenge

Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller, Mikaela Shiffrin, Tina Maze, Chemmy Alcott and a host of other famous, and less famous skiers have been doing it. So, which are the best so far?

Why are ski instructors so sexy?

Can’t resist a man or woman in uniform? Apparently most people can’t and ski instructors are some of the sexiest of the lot. At least they like to think so.

Snow-Camp expands to Leeds

The charity that helps inner-city children discover snowsports is holding a pilot programme at the Snozone in Castleford next month. It follows a new course in Cardiff as the charity grows.

Are you a latent skier?

You have been skiing a few times a while back and want to go again. Or maybe you have fancied skiing or snowboarding but have never got around to it. Help is on hand.

Norway in the summer

PlanetSKI has visted the country in the winter; now one of our reporters is currently touring the country and we thought we would share a few pictures.

Mountain bike Safari in The Tirol

The Austrian Tirol has opened up a series of linked rides across its mountains. PlanetSKI reporter, Christian Ferree, took to the saddle to see what it is like. Here is the final part of his 3-day journey.

Mountain bike safari in The Tirol

The Austrian Tirol has opened up a series of linked rides across its mountains. PlanetSKI reporter, Christian Ferree, took to the saddle for a 3-day journey on the new route.

Mountain biking on the up

The sport is becoming more popular across the Alps as people head to the mountains for their summer thrills. Chris Moran reports from Verbier on its roots, attractions and where it is heading.

Summer in a ski resort

More people are heading to the mountains in the summer. We reckon every keen skier should visit a ski area in the summer months. Why? PlanetSKI reports from the Austrian resort of Kitzbuhel.

Summer skiing secrets

The rolling PlanetSKI blog that may, or may not, be about skiing. Are snowsports sexist and whatever happend to 400 garden gnomes in Austria.

Fancy skiing in Chile?

One of our partners, Snoworks, has a couple of places left on its trip next month. Tempted by skiing in South America?

Volunteering in the Alps

Conservation projects for volunteers tend to be in the jungles of Asia or the remote locoations in South America. It is possible get the experience slightly closer to home; the Austrian Tirol.

Hiking the Hahnenkamm

It is the most famous downhill ski race of them all. The Streif course is now a summer attraction too. PlanetSKI pulls on its hiking boots rather than ski boots.

Is it cheating to use an e-bike?

The electric bike has soared in popularity in the Alps with the battery giving people an extra boost going up hill. Some purists believe it is not proper cycling and is only for the lazy. We are not so sure.

Remembering courage

A year ago Rob Williamson from Yorkshire earned one of the highest honours France awards to its pompiers. He lives in the Pyrenees ski resort of Bareges and is a part-time fireman.

PlanetSKI watches the World Cup

Sadly we are not actually in Brazil, but we are following it. Sometimes we have ski related story lines to report and other times not. It is hard to ignore the biggest sporting event of them all.

What do you do in the summer?

It is the question the PlanetSKI content editor, James Cove, is asked the most at this time of year with the ski season long gone. So, he thought he’d tell you.

Snow leopards born in US zoo

A male and female were born in Akron Zoo in Ohio. The animals are an endangered species with few left in the world.

Happy!

Skiing is what makes us Happy and it seems a few others too. That is according to ski versions of the Pharrell Williams song.

Skiing in the Valleys

This weekend the snowsports charity, Snow-Camp, is expanding its programme to Wales. It introduces teenagers to snowsports for enjoyment, and perhaps work.

From Everest to the Matterhorn

A British teenager was unable to climb Mt Everest this year so he is cycling to the Alps and climbing the Matterhorn instead. Alex Staniforth then plans to return to Mt Everest next year.

Summer in the mountains

So what exactly is there to do in ski resorts and the mountains in the summer months? Er, quite a lot. PlanetSKI reports on the joys of summer at altitude.

42 resorts & 14 weeks

The PlanetSKI content editor began his winter last October on the glaciers of the Austrian Tirol. He finished in May dancing to Robbie Williams in Ischgl. So, what happened in between?

Conchita loves the Austrian Alps

Conchita Wurst, the Eurovision Song Contest winner, is no stranger to the Alps. And the Austrian mountains are no stranger to some, er, wonderful Austrian music.

Day Five, Resort Three

The PlanetSKI Norwegian road trip moves on to Kvitjfell. It has some of the steepest terrain and James Cove and his son, Alex, were lucky enough to hit it with some fresh snow.

On the road again

The PlanetSKI Norwegian road trip continues as our content editor and his son arrive in Hefjell, near Lillehammer. So what is it that makes Norway special?

Ski-Twist 2013

If you only watch one ski video this week then make sure it is this one. Old school is back with music to match!

Ski-Twist 2013

If you only watch one ski video this week then make sure it is this one. Old school is back with music to match!

Its Movember

We are not growing moustaches here at PlanetSKI but others are. Including the rental company Ski Republic. Moustaches need to be yellow or pink.

Its Movember

We are not growing moustaches here at PlanetSKI but others are. Including the rental company Ski Republic. Moustaches need to be yellow or pink.

Top 10 attractions at London Ski Show

There seems to be a current obsession with lists in the travel industry, and skiing is no exception. Top 5s, Top 10s and even Top 50s seems to be the only way to cover anything. Rather belatedly we are jumping on the bandwagon.

Top 10 attractions at London Ski Show

There seems to be a current obsession with lists in the travel industry, and skiing is no exception. Top 5s, Top 10s and even Top 50s seems to be the only way to cover anything. Rather belatedly we are jumping on the bandwagon.

Let it all hang out

The team from Valhalla has been out on the slopes. With just their skis and snowboards but precious little else. Check out the pictures and video!

Let it all hang out

The team from Valhalla has been out on the slopes. With just their skis and snowboards but precious little else. Check out the pictures and video!

THERE IS FAR MORE TO A SKI HOLIDAY THAN, ER, SKIING

The resort of Samoens in Le Grand Massif is known for its great sking but there is much else besides. Our reporter, Krystyna Chauncey, went to discover what else there is to do in the ski resort.

There is far more to a ski holiday than, er, skiing

The resort of Samoëns in Le Grand Massif is known for its great sking but there is much else besides. Our reporter, Krystyna Chauncey, went to discover what else there is to do in a ski resort.

59 days alone on ice

Felicity Aston is the only woman to have skied across Antarctica solo and unaided. She talked to the sun, hallucinated and went to the edge of endurance as she completed her epic journey.

59 days alone on ice

Felicity Aston is the only woman to have skied across Antarctica solo and unaided. She talked to the sun, hallucinated and went to the edge of endurance as she completed her epic journey.

Candide Thovex charged by a cow

Yes you have read that correctly! The extreme skier was getting in some of his first turns of the season after the recent fresh snow. It was in a gentle meadow rather than the steeps he is more used to.

Austria Awaits

A growing number of British skiers are heading to the slopes of Austria. There are new lifts, upgraded runs and the famous Austrian hospitality. PlanetSKI reports on what the winter ahead holds.

Autumn meets winter

The images and videos coming out of North America as autumn moves slowly towards winter are stunning. Wonderful autumnal colours now set off by falling snow. Sit back and enjoy.

Is it possible to teach your partner to snowboard?

A PlanetSKI reporter wanted to introduce his fiance to the joys of snowboarding but did not feel the need for professional tuition. Big mistake. Especially as their wedding day was approaching.

McConkey film premiers in London

The film about the extreme skier Shane McConkey was shown in Leicester Square on Monday night. He died aged 39 jumping off a cliff in the Dolomites leaving behind a wife and child. He was one of the greatest free skiers of all time.

Ice Queen

What did you do for your summer holiday this year? One of our intrepid reporters went to Greenland where she canoed round icebergs and then flew over them in a helicopter. It beat lying on a beach in the Mediterranean.

The cheaper side of the Matterhorn

It is one of the greatest ski areas in the Alps, but it does not come cheap. You can reduce costs by staying in Cervinia on the Italian side of the mountain. PlanetSKI reports on how to ski the area on a budget.

A Taste for Skiing

14 mountain huts in Alta Badia in the Dolomites are offering snack food prepared by Michelin starred chefs. Finger food on the go. It follows a succesful launch last season. James Cove mixed powder with Michelin stars.

Skiing secrets – its back

Our occasional round up of anything in particular that makes us laugh or grabs out attention is back. Sadly we also pay tribute to the passing of our favourite alpine dog, Rosti.

Why do people jump off mountains?

It is one of the fastest growing extreme sports but why do people risk their life for a few minutes of thrill. The Swiss are asking the question about the wingsuit flyers.

Skiing Secrets

Our occasional blog of anything that catches our eye returns – including a head cam video of one of the longest falls we have seen. And several old black and white videos of wintersports gone by. Get your popcorn out and enjoy.

Will skiers & snowboarders ever get on?

Here at PlanetSKI we recently published an article by a ski writer poking fun at snowboarders. We followed it with an article by one of our snowboard writers celebrating the sport. Seems to have got a few hot under the collar.

Middle-aged man goes on holiday with wife and 2 children

Normally our tales from the mountains involve high-octane adrenalin filled adventures, but not this time. Dull is OK and sometimes slightly better than that.

Middle-aged man continues holiday with wife and 2 children

Normally our tales from the mountains involve high-octane adrenalin filled adventures, but not always. Dull can be OK and sometimes slightly better than that. See Part 2 of our unspectacular blog from the Hautes-Pyrenees.

Middle-aged man ends holiday with wife and 2 children

Normally our tales from the mountains involve high-octane adrenalin filled adventures, but not always. Dull can be OK and sometimes slightly better than that. See the final part of our unspectacular blog from the Hautes-Pyrenees.

What is new in the Tirol for next season?

The summer is drawing to a close and that means one thing; winter is getting closer and closer. In a special series on PlanetSKI our main partners tell us what is in store for 2013/14.

Skiing Secrets

It is that time again. The moment when we post a selection of unrelated photos, videos and stories just because they have caught our eye. The often have little to do with skiing or snowboarding.

In celebration of snowboarding

Earlier this month one of our skiing writers poked fun at the snowboarders. Now one of our snowboarding writers turns the tables. So what exactly has snowboarding done for you? Er, quite a bit really.

Snow report

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Latest news on #Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

-‘We Won’t Give Up’ says Les2Alpes
-Ski Amis Goes Out of Business
-Call in Italy for Ski Resort Hotels to be Allowed to Open
-French Resorts Protest About Plans to Close Ski Lifts

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

On ne pourra pas skier à Noël 😭 Mais on se réconforte très vite quand on voit le décor dans lequel on se balade tous les jours... ❄
📸 Photos prises cet après-midi au village.
#valdisere #neige #snowfall #WinterWonderland #savoiemontblanc

300 people in #Les2Alpes in France demonstrate against delayed start to ski season.

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

Ski resorts in France are now allowed to offer #skitouring #crosscountryskiing and #snowshoeing….. check out what they’re like.

We’ve done them all!

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As another month starts check out our latest page of News in Brief:

– GB Skier Pam Thorburn Retires
– Sunshine Village in Canada Wins Award
– Ice rinks for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Go Green

https://planetski.eu/2020/12/01/decembers-news-in-brief/

@SunshineVillage #beijing2022 @GBSnowsport

Germany Restates Desire to have Coordinated Opening of Europe’s Ski Resorts.

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

Latest on #coronavirus impact on #snowsports: demo planned in French Alps to get #ski resorts open for Christmas; infections expected to surge in US after Thanksgiving; drive-through Christmas markets in Germany
https://planetski.eu/2020/11/30/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-19/

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