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500 alpenhorn players perform above Zermatt

It was quite a sight. 500 assembled at the top of the Gornegrat railway. It has entered the record books as the largest gathering of people playing a single instrument.

Some of my best friends are boarders

Confirmed skier, Michael Cranmer, takes an objective and detatched look at the snowboarding fraternity. Something tells us he has been cut up once or twice and is perhaps of a certain age….

Skiing secrets

In the winter we post a random selection of videos, photos and news in our blog, Skiing Secrets. We are now as far away from winter as it is possible to be so it is clearly the time to post again. Sod the heatwave.

LOL

It is an alpine hike with a difference. A route with a series of activities including massage, yoga, nature trails, story telling & a lady who teaches people to laugh, out loud. We are not joking.

Summer skiing in the Alps

It is the best summer for skiing in the Alps for almost 20 years. If you have ever wondered what it is like then now is the time to go. PlanetSKI reports from Les 2 Alpes in France.

PlanetSKI is summer skiing in the Alps

What are you doing to keep warm in the current UK heatwave? We going glacier skiing at Les2Alpes. It is a refreshing +3ºC up on the glacier at 3,000m. Winter at the top, summer in the valley.

Fancy saving money in the Tirol this summer?

The Austrian region of the Tirol is offering free guest cards to many of its visitors this summer. It means discounted entry to many attractions and a host of savings. We like a bargain, do you?

A mountain bike virgin

Have you ever been mountain biking in the Alps? PlanetSKI reporter, Mark Barber, tries it for the first time in Ischgl. He ended up on a trans-Alpine route from Austria to Switzerland. Nothing like throwing yourself in the deep end!

Helping the less-fortunate enjoy the snow

An indoor snow centre in the UK is helping people with autism to learn to ski. Snowbility has recently been recognised by the National Autistic Society for its impressive results.

Skiers have best bottoms

A poll claims skiers have the best bums of any professional. MPs have the worst posteriors. Lets hear it for ski bums!

Skiing in July

There are well over 100 ski resorts open across the world this month. Most are in the southern hemisphere but there are quite a few glacier resorts in The Alps. More are opening.

Summer in the Hautes-Pyrenees

The mountainous area in south-west France has a host of things on offer this summer. From city and spa, to outdoor adventure, cultural and spiritual breaks.

Images of the NZ snow

There have been huge snowfalls in New Zealand this week as we have been reporting on PlanetSKI. It may be the end of June but we cant get enough of pictures of the snow. These come from a local who went out with his camera. Stunning!

Is this the best surf trick ever?

A 20-year old surfer from Hawaiian pulled it off at the Oakley Pro in Bali. He scored a perfect 10 and many experts can not recall a better leap.

The mountains affect how we speak

Scientists claim that altitude and thin air have developed the sound of languages. People speak in shorter bursts expelling air to retain moisture in their throats apparently and less atmospheric pressure makes it easier to do.

Summer finally arrives in the Alps

After a long, cold, wet and miserable Spring the sun has finally come out and the temperatures have shot up. Check out pictures of what summer looks like. At last!

Surviving in the snow

The BBC has a feature on its web site of people surviving huge falls. Whether they be from failed parachute jumps or out of airplanes. Most landed in snow.

Images from Scotland

PlanetSKI was in the Cairngorms last week in the Highlands of Scotland. We posted a couple of pictures and a few readers have asked for more. So here they are.

The PlanetSKI videos

We have a selection of the videos that we have been watching at PlanetSKI this week to remind us what its all about. They come from Chamonix, La Clussaz, Northstar and, er, Hemel Hempstead. Plus there is a bit of ski ballet.

Next Warren Miller film looks good

A trailer has been released for the offering this year – Ticket to Ride. It will be on general release in the autumn but if you cannot wait till then we have a sneak preview here at PlanetSKI.

Evolution gave penguins a choice – fly or swim

That is the choice presented by evolution as new research indicates the swimming abilities of the bird is at the expense of flight. Here PlanetSKI we are rather fond on penguins.

Candide Thovex goes skiing

Mad, bad, dangerous, irresponsible or just plain cool? A video of the freeskier slaloming through a poma lift and apparently being apprehended by the gendarmes after doing a somersault over a police car is causing an internet stir.

Still dreaming of powder?

In a PlanetSKI series over the summer we are showing some awe inspiring videos. Here are a couple; a descent of Mont Blanc that has not been skied for almost 30 years. Plus a look at the Team GB snowboarders in action.

Family holidays in the Austrian Tirol

It is one of the best areas in the Alps for a family summer holiday. See what is on offer, where to go and what the attractions are of summer in the Alps.

Fancy swapping your chalet?

Do you own a chalet or apartment in a ski resort? Are you keen to discover new ski areas? A new organisation has been launched so you can simply swap your chalet with someone exactly like you.

Austrian alpine huts under threat

The high-altitude mountain huts need more money to survive. More cash has just been donated but it is not enough. PlanetSKI has enjoyed the hospitality of the huts in winter and summer.

Svindal goes freeriding

We are more used to seeing him ski gates as a World Champion and Olympic Gold medalist but he cuts a pretty mean line in the deep powder. Check out the video of Aksel Lund Svindal skiing some stunning big mountains in his home country of Norway.

Last turns of the season

Many of us are looking back on one of the greatest seasons in recent memory. One is PlanetSKI reader, Lynsey Devon, who skis more than most as she runs a PR company that represents many ski industry clients. She is in Val d’Isere for her last runs of the winter.

Loos with views

A photographic exhibition has opened in Switzerland showing some of the most unusual designs and locations for toilets in the Swiss Alps. Answering the call of nature at 3,500m.

Skiing in Norway – Part Four

Norway used to be popular with the British but recently numbers have dwindled. That may be about to change – next winter Crystal is offering holidays again. PlanetSKI is in Norway and we have a series of special reports. Here we try our hand at husky sledging and have a ski area all to ourselves. Literally.

Skiing in Norway – Part Two

Norway used to be popular with the British but recently numbers have dwindled. That may be about to change – next winter Crystal is offering holidays again. PlanetSKI is in Norway and we have a series of special reports. Here we try our hand a cross-country skiing.

Skiing in Norway – Part Three

Norway used to be popular with the British but recently numbers have dwindled. That may be about to change – next winter Crystal is offering holidays again. PlanetSKI is in Norway and we have a series of special reports. Here we visited Hemsedal – one of the biggest resorts that rivals what the Alps has to offer.

Skiing in Norway

Norway used to be popular with the British but recently numbers have dwindled. That may be about to change as the tour operators look again at the country. Next winter Crystal is offering holidays. PlanetSKI is in Norway and we have a series of special reports.

Ski or Board?

PlanetSKI reporter Sarah Tood has skied for many years but admired snowboarders from a distance. She can ski well so surely snowboarding would be easy? Ha!

Spring in the Tirol

There is a whole host of traditional alpine activities taking place and we have some great offers for the summer and news from the region. Read all about it in this feature from one of our partners at PlanetSKI.

Wi-Fi in ski resorts

Some offer it for free in hotspots across the resort while others charge large amounts for poor connections. We reckon internet access is now an essential part of the ski holiday experience. Our content editor gets on his hobby-horse.

3 reasons to go spring skiing

Two PlanetSKI readers have just been in the French resort of Val Cenis Vanoise. One is a hoola hoop instructor and she took her hoops with her. The other took his video camera. They both enjoyed some spring skiing.

Road trip in the French Pyrenees

PlanetSKI has been in one of the great undiscovered ski areas of Europe; The Hautes Pyrenees. Undiscovered by the Brits that is. We have just skied 5 resorts in 5 days. Phew.

Pyrenees road trip continues

PlanetSKI has been in one of the great undiscovered ski areas of Europe; The Haute Pyrenees in France. Undiscovered by the Brits that is. We have just skied 5 resorts in 5 days……here is Day Two.

Two resorts in a day

PlanetSKI has been in one of the great undiscovered ski areas of Europe; The Hautes Pyrenees. Undiscovered by the Brits that is. We have just skied 5 resorts in 5 days. Here is Day Three when we skied Bareges and La Monjie. And nursed a hangover.

Sleeping among the stars

PlanetSKI has been in one of the great undiscovered ski areas of Europe; The Hautes Pyrenees. Undiscovered by the Brits that is. We have just skied 5 resorts in 5 days. Phew. Day four was the highlight – a night at Le Pic du Midi.

Road trip ends

PlanetSKI has been in one of the great undiscovered ski areas of Europe; The Haute Pyrenees. Undiscovered by the Brits that is. Last month we skied 5 resorts in 5 days. Phew. Here is our final day – Day Five. We saved the best till last.

Scouting out Serre Chevalier

A PlanetSKI reporter tests out a chalet holiday that’s ideal for families, with the added attraction of learning to drive a piste basher. The resort currently has huge amounts of snow too.

Skiing secrets

In our occassional weekend blog, Skiing Secrets, we focus on snowmen. Or should that be snowwomen or even snowpeople. We also hear about a snowplough driver who likes to bury cars and if you are a resort worker with a grumble about your clients help is at hand.

Skoki or bust

The Skoki Lodge in Canada is a 4-hour hike from Lake Louise. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge flew in by helicopter in the summer of 2011. We tried last week on skis. Bad weather forced us back first time but we gave it a second go.

THERE AND BACK

The Skoki Lodge in Aberta is one of the more remote locations in the Canadian Rockies. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge escaped there after their wedding. In the winter it is open for ski tourers. PlanetSKI attempted the 5-hour journey on skis.

PlanetSKI reports from Canada

We have just arrived in the Banff-Lake Louise ski area. An area we have not visited before. We will be skiing the back bowls, cross-country skiing, ice walking and a few other surprises. We are also following in Royal footsteps and staying at Skoki Lodge. Just a shame about jet lag.

Farewell to skiing in Finland

It has been the most magical few days of my ski season; a week in Lapland. But will the cloud lift to give me a display of the Northern Lights? Fingers crossed.

A bargain every week

Zenith Holidays is offering a discounted holiday for every week from now until the end of the season. If you have not been this winter or have seen what a great season it is and want to squeeze another trip in then read on….

Tempted by the Tirol?

The Austrian Province has a host of special offers and events planned for next month. March can be one of the best times to be in the Alps. See what is on offer in this feature from one of our partners at PlanetSKI.

Sleeping on ice

Here at PlanetSKI we have sampled all sorts of accommodation – from luxurious 5* hotels to basic mountain huts high up in the alpine glaciers. But we have never stayed in a hotel made of ice. Until now.

Burning trees in the US ski fields

Every now and again a ski video catches our eye. We watch it once and then watch it again. Here is one such film.

Wave skiing

Forget skiing on snow – the real fun comes when you ski on waves. Who needs a surfboard when two skis and a set of poles will suffice. Check out the amazing video.

Arctic Adventures

PlanetSKI is in the Arctic Circle in Finland to see the Nothern Lights. It is the best time to see them for decades, trouble is that it is overcast. No matter there is husky sledging, reindeer safaris, skiing and ice floating.

Skiing after injury

Getting back on skis after a major injury with an operation is never easy. Each year a group of PlanetSKI readers has been going to Chamonix and blogging for us. Last winter one was badly injured, Now they are back in the French resort.

Love on the slopes

Who says romance is dead? What better place to find your perfect match than the ski resort that has St Valentine as its patron saint. We have a real life ski love story for Valentine’s Day.

Skiing Secrets

Shock horror! Horsemeat is on sale in the mountain restaurants in the Alps. Only they tell you it is horsemeat and it is rather tasty. The PlanetSKI occasional weekend feature, Skiing Secrets, is back…

Dawn to dusk in Serre Chevalier

It started off witnessing sunrise over the Alps from the top of the resort. Then it was driving a piste basher and my day was rounded off with a history lesson. And a beer.

Strange bedfellows

The Swiss resort of Laax is a fresh dynamic resort aimed squarely at the youth market. Freeriding is the theme. Flims is a traditional resort with 5* splendor and an old fashioned values. They sit next to each other and share the same ski area.

Arctic adventures

PlanetSKI is in the Arctic Circle to see the Northern Lights. NASA says now is the best time to see them in decades. First it is skiing, husky dog sledging and trying to keep warm. Late on Sunday we touched down in Finland. But only just.

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/

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

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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/

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

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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
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