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Back on slopes after major injury

A group of PlanetSKI readers is off to Chamonix for a girls weekend. They go every year and have written for us on a number of times. Last year though it all went wrong for one of them. Badly wrong.

St Anton sparkles

The Austrian resort would make most people’s top 10 list of favourite resorts. For some it is No 1. PlanetSKI hasn’t been in the resort for 18 years and we have just been back to see how it has changed.

Skiing secrets

Our occassional weekend blog is back with news of a new snowsport, some fashion pictures of bikini skiing & luminous suits and a few other photos and images that have caught our eye here at PlanetSKI.

Vail celebrates its 50th

The Colorado resort has reached the ripe old age of 50. If you like old black and white photos and your historical facts then read on… Happy Birthday Vail.

A jewel of skiing

A new linked ski area has been created in the Austrian Tirol as Alpbach links up with the resorts in the Wildschonau. It has taken 11 years of heated debate as change happens rather slowly in this part of Austria. PlanetSKI reports from the Ski Juwel.

Fancy trying something alternative?

Now we all love skiing and snowboarding but there is more to a wintersports holiday than simply sliding around the snow on one plank or two. See what more unusual things are on offer in the Austrian Tirol in this sponsored feature.

Gangnam in the Alps

Seems some skiers and snowboarders were busy making some gangnam videos over the holiday break. The editing is pretty neat too.

Mont Blanc wears its cap

At the weekend the cloud over Mont Blanc in France looked stunning. From Verbier in Switzerland it looked more like a UFO. Check out the pictures.

Let the snow sculpting begin

The annual competition to create sculptures across the slopes of the Austrian resort of Ischgl is set to take place. Shapes in White Snow produces some extraordinary creations and surprisingly some of the artists are British.

Dawn with the avalanche patrol

Setting off avalanches is dangerous but essential work and this season, with huge amounts of snow falling, the piste patrols in the Alps have been busier than ever. PlanetSKI has been out with the avalanche patrol in Tignes.

Avalanche safety courses

With the huge levels of snow at the moments and several deaths in the past weeks learning about off piste safety is more relevant than ever. PlanetSKI has been on a safety course in Austria.

Facing my demons

Getting back on skis after serious injury is hard. In 2010 Krystyna Chauncey broke her arm and dislocated her shoulder on the slopes of Verbier. Two years on she is back in the resort on a course with the Warren Smith Ski Academy.

Helicopter over French Alps

It is not possible to go heli-skiing in France but you can take a helicopter for a hot chocolate. In our occasional series on PlanetSKI we hear from some of our readers about what they get up to.

Freezing Fraser

PlanetSKI reporter, Fraser Wilkin, has just been trying to improve his skiing on a course with Top Ski in Val d’Isere. The conditions were positively Arctic but that did not seem to deter his coach, the legendary Pat Zimmer. Or Fraser.

Something for the weekend?

The snow out in the Alps at the moment is simply too tempting to resist. But where is a good place to go for a quick break on a budget? PlanetSKI has just been to Maria Alm in the Austrian Alps. Perhaps not the most obvious choice for early December.

Wild skiing in Norway

If you only watch one video this week then this may be it. Sit back and enjoy ski touring in Northern Norway. Inspiring stuff.

Scorpions sting Ischgl

PlanetSKI was in the resort for its opening concert by the veteran German rock group, The Scorpions, last weekend. It has taken our reporter, Clare Meaney, a week to recover. Relax if you can…

Tops tips for first time skiers

The advice comes from our good friends over at Iglu and includes information on where to go and what to do. For a first timer skiing can be baffling – it need not be so.

Skiing secrets

In our occassional weekend feature, Skiing Secrets, we compile random pictures, videos and stories that have caught our eye. From Movembers on extreme skiers to a great video of the first time snowboarding entered the Olympic Games.

Le Ski

Are you planning on a trip to Courchevel, La Tania or Val d’Isere this winter? Do you want a chalet holiday from a company with 30 years experience? If so then read on…

Do you want to become a better skier?

It is easy – take some lessons with the pros. The British Alpine Ski & Snowboard School works out of most the major French resorts and has helped tens of thousands of skiers reach the next level. It could be you.

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 for a holiday with someone exactly like you.

All wrapped up

So what do skiers and snowboarders want for Xmas? If you are leaving it to the last minute and cant quite decide then we have a few ideas. PlanetSKI’s Clare Meaney goes shopping to see what is on offer.

Media Tart

The PlanetSKI content editor, James Cove, has just been on Radio 4 talking about the current state of the UK ski industry. He used to work at the BBC for 22 years in the TV and Radio newsroom and it was odd to return.

Beer and choppers

Our content editor always likes moaning – he is of a certain age and a grumbling hack. He says he has been doing his job the last few days by bringing PlanetSKI readers accurate information about the ESF London flashmob fiasco. Not tonight.

Do you want a free ski holiday?

We have several on offer in Switzerland, Italy and Austria. The videos that accompany them are well worth a watch too.

Warren Miller in Leicester Square

The latest film is out and we went along to its gala London showing. Is it any good? Is it worth the effort? Is it an idea past its sell-by-date, given the amount of ski videos on the internet? PlanetSKI bought some popcorn and sat back.

Top to bottom

It is the middle of November and already there is one run in the Alps open that offers a vertical descent of 1,356m. It is covered in deep soft snow and PlanetSKI has just gone top to bottom. So, where is it?

Fancy a free holiday to Austria?

You will also get the chance to blog and post on Facebook if you are selected as a lucky winner. The offer comes from Austrian Tourism. What’s the trick? There isn’t one.

Skiing under the Northern Lights

This winter could be one of the best times to see them in 50 years according to NASA scientists. It is possible to combine it with a ski holiday with the UK operator Inghams. PlanetSKI reports.

Bloggers or blaggers?

The snowpsorts world is awash with blogs so it seemed a good idea to go to the sessions at the World Travel Market looking at the role of bloggers. There were some pearls of wisdom and some total nonsense. PlanetSKI’s James Cove reports.

Lets get active

The emphasis on the London Ski & Snowboard Show is very much on the active. There are a whole host of things to do rather than just shop and chat. So we donned our trainers, rolled up our sleves and entered the show with some enthusiasm.

The name is Bond, James Bond

The latest film Skyfall goes on general release this weekend. Good excuse to look back at the Bond skiing scenes though sadly Daniel Craig doesn’t show us his skills on the slopes in the latest film.

Ready, steady, cook

In days gone by you would have been forgiven for assuming that the only qualification necessary for being a chalet girl was to be called either Arabella, Pandora or Lucinda. Not any more; getting a job is a very competitive business. PlanetSKI reports.

Family fun at an affordable price

A family ski trip can be the best holiday if all goes well and you choose the right tour operator, the correct resort and the most suitable accommodation. If not it can be an expensive nightmare. Esprit Ski has been taking families on holiday for 30 years; see what it offers in this sponsored feature.

Where to ski in France

It is the country most popular with British skiers and snowboarders, has some of the biggest ski areas in the world with 8,000km of slopes. It also has a host of new things for this winter and a few myths that need to be dispelled.

Other side of the coin

Most pictures from the Alps show beautiful days, spectacular scenery and images to dream about. A new exhibition in the Swiss capital, Bern, tells a different story.

Skiing secrets

How tall was the biggest snowman? Where is cow manure being used to run a ski lift? Do you want to fly like James Bond? Why is Chemmy Alcott Alcott presenting a BBC programme for those with hearing difficulties? All is revealed in our PlanetSKI rolling blog, Skiing Secrets…

Riding in the Freeride World Tour

The American rider Oakley White took part in the event in Verbier last year for the first time. Check out his video diary of a FWT rookie and see inside the mind of an extreme skier.

Skiing secrets…

Our rolling blog on PlanetSKI continues with news of a second US resort opening, husky dog sledding in France, road signs being defaced as Courchevel changes names and a picture of Lawrence Dallaglio out on the snow, in the UK.

Val Thorens looks to the future

The high altitude French resort has a host of new attractions this winter. Lifts, ski areas, World Cup ski events and even free wifi up on the slopes. PlanetSKI reports on a resort that is changing.

Austria awaits

The country is becoming increasingly popular with British skiers and has seen a steady growth in recent years. Some are discovering its delights for the first time while others keep coming back for more.

An adventure turned sour

It was a great idea to go hiking on a Swiss glacier with a night in a mountain hut. The reality was somewhat different as Des Fox discovered. Very different.

James Bond is 50

The 50th anniversay of the 007 films is being celebrated. What better way to enjoy the films than a look back at all the ski scenes, and a snowboarding one too. Its a shame Sean Connery never made it on to skis though.

As nature intended

The ski resort of Leukerbad in Switzerland is the biggest spa centre in Europe. It has a range of pools, baths and treatments. For the best one nudity is compulsory which is fine – unless you happen to be a shy Englishman.

Hiking in the Alps

Believe it or not there is a footpath up this sheer cliff face. It is not for the faint hearted but it is not too difficult either. Our content editor, James Cove, hiked up and took some stunning images.

Finding the best ski holiday

There is a baffling amount of choice in life and no more so than selecting a snowpsorts holiday. When to go? Where to go? Which Tour operator to chose? Help is at hand.

Remy Lecluse 1964-2012

On Tuesday afternoon the town of Chamonix remembered the locals who died in the recent avalanche in Nepal. The extreme skier and mountain guide, Remy Lecluse, remains missing presumed dead. PlanetSKI reader Craig Burton completed the Haute Route with him and pays tribute.

Autumn in Zermatt

PlanetSKI is in the Swiss resort where our content editor was hoping to make his first turns of 2012/13. However the weather closed in and the slopes were shut, but fortunately the clouds had a few silver linings. Several in fact.

Remembering Rémy

R̩my L̩cluse is missing presumed dead following the avalanche in Nepal that has killed 11 people. PlanetSKI remembers him in the best way possible Рwatching him ski big mountain faces.

Resonance resonates

The snowboarding film had its premier in London on Monday. It went down a storm and is getting us in the mood for winter. If you can’t wait for the season to start then maybe Resonance is the answer. Check out the trailer video.

Head to the Aosta Valley

The resorts in the Aosta Valley in Northern Italy offer some of the most varied and interesting skiing in The Alps. It is said the resorts and their slopes have something for everyone. Find out more in this sponsored feature.

What is new for next winter?

Snow has already fallen in the Tirol and the glacier resorts are opening up for those who cant wait any longer. The Tirol has some of the most famous resorts in Austria with new ski areas, new lifts, increased investment and a range of events. The area saw a 4% growth in British visitors last year and this looks set to continue in 2012/13.

Late summer by Lac Leman

PlanetSKI reporter, Lisa Young, has been in Montreux; her old stomping ground as an impoverished au pair and from where she learnt to ski. This time she is doing it in slightly more style but taking her memories with her. Including school concerts with David Bowie.

Skiing Secrets…

The PlanetSKI rolling blog returns with some snow in Utah. In Europe our reporters are out in the mountains hiking, climbing and sipping wine. One has been glacier skiing in Saas-Fee while another has been paragliding from the summit of the Gran Paradiso.

Rain, snow and ice

PlanetSKI reporter, Katy Dartford, had been planning to hike, climb and run in the Dolomites. Not just any old route, but the Alta Via No1. Then the recent snow changed things a bit….

Hiking high in the Alps

PlanetSKI reporter, Christian Ferree, is the Swiss Alps hiking near the longest glacier in Europe. He is blogging for us as he travels; Day Two Reideralp-Bettmeralp-Eggishorn-Jungfraurochst.

The hike continues

Day 3 Reidralp-Belalp. Christian Ferree is in the Swiss Alps hiking high up in the mountains. It is fun, exhilarating, inspirational and occassionally scary. A 125m suspension footbridge over a deep gorge required a bit of nerve.

Ever heard of Yoga Trekking?

No neither had we. So one of our reporters, Yolanda Carslaw, decided to give it a go in the beautiful summer alpine area of Champoluc in the Aosta Valley. She started off slightly sceptical but by the end was a firm convert……

Skiing secrets…

The PlanetSKI rolling blog, Skiing Secrets, is up and running again. One of our reporters, Christian Ferree, is in Switzerland for some glacier hiking. Another reporter, Yolanda Carslaw, is in the Aosta Valley and we will hearing from her shortly.

Snow report

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It’s been a busy old day for ski news!

- More French Resorts Protest
- Austria Allows Skiing at Xmas.Just
-Crystal Ski Allows Tier 3 skiers to Change for Free
- Austria Introduces Quarantine Measures
- Slopes in England Open
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https://planetski.eu/2020/11/30/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-19/

More French Resorts Protest about Plans to #CloseSkiLifts

Resorts are urging the government to change its mind.

The authorities say the closure is about stopping hospitals becoming overcrowded and people dying.



#covid19France https://t.co/J0N92OghPa

Austria Allows Skiing at Xmas but with Tight Restrictions

Resorts can open on #XmasEve for locals only with hotels shut.

Strict #quarantine rules imposed to deter foreign holiday skiers.



#covid19austria https://t.co/pkwrYd0Jxg

Latest news this lunchtime on #Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

-More Demonstrations in French Alps Over Ski Lift Restrictions
-Crystal Ski Allows People Under Tier 3 to Change Holidays for Free
-Austria Set to Introduce Stricter Quarantine Measures

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

Snow returns to the #Alps with extreme falls forecast for some parts by the weekend ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/12/02/big-snowfalls-forecast-for-the-alps/
#SNOW #WinterIsHere

Further Demonstrations on Wednesday in French Alps Over Proposed Ski Lift Restrictions

A protest takes place in Bourg St Maurice today with more demos planned for later in the week.

https://t.co/Iydm3iUU5h

The Mayor in the French resort of #Chatel decks out town hall in Swiss flags as his ski slopes have to shut over Xmas while neighbouring Swiss resorts can remain open.

https://t.co/jDrs7S0Vme

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