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Summer in Les 2 Alps: A Sports-Lover’s Dream

There was mountain biking, hiking, running & even some summer skiing. As the official summer season closes this weekend PlanetSKI’s Claire McAteer looks back at her earlier visit. UPDATED

August’s Summer Ski News

– Volunteers Needed for First Cross Border World Cup Ski Race
– Mt Ruapehu Claims Deepest Snow Base in the World
– Thieves Steal Donations to Swiss Climbing Club
– ISTM Heads to Obertauern in Austria
– Fancy Owning a Ski Area?…LIVE & UPDATED

PlanetSKI Visits Innsbruck in the Summer

It’s the final stop on our summer tour of the Tirol where we’ve been enjoying some of our favourite winter places, in the summer months. Check out our photo gallery from the capital of the Tirol.

Ski Club of Great Britain Celebrates 120 Years

It all started in the Cafe Royal in London in 1903. The Club has held a Gala Dinner in the same venue to commemorate the occasion. We look back at the Club’s history.

PlanetSKI Goes Hiking & E-Mountain Biking in the Tirol

We’re continuing our summer Tour of the Tirol in St Johann. We’ve been E-mountain biking & now we’re hiking. Summer in the Alps…UPDATED

PlanetSKI turns into PlanetBOAT. Again.

Readers with a long memory will recall that in 2021 PlanetSKI didn’t get to the mountains due to Covid-19 restrictions. So, we did a few other outdoor activities in the UK including a 4-day boat trip on the Thames.  We’ve just been back for more.

PlanetSKI Rides the Cable Cars of San Francisco

We are in the city ahead of a Spring ski trip to Palisades Tahoe and Mammoth Mountain. We reckon any ski trip to this part of California deserves some time in one of the greatest cities in the USA.

Tirol in the Summer

There’s hiking, biking, climbing, cultural activities, relaxing and much more. With something for families, adrenaline junkies and everyone in between. See what’s on offer in the summer in one of PlanetSKI’s favourite winter playgrounds.

Summer Ski News

– Summer E-Bike Festival in Verbier
– New Ski Resorts Planned for Ukraine
– New Zealand Talks About A Winter Olympics Bid
– UK Airport Drop-Off Charges Soar
– 2022 Was Hottest Year On Record in Switzerland …LIVE & UPDATED

Verbier Ends Its Season on a High

PlanetSKI has been in the resort as it shut last weekend. We’ve been enjoying the fabulous late-season conditions, wondering why it is even closing & assessing how the winter has gone for the Swiss resort.

Running Over the Alps

Regular PlanetSKI reader and Snow Camp manager, Dan Keeley, is running 86-miles over the St Bernard Pass in three days. It is just part of his 1,100-mile run from London to Rome that is now underway. UPDATED

Day Two of Snow Camp’s 3 Valley Rally

24 teams of four are battling it out in a series of fun events on snow. It’s all done to raise money for the charity, Snow Camp, that is celebrating its 20th birthday. PlanetSKI is at the event. UPDATED

Snow Camp’s 3 Valley Rally Takes Place This Weekend

The charity that helps underprivileged youngsters find a path in snowsports is celebrating its 20th birthday. It is hosting a fabulous fund-raising event in Val Thorens & PlanetSKI is joining the event and reporting back. NEW

PlanetSKI Heads Up to the Aiguille du Midi

It is a must-visit spot on any trip to Chamonix. If you are doing the Vallee Blanche take the time to look round or if the ski route is not your cup of tea then it is well worth a visit in its own right.

Renting Skis After All These Years

PlanetSKI reporter Jo Vizard loves her skis – K2 Misdemeanors. Only trouble is they are 15 years old, so perhaps it is time rent some more up to date ones.

An Andorran Adventure: Part Two

PlanetSKI’s Chief Reporter is plugging a big gap in her ski knowledge, she’s finally in Andorra. Part two of An Andorran Adventure.

An Andorran Adventure

PlanetSKI’s Chief Reporter is finally plugging a big gap in her ski knowledge. She’s skiing in Andorra in the Pyrenees for the first time. Part one.

A Week in Paradiski

At PlanetSKI we’re often flitting between resorts, never spending more than a few days in one area before moving on.  For a change, we’ve spent a whole week hitting the slopes of the vast Paradiski in the French Alps. We could hardly have chosen a better time to be there.

PlanetSKI’s Postcard from Park City

One of our regular readers, Rob McAteer, is in Utah for the first time. Here’s what he makes of one of the USA’s largest ski areas.

Where’s the Cheapest Beer in the Mountains?

Crystal Ski Holidays has highlighted the cheapest ski resorts to enjoy a pint, so skiers and snowboarders don’t have to break the bank in order to enjoy a refreshing beer after a day on the slopes.

Ski School or Home School?

It’s a dilemma faced by many parents during a winter holiday. What do you do when you book your kids into ski lessons, and then they simply refuse to put their skis on?

Norwegian Ski Rail Trip

PlaneSKI has been on a rail ski safari round a few ski areas in Norway – Voss, Myrkdalen and Norefjell. Adventures aplenty.

PlanetSKI Takes the 45-Minute Challenge

PlanetSKI’s Tim Clark has taken on the challenge of getting from the French resort of La Rosiere to La Thuile in Italy on a snowboard in 45 minutes.  Can it be done?

Spring Skiing & Easter in Tirol

Most ski areas in the Austrian Tirol are open until Easter and beyond.  Five of them are glacier resorts just an hour from Innsbruck. 

Great Austrian Resorts for Spring Skiing

They’re ski areas with a long season, kicking off early and finishing in April or even May. Check out some great choices for your spring trip to the mountains.

PlanetSKI Hits the Powder of Norway

It hadn’t snowed in the Alps for weeks. So, we decided to go skiing in Norway where snow was falling. We’re been travelling round Norway by train and it seems we’ve hit gold!

PlanetSKI Reports from Abruzzo in Southern Italy

Abruzzo is an Italian region to the east of Rome that contains the Apennine Mountains – home to a number of fabulous ski areas that are little-known to British skiers and snowboarders.

PlanetSKI Takes Self-Catering Ski Holiday in Chamonix

As a Canadian living in the UK, PlanetSKI’s Marie Taylor is on a mission to ski all of Europe’s big resorts. She’s stayed in hotels in Zermatt & chalets in Les3Vallees. Now it’s self-catering in Chamonix. Read on for more on the self-catering experience.

Skiing in Adelboden: An Unexpected Delight

If you like the idea of a traditional, quaint, ski resort where the locals still go to ski because the skiing is rather good, then this Swiss gem is for you. Did anyone mention its swing?

Black Skiers Celebrate 50 Years of ‘Soul on Snow’

More than 2,000 people have gathered in Vail, Colorado, to mark a half-century of the National Brotherhood of Skiers, an organisation created by black ski and snowboard enthusiasts.

Best Value Food & Drink in Les3Vallées

It’s not a secret that eating and drinking out in the vast Three Valleys ski area in France can be an expensive pastime.  With that in mind – and with the busy February holiday period in full swing – our friends at Maison Sport give us their tips for the best value spots. NEW

A Day With A Chamonix Mountain Guide

The powder snow may not be there at the moment but a day out with a mountain guide is always a special experience. And so it proved to be.

What to do in Morzine Besides Snowsports

There are 600km of pistes to enjoy in the Portes du Soleil but if you want a break from the slopes – or are travelling with those less keen than you are on snowsports – what else is there to do? 

Tirol’s Local Secrets

If you’re off to the Tirol this season, we have some local secrets to let you in on.  Even if you’re heading to the Austrian region’s most famous resorts, we’re pretty sure there will be things you don’t know.  Let the locals tell you more.

Avoriaz: Love it or Hate it?

It’s one of those places that provokes strong feelings.  If you’re a fan of traditional mountain ski villages, then this 1960s purpose-built resort in the French Alps is possibly not for you.  But it has a lot going for it and we rather like it.

40 Hours in Vaujany

PlanetSKI packed a lot into a flying visit to the unknown – to us – ski village of Vaujany in the Isère region of the French Alps. Downhill skiing, a ski tour, a snowshoe trek to watch the sun go down and more.

PlanetSKI Spends a Day with the Verbier Piste Patrol

We started at dawn with avalanche bombing and ended at dusk with the final sweep of the pistes. There was much in between, in what was our most interesting days of the season so far.

PlanetSKI Hits the Jura Mountain Range

It is a range just north of the Alps that we have always wanted to visit but never have. Now snow has fallen and temperatures remain low.

First Tracks in Verbier

Want to be among the first ones down the slopes? You can every Friday when first tracks is on and you have the freshly groomed slopes to yourself. It’s new for this season.

PlanetSKI Hits Canada For a Bucket List Ski Trip

PlanetSKI’s Claire McAteer is hitting resorts in Alberta and British Columbia. The snow is not as good as it could be, but no matter. Canada is a dream come true. UPDATED

Powder Days in Verbier

There are currently the best conditions of the season in the Swiss resort. We have been in and out of the powder as the conditions allow. Wednesday was the best.

PlanetSKI Verbier Ski Blog

Our editor James Cove is back in town with the Warren Smith Ski Academy & Helly Hansen. There are loads of memories as he’s been skiing here for more than 20-years. Best of all new ones are being made. And it’s dumping with snow. UPDATED

Staying in Le Chable to Access Verbier & the 4 Vallees in Switzerland

It used to be a place you passed through to get to Verbier. Not anymore as the village down the valley becomes increasingly popular for a variety of reasons. PlanetSKI has been seeing what the fuss is about.

A Cancer Survivor’s Ski Story

When Catherine Bellsham-Revell was diagnosed with cancer, she reassessed her life. It led to her donning some race gear and joining the Ladies’ Ski Club which celebrates its 100th birthday on 23rd January. This is Catherine’s story.

Driving to the Alps for Skiing & Snowboarding

More people are driving to the Alps – it can be cheaper & more environmentally friendly than flying, plus there’s a host of other reasons. PlanetSKI has just driven to Verbier + we have reaction from readers who also like to drive.

Antarctica Ski World Record Attempt Abandoned

The British polar endurance athlete Wendy Searle has been forced to end her challenge to become the fastest woman to ski solo and unsupported from the Antarctic coast to the Geographic South Pole. NEW

Why Ski in Italy?

What have the Romans ever given us? If you’ve seen the satirical sketch from Monty Python’s Life of Brian, you’ll know the answer is quite a lot.  The same can be said for the Italians and their ski resorts.

Happy New Year Folks!

There is little doubt where the best place is to celebrate New Year’s Eve: a ski resort. This year was no exception. NEW & UPDATED

January’s Ski News in Brief – Live & Updated

– Casinos Continue in Liechtenstein
– World Champion Freestyle Skier Dies in Japan Avalanche
– Shiffrin Misses Out on Chance to Equal Record Number of Wins
– World Cup Moguls Bronze for GB
– PlanetSKI Is Out On The Scottish Snow…UPDATED

Skiing & Santa in Lapland

It is arguably the ultimate winter holiday for kids. A trip to see the elves and Santa himself, days before Christmas, in the snowy expanse of Lapland. Then flying home just in time to get the mince pies on the fireplace before the big guy comes down the chimney.

Santa on the Slopes

He has been dashing around lately – paraponting over Avoriaz in France + pounding the powder in Sunshine Village in Canada. We look at his travels round the ski resorts of the world. UPDATED

British Woman Aiming to Ski to a World Record in Antarctica

Wendy Searle began her record attempt on Monday 5th December.  Her goal is to become the fastest woman to ski solo and unsupported from the Antarctic coast to the Geographic South Pole.

December’s Ski News In Brief – Live & Updated

– Two German Teenagers Die After Skiing Off Edge of Slope
– Border Force Strikes Resume Today
– Shiffrin Edges Closer to Women’s Record
– A Mountain Guide’s Life
– Narrow Escape in Avalanche…UPDATED

Snow Sculptures Back in Ischgl this Winter

The slopes of Ischgl in the Austrian Tirol will see the 29th anniversary of the resort’s Shapes in White exhibition.

Warren Miller Film Premieres in the UK

‘Daymaker’ is the 73rd annual Warren Miller film and has opened with three premieres in Glasgow, London and Birmingham. PlanetSKI has been in the audience.

Xmas Treats in the Tirol

Tirol’s villages, towns & ski resorts are famous for their traditional customs and celebrations, plus a home for museums & other cultural attractions. This is perhaps never truer than during the Christmas period.

Ski News In Brief – Live & Updated

– New Boss for Milan Cortina 2026
– Details on New Lift for Jackson Hole
– Skiing Austria: The Place Beyond The Spines
– Digital Travel Scams on the Rise
– Avalanche Near Vail in Colorado…UPDATED

PlanetSKI Looks to Winter in The Tirol

The Austrian region is home to more than 80 ski areas with around 3,400 kms of skiable terrain. Tirol has options for everyone, both on snow and off snow, and the region has been telling us what’s new for this coming season.

Maison Sport Teams Up with Snow Camp

The ski instructor booking site has joined forces with the snowsports charity to try to make skiing more inclusive and accessible to all. PlanetSKI details what it all means.

Park City, Utah: One of the Great US Ski Towns

It is a favourite of ours at PlanetSKI. It gives access to some of the best ski resorts in Utah and has an atmosphere all of its own. We look back at some of PlanetSKI’s past visits.

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