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SUMMER GLACIER SESSIONS

If there’s a year to enjoy the snow all the way through, then this is it. PlanetSKI reports on current summer glacier skiing in Europe. UPDATED

E-BIKE FIRST-TIMER

With summer in full swing, we look back at a weekend of firsts last summer in the Dolomites. E-biking in Val Gardena:

PLANETSKI HITS THE PEDALS

Funny who you meet cycling the London-Brighton: half the UK snowsports industry it seems, an Olympic winter athlete, oh, and an ex-England goalkeeper.

JUST HOW RISKY IS IT?

Tobogganing has been banned in some of Australia’s big resorts – is this favourite past its time or has health & safety gone too far?

WINDING DOWN AT LAKE GARDA

PlanetSKI will shortly be heading to the mountains in the summer. We’re looking back at some of our adventures from last year.

24 HOURS IN A CYCLE SLAM

PlanetSKI asked for a short interview & was offered much, much more. Catie Friend joins the 2018 Dallaglio Cycle Slam charity ride as it passes through Verbier.

JUNE NEWS IN BRIEF

British man dies on mountain path above Chamonix, climber dies in Matterhorn fall + fancy naming a ski lift? NEW & UPDATED

JUNE SKIING SECRETS

– Casting in Les Arcs
– We’re still skiing, but this time on water
– Cannon-fire at Thredbo
– Cardona’s Dog Derby
– Big-wave skiing
– The paw patrol
– Avalanche on Mars

FLY SOUTH FOR SUMMER

Have you considered skiing during our summer and skipping down to the Southern Hemisphere? Here’s where, when and why you should…

GSTAAD GETS OUR VOTE

The upmarket Swiss ski resort is not just for winter. There’s a lot to keep you busy and active in the hot season too.

SCHLADMING IN SUMMER

Mountains, lakes, a 700-year-old town, fantastic food, music….. PlanetSKI packs it in on a summer trip to Styria in Austria.

ALL ABOUT E-BIKES

Go to the mountains in the summer and you’ll see electric bikes everywhere. So what exactly is an e-bike and how did the craze begin?

SUMMER GLACIER SKIING 2018

With the huge snowfalls of last winter and a recent top up the glaciers are in their best summer conditions for years. PlanetSKI looks at the options.

HEAD TO THE HILLS

Why don’t more skiers head to the mountains in the summer? It’s a question we ask ourselves each year and now more than ever.

LES2ALPES: ON YER BIKE!

PlanetSKI goes glacier skiing in the morning and rides the pedals in the afternoon. Summer in the Alps, we love it!

MOTORBIKES MEET THE MOUNTAINS

Riding a motorbike in the mountains has much in common with skiing in the mountains. PlanetSKI reports from the alpine tarmac of the Tirol.

CANADIAN ROCKIES IN THE SUMMER: PART 2

We’ve done many a winter road trip in Canada hitting the ski resorts … now it’s the turn of summer.

CANADIAN ROCKIES IN THE SUMMER: PART 1

We’ve done many a winter road trip in Canada hitting the ski resorts … now it’s the turn of summer.

VERBIER – PURE ENERGY? THE VERDICT

PlanetSKI has been in Verbier in the summer months to test out the Swiss resort’s marketing slogan, Pure Energy. True or false?

PLANETSKI ENDS ITS SEASON

We do so in one of the most iconic resorts in the Alps on its closing day, May 1st. Fun, memories, powder, partying, laughs, drinks + everything else besides.

MAY SKIING SECRETS

– Winter opens in NZ with free skiing on Friday
– Here’s some pond skim
– Cannabis to be used in Olympic sliding track
– Disappearing snow means animal evolution harmed
– Montana ski resort for sale.

MAY NEWS IN BRIEF

Profit rise for largest lift company in the world, GB first to visit Beijing 2022, legal row looms over Ikon name + body of missing snowboarder recovered. NEW & UPDATED

DOWNWARD DOG OR DOWN THE HILL?

Our editor is staying in the Dragon Lodge in Tignes as the season ends. There’s blue sky & powder snow with just a handful of days left…

EXPLORING FLAINE

PlanetSKI’s chief reporter ended her season ski touring on a Ski Club GB Freshtracks holiday. Here’s her round-up of what turned out to be a true adventure.

48 HOURS IN VAL THORENS

An amazing season, a last chance to get a piece of it + a mission to make it as easy going as skiing can be. PlanetSKI is in Val Thorens.

FRESHTRACKS IN FLAINE: PART THREE

Sheer terror and some more humiliation awaits PlanetSKI’s chief reporter on the final two days of her spring ski touring trip to the French Alps.

ENCORE UNE FOIS

The snow has been incredible, the sun is shining and there’s just a week or so left to ski Winter17/18. PlanetSKI is out doing it, for the last time, easy & cheap.

INNSBRUCK & BEYOND: CITY & SKI:

PlanetSKI hits some of the Tirol’s finest resorts from the centre of its capital city. What’s a city & ski break like? See our round-up of the trip.

FRESHTRACKS IN FLAINE: PART TWO

PlanetSKI’s chief reporter takes on the tricky kick turn and the blazing spring sunshine as she continues her touring trip with the Ski Club of Great Britain.

PLANETSKI TOURS INNSBRUCK: PART TWO

It’s time to hang up the skis and put on the walking shoes. Our city and ski trip continues to hit the tourist sites of Innsbruck. NEW & UPDATED

FRESHTRACKS IN FLAINE: PART ONE

PlanetSKI’s Chief Reporter ends her season by ski touring on her first Ski Club GB Freshtracks holiday. So, how did she get on?

PLANETSKI GOES OFF PISTE IN INNSBRUCK…

It’s time to hang up the skis and put on the walking shoes. Our city and ski trip hits the tourist sites of Innsbruck. Eventually. UPDATED

CITY AND SKI, PART TWO

We love cities & we love ski resorts. Where do they come together in perfect harmony? Innsbruck in the Tirol. PlanetSKI is in town & on the slopes.

PLANETSKI GOES CHINESE

So, there was our editor walking through the centre of Innsbruck to take his skis back to the hire shop and this happened…

CITY AND SKI, PART ONE

We love cities & we love ski resorts. Where do they come together in perfect harmony? Innsbruck in the Tirol: PlanetSKI is in town.

UNPLUGGED IN ZERMATT

And so the PlanetSKI visit ends, 3 days of wonderful music and fabulous skiing in our favourite resort. Life really doesn’t get much better.

PLANETSKI GOES UNPLUGGED: DAY TWO

We’re in the Swiss resort for its annual festival, Zermatt Unplugged. It is one of our favourite events in the mountains. Here’s why!

PLANETSKI WINS SILVER AT THE BRITS

Surely some mistake? Our chief reporter is runner-up in the masters category of the British National Skiercross Championships at the BRITS.

APRIL FOOL SPOOFS

We’ve spotted a few in the ski world from snowblading entering the Olympics, drones delivering skis, e-touring, sand ski resorts & maybe a few more…

APRIL NEWS IN BRIEF

IOC claims credit for Korean talks, Crystal Ski launches 2018/19 holiday guide + 10 winter deaths in Scottish mountains. NEW & UPDATED

APRIL SKIING SECRETS

– White Thrill in St Anton
– Salmon & horse for dinner
– P|ond skimming in Georgia
– Japanese snow-wall walk

SKI TOURING: JUST AN UPHILL SLOG?

No. There is far more to it, especially if it means skiing down the north face of the mighty Bellecote at 3417m. PlanetSKI skins up.

HELISKIING IN REVERSE

Our correspondent Alf Alderson is a Les Arcs ‘ambassador’. Sadly his latest communique does not make happy reading.

SNOWBOXX – DAY FIVE

As the 6th edition of Snowboxx Festival ends in Avoriaz we look back on a tremendous week in the French Alps.

RAMPAGING RAMPTON AT SNOWBOXX – DAY FOUR

For one day only, James Rampton is not the roving reporter for PlanetSKI. Instead, he’s special correspondent for PlanetEFATBIKE.

RAMPAGING RAMPTON AT SNOWBOXX – DAY THREE

PlanetSKI’s roving rampaging reporter is in Avoriaz. Hold on, No! He’s at a pop up stage across the border in Champery, Switzerland. NEW

AND SO IT ENDS…

PlanetSKI completes the Super Three races. The final event took place in Saas- Fee last weekend where it was super snowy.

RAMPAGING RAMPTON AT SNOWBOXX – DAY TWO

PlanetSKI’s roving & ramping reporter is in Avoriaz. A great day on the slopes in powder snow was followed by some jaunty gyrations to Fatboy Slim with 6,000 other euphoric fans. NEW

RAMPAGING RAMPTON AT SNOWBOXX DAY ONE

PlanetSKI’s roving & rampaging reporter is in Avoriaz. Enjoying the music line-up & taking a turn or two. Here’s his first report on what’s going on.

WEEKEND SKI BREAK: DAY 2

They are growing in popularity as some people don’t have time for a full week or want to squeeze a bonus trip in. PlanetSKI is with Skiweekender. NEW

WEEKEND SKI BREAK: DAY 1

They are growing in popularity as some people don’t have time for a full week or want to squeeze a bonus trip in. PlanetSKI is with Skiweekender. UPDATED

SKI, SPA & SUN IN AX

In the rugged Pyrenees the French town of Ax-les-Thermes and the 3 Domaines ski area offer a charming alternative to the glitzier versions in the Alps.

HOLD ON TIGHT

It’s not all about the skiing in Copper Mountain. There’s a lot more to get the heart racing and entertain the kids and wannabe kids.

EUROPEAN CHALET EXPERIENCE IN THE USA

Skiworld is the only UK tour operator that offers a genuine ski chalet experience in the US. PlanetSKI joins in the house-party at Breckenridge, Colorado.

COLORADO’S SKIING SECRET

It’s just 75 miles from Denver and not far from Vail but as PlanetSKI discovers, there are good reasons to visit the less well-known Copper Mountain.

HELLO COWBOY!

Our editor is reasonaby adept on skis, but in the saddle…? James Cove has just had the time of his life in cowboy country near Steamboat.

STEAMBOAT IN 48-HOURS

PlanetSKI continues its winter ski road trip in North America as we head through Colorado. Next up it’s the cowboy resort of Steamboat….

THRILLS & SPILLS OF MOGULS

PlanetSKI’s Kisia Cove gets some mogul time & then tackles a halfpipe. Do you want to learn to ski the bumps better? Read on…

THE ALTITUDE PREVIEW

It’s time to send in the clowns. The hills are about to be alive with the sound of merriment. NEW

THE STEEPS OF WINTER PARK

The Colorado resort is perhaps best known for its wide groomers & intermediate terrain. Not so. PlanetSKI tackles the steeps. NEW

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Austrian Company Developing Covid-19 Test That Could be Used for Country's Ski Resort Employees

SKIDATA is working on a screening system to allow resorts to test employees.

It's working with Austria's largest corona test laboratory, Novogenia GmbH.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/09/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-6/

Check out all the latest news on the coronavirus impact on snowsports.

Masks required outdoors in Haute-Savoie Region of France + Coronavirus hits work of British Antarctic Survey

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/09/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-6/

Memories of Bormio 2020.

The dates for the English Alpine Championships 2021 have been announced ⬇

Races: 14th – 19th February, opening parade: Saturday, 13th Feb.⁠

Double Amputee Climbs the Matterhorn

A former soldier, 39-year old Neil Heritage from Dorset, who lost both of his legs in Iraq has become the first above-the-knee double amputee to reach the summit.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/09/double-amputee-climbs-the-matterhorn/

#matterhorn @zermatt_tourism

Coronavirus Hits Work of British Antarctic Survey

It is scaling back its work with only essential teams heading back to the continent as it emerges from winter.

Virtually all science in the deep field has been postponed for a year.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/09/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-6/

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