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MOUNTAIN SERENITY IN VT

A return to the origins of mountain tourism as Val Thorens opens & concentrates on a calmer way of life. PlanetSKI chills out.

48-HOURS IN MAMMOTH

PlanetSKI is starting its winter in the US resort with the most terrain open. And rather good it is too! UPDATED

MAMMOTH CAN WAIT

PlanetSKI starts its season at a resort that saw 15.6m of snow last winter. It already has a depth of 1.5m but we’re in no rush to get there. Why not? NEW

FANCY THE 5* SKI TREATMENT?

PlanetSKI’s Petra Shepherd reports from the Schlosshotel in Fiss in Austria. It’s a ski area barely heard of the in the UK. NEW

SKI VIDEOS: THE NOVEMBER EDIT

There are some insane mountain & extreme action videos out there. Check out some of the best on this rolling Vlog. NEW

NOVEMBER SKIING SECRETS

– Extreme landings! Animated gif shows a lot of snow
– Remote controlled snow plough
– Don’t Bin-it Fix-it
– Geek-fest in Les Menuries
– Michelin stars for the Dolomites

HOW TO SKI YOUR FIRST BLACK RUN SAFELY

A black run can be daunting. But it’s nothing to be afraid of – it’s something to conquer and the perfect opportunity to develop your skiing.

PLANETSKI VISITS PERISHER IN AUSTRALIA

We check the resort of Perisher after an incredible season of snow and extended skiing. So, what’s skiing like Down Under?

MEETING YOUR HEROES

It is apparently always a let down. But what if your hero meets you? It can be a nerve-wracking occasion!

AUTUMNAL COLOURS IN THE MOUNTAINS

There are some amazing colours in ski resorts in USA & Canada as the leaves turn & snow falls. PlanetSKI is in Sun Valley, USA. UPDATED

SHE’S ONLY GONE AND DONE IT!

PlanetSKI’s Catie Friend has completed a half-marathon. But not just any old half marathon.This is the big one. Read on to be utterly inspired… NEW

SKI VIDEOS: THE OCTOBER EDIT

There are some insane mountain & extreme action videos out there. Check out some of the best on this rolling Vlog. NEW

OCTOBER SKIING SECRETS

– PlanetSKI on the BBC
– Any guesses what this means?
– Soelden ski racing,
– 670m line of ski shots
– Lindsey Vonn to sell LA pad for $3.795 million

LEARN TO FLY

On skis, of course. This is PlanetSKI after all… And with Eddie the Eagle as your teacher at the Calgary Olympic Park, there’s no better way. NEW

PLANETSKI HEADS TO PARLIAMENT. WHY?

To hire staff, the Evie Pinching award, first duties of new Switzerland ambassador + we discover MPs ski against their Swiss counterparts.

SEPTEMBER SKIING SECRETS

– Banff Grizzly bear #148 shot
– Pink snow accelerates snow-melt on Alaskan glacier
– Savings for Lindas
– Jeremy Jones auctions snowboard for Irma victims.

FUN IN THE FRENCH PYRENEES

Canyoning: It is about the most family fun you can have in the mountains. Well, in the summer anyway – before the snow falls.

SKI VIDEOS: THE SEPTEMBER EDIT

There are some insane mountain & extreme action videos out there. Check out some of the best on this rolling Vlog. NEW & UPDATED

SUMMER FAMILY FUN IN THE ALPS

So, what exactly is there to do for a skiing family more used to the Alps in winter? Rather a lot it turns out according to these pictures. NEW

BANK ROBBER TO SNOWBOARDER

Convicted criminal and ex-druggie Roland Thompson has turned his life around with the help of snowboarding and climbing.

WE’RE IN CANADA & THIS TIME IT’S SUMMER! PART 2

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

VINTAGE SKIING VIDEOS

Watch 2 Swiss gems with 1950s ski-instruction & witness the rescue of 222 passengers from a train stuck in deep snow at Donner Pass. NEW

24 HOURS IN WHISTLER

Not the ideal amount of time for a summer visit to the most popular ski resort in North America, given. But if it’s all you’ve got… NEW

FROLF

Frisbee-golf; Intro’ed as a summer sport popular enough to rival biking in Whistler. NEW

AUGUST SKIING SECRETS

– FACT- there are snowstorms on Mars
– Chopper rescue
– Reaching Out? No Thanks!
– Baring it all on Monte Bianco.

UNCOOL RUNNINGS – PART III

Our reporter is on a trail running course in Chamonix. Did she learn anything valuable?

WE’RE IN CANADA & THIS TIME IT’S SUMMER! PART 1

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

VERBIER – PURE ENERGY? THE VERDICT

PlanetSKI has been in Verbier this July testing out the Swiss resort’s marketing slogan. Here we look back at our 4-days.

UNCOOL RUNNINGS – PART II

Our reporter is coming to terms with a week of summer sporting activity in Chamonix. After a wobbly start can she get it together? NEW

VERBIER – PURE ENERGY. DAY 4

The final day has dawned on our PlanetSKI test of whether Verbier’s marketing slogan lives up to its claim. So has it? NEW

VERBIER – PURE ENERGY. DAY 3

Our editor continues his mission to see if the resort’s marketing slogan is true. Today it’s a high altitude hike. And we mean high!

VERBIER – PURE ENERGY. DAY 2

Our editor is continuing his quest to see if Verbier’s marketing slogan is true or just more PR spin. Next up – climbing Mont Fort!

UNCOOL RUNNINGS – PART ONE

Our reporter, Catie Friend, is in Chamonix for some mountain trail running. The only trouble is she is late, stressed and rather nervous. Why?

VERBIER – PURE ENERGY. DAY 1

It’s the snazzy marketing slogan for the Swiss resort this summer, but is it true? PlanetSKI has spent 4-days testing the claim.

BIG BRASS IN THE ALPS

Schladming is hosting one of the biggest brass music festivals in Europe and PlanetSKI is in resort.

MAID IN AUSTRIA

Learning to milk a cow, making pastry for a local dish, sawing logs. Has our chief reporter got what it takes?

WHEN BIKES MEET ALPS

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

FANCY FOOD AT ALTITUDE

The Culinary Way of St Jacob opened this weekend around Ischgl in Austria. PlanetSKI goes on the trail of Michelin starred chefs high up in the Alps.

WHY EVERY SKIER SHOULD WATERSKI

It’s summer and, as she does every year, our chief reporter, Jane Peel, has swapped snow for water. You should too.

JULY SKIING SECRETS

– Lost in translation
– Something to do on a rainy day in the Alps
– Open top Swiss bus takes to the streets
– We try the 4 paddle boarding disciplines

ON YER BIKE!

PlanetSKI has spent the morning skiing on the glacier at Les2Alpes in France: now it’s time to hit the pedals. Summer in the Alps!

E-BIKE FIRST TIMER

And the Dolomites, for that matter. It was a weekend of firsts and much more of a challenge than expected. E-biking in Val Gardena: UPDATED

RIP FRANK McCUSKER

Our editor, James Cove, pays tribute to the Chief Executive of the Ski Club of Great Britain who has died of a heart attack. He was 55.

GLACIER SKIING KICKS OFF

Glacier resorts are open across the Alps as summer skiing is underway. PlanetSKI reports from Les2Alpes on all things summer.

WE HEAD FOR SOME GLACIER SKIING

We’ve just arrived in Les2Alpes as its summer skiing season gets underway. But it’s not all about snowsports. Far from it.

COOL THOUGHTS PEOPLE!

It’s the hottest time of the year in the UK and here at PlanetSKI we are keeping chilled by thinking cool thoughts… winter thoughts. UPDATED

THE LOSS IS REAL

The Verbier Sports Centre has burnt to the ground. It may just be a building but the memories for PlanetSKI won’t be forgotten quickly. NEW

GET THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD

Nearly there, school leavers. How about do the ultimate gap year and train for the world’s best job: become a ski instructor!

SUMMER IN GSTAAD

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. Here’s our Chief Reporter’s diary of a not entirely problem free four days in Gstaad.

KENDAL MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL TOUR

‘Events celebrating the exploration of some the wildest places on earth’: PlanetSKI went to the London leg of the tour to get inspired and see what amazing feats have been achieved. NEW

JUNE’S SKIING SECRETS…

Jeremy Clarkson helis in for skiing, naked basejumping in Lauterbrunnen, yodelling festival underway + dog derby at Coronet Peak. NEW & UPDATED

BY THE SHORES OF LAKE GARDA

What bliss! Enjoying an Aperol Spritz on a warm evening watching the sun set on Lake Garda near the foothills of the Alps. PlanetSKI puts its feet up.

WORLD’S OBSCURE SKI SPOTS

Skiers & boarders on solo lines, exploring places previously unheard of for snowsports, against sensational backdrops:

AN ALPINE CHALLENGE

PlanetSKI’s Catie Friend, is taking on the challenge of her life. Training through the summer in the mountains, she’s doing the Half Marathon des Sables in Fuerteventura in September. NEW

WINDSURFING ON SNOW

This must be a first? Pro windersurfer Levi Siver takes his windsurf board with a fin to the powder snow in Japan and windsurfs down…

UP IS THE NEW DOWN

What is ski mountaineering and maybe this little known winter sport is about to make it to the big time? PlanetSKI’s skimo geek, Catie Friend, reports.

WHERE TO SKI IN SUMMER

There’s no need to pack it all in for summer with options for skiing and snowboarding to suit every budget. Get the lowdown.

THE GLAMOUR OF THE CAMERA

PlanetSKI has been making a few videos at the Ellis Brigham ski tests in Ischgl. Sometimes things don’t quite go according to plan…

VIDEOS OF THE DAY…

There are some insane mountain and extreme action videos on the internet & we want to share some of the best on this rolling Vlog. UPDATED

MAY’S SKIING SECRETS…

Skiing Secrets may or may not have something to do with skiing. Often it doesn’t – we fill it with anything that takes our fancy.

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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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