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A WEEK IN LES ARCS

Six days and every kind of weather imaginable as PlanetSKI’s chief reporter pounds the pistes and the powder in the French ski area.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Our editor, James Cove, is doing what he loves the best. Roaming round the Alps visiting a bunch of resorts he’s barely heard of.

PLANETSKI LANDS IN NASSFELD PART I

The ski gods have been smiling on PlanetSKI, at least those of us lucky enough to be in Nassfeld. It has charm coming out of its ears. NEW

ANDORRA – WHAT A BLAST!

I was in Andorra for three days and I wondered what had changed since my last visit. I guessed quite a lot, but hoped not too much to spoil my memories.

WE’RE IN ANDORRA

After a 10 year gap I wanted to find out what had changed in the tiny Principality in the Pyrenees. I downloaded an App to help me along.

I WILL NOT FAIL!

She could have been put off skiing for life, but nervous novice Philippa Young is back on skis for more punishment. Part 2 – Austria.

DAUGHTER & DAD ON TOUR

Our editor, James Cove, and his daughter, Tashie, are on a 48-hour trip to Verbier. Away from the Xmas stress & deep in the snow.

POSTCARD FROM LES MENUIRES

Some R&R and ski fun before the run up to Christmas and all that that entails back home.

PLANETSKI POUNDS THE POWDER IN LES ARCS

The huge high-altitude French ski area has opened and PlanetSKI was in resort this week as the first lifts fired up.

PLANETSKI’S NORWEGIAN ADVENTURES

It is one of our editor’s favourite trips of the winter; his annual random trip round a few resorts in Norway. This year was the best ever… NEW

THE SNOW IN PICTURES

The huge amounts of snow have produced some wonderful images from across the mountains. Here are some of our favourites here at PlanetSKI. NEW

A SNOWSPORT ON THE UP

Ski mountaineering – at home and abroad:

NORWEGIAN ADVENTURES

Our editor is on his annual ski trip to Norway. He’s just visited a resort that gets an annual average of 18m of snow and been where? UPDATED

WTF!

The slogan of the Austrian resort of Ischgl is ‘Relax, If you can’. Not a chance with these characters around!

DECEMBER SKIING SECRETS

– Speed ski record attempt
– Verbier powder stashes
– 13 winter tipples
– Ed Leigh in snowmaggedon
– Reclaiming ski shot record

SKI VIDEOS: THE DECEMBER EDIT

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

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.

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.

Snow report

Twitter

Heartbreak as 230 historic motorbikes destroyed in fire at Historic Motorbike Museum in Austria Ski Resort

Updated:



#hochgurgl #topmountainmotorcylemuseum https://t.co/1YoACuxkeX

Check out the latest on the coronavirus impact on snowsports:

-2 US Snowboarders Out of Laax Open After Positive #Covid19 Tests
-France Set to close ski lifts into February
-New Swiss Measures to Battle #Coronavirus
-Italy’s Ski Areas Remain Closed

https://planetski.eu/2021/01/18/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-24/

We're excited to announce that @natsnowshow is working in partnership with @planetski.

PlanetSKI has a simple aim; to entertain and inform skiers and snowboarders about life in the mountains.

https://planetski.eu/

Another fatal avalanche in Verbier.

A 29-year old Irish ski instructor has died while skiing off piste.

Latest in a string of separate avalanche deaths across Switzerland after recent #snow.

Eight people have died in four days.

https://planetski.eu/2021/01/18/38-year-old-british-man-dies-as-fatal-avalanches-sweep-across-swiss-alps/

#verbieravalanche

38-year old British man dies in #avalanche in #Verbier

He is the latest in a string of separate avalanche deaths across Switzerland after recent #snow.

Seven people have died in four days.

Extreme caution is urged in many parts of the Alps.

https://t.co/pAY7HBJ13c

A 19-year old skiing with three friends become the 5th avalanche death in Switzerland in past 3 days.

None had safety equipment & the authorities are urging caution as risk of #avalanche in many places is “considerable”.

Updated:

#veytaux https://t.co/O0XIBGv9UH

Heavy #snow continues in the mountains…. and it’s not just in the Alps.

Updated:

https://planetski.eu/2021/01/15/huge-snowfall-continues-in-the-alps/

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