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PlanetSKI Gear Reviews: Winter 22/23

In the first of a sporadic series of gear reviews over the winter our gear editor Alf Alderson checks out a few skiing essentials. NEW

SIGB Snow Test Heads to France in 2023

The annual tests for the UK industry will be held in La Clusaz from 23rd – 27th January. It sees the UK ski industry put next year’s equipment and gear through their paces.

National Snow Week & New London Show Announced for 2023

Raccoon Media Group has unveiled a large scale expansion of UK snowsports activities in partnership with Evening Standard Live. PlanetSKI has the details. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Has Some Half Price Tickets to The National Snow Show

We have managed to get our hands on 100 50% off tickets for the National Snow Show which is now just 2 weeks away – from 15th to 16th October at the NEC Birmingham.

Full Details of National Snow Show Unveiled

The UK’s only national ski & snowboard show is set to kick off in just over three weeks. It takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on October 15th and 16th. We have the full details of what’s on offer. UPDATED

James Bond Snowboard Goes on Display at Colorado Snowsports Museum

It was the mid-1980s and snowboarding was taking off. Endorsement of the new sport came from none other than 007 himself – check out the video of Bond on a board.

The National Snow Show Ups the Apres Ski

The UK’s only national ski & snowboard show is raising the apres ski bar with live DJ sets + mountain inspired food and drinks. Customer feedback from last year says people want a party vibe. PlanetSKI has some free tickets for readers. UPDATED

Burton Snowboards Is Not For Sale

As rumours circulate the CEO, Donna Carpenter, makes her point in a one finger salute on Instagram. She also holds a sign reading ‘Not For Sale!’

Russian Invasion of Ukraine Disrupts Ski Manufacture

A significant proportion of the skis sold worldwide each year are manufactured in western Ukraine. They are mostly made in factories around Mukachevo. Most are still open but retailers have been told to expect some delays. The area remains under Ukrainian control.

Recall for Avalanche Transceivers As Switch May Fall Off

The reason for the recall is that the on/off switch may fall off the Tracker4 transceiver due to a problem with the plastic.

2022 London Ski & Snowboard Festival is Cancelled

The event was due to take place in October but has been called off due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’.  The organisers claim it will go ahead in 2023. The National Snow Show in Birmingham remains set to go ahead. UPDATED

Ski Tests Move to January

The Snowsports Industries of Great Britain, SIGB, has announced the event next season will take place earlier than usual from January 23rd to 28th. It sees the latest kit unveiled.

British Snowboarder Saved by Phone Safety Feature in Crevasse Fall

41-year old Tim Blakey was riding on his own in a glacier in Saas Fee when he fell into a crevasse. He used an SOS feature on his iPhone to alert the rescue services.

Skiing in Scotland

PlanetSKI was at the Mighty Coe Festival in Glencoe on Saturday and then headed over to the Nevis Range for the Scottish Slopestyle Championships on Sunday. UPDATED

Fancy a Late Season Ski Trip to the Alps?

If so you are not the only one as Intersport Rentals is seeing bookings surge for Easter. Skiers & Snowboarders can finally hit the slopes with few Covid-19 restrictions in place. With a late Easter the season is set to go out with a bang. UPDATED

PlanetSKI’s Winter Gear Review – Part Two

Our Gear & Equipment Editor has been testing the latest collection of ski jackets. Check out his selection for January 2022.

PlanetSKI’s Winter Gear Review – Part One

It may be a little awkward to get to the Alps at the moment, but we can still think of ski gear even if we can’t all get to the slopes. Take a peek at our winter gear review from Alf Alderson.

GB Snowsport Industry Criticises Lack of Government Help

The trade body, Snowsport Industries Great Britain, says a plea for additional financial support has been rejected.

Glencoe to Host UK’s First On Mountain Ski & Snowboard Festival

The Mighty Coe will take place at Glencoe Mountain in Scotland on the weekend of 26th and 27th March. Skiers & snowboarders will be able to test next season’s kit as well as take part in a full programme of events.

When Should You Change Your Ski Boots?

Any keen skier should own their own boots. Many prefer to hire skis rather than own them, but your own boots are a definite requirement in our opinion at PlanetSKI. But when is it time to change them and where to go?

The Mountains are Calling

It’s been a long time for most of us so here’s something to get us in the mood for skiing.

Fancy 60% off Your Ski or Snowboard Hire in France This Winter?

Intersport is running a ‘White Friday’ promotional campaign with some seriously good offers. The offer is underway and expires on November 29th so you’ll need to hurry.

Maison Sport Partners with Pelotan

The ski instructor web portal has teamed up with the high-performance sun protection product.
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National Snow Show Claims Success

Thousands of snowsport fans have been at the first ever National Snow Show that took place at the NEC, Birmingham last weekend. PlanetSKI was among them. So, how was it? UPDATED

Skiing or Snowboarding?

If you are a beginner or you are going with someone who has never been on the slopes before, then should it be skiing or snowboarding?  Our good friends over at Crystal Ski Holidays have some advice.

Patagonia Boycotts Jackson Hole over Right-Wing Fundraiser

The outdoor clothing company has pulled its products from shops in the Wyoming resort after the resort’s co-owner hosted a fundraiser for the ‘House Freedom Caucus’.

Excitement Grows for National Snow Show

Ticket sales have passed the 11,000 mark with the easing of covid rules in the UK and lifting of travel restrictions for vaccinated people coming from abroad helping. PlanetSKI has met the organiser and looks ahead to the autumn event.

Birmingham Snow Show Goes Ahead

The London show has pulled the plug on this autumn’s event but the organisers of the one planned for Birmingham have confirmed to PlanetSKI it’s going ahead, with new brands joining the line-up. UPDATED

Beginner skier?  Your Questions Answered…

It can be daunting.  But that first lesson on the snow doesn’t have to be a stressful experience.  Especially with the right gear and information.

London Ski & Snowboard Festival Is Back

It’s returning to Battersea Park this October.  The new organisers are promising a ‘snow sport event like no other’.  So what’s new?

Revolutionary Ski Kit For the Future

It’s being hailed as a game-changer: the world’s first folding high-performance all-mountain ski. We have a look at what the manufacturers say about the Elan Voyager and another innovation, an avalanche transceiver that talks to you. 

All Mountain Ski Jacket

In our occasional feature on new gear this season we take a look at the Jolner jacket from the Swedish brand Klättermusen. They’ve been around since 1975 so know what they’re doing when it comes to making durable, stylish outdoor gear.

Sat Nav for the Ski Slopes

We all use sat navs in our cars as second nature. But would you want an automated voice giving you instructions on the slopes? Snonav thinks the answer is ‘Yes’.

Quarantine Is the Key to Unlocking Winter 2020/21 For UK Skiers 

That is the claim from the rental company Intersport in a survey. It is released as UK quarantine is reduced from 14-days to 5-days.

Battle of the Ski Face Masks

Selecting one’s snowsports outfit used to be one of the pre-season occupations for every fashionable skier or snowboarder. A mask is now part of the decision making process.

Details of New UK Snow Show Unveiled

It takes place in a year’s time at the NEC in Birmingham and promises to be quite an experience. Will it be able to succeed where others have failed?

Ski Entrepreneur Josef Fischer Dies At 90

The Austrian, who was the son of the founder of the Fischer Ski brand, died at the end of August. The company and the International Ski Federation pay tribute to the ‘visionary’.

Tributes to French Ski Industry Legend

Laurent Boix-Vives has died at the age of 93. He helped create and develop the ski resort of Courchevel before acquiring Rossignol in 1956 at the age of 29.

PlanetSKI’s Summer Gear Review

It may be awkward to get to the Alps at the moment, but summer is around the corner and restrictions are set to lift in June. Take a look at our top tips for gear this summer – in the Alps or here in the UK.

LOOK AFTER YOUR SKI KIT FOR NEXT WINTER

Bored at home under lockdown? Now might be a good time to ensure your ski or snowboard kit is in tip top condition ready for next winter.

PLANETSKI PUTS NEXT YEAR’S SKIS THROUGH THEIR PACES AT THE GLENSHEE SKI TESTS

Major brands pulled out of the Italian Ski Tests with worries about Covid-19. Instead a smaller event was relocated to Glenshee in Scotland where PlanetSKI tested the latest innovations from Atomic, Salomon and Elan.

PLANETSKI AT THE GLENSHEE SKI TESTS

They were supposed to take place in Italy & we were poised in the Aosta Valley. Worries about the coronavirus led people to pull out, but that didn’t stop PlanetSKI covering the tests.

HOW TO DECIDE WHAT TO WEAR TO SKI

It shouldn’t be that difficult, but it is, especially for the inexperienced.  Our friends at Maison Sport come to the rescue.

MESSYWEEKEND

We have all had them, but have you ever had a messy weekend on your face while skiing or snowboarding?

FOUR TOP WAYS FOR KIDS TO CARRY THEIR SKIS

It’s half-term week and that means kids on the slopes. So how should they carry their skis? Our friends over at Maison Sport have been offering their advice.

PlanetSKI Tests The New Wedze Skis From Decathalon

We’ve been putting them through their paces on the steeps of Argentière. They’re now competing with the big boys at a fraction of the price.

OAKLEY CLIFDEN MOUNTAINEERING GLASSES

We’ve been looking at sunnies. While a tad expensive these mountaineering sunglasses offer excellent eye protection and can be easily adapted for summer use.

PLANETSKI PUTS DECATHLON TOURING SKIS THROUGH THEIR PACES

There is no surer sign that ski touring is becoming mainstream. Decathlon is selling its own brand & we’ve been testing them out. Are they any good & why walk uphill in the first place?

Want to Save Money on Your Ski Gear?

Look no further than Decathlon and its own brand of Wedze. Good gear with affordable prices to match.

SKI PIONEER DIES IN PLANE CRASH

Dave Goode was the first to develop pure carbon fibre skis and ski poles.  He was killed when his light aircraft crashed in Utah.

SKI RENTAL MARKET CONTINUES TO GROW

More and more of us are renting skis rather than buying them. There has been a sharp growth in the rental sector. Why?

HELMETS CAN INCREASE RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY

That’s the disturbing finding from a new 8-year long study in the USA. PlanetSKI reports on the protection helmets offer.

SKI/BOOT ROOM OF THE YEAR

It’s the Awards Season at the moment with many taking place. PlanetSKI has decided to hand out its own alternative & occasional awards.

WE LOOK AT THE LIFE & LEGACY OF JAKE BURTON

A founding father of snowboarding, described as its soul, has passed away. We look at his remarkable life & assess his influence on snowsports.

TRIBUTES CONTINUE FOR JAKE BURTON

The founder of Burton snowboards has died from cancer aged 65. He was quite simply one of the most influential men in snowsports.

KITTING OUT THE KIDS

Take a look at Decathlon’s new children’s ski range and kit out your little ones at the best possible prices.

LOOK AFTER YOUR SKI KIT THIS SUMMER

Winter’s just about done so here’s another chance to read our advice to ensure your kit is in tip-top condition come next winter.

STORING SKI KIT OVER THE SUMMER

What to do with all your gear now the season is over? Read on for advice on how to ensure it’s in tip-top shape come next winter.

DECATHLON SKI TESTS

It’s not just value ski gear that Decathlon is developing; it has skis & touring equipment for next season & we’ve been seeing what they’re like.

DECATHLON OPENS NEW LONDON STORE

The outdoor sports retailer has opened a new shop in Kensington this week. ‘So, what?’ you may well ask.

Snow report

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PlanetSKI declares (drum roll please) the season of 2022/23 underway.

30 areas are now open in the Alps, with dozens in North America.

PlanetSKI is on its way to Austria today on a week long trip visiting a handful of resorts.

Updated: https://t.co/MXj4zqJH4X

Snow Camp young people have had THE BEST time this week at the premier showings of Warren Miller's 'Daymaker' 🤩 We want to say an enormous thank you to the team for getting us involved, and the generous donations from the ticket sales. ⛷️

If you thought going downhill on skis was hard work, look away now! Action from today's Ski Mountaineering World Cup in #ValThorens #Les3Vallees #InfiniteMountainExperiences 🎞️ @Ski_Chrono

Snow Sculptures Back in Ischgl this Winter

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

https://planetski.eu/2022/11/25/snow-sculptures-back-in-ischgl-this-winter/

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