New for the 2022/23 Season

US Resorts Extend Season After Record Breaking Winter

There have been huge amounts of snow across the Rockies in the USA this winter. California, Utah and Colorado have seen records broken and now some are extending their winter season. More are expected to follow suit. UPDATED

Fancy a Cheap & Reliable Transfer to Your Ski Resort?

PlanetSKI has teamed up with Ski Lifts to offer ski transfers from the major airports in the Alps to many of the most popular ski resorts.

Big Après Ski Line-up for The Mighty Coe 

Scotland’s ski and snowboard festival has announced a big programme of evening entertainment for the event which takes place over three days at Glencoe next month.

The BRITS Heads Back to its Roots in Scotland

The UK’s official Snowboard and Freeski Championships will take place in Cairngorm in Scotland April 1st and 2nd.

Alpine Fleet Resort Transfer Company Reports Good Start

Alpine Fleet has recently launched a transfer service for those wanting hassle free, convenient and great value transfers from Geneva Airport to ski resorts across the French, Swiss and Italian Alps.

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.

Bruson Heads Into A New Era

The ski area linked to and opposite Verbier has had something of a transformation in recent years with new lifts, new restaurants and much else besides. PlanetSKI has been sampling its delights.

Ski Resorts Across Europe Look to Save Energy

Some are slowing down lifts while others are suspending night skiing. Some Xmas lights have been reduced and there’s a whole host of measures under discussion.

Costs of Skiing Rise but Numbers Expected to Remain Constant

Some claim prices are up by around 10%.  Inflation and spiralling energy costs are taking their toll, but the number of people skiing looks set to remain constant. 

Another Restaurant in Val Gardena Awarded Michelin Star

The area has some of the most fabulous mountain restaurants in the Alps and another one has been acknowledged. Val Gardena has one of the highest concentrations of Michelin features restaurants in the mountains.

OVO Network Expands into Switzerland

High end chalet rental specialist OVO Network, until now solely offering chalets in France, has launched its first chalet to rent in Switzerland. NEW

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

Ski Deals in Andorra from Inghams

Set in the high mountains of the Pyrenees between France and Spain, Andorra has some good value skiing and snowboarding on offer.

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

Pierre & Vacances Offers Sunday to Sunday Option

Saturday traffic delays, sky-high flight costs and fully-booked ferries or trains could soon be a thing of the past for UK families booking with the self-catered specialist, Pierre & Vacances. 

‘Chalet Owners’ Offers Some of the Best Chalets in the Alps

Looking to book your next luxury ski chalet? You could do worse than take a look at Chalet Owners, a curated collection of luxury chalets and apartments aimed at the discerning skier.

The Mighty Coe Returns

The UK’s only mountain-based ski and snowboard festival is returning to the Scottish Highlands next spring – and it’s promising to be even mightier than before.

New Sports & Conference Centre Opens in Val Thorens

‘So what?’ you may ask. It sits in the centre of town & is set to be the diamond in the crown of the high-altitude French resort – an integral part of its future. PlanetSKI was at the official opening on Wednesday.

Pointe de la Masse Ski Lift Appears to be Victim of its Own Success

The lift in Les Menuires draws huge crowds as people head to the viewing platform at the top & enjoy the varied skiing on offer. PlanetSKI went for a ride to see if all the attention is warranted.

Harsh Weather Hits the Alps with Powder at Altitude but Heavy Rain Lower Down

The temperature has been fluctuating wildly bringing snow and rain. Xmas is looking good in high-altitude rski areas but not so good lower down as the snowpack deteriorates. UPDATED

Les Gets Bans Smoking on Ski Slopes

The French resort is banning smoking on ski lifts and on the slopes except in 5 designated areas. It is the first resort in Europe to do so. NEW

Maison Sport Buys Supreme Ski School

New meets old. One of the new ski school digital platforms buys one of the oldest British ski schools in the Alps.

What Makes an Award-Winning Ski Hotel?

VIP SKI’s Bear Lodge in Arc 1950 has been named the ‘World’s Best New Ski Hotel’ at the World Ski Awards. PlanetSKI’s James Cove is currently staying there, he reports on what it offers & if it is worthy of the accolade.

French Government Urges People to Wear Masks in Ski Lifts this Winter

The French Health Minister has urged people to wear masks on public transport. In France ski lifts are seen as public transport.

Spain Announces New Digital Nomad Visa

If you want to base yourself in the mountains for the season to work from abroad then Spain may be your best bet.

More Ski Resorts Open With Good Conditions as Xmas Approaches

There’s been more snow with the temperature fluctuating wildly. PlanetSKI is out in the Alps where conditions are generally good as Xmas approaches. UPDATED

City & Ski: Innsbruck & Stubai

PlanetSKI has started its winter with a week long visit to the Tirol. We’re now in Innsbruck – sampling the city life & the ski life. Today it’s a visit to the Stubai glacier.

Innsbruck: A City Made for Skiing

As PlanetSKI starts its season we have moved on from the Otztal Valley in the Tirol in Austria to Innsbruck. It’s the self-proclaimed capital of the Alps and for good reason. NEW

Today is Last Day to Purchase Ikon Pass

Thursday, December 8th, 2022 is the last day to purchase 22/23 Ikon Pass products – Ikon Pass, Ikon Base Pass and Ikon Session Pass. UPDATED

Sustainable Ski Holidays in the Tirol

From public transport to environmentally friendly accommodation, regional produce to winter activities with a small carbon footprint – the Tirol claims to have plenty of options for skiers keen to enjoy the Austrian Alps while at the same time helping protect the planet.

PlanetSKI is Back On Snow!

PlanetSKI is in the Tirol to start our season. Five resorts in a week. Or maybe more, & longer. UPDATED

Change to Avalanche Warnings in Switzerland

Starting this winter, the SLF is enhancing the precision of its reporting by subdividing the danger level in its avalanche bulletins. It will indicate whether the danger is towards the bottom end, in the middle or towards the uppermost end of the reported level.

Travel by Train To Morzine & Save Money in Resort

Skiers and snowboarders opting for a low-carbon ski holiday to Morzine, in the French Alps, can save money when choosing to travel to resort by train thanks to the AlpinExpress Pass.

Absolutely Snow – The One Stop Holiday Shop

Are you stuck in a rut when it comes to ski holidays, lacking inspiration for which country and which kind of accommodation to choose? Absolutely Snow claims it can help.

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.

The Ski Season of 2022/23 Starts

Around 40 resorts in the Alps are offering some skiing, with dozens now open in North America.

As Jackson Hole Opens PlanetSKI Looks at its Season Ahead

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has opened with the early season snow conditions the best in many years. What makes the resort so iconic? UPDATED

Ski Deals Continue

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Alpine Fleet – the New Transfer Service from Geneva

Airport transfers to the Alps have often involved either costly private transfers or cheaper but less flexible and far longer, shared bus transfers. Alpine Fleet plans to shake things up.

Obergurgl Celebrates its Season-Opening

The resorts of Obergurgl and Hochgurgl in the Tirol have opened for the season. PlanetSKI was amoung the lucky ones making their first turns of the winter.

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.

Fancy a More Affordable Base for the 2023 Alpine World Championships?

They take place in Meribel & Courchevel next February. The neighbouring resorts of Les Menuires and Saint Martin de Belleville are stressing their advantages.

Testing Set to Start on Cairngorm Funicular

The series of repair works is nearing completion and final testing is about to start. It should be open for skiers and snowboarders in early 2023 and is part of wider improvements to the Scottish ski area.

Travelski Express Reverts to Overnight Departure

The direct weekend train service will now depart from London St Pancras for a Friday overnight service to the French Alps. It means skiers will still get 7-days on the slopes with a daytime return the following Saturday.

More US Ski Resorts Open Early After Fresh Snow

Heavy snow is falling in the USA with many resorts opening early to take advantage of conditions. We look at the state of play in North America as the season gets off to a great start. UPDATED

Maison Sport Goes for Growth

The independent ski and snowboard instructor provider is partnering with a number of providers in the UK and across the world. It says this will enhance the booking experience and drive growth.

Another French Resort Delays Opening Due to Lack of Snow

Val d’Isere has followed Val Thorens in announcing a delay to the start of the season. Warm weather is to blame, but there is snow in the forecast. UPDATED

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.

13 Ikon Pass Resorts in North America Open Early

Skiing & Snowboarding has come early to four states in the USA and Alberta in Canada. North America has seen some good early season snow with cold temperatures to top things up with artificial snow.

Les3Vallees: What’s New for Next Season

It’s the largest linked ski area in the world with 600kms of ski runs. It never rests on its laurels and has a host of new developments for the winter of 2022/23. We look at all the improvements.

First Non-Glacier Resorts Open in the Alps

Verbier was first out of the blocks on Friday, followed by Arosa/Lenzerheide, Sulda & Kitzbuhel. UPDATED

Val Thorens Unveils What’s New for Next Winter

The highest resort in France is due to open for winter on November 19th. PlanetSKI will be there as the first lifts turn. Here we look at what’s new in the resort for coming season.

Train Tickets to French Ski Resorts Now on Sale

The French national rail company, SNCF, has put tickets on sale for journeys between January 3rd and March 26th 2023. UPDATED

Repairs to Cairngorm Funicular Near Completion

Highlands and Islands Enterprise, owners of Cairngorm ski resort in Scotland, have said that the repairs to the funicular are on schedule and the funicular will reopen this winter.

More Ski Resorts Opening in the USA

Nine US resorts are now open with some skiing on offer in three states – Colorado, Utah and California. Two more resorts, Timberline & Brighton, are opening some slopes this Friday. UPDATED

Ski Resorts Opening in Canada

Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, Mt Norquay and Nakiska in Alberta are open. The first resort in British Columbia, Big White, opens this Thursday. UPDATED

Austria Glacier Ski Areas Enjoy Some Fresh Snow

The latest storm has given the open glacier areas some welcome fresh snow. PlanetSKI readers are out enjoying some turns. We look at current conditions & ahead to some resort openings. UPDATED

Flexiski Re-Launches for 2022-23 Winter Season

The short break and flexible ski specialist is offering new destinations for the coming season. It has re-launched following its change of ownership during the 2021-22 season.

Crystal Ski Holidays Heads to Japan

The UK’s largest ski operator has unveiled Japan as a new destination, with holidays this winter to the resort of Niseko from December 10th to April 2nd.

First Ski Resorts In Canada Open With More to Follow

Lake Louise opens today as Sunshine Village got its season underway on Thursday. Five US resorts are already open as Wolf Creek begins its season. UPDATED

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