General News

We’re Backing Paltrow!

The Hollywood actress, who is involved in a ski collision court case in Deer Valley Utah, has been ridiculed after she bemoaned losing half a day of skiing due to the incident. Time on snow is irreplaceable in our view and should never be restricted. NEW

Spring Skiing in Andorra

PlanetSKI’s Chief Reporter has finally plugged a big gap in her ski knowledge. She’s been skiing in Andorra in the Pyrenees for the first time. Read the full story of her Andorran Adventure. NEW

Cairngorm Gears Up for The BRITS

Preparations are well under way at the UK’s biggest ski area for the British Snowboard & Freeski Championships which take place this weekend. The BRITS is returning to its roots and our Scotland reporter, Rod Frazer, has been checking out progress. NEW

Investigation as 2 Students Caught in Swiss Avalanche – 1 Dead & 1 Missing

An 18-year old British person died and an American student is missing presumed dead.  Considerable risk of avalanche remains in large parts of the Swiss Alps. UPDATED

World Speed Ski Record Broken

The French skier Simon Billy set a new World Record with 255km per hour in Vars, France. That’s a staggering 157mph and beats the speed record set 7 years ago.

Lack of Winter Snow in Italian Mountains Threatens Summer Drought

There has been around half as much snow falling as there should have been. This could have severe consequences for the water supply.

US Actress Gwyneth Paltrow in Court Over Alleged Hit & Run Ski Accident

It is claimed she hit and seriously injured a man in Deer Valley Utah in 2016. She and her accuser have taken the stand in an 8-day hearing that puts the focus on an important topic – collisions on the slopes. UPDATED

First Disabled Ski Team Set to Traverse Largest Icecap in Western Europe

On 14th April 2023, Ed Jackson, Darren Edwards and Dr Niall McCann embark upon their  journey to cross Iceland’s Vatnajokull Glacier.

Mikaela Shiffrin – The GREATEST Alpine Ski Racer of All Time

The 27-year old US skier has beaten the record of 86 World Cup victories that has been held by the Swedish legend, Ingemar Stenmark. Today she won the slalom in Are Sweden to secure her place is sporting history. PlanetSKI looks at her remarkable career. UPDATED


Holiday essentials – Discounts on ski hire, ski lessons, airport transfers & deals on ski holidays. NEW

PlanetSKI Gear Reviews #4: Winter 22/23

In the fourth of a sporadic series of gear reviews over the winter, our gear editor Alf Alderson reviews more kit for skiers & snowboarders.

Swiss Avalanche Institute Asks For Your View on New Grading System

This winter a new system was introduced to the warning system with + and – grades at the intermediate levels. What did you make of it?

Public Demand Grows for People Who Ski Out of Control To Be Held Accountable

Recently we posted an article about the rising number of accidents with a major hospital reporting it was struggling to cope. The response has been phenomenal. UPDATED

Miracle Rescue for Man Caught in Avalanche in Switzerland

The ski tourer was buried for 6-hours and the crew of a rescue helicopter spotted his waving arm coming from out of the snow. His head was not buried allowing him to breathe.

Three German Heliskiers Die in Canada Avalanche

The accident happened near Panorama in British Columbia. It brings the total number of avalanche fatalities in the Canadian Province this winter to twelve. UPDATED

Rise in Injuries on the Piste

Up to 100 people per day are being admitted to one hospital in Grenoble alone due to skiing accidents. UPDATED

World Championships Gold for GB Snowboard Cross Team

Snowboarders Charlotte Bankes and Huw Nightingale are Great Britain’s latest World Champions.  It’s the second gold for GB at the Freestyle World Championships in Georgia. UPDATED

UK Children on Ski Trip Stranded in US After Passports are Destroyed

The pupils from a school in Walsall in the West Midlands were on a ski trip to New Hampshire but could not return home as planned at the weekend after a hotel apparently shredded their passports by mistake.

March Ski News in Brief – Live and Updated

– 2,000 Women Take Switzerland to Court Over Climate Change
– Massive Avalanche near Utah Ski Resort on Video
– FIS to Ban Fluor Wax Next Season
– TUI Group Launches Capital Raising to Repay Covid Loan
– More than a third of UK flights were delayed last year … UPDATED

Scotland’s Snowsports Festival Off Due to Lack of Snow

The UK’s only on-snow ski and snowboard festival, The Mighty Coe, has been cancelled. There’s not enough snow on the mountain at Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands. 

GB Snowboarder Mia Brookes is World Champion

The 16-year-old has taken the snowboard slopestyle title in her first senior World Championships.  And she’s made sporting history twice over in the process.

IOC Calls for Peace to Mark Anniversary of Ukraine Invasion

The International Olympic Committee has issued a statement marking a year since Russia invaded Ukraine. It condemns the ‘brutal warfare, human suffering, killing and destruction’.

UK Ski Tour Operators Working to Turn Young Lives Around

Inghams and Esprit have joined with the charity, Snow Camp, and GB Olympic snowboarder, Jamie Nicholls, to give youngsters from inner cities opportunities in snowsports.

British Skiers & Snowboarders Make Sporting History

Every single ski and snowboard discipline under the GB Snowsport banner has now delivered a World Cup, World Championships or X Games podium this season. And it’s not over yet.

16 Britons Injured in Alps Crash

Six children are among those hurt in a collision between a minibus and a four-wheel drive vehicle near Albertville in France. Two adults are in a serious condition.

Human Remains Found in Swiss Alps are British Man who Vanished Almost 50 Years Ago

The bones were uncovered on a glacier in the Val de Bagnes in the autumn. They have now been formally identified as those of a 32-year-old man who disappeared in the area in 1974.

PlanetSKI Reports from Abruzzo in Southern Italy

Abruzzo is an Italian region to the east of Rome that contains the Apennine Mountains – home to a number of fabulous ski areas that are little-known to British skiers and snowboarders.

Burton Snowboards Orders Still Disrupted After Cyber Attack

The company reported a ‘cyber incident’ on 14th February and shut down all its e-commerce activities. A week later its online sales are still suspended while investigations continue.

Last Minute Ski Offers & Easter Holidays

Holiday essentials – Discounts on ski hire, ski school, airport transfers & ski holidays. UPDATED

Black Skiers Celebrate 50 Years of ‘Soul on Snow’

More than 2,000 people have gathered in Vail, Colorado, to mark a half-century of the National Brotherhood of Skiers, an organisation created by black ski and snowboard enthusiasts.

British Skier Dies in Meribel

An investigation is underway after a 50-year old man died in a fall while skiing in the French resort. There have been several other fatal accidents as the busy half-term period begins. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Snow Report

There is change in the Alps with some snow forecast. PlanetSKI is in Norway. UPDATED

Sweden May Bid for 2030 Winter Olympics

The Swedish Olympic and Paralympic Committees are considering bidding to host the Winter Games in 2030. The IOC has welcomed the interest as other cities fall away.

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.

International Ski Patrol Day

It’s being celebrated for a second year and took place on Friday, 10th February.  The aim is to recognise the extraordinary work of ski patrollers without whom we could not enjoy our skiing and snowboarding each winter.

New for February… deals & offers

Half Term essentials – Don’t forget to book ski hire, ski school & airport transfers. UPDATED

February’s Ski News In Brief – Live and Updated

– 2 Backcountry Skiers Die in Colorado Avalanche
– GB Slalom Skier Billy Major Honoured for Performance at World Cup
– Rescue of Japanese Skier Who Disappeared in Deep Powder
– Most Defendants in Avalanche Deaths Trial Acquitted …….UPDATED

PlanetSKI Goes Ikon

This season we are planning a big road trip in the USA with a cheeky visit to Canada.  We are also visiting many of the main resorts in Europe, some of which are on the multi-resort Ikon Pass. It seemed a no-brainer to pick one up. First stop Chamonix.

PlanetSKI Snow Report

It’s clear skies & sunshine across the Alps and the weather is set to stay the same into next week. UPDATED

Ski Lifts Strikes in French Ski Resorts Have Little Impact

The two strikes held so far have had little impact and threats of further ones in February will likely be the same, if they take place at all. Some sections of the media have been accused of scaremongering.

X Games Gold for GB’s Zoe Atkin + 2 Bronze Medals for Kirsty Muir

The 20-year-old has claimed one of the biggest prizes in freestyle snowsports, a gold medal at the X Games, Aspen in Colorado.  Less than 24 hours later, the British teenager Kirsty Muir won her second bronze medal of these X Games.

Strikes Threaten French Ski Resorts over Half Term

French unions are threatening to close the lifts over the busiest weeks of the season. Resorts & tour operators are issuing reassuring statements & it seems any action will be limited. UPDATED

48-Hours in the French Ski Resort of La Clusaz

We are on our way from Verbier in the Swiss Alps to Pays de Gex in the French Jura.  We needed a stop off and a ski. Step forward a fabulous area that we haven’t been to for too long.

Shiffrin Breaks Vonn’s Record for World Cup Wins

The 27-year-old American superstar, Mikaela Shiffrin, has done it! She’s broken Lindsey Vonn’s record and now has more World Cup victories than any other woman. She clocked up number 83 in the giant slalom at Kronplatz in Italy on Tuesday and made it 84 on Wednesday.

….More Ski Deals

* HUGE discounts on ski and snowboard hire.
* 5% discount with Ski Lifts on all airport transfers NEW

Fresh warnings on Off Piste Safety as Ski Instructor Dies in France

The 57-year old ski teacher died in an avalanche in Les Arcs France.  The snowpack is stabilising after the fresh snow of last week but caution is urged.

Lindsey Vonn Races the Hahnenkamm – at Night

The legendary retired ski racer, Lindsey Vonn, has put her skis back on to become the first woman to ski the infamous Kitzbühel downhill course – and the first to dare to take on the Streif at night.

PlanetSKI is in Morzine as Heavy Snow Finally Falls

Morzine was one of those resorts that had a torrid time of it when rain washed away much snow over the New Year holiday period. Now it is chucking it down. We look at the fresh snow and the impact of the earlier lack of snow.

British Woman Dies in Chamonix Avalanche

The 45-year old was hiking with two other people including a mountain guide on Saturday when the accident happened. An investigation is underway. UPDATED

More Snow Continues to Fall in North America

The powder snow has been some of the best in a generation bringing excellent early season conditions. It has though come at a price with a number of avalanche deaths. NEW

… More Ski Deals and Discounts

More holiday discounts for 2023 + HUGE discounts on ski and snowboard hire. Plus you can ski in Wengen for LESS than £600pp.
*NEW 5% discount on all transfers with Ski Lifts UPDATED

Driving to the Alps for Skiing & Snowboarding

More people are driving to the Alps – it can be cheaper & more environmentally friendly than flying, plus there’s a host of other reasons. PlanetSKI has just driven to Verbier + we have reaction from readers who also like to drive.

Antarctica Ski World Record Attempt Abandoned

The British polar endurance athlete Wendy Searle has been forced to end her challenge to become the fastest woman to ski solo and unsupported from the Antarctic coast to the Geographic South Pole. NEW

The Ladies’ Ski Club is 100

The trailblazing British organisation was founded 100 years ago this month.  A group of formidable skiers, among them the best racers of the time, formed the world’s first ski club for women. NEW

Why Ski in Italy?

What have the Romans ever given us? If you’ve seen the satirical sketch from Monty Python’s Life of Brian, you’ll know the answer is quite a lot.  The same can be said for the Italians and their ski resorts.

New Year Ski Deals

Holiday discounts for 2023 + HUGE discounts on ski and snowboard hire.

Father Searches in Vain for Son as Pair Caught in US Avalanche

The son was found dead after two hours. There have been further avalanche fatalities as heavy snow continues to fall. Caution is being urged by the authorities. UPDATED

Man Dies in Avalanche on Ben Nevis

He was climbing with a partner when they were hit by an avalanche. The second man is in a serious condition in hospital in Scotland. NEW

January’s Ski News in Brief – Live & Updated

– Casinos Continue in Liechtenstein
– World Champion Freestyle Skier Dies in Japan Avalanche
– Shiffrin Misses Out on Chance to Equal Record Number of Wins
– World Cup Moguls Bronze for GB
– PlanetSKI Is Out On The Scottish Snow…UPDATED

Investigation Continues after Ten People Feared Caught in Austria Avalanche

Four people were injured, one seriously, after the slide struck on Xmas Day in Zurs in the Arlberg area in western Austria. A huge search operations was launched. First videos have been posted on social media. UPDATED

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