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World Snow Day 2022 Claims Success

The International Ski Federation, FIS, says the 2022 edition of World Snow Day was full of ‘positive moments’. Plans are underway for next season’s event. NEW

Black Folks Do Ski

50 years ago, two black American skiers were introduced by a mutual friend. It led to the ‘National Brotherhood of Skiers’. The two men, both in their 80s, have made it into the US Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame. PlanetSKI has been speaking to them.

May’s Skiing Snippets

– Characters of the Cairngorms
– Hakuba Powder Run
– Five People Die in Plane Crash in French Alps
– Fancy a Job in the UK Snowsports Industry?…LIVE & UPDATED

International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism Published

It looks at the winter of 2020/21 – a ski season we’d all rather forget with the impact of Covid-19. The 2022 International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism has just been unveiled during the opening conference of Mountain Planet International Exhibition in Grenoble.

Transforming Tignes – A Seismic Shift is Taking Place in the French Resort

Go to Val d’Isère for the 5-star experience, head to Tignes for the skiing.  It’s what we often hear about these two lift-linked French resorts.  But things are changing, and one property company is at the forefront of efforts to turn the ugly sister of Tignes into Cinderella. It’s expanding into other resorts too.

Scottish Rescue Teams Trial Drones to Find People Lost in the Mountains

New drone technology is allowing mountain rescue teams to improve how they search for people who get stuck and stranded amoung Britain’s highest peaks.

Investigations Continue After Two Women on Mountain Survival Course Die in Avalanche

They were in a party of six in Chamonix, France, with a guide when the avalanche struck. An investigation is continuing. It’s the latest in a numbers of avalanches in the north western Alps. UPDATED

Two British Brothers Lucky to be Alive After La Plagne Avalanche

One was buried under the snow for 15 minutes while the other managed to free himself. 50 people were involved in the rescue operation on Saturday. On Sunday a skier was dug out of an avalanche in Tignes. UPDATED

Inbounds Avalanche in Whistler Kills 34-Year-Old Man

The Canadian resort has expressed its deepest sympathy to the victim’s family & friends. An investigation is underway. It comes as three ski tourers died in an avalanche in Norway.

Date for 2023 World Snow Day Announced

The 12th edition of World Snow Day will take place on the 15th January 2023. The World Snow Day Awards will also be handed out.

Glencoe Says Business Down 25% 

The operator of the Scottish ski area has told a newspaper that high fuel prices have played a part in reducing the number of skiers and snowboarders attending this season.

IOC Allocates $2 million to Support Ukraine’s Olympic community

The money is being used to help athletes and their families that are in danger, and to allow for training and attending sporting competitions to go ahead as best as possible under the current circumstances.

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.

April’s Skiing Snippets

– My Ikon, My Ride
– Fluorinated Wax Set to be Banned by FIS
– Lucky Escape!
– Avalanche Transceiver Recall … LIVE & UPDATED

SKI DEALS INTO SPRING INCLUDING EASTER BREAKS

With warmer, sunny days ahead you can enjoy some of the best skiing conditions of the season. Check out the latest offers from our partners that include ski deals for Easter. NEW

Searching for Skiing

The ski operator allChalets reports a growing interest in skiing as travel rules and local Covid-19 restrictions ease. It also claims the Beijing Winter Olympics has provided a boost. It has been crunching the numbers.

Maison Sport Adds Disability Offerings

Maison Sport, the independent ski and snowboard instructor provider, has expanded its service to offer the full range of disability disciplines for skiers & snowboarders of all needs.

British man Dies on Slopes of Meribel

An investigation is underway after a 29-year old man from England died on Sunday morning in the French resort. Few details have been released.

UK’s First On Mountain Ski & Snowboard Festival Takes Place This Weekend

It’s called The Mighty Coe and you may not be surprised to learn that it takes place at Glencoe in Scotland.  There’s a packed programme and the great news is that there’s currently plenty of snow there. UPDATED

Investigation After Three Dead in Austria Avalanche

Three ski tourers died and another was injured last Friday in an avalanche in the Oetscher area in Lower Austria. It’s emerged that the group included members of mountain rescue and alpine police. UPDATED

Police In Scotland Issue Warnings After Six Mountain Deaths

Police Scotland is appealing to hill users and mountaineers to plan ahead and take extra care in the coming weeks. The deaths have occurred in the past two weeks. NEW

SKI DEALS FOR SPRING 2022

We can vouch that conditions in the Austrian Tirol are pretty good as that is where PlanetSKI is currently based. We’ve recently skied in Obergurgl, Lermoos in the Zugspitz Arena, St Anton am Arlberg, and Kappl that is just down the road from Ischgl. Check out the latest offers from our partners.  NEW

March’s Skiing Snippets

– Skiing in Scotland: the videos
– Look Who We Bumped Into
– CEO of Aspen Skiing Company Steps Down
– Ukranians Take Refuge in the Mountains …LIVE & UPDATED

Norway Calls for Full Sporting Ban on Russia

Norway won the most medals at the Beijing Winter Olympics. Its stance contradicts the initial policy of the International Ski Federation. FIS has been criticised in some quarters for its reaction to the unfolding crisis in Ukraine.

The ‘Ultimate’ Guide to Off-Piste Routes in Val d’Isère

A new book, detailing more than 200 off-piste routes in Val d’Isere is being launched in the resort next month and all the money raised will go to charity.

Fresh Avalanche Warnings as Two People Die in Switzerland

Two men died in Switzerland and others were caught in separate slides in Austria but were rescued. With the busy half-term week underway the danger is ‘considerable’ in places with caution urged. UPDATED

Avalanche Incidents at Record Level in Tirol

There are warnings of a continued high risk of deadly avalanches in the Alps with the authorities in the Tirol saying have had an unprecedented number of incidents. The warnings follow the deaths of 13 people in avalanches in the Alps since Friday. The latest fatalities are two young Dutch skiers who died in France.  UPDATED

Investigations Underway After 8 Dead in 3 Separate Avalanches in Austria

In the worst incident 5 people died near the town of Spiss in the Tirol near the Swiss border.  The people caught were a group of Swedish ski tourers. Investigations are underway into all three fatal avalanches. UPDATED

Award for Inspirational Adventurer

Karen Darke, a Paralympic Champion who has completed gruelling challenges on skis and bikes, despite being paralysed from the chest down, has received the Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture.

February’s Skiing Snippets…

– Bulgaria to Ease Covid-19 Restrictions
– PlanetSKI Reports from the Ski Resort of Lofer
– Planning a Ski Trip to Canada Before Winter Ends?
– GB Ski Cross Athlete is Esprit Brand Ambassador.. LIVE & UPDATED

Chairlift Goes into Reverse With Skiers Forced to Jump Off

The incident took place at a ski resort in South Korea.  The chaotic scenes have been captured on video. The resort has apologised to all involved and an investigation is underway. NEW

Prices go Downhill in Some European Ski Resorts

Prices have fallen in two thirds of the ski areas surveyed for the latest Post Office Travel Money Ski Resort Report.  So, which resorts offer best value?

How Good Was Dave Ryding’s Victory?

The Rocket’s triumph in Kitzbühel was the first by a Brit in the 55-years of the Alpine World Cup. But you need to look behind the headlines to fully appreciate its historical and sporting significance.

China Claims Success in Goal of 300 Million Involved in Winter Sports

It was the ambitious target the country sought to achieve before the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.  It claims it’s done it. Some are sceptical about Chinese claims.

Union Flag in the Snow Welcomes Brits Back to Les Arcs

The flag is a physical sign of welcome to British skiers and snowboarders following the decision of the French government to lift the ban on non-essential travel from the UK. NEW

Ski Deals for Holidays in 2022 and Winter 2023

As France is finally back on the Go-list for Brits, Crystal Ski Holidays offers discounted last-minute French breaks for those wanting to get to the pistes. Or, book ahead with Inghams Ski for winter 2022/23. See full listings of the latest ski deals here. UPDATED

Man Charged with Manslaughter after Collision with 5-Year old British Girl

A French man in his 40’s was arrested shortly after the accident in Flaine and has been has been in custody since Saturday in Bonnevile. There are growing concerns about collisions on the slopes and people out of control. UPDATED

Skiers on Chairlift Blasted With Freezing Water

Two people were taken to hospital. An investigation at Beech Mountain Resort in the USA is underway into one of the strangest ski accidents we have seen.

Dog Rescued from Backcountry Avalanche by Passing Skiers

It was a lucky escape for Apollo who was out with his owner and friends in the powder in Colorado. The dog ran onto some steeper terrain and was swept away.

Beijing 2022 Needs to be Above Political Disputes

The International Olympic Committee President, Thomas Bach, said the Games must be ‘beyond all political disputes’. He made the remarks in a New Year message.

Paraskier Awarded MBE

Shona Brownlee is recognised in the New Year’s Honours as she became the UK’s No 1 monoskier and is in the World Top Ten. She serves in the RAF.

January’s Skiing Snippets – See What Catches our Eye in the World of Snowsports…

– It’s Never Too Early to Book a Ski Holiday
– Beijing 2022 Slopestyle Course Unveiled
– First GB Female for Summer & Winter Olympics
– UN Calls for Olympic Truce to be Observed … LIVE & UPDATED

FIS President Gives First New Year Message

Snowsports will be taken to the ‘next level’ as a result of ‘groundbreaking proposals’ that are being worked on.  That’s the word from Johan Eliasch in his first New Year Message as the head of the sport’s world governing body.

Thermal Spa Ski Resort Added to Travelski Express Destinations

Brides-Les-Bains in Les3Vallees is added to the existing portfolio of Meribel, Les Arcs, Les Menuires, Val d’Isere, Tignes and La Plagne. All are now on offer as part of a package reaching the Alps by train.

Conquer The Mountain For Charity

Snow-Camp, the charity that helps inner-city youngsters get into snowsports, is running a big new fundraising event in Crans-Montana this winter.  It’s looking for teams to enter. Fancy it?

US Announces Diplomatic Boycott of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

American athletes will be competing but no official delegation will be sent to the Winter Games because of concerns about China’s human rights record. The UK is considering its position.

Three Dead in Austria as First Avalanche Deaths of Season Reported

Eleven people were skiing off piste in Salzburgerland when the accident happened. Eight of them were caught in the slide. Two were injured. The authorities are urging caution after fresh snow falls on an unstable base. UPDATED

UK Skiers Heading to France Will Need Negative Covid Test

The French government has announced that being double jabbed is not enough. The new measure applies to all people from non-EU countries. UPDATED

December’s Skiing Snippets – See What Catches our Eye in the World of Snowsports…

– For When We Can Get to Ski in France
– Colorado Orders Compulsory Masks as Omicron Surges
– Ice Cathedral in the Swiss Alps
– Jackson Hole Tram Opens.. LIVE & UPDATED

The London Ski & Snowboard Festival is Back

It will take place in October 2022 and claims to be a great event and launchpad for the season – bigger, better, brighter. Will it live up to expectations? PlanetSKI reports from the launch event.

Black Friday Ski Deals

You may love it or you may loathe it, whatever your view Black Friday is upon us. And there are some rather good ski and snowboard deals out there. UPDATED

The Tirol Answers Your FAQ as Austria Enters Lockdown

The Austria Province which is home to some of the major ski resorts in Austria has provided PlanetSKI with the answers to some of its Frequently Asked Questions to keep people informed.

France Confirms Covid Rules for Ski Resorts

The 250 French ski areas now have a roadmap for opening and the measures needed. Much is known already but this is final confirmation. Resorts in France are already starting to open over the next few weeks. However cases are rising sharply and further measures are expected shortly. UPDATED

November’s Skiing Snippets – See What Catches our Eye in the World of Snowsports…

– Japan to Close Borders to All Foreigners
– Covid Rules for Ski Resorts in British Columbia, Canada
– Drug-Taking Ski Instructor Responsible for GB Surgeon’s Death
– Ski Season Starts in the USA …LIVE & UPDATED

Celebrating Independent Ski Resorts in the USA

Teton Gravity Research Releases ‘In Pursuit of Soul’ featuring Indy Resorts. PlanetSKI has visited a few of them.

Half Term Mountain Holidays Made Easier

People returning to England will now need to take a lateral flow test rather than a PCR test. It follows the ending of the traffic light system and has given a further boost to people booking a ski holiday.

FIS Presidents to Have Time in Office Limited

The International Ski Federation has had just four presidents in its 97-year history. That is about to change. Also more women will need to be on the ruling council.

SnowDome Indoor Ski Centre Reopens After Death of Child

12-year-old Louis Watkiss was seriously injured in an accident at the end of last month. The slope has reopened after an investigation was carried out.

New for the 2021/22 Ski Season

Do you want to find all the news for the approaching season in one place? If so then look no further than our new section on PlanetSKI. In a post-pandemic season it is perhaps even more important to keep across all the news.

Maison Sport Launches in Scotland

The expansion will support self-employed ski instructors in Scotland as working legislation is affected by Brexit. Many ski instructor jobs in Europe have now gone for British instructors as the free movement of labour ends.

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