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Ski News in Brief

– Congratulations to Zak Carrick-Smith
– Save £100 on Lift Pass & Ski Hire with Inghams Ski
– 3 Teachers Jailed after Japan Avalanche Kills 8
– Verbier is Most Expensive Resort in the Alps for 2nd Home
– Snow Camp Looks Back on 20th Birthday Year… LIVE & UPDATED

Ski Holiday & Equipment Deals for June

Book Early to save money for Winter 2024/25. We’ve collated some offers from key tour operators. UPDATED

June’s Ski News in Brief

– 3 Japanese Teachers Appeal Avalanche Death Verdict
– Construction of Ariels & Moguls Park for 2026 Olympics Starts
– Swiss Voters Back Plan to Boost Domestic Renewable Energy
– Snow Camp Hiring London Programme Manager
– More June Snow in Scotland… LIVE & UPDATED

New Snow Show for the North

It is set to take place at the Chill Factore indoor snow centre in Manchester on October 4th and 5th.

Slight Rise in Swiss Avalanche Fatalities

There were 23 deaths last winter. The average annual number over the past 20 years is 21. Elsewhere in the Alps overall fatalities were down.

Ski Club of Great Britain Reports Bounce Back from Covid with Challenges Ahead

The survey from the Ski Club of Great Britain & the Mountain Trade Network compares data from before, during & after the pandemic. It makes interesting reading. UPDATED

Four Skiers Die in Swiss Alps in Three Separate Incidents

Three people died in avalanches, while a fourth ski tourer slipped and fell to his death. UPDATED

Body of Missing Canadian Skier Found in Zermatt

The man went missing on April 1st after an avalanche in the Riffelberg area of the Swiss resort. Three other people died in the accident.

AI Helps to Predict Avalanches in Switzerland

The Swiss Institute for Snow & Avalanche Research has been using Artificial Intelligence, AI, in a three-year research project.

Alpine Action Goes Out of Business

Another UK ski operator ceases trading as the fallout from Brexit continues. There’s a rapidly changing ski holiday market for the UK business model. UPDATED

Avalanche Deaths Down Last Winter in Europe

63 people died last season with the seasonal average at around 100. In the USA numbers were also down, but they remained at the annual average in Canada.

Vail Resorts Completes Purchase of Crans-Montana

It is the second resort in Switzerland to be owned by the US company. It promises further investment, but some are concerned about US ownership of resorts in the Alps.

May’s Ski News in Brief

– Candidates for 2030 & 2034 Olympics Present Their Cases
– Social Media Used to Find Hit-&-Run Snowboarder
– Swiss Village Considers Tourist Tax to Limit Day Trippers
– NZ Resort of Cardrona Prepares for Winter
– Milan-Cortina Olympics HQ Raided by Police… LIVE & UPDATED

Glimmer of Hope for Would-Be UK Ski Seasonaires

Brexit cut the widespread ability of people to work in Europe with the end of the free movement of labour. Now the EU is proposing a deal for young people, but UK politicians are lukewarm.

International Snow & Mountain Tourism Report 2024 Published

It lists and analyses data from nearly 2,000 ski resorts in 68 countries around the world. Facts, figures, investments, visits, trends, snowfall and more.

Three Dutch Skiers Die in Austria Avalanche

A fourth person is being treated in hospital. All were part of a group of ski tourers from Holland. UPDATED

Earlybird Offers For Next Season

With the winter season soon to close, seize the chance to find an amazing ski deal for next year. Check out the Earlybird offers. UPDATED

Three Dead & Three Injured in Helicopter Crash Near Verbier

The accident happened on the Petit Combin across the valley from the Swiss resort as a British group was on a heli-skiing trip.UPDATED

Investigation Underway as Three Die in Zermatt Avalanche

One is a US teenager. An avalanche came down off piste below the Riffelberg area of the Swiss resort. A fourth person was seriously injured. UPDATED

April’s Ski News in Brief

– Electric Snowcat on Trial in Arapahoe Basin
– Swiss Ski Resorts Claim Success
– Alterra Buys Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing
– Good April Snowfalls in the USA
– Bear Cubs Filmed Climbing Steamboat Gondola Pylon… UPDATED

Two Skiers Die in Avalanche in Switzerland

Two ski tourers have been killed in an avalanche near the resort of Klosters in southeast Switzerland. An investigation has been launched.

GB’s Most Successful Skier Wins 2 Crystal Globes

She is, quite simply, the best.  Jasmin Taylor has ended her season with not one but two crystal globes.  She has topped the Women’s Telemark standings in both Sprint and Overall.

FWT Finale in Verbier Underway

YETI Xtreme Verbier has been confirmed for this weekend with a weather window spanning March 23-31, 2024. UPDATED

Dave Ryding Is 7th Best Slalom Skier in the World

It is another amazing achievement from the skier they call ‘The Rocket’. PlanetSKI looks back at his season and ahead to the future.

Inghams Claims Success with Snow Camp

This winter season, ski and snowboard holiday provider Inghams Ski continued its partnership with young person’s charity Snow Camp. How did it go?

Further Details Released After Deaths of Five Ski Tourers Near Zermatt

They froze to death in a snow hole they had built for protection after they were caught in bad weather. The search has been called off for a 6th person. The five were from the same family. UPDATED

Massive Snowstorm Leaves High Avalanche Danger

Huge amounts of snow have fallen in parts of the south west Alps. An avalanche struck an open piste in Saas-Grund in Switzerland killing a skier. A 16-year old boy died in Italy. Some resorts remain closed with disruption to transport. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Gear Review #6 Winter 23/24

In our sixth edit of the season Alf Alderson checks out some skiing hardware including K2Mindbender 130 BOA ski boots, the Safeback SBX Avalanche system plus helmets from Oakley & POC.

March & Easter Deals Plus Early Bookings for Next Season

Early Bookings for 2025-2026 ★ MORE Last Minute Holiday Deals ★ Great Discounts on Sports Equipment Hire ★ 5% off Airport Transfers ★ UPDATED

Ski News in Brief

– Happy Easter Folks!
– Multiple Avalanches in Colorado
– Skiing in Afghanistan
– The Patrouille des Glaciers in Verbier
– British Man Dies in Avoriaz…LIVE

Win a set of Fischer Racing Skis, Boots & Poles

Enter the Fischer Sports Junior Rocketeers competition to win a complete set of winter sports Alpine race equipment for a budding young ski racer.

Scandinavia’s Superb Ski Season

It’s been a great winter for skiing and snowboarding in Scandinavia so far and it’s looking good with March upon us.  While the Alps has had an exceptionally mild winter, the opposite has been the case in the Nordic region.  PlanetSKI reports from Norway.

Investigation Continues After Four Ski Mountaineers Die in Avalanche in Central France

The accident happened in the commune of Mont-Dore. Three others suffered minor injuries. An investigation is underway. .UPDATED

Snowsports Continue to Grow in China

The total number of visitors to 19 national ski resorts in November & December was 9.43m – up 316% from the previous year. The International Ski & Snowboard Federation has welcomed the growing interest in snowsports.

Ski Deals for This Week & Ahead to Easter

Last Minute deals from Inghams, SNO & Sunweb ★ Discount on Ski Hire ★ Discount on Transfers ★ UPDATED

Skiers Flock to Snowy Scandinavia

A less than perfect winter in the Alps this season has sent some skiers to Scandinavian resorts, according to the boss of the airline, Norwegian Air. PlanetSKI has been in Norway this winter & we’re heading back this weekend.

February Skiing in Scotland

Snow and cold temperatures arrived in Scotland just in time for the school holidays. Two of our reporters have been out on the hill – with mixed results.

The Mighty Coe Winter Sessions Announced

The annual festival of snowsports at Scotland’s Glencoe ski resort will take place on Saturday 2nd March.  Tickets go on sale today.

Stay Safe on the Pistes

An animated film to help young skiers & snowboarders learn about safety on the pistes has been released to coincide with the busy February school holiday period. It comes as safety is becoming a growing concern with PlanetSKI contacted by the mainstream media on the subject.

Esprit Ski to Cease Trading at End of Season

The family ski brand, Esprit Ski, is being scrapped after 41 years. It is part of the Hotelplan Group that is being sold off, but the company says the decision is unrelated.  UPDATED

Cost of Day Lift Passes in Europe’s Ski Resorts Outpace Inflation

The average cost of one-day lift pass in European ski resorts has risen almost 35% above inflation over the past eight years, according a recent study.

French Farmers Lift Blockades

The French government has made concessions and the threatened travel disruption that may have affected ski resorts this weekend has eased. UPDATED

Inghams Is Up For Sale

The UK ski operator is owned by the Swiss company Hotelplan that is in turn owned by the supermarket chain Migros. Migros has decided to sell Hotelplan and all its travel businesses. UPDATED

Powder White Ceases Trading

The ski agent had been operating for more than 20 years. It blames a combination of Brexit, Covid and the cost-of-living crisis. It is feared more ski businesses may follow. NEW

International Ski Patrol Day 2024

Saturday 10th February was International Ski Patrol Day. PlanetSKI looks into the work of Shawn Beaudoin, a ski patroller in Whistler, Canada & sees what’s going on around the world.
UPDATED

PlanetSKI Gear Review #5 Winter 23/24

In our fifth edit of the season Alf Alderson checks out some must have accessories for skiers and snowboarders.

Ski News in Brief

– Boss des Bosses returns to Verbier
– Record Numbers for Swiss Hotels & Mountain Huts
– Snowboarder In Utah Has Shotgun Pulled on Him
– High Number of People Caught in Avalanches in Colorado
– Registration is Open for L3V Enduro..LIVE

PlanetSKI Gear Review #4 Winter 23/24

In our fourth edit of the season Alf Alderson checks out the latest in layering and back protectors for skiers and snowboarders.

Dave Ryding: The PlanetSKI Interview

GB’s greatest alpine ski racer has been speaking exclusively to PlanetSKI’s Jane Peel about the season so far and the potentially bright future for the GB alpine team.

French-Italian Ski Area Offers Discounts for People Arriving by Train

Vialattea (The Milky Way) has teamed up with the Italian train operator Trenitalia and will offer people 25% off their lift pass if they arrive by train. It aims to encourage sustainable ski travel.

PlanetSKI at Schladming Night Slalom as Ryding Comes 14th

The spectacular Schladming World Cup Night Slalom has taken place in the Austrian resort. PlanetSKI was slopeside for THE greatest slalom race of the season.

Heliski Crash in Canada Leaves 3 Europeans Dead & 4 Critical

The accident happened to the north of Terrace in British Columbia. An investigation is underway. UPDATED

Third Fatal Avalanche in USA as Huge Snowfall Continues

The latest death was in Wyoming and follows fatalities in California and Idaho. After a poor start for snow this winter the situation is changing in North America. UPDATED

Forget ‘Artificial’ Intelligence, Lets Go for ‘Authentic’ Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence may be set to takeover our lives but Austrian Ski Instructors are going for something else – Chat SKiPT.

FIS Unveils Its Sustainability Plan

The International Ski and Snowboard Federation has announced a sustainability action plan. It says it will guide the organisation and its key stakeholders through global sustainability challenges.

RIP Ian Baxter

Tributes are being paid to a legend of Scottish and British skiing, Ian Baxter. The accomplished skier and father of Olympic ski racers Alain and Noel Baxter has died at the age of 78. NEW

Investigation into Gondola Accident in Austria

Four members of a Danish family have been seriously hurt in the accident in the Hochoetz ski resort in the Tirol. An investigation is underway.

Ryding Aiming to Bounce Back in Wengen

GB’s greatest alpine skier, Dave Ryding, will be back in action at the classic World Cup race meeting in Wengen this Sunday after a disappointing result last weekend. UPDATED

Ski Touring for the Very First Time

PlanetSKI’s Tashie Cove has been wanting go ski touring for a while, now she has finally managed it. As it grows in popularity read her account of putting on skins and walking uphill for the first time.

Snowboarder Dies After Hitting Protective Mat Round Snow Cannon

The accident happened in Flims-Laxx in Switzerland. An investigation is underway. UPDATED

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