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December’s News in Brief

– GB Skier Pam Thorburn Retires
– Sunshine Village in Canada Wins Award
– Ice rinks for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Go Green…NEW

Jobs for British Ski Instructors & Resort Staff Under Threat

Thousands of ski workers who thought they would be able to work in the EU after the Brexit transition period ends on 31st December are being told that may not now be the case.

Four UK Tour Operators Cancel All Ski Holidays in December

Inghams, Ski Total, Esprit and Flexiski have announced they will not be running any ski trips this year, including over the Christmas period. The UK’s largest operator, Crystal Ski, says it still plans to operate in December.

Cairngorm Funicular Repairs Underway

Engineering works designed to get the mountain railway at the Scottish ski area up and running for next winter are starting this week.

Vancouver Bid for 2030 Winter Olympics on Hold Until Spring

A decision on whether the Canadian city should bid to hold the Games 20 years after it last did so has been delayed until next March. UPDATED

November’s News in Brief

– GB Cross Country Skiers Have Best Ever Start to Season
– British Woman Missing in the Pyrenees
– Public to Choose Logo for 2026 Winter Olympics
– Fancy Some Free Family Skis? ….UPDATED

Let It Snow!

The latest storm in the Alps has seen up to 50cm in places. It’s coming down in the Pyrenees and over in North America too as resorts open. UPDATED

New Initiatives To Get Kids On Skis

A drive to get more children interested in skiing and snowboarding is taking place this autumn with two new programmes about to get under way.

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?

Crystal Ski Holidays Offers Free Covid-19 Insurance

It will include overseas COVID-19 testing costs, repatriation if medically required, self-isolation costs and new return flights home. UPDATED

More for Morzine in 2020/21 ski season

The French resort in the heart of the mighty Portes du Soleil that straddles France and Switzerland has some new initiatives for this coming season. With full Covid-19 precautions in place.

Huge Fire Destroys Europe’s Biggest Ski Factory

The Fischer ski factory in the Ukraine has been severely damaged in a blaze. Its cause is unknown and an investigation is continuing.

Snowboarders Facing Huge Bill for Damage Caused By Avalanche

Two snowboarders who handed over their GoPro footage of an avalanche to the authorities could have to pay up to $168,000 in damages after being accused of triggering the slide.

FIS Changes Wording as it Boots Out GB’s Sarah Lewis from Top Job at FIS

The former Olympic skier has been Secretary General of the International Ski Federation for two decades. She is out in a ruthless manner with immediate effect. UPDATED

Cairngorm Ski Area Gets £20.5m Funding Boost

The Scottish ski area near Aviemore is to get more than £20 million to improve the snowsports centre. Most of it will go on repairing the troubled funicular mountain railway.

Tirol Unveils Plans For A Safe Winter

The huge Austrian ski region, which has some of the most famous resorts in Europe, has announced its plans to try to ensure skiers and snowboarders stay safe this coming season. UPDATED

October’s News In Brief

– Snow Helps Extinguish Wildfires
– Autumn Colours in the Mountains
– Tree hugging and ice floating in France this winter
– Russia Accused of Hack Attack on 2018 Winter Olympics.. UPDATED

$250,000 Reward as Cables Cut Again on Gondola

The Sea-to-Sky gondola at the Canadian resort of Squamish has had its cables deliberately cut causing gondolas to plunge to the ground. It’s put the lift out of action as winter approaches. It was vandalised in the same way last year.

Eurostar Rejects Calls to Reinstate the Ski Train

The only direct rail service to the French Alps is “simply not feasible” for this winter, the company says in response to an open letter sent by 160 ski businesses campaigning for its return.

‘Breathtaking’ Ski Jumping Venue For Beijing Olympics

The two ski jumping hills to be used at the Beijing 2022 Winter Games are nearing completion and will be used for two World Cup events in February.

Mammoth Mountain Closed Due to Extreme Fire Danger

The ski resort in California has been forced to shut down its summer operations as a massive wildfire burns out of control nearby.

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’.

Iconic Canadian Resort RED Mountain Joins Ikon Pass

One of the original North American ski areas, RED Mountain in British Columbia, is to become part of Ikon, the multi-resort season pass from this winter.

September’s News In Brief

– Switzerland Rejects Proposal to End Free Movement
– Chemmy Alcott to be lead presenter on Ski Sunday
– Suicide-Prevention Training for US Ski & Snowboard
– Call for Openness as Cairngorm Decision Nears…UPDATED

Switzerland Now Under UK Quarantine

Anyone entering the UK from Switzerland now has to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine. PlanetSKI was in the country as the quarantine was announced and we gauged the reaction & impact before leaving ahead of the deadline.

Switzerland Placed on UK Quarantine List

It is the latest alpine country where people need to isolate for 14-days on return to the UK . Austria and France are already on the list, plus all the countries in the Pyrenees. PlanetSKI reports from Switzerland. UPDATED

Squaw Valley Ski Area to Change ‘Racist and Sexist’ Name

The California ski resort is to drop the ‘derogatory and offensive’ name following extensive research and consultation with Native American Groups.

All North America World Cup Alpine Ski Races Axed Due to Covid-19

It is no great surprise but the racing in Canada and the USA in November and December has been called off. Other races in Europe remain under threat.

Save The Ski Train Latest

It’s been a month since the news broke that Eurostar would not be operating the direct ski train from London to the French Alps next winter. So what’s happening?

Courmayeur Defends Its Action On Threatened Glacier Collapse

Homes and hotels were evacuated earlier this month over fears that a massive ice block could fall from a Mont Blanc glacier.  The threat has now been lifted.

Cocaine Found At Home Of Cross-Country Ski Legend

The retired skier Petter Northug is one of Norway’s most famous athletes with multiple World and Olympic titles to his name. The drugs were found after he was stopped for speeding and police searched his home.

Ski Deals For Winter 2020-2021

– Self-Drive holidays to Tignes, Arc 1950, Les Menuires, Val Thorens & Tignes with Erna Low
– 3 ★ Hotel Obermair, Mayrhofen from £499pp with Crystal Ski
– 4 ★ Hotel Lion, Bansko from £449pp with Crystal Ski
– 3 ★ Hotel Miravalle, Sauze d’Oulx from £495pp with Crystal Ski
– Early Bird deals from Ski Solutions
– Half Term in Norway
We update this page frequently so keep checking back for new offers. NEW & ROLLING

Visitors In The Scottish Highlands Urged To Be Responsible

Good weather and the attraction of a staycation has brought thousands of people to the mountains of Scotland this summer but they’re not all following the rules.

Double Amputee Climbs the Matterhorn

A former soldier who lost both of his legs in Iraq has become the first above-the-knee double amputee to reach the summit.

August’s News in Brief

– $1.4M Remote Control Avalanche System for Colorado Highway
– Detecting avalanche victims under 5 metres of snow
– Drones to replace ski lifts?
– Further Dramatic Loss of Ice in Greenland …. UPDATED

New Ski & Snowboard Show for UK

It will take place at the NEC in Birmingham in October 2021.  It comes as The Telegraph has axed its show in London.  PlanetSKI looks at what may be on offer and examines its chance of success. UPDATED

Snow Centres Delay Opening for Skiiing and Snowboarding

The Snow Centre just outside London and the Snowdome at Tamworth were to open their doors for the first time since March this Saturday, 1st August. Government restrictions have put things on ice. UPDATED

Next Winter Will Be ‘Old School’ Ski Experience

So says the boss of the Aspen Skiing Co, Mike Kaplan.  He’s been outlining plans for the new ski season and what will change thanks to Covid-19.

St Bernard Dog Rescued from England’s Highest Mountain

The animals are more associated with helping to rescue people, rather than needing rescue themselves.

Newspapers From Crashed Jet Found in Melting Glacier Ice

Several newspapers believed to have been on board an Air India Boeing 707, which crashed above Chamonix more than 54 years ago, have been found by the manager of a nearby mountain hut.

Name Change for Squaw Valley Ski Resort?

The American football team the Washington Redskins has announced this week it is changing its name and the Indian head logo. Pressure is mounting for Squaw Valley to follow suit.

Tributes Continue for World Champion Snowboarder who Died while Spearfishing in Australia

Alex Pullin, 32, was found unresponsive off a beach on Queensland’s Gold Coast on Wednesday. Tributes are being paid. UPDATED

July’s News in Brief…

– 2026 days to go to 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Olympic
– Investigation after 4 die in Swiss Alps plane crash
– People Turned Away from Snowdon Mountain in Wales
– FIS Reports £15.5m Profit for 2019 ….UPDATED

Covid-19 Restrictions in the Mountains

With UK quarantine measures set to ease and travel in Europe possible we look at the various restrictions in place for the main countries that give access to the Alps and the Pyrenees.

Coronavirus Impact on Skiing & Snowboarding

The team at PlanetSKI is reporting all the news & developments as it affects the snowsports world in our ever-popular rolling blog. If you want to see its impact and the response of skiers & snowboarders then read on… UPDATED

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.

Climate Report Claims Many Winter Olympic Hosts Could Not Stage Games In 30 Years

The study says that only 10 of 19 former Games locations will be able to stage reliable winter sports events by 2050 and just 6 by 2080.

USA Ski Season On Course For Bumper Season Before Pandemic

It was heading for its fourth busiest winter on record before Covid-19 closed ski resorts across the country in mid-March. That’s according to figures just released.

‘Black Lives Matter’ in Skiing and Snowboarding

The campaign is reaching ski resorts as Vail Resorts promises to do more and two US athletes have been disciplined for alleged racist comments.

Alpine Nations Lift Border Controls as Covid-19 Restrictions Eased

The European Commission encouraged all internal border restrictions to be lifted from Monday and some have taken the advice. UPDATED

Thredbo Website Struggles To Cope As Oz Ski Resort Opens Up For Bookings

The Australian ski resort is the first in the country to open up its bookings for the winter. It’s reporting unprecedented demand among skiers and snowboarders as all the major ski fields prepare for a season like no other.

Treasure Hidden In Rocky Mountains Found After 10 Years

It’s taken a decade but someone has finally cracked the code and uncovered a bronze chest containing treasure worth around US$2 million.

Hugo Hoff: A Tribute From Les Arcs

The death of the young extreme skier Hugo Hoff in a fall on Mont Blanc shocked the world of skiing. Here, the 21-year-old’s club and the French resort of Les Arcs pay tribute.

Ski Operators & Chalet Owners Targeted by Fraudsters

While we’re all pre-occupied with Covid-19, it seems the criminals out to steal our money are working harder than ever. A huge wave of fraud of has recently been detected.

June’s News in Brief

– Woodsy gets lucky
– World’s oldest heliskier is almost 95
– Squaw Valley considers name change
– The $18m ski chalet ….UPDATED

IKON Pass Announces 2020/21 Spring Promotion Extension to mid-June

Ikon Pass has announced an extension of its spring promotion to June 16th allowing people more time to take advantage of the lower prices.

What to do if You’re Overseas and Your Insurance is About to Expire

PlanetSKI partner MPI Brokers provides advice on what to do if your insurance is about expire while you are abroad.

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON SNOWSPORTS

The team at PlanetSKI is reporting all the news & developments as it affects the snowsports world in our ever-popular rolling blog. If you want to see its impact and the response of skiers & snowboarders then read on… UPDATED

Cairngorm Funicular Repair Timescale Under Review

Plans to begin work on repairs to the main lift at the Scottish ski area this year are being reviewed as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

SNOW-CAMP RAISES THOUSANDS AT VIRTUAL CHALET PARTY

The charity that aims to change the lives of inner-city youngsters by introducing them to snowsports has raised more than £21,000 at an innovative party.

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Today's #Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports.

-Unclear If Ski Resorts Will Open in Spain
-Swiss Ski Resorts Will Be Open at Xmas
-Mass Testing Starts in Austria
-Andorra keeps slopes closed for Xmas
-Hotelplan UK Suspends All Ski Holidays
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https://planetski.eu/2020/11/30/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-19/

Snow depths in Europe from today 4th December through to 20th December... it's both painful & joyful to view this animated gif! ❄️ #WeWillSkiAgain #CovidWillPass #TheMountainsWillBeWaiting @wxcharts

Hotelplan UK Suspends All Ski Holidays Until February

The company runs #Inghams #SkiTotal & #Flexiski.

People who have booked will be offered an alternative holiday at a later date, or a refund.

https://planetski.eu/2020/12/04/hotelplan-uk-suspends-all-ski-holidays-until-february/

#coronavirusski

Latest news on #Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports.

-Ski Cross World Cup in Val Thorens Goes Ahead
-Italy bans regional travel over holiday period
-Nordic Nations Pull Out Of Cross Country Ski Races
-Switzerland Under Growing Pressure

https://planetski.eu/2020/11/30/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-19/

#coronavirusski

As the second lockdown lifted yesterday, snowsport facilities across England have started to open their doors again. We have collated the reopening dates of facilities on our website.

Check if your local slope is open ⬇

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