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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. NEW

‘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

– Call for Openness as Cairngorm Decision Nears
– Brexit Impact for Next Ski Season
– Doctor on trial over cross-country ski blood doping scandal
– From Ski Jumper to Tour de France Supremo …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.

PlanetSKI Goes Skiing in Georgia

Just before the corona lockdown PlanetSKI’s Ian Davis managed to explore the skiing in Georgia for a few days before racing back as the flights stopped. One thing is for sure – we’ll be back.

May’s News in Brief

– Twelve year old boy followed by Brown Bear
– A ‘normal’ PlanetSKI summer?
– Threat to Lauberhorn World Cup ski racing lifted
– 2 men charged after Colorado avalanche … UPDATED

Ikon Pass Extends its Discount for Next Winter

Renewal discounts for the multi-resort season pass are being doubled and early-bird prices extended for another month.

THE COVID-19 IMPACT ON SKIING & SNOWBOARDING CONTINUES

Our ever-popular rolling blog continues as we report on its impact on the world of snowsports. There is, as always, good news and bad news.

Ski Season 2018/19 Was the Best of the Millennium

That’s the verdict of the latest International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism.  The conclusion is based on the number of skiers and snowboarders visiting resorts worldwide.

SKI SEASONAIRES COMPLETE QUARANTINE MARATHON FOR CHARITY

Two British ski seasonaires who caught coronavirus while working in Italy have completed marathons while in quarantine in their small apartments to raise money for charity.

STRICT QUARANTINE MEASURES LIFTED FOR 3 AUSTRIAN SKI RESORTS

Ischgl, St Anton and Soelden in the Tirol were sealed off in mid-march. Extensive testing for covid-19 has been carried out and the authorities have now lifted the quarantine 3- days earlier than expected.

GB SNOWSPORT ANNOUNCES ‘BE BRAVE’ MENTAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN

The UK’s skiing and snowboarding governing body is taking action to end the stigma around mental health.

ELLIE SOUTTER FOUNDATION AWARDS ITS 4TH ATHLETE GRANT

The foundation set up in memory of the young British snowboarder has awarded funding to another GB team snowboarder and one of Ellie’s good friends.

NORWAY EASES MORE LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS

The country went into full lockdown early and quickly.  It shut its ski resorts in a single move on Friday 13th March. It now claims some success in dealing with coronavirus with some restrictions lifted on Monday.

NEWS IN BRIEF…

– Two more US resorts join Ikon Pass
– Ice avalanches on Mars
– More high speeds trains for Beijing 2022
– Ski racing podcast

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON SKIING & SNOWBOARDING CONTINUES

As we enter another week under the cosh from coronavirus our ever-popular rolling blog continues as we reports on its impact on the world of snowsports.

Norway’s Melting Glaciers Reveal Viking & Iron Age Finds

Melting glacial ice in Norway is revealing hundreds of Viking and other historical artifacts on the route of a long-lost ancient mountain pass.

SNOWSPORTS INDUSTRY HELPS IN COVID-19 FIGHT

From Googles for Doctors in the USA, to Michelin starred chefs preparing meals for health staff in France. Burton Snowboards is sourcing 500,000 masks & a paralympic silver medalist is working as a nurse.

SWITZERLAND RELEASES DETAILS OF EXIT FROM LOCKDOWN

Like many other alpine nations the country remains in lockdown with ski resorts closed, tight restictions on movements with shops and businesses closed.  The government has released details of its exit strategy.

ISCHGL RESPONDS TO CRITICISM OVER ITS HANDLING OF CORONAVIRUS

The resort has come under attack for not closing quickly enough or heeding early warnings. Some claim its actions helped to spread the virus across parts of Europe, but others believe it acted in good faith. PlanetSKI reports.

ISCHGL & ST ANTON REMAIN IN QUARANTINE WITH DECISION EXPECTED ON SOELDEN

All three resorts in the Tirol have been under strict quarantine since March 13th.   Extensive testing has revealed the resorts are still hotbeds of the virus with widespread infections.

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON SKIING & SNOWBOARDING

We have been updating our blog on a daily basis here on PlanetSKI with all the news on how it impacts on the world we live in and the one we love – skiing and snowboarding.

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- Iglu to Cut Jobs and Slash Costs by Up to 50%
Covid-19 News from Ski Countries in Europe
- People Turning to Travel Agents
- New Zealand Moves to Lowest Alert Level as Powder Snow Falls in Some Ski Areas

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/20/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-12/

Iglu, the #ski and cruise specialist travel agency, warns its 400 employees of job losses across the business as #COVID19 takes it toll ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/09/20/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-12/

Call for openness as the Scottish Government prepares to decide on the future of the #Cairngorm #funicular. The main #ski lift has been out of action since autumn 2018 ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/09/01/septembers-news-in-brief/

Eurostar rejects calls from #skiers and #snowboarders to reinstate its #Ski Train for this winter saying it is 'simply not feasible' to run it ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/09/22/eurostar-rejects-calls-to-re-instate-the-ski-train/
#SaveTheSkiTrain #Eurostar @snowcarbon @uk_protect

Today marks #500DaysToGo until @Beijing2022. Anticipation is building, we're sharpening our edges, dialling down our wax recipes and pushing training to the limits. Stay tuned for more. 🎉

In the meantime, here's @billymorgan89 at Pyeongchang in 2018. 🥉

📷: Sam Mellish

New Zealand Moves to Lowest Alert Level as Powder Snow Falls in Some Ski Areas

The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said the whole country, except the city of Auckland, is to be downgraded to Level One.

Ski resorts welcome the move

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/20/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-12/

Arlberg ski area announces Covid-19 policy for lift system

It contains the resorts of #StAnton #StChristoph #Lech #WarthShrocken #Zurs and others.

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/20/arlberg-ski-area-announces-covid-19-policy-for-its-lift-system/

Check out all the latest news on the Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

- Arlberg Ski Area Announces Covid-19 Policy for its Lift System
- Australia Claims Some Success in Covid-19 Fight as Ski Resorts Close

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/20/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-12/

Check out all the latest news on the Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

- Covid-19 Statement from Alterra
- Climbing chalk that may fight Covid-19

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/20/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-12/

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