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WHITE THRILLS IN ST ANTON

Der Weisser Rausch aka ‘White Thrill’ Race took place on Saturday and it marks the end of the season for St Anton. A new White Thrills record of 7m 9s was set.

LARGE ICEBERG STUCK

Canada’s Iceberg Alley lives up to its name as the iceberg season starts. A large one becomes a tourist attraction as it remains grounded off the Newfoundland coast.

THE BÖÖGG PREDICTS A HOT SUMMER

Burning the Böögg is one of the odder Swiss traditions. Apparently this summer will be hot!

WHERE TO SKI THIS SUMMER

Iglu Ski has released options for glacier skiing this summer in Tignes, Saas Fee and Zermatt. No need to wait for winter to get your ski fix! NEW

FANCY LEARNING TO CLIMB?

Mountain Tracks, the guided mountain adventure specialist, is expanding its summer offering to include a series of alpine skills weekends in the UK.

HANNIBAL CROSSES THE ALPS IN 2017

Tonight the story of Hannibal and the crossing of the Alps by the Carthaginian army will be performed on the Rettenbach Glacier, Sölden at 3,000m. NEW

POND SKIMMING

As the ski season draws to a close in the Northern Hemisphere it’s… Pond Skimming time.

ROW ERUPTS AS DJ PLAYS EVEREST BASE CAMP

The Soundtrek Project crew plus British DJ Paul Oakenfold hosted the Highest Party on Earth. It has triggered criticism as some claim it showed disrespect for the mountain. NEW

5 WAYS TO SAVE ON YOUR NEXT SKI HOLIDAY

The UK’s largest ski travel agent, Iglu, offers some advice on making your money go further. NEW

SEISMIC SHIFT IN NORTH AMERICA SKI INDUSTRY

Aspen Skiing Co has announced it is buying more US ski resorts. It follows a $1.5bn deal earlier this week that will see it go head to head with the might of Vail Resorts. The gloves are off! UPDATED

THE FREE MAN

PlanetSKI was invited to a preview of The Free Man, a documentary film with freestyle skier Jossi Wells also featuring the infamous group of daredevils and adventurers called The Flying Frenchies.

SKI CLUB SPRING TRIPS

Put some spring in your skiing with new and unique late-season trips from Ski Club Freshtracks and Mountain Tracks. NEW

SUMMER IN THE TIROL

The Austrian Tirol is a huge summer destination with visitors being drawn by the area’s hiking paths, countless biking trails and spectacular views of sparkling lakes and sweeping valleys.

WE TACKLE THE ENDURO

The world’s largest gathering of amateur skiers batlle it out in the world’s largest ski area. PlanetSKI is among them.

ABTA SETS OUT PRIORITIES FOR BREXIT

Brexit will have a huge impact on the UK travel industry and perhaps no more so than snowsports. PlanetSKI reports.

LE SKI DISAPPOINTED BY FRENCH SKI HOSTING DECISION

The Supreme Court in Paris has upheld the decision of a lower court that the ski guiding service offered by the British tour operators is illegal. Le Ski blames it on Brexit. UPDATED

FWT CROWNS ITS CHAMPIONS

The Freeride World Tour ends in Verbier with some stunning runs on the Bec des Rosses – updated with videos. NEW & UPDATED

SKI VIDEOS OF THE DAY…

There are some insane snowsports videos on the internet and we want to share some of the best on this rolling Vlog. NEW

NEWS IN BRIEF…

Senior manager at SCOTT dies in ski accident in Chamonix, IGLU SKI is recognised, Pam Thorburn recovering from knee surgery, 2 dead in avalanche in Romania + England Alpine Squad gets a new Head Coach. NEW & UPDATED

ENGLISH CHAMPS 2017

Dates announced for 2017 English Slopestyle, Moguls and Ski/Snowboard Cross Championships. NEW

IS MASS TOURISM NOW SUSTAINABLE?

The TUI Group, of which Crystal Ski Holidays is part, believes so. See its report here:

FWT CONFIRMED FOR MONDAY

Some of the best freeriders in the world are in Verbier preparing for the Verbier Extreme. Bad weather has delayed the finale of the Freeride World Tour but it is now on for Monday. UPDATED

SWISS MOUNTAIN GUIDE FACES JAIL AFTER FATAL AVALANCHE

4 people he was guiding died in the avalanche in Austria earlier this month. The authorites are seeing if he will faces charges of homicide through negligence. NEW

6 YEAR OLD GIRL DIES IN SWISS SKI CRASH

She was in collision with a 16-year old in the resort of Les Mosses. An investigation is underway. NEW

SKI-SCOTLAND SNOWFEST

The annual Scottish ski festival took place this weekend with activities and celebrations on Scotland’s slopes. UPDATED

SNOWORKS IN CHILE

Snoworks adventure course takes skiers to the volcanoes of Southern Chile. NEW

SUMMER SKIING IN THE TIROL

The Austrian Tirol has three top picks for the summer where snowsports enthusiasts can get their fix. NEW

FOUR DEAD IN TWO SEPARATE AVALANCHES

One struck in St Anton in Austria and the other was in Italy near the Swiss border. It follows an avalanche earlier in the week in Austria that killed 4 Swiss ski tourers.

4 DEAD IN AUSTRIA AVALANCHE

The bodies of four ski tourers have been recovered after an avalanche in the Tirol on Wednesday. An investigation is underway. UPDATED

ISTM CLAIMS SUCCESS

The 4th International Ski Travel Market ends in Cortina, Italy, as buyers and suppliers in the worldwide snowsports industry meet to do business. And maybe even arrange your resort for next winter.

PERFECT V FOR VICTORY

Channel 4’s celebrity TV series The Jump concludes as former Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews beats Olympian Louis Smith in the final jump-off and wins the coveted Cowbell.

SKI FOR FREE THIS SPRING

Spring skiing in Italy… a perfect break, right? Here are some deals and offers to make a trip to the Aosta Valley even more appealing. NEW

BOSS DES BOSSES IS BACK

The 23rd edition of the inter resort moguls competition takes place in Verbier next week. It’s one of THE best events in the Alps!

FAMILY EASTER SKIING

Think sunny days, long lunches, late spring snow that’s been great in recent years, and the last opportunity of the season to ski. Where? Les Menuires NEW

SKI INDUSTRY VETERAN MOVES ASIDE

Andy Perrin is relinquishing his role as CEO of Hotelplan UK, stepping aside to become part-time chairman.

A FLYING JUMP

There was something in the air on Sunday as the eight remaining players in Channel4’s celebrity TV show The Jump battled for a place in the finals.

ANOTHER FATAL AVALANCHE IN ITALY

A skier has died and three others have been injured in an avalanche in the Aosta Valley on Sunday. It’s the second fatal avalanche in the region in three days. NEW

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards returned to Calgary and jumped again at the Olympic Park, to the cheers of delighted spectators. Watch him jump here. NEW

THE EAGLE FLIES TODAY

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards returns to Calgary to jump once again at the Olympic Park, today Sunday 5th March. The event will be broadcast live. NEW & UPDATED

180 RESCUED FROM LIFT IN FRANCE

The passengers were trapped for more than two hours after a power failure. A video has been posted of the rescue.

3 DIE IN ITALIAN AVALANCHE

Three skiers have been killed and three seriously injured in an avalanche near Courmayeur in the northern Italian Alps.

FREEZERUNNING AT ICE CITY

23-year-old German Freerunner Jason Paul adjusts his footwear and technique to tackle the sculpted blocks of ice at Harbin. He appropriately renames his activity from freerunning to freezerunning. NEW

NEWS IN BRIEF…

Armada skis sold for $4.1m, Swiss skier lands first Quad Cork 1800, sharp rise in term-time holidays + Canadian Olympic slopestyle athlete injured in accident near Whistler. NEW & UPDATED

SKI VIDEOS OF THE DAY…

There are some insane snowsports videos on the internet and we want to share some of the best on this rolling Vlog. NEW

BRITISH SNOWBOARDER WINS OSCAR

British film director and ex professional snowboarder, Orlando von Einsiedel has won an Oscar for Best Documentary Short.

FREESKIER JETPACKS TO LUNCH DATE

Facing the prospect of being late for lunch, Filip Flisar straps on a jetpack and literally blasts his way through his hometown of Maribor, Slovenia. NEW

PEAK TO CREEK

It’s the longest race of its kind and it’s just taken place in Whistler, with one competitor in his 90s. Teams of four race down Whistler Mountain from The Saddle at the peak all the way down to Creekside.

SKI CROSS

Week 4 is Ski Cross week of the Channel 4 celebrity TV show #TheJump. Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox fears for her life, while the only way for rugby player Gareth Thomas to deal with it is to be a ROARING Welsh Dragon.

MAN CHARGED OVER HIT-AND-RUN IN LA CLUSAZ

He’s accused of seriously injuring two Britons with a vehicle on the outskirts of the ski resort in the French Alps.

SNOW CAMP INSPIRES

An East London teenager joins a Snow Camp weekend and his life is transformed. Skiing is now a big part of Jonjoe Boulter’s life.

HIGH SPEED ON TEA TRAYS

Speeding head first down an icy track at 90kmph can only be described as mad. A Jump contestant sums up the Skeleton – Who in their right mind would ever want to do this?

IS SKIING IN THE ALPS DOOMED?

Europe’s mountains could lose as much as 70 per cent of their snow cover by the end of the century, with winter sports possible only above 2,500 metres, according to…
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CLOSED RUNS: AN INSURER’S ADVICE

Are the signs just advisory or should we read them as more than a warning and stay off closed runs? NEW

WHERE’S YOUR FOCUS?

The director of Snoworks Ski Courses, Phil Smith, speaks about the importance of focus and the practice of concentrating when skiing off piste in order to improve. NEW

SIR BRADLEY WIGGINS LEAVES THE JUMP

He did not compete in Sunday’s Snow Cross carnage event, and announced minutes after the show ended he was leaving due to a minor fracture.

TRIBUTES AFTER 4 DIE IN TIGNES AVALANCHE

Four snowboarders – three members of one family and their ESF instructor – died in the massive avalanche in the French Alps on Monday. The instructor has been named as Laurent Ruiz.

VIP SKI LESSONS

Switzerland’s biggest ski area, the 4 Valleys, offers a VIP coaching experience that goes beyond the usual private tuition to give you the ultimate lesson. NEW

MOUNTAIN OF FREEDOM

The Swiss resort of Engelberg with its ‘Big 5’ ski routes mean that there is certainly no lack of challenge for the keen and extreme freeriders out there. NEW

JUST A LOT OF JUMPING

Snow carnage hits the slopes in episode two in Kuhtai. It’s Snow Cross Week on the Channel Four programme.

GIGASELFIES AT RUINETTES

First there were selfies and now there are gigaselfies. Whatever they are you can now do them in Verbier. NEW

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Latest news on tCoronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

-‘Rest & Test’ at Heathrow
-World Alpine Ski Champion Tests Positive for Covid-19
-Some Ski Resorts in Italy Remain Open
-First US Ski Resort Set to Open Today with Covid-19 Restrictions in Place

https://planetski.eu/2020/10/26/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-16/

It’s Opening Time!

Today #WolfCreek in #Colorado is set to be the first resort in the USA to open.

Updated: https://planetski.eu/2020/10/25/first-ski-resort-in-north-america-opens/

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#winterishere #letsgoskiing @WolfCreekSki2

Need a few pictures of snow to take your mind off things?

There’s been another big fall in parts of the Alps.

Most of us may be unable to visit at the moment, but it looks fabulous.

Updated:

https://planetski.eu/2020/10/27/let-it-snow-2/

Some Ski Resorts in Italy Remain Open

Four resorts are able to offer skiing and snowboarding at this time of year.

After crowded scenes in Cervinia the national government ordered closure, except to racers and professional skiers.

https://planetski.eu/2020/10/28/italian-government-orders-ski-resorts-in-italy-to-close-but-some-stay-open/

World Champion Tests Positive for Covid-19

The 28-year old Norwegian ski racer Aleksander Kilde is now self-isolating in Norway.

He won last season’s overall title.

He is said to be in a good condition.

https://planetski.eu/2020/10/26/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-16/

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

-Brand USA Looks to Permanently Abandon WTM
-Good Points, Well Made
-Melbourne Defeats Covid-19 But At A Huge Economic Cost

https://planetski.eu/2020/10/26/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-16/

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