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CRYSTAL SKI WINS AGAIN

Crystal Ski Holidays is the winner of Best Ski & Winter Sports Holiday Company and has received the GOLD Award in the prestigious 2016 British Travel Awards. NEW

LONDON SHOW CLAIMS SUCCESS

It saw a 20% increase in visitor numbers as more than 30,000 people visited over its 4-days.

TOP RESORTS FOR NEW YEAR

Inghams is celebrating the early snow and has released some NYE deals, as well as its top rated resorts to bring in the New Year this winter.

CHEL-SKI CHARITY

An event to inform snowsports lovers about off-piste skiing will be hosted at Chel-Ski in December, with the proceeds going to snowsports charities. NEW

MORE JOKERS AT ALTITUDE

Added to the already impressive lineup of the Altitude Christmas comedy festival are Eddie The Eagle, Lou Sanders, Nick Cody and Jimeoin. NEW

BUNNIES BACK ON BURTON BOARDS

Playboy has teamed up with Burton again to create a new range clad with the iconic logo and bunny girls. Want to see more? NEW

WHICH IS THE BEST RESORT IN THE ALPS?

It’s Val d’Isere. Rubbish, it’s Zermatt. Nonsense Val Gardena is tops. Hang on Val Thorens has just won the World Ski Awards. Which awards do you believe?

IT’S BLACK (AND WHITE) FRIDAY

We have had White Wednesday and we’re in White Week. Now it’s the original – Black Friday. And it’s White Friday too. UPDATED

TOUGH TIMES IN SNOWSPORTS RETAIL

An industry survey shows falling sales on the High Street as tough trading conditions affect the market, but there are signs of hope.

TRY A CITY & SKI BREAK

Visit a city you normally miss when heading to the slopes and then pack off skiing. Best of both worlds? NEW

NEW WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR SKIING

Instead of taking a private or group lesson, skiers can now visit an on-mountain Coaching Zone for tips from an expert ski instructor.

WIN A FAMILY SKI HOLIDAY TO FRANCE

Fancy a FREE SKI HOLIDAY for a family of 4? Erna Low & SNCF team up to send the lucky winners to Les2Alpes. NEW

GBR ALPINE SERIES 2017

British Ski Academy has been announced the new sponsor of GBR Alpine Series, kicking off in spring 2017. NEW

WHITE FRIDAY – HERE SOON

Most people call it Black Friday but one ski tour operator has changed the 25th of November to White Friday. It is selling holidays to the snow after all. NEW

‘TIS THE SEASON OF DEALS

And here we have them: Alpine Answers’ holiday discounts through December & January. Oh, and a few short ski break temptations. NEW

FIND YOUR PERFECT SKI TEACHER ONLINE

Could Ongosa become the Uber of the ski instruction world? It has launched for winter 16/17 & is a website that matches people with local instructors & guides in the digital world. NEW

CAUTION IS URGED

Resorts are opening early after the record November snowfall but people are being urged to ski safely. There is ‘considerable’ danger of avalanches off piste.

THE BRITISH ALPINE SKI SCHOOL

BASS has much on in the resorts it works in this season. From beginners and improvers through to advanced skiers and those in search of powder adventures. NEW

SKI INDUSTRY SIGHS WITH RELIEF

The new snow across the Alps has led to a surge of bookings after a difficult start to the winter for the UK tour operators. PlanetSKI reports.

MOUNTAIN HEAVEN EXPANDS

Courchevel, La Tania, La Plagne (1800), La Rosiere, Meribel, Morzine: Mountain Heaven’s resorts in France – this season with even more sleeping options. NEW

10 RESORTS, 4 DAYS, 1 TRIP

Fast paced, a lot of ground covered and (mostly) on skis: Range the Alps, test out the skiing and food, all without the effort of organising. NEW

THIS TIME IT’S SKI HOT TUBS

Alpine Answers likes a good ‘Top 10’ and this time it lays out its top rated hot tubs across the Alps.

WHY VERBIER? HERE’S WHY…

10 reasons to ski Verbier/Val de Bagnes – La Tzoumaz this winter, as well as what’s new and on the agenda to convince you. NEW

SKIER AWARDED BIG BUCKS AFTER COLLISION

A snowboarder who crashed into a skier in the USA has been ordered to pay $260,000 in damages. Should more be done about people who are out of control on the slopes & are you correctly insured?

NEWS IN BRIEF…

Supermarket Aldi gets into selling ski lessons, investigations are ongoing into Whistler Blackcomb fatality & World Snow Day is back. 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 & UPDATED

CRYSTAL SKI RAISES £68,000 FOR DSUK

That’s the total for this year, the tour operator has now raised £320,000 over the last 7 years. Disability Snowsport UK helps people with a disability ski.

HAS LONDON SKI SHOW FOUND ITS PLACE?

It has been forced to re-invent itself from the apparent golden years of yesteryear as visitor numbers have fallen, exhibitors pulled out and the world has moved on. PlanetSKI gives this year’s show a big, but qualified, thumbs up.

NEW BASE JUMP RECORD SET IN HIMALAYAS

Valery Rozov leapt 7,700m off the snow covered peak of China’s Mount Cho Oyu breaking the world record for the highest base jump.

PROS FLY AT MOUNT BATTERSEA

Top freestylers have been showing what they’re made of on the 50ft kicker every day at the London Show, looking to win the Big Air contests. UPDATED

TOP 5 RESORTS FOR SAVING MONEY

Desperate to get away skiing but feel a pinch on your pounds? Inghams offers its advice on where to ski to get what you want for less.

SCOTLAND & ICELAND TEAM UP

Scotland’s & Iceland’s skiers and snowboarders are to benefit from a season ticket that will enable them to ski both countries. But what is skiing in Iceland like? NEW

A DAY AT THE SKI SHOW

Impressive freestyle, free ice skating, the skiing buzz and apres bars. PlanetSKI gets involved at the London Ski & Snowboard show at Battersea on its opening day.

IGLU SKI LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

The UK’s largest ski travel agent has unveiled its new all-singing and all-dancing web site. And rather good it looks too.

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Val d’Isere won the coveted title of Ski Resort of the Year at the World Snow Awards. Crystal Ski was named as the No1 UK tour operators & Jenny Jones takes the lifetime achievement award.

SKI SHOW – NOW & THEN

It’s 43 years old and has had its ups and downs. Sunday is the final day of the London Ski & Snowboard Show & PlanetSKI is there. NEW & UPDATED

IT’S SKIING BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT

The GB speed skier, Jan Farrell, has added another record to his collection. He went almost 40mph on asphalt while being towed behind a car!

POLARIS FESTIVAL

Start the season off with a serious bang at Polaris Festival in Verbier. It’s back – bigger and better. NEW

TOP 10 SKI IN/OUT CHALETS IN VAL D’ISERE

The resort is one of the favourite resorts for us Brits and the ski company, Alpine Answers, lists its favourite chalets near the slopes. From the ultimate in luxury, to the upgraded Club Med.

INCREASING THREAT FROM CLIMATE CHANGE

Resorts need to develop other activities to skiing, boost their summer visitors, retain existing skiers and attract young people. That’s according to a new international report that paints a bleak picture ahead. NEW

BRUSH UP IN TIGNES

The PlanetSKI partner Snoworks has started its season running autumn courses on the glacier high above the French resort. The snow’s good and more is forecast.

LES 3 VALLEES – IT HAS IT ALL

It’s the biggest ski area in the world, a firm favourite among the British and has everything from high-end luxury to lower cost options for families. NEW

SKI NEW THIS YEAR

Iglu Ski has added many resorts to its portfolio for more options if you fancy something different for your ski holiday this season.

IT’S TIME FOR SNOWFEST!

Head down to Ellis Brigham this week in London to pick up some bargains and get yourself in the mood for the coming ski season. NEW

AVALANCHE DEATH IN AUSTRIA

An investigaton is underway after a 25-year-old man has died in an avalanche in Hintertux. Another man survived. It is the first avalanche death in Europe this season. UPDATED

£1m COMPENSATION FOR ALPS CRASH VICTIM

Former SkiBound employee Catrin Pugh receives payout having suffered severe injuries from a ski coach crash in 2013.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FOOD

Ski Beat has high cooking standards and proves it is a cut above the rest as PlanetSKI samples a cookery training day in London.

GB CYCLE COACH HEADS TO SNOWSPORTS

He’s Dan Hunt and comes to the national governing body for elite British snowsports from the Premier League, where he was Head of Elite Performance.

SKI CHARITY CLOSES FUND AFTER TAX PROBE

The Skiers Trust of Great Britain has scrapped one of its fund-raising schemes with immediate effect following a ruling from the Revenue.

GOT A QUESTION – ALPINE ANSWERS

Which is the best resort? When is the best time to ski? Austria or France? Is the chalet child-friendly? Where’s the wildest bar? Best resort for a w/end trip? NEW

CHAMONIX BANS WINGSUIT FLYING

It has been outlawed for 6-months after a spate of recent deaths. This week a wingsuit flyer died after crashing into a chalet near the French town. NEW

VONN/MANCUSO BOARDERS ROW

Lindsey Vonn says snowboarders should have ‘a little separation’ from skiers. Her fellow US ski racer, Julia Mancuso, thinks otherwise with the two trading further comments on social media.

SKI EARLY, SKI IN STYLE

VIP SKI announces its value and top-end holidays for early-season and Christmas skiing in the Alps. NEW

VAL THORENS UNVEILS ALL

There are a host of new activities on the piste and off in Val Thorens for 2016/17. See here for all that is new. NEW

KIDS SKI FREE IN WHISTLER

Erna Low is offering multiple deals this winter to keep your family holiday to Whistler affordable as kids get free lift passes. NEW

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 & UPDATED

WHERE TO SKI IN THE AUTUMN

The seasons are changing so where can you ski in October and November? There are plenty of ski areas open.

NEILSON – WHAT’S NEW FOR NEXT SEASON

Holiday operator Neilson has announced its winter programme, its discounts and the new experiences on offer for the 2016/17 season. NEW

FATHER XMAS AND MORE

As well as meeting the man in red, Santa’s Lapland is offering a range of activities for kids and parents alike. From reindeer rides to ice fishing. NEW

NEWS IN BRIEF…

Army makes glacial lake safe near Mt Everest, Freestyle league winners at the Ski Show, Baumgartner upsets Red Bull sponsors, + Scot dies in crevasse fall in Antarctica. NEW & UPDATED

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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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