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HUNDREDS OF CAMPER VANS ARRIVE IN SCOTTISH MOUNTAINS AS PEOPLE TRY TO FLEE THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Around 30 turned up in the car park of the Nevis Range ski resort and many more are already in the Highlands. PlanetSKI reports.

SNOW CENTRES IN THE UK CLOSE

The Snow Centre was first out of the blocks making its announcement after the new government regulations were announced.  Other UK snow centres have been following suit.

ALL FIVE SCOTTISH SKI AREAS NOW SHUT

Cairngorm announced it was closing and then Nevis Range, The Lecht, Glenshee & Glencoe followed suit. Some have closed already, but two are open on Sunday amid growing criticism as the coronavirus spreads. PlanetSKI reports.

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN TRAVEL INDUSTRY UNDER THREAT

The ski industry along with other sectors of travel is facing an unprecedented crisis as the coronavirus continues its expansion.  PlanetSKI reports.

SKIERS IN FRANCE TOLD: STAY OFF THE MOUNTAIN

Police in the Haute-Savoie and Savoie regions that include many of the major ski resorts in the French Alps have issued warnings against ski touring and any other on-mountain activity. It’s banned and violators face action.

PLANETSKI LEAVES THE ALPS AND HEADS HOME

PlanetSKI’s editor James Cove returned from the Alps at the weekend. He has now gone into self-isolation after covering the coronavirus story from the Alps.

Ski Deals For Next Winter

We’re optimistically looking ahead to the 2020/2021 ski season. Have a look at some of the earlybird offers from a selection of tour operators. We update this page regularly so keep checking back for new offers.

PLANETSKI’S ROLLING BLOG ON THE CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON SKIING CONTINUES…

It’s another day in these unprecedented times for everyone. Pretty much all the ski resorts in the world are closed as the coronavirus takes hold. Here we keep you updated with the facts – no hype & no spin. The PlanetSKI team reports.

RESORTS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA CLOSE

Over the weekend the two giants of the scene, Vail Resorts and Alterra closed all their resorts. 49 between them. Some followed suit while others carried on. Read our rolling PlanetSKI blog for the latest.

BLUEBIRD DAY IN SCOTLAND

While European ski areas were in turmoil over Coronovirus last Friday, our Scotland reporter Rod Frazer who lives in the Cairngorm National Park was enjoying the spoils of fresh powder snow.

EXODUS FROM AUSTRIA PLUS THE CONFUSION OVER WHETHER & HOW TO SELF- ISOLATE

PlanetSKI’s George Eykyn left on Saturday after St Anton was shut down. But how do you find out whether to self-isolate and how long for? The advice was not readily to hand.

ALL FRENCH SKI RESORTS CLOSED

It was the last major alpine nation to hold out and insist its ski areas would keep running until the end of the season, despite the worsening coronavirus crisis.

FRANCE HOLDS OUT AND REMAINS OPEN FOR SKIING

Many thousands of people are heading out to the resorts over the weekend. It is unsure if they will get a full week and may have to come home early. If so it will be a logistical nightmare, not to say a massive health problem threatening lives and health care systems. PlanetSKI reports.

MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT IN NORTH AMERICAN SKI RESORTS

Alterra Mountain Company has announced it will invest $223 million in capital improvements to its resorts for next winter.

SKI RESORTS CLOSE ALL OVER EUROPE

Austria has announced major closures and Norway has said all its resorts are shutting with immediate effect. Other ski resorts across the Alps are now considering following suit with the coronavirus cases growing. PlanetSKI reports from the Alps.

INVESTIGATIONS INTO FATAL AVALANCHES IN AUSTRIA

At least six people have died in two separate avalanches in the Austrian Alps.  Five were killed in a single incident. 

THE TELEGRAPH SKI & SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL IS AXED

It’s the end of an era as Telegraph Events pulls the plug on the show and also stops publishing its magazine.

FROM AOSTA TO CHAMONIX

PlanetSKI heads from its base in Italy to the powder fields of the capital of off piste skiing. 30cm of fresh snow awaits in Argentiere.

PASSING SKIER RESCUES WOMAN BURIED HEAD FIRST UNDER SNOW

An extraordinary video has emerged showing a British skier head first in deep snow with her legs flailing in the air. The footage was captured by her British rescuer.

PLANETSKI PUTS NEXT YEAR’S SKIS THROUGH THEIR PACES AT THE GLENSHEE SKI TESTS

Major brands pulled out of the Italian Ski Tests with worries about Covid-19. Instead a smaller event was relocated to Glenshee in Scotland where PlanetSKI tested the latest innovations from Atomic, Salomon and Elan.

NEW MEASURES IN ITALY TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS

A raft of new measures has been announced as the number of cases rises. PlanetSKI reports from the Aosta Valley in the Italian Alps.

SEARCH SUSPENDED FOR MAN MISSING AFTER AVALANCHE

The climber was last seen on Aonach Mor on Friday. Mountain rescuers were forced to suspend the search as bad weather and a high risk of further avalanches continued across the Scottish Highlands.

MARCH NEWS IN BRIEF

– International Matteo Baumgarten Award goes to Swiss skier
– Logo for 2020 Freeski & Snowboard Championships unveiled
– Mountain Rescue in Scotland could be affected by coronavirus
– Planning permission sought for repairs to Cairngorm Funicular

IKON PASS ON SALE FOR NEXT WINTER

The lift pass that gives access to 41 ski resorts across five continents is available to buy for next season from 5th March.

MARCH & APRIL SKI DEALS

* 8th Feb Departure – 4★ Hotel Kertess, St Anton now £642
* 50% off Intersport Ski Equipment Hire in France
* Luxury Chalet L’Hotse in Val d’Isere now £2,014pp with Sno
* SHORT BREAK – Hotel Centrale Courmayeur from £625pp, in March 2020 with Ski Solutions
* 4* Hotel Marietta, Obertauren, Austria from £669pp, 21st March 2020 with Inghams

See here for last minute ski deals for March & April & looking ahead for 2021 for trips to Norway, Aosta Valley in Italy and France. ROLLING

INTERNATIONAL SKI TRAVEL MARKET HEADS TO CHAMONIX

The leading B2B international snowsports event goes from strength to strength as it launches a new event.

CLIMATE CHANGE COULD LEAD TO TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOB LOSSES IN WINTER TOURISM

Two new reports make grim reading for those involved in winter tourism. The future looks bleak, but there is some hope.

STRIKE ACTION HAS LIMITED IMPACT ON FRENCH SKI RESORTS

Unions are calling on workers to withdraw their labour over changes to the French unemployment system which they say will unfairly impact upon seasonal workers.

FRENCH PRESIDENT VOWS TO PROTECT MONT BLANC

Emmanuel Macron has been to Chamonix to see for himself the damage caused to the country’s largest glacier by global warming and announce measures to protect the mountain from over-tourism.

CROWFUNDING APPEAL FOR GLOBAL SKI REPORT

It’s a comprehensive annual look the state of skiing and snowboarding across the world.  It’s seeking your help. 

BRITISH SKIER SERIOUSLY INJURED BY SNOWBOARDER IN ATTACK ON SLOPES

The 55-year-old man was beaten over the head several times with a ski pole in a row with a snowboarder.

SAFETY CAMPAIGN AIMED AT WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL FANS

The Travel Association ABTA has launched a new digital campaign offering advice to young skiers and snowboarders heading to festivals on the slopes.

FIVE BRITISH SKIERS GO DOWN WITH CORONAVIRUS IN FRENCH ALPS

They were staying in Les Contamines and came into contact with a Briton who had been in Singapore. PlanetSKI reports.UPDATED

TAHOE SKI AREA LAWSUIT SETTLED

The threat of legal action to stop a California ski area building a new gondola to link two resorts has been lifted.

TRAVEL INDUSTRY GEARS UP FOR EU TRADE TALKS

The Travel Association ABTA is stepping up its work on behalf of the industry to ensure its voice is heard in the post-Brexit trade talks.

BRITISH SKIER DIES AFTER HITTING SNOW BARRIER

The man was in the French resort of Les2Alpes.  He’s the second skier to die in similar circumstances in the Isère region this season.

MIKAELA SHIFFRIN HEARTBROKEN BY FATHER’S DEATH

The US ski racer is in mourning after her father, Jeff Shiffrin, died unexpectedly at the weekend. Tributes and condolences are being paid by the ski world. UPDATED

HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR BRITISH SCHOOLGIRLS RACES

The 2020 event saw more than 150 young ski racers from 54 schools take part in the French resort of Flaine.

FEBRUARY NEWS IN BRIEF

– Coronavirus leads to cancellation of para alpine races in Italy
– Norway avalanche kills two
– Olympic Law passed for Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Games
– Salt Lake City & Utah look to 2030 Winter Olympics

FEBRUARY & MARCH SKI DEALS

– 7 nights half board at 4★ Hotel Tyrol in Soll from £594pp
– 7 nights self catering at 3★ La Riviere Apartments in Chamonix from £527pp
– Save £430pp with VIP SKI at Summit View in La Plagne
– 10% off ski holidays to Arc 1950 with Erna Low

See full listing of offers on this page including last minute February deals & looking ahead to Easter. NEW & ROLLING

BRITISH MAN KILLED IN AVALANCHE IN JAPAN

Another man was killed in a separate incident at the weekend. They follow the death of a Frenchman last week.

TOP SKI RACER CALLS FOR BAN ON SUMMER SKIING

The recently retired German alpine racer Felix Neureuther believes skiers should no longer train on glaciers in the summer. Is it time to ban summer skiing?

JOB CUTS AT SKI CLUB OF GB

The UK’s oldest ski club is facing more difficulties as it attempts to deal with losses of almost £1 million. Staff are losing their jobs.

IT’S BELTING DOWN WITH SNOW IN THE ALPS!

After a long spell of sunshine and mild temperatures, the snow has begun falling again. PlanetSKI reports from the Alps. UPDATED

REACTION AS 24-YEAR OLD BRITISH MAN DIES AFTER NIGHT OUT IN FRENCH ALPS

His body was found at the bottom of a cliff face after a 12-hour search.

SKI RESORT EXEC JAILED FOR MULTI MILLION DOLLAR SKI THEFT

Former Aspen Skiing Company executive Derek Johnson is sentenced to 6 years. He stole equipment & resold it online for more than a decade.

80 YEARS OF RACING THE HAHNENKAMM

The most dangerous downhill ski race in the world takes place in the Austrian resort of Kitzbühel this weekend.  Eight decades on it has lost none of its appeal, but why no women?

FEBRUARY SKI DEALS

– Ski Solutions January Sale….. BE QUICK IT ENDS TODAY!
– A Valentine’s getaway to St Christoph with VIP SKI saving £400pp
– Get away to Banff, Canada for 7 night with SNO £869pp

See full listing of offers on this page including last minute half term deals .. NEW & UPDATED

TRIBUTES TO BRITISH SKI INSTRUCTOR WHO DIED ON THE SLOPES

John Arnold, a long-standing and popular member of a UK ski club, was found dead after apparently veering off a ski run in the Italian resort of Champoluc. Those who knew him have been paying tribute. UPDATED

Can Ski Dreams Come True? You Bet!

A young Austrian boy, Luca Stocker has a dream, he wants to ski as well as fellow countryman Marcel Hircher. Now, that is a wonderful dream and it seems to be shaping up.

SKIING ON THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM: BRING IT ON

The Valais canton in Switzerland is considering introducing snowsports to the school programme. Skiers are an ageing group and there are significant worries for the future as fewer young people participate.

SKI PIONEER DIES IN PLANE CRASH

Dave Goode was the first to develop pure carbon fibre skis and ski poles.  He was killed when his light aircraft crashed in Utah.

SKI CLUB CHAIRMAN RESIGNS

Malcolm Bentley has stepped down as the Club goes through what it calls ‘challenging’ times. Last year it made a loss of £840,000.

SKIERS STARTED AVALANCHE THAT KILLED 3

A preliminary investigation has been carried out into last week’s tragedy at Silver Mountain Resort in Idaho. PlanetSKI reports.

STRIKE THREAT TO FRENCH SKI RESORTS

Ski areas in France could be closed or have their operations disrupted by strike action planned to coincide with the busy February holidays.

AUSTRALIAN SKI AREAS REOPEN AS BUSHFIRE THREAT EASES

The immediate danger has passed for some of the country’s big resorts. They’re resuming summer operations.

CAN YOU SKI ON THE CHEAP AT HALF-TERM?

If you’re trying to book you’ll struggle to find a bargain.  Flight prices are soaring. PlanetSKI readers give their advice.

TEENAGER SURVIVES 30-HOURS IN UTAH MOUNTAINS

‘Lucky to be alive’ is an understatement as 17-year old, Nicolas Stacy-Alcatara, heads out for a hike and gets lost.

THIRD PERSON WHO DIED IN US AVALANCHE NAMED

She was a 29-year old doctor & survivors of the avalanche in Silver Mountain Resort in Idaho have been speaking of their experience. PlanetSKI reports from neighbouring Utah.

NEW PUPS FOR PARK CITY SKI PATROL

These cuties are the two newest members of the Ski Patrol Team. They’re about to start some serious avalanche training in Dog School.

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The squads for Ski and Snowboard Cross for 2020/21 have been announced, with four athletes featuring in the World Cup squads and over a dozen more earning places in the Europa Cup squads.

Congratulations to all the athletes!

Read more: https://bit.ly/2F1jB1b

⛷️: Ollie Davies

UK advises against all but ‘Essential’ travel to Andorra,
Italy threatens to suspend Ryanair flights, Three more indoor snow centres in England open today + People urged to stay away from busy areas of Cairngorms National Park.
https://planetski.eu/2020/08/02/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-5/

Rock debris covers glaciers across the world

The amount is larger than previously thought.

That’s according to a study run by Britain’s Northumbria University and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/01/augusts-news-in-brief/

Italy appears to be keeping Covid-19 under some control.

As cases rise in many parts of Europe Italy seems to be currently on top of the pandemic.

PlanetSKI looks at the situation in Italy and considers a visit to the Italian Alps.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/07/italy-appears-to-be-keeping-covid-19-under-some-control/

@AostaValley

3 more indoor snow centres in England open today, People urged to stay away from busy areas of Cairngorms National Park, Melbourne lockdown rules tightened as nearby ski resorts close for season, US resorts fear fall in international visitors next winter

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/02/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-5/

Inspections begin ahead of next World Cup snowsports season

FIS has sent technical staff to venues due to host World Cup ski and snowboard events next winter.

They include trips to Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Austria and Switzerland.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/04/inspections-begin-ahead-of-next-world-cup-snowsports-season/

#TamworthSnowdome has re-opened today with other #indoorskicentres following tomorrow.

Updated: https://planetski.eu/2020/08/04/snow-centres-in-england-to-open-this-week/

@SnowDomeTam @Snozone_UK @HSRC_Hemel #indoorskiing

As the company that runs Ski Weekends goes into administration we have an interview with the MD + analysis & reaction as the first major UK operator goes under due to Covid-19:

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/05/leading-uk-ski-tour-operator-goes-into-administration/

Check out all the latest news on the coronavirus impact on snowsports.

Opening World Cup Races Moved Forward to Avoid Crowds + US Resorts Fear Fall Off in International Visitors Next Winter

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/02/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-5/

As two resorts in Australia announce they will stay closed for the rest of the season due to covid-19 PlanetSKI looks at the implications for the coming winter in the Northern hemisphere:

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/05/two-ski-resorts-in-australia-to-stay-closed-for-the-rest-of-the-season/

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