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Chemmy Alcott Suffers Online Abuse

The Ski Sunday presenter and GB former alpine racer has been subjected to personal abuse on social media. Her co-presenter Ed Leigh described the comments as ‘vile’.

Ed Leigh Keeps Working On BBC’s Ski Sunday Despite Major Injury

The BBC presenter has revealed he had surgery three weeks ago after badly smashing his knee in a snowboarding accident in Switzerland.  He carried on with the job and kept the injury from viewers.

Swiss Tourism Boss Claims Keeping Resorts Open Was Good Decision

Martin Nydegger has said in an interview that so far this winter there have been no big outbreaks of Covid-19 and no serious damage to Switzerland’s reputation. Not everyone agrees with him with Italy blaming Switzerland for spreading variant viruses to other countries.

Man Survives 7 Nights in Italian Alps with Help From His Dog

A 33-year old man was hiking with his dog when he fell and broke his ankle. He said his dog helped keep him alive until the rescue services arrived.

Another UK SKI Operator Cancels this Season

Hotelplan that runs Inghams, Ski Total and Flexiski has cancelled all holidays for 2020/21. Earlier this week Crystal Ski called it a day.

Two dead in Helicopter Crash in Courchevel

The aircraft came down shortly after 5 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon. Three other people were injured, one seriously. NEW

GB Ski Company Looks to the Future

The Tech start-up Maison Sport has launched a crowdfunding campaign in a bid to raise £400,000 as part of a larger £1.4M financing drive. It wants to go global. The company connects skiers and snowboarders with independent instructors, challenging the existing system of ski schools.

Fresh US Avalanche Warnings as Pro Snowboarder Becomes Latest Victim

Heavy storms are leaving more snow on a very unstable and weak snowpack. It has been a record season for avalanche fatalities in the US with 26 deaths.  Conditions remain extremely dangerous across large parts of North America.

UK Snowsport Bodies Start Post-Brexit Negotiations with EU Alpine Nations

There are serious concerns over the ability of UK citizens to work abroad in the mountains and whether qualifications will be recognised. A joint statement has been issued by the Home Nations governing bodies and BASI.

More Miraculous Avalanche Rescues in the Alps

One man was rescued in Tignes after being buried for 4 and a half hours. In Switzerland a couple was buried and their dogs barked for help and attracted the attention of people nearby. Extreme caution is urged across many parts of the Alps after new snow falls on an unstable snowpack.

Miracle Under the Snow

A 50-year old man out walking in the snow with his family in Val d’Isere was dug out after 2 hours and 40 minutes under the snow after an avalanche hit the group. He was located by the signal from his mobile phone.

Two Mountain Guides Die in Separate Accidents in Switzerland

One died in a huge avalanche Verbier and the other had a fatal fall in Torgon in the Portes du Soleil. It brings the death toll on the slopes to 4 in the Verbier area alone in the past week and 11 in Switzerland in the past 11 days. The conditions off piste are described as some of the most dangerous in recent years. UPDATED

One of the World’s Top Freeriders Searches for Friend In Verbier Avalanche

Xavier de Le Rue is an Olympian and a Freeride World Tour winner, but this week he was another rider searching desperately for a friend under the snow.  His friend was one of 8 people that died in Switzerland in a tragic 4-day period. The authorities continue to urge extreme caution.

Ski Tech Revolution Ramps Up

A study involving more than 50 winter sports experts has concluded that digital technology is set for a bigger role in the ski industry, thanks to Covid-19.  But many don’t expect a return to pre-pandemic levels of skiing until 2023.

Fire Destroys Historic Motorbike Museum in Austria Ski Resort

It was the highest museum in Europe and perhaps the best motorcycle collection in the world. It housed 100s of historic vintage bikes in Hochgurgl in the Tirol. UPDATED

Second Fatal Avalanche in Verbier

A 29-year old man from Ireland has died. It follows the death of 38-year old Englishman. . Eight people have died in four days In Switzerland – all in different accidents. There have been fatal avalanches in France too.

38-year old British Man Dies in Avalanche in Verbier

He is the latest in a string of separate avalanche deaths across Switzerland after recent snow. Seven people have died in four days. 10 people were caught in the latest accident. A man died in Tignes in France on Saturday and it follows a fatality in Courchevel earlier last week. Extreme caution is urged in many parts of the Alps.

Cross Country Skiing Takes Off In France

More and more skiers are clipping into long, skinny skis to get their snow fix.  PlanetSKI has been talking to a Nordic skiing instructor in the French Alps about the surge in demand for cross country lessons as the lifts remain closed.

Snowmen in St Anton for World Cup Racing

The public is not allowed to gather to watch the races but that doesn’t mean there can’t be a crowd. A crowd of snowmen and snowwomen. By the course, in the grandstand area and around town.

All Travellers to UK Set to Require Negative Covid-19 Test

It is a further blow to travel whether from ski nations or anywhere else. It comes as the South African variant is circulating.  It is seen as a necessary measure to beat coronavirus with much international travel at a halt.

PlanetSKI is Back!

Regular readers will have noticed the web site was down over the weekend. Why? We are pleased to say things are getting back to normal service.

Ski Resorts Shut in Slovakia as Covid-19 Surges

The government has introduced new restrictions as cases continue to rise.  It is a scene that will likely be played out across ski resorts in Europe this winter as cases fall and rise, with resorts opening and closing. The main resort of Jasna has seen growing numbers from the UK in recent years.

Norway Lifts Ban on Flights from UK

The Scandinavian country lifts its ban at the weekend, but most other ski nations are keeping their bans in place. We look at the situation in the alpine nations, though lockdown restrictions mean overseas travel is not allowed for most people in the UK.

Norwegian Ski Hero Jailed for Driving at 125mph High on Cocaine

Two-time Olympic cross-country skiing champion Petter Northug is as famous in his country as David Beckham is in the UK. He drove at speeds of 125mph in his Jaguar and filmed the episode on his phone.

Skiing in Scotland – Ski Areas Prepare To Open

The Scottish snowsports season is here – just. But, for the time being at least, only skiers and snowboarders in Scotland will be allowed on the slopes, and the weather this weekend has postponed things. UPDATED

Skiing, Snowboarding and Working in the EU After January 1st

Whether there is a deal between the UK and the EU, or whether there isn’t, travel and working will look very different in three weeks. The free movement of labour is ending and for many UK nationals working in the mountains will be a thing of the past.

French Ski Resorts Take Government to Court Over Ski Lift Closures

The organisation Domaines Skiables de France has taken its case to the courts this week. Observers believe it will have little chance of success. NEW

GB Snowsport Athletes In Action

There’s alpine skiing, ski cross and cross-country. Check out who’s in action, and where, in snowsport competitions in Europe over the coming days.

More Ski Resorts Open in Spain

The Catalan ski areas in the Pyrenees are opening. Last week’s planned openings were delayed. Some smaller ski areas in Spain have fired up their lifts with skiing underway for locals only. UPDATED

Alpine Elements Plans Relaunch

The ski tour operator has been going for 23 years. It went into administration on Tuesday, blaming Covid-19 and a lack of government support. But the owner has bought the brand and hopes to continue trading. He’s been speaking to PlanetSKI.

Investigation Underway after Five Dead in Helicopter Crash in French Alps

It was carrying out a training rescue operation in poor weather in the Savoie area. A pilot survived the accident. UPDATED

Demand Grows To Ski In England

We could all be looking to ski closer to home this winter. One ski area in England has already had unprecedented demand and is turning skiers and snowboarders away.

Round Up of Resorts Open/Closed + What Rest of Ski Season May Look Like

Most have closed but some are open after a hectic week of decision making and high drama.  Which are open, what are the restrictions and when might we see the others opening?

December’s News in Brief

– Jeff Shiffrin Athlete Resiliency Fund Approaches $3m Target
– Avalanche Danger in USA as 3 die in Colorado
– Sanctions on Russians Competing at Beijing 2022
– Val Thorens Ski Cross World Cup Called off Due to Strong Winds …UPDATED

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.

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.

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. UPDATED

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Registration for World Snow Day Opens Today

The 12th edition of World Snow Day will take place on the 15th January 2023.

The World Snow Day Awards will also be handed out.

The events aims to get more young people into snowsports.

https://planetski.eu/2022/06/30/registration-for-world-snow-day-opens-tomorrow/

Tyrolean mountains on fire 🔥⛰? Yes that exists 🙌! When the longest day meets the shortest night, summer is welcomed in the alpine region in and around Innsbruck with fires on the mountain. Check out the spectacular pics💛 #myInnsbruck #HerzJesuFeuer #Bergfeuer

What Does PlanetSKI Do In The Summer? Part Two…

It’s the question we’re asked many times at this time of year.

We’re currently hiking the #SouthDownsWay in preparation for walking at altitude in the Alps later this summer.

https://planetski.eu/2022/06/27/what-does-planetski-do-in-the-summer-part-two/

Sunshine Village Re-opens for Canada Day

The lifts will start again from June 28th to July 3rd and will be open on Wednesday 1st July – Canada Day.

The resort hasn’t opened at this time of year for over three decades.

https://t.co/tu5WvzSJtQ

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