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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.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF SKI CLUB GB GOES

Ian Holt has stepped down with immediate effect.  A general manager has been installed to take over the day to day running of the Club, but the future looks bleak.

TIROL LIFTS SOME OF ITS CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS

People can now leave their villages and towns, plus limited outdoor exercise is allowed as cases drop. The ski resorts of Ischgl, Soelden and St Anton remain under full quarantine.  PlanetSKI reports.

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON SNOWSPORTS

We bring you all the latest news on Covid-19 and its effect on the snowsports community. PlanetSKI reports.

1,800 CASES OF COVID-19 LINKED TO ISCHGL

That’s the finding as initial information is released by official investigators. The first case may have happened a month earlier than previously thought, but there is a dispute over it.

Coronavirus: Claiming For Your Cancelled Ski Trip

Some PlanetSKI readers are facing an uphill battle to get their money back for ski holidays that aren’t happening or were brought to an end when ski resorts closed.  Others say the service providers are doing well in difficult circumstances.

APRIL NEWS IN BRIEF

– Mt Rose in the USA set to expand
– Lift operator not paying attention as man suffocates
– Tina Weirather retires
– New indoor snow centre for Middlesborough

MORE CALLS FOR US UPHILL SKIERS TO STOP RISKING THEMSELVES AND STRETCHING EMERGENCY SERVICES FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS

Over the weekend there were more skiing and snowboarding accidents requiring emergency and rescue intervention. PlanetSKI reports.

LEGAL ACTION THREATENED OVER CORONAVIRUS SPREAD FROM AUSTRIAN SKI RESORTS

It is reported that around 400 people exposed to coronavirus while on ski holidays to Austria are interested in joining a class action lawsuit against the ski authorities. Some say lawyers are circling before official investigations are concluded.

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON SKIING. OUR UPDATED BLOG ON COVID-19 ROLLS ON…

We’re bringing you all the latest news on Covid-19 and its effect on the snowsports community as it happens. Our rolling blog enters another week.

UK SEASONAL WORKERS BACK HOME FROM QUARANTINE IN AUSTRIA

A total of 260 British people, most of whom are seasonal workers in ski resorts, were able to fly home from Austria on Saturday.  PlanetSKI reports.

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON BEIJING 2022 WINTER OLYMPICS

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on the build-up to the Games and snowsports in general.  Preparations, though, are still on track as the country gets back to work. And back to skiing. PlanetSKI reports.

ISCHGL UNDER INVESTIGATION OVER CLAIMS IT DID NOT DO ENOUGH TO LIMIT SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS

The ski resort in the Tirol was the first resort in Austria to announce it was closing after a 36-year old barman contracted the disease. It is claimed the virus was passed on in the apres ski venues and partygoers then took it back to their home country.

SWEDEN REMAINS OPEN FOR SKIING

It is one of the few countries where skiing is allowed and some question the decision as the country puts few restrictions in place to fight coronavirus.

PLANETSKI’S LOCAL PARK NOW CLOSED TO CYCLISTS

It was inevitable given the behaviour of a small number of people on their bikes as they sped round the park in groups and some crowded round the gates.

OUR ROLLING BLOG ON THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON SNOWSPORTS CONTINUES

The coronavirus crisis is having a huge impact on the snowsports world and here we bring you all the latest news as it happens. PlanetSKI reports.

ROB FREEMAN, RIP

One of the legends of ski journalism and Fleet Street has died.  Our editor, James Cove, pays his own personal tribute.

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.

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PlanetSKI’s ‘Skiing Snippets’…

- Transceivers Withdrawn After Technical Problems
- Worth a watch
- Third Wave Fears in Chile

See here for the full details:

https://planetski.eu/2021/03/28/planetskis-skiing-snippets/

Grace Harrison skiing at @Chill_Factore this week.

Brilliant to see activity back up and running - send us your best photos/videos so we can celebrate the return of the sport together. ⛷ 🏂

Wow! They’ve started to dismantle one of the lifts at the Médran #Verbier ... @verbier4Vallees @VerbierResorts

Twitter feed video.Wow! They’ve started to dismantle one of the lifts at the Médran #Verbier ... @verbier4Vallees @VerbierResorts
Verbier4Vallées@verbier4Vallees

Et voilà, après 37 ans de bons et loyaux services, le démontage de notre télécabine 6 places Médran I est en cours... 👋🏻

Elle va vous manquer cette cabine? 🥴

Ne vous inquiétez pas, nous la remplaçons par quelque chose de mieux!

#verbier4vallees

The worst #ski season of the millennium. The verdict of the 2021 International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism

https://planetski.eu/2021/04/14/the-worst-ski-season-of-the-millennium/

@LaurentVanat

PlanetSKI’s ‘Skiing Snippets’:

-#Whistler Sees Largest Outbreak of #VariantVirus Outside #Brazil
-Norwegian Ski Jumper Injured in Horrific Fall Has Successful Surgery
-Air Canada Sets Target of Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050

https://planetski.eu/2021/03/28/planetskis-skiing-snippets/

We are delighted to announce that Blue Sky Ski Holidays Ltd will be exhibiting at the National Snow Show in October. ⁠Blue Sky Ski-ing Ltd pride themselves on their first class customer service. ⁠

http://www.blueskyskiholidays.co.uk

#nationalsnowshow #themountainsareours

PlanetSKI’s ‘Skiing Snippets’…

-#Sundance Improvements Set to Go Ahead
-UK Passport Office Urges People to Apply Early
-Japanese Policeman Goes Snowboarding While On Duty
-Canadian Resort of #SunPeaks Sees #Covid19 Spike

See here for details:

https://planetski.eu/2021/03/28/planetskis-skiing-snippets/

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