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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.

BUSHFIRES THREATEN MORE OZ SKI AREAS

An emergency evacuation order has been issued in Falls Creek while people in Mt Hotham have been told to ‘leave now’ as the threat from fires increases.

THREE SKIERS BANNED FOR DOPING AT 2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

They were caught during raids at the World Championships in Seefeld Austria. A coach has also been banned.

AUSTRALIAN SKI RESORT DESTROYED BY BUSHFIRE

Selwyn snow resort lies in ruins.  Australia’s major ski resorts all remain closed as fires burn nearby with high temperatures due to return later this week. UPDATED

THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY OF SNOWSPORTS

The head of the International Ski Federation reflects on 10 years of the best & worst in skiing & snowboarding as we enter a new decade.

JANUARY NEWS IN BRIEF

– First World Cup ski races in China off due to Coronavirus
– Sestriere to bid for 2029 World Champs
– Scottish Mountains photographer wins top award
– Inghams wins again

ANOTHER AVALANCHE DEATH IN ITALY

It brings the total in 24-hours to four after a mother and two 7-year old girls died as an avalanche swept on to a piste.

VETERAN SKI INSTRUCTOR RECEIVES MBE IN NEW YEARS HONOURS

The Scottish skiing legend, Ali Ross, has received the award for his life-long contribution to skiing. He’s one of two instructors recognised in the honours. UPDATED

DRAMATIC VIDEO SHOWS AVALANCHE SWEEPING ACROSS SWISS PISTE

The avalanche hit skiers in the Swiss resort of Andermatt. 6 people were hit but none was seriously injured. PlanetSKI reports.

JANUARY SALES

Lift your spirits on Blue Monday and consider a ski trip to the mountains.
* There’s still one day left to take advantage of Crystal Ski deals with £100 off some March holidays
* Up to 60% discount off your Equipment Rental to French Ski destinations – Offer ends 20th January
* We roll out the offers on this deals page… NEW & UPDATED

SKIER SURVIVES 5 HOURS UNDER SNOW

He was buried under a metre of snow in one of several avalanches to hit the Alps over Christmas. One came down on an open piste. UPDATED

INVESTIGATION AFTER GLENCOE BASE STATION DESTROYED BY FIRE

It was severely damaged by a blaze in the early hours of Christmas Day. It has now partialy re-opened. UPDATED

DEATH & AVALANCHES AT START OF US SEASON

A snowboarder was killed in Utah and there are warnings across many states. PlanetSKI reports. NEW

LATEST SKI DEALS…

With impressive snow conditions in the Alps, check out some of the best Ski Deals. UPDATED

SKI JOBS CUT & HOLIDAYS SLASHED BY BREXIT FEARS

UK firms have cut jobs by an average of 30% & slashed the number of ski holidays because of fears for the future, new research suggests.

FIRST AVALANCHE DEATH OF SEASON IN COLORADO

After heavy snow the first fatality has been reported. Heavy snow is falling again with extreme caution advised.

LINDSEY VONN OPENS NORTH AMERICA’S FIRST INDOOR SKI SLOPE

A decade after it was built, the snow centre in New Jersey finally has opened & Lindsey Vonn was there.

INVESTIGATION AFTER TWO DIE IN AVALANCHE ON MONT BLANC

Two Italian skiers were skiing off piste at around 3,000m when they were caught. Their bodies have been recovered.

DECEMBER NEWS IN BRIEF

* Mikaela Shiffrin clocks up more records
* US Pro snowboarder commits suicide
* Organisation formed to protect the mountain environment
* Sapporo in Japan plans 2030 Winter Olympic Bid

SKI CHALET SCAMS LATEST

More people have contacted a company which lists fake ski websites to say they’ve been conned out of thousands this autumn.

FURTHER ROWS AT SKI CLUB GB

Ski Club of Great Britain members have failed to elect to its governing body two candidates who were put forward by the Club’s council.

CHECK OUT THE LATEST SKI DEALS…

We look at the avalanche of Black Friday/Cyber Monday ski deals, searching for the best bargains in the snowsports world. UPDATED

AWARDS FOR ESPRIT SKI & SANTA’S LAPLAND

The sister brands both triumphed at the Family Traveller Excellence Awards 2019.

SKI CLUB GB MAKES BIG LOSS

The UK’s oldest ski club has made a loss of more than £840,000. Its holidays, leading service and instructor-led guiding all under-performed.

BRITISH SKI WORKERS URGED TO VOTE

Seasonaires heading to the mountains this winter are being asked to act now so they can vote in the UK’s General Election.

TRIBUTES CONTINUE FOR AVALANCHE VICTIMS

The two Dutch men died in Soelden in Austria on Saturday. Both were experienced instructors. A third man survived.

BACKCOUNTRY BACKS DOWN IN TRADEMARK ROW

The online retailer Backcountry.com has apologised for suing companies using the word backcountry in their name.

SWISS GLACIERS MELT BY 10% IN LAST 5 YEARS

That’s the claim from the Swiss government at a recent United Nations conference. It is a similar picture across the Alps.

NOVEMBER NEWS IN BRIEF

Beware Black Friday fake offers, industry news from across the Pond, Yarnold becomes BBSA director + Utah ski resort is sold. ROLLING…

WHAT’S NEW IN THE TIROL FOR NEXT WINTER?

There are 80 ski resorts + 3,000kms of pistes. The Austrian Tirol offers epic trails, delicious cuisine and stunning scenery. Read on…

FOUR PEOPLE HAVE NARROW ESCAPE IN SWISS AVALANCHE

A group of five was hit by the avalanche in Saas-Fee and a full scale rescue operation swung into action.

THE SKI FESTIVAL IS HERE

The annual Ski & Snowboard Festival is underway in London. PlanetSKI turned out to see what’s on offer…

INVESTIGATION AFTER GONDOLA CRASHES TO THE GROUND

The lift near the Swiss town of Schwyz was in use at the time. Luckily no-one was in the cabin that fell.

CAIRNGORM WINTER PLANS REVEALED

The Scottish ski area has announced its plans to keep snowsports going as it prepares for a second winter without its main lift.

FANCY HEADING OFF PISTE?

More and more of us are venturing into the powder. See here for some advice from the independent instructors at Maison Sport.

SKIING UNDERWAY IN THE ALPS

Skiing starts in Tignes in France while Kitzbuhel in Austria became first non-glacier resort in the Alps to open.

MUM OF ELLIE SOUTTER SPEAKS OUT TO HELP OTHERS

The mother of the GB team snowboarder who took her life on her 18th birthday has given an interview to the BBC for Mental Health Day.

SKI SURVEY: THE RESULTS

The Ski Club of Great Britain has published the results of its 2019 consumer snowsports research. See what’s new…

PLANE CRASHES INTO CHAIRLIFT

A small plane with two people on board hit the cables of a ski lift in the Italian Alps. PlanetSKI reports.

WINTER OPENER HEADS TO LONDON

If you are into backcountry adventures then this is a MUST. Learn new skiils and get fresh inspiration.

MASSACRE IN KITZBUHEL AS FIVE SHOT DEAD

The ski resort is in shock after a jealous ex-boyfriend allegedly shoots a family.

SKI SLOPE ON A WASTE TO ENERGY PLANT OPENS

The slope is on the roof of a waste incineration plant in Copenhagen. PlanetSKI reports.

CAIRNGORM FUNICULAR: £13.3M TO REMOVE

That’s the estimated cost of dismantling the mountain railway. Repairing it will cost around £10 million.

FANCY SOME SKI STATS?

The luxury chalet company Consensio has released its annual statistics giving an insight into the habits of skiers & snowboarders.

MPI LAUNCHES NEW SERVICE OF EXTRAS

The specialist ski insurance broker is offering a host of new services and products to help you on your trips to the mountains.

EVEREST SKI CHALLENGE ABANDONED

Andrzej Bargiel has been forced to abandon his attempt to ski down Everest without supplemented oxygen.

BIG AUSTRIA SKI AREA GETS EVEN BIGGER

A new lift will connect the already huge Ski Circus with Zell am See-Kaprun, creating Austria’s biggest area for on-piste skiing.

OCTOBER NEWS IN BRIEF

Beijing to host World Cup ski races, green alpine race in Dolomites + staff shortages at US ski resorts. ROLLING…

SKI FLIGHT FREE IS LAUNCHED

A new website and campaign is launched to persuade people to shun flying and use other ways to travel to the mountains.

UK SKI INDUSTRY EMBRACES GREEN

Many Tour Operators have new environmental initiatives and we’ll be doing our bit too. PlanetSKI reports.

SNOW-CAMP LAUNCHES NEW EVENT

The youth charity is launching a new fundraising challenge in partnership with AJ Bell and City Ski Championships.

GLACIER WATCH CARRIES ON

Part of a glacier on Mt Blanc could collapse. Roads are closed & huts evacuated as 250,000 cubic metres could fall.

RIP: SWISS GLACIER IS DEAD

Hundreds of people have attended a high altitude funeral for Switzerland’s Pizol glacier. It is no more.

TAHOE SKI AREA FACES LAWSUIT

A wilderness protection group is taking legal action in the US to try to block the construction of a gondola on environmental grounds.

SNOWSPORTS BRAND JOINS CLIMATE STRIKE

The snowboard manufacturer Burton is closing all its stores and offices worldwide to support the Global Climate Strike.

ABTA LAUNCHES PUBLICITY DRIVE ON POST-BREXIT TRAVEL

The UK Travel Association is offering advice for people travelling to the EU after Brexit. It could have significant implications for skiers.

POLICE FORCE FUNDS SKI LESSONS

A UK police force is paying for youngsters to have ski or snowboard lessons in a bid to deter them from crime.

ROYAL MARINE VETERAN LEAVES ROWING MACHINE ON MONT BLANC

Bad weather caused him to leave it in a refuge but the French authorities are not impressed.

RESPECTS PAID TO SPANISH SKIER

The body of former Spanish alpine skier Blanca Fernández Ochoa has been found after days of searches.

SPAIN’S FIRST FEMALE WINTER OLYMPIC MEDALLIST GOES MISSING

  56-year old Blanca Fernandez Ochoa disappeared more than a week ago according to police. Officials said on Sunday that a black Mercedes A-Class car that Ms Fernandez was last…
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Austrian Company Developing Covid-19 Test That Could be Used for Country's Ski Resort Employees

SKIDATA is working on a screening system to allow resorts to test employees.

It's working with Austria's largest corona test laboratory, Novogenia GmbH.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/09/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-6/

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

Masks required outdoors in Haute-Savoie Region of France + Coronavirus hits work of British Antarctic Survey

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/09/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-6/

Memories of Bormio 2020.

The dates for the English Alpine Championships 2021 have been announced ⬇

Races: 14th – 19th February, opening parade: Saturday, 13th Feb.⁠

Double Amputee Climbs the Matterhorn

A former soldier, 39-year old Neil Heritage from Dorset, who lost both of his legs in Iraq has become the first above-the-knee double amputee to reach the summit.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/09/double-amputee-climbs-the-matterhorn/

#matterhorn @zermatt_tourism

Coronavirus Hits Work of British Antarctic Survey

It is scaling back its work with only essential teams heading back to the continent as it emerges from winter.

Virtually all science in the deep field has been postponed for a year.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/09/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-6/

New Covid-19 measures in Norway, Mt Buller in Australia closes bringing ski season to early end in Victoria, Cases in France rise as does chance of quarantine into UK + Preparations for New Zealand air corridor

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

As another week draws to a close check out all the developments as Covid-19 impacts on skiing and snowboarding across the world.

If you want to keep informed then look no further.

We’ve been updating daily… https://planetski.eu/2020/08/02/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-5/

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