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$750,000 IN DAMAGES AFTER SKIER COLLISION

A woman has been awarded the money after a skier smashed into her from behind on a narrow path in Vail. She needed to take out a private prosecution.

WORLD SNOW DATES TO 2025

The event is run by International Ski Federation and has proved to be a success since it was launched in 2012.

SEPTEMBER NEWS IN BRIEF

New chief at GB Bobsleigh, 1 million fake Trip Advisor reviews taken down + snowboarder falls from chairlift. ROLLING

EVEREST SKI ATTEMPT STARTS

Andrzej Bargiel is now training at Gorakshep, as he prepares to ski Everest without supplementary oxygen & without taking his skis off. ROLLING

HELI-SKIING IN CANADA: SAFETY RISES

Using a helicopter to get to the wild stuff in Canada has some dangers, but it’s getting safer.

5 DEAD, 150 INJURED IN MOUNTAIN STORM

The scale of a deadly storm near ski resorts in Poland & Slovakia is liken it to a terror attack by emergency crews.

SNOW-CAMP WINS TRAINING AWARD

The charity that aims to turn young lives around through snowsports has been granted a Princess Royal Training Award.

DRUG RAIDS IN AUSTRALIAN SKI RESORTS

18 people were arrested after police raid bars & clubs in Thredbo, Perisher and Jindabyne.

BRITISH SKI INSTRUCTOR JAILED FOR 10 YEARS

Matthew Williams brutally raped a woman last season in Australia a& beat a man unconscious.

LUCKY TO BE ALIVE

We have a first hand account from a snowboarder caught in a huge avalanche near the ski resort of Thredbo in Australia.

VIP SKI EXPANDS IN AVORIAZ

With some operators shedding chalets for next season over worries about the future, VIP SKI is building new ones.

GONDOLA REPAIRS TO COST MILLIONS

The Sea To Sky gondola in Canada had its cable cut in a criminal act. Most of the 30 cabins plunged to the ground.

NEW ATTEMPT TO SKI DOWN EVEREST

The Polish skier, Andrzej Bargiel, is aiming to do it this autumn. He skied down K2 last year. PlanetSKI reports.

MATTERHORN – SHOULD IT BE CLOSED TO CLIMBERS?

A Swiss newspaper reports that a mountain guide says the mountain is now too dangerous. Others flatly reject the idea.

NEW FOR ESPRIT NEXT WINTER

The family ski holiday specialist is promising more choice, good deals and better services for guests next season.

CAIRNGORM FUNICULAR TO BE REPAIRED

The main lift at the Scottish ski resort will be repaired, not replaced. It may be shut for two more winters.

OLYMPIC MEDAL SOLD TO PAY MEDICAL BILL

Belarus skier, Alexei Grishin, sells his Olympic gold won at 2010 Vancouver Games to help a friend.

AUGUST NEWS IN BRIEF

New transfer from Lyon to Alpe d’Huez + Les2Alpes, GB winter athlete gets 4-year ban for doping + 3 dead in Swiss Alps plane crash. ROLLING…

MOUNTAINS CRUMBLE & GLACIERS MELT IN SUMMER HEAT

Rising temperatures are melting the ice that holds the mountains together, with melting glaciers causing flooding.

SKIING IN CHINA ON THE RISE

China’s winter sports market is worth £40 billion with 1.5 m jobs. Preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympics remain on track.

ELLIE SOUTTER FOUNDATION SUPPORTS 12-YEAR OLD SNOWBOARDER

Ellie took her own life a year ago and a foundation in her name is supporting promising young athletes.

SKI CLUB GB APPOINTS NEW CEO

He is Ian Holt the current acting chief executive and former treasurer. His appointment comes at a crucial time for the UK’s oldest ski club.

GB SKIER LUCKY TO BE ALIVE

Freestyler Madi Rowlands has been treated for a rare blood clot in the brain. PlanetSKI reports.

SKI CLUB GB TRIES TO CLARIFY ROLE OF REPS

The Club has issued further explanation on the role of its Reps. The recent demise of its on-snow Leaders has provoked strong reaction from members.

AVALANCHE: RESORT NOT TO BLAME FOR FATAL SLIDE

Two died in-bounds in Taos, New Mexico, last January. Report clears the resort, but should area have been closed?

INGHAMS UP FOR 2 BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS

The prestigious British Travel Awards honour the very best companies in Travel and Inghams has been awarded for not one, but two… NEW

FRENCH SKI RESORTS WORRIED OVER BREXIT

Les3Vallees is concerned over the impact of Brexit. It’s giving its full support to UK tour operators as they prepare.

THE SNOWSPORT COMPETITION DETAILS ARE OUT

The calendars are out for World Cup ski and snowboard competitions for the 2019-20 season. We look at what’s happening when.

DIRECT FLIGHT TO SALT LAKE CITY IS BACK

Details are sketchy but we have heard on good authority it starts again next winter giving direct UK access to the ski resorts in Utah.

REACTION AS SKI CLUB GB ENDS ITS LEADING SERVICE

It’s the end of an era as GB’s oldest ski club ends its programme where its own reps ski with members in resort.

JULY SKIING SECRETS

– Olympic medalist free from cancer
– Kayaking in the snow melt
– Bear sliding on snow
– Remembering the glaciers of Iceland

FIRST MONT BLANC SKI BASE JUMP

It’s a world altitude record for Matthais Giraud & completes the Alps trilogy after flights from the Matterhorn and Eiger.

ANGER AS CLIMBERS LAND PLANE ON MONT BLANC

Two mountaineers have been pursued by police after landing their plane less than 400 metres from the Mont Blanc summit.

SNOWBOARDER AWARDED $2.5m FOR BROKEN LEG

A 25-year old man hit a snowmaking machine in Big Boulder, USA. Fair settlement? PlanetSKI readers seem united in their view. UPDATED

RUSSIAN SNOWBOARD CHAMPION SHOT DEAD

Dmitry Koltsov was shot in Los Angeles in a random drive by killing last week. His coach has reacted to the news. UPDATED

SNOWBOARDER STRIKES FOR WOMEN’S EQUALITY

Anne-Flore Marxer has backed a Swiss strike in protest at the lack of equal pay & rights for women. PlanetSKI reports. UPDATED

BLIND SKI CHAMPION & GUIDE DOG BARRED FROM SUPERMARKET

Sainsbury’s has apologised after refusing entry to a store in London to John Dickinson-Lilley. UPDATED

INVESTIGATION AFTER FATAL SWISS GONDOLA ACCIDENT

One worker has died and six others have been injured in the accident in Engelberg. Two are in a serious condition. UPDATED

MATTERHORN ACCIDENT – BRITON DIES IN FALL

A young British climber has died after plunging around 300 metres while descending the famous Swiss mountain.

UK SKI TOUR OP BUYS FLEXISKI

Hotelplan, which owns Inghams, Esprit Ski and Ski Total, has acquired the short-break specialist Flexiski.

BOY HIT WITH SKI POLE SUFFERS BRAIN INJURY

The 13-year-old had emergency brain surgery after being poked in the head with a ski pole while skiing in Canada. Police appeal for witnesses.

SNOW MORE STIGMA

A top GB snowboarder commited suicide. Now attention is being to being paid to the pressures as a national campaign is launched.

IT AIN’T OVER YET!

It may be the middle of May but it feels like the middle of winter in the handful of resorts still open. PlanetSKI is skiing powder in Stubai. UPDATED

MILLIONS LOST TO HOLIDAY FRAUD

Fraudsters stole more than £7M in scams targeting travellers booking online accommodation and flights for ski and summer holidays in 2018.

FREESTYLE SKIER ‘STABLE’ AFTER HORROR CRASH

France’s Olympic bronze medallist Kevin Rolland crashed while trying to break a quarter pipe world record in La Plagne, France.

WINTER IS BACK… AGAIN!

It ain’t over yet as more snow falls at the handful of resorts still open. PlanetSKI is making some final turns of the season in Austria.

MAY SKIING SECRETS

– Snowboarding down cliffs in USA
– Snowboarding on sand in Vietnam
– The icefall line
– Oldest snow leopard dies

TESTING TIMES

It’s one of our favourite events of the winter & we’re privileged to be the only ‘outsiders’ asked along. So, what is it?

EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING

There is life in a ski resort after a ski injury. I wasn’t quite back on Cloud 9 but the Audi Nines is perhaps the next best thing.

SKI CLUB CEO RESIGNS

Darren Neylon walks away after a short time in office. It comes as The Club seeks to re-invent itself in a changing snowsports world.

THE MOST POPULAR SKI RESORTS IN THE WORLD

It’s that time again when we reveal the ski areas that have attracted the most skiers and snowboarders.

SKI EXEC ACCUSED OF $2.4M THEFT

The 51-year-old man is alleged to have stolen skis, snowboards & other goods while he worked as an Aspen Skiing Co executive.

SKIING: NOT DEAD YET

That’s the verdict of the 2019 International Report on Mountain & Snow Tourism. Which countries are doing well & which are not?

PLENTY OF SKIING LEFT…

Easter is, apparently, the last main week of the season. The PlanetSKI family is out in the Alps enjoying every last turn. UPDATED

KIRSTY’S YEAR

A year ago we featured young GB freeskier, Kirsty Muir, as one to watch. We’ve been catching up with her.

APRIL SKIING SECRETS

– Running the London Marathon in ski boots
– Snowboarder from the Emirates
– Fancy some free Faction skis?
– Sascha Hamm back on his snowboard

ISTM HEADS TO CHINA

The International Ski Travel Market is hosting an event in China next winter as interest in skiing surges in the country. NEW

OUR SNOW REPORT IS OUT!

High pressure is dominating with warm weather & plenty of sunshine. PlanetSKI is in Austria & Switzerland. UPDATED

GB BOB TEAM GET SOCHI BRONZE

Britain’s four-man bobsleigh team have officialy been awarded the bronze medal from the 2014 Winter Olympics following doping disqualifications.

BREXIT SKI WORRIES DEEPEN IN FRANCE

Brits make up 40% of overseas visitors in some resorts. A series of support events are planned as end of season bookings fall & worries grow.

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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/

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