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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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$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

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Latest news on #Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

-Cervinia Opens then Closes
-First Ski Resort in N. America Opens With Covid-19 Restrictions in place
-GB Ski Test Due to Go Ahead at Kuhtai, March 2021
-Chinese Economy bounces Back with No Second Wave

https://t.co/zAwEYKDmO0

First Ski Resort in North America Opens with Covid-19 Restrictions in Place

#MtNorquay near #Banff in #Canada takes the prize after some recent heavy snow.

Other resorts have their snow guns on.

https://planetski.eu/2020/10/25/first-ski-resort-in-north-america-opens/

Latest news Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

-Areas in the Jura mountains increase restrictions
-Cervinia is latest resort to open some slopes
-Updated Covid-19 News from the Ski Nations
-Canada Looks to Local Skiers

https://t.co/wzL9nTGZgw

Areas in the Jura mountains in Switzerland increase restrictions as cases of covid-19 rise at alarming level.

Ski camps suspended and rules tightened.

The rest of Switzerland is seeing a surge in cases.

Updated:

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Sharp Spike in Covid-19 Cases in Switzerland - PlanetSKI

It is currently seeing one of the highest numbers of cases per head of population of any nation in the Alps.

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#Cervinia Opens this Weekend

The Italian glacier resort in the #AostaValley is the latest to fire up its lifts for autumn.

Conditions are good with full #Covid19 restrictions in place.

https://planetski.eu/2020/10/22/cervinia-opens-this-weekend/

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Slide 21 is Cancelled due to Covid-19

It’s being reported that the annual UK snowsport tradeshow that was due to take place in January 2021 has been called off.

It was to have been held at the Telford International Centre.

https://t.co/XW3VAYNd4x

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