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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

All North America World Cup Alpine Ski Races Axed Due to Covid-19

It is no great surprise but the racing in Canada and the USA in November and December has been called off. Other races in Europe remain under threat.

Save The Ski Train Latest

It’s been a month since the news broke that Eurostar would not be operating the direct ski train from London to the French Alps next winter. So what’s happening?

Courmayeur Defends Its Action On Threatened Glacier Collapse

Homes and hotels were evacuated earlier this month over fears that a massive ice block could fall from a Mont Blanc glacier.  The threat has now been lifted.

Cocaine Found At Home Of Cross-Country Ski Legend

The retired skier Petter Northug is one of Norway’s most famous athletes with multiple World and Olympic titles to his name. The drugs were found after he was stopped for speeding and police searched his home.

Ski Deals For Winter 2020-2021

– Self-Drive holidays to Tignes, Arc 1950, Les Menuires, Val Thorens & Tignes with Erna Low
– 3 ★ Hotel Obermair, Mayrhofen from £499pp with Crystal Ski
– 4 ★ Hotel Lion, Bansko from £449pp with Crystal Ski
– 3 ★ Hotel Miravalle, Sauze d’Oulx from £495pp with Crystal Ski
– Early Bird deals from Ski Solutions
– Half Term in Norway
We update this page frequently so keep checking back for new offers. NEW & ROLLING

Visitors In The Scottish Highlands Urged To Be Responsible

Good weather and the attraction of a staycation has brought thousands of people to the mountains of Scotland this summer but they’re not all following the rules.

Double Amputee Climbs the Matterhorn

A former soldier who lost both of his legs in Iraq has become the first above-the-knee double amputee to reach the summit.

August’s News in Brief

– $1.4M Remote Control Avalanche System for Colorado Highway
– Detecting avalanche victims under 5 metres of snow
– Drones to replace ski lifts?
– Further Dramatic Loss of Ice in Greenland …. UPDATED

New Ski & Snowboard Show for UK

It will take place at the NEC in Birmingham in October 2021.  It comes as The Telegraph has axed its show in London.  PlanetSKI looks at what may be on offer and examines its chance of success. UPDATED

Snow Centres Delay Opening for Skiiing and Snowboarding

The Snow Centre just outside London and the Snowdome at Tamworth were to open their doors for the first time since March this Saturday, 1st August. Government restrictions have put things on ice. UPDATED

Next Winter Will Be ‘Old School’ Ski Experience

So says the boss of the Aspen Skiing Co, Mike Kaplan.  He’s been outlining plans for the new ski season and what will change thanks to Covid-19. UPDATED

St Bernard Dog Rescued from England’s Highest Mountain

The animals are more associated with helping to rescue people, rather than needing rescue themselves.

Newspapers From Crashed Jet Found in Melting Glacier Ice

Several newspapers believed to have been on board an Air India Boeing 707, which crashed above Chamonix more than 54 years ago, have been found by the manager of a nearby mountain hut.

Name Change for Squaw Valley Ski Resort?

The American football team the Washington Redskins has announced this week it is changing its name and the Indian head logo. Pressure is mounting for Squaw Valley to follow suit.

Tributes Continue for World Champion Snowboarder who Died while Spearfishing in Australia

Alex Pullin, 32, was found unresponsive off a beach on Queensland’s Gold Coast on Wednesday. Tributes are being paid.

July’s News in Brief…

– 2026 days to go to 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Olympic
– Investigation after 4 die in Swiss Alps plane crash
– People Turned Away from Snowdon Mountain in Wales
– FIS Reports £15.5m Profit for 2019 ….UPDATED

Covid-19 Restrictions in the Mountains

With UK quarantine measures set to ease and travel in Europe possible we look at the various restrictions in place for the main countries that give access to the Alps and the Pyrenees.

Coronavirus Impact on Skiing & Snowboarding

The team at PlanetSKI is reporting all the news & developments as it affects the snowsports world in our ever-popular rolling blog. If you want to see its impact and the response of skiers & snowboarders then read on… UPDATED

Tributes to French Ski Industry Legend

Laurent Boix-Vives has died at the age of 93. He helped create and develop the ski resort of Courchevel before acquiring Rossignol in 1956 at the age of 29.

Climate Report Claims Many Winter Olympic Hosts Could Not Stage Games In 30 Years

The study says that only 10 of 19 former Games locations will be able to stage reliable winter sports events by 2050 and just 6 by 2080.

USA Ski Season On Course For Bumper Season Before Pandemic

It was heading for its fourth busiest winter on record before Covid-19 closed ski resorts across the country in mid-March. That’s according to figures just released.

‘Black Lives Matter’ in Skiing and Snowboarding

The campaign is reaching ski resorts as Vail Resorts promises to do more and two US athletes have been disciplined for alleged racist comments.

Alpine Nations Lift Border Controls as Covid-19 Restrictions Eased

The European Commission encouraged all internal border restrictions to be lifted from Monday and some have taken the advice. UPDATED

Thredbo Website Struggles To Cope As Oz Ski Resort Opens Up For Bookings

The Australian ski resort is the first in the country to open up its bookings for the winter. It’s reporting unprecedented demand among skiers and snowboarders as all the major ski fields prepare for a season like no other.

Treasure Hidden In Rocky Mountains Found After 10 Years

It’s taken a decade but someone has finally cracked the code and uncovered a bronze chest containing treasure worth around US$2 million.

Hugo Hoff: A Tribute From Les Arcs

The death of the young extreme skier Hugo Hoff in a fall on Mont Blanc shocked the world of skiing. Here, the 21-year-old’s club and the French resort of Les Arcs pay tribute.

June’s News in Brief

– Woodsy gets lucky
– World’s oldest heliskier is almost 95
– Squaw Valley considers name change
– The $18m ski chalet ….UPDATED

IKON Pass Announces 2020/21 Spring Promotion Extension to mid-June

Ikon Pass has announced an extension of its spring promotion to June 16th allowing people more time to take advantage of the lower prices.

What to do if You’re Overseas and Your Insurance is About to Expire

PlanetSKI partner MPI Brokers provides advice on what to do if your insurance is about expire while you are abroad.

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON SNOWSPORTS

The team at PlanetSKI is reporting all the news & developments as it affects the snowsports world in our ever-popular rolling blog. If you want to see its impact and the response of skiers & snowboarders then read on… UPDATED

Cairngorm Funicular Repair Timescale Under Review

Plans to begin work on repairs to the main lift at the Scottish ski area this year are being reviewed as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

SNOW-CAMP RAISES THOUSANDS AT VIRTUAL CHALET PARTY

The charity that aims to change the lives of inner-city youngsters by introducing them to snowsports has raised more than £21,000 at an innovative party.

PlanetSKI Goes Skiing in Georgia

Just before the corona lockdown PlanetSKI’s Ian Davis managed to explore the skiing in Georgia for a few days before racing back as the flights stopped. One thing is for sure – we’ll be back.

May’s News in Brief

– Twelve year old boy followed by Brown Bear
– A ‘normal’ PlanetSKI summer?
– Threat to Lauberhorn World Cup ski racing lifted
– 2 men charged after Colorado avalanche … UPDATED

Ikon Pass Extends its Discount for Next Winter

Renewal discounts for the multi-resort season pass are being doubled and early-bird prices extended for another month.

THE COVID-19 IMPACT ON SKIING & SNOWBOARDING CONTINUES

Our ever-popular rolling blog continues as we report on its impact on the world of snowsports. There is, as always, good news and bad news.

Ski Season 2018/19 Was the Best of the Millennium

That’s the verdict of the latest International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism.  The conclusion is based on the number of skiers and snowboarders visiting resorts worldwide.

SKI SEASONAIRES COMPLETE QUARANTINE MARATHON FOR CHARITY

Two British ski seasonaires who caught coronavirus while working in Italy have completed marathons while in quarantine in their small apartments to raise money for charity.

STRICT QUARANTINE MEASURES LIFTED FOR 3 AUSTRIAN SKI RESORTS

Ischgl, St Anton and Soelden in the Tirol were sealed off in mid-march. Extensive testing for covid-19 has been carried out and the authorities have now lifted the quarantine 3- days earlier than expected.

GB SNOWSPORT ANNOUNCES ‘BE BRAVE’ MENTAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN

The UK’s skiing and snowboarding governing body is taking action to end the stigma around mental health.

ELLIE SOUTTER FOUNDATION AWARDS ITS 4TH ATHLETE GRANT

The foundation set up in memory of the young British snowboarder has awarded funding to another GB team snowboarder and one of Ellie’s good friends.

NORWAY EASES MORE LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS

The country went into full lockdown early and quickly.  It shut its ski resorts in a single move on Friday 13th March. It now claims some success in dealing with coronavirus with some restrictions lifted on Monday.

NEWS IN BRIEF…

– Two more US resorts join Ikon Pass
– Ice avalanches on Mars
– More high speeds trains for Beijing 2022
– Ski racing podcast

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON SKIING & SNOWBOARDING CONTINUES

As we enter another week under the cosh from coronavirus our ever-popular rolling blog continues as we reports on its impact on the world of snowsports.

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.

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#WinterGamesNZ is Back

After two years of disruption due to #covid19 the southern hemisphere’s biggest snowsports event takes place August 27th to September 18th.

https://planetski.eu/2022/07/04/winter-games-nz-is-back/

Death toll rises as search operation resumes after Italian glacier collapses leaving six hikers dead & 8 injured.

Climate change appears to be the cause.

UPDATED with videos:

#marmolada #glacier #glaciercollapse https://t.co/jdNyct8TXt

An incredible result from Andrew Young and James Clugnet last week in the Rollerski World Cup Sprint Race 👏🔥

Congratulations to the entire team ⭐️

Keep up the hard work!

4th place: Andrew Young
5th place: James Clugnet

📸: @Jossi_j

#GBSnowsport

Fresh Warning on Alpine Snow Levels

A new study claims the number of snow days where snow lies on the ground in the Alps will halve by 2100 if greenhouse emissions remain high.

It says action can be taken.

https://planetski.eu/2022/07/02/fresh-warning-on-alpine-snow-levels/

#climatechange #protectourwinters

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