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General News

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.

GB SNOWBOARDER DIES IN ANDORRA

The 59-year old man hit a tree at speed in the Grandvalira ski area. An investigation is underway. NEW

FRESH AVALANCHE WARNINGS

Spring has broken, the touring season is in session, avalanche danger remains ever-present. There have been recent fatalities. UPDATED

APRIL SKIING: WHY IT’S THE BEST

‘Revel in the joys of ski seasons at the peak of their powers’ says Skiworld, giving five reasons why April ski holidays are the best:.

BASI WARNS OF BREXIT

The British Association of Snowsport Instructors speaks of worries. It claims the vast majority of its members want to remain in the EU.

MARCH MADNESS

It’s March in the mountains. From Snowboxx festival to Jazz a Megeve, let Huski do the food so you can keep your head in the game.

COLLISION SKIER REFUSED APPEAL

A 17-year old hit a 10-year old girl who is now partially disabled for life. Should more be done about people that ski out of control? UPDATED

PISTE COLLISION DEATH SPARKS DEBATE

A 45-year-old Swedish skier died in Alpe d’Huez. Collisions on the piste are a growing concern & there’s been huge reaction. UPDATED

TRIBUTE TO AVALANCHE VICTIMS

The only survivor of Tuesday’s avalanche on the UK’s highest mountain has paid a touching tribute to his three climbing friends who died. NEW

BRITISH WEEK IN LES ARCS

A week dedicated to all things British gets underway as Brexit chaos deepens.

POWDER LESSON ON ONE SKI

Ski instructor continues his off-piste lesson on one ski after his other one snapped in half.

FANCY A FREE LIFT PASS?

Mountain Heaven has chalet space available in La Plagne & has 10 lift passes to give away for the first 10 bookers: NEW

DO YOU LIKE YOUR SKI FACTS & FIGURES?

If so read on as the UK’s largest ski operator, CrystalSKI, does some number crunching. NEW

TRIBUTES TO PISTEUR KILLED IN AVALANCHE

Tributes to 34-year-old Mathieu Labrunie pour in as an investigation into the avalanche that swept across a piste continues in Crans-Montana. UPDATED

EUROPEAN GAY SKI WEEK 2019

The world’s roaming LBGT winter sports festival calls for greater awareness of the homophobia faced by travellers.

SKI HOLIDAY PACKING TRICKS

Tricks not tips – the experts at Iglu Ski have blogged on the best space savers for winter holiday packing, here are a few: NEW

MOUNTAINS UNDER THE EARTH’S CRUST

There are mountains taller than Mt Everest 400+ miles underground. Scientists at Princetown University have been investigating.

DEALS GONE WILD

Skiing doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are some self-catering deals this Easter with Pierre & Vacances that’ll make a difference.

UPHILL SKIING RECORD

The ski mountaineer and ultra runner Kilian Jornet has set a new record – for 24-hour uphill skiing.

WHY YOU SHOULD SKI IN MARCH

Here are 5 reasons why March is the month to get in your turns, considering the weather, cost and company.

MEET OUR NEW SCOTLAND REPORTER

Step forward Rod Frazer. And what does he choose to write about first? Lift queues of course.

HUSKI HELPS WITH HALF TERM

Half term can be tiring for parents. Here’s how to make it a little easier for those self-catering in the French Alps.

CHOPPER LIFT RESCUE IN CERVINIA

The Cretaz chairlift stalled in the Italian resort leaving 27 people stranded. Watch as the rescue unfolds on video.

CONFESSIONS OF THE SKI OBSESSED

Crystal Ski launches a fun campaign as a nod to skiers & snowboarders who can’t stop thinking about the mountains. strong>NEW

DEMANDS FOR FIS BOSS TO RESIGN

It follows the comments of 75-year old Gian-Franco Kasper about climate change where he cast doubt on whether it is happening.

THE SKI OBSESSED

Crystal Ski has launched a new video centred on those who never stop thinking about snowsports. It’s worth a watch!

AVALANCHE VICTIMS IDENTIFIED

The two people who lved in the UK were among 8 people who died in avalanches in Italy after heavy snowfall. PlanetSKI reports.

DAVE RYDING TEAMS UP WITH MAISON SPORT

GB’s No1 slalom racer has been appointed an ambassador for the company that helps you find the ski instructor right for you.

TEMPTED BY THE TIROL?

The ski area in the Austrian Alps has had a bumper winter of snow. The Tirol tells us why this season is the time to visit.

AVALANCHE DANGER IN THE ALPS

There is considerable risk of avalanche in parts of the Alps. A pisteur in La Plagne is the latest fatality after 2 people died in Les2Alpes. UPDATED

CAIRNGORM FUNICULAR CLOSURE MAY EXTEND INTO NEXT WINTER

The owners of the Scottish ski area announce the railway will remain shut throughout summer & possibly beyond.

WHY ASPEN?

12 fun facts to inspire your next trip to Aspen Snowmass, Colorado.

TRIBUTES TO SKI GUIDE WHO DIED IN ALPS AIR COLLISION

Frank Henssler, a German who worked out of the Aosta Valley, was among the seven who died in the collision near the Italian ski resort of La Thuile.

ARSON SUSPECTED IN COURCHEVEL FIRE

Investigators say that a fire that killed two people in the resort of Courchevel may have been started deliberately.

INVESTIGATION AFTER 2 DIE & DOZENS INJURED IN COURCHEVEL FIRE

Questions are raised about smoke alarms & fire extinguishers after the blaze in a seasonaires building in Courchevel 1850. UPDATED

CRYSTAL 2020

We’re talking Crystal Ski Holidays for the 2019/2020 ski season: What’s coming to look forward to next winter?

WORK OUT WHAT YOU WORK OFF

Here’s your winter calorie counter as Crystal Ski Holidays finds the best ways to burn the calories when out in the mountains.

FATAL AVALANCHE ACCIDENTALLY TRIGGERED

The parents of a teenager who died in St Anton last week say the slide happened as rescuers triggered the slides as they made their way to help the family.

THE SKI CHALET 2019

The traditional ski chalet holiday is on its last legs. Or is it? PlanetSKI spends a week in a chalet in France.

WHAT A RESCUE!

A helicopter pilot showed extraordinary flying skills during a rescue in the French Alps. The rescue was captured on video.

PLANETSKI MAKES THE TIMES

The weekend edition of the paper looked at the threat to the traditional British chalet holiday.

AVALANCHE DEATHS

8 people have died in avalanches & accidents due to heavy snowfall in the Central Alps. It follows avalanches in Norway and N America. UPDATED

SCHUMACHER FAMILY CELEBRATES HIS 50TH BIRTHDAY

He was 50 on Thursday and it’s 5 years after a New Year ski accident left him in a coma following serious head injuries. NEW

3 TRIPS TO BLOW YOUR MIND

Once-in-a-lifetime trips for those looking for inspiration on how to push their limits in 2019, brought by Mountain Tracks.

140 PEOPLE EVACUATED FROM USA CHAIRLIFT

The incident took place in Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana after Chair 5 suffered a mechanical failure. NEW

WEARING HELMETS IN SNOW SPORTS

Following the death of a man on the slopes in France, there’s been further sharp debate over wearing helmets. UPDATED

Snow report

Twitter

Start of meteorological Autumn = obligatory ‘Winter Is Coming’ post, right? ⛄️😍

Seriously though, much as we love summer we ARE kinda forward to Innsbruck in winter wonderland mode again too!

📷: Danijel Jovanovic #myInnsbruck #winteriscoming

Legal Action Launched After Covid-19 Cases in Austrian Ski Resorts

The VSV consumer association in Austria has launched a class action lawsuit today.

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/23/legal-action-launched-after-covid-19-cases-in-austrian-ski-resorts/

- Iglu to Cut Jobs and Slash Costs by Up to 50%
Covid-19 News from Ski Countries in Europe
- People Turning to Travel Agents
- New Zealand Moves to Lowest Alert Level as Powder Snow Falls in Some Ski Areas

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/20/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-12/

Iglu, the #ski and cruise specialist travel agency, warns its 400 employees of job losses across the business as #COVID19 takes it toll ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/09/20/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-12/

Call for openness as the Scottish Government prepares to decide on the future of the #Cairngorm #funicular. The main #ski lift has been out of action since autumn 2018 ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/09/01/septembers-news-in-brief/

Eurostar rejects calls from #skiers and #snowboarders to reinstate its #Ski Train for this winter saying it is 'simply not feasible' to run it ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/09/22/eurostar-rejects-calls-to-re-instate-the-ski-train/
#SaveTheSkiTrain #Eurostar @snowcarbon @uk_protect

Today marks #500DaysToGo until @Beijing2022. Anticipation is building, we're sharpening our edges, dialling down our wax recipes and pushing training to the limits. Stay tuned for more. 🎉

In the meantime, here's @billymorgan89 at Pyeongchang in 2018. 🥉

📷: Sam Mellish

New Zealand Moves to Lowest Alert Level as Powder Snow Falls in Some Ski Areas

The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said the whole country, except the city of Auckland, is to be downgraded to Level One.

Ski resorts welcome the move

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/20/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-12/

Arlberg ski area announces Covid-19 policy for lift system

It contains the resorts of #StAnton #StChristoph #Lech #WarthShrocken #Zurs and others.

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/20/arlberg-ski-area-announces-covid-19-policy-for-its-lift-system/

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