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Game of Thrones is coming to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, but not quite as fans of the TV series would imagine.

THE NEW WAY TO BOOK YOUR SKI TEACHER

Maison Sport: a name & business to know, but what is it? The future for ski instructors & finding yours.

DECEMBER NEWS IN BRIEF

Shiffrin rules supreme, Vail Resorts eyes up more resorts in Australia + Swiss Rail Transfer Ticket ends. NEW & UPDATED

DECEMBER SKIING SECRETS

– Chairlift carnage
– PlanetSKI tops the list
– Xmas carvings
– Cryo therapy
– Full-time avalanche dog for Glenshee

WORKING A SKI SEASON?

Heading for the mountains and a season in the snow with some work thrown in? Don’t forget to get insured. NEW

SNOW-CAMP PARTNERS WITH LUXURY SKI HOTEL

Two young Snow-Camp apprentices have been selected to work in Val Thorens for the winter. NEW

INVESTIGATION INTO SKI INSURER

The company that provides travel insurance for the Ski Club GB and many other ski companies is said to be facing an investigation. UPDATED

BEN’S BUS FOR LOW COST TRAVEL

Sensibly priced coach transfers in the French Alps so you can spend your Euros on the fun side of skiing…

MPI CHANGES INSURER

The specialist snowsports insurer, MPI, is now working with Ageas Insurance Ltd. See here for its snowsports details. NEW

THE RIGHT SKI BOOT

Why invest in a pair of ski boots professionally fitted & moulded to your feet? Well, here are all the reasons why.

SKI CLUB GB AIMS TO DOUBLE MEMBERS

Some think the oldest ski club in the UK has lost its way. Can an ambitious new strategy turn it around? If not it faces a bleak future.

7 NOVEL SKI FEATURES

Decathlon’s ski game is strong. And to top it, here are 7 innovations to make skiing that bit more… exciting.

WHAT’S YOUR SKI JAM?

The party life or complete solitude? Soaking up the winter sun and beauty or skiing as much as the ski area will allow?

NOT LONG TO GO…

Ski 37 resorts in five countries next season for just £583 ($749). This IKON Pass special offer ends on December 13th.

SNOW NIGHT IN KENDAL

Film premieres, Q & As with top snowsports athletes. It’s Snow Night at the Kendal Mountain Festival.

COMING SOON TO A CINEMA NEAR YOU

Mountains On Stage tour starts. What films are on offer this year & where can you see them in the UK?

SKI SLOPE ON A RUBBISH CENTRE

Copenhill in Copenhagen, Denmark, is the first ski slope in the world to be built on a waste management centre.

INVESTIGATION AS CABLES CUT ON ANDORRA SKI LIFTS

The cables on a chairlift & other lifts in Pal-Arinsal were cut with an electric saw. Police are investigating as speculation mounts on the motive. UPDATED

LEST WE FORGET

Remembrance Sunday was marked in some of the ski resorts that are already open.

SKIING IN NORTH AMERICA

If you want to find out about skiing & snowboarding across the Pond there’s an event in London tonight you may want to check out. NEW

POW UK ADDS ANOTHER PARTNER

The operator Ski Independence is to work with the environmental pressure group, Protect Our Winters.

ONE FOR THE SKI TEACHERS

LEAD Camp is back & with a new line-up of industry experts hand picked to help us Learn: Explore: Aspire: Develop.

A NEW COLOUR FOR WINTER

Purple Ski runs 7 luxurious chalets in Meribel, located in its most exclusive corners. Tempted?

NOVEMBER NEWS IN BRIEF

Earthquake hits Alaska, Vail local dies in the backcountry, Ski Amis wins, A-Basin expands, Cairngorm report delayed + Canadian curlers disqualiifed for being drunk. NEW & UPDATED

REINVENTING THE SKI HOLIDAY

Winter holidays need to offer more than snowsports. That’s the message going out to tour operators, travel agents and resorts. Why?

ELLIE SOUTTER FOUNDATION AWARDS FIRST GRANT

The father of the GB snowboarder who took her own life on her 18th birthday has presented one of her teammates with £6,000.

TEACHER JAILED FOR LES2ALPES AVALANCHE DEATHS

A sports teacher has been sentenced to prison after two of his pupils died in an avalanche on a closed run in Les Deux Alpes.

WHAT’S YOUR GOAL THIS WINTER?

If it’s working on your off-piste skiing or touring skills check out the Action Outdoors courses for this winter to whip you into shape: NEW

MORE RESORTS OPEN IN THE ALPS

The first major storms have battered the Alps with up to 3m in places. Several resorts are already open with the glaciers in good shape. UPDATED

RISING PRICES IN SKI RESORTS

In-resort prices have risen by up to 13% in Europe. A new survey makes grim reading for cash conscious skiers, but there is hope.

ERNA LOW TO FOCUS ON FRANCE

One of the oldest ski holiday companies in the UK is to change its focus for next season and rebrand itself as The Ski Specialist to the French Alps.

GRANTS AWARDED TO YOUNG SNOWSPORTS ATHLETES

A record 13 young British skiers and snowboarders are to get help with their costs for the coming winter season.

WELCOME TO EDEN

Luxury ski chalet company, VIP SKI, adds two new ones to its Alpe d’Huez portfolio & is looking forward to winter in situ.

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EXTREME WEATHER IN EUROPE’S PEAKS

Flash floods, melting glaciers and shrinking mountain tops are the result of some wild summer weather. PlanetSKI reports.

SKI HOLIDAY PRICES ‘TO RISE 31%’

A survey of 130 firms suggests Brexit will see the cost of ski holidays rise sharply with jobs at risk. Is it scaremongering or reality?

NEILSON IS SOLD

The holiday company that has a winter & summer programme has been sold to the same investors that have a stake in Iglu Ski.

ELLIE SOUTTER FUNERAL TAKES PLACE

100s of people attended the service in Les Gets, France. The GB snowboard athlete took her own life on her 18th birthday.

WILDSCHONAU: 3 THINGS TO DO

Peace, quiet, wonderful walks and good food in the Wildschönau Valley, a hidden treasure in the heart of the Kitzbühel Alps.

FOUNDATION SET UP IN ELLIE SOUTTER’S NAME

The father of the British snowboarder who took her own life on her 18th birthday has set up a foundation to raise funds for young winter athletes.

SUMMER HEADY TO WINTER READY

As August begins Ski Amis turns its attentions to winter. The temperature is set to hot up but Ski Amis has some cool winter thoughts. NEW

MYSTERY OF DEAD SKIER SOLVED

A skier who disappeared in the 1950s has been identified as the man whose remains were discovered on the Matterhorn more than 50 years later.

INVESTIGATION INTO FATAL SKI BUS ACCIDENT IN NZ

An 11-year old girl has died and 20 people have been injured after the brakes apparently failed on bus leaving the resort of Turoa. UPDATED

K2 SKIER SAVES SCOTTISH MOUNTAINEER

Andrzej Bargiel helps rescue a climber while preparing to ascend & ski K2. Further details are emerging. He’s also been describing what it was like to be the first person to ski down K2. NEW

COST OF KIDS’ LIFT PASSES RISING

The price of children’s ski lift passes globally is continuing to rise, according to a study by FIS, the International Ski Federation.

SAFARI THROUGH NORWAY

Ski Safari has been offering ski holidays in Norway for many years. Now it has come up with four different winter package adventures.

SUMMER IN THE TIROLER ZUGSPITZ ARENA

The Tiroler Zugspitz Arena is an area in Austria around Germany’s highest peak. It offers the full range of summer outdoor activities.

TOBLERONE RESTORES ITS PEAKS

No more wide gaps. The news will delight fans of the Swiss chocolate who had reacted angrily to the shape change back in November 2016. NEW

CRYSTAL SKI HEADS TO FINLAND

The resort of Suomo in Finland is new to Crystal Ski’s Winter 18/19 portfolio… and to us. So what’s it like?

SEASONAIRES: BREXIT THREAT CONTINUES

The White Paper on Brexit fails to tackle the fate of seasonal workers in the EU. Ski travel operators & ABTA want action.

WORLD CUP WATCHING IN FRENCH SKI RESORTS

Our readers in France were watching the World Cup final on Sunday. Enjoying the result & celebrations.

HELICOPTER RESCUE ON MT HOOD

The Chinook did a 2-wheel landing to reach a stranded climber who was threatening to kill himself in the Oregon ski area. PlanetSKI reports from neighbouring Idaho.

FANCY SEEING THE TOUR DE FRANCE?

And not just any old stage, it’s the iconic climb to Alpe d’Huez: Stage 12. One of our ski partners has a few rooms left in town… NEW

INGHAMS WINS SUMMER AWARD

The tour operator’s summer programme Lakes & Mountains has won the first Silver-i Award for a certain Austrian adventure.

WHY EVERY SKIER SHOULD WATERSKI

It’s summer and, as she does every year, our chief reporter has swapped snow for water. Here’s her (updated) account of why you should too.

THE ULTIMATE MOUNTAIN CITY?

Innsbruck is the best of both – alpine & urban, magical mountain scenery and traditional Tirolean charm. It’s a top summer destination.

BECOME A SKI CLUB LEADER – FOR FREE

The Ski Club of Great Britain has announced a Young Leader Award, giving the under-25s a chance to win a free place on its leaders’ training course in the Alps this winter.

MATTERHORN RIDE IS COMING

Zermatt’s latest lift, The Matterhorn Glacier Ride, is scheduled to open at the end of September. It’s quite a project. UPDATED

CRYSTAL SKI HEADS TO GERMANY

The UK’s largest ski tour operator is offering Garmisch Partenkirchen in the Bavarian Alps. So, what’s it like?

MORE TROUBLE AHEAD FOR 2026 OLYMPIC BIDS?

Bad news this week for potential bidders for the next but one Winter Games. One has announced a referendum and another has seen a fall in public support. NEW

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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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