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AUSTRALIAN SKI AREAS REOPEN AS BUSHFIRE THREAT EASES

The immediate danger has passed for some of the country’s big resorts. They’re resuming summer operations.

CAN YOU SKI ON THE CHEAP AT HALF-TERM?

If you’re trying to book you’ll struggle to find a bargain.  Flight prices are soaring. PlanetSKI readers give their advice.

TEENAGER SURVIVES 30-HOURS IN UTAH MOUNTAINS

‘Lucky to be alive’ is an understatement as 17-year old, Nicolas Stacy-Alcatara, heads out for a hike and gets lost.

THIRD PERSON WHO DIED IN US AVALANCHE NAMED

She was a 29-year old doctor & survivors of the avalanche in Silver Mountain Resort in Idaho have been speaking of their experience. PlanetSKI reports from neighbouring Utah.

NEW PUPS FOR PARK CITY SKI PATROL

These cuties are the two newest members of the Ski Patrol Team. They’re about to start some serious avalanche training in Dog School.

BUSHFIRES THREATEN MORE OZ SKI AREAS

An emergency evacuation order has been issued in Falls Creek while people in Mt Hotham have been told to ‘leave now’ as the threat from fires increases.

THREE SKIERS BANNED FOR DOPING AT 2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

They were caught during raids at the World Championships in Seefeld Austria. A coach has also been banned.

AUSTRALIAN SKI RESORT DESTROYED BY BUSHFIRE

Selwyn snow resort lies in ruins.  Australia’s major ski resorts all remain closed as fires burn nearby with high temperatures due to return later this week. UPDATED

THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY OF SNOWSPORTS

The head of the International Ski Federation reflects on 10 years of the best & worst in skiing & snowboarding as we enter a new decade.

THE SKI FESTIVAL IS HERE

The annual Ski & Snowboard Festival is underway in London. PlanetSKI turned out to see what’s on offer…

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.

SKI IN JAPAN WITH INGHAMS

Inghams has new ski resorts in its brochure with an exciting addition to get our jimmies jangling for next winter: Japan.

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

UK SKI TOUR OP BUYS FLEXISKI

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

HAPPY NORWAY DAY!

Last Friday, May 17th, was Constitution Day in Norway. So, what has Norway ever done for skiing? Er, rather a lot.

SKIWEEKENDER’S HOME BASE

For skiing in La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand. It’s the perfect spot for a ski weekend & the company’s pioneering property.

HANNIBAL RETURNS TO THE ALPS

It’s simply one of the strangest events in the Alps. Actually make that THE strangest. PlanetSKI reports from ‘Hannibal’ in Soelden.

WHERE ELSE TO SKI

The outdoor retailer, Decathlon, has listed the favourite countries to ski away from the Alps. Any guesses which they are?

BRITISH WEEK IN LES ARCS

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

KITTING OUT FOR WINTER

Skiing is plenty expensive already. No need to look out even more things to spend money on. And with the price of ski gear so high…NEW

XMAS GIFT (WISH) LIST

Ski themed of course. Got any money left or even a cash gift in your Xmas stocking? UPDATED

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.

DECATHLON: A SKI BRAND TO REMEMBER

It’s not a new brand, in fact it’s a classic French one, but the outdoor sporting goods retailer Decathlon’s own range Wed’ze is full of surprises.

ALPS COACH DRIVER CRASHED TO SAVE LIVES

Maurice Wrightson was going down a steep mountain road from Alpe d’Huez in France in 2013 when the brakes failed.

Motorbikes meet mountains

There are lift stations & then there are lift stations. PlanetSKI has just celebrated the opening of one with a motorbike museum inside. Pardon?

THE END OF THE SWISS CHALET HOLIDAY?

The mass-market catered chalet holiday in Switzerland is about to become a thing of the past. British tour operators are pulling out as business becomes untenable following changes to employment rules and a declining Swiss market.

PlanetSKI starts its season

On Thursday, October 17th, we made our first turns of the 2013/14 season. If it continues in the same vein we are in for a cracker. 70cm of fresh snow, deep blue sky and the best racers in the world out training as a backdrop. James Cove reports from Solden.

Why rent snowsports equipment?

Skimium has 350 shops in 250 resorts across France, Italy and Andorra. It is all done online with some great prices. PlanetSKI reports on what it has to offer and the advantages of renting.

Ski coach crash victims seek damages

People on board the Skibound coach that crashed last month have hired a firm of lawyers to seek compensation. The driver died in the accident on the road down from Alpe d’Huez. They were all resort workers coming back from a witner in the Alps.

Alpine coach crash driver named and praised

He was driving from Alpe d’Huez with 52 British resort workers when the brakes failed. He crashed the bus into the mountainside to prevent it going over the edge. It had been chartered by the company Skibound. The driver died and 3 others remain injured.

What is it like to climb Everest?

PlanetSKI reporter Squash Falconer tells us what it is really like to stand on top of the world. She tells it without the hype, hyperbole and exaggeration. It is wonderful and terrifying at the same time. PlanetSKI reports from 29,000 feet.

Vail Resorts finalises Kirkwood deal

The US company has completed the deal to buy the Californian resort of Kirkwood for $18m. It already owns Heavenly and Northstar around Lake Tahoe. The area is undergoing a transformation.

Vail Resorts buys Kirkwood

It now own three resorts in California. It has bought Kirkwood for $18m to sit along side Heavenly and North Star in the Tahoe area. PlanetSKI will be there next week and will be assessing the development.

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Registration for World Snow Day Opens Today

The 12th edition of World Snow Day will take place on the 15th January 2023.

The World Snow Day Awards will also be handed out.

The events aims to get more young people into snowsports.

https://planetski.eu/2022/06/30/registration-for-world-snow-day-opens-tomorrow/

Tyrolean mountains on fire 🔥⛰? Yes that exists 🙌! When the longest day meets the shortest night, summer is welcomed in the alpine region in and around Innsbruck with fires on the mountain. Check out the spectacular pics💛 #myInnsbruck #HerzJesuFeuer #Bergfeuer

What Does PlanetSKI Do In The Summer? Part Two…

It’s the question we’re asked many times at this time of year.

We’re currently hiking the #SouthDownsWay in preparation for walking at altitude in the Alps later this summer.

https://planetski.eu/2022/06/27/what-does-planetski-do-in-the-summer-part-two/

Sunshine Village Re-opens for Canada Day

The lifts will start again from June 28th to July 3rd and will be open on Wednesday 1st July – Canada Day.

The resort hasn’t opened at this time of year for over three decades.

https://t.co/tu5WvzSJtQ

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