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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

SKI AMIS NOMINATED FOR AWARD

The company is up for the Best Winter Sports Accommodation Provider in the British Travel Awards 2018. NEW

MYSTERY OF DEAD SKIER: WHO WAS MR M?

It’s baffled Italian police for a decade. Now they’re getting closer to identifying human remains thought to have lain undiscovered in a glacier for 50 years.

LUCKY ESCAPE

Two snowboarders were carried 130m by an avalanche in New Zealand, but survived the ordeal. Safety warning have been issued after heavy snowfall. NEW

THE BATTLE OF OZ

The US ski company Alterra has added Thredbo in Oz to its Ikon Pass. Vail Resorts already owns nearby Perisher. The battle for Australian skiers begins. NEW

HELMETS FAIL TO PREVENT SERIOUS BRAIN INJURY

Wearing a helmet for snowsports has no significant effect on your risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury, according to the latest research.

SINGLE TRACK TRAILS: THE 5 BEST

From rocky, rooty old-school gnarl to expansive Alpine singletrack, here are the five best mountain bike trails in the Tirol.

UK CHALET FIRMS: HOW TO STAY LEGAL

As French authorities clamp down on catered chalet companies a new Code of Conduct has been issued. The traditional chalet business model is under threat.

CONDOLENCES FOR BODE MILLER AFTER DEATH OF BABY DAUGHTER

911 call released of the swimming pool accident that took the life of 19-month old daughter of US Olympic gold medallist Bode Miller. UPDATED

WINTER OLYMPICS MAKE PROFIT

The Pyeongchang Games made a multi-million dollar surplus, according to the man responsible. Could it encourage more Olympic bids?

THE LEGEND LIVES THROUGH SUMMER

Kitzbühel has a zest for sport. World famous for its downhill ski race course, the energy extends through summer, too. NEW

FANCY A SKI COURSE THIS SUMMER?

Snoworks has launched a brand new course that will run on the Tignes glacier during Summer ’18. Why wait for winter to ski better? NEW

SUMMER’S ZENITH

June is here and after enjoying some great weather in the UK, we can turn our attention towards a holiday abroad.

LIVE THE DREAM – TEACH SKIING

Ski Instructor Internships: the ultimate way to do your first season? Qualify as an instructor and have a guaranteed job offer.

EU TIGHTENS RULES ON SEASONAL SKI WORKERS

The EU has approved new rules to give seasonal workers fair pay + better working conditions. It will cost. What now for the traditional chalet holiday?

WINTER 18/19 SKI BREAKS ON SALE

Early booking offers for next winter ski holidays are now available to book with Pierre & Vacances and savings of more than 20% NEW

SKIING DOWN THE MATTERHORN

The Italian mountaineer & skier, Edmond Joyeusaz, has skied down the mountain from top to bottom. He needed to use ropes in two places.

BODY OF MISSING BRITISH SNOWBOARDER FOUND

John Bromell disappeared in poor weather in Tignes last January. It allows the family to have closure, but others remain missing in the Alps.

IT’S D-DAY

That’s D for Data Protection. New regulations have come into force and not everyone in the travel & ski world is ready. UPDATED

‘SHAMEFUL’ AMOUNTS OF RUBBISH LEFT AT EVEREST

Trekkers and climbers have left behind huge quantities of rubbish, including bags full of human waste, tents and garbage. UPDATED

HOW TO DO A GROUP SKI TRIP

Here are eight tips by ski holiday specialist Skiworld on how to successfully manage & book your group ski holiday.

MOUNTAINEERS WHO SKIED EVEREST IN TROUBLE

Two American climbers who skied down the Lhotse Face of Everest, failed to obtain skiing permits, claims Department of Tourism.

US SKIER NUMBERS DOWN

An estimated 1.5 million fewer skier visits were recorded in the USA last season compared with the previous winter.

COW FIGHTING IN SION

Massive beasts vie for herd dominance in the Swiss Alps as their owners indulge in cow-fighting as a local pastime. It’s a growing sport attracting big crowds.

LAAX GOES GREENER

Europe’s leading freestyle resort is making new strides in its effort to become the first self-sufficient ski resort. It’s given itself 12 years to do it.

‘HELL’ IN THE ALPS AS 7 DIE

Seven ski tourers dead in the Swiss Alps and a survivor tells his story. It’s the worst incident in the mountains this season as an investigation gets underway. UPDATED

THE WORLD’S TOP RESORTS

They welcome more skiers and snowboarders than all the rest, so which resorts do you think have made it into the Top 50?

POND SKIMMER CHARGED

A skier who tried to jump the crowd at the Copper Mountain pond-skimming event is charged with third-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

IS SKIING FINALLY ON THE RISE?

The annual International Report on Snow and Mountain Tourism is out and, for once, there’s a bit – just a bit – of good news.

EXPEDITION OR WHAT?!

Crossing the Alps in 36-days by ski touring 1,721km over the main Alpine ridges of Austria, Switzerland & Italy. Then ending up on a beach in Nice.

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN HONOURS ITS OLDEST SKIER

At the age of 107, Lou Batori was possibly the oldest skier on earth, whose life was commemorated at the weekend. NEW

A HIKER’S PARADISE

Alpbachtal in the Tirol has gorge walks, black hikes and easy going trails to tempt any kind of walker this summer. NEW

AVALANCHE WARNINGS FOR SKI TOURERS

Ski tourers are being urged to be cautious if they plan to head out touring to take advantage of the huge levels of snow still across much of the Alps.

SHERPAS IN VERBIER

Two Nepalese Sherpas with multiple Everest summits under their belts, visit Verbier to hone their skiing skills.

FRESH AVALANCHE WARNINGS

Mountain guides are warning skiers to beware if they plan to head out touring to take advantage of the huge levels of snow still across much of the Alps. NEW

ST ANTON, SUMMER MOUNTAIN RESORT

St Anton closes for winter and skiing this weekend, 22nd April. When the snow melts and the temperature rises, where will you be?

PLANETSKI GOES UNPLUGGED: DAY THREE

We’re in the Swiss resort for its annual festival, Zermatt Unplugged. It is one of our favourite events in the mountains. Here’s why!

FAMILY GIVES UP HOPE FOR MISSING BILLIONAIRE

58- year old Karl-Erivan Haub went missing in Zermatt last weekend but his family accept he is dead. PlanetSKI reports from the resort. UPDATED

PLANETSKI GOES UNPLUGGED: DAY TWO

We’re in the Swiss resort for its annual festival, Zermatt Unplugged. It is one of our favourite events in the mountains. Here’s why!

NEW BOSS FOR BRITISH SNOWSPORTS

A former RAF officer has been appointed as Chief Executive of British Ski and Snowboard. She’s Victoria Gosling and she replaces Dave Edwards.

SEASONAIRES FRESH BREXIT WARNINGS

Worries are mounting that British seasonal workers in the Alps could become a thing of the past. An organisation formed to lobby the government is stepping up its campaign.

PLANETSKI GOES UNPLUGGED: DAY ONE

We’re in the Swiss resort for its annual festival, Zermatt Unplugged. It is one of our favourite events in the mountains. Here’s why!

BRIT TEENS IN AUSTRIAN SKI LIFT BRAWL

A fist fight broke out in Obertauern as 7 teenagers fought with a German man and his son after a row about who should get on a gondola first. NEW & UPDATED

GB SNOWBOARDER SUFFOCATES TO DEATH IN SNOW

The 25-year old man died in Meribel after falling head first into deep snow. It follows a similar accident in St Anton last month. UPDATED

DIRNDL DAY

Gotta love spring skiing celebrations… Dust off your dirndl and lederhosen, and get yourself to the Arlberg pronto.

GREAT RESORTS FOR NON-SKIERS

Here’s something different: Where is good to not ski – and a unique chalet you’ll have to act on quick to bag for next season: NEW

FRESH WARNINGS AS 6 DIE IN AVALANCHES

3 died in a single incident in Switzerland, a mountain doctor was caught in an avalanche near Chamonix in France and two men have perished in Scandinavia. UPDATED

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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/

Check out all the latest news on the Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

- Arlberg Ski Area Announces Covid-19 Policy for its Lift System
- Australia Claims Some Success in Covid-19 Fight as Ski Resorts Close

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

Check out all the latest news on the Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

- Covid-19 Statement from Alterra
- Climbing chalk that may fight Covid-19

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

Brexit Impact for Next Ski Season

The government has launched a campaign aiming to help British travellers, that’s us skiers and snowboarders, prepare for Brexit changes.

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/01/septembers-news-in-brief/

Check out all the latest news on the Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

- Ryanair Fears Further Cuts to Winter Flights
- A Live Snake as Face Covering!
- Crystal Mountain Introduces Hi-Tech System for Chairlift Access That Will Help Covid-19 Rules

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/12/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-11/

The @fisalpine World Cup #Ski racing calendar for 2020-21 has been announced with more changes forced by #COVID19 ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/09/18/world-cup-ski-racing-dates-announced/

'Breathtaking' ski jumping venue for the @Beijing2022 Winter Olympics nears completion ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/09/18/breathtaking-ski-jumping-venue-for-beijing-olympics/
#Beijing2022 #Olympics #Ski

A doctor has gone on trial accused of being part of an international sports #doping ring that was smashed in raids at the 2019 #Nordic #Ski World Championships in Seefeld, Austria ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/09/01/septembers-news-in-brief/

Latest news on the #Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

- WHO Repeats Warnings to Europe as More Restrictions Loom
- Italy has ‘Covid-Free’ Flights
- Gatwick Introduces Ultraviolet Disinfecting Security Tray

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/12/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-11/

#coronavirusupdates #coronavirusski

Covid-19 Update:

- WHO Warns of Serious Situation in Europe as UK Warns of the Winter Ahead
- BA Calls for Testing at Airports
- Luxury Operator to Continue with Ski Chalets
- New Zealand has Worst Recession in Years as Ski Resorts see Downturn

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/12/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-11/

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