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Snow & Weather

Epic Conditions at New Zealand Ski Resorts

Skiers and snowboarders have been queuing to take advantage of fresh snow and sunshine as the country’s winter season gets into full swing. NEW

Big Snowfalls in South America But Ski Resorts Are Closed

It’s been one of the best starts to winter for years but the coronavirus pandemic means ski resorts are not able to open.

SNOW IN THE ALPS & BEYOND

More than 1m of snow fell parts of the Alps at the weekend. And to rub it in, some of the resorts with fresh snow would have still been open for skiing had it not been for coronavirus.

SKI RESORTS IN PICTURES

This week should have been busy on the slopes with families enjoying the final week of the Easter holidays. Sadly, there’s some great spring sunshine but no skiing. PlanetSKI reports on what we’re missing.

OUR LATEST SNOW REPORT

There’s great skiing in the Alps with impressive snow at altitude across Switzerland, Italy and Austria. The French Alps are in the most impressive shape and Scotland continues to impress after further major snowfalls this week.

ANOTHER SNOWSTORM POUNDS THE ALPS

The powder is piling up as the second big storm of the week has swept in. There have been significant falls over a 24 hour period. PlanetSKI reports from the mountains. UPDATED

SEARCH SUSPENDED FOR MAN MISSING AFTER AVALANCHE

The climber was last seen on Aonach Mor on Friday. Mountain rescuers were forced to suspend the search as bad weather and a high risk of further avalanches continued across the Scottish Highlands.

OUR LATEST SNOW REPORT

Large amounts of snow have fallen across the north-western Alps in recent days which is good news for lower resorts such as Morzine, Megève and Gstaad. There are some exceptional snow conditions in Scotland.

BEST SKIING OF THE SEASON IN SCOTLAND

After a dismal, practically snowless, start to the winter, Scotland’s ski areas are covered in snow. Lots of it. Our Scotland reporter is enjoying Fab February.

ZERMATT OR BUST

PlanetSKI went to the Swiss resort from Italy for a 24-hour visit.  It turned into 72-hours as a big storm hit. There are worse places to be stranded but the journey back wasn’t quite as planned.

MAJOR SNOWSTORM HITS THE ALPS

The weather has changed with the temperature dropping and snow falling as a series of storms hit the Alps. UPDATED

PLANETSKI SNOW REPORT

Snow conditions in the Alps have been mixed but snow is on its way after some very warm weather. There is no natural snow below about 1200m which is unusual for mid February. In general there is a lot of snow and good skiing at altitude. UPDATED

SKIING IN SCOTLAND AT HALF-TERM

There has been a lot of snow (and wind) at the UK’s main ski resorts this past week, thanks to Storm Dennis.  PlanetSKI’s Scotland reporter has been out on the slopes.

HALF-TERM SKIING IN THE ALPS

A bit of rain, a dusting of snow, some sunshine and fluctuating temperatures. It’s been a mixed bag of weather in the Alps for the busiest week of the season.

CHECK OUT THE UPDATED PLANETSKI SNOW REPORT

Snow conditions in the Alps are mixed as Half Term gets underway. Most resorts still have plenty of snow at altitude, but mild weather means some low resorts are in need of new snow. UPDATED

SNOW REPORT FROM THE CAIRNGORMS

The area has recently been battered by strong winds and snow, Rod Frazer has sent us a quick update on the current snow conditions in the Cairngorms along with some stunning photographs.

EPIC SNOW IN US SKI RESORTS

If you’re heading west in the near future you are in for a real treat. US resorts, particularly those in Colorado and Utah, have had huge dumps. But the avalanche risk is high.

BLUE SKIES & POWDER AFTER THE STORM

The wild weather has subsided and it’s sunshine and powder snow. At least it is in the Aosta Valley in Italy. PlanetSKI is there. UPDATED

PLANETSKI LATEST SNOW REPORT

Snow conditions in the Alps are generally very good. Some 20cm -70cm of fresh snow fell this week. Another potent storm cycle is set to start on Monday and the unsettled weather may continue in to half-term week. UPDATED

SUNSHINE AFTER THE STORM

The weather has stabilised after the storms across the Alps with some reasonable snow conditions on offer. It’s looking pretty good with another storm expected. UPDATED

IT’S BELTING DOWN WITH SNOW IN THE ALPS!

After a long spell of sunshine and mild temperatures, the snow has begun falling again. PlanetSKI reports from the Alps. UPDATED

PLANETSKI SNOW REPORT

PlanetSKI arrives back in the Alps as the weather changes and more snow is set to fall. Bring it on! UPDATED

PLANETSKI SNOW REPORT

Snow conditions in the Alps are pretty good with some welcome fresh snow. PlanetSKI reports from out in the mountains. UPDATED

SNOW TO RETURN TO THE ALPS THIS WEEK

It’s been dry & mild with no significant snow for weeks, but that’s about to change. In Canada it is so cold that Lake Louise closed. UPDATED

THE PLANETSKI SNOW REPORT

Conditions still look pretty good across the Alps but lower slopes are becoming worn. There’s been dramatic improvement in North America from where PlanetSKI reports. UPDATED

THE PLANETSKI SNOW REPORT IS OUT

Snow conditions are generally good for early January in the Alps with some fresh snow.  Read our full snow report.

OUR WEEKLY SNOW REPORT IS OUT

Conditions in the Alps are excellent with some of the best December snow in recent years. Andermatt has 4m.

SUNSHINE IN THE ALPS

After erratic weather over the Xmas week it’s wall to wall sunshine across the Alps for New Year. UPDATED

VIDEO SHOWS SNOWBOARDER NARROWLY AVOIDING AVALANCHE

The incident happened in Park City in Utah on Christmas Day. NEW

IT’S A WHITE XMAS AS FURTHER SNOW FALLS

It’s 1m and counting as parts of the Alps are battered by another huge snowstorm. What a start to winter & the Xmas holidays! UPDATED

MORE SNOW IS FALLING AS XMAS WEEK BEGINS

It is the first main week of the season as resorts fill up for Christmas. PlanetSKI looks at conditions in the Alps.

MORE SNOW FALLS

It is the first main week of the season as resorts fill up for Christmas. PlanetSKI looks at conditions across the Alps.

OUR WEEKLY SNOW REPORT IS OUT

Snow conditions have deteriorated in the northern Alps, but more snow is falling this weekend. PlanetSKI reports.

OUR WEEKLY SNOW REPORT IS OUT

Above average snow depths for mid-December will increase further over next few days. Great conditions as Christmas approaches.

MILD & VERY WINDY IN THE ALPS

After the recent wild weather things are stabilising as Xmas approaches. PlanetSKI reports from the Alps. UPDATED

MELTING GLACIERS THREATEN WORLD’S WATER SUPPLIES

That’s the claim from a recent summit as climate change affects the mountain regions of the world.

OUR LATEST SNOW REPORT IS OUT

Snow conditions remain excellent for early December across much of the Alps. Some snow is forecast for early next week.

GREAT EARLY SEASON SKIING

The weather’s fine for many this week after the big early-season snowfalls. Conditions are good as more resorts get ready to open at the weekend.

OUR SNOW REPORT IS OUT

The southern Alps has the best snow conditions by some margin. It’s snowing again in many areas & continues over the weekend.

THE SNOW IS BACK

Some areas that have so far missed out are now getting snow. PlanetSKI reports from the Alps on the amazing start to winter. UPDATED

WE’RE IN THE THICK OF IT

PlanetSKI is in Val Thorens in France for its opening weekend. On Saturday high winds closed the lifts, but on Sunday skiing began.

OUR FIRST SNOW REPORT OF WINTER IS OUT

Snow conditions are very impressive for the time of year across both the central and southern Alps and in the Pyrenees. Read more…

HERE WE GO AGAIN!

More snow is falling in the Alps as another major storm arrives. In fact a series of storms. Let it snow! NEW

WHICH RESORTS IN FRANCE HAD THE MOST SNOW LAST SEASON?

You may be surprised which resorts come out on top and the resort with the third most snowfall isn’t even in the Alps.

THE SNOW IN PICTURES

The first big snowfall of the approaching season has fallen leaving some stunning images – check out the PlanetSKI photogallery. UPDATED

FIRST TURNS OF THE SEASON IN VERBIER

The Swiss resort opened a few runs at the weekend. Andermatt and Cortina also got the lifts going as ski areas capitalise on all the fresh snow. UPDATED

MORE AUSTRIAN GLACIER RESORTS OPEN THIS WEEKEND

Stubai is firing up more lifts while snowparks open in Kaunertal and Kaprun. Winter is on the way folks as we update our rolling blog. UPDATED

PART OF GLACIER ON MT BLANC COULD COLLAPSE

Roads have been closed, paths shut & huts evacuated on the Italian side of the mountain. 250,000 cubic meters of ice are in danger of breaking away.

TIGNES PUTS BACK OPENING BUT SNOW FALLS IN AUSTRIA

Poor conditions on the glacier have forced the French resort to abandon plans to open this weekend. But Austrian resorts have had more snow.

PLANETSKI GOES GREEN

Climate Action Week is underway. We have a series of special reports on how the mountain environment is changing and what can be done about it.

SEASON EXTENDED IN OZ SKI RESORTS

Mt Buller has just announced its lifts will keep spinning into October & Perisher is following suit.

THE SNOW IN PHOTOS

More than half a metre of snow has fallen across the Alps at altitude. It’s looking pretty good lower down too…

SWEDISH MOUNTAIN SHRINKS

A peak on Sweden’s Kebnekaise mountain is getting smaller and smaller as global warming intensifies.

SNOW FALLS IN EUROPE

Stubai in Austria is opening this Friday & now there’s also some snow in the Pyrenees. It follows a ski area opening in Norway.

ICELAND GLACIER IS NO MORE

People have gathered to mark the demise of the Okjokull glacier. The 700 year old glacier has melted.

SNOW IN SOUTH AMERICA

It hasn’t been a memorable winter for snow so far. There’s been scant natural snowfall but the cannons have come to help.

SNOW POUNDING OZ & NZ

It just keeps on coming down. But there’ve been avalanches and incidents in both Australia and New Zealand. Check out the latest.

LES2ALPES ENDS SUMMER SKIING AS GLACIER MELTS

There is now no glacier skiing in France as Tignes has also closed early. PlanetSKI reports.

SUMMER SKIING: NOT ALL BAD NEWS

Tignes closed early as hot weather took its toll on the glacier. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Here’s a look at the joys of summer skiing.

TIGNES GLACIER CLOSES FOR SUMMER SKIING

The heatwave & hot temperatures have taken their toll. With deteriorating conditions the resort has pulled the plug on summer snowsports.

Snow report

Twitter

Finland lifts travel restrictions for 17 more European countries but not UK and Sweden, Falls Creek remains open for some snow activities as lifts close + New Zealand to limit people flying into country to align with available quarantine accommodation.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/12/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-5/

Crowds descend on resorts in New Zealand to enjoy 'epic' #snow conditions ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/07/13/epic-conditions-at-new-zealand-ski-resorts/
@MtHutt @CoronetPeak @TheRemarks @CardronaNZ
#ski #snowboard #NewZealand

What will #apresski look like next season?

If the example of some of the summer party hotspots in anything to go by then the answer is very different.

Is apres an essential part of your holiday or are you not bothered?

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/13/what-will-apres-ski-bars-look-like-next-season/

#FallsCreek remains open for some snow activities as lifts close due to #covid19

The resort will still run some cross country skiing, tobogganing, snowmobile tours and back country tours.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/12/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-5/

#covid19skiing #coronavirusskiing #skiinginaustralia

The date is set and the countdown begins as indoor snow centres in England can open - 4 months after covid-19 restrictions shut them. https://planetski.eu/2020/07/10/the-snow-centre-announces-it-is-to-reopen/

New Zealand to limit people flying into country to align with available quarantine accommodation.

The skiing conditions are currently described as “epic”.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/12/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-5/

11-year old from Scotland become youngest person to climb the Matterhorn.

HUGE congrats to Jules Molyneaux from Perthshire.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/01/julys-news-in-brief/

Has your local slope reopened yet? We've collated information about reopening dates of facilities across England on our website.

Find out if your local slope is open or planning to open soon ➡ https://bit.ly/ReopeningInfoSE

Who has ever tried packing up the car and setting off to the Alps on the road? Once you arrive, you can enjoy the freedom of driving to neighbouring resorts to explore new slopes... ❄️⛷️

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