Snow & Weather

Australian Resorts Open Early as Heavy Snow Falls

Perisher in New South Wales has fired up its lifts, plus Falls Creek, Mount Hotham, and Mount Buller in Victoria. It bodes well for the ski season that sees the borders open to international travellers for the first time since the pandemic. UPDATED

Skiing & Snowboarding in The USA Over Memorial Day Weekend

A handful of ski resorts will be open this weekend for Memorial Day celebrations. Some have seen some fresh snow and one has said it will be open into June. Check out the latetest… UPDATED

Sunshine Slush Cup is Back!

Many resorts have them but Sunshine in Alberta, Canada was one of the first. It’s three years since the last one took place due to Covid-19 & this season it ran for the 92nd time. UPDATED

Mammoth Mountain Open Into June

Skiing and snowboarding is going to carry on in the US resort until at least June 5th as good late season conditions continue. A few other resorts in North America are hoping to remain open for the next few weeks. UPDATED

Austrian Glaciers Likely to Melt by End of the Century

That’s the stark warning from the head of the World Meteorological Organisation, WMO, as global warming takes its toll. Glacier skiing continues in the Alps this summer but there are worries about for how much longer.

Record Numbers of Skier Visits in USA

The bounce back from the pandemic was better than hoped for and came during a poor season for snowfall. Resorts claim it bodes well for the future, despite some concerns.

Three Ski Areas in Colorado Remain Open

More snow is falling in Colorado and one resort claims it now has the best conditions of the season.  Snow is also falling across the globe in Australia as resorts prepare to open next month. UPDATED

A Last Blast in Les2Alpes

It’s a final spring fling on the slopes for PlanetSKI’s Chief Reporter.  A couple of days in the resort that has the highest skiing in France seems as good a place as any to end the season. Even better if there’s some powder skiing to be had.

PlanetSKI Heads to the Arctic Circle

We’re about to ski in one of the most northerly ski resorts in Europe, Narvik in northern Norway. It is worth a visit for the flight alone.

The PlanetSKI Snow Report

We are out in the mountains enjoying the spring skiing. We’ve had some turbulent weather in the French Alps followed by a bonus dump of late season fresh snow. We are also in Norway and Sweden deep inside the Arctic Circle. UPDATED

Avalanche Deaths Down by a Third in Switzerland

Low levels of snow across the Swiss Alps and some generally stable conditions prevailed according to a new report from the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research based in Davos. There were though times of critical danger.

Investigations Continue After Two Women on Mountain Survival Course Die in Avalanche

They were in a party of six in Chamonix, France, with a guide when the avalanche struck. An investigation is continuing. It’s the latest in a numbers of avalanches in the north western Alps. UPDATED

Two British Brothers Lucky to be Alive After La Plagne Avalanche

One was buried under the snow for 15 minutes while the other managed to free himself. 50 people were involved in the rescue operation on Saturday. On Sunday a skier was dug out of an avalanche in Tignes. UPDATED

Inbounds Avalanche in Whistler Kills 34-Year-Old Man

The Canadian resort has expressed its deepest sympathy to the victim’s family & friends. An investigation is underway. It comes as three ski tourers died in an avalanche in Norway.

The PlanetSKI Snow Report

There are some decent spring conditions at altitude, but it is soft and slushy lower down with the warm weather taking its toll. The temperatures are about to drop over the next few days with some light snow around. PlanetSKI will be in the French Alps this week and inside the Arctic Circle in Norway. UPDATED

The PlanetSKI Snow Report

Significant amounts of snow have fallen across the Alps with some areas reporting well in excess of 50cm. It is very welcome after a prolonged dry spell with spring conditions on the slopes. It bodes well for the start of the Easter break that is getting underway. UPDATED

The PlanetSKI Snow Report

The clear weather and blue sky is back in the Alps after the sand from the Sahara passes. There’s precious little snow in the forecast with temperatures remaining mild. We report from the Austrian Alps and on recent conditions in Scotland. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Snow Report

There is settled and clear weather across the Alps. PlanetSKI moved across Italy from the Aosta Valley in the west, to The Dolomites in the east at the end of last week. Now we have arrived in the Tirol in Austria for an extended stay. UPDATED

Fresh Avalanche Warnings as Two People Die in Switzerland

Two men died in Switzerland and others were caught in separate slides in Austria but were rescued. With the busy half-term week underway the danger is ‘considerable’ in places with caution urged. UPDATED

Avalanche Incidents at Record Level in Tirol

There are warnings of a continued high risk of deadly avalanches in the Alps with the authorities in the Tirol saying have had an unprecedented number of incidents. The warnings follow the deaths of 13 people in avalanches in the Alps since Friday. The latest fatalities are two young Dutch skiers who died in France.  UPDATED

The PlanetSKI Snow Report

There has been some fresh snow in parts of the Alps with changeable weather. PlanetSKI is back in the Aosta Valley in Italy where there has been a bit of fresh snow as the half-term week continues. UPDATED

Investigations Underway After 8 Dead in 3 Separate Avalanches in Austria

In the worst incident 5 people died near the town of Spiss in the Tirol near the Swiss border.  The people caught were a group of Swedish ski tourers. Investigations are underway into all three fatal avalanches. UPDATED

The PlanetSKI Snow Report

There has been some fresh snow in parts of the Alps, but also some high winds in places. PlanetSKI’s main team is in the windy part, rather than the snowy part. Check out the latest… UPDATED

Sunshine Continues Across the Alps

Many parts are seeing further sunshine and PlanetSKI reports again from the slopes of the Alps. Our teams have been in France, Italy and Switzerland today. Fresh snow may be needed but there is still plenty of great skiing to be had. UPDATED

Snow Returns to the Scottish Highlands

It’s not enough yet to allow for extensive skiing and snowboarding but resorts in Scotland are opening some slopes. They hope they’ll soon be able to open up more terrain.  UPDATED

PlanetSKI Snow Report

It’s sunshine all the way across most of the Alps. It’s been cold but now it’s turned milder and there’s no sign of any significant snowfall in the forecast. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Snow Report

The warm weather in the Alps is finally set to change with a cold front approaching from the North. It is bringing some snow. In North America after record snowfalls and plunging temperatures the sun is finally making an appearance. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Snow Report…

Record amounts of snow are falling in parts of the USA with temperatures dropping to -30c in some Canadian ski resorts. In Europe it is the opposite with mild temperatures and rain at lower levels in some resorts. UPDATED

Scotland Opens for Skiing

Scotland’s ski areas have begun firing up their lifts at the start of the winter season. There’s some good skiing and snowboarding to be had. PlanetSKI has been on the slopes.

Another Bluebird Day Across the Alps

The season of 2021/22 is getting off to a cracking start with storm after storm rolling through. The latest storm has seen around half a metre in places. And one of those places is Les Menuires, where PlanetSKI is for a week long stay. UPDATED

Three Dead in Austria as First Avalanche Deaths of Season Reported

Eleven people were skiing off piste in Salzburgerland when the accident happened. Eight of them were caught in the slide. Two were injured. The authorities are urging caution after fresh snow falls on an unstable base. UPDATED

Heavy Snow in the Alps & Pyrenees

Up to 1m has fallen in places with more coming. It has been a very welcome snowstorm and has set up many resorts with some opening early. As December starts it is just what we’ve all been hoping for with snow in the Alps & the Pyrenees. UPDATED

Snow is Falling with More in the Forecast

Conditions have been about average for the time of year – so far. Some areas have good snow, but it’s been warm & more snow is needed. That situation is now changing… UPDATED

More Ski Resorts Open in Europe and North America

Verbier in Switzerland and Hochgurgl in Austria opened last weekend. In North America Vail & Breckenridge in the USA have opened some slopes with three resorts around Banff in Canada also now open. Check out the opening day videos…UPDATED

25 Ski Areas Now Open in Europe With Some Deep in Snow

Two big snow storms swept across the Alps last week leaving up to 70cm of fresh snow in places. It is an excellent start to the winter ski season with many hoping it is taste of what’s to come. UPDATED

Climate Change Threatens Swiss Glaciers

In landlocked Switzerland temperatures are rising faster than in regions that benefit from the ocean’s cooling effect.The glaciers are under threat as world leaders meet for COP26 in Glasgow.

Heavy Snow Falls in the Alps with Some in the Pyrenees Too

November has started with some excellent snow across large parts of the mountains. 19 resorts already have some terrain open in Europe with more opening this weekend. There are a handful of resorts open in the USA. PlanetSKI looks forward to being out in the Alps later this month. LIVE & UPDATED

US Ski Areas Open Weeks Early After Heavy Snow in California

Three resorts in California have fired up some lifts after more than half a metre has fallen. There has been snowfall across some other ski states with another resort in Colorado opening at the weekend. UPDATED

More Ski Resorts Now Open in the Alps

More resorts opened in Austria and Switzerland at the weekend. 19 resorts in the Alps are now offering some skiing and snowboarding. The start of the ski season of 2021/22 continues. UPDATED

Tignes is First Resort to Open in France

Skiing and snowboarding have started in Tignes. In Italy Cervinia has also begun its winter season this weekend with more resorts opening in Austria. 14 resorts in the Alps have some glacier slopes open with skiing starting in the USA too. UPDATED

First Resorts in USA Open

Wolf Creek is first out of the blocks and opened on Saturday 16th. On Sunday Arapahoe Basin followed suit. Loveland and Keystone in Colorado have also been snow making but say they will open later in the month. UPDATED

More Glacier Resorts Open After Heavy Snowfall

Three more glacier resorts open some slopes this weekend as heavy snow falls. It takes the total to eleven glacier areas open in Austria, Italy and Switzerland with two in France opening later this month. There’s also been some decent snow in Colorado, USA. UPDATED

New Zealand Ski Resorts Re-open as Covid Restrictions Ease

All the ski resorts are now able to reopen as the lockdown is eased.  Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders were out on the slopes making the most of decent Spring snow conditions. UPDATED

South America Ski Resorts Finally Get Some Snow

Some areas in Chile and Argentina have seen over 1m with ski areas that had been forced to close for lack of snow re-opening for the final month of the season. UPDATED

New Zealand Sees Heavy Snow as Country Goes into Lockdown

The country has gone into a snap lockdown so it will be a few days before people can enjoy the conditions. It follows heavy snow last week and there are set to be some of the best conditions of the winter. UPDATED

Relics found as Swiss Glaciers Melt Can now be logged on an App

People who discover archaeological relics revealed by retreating glaciers in the Swiss Alps can now use a new app to log the location and help preserve their findings.

South America Ski Areas Struggle for Snow

Parts of the Andes are seeing little fresh snow according to a report from the Reuters news agency.

New Zealand Ski Areas Pounded By Heavy Snow

50cm has fallen in some areas with forecasters predicting up to 1m in places.  The season has been hit by Covid-19 international travel restrictions but for the lucky ones it is quite a winter. UPDATED

North America Heatwave Devastates Glaciers

Scientists say the glaciers are melting at ‘worrying rates’. The temperature at 3,000m is 6 degrees above average with large amounts of ice melting. Glaciers are melting at alarming rates across the world. UPDATED

New Zealand Ski Areas See Warmest June on Record But Winter Finally Arrives

The warm weather has been blamed on climate change, but the temperatures have now dropped with more ski areas opening.

Resorts in Australia Open for the Season With Bumper Snow Conditions

It is one of the best starts to the season in recent years in Australia with resorts opening across New South Wales and Victoria. There are some limits on people’s movement in Victoria due to Covid-19, but resorts are opening. In New Zealand the season has kicked off too.

Cold Spring Brings Fresh Snow to the Alps

It’s June but snow conditions in the Alps are exceptional at altitude.  With several resorts open and more due to open soon, there is some great skiing and snowboarding for those lucky enough to get on the slopes. UPDATED

Skiing in Scotland into May

Scottish ski tourers have been out in force on Cairngorm, making the most of what will probably be the last significant snowfall of this winter. PlanetSKI’s Scotland reporter Rod Frazer was among them.

US Sees Highest Number of Avalanche Fatalities in More Than a Decade

Last season saw 36 deaths in the USA – the most in 11 years. The winter before the total was 23. A highly unstable snowpack was the main cause.

Covering Glaciers: an Expensive Way of Preventing the Ice Melting

Covering glaciers with tarpaulins reduces melting by as much as 60% but is too costly to use on a large scale, according to a Swiss research study. A separate report warns that the temperature of the Swiss permafrost is continuing to rise. 

Last Blast of Winter For Scottish Ski Areas

The return to winter weather has brought a dusting of hope for those desperate to slide around Scotland’s summits.  There was more snow over the weekend as temperatures fall. Graeme Wallace reports for PlanetSKI. 

A Return to Winter in Places

The Alps is being hit by a distinctly cold spell after the recent warm weather. Up to 50cm of snow is forecast in places and could provide some excellent Easter skiing for those lucky enough to be able to enjoy it. PlanetSKI is in the Swiss Alps.

Hopes Fade For Skiing In Scotland

Scottish Government rules mean the earliest the nation’s mountain resorts can open is 26th April, but rain and mild temperatures are threatening what has been an exceptional snowpack this winter.

Winter is Back in the Alps

It has been a very dry past few weeks but winter has returned with big snowfalls in some parts. For those lucky enough to be able to ski there is set to be some great skiing in places this week.

Alps Snow Pack Shrinks in Unusually Warm Weather

Record winter temperatures have had a devastating effect on snow conditions in many alpine ski resorts.  Chamonix recently recorded its highest February temperature ever.

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