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Snow & Weather

WILDFIRES BURN IN NORTH AMERICA

Some ski resorts are under threat and others are covered in smoke as fires rage. PlanetSKI reports from Whistler, Canada. UPDATED

COLD SNAP ACROSS OZ

Wintery weather brings hail, snow, thunderstorms and blustery winds across south east Australia. Check out the photogallery from ski areas.

CALM CONDITIONS & CRYSTAL SKIES

Australia & New Zealand have got off to a cracking start. The best in recent years, which is good news as PlanetSKI is heading there next month. UPDATED

WILDFIRES RAGE IN USA

Red flags in place as fires burn through western states. A dry winter and current weather conditions cause concern. Summer is young… NEW

MORE RESORTS STORE SNOW OVER SUMMER

After the huge snowfalls in Europe last winter, more ski areas are going in for snow farming bandwagon. Why not save it for next season?

HUGE AMOUNTS OF SNOW HIGH UP IN THE ALPS

There’s a lot of melt to go after the huge snowfalls of last winter. Many mountain passes remain closed and teams of workers are out.

WINTER RETURNS TO EUROPE

Will it never end? Heavy snow has been falling in parts of the Alps and Pyrenees. Enough. It’s time for some sunshine. Please.

FIRST SNOW DOWN UNDER

The first falls have come down in Australia with the season kicking off next month. It’s early days but signs are promising there and elsewhere in the southern hemisphere. NEW & UPDATED

AVALANCHE SEASON IN THE ALPS

Warm spring weather plus a deep & unstable snowpack means the avalanche risk rises. Check out our videos of the HUGE slides now happening.

SO MUCH SNOW AT ALTITUDE IN THE ALPS

Most resorts have closed after an epic season. On May 1st PlanetSKI was in Chamonix to see the end of winter & 15cm of fresh snow fell.

SPRING IS HERE

PlanetSKI is out enjoying some of the best April skiing for many years. The temperatures have shot up as spring takes hold but there’s still great skiing to be had. UPDATED

PLANETSKI SNOW REPORT

It’s a time of unsettled weather across the Alps. The huge amounts of snow and warmer temperatures have led to some massive controlled avalanches. Check out the latest. UPDATED

SKIING IN SCOTLAND INTO MAY

What a week: A spat of spring snow – high winds affect skiing – sun for the weekend. Pack up, get going, it’s ski Scotland time… UPDATED

WARM, WET & WINDY IN THE ALPS

It’s mild across the Alps and remains unsettled with some snow at altitude and high winds. Snow depths remain exceptional for the time of year. UPDATED

SNOW IS FALLING!

Just as we thought spring was starting winter is back with snow falling in the Alps. Up to 50cm is forecast in places over the next day or so. NEW & UPDATED

PLANETSKI SNOW REPORT

With Easter approaching there remains huge levels of snow at altitude in the Alps. And guess what? More snow is on its way. UPDATED

MORE SNOW IS FALLING

Our updated snow report is out & it seems winter is continuing in the Alps. Especially the southern Alps. And it’s about to get cold… UPDATED

CHECK OUT OUR UPDATED SNOW REPORT

Further snow is falling across the Alps. The southern Alps has seen up to 50cm with decent falls elsewhere. PlanetSKI reports from Switzerland. UPDATED

SNOW-GO

It seems the struggles with warmth and lack of snow are over in the USA and winter has started: Avalanche warnings are high NEW

PLANETSKI SNOW REPORT

Snow conditions remain excellent across most of the Alps with fresh snow in places, especially in the south and west. And it’s warming up a little in the Alps. UPDATED

BEAST FROM THE EAST

Extreme cold weather has been affecting Europe with temperatures plummeting into big minus numbers. UPDATED

HOW TO KEEP WARM WHEN IT’S -26C

It is bitterly cold in the Alps at the moment as an arctic blast sweeps down. There are similar temperatures in North America. PlanetSKI reports.

IT’S COLD IN THE ALPS!

Snow conditions in the Alps remain good, especially on-piste. It is however bitterly cold. -32C in places. UPDATED

IT SNOWS IN USA

It seems the struggles with warmth and lack of snow are over in the USA. Now it looks like winter: UPDATED

PLANETSKI SNOW REPORT

The excellent conditions continue across the mountains in Europe and parts of North America. UPDATED

MASSIVE SNOWFALL IN SCOTLAND (AND SOME IN ENGLAND)

But there is almost too much snow with resorts, roads and runs closed by the weather. It is going to be pretty special when things open up. UPDATED

HALF-TERM’S LOOKING GOOD!

Conditions remain very good across the mountains as the busy half-term week is underway. It’s cold, but not excessively so, with blue sky to come. UPDATED

PLANETSKI SNOW REPORT

Snow conditions in the Alps remain largely excellent, especially on-piste. And it’s none too shaby in the Pyrenees where PlanetSKI is. UPDATED

STORM COMING TO THE USA

Finally… Snow is expected so now, with our fingers still crossed, we might see the season really get going. It has been a poor one so far. NEW & UPDATED

THE SUN FINALLY COMES OUT!

There are record-breaking depths for January in a number of high resorts. However it’s been mild in the Alps with rain on some lower slopes. UPDATED

HUGE CLEAR UP UNDERWAY

Road/rail links are opening, resorts are being dug out and ski areas cleared. The 4th & largest snowstorm of this month has left over 2m in places.UPDATED

BUCKLING UNDER THE SNOW

Want to see how much snow has fallen this winter? Check out our images of roofs and buildings in the mountains: UPDATED

TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING?

Is there such a thing as too much snow in a ski resort? After the fourth huge storm this month some are wondering. PlanetSKI reports. UPDATED

PLANETSKI SNOW REPORT

The weather is causing havoc in parts of the Alps. When it calms down by the end of the weekend some areas may see close to 2m of fresh snow.

PLANETSKI ATTEMPTS TO SKI

The storm is battering Zermatt with most of the lifts closed, but not all. Our editor heads out to try to make a few turns. UPDATED

THE STORM PASSES

The Alps has been battered by yet another massive snowstorm. It’s eased off & a huge clear up operation begins. Now there is the small matter of skiing! UPDATED

WHAT A WEEK!

More snow has started to fall in parts of the Alps after a clear period of weather. Winter is well and truly upon us in the Alps. UPDATED

SNOW IN THE SAHARA

Do not adjust your screens, this is not a mirage. Look at these amazing photos from the desert. NEW

SNOW & HARD BLOW ON THE EAST COAST

America’s East Coast has experienced seriously cold temperatures that shut down ski resorts, kept folk inside & iguanas in slumber.

SKI RESORTS OPEN

The huge storm has passed with access by road & rail opening after 2m of snow fell in 48-hours. PlanetSKI has been in the thick of it.

SO MUCH SNOW!

The snow just keeps on falling in the Alps. Here at PlanetSKI we can’t remember a better start to winter. UPDATED

AVALANCHE DEATH IN SWITZERLAND AS WARNINGS ISSUED

An investigation is underway after a 49-year old Italian man died in the Swiss Alps. Fresh warnings are issued by the authorities after the heavy snow. NEW

IT’S SNOWING AGAIN!

Snow conditions in the Alps are excellent for mid-December with more snow falling over the next few days. PlanetSKI is in Les Arcs. UPDATED

CARS UNDER SNOW

One of the best ways to see how much snow has fallen is by looking at the build up on vehicles. We’ve been doing exactly that!

TIGNES AFTER THE BIG STORM

It was at the centre of the huge weekend snowstorm. When the sun finally came out there was a real treat in store for PlanetSKI. NEW & UPDATED

FABULOUS CONDITIONS WITH MORE SNOW IN THE ALPS

Another huge storm has dumped large amounts of snow in the parts of the Alps. It brought transport chaos but now the slopes are opening. UPDATED

MORE SNOW IS FALLING

Our snow report is out & more heavy snow is falling It’s looking very good in Europe, superb in Canada but patchy in parts of the USA. UPDATED

IS THIS THE BEST START TO WINTER IN RECENT YEARS?

Many are claiming so, but is it true? PlanetSKI sees for itself in the Austrian resort of Ischgl & looks at what it may mean for the season ahead.

PLANETSKI IS IN THE ALPS

The main ski season gets ever closer & conditions are looking fantastic in the best start for many years. PlanetSKI reports. UPDATED

GLENCOE OPENS

As the temperature drops there’s snow in Scotland and Glencoe has become the first of the main ski areas to open. UPDATED

IT’S BEEN SNOWING AGAIN!

More snow is falling in places, but what impact will it have on the approaching ski season? Check out our updated snow report. UPDATED

PLANETSKI’S FIRST SNOW REPORT OF THE SEASON

Snow conditions in the Alps are above average for the middle of November with some exceptions in Southern Alps. But will it last?

NORTH AMERICA OPENS FOR SKIING

The snow is good in North America but unseasonally high temperatures are plaguing some areas. PlanetSKI reports from the USA & CANADA. UPDATED

MORE SNOW FALLS

The Alps has seen more snow & at PlanetSKI we haven’t forgotten the Pyrenees (or Scotland). Check out the latest as the most recent storm passes. UPDATED

MORE RESORTS OPEN ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS

The avalanche of resorts opening & new lifts turning continues. Check out our rolling resort blog as winter starts. UPDATED

CALL TO ACTION ON CLIMATE

British snowports enthusiasts are being urged to do their bit to halt the damage caused by global warming.

THE SNOWSTORM DELIVERS

A huge storm has been battering the Alps. It’s snowed down to 1,000m and has left up to 1m of snow in places. Check out the latest. UPDATED

HEAVY SNOW IN THE ALPS

There’s significant snow across many parts of the Alps this weekend & it’s looking good for North America too. Hello winter, we’ve been expecting you! UPDATED

HUGE SNOWFALLS IN CANADA

And we mean huge. Kicking Horse in British Columbia has already had over a metre. Check out the latest.. UPDATED

MORE SNOW ACROSS THE ALPS

After the first falls began at altitude across the Alps on Friday, here’s how the mountains look after the weekend storm that blew through… UPDATED

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Twitter

The Snow Centre Announces It Is to Reopen

Indoor Snow Centres in England can open under the easing of covid-19 restrictions.

The #SnowCentre in Hemel Hempstead opens on July 30th after closing towards the end of March.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/10/the-snow-centre-announces-it-is-to-reopen/

@snowcentre

FIS restates commitment for respect and non-discrimination in snowsports

The International Ski Federation has re-emphasised its values following the Black Lives Matter movement and growing concerns about equality.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/09/fis-restates-its-commitment-for-respect-and-non-discrimination/

Media Casualties from covid-19 and changing business landscape
The webs sites OnTheSnow and Skiinfo have decided to call it a day.
They are run by the Mountain News Corporation that is based in Boulder in Colorado, USA.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/05/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-4/

Ski and snowboard enthusiasts: It has been a pleasure to serve you, but we have made the decision to shut down our OnTheSnow and Skiinfo websites due to the changing media landscape, financial declines in recent years and COVID-19 difficulties. July 13th will be our last day.

Two Resorts in Australia Closes Due to Covid-19 Spike

#FallsCreek & #MtHotham in Victoria have closed after local restrictions have been put in place and the border with the neighbouring state of New South Wales is shut.

#MtBuller remains open.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/10/two-resorts-in-australia-closes-due-to-covid-19-spike/

#IndoorSnowCentres in England to Open in Mid-July?

Govt hopes to open gyms & leisure facilities in England in mid-July.

It is likely, though not certain, the indoor snow centres will come into the same category.
@snowcentre

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/05/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-4/

Melbourne goes into lockdown with people barred from nearby ski resorts + ABTA calls for more government support for outbound tourism

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/05/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-4/

Rockfall Warnings in Scotland

A warning has been issued about large loose boulders, some 1m wide, on melting snow.

Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team issued the warning about the "significantly-sized boulders" at the top of Black Spout, in Deeside.

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

Check out all the latest news on the coronavirus impact on snowsports.

Ski train cancelled, further restrictions in Sweden, Australia ski resorts busy + new mask requirements in Austria and Switzerland.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/05/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-4/

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