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Snow & Weather

Ski Season Underway in Australia & New Zealand

There is precious little snow in Australia as the season starts, with some resorts only able to open a few runs. Others can open none at all. It is looking better in New Zealand. NEW

Snow Record & Size of Ski Area are Main Factors for UK Skiers

That’s the conclusion of a survey by Iglu Ski – the UK’s largest ski travel agency. It offers over 200 ski resorts across 18 countries and three continents. UPDATED

Record-Breaking Number of Skiers in Utah Last Winter

It had the best snow ever recorded with visits up 22% on the previous record that was set a year earlier. PlanetSKI looks back at the season in Utah.

Lack of Snow at Start of Australia Ski Season

The resorts were due to open this weekend, but the weather has not been kind. There has been a last minute dusting with at least 3 resorts offering limited skiing. Things are looking better in New Zealand with the first resort set to open on Saturday. UPDATED

Higher Than Average Swiss Avalanche Deaths Last Winter

21 people were killed by avalanches, the seasonal average is 17. It comes despite below average snowfall in Switzerland. 

The Southern Hemisphere’s Snowiest Ski Resorts

In the run up to the 2023 Southern Hemisphere winter, new data analysis has unveiled which ski resorts receive the most snowfall, based on historical data trends. UPDATED

Avalanche Damage in Utah Canyon Revealed as Snow Melts

Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City  was hit hard by Utah’s record-setting 2022-2023 winter season. It has left behind smashed trees and destroyed buildings with a changed landscape.

More US Ski Areas Close but Some Remain Open

Six resorts are currently open with some planning to offer skiing into July and even August. UPDATED

Further Snow Falls in Australia as the Season Approaches

There has been some snow and the cannons have been fired up as resorts plan to open early in June. Check out the latest from Down Under. UPDATED

It’s Still Possible to Ski in Europe – Just

The year-round glacier resorts of Hintertux in Austria and Zermatt in Switzerland are open with a few others still offering some skiing and snowboarding. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Rides the Cable Cars of San Francisco

We are in the city ahead of a Spring ski trip to Palisades Tahoe and Mammoth Mountain. We reckon any ski trip to this part of California deserves some time in one of the greatest cities in the USA.

Swiss Village Evacuated due to Fear of Rockfall

It is feared 2-million cubic meters of rock could hit the village of Brienz. As the Alps becomes more unstable other areas are under threat. UPDATED

Handful of Ski Resorts Still Open

99.9% of ski resorts in Europe are now shut but a few remain open with fresh snow falling. More are open in North America with PlanetSKI currently in California. UPDATED

Skiing in Australia

The first snow is falling with resorts firing up their snow cannons. Winter Down Under is fast approaching. Check out the latest. UPDATED

Fatal Avalanche in Swiss Resort on its Last Weekend of the Season

Two skiers were hit by a wet snow avalanche in Samnaun. People still skiing are being urged to be cautious with ‘considerable’ avalanche risk in places as the snow melts and becomes unstable. NEW

Where to Ski in May and Beyond

There are a handful of ski resorts still open in Europe, with more in North America. UPDATED

Which Ski Resorts Are Still Open?

Quite a few places are open & April conditions are the best in recent years.  UPDATED

More Resorts in California Record Snowiest Season Ever

Palisades Tahoe has seen 18.03m, Heavenly Mountain Resort received 14.37m and Kirkwood Mountain Resort reached 17.78m.  They are new records for all three resorts. PlanetSKI is heading to California next week.

Verbier Ends Its Season on a High

PlanetSKI has been in the resort as it shut last weekend. We’ve been enjoying the fabulous late-season conditions, wondering why it is even closing & assessing how the winter has gone for the Swiss resort.

Netflix Billionaire Buys Stake in Utah Ski Resort

The co-founder and former CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, has purchased a stake in Powder Mountain. It is one of our favourite resorts in the USA.

The PlanetSKI Spring Snow Report

The superb Spring conditions continue but most resorts are now closed. UPDATED

Climate Change Threatens Ski Resorts

A new intergovernmental report on the climate crisis paints a bleak future. Journalism student, Leonora Ellis, looks at the possible implications for the ski industry.

Investigation Underway as 3 Trainee Mountain Guides Die in Italy Avalanche

They were in the Grand Paradiso area in the Aosta Valley when the accident happened. They were training with The National Alpine Rescue Corps. UPDATED

Jackson Hole Closes with Record Snowfall

The 2022-23 season wrapped up on April 9 with 15m of total snowfall. As well as record snow there was also greater access to the mountain with reduced lift and wait times, plus advanced ticket sales.

Austria’s Glaciers Shrinking Faster Than Ever

Austrian glaciers last year retreated more than ever according to the Austria Alpine Club.

Investigation Underway After Six Die in Avalanche Near Mont Blanc

Two of the dead are mountain guides. We have full and updated details of the incident, plus videos. PlanetSKI reports from Chamonix. UPDATED

The PlanetSKI Snow Report

The weather has turned in the Alps with bright sun and then thick snow. PlanetSKI is out enjoying the Spring conditions. LIVE & UPDATED

16 Ski Tourers Caught in Avalanche Incident in Saas-Fee

Nine were buried and all survived after being dug out. They were taken to hospital and their injuries are described as moderate. Seven other skiers in the area were taken off the mountain. UPDATED

Mammoth Snow in Mammoth Mountain

A record breaking 17.65m of snow has fallen in the Californian resort. Which is why PlanetSKI is heading there next month once the ski season ends in Europe. Check out the images.

Less Snow in Switzerland But Same Number of Avalanche Deaths

That’s the conclusion from the Swiss Institute for Avalanche Research that has published its preliminary report on the 2022/23 season.

An Unexpected Weekend in Les3Vallées

Sometimes things are meant to be. PlanetSKI was due to be part of a team competing in the Enduro, a fun skiing challenge of events across the whole 3 Valleys. Forecast poor weather forced its cancellation before we even arrived. Bad news? Apparently not.

PlanetSKI’s Six Great Resorts in France for Spring Skiing

With good snow conditions in high altitude areas of the French Alps, we are looking at late season skiing & Spring skiing. We bring you PlanetSKI’s choice for April skiing & snowboarding.

The Updated PlanetSKI Snow Report

Good conditions continue in the Alps as PlanetSKI embarks on a multi-resort Spring ski road trip. LIVE & UPDATED

Four Dead in Norway After Avalanches

A series of avalanches in the north of Norway have claimed the lives of four people.  It is an area popular for ski touring and people are advised to exercise caution under current conditions.

Dramatic Video of Snowboarder Rescued After Being Buried in Tree Well

The incident happened at Mt Baker in Washington state in the USA. A passing skier rescued a man who was fully buried and set to die. UPDATED

More Snow in the Alps as Easter Holidays Get Underway

More snow has fallen in the Alps with PlanetSKI in the thick of it with some resorts looking more like January than April. Winter isn’t over, not by a long way. LIVE

Investigation as 2 Students Caught in Swiss Avalanche – 1 Dead & 1 Missing

An 18-year old British person died and an American student is missing presumed dead.  Considerable risk of avalanche remains in large parts of the Swiss Alps. UPDATED

More Resorts in USA Extend Ski Season

Resorts in California have extended their season after record-breaking snowfall, with some saying they will continue into summer. Once the season ends in Europe PlanetSKI is heading out to the USA. Look out for our reports in mid-May. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Snow Report

Mild conditions predominate in the Alps & the Pyrenees, but there’s snow in the forecast. LIVE & UPDATED

PlanetSKI’s Postcard from Park City

One of our regular readers, Rob McAteer, is in Utah for the first time. Here’s what he makes of one of the USA’s largest ski areas.

The PlanetSKI Snow Report

Parts of the French Alps that barely saw any snow for 2 months have been hit by a series of snowstorms with some of the best conditions of the winter. LIVE & UPDATED

Avalanches in the Alps

The snowpack is now stabilising after a number of avalanches following the heavy snow last week. In one incident a piste basher was caught and was taken down the slope. LIVE & UPDATED

Scotland’s Eastern Ski Areas Enjoy Snow

There are some of the best conditions of the winter in the eastern resorts of Cairngorm and the Lecht. It’s cold in the west but there’s precious little new snow. NEW

US Resorts Extend Season After Record Breaking Winter

There have been huge amounts of snow across the Rockies in the USA this winter. California, Utah and Colorado have seen records broken and now some are extending their winter season. More are expected to follow suit. UPDATED

Some Scottish Ski Resorts See Snow

After a lean period the Scottish ski resorts finally have some snow. The eastern resorts have had the best of it and PlanetSKI has been making some turns in the Lecht. UPDATED

More Snow Falls in the Alps

The long-awaited storm hit the Alps with up to 1m in places. PlanetSKI is out in the thick of it as ore snow falls. UPDATED

Snow Needed in the Alps & It’s Not Just for Skiing

Some snow is finally falling in what is set to be the first decent fall for most since early January. The French Alps went 32 days without any snow falling at all. It’s the worst drought since records began with implications beyond the Alps. UPDATED

Ski Resorts Close, Transport Hit Hard & People Await Rescue as Heavy Snow Pounds California

Resorts in Lake Tahoe have so much snow they can’t open with some hit by power cuts. The historic winter snowfall continues.

Miracle Rescue for Man Caught in Avalanche in Switzerland

The ski tourer was buried for 6-hours and the crew of a rescue helicopter spotted his waving arm coming from out of the snow. His head was not buried allowing him to breathe.

Three German Heliskiers Die in Canada Avalanche

The accident happened near Panorama in British Columbia. It brings the total number of avalanche fatalities in the Canadian Province this winter to twelve. UPDATED

Rise in Injuries on the Piste

Up to 100 people per day are being admitted to one hospital in Grenoble alone due to skiing accidents. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Snow Report

A storm has begun in the NW Alps, but the temperature is set to rise. Will it be rain or snow? UPDATED

The PlanetSKI Snow Report

There is change in the Alps with some snow finally falling in places. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Hits the Powder of Norway

It hadn’t snowed in the Alps for weeks. So, we decided to go skiing in Norway where snow was falling. We’re been travelling round Norway by train and it seems we’ve hit gold!

British Skier Dies in Meribel

An investigation is underway after a 50-year old man died in a fall while skiing in the French resort. There have been several other fatal accidents as the busy half-term period begins. UPDATED

A Day With A Chamonix Mountain Guide

The powder snow may not be there at the moment but a day out with a mountain guide is always a special experience. And so it proved to be.

Eleven Dead in Avalanches in the Alps

Heavy snow has led to a series of avalanches. The have been fatal accidents in Austria, Switzerland & Italy.

2023 Alpine Ski Championships in Courchevel & Meribel

PlanetSKI has been in the resorts looking at the two weeks of competition that are now underway. We look at the British squad, how they’re doing so far & how to watch the action live on the BBC. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Snow Report

It’s clear skies & sunshine across the Alps and the weather is set to stay the same into next week. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Spends a Day with the Verbier Piste Patrol

We started at dawn with avalanche bombing and ended at dusk with the final sweep of the pistes. There was much in between, in what was our most interesting days of the season so far.

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