Snow & Weather

PlanetSKI Hits the Jura Mountain Range

It is a range just north of the Alps that we have always wanted to visit but never have. Now snow has fallen and temperatures remain low.

Good Conditions Continue in the Alps

Cold temperatures and more snowfall in the Alps are turning January into a great month for skiing and snowboarding. There’s also snow in the Pyrenees, while parts of North America and Scandinavia are continuing to deliver the goods.  UPDATED

Fresh warnings on Off Piste Safety as Ski Instructor Dies in France

The 57-year old ski teacher died in an avalanche in Les Arcs France.  The snowpack is stabilising after the fresh snow of last week but caution is urged.

PlanetSKI Hits Canada For a Bucket List Ski Trip

PlanetSKI’s Claire McAteer is hitting resorts in Alberta and British Columbia. The snow is not as good as it could be, but no matter. Canada is a dream come true. UPDATED

Powder Days in Verbier

There are currently the best conditions of the season in the Swiss resort. We have been in and out of the powder as the conditions allow. Wednesday was the best.

Snow in the Alps in Pictures

We can never have too many photos of snow, especially when it’s been falling in such huge quantities in the Alps over the past 48 hours or so. PlanetSKI has spent a morning off the slopes and enjoying the scenery in Morzine in France for this photo gallery.

PlanetSKI Verbier Ski Blog

Our editor James Cove is back in town with the Warren Smith Ski Academy & Helly Hansen. There are loads of memories as he’s been skiing here for more than 20-years. Best of all new ones are being made. And it’s dumping with snow. UPDATED

PlanetSKI is in Morzine as Heavy Snow Finally Falls

Morzine was one of those resorts that had a torrid time of it when rain washed away much snow over the New Year holiday period. Now it is chucking it down. We look at the fresh snow and the impact of the earlier lack of snow.

Blue Sky & Powder Across Large Parts of the Alps

Winter is firmly back on track in the Alps after the latest snow. Let’s hope it lasts. UPDATED

More Snow Continues to Fall in North America

The powder snow has been some of the best in a generation bringing excellent early season conditions. It has though come at a price with a number of avalanche deaths. NEW

Best Ski Conditions of the Season in Scotland

There has been 40cm of new snow and conditions are superb. Earlier, high winds meant the access roads to The Lecht and Cairngorm were impassable. Scotland is seeing an excellent winter season so far.

It’s All White Now!

The big snowstorm across the Alps has delivered.  The low altitude ski areas that had been very bare have turned white at last.  Resorts are breathing a sigh of relief, though many could still do with more. UPDATED

Big Snowstorm Finally Hits the Alps

The forecast snow has started and there are indications that up to 50cm may fall in some places. UPDATED

Skiing in Scotland

Scotland’s ski resorts have enjoyed a strong start to winter as some resorts in the Alps and Pyrenees struggled for snow. The weather is now changing. UPDATED

Norwegian Ski Resort Breaks Snow Record

Hemsedal has just broken a 100-year-old record for snowfall.  The news comes as the country’s ski areas continue to bask in deep, deep powder. 

Fresh Snow Is Finally On Its Way To The Alps

It is forecast that the storm will start on Sunday & there could be around 50cm of much needed snow. UPDATED

Father Searches in Vain for Son as Pair Caught in US Avalanche

The son was found dead after two hours. There have been further avalanche fatalities as heavy snow continues to fall. Caution is being urged by the authorities. UPDATED

The Alps: Warm Weather with No Significant Snow

There remains no snow worth talking about in the forecast as 2023 gets underway.  In places in the Alps the freezing level is up to 3,000m but there are still some decent conditions around. UPDATED

US Ski Resorts Continue to Enjoy Powder Snow

While conditions for skiing and snowboarding are variable in Europe, on the other side of the Atlantic, it’s looking pretty good. And more snow is forecast for those lucky enough to be spending New Year in the US.

Rain & Warm Temperatures Hit Low Level Ski Resorts

Areas in the north-west Alps including resorts in France have been worst affected with some slopes closed and lifts not running. The Pyrenees has also suffered. UPDATED

Investigation Continues after Ten People Feared Caught in Austria Avalanche

Four people were injured, one seriously, after the slide struck on Xmas Day in Zurs in the Arlberg area in western Austria. A huge search operations was launched. First videos have been posted on social media. UPDATED

Heavy Snow & Rain Hits the Alps Affecting Xmas Skiing

There has been heavy snow at altitude in the Alps with up to a metre falling in places. Lower down rain has harmed the snowpack. UPDATED

Arctic Freeze Hits North America

A powerful Arctic storm is pounding the USA and Canada with bitterly cold temperatures, blizzards, high winds, power cuts and travel disruption. Some ski resorts, which have already had several metres of snow so far this season, are warning of extreme conditions. UPDATED

Fresh Warnings for Off Piste Skiers as More Avalanche Deaths in France

Seven people have already died in avalanches this season in France alone. The authorities are urging people to exercise caution and follow the rules. UPDATED

Harsh Weather Hits the Alps with Powder at Altitude but Heavy Rain Lower Down

The temperature has been fluctuating wildly bringing snow and rain. Xmas is looking good in high-altitude rski areas but not so good lower down as the snowpack deteriorates. UPDATED

Big Snowstorms Hit US Ski Resorts

A powerful storm has brought heavy snow and extreme weather to parts of the US and Canada. Ski resorts have been reporting huge dumps, lifts buried, high avalanche risk and road closures.

Powder Turns in Scotland in December

The snowy weather that has hit the UK in the last few days has been a huge bonus for die-hard skiers in the Scottish Highlands. PlanetSKI’s Scotland reporter, Rod Frazer, has been out on the slopes making the most of some great early season conditions.

Snow in UK Causes Travel Disruption for Skiers Heading to the Alps

Stansted airport was closed on Sunday evening while Heathrow & Gatwick are experiencing delays. Road and rail travel has also been affected. PlanetSKI spent 7-hours at Gatwick as we headed to the Alps for a pre-Xmas ski. UPDATED

More Ski Resorts Open With Good Conditions as Xmas Approaches

There’s been more snow with the temperature fluctuating wildly. PlanetSKI is out in the Alps where conditions are generally good as Xmas approaches. UPDATED

Avalanches Warnings Across US Ski Areas

Heavy snow is falling with increased danger of avalanche.  There have been 600 recorded avalanches in Colorado alone this winter.

Snow & Arctic Cold in Scotland

The ski areas of Scotland could be set for an early Christmas present with a prolonged Arctic blast hitting the Highlands over the next few days. UPDATED

Innsbruck: A City Made for Skiing

As PlanetSKI starts its season we have moved on from the Otztal Valley in the Tirol in Austria to Innsbruck. It’s the self-proclaimed capital of the Alps and for good reason. NEW

Around 125 Ski Resorts Now Open in Europe

More resorts and ski areas open this weekend. There has been some fresh snow & cold temperatures have allowed the snow cannons to pump out artificial snow as the main season approaches. PlanetSKI was in Schlick 2000 in the Tirol as it opened. UPDATED

PlanetSKI is Back On Snow!

PlanetSKI is in the Tirol to start our season. Five resorts in a week. Or maybe more, & longer. UPDATED

Change to Avalanche Warnings in Switzerland

Starting this winter, the SLF is enhancing the precision of its reporting by subdividing the danger level in its avalanche bulletins. It will indicate whether the danger is towards the bottom end, in the middle or towards the uppermost end of the reported level.

US Ski Resorts Open + More Snow in Canada

The Thanksgiving Holiday weekend in the USA has seen a multitude of ski resorts open for the season. Some have the best early season conditions in years. UPDATED

Snow Sculptures Back in Ischgl this Winter

The slopes of Ischgl in the Austrian Tirol will see the 29th anniversary of the resort’s Shapes in White exhibition.

The Ski Season of 2022/23 Starts

Around 40 resorts in the Alps are offering some skiing, with dozens now open in North America.

More Snow is Falling in the Alps

Another storm is hitting, starting off the season nicely in many places. At last winter is here folks. UPDATED

Obergurgl Celebrates its Season-Opening

The resorts of Obergurgl and Hochgurgl in the Tirol have opened for the season. PlanetSKI was amoung the lucky ones making their first turns of the winter.

Snow Falls in the Alps as More Resorts Open

Some much needed snow is falling with more forecast. PlanetSKI is in the Austrian Alps. UPDATED

More US Ski Resorts Open Early After Fresh Snow

Heavy snow is falling in the USA with many resorts opening early to take advantage of conditions. We look at the state of play in North America as the season gets off to a great start. UPDATED

Another French Resort Delays Opening Due to Lack of Snow

Val d’Isere has followed Val Thorens in announcing a delay to the start of the season. Warm weather is to blame, but there is snow in the forecast. UPDATED

First Non-Glacier Resorts Open in the Alps

Verbier was first out of the blocks on Friday, followed by Arosa/Lenzerheide, Sulda & Kitzbuhel. UPDATED

More Ski Resorts Opening in the USA

Nine US resorts are now open with some skiing on offer in three states – Colorado, Utah and California. Two more resorts, Timberline & Brighton, are opening some slopes this Friday. UPDATED

Ski Resorts Opening in Canada

Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, Mt Norquay and Nakiska in Alberta are open. The first resort in British Columbia, Big White, opens this Thursday. UPDATED

Austria Glacier Ski Areas Enjoy Some Fresh Snow

The latest storm has given the open glacier areas some welcome fresh snow. PlanetSKI readers are out enjoying some turns. We look at current conditions & ahead to some resort openings. UPDATED

With Cop27 Underway Recent Report Paints Worrying Picture of Glacier Melt

UNESCO says some of the most well-known glaciers in the world will have melted by 2050. They include the Dolomites in Italy, Mt Kilimanjaro and those in the Yosemite & Yellowstone parks in the USA. Alpine glaciers will also be affected.

Snow Falls in The Alps

There’s been some welcome snow across the Alps but temperatures are set to rise this week. UPDATED

First Ski Resorts In Canada Open With More to Follow

Lake Louise opens today as Sunshine Village got its season underway on Thursday. Five US resorts are already open as Wolf Creek begins its season. UPDATED

Early Season Snow Falls in North America with Resorts Opening

Loveland opens on Thursday. It joins Winter Park, Keystone & Arapahoe Basin. UPDATED

Ski Resorts Around Queenstown in New Zealand Claim Bumper Winter

It has been a tale of two islands in New Zealand this winter. The South Island has claimed a record winter, but it has been somewhat different on the North Island. NEW

First Ski Resort in USA Opens

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado is out of the blocks and fired up its first lift on Sunday. Other resorts in the area may open some slopes next weekend. Winter is coming folks. UPDATED

Thinking of Skiing in Austria This Coming Winter?

We have asked the Austrian National Tourist Office to tells us about its attractions – new and old.

Winter is Coming With World Cup Racing Good to Go + More Resorts Opening in Europe

This weekend’s GS Races in Austria have been given the go ahead as more resorts have fired up some lifts in the Alps and Scandinavia. Snow making is also underway in the USA with A-Basin set to open this weekend. UPDATED

Two NZ Ski Resorts Placed in Voluntary Administration After Poor Winter

The Tūroa and Whakapapa ski areas are on the North Island . External experts are to be appointed to see if they can survive. Poor snow, which some say is caused by climate change, are to blame along with the impact of Covid-19 restrictions since 2020.

Satellites Could be Used to Detect and Help Predict Avalanches

Swiss scientists are undertaking research to see if satellite technology and images taken from space could predict them and offer safety advice. The results so far are encouraging.

Another Austrian Glacier Ski Area Opens + Skiing Starts in Finland

Kitzsteinhorn in SalzburgerLand opened on Friday with its Glacier Park opening on Saturday. Six glacier ski areas are now open in Austria with five others in Italy and Switzerland. Resorts in Finland have opened too with snowmaking starting in the USA. UPDATED

Full Extent of Summer Swiss Glacier Melt Revealed

Switzerland has the most glaciers of any country in Europe. This summer they lost 6% of their size. Several have virtually disappeared with the situation described as ‘disastrous’.

More Glacier Areas Open for Skiing & Snowboarding

It comes as fresh snow is continuing to fall with many resorts looking rather wintery. The autumn snow will make little difference for the ski season ahead, but has certainly helped the glacier ski areas. More open in Austria and Cervinia in Italy fires up some lifts. UPDATED

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