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Snow & Weather

THERE IS SNOW IN THE ALPS BUT MUCH MORE IS NEEDED

With Xmas & New Year upon us all eyes are on the snow as more is needed in many areas of the Alps – especially low down. So, what are conditions like and is it going to snow? UPDATED

SNOW IN THE ALPS!

There’s been some significant snowfall, but it’s been very localised. Much of the Alps awaits a decent fall as Xmas and New Year approach, though conditions remain good at high altitude. UPDATED

PLANETSKI SNOW REPORT IS OUT!

It’s a mixed picture across the Alps with more snow needed in many places as Xmas aproaches. There is some good on piste skiing at altitude & generally it’s better than this time last year. UPDATED

HEAVY SNOW CONTINUES IN NORTH AMERICA

The USA and Canada are the places to be for powder snow. After a poor start in November there has been continuous snow in some of the major resorts. In Canada it’s been the longest cold snap for 20 years in places. UPDATED

THE SNOW CANNONS ARE SWITCHED ON

Thousands upon thousands of cannons are switched on across the Alps as the temperatures drop but sadly no snow falls. It is poor low down in ski resorts but there is much better news at altitude. NEW

SNOW ARRIVES IN NORTH AMERICA

Just as Europe prays for more snow it has been falling heavily in the USA and Canada. It comes after a generally poor start to winter across the pond.UPDATED

MORE SNOW NEEDED IN THE ALPS

There remains good snow at altitude in the Alps but warmer temperatures and rain have ruined it lower down. With Xmas approaching concerns are rising. UPDATED

WILL IT BE A WHITE XMAS IN THE UK?

Crystal Ski has come up with a fun way to calculate the likelihood of snow this Christmas.NEW

THE WEBCAMS DON’T LIE

It’s early December and Christmas is coming – a little too soon for alpine resorts which have suffered a dramatic thaw since the November snowstorms.

SNOW CONCERNS ARE GROWING

Not for the high altitude resorts but for the lower ones. It is perhaps too early to press the panic button but many resorts are scheduled to open in a few weeks and there is little snow at many. UPDATED

MORE SNOW IS NEEDED

With December starting all eyes are looking at the snow conditions with the season already underway in places. It is a mixed picture across the Alps and worries are growing at some resorts. UPDATED

VIDEO DIARY FROM TIGNES

PlanetSKI has arrived in the French resort for a few late November turns. These are the best conditions in recent memory. Check out our videos.

THE ALPS IN PICTURES

The forecast storm has arrived in parts of the Alps. It is snowing heavily in the southern French Alps & parts of Italy. If you like pictures & videos of snow then read on…

BRITON AMONG TWO DEAD IN AUSTRIA AVALANCHE

The men were caught in an avalanche in Obergurgl in the Tirol on Saturday. A Dutchman died at the time while the British man was flown to hospital where he died from his injuries on Sunday. With other avalanche accidents caution is urged. UPDATED

MIXED CONDITIONS FOR THANKSGIVING

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the USA, the traditonal start to the ski season for many. Conditions have been very poor in the USA so far but some snow has fallen. NEW

MORE RESORTS OPEN AS WEATHER CLEARS

The weather cleared across large parts of the Alps at the weekend. With more resorts opening the season of 2016/17 is underway. PlanetSKI reports. UPDATED

WILD WEATHER IN THE ALPS

It could dump up to 2m of snow but it will be very localised. Elsewhere we’re sad to say the temperatures have warmed up and it’s raining. UPDATED

SNOW IN THE UK

The storms and cold snap have brought snow to the ski areas of the UK – England and Scotland. And people have been out on their skis. UPDATED

MORE SNOW IN THE ALPS

The temperature has dropped with some snow falling as the excellent early season conditions in the Alps continue. One area could see well over 1m in the coming days. UPDATED

BEST EARLY SEASON SNOW EVER?

With heavy snow falling across pretty much the whole of the Alps in the past couple of weeks some say it is the best ever start to winter. Well, is it?

AMERICA ASKS: WHERE’S OUR SNOW?

With the Thanksgiving holiday a week away, wannabe skiers in the US are desperate for what the Alps have lots of – snow. And at last it’s started snowing!

HOW TO MEASURE SNOW

Weather experts across the Alps are using satellite imaging and hi-tech equipment to record the huge November snowstorm.

COURCHEVEL IN PICTURES

The French ski resort in Les3Vallees opened some slopes on Friday after the heavy fall of snow. Many skiers and snowboarders turned out. Check out our pictures. NEW

SNOW, SNOW & MORE SNOW

The first weekly PlanetSKI snow report is out and what a way to start! Heavy snow has fallen, resorts are opening and the season is getting off to a very good start. UPDATED

SNOW IN UK SKI RESORTS

All the focus might be on the Alps as huge amounts of snow falls and resorts open, but lets not forget the UK. Our ski areas are seeing some significant snowfall too.

FIRST BIG SNOWFALL OF WINTER CONTINUES

The Alps has been pounded with snow and more is now falling. But will it make any difference to the approaching ski season? Yes! Check out our updated report. NEW & UPDATED

BEST SNOW PICS FROM FRANCE

There has been an, er, avalanche of pictures of all the snow that has fallen across the Alps. Here are our favourite from France.

BEFORE, DURING & AFTER

So how much snow has fallen and what difference has it made? Easy. We have pictures from before, during and after the storm hit. NEW&UPDATED

THE STORM STARTS

The first big snow storm of the winter is underway with snow falling across the Alps. Check out our updated report as PlanetSKI follows its path. NEW&UPDATED

IT’S GOING TO SNOW!

A big storm is on its way to the Alps with heavy snow this weekend followed by cold temperatures. As we start November we’re getting rather excited at PlanetSKI. It’s looking good in Canada too. UPDATED

FIRST US RESORT OPENS

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado fired up its first lift on Friday for the start of the winter season. 3,000 turned out and other US resorts plan to follow soon.

THE SEASON STARTS

We are in the glacier resort of Stubai in the Tirol in Austria. It is the resort’s busiest time of year with thousands and thousands out enjoying the snow.

AUTUMN IN THE AUSTRIAN ALPS

A handful of glacier resorts have already opened some slopes. But what is it like at this time of year? PlanetSKI is in the Alps. UPDATED

WINTER EDGES EVER CLOSER

There is further snow in Europe & North America, the first World Cup races of the season are about to start and PlanetSKI is off to Austria. UPDATED

MORE SNOW IN THE ALPS

Snow is continuing to fall the Alps & it’s not just at altitude as temperatures plunge. Check out our latest picture and videos as winter gets ever closer. UPDATED

SNOW CANNONS FIRED UP IN USA

It’s a sure sign that winter is on its way as a couple of resorts start pumping out snow and others are testing their equipment. PlanetSKI reports. UPDATED

IT’S BEEN SNOWING

There has been snow in Europe and North America as the ski season gets ever closer. Much will melt but it is still great to see. Winter is coming! UPDATED

HEAVY SNOW DOWN UNDER AS SEASON ENDS

As the season draws to an end more snow is now falling in Australia. Resorts in New Zealand also close this weekend. NEW

SEASON ENDS DOWN UNDER

As the first snow falls in the northern hemisphere the season in the southern hemisphere is ending. So how has it been? PlanetSKI reports. NEW

FIRST SKI TURNS IN NORTH AMERICA

Several areas in Canada and the USA have seen snow and at Silverton Mountain in Colorado the ski patrollers have been making their first turns. See here for our report on snow falling across the Atlantic. UPDATED

SNOW IN THE ALPS

There’s an autumnal chill in the air and the first significant snow has fallen at altitude. The seasons are changing. PlanetSKI reports from the Alps.

IT’S SNOWING!

Snow has been falling in the Alps, the Pyrenees & the Rockies. And we have the pictures to prove it! Most will melt but it’s a sign winter is on its way. UPDATED

BUMPER END TO SEASON IN NZ

It looks like the weather Gods have saved the best till last. There were some of the best conditions of the season at the weekend after up to 70cm of fresh snow fell. NEW & UPDATED

POUNDED BY POWDER

A huge snowstorm in New Zealand has left people trapped in resorts with roads closed and lifts shut. The weather has now cleared with great skiing to be had. Check out our latest report with new pictures & videos. NEW & UPDATED

CAN CLOUD SEEDING HELP MAKE SNOW?

A ski area in the USA is installing a remote-operated cloud-seeding generator in the mountains in Colorado. We also look at other innovative ways snow is being made.

FIRST SNOW IN NORTH AMERICA

A cold snap has seen snow at ski resorts in Canada and the USA. It will all melt pretty soon but is an early indication that the season will be changing soon. Check out our pictures! UPDATED

IT’S BEEN SNOWING IN THE ALPS

The Austrian Alps have seen some snow at altitude – good for the handful of glacier resorts. There’s also been snow in Sweden & in the southern hemisphere.Check out the latest! UPDATED

HEAVY SNOW HITS NZ AGAIN

After a poor start winter is back with a vengeance. Roads are closed, some people have been trapped on the mountain & a group in Coronet Peak survived an avalanche. UPDATED

IT’S ALWAYS SNOWING SOMEWHERE!

At the moment it’s the southern hemisphere with heavy snow in Australia, New Zealand, Southern Africa and South America. It has brought danger of avalanche & one man had a lucky escape in NZ. UPDATED

SNOW FALLS IN THE ALPS

A cold snap brought powder snow to the glacier resorts last weekend boosting snow levels. As the temperatures have now shot up in Europe you may want to see some cooling pictures from the Alps. UPDATED

Winter finally arrives in NZ

Some much needed snow is falling at last after a poor start to winter but it has brought dangers of avalanche. Elsewhere in the southern hemisphere it’s looking rather good. UPDATED

SNOW CANNONS TO THE RESCUE

More and more resorts in the northern and southern hemisphere are only able to open with the help of snow cannons. Is this the shape of things to come?

More resorts set to open in NZ

The snow is stubbornly refusing to fall but resorts are making the best of it and more are about to open this weekend. In Australia & South America winter is underway. UPDATED

Snow arrives in Oz

Winter has started after a poor start in Australia. It seems to have been put on hold in NZ and the best conditions remain in South America. We look at winter in the southern hemisphere.

Snow falls in Southern Hemispere

Resorts are opening in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina and Southern Africa. But where are the best conditions? UPDATED

NZ ski areas delay opening

Some were due to open today, but strong winds have delayed things until Saturday. It is though looking rather good as we look at the season ahead in the southern hemisphere. NEW

Preparing for the season Down Under

Resorts open in New Zealand and Australia this weekend. One country is wallowing in the white stuff while the other is crossing its fingers and doing snow dances. NEW

Further snow falls in New Zealand

Another storm dumps snow as the season approaches Down Under and there’s been some snow in Whistler on its final day of the season. It’s always snowing somewhere! UPDATED

First snow falls in NZ

With the ski season due to start next month some welcome snow has fallen as the resorts gear up for winter.

It’s been snowing in the Alps

We might be deep into Spring with June approaching but the weather doesn’t seem to think so – there is snow across many ski resorts with 50cm falling in places. UPDATED

Snow report

Twitter

More details as indoor snow centres in England announce plans to reopen as #Covid19 restrictions are eased https://planetski.eu/2020/07/10/the-snow-centre-announces-it-is-to-reopen/

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/

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