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Zermatt/Cervinia Alpine Ski World Cup Race Good to Go

That’s the claim from the race director after a course inspection. It is the first cross-border World Cup event and will be jointly staged by Zermatt in Switzerland and Cervinia in Italy.

Tributes to US Ski Mountaineer Who Died in Nepal

49 year old Hilaree Nelson died near the summit of Mount Manaslu in the Himalayas as she began a ski descent. She was one of the finest ski mountaineers of her generation. NEW

FIS Criticised for Allowing Russian & Belarus Delegations to Attend Autumn Meetings

The Norwegian Ski Federation has boycotted all meetings where the two countries are in attendance. It comes as FIS has raised the prospects of the two nations competing next season. Finland has also criticised the attendance of Russia and Belarus.UPDATED

FIS Suggests Russian Athletes May Return to Competition this Season

The International Ski and Snowboard Federation Council is to discuss the participation of Russian and Belarus athletes next month. NEW

Svindal Diagnosed with Testicular Cancer

The Norwegian double Olympic gold medal skier has undergone surgery. He has said the operation was a success with the outlook good. NEW

GB Freestyle Ski & Snowboard Squad Announced

New names join familiar faces in 2022-23 British Freestyle Ski & Snowboard Squad. It brings together some exciting ski and snowboard talent competing under the GB Snowsport banner.

FIS Marketing & Media Division Opens for Business

The International Ski and Snowboard Federation has announced two more appointments to its media and marketing division. The new division has divided FIS. NEW

The British Cross-Country Ski Team Needs Your Help

It’s funding has been cut by UK Sport and it has launched a crowding funding campaign to try to keep the show on the road. In recent seasons it has been competing & making the podium at the highest level.

Alpine Skiing Starts Winter Games NZ

The Winter Games NZ is the largest snowsports competition in the southern hemisphere. It runs for 16 days. The medals have been handed out in alpine skiing as competition moves on to the Freeski and Snowboard Halfpipe and Slopestyle.

Vandals Set Fire to Pontypool Ski Slope in Wales

The top section of the artificial slopes has been destroyed in an arson attack. Police are appealing for help and the local race club has called it ‘devastating’.

GB Alpine Ski Team Needs Your Help

UK Sport has axed GB’s record-breaking World Cup Alpine Team from World Class Programme funding. UK Sport said it had shifted its investment towards freestyle disciplines. The future looks bleak for alpine skiing unless backers come forward. UPDATED

25 Years after Victory Racer with Fastest Ever Time At Kitzbuhel Gets his Gondola

The Austrian legend Fritz Strobl finally has the ceremonial handover of his cabin. The fastest race winner had a ceremony on the day the latest racer winner also received his gondola.

Two Female Ski Athletes Die in Separate Incidents

A French ski mountaineering world champion Adèle Milloz, 26, has died in a fall near Mont Blanc. A 19-year old cross country skier from Slovenia, Hanna Jamnik, dies in accident while training on a road in Norway on roller skis.

Saudi Arabia Interested in Hosting 2029 Asian Winter Games

The Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee has expressed an interest in hosting the 10th Asian Winter Games at Trojena in Neom. Not everyone welcomes the move. UPDATED

GB Snowsport Criticises Funding Cut From UK Sport

Alpine skiing has had its best season ever yet is not deemed investible for World Class Programme Funding. Cross-country and Para Nordic are also affected. GB Snowsport has described it as ‘deeply disappointing’ and is appealing.

Millie Knight to Represent England in Karate at Para Commonwealth Games

The former paralympic skier has been selected to compete for England in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

FIS Starts New Marketing & Media Department

The International Ski & Snowboard Federation is aiming to centralise the media, broadcast, marketing and sponsorship rights & sales. Some major ski nations oppose the move.

FIS Takes Control of International Paralympic Snowsports

The International Paralympic Committee has transfered the governance of the sports of Para alpine skiing, Para cross-country skiing and Para snowboard to the International Ski and Snowboard Federation.

Winter Games NZ is Back

After two years of disruption due to the pandemic the southern hemisphere’s biggest snowsports event takes place August 27th to September 18th.

Registration for World Snow Day Opens

The 12th edition of World Snow Day will take place on the 15th January 2023. The World Snow Day Awards will also be handed out. The events aims to get more young people into snowsports.

New Snowsport Disciplines Added to 2026 Winter Olympics

They are Men’s Freestyle Skiing Dual Moguls, Women’s Freestyle Skiing Dual Moguls
and Women’s Ski Jumping Large Hill. There is also Ski Mountaineering but there is no space for Women’s Nordic Combined.

Legal Challenge to Re-Election of FIS President

Four national ski associations have filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after Johan Eliasch won an election last month. There was no option on the ballot paper to vote against him. At the centre of the dispute are his plans to centralise the marketing of FIS World Cup events. UPDATED

GB Alpine Squad for Next Season – Can They Deliver?

GB Snowsport has confirmed the 42-athlete Alpine squad which will represent Britain for the 2022/23 season. The athletes are hoping to build on the successes of last season that saw GB win a World Cup for the first time.

Dave Ryding Gets His Own Gondola in Kitzbuhel

Every winner of a Hahnenkamm World Cup Race in Austria gets a gondola named after them. Now it is the turn of a British ski racer. Step forward The Rocket. UPDATED

FIS President Re-elected as Some Ski Nations Boycott Vote in Protest

In an uncontested election the current President of the International Ski Federation Johan Eliasch was voted back in, but there was no option on the ballot form to vote against him. Some nations, led by Croatia, walked out in protest. Austria, Switzerland Germany and others refused to participate in the vote with 40% of delegates abstaining. UPDATED

Crans-Montana Awarded 2027 Alpine World Ski Championships

The Swiss resort was up against Narvik in Norway, Soldeu in Andorra and the German ski resort of Garmish-Partenkirchen.  The World Championship venues for Nordic, Ski Jumping, Snowboard Freestyle and Freeski have also been announced. UPDATED

World Record for Longest Rail Slide

The Swedish skier, Jesper Tjäder,  has broken the world-record for the longest rail slide –  154.49 meters. Check out the video.

Venues for 2027 Snowsports World Championships Announced Today

Decision Day is Wednesday, 25th May. Seven candidates are bidding to host the 2027 FIS World Ski Championships in Alpine skiing, Nordic, Ski Jumping and Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski. UPDATED

IOC President Re-iterates Criticism of Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Thomas Bach has described Russia’s action as ‘devastating’ and a breach of the Olympic Truce. He made his remarks on the final day of the 139th IOC Session in Switzerland.

Utah to Host 50 Ukranian Wintersport Athletes & Support Staff

The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation is taking in Ukrainian athletes, coaches and family members who have been displaced by the war. Many US ski & snowboard athletes train in Park City and the area has extensive facilities.

New World Cup Downhill Races from Zermatt to Cervinia Take Shape

This week the organisers have been inspecting the course and making further preparations for the races at the beginning of next season. There are also new races in the USA and changes to alpine ski racing to make it more ‘TV friendly’.

World Snow Day 2022 Claims Success

The International Ski Federation, FIS, says the 2022 edition of World Snow Day was full of ‘positive moments’. Plans are underway for next season’s event. NEW

Venues Set to be Announced for 2027 Snowsports World Championships

Decision Day is Wednesday, 25th May. Seven candidates are bidding to host the 2027 FIS World Ski Championships in Alpine skiing, Nordic, Ski Jumping and Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski.

Race Day in Val Thorens As It Closes for the Season

PlanetSKI was in the French resort at the weekend for its end of season party – La Grand Derniere.  We donned our race bib, waxed up the skis and sharpened our edges for a race that goes on piste and off piste. UPDATED

Top Tens of the Freeride World Tour

It was a season of highs & lows. The 2022 Freeride World Tour season was one to remember. Here are the best moments of an unforgettable year of Freeride, all caught on video.

IOC Allocates $2 million to Support Ukraine’s Olympic community

The money is being used to help athletes and their families that are in danger, and to allow for training and attending sporting competitions to go ahead as best as possible under the current circumstances.

Skiing in Scotland

PlanetSKI was at the Mighty Coe Festival in Glencoe on Saturday and then headed over to the Nevis Range for the Scottish Slopestyle Championships on Sunday. UPDATED

Parasnowsports Set to Come Under Governance of FIS?

The International Ski Federation, FIS, and the International Paralympic Committee, IPC, are in discussions about the issue. NEW

IOC Offers Financial Support to Ukranian Olympic Movement

The International Olympic Committee has set up a solidarity fund and pledged an initial $200,000 (£150,000) following the Russian invasion of the country.

Congratulations Continue for Dave Ryding

The Rocket finished the season in 8th place in the slalom World Cup. It has been heralded as a superb performance, and earlier Dave told PlanetSKI he was highly likely to be in the starting gate for next season.

PlanetSKI is Trackside for the Engadin Marathon

The iconic Engadin Skimarathon is the largest cross-country skiing event in Switzerland and the second largest in the world. It’s quite a spectacle and PlanetSKI is hooked.

GB’s Charlotte Bankes Wins World Cup Title

The snowboard cross Crystal Globe was secured with a win in Reiteralm in Austria. It makes up for a disappointing Winter Olympics.

Gold, Silver and Bronzes for GB at Paralympics

It was a successful weekend for Team GB in Beijing as The Games got underway with further medals on Monday. The Russian team has arrived back in Moscow after being thrown out due to the invasion of Ukraine.

The PlanetSKI Dave Ryding Interview: In Full

We caught up with The Rocket in Obergurgl in the Tirol last Monday, the day after his silver at Garmisch Partenkirchen. I think it is fair to say we covered most areas -from skiing to marriage, whether he wears underwear when racing and his thoughts on Country & Western.

Russia & Belarus Banned From Competing At Paralympics in U-Turn

The International Paralympic Committee has reversed its position after threats of mass boycotts from other countries. The decision comes 24 hours after the IPC announced athletes from the two countries could compete as neutrals. Russia has condemned the decision and says it will take legal action. UPDATED

Sharp Criticism as Russia & Belarus Allowed To Compete at Winter Paralympics As Neutrals

The International Paralympic Committee made the decision at a meeting in Beijing, just two days before the Games are due to begin. The UK government has sharply criticised the decision alongside other sporting organisations. The IPC was considering the position after the International Olympic Committee called on athletes and officials from the two countries to be banned in response to the invasion of Ukraine. NEW & UPDATED

FIS Bans Russian Athletes from All Competitions

The International Ski Federation has said athletes from Russia and Belarus can not take part in any further events this season. The organisation has been under growing pressure and has been criticised by some for being slow to react to the crisis in Ukraine. NEW & UPDATED

PlanetSKI: The Dave Ryding Interview

The GB slalom skier has been speaking to us about his latest podium success, when he may retire and the state of GB alpine skiing. We will be posting the full video later in the week, but we can’t wait to tell you that Dave will very likely be racing again next season.

Will Russia be Banned from Paralympics?

On Friday 4th March the Winter Paralympics are due to get underway in Beijing. In an unprecedented move the International Olympic Committee is calling on sports federations and event organisers to ban all athletes and officials from Russia & Belarus from international sporting events. UPDATED

Dave Ryding Wins World Cup Silver

The Brit has taken his second World Cup podium of the season after his historic win in Kitzbühel in January. He came from 19th after the first run. Tributes are pouring in as PlanetSKI is set to meet & interview him on the slopes on Obergurgl on Monday.

Norway Calls for Full Sporting Ban on Russia

Norway won the most medals at the Beijing Winter Olympics. Its stance contradicts the initial policy of the International Ski Federation. FIS has been criticised in some quarters for its reaction to the unfolding crisis in Ukraine.

International Snowsports Events in Russia Cancelled After Invasion of Ukraine

The International Ski Federation has announced that all competitions due to be held in Russia for the rest of the season have been cancelled. It’s a swift about turn for FIS who had earlier indicated that World Cup events planned for this weekend would go ahead. The International Olympic Committee is urging all international sports federations to cancel all events in Russia and Belarus. NEW & UPDATED

Winter Paralympics GB Squad Announced

ParalympicsGB has confirmed one of the biggest British teams ever to compete at a Paralympic Winter Games with the announcement of the Ski and Snowboard athletes for Beijing 2022.

GB’s Dave Ryding Misses Out on An Olympic Medal

After a disappointing first run Dave put in a good second run that propelled him to the top of the leaderboard for a while. But he finished outside the top 10, in 13th place.

The Longest Slalom Race in the World

It’s the 6km Südtirol Gardenissima in Italy and is now in its 24th edition. 680 racers, both amateur and professional, take part.

Winter Olympics Draws to a Close

No medals on snow, but Gus Kenworthy comes 8th in ski half pipe and Andrew Musgrave does himself proud in cross-country. The women curlers take gold, with the men curlers winning silver. Check out the latest. UPDATED

The Winter Olympics: Freestyle Explained

The 2022 Winter Olympics are finally here and the UK’s Gaz Vogan is one of 10 judges whose scores will determine who is crowned Olympic Champion in the freestyle snowboard events. In part two of his exclusive account from Beijing for PlanetSKI he explains how they judge the riders.

The Winter Olympics: A Judge’s Story

This weekend GB’s own Gaz Vogan will begin his work judging the snowboard freestyle events at the 2022 Winter Games.  He is the only Briton selected for the 10-man judging panel. He’s written this account for PlanetSKI about the life and work of a judge. Part One: Being a Judge.

Injury Blow for GB Olympic Medal Hope

The freestyle skier Izzy Atkin has withdrawn from the Big Air competition at Beijing 2022. She won a bronze medal at the Pyeongchang 2018 Games.

2022 Winter Olympics Continues…

Two weeks of snowsport sporting action is underway and we are updating in this rolling blog. We look at the Team GB skiers & snowboarders who are competing, and assess their prospects. UPDATED

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Twitter

New Viewing Platform for #MontFort in #Verbier

#Viewingplatforms & #walkways are all the rage in the #Alps

They offer another activity out on the slopes + are perfect for the #Instagram generation.

https://planetski.eu/2022/10/02/viewing-platform-for-mont-fort-in-verbier-this-winter/

Update:

More #snow falls (70cm in places) as more glacier ski areas open.

Here is a summary of the current situation in the Alps from On the Snow - though it does appear that #Pitztal has moved from Austria to Italy ;-)

https://planetski.eu/2022/09/29/more-glacier-areas-open-for-skiing-snowboarding-this-weekend/

Dreaming of the Dolomites with @DolomitSuperski ❄️🎿 Enjoy over 29,000 acres and 450 lifts, plus unique Italian eateries and aprés with the fabulously friendly locals 🥂

PlanetSKI Has 100 Half Price Tickets to The #Nationalnow Show

We have managed to get our hands on 50% off tickets for the National Snow Show which is now just 2 weeks away – from 15th to 16th October at the #NEC Birmingham.

First come, first served…

https://planetski.eu/2022/10/01/planetski-has-some-half-price-tickets-to-the-national-snow-show/

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