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Dates & Venues for 2022 FWT Announced

The Spanish resort of Baqueira Beret in the Pyrenees kicks off the Freeride World Tour next January. Other familiar venues are there with the winners crowned in Verbier at the end of March.

Some Optimism for Ski Racing Next Season

The International Ski Federation’s women’s Alpine race director Peter Gerdol has said he is optimistic about the upcoming World Cup season.

Former IOC President Jacques Rogge Has Died

He led the International Olympic Committee from 2001 to 2013. He was 79. He was a keen supporter of the Winter Olympics and his first Games as President was the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. UPDATED

GB Snowsport Announces Para Snowsport Squads

It sees the largest ever squad with some familiar faces and one big surprise. The 4-time Paralympic cyclist medalist, Jon-Allan Butterworth MBE, is turning his sporting attentions to snowboarding having retired from cycling.

Winter Games NZ Cancelled as Covid-19 Spreads

The event was due to start this weekend but has been called off as New Zealand remains in lockdown with ski resorts closed. UPDATED

Covid-19 Hits Preparations for Beijing Winter Olympics

The President of the International Ski Federation says the road to Beijing ‘will not be easy’ due to Covid-19. The Beijing Co-ordination Committee is planning Covid-19 safety measures as some call for boycotts due to China’s human rights record.

Austrian Resort to Host 2022 Virtus World Skiing Championships

Seefeld in the Tirol has been named as the host resort for the event. It was to have taken place last winter but was cancelled due to Covid-19.

GB Snowsport Names Telemark Squads for Next Winter

There are fresh faces and returning veterans for the British Telemark squads for 2021/22 season.

GB Freestyle, Freeski & Snowboard Squads Unveiled

They will be competing across six disciplines in the 2021/22 season and include  69 athletes, with 6 newcomers.

Snowsport England Coaching Awards Change

Snowsport England is updating its Coaching Scheme to help more people take their first steps into instructing and coaching. NEW

Tributes Continue After Death of Former Head of International Ski Federation

Gian Franco Kasper has died at the age of 77. He was admitted to hospital early last month during a FIS Congress to elect his successor. UPDATED

Winter Olympians Swap Snow for Water

Former GB ski racer Chemmy Alcott and freestyle snowboarder Aimee Fuller have been showing their style on the water after getting hooked on the growing sport of wakesurfing.

GB Snowboarders Pass on Tips to Novice Skateboarders

Britain’s top snowboarding talent have joined with young Londoners for a special event to mark GB Snowsport’s Project Balance initiative.

Switzerland Celebrates Success at Euros

The alpine ski nation has caused one of the biggest upsets in international football after knocking France out of Euro 2020. France are the current World Champions and were many people’s tournament favourite. Switzerland did it in style and celebrations went on long into the night.

Ski Mountaineering to be Included in 2026 Winter Olympics

The gruelling sport has been accepted for the Milan Cortina Winter Olympics in 2026 as going uphill on skis grows ever more popular. UPDATED

New FIS President Claims Bright Future Ahead

In a message to the skiing family, Johan Eliasch, promised to build a “bright and growing future” as he laid out his vision for the body that runs snowsport competition.

Johan Eliasch is New President of the International Ski Federation

The Swede won with a comfortable majority in the first round.  He took 65 of the 120 votes available. His nearest rival had 26 votes.  He said he was “humbled to be chosen”. UPDATED

FIS to Elect First New Leader in 23 Years

A new President will be chosen to head the International Ski Federation at the governing body’s online Congress. A British former alpine racer is hoping to be the first woman to take on the role.  UPDATED

Slopestyle Must Change To Attract More Interest

That’s the view of the Park & Pipe team at the International Ski Federation.  They say programmes are too long and there are too many breaks in the action to keep viewers engaged.

Leading US Politician Calls for Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing 2022

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is urging the US government not to attend the Winter Olympics in China next year.

GB Cross Country Ski Squad Announced

GB Snowsport have named 12 skiers in their line-up for the 2021-2022 season.  It’s headed by Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young and James Clugnet, who form the men’s Elite Squad.

4 Bids to Host 2027 Alpine World Ski Championships

The International Ski Federation has confirmed it has had four applications to host the Championships in six years’ time. 

British Skiers & Snowboarders Exceed All Goals

GB Snowsport is hailing its greatest season on snow. It’s predicting that next winter’s Olympics & Paralympics could be the country’s best ever.

GB Alpine Ski Racers for Next Season Announced

49 athletes are in the squad that will represent Britain on the international alpine skiing circuit for the 2021/22 season. They will be looking to build on last season’s good results in an Olympic winter.

Andorra Bids For Alpine World Championships

With just over a year to go before the successful hosts are named, Andorra has announced that it wants to stage the World Championships in 2027.

GB’s Sarah Lewis Aims to be First Female President of International Ski Federation

The former GB ski racer who was unceremoniously sacked as secretary General of FIS now wants to be elected to the top job. She has put her name forward as a candidate in the June election.

15-year-old Beats Eleven Year Snowboard Record Set By Shaun White

Valentino Guseli from Australia has jumped 7.3 metres from the superpipe in Laax in Switzerland. He breaks the previous record of 7 metres set in 2010 by the American multiple Olympic champion and snowboarding legend, Shaun White.

Diversity and Inclusivity in Snowsports

The UK snowsports industry wants to hear from you. The national governing bodies are gathering information to try to improve diversity and inclusivity.

FIS President Reflects on a Ski & Snowboard Season Like No Other

The head of the International Ski Federation has given his thanks for a competitive season which saw 300 World Cup events take place, despite the problems posed by Covid-19.  He has praised the ‘entire ski family’ for its efforts.

What A Year For GB Skiing & Snowboarding: Season Review

Most of us may not have set foot on the slopes this winter but skiers and snowboarders representing Great Britain have been doing their country proud. PlanetSKI reviews the season.

French Snowboard Champion Dies in Avalanche

40-year old Julie Pomagalski has died in an avalanche in Switzerland. She was a two time Olympian and granddaughter of Jean Pomagalski, who invented the first ski lift in 1934.

Another Swede Aims to Be Next President of FIS

The Swedish Olympic Committee President, Mats Årjes, has put his hat in the ring for the top job. His fellow Swede, the billionaire Johan Eliasch, was nominated by GB Snowsport last year. The Swiss Ski President, Urs Lehmann, is also in the contest.

Kirsty Muir Wins World Cup Silver for GB

The 16-year-old is the new star of GB Park & Pipe. She’s picked up her first World Cup medal, coming second in the ski slopestyle at Aspen in Colorado. It’s only her fourth World Cup competition.

Public Vote for 2026 Winter Olympics Emblem

Today is the last day to cast your choice between two potential emblems for the Olympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026. Which do you prefer?

Freeride World Tour: The Grand Final

The World Titles are up for grabs and there’s fresh powder snow for the final of the FWT 2021 this week. There’s a Brit in the final and Cody Bramwell has already stood on top of the podium this season. The event is now set for Tuesday 23rd.

GB Snowsport Racks Up Strong Results

There have been some stellar performances from Great Britain’s top skiers and snowboarders, with a host of personal bests and a World Championships medal.

GB Snowsport Stars Compete at World Championships

There is a host of world class freestyle action this week with a World Champion and two Olympic medallists representing Britain.  You can follow it all live on the BBC if you are in the UK. UPDATED

Mikaela Shiffrin Urges IOC to Take ‘More Consideration’ When Selecting Olympic Host Cities

The 25-year old US skier was speaking to CNN Sport ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. China has been heavily criticised for its record on human rights.

GB’s Charlotte Bankes Wins Gold in Snowboard Cross

Her win in the World Cup event in Bakuriani in Georgia comes after she was crowned World Champion last month. Bankes remains a strong contender for an Olympic medal next year. Check out the video of her thrilling run as she comes from behind to win on the line. UPDATED

Chemmy Alcott Suffers Online Abuse

The Ski Sunday presenter and GB former alpine racer has been subjected to personal abuse on social media. Her co-presenter Ed Leigh described the comments as ‘vile’.

Ed Leigh Keeps Working On BBC’s Ski Sunday Despite Major Injury

The BBC presenter has revealed he had surgery three weeks ago after badly smashing his knee in a snowboarding accident in Switzerland.  He carried on with the job and kept the injury from viewers.

Freeride World Tour #2 On Wednesday

Ordino-Arcalis in Andorra s hosting back to back FWT contests with the second stop taking place just five days after the opener.  Can British snowboarder Cody Bramwell take another win? NEW

GB Snowboarder Wins Freeride World Tour

Cody Bramwell took top spot in the first edition of this season’s Freeride World Tour in Arcalis in Andorra. Check out the video of his winning run.

Death Threats to Cortina 2021 Race Director After Course Setting

The men’s race director, Markus Waldner, received death threats following the parallel giant slaloms at the Cortina Alpine skiing world championships.

Freeride World Tour 2021 Kicks Off on Friday

The FWT is set to get under way in Andorra with some of the world’s best freeriders.  The season opener is scheduled to take place this Friday, 19th February. LIVE BROADCAST ENDED

GB Snowboarder is 2021 Snowboard Cross World Champion

Charlotte Bankes takes gold in Sweden. She used to compete for France but then switched to the British team. Checkout the video of her winning run in a very tight finish.

Young GB Winter Athlete Awarded Scholarship

An 18-year-old British bobsleigh athlete has been accepted on a mentoring programme thanks to funding from a sponsor of The Ellie Soutter Foundation.

World Championships Finally Get Underway as Weather Clears

The racing in Cortina d’Ampezzo should have begun on Monday, then Tuesday and then Wednesday.  Bad weather has wreaked havoc on the first few days of the Championships. Competition has now started and it’s on the BBC.

GB Skiers & Snowboarders Hoping to Shine at Beijing 2022

In exactly one year’s time the Beijing Winter Olympics begin. Team GB has its best ever medals prospect as it continues its quest to become a Top 5 snowsport nation by 2030. Which skiers & snowboarders are our hopes pinned on?

One Year to Go – Beijing 2022

The countdown is on to the next Winter Olympic Games that starts on February 4th 2022. Activities today are being done mainly online & digitally in these Covid-19 times. We examine how Beijing was awarded the Games and what they may may look like.

GB’s Izzy Atkin Takes Silver at the X Games

She was competing in the ski slopestyle in Aspen, Colorado. She was taken to hospital after a crash on her 4th run but is none the worse for the accident. NEW

GB Skiers go for Gold at X Games Aspen

The biggest event in the freestyle calendar kicks off on Friday and four Brits will be flying the flag for Britain. The Canadian, Mark McMorris, is out of the event after testing positive for Covid-19. He is the most decorated Winter X Games athlete of all time.

Dave Ryding in Action

The Rocket was back in action in the Schladming night slalom.  It was a surreal event without the crowds and heavy snow was falling. It wasn’t to be for Dave Ryding but some fabulous skiing was on display and it cast our mind back to this time last year. UPDATED

GB Speed Skier Jan Farrell Retires

He is Britain’s most successful speed skier in recent history and a world record holder.  Jan Farrell has announced he’s hanging up his skis after 10 years at the top.

Top Ten for Ryding but Podium Missed

The GB skier Dave Ryding came 7th in the rearranged slalom in Flachau in Austria. He goes again on Sunday.

Covid Tests on Offer for Entire District of Kitzbuhel

It comes after an outbreak in the linked Austrian ski resort of Jochberg as the Hahnenkamm races approach. NEW

British Visitor Was Major Source of Covid-19 in Wengen as Lauberhorn Race Cancelled

One of the most anticipated World Cup alpine racing meetings of the ski season has been called off. There’s been an increase of cases of coronavirus in the Swiss resort many traced back to a single British visitor with the mutated strain of the virus.

Ski Sunday… It Skis For All of Us & Still Surprises

It’s back on TV & for most of us it is likely to be the closest we get to skiing anytime soon.  Our editor, James Cove, can’t remember the last time he saw the programme recently as he’s always out in the Alps away from TVs. He did though see its very first episode back in 1978. So, what did he make of it?

Dave Ryding Back on the Podium

GB’s No 1 racer puts in one of his trademark second run charges to take 3rd place. He confirms himself as our greatest ski racer ever and congratulations continue to pour in.

30 Days to Go to Cortina Ski World Championships

The slopes have been illuminated to mark the occasion as the countdown moves into its final stage. It is set to be the main event of the alpine ski racing calendar this winter and a dress rehearsal for the 2026 Olympics.

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Who Invented The Ski Lift?

Skiing has come a long way and it has only been in the last 100 years that fanatics have had the privilege of being hauled up the mountain and dropped at the top, ready to ski down.

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In #ValThorens this winter, there will be a new secure and marked zone in the Borgne sector dedicated to #skitouring without any ski lifts around #Les3Vallees #MyPlayground @Val_Tho

At present, by opting into the province’s restrictions exemption program we’ll be able to operate our gondola, chairlifts, lodges, & sprung structures at full capacity.

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