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PlanetSKI Turns Into PlanetRUGBY

We’ve been in the Pyrenees, the Alps & the Jura in France as we take in the Rugby World Cup. UPDATED

Sit-Ski World Record Attempt

A group of skiers with a disability are aiming to claim the world record for the furthest skied using seated equipment. NEW

Three Ex-Rugby Players Scale Monte Rosa in the Alps

The three former Exeter Chiefs players were raising money for LooseHeadz, a mental health charity.

PlanetSKI’s Autumn Trip to the Alps & Pyrenees Continues

We’ve been in the Pyrenees. We’re heading to the Alps and then hopefully it’s the Jura. Plus we’re taking in the Rugby World Cup. Did we mention golf and lilo testing? UPDATED

It’s Gold for GB’s Laurie Taylor

He won the second slalom race at the Winter Games NZ at Coronet Peak ski resort in New Zealand. His World Cup ranking moves from 79 to 53. NEW

Final Preparations for Winter Games NZ

 The 2023 edition of the Winter Games NZ kicks off on Friday with the Opening Ceremony held in Wānaka. NEW

Extra £173,000 for GB Snowsport Ahead of 2026 Winter Olympics

It is part of a wider increase of £2.4m for athletes aiming to compete at the Milan-Cortina Games in Italy.

Media Rights Deal Secured for Snowsports World Cup Events

The International Ski and Snowboard Federation, FIS, and Infront have agreed terms for an exclusive agency agreement for the distribution of the international media rights to FIS World Cup events.

GB Snowsport Announces Squads for 23/24 Season

There are some old faces and new ones as the Freeski, Freestyle Snowboard, Moguls, Snowboard Cross, and Ski Cross Squads are revealed.

Lake Louise Loses All Its World Cup Races

The Canadian resort has seen elite level competition for the past three decades.  Next season the resort will not hold any World Cup races.

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Another Award

This time it’s the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly, ESPY, Award for “Best Athlete – Women’s Sports”. It is Shiffrin’s first ESPY Award.

Ski Club of Great Britain Celebrates 120 Years

It all started in the Cafe Royal in London in 1903. The Club has held a Gala Dinner in the same venue to commemorate the occasion. We look back at the Club’s history.

Jason Cobbold Appointed Chair of GB Snowsport

He works in the advertising industry and is an avid skier & keen marathon runner. He succeeds Rory Tapner.

Sweden 2030 Olympic Bid Gains Momentum

The Swedish Olympic Committee is set to continue looking at bidding for the 2030 Winter Olympics following positive results from a feasibility study. It is rapidly becoming the favourite after others loose interest.

FIS Announces 5-Year Strategic Plan

The International Ski & Snowboard Federation has published the strategic goals that it hopes will deliver value for all its stakeholders.

Who Will Host the 2030 Winter Olympics?

Often there is a clear favourite but it is not so simple for the Olympics after next. Deferrals, scandal and late entrants are in the mix.

Plans for FIS Games Gather Pace

It would take place every 4 years and would be the biggest event of its kind outside the Winter Olympics. The International Ski & Snowboard Federation is already asking potential host areas to submit bids.

Egypt Wins Best Event for World Snow Day

Ski Egypt is a first time World Snow Day host and staged a well-rounded event last season. It picked up a prize of CHF 10,000 – £8,940. NEW

FIS Appoints Sustainability Director

The International Ski & Snowboard Federation says that sustainability is central to the federation’s mission. The new director is Susanna Sieff. NEW

World Cup Alpine Ski Season May be Pushed Back Due to Climate Change

Many of the early season events last season had to be cancelled as there wasn’t enough snow. There were calls at the time to make changes.

Winter Games NZ Secures Five-Year Funding Commitment

Winter Games NZ has secured a five-year funding commitment from New Zealand Major Events to support the event annually through to 2027.

Greenpeace and FIS Trade Blows Over Environmental Action

Greenpeace accuses the International Ski Federation of ‘greenwashing’ while FIS says tackling climate change is top of its agenda.

Day Two of Snow Camp’s 3 Valley Rally

24 teams of four are battling it out in a series of fun events on snow. It’s all done to raise money for the charity, Snow Camp, that is celebrating its 20th birthday. PlanetSKI is at the event. UPDATED

Snow Camp’s 3 Valley Rally Takes Place This Weekend

The charity that helps underprivileged youngsters find a path in snowsports is celebrating its 20th birthday. It is hosting a fabulous fund-raising event in Val Thorens & PlanetSKI is joining the event and reporting back. NEW

End of Season Reflections From FIS

The President of the International Ski Federation looks back at the 2022/23 season. Climate change and sustainability are highlighted. NEW

GB Snowsport Claim Against UK Sport Over Funding Cut Is Dismissed

It went to independent arbitration after £7.2m was awarded to support the Ski and Snowboard programme and £4.7m for the Para Ski & Snow programme. The money is for the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Olympics. NEW

Freestyle’s Coming Home

The long awaited return of The Brits to Scottish snow took place at the weekend with the organisers claiming it a great success. PlanetSKI was slopeside in Scotland.

British Snowsport Athletes End Season with 50 Top Level Podiums

Even before the season was over, British skiers and snowboarders had, for the first time, won medals in every discipline at elite level competitions.  Now it’s a wrap and they’ve made it to the big FIVE-O.

Cairngorm Gears Up for The BRITS

Preparations are well under way at the UK’s biggest ski area for the British Snowboard & Freeski Championships which take place this weekend. The BRITS is returning to its roots and our Scotland reporter, Rod Frazer, has been checking out progress.

YETI Xtreme Verbier Cancelled Due to Dangerous Snow Conditions

Widespread avalanches have left the Bec des Rosses unsafe for freeriding after tests this morning. It’s only the second time in its history that the Xtreme Verbier has been cancelled. NEW

GB’s Charlotte Bankes Takes Snowboard Cross World Cup Title

Charlotte Bankes won the overall Snowboard Cross World Cup for the second time despite finishing fifth in the final race of the season in Canada.

World Speed Ski Record Broken

The French skier Simon Billy set a new World Record with 255km per hour in Vars, France. That’s a staggering 157mph and beats the speed record set 7 years ago.

Verbier Finale of FWT Set for Tuesday

Bad weather led to the YETI Xtreme Verbier being called off for Saturday. The organisers hoping it will run on Tuesday as the weather clears. UPDATED

How to Ski Powder…

With plenty of fresh snow in parts of the Alps now is the time to improve your technique off piste. We have asked our friends at Maison Sport for some top tips.

World Championships Silver for GB Skier Zoe Atkin

The 20-year-old X Games Champion was just pipped to the top spot, but took silver in the ski halfpipe final.  It was the only medal for GB on the final day of the Freestyle World Championships in Bakuriani, Georgia and adds to the two snowboard gold medals earlier this week.

World Championships Gold for GB Snowboard Cross Team

Snowboarders Charlotte Bankes and Huw Nightingale are Great Britain’s latest World Champions.  It’s the second gold for GB at the Freestyle World Championships in Georgia.

GB Snowboarder Mia Brookes is World Champion

The 16-year-old has taken the snowboard slopestyle title in her first senior World Championships.  And she’s made sporting history twice over in the process.

IOC Calls for Peace to Mark Anniversary of Ukraine Invasion

The International Olympic Committee has issued a statement marking a year since Russia invaded Ukraine. It condemns the ‘brutal warfare, human suffering, killing and destruction’.

British Skiers & Snowboarders Make Sporting History

Every single ski and snowboard discipline under the GB Snowsport banner has now delivered a World Cup, World Championships or X Games podium this season. And it’s not over yet.

Dave Does Not Disappoint

GB’s Dave Ryding had a ‘did not finish’ at the World Cup slalom Kandahar race in Chamonix on Saturday. He is likely disappointed with his performance. PlanetSKI is not, in fact we celebrate just watching The Rocket race.

The BRITS Heads Back to its Roots in Scotland

The UK’s official Snowboard and Freeski Championships will take place in Cairngorm in Scotland April 1st and 2nd.

Successful Return to Flaine for the British Schoolgirls Races 

143 girls from 26 schools spent two days racing in excellent conditions, with crowds of teachers, parents, coaches and other racers cheering them on at the base of the Calcite piste in the centre of Flaine.

X Games Gold for GB’s Zoe Atkin + 2 Bronze Medals for Kirsty Muir

The 20-year-old has claimed one of the biggest prizes in freestyle snowsports, a gold medal at the X Games, Aspen in Colorado.  Less than 24 hours later, the British teenager Kirsty Muir won her second bronze medal of these X Games.

Katie Ormerod to Miss Rest of Season Due to Injury

The GB snowboarder will miss the rest of the 2023 season after having further surgery on her ankle. It is another blow to an injury-affected career.

Shiffrin Breaks Vonn’s Record for World Cup Wins

The 27-year-old American superstar, Mikaela Shiffrin, has done it! She’s broken Lindsey Vonn’s record and now has more World Cup victories than any other woman. She clocked up number 83 in the giant slalom at Kronplatz in Italy on Tuesday and made it 84 on Wednesday.

Ryding 12th in Schladming

Dave Ryding has been back in action, just two days after winning silver at Kitzbühel on Sunday. It’s the Schladming night slalom – one of the most exciting events of the year. UPDATED

Ryding & Brookes Take Silver for GB at Kitzbühel & Laax

Dave Ryding put in one of his trademark second run charges to burst onto the podium in Kitzbühel. He was close to winning the world’s biggest slalom race for a second consecutive year but was pipped by Switzerland’s Daniel Yule. Earlier the young GB snowboarder Mia Brookes finished in a brilliant second place in the Laax slopestyle for her first World Cup podium.

Lindsey Vonn Races the Hahnenkamm – at Night

The legendary retired ski racer, Lindsey Vonn, has put her skis back on to become the first woman to ski the infamous Kitzbühel downhill course – and the first to dare to take on the Streif at night.

Ryding Returns to Scene of World Cup Triumph

GB’s Dave Ryding is preparing to race at Kitzbühel, one year on from his historic victory.  Can ‘The Rocket’ find the form to tame the slalom course on the infamous Hahnenkamm mountain and win for a second time? UPDATED

Shiffrin Fails to Take Overall Record for Most Female World Cup Wins

Mikaela Shiffrin, the 27-year-old American superstar, had to settled for second place in the night slalom in Flachau on Tuesday. But surely it is only a matter of time before she takes lead. She is currently tied on 82 Women’s World Cup wins with Lindsey Vonn.

The Ladies’ Ski Club is 100

The trailblazing British organisation was founded 100 years ago this month.  A group of formidable skiers, among them the best racers of the time, formed the world’s first ski club for women. NEW

New Year Message from International Olympic Committee President

Thomas Bach, has described 2022 as ‘successful as it was turbulent’.  The year saw the Winter Olympics take place in Beijing, China, amid Covid-19 and political controversy. Then Russia invaded Ukraine. NEW

Shiffrin Could Still Make Sporting History this Weekend

The 27-year-old American remains just one victory away from equalling the great Lindsey Vonn’s record for the most World Cup victories by a female alpine ski racer. She came 6th on Saturday in Slovenia but goes again on Sunday. UPDATED

Sapporo Pulls Back from Bid for 2030 Winter Olympics

The Japanese city and the country’s Olympic Committee has announced it is putting its attempt to win the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games on hold. The decision is partly in response to the damage caused by the Tokyo 2020 corruption scandal.

A Great Year for Snow Sports

The President of the International Ski and Snowboard Federation has hailed 2022 as a great season, despite having its share of challenges.

New Sports & Conference Centre Opens in Val Thorens

‘So what?’ you may ask. It sits in the centre of town & is set to be the diamond in the crown of the high-altitude French resort – an integral part of its future. PlanetSKI was at the official opening on Wednesday.

PlanetSKI Readers Get HUGE Discounts on Ski & Snowboard Rentals with Intersport

Intersport has over 700 ski hire shops across the Alps. With the special PlanetSKI discount code rent award-winning skis & snowboards at fabulous prices.

Freeride World Tour Merges with International Ski and Snowboard Federation

FIS is acquiring the FWT properties for an undisclosed amount. The two organisations will join forces starting from the 2022-2023 season.

IOC Delays Decision on 2030 Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Committee is postponing its decision on who will host the next but one Winter Olympics and Paralympics, partly in response to climate change.

FIS Claims to be Climate-Positive Organisation

The International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) has said it will be a climate-positive organisation for the second consecutive season.

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