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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. NEW

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. UPDATED

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. UPDATED

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. UPDATED

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.

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

GB’s Millie Knight to Take a Break

The paralympic skier is taking a rest. She has been one of GB’s most successful winter athletes. NEW

Fancy a More Affordable Base for the 2023 Alpine World Championships?

They take place in Meribel & Courchevel next February. The neighbouring resorts of Les Menuires and Saint Martin de Belleville are stressing their advantages.

Scotland’s Only Indoor Ski Slope Closes

Snow Factor at XSite Braehead, in Renfrewshire, will be shut until further notice following a court order.

Maison Sport Goes for Growth

The independent ski and snowboard instructor provider is partnering with a number of providers in the UK and across the world. It says this will enhance the booking experience and drive growth.

World Cup Ski Race Moved Due to Energy Costs

A cross country sprint ski race is being moved from Milan in Italy to Livigno as making artificial snow has been deemed to be too expensive.

World Cup Ski Racing in Levi Gets the Green Light

It comes as seven out of eight World Cup races of the season have been cancelled due to unfavourable conditions.  Warm temperatures have played havoc with the schedule and some question whether the season should start later.

More World Cup Ski Races Cancelled

Despite the snow of the weekend warm temperatures are set to return to the Alps. This has led FIS to cancel next weekend’s parallel GS events in Lech, Austria.

UK Snowsport Recognises ‘Coaches of the Year’

There are those that coach the elite athletes in World Cup racing and those that operate at the grass roots level. Congratulations to the winners & all those nominated.

Tirol Hosts Major Sports Events For Winter 2022/23

There’s alpine ski racing, ski jumping, freestyle, cross country, snowboarding and much else besides including tobogganing. Why not combine your ski holiday with one of the major sporting events? NEW

Zermatt to Cervinia Men’s & Women’s World Cup Downhills Called Off

They were to have been the flagship races of the new season and the first between two countries. A lack of snow has caused the cancellation. It begs the question whether it was sensible to schedule them so early in the season in the first place. UPDATED

First World Cup Race of the Season Takes Place

The men’s GS race in Soelden in Austria took place on Sunday. Heavy rain in the Austrian resort led to the women’s GS race being called off on Saturday. UPDATED

2 Billion Watched Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

The Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 reached a global broadcast audience of more than 2 billion people, according to independent research conducted on behalf of the International Olympic Committee.

World Cup Alpine Ski Racing Season Preview

Alpine ski racing gets underway in Soelden in Austria Next Weekend. The International Ski Federation has published its look forward to the season ahead.

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

Full Details of ‘3 Valley Rally’ for Snow Camp Unveiled

It aims to be the biggest Alpine Fundraiser for the Snow Camp Charity.  It all takes place in Val Thorens in April 2023 and promises an experience like no other.

Opposition Grows to Asian Winter Games Being Held in Unbuilt Saudi Resort

The International Olympic Committee, National Ski Federations, athletes, Greenpeace and others have condemned the  move. Mostly on environmental grounds, and with some opposing Saudi’s position on human rights.

Dates for Freeride World Tour 2023 Are Out

The world’s best freeriders return to the big stage for the 16th year of the Freeride World Tour. Five stops: Canada, Spain, Andorra, Austria and Switzerland. The two-run format at Fieberbrunn continues for the second consecutive year.

IOC Hints Russian Athletes Who Do Not Support War Could Be Allowed to Compete

The President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, was speaking to the Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera. Some Russian winter athletes have already been called up to potentially fight in the war. NEW

Unbuilt Ski Resort In Saudi Arabia to hold Asian Winter Games

Trojena has been told it can host the 2029 Asian Winter Games. The £448 billion resort area is still on the drawing board. NEW

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.

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