Summer in the Mountains

Summer Holidays in the Mountains Edge Closer

People in England can start thinking about booking foreign holidays again this summer. The government has unveiled further details of its traffic light system, though there is criticism of the testing costs and most European countries still have high levels of Covid-19. UPDATED

Travel Bubble for Australia and New Zealand

It bodes well for the approaching ski season Down Under and could be a model used in Europe as well to help people get to the mountains later in the summer if cases fall in Europe. No quarantine will be required.

Austria Set to Introduce Vaccine Passport Next Month

The card will be for vaccinated people, those who have had the virus & people who have tested negative. It’s hoped it will help re-start tourism but much depends on whether countries will allow their citizens to visit Austria as it has rising levels of Covid-19, with only 9% of the country vaccinated.

More Airlines Offering Vaccine Status on an App

British Airways is the latest and follows Ryan Air, plus others.  Will this mean summer travel from the UK is more likely to the mountains and other destinations?

How Will Easing of Lockdown Measures in England Affect the World of Snowsports?

Skiers will be looking at whether it might possible to make some end of season turns or visit the mountains this summer for glacier skiing. Plus, what will be happening to the indoor snowcentres & the outdoor artificial slopes? Might skiing in Scotland be possible in the Spring?

Mammoth Mountain Closed Due to Extreme Fire Danger

The ski resort in California has been forced to shut down its summer operations as a massive wildfire burns out of control nearby.

How Does the UK Government Decide Which Countries to Quarantine?

It is a surprisingly simple formula that gives an indication of which country may be going on and off the list. Much of the Alps and Pyrenees are out of bounds unless you are prepared to go into 14-day quarantine, but not everywhere.

24-Hours in the Aosta Valley

PlanetSKI has recently been in Switzerland. It would have been rude not to pop over the border to one of our favourite places in the mountains and where we lived last winter – Aosta. And take a few pictures.

Snow in the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Rockies & Beyond…

The cold snap across much of Europe has brought some dustings of snow.  It may only be the start of September, but it’s a sign that winter is on its way. UPDATED

Delayed Tour de France is Underway

Once again the mountain stages will be fascinating but it will be strange without the crowds. And costly for the resorts as they loose out on valuable income.

World Class Snowsports Action In New Zealand

There’s not much of it around so it’s great to see some fabulous photos and video footage coming out of New Zealand. The Obsidian team event that is replacing the 2020 Winter Games NZ looks like it’s delivering.

Self-driving Across France with No Need to Quarantine Remains Possible

Despite the new quarantine regulations from France it is possible to drive across France from another country in a private vehicle as long as people do not get out, or allow anyone in. And use the Channel Tunnel.

UK Introduces Quarantine from France

The Foreign Office is warning against “all but essential travel” to France. It’s dealt a body blow to UK visits to the French Alps and the French Pyrenees this summer. It remains possible to drive across France to reach or return from another country.

Ski Resorts in New Zealand Reopen but with Restrictions as Covid-19 is Back

The resorts closed with immediate effect on Wednesday but now feel they can operate under Level 2 restrictions.  The new cases are in Auckland on the North Island.

Visitors In The Scottish Highlands Urged To Be Responsible

Good weather and the attraction of a staycation has brought thousands of people to the mountains of Scotland this summer but they’re not all following the rules.

Double Amputee Climbs the Matterhorn

A former soldier who lost both of his legs in Iraq has become the first above-the-knee double amputee to reach the summit.

Glacier Collapse on Mont Blanc Threatens

An ice block of 500,000 cubic metres is threatening to fall. Some people have been evacuated from their homes and hotels on the Italian side of the mountain. Footpaths and areas of the mountain have been sealed off.

Italy Appears to be Keeping Covid-19 Under Some Control

As cases rise in many parts of Europe Italy seems to be currently on top of the pandemic. PlanetSKI looks at the situation in Italy and considers a summer visit to the Italian Alps.

Two Ski Resorts In Australia To Stay Closed For The Rest Of The Season

Falls Creek and Hotham Alpine Resort in the state of Victoria will not re-open for Spring skiing, the owners, Vail Resorts, have announced.  

Summer Snow in the Alps

Austria has had some snow and there’s been a dusting elsewhere. Summer snow is not unusual and has helped refresh the glaciers open for skiing. Check out the pictures.

Ski Town Parties Breach Covid-19 Rules

Australian police in Jindabyne, close to the ski areas of Perisher and Thredbo, have again broken up illegal gatherings and issued fines as revellers continue to defy rules on social distancing. NEW

Police Issue Fines & Threaten Closures After Covid-19 Breaches at Thredbo 

Officers in the Australian ski resort of Thredbo and the nearby town of Jindabyne handed out fines totalling more than AUS$20,000 at the weekend for breaches of social distancing rules.

Piste Patroller dies in Argentine Avalanche

The resort of Cerro Catedral opened last week amid covid-19 restrictions. Another man was injured in the accident. It was the only resort open in South America and we have been following conditions. The resort remains closed.

Coronavirus Impact on Skiing and Snowboarding

The team at PlanetSKI is reporting all the news & developments as it affects the snowsports world in our ever-popular rolling blog. If you want to see its impact and the response of skiers & snowboarders then read on… UPDATED

Go Cycling in The Austrian Tirol This Summer

If you’re one of the thousands who have taken to the saddle during lockdown, why not challenge the legs with a trip to one of the top cycling destinations in the Alps?

Epic Conditions at New Zealand Ski Resorts

Skiers and snowboarders have been queuing to take advantage of fresh snow and sunshine as the country’s winter season gets into full swing.

Big Snowfalls in South America But Ski Resorts Are Closed

It’s been one of the best starts to winter for years but the coronavirus pandemic means ski resorts are not able to open.

Summer In Morzine

The French Alps resort close to Geneva is open for summer activites.  With quarantine-free travel expected to open up from the UK soon, we look at what you can do in Morzine.

Nevis Range To Re-Open In July

The ski resort near Fort William is getting ready open for summer activities next month as the Scottish Government prepares to ease lockdown restrictions.  However, some jobs are to go.

NZ Resort Opens With No Covid-19 Restrictions Needed

Mt Hutt in the South Island opened on Friday, earlier than originally planned for skiing and snowboarding. New Zealand has moved to Covid-19 alert level 1, meaning ski resorts will be able to operate largely as usual this winter.

Austria To Open Its Borders To 31 Countries Next Week But Not The UK

The Austrian Alps is reopening for international tourism on June 16th with social distancing in place and strict covid-19 restrictions.

More Ski Resorts In The Alps Open For Summer

Cervinia in Italy and Tignes in France are the latest resorts to fire up their lifts for summer. They join others open in Switzerland and Austria. It will though be a far from normal summer.

Life After Lockdown…

Lockdown is easing across the Alps and beyond. We covered the stories of our readers, reporters and others under lockdown. So, what are they up to as restrictions are lifted? UPDATED

Summer Skiing & Snowboarding Starts in Austria

The glacier resorts of Hintertux, Kaunertal & Kitzsteinhorn are first off the mark, giving some lucky skiers and snowboarders the chance to make some turns for the first time since early March.

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado Reopens for Skiing and Snowboarding

It fired up its lifts on Wednesday and people had to make reservations with only 600 allowed on the slopes. So many people have tried to book online that system was unable to cope.

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado Still Looking to Reopen for Skiing

There is a chance the ski resort could open later this week. If so what will skiing and snowboarding look like as covid-19 restrictions will be in place and enforced? NEW

Border Restrictions Eased Across Some Alpine Countries

Italy has announced that travel will be allowed from June 3rd.  It follows Austria, France and Switzerland relaxing some restrictions today with a plan for borders reopening on June 15th.


Timberline Lodge in Oregon has fired up its lifts after the governor allowed resorts to reopen. Other ski resorts in the state remain closed as they prepare for summer.

Some Resorts in Alps Prepare to Open For Summer

As lockdown restrictions are eased and some border controls lifted the ski resorts are preparing for summer. It will though be a very different experience.


Will it be enough to kick start summer tourism safely? Some alpine tourism is set to restart and there are implications for next winter’s ski season.

PlanetSKI’s Summer Gear Review

It may be awkward to get to the Alps at the moment, but summer is around the corner and restrictions are set to lift in June. Take a look at our top tips for gear this summer – in the Alps or here in the UK.

Colorado Ski Resorts May be Allowed to Re-Open

A small number may offer some skiing but for most it will be summer activities. Arapahoe Basin is one that wants to offer skiing again as others say it is too late.


The UK is set to introduce quarantine measures for international visitors. France, though not the other alpine nations, is exempt. Other alpine countries put restrictions and quarantine regulations in place back in March. They re more likely to be extended rather than lifted. UPDATED


The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Salzburgerland is being prepared for opening on May 29th.  There will be some restrictions and social distancing measures will be required.


Timberline Ski Area in Oregon says it will open if an executive order from the governor, Kate Brown, allows.


New Zealand says it has stopped the community transmission of Covid-19, effectively eliminating the virus. Ski resorts are cautiously optimistic they will be able to open for a locals’ season, albeit under tight restrictions.


Don’t despair. It doesn’t have to be over. There are plenty of places to ski this summer for all budgets.


Riding a motorbike in the mountains has much in common with skiing in the mountains. PlanetSKI reports from the alpine tarmac of the Tirol.

Snow report


PlanetSKI’s ‘Skiing Snippets’…

- Transceivers Withdrawn After Technical Problems
- Worth a watch
- Third Wave Fears in Chile

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Grace Harrison skiing at @Chill_Factore this week.

Brilliant to see activity back up and running - send us your best photos/videos so we can celebrate the return of the sport together. ⛷ 🏂

Wow! They’ve started to dismantle one of the lifts at the Médran #Verbier ... @verbier4Vallees @VerbierResorts

Twitter feed video.Wow! They’ve started to dismantle one of the lifts at the Médran #Verbier ... @verbier4Vallees @VerbierResorts

Et voilà, après 37 ans de bons et loyaux services, le démontage de notre télécabine 6 places Médran I est en cours... 👋🏻

Elle va vous manquer cette cabine? 🥴

Ne vous inquiétez pas, nous la remplaçons par quelque chose de mieux!


The worst #ski season of the millennium. The verdict of the 2021 International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism



PlanetSKI’s ‘Skiing Snippets’:

-#Whistler Sees Largest Outbreak of #VariantVirus Outside #Brazil
-Norwegian Ski Jumper Injured in Horrific Fall Has Successful Surgery
-Air Canada Sets Target of Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050


We are delighted to announce that Blue Sky Ski Holidays Ltd will be exhibiting at the National Snow Show in October. ⁠Blue Sky Ski-ing Ltd pride themselves on their first class customer service. ⁠


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PlanetSKI’s ‘Skiing Snippets’…

-#Sundance Improvements Set to Go Ahead
-UK Passport Office Urges People to Apply Early
-Japanese Policeman Goes Snowboarding While On Duty
-Canadian Resort of #SunPeaks Sees #Covid19 Spike

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