Travel & Holiday

Gurgl Claims Huge Success for First World Cup Race

The resort claims the added value generated by the sports event is estimated at €1.8m. With signifcant British interest as Dave Ryding came 4th.

20+ Resorts in the Alps Open This Weekend

Some were planned, others are due to the significant recent snowfall in parts of the Alps. So, who’s starting for the season? NEW

Why Ski in Austria Next Winter?

We are asking some of the Alpine and Scandinavian countries to tell us, in their own words, what makes a ski holiday so special in their region. Next we hear from Austria. NEW

Another Storm Rolls in to Parts of the Alps

They are coming thick and fast, though this one will bring rain as well as snow as the temperature fluctuates. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Reports from Pitztal in the Tirol

Our editor, James Cove, is in the glacier resort in the Tirol as heavy snow falls. It’s having the best start to winter in 15-years. Suffice to say James is more than a little excited. UPDATED

What a Weekend in Val Thorens!

PlanetSKI was in the highest resort in the Alps for its official opening. We blogged daily, often hourly, and here we pull it all together looking back at the weekend, and to the future of Val Thorens. UPDATED

New Short-Break Shared Transfer Service Launched

With more people interested in long-weekend ski breaks, Alpine Fleet has launched a shared service to some of the major French resorts. Bookings are reported to be going well.

Black Friday Ski Deals

★ 20% off Premiere Neige accommodation in Sainte Foy ★ Extra 10% discount on Ski Rentals with Intersport ★ Extra £50pp off in addition to current Inghams offer ★ 5% off Resort Transfers ★ NEW

More Snow Falls with More Resorts Opening

The temperature has dropped sharply as another storm hits the Alps with more on the way. UPDATED

Five of the Best in the Tirol

We are asking some resorts and ski areas to tell us, in their own words, what makes a ski holiday so special in their region. First we hear from the Tirol Austria.

PlanetSKI Discount Code for Ski Hire with Intersport

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

Good Start to the Season at Altitude in the Alps

More resorts opened at the weekend including the first in France. 30 resorts now offer some skiing. UPDATED

Ski Sainte Foy With Premiere Neige

In 2002, Premiere Neige made its debut in Sainte Foy starting with just two chalets. Today it owns a collection of 30 catered and self-catered properties.

Ski Club GB Releases its State of the UK Snowsports Market Survey

The survey was conducted by the Ski Club of Great Britain and sent to Ski Club members and subscribers. It was done in partnership with Snow + Rock and the Mountain Trade Network and their customer data bases.

World Ski Awards Announced

It claims to be the only global initiative to recognise and reward excellence in ski tourism. It has revealed the winners of its 11th annual programme. UPDATED

Austria Predicts Rise in Winter Bookings

The government and tourism industry are painting an optimistic picture of the winter ahead in a new survey.  UK tour operators also report growing interest in ski holidays in Austria.

Opening & Closing Dates of Ski Resorts in The Alps

Fresh snow is falling, some resorts have already opened & we’re getting in the mood for winter at PlanetSKI. With help from our friends at Maison Sport we detail when some of the most popular resorts are opening. UPDATED

Switzerland Reveals Statistics from the 2022/23 Season

It was the first winter free from Covid-19 restrictions and despite generally poor snow, there were some positives.

What’s New for Winter 2023/24 with Ski Solutions

Ski Solutions is Britain’s original specialist ski travel agency and tailor-made tour operator and have been arranging ski holidays for more than 35 years to Europe and North America.

Fancy Travelling on Sunday Rather Than Saturday? 

Saturday is the traditional ski transfer day – expect busy airports & packed roads when travelling. In resort there are queues for accommodation, ski hire shops and lifts pass offices. Why not look at Sunday instead?

More Snow About To Fall In The Alps

Significant amounts of early season snow have fallen with more set to come down this weekend. UPDATED

Major Autumn Snowfall Hits the Alps

This is the real deal with well over 50cm in places and still it comes down. UPDATED

Deals for November 2023

★20% off accommodation in Sainte Foy with Premiere Neige★ Christmas discounts to Tignes & Kitzbühel with SNO ★ Save up to £400 with Inghams ★ Discount Ski Rentals with Intersport ★ UPDATED

Xmas Markets with SNO

The UK ski agent, SNO, is offering trips to Xmas markets in the Alps combined with some festive skiing – travelling by air, rail or road.

Happy Birthday Iglu Ski

The pioneering ski agent is 25-years old. All those years ago it recognised that the future of booking a ski holiday was using digital technology with real-time information to put the customer at the heart of the process.  400, 000 people have reaped the rewards.

A London Ski Show is Back

It took place at the ExCeL Centre in East London at the weekend. PlanetSKI reviews the show, plus reports on what light it sheds on the state of the UK snowsport industry & the approaching winter. UPDATED

Ten Reasons to Ski in Austria This Winter

Well-groomed ski pistes, state-of-the-art lifts, as well as a modern infrastructure await.  We asked the Austrian National Tourist Office to give us their top reasons to visit.

New Ski Deals for 2023/2024

★ Christmas in Tignes save 22% with SNO
★ Flash Sale 35% off with Ski France
★ SAVE 35% on Whistler Hotels with Inghams
★ SAVE £2,000 with Esprit Ski

Alpine Fleet Expands

The ski transfer company began last winter operating from Geneva. It now offers transfers from other airports and to a range of new resorts. The new kid on the block goes up a gear.

Fancy Free Tickets to the London Snow Show This Weekend?

It takes place this weekend at the ExCeL in east London and follows on from the National Snow Show in Birmingham last weekend. PlanetSKI has a bunch of tickets to give away. NEW

Lifts Passes Included in All Sunweb Holidays

Sunweb is one of Europe’s leading holiday operators and has been packaging ski holidays to 200 destinations across Andorra, Austria, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland for more than 25 years.

As Arc 1950 Turns 20 We look at its Past and What this Season Holds in Store

Arc 1950 sits high in Paradiski, one of the largest and highest ski areas in the Alps. We look back at its 20 years and forward to the future.

Save Money on Your Ski Trip

We have just fully updated the PlanetSKI Guide to Saving Money – it’s full of handy tips and practical advice. It sits in another section of the web site but we re-produce it here. UPDATED

Fancy Free Tickets to the UK Snow Shows?

The first is in Birmingham this weekend, and then another in London a week later. PlanetSKI readers can get free tickets to both. Read on for more…

PlanetSKI Stays in 14th Century French Chateau in Alps

We’ve stayed in some varied and interesting places in our travels around the Alps. But never a genuine French chateau. Check out the Le Chateau de Candie in Chambery.

SNO Sets Out its Stall for Next Winter

SNO offers more than one million ski package deals creating the widest selection of chalet, hotel, and self-catered skiing accommodation online. 

Latest Ski Deals for 2023/2024

★ Further £100 off Sunweb Holidays
★ Winter Train Tickets on sale to Alps
★ Ski & snowboard rental discount
★ 5% Off Ski Lift resort transfers UPDATED

Winter Train Tickets for French Alps Now On Sale

It is only for the first part of winter but if you are interested now is the time to book. There is growing interest in taking the train, but currently only 2% of UK skiers do so. UPDATED

What’s New in Verbier for Next Winter?

PlanetSKI reports from the Swiss resort as we look ahead to what is coming for the approaching ski season.

Cairngorm Funicular Close Down Continues

The funicular railway at Cairngorm Mountain looks set to remain out of operation until mid-October. It’s the latest setback to the troubled lift.

PlanetSKI is in the Jura Mountains

We’ve been in the Pyrenees and the Alps on our autumn tour of the mountains, now its time for the Jura.  One of Europe’s little-known and under-appreciated ranges. UPDATED

Ski France Offers Four New Contactless Catered Chalets

Ready for the upcoming winter, leading French accommodation provider, Ski France, has added four new Contactless Catered Chalets to its portfolio. But what are ‘contactless chalets’?

National Snow Week Approaches

It starts with the National Snow Show in Birmingham and ends with a new Snow Show in London. In between are some new offerings.

PlanetSKI Is In the Alps

We’re in Chambery: hiking at altitude, nosing round the ancient town, plus staying in a Chateau. We have a bit of time on our hands between matches in the Rugby World Cup. UPDATED

New for the Tirol Next Winter

There are around 80 ski resorts with 3,400kms of prepared pistes.  Then there is the off piste… See here for all that is on offer in the Austrian region next winter.

Which is the Best Resort in the Alps?

Zermatt wins the title of Best Ski Resort in the Alps according to the Best Ski Resort Report, conducted every two years. What’s your favourite resort and why?

Inghams Ski Launch Rail Packages to 22 resorts across 4 Alpine Countries

The new routes for the 23/24 season are designed to offer a low hassle, sustainable option to the Alps. Interest in taking the train to the Alps is on the up, but it will take a huge change to see significant numbers travelling by train.


* £150 off Crystal Ski Holidays to Europe
* Save £150 with Inghams to Lapland
* Sunweb Holidays offers up to £350 discounts UPDATED

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

Festive Short Ski Breaks  in France with VIP SKI

Christmas & New Year fall on the weekend this year, so VIP SKI is offering mid-week to mid-week ski holidays + some short break options. NEW

What’s on Offer in Val Thorens For This Winter?

There is a great deal happening this winter in Val Thorens – the highest ski resort in Europe. There’s a host of new offerings both on and off the slopes.

Where Is The Best Value Lift Pass in Europe?

A survey has concluded it is the Dolomiti Superski area in Italy. It costs €0.31 per km of slope. We have the details of the report’s 21 resorts surveyed. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Is In The Pyrenees

We’re back in our natural habitat – the mountains. We are in France for 4-weeks (hopefully longer) for the Rugby World Cup. Be rude not to spend the downtime between matches in the Pyrenees & the Alps. UPDATED

New Rail Map to Access French Ski Resorts

A new map of rail routes to ski resorts in France claims to give skiers a clearer picture of how they can travel to the mountains by train. Some already think it is far too complex.

Netflix Co-Founder Invests $100m in Powder Mountain

Reed Hastings is now the majority shareholder in Powder Mountain in Utah and is investing $100m. It is one of PlanetSKI’s favourite ski areas in the US.

PlanetSKI’s Autumn Trip to the Alps & the Pyrenees

We’re always in the mountains for the Winter & ski into Spring. Then we’re back in the Summer. Now we’re in the mountains of France for the Autumn. Plus taking in the Rugby World Cup. UPDATED

Ski Deals for Winter 2023/2024

* Ski France Lift pass offer (time sensitive)
* Save 20% with Pierre et Vacances at Portes du Soleil
* Guaranteed discount on ski & snowboard rental
* Save 5% on airport transfers with Ski Lifts UPDATED

What’s New this Winter in Morzine-Avoriaz?

There’s a host of new offerings both on and off the slopes in the linked French resorts. Plus the area is strengthening its environmental credentials.

Snow Falls in Australia After Some Close Early

Several smaller resorts have closed but finally some snow has been falling. It’s been a generally poor winter in Australia, but an excellent one in New Zealand. And as for South America… Wow! UPDATED

New Eurostar Ski Route to French Alps

Eurostar has announced a new ski service from London to the Alps via Lille. UK tour operator, Inghams Ski, is among those selling the product with a ski holiday included. It has met with mixed reaction. UPDATED

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