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VIP SKI Offers Covid Guide For Getting To and From France

The specialist operator has produced what it calls an ‘Easy Guide’ to help its guests steer a path through the rules while taking a ski holiday in France. NEW

Austria Announces Rules After Lockdown Ends on Sunday

The end of the national lockdown is welcome news for skiers, snowboarders and the ski industry.  However cases remain high & some restrictions will be in place, with the nine provinces deciding some of their own rules in what will be a complex situation. UPDATED

No Lockdown For France Despite Rise in Covid-19 Cases

France has ruled out another lockdown or curfew for the time being despite the number of cases of Covid-19 in the country soaring. Some measures have been tightened. NEW

New Measures for Switzerland & Italy

Switzerland sees more testing & mask wearing with Italy introducing its so-called ‘super green pass’. Cases of the omicron variant continue to grow across the ski nations of Europe as more ski resorts open and it’s hoped the measures will help skiing to continue as normally as possible.

Skiers Heading Back to UK Now Need Negative Test from Today

Travellers heading to the UK will now have to take a Covid test before departure.  It’s thrown things into further chaos with the ban being described as a ‘hammer blow’ for travel. Some skiers will be prepared to accept the risks & point out it that testing was required for travel last summer. UPDATED

Switzerland Scraps Quarantine Requirement

In an about turn the Swiss authorities have altered some of the measures announced last week that threw the start of winter into chaos and brought travel misery for many. It has been welcomed by the Swiss ski industry, with stricter testing ordered. UPDATED

Last Day to Purchase Your Ikon Pass

The multi resorts pass is on sale until Thursday 9th of December, and then that’s it. You’ll need to hurry if you think it is the pass for you… UPDATED

Andorra Unveils Covid-19 Measures for the Season

A Covid Health Pass is needed and masks are mandatory in many settings. The measures have been introduced ‘in order to save the season’. It comes just as the slopes open for the winter with significant snow falling. UPDATED

The Mountains are Calling

It’s been a long time for most of us so here’s something to get us in the mood for skiing.

Ski Holidays to Switzerland Suspended

UK operators have cancelled holidays in December after a mandatory 10-day quarantine was introduced alongside a testing requirement. Ski events have been cancelled.
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Transit Travel Through Switzerland Is Now Possible

The UK government has altered its advice after conversations with Swiss authorities which means skiers can use Geneva airport and others to access ski resorts in France and Italy. Preventing people from the UK using Geneva would have had a huge impact on the French ski industry. UPDATED

Swiss Covid-19 Restrictions Impact Travel

Switzerland has ordered all arrivals from the UK into 10-days quarantine due to the omicron variant. Swiss resorts are affected, but many people also fly into Geneva airport to access ski resorts in France. UPDATED

Switzerland Imposes Further Restrictions on UK Arrivals

It has added the UK to its list of countries where it decided there is a variant of concern. It will have an have an impact on the start of the ski season that is getting underway. There are question marks over people flying into Geneva to access ski resorts in France. UPDATED

Switzerland Imposes Quarantine for UK Arrivals

It comes as cases continue to soar in both countries and the Omicron variant is introduced into the equation. Concerns are rising for the approaching ski season in Switzerland and elsewhere. UPDATED

Family Teenage Ski Holidays Under Threat

UK 12-15 years old cannot get double vaccinated, but many ski nations need them to be in order for them to get a health pass. The pass gives them access to access the ski lifts and other resort facilities. Otherwise it is multiple testing in some countries or perhaps not being able to use lifts at all in others.

Inghams Highlights Switzerland

Inghams has recently launched its Covid-19 Online Hub to guide customers through the various and complex rules. Here it looks at the situation in Switzerland.

Italy Tightens Covid-19 Restrictions

From December 6th unvaccinated people will be banned from ski lifts and from taking part in a range of leisure activities. A negative test will not be enough for entry to restaurants, cinemas and other venues. NEW

France Extends Pass Sanitaire Requirement to Ski Lifts

It is no great surprise and it brings France into line with Austria and Italy. There have been further changes to mask wearing rules with more requirements. UPDATED

Jackson Hole Prepares to Open

The iconic US resort that is a firm favourite of PlanetSKI is firing up its lifts in time for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday. Here we look at the resort and what the season may hold in store. NEW

Ski Guiding is Back for VIP SKI

VIP SKI is offering free ski guiding at its new property in Arc 1950. It is available for the first two mornings of a holiday.

Ski Season Underway in Val Thorens

The resort’s 5-month season started last weekend and PlanetSKI was there to enjoy it. We look back at the weekend and forward to the season ahead in the highest resort in the Alps.

Ski Resorts in Austria Prepare for Lockdown

The whole country goes into lockdown on Monday. Some ski resorts remain open this weekend for final turns and others are now changing their opening plans. NEW

PlanetSKI In Val Thorens For Its Opening

The highest resort in the Alps kicked off its season at the weekend. The French resort plans to be open until the beginning of May. PlanetSKI is in the resort for its opening – we’re finally back on the slopes and making some turns. UPDATED

Austria to Go Into Full Lockdown

It comes as cases surge despite a recent increase in restrictions. Vaccinations will alos be made compulsory. The move will have a significant impact on the start of the ski season, but it is hoped it will mean Xmas skiing can take place. UPDATED

Fancy 60% off Your Ski or Snowboard Hire in France This Winter?

Intersport is running a ‘White Friday’ promotional campaign with some seriously good offers. The offer is underway and expires on November 29th so you’ll need to hurry.

Crystal Ski Offers Help to Get People Back to the Slopes

The UK’s largest ski operator has created a special  information hub to help people navigate through all the details about getting to the slopes with all the various Covid-19 rules and regulations.

Ikon Pass Suggests Five US Resorts

It advises on the resort best for families, best for foodies, best for snowboarders, best for luxury and best for spring skiing. NEW

Skiweekends & Flexiski Join Forces

Both companies specialise in short breaks to the mountains and will be run by a parent company Ski Elements Ltd.

Is Now the Time for a North America Ski Road Trip?

Hell Yeah!  The Ikon Pass covers many fabulous resorts in the USA and Canada and so with a single pass you can ski dozens of resorts.  PlanetSKI reports from experience on the possibilities and what road trips are all about.

UK Booster Does Not Register on NHS Covid App

Some countries, including Austria and Switzerland, require people to have had their second jab within a set time frame. The ommission of the booster will therefore affect some winter travel unless changes are made. NEW

UK Interest in Skiing in the USA Grows as Borders Open

With the US borders now open to travellers from Europe latest figure show travellers from the UK are most keen to visit. It is hoped by ski resorts that this transfers to winter tourism.

Covid-19 Rules on Ski Slopes in France for Next Winter

A health pass will not be needed to use ski lifts, though masks will need to be worn. President Macron has announced some further details about the criteria for the ‘pass sanitaire’ that will be needed in the resorts next winter. UPDATED

Ski France Adds More Chalets

At a time when chalets are in short supply as some UK operators have cut them back due to employment laws and Brexit, one operator is adding to its portfolio. And throwing in a few free airport transfers. NEW

A Greener Way to Get to the Alps

World attention is on the COP26 summit and how we can tackle the climate situation. Skiers wanting to head to France are being advised that train travel is perhaps better for the planet.

News from the Ikon Pass

The Ikon Pass expands further into Europe with the addition of Dolomiti Superski in Italy and Kitzbühel in Austria for Winter 21/22. Time is running out to buy the pass that gives access to 47 ski areas across 9 countries and 5 continents.

The Isère Region Looks Forward to Winter

Skiing starts at 800m and heads up to 3,600m. The spectacular mountain resorts and the people of Isère in France are waiting to share their region with visitors again. Much of its skiing is perhaps not familiar to UK visitors – yet.

Rail Tickets to French Ski Resorts On Sale

Train journeys in France from 3rd January to 28th March 2022 are now on sale. This means that for those dates, Eurostar journeys can be combined with onward trains to the Alps. UPDATED

What’s New in SalzburgerLand in Austria for This Season

In SalzburgerLand resorts have taken advantage of the pandemic pause to invest in improved ski facilities, plus launch new and refurbished hotels.

How About Heading to Jackson Hole this Winter?

The iconic US resort is due to open at the end of November in time for the Thanksgiving Weekend.  Things are looking pretty good with the first snow already falling. Time for a bucket list ski trip across The Pond?

Next Few Weeks of UK Covid-19 Cases Vital for Ski Season

One scenario sees UK Covid cases remaining stubbornly high and perhaps further nations restricting travel.  Another sees our cases tumbling as we enter a post-pandemic world. Whatever the outcome the next month will have a crucial impact on the season ahead. UPDATED

New Rules for US Travel Unveiled

The White House has outlined new rules for foreign travellers to the US that will affect those heading to ski in the USA this winter. Flight restrictions are lifted on November 8th. NEW

Travellers into England Now Able to Use Cheaper Covid-19 Tests

People returning to England now need to take lateral flow test instead of the more expensive PCR test. However with surging Covid-19 cases in the UK there are worries that some European nations may not welcome people from the UK with a huge impact on the ski season. UPDATED

Morzine Prepares to Welcome Back British Skiers

The resort in the Portes du Soleil is looking ahead to winter. It has been working hard to ensure that guests can enjoy the resort’s facilities safely and hassle-free, while experiencing a warm and heartfelt French Alpine welcome.

National Snow Show Claims Success

Thousands of snowsport fans have been at the first ever National Snow Show that took place at the NEC, Birmingham last weekend. PlanetSKI was among them. So, how was it? UPDATED

Time to Ski in Norway?

With the realistic prospect of post-pandemic skiing this winter many are looking to take a bucket list trip or ski somewhere entirely different. Perhaps Norway is worth a look. We think so.

Tickets for Ski Holidays by Train Now On Sale

The Travelski Express is set to roll with inclusive ski holidays to six resorts in the French Alps. Perhaps now is the time to take a ski holiday by train.

Will Alpine Nations Welcome British Skiers as Covid Cases Soar in the UK?

It is the growing worry as cases in the UK continue to rise. Morocco has banned flights to and from the UK and others with alpine countries watching our rising cases closely. Lateral flow tests are now needed for returning travellers, with the UK’s travel testing regime is set to stay in place into the New Year. UPDATED

Ski Holiday Deals for 2021/22 Season

The Black Friday deals are over, but we have the latest deals coming through. There are some good deals from the family specialists, Esprit Ski. Check out the latest… UPDATED

Ischgl Issues its Covid-19 Safety Measures for Next Winter

The Austrian resort is aiming to be one of the safest resorts in the Alps in a post-pandemic ski world.

5 Top Resorts for Families in the Tirol

The Tirol in Austria has around 80 ski resorts and 3,000 kilometres of pistes and is a firm favourite for families. We asked the Tirol Tourist Office to recommend its Top Five. NEW

More Ski Resorts Now Open in the Alps

More resorts opened in Austria and Switzerland at the weekend. 19 resorts in the Alps are now offering some skiing and snowboarding. The start of the ski season of 2021/22 continues. UPDATED

USA Reopens Borders to UK Visitors

It is the move the US ski resorts have been waiting for and opens up the USA for international skiers and snowboarders this winter. UPDATED

Austria Assures for Next Season

It is stressing its Covid-19 precautions, the attractions of its snow and mountain regions plus the additional extras offered by a ski holiday in the Austrian Alps. It is all part of a multi-million euro marketing campaign, ‘Winter Love’. UPDATED

Italy Provides Best Value for Skiers

That’s the claim from the Post Office Travel Money Ski Resort Report by the UK’s largest ski operator, Crystal Ski Holidays. PlanetSKI has been given a peak of it ahead of the main annual report in December. UPDATED

Hope for Half-Term Holidays in the Mountains

The government says it hopes PCR tests will not be needed by the end of the October half term break. The UK traffic light system has already gone. It means restrictions will largely be eased for vaccinated people wanting to take a mountain break. UPDATED

Crystal Ski Holidays Looks Forward to The Season

The UK’s largest ski tour operator has a simple message for next winter – REMEMBER THE FEELING: LET’S GET BACK TO THE MOUNTAINS. Who are we to disagree?

Covid-19 Ski Holiday Rules in Austria

At PlanetSKI we are looking  at the rules and regulations in place in the main ski nations as winter approaches. All the main ski nations have confirmed that resorts are set to open. First we look at the situation in Austria.

Morzine Avoriaz: Reasons to visit this winter

Good skiing and snowboarding is a given in the French resort in the Portes du Soleil that is a firm favourite with UK skiers. See the full details of what’s on offer this winter from the resort’s tourist office.

No Health Pass Needed for Lifts in France if Covid Falls

The announcement has been made by the government and other measures will be considered in the coming weeks. The government declared some weeks ago that the resorts would open this winter & some start later this month.

Optimism Continues to Grow for Next Ski Season

The optimism found after the government announced an easing of the travel rules in time for winter is continuing. Is it justified? Some operators advise people to book now as supply is limited. Are they right? UPDATED

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