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Luxury Operator To Continue With Ski Chalets

While the UK’s biggest ski tour operator Crystal Ski Holidays has axed its entire chalet programme, the luxury brand Consensio will continue to sell chalet holidays to the French Alps this winter. NEW

Crystal Ski Holidays Axes Entire Chalet Programme for Next Winter

The UK’s largest ski tour operators is ending its chalet business. It blames Covid-19 and will have huge implications for next season’s ski and snowboard holidays.

First Snow in Ski Resorts in Canada as Covid-19 Rules for Next Season Released

Winter is on its way with snow at altitude in Canada. The resorts are looking ahead to what the season of 2020/21 may be like as the pandemic continues. UPDATED

Ski Solutions Announce Plans For Winter

The long-standing ski specialists and tailor-made tour operator have self-drive, self-catered holidays to the Alps and eco-friendly trips among their offerings for the coming season in its new online brochure.

Ischgl Sets Out to Rebuild Image & Reputation After Covid-19

The Austrian resort has become a byword for a ski resort that spread coronavirus.  Many others likely did similar, but the mud seems to have stuck on Ischgl. The resort has unveiled its plans for next winter. UPDATED

September Ski Deals for Winter 2020/2021

– 4-★ Hotel Neuhaus – St Josef Mayrhofen, Austria from £609pp
– 3-★ Hotel Xalet Besoli Arinsal, Andorra from £463pp
– 3-★ Hotel Dei Camosci, Courmayeur, Italy from £625pp
– 7 New Self Catered chalets with Ski Amis NEW

Save The Ski Train Latest

It’s been a month since the news broke that Eurostar would not be operating the direct ski train from London to the French Alps next winter. So what’s happening?

Ski Deals For Winter 2020-2021

– Self-Drive holidays to Tignes, Arc 1950, Les Menuires, Val Thorens & Tignes with Erna Low
– 3 ★ Hotel Obermair, Mayrhofen from £499pp with Crystal Ski
– 4 ★ Hotel Lion, Bansko from £449pp with Crystal Ski
– 3 ★ Hotel Miravalle, Sauze d’Oulx from £495pp with Crystal Ski
– Early Bird deals from Ski Solutions
– Half Term in Norway
We update this page frequently so keep checking back for new offers. NEW & ROLLING

Leading UK Ski Tour Operator Goes into Administration

Harris Holidays Ltd that trades as Ski Weekends has been placed into administration.  Observers fear it is one of the first of more as the fallout from Covid-19 continues. UPDATED

New Ski & Snowboard Show for UK

It will take place at the NEC in Birmingham in October 2021.  It comes as The Telegraph has axed its show in London.  PlanetSKI looks at what may be on offer and examines its chance of success. UPDATED

Maison Sport Looks Ahead to Skiing & Snowboarding Next Season

Our friends at Maison Sport have been looking at what next winter may be like with covid-19 restrictions in place.

Inghams Launch Digital Brochure for Next Winter

The ski specialists are taking bookings for the 2020/21 season with the help of a new interactive brochure.

What May Apres Ski Look Like Next Season?

If the example of some of the summer party hotspots in anything to go by then the answer is very different. Some may even not open.

Campaign to Save the Ski Train

It has been going since 1997 but has hit the buffers after Eurostar cancelled it for next winter. It has blamed coronavirus, but some think this is exactly the moment when train travel could be a viable alternative to flying.

Eurostar Cancels Ski Train for Next Winter

The restrictions imposed by Covid-19 mean the trains are cancelled for next winter. Some had thought it might be a safer way to travel amid restrictions.

Signs of Life For Next Winter’s Skiing and Snowboarding Season?

Tour operators report a rise in bookings, summer travel restrictions are being eased and resorts are planning ahead for next winter. It will be a somewhat different affair but there are, at last, growing signs of some optimism.

Inghams Ski Looks Forward to Next Winter

The UK ski and snowboard operator has launched a new campaign as it tries to reassure people they will be “In Safe Hands”.  It follows an announcement of job cuts due to covid-19 and significant worries about next winter.

Hotelplan UK To Close Office & Cut Jobs

The company, which owns the ski brands Inghams, Ski Total, Esprit Ski, Flexiski and Santa’s Lapland, is to reduce the size of the business and is considering cutting jobs by 27% due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 crisis. 

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.

UK Quarantine Measures Come into Force

People will need to self-quarantine for 14-days with some counties introducing reciprocal arrangements. The tourist industry criticises but some say it is far too late.

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.

How To Drive To The Alps

Ski tour operators are reporting increased interest in driving to the mountains next winter with people unsure of other travel options amid covid-19.  PlanetSKI offers some help.

Ski Operators & Chalet Owners Targeted by Fraudsters

While we’re all pre-occupied with Covid-19, it seems the criminals out to steal our money are working harder than ever. A huge wave of fraud of has recently been detected.

Air Bubble Linking Ski Fields of Australia & New Zealand

Both countries are allowing their ski resorts to open later this month.  It will be primarily aimed at locals but if deemed safe an air link would be established that could make a big different to the ski resorts, especially in New Zealand.

Ski Season Set to Get Underway in Australia

Three more resorts announce they are opening. They follow Thredbo and Mt Buller. We look at what the experience may be like, what other resorts may learn & ask if it can be economically viable.

What Might a Ski Holiday Look Like Next Winter? Part 2

In the second of our special reports we look at what life might be like in a socially distanced ski resort. It will be an altogether different experience.

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.

HOW LONG WILL BORDER RESTRICTIONS TO ALPINE COUNTRIES REMAIN?

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

Ski Weekender Launches Next Season’s Holidays

Here at PlanetSKI we are already looking forward to next season despite what is currently happening in the world of travel. 

Top Resorts off the Beaten Track

Next season may be the best time to head to the smaller quieter resorts. Our friends at Maison Sport have compiled their top 5 small french resorts, and we mention a few of ours too.

What Might a Ski Holiday Look Like Next Winter? Part 1

In a two-part special PlanetSKI looks at what skiing and snowboarding may be like next winter.  One thing is likely  – it will be very different if a vaccine hasn’t been discovered and administered.

PlanetSKI Goes Skiing in Georgia

Just before the corona lockdown PlanetSKI’s Ian Davis managed to explore the skiing in Georgia for a few days before racing back as the flights stopped. One thing is for sure – we’ll be back.

THE CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON SKIING & 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…

FRENCH SKI RESORTS DIGEST EASING OF LOCKDOWN

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has outlined the plans of the country as it looks to ease some of the country’s tough restrictions. It will affect the summer season and people are beginning to look at what the next winter season may look like.

Ischgl Set To Try To Change Its Image

The resort wants to move away from “party tourism” after it suffered Austria’s biggest cluster of coronavirus. Its international reputation has been damaged as some accuse it of spreading covid-19 to many other countries in Europe.

How Has Coronavirus Hit Skiing & Snowboarding

The pandemic is having a devastating impact on the travel industry.  How is the snowsports world faring and what might next season look like?  PlanetSKI assesses the situation.

AUSTRALIA SKI SEASON UNDER THREAT

The resorts are preparing, but will there be one as the coronavirus pandemic continues? Resorts are hiring, plans are being made but it is unlikely to start as normal in June.

THE SEASON OF 2020/21 AWAITS

Now may not perhaps be the time to think about next winter, but at PlanetSKI we are.  Big time. We need to stay positive, support the beleaguered snowsports industry and show we care.

Ski Deals For Next Winter

We’re optimistically looking ahead to the 2020/2021 ski season. Have a look at some of the earlybird offers from a selection of tour operators. We update this page regularly so keep checking back for new offers.

CORONAVIRUS EXODUS FROM FRENCH SKI RESORTS CAUSES SOME CHAOS

The decision of France to shut has caused huge problems with a mass exit underway. Many major resorts in the USA and Canada have announced temporary closures. Sunday is another day of developments as we report the rolling news.

SKIING CONTINUES IN FRANCE BUT FOR HOW LONG?

Italy, Austria, Norway, Switzerland and Andorra have closed all their ski areas because of the coronavirus crisis.  In France the resorts are virtually all open.

CORONAVIRUS ENDS EUROPEAN SKI SEASON

Resorts across Austria, Switzerland, Andorra, parts of the Spanish Pyrenees and others closed due to the spread of the disease. Italy had already closed. But France is holding out amid strong criticism from some quarters.

BRITISH SKIERS WITH CORONAVIRUS MOVED FROM SAALBACH

A group of 10 skiers has left the Austrian resort of Saalbach after being forced into isolation in a hotel there.

SKI OPERATORS ADVICE ON HOLIDAY IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS

We are updating this rolling blog with news from the UK ski tour operators and agents. See here for the latest.

PLANET SKI REPORTS ON THE SITUATION IN ITALY

The whole country is under quarantine due to the coronavirus crisis. PlanetSKI reports on all the latest from Italy, our winter home for this season.

FROM AOSTA TO CHAMONIX

PlanetSKI heads from its base in Italy to the powder fields of the capital of off piste skiing. 30cm of fresh snow awaits in Argentiere.

WHY I AM STAYING PUT IN NORTHERN ITALY

The area has the highest number of cases of Coronavirus in Europe and if you believe some of the hype you may think bubonic plague is here. Not so.

CORONAVIRUS: SHOULD I GO ON MY SKI TRIP TO ITALY THIS WEEKEND?

It’s a dilemma troubling Jill Helm and her family.  They are booked to travel to Val Gardena in the Dolomites this Saturday.  She tells PlanetSKI her story.

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON SNOWSPORTS GROWS

Events with large gatherings across Europe are being called off. All the major alpine resorts, except France, have closed for skiing. Read our our rolling blog.

CORONAVIRUS SPREADS IN SWITZERLAND

The Engadin Ski Marathon in Graubünden is the world’s second largest cross-country skiing event. It was due to take place this weekend. Coronavirus impacts on Switzerland.

CORONAVIRUS SKI INSURANCE ADVICE

The specialist ski insurance broker, MPI, has put together some guidance if your trip to the mountains is affected by the outbreak of the virus.

HOW TO DECIDE WHAT TO WEAR TO SKI

It shouldn’t be that difficult, but it is, especially for the inexperienced.  Our friends at Maison Sport come to the rescue.

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON SKIING

PlanetSKI is currently in Northern Italy scene of the worst outbreak Europe. We report on the impact of  the Coronavirus in Italy & what it is like to be near the worst affected areas in Europe.

CORONAVIRUS ADVICE FOR SKIERS

Britons who have been to northern Italy – the area with most of the country’s ski resorts – have been warned to keep themselves isolated if they show any symptoms of the virus. Some schools where pupils have returned from ski trips are closed, and now the virus has spread to other alpine countries.

INTERNATIONAL SKI TRAVEL MARKET HEADS TO CHAMONIX

The leading B2B international snowsports event goes from strength to strength as it launches a new event.

AVOIDING  THE CROWDS IN THE AOSTA VALLEY: TORGNON

In half-term week many resorts across the Alps suffer from busy slopes and long lift queues. Er, not where PlanetSKI has been skiing.

HOW TO AVOID LIFT QUEUES

It’s busy out on the slopes at the moment with the half-term break in full swing. Our friends at Maison Sport offer some advice on how to avoid the queues.

Ski Line, The Ski Experts

Ski Line doesn’t offer cruises or city breaks, it just does skiing and snowboarding. It was founded 25 years ago and continues to go from strength to strength.

AVOIDING THE CROWDS IN THE AOSTA VALLEY: CREVACOL

It’s the busiest week of the ski season with crowded slopes, long lift lines and packed restaurants. But not everywhere. PlanetSKI reports.

HALF-TERM SKIING IN THE ALPS

A bit of rain, a dusting of snow, some sunshine and fluctuating temperatures. It’s been a mixed bag of weather in the Alps for the busiest week of the season.

Snow report

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Arlberg ski area announces Covid-19 policy for lift system

It contains the resorts of #StAnton #StChristoph #Lech #WarthShrocken #Zurs and others.

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/20/arlberg-ski-area-announces-covid-19-policy-for-its-lift-system/

Check out all the latest news on the Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

- Arlberg Ski Area Announces Covid-19 Policy for its Lift System
- Australia Claims Some Success in Covid-19 Fight as Ski Resorts Close

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/20/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-12/

Check out all the latest news on the Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

- Covid-19 Statement from Alterra
- Climbing chalk that may fight Covid-19

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/20/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-12/

Brexit Impact for Next Ski Season

The government has launched a campaign aiming to help British travellers, that’s us skiers and snowboarders, prepare for Brexit changes.

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/01/septembers-news-in-brief/

Check out all the latest news on the Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

- Ryanair Fears Further Cuts to Winter Flights
- A Live Snake as Face Covering!
- Crystal Mountain Introduces Hi-Tech System for Chairlift Access That Will Help Covid-19 Rules

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/12/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-11/

The @fisalpine World Cup #Ski racing calendar for 2020-21 has been announced with more changes forced by #COVID19 ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/09/18/world-cup-ski-racing-dates-announced/

'Breathtaking' ski jumping venue for the @Beijing2022 Winter Olympics nears completion ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/09/18/breathtaking-ski-jumping-venue-for-beijing-olympics/
#Beijing2022 #Olympics #Ski

A doctor has gone on trial accused of being part of an international sports #doping ring that was smashed in raids at the 2019 #Nordic #Ski World Championships in Seefeld, Austria ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/09/01/septembers-news-in-brief/

Latest news on the #Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

- WHO Repeats Warnings to Europe as More Restrictions Loom
- Italy has ‘Covid-Free’ Flights
- Gatwick Introduces Ultraviolet Disinfecting Security Tray

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/12/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-11/

#coronavirusupdates #coronavirusski

Covid-19 Update:

- WHO Warns of Serious Situation in Europe as UK Warns of the Winter Ahead
- BA Calls for Testing at Airports
- Luxury Operator to Continue with Ski Chalets
- New Zealand has Worst Recession in Years as Ski Resorts see Downturn

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/12/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-11/

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