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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. UPDATED – WITH ALL INCLUSIVE SELF DRIVE SKI DEALS

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.

FOUR TOP WAYS FOR KIDS TO CARRY THEIR SKIS

It’s half-term week and that means kids on the slopes. So how should they carry their skis? Our friends over at Maison Sport have been offering their advice.

LIVERPOOL HEADS TO VERBIER FOR FOOTBALL & SKI EVENTS

The football club and the Swiss resort have teamed up for LFC weeks in April. So, what’s it all about?

EPIC SNOW IN US SKI RESORTS

If you’re heading west in the near future you are in for a real treat. US resorts, particularly those in Colorado and Utah, have had huge dumps. But the avalanche risk is high.

PLANETSKI ARRIVES IN AOSTA FOR 3-MONTH STAY

We’re now based in the self-proclaimed ‘Heart of the Alps’. There’s some skiing to be had here in Italy, and in neighbouring France & Switzerland. Plus much else besides.

TRAVEL INDUSTRY GEARS UP FOR EU TRADE TALKS

The Travel Association ABTA is stepping up its work on behalf of the industry to ensure its voice is heard in the post-Brexit trade talks.

POSTCARD FROM NASSFELD

The Austrian resort has more than a little bit of Italy in it.  Sounds like a good combination to us. And it is.

ADVENTURES IN JASNA WITH JASNA ADVENTURES

The resort in Slovakia offer great skiing, great prices and much more besides. Jasna Adventures is the company to visit with.

IS THIS THE WINTER TO SKI IN JAPAN?

Japan is home to some of the best powder skiing on the planet. Read here about the skiing in Japan holidays offered by Mabey Ski as snow finally falls.

Heliskiing in Austria on the Cheap

The resort of Nassfeld sits on the Italian border and is one of the few Austrian resorts offering heliskiing. PlanetSKI jumps aboard.

POSTCARD FROM SCHLADMING

PlanetSKI was in town for the night slalom World Cup race.  And to take a look round its slopes.

COMING IN TO LAND… AT KLAGENFURT

Where? Ever flown this way into Austria? No, neither have we but we’ll be doing it again. And here’s why…

PLANETSKI VISITS SITE OF FIRST NEW US SKI AREA FOR 40 YEARS

Mayflower will be next to Deer Valley in Utah. Some are welcoming it while others question the need for yet another ski resort.

ALPINE ACTION IN THE AOSTA VALLEY

It is home to some of the most famous resorts in Italy. Cervinia, Courmayeur & Champolouc to name a few.  PlanetSKI is based there from next month & here we look at some of this winter’s attractions.

PLANETSKI TOURS THE SKIWELT

It’s one of the largest linked areas in Austria, but not one we know that well. Time to change that.

WE LOOK BACK AT OUR TRIP TO UTAH

PlanetSKI was in Utah earlier this month. Take a look back at all our US adventures rolled into one article. What a blast!

Skiing in Bulgaria: It’s Cheap & Very Cheerful…

Our Social Media Editor has been to Borovets & Bansko. She knew it was going to be cheap and cheerful but it was going to be fun discovering more. First up, Borovets.

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Cross Country Skiing to be Allowed in France

France will allow people to go #crosscountryskiing individually from Saturday, as long as it doesn't prompt big gatherings of people.

https://planetski.eu/2020/11/23/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-10/

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- First Val d’Isere World Cup Races Cancelled
- Alpine Ski Nations in Talks to Have Co-Ordinated Opening
- French Ski Resorts Can Open In December But Ski Lifts to Remain Shut

https://planetski.eu/2020/11/23/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-10/

#coronavirusski

Sad 😢
While French ski resorts can open in December, the lifts will remain shut!
https://twitter.com/valdisere/status/1331958057266540544

Twitter feed video.Sad 😢 
While French ski resorts can open in December, the lifts will remain shut! 
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Val d'Isère@valdisere

🎵 "When will I see you again, wonderful country ..."
We are ready but we've been hit with the breakdown!
If the opening of the ski lifts remains uncertain, our charming village awaits you for the Christmas holidays!
#valdisere #lesbronzés #christmas

First Val d’Isere World Cup Races Cancelled

Men’s Giant Slalom races December 5 & 6 are off.

"We’re staying united and motivated for organizing the following two weekends of racing.”

https://planetski.eu/2020/11/23/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-10/

#premierneige #valdisere

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