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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
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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?
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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.

SKI DEALS FOR WINTER 2023/24

* £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

European Gay Ski Week Heads to Val Thorens

It takes place in the high altitude French resort 16th – 23rd March 2024. Sunweb is the official booking partner allowing people to select flights, accommodation, lift pass and event pass in one package. 

Family Hunt for Missing British Hiker in Swiss Alps

29-year old Aidan Roche was last seen in the Grindelwald area. An extensive search has failed to find any trace of him.

Jackson Hole Ski Resort is Sold

The iconic US resort has been run by the Kemmerer family for the past 31 years. It says it has fulfilled the goal of keeping the resort independent as it is sold. UPDATED

More Snow Falls in New Zealand

It had been a poor ski season for snow, but now it has been falling heavily. Skiers and snowboarders are celebrating after a poor start to winter. UPDATED

Snow Conditions in Australia and New Zealand

Australia has seen a good winter so far. Sadly it is a different story in the ski areas of New Zealand, but snow is in the forecast.

Cool Off in Austria this Summer

As a land-locked country, Austria might not be the most obvious choice for a beach or watersports holiday. Not so.

Australia Sees More Heavy Snow

The latest snowstorm to hit the ski resorts is the biggest so far.  It’s not so good in neighbouring New Zealand with resorts in South America now opening. UPDATED

Crystal Ski Holidays Announces Spain & Slovenia as New Destinations

Crystal Ski Holidays has unveiled two new destinations for next winter. There’s Spain, as well as the budget-friendly Slovenia.

Ski Parents Angry as Insurance Company Refuses to Pay Out

A Brighton school had to cancel an Easter ski trip to Italy because of delays at Dover last winter. No refunds have been able to be claimed.

PlanetSKI Goes Hiking & E-Mountain Biking in the Tirol

We’re continuing our summer Tour of the Tirol in St Johann. We’ve been E-mountain biking & now we’re hiking. Summer in the Alps…UPDATED

New Zealand Resorts Re-Open as Snow Returns

Some snow has fallen and resorts are re-opening. The NZ season started well but high temperatures and rain took their toll. It’s better in Australia, with South America looking good. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Goes Summer Skiing on a Glacier + Exploring 30m Deep Inside It

We’re making a few turns on the Hintertux glacier that’s open year round if conditions allow. We’re also going 30m inside the glacier exploring its caves & tunnels. It’s all part of our summer tour in the Tirol.

PlanetSKI Visits the Tirol in the Summer

We’re here for a spot of summer glacier skiing. Plus a whole load more – e-biking, walking, visiting underground glacier lakes, mountain karting, hiking the Hahnenkamm & a city break in Innsbruck. Read on to see what awaits us in the Tirol… UPDATED

Luxury Ski Travel Market Resilient & Back to Pre-Covid Levels

A MTN survey conducted in partnership with the Ski Club of Great Britain shows the workings of the luxury ski market and how it compares to the rest of the market. We have the full survey and details.

Snow Finally Falls in Australia

Resorts opened last weekend, the King’s Weekend, with some only offering magic carpets and beginner slopes. Others didn’t run any lifts at all. Now things are changing. NEW & UPDATED

Crystal Ski Holidays Expands Ski Holidays for Beginners

It’s ‘Slope Starter’ packages mean people can now choose from Andorra and France in packages exclusively for beginners.

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