Travel & Holiday

UK Ski Operator Has Offers for Next Season

Absolutely Snow is turning its attention to next season as this one draws to a close.  It has four special offers including securing a holiday for 2022/23 for just £1.

Searching for Skiing

The ski operator allChalets reports a growing interest in skiing as travel rules and local Covid-19 restrictions ease. It also claims the Beijing Winter Olympics has provided a boost. It has been crunching the numbers.

PlanetSKI Goes Back in Time in Alpbach

The resort in the Tirol is like a time capsule, but with a few modern twists.  We were only in the resort for 24-hours but would like to return for so much more. Check out our take on an historic resort in the Alps where time simply stands still.

Fancy a Late Season Ski Trip to the Alps?

If so you are not the only one as Intersport Rentals is seeing bookings surge for Easter. Skiers & Snowboarders can finally hit the slopes with few Covid-19 restrictions in place. With a late Easter the season is set to go out with a bang. UPDATED

Easter Skiing in Tignes

A new hotel in Tignes, Voulez Vous, has offers in place for the Easter holidays with some complimentary upgrades thrown in.

PlanetSKI Postcard from St Johann

It is the latest resort we have visited on our extended stay in the Tirol. We’re examining the secrets of the Tirol and why it is such a special part of the Alps. Step forward St Johann.

Seven of the Best Mountain Restaurants in Tirol

PlanetSKI is currently touring the Tirol in an extended trip. So we thought we’d ask the Tirol Tourist Office for a few recommendations for restaurants. Here is their response.

All UK Travel Rules Scrapped

The remaining Covid travel restrictions are gone. The passenger locator form and tests for the unvaccinated are not needed. It has been welcomed by skiers returing this weekend & those heading out over the rest of the season. UPDATED

French Ski Resorts Return to ‘Normal’ as Covid Rules Go

The vaccine pass and the requirement to wear masks indoors are being dropped in France from this Monday. It’s good news for the ski resorts as they go into the last six weeks or so of their season.

Thrills & Spills in the Tarentaise

What can you do in a 5-day flying visit to the two biggest ski areas in France?  An awful lot, and we don’t just mean skiing. The Paradiski and Les3Vallées in the Tarentaise have some of the best high-altitude slopes in the Alps and – as we discover – some of the best high-adrenalin activities.

Austrian Ski Resorts Welcome Relaxation of Covid Restrictions

It is the last major alpine county to do so and the move brings it more into line with Switzerland, France and Italy. PlanetSKI reports from the Tirol on the welcome change and how hopes are rising for a good end to the season. UPDATED

Alterra Invests for the Future

The US based ski resort company is spending $1 billion over the next 5 years for improvements to some of its resorts.  $344 will be spend for next season. Which resorts are set to benefit?

Travels & Tales From the Tirol

PlanetSKI is currently based in the Tirol, Austria.  Skiing as many resorts as we can – from the big international ones, to others you have probably never heard of. There are adventures a plenty along the way as we reflect why we rate this part of the Alps so highly.

Chamonix Joins the Ikon Pass Resorts

It is the latest European resort to join the lift pass grouping. Zermatt in Switzerland, Kitzbühel in Austria and Dolomiti Superski in Italy are already members. Sun Valley in Idaho and Snowbasin in Utah are also joining.

Crystal’s Top Resorts For Late Season Skiing

The UK’s biggest ski tour operator has come up with its top 5 picks for March and April skiing and snowboarding.  Ready for one more trip to the slopes?

The PlanetSKI Snow Report

The clear weather and blue sky is back in the Alps after the sand from the Sahara passes. There’s precious little snow in the forecast with temperatures remaining mild. We report from the Austrian Alps and on recent conditions in Scotland. UPDATED

Aosta: Is it the Best Mountain Base in the Alps?

It’s an historic Roman city with a ski lift direct to the resort of Pila and a variety of fabulous resorts on its doorstep. PlanetSKI has been based there for 6-weeks this winter. Check out our full & updated feature article.

PlanetSKI Takes on The Legendary 8

It’s a new route through the Dolomitisuperski area in Italy in the Val Gardena section. We’ve skied the area’s Sella Ronda many a time, but not the ‘Legendary 8’. Time to put that right and assess its legendary credentials.

Italy Scraps Covid Tests for Vaccinated Travellers on Tuesday 

It’s the last major European ski nation to require visitors from the UK to take pre-travel Covid-19 tests.  PlanetSKI reacts from the ski slopes of Italy as the news is widely welcomed. UPDATED

French Ski Resorts Reported to be ‘Back to Normal’

Bookings are almost at pre-pandemic levels according to a new report.  PlanetSKI has been on the slopes of France and can report it has been busy over the February holiday period. UPDATED

Luxury Ski Treats Without Breaking the Bank

After two pandemic-affected years many of us are prepared to stretch the budget to treat ourselves or someone else to something special on our ski trip. But luxury doesn’t always have to mean 5-star prices.  Here’s our choice of treats in the Austrian Tirol.

Austria Eases Covid Entry Rules

People arriving to ski will just need proof of double vaccination or recovery or a negative test when entering Austria. It has been widely welcomed in the snowsports world, and will give a boost to the second half of the season and spring skiing. NEW

Skiing & Snowboarding is Back with Surging Interest for Spring

Resorts and Tour Operators report growing interest as Covid rules ease. A new report backs up the situation for France. EasyJet has put on an extra 50,000 additional seats on flights departing to ski destinations. UPDATED

News from IKON Pass Resorts in USA

The 21/22 season in the USA is in full swing and we have asked for an update from Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado, Palisades Tahoe and Mammoth Mountain in California, and Utah’s Deer Valley.

Late Season Bookings Rise as Ski Nations Ease Covid Rules

If you want to get away later in the season now is perhaps the time to book. Easter is nearly sold out in some places. We look at the easing of restrictions, the reality of skiing under current rules & growing pressure on holidays.

7 Days in Les Menuires

It is one of the best locations to access the mighty 3 Valleys ski area and comes in at good value too. We look at the area, day by day, as our reporter hit the slopes earlier this winter for the first time since Covid-19 struck.

A Week in Les Menuires: Day 6.

It is one of the best locations to access the mighty 3 Valleys ski area and comes in at good value too. We look at the area, day by day, as our reporter hit the slopes earlier this winter for the first time since Covid-19 struck. See here for the latest from Day Six. UPDATED

PlanetSKI Explores Passo Tonale

It’s an Italian resort perhaps not so well-known with UK skiers. Which is why PlanetSKI’s Ian Davis visited Passo Tonale with Crystal Ski Holidays. He also dropped in to the neighbouring resort of Madonna di Campiglio. UPDATED

France and Switzerland Ease Some Covid-19 Restrictions

France loosened some rules on Wednesday with Switzerland easing some of its restrictions on Thursday, plus outlining a path to end all measures. We report from the slopes of the two alpine nations and assess the likely impact on skiing for the rest of the winter. NEW

Austria to Ease Covid-19 Rules Further

The Austrian government has announced it will take more steps to ease restrictions gradually in February. Some relaxation has already taken place, making it easier for skiers and snowboarders to travel from the UK. UPDATED

Prices go Downhill in Some European Ski Resorts

Prices have fallen in two thirds of the ski areas surveyed for the latest Post Office Travel Money Ski Resort Report.  So, which resorts offer best value?

First Travelski Express Departs

After Covid-19 delays the new holiday inclusive rail service to the French Alps is finally heading to France. So, what’s on offer?

Norway Scraps Entry Quarantine Rules

The change came into force on Wednesday and applies to all visitors.  It means skiers and snowboarders heading to the Scandinavian country will no longer have to quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status or whether they have a Covid-19 certificate. 

Spring Skiing in the Austrian Tirol

Who doesn’t love spring skiing? The days are longer, the pistes are quieter, there’s often fabulous late season snow and lots of fun events to enjoy. But it’s important to pick your resorts carefully. We look at good bets for spring skiing in the Austrian Tirol.

Boost for Ski Holidays as UK Scraps Travel Tests

The need to test for Covid-19 when you arrive in England or Scotland is being scrapped for fully jabbed travellers from 4am on 11th February. The other home nations say they will follow suit. The change comes in time for the school half-term break and bookings are already said to be up. UPDATED

New Covid-19 Measures Affect French Ski Resorts

From this week a vaccination pass will be needed by everyone over 16. A negative test will not be enough.  Cases continue to grow but ski resorts remain open. PlanetSKI reports from the slopes of La Rosiere in France.

Austria Eases Border Rules for Some People from UK

Austria removed the UK from its so-called ‘virus variant list’ on Monday. Triple jabbed skiers and snowboarders are now allowed to enter without the need for a test. It has been widely welcomed by the Austrian ski resorts and those eligible wanting to head to Austria. UPDATED

Switzerland Relaxes Travel Testing Leading to Increase in UK Skiers

Testing rules for entering Switzerland were relaxed on Saturday. It’s been welcomed by the ski resorts & UK operators that offer ski holidays in Switzerland, but cases in the country remain high with health services under pressure. UPDATED

PlanetSKI is Back on Snow

We are in one of our favourite alpine bases, Aosta in Italy, until the end of February. We are finally back on snow and report on what it is like in these Covid-19 times. It followed a somewhat traumatic experience even to get here.

Canada for Adventurous Skiers

Canada is open for skiing and, if you’re up for the trip of a lifetime, there is a whole lot on offer this winter with the adventure ski specialist Mabey Ski.

Surge in Ski Bookings to France As Covid Border Rules Eased

The news that France is now open for vaccinated skiers and snowboarders travelling from UK has led to a spike in bookings and enquiries. Ski holidays in France are back on and it seems there’s a huge pent-up demand, though some are angry at the ban in the first place.

VIP SKI Optimistic as France Welcomes Back People from the UK

Many people are now eager to return to the slopes of France as the border opens up from today. However pressure on options is mounting.

France Now Open to British Skiers & Snowboarders

Travellers from the UK are now welcome in France. It’s a huge relief to the UK ski industry. The decision was announced by the French tourism minister in a tweet. There are still some restrictions in place but it means the remainder of the season looks set to go ahead. UPDATED

Inghams Sings the Praises of Andorra

The principality in the Pyrenees is a great alternative to the Alps for your next winter holiday according to the UK tour operator.

Ikon Pass Offers Customised Travel Service

For the first time this winter, holders of the Ikon Pass can book every part of their trip across the Ikon Pass ski resorts.

Italy Introduces New Covid-19 Measures as Ski Regions Go into Further Restrictions

Italy is now in the grip in a surge of cases with new measures coming into force on Monday 10th January. The Aosta Valley and Abruzzo head into the Yellow Zone, joining Piedmont Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino. The Trentino region may soon become an Orange Zone.

Where Can We Go Skiing & Snowboarding?

That is the question from the UK ski agent, Absolutely Snow. We asked the company to provide some answers. There are plenty of hoops to jump through, but skiing and snowboarding remains entirely possible. NEW

PlanetSKI Reports from the Ski Slopes of Austria

We have been in Zell am See, Saalbach and Kaprun. Experiencing skiing under the Covid rules and enjoying some fresh powder on empty New Year slopes. Has it been worth it? You bet!

Austria Tightens Covid-19 Restrictions as Omicron Spreads

Another lockdown is not ruled out as the country’s Covid Crisis Coordination Commission meets. Masks are now needed outdoors & other measures are tightened. Ski resorts are watching developments closely with World Cup ski racing called off. NEW

Pre-Departure Test to England Scrapped

It has been widely welcomed by skiers, snowboarders and the wider snowsports industry. The risk of testing positive out in the Alps and being unable to come home until a period of self-isolation is completed has been removed. UPDATED

France Eases Border Restrictions with UK

Exact details have not been revealed but France has eased restrictions on ‘work travel’ to and from the UK with immediate effect. It follows earlier remarks from the French government spokesman. There is no easing of border rules for skiing and tourism. UPDATED

Are Some UK Travel Restrictions Set to Ease?

It seems so judging by the briefings and media reports. The travel industry is urging for the change with renewed gusto, If so it will be very welcome by skiers, snowboarders and the UK snowsports industry. UPDATED

Italy Makes Insurance Compulsory for All Skiers & Snowboarders

Slope users will need to take out 3rd party liability insurance. The penalty for not doing so will be a fine up to €150 and the withdrawal of the ski pass.

What May Skiing Look Like for Rest of the Season?

When will France reopen its borders to UK skiers?  Will Switzerland continue it open-door policy? What about Austria and Italy? What is the situation in the Pyrenees and Scandinavia? UPDATED

GB Snowsport Industry Criticises Lack of Government Help

The trade body, Snowsport Industries Great Britain, says a plea for additional financial support has been rejected.

British Skiers Refused Entry at Innsbruck Airport

The gateway airport to ski resorts in the Austrian Tirol turned more than 100 travellers from the UK away at the weekend.  They are reported to have failed to follow newly-imposed Covid-19 restrictions. UPDATED

UK Skiers Continue to Monitor When France May Open Borders

New rules are being introduced in response to the Omicron variant as the number of cases in France continues to rise and hits record levels. It does not bode well for British skiers wanting to head to France. UPDATED

Italy Makes Wearing Masks Outdoors Compulsory

The re-introduction of the rule comes as Omicron continues to spread. High quality masks will need to be worn at certain venues at ski resorts including cinemas, theatres, sporting events and on public transport.

And the Winners Are…

PlanetSKI recently ran a competition to win copies of Ultimate Skiing Adventures. We don’t normally do competitions but with 187 interested in this one, then perhaps things might change.

Austria Imposes Further Restrictions

The UK and three other European countries have been added to Austria’s virus variant list. It comes into force on December 25th. The measures are less stringent than had been feared.

Snow report


Best of luck to Charlotte Bankes and Huw Nightingale in the first @fissnowboard Cross World Cup event this year 🤩🏂

Official program:
2.12. - Qualification

3.12. - Race
⏱️: 10:30 GMT

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December’s Ski News in Brief - Live & Updated

- Lionel Messi Compared to Ski Legend Alberta Tomba
- George Ezra Kicks Off Spring Concerts in Ischgl
- Jackson Hole Tram Opens this W/end
- FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup Season Kicks Off

Read more here: https://planetski.eu/2022/12/01/decembers-ski-news-in-brief-live-updated/

PlanetSKI Gear Reviews: Winter 22/23

In the first of a sporadic series of gear reviews over the winter our gear editor Alf Alderson checks out a few skiing essentials.


Congratulations Lloyd on being elected to the BOA Athletes’ Commission

“Given my background in a smaller, fringe sport, and recent involvement in commercial representation, I hope I can draw from my experience to give a voice to athletes from all sports and all backgrounds.”


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