Travel & Holiday

Crystal Ski Holidays Heads to Japan

The UK’s largest ski operator has unveiled Japan as a new destination, with holidays this winter to the resort of Niseko from December 10th to April 2nd.

Snow Falls in The Alps

There’s been some welcome snow across the Alps but temperatures are set to rise this week. UPDATED

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PlanetSKI Looks to Winter in The Tirol

The Austrian region is home to more than 80 ski areas with around 3,400 kms of skiable terrain. Tirol has options for everyone, both on snow and off snow, and the region has been telling us what’s new for this coming season.

Bruson Gets a Makeover

The area in the Swiss resort of Verbier is often overlooked by visitors but now there is no excuse not to visit. There’s a new lift, upgraded facilities and an alpine treasure awaits.

Tirol Hosts Major Sports Events For Winter 2022/23

There’s alpine ski racing, ski jumping, freestyle, cross country, snowboarding and much else besides including tobogganing. Why not combine your ski holiday with one of the major sporting events? NEW

Val Gardena Unveils its Wares for Winter 2022/23

Val Gardena lies in the heart of the Italian Dolomites, where dramatic scenery provides a wonderful winter holiday, set within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. NEW

Ski Resorts Around Queenstown in New Zealand Claim Bumper Winter

It has been a tale of two islands in New Zealand this winter. The South Island has claimed a record winter, but it has been somewhat different on the North Island. NEW

Crystal Ski Holidays’ Guides for Beginners and Families Launched

The UK’s largest ski tour operator is offering advice for beginners and families.  If this describes you then you may want to take a look at advice from the experts.

Skiing in Norway

The Scandinavian country is seeing an increasing number of British skiers. It offers a somewhat different winter experience. We look at what the country offers with Norway – Home of Skiing. There’s the skiing, and then the rest…

First Ski Resort in USA Opens

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado is out of the blocks and fired up its first lift on Sunday. Other resorts in the area may open some slopes next weekend. Winter is coming folks. UPDATED

Mister Dancehall Opens Ischgl Ski Season

On 26 November 2022, Sean Paul will kick-off the Ischgl winter season at the  “Top of the Mountain Opening Concert”. Admission is included in the day ski pass.

Thinking of Skiing in Austria This Coming Winter?

We have asked the Austrian National Tourist Office to tells us about its attractions – new and old.

Park City in Utah Goes For Sustainable Tourism Plan

The US mountain town aims to be at the forefront of sustainability and believes others can learn from its initiatives. PlanetSKI examines its plans and looks at what people may notice.

New Online Travel Agency Launched for Les3Vallées

The Association Les 3 Vallées is launching a new online travel agency – Les 3 Vallées Travel. It will provide guests a simple and direct way to book holidays to the largest linked ski area in the world, all year round.

National Snow Week & New London Show Announced for 2023

Raccoon Media Group has unveiled a large scale expansion of UK snowsports activities in partnership with Evening Standard Live. PlanetSKI has the details. UPDATED

Ski Solutions – New for Winter 2022/23

The leading UK ski agent has a host of new offerings for the coming winter.  As the first snow falls in the Alps and some glaciers area open thoughts are turning to winter.

Two NZ Ski Resorts Placed in Voluntary Administration After Poor Winter

The Tūroa and Whakapapa ski areas are on the North Island . External experts are to be appointed to see if they can survive. Poor snow, which some say is caused by climate change, are to blame along with the impact of Covid-19 restrictions since 2020.

Park City, Utah: One of the Great US Ski Towns

It is a favourite of ours at PlanetSKI. It gives access to some of the best ski resorts in Utah and has an atmosphere all of its own. We look back at some of PlanetSKI’s past visits.

Full Details of ‘3 Valley Rally’ for Snow Camp Unveiled

It aims to be the biggest Alpine Fundraiser for the Snow Camp Charity.  It all takes place in Val Thorens in April 2023 and promises an experience like no other.

Another Austrian Glacier Ski Area Opens + Skiing Starts in Finland

Kitzsteinhorn in SalzburgerLand opened on Friday with its Glacier Park opening on Saturday. Six glacier ski areas are now open in Austria with five others in Italy and Switzerland. Resorts in Finland have opened too with snowmaking starting in the USA. UPDATED

Vars-Risoul Ski Area Splits Over Lift Pass Revenue Row

The link between the two resorts in the southern French Alps is cut as the 185km ski area will not be joined this coming winter. It has been a joint ski area for 46-years. Skiers are disappointed and are calling for an outbreak of common sense. UPDATED

Andorra Joins the Ikon Pass

The resorts in the principality in the Pyrenees are the latest resorts in Europe to join the expanding global lift pass. Sun Peaks in British Columbia, Canada, is also joining.

PlanetSKI Has Some Half Price Tickets to The National Snow Show

We have managed to get our hands on 100 50% off tickets for the National Snow Show which is now just 2 weeks away – from 15th to 16th October at the NEC Birmingham.


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The Tirol Prepares for Winter

A handful of glaciers ski areas are already open and the region in Austria is looking forward to the coming ski season. We look at what’s on offer this autumn plus see what’s new in the Tirol for this winter.

VIP SKI Offers Free Ski Guiding in Val d’Isere

VIP SKI is now offering free ski guiding to guests staying at the seven Hameau de Bellevarde chalets in Val d’Isère during the 2022/23 winter season.

Collapse of Sterling Set to Have Implications in Some Ski Countries for Next Winter

In some resorts prices will likely be higher next season as the pound continues to fall. It will be most sharply felt in US and Swiss resorts, but less so in Canada and much of the Alps. It comes as rising energy prices may raise the cost of lift tickets. UPDATED

Glacier Ski Areas in Austria Are Opening

Hintertux and Soelden already have slopes open with others making final preparations after the temperatures have dropped and fresh snow has arrived. The winter of 2022/23 is around the corner with significant snow forecast for this week. UPDATED

Travelski Express Confirms Xmas Timetable

Xmas falls on a Sunday with New Year’s Eve on a Saturday. So the timings of the service have altered.

Japan Drops Entry Restrictions in Time for Ski Season

Skiers & snowboarders will be able to visit the country without a visa, and will no longer need to go through a travel agency, from 11th October. The cap on daily arrivals is also to be lifted. 

Full Details of National Snow Show Unveiled

The UK’s only national ski & snowboard show is set to kick off in just over three weeks. It takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on October 15th and 16th. We have the full details of what’s on offer. UPDATED

OVO Network Launches Winter 2022-23 with 11 New Chalets

Chalet Rental Specialist, OVO Network, now has over 300 high end chalets and apartments in over 30 ski resorts across the French Alps.

See What’s New in Morzine For the Coming Season

The French resort that is situated in the heart of the Portes du Soleil is a firm favourite with British skiers and snowboarders. Check out what is on offer for next season.

Crystal Ski Heads to Bosnia & Herzegovina

The area offers budget ski breaks that are around £200 cheaper than other comparable resorts. TUI Airways is also launching the only non-stop flights from London Gatwick to Sarajevo International Airport as a new flight route for the ski season.

Zermatt Re-Opens for Skiing and Snowboarding

The Swiss resort that is normally open year-round closed its  glacier ski area this summer. It was a symbol of the impact of climate change. Val Senales in Italy has also re-opened with Soelden in Austria set to fire up some lifts on its glacier at the weekend. UPDATED

Ski France Expands Offering of ‘Contactless Chalets’

Following the successful launch of Ski France’s Contactless Chalets in winter 2021/2022, Ski France has announced the expansion of its existing range with five new Contactless Chalets. NEW

Inghams Launches Holidays for Next Winter

Inghams has unveiled its Winter 22/23 Ski Holidays with 44 new properties across 25 ski resorts in Italy, Switzerland, Canada, France, Lapland and Austria. NEW

What’s New in Verbier for Next Winter?

Verbier was voted the best ski resort in the world at the 2021 World Ski Awards.  PlanetSKI has asked the Swiss resort to update us on its new offerings and developments for next season. NEW

New Resorts + Saturday Morning Departure for Travel Ski Express

Val Thorens, Courchevel and La Rosiere are added to the ski packages by train to France with a daytime outward bound journey rather than a night one. There is growing interest in travelling by train to the Alps.

Japan May Further Relax Covid Border Restrictions Ahead of Ski Season

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara told local TV the cap on daily entries could be lifted in the “not so distant future”.  It comes as ski companies look forward to the winter and entry made easier.

PlanetSKI Is Back In The Mountains

We’ve ended our trip to hike some paths in the mountain ranges and ridges on the Isle of Skye on the west coast of Scotland. We’ve taken to the water too. Check out our updated final report and lookback to the visit. UPDATED

High Energy Prices Threaten Ski Resorts Next Winter

With energy prices soaring there are concerns that some resorts may not fully open with implications for the local economies. In France resort officials have met the government with warnings that some resorts may not open. Across the Alps resorts are looking to reduce energy use and considering how to pay for it. UPDATED

New Survey Shows Lunchtime Is When Most Injuries Occur

The survey comes from New Zealand and shows that 30% of all injuries on the slopes happen around lunchtime. Tiredness and busy slopes are cited as the reason.

September Summer Action in the Tirol

There’s a classic car rally in Kitzbuhel and the Ischgl E-Bike World Cup. Summer in the mountains ain’t over yet. Not by a long way.

Jet2.com Unveils its 2023/24 Winter Flights to the Alps

It flies to seven destinations: Chambery, Geneva, Grenoble, Lyon, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Turin. In a special offer ski carriage is £1 return in order to entice people to book early for the season after next.

New Overnight Ski Train From Holland to Austria

The German tourism business TUI has introduced the TUI Ski Express in cooperation with GreenCityTrip. Next winter there is also an overnight train from Holland to the French Alps.

Japan Ski Season Set To Go Ahead As Covid Travel Rules Eased

Independent travellers are set to be able to enter the country from next month.  Currently people have to be part of a guided tour with flights included. Ski operators and resorts have welcomed the move.

The National Snow Show Ups the Apres Ski

The UK’s only national ski & snowboard show is raising the apres ski bar with live DJ sets + mountain inspired food and drinks. Customer feedback from last year says people want a party vibe. PlanetSKI has some free tickets for readers. UPDATED

Will Japan’s Borders Reopen for 2022/23 Ski Season?

Japan’s borders remain closed to independent tourists despite hopes that restrictions would be eased by now. One of the UK’s leading operators to Japan, Mabey Ski, remains poised. NEW

More People Head To Mountains This Summer to Keep Cool

More and more people in France are choosing the mountains for their holidays this summer as temperatures soar. That’s according to The National Association of Mountain Mayors. UPDATED

Heavy Snow & Rain in Australian Ski Resorts

20cm has fallen in some resorts with resorts in New South Wales seeing the best of it. However the latest storm is expected to bring heavy rain and some resorts have closed their lifts. UPDATED

Zermatt Suspends Summer Skiing as Glacier Melts

It is the latest resort to call off summer skiing as the warm summer temperatures take their toll.  Hintertux in Austria is now the only on summer ski resort in the Alps open to the general public.

Great Salt Lake in Utah at Lowest Level Ever Recorded

The largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere has reached its lowest level since records began. The lake is claimed to have a significant impact on the quality of winter snow in Utah.

Single Lift Pass for All Resorts in Andorra

The resorts of Pal and Arinsal are to be incorporated into the Grandvalira lift pass which covers all the other main ski areas in Andorra.

Italian Resort Suspends Summer Skiing as Glacier Melts

Passo Stelvio is the latest summer ski resort to close as warm temperatures take their toll. Some question how many more years glacier skiing in Europe will be able to continue. The freezing level in Switzerland is currently over 5,000m – higher than any alpine peak. UPDATED

Heatwave Takes Its Toll on Mountains of Europe

The current heatwave has accelerated the melting of the glaciers with summer skiing and snowboarding currently badly affected. Some glaciers resorts have closed their slopes, but the mountains are offering some respite from the heat and a wealth of great activities. UPDATED

Further Snow Falls Down Under

The ski seasons in Australia and New Zealand are well underway with a great start to winter and more snow is now falling. UPDATED

Skiing & Snowboarding Underway in South America

The main ski areas in Argentina and Chile are now open for their 2022 season. There have been some decent conditions so far and for some it’s the first time they have been open since 2019 as Covid-19 spread.

Air Travel Disruptions Could Extend Into Next Winter & Beyond

That’s the claim from the boss of Heathrow airport as flights continue to be cancelled with some passengers experiencing long delays. The Government has urged action from the travel industry but is criticised for offering little practical support. UPDATED

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