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Travel & Holiday

EASTER FAMILY SKIING IN THE FRENCH PYRENEES

We started with 30cm of fresh powder & ended touring the religious shrines of Lourdes on Good Friday. Plus had some great Spring skiing in between.

FATHER LOSES TERM-TIME HOLIDAY CASE

The Supreme Court has overturned a High Court ruling that found in favour of a father who took his daughter on a term-time holiday. It has implications for parents who take their kids out of school for a ski holiday. UPDATED

BY TRAIN TO THE ALPS

An 8am Eurostar for a 5pm arrival in Reberty, Les Menuires in Les3Vallees; a more enjoyable way of travelling to the mountains.

FLIGHTS FOR NEXT WINTER ON SALE

It’s already time to think about next season’s ski trip & Ski-Flights has released its programme for a few European destinations for Winter 17/18.

A JACKSON HOLE VIRGIN

The PlanetSKI 4-week road trip swings into the resort we’ve most been looking forward to ski – Jackson Hole. Our editor has never skied it before but heard so much about it.

NEW AIRLINE ROUTE TO SION NEXT WINTER

The new service will operate between UK regional airports and Sion Airport in the Swiss Valais region, cutting transfer times to some of the country’s most popular ski resorts.

WILD WEATHER AND FUN IN AX

The gang of 7 arrived just as a huge storm set in over the French Pyrenees. With strong winds and inclement weather skiing plans needed urgent tweaking for family entertainment.…
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INSURANCE CLAIMS DOUBLE AT HALF TERM

The insurance company Aviva says February half-term is the most dangerous time of year for a trip to the slopes. It’s offering advice on staying safe as the holidays begin. NEW

SKI WITH AN EAGLE

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards prepares to fly back to 1988 with Kicking Horse Powder Tours. NEW

SUPREME COURT CONSIDERS TERM-TIME HOLIDAYS

5 Justices met this week to consider the issue. They are now considering their judgment which will be published later. NEW

NEW WAY TO GET TO AOSTA VALLEY

A new scheduled transfer service between big airports and the Aosta Valley in Italy has this season launched – and it’s affordable! NEW

SUPREME COURT HEARS TERM-TIME HOLIDAY CASE

The Supreme Court is today considering a government-backed appeal against parents taking their children on holiday during term-time. The result will have implications for skiing families. UPDATED

WORLD SNOW DAY CLAIMS SUCCESS

There were 478 events in 46 countries across the world as 3m people were involved in the 6th edition that took place last weekend. NEW

JANUARY SKI DEALS ARE OUT

There are a raft of special offers out that could save you £100s. With the much wished for snow finally arriving in resorts, here are some January deals to get you out to the Alps. UPDATED

VALUE FAMILY SKI WEEKS

Action Outdoors has launched a new destination for 2017 February half term and offers a favourite over the Easter break for an all-inclusive price of £523. NEW

CRUISING ON SKIS: LITERALLY

This is a ski trip like no other. Iglu Ski and Iglu Cruise is teaming up to offer a joint cruise and ski holiday. You up for something new?

FAMILY SKI COMPANY SUPPORTS TERM-TIME HOLIDAYS

A court has supported 3 families who refused to pay fines for taking their children out of school for a holiday. Esprit Ski supports the development.

WHICH COUNTRY IS BEST VALUE?

Austria & Italy are better value than France & Switzerland. That’s the conclusion of a new report that compares the cost of skiing for families in resorts across Europe. Overall costs are up due to a poor exchange rate.

TERM-TIME HOLIDAY VICTORY

Three families who refused to pay fines for taking their children on holiday in term time have won their court case. It has significant implications for skiing families.

SKI TRANSFERS IN THE UK

Ski Lifts has launched a transfer service for this winter to and from London airports from skiers’ homes in the UK. NEW

FACELIFT FOR FRENCH ALPINE AIRPORT

The French airport gets a new name and has renovated its commercial wing to improve customer experience this winter.

ZERO-FARE FLIGHTS

The game plan of Ryanair’s CEO is to make flights free with the idea of sharing revenue with airports instead. NEW

WHERE TO SKI AHEAD OF XMAS

This is the year to treat yourself to a cheeky pre-Christmas trip, with an abundance of snow in some places and bargains too.

GETTING STUDENTS SKIING FOR LESS

Action Outdoors aims to give students options to get them out skiing, offering the top French resorts in ski holiday packages to boot.

SKI-LIFTS – TOP FOR TRANSFERS

The World Ski Awards were held this weekend and transfer company Ski-Lifts won World’s Best Ski Transfer Operator. NEW

5 REASONS KIDS SHOULD SKI

Learning the sport is not just fun, it helps boost child development.  That’s the message from family ski specialists, Esprit. Getting children on skis when they’re young has many advantages…
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BITCOINS TO BE SOLD BY SWISS RAIL

People will be able to trade Swiss francs for Bitcoins at ticket machines across all Swiss railway stations. NEW

NEW SKI ROUTE: BELFAST TO SALZBURG

There is a new route from Belfast City Airport to the Austrian City of Salzburg. It is to be run in conjunction with Crystal Ski and Topflight. NEW

FANCY A FREE HOLIDAY TO FRANCE?

One of our PlanetSKI partners is giving away a week’s holiday to La Plagne. Offer ends today.

CHEAP FLIGHTS TO THE ALPS

Are there such things anymore? The so-called ‘Budget Airlines’ aren’t really budget anymore but PlanetSKI partner, Ski-Flights, may be able to help. NEW

IT’S CHEAPER BY PRIVATE JET!

A private flight to the Alps during next February half term may be cheaper than going on a scheduled airline. Here we look at the costs of travelling to the Alps in its busiest week.

GONDOLAS: FUTURE FOR CITY TRAVEL?

Who would’ve thought it: the gondola ski lift may be the answer to city centre congestion.

FANCY BECOMING A SKI CLUB GB LEADER?

There are a few places left on the December course in Zermatt. Do you have what it takes?

STERLING TUMBLES AGAIN

At many UK airports £1 won’t buy you much as sterling falls. Prices in ski resorts are set to be sharply up on last year but there are ways of keeping costs down.

NEW FARE-CHECKER FOR ALPS TRAINS

Want to go skiing by train but can’t bear the complicated process of finding out what tickets are available and how much they’ll cost? Help is at hand.

SKI HOLIDAY COSTS SET TO SOAR

Prices in resorts go up by around 20% due to a tumbling exchange rate but a report out shows people where to head to keep costs down. PlanetSKI reports.

ESPRIT SKI WINS FAMILY AWARD

It has been named as the Best Family Ski Tour Operator in the annual Family Traveller Awards. NEW

DECEMBER SKI DEALS ON OFFER

There are some mouth-watering discounts currently available with up to £350 off. If you want to save some money then read on… NEW

SKIWORLD LAUNCHES HUGE SKI SALE

£350 off some holidays with some substantial savings to be snapped up. 100s of holidays are on offer and PlanetSKI has an exclusive preview. But why are they so cheap?

MORE SKI TRAINS ADDED FOR HALF-TERM

The new Eurostar services have just gone on sale for the peak school holiday period in February 2017.

LEAVING ON A JET PLANE

The new direct flight next winter run by Delta to Salt Lake City has boosted early British bookings to the ski resorts of Utah. UPDATED

CHAMBERY AIRPORT €10M UPGRADE

The airport that is in the heart of the French Alps is getting a facelift with a much-needed upgrade in its facilities.

SION TESTS DRIVERLESS MINIBUSES

The Swiss city is leading the way in driverless technology. This summer there have been minibuses going round with no humans in charge. PlanetSKI reports. NEW

NEW FLIGHTS TO THE MOUNTAINS

There are a host of new flights to the Alps, the Rockies and other mountain ranges. Many start from regional airports.

EASYJET OPENS NEW WINTER ROUTE TO SWEDEN

It will be flying to Östersund airport close to the local ski resort of Åre and others. Could Sweden follow the success of Norway with British skiers? NEW

WE’VE BEEN ON THE BBC

Radio 4 looks at EU ban on people taking Swiss hire cars into neighbouring EU countries. It could have a significant impact next winter & the BBC turned to PlanetSKI for advice.

FREE XMAS LIFT PASSES

There are many offers at the moment as ski operators try to persuade you to book early.

SKI TRAIN TICKETS ON SALE

The weekly Eurostar services that go to the heart of the French Alps is increasing in interest as people see the attractions of train travel. There is disagreement about the pricing policy though.

CONFUSION OVER TERM-TIME HOLIDAY FINES

Some local councils in England have dropped court cases against parents over term-time holidays following a recent court victory by one father.

New air route to Innsbruck

British Airways is launching a new route in December from Heathrow to Innsbruck. It gives access to some of the best skiing in the Alps.

COACH SERVICE TO ALPS ENDS

The short break specialist, Skiweekends, is ending its cheaper way of getting to the mountains as demand falls.

HELMETS COMPULSORY FOR US KIDS

The New York State Senate has passed a bill requiring children to wear ski helmets at its resorts. It now needs to be ratified in the State Assembly.

REFUND FOR TERM-TIME HOLIDAY FINE

The father who won a recent high Court has set up a company, School Fines Refunds Ltd, to help parents try to get their money back.

EU CAR HIRE CONFUSION

If you plan to hire a car in Switzerland & drive into France, Austria, Germany or Italy – beware. A new regulation bans EU residents from taking a Swiss-registered car into the EU.

30-minute rule for easyJet

Don’t be late for your ski flight next winter at Gatwick or you may not be allowed on board.NEW

CHEAP SKI FLIGHTS NEXT WINTER

Ski-flights.com has released its flight programme for 2016/17 and the prices look rather good. £149 return from Gatwick to Chambery.

Term-time holiday victory

The High Court has ruled in favour of father who took his daughter out of school for a holiday. But what does it mean for other parents? UPDATED

French sleeper trains face the axe

Night travel by rail to ski destinations could become a thing of the past. A campaign has been launched to save the services.

easyJet winter flights on sale

The airline flies to many of the ski gateway airports and tickets for the first half of next winter can now be booked.

easyJet trials automated bag drop

The airline is running a trial scheme at Manchester airport. It claims it might eliminate check-in queues.

Snow report

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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/

From Ski Jumper to Tour de France Supremo

Slovenia's Primož Roglič is the favourite to win the Tour de France and he currently wears the yellow jersey.

Roglic is a former ski jumper who only made the switch to cycling in his early 20s.

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

Check out today's latest news on the Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports here ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/09/12/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-11/
#ski #snowboard #WinterIsComing

Golf Is More Dangerous that Skiing

Skiing and snowboarding is often seen as a high-risk and injury prone sport.

Apparently it is less risky than football, rugby, tennis, cycling and, er golf.

And which is the least dangerous sport?

https://planetski.eu/2020/09/16/golf-is-more-dangerous-that-skiing/

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