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Travel & Holiday

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.

Stay safe this Easter

The British government has issued 10 top tips for people heading to the mountains over the Easter break. It is part of an ongoing campaign to improve safety.

SKI LESSONS FOR FREE

Neilson Holidays has been giving free ski lessons & guiding to its customers this season in its main resorts. More than 30% of its guests have taken up the offer. PlanetSKI reports.

Crystal Ski heads to Sun Peaks

The UK’s largest ski operator will be offering the Canadian resort to its clients next winter. PlanetSKI has recently visited the resort in British Columbia.

Sterling slides downhill

It is down against the Euro, the Swiss franc and the dollar (US&Canadian). Bookings though have not been affected. UPDATED

Fancy some Spring skiing?

There are the best conditions of the winter in the Alps at the moment and the promise of some great Spring conditions. Inghams is offering extra short breaks. NEW

NEW DIRECT SKI FLIGHT FROM UK TO UTAH

It will operate 3 times a week during the winter from Heathrow direct to Salt Lake City, USA. With Utah’s main ski areas within an hour it could be a game changer.

Father and son bonding

And where better to do it than on the ski slopes. Chris Moran heads to Verbier with his 6-year old son, Harry.

The next best thing

The indoor snow centre in Hemel Hempstead – it might not be the Alps but it is possibly the best alternative. PlanetSKI pays a visit. NEW

Revise and ski

Ski Total is offering holidays in Val d’Isere with school revision sessions on offer.

Cheap skiing at half term

There is still some availability as the tour operators release a series of late ski deals. A look at the snow forecast might tempt you too. UPDATED

World Snow Day approaches

The 5th edition of World Snow Day takes place this weekend. There are 625 events in 42 countries. NEW

Time to head to the Alps?

With fresh snow in parts of the Alps now might be the time to get away. If you have time and your post-Xmas bills are not too huge. UPDATED

BUYING KIDS THEIR FIRST SKI BOOTS

It is a dilemma many parents of young skiers face: when and where? Boots do not come cheap and feet grow, but the advantages are obvious.

Do be so childish

Have adults forgotten how to be children? Yes, according to one family ski operator who wants to do something about it.

Snow report

Twitter

#IndoorSnowCentres in England to Open in Mid-July?

Govt hopes to open gyms & leisure facilities in England in mid-July.

It is likely, though not certain, the indoor snow centres will come into the same category.
@snowcentre

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/05/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-4/

Melbourne goes into lockdown with people barred from nearby ski resorts + ABTA calls for more government support for outbound tourism

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/05/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-4/

Rockfall Warnings in Scotland

A warning has been issued about large loose boulders, some 1m wide, on melting snow.

Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team issued the warning about the "significantly-sized boulders" at the top of Black Spout, in Deeside.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/01/julys-news-in-brief/

Check out all the latest news on the coronavirus impact on snowsports.

Ski train cancelled, further restrictions in Sweden, Australia ski resorts busy + new mask requirements in Austria and Switzerland.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/05/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-4/

Looks like there’s fabulous snow in Las Leñas but sadly the slopes are empty ❄️

Twitter feed video.Looks like there’s fabulous snow in Las Leñas but sadly the slopes are empty ❄️
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Nuestra querida montaña en su mejor momento! 🙌🏻🙌🏻❄️❄️🏔
Feliz de verte así y tristes de no poder disfrutarte! #ThinkSnow

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