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Travel & Holiday

INSURANCE – DO YOU HAVE THE RIGHT COVER?

Which age group is most likely not to have the correct insurance? You’ll probably be surprised by the answer.

WHITE IS THE NEW BLACK

Move over Black Friday, it’s White Week or White Wednesday for some of the UK ski tour operators. UPDATED

WHAT MAKES A GOOD CHALET HOLIDAY?

Here’s what we think is important when booking a chalet on our annual precious ski holiday. NEW

HOLIDAYS SURGE AS SNOW FALLS

Resorts & tour operators report a sharp rise in sales after the fresh snow as people look forward to a good start to winter. Is it justified? UPDATED

PARIS TRANSFERS

The newest kind of transfer: With rail travel to ski resorts being a top tip this season, here’s how to simplify the trickiest part: the Paris cross.

INSURANCE PREMIUMS SET TO RISE

That’s the warning from snowsports insurance specialist, MPI brokers. Poor snow, increasing claims & a fall in sterling are blamed.

SCAM CHALET WEBSITES ALERT

Skiers & snowboarders are being warned to be on the lookout for fake ski chalet websites selling non-existent holidays. PlanetSKI investigates.

RAIL TICKETS TO THE ALPS ON SALE

Winter train tickets to ski resorts went on sale on Thursday 12th October, 2017 from 5am.

NEW SWISS SKI PASSES

Switzerland appears to be following the North America model with discounted season passes and new joint lift passes.

SKI FLIGHTS REPLACED AFTER MONARCH COLLAPSE

Inghams and Crystal Ski have found alternative flights for all their guests that were due to be flying with Monarch Airlines this winter. UPDATED

THE ULTIMATE CITY & SKI BREAK

The capitol of the Tirol, Innsbruck, may not be the most obvious place for a ski holiday. Wrong. City + Ski = Perfection.

FLY YOUR SKIS TO THE ALPS FOR FREE

The cost transporting skis on a holiday can be a complete buzz kill. But there are ways; Ski-Flights is offering free carriage all winter.

NEW AIR ROUTE TO SWISS ALPS

Powdair is launching flights to Sion giving quick & easy access to resorts, some with 30min transfer times. But is there a demand?

FANCY FREE SKI CARRIAGE?

One of our PlanetSKI partners is offering just that next January, but you’ll have to hurry as the offer ends soon… NEW

LAST DAY FOR SWEET SKI DEALS

With August very nearly over, so are some of the best summer offers for the coming ski season. Start thinking winter & get in quick. UPDATED

ROAD TRIPPIN’

For your spirit of adventure: Driving around the mountains… What better landscape for a road trip than the Pyrenees?

SKI TRAIN TICKETS ON SALE

Booking is open for direct Eurostar trains to the French Alps next winter.

NEW NEXT WINTER

Dozens of new ski flight routes have already been announced for the upcoming season, and BA has just added two more from Manchester.

HOW SAFE IS YOUR SKI HOLIDAY?

Some ski companies have recently gone out of business & more could follow. Brexit is blamed.

NEW REGIONAL AIR ROUTE TO THE ALPS

Crystal Ski is offering flights from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Chambery in France for next winter.

SALT LAKE CITY SKI FLIGHT AXED

New direct Delta flight from Heathrow to Utah has been cut after just one winter due to poor sales: A blow for GB skiers.

BARGAINS GALORE!

Take advantage of early booking offers for the winter season. Some offers end on 31st May so be quick to secure your skiing holiday. NEW

NEW WINTER FLIGHTS TO SION CONFIRMED

New airline Powdair has confirmed that it will be running six routes from the UK to Sion airport in the Valais region of Switzerland next ski season.

PETITION FOR SUNDAY SKI TRAIN

Eurostar is being urged to introduce a new direct service to cater for the increasing numbers of skiers travelling to the French Alps on a Sunday.

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.

Snow report

Twitter

Heartbreak as 230 historic motorbikes destroyed in fire at Historic Motorbike Museum in Austria Ski Resort

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#hochgurgl #topmountainmotorcylemuseum https://t.co/1YoACuxkeX

Check out the latest on the coronavirus impact on snowsports:

-2 US Snowboarders Out of Laax Open After Positive #Covid19 Tests
-France Set to close ski lifts into February
-New Swiss Measures to Battle #Coronavirus
-Italy’s Ski Areas Remain Closed

https://planetski.eu/2021/01/18/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-24/

We're excited to announce that @natsnowshow is working in partnership with @planetski.

PlanetSKI has a simple aim; to entertain and inform skiers and snowboarders about life in the mountains.

https://planetski.eu/

Another fatal avalanche in Verbier.

A 29-year old Irish ski instructor has died while skiing off piste.

Latest in a string of separate avalanche deaths across Switzerland after recent #snow.

Eight people have died in four days.

https://planetski.eu/2021/01/18/38-year-old-british-man-dies-as-fatal-avalanches-sweep-across-swiss-alps/

#verbieravalanche

38-year old British man dies in #avalanche in #Verbier

He is the latest in a string of separate avalanche deaths across Switzerland after recent #snow.

Seven people have died in four days.

Extreme caution is urged in many parts of the Alps.

https://t.co/pAY7HBJ13c

A 19-year old skiing with three friends become the 5th avalanche death in Switzerland in past 3 days.

None had safety equipment & the authorities are urging caution as risk of #avalanche in many places is “considerable”.

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#veytaux https://t.co/O0XIBGv9UH

Heavy #snow continues in the mountains…. and it’s not just in the Alps.

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https://planetski.eu/2021/01/15/huge-snowfall-continues-in-the-alps/

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