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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.

Eurostar cancels Geneva ski train

At the 11th hour the service has been pulled. Eurostar blames a lack of demand, some say it was badly scheduled. A new ski rail service to Lyon has also been cut back.

Eurostar cancels Geneva ski train

At the 11th hour the service has been pulled. Eurostar blames a lack of demand, some say it was badly scheduled. A new ski rail service to Lyon has also been cut back.

6 reasons to get kids into snowsports

The International Ski Federation, FIS, lists its six reasons why families should ski or snowboard. Children are the future.

6 reasons to get kids into snowsports

The International Ski Federation, FIS, lists its six reasons why families should ski or snowboard. Children are the future.

Family skiing with Ski Famille

The specialist operator has a host of new offerings for next winter and currently a range of special deals. If you are planning a family ski holiday next winter then read on…

Family skiing with Ski Famille

The specialist operator has a host of new offerings for next winter and currently a range of special deals. If you are planning a family ski holiday next winter then read on…

Good news & bad news

The good news is Delta Airlines is putting on a direct flight from Heathrow to Salt Lake City in Utah. And the bad news?

GOOD NEWS & BAD NEWS

The good news is Delta Airlines is putting on a direct flight from Heathrow to Salt Lake City in Utah. And the bad news?

New direct ski flight from London to Salt Lake City?

If it happens it will open up the largest ski area in the USA. Details are sketchy but we love the hints.

New direct ski flight from London to Salt Lake City?

If it happens it will open up the largest ski area in the USA. Details are sketchy but we love the hints.

Ski flights released

BA and easyJet have released their timetables for the second half of next winter. If you travel independently then read on.

Ski flights released

BA and easyJet have released their timetables for the second half of next winter. If you travel independently then read on.

New train route to the Alps

Eurostar is offering a route to Lyon that adds to the one to Bourg-St-Maurice in France and another route to Geneva via Lille. There is growing interest in train travel but numbers remain small.

New train route to the Alps

Eurostar is offering a route to Lyon that adds to the one to Bourg-St-Maurice in France and another route to Geneva via Lille. There is growing interest in train travel but numbers remain small.

New family guide to the mountain

The tour operator, Crystal, has launched a digital guide for family skiing. So, what is in it?

New family guide to the mountain

The tour operator, Crystal, has launched a digital guide for family skiing. So, what is in it?

Ask Esprit

It is back today and this time questions are being taken on the nursery. Esprit Ski is running a series of Q&As on Facebook this summer.

Ask Esprit

It is back today and this time questions are being taken on the nursery. Esprit Ski is running a series of Q&As on Facebook this summer.

Solar powered plane aborts Pacific crossing

Bad weather has meant the plane had to land in Japan. We have followed the progress of the Solar Impulse from its initial test flights over the Alps.

Solar powered plane aborts Pacific crossing

Bad weather has meant the plane had to land in Japan. We have followed the progress of the Solar Impulse from its initial test flights over the Alps.

Ryanair sees profits take off

The airline has seen an 11% increase in passengers with profits up 66% to £619m. It has expanded its winter offerings.

Ryanair sees profits take off

The airline has seen an 11% increase in passengers with profits up 66% to £619m. It has expanded its winter offerings.

Ask Esprit

In a continuing online Q&A session an expert from Esprit Ski takes your questions on ski lessons for kids. It is happening now and ends at 6.

Ask Esprit

In a continuing online Q&A session an expert from Esprit Ski takes your questions on ski lessons for kids. It is happening now and ends at 6.

easyJet makes winter profits

The no-frills airline that is used extensively by skiers and snowboarders has reported a £7m winter profit. Last year it lost £53m in the same period.

Snow report

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Latest news on #Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

-Cervinia Opens then Closes
-First Ski Resort in N. America Opens With Covid-19 Restrictions in place
-GB Ski Test Due to Go Ahead at Kuhtai, March 2021
-Chinese Economy bounces Back with No Second Wave

https://t.co/zAwEYKDmO0

First Ski Resort in North America Opens with Covid-19 Restrictions in Place

#MtNorquay near #Banff in #Canada takes the prize after some recent heavy snow.

Other resorts have their snow guns on.

https://planetski.eu/2020/10/25/first-ski-resort-in-north-america-opens/

Latest news Coronavirus Impact on Snowsports:

-Areas in the Jura mountains increase restrictions
-Cervinia is latest resort to open some slopes
-Updated Covid-19 News from the Ski Nations
-Canada Looks to Local Skiers

https://t.co/wzL9nTGZgw

Areas in the Jura mountains in Switzerland increase restrictions as cases of covid-19 rise at alarming level.

Ski camps suspended and rules tightened.

The rest of Switzerland is seeing a surge in cases.

Updated:

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#coronavirusswitzerland

Sharp Spike in Covid-19 Cases in Switzerland - PlanetSKI

It is currently seeing one of the highest numbers of cases per head of population of any nation in the Alps.

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#Cervinia Opens this Weekend

The Italian glacier resort in the #AostaValley is the latest to fire up its lifts for autumn.

Conditions are good with full #Covid19 restrictions in place.

https://planetski.eu/2020/10/22/cervinia-opens-this-weekend/

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@AostaValley @ValledAosta @CerviniaValt #glacierskiing

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