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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.

Ski flight to USA dropped

A service from Gatwick to Reno serving the ski resorts around Lake Tahoe has been axed before it even got off the ground.

Ski flight to USA dropped

A service from Gatwick to Reno serving the ski resorts around Lake Tahoe has been axed before it even got off the ground.

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.

Ask an expert

Do you have any questions about family skiing? If so today is your day as Esprit Ski is answering questions from families on Facebook.

Ask an expert

Do you have any questions about family skiing? If so today is your day as Esprit Ski is answering questions from families on Facebook.

By train to the French Alps

It is a far more relaxing and civilised journey than the plane. Especially when French Air Traffic Controllers go on strike. As they did this week.

April awaits

It is not too late to get away to the mountains for some Spring skiing. There are currently great conditions and we have details of some good late-season bargains.

Questions after more travel chaos in French Alps

A rockfall on the road to Val Thorens over the weekend caused 3 hour journeys to turn into 12 hours and missed flights for some. There was chaos and anger. It is not the first time it has happened this season.

Rockfall cuts off Val Thorens

The main road to the resort is blocked causing severe problems on transfer day. Two huge boulders have blocked the road but some vehicles are now able to get through.

Rockfall causes chaos in French Alps

The road to Val Thorens was shut after a rockfall left a huge boulder weighing 50 tons across the road from Moutiers. It caused severe traffic problems across the area with 20km traffic jams on the busy transfer day.

How do I get my kids into skiing?

Good question. Very good question. We answer it with the assistance of Julian Griffiths, the director of the ski school, European Snowsport.

14 tips for family skiing

With half-term upon us one of our partners, Iglu Ski, offers some advice to make your family skiing holiday heaven rather than hell.

The worst transfer day in memory

Tens of thousands of people were stranded in the French Alps, journeys that normally take 1 hour took up to 12 and many never made it to their final destination. The recriminations have started.

Travel chaos in the Alps

The huge snowfalls brought gridlock to parts of the French Alps on Saturday with roads closed and people cut off in resorts. There were further problems on Sunday. Thousands had to overnight in emergency shelters with cancellations at alpine airports.

Free ski carriage with Air Canada

The airline is offering the service for new this winter and it will save £100 per person. It has been warmly welcomed.

Cheap fights at peak periods

You can still get to the Alps at £299 for New Year and the same price for half term. You just need to know the right web site to look at.

Its not too late for a White Xmas

There is still some availability for Christmas. One of our partners, Ski Total, has slashed some prices with £100s off. One holiday is down £700!

New low-cost transfers to Chamonix

easyBus will run a service from Geneva airport to Chamonix with prices as low as €5. The service runs every 75 minutes with early mornings and late-evening transfers.

New flights to Eastern Europe slopes

A new air route has put the resorts of Slovakia within easier reach. Wizz Air operates 4 times a week from Luton. The main resort of Jasna is then 40 minutes away and other resorts under 15 minutes.

Cheap ski flights to the Alps

There are other ways than going with the no-frills airlines like easyJet or at the cheaper times with the main national carriers. Step forward Ski-Flights.

Flights to French resorts

There are a number of new routes to the French Alps this winter. Six new routes have been put in place.

School tutoring in the Alps

A London tutoring company is offering its services in Val d’Isere this Easter. While a UK family tour operator has won an award for offering the service in Les Gets this season.

Look Mum, no flight!

Taking children by train to the Alps is perhaps, a more enjoyable way to reach the mountains than road or air. The kids certainly seem to like it according to this video.

Chalet company offers teacher discounts

A UK based company is offering a 25% discount to teachers and a further 10% to their family or friends that travel with them. It claims they are hard hit by having to take a break during the expensive school holiday period.

The complex world of ski baggage charges

Some airlines offer it for free and others charge huge amounts. Check out a study from Skyscanners that looks at the variety of charges and who is the cheapest.

Guidelines issued for term-time holidays

They do not allow for parents to take children out of school for a ski holiday but they do offer some advice on funerals, weddings and religious events.

Calls for term-time holidays to return

The Local Government Association says the ban on parents taking their children out of school for a holiday should be ended. It calls for common-sense to be re-introduced.

Head takes term-time holiday next winter

Jenny Winder from Elstow School in Bedfordshire is reported to be taking a holiday in the Carribean next January. She is entitled to but some parents are angry.

Fancy saving money on ski childcare?

Crystal Ski Holidays is offering half-price creche services at some of its resorts during parts of the winter. It could save you £137.50 per child.

Extra ski flights for half-term

Inghams has added flights due to increased demand next February. Many European countries have holidays in the same week & new UK laws stop parents taking children out of school in term time.

Snow report

Twitter

GB's @JamesWoodsy will be on the mic rather than on the snow at this week's big #ski & #snowboard competition in #NewZealand ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/08/01/augusts-news-in-brief/
@CardronaNZ @wintergamesnz

Australia records deadliest day, New Zealand goes 101 days without a locally transmitted Covid-19 case + Austrian company developing Covid-19 test that could be used for country's ski resort employees.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/09/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-6/

Still deciding where to go on your next ski holiday? We're here to help you find peaceful settings, fresh air and blissful scenery in the mountains this winter ⛰️

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Austrian Company Developing Covid-19 Test That Could be Used for Country's Ski Resort Employees

SKIDATA is working on a screening system to allow resorts to test employees.

It's working with Austria's largest corona test laboratory, Novogenia GmbH.

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/09/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-6/

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

Masks required outdoors in Haute-Savoie Region of France + Coronavirus hits work of British Antarctic Survey

https://planetski.eu/2020/08/09/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-6/

Memories of Bormio 2020.

The dates for the English Alpine Championships 2021 have been announced ⬇

Races: 14th – 19th February, opening parade: Saturday, 13th Feb.⁠

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