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We’re making a few changes over the summer as we continue to report from the mountains – and even a few beaches too. What are you up to over the summer months?

Mountain biking, hiking, climbing, paraponting, horse riding, yoga, tennis, golf, via ferrata, road cycling, e-biking, swimming in mountain lakes, trail running, slack lining, fishing, white water rafting, camping, wind surfing, paddle boarding, moonlight BBQs, cold beers at altitude...

There are endless activities to do in the summer and over the next few months PlanetSKI will be reporting on all things alpine.

With ski numbers in general decline the resorts are trying to re-invent themselves in the summer months and huge efforts are being made to entice more and more people to the mountains in the summer.

If you think you know about summer in the Alps then think again.

Here at PlanetSKI we need no such encouragement as we love the mountains in the summer and have been visiting for years.

Now we want to pass on our enthusiasm for the mountains in the summer in the way we do for winter - keeping you entertained and informed. 

We will have news, features, videos, live social media and much else besides.

Our editor, James Cove, will be in the mountains as he always is in the summer months - biking, hiking and of course glacier skiing.

Doesn't he ever stop skiing?Doesn't he ever stop skiing?















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He will be up on the glacier in Les2Alpes in France at the end of June and will no doubt be making a few turns in Zermatt in Switzerland and Hintertux in the Austrian Tirol too.

See here for the summer skiing available in the Tirol in Austria.

And see here for his last summer visit to Les2Alpes.

And when he went hiking the Hahnenkamm rather than skiing it.

"And what I am looking forward to most of all is a visit to the High Bike Test Centre in Ischgl in Austria. Like skiing I started riding motorbikes as early as I could ( 8-years old for skiing and 17-years old for motorbikes) and I never found a reason to stop as the passion gets more if anything," said James.

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See here for further details on the Test Centre.

PlanetSKI's chief reporter, Jane Peel, carries on skiing in the summer - only this time on water.

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She will also be in the mountains.

Last year in September she was in The Dolomites where she sampled the summer activities on offer.

Prior to that it was Mayrhofen and Alpbach.

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PlanetSKI's senior news reporter, Katie Bamber, is also taking to the water.

She's been to Barbados for a spot of surfing.

"It's always a shame when the ski season comes to an end and I have to take a break from snowboarding and skiing. I'll be moving onto surfing, though, so not much to complain about!" she said.

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Look out for her reports from the Caribbean and after that she will be heading out to the mountains too.

She is testing snowboards on the glacer at Les2Alpes with Intersport.

While our social media editor, Kisia Cove, prefers hiking and walking.

And not just in the mountains

"I am continuing my walk round the south west-coast path of the UK in September and what better training than some hiking high up in the Alps," said Kisia.

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She has already been to Lake Garda in the foothills of the Italian Alps and hills will later be hiking in the Tirol in Austria.

Kisia CoveKisia Cove by Lake Garda

See here for Kisia's report from Lake Garda.

Some ski resorts like Chamonix in France actually see more people in the summer than the winter and many other resorts now want to bring in the summer business.

The Tirol in Austria is making strenuous efforts to expand its summer attractions and business.

"Tirol is famous for being a skiing destination in winter, but being active in the mountains can be an all year round thing. Tirol is a paradise for hiking and biking," said Angela Semrajc from the Tirol Tourist Office.

It has 24,000 kms of marked hiking and mountain trails, 240 kms of single track trails and a network of 3,800 kms of trails for road biking.

Innsbruck hosts mountain biking tournaments this summer and in 2018 the UCI World Championships will take place in Tirol.

And we won't just be doing activities that require adrenalin and produce white knuckles.

There are more sedate things to do as PlanetSKI's James Rampton reported earlier.

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So, do you fancy a bit of summer in the Alps?

If so keep your eyes across PlanetSKI this summer.

Mountain Tracks, part of Ski Club Freshtracks, is offering weekend courses in the UK for mountaineers planning to spend time out there this summer.

Read more here on some that PlanetSKI is planning to join up with this summer.

Bring it on! Cool

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And just in case you wonder what James Cove is up to in the photo above then see here. Wink


And some of our partners at PlanetSKI also seem to like summer in the Alps.

Here's Christine Van Zadelhoff from Ski Amis:

"We will be offering a selection of our self-catered programme for the summer season of July and August - so can offer apartment and chalet rentals in the mountain resorts as a great base for all the fantastic activities you mention in the article above.

We have a range of properties available from small studios to large chalets - all at very low prices over the summer period.  The local area has bases for pretty much all the activities you mentioned and the area is stunning in the summer.

I'm with you on the motorcycling front - have one myself and the Alps is the most amazing place to ride. 

For me it's a hard decision between sailing all summer, and staying in the Alps ... I'm afraid the sailing wins but in a few years we're hoping to get a balance and do both!"

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Cycling with Altitude

Cycling with Altitude is a sister company to the established ski operator Family Ski Company and uses the existing infrastructure (chalets, vehicles, staff) in the summer months.

Operated by dedicated cyclists, for dedicated cyclists and offers individuals and groups the chance to challenge themselves with a series of Alpine rides taking in classic Tour de France routes and cols.

Based in the small village of Ardent (in France's Portes du Soleil), just one hour from Geneva airport, the company provides experienced host riders for motivation and practical advice as well as dedicated support vehicles carrying supplies and spares during each day of riding.

It launches with 25% off all offers for first 25 bookers - plus free places for groups of seven.

The additional 25% discount is applicable to all other launch offers such as one free place for every group of seven booked or a half price place for a group of four.

With comparable packages costing over £1400 per person, the 'normal' Cycling with Altitude cost of £995 per person (for seven nights/six days chalet board, including transfers) is already excellent value, but these additional discounts make a compelling argument for being one of the first.
here are two programmes available and each can be for either four or seven nights.  Those chasing a yellow jersey will opt for the Alps Challenge programme, for experienced riders looking to challenge themselves on the notorious Tour de France mountain cols - or there is the Alps Experience for riders looking to get a real feel for riding in the mountains, tackling some of the same challenges but at a more moderate level.

Programmes and pace are flexible so that cyclists of all levels can feel the exhilaration and satisfaction of pushing themselves and their equipment over a series of beautiful mountain routes.
Detailed advance planning and use of support vehicles means that no route is ever run twice during the stay. Guests therefore have all the benefits of having a comfortable, fixed base yet with challenging new rides each day.

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the world of snowsports.

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