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It's the best New Year to enjoy for many years. Deep snow & the greatest start to winter many can remember. PlanetSKI looks ahead to 2018.



It could hardly be better.  

Deep snow across much of the Alps, good falls in the Pyrenees and in Scandinavia and some excellent snow in North America.

It has been a bumper start to the ski season of 2017/18 and New Year's Eve is being celebrated in style.

Here's was Tignes as 2017 ended and 2018 began.



And our home resort in the Alps:

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And lets not forget Scotland - here's Glencoe on New Year's Day:



"Snow conditions in the Alps are excellent for early January, or indeed for any time of the year. It is particularly notable that there are no real weak spots at all in the Alps right now, a rare achievement so early in the season," said Fraser Wilkin from weathertoski.co.uk.

Fraser compiles a weekly snow report for PlanetSKI.

See here for his latest snow report:  
The weather has brought its problems with traffic chaos in France last weekend on one of the busiest transfer days of the winter. 
There have also been deaths in avalanches with a 22-year old killed in France on Saturday. 
"It is fair to say many in the snowsports world were worried ahead of this season. Bookings were fragile and another poor start to winter with the current economic and political uncertainties would have been damaging," said the PlanetSKI editor, James Cove.

"Overall numbers are shrinking across the board and there are many challenges ahead for 2018, not least trying to get more young people to take up snowsports. However the snow levels are simply superb and bode well for the winter ahead."  

So, what about 2018?

Here are six predictions from James.

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Firstly what will happen.

1.     Skiing on the piste will become sexy again.
2.     Canada will continue to go from strength to strength.
3.     People will still ignore the Pyrenees at their loss.
4.     People will continue to spend more money on clothing/gear/lunch etc... rather than learning how to ski better (and therefore enjoy themselves more).
5.     Resorts will become more attractive for non-skiers or those that want to do more than bash the slopes all day long.
6.     Overall numbers will continue to decline as skiing gets more expensive.  

Here's what he wants to happen: 

1.     Skiing on the piste will become sexy again.
2.     Canada will continue to go from strength to strength.
3.     People will go to the Pyrenees (France, Andorra and Spain).
4.     People will spend less money on clothing/gear/lunch etc...and have lessons so they can ski better (and therefore enjoy themselves more).
5.     Resorts will become more attractive for non-skiers or those that want to do more than bash the slopes all day long.
6.     Overall numbers will go up as skiing becomes cheaper.  

Fingers crossed for what he wants to happen!

2018 here we come! 2018 here we come!





   




























Baring a disaster many resorts will be able to manage well into the winter with the snow they already have.

If the snow levels continue it is set to be a record-breaking winter.        

So, what about us at PlanetSKI?  

We will be criss-crossing the mountains this winter - visiting new resorts and reporting from old favourites. 

Later this week our editor, James Cove, will be heading to Verbier.

Then he is off to Crans-Montana for the European Mountain Travel Summit and then on a rail trip round a number of lesser known resorts in Switzerland: Vercorin, St-Luc/Chandolin and Nax.  

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Next in January James heads to the Tirol in Austria staying in his favourite alpine city, Innsbruck, and sampling the resorts on its doorstep including Nordkette.

It is the perfect spot for a city and ski break.
   

He then heads to the Zugpitz Arena in Austria and then on to the French Pyrenees. 

In February he will be in the USA and Canada for several weeks.

There's a road trip in Idaho with his partner-in-crime Alf Alderson and visits to the other US resorts of Steamboat, Winter Park, Vail, Breckenridge and others.

In Canada its Japser and Banff and then another road trip - this time in a RV.

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In January our other staff reporters - Jane Peel, Katie Bamber and Kisia Cove - will be in Les Arcs in France, Soldeu in Andorra, La Plagne in France, Pila in Italy, Wengen in Switzerland, Valmorel in France and Jasna in Slovakia.    
And this is what it currently looks like in some of those resorts:             

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And our freelancers will be elsewhere, James Rampton in Nassfeld in Austria and St Moritz in Switzerland.

Christian Ferre is heading to Serre Chevalier, France.

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As 2018 begins we wish you, every single one of our readers, a very happy and a very safe New Year.

Bring it on!

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