The UK snowsports industry gathered for an event in the heart of London – Ski Launch. What’s new?


Ski Launch sees a series of guest speakers shed their pearls of wisdom.

Lauren MacCallum from Protect Our Winters talking about the threat of climate change.

Victoria Bacon from ABTA with a Brexit update.

PlanetSKI’s Jane Peel was in charge of proceedings.

Jane (left) with Victoria from ABTA

Jane (left) with Victoria from ABTA













Willy Fux from LHM Conseil shared his informed and well-researched findings on the future of snowsports and the changes underway.

Iain Martin from Skipedia told delegates about a new project: Ski Flights Free.

And Iain also presented a round up of the UK tour operator news for next winter.

Iain Martin with the news

Iain Martin with the news

















Inghams. The key points are – Japan.

The tour operator is now offering Hakuba and Nozawa Onsen.

We have reported on the new Japanese offering here on PlanetSKI:

And perhaps bigger news – Inghams is going back to six night catering in all its chalets and chalet hotels, as well as re-introducing canapés in all its chalet hotels.

Erna Low has a new owner, NUCO travel, but it’s business as usual with a focus on French self-catering, self-drive holidays.

Again we have already reported on the sale on PlanetSKI:

Erna Low has 5 new properties in Vars, Val d’Isere, Tignes, Les Saisies and Meribel.

Mountain Heaven is off to Georgia.

It will be running the first guided trip from any UK ski operator to Georgia.

This will be from the 6th March to the 15th March.

We’ll be posting a full article on this exciting new destination shortly.

Family Ski has changed its transfer day to Sunday.

And the reasons?

• Saturday traffic in the Alps is awful.

• Saturday at Geneva airport is awful.

• Skiing on a Saturday is wonderful.

• It’s easy to take the train via Paris.

Jacks Bar is returning to Meribel after a year away.

European Pubs is teaming up with HotelPlan and Jacks will be where the old Meribar was, next to the Chaudanne.

Meriski is approaching its 36th season and is truly Francophile with a belief in a positive future after a period of transition, which may have been inspired by Brexit.

Ski Weekender is seeing strong bookings for its own chalet-hotel.

Guests being attracted by the all-inclusive price and protection from Euro volatility.

It has added more chalets in Morzine and Avoriaz as part of their Ultimate Flexible Ski Breaks, allowing you to book chalets and hotels for any duration.

The Ski Podcast is going into its third year.

In Episode 40, released next week you’ll be able to listen an interview with Gavin Foster, founder of Ski Weekend, about the ‘Warm Up Weekend’ as well as plenty more.

Huski is launching its own range of Savoyard-Inspired food for delivery in the French Alps – the “Gourmet 73” range.

There are also rumours of a Huski beer being added too.

See here for more about what Huski will be offering next winter:

Le Ski has added 3 new chalets in Courchevel Moriond, taking its total to 19 chalets.

It is also launching a number of green initiatives such as banning cling film, minimising single use plastic and giving repeat guests metal water bottles to reduce plastic bottles use.

Cortina will be joint hosts, with Milan, of the 2026 Olympic Winter Games and 2021 World Ski Championships.

That means substantial improvements to its ski infrastructure, including new gondolas and pistes coming up.

Peak Retreats has noticed a surge in requests for self-catering chalets since the summer, so it has decided to add more properties to its portfolio.

Travelski is opening its doors to the UK skier for this coming winter with a new UK website, featuring 126 resorts across 5 countries, and the opportunity to tailor-make their perfect ski trip.

Here on PlanetSKI we have a special section on what is new for next winter so take a look here for all the latest as the season approaches:

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