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PLANETSKI HEADS TO THE MOUNTAINS

The Xmas and New Year festivities are a thing of the past.  It’s time to go skiing… & dining. UPDATED

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Here at PlanetSKI we like to be at home in the UK over the holiday period seeing family and friends, but now it’s ski time.

On Tuesday our reporter Clare Meaney headed to Ischgl and Galtur in the Tirol.

Not for the high-octane skiing and legendary apres ski that Ischgl is known for.

Rather she is looking at the other and little reported side of the resort: the wellness, the shopping, the relaxation, the culture and its alpine history.

The resort’s slogan is “Relax, if you can”.

Well Clare is going to be doing exactly that in both Ischgl and neighbouring Galtur.

“As we arrived into the resort it looks as beautiful as ever, as spectacular as ever and as lively as ever,” said Clare as she rolled in resort on Tuesday evening.

There’s even the odd Xmas tree around still.

Ischgl, the Tirol, Austria

“But I’m not here for that. I’m here to enjoy a more relaxing way of life. The alpine history, the culture, the spa and then there’s always the shopping.”

Right, lets get started.

Looking good so far…

Ischgl, the Tirol, Austria

And the snow conditions?

“Quite warm, sunny skies and looking like fantastic conditions for skiing,” said Clare.

She’ll also be looking at the resort’s environmental initiatives that have just been recognised as we have just reported:

On Wednesday our editor, James Cove, headed to Park City in Utah, USA.

He’ll be seeing why it is rated as one of the best ski towns in North America.

See here as he posted on his arrival:

Snow falls in Utah as PlanetSKI arrives in town

Looking good in Park City

“Utah is a fabulous ski state in the USA and one I have visited many times.  It never ceases to amaze and it has just received another half metre of its famous powder snow,” ” said James.

James on his last Utah visit in 2017

You’d expect him to ski the internationally well-known resorts of  Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort and the Canyons.

And he is also popping into a couple of others that are less well-known: Sundance that is owned by the Hollywood legend, Robert Redford and then Zermatt.

Yes, that’s right, there is a Zermatt in Utah.

Its Swiss namesake is the favourite resort of James so it’ll be interesting to see what he makes of the American version.

He travelled on the new and direct Delta flight to Salt Lake City.

Delta flight to Salt Lake City

Then at the weekend our social media supremo, Kisia Cove, is off to Bulgaria to ski Bansko and Borovets with Balkan Holidays.

PlanetSKI has never skied in Bulgaria and we’ll be reporting back on all its attractions and checking out its reputation as one of the best-value ski destinations there is.

Bansko, Bulgaria

Straight after she is off to Trysil in Norway and Salen in Sweden, so if you want to find out more about skiing in Scandinavia then check back.  Kisia has skied in Finland a few times but never Norway or Sweden.

And let’s not forget Italy.

Next week our reporter Ian Davis is off to Val Gardena in the Dolomites.

Ian will be hitting the Sella Ronda, sampling the fabulous food and reporting back on one of the best destinations in the mountains.

If you have not skied the Dolomites then you need to put it on your list.

Ian will be showing you why.

The Dolomites, Italy

Later in January our team of reporters will be criss-crossing the Alps.

We’ll be in Ski Welt, St Anton, Schladming and Nassfeld in Austria, plus a bunch in France.

Then in February we’re re-locating to Italy for three months and will be based in Aosta.

Exploring all the resorts that surround the city and with easy access to France and Switzerland we’ll be casting our net further afield too.

2020 is looking pretty good already…

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