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AVOIDING  THE CROWDS IN THE AOSTA VALLEY: NEXT STOP TORGNON

It’s half -term week & in many resorts across the Alps the slopes are packed and the queues long. Er, not where PlanetSKI is skiing. NEW

HOW TO AVOID LIFT QUEUES

It’s busy out on the slopes at the moment with the half-term break in full swing. Our friends at Maison Sport offer some advice on how to avoid the queues.

WINTER & SPRING IN LES3VALLEES

What can we say about the biggest lift-linked ski area in the world? Its 600km of pistes and off-piste terrain offer skiing, snowboarding & much more for all. Welcome to Les3Vallees.

STRIKE ACTION HAS LIMITED IMPACT ON FRENCH SKI RESORTS

Unions are calling on workers to withdraw their labour over changes to the French unemployment system which they say will unfairly impact upon seasonal workers.

SNOW REPORT FROM THE CAIRNGORMS

The area has recently been battered by strong winds and snow, Rod Frazer has sent us a quick update on the current snow conditions in the Cairngorms along with some stunning photographs.

LIVERPOOL HEADS TO VERBIER FOR FOOTBALL & SKI EVENTS

The football club and the Swiss resort have teamed up for LFC weeks in April. So, what’s it all about?

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN FOUNDER DIES AGED 104

Dave McCoy knew he could turn California’s Mammoth Mountain into a ski resort and he did. The ski pioneer has died peacefully at his home.

FANCY SKIING IN VOSS IN NORWAY?

It has just got a whole load easier as the resort joins the Norway, Home of Skiing group. Norway is a particular favourite of ours at PlanetSKI.

TAHOE SKI AREA LAWSUIT SETTLED

The threat of legal action to stop a California ski area building a new gondola to link two resorts has been lifted.

6 QUIRKY SNOW EXPERIENCES IN NORTH AMERICA

Six ski resorts, six different experiences. Something to think about when planning your ski trip to the USA or Canada.

POSTCARD FROM NASSFELD

The Austrian resort has more than a little bit of Italy in it.  Sounds like a good combination to us. And it is.

SIR ELTON JOHN: AS SEEN IN ISCHGL

Not in person but in snow.  A likeness of the music superstar has been sculpted on the slopes of the resort in the Austrian Tirol.

COMING IN TO LAND… AT KLAGENFURT

Where? Ever flown this way into Austria? No, neither have we but we’ll be doing it again. And here’s why…

PLANETSKI VISITS SITE OF FIRST NEW US SKI AREA FOR 40 YEARS

Mayflower will be next to Deer Valley in Utah. Some are welcoming it while others question the need for yet another ski resort.

ALPINE ACTION IN THE AOSTA VALLEY

It is home to some of the most famous resorts in Italy. Cervinia, Courmayeur & Champolouc to name a few.  PlanetSKI is based there from next month & here we look at some of this winter’s attractions.

NEW PUPS FOR PARK CITY SKI PATROL

These cuties are the two newest members of the Ski Patrol Team. They’re about to start some serious avalanche training in Dog School.

MORZINE GETS TOUGH ON CLIMATE CHANGE

The community in the French ski resort is determined to reduce the environmental impact of the mountain town.

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

NEWS FROM IKON PASS

The Ikon Pass is accepted in resorts across the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand & Japan. See what’s new for this winter.

ISCHGL EARNS CLIMATE AWARD

The resort in the Austrian Tirol has been recognised as the largest climate-neutral ski area in the Alps.

LES MENUIRES GOING GREENER

It’s the only ski resort in France to have partnered with Protect Our Winters. The charity is helping Les Menuires be more green.

ITALIAN RESORT BANS SINGLE USE PLASTIC

Pejo 3000 is outlawing bottles, bags, disposable cutlery, straws plus packets of ketchup & mayonnaise. Some call for a similar ban across the Alps.

INVESTIGATION AFTER GLENCOE BASE STATION DESTROYED BY FIRE

It was severely damaged by a blaze in the early hours of Christmas Day. It has now partialy re-opened. UPDATED

PLANETSKI HANDS OUT ANOTHER AWARD

Which is The Best Ski Resort You Have Never Heard Of? We’ve found ours. Step forward Zauchensee. Where?

NEW 10-SEATER GONDOLA FOR SCHLADMING

It replaces an old 6-seater lift and enhances the resort’s lift capacity.

NEVIS RANGE CELEBRATES 30 YEARS

The Scottish ski resort will party like it’s 1989 this weekend with lift tickets sold at the same price as 30 years ago.

NEVIS RANGE 30 YEARS ON

The Scottish ski resort has been celebrating its birthday as it turns 30. We look back at its illustrious history.

HOW TO SKI LES3VALLEES ON A BUDGET

Here we look at ways to make your money go further in the largest linked ski area in the world.

CAIRNGORM OPENS THIS WEEKEND

Mass snowmaking at the Scottish ski area means there’s guaranteed skiing. But there’s a new warning of a big decline in natural snow.

CAIRNGORM: BIOFUEL TO BE USED ACROSS RESORT

The Scottish ski resort will use biofuel to reduce emissions in its road-clearing, snow making & other diesel-fuelled machinery.

SCOTTISH SKI AREA INVESTS £1M

The Nevis Range, Scotland’s highest ski resort, is spending the money to improve the experience for visitors this winter.

LES 3 VALLEES GOES FROZEN

The French ski area is decking itself out in the style of Frozen 2, the new animated film from Walt Disney studios.

ARC 1950 REVEALS ITS WINTER PLANS

Arc 1950 unveils its offerings for the coming season. Big Air events, snow camps for teens, eco awards & more.

EARLIEST OPENING IN HISTORY FOR STEAMBOAT

The Colorado ski resort will be the latest in the US to take advantage of the huge early snowfalls when it opens on Friday. UPDATED

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN OPENS

The California resort fired up its lifts on Saturday. It only closed for skiing just over 3-months ago. So, what’s new for winter?

RESORT CHARGES FOR WALKING UP

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado will require people to buy a pass costing $30 to skin up its pistes.

VERBIER CANCELS WEEKEND OPENING BUT SNOW ON THE WAY

It was due to open on Saturday, but now snow is heading to parts of the Alps. See here as we publish some planned Opening Dates. UPDATED

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019/20

The up-market resort in Les3Vallees isn’t resting on its laurels for next winter. See here for what’s new.

WINTER IN LES 3 VALLEES

It’s the biggest ski area in the world with massive 600km of pistes. Here’s your guide to the coming winter in Les3Vallees in the French Alps.

FIRST US SKI RESORT IN EAST OPENS

Killington kicked off on Sunday after a bumper start to the season over in the west as two more resorts open in Colorado this weekend.

SKIWELT: FANCY SKIING IT?

With 284 kms of slopes it is one of the largest and most modern ski areas in Austria. With a whole host of activities on offer.

SKIING UNDERWAY IN THE ALPS

Skiing starts in Tignes in France while Kitzbuhel in Austria became first non-glacier resort in the Alps to open.

CAIRNGORM: PISTE BASHER TO BE USED AS SKI LIFT

A brand new piste groomer will be used to move skiers and snowboarders up the mountain when there’s no snow at the base.

WHAT’S NEW IN LES MENUIRES FOR NEXT SEASON

Quite alot it seems as the high altitude resort in Les3Vallees in France looks to the future.

FIRST SKI RESORTS OPEN IN USA

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado kicks off the 2019/20 season after pipping Keystone to the post in surprise early opening. UPDATED

IMPROVEMENTS TO AUSTRIA LIFTS CONTINUE

Now it’s the turn of Ischgl to unveil its new lifts for next winter. The lift systems in Austria seem to be getting bigger & better.

SCOTLAND’S ALL AREAS SEASON TICKETS ON SALE

They are limited in number so if you want be able to ski all the areas in Scotland on one ticket then you’ll need to hurry.

NEW LIFTS FOR AUSTRIA SKI AREA

SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental is installing four new gondola lifts. We ask which country has the best lifts.

CAIRNGORM FUNICULAR: £13.3M TO REMOVE

That’s the estimated cost of dismantling the mountain railway. Repairing it will cost around £10 million.

TAHOE SKI AREA FACES LAWSUIT

A wilderness protection group is taking legal action in the US to try to block the construction of a gondola on environmental grounds.

LAKE LOUISE MAY REDUCE SKI AREA TO GO GREENER

The Canadian ski area is looking at a series of initiatives. One involves the ski area leasehold being reduced by almost 30%.

NEW LIFT PASSES FOR LES ARCS

The ski area claims them as ‘revolutionary’ as they offer more than just access to the lift system. PlanetSKI reports.

NEW NORTH AMERICA SKI PASS LAUNCHED

It stands out from the Ikon Pass & the Epic Pass as it brings together small independent ski areas. But why is it significant?

ZERMATT JOINS THE IKON PASS

It is the first European resort to join the alliance of resorts from North America. It already offers Australia, New Zealand Japan & South America.

IS THE IKON PASS TOO POPULAR?

Locals in Aspen in Colorado have been complaining that the slopes are getting too busy with people from other resorts flooding in.

KITZBUHEL: MULTI-MILLION EURO UPGRADE TO LIFT

The 35-year-old Fleckalmbahn gondola in the Austrian Tirol resort is getting a major facelift for next winter.

NEW HIGH LIFT PLANNED FOR LA GRAVE

New top lift for La Grave proposed, but will it change the character of the iconic off-piste resort in France?

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN CLOSES FOR WINTER 18/19

The US resort enjoyed a 260-day season, finally calling it a day last weekend. It leaves just 100 days until the start of next season.

A-BASIN RUNS SUMMER SNOW PARK SESSION

Last weekend it was back to snowsports as Colorado’s ski resort A-Basin took to winter riding in the summer snowpark.

LES3VALLEES: WHAT’S NEW FOR NEXT WINTER

There’s new activities, innovative additions, upgrades, investments + food & drink spots in one of the world’s largest linked ski areas.

Snow report

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With the Italian school break starting this week we know exactly where PlanetSKI is heading today in the #AostaValley: #Torgnon.
Where?
https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/20/avoiding-the-crowds-in-the-aosta-valley-next-stop-torgnon/
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It’s getting hotter and hotter in the Alps… set to be +12 at 2,000m in places this w/wend with freezing level well over 3,000m.
See our latest snow report:
🌞❄️⛷️🏂🗻🍻 https://t.co/lwGdIMTbgy

Some of our latest snippets in #SkiingSecrets: ❄️🤣
– Girl dangling off chairlift rescued at Elk Mountain
– Moose stampedes through queue of skiers
https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/01/february-skiing-secrets-2/

The reigning Olympic #downhill #ski champion @akselsvindal comes out of retirement for a different kind of ski race 😉 https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/21/retired-ski-champion-svindal-to-race-again/
@redbull #Janteloppet #Hafjell #Norway

International Ski Travel Market prepares for Chamonix & announces new summer event.
Read more here: https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/21/international-ski-travel-market-heads-to-chamonix/
#istm

Tributes flood in from former GB team mates after trailblazing #freestyle #skier Rowan Cheshire announces her retirement at 24 ➡️ https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/20/gb-world-cup-winning-skier-rowan-cheshire-retires/
@Rowancheshire @GBSnowsport

Have you ever skied in Torgnon in the Aosta Valley in Italy? No, neither had we until yesterday. We’re going back tomorrow…. https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/20/avoiding-the-crowds-in-the-aosta-valley-next-stop-torgnon/
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