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Resort News

INVESTIGATION AFTER FATAL SWISS GONDOLA ACCIDENT

One worker has died and six others have been injured in the accident in Engelberg. Two are in a serious condition. UPDATED

SKI SEASON STARTS DOWN UNDER

It’s been a pre-season ‘snow-mageddon’ in Oz. Many resorts have swung into action with the best start to winter in years.

SKIING THE SKIWELT

It’s one of the largest linked ski areas in Austria & we’re here in its closing week. And guess what?…

PLANETSKI IS IN THE PYRENEES

We’re posting a series of reports from Europe’s other mountain range. Special reports from France, Spain & Andorra.

PLANETSKI HEADS TO NORWAY

We are skiing in Kvitfjell and Hafjell – two resorts that have just joined Norway Home of Skiing. UPDATED

FORTRESS MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT TO RE-OPEN?

It’s one of the strangest ski areas we’ve ever visited. Now it is set to rise from the ashes…

MEASLES OUTBREAK HITS VAL THORENS

18 people have been affected and people are advised to check if they are vaccinated if coming to the resort.

RE-INVENTING THE SKI HOLIDAY

The French resort of Les Carroz is making a huge effort to attract non-skiers and offer people other activities. Is it the future?

END OF SEASON IN VAL THORENS

Skiing and snowboarding continues in to May. There’s a range of events and activities on offer. PlanetSKI reports. NEW

BELLA MADONNA

Perfect pistes, Italian style & fab food at an affordable price. PlanetSKI heads to Madonna di Campiglio.

POSTCARD FROM VAL GARDENA

The Italian resort in the Dolomites is steeped in alpine history & charm. PlanetSKI has been soaking it up on our latest travels.

PLANETSKI POUNDS THE POWDER

The sun comes out just after we report from one of the snowiest places in the Alps: Ski Amade in Salzburgerland, Austria.

POSTCARD FROM SERRE CHE

Do people send postcards anymore? Well, we do & this one comes from Serre Chevalier in the southern French Alps.

THE FUTURE OF LIFT PASSES?

An experiment is extended in Serre Chevalier as lift passes go on to a mobile. There are concerns about battery duration.

INSTAGRAM-ABLE SKI DESTINATIONS

We’re sorry for the title, but you kinda want a look, don’t you? Here are some of the most beautiful, snowy destinations in the USA.

COLORADO – WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019

It has some of the best ski resorts in North America. This season there are new lifts, new areas and a host of improvements.

LES CARROZ: THE GOOD VILLAGE LIFE

Wellness, gastronomy and new winter sports (as well as the old) in the ski village of Les Carroz.

THE BEE BUZZES INTO VT

It’s the new double zip wire that flies you straight into the heart of the resort of Val Thorens. The Bee is now open.

CAIRNGORM REPORT DELAYED AGAIN

It was due out early December, then mid December and now it is next year. It’s another blow for the struggling Scottish resort. NEW

THE SEASON STARTS ACROSS THE ALPS

Dozens more resorts have opened with many tour operators starting their winter programme. And it’s been snowing. Again. UPDATED

CAIRNGORM: DEAL DONE

Highlands and Islands Enterprise is to resume control of operations at Cairngorm Mountain with immediate effect.

FINAL DAY TO BUY IKON PASS

Thursday is the final day to buy the multi-resort lift pass. If you’re visiting different resort in North America it’s worth looking at. NEW

LES MENUIRES JOINS POW

The French resort has joined up with the environmental pressure group. It is the first French resort to do so. NEW

WHERE TO SKI THIS XMAS

It’s not too late to book a festive trip with all the fresh snow falling. This could be the year to head to the Alps at Xmas.

LAKE LOUISE FINED $2.1m AFTER CUTTING DOWN ENDANGERED TREES

The Canadian resort is fined aftter pleading guilty to cutting down trees, including 38 endangered whitebark pine. NEW

THE SEASON STARTS IN THE PYRENEES

The ‘other’ mountain range in Europe has opened for snowsports. Resorts fired up their lifts at the weekend. UPDATED

NZ RESORT TO OPEN AFTER SUMMER SNOW

Cardrona opens for the summer with winter snowsports on offer. Not bad as it is the start of summer Down Under! NEW

VAL THORENS OPENS

PlanetSKI spends the weekend on the slopes as Europe’s highest resort opens for the season. So what’s it like?

10 QUIRKY FACTS FROM 5 US RESORTS

Steamboat, Winter Park, Deer Valley, Mammoth Mountain and Squaw Valley. Here’s what you may not know about them. NEW

NORTHERLY NEW LIFT IN EUROPE SET TO OPEN

It will open next month in the Norwegian resort of Narvik deep inside the arctic circle. PlanetSKI plans to be in the first gondola.

VERBIER SEEMS TO HAVE IT ALL

From sports competitions to festivals, Michelin stars to yoga for athletes, the resort has a lot on the agenda this season.

NEW SKI SLOPES FOR THE TATRAS

There are plans to put in the new lifts and slopes at Strbske Pleso in Slovakia. Not everyone is happy.

LOOKING AHEAD

Val Thorens shares what’s new with us for the fast approaching season (oh it will!); Here’s looking at Winter 18/19.

007 CENTRE OPENS IN SOELDEN

As the James Bond actress Naomie Harris opens the new 007 centre in the Tirol we look at the legacy of Bond in the Alps.

ANDORRA TRIES TO REASSURE

The Grandvalira area is set to split up in May 2019 but it’s being emphasised that it’s business as usual for next winter. Fine, but what about the future?

SNOW CLOUDS VISIT NZ & OZ

The snow is coming down in New Zealand & Oz that’s bringing in the crowds, but avalanche risk is high. V. close call at Mt Ruapehu: UPDATED

THAT’S ALL FOLKS

California resort Mammoth Mountain turned off its lifts this weekend after 220 days of skiing. ‘Til next November… UPDATED

WOODSY IN WHISTLER

The Horstman Glacier is looking good & ski camps are in full swing. Big name riders are in town for training, incl. our own freestyler UPDATED

VAL D’ISERE OPENS FOR SUMMER SKIING

It’s ski history for the resort as non-glacier areas have opened. 200 people were at its opening this week & we have new reports from the slopes.

FURTHER SKI AREAS OPEN DOWN UNDER

Snow is arriving in Australia as resorts open this weekend. New Zealand has been rolling a little longer – PlanetSKI reports. UPDATED

LAST STANDING

Memorial Day was the end of winter for the few US resorts still skiing. Just a handful left open in North America enjoying the remaining snow.

THAT’S ALL FOLKS

Tignes & Val Thorens closed last weekend ending the epic winter of 2017/18. PlanetSKI was in both resorts last week. Others remain open. UPDATED

HALF A BILLION DOLLARS FOR NORTH AMERICAN RESORTS

Twelve ski areas in five US states and three Canadian provinces are to see a $555 million investment over the next five years.

SKIING TO THE BITTER END

A number of big name resorts close this weekend but there’s still a few weeks left in the season if you know where to go… UPDATED

UNPLUGGED IN ZERMATT

And so the PlanetSKI visit ends, 3 days of wonderful music and fabulous skiing in our favourite resort. Life really doesn’t get much better.

CRANS-MONTANA REOPENS

A row over money led to the lift company closing the lifts this week in an unprecedented move. Talks between the various sides have resolved the issue. UPDATED

HAVE YOU GOT A HEAD FOR HEIGHTS?

You’ll need one at the Pic du Midi if you venture out on to its glass based Pontoon in the Sky.

HOW VERY BRITISH

Les Arcs holds its second annual celebration of all things British and one of GB’s most famous snowsports stars (and PlanetSKI) are invited along.

NORWAY SEES SHARP INCREASE IN SKIERS

There has been a 15% increase in lift pass sales this winter with more visitors from the UK heading to the Scandinavian country. UPDATED

A TALE OF TWO MOUNTAINS

PlanetSKI’s chief reporter visits the two peaks that give Aspen Snowmass its name. Each has its own unique character.

POSTCARD FROM ANDORRA

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from our friends in Andorra. Seems they’ve had good snow, the FWT and there’s a possibility the season may be extended. NEW

STEAMBOAT IN 48-HOURS

PlanetSKI continues its winter ski road trip in North America as we head through Colorado. Next up it’s the cowboy resort of Steamboat….

PLANETSKI VISITS WINTER PARK, COLORADO

It’s the 4th biggest ski area in the state, the nearest to Denver & has an army of fans. We visit for the first time with our eyes wide-open.

MERIBEL’S BIG BASH

The French resort at the heart of the Three Valleys has marked its 80th birthday with a massive celebration.

MECCA FOR GOURMETS

Ischgl has been described by gourmet guides as a food Mecca in the Tirol. How long have you got to try the glut of fine restaurants? NEW

ANDORRA SHOOTS ITSELF IN THE FOOT

The Grandvalira area has had its busiest January ever. Most resorts would build on that but instead the area is tearing itself apart. Literally. PlanetSKI reports.

PLANETSKI GOES EAST

With much of the Alps hit by a cycle of storms, we made our way to the Low Tatras. Where? A mountain range in Slovakia.

3V CAFE

Les3Vallees has a new cafe by the station in Moutiers to welcome weary travellers.

THE BACK DOOR CREW

You will no doubt have heard of Alpe d’Huez – it’s one of the most famous resorts in the French Alps. But what about Oz-en-Oisans? NEW

INVESTMENT FOR PARK CITY

It intends to improve the on-mountain eating and the family skiing areas. NEW

Snow report

Twitter

🥉 @ormerodkatie makes it 4 slopestyle podiums this year with a 3rd place in Calgary, and retaining the yellow bib as the @fissnowboard World Cup Overall leader!

#GoBeyond #GBSnowboard

Strike action this week and beyond in French ski resorts. Have you been affected? https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/15/strike-action-this-week-in-french-ski-resorts/

UPDATED: More images as our Scotland reporter hits the resorts in the Highlands after the fresh snow:
#skkinginscotland @wherestagsroar #skiscotland #cairngorm https://t.co/vAswWERAvU

Heading out to the mountains for half-term?
Check out our detailed snow report & feel free to share with any ski friends who may be interested in what’s in store: https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/14/latest-planetski-snow-report/

So, how should kids carry their skis?
Read on for advice from our friends over at #MaisonSport… https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/14/four-top-ways-for-kids-to-carry-their-skis/
@MaisonSport #familyskiingtips

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