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2 men are given suspended sentences after illegally cutting down trees to make a ski run.

New UK snow centre opens

The latest indoor snow centre, with real snow, has opened in Hemel Hempstead. It’s the 6th one in Britain and we’ve been along to see what it’s like.

New UK snow centre opens this week

Winter may be over in the Alps but skiers in England have a new place to make a few turns. The Snow Centre opens on May 6th at Hemel Hempstead and PlanetSKI will be there.

Oldest indoor Snow Centre closes

The operational status of the world’s oldest surviving indoor snow centre, Ski Casablanca in Belgium, is currently in doubt.

Nude mountain walking banned

People who like walking as nature intended in the Swiss Alps have been told to put their clothes on or go elsewhere.

Thinking of next winter?

No sooner has the season ended than holidays for next year are on sale with some good discounts.

Treats to tempt summer tourists

Holiday companies and ski resorts are turning their attentions to getting people to the mountains in the summer.

Scottish resorts report good season

The Cairngorms had 65,000 visits this winter – 4,000 more than last year.

World’s highest ski area closes

The Chacaltaya ski area in Bolivia has shut down. There’s not enough snow and climate change is blamed. Shame, as it has quite a history.

New summer pipe for Les 2 Alpes

The resort is famous for it’s summer park and it’s about to get better. PlanetSKI will be there this summer and we’ll bring you a special report.

Early snow for New Zealand

Cold temperatures and light snowfalls have delivered early snow to New Zealand’s main ski areas of Coronet Peak, Mt Hutt and The Remarkables.

Resort reviews on your mobile

Kodak has just launched a new service so you can get the information on your mobile. It’s part of its new snow-themed website, Snowstories.

Vail orders staff to wear helmets

To wear or not to wear seems to be the debate of the winter following a number of high profile deaths. Now, for the first time, a group of adults are being made to wear them.

Snow Centre opens next month

As the ski season draws to a close in the Alps it starts up in the UK with the opening of the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead.

Off piste safety gear compulsory

The Piedmonte region in Italy has passed a law requiring all people who go off piste to have a transceiver, shovel and avalanche probe.

A poo with a view

Hold on to your seat this has to be the strangest view from a toilet. It’s the top of a ski jump.

Bears force slope closure

2 bears have come out of hibernation early and are a danger to skiers in the resort of Powderhorn in Colarado.

Spanish resort extends ski season

Sierra Nevada is staying open for an extra 2 weeks as it has so much snow. It’s also halving the price of its ski pass.

Lift ticket facts and figures

If you don’t like statistics then look away now. If you do then get your anorak on.

Oldest Scottish resort up for sale

Glencoe has been put up for sale in an attempt to get new investment.

Skier ordered to pay for his rescue

The man skied into a tree in an area that had been roped off and declared unsafe. He now has to pay for his actions.

Spring is in the air

The sun is shining out here in the Alps with warm temperatures and melting snow. But there’s still plenty of the white stuff around. What does the end of the season have in store?

Skiers attacked by owl

Night time skiers in a US ski resort report being attacked by an owl.

90 people rescued from ski lift

High winds led the authorities at Snowbird, Utah, to close The Peruvian chairlift..

US resort goes bust

Tamarack ski resort in Idaho has been declared bankrupt just 4 years after it opened.

Liftees go on strike

Lift operators went on strike for 36 hours in Valmorel, France, over working conditions.

Chairlift collapses in Spain

The accident happened in the Sierra Nevada. Around 20 people were injured though none seriously.

Veteran US skier dies

Paul Schipper didn’t miss a day on the slopes for 24 years. He skied every day that the lifts were open at Maine’s Sugarloaf ski resort.

Kylie to play Ischgl

She will be performing on the slopes of the Austrian resort in May. It will be her first daytime concert in Austria and looks set to be a spectacular event.

Let’s not forget Scotland

It is currently having the best conditions for years with resorts turning away people as they are full. We have a report from the Scottish slopes.

2 die in Whistler avalanches

The men died in separate accidents and we have just heard about 3 people dieing in Verbier.

Scottish resorts have bumper snow

The snow that has brought parts of the UK to a standstill is a boost for the nation’s ski resorts.

Keep out of the trees

It’s great fun to ski in them but environmentalists say we damage the woods by skiing in them. Perhaps it’s time to think again about tree skiing.

Fancy a game of golf this weekend?

The French resort of Les Gets in the Portes du Soleil is hosting a game of street golf.

Life begins at 40 in Flaine

The French resort of Flaine celebrates it’s 40th birthday with parties, concerts and a host of events.

Sharp rise in lift ticket sales

The world’s biggest ski lift company announces rise in number of tickets sold. It’s not all bad economic news for the ski industry.

All of Utah’s resorts skied in a day.

They began at Brian Head at 5 in the morning and ended at Beaver Mountain at 8 in the evening.

Full moon fever

It was a full moon, the thermal baths of Leukerbad were steaming and it was a night to remember.

Calling all transvestite skiers

If you like wearing women’s clothes and getting a ski bargain then SkiWelt in Austria is for you.

Joe Cocker to play Wengen

He’ll be performing along with the 70’s rock band, Uriah Heep.

France ‘claims’ ski boom

Good snow has apparently led to an increase in people skiing over Xmas.

First results of gondola accident

The Whistler incident has left locals worried and other resorts are checking their lifts.

Investigation into Whistler accident

First findings after a pylon of the Excalibur Gondola collapsed and 53 people were rescued.

Peak 2 Peak opens

The much-hyped lift in Whistler opens with fresh snow, large crowds and our PlanetSKI reporter, Alex Griffiths, was one of the first to use it.

Peak2Peak opens, where’s the snow?

Whistler’s record-breaking lift opens today but sadly conditions are far from ideal. We have a report from the resort.

Vail sees bookings fall

The US resorts company says people are simply not making plans for a ski holiday as the economic future worries them too much.

Ski school for disabled launched

A ski school in Switzerland has recruited a team of 5 to teach people with disabilities the joys of skiing.

Snow is boost for the ski industry

Winter really couldn’t have got off to a better start. With the economic worries Mother Nature has come to the rescue. We have a news video report.

Doppelmayr on the up

The world’s leading ski lift builder has seen sales rise and more people use their lifts.

US resorts face the credit crunch

Ski resorts in America are feeling the pinch. Hopefully the good snow will help though.

Ski Club election results

An attempt by a single issue group to take over the club’s governing body has been defeated.

Tui profits up 43%

Europe’s biggest travel firm bucks the trend and reports rise in profits.

The Ski Club decides

The Club holds its AGM tonight as a group tries to overturn its off piste skiing policy.

BASI seeks new Chief Executive

Following the departure of Peter Kuwall last month the British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI) is looking for a new boss.


A fierce internal battle is raging over the off piste policy of the Ski Club of Great Britain.

Snow report


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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