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5 NEW LIFTS FOR 5 FRENCH SKI RESORTS

They will cost €38m and be built in Val d’Isere, Tignes, Meribel, La Plagne & Serre Chevalier for next season.

WE MADE IT!

It took us 24 hours longer than it should have but PlanetSKI got to Verbier in the end. Just in time for an afternoon ski.

CAIRNGORM SNOWFACTORY SETS TO WORK

The trial of the Snowfactory at CairnGorm has begun. Staff at the resort are now undergoing training on how to use it. NEW

$66M INVESTMENT FOR WHISTLER

The Canadian resort was bought by Vail Resorts and ambitious investment plans have just been unveiled. NEW

ON TO THE ALPS

PlanetSKI is in Val Thorens in France as the season of 2017/18 officially gets underway. Snow is falling! UPDATED

WHISTLER NEWS

‘Rejoicing in Whistler’ this week as the resort opened a week early. 2m of snow at summit made for happy riders. What else is new in the Canadian resort? NEW

VAL THORENS WINS AGAIN

The highest altitude resort in Europe has picked up the top prize at the 2017 World Ski Awards.

CANADA OPENS FOR WINTER

Sunshine Village, Lake Louise & Marmot Basin have fired up some lifts. Other Canadian resorts are open & some are also opening in the USA. UPDATED

DAVE RYDING’S AUSTRIAN SECRET

Pyhrn-Priel. Pardon? It’s a little known ski area and it’s just renewed its sponsorship of GB’s top alpine racer.

HYDRO SCHEME POWERS SCOTTISH RESORT

The system that has been powering the base station of the Nevis Range and a gondola is completed.

LA GRAVE WILL NOT BECOME ‘MONSTER’

The cult off-piste resort in France will stay a ‘magical and unique’ place, promises the boss of the new lift company.

SNOWFACTORY FOR SCOTLAND?

CairnGorm applies to install new snow-making technology that works in warm temps. It’s the second Scottish resort to look at one.

KITZBÜHEL OPENS

The first non-glacier resort in the Alps opened on Saturday. It’s been snowmaking recently & using stockpiled snow from last winter. UPDATED

SECOND US SKI RESORT OPENS

Loveland in Colorado has opened a week after its rival Arapahoe Basin won the battle to open first. Winter is coming to the US! UPDATED

ARE SKI MASKS BANNED IN AUSTRIA?

A new law aimed at Muslims has come into force that saying faces in public must be visible from the hairline to the chin. But what about ski masks? NEW

FOREVER APART?

Deer Valley & Park City in Utah are on the same mountain but separated by a rope. Is this likely to change? Not anytime soon.

SCOT RESORT CROWD FUNDS TO BUY SNOW FACTORY

Glencoe needs the snow after a series of poor winters. It is the latest initiative to battle poor snow in Scotland.

WHERE TO SKI THIS AUTUMN

The first resorts open in Scandinavia & more resorts have opened in the Alps. See where to ski early around the world. UPDATED

SKIWELT WILDER KAISER-BRIXENTAL

Say that three times… Nevermind. The ski area has had an investment of €4.5M, ready for this coming winter. Start here next season?!

VAIL ON A ROLL

New construction planned in Vail for its age old club – and it’s big. It continues: The high-profile, big-buck developments through US top-name resorts.NEW

ASPEN BUYS DEER VALLEY

The Aspen ski company has added yet another US resort to its portfolio in its buying spree. But will the snowboarding ban now end? UPDATED

BUY A BIT OF A SKI MOUNTAIN

Sales have opened for fans of the oldest resort in Western Canada to buy up a piece of their favourite resort, Red Mountain.

NEW SKI RESORTS

There’s a host of them being planned across the world but it’ll be a while before you can try them.

POPULAR TIGNES HAUNT SOLD

The Alpaka which has been owned by a British couple for more than 30 years is to be demolished to make way for a new hotel.

THAT’S A WRAP

It’s over folks – the US ski season of 16/17 is officially over. Mammoth Mountain, the last ski resort going strong, has stopped its lifts. NEW

SPLISH SPLASH SCHLAD

It’s wet and wild around the Austrian resort of Schladming and we’re not talking rain. On our visit we find there’s water everywhere.

WILDFIRE THREAT TO BRECKENRIDGE

One of America’s best known ski resorts was put on alert as a forest fire broke out on the edge of the town. NEW & UPDATED

TIGNES OPENS FOR SUMMER SKIING

It’s a go: the Grande Motte glacier is open for business. You don’t have to change hemisphere for your summer ski fix. NEW

FINAL RESORT CLOSES IN US STATE

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado has called it a day in the ski season that just keeps on giving. But sking continues elsewhere in the US. This could be a year-round season with resorts open into August. UPDATED

SKI RESORTS GO ALL OUT FOR SUMMER

With the number of skiers declining & fears about climate change, resorts & tour operators are re-inventing themselves.

LA GRAVE – THE FUTURE

The agreement between the cult freeride French resort & company that will now run its lifts states the ski area should stay ‘wild’.

LA GRAVE SAVED

The company that runs the lifts in the nearby resort of Alpe d’Huez is set to run the lift system of the cult off piste resort. Many are breathing a sigh of relief but there are some concerns for the future.

SUNSHINE VILLAGE AT WAR WITH PARKS CANADA

The Canadian ski resort faces a parking crisis next season as Parks Canada intends to restrict parking on the access road. The resort is up in arms & says it will reduce the numbers able to ski. NEW

ADDICTED TO TIGNES

The French resort has its fans and its detractors. As it closes for the season, PlanetSKI’s Chief Reporter tells us why she keeps going back.

‘WORLD CLASS’ AIM FOR SCOTTISH SKI AREA

A £4m proposal to revamp CairnGorm and construct an artificial ski slope is moving ahead and if all goes ahead it aims to be up and running by the start of next season.

SAAS-FEE WINTERCARD

The Swiss resort’s crowdfunding campaign to get 77,777 season lift tickets sold before 23rd April at CHF 222 has been successful. NEW

THE MOST POPULAR SKI RESORT IN THE WORLD

There are 2,106 main resorts to chose from but is it in Europe, North America or elsewhere? All is revealed in a new report just published.

HUGE DEVELOPMENT FOR VAL D’ISERE

A £170m re-development in the French resort is set to go ahead. PlanetSKI reports from the resort and sees what the future may hold. NEW

US RESORT LIMITS TICKET SALES

Powder Mountain in Utah is promising only to sell 1,500 lift tickets per day to ensure the slopes do not get too busy and lift queues remain short. Neat idea that maybe other resorts should copy.

POSTCARD FROM SUN PEAKS

Some people are happy to see the back of winter, but not us. Quite simply we cannot get enough. PlanetSKI has been in Sun Peaks, Canada, for a spot of spring skiing.

MARCH IN MONTGENEVRE

It’s the oldest ski resort in France, has more sun than most and an abundance of snow. Yet Montgenèvre is often overlooked in favour of the bigger, more fashionable ski areas.

NEW INVESTMENT FOR FRENCH PYRENEES

Luz and Cauterets are set to link up with further improvements at Barèges and La Mongie. NEW

A TOUR OF CORTINA

A little on the Italian Dolomite resort of Cortina and its history. It makes a fascinating visit.

JACKSON HOLE

It has the most impressive of journeys to reach it, the skiing of a lifetime and a town atmosphere that more than lives up to its reputation. Jackson Hole – just get there…

NORTH AMERICA LIFT PASS WARS BEGIN

Vail Resorts has announced prices for its lift passes for next season as it battles with the Mountain Collective group of resorts.

3 DAYS IN TRYSIL

It’s the final 24 hours of PlanetSKI’s short trip to Trysil and there are two things on our Chief Reporter’s agenda – to soak up some local ski culture and to search for the sun on the slopes.

WHAT NOW FOR LA GRAVE?

Fans of the off-piste paradise in the French Alps fear big business will soon take over and ruin the mountain after attempts by locals to run the lift themselves were rejected.

BACK IN BRECK

PlanetSKI returns to one of its favourite large resorts in North America, Breckenridge in Colorado. So, what makes it special?

VAIL TO BUY ANOTHER RESORT FOR $50 MILLION

Vail Resorts has announced it’s to buy Stowe ski resort in Vermont for $50 million. It will be the company’s first resort on the US East Coast. NEW

A-BASIN SET TO EXPAND

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado is set to expand its terrain by a third. PlanetSKI reports from the resort. It is known as a locals’ hill with steep slopes and challenging…
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JACKSON HOLE REOPENS

Teams have been working round the clock to restore power after high winds brought down lines and closed the resort. On Monday the resort reopened UPDATED

POSTCARD FROM CERVINIA

January in Cervinia offers empty ski slopes, fabulous food and easy access to sking in Zermatt. PlanetSKI has been in Cervinia for a long weekend.

SERRE CHEVALIER ON ICE

Serre Chevalier is a resort that’s not just for skiers. In our third and final report from the delightful French resort, PlanetSKI explores the many ways you can find pleasure away from the pistes. NEW

LA PLAGNE REVISITED

PlanetSKI was last in the French resort in December hoping for a pre-Christmas off piste adventure. There was no off piste. Would a January trip prove more successful?

CRANS-MONTANA: MY MISSED TRICK

Long and varied pistes travelling round the mountain, high altitude skiing and a good resort atmosphere; I won’t be overlooking Crans-Montana again.

UK SKI GUESTS FOUND NEW HOTELS IN BANFF

It follows a huge fire at one of the Canadian ski town’s major hotels. The Mount Royal Hotel was severely damaged over the New Year holiday period.

WORLD’S LARGEST SKI LESSON

Approximately 80 resorts across the USA and Canada joined up to try to make it into the Guinness Book of Records. #largestskilesson NEW & UPDATED

ZIP INTO ISCHGL

Ischgl offers a new way to get your speed kicks with a zip wire where you can reach speeds of up to 85km/hr down the valley. The resort’s slogan ‘relax if you can’ has never been more of a challenge.

A NEW WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR SKIING

The Verbier ski school, European Snowsport, has come up with a neat idea for those that want to improve but don’t want to join a group or have a full on private lesson.

COLORADO SKI COUNTY JUST GOT BIGGER

The Hesperus Ski Area is joining the resort grouping to become its 22nd member. NEW

Snow report

Twitter

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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