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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

HEAD HIGH

With generally poor snow low down in the Alps the best thing to do is head to a high altitude resort. Many though are rather soulless affairs. Not Hochsoelden in Austria that sits at 2,090m.

BIGGEST LINKED SKI AREA IN AUSTRIA

St Anton & Lech are now linked by ski lifts. But why are resorts so keen on building more lifts & are they really necessary?

AVORIAZ OPENS

The Portes du Soleil resort has fired up its lifts and started its season. It is also celebrating its 50th birthday. PlanetSKI looks back as well as forwards…

POSTCARD FROM SAALBACH

Saalbach has opened and it has some new initiatives out on the slopes and in town. One of our readers passed through the Austrian resort last season.

ON TO VAL D’ISERE…

PlanetSKI moves through the French Alps and on to Val d’Isere for some luxury, more December skiing and World Cup action.

YEAR-ROUND SNOW SLOPE FOR TIGNES

The French resort is set to build a £53m indoor ski slope as part of a new sports facility with accommodation and shopping. Not all are happy, though. PlanetSKI reports from Tignes.

VT 3RD TIME WINNER

As Val Thorens wins title ‘Best Ski Resort in the World’ for a third time, PlanetSKI visits to find out how it has turned around its reputation.

48-HOURS IN VAL THORENS

The highest resort in France officially kicked off its season at the weekend with fresh snow and plenty of action; on and off the slopes. PlanetSKI was in resort for the start of its long, long season.

LA GRAVE CAMPAIGN SMASHES GOAL

Supporters have pledged the €45,000 needed as a first stage in the fight to save the off-piste mountain resort. More though is needed. UPDATED

ISCHGL’S APRES BOOT BAN

The ski resort is banning people walking in ski boots or carrying skis & snowboards in the town centre after 8PM. People face a fine of €2,000. Why?

MORE RESORTS & RUNS OPEN

More fired up their lifts this weekend following the recent heavy snow. And there’s better news to report from North America. Check out the latest… UPDATED

BID TO SAVE LA GRAVE

Could this winter be the last for the untamed mountain? Not if the locals & lovers of the place have anything to do with it. They’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign to take over the lift in the iconic French off piste resort.

ZERMATT TOP AGAIN

The Swiss resort has defended its crown and secured the title of Best Ski Resort in the Alps. NEW

MORE RESORTS OPEN

Courchevel, Verbier & Alpe d’Huez opened this weekend with many more resorts firing up lifts and opening slopes after all the new snow. Others, including Val Thorens, have announced early openings. PlanetSKI reports. UPDATED

LOVELAND LOSES LAUNCH DATE RACE

“”The waiting game is finally over”” as Colorado’s Loveland opens its slopes/lifts for the launch of the 2016/17 season, just behind its old competitor Arapahoe Basin. NEW

TWO US RESORTS OPEN TODAY

Loveland in Colorado & Mammoth Mountain in California fire up some lifts today. However elsewhere resorts have been forced to put back their opening dates following a warm and dry autumn. NEW&UPDATED

FAMILY FUN IN LES MENUIRES

Igloo making, night skiing and plenty of gentle pistes; the Les3Vallées resort has added activities this winter to enhance its position as a kid-friendly ski area. NEW

FIRST RESORT IN CANADA OPENS

Sunshine Village is the first resort in Canada to open and it’s the earliest opening for the resort in over 30 years. And it didn’t even need to make artificial snow. UPDATED

CROWDFUNDING FOR LOW-COST SEASON PASS

The Swiss resort of Saas-Fee has launched a season pass for CHF 211 in a concept aimed to overcome a declining interest in alpine tourism. NEW

WHEN DOES THE SKI SEASON START?

It’s a question we are often asked at PlanetSKI as people wonder when resorts open and when people make their first turns. So what’s the answer?

MOST EXPENSIVE LIFT IN THE ALPS OPENS

The new lift in Stubai opened at the weekend with PlanetSKI in the first gondola. The 3S Eisgrat lift cost a cool €68m & is the latest in futuristic design, but is it worth it?

WHISTLER SALE GOES THROUGH

The Canadian resort has been bought by Vail Resorts for £1b. The deal has now been approved by the financial authorities. NEW

ANDORRA WOOS MORE BRITISH SKIERS

Visit Andorra has been announced as the official destination partner for Snowsport England. It is part of a wider drive by Andorra to put itself back on the map.

RESORT OPENS WHEN IT HASN’T SNOWED

Ruka in Finland has opened for skiing without a flake faling. It kept some snow from last winter and spread it over a single run.

THE BEST RESORTS IN NORTH AMERICA

Ski Magazine has released its annual survey into the best of the best across the Pond. The poll is now in its 29th year. See if you agree with its results.

WHISTLER VOTED NO 1 AGAIN

For the third year in a row the SKI Magazine Resort Survey has named Whistler as the No. 1 Overall Ski Resort in North America. NEW

BUMPER SKI SEASON IN AFRICA ENDS

The resort of Afriski in southern Africa has called a close on its season after one of the best winters in recent years. Check out the pictures of snowsports in Africa! NEW

FANCY BEING A SKI RESORT OWNER?

Red Mountain in Canada has launched a crowdfunding campaign offering skiers and boarders the chance to own part of the mountain.

NEW CANADIAN RESORT APPROVED

The Valemount Glacier Destination Resort will cost $175m & will see the biggest vertical drop in North America. It has the green light from the Provincial government. UPDATED

VAIL BUYS WHISTLER FOR $1bn

The largest resort operator in North America, Vail Resorts, has bought its main rival. Whistler is the most popular resort on the continent & this could be the start of further expansion in Canada for Vail Resorts. UPDATED

IT’S SNOWING IN AFRICA

The resort of Afriski in Lesotho has recently seen 1m of snow. It’s a ski area in Southern Africa and PlanetSKI looks at the snowfall in one of the more unusual places to ski. UPDATED

Cash needed for NZ rescue helocopter

The annual fund raising efforts are underway and ski resorts and skiers are getting behind the initiative. NEW

Ski season starts Down Under

It kicks off in NZ after a delayed start & resorts have opened in Australia but there’s precious little snow in Oz. Not so in South America which is deep in the white stuff. UPDATED

Scottish resorts claim success after bad start

It was a difficult winter with poor snow and revenues were down on the previous seasons. However the Scottish snowsports industry is putting on a brave face.

Whistler – Big plans for summer after best winter

The Canadian resort has just reported its best and busiest ever winter. The resort is preparing to spend £186m on ambitious plans to boost its year-round appeal.

THE MOST UNLIKELY PLACES TO SKI

They include one of the flattest countries in the world, a nation better known for its beautiful beaches, and one ravaged by three decades of conflict.

WORLD’S MOST POPULAR RESORTS

You probably have your favourite, but do you know which resorts and countries attract the most skiers and snowboarders? A new report reveals all.

5 BEST SUMMER GLACIER RESORTS

When winter’s over and you can’t wait till next season there’s no need to head to the southern hemisphere for your snow fix. There are plenty of options in the Alps.

Most popular resorts with the Brits

The UK’s largest snowsports travel agent, Iglu Ski, has announced its Top 10 best selling resorts. Any guesses which they are? It is no great surprise that France features heavily…
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Ski resort closes as grizzly bears threaten

Lake Louise in Canada was again partially shut as three bears have now been seen roaming near the front side of the mountain. A bear also wandered into Marmot Basin. UPDATED

Snowboard ban remains

In a long-running legal case in Utah a court has backed the resort of Alta in its ban on snowboarders. No further appeals will be made and the case is over.

Resort closing dates

Many have closed already and more shut this weekend. Skiing & snowboarding continues into May in places with some of the best late season conditions in recent years. UPDATED

Going green

The Swiss ski resort of Laax is aiming to boost its green credentials. But is skiing & snowboarding compatible with environmental sustainability?

Good April conditions

Many resorts are shutting for the season but some are open into May in the Alps. See here for current condtions, which resorts are still open and when they close. UPDATED

Spring skiing in Scotland

2 out of Scotland’s 5 ski areas remain open with some good as fresh snow falls. There were also a series of events on last weekend as the season ends. UPDATED

Whistler extends season after huge snowfalls

The Canadian resort is to open until the end of May. It is the most popular North American resort with the British and the largest ski area on the continent.

Scotland claims good February

The ski areas of the UK saw good snow and a rise in skiers and snowboarders out on the slopes. It follows a poor start to the season.

Postcard from the Pyrenees

There’s more to skiing in France than the Alps – the Pyrenees make an excellent alternative, particularly for families. We report from the Grand Tourmalet.

Largest ski area in Austria set to be created

New lifts will join St Anton with Lech and will be in place for next winter. It will make it the largest linked ski area in Austria and one of the largest in the Alps. UPDATED

Lift strike in Les2Alpes over

On Wednesday morning the lifts did not open as staff went on strike. By 2pm the lift company agreed to all the demands and the slopes opened. Thousands of people had their holiday disrupted in the busy half-term holidays. UPDATED

Lift strike threat in Les2Alpes

Unions are threatening to strike next week during the busy half-term week. Negotiations are ongoing.

Which resort has highest concentration of bars?

Is it Ischgl, St Anton, Meribel or perhaps Pas de la Casa? No, it’s Borovets in Bulgaria.

Lets not forget Scotland!

Things are looking good for the busy half-term week after a difficult season on the slopes of the UK’s resorts. UPDATED

PlanetSKI hopes to ski Delirium Dive

It is one of the steepest and deepest freeride areas in Canada but has been unable to open so far this season. Our content editor may be one of the first to ski it. NEW

Uncertain future for La Grave

The legendary off piste resort in France faces difficult times. Its one and only lift could shut.

Snow report

Twitter

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:
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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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