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OCTOBER SKIING SECRETS

Andri Ragettli wows on his latest parcour course, check out this video, bird’s eye view + speed climbing record smashed. ROLLING…

PLANETSKI TURNS INTO PLANET HIKE

We’re currently nosing round the mountains of Japan. With the snow yet to come it’s time for hiking boots.

BALKAN HOLIDAYS RAMPS UP FOR WINTER 2019/20

It offers Bulgaria, Slovenia & Romania at a lead-in price of £299 per person. Who said skiing is expensive?

PLANETSKI GOES HIKING IN VOLCANO COUNTRY

We’re in the mountains of Hokkaido in Japan. The snow is yet to fall so time to put the hiking boots on.

SKIING IN JAPAN

We’ve never done a PlanetSKI resort review without skiing there. Well we have now. Check out Niseko. It gets 15m of snow per winter.

AND SO TO SAPPORO

Our Japan adventures continue & with no snow at this time of year we’re looking at the other attractions. First there’s some rugby to watch…

PLANETSKI HITS JAPAN: PART 2

We’re continuing our stay in Tokyo before heading off to Hokkaido and beyond. Would we manage to master the metro? Maybe…

PLANETSKI HITS JAPAN: PART 1

The snow is yet to fall so we’re seeing what there is to do off the slopes, looking at the winter ahead and, er, planning to see some rugby.

SPOT THE TYPO…

It seems the PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, doesn’t know his ‘i’ from his ‘e’. It can make a difference.

SEPTEMBER SKIING SECRETS

Snow Leopards, the camera never lies – or does it? French Alps chef in row over cheese, ski training on treadmill + how many calories does skiing burn? ROLLING

THE ALPINE VILLAGE WITH 1M VISITORS

Imagine an alpine village with just 800 inhabitants that’s visited by a million tourists a year. That’s Hallstatt in Austria.

IF SKI RESORTS WERE BISCUITS…

VIP SKI must be missing the winter as it’s come up with a rather odd analogy of ski resorts and their biscuit equivalents.

MY BIG WET GREEK ‘HOLIDAY’

The PlanetSKI team gets up to all sorts outside the winter season. For our Chief Reporter, a relaxing break in Greece turned into a busman’s holiday.

AUGUST SKIING SECRETS

Grenoble Olympic torch up for auction, plane, train or automobile to your ski resort? plastic ban on Everest + powder snow on a bike. ROLLING…

CHILE SKI RESORTS STRUGGLE WITH WARM WINTER

Several Chilean ski operations remain closed due to poor conditions. In Argentina skiing looks better:

HISTORIC US SKI JUMP LISTED

The Nansen Ski Jump has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Check out its fascinating history.

CANDIDE THOVEX TAKES TO WATER

The freeskier makes his own rules (and sport) as he skies on snow, sand, dirt, grass, volcano, jungle & stone. Now its waves.

SWISS PLANES PERFORM OVER WRONG EVENT

Patrouille Suisse was due to fly over an event to mark first flights over the Alps. Instead they performed over a yodelling festival.

RIDING WINTER THROUGH SUMMER

It’s a rolling blog as our ski reporter Katie chases waves on the Atlantic filling the winter void of skiing & snowboarding with surfing.

SKI RESORT OFFERS GOAT YOGA

Ninety-minute ‘goat yoga’ classes will be taking place once again in St Moritz in September. Pardon?

THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR US

That’s a BASS motto, a ski academy offering advanced skier performance breakthrough clinics so we can explore better & further NEW

LOOK OUT FOR LUCA

Pocket-sized ski racer Luca Westbrook is just 9. But he’s already tasted success at the GB and Swiss national championships.

JUNE’S SKIING SECRETS

Vandalised ski painting repaired, using a piste basher to shovel silage + mountain creature with ‘superpowers’. ROLLING…

JUNE’S NEWS IN BRIEF

50 glacial lakes under Greenland, Lowther Hills crowd funding for groomer + funds rasied for shot Russian snowboard champion. ROLLING…

SNOWBOARDING FORCES

PlanetSKI meets up with some special people at the BRITS – the UK Armed Forces Snowsport & Parasnowsport teams.

LAST MINUTE IN ALPE D’HUEZ

The Fisher family was desperate to find a last minute deal. With school holidays due to start, what were the options?

SKIING THE SPANISH PYRENEES: BOI TAULL

It’s the final stage of our chief reporter’s road trip to three little known resorts in the Pyrenees in Catalonia. She appears to have found her own private ski area.

GETTING PAST THE PLOUGH

Can Kay Frances move on from the snowplough? She sets off to Andorra to find out. Do you remember learning to ski?

SKIING THE FRENCH PYRENEES

As part of our special series on Europe’s other mountain range we visit two of our favourite resorts in France: Ax3 Domaines & Les Angles.

SKIING THE SPANISH PYRENEES: TAVASCAN

Wild, remote, unique. Our road trip to ski three of the lesser known resorts in the Catalan Pyrenees takes us to a very special place.

SKIING THE SPANISH PYRENEES: PORT AINE

Our chief reporter is on a road trip to visit three little known ski areas in the Pyrenees in Catalonia. First up is Port Ainé.

CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT ON USA

It’s not a new topic but an important one nevertheless. How are ski resorts affected and what’s there to do? NEW

WATCH THE BOSS DES BOSSES

The legendary inter-resort seasonaires’ bumps competition took place in Verbier on Wednesday. if you missed it, watch the catch up here. NEW

SCOTLAND SKI SAFARI

Our Scotland reporter takes in 3 resorts in a 3 day safari – Cairngorm, Glenshee and the Lecht as winter fianlly gets under way. UPDATED

LET’S GO TO THE CIRCUS

Our chief reporter has just spent a few days in the Skicircus ski area of Austria. Here’s her story, as it happened.

TOURING IN LE TOUR

Le Tour is a wide open Chamonix ski area that has a beautiful marked route to skin. PlanetSKI puts on its skins.

ARGENTIERE – IS IT STILL AS GOOD?

Argentiere is legendary for its lift-served off piste skiing. But after a fire distroyed the Grands Montets lift is it still the same?

CHASING SNOW IN CHAM

The PlanetSKI road trip to ski the wild mountains of Chamonix faces challenges with heavy snow closing road passes & ski lifts.

ALPINE SKIING IN NORWAY

In a country famous for its nordic skiing PlanetSKI finds there’s some seriously good alpine skiing too.

IT’S CARNIVAL TIME

PlanetSKI visits Nassereith in the Tirol for the Schellerlaufen event. It dates back to 1740 & is recognised by UNESCO.

TALES FROM THE TIROL: SCHELLERLAUFEN

Pardon? It is a centuries old Tirolean tradition that is recognised by UNESCO & we’ve been experiencing it today. NEW

A CANADIAN IN THE ALPS: PART THREE

Marie Taylor has skied the finest resorts in Canada, but never the Alps. In a series of special reports for PlanetSKI she compares the two.

WHICH WINTER MUSIC FESTIVALS FOR YOU?

Here’s the handiest app we’ve ever come across, designed to help you choose between all the fab European mountain music festivals.

DAY 4 OF MY SKI SAFARI

Katie Bamber finishes her Ski Safari in Chatel, having skied from Les Gets through Morzine & Avoriaz in Les Portes du Soleil.

A CANADIAN IN THE ALPS: PART TWO

Marie Taylor has skied the finest resorts in Canada, but never the Alps. In a series of special reports for PlanetSKI she compares the two.

PERFORMANCE CLINIC OPENED BY WARREN SMITH IN HARLEY STREET

After an off-snow assessment, programmes are designed to enhance performance for skiers of all levels: intermediates to advanced. NEW

TALES FROM THE TIROL

PlanetSKI is based in Innsbruck for the rest of the winter. To ski as many resorts as we can & write about whatever takes our fancy…

ISCHGL’S NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOUR

It’s a short bus ride from Ischgl and is included in the area lift pass. So why don’t more people visit Kappl? PlanetSKI drops in.

SKIING THE ITALIAN WAY

From Champoluc to Cervinia in the Aosta as we do it Italian style. Food, sun, skiing and more great food.

A CANADIAN IN THE ALPS: PART ONE

Marie Taylor has skied the finest resorts in Canada, but never the Alps. In a series of special reports for PlanetSKI she compares the two.

CAMP ZERO

Skiing right – the Italian way. That’s high mountains to ski, ride and explore, eating excellently, and resting up and relaxing in super 5*s.

PLANETSKI’S FEBRUARY DEALS CLUB

It’s high season, but we’re here to bring you low prices for skiing this month. What’s your Spring plan? ROLLING

FEBRUARY NEWS IN BRIEF

Helicopter search on Nanga Parbat for two mountaineers, Swiss school trips on the rise + 120 evacuated from French cable car. ROLLING

FEBRUARY SKIING SECRETS

Scary beautiful snow, never ending lift queues, snowboard with a gas engine, snow in Las Vegas + cracking snow eggs. ROLLING

THE KEY TO IT ALL

Our correspondent Alf Alderson is a Les Arcs ‘ambassador’. Here’s what’s going down at the Ambassador’s Residence this week.

CRANS MONTANA FROM THE DOWN, UP

A day in pictures. Day Two and I’m inverting my normal ski practice to explore the area by skinning up.

CRANS MONTANA FROM THE UP, DOWN

PlanetSKI goes back to an old Swiss ski favourite to check it out: alpine skiing, ski touring & what’s new for this winter.

DAD’S DELIGHT…

PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, spends a day skiing with his son in the Grand Massif area in France. It’s been a while since he’s done either. UPDATED

SKI SAFARI IN THE PORTES DU SOLEIL

PlanetSKI explores the corners of the Portes du Soleil on skis with a night in each big resort. But first a day ‘acclimatising’.

POUND THE PISTES

Enough of powder skiing, we’re staying on the groomers. PlanetSKI rips it up in Val Gardena in The Dolomites.

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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