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PLANETSKI HEADS TO THE PYRENEES

We arrived just after 8AM on the overnight sleeper train from Paris. Check out our live & updated rolling blog across today… NEW & UPDATED

SPRAINS & STRAINS

PlanetSKI arrives in Aosta. Disaster strikes even before we reach the ski slopes! So, how do we cope?

TORD’S TURNS IN THE TIROL

There are turns to be made in St Anton & its fellow Arlberg resorts after all the snow. PlanetSKI’s Tord Nilson drew the lucky straw. NEW

BOBBING ALONG IN ST MORITZ

Along with football hooliganism, bobsleigh is one of GBs most successful exports‎. Read on with our roving reporter: NEW & UPDATED

SERENE ONCE AGAIN

PlanetSKI’s roving reporter James Rampton revels in the peaceful ‎delights of St Moritz. One of the few major resorts not battered by wild weather.

INFERNO IN THE SNOW

It was first organised by a group of ski-crazy brits in 1928, & today it’s the world’d largest amateur ski race. PlanetSKI partakes.

MICHELIN STARS IN THE MOUNTAINS

Here’s the second report from St Moritz by PlanetSKI’s roving reporter, James Rampton. NEW

SKIING WITH A BOND STUNT-MAN

Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined I would ski with a Bond Stunt Man. Yet here I am in Wengen skiing with him & hearing about his Bond adventures.

SERENE ST MORITZ

As Biblical storms batter parts of the Alps again, PlanetSKI appears to have got lucky.

48-HOURS IN HEAVEN

Technically it was 48-hours in Zermatt but for our editor, James Cove, it is one and the same thing.

WE VISIT SERRE CHEVALIER…

A truly authentic French gem of a ski resort. PlanetSKI passed through the resort this week with superb conditions.

HAPPY 80TH MERIBEL

The ski resort at the heart of the Three Valleys is celebrating a big birthday this year. PlanetSKI hits its slopes and delves into its history.

AND SO IT ENDS…

The PlanetSKI Swiss road and rail trip draws to a close. We look back on a week of some fabulous skiing & great adventures.

POSTCARD FROM BELALP

In Belalp, above the village of Blatten, PlanetSKI’s Vanessa Fisher took part in the “Belalp Hexe” race, the first in the ‘Super 3’ series. NEW

PICK UP THE PACE IN LA PLAGNE

Think you know all about the French ski resort of La Plagne? PlanetSKI has been in town this week to see what’s changing. NEW

PLANETSKI ROAD TRIP HEADS TO NAX

Our editor is doing what he loves most: roaming round the Alps visiting resorts he’s barely heard of. Next stop Nax. Where? NEW

WHAT A HOTEL!

James Rampton has been raving about Nassfeld in Austria. One of the reasons is the Franz Ferdinand hotel. NEW

PLANETSKI IN NASSFELD PART III

Our roving reporter James Rampton goes all Tour D’Austria on the slopes of Nassfeld. NEW

A SKI TEACHER EXPLAINS

How does an instructor ensure a nervous beginner has a good experience? Our own novice finds out.

NIFTY NASSFELD PART II

The literal translation of the Austrian ski resort Nassfeld is ‘Wet Field.’ Let’s be honest it doesn’t sound too enticing! Read our second instalment from Nassfeld. NEW

NIFTY NASSFELD

The literal translation of the Austrian ski resort Nassfeld is “”Wet Field.”” Read Installement II NEW

THE PLANETSKI ROAD TRIP ACCELERATES

Our editor is doing what he loves most: roaming round the Alps visiting resorts he’s barely heard of. Next stop Chandolin/St-Luc in the Swiss Alps.

A WEEK IN LES ARCS

Six days and every kind of weather imaginable as PlanetSKI’s chief reporter pounds the pistes and the powder in the French ski area.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Our editor, James Cove, is doing what he loves the best. Roaming round the Alps visiting a bunch of resorts he’s barely heard of.

PLANETSKI LANDS IN NASSFELD PART I

The ski gods have been smiling on PlanetSKI, at least those of us lucky enough to be in Nassfeld. It has charm coming out of its ears. NEW

ANDORRA – WHAT A BLAST!

I was in Andorra for three days and I wondered what had changed since my last visit. I guessed quite a lot, but hoped not too much to spoil my memories. NEW

WE’RE IN ANDORRA

After a 10 year gap I wanted to find out what had changed in the tiny Principality in the Pyrenees. I downloaded an App to help me along.

I WILL NOT FAIL!

She could have been put off skiing for life, but nervous novice Philippa Young is back on skis for more punishment. Part 2 – Austria.

DAUGHTER & DAD ON TOUR

Our editor, James Cove, and his daughter, Tashie, are on a 48-hour trip to Verbier. Away from the Xmas stress & deep in the snow.

POSTCARD FROM LES MENUIRES

Some R&R and ski fun before the run up to Christmas and all that that entails back home.

PLANETSKI POUNDS THE POWDER IN LES ARCS

The huge high-altitude French ski area has opened and PlanetSKI was in resort this week as the first lifts fired up.

PLANETSKI’S NORWEGIAN ADVENTURES

It is one of our editor’s favourite trips of the winter; his annual random trip round a few resorts in Norway. This year was the best ever… NEW

THE SNOW IN PICTURES

The huge amounts of snow have produced some wonderful images from across the mountains. Here are some of our favourites here at PlanetSKI. NEW

A SNOWSPORT ON THE UP

Ski mountaineering – at home and abroad:

NORWEGIAN ADVENTURES

Our editor is on his annual ski trip to Norway. He’s just visited a resort that gets an annual average of 18m of snow and been where? UPDATED

WTF!

The slogan of the Austrian resort of Ischgl is ‘Relax, If you can’. Not a chance with these characters around!

SKI VIDEOS: THE DECEMBER EDIT

There are some insane mountain & extreme action videos out there. Check out some of the best on this rolling Vlog. NEW

DECEMBER SKIING SECRETS

Speed ski record attempt, Verbier powder stashes, 13 winter tipples, Ed Leigh in snowmaggedon + reclaiming ski shot record. NEW & UPDATED

MOUNTAIN SERENITY IN VT

A return to the origins of mountain tourism as Val Thorens opens & concentrates on a calmer way of life. PlanetSKI chills out.

MOUNTAIN SERENITY IN VT

A return to the origins of mountain tourism as Val Thorens opens & concentrates on a calmer way of life. PlanetSKI chills out.

48-HOURS IN MAMMOTH

PlanetSKI is starting its winter in the US resort with the most terrain open. And rather good it is too! UPDATED

MAMMOTH CAN WAIT

PlanetSKI starts its season at a resort that saw 15.6m of snow last winter. It already has a depth of 1.5m but we’re in no rush to get there. Why not? NEW

FANCY THE 5* SKI TREATMENT?

PlanetSKI’s Petra Shepherd reports from the Schlosshotel in Fiss in Austria. It’s a ski area barely heard of the in the UK. NEW

NOVEMBER SKIING SECRETS

Extreme landings! Animated gif shows a lot of snow, remote controlled snow plough, don’t Bin-it Fix-it, Geek-fest in Les Menuries + Michelin stars for the Dolomites. NEW & UPDATED

SKI VIDEOS: THE NOVEMBER EDIT

There are some insane mountain & extreme action videos out there. Check out some of the best on this rolling Vlog. NEW

HOW TO SKI YOUR FIRST BLACK RUN SAFELY

A black run can be daunting. But it’s nothing to be afraid of – it’s something to conquer and the perfect opportunity to develop your skiing.

MEETING YOUR HEROES

It is apparently always a let down. But what if your hero meets you? It can be a nerve-wracking occasion!

PLANETSKI VISITS PERISHER IN AUSTRALIA

We check the resort of Perisher after an incredible season of snow and extended skiing. So, what’s skiing like Down Under?

AUTUMNAL COLOURS IN THE MOUNTAINS

There are some amazing colours in ski resorts in USA & Canada as the leaves turn & snow falls. PlanetSKI is in Sun Valley, USA. UPDATED

SHE’S ONLY GONE AND DONE IT!

PlanetSKI’s Catie Friend has completed a half-marathon. But not just any old half marathon.This is the big one. Read on to be utterly inspired… NEW

OCTOBER SKIING SECRETS

PlanetSKI on the BBC, any guesses? Sölden ski racing, 670m line of ski shots + Lindsey Vonn to sell LA pad for $3.795 million. NEW & UPDATED

SKI VIDEOS: THE OCTOBER EDIT

There are some insane mountain & extreme action videos out there. Check out some of the best on this rolling Vlog. NEW

LEARN TO FLY

On skis, of course. This is PlanetSKI after all… And with Eddie the Eagle as your teacher at the Calgary Olympic Park, there’s no better way. NEW

PLANETSKI HEADS TO PARLIAMENT. WHY?

To hire staff, the Evie Pinching award, first duties of new Switzerland ambassador + we discover MPs ski against their Swiss counterparts.

SEPTEMBER SKIING SECRETS

Banff Grizzly bear #148 shot, pink snow accelerates snow-melt on Alaskan glacier, savings for Lindas + Jeremy Jones auctions snowboard for Irma victims. NEW & UPDATED

FUN IN THE FRENCH PYRENEES

Canyoning: It is about the most family fun you can have in the mountains. Well, in the summer anyway – before the snow falls.

SKI VIDEOS: THE SEPTEMBER EDIT

There are some insane mountain & extreme action videos out there. Check out some of the best on this rolling Vlog. NEW & UPDATED

SUMMER FAMILY FUN IN THE ALPS

So, what exactly is there to do for a skiing family more used to the Alps in winter? Rather a lot it turns out according to these pictures. NEW

BANK ROBBER TO SNOWBOARDER

Convicted criminal and ex-druggie Roland Thompson has turned his life around with the help of snowboarding and climbing.

WE’RE IN CANADA & THIS TIME IT’S SUMMER! PART 2

We’ve done many a winter road trip in Canada hitting the ski resorts … now it’s the turn of summer. UPDATED

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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