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STRIKE ACTION HAS LIMITED IMPACT ON FRENCH SKI RESORTS

Unions are calling on workers to withdraw their labour over changes to the French unemployment system which they say will unfairly impact upon seasonal workers. NEW & UPDATED

FRENCH PRESIDENT VOWS TO PROTECT MONT BLANC

Emmanuel Macron has been to Chamonix to see for himself the damage caused to the country’s largest glacier by global warming and announce measures to protect the mountain from over-tourism.

CROWFUNDING APPEAL FOR GLOBAL SKI REPORT

It’s a comprehensive annual look the state of skiing and snowboarding across the world.  It’s seeking your help. NEW

BRITISH SKIER SERIOUSLY INJURED BY SNOWBOARDER IN ATTACK ON SLOPES

The 55-year-old man was beaten over the head several times with a ski pole in a row with a snowboarder.

SAFETY CAMPAIGN AIMED AT WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL FANS

The Travel Association ABTA has launched a new digital campaign offering advice to young skiers and snowboarders heading to festivals on the slopes.

FIVE BRITISH SKIERS GO DOWN WITH CORONAVIRUS IN FRENCH ALPS

They were staying in Les Contamines and came into contact with a Briton who had been in Singapore. PlanetSKI reports.UPDATED

TAHOE SKI AREA LAWSUIT SETTLED

The threat of legal action to stop a California ski area building a new gondola to link two resorts has been lifted.

TRAVEL INDUSTRY GEARS UP FOR EU TRADE TALKS

The Travel Association ABTA is stepping up its work on behalf of the industry to ensure its voice is heard in the post-Brexit trade talks.

BRITISH SKIER DIES AFTER HITTING SNOW BARRIER

The man was in the French resort of Les2Alpes.  He’s the second skier to die in similar circumstances in the Isère region this season.

MIKAELA SHIFFRIN HEARTBROKEN BY FATHER’S DEATH

The US ski racer is in mourning after her father, Jeff Shiffrin, died unexpectedly at the weekend. Tributes and condolences are being paid by the ski world. UPDATED

HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR BRITISH SCHOOLGIRLS RACES

The 2020 event saw more than 150 young ski racers from 54 schools take part in the French resort of Flaine.

FEBRUARY NEWS IN BRIEF

– Reducing the number of racing crashes
– Shiffrin continues to mourn death of father
– Man dies six days after chairlift fall
– Snowboarder lift pusher released from psychiatric hospital

FEBRUARY & MARCH SKI DEALS

– Chalet Koala, Les Arcs – from £699pp based on two sharing
– Chalet Bonnevie, Val d’Isere – from £889pp based on two sharing
– Chalet Catherine, Val Thorens – from £1,149pp based on two sharing

See full listing of offers on this page including last minute half term deals & looking ahead to Easter NEW & ROLLING

BRITISH MAN KILLED IN AVALANCHE IN JAPAN

Another man was killed in a separate incident at the weekend. They follow the death of a Frenchman last week.

TOP SKI RACER CALLS FOR BAN ON SUMMER SKIING

The recently retired German alpine racer Felix Neureuther believes skiers should no longer train on glaciers in the summer. Is it time to ban summer skiing?

JOB CUTS AT SKI CLUB OF GB

The UK’s oldest ski club is facing more difficulties as it attempts to deal with losses of almost £1 million. Staff are losing their jobs.

IT’S BELTING DOWN WITH SNOW IN THE ALPS!

After a long spell of sunshine and mild temperatures, the snow has begun falling again. PlanetSKI reports from the Alps. UPDATED

REACTION AS 24-YEAR OLD BRITISH MAN DIES AFTER NIGHT OUT IN FRENCH ALPS

His body was found at the bottom of a cliff face after a 12-hour search.

SKI RESORT EXEC JAILED FOR MULTI MILLION DOLLAR SKI THEFT

Former Aspen Skiing Company executive Derek Johnson is sentenced to 6 years. He stole equipment & resold it online for more than a decade.

80 YEARS OF RACING THE HAHNENKAMM

The most dangerous downhill ski race in the world takes place in the Austrian resort of Kitzbühel this weekend.  Eight decades on it has lost none of its appeal, but why no women?

FEBRUARY SKI DEALS

– Ski Solutions January Sale….. BE QUICK IT ENDS TODAY!
– A Valentine’s getaway to St Christoph with VIP SKI saving £400pp
– Get away to Banff, Canada for 7 night with SNO £869pp

See full listing of offers on this page including last minute half term deals .. NEW & UPDATED

TRIBUTES TO BRITISH SKI INSTRUCTOR WHO DIED ON THE SLOPES

John Arnold, a long-standing and popular member of a UK ski club, was found dead after apparently veering off a ski run in the Italian resort of Champoluc. Those who knew him have been paying tribute. UPDATED

CAN SKI DREAMS COME TRUE? YOU BET!

A young Austrian boy, Luca Stocker has a dream, he wants to ski as well as fellow countryman Marcel Hircher. Now, that is a wonderful dream and it seems to be shaping up.

SKIING ON THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM: BRING IT ON

The Valais canton in Switzerland is considering introducing snowsports to the school programme. Skiers are an ageing group and there are significant worries for the future as fewer young people participate.

SKI PIONEER DIES IN PLANE CRASH

Dave Goode was the first to develop pure carbon fibre skis and ski poles.  He was killed when his light aircraft crashed in Utah.

SKI CLUB CHAIRMAN RESIGNS

Malcolm Bentley has stepped down as the Club goes through what it calls ‘challenging’ times. Last year it made a loss of £840,000.

SKIERS STARTED AVALANCHE THAT KILLED 3

A preliminary investigation has been carried out into last week’s tragedy at Silver Mountain Resort in Idaho. PlanetSKI reports.

STRIKE THREAT TO FRENCH SKI RESORTS

Ski areas in France could be closed or have their operations disrupted by strike action planned to coincide with the busy February holidays.

AUSTRALIAN SKI AREAS REOPEN AS BUSHFIRE THREAT EASES

The immediate danger has passed for some of the country’s big resorts. They’re resuming summer operations.

CAN YOU SKI ON THE CHEAP AT HALF-TERM?

If you’re trying to book you’ll struggle to find a bargain.  Flight prices are soaring. PlanetSKI readers give their advice.

TEENAGER SURVIVES 30-HOURS IN UTAH MOUNTAINS

‘Lucky to be alive’ is an understatement as 17-year old, Nicolas Stacy-Alcatara, heads out for a hike and gets lost.

THIRD PERSON WHO DIED IN US AVALANCHE NAMED

She was a 29-year old doctor & survivors of the avalanche in Silver Mountain Resort in Idaho have been speaking of their experience. PlanetSKI reports from neighbouring Utah.

NEW PUPS FOR PARK CITY SKI PATROL

These cuties are the two newest members of the Ski Patrol Team. They’re about to start some serious avalanche training in Dog School.

BUSHFIRES THREATEN MORE OZ SKI AREAS

An emergency evacuation order has been issued in Falls Creek while people in Mt Hotham have been told to ‘leave now’ as the threat from fires increases.

THREE SKIERS BANNED FOR DOPING AT 2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

They were caught during raids at the World Championships in Seefeld Austria. A coach has also been banned.

AUSTRALIAN SKI RESORT DESTROYED BY BUSHFIRE

Selwyn snow resort lies in ruins.  Australia’s major ski resorts all remain closed as fires burn nearby with high temperatures due to return later this week. UPDATED

THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY OF SNOWSPORTS

The head of the International Ski Federation reflects on 10 years of the best & worst in skiing & snowboarding as we enter a new decade.

JANUARY NEWS IN BRIEF

– First World Cup ski races in China off due to Coronavirus
– Sestriere to bid for 2029 World Champs
– Scottish Mountains photographer wins top award
– Inghams wins again

ANOTHER AVALANCHE DEATH IN ITALY

It brings the total in 24-hours to four after a mother and two 7-year old girls died as an avalanche swept on to a piste.

DRAMATIC VIDEO SHOWS AVALANCHE SWEEPING ACROSS SWISS PISTE

The avalanche hit skiers in the Swiss resort of Andermatt. 6 people were hit but none was seriously injured. PlanetSKI reports.

VETERAN SKI INSTRUCTOR RECEIVES MBE IN NEW YEARS HONOURS

The Scottish skiing legend, Ali Ross, has received the award for his life-long contribution to skiing. He’s one of two instructors recognised in the honours. UPDATED

JANUARY SALES

Lift your spirits on Blue Monday and consider a ski trip to the mountains.
* There’s still one day left to take advantage of Crystal Ski deals with £100 off some March holidays
* Up to 60% discount off your Equipment Rental to French Ski destinations – Offer ends 20th January
* We roll out the offers on this deals page… NEW & UPDATED

SKIER SURVIVES 5 HOURS UNDER SNOW

He was buried under a metre of snow in one of several avalanches to hit the Alps over Christmas. One came down on an open piste. UPDATED

INVESTIGATION AFTER GLENCOE BASE STATION DESTROYED BY FIRE

It was severely damaged by a blaze in the early hours of Christmas Day. It has now partialy re-opened. UPDATED

DEATH & AVALANCHES AT START OF US SEASON

A snowboarder was killed in Utah and there are warnings across many states. PlanetSKI reports. NEW

LATEST SKI DEALS…

With impressive snow conditions in the Alps, check out some of the best Ski Deals. UPDATED

SKI JOBS CUT & HOLIDAYS SLASHED BY BREXIT FEARS

UK firms have cut jobs by an average of 30% & slashed the number of ski holidays because of fears for the future, new research suggests.

FIRST AVALANCHE DEATH OF SEASON IN COLORADO

After heavy snow the first fatality has been reported. Heavy snow is falling again with extreme caution advised.

LINDSEY VONN OPENS NORTH AMERICA’S FIRST INDOOR SKI SLOPE

A decade after it was built, the snow centre in New Jersey finally has opened & Lindsey Vonn was there.

INVESTIGATION AFTER TWO DIE IN AVALANCHE ON MONT BLANC

Two Italian skiers were skiing off piste at around 3,000m when they were caught. Their bodies have been recovered.

DECEMBER NEWS IN BRIEF

* Mikaela Shiffrin clocks up more records
* US Pro snowboarder commits suicide
* Organisation formed to protect the mountain environment
* Sapporo in Japan plans 2030 Winter Olympic Bid

FURTHER ROWS AT SKI CLUB GB

Ski Club of Great Britain members have failed to elect to its governing body two candidates who were put forward by the Club’s council.

CHECK OUT THE LATEST SKI DEALS…

We look at the avalanche of Black Friday/Cyber Monday ski deals, searching for the best bargains in the snowsports world. UPDATED

AWARDS FOR ESPRIT SKI & SANTA’S LAPLAND

The sister brands both triumphed at the Family Traveller Excellence Awards 2019.

SKI CLUB GB MAKES BIG LOSS

The UK’s oldest ski club has made a loss of more than £840,000. Its holidays, leading service and instructor-led guiding all under-performed.

BRITISH SKI WORKERS URGED TO VOTE

Seasonaires heading to the mountains this winter are being asked to act now so they can vote in the UK’s General Election.

TRIBUTES CONTINUE FOR AVALANCHE VICTIMS

The two Dutch men died in Soelden in Austria on Saturday. Both were experienced instructors. A third man survived.

BACKCOUNTRY BACKS DOWN IN TRADEMARK ROW

The online retailer Backcountry.com has apologised for suing companies using the word backcountry in their name.

SWISS GLACIERS MELT BY 10% IN LAST 5 YEARS

That’s the claim from the Swiss government at a recent United Nations conference. It is a similar picture across the Alps.

NOVEMBER NEWS IN BRIEF

Beware Black Friday fake offers, industry news from across the Pond, Yarnold becomes BBSA director + Utah ski resort is sold. ROLLING…

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🥉 @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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