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INTERNATIONAL SKI TRAVEL MARKET HEADS TO CHAMONIX

The leading B2B international snowsports event goes from strength to strength as it launches a new event.

AVOIDING  THE CROWDS IN THE AOSTA VALLEY: NEXT STOP TORGNON

It’s half -term week & in many resorts across the Alps the slopes are packed and the queues long. Er, not where PlanetSKI is skiing. NEW

HOW TO AVOID LIFT QUEUES

It’s busy out on the slopes at the moment with the half-term break in full swing. Our friends at Maison Sport offer some advice on how to avoid the queues.

SKI LINE, THE SKI EXPERTS

Ski Line doesn’t offer cruises or city breaks, it just does skiing and snowboarding. It was founded 25 years ago and continues to go from strength to strength.

AVOIDING THE CROWDS IN THE AOSTA VALLEY

It’s the busiest week of the ski season with crowded slopes, long lift lines and packed restaurants. But not everywhere. PlanetSKI reports.

HALF-TERM SKIING IN THE ALPS

A bit of rain, a dusting of snow, some sunshine and fluctuating temperatures. It’s a mixed bag of weather in the Alps for the busiest week of the season. UPDATED

FOUR TOP WAYS FOR KIDS TO CARRY THEIR SKIS

It’s half-term week and that means kids on the slopes. So how should they carry their skis? Our friends over at Maison Sport have been offering their advice.

LIVERPOOL HEADS TO VERBIER FOR FOOTBALL & SKI EVENTS

The football club and the Swiss resort have teamed up for LFC weeks in April. So, what’s it all about?

EPIC SNOW IN US SKI RESORTS

If you’re heading west in the near future you are in for a real treat. US resorts, particularly those in Colorado and Utah, have had huge dumps. But the avalanche risk is high. UPDATED

PLANETSKI ARRIVES IN AOSTA FOR 3-MONTH STAY

We’re now based in the self-proclaimed ‘Heart of the Alps’. There’s some skiing to be had here in Italy, and in neighbouring France & Switzerland. Plus much else besides.

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.

POSTCARD FROM NASSFELD

The Austrian resort has more than a little bit of Italy in it.  Sounds like a good combination to us. And it is.

ADVENTURES IN JASNA WITH JASNA ADVENTURES

The resort in Slovakia offer great skiing, great prices and much more besides. Jasna Adventures is the company to visit with.

IS THIS THE WINTER TO SKI IN JAPAN?

Japan is home to some of the best powder skiing on the planet. Read here about the skiing in Japan holidays offered by Mabey Ski as snow finally falls.

HELISKIING IN AUSTRIA ON THE CHEAP

The resort of Nassfeld sits on the Italian border and is one of the few Austrian resorts offering heliskiing. PlanetSKI jumps aboard.

POSTCARD FROM SCHLADMING

PlanetSKI has been in town for the night slalom World Cup race.  And to take a look round its slopes.

COMING IN TO LAND… AT KLAGENFURT

Where? Ever flown this way into Austria? No, neither have we but we’ll be doing it again. And here’s why…

PLANETSKI VISITS SITE OF FIRST NEW US SKI AREA FOR 40 YEARS

Mayflower will be next to Deer Valley in Utah. Some are welcoming it while others question the need for yet another ski resort.

ALPINE ACTION IN THE AOSTA VALLEY

It is home to some of the most famous resorts in Italy. Cervinia, Courmayeur & Champolouc to name a few.  PlanetSKI is based there from next month & here we look at some of this winter’s attractions.

PLANETSKI TOURS THE SKIWELT

It’s one of the largest linked areas in Austria, but not one we know that well. Time to change that.

WE LOOK BACK AT OUR TRIP TO UTAH

PlanetSKI was in Utah earlier this month. Take a look back at all our US adventures rolled into one article. What a blast! NEW

SKIING IN BULGARIA: IT’S CHEAP & VERY CHEERFUL…

Our Social Media Editor has been to Borovets & Bansko. She knew it was going to be cheap and cheerful but it was going to be fun discovering more. First up, Borovets.

SKI TREASURE HUNT IN THE DOLOMITES

Day Two of Ian Davis’s Dolomiti Superski adventure. Competing in the annual Ski Caching event. It has its roots in Geocaching. NEW

ALL ABOARD THE ALPEN EXPRESS TO AUSTRIA

PlanetSKI takes a new rail route to the Tirol as we head to the mighty Ski Welt. Check out the ride & our first day on the slopes.

PLANETSKI RETURNS TO THE DOLOMITES

Dolomite Superski: 39 resorts, 1200kms of slopes, glacier skiing, mott of the slopes at 1600m with many at 2000m. NEW

OUR FINAL DAY IN UTAH… ONE FOR THE MEMORY.

PlanetSKI ends its week-long trip to Utah. Snow shoeing, cross country skiing, ice castles & a swim in a 10,000 year old thermal crater.

PLANETSKI HEADS TO ZERMATT: THE ONE IN UTAH NOT SWITZERLAND

We didn’t know there was another resort called Zermatt. It is not so much a resort as a base to try snowsports activities & nearby ski areas. NEW

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.

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.

AND SO TO PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT…

PlanetSKI’s trip in Utah moves round to one of our favourite large resorts in North America. But could it live up to expectations? UPDATED

MAIN STREET, SNOW SHOEING & OLYMPIC BOBSLED RUN

We’ve arrived in Park City, Utah for a few days of powder skiing. But first we go to two ends of the spectrum.

MAJOR TRAVEL DISRUPTION FOR SKIERS HEADING TO & FROM FRANCE

Flights, ferries, and Eurostar trains are being disrupted by another general strike in France this weekend. UPDATED

TUI APOLOGISES OVER CHAMBERY AIRPORT DELAYS

Almost 1,000 skiers were inconvenienced at the weekend as the airport closed due to heavy fog.

PLANETSKI HEADS TO THE MOUNTAINS

The Xmas and New Year festivities are a thing of the past.  It’s time to go skiing… & dining. UPDATED

LONDON SKI FLIGHTS TO NEW SCANDINAVIAN AIRPORT BLOCKED

The airport cannot currently accept travellers from outside the Schengen customs area. Flights from Heathrow are being diverted to Oslo.

MORE CANCELLATIONS ON SKI TRAIN

Industrial action in France is disrupting skiers & snowboarders trying to get to and from the Alps this weekend.

NEW AIR ROUTE TO JAPAN IS LAUNCHED

Finnair has just started flying direct from Helsinki to Sapporo and has announced it will be year-round not just for winter.

HELI SKI TRIP TO GEORGIA

James Orr Heliski is the first British operator to offer heliskiing in the area. Trips start in February 2021 but you’d better get saving. NEW

NEW AIR ROUTE TO JAPAN FLIES

Finnair has just started flying direct from Helsinki to Sapporo and has announced it will be year-round not just for winter.

EUROSTAR SKI TRAIN DISRUPTED BY STRIKES

Skiers booked on this winter’s first Eurostar train service direct to the French Alps will miss a day on the slopes after timetable changes.

PISTE, POWDER & NO POLITICS

PlanetSKI is regaining its sanity in the Austrian Alps. Away from UK politics.

HEADING OFF THE BEATEN TRACK IN THE TIROL

Check out some of the smaller and less well-known resorts. You may be surprised by what is on offer…

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.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY POWDER N SHINE

The chalet company may not have existed had its founder not had a serious ski injury. It’s now in its 10th winter.

INNSBRUCK: THE PERFECT CITY + SKI DESTINATION

PlanetSKI has just been in the capital of the Alps enjoung the city and skiing some nearby ski resorts. All on a new pass.

REPORT REVEALS CHEAPEST PLACES TO SKI

Bulgaria offers the best value with some Italian resorts not far behind. It comes as prices rise in 80% of resorts surveyed.

TOP TIPS FOR SKIING WITH CHILDREN

Our friends over at Maison Sport have been at it again. Offering straight advice on topics relevant to all skiers & snowboarders.

AIRPORT TRANSFER – FANCY A FREE ONE?

You can get from the Austrian airport of Klagenfurt to your hotel in Schladming or Nassfeld for free – saving £170.

HOW TO SKI LES3VALLEES ON A BUDGET

Here we look at ways to make your money go further in the largest linked ski area in the world.

FANCY A SHORT SKI BREAK OVER THE FESTIVE SEASON?

The short break specialist, Ski Weekender, has a few places left. There will also be no Single Supplement over Xmas.

SKI CHALET SCAMS LATEST

More people have contacted a company which lists fake ski websites to say they’ve been conned out of thousands this autumn.

IKON PASS DISCOUNT

The Ikon pass gives access to 41 resorts across the world. There are two weeks left to save £100+ for this season.

COMPULSORY WINTER TYRES: FRANCE DELAYS PLANS

Plans to force cars to fit winter tyres or carry snow chains on certain mountain roads will not be in force this winter.

BALKAN HOLIDAYS LAUNCHES 20/21

This season hasn’t even started but the company has already laid its plans for next winter. Prices remain the same.

HOW TO GET TO A SKI RESORT BY CAR

It can work out much cheaper plus there is no weight or luggage restrictions. We hear from Erna Low.

SKI SOLUTIONS: NEW FOR 2019/20 SKI SEASON

Ski Solutions is one of the most respected UK ski agents and once again it has new products and holidays for next winter.

CRYSTAL SKI HOLIDAYS FOR WINTER 2020/21 GO ON SALE

This season hasn’t even started and yet the UK’s largest tour operator has started selling holidays for the following winter.

ONE SKI HOLIDAY, TWO RESORTS

Ski Safari is living up to its name and offering a week in Norway taking in the ski resorts of Hafjell and Kvitfjell.

FANCY A SHORT SKIING BREAK AT XMAS?

If you want to be at home for Xmas and New Year with a ski in between then step forward Ski Weekender.

TAKING THE TRAIN TO ITALIAN SKI RESORTS

We hear much about going by train to ski areas in France, Switzerland and even Austria. But what about Italy?

Snow report

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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:
🌞❄️⛷️🏂🗻🍻 https://t.co/lwGdIMTbgy

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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