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Travel & Holiday

Eurostar ski tickets on sale

They have gone on sale this week. It’s certainly a more civilised way to get to the Alps than flying or driving.

PlanetSKI hits the road

We’re back out in the Alps to report on all that is going on over the next few months direct from the mountains. It promises to be quite a summer.

Passenger repairs plane

The plane was on the runway in Menorca, the pilot noticed a problem. The nearest engineer was back in England but a passenger stepped forward to mend it.

Snowtrain axed next winter

It has become uneconomical as less people go skiing, the exchange rate worsens and costs go up. It feels a bit like the end of an era.

Tempers flare at Luton

This week a £1 charge to drop off passengers at the terminal entrance came into force. It did not go down well.

Alpine Toll booth destroyed by drunk

A drunk driver hit the cabin on the Brenner Pass in The Austrian Alps. He was 5 times over the limit.

Solar plane to be tested over Alps

The Swiss plane could be the answer to the pollution we leave as we travel to The Alps. It plans to make the first ever sun powered flight round the earth.

Luton charges to drop off

It now costs £1 just to drop someone off at the airport. It’s yet another fee for the beleaguered air traveller. Whatever next?

Ryanair web site goes down

It has been taken off line today for essential maintenance. People were advised to check in for Thursday’s flights today.

Ryanair gives something for free

The airline that is notorious for charging for everything has given something away for nothing. What and, more importantly, why?

Train travel gets easier

A new web site is being launched to help skiers and snowboarders get to the Alps and the Pyrenees. People show a greater interest in using the train.

Mountain marriages last longer

People who live in the mountains stay married far longer than those who live in cities according to figures just released in Austria.

25% off your ski holiday next winter

There are some great deals to be had as the ski companies try to get us to book up for next winter. All is perhaps not quite as it seems though.

SWISS move terminals at Heathrow

The airline will fly out of Terminal 1 from June 11th. That’s this Thursday.

Airline industry to loose £9b

The figure is so big it can hardly be comprehended but that’s what the governing body of the industry predicts.

Scottish tour operator collapses

ScotTravel specialised in holidays toTukey and hundreds of people are reported to be stranded abroad.

British visitors to Austria down 14%

The figures have just been released by the Austrian statistical office and they don’t make happy reading. It’s not all doom and gloom though.

Ryanair reports first ever loss

The airline, popular with skiers and snowboarders, made a loss of £146m. It blames it on the soaring cost of fuel and follows other big losses in the airline industry.

More evidence of US decline

Further figures show a poor season in North America even though some are spinning that it was all OK.

St Gotttard pass re-opens. Wow.

The snow is still 5m deep in places but a team of workers has cleared the road through it. Check out the pictures.

Taking the train to the Alps gets easier

Eurostar has introduced connecting fares to 18 key Swiss stations in conjunction with high-speed train operator Lyria.

Exchange rate better for Brits

One swallow doesn’t make a summer but things are improving. Just as the holidays are around the corner.

The Kandahar Kids

England’s most famous children’s racing club trains indoors, in Britain, in summer for the first time. PlanetSKI got up early to take a look.

BA announces huge losses

The airline industry is in turbulant times and many of us that fly to the Alps and other ski destinations could be affected. PlanetSKI looks at the state of the airline industry.

BA opens new winter route to Austria

The airline is running a service to Innsbruck starting on 5th December 2009.

How to clear 1/4 million tons of snow

That’s the amount of snow that needs to be cleared from the St Gotthard pass in Switzerland following the heavy snow of the winter. It’s up to 5 metres deep in places.

Challenge to airport break up

The British Airports Authority is planning to appeal against a decision forcing it to sell 3 airports.

Jet plunges in turbulence over Alps

Passengers screamed, people were injured and the plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Geneva.

Easyjet launches winter timetable

The season has barely ended and the no-frills airline, popular with skiers and snowboarders, starts selling flights for next winter.

Easyjet losses double

The no frills airline, popular with skiers, made a pre-tax loss of £130m. Passengers numbers at Gatwick and Stanstead plunge by almost 15%.

More people take coach to the Alps

Figures just out show it’s become a more popular and cheaper travel option.

Ryanair may charge fat people more

The airline asked passengers which idea to reduce costs was the most popular. Taxing people for having excess weight came out top.

Channel tunnel resumes full service

3 and half months after the fire in the Channel Tunnel a normal service is back. Just in time for half term.

Boy falls off chairlift

The 10-year old snowboarder fell off a chair lift in the US resort of Olympia Ski Hill.

Channel Tunnel back to full capacity.

Skiers and snowboarders will be able to use it normally in time for half-term. Phew.

Giant snowman built in Austria

The resort of Galtür claims it as the biggest in Austria and possibly Europe.

Cutback in holiday spending

A survey has revealed that 37% of people spent less on their holidays in 2008 compared to the previous year.

See the Von Trapp home

It was the Austrian house that inspired

Christmas racing kids

The Kandahar Ski Team is in HochZiger, Austria, training in preparation for races in the new year.

Snow brings travel chaos

The snow may be good news for skiers and snowboarders, but it’s not great for everyone.

Chaos at Gatwick

Ice closed the runway and flights have been delayed.

Channel Tunnel update

More skiers are driving to the Alps and many are using the tunnel.

Protestors block Stansted

54 protestors broke through airport security and distrupted flights

A day with Father Christmas

8-year-old Max headed off to Finland with his Mum for a day trip to meet Santa. But would the magic hold?

More US resorts ban Burton boards

Employees are told not to use the snowboards that show pin-up Playboy models.

Fancy a sauna with a difference?

In the Swiss resort of Leukerbad you can already watch a film while having a swim, but now you can have a sauna while listening to ancient tales and fables being recounted.

Magnets secure kids to chairlfts

Sounds odd, but it’s true and it works. It follows a number of recent accidents with children falling off lifts.

Ski bargains to be had

The deals are not as eye watering as a week ago but they are still pretty good. We have the latest offers.

Go East for a bargain

That’s the message of a recent survey to find the best low cost skiing in these times of economic hardship.

Eurotunnel restrictions continue

Services are still not back to normal after the fire last September and skiers may be disrupted this season.

Want to invest in a US ski resort?

Jay Peak in Vermont will give people who invest $390,000 a Green card too.

Swiss must improve lift safety

It follows an accident in Grindelwald in which one person died and 3 others were seriously hurt last winter.

Andorra broadens its appeal

The Grandvalira and Vallnord ski areas are hoping to attract a greater number of non-skiers and offer people some different things to do in the mountains.

Sharp increase in some lift pass prices

The cost of a lift ticket is going up and the low level of sterling doesn’t help either.

Lift off

There are new cable cars for Whistler and Jackson Hole, The Vanoise Express re-opens, while on other lifts you can have a sauna or try your luck at a spot of speed dating.

First Tracks

Hit the slopes of Méribel before the crowds this winter.

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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