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Travel & Holiday

French sleeper trains face the axe

Night travel by rail to ski destinations could become a thing of the past. A campaign has been launched to save the services.

easyJet winter flights on sale

The airline flies to many of the ski gateway airports and tickets for the first half of next winter can now be booked.

easyJet trials automated bag drop

The airline is running a trial scheme at Manchester airport. It claims it might eliminate check-in queues.

Stay safe this Easter

The British government has issued 10 top tips for people heading to the mountains over the Easter break. It is part of an ongoing campaign to improve safety.

Ski lessons for free

Neilson Holidays has been giving free ski lessons & guiding to its customers this season in its main resorts. More than 30% of its guests have taken up the offer. PlanetSKI reports.

Crystal Ski heads to Sun Peaks

The UK’s largest ski operator will be offering the Canadian resort to its clients next winter. PlanetSKI has recently visited the resort in British Columbia.

Sterling slides downhill

It is down against the Euro, the Swiss franc and the dollar (US&Canadian). Bookings though have not been affected. UPDATED

Fancy some Spring skiing?

There are the best conditions of the winter in the Alps at the moment and the promise of some great Spring conditions. Inghams is offering extra short breaks. NEW

New direct ski flight from UK to Utah

It will operate 3 times a week during the winter from Heathrow direct to Salt Lake City, USA. With Utah’s main ski areas within an hour it could be a game changer.

Father and son bonding

And where better to do it than on the ski slopes. Chris Moran heads to Verbier with his 6-year old son, Harry.

The next best thing

The indoor snow centre in Hemel Hempstead – it might not be the Alps but it is possibly the best alternative. PlanetSKI pays a visit. NEW

Revise and ski

Ski Total is offering holidays in Val d’Isere with school revision sessions on offer.

Cheap skiing at half term

There is still some availability as the tour operators release a series of late ski deals. A look at the snow forecast might tempt you too. UPDATED

World Snow Day approaches

The 5th edition of World Snow Day takes place this weekend. There are 625 events in 42 countries. NEW

Time to head to the Alps?

With fresh snow in parts of the Alps now might be the time to get away. If you have time and your post-Xmas bills are not too huge. UPDATED

Buying kids their first ski boots

It is a dilemma many parents of young skiers face: when and where? Boots do not come cheap and feet grow, but the advantages are obvious.

Do be so childish

Have adults forgotten how to be children? Yes, according to one family ski operator who wants to do something about it.

Eurostar cancels Geneva ski train

At the 11th hour the service has been pulled. Eurostar blames a lack of demand, some say it was badly scheduled. A new ski rail service to Lyon has also been cut back.

Eurostar cancels Geneva ski train

At the 11th hour the service has been pulled. Eurostar blames a lack of demand, some say it was badly scheduled. A new ski rail service to Lyon has also been cut back.

6 reasons to get kids into snowsports

The International Ski Federation, FIS, lists its six reasons why families should ski or snowboard. Children are the future.

6 reasons to get kids into snowsports

The International Ski Federation, FIS, lists its six reasons why families should ski or snowboard. Children are the future.

Family skiing with Ski Famille

The specialist operator has a host of new offerings for next winter and currently a range of special deals. If you are planning a family ski holiday next winter then read on…

Family skiing with Ski Famille

The specialist operator has a host of new offerings for next winter and currently a range of special deals. If you are planning a family ski holiday next winter then read on…

Good news & bad news

The good news is Delta Airlines is putting on a direct flight from Heathrow to Salt Lake City in Utah. And the bad news?

Good news & bad news

The good news is Delta Airlines is putting on a direct flight from Heathrow to Salt Lake City in Utah. And the bad news?

New direct ski flight from London to Salt Lake City?

If it happens it will open up the largest ski area in the USA. Details are sketchy but we love the hints.

New direct ski flight from London to Salt Lake City?

If it happens it will open up the largest ski area in the USA. Details are sketchy but we love the hints.

Ski flights released

BA and easyJet have released their timetables for the second half of next winter. If you travel independently then read on.

Ski flights released

BA and easyJet have released their timetables for the second half of next winter. If you travel independently then read on.

New train route to the Alps

Eurostar is offering a route to Lyon that adds to the one to Bourg-St-Maurice in France and another route to Geneva via Lille. There is growing interest in train travel but numbers remain small.

New train route to the Alps

Eurostar is offering a route to Lyon that adds to the one to Bourg-St-Maurice in France and another route to Geneva via Lille. There is growing interest in train travel but numbers remain small.

New family guide to the mountain

The tour operator, Crystal, has launched a digital guide for family skiing. So, what is in it?

New family guide to the mountain

The tour operator, Crystal, has launched a digital guide for family skiing. So, what is in it?

Ask Esprit

It is back today and this time questions are being taken on the nursery. Esprit Ski is running a series of Q&As on Facebook this summer.

Ask Esprit

It is back today and this time questions are being taken on the nursery. Esprit Ski is running a series of Q&As on Facebook this summer.

Solar powered plane aborts Pacific crossing

Bad weather has meant the plane had to land in Japan. We have followed the progress of the Solar Impulse from its initial test flights over the Alps.

Solar powered plane aborts Pacific crossing

Bad weather has meant the plane had to land in Japan. We have followed the progress of the Solar Impulse from its initial test flights over the Alps.

Ryanair sees profits take off

The airline has seen an 11% increase in passengers with profits up 66% to £619m. It has expanded its winter offerings.

Ryanair sees profits take off

The airline has seen an 11% increase in passengers with profits up 66% to £619m. It has expanded its winter offerings.

Ask Esprit

In a continuing online Q&A session an expert from Esprit Ski takes your questions on ski lessons for kids. It is happening now and ends at 6.

Ask Esprit

In a continuing online Q&A session an expert from Esprit Ski takes your questions on ski lessons for kids. It is happening now and ends at 6.

Ski flight to USA dropped

A service from Gatwick to Reno serving the ski resorts around Lake Tahoe has been axed before it even got off the ground.

easyJet makes winter profits

The no-frills airline that is used extensively by skiers and snowboarders has reported a £7m winter profit. Last year it lost £53m in the same period.

easyJet makes winter profits

The no-frills airline that is used extensively by skiers and snowboarders has reported a £7m winter profit. Last year it lost £53m in the same period.

Ski flight to USA dropped

A service from Gatwick to Reno serving the ski resorts around Lake Tahoe has been axed before it even got off the ground.

Ask an expert

Do you have any questions about family skiing? If so today is your day as Esprit Ski is answering questions from families on Facebook.

Ask an expert

Do you have any questions about family skiing? If so today is your day as Esprit Ski is answering questions from families on Facebook.

By train to the French Alps

It is a far more relaxing and civilised journey than the plane. Especially when French Air Traffic Controllers go on strike. As they did this week.

April awaits

It is not too late to get away to the mountains for some Spring skiing. There are currently great conditions and we have details of some good late-season bargains.

Questions after more travel chaos in French Alps

A rockfall on the road to Val Thorens over the weekend caused 3 hour journeys to turn into 12 hours and missed flights for some. There was chaos and anger. It is not the first time it has happened this season.

Rockfall cuts off Val Thorens

The main road to the resort is blocked causing severe problems on transfer day. Two huge boulders have blocked the road but some vehicles are now able to get through.

Rockfall causes chaos in French Alps

The road to Val Thorens was shut after a rockfall left a huge boulder weighing 50 tons across the road from Moutiers. It caused severe traffic problems across the area with 20km traffic jams on the busy transfer day.

How do I get my kids into skiing?

Good question. Very good question. We answer it with the assistance of Julian Griffiths, the director of the ski school, European Snowsport.

14 tips for family skiing

With half-term upon us one of our partners, Iglu Ski, offers some advice to make your family skiing holiday heaven rather than hell.

The worst transfer day in memory

Tens of thousands of people were stranded in the French Alps, journeys that normally take 1 hour took up to 12 and many never made it to their final destination. The recriminations have started.

Travel chaos in the Alps

The huge snowfalls brought gridlock to parts of the French Alps on Saturday with roads closed and people cut off in resorts. There were further problems on Sunday. Thousands had to overnight in emergency shelters with cancellations at alpine airports.

Free ski carriage with Air Canada

The airline is offering the service for new this winter and it will save £100 per person. It has been warmly welcomed.

Cheap fights at peak periods

You can still get to the Alps at £299 for New Year and the same price for half term. You just need to know the right web site to look at.

Its not too late for a White Xmas

There is still some availability for Christmas. One of our partners, Ski Total, has slashed some prices with £100s off. One holiday is down £700!

New low-cost transfers to Chamonix

easyBus will run a service from Geneva airport to Chamonix with prices as low as €5. The service runs every 75 minutes with early mornings and late-evening transfers.

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:
🌞❄️⛷️🏂🗻🍻 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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