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Travel & Holiday

New flights to Eastern Europe slopes

A new air route has put the resorts of Slovakia within easier reach. Wizz Air operates 4 times a week from Luton. The main resort of Jasna is then 40 minutes away and other resorts under 15 minutes.

Cheap ski flights to the Alps

There are other ways than going with the no-frills airlines like easyJet or at the cheaper times with the main national carriers. Step forward Ski-Flights.

Flights to French resorts

There are a number of new routes to the French Alps this winter. Six new routes have been put in place.

School tutoring in the Alps

A London tutoring company is offering its services in Val d’Isere this Easter. While a UK family tour operator has won an award for offering the service in Les Gets this season.

Look Mum, no flight!

Taking children by train to the Alps is perhaps, a more enjoyable way to reach the mountains than road or air. The kids certainly seem to like it according to this video.

Chalet company offers teacher discounts

A UK based company is offering a 25% discount to teachers and a further 10% to their family or friends that travel with them. It claims they are hard hit by having to take a break during the expensive school holiday period.

The complex world of ski baggage charges

Some airlines offer it for free and others charge huge amounts. Check out a study from Skyscanners that looks at the variety of charges and who is the cheapest.

Guidelines issued for term-time holidays

They do not allow for parents to take children out of school for a ski holiday but they do offer some advice on funerals, weddings and religious events.

Calls for term-time holidays to return

The Local Government Association says the ban on parents taking their children out of school for a holiday should be ended. It calls for common-sense to be re-introduced.

Head takes term-time holiday next winter

Jenny Winder from Elstow School in Bedfordshire is reported to be taking a holiday in the Carribean next January. She is entitled to but some parents are angry.

Fancy saving money on ski childcare?

Crystal Ski Holidays is offering half-price creche services at some of its resorts during parts of the winter. It could save you £137.50 per child.

Extra ski flights for half-term

Inghams has added flights due to increased demand next February. Many European countries have holidays in the same week & new UK laws stop parents taking children out of school in term time.

Santa awaits

Xmas may seem some time away, but if you want to see the man himself in his native Lapland then now might be the time to book.

Free access to airport lounges

The ski operator, Flexiski, will be offering entrance to the lounges as part of its holiday packages. The airport experience is often cited as the worst aspect of travel.

Family ski company calls for change in law

Ski Famille has criticised recent legislation that bans parents taking their children out of school for a ski holiday. It calls for discretion for head teachers and points out the sporting and educational benefits.

Fears for the future

There is a falling number of young people taking a ski holiday and an urgent need to attract new blood. The findings come in a wide-ranging consumer report into snowsports published this week.

Free Xmas lift passes for children

Pierre et Vacances is making the offer over the festive period for selected resorts in France.

Ski wars in the sky

Monarch Airlines is reported to be cutting costs, axing its charter business and squaring up against easyJet and Ryanair. It sees winter as a key target market and it could bring fares down.

It is not all about adrenalin

Summer in the mountains doesn’t have to be about rock climbing, rafting and via ferrata. PlanetSKI discovers a gentler side with a visit to the Hautes-Pyrenees with our Top 10 family activities.

Sharp increase in term-time holiday fines

More parents are being fined for taking their children out of school for ski holidays during term. Last year the law was changed making it virtually impossible for a school to grant permission.

Eurostar ski train tickets go on sale

Tickets for the service to France have gone on sale this week. It goes direct to the heart of the French Alps giving access to many of the major resorts.

Children are the future

The future of snowsports relies on new, young blood coming in. The International Ski Federation has been addressing the issue and its latest initiative is a report comparing lift ticket prices for kids.

Ski brochures arrive

They are beginning to drop through letterboxes and into inboxes. We have just received details from the family ski specialist, Esprit Ski.

Skiing in North America

Next February the half term in the Alps will be busy, expensive and already much has sold out. Perhaps it is time to look at North America.

PlanetSKI story hits a nerve

Earlier this week we supported the idea of parents taking a child out of school for a ski holiday and detailed the benefits a child could receive. It has received overwhelming support.

Highest gondola in the world officially opens

The first stage of the lift in Bolivia has been opened. It goes from the capital La Paz to the connected suburb of El Alton at 4,150m.

Dear Mr Gove…You are talking utter tosh

Recent legislation has stopped Headteachers allowing parents to take their children out of school for a holiday; skiing or otherwise. The PlanetSKI content editor looks back…

New direct ski flight to Finland

Crystal Ski will be running a direct flight from Manchester to Kussamo next winter. So what is skiing in Finland like?

Fresh calls for ski holidays during term-time

Recent legislation has prevented parents taking children out of school for a holiday. Now a group is reportedly taking the government to the European Court of Human Rights.

Bus shelters, sculptures or follies?

The Austrian village of Krumbach in Bregenzerwald area has put itself on an architectural map with a series of bus stops designed by international architects.

Matthew Pinsent on family skiing

The 4-time Olympic gold medalist is now a keen skier and works as an ambassador for the family specialist, Esprit Ski. So what are his tips for a successful family trip?

Matthew Pinsent on family skiing

The 4-time Olympic gold medalist is now a keen skier and works as an ambassador for the family specialist, Esprit Ski. So what are his tips for a successful family trip?

Calling all Family skiers…

A new independent survey is being researched into lift tickets prices for children/families and the author needs your help.

Calling all Family skiers…

A new independent survey is being researched into lift tickets prices for children/families and the author needs your help.

Ryanair rebrands

The airline is trying to re-position itself in the market and cast off its image. It is usually regarded as the most disliked airline and the company often encourages the view. It wil introduce allocated seating next winter.

Ryanair rebrands

The airline is trying to re-position itself in the market and cast off its image. It is usually regarded as the most disliked airline and the company often encourages the view. It wil introduce allocated seating next winter.

Taking the train to the Swiss Alps

Last winter there was a new direct train service to Switzerland. PlanetSKI boards the Eurostar service and reports on the alternative way to reach the Alps. Check out our video of London to Verbier by train.

Taking the train to the Swiss Alps

Last winter there was a new direct train service to Switzerland. PlanetSKI boards the Eurostar service and reports on the alternative way to reach the Alps. Check out our video of London to Verbier by train.

Christmas disruption to Gatwick trains

Skier and snowboarders heading from London on the Gatwick Express between Christmas and the New Year will be unable to use the full service due to essential maintenance.

Ski lift in China

One of our writers, Lisa Young, has been in China searching for pandas and rather surprisingly she came across a state-of-the-art gondola. Ski lifts do turn up in some rather surprising places

East Europe is the cheapest for skiers

It has the lowest prices but it is not for everyone according to a new survey. The Post Office Ski Resort report says that overall prices for family ski holidays in the rest of Europe are higher than last year.

Book now for your family ski trip

Much of the accommodation and holidays have already been snapped up. Christmas is sold out for some operators while the February half-term co-incides with many of the other European nations including France. Space is limited.

New legislation curbs family ski holidays

This month new laws have come into force to withdraw the discretion of a headteacher to allow holidays in term time. It could have a significant impact on family ski holidays and some parents have reacted angrily.

Free skiing for the kids

Crystal has a special offer on at the moment where children get a free lift pass. It is available in selected accommodation in Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy, Finland, Norway, Slovenia and Bulgaria.

Alpine airline stops flying

The regional airline Air Alps, that is based in Austria, is to be liquidated.

Free WiFi at Swiss stations

About time too we say but it will not be in place for next season and it will not be available on trains. Odd when most buses offer it in Switzerland.

Rail tickets to the Alps on sale

It is an increasingly popular way to get to your ski resort and Eurostar are now selling tickets. The brochures for next winter are coming out and now rail tickets go on sale. Time to think of winter yet?

Which country has the most tourists?

With the holiday season in full swing a UN report has been released showing the most popular tourist destination in the world. So which country is it? Clue – the Alps are within its borders and skiing has helped it to No1 spot.

Sponsor continues with World Snow Day

The Best of the Alps collection of resorts says it will carry on with its support of the event that aims to encourage children to take up snowsports.

Crystal Ski launches 2013/14 brochure

Skiing and snowboarding may be some way from the thoughts of most people at the moment but the largest UK tour operator has just published its 2013/14 brochure. So, what is new for next season?

3 steps to Heaven; Step 3

James Cove and his 14-year old son, Max, are in the Lake Annecy Ski Resorts. Here is their third and final blog – sent from the tree tops. One of them was slightly more at ease 20m up in the forest than the other.

Three steps to Heaven; Step 1

There is no finer place for a summer holiday than the mountains. James Cove and his 14-year old son, Max, have been in the Lake Annecy Ski Resorts. Or should that read Summer Resorts?

3 steps to Heaven; Step 2

James Cove and his 14-year old son, Max, are in the Lake Annecy Ski Resorts. Or should that read Summer Resorts? Here is their second blog on the attractions of a family summer holiday in the mountains.

Every second counts

BA is allowing people to switch on their mobile phone the moment the plane leaves the runway after it has landed. In general air travel is still a dead zone for internet access, but for how much longer?

Swiss solar plane crosses USA

The Solar Impulse left San Francisco in May and has just touched down in New York. We have followed its progress here on PlanetSKI.

New air routes to the snow

easyJet has more flights to the Alps while Ryanair has announced a new route to the Pyrenees. SWISS is to fly from Gatwick to Geneva.

Dog survives 10 days on Snowdonia

The animal has been rescued from the mountain in Wales after its owner fell and had to be rescued by helicopter. The noise of the helicopter made the dog run away and it has been living rough since.

Treble Cone expands kids facilities

There’ll be more for families to enjoy at Treble Cone ski area when the New Zealand resort opens for the season next month.

easyJet carried 60m passengers last year

The no frills airline that is used by many skiers and snowboarders in the winter has announced it has carried 60 million passengers in the last 12 months. It launched in November 1995 with just 2 aircrafts.

easyJet wants less cabin baggage

The airline is encouraging people to have smaller pieces of hand luggage. It guarantees it will take all bags of a certain size while others may have to go in the hold.

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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