Latest news on skiing and snowboarding

Read exciting travel reports live from the resorts, news and tips for preparing ski holidays and special weather and snow reports in the Snowplaza ski blog. The Snowplaza team reports regularly from the mountains and keeps you informed about the latest trends in skiing and snowboarding. In addition, you will find tips and news about interesting new products; skis, snowboards, gadgets, clothing and equipment as well as advice and ideas for your next ski holidays.

15 April 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

The Kumme 3-person chairlift in Zermatt was destroyed by an avalanche in January 2018 which started on the Unterrothorn (3104m) and swept through the Tuftern valley. Only a few concrete walls and the foundation remained. Now, two years later, the green light has been given for construction of a replacement lift. The new 10-person Kumme gondola is expected to be ready for use by the 2020/21 ski season.... Read more ›
(Photo: © Zermatt Bergbahnen)

17 March 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

A reader of Swiss magazine came across a bizarre scene last Monday. He was ski touring with a group of friends in Elsigen-Metsch when all of a sudden, an airplane landed on the ski slope!... Read more ›

14 March 2020 from Miranda in 'Latest news''

The coronavirus has hit the ski industry hard, with first one and then another country announcing they would end ski season early in hopes of preventing further outbreaks. Ski season is officially over in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France and Andorra as of this weekend. Naturally, skiers and snowboarders are gutted, but for the thousands of people who work in tourism and hospitality in the Alps, this represents an even bigger blow. Empty hotels, shut-down restaurants and bars and no hope for m... Read more ›

10 March 2020 from - in 'Latest news''

The coronavirus is taking its toll on the ski industry, with the first ski resorts already closing early for the season and many events cancelled. For those skiers and snowboarders who have a ski holiday booked this year, you may be wondering if you should still go. Following is our take on the coronavirus situation in the Alps and other ski areas in Europe.... Read more ›

10 March 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

We've still got another three weeks to go in the annual Snowplaza Awards, where we've asked readers to vote on their favourite ski resort in six different categories. Thousands of skiers and snowboarders have already submitted their votes. How is your favourite ski resort doing? Have you voted yet? Here are the numbers so far!... Read more ›

6 March 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

While skiing, we already have enough to worry about: dropoffs, black pistes, moguls, ice, fog, snow, rain, flat light, other skiers and snowboarders, trees, rocks, melted patches, waterfalls, bears... without having to worry about drones too! A skier minding his own business recently almost got taken out by a drone flying around in the middle of the piste. A little further down, he found the two people responsible for flying the drone and... let's just say, he got revenge!... Read more ›

5 March 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Bear M49, otherwise known as Papillon, has come out of hibernation and is currently roaming the countryside in Trentino, Italy, home to famous ski resort Madonna di Campiglio. The bear's footprints were spotted in the town of Molina and he has already had a few run-ins with livestock.... Read more ›
(Photo: © Wikimedia Commons, Robert F. Todler CC BY-SA 4.0)

28 February 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

After being plagued with alternating storms and warm temperatures this winter, Scotland's ski resorts finally had something to celebrate yesterday. It's no secret that skiing in Scotland is highly weather-dependant, with the last few years shedding doubt on the future of the ski industry. This winter saw some good snowfall, but interspersed as it was with the warm weather, the ski season got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day all season that skiing in Scotland was going strong, wi... Read more ›
(Photo: © Instagram, @cairngormmountain)

25 February 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

This week the Kaunertal Glacier opened what is said to be the steepest slope in Austria. The "Black Ibex" has a slope of 41.3°, or a gradient of 87.85%. If these measurements are correct, that would make it even steeper than the legendary Streif, home to the Hahnenkamm races.... Read more ›
(Photo: © Kaunertal Glacier)

20 February 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

The ski resort of Luchon Superbagnères in the French Pyrenees has opted for drastic measures to ensure snow cover over the holidays: it's using a helicopter to move snow to its lower slopes, where it's needed to be able to run the ski schools. Needless to say, this move has brought heavy criticism from no shortage of people.... Read more ›
(Photo: © FranceInfo)

16 February 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

In the wake of a visit to the Vallée Blanche at Mont Blanc, Emmanuel Macron has vowed to take greater steps to protect France's natural areas against the effects of climate change. Macron expressed concern over the damning effects of climate change on France's nature, describing the scene as "irrefutable proof of global warming." The mayor of Saint-Gervais les Bains has been requesting action from Macron since September 2019.... Read more ›
(Photo: © Chamonix)

13 February 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

The director of the Austrian ski resort of Großarl has officially resigned and the reason he stated for his resignation was the numerous drunken skiers who ski back to the valley every evening. Not only do they disrupt the work of the ski patrol and other staff members, they also regularly provoke dangerous situations and can cause serious accidents. The director claims he no longer wants to take responsibility for the drunken skiers.... Read more ›

11 February 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Since the invention of artificial snow, there has been a raging debate over whether it's good, whether it's necessary, and what its effects are on the environment. In 2017 there was talk of artificial snow perhaps not being as bad as some people make it out to be, but researchers at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna have found that artificial snow is indeed harmful to the environment, as reported in Tirol.orf.... Read more ›

10 February 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Five Britons staying in a ski chalet in Les Contamines-Montjoie have tested positive for the coronavirus after interacting with a British man who stopped by the ski resort on his way home from a business trip in Singapore. The affected people include four adults and one child. The man who brought the virus home from Singapore returned to his home in Brighton and is currently at St Thomas' Hospital in London after having tested positive for the virus.... Read more ›

9 February 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Nowadays we rely on our mobile phones for everything - calling, messaging, looking up videos, posting pictures... and soon, it may be possible to use your smartphone as a ski pass! Starting tomorrow, the Monte Popolo Eben (Snow Space Salzburg) is rolling out a week-long trial of smartphone ski passes.... Read more ›

29 January 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

An incredible survival story from the Italian Alps: a rescue dog has showed up safe and sound after braving 16 days of freezing temperatures on the glaciers of the Matterhorn. Malice appeared home just in the nick of time, and it's possible she might have sensed the upcoming onslought of snow and wind that hit the Swiss Alps this week.... Read more ›

24 January 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Derek Johnson, who formerly worked as an executive for well-known American ski company Aspen Skiing Co., received a 6-year prison sentence and $250 000 fine this week. Initial indications pointed to a much more lenient sentence, but the courts decided that Johnson's behaviour deserved a heavier hand. Johnson had spent years siphoning high-end demo skis and reselling them through an illegal eBay company along with his wife, Kerri Johnson, who is also scheduled to receive a sentence next month.... Read more ›

23 January 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

The Swiss canton of Valais, home to famous ski resorts such as Zermatt, Saas-Fee and Verbier, will be adding three mandatory snow sports days per year to the school curriculum. Under the proposal, children will see three days of their physical education days replaced by a day on the slopes. The initiative is expected to be implemented starting next year, for the 2020-21 ski season, and will cost CHF 2.7 million.... Read more ›

12 January 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Are you reading this article on a rainy day at home, wondering why everyone else except you is playing in the snow? Time to do something about it! Head to the Sunweb website and you'll see loads of amazing deals to start off 2020 with ski holidays in Austria, Andorra, France or Italy and always including your lift pass! Val Gardena, Mayrhofen and Val d'Isère are waiting for you - what are you waiting for?... Read more ›

11 January 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Local police in the small town of Nelson, British Columbia were alerted one afternoon when two 16-year-old snowboarders failed to return home after a day on the slopes. The pair had been skiing in Whitewater Resort, a Canadian ski resort that prides itself on its powder snow. As 9 centimetres of snow fell during overnight, the boys built a shelter and a fire to stay warm.... Read more ›
(Photo: © Instagram, @whitewaterskiresort)

4 January 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

When an Italian ski resort found microplastics in a nearby glacier, it decided to take action. The Pejo 3000 in Trentino has become the first European ski resort to ban single-use plastics. What does this mean? Keep reading to find out.... Read more ›
(Photo: © Val di Sole)

3 January 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

The popular Austrian ski resort of Ischgl has announced that Eros Ramazzotti will perform at the 25th edition of the Top of the Mountain Closing Concert. This yearly event draws huge crowds of skiers and snowboarders to the Silvretta Arena, where international artists traditionally close out the ski season every April.... Read more ›
(Photo: © Pazanaun - Ischgl, Julian Hargreaves)

2 January 2020 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Taking a last-minute ski holiday gives you the freedom and flexibility to wait for low-season prices and perfect conditions. And this is the perfect time! Many ski resorts in the Alps are currently boasting top-notch pistes, and Sunweb has a host of fantastic ski holiday packages just waiting to be discovered. Deals start at less than £150 for a week in the snow, including the price of your ski pass!... Read more ›

29 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

A devastating avalanche claimed the lives of a mother, her 7-year-old daughter and another 7-year-old girl in the Italian glacier ski resort of Val Senales yesterday. A father and his 11-year-old child were airlifted to hospital with minor injuries.... Read more ›

28 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

In what many people are dubbing a Christmas miracle, a lucky skier in Austria survived an incredibly long bout under the snow this week. More avalanches across Austria and Switzerland have skiers and snowboarders on edge, especially after one happened in-bounds at a famous Swiss ski resort.... Read more ›

28 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Glencoe Mountain was hit by a serious fire on Christmas day that ravaged the base station, briefly leaving the Scottish ski resort without power, communications, a restaurant or toilets.... Read more ›

12 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

The days when we had to struggle to work out maps are long past. Nowadays, the GPS can tell you everything! But has this dependence on technology perhaps affected our ability to think for ourselves? One tourist in Garmish-Partenkirchen found this out the hard way recently when his GPS led him slightly astray... onto a ski slope!... Read more ›
(Photo: © ©

11 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Winter sports holidays are the best holidays of the year, everyone knows that. And not only that, but skiing and snowboarding are actually good for your health. We've always suspected it and now a new study has confirmed even more benefits of skiing and snowboarding: they reduce the chances of suffering depression and dementia.... Read more ›

7 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

It's official: you can now reach Zell am See from Viehhofen! Saturday marked the completion of the last portion of the zellamseeXpress, which links the Glemmtal to the Schmittenhöhe. The new lift joins two of Austria's biggest ski areas: Zell am See-Kaprun and the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn.... Read more ›
(Photo: © Zell am See - Kaprun)

5 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

A new study released this week in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery claims that the rise of helmets in ski areas may not be the blessing we all thought it was. While helmets do protect against certain injuries, the researchers found that helmeted skiers and snowboarders were more often seriously injured than non-helmeted skiers and snowboarders.... Read more ›

4 December 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Skiers at an American ski resort were in for a surprise last week when two bears made an appearance in a tree right next to the chairlift. The incident occurred at Mammoth Mountain, a Californian ski resort built on a lava dome. The mama and baby bear were captured in a short video before they scurried off, although they were seen by several other skiers wandering in and around the ski area.... Read more ›
(Photo: © Mammoth Mountain)

29 November 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news', Ski areas''

This winter, Les Arcs is launching what might just be the world's first "business class" ski pass. Skiers and snowboarders can elect to pay more for their ski pass to enjoy priority at lifts and other exclusive advantages. The concept of business class is familiar to anyone who's ever travelled on a plane or even a train, but it's the first time the concept is being tried out in a ski resort.... Read more ›

24 November 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Austria has officially banned smoking inside catering establishments including bars and restaurants. This was one of the last countries where smokers could still smoke inside - indoor smoking has been banned in Scotland since 2006 and the rest of the UK since 2007 - and this is welcome news to non-smokers who have long been clamouring for clean air. However, the new Austrian law, which came into effect on November 1st, has many smokers up in arms. ... Read more ›

18 November 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Whew, what a weekend! It's been raining and snowing like crazy in Tyrol and Carinthia, Austria, and the weather is leaving plenty of wreckage in its wake. Villages are completely snowed in, thousands of households have lost power and the rivers are threatening to flood. Today Austria will get a slight breather, but tomorrow the country is expecting another 20 to 40cm of snow.... Read more ›

10 November 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

It was a terrible winter for the Scottish ski industry last year, with barely any snow apart from a short burst in February and then another one in March near the end of the season. But ski resorts are taking steps to prevent another dry spell. From new piste bashers to artificial snowmaking machines, Scotland's five ski resorts are gearing up for a season that they're cautiously optimistic about.... Read more ›
(Photo: © Steven McKenna, The Lecht)

23 October 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

In a horrifying accident in the Swiss ski area of Mythenregion, near Schwyz, an empty gondola cabin broke free from the cable and fell to the ground. Nobody was hurt and authorities are looking into the matter.... Read more ›
(Photo: © Kantonspolizei SZ)

16 September 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

The Stubai Glacier is officially open for the 2019-20 ski season, having received 55cm of fresh snow in the ski area just a few days before its season opening this past weekend. The Austrian ski area enjoyed perfect conditions, with the clouds clearing and sunny blue skies for the first tracks of the season.[CUSTOM-HTML:1]... Read more ›
(Photo: © Stubaier Gletscher)

1 September 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

When does ski season start? When is my favourite ski resort opening for the 2019/20 season? We have all the answers and more! In this article you'll find an overview of the official ski season opening dates for the most popular ski resorts in the Alps. From Austria to Switzerland, France to Italy, ski resorts will start opening in droves in October, November and December. Not long to wait now! Check out the ski season opening calendar below and don't forget to browse weather reports, snow reports... Read more ›

22 August 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Iceland's Okjökull, or the "Ok Glacier" (jökull is Icelandic for "glacier"), was one of the world's first glaciers of its size to lose its glacier status back in 2014. The Ok glacier sat on top of the Ok volcano but has melted so much due to climate change that it is no longer officially recognzed as a glacier. This summer, the scientists and politicians commemorated the glacier's death with a plaque. In addition to being a popular tourist attraction, Iceland's glaciers are also an integral... Read more ›
(Photo: © Rice University)

13 August 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

The Scandinavian Mountains Airport is also known as Sälen-Trysil for its location between the Swedish ski resort of Sälen and the Norwegian ski resort of Trysil. Both ski areas are the largest in their respective countries. The new airport will commence service on December 22, 2019, just in time for ski season in Sweden and Norway.... Read more ›
(Photo: © Spalder Media Group)

13 August 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

It's every skier's worst nightmare (apart from climate change)! Just before reaching the top, a four-seater chair was blown off the Gunbarrel chairlift in the Australian ski resort of Thredbo a few weeks ago, sending the sole occupant plummeting around 10 metres down into a thick snowbank. Ski patrol attended to the somewhat dazed man, who fortunately walked away with just bruising. This is the second incident to happen in the same spot on the same chair in the last few years, following an eeril... Read more ›
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2 August 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

LEGO® bricks fans rejoice! The beloved toy company has brought us scenes inspired from NASA, Jurassic Park and Disney. Now it's finally fulfilling the fantasies of every skier who played with LEGO® bricks when they were a child. Following the previous release of a ski lift and a piste basher, this is the first time the toy company will present its fans with a full ski resort. Released as part of their City series, the set will contain 806 pieces and eleven minifigures. ... Read more ›
(Photo: © LEGO)

1 August 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

The Ski Club of Great Britain has announced that they will no longer be offering their Leading Service. Up until now, it was possible for members of the Ski Club to benefit from free ski hosting to any ski resort in Europe or North America where the Ski Club of Great Britain had a presence. The service was run by volunteer skiers - "Leaders" - based in those ski resorts. The Ski Club of GB has faced increasing pressure from the French authorities against the practice of ski hosting by skiers who... Read more ›
(Photo: © Miranda Muller)

31 July 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

The French ski resort of Tignes is one of the only glacier ski areas to remain open for skiing in the summer months. Traditionally, it was possible to ski every day of the year. Due to the glacier melting over the last few decades, the summer ski season has been reduced to just a few weeks. And this summer, Tignes announced it would be closing the glacier ski area ten days early in light of the heatwave that ravaged France this month. The ski area closed on July 25th instead of August 4th as was... Read more ›
(Photo: © © Tignes)

30 July 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Tickets are now on sale for the Eurostar ski train. With routes from London-St. Pancras station directly to the heart of the French Alps, this is one of the most convenient and eco-friendly ways to start your ski holiday. Return tickets start from £84 one-way or £149 return for a standard ticket, and £129 one-way or £229 return for a standard premier ticket.... Read more ›
(Photo: © Head)

18 July 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

The project to improve facilities in the four village centres of Courchevel has been several years in the making. This upcoming ski season will see two new lifts inaugurated. The ski resort will also reveal "Alpinium", a multifunctional complex with ski lifts, carparks, a library and sports facilities. The upgrades to the infrastructure are being undertaken with a view to preparing the resort to host the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2023.... Read more ›

16 July 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

It's mid-July and as we've seen with the heat wave on the Mont Blanc glacier a few weeks ago, the Alps have had their fair share of summer. But temperatures plunged again in the mountains this week, bringing snow to the highest peaks. Check out the webcams and tell us if this doesn't look like ski season come early! (for a list of ski resorts open in summer, click here)... Read more ›

12 July 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Copenhagen is poised to inaugurate what just might be the most bizarre artificial ski slope in the world: a dry slope on top of a power plant! Designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, the slope will be 500m long and will sit atop a working power plant that processes 400 000 tonnes of waste every year, which in turn provides heat for 60 000 households, electricity for 30 000 households and 100 000 tonnes of ash to be used for making roads.... Read more ›

29 June 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Record-breaking temperatures were recorded at Mont Blanc this week. Chamonix (1050m) reached a sweltering 36°, breaking the former record of 34° from the year 1947. And at the Aiguille du Midi summet, which is normally frozen this time of year, temperatures shot up to 14°, another record. Even the summit of Mont Blanc reached 7° for a few hours before dropping back down to 2°. Over in the Pyrenees, at the Pic du Midi (2876m), the temperature at the summit reached a record-breaking 12°, and glaci... Read more ›

27 June 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

The IOC voted 47 to 34 in favour of Italy as host country of the 2026 Winter Olympics this week. The games will take place in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo, which are about a 5-hour drive from each other. Located in the beautiful Dolomites, Cortina d'Ampezzo last hosted the Winter Olympics in 1956. There was only one other contender, a joint bid from Stockholm, the Swedish ski resort of Are and the Latvian city of Sigulda. Both contenders have an established infrastructure and a history of ho... Read more ›

23 June 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

National Schools Snowsports Week was started in 2016 by Snowsport England with the aim of introducing children to skiing and snowboarding. This year National Schools Snowsport Week will take place from June 24-30, during which indoor slopes will offer discounted skiing and free taster sessions to students across the country.... Read more ›

12 June 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

In the run-up to next ski season, Ischgl has announced plans to further update its lift infrastructure. Last year saw the introduction of the Gampenbahn, a six-seat bubble chairlift with heated seats. For the 2019-20 ski season, Ischgl is investing in two new chairlifts, the Velilleck F1 and the Visnitz N2. The Silvretta Arena Ischgl-Samnaun continues to set the standard for comfortable ski holidays!... Read more ›

6 June 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

The Jungfrau Region will inaugurate two new lifts for the 2019-20 ski season. The "V-cableway" - so called because both lifts will start from the same base station - will transport skiers and snowboarders to the Eiger Glacier and the Männlichen in record time. The lifts will make it much faster to reach the slopes of the Jungfrau Region. The new lifts will also facilitate access to the Jungfraujoch, otherwise known as the Top of Europe. Construction of the lifts was started in 2018 and the first... Read more ›

29 May 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Just when you thought ski season was over, we have news for you: it isn't! The Stubai Glacier and several other glaciers in Austria are reporting up to a foot of fresh snow overnight, with the snow line falling to an altitude of 2000m, which is relatively low for this time of year. ... Read more ›

25 May 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

It was the third worst ski season on record at most Scottish ski resorts. The lack of snow coupled with strong winds and warm temperatures made for abysmal skiing conditions. The total number of skier days across all Scottish resorts (Cairngorm, The Lecht, Glenshee, Glencoe and Nevis Range) was expected to total around 55 000, one of the worst years on record. This is in comparison with the 2017-18 ski season, when the total number of skier days in Scotland totalled almost 250 000 thanks to the ... Read more ›

18 May 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

We all tend to zoom to the big names when it comes to planning ski holidays, but what if someone told you there was an easy way to discover some of the lesser-known ski resorts? Enter Snowpass, the biggest ski pass in the world. Started by a father-and-son team from Portugal, the Snowpass is the newest way to branch out into smaller ski resorts in the Alps and the rest of Europe. ... Read more ›

17 May 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Austria had a great winter, with an unforgettable stint of record-breaking snowfall in January. Now, several months later and well past the date when most ski resorts have already closed for the summer, it's still a fully fledged winter wonderland in Austria! Over the past two weeks temperatures have been consistently cold and it's been snowing all the way down in the valleys. And although sadly most ski resorts will remain closed until the winter 2019-20 ski season, two Austrian resorts, Hochka... Read more ›

4 May 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Last year, Fiesch started construction on a multifunctional base station in Fiesch that will include the lift, the train and the bus. Once the project is completed, it will be even easier to reach the Fiescheralp (2212m above sea level) from Fiesch. In this article we'll cover all the technical details of the upcoming gondola and the future of the Aletsch Arena.... Read more ›

17 April 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

This summer, Schladming will complete construction on a new 10-person gondola on the Planai. The new gondola will astronomically increase the hourly capacity, ferrying skiers and snowboarders faster from the village up to the slopes.  ... Read more ›
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30 March 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

After more than 12 million trips and 25 000 operating hours, it's time to retire the Fleidingbahn chairlift in Westendorf, at the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental.  The lift, which has been in operation since 1983, will carry its last riders at the end of March 2019.  The Fleidingbahn chairlift will be replaced by a modern 8-person chairlift that will whisk skiers and snowboarders comfortably to the top of the SkiWelt.... Read more ›

6 March 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Skiers rescue child dangling from chairlift at Grouse Mountain

A group of 13- and 14-year-old teens are being praised as heroes after their quick thinking last week led to the rescue of a young child dangling from a chairlift in the ski resort of Grouse Mountain, in Vancouver, Canada. Watch the full video below:... Read more ›

12 February 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Lindsey Vonn racing

Legendary American skier Lindsey Vonn went out with a bang this weekend, pocketing one more bronze medal in the last ski race of her career. She had previously crashed in a super-G race just a few days earlier, but true to form, she was back on her feet and even managed to complete the race after receiving medical attention. Vonn’s tenacity has inspired an entire generation of female skiers, including up-and-coming skiing superstars Sofia Goggia and Mikaela Shiffrin. Vonn is famous for always... Read more ›

4 January 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Bodie the avalanche rescue dog

The Scottish ski resort of Glenshee is the first ski resort in the UK to have an avalanche rescue dog. To the delight of her faithful owner, border collie-springer cross Bodie passed all her tests last year and began working this winter in time for avalanche season in Scotland. Bodie will be an invaluable addition to the avalanche search-and-rescue team at Glenshee.... Read more ›

2 January 2019 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Boy trapped in an avalanche in the French Alps rescued alive

A young skier in the French Alps is lucky to be alive after a brush with an avalanche on Boxing Day. The 12-year-old boy was skiing at La Plagne in the French Alps when he got caught in an avalanche which carried him dozens of metres down the mountain and separated him from his group. Rescue workers said the chances of survival after being buried in an avalanche for so long were slim to none. The boy can thank the search-and-rescue dog who sniffed him out from under several feet of snow.... Read more ›

21 November 2018 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Giant postcard on Aletsch glacier

In what might be the saddest postcard ever, children from all over the world have expressed the wish to stop climate change once and for all. The giant postcard was compiled from 125,000 individual postcards with drawings and messages and says, in giant letters: “#1.5°C. STOP GLOBAL WARMING. WE ARE THE FUTURE GIVE US A CHANCE.” Organised by the WAVE conservation agency in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the postcard was mounted at an altitude of 3,400... Read more ›

7 November 2018 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Photo by Miranda Muller

St. Anton will kick off the 2018/19 ski season with a joint concert by American singer-songwriter Anastacia and Melanie, the former Spice Girl. The ski season opening weekend, which takes places from November 29-December 2, will also feature a giant slalom race, a ski and snowboard test and an Audi driving experience. The ski area will officially open on November 30.... Read more ›

25 October 2018 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Colorado’s Boulder County, San Miguel County and the City of Boulder are suing oil and gas giants Suncor Energy and Exxon Mobil for their contributions to climate change over the last half-century. The plaintiffs are arguing that despite knowing the potential impacts of fossil fuel on the environment as early as the 1960’s, they not only continued to sell fossil fuels but also engaged in a massive decades-long disinformation campaign to occult the dangers of greenhouse gas emissions. Among the... Read more ›

24 October 2018 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Following the huge popularity of Europe’s highest zipline in 2014, the ski resort of Val Thorens in the popular French ski area of Les 3 Vallées is set to present a second zipline for the 2018/19 ski season. The new zipline, while not as high as La Tyrolienne, offers a long ride through the very heart of the ski area itself. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart or those who are afraid of heights! While there’s no need to buy tickets in advance, the ziplines can only accommodate several ... Read more ›

19 October 2018 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

The Skicircus is poised to become the biggest ski resort in Austria thanks to a recently announced merger with Zell am See – Kaprun. Scheduled to be complete by the year 2023 if all goes well, the merger would see a new gondola and new pistes linking the two ski areas. Skiers and snowboarders would be able to start a ski day on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier at an altitude of 3029m, head up the Maiskogel and into Kaprun, then take a short ski bus to Zell am See to join up with the Schmittenhöhe, ba... Read more ›

17 October 2018 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Top of the Mountain Closing Concert on the Idalp

Ischgl recently announced that rock legend Lenny Kravitz will grace the stage with his presence for their end-of-season Top of the Mountain concert on April 30, 2019. The legendary Top of the Mountain concerts are held in a breathtaking arena at an altitude of 2300m in the heart of the ski area, and admission is free upon presentation of a valid ski pass. Lenny Kravitz fans and ski bums around the world, this is the time to start planning your spring ski holidays!... Read more ›

29 March 2016 from Pauline in 'Latest news''

Snowplaza Award 2016

The best ski resorts of 2016 have been chosen! The ultimate best ski resort of 2016 is Ischgl followed by SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental in number 2 and Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in number 3. It’s now time to announce the five Snowplaza Award winners of the 6 days ski passes. This year, once again, the Snowplaza Award has been a huge success with more than 52 000 votes from all over Europe, thank you! ... Read more ›

7 March 2016 from Pauline in 'Latest news''

The best ski resorts 2016 have been chosen!

The voting for the best ski resort of 2016 is now closed. We have the final results and we are ready to share them with you! This year, more than 52,000 winter sports enthusiasts across Europe voted for their favorite ski resort. The choice has been made among about 650 ski resorts in Europe. The winners of the ski passes will be chosen by drawing lots this week. You can find more information at the bottom of this page.... Read more ›

1 March 2016 from Danielle in 'Latest news''

Ski Arlberg is poised to become the biggest linked ski area in Austria with the upcoming inauguration of the Flexenbahn gondola, which will link the ski areas of St. Anton am Arlberg and Lech-Oberlech-Zürs. The gondola is expected to be ready for the 2016-17 ski season. Apart from the Flexenbahn, Ski Arlberg will also run three other new lifts, for a total of 87 lifts and 305km of pistes. The project will cost the ski area 45 million euros in total.... Read more ›

4 May 2015 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

Disability Snowsport UK

Disability Snowsport UK launched their latest fundraising appeal last week and Snowplaza has joined forces with this innovative charity to help raise funds and awareness. Disability Snowsport UK launched a Crowdfunder Campaign on the 29th April which will run for 4 weeks. They hope to raise £15,000 to run one of their ski schools for people with disabilities for 1 year. At the heart of this crowdfunding appeal is the desire to increase opportunities, fitness, mobility, freedom, social interactio... Read more ›

17 April 2015 from Gareth in 'Latest news''


The word on everyone’s lips over the last few weeks has been Snowbombing. After a week’s festival with world class DJs and bands performing up on the slopes of the stunning ski resort of Mayrhofen in Austria, the Snowbombing festival has once again proved its status as one of the most popular music festivals in the mountains. From the 6 to 11 of April, Mayrhofen was transformed into a festival venue of international acclaim. With world famous stars such as Fat Boy Slim, Basement Jaxx and Carl Co... Read more ›

7 April 2015 from Gareth in 'Latest news''


With headliners such as James Blunt, Sina, Travis, Patricia Kaas and Charlie Winston there’s no doubt the Zermatt Unplugged Festival will delight tourists on their ski holidays in Zermatt. From Tuesday April 14 to Saturday, April 18, the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt hosts some of the biggest pop and rock artists as well as musicians in the making. However, Zermatt Unplugged is not just about talented musicians on stage; it is about the whole resort coming alive for an end of season celebration. ... Read more ›

6 March 2015 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

At last, we have the final results of the election to find the best ski resort and ski area in Europe for 2015! More than 52,000 skiing and snowboarding fans across Europe voted for their favorite resort and ski area over the last two months. The Number 1 was chosen among over 600 ski resorts and ski areas in Europe! The winners of the ski passes have already been contacted and can now enjoy some free skiing in their favorite ski resorts thanks to Snowplaza! Here are the 20 best ski resorts and ... Read more ›

19 January 2015 from Gareth in 'Latest news''

The jump

Fans of skiing and original reality TV series will be delighted to hear that The Jump is coming back for a 2nd series very soon. After a very successful first series last year featuring a host of popular Brit celebrities such as Darren Gough, Melinda Messenger, Anthea Turner, Amy Childs, Sinitta, Kimberly Wyatt, and the winning participant Joe McElderry, Channel 4 commissioned a 2nd series of The Jump hosted by Davina McCall. Will you be watching the next round of celebs risking their lives in s... Read more ›

16 January 2015 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

best ski resort

Snowplaza’s quest to find the best ski resort for 2015 continues… After about a month of voting with around 15,000 ski and snowboard fans across Europe taking part, the first midterm results are out. Austrian ski resorts in the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental area, Ischgl and Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis are in the lead for the moment with the French resorts of Val Thorens and Avoriaz not far behind. Join in the voting for the best ski resort 2015 and you could win a ski pass for your chosen resort! V... Read more ›

29 December 2014 from Gareth in 'Latest news''


Heavy snow in the French Alps caused complete havoc this weekend with some 15,000 drivers stranded overnight on Saturday. On one of the busiest weekends in the ski season, heavy snow hit the Savoy region and the Southern Alps on change-over day! Many people spent the night in their cars and the lucky ones in emergency shelters! Now the calm has returned and almost everyone has either reached home or their ski holiday destination, here are just a few of today's webcam images of the white stuff th... Read more ›

18 December 2014 from Gareth in 'Latest news''

les deux alpes

Keep calm, it's been snowing! The pistes won’t ALL be green this winter! The most important news in the past few days is that is has been snowing in the French Alps. One of Snowplaza’s reporters visited the 2 French ski resorts of Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes and actually witnessed fresh snow falling!!! Although there’s not enough snow yet in Les Deux Alpes to allow a return to the resort on skis, Alpe d’Huez has been lucky and has snow cover right down to the resort centre. So keep calm and d... Read more ›

8 December 2014 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

Alpe d

Alpe d’Huez is still one of the British skier’s favourite resorts in France for all kinds of winter holidays. Families with young children on their first ski holidays; large groups of mixed level skiers and snowboarders; and the party crowd who want to enjoy good apres-ski can all find what they’re looking for in resort. Alpe d’Huez also offers great value so is ideal for those looking to ski and save. We decided to take a look at what’s new for this coming 2014/15 ski season in Alpe d’Huez.... Read more ›

1 December 2014 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

James Blunt

James Blunt officially opened the ski season this weekend at the legendary Top of the Mountain concert in Ischgl in Austria. According to the organizers 17,000 visitors came to the Silvretta Arena Ischgl-Samnaun ski area this weekend to ski on the fabulous fresh snow and enjoy the Top of the Mountain concert in Ischgl. Mega star James Blunt was the highlight of the concert getting the crowd going in this outstanding setting. Snowplaza was there to open the ski season and report back with concert... Read more ›

4 November 2014 from Gareth in 'Latest news''


If you’re planning on skiing in Italy and Switzerland this winter, the news that up to 3 meters of snow is expected over the next few days will no doubt make you smile! Bad weather with heavy rain and snowfalls are expected in certain parts of the Alps. Above an altitude of 2000 meters the rain will thankfully fall as snow. Areas that will be particularly affected are northwestern Italy and southern Switzerland where record amounts of precipitation are expected. In some regions, the weather men ... Read more ›

31 October 2014 from Gareth in 'Latest news''

Peter Speight

If you haven’t heard of him already, Peter Speight is a young, talented freeskier and part of the British Freestyle Halfpipe Squad that we’re keeping a close eye on. After coming 23rd in the World Championships in March 2013 and then qualifying for the finals of the New Zealand Freeski Open in August 2013, travelling all over the world skiing is what life is all about now for this young Sheffield lad. We were lucky enough to interview Peter in the run up to the recent Telegraph Ski and Snowboard... Read more ›

2 October 2014 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

ski hosting chamonix

Here at Snowplaza, we have been closely following the ski hosting ban story since its start. British-owned ski holiday operator Le Ski have had their neck on the block since early in 2013 and although many people, holiday-makers and those working in the ski industry alike, thought (and hoped) that the issue would be forgotten, this is clearly not the case. Recently in a French court in Albertville, the Le Ski ski hosting case continued and it clearly not over yet. Nick Morgan, co-founder of Le S... Read more ›

16 September 2014 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

James Blunt ischgl

James Blunt fans will be thrilled to know that he’ll be performing at the Top of the Mountain concert in Ischgl in November. After the enormous success of the previous concert in Ischgl despite the blizzards, music and winter sports fans can once again combine their passions on their ski holidays in Ischgl in Austria. Last year’s end of season performance from Robbie Williams will be a hard act to follow but James Blunt has the talent to make this season’s opening concert in Ischgl the best yet.... Read more ›

15 July 2014 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

Ski hosting val tho

Like many other British skiers, I have been closely following the case of Le Ski, the UK based tour operator at the centre of the ski hosting scandal in France. If you’ve read my previous articles on the subject, you will know that I, along with the Snowplaza UK team, feel quite strongly about this subject and believe that ski hosting should be re-established for the coming season without any major changes to the way things are done. Here’s the latest news on the story following the recent court... Read more ›

27 June 2014 from Nikki in 'Latest news''


With an estimated 100 million annual visitors to the European Alps, Respect the Mountains believes there is an urgent need to preserve this fragile environment. Tourists, in particular, on ski holidays, are not aware of the damage caused by litter left behind on the ski slopes. “The snow will cover it up” is a common misconception made while throwing a cigarette packet or snack bar wrapper off the ski lift! Awareness and education are the way forward and Respect the Mountains organises the Envir... Read more ›

27 May 2014 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

Atomic skiwear

We already knew that Atomic makes great skis and has been doing so since 1955. But now, the famous Austrian ski manufacturer has decided to branch out into a new sector in the ski industry: skiwear. This autumn, the first skiwear collection from Atomic will appear consisting of ultra-lightweight ski jackets, ski pants, T- shirts, hoodies, beanies and caps. Atomic promises a unique collection of progressive, all-mountain ski clothing adapted to all types of skiing. Snowplaza is honored to introdu... Read more ›

5 May 2014 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

Robbie Williams Ischgl

The 2014 "Top of the Mountain" concert in Ischgl in Austria was legendary! On Saturday, Robbie Williams and his famous 25-piece band put on an amazing show on the Idalp stage at almost 2,300 meters above sea level. Around 25,000 very enthusiastic fans witnessed the megastar with his entire big band framed by the spectacular mountain scenery of the Austrian Alps. Robbie Williams caused a mega mood and played the season finale in Ischgl with songs from his latest album "Swings Both Ways". In addit... Read more ›

10 April 2014 from Gareth in 'Latest news''

Robbie Williams teaser

Robbie Williams fans everywhere, grab your diaries! Even though the winter season 2013/14 seems to be almost over, you still have a chance to do some fantastic skiing AND see Robbie Williams at the Top of the Mountain Concert which closes the season each year! Megastar Robbie Williams will be on stage in the Austrian ski resort of Ischgl on the 3rd of May! Robbie, followed by his faithful Big Band, will perform songs from their newest album, Swings Both Ways, on the giant open-air stage at 2300 ... Read more ›

20 March 2014 from Michael in 'Latest news''

Ski Snow Fiesta

The Ski & Snow Fiesta in the 3 ski Swiss resorts of Villars, Gryon and Les Diablerets are offering special deals on your ski accommodation, free adult ski passes, discounts for ski and snowboard hire, free ski lessons and free ski passes for kids. What are you waiting for – why not come skiing this Spring in Switzerland ! From the 29th of March to the 21st of April, the Ski & Snow Fiesta awaits you with all of the above special deals plus live music and DJs on the mountain terraces, tons of fun ... Read more ›

6 February 2014 from Gareth in 'Latest news''

Sochi 2014

The 2014 Winter Olympics started today in the Russian town of Sochi with British athletes competing in snowboard slopestyle and figure skating events 24 hours before the opening ceremony which takes place tomorrow at the Fisht stadium. The last time the sporting events got under way before the official opening ceremony was 30 years ago! The Olympic organising committee has been working 24 hours a day to make sure venues are ready to welcome the athletes and hotels ready to welcome international ... Read more ›

21 January 2014 from Gareth in 'Latest news''

European Gay Ski Week

The sixth edition of the European Gay Ski Week will be held in the popular ski resort of Alpe d'Huez from the 22nd to the 29th of March 2014. This is the fourth time that gay skiers from all over Europe will get together for seven days of wild celebration on the famous ski slopes of the Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine ski area. A packed program of live music and entertainment is lined up in the après-ski bars and nightclubs of the resort, and where necessary, available in all languages! Once the skiin... Read more ›

31 December 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

World Snow Day 2014

The 'Bring Children to the Snow' campaign, "SnowKidz", launched in 2007 aimed to encourage FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski) Members (National Ski Associations) to promote snow sports in their own country. Now World Snow Day goes beyond the FIS members to work with everyone involved in the snow sports community. The overall aim is to introduce children, from 4 to 14 years old, to the wonders of the mountain environment and snow sports, by encouraging all stakeholders to celebrate everything... Read more ›

10 October 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

Swiss snow forecast

The white stuff is on its way! From today light to medium snowfalls are forecast in the Swiss, Austrian and French mountains - and not only at high altitudes! The first leaves have barely started to fall from the trees and they will be under winter’s white blanket already before they reach the ground! Snow this early in the Autumn really means a great start to the winter ski season as when the ground freezes, even if most of the early snow melts, there is a good cold, hard surface ready for the ... Read more ›

7 October 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

ski hosting group

This coming winter season will, for many British skiers and snowboarders spending their ski holiday in French ski resorts, be the first time in over 30 years that they will not be able to enjoy the services of a ski host on their ski holiday! Following a court case earlier this year between the Ecole de Ski Francais (ESF) and the ski chalet company, Le Ski and in the face of continued court action, British ski holiday tour operators have been obliged to remove their ski hosting services from the... Read more ›

3 October 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

Mont Blanc

A young French alpinist recently stumbled across a treasure chest as he was approaching the summit of the famous Mont Blanc mountain, Europe's highest peak, in the French Alps. He noticed a metal box marked “Made in India” poking out of the ice and once open, he discovered real treasure – around 100 precious gems including emeralds, rubies and sapphires carefully packed ! Sounds like a film script doesn’t it? The story gets even more intriguing once you know how the stones ended up on the slopes... Read more ›

1 October 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

Freeze festival teaser

So the Freeze festival is back to officially launch the winter season 2013-14 – in London! Clapham Common, will become a winter wonderland for 5 days from 27th of November! Let yourself get carried away by the sights and sounds of this unique music, ski and snowboard festival and you’ll soon forget you’re in London! Live music in 4 different après-ski bars, plenty to eat and drink, premieres of the latest ski and snowboarding films, world-class ski and snowboard competitions and even an alpine s... Read more ›

27 September 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

Tignes 1800

After 2 winter seasons with record-breaking snowfalls, there is a very positive atmosphere in ski resorts across the Alps which have been investing heavily in providing new services, infrastructural improvements and good deals to make your ski holiday even more unforgettable – whether with family or friends. From small improvements such as renovated lifts to the opening of a new satellite ski resort at Tignes 1800, there has been a buzz of activity and enthusiasm that hasn’t been felt for years ... Read more ›

21 September 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

ski and snowboard show

Whether you live down south or up north, you can attend one of the outstanding ski and snowboard shows held in the UK. Whether at the Ski and Snowboard Show North in Manchester or the Ski and Snowboard Show in London, you can enjoy a great day out with tons of activities including free ski and snowboard lessons, free ice skating, tubing and curling! There are even après-ski style bars, delicious mountain food to try and wine tasting sessions! The exhibitors are world-wide ski resorts, hotel and... Read more ›

13 September 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

ski resort opening

Although I have the feeling it was only yesterday that I posted an article on this subject and I detest the way time flies, I am very happy to be announcing official ski resort opening dates for this new winter season 2013-14 ! As you will see, some ski resorts will even be open in October such as Tignes, in the French Alpes, which opens its ski runs on the Grande Motte glacier on the 12th of October! Les Deux Alpes opens for its annual festival “Enjoy the Glacier” and "Ski and Test & Rock'n Rol... Read more ›

12 September 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

tignes glacier

If you thought you had to wait until December to get back on the slopes this winter, then you're in for a nice surprise! You could be skiing in one of the world’s best ski resorts in one month’s time so get booking right now and start counting the days! Imagine yourself glacier skiing with the warm Autumn sun on your back… This winter season 2013-14 is going to be a long one with the first ski resort opening on the 12th of October 2013 and last closing date planned for the 11th of May 2014! We... Read more ›

4 March 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

ski host pointing

British skiers are generally pretty laid back and like things to be informal when on a ski holiday. They are also pretty demanding as far as service is concerned. This is maybe why ski hosting (or social skiing) has become so popular over recent years.

The opportunity to have a member of your chalet staff or other in-resort staff give you an informal, but well-informed tour of the slopes seems like a great idea. But not everyone thinks the same! ... Read more ›

30 January 2013 from Nikki in 'Latest news''

helmet camera

A great new event has appeared in Les Arcs this year: ARtCamS: A video contest which was launched on the 15th of December 2012 in which every winter sports lover can take part and show off their talents and tricks.

The contest is made up of two competitions, one for amateurs and one for the pros, and they both run throughout the winter season 2012/2013. The closing date for entries is the 31st of March 2013. So 2 months left to get filming... ... Read more ›


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