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– British Base Jumper Dies in the Alps – It’s a Wrap at Arapahoe Basin – The Rocket is Hungry – A Date for Your Ski Diary… LIVE UPDATED

Here we cover anything that takes our fancy.

Short news stories, eye catching videos, amusing cartoons, things that make us smile/things that make us shout at the screen… in fact anything that catches our eye in the world of snowsports.

Check out all the ‘snippets’ from the past few months:

  • January’s Skiing Snippets
  • February’s Skiing Snippets
  • March’s Skiing Snippets
  • April’s Skiing Snippets
  • May’s Skiing Snippets

We’re mixing it up:


British Base Jumper Dies in the Alps

33-year old Dylan Roberts died in Italy after jumping from an 800m high ledge on Mount Brento.

He was with a group of five friends at the time.

It is thought his parachute failed to open or he made an error with his trajectory.

He was well-known in the base jumping community and was said to be highly experienced.

His body has been recovered by the emergency services.

An investigation is underway.

Image c/o PlanetSKI


It’s a Wrap at Arapahoe Basin

The resort in Colorado closed last weekend and has been taking a look back at its winter.

Arapahoe Basin had 231-days of skiing and snowboarding.

The Colorado Governor, Jared Polis, is a keen skier and was in the resort on Saturday 4th June.

“We hope you all had as much fun as we did this past winter season!” said the resort as it closed.

“ Our 75th season wouldn’t have been the same without all of our A-mazing guests and staff, so thank you to everyone who came out and made this season one to remember!”

Killington in Vermont also closed last weekend as we reported at the time on PlanetSKI:

  • Two US ski areas close after long season


The Rocket is Hungry

“I’m going into this season hungrier for success than ever before.” 💥 – @daveryding 🚀@redrow @_Fusalp @uk_sport

— GB Snowsport (@GBSnowsport) June 7, 2022

  • The PlanetSKI Dave Ryding Interview: In Full

James Cove Dave Ryding. Image © PlanetSKI

James Cove Dave Ryding. Image © PlanetSKI


A Date for Your Ski Diary


4 Dead After Train Cash Near Ski Resort in German Alps

The train derailed near the resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria.

Three of the double-deck carriages overturned.

The emergency services pulled people out of the windows to safety.

30 people were injured, 15 were seriously injured and taken to local hospitals.

Some of the people involved were students heading home.

The regional train was bound for Munich.

Police say a train has derailed in southern Germany and a number of people have been injured. The train derailed in the Burgrain area, near the Alpine resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

— The Associated Press (@AP) June 3, 2022

The Bavarian governor, Markus Söder, said he was shocked and saddened by the accident.

“Everything is being done to help those who were injured, to whom we wish a speedy recovery,” said the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

“Our thoughts are with the relatives.”

The cause of the crash is being investigated.

Image c/o PlanetSKI


Search Called Off for GB Snowsport Physio

Raph Rinaldi has been missing in the Italian Alps for the past week-and-a-half.

A substantial search party involving local rescue teams was involved in attempting to locate Raph after he failed to meet a relative at the Giro D’Italia.

“Everyone at GB Snowsport is heartbroken to learn that the search for our friend and colleague, Raph Rinaldi, who has been missing in the Italian Alps for the past week-and-a-half has now ended,” said GB Snowsport in a statement.

Raph had been a significant part of GB Snowsport’s Paralympic team supporting all Paralympic disciplines.

He most recently attending the Beijing Paralympic Winter Games as Lead Physio for the Para Alpine squad.

“We are all devastated to receive this terribly sad news about Raph,” said Jayne Kavanagh, Head of Paralympic Programmes.

“He was such an important member of the GB Snowsport team; staff and athletes are all shocked by his disappearance.

“Our thoughts are with Raph’s family and friends and we will continue to offer our support however we can.”

Image c/o GB Snowsport

Raph Rinaldi. Image c/o GB Snowsport


Neil Andrew Simpson Awarded MBEs for Services to Skiing

Huge congratulations to Neil and Andrew Simpson for being awarded MBEs for their service in skiing. 😍👏

— GB Snowsport (@GBSnowsport) June 2, 2022


Memorial Day Powder in Alta

“The locals were hungry today. It’s not often it snows 16″ in late May. As a result Alta saw bigger crowds than I’ve ever seen post season. A long train of skiers funneled up the mountain from morning till afternoon. The skiing couldn’t have been better. Nowhere near blower pow but absolutely incredible for close to June! ”


Italy Ends All Covid Entry Curbs for International Travellers

From June 1st unvaccinated tourists no longer need to take a test before arrival.

Travellers also do not need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form, even if they are unvaccinated.

If you are travelling to the Italian mountains and elsewhere in the country there are still  some internal rules in Italy

Masks are still required in certain settings until at least 15 June, this includes on flights to and from Italy and on all public transport.

Masks remain ‘strongly recommended’ in all indoor public places.

Turin airport

Turin airport. Image © PlanetSKI


Big Snow Indoor Slope in USA Re-opens After Fire

It is the only indoor slope in North America and is situated in the American Dream shopping mall in New Jersey.

It was partially damaged by an electrical fire last year.

8-months on and the 180,000-square-foot park is back in action.


Milan Takes Steps to Minimise Influence of Mafia at 2026 Winter Olympics

A Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, has been signed between the Municipality of Milan and other stakeholders in the Italian city to develop anti-mafia measures for the Milan- Cortina Winter Games.

Various parties are involved in collaborating to eliminate criminal activity from the Games:

  • The Prefecture of Milan
  • the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Court of Milan
  • the Lombardy Region
  • the Metropolitan City
  • the Milan Monza Brianza Lodi Chamber of Commerce
  • the Polytechnic University of Milan
  • The National Association of Italian Municipalities

“I think the significant thing is to work more on sharing databases,” said Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala as reported by Inside the Games .

“Sometimes all of us are amazed, from the point of view of tax evasion or infiltration phenomena, of how, with all the data in our possession, it is not possible to prevent.

“The protocol is something in addition to some things that are already done.”

2026 Winter Olympics

Image c/o 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Olympics


20% of Bee Colonies in Switzerland Did Not Survive Winter

The news comes from the umbrella organisation for Swiss beekeepers, Apisuisse.

It is reported on SwissInfo and is the worst decline in a decade.

The Swiss bee population was hit by viruses transmitted by the parasitic varroa mite.

A cold and wet spring in 2021 plus stormy summer limited the access of bees to nectar and pollen.

There are also concerns about the decline in the number of species of flowers that limits access to more food – this goes for both wild bees and honeybees.

“This is why apisuisse is committed, both politically and through its own projects, to promoting a more flower-filled Switzerland,” said the organisation.

1,384 beekeepers were surveyed by Apisuisse and they reported total bee colony losses of 21.4% over the winter period – a rise of 14.2% on the previous year.

Bee colonies in Switzerland in decline. Image © PlanetSKI

Bee colonies in Switzerland in decline. Image © PlanetSKI


Bears are Back in Banff