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White Thrill in St Anton, Salmon & horse for dinner, pond skimming in Georgia + Japanese snow-wall walk. NEW & UPDATED

 

 

See here for a flavour of what it is all about from last month's ramble.


SUNDAY 29TH APRIL

ST ANTON'S FINAL FLING

We love this race - it's appropriately named Der Weisse Raush or White Thrill.

It's a race that runs on the final day of skiing at St Anton, in the Arlberg.

When the final lift closed at 5pm on 22nd April, a claxon sounded, and the race commenced.

As you watch the competitors densely grouped together, at the start of the race, or stagger up some of the unexpected inclines on the way, it's rather like studying a page of the children's puzzle book, "Where's Wally?".

The race is a free for all, but a very competitive free for all, especially among the local snow sports enthusiasts.

PlanetSKI was in Innsbruck in the Tirol at the time, and watched the event live on TV, but the video has only recently become available.

We hope to head up to St Anton for the White Thrill next year.

THURSDAY 26th APRIL

SALMON WITH HORSE ON THE MENU

As we settled down to study the menu on a recent visit to Innsbruck we were tempted by number 344.

Yum, Yum...Yum, Yum...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 25TH APRIL

POND SKIMMING IN GEORGIA

As the ski season ends in the Northern Hemisphere Pond Skimming or Slush Cup events are taking place to mark the closure of many ski areas.

More often than not the sky is blue and the sun beats down on the contestants as they invariably take a dunk in the chilly water.

But in Georgia, Brrr - it looks very cold!


THE GREAT SNOW-WALL-WALK

This is the Snow Wall Walk otherwise known as the Tateyama Kurobe Alpen Route about 2.5hours from Tokyo by train.

It's a corridor in Japan's Alpine region featuring walls of snow that tower as high as 17 meters over the road.

The winter lasts until late June.

No mention of skiing 😎

TUESDAY 24TH APRIL

SNOW VOLLEYBALL

Could volleyball become part of both the Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics?

According to the script in the video below, in 2017 seventeen European countries already host national tournaments in the sport.

The Snow Volleyball European Championships took place in Austria this year from 23rd to 25th March.

 

Snow Volleyball - could this be an Olympic sport?Snow Volleyball - could this be an Olympic sport?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAHA - COULD THIS BECOME AN OLYMPIC SPORT TOO?

The human snowboard! Is there such a thing?

Well according to the video below there is.

Who would you trust to do this with??


MONDAY 23RD APRIL

ROBOT SKIING CONTEST - SOUTH KOREA

Loving these robots in South Korea skiing a very challenging slalom course 🤣

 

SATURDAY 21ST APRIL

IT'S OFFICIAL THIS LITTE BUNDLE OF WHITE FLUFF IS A BOY

Now that we know the first polar bear cub born in the UK for 25 years is a boy, it's time to pick a name!

Its keepers at the Highland Wildlife Park at Kingussie in Scotland have whittled the options down to a shortlist and we would like to invite you to vote for your favourite - Click here and choose between:

Artor
Hamish
Poulsen
MacKinnon

When PlanetSKI cast its vote earlier this morning, Hamish was ahead with 15,294 votes, followed by Artor with 6,276, with MacKinnon lagging behind with 1,824.

You have until April 26th to cast your vote.

Choose the name for the Polar bear cub - Artor, Hamish, Poulsen or MacKinnon?Choose the name for the Polar bear cub - Artor, Hamish, Poulsen or MacKinnon?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in December, the cub was recently introduced to his large outdoor enclosure with mum Victoria and has already taken his first swim.

 


THURSDAY 19TH APRIL

LINE DANCING ABOVE ZERMATT

It's not the strict sense of line dancing, but instead an acrobatic pair of dancers were dangled from steel lines suspended from helicopters.

The two Spanish acrobats, Saray Benito Martinez and Natalia Keka were performing on a thin line near Chez Vrony in Zermatt, Switzerland using the magnificent Matterhorn as their backdrop.

Two Air Zermatt helicopters were involved in the performance.

In one stunt both acrobats were suspended by a single wire from one helicopter while the aerial acrobatics took place.

In another stunt they had separate lines from two helicopters.

The dancers posted the following images and short videos on Instagram.

Stunning!

A post shared by Natalia keka (@nataliakeka) on Apr 18, 2018 at 10:44am PDT



Aerial acrobatics in ZermattAerial acrobatics in Zermatt

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aerial acrobatics in ZermattAerial acrobatics in Zermat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aerial acrobatics in ZermattAerial acrobatics in Zermatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Air Zermatt helicopters were involved - Aerial acrobatics in ZermattTwo Air Zermatt helicopters were involved - Aerial acrobatics in Zermatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 18TH APRIL

APRIL SKIING WITH TROY MURPHY

Mainer skis Utah!

This guys arms and legs all over the place ...

But you must be a pretty good skier to ski so badly. 😎

TUESDAY 17TH APRIL

FEELING DESPERATE?

This has to be one of our favourite ski resort signs for the toilet.

Toilet sign, FlaineDesperate for a pee?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's in the gondola lift station, known as the DMC, in Flaine in France.

If you weren't desperate to go before, you probably are now.

 

SUNDAY 15TH APRIL

KUHTAI CLOSES AND THERE'S AT LEAST A POLE-DEPTH OF SNOW!

Our editor demonstrates just how deep the snow is in Kuhtai, in the Tirol, as the ski season ends on this day.


SATURDAY 14TH APRIL

APRÈS SKI FOOTWEAR

PlanetSKI was watching The Kooks playing at Zermatt Unplugged, and spotted the fur lined footwear worn by lead singer Luke Pritchard.

Not the usual footwear you expect to see in the mountains especially as it had started to snow again.

But we guess these fur lined slides are rather appropriate for Zermatt - it's hard to tell but they could even be a pair of Gucci slides. 🤣

Zermatt footwear 🤣 Worn by The Kooks singer Luke PritchardZermatt footwear 🤣 Worn by The Kooks singer Luke Pritchard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAST DAY AT WORK FOR BRECKENRIDGE POWDER HOUNDS

Two avalanche rescue dogs Atticus and Tali retire from Breckenridge ski partrol.

The pair have worked on the mountain for 11 and 12 years respectively, going to avalanche rescues with their handlers and helping to keep people safe on the ski slopes.

Tali and his handler Hunter Mortensen have worked together for 10 years becoming poster partners for the ski area.

When riding on the mountain, Tali would often be seen hitching a lift on Hunter's shoulders.

While Tali will continue to live with Hunter, the end of their working relationship will be an emotional one.

"It's been a great run, but that last run will be tough," said Hunter Mortensen.

Their retirement party was complete with a peanut butter doggie biscuit cake and doggie bags.

Atticus & Tali Breckenridge Ski Patrol Dogs - retirement partyAtticus & Tali Breckenridge Ski Patrol Dogs - retirement party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 13TH APRIL

FIRST DAY AT WORK 💘

Meet Joni the newest member of the Solitude Ski patrol Team, in Utah.

We have to admit we have fallen for her 💘

Joni will be involved in avalanche rescue.

Joni the new recruit with Solitude Ski PatrolJoni the new recruit with Solitude Ski Patrol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here she is enjoying her first day on the job with her handler Jasper.

Joni and her handler Jasper .. first day at workJoni and her handler Jasper .. first day at work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY 12TH APRIL

BEAR ON THE SKI SLOPES IN ENGELBERG

An unusual sight met the workers at the Engelberg Titlis area of Switzerland.

A brown bear passed close by.

It's not what one expects to see on a Monday morning, or any morning for that matter.

A lovely sight for Jana Niedermann who captured the photo.

The brown bear has a number, M29, and is predominantly vegetarian posing little danger to people or other animals.

Brown bears are only dangerous when they feel cornered or when they are protecting their young.

M29 is thought to have been born in Italy in winter 2013 before migrating to Switzerland in April 2016.

Brown Bear on the ski slope in EnglebergBrown Bear on the ski slope in Engleberg (Facebook: Engelberg)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 11TH APRIL

ANYONE FOR A ROUND OF GOLF?

This just caught our eye. And it's for real.

It may be hard to take in but some folks hang up their skis, or at least substitute their skis for a game of golf on snow.

Well half a game... 9-holes.

And, it's happening in Val d'Isere.

Forget the skiing in Val d'Isere, instead why not opt for 9 holes of golf on snow?

Although the golf ball may be an orange golf ball, it may still be somewhat tricky to spot it in all that white stuff.

Moreover what happens when it gets in the rough.. ? Sorry .. we mean, what happens when it gets burried in deep snow?

😎

9 holes of golf on snow V skiing? Which would you choose/9 holes of golf on snow V skiing? Which would you choose/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 10TH APRIL

BRANSON IN A PICKLE

Sir Richard Branson got into a bit of an, er, pickle skiing in Verbier.

He's been taking some time out from his busy schedule with Virgin Hotels, Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit to spend some days with his family in his favourite ski resort, Verbier.

Unfortunately though, on Monday, on his first day on skis, and very soon after recovering from a shoulder injury, he had a bit of an accident.

"As soon as I hit the slopes, my ski came off and I feel hard on the very shoulder that has been injured all year. But, remarkably, I didn't do any more damage. I'm counting myself very lucky and hope to be back on the tennis courts and the ocean soon", said Branson.

The painful moment Sir Richard falls was captured on a headcam and the unfortunate fall can be seen in the video footage below.

We hope Sir Richard's injury isn't too serious.

Richard Branson in VerbierRichard Branson in Verbier - Ouch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And PlanetSKI has skied with the bearded one in Verbier (and won some champagne form him):

 

VerbierNot so incognito

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VerbierVerbier winners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY 8TH APRIL

BORGUND STAVE CHURCH (ICE STYLE) IN BEITØSTOLEN

Chinese sculptors have arrived at the ski area of Beitøstolen in Norway.

They created a replica façade of the famous Borgund Stave Church, made entirely from compressed snow.

As you're skiing around Beitøstolen, keep your eyes open, you will come across a huge white church like structure that is 14m high and 11m wide - its made from ice, etched out of snow depicting the traditional 12th century Norwegian Stave church.

And this is just a taster of what is to come next season.

A deal has been struck to create an ice festival, Harbin style, at Beitøstolen next year, though the exact details and the scale of the event have not been revealed.

The city of Harbin in Heilongjiang (China’s northernmost province), hosts an annual International Ice festival where a city is created from ice, it is beautifully sculpted and illuminated with LED lights.

The Harbin experience attracts millions of visitors.

In recent years sculptors from Harbin have created Ice hotels in Finland and Canada, and this year they visited Andorra to carve images on the walls of a small ice hotel on the ski slopes of  Soldeu.

PlanetSKI spent a night in an ice hotel in Finland, it was a fabulous experience albeit icy.

Here's what the Beitøstolen Borgund Stave church looks like:


The Borgund Stave Church: Built around 1180 it is one of the best preserved buildings of its kind. Its decorations are sparse and simple with depictions of Norse mythology such as Odin.

SATURDAY 7TH APRIL

THE FASTEST MEN ON SKIS

The final leg of the World Cup Speed Skiing championships took place in Andorra this weekend.

The battle has often been between the two Italian Origone brothers, Simone Origone and his younger brother Ivan.

This year though it was between Manuel Kramer from Austria, who claimed 2 consecutive victories in Sweden, followed closely by the Italian Simone Origone.

The two were tied 1st in the overall World Cup standings, however the Crystal Globe was finally taken by Simone Origone on Saturday.

This is Simone Origone's 10th Crystal Globe.

Simone Origone's (left) 10th Crystal Globe - Jan Farrell (right) 5th OverallSimone Origone (left) wins 10th Crystal Globe - Jan Farrell (right) is 5th Overall: photo Jan Farrell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Speed Skier Jan Farrell came 5th overall.

Watch below as the Swiss speed skier from Verbier, Philippe May, tackles the slope head on in Andorra.

47 year old Philippe May, who runs the Swiss Ski School in Verbier, won the Speed Skiing leg in Andorra.

Philippe May from Verbier is the Speed Skiing Champion for 2018Philippe May from Verbier, victorious in  Andorra 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 4TH APRIL

FANCY A PR JOB  IN THE UK SKI INDUSTRY?

Heaven Publicity is looking for a Junior Account Executive to join its small, enthusiastic and creative team.

The company was set up by Lynsey Devon who is a well-known figure in the UK snowsports industry and a great friend of ours at PlanetSKI.

Our editor, James Cove, took the picture below as he was hanging out with them at the World Travel Market Wink

The team from Heaven PublicityThe team from Heaven Publicity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, what about the job spec?

"You should be an effective communicator with strong writing skills, passionate about travel (if you've been skiing or snowboarding, even better) and have some experience of PR.

Most of all, you need to be willing to get stuck in to whatever tasks are thrown your way!

The ideal candidate will have completed an internship in PR (or similar) and be a team player.

They will assist with a variety of PR and administrative duties; time management is vital as the role will be fast-paced and varied."

If you want to work in the UK snowsports PR and marketing industry here at PlanetSKI we couldn't think of a better to company to do it with.

MONDAY 2ND APRIL

WHEN SPEED SKIING GOES WRONG

British Speed Skier, Jan Farrell captured his fellow competitor Juanki Sanchez on video as he raced down the mountain in Vars in France at a mindblowing speed of 200km/ph.

In a car that is some speed, but to lose a ski as you attempt a speed ski record is another thing altogether.

Juanki caught an edge causing one ski to come off.

He managed to maintain his balance on one ski at high speed for some distance and then unfortunately he fell.

He slid a long way down the mountain sustaining friction burns.

Ouch!

You'll notice in the video below that Juanki's white helmet comes off in his fall.

The helmets are specifically designed so the outer shell breaks away from the inner helmet, avoiding further injury to the back and shoulder area, it worked perfectly on this occasion.

Juanki then took the inner helmet off just as he was sliding to a halt.

SLACKLINING BETWEEN SNOWCATS

Slacklining is difficult at the best of times.

But doing it between a pair of moving snowcats presents different tricky challenges.

While both snowcats were travelling at the same speed each vehicle was traversing uneven terrain and at different angles.

Watch the antics below as pro slackliner Tauri Vahesaar takes the slackline challenge in the video below...

Slacklining between moving catsSlacklining between moving cats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORMER US COALITION LEADER IN IRAQ BECOMES SKI INSTRUCTOR

74-year old Paul Bremer is now to be found in the moguls rather than Mosul.

He works as a ski instructor at Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont.

His career in government spanned three decades and five adminstrations.

He worked with six different Secretaries of State.

He was present for every major event from the resignation of President Nixon and the US withdrawal from Vietnam to the Iran-Contra scandal and the downing of Pan Am 103.

But he is best remembered for the 14-months he spent in Iraq following the 2003 invasion and overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

He served as the administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority.

He is largely blamed for its failure.

Read more here as Aarron Gell takes a lesson with him for 'Task & Purpose'.

Paul BremnerPaul Bremer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And when did the director of the ski school suspect he was not just another 74-year old?

When Mr Bremer listed Donald Rumsfeld and Henry Kissinger as his former bosses on his job application form.

SUNDAY APRIL 1ST

100-YEAR OLD COMPLETES ANOTHER SEASON

George Jedenoff is still going at the ripe old age of 100.

He's been a season pass holder at Snowbird in Utah for nearly 60-years.

Check out one amazing veteran skier:

"Age is just a number so forget about the number and live every day which you got and you're gonna last longer," he said.

He was born in Russia, but his family moved to the USA when he was 4 years old.

To celebrate his 100th birthday last July Utah opened up the tram especially for him and he travelled from his home in California to make a few turns.

Here at PlanetSKI we posted a full article about this remarkable man and if you want to read more about George then follow the link:

George Jedenoff a stylish skier at 100George Jedenoff a stylish skier at 100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND STAYING WITH OLDIES....

Lets not forget 88-year old, Bill Nixon.

He's a ski racer.

This season he has competed in six races at Bretton Woods in New Hampshire and won gold and platinum medals in each event.
See more on him here.


88-year old Bill Nixon88-year old Bill Nixon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RIP OFF OR A FAIR FEE?

Here at PlanetSKI we think BA's policy of charging full price for skis if passengers are transferred to one of its flights through no fault of their own is most definitely the former.

Here is the experience of our editor, James Cove:

"I was due to fly with Iceland Air from Denver to Reykjavic for a couple of days skiing on the way back from the USA last month.

However there was bad news as I turned up at the desk with my wife - the flight had been cancelled due to 'mechanical and technical issues'.

The airline has a reciprocal deal with BA in such circumstances and we were able to transfer on to a direct flight back to the UK.

However as we checked-in with BA we were allowed to put our suitcase on the flight at no extra charge but not our skis.

'You will need to pay $100 per pair of skis as you have not pre-booked them,' said the check-in girl.

'Er, we have just been transferred to you flight as our one with Iceland Air has been cancelled at the last minute so it is not exactly possible to have pre-booked as we didn't know we would be on your flight,' I replied.

The supervisor was called and she repeated the airline's policy.

As we had not pre-booked out skis we had to pay full price.

It was annoying enough to miss our trip to Iceland and head home early but to be charged an extra $200 to take our skis with us is a rip-off.

I travel a lot in the winter months as I ski in over 50 different ski resorts - probably half a dozen or so of those flights are with BA.

I shall not be using airline again as they discriminate against skiers."

ANGELA MERKEL AND LUGE

No, the German Chancellor is not heading down the luge track in a tight lycra suit but she is now a patron of the 2019 International Luge Federation World Championships in Winterberg.

The 48th edition of the competition will take place in the German winter resort town from January 25 to 27 2019.

"The Chancellor accepted our invitation and is very much looking forward to it," said the co-organiser, Stephan Piepe.

"Her patronage is a great honour for us and signals a special appreciation of the World Championships."

Mrs Merkel was a patron of the 2015 Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships in Winterberg and is a keen cross-country skier.

She's been known to enjoy a beer tooShe's been known to enjoy a beer too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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