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Paw patrol, 1km (dust) avalanche on Mars, unusual expansion for snowboard-only resort + strange ice-melt on Norwegian lake. NEW & UPDATED

 

 

 

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


TUESDAY 19TH JUNE

BEAR WATCH

Bears come out to play in mountain resorts:


The paw patrol is out on Whistler's hills:

WhistlerPaw patrol in Whistler





















Take a look at these baby bear cubs climbing in Yellowstone National Park:



Banff has posted this heart-melter, grabbing our attention to give some quick tips for campers in Canada this summer:

1. Make noise
2. Keep your dog on a leash
3. Hike in groups
4. If in a car, view from afar
5. Keep a "bare" campsite

Banff & Lake LouiseBanff & Lake Louise @johnemarriott




















Bears of YosemiteBears of Yosemite

















MONDAY 12TH JUNE

MARS AVALANCHE

A meteoroid impact on the red planet has triggered an avalanche of dust.

The impact of the meteoroid caused an explosion that then triggered a 'slope streak', Astronomy Now reports.

The crater is only 5m across, but the streak 1km long.

"Slope streaks are created when dry dust avalanches leave behind dark swaths on dusty Martian hills."

And it's not the first...

"The faded scar of an old avalanche is also visible to the side of the new dark streak," the astronomy magazine reports.

Image: NASA/JPL/University of ArizonaImage: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Scroll down here to June 8th for more cool space (or Earth) news:

First Snow Fell On Earth 2 Billion Years Ago

SUNDAY 10TH JUNE

SNOWBOARD-ONLY RESORT SET TO EXPAND

The Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park in Illinois, USA, is set to get bigger and have an upgraded lodge.  

And it's all thanks to an unusual deal with the county's Transportation Department.

It needs somewhere to dispose of excess soil created by a $115m road construction project, the Longmeadow Parkway.  

That soil will become part of an expanded snowboard hill as it is dumped at the top and will make the hill 10m higher.  

In return for the dumping the soil the county will also pay up to $500,000 for the construction of a new lodge.

Ragging Bull, IllinoisRagging Bull, Illinois

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raging Buffalo was created in 1993 and was the world's first snowboard exclusive area.

It is 45 miles north west of Chicago. 

FRIDAY 8TH JUNE

DRAMATIC ICE-MELT IN NORWAY

A Norwegian campsite owner, Kristin Sveum, captured an unusual phenomenon on video this spring.

The ice sheet on the Oldevatnet lake was melting, that is in the Norwegian municipality of Stryn in Sogn og Fjordane.

The ice though, was not melting in the usual way.

The ice on the lake was melting so fast, it was causing the ice sheet to shatter into crystal shards, that were uniform in length and approximately 5cm long.

“I have never seen anything like it. Normally, the ice breaks into large ice sheets. It was amazingly beautiful and fascinating to watch,” said Kristin Sveum who watched the spectacle for half an hour.

Watch the ice-melt video below - (we understand that the video is running at normal speed and has not been sped up).

Crystal shards on Oldevatnet lakeCrystal shards on Oldevatnet lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WINE STORED UNDER SNOW IN THE FRENCH PYRENEES

Where would you store 1,200 bottles of wine?

In the French Pyrenees, it seems, they bury their wine under snow.

1,200 bottles of wine that were buried in January under several metres of snow in the ski area of Cauterets have now been dug out...

After 5 months in this extremely cold environment, and at 2,400m altitude, we wonder how this stunt will affect the taste of a bottle of 'Rouge des Neiges'?


Retrieving 1,200 bottles of wine - CauteretsRetrieving 1,200 bottles of wine - Cauterets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST SNOW FELL ON EARTH 2 BILLION YEARS AGO

That's the finding of a research team from the University of Oregon in the USA.

The team studied the sedimentary rock, shale, that is formed by the weathering of crust.

Shale captures organic products and provides a continuous record of weathering.

The scientists found evidence from as far back as 3.5 billion years ago showing traces of rainwater that caused weathering of land.

Snow apparently fell from 2.2 to 2.4 billion years ago after changes took place and land and plate collisions that took place to form mountain ranges.

Planet EarthPlanet Earth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 6TH JUNE

SURFING THE SNOW ... A DIFFERENT WAY

Here's a great video of Fred Compagnon surfing the snow in the French Pyrenees, rather than surfing the sea.

He's enjoying the crest of fresh powder on a specially modified 'snow' board or bodyboard, wearing a modified wet suit and the 'must have' yellow flippers. 😎

He's surfing the snow in the ski resort of Piau - Engaly.

Surfing the waves in Piau, French PyreneesSurfing the waves in Piau, French Pyrenees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surfing the waves in Piau, French PyreneesSurfing the waves in Piau, French Pyrenees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 5TH JUNE

A COUPLE OF BEAR VIDEOS....

"DON'T WORRY, I'LL GET YOU DOWN!"

Watch this Mother Bear in a dramatc bear cub rescue.

The drama unfolds as the mother tries to get her bear cub down from the top of a young sapling, and then as she tries to climb up the rather bendy tree, there are consequences.  🤣

TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC - SERVICE PLEASE!

Carole Bullman had this visitor to her garden in recent days in Juneau, Alaska.

You can almost hear the Black Bear demanding to know why his food is taking so long to be served!

"Service ... Hurry Up, please".   🤣


SATURDAY 2ND JUNE

CHAIRLIFT PROPOSAL GOES WRONG WHEN THE RING IS DROPPED

Sean Strickland and Karen Yeoman were visiting Big Bear in California on Memorial Day weekend, when Sean decided to pop the big Q.

As the couple were taking the chailift up to Snow Summit, Sean dropped the ring at the crucial moment, and it tumbled down 15m into the vast undergrowth beneath.

"I immediately go numb. I go numb and I'm looking at her and she's like, 'did that just happen'? Is this a joke," said Sean Strickland.

"He said, 'I dropped the ring' and I said, 'stop playing'," said Karen Yeoman.

"I'm thinking to myself 'is this a dream. Did this really happen? I can't believe that this really happened'. I was in shock," said Strickland.

They searched and searched but could not find the ring.

It was like looking for a needle in a haystack!

Then the staff at Snow Summit in Big Bear got involved...

To cut a long story short and following numerous searches by the staff, Shannon White, the lift operations supervisor, saved the day when he discovered the ring beneath some foliage.

The ring was somewhere below!The ring was somewhere below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 1ST JUNE

When you realise that you are being followed by an avalanche while backflipping!

.....you just need to get ahead and keep going.


OZ SKI RESORTS TOBOGGANING BAN

The resorts of Thredbo and Perisher have outlawed toboggans.

Thredbo claims it is 'very dangerous' and it has taken the decision for the safety of its guests and workers.

"To maximise safety for guests, employees, and resort property, Thredbo prohibits the use of toboggans and other miscellaneous snow sliding equipment that is associated with "Snow Play" within our leasehold area," said a statement from Thredbo.

Perisher ski resort in New South Wales has a similar statement on its website banning the use of toboggans on all of its ski slopes.

"Tobogganing is dangerous and involves inherent risks," said Perisher.

There has been an immediate backlash on social media and some fear families will simply go elsewhere.   

Banned!Banned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outlawed!Outlawed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSSIBLY THE HIGHEST SLACK LINE IN THE WORLD

David Liaño was in the Himalayas during May 2018, and this is what they did on rest days on Kanchenjunga ... slacklining with bare-feet.

Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world (8,586m) and lies partly in Nepal.

Here's Alex d’Emilia on possibly the highest slack line in the world.

We're very happy to see Alex is securely attached to the slackline 😎

WINTER IS OVER IN SVALBARD - NOW IT'S TIME FOR POLAR BEARS

This great beast below looks a little thin and hungry as it wanders around Svalbard in Norway searching for food.

The hashtags below are associated with the photograph and some highlight the climate change story....  another one we would add to the list is #ProtectOurWinters or #POW.

#polarbear #arcticdaily #nyalesund #nyålesund #spitzbergen #spitsbergen #svalbard #norway #arctic #arktis #northpole #arcticlife #winter #snow #unisvalbard #visitsvalbard #ilovenorway #norway_online #norway #ig_svalbard @northernnorway #polar #Norway2day #fightclimatechange #savethearctic #adventure #allbornexplorers #norskefototalenter

Polar Bear 31st May 2018 - Photo: Instagram @arctic.dailyPolar Bear 31st May 2018 - Photo: Instagram @arctic.daily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the mountains.

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