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MAY'S SKIING SECRETS...
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Skiing Secrets may or may not have something to do with skiing. Often it doesn't - we fill it with anything that takes our fancy.


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

And now this month...


Tuesday 30th May

LOVELAND MOURNS THE PASSING OF TOBY

Loveland Ski Area is mourning the loss of their beloved dog, Toby.

Toby the Bernese Mountain Dog passed away last Thursday.

The manner and cause of Toby's death was not immediately known.

Toby, known as #VonToby by some, was Loveland Ski Area's unofficial mascot and would sometimes appear wearing glasses, a cowboy hat and the No 58 jersey, of Von Miller.

He was Loveland's PR dog for the past three seasons, as well as providing therapy for children with disabilities at the Rocky Mountain Village Easter Seals Camp.

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Sunday 28th May

SURVIVING IN A SNOWSTORM - DIG A HOLE AND HUNKER DOWN

It's not the sort of advice you expect to hear, but digging a deep hole in the snow and allowing a raging snowstorm to pass may be the only way to survive in extreme snow conditions.

Fresh snow is up to 95% trapped air that acts as an insulator.

You never know when you may need to dig yourself a shelter, or dig an insulated airpocket to keep yourself warm.

Watch the video below to find out what to do.


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COULD THERE BE SNOW AND ICE ON PLANET JUPITER?

NASA's Juno spacecraft that is circling Jupiter has spotted massive storms at the gas giant’s poles... so could this meant that there is snow and ice on Jupiter?

"Juno’s imager, JunoCam. The images show both of Jupiter's poles are covered in Earth-sized swirling storms that are densely clustered and rubbing together."

Nasa hopes to steer Juno under the clouds that surround Jupiter to learn more about the planet's atmosphere and how much water the planet contains.

"Juno's next flyby is on 11 July. We will fly directly over one of the most iconic features in the entire solar system - one that every school kid knows - Jupiter's Great Red Spot," said Scott Bolton from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.

The solar-powered Juno spacecraft was launched in 2011.

It made its first circuit around Jupiter on 27 August 2016.

Juno's mission is scheduled to end in February 2018, when the probe will self-destruct by diving into the planet's atmosphere.

- More data from Nasa on Juno Mission to Jupiter

Amazing bright Aurora's on Jupiter - images captured by Hubble:


 

Friday 26th May

BOUNCING DOWN SNOWY PILLOWS

If there's deep snow and something looks remotely skiable, you can be sure someone with skis or a snowboard will have a go.

Watch these guys snowboarding down the roof of a building in Japan, bouncing gracefully down some fabulously deep snowy pillows.

 

ROGER MOORE IN SWISS RAIL COMMERCIAL

The death of the James Bond actor  was met wth great sadness but did you know Sir Roger Moore had a close relationship with Switzerland and spoke French fluently?

The film clip of James Bond's dramatic train ride in Octopussy made Moore the perfect candidate for his appearance in the 1994 commercial for Swiss Federal Railways.

For his efforts he was given a 50% discount rail card, but only for one year.

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He humorously quipped that after a year he too was required to pay the full fare.

He said, "They gave me a ticket for the first year half price, then said, you're on your own Charlie, .... this is Switzerland."

Watch the Swiss tribute to Sir Roger Moore in the video below, that features a clip from the SFR commercial, starting at 01:12 - (Video Swissinfo.ch)

He lived in Gstaad and more recently in the ski resort of Crans-Montana in the Valais canton.

Witness Roger Moore's perfect French in the Swisscom Commercial below:


- RIP Sir Roger Moore

- Sir Roger stopped skiing after concerns about snowboarders crashing into him.

- We speak to the director behind the most famous Bond skiing scenes.

Thursday 25th May

HILARIOUS! AVALANCHE CONTROL

The do's and don'ts of avalanche control are demonstrated below.

These guys detonated a bunch of explosives to shift some unstable snow accumulation to make the mountain safe.

Only, they find that in their bad planning they are in the direct path of the advancing snow, and hiding behind the pylon may not be that safe!

So what else to do but to scamper up the ladder of the nearest pylon.

And, phew they made it!



Wednesday 24th May

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Monday 22nd May

ALDI SKI GEAR IN DEMAND DOWN UNDER

It seems that the giant supermarket Aldi's cheap skiwear has been going down a storm in the southern hemisphere ahead of the winter season there.

At least it was in high demand when it went on sale in the Sydney area.

The Northern Star news website reports chaotic scenes and long queues outside and inside stores and has published photographs supplied by shoppers.

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We have reviewed Aldi's ski gear in the past - in November 2015 and in December 2016  when we put it to the test in the swanky French resort of Val d'Isere.

SKI AMIS GUESTS NOTCH UP SKI MILES TO MAKE IT TO THE MOON AND BACK. SEVERAL TIMES...

The UK tour operator, Ski Amis, hosted nearly 3,000 skiers last winter.

They consumed 25,000 rashers of bacon and celebrated 3 engagements in its chalets this past season.

And guess how many miles they skied?

During the season's 19 weeks, Ski Amis' Les3Vallees guests skied 1,255,120 km of piste - that's 779,895 miles!

An impressive distance, and to put that into a grander perspective that's 31 times around the earth or three times to the moon.

Ski Amis has three chalets in the Paradiski area that averaged a distance ski of 38,607 miles per chalet!

The total distance for the season was the equivalent of four-and-a-half times round the earth.

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Saturday 20th May

OIL COMPANY PROTECTS PREGNANT POLAR BEAR

Polar bears are listed as 'threatened' under the Endangered Species Act.

This undated image below was taken by a remote camera and was provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

It shows a polar bear and her young cub standing next to a bridge leading to an oil production platform in the Beaufort Sea in Alaska.

Oil companies often get bad press coverage, but not in this case.

In December 2016 workers from the Hilcorp Alaska oil field spotted the den beside the bridge and restricted activity to make sure the female was not disturbed.

The mother and her cub emerged on March 18, and stayed near the den for two weeks and headed out to sea to hunt.

100% cutesy photo!

More information here.

Polar bear cub with Ma  (photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service)Polar bear cub with Ma (photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROTECT OUR WINTERS - WARREN SMITH TALKS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

Warren Smith is the ambassador for POW UK (Protect Our Winters).

He talks us through the impacts of climate change in the mountains, using Verbier as an example.

Sign up to POW UK and join the movement, climate change is happening.

#climatechange

Don't ski with eggs.

Repeat.

Don't ski with eggs.

Is it a strange old fashioned method to teach you not to fall, or a lunch blunder that serves you right for nicking breakfast from the hotel?

Either way not a good idea as PlanetSKI's Katier Bamber found out recently on the Ellis Brigham ski tests in Ischgl.

The ones she 'liberated' from the breakfast buffet were not hard-boiled as she expected.

In fact they weren't boiled at all - they were uncooked and didn't do so well in her plastic lunch bag.

Yum, yum.

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Earlier in the season at least the ones she took had been cooked:

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"Jacket still smells like sulphur," said Katie.

You'd have thought she had learnt by now.

Thursday 18th May

360º VIDEO

Welcome to the real North Pole, where freakishly warm temperatures are wreaking havoc on the entire ecosystem.

It is a great 360º film.... if you've not come across one yet, place your computer cursor on the sceen and drag it around for the full view.

Or, if viewing on a mobile you'll be a lot funnier to watch as you tilt the screen up and down, left and right for the full effect!

It's worth watching whatever device you use.

It's a clear warning Global warming is occuring.

If you know a Global Warming sceptic, make sure they see the video... and watch it to the end.

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Tuesday 16th May

THE 60 SECOND MIDGIE CHALLENGE

We bet you can't watch this video with feeling itchy!

The 60 second Midgie-itch-challenge took place on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

 

Monday 15th May

NEVER TOO OLD FOR ADVENTURE

Old age should never be a barrier to adventure and it certainly wasn't for D-Day veteran, Verdun Hayes who is one of the oldest men to sky dive, leaping from a plane at the grand age of 101.

But its wasn't his first dive, he went sky diving aged 100 and he said he would do it again tomorrow.

We love this man, he just proves you're never too old for an adrenalin rush.

And it seems Verdun Hayes is not the only centenarian to go sky diving, Frank Moody was also 101 when he went sky diving in Cairns in 2004.

Moreover Eleanor Cunningham was a regular sky diver, enjoying her first sky dive on her 95th birthday, then again on her 100th birthday then once again for her 101st birthday treat in 2015.

Wow!


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YOGA IN THE MOUNTAINS

PlanetSKI's team of reporters is getting in shape for summer in the mountains as they prepare for biking, hiking, climbing, white water rafting, paraponting, via ferratta and a host of activities filled with action and adrenalin outdoors.

And what better way than a spot of yoga.

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See here for what our summer plans are here at PlanetSKI - summer in the mountains

Saturday 13th May

IT'S SNOWING IN LESOTHO

It's always snowing somewhere.....!

As we're heading towards summer in northern regions, winter seems to have arrived in the African ski resort in Lesotho.

Enjoy the lovely photographs from Afriski.

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Friday 12th May

WATERPROOF CLOTHING MADE OF PAPER

Now this is an interesting innovation.

We've come across ski clothing made out of recycled plastic bottles, and now there might be a possibility we could be wearing ski clothes made out of paper.

We normally expect paper to turn into a mushy, soggy pulp when saturated with water.

However a new 'paper' textile that is 100% waterproof has just been launched at the Techtextil 2017 trade show in Germany by Haso.

It is a performance fibre that combines paper with spandex that is both breathable and stretchy.

The facebook post says: "#MicroFinDry combines #paper with spandex. It is cooling, breathable and stretching up to 260%. The waterproofed version is so new, that it isn’t named yet."

So we can expect to see underpants, tops, leggings and raincoats made of paper, and maybe in the future, we may also see paper ski wear!

Thursday 11th May

THEY DON'T TELL YOU THIS IN THE BROCHURES!

Here at PlanetSKI we are preparing for a full summer of activities in the mountains.

One of our trips might well be mountain biking in the Tatra mountains in Slovakia with the company, Jasna Adventures.

"There's so much on offer here in Jasna during the summer with the mountains, lakes, valleys, and rivers creating a spectacular natural setting for biking and hiking."

"We also offer high-quality accommodation, with benefits such as private group dining, yoga and massage sessions, all at exceptional value for money." 

"You can fly with low cost airlines directly into the area, making Jasna an ideal summer destination for active and adventurous UK visitors," said the co-founder of Jasna Adventures, Justin Garrett.

And then there is the Bikepark Malino Brdo - with its own unique obstacles and challenges. 

WTF!

 

SOMETIMES DRONE FOOTAGE IS STUNNING

This backcountry drop-in in the Mammoth Lakes area in California is indeed stunning.

Unreal day from start to finish! 🎥 @weavsworld @toms_snowmobile @dragonalliance

A post shared by Scott Smith (@_smithmade_) on Apr 10, 2017 at 7:25pm PDT

 

Wednesday 10th May

IT'S STILL WINTER IN PARTS OF CALIFORNIA

Summer in the mountains? Well it's not here yet!

This is the Tioga Pass in California that is still completely buried under deep snow.

Judging by the video below (posted on 5th May), it looks as though it's going to be some time before the road is cleared for public access.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 9 is responsible for all of the State Highway Systems, that also includes the central-east portion of the State of California and they are going to be busy.

Our best advice .... is to keep on skiing .... at Mammoth Mountain and Squaw Valley!


Tuesday 9th May

SEVERE WEATHER WITH HAILSTONES IN DENVER

A strong spring storm dropped a blanket of hail throughout much of Denver on Monday afternoon (May 8th) and prompted severe thunderstorm warnings across the Eastern Plains.

This guy's windcreen was cracked by some large hailstones during the same storm.

Sunday 7th May

QUICKEST WAY TO GET TO THE APRES SKI

Matjaz Klemencic hang gliding with Red Bull at Monte Zoncolan.

.... he looks a little slug-like!


SPEEDFLYING IN WINTER AND SUMMER!

These guys do Speedflying in the spring and summer #summerinthemountains

Here's Ugo Gerola and his race team Valentin Delluc, Thomas Brand Fouinet, Mathieu Brand and Gaëtan Porté.

And they do some Speedflying in the winter too on snow!

The same crew with Ugo Gerola Ugo did this 3 years ago in Avoriaz.

"Already 3 years ago we slided on this old chairlift cable ! A nice speedriding run with @valentindelluc and a good memory."

THE POWER OF EXPLOSIVES

"You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"

Perhaps the same could be said of this as a controlled avalanche in Canada ended up being somewhat larger than planned.

A section of Highway 93 between Lake Louise and Jasper is buried under 15m of snow from the avalanche.

"Routine avalanche control work on the Icefields Parkway yesterday evening produced a larger result than expected from Mt. Hector," said a statement form Parks Canada.

See elsewhere on PlanetSKI for further details!

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Thursday 4th May

TEAM GB WINTER OLYMPICS AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

Seems like there's a bit of awareness starting already for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February 2018.

We were walking through Piccadilly Circus this week and glanced up.

There among the adverts the clothes shops, fizzy drinks and the like was this.

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Tuesday 2nd May

WATER SKIING HAZARD

The waterskier in the video below is attacked by a flying fish that hits him unexpectedly in the groin.

Ouch!

The hilarious video was captured by the Waseda Waterski Team on the Tone River in the Kantō region of Japan.

The unfortunate skier is named Miroku.

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SYNCHRONISED SKIING!

Here's some rather snazzy synchronised skiing that took place in Samnaun, a high Alpine village in the Swiss canton of Graubünden.

We love the coloured flares but we especially love the final tableau .......!


Monday 1st May

AVALANCHE AT KOGUTAY SKI RESORT

Oleg Koshkarev posted the video below of an avalanche he witnessed on 24 April at the Russian Kogutay ski resort in the Terskol region (3,819m).

This is close to Mt Elbrus (4,741m) that is Russia's highest mountain in the Caucasus range.

You can see the snow cascading down the mountain towards the town.

What is striking is the number of people watching the avalanche in awe rather than moving to safety.

One Frenchman within earshot of the camerman bids farewell to his family in anticipation of being submerged under the snow.

“So I say, I love you papa, I love you maman…..  it's enormous! Enormous!”


Oleg Koshkarev commented in his Facebook post that the avalanche stopped mid mountain, and what we see is a cloud residue of snow billowing lower down the mountain.

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