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Lost in translation, something to do on a rainy day in the Alps, open top Swiss bus takes to the streets + we try the 4 paddle boarding disciplines. + NEW & UPDATED

 

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

And now this month..



SUNDAY 30th JULY

WHAT TO WEAR IN THE ALPS

It's important to dress properly in the mountains, whether it's for skiing and snowboarding in the winter or hiking in the summer.

So it's good to see that the French resort of Tignes has the welfare of its visitors at heart, displaying advice for the uninitiated on its notice boards.


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Flip flops it is, then.


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SATURDAY 29th JULY

SOMETHING TO DO ON A RAINY DAY

It's not something we would recommend on a glorious sunny day when you could be outside in the Austrian mountains, but a visit to the Steiner wool factory just outside Schladming is a bit different.

Steiner 1888 has been going since - er 1888 - and it uses the finest alpaca, merino and cashmere wool in its "loden" products.

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The factory in Mandling at the foot of the Dachstein mountain lays on tours that - to be frank - provide you with rather more information about the production of the loden than you need, unless you fancy going into the business.

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It's a long, time-consuming process and everyone who works on the factory floor is trained to do every bit of it.

The loden material they make is used by top designer brands, including Yves Saint Laurent, Donna Karan, Burberry, Hugo Boss and Louis Vuitton.

So you will not be surprised to learn that items on sale in the shop at the end of the tour are not exactly cheap.

A lovely soft cashmere blanket caught our eye.. but at €599 it was staying exactly where it was.

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TUESDAY 25th JULY

OPEN TOP POSTBUS

The Swiss National bus company introduces a new convertible coach.

Travelling by bus is going to get a lot more exciting as PostBus, the Swiss national bus company, launches a new ‘convertible’ coach.

Yes you read that correctly….. a ‘convertible’ coach.

New to the PostBus fleet is the 20-seater Mercedes Sprinter that features a retractable roof that is fitted out like a touring coach, equipped with a fridge for food and drink storage.

The vehicle’s livery is in the familiar shade of PostBus yellow, sporting the golden coloured horn logo.

It’s probably going to be used for small tour groups, maybe even for press trips, rather than being a mainstream mode of transport.

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In a press statement, there is emphasis that it's primary use will be for special groups for use in the canton of Graubunden.

The cabriolet is a symbol of a new partnership between PostBus and the Swiss Hiking Trail Federation (Schweizer Wanderwege/Suisse Rando) - that is the umbrella organization responsible for maintaining the signage of hiking trails across the country.

The two organizations have teamed up to promote hiking and the transport services that allow hikers to reach the trails.

"A hike helps clear your mind," said the company. "This fact inspired the partners to come up with the idea of a PostBus without a roof."

A soft-top coach may be an unusual sight in Switzerland today but it hasn't always been this way, according to the company.

In the 1920s open-top PostBuses were a common sight on some popular scenic routes such as the Simplon Pass, and the route from Reichenau to Flims.

But they were gradually phased out.

Therefore this new cabriolet is the first of its kind in the PostBus fleet since 1976.

PostBus sees its passenger numbers growing every year.

Thw company transported a total of 152 million people in 2016.

Hiking is also growing in popularity, with over 2.7 million people in Switzerland taking to the great outdoors for an average of 20 three-hour hikes a year.

MONDAY 24th JULY


PLANETSKI GOES PADDLE BOARDING


As you may have seen elsewhere on PlanetSKI we are currently in Canada.

We are and will be trying our hand at all sorts of outdoor activities.   

First up for our editor, James Cove, was Stand Up Paddle Boarding:  

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He did it in some beautiful surroundings in a lake above Canmore in Alberta.

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He also tried Kneeling Down Paddle Boarding:   

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Sitting Down Paddle Boarding:    

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And his favourite of all... Lying Down Paddle Boarding:

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FRIDAY 21ST JULY

PM OFF TO THE ALPS


Breaking news - the British Prime Minister appears to have made a correct decision at last.

In her holiday choices anyway.

She's off to the Alps for a summer walking trip with husband Philip.

Theresa May is to spend five days in Northern Italy next week, then it's back to business at the commemoration of the centenary of the battle of Passchendaele in Belgium, before she resumes her break with two weeks in Switzerland.

It's the second consecutive summer that the Mays have gone walking in the home of alpine tourism.

The precise location hasn't been revealed but Switzerland is a good choice if the beleaguered Prime Minister wants some peace and quiet.

Apart from the glorious mountain landscapes, Switzerland is renowned for the privacy it offers the famous.

It's why so many celebrities spend time there, away from the prying eyes of the media.

We wonder if the PM will have any more "good" ideas while pounding the mountain trails.

She famously changed her mind about calling an early General Election while in Snowdonia at Easter.

It turned out to be not such a good idea.

At least she can joke about it.

"I think there are many people who are grateful I'm going to the Alps and not to Wales again," she told LBC radio.

THURSDAY 20TH JULY

FROM SKIING TO CYCLING

What do a Tour de France stage winner and a world champion ski jumper have in common?

Quite a lot.

They're one and the same person.

Slovenian Primoz Roglic won stage 17 of the Tour yesterday from La Mûre to Serre Chevalier, 10 years after becoming the Junior World Ski Jumping Champion.

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The 27-year-old competed as a ski jumper between 2003 and 2011, the year in which he leapt to his personal best of 183 metres.

He only moved to cycling five years ago at the age of 22.

In 2016 competed at the Rio Olympics and won a stage of the Giro d'Italia.

Now he's gone and won a stage of the world's biggest road cycling race and is in 30th place in the overall classifications.

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He's got some time to make up, though.

After Stage 17, he's 1hr 13mins behind the leader, Britain's Chris Froome.

WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY

TOBLERONE WARS

Another row's broken out over the famous Matterhorn shaped chocolate bar.

As we reported in November, the makers of the Toblerone, the US company Mondelez, reduced the weight of its 400g and 170g bars sold in the UK.

Now the budget store Poundland has reportedly been forced to delay the launch of a Toblerone copycat, called Twin Peaks, after getting stuck in a legal row with Mondelez.

Twin Peaks has - as you might expect - two pointy bits, rather than one.

And instead of featuring the Matterhorn on its packaging, it has the Wrekin, a hill in Shropshire near the company's head office.

The company decided on a £1 version with "all the spaces in the right places" after changes to the original Toblerone were criticised.

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The Guardian reports that the Twin Peaks was due to go on sale at the beginning of July but the launch has been delayed after Poundland received a legal letter from Mondelez.

We wonder if the makers of the cult American TV series Twin Peaks will also have something to say about the new chocolate bar......

SATURDAY 15TH JULY

MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS

GB's handsome Olympian and professional snowboarder, Jamie Nicholls, has just got married.

The 24 year old married the beautiful Jenny Bletcher.

Jamie is currently training for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, and he travels the world competing and training on his ‘stand up sledge'.

He captioned the photograph below, saying:  "BEST DAY OFF MY LIFE!!! ❤️ Words can not describe the happiness and love I feel for Jen my beautiful wife!"

Jen and Jamie make a stunning couple - HUGE, HUGE congratulations to you both.

The photo below was posted on 14th July.

Jen and Jamie Nicholls - congratulationsJen and Jamie Nicholls - congratulations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 14TH JULY

E-BIKE V NORMAL BIKE

PlanetSKI was invited to Box Hill to test out some e-bikes, on a balmy summer's evening.

We were to cycle the infamously steep hill that had been part of the Road Circuit cycling event in the 2012 Olympics.

For our Social Media Editor, Kisia Cove, who is always chained to her desk this was an opportunity for adventure.

Dressed for the part complete with Bollé sunglasses, Limar helmet and a snazzy pair of Raichle trainers... she was ready to go.

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She thought it would be a simple e-biking demo to get an idea of what e-biking entailed.

But little did she know she had been seconded as an extra in an e-bike cycling film for Inghams Holidays.

Watch the film below for more about e-biking with Inghams ...  it's becoming a very popular holiday must-add-on.

For anyone who thinks e-biking is cheating, you are SO wrong.

You pedal - the bike goes.

You stop peddling - the bike stops.

You go up a steep hill - the e-bike gives you an extra push, but you still have to put in some effort.

Kisia commented: "I felt as though I had a turbo booster attached to the bike. I simply flew up the hill - it was a huge amount of fun".

She also seems to have had a speaking part ... listen to her comments at the end. 🤣

At the top of the Downs - Box HillAt the top of the Downs - View from Box Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY 13TH JULY

AN ALL YEAR ROUND ALTERNATIVE TO SNOWBOARDING

Now this looks like a lot of fun - we just love things that glide down a hill.

Axiski is a lightweight, plastic board that looks like a cross between a snowboard and a toboggan, either way it offers the flexibility to take you down a variety of terrain including sand dunes, snowy slopes and a grassy slopes at a push.

It resembles the original Turkish style wooden snowboard that include a leading rope or string - we have written about those in the past.

We're going to take one of them out for a ride sometime soon - so watch this space 😎

Fun on any slopeFun - for any slope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 12TH JULY

THERE'S A NEW VARIETY OF MAMIL IN THE ALPS

That's not exactly a typo!

It stands for Middle Aged Men in Leathers 🤣

Our editor went on a bike ride to Ischgl recently... his was riding a Ducati and he came across this MAMIL collective.

A collective of MAMILsA collective of MAMILs 😎

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

... with a collection of toys... with a collection of toys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOISY WELCOME IN SCHLADMING

What a beautiful welcome to Schladming in Austria, but possibly not if you've been up since 3.15am.

Keep the bells ringing... it's stunning, albeit a triffle loud.

TUESDAY 11TH JULY

SWAPPING TURF FOR ICE!

Belgian footballer Vincent Kompany tries out some curling for a new Pepsi Max advertisement. 

The 31-year-old Manchester City defender received expert tuition from former world champion Thomas Ulsrud of Norway.

Swapping turf for ice isn't as easy as one might imagine, and there are some hilarious slippery moments in the video below.


HUNTING

A lynx on the move hunting snowshoe hares in Jasper National Park, Canada.

Their large paws hit the ground with spread toes to allow them to walk in the thick layer of snow.

#EarthCapture by @johnemarriott



MONDAY 10TH JULY

BABY JAX LIGETY - A PEE IN A POD!

In addition to being an integral part of the US Ski Team, and running a company, Teg Ligety now has a new responsibility with the birth of his son Jax.

Baby Jax Ligety was born on 28th June 2017.

But only one week old, baby Jax has already made his mark.

Ted Ligety posted the cute photo below of baby Jax on Instagram with the following caption:

"Holy cow Jax, one week old and you already are stealing dad's ski stuff. The @shredoptics helmet is yours now that you peed in it."

We wish Mia Ligety and Ted Ligety hearty congratulations on the birth of baby Jax.

Baby Jax Ligety - a veritable pee in a pod (photo: Ted Ligety - Instagram)Baby Jax Ligety - a veritable pee in a pod (photo: Ted Ligety - Instagram)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A WEEKEND OF ENDURANCE IN ALPE D'HUEZ

Check out this wild and exciting endurance race in Alpe d"Huez on mountain bikes.

It's an event that took place over the weekend.

The racers crossed a variety of terrain including snow... or was that slush!

There was some bottom-sliding, skidding, and some hard up-hill struggles.

Congrats to all.... it looked like a really tough one.

#Megavalanche2017


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Alpe d'Huez - on yer-bottom!Alpe d'Huez - on yer-botto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 8TH JULY

SWISS BANK TO BUILD CABLE CAR TO CELEBRATE ITS 150TH BIRTHDAY

A Swiss bank is about to spend 40-60 million Swiss Francs on its 150th birthday celebrations.

We say WOW!

The Zurich Cantonal Bank (ZKB) will be celebrating its 150th birthday in 2020 and it plans to build a temporary cable car across Lake Zurich.

The cable car will be 1.4km long and will consist of 14 gondolas.

The intention is to link Landiwiese with Zurichhorn across the northern tip of the lake and the cable car will transport around 2,000 people per hour.

We understand that the cable car will be operational for only 5 years in total and the expected ticket price for a journey would be approximately 5-15 Swiss Francs.

The project is still in its planning stages, though the bank is optimistic the project will go ahead.

Here’s a 360º VR video below offering an idea of the views you may get across the lake as the cable car crosses the water - it looks potentially spectacular.

More background information on some historic cable-car-builds the Swiss have undertaken over the years in the video below.

The new one should be quite something but it's a lot of money for a temporary structure!

Nevertheless, temporary or permanent, we are already counting down the days for an invite to its launch-ride in June 2020.

The bank is also proposing to build the Erlebnis Garden at Landwiese which will include a park, cultural pavilion, hanging gardens and play areas.

Should be nice -  see the video below for its proposals.

FULL 150TH CELEBRATION DETAILS IN STATEMENT HERE

VR cable car ride across the lake (photo: Twitter)VR cable car ride across the lake (photo: Twitter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 7TH JULY

GOATS ON PARADE

There's a distinct animal feel to #SkiingSecrets this month...

Here's a rather fabulous parade of some Swiss goats.

Turn up the volume for full cacophony of their jingly bells... spot the naughty one that takes out the ivy from the window box.

#MySwitzerland #swissgoatparade

 

THURSDAY 6TH JULY

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE HIGH HEEL HIKER

Ben Conway is amazing.

He donned a pair of black platform stiletto shoes and attempted to climb up a mountain.

Ben was climbing the notoriously tricky Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands, not as a lark, but for charity.

He was a young man with steely-stiletto determination, but overcome with blisters he didn't quite make the summit.

Nevertheless, congratulations are in order - well done Ben on the Ben.

Ben scaling Ben Nevis in 5 inch killer heelsBen scaling Ben Nevis in 5 inch killer heels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW MANY PAIRS OF SKIS DOES A SKI RACER NEED?

Our ski racing hero Dave Ryding is pictured below, whispering sweet words whilst caressing his precious skis.... we wish we had as many pairs.

We can see 12 pairs of skis. So how many are out of shot?

"My precioussssss!"

#fischerracefamily

My precioussssss... #fischerracefamily

A post shared by Dave Ryding (@dave_ryding) on Jul 4, 2017 at 11:08am PDT

 

 

WEDNESDAY 5TH JULY

BYO WC

If you were skiing back country how would you tackle the loo situation?

Would you just pull your pants down, or would you spend some time like Fabio Studer, and build-your-own loo?

We suppose it would all depend how much time you had, before the urge became urgent!

Watch Fabio building his own Back-Country-Toilet in the video below, complete with a ski-seat, loo-roll-holder.... and a nice view.

 

TUESDAY 4TH JULY

SNOWY DAYS IN LESOTHO

Slowing right down on snow days in Lesotho... the first few days of July.

Afriski - July snow in LesothoAfriski - July snow in Lesotho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POOCHES PLEA FOR SUNDAY SKI TRAINS

Loving this novel way to get the pooches involved in petitioning for Sunday Ski trains.

No need for these sporting hounds to say a word to get the key message across.

A Sunday daytime Ski Train would spare thousands of skiers and snowboarders (and their hounds) from airport queues, cramped flights, tedious transfers or long drives.

Eurostar.. we need another ski train.. how about a Sunday train too?

Here's the Sunday Ski Train petition link - READ MORE & GO ON SIGN UP.


SHAGGY DOG STORY

Meet Parker, Loveland ski area's cute new pup.

The 11-month old Bernese mountain dog had his first day at the Colorado resort yesterday.

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He will be helping out with snowmaking and at ski shows next season.

He has big paws to fill.

Loveland's unofficial mascot for three seasons, Toby, died in May, as we reported in that month's Skiing Secrets.

Good luck, Parker!

MONDAY 3RD JULY

.... now dubbed Monday Mammals ..

THE MARMOT RUN!

Run, marmot, ruuuuuunnnnn!

The mountain-bike-chase is on.


CUTE SNOW MONKEY BORN IN ZOO

An endangered Snow Monkey has been born at the Great Plains zoo in Sioux Falls, but has only recently made his first public appearance.

The male monkey was born on May 16 to 9-year-old Isshi and 12-year-old Kisho.

The male baby is the sixth snow monkey born at the zoo, and is one of 24 endangered species cared for by the zoos around the country.

The zoo said that on average, the babies are about one pound at birth and are carried on their mother's belly for the first four weeks.

Snow Monkeys are one of the 24 endangered species at the Great Plains Zoo.

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BEAR EYEING UP THE CANDY

The owners of this store in Alaska had a surprise when a black bear popped into their liquor store.

It had a quick nose round the sweeties counter before being encouraged to leave.


 

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SUNDAY 1ST JULY

HOW WOULD YOU CELEBRATE YOUR 100TH BIRTHDAY?

Well George Alexander Jedenoff will be going skiing.

Resident of California's Bay Area, George Jedenoff has not missed a ski season since 1960, when he took his first turns at the age of 43 at Alta Ski Area in Utah.

He skied three days this past winter and flys again to Utah on Saturday to acclimate from sea level to 7,000 feet before he turns 100 years old.

On Wednesday, Snowbird is firing up the tram for Jedenoff to ski a birthday hot lap with his family and ski buddies he's had for over 50 years.

Happy Birthday George.


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And see here for a longer article we have written on the eve of George's big day.

SATURDAY 1ST JULY

For some sports it is very important for PlanetSKI to look the part.

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Others maybe less so.

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