News Headlines     |     
Sep
1

Email

SEPTEMBER NEWS IN BRIEF
Friday September 1, 2017 - Email this article to a friend

Trump family's $330, 000 ski security bill, Vonn to race against the men? + Korean banks buy up tickets for Pyeongchang. NEW & UPDATED

...... NEWS IN BRIEF STORIES FROM AUGUST 2017


SATURDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER

TRUMP FAMILY SKI HOLIDAY INCURS $330,000 SECURITY BILL

The ski trip to Aspen last March by President Trump's children, Ivanka and Eric Trump, and their families, including son-in-law Jared Kushner had for security costs of at least $330,000.

Records obtained by CBS News through a Freedom of Information Act request show that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spent $329,561 for the one week holiday.

Hotels costs alone were $195,700 at the resort.

Then there was $26,000 on rental vehicles and equipment costs were close to $22,000.

The Secret Service would have needed to purchase lift tickets and rent skis and boots so they could accompany them on the slopes.

Trump family in AspenTrump family in Aspen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Obama and her two daughters also skied in Aspen.

Back in 2012 the security arrangements for their trip was $83,000 as we reported at the time.

FRIDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER

VONN TO RACE MEN IN WC RACE PROGRESS

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is to approach the International Ski Federation (FIS) regarding Lindsey Vonn's request to race against men in a World Cup race.

Vonn, the most decorated US skier ever, is currently in training for the Pyeongchang Olympics.

After a delayed start due to an injury will start in Lake Louise, Canada in December.

Vonn needs to garner 10 further wins to smash the record of most World Cup victories.

Last year she famously said she wants to "beat some boys and call it a day."

It looks to be an exciting season ahead.

"It will be a very difficult challenge to find a reasonable way of doing this," FIS boss Atle Skaardal has said on the subject of Vonn racing against men.

"If the ladies are allowed to race with the men, then also the men need to be authorized to ski with the ladies.

"And I'm not sure this is a direction we want to go. It's a difficult topic."

Lindsey VonnLindsey Vonn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER

POOR  TICKET SALES FOR PYEONGCHANG 2018

Only 22.7% of tickets have been sold for next year's Winter Olympics.

It is thought to be the lowest advanced ticket sales of any Winter Olympics.

Now the Korea Federation of Banks is set to buy £654,000 worth of tickets for the Games.

It is unclear what will actually happen to the tickets and how they will be used.

"Buying tickets was considered one of the ways to support the Olympic Games, considering the recent slow ticket sales," Federation official Shon Kyung-ae told the news agency, Reuters.

The Federation also announced it would donate a further  £13 million to the organisers of the Games.

"As part of our social responsibility efforts, the Federation has decided to support the Games, which will be an opportunity to improve the country's global image," a statement added.  

Poor ticket salesPoor ticket sales




















TUESDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER

ASPEN BOSS ATTACKS US PRESIDENT AGAIN

The outspoken President and CEO of Aspen Skiing Co has taken another swipe at Donald Trump.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal Mike Kaplan blames the US President for a fall in the number of Mexican visitors to his Colorado resorts.

"My company runs four ski areas, two hotels and more than a dozen restaurants in Aspen and Snowmass, Colorado," he writes in an opinion column.

"At peak season, we employ roughly 4,000 people. Foreign visitors are crucial to our business - and we have a problem.

"Last year visitation to Aspen by Mexicans dropped 30% compared with the 2015-16 ski season.

"Bookings for 2017-18 aren't looking much better.

"There are multiple reasons, but the xenophobia radiating from the Oval Office ranks at the top."

Mike Kaplan, CEO Aspen Skiing CoMike Kaplan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaplan's views on the Trump administration are no secret.

He believes it is at odds with Skico's core values and he has vowed to continue to work on issues such as gay and immigrant rights and climate change.

READ MORE:

WINTER PARK EXPRESS BACK WITH A BAR

The fast train from downtown Denver to the Colorado resort of Winter Park is back and better for the coming season.

The train was re-introduced last winter after a gap of eight years and was a big hit with weekenders and daytrippers heading to the city's nearest ski resort.

Skiers and snowboarders step off the train and straight onto the slopes  - literally.

Winter Park ExpressOff the train, onto the snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PlanetSKI made the journey in January:

Some Friday services have been added to the regular Saturday and Sunday schedules for the new season and prices for selected dates have been reduced to $29 one way.

Even better - by popular demand, the train now has a bar.

MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER

BRITISH SKI TESTS MOVE TO GALTUR

The SIGB Ski Test is leaving the resort Kühtai where it has been for 6 years and heading to Galtur which is in the Paznaun Valley beyond Ischgl.

It takes place Monday 5th March 2018 to Friday 9th March 2018.

In 2017 UK retailers and media were able to test 800 pairs of skis from 19 brands.

Ski testsSki tests


























The resort is at 1,600m and has a reputation for good snow with interesting and varied terrain - both on and off piste.  

The Test Centre will be located in the car park at the base of the Birkhanbahn high speed chair, with ski in and ski out.  

PlanetSKI hopes to drop in for a day or two to see how the tests are conducted and what is new for the following season.  

Last year we were testing skis with Ellis Brigham in nearby Ischgl. 

PlanetSKI ski testing in IschglPlanetSKI ski testing in Ischgl
























  

PARKING BAN FOR CANADA RESORT THROWN OUT

Parks Canada had wanted to ban skiers and snowboarders parking on the road up to Sunshine Village near Banff in Alberta.

The main car park is not big enough to take the vehicles of all the people wanting to ski in the resort on busy days.

People park on the access road in the National Park.

Sunshine Village access roadSunshine Village access road
























See here for our earlier report on the parking problems:

Now a Federal Court has overturned the ban and asked the two sides to look again at the issues.

"All of us at Banff Sunshine Village are relieved and pleased with the court's decision. Our goal moving forward (this ski season and beyond) is to collaborate in good faith with Parks Canada and work together to resolve our longstanding parking issues," said a statement from the resort.
Sunshine Village is one of our favourite resorts in Canada and is the nearest main resort to Banff.

SUNDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER

SWISS GOVERNMENT SET TO SUPPORT SION?

The city want to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics and next month it will see if it has the backing of the Swiss Federal government.  

The signs are encouraging for the city. 

It may well be up against Innsbruck in Austria. Now that would be a contest.

FRIDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER

UP FOR GRABS

So, this is what they'll all be battling over next February.

First images of the medals for Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. 

Up for grabsUp for grabs

      























READ MORE:

They have been created by Lee Suk-woo, an industrial designer from South Korea.

The medals "reflect the traditions and culture" of the host nation, it is claimed. 

They have incorporated the Korean alphabet known as Hangeul, a system of letters unique to Korea which was also used in the design of the official Games emblems and pictograms.

The two-dimensional consonants have been turned into three-dimensional figures and cut into cylindrical forms to complete the design that shows the sporting discipline and event.

The front of the medal bears diagonal lines symbolising "both the history of the Olympics and the determination of the participants".

On the back of the medal the sports discipline and event alongside the Games' emblem can be found while the ribbon from which the medal hangs has been created using the traditional Gapsa textile of South Korea.

So, will Team GB get some round their necks like Jenny Jones did at Sochi in 2014?

Fingers crossed everyone.

Jenny Jones takes bronze in snowboard slopestyleJenny Jones takes bronze in Snowboard Slopestyle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


THURSDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER

NEW LINKED LIFT PASS FOR FRENCH PYRENEES

For the first time 4 resorts have combined under one name: Pyrénées 2 Vallées.

It combines the four ski resorts of, Saint-Lary, Peyragudes, Piau-Engaly and Val Louron. 

247km of ski areas, 166 pistes and 66 lifts.  

They are linked by shuttle bus.  

This ski area lift pass costs 20 euro for an 8 day ski pass and each day skied is paid on top between 10 and 15% off the day rate depending on time of season.

You pay €20 for 8 days.

Then turn up to a resort (one of the 4) and get a saving of 15% off the day rate.  

For example Peyragudes is €39.50 for the day so you'd pay €33.57.  

You are saving €6 euros a day roughly over 6 days of skiing.  

But better than the savings are the resorts.  

Here at PlanetSKI we LOVE the French Pyrenees and the resorts now on the now lift pass are best visited on a road tip.

And we LOVE road trips: 

WEDNESDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER

SKI ASPEN SNOWMASS FOR $6.50

On 15th December Aspen Snowmass will be selling day lift tickets for how much they cost 50 years ago.

And if you haven't guessed, it is to celebrate its half-century birthday.

A one-day lift ticket today will set you back $155 - a mighty hike from 1967.

But then again, a pretty saving.

It does only cover the Snowmass ski area, and not the other three mountains of Aspen, but there will be fireworks and parties to go with...

Aspen Snowmass will be 50 this year!Aspen Snowmass will be 50 this year!
















WEDNESDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER

SNOWBASIN JOINS N. AMERICA LIFT PASS

The Utah resort is now part of the Mountain Collective Pass.

The collective pass for North America consists of 16 ski destinations and allows two days of skiing at each member resort.

It costs $469 USD, or $99 for kids under 12 years.

"We are thrilled to be joining The Mountain Collective this year and provide additional benefits to our passionate thrill seekers, families, and first-timers," the Snowbasin director of marketing, Samantha Kase, says.

"We are dedicated to providing the latest offerings and amenities to ensure our wide-open bowls, gladed runs, and powder stashes continue to excite skiers and riders, year after year," Kase adds.

The ski areas on the pass:

  • Alta Ski Area
  • Aspen Snowmass
  • Banff Sunshine
  • Coronet Peak | The Remarkables
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
  • Lake Louise Ski Resort
  • Mammoth Mountain
  • Revelstoke Mountain Resort
  • Snowbasin Resort
  • Snowbird
  • Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
  • Sugarbush Resort
  • Sun Valley
  • Taos Ski Valley
  • Telluride Ski Resort
  • Thredbo Alpine Village
Snowbasin will open 22nd November for the 17/18 ski season.

One of North America's best collective passesOne of North America's best collective passes










TUESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER

GB BOBSLEIGH IN TROUBLE?

The head coach, Dominik Scherrer has stepped down as head coach of the team with less than 150 days until the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.

In June, the BBC said GB athletes had written to British Bobsleigh to complain of "bullying, racism, sexism and discrimination".

BBC Sport 
has reported that they have seen Scherrer's resignation e-mail to athletes and staff.

In the e-mail, the Swiss said he no longer had control over strategy.

"The reasons for my resignation are: Until now it was possible for me to decide what strategy we use," he said, as reported by BBC Sport.

"This is no longer possible. "I have always been success-oriented and I don't feel comfortable with the current strategy and I don't have the competence to make decisions in that regard.

"Also, it will not be possible to work with the same performance team in the future.

Triple Olympian Lee Johnston has been named as the new British Bobsleigh head coach.  
SWISS GOVERNMENT SET TO SUPPORT SION?

The city want to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics and next month it will see if it has the backing of the Swiss Federal government.  

The signs are encouraging for the city. 
It may well be up against Innsbruck in Austria.

Now that would be a contest.

MONDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER

SUMMITING SNOWDON IN SUPERMAN PANTS

The authorities have urged people to who want to tackle the highest mountain in Wales to do so in appropriate clothing.

19-year old, Nathan French, reached the summit in a pair of pants to raise money for charity.

However he became unwell at the summit after completing the 1,085m (3,559ft) climb on 9 September and returned to the bottom on the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

Paramedics were called out.

"I keep fit and I am healthy but I was taken by surprise by how cold I got," he said.

"I was shaking uncontrollably and they covered me in tin foil.

"On the train down I started to feel really sick and I started going deaf and my eyesight started going funny. I started getting really emotional so my dad, who was with me, decided to call an ambulance.

"The paramedic who met me checked me over and said I was showing early signs of hypothermia."       

Urged to dress appropriatelyUrged to dress appropriately













LINDSEY VONN DELAYS START TO SEASON

The American ski racer and Queen of Speed is to sit out the first alpine races of the winter and begin her World Cup season at Lake Louise in Canada in December.

The 2010 Olympic downhill champion has decided to start racing in the downhill and super-G which take place in the Alberta resort between 1st and 3rd December.

Lindsey VonnLindsey Vonn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The American made the annoucement in a Facebook Live video from Chile where she's training with the US team.

"Pyeongchang 2018 is 100 per cent what I am focused on right now," she said.

"I was disappointed not to be at Sochi 2014 because of injury but hopefully this Olympics will be a good one.

"It may be my last, we will have to see, but I am definitely preparing for it and hopefully I can do well."

Vonn has four Overall World Cup titles to her name and holds the women's record with 77 World Cup victories.

Read more on Inside The Games.

THURSDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER

EAGLE EYE ON THE LOOKOUT

Wanna be the next big thing in snowsports?

Manchester's indoor snow centre, the Chill Factore, is teaming up with Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards to talent-spot the five most passionate youngsters who'll win 12 months' sponsorship to help them achieve their potential.

The world's most famous ski jumper will choose the successful candidates.

Anyone aged 6 to 18 is invited to apply, whatever discipline they're involved in - alpine, freeski, freestyle, moguls, ski cross, boarder cross, snowboard half-pipe, snowboard slopestyle and various DSUK.

They'll need to demonstrate to Eddie that they have "determination, willpower and ambition".

The Chill Factore says the aim is to get young people into snowsports and uncover hidden talent.

Eddie The Eagle at Chill FactoreThe Eagle at Chill Factore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I know first-hand what it's like to be told you can't achieve something and I strongly believe that you can be anything you want to be with the determination and passion to fulfil your dreams," Eddie says.

"This isn't about how many times you've competed, the records you hold or the number of followers you have on social media. We are looking to celebrate the untapped passion and potential out there."

Entrants have only until September 22nd to apply.

To find out how, go to the Chill Factore website.

WEDNESDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER

MOGUL SKIER COLLECTS EVIE PINCHING AWARD

Thomas Gerken-Schofield has won the award that recognises emerging talent in UK snowsports.

Now in its third year previous winners include Menna Fitzpatrick and Katie Ormerod.

"It is fabulous to win this award and will give me even more motivation to succeed. The £1,000 prize money will also go on much-need equipment," he said after he picked up the award from Ski Club Chairan Rob Crowder and ex GB ski racer, Chemmy Alcott.

Rob, Thomas and ChemmyRob, Thomas and Chemmy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further details about the award and other PlanetSKI news from the Houses of Parliament then see here:

CLIMBER KILLED BY MASSIVE BOULDER

An inquest has heard that a former Royal Marine was killed instantly by a boulder the size of a car boot while climbing in the French Alps.

Experienced climber Duncan Potts was on his way down and 300 metres from the base of the Dent du Géant mountain in the Mont Blanc range when the huge rock hit him on the head.

His climbing partner Luke Stevens said the ex-Marine had gripped an unstable boulder after they had abseiled down most of the mountain.

A coroner in Exeter recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Read more on the BBC.

TUESDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER

EXPANDED TRANSFER SERVICE FROM SKI LIFTS

New for Winter 2017/18 - award winning transfer company Ski Lifts is offering an expanded service.

It is offering new options for guests to book ski transfers direct from Geneva airport and many of the key train stations across France, including Annecy, Moutiers, Aime and Bourg St Maurice to their final destination or alpine resort.

If you're interested? Get your quote from Ski Lifts here >>

Ski-Lifts minibusSki-Lifts minibus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The company won an award at last year's World Ski Awards.

TUESDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER

NEW DIRECT FLIGHT TO DENVER

Skiing in the USA - a little bit closer.

It can be colossal, a ski trip to the US.

Norwegian Air is now offering a direct flight to Denver, meaning all those Colorado resorts are that little bit closer.

Breckenridge, Vail, Aspen, Beaker Creek, anyone?

A sensible way to get to these stellar resorts is through an agent.

And our partner Ski Solutions offers ski holidays to the resorts around Denver - see more here.

As of September, low-cost airline Norwegian Air will offer flights direct from London Gatwick to Denver on Tuesdays and Saturdays, increasing to three times a week from November.

Skiing in the USA - it is worth it.

Read PlanetSKI Editor James Cove's roaming blog from this season:

Copper, COHere? Copper, Colorado,/p>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER

SKI HELMETS RECALLED OVER SAFETY FEARS

The recall involves the 2016 and 2017 Smith Quantum ski and snowboard helmets.

Tests showed the buckle could disengage posing a risk of head injury.

About 7,000 helmets, sold in various sizes and colours, were sold in the U.S and about 1,000 in Canada.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said consumers should immediately stop using the recalled helmets and contact Smith for instructions on returning the helmet, free of cost, to Smith for a free repair.

Smith Quantum helmetSmith Quantum helmet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is also a recall going on for a ski boot from Arc'teryx that we reported earlier on PlanetSKI.


FRIDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER

BRITS IN SBX WORLD CUP ACTION


British Snowboard Cross athletes Zoe Gillings-Brier and Maisie Potter are competing this weekend as Cerro Catedral in Argentina hosts back-to-back Snowboard Cross World Cup races from to today to Sunday.

Gillings-Brier will be joined by 20-year-old Maisie Potter who claimed a top 5 position in the South American Cup held earlier this week in Corralco, Chile.

Snowboard Cross World Champs 2017Snowboard Cross

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The two athletes will tackle qualification this Friday on the 1,000 metres long technical course as Cerro Catedral becomes the second resort in Argentina to organise a Snowboard World Cup event since 2009.

They will be hoping to come through qualification and line up against the world's best in Saturday's and Sunday's races.

After training this summer in Les Deux Alpes and Chile both athletes want to make a strong start to their World Cup season ahead of the Olympic Winter Games in February.

This is the first major event for Head Coach Guillaume Nantermod following his appointment earlier this summer.

You can follow the progress of Gillings-Brier and Potter on Twitter @teambss or follow live timing on www.fis-ski.com.

THURSDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER

CHILDREN'S SKI INSTRUCTOR  ON CHILD PORN CHARGES

A former children's ski instructor at a Lake Tahoe resort faces up to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty to three child pornography charges.

26 year old Stephan DeGraffenreid pleaded to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of attempted sexual exploitation.

His cellphone was found on the slopes  and was filled with nude photos of prepubescent females he apparently downloaded from the internet.

Prosecutors say a subsequent investigation determined he photographed children as young as 3 in a bathroom at a rural daycare center his mother managed inside a Gardnerville church.

Stephan DeGraffenreidStephan DeGraffenreid
















WEDNESDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER

WILDFIRE NEAR CRYSTAL

A wildfire in Washington state is burning near to the ski resort of Crystal Mountain.

There are multiple wildfires burning in the north west state.

A state of emergency is in place through areas in Washington as thousands of homes are threatened.

Norse Peak Fire has reached 19,000 acres:

13 fires were ignited by lightning on August 10th and 11th.

They are burning in steep rocky terrain with difficult access.

Alta Crystal Resort and Silver Springs cabins were evacuated overnight last night.

Crystal Mountain reported last night:


Firefighters have pulled out due to risk of access to the road being cut off. 
The fire remains on the east side of the valley and is moving to the north. 
It is not threatening any of our buildings or lifts at this time.


Update 5th September 11am:

The fire has become less active but fire crews are still monitoring it very closely.
We are waiting for the thick smoke to clear enough for the Forest Service to launch helicopter water drops.
Sprinklers have been placed around the Gold Hills community.


Crystal MountainCrystal Mountain


























Jolly Mountain Fire in central Washington has reached 20,000 acres and is growing.

The forested area is burning quickly as much of it contains dead wood caused by beetles.

More fires are burning and more areas are being evacuated.

This summer wildfire has threatened through the north west:

TUESDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER

WHERE TO SKI & SNOWBOARD IN AUSTRIA OUT SOON

The bible guide of ski resorts, Where To Ski And Snowboard, last year announced that it had printed its last edition: the 20th.

There was talk of smaller books to come in the future and last night the editor, Chris Gill, announced that it is back.

This time the Where To Ski books are to be ski guides for individual countries.

Going to press first is Where To Ski In Austria, available to buy on 16th October.

Also this year the guide for Italy will be available.

Next year we can expect the Where to Ski books for France and Switzerland.

And on to North America with updated editions staggered there after.

"Where to Ski mark two is not a watered down version of the original. The books have been written from scratch..." Mr Gill said about the new editions.

He mentioned that there would be more focus and resort information for beginners and lower intermediates.

We look forward to these as they come out:

Available in OctoberAvailable in October















SUNDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER

ORMEROD IS HAPPY!

"Stoked! Qualified 2nd in my heat through to World Cup Finals," said Katie Ormerod.

Katie OrmerodKatie Ormerod































What is she talking about?

See below:

SATURDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER

GB PARK & PIPE SNOWBOARDERS PREPARE FOR WORLD CUP

Snowboard World Cup Qualification begins on Sunday 3rd September with finals on Monday.

Katie Ormerod and Aimee Fuller will line up against  the best in the world including the reigning Olympic champion Jamie Anderson (USA) and Big Air World Champion Anna Gasser (AUT).

In the men's event the GB riders Billy Morgan, Jamie Nicholls, Rowan Coultas and Matt McCormick, will go up against the likes of two-time World Champion Seppe Smits (BEL) and 2017 Crystal Glove winner Red Gerard (USA).

The Winter Games NZ World Cup is one of three remaining slopestyle competitions prior to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

Ormerod in Action c/o Matt GeorgesOrmerod in Action c/o Matt Georges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 








FRIDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER

HEAVY RAIN THREATENS 40 SITES IN VALAIS REGION OF SWITZERLAND

Forty hotspots in the Valais region are on high alert as heavy rain threatens the possibility of Bondo-style mudslides over the weekend.

According to Meteo News the temperature will drop dramatically, bringing heavy rain and storms.

Some of the communes that may be affected include Bagnes, Sion, Crans Montana, Tasch, Saas-Grund and Riederalp.

See the map below for the 40 sites being monitored.

40 hot spots in Valais40 hot spots in Valais















ANOTHER LANDSLIDE IN SWISS CANTON OF GRAUBÜNDEN

A violent thunderstorm in the Swiss canton of Graubünden caused further unstable mud and rock to detach from the Piz Cengalo mountain on Thursday night.

The village of Bondo was deluged by a huge wave of mud and rock on August 23rd, as we reported at the time, and now on 1st September another significant mud slide of debris threatens the same village.

The authorities fear, between 500,000 to one million cubic metres of rock may fall if bad weather persists.


SNOW NEEDED TO PUT OUT WILD FIRES IN NORTH AMERICA

Only a decent fall of snow in the Montana Rockies will put out the fires that are still raging.

That is according to a Chief Fire Officer in Montana, Jeff Miller.

"It will take snowfall and I don't think a couple of inches will do it because it is so embedded," he said.

Fire rules in Montana are being tightened as the blazes continue and the hunting season starts. 

Blazes continueBlazes continue in Montana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been one of the worst summers in recent memory for wild fires in the USA and Canada.

One ski resort in Canada, Sunshine Village, was threatened and then taken over by fire crews as they used it as a base to battle the blazes .

Our editor, James Cove, reported from Canada on the fires in British Columbia and Alberta.

While our senior news reporter, Katie Bamber, reported from the USA on fires in the mountains there.

Seems the snow will not be welcome just by us skiers and snowboarders!

ANOTHER TOP APPOINTMENT AT BSS

Mark Ritchie is to be head of talent at British Ski & Snowboard.

It is a new role and he will lead the BSS performance strategy across all of the Olympic disciplines.

He was previously the Great Britain pathway manager for park and pipe.

He will work alongside performance director Dan Hunt and will be responsible for aligning all pathway activity. 

This will be at British level but he will also work closely with governing bodies in England, Scotland and Wales.

The role is seen as key to developing the talent pool in Britain, with BSS aiming to be a top five ski and snowboard nation by 2030 as we reported earlier on PlanetSKI.

"After a thorough recruitment process I am delighted Mark has accepted the role of Head of Talent. Mark has proven history in talent development and has demonstrated his capability within the park and pipe pathway," said Dan Hunt.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the overall talent strategy emerge and extend across all the BSS Olympic disciplines.

Looking to the futureLooking to the future

 

 

 

 

 


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

For the Spirit of the Mountains - PlanetSKI: No1 for ski news

Related Articles

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE (Thursday November 23, 2017)
ALPS COACH DRIVER DELIBERATELY CRASHED TO SAVE LIVES (Thursday November 23, 2017)
WINTER SPORTS MUST BE LESS ELITIST (Wednesday November 22, 2017)
NOVEMBER NEWS IN BRIEF (Wednesday November 22, 2017)
CLUNKS AND CRASHES IN RUSSIA! (Tuesday November 21, 2017)
LET'S SKI! (Monday November 20, 2017)


With thanks to our main sponsors...

Platinum partners

Bronze partners