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Darwin the career canine, skiing 94 consecutive months in Scotland, Mount Where? + cow procession in Wengen. NEW & UPDATED

 

 

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

And now this month...


THURSDAY 21 SEPTEMBER

CAREER CANINES - AVALANCHE SEARCH AND RESCUE DOGS

This one is called Darwin.

He patrols Crystal Mountain in Enumclaw, Washington with his handler Kim Haft.

“He's really aloof, a little bit of a playful dog, just likes to do his own thing. Then you'd bring him out to a site and he is 100 percent focused on what he is there to do, which is to find someone,” said Kim Haft of the Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol.

When dispatched to a specific search area, ski patrollers release their preferred search tool, their dogs.

“They have a skill set that humans don't have any technology for... their nose,” says Kim Haft.

Kim Haft joined the ski patrol in 2011 after leaving an office job in Seattle and was struck by how effective the dogs were.

She joined the dog programme and selected Darwin as her partner.

Over the past few seasons, Darwin has become an exceptional stand-out performer within the pack of dogs working on the mountain.

On a recent test, he had 45 minutes to find two people buried two meters under the snow.

He passed the test in 14 minutes.

#lovethisdog

Darwin - Search & Rescue dog at Crystal Mountain ResortDarwin - Search & Rescue pooch at Crystal Mountain Resort























TUESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER

SKIING 94 CONSECUTIVE MONTHS IN SCOTLAND - IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?

Helen Rennie has made it her ambition to ski at least once a month in Scotland and has been doing so for the last seven years.

She holds the record for 94 consecutive months... and watch this space for more.

She found patches of snow in the Cairngorm Mountains that remained in gulleys over the summer months, enabling her to ski.

Helen Rennie found the last patch on Ben Macdui on August 2nd - and another on Aonach Baeg on September 1st.

Will there be a patch for her to ski on in October?

Unfortunately though, one of the oldest patches of snow known as The Sphinx is about to melt completely in a matter of days, as we report below.

We reported on Helen Rennie's skiing challenge back in 2012 - see below.

September 1: On Aonach Beag. Only 3 patches remain in Scotland. Helen skied month 94 (photo: Iain Cameron Twitter)September 1st: On Aonach Beag. Only 3 patches remain in Scotland. Helen Rennie skis month 94 (photo: Iain Cameron Twitter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helen Rennie finds the last patch on Ben Macdui (photo: Iain Cameron Twitter)August 2nd: Helen Rennie finds the last patch on Ben Macdui (photo: Iain Cameron Twitter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOUNT WHERE?

So, where is this mountain and what's it called?

Any guesses?Any guesses?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers over on the PlanetSKI Facebook page

WINTER IS COMING .. ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE SIGNS

It's official, winter is coming.

The cows are returning from their lush high-mountain summer pastures.

Beautifuly clad with mountain flowers, accompanied by the cacophany of heavy jangling bells, these cows descended from the mountains around Wengen, Switzerland this Tuesday morning.


MONDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER

SIR VINCE AND THE RUSSIAN MAFIA

The Liberal Democrat leader and one-time Strictly Come Dancing contestant Sir Vince Cable has revealed that he goes skiing in the Alps "where the Russian mafia assemble".

The 74-year-old MP told a Q & A session at the party's conference in Bournemouth that he likes "dangerous, edgy" sports and "high energy" pursuits.

"I learned to ski when I was 63, which is a bit hazardous. But I go off once a year to the place where the Russian mafia assemble in the Alps, and go out on the slopes.

"I've got into red runs. One of my unfulfilled life ambitions is to do serious black runs. So, you know, a bit of danger, a bit of speed."

So where do the Russian mafia go skiing?

Anyone like to hazard a guess?

So where does Lib Dem leader Vince Cable ski?So where does Lib Dem leader Vince Cable ski?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER

FLYING SEAGULLS

The Flying Seagull Project is more than just clowning around, they are a 'laughing machine' for children wanting a little sparkle in life.

Founded by entertainer Ash Perrin in 2007, the troupe includes a bunch of clowns and entertainers that spread love, light and laughter to hospitals, orphanages, deaf/blind schools, marginalised communities, refugee camps and slums around the world.

And the relevance to skiing?

Ten months ago family ski company, Ski Famille thought it would be a great idea to do a fund raising cycle-ride for the Flying Seagulls.

And now the day is almost upon them 😉

On 30th September Ski Famille MD, Chis Thompson, and Head of Ops, Kirsty, will embark on a mammoth bike ride between the ski resorts the company operates from; Les Gets, Les Menuires and La Plagne.

Their three day bike ride will cover 260km, plus an eye watering vertical climb of around 5,500m.

Day 1 - starting from Les Gets cycling 115kms (1,500m vertical) to Albertville.

Day 2 - Albertville to Moutiers via Reberty - 85 kms (2,200m vertical)

Day 3 - Moutiers to Moutiers via La Plagne - 60 kms (1,800m vertical)

 

THURSDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER

WOW, WOW, WOW!

Anyone who knows anything about freestyle skiing will know that the Swiss teenager Andri Ragettli is something of a superstar.

Among his many talents, he landed the world's first quad cork 1800 on skis, as we reported on 28th March along with a video of the trick in News In Brief.

A native of Laax, 19-year-old Ragettli is one of the main rivals of Britain's James 'Woodsy' Woods in Ski Slopestyle.

He's the 2016 Overall World Cup Champion.

He's just posted a video of his Winter Olympics training on YouTube.

He's not on skis but in the gym on an indoor parcour course.

It's seriously impressive.

See for yourself:

 

 

WEDNESDAY 13th SEPTEMBER

PLANETSKI REPORTER TAKES ON HER BIGGEST CHALLENGE

Not high-alpine ski touring, climbing mountains or skiing across the Arctic (all of which our reporters have recently done).

This time one of our reporters, Catie Friend, is entering a half marathon.

A half marathon?

Yes, but not any old half marathon.

This is the Half Marathon des Sables in Fuerteventura:

Marathon womanMarathon woman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earlier in the summer she wrote about her training and plans for it.

And she blogged for PlanetSKI from a training camp in Chamonix.

Catie FriendCatie Friend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more of Catie's Uncool Runnings:

And here are Catie's words on what it is all about:

"In just over two weeks, Graham and I are off to run the first ever Half Marathon des Sables in Fuerteventura.

From the 26th - 29th September we will cover 120km of desert, dunes, volcanoes and beach.

Carrying all our food, medical and sleeping supplies we will be bedding down in tents.  

We will get blisters, we will hurt and we will maybe find some dark places but we will hopefully have a bloody good adventure.

In terms of training, Graham has been mainly cycling for a year, so while he is much fitter than me, I am hoping the hours on my feet trail running and the obsessive testing and retesting of kit will stand me in good stead.

We hope to do at least some of it together.

How can you support us?

Firstly, please just send us good vibes. I, particularly, have never done anything of this magnitude and to say I am nervous is an understatement!

Secondly, you can sponsor our playlist! There will be some loooooong days out there in the wilds of Fuerteventura and we are after your best running and/or motivational tunes.

Some of the time we will be walking so they don't need to be fast, as long as they are something that make you smile and feel happy!

To sponsor a tune it is £15 per song.

Please go to my charity page, make your donation and email me your song(s) to catie.friend@mistylaw.com.

Not only is this raising money for The British Red Cross, but the person in whose memory I am running loved music very much, so it is a fitting tribute.

As you will read in my charity page, Liz was my best friend's mum and she died at the end of last year, far too young.

I wanted to do this primarily for myself, but in memory of someone who loved running and who would have had nothing but encouraging words to say about our endeavours.

We will think of her and all of you as your songs pop into our heads in the swirling sands!

If you can't think of any songs, feel free to donate anyway.

Anything that can help this great charity do again what they did for Liz and her family is greatly appreciated.

Lastly, we will have daily blog: We will not have our phones with us, so each day we are allowed to send 1000 words to one email address only.

Our friend, Annabelle, has kindly agreed to be our coordinator.

Alternatively you can follow us on Instagram or Facebook which Annabelle will be updating from the blog.

Once the race is underway, you should be able to track us on the official HMdS website.

From there, you should also be able to send us messages of support, which will be delivered to us daily.  

Graham: Bib number 182

Catie: Bib number 193

Thank you to all those who have already supported us, especially with childcare while we are away, and in advance to those who follow, support, donate and keep everything crossed for us.

Catie and Graham."

Go girl!

Catie FriendCatie Friend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRITS BEAT SWISS IN SKI RACE

Could it be 3rd time in a row for the Brits?

The GB MPs have beaten their Swiss counterparts for the past 2-years and skis will be drawn in Davos next January.

The event is in its 63rd year.

Some might call it a massive jolly.

Others a chance for some chairlift diplomacy.

So, what's it all about?

See here for this related story on PlanetSKI:

TUESDAY 12th SEPTEMBER

AIMEE FULLER & BILLY MORGAN IN TRAINING


PORKY PIES 🤣

Ha!Ha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 10th SEPTEMBER

FANCY ROPE SWINGING FROM A CABLE CAR?

Probably not.

But the Swedish daredevil, Alexander Rydén, has done just that in the ski resort of Åre.

And check out this behind the scenes video.


FRIDAY 8th SEPTEMBER

FIREBALL!!

A shooting star flashed across the ski near Banff in Canada.

It was caught on a ski resort web camera as it went over Mt Rundle.

"The fireball everyone was talking about today was caught on our Banff Sunshine Village webcam," said the resort.

And here it is:

 

It was also caught on camera by a local photographer, Brett Abernethy, who was at Johnson Lake at 1.22am when the fireball shot across the sky.

Here is his image that has been posted and shared on social media. 

Fireball near BanffFireball near Banff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY 7Th SEPTEMBER

STATISTCS, STATISTICS, STATISTICS & SAUSAGES

Each September here at PlanetSKI we are bombarded by endless reports, industry analysis figures and statistical interpretations of the past season and what may happen in the future.  

We drown in a sea of numbers.  

Later today, Thursday, it's the Ski Club of Great Britain's  2017 Consumer Research Report.

We can expect 98 pages of numbers (we know it is 98 as we have been given an advanced copy though we are not allowed to reveal its contents until 11am).

On Wednesday Austria revealed its trends at a gala dinner - UK skiers were up according to the new head of the Austrian National Tourist Office in London.

And a man with the coolest surname we know.

Go on... try to say it.

Klaus EhrenbrandtnerKlaus Ehrenbrandtner

























 On Tuesday we had Ski Launch with its surveys on Brexit, a report on the smaller UK operators' plans for the season ahead and Ski Weekends' latest research with questionnaires out to 440,000 people.
On Monday Inghams got the ball rolling with its look at industry trends - there were graphs and slideshows a plenty as the MD Paul Carter fed us with all the latest analysis and interpretations.

Paul presentsPaul presents


























But PlanetSKI wanted answers to some more taxing questions from Paul:     

Q. How many bottles of wine were drunk by Inghams guests last winter?
A. 250,000    

Q. How many nappies were changed?
A.  37,260    

Q. How many tea bags were used?
 A. 600.000  

Q. How many sausages were cooked for breakfast?
A. 180,000

Sausage anyone?Sausage anyone?























FRIDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER

GLEN PLAKE's NEAT BALLET MOVES

Some nifty little ballet moves on skis by one of PlanetSKI's super heros, the wonderful Glen Plake, in the video/giff below.

So what's happened to Glen's infamous mohican hairstyle?

Beneath the pink neon wooly hat we can see that his hair is still on the wild side and his hair colour nicely coordinates with his s-lime green ski boots.

#loveGlenPlake

Caption Reads: "Tribute to the 80's weekend - throwback - in APRIL 2017!!!! #_mmcf_ raising 💵for kids! Teaching ballet"

A post shared by Glen Plake (@glenplake) on Aug 31, 2017 at 5:28am PDT


Love the colour of your hair & ski boots Mr Plake 🤣Love the colour of your hair & ski boots Mr Plake 🤣

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VERDANT CREEK FIRE IN CANADA IS STILL BURNING

It's incredible the fire at Verdant Creek continues.

The wildfire was ignited by lightning on July 13th/14th and it is active in Kootenay National Park and Mt Assiniboine Provincial Park, but Parks Canada said it's not a threat to the Bow or Columbia Valleys.

Parks Canada said smoke may affect visibility along the highways through Banff and Kootenay National Parks.

Fire Update here

HEMINGWAY IN THE WILD WEST

Now many, many alpine resorts claim to have some part of great American writer, Ernest Hemingway.

He had three wives and lovers all over the world.

A gallivant, Hemingway ended up in the mountainous desert of Sun Valley, Idaho.

He wrote many of his books here - as well as fishing, hunting, shooting - and significantly bolstered the resort's reputation.

After his stint in Cuba, Hemingway moved permanantly to Sun Valley - the rugged, peaceful landscape and hazy romance of the area his home until his suicide in 1961.

Casino, the lively town of Ketchum's late-night bar, was frequented by Hemingway in his time, holding a gambling machine before it became illegal in the state.

He is buried in Ketchum Cemetery and on his grave are always laid tokens of respect.

The first time visited, there was a hard back of 'The Sun Also Rises' and a bottle of rye whisky.

Today: pens of his pilgrims and miniature booze bottles.

Ketchum CemeteryKetchum Cemetery, Route 75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ernest Hemingway, 1888-1961Ernest Hemingway, 1888-1961

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hemingway Hole is one of the town's closest swimming - and fishing - spots to plunge into the glacial water.

Hemingway HoleHemingway Hole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tirol has ties to the great author who spent two winters in the Montafon valley in the 1920's.

He got about, but he was known for this.

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