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Bear watching! Training with Team GB's Aimee Fuller, Swiss apres ski train, keep it CAPITAL + admiring perseverance. NEW & UPDATED

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

And now this month...

 

 

WEDNESDAY 18TH OCTOBER

HEAVY SNOW FORECAST AT KICKING HORSE

Heavy snow is forecast at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Canada, over the next seven days.

Some 59cm is expected mid mountain - that's quite a lot for October.

This is a joy for skiers and snowboarders alike, but for some residents the early snow is a little surprising.

Boo, the resident grizzly bear at Kicking Horse is now rather fat, looking very cuddly and winter-ready for hibernation, but he still hasn't settled into his den.

#Happydreams #winterslumbers #winteriscoming ❄️ 😎

Boo, the Grizzly bear at Kicking Horse is ready for WinterBoo, the Grizzly bear at Kicking Horse is ready for Winter! Are you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 17TH OCTOBER

YUM YUM - WHAT'S FOR LUNCH IN THE TIN CAN?

Frede Lamo lives on Svalbard in the Arctic and he captured this cheeky bear peeking through the porthole to check what's going on inside.

Phew! How would you feel if you spotted a Polar bear at the window?

Check out more of Frede Lamo's photos on Instagram.

Curious creature in Svalbard (photo: cerberus001 Instagram)Curious creature in Svalbard (photo: cerberus001 Instagram)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET TRAINING ALONGSIDE TEAMGB'S AIMEE FULLER

Team GB slopestyle snowboarder Aimee Fuller takes you through a 20 minute mobility workout that she does as part of her training.

You too can get involved and train alongside this Olympian - though we must stress a few of her exercises come with a health warning!

#GOAIMEE ❀️ πŸ‚

Working hard for


MONDAY 16TH OCTOBER

THIS LOOKS RATHER FUN!

It's a new après ski carriage on the train to Andermatt in Switzerland.  

It's a converted panoramic carriage of the Glacier Express.      

Looks fun!Looks fun!






















It has the longest après-ski train ride in Switzerland, running between Andermatt and Disentis. 

Each day 'the rolling bartender', Victor Costa covers 6,000 vertical metres, serving thirsty skiers all manner of drinks as they travel between the two ski resorts.  

The journey is valid with a suitable ski pass or train ticket.  

Andermatt, Apres ski trainAndermatt, Apres ski train

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GOOD POINT, WELL MADE

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FRIDAY 13TH OCTOBER

Keep going buddy!

If at first you don't succeed...


THURSDAY 12TH OCTOBER

GO TAKE A JUMP

The trouble with being a sports star is that you get asked to do all sorts of things, not all of which you want to do.

The new Chair of UK Sport, the body that allocates lottery funding, is Dame Katherine Grainger.

She is better known as GB's most decorated female Olympian.

Dame Katherine Grainger, Chair, UK SportDame Katherine Grainger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rower has a gold medal from London 2012, four Olympic silvers and is a six-time World Champion.

She's a tough cookie but she knows where to draw the line.

"I was asked to do The Jump, but I wanted to live," she recently confessed.

It seems the Channel 4 reality snowsports show in which celebs do a series of often terrifying events, including a ski jump, is a step too far for the Dame Katherine.

Not that she's not interested in winter sports.

After competing at five Olympic Games, she'll be heading to her first Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, next February.

She says is a both a Summer and Winter Olympic junkie and a big curling fan.

The Scot stayed up late to watch her compatriot Rhona Martin play the so-called "Stone of Destiny" to win the Curling gold medal for GB at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002.

"Despite being Scottish I've never played it," she said. "I don't play the bagpipes either."

Does she ski, though?

We've put in an enquiry and are waiting for the answer.

WEDNESDAY 11TH OCTOBER

POND SKIMMING DOWN UNDER

Pond skimming often marks the end of a ski season.

In the video below the Pond skim contest highlights it is the official end of winter for Thredbo in Australia.

 

And if you want to know what skiing is like in Australia then see this article from PlanetSKI reporter, Lewis Panther, who has just been skiing in Perisher.

Lewis PantherPanther in Perisher
















TUESDAY 10TH OCTOBER

WTF!

Not your average ski liftNot your average ski lift














And staying with lifts...

 

SUNDAY 8th OCTOBER

GOING UPSIDE DOWN

Now the last time we met the British moguls skier, Thomas
Gerken-Schofield, he was wearing a suit and tie. 

As was our editor, James Cove.

The two scrubbed up rather well. 

PlanetSKI in ParliamentJames and Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


He had been collecting the prestigious Evie Pinching last month from the former GB racer, Chemmie Alcott, at the Houses of Parliament. 

It is awarded by the Ski Club of Great Britain to a promosing young snowsports athlete.    

PlanetSKI in ParliamentRob, Thomas and Chemmy
















But now he is doing something altogether different.  

He is back in more familiar clothing and spending some time upside down. 

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He is training with the Swiss team in Zermatt.

"The training this morning went great, Fred Weiss has different views on skiing technics which is a big change and I'm already improving. Very motivational!" Thomas told us.

"And this afternoon done my daily exercise from a program built by Neil Parsleys, my strength and conditioning coach from British Ski & Snowboard. Finally had a physio session and s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d." 

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"Next day it was raining in the village and as we got higher and higher we got above the clouds and the conditions were fabulous! Blue sky and 10cm on the track.

Training was awesome!  

The following day was cloudy and snowy, not great conditions, but I was understanding new techniques in the bumps. And I felt better at jumping. In the afternoon I joined in with Sacha, a French mogul skier, at a cardio session. It was very tuff!! "

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Here at PlanetSKI we have Thomas tipped for a bright future and will be keeping an eye on his progress.

Go Thomas!

SATURDAY 7TH OCTOBER

CRICKET ON ICE AT ST MORITZ

The frozen lake already holds polo competitions so why not cricket?  

The match takes place from 8th to 9th February 2018. 

It is not the first time a cricket match has been held on snow.  

Wengen saw a match between an India XI and an England XI.    

And there has even been a match in Antarctica  

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FRIDAY 6TH OCTOBER

INTRODUCING LUNA

Mammoth Mountain has a new powder hound.

This is Luna enjoying her first day on the mountain training in the vital role as a patrol/rescue dog.

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PYLON PLANTING - SKILL!

Check out the accuracy and skill involved in placing this pylon for the new 4 seater Malghette chairlift that opens on 2nd December at the , in Trentino, Italy.

The new lift will connect 150 kms of the Campiglio Dolomiti di Brenta ski area.

The blurb says it will "feature an innovative blue bubble design" and comfy padded seats. 😎

No a lot of space for manoevre - below!

Malghette Lift Stats:
Total travel Time - 4minutes & 6 seconds
Maximum Lift Capacity - 2.200 passengers per hour
Maximum Operating line speed - 5meters per second
Total Length - 1.230 meters
Vertical drop between departure and arrival stations - 388 meters
Average gradient between stations - 33%


THURSDAY 5TH OCTOBER

'THAT' FAMOUS WHISTLER VIDEO

Here's another opportunity to share that famous Whistler WB XXS video showing life in miniature on the mountain.

One of it's creators, Mike Douglas, who has been a key photographer for the Canadian ski area for 20 years is finally snapping his lens caps on his various cameras, and is moving on from Whistler Blackcomb.

We wish him luck in his next venture.

If you haven't seen it before - it is fantastic.

A post shared by Mike Douglas (@mikedski) on Oct 2, 2017 at 3:03pm PDT


 

WEDNESDAY 4TH OCTOBER

CAN CURLING BE MADE SEXY?

"Yes," says the 27-year old GB Olympic medalist, Eve Muirhead.

She says it is an exciting sport and more young people should give it a go.

"I think it's always been perceived as an older people's sport," she said in an interview with the BBC.

"I would love to get it away from that." Special taster days are being run at Braehead's curling rink near Glasgow.

"All you need is a warm woolly jumper, all the equipment is provided for you, so what an opportunity for young people especially to get involved in the sport," she added.

See here for the story on the BBC.  

TUESDAY 3RD OCTOBER

It seems we might able to wear ski masks and snoods in Austria next winter after all.

A new law has come into force this month that bans people covering their faces from their chin to their headline when in a pubic place.

It is aimed at Muslims wearing veils.

It wants to put an end to this:

Zell am See, AustriaZell am See, Austria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But what about this?:

Illegal cover up?Illegal cover up?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See here for our more detailed story:

Below is some clarification in pictorial form:

The first row is 'allowed'.

The second row is 'Under certain circumstances'.

The third row is 'forbidden'.

What face coverage is allowed?What face coverage is allowed?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So there you have it.

Maybe or maybe not.

SUNDAY 1ST OCTOBER

NEW BARE BACKS & BUTTOCKS PHOTO-CRAZE

There's a new photo-fetish on the mountain.

The trend that is taking hold involves stripping off for a semi-nude shot, it requires a fabulous snow-covered mountain as a backdrop ... and the essential prop is a red Swiss bobble hat.

And it's happening on the viewing platform of Switzerland's Jungfraujoch!

The Jungfraujoch is a saddle in the Bernese Oberland that connects the Jungfrau and the Mönch at 3,454m above sea level, so it's high, potentially very cold, and there's always some snow in the shot.

Photos are appearing on Instagram of young visitors from around the world removing some or all of their clothing for pictures of themselves.

Some of the guys are dropping their pants showing bare buttocks.

Some of the women are bra-less showing off bare backs.

Whatever the gender....  the red Swiss bobble hat appears in all the shots.

This new photo-challenge is called ‘Top of Europe'.

The craze is thought to have started in 2016 when Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh posted a photo showing him surrounded by topless women at Switzerland's Jungfraujoch.

Ranveer Singh setting a trend - ‘Top of Europe' - Switzerland's JungfraujochRanveer Singh setting a trend - ‘Top of Europe' - Switzerland's Jungfraujoch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So the big question..... is this simply a seasonal fad while the weather at the top of the mountain is still relatively mild, or will this stripping-off fad continue to be popular in the very cold winter months ahead?

Watch this space.  #TopOfEurope

 ‘Top of Europe'.. some of the women pose (Instagram)‘Top of Europe'.. some of the women pose (Instagram)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Top of Europe' - Switzerland's Jungfraujoch (Instagram)‘Top of Europe' - Switzerland's Jungfraujoch (Instagram)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Top of Europe' - Switzerland's Jungfraujoch.. possibly feeling the cold! (Instagram)‘Top of Europe' - Switzerland's Jungfraujoch.. possibly feeling the cold! (Instagram)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Top of Europe' - Switzerland's Jungfraujoch.. and the boys!  (Instagram)‘Top of Europe' - Switzerland's Jungfraujoch.. and the boys! (Instagram)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Top of Europe' - Switzerland's Jungfraujoch.. and the boys! (Instagram)‘Top of Europe' - Switzerland's Jungfraujoch.. and the boys! (Instagram)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIANT MARIONETTES PARADE IN GENEVA

Parading through the streets of Geneva this weekend were two gigantic marionettes controlled by a troupe of puppeteers, or Lilliputians.

The spectacle, that was reminiscent of Gullivers Travels, included an 8-metre tall 'Grandmother,' accompanied by an equally huge 10-year-old girl.

The 'Grandmother' is controlled by 25 Lilliputians dressed in red suits, while the 'Little' Girl Giant is handled by about 22 Lilliputians.

The handlers cleverly manipulate the movements of the marionettes.

These huge puppets have also made an appearance on the streets of Reykjavík, Liverpool, Limerick, Montreal, Los Angeles, Perth, Santiago and Dakar.

Young Girl:

Grandma on parade:

We wonder if these giants may also appear on the Swiss ski slopes?

WHAT'S NEW IN VAL THO FOR 2017/18

Looking ahead at what's new in Val Thorens for the 2017/18 ski season.

Jérôme Grellet, from SETAM gives us the low down on the new lifts and infrastructure.

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

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