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PlanetSKI on the BBC, any guesses? Sölden ski racing, 670m line of ski shots + Lindsey Vonn to sell LA pad for $3.795 million. NEW & UPDATED

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

And now this month...

 

 

MONDAY 30TH OCTOBER

WE'RE ON THE BBC

PlanetSKI has been on the BBC today.

Our chief reporter Jane Peel was talking about our investigation into scam chalet websites on the Radio 4 consumer programme, You and Yours.

PlanetSKI at the BBCPlanetSKI at the BBC today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane is an old hand at broadcasting.

She was an on-air correspondent at the BBC for more than 30 years until 2015 when she left to spend more time with her skis.

She was following in the footsteps of her former BBC colleague, our editor James Cove.

Normandy 2014Jane at work in the old job

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You and Yours is on Radio 4 at 12.15pm and PlanetSKI appeared shortly after 12.30pm.

As soon as the 'clip' is available we will embed the interview for readers who may have missed the programme.

In the meantime you can listen to the You and Yours interview here - starting at 14:30.

And here's our latest report published this afternoon which has details of new fake websites that have sprung up since our initial investigation:

SUNDAY 29TH OCTOBER

ANY GUESSES WHAT THIS MEANS?

It's the Japanese word for ........?

PlanetSKI was told there are three types of character sets In Japanese, Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji and more recently Rōmaji (Roman alphabet) is used mainly for the convenience of foreigners.

The word in the image below is written in the Japanese phonetic script, named Hiragana.

Hiragana represents every sound in the Japanese language.

It was developed in the 8-10th Century.

Compared to Katakana, Hiragana letters have more curved lines.

If you have any idea what this means, then send your translation to inbox@planetski.eu  ⛷ 😎

Any guesses what this means?Any guesses what this means?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER

SOME ACTION FROM TINA WEIRATHER AT SÖLDEN ON FRIDAY

FRIDAY 27TH OCTOBER

FIRST SKI WORLD CUP EVENT STARTS IN AUSTRIA TOMORROW

We're getting excited for tomorrow!

It's the first World Cup ski race in Sölden in the Austrian Tirol, and the snow looks absolutely fabulous.

We're excited on two counts, firstly we love the adrenalin fueled sport, and secondly the event puncuates the 'start' of winter (in our view)....... so it's official #WINTERISHERE

Read more about Sölden racing here.

Watch the video below as Sölden makes final preparations for race day - they just need to clear the fresh snow from the spectator's arena and they're ready for action!


Preparations underway for World Cup event in Sölden - clearing the fresh snowPreparations underway for World Cup event in Sölden - clearing the fresh snow














THURSDAY 26TH OCTOBER

THE ULTIMATE SKI-SHOT-SESH

Park City in Utah had an enormous ski-shot-sesh that stretched 670m.

Over 470 skis and snowboards were collected and assembled over 670m (2,200 feet) and fixed with drinking pods.

Then 1,250 drinkers were cajoled into taking part, though we imagine they wouldn't take much persuading.

And then they drank their alcoholic tot-in-a-pot... in unison!

It was a charity stunt and they raised $10,000 for the Park City Sunrise Rotary Club.

Have a look at the video below.

Kicking Horse Powder Tours has some ski-shots to give away - if you want one of your own then check out the full details here, they're giving away one a month for the next 10 months.

You'll be relieved to know it's only the standard ski size! 🤣

The event was sponsored by Wasatch Brewery and Big Shots who provided the beverage.

TUESDAY 24TH OCTOBER

LINDSEY VONN TO SELL LA PAD FOR $3.795 MILLION

It looks as though luxury LA pads are going out of fashion for some in the top-notch snowsports fraternity.

Snowboarder Shaun White put his swish LA property on the market in August this year for $6.7 million (we wrote about it here - post dated 10 August) and now Lindsey Vonn is selling up too.

US Olympian and World Cup Alpine skier, Lindsey Vonn, has put her home in central Los Angeles on the market for the princely-sum (or rather princessly-sum) of $3.795 million.

The blurb describes the house as a "sexy two-storey" with 4,037 square feet situated in Beverley Grove, a "desirable neighbourhood that abuts Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, and was [only] completed last year."

The blurb continues, "Its dramatic glass enclosed entry and floating staircase set the tone for the contemporary style home. The main floor is devoted to open plan space and includes a living room with a walled fireplace, a custom Miton kitchen and a dining area...etc etc"

"It also features a stunning zero-edged swimming pool, 4 bedrooms and 3.75 bathrooms!"

Hello!  What happened to the other .25 of the bathroom?

Apart from being slightly short changed on the bathroom front, the future owner is set to have a rather splendid pad.

Have a look at the pictures and video and decide for yourself, though judging by lack of clothing in the wardrobe, and absence of toiletries in the bathroom it looks as though Ms Vonn has already moved out.

A video tour of Lindsey Vonn's LA house on the market:

$3.795 million, 4 bedrooms & 3.75 bathrooms!$3.795 million, 4 bedrooms & 3.75 bathrooms!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master bedroom & bathroom ready for new ownerMaster bedroom & bathroom ready for new owner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zero edge swimming pool by day and by nightZero edge swimming pool by day and by night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floating staircase & roof terraceFloating staircase & roof terrace




















FANCY STAYING IN A SKI-IN/SKI-OUT TREE HOUSE?

Yes, you have read that correctly.

But they are tree houses with a difference.

Snow Bear Chalets have three treehouse chalets above the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort in Montana.

"There's nothing like it on any ski mountain in the US that we're aware of!" said a statement from Snow Bear Chalets.

And here is what they look like:

Ski treehouse, Whitefish Mountain Ski ResortSki treehouse, Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ski treehouse, Whitefish Mountain Ski ResortSki treehouse, Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ski treehouse, Whitefish Mountain Ski ResortSki treehouse, Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ski treehouse, Whitefish Mountain Ski ResortSki treehouse, Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY 22ND OCTOBER

VINTAGE VIDEO FROM SCOTLAND

Check out the footage of Cairngorm mountain from 1968 & 1970.

Wonderful stuff!

And a chairlift where you go up sideways too.

And while we are looking at videos of skiing in Scotland back in the day...

 

FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER

A MOVING STORY

Back in 1994 the ski journalist Arnie Wilson and Lucy Dicker skied everyday for a year – they were the first people to achieve the feat.

Lucy tragically died in a fall in La Grave shortly after they completed their quest.

If you have 10 minutes spare then we recommend you watch this moving video that has been recently released.

THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER

EARLY FLIGHT FAILURES (VINTAGE VIDEO)

While we were researching the easyJet story mentioned in today's #NewInBrief we came across this video of early flight failures.

We are not suggesting for one moment that using all-electric planes could be as hazardous as some of the hilarious inventions captured in this film.

There's even a short clip of one of the first jet packs being strapped on to a man, that would certainly impress Switzerland's famous Jetman, Yves Rossy who has flown in formation alongside the Swiss airforce wearing his own jetpack.

In any case we had a laugh and hope you do too! 🤣

WEDNESDAY 18TH OCTOBER

BOO THE BEAR SET FOR HIBERNATION 

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

Some 59cm is expected mid mountain - rather 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.

With the snow coming he is preparing to hibernate for the winter.

#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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PlanetSKI met Boo when we were in the resort in April 2016. Just after he came out of hibernation.

Boo the bearUp and away

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boo the bearA full size male grizzly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boo the bearBoo the bear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FANCY OWNING A SKI RESORT?

If so one has just got cheaper.

Marshall Mountain in Montana in the USA went on sale back in July for $3m.

The price has just dropped by $500,000.

The resort closed back in 2003 but could be ripe for re-opening if you have a spare $2.5m.

Marshall MountainMarshall Mountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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 ❤️ 🏂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andermatt, Apres ski trainAndermatt, Apres ski train

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


GOOD POINT, WELL MADE

Capitlal ideaCapital idea





















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. 

Zermatt, SwitzerlandZermatt, Switzerland




















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." 

Zermatt, SwitzerlandZermatt, Switzerland















Zermatt, SwitzerlandZermatt, Switzerland
















"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!! "

Zermatt, SwitzerlandZermatt, Switzerland


















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  

Cricket on iceCricket on ice
















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.

Luna the new intern at Mammoth MountainLuna the new intern at Mammoth Mountain
















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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