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Avalanche risk in Scotland, FIS President goes for 6th term + French skiers to race at Lake Louise after death of David Poisson.NEW & UPDATED


 

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WEDNESDAY 22ND NOVEMBER

AVALANCHE RISK IN SCOTLAND

Walkers and climbers  are being urged to be aware of the riks of avalanche on some of the mountains in Scotland.

In recent days there has been snow and strong winds.

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) said high ground in the north west Highlands was expected to have the greatest amounts of snow.

See here for further details from the BBC

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MONDAY 20TH NOVEMBER

FIS PRESIDENT GOES FOR 6th TERM OF OFFICE

Gian Franco Kasper has said he intends to stand again as president of the International Ski Federation.

He will be 74 in January and has led the governing body since 1998.

Should he be re-elected for a further four year spell his term would conclude shortly after his 78th birthday.

Earlier this year he compared calls for a ban of Russian athletes from next year's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang with the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany.

He later issued a statement apologising for "an inappropriate and insensitive comment".  

See here for more details  

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FRENCH TO RACE AFTER DEATH OF DAVID POISSON

The French Ski Federation has announced that its skiers will race at Lake Louise in Canada this weekend, following the death of team member David Poisson.

The 2013 World Championships bronze medallist died on 13th November after a fall while downhill training in Nakiska in Canada.

He's reported to have lost a ski, crashed through safety netting and hit a tree.

35-year-old Poisson had been with the French men's alpine team preparing for the first World Cup speed events of the season at Lake Louise this Saturday and Sunday.

In a statement the Federation (FFS) said it had given support and psychological help to its skiers and staff and all the athletes had decided to compete this weekend.

The first men's downhill of the season is on Saturday, with the Super G on Sunday. 

THURSDAY 16TH NOVEMBER

RUSSIAN HOPES FOR PYEONGCHANG SUFFER SETBACK

Russia may not be allowed to compete under its own flag at the Winter Olympics after a failed appeal.

A bid by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to be reinstated has today been turned down by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

It decided that RUSADA was still "non-compliant" with its anti-doping code.

The decision puts pressure on the International Olympic Committee to ban the team from Pyeongchang 2018.

The IOC's ruling Executive Board is due to make a decision about what sanctions to take against Russia at its meeting in Lausanne on 5th to 7th December.

It follows allegations in the McLaren Reports of state-sponsored doping in Russia.

More details on BBC Sport.

Six Russian cross country skiers have recently been retrospectively disqualified from the 2014 Sochi Games and given lifetime Olympic bans for doping offences.

For more on this see the entry below from 9th November.

WEDNESDAY 15TH NOVEMBER

SWISS CONFIRM OLYMPIC REFERENDUM DATE


The 2026 Sion bid will be put before the public on June 10th 2018.  

It is expected that the public in the canton of Valais where Sion is situated and those in the nearby commune of Kanderstag will be consulted.  

Valais is set to be the main hub of the Games and ski jumping would take place in Kanderstag.  

See here as we announced that the Swiss government is likely to back the bid.  

And here as we question why no major European cities seem to want the Winter Olympics anymore.  
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TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

SCOTTISH AVALANCHE FORECASTING BEGINS NEXT MONTH

With snow falling in Scotland the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) has said it will start it reports for the winter on December 15th.

It assesses avalanche risks in Lochaber, Glen Coe and Creag Meagaidh.

The reports also cover Southern Cairngorms, Northern Cairngorms and Torridon. It provides information on the stability of snowpack on the mountains from December until mid-April.

Last winter there was the lowest number of recorded avalanches, 90, in almost 10 years. 

This was mainly due to poor snowfall.

MONDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

THE NEVER-ENDING SKI SCAM

And on it goes.

The ski chalet fraud business is clearly big business.

More dodgy websites and social media pages have appeared.

The fake companies are selling non-existent holidays and conning unsuspecting customers out of thousands of pounds, as we have reported.

Just a few days ago we heard of another victim, based in Qatar, who's lost £2,000 booking with Premium Swiss Chalets, one of the subjects of our initial investigation.

Its Facebook page and website is no longer online but some of the new ones that have sprung up look remarkably similar.

It's almost certain that the same bunch of criminals is involved.

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Andy Castle, the MD of the travel agent Ski In Luxury, has just updated his blog Ski Chalet Fraud - The Epidemic of Scam  Ski Websites with information on the latest sites he's discovered and advice on what to look out for.

Read it and don't get caught out.

INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY AS THREE SPEND NIGHT AT MANCHESTER INDOOR SLOPE

They stayed on after the Chill Factore slope had closed and apparently spend the night snowboarding and on tubes.

They posted the experience on social media. "We are currently, and have been all night, at the biggest in-door ski slope in England," one of them says.

They stayed until 6am. But they made one expensive mistake - they left a £5,000 camera behind.

Read more in The Manchester Evening News.

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SUNDAY 12TH NOVEMBER

GB SNOWBOARDER KATIE ORMEROD TAKES SILVER IN MILAN

GB Park and Pipe snowboarder Katie Ormerod has claimed second place at the opening World Cup of the season for Snowboard Big Air in Milan.

After a phenomenal season in 2016-17 where she finished second overall in the World Cup standings, Ormerod continued to impress in Milan, throwing down her cab 900 mute and backside 720 mute.

After qualifying for the six-woman final in fifth place on Saturday, Ormerod was up against a high quality field that didn't disappoint.

Despite Ormerod going into the final round leading the field, it was Austrian Anna Gasser who eventually triumphed, scoring a total of 160.25, with Ormerod claiming the silver with 143.25 and Sina Candrian from Switzerland taking bronze with a score of 130.25.

"I'm really pleased with silver today at the first World Cup Big Air of the season" said Ormerod after claiming second.

"It really boosts my confidence going forward into such a busy and important few months".

Watch Katie Ormerod in action below:

Katie Ormerod wins silver at Milan Snowboard Big AirKatie Ormerod wins silver at Milan Snowboard Big Air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

SAVING SNOW

It has been dumping out in the Alps & the Rockies but resorts are now looking at how they can save and preserve it.

Latest research shows that in the past 45-years the snow arrives 12-days later and melts around 25 days earlier.

The research was carried out by the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research and the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland.

Swiss ski resorts are coming up with new ways to keep their snow and even to create more.

  • Andermatt has a new method of preserving snow from last season.
  • The Sörenberg ski region has new lifts that will take visitors to even higher slopes
  • The Aletsch region of Valais want to create a new lake to provide water for snow cannons in the high Alps.

FRIDAY 10TH NOVEMBER

OLYMPIC APP NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

The PyeongChang 2018 Official App is now available for sports fans around the world to receive the latest Games news and information.

The App is available in five languages including Korean, Chinese, English, French and Japanese.

It will be on 'Olympic Torch Relay Mode' for 101 days while the torch travels round South Korea, until 28 January 2018.

After that it becomes a one-stop App for everything related to PyeongChang 2018.

Users will be able to access live results, real-time Games news, all the competition schedules and 360° venue shots.

Users will also be able to access information on the world's best athletes and medal contenders and follow the progress of their home nation on the medals table.

Download the App from the Google Play Store and/or iOS App Store.

The Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics are scheduled to take place from 9 to 25 February.

The App also covers the Paralympics from 8 to 18 March.

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CORONER WARNS OF DANGERS OF BACKPACKS ON CHAIRLIFTS

An inquest has found that a 14-year-old British schoolboy was unlawfully killed when his rucksack became entangled in a ski lift in Chatel in France.

Kieran Brookes was strangled by the rucksack in 2011.

A French court has already found a lift operator guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

"I'm in no doubt that a conclusion of unlawful killing is supported by the evidence," the deputy coroner for Exeter and Greater Devon John Tomalin said.

"Kieran Brookes died as a result of appropriate mechanisms not being in place; there were not enough visible warning signs and there was a lack of advice on wearing backpacks on chairlifts."

The coroner said he would be writing a report to warn of the dangers.

"My report should deal with the usage of backpacks; concerns about the warning signs near ski lifts; advice and guidance on when to wear backpacks and the risk of loose straps."

The French ski lift operator, Richard Cettour, was given a six-month suspended jail term in 2015.

Read more on PlanetSKI at the time of the incident.

Kieran Brookes, photo The HeraldKieran Brookes, photo The Herald

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

CLIMBER RESCUED AFTER 5 DAYS IN DEEP CREVICE

A German mountain climber was rescued on Thursday morning after spending 5 days in a deep rock fracture or hole.

The 45 year old man, who remains unnamed according to Austrian privacy laws, was rescued from a 30m crevice in Austria's Dachstein region.

After the man was reported missing by his father on Saturday a search operation was launched.

Officials said they finally managed to track his GPS position after he made an emergency call from his mobile phone.

It appears he had tried to make a number of calls, all of which had failed because of poor reception.

Conditions in the Alps are currently very cold with deep snowfalls in many areas.

Additional information here

FOUR MORE RUSSIAN SKIERS BANNED FOR LIFE

The International Olympic Committee has retrospectively disqualified another four Russian cross-country skiers from the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

They include the three-times silver medallist Maksim Vylegzhanin.

All four - two men and two women - have also been given a lifetime Olympic ban for doping offences.

It follows the decision of the IOC last week to disqualify and ban two other cross-country skiers, including a Sochi gold medallist.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission said today that Yuliia Ivanova, Alexey Petukhov, Evgeniya Shapovalova and Maksim Vylegzhanin committed anti-doping rule violations pursuant to Article 2 of The International Olympic Committee Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, in 2014.

No further details about the offences have been published.

The IOC says the reasoning the decision "will be communicated in due course".

Two of Vylegzhanin's silver medals came in team events, which means the teams are also disqualified.

The 4x 10km team had already been ordered to return its medals after the disqualification last week of Alexander Legkov.

The Men's Team Sprint Classic silver medals will also have to be handed back.

The IOC has been investigating 28 individuals and says more hearings will be held over the next few weeks.

WEDNESDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

5 DAYS WORK IN 1 MINUTE

The World Cup Big Air ramp in Milan, Italy, has been completed in record time.

The scaffolding structure is 40m high & 130m long and is the largest ever built in Italy.

The Snowboard World Cup event is due to take place on November 10th and 11th.

There will then be the Freeski  competition on November 17th and 18th.

Check out its construction:

  • 30 workers  were involved in the construction.
  • It has a 44-degree start followed by a 38-degree section.
  • The landing area is 20m x 20m.
  • Athletes reach the top by elevator in 50 seconds.
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Big Air will make its debut at the 2018 Winter Olympic games.

Athletes and spectators will be closely watching the opening World Cup event in Milan to see who could be the favourite.

Watch out for 2017 World Champion and last year's Milan winner Anna Gasser (AUT) as well as Jamie Anderson (USA) and Katie Ormerod (GBR) in the ladies' competition.

In the men's event Seppe Smits (BEL), Roope Tonteri (FIN), Antoine Truchon and Michael Ciccarelli (both CAN) or Vlad Khadarin (RUS) could all go on to win.   

TUESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER

GO SKI GO BOARD GOES SWISS

Snowsport England has teamed up with Switzerland Tourism for its snowsports participation campaign, Go Ski Go Board.

Switzerland is the new official destination partner for the campaign which has been running since 2013 and aims to get more people into skiing and snowboarding.

The newly revamped Go Ski Go Board website will now feature information on Swiss alpine destinations for a range of abilities, including those new to the sport.

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Snowsport England CEO Tim Fawke said they were delighted to be partnering with Switzerland Tourism.

"The Go Ski Go Board initiative comes to the forefront of our activity during what will be a crucial year for the UK snowsports industry, and after a facelift is a true starting point for anyone wanting to find out more about snowsports," he said.

"The support of Switzerland Tourism will help us reach our goal of converting as many people as possible into snowsports fans, and ultimately becoming regular snowsports participants."

Corinne Genoud, director Switzerland Tourism UK & Ireland, said the partnership followed its ambition to get new skiers on the slopes.

"We strongly believe partnering up with strong players in the industry is the way forward to target our future guests and increasing skier days in general".

GB Park and Pipe snowboarder Aimee Fuller and Delancey British Alpine Team skier Dave Ryding will continue be ambassadors for Go Ski Go Board for the 2017-18.

MONDAY 6TH NOVEMBER

OFF THE TRAIN AND ON THE BUS

Winter Olympians will be have to take the bus from the airport to the athletes' village at PyeongChang in February rather than the high-speed train.

The decision follows concerns about the rail link from Incheon Airport, which is still being tested and is due to open officially next month after a series of delays.

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Some countries had been worried about the original plan which would have seen the athletes travel by train while their kit would be transported separately.

Many National Olympic Committees feared skis, snowboards and other vital equipment could go missing on the journey.

So now the athletes will go by bus with their kit following in trucks immediately behind them.

SATURDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

NIGHT SKIING ENDS AT PARK CITY

The Utah resort will not be offering night skiing and snowboarding next winter to the general public.

It had operated The Payday and First Time lift but these will now not be open to the public after 4.15.

The resort says there simply isn't enough demand anymore.

However the slopes will continue to be open at night for local ski teams who are training.

"Park City Mountain remains committed to providing a first-rate venue for local youth developmental team ski racers to train and develop their skills," the resort said in a statement.

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FRIDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

HUGE AVALANCHE HITS CLIMBERS IN KYRGYZSTAN

Amazingly all of them survived.

It happened on the Lenin Peak.

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6 of the climbers were from Germany and two from Switzerland.

Magnus Lindkvist, the Swede who captured the incident on video can be heard saying "Helvete, helvete" which translates as "Oh hell".

The avalanche struck in July 2017 and is now doing the rounds on You Tube.

WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

OLYMPIC FLAME ARRIVES IN SOUTH KOREA

A grand ceremony was held in Athens on Tuesday as the torch was handed over at the Olympic stadium.

It is now in South Korea and will visit nine provinces and eight major cities.

It will arrive at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony on 9th February 2018.

Check out the handing over ceremony below:

BODE MILLER HEADS TO PYEONGCHANG BUT NOT AS AN ATHLETE

NBC Sports announced on Tuesday that US skier Bode Miller will head to Pyeongchang as an Alpine skiing analyst for NBC Olympics, rather than to make a sixth Olympic attempt.

At age 40, he will not be making that long-awaited comeback.

Miller said it was because of family priorities and he is not prepared or motivated for the mammoth build up to the Olympics.

"It had kind of been a long time coming," said Miller.

"But just with my kids and the time and life, when I look at skiing now, I don't really feel like I have anything, the motivation, the desire, the everything to kind of go through it again. Aside from the logistical challenges and my priorities and my family being first and not being able to put any of that aside to train and prepare the way I know I need to, I have so much experience. I know there's no shortcuts in what I would have to do to really take a pretty solid commitment on my part. That would mean sacrificing a lot of other things."

It is the end, arguably, of one the greatest Olympic skiing careers.

Miller, who debuted at the Olympics in 1998, age 20, earned two silver medals in 2002, a medal of every colour in 2010 (after a well-publicized failure in 2006) and a bronze in 2014 becoming the oldest Olympic Alpine medalist in history.

He last raced in February 2015 at the World Championships super-G in Beaver Creek, severing a hamstring tendon in a super-G crash.

At that time he hinted 2015 would probably be his last before retiring.

See the crash below:

He will be missed.

When Miller raced, you could not take your eyes off of him because something special was bound to happen, such as his one-ski downhill in Bormio.

 

GB SNOWBOARDER JAMES BARNES-MILLER HAS £10,000 WORTH OF KIT STOLEN

28 year old British snowboarder James Barnes-Miller had gear, including custom-made boards, taken from a Volkswagen van parked outside a house in Disley, Cheshire over the weekend.

Despite having £10,000 worth of equipment stolen, he still hopes to qualify for the 2018 Winter Paralympics.

"I have my first World Cup in two weeks and I need to find new kit, not just a board, it's everything and all that kit has been modified and customised. It's not just buy a new board off the shelf," Barnes-Miller told BBC Sport.

He posted the following on Twitter:

Further information on BBC Sport.

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THE REMARKABLE RECOVERY OF LLOYD WALLACE

GB's top aerials skier was in a coma less than three months ago after landing on his head while training in Switzerland.

He'd been doing a routine trick on a water jump when he caught an edge and it all went horribly wrong.

He landed on the ramp on his head, knocking him unconscious and throwing him into the water.

The Swiss team, with whom he'd been training, feared the worst and reported that he had suffered a severe head injury.

So it's remarkable that all he suffered was concussion and he's already back in training with no lasting effects.

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The 22-year-old has been speaking to PlanetSKI about the crash, of which he remembers nothing, the aftermath and the future with 100 days to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

Read the story and watch the video interview with him here:

Good luck this season Lloyd Wallace.

It's great to see you back and fully fit!

GLENCOE TO LEASE SNOW FACTORY

Glencoe Mountain has raised enough money to lease a snow factory for the winter.

The ski area has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help buy a factory.

So far almost £53,000 has been pledged against its target of £190,000.

It will rent a factory for the coming season, while continuing to raise more money to buy it.

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Glencoe Mountain Resort is the oldest ski area in Scotland, dating back to 1956 and last winter was the worst on record.

It managed only 32 days skiing and even that wasn't the best.

The resort described it as "agricultural".

That's code for there being lots of grass and mud mixed in with the snow.

PYEONGCHANG TICKETS ON SALE IN DESIGNATED CENTRES

Tickets for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games will be available for purchase 'offline' from Wednesday 1st November, in designated ticket centres.

Three main centres due to open across the host nation include Seoul City Hall, Gangwon Provincial Government in Chuncheon and Gangneung City Hall.

The design of the tickets show pictograms for each sport as well as images of snowflakes.

A barcode and hologram as well as the name of the purchaser will be among security measures designed to reduce the risk of counterfeit tickets.

It is intended that electronic tickets on mobiles may also be available.

Until now tickets have only been available for online sales.

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