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Bode Miller sells off his old ski kit, hazards of golf on ice, a trip to Ronnie Scott's, EasyJet says we're No1 Go-To website + British Ski Championships. NEW & UPDATED

 

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

And now this month...


 


TUESDAY 30TH JANUARY

BODE MILLER IS SELLING OFF HIS OLD SKI KIT

It looks as though Bode Miller is auctioning off a lot of his old US Ski Team kit including his official US Team jacket, autographed, of course by Bode.

His lime green jacket featured in the headline shot above (in the black & white pic below), is going for $485 and when we checked on Ebay it has had 18 bids, so far.

Or you can bid for his autographed race suit for $291.88 that has had 7 bids; or an official signed photograph of Bode sporting some shiny medals for $39, only 3 bids.

There is a lot more stuff you can buy off Bode Miller on Ebay right now.

It seems the big sell-off is continuing until the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics - that's Friday 9th February.

It is unclear whether his finances are on the low side, or if this is a fund raising initiative for a charity!

However, if you are keen to own some old Bode Miller ski kit, you had better be quick!

An old ski jacket signed by Bode Miller for $485An old ski jacket signed by Bode Miller for $485

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or bid for an autographed Bode Miller photo for $39Or bid for an autographed Bode Miller photo for $39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY 29TH JANUARY

HOLE IN ONE!

Playing golf on ice may not be the best idea! 🀣


 

THURSDAY 25TH JANUARY

AND SO TO RONNIE SCOTT'S...

Why the jazz club in Soho for PlanetSKI?

It was the UK launch last night of the Zermatt Unplugged Festival.

It sees 90 performances across 14 stages in 5 days in April.

All are acoustic sets.

As you may have read elsewhere Zermatt has been virtually cut off with its road and rail links closed after the latest snowstorm.

That didn't stop the resort's head of marketing, Janine Imesch, getting to London.

"I took the helicopter out yesterday then it was bus, train and plane to get to London for the London launch of what is one of our premier events in Zermatt," said Janine to PlanetSKI editor, James Cove.

Janine and JamesJanine and James

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, why Ronnie Scott's?

The Ronnie Scott's All-Star band plays at the festival and have been doing so for the past 5 years.

They played a short set to the assembled dignitaries.

Ronnie Scott's All StarsRonnie Scott's All Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They have performed the highest ever jazz concert in the mountains.

 And PlanetSKI has been at the event in the past in its early days:  

This year just look who is playing:

Quite a line up Quite a line up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are checking our diary and clearing the dates.

Fingers crossed we'll get there for April 2018.

Looks like it should be a good one.

See here for further details of Zermatt Unplugged.

WEDNESDAY 24TH JANUARY

PLANETSKI IS A GOOD READ

EasyJet seems to think so.

EasyJet has billed PlanetSKI as the No1 go-to-on-line-ski magazine in its own in-flight magazine.

In its own words, "1/  PlanetSKI.EU - This news website covers all the ups and downs of the ski world - resorts, athletes, industry, the lot."

Thank you easyJet.

Top of the pileTop of the pile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY 22ND JANUARY

1949 ARCHIVE FOOTAGE

The BBC has released this archive footage of the 1949 British Ski Championships.

The event took place in Grindlewald in Switzerland and was organised by The Ski Club of Great Britain.

The film features Sir Arnold Lunn as one of the judges at the event.

Lunn was the founder of the Alpine Ski Club (1908), the Ladies Ski Club (1923) and the Kandahar Ski Club (1924), and he was the organizer of many ski races around the world.

He invented the slalom skiing race in 1922.

Great footage #BBCArchives

SUNDAY 21ST JANUARY

JULIA MANCUSO RETIRES

After 18 years on the World Cup circuit, winning 4 Olympic medals, 36 World Cup podiums and 5 World Championship medals Julia Mancuso retires from the US Ski Team.

Julia's final World Cup downhill was in Cortina D'Ampezzo, on Friday, where she went out with a flourish, wearing a Wonder Woman suit with a red cape tied around her neck on her final World Cup run.

We wish Julia luck for the future ❀️

Wonder Woman retires - Julia Mancuso in Cortina D'AmpezzoWonder Woman retires - Julia Mancuso in Cortina D'Ampezzo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wonder Woman retires - Julia Mancuso at WC in Cortina D'AmpezzoWonder Woman retires - Julia Mancuso in Cortina D'Ampezzo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LEARNING TO SKI

If you watch nothing else... 🀣

SATURDAY 20TH JANUARY

WORLD SNOW DAY TOMORROW

It's World Snow Day tomorrow, Sunday 21 January, so get yourselves outside and go play in the snow.

It's a special day celebrating all things connected with snow.

Now back for its seventh year, World Snow Day is a world-wide initiative brought together by the International Ski Federation (FIS).

It's main aim is to encourage more families to get into snowsports and with the PyeongChang Winter Olympics only a few weeks away, it's the perfect time to get outdoors to try out a new snowsport.

There are 523 events set to take place across 46 countries, that include Austria, China, Poland and Lithuania and many more.

Judging by the red marks on the map below, there are a lot of activites going on worldwide!

World Snow Day activities - worldwideWorld Snow Day activities - worldwide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are free or discounted events and taster sessions at ski resorts so check out what is going on in your area.

If you're in a ski resort, ask your instructor or tour operator what they've got in mind for you?

Otherwise just get out there and enjoy the white stuff  #HappyWorldSnowDay -

WHERE IS EVERYONE?

Now we are seasoned travellers at PlanetSKI.

Our team of reporters visit nearly 100 different resorts each winter and we go to dozens of different airports across the globe.

Geneva is the airport we pass through most often and we probably use the airline easyJet the most.

But we have never seen this before at Geneva airport in all our years of travelling.

Where is everyone?Where is everyone?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 21.35 to Gatwick will now be our preferred time of departure.

THURSDAY 18TH JANUARY

COULD THIS ACTUALLY COME INTO PRODUCTION?

Signal Snowboards has come up with another great one-off-snowboard-concept for its ETT (Every Third Thursday) video release.

Here's the first ever snowboard with an LED progammable base.

With 1700 LEDs there’s about 1710 opportunities for error!

Watch them test run the snowboard at Mammoth Mountain.

ett2_500Snowboard with first ever LED programmable base! Signal SnowboardSnowboard with first ever LED programmable base! Signal Snowboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 17TH JANUARY

BE INSPIRED


If you fancy a bit of inspiration have a look at this video below.

It's an edit put together for the prize-giving for GB Park & Pipe's 2017 online video league, Championship Ski and Snowboard.

The competition for up and coming freestyle skiers and snowboarders takes place at indoor and dry slopes throughout the summer.

For more read our report as the 2017 contest concluded in October:



TUESDAY 16TH JANUARY

SNOWSTORM, HOT CHOCOLATE & BOND STYLE ROPE LADDERS

Not much skiing was going to happen today as a storm was brewing in the Swiss ski resort of Wengen.

It was very windy, so what else to do but to hop on a train and pop into the Hotel Jungfrau at Wengernalp for possibly the best hot chocolate on the mountain and a tasty croissant.

The location was delightful albeit remote, and the hot chocolate was ...... ❀️

And while we had time to kill we saw some of the stunning bedrooms offered by the hotel, that the likes of film and stage director Sam Mendes, notably of Spectre and Skyfall, recently occupied.

Remote location - Hotel Jungfrau at Wengeralp, WengenRemote location - Hotel Jungfrau at Wengeralp, Wengen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stunning bedroom at Hotel Jungfrau at Wengeralp, WengenStunning bedroom at Hotel Jungfrau 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then there were a couple of other tiny features that appealed to our sense of humour.

First ... the charming telephone:

Hotel Jungfrau at Wengeralp, WengenOld Style telephone 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then the rope-ladder fire escape in one of the bedrooms.

Were we on a James Bond set?

The fire escape 😎 Hotel Jungfrau at Wengeralp, WengenThe fire escape 😎 !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY 15TH JANUARY

It's January.

It's Monday.

Did anyone else's day go something like this?

A post shared by Katie (@katieb_b) on Jan 15, 2018 at 8:28am PST


SUNDAY 14TH JANUARY

COUGAR SPOTTED IN BANFF TOWN

The town of Banff had an unusual visitor on Tuesday morning (9th January).

A cougar was seen in the residential area of the park.

The RCMP, (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) spotted the feline near the local grocery store around 3am and called Parks Canada.

Wardens were able to determine the cougar had left town later that morning, and that nothing specific attracted it to the residential area in the first place.

"It got lost," said Bill Hunt, resource conservation manager in Banff National Park.

In this case, wardens determined the cougar appeared to be in good health and they believe it has returned to the wildlife areas of the park.

If you encounter any carnivore in the national park, officials say you should contact Parks Canada staff.

COUGAR SAFETY HINTS & TIPS ON PARKS CANADA WEBSITE  - you never know when you might meet one.

Cougar (Library Photo): Parks CanadaCougar (Library Photo): Parks Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SATURDAY 13TH JANUARY

IT'S AMAZING WHO YOU MEET IN A SKI RESORT

PlanetSKI's chief reporter Jane Peel has just spent a week in Peisey-Vallandry in the Les Arcs ski area, being looked after by Ski Beat chalet hosts, Sue and Simon Chapman.

Here's her account of a very odd coincidence or three.

Coincidence one

"You know, I bought my first house from a journalist called Jane Peel, who went on to be a political correspondent," Sue told me early in the stay.

"Really?" I replied, certain there must be another journalist called Jane Peel, as I'd never been a political correspondent, even though I'd never come across another journalist with the same name.

"Where was the house?" I asked.

"Lincoln."

OMG!  That was me.

Sue Chapman and Jane PeelSue and Jane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


It's hardly surprising she didn't recognise me, nor me her.

We are talking about more than 30 years ago - 1986 to be precise.

Coincidence two


Sue was a sports teacher and her now husband, Simon, played rugby for Lincoln, alongside an ex colleague of mine, the BBC sports presenter, John Inverdale.

Simon and Sue Chapman, Ski Beat chalet hostsSimon and Sue Chapman





















John and I had both worked at the Lincolnshire Echo evening newspaper and then BBC Radio Lincolnshire and are old friends.

Simon and John are good friends.

Coincidence three

"Where did you go after Lincoln?" Sue asked me.

"Chelmsford," I replied.

"That's where I'm from," said Sue.

The conversation continued and Sue revealed that her sister had married someone from the Essex village of Good Easter - his name is Simon Marriage.

"That must be from the famous Marriages Flour Company," I said.

"Yes."

"I know his brother, Edward," I said.  "I worked with him at BBC Essex.  He took over from me there as News Editor and, like me went on to work for BBC National Radio!"

And now both Sue and I are working in the ski business!

Small world, as they say.

Read more about Jane's stay in the Les Arcs ski area:

FRIDAY 12TH JANUARY

LAUBERHORN FLYPAST

The intensive training paid off!

The fly-past over the Swiss mountains at Wengen was stunning.... as expected.  🀣 #lauberhorn


THURSDAY 11TH JANUARY

TRAINING FOR THE LAUBERHORN

Now in it's 88th year, the infamous Lauberhorn ski race will be taking place this coming weekend starting Friday 12th to 14th January.

After the heavy snow the racers have started training in Wengen, but they're not the only ones.

The Swiss plots are training too - they take their flypast seriously.

Below we have Ivo, Andres and Robert training for their fly-past.

They are in a flight simulator preparing for the forthcoming Lauberhorn Races.

Swiss pilots training in giant simulator for LauberhornSwiss pilots training in giant simulator for Lauberhorn flypast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The smile says The smile on the plane says "Damn - what a training session"? #bombardier #Lauberhorn #Flypast 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#DESERTSTORM

And, NO we're not talking about the Gulf War, or a dust storm, we're talking about snow in a desert - the Sahara Desert.

It's not a common occurance, but the Sahara Desert got 40cm of snow on Monday!

That's quite a sizeable dump, but it was only in places.

According to the photographer of the shot below, Sekkouri Kamel, who grew up in the Aïn Séfra area in northwest Algeria, he has only seen snow there five times in the past 40 years.

Here's one photo to whet your appetite.... check out the photo gallery here for many more photographs.

Snow in the Sahara (photo: Sekkouri Kamel)Snow in the Sahara (photo: Sekkouri Kamel)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 10TH JANUARY

HORSES SYNCHRONISE REACTION TO SNOW 🀣



MONDAY 8TH JANUARY

..... ON ANOTHER THRONE

And perched on this throne sits PlanetSKI's social media editor.

We particularly love this one.

This is a loo with a view, a magnificent view.

Whilst in the WC cubicle, you can perch and enjoy the stunning views of snow clad mountains through the floor to ceiling mirrored glass, but here's the thing, the folk outside can't see in - you hope not anyway!

So where is this must-see loo?

It's in the Grandvalira region of Andorra.

To find it, take the longest 6-seater chair lift to the very top of El Tarter and then head left, where you will find an unusual WC building, built of stone and glass.

It's a lot of fun.

But take heed, you must lock the cubicle door, well that's a bit obvious, isn't it?

No seriously, you must lock the door.

When you lock the cubicle door, the transparent glass door and surrounding glass walls become opaque so nobody can see you from the inside - (well, supposedly not but they can still see your silhouette!).

It looks like a risky business!  🀣

A loo with a viewA loo with a view - from the inside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loo with a view - stone & glass from the outsideLoo with a view - stone & glass from the outside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SATURDAY 6TH JANUARY

KING OF THE SNOW QUEEN TROPHY

Marcel Hirscher achieved a historic record in the recent Zagreb Slalom.

Not only did Hirscher claim his third consecutive Slalom he also became the fourth man ever to win 50 or more Alpine Ski World Cup competitions after Tomba (50), Maier (54) and Stenmark (86).

Here he is looking very regal wearing his fur cloak and his crystal snowflake crown - just crowned "King of the Snow Queen Trophy".

Hirscher crowned King Hirscher crowned "King of the Snow Queen Trophy"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hirscher prevailed on fellow countryman Michael Matt and norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen by 0.05 and 0.11 in Zagreb... so close!

Read More:   GB's Rocket Ryding came 7th in Zagreb.

So how will Hirscher and Dave Ryding perform in Adelboden this weekend?  Watch this space  😎

Watch the Zagreb highlights below:

Marcel Hirscher - Marcel Hirscher - "King of the Snow Queen Trophy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 5TH JANUARY

THERE'S BEEN DRAMATIC WEATHER ACROSS THE POND TOO

Canada and US has had extremely cold weather in recent days.

We featured the freezing of Niagra Falls in our January 1st post below, and now a #BombCyclone is causing havoc with snow, flooding and extremely cold weather.... moreover the temperature is set to drop below -30ºC on the east coast later today.

Yes, that sounds like a bit of a contradiction!

Adam Abougalala captures this contradiction in his short video showing Short Beach in Revere, near Boston.

The street is underwater, but the floodwaters have frozen to form a street of solid ice, trapping cars in its icy-grip!

Frozen!Frozen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOAA satellite captures the full path of the #BombCyclone - 4 January 2018NOAA satellite captures the full path of the #BombCyclone - 4 January 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ICY ATTRACTIONS IN CHINA

Just days before the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China begins, and thousands of workers are finishing off the amazing ice sculptures, and backlit architectural wonders made from huge blocks of ice.

The Harbin Ice world takes place in the very cold northeastern province of Heilongjiang where temperatures can drop below -30ºC, and even in these extremely cold conditions it manages to draw around 15million visitors.

There's plenty of time to visit as it stays open until March.

Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - ends March 2018Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - ends March 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY 4TH JANUARY

LAUGHING IN THE FACE OF THE STORM

It's nice to know that despite being hunkered down in the massive snowstorm that's hit the Alps (see our full report here) people are keeping their sense of humour.

PlanetSKI has today been sent this gem from John Yates-Smith of YSE Ski in Val d'Isere:

This is heaven! Bottomless powder, spring-like temperatures, gentle breezes...

Actually it's hell! The skiers in Radio Val's photo from yesterday are not snowploughing lest they slide downhill - they are stopping themselves being blown back up the mountain by the blizzard.

Radio val d'isere picTrying not to go uphill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the other sort of snowplough is not clearing the road as he normally does - he is building a barrier so vehicles don't try to pass, because Val d'Isère is now cut off from the outside world. The danger of avalanche is the reason for that, while it's an actual avalanche that has closed the road to Le Fornet.

Val d'IsereThe other type of snowplough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have 30 guests in different hotels around the village today, who couldn't reach their chalets. We thought our arriving guests might not make it last night, and we'd be billeted in schools, village halls and even trains, as sometimes happens. But with no loo stops allowed we just got through in time.

Were the guests grateful? Well, one of the rooms was a bit small, one hotel didn't have a lift, a young lady was miffed at having to share her room with her brother, and one lady found the wine a little dry! Apart from that they were delirious.

Now all we need is some skiing. Not even the nursery slopes are open today. But we're better off than the Borains, the residents of Bourg St Maurice: with a massive thaw and heavy rain forecast to 2600m this afternoon, flooding is expected and they're being evacuated!!

All we need now is a plague of locusts...

WEDNESDAY 3RD JANUARY

FIRST SQUEAKS AND SQUEALS

Listen to the first sounds from the first polar bear born in the UK for 25 years!

But we're not sure if it's one cub or more.

Una Richardson, the park’s Head Keeper responsible for carnivores, said, “We first heard promising noises in the week before Christmas and these have now continued into the new year. Because we don’t have sight inside her cubbing box we can’t be sure if Victoria has had more than one cub but we can confirm the birth."

It was born at The Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland.

New-born polar bear cubs are blind, around 30cm long and weigh little more than a guinea pig.

They only open their eyes when they are a month old and are entirely dependent on their mother, feeding on fat-rich milk to grow quickly, weighing around ten to 12 kg by the time they leave their den.

It seems we may have to wait until March before Victoria emerges from her den with her young.

 

KITZBÜHEL SNOW POLO WORLD CUP

It's that time of year when Kitzbühel bubbles with glitz and glamour as the Snow Polo is about to kick off.

It's an annual World Cup event that is now in its 16th year.

It attracts International teams competing for the coveted Bendura Bank Snow Polo World Cup Trophy, and also attracts their well heeled jet-set-fans.

Matches start on Friday 12th January with the final at 2pm on Sunday 14th.

If you're keen to go to watch the top players do battle at Münichau Meadow surrounded by Austria's stunning mountainous backdrop, and keener still to enjoy a glass or two of champers, then you need to hurry to get some of the few remaining tickets (costing between €200 and €200pp).

If you're interested then, book a week's stay, with Inghams Holidays at Chalet Linda, in Kitzbühel during the competition.

Prices from £412pp (£824 total) for two adults sharing on a chalet-board basis with Inghams. Price includes return flights from London Stansted (to Innsbruck) with transfers.

Here's a little flavour of what it's about.... tempted?

Glitz and glamour at Kitzbühel's Snow PoloGlitz and glamour at Kitzbühel's Snow Polo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitzbühel's Snow PoloKitzbühel's Snow Polo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 2ND JANUARY

SNOW TIME - A SLEDGING DOG & BEAR IN POWDER

When a dog loves to slide:


And a Bear loves the powder!


MONDAY 1ST JANUARY

BLOWING BUBBLES

Loving this - Freezing Bubbles by on Twitter.

If its cold enough we certainly recommend you try this one at home. #IceMagic

 

IT'S SO COLD, EVEN PARTS OF NIAGRA FALLS ARE FREEZING

One of Canada's biggest tourist attractions, Niagara Falls (Ontario), is turning into ice.

Temperatures are predicted to remain below -10ºC for the next week, and considering the wind chill factor it will drop even more dramatically.

The last time the waterfall froze over completely was in January 2014, when the temperature dropped to -19ºC.

We share some stunning photos of the frozen falls below.



A post shared by ET Panache (@etpanache) on Dec 30, 2017 at 11:58pm PST


And some challenging Ice Climbing on Niagra too!

POLISH SKIER COMPLETES BORMIO DOWNHILL ON ONE SKI

Polish skier Pawel Babicki loses one ski at Bormio, but manages to complete the World Cup Downhill course on one ski.

Babicki lost his left ski early in his run and still made it down the course.

He traversed the track with one ski for nearly two minutes.

He finished the run in 2 minutes, 33.42 seconds, or 36.47 seconds behind winner Dominik Paris of Italy.



SKIING IN SNOWDONIA Circa 1959

Love the vintage video below showing some passionate skiers enjoying some skiing in Snowdonia.

ESSENTIAL KIT FOR WINTER TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE NEVER LATE! 🀣

I wish I got one of these for Christmas!


NEW FOR ANGLING!

The Vail Valley anglers in action below.

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

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