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FEBRUARY SKIING SECRETS

– It’s caption time folks!
– Gucci handbag – essential snowboarding apparel it seems!
– What ski racers do in the moments before the race
– Snow in Baghdad… & Weardale 🤣

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SKIING SECRETS STORIES FROM JANUARY 2020

SUNDAY 16th FEBRUARY

CAPTION TIMES:

Good point, well made

Good point, well made

Good point, well made

Good point, well made

Good point, well made

Good point, well made

SATURDAY 15th FEBRUARY
NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE!

We were waiting in the lift queue in Pila, in the Aosta Valley and came across an Asian snowboarder wearing her Gucci handbag.

The young woman proceeded to snowboard down the slopes while holding her handbag in the right hand! 🤣

Kitted out for the slopes in Pila complete with Gucci handbag

Kitted out for snowboarding on the slopes in Pila complete with Gucci handbag

FRIDAY 14th FEBRUARY
WHAT SKI RACERS DO JUST BEFORE THE START

Ever wondered what goes on in the minds of elite alpine skiers in the moments just before they hit the racecourse?

A few of the world’s top skiers have been revealing all for a short Behind The Scenes film produced by the International Ski Federation (FIS).

THURSDAY 13th FEBRUARY
SNOW IN BAGHDAD

Iraq’s capital Baghdad woke up on Wednesday morning to a thin dusting of fresh snow.

It’s an extremely rare phenomenon for one of the world’s hottest countries.

SNOW IN WEARDALE

And today 13th February, Weardale in Co Durham has had a decent covering of snow.

Hopefully it’ll last until the weekend.

Weardale Ski Club is situated 30 miles west of Durham offering the longest lift served ski run in England with 423m of skiing with a vertical rise of 95m.

Snow can come anytime between November and April.

They aim to open at weekends and Wednesdays, but if the snow cover is good, they open on other days too when volunteers are available.

WEDNESDAY 12th FEBRUARY
GETTING HIGH (ER)

The ski resort of La Thuile in the Aosta Valley in Italy sits at 1,441m.

The skiing goes up to 2,579m.

It is possible to get even higher.

La Thuile, Aosta Valley, Italy

MONDAY 10th FEBRUARY
HUMONGOUS LIFT QUEUES AT VAIL

Vail Mountain was at the receiving end of an epic 96.52cm (38 inches) of fresh snow that attracted thousands of skiers over the weekend.

The snow was terrific and the the lines for the chairlifts were epic too, or should we say ‘horrific’.

This was the sight at Vail Mountain on Sunday 9th February.

The queues were equally long on Friday and Saturday.

Jamie Leary posted the short video clip of the lift queue from her chairlift as it took her up the mountain.

She was one of the lucky ones.

Jamie Leary commented on Twitter, “This was INSANE. Sundown Bowl opened later in AM at Vail. Five min of pure joy followed by 2 hrs of misery… not sure the people in the end of that line made it up before closing!”

We think there may have been a lot of very grumpy skiers!

And here’s Greg Johnson, Vice President of Mountain Operations, explaining in the video just how much snow fell over the weekend at Vail Mountain.

SATURDAY 8th FEBRUARY
NOT WHAT YOU EXPECT

Loving this short video shot early in the ski season at US’s Mammoth Mountain.

The short clip from Instagram shows an adult bear with her cub perching bird-like in the snowy branches of a pine tree.

We can see the hefty bulk of a large adult in the background but it’s the cub that we see cheekily peeking out.

Bearing in mind this was shot during the early weeks of winter these bears would be winter-ready for hibernation and therefore bodily bulky. 🤣

Hopefully they’re both snuggled up for winter and snoozing away the winter in their den.

View this post on Instagram

Have a bear-y happy Thanksgiving! 🐻❤️❄️

A post shared by Mammoth Mountain (@mammothmountain) on

Brown bear pershing on the branches of snowy trees, three people on a chairlift peer down at the mother with her cub in the pine tree

Bears perching in pine trees at Mammoth Mountain

WEDNESDAY 5th FEBRUARY
TRICKS ON SKIS

It’s certainly fun to be able to do tricks on skis, but we’re not sure how essential it is to do this?

🤣 ⛷

Ski instructor special skills training part 2…#snowconnectingpeople

Posted by SNOWSPORTS ACADEMY AUSTRIA on Sunday, 2 February 2020

TUESDAY 4th FEBRUARY
HANDBALANCING WEARING SKIS AND SKI BOOTS

It’s incredible what some people do while wearing skis.

Watch Stefanie Millinger, a gymnast and an extremely flexible contortionist, handbalancing wearing her heavy ski boots with hefty bindings on her skis  🤪

Her nickname is Milli, and she’s from Salzburg, Austria.

(… and she’s performing her act wearing Atomic skis)

Wow! Stefanie Millinger handbalance on skis

MONDAY 3rd FEBRUARY
GOOD POINTS, WELL MADE

Hard not to agree with these sentiments.

They were on the lift in Schladming in Austria that links the ski area of Planai with  Hauser Kaibling.

Good point, well made

Good point, well made

Good point, well made

Good point, well made

We took the chair on our recent visit to the Austrian resort.

And these are some of the articles we posted from our visit.

Postcard from Schladming

Schladming night slalom

Coming in to land at Klagenfurt

SATURDAY 1st FEBRUARY
GURGL OR GOGGLE

Dave Ryding’s goggle banter with the boys in Austria.

So how would you say Obergurgl and Hochgurgl? 🤣

How Obergurgl-Hochgurgl becomes Gurgl 😁 #DiamondoftheAlps

Posted by Obergurgl / Hochgurgl / Gurgl on Friday, 24 January 2020

 

A TIGER IN THE TAIGA

Boris is a Siberian Tiger.

He’s an impressive beast as he roams through the snowy Taiga in Russia.

Watch the short clip below and listen to the crisp, crunchy sound underfoot.

The Taiga is a forested region in the subarctic region.

THIS IS A BOBSLA

It’s a new Austrian invention, it’s a one person electric vehicle that’s a mix between a snowmobile and a go-kart.

Unlike traditional snow vehicles, the Bobsla doesn’t have a steering wheel but it seems to be controlled by two levers to the left and right of the machine and then it simply slides and drifts around on the snow.

It has a plastic front-end that absorbs any impact, a bit like the dodgems.

Although it seems a bit clumsy at first when the driver accelerates, then, woosh it can hit a top speed of around 20mph.

It has 12-kW dual-motor as well as a pair of treads on the rear.

It’s a new activity on the snow and this year it is available in at the ski resort of Obergurgl in the Austrian Tirol – The Bobsla in Obergurgl 

The ski area a bought several units that can be rented for 15 minutes for €20.

Bobsla image of a yellow box like vehicle on caterpillar tracks, set against a snowy background with yellow fencing at the edge of the mountain

The Bobsla an Austrian Invention (photo: BobslaTirol Instagram)

Man sitting in a yellow box like vehicle racing along a snow track, with snow kicked up at the back of the caterpillar tracks sun shining in a blue sky

The Bobsla an Austrian Invention (photo: BobslaTirol Instagram)

Have a look at the Instagram post for some recent action in Obergurgl.

Watch the video below to see the mighty Bobsla in action, the video shows how easy it is to ride and drive.

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