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Moose, skijoring cowboy style, scary snow overhang, orange snow, now that's a snow slide! Taking a Tesla to the slopes, skis or snowboard? NEW & UPDATED

 

 

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

And now this month...

 

THURSDAY 29TH MARCH

A MOOSE AT YOUR HOOSE

Sandra Forbes from Bearspaw, in Alberta opened her front door to a moose.

She calmly captured the moment on her phone as the moose stood at her door after a heavy snowstorm blanketed the area.



HOLD ONTO YOUR HORSES, IT'S A DIFFERENT KIND OF SKI JUMPING

During this last blast of winter, while we in the Alps skid on ice ponds to celebrate the season's end, in the Wild West they put on their own display for all to enjoy.

Introducing skijoring, a kind of rodeo with skis.

Cowboys tow skiers at speeds of 35mph through a course made up of slalom gates and jumps.

Time for that pilgrimage to Jackson Hole?

SKIJORING TELEMARK STYLE

This is a first for us.

Here's some skijoring on Telemark skis and instead of horses the skier is being pulled along by three dogs.

Nice one - a little more sedate than the frenetic ride with horses.

#VeryElegant



WEDNESDAY 28TH MARCH

WHEN YOUR CABIN IS IN IMMINENT DANGER!

Norway has had its fair share of snow in recent days.

This photo was taken by Camilla Henrikke Daae-Qvale who sent it to the owners of the cabin.

The easter family trip to Sarnes in Nordkapp, Northern-Norway had to be cancelled for the first time in 20 years, once the family received this photo.

It's a case of too much snow! ❄️

Sno-way....  at Sarnes in Nordkapp, Northern-NorwaySno-way....  at Sarnes in Nordkapp, Northern-Norway 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 27TH MARCH

ORANGE SNOW

A Sahara sandstorm has caused orange-tinged snow in Eastern Europe.

Mountains in parts of Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria and Romania are transformed into unearthly landscapes as they appear 'Mars-like'.

"Meteorologists say the sand-spurred phenomenon happens once every five years," National Geographic reports.

Dust from the African desert mixed in the atmosphere with rain and snow from Europe in crossing winds.

It fell on European peaks, casting a rose snowy glow.

A sepia world:

Geek Ramanujam Facebook postThanks to Geek Ramanujam's Facebook post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY 26TH MARCH

AVALANCHE ... CREEPY SLOW ONE!

Car park near Mt Elbrus, Russia on 24th March 2018.

 

 


 

Fair point, well made:

Fair pointFair point

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY 25TH MARCH

TESLA IN THE ALPS

PlanetSKI has headed out to Champagny for a few days of spring ski touring.

As the uphill will be man-powered we have tried to keep a zero emissions theme.

Tesla X from Geneva with ZEAT.vip transfer service was the starter.

ZEAT are a sister company to Cool Bus so have a great pedigree of providing transfers in the alps, they have 2 Tesla X SUVs that provide transfers from Geneva and Chambery.

Using solar panels at the base in Bourg St Maurice and hydro generated electric charge points they  can provide a zero emissions transfer in a pretty cool car.

Tesla in the AlpsTesla in the Alps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tesla in the AlpsTesla in the Alps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So we arrived in style, now we just need to get those skins on and man-power up......

SATURDAY 24TH MARCH

SKIING OR SNOWBOARDING?

So, do you prefer getting round the mountain on a pair of skis or a snowboard? Wink

And there have been a few comments over on the PlanetSKI Facebook page...

THURSDAY 22ND MARCH

SPRING IS IN THE AIR!

We've had the spring equinox and so it's official, spring is here.

Jonna Jinton from Sweden, thinks so too, and has marked the occasion by hanging out her laundry... in deep snow ! 🤣

She captions her video  below, "Finally, the first month of spring is here! Sunshine, singing birds and the best things of all; being able to hang out the laundry to dry in the fresh air! :D"

Spring time to hang out!Spring time to hang out the laundry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 21ST MARCH

WEEKEND SKIING IN AVIEMORE, 70's STYLE

Back in 1970, Londoners took weekend ski trips up to Scotland.

The travel included a 15-hour bus journeys up north on Friday evening, with another similar bus-ride home on Sunday.

This short video features Joan Shenton who took one of those weekend ski trips to Scotland.

She talks about cold temperatures on the ski slopes at -12ºC with biting cold gale force winds on The White Lady.

The après ski cèilidh looked every bit as dangerous as slaloming down the slopes.

We love the chairlift in the video where the punters travel up sitting sideways.

Aviemore in the 1970's - sitting sideways on the chaiirlift!!Aviemore in the 1970's - sitting sideways on the chaiirlift!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


FFS.

Are signs like this really necessary on ski slopes?

Only in North America.

What a load of bollox...What a load of bollox...






























TUESDAY 20TH MARCH

ANY GUESSES WHERE THIS IS?

This year a particular ski area has had the most snow in living memory.

It had a massive dump early in March and then another collosal snowstorm hit it again several days ago, and they're still digging out.

Any guesses where it might be?

Russia? Finland? Canada? Alaska? Andorra? France? Italy?

No, it's not any of the above...

Guess where this is?  - 17th March 2018Submerged under snow - Guess where this is? - 17th March 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deep snow - Guess where this is? - 17th March 2018Deep snow - Guess where this is? - 17th March 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The big reveal.... it's the ski area of La Covatilla ... where is that we hear you say?

So, where is it?

It's a ski area in Sierra de Béjar to the west of Madrid, Spain.... astonishing.

#LetsGoSkiing

Estacion de esqui Sierra de Béjar - La CovatillaEstacion de esqui Sierra de Béjar - La Covatilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AT €3 PER CUBIC METRE OF WATER IT BECOMES EXPENSIVE TO CREATE SNOW!

Last season Kitzbühel in the Tirol in Austria produced 3 million cubic metres of artificial snow for the slopes.

A mix of natural and man-made snow creates great piste conditions.

And last winter - if we haven't blocked and put it far away in our minds - wasn't the most bountiful of seasons, snow-speaking.

So it was a lot of machine-made snow that was needed.

And the volume hasn't been matched this season, but at €3 a cubic metres, that means during Winter16/17 a whopping €9m was blasted into the fresh Tirol air...

The Ecologist imageSnow-making in Kitzbuehel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY 19TH MARCH

SLIPPERY SLOPE IN SWANAGE

We are on a an ice theme today.

We would be safe to say the Brits don't really see a vast amount of snow and ice in the UK so adequate footwear is sometimes, er, inadequate.

We'd say that crampons are needed to reach the top of this slippery slope in icy Swanage, UK....

Or all-fours! 🤣

 

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES FOR ICE CROSS DOWNHILL?

Is this a sport for you? If so, how do you get into it?

To be able to ice skate is a ‘given', and the desire for an adrenalin rush is a 'must', too.

Some of the athletes involved come from pure skiing backgrounds as well as ice hockey.

It is fast becoming a serious sport and you need to work out - hard.

You need to be strong to withstand injury.

And the training continues in the summer on wooden downhill tracks on rollerblades.

British Olympian, Alain Baxter made the transition from skiing to skating, and took up Crashed Ice in 2015.

"I made a career out of skiing. I competed at three Olympics and seven World Championships and spent 18 years on the national team. During that time, I also played Ice Hockey," said Baxter in an interview with Red Bull.

The transition for Baxter was easy, "I was able to skate so that helps. Being able to go downhill and turn and jump on snow is also a massive advantage."

And in terms of strength, Baxter had it too, "My legs are still as strong as a premiership rugby player. I’ve just done a series of physical tests to identify my strengths and weaknesses so I can tweak my training schedule for Crashed Ice. I was happy to see that I haven’t lost the strength in my legs that I built up when I was a pro skier."

Alain Baxter in action at Crashed Ice n BelfastAlain Baxter in action at Crashed Ice in Belfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is this a sport for you? Whet your appetite for Red Bull's Crashed Ice in the video below:

(Video: Red Bull Content Pool)

Here at PlanetSKI, we appreciate the skill and bravery of these powerful athletes - but guess what ..... we'd rather stick to our planks and poles!

The final leg of the thrilling Crashed Ice World Cup competition took place last week in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

If you're interested you can watch the final here.

SUNDAY 18TH MARCH

ONLY IN ASPEN

The Colorado resort is a favourite of the wealthy ski set.

So perhaps the exchange we witnessed on a lift is not surprising.

AspenMixing it with the rich in Aspen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woman from New York:  "Where do you come from?"

Man from UK:"London"

Woman from New York:  "Oh, I used to live in London."

Man from UK:  "Really? Where?"

Woman from New York (incredulous look on her face):  "Chelsea, of course."

Of course. 

Despite how it sounds, Aspen is an incredible place where the super-rich and the rest of us ordinary mortals ski and snowboard in perfect harmony.

See our report on our recent visit:

FRIDAY 16TH MARCH

FILM OF SCOTLAND'S POLAR BEAR CUB

Footage by Channel 4 shows the "confident and curious" cub "with a healthy pair of lungs", who was born in captivity the week before Christmas, at Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig, Scotland.

It was unclear at the time how many cubs were born to its mother Victoria.

It was the first cub born in the UK for 25 years.

Watch the cute little creature getting to grips with life in the two short videos clips below.

The Channel 4 programme, "Britain's Polar Bear Cub" airs on Sunday at 7pm.

We'll be watching. 😎


THURSDAY 15TH MARCH

HONOURED BY THE KING

It's not every day you receive a gift from the King of Switzerland.

Sorry?

OK, OK, he's not actually the King,  but he is the new global head of Switzerland Tourism, which is pretty much the same thing for all things Swiss and travel-related.

PlanetSKI's editor James Cove met and interviewed Martin Nydegger earlier this week in Grindelwald:

The new boss then hot-footed it to London for Switzerland Tourism UK's launch of its summer programme last night.

Anyone who's been to one of these events will know there's always an element of competition.

The Head of Media and Communications in the UK, Sara Roloff, comes up with a quiz to test participants' knowledge of Switzerland.

Sara RoloffSara Roloff explaining the night's quiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PlanetSKI came second once upon a time.

We went one better last night.

Our chief reporter Jane Peel was on the winning team and received "royal" approval.

She even got temporary custody of the crown.

Martin Nydegger & Jane PeelThe winner gets the crown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We'd like to say that victory was all our doing but there were quite a few others on the team, including one woman from - er - Switzerland,  and some of them might have played a small part in PlanetSKI's success.

Switzerland Tourism summer launchTeam number 1 working hard for the win

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever.

We're enjoying the Swiss chocolates....

Smile

HITCHING A BUBBLE RIDE

Possibly not a prank we would suggest anyone copies!

Watch the short video clip as a skier catches hold of the underside of the gondola.

He hitches a brief ride up the mountain, before letting go to ski off in the powder snow.

😎

A post shared by Level 1 (@level1) on Mar 12, 2018 at 9:54am PDT


 

WEDNESDAY 14TH MARCH

SILVERSTAR RECRUITS WITH SPOOF VIDEO

The ski area of SilverStar in British Columbia, Canada is on a recruitment drive... with a "Mission Impossible" styled spoof video.

If you know of youngsters looking for a gap-year winter season, then point them towards SilverStar.

Why wouldn't you want to work there?

* The ski area has been around for a while - it is now celebrating 60 years.

* It is 55 minutes from Kelowna airport.

* It has had its largest dump of snow recorded since 1950.

* In its blurb they say "SilverStar enjoys over 7 metres (23 feet) of annual "champagne" powder snowfall".

* It has sent a Paralympian, Curt Minard, to PyeongChang.

Watch the video below...

SilverStar recruits with spoof videoSilverStar recruits with spoof video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 13TH MARCH

Now the PlanetSKI editor is a bit of a fan of his bobble hats.

But sad news has reached us from Grindelwald where he currenly is.

His bobble hat has gone to meet its maker.

It is no more.

The bobble has separted from the hat on one of his all time favourites.

An ex-bobble hatAn ex-bobble hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And what is he doing in Grindelwald anyway?

SATURDAY 10TH MARCH

LYNX EFFECT

NOT the silly fragrance, but the elusive cat... the Canada Lynx.

Kelsey Neufeld spotted the wildcat this week while skiing at Red Mountain in British Columbia, Canada.

Beautiful!

The Canada Lynx has a thick coat and broad paws that supports its weight on the snow.


The Canada Lynx lives across Canada into Alaska and is a threatened species in North America, though recently successfully reintroduced into Colorado.

It has a choosy diet, feeding almost exclusively on snowshoe hares.

It also hunts medium-sized mammals and birds if hare numbers fall.

FRIDAY 9TH MARCH

THE ULTIMATE CLASS PHOTO

Do not adjust your screen, this photo is for real.

Fourteen students took to the 2,473m summit of the Pierre Avoi peak in the Verbier region to be photographed hanging off a rock face for the ‘highest class photo in Switzerland’, or possibly the world.

They posed for a photo while standing at a 90 degree angle.

The stunt was organised by HES-SO, the higher education institution in Valais, to emphasise the college had achieved 'new heights.

The students were selected to take part after undergoing a test in which they abseiled down a building at the HES-SO institute.

To shoot the scene the students had to have the courage and ability to hang on a climbing rope at 90 degrees off a mountain, while four cameramen, including two drone pilots, took the photograph.

The photo took an hour to create, then the students were allowed to powder ski down to Verbier.

The stunt took place on Wednesday 7th March.

Impressed? We are.

Students at HES-SO institute pose for a class photo in ValaisStudents at HES-SO institute pose for a class photo in Valais

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch the video below to see how the class photo was achieved.

 

SNOWBOARDER'S AVALANCHE ORDEAL IN TIGNES

Snowboarder Thomas Kray got caught in an avalanche while skiing off piste in Tignes, France.

Kray survived being swept away by managing to deploy his airbag.

The entire ordeal, and the avalanche he caused was captured on his head cam.

Kray had a narrow escape.

The snowboarder chose to make the video for safety purposes, so others could be aware of the dangers and could protect themselves when going off-piste.

He posted the video on Facebook on 4th March.

THURSDAY 8TH MARCH

MOTOR SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS OF 1955

Forget being pulled along by a horse or reindeer in ski joering, instead hitch a ride with a fast car or a motorbike.

That is what is happening in the video below taking place at the 1955 Bavarian Motor Ski Championships, cited to be the world's most dangerous sport.

Speeds of up to 100 miles an hour were being reached, and luckily it seems all competitors remained on their skis.

1955 Bavarian Motor Ski Championships1955 Bavarian Motor Ski Championships


















TUESDAY 6TH MARCH

EXTRAORDINARY! WHAT A CO-INCIDENCE!

The PlanetSKI editor was skiing through the trees in Breckenridge, USA, when he came across a skier wearing exactly the same as him.

The unidentified skier even had the same skis on.

It appears the poor skier had fallen over on the flat.

Not something our editor would ever do.    

A tumble in the treesA tumble in the trees















 

It also appears he (or she) had a few problems getting up.

Down and outDown and out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go on have another go:

Not much betterNot much better

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And staying in Breckenridge, USA, how about this for a good idea?

Especialy with the temperature at -12C (and that's without the windchill).

Free charging points for all variety of mobile phones in the main mountain restaurants:

Neat ideaNeat idea
















SUNDAY 4 MARCH

SKI RACERS AIR BAG

Dainese, the developer of the D-air Ski airbag vest, created the product with the idea that skiers, just as cyclists and drivers, should be able to take advantage of the benefits of airbag devices and technology.

The blurb says, "Seven sensors and algorithms are able to track a skier’s movements, responding quickly in the event that any anomalous movements are detected.

After its successful use at the 2015 World Cup, the vest has been adopted and endorsed by more and more athletes, who consider that it should become an industry safety standard."

Could this Hi-Tech Vest or airbag take off?

 

SATURDAY 3 MARCH

AWESOME DRIVE FROM WINTER PARK TO STEAMBOAT 🤣

PlanetSKI was en route to Steamboat.

The 120 mile drive took around 2 hours, and the scenery along Colorado's Highway 40 (that ends just short of Salt Lake City, Utah) was truly magnificent.

Here are some photos from the drive, below.

(anyone who knows James understands his passion for certain words 🤣)

Rabbit Ear Pass - Highway 40 ColoradoRabbit Ear Pass - Highway 40 Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado - Highway 40Colorado - Highway 40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado - Highway 40Cattle Ranch, Colorado - Highway 40  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado - Highway 40Colorado - Highway 40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado - Highway 40Colorado - Highway 40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado - Highway 40Railroad - Colorado - Highway 40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY LUGE - #BEASTFROMTHEEAST

What to do when there's no school and conditions are freezing... go sliding of course!

Sgt Andy Graham takes his son out on the ice.... what fun!

Sgt Andy Graham slides with his sonSgt Andy Graham slides with his son

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 2ND MARCH

ELLIS BRIGHAM CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT SALE HAS STARTED

It's that time of year to grab yourselves some bargains at the Ellis Brigham Sale.

Check out some bargains in Men's Clothing, Women's Clothing along with discounts on Ski, Snowboard and outdoor equipment.

SEE FULL OFFERS HERE >>

UPDATE!   LOST & FOUND

Unable to find her way down to Winter Park base, PlanetSKI's Kisia Cove was lost on the mountain and rescued by Linda and her blind partner Jeff. (see 1st March post below)

The following day Kisia manages to find them on the mountain to say a massive Thank You.

Jeff & Linda - thank youJeff & Linda - Thank You

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY 1ST MARCH

UK SKI CENTRE IS CLOSED - TOO MUCH SNOW! 🤣

The Chatham Ski & Snowboard Centre in Kent is closed at the moment because of the snow.

This could only happen in England!

The Dry Ski Centre posted the following statement on its Facebook page, "Centre currently closed as we have an inaccessible car park and we have to be able to have emergency vehicle access and staff are struggling to get to site. We are cancelling lessons for today and will reschedule. Please check our website and this page for updates."

The snow centre's website states it has a bristle slope that is 130m long.

However, while its netting and meshwork may be filled with snow for the first time in many years, it seems it won't be used.

The Chatham Ski & Snowboard Centre - Closed!The Chatham Ski & Snowboard Centre - Closed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to Andy Rushton, the centre manager, "The hill is designed to be used in a particular way, and that it has matting and netting beneath the artificial snow.  Real snow would need to be handled in a completely different way."

We are a little confused at PlanetSKI, we thought snow-hills were for sliding on.... downwards.

However, another excuse for closure appears to be the car park and the access road.

It seems that about six inches of snow has fallen in the area and is causing problems.

Mr Rushton explained, "I'm a very frustrated centre manager who has had to close the centre as the country road to us, is only accessible by 4x4 and no way we could get an ambulance to the site if we needed to."

We have another idea, why not turn the car park and access road into a small cross country track!

#BeInspired  #Initiative  #OnlyInEngland


THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND

PlanetSKI's Kisia Cove got lost on the ski slopes of Colorado's Winter Park ski area this week trying to return to its main centre for that 'must-have massage':

"I had lapped the Super Gauge Express lift three times with little success as I tried to find the route back to the village, but I returned to the same annoying point each time.

The massage didn't look like it was going to happen. Frown

On my fourth attempt I shared a chair going in the wrong direction (up not down) with someone in canary yellow ski pants.

Linda and her 'blind' partner Jeff (wearing a crimson ski jacket)... asked politely and in true American style, if I was enjoying my day.

"No I'm not. I'm frustrated and utterly pissed off," was my undignified response.

I guess they were somewhat surprised, but I was lost and on the verge of missing my 1.30pm massage slot.

Linda became adamant I was not to miss the Alpenglow wellness experience as she raved about her own massage a couple of days earlier.

More delightful still, Jeff insisted they accompany me down the mountain.

"It's not a problem," he said, "we're just skiing around anyway."

His parting words at the top were "Follow Linda," and so I did.

So far so good, but bearing in mind he was ‘blind' he shot off like a torpedo as he led me super-quick down the mountain.

To the right spot.

And I made my massage with moments to spare.

I don't think they are PlanetSKI readers but I would like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to both Linda and Jeff... you got me down the mountain in time!

A BIG THANK YOU. 

Heading for a massage...Heading for a massage... on time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


HAIR BRAINED IN CANADA

Our daffy PlanetSKI reporter, Katie Bamber, has been at RED Mountain in Canada this week.

And floating on top of the snow she saw a lot of the fluff below:

BCWhat does this mean?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or what she thought was dark hair mixed in with the metres of powder, churned up by skiers.

Now the calm, level-headed Katie for two days in said deep snow, skied lightly and was concerned.

Too heavy-a-turn could uncover a body, like those stories go about missing adventurers or climbers who's bodies are discovered a century later due to melting glaciers.

"The movie Vertical Limits took its toll when I watched it too young all those years ago," she thought.

Vertical LimitsThe scene in Vertical Limits we assume has haunted our Katie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But no, actually it's the lichen seen hanging from trees in much of British Columbia.

It looks like greenish-grey hair and interestingly it can be much older than the tree it's currently living on due to blowing from one to the other.

Old Man's BeardOld Man's Beard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, RED Mountain is not founded on a burial site.

Apparently.

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