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Will China save skiing? Iceberg towers over village, would you like to pull your own? Butterflies migrate over Mt Hood. NEW & UPDATED

 

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

 

WEDNESDAY 18TH JULY

WILL CHINA SAVE SKIING?

There are reportedly 100 million skiers and snowboarders globally.

It's not new news that China aims to create 300 million snowsports enthusiasts before the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

The future of winter sports in China is uncertain, but imagine if even a portion of China's population - at 1.4bn - fell in love with skiing...

The impact would be drastic.
Beidahu ski resort, skiChina.com imageBeidahu ski resort, skiChina.com image

























By the year's end China will have 700 ski resorts - that's more than all of Europe - built over just 20 years.

The country aims to have 1,000 by the 2022 Olympic Games.

And they are developing young athletes to compete in winter sports to bring home some medals, of course.

For now, most Chinese visitors come to Europe and America during the summer months, Wengen and Grindelwald in Switzerland are a favourite spot for Asian tourists in Europe, as is Yellowstone National Park & other national parks in the USA.

How will this all play out?
Nanshan ski resortNanshan ski resort. skiChina.com image

























The International Olympic Committee has today announced five new ski and snowboard events will be included at the Beijing Olympics:

TUESDAY 17TH JULY

HUGE ICEBERG IN GREENLAND THREATENS VILLAGERS

An enormous iceberg has drifted close to a settlement in Greenland.

The iceberg towers over houses on a promontory in the village of Innaarsuit but it is grounded.

There are fears though that should a large chunk of the iceberg split, it may cause a tsunami, as a result the residents have been advised to move to higher ground.

Watch the small shock wave in the video below as a small section of the iceberg breaks off into the water.

Imagine the size of the wave should a massive chunk calve off.

The following timelapse video shows the iceberg drifing close to the settlement.

MONDAY 16TH JULY

COULD THIS BE THE ANSWER TO QUEUING FOR A DRINK?

How about this for an idea?

Why not integrate a drinking pass with a lift pass and then let the punters pull their own pints or pull their own wine?

The team over at Pour My Beer, a company specializing in automated beer-serving devices, has proposed integrating a self-serve drink system with ski passes.

This would allow skiers and snowboarders the chance to pour their own beers at mid-mountain bars and automatically charge their round to a credit card.

What could possibly go wrong?

Pour your own!Pour your own!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY 15TH JULY

BACKFLIPS WITH BUTTERFLIES

Every few years, the monarch butterflies take a migration route directly over Mount Hood, in Oregon US.

It seems to be a random event and you're lucky if you happen to be there when it occurs.

Brandon Sorel was snowboarding at Mt Hood in recent days and when he did his backfllip, he took to the air with thousands of monarch butterflies.

Snowboarding with monarchs at Mt HoodSnowboarding with monarchs at Mt Hood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A post shared by Brandon Sorel (@brandonsorel) on Jul 8, 2018 at 4:37pm PDT


In 2017, Tim Jones happened to be already filming while Connery Lundin was skiing when millions of monarchs arrived to steal the show.

It's all about being in the right place at the right time.

A post shared by Timothy Jones (@timjones_video) on Aug 3, 2017 at 12:10pm PDT


Monarch in flightMonarch in flight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 14TH JULY

PING PONG IN SKI BOOTS

We can't think of many things - other than skiing - that we'd like to do in ski boots.

Playing table tennis is certainly not one we'd recommend.

And definitely not 180 games of table tennis.

Non-stop.

On Monday, James and Joe from the Ski Club of Great Britain will be taking on the challenge in aid of the snowsports youth charity Snow-Camp.

James and JoeJames and Joe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They're hoping to raise £500, enough for five young people to experience skiing or snowboarding for the first time or to employ an apprentice for a month.

The ping-pong-athon is estimated to take around 10 to 11 hours and will be continuous (except for toilet breaks).

Previous Snow-Camp apprentices will be there to offer support and snacks along with the Ski Club President, GB's ex alpine racer Chemmy Alcott, who will probably tackle some ping-pong herself.

Good luck to them.

Updates will be posted on the Club's Instagram page.

If you want to sponsor James and Joe, you can do  so here.

And if the duo want take to athletic endeavors in their ski boots to the next level then there are plenty of challenges ahead for the pair.

Here's a couple we've reported about on PlanetSKI Wink

World record holderMax Willcocks, world record holder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suited and bootedAl Machell runs the marathon: suited and booted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 13TH JULY

FILM TRAILER - ALL IN

It's the latest  epic ski film from Matchstick Productions landing in 2018.

This isn’t your typical “Women can shred too” film, this is a kick-ass ski film that just happens to feature as many women as men.

Shot on location in British Columbia, Alaska, Utah, Washington, Japan and South America.

Starring: Angel Collinson, Michelle Parker, Tatum Monod, Elyse Saugstad, Mark Abma, Wiley Miller, Johnny Collinson, and Cody Townsend.

 

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY

Afriski, the ski area in Lesotho, posted these three photographs earlier in the week.

They show skiers enjoying the snow at the weekend.

Afriski at the weekend - 9th July 2018Afriski at the weekend - 9th July 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But it is perhaps, not quite as it seems.

This photo was posted on Instagram by Krsty Motzouris with the following comment:  "To one of the best weekends โ›ท๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝโ„๏ธ๐ŸŽฟ๐Ÿฅƒ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿค™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿค— "

Afriski - one long run Afriski - one long run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is of course all man-made snow at Afriski and here are the cannons in action in the early evening, showing some bare patches on both edges of the run.

Snow cannons at Afriski at 6.58pm on 9th July 2018Snow cannons at Afriski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We guess most people who go to ski or snowboard at Afriski know the conditions, but beware the close-cropped photo!

It does though have snow and a few years back one of our readers, Steph Wiehe, sent us a report from Afriski:

THURSDAY 12TH JULY

KIDS ON SNOW

The 2017/2018 season of SnowKidz organised by the International Ski Federaton was record-breaking.

With 762 events in 31 countries, the programme has continued to grow at a steady pace.

Now SnowKidz has released a video from  last season's events:

 

TUESDAY 10TH JULY

AN ICEBERG MEASURING 6 KILOMETRES BREAKS OFF IN GREENLAND

Scientists in eastern Greenland witnessed an iceberg measuring 6 Kilometres (that's a bit under 4 miles) breaking away from a glacier.

The iceberg separated from the Helheim Glacier and drifted away.

The calving event, began at 11:30pm local time on 22nd June, and took over 30 minutes to break away.

The footage captured in the video below has been sped up so the calving is seen to happen in about 90 seconds.

The video shows a wide, flattened iceberg parting from the glacier, and so-called pinnacle bergs (tall, thin icebergs) detach from the larger mass of floating ice and invert in the water.

The team of NYU scientists are part of Holland’s research team that has studied the waters off the coast of Greenland for more than a decade by measuring subtle changes in water temperature and wave formation.

We wonder where this iceberg is heading?

Could it be hi-jacked and towed to the UAE?

(See post below dated 2nd July Towing Icebergs from Antarctica to UAE)

Iceberg measuring 6km breaks off Greenland GlacierIceberg measuring 6km breaks off Greenland Glacier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY 9TH JULY

SKIING IN THE UK.... IN A HEATWAVE

Yes, it's really possible, and we don't mean on a dry slope or in a nice cool indoor centre.

We mean on snow .... outdoors... in a hot, hot summer.

The Lecht in Scotland has been making use of the TechnoAlpin Snow Factory it brought in last Spring to make artificial snow and give skiers and snowboarders in Britain some valuable off-season practice.

It might be approaching 30 degrees Celsius, but that's not going to stop the keenest snowsports fans making the best of the small strips of snow and freestyle features, including an airbag.

The Lecht in summerThe Lecht in summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's obviously not just a gimmick.

GB Park and Pipe has just held a Pathway Camp there for some of the top young up-and-coming snowsports athletes.

"The only other way to get through this much training at this time of year is to head to the European glaciers, and even then there you don't get the opportunity to train from 9am to 5pm," says Lesley McKenna, GB Park & Pipe programme manager.

"In the past, going to the glaciers or southern hemisphere has been the only option for training at this time of year, and while those areas still the provide the best facilities, it is prohibitively expensive for most athletes, particularly the junior skiers and snowboarders.

"Having this facility at the Lecht is a fantastic asset and we're already hoping to plan more regular training sessions and camps there over the course of the summer."

WHERE DID YOU SKI AT THE WEEKEND?

This guy hoiked his way up the mountain in the Pyrenees at the weekend to find some skiable patches of snow.

He found this treasure trove at the Brèche de Roland, and combined a little pond skimming with his down hill skiing.

Love the video .. and thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŽฟโ›ท

 


FRIDAY 6TH JULY

THE ALPAKA IS DEAD

Regulars in the French resort of Tignes may be sad to see this sight....

Site of the Alpaka LodgeThe Alpaka woz 'ere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The popular bar for Brits and ski instructors, the Alpaka Lodge, used to be where this pile of building rubble now is.

The bar, restaurant and hotel in the Lac area has been demolished this summer and will be replaced by a much bigger hotel with a spa and underground parking.

Alpaka Lodge in July 2017As it was

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We reported last summer on the news that the Alpaka had been sold by its British owners Jill and Sander Carling after 30 years.

THURSDAY 5TH JULY

IRANIAN GENERAL ACCUSES ISRAEL OF STEALING ITS SNOW

Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran's Civil Defense Organisation, has said that "Israel and another country in the region have joint teams which work to ensure clouds entering Iranian skies are unable to release rain."

"We are facing the issue of cloud and snow theft," Jalali added.

He claimed that a recent survey showed that all mountainous areas above 7,200 feet between Afghanistan and the Mediterranean are covered in snow, except Iran.

Weather experts have, er, poured cold water on the suggestion.

Iran offers some skiing and snowboarding and one UK operator, Mountain Heaven, organises ski trips to the country.

Skiing in IranSkiing & snowboarding in Iran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 4TH JULY

WTF!

When you can't be bothered to take your skis off...

MONDAY 2ND JULY

TOWING ICEBERGS FROM ANTARTCTICA TO UAE

Last year the the National Advisor Bureau put forward a project of towing icebergs from Antarctica to the UAE coasts during the first quarter of 2020.

This year a further announcement has been made that the pilot phase of the project is proposed to start in the second half of 2019.

The idea is to use the icebergs as a new source of potential drinking water in the water-sparse regions of the United Arab Emirates.

The intention is to tow Icebergs from Antarctica towards the coast of Perth in Australia, or the coast of Cape Town in South Africa.

The estimated cost of the project is around $50-60 million.

PlanetSKI reported in the original announcement at the time in May 2017

The company involved is currently developing technology that would reduce the project costs, while also ensuring zero ice-melt during the transportation phase.

We're slightly cynical about this project at PlanetSKI and wonder why the UAE is not spending its money more effectively on desalination units that could provide the region with infinitely more water than an iceberg could ever produce.

The video below gives a little more information on the project.

There are some English subtitles further into the video of the Emirates Iceberg Project:

 

JULY SNOW IN BRITISH COLUMBIA CLOSES SKI AREA!

Yes! It's true.. and it's not the sort of headline we thought we'd be writing about Canada in July.

While residents of southern Ontario and Quebec are dealing with a July heat wave there's been a dusting of snow in British Columbia, Canada.

Snow has fallen on the Okanagan Connector on Highway 97C, and the conditions are slushy.

This webcam shot shows Highway 97C on the morning of Monday 2nd July.

These conditions are in stark contrast to 12 months ago when there region was experiencing big bush fires.

Webcam shot shows snow on Highway 97C on Monday 2nd JulyWebcam shot shows snow on Highway 97C on Monday 2nd July

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moreover, Big White, the ski area near Kelowna, got a dusting of snow too and some of the summer activities had to be put on hold due to the snow.

The Bullet Chair was closed on Monday and the biking and hiking trails are to remain closed until further notice as the snow accumulations have resulted in poor conditions.

Not quite what one expects in July ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Webcam - Top o The Bullet Chair - 2nd July Webcam - Top of The Bullet Chair - 2nd July

 












Some snow at Bullet Chair - 2nd JulySome snow at Bullet Chair - 2nd July
















SUNDAY 1ST JULY

THE REMARKABLES

At this moment as winter has got her steely grip on ski fields down-under, the snow and ski conditions at The Remarkables in NZ, look ... er .... 'remarkable'. ๐Ÿคฃ


VICTOR DE LE RUE TAKING ON A CHALLENGING LINE

Stunning!


SKIING AND 'CHUTING' OFF AIGUILLE DU MIDI

See the world through the eyes of Black Crows skier Michael "Bird" Shaffer in this quick edit from a spring trip to Chamonix.

The story goes like this .... The Aiguille du Midi lift is closed and the mountain is quieter than usual.

Bird makes his way up the Italian side of the Midi to access his line: the Éperon Frendo on the North face.

"Ski that thing, skip the rappels and fly off that serac at the bottom," says Bird.

Taking flight into the void is as simple as counting .. ONE... TWO... THREE ....

Would you leap into the abyss?

Parachuting off the Éperon Frendo on the North face - ChamonixParachuting off the Éperon Frendo on the North face - Chamonix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SKIERS V SNOWBOARDERS

Two skiers enjoying a peaceful moment on the empty slopes of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier are bombed by an army of snowboarders. ๐Ÿคฃ

Great edit.



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