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Norway Xmas tree on its way, putting our feet up, is ski racing too dangerous? + deep snow close to Gnifetti Hut in Aosta. NEW & UPDATED

 

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

 

THURSDAY 29TH NOVEMBER

THE NORWEGIAN CHRISTMAS TREE FOR TRAFALGAR SQUARE

Each year since 1947, the people of Norway have given the people of London an enormous Christmas tree from its forests as a thank you for the help that Britain provided Norway during WWII.

And this tree is the one that has been felled to sit in Trafalgar Square during December 2018.

It's a Norwegian spruce (Picea abies) over 20 metres high and between 50-60 years old.

It is chosen from the forests surrounding Oslo with great care several months, sometimes even years, ahead of it being donated to London.

The Norwegian foresters describe the tree for London as 'the Queen of the forest'.

The Christmas Tree from Norway destined for Trafalgar SquareThe Christmas Tree from Norway destined for Trafalgar Square - December 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tree was felled in November during a ceremony in which the Lord Mayor of Westminster, the British Ambassador to Norway and the Mayor of Oslo participated.

It is then brought to the UK by sea, completing its journey to London by lorry.

A specialist rigging team hoists the tree up into Trafalgar Square using a hydraulic crane.

It is decorated in traditional Norwegian fashion, with vertical strings of lights.

This year the lights will be turned on on 6th December at 6pm.

As soon as its up.. we'll be sure to share more photos on PlanetSKI.

Thank you #Norway

Chopping down the 'Queen of the Forest' destined for LondonChopping down the 'Queen of the Forest' destined for London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER

PURE JOY

PlanetSKI's winter is made up of pretty much two things - skiing and work.

Anything else, including eating, drinking and sleeping, has to be fitted around them.

But there's one indulgence our chief reporter Jane Peel can't resist if she can find a spare hour.

It's the deep tissue massage.

Jane reports that she's found what could be the best in the Alps.

It's at the Spa at the Altapura Hotel in Val Thorens and therapist, Caroline, is her new best friend.

At the Pure Altitude Spa, Val ThorensJane with Caroline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Spa uses the Pure Altitude brand of products that have been developed by the hotel owners, the Sibuet family.

They include organic oils and creams made with mountain plants including edelweiss, alpine rose and snow algae.

It's heaven on a massage bed.

Pure Altitude spa, Val ThorensHeaven on a massage bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you're going to Val-Tho and have a bit of cash to splash (yep, it's not cheap at €135 for 50 minutes), or can persuade someone to give it to you as an extra special Christmas treat, do it.

Pure Altitude spa, Val ThorensSpa at the Hotel Altapura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And it's worth having a look around the lobby area of the hotel while you're there too.

Altapura Hotel, Val ThorensHotel Altapura, Val Thorens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Altapura Hotel, Val ThorensHotel Altapura, Val Thorens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find out what Jane did when she wasn't lying on a massage bed as Val Thorens opened at the weekend:

MONDAY 26TH NOVEMBER

IS SKI RACING TOO DANGEROUS?

We ask the question after Erik Guay, one of Canada's most decorated alpine skiers, has decided to walk away from the sport with immediate effect.

It followed an horrific crash by teammate Manuel Osborne-Paradis who was taken off the mountain by helicopter.

He is said to be "doing well" after breaking his tibia and fibula.

Guay made the announcement last Thursday ahead of the World Cup event in Lake Louise, Canada.

 

Guay had 25 World Cup podiums with five gold medals across the downhill and super-G disciplines.

He took the World Championship title in the disciplines in 2011 and 2017.

Lindsey Vonn has also ruled herself out of Lake Louise after damaging her knee in training.

SUNDAY 25TH NOVEMBER

JUST LOOK HOW DEEP THE SNOW IS IN MONTEROSA

Anyone skiing in Italy at the moment?

Check out the deep pow close to the Gnifetti Hut that is a refuge in the Alps in the Aosta Valley.

We wanna go #skiing.

 

Deep Pow close to Gnifetti Hut, the Aosta Valley Deep Pow close to Gnifetti Hut, the Aosta Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 24TH NOVEMBER

VAL THORENS - PREPPING FOR OPENING WEEKEND

This is Seb in his groomer - making sure that the ski slopes in the Peclet sector of Val Thorens would be in perfect condition for opening day on Saturday.. and that's today.

Happy skiing folks!

Merci Seb! ⛷️ 👏

FRIDAY 23RD NOVEMBER

DUMPING DOWN UNDER!

No it is not an old headline we wrote last summer.

There have been some unseasonal snowfalls in Australia - more than two months after the ski season ended:

Perisher, AustraliaPerisher, Australia p> 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mt Buller, AustraliaMt Buller, Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And if you want to know what it was like back in September...


THURSDAY 22ND NOVEMBER

BLACK FRIDAY IS UPON US!

Who wants to bury their head in the sand until Black & White Friday is over?

This short video sums up exactly how some us at PlanetSKI feel at this precise moment, as we try to unclutter our email in-boxes that offer us endless opportunities to spend our cash!

When all we want to do is to go skiing!

#GoSkiing

 

CHOCOLATE COMPETITION

The World Chocolate Masters is the only competition in the world dedicated to the individual creativity of chocolatiers and pastry chefs with chocolate... and it took place recently ..... where else but in Switzerland.

 

... and this year the winner was Elias Läderach from Switzerland with his Urban Leaf creation.

YUM YUM!

Urban Leaf Patisserie by Elias LäderachUrban Leaf Patisserie by Elias Läderach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 21ST NOVEMBER

LES GETS - IS IT THE PERFECT SKI DESTINATION?

Our friends over at the British Alpine Ski School, BASS , think so.

They have just written a blog singing the praises of the French resort that is in the mighty Portes du Soleil ski area.

Here at PlanetSKI we also have a large soft spot for the resort.

"My children, all now in their 20s, learnt to ski here. It is the perfect resort for families with its quaint village charm and fabulous slopes. There is also some good advanced terrain," said the PlanetSKI editor, James Cove.

"Don't be fooled into thinking that Les Gets is just for beginners though," said Becci Malthouse from BASS.

"More experienced skiers have fast access to the Ranfoilly bowl and Perrières with a great range of cruisy red runs but head to Chamossière for it's challenging red and black runs and off-piste freeride zone."

See here for further details about BASS, Les Gets.

Les Gets, FranceLes Gets, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY 20TH NOVEMBER

Good point, well madeGood point, well made

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY 18TH NOVEMBER

THE ULTIMATE SKI-IN/SKI-OUT HOTEL

The Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers in the Vallée de Joux in western Switzerland opens in 2020.

And as far as we know it will be the first hotel were guests can ski down the roof straight on to the slopes.

All the 50 rooms will be connected to the roof/ski slope.

"Quite early in the process we fell in love with this idea of a terrace building that follows the topography, the site is essentially sitting in a slope," said Daniel Sundlin from the group building the hotel.

"There's a local cross-country trail just in front of the building, so in the wintertime you will be able to enter the roof terraces directly from the hotel room corridors."

"There will be an adjacent space where you can change gear and put your skis on and essentially just ski down the ramp and out into nature. "

As well as the hotel rooms there will be two restaurants, a bar, a spa and a conference centre.

On the drawing boardOn the drawing board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers The Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 16TH NOVEMBER

ED DRAKE CHATS ABOUT SKI RACING AT LEVI THIS WEEKEND

Listen to former alpine racer and Eurosport commentator, Ed Drake, discussing ski racing that is taking place this weekend.

During this episode Ed's guests are Ben Clark and Paul Telling as they discuss the Women's and Men's World Cup Slalom, from Levi, Finland.

The women are set to ski on Saturday and the men on Sunday.

Who will take the opening slalom of the season?

Who's backing Rocket Ryding for a podium finish?

Read more about Dave Ryding here as we also preview Levi.

Click on the image below to listen to the Ed Drake and co on Soundcloud.

 

THURSDAY 15TH NOVEMBER

SKIERS V SNOWBOARDERS

How was it back in 1985?

(Original footage ©CBC 1985)

And there has been a bit of reaction to the video on the PlanetSKI Facebook page:

Facebook reactionFacebook reaction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the PlanetSKI Facebook page to add your comments.

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WEDNESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

WIN A FREE 5* SKI HOLIDAY BY EATING ITALIAN FOOD

Tour operator Inghams is running a Christmas competition with the casual dining restaurant chain ASK Italian.

The winner of the competition will receive a ski holiday for two to Italy, staying in the five-star ADLER Spa Resort Dolomiti.

This Christmas, ASK Italian is channelling the Italian Alps through decoration and dishes, such as the Festive Cheese Fondue.

Enter the competition via ASK Italian's website, or by posting images of your dining experience on ASK Italian's Instagram.

Tag @ASKItalian and @InghamsHolidays to be in with the chance of winning.

The competition will run until 1st January and the winnter will be announced by the end of January.

The prize includes:

  • A seven-night ski holiday for two
  • Standard accommodation on a half board basis at the five-star ADLER Spa Resort Dolomiti
  • Return flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Two six-day, whole area lift passes
  • Ski / snowboard and boot hire for two people
5* Adler Spa Resort in the Dolomites5* Adler Spa Resort in the Dolomites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

JAPANESE OCTOGENARIAN TAKES ON NEW CHALLENGE

He's 86 with a heart condition and he's planning to climb up and ski down South America's highest mountain.

But Yuichiro Miura is no ordinary 86-year-old.

The Japanese adventurer became the oldest person to climb Everest when he was 70.

He's since done it aged 75 and 80.

He's tackled Aconcagua in the Andes in Argentina before too, but it was 30 years ago.

He'll take it on again in January with a team including his son, Gota, who competed in moguls in two Winter Olympics.

What an amazing man.

Yuichiro Miura in 2013Yuichiro Miura in 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miura will also be accompanied on his latest expedition by reporter Motoki Kaneko.

MONDAY 12TH NOVEMBER

AS SEEN FROM SPACE

Now we all like images of the mountains.

But check these out.

A selection taken by NASA from the International Space station and the Space Shuttle in recent years.

Stunning.

The Rocky MountainsThe Rocky Mountains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Himalayas, 1985The Himalayas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mt KilimanjaroMt Kilimanjaro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mt Hood, Oregon, USAMt Hood, Oregon, USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mt FujiMt Fuji

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mt EverestMt Everest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

WINTER APPROACHES

It's getting closer to that time of year again.

Good point, well madeGood point, well made

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

SKIER v DRONE

So, which can travel faster - a skier or a drone?

Not just any old skier - the Olympic bronze medallist, Victor Muffat-Jeandet.

And not just any old drone pilot - against two times World Drone Racing Champion, Jordan "Jet' Temkin.

The course - dual slalom.

 

MEANWHILE IN AUSTRIA...

Marco Seitner's recipe for his perfect ski day in the Tirol's Zugspitz ski region.

He runs the Lermoos Alpinschule, but each day he makes sure he takes time to enjoy the mountains.

Zugspitz ski area seems to be a 'hidden gem', great for family skiing and offering value for money.

THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

WOW!

Kai Jones is a seriously good freeskier.

He's also just 11-years-old.

We doubt you've ever seen anything quite so impressive in someone so young.

Last season he was filmed taking on the gnarliest of routes in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

This is the result just posted by Teton Gravity Research.

Watch and enjoy.......

WILL SMITH SKIS IN DUBAI

We've done it at PlanetSKI.

We've even brought you video footage.

But this film is a bit more Hollywood than our efforts.

Watch and enjoy as American actor Will Smith goes skiing in Dubai ...

WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER

THE EAGLE FLIES IN TO SUPPORT CALGARY OLYMPIC BID

Eddie ‘The Eagle' Edwards has been drafted in to boost the troubled Calgary Winter Olympic bid.

The former ski jumper - real name Michael Edwards - came to fame when he competed for Britain at the last Winter Games to be held in Calgary in 1988.

Eddie The EagleEddie The Eagle in Calgary 1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campaigners who want the city to bid for the 2026 Olympics arranged for him to attend a rally this week.

The Calgary Herald says he spoke to reporters as he arrived at the airport.

"I think Calgarians in 1988 were so proud to host the OlympicsGames and it was such a special Olympics," he said.

"I'm very biased because I loved it and it was my first, it was my dream to get there.

"But is was a fantastic Olympics - the Jamaican bobsled team and myself."

The decision on whether Calgary will stay in the race is on a knife-edge.

A referendum of city residents is due to be held on Tuesday next week, 13th November.

We wonder whether any will be swayed by our Eddie....

Calgary 2026 referendumThe people will decide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER

SHIFFRIN KEEPING SHTUM

It's mid-term election day in the USA but the leading ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin has no intention of revealing how she's voting.

The double Olympic and three-time World champion says she's too scared to make her views public because of what she calls a "toxic" political climate.

"If the whole political climate wasn't as toxic then maybe it would be more attractive," she says in an interview with CNN's Alpine Edge.

"Maybe it would be easier for me to be proud of voting and be able to say, 'Yeah, I voted for this person and here's why,' and not feel like I'm going to get totally hammered for that."

Mikaela ShiffrinMikaela Shiffrin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 23-year-old has seen teammates come in for criticism on social media for airing their views.

They include Lindsey Vonn who was attacked for saying that she would refuse to go to the White House if invited after the Winter Olympics in February.

Since doing the interview, Shiffrin has revealed on Facebook that, although she toyed with the idea of not voting, she has sent her ballot off.

Job done.

SNOW SENDS US CRAZY

Here's another way to er, enjoy snow :-)

MONDAY 5TH NOVEMBER

MOGUL FACTS

We could argue about the exact percentages, but hard to disagree with the general idea:

Fair point, well madeFair point, well made

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And while we are on the subject of fair or good points being made well:

Good point, well madeGood point, well made

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

BEAR DETERMINATION

OUCH!

It appears cross-country skiing is more dangerous than it first looks.

 

FRIDAY 2ND NOVEMBER

20-YEAR OLD GETS THE DREAM JOB

Jackson Lebsack from Montana in the USA will fly to seven countries on three continents this winter.

He will ride at more than one dozen resorts served by the Epic Pass, offered by Vail Resorts.

He will be given the latest video equipment and will need to document his experiences at each of the resorts he visits.

And he gets paid $10,000 for doing it.

Jackson Lebsack Jackson Lebsack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the course of two months, he will visit resorts in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, France and Japan.

And here is his job application:

THURSDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

GUESS THE RESORT

Right then, where is this?

It is one of the most famous ski resorts in the world seen from an unusual angle.

We spotted it on social media and thought it worth reproducing.

If you know the answer then feel free to comment on our Facebook page.


Which resort?Which resort?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


No cheating please.Wink


MOGUL MADNESS

Moguls - most people either love them or hate them.

Wonder what emotion this skier has:

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