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Earthquake hits Alaska, Vail local dies in the backcountry, Ski Amis wins, A-Basin expands, Cairngorm report delayed + Canadian curlers disqualiifed for being drunk. NEW & UPDATED

 

 

 

NEWS IN BRIEF STORIES FROM OCTOBER 2018

 

FRIDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

EARTHQUAKE IN ALASKA

An earthquake with a 7.0 magnitude struck outside Anchorage, Alaska.

Tsunami warnings are also now in place.

 

THURSDAY 29TH NOVEMBER

VAIL LOCAL DIES IN BACKCOUNTRY

Bindu Pomeroy died after jumping a cliff in the backcountry in East Vail.

He taught social studies at Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy where he had worked for almost 10 years.

The 44-year old was a well-known snowboarder, nicknamed "The Mayor of East Vail".

He was with a group of friends and was the last to jump.

He landed head-first and sunk into the snow.

His friends tried to revive him at the scene but were unable to do so.

 

WEDNESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER

SKI AMIS WINS

"We would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you who voted for Ski Amis! We have won Best Medium Chalet/Winter Sports Accommodation at the British Travel Awards 2018! We couldn't have done it without you," said Ski Amis this evening.

It's a very well-deserved win for our great friends over at Ski Amis

Congrats from us all at PlanetSKI!

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MONDAY 26TH NOVEMBER

A-BASIN EXPANDS

The Colorado resort is opening its new area, The Beavers, today.

468 acres is being added to the ski area with the opening of a new four-person chairlift.

The 34 new runs of the expansion include two new intermediate groomed runs, open bowls and glade (tree) skiing.

"We've been fortunate to have received good snow in October and November," said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin Chief Operating Officer.

"This past week's storm of an additional 22 inches has given us the opportunity to put the finishing touches on the new terrain."

"The conditions are fantastic. We couldn't be more excited to open this new, lift-served terrain to the public."

We reported on the expansion plans when they were announced.

And if you want to find out more about A-Basin then check out our report from when we visited back in 2017.

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SATURDAY 24TH NOVEMBER

CAIRNGORM REPORT DELAYED

A report into the structural problems that have closed the resort's funicular railway has been delayed.

It has been shut for more than a month as we reported earlier:

The report had been due to be published on December 3rd.

Bad weather has apparently made it difficult to examine the foundations of the railway.

It is expected the report will be published in mid-December.

It is feared the lift will be closed all season and will have a significant impact on business.

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WEDNESDAY 21ST NOVEMBER

CANADA CURLERS DISQUALIFIED FOR BEING DRUNK

The Olympic gold medalist Ryan Fry and his curling team have been disqualified from a tournament in Canada for drunkenness.

Fry won gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

His team at the Red Deer Curling Classic tournament, consisted of himself plus Chris Schille Jamie Koe, and DJ Kidby.

"They went out to curl and they were extremely drunk and breaking brooms and swearing and just unacceptable behaviour that nobody wants to watch or hear or listen to, and it was just

'enough was enough,'" Wade Thurber, the facility manager of the Red Deer Curling Centre, said to CBC Sports.

"There was some damage in the locker room and other teams were complaining about their stuff being kicked around in the locker room."

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Apologies have now been made on social media.

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TUESDAY 20TH NOVEMBER

CALGARY BID OFFICIALLY WITHDRAWN

The City Council has unanimously voted to officially end their bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

It was simply a rubber-stamping exercise after voters rejected the Games in a referendum earlier this month .

The vote was officially non-binding.

56.4% said No and 43.6% voted in favour.

We reported on it at the time and looked at the worrying position the IOC is now in:

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MONDAY 19TH NOVEMBER

AIMEE FULLER GETS A ROLE AT THE BOA

Team GB snowboarder Aimee Fuller has become the first snowsports athlete to sit on the British Olympic Association's Athletes' Commission.

The freestyler, who competed at the Sochi and Pyeongchang Games, is one of six Olympians to be elected by their fellow athletes to the body.

There were 21 candidates for the six positions.

The 13-member Commission contributes to the development of the team's values and philosophy, team kit, athlete opportunities and welfare planning during Games time.

It also works with the BOA and other organisations to ensure teams competing at Summer, Winter and Youth Olympic Games and Festivals are as best prepared as possible.

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"It's a huge honour to be elected by my fellow team members to the Athletes' Commission," Aimee Fuller said.

"Being able to represent Team GB at two Winter Olympics and watch my sport progress and be embraced by the Olympic community has been really special.

"I am really excited to join the Commission and work with the BOA to support the development of the team's values and philosophy as well as supporting my fellow athletes and the next generation as they progress and compete on the Olympic stage."

Fuller will serve for four years from 2019.

The other newly elected members are:

  • Georgie Twigg - hockey gold medallist, Rio 2016
  • Callum Skinner - track cycling gold and silver, Rio 2016
  • Kristian Thomas - gymnastics team bronze, London 2012
  • Liam Tancock - swimming, two-time Olympian
  • Eric Boateng  - basketball, London 2012 (elected to a second four-year term)

"I was personally delighted at the strength of all candidates who stood for election and I am proud that we have so many Olympians who are willing to stand up and carry the voice of their fellow athletes," said BOA Athletes' Commission Chair Ben Hawes.

"The BOA Athletes' Commission is in place to ensure that athletes' interests continue to be at the heart of everything the BOA does. The six new members will be a fantastic addition to our group and I look forward to working with them as we build towards Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022 and beyond."

SATURDAY 17TH NOVEMBER

600 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

It's going to be the largest snowsports event in Utah since the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

The 2019 freeski, snowboard and Freestle World Championships begin on February 1st 2019.

They take place at Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, and Solitude Mountain Resort,

US Ski and Snowboard is currently searching for more than 600 volunteers to help with the event - they will be helping at all the venues and events. And some will be meeting and greeting at Salt Lake City International Airport.

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Most are locals but they also come from Canada, Colombia and Europe.

There are 2,500 eight-hour shifts to fill.

There are currently 340 volunteers registered for about 1,360 shifts.

The volunteers get perks - they accumulate two day passes redeemable at any of the three resorts, for the first four shifts they work.

Then two additional passes for each two additional shifts.

They also get uniforms, like winter jackets, that serve as functional memorabilia from the event.


THURSDAY 15TH NOVEMBER

IKON PASS HEADS TO NEW ZEALAND

The international lift pass has added Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt to its stable of resorts.

It now has 38 destinations in 12 US states, four Canadian provinces and is on four continents.

Earlier this week PlanetSKI was at the London launch of the IKON pass at Ellis Brigham's flagship store at Covent Garden in London.

See here for all the details about the pass and the other resorts on it:
It is lined up against the Epic Pass offered by Vail Resorts and is adding resorts like it is going out of fashionas the two battle it out.
Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are located near Queenstown on the South Island in New Zealand. 

Mt Hutt is located 70 miles from Christchurch, also on the South Island.

"Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphere's epicenter of adventure with all kinds of adrenaline-filled activities, including renowned skiing and riding at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables," said Erik Forsell, Chief Marketing Officer of Alterra Mountain Company.

"The mountains' terrain and vistas are only matched by Queenstown's legendary nightlife. Award-winning Mt Hutt offers a big, friendly mountain with Kiwi hospitality. We look forward to Ikon Pass holders enjoying yet another incredible global destination."

And here at PlanetSKI we were lucky enough to ski the three New Zealand resorts in summer 2018 as we toured New Zealand in a motorhome.

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If you want to check out what they are like:
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WEDNESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

TRIAL DATE SET AFTER 12-YEAR OLD ATTACKED ON SKI SLOPES

An anesthesiologist, 46-year old Samuel Caruthers, is accused of punching a 12-year-old and hitting the child with a ski pole at Mountain Creek in Vernon, New Jersey, in 2016.

He is expected to go on trial next March pending legal submissions.

In earlier legal exchanges he said he acted in defence of his son who was allegedly skied into and then assaulted.

If convicted he faces 22-years in jail.  He has so far turned down any plea bargaining.

TUESDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

NEW PRIVATE JET CLUB FOR FLIGHTS TO SION

Here's something from our inbox that caught our eye.

It's the launch of something called Valais Privé.

It's a "private jet club" offering a new air route from London to Sion in Switzerland.

Sion is close to and gives easy access to some leading ski resorts.

Here's what the email sent to us said:

Your passport to year-round daily flights between London City Airport and Sion Airport.

Launching Winter 2018...

Members-only private jet club

15 minute check-in and flying from/to private jet terminals

Fixed flight ticket prices - valid all year

Membership now open - for more information or to register your interest please visit valaisprive.co.uk

So we visited the website to find out more.

We were interested to discover in the "about us" section that those behind the new venture include the founders of Powdair, the ‘virtual' airline that was launched in February 2017 and was due to operate last winter.

Powdair never got off the ground:

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SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

TRUMP HARMS SNOWSPORTS

That's the conclusion of the CEO of Aspen in Colorado. Is Mike Kaplan right?

Mike Kaplan believes the US President's policies on climate change and immigration are hurting the Colorado ski industry.

"Our industry is on the front line of the battle," Mike Kaplan, the CEO of Aspen Skiing Co., said of climate change in an interview with TV host Aaron Harber on KCDO-Channel 3 in Colorado.

We have covered his views in the past on PlanetSKI.

So, what does Kaplan want on the environment?

  • A tax dividend to encourage more such programs and penalties for heavy emitters of carbon

And on employment and immigration?

  • "We're continuously looking for employees and we also have a very large number of Latinos in this community. We are very concerned about the current policies and practices that are pushing them into the shadows."
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THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

ELLIS BRIGHAM MOUNTAIN SPORTS

Thinking about skiing in North America?

Then there's an event not to miss - a free evening at Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports.

Monday 12th November, 6pm - 8.30pm at the Covent Garden Ellis Brigham store.

The Ikon Pass is a collective ski pass that includes access to 35 ski resorts in the USA and Canada.

With the ski pass launching for its first season and as ski resorts open across the northern hemisphere, skiers and snowboarders (and newcomers) are welcomed to join Ellis Brigham and Ikon for a free event to celebrate the start of another winter season.

You can also try heli-skiing in virtual reality as CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures will debut Lines of Sight: A Guided Virtual Realty Experience.

Enjoy free food and drink while browsing the latest snow sports clothing and equipment.

As well with talking all things snow, skiing, and season stoke.

Attendees have the chance to win prizes including many 2-night stays in Ikon Pass destinations, £500 worth of snow sports gear, and a grand prize of flights to the USA + Ikon Pass for two!
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WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER

NEW BOSS FOR BRITISH PARALYMPIC ASSOCIATION

Mike Sharrock has been appointed as the new CEO.

He had a 30-year international business career with BP.

He led BP's tier 1 partnership with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

"I am truly thrilled to be joining such a great team. I was fortunate to witness the amazing success of ParalympicsGB at London 2012 and more recently at Rio 2016 and at this year's PyeongChang Games," said Mike.

"Through their incredible sporting success our Paralympic athletes have challenged perceptions and inspired a genuine change in attitudes towards disability.

"There is still much more to do and I look forward to working with the team to achieve further success in the coming years."

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Mike will take up the role in January 2019.

He succeeds Tim Hollingsworth OBE who is taking up the role of Chief Executive at Sport England.

TUESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER

ROAD RAGE DRIVER ‘COULD HAVE KILLED' OLYMPIC SKI CHAMPION

A driver is facing prosecution for allegedly driving within inches of an Olympic cross-country ski champion while she trained on roller skis.

Jessie Diggins, who won gold in the women's team sprint in Pyeongchang, says she could have been killed while training on a stretch of road near her home in Minnesota.

According to a local newspaper, a 37-year-old man has been charged with assault, reckless driving, careless driving, disorderly conduct and nuisance on a public roadway.

The incident happened as Diggins and her training partner trained on the road on 28th October.

She says they were skiing in single file and had left plenty of room for approaching vehicles.

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"The man driving the car buzzed us so close that I was rocked sideways from the wind," she said ina blog.

"He slowed to a stop, then when we tried to ski by him, he kept driving on the right side of the road so that we were forced to the middle of the road.

"When we sped up, he sped up. When we slowed down, he came to a stop, blocking us from getting back to the side of the road.

"I knocked on the window a few times shouting that he was going to get us killed, and he flipped me the finger and turned the music up.

"It was the most incredible display of aggressive bullying and "I'm bigger than you and I'm in a SUV so I'm going to harass you" that I've ever seen in person."

SKI RACER IN  FATAL PARAGLIDING ACCIDENT

The Swiss World Cup ski racer Gian Luca Barandun has died in a paragliding accident.

A statement from the Swiss Ski Federation said it was deeply saddened and upset, and the whole Federation mourned the loss of this young skier.

The 24-year-old died on Sunday morning.

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"In this difficult time, the whole Swiss ski family is thinking of the family of Gian-Luca," the Federation's Director Markus Wolf said.

"We send them our sincere condolences."

Barandun raced in the downhill, super G and giant slalom disciplines.

His best result was a 9th place in the World Cup alpine combined event in Bormio, Italy in December 2017.

RIP Gian Luca.

MONDAY 5TH NOVEMBER

ELLIS BRIGHAM DRY SLOPE SKI TESTS

Ski & snowboard outfitter Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports is offering free ski testing at dry ski slope centres across the UK.

It's the dry slope demo tour.

Whatever ski ability you are or however much you know about skis, this is your chance to see what the differences really are between the models.

This season's most popular 18/19 skis will be available for novice up to expert level to test out.

There's no extra charge to demo these skis, just book your ski session as normal with the your closest indoor slope and find the Ellis Brigham pop-up tent inside with all the skis in.

VENUES & DATES:

Glasgow Ski & Snowboard Centre
8th November- 6:00pm - 9:00pm 
Brentwood Ski Centre, Chelmsford
21st November- 6:30pm - 10:00pm 
Mendip snowsport Centre, Bristol
28th November- 6:00pm - 8:30pm 
Ski Rossendale, Lancashire
5th December- 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

NEW WEB SITE FOR FIS

The International Ski Federation has launched a re-design of its website.

It claims the site offers a "user-friendly, one-stop-shopping experience for anyone interested in skiing and snowboarding".

"With a simplified navigation and a focus on competitions and live timing, the new website will highlight what is most important to FIS stakeholders," a statement said.

"The FIS data will be presented in a modern format, while the editorial elements will have a sleek new display."

The website can be reached here and is accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop.

"We are very pleased to bring the new website to the skiing and snowboarding world," said Sarah Lewis, the secretary general of the FIS.

"It is no easy task to present essentially six sports on the same website to a widely diverse range of users, from National Ski Associations using the content as an everyday working tool, to followers and fans of different disciplines and events, as well as and youngsters looking for a SnowKidz event to attend.

"The new layout is designed for a seamless and simple experience for the user to find all necessary information about our disciplines, and more."

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FRIDAY 2ND NOVEMBER

2 DEAD IN NZ AVALANCHE

One person survived the tragedy as the team of three was swept away while they were trying to climb Mount Hicks in the South Island.

They were roped together and the survivor, Jo Morgan, ended up with her face out of the snow.

She was able to free hereself.

"I'm absolutely broken. Two of my very dear friends lost their lives today, under tragic circumstances. I just got really lucky," she said to TV NZ.

"They were buried and I was buried but had my face out so I could breathe," Jo added.

The 2 bodies have been recovered.

 

THURSDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

FRESH WARNINGS IN CANADA AFTER 3 CAUGHT IN AVALANCHE

They slid nearly 100m near the ski resort of Lake Louise in Alberta after recent heavy snow.

They were skiing a couloir on the east ridge of Mt. Patterson, north of Bow Summit on the Icefields Parkway.

One suffered head injuries and broken ribs and the others had minor cuts and bruises.

The more seriously injured skier was not wearing a helmet, but the other two were.

All are said to be shaken by the experience.

"Parks Canada visitor safety specialists were alerted by the groups inReach. Parks Canada reminds visitors who are travelling into the backcountry that they are responsible for their own safety," said a statement from the authorities.

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HIRSCHER WINS SKIEUR D'OR

The Austrian ski racer Marcel Hirscher is the winner of the 2018 Skieur d'Or trophy.

It's the 4th time he's won the trophy, which is awarded by the International Association of Ski Journalists.

He previously won in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

He equals the record of four wins held by Switzerland's Pirmin Zurbriggen.

Hirscher has 7 consecutive overall World Cup titles and won 12 competitions last winter.

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Hirscher was closely followed in the votes for the Skieur d'Or by Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic.

She shocked herself and the world by taking the Olympic Super G title in Pyeongchang on skis borrowed from Mikaela Shiffrin.

She is a snowboarder and also won gold in the snowboard parallel slalom.

She became the first woman to win gold in two different sports at a Winter Olympics.

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4,000 TREES FELLED IN COLORADO SKI RESORT AFTER BEETLE INFESTATION

Wolf Creek Ski Area says it has removed an estimated 4,000 trees.

They have been killed by spruce beetles over are area of 150 acres.

It has allowed a new ski lift to be built and created some new beginner and intermediate trails.

The trees have been dead for around 5 years.

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