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Gwyneth Paltrow sued over ski crash, ski insurer makes The Times, World Snow Day + Greenland ice loss. ROLLING...

 

 

 

NEWS IN BRIEF STORIES FROM DECEMBER 2018

WEDNESDAY 30TH JANUARY

GWYNETH PALTROW SUED OVER SKI CRASH IN DEER VALLEY

Dr Terry Sanderson alleged in court documents filed this week that the American actress was out of control when she skied into him in 2016 in the resort in Utah.

He claims she then skied off without offering enough help and assistance.

Sanderson alleged that after Paltrow was going too fast and was distracted, resulting in "knocking him down hard, knocking him out, and causing a brain injury, four broken ribs and other serious injuries," she simply "got up, turned and skied away."

The actress has denied all the allegations.

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SATURDAY 26TH JANUARY

MPI BROKERS MAKES THE TIMES

The newspaper has carried a story about a police crackdown on ski thefts.

In a raid in Les2Alpes the gendarmes found a thief that had £14,000 worth of stolen skis and equipment in his apartment.

They had been stolen from outside restaurants, bars and other pubic places.

Most insurance companies don't cover such thefts.

MPI Brokers is the insurance company we use at PlanetSKI and one we recommend.

It does cover theft of skis and snowboards.

"The majority of travel insurance policies will exclude the theft of skis if left in a public place," Michael Pettifer, the managing director of MPI Brokers said.

"Some might cover skis that are locked up but the reality is most people do not ski around with a padlock and chain."

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See here for an earlier article about MPI Brokers:

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FRIDAY 25TH JANUARY

WORLD SNOW DAY GREAT SUCCESS

Sunday 20th January 2019 was World Snow Day.

It was the 8th edition.

Events were staged on all five continents.

South America had "snow" sports on sand dunes.

Canada and the US joined in offering free lessons and lifts passes in some resorts with more on snow entertainment.

China saw 114 resorts across the country with an array of activities.

Europe recorded the largest concentration of events with 464 events in 45 countries.

Wherever and whatever the event, the aim was to bring children to the snow.

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"For many Organisers, World Snow Day has become a tradition," FIS President Gian Franco Kasper reports.

"Families in their area look forward to events and this is truly important for the healthy future of snow sports."

As well as the physical events many celebrated World Snow Day online.

The World Snow Day message is thought to have reached 3.5 million people.

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WEDNESDAY 23RD JANUARY

GREENLANDS SUFFERS HUGE ICE LOSS

The country has gone through an "unprecedented" period of ice loss within the last two decades.

The Grace satellites revealed a four-fold increase in mass being lost from Greenland's ice sheet from 2003-2013.

The study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that ice loss subsequently stalled for 12-18 months.

See here for more on the BBC.

The group's analysis indicated that melting began soon after the onset of industrial-era Arctic warming in the mid-1800s.

2004-2013 experienced more sustained and intense melting than any other 10-year period in the 350-year record.

TUESDAY 22ND JANUARY

BRECKENRIDGE EXTENDS SEASON

The Colorado resort has said it will stay open until late May for first time since the mid-1990s.

The resort had originally planned to shut on April 21st.

It says it is confident that it will be able to remain open due to the huge amounts of snow that have fallen so far this winter.

Check out our latest snow report from North America:

Breckenridge says it does not intend to make snow.

The later date is subject to approval from the Forestry Commission.

We understand its sister resort of Keystone is also looking to extend.

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SATURDAY 19TH JANUARY

FURTHER AVALANCHE DEATHS IN THE ALPS

On Saturday two people died in Italy in separate incidents.

In the first near Mount Spicco in Valle Aurina six skiers were caught.

Five were dug out but the sixth, a 22-year old man, died at the scene.

In Val Gardena in Italy, where PlanetSKI has been skiing, an ice climber died after being hit by an avalanche.

His climbing partner survived.

The risk was Level 3 out of 5 in both incidents.

See here for an earlier PlanetSKI article about the spate of avalanche fatalities:

And here for our day on piste in Val Gardena, Italy:

FRIDAY 18TH JANUARY

NORWEGIAN INTRODUCES FREE WIFI ON TRANS-ATLANTIC FLIGHTS

If you are heading to ski in the USA this winter and want to stay on line then the airline, Norwegian, might be the one for you.

It flies to the ski gateway airports of Denver and Los Angeles.

Norwegian became the first airline to offer free wi-fi on all European routes in 2011, and the first to offer live TV in 2015.

The airline said more than 50% of its Dreamliner 787 fleet will offer free wi-fi by 2020.

We first came across the free wifi on Norwegian in 2013 when heading to Oslo to ski some of the resorts marketed by Norway-Home of Skiing.

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Norwegian is using the wireless inflight connectivity platform, CabinConnect by Collins Aerospace.

It uses the Inmarsat Global Aviation (GX) satellite network.

WEDNESDAY 16TH JANUARY

PLANS FOR HILLEND IN SCOTLAND

"We want to hear your views on potential plans to turn Hillend Snowsports into a multi-activity, all-year-round leisure destination," said Sports Scotland.

" Drop in on Monday 28 Feb to find out more about zip wires, Alpine coasters, retail space and so much more."

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TUESDAY 15TH JANUARY

INJURED SKIERS BACK IN TRAINING

It's good to see two of GB's freestyle skiers back on the snow in the mountains and hitting the jumps after long lay-offs.

18-year-old Madi Rowlands badly damaged her knee exactly one year ago, ruling out of Pyeongchang, which would have been her first senior Winter Olympics.

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Madi is a Youth Winter Olympics champion in the halfpipe and a bronze medallist in the slopestyle.

She posted this video on Instagram of her first jump in 12 months as she trained in Livigno a few days ago.

 

 

Her teammate Tyler Harding, who made it to Pyeongchang, but had to undergo knee surgery in the spring, is also back and flying.

 

With the news that Snowboarder Katie Ormerod is finally well on the road to recovery after her horrific injury in Pyeongchang, we're keeping our fingers crossed for a much better 2019 for these members of the GB Park & Pipe crew.


MONDAY 14TH JANUARY


FALL IN AUSTRIA MOUNTAIN DEATHS

268 people died on Austria's mountains in 2018, that's 22 fewer than the the previous year.

The figures come from the Austrian Authority for Alpine Safety.

The long-term yearly average is 292 deaths.

7,230 people were injured on mountains last year - down 777 from 2017.

"This development is pleasing, but also shows how important preventative efforts are in mountain sports," said the President of the Austrian Authority for Alpine Safety, Karl Gabl.

85% of the casualties were male.

15 people died in avalanches and 30 on the marked slopes.

More people died in the summer months with 88 hikers dying last year.

Not all deaths were sport-related, with forestry and hunting accidents also featuring in the statistics.

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SATURDAY 12TH JANUARY

MILLIE KNIGHT OUT WITH INJURY

The Paralympic skier has ruled herself and her guide, Brett Wilde, out of the World Championships.

"It is with a heavy heart that Brett and I wont be competing at the World Championships this year," she said on Twitter.

"We were so keen to defend our downhill title but due to an on going injury I am unable to give 100% and need some more time to recover."

Here at PlanetSKI we wish her a speedy recovery and looking forward to seeing her back on skis soon.

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STOCKHOLM + ARE CONFIRM JOINT 2026 OLYMPIC BID

It is now an official joint effort and candidature files have been submitted to the International Olympic Committee.

The only other contender, Milan-Cortina from Italy, has also submitted its bid.

We understand the Italian bid now has some government financial guarantees.

The Swedish Olympic Committee claims the majority of the Stockholm City Council is behind the joint candidacy from the two cities.

The initial Swedish bid was just from Stockholm but Are is now included.

It is 620 kms from Stockholm and would host the Alpine events.

Falun would hold the Nordic events of cross-country skiing and ski jumping.

Sigulda in Latvia would host the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton.

"We can prove that sustainability is a natural and integral part of the Winter Games concept," said the Stockholm 2026 chief executive, Richard Brisius.

"Our bid is about much more that the Winter Games of 2026, it is about embracing a new reality for hosting Games in the future."

The bidding for the 2026 has been a troubled affair with many cities pulling out after defeats in referendums:

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WEDNESDAY 9TH JANUARY

SNOW IN CHINA

Check out this scary video of snow - masses of it - falling from a stadium roof in China.

*Nobody was hurt from this snowfall (amazingly).


MONDAY 7TH JANUARY

A 32-year-old British national died this morning in Morzine.

It was a roadside accident in the French ski resort.

A driver was heading home to Thonon-les-Bains at 4.10am on Monday morning.

They did not see the pedestrian on the Bois-Venants road.

Despite the efforts of firefighters and the emergency medical services, the victim could not be revived.

The Montriond police department has opened an investigation.

Today we've reported on the harsh weather conditions in the Alps and unfortunately some fatal accidents in the mountains:

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SUNDAY 6TH JANUARY

PYEONGCHANG 2018 SKI VENUE TO BE DEMOLISHED?

The Korea Forest Service has demanded that the Alpine skiing venue be pulled down.

It wants it restored to its previous natural state.

The Jeongseon Alpine Centre was built in an area that was covered with 500-year-old trees.

Now, the state-run KFS has told the Gangwon Provincial Government that the original environment must be restored.

Some want it kept in order to attract tourists.

There is also hope it could be used for future international snowsport competitions.

FRIDAY 4TH JANUARY

VERBIER REPORTS XMAS RISE

The Swiss resort of Verbier saw a rise in skiers and snowboarders over the Xmas and New Year period.

It had more than 20,000 people over the festive period.

The number of visitors is up compared to the same period in 2018

The director of the Téléverbier lift company, Laurent Vaucher, put the rise down to the good weather and excellent snow.

The resort opened in early November - its earliest ever opening as we reported at the time here on PlanetSKI:

And check out this PlanetSKI feature on what is happening across the season:

And this is why the number were up - Boxing Day 2018 in Verbier:

And it seems Father Xmas made the resort his watering hole of choice after the big day, which must have helped boost the numbers:

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THURSDAY 3RD JANUARY

TEEN DIES FALLING FROM CHAIRLIFT

A 17-year-old has died after falling off a chairlift in Blue Mountain Ski Area, Pennsylvania.

The accident occurred at about 11.30 on Tuesday 1st January, 2019.

His death was ruled an accident, and state police are looking into whether the safety bar on the chairlift was down.

The young man was a junior hockey player.

Many condolences pour in for the tragic loss of life.

Last season in the USA 37 deaths were recorded from ski-slope accidents, the majority caused from collisions, trees or lift towers.

Meanwhile in France a young man also died from hitting his head on a rock by piste:

And years after F1 champion Schumacher's slope-side accident, his family celebrate his 50th:
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WEDNESDAY 2ND JANUARY

CHINA SET TO MAKE DOPING A CRIMINAL OFFENCE

China's official state news agency, Xinhua, has said any athletes found to have broken the law could be handed jail terms and  'criminal punishments'.

The country is set to make doping a criminal offence in 2019.

The Sports Ministry and judiciary are currently drafting proposals.

Germany introduced a similar law in December 2015 but so far no-one has been charged with the offence.

The World Anti-Doping Agency has criticised moves to criminalise doping.

China will be hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

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TUESDAY 1ST JANUARY

HUGE NEW SKI AREA IN SWITZERLAND CREATED

It has been talked about for years and now it has finally happened.

The resorts of Andermatt in Canton Uri and Sedrun in Canton Graubünden have been connected by a new gondola lift.

The official Opening Ceremony has just taken place.

 

COLORADO SNOW PACK SHRINKS

Figures just released show the snow in Colorado in the USA has reduced by 41% between 1982 and 2016.

Researchers revealed their findings at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting in December.

A team from the University of Arizona researchers the decline is attributed to climate change and the effect it is having on Western seasonal patterns.

A different study presented at the conference found that autumn is lasting longer and summer is starting earlier.

This leaves less time for the right temperature and precipitation conditions required for snow to fall on the mountains.

In short winter is being squeezed out.

"Our winters are getting sick," that study's author, Amato Evan of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, said at the conference.

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RECORD EARLY SEASON SNOW IN COLORADO

Aspen/Snowmass has seen a huge increase in snow at the start of the 2018/19 season.

Snowmass Ski Area received 2.26m of snow in November and December.

That's more than double the 1.09m for the same peried last year.

Aspen Highlands had 2.46m of snow this November and December compared with 1.14m for the two months last year.

That's an increase of 110%.

Aspen Mountain has seen 1.67m for the two months this season compared with 0.96m last season. Buttermilk is at 1.06m so far compared with 0.51m last winter.

"The conditions on the slopes are so much better than last year and that has allowed us to open" significantly more terrain at all four ski areas, said Jeff Hanle, Skico senior vice president of communications to local media.

"We have 5,128 acres open compared to 1,898 last season."

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CONGRATULATIONS TO CAPT LOU RUDD

A British Army officer has become the first Briton in history to trek unaided across Antarctica.

Capt Lou Rudd, 49, finished the solo 921-mile ourney on last week after 56 days.

He is the second person ever to make the journey, after American Colin O'Brady completed the trek two days earlier on 26 December.

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"My number one priority and objective was to come out here and ski solo, unsupported and unassisted right across the continent and I've done that. That was always the primary objective," he said.

Rudd hauled a 140kg sled through 60mph gales, temperatures below minus 30 degrees celsius

He lost 2st 5llb (15kg) in weight during the expedition.

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