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Mother's Day, Brexit: a ski instructor's view, unconventional gondola ride, Candide does it again, + look at those skis. ROLLING

 

 

 

 

SKIING SECRETS STORIES FROM FEBRUARY


SUNDAY 31ST MARCH

To all the mothers out there!

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful women who are reading this.

Those that have taught us skiing, those who've brought us skiing...

Crystal Ski Holidays - the UK's huge ski tour operator and organiser of thousands of family holidays - gives honour to all the ski mums out there:

Crystal Ski to mums out thereCrystal Ski to mums out there

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CrystalMother's Day love from Crystal Ski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 











To all the rad snowboarding mummas...

LovelandSnowboard mums














 

To mums with mini skiers.

We hope you're out skiing to celebrate your day!

Blue MountainMum's Day















SATURDAY 30TH MARCH

News In Brief or Skiing Secrets?

We post without comment.


FRIDAY 29TH MARCH

UNCONVENTIONAL GONDOLA RIDE

Twenty two year old Norwegian skier, Elias Flood Paladan hitches an unconventional ride on a gondola to get a quick fix of powder.

The video was posted on Instagram on 27th March 2019.

It shows Elias leaping on to a Hoch Zillertal gondola that is in Kalltenbach region in the Austrian Tirol.





Elias Flood Paladan hitches a rideElias Flood Paladan hitches a ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's brave, and a bit of fun!!

But, it's not something we would condone or suggest.

A CANDIDE THOVEX STUNT TO TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY

Watch and be stunned by dare devil skier Candide Thovex!

THURSDAY 28TH MARCH

AREN'T THEY A BIT LONG?

Some of us are old enough to remember skiing on skis way, way taller than us.

But can you imagine what it must have been like for these tiny tots?

The photo was taken in the early days of skiing in Saalbach in Austria.

Early young skiers in Saalbach, AustriaEarly young skiers in Saalbach, Austria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And following in the nostalgia theme, here's one of the first lift in Saalbach, which opened in 1945.

Saalbach, AustriaFirst lift in Saalbach, Austria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 27TH MARCH

TRACKING FOR GOLDEN EAGLES IN CAIRNGORM

A new type of satellite tag for tracking birds of prey is being trialled in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland.

Over the next 18 months, some young golden eagles will be fitted with the Raptor Tracker.

Organisations involved in the project said the tag should provide better information on the birds' movements.

See here for more on the BBC.

Golden Eagle in ScotlandGolden Eagle in Scotland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 26TH MARCH

FINAL FREERIDE WORLD TOUR IN VERBIER

In case you missed the final in Verbier at the weekend we've embeded a catch up video so you can check out the 3 hour event when you have time.

It includes all the runs of the men and women in both skiing and snowboarding competitions, complete with prize presentations.

Watch below as the skiers and snowboarders tackle the formidable Bec des Rosses in Verbier.

Enjoy.

PlanetSKI was in Fieberbrunn in February watching the Austrian leg of the event. Read more here on the Freeride World Tour in Fieberbrunn.

MONDAY 25TH MARCH

AS SEEN IN SAALBACH

Sculpture in SaalbachUdderly odd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where's the rest of it, we wondered?

This cow's rear end, complete with udders, decorates an old wooden building in the Austrian ski resort of Saalbach.

We are told it was part of an exhibition of sculpture and it was left 'behind'.

And, no, the front end isn't inside the building.

SUNDAY 24TH MARCH

SO LONG AND THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

A host of alpine ski racers hung up their race skis after last week's World Cup Finals in Soldeu, Andorra.

Sweden's Frida Hansdotter and Matthias Hargin, Germany's Felix Neureuther, France's Thomas Fanara, and Italy's Chiara Costazza have all drawn the curtain on their careers.

The International Ski Federation pays its video tribute:

THURSDAY 21ST MARCH

WHY BUY WHEN YOU CAN RENT?

Ski on the newest ski and snowboard models each season.

Pick up the perfect skis for the conditions you're skiing.

Change plans from exploring the off piste on a powder day on fat freerides...

... to some big turn carvers on the piste the next.

Swap them out for some touring skis to earn your own turns on an energetic afternoon.

Or go all-mountain for a day of seeing what happens.

All of the above?

Even just to avoid the slog of skis from your house to airport to resort (and back again)...

Why buy skis and then pay the fee of bringing with on most airlines, when you can rent with more option for cheaper.

Katie Bamber on a trip to Chamonix says:

I haven't taken skis with me on a ski trip for years.

I like to change depending on the snow conditions.

Intersport stocks all kinds of skis and they can give you the expert advice on the weather and the equipment.

It also has no problem with you chopping and changing on mood and snow conditions.
I switched through the 36 hours I spent in Chamonix during this wild March weather.

From 110mm underfoot freeride skis for Argentiere.

To touring skis for a morning in Le Tour.

To all mountains for Flegere.

All with a swift 4-minute changeover.

Off piste in ArgentiereOff piste in Argentiere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IntersportSkinning in Le Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IntersportAll mountains in Flegere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY 18TH MARCH

CAN YOU NAME THESE AUSTRIAN DISHES?

All of these dishes, savoury and sweet were tasted and tried by PlanetSKI in the Carinthian resort of Bad Kleinkirchheim.

Have you had any?

Can you remember their wonderful names?

BKKAustrian ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's this?What's this?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BKKThe best dish ever to come out of Austria, the world... In German please..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You know this one...You know this one...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BKKstir it up and it's...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 16TH MARCH

CAR PARKING

"I was in Mayrhofen in Austria recently and went to park my car in what was little more than a muddy field," said the PlanetSKI editor, James Cove.

"It was some way from the main lift where I could see there was also a large queue."

And the price for the privilege - "€15 to park my car to use my expensive lift pass, buy lunch and no doubt have an après ski drink."

He got straight back into his car and drove up the hill.

The Finkenberg lift above town gives access to the same ski area.

There is  pleasant car park right by the lift with no queue.

And the price?

"It was free and I urge anyone who drives to Mayrhofen for a day's skiing to do the same," said James.

Best car park in townBest car park in town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I know a ski rip off when I see one and the cost of parking your car in Mayrhofen to go skiing is one of them."

 

THURSDAY 14TH MARCH

A SHAGGY DOG STORY

Helicopter rescues are a regular occurrence in the Scottish Highlands.

But this one near Loch Avon in the Cairngorms is a little different.

The Inverness Coastguard helicopter crew were out training when they spotted a little dog who had been missing for 48 hours in the terrible weather conditions of Storm Gareth.

Ben was perched precariously on a narrow ledge with a 200ft vertical drop below.

The Cavachon - a mix of King Charles cavalier spaniel and bichon frise - was winched to safety.

Watch the Coastguard's video of the doggy rescue:

 

The little mutt was not surprisingly terrified and cold.

After treatment at the vet's, Ben was reunited with his owner and is said to be doing well.

It's good to be able to report on a rescue with a happy ending.


REFUGEES TAUGHT TO SKI IN IRAQ

Young female refugees have been given three weeks' ski training with a professional instructor in Iraqi Kurdistan.

It's part of a ski training programme run by the Free To Run Ski Club for refugee and internally displaced girls in the Kurdish north of the country.

The aim is to provide women and girls living in areas of conflict with life skills, training and confidence-building through adventure sports.

The 13 to 19-year-olds were completely new to skiing.

Learning to ski in Iraqi KurdistanLearning to ski in Iraqi Kurdistan - photo Free To Run






















They gave a demonstration of their new skills at the second annual Iraqi Ski Rally.

The rally is a backcountry ski race in the Zagros mountains of Choman in Iraqi Kurdistan near the border of Iran.

Iraqi skiers joined competitors from the United States, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Finland and Slovenia.

The events were held at the same time as the Choman Winter Sports Festival, which was attended by more than 300 people and included live music, dancing, sledding and food.

Skiing in Iraqi KurdistanSki trainees taking a rest - photo Free to Run
















WEDNESDAY 13TH MARCH

YOUR DREAM CAR... A SNOW MOBILE!

Why build a snowman when there's enough snow around to build your dream-car and park it on the street.

This fabulous Mustang made entirely from snow was found in Chardon, Nebraska.

A state patrol officer stopped to have a look at the parked snow-mobile and ended up handing out a yellow ticket.  🤣

Mustang made from snowMustang made from snow - impressive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 12TH MARCH

A BIT OF SNOW IN CALIFORNIA

You probably know by now that the US has had incredible amounts of snow this season.

But just in case you don't believe us, here's an officer from the Placer County Sheriff's office in posing in Squaw Valley, one of California's ski resorts...

Squaw Valley, CaliforniaSquaw Valley, California

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Yesterday a chairlift in Squaw Valley was found to be leaning in all the snow and had to be dug out before it could take any weight.
Silverado chairlift, Squaw Valley Alpine MeadowsSilverado chairlift being dug out - photo Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
















And here's one from nearby Tahoe

Tahoe, CaliforniaTahoe, California - photo Kim Sanders Carnahan
















SUNDAY 10TH MARCH

THE DO'S AND DON'TS ON THE SKI SLOPE

A little reminder of slopeside-rules from the Fernie Alpine ski patrollers.

They've made a short video to emphasise ten points in the Alpine Responsibility Code.

The message is clear.

Be safe and be considerate.

Personal awareness can help to reduce the risk of injury.

 

SATURDAY 9TH MARCH

ZEPPELIN SKI DROP

This must be the first Zeppelin ski drop.

Big mountain freerider Fabian Lentsch teams up with two alpinists Stefan Ager and Andreas Gumpenberger for a gigantic Zeppelin adventure.

The idea was to drop down from the huge Airship on the top of a mountain in the Voralberg region of the Austria Alps and ski down its steep face.

The Zeppelin hovered over a 2,233-metre peak and dropped the skiers on 50m ropes to the start of their snowy descent.

It's a little like heli-skiing only it's from a Zeppelin #LetsGoSkiing #zeppelinskiing

Nice one guys.

Zeppelin ski dropZeppelin ski drop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 8TH MARCH

Pro snowboarder Travis Rice barrels his fellow snowboard bud Bryan Fox.

"Mountain and the wAve" @bryanwfox says on Instagram.

This powder is found near Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.

Sno-doughnut holes.

'Snoughnuts?'


THURSDAY 7TH MARCH

OVER-SEXED, RUTHLESS, VAIN.... & IRRESISTIBLE

Hard to disagree with this analysis.

Ski instructor's lifeSki instructor's life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch out ladies.

They hunt in pairs:

On the prowlOn the prowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And groups:

Red and deadlyRed and deadly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 6TH MARCH

Remember our Utah friend who skied his 100th birthday in Snowbird on 5th July 2017?

Well last season he completed yet another winter in Utah's mountains.

George Jedenoff is his name and he's now 101 years old.

101 and still skiing.

He's been skiing in the Little Cottonwood Canyon area for 59 years.

He's not just up there on the slopes, but stoked about all the snow his local Utah ski area has been getting.

George talks from the slopes of Alta a few weeks back on 18th Feburary, 2019:

 

TUESDAY 5TH MARCH

SNOWBOARDING WITH A BROKEN ANKLE

And not just any old snowboarding either.

The Olympic champion in the halfpipe Chloe Kim finished second at the prestigious Burton US Open at the weekend, despite the injury.

The 18-year-old American is clearly made of strong stuff.

She didn't realise she'd broken her ankle until after the event.

Watch her final run to secure second place:

 

"Today was was insane!!!," she said on Twitter.

"Love watching women's snowboarding progress! Unfortunately found out that I broke my ankle today so I will need to get surgery to get it fixed.

"So bummed I won't be able to compete in Mammoth but I will be there to support!!

It's the first time in more than a year that Kim has been beaten but we guess she'll take second in the circumstances.

At the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics she became the youngest female recipient of an Olympic snowboarding medal when she won halfpipe gold at the age of 17.

MONDAY 4TH MARCH

EDDIE THE EAGLE WAS AT SEEFELD

The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships have been taking place in Seefeld in the Austrian Tirol.

A range of events, such as Cross-Country, Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping took place, with countries competing for the usual gold, silver and bronze medals.

The competition ended on Sunday, with a massive medal haul for the Norwegians, 25 to be exact.

And, with ski jumping in mind, who else should be there but our very own "Eddie The Eagle Edwards", who was possibly the most popular ski jumper at the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988.

He gave this franc interview below while in Seefeld, and commented he still wanted to be skiing on his 100th birthday.

#KeepGoing Eddie

 

 

SUNDAY 3RD MARCH

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

#LetsGoSkiing 😎

Sunday's thought of the daySunday's thought of the day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY IKE

Squaw Valley's powder hound, and ski patrol dog, Ike, turns 11.

And he's enjoying sliding on the snow as much an any other powder hound.

 

FRIDAY 1ST MARCH

IT'S DRY TIME

Now here at PlanetSKI we're not sure we could do Dry October.

And certainly not Dry January.

But we're going to do our best with this one.

Dry end of February.

Wish us luck for the next three days.

The PlanetSKI 3-day challengeThe PlanetSKI 3-day challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXTREME WINTER WEATHER

ICE TSUNAMI AT LAKE ERIE

Powerful winds and waves sent massive blocks of icy surging on to the shore along Lake Erie, in southern Ontario on Sunday.

This is known colloquially as an 'Ice Tsunami' or more formally, they are called Ice Shoves.

Water, along with the huge blocks of ice, is blown off the lake on to the shore breaching the lake walls in the process.

It's not uncommon for Ice Shoves to occur though they are more frequently seen in the warmer spring weather.

The Great Lakes region has experienced powerful winds of up to 120km/hr since 24th February.

The Ice Shove was over 12m deep in places.

 

Ice Shoves on Lake ErieIce Shoves or Ice Tsunami on Lake Erie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AN ICE JAM AT NIAGARA FALLS

Part of the Niagara Falls stopped flowing in late February, creating an ice jam.

 


..... IN CONTRAST..  NOT ENOUGH SEA ICE AT THE ARCTIC

Novaya Zemlya is located off Russia's northeastern arctic coast.

It has been swarmed by dozens of polar bears since December.

As climate change reduces their natural habitat on sea-ice the animals are forced on to land for longer periods of time, and have been forced to forage for food.

However seeing the polar bears on waste sites and climbing into steel containers is a shocking sight.

Attempts to scare off the polar bears using car horns and dogs are failing.

Russia classes polar bears as an endangered species and shooting them is prohibited by law.

Officials warn, however, that a cull may be necessary to ensure the safety of the local population, if attempts to remove the animals fail.

The message is simple, address the issue of global warming, and then the animals will return to their natural ice-cold habitat.

The videos below were posted by Irina Elis from Murmansk mid February 2019.

 



Polar bears foraging for foodPolar bears foraging for food (photo: Irina Elis)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANDREW MUSGRAVE'S MEDAL INCENTIVE

Britain's Cross Country skier, Andrew Musgrave, came 8th in Wednesday's 15k Classic race at Seefeld in Austria.

PlanetSKI was there watching the excitement unfold - read our article here.

His father, Frank, has now set an hilarious challenge for a world cup podium place.

If Andrew wins a world cup medal his father will get a "Union Jack painted on his butt and wave the flag at the medals ceremony".   🤣


HEADS UP FOR MOOSE IN JACKSON HOLE

Watch out where you ski and snowboard in Jackson Hole, or you may just come across a protective mama-moose.

This snowboarder managed to race away in good time.

 



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