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It's caption time, woof woof, Konrad Bartelski's photo art, snow in Livigno + Kicking Horse grizzly bear heads for a nap. ROLLING...

 

 

Here on Skiing Secrets we post articles, pictures and videos that take our fancy.

They are usually about skiing and snowboarding - but not always.

SKIING SECRETS STORIES FROM OCTOBER 2019

FRIDAY 29TH NOVEMBER

GOOD POINTS WELL MADE

It's Black Friday and we have some advice on how to save 100%

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And on other matters there is this from our friends over at Crystal Ski Holidays:

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And on an unrelated subject this from a certain French snowsports PR lady.

But what about in the mountains?But what about in the mountains?



































Others believe something happens to French cooking over 1,000m and wonder why.

THURSDAY 28TH NOVEMBER

Check out the snow in Tignes... and the powder hounds at play.


WEDNESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER

PHOTOGRAPHIC ART BY KONRAD BARTELSKI

If you're able to get into central London over the next week you really should pay a visit to Konrad Bartelski's latest exhibition of fine art photography.

The British ex ski racer and World Cup silver medallist in the 1981 Val Gardena downhill is an exceptional photographer.

More than 30 large limited edition prints are on display at the D Contemporary gallery in Mayfair.

Everywhere Konrad goes he takes his camera.

The 7C's exhibition is so called because it incorporates photographs from the world's seven continents.

Some, but by no means all, involve skiing.

'Monument', Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile'Monument', Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile - photo by Konrad Bartelski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There's also a dog on a mountaintop, snow monkeys in Japan and penguins in Antarctica, for example.

PlanetSKI's Chief Reporter Jane Peel went along for a peek this week and the man himself was there to give us the story behind the pictures.

Konrad Bartelski & Jane Peel Konrad Bartelski & PlanetSKI's Jane Peel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We weren't the only ones.

The exhibition proved popular on a wet Tuesday afternoon.

Konrad Bartelski's photography exhibitionA good turnout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's open 11am to 5pm (closed on Sunday) and the last day is next Tuesday, 3rd December, so you've not got long.

The photos have to be seen to be fully appreciated.

Our smartphone photos of the photos simply can't do them justice.

Photo of one of Konrad Bartelski's photosPhoto of a photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They are stunning.

They are also for sale, so if you've got a few bob to spare and need that extra special Christmas present.....

No doubt the PlanetSKI editor will be considering the staff Christmas bonuses right now.

Konrad Bartelski at his photographic exhibitionKonrad Bartelski (with the print on our chief reporter's Christmas wish list...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY 25TH NOVEMBER

HOW MUCH SNOW HAS FALLEN IN LIVIGNO?

Well, the car going round the roundabout in the video below is heaped with snow.

It looks as though there's been quite a bit iof snow in this part of Italy!  🤣

 

See our latest report on conditions in the Alps:

ANOTHER SURE SIGN THAT WINTER IS IMMINENT

Boo, the resident grizzly bear at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Canada is about to hibernate.

He entered his den at the weekend and he's hinting that it's time for his winter nap.

Watch the short video clip below of a very slow, sleepy bear.

Some background info:  Boo and his brother Cari were born in the wild.

Tragically, his mother was shot and killed by a poacher in June 2002, leaving Boo and his brother, Cari, orphaned at five months of age.

The cubs were given a home at the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge that was specially built for the two orphaned cubs.

Sadly though, Cari never awoke from his first winter dormancy and passed away within the den.

 


The Grizzly Bear Refuge is dedicated to the preservation of the grizzly species, serving as a education, conservation and research facility.

Scientists have been observing Boo's behavior about foraging, play, sleep, social skills, and many other activities.

Boo's 20 acre enclosure is large enough for him to roam around, though he has been known to break free on a couple of occasions but returned voluntarily each time.

PlanetSKI was in Kicking Horse in April 2016 when Boo woke up from his winter sleep.

We were privileged to meet his keeper, Ros Prather, who allowed us to get up close to the grizzly bear.

It is not everyday you see a grizzly bear when out for a day's skiing!

 

SOME GRIZZLY FACTS

- It is legal to hunt them in British Columbia, but not in Alberta.  EU rules prevent European hunters bringing their skins or bodies back as trophies.

- It is estimated there are around 15,000 grizzly bears in British Columbia alone, but no-one knows for sure.

- If a bear charges the worst thing to do is run as they can travel at speeds of up to 40km/hr. You need to remain clam, stand tall, and the chances are it will stop, look at you and then wander off.

- They can grow to 8.5 feet tall and weigh up to 1,200lb. Their sense of smell is 75 times more sensitive than a blood hound.

- They mainly eat plants and berries and do not growl, except when in Hollywood movies.

- They hibernate from November through to April, but often they are little more than dozing and they sometimes wake up, wander around and then go back to sleep.

 

SUNDAY 24TH NOVEMBER

LIFE AS A REINDEER

So, what is it like?

Warning: If you are offended by swearing then don't watch the video.

Reindeers can be foul mouthed.

 

 

FRIDAY 22ND NOVEMBER

SKIING MARMOT CAUSES A STIR

A giant skiiing marmot has sparked a mixed response in the town of Alton in Hampshire.

The 5m rodent is part of the town's Christmas decorations and some are calling it a "hideous thing".

Others have welcomed it as "something a bit different".

The town council said due to its "love it or hate it" reaction, staff had nicknamed it "Marmite".

See here for more on the BBC.

Here are some of the reactions from locals:

"A fancy skiing giant rodent. Did the three wise men ride these instead of camels?"

"What is this hideous thing and what has it got to do with Christmas?"

"Don't remember a marmot being in the Christmas story. But I'm all for something different but relevant to the season."

"I love it!! Shame that you can't please everyone."

Marmite the Marmot on skis in Alton (photo: Alton Town Council)Marmite the Marmot on skis in Alton (photo: Alton Town Council)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY 21ST NOVEMBER

FANCY OWNING SKI RESORT FOR FREE?

The Japanaese resort of Iizuna Kogen Ski Resort is up for grabs - at no cost.

It currently runs at a loss and Nagano City wants to offload it.

It claims the buildings and infrastructure are worth around £2.5M.

It has 109 hectares of land, 7 lifts, restaurant and base buildings.

 Iizuna Kogen Ski Resort Iizuna Kogen Ski Resort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The terrain is a combination of groomed beginner slopes and tougher mogul runs, with a system of seven ski lifts providing access to the slopes. There is not too much difficult terrain and probably considered best as a family resort," is how the resort describes itslef on its web site.

At the 1998 Nagano Olympics it hosted the freestyle skiing, bobsled and luge events.

So, think you coud run a ski resort?...

WEDNESDAY 20TH NOVEMBER

LOVING THIS VIDEO

When you're out in the snow and it's too exciting to wait to put your skis on. 🤣

Watch as Seb and his companion ski down a mountain without skis or ski boots but only wearing their trainers.

Thanks to Seb Montaz for sharing this video.

 

 

 

MONDAY 18TH NOVEMBER

GOOSE GAMES IN SURSEE - ST MARTIN'S DAY?

What were you doing on St Martin's Day .... not this!

St Martin's Day falls on 11th November, and every year in the Swiss town of Sursee near Luceren, the unusual event of Cutting the Goose Loose takes place.

So what happens?

A stage is set in front of the town hall and a dead goose is hung from a wire!

The idea is to cut the head off the goose with a blunt sword.

But the task is made difficult.

Participants wear a scarlet cloak, they are blindfolded and wear a large golden mask shaped like the sun, so that they can't cheat.

It becomes even more challenging as each player drinks a glass of wine and is disorientated by being spun round several times.

The player stumbles onto the stage and gropes for the goose as drums beat and the crowd cheers.

Feathers fly, but hitting the goose's neck with precision and force is a tricky task with a blunt sword and when you can't see.

One by one the players try their luck, until eventually the goose is decapitated.

In the run up to Christmas there are a series of unusual events and traditions that take place across Europe, but we've not come across this one before.

Here's a short clip posted on facebook by Pius Wicki showing the winner from this year's event.


Watch the video below of the event that was shot by Susan Misicka in 2015 showing the full spectacle.

Video courtesy of Swissinfo.com.

 

 

FRIDAY 15TH NOVEMBER

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH CANDIDE THOVEX

The ski genius that is Candide Thovex has just released the behind the scenes film of him skiing on the Great Wall of China.

It was part of last year's project 'Ski The World' in which he skied all over the planet on just about any terrain as long as it didn't involve snow.

Have a look at 'The Wall' and give some credit to the camera crews and others involved in this risky project.




And if you missed the incredible end result of Ski The World, we suggest you take a 5 minute break, sit down and enjoy.

Even if you've seen it before, you can never have too much of this, in our opinion....




THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

BODE MILLER THE MIDWIFE

The retired US ski racer Bode Miller has picked up another skill - delivering babies.

He was called into action when his wife Morgan went into labour at home with the couple's twins and none of the midwives managed to get there.

"None of the midwives actually made it on time," Miller told NBC's ‘Today' show.

"They started coming over and by the time they got there, me and my mom were both holding the babies."

Fortunately, Miller's mum was herself a midwife, though she hadn't delivered a baby in 20 years and had never delivered twins.

"We were certainly not qualified to be doing an unassisted home delivery of twins," Miller said.

The twins were born almost 18 months after the couple lost their toddler daughter Emmy in a drowning accident.

Morgan Beck Miller shared a photo of the twins on her Instagram account.


WEDNESDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

MEET CORTY

He's the official mascot of the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships 2021 in Cortina.

The red squirrel is one of the iconic symbols of Cortina d'Ampezzo and is integrated into the town's logo.

Corty dressed as an alpine skier and wears the bib of the next FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

"Corty will become the symbol of Cortina's ability to organise world sporting events in the best possible way, with special attention to environmental sustainability and to the legacy to the community and the local area, and with an extra touch of creativity and charm that only Italy can offer,"said the CEO of Fondazione Cortina 2021, Valerio Giacobbi.

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TUESDAY 12TH NOVEMBER

DUCKS ON WATER 

Not in this case!

Watch the duck missing the pond water that one of its companions is swimming in, and instead coming in to land on ice.

In a somewhat swift, slippery, precarious landing it barges into a twack* of ducks slithering on the ice 🤣

It made us laugh on this grey November day.

(* the collective noun for ducks = twack 🤣)

 

 

 

MONDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

SCHOOLBOY HUMOUR

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FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

MOST GOOGLED RESORTS IN NORTH AMERICA?

Now, have you ever wondered what the Top 14 most googled resorts are in the USA?

No, neither have we.

But, if you ever do wonder what the most searched resorts are then you won't have to google it to find out.

We have the answer here:

1. Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
2. Banff, Alberta.
3. Lake Tahoe, California.
4. Quebec City, Quebec.
5. Burlington, Vermontt.
6. Aspen, Colorado.
7. Bend, Oregon.
8. Telluride, Colorado.
9. Park City, Utah
10. Breckenridge, Colorado.
11. Vail
12. Whistler, B.C.
13. Whitefish, Mont.
14. Ketchum, Idaho

We were sent the list by a US publication from Colorado trumpeting its three entries on the list, but why the list is a rather unbalanced 14 we have no idea.

You would have thought it would be 12 or 15.

Wonder what the 15th is... persumably it is not in Colorado.

Number 1 most search resortNumber 1 most searched resort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY 7TH NOVEMBER

IF YOU WATCH ONE VIDEO TODAY...

25-year old Jesper Tjäder is a Swedish freestyle skier.

He competed in slopestyle at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships 2013, and he represented Sweden in slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

He is rather good on rails.




WEDNESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER

DELTA AIR LINES REINSTATES SAME SEX LOVE SCENES FOR IN-FLIGHT FILMS

But "what has this got to do with skiing?" we hear you ask.

Answer: Delta flies direct to Salt Lake City next winter giving access to all the ski resorts in Utah, plus those in Wyoming, Idago and beyond.

See here as we reported the new direct flight to Salt Lake City:

Delta is to show new versions of the films Booksmart and Rocketman after the carrier was criticised for screening versions with same-sex love scenes edited out.

See here for more on the BBC

Delta said the content had been "unnecessarily excluded" and was unaware of the situation.

The words "vagina" and "lesbian" were also cut out, despite profanities being kept in.

RocketmanRocketman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

DRONES TO REPLACE SKI LIFTS Laughing

Fancy it?

'Drones-4-Drongos' is predicting that drones powerful enough to carry humans will soon replace the traditional ski lift.

No, you're right.  It's not for real.

It's a spoof article you can read in full on the Snowriders-Australia.com website.

But you never know.

One day.....  maybe??

"I have a dream, that human-carrying drones will soon be buzzing around the neighborhood, carrying mums to the shops, kids to school and eventually skiers and snowboarders to the tops of mountains", says the Drongos 'CEO' Dr Ana Gram-Desnor.

They should have kept the article for 1st April.

Someone would have been fooled.

Drone transportGoing up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

CLOSE UP FOOTAGE OF A SNOW LEOPARD

Watch some rare footage from a photo-trap of this beautiful, solitary creature.

As with all cats they like to mark their territory.

Photo traps provide us and scientists with the chance to see the elusive snow leopard.

Scientists have the opportunity to study the habits of the animal in the wild and to track the population. ⠀

Digital cameras with a motion sensor are installed in places where a snow leopard is most likely to be present.

Signs include paw prints, places where the snow leopard marks the ground and sharpens its claws.

Then there are mountain ranges and animal trails along which animals move for generations.

Camera traps are mounted on a stone, tree or rock so that the camera can record the movements of all large animals.

They are often mounted in pairs to photograph the snow leopard from two sides at once.

Instagram: @_b.u.n.a_/@wwfrussia

 

 

 

WHAT SIGNING A WAIVER AS YOU BUY A LIFT PASS IN USA CAN LEAD TO...

55-year old Monika May signed the form as she bought a lift pass in Breckenridge back in 2017.

As she stood at the loading zone of 6 Chair she said a lift operator walked into a moving chair.

It ricocheted off his body, swung wildly and hit her.

She has suffered ever since with multiple operations and time off work.

Almost three years later, May said she cannot ski and is still recovering from her injuries.

The waiver means people sign away their right to sue or make any claims for any injury even if the claims are based on resort negligence.

Read more here in the Summit Daily News

Monica May's waiverAccident report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

AVALANCHE RESCUE DRONES

News has reached Skiing Secrets of a plan to use drones carried by backcountry skiers to help search for people buried in avalanches.

Doug Smith, who works for US Air Force Strategic Systems in Utah, says the main advantage of his BARDS system is that it pinpoints victims quicker than traditional methods.

It combines existing technologies, including avalanche transceivers, into a system which can be carried in skiers and snowboarders' backpacks along with the usual safety kit.

One drawback: the system has not yet been built - and the technical explanation of exactly how it works is beyond us here at PlanetSKI - but here's the theory.

The drone is equipped with a small computer and radio which can receive transmissions from avalanche beacons.

If a member of a group gets caught in a slide the others use their drones to search.

Once the victim is found, the drone fires a paint marker at the burial location.

Doug Smith says the searches can be carried out in much less than it would take a typical human over a slope filled with avalanche debris.

"As conceived, BARDS enables the search party to home in on victim location in less than five minutes," he says.

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JUMPING OFF A GONDOLA TOWER

How scary does this look?

Base jumping off the top of a gondola tower.

Impressive, apart from the landing.

We got vertigo just watching him climb up.

And check out this one from Salomon TV; The 7 Stages of Blank:

GOOD POINT, WELL MADE

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