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Speed ski record attempt, Verbier powder stashes, 13 winter tipples, Ed Leigh in snowmaggedon + reclaiming ski shot record. NEW & UPDATED

 

See here for a flavour of what it is all about from last month's ramble

And now this month...

 

WEDNESDAY 27TH DECEMBER

Say no more...


THURSDAY 21ST DECEMBER

WARREN HIGHLIGHTS SOME POWDER STASHES IN VERBIER

Warren Smith from Warren Smith Academy highlights some of the best areas for a spot of powder skiing in the Swiss Resort of Verbier.

There's some fabulous skiing to be had!

A post shared by Warren Smith (@warrensmithski) on Dec 16, 2017 at 2:24pm PST


Warren Smith checking out the powder in VerbierWarren Smith checking out the powder in Verbier













WEDNESDAY 20TH DECEMBER

GETTING INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

If you're lucky enough to be in the mountains this festive season you will probably want to try the local tipple.

Fortunately, Crystal Ski Holidays has put together a short guide to the drinks worth venturing out into the cold for.

They've selected 13 beverages from around the world that are served mulled, plank-smoked (pardon?) or flaming.

And if you want to try them at home, they've helpfully included the recipes, though you might struggle to find the ingredients for some.

Here are some of Crystal's choices:

● Bombardino - an Italian favourite which is brandy based, with egg-nog and Advocaat. It's served hot with whipped cream on top. Its variations include adding in coffee or rum, and the name translates to ‘The Bomb'.

● Plank-Smoked Old Fashion - While the Plank-Smoked Old Fashion is an inventive variation of the traditional Old Fashion cocktail, the original was created during the 19th century and given its name in the 1880s.

● Parampampoli - This grappa based drink is served ‘flambé' and the original recipe and right dosage are secret. Originating from Italy, the Parampampoli will give you quite the kick after a day in the cold.

● Champagne-on-a-zip-line - Popular ski destinations such as Méribel offer the peak of VIP treatment where guests can have a bottle delivered in a firework-laden hamper via a zip-line.

● Salmiakki Koskenkorva - This pre-mixed liquor is popular in Finland. The combination of salty liquorice and vodka is an acquired taste, and after a few drinks this cocktail becomes even harder to pronounce.

Check out the full list and how to mix your own here.

Crystal Christmas drinkGood luck with that one

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 19TH DECEMBER

SNOWMAGGEDON IN VERBIER

Ed Leigh is making the most of the deep snow in Verbier and videos his offspring... springing off the balcony .Smile

So how deep is it?

A post shared by Ed Leigh (@ed__leigh_) on Dec 18, 2017 at 6:28am PST

A post shared by Ed Leigh (@ed__leigh_) on Dec 18, 2017 at 11:22am PST

 

MONDAY 18TH DECEMBER

OMG! THIS IS AMAZING

The world’s steepest funicular line, that can climb a 110% gradient, has opened to the public at the Alpine resort of Stoos in Swiss canton of Schwyz.

The train follows a 1,720-metre track, climbing or descending 743 metres.

It reaches speeds of up to ten metres per second.

The whole trip from Schlattli valley station up to the village of mountain village of Stoos lasts around 5 minutes.

The 4 cylindrical cabins adjust according to the gradient, so that the passenger always remains upright!

It cost CHF53 million that's around £40 million.

 

SUNDAY 17TH DECEMBER

ANOTHER SKI SHOT CHALLENGE AS BRECKENRIDGE BATTLES TO RECLAIM THE RECORD

Breckenridge Distillery broke the record for the world's longest ski shot on 12th January 2017.

They had collected enough skis for a continuous 609m ski shot including 1,234 people taking part.

Then, Park City decided to have a go, and broke that record in October 2017.

So now Breckenridge Distillery is asking for donations of old skis in an effort to reclaim its ski shot record next month.

This is becoming an ongoing battle between Breckenridge and Park City, Utah.

In preparation of next month's attempt to break the "unofficial" world record for the longest ski shot, Breckenridge Distillery is now asking for donations of old skis, and they're going to need a lot of them.

It's an unofficial record because the Guinness Book of World Records, fearing possible lawsuits, banned all records related to alcohol in 1991.

According to Austyn Dineen of the Breckenridge Tourism Office, Park City took over the ski shot record in October, and Breckenridge will now need 1,266 participants when the town tries to reclaim the title at its annual Ullr Fest celebration, that takes place January 10-13, in Breckenridge.

Last year, Breckenridge had 1,234 participants and the ski shot stretched down Main Street.

Breckenridge hopes to reclaim the record for longest shot-ski (Photo Breckenridge Tourism Office)  Breckenridge hopes to reclaim the record for the longest shot-ski in January                                      (Photo Breckenridge Tourist Office)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 16TH DECEMBER

TEN YEAR OLD KAI JONES

"I compete because I get a really cool feeling when I'm at the top. It's scary, but I like it a lot," said Kai Jones.

Watch Kai ski below - he looks like a future champion.

Stunning!

WHAT WAS THAT ON OUR BALCONY!

We were in Verbier this week and spotted a snow-ghost with glistening eyes perched on the corner of our balcony at The Lodge.

As we looked out on our super view across the mountains, it seemed the snow-ghost was peering into our room.

Spooky, spooky!

Snow-ghost at The Lodge - VerbierSnow-ghost at The Lodge - Verbier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY 14TH DECEMBER

A CHAIR WITH STIRRUPS!

We don't normally comment on hotel furnishings on PlanetSKI, but this leather upholstered chair caught our eye in one of the bedrooms at Le Farinet hotel in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier.

It is quite unusual, as it features a pair of steel stirrups that are attached to both sides of its arm-rests.

Any ideas why?

Leather chair with stirrups!Leather chair with stirrups!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And while we re on the subject of hotel furnishings this was the lamp shade in the kitchen of the suite our editor, James Cove, had in the Norefjell Ski & Spa hotel in Norway recently.

Cutlery anyone?Cutlery anyone?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See here for the updated blog from James on his random Norwegian travels:

WEDNESDAY 13TH DECEMBER

SNOWBOARDING SKILL!!

This looks like a lot of fun!

(posted by Austin Smith from Brighton Resort)

A post shared by Austin Smith (@austinbsmith) on Dec 10, 2017 at 4:23pm PST



TUESDAY 12TH DECEMBER

A 'LIGHTBULB' TYPE OF QUESTION!

Q. How many ski lessons does it take to ski like this pro?

A. Answers on a post card please!

We wish!

Just look at the balance and watch the awesome recovery... it may be a video stunt but it's great to watch.


MONDAY 11TH DECEMBER

UK GETS A NEW HIGHEST MOUNTAIN

Mt Hope in Antarctica has overtaken Mt Jackson, by a good 50m after new measurements were taken by British scientists.

Ben Nevis in Scotland is the highest mountain on the UK mainland but as Mt Hope stands in a part of Antarctica adminsitered by GB it is technically part of the United Kingdom.

The previous height measurements relied on the work of pioneering dog-sleighing teams, but now cartographers have used satellite technology to measure the mountains in the region, to an accuracy of 5m.

 "The British Antarctic Territory is one of the most remote and unique British overseas territories and one of the most pristine landscapes on the globe," said the  Foreign Office Minister with responsibility for the Polar Regions, Sir Alan Duncan.

"Our world-leading British scientists based there are carrying out vital research on climate change, the effects of which are most acutely felt in the polar regions.

"The discovery of Mount Hope as the UK's tallest peak is a great example of British science making big steps forward in mapping techniques to help us get a better understanding of this fascinating region."

Mount Hope, AntarcticaMount Hope, Antarctica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How they compareHow they compare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 9TH DECEMBER

A CHEEKY LITTE NIBBLE AT THE SNOWMAN'S CARROT-NOSE & CARROT HAIR!

When its hard to find food in wintry conditions, why not?

The video was taken by Marena Burd - Scotland from the Roadside.


FRIDAY 8TH DECEMBER

THE FLYING FRENCHIES ARE BACK

This time they're highlining along needles in Chamonix - watch the video for an adrenalin thrill.


On a thin line - Highlining in ChamonixOn a thin line - Highlining in Chamonix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SWISS COW SKIS

We love this skiing cow advertising Swiss Milk - especially the final flip-a-ski-shot that reminds us of Didier Cuche, who famously flipped his skis at the end of every downhill ski race. 🤣

THURSDAY 7TH DECEMBER

Here at PlanetSKI we'd like to claim a little self-indulgence.

In fact rather a lot.

What do you think of this skier coming down the steeps of Sunshine Village in Banff in Canada this week?

You'll note the snow is chopped up and slightly wind-blown.

He hasn't got great fat off piste skis on, but rather is using technique and skill.

And who is he?

Step forward 23-year old Alex Cove  - the son of the people that run PlanetSKI, James and Kisia Cove.

"He has been sponsored by the resort for his third season and is now a Level 3 Canadian instructor and living the dream in one of the most beautiful places in the world," said James.

"We are so, so proud of him."

The video has had more than 9.2K views on Facebook at time of writting.

And for the sake of balance we re-produce a comment from one of our big skiing buddies who James will be skiing with in Norway next week, Trevor de Villiers.

"Finally a good skier with technique and style called Cove," said Trevor on Facebook.

You may be right about James but look out Trevor, Kisia will be on to you.

And that's not to mention their other two kids, Max and Natasha, who are also instructors.

You have been warned.Wink

WEDNESDAY 6TH DECEMBER

GUESS WHERE THIS IS?

Has the world has been turned upside-down?

Or shaken up like a snow-dome?

This happened in Tasmania at the weekend (3rd December 2017)...  we were under the impression it was almost mid-summer down-under?

Can you believe it? Fake news or reality 🤣

But no, it's true, there were reports of up to 40cm of snow in the central highlands, only a week after a heatwave took grip in many parts of Tasmania.

Hobart airport received 3.64cm and by 8am Mt Wellington had 5.2cm.

There's been a flurry of photos and videos on social media, some of which are shared below.

#GlobalWarming   #ProtectOurWinters

Great lakes Hotel Tasmania - 3rd December 2017Great Lakes Hotel Tasmania - Winter wonderland 3rd December 2017 (Facebook)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great lakes Hotel Tasmania - Sunday 3rd DecemberGreat Lakes Hotel Tasmania - Sunday 3rd December

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Snow in Tasmania - 5 December 2017Snow in Tasmania - 5 December 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow in Tasmania - December 2017Snow in Tasmania - December 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow in Tasmania - December 2017Snow in Tasmania - December 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 5TH DECEMBER

FRIENDS & FUN @ SQUAW VALLEY

The video below is shared by Connery Lundin having a lot of fun with a lot of friends at Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe.

When the snow is so good why wouldn't you get together with a few friends?

A post shared by Connery Lundin (@c0nnery) on Dec 3, 2017 at 7:30pm PST



SUNDAY 3RD DECEMBER

SUNDAY RIVER HAS A SANTA DAY TOO

The 18th annual Santa event at Sunday River took place on... of course it had to be on Sunday.

The event was only open to 250 skiers and snowboarders and participants donated a minumum $15 to take part.

The spaces were swiftly snapped up and 250 skiing and snowboarding Santas took to the slopes raising money for the Sunday River Community fund.

A post shared by Sunday River (@sundayriver) on Dec 3, 2017 at 10:10am PST


Santas at Sunday RiverSantas at Sunday River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIG AIR BAG

The Big Air is taking place in Livigno tomorrow... and the big air bag is set and ready for action.

Good Luck to all @GBParkandPipe athletes.

Ready for Big Air action - tomorrowReady for Big Air action - tomorrow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER

HOW MANY SANTAS IN VERBIER?

Verbier was invaded by a whole lot of Santa Clauses today.

Thousands of men and women arrived on various trains in Le Châble, the railway station at the bottom of the mountain, and made their way up to Verbier to enjoy free-skiing for the day.

The proviso was they had to dress in red and wear red Santa bobble hats and look like either Santa or Mrs Claus.

And this year it there were a record number of Santa-look-alikes on the Verbier ski slopes!

There were 2,656 taking part in the pre Christmas festivities in the Valais - last year just over 1,200 took part.

We're not sure if this is the full quota of Santas posing in the photo below, but it certainly is an impressive Santa turn out.

A lot of Santas posing for a photo in Verbier A lot of Santas posing for a photo in Verbier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this is what the lucky folk in Verbier had to put up with on the ski slopes.

Jealous???

check out the video below - what do you think?


 


FRIDAY 1ST DECEMBER

RUSSIAN OLYMPIC KIT UNVEILED

They might not even be there, but the Russians have been showing off their team kit for the Winter Olympics.

The patriotic red, white and blue uniforms have been unveiled just days before the International Olympic Committee is due to announce whether Russian athletes will be able to compete under the country's flag at Pyeongchang.

Russian Olympic kitWill it be needed? - photo Olympic Russia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They may be excluded following the conclusions of investigations into doping and sample tampering by Russian athletes at Sochi.

22 athletes have been sanctioned so far.

The clothing collection, produced by Moscow-based ZA sport, also includes a casual range with a pointed anti-doping message.

Russian Olympic kitKit with a message - photo Olympic Russia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps they're hoping to influence the IOC?

The decision on Russian participation is due to be made by the IOC's Executive Board which meets in Lausanne on 5th December.

DROPPING IN TO CORBET'S COULOIR ON MOUNTAIN BIKES!!

Anyone who has ever skied or snowboarded in Jackson Hole understands the fear and respect that the infamous Corbet's Colour commands!

There's an awesome drop in that is scary even in the best snow conditions.

And for some of us it's enough to look down to get "Elvis-legs".....  and then opt out to ski round.

Here's a great video of Cam McCaul and Casey Brown attempting the first ever Mountain Bike descent of the double black diamond ski run.

Loving the skiing angle too guys..... even the last few frames with skier Tim Durtschi hitching a ride. 🤣

 

DRIVERLESS TAXIS IN RUSSIA

The Russians are testing driverless cars in severe weather conditions.

After a recent snowfall in the suburbs of Moscow, they tested two Yandex Taxi driverless car prototypes.

The speed of the car is modest, ok so it's slow, but it does demonstrate basic driverless operation on snow covered and icy roads with some success.

TURNING YOUR CAR INTO A SNOWMOBILE

By simply putting some tracks on to your tyres your car becomes a snowmobile.

It's a little like putting on snow chains though less of a faff.

This is a dead cert on roads and snowbound areas that need some extra traction.

It costs a mere $25,000.

For most of us snow chains are a little more affordable!

This one in the French Alps is attempting a three-point turn in deep snow.

We saw a vehicle with a similar idea that is used at Sunshine Village in Banff, Canada.

We like the caterpillar tracks used on the Sunshine Village truck.

So which would you go for?

Caterpillar tracks at Sunshine VillageCaterpillar tracks at Sunshine Village

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the mountains.

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