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NOVEMBER SKIING SECRETS

– Meet Corty
– Duck landing
– Oh, grow up
– Most googled resort in North America
– Check out the freestyle video

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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

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.

Corty

Corty

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

Well, would you use these guys?

Schoolboy humour

More schoolboy humour

More schoolboy humour

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 resort

Number 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.

Rocketman

Rocketman

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 transport

Going 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. â €

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.

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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 waiver

Accident 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.

Avalanche debris

Avalanche debris

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

Good point, well made

Good point, well made

For the Spirit of the Mountains – PlanetSKI: Number One for ski news

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