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Twiggy the skiing squirrel retires, retro grass skiing plus roller skiing, Insta-snippets, Zig-zag + mobile charging station at Les Menuires. NEW & UPDATED

 

 

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

 

MONDAY 30TH JULY

WATERSKIING SQUIRREL RETIRES

Now here at PlanetSKI we write about all things skiing, including waterskiing, but this is a first for us ..... the retirement of a waterskiing act that has been on the go for almost 40 years.

But it's not what you think!

It's about the retirement of Twiggy the waterskiing squirrel.

Twiggy the squirrel retired last week after one final ski performance at the X Games in Minneapolis as its owner Lou Ann Best had decided to retire.

The famous animal act had been wowing fans for almost 40 years, teaching youngsters about water safety.

But don't be deceived, the act hasn't used the same squirrel over the last 4 decades as the average life of a squirrel is around 6 years.

This particular Twiggy though, is the 8th squirrel in a long line of Twiggies.

Lou Ann Best started training squirrels to waterski in the 1970's with her late husband Chuck.

After 10 years on the water, this particular Twiggy is hanging up its skis and life jacket and will be moving on to a nut filled life of relaxation and retirement.

Watch Twiggy's final water skiing stunts below:

 


A little background on Twiggy and Lou Ann Best in the video below:

 

Twiggy - the waterskiing squirrel retiresTwiggy - the waterskiing squirrel retires

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY 29TH JULY

RETRO .... GRASS SKIING CIRCA 1974

Loving this video from 1974 of summer grass skiing in France - "le ski sur herbe".

Check out the ski boots, the guys wearing ultra snug fitting bell-bottom trousers and paisley shirts ...  ๐Ÿคฃ

ROLLER SKIING CIRCA 1984

Warren Miller Entertainments suggests, "If you're looking for the perfect off-season exercise, grab your WD-40" and off you go roller skiing.


ROLLER SKIING 2018

This is probably one of the best ways to prep for winter skiing.

Get yourself a pair of roller skis and get active.

Five-time Olympic champion Martin Fourcade shows how to do it.

It's all about using your arms!

 

Rollerskiing 2018Rollerskiing 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 28TH JULY

INSTAGRAM SNIPPETS

*  SUMMER SKIING - WHAT WOULD YOU WEAR?

Avert your eyes if you are easily shocked by naked bodies.

A post shared by dankskiing (@dankskiing) on Jul 22, 2018 at 9:08am PDT



*  GETTING ON A CHAIRLIFT

Leaping on to a chairlift in this fashion is one method we haven't come across! YET..   ๐Ÿคฃ

A post shared by dankskiing (@dankskiing) on Jul 27, 2018 at 9:46am PDT


ZIG-ZAG TRAILER

We love this time of year as ski-film-trailers are released, and this is one we can't wait for (on release 22nd September).

Zig-Zag is full of pumping sounds and energy filled ski sequences, along with a dash of humour and blue expletives.

It's filmed at many locations some of which our readers will be familiar with and many of which our readers aspire to, including Eagle Pass, BC; Sunshine Village, Banff; Mt Baker, Washington; plus some scenes in Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Russia and Finland.

And the list of male athletes and friends is very, very long:

... icluding...  Parker White, Laurent De Martin, Sämi Ortlieb, Chris Logan, Will Berman, Keegan Kilbride, Will Wesson, Thayne Rich, Peyben Hägglund, KC Deane, LJ Strenio, Khai Krepela, Kim Boberg, Oliver Karlberg, Tanner Rainville, Duncan Adams, Ahmet Dadali, McRae Williams, Wiley Miller, and Friends.

Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜Ž

FRIDAY 27TH JULY

LES MENUIRES - MOBILE CHARGING STATIONS

We were enjoying watching this short video highlighting some of the sweet spots from Les Menuires, when we spotted the hostess of PowderNShine highlighting a charging station on the mountain.

It appears to be solar powered.

Here are PlanetSKI we are obsessed with ensuring we have good wifi and we are also obsessed with keeping our mobiles charged up to 100%.

So a massive Bravo to Les Menuires  ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Solar powered Mobile charging station at Les MenuiresSolar powered Mobile charging station at Les Menuires

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 21ST JULY

ECHIDNA RESCUE FROM A SNOWY SKI SLOPE

Watch the Echidna being rescued from the snowy ski slopes in Thredbo.

Watch the video to the end to see it aqua plane down the snowy embankment into safer vegetation.

Echidnas are only found in Australia including Tasmania, plus New Guinea and their bodies are covered with hollow, barbless quills.

They hibernate during the cold winter months in burrows, though it remains unclear why this one emerged on to the ski slopes at Thredbo in mid July.

๐ŸŽฅ By Colin Clarke

They look like giant hedgehogs, though that is where the similarity stops.

Echidnas are monotremes, egg-laying mammals - the only other monotreme is the platypus.

A female usually lays one egg at a time that goes into a pouch on her stomach to incubate.

After 7 to 10 days, the egg is ready to hatch and a baby echidna, called a puggle (about 12mm long; weighs 0.5g) struggles into its mother's pouch.

The puggle stays in the pouch for 6 to 8 weeks giving its spines time to harden.

Echidnas can grow up to 60cm long with spines up to 5cm long.

An adult can weigh between 2.5kg and 10kg.

Many thanks to the guys at Mountainwatch for sharing the video with us.

Echidna rescue at ThredboEchidna rescue at Thredbo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ICEBERG VIDEO SPEEDED UP

See further details from our report lower down this page of Tuesday 17th July.

FRIDAY 20TH JULY

SKI BALLET ON MONT BLANC

It no longer features as a discipline in the winter Olympics, but Ski Ballet is one of those 'sports' we don't see enough of.

It's also very popular with mountaineer, ex pro freeskier and now filmmaker Fabien Maierhofer who shoots and edits Cedric Grand, featured in the video below, performing some nicely choreographed balletic turns and jumps on Mont Blanc.

 

Ski Ballet on Mt BlancSki Ballet on Mt Blanc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOOD POINT, WELL MADE

Hear, hear...Hear, hear...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 18TH JULY

WILL CHINA SAVE SKIING?

There are reportedly 100 million skiers and snowboarders globally.

It's not new news that China aims to create 300 million snowsports enthusiasts before the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

The future of winter sports in China is uncertain, but imagine if even a portion of China's population - at 1.4bn - fell in love with skiing...

The impact would be drastic.

Beidahu ski resort, skiChina.com imageBeidahu ski resort, skiChina.com image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the year's end China will have 700 ski resorts - that's more than all of Europe - built over just 20 years.

The country aims to have 1,000 by the 2022 Olympic Games.

And they are developing young athletes to compete in winter sports to bring home some medals, of course.

For now, most Chinese visitors come to Europe and America during the summer months, Wengen and Grindelwald in Switzerland are a favourite spot for Asian tourists in Europe, as is Yellowstone National Park & other national parks in the USA.

How will this all play out?

Nanshan ski resortNanshan ski resort. skiChina.com image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The International Olympic Committee has today announced five new ski and snowboard events will be included at the Beijing Olympics:

TUESDAY 17TH JULY

HUGE ICEBERG IN GREENLAND THREATENS VILLAGERS

An enormous iceberg has drifted close to a settlement in Greenland.

The iceberg towers over houses on a promontory in the village of Innaarsuit but it is grounded.

There are fears though that should a large chunk of the iceberg split, it may cause a tsunami, as a result the residents have been advised to move to higher ground.

Watch the small shock wave in the video below as a small section of the iceberg breaks off into the water.

Imagine the size of the wave should a massive chunk calve off.

The following timelapse video shows the iceberg drifing close to the settlement.

MONDAY 16TH JULY

COULD THIS BE THE ANSWER TO QUEUING FOR A DRINK?

How about this for an idea?

Why not integrate a drinking pass with a lift pass and then let the punters pull their own pints or pull their own wine?

The team over at Pour My Beer, a company specializing in automated beer-serving devices, has proposed integrating a self-serve drink system with ski passes.

This would allow skiers and snowboarders the chance to pour their own beers at mid-mountain bars and automatically charge their round to a credit card.

What could possibly go wrong?

Pour your own!Pour your own!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY 15TH JULY

BACKFLIPS WITH BUTTERFLIES

Every few years, the monarch butterflies take a migration route directly over Mount Hood, in Oregon US.

It seems to be a random event and you're lucky if you happen to be there when it occurs.

Brandon Sorel was snowboarding at Mt Hood in recent days and when he did his backfllip, he took to the air with thousands of monarch butterflies.

Snowboarding with monarchs at Mt HoodSnowboarding with monarchs at Mt Hood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A post shared by Brandon Sorel (@brandonsorel) on Jul 8, 2018 at 4:37pm PDT


In 2017, Tim Jones happened to be already filming while Connery Lundin was skiing when millions of monarchs arrived to steal the show.

It's all about being in the right place at the right time.

A post shared by Timothy Jones (@timjones_video) on Aug 3, 2017 at 12:10pm PDT


Monarch in flightMonarch in flight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 14TH JULY

PING PONG IN SKI BOOTS

We can't think of many things - other than skiing - that we'd like to do in ski boots.

Playing table tennis is certainly not one we'd recommend.

And definitely not 180 games of table tennis.

Non-stop.

On Monday, James and Joe from the Ski Club of Great Britain will be taking on the challenge in aid of the snowsports youth charity Snow-Camp.

James and JoeJames and Joe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They're hoping to raise £500, enough for five young people to experience skiing or snowboarding for the first time or to employ an apprentice for a month.

The ping-pong-athon is estimated to take around 10 to 11 hours and will be continuous (except for toilet breaks).

Previous Snow-Camp apprentices will be there to offer support and snacks along with the Ski Club President, GB's ex alpine racer Chemmy Alcott, who will probably tackle some ping-pong herself.

Good luck to them.

Updates will be posted on the Club's Instagram page.

If you want to sponsor James and Joe, you can do  so here.

And if the duo want take to athletic endeavors in their ski boots to the next level then there are plenty of challenges ahead for the pair.

Here's a couple we've reported about on PlanetSKI Wink

World record holderMax Willcocks, world record holder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suited and bootedAl Machell runs the marathon: suited and booted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 13TH JULY

FILM TRAILER - ALL IN

It's the latest  epic ski film from Matchstick Productions landing in 2018.

This isn’t your typical “Women can shred too” film, this is a kick-ass ski film that just happens to feature as many women as men.

Shot on location in British Columbia, Alaska, Utah, Washington, Japan and South America.

Starring: Angel Collinson, Michelle Parker, Tatum Monod, Elyse Saugstad, Mark Abma, Wiley Miller, Johnny Collinson, and Cody Townsend.

 

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY

Afriski, the ski area in Lesotho, posted these three photographs earlier in the week.

They show skiers enjoying the snow at the weekend.

Afriski at the weekend - 9th July 2018Afriski at the weekend - 9th July 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But it is perhaps, not quite as it seems.

This photo was posted on Instagram by Krsty Motzouris with the following comment:  "To one of the best weekends โ›ท๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝโ„๏ธ๐ŸŽฟ๐Ÿฅƒ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿค™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿค— "

Afriski - one long run Afriski - one long run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is of course all man-made snow at Afriski and here are the cannons in action in the early evening, showing some bare patches on both edges of the run.

Snow cannons at Afriski at 6.58pm on 9th July 2018Snow cannons at Afriski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We guess most people who go to ski or snowboard at Afriski know the conditions, but beware the close-cropped photo!

It does though have snow and a few years back one of our readers, Steph Wiehe, sent us a report from Afriski:

THURSDAY 12TH JULY

KIDS ON SNOW

The 2017/2018 season of SnowKidz organised by the International Ski Federaton was record-breaking.

With 762 events in 31 countries, the programme has continued to grow at a steady pace.

Now SnowKidz has released a video from  last season's events:

 

TUESDAY 10TH JULY

AN ICEBERG MEASURING 6 KILOMETRES BREAKS OFF IN GREENLAND

Scientists in eastern Greenland witnessed an iceberg measuring 6 Kilometres (that's a bit under 4 miles) breaking away from a glacier.

The iceberg separated from the Helheim Glacier and drifted away.

The calving event, began at 11:30pm local time on 22nd June, and took over 30 minutes to break away.

The footage captured in the video below has been sped up so the calving is seen to happen in about 90 seconds.

The video shows a wide, flattened iceberg parting from the glacier, and so-called pinnacle bergs (tall, thin icebergs) detach from the larger mass of floating ice and invert in the water.

The team of NYU scientists are part of Holland’s research team that has studied the waters off the coast of Greenland for more than a decade by measuring subtle changes in water temperature and wave formation.

We wonder where this iceberg is heading?

Could it be hi-jacked and towed to the UAE?

(See post below dated 2nd July Towing Icebergs from Antarctica to UAE)

Iceberg measuring 6km breaks off Greenland GlacierIceberg measuring 6km breaks off Greenland Glacier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY 9TH JULY

SKIING IN THE UK.... IN A HEATWAVE

Yes, it's really possible, and we don't mean on a dry slope or in a nice cool indoor centre.

We mean on snow .... outdoors... in a hot, hot summer.

The Lecht in Scotland has been making use of the TechnoAlpin Snow Factory it brought in last Spring to make artificial snow and give skiers and snowboarders in Britain some valuable off-season practice.

It might be approaching 30 degrees Celsius, but that's not going to stop the keenest snowsports fans making the best of the small strips of snow and freestyle features, including an airbag.

The Lecht in summerThe Lecht in summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's obviously not just a gimmick.

GB Park and Pipe has just held a Pathway Camp there for some of the top young up-and-coming snowsports athletes.

"The only other way to get through this much training at this time of year is to head to the European glaciers, and even then there you don't get the opportunity to train from 9am to 5pm," says Lesley McKenna, GB Park & Pipe programme manager.

"In the past, going to the glaciers or southern hemisphere has been the only option for training at this time of year, and while those areas still the provide the best facilities, it is prohibitively expensive for most athletes, particularly the junior skiers and snowboarders.

"Having this facility at the Lecht is a fantastic asset and we're already hoping to plan more regular training sessions and camps there over the course of the summer."

WHERE DID YOU SKI AT THE WEEKEND?

This guy hoiked his way up the mountain in the Pyrenees at the weekend to find some skiable patches of snow.

He found this treasure trove at the Brèche de Roland, and combined a little pond skimming with his down hill skiing.

Love the video .. and thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŽฟโ›ท

 


FRIDAY 6TH JULY

THE ALPAKA IS DEAD

Regulars in the French resort of Tignes may be sad to see this sight....

Site of the Alpaka LodgeThe Alpaka woz 'ere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The popular bar for Brits and ski instructors, the Alpaka Lodge, used to be where this pile of building rubble now is.

The bar, restaurant and hotel in the Lac area has been demolished this summer and will be replaced by a much bigger hotel with a spa and underground parking.

Alpaka Lodge in July 2017As it was

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We reported last summer on the news that the Alpaka had been sold by its British owners Jill and Sander Carling after 30 years.

THURSDAY 5TH JULY

IRANIAN GENERAL ACCUSES ISRAEL OF STEALING ITS SNOW

Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran's Civil Defense Organisation, has said that "Israel and another country in the region have joint teams which work to ensure clouds entering Iranian skies are unable to release rain."

"We are facing the issue of cloud and snow theft," Jalali added.

He claimed that a recent survey showed that all mountainous areas above 7,200 feet between Afghanistan and the Mediterranean are covered in snow, except Iran.

Weather experts have, er, poured cold water on the suggestion.

Iran offers some skiing and snowboarding and one UK operator, Mountain Heaven, organises ski trips to the country.

Skiing in IranSkiing & snowboarding in Iran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 4TH JULY

WTF!

When you can't be bothered to take your skis off...

MONDAY 2ND JULY

TOWING ICEBERGS FROM ANTARTCTICA TO UAE

Last year the the National Advisor Bureau put forward a project of towing icebergs from Antarctica to the UAE coasts during the first quarter of 2020.

This year a further announcement has been made that the pilot phase of the project is proposed to start in the second half of 2019.

The idea is to use the icebergs as a new source of potential drinking water in the water-sparse regions of the United Arab Emirates.

The intention is to tow Icebergs from Antarctica towards the coast of Perth in Australia, or the coast of Cape Town in South Africa.

The estimated cost of the project is around $50-60 million.

PlanetSKI reported in the original announcement at the time in May 2017

The company involved is currently developing technology that would reduce the project costs, while also ensuring zero ice-melt during the transportation phase.

We're slightly cynical about this project at PlanetSKI and wonder why the UAE is not spending its money more effectively on desalination units that could provide the region with infinitely more water than an iceberg could ever produce.

The video below gives a little more information on the project.

There are some English subtitles further into the video of the Emirates Iceberg Project:

 

JULY SNOW IN BRITISH COLUMBIA CLOSES SKI AREA!

Yes! It's true.. and it's not the sort of headline we thought we'd be writing about Canada in July.

While residents of southern Ontario and Quebec are dealing with a July heat wave there's been a dusting of snow in British Columbia, Canada.

Snow has fallen on the Okanagan Connector on Highway 97C, and the conditions are slushy.

This webcam shot shows Highway 97C on the morning of Monday 2nd July.

These conditions are in stark contrast to 12 months ago when there region was experiencing big bush fires.

Webcam shot shows snow on Highway 97C on Monday 2nd JulyWebcam shot shows snow on Highway 97C on Monday 2nd July

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moreover, Big White, the ski area near Kelowna, got a dusting of snow too and some of the summer activities had to be put on hold due to the snow.

The Bullet Chair was closed on Monday and the biking and hiking trails are to remain closed until further notice as the snow accumulations have resulted in poor conditions.

Not quite what one expects in July ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Webcam - Top o The Bullet Chair - 2nd July Webcam - Top of The Bullet Chair - 2nd July

 












Some snow at Bullet Chair - 2nd JulySome snow at Bullet Chair - 2nd July
















SUNDAY 1ST JULY

THE REMARKABLES

At this moment as winter has got her steely grip on ski fields down-under, the snow and ski conditions at The Remarkables in NZ, look ... er .... 'remarkable'. ๐Ÿคฃ


VICTOR DE LE RUE TAKING ON A CHALLENGING LINE

Stunning!


SKIING AND 'CHUTING' OFF AIGUILLE DU MIDI

See the world through the eyes of Black Crows skier Michael "Bird" Shaffer in this quick edit from a spring trip to Chamonix.

The story goes like this .... The Aiguille du Midi lift is closed and the mountain is quieter than usual.

Bird makes his way up the Italian side of the Midi to access his line: the Éperon Frendo on the North face.

"Ski that thing, skip the rappels and fly off that serac at the bottom," says Bird.

Taking flight into the void is as simple as counting .. ONE... TWO... THREE ....

Would you leap into the abyss?

Parachuting off the Éperon Frendo on the North face - ChamonixParachuting off the Éperon Frendo on the North face - Chamonix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SKIERS V SNOWBOARDERS

Two skiers enjoying a peaceful moment on the empty slopes of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier are bombed by an army of snowboarders. ๐Ÿคฃ

Great edit.



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