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Keeping safe on the slopes? T-bar boomerang effect, Liverpool FC teams up with Verbier + NZ mountains from the air. NEW & UPDATED

 

 

 

 

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

WEDNESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER

FAIR POINT?

Keeping safe on the slopesKeeping safe on the slopes












MONDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER

T-BAR BOOMERANG EFFECT

PlanetSKI is in Australia visiting some of the ski areas as winter turns to spring in the Southern Hemisphere - read more here.

We came across this liftie in Perisher honing his sliding skills with the T-bar.

It was late afternoon and almost time to go home.

So, what would you do if there weren't any punters around needing assistance with the T-bar?

Go sliding of course 😎

#skill #liftielaughs


SUNDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER

LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB TEAMS UP WITH VERBIER

Pardon?

What can the famous English football club have in common with the famous Swiss ski resort?

Not a lot it may seem, but that hasn't stopped Verbier becoming a so-called ambassador for Liverpool in a 4-year partnership.

Cost unknown.

Verbier becomes the first official ‘Alpine tourism destination of LFC in Europe'.

It is unclear why Verbier chose Liverpool over other English football clubs - is there a big ski market in the Liverpool fan base?

Or why Liverpool chose Verbier over the other top-name resorts - will the Reds meet FC Basel in European football?

Verbier will provide exclusive offers on winter and summer holiday packages to Liverpool fans.

It will also host a week on the slopes dedicated to Liverpool in January.

"As our first Alpine destination partner, we are delighted to welcome Verbier to the LFC family. We believe a partnership in this space will allow us to bring unique and exciting opportunities to our fans," said Billy Hogan, managing director and chief commercial officer at LFC.

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Laurent Vaucher, CEO of Téléverbier, said: "Verbier is one of the most iconic ski destinations in the world and we're proud to partner with a club of legend such as Liverpool FC."

Pierre-André Gremaud, managing director of Verbier Promotion, added: "This collaboration has strategic importance and we hope it will help defend or even increase our market share in the UK but also in Europe."

And to celebrate the occasion a Liverpool great held up a shirt.

Robbie Fowler on skis Robbie Fowler on skis





















And then went skiing:


FRIDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER

NEW ZEALAND FROM THE AIR

Now here at PlanetSKI we have flown in and out of a few airports to access the ski slopes around the world.

Some have fantastic views.

Innsbruck in the Tirol in Austria springs to mind.

And Bariloche in Argentina.

But there is no-where quite like Christchurch in New Zealand.

New Zealand from the airNew Zealand from the air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Zealand from the airNew Zealand from the air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Zealand from the airNew Zealand from the air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Zealand from the airNew Zealand from the air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And what has PlanetSKI been doing in New Zealand? 

Er, skiing...

And just to keep you updated it's next stop Australia for PlanetSKI and the resorts of Mt Buller, Perisher and Thredbo.

Do check back later on PlanetSKI...

 

THURSDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER

Now we try not to get too much into politics on PlanetSKI even though we have our firmly held views on Trump, Brexit and all the rest of it.

But this one made us smile... and there is a snow connection.

Sort of.

They talking about Trump?They talking about Trump?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER

10CM OF SNOW FORECAST FOR CANADA

The northeastern corner of BC and central Alberta, Canada are preparing to leap into winter-like weather with up to 10cm of snow forecast for Wednesday.

Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings and special weather statements for the areas to be affected.

And it looks like Jasper and the ski area of Marmot Basin, may be snow-lucky - see the photograph below.

Meteorologists say a cold front will drop southward out of the Northwest Territories bringing unseasonably cold temperatures to regions within both provinces.

Snowfall warnings are posted for BC's Highway 97 between Pine Pass and Chetwynd.

It's only the 12th September, and we can't wait to see the photos of the first signs of winter.

10cm of snow forecast for parts of BC and Alberta, Canada - 12th September 201810cm of snow forecast for parts of BC and Alberta, Canada - 12th September 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOODSY FLYING IN CARDRONA

GB freeskier, James 'Woodsy' Woods is captured in the short video below, stylishly flying through the air at the Cardrona ski park, New Zealand.

 


TUESDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER

SKI MILEAGE

Our friends over at Skiworld have come up with an interesting equation.

It's worked out which ski areas in the Alps give you the most miles of skiing for your money.

The tour operator has taken the the biggest ski areas in the Alps and compared the lift tickets with the kilometres of piste to ski, and then how much each km costs you (that's if you cover it all...).

Can you guess which of the Alps' main ski areas comes out on top?

A ski area that is comprised of 8 resorts, 169 lifts and a highest ski point of 3,230m:

Lift pass: £265
Piste: 600km
KM cost per day: £0.07

It's Les3Vallees... Surprised much?

Among those ski areas compared were Alpe d'Huez, Zermatt Matterhorn, the Espace Killy, the Arlberg, 4 Vallees, Les Portes Soleil and the Paradiski.

The know the cost per km of each of these ski areas, read on here: Ski Mileage

Get most kms for your £Get most kms for your £

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a slightly more conventional look at ski-resort pricing, read our friend Inghams' list of where's best for skiing and saving precious £s on beer and ski lunches:

MONDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER

SNOW SURPRISES SOUTH AFRICAN WILDLIFE

It's currently winter in the Southern Hempishere, and while there are some ski areas with snow in Lesotho and South Africa, the images below are not how we generally perceive wildlife in the region.

The recent snowfall in the bush has destroyed the natural camouflage of these wild beasts.

Enjoy the wildlife photographs captured by Kitty Viljoen.

Wildlife in snow - photo by: Kitty ViljoenWildlife in snow - photo by: Kitty Viljoen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wildlife in snow - photo by: Kitty ViljoenWildlife in snow - photo by: Kitty Viljoen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wildlife in snow - photo by: Kitty ViljoenWildlife in snow - photo by: Kitty Viljoen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER

SKIING IN SCOTLAND IN SEPTEMBER

One man's quest to show you can ski in Scotland every month of the year continues successfully.

It was a tough ask this month with the patches of snow on the mountains dwindling fast after a long summer.

He had to work for it but it was good news - eventually - for PlanetSKI's good friend Rod Frazer.

That's Rod Frazer of the British Alpine Ski School in Les2Alpes who also runs the wonderfully-named Where Stags Roar self-catered property business in the Cairngorms with his wife Dianne.

Well done, Rod...

 

 

THURSDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER

ENGAGEMENT RING LOST IN SKI AREA TOILETS

A British woman is asking for help to find her engagement ring, last seen in a toilet at The Remarkables ski area in New Zealand.

Ruth Bamber was on holiday with her fiancé James Sutcliffe when she left the ring on a shelf.

Ruth Bamber Wearing the lost ring - photo Ruth Bamber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her post on Facebook has so far been shared more than 250 times and the story has been picked up by local media.

We thought we'd do our bit to see if any of our readers can help.

"I left it on the shelf above the sink in the upstairs ladies toilets at Remarkables Ski Area Thurs 30 AUG 2018," Ruth says.

"It's really not worth a lot of money, the value of my ring is purely sentimental.

"I'm sharing this is the hope that whoever found it will see my post and know that my ring means the world to me.

If you have my ring, please hand it in to Queenstown Police station or Remarkables Ski Area, NZ. They'll return it to me at my home address in the UK."

Ruth Bamber's lost engagement ringThe lost ring - photo Ruth Bamber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our editor, James Cove, has just spent some time in The Remarkables on his New Zealand road trip in an RV but, sadly, didn't find Ruth's ring:

 

WEDNESDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER

OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS

Now that's a school and church probably worth attending.

As seen in the town of Methven near the ski resort of Mt Hutt in New Zeland as PlanetsKI passed through on its NZ RV trip. Cool

Methven, New Zealand Methven, New Zealand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER

SNOW HOLES FOR BATS

A surprisingly tiny creature lies inside snow holes in Japan.

The golf ball sized fur balls are the Ussurian tube-nosed bats.

Scientists discovered these bats hibernating in snow dens.

Apart from Polar bears, the Ussurian tube-nosed bats are the only known mammal to hibernate in snow dens.

Unlike polar bears, these bats are not insulated by heavy fur and fat layers.

To survive winter, the tiny mammals dramatically reduce their body temperatures and heart rates, to minimize energy use.

Studies showed that the bats hibernate in cylindrical or cone-shaped holes beneath the snow.

As soon as the snow melts they rapidly increase their body temperature and fly off.

(The video below was published on You Tube on 13th August 2018)


Ussurian tube-nosed bats hibernate in snowUssurian tube-nosed bats hibernate in snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER

WHERE COULD THIS BE?

Clue... ? The name of the country starts with an 'N'

This photograph showing snow capped mountains in the distance was taken in some Fiords, but not the Norwegian Fjords we often write about on PlanetSKI.

The scene was shot in stunning Fiordland (spelt correctly).

It's in the land of the Hobbits in New Zealand, and has a remarkable similarity to Norway.

As PlanetSKI visits New Zealand we currently feel as though we have walked on to the set of Lord Of The Rings.

Perhaps we may even see Frodo and Gandalf!

Where is this? Norway or New Zealand?Where is this? Norway or New Zealand?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where is this? Norway or New Zealand?Where is this? Norway or New Zealand?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A COLD & SNOWY WINTER?

Good news.....much of the USA is heading for a "teeth-chattering" winter with lots of snow.

That's according to the 2019 Farmers' Almanac, which is predicting the coming season will be "colder-than-normal... from the Continental Divide east through the Appalachians."

The forecasters says the real teeth-chattering will arrive around mid-February, especially in the Northeast/New England, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, Midwest, and Southeast.

"Contrary to the stories storming the web, our time-tested, long-range formula is pointing toward a very long, cold, and snow-filled winter," says editor Peter Geiger on the Farmers' Almanac website.

"We stand by our forecast and formula, which accurately predicted the many storms last winter, as well as this summer's steamy, hot conditions."

Stowe, VermontStowe, Vermont - cold & snowy this winter?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The almanac says that around mid-February an Arctic cold front will produce blustery and bitter winds, a sharp drop in temperature, and widespread snow showers/squall activity along and ahead of the frontal line.

The Farmers' Almanac has a good record for accuracy.

It bases its long-range forecasts on a mathematical and astronomical formula developed in 1818.

It's saying there'll be above-normal snowfall in the Great Lakes states, Midwest, and central and northern New England.

But it's less good news for the far south west...

Farmers' Almanac 2019 forecastThe 2019 forecast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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