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Mayor of Val d'Isere spends night in cells for being drunk, FWT confirmed for Fieberbrunn + first World Cup ski race of the season gets the OK. NEW & UPDATED

 

 


..... NEWS IN BRIEF STORIES FROM SEPTEMBER 2018


FRIDAY 19TH OCTOBER

MAYOR OF VAL D'ISERE SPENDS NIGHT IN THE CELLS

It is reported that the Mayor of Val-d'Isère, Marc Bauer, was taken into custody on Thursday night after insulting a policeman while allegedly drunk during a night out.

The incident happened in Colmar in Alsace.

He was in the town to promote the resort.

The 62-year old has been mayor of the French ski resort since 2008.

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Here at PlanetSKi we have further details and have reported them in this separate news story.

FWT IS BACK IN AUSTRIA

The Freeride World Tour will hold a stage in Fieberbrunn in Austria for at least the next 3-years.

In 2018 it will be held Febuary 22nd-28th.

Which is good as PlanetSKI is likely to be in the resort in the Tirol over those dates.

FWT in FieberbrunnFWT in Fieberbrunn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were last in the resort after it linked with Saalbach and hit it on a powder day - lets hope the same conditions occur.

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Fieberbrunn, AustriaWinter playground

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fieberbrunn, AustriaEndless powder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2019 FWT season will mark the ninth year of partnership with Fieberbrunn.

"Fieberbrunn is the birthplace of FWT in Austria, and will remain its flagship in the future. Its great news knowing we'll feel at home in Fieberbrunn for the next 3 years, at least, " said the CEO of the Freeride World Tour, Nicolas Hale-Woods.

Another main sponsor, Audi, has also confirmed it is extending its 3-year association with the FWT.

THURSDAY 18TH OCTOBER

ARE YOU READY....

....for the new ski racing season, that is?

Because it begins in Austria in just over a week's time.

Soelden's Rettenbach glacier in the Tirol has got the OK from the International Ski Federation to hold the opening World Cup races of the season in just over a week's time.

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An inspection of the slopes today confirmed that the women's and men's giant slalom races will take place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October.

Bring it on!




WEDNESDAY 17TH OCTOBER

BLIND BRITISH MAN SUMMITS EUROPE'S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN

23-year-old Jack Garner is the first UK blind person to summit Mount Elbrus in Russia.

He reached the summit, at 5,642m, with four other climbers and two guides.

"It was my first time walking on snow and ice. It took a bit of getting used to," he said.

He spent 8 days on the mountain with winds gusting to 50mph and temperatures falling to -37C with wind chill.

He lost his sight when 11-years old from a genetic condition.

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In 2015 he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and in 2016 he trekked to Everest base camp.

TUESDAY 16TH OCTOBER

GB SKELETON STAR RETIRES

Britain's most successful Winter Olympian has announced her retirement.

Lizzy Yarnold was the first GB athlete to successfully defend a Winter Games title when she won gold in the skeleton at Pyeongchang in February.

Lizzy YarnoldLizzy Yarnold - photo Andy J Ryan, Team GB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 29-year-old, who had back surgery in the summer, told BBC Sport that she was "ready for a new chapter" after an amazing 10 years.

"When I came into the sport I wanted to go to the Olympics and now I have achieved everything I could have dreamed of and more," she told the BBC.
Yarnold says she would like to stay in the sport following her retirement and wants to continue to be a voice for women in sport.

Lizzy YarnoldYarnold in demand on her return from Pyeongchang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more on BBC Sport.

MONDAY 15TH OCTOBER

EUROSTAR DISRUPTION FEARS

Eurostar trains could face disruption if the UK leaves the European Union with no deal.

The latest Brexit contingency papers published by the British government warn that the rail services could be suspended unless individual agreements are made with France and Britain.

The UK will leave the EU on 29th March 2019 and the latest mood music is that it may have to do so without a negotiated settlement.

The government documents say that Eurostar, which operates on a UK licence, would be hit unless specific agreements can be reached.

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SUNDAY 14TH OCTOBER

GB MOUNTAIN BIKER SHOT IN FRENCH ALPS

He was killed by a stray bullet from a hunter while riding in woods in the French Alps.

The 34-year old man, who runs a restaurant in the area, was riding near Montriond.

We understand he worked in Les Gets and this comment has been posted on a local Facebook page:

"Devastating news - Such a tragedy and huge loss of a young and well known local business owner in Les Gets. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time."

The 22-year-old hunter is in hospital in a state of shock.

The authorities have launched an enquiry and legal proceedings may follow.

The British Foreign Office has confirmed the man's death.

The accident had happened at about 6pm on Saturday.

It came during a seven-man hunt that was organised by a local hunting group.

The victim reportedly died from a single gunshot wound.

The accident comes two weeks after another young hunter was sentenced to a year in jail for involuntarily killing a trail runner with a shot.

There are likely to be re-newed calls for tighter rules on hunting in areas popular with the public.

Already there has been reaction on social media:

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BODY OF SECOND SNOWBOARDER FOUND

The remains of a second snowboarder missing since last November in the backcountry near the Mount Baker ski area in the USA have been found.

20-year-old Drew Lenz was located last Wednesday, the local sheriff's office said.

The cause of death hasn't been determined.

Lenz and 22-year-old Jacob Amancio were reported missing on 12th November after failing to return from a snowboarding trip.

Amancio's remains were discovered after hikers found an item belonging to him at the end of September, as we reported below (Saturday 6th October).

SATURDAY 13TH OCTOBER

CAIRNGORM DRY SLOPE PLAN THROWN OUT

A proposed new dry ski slope for the Scottish ski area has been rejected, despite being recommended by officials at the Cairngorms National Park Authority.

The plan to build a slope for beginners and one for intermediates at the base of Cairngorm Mountain had looked set to be approved at a meeting yesterday but there were several objections.

See the post below, Thursday 11th October.

Reasons given for the refusal included the potential impact on the landscape.

It's the latest setback for the owners and the operators of Cairngorm Mountain following the closure of the funicular railway.

THURSDAY 11TH OCTOBER

CAIRNGORM DRY SLOPE PLANS SET FOR APPROVAL

The Cairngorms National Park Authority looks set to approve a controversial proposal to build a dry slope ski centre at the base of Cairngorm Mountain in Scotland.

The Authority's planning committee meets tomorrow and the detailed planning application that's been submitted is being recommended for approval, subject to some conditions.

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We reported on the proposal when it was mooted more than a year ago.
The artificial ski area would have a slope for beginners and one for intermediates and be located near the car parking area.

The £1.5 million development is not supported by everyone in the mountain community.

Many local businesses say it's a waste of money and won't bring more visitors to the area.
 
It comes at a difficult time for Cairngorm.

Safety concerns have forced the closure of the funicular railway just weeks before the ski season and it's not clear when it will reopen.
WEDNESDAY 10TH OCTOBER

PYEONGCHANG CLAIMS $55 MILLION SURPLUS

The 2018 Winter Olympics has announced that it made a profit of at least US$ 55 million.

The figure was given by the Games' organising committee in its final report to the International Olympic Committee.

The Committee had previously said it was on course to make a surplus but the statement was greeted with scepticism, particularly after complaints that one province had been left heavily in debt.

"We congratulate the Organising Committee of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 for the organisation of outstanding Olympic Winter Games, which were extremely successful in all respects," said the IOC President Thomas Bach.

"In recognition of these great achievements, the IOC will contribute its share of the surplus for the benefit of sport in Korea," IOC President Thomas Bach said.

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Any surplus from the organisation of the Games is normally divided between the IOC, the Organising Committee and the host National Olympic Committee for the benefit of sport and the Olympic Movement.

The IOC says it's another example of the Olympics either breaking even or creating a surplus, thanks to "cost-reducing or revenue-increasing measures".

Meanwhile, the IOC Commission keeping an eye on progress towards the next Winter Olympics says Beijing 2022 has achieved extraordinary milestones at an incredible speed.

As for the Games after next, the IOC has now officially confirmed three candidates - Calgary, Stockholm and Milan with Cortina d'Ampezzo:

TUESDAY 9TH OCTOBER
COUNTDOWN TO PARA SNOWBOARD WORLD CUP
There is under a month to go until the World Para Snowboard World Cup in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

It takes place 7th-8th November.

The competition takes place in the ski resort, Ski Dubai and it will also be the very first snowboarding event to take place in Dubai.

For more information visit here.

So, what is Ski Dubai like?

PlanetSKI visited it back in August this year on our way to ski in Australia and New Zealand:

Ski Dubai , UAESki Dubai , UAE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 6TH OCTOBER

NEW BOSS FOR BRITISH SKELETON

She is Natalie Dunman and becomes the interim performance director for the British Skeleton.

She takes over from Andi Schmid, who stepped down as performance director in August.

We reported on it at the time:

Schmid will be a very hard act to follow who had a successful 17-year spell in the role.

The Austrian, who helped lead Britain to multiple medal successes, including three medals at Pyeongchang 2018 where Lizzy Yarnold defended her Olympic title.

Dom Parsons won silver and Laura Dees secured bronze.

"I'm very excited to be joining the BBSA and the British Skeleton programme," said Dunman.

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"I've worked with the skeleton programme at various times during the last 10 years - including designing and delivering the talent identification programme that discovered Lizzy Yarnold and Laura Deas - and I feel privileged to be working with and supporting such a great team of athletes, coaches and staff," said Dunman

"They have a track record of medals at all levels and my aim now is to help them continue on that successful path towards the Beijing 2022 Games."

BODY OF MISSING SNOWBOARDER FINALLY FOUND
The remains of one of two snowboarders who went missing last November near Mt. Baker in the USA has been found.
Jake Amancio, 22-years-old, and Drew Lenz, 20 went snowboarding in the backcountry near Heather Meadows.
Extensive searches at the time failed to find them.
Now hikers found belongings and search crews found the remains of one of the snowboarders.
Formal identification is now taking place.
The families of both snowboarders have been informed of the discovery.
Missing snowboardersMissing snowboarders

 

FRIDAY 5TH OCTOBER

MAN REGAINS SIGHT AFTER SKI ACCIDENT

From blind in one eye to better than 20/20 vision - Johnny Blaxland had risky surgery after a skiing accident, but it worked.

THURSDAY 4TH OCTOBER

PERISHER STARTS TO DISMANTLE T-BAR

Perisher ski Resort is replacing one of its T-bars with a new superfast $4.2m Quad chairlift, in the Leichhardt & Happy Valley area.

Even before the season closes it has started to dismantle the T-bar in a bid, it claims, to minimalise environmental impact.

The ski season is set to close on 7th October.

 


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WEDNESDAY 3RD OCTOBER

TOURIST TAX TO SKI IN NZ

The New Zealand government will be implementing a $35 tourist tax on all international visitors - that's £18.

The tax is expected to raise around $80m and legislation is expected to be passed next year.

The money raised will be split between conservation and tourism infrastructure projects.

"We don't believe the financial burden should rest solely on the shoulder of New Zealanders, we do believe visitors should pay their fair share," said the tourism minister, Kelvin Davis.

Here at PlanetSKI we're pleased we chose this year to ski some of the resorts in the country.

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MONDAY 1ST OCTOBER

RICHARD BRANSON CHEATS DEATH ON MONT BLANC
The billionaire British businessman Sir Richard Branson and his son narrowly avoided disaster when huge rocks crashed down over their heads while they were climbing Mont Blanc at the weekend.
The pair were among a group on the way up to the summit on Saturday at the end of the 33-day Virgin Strive Challenge, a 2,000km trek across Europe.
They were raising money for the charity Big Change that helps disadvantaged young people.
Richard Branson on the Virgin Strive Challenge Richard Branson on the Virgin Strive Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sir Richard and Sam Branson had to scramble behind large boulders as rocks the size of small cars crash down.
"I am not exaggerating when I say four of our team were seconds away from certain death," Sir Richard told the Press Association.
The team completed the climb but decided to call a helicopter to take them down to avoid any further risks.
Virgin Strive Challenge team on Mont BlancThe team at the top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Virgin Strive Challenge later posted this account from Sam Branson on its Facebook page, accompanied by his video:
"A tower of boulders descended down the mountain in the grand couloir upon us and one rock even hit my helmet. Some were the size of coins and others the size of fridges! You can't see in the video but you can hear them all falling. Was a very scary time."

Warning:  This video contains swearing..



PEAK RETREATS WINS AWARD

The UK tour operator is the winner of The Times Travel Editor's Award 2018.

Peak Retreats was presented with the award by The Times Travel Editor, Jane Knight.

Jane tweeted her congratulations saying that Peak Retreats is ‘a great ski company with small charismatic villages and a slice of rural France.'

"I'm immensely proud that Peak Retreats has been given this very special award," said Xavier Schouller, one of the two founders of Peak Retreats, who received the award.

Jane Knight & Xavier SchoullerJane Knight & Xavier Schouller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"It's a great tribute to everyone in our team and testament to the fact that the UK ski market wants to discover the real French Alps; traditional resorts away from the crowds yet with access to brilliant skiing. Finding these hidden gems is what we do best."

The annual The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sunday Times Travel Magazine Travel Awards 2018, now in their sixth year, celebrate the destinations and companies that have made readers' trips unforgettable.

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ASPEN BOSS EMPHASISES IMPORTANCE OF SUMMER BUSINESS

Summer holds more promise for future growth than winter, according to the CEO of Aspen Skiing Co, Mike Kaplan.

The Aspen Times reports that he told an audience in Snowmass that the company's plan is for the purpose built ski resort of Snowmass to be fully open in summer.

Snowmass is one of the four Aspen mountains.

PlanetSKI visited last winter:

Millions of dollars are being invested in new summer attractions and a long-term development programme at Snowmass Base Village.

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"We've got to say, 'You know what, summer is just as important as winter,'" Kaplan said.

"We're going to deliver that service just like we do in the winter. We're going to be fully open, fully on, fully engaged and believe in this place in summer."

Read the full details in the Aspen Times.

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