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SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

TRUMP HARMS SNOWSPORTS

That's the conclusion of the CEO of Aspen in Colorado. Is Mike Kaplan right?

Mike Kaplan believes the US President's policies on climate change and immigration are hurting the Colorado ski industry.

"Our industry is on the front line of the battle," Mike Kaplan, the CEO of Aspen Skiing Co., said of climate change in an interview with TV host Aaron Harber on KCDO-Channel 3 in Colorado.

We have covered his views in the past on PlanetSKI.

So, what does Kaplan want on the environment?

  • A tax dividend to encourage more such programs and penalties for heavy emitters of carbon

And on employment and immigration?

  • "We're continuously looking for employees and we also have a very large number of Latinos in this community. We are very concerned about the current policies and practices that are pushing them into the shadows."
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THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

Thinking about skiing in North America?

Then there's an event not to miss - a free evening at Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports.

Monday 12th November, 6pm - 8.30pm at the Covent Garden Ellis Brigham store.

The Ikon Pass is a collective ski pass that includes access to 35 ski resorts in the USA and Canada.

With the ski pass launching for its first season and as ski resorts open across the northern hemisphere, skiers and snowboarders (and newcomers) are welcomed to join Ellis Brigham and Ikon for a free event to celebrate the start of another winter season.

You can also try heli-skiing in virtual reality as CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures will debut Lines of Sight: A Guided Virtual Realty Experience.

Enjoy free food and drink while browsing the latest snow sports clothing and equipment.

As well with talking all things snow, skiing, and season stoke.

Attendees have the chance to win prizes including many 2-night stays in Ikon Pass destinations, £500 worth of snow sports gear, and a grand prize of flights to the USA + Ikon Pass for two!
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WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER

NEW BOSS FOR BRITISH PARALYMPIC ASSOCIATION

Mike Sharrock has been appointed as the new CEO.

He had a 30-year international business career with BP.

He led BP's tier 1 partnership with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

"I am truly thrilled to be joining such a great team. I was fortunate to witness the amazing success of ParalympicsGB at London 2012 and more recently at Rio 2016 and at this year's PyeongChang Games," said Mike.

"Through their incredible sporting success our Paralympic athletes have challenged perceptions and inspired a genuine change in attitudes towards disability.

"There is still much more to do and I look forward to working with the team to achieve further success in the coming years."

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Mike will take up the role in January 2019.

He succeeds Tim Hollingsworth OBE who is taking up the role of Chief Executive at Sport England.

TUESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER

ROAD RAGE DRIVER ‘COULD HAVE KILLED' OLYMPIC SKI CHAMPION

A driver is facing prosecution for allegedly driving within inches of an Olympic cross-country ski champion while she trained on roller skis.

Jessie Diggins, who won gold in the women's team sprint in Pyeongchang, says she could have been killed while training on a stretch of road near her home in Minnesota.

According to a local newspaper, a 37-year-old man has been charged with assault, reckless driving, careless driving, disorderly conduct and nuisance on a public roadway.

The incident happened as Diggins and her training partner trained on the road on 28th October.

She says they were skiing in single file and had left plenty of room for approaching vehicles.

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"The man driving the car buzzed us so close that I was rocked sideways from the wind," she said ina blog.

"He slowed to a stop, then when we tried to ski by him, he kept driving on the right side of the road so that we were forced to the middle of the road.

"When we sped up, he sped up. When we slowed down, he came to a stop, blocking us from getting back to the side of the road.

"I knocked on the window a few times shouting that he was going to get us killed, and he flipped me the finger and turned the music up.

"It was the most incredible display of aggressive bullying and "I'm bigger than you and I'm in a SUV so I'm going to harass you" that I've ever seen in person."

SKI RACER IN  FATAL PARAGLIDING ACCIDENT

The Swiss World Cup ski racer Gian Luca Barandun has died in a paragliding accident.

A statement from the Swiss Ski Federation said it was deeply saddened and upset, and the whole Federation mourned the loss of this young skier.

The 24-year-old died on Sunday morning.

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"In this difficult time, the whole Swiss ski family is thinking of the family of Gian-Luca," the Federation's Director Markus Wolf said.

"We send them our sincere condolences."

Barandun raced in the downhill, super G and giant slalom disciplines.

His best result was a 9th place in the World Cup alpine combined event in Bormio, Italy in December 2017.

RIP Gian Luca.

MONDAY 5TH NOVEMBER

ELLIS BRIGHAM DRY SLOPE SKI TESTS

Ski & snowboard outfitter Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports is offering free ski testing at dry ski slope centres across the UK.

It's the dry slope demo tour.

Whatever ski ability you are or however much you know about skis, this is your chance to see what the differences really are between the models.

This season's most popular 18/19 skis will be available for novice up to expert level to test out.

There's no extra charge to demo these skis, just book your ski session as normal with the your closest indoor slope and find the Ellis Brigham pop-up tent inside with all the skis in.

VENUES & DATES:

Glasgow Ski & Snowboard Centre
8th November- 6:00pm - 9:00pm 
Brentwood Ski Centre, Chelmsford
21st November- 6:30pm - 10:00pm 
Mendip snowsport Centre, Bristol
28th November- 6:00pm - 8:30pm 
Ski Rossendale, Lancashire
5th December- 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

NEW WEB SITE FOR FIS

The International Ski Federation has launched a re-design of its website.

It claims the site offers a "user-friendly, one-stop-shopping experience for anyone interested in skiing and snowboarding".

"With a simplified navigation and a focus on competitions and live timing, the new website will highlight what is most important to FIS stakeholders," a statement said.

"The FIS data will be presented in a modern format, while the editorial elements will have a sleek new display."

The website can be reached here and is accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop.

"We are very pleased to bring the new website to the skiing and snowboarding world," said Sarah Lewis, the secretary general of the FIS.

"It is no easy task to present essentially six sports on the same website to a widely diverse range of users, from National Ski Associations using the content as an everyday working tool, to followers and fans of different disciplines and events, as well as and youngsters looking for a SnowKidz event to attend.

"The new layout is designed for a seamless and simple experience for the user to find all necessary information about our disciplines, and more."

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FRIDAY 2ND NOVEMBER

2 DEAD IN NZ AVALANCHE

One person survived the tragedy as the team of three was swept away while they were trying to climb Mount Hicks in the South Island.

They were roped together and the survivor, Jo Morgan, ended up with her face out of the snow.

She was able to free hereself.

"I'm absolutely broken. Two of my very dear friends lost their lives today, under tragic circumstances. I just got really lucky," she said to TV NZ.

"They were buried and I was buried but had my face out so I could breathe," Jo added.

The 2 bodies have been recovered.

 

THURSDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

FRESH WARNINGS IN CANADA AFTER 3 CAUGHT IN AVALANCHE

They slid nearly 100m near the ski resort of Lake Louise in Alberta after recent heavy snow.

They were skiing a couloir on the east ridge of Mt. Patterson, north of Bow Summit on the Icefields Parkway.

One suffered head injuries and broken ribs and the others had minor cuts and bruises.

The more seriously injured skier was not wearing a helmet, but the other two were.

All are said to be shaken by the experience.

"Parks Canada visitor safety specialists were alerted by the groups inReach. Parks Canada reminds visitors who are travelling into the backcountry that they are responsible for their own safety," said a statement from the authorities.

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HIRSCHER WINS SKIEUR D'OR

The Austrian ski racer Marcel Hirscher is the winner of the 2018 Skieur d'Or trophy.

It's the 4th time he's won the trophy, which is awarded by the International Association of Ski Journalists.

He previously won in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

He equals the record of four wins held by Switzerland's Pirmin Zurbriggen.

Hirscher has 7 consecutive overall World Cup titles and won 12 competitions last winter.

Marcel HirscherReigning Olympic alpine combined champion - photo Marcel Hirscher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hirscher was closely followed in the votes for the Skieur d'Or by Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic.

She shocked herself and the world by taking the Olympic Super G title in Pyeongchang on skis borrowed from Mikaela Shiffrin.

She is a snowboarder and also won gold in the snowboard parallel slalom.

She became the first woman to win gold in two different sports at a Winter Olympics.

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4,000 TREES FELLED IN COLORADO SKI RESORT AFTER BEETLE INFESTATION

Wolf Creek Ski Area says it has removed an estimated 4,000 trees.

They have been killed by spruce beetles over are area of 150 acres.

It has allowed a new ski lift to be built and created some new beginner and intermediate trails.

The trees have been dead for around 5 years.

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