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Chairlift carnage, PlanetSKI tops the list, Xmas carvings, Cryo therapy + full-time avalanche dog for Glenshee. NEW & UPDATED

 

 

 

 

SKIING SECRETS  STORIES FROM NOVEMBER 2018

WEDNESDAY 26TH DECEMBER

CHAIRLIFT CARNAGE

Ooops...


SUNDAY 23RD DECEMBER

TOP OF THE LIST

We like to think we ahead of the game (and the competition) here at PlanetSKI.

First with the news and all that.

So, there we are nosing through the Inghams brochure for the season of 2019/20. 

Reading about the holidays for next winter: early booking offers, group discounts, new resorts and family fun on the slopes.

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And what do we spot on Page Nine?  

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Top of the list - BIG thanks!    

FRIDAY 21ST DECEMBER

Christmas carvings in Val d'Isere have caught our eye:

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THURSDAY 20TH DECEMBER

Have you heard of Cryo Therapy before?

Immerse yourself in an ice-cold tank that measures about -90°C.

It's a healing treatment, that helps in many areas.

Essentially, your body is tricked into a state of false hypothermia.

Your brain believes it, so your body reacts as if it is.



It creates a rapid cooling of the skin, making your blood travel to your heart so you get a huge exchange of blood.

It releases endorphines and stimulates your nervous system.

It's used predominantly in the sports industry for recovery, for getting rid of lactic acid and for treating injuries, such as inflammation.

It also helpd tendonitis, ligament and joint issues, cellulite, skin varicosities and drainage.

Katie tried 3 minutes in -100 degree C cold to help her muscle recovery after a first day of powder skiing this season in Serre Chevalier:

"It's funny hearing others' reactions and experiences from their 3-minute freeze," Katie says.

"It was strangely relaxing."

"Deep breathing and try to  zone out took over the time and I really could only feel it in there on my shoulders and upper arms, where I'm recovering from injury."

"The next day, I feel good."

"No aches, no pains that could come from skiing."

"I feel fresh and ready to go and fit, in my legs, which is I guess the purpose?! It's probably the best outcome to feel good to go and free of muscle fatigue!"

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"It's about restoring and boosting people's health, peoples sporting performance and people's wellness," Osteopath Leo Meyer and owner of the Briancon GoCryo Ice Experience.

Katie also did the full experience at GoCryo Serre Chevalier and tried the Normatec compression therapy afterwards for ultimate results.

A ryhthmic leg squeezing technique to drain blood back to heart.

"Together, these practices really sorted me out," Katie reports.

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WEDNESDAY 19TH DECEMBER

AVALANCHE DOG FOR GLENSHEE

The Scottish ski resort has become the first in the UK to employ a full-time avalanche rescue dog.

Bodie, an eight-year-old springer spaniel collie cross, qualified for the role with the Search & Rescue Dog Association Scotland and the British Association of Ski Patrollers in the Spring.

Avalanche rescue dog Bodie in GlensheeNewly qualified - Bodie in March 2018




























She only began her training last year but grew up on the slopes of Glenshee.

This winter she'll work alongside her owner Kate Hunter of the Glenshee Ski Patrol. 

Bodie knows what it's like to be buried under snow.

As a pup she fell into a deep snow hole and was not found for almost 48 hours.  

Glenshee Ski PatrolBodie with the Glenshee Ski Patrol in March 2018





















TUESDAY 18TH DECEMBER

UNLIKELY COMPETIVE RESULTS

Leicester City winning the Premiership in 2015/16.

Boris Becker taking the Wimbledon crown as an un-seeded 17-year old in 1985.

The Edgbaston Ashes Test match in 1981 - that one where England was set to be thrashed and Ian Botham stepped up.

Well, now the underdogs have won another highly competitive event.

Ready, steady, go...Ready, steady, go...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each winter ahead of the season starting, the male staff of the UK tour operator, Ski Amis, take on the girls at who is fastest at putting chains on a transfer vehicle.

It's been going on for more years than anyone cares to remember.

We have reported about it in the past on PlanetSKI:

Each year the boys think they will win because they are, er, boys.

It has always been won by the girls.

Go girls!Go girls!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The boys have never done it quicker.

Ever.

Until now - December 2018.

MONDAY 17TH DECEMBER

CHRISTMAS TREE DELIVERY

We bet your Christmas tree wasn't delivered like this! 🤣


 

 

Delivering a tree on skis (@murrenlover)Delivering a tree on skis (@murrenlover)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COSY SKI-BOOT SLIPPERS

When you're passionate about skiing, what else would you put on after removing your ski boots?

You'd put on your slippers of course.

Who wants a pair of these ski-boot slippers? 🤣

 

 

SUNDAY 16TH DECEMBER

MAN DROPS BABY IN SNOW UNDERESTIMATES HOW DEEP IT IS!

 

WE WONDER WHO IS HAVING MORE FUN HERE?

Well you've got to start teaching your kids to snowboard as young as possible, especially getting to grips with the rails....  and this guy is obviously enjoying the moment!

 

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THURSDAY 13TH DECEMBER

THERE'S STILL SOME SNOWBOARDING TO BE HAD IN AUSTRALIA

It's Summer in Australia but some real keenies are still searching for remnants of snow from last winter.

This guy has found a mini-stash in Kosciuszko National Park.

The video below was posted on Instagram by Jake Sims (@australian_backcountry).


Summer snowboarding in Kosciuszko National Park Instagram: @Australian_BackcountrySummer snowboarding in Kosciuszko National Park Instagram: @Australian_Backcountry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SNOW GODS ARRIVE IN GREECE

This is what it looks like today at the Kalavrita Ski Centre, and it's snowing ❄️

It's a ski area in Greece.

There aren't many ski resorts in Greece, but this one boasts to be one of the biggest ski areas in the country.

Kalavrita Ski Centre, Greece 13th December Kalavrita Ski Centre, Greece 13th December

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are probably more ski areas in Greece than you thought.

Check out this earlier special PlanetSKI report on Skiing in Greece

WEDNESDAY 12TH DECEMBER

ANYONE FOR A SWIM?

Just look at all that snow in La Rosiere, in France.

We love these swimming in the snow videos.

#LetsGoSkiing #WinterIsHere

 

TUESDAY 11TH DECEMBER

WIND AND GIGGLES

PlanetSKI has been covering all the news as the largest ski area in the world fired up its lifts.

Our editor's words were lost in the wind:

And some gondola rides proved to be more amusing than others:

MONDAY 10TH DECEMBER

PLANETSKI MAKES THE WEEKEND PAPERS

The Times to be precise.

Our editor, James Cove, was quoted about how next February half-term may be the time to cross The Pond.

It's low season in the USA and a price-war has broken out with some very cheap flights on offer.

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And just in case your eye sight isn't that good.

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See here for our reports on all the good early season snow in North America.

And if you are considering more than one trip to North America you might want to consider the IKON pass.

But you'll have to hurry as the deal runs out on Thursday December 13th.

SUNDAY 9TH DECEMBER

WE WONDER WHO IS HAVING MORE FUN HERE?

Well, you've got to start teaching your kids to snowboard as young as possible, especially getting to grips with the rails....

This guy is obviously enjoying the snow experience!

 

FRIDAY 7TH DECEMBER

Someone was having a joke decorating these trees...

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THURSDAY 6TH DECEMBER

DECORATING THE NORWEGIAN CHRISTMAS TREE  🎄

The Christmas tree that you see in Trafalgar Square every year is donated by Norway as a token of thanks to London for helping the Norwegians in WWII.

A specialist rigging team hoists the tree up into Trafalgar Square using a hydraulic crane, and then the glittering star is added to the top of the tree.

The lights have been turned on.

More on the Norwegian Christmas tree here.

Crane hoists Christmas star to the top of the Norwegian TreeCrane hoists Christmas star to the top of the Norwegian Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




All lit up in Trafalgar Square - thanks NorwayAll lit up in Trafalgar Square - thanks Norway 














HAPPY-PANDA PLAYS IN SNOW!

This is just how we feel when it starts snowing.... 😎


WHITE REINDEER

Check out the rare and stunning images taken by a Norwegian photographer.

24-year old Mads Nordsvee took the photos while on a walk in northern Norway.

Sharing the images on Instagram, the photographer commented: "He almost disappeared into the snow!"

"He came to me very close and we looked into each other's eyes. He was very calm when he saw that I did not have bad intentions," Mr Nordsvee told the Caters news agency.

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Their unusual appearance is caused by a genetic condition that strips the pigment from their fur, but not albinism.

Spotting a white reindeer is considered a sign of good luck in Scandinavia.

WEDNESDAY 5TH DECEMBER

Woof, woof....



TUESDAY 4TH DECEMBER

SKIING RETURNS TO NZ ON FIRST DAY OF SUMMER

Cardrona in the south island offered up skiing last weekend as the resort opened for summer.

It is the first time they have been able to ski in December in the resort.

It complemented the mountain biking, karting and hiking on offer.

50cm of recent snow meant there was a small area open + some rails and boxes in the terrain park.

 

We reported on the plans here on PlanetSKI at the end of last month:

MONDAY 3RD DECEMBER

XMAS HOUSE DECORATIONS

Here's how to decorate your house this Xmas... and the music to play perhaps 🎅🏻 🤣


ED DRAKE SPEAKS TO GRAHAM BELL ABOUT SKI RACING - PODCAST

If you're interested in ski racing, this series of Ski Racing Podcasts is well worth listening to.

In the latest episode, Ed Drake and Ski Sunday presenter Graham Bell discuss events from the Women and Men's World Cup events in Killington and Lake Louise.

They also chat about the World Cup competitions in Lake Louise and Beaver Creek.

Click on the red arrow below to hear their conversation.

 

HO HO HO!

Have you ever seen so many red-suited Santas on the slopes?

Around 300 skiing and snowboarding Father Christmases took to the slopes of the Sunday River ski resort in the US yesterday.

It was the 19th annual Santa Sunday event in the tiny town of Newry in the East Coast state of Maine.

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Participants are required to go the ho-ho-whole way, dressing up in full Santa kit, including beards.

It's all in a good cause.

Everyone on the slopes donates a minimum of $20 to help support local education and recreation programmes.

And it gets everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Have a look at the video posted by TIME Magazine...

 

SATURDAY 1ST DECEMBER

And we begin December with a selection of random and varied videos.

Sit back and enjoy.

Anyone seen a better way to drop into Corbett's couloir in Jackson Hole?

 

Ski Cycling in the Alps, vintage style...

Woof, woof 😉 

 

Hard to argue with this one:

 

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

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

 

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