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Free wifi on transatlantic ski flights, plans for Hillend, injured skiers back in training + fall in Austrian mountain injuries & deaths. ROLLING...

 

 

 

 

NEWS IN BRIEF STORIES FROM DECEMBER 2018

FRIDAY 18TH JANUARY

NORWEGIAN INTRODUCES FREE WIFI ON TRANS-ATLANTIC FLIGHTS

If you are heading to ski in the USA this winter and want to stay on line then the airline, Norwegian, might be the one for you.

It flies to the ski gateway airports of Denver and Los Angeles.

Norwegian became the first airline to offer free wi-fi on all European routes in 2011, and the first to offer live TV in 2015.

The airline said more than 50% of its Dreamliner 787 fleet will offer free wi-fi by 2020.

We first came across the free wifi on Norwegian in 2013 when heading to Oslo to ski some of the resorts marketed by Norway-Home of Skiing.

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Norwegian is using the wireless inflight connectivity platform, CabinConnect by Collins Aerospace.

It uses the Inmarsat Global Aviation (GX) satellite network.

WEDNESDAY 16TH JANUARY

PLANS FOR HILLEND IN SCOTLAND

"We want to hear your views on potential plans to turn Hillend Snowsports into a multi-activity, all-year-round leisure destination," said Sports Scotland.

" Drop in on Monday 28 Feb to find out more about zip wires, Alpine coasters, retail space and so much more."

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TUESDAY 15TH JANUARY

INJURED SKIERS BACK IN TRAINING

It's good to see two of GB's freestyle skiers back on the snow in the mountains and hitting the jumps after long lay-offs.

18-year-old Madi Rowlands badly damaged her knee exactly one year ago, ruling out of Pyeongchang, which would have been her first senior Winter Olympics.

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Madi is a Youth Winter Olympics champion in the halfpipe and a bronze medallist in the slopestyle.

She posted this video on Instagram of her first jump in 12 months as she trained in Livigno a few days ago.

 

 

Her teammate Tyler Harding, who made it to Pyeongchang, but had to undergo knee surgery in the spring, is also back and flying.

 

With the news that Snowboarder Katie Ormerod is finally well on the road to recovery after her horrific injury in Pyeongchang, we're keeping our fingers crossed for a much better 2019 for these members of the GB Park & Pipe crew.


MONDAY 14TH JANUARY


FALL IN AUSTRIA MOUNTAIN DEATHS

268 people died on Austria's mountains in 2018, that's 22 fewer than the the previous year.

The figures come from the Austrian Authority for Alpine Safety.

The long-term yearly average is 292 deaths.

7,230 people were injured on mountains last year - down 777 from 2017.

"This development is pleasing, but also shows how important preventative efforts are in mountain sports," said the President of the Austrian Authority for Alpine Safety, Karl Gabl.

85% of the casualties were male.

15 people died in avalanches and 30 on the marked slopes.

More people died in the summer months with 88 hikers dying last year.

Not all deaths were sport-related, with forestry and hunting accidents also featuring in the statistics.

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SATURDAY 12TH JANUARY

MILLIE KNIGHT OUT WITH INJURY

The Paralympic skier has ruled herself and her guide, Brett Wilde, out of the World Championships.

"It is with a heavy heart that Brett and I wont be competing at the World Championships this year," she said on Twitter.

"We were so keen to defend our downhill title but due to an on going injury I am unable to give 100% and need some more time to recover."

Here at PlanetSKI we wish her a speedy recovery and looking forward to seeing her back on skis soon.

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STOCKHOLM + ARE CONFIRM JOINT 2026 OLYMPIC BID

It is now an official joint effort and candidature files have been submitted to the International Olympic Committee.

The only other contender, Milan-Cortina from Italy, has also submitted its bid.

We understand the Italian bid now has some government financial guarantees.

The Swedish Olympic Committee claims the majority of the Stockholm City Council is behind the joint candidacy from the two cities.

The initial Swedish bid was just from Stockholm but Are is now included.

It is 620 kms from Stockholm and would host the Alpine events.

Falun would hold the Nordic events of cross-country skiing and ski jumping.

Sigulda in Latvia would host the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton.

"We can prove that sustainability is a natural and integral part of the Winter Games concept," said the Stockholm 2026 chief executive, Richard Brisius.

"Our bid is about much more that the Winter Games of 2026, it is about embracing a new reality for hosting Games in the future."

The bidding for the 2026 has been a troubled affair with many cities pulling out after defeats in referendums:

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WEDNESDAY 9TH JANUARY

SNOW IN CHINA

Check out this scary video of snow - masses of it - falling from a stadium roof in China.

*Nobody was hurt from this snowfall (amazingly).



MONDAY 7TH JANUARY

A 32-year-old British national died this morning in Morzine.

It was a roadside accident in the French ski resort.

A driver was heading home to Thonon-les-Bains at 4.10am on Monday morning.

They did not see the pedestrian on the Bois-Venants road.

Despite the efforts of firefighters and the emergency medical services, the victim could not be revived.

The Montriond police department has opened an investigation.

Today we've reported on the harsh weather conditions in the Alps and unfortunately some fatal accidents in the mountains:
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SUNDAY 6TH JANUARY

PYEONGCHANG 2018 SKI VENUE TO BE DEMOLISHED?

The Korea Forest Service has demanded that the Alpine skiing venue be pulled down.

It wants it restored to its previous natural state.

The Jeongseon Alpine Centre was built in an area that was covered with 500-year-old trees.

Now, the state-run KFS has told the Gangwon Provincial Government that the original environment must be restored.

Some want it kept in order to attract tourists.

There is also hope it could be used for future international snowsport competitions.

FRIDAY 4TH JANUARY

VERBIER REPORTS XMAS RISE

The Swiss resort of Verbier saw a rise in skiers and snowboarders over the Xmas and New Year period.

It had more than 20,000 people over the festive period.

The number of visitors is up compared to the same period in 2018

The director of the Téléverbier lift company, Laurent Vaucher, put the rise down to the good weather and excellent snow.

The resort opened in early November - its earliest ever opening as we reported at the time here on PlanetSKI:

And check out this PlanetSKI feature on what is happening across the season:

And this is why the number were up - Boxing Day 2018 in Verbier:

And it seems Father Xmas made the resort his watering hole of choice after the big day, which must have helped boost the numbers:

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THURSDAY 3RD JANUARY

TEEN DIES FALLING FROM CHAIRLIFT

A 17-year-old has died after falling off a chairlift in Blue Mountain Ski Area, Pennsylvania.

The accident occurred at about 11.30 on Tuesday 1st January, 2019.

His death was ruled an accident, and state police are looking into whether the safety bar on the chairlift was down.

The young man was a junior hockey player.

Many condolences pour in for the tragic loss of life.

Last season in the USA 37 deaths were recorded from ski-slope accidents, the majority caused from collisions, trees or lift towers.

Meanwhile in France a young man also died from hitting his head on a rock by piste:

And years after F1 champion Schumacher's slope-side accident, his family celebrate his 50th:
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WEDNESDAY 2ND JANUARY

CHINA SET TO MAKE DOPING A CRIMINAL OFFENCE

China's official state news agency, Xinhua, has said any athletes found to have broken the law could be handed jail terms and  'criminal punishments'.

The country is set to make doping a criminal offence in 2019.

The Sports Ministry and judiciary are currently drafting proposals.

Germany introduced a similar law in December 2015 but so far no-one has been charged with the offence.

The World Anti-Doping Agency has criticised moves to criminalise doping.

China will be hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

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TUESDAY 1ST JANUARY

HUGE NEW SKI AREA IN SWITZERLAND CREATED

It has been talked about for years and now it has finally happened.

The resorts of Andermatt in Canton Uri and Sedrun in Canton Graubünden have been connected by a new gondola lift.

The official Opening Ceremony has just taken place.

 

COLORADO SNOW PACK SHRINKS

Figures just released show the snow in Colorado in the USA has reduced by 41% between 1982 and 2016.

Researchers revealed their findings at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting in December.

A team from the University of Arizona researchers the decline is attributed to climate change and the effect it is having on Western seasonal patterns.

A different study presented at the conference found that autumn is lasting longer and summer is starting earlier.

This leaves less time for the right temperature and precipitation conditions required for snow to fall on the mountains.

In short winter is being squeezed out.

"Our winters are getting sick," that study's author, Amato Evan of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, said at the conference.

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And for the sake of balance...

 

RECORD EARLY SEASON SNOW IN COLORADO

Aspen/Snowmass has seen a huge increase in snow at the start of the 2018/19 season.

Snowmass Ski Area received 2.26m of snow in November and December.

That's more than double the 1.09m for the same peried last year.

Aspen Highlands had 2.46m of snow this November and December compared with 1.14m for the two months last year.

That's an increase of 110%.

Aspen Mountain has seen 1.67m for the two months this season compared with 0.96m last season. Buttermilk is at 1.06m so far compared with 0.51m last winter.

"The conditions on the slopes are so much better than last year and that has allowed us to open" significantly more terrain at all four ski areas, said Jeff Hanle, Skico senior vice president of communications to local media.

"We have 5,128 acres open compared to 1,898 last season."

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CONGRATULATIONS TO CAPT LOU RUDD

A British Army officer has become the first Briton in history to trek unaided across Antarctica.

Capt Lou Rudd, 49, finished the solo 921-mile ourney on last week after 56 days.

He is the second person ever to make the journey, after American Colin O'Brady completed the trek two days earlier on 26 December.

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"My number one priority and objective was to come out here and ski solo, unsupported and unassisted right across the continent and I've done that. That was always the primary objective," he said.

Rudd hauled a 140kg sled through 60mph gales, temperatures below minus 30 degrees celsius

He lost 2st 5llb (15kg) in weight during the expedition.

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