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PlanetSKI heads to Innsbruck, The Bamber snow measurement, PlanetSKI makes the papers, fancy a ride in a piste basher? ROLLING...







Spare a thought for our poor editor, James Cove.

He was stuck in Innsbruck earlier this week after the resort he was heading to, St Anton, was cut off due to the huge amounts of snow falling.

So, he decided to check out the new PlanetSKI home/office in Innsbruck that we are renting for 3-months starting February 1st.

We booked through an agency and so far have only seen photographs.

"Honestly the pink/orange colour is not really my style, but I will suffer in silence," he grumbled.

"The location in the city is passable I suppose," he conceded.

Heading to InnsbruckHeading to Innsbruck













See here for more of the move:

And of his eventaul arrivle in St Anton.



There is so much snow falling in the Alps that we are running out of words to describe it - unprecedented and epic seem to be our two favourite.

But here on Skiing Secrets we have found a new way to measure it.

In Europe it is done in metres and centimetres.

Across the Pond in the USA and Canada it is feet and inches.

But with all the heavy snow in the Alps perhaps we need a new way of measuring the snow.

Something that is fit for purpose in these days of never ending snowfall.

A Bamber perhaps.

Our very own Katie Bamber is in Maria Alm in Austria and it is taller than her.

Far taller.

Bambers of snow in AustriaBambers of snow in Austria
















Almost two Bambers to be precise.

And at night it seems to grow to three Bambers.

Bambers of snow in AustriaBambers of snow in Austria
















And lets not forget a Bamber can also be used for width.

A Bamber widthA Bamber width
















Perhaps not so useful when trying to work out volume.

Guess the Bamber volumeGuess the Bamber volume
















Nevertheless in these days of unprecdented and epic snow we have at last found a more reliable scale of measurement here at PlanetSKI.

See here for Katie's latest report on all the snow.

We can't quite make out the snow depth behind her in this photo from Maria Alm, but lets assume it is two Bambers high.

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And so here we have it.

The new way to measure snow - in Bambers:

The official Bamber measurementThe official Bamber measurement

















This time it is INEWS - the electronic version of the old Independent newspaper.

And it is our editor, James Cove, commenting on all the snow in the Alps at the moment.

"The resort of Obergurgl was inaccessible earlier this week because snow was overwhelming efforts to clear the roads," according to James Cove, editor of snow sports news site, PlanetSKI.

He adds that some lifts in nearby Ischgl were stopped because they were completely buried in places and helicopters were unable to assist with avalanche control blasting because winds were too high.

Cove is returning to Innsbruck on Monday, and says that although many skiers are cancelling their trips, there is no reason to avoid the slopes.

"The piste patrol are trying to keep as much of the resort open as possible. There is limited skiing but everyone out there is having a great time. It's fabulous skiing out there especially in Austria."

"Most resorts are advising people to stay-on piste, and they are the experts. Anyone going skiing now should stay on the piste. If a run is closed do not ski it, because it is closed for a reason," he says.

And he has just been interview by journalist Blaz Mocnik from the largest daily newspaper in Solvenia, Delo.

The piece will be posted later this week.

Seems he is turning into a bit of a media tart!


And not just any old piste basher.

Les Menuires in Les3Vallees has installed a special viewing cabin on the back of one of its machines.

The resort had previously offered rides and they proved very popular.

But it was a bit of a cramped affair in the drivers' cab.

"It runs three times a week and people can book for the ride and then have a nice savoyard diner in a restaurant on the slopes," said a spokeswoman from the resort.

"It's veeeeery successful!" she added.

See the Les Menuires web site for further details.

Bashing the pistes in luxuryBashing the pistes in luxury











Doing something differentDoing something different















We'll have to press a few buttons on the computer and we'll bring it back soon.




We have written about skiers in Canada and the US who are in their 90's, but Niall Scobbie is the first Scot we have come across who’s is still skiing at 90.

Niall celebrated his 90th birthday in recent days on the ski slopes in St Gervais with family and friends.

His daughter commented, "He is an inspiration as he has just celebrated his 90th Birthday here in St Gervais with my family (Scobbie Family) and his bestie, Gordon McFarlane."

Watch the inspiring video below of Niall Scobbie skiing in Les Contamines-Montjoie, France with his family and friends.


It embodies the philosophy of Learn it, Love it, Live it with the great sport of skiing offering enjoyment and well-being on so many levels.

Every season he has skied either in Scotland or Europe, visiting his daughter, Siona Tate, in St Gervais several times a season.

Shona is Director of the Bass Chamonix & Megeve ski school.

We wish Niall a very Happy Birthday and hope he continues to ski for many more years to come.

Niall Scobbie - skiing at 90Niall Scobbie - skiing at 90














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