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Running the London Marathon in ski boots, snowboarder from the Emirates, fancy some free Faction skis? + Sascha Hamm back on his snowboard. ROLLING

 

 

 

 

SKIING SECRETS STORIES FROM MARCH 2019

 

SUNDAY 28TH APRIL

RUNNING THE LONDON MARATHON IN SKI BOOTS

Orthopaedic surgeon Paul Harnett is attempting to break the world record for running the London Marathon in ski-boots in under 5 hours 52 minutes.

He's running on the streets of London today in the 2019 London Marathon.

He hopes to raise £10,000 for the British Paralympic Association and World Orthopaedic Concern.

Give him positive vibes today, but more importantly, 'Give' generously on his giving page here.

Good Luck Paul πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Watch his video below where Paul talks about his Marathon Ski Boot Challenge.

Paul Harnett training in his ski bootsPaul Harnett training in his ski boots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FRIDAY 26TH APRIL

LAND OF SAND PRODUCES TOP SNOWBOARDER

It's not the obvious place to develop a high-level snowboarder.

There's a lot of sand in the Emirates but not a lot of snow.

But against the odds, a 14-year-old boy has become the first snowboarder to compete internationally for the United Arab Emirates.

Humaid Alansari, from Sharjah in the UAE, made history as the first athlete to ride for his country in Snowboard slopestyle and big air events.

He competed at the ‘Children of Asia' games in Sakhalin, Russia this past winter.

Alansari trains and competes at the indoor snow centre, Ski Dubai, and is coached by the UK freestyler, James Machon.

First international snowboarder for the UAEA first for the UAE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our editor, James Cove, visited Ski Dubai last summer:

THURSDAY 25TH APRIL

FREE FACTION SKIS ANYONE?

They are sitting at the bottom Silvretta lift in Ischgl with a PlanetSKI sticker on them.

Help yourself.

They have seen better days, but if you want a pair of park, powder or rock skis then they're all yours.

One careful lady owner.

We've just got a new set of Atomic Vantages and have liberated the bindings - €140 for a new set or just swap on from a pair of Factions that we rarely use.

We asked about re-cycling:

"They will just go in land-fill," we were told.

They could therefore sit in a corner of the PlanetSKI garage and gather dust.

Or put them out there and someone, you perhaps, may have a use for them.

They are still brilliant in the powder.

Promise.

Help yourself...Help yourself...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy riding, folks.

WEDNESDAY 24TH APRIL

SASCHA HAMM IS BACK ON HIS SNOWBOARD

What a sight for sore eyes!

The British Freeride World Tour champ, Sascha Hamm, is back on his snowboard, and here he is in action in powder snow in Greece.

Welcome back Sascha after your horrible accident, we hope to see a lot more of you on snow.



THE WARMEST MOMENTS

PlanetSKI reader Garret Weintrob sent us this short video highlighting some beautiful winter moments shot this season in the US.

The scenes include some stunning footage of winter wildlife and nature at its best, and of course there's some skiing.

The project started early in December and was completed mid March with the final product featured below.

Thanks for sharing Garret - it's stunning 😎



TUESDAY 23RD APRIL

KAYAKS ON SNOW

It's kayaking but not as we know it.

At the weekend, dozens of competitors headed up Monarch mountain in Colorado for the ski resort's 13th annual Kayaks On The Snow event.

Racers go head to head down a marked course on snow before hitting the water and paddling furiously to the finish line.

Of all the crazy end-of-season events, this has got to be up there.

Watch this report from the southern Colorado TV channel, KOAA News-5:

MONDAY 22ND APRIL

GRIZZLY BEARS WAKE UP

It's spring and the grizzlies are up and about in Jackson Hole, Wyoming:


 

NEXT...

And we hope the girls do the same to the guys on speed dating:

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SATURDAY 20TH APRIL

VIDEO TRENDING

Survive the first 30 seconds of this video for some incredible footage.

It's snowboarding to biking to wake boarding, from the top of the mountain to the bottom.

In Crans Montana in Switzerland.




TUESDAY 16TH APRIL

ISN'T IT COLD IN SIBERIA?

It's one of those end-of-season traditions.

And an excuse to flash the flesh and pose.

Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders took to the slopes of the Sheregesh ski resort in Siberia, Russia, in their swimming gear for the annual Grelka Festival.

2019 Grelka Festival2019 Grelka Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2019 Grelka Festival2019 Grelka Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It took place at the weekend.

The organisers say of the location: "The sun is like in Thailand, the snow is like in Austria, the party is like in Ibiza".

PHOTOS: www.sheregesh.su

 

MONDAY 15TH APRIL

A DAY IN THE LIFE

Ski, eat, sleep.

Repeat.

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PlanetSKI has been based in the Tirol in Austria this winter.

Living in Innsbruck and skiing some of the fabulous, fabulous resorts around the area.

40+ different ones so far.

Ski, eat, sleep... repeat.

SUNDAY 14TH APRIL

SKIING SNOWMAN

Well, what else are you going to do at the top of your ski tour when the route down is covered in cloud?

PlanetSKI reader Simon Perry used his imagination -  and some of his kit  - to create this skiing snowman at Rochers Rouges just outside Tignes. 

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To recreate Simon's masterpiece you will need:
  • A pair of skis
  • A pair of ski poles
  • A lightweight climbing helmet
  • Two ice axes
  • A rucksack
  • Some rocks
  • A lot of snow
...and, we're guessing, a shovel to craft sculpt Mr Snowman.

FRIDAY 12TH APRIL

OOPS..

Jumping off a cornice.. then a faceplant. πŸ˜‚

THURSDAY 11TH APRIL

HITCHING A RIDE

Snowboarder Eero Ettala hitches a ride on his snowboard by hanging on to the side of a Red Bull car.

Anything for a ride! 🀣


Eero Ettala hitches a ride Eero Ettala hitches a ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 10TH APRIL

THE NEW SNOWSPORT

Snow volleyball.

Heard of it?

It's a developing sport.

It's less swimsuits, more thermals.

Still interested?

"[Volleyball] is now accessible all year round, from the summer to the winter, from the beach to the mountains, indoor and outdoor," the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) says.

"Volleyball any time, any place, anywhere."

Now there's even a Snow Volleyball World Tour event.

The volleyball body wants to build awareness and create a 'global movement.'

What do we think?

Who's ready to take up a new sport?

Are the draws of volleyball still there without the sun and soft surface?

FIVB imageFIVB image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


MONDAY 8TH APRIL

SKIING IS GOOD FOR TENNIS

At least that's what the men's world Number One tennis player, Novak Djokovic, thinks.

He says passion for skiing is a key factor in his success.

The news has been reported by the International Ski Federation, FIS, in its latest newsletter.

Djokovic comes from the ski resort of Kopaonik in Serbia.

His father, aunts and an uncle were all professional skiers.

"For us, it's normal to be on the slopes. I grew up on the mountain," said Djokovic.

"I think that has helped my development also as a person and a tennis player."

He made his comments during an interview at the recent Miami Open.

And here he is skiing in Val Garden in Italy this winter.

He seems to be enjoying himself!

And here is how we are more used to seeing him in sporting action:

Tennis racket in handTennis racket in hand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY 5TH APRIL

A QUIZ ...BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT

PlanetSKI is at The BRITS - the British Snowboard and Freeski festival in Laax, Switzerland.

It is not just about the competition.

In fact, the après ski is almost more important.

Thursday night was Monsieur Poudreuse's Quiz night - a strictly adult entertainment.

Monsieur Poudreuse is the Swiss alter ego of BBC Ski Sunday presenter Ed Leigh.

He is ably assisted by his wife, Sian, who becomes Poudreuse's ‘slag' for the night.

The Snowboard Chairman at GB Snowsport, Colin Holden is Fraulein Verboten, who fiercely polices the ‘no-googling-no-cheating' rule.

At the BRITS Quiz NightFraulein Verboten, Monsieur Poudreuse & The Slag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As well as the usual general knowledge and not-so-general-knowledge questions, there are some unorthodox skills tests.

The plank-off.

Here the contestants ready themselves, with Winter Olympic bronze medallist Billy Morgan looking on...

Monsieur Poudreuse's quizPreparing for the plank-off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The contestants included GB Park & Pipe snowboarder Katie Ormerod and a former Royal Marine.

The victor - a top freeride skier - won in 6 minutes 30 seconds but assures me he could have gone longer.

And then there's the hot dog - or saucisse - jousting, one of the undoubted highlights of the evening.

Here's the final:

 

There was a Michelin Man round.

The smallest member of each team had to put on as many items of clothing belonging to their teammates as possible.

Quiz night at The BRITSNear naked men & overdressed women

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are stoked to report that the team in which PlanetSKI played a very small part won all three of these skills tests and was victorious overall on the night.

We should point out that Team Media Moguls was made up not just of journalists but of BRITS staffers (Todd Grady was the winner of the hot dog challenge), the top freeride skier who won the plank-off, Will Tucker, and others.

We excelled in the Michelin Man round with a massive clothing count of 36.

Yep, the judges peeled that many items of other people's clothing from Joy Dutch of Whitelines Magazine.

Good effort.

WEDNESDAY 3RD APRIL

WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN

Wearing his headcam Benjamin Forthun, records his attempt at a triple back flip in Austrian powder.

He doesn't quite land it... but OMG it makes a brilliant video. πŸ‘


Do not adjust your set ... this is the upside down world of Benjamin's backflip.

The world turned upside down The world turned upside down

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 2ND APRIL

TOURISTS FLEE GLACIER COLLAPSE WAVE

A large wave caused by a glacier calving has been caught on camera in Iceland.

Calving is the natural process where a large section of ice breaks away

Tourists visiting the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier can be seen running to safety as the wave approaches the shore.

 

MONDAY 1ST APRIL

You know what day it is...

How do we do?

We go to the good old fashioned entertainment of watching fellow skiers and riders fall...

"Happy April Falls..." tour operator Crystal Ski Holidays says.

"We've all been there."

Show us your best ski falls.

MONDAY 1ST APRIL

BLADES CRAZE IN NORDKETTE

We popped up to Nordkette on Sunday, it's the ski resort above Innsbruck, and unexpectedly came across the Blades-brigade.

It was quite extraordinary, almost everyone on the main ski slope was on blades.

Parents and youngsters alike were skimming down the steep ski slopes on short stubby blades creating deep soft trenches.

Some of the trenches or snow chutes were over half a metre deep.

Deep blade-chute at NordketteDeep blade-chute at Nordkette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The conditions were warm, slightly slushy, and we were told, perfect for using Blades.

All you had to do was .....  "dig in your heels and off you go. The snow is so soft you won't get hurt".

Here's a dad below sliding down a deep chute with his toddler.

Blades on Nordkette, above InnsbruckBlades on Nordkette, above Innsbruck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SKIERS LUNCH

What's your favourite?

Our current favourite skiers' lunch: specknoodle soup.

Well, we are in Austria after all.

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And plain noodle soup comes a close second:

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Anyone know the German for ‘bon appetit'?

BALLET ON VALLEE BLANCHE

And here's one way to ski the Vallee Blanche:


 

APRIL ARRIVES

And as April gets underway many resorts are preparing for the traditional end-of-season Pond Skimming Party.

One of the first out of the blocks is Stors Hill in Lebanon New Hampshire, USA.

Dozens of skiers and riders took turns speeding down the hill and across the man-made pond.

Some has more success than others.

There has been a bit of snow after all.

Storm troopers deployed after snow storm.

Now there's a thought:

Good point, well madeGood point, well made

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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