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EasyJet losses mount, skiing continues in USA, Lindsey Vonn to tell all + 300 Yaks killed by snow. ROLLING...

 

 

NEWS IN BRIEF STORIES FROM APRIL 2019

SATURDAY 18TH MAY

EASYJET REPORTS £275m LOSS

The airline used by many skiers and snowboarders has reported a pre-tax loss in the six months to March 31st across the winter season.

It talks of tough trading conditions due to Brexit.

"This is not helped by the ongoing negative impact of Brexit-related market uncertainty as well as a wider macroeconomic slowdown in Europe," easyJet said in a statement.

The figures compare to a £18m loss in the same period the previous year.

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FRIDAY 17TH MAY

ENDLESS WINTER IN USA

Aspen is to open for one last blast.

There's been fresh snow in the Colorado mountains over the past fortnight.

"We knew you weren't ready to give it up," Aspen wrote on its Facebook page.

"...and neither are we!

"Bust out your best ski jorts and sunnies..."

Aspen Mountain - Ajax, as locals call it - will open for summer skiing and riding for Memorial Day Weekend.

That's 25th - 27th May.

Ajax is one of four of the Aspen ski mountains, with the Silver Queen Gondola hauling skiers up right from the centre of town.
6 years and younger can ski (or sightsee up top) for free.

A lift ticket is $54 per day - that's a deal for usual US lift ticket costs.

A sightseer ticket is $27.

Talking of lift passes, the way to ski in North America for a reasonable cost is to get in on a collective pass.

A season IKON Pass, allowing you to ski in 38 resorts, is cheaper than a week's ski pass bought in resort.

Check it out here: 19/20 Ikon Pass On Sale

"The weekend will offer classic conditions for a Colorado multi-sport weekend with the town green and the mountain painted white," a spokesperson for Aspen has said.

There'll be a DJ spinning tunes on at the Sundeck with food and drinks.

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TUESDAY 14TH MAY

QUEEN OF SPEED READY TO TELL ALL

Lindsey Vonn is writing her memoirs.

The record-breaking American ski racer retired  in February after the World Championships in Sweden where she won bronze in the downhill.

Vonn's publisher, Dey Street Books, has announced that the autobiography Rise: My Story will be out next year.

It will chart her 'epic journey' from her childhood in Minnesota to international fame through her 82 World Cup wins and multiple injuries.

In a statement issued through Dey Street, Vonn said she was 'digging deep' into her life and her determination to keep going 'up and down the mountains'.

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MONDAY 13TH MAY

SNOW KILLS 300 YAKS

They starved to death in India in the north-east state of Sikkim near the border with China.

They were trapped by heavy snowfall last December.

Authorities had tried to drop food to the animals by helicopter but were pushed back by poor weather.

Yaks have been in the region for thousands of years.

"The passage was cleared five days ago, after which our team trekked to the area to discover the tragedy," said Government official, Raj Yadav.

Efforts are under way to reach up to 50 yaks still trapped in the area.

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SATURDAY 11TH MAY

1000 DAYS TO NEXT WINTER OLYMPICS

Beijing 2022 has released a promotional video to mark 1,000 days until the start of the Winter Olympic Games.

Organisers claim it shows the "excitement and anticipation among residents" in the three areas due to host events at the Games in the Chinese capital - Beijing, Zhangjiakou and Yanqing.

The 3-minute video was made by students from the Beijing Film Academy.

The films are aimed at informing the Chinese population about Winter Olympic sports.

Skiing and snowboarding is growing in China ahead of the Games as we reported earlier:

THURSDAY 9TH MAY

RECORD-BREAKING SEASON FOR SNOWKIDZ

SnowKidz has seen an increase in the number of events and actions each year for the past six years.

The 2018/2019 programme run by the International Ski Federation, FIS, will once again break its previous record and top the 800 mark.

From 1st June 2018 to 30th May 2019, SnowKidz will have had 810 events and actions.

The number is a positive sign for the snow sports industry.

The events bring children to the snow and hopefully make them the skiers and snowboarders of tomorrow.

FIS President Gian Franco Kasper commented "It's a great achievement by the programme and I commend all the organisers on their hard work."

SnowKidz will release its end of season report in June 2019.

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WEDNESDAY 8TH MAY

GIVE TELEMARK A GO

If you've ever wanted to learn how to Telemark and live close to Manchester or Glasgow, here's your chance to try it out.

Two indoor Telemark Festivals are coming up and beginners, as well as those who want to improve their technique, are welcome.

The first event is the Glasgow Telemark Festival, which takes place on Saturday 18th May at Snow Factor in Braehead and offers 5 hours of instruction.

Details and a registration form can be found on the Scottish Telemark Club Facebook page.

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On Saturday 29th June, the North West Telemark Festival will be held at the Chill Factore near Manchester.

The day includes up to four hours' coaching of all levels from telemark novices (who must have experience of alpine or cross-country skiing) right up to race standard.

More details on the Manchester event here.

The following day the Chill Factore will host the 2019 British Indoor Telemark Championships.

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TUESDAY 7TH MAY

MAN DIES ON SCOTTISH MOUNTAIN

A 60-year-old man has died while on a hillwalking trip in the Scottish Highlands.

He was reported overdue from a walk on the mountain of An Teallach in Wester Ross on Monday.

Searches were carried out by Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team and an HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter.

The man's body was found on An Teallach at about 8.45am this morning.

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"Our thoughts are with the man's friends and family at this very sad time," said Sergeant Alasdair Goskirk of Police Scotland.

"There are no suspicious circumstances and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course."

Library photo of An Teallach:  by AlastairG, geograph.org.uk (Creative Commons licence).

MONDAY 6TH MAY

PAT SHARPLES IS NEW SNOW-CAMP AMBASSADOR

The head coach for GB Park & Pipe, Pat Sharples, has become an ambassador for the snowsports charity.

"I feel incredibly proud and honoured to become an ambassador for Snow-Camp. I've watched Snow-Camp grow over the years and do so many amazing things to change young people's lives," said Pat.

"It's so exciting to be a part of. I was lucky to be introduced to skiing when I was younger back on the dry slopes and it has given me the life I have now."

"I'm so excited to help other kids get the same chance."

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Pat is a great friend of ours at PlanetSKI and we congratulate him on his new role.

We last met up with him in New Zealand in August 2018.

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Snow-Camp is a chosen charity of PlanetSKI.

See here for more about its work with inner-city children.

"Welcome to the team Pat and thank you for your support!" said Snow-Camp.

SUNDAY 5TH MAY

PEOPLE CONCERNED ABOUT IN-RESORT PRICES

That's according to the latest Holiday Money Index by Post Office Travel Money.

Sterling has held its value in recent months amid continuing economic and Brexit uncertainty,

The pound is stronger than a year ago against every European currency except the Swiss Franc, where it is down 3%.

The survey, which looks at summer and winter destinations, concludes that people are interested in placeswhere local prices are low, with less concern about overall exchange rates.

Here at PlanetSKI may we advise that Austria and Italy fit that bill in the mountains.

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FRIDAY 3RD MAY

DATE FOR 2020 WORLD SNOW DAY ANNOUNCED

The ninth edition of World Snow Day will take place on 19th January 2020.

It is run by the International Ski Federation, FIS, and currently has almost 500 events.

 

The aim is to introduce children to snowsports and it is an initiative we have covered and supported here on PlanetSKI since it started:

See here for our report on last season's event:

And coverage of its first edition:

THURSDAY 2ND MAY

HALFPIPE SKIER IN HOSPITAL IN SERIOUS CONDITION

The top French freestyle skier, Kevin Rolland, is reported to be in a serious condition in hospital after falling while attempting a World Record jump in the quarterpipe.

According to French media reports, he crashed in the pipe in La Plagne on Tuesday and is in a serious but stable condition in hospital in Grenoble.

Le Dauphine Liberé says Rolland suffered several fractures, including one of the pelvis.

The 29-year-old halfpipe specialist is a former World Champion and five-times X Games gold medallist.

He also won bronze in the Ski Halfpipe at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 and silver at the World Championships in Park City in February this year.

LUCKY ESCAPE FOR SKIER CAUGHT IN AVALANCHE

A ski tourer has escaped with minor injuries after she was caught in an avalanche in the French Alps and taken over a rocky cliff.

The woman was transported several hundred metres in total, including over the rocks.

The avalanche was at Pointe de la Sana area in the Vanoise, close to the resorts of Tignes and Val d'Isere on Tuesday.

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The skier was not buried and, although injured, she is not seriously hurt.

The authorities say the snow stability was likely to worsen with bad weather.

WEDNESDAY 1ST MAY

XC STARS OF THE FUTURE SOUGHT

Snowsport Scotland is on the lookout for young sports fans who want to give cross-country skiing a go.

It's offering regular training for 11 to 16-year-olds with the first sessions taking place next month.

"Do you love endurance sport, alpine skiing or ice skating? Would you be interested in giving one of the World's hardest sports, cross-country skiing a go?" Snowsport Scotland asks.

You've got to get in quick if you're interested. The closing date for applications is this Friday, 3rd May.

There will be two initial sessions - one in Scotland's central belt on 16th June and one in the north of Scotland on 22nd.

They'll be run by Snowsport Scotland's cross-country Pathway Coach and Performance Coach.

Anyone born between 2003 and 2007 can apply by sending an email with details of your sporting experience to info@snowsportscotland.org

LES3VALLEES LOZE PASS BIKE RACE

On 12th May the first official Loze pass race is set to take place.

In July, Courchevel and Méribel will open a new pass exclusively dedicated to bikers;

The 2,304 m high Loze pass.

It's the first French pass over 2,000 m to be cleared of snow.

And it's the first step towards the forthcoming VIA 3 Vallées.

This 4 or 5m wide path will enable bike lovers to cross Les3Vallees.

All in a natural setting, enjoying the landscape at the Alps' highest summits.

While waiting for the connection to Méribel, Courchevel invites challengers to climb the Loze pass on Sunday, the 12thof May. during the Eiffage time trial race.

Amateurs and pros are invited to join.

The last 5.8 kilometres of this ascent enable cyclists to admire the Vanoise glaciers, the Grande Casse and mont Blanc summit safely.

Friendliness is the aim of the event and ascent, with a generous hit of local food for competitors on arrival.

Summer biking agenda :

  • Loze pass ascent, on Sundays: the 12thof May, 30thof June & 28thof July during Eiffage Loze pass time trial
  • 3 Valleys Addict Tour, on the 13thand 14thof July:
  • The Haute Route, on the 26thof August
Les3Vallees summer website

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VAIL RESORTS: FACTS & FIGURES

The US multi- resort owner has just published preliminary information on the 2018/19 season.

The season saw huge amounts of snow in North America as we reported: Still powder skiing in the USA

  • Skier visits up 6.8%
  • Lift ticket revenue up 9.3%
  • Ski school revenue up 6.5%
  • Dining revenue up 7.0%
  • Retail/rental revenue up 6.2%

"We are pleased with our overall results as the 2018/2019 North American ski season concludes, with strong growth in visitation and spending compared to the prior year," said the CEO of Vail Resorts, Rob Katz.

"The results from the key holiday weeks through the spring were largely in line with our original expectations as we saw strong destination visitation following the challenging early season period."

"Our results throughout the 2018/2019 North American ski season highlight the growth and stability resulting from our season pass, the benefit of our geographic diversification, the investments we make in our resorts and the success of our sophisticated, data-driven marketing efforts."

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MYSTERIOUS FOOTPRINTS FOUND IN HIMALAYAS

Large footprints in the snow are confusing army mountaineers.

The Indian Army Facebook page - ADGPI - Indian Army - wrote the following on Monday 29th April:

"For the first time, an #IndianArmy Moutaineering Expedition Team has sited Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast 'Yeti'...

"[The footprints] measuring 32x15 inches close to Makalu Base Camp on 09 April 2019.

"This elusive snowman has only been sighted at Makalu-Barun National Park in the past."

The 'Beast from the East' Reuters has reported.

"Largely regarded by the scientific community as a myth, the Yeti is part of Nepali folklore," writes Reuters news outlet.

The yeti is believed to live high in the towering, snowy Himalayas.

32" by 15" measures to about 81cm by 38cm.

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Makalu is located on the border between Nepal and China.

Tales of a wild hairy beast roaming the wilderness of the Himalayas have captured the imagination of climbers in Nepal since the 1920s.

prompting many, including Sir Edmund Hillary, to go looking for the creature.

It was in 2008 that last climbers had reported sighting footprints of the yeti creature.

Reuters reported the news from the Japanese climbers who were returning from a mountain in western Nepal and told the news outlet what they had seen.

However, there has not been any evidence, photographs or sightings of the beast.

Reuters reports:

Scientists have found little evidence of the Yeti's existence so far.

In 2017, a group of international researchers studied multiple purported Yeti samples collected from across the Himalayan region and concluded they belonged to bears.

In 2008, two men in the United States said they had found the remains of a half-man, half-ape, which was eventually revealed to be a rubber gorilla suit.

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