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Olympic ski medallist defeats former OZ PM, Jackson tram opens for summer + world's first electric piste basher unveiled. ROLLING...

 

 

SKIING SECRETS STORIES FROM APRIL 2019

MONDAY 20TH MAY

FORMER OLYMPIC SKIER BEATS FORMER AUSTRALIAN PM

The bronze medallist in the slalom at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, Zali Steggall, defeated the former Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, in the country's recent federal election.

Steggall was standing as an independent and won the seat of Warringah in North Sydney.

The 45-year-old is Australia's most successful alpine skier and also won a World Championship gold medal in 1999.

She retired after the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, USA.

Mr Abbott congratulated Ms Steggall on a 'magnificent' win.

'I hope that she will have the long and successful career as local member that the people of Warringah deserve,' he said.

SUNDAY 19TH MAY

JACKSON HOLE TRAM OPENS

But not for skiing.

It started up on Saturday, May 18th, but skiing inbounds is not allowed - despite there still be some snow around.

It is for hikers, climbers, runners and sightseers only.

The summit offers panoramic views of the Tetons, Jackson Hole Valley, and surrounding mountain ranges.

The tram runs every day from 9-5.

We first skied the iconic North American powder resort back in March 2017:

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FRIDAY 17TH MAY

WORLD'S FIRST ELECTRIC PISTE BASHER

PistenBully has unveiled the world's first all-electric slope groomer at the Interalpin 2019 trade fair.

The PistenBully 100 E will help resorts cut their CO2 emissions.

Diesel has always been needed for the groomers.

The 100 E has a 126 kWh battery with a rated voltage of 400V.

At 5 hours the state of charge is at 75%.

After 6.5 hours, the battery is completely charged.

This provides an average driving time of 2.5 to 3 hours.

In 2012 the company produced the PistenBully 600 E+ that was a combined diesel-electric vehicle.

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TUESDAY 14TH MAY

LUCKY FIGLN-ERS

It's apparently a popular pastime in spring in the Austrian Tirol.

It's called Figln.

Skiers test their skills by heading down steep off-piste terrain on short, fat skis called Figl skis.

Members of this large group had a lucky escape when a wet avalanche swept them down a gully.




MONDAY 13TH MAY

VINTAGE ROLLER SKIING

Fabulous!




SATURDAY 11TH MAY

THE FIRST MOUNTAIN FILM EVER MADE

German filmmaker Arnold Fanck made this beautifully photographed film in 1926.

It was written in three days and nights.

THE HOLY MOUNTAIN took over a year to film in the Alps with an entourage of expert skiers and climbers.

Fanck relishes the glorious Alpine landscape by filming death-defying climbing, avalanche dodging, and frenetic downhill ski racing.

It has now been digitally restored.

Check out the trailer:

THURSDAY 9TH MAY

DRONE FOOTAGE OF AVALANCHE DAMAGE

There was a huge avalanche that took out hundreds of trees on a mountainside near Aspen in Colorado in March.

This drone footage shows the extent of the damage to the landscape.

It was filmed by Colorado resident Randolph Ashey on May 3rd.

TUESDAY 7TH MAY

THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SKIING...

But a lot to do with peacocks.

We like to do a few random things away from the slopes and Schloss Ambras offers it all.

There is a bit of snow on the mountains that surround Schloss Ambras near Innsbruck.

It is where we saw these fine specimens on a day off from the slopes this week.

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In fact there is still plenty of snow even into May, but every now and again we need a day off.

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One of the peacocks is, er, snow white.

A rarity.

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And the other?

Slightly more colourful.

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Here at PlanetSKI we like to love different things in the mountains as we meander about the place but we never thought we'd be writing about peacocks.

And filming them: strutting their stuff and defending their territory.


And Schoss Ambras itself?

It is the oldest museum in the world and is on the 4134 bus route out of the city.

It was built by Archduke Ferdinand II in 1567 to house his collection of armour, that remains on display to this day.

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It then expanded to include paintings - here's a few of the Archduke himself.

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There are some fearsome wood carvings.

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And then fearsome marine life suspended from the ceiling.

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Don't ask.

And do not miss the Spanish Gallery under any circumstances.

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It is, quite simply, one of the finest museums we have visited in the mountains away from the ski slopes.

Innsbruck has much to offer on a cultural level as we have seen on past visits:

Schloss Ambras, and its peacocks, is a must-visit in our opinion.

And just in case you are worried about our new-found interest in our feathered friends and museums.....

Don't worry normal business will be resumed shortly.

We're off the ski Hintertux and Kaunertal later this week....

MONDAY 6TH MAY

SNOW WARS

May the 6th be with you.

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You shouldn't have left the mountains so soon.

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SATURDAY 4TH MAY

KAYAKING IN FRESH SNOW

When there's still stacks of snow on the mountain why not take out your summer kit and give it a go on snow.

These guys did at the Col du Lautaret in Serre Chevalier, but more to the point they were kayaking on fresh powder snow.

#WinterIsHere ... 🤣


FRIDAY 3RD MAY

WHAT A MUPPETT

Our editor, James Cove, has been testing next season's skis at the Ellis Brigham Ski Tests on the Kaunertal glacier in the Tirol this week.

It might help if he knew how to put goggles on correctly.

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THURSDAY 2ND MAY

ALPINE SKIER FROM HAITI

A ski racer from the Caribbean island nation of Haiti?

It's not quite as strange as it seems.

As a baby girl Celine Marti was not expected to live when she was found on the streets of her home nation decades ago.

She was adopted by a Swiss couple when she was nine months old and survived against the odds.

She got hooked on skiing after going to a school ski camp.

Now she is hoping to represent Haiti at the next Winter Olympics.

She works part-time as a ski instructor and competed at the Alpine World Ski Championships in Sweden in February.

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She finished 52nd in the slalom and 82nd in the giant slalom.

Now aged 40, her aim is to go to the next World Championships in Cortina in Italy in 2021 and to the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022.

WEDNESDAY 1ST MAY

WE'VE MET OUR COUSINS!

Ski Planet meets PlanetSKI:

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And where did we meet up...?

BEST HIGH-5 EVER?

Taken at the Solden Audi Nines freestyle sessions.


Here's a short video from the event showing some of the other athletes in action at the Audi NInes.

For more on the event in the Tirol, read on here as PlanetSKI reported live last weekend:

VINTAGE VIDEOS

We love 'em....

And for more modern alpine activities.

Just in case you missed this more modern winter activiity - jumping out of the Mont Gele cable car in Verbier, Switzerland.

Worth another watch:


GOOD POINT WELL MADE

And so say all of usAnd so say all of us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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