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JUNE'S SKIING SECRETS
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Vandalised ski painting repaired, using a piste basher to shovel silage + mountain creature with 'superpowers'. ROLLING...

 

 

 

SKIING SECRETS STORIES FROM MAY 2019

FRIDAY 28TH JUNE

RESTORED TO ITS FORMER GLORY

Vandals had damaged a painting on the outside wall of the offices of the UK's oldest ski tour operator, Erna Low.

The damage was done to the image of Sir Francis Bacon at the Erna Low HQ in South Kensington, London.

He is depicted in the painting as he lived in the mews opposite the Erna Low HQ.

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The eyes and mouth were gouged out with grafitti written across the figure.

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It has now been repaired.

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"It was very sad to see my work damaged in such a way. It's a golden rule that you don't fool around with another artist's work," said the work's creator, Jonny Midnight.


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We reported back in 2015 as the painting was unveiled:

This week Erna Low was bought by the company, NUCO travel.

Looks like they have a restored work of art thrown into the deal.

Erna Low HQ, LondonOutgoing Erna CEO Joanna Yellowlees- Bound with Jonny as repairs finish



























THURSDAY 27TH JUNE

PISTE BASHER ON IRISH FARM

Well here's an unusual use of a piste basher.

This one is efficiently shovelling silage on an Irish farm 🤣


 

MONDAY 24TH JUNE

WELL, IT IS SKIING SECRETS...

A creature in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the USA is being credited with having some odd 'superpowers'.

Among the red-cheeked salamander's powers is the ability to produce toxic ooze, according to the National Park Service.

Pardon?

When attacked, this salamander can bite back and will release poisonous slime from the base of its tail.

Then the 5-inch-long salamander will "drop its tail as a distraction, allowing escape".

It also breathes through its skin.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known as the salamander capital of the world.

30 species are found with the largest being a 2-and-a-half-foot Hellbender.

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So there you go... you heard all about it on PlanetSKI.

FRIDAY 21ST JUNE

CRAFT BEER GOES ENVIRONMENTAL

The UK operator Skiworld asked its staff to come up with ideas to help the environment.

It already does much with its recycling initiatives and environmental audit of the coaches and planes it uses.

We will have a fuller article on all the initiatives later.

And questioning how successful they may, or may not, be.

But the one that caught our eye immediately was the introduction of craft beers to its chalets.

Pardon?

"How exactly will drinking craft beer save the planet?" we asked ourselves.

All the beers will come from local breweries in the Alps rather than mass-produced beer that comes from further afield with the associated environmental impact of transporting it.

"In a poll of our staff this was one of the environmental initiatives that came out on top," said Diane Palumbo from Skiworld.

"Not least for the staff at the head office in the Alps in Bourg St Maurice who now have the onerous task of tasting and sourcing the local beers."

And here at PlanetSKI our editor, James Cove, discovered this new policy as he drank a local London craft beer - Guzzla and Greaseball - at PlanetSKI's summer office in the UK.

The Spencer pub in Putney.

The pub is about to offer Gunpowder from the Gorgeous Brewery based in Highgate in North London.

Diane & James saving the environment in PutneyDiane & James saving the environment in Putney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And naturally James offered his services to be part of the tasting team in France if further expertise was needed to ensure the right decisions were made by Skiworld.

All to save the planet of course.

THURSDAY 20TH JUNE

MOUNTAIN RANGE SIMILARITY

New research shows the ranges of the world look remarkably similar and obey the same forces of nature.

A team from the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow used topographic maps and fractals to look at ridge structures.

It found that the degree of distribution between the 'nodes' - the points at which the ridges branch - turned out to be a law of nature.

In spite of the different structures the ranges appear to have a universal ridge-line structure.

The researchers believe the similarities arise not due to how they're created, but reflect the existence of river systems, erosion crushing and sculpting, and gravitational landslides.

These stay relatively the same in different parts of the world.

Mountain ranges of the worldMountain ranges of the world

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 18TH JUNE

SKI TRANSFER COMPANY RAISES ALMOST £2, 000 FOR CHARITY

Ben's Bus is giving £1, 857.25 towards its chosen charities.

When its customers book a airport to resort transfer they can opt to make a 25p donation and then Ben's Bus matches the donation

"Many companies ask for a charitable donation which is fabulous but I think we are the only ski related business that put its hand in its own pocket and also makes a donation," said Ben to PlanetSKI.

Its customers gave £928.50 and so Ben doubled the amount.

It's chosen charities are:
  • Solar Aid
  • Water Aid
  • Shelter
  • British Ski & Snowboard National Foundation
"Once again, a massive thank you from Ben's Bus, our chosen charities and all who benefit from your kind donations," added Ben.

"Hopefully next year we can generate even more money! Have a fantastic summer, and we'll see you again in the snow next ski season."

Here is an earlier PlanetSKI article on Ben's Bus and the routes it operates:
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See here for more about Ben's Bus.

MONDAY 17TH JUNE

OPENING TIME

Here's one way to open the fizz!


SATURDAY 15TH JUNE

SNOWKIDZ ON VIDEO

It's all about getting kids into snowsports.

SnowKidz is run by the International Ski Federation and is the first phase of the Bring Children to the Snow campaign.

It is a platform that enables organisers around the world to share and showcase their events to bring children to the snow.

Events can occur at anytime and in any place around the world.

OXYGEN IN SNOW REVEALS OLD OZONE LEVELS

US & French scientists are using rare oxygen molecules trapped in air bubbles in old ice and snow to look at ozone levels since the start of the Industrial Revolution.

Ozone levels in the lower atmosphere have increased by an upper limit of 40% since 1850.

See here for the full details in Nature World News.

FRIDAY 14TH JUNE

FLYING SOUTH TO NZ THIS YEAR?

Air New Zealand has reversed its ban on visible tattoos, so you may see some if you are heading Down Under for the snow.

It follows criticism it was discriminatory against potential indigenous Maori employees who may have traditional Maori tattoos.

The new stance comes into force on September 1st.

"We want to liberate all our staff, including uniform wearers such as cabin crew, pilots, and airport customer service teams, who will, for the first time, be able to have non-offensive tattoos visible when wearing their uniforms,'' said Air NZ CEO, Christopher Luxon.

The airline uses Maori traditions to promote its business, using traditional emblems.

The airline will allow all tattoos as long as they do not cause controversy.

It will have a Tattoo Review Panel to assist employees and managers to determine whether a tattoo is acceptable.

Whether you may be served by someone with tattoos like this remains to be seen.

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THURSDAY 13TH JUNE

WHEN IS A LADY NOT A LADY?

When she is a woman.

The International Ski Federation has decided to change the official FIS terminology from ‘Ladies' to ‘Women'.

The FIS Council approved a joint proposal of the Gender Equity Working Group, the Sub-Committees for Ladies´ Cross-Country and Alpine Skiing, as well as the Athletes Commission to make the change.

"FIS realises that the implementation of this change will have a transition period and cannot be replaced everywhere immediately," the organisation said in a statement.

"Nevertheless, the National Ski Associations and all stakeholders are requested to please start to use the new terminology of "women" when communicating in English, in day-to-day business and on any new materials produced."

So, there you have it.

Ladies are now women.

What's your view?

Feel free to comment on the PlanetSKI Facebook page.

From ladies to women: GB's Menna Fitzpatrick & Jen KehoeFrom ladies to women: GB's Menna Fitzpatrick & Jen Kehoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


WEDNESDAY 12TH JUNE

HIGHLAND GAMES IN THE TIROL

The Brixental Valley in Austria is set to welcome 320 competitors and 3,000 spectators to The Highlander Games Hopfgarten.

The Games challenge competitors to feats of strength, technique and ingenuity.

Ranging from throwing tree trunks over moats, climbing 30 metres into the treetops and a steeplechase run.

It all takes place on the 16th and 17th of August.

Who'd have thought you see this in the Tirol:

The Highlander Games HopfgartenThe Highlander Games Hopfgarten

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MONDAY 10TH JUNE

WORLD'S LARGEST AVALANCHE DETECTION SYSTEM FOR CANADA

It will be along the section of the Trans-Canada highway that runs through Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park.

Rogers Pass is 1,330m high in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia near the ski resort of Revelstoke at one end and Kicking Horse at the other.

It is a dangerous area with 134 avalanche paths.

Here's a flavour of what the controlled avalanches look like in the area:



Parks Canada says the new system will have sensors that can detect avalanches in real-time using radar and infrasound technology that will be placed along the highway.

It will provide information on snow stability and the amount, wind direction, and temperatures.

The system will cost $3m and is part of $18m planned for avalanche control.

It will give early warning of the threat of avalanches thus making it safer.

Sometimes the military are deployed with artillery to control the snow pack.




SUNDAY 9TH JUNE

RESPECT!


SURFS UP!


THURSDAY 6TH JUNE

VIDEO OF ROCKET HITTING SKI LIFT

It was one of two rockets fired at the Golan Heights with shrapnel hitting a lift at The Mount Hermon ski resort.

The Israeli Army said the rockets came from Syrian territory.

The images were captured on a resort web camera.




WEDNESDAY 5TH JUNE

DAVE RYDING GETS ENGAGED!

Congratulations go out to GB's leading alpine skier Dave Ryding and his girlfriend Mandy Dirkzwager.

They made the announcement to the world on his Instagram page.

Mandy and DaveMandy and Dave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There's no news on when the nuptials will be.

Mandy is a 28-year-old Dutch former alpine racer.

SNOW IN ITALY IN JUNE?

Puglia in southern Italy saw the latest of Italy's extreme weather.

Snowploughs took to the streets.

But it wasn't snow, it was severe hail that covered cars and streets in 15cm of ice.

It must have been a strange scene as people in the city of Lecce dressed in shorts and T-shirts dealt with the ice during what should have been a mid-20's day.

However, the unseasonable weather casued a lot of damage.

In the province of Puglia downpours swept away cars and flooded houses.

Much of Italy's olives, grapes and fruits were damaged in the province that produces much of Italy's crop.

Italy has been swept by extreme weather this year, following what was a reasonably warm winter.

Italy's Civil Protection Department is warning of storms and heavy rain to continue in the far south and north.

Bad weather is expected to remain through Wednesday, after which temperatures should rise 30°C by the end of the week.

Image The LocalImage Facebook @MeteOne Puglia e Basilicata

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



TUESDAY 4TH JUNE

SUB-TROPICAL SNOW

June is officially the start of winter Down Under and the month has got off to a freezing start.

Some ski resorts in Australia have opened earlier after big dumps at the end of May.

But spare a thought for the sunshine state of Queensland.

Snow in the region with its sub-tropical climate is rare - it's on a par with getting snow in Florida.

But today a few flurries fell in southern Queensland, close to its border with New South Wales.

Stanthorpe, QueenslandSnow in Stanthorpe, Queensland, 4th June

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last time the town of Stanthorpe saw any significant snowfall was in 2015.

A weather front has caused wild weather across much of Eastern Australia with high winds, snow and very cold temperatures.

Sydney Trains photoStation in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney - photo Sydney Trains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY 3RD JUNE

WEDDING RING LOST IN SKI RESORT IS FOUND

In January Greg Hedges from Australia lost his ring in Big White Ski resort in Canada.

He took his glove off to take a photo and put his left hand in the snow to balance himself.

His blood vessels in his finger constrict from the cold, his finger shrunk and his wedding ring fell off.

When he pulled out his hand, the ring was gone.

"I just went, 'Oh no,'" he recalled.

He and his friends searched.

And then searched again, but with no luck.

He told the authorities of his loss and then headed home to Sydney.

The resort staff continued to search.

A rotating group of staff looked for the ring on many occasions, but to no avail.

As the snow melted the search continued.

One of the staff, Eric Robert, came across a flat rock once the snow had melted - and spotted the ring.

"It felt it really good. Very rewarding," Robert said. "We didn't really give up hope."

The resort called Greg Hedges last week.

"I was just absolutely thrilled," he said. "To lose it was very, very upsetting."

The ring is now en route to Sydney via registered mail, and is expected to arrive on June 5th.

"I can still feel the ring on my fourth finger," he said.

"I can't wait to get it back on."

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SATURDAY 1ST JUNE

SKIING ON RUBBISH

A landfill site in Fairfax County in Virginia on the east coast of the USA could become the longest indoor ski slope in North America.

It would be built on the site of the Interstate 95 landfill in the Lorton area.

Plans are for a 450,000 square-foot snow sports facility to be built.

It has a proposed 550m ski slope.

The summit would reach almost 30m.

Slope plansSlope plans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It would not be the first ski slope with rubbish beneath it.

Copenhill is in Copenhagen in Denmark.


'LUMBERJACK SMACK' TRICK

No words needed. Just watch the video.

Ha!

 

TACKLING A GNARLY LINE IN ALTA

Feel the fear as two snowboarders hit a gnarly line at Alta.

Alta might be closed but that hasn't stopped the snowboarding duo snaking their way through bands of cliffs around the Chuting Gallery.

Moreover, while the Alta ski area doesn't particularly like snowboarders this audacious duo tackle a breathtaking descent on their snowboards.

Here's a close up view of an immensly steep section filmed on James Buehler's headcam.


Here's a broader view of the entire face, and the line taken.

 

We reported on the daring deed in the final editions of last month's Skiing Secrets:

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CLIMBING GOES POSH

Every climber know the importance of a good chalk bag.

Well now Louis Vuitton has released the all-important designer chalk bag for climbers.

It's a mere £1,910.00.

But would you believe, it's out of stock?

Louis VuittonLouis Vuitton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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