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Olympic medalist free from cancer, kayaking in the snow melt, bear sliding on snow + remembering the glaciers of Iceland. ROLLING...

 

 

 

 

SKIING SECRETS STORIES FROM JUNE 2019

TUESDAY 30TH JULY

CANADIAN SNOWBORDER CURED OF CANCER

The Olympic medallist, Max Parrot, says he has ‘beaten' cancer.

The 25-year old won a silver medal in the slopestyle at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.

He was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2018.

We reported on his treatment earlier on PanetSKI.

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"After battling myself to the best I could during these past seven months, I can finally say that I have won against cancer!" he said.

"I've beaten cancer, but my body is not back to normal yet. I feel like I'm getting back my muscles and my cardio and my energy, but there's still a lot of work to be done."

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SUNDAY 28TH JULY

KAYAKING IN THE SNOW MELT


With the huge snow melt continuing in North America there are some great, but dangerous conditions on the rivers.

Check this out as Trent and Knox embark on their road trip with snow still covering parts of the mountains in Montana, USA.

But that didn't stop them from hiking their boats into the Crazy Mountains for their first big descent of the trip.

There were some difficult approaches as hiking with boats is not so easy.

And then there is the small matter of snow, ice, mud and slippery terrain.

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And then this:

SATURDAY 27TH JULY

TOUR DE FRANCE? NON, TOUR DE PLASTIQUE

Organisers of the Tour de France are being urged to reduce the 'avalanche' of plastic that accompanies the event.

Corportate sponsors give out plastic water bottles, snacks, drinks, t-shirts, keyrings and other objects with many of them made of or wrapped in plastic.

Le Tour is now in the Alps for its final stages and passing through ski resorts - Serre Chevalier, Tiges and Val Thorens.

The final competitive stage is on Saturday  finishing in Val Thorens in Les3Vallees before it moves to Paris and the procession up the Champs-Elysees.

By the time it ends it's judged that 15 million freebies will have been tossed into the crowds.

See here for an earlier story on PlanetSKI as we looked at Le Tour's mountain stages:
"The ecological emergency demands action," Green party spoeksperson, Francois-Michel Lambert, told Reuters.

Lambert is one of 30 legislators who, together with charities including Zero Waste France and Surfrider Foundation Europe, wrote an open letter to the Tour's organisers calling for action.

Tour director Christian Prudhomme pledges to reduce plastic.

Environmentalists ask for more to be done quicker.

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FRIDAY 26TH JULY

BEAR CAUGHT ON VIDEO SLIDING ON SNOW

The bear was filmed in the Glacier National Park in Montana, USA, by Jacob Hartman.

Glacier officials have shared the video on social media.




"Crossing snow and ice can lead to serious injuries and even death," the post read.

"Consider turning around instead of crossing a snow field, especially if you don't have the proper gear."

And they had more warnings.

The National Park Service recommends always hiking in groups and carrying bear spray.

If hikers encounter a bear, they should assume a non-threatening posture, slowly back away, avoid direct eye contact and talk quietly.

WEDNESDAY 24TH JULY

ICELAND GLACIER HAS LOST GLACIER STATUS BUT PASSING IS MARKED

The so-called OK Glacier is not okay.

It had melted so much that it is no longer classified as a glacier.

However a plaque will be unveiled next month to mark its demise.

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Iceland's glaciers are losing around 10 billion tons of ice every year.

All 400 of them may follow OK's extinction.

"This will be the first monument to a glacier lost to climate change anywhere in the world," said Cymene Howe, an anthropologist at Rice University in Houston, USA.

"By marking Ok's passing, we hope to draw attention to what is being lost as Earth's glaciers expire. These bodies of ice are the largest freshwater reserves on the planet and frozen within them are histories of the atmosphere."

MONDAY 22ND JULY


WOMAN PARALYSED IN SKI ACCIDENT BECOMES A MUM


Chloe Kennedy from Australia had a life changing ski accident in The Dolomites in 2017.

She fell on sheet ice and damaged her spinal cord at her C6 vertebrae.

She was in a coma for eight days during which she had four life-saving operations.

She was left a quadriplegic confined to a wheelchair.

Her Italian partner, Antonello Vigna, never left her side and the couple moved to Australia.

See here for the full story on news.com.au

"Big thing that people ask - or I know that they want to ask - is, ‘Wait - you're in a wheelchair. You can have sex?'

"And it's, like, ‘Yes. Everything still works like it did before.' We made a baby.".

Describing her pregnancy confined to a wheelchair as "easy", Chloe said she felt "lucky and fortunate."

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SUNDAY 21ST JULY

CALCULATING WATER IN SNOWPACKS

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a new computer model for calculating the water content of the snowpack.

It should provide an important tool for water resource managers, avalanche forecasters and scientists.

"In many places around the world, snow is a critical component of the hydrological cycle," said OSU civil engineering professor David Hill.

"Directly measuring snow-water equivalent is difficult and expensive and can't be done everywhere. But information about snow depth is much easier to get, so our model, which more accurately estimates snow-water equivalent from snow depth than earlier models, is a big step forward."

See below in Skiing Secrets on Sunday 14th July for news on how the snow melt in California is already set to fill the state's reservoirs.

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SATURDAY 20TH JULY

SUMMER SNOW REMAINS IN USA

It is still there!

There is more than half a metre at Steamboat in Colorado, USA.

Here is the latest image of summer:

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There is the most summer snow since 2011 and there's still riding to be had in the park at Arapahoe Basin in Colorado as we reported last weekend.

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However things are coming to an earlier end in Mammoth Mountain in California.

The resort has wanted to stay open into Auguts but it calling it a day on July 28th

See News in Brief from Tuesday July 16th:
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THURSDAY 18TH JULY

SKIING IN YOUR SWIMMING COSTUME

Thredbo in Australia is holding ‘Kosci In Your Cossies' later this month.

The premise is simple: ski down Thredbo's mighty Supertrail run in nothing but your swimmers.

The event is sponsored by the Kosciuszko Brewing Company

Would you do it?

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WEDNESDAY 17TH JULY

HOW WOULD YOU GET DOWN AN 8,000M PEAK?

Andorran climber, Stefi Troguet, recently scaled the 8,126m peak of Nanga Parbat in Pakistan, that is the 9th highest mountain in the world.

She has wowed her social media followers with some fantastic photographs of her journey up and down.

It's the 'down' that attracted our attention today.

Watch below how Stefi and her team take the unconventional method to get down the dangerous mountain.... sliding down on their bottoms.

She says in her tweet below "One of the most dangerous parts of climbing at 8.000m is the descent! For us was the better & funnier part! Like kids"

Why not?

Andorran mountaineer Stefi Troguet on Nanga Parbat Andorran mountaineer Stefi Troguet on Nanga Parbat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FANCY OWNING A SKI RESORT?

Ben Lomond Ski Field in Tasmania, Australia, is up for sale with a price tag of $1.75m.

It has 7 lifts with a vertical of 100m and the runs are around 500m long.

There are permissions in place to expand the ski area and turn it into a year-round destination.

It is a ski field for beginners and intermediates and has been family run for the past 46-years.

The main hotel is separately owned as is the ski school and equipment hire shop.

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TUESDAY 16TH JULY

ENJOYING THE VIEW

A bear has been snapped at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in the White Mountains in New Hampshire, USA.

The picture was taken by an employee at 5AM who had got up early to photograph the sunrise.

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The bear moved on after the member of staff, Sam Gessaman, loudly clapped and stomped his feet.

New Hampshire has many incidences of bears going into homes, campgrounds and apartment complexes.

They do so in search of food.

This one appears to like the views.

MONDAY 15TH JULY

SUMMER SNOW IN THE ALPS

Seems a few people woke up to a dusting of snow at altitude in the Alps this morning.

Ed Mannix from Matterhorn Chalets in Zermatt sent us this image of the snow in Zermatt above Schwarsee first thing today.

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And there was a dusting over in Val d'Isere in France too.

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We're gooing to be checking a few other spots so do check back later...

JULIA MANCUSO GIVES BIRTH

The former US ski racer has given birth to a baby a baby boy named Sonny Fish Mancuso.

"We are soooooo excited to grow the U.S. Ski & Snowboard family by one very special little addition. Congrats Julia Mancuso and Dylan Fish...and welcome to the 2038 @TeamUSA Olympic team, Sonny. " she said on Twitter.

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SUNDAY 14TH JULY

MELTING SNOW FILLS RESERVOIRS IN CALIFONIA TO THE BRIM

The heavy snow in the USA last winter does not only mean snowsports is continuing.

We reported here on A-Basin keeping open its snowpark this weekend:

It also means the reservoirs are filing.

And there's been some flooding.

After a long winter with above-average snowfall Lake Tahoe in California is about to reach its maximum legal water level.

This will be the third time in three summers that the lake has filled up, a feat that last happened 20 years ago.

All of Tahoe's extra water is enough to meet the needs of 5m people for a year.

It's a long way from the droughts of a few years back after poor levels of winter snow.

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The snow melt is also causing some problems.

Flooding from rapid snow melt has closed a campground at Great Basin National Park near the Nevada-Utah line.

There were flood warnings for parts of southern Elko County in northeast Nevada.

FRIDAY 12TH JULY

SOME CABLE CARS MOVE MORE THAN PEOPLE UP THE MOUNTAIN

We came across this photograph of the Felskinnbahn in Saas Fee being used to transport a variety of unusual cargo up the mountain! 🤣

Felskinnbahn moves more than people! (Photo Facebook Karin H. Saastal Bergbahnen)Felskinnbahn moves more than people! (Photo Facebook Karin H. Saastal Bergbahnen)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SNOW ALGAE FOUND IN ANDES COULD MEAN ALIEN LIFE ON PLUTO

It is growing in high-altitude ice spires and apparently shows that life could thrive on the planet according to scientists.

The microbes were found in the Llullaillaco penitente fields in Chile on the world's second-highest volcano.

It is one of the harshest places on the planet with extreme winds, temperature fluctuations and high ultraviolet radiation exposure.

The dramatic ice spires, or penitentes, are pinnacle-shaped structures that can grow up to 15ft in height and are only found at high elevations in the dry Andes.

They have been discovered on Pluto and are speculated to also exist on Europa, one of Jupiter's moons.

"Our study shows how no matter how challenging the environmental conditions, life finds a way when there is availability of liquid water," said the lead author of the study and a doctoral researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder, Lara Vimercati.

 Photographs of Llullaillaco penitente field, including close-ups of the red patches where snow algae was found to be living. G. Zimmerman and S. K. Schmidt/Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research Photographs of Llullaillaco penitente field, including close-ups of the red patches where snow algae was found to be living. G. Zimmerman and S. K. Schmidt/Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY 11TH JULY

HUGE HAILSTONE VIDEO DOING THE ROUNDS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

The footage below shows rivers of ice flowing through the city in Utiel, Valencia, in Spain

The freak storm occurred on 7th July after Europe was suffering in a scorching heatwave.

Valencia experienced a huge drop in temperatures, with a dramatic fall from 33.5ºC to 20ºC within just ten minutes.

Some of the hail stones that fell in Utiel were the size of tennis balls.

They caused damage to buildings and vehicles.

The unusual weather has been compared to the sudden hailstorm seen last week in Mexico.

1m of hail was dumped on Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque - we reported on that event on 1st July post below in Skiing Secrets.

We also reported on a hailstorm that occurred in Puglia in Italy in the 6th June post here.

Seems it's been a summer of hailstone storms.

WEDNESDAY 10TH JULY

THE EUROSTAR SKI TRAIN - WHEN WILL TICKETS GO ON SALE?

That's the question posed by our good friends over at Snowcarbon.

"Eurostar has still not announced when the Eurostar Ski Train will open for sale," said Snowcarbon founder, Daniel Elkan.

"Why Eurostar chooses to keep its customers in the dark until the last moment, is anyone's guess. When will the Ski Train go sale?"

Daniel predicts Thursday 17th July so if you are thinking about taking the train next winter then put the date in your diary.

See here for an earlier PlanetSKI article about train travel to the Alps and the Pyrenees as Snowcarbon released its latest video last month.

And Daniel has tried (again) to get telephone confirmation:

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UPDATE:

And since we published the post above first thing this morning Daniel has had an answer:

"The Eurostar Ski Train goes on sale at 8am on Wednesday 17th July 2019," he tells us.

TRAVIS RICE DODGES SLAB AVALANCHE IN CHILE

The legendary snowboarder was preparing to build a kicker while shooting a video during a total solar eclipse earlier this month.

He and his partner were able to reach safety but one was caught in the slide before riding out to the side.

 

TUESDAY 9TH JULY

SKI HILL ON LANDFILL

Of all the ski areas near Denver in Colorado, this will almost certainly be the easiest to get to from the city.

A year-round ski hill is being built on an old landfill site close to the town of Castle Rock.

It's just 30 minutes' from downtown Denver and right on the main interstate motorway, the I-65.

The landfill was closed down in the 1980s and the area has been declared safe.

It's said to have taken around 9,500 truckloads to clear the rubbish.

The developers hope to have the ski hill open next year.

The Miller's Landing project will also include a hotel, conference space, offices and shops.

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Read more here.

It's not the first ski area to be built on rubbish.

We reported on plans for an indoor ski slope on landfill in Virginia on 1st June in our June Skiing Secrets.

And there's this in Denmark...

MONDAY 8TH JULY

RARE SIGHTING OF A SNOW LEOPARD

A rare sighting of a snow leopard was captured on video and shared on social media.

The animal was spotted at Uttarakhand's Gangotri National Park where it was seen walking on the road, crossing a bridge and then swiftly climbing up a rocky cliff face.

Parveen Kaswan from the IFS posted the short video clip on Twitter and described the snow leopard as one of the "most elusive species" in the world.

"The ghost of the #mountains. Snow #Leopard one of the most elusive #species in the world sighted at Gangotri National Park, Uttarakhand. And that also on a road. Forwarded by an ifs officer,".

The snow leopard is an endangered species.

 

‘WATERSKIING’ ON A GLACIER

There’s snow skiing.

There’s water skiing.

And then there is a mixture of the two on a glacier in Zermatt, Switzerland:

 

SUNDAY 7TH JULY

MOST SATISFYING VIDEO EVER SHOT?

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SATURDAY 6TH JULY

AVALANCHE DEBRIS COULD LEAD TO BEETLE EPIDEMIC

Avalanches tore down many spruce and aspen trees in Colorado, USA, creating a habitat for forest-destroying bark beetles.

"I understand from entomologists that blown-down spruce trees are the perfect breeding ground for spruce beetles," said Scott Fitzwilliams, White River National Forest supervisor, to the Aspen Times.

"It's definitely a concern, but there's not much we can do about it."

One avalanche in the Castle Creek Valley tore old-growth spruce bringing down 100-foot-tall trees.

In the USA the Rio Grande and Gunnison national forests suffered large spruce tree losses in recent years because of the spruce beetle.

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Last winter saw record-breaking amounts of snow in the USA:

And five ski areas were open for skiing and snowborading on Independence Day.

FRIDAY 5TH JULY

PLANETSKI IN THE SUMMER

So, what do we do?

We take to the water - the warmer version of snow.

No prizes for guessing what our senior news reporter, Katie Bamber, is up to this week.

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She is currently surfing near Biarritz in France.

Our chief reporter, Jane Peel, also takes to the water - on skis.

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And our editor, James Cove?

He prefers to sit down.

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As we said Katie is currently riding the waves in the Atlantic and will be reporting back shortly on her surfing exploits so do check back for that later...

UPDATE:

And here is the first part of her rolling blog from the surf:

WEDNESDAY 3RD JULY

MOUNTAIN OF HELL CARNAGE

The infamous mountain bike race, appropriately named the 'Mountain of Hell', takes place on the snowy slopes of Les2Alpes.

There are often accidents on the slushy snow as the mountain bikes career down the mountain in a bid to win the notorious race.

Some of the riders travel more than 100 km/hour in the snow.

This year though there was carnage as one of the competitors in the lead came off his bike, and many behind him followed suit.

Watch below how the accident grows.

The race took place on 29th June.

 

SNOW IN ARGENTINA

It's always good to see pictures of snow and here is the scene near the ski resort of Cerro Catedral in Argentina.

It's always snowing somewhere!

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And check out our report as the ski resort of Portillo on Chile opened for its ski season last weekend.

And here's recent picture of The Andes from space.

It was taken as the International Space Station orbited 257 miles above the western coast of South America.

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MONDAY 1ST JULY

STORM DEPOSTS 1M OF HAIL IN MEXICO

In the early hours of Sunday morning (30th June 2019) the areas of Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque in Mexico were hit by heavy rain and an enormous hail storm.

The accumulation of hail was unprecedented, where levels of hail reached a depth of 1m.

#GlobalWarming

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NAKED SKI-BASE JUMP

We came across this video of Super Frenchie, Matthias Giraud, recently performing a Ski Base Jump tribute to Shane McConkey.

Only, in this video he's skiing in his birthday suit! 🤣

Brave man.

Matthais Giraud is a serious Ski Base jumper thriving on extreme challenges.

He recently jumped off Mont Blanc undertaking the highest ever Ski BASE jump in Europe.

We reported the story here at the time, and decided to share the video again as it's a stunning feat.

 

SPRINTING UP ZAKOPANE'S SKI JUMP

What else would you do with a ski jump during the summer months but race up to the top?

On Saturday a swarm of men and women sprinted up the 400m ski jump in Zakopane, in the Polish Tatra mountains.

810 competitors from 10 countries took part in the 6th Annual Red Bull 400 challenge.

This year competitors were doubly challenged by the event itself and by the heatwave swathing Europe.

Competitors start at the relatively flat area where ski jumpers stop, and sprint up the jump that becomes steeper with each step.

It's a gruelling challenge up the 35º incline.

Competitors race up the Zakopane Ski Jump (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool)Competitors race up the Zakopane Ski Jump (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although it is only 400m long, it is so steep that netting is placed on the slope so competitors literally climb up the netting to the top, where they collapse in an exhausted heap.

This year the men's race was won by Tomas Celko from Slovakia, who summited in 3 minutes 51 seconds, retaining his title for a second year.

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In the women's race, Poland's Magdalena Kozielska sprinted to the top winning the race in 4 minutes 51 seconds. 

Polish ski mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel commented on the technique required to succeed, "You can't start too fast, because otherwise you'll quickly reach the point of burnout."

He continued, "It's also a good idea to hold on to the rail along the top part of the takeoff and try to help yourself (up) with hands. A good technique and even pace are the key to success".

Bargiel was the first person to ski down K2 and tested the track at what he described as "training pace", finishing in 5:38 minutes.

Watch the video - you can really feel the burn:

Competitors race up the Zakopane Ski Jump (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool)Competitors race up the Zakopane Ski Jump (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TTomas Celko, Slovakia - exhausted at the top (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool)Tomas Celko, Slovakia - exhausted at the top (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COOLING OFF IN A GLACIER

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the heat, you can cool down with an ice-cold swim inside the Hintertux Glacier!

Yup, it is possible to swim within its glacial waters, and people have been doing so for years.

 

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