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SnowKidz aftermovie, inquest held into GB deaths in Chamonix, $3.3m payout after chairlift fall + Austrian skiers get doping ban. ROLLING...

 

 

 

 

NEWS IN BRIEF STORIES FROM JUNE 2019

WEDNESDAY 31ST JULY

SNOWKIDZ AFTERMOVIE RELEASED

SnowKidz is part of an international FIS campaign 'Bring Children to the Snow'.

A total of 810 events and actions took place during the 2018/2019 season of SnowKidz and looking back on these moments SnowKidz has put together an aftermovie.

Here's to creating many more of these special moments next season:



TUESDAY 30TH JULY

INQUEST HEARS OF ACCIDENTAL DEATHS AFTER FALL IN CHAMONIX

An inquest into the death of two men in Chamonix on the first day of a holiday has been held in Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire.

Oscar Cassagneau-Francis and Rajen Mahendra were skiing off-piste when the fell to their deaths at the end of January last season.

The coroner said both men from Cambridge died as the result of an accident.

We reported on the accident at the time

Tributes to Brits who died in Chamonix

Oscar lost a ski and fell into a steep, rocky gully.

Rajen then fell while tying to help locate his friend.

Oscar's brother Oliver was in the group an alerted the rescue services.

He found his brother's body and the rescue services found Rajen 50m from his friend, the inquest heard.

Assistant coroner Nicholas Moss said it was clear all three men had a "love of skiing" and that "conditions became difficult" on the mountain.

He praised Oliver for his actions on the slopes and concluded both men died in a "tragic accident".

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SUNDAY 28TH JULY

$3.3M AFTER 12-YEAR OLD FALLS FROM CHAIRLIFT

Alex Hache fell 10m from the lift at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Massachusetts in March 2019.

He suffered a concussion, five fractured vertebrae and a fractured pelvis.

Alex, now 17, is likely to have back discomfort for the rest of his life.

A jury reached the verdict after a 5-day trial.

The lift operators have wished him all the best and assured guests that safety is paramount.

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SATURDAY 27TH JULY

TWO AUSTRIAN CROSS COUNTRY SKIERS BANNED FOR DOPING

Dominik Baldauf and Max Hauke have been banned from the sport for 4-years.

They were arrested at the Nordic World Championships in Seefled in Austria last February.

PlanetSKI was at the event and reported on it at the time.
They were arrested with three other athletes.

The two skiers admitted their guilt and have had all of their results wiped dating back to April 1, 2016, when they began their doping procedure.

Hauke, 26, was caught in the act as he was transfusing 100 millilitres of blood.

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They were part of an international doping ring involving at least 21 athletes from eight nationalities across five different sports.

FRIDAY 26TH JULY

SHAUN WHITE AIMING FOR TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS

Snowboarding hero Shaun White has achieved a helluva lot.

During last year's Games, snowboarding hero Shaun White became the first snowboarder to win three Winter Olympic golds.

He has been pushing for skateboarding to be included as a sport in the Olympics.

And now it is...

Tokyo 2020 will see the sport's inaugural Olympic competition.

White already holds the record for the most gold medals (five) in X-Games skateboarding.

He's the first to win in both the summer and winter X-Games, and looks to be wanting to conquer both the winter and summer Olympics.

He's headed to Brazil in September to compete in the world skateboarding championships.

...The first step.

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The Olympic skateboarding will only just 20 spots each for men and women in each discipline - park and street.

Reserved spots will be for the host country and for the top three finishers at world championship events.

It'll be a tough journey to Tokyo 2020.

Shaun White will bring significant exposure to the new Olympic sport that is somewhat lacking- something White says he remember from the earlier days of snowboarding.

"Now that skateboarding is an Olympic discipline it's going to carry so much weight in the mainstream and show that there's a career in the sport," White told USA today.

"It's been a long time coming.

"There are so many amazing athletes that I don't think get the recognition they deserve.

"They're out there every single day working and training," White comments.


WEDNESDAY 24TH JULY

MORE DRUG SEIZURES IN AUSTRALIA

The Australian Border Force has found 15 snow globes filled with liquid methamphetamine that were sent from Canada.

They have a street value of $1m.

"Our officers work tirelessly to prevent these harmful drugs form making it into Australian communities, and I'm proud of the results they continue to achieve," said Danielle Yannopoulos, the ABF's regional commander for New South Wales.

It follows a $144m cocaine bust with some destined for ski resorts that we reported earlier on PlanetSKI:

MONDAY 22ND JULY

DUSSELDORF BIG AIR CANCELLED AFTER FOOTBALL CLASH

It's the second year in a row the event in Germany has clashed with a Bundesliga match.

The Big Air World Cup event was due to take place on the 3rd and 4th of January 2020 at the Merkur Spiel-Arena which is home to Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf.

The club had asked to be allowed to play away from home to accommodate the Big Air event but it has been turned down by the German footballing authorities.

The game is on December 21st but it takes at least two and a half weeks to build the structure.

With the football game 10 days earlier than the Big Air event there is not enough time for construction of the huge Big Air ramp.

The event was expected to bring some of the world's best riders for two days of top-level freeski and snowboard action.aid August Pollen, the chair of the Organising Committee.

While disappointed with the timing of the DFL's decision, Fortuna Dusseldorf conceded that the big air event did indeed need to be canceled if the scheduled match was to take place.

"The preparations for an international sports event with a seven-digit sponsorship volume can not simply wait for the announcement of the DFL schedule in July, five or six months before the event," said the chair of the Organising Committee, August Pollen.

"The agreements with FIS, with sponsors and service providers have been running for months.

"As a rule, the requirements of other sports federations are also taken into account among each other.

"Apparently, those responsible at the DFL are not sports fans, but exclusively football fans."

"This is definitely a low-blow for this globally-growing sport, and politically unattractive, as well," added the President of the Snowboard Association Germany, Hanns-Michael Hölz.

SUNDAY 21ST JULY

NEW FLIGHTS FROM GATWICK

The airport, popular with ski charter flights and easyJet, has unveiled plans to use its emmergency runway for additional flights.

It is to prepare a planning application to bring the standby runway into routine use.

The airport is no longer pursuing plans for an additional runway.

It hopes to have the stand-by runway operational by the mid-2020s with ski flights potential using it in the winter of 2020/21.

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"The plans would deliver additional capacity for Gatwick, which will provide choices for the future," said London Gatwick CEO, Stewart Wingate.

"Including incrementally growing our airport to meet demand and continuing to provide solid operational performance for passengers and airlines."

Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions, said the plans would create 'a second runway by stealth' and goes against pledges on CO2 emissions for the UK.

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FRIDAY 19TH JULY

POLICE BUST COCAINE HAUL EN ROUTE TO AUSTRALIAN SKI RESORTS

Earlier this week, the Australian Border Force intercepted 384 kilograms of cocaine that was headed to a group of Australian ski resorts.

The quantity has a street value of $144 Australian dollars - around $81.2m.

The drugs were hidden in an excavator en route to a group of Australian ski resorts.

The cache was packed into 384 1-kilogram parcels and destined for NSW ski resorts Thredbo and Perisher.

It might have been the biggest powder day in Australia for far...

Catch up on the real snow news here:


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THURSDAY 18TH JULY

SNOWKIDZ STATS

The International Ski Federation has released its final report on the campaign that aims ot get more children into snowsports.

The 2019 edition of the report revealed the following findings:

  • 6 global partners: Atomic Skis, Burton Riglet Snowboarding, MND Group, Skadi App. the European Federation for the Sport Goods Industry (FESI) and Right to Play
  • 9 events in major cities
  • 10 nationwide actions
  • 35 participating countries
  •  Average of 27.6% growth on all social media channels.
  • 81% of persons who attended SnowKidz events stated that "Spending time with friends and family" was the key reason they attended SnowKidz events
  • 96% of persons who attended a SnowKidz event stated they would attend the same event the following year.
  • 97% retention rate of events
  • 494 Event Organisers.
  •  810 events and actions in a 12-month span
  • 3'799 SnowKidz events since 2009
  • Over 22'700 minutes watched on YouTube
  • More than 142'000 visitors to www.snowkidz.com
  • More than 500'000 participants at the largest event/action for the fifth year in a row.
  • Over 4.9 million participants since SnowKidz inception

The full SnowKidz Final Report can be viewed online and downloaded via this link.

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WEDNESDAY 15TH JULY


MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR COACH OF JAMAICA BOBSLEIGH TEAM 

The Austrian, Sepp Haidacher, who helped to coach Jamaica's first Olympic bobsleigh team died earlier this month at the age of 78.

A memorial service takes place today, July 17th, at a church in Voldöpp, Austria.

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He worked with the team during the build-up to the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

He was instrumental in allowing the Caribean bobsleighers to take part in the two and four-man events at the Games.

The team was later immortalised in the film, Cool Runners with the role of the coach being played by John Candy.

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He ran the Bobsleigh Schools in Igls in the Tirol, Austria, for many years where the Jamaican team practiced

At the 1984 Olympic Winter Games in Sarajewo, Sepp Haidacher led the Austrian Bobsleigh Team as Captain.

Haidacher was known as the "Godfather" of Jamaica bobsleigh.

TUESDAY 17TH JULY

LAST SKIING US MOUNTAIN RESORT TO CLOSE THIS MONTH

Mammoth Mountain had over 18 metres of snow this season.

The California ski resort is the last still skiing in the States.

It was hoping to ski into August this year but the sun is out and the temperature is rising quickly.

But finlly the resort has announced that after skiing since 10th November, 2018 that it will close its lifts this month.

28th July is the official closing date.

"The 18/19 season has been one of the best in recent history - endless pow days, wild weather, summer shredding and so many good times on the hill with all of you.

"Mother Nature has been turning up the heat recently and snow is melting fast - the last day of skiing and riding will be Sunday, July 28," the announcement reads.

It'll make it a mega 260-day ski season.

Get stoked, the 19/20 Mammoth season kicks off on 9th November.

More recent ski, snow and resort news from the USA:
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And how about now? What's Mammoth looking like for its final week or so...

One PlanetSKI reader Martin Dennant is on holiday in and around California and sent in some pictures.

On arriving in Mammoth and seeing snow Martin (naturally) wanted to get on some skis and on up the ski hill -

- Fantastic news - exactly what we would have done.

And on the conditions:

"For July - [the conditions are] not bad," writes Martin.

"Skiing is from 07.30 - 13.00 with a handful of runs open at the top.

"Runs icy in parts and soft elsewhere at 08.00.

"At 10.30 snow was getting soft and heavy all over. But at least we are skiing."

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MONDAY 16TH JULY

TED LIGETY TO RACE IN GS ONLY NEXT SEASON

The US skier is limiting his starts next season after injury.

He had a season ending ACL tear in 2016 and a season ending back surgery in 2017.

"I'm feeling really good right now," Ligety said to US media.

"Just training every day at the US ski team gym. I'm 34 years old almost 35 and so there's a lot of hard miles on my body up to this point, but I'm still enjoying it. Right now, I feel really healthy and trying to get to a point where I feel I can win races. That's the goal right now."

"My entire career I've been one of the few guys that's skied most events every single weekend," Ligety explained.

"I think I have 300 and something World Cup races which is a lot of races compared to most people. So, a lot of hard miles. I think just limiting it to Giant Slalom, which has been my bread and butter for
most of my career anyways, I think that allows me to focus and ramp the miles down a little bit.

"Also gives me more time in the gym and more time to really take care of the things that need to be taken care of to keep my body going well."

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He has been training at Mt. Hood in Oregon this moth and will then be skiing in New Zealand in August before the racing season begins in October.

SUNDAY 14TH JULY

OPENING DATE SET FOR FIRST INDOOR US SKI CENTRE

The American Dream in New Jersey has been talked about for years.

Now it is set to open on October 25th 2019.

We have reported on the project, and the construction delays, in the past.
It is a huge shopping mall with other offerings.

One is the Big Snow Ski and Snowboard Park - North America's first indoor snow sports center.

The is also an NHL-sized ice rink, an 18-hole miniature golf course, the Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Aquarium, a Coca-Cola Social Lounge and a CMX Luxury Movie Theatre.

"We know that the community has been eagerly awaiting the launch of this incredible global destination," said Don Ghermezian, president of American Dream.

"We have a one-of-a-kind property that will reshape the way people think about entertainment, theme parks and shopping and we are so excited to reveal our incredible Nickelodeon Theme Park, DreamWorks Water Park and Big Snow Ski and Snowboard Park."

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FRIDAY 12TH JULY

SWISS ATHLETES MUST DECLARE INFLUENCER ROLES

Two Swiss athletes have been reprimanded for misrepresenting their posts on the photo-sharing platform, Instagram.

Russian born, Swiss snowboarder and Olympic champion Iouri Podladtchikov, more commonly known as Ipod, and mountain biker Jolanda Neff are both in trouble with the Swiss Consumer Protection Foundation.

They did not openly declare and caption their sponsored posts on Instagram.

According to the Swiss Consumer Protection Foundation the two athletes should have openly and transparently stated their roles as 'influencers' and not hidden or fudged their posts.

"A person who is sponsored and receives fees or benefits in kind from a service provider must be transparent".

This was not done in either case.

Iouri Podladtchikov, with 43.1k Instagram followers, posted a couple of heavily branded photographs in January 2019 at the entrance of an up-market clothing store without any reference to his sponsor.

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In March 2019 the cyclist Jolanda Neff, with over 265k Instagram followers, re-posted an advertising insert from a credit card company.

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Sara Stalder, Managing Director of the Swiss Consumer Protection Foundation, said, "By approving our complaints, the Board of Appeal provides clarity for influencers."

Consumer protection now expects, "a clear, consistent and highly visible labeling of advertising mail, and not a hidden, short # ad hashtag."

It was also suggested a different font, layout or colour of the font would highlight the sponsorship more clearly.

In Switzerland, these are the first decisions on influencer advertising.

Complaints against two other Swiss celebrities including fashion influencer Xenia Tchoumitcheva and tennis star Roger Federer are pending.

AVALANCHE VICTIM'S BODY FOUND 6 MONTHS LATER

The body of a Finnish man lost in an avalanche in Norway in January has been recovered.

The avalanche swept 330m wide in the Tamok valley.

This week a search dog found the body of 36-year-old Niklas Nyman.

Initial rescue and search attempts were stopped due to heavy snow and low visibility on 2nd January.

Three other bodies were recovered in the days following the avalanche in January.

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THURSDAY 11TH JULY

BRECKENRIDGE SKI THIEF RECEIVES DEFERRED SENTENCE

Thomas Yacko was arrested earlier this year after stealing thousands of dollar's worth of ski and snowboard equipment in the Colorado ski resort of Breckenridge.

He has pleaded guilty and received a four-year deferred judgment and sentence.

The Breckenridge Police Department officers began investigating equipment theft in January.

Investigations started due to the high number of reports of missing skis and boards.

Yacko was caught attempting to sell second-hand, high-end skis.

An employee at the ski area had told police that Yacko had approached him to try to sell him skis.

According to the report, the man said Yacko showed him pictures of skis and snowboards he was trying to sell for $200.

Police reportedly recovered 10 pairs of skis and 10 snowboards, six pairs of snowboard bindings as well as other smaller items of gear.

"For the community, I took the trust, safety and reputation offered in Summit County, and I broke it," Yacko himself wrote to news outlet Summit Daily News.

"That is something that cannot be measured in a financial amount, and I hope that my apologies will at least make an impact," he continued.

Yacko has been ordered to pay over $3,000 in fines.

He has received 15 days in jail on the misdemeanor charge, on top of the deferred judgment.

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THURSDAY 11TH JULY

EXTRA AIR TAX FROM FRENCH AIRPORTS

If you use Lyon, Chambery, Grenoble, Nice or Toulouse to access you ski resorts then a new 'eco-tax' is being introduced next year.

The amount will start at €1.50 for economy tickets within France or the EU.

It rises to €18 for long-haul business-class flights.

No tax will be imposed on flights into France.

The levy is expected to raise about £162 million from 2020.

The money will be be invested in cleaner transport, such as rail.

Chambery is one of the main airports serving the French Alps and is used by many of the the major UK tour operators for their charter flights in the winter - Crystal, Inghams, Esprit Ski and Ski Total.

The UK represent 84% of its passeneger traffic - 164,000 passengers per year.

There have been complaints about over-crowding at weekends and a lack of facilities, €2m has been spent on improvements since 2016.

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There has already been reaction to the new eco-tax over on the PlanetSKI Facebook page - feel free to add your comments.

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WEDNESDAY 10TH JULY

VAIL GONDOLA RE-OPENS AFTER 74 PEOPLE EVACUATED FROM IT

The incident happened on the Eagle Bahn gondola last week.

All of those aboard the gondola were employees of Vail Ski Resort.

Everyone was able to get off the gondola safely and an investigation has been carried out.

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The lift was shut after the incident but has now re-opened after repairs were made.

ALCOHOL SEIZED FROM SKI RESORT FOR BILLIONAIRES

The Yellowstone Club in Montana has Bill Gates from Microsoft, Eric Schmidt from Google and the singer Justin Timberlake among its members.

It appears the club has been selling alcohol illegally at one of its bars.

Authorities have confiscated 800 bottles and cans of alcohol.

Owners of the seized alcohol have until the end of the month to file a claim for it or it will be forfeited to the state.

Charges may follow.

The Club has already paid out $370,000 to the authorities.

A state investigation found that the club was serving alcohol in two bars that had applied for, but not received, a liquor licence in December and January.

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TUESDAY 9TH JULY

BRITISH MOUNTAIN GUIDE'S BODY YET TO BE FOUND

It's been confirmed that the body of an experienced British mountain guide has not yet been found after an avalanche in the Himalayas killed his entire team of climbers.

Martin Moran was leading a group of six other mountaineers, three of them British, and an Indian liaison officer.

Their bodies have been recovered from a peak near India's second highest peak, Nanda Devi East, as we report below (Wednesday 3rd July).

"We are sad to share the news that the eighth and still missing body is that of our member Martin Moran," says a statement on the British Mountain Guides (BMG) website.

"The thoughts of all British Mountain Guides go out to the eight families and friends involved in this tragic incident."

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The climbers were last heard from on 26th May but the task of finding and recovering the bodies in a remote location at around 6,700m altitude has been difficult and long.

The news comes as the Indo Tibetan Border Police released the last video footage taken by the climbers.

It was recovered from the scene.

The police say it may help "analyse what went wrong with their mission".

A celebration of Martin Moran's life will be held at midday on Saturday 13th July at the Torridon Community Centre in Ross-shire.

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"Our memories of Martin will linger long and we will always remember him as the consummate professional, a companion with whom great mountain days were shared and a true friend and colleague," BMG says.

"May he rest in peace among the high places that he loved so much."

 

MONDAY 8TH JULY

REGISTER FOR WORLD SNOW DAY 2020

Organisations are now able to register their interest.

Within 24-hours of the booking page going live at the beginning of July eight countries had confirmed events.

They were Switzerland, Canada, Romania, Serbia, Armenia, Belgium, Greece and Liechtenstein.

Many have confirmed similar programmes with actions such as free ski and snowboard lessons, free lift passes for children, free equipment rental for children and snow games.

So, what exactly is World Snow Day?

Registration will remain open until the 15th December 2019.

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SUNDAY 7TH JULY

SKI CENTRE IN BEIJING

The underground winter centre in the Xicheng District covers an area of 800 square meters.

It has ski simulators, children's rock climbing, a Beijing local indigenous ice sport ‘bingcuqiu' and an exhibition of Winter Olympic culture.

Since it opened on May 22nd the Baizhifang Ice and Snow Experience Centre has had more than 1,000 visitors with up to 100 a day.

Local residents get in for free.

It is part of the efforts to prepare for the 24th Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022.

China is aiming to encourage 300m people in the country to participate in winter sports.

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SATURDAY 6TH JULY

RUBBISH CONCERNS IN SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

Concerns have been raised about the volume of rubbish being found high in Scotland's mountains.

Party balloons and sweet wrappers are being spotted by hillwalkers.

Mountaineering Scotland said "micro-litter", fragments of plastic wrappers, metal and fruit peelings were also an issue.

For more details check out this story on the BBC.

Micro-litter found includes corners of food wrappers, pieces of burst helium balloons and chewing gum.

They could take millions of years to degrade.

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FRIDAY 5TH JULY

GERMAN WOMAN DIES IN CREVASSE FALL

The 55-year-old German woman has died after falling into a crevasse on the Forni glacier in Italy.

Two men roped to her were seriously injured.

They were part of a group of 21 climbers taking part in a training exercise at 3,100m.

Others in the group alerted the rescue services.

Recent hot weather in the Alps has affected the stability of the glaciers in the Alps and people are being urged to exercise caution.

 

THURSDAY 4TH JULY

SHAUN WHITE SUES OAKLEY

The Snowboarding legend claims the goggle and sunglasses brand used his likeness to promote its product after their deal had ended.

Shaun White reportedly claims he had a licensing deal that expired on December 31st, 2017.

Court documents claim that after the deal ended, they "continued to prominently use Mr. White's name, image and identity, without this consent, in advertising, marketing and promotion for Oakley and Sunglass Hut."

Their alleged use of his image, he claims, to promote their products included "leading up to, during and after the XXIII Olympic Winter Games ... in their products and in large posters in their store windows in South Korea where the games took place and where Mr. White won his record-breaking third gold medal in snowboarding."

Shaun White is seeking unspecified damages.

The lawsuit was filed on his behalf by attorney Charles Harder, who has represented the likes of Donald Trump and Hulk Hogan.

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WEDNESDAY 3RD JULY

BODIES OF 7 CLIMBERS CAUGHT IN AVALANCE AIRLIFTED

The bodies of 7 out of 8 people who died on Nanda Devi in May have been airlifted off the mountain.

Four of the climbers came from two from the United States, and one each from Australia and India.

The body of the eighth climber has not been found.

The bodies were taken to the town of Pithoragarh.

The missing group was led by experienced British mountain guide Martin Moran, whose Scotland-based company Moran Mountain has run numerous expeditions in the Indian Himalayas.

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73-YEAR OLD MOUNTAIN HIKER FOUND ALIVE AND WELL

Eugene Joe had been missing for a week in mountains to the north of Los Angeles.

He was hiking to the summit of Mount Waterman, 2,438m, when he became separated from his group.

More than 70 people searched for him and he was found by the rescue services in a helicopter in a canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains.

He was hoisted to safety.

The Montrose Search and Rescue team said Jo was "walking and speaking" despite not having had eaten in at least five days.

He survived by drinking water from a stream.

He is now being treated in hospital

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BEIJING 2022 PROGRESS CONTINUES

That's according to International Ski Federation Nordic combined race director, Lasse Ottesen.

He said "great progress" has been made at the ski jumping & cross-country venues for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

He and two of his colleagues viewed both on a visit to Zhangjiakou in Chongli District.

In the cross-country venue, the first national test events are due to take place next winter.

The tracks are said to be 90% complete.

Snowmaking and lighting systems will be installed this summer.

The foundation for the stadium has been laid and it is expected to be finished by early 2020.

Most of the groundwork for the ski jumping hills has been done with the foundations are already in place.

The main frames of the jumps are set to be in place by October this year and the facilities are due to open in autumn 2020.

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See here for an earlier PlanetsKI feature on the locations and venues of the on-snow sports:

SWISS SKI DIRECTOR QUITS

Stéphane Cattin cited family reasons as the main reason why he is stepping down as Swiss- ski's Alpine skiing director.

He has been in the job for four years and has presided over the Swiss Alpine team's most successful spell since the late 1980s.

"I would like to thank my employees for the pleasant and constructive cooperation over the past four years, during which I took on strategic responsibility for Alpine skiing," he said.

"Together we have experienced many wonderful moments that will remain in my memory.

"In the near future, I want to take great care of my family, which has suffered many hardships in recent years because of my job responsibilities."

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