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SKIING SECRETS STORIES FROM JULY 2019


THURSDAY 29TH AUGUST

FANCY OWNING AN OLYMPIC TORCH?

Not just any old one, but a torch from the 1968 Games in Grenoble.

It is going to be auctioned thus week with a reserve price of £150,000.

Apparently Grenoble 1968 Torches are the scarcest of all Olympic Torches with only 33 made.

5,000 Torchbearers carried the flame to Grenoble before the Opening Ceremony.

In January one was sold at auction for £176,507. 

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TUESDAY 27TH AUGUST

GOING GREEN TO YOUR SKI RESORT

Should you fly, drive or take the train?

It is a question many of us think about as worries about climate change grow and its impact on the Alps.

Some believe man is contributing to it, others that it is just long-term changes to the earth's climate.

There has certainly been greater interest in taking the train as it promotes itself as greener and tickets are now on sale:

The BBC has just produced a handy article.

Not aimed primarily at us skiers and snowboarders but it makes some relevant travel points - See here for more.


SUNDAY 25TH AUGUST

PLASTIC BAN ON EVEREST

Authorities in Nepal have banned single-use plastics at the mountain.

The new ruling covers drinks in plastic bottles and all plastic with a thickness of less than 30 microns (0.03mm).

In June a clean up campaign removed 24,000 pounds of garbage.

The remains of four climbers were also found.

The ban comes into force in January 2020.

In the past climbers have been required to collect some of the rubbish on Everest to ease the litter problem.

SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST

WE ALL LOVE POWDER SNOW... BUT SITTING DOWN ON A BIKE?

Well, would you?




THURSDAY 22ND AUGUST

FARMERS FED UP WITH SNOW MONKEYS IN JAPAN

A so-called ‘monkey militia' has been formed and is armed with air rifles.

Farmers is Kiso in the Nagano Prefecture are fed up with the animals ruining their crops.

They are the only primates native to Japan and the only species of money able to survive in colder climates.

They will not be trying to shoot them, but rather fire in the air to scare them away.

"It's encouraging that people in the community have banded together for a common cause," said local cabbage farmer Shinji Nakata.

Grain and sweet corn are staple crops in the area, both of which are very attractive to the snow monkeys, or macaques as they are officially called.

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They are known for their boldness and ingenuity and boldness and have been know to steal shopping bags and brake into cars to get food.

They have been legally protected from hunting by the Japanese government since 1947.

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TUESDAY 20TH AUGUST

TIME TO GET SOME PRE-SEASON SKI TRAINING IN?

Do try this at home.

(And send us your videos).


"A great little balance and strengthening exercise," saus Emma Carrick-Anderson from Snoworks.

"Try doing this slowly and very controlled keeping both legs as straight as possible. Focus on one point in front of you."

"Start by just going through the routine once (in front, behind then to the side) then build up to 5 each side."

Easy peasy.

SATURDAY 17TH AUGUST

IT'S CARTOON AND CAPTION TIME...

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FRIDAY 16TH AUGUST


FREE FIREWOOD IN COLORADO

There were more than 1,000 reported avalanches in the US last winter and they ripped up a many thousands of trees.

Now the Bureau of Land Management is giving out free firewood collection permits to help the clean-up operation.

"It's a win-win for both us and the public," said Brant Porter, spokesmen for the Bureau of Land Management.

The BLM recently announced free permits available for cutting and collecting firewood from avalanche slide paths on public lands along the Alpine Loop Backcountry Scenic Byway in Hinsdale and San Juan counties.

"The Alpine Loop sustained historic levels of avalanches over the course of the winter, and as a part of that, those avalanches have left all sorts of wood and debris and rocks," Porter said.

"This effort will help us get some of that debris out of the area."

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We have reported on the problems posed by the last winter's huge snow falls earlier on PlanetSKI:

THURSDAY 15TH AUGUST

 

FANCY RUNNING IN THE NUDE THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS?

The second annual Streak to the Peak nude 4.6K race has been scheduled in the Boise Mountains in Idaho on September 8th.

Last year 40 people took part and this year there are places for 80 people.

Although runners can wear as much or as little clothing as they wish, only two people wore any type of clothing in 2018.

The course begins at the Bare Mountain Retreat clubhouse.

It makes one loop around the common area and then heads up the mountain to finish at the peak.

There is a vertical ascent of 1,200 feet.

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"It's the most challenging nude race in the country," said Jay Johnson, race organiser and member of Bare Mountain Retreat.

It costs $25 for Bare Mountain members and $35 for others.

The fee includes a commemorative race sarong, pre-race carbo-load dinner, post-race lunch, grounds fee for Saturday and Sunday and water volleyball.

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WEDNESDAY 14TH AUGUST

DON'T CELEBRATE TOO EARLY!

This one is doing the rounds on social media.

Do you laugh or feel story for the premature sporting celebrations?


And then there was Lindsey Jacobellis on her snowboard at the 2006 Turin Olympics... anyone else remember that?!

And while we are on the subject of, er, sport...



TUESDAY 13TH AUGUST

NEW UTAH SKI RESORT

It's not exactly a skiing secret, but here's a look at what's being planned for new ski resort next to Deer Valley in Utah.

The Mayflower Mountain Resort is being viewed as a second Deer Valley base area.

It will have hotels, houses, condominiums, shops and restaurants.

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The resort says six new lifts are planned as part of the project, which is anticipated to expand the skiing terrain by approximately 900 acres with nearly two-thirds of the development land to be set aside as open space.

It's not happening overnight.

The build is expected to be carried out over a 15 to 40 year period.

Not everyone's happy about the project with some locals angry at what they see as over-development of a beautiful mountain environment.

MONDAY 12TH AUGUST

AND ON IT GOES....

They are still skiing in North America.

Just.

Look closely at this photo below from Mount Washington in New England and what do you see?

In the red circle in Tuckerman Ravine is a white line.

It is snow.

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And on the white line is 19-year old Peter Springer.

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It is a long way to go for a few summer turns.

A 3-mile hike to be precise.

"I was looking for a chance to get my ski boots on," said Peter .

He made the hike and ski turns with a friend.

He has skied Mount Washington as late as July 4 in past years.

He has never skied in August until now, he said.

Justin Quinn also posted a photo of himself on the snow patch.

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Last season Mount Washington had 7.98m of snow.

It's annual average is 7.14m.

However it was still a long way from the record of 14.38m in the 1968-69 season.

Getting in a couple of ski turns on small patches of remaining snow is also popular in Scotland.

See our entry below on Monday 5th August.

SUNDAY 11TH AUGUST

Ha!

Anyone remember it being like this?




And we've had a bit of Facebook reaction to the exploits of Mr Romesh Ranganathan:

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FRIDAY 9TH AUGUST

SNOW IN ANTARCTICA REVEALS RECENT SPACE SECRETS

German scientists have found traces of a very rare isotope of iron within freshly fallen Antarctic snow.

They claim the radioactive material must have arrived on Earth in the form of interstellar dust.

It supports previous research revealing that iron-60 was generated by supernovae within the last few million years.

But unlike those earlier observations, the iron-60 in this case has only just arrived - having reached our planet no more than 20 years ago.

"By ruling out terrestrial and cosmogenic sources, we conclude that we have found, for the first time, recent iron-60 with interstellar origin in Antarctica," they write in a paper accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters.

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THURSDAY 8TH AUGUST

DON'T EAT PINK SNOW

In Yosemite Park there's pink snow.

And despite the look, it's not from a blood bath battle.

Yosemite National Park writes on its Instagram:

"It may be August, but there is still plenty of snow and ice above 9,500 feet [2,900m]!

"... Some snow, typically found at high elevations (9,500'+) where snow persists even through the summer months, can appear pink or red.

"The color comes from a cold-loving algae, Chlamydomonas nivalis, that thrives in freezing temperatures and liquid water, living on the snow.

"This algae is typically green but contains a special red pigment called a carotenoid that acts as a protective barrier, shielding the algae's chlorophyll.

"Since chlorophyll is necessary for its survival, it uses this natural type of sunscreen to protect itself from too much heat and damaging UV radiation.

"The pigment dyes the surrounding area a darker color, giving the effect of a pink or red snow field, and allows the snow to heat up faster and melt more quickly.

For years scientists believed it to be mineral deposits or run off from rock.

The understanding that it's an algae bloom is a relatively recent thing.

If you step on the pink snow and compress it, the snow turns a deeper hue of red.

'Colored snow has been observed for centuries going back to Aristotle's time', reports media outlet SFGATE.

'In 1818, a British expedition searching for a Northwest Passage discovered blood-red snow streaking the white cliffs of the northwest coast of Greenland, according to the London Times.'

'When melted to a liquid, the snow was "so dark a red as to resemble red port wine".'

Take a look from far out and close up at the red 'watermelon' hue:

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WEDNESDAY 7TH AUGUST

100 YEARS OF CANADIAN SKI RACING

There will be events across the coming winter and the following season.

The Canadian Amateur Ski Association was incorporated on December 20th 1920.

"We wanted to create very special opportunities that allow the nation and the Canadian ski community to come together to recognise the past as well as honour our current generation of athletes who are representing the Maple Leaf in alpine, para-alpine, and ski cross competitions around the world," said Vania Grandi, Alpine Canada's CEO.

"We're inviting all Canadians, and the international ski community to join us in these celebrations."

The 100th Anniversary celebrations will kick off in November with fundraising galas in Toronto (November 6th) and Montreal (November 7th).

In Western Canada, exclusive VIP ski experiences are being developed to allow Canadians an opportunity to get up-close to World Cup race action at the Lake Louise ski races and at the Ski Cross World Cup's Canadian stop at Nakiska.

Packages will be developed for this season's combined alpine and ski cross Canadian championships in Panorama, in the spring of 2020.

And why are we so concerned with the Canadian Team?

We love skiing in Canada!

Check out the full and in-depth PlanetSKI review of our favourite places to ski in Canada that we have just posted:
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TUESDAY 6TH AUGUST

BEAR CHARGES FEMALE RUNNER NEAR WHISTLER

Sherry Moore, from Colorado in the USA, was out for a jog on her holiday near the Canadian ski resort.

A bear appeared from the forest.

"I thought this is it. I'm about to be mauled by a bear," said Moore.

"It stood on two legs and puffed and chomped its teeth in my face."

She said that she feared running away would only make the bear more likely to attack.

So she stood her ground and affected an intimidating tone.

"I was just like, 'No, get back! No, get down!'" she recalled. "I screamed at it and it went back on all fours and walked away."


MONDAY 5TH AUGUST

NOW THAT'S DEDICATION

For the last decade Helen Rennie has skied in Scotland every single month of the year.

At the start of August she travelled from her home in Inverness to Cairngorm.

She managed just two turns on a tiny patch of snow.

It's her 118th consecutive month of skiing in Scotland.

Iain Cameron, who measures, photographs and writes about snow on Britain's hills, and filmaker Henry Iddon marked the achievement on Twitter:


But will Helen be able to keep going?

There's concern that high temperatures could melt the remaining snow.

We watch with trepidation....

It seems to be a popular pastime.

In April this year our Scotland reporter, Rod Frazer, succeeded in clocking up 12 months on snow.

SUNDAY 4TH AUGUST

FANCY AN ALPINE COTTAGE FOR 84p?

Nine stone cottages have gone on the market in Switzerland for 1 Swiss franc (£0.84).

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They are in the municipality of Gambarogno, in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland in the Ticino canton.

The only condition is that the buyers restore them at their own expense.

The idea is to regenerate and develop the mountain region of Sciaga.

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Sciaga offers an unobstructed view over all of Val Veddasca down to Lake Maggiore and it even has drinking water.

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Tempted?

See here for more details on Swiss Info.

SATURDAY 3RD AUGUST

LAST STANDING FOR SKIING IN USA

Copper Mountain has its snow park open for summer sessions - for one week more.

Otherwise, it's just Timberline Lodge in the USA that is still offering up skiing and snowboarding.

Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon is open daily for fun on the Palmer Glacier.

Ski times are 7am to 2pm, but a lift ticket will cost you $73 per day (not actually a lot for North America).

In the past the ski area has skied until September.

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FRIDAY 2ND AUGUST

Ultra-runner Kilian Jornet summitted Everest twice in 5 days.

And without oxygen.

See here just how impressive he is in Red Bull's clips :



THURSDAY 1ST AUGUST

DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE SKIING IN AFRICA

A ski and snowboard festival took place in Lesotho, Africa last weekend:

The 2019 Ultimate Ears Winter Whip Snowboard and Ski Festival.

Bluebird skies covered the fourday event from 25th - 28th July at the Afriski Mountain Resort.

The Kingdom of Lesotho is an enclaved country within the border of South Africa:

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Over 60 local and international snowboarders and skiers participated in the competition for men, women and juniors.

There was even a 'Legends' class, which saw the return of past South African greats and was an opportunity for older riders to compete for podium positions.

Other events involved the Red Bull Rail Jam and the slopestyle competition on the resort's Kapoko Park course.

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For more perhaps surprising places on where you can ski and snowboard in the world, check out our article here:

FANCY OWNING A SKI RESORT?

Soldier Mountain Ski Area in Idaho could be yours for a mere $800,000.

It was founded in the 1940s.

The current owners say some investment is needed in snowmaking, but it has a lodge, cat skiing areas and improved infrastructure.

It has 1,150 skiable acres with 36 runs.

There are 2 chair lifts, 1 magic carpet plus 2000 acres of cat skiing from a 12-seat enclosed snowcat.

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There is a yurt that sleeps 12 people located in the cat-ski terrain.

Soldier has a 10-year-old lodge with a bar, restaurant, retail, rental, and tuning.

There is a ski school plus a paid and volunteer ski patrol.

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ANYONE ELSE MISSING WINTER?

Teton Gravity Research has released its 2019 ski and snowboard feature film: Winterland.

Winterland is a celebration of ski and snowboard culture.

"Today's mountain athletes can only stand as tall as those who came before, these pirates of the past, who followed their own joy and passions," said TGR.

"This story of adventure and passion is far from over, as a new crop of modern-day pioneers are eager to etch their names in the annals of history."

"The technology and style might evolve, but the rush, excitement and pure fun remain eternal - bonding past and present and future riders. "

"The film will follow these individuals as they leave their own mark on these fabled locations."

But if you prefer to still be thinking of summer....

SUMMER IN CERVINIA

One of our regular PlanetSKI readers, Jeremy Eppel, is currently in the Italian ski resort in the Aosta Valley.

He is not glacier skiing, but rather hiking and enjoying summer in the mountains.

And he's sent over a few pictures to share.

"The Cervinia Valley has a huge range of great hikes for every ability ranging from one to six hours in length," he tells us.

"Good map of all the hikes for €5 in the Tourist Office."

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"There are superb alpine meadows full of wild flowers at this time of year. Keep an eye out for the marmottes emerging from their burrows as you scale the lower slopes of the Matterhorn."

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And it's none too shabby higher up...

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With thanks to our friends, Jeremy and Sara, of Eppel Sustainability.

Check them out here: @eppel.sustainability

ANYONE ELSE LIKE VINTAGE SKI POSTERS?

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We're going to be bringing a few more pictures of vintage ski posters to Skiing Secrets shortly so do check back...

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