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Beijing 2022 mascots unveiled, time to think of half-term ski lessons + yak destined for slaughter escapes to the mountains. ROLLING

 

 

 

 

Here on Skiing Secrets we post articles, pictures and videos that take our fancy.

They are usually about skiing and snowboarding - but not always.

SKIING SECRETS STORIES FROM AUGUST 2019


WEDNESDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER

BEIJING 2022 MASCOTS UNVEILED

The next Winter Olympics and Paralympics may be more than two years away but it's time for the work to begin for the Games mascots.

They've just been announced at a lavish bash in Beijing.

Meet Bing Dwen Dwen and Shuey Rhon Rhon.

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Not surprisingly, perhaps, one is a panda.

Bing Dwen Dwen will be promoting the Olympics.

Beijing 2022 say the mascot has a "suit of ice, a heart of gold and a love of all things winter sports".

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We're not so sure about the red one. 

What is it?

Apparently, it is a 'Chinese lantern child'. 

Shuey Rhon Rhon is the Paralympics mascot.




Get used to them.  You'll be seeing them a lot. 

MONDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER

HALF TERM FAMILY SKI LESSONS

It may seem a bit early to be thinking of such things, but there is a clear message from our friends over at Maison Sport: Book now to avoid disappointment!

"When it comes to February half term, private lessons start being booked up as far as 1 year in advance," said Ollly Robinson, the co-founder of the online booking platform that represents independent ski and snowboard instructors."

"Although the dates can change year on year, February half term is by far the busiest week in ski resorts across the Alps."

This means that by the end of summer to early Autumn, many of the good time slots are already taken.

Generally, mornings are the most popular during February half term, so if you don't mind taking an afternoon lesson, this will increase your chances of finding the instructor that is right for you.

All resorts are different  - Maison Sport still has morning availability in Meribel but not in La Plagne.

Maison Sport has 500+ instructors available across over 200 resorts.

See here for more detains on Maison Sport.

SUNDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER

YAK DESTINED FOR SLAUGHTER ESCAPES TO MOUNTAINS

The animal, named Meteor, was heading to a slaughterhouse in the US state of Virginia when it made a bid for freedom.

Meteor broke out of its trailer and crossed a busy highway.

Animal welfare officers were called in but the yak avoided capture by heading for the mountains.

Yaks are a long-haired members of the cattle family, cousins to cows and distant relatives of the American and European bison.

They are native to areas in southern Central Asia.

Meteor remains at liberty in its new mountain home.

The yak was last spotted Wednesday at an inn, where the owners tried unsuccessfully to lure it into a trailer using treats.

FRIDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER

RACE THE KITZBÜHEL DOWNHILL - WITHOUT SKIS

It's a race down the toughest downhill course in the world.

In running shoes.

And it's coming soon.

Aptly named The Descent, it takes place in the Austrian resort on 5th October.

Runners set off at 30 second intervals, through the famous start gates for the downhill at the top of the Hahnenkamm.

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Just like in the alpine race, there are gates to negotiate while running down the insanely steep slope.

And if you're fast enough you get to do it twice.

The fastest 30 runners in both the mens and women's categories qualify for the final run where, as in skiing, finalists will start in reverse order at one minute intervals.

Our knees hurt just thinking about it.

Crazy!

It's the second year of the race.

Have a look at the highlights from last year...




You can do it at a more leisurely pace, as our editor James Cove, discovered a few years back.

WEDNESDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER

SPOT THE TYPO!

Well, can you?

It seems it might be worth travelling with Inghams this winter if you get a bit peckish after a bit of, er, you-know-what.

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The difference one letter can make!The difference one letter can make!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the article without the typo:

On the other hand we may have just stumbled across a new type of holiday Inghams should offer...  it may turn out to be rather popular. Wink

UPDATE:

And after much reaction we have updated this story into a single article:

WHO IS FASTER - LIFT OR CLIMBER?

In an event to promote the Olympic debut of sport climbing, a Polish climber took on an elevator in a seven-story race.

Marcin Dzienski, 26, took on the neon-lit elevator on the side of a Warsaw hotel.

He climbed a 23-meter plexiglass wall as the elevator rose beside him.


Dzienski is a speed climbing supremo.

One of three climbing disciplines that will be contested next year at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

He was world champion in 2016.

TUESDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER

DOG SLED TRANSFER TO SKI RESORT

If you are heading to the Swedish resorts of Sälen you can arrive in in style with a dog sled transfer courtesy of 10 Alaskan huskies.

There is a new SAS flight from Heathrow to the new Scandinavian Mountains Airport this winter.

"We're particularly excited to offer the unique experience of a dog sled transfer to Salen so guests can immerse themselves in the magical winter landscape as soon as they've stepped off the plane,"
Mathias Lindström, Sales and Marketing Director at SkiStar.

Road transfers to Salen take just 10 minutes.

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Dog transfer details:

• Dog sled transfers bookable from December 15th to April 15th

• Overalls, safety clothing, hat and warm shoes provided

• Suitable for all ages but not recommended for children under five

• The cost per sled is £421


SUNDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER

LIFT QUEUES

Remind you of anywhere?

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Scotland perhaps?

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FRIDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER

OUCH!

Is this the most spectacular fall at the Winter Games NZ?

Jennie Symons is uninjured after huge ‘tomahawk' fall.

Despite losing her helmet, goggles, and skis she walked away from the crash unscathed.

THURSDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER

PLASTIC BAGS & BOTTLES TO BE BANNED AT EVEREST

The region of Everest is to become a zero single use plastic region.

The rule is simple, from 1st January 2020, plastic bottles and plastic bags will be prohibited by the local authority that manages the region.

There are some 35,000 visitors to the region, and the trash problem on the mountain and at Basecamp is an enormous problem.

We reported on the ban earlier in the summer.

Now watch the video below that highlights the enormous waste issue in the region.


AVALANCHE ON MARS

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured an image of an avalanche on the Red Planet.

According to NASA, avalanches on Mars regularly occur during springtime.

In the image, a cloud of reddish dust can be seen on the side of a mountain on Mars.

Avalanches on the planet occur during spring when the warmth from sunlight causes the ice layers to melt and crumble.

"Every spring the Sun shines on the side of the stack of layers at the north pole of Mars known as the north polar layered deposits," said Candy Hansen of the University of Arizona's Lunar &

Planetary Laboratory.

"The warmth destabilises the ice and blocks break loose," she added.

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And staying with stories about Mars...

WEDNESDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER

SPACE SUIT TESTED ON ICELAND GLACIER & VOLCANO

A team of researchers and explorers went into a volcano and out to some of the most remote stretches of Iceland to test the prototype spacesuit.

They went into the Grímsvötn volcano and across the Vatnajökull ice cap - the conditions on earth most like expected conditions on Mars.

The suit is "not actually intended for use on Mars, but it's intended for use here on Earth where people are doing analog studies to see what it's like if you were to put people on the surface of Mars," said the suit's designer, Michael Lye.

The the MS1 Mars prototype spacesuit was tested by a team incuding Helga Kristín, an Icelandic geologist, drone pilot and glacier guide.

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They tested the suit with standard activities astronauts might do - sample collection and basic movement.

And more extreme activities.

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The group pronounced the tests useful and successful.

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(Image credits: Dave Hodge/Unexplored Media)

And of course if the space suit is taken to Mars it may have to be used as a ski suit.

And if man ever gets to Pluto:

MONDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER

CHASING THE EYE OF DORIAN

It's nothing to do with skiing, but a lot to do with weather.

Watch the extraordinary footage below of what it's like to be in the eye of one of the most powerful hurricanes recorded on earth.

Here's a video showing the powerful storm from above, from satellite footage..

Watch one of the latest visuals of Hurricane Dorian whizzing round like a Catherine Wheels. As it moves the enormous sparks of lightning are visible as it progresses on its destructive path.

It is moving with wind speeds of up to 180mph, recorded as a category 5 storm.

 

Hurricane Hunters took this video as the brave crew chase and record the progress of the storm.

The #ReserveCitizenAirmen fly through the storm in a Super Hercules aircraft.

 

 

SUNDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER

US CHAIRLIFT INFO GOES HIGH TECH

Winter Park in Colorado will be installing digital displays on select chairlifts next season.

They will have weather reports, snow reports, mountain maps, and, even live traffic videos of the I-70 freeway.

Is it something you'd like?

Or would you rather look at your phone for such information?

Perhaps better still look at the scenery, chat to a friend (or stranger) and look at the runs and plan you route down the mountain.


UPDATE:

It seems not everyone (anyone) wants a computer screen on a chairlift if Facebook reaction to this story is anything to go by:

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Feel free to add your comments on the PlanetSKI Facebook page.

LEGO PISTE BASHER!



FIREFLY LIGHT SHOW IN GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

They don't look much like a swarm of bugs.

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They have been delighting the evening crowds this summer in North Carolina, USA.

The 100s of firefly insects, that are a type of beetle, have become something of a tourist attraction.

Visitors carrying red flashlights walk the Little River Trail to watch the fireflies in their annual mating ritual.

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With the authorities on hand to marshal the crowds
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"There's only a handful of species all around the world that do this, and for a long time, this particular species, the phenomenon of seeing large numbers of them synchronizing has been associated tightly with just a couple geographical areas," said Dr Clyde Sorenson, an entomologist from North Carolina State University.

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There are least 19 species of fireflies that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

One species is the only one in America that can synchronise its flashing light patterns.

Fireflies use their lights as a mating display.

Each species has a special flash pattern that helps the males and females recognise each other.

The males fly around and flash their lights.

The females usually stay stationary, then respond with a flash of their own.

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