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Andri Ragettli wows on his latest parcour course, check out this video, bird's eye view + speed climbing record smashed. 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 SEPTEMBER 2019

WEDNESDAY 30TH OCTOBER

PERFECT PARCOUR

The unbelievable parcour skills of Swiss freestyle skier Andri Ragettli are on display again in his fourth parcour video.

He says it took it him 232 tries to get this one.

We're not surprised.

It's utterly brilliant.


SUNDAY 27TH OCTOBER

ANOTHER VIDEO CATCHES OUR EYE

This time it's the latest film project ‘Shelter' by the folk from Picture Organic with a green slant.

Following five separate journeys, the film follows Jeremy Jones, Mat Schaer, Leo Taillefer, Levi Luggen and Thomas Delfino as they travel from hut to hut, observing first hand the impact of climate change on the Alps.


FRIDAY 25TH OCTOBER

A BIRD'S EYE VIEW

Literally.


WEDNESDAY 23RD OCTOBER

CLIMBING SPEED RECORD SMASHED

At last weekend's International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup, Indonesia's Aries Susanti Rahayu, aka "Spiderwoman," broke the women's speed climbing record.

It was previously set in April by her competitor, China's Song Yiling. Rahayu bested Yiling's prior record by .106 seconds which, in this game, is a lot.

Speed climbing. in which climbers race to scramble a 15-meter wall, will be a new addition to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

TUESDAY 22ND OCTOBER

MITTEN MESSAGES

Of course here on PlanetSKI we would never do such a thing.

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SATURDAY 19TH OCTOBER

FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

It's the latest film trailer to drop into out inbox ...

It was shot during a road trip seeking both snow and surf, the journey starts in California where the athletes embark on a mission into the mountains.

Then it's the remote waters of the North Pole followed by the culmination of the film in a psychedelic dreamscape as they appear as skeletons shredding under the moonlight at Mammoth Mountain and surfing in Indonesia.

With music from the Grateful Dead.



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FRIDAY 18TH OCTOBER

NORDIC CHEESE CHALLENGE

The world's elite cross-country skiers will have an added incentive to race well this season: cheese.

Every skier who makes it onto the team podium at a series of relay competitions will receive a piece of Swiss gruyère cheese.

Yes, really.

Le Gruyère AOP has been the main sponsor of Nordic sport since 2015 and its new Cheese Challenge is designed to award athletes that claim the most podium spots during World Cup events supported by the cheese-maker.

As if receiving a piece of cheese is not enough, the podium skiers will be entered in the "official cheese challenge ranking".

The amount of pieces of cheese won by each individual skier will be tallied up and published every Monday.

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The winner gets a three-day trip for two to the legendary "La Maison du Gruyère" in Switzerland.

The scond and third placed skiers will receive an all-inclusive Fondue set including some of the best Swiss wine from the Gruyère region.

The cheese will be presented at the following races:

Ruka Nordic, Davos Nordic, Tour de Ski including Lenzerheide, Toblach and Val di Fiemme, Oberstdorf, Falun, Tour de Ski 2020 including Östersund, Åre, Storlien-Meraker and Trondheim as well as Lahti, Québec and Canmore.

THURSDAY 17TH OCTOBER

ONE OF THE BEST 12-YEAR OLD SKIERS IN THE WORLD?


Step forward 12-year-old Kai Jones.

He's been hitting bigger tricks, heavier lines and massive cliffs in Jackson Hole before heading off to Alaska with Tim Durtschi.

TUESDAY 15TH OCTOBER

WTF!

Bet you can't watch this without laughing and grimacing at the same time...



And then there's this:


And this:



Well, could you?



MONDAY 14TH OCTOBER

SKIING'S HISTORY REVEALED

In Norway the melting of the high mountain ice has revealed a number of ancient skis.

They shed important new light on the earliest history of skiing.

See more here:


And if you want to see what is going on today in Norway then see this feature we have just posted elsewhere on PlanetSKI:
SUNDAY 13TH OCTOBER

US SNOWBOARDER MAKES HIS OWN SNOW AT HOME

Charles Destafano from Colorado has built own snowmaking machine so he can snowboard in his back garden.

He got the details from the internet and now rides at home.

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See more here:

He started snowboarding as a 5-year old and describes snowboarding as his passion for life.

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FRIDAY 11TH OCTOBER

CANINE REVENGE

Love this short video clip 🤣

.... when your dog takes the initiative and moves the game on to another level.

"Catch me if you can!"



THURSDAY 10TH OCTOBER

SHOULD TRAVEL INDUSTRY DO MORE TO REDUCE FLYING?

Tim Williamson, customer director for Responsible Travel, said the only way to tackle climate change is to reduce the growth of the aviation industry.

He was speaking at this week's ABTA Convention.

Delegates at the Association of British Travel Agents meeting heard him make the claim.

"There's no way around it. I can't sugar coat this in any way that makes it more palatable," he said.

"We need to fly less and we need to encourage our customers to fly less. If you're going to stop the planet heating above 2 degrees, I can't see how you can do that without stopping flying."

He said the travel industry should 'get on the front foot' because regulation is coming.

He said consumers might also be the ones driving the changes, through a rising feeling of 'flight shame'.

See below as we report on ‘Flight Shame' earlier this month in Skiing Secrets.

TUESDAY 8TH OCTOBER

We always like a doggy in the snow shot or video, but this little corgi can hardly surface above the snow!


 

MONDAY 7TH OCTOBER

Some social media reaction to Saturday's story on so-called 'flight shame'.

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And some furhter comments:

Joe Hernon - Not a chance! Take a more polluting option, brilliant!!!

Jonathan Miller-Cole - No and will keep flying. Cruise ships are alot worse with up to 8000 people onboard.

Chris O'Connell -  Gullible

Vladimir Vladimirsky  - NO!


SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER

FLIGHT SHAME

People are apparently starting to reduce the number of flights they take due to environmental concerns.

That's according to a survey by the Swiss bank, UBS.

One in five of the 6,000 people taking part said 'flight shame' had prompted them to change their travel plans.

In the UK, 16% of respondents said they were cutting back on flying due to its impact on the environment.

In the US the figure was as high as 24%..

Global air travel has grown 4% to 5% a year, leading to a doubling of passenger numbers every 15 years.

Some UK ski companies are now doing more to protect the environment with one, Mountain Heaven, offering a 10% discount on people who take the train to the Alps rather than fly.

See here for more details:

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THURSDAY 3RD OCTOBER

COUNTDOWN TO THE YOUTH WINTER OLYMPICS

The next edition of the Games take place in Lausanne in Switzerland in January.

Final preparations are under way and the Olympic Flame has been lit.

The Olympic torch is down on its 110-day tour through the 26 Swiss cantons and into Les Tuffes on the French border.

The tour will take the flame to 45 city centres and memorable Swiss locations to promote the free access to venues to watch the best young winter athletes in the world compete.

Spectators will also be given the chance to try out the Olympic sports with the "En Jeux!" festivals.

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The International Olympic Committee's Coordination Commission has recently visited a number of the venues.

"From the very beginning, Lausanne 2020 set out to present the most innovative and sustainable approach to the YOG, from the use of existing venues and systems to the engagement of young people and their fresh ideas throughout the project," said the chair of the Commission, Danka Bartekova.

"It will truly be a celebration of youth and sport across the nation and across borders."

The Winter YOG Lausanne 2020 will take place from 9th to 22nd January.

 

 

WEDNESDAY 2ND OCTOBER

AXAMER LIZUM IS LOOKING FOR STAFF

Working in Axamer Lizum would be a fine job to get for the season.

PlanetSKI spent a greater part of last Winter living in Innsbruck in the Tirol and we spent quite a number of ski days in Axamer Lizum - it was one of our firm favourites.

Here's one of our articles for a taster to skiing in Axamer - Avoiding the Crowds

It's a fabulous ski area, less than an hour's drive from Innsbruck.

Check out the job spec on Axamer Lizum's facebook page.

It's a full time job offering 2,000 Euros a month.

If you're interested in the job and the spec fits, send your application to:

Applications to: Mr Baskets Michael, personal@axamer-lizum.at
Axamer Ag · Lizum 6 · 6094 · Tel.: 05234-68 240 240 A5

 

 

WELCOME SIGHT IN TIGNES

Winter is beginning to make an appearance.

There was a light dusting of snow this morning in Tignes.

 

TUESDAY 1ST OCTOBER

SKIING ON BAMBOO STICKS

PlanetSKI recently visited the Japan Ski Museum at the NozawaOnsen ski area where we discovered that the origins of skiing in Japan go back to 1911 when Austrian Lieutenant Commander Lerch introduced and taught skiing in Niigata prefecture (we'll be covering more on NozawaOnsen ski area in days to follow).

As we would expect the museum was full of interesting means of sliding down a hill including old cross country skis used in Mongolia, old downhill skis and more recent ski designs along with a huge assortment of bindings.

While browsing, we came across this unusual form of sliding down the hill using a pair of long curved bamboo sticks that double up as both skis and poles.

See how they skied from an old Japanese illustration shown below.

Kids sliding down the hill on bamboo sticks - Japan Ski MuseumKids sliding down the hill on bamboo sticks - Japan Ski Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

.... and here are the curved bamboo poles.

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Two other items that caught our eye, were a pair of platform straw snow boots and a pair of mittens made from straw!

Platform straw snow boots - Japan Ski MuseumPlatform straw snow boots - Japan Ski Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SAY CHEESE

The Swiss cheese company, Le Gruyère, has signed a 3-year deal with the Finnish Ski Association for the upcoming International Ski Federation (FIS) Nordic Skiing World Cups in Finland.

The partnership is set to run from the start of the winter season this year to the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, including the Nordic Skiing World Cup event in Ruka from 28th November 1st December.

"It's great to have a well-respected international company and brand partner with our World Cup events," said Jari Töykkä, Finnish Ski Association commercial director.

"A cheese of great quality and tradition, Le Gruyère is the perfect companion for elite athletes, as it is for every sportsman or woman or discerning spectator," said Le Gruyère manager Philippe Bardet.

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