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World Cup skiing starts next week, new ski flights to Grenoble + ski signs up for sale. ROLLING...

 

 

 

 

NEWS IN BRIEF STORIES FROM SEPTEMBER 2019


FRIDAY 18TH OCTOBER

WORLD CUP SKI RACING STARTS NEXT WEEK

It's a sure sign that winter is on its way.

The first World Cup alpine races are just over a week away.

The men's and women's giant slalom races at Soelden in Austria traditionally kick off the season.

The International Ski Federation inspection team have declared a ‘positive snow control' as they call it on the Rettenbach glacier.

In other words, conditions are okay for racing.

The races are on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October.

Sadly, there will be no Marcel Hirscher .

The 8x overall World Cup winner retired in the summer.

"Losing the best athlete always hurts a lot," Andreas Puelacher of the Austrian Men'Ski Team, said.

"But we have a strong team, so I'm looking forward to the start of the season."

So are we here at PlanetSKI.

See this related story as the prize money for winning the Hahnenkamm hits six figures:

THURSDAY 17TH OCTOBER

NEW SKI FLIGHTS TO GRENOBLE

This winter sees three new ski routes introduced from the UK to Grenoble Alpes Isère airport in the southern French Alps.

With weekly flights on a Saturday from East Midlands airport with Jet2, from 21st December to April 2020.

A new route from Bristol with Ryanair from January to March 2020.

Easyjet adds a new service flying from London Gatwick every Thursday.

The airport gives access to the main resorts of of Vaujany, Alpe d'Huez, and Les Deux Alpes.

The resorts of Villard de Lans, Corrençon, Chamrousse, les 7 Laux as well as Oisans and Belledonne are closer still.

The region has a total of 23 ski resorts with 1,200 km of slopes.

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TUESDAY 15TH OCTOBER


FANCY OWNING A SKI SIGN?

Steamboat in Colorado is auctioning off some old ones.

30 signs, including "Frying Pan," "Cowboy Coffee," "Bail Out," "Bug's Run," "Huevos," "One O'Clock," "Rooster," and "Typhoon" can be purchased by the general public.

Prices start at $50 and bids are cast in $10 increments.

You can place a bid here.

The online auction ends on the last day of October.

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Money raised from the auction supports the resort's Environmental Fund.

However there is perhaps one catch - you'll have to pick up the sign in person.

We can't see a problem with that.

PlanetSKI was last in the resort a couple of years ago and it's well worth a visit:

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SUNDAY 13TH OCTOBER

MAN WHO PUSHED SNOWBOARDER OFF CHAIRLIFT COULD BE RELEASED FROM PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL

35-year-old Thomas Proesel pushed a snowboarder off a lift in Aspen USA in 2016 after he didn't like a comment the other had made.

The 28-year old man fell more than 7m but was uninjured as he hit deep snow.

Proesel then skied off after he arrived at the top of the lift.

He was later caught, arrested and charged.

He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and another psychiatric disorder.

Prosecutor Don Nottingham says he plans to file an objection "based on the seriousness and dangerousness of the offense."

If released Proesel would be free under supervision.

The case will be heard later this month.

Proesel has been held at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo since July 27th, 2016.

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THURSDAY 10TH OCTOBER

ANDRORRA TO HOST 2023 ALPINE SKIING WORLD CUP FINALS

Soldeu hosted the Alpine Skiing World Cup finals last March.

The resort beat off competition from Kvitfjell in Norway and Lenzerheide in Switzerland.

Cortina, which will co-host the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games with Milan, will stage the finals in 2020.

They then move Lenzerheide in 2021.

Meribel and Courchevel are the hosts in 2022.

MONDAY 7TH OCTOBER

SNOWBOARD CHAMPION PUTS CAREER ON HOLD TO GO TO COLLEGE

The US athlete, Chloe Kim,  won good at the women's half pipe in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, aged 17.

She is the World, Olympic, Youth Olympic, and X Games champion in the half-pipe.

Now she is taking a year out of the sport to study at Princeton University.

"I don't want anyone to think I'm about to retire or anything like that," she said.

"It was a really tough decision to make because I love snowboarding and I love competing.

"But I've been doing it for my whole life pretty much."

Kim intends to return to competition next year and has her sights set on defending her Olympic title at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.




SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER

JACKSON HOLE TO USE RE-NEWABLE ENERGY

The US resort is to use renewable energy to power its lifts and other operations next season.

It hopes to be using 100% renewable energy and is one of only a handful of US ski areas to do so.

It is joining the Lower Valley Energy's Green Power programme and draw energy from the Horse Butte Wind Farm near Idaho Falls, Idaho.

PlanetSKI last visited Jackson Hole in Wyoming back in 2017, see here for our reports:

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THURSDAY 3RD OCTOBER

WORLD CUP SKI CROSS ATHLETE DIES IN BIKE ACCIDENT
 
Mikayla Martin, a member of the Canadian Ski Cross team, has died at the age of 22 after a mountain biking accident.

She was cycling on a trail near her home in Squamish, British Columbia, on Tuesday evening.

A statement from Alpine Canada confirmed the death of a "highly passionate, dedicated, and valuable member of our Canadian Ski Cross team".

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Mikayla switched to Ski Cross from alpine racing after the 2016-17 season.

In summer 2018 she was crowned FIS World Junior Champion in Cardrona, New Zealand. 

She started racing on the World Cup circuit last winter.

She achieved two top-10 results and made the small final at the World Championships.

She was due to race on the World Cup circuit again this coming season. 

"We wish to express our most sincere condolences to Christine and James, Mikayla's parents, as well as her entire family and circle of friends," said Vania Grandi, President and CEO of Alpine Canada.

"Mikayla embodied a love of skiing and passion for ski cross that were boundless and words can't express how sorely she'll be missed."

WEDNESDAY 2ND OCTOBER

HUGE ICEBERG BREAKS OFF ANTARCTICA

The calved block from the Amery Ice Shelf covers 1,636 sq kms in area.

It's the largest iceberg seen for more than 50 years.

It is larger than Greater London  that is 1,500 sq kms, but is a little smaller than the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

The new iceberg has the less glamorous name of D28.

Scientists stress that it is not linked to climate change.

The Amery Ice Shelf is roughly in balance with its surroundings despite large surface melt in summer.

"While there is much to be concerned about in Antarctica, there is no cause for alarm yet for this particular ice shelf," said researchers.

It will be monitored and tracked because it could pose a hazard to shipping.

D28 is about 210m thick and contains some 315 billion tonnes of ice.

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TUESDAY 1ST OCTOBER

NEW LIFT FOT KITZBUHEL

The Fleckalmbahn cable car is set to re-open on 14th December 2019 after a €27.5 million upgrade.

Work on the 35-year-old cable car started last spring.

Each of the 96 spacious cabins will now hold 10 passengers, up from six.

There will be ergonomically shaped, individual leather heated seats.

The number of towers has gone down from 29 to 22.

It will carry 2,590 passengers an hour and will be more energy efficient and quieter than its predecessor.

It's annual energy consumption is expected to drop by 75,000 kWh.

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£1.2M TO BOOST SNOWSPORTS IN CHINA

The money comes from Herbalife Nutrition.

It is a donation to the Beijing Sport University Education Foundation.

Funds will be used to create a training curriculum, hire professional coaches and donate sports gear to athletes.

Around 80 schools and 18,000 teenagers will benefit from the donation.

It will also cover development costs for synthetic portable ice rinks.

The Chinese government is committed to get the nation on snow as the 2022 Winter Olympics draws ever closer.

The Chinese Government's scheme targets the popularisation of winter sports ahead of Beijing hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics.

"Working closely with Beijing Sport University to develop their winter sports program aligns with our corporate vision of supporting healthy, active lifestyles around the globe," said Dr John Agwunobi, co-president and chief health and nutrition officer of Herbalife Nutrition.


VIP SKI HAS NEW PROPERTY IN ST ANTON

It is the slopeside property, Hotel Arlberg.

The style is rustic Tyrolean at its very best with authentic alpine charm.

It has 18 bedrooms and three suites spread over three floors.

All are en-suite and equipped with TV, WIFI, hairdryer, telephone and safe.

Most with balcony provide views of the ski area and surrounding peaks.

"We want serious altitude, perhaps a small boutique hotel with say twenty bedrooms, we want to wrap ourselves in the very best of luscious Tyrolean décor, we wanted to be on the piste, next to the lifts and .... I guess it would have been nice to be right next to the ski school as well. Nailed it!"  said the Managing Director of VIP SKI, Andy Sturt.

VIP SKI now has 65 chalets, four Club Chalets and two hotels in 10 resorts throughout France and Austria.

See here for more on VIP SKI.

For the Spirit of the Mountains - PlanetSKI: Number One for ski news

 

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