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Summit of Mt Blanc to the Church in 32 mins!!

Nicolas Anthonioz and S├ębastien Bron just made full use of recent conditions and rattled the biggest vertical ski drop? in the Alps in 32mins.  Blimey! Thats moving. Read on..

The Future of Skiing

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As ski season wraps up, Outside mag asked 10 big guns to predict the future of the sport
Photo: Daniel D. Snyder/Volodymyr Krasyuk/MaxFX/Shutterstock.com
Twenty-five years ago, skiing was a different beast. Skis were straight and narrow and long … really long. Helmets, Gore-Tex jackets, Alpine Touring gear and thermomoldable liners weren’t even a glimmer in the skier’s eye. Ski movies involved a lot of hang gliding, train-jumping, and moguls. Resorts didn’t have gladed runs, side country wasn’t a concept, and the only helmet cam was a full sized VHS video recorder duct taped to a hockey helmet. Global warming didn’t exist as far as any of us knew. The Internet didn't exist. And freestyle skiing meant you did snow ballet.
In 25 years, the world has changed enormously, and with it skiing. What will the sport look like 25 years from now?
As ski season 2013 wraps up, we turn to 10 of the ski industry’s visionaries, luminaries, and legends, from athletes…

7 Surprising Facts About Ski Deaths & Injuries

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The average skier death in CO is a thirty-seven years old experienced male skier wearing a helmet who loses control on an intermediate, groomed runand hits a tree.The majority of deaths — 54 percent — occurred on blue, groomed runs, while 31 percent were on expert trails.The increase in the number of people who wear helmets hasn’t resulted in fewer fatalities. Helmets are designed to protect riders at about 12 mph, while a skier or snowboarder who collides with a tree or another rider is typically going 25 to 40 mph.More than 80 percent of ski deaths in Colorado are men.Last season, 54 skiers and snowboarders died at ski areas within the U.S., which saw a total of 51 million ski visits, according to the National Ski Areas Association.Researchers at Johns Hopkins recently estimated that about 600,000 people nationally are injured each year as a result of skiing and snowboarding.Estimates are that about two injuries occur per 1,000 skier visits  — a decrease of 50 percent since…

Mountain Clean Up

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While there are numerous impacts to the environment caused by skiing, perhaps one of the most disturbing is the litter that is left scattered all over our mountains once the snow melts. The ease with which this could be avoided through people simply respecting the area and holding onto their rubbish is always disappointing.

Yodel Mag in Morzine spoke to Mountain Riders about thus ongoing issue...Read on..

Air passengers charged by weight

Interesting- could this be the future of skiers heading to the Alps?
The head of Samoa Air has defended the airline's decision to start charging passengers according to their weight. Chris Langton told Australia's ABC Radio that it was "the fairest way of travelling".
Rather than pay for a seat, passengers pay a fixed price per kilogram, which varies depending on the route length.
Samoa Air flies domestically and to American Samoa. It is thought the move could encourage other airlines to introduce similar policies.
"Airlines don't run on seats, they run on weight, and particularly the smaller the aircraft you are in the less variance you can accept in terms of the difference in weight between passengers," Mr Langton told ABC radio.

People generally are bigger, wider and taller than they were 50 years ago” Chris Langton Samoa Air boss "Anyone who travels at times has felt they have been paying for half of the pas…