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Gullies found on Mars are the result of blocks of dry ice sliding down the winter slopes of the Martian south pole. Researcher Dr Diniega said that she had always dreamed of going to Mars, and now dreams of "snowboarding down a Martian sand dune on a block of dry ice".
If you swap your snowboard or ski boots for football boots this autumn you could win a holiday for your whole team!
Disability Snowsports UK are staging the five-a-side annual football tournament at Goals in Wembley, London, on 8 October 2013 to raise money for the charity which helps to transform disabled people’s lives.
Crystal Ski, a long time supporter of Disability Snowsport UK, is providing a ski holiday to the Alps to the winning team. Additional prizes will be up for grabs throughout the event.
Held in a competitive spirit, but with the emphasis on fun, players of all abilities are invited to enter a team. Entry is open to any winter sport enthusiast and teams should consist of up to seven members who are expected to provide their own kit, donate £350 per team to Disability Snowsports, and organise their own refreshments and transport to the event.
Places in the tournament are limited to 24 teams and are subject to a first-come first-served basis. It will kick-off at 6.30pm and should be finished by 10.30pm.
Team Evolution, who provides alpine training programmes for young winter sports athletes, is organising the event in conjunction with Disability Snowsport UK.
To confirm your team’s place, download the registration form at: www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk/events/football and send the completed version along with a cheque for £350 made payable to Disability Snowsport UK to Lynne Wiseman, Disability Snowsport UK, Glenmore Lodge, Grounds Glenmore, PH22 1QU. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +44 1479 861272
If you enter a SCUK team, let us know!
Westbeach are seraching for an Office Hero!
No but really, Westbeach are looking for an intern keen to get involved in all kind of office duties and tomfoolery in their Manchester office. Do you think you have what it takes?
If you would like more information please email email@example.com. If you just wanna go for it then send through your CV. Closing date March 1st 2013.
Many of you may know Claire Dewar when she worked as event manager at SNO!zone Scotland and for a short time at the rebranded Snow Factor. She's since moved on to become part of the Outdoor Events team at Big White Ski Resort near Kelowna, British Columbia. Here's her blog...
The ski patrol at Tamarack Ski Resort in Idaho, USA was called in to rescue a trapped sheep which was stuck in snow just outside the ski area.
The sheep, which appeared to be alone and may have been stuck for an estimated two weeks (although no one is quite sure), with only its head visible above the snow when located, was removed from the scene on ski patrol’s rescue stretcher.
The sheep was taken to a nearby ranch where it was later reported to be recovering well from its ordeal, but a few days later was reported to have (suspiciously in our eyes), died after initially appearing to be recovering well.
A French law that requires all drivers to carry a breathalyser kit in their car will finally come in to force in March.
The law was introduced in July last year but initially it was reported that until November last year, motorists found without the kit in their cars if stopped by police would just receive as warning.
That period of grace was later extended to start this year, but the French government says that from 1st March a spot fine of 11 Euros will be payable by transgressors. Halfords are selling twin packs of disposable testers for £5.99.
The French government hopes the measure will reduce the number of alcohol-related road deaths by 500 per annum by encouraging drivers to check if they’re over the limit before they get behind the wheel.
France's rules on driving after alcohol consumption are stricter than Britain's, barring drivers with more than 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. In Britain, the limit is 80g.
Other French laws for drivers include carrying an accident warning triangle, reflective jacket and headlamp beam deflectors for British cars. Those driving in the mountains are legally required to carry snow chains unless their cars are fitted with snow tyres.
The latest change is in Luxembourg – a popular spot for drivers heading south via Belgium to avoid French motorway tolls and wanting to fill up with cheaper petrol – which changed its laws in October 2012 to make it mandatory in wintery conditions for all vehicles, including those from foreign countries, to have winter tyres fitted, matching a change to German law two years ago.
12 years old, TWELVE YEARS OLD! Tom Schaar has done it. The world's first 1080 on a skateboard.
As part of their show at Wangl Tangl, the Looking Sideways crew are making some original artwork and they need your help! See below for details on how to enter or check out their website wearelookingsideways.com
Take a photo of yourself, the nearest person to you (your best friend, cat, mum - whoever), and make sure that their eyes are ‘looking sideways’. Look left or right, we don’t mind.
Email us the picture to firstname.lastname@example.org or upload it to our Facebook page.
We’ll then add your set of eyes to the live art piece we’re creating at Wängl Tängl, creating a big art piece.
Looking Sideways artists will then work on the mural throughout the event. We’ll document the process before using the final piece to create some original graphics for a set of unique Vans/Wangl Tangl snowboards.
We’ll be picking random winners for the snowboards from those who sent in their eyes, meaning you can get hold of an original limited edition snowboard for nothing more than twenty seconds of your time.
The association between technology and skiing seems to get ever stronger. Along with the many uses resorts are currently finding for gps and social networking and Google’s infamous annual company ski holidays, it has been revealed that Apple have been using North American ski resort names as internal company code for new operating systems.
According to a Twitter posting by iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith, the first version of iOS in 2007 was internally named "Alpine" within the company after California’s Alpine Meadows ski area.
iOS 2.0 was named after another Californian ski area "Big Bear," and a third, Kirkwood, was used for iOS 3.0.
For the first iPad operating system Apple’s developers switched to the east coast resort of Wildcat in New Hampshire and then went north of the border in the Canada for iOS 4.0 named Apex after the BC ski area. The current iOS 5.0 is named after Colorado resort Telluride and iOS 5.1 is codenamed Hoodoo – an Oregon ski resort.
Rumours that the next release is codenamed "Tamworth SnowDome" is completely without merit.
O'Neill team rider Gian Simmen took on a mountianbiker down a pretty long slopestyle course for the German TV show "Wetten dass", well worth checking out...
We'd like to see UK's Steve Peat (MTB) take on Ben Kilner (Snowboard) for a UK showdown... Scotland?
The Extreme Ski Challenge is a downhill ski event where, in teams of 4, participants will downhill ski 5,000 feet higher than the vertical ascent and descent of Mt Everest over a period of 48 Hours. The event is a fantastic way to see St. Anton, but more importantly, it is an opportunity to be part of an amazing, unforgettable experience that will bring some comfort to those with terminal illness and their families. The Hospice in the Weald provides specialist palliative care advice and clinical support for people with life limiting illness, their family and the bereaved in Kent and Sussex. The money raised in sponsorship by the participants will go towards to Hospice, which is funded solely by charity donations.
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NONSTOP Ski & Snowboard are searching for a new Sales & Marketing Assistant. If you, or someone you know, are interested in joining a young, vibrant team based in London then a job with NONSTOP might be the perfect opportunity. Applicants must have a passion for skiing and/or snowboarding and should ideally have spent a season in the mountains. Excellent communication and customer service skills are essential and, as the role involves extended trips to our operations in Canada, a keenness to travel is important.
Find out more about the job and application at www.nonstopsnowboard.com/about-us/employment-opportunities
Our good friends at Boardwise Snowboard Shop are super busy right now and need more staff.. if you are on the look out for some work then checkout the vacancies here:
Saw this which made me smile... these 2 guys remind me Hansel & Derrick Zoolander
Quiksilver’s Kelly Slater made history today, clinching a historic and unprecedented 10th ASP World Title, then going on to win the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico and showing the crowd the most comprehensive and dominant a performance as the sporting world has ever bore witness to. Kelly is the first surfer to achieve 10 ASP World Titles, an accomplishment spanning two decades of an astounding career during which he has dominated competitive surfing as both the youngest and oldest ASP World Champion.
Today’s historic competition saw Kelly advance out of the Quarterfinals of the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico over Adriano de Souza. Slater amassed enough points to outstretch remaining contender Jordy Smith, and collect the 2010 ASP World Title.
In the Final of today’s event, Slater would go on to post an incredible 18.77 out of a possible 20, securing the event’s second Perfect 10, exhibiting a masterful display of diversity and control in the rippable afternoon conditions.
“I feel relieved, honestly,” says Kelly. “It’s been the most stressful title I’ve ever had, because it’s sort of an unknown place and you know at my age people say ‘you shouldn’t be doing this.’ And all the young guys are getting better and it’s a challenge to believe in yourself and not believe what other people tell you. I know how good Jordy, Dane, Mick, Taj and all those guys are, and it’s a marathon, you know? It’s not one wave, it’s not one maneuver, it’s not one contest. It’s a year-long thing and I know how to focus and it came together and I’m just so relieved.”
“Kelly’s 10th World Title today will be remembered as one of the most important moments in surf history,” said Bob McKnight, CEO of Quiksilver. “We are honored and proud to have been there to witness and support him over his entire, incredible professional career. Congratulations Kelly!”
Channel Islands Surfboards Founder Al Merrick adds, "Im just really proud of Kelly right now. Winning a tenth title is such an incredible feat; but being able to do it on a board that he designed himself is a wonderful accomplishment in itself."
Slater, 38, vaulted into the 2010 season points lead mid-way through this year’s ASP World Tour title race when he won the Hurley Pro at Trestles (Calif.) in September, taking out 27-year-old Bede Durbidge in flawless 6-foot waves. The win marked Kelly’s 4th career title at historic Trestles, the site of his first professional win twenty years earlier.
After Trestles, the ASP World Tour continued on to the Quiksilver Pro France at Les Culs Nus Beach, where Kelly took second place to the reigning ASP World Champion, 29-year-old Australian Mick Fanning. Kelly’s runner-up finish further extended his 2010 tour points lead as he delivered his first perfect 10 score of the season with a ridiculous freefall drop into a barrel during the semifinals.
In mid-October, the tour continued on to Portugal for the Rip Curl Pro, an event that would play a vital role in determining the 2010 World Champion. Slater stormed to another 1st place finish in Portugal, earning a career record 44th Elite Tour victory during some of the highest-performance surfing the world has ever seen. Slater struck stealthily in the final round at epic Supertubos, locking in solid backhand waves in shifting conditions and staving off a late charge from 22-year-old current ASP World #2 South African Jordy Smith.
Kelly won his previous ASP World Championships in 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2006 and 2008. His career victories now include 45 WCT wins and two ESPN X Games gold medals.
Updates are also available at our Facebook page www.facebook.com /quiksilver.
The 2010 ASP World Tour isn’t over yet, the next and final stop is Pipeline, Oahu Hawaii from December 8-20th. For more information please go to: www.aspworldtour.com
[Images © Quiksilver/Steve Sherman]
Okay, there's a few of us cracking open the facial hair in support of Male Cancer Charities and Movember. I've joined the Efflers team with UK Olympic hopeful Sam Cullum at the helm. Please give generously.
There's a few others SCUKers entering the fray too, so if you know any of these guys then spare what you can for the cause too.
Peak 2 Peak Cycle Challenge – Saturday 11th September 2010
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to cycle in the stunning ‘Monarch of the Glen’ scenery, this beautiful 70 mile route takes you from Ben Nevis to Cairngorm Mountain in aid of Disability Snowsport UK.
You will be climbing nearly 2,500 feet over the course of the route, but rewarded with beautiful scenery and the glory of knowing you have raised much needed funds for Disability Snowsport UK. Entry to the event is £15, and we ask that participants raise £100 in sponsorship.
There are plenty of scheduled rest and water stops on route and our team will be on hand all along the course. We have a post event BBQ organised for a well earned meal after the event and a chance to catch up with everyone you met along the way. Transport is available for participants and their bikes from Glenmore lodge to the start of the race at Ben Nevis car park on the day of the race.
Chris Boardman Olympic cyclist and MBE, speaks out in support of the Peak 2 Peak cycle challenge:
‘Disability Snowsport UK is a fantastic charity with their main focus on raising funds to enable anyone with any disability access to the slopes the same as able bodied. When I heard the Peak 2 Peak event was taking place on the 11th September I really wanted to offer my support to encourage participants to take part in this challenge to raise funds to support skiers with disabilities.
‘This is an amazing opportunity to take part in an event of this kind. It will be a unique experience for all involved whilst raising much needed funds for Disability Snowsport UK.’
Disability Snowsport UK is a people-centred organisation with a unique sense of purpose: that anyone regardless of their disability can take part in and enjoy the thrill of snowsport. Disability Snowsport UK provides exciting and life enhancing activities for individuals or groups who require adaptive equipment and/or special instruction and support. We rely entirely on funds generated by individuals like you. Please follow the below link to see the help and support we can provide for both children and adults with disabilities www.vimeo.com/6869679.
Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and to guarantee your place, please contact us for your registration pack.
If you have any questions about the event please do not hesitate to contact the fundraising team on 0161 749 2290 or email email@example.com.
Snowsport Scotland has an opening for a full time Events & Volunteer Coordinator based in Edinburgh. More information and the job description can be found on www.snowsportscotland.org
Tony Hawk comes to BrightonOn Wednesday July 21st 2010 Brighton, one of England’s most visited seaside towns, will host the final show for Quiksilver presents Tony Hawk and Friends European Tour. In order to give Tony Hawk and his crew the best set-up possible, Quiksilver has the help of one of the UK’s most popular skateboarders, Pete King, who owns the biggest vert ramp in the country measuring in at a huge 4.5m high and 15m wide. The show will be opened by a selection of the UK’s top vert skaters, including X Games Ams (US) winner and Quiksilver rider Sam Bosworth.
The event will take place at the Old Paddling Pool, located at the old (west) Pier on the seafront. Infamous for night time views of the pier and atmospheric vibes Brighton seafront will come to life with a spectacular display of some of the world’s best skating and UK’s top music acts.
Maxïmo Park headlineOn the music side, the British deck star, Christian Stevenson, whose passion for skateboarding is no longer a secret, will mix during the show. Awarded a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the eclectic Christian Stevenson is both a TV and radio presenter. Alongside Christian will be original UK Skater Bob Sanderson and Dave Duncan hosting the show. A night of skate frenzy will be followed by headlining music act, Maxïmo Park. The Newcastle five-piece is amongst the UK’s most popular British Indie rock bands, with two albums just about to go platinum. Maxïmo Park’s first album, A Certain Trigger launched in 2005 and has recently been nominated for a Mercury award.
Tickets cost £15 (available online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk)
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Program - Wednesday 21st July
6pm : Doors open - DJ Christian Stevenson
6:30 – 7:30pm : European Skate Demo
7:30 – 8:30pm : Tony Hawk & Friends Show
8:30 – 9:30pm : Maximo Park concert
More at www.quiksilverlive.com
Garmin® the global leader in satellite navigation celebrates its first and successful winter season in snowsports by announcing the 3 champions from the Alpine Garmin Test Centres that travelled the fastest, highest and furthest.
Throughout the Winter 09/10 season, over 5,000 guests swooshed through the doors of the Garmin Test Centre Chalets and snapped at the opportunity to trial the Foretrex 401 GPS devices, as sported last season by BBC Ski Sunday’s Graham Bell.
The practical wrist-worn device provided thousands of trialists with immediate speed, height and distance feedback, as well as extensive navigational capacity. More than simply enhancing the users’ slope-time, at the end of the day trialists uploaded their daily tracklogs to Garmin Snow Club for automatic entry into the season’s league table and chance to win a week’s winter holiday and Garmin devices. After 5 months, and well over 10,000 tracked miles, Garmin can reveal the Test Centre Champions for Winter 09/10:
How Fast? – Jonathon Brothers, 75.1mph – More Mountain Chalets, Morzine
*A week’s winter holiday for two at More Mountain, plus a Foretrex 401 device*
How High? – Andy Fisher, 10,585m (vertical descent) – Pleisure Holidays, Courchevel
*A Foretrex 401 and Dakota 20 device*
How Far? – Ben Lakin, 45.07miles – More Mountain Chalets, Morzine
*A Foretrex 401 device*
For a chance to win next season, book your stay at any of the Garmin Test Centres next year, most of which are SCUK partners offering our members up to 10% discount... double bubble!
Garmin Test Centres that are also SCUK Partners
Join SCUK now for just £15
Garmin devices including the Foretrex 401 are available at all Snow + Rock and TSA stores nationwide. SCUK members can of course save 10% at TSA
Foretrex® 401 – SRP £199.99
DakotaTM 20 – SRP £279.99
For further information visit Garmin Snow Club. Good luck.
A new type of slope, described as a ‘creek surfing system’ has been launched by inventor Czintos Csongor.
Named ‘Sineride,’ Mr Csongor believes that, “Truly this is the first real alternative of summer skiing.”
Explaining why Sineride is better than other summer sliding options, Mr Csongor explains,
“Boardsailing is amazing but it needs waves, which I do not. Windsurfing is great too although it needs wind, which I do not. Flow-rider machines are superb but they need huge water speed and energy, which from my system it negligible. An indoor snow centre is good as well but you need a large refrigerator which we don’t. Water-skiing is extraordinary but you need big lake surface and a motor boat which I don’t. It’s a similar story for wakeboarding. For dry slope skiing you don’t get the real experience of snow or water, it simply does not ’live.’ “
Mr Csongor says he first started considering what was needed for a successful summer sliding facility back in 1999,
“I understood that the essence of skiing is the possibility of braking instead of sliding.
“Water is an obvious solution as it works perfectly for water-skiing but you must stop it flowing down the slope. How can you achieve that? By putting smaller obstacles on its way which are small enough to stop the water but still let the skier slide over them.”
With Sineride therefore the skier carves down these small obstacles or ribs and the water held in place acts like a series of ‘small pools’ you can ski on as the ‘small pools’ are situated under each other, effectively creating a big slanting lake.
“Young people who have already tried Sineride have affirmed that the experience of the downhill slide was the same feeling and the same technique to skiing or boarding” says Mr Csongor.
Users enjoying the Sineride can use normal snowsports equipment including skis, snowboards, and tubes for tubing. However Mr Csongor believes that in the future the perfect experience will be provided by creating a snowboard with wake-board bindings.
Mr Csongor calls the experience of sliding down the Sineride slope, ‘skliding’ and users need to wear protective clothing as normal in sliding sports for protection.
The operation of the Sineride course requires very little power (5-7W/m2). This very low energy-demand can even be generated through renewable energy sources as it only operates on sunny days. Installation is simple, on a flat area a light support structure is required while on a slope you can build a smaller structure.
Those death punk snowboarders are at it again. Lock up you daughters because the Shithouse Tour 3 is hitting the road. A badass UK and Euro rock and roll tour with Monster and the Dalikfodda boys at the helm.
Favourites at the SCUK/TSA Rock Night at the Brits.
With a bunch of their best pals including Jettblack who are headlining the whole tour bringing the power of rock and roll to all as well as a whole bunch of special guest including the ever talented Sam Barret and for one night only the Gentlemans Pistols for the Euro X games gig.
Full info here on the Dalikfodda facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/dalikfodda
WeSC invite you to visit their new store on Carnaby St, London where they are launching a Slam City Skates concession. Drop by the store on the 28th January where 100 lucky people will win one of 100 prizes!
Samsung Mobile UK today announces ‘Gone in 60 Minutes’ its biggest ever competition that gives people the opportunity to win a prize every hour, on the hour, in the run up to Christmas.
Look out for details of how to enter on the Samsung ‘Gone in 60 Minutes’ Facebook page or Twitter feed and be in with a chance of winning a £4,000 Skiworld snowsports holiday for two, complete with lessons; kit and lift passes and extra goodies.
In addition to this amazing prize, other prizes that Samsung is offering in its biggest-ever giveaway include:
• A top-end 40" LED TV
• Samsung’s newest dual screen cameras (ST500)
• Samsung netbooks
• A huge selection of the latest Samsung handsets including the Genio Touch and Genio Qwerty
• Signed shirts and tickets from Chelsea Football Club (courtesy of Samsung Football)
• Samsung Blu-Ray players
• Lessons at Sno!zone in (Milton Keynes, Castleford or Glasgow)
• 5 Billabong Jackets from 2Seasons
• Samsung Movies vouchers
• Copies of the new Sega Football Manager 2010
• 20 SCUK memberships
• 8 pairs of Cushe shoes
The competition opens on Monday 30th November and every day a list of prizes up for grabs will be released. All you have to do is log onto the website and answer the question to enter and, every hour on the hour (weekdays only from 10-8pm), someone will win a prize. Sign up for alerts, follow the Tweets or become a fan on Facebook to be first to hear the news about the competition.
On top of the hourly prizes, for every hourly question people enter, they’ll be entered into the grand prize draw to win the holiday – so the more you participate, the more chances you have to get away on that trip of a lifetime!
Samsung is working with a range of partners to provide these great prizes including Skiworld; 2 Seasons; SCUK, Cushe, Chuckbuddies, Funky Gunk, Sega, Sno!zone, 3 Valleys, Ski Set, Samsung Football and New Generation.
The campaign url is www.gonein60minutes.com
Fat Face is celebrating its 21st birthday this year by giving one majorly lucky customer a 21 window split screen camper van in the biggest competition the active lifestyle has ever run.
That’s right, one lucky winner will win a beautifully restored camper van worth more than £35,000 plus the chance to customise it with a load of accessories and pimp it up for their own stamp of style!
Not only can one lucky winner get their hands all over the camper van for keeps but a further five winners will ‘Cheeky Weekends’ enabling them and a bunch of mates to head out in a limited edition VW Camper van for a weekend of fun!
So, what do the lucky winners have to do? Write a cheesy statement about why they want to win? Save up millions of Fat Face stamps? Go and beg at the feet of a Fat Face store manager? Nope! Simply get into one of the 160 UK stores and just fill out their details. Simple as that. Or, just hop online and register here http://winacamper.fatface.com/sbrass
You could then be driving away in your very own campervan or driving one away for the weekend. Nice!
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