Ski Season Is About to Begin

So watch this video that I’m pretty sure I’ve never posted before of some guy skiing at night with flares attached to him.  It’s pretty cool, though pretty dangerous.  I like to ski, though I don’t think I’d ever do something like that.


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iPhone Bullet Time

The Matrix made slow-mo 360 degree video popular, they called it “bullet time.”  It usually consists of setting up a ring of cameras pointed at the subject and taking pictures and video like that.  However, as you can imagine, that gets expensive. Smart phones are cheap, and most everyone has them (yes, even me), so Swiss skier Nicolas Vuignier decided to try a new method.  iPhones have a slow motion capture feature on their video.  So he spent what he says is the last 2 years developing a custom mount for his iPhone to attach a rope to so he could swing it around his head as he skied.  The video below shows it in action:

That was pretty damn close to bullet time.  Syre it didn’t stop and zoom in or anything, but it was still cool.  I can see this potentially turning into something really intense, something that’s established, and recognized and worthwhile.  I might need to look at some sort of rig that does this…if one were to ever be offered for sale that is.

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BASE Jumping off a Ski Jump made on a Bridge

National Geographic has the above video where Mike Wilson has decided to construct a ski jump made of crushed ice on the side of a bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho.  He was then pulled across the “snow” and jumped over the railing of the bridge.  He threw out a parachute, and glided to the river below.  It’s quite a spectacle, especially since it’s taken place in the summer, and this guy has skis on, and is jumping off a bridge, and he’s crazy.


Chairlifts are Strong

This has got to be one of the more frightening things you can experience while skiing.  When you’re skiing down the mountain, you are in control.  Sure you might not think that, but you are more or less, in control of where you are headed, and how fast to go.  When you’re on the lift you’re at the mercy of nature, and the upkeep of the equipment.  These skiers at what I believe is a Ukraine ski mountain, have experienced something no skier ever wants to, (2nd only to the abominable snowman of course).

It’s hard to tell at first that the tree is resting on the wires, I’m sure it was easier to tell in person on the lift.  Once the lift starts up again though it’s apparent.  And once a chair passes through the tree it’s incredible.  The chair rips the tree apart and causes it to fall.  The un-loaded side of the lift swings about, rather far also, nearly hitting the other side.  Luckily, it looks like no one was hurt.


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First Person Ski Jump Training

Winter might be in it’s last licks for the season, and The Winter Olympics might be over, but it’s never too early, or late, to start a new passion.  That’s just what this 10 year old girl is doing.  Starting ski jumping.

Instead of this being a professional, like the Luge video, this is a young girl just starting out on what could hopefully be a long, fun career that would end up seeing her at an Olympics (hopefully one in America in 2026).  If that’s the case, hopefully we’ll look back on this video and show the world that she never had fear.

Anyway, doesn’t it make you want to start learning something like that?

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Ski Pride

I’m a skier, have been for ages, and one thing I always loved about skiing is the lift tickets.  They were stickers that you put on metal hangers on your jacket’s zipper, or special lift ticket holder.  The stickerness of them allowed you to layer pass on top of pass.  Over time I’ve seen people with lift ticket stickers over an inch thick.  That’s quite alot of skiing to do.  I made it my personal goal to get accumulate a hanger that was so thick you could start to see parts of the previous tickets underneath.

Over time I did well, I was able to get a noticeable thickness going, but nothing close to an inch, or even half an inch.  Then I outgrew my jacket, and got new stuff, and warmer stuff, and better stuff.  So I lost all that hard work, but it’s ok, I was young and had years, years of skiing left to do.

Then, in 2008 I first came in contact with this new lift ticket.  Gone was the sticker, and in its place was a thick index card sized piece of paper that you attached with a modified zip tie.  I was confused.  I thought maybe it was a fluke of the mountain, but then I went to a few other places, and lo and behold, they all had the same new fangled lift ticket system.  I was upset.  How was it possible to show my ski enthusiasm?

At first I just kept clipping the zip ties on next to each other, but the zipper hole was small, and I had to start cutting ones off.  Then I started to just chain them together so I could keep them for the time being while I thought of something to do.  My friend told me to just chain them till they got past my waist.  I thought that was an interesting idea, and kept it for alittle while.

Then another friend said I should ask for scissors when I got my next one and cut the old zip tie, and put the old ticket onto the new zip tie with the new ticket.  I liked that idea, but I didn’t want to rely on having to ask for a scissor.  So I brainstormed something else to use instead of a zip tie.  And I came up with these:

Stainless steel wire keyrings.  I’m not 100% sure what their official name is, as I had a hard time finding them in a regular internet store.  eBay however was a better place with many different sellers.  You have to be careful though, because some of them are short, anything under 6 inches is probably too small.  Luckily, there are some 15cm ones that are the perfect size, which are the ones I got.

These let you attach and lift tickets as you get them to your jacket, and you can keep attaching them, and so keep your show of ski enthusiasm alive:

I have a nice hand of lift tickets, you can’t tell, but I have 3 of a kind.

Here’s one more picture of the lift tickets on my jacket.

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Ski Jumps of Yore

Those giant long scary high ski jumps at the Olympics are pretty awe inspiring.  And the people who go down the them, wow.

Now, go back 60 years or so and take a look at these massive wooden ski jumps constructed in arenas across the country.

This was built in Soldier Field, Chicago in 1954, I love how they built it up over the columns, and seats.

Now, look at this impressive one made of wood in Vancouver, in the end of April, in 1958:

Yea, I would not climb that.  A strong wind and the whole thing topples over.  At least the one in Chicago had some base to it, and some people to cushion your fall.

Man, people were crazy then.  Also, these massive awesome looking structures would be much different now, with full color photography, 1000 warning signs, a few dozen cameras, and a bunch of other annoying things.  I’m almost glad that things like this aren’t made too often anymore, cause it would take away some of the awesomness that is looking at old pictures of them.

There a bunch more photos of these massive things over here.