Amazon boosts Swedish ski vert
They might be fighting their own battles on home turf, but ecommerce giant Amazon fist-bumped skiing in the most unlikely of ways this week, donating vertical feet to a small ski area outside of Stockholm, Sweden.
The Seattle-based company has promised to give 100,000 tons of rock removed during construction of a new Amazon Web Services building near Stockholm to Vilsta Ski Centre, a majority of the materials used to increase the ski area's vertical by 30 feet.
The rock pile, reported to be roughly the size of a soccer stadium, will also allow the community ski hill to add a new run and a beginner area. So, uh, that's happening.
Burrrlapz Ski Gooder
Tom Petty and Neil Diamond should be in more ski edits. So should the Burrrlapz. Finally, a Canadian import that goes down smooth.
P.S. Zero-spinning Pescados. That is all.
NASA Snakes Lines on Everest, Gets Busted
A pair of NASA researchers ducked the ultimate rope last week, skiing off Everest without the required $1000 ski permit. The two, who were conducting molecular research in between stratospheric pow turns, now face a possible 10-year ski ban in Nepal.
Unfortunately, it wasn't the act itself that earned Willie Benegas and Matt Moniz international ire, but a social media post after the fact. Ah, the old got-caught-skiing-Everest-because-I-posted-to-Facebook-again.
Study Says Ski Area Workers at High Risk for Skin Cancer
While ski area workers have traditionally experienced a high rate of small tips and regrettable late-night decisions, the latest risk tally is no joke. According to a University of Utah study, ski hill workers are at substantially high risk for skin cancer.
In fact, of the 394 Utah workers evaluated in the study, nearly 10 percent were diagnosed with skin cancer--500 times the national average. Moral of the story: Don't miss a spot.