1st June 2022
– Big Snow Indoor Slope in USA Re-opens After Fire
– Concerns Over Mafia Influence at Winter Olympics
– 20% of Swiss Bee Colonies Did not Survive Winter
– Bears are Back in Banff… NEW
Here we cover anything that takes our fancy.
Short news stories, eye catching videos, amusing cartoons, things that make us smile/things that make us shout at the screen… in fact anything that catches our eye in the world of snowsports.
Check out all the ‘snippets’ from the past few months:
We’re mixing it up:
Big Snow Indoor Slope in USA Re-opens After Fire
It is the only indoor slope in North America and is situated in the American Dream shopping mall in New Jersey.
It was partially damaged by an electrical fire last year.
8-months on and the 180,000-square-foot park is back in action.
Milan Takes Steps to Minimise Influence of Mafia at 2026 Winter Olympics
A Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, has been signed between the Municipality of Milan and other stakeholders in the Italian city to develop anti-mafia measures for the Milan- Cortina Winter Games.
Various parties are involved in collaborating to eliminate criminal activity from the Games:
- The Prefecture of Milan
- the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Court of Milan
- the Lombardy Region
- the Metropolitan City
- the Milan Monza Brianza Lodi Chamber of Commerce
- the Polytechnic University of Milan
- The National Association of Italian Municipalities
“I think the significant thing is to work more on sharing databases,” said Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala as reported by Inside the Games.
“Sometimes all of us are amazed, from the point of view of tax evasion or infiltration phenomena, of how, with all the data in our possession, it is not possible to prevent.
“The protocol is something in addition to some things that are already done.”
20% of Bee Colonies in Switzerland Did Not Survive Winter
The news comes from the umbrella organisation for Swiss beekeepers, Apisuisse.
It is reported on SwissInfo and is the worst decline in a decade.
The Swiss bee population was hit by viruses transmitted by the parasitic varroa mite.
A cold and wet spring in 2021 plus stormy summer limited the access of bees to nectar and pollen.
There are also concerns about the decline in the number of species of flowers that limits access to more food – this goes for both wild bees and honeybees.
“This is why apisuisse is committed, both politically and through its own projects, to promoting a more flower-filled Switzerland,” said the organisation.
1,384 beekeepers were surveyed by Apisuisse and they reported total bee colony losses of 21.4% over the winter period – a rise of 14.2% on the previous year.
Bears are Back in Banff