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In the months before the Sochi Winter Olympics, Channel 4 will be screening a live prime-time show where 12 celebrities will be put through their paces in skiing, luge, skeleton, slalom and ski jumping events. The celebrities will all compete against each other over 10 nights in the various winter sports.
Ever gone skiing in flat light and not been able to see the little lumps and bumps on the slopes which can put you off balance and cause a crash? Well panic no more as there is a new technology being tested to improve visibility in low light conditions.
Val D’Isere has recently invested in a set of ‘sunshine-makers’ to make sure that skiers and snowboarders have good visibility when racing down black and red runs. They will be tested in resort this year and are designed to improve the conditions in low light.
Meribel is giving away 100 free lift passes and 400 free breakfasts on Saturday the 7th of December to celebrate the opening day of the new ski season.
The first 100 people to show their faces at the reception of the tourist office will be given a Meribel Vallee pass, worth around £40, plus a free breakfast. The next 300 people will be given the free breakfast too, which starts at 08:30.
Britain’s most famous ski jumper, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, is to fly again after nearly two decades.
He has been invited to take part in a ski jump event in Bavaria on New Year’s Day. Unfortunately, the ex-Olympian isn’t actually competing, but will act as a ‘fore-jumper’ by setting the time and speed for the competitors. Edwards said “I'm excited because I'm fitter now than I was 20 years ago".