A skier in Deer Valley experienced a short journey towards the centre of the earth last Monday, when he found himself plunging six feet into a disused mine shaft. 50-year-old expert skier Bruce Rogers said:
"It just felt like the ground giving way under my heels . . . It was thoroughly confusing,"
This report, and details of how Bruce escaped his moment of doom, from the Park Record, Utah:
Here in Europe, skiers regularly ski into crevasses, which can be even more scary, and often deadly. We don't tend to have disused mines on ski slopes. I remember the ski school in Vail actually featuring mine tunnels (very short ones, with bear noises if I remember correctly) as an element of the kids' ski experience.
There's a chairlift in Schladming, Austria, which goes through a tunnel to connect two parts of the ski terrain. There's at least one ski tunnel in Finland filled all-year-round with snow so that cross-country skiers can keep fit and practice.
Should more skiing be done in tunnels?
Are there any other tunnel-related issues in skiing we should be discussing?