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Grass skiing, anyone?

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3536819.stm

Or perhaps the sand dune version would be more appropriate Sad Sad
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I see that it's Swiss research, and the authors are quoted at the end:

"We don't attempt to determine the cause. We only report what we find."

Very Swiss!
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
I remember seeing grass skiing at Hillend, Edinburgh in the late 70's. During the summer hot shots used grass skis, that I recall were about 2 ft long with caterpillar tracks, to blast down the grassy areas next to the plastic slope.

I haven't seen or heard of grass skiing since. Is it still available ?
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AB Ski, you need to check PG's site at http://grass-ski.alpesprovence.net/ for all the grass-ski=ing info you could want!

I thought we might be getting some action on global warming after Kyoto, but it looks like we won't. The problem seems to be that the level of scientific proof required to get action is somewhat beyond what is achievable.
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Ian, the sceptic in me wonders which is more important to the 'movers and shakers'... compelling evidence (concepts of what represents definitive proof on this topic being somewhat subjective?) or private agendas....

(Did you see the Observer article on the alleged leak of the Pentagon report, which is supposed to contradict the Bush line?)
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GWB has got a wide range of scientists rather peeved. Relevant to this debate is the White House applying pressure to the US Environmental Protection Agency to remove any reference to the human impact on climate from a recent report.

I saw the Observer report - this is an interesting one - in some ways it has the greatest scope for political impact (Bush will listen to the Pentagon), but it wasn't clear what it's scientific credentials were.
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AB Ski, These the skis you remember? LE SAUZE 2002
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
I saw grass skiing in Devon, near Woolacombe, a couple of years ago. I also saw a "Grass Boarding" centre had opened near here the other day.
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Grass skiing is advertised as being available at Rother Valley although I've never seen anyone doing it.
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Grass skiing was big in the Seventies. A substantial road show went around the country with all the hardware available to rent, and rope tows to get you up the hill. Sites included Hampstead Heath in London, and Butser Hill near Petersfield (Hants) which was probably the best location in southern England.

I recall a farm out west which was turned into a semi-permanent grass skiing centre, but I can't remembers where it was.
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Elizabeth B, I think the national championship the site refers to must have been quite a few years ago. David Goldsmith, There used to be an active grass skiing centre in S. Wales once, with some high level competitors that did well in the European circuit. In the last contact I had with one former champ she told me she'd taken up motor rallying instead Confused marc gledhill, I'd be interested to know where that was/who was doing it... the Europeans are trying to rekindle interest in the UK at the moment.
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PG, Woolacombe is a tiny place on the North Devon coast. A farmer ran a caravan site but also offered horse riding, mountain biking and had a tow and course set up for grass skiing.

Must confess I didn't have a go, but I could see it from the road. I'd guess a few hundred yards long.
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PG, yes these look exactly like the 'skis' I remember. I did try them once but found it a bit beyond me (my ski technique in the 70s relied upon skidded turns and I recall that grass skis don't skid). It would be interesting to have another go now.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
AB Ski, there is a wheeled ski that's a bit easier for beginners - it's true though that trying a skid stop on either type is definitely not recommended! Because no sliding is possible, it certainly teaches you to carve early on....
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Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
marc gledhill, Thanks Marc, though it doesn't sound as if it's the place to launch a new campaign for the sport from!
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Ian Hopkinson, going back to the Pentagon report, there's considerably more information at:

http://www.ems.org/climate/pentagon_climate_change.html with the full report at:

http://www.ems.org/climate/pentagon_climatechange.pdf

Still seems to contain a lot of speculation and little in the way of references however.
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PG wrote:
Still seems to contain a lot of speculation and little in the way of references however.


In a document from the American military ? And your point is ? Very Happy
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The point lay in it being a report from a apparently pro-GWB institution that surprisingly ran contrary to the Bush line, somewhat embarassing in fact. It will be interesting to see how Bush approaches the global warming issue in the light of this 'study' and the allegedly more ecologically friendly approach of his new opponent for presidential office. Sudden about-turn, perhaps?
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