Swiss skier reveals training secret behind viral parkour video that baffled the internet

An 18-year-old freestyle skier from Switzerland took the internet by storm this week when a video of him honing his strength and balance on an indoor obstacle course went viral.

Andri Ragettli, from Flims, the neighbouring village to freestyle haven Laax in Switzerland, posted the video on his Facebook page on Sunday. At the time of publication the video has had 1.5 million views.

GB Park and Pipe team in action in Laax, Switzerland

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It’s not the first time Ragettli has made the headlines. Late last season he became the first skier to successfully land a quad cork 1800 – that’s five full rotations and four off-axis flips in one jump.

“I didn’t plan on doing this trick, but it was the perfect day and the biggest and best jump that I have ever jumped. I was feeling it and I am super happy that it worked out right away,” said Ragettli at the time.

More recently, the young Swiss skier joined Great Britain’s Winter Olympic hopeful James Woods on the podium in second place, behind Woods in first, at the Freeski & Snowboard World Cup in Cardrona in New Zealand.

Despite having a long list of titles and podium places to his name on the professional circuit, including overall world champion in 2016, it seems the video of him practising parkour in his local gym is the thing to have propelled him to global fame – and to be fair, it is pretty impressive.

It’s 48 seconds of sheer balancing brilliance, but many social media users might not understand the link between the relatively unheard-of sport of parkour and freestyle skiing.

“Balance training is always good for free skiing,” Ragettli explained. “It’s one of the main trainings I do besides cardio and weight training.”

Parkour is an increasingly popular sport that developed from military obstacle course training. The aim of a parkour course is to get from one point to another by running, climbing, swinging and rolling, often over obstacles such as rocks, walls and tunnels, without any assistance or equipment – it requires almost perfect balance.

Andri Ragettli

Ragettli in actionCredit:Andri Ragettli/Facebook

“We do parkour indoor training at my school in Engelberg,” said Ragettli. “When I uploaded a normal parkour training video for the first time last year I couldn’t imagine that people around the world would like it [my latest video] so much that it would go viral.”

Ragettli shot the video with his brother in his school’s gym in Engelberg on Saturday, with an aim of improving on a similar video he made in 2016 and to share a unique look into his training for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, next year with his followers. “It took 20 attempts to get the video in one take, but we did some more for better footage too,” he explained.

The world’s most fun destinations

Where would you go if the ultimate goal of your trip was to have fun? A few will come to your mind depending on what fun destinations mean for you. It might be a place with lots of outdoor activities. A city with the best art museums. A small, remote village where you can have a digital detox and spend your days wandering around and starting conversations with the locals. Live sports. Amusement parks.

The guys at Mr. Gamez got curious about this and researched the number of highly rated amenities per square kilometer of each destination. Here’s their top 20, along with the reasons why each place managed to be on that list.




See infographic here(via ).

21 confessions of an air hostess

Flight attendants discuss the Mile High Club, the “toilet paper trick”, and “aisle surfing”.

1. Aisle surfing, and other bad behaviour

Tales of drinking and debauchery are nothing new. Most will be unfamiliar with aisle surfing, however. “Betty”, whose column “Confessions of a Fed-Up Flight Attendant” appeared on Yahoo! Travel, explains: “It’s rare, but there are flights where there are no passengers on board. With no passengers to see us we can do things we would never do in the sight of paying customers. This is when we go aisle surfing. You get a meal tray, then stand or sit on it at the front of the airplane. On takeoff, you attempt to aisle surf all the way to the back of the plane.” She also describes an initiation prank for new flight attendants: “The ‘air test’ is where you tell the new hire that we have to test the air quality on certain flights. You give them a recycle bag and tell them to go catch the air in First Class and then have them do another air catching spectacle for the economy cabin. Upon arrival, we have them hand in their bags full of air to a stunned gate agent.”

Visit Valle Verzasca

VALLE VERZASCA is a long, narrow valley in Ticino—the Italian speaking region of Switzerland. Cut by the Verzasca River, the valley is remote and touched little by time.

The river is rich with swimming spots and rocks to laze about on, but the most famous and popular swimming area is at Lavertezzo—a tiny valley village. You’ll know the spot by the double arched stone bridge—Ponte dei Salti—and the enthusiasts jumping from it. The waters are a crystal-clear emerald green and run cold year-round.

How to get there:

Lavertezzo is a two and a half hour drive from Zurich and 30 minutes from Locarno. There’s a 3-hour parking lot near the bridge, or an all-day parking lot a few hundred meters up the road from the bridge. If you’re on public transit, take a train to Tenero, and then a bus to Lavertezzo.

What to consider

  • There’s lots of room to spread out along the river; if it feels crowded, just wander downstream a bit.
  • If you feel like exploring, the rest of the valley is full of beautiful hikes and tiny towns.
  • This is a wild river, not a public pool, so be aware of the rapids and where it’s safe to swim.
  • Some of the rocks form natural waterslides; seek them out.
  • The shallow pools around the river are much warmer than the river itself—which is icy year round.
  • Up the road, you can do the 220m bungee jump off the Verzasca dam like James Bond did in Goldfinger.

Ski gear guide: this season’s best skis reviewed

Everything you need to know before buying new skis for next season, including the best new models, guides to each type of ski and advice on what level of skier you might be, plus a handy jargon buster.

This season’s best skis

Find out which 2017/18 ski models performed best at our annual ski test and were announced best for men and best for women.

The categories

Which pair of skis you should rent or buy is entirely dependent on your ability level and the type of skiing you’ll be doing the most. There’s no point in buying a snazzy looking pair of park & pipe skis if you’re going to spend the majority of your time cruising on piste. Read on to find out which type of ski might be right for you:

Piste

For those spending most of their time on the groomers. These have narrow waists for grip on hard snow and a quick response edge to edge. Many, especially expert skis, use racing technology to reduce vibrations, boost stability and improve edge hold at speed. Intermediate and advanced models are more forgiving at low speeds.

Off piste

Freeride skis are intended to be used across the mountain in all conditions, but with a strong bias towards off piste since they have wide waists. Freeride advanced models tend to be a little narrower for a more forgiving ride on piste, and are less well-suited to deep snow. Expert models have wider waists, making them better for fast powder skiing. For those wanting a more backcountry focused ski, big mountain models offer even greater width underfoot giving floatation plus stability, even in crud. Most are purely for freeriding, but some are freestyle orientated, twintipped with a centred binding-mounting point for riding switch and taking tricks off piste. Some are versatile enough for all-mountain use.

Powder skiing

Are you looking for pister or powder skis?Credit:Adrian Myers

All mountain

With medium-width waists, these skis are designed for 50/50 on- and off-piste use, from hardpack to deep pow. For improvers heading off piste from time to time, intermediate or advanced skis are best, while confident skiers spending more time off piste would suit wider, stiffer expert models.

Park & pipe

Mainly for freestyle, these tend to be twintipped and narrow so they’re light for airborne tricks. Top halfpipe performers carve well up the pipe, pop easily off the lip and are stable on landing. Pop is key for big air, along with swing weight in the air when spinning and stability for landing. For rails and jibbing skis need to be stable and durable.

What level am I?

Beginner

You’ve done a week or two on snow and now you’re keen to move beyond the greens and blues. Check out the intermediate piste skis to help you progress.

Intermediate

You’ve mastered parallel turns on blue runs, now you’re cruising the reds and wanting to progress further. You’ll find all-mountain skis and piste skis are right for you.

Advanced

You’re rockin’ on groomed blacks, easy bumps and off piste, looking to work on your technique on steep bumps and deep powder. Off-piste, all-mountain and piste skis will help you.

Expert

Pro racer, freeskier or instructor level – nothing fazes you. Check out all-mountain and piste skis or off-piste and park & pipe skis for something special.

Confused by all the lingo? Check out our jargon buster and learn what the specialist terms in our ski reviews mean.

How we test

The 15-strong Telegraph Ski and Snowboard testing team tried over 300 pairs of skis to find the pick of the 2017/18 season’s crop.

Over the course of a week in the Austrian resort of Kuhtai last February, they tested the latest skis from leading brands such as Salomon, Head and Nordica to find the very best models.

They reviewed men’s and women’s skis for all levels of skier (intermediate, advanced and expert) across seven categories of ski: piste, all mountain, freeride, big mountain freeride, big mountain freestyle, park & pipe and hike & ride.

The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard equipment editor and Olympian Martin Bell amalgamated the results and determined the final winners for each category. The Best on Test skis were those that consistently scored the highest across the criteria, while the Best Value winners were those that combined solid performance with an affordable price tag.

Full results will be published in this season’s issues of Telegraph Ski and Snowboard print and digital magazines, and online.

The test team

A total of 15 experienced skiers made up the Telegraph test team. These included former Olympic ski racer Martin Bell, Telegraph ski editor Henry Druce, representatives from top snow sport organisations and companies and British ski cross athlete Pamela Thorburn.

Telegraph Ski & Snowboard editor @henryskier give a quick update from start of annual ski resort in #kühtai #austria #skitest17 @inghamsholidays

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