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Coronavirus Outbreak at French Ski Chalet: 5 Confirmed, 6 Quarantined

Eleven British nationals are quarantined after exposure to the Coronavirus; five of them have tested positive. Wikimedia photo.

Five guests at a ski chalet in the Haute-Savoie region of the Eastern French Alps recently tested positive for the coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV. Six other individuals across France, Switzerland, and England are also under quarantine after all eleven came into contact with an infected British businessman who recently returned from a trip to Singapore. 

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The Briton, now referred to as a 'superspreader,' was not officially diagnosed until he returned to the UK from his business trip in Singapore. All five resort guests are in stable condition and in treatment, including a nine-year-old boy. The two schools he attends will be closed and under quarantine over the next week. This recent outbreak adds to the growing frenzy surrounding the rapidly spreading virus; over 35,000 individuals have been diagnosed since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China early in January. 

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There’s a Difference Between a Ski Town, and a Town of Skiers. Welcome to Whitefish.
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There’s a Difference Between a Ski Town, and a Town of Skiers. Welcome to Whitefish.

This quaint Montana town has the western charm of an outdoor playground but the amenities of a city. Grant Gunderson photo. Whitefish, Montana locals will proudly tell you that “Whitefish is not a ski town, it’s a town of skiers.” From a quick glance, that phrase feels a bit misleading. It appears that Whitefish has all the classic ingredients of a quintessential ski town. There’s a ski resort eight miles from downtown, a world-class National Park in its backyard, and plenty of open space

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Big waves are nothing new to surfers these days, but how about to skiers? California skier Chuck Patterson decided to combine two of his favorite things-- big wave surfing and skiing on some of Half Moon Bay's biggest swells. Using custom skis designed specifically for this feat, and taking inspiration from Patterson's late friend, Shane McConkey, they allow him to carve the waves as he would snow. Fitted with classic ski bindings, and worn with regular ski boots, the carnage if Patterson

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Utah Snowmobiler Buried in Slide Recounts Accident
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Utah's snowpack continues to be unstable and unpredictable. Three snowmobilers experienced it firsthand while riding in Franklin Basin, Utah near the Idaho border last week. The three were out riding when one of them triggered a slide and was carried down to a tree well. He deployed his airbag but was buried under three feet of snow for around fifteen minutes before being rescued by his partners. While the rider was unresponsive upon being found by his partners, they were able to revive him