Wild animal encounters terrifying skiers around the world

It's been a big year for wild animals at the snow, from snow leopards in Gulmarg to grizzly bears on the ski runs of Lake Louise, wombats at Thredbo and emus on the Alpine Way.

The only thing better than skiing super-dry, untracked powder is discovering animals who love the same, then capturing them on film and sharing them with the rest of the world.

Keep your eyes peeled next time you're at the snow and you can expect to see wombats, kangaroos and echidnas in Australia, wild Kea parrots in New Zealand, snow monkeys in Japan, marmots, coyotes and bob cats in the USA and moose and bears in Canada. Just to name a few.

One long-legged snow-lover caused a road block on the Alpine Way into Thredbo at the beginning of this season. Thredbo Burger Bar owner, Karen Forsstrom filmed this emu on her way to work.

American ski guide David Marchi discovered a snow leopard while guiding for Bills Trips in Gulmarg in India last season, as captured by Australian skier, Owen Lansbury, in this video.

Just this week Thredbo local ski pro, Sam Robertson, discovered this little wombat on the ski run and managed to grab him on film while skiing by.


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Meanwhile skiers and snowboarders were evacuated from Lake Louise last northern season when a grizzly bear woke from hibernation early and decided to check out the ski runs for himself.

One animal you can expect to see in North America is the moose, but beware - moose charge, and when they charge, they can kill - as this ski patroller at Steamboat discovered.

He should have listened to these skiers in Quebec, who had their own terrifying encounter with a moose.

If you cross country ski in Norway, you might come across Jester, the domesticated cat that skis.


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