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It's a pile of mining waste. Want to go skiing on it?

  • Publicado em 12 Jun 2022
  • Monte Kaolino, in Bavaria, Germany, is 35 million tonnes of quartz sand, piled up over the years from a nearby kaolin mine. In the 1960s, one guy just turned up with skis, and now half a century later it's a theme-park destination for sandboarders and skiiers. ■ More: www.montekaolino.eu/
    Location camera: Moritz Janisch
    Producer: Marcel Fenchel www.fenchel-janisch.com/
    Editor: Dave Stevenson davestevenson.co.uk
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Comentários • 1 646

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  3 meses atrás +9486

    And if anyone's wondering, after last week's Plus video: the Alpine Coaster had a brake. That's why I was okay with it!

    • Sir Richard
      Sir Richard 22 dias atrás

      I hope all is well Tom...I'm starting to get worried

    • haajee1
      haajee1 Mês atrás

      Hi Tom, maybe also interessting to visit. Here in the Netherlands near the small village Wijster is made from the old waste ´mountain´ (it´s more a hill) a recreative 63 meters high hill. When you on the top you stay on 400 meter of waste but you can´t see it. Search on VAMberg wijster for more info. :)

    • Robert Harris
      Robert Harris Mês atrás

      The best BRclipr book

    • OmicroniX Zerus
      OmicroniX Zerus Mês atrás

      @Noah Mulgay not at all

    • Johnny Dai
      Johnny Dai 3 meses atrás

      @AngelLestat2 Good sir, you've just won the "'most fun person on the internet!1!!!" award

  • Skua
    Skua 3 meses atrás +13732

    If there was ever a Tom Scott travel guide book I'd buy it in a heartbeat

    • moldyhandsanitizer
      moldyhandsanitizer 12 dias atrás

      @River Stone im just a hand sanitizer dispenser with mold on it, i have nothing to do with tom (this is a joke)

    • River Stone
      River Stone 12 dias atrás

      @moldyhandsanitizer ok Tom 😉😉

    • moldyhandsanitizer
      moldyhandsanitizer 12 dias atrás

      @River Stone im not tom scott

    • River Stone
      River Stone 12 dias atrás

      @moldyhandsanitizer is that you Tom

    • moldyhandsanitizer
      moldyhandsanitizer 12 dias atrás

      id buy it in a picosecond

  • Ben Harmon
    Ben Harmon 3 meses atrás +1392

    That ending was so great. I was thinking to myself "Tom is going to do sweet jump turn thing and board down the mountain!". Then you did what I would have done.

    • Blakksheep
      Blakksheep 13 dias atrás

      @toijg avnnr wdym?

    • cream boy
      cream boy Mês atrás +2

      haha sandboards are honestly the worst, there's so much friction you can barely get the board moving fast enough to go down the hill without stopping. It's just a gimmick

    • toijg avnnr
      toijg avnnr 3 meses atrás +62

      That ending clip of Tom going down the cable car is the purest thing I've ever seen

  • Connor DoubleYou
    Connor DoubleYou 3 meses atrás +481

    Tom went from being deathly afraid of roller coasters to a coaster junkie in the span of one video. Incredible.

  • Maxim Martynow
    Maxim Martynow 3 meses atrás +129

    In Germany, many different things have been done to the remnants of mining. The most curious one has to be the Geiseltalsee winery, on the southward-facing slope of a spoil pile on the North side of a former lignite surface mine, now turned into a huge lake. The wine is surprisingly good.

    • Blakksheep
      Blakksheep 13 dias atrás +1


    • Omaliol
      Omaliol Mês atrás

      @Hurricane2k8 du musst da hin

    • Hurricane2k8
      Hurricane2k8 3 meses atrás +9

      That's only a few kilometers away from me (I live in Halle), but I've never been there... guess I'll need to check if there is a decent bicycle route to the Geiseltalsee. Not so much for the wine, I don't really like it, just to see the lake and the winery.

  • Smona
    Smona 3 meses atrás +125

    I love that you're very professional and serious and then you say "I'll be honest, I couldn't find a way to fit this in the video smoothly, I just wanted to go on the 'Alpine Coaster' !"
    It's your informative videos and you get to decide how they should work

  • The_Nuke
    The_Nuke 3 meses atrás +3546

    This feels like a scenario straight out of roller coaster tycoon. Build a successful amusement park on and around this giant mountain of sand.

    • HPD1171
      HPD1171 3 meses atrás +5

      @styx404 you are thinking of arid heights. dynamite dunes as the second original RCT1 scenario right after forest frontiers.

    • OnionChoppingNinja
      OnionChoppingNinja 3 meses atrás +1

      Kind of a mix between Dynamite Dunes/ Pacific Pyramids and Thunder Rock.

    • OnionChoppingNinja
      OnionChoppingNinja 3 meses atrás +3

      @styx404 that's Arid Heights (loopy Landscape expansion) not Dynamite Dunes (vanilla)

    • Pizza Keks
      Pizza Keks 3 meses atrás +13

      @styx404 Maybe it was in the second Title as well, but i remember it myself and i have played only RT1.

    • Roy King
      Roy King 3 meses atrás +37

      It would be the epitome "sandbox mode"

  • BA Elevators & More
    BA Elevators & More 3 meses atrás +136

    This makes me think of one of the issues we have here in Oklahoma. In the city of Pitcher they piled up mining waste that actually was toxic and when it rained it would get into the water supply. If I remember right, the city was evacuated and abandoned in 2008 due to this issue as well as a tornado that ripped through the city. The city is considered one of the most toxic places in the United States and it’s definitely an interesting sight. You can travel out there and have a look, there’s just no water (due to its toxicity) or power.

    • tralijn tje
      tralijn tje 6 dias atrás

      @Dave _H_ no and this is going on for more then 50 years ,they devide their companies in two and let one go bancrupt (this called the texas two step methode ) and getaway with it .

    • tralijn tje
      tralijn tje 6 dias atrás

      dupont does the same thing , this happens every where mostly american companies are in the world .law bending and corruption and interferness in controling organs like e.p.a are common and companies are treated like royals not thieves and polluters and victims treated like dirt and left to their own defices

    • Radioanon
      Radioanon 3 meses atrás +1

      Same with Bagdad, Arizona. And Dewey.

    • BA Elevators & More
      BA Elevators & More 3 meses atrás

      @Dave_H_ If you’re talking about the city of Pitcher that may be a work in progress. However, I do know that the ground is still contaminated and since there is no water that is safe to drink in that area, the city remains abandoned.

    • Dave _H_
      Dave _H_ 3 meses atrás +3

      So they were made to clean it up Right ? Right ?

  • Simon Jones
    Simon Jones 3 meses atrás +15

    Tom, I grew up in Wales. In the 60's we still had working coal mines, and coal tips were everywhere. As a child I and some friends used to use corrugated iron sheets to surf down the tips. It was great fun to do although of course very dangerous. I wish I had a video camera back then, because I do not think there is any photographic record of our pastime.

  • maxhaus10
    maxhaus10 3 meses atrás +70

    I rolled down this "mountain".
    I drove past it when going to school for two years.
    I feel cool now.
    Thank you Tom!

    • Ape
      Ape Mês atrás +1

      fühl ich

  • Charles
    Charles 3 meses atrás +35

    this brought back memories. i've spent 4 or maybe 5 summer holidays there, on the camping ground, and it was always a blast. running down the hill was so much fun, although i'm not sure how i did that without breaking my neck :D

    • MonkeyJedi99
      MonkeyJedi99 3 meses atrás +3

      Practicing to chase the wheel of cheese?

  • J Blen
    J Blen 3 meses atrás +38

    I think this is really cool. As long as it's safe, I think building a leisure activity out of the waste product is a great way to make an otherwise unusable product into something good. I suppose the downside is that it would incentivise waste, and when the project is finished they're producing waste for nothing again, but potentially more of it because it had a purpose.

    • Moos
      Moos Mês atrás +1

      @Arandomcommenter are you talking about ants?

    • Arandomcommenter
      Arandomcommenter Mês atrás +1

      @Moos the sand mafia is going to destroy the park to get the sand

    • Narretei
      Narretei 2 meses atrás

      this type of sand is probably usable for some kind of glass too. If not for windows, at least for bottles.

    • Moos
      Moos 3 meses atrás +1

      @A Duck With Grapes no worries

    • A Duck With Grapes
      A Duck With Grapes 3 meses atrás

      @Moos ohh ok then makes sence. Should have done more resarch then, my bad!

  • derinderinderinderin
    derinderinderinderin 3 meses atrás +20

    Feels good to know, that local attractions get some recognition. Growing up in this area meant going there more than a couple of times in my childhood. Interesting video!

  • Maciej Szulc
    Maciej Szulc 3 meses atrás +29

    There's another similar "mountain" in central Poland - Góra Kamieńsk. It's a byproduct of a major coal mine nearby. You can also go skiing there, but it works with regular snow, not sand. Still counts as "skiing on a pile of mining waste", though xD

  • Allan Olley
    Allan Olley 3 meses atrás +57

    I had a moment of confusion because I misheard kaolin as tailing and of course tailings are just mine waste including some really toxic stuff (lots of cyanide etc. in gold mine tailing). A mine where they only mined tailings would be a truly bad undertaking.

    • Bacopa68
      Bacopa68 3 meses atrás +5

      In Georgia (US) they sell Georgia White Dirt, little lumps of clay from kaolin mines. People chew it and swallow it as it dissolves.

    • FrenchFry90210
      FrenchFry90210 3 meses atrás +10

      Not really since historic mining was very ineffcient, sometimes it is economic to 'mine' the tailings to re-process and gain back lost material.

  • Muffin In A Cup
    Muffin In A Cup 3 meses atrás +5564

    Tom: I am *afraid* of rollercoasters
    Also Tom: successfully battles his phobia (watch Tom Scott Plus)
    Also Also Tom: "I didnt know how to fit this into the video smoothly, I just wanted a go on the Alpine Coaster"
    Learning quickly, I see

    • FrozenTurtl
      FrozenTurtl 2 meses atrás


    • Squant
      Squant 3 meses atrás

      @Finley Rosebud Seems kinda crazy to me, given how massively dangerous a lot of roller coasters would become if you suddenly gave somebody a brake. I don't think the rush is uniquely due to fear though, I love them and I've never once been scared or felt like I was in any danger. Speed is just fun.

    • Max S.
      Max S. 3 meses atrás

      To be fair, that thing is a lot different from a traditional rollercoaster.

    • Jack GeF
      Jack GeF 3 meses atrás +3

      Next Video: "Rollercoasters don't excite me anymore, that's why I went base jumping"

    • Ornessar Hithfaeron
      Ornessar Hithfaeron 3 meses atrás

      M e t a

  • BaCUl
    BaCUl 3 meses atrás +8

    I'll be honest, seeing Tom on the snowboard gave me quite a startle and him trying to get out of it somehow set my world to rights again

  • Schanulsiboi08
    Schanulsiboi08 3 meses atrás +4

    I have been there. It is way steeper than it looks in the video, and it is really fun to "run" down from there due to the sand, but it is quite exhausting going up there

  • Luca Baumann
    Luca Baumann 3 meses atrás +5

    You should look at the coalmine hills in my home town of Herzogenrath in Germany, there are around 5 100 meter tall coal hills one of them is even burning on the inside due to the high preshure inside.
    Would love to see an episode about those.

    • Michael Smith
      Michael Smith 2 meses atrás

      Hi Luca, nice to see you here. I live there as well. These spoil heaps from former hard coal and brown coal mines we got are just made up of rocks, sand and some coal, while this one is made up entirely of sand. The Sophienhöhe with its vegetation and walking paths is very interesting though.

  • Johanna N
    Johanna N 3 meses atrás +8

    I live nearby that town. Went on there a couple times. The surrounding terrain in this town is also impressive. All that dug out sand.

    • JJAB91
      JJAB91 Mês atrás

      Thanks Reimu.

  • Haru Jayasekara
    Haru Jayasekara 3 meses atrás +1938

    That ending clip of Tom going down the cable car is the purest thing I've ever seen

    • marcoscolga24
      marcoscolga24 3 meses atrás

      Just observing the landscape. Pondering his next video topic. Such a peaceful, contemplative scene. Lovely.

    • Deonex
      Deonex 3 meses atrás

      Try clean water

    • Torka Karshiro
      Torka Karshiro 3 meses atrás +2

      ​@John Doe That is not shameful at all. I say that as somebody who is quite good at snowboarding. I probably would not sandboard there either.

    • CromeStyle5
      CromeStyle5 3 meses atrás +6

      the whole ending bit was just so wholesome :D

    • My New Account 2
      My New Account 2 3 meses atrás +2

      @JPhilB dude I know both and they're different beasts. If you ski if you stand still you go down. If you snowboard if you stand still you fall on your arse.

  • nobodynemoq
    nobodynemoq 3 meses atrás +4

    Lovely as usual. Your short videos are simply PERFECT: perfect format, length, amount of information and amount of humour. Keep doing it! ♥

  • District South
    District South 3 meses atrás +8

    I built parts of the high ropes course, the area is truly magnificent. Nice video as always thank you so much Tom

  • Eric K
    Eric K 3 meses atrás +17

    Dude! I grew up in the area and when our parents told us we'd go to Monte Kaolino on the weekend it was the most exciting thing! We still lived over an hour away but we didn't care. Sliding and rolling down this hill was worth it. A real childhood memory! Only annoying thing was that you found sand in every little corner of the car and piece of clothing afterwards haha

    • Zimiorg
      Zimiorg 2 meses atrás

      Internationale BRclipr schauen
      ASler - ASler everywhere :D

  • magic
    magic 3 meses atrás +11

    More Tom on rollercoasters is just what I needed

  • Zalinki
    Zalinki 3 meses atrás +2425

    5 years later and we now know why the world is running out of sand

    • Rose
      Rose 3 meses atrás

      @Pluto : tell people you have an economics degree without telling them you have an economics degree >.>

    • LCaddy Studios
      LCaddy Studios 3 meses atrás

      @Pluto : exactly spot on, and it’s a good thing, concrete is horrible for the environment

    • Cl0ckcl0ck
      Cl0ckcl0ck 3 meses atrás

      @Querez But it isn't. Look up 'global greening'. The Sahel is expanding because of too many people with too many goats.

    • TheFansOfFiction
      TheFansOfFiction 3 meses atrás

      @Stratacat We just have to expand the world border

    • Angry Ted
      Angry Ted 3 meses atrás

      @Querez 18 times in human history the Sahara has been lush, green forest.
      As sea levels rise, most beaches will disappear, so perhaps we will have cause for concern.

  • Rovaan
    Rovaan Mês atrás +2

    Really fun to see Tom getting to enjoy rollercoasters :)

  • not me
    not me 3 meses atrás

    ive never been sand skiing, but i freakin love skiing so I feel like I want to try- seems like it would almost hurt to kick up and get pelted by all that sand around you if you were going fast- and what skis do you use-seems like it would totally tear through normal skis in one run

    SPARKY 3 meses atrás +1

    Can we just take a second and appreciate how calm Tom was on a roller coaster 🎢

  • barpe
    barpe 3 meses atrás

    Oh wow. I've been sandboarding on holidays before, it's lots of fun. I didn't even know there was a place to do that that's so close to where I live. Thanks Tom!!

  • Billybobble1
    Billybobble1 3 meses atrás +1002

    For 1 second with the hop on the sandboard I was like 'oh wow Tom's become a badass since busting his coaster fear', no, no, he's still Tom, but that's why we love him.

    • mitchhit234
      mitchhit234 Mês atrás


    • hey
      hey 3 meses atrás +7

      Dude that slope is so steep

    • Mike Ernst
      Mike Ernst 3 meses atrás +1


    • Mike Ernst
      Mike Ernst 3 meses atrás +19

      Wanted to write exactly that. It would've been so unnatural for Tom to just jump don't that edge.

  • HH Jones
    HH Jones 3 meses atrás

    Tom, you are a superb presenter for all of these fantastic things found around us! Thank you.

  • Dewm
    Dewm 3 meses atrás

    It's actually so exciting seeing you go from being afraid to coasters; to being so excited to see one that you had to try it out.

  • Life = 42
    Life = 42 3 meses atrás

    Love the ending and placement of the ride, perfectly well put! You're a genius!

  • TheMoonEcat
    TheMoonEcat 2 meses atrás

    I love watching how people take the "bad" of what is left over from trash and mining and turn it into products that you use. This is nice.

  • Matthew Ray
    Matthew Ray 2 meses atrás

    Going on the Alpine coaster after your last video, I applaud your dedication to getting over the fear. Great job Tom!

  • John Nichols
    John Nichols 3 meses atrás +1

    Great video Tom! In the US, tailings piles form some of the most iconic backcountry skiing jumps. Look up Chad's gap and pyramid gap on youtube to see videos.

  • The Owl
    The Owl 3 meses atrás

    Nice video, I live in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. One of the many coal mines which used to exist in the past in this area,at Awsworth. turned their spoil pit into a ski slope. Unfortunately it didn’t last very long, and is now being redeveloped.

  • HyghJynx
    HyghJynx 3 meses atrás

    That scenic shot of the slow descent down the mountain really made me chuckle, especially after the frantic attempt to release yourself from the board, great vid Tom! I know where my next travel destination is now!

  • Faron Smith
    Faron Smith 3 meses atrás

    Great video! Have you heard about Arica, the town in Chile where a swedish mining giant dumped tonnes of toxic waste in the 1980s?

  • 110% SKI
    110% SKI 3 meses atrás

    I've wanted to visit many of the places you have visited over the years but damn, I feel like this one was actually made for me!

  • Ben Hanson
    Ben Hanson 3 meses atrás

    This place looks awesome, thanks for showing it to us Tom!

  • Moksum
    Moksum 3 meses atrás +4

    Oh i remember this mountain, when i was 16, we took a school trip there.
    It was about a 30 minute drive by bus, after getting off everyone immediately raced to see who could climb it the fastest. Afterwards we went swimming in the nearby swimming pool. Those were the days.

  • Cozy
    Cozy 3 meses atrás +643

    My grandparents live around that area and I've been to the hill a couple of times now. It's such a weird feeling seeing people in shorts or swimming trunks carry skis and sandboards around, something usually carried by people in warm winter coats.

    • ToyKeeper
      ToyKeeper 3 meses atrás +5

      I went sandboarding by accident once... without a board. Down the side of a mountain. It destroyed my gloves, made my brand new boots look a year old, and literally ate a hole through the seat of my denim pants. I'd hate to try it with skin exposed.
      Long story short, some things happened while hiking one day, and I had to slide about 600m (2000ft) down a mountainside made of sharp little rocks and patches of sandpapery refrozen snow. The ski slope in the video wouldn't be as bad though, since it's much softer, smoother sand, and about a quarter as long.

      MEGAMIGA 3 meses atrás +1

      @Anthony Martin Deffo!

    • Anthony Martin
      Anthony Martin 3 meses atrás +7

      @MEGAMIGA yea those people who go down in T-shirts and shorts must have not taken a tumble yet. Would lose some skin I would think if you fell while skiing.

    • Wires Dawson
      Wires Dawson 3 meses atrás +1

      @Vigilant Cosmic Penguin lava surfing in fire proximity suits!

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 3 meses atrás +2

      Well, now we need the converse. Surfing in an insulated jacket.

  • RabidTangerine
    RabidTangerine 3 meses atrás +2

    There's something really wholesome about this. Usually when you hear about industrial byproducts it's all pollution, but here they got to build a place for people to enjoy :)

  • Neko :3
    Neko :3 3 meses atrás

    Omg !! I have been there 3 times as a kid and I have to say it is amazing to spend the holidays there ❤️ I can't believe you really made a video about this

  • Felix Teupke
    Felix Teupke 3 meses atrás

    The latest series of videos from Germany always made me smile. Partly because I like seeing things from my country featured on here, and partly because they are just so... funny.

  • Johan Pfeiffer
    Johan Pfeiffer 3 meses atrás +1

    I used to go there a lot as a kid. Spending a looooong time walking up there and then just sprinting down the whole „mountain“ and jumping what felt like 10 meters far was just awesome. Kinda hurt my bare feet though, but it was definitely worth it :D

  • Michal Nowacki
    Michal Nowacki 3 meses atrás +553

    Cork City, where Tom did the legally wobbling bridge video, has a relatively new park built on top of an old landfill site. The park itself isn't anything special but there are outlets that release any build up of methane from the decomposing waste below, which is strangely unnerving but great to see sites like that get turned into outdoor amenities

    • Bob H
      Bob H 3 meses atrás

      @Owez Because it would've been a landfill otherwise. It would've literally gone to waste.

    • 𝐀𝐥𝐢𝐮𝐬 𝐒𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐮𝐬
      𝐀𝐥𝐢𝐮𝐬 𝐒𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐮𝐬 3 meses atrás

      @Fenris Waffles In Finland methane is collected from the landfills and burned to make district heat for the city. In the middle size city that heats even 500 households (amount of energy about 5000 MWh/year).

    • Owez
      Owez 3 meses atrás

      @Bob H What?

    • Moos
      Moos 3 meses atrás

      Hamburg City in Germany (wonder if Tom will find his way here in one of his amazing videos) also has a sealed former toxic waste landfill which made a comeback as the "Energy Mountain", with a couple very large windmills and a huge array of solor energy panels. Completed with a scenic boardwalk on top of the "mountain" it is now a (not very well known) tourist or local residents attraction. It also has the methane gas vents that you mentioned alongside with all kinds of tools to ensure the safety of the place.

    • Jon Grey
      Jon Grey 3 meses atrás

      @BA Elevators & More - I believe you're thinking of City View Center in Ohio, last I heard it is going to be redeveloped into a business park but who knows if that will actually happen.

  • Cuileth
    Cuileth 3 meses atrás +1

    I feel like I can die happy now, knowing that Tom has reported on a place I‘ve often visited as a kid and adore to this day ^_^

  • DoriTheGreat
    DoriTheGreat 3 meses atrás

    I love it when Tom has those videos in Germany, because I realize how much german I actually know and listening to germans talk helps me to learn even more

  • Deildegast
    Deildegast 3 meses atrás

    @Tom Scott, if you went there, i strongly recommend Monte Kali near the old east German border. The whole mountain is residual waste from a salt mine, after they were not allowed to flush it into the river anymore they just piled it up. Its huge.

  • sianchild
    sianchild 3 meses atrás

    We always used to go sledding down the sand dunes in the summer. I'm always surprised more people don't do so!

  • TFMG
    TFMG 3 meses atrás +382

    "I can't sand board, I would die. Im gonna take a little cable cart down" 😂that made my day!

    • Ragnhild
      Ragnhild 3 meses atrás +1

      Or, as Tom put it, it’s not the hill to learn on.

    • rabidsamfan
      rabidsamfan 3 meses atrás +4

      Me too! What a great finish!

    • Moos
      Moos 3 meses atrás +3

      same, i laughed. i'm thankful for those little moments of joy. =)

    • TFMG
      TFMG 3 meses atrás +6

      @Richard yea I've never done sand boarding but I am a proud yearly Ski boarder (ski and snowboarder) but that doesn't look like the most beginner friendly slope...

    • Richard
      Richard 3 meses atrás +1

      I think it's not even a joke. The angle of that hill is very steep, and being on a board you can gain speed very fast while being unable to stop it. It would be more of an accomplishment to not break your neck. Sitting down on the board without being strapped down onto it is probably safe though, and i guess that's the way 90% of the visitors go down on it. I did that in Australia a few times on some sand dunes. Still rough but you (probably) won't break your neck that way.

  • Lucarr10
    Lucarr10 3 meses atrás

    You know you've made it in the world when you can legitimately file a trip to a theme park under "business expenses"

  • Adam Davies
    Adam Davies 3 meses atrás +1

    Such a good, fun, exciting way of recycling waste products. I come from an old coal mining town in South Wales, the only exciting thing happening with our coal tips is waiting for them to become unstable and cause a massive mountain slide that will inevitably endanger peoples lives 🫤
    I must go on that alpine coaster at some point that looks amazing

  • Nekr0n35
    Nekr0n35 3 meses atrás

    And again some cool stuff from germany I never heard about. This time it's even closer to me! just one hour drive. Thanks Tom for brining this to our attention!

  • Planet Zhoo Zhoo
    Planet Zhoo Zhoo 3 meses atrás

    And it's really okay not to feel the pressure to have to do or be good at everything. Good on you Tom. 🤗

  • Stefan Wendl
    Stefan Wendl 3 meses atrás +833

    It really made my day seeing Tom talk about Monte Kaolino, since I grew up about 10 Kilometers away from it. Keep up the good work and greetings from bavaria.

    • Cuileth
      Cuileth 2 meses atrás

      @no more Grüße aus Amberg zurück! :D

    • no more
      no more 2 meses atrás

      Grüße aus Amberg!

    • Cuileth
      Cuileth 3 meses atrás

      @Sven Hegen - Composer & Producer Unwahrscheinlich, aber ich würds feiern :D

    • widicamdotnet
      widicamdotnet 3 meses atrás

      Yup... I read the title and thought "oh, I know that one, he's getting really close now" - I've visited Monte Kaolino several times as a kid, but we always just enjoyed hiking up, enjoying the view, stumbling back down, and then going for a swim at the pool.

    • Jochem de Maa
      Jochem de Maa 3 meses atrás

      Great to see our nextdoor neighbors having creative fun with minor inconveniences! Grüsse aus den Niederlanden

  • Aero storm
    Aero storm 3 meses atrás +4

    Oh my god, but you looked so cool for a nice moment on your sand board! Thank you for sharing!

  • mUndertakerg
    mUndertakerg 3 meses atrás

    Tom, you are coming closer and closer to my hometown Goerlitz

  • H D
    H D 3 meses atrás

    This place is on my list of obscure places to travel to and now Tom Scott has been there, what a legend

  • MrGreatplum
    MrGreatplum 3 meses atrás +1

    An amazing idea - I also love those alpine coaster things!

  • LaCane
    LaCane 3 meses atrás +10

    Nice to see Tom is making the most of his new found appreciation of Rollercoasters

  • John Smith
    John Smith 3 meses atrás +1

    This is really nice, thanks for sharing it with us Tom :)

  • JhonnyTheJeccer
    JhonnyTheJeccer 3 meses atrás +2

    If tom keeps showing off so many attractions in germany, it might become viable to learn german at some point.

    • Chris C
      Chris C 3 meses atrás

      Have a couple German friends. When I mentioned I knew enough German to (probably) survive in Germany I got the reply "well of course you could survive here, you know English"

  • Gavin Collingwood
    Gavin Collingwood 3 meses atrás

    This video was made complete with the anti-climax of sitting in a little car going down the hill after making it look like you're going to board down it. Never change!

  • will hamill
    will hamill 3 meses atrás +195

    The moment I saw Tom on the sandboard I was worried for his health

  • Graham Rule
    Graham Rule 3 meses atrás +2

    Falling on snow when covered in warm clothing strikes me as a lot safer than falling on coarse sand or gravel with very little protection. Will probably continue to avoid both as much as possible.

    • James Binnie
      James Binnie 11 dias atrás

      Falling on snow still sucks because you bend and snap things instead of just bruise them bahaha

  • ⸻̆̈⸻̆̈ᙎᓿᖇᙍᗫ ᒪᗅᓿᘉ⸻̑̈⸻̑̈

    I love your videos from germany :)
    These places look so cool!

  • Dawid Izydor
    Dawid Izydor 3 meses atrás +3

    At the very end I was so nervous you'll try to go with that board not fastened to your feet at all 😄 Learn snowboarding, it's a lot of fun

  • Tarick
    Tarick 3 meses atrás

    Good vid, I'd loved to see someone actually going down it though as I still kind of don't believe sand being 'not grippy' enough to ski/board on

  • TheGoodStuff
    TheGoodStuff 3 meses atrás

    I Lived in South-Africa. We had huge mountains of cyanide contaminated gold mining waste. If the wind blew in the wrong direction, it could be hazardous. They ended up managing to plant on most of them which really helped the dust issue.

  • Kilian. D
    Kilian. D 3 meses atrás +1

    I have been there! Its an absolutely amazing experience

  • Weichi
    Weichi 3 meses atrás +1

    when i was a kid we did a bike tour past that thing, i was amazed by how huge it is

  • cuddlyfoxgirl
    cuddlyfoxgirl 3 meses atrás +2

    Tom, please include a brief snippet of you riding a nearby rollercoaster in every video in the future.

  • Johnnie Welborn, Jr.
    Johnnie Welborn, Jr. 3 meses atrás

    Thoroughly enjoyed this! Thanks for sharing these unique places... :)

    BBJBS 3 meses atrás

    When I was a kid, my favorite local park was a giant landfill that had been covered in sod and grown over with grass.

  • MegaJK97
    MegaJK97 3 meses atrás

    Everytime I see Tom in Germany, my inner happiness grows

  • Mazza
    Mazza 3 meses atrás

    I have been there multiple times and it’s so nice seeing Tom marking a video about it.

  • Jay Jay
    Jay Jay 3 meses atrás +155

    The great thing about going to a theme park as a German is not only do they find the rides thrilling but the hours of orderly queuing to get on the ride are equally as exciting.

    • D Carbs
      D Carbs 3 meses atrás

      There was me thinking Germany's attitude to queuing was that it was "a physical manifestaion of inefficiency".

    • MonkeyJedi99
      MonkeyJedi99 3 meses atrás

      @Kate The Goat There's nothing quite as satisfying as an orderly queue of people.
      I say this as an American. I was always the "line cop" in grade school, ratting out people who cut the line or tried to come back in the line after leaving.
      I guess my OCD started young?

    • Twisted Tachyon
      Twisted Tachyon 3 meses atrás

      @dadadaddyoo Qué?

    • AGenericFool
      AGenericFool 3 meses atrás +1

      Good one, unironically

    • dadadaddyoo
      dadadaddyoo 3 meses atrás +8

      I've always said that if you can enjoy something I can't I'm the one who is loosing out. Orderly queue on!

  • Rupedog
    Rupedog 3 meses atrás

    The biggest question of all is, of course, how does Tom find out about all these amazing places/things?!

  • vanderalm
    vanderalm 3 meses atrás

    There's a much bigger artificial mountain you might want to check out: It's called "Monte Kali", located near Heringen.

  • Arceus used splash
    Arceus used splash 3 meses atrás +3

    I have been living in Germany for my entire life (18 years) and every time Tom is in Gerrmany I learn something I never knew

  • Peter Pabian
    Peter Pabian 3 meses atrás +1

    For a moment there, I thought I was going to learn that despite being afraid of rollercoasters, you're an expert snowboarder.

  • Geoffrey D
    Geoffrey D 3 meses atrás

    I am genuinely disappointed that we didn't get to see how well it rides. And you are responsible for raising my expectations with this abortion of a cool ending!

  • Shane T
    Shane T 3 meses atrás

    And now thanks to you I know about this place. Thanks Tom for your wild, random video adventures.

  • Kyle Salo
    Kyle Salo Mês atrás

    Toms the Dude! Love this guy! I've really become a huge fan.

  • ChrisMark2
    ChrisMark2 3 meses atrás

    Hey Tom, was this video produced before or after overcoming your fear of rollercoasters? :D

  • Sonia’s Way
    Sonia’s Way 3 meses atrás +1

    The ending clip of Tom going down the cable car is the purest thing I’ve ever seen

  • DarkValorWolf
    DarkValorWolf 3 meses atrás

    We have something similar in my town, Snowworld Landgraaf, the second biggest covered ski hall in the world after 2020, before that biggest, in The Netherlands is on top of an old coal mining offshoot pile

  • Paul D
    Paul D 3 meses atrás +1

    Now we just need someone to make an animation of Tom sandboarding down, wildly out of control, complete with the yell Goofy makes in these situations.

  • SemiHypercube
    SemiHypercube 3 meses atrás +1

    This feels like an alternate universe where sand and snow are switched in terms of like location

  • Alexander Roderick
    Alexander Roderick 3 meses atrás

    There's a ski slope near where my family lives called Mount Brighton, in the Brighton in Michigan not the one in England. it's a lovely ski hill built on top of a sealed mountain of garbage landfill. It's a nice hill, not the only place in Michigan to go skiing but the one that's closest to major population centers, but they don't have any sort of summer downhill events. I think they tried to wrap a small golf course around it on the property but I'm not certain, it's been a while.

  • Ben Spear
    Ben Spear 3 meses atrás

    I don't think I could have handled it if Tom had shredded down that sand mountain 😂 Fair play mate!

  • Munkey
    Munkey 3 meses atrás

    There's a similar place in Germany called Monte Kali that's made of salt instead of sand, and still growing in size.

  • Aki San
    Aki San 3 meses atrás +1

    i love that tom translates it "as said", which keeps the local character and specifics!

  • yea just no
    yea just no 3 meses atrás +75

    Finally a Tom Scott video about an attraction I've been at, I used to love going there as a kid it was always the highlight of my summer

    • Kevin Meville
      Kevin Meville 3 meses atrás +9

      Interesting. I was disappointed to not see any actual skiing in the video (no hate on Tom obviously) so how well does it work? Is the equipment just regular alpine gear? Seems to me it wouldn’t be nearly as good to go down as a snow covered hill.

  • easkay
    easkay 3 meses atrás +1

    I was staring at Tom's sandboard bindings near the end, and thought "he's not actually gonna go down there with his bindings loose, right? Right??"
    Stay safe Tom! :)

  • Clint Burgamy
    Clint Burgamy 3 meses atrás

    We have hundreds of kaolin mines here in central Georgia. The companies are pretty good at reclaiming the land for hunting and fishing.