STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — There are plenty of returning names to the U.S. Nordic Combined Team, officially announced Thursday by USA Nordic, the sports organizing body in the United States. There are also a few major absences. The team is led by Ben Loomis, a 19-year-old from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, coming off the best season of his short career. He logged three top-five Continental Cup finishes in Steamboat Springs last December, made the U.S. Olympic team and competed in February in his first Olympics, making the trip to Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the 2018 Winter Games. He also earned bronze at the junior World Ski Championships in Kandersteg, Switzerland, in January. Loomis is the only member
Mikaela Shiffrin has been put on a pedestal -- literally -- on more than one occasion. The 23-year-old alpine skiing phenom is already a two-time Olympic gold medalist, the youngest slalom champion in Winter Games history and has more than 40 World Cup wins to her name. Her silver in super combined at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics in February upped her medal count once again and confirmed her historic path in all-time skiing record books. Just because Shiffrin's talent has commanded the spotlight so often, however, doesn't mean her personality also demands it. In partnership with The Child Mind Institute for Mental Health Awareness Month and a celebrity-fueled #MyYoungerSelf campaign, Shiffrin
GENEVA (AP) -- The younger brother of Alpine skier Lara Gut is leaving the Switzerland team to race for neighboring Liechtenstein.
The upcoming debut of the Ikon Pass from the newly created Alterra Mountain Co. is intended to spur competition with Vail Resorts' Epic Pass, but it's also shaken loose an entrepreneur who claims his intellectual-property rights have been violated. Carbondale resident Cary Thompson, founder of Glenwood Springs-based Ride In Harmony Athletics, a ski and snowboard instruction program, recently sent a cease-and-desist notice to Alterra — which is co-owned by Henry Crown and Co., also owners of Aspen Skiing Co. — and its partners. Thompson claims he holds the rights to the use of the word “icon” or any of its derivatives, such as “Ikon” being used by Alterra. Alterra, however, says it had the term
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No woman has landed a 1260 in a halfpipe contest, but Chloe Kim looks ready to next season. Kim, who in PyeongChang became the youngest female Olympic snowboarding champion, landed a frontside 1260 in a video posted on her Instagram this week. “After multiple penguin slides and ice burns all over my body it was worth it!!” the caption read. Kim said she landed the trick after seven to 10 tries, working on it for three days at her home pipe in Mammoth Mountain, Calif., according to TransWorld Snowboarding. “You'll definitely see it in competition next season!” she said, according to the report. Kim is already the only woman to land back-to-back 1080s in a contest, which she first did in 2016 and
The International Ski Federation (FIS) has proposed telemark skiing be considered by the International Olympic Committee for inclusion in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. The governing body had already submitted three disciplines for consideration for future Olympic Games, Insidethegames reported. A ski jumping mixed team competition was one proposed, with a women's Nordic combined individual event and a freestyle ski Big Air event for men and women. A further six were put to the FIS General Assembly in Costa Navarino for consideration, including telemark parallel sprint. The proposal for telemark has been approved, with the IOC now set to consider adding the discipline in July. “We're delighted
WILMINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont judge has agreed to allow a receiver to take over a financially troubled private ski resort in Wilmington. The Berkshire Bank, which has foreclosed on the Hermitage Ski Resort, asked the judge to appoint a receiver to oversee the property during the foreclosure. Vermont Public Radio reports that on Friday Windham Superior Court Judge John Treadwell granted the bank's motion. The state shut the resort down in March because it was not paying its taxes. At a recent hearing, the bank argued the resort's golf course needs to be maintained during the foreclosure and that the property needs to be prepared for next year's ski season. The Hermitage Club hosted “The Bachelor
It's safe to assume, I think, that any road named after a grizzly bear's fang will inevitably lead to adventure. Beartooth Highway, a 68-mile ribbon of pavement snaking across an otherworldly 11,000-foot plateau along the southwest Montana-northwest Wyoming border, lives up to the ferocity of its name. U.S. 212 climbs more than 4,500 vertical feet over a dizzying series of switchbacks as it travels south from the tourist town of Red Lodge. It dips into Wyoming and tops out at 10,947 feet on Beartooth Pass, ending in the tiny outpost of Cooke City, Mont., just outside the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Snow keeps it closed much of the year, but from Memorial Day to mid-October
European ski resorts including Val Thorens and Courchevel are trying to retain snow from a bumper winter for next year by laying down sawdust and reflective tarpaulin on its mountains. The technique known as “snow-farming” is being employed by the two resorts in the world’s biggest ski area, the Trois Vallees in France, to ensure that the next ski season gets off to the best possible start. Resorts are under increasing commercial pressure for their seasons to start well and early. Staff place insulated panels on the snow before covering them with tarpaulin Credit: courchevel tourism Teams in charge of piste management in the Alps have begun the process that includes placing insulated panels on large areas of snow to stop it melting in the summer heat. Courchevel, popular with high-earning Russians, posted images on social media this week of staff from the S3V lift company starting to “snow-farm”. Farmed snow is usually used to create cross-country ski trails and shore up terrain parks and pistes not high enough to be covered by snow-making guns, which require cold temperatures to turn water into snow. The snow farm in Courchevel covers an area the size of 50 football pitches Credit: courchevel toursim Courchevel has confirmed it will use the preserved snow in the summer to groom the Emile Allais piste and fill the stadium that hosts the women’s Alpine Ski World Cup in December. It is estimated snow-farming can produce a third of the 60,000 square metres of snow required to fill the stadium. The required snow will be kept under a 1.8 square kilometres tarpaulin over the summer. Pictures show staff in Courchevel placing panels of insulation over snow 10 centimetres deep, before topping them with a strong, flexible and water-resistant cover. The snow-farming area spans the equivalent of 50 football pitches. When the covering is removed in late November it is predicted the process will have preserved at least 15,000m3 of snow from this winter. The 2015/16 ski season in the Alps got off to a poor start Credit: Getty Despite being the highest ski resort in Europe and one of the most snow-sure winter destinations in the world, Val Thorens is also investing a reported €15,000 (£13,000) in snow farming, according to French website The Connexion. While French resorts opt to use tarpaulin to cover their snow farms, across the border in Switzerland, the resort of Davos has been using sawdust to cover mounds of snow since 2008. The resort estimates that it can retain 70 to 80 per cent of the volume of snow using this method, meaning the resort can open earlier in the season, regardless of warm autumn temperatures. In Austria the Olympiaregion Seefeld ski area, in the Tirol region, has been using snow-farming for several years to enable winter-sport athletes to train throughout the summer. Its method of conservation uses wood chips to cover snow and those involved believe it has been a key influence in the country's sporting success in cross-country and Nordic ski disciplines, thanks to improved training conditions. Where to ski in summer: everything you need to know Snow farming is one of many techniques used by resorts to combat the effect warmer winters are having on the mountains. Last year scientists tested a bold new plan to preserve Swiss glaciers, covering them in artificial snow. In recent years a number of ski resorts have made contingency plans to protect themselves against the changing environment. Tignes, one of Europe’s loftiest resorts, plans to build an indoor snow slope at 2,000m to preserve its snow sports industry and in Scotland a multi-million-pound artificial slope is planned at Cairngorm Mountain resort.
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — The Aspen Skiing Co. has ruled out the possibility of offering lift-served skiing on Aspen Mountain for Memorial Day weekend. The Aspen Times reports the company's winter season ended last month but it offered the prospect of resuming skiing for the holiday weekend if conditions allowed. Company spokesman Jeff Hanle says the conditions were confirmed Tuesday and the “warm weather has dashed our hopes.” The warm and dry mountaintop conditions in May resulted in patchy and dirty snow. The ski area maintained enough snow to open for skiing on Memorial Day weekend last year, the sixth time since 2008 the lifts have served skiers on the weekend.