Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thirty years since “Last Christmas” by Wham

The 2014/15 winter season is full of anniversary celebrations in Saas-Fee. For starters, it marks 165 years since Father Imseng became Switzerland’s first skier, and 150 years since the country’s first official winter sports season.
In 1849, roughly 15 years before the dawn of winter sports in Switzerland, Father Johann Josef Imseng received an urgent plea to visit a dying parish member. To overcome the snowy descent from Saas-Fee to Saas-Grund he strapped two planks of wood to his shoes and thus went down in history as Switzerland’s first-ever skier. But his story doesn’t end there: he was also the courageous pioneer who first brought tourism to the Saas Valley. He organised the construction of the Saas Valley’s first-ever hotel in 1850, and in 1856 he was the first person to climb the Allalinhorn, along with Sir Edward Ames Lewis.

What’s more, it was 30 years ago that Wham! filmed the video for their much-loved hit "Last Christmas". The hit by pop duo Wham! is one of the most popular Christmas pop records of all time. The video, released in December 1984, was filmed in Saas-Fee and broke all viewing figures. Many locals still talk excitedly today about the visit of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, who appear in the video celebrating Christmas in one of the Saas-Fee chalets.
"Last Christmas" was written and produced by George Michael, and has been covered by many artists since its original release. The video shows George and partner Andrew Ridgeley accompanying girlfriends to see friends in Saas-Fee, Switzerland with the old Felskinn cableway playing a starring role in it.

Monday, December 15, 2014

New James Bond Movie To Be Filmed in Sölden

From December 2014 until February 2015 Sölden will be one of the locations where filming for the new James Bond Movie will take place. A total of 22 filming days is planned in the Tirol, and at its peak the film crew will consist of 500 people, including 150 local filmmakers covering various positions.
James Bond, also known by his code number 007, the most famous secret agent in the world, will start filming the 24th Bond film, Spectre, in the Austrian Tirol. Daniel Craig, will play Bond for the 4th time, embarking on his alpine adventures along with the other stars in the ski resort of Sölden, in the Otztal and the cross-country skiing paradise of Obertilliach, in the East Tirol region. This is the largest film production ever to be ‚made in Tirol' and will bring with it not only immediate economic benefits, but also long term media impact, creating future film-tourism opportunities.
The British production company "B24" will begin filming over the next few weeks As well as lead actor, Daniel Craig, Other stars of the 24th Bond film include Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux, with Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes ("American Beauty," "Revolutionary Road" and "James Bond - Skyfall").
It is because of the excellent cooperation between Location Austria (FISA Film Location Austria), local communities, tourist boards and mountain railway companies in the Tirolean villages as well as support from the Tirol region and Cine Tirol that James Bond will make his high alpine adventures in the region for the first time. Since January 2014 suitable filming locations were pursued around the world, including in Norway and Italy. Eventually the combined efforts, as well as the logistical and finanical support, convinced the director and production team to choose the locations of Oetztal and East Tirol.
The economic benefit of this large-scale film project to the Tirolean region will be huge: taking into account production costs, with accommodation and meals, as well as transportation, accommodation and salaries of the local Tirolean filmmakers it is estimated that 6 million euros will be spent in Tirol. The impact alone on tourism is incredible: about 26,000 overnight stays will be generated by the film crew in Tirol. Furthermore, the filming of this movie will generate major media attention at an international level and also create future film-tourism opportunities for the Ötztal and lesser-known East Tirol region.
"Two strong brands in their own field combine in the stunning mountains of our region: James Bond and Tirol", says Josef Margreiter, Managing Director of Tirol Werbung and founder of Cine Tirol. "I am very excited that the joint efforts, help and support will result in the most famous secret agent in the world on loaction in Ötztal and East Tirol. I am particularly grateful to Location Austria and FISA as well as those responsible in Sölden and Obertilliach for the successful cooperation. The last Bond film, Skyfall, was watched by over 130 million in cinemas around the world. This fills us with great confidence that the action-packed scenes for the new Bond film will be seen by an audience of millions when the film is released in Autumn 2015 and that will make people want to visit the locations for themsleves in the Heart of the Alps".
And Cine Tirol Director, Johannes Köck, reiterates: "James Bond in Tirol is the ultimate accolade for Cine Tirol, as the driving force for the region of Tirol as a filming location: this movie will draw the attention of the entire film industry to our region and help facilitate the acquisition of further international follow-up projects. In addition, 150 Tirolean filmmakers will get the chance to gain valuable experience in the context of such a large and prominent film production (...) Even though this will be the first time that agent 007 will be filmed in Tirol, there is an enduring connection between the most famous secret agent of all time and our region. Ian Fleming, the author of the Bond novels, lived in Kitzbühel in the 1920s and studied at a private school".
The 24th Bond outing will also see a brand new Aston Martin designed specially for this film called the DB10.

James Bond 007 is a fictional British agent created in 1952 by Ian Fleming. Some of the most iconic scenes in Bond history have taken place on the mountain slopes. In The Spy Who Loved Me, Roger Moore escapes an ambush by Soviet agents, killing one of them in a downhill ski chase that concludes when he skis off a cliff and falls only to open a Union Flag parachute, while Timothy Dalton careered down a mountain in a cello case for The Living Daylights.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service 007 triumphed with its breathtaking battles on the Alpine slopes. The team of ski experts, including Stefan Zürcher Alpine Films producer, executed the challenging downhill scenes on the ski slopes of Mürren, on the Jungfrau Region in Switzerland. The filmmakers used the Schilthorn revolving restaurant to locate Blofeld’s Piz Gloria headquarters.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

"Wonder" Marcel Hirscher Wins (also) Slalom in Åre

Second after the opening run, Austria's Marcel Hirscher put everything on the line to take the lead in the second and watched Germany's Felix Neureuther fail to match his time. Hirscher clinched his second win of the week at Åre in a combined time of 1:40.37, just a mere 0.10 seconds faster than the German. In third place, Russia's Alexander Khoroshilov raced to his first career World Cup podium.
As part of a strong showing by the Swedish team that placed six racers in the second run, Mattias Hargin, Axel Baeck and Calle Lindh finished respectively fourth, fifth and sixth.
Earning his 26th World Cup victory and the 100 points that come with it, Marcel Hirscher leads now the overall standings with 440 points, 28 points more than Kjetil Jansrud.
"I am super happy", said Hirscher. "Today I have been for sure a bit of a lucky guy, because I am only one tenth ahead of Felix and Alexander isn't too far either. Overall it's been a super weekend".
Winner of the first Slalom race of the season in Levi, Henrik Kristoffersen skied off the course early in the first run today, which allows Marcel Hirscher to take the slalom red bib back home.
"It doesn't really matter to have the red bib at this stage of the season", said Hirscher. "It is for sure more interesting to have it at the end, but it is nice to have it now".
Felix Neureuther, who battled a back injury for the better part of the offseason and finished third in the opening Slalom World Cup race in Levi, showed with today's performance that he was close to his best level.
"It was a very good race for me", he admitted. "I am very close to Marcel. I just need some more training to get in a better shape. This will be my focus now until Madonna and new year. I should be at my best in January I think".
Alexander Khoroshilov, who equalled his personal best in Levi with a 8th place, became the first Russian skier on Sunday to make a World Cup podium since 1981.
"I was really happy about my results in Levi, but today this is unbelievable", said the 30-year-old. "I was really surprised to see the gap between me and Matthias Hargin, once I crossed the finish line".

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Maria Pietilä-Holmner Wins Slalom in Åre

Maria Pietilä-Holmner whose last Slalom victory dates back to Aspen 2010 put together two strong runs and claimed the first win of a Swede in a ladies' Slalom in Sweden. The 28-year-old tech specialist finished her race with the total time of 1:46:65 and beat Friday’s Giant Slalom winner Tina Maze by a mere 0.06 seconds. To make things even sweeter for the host nation, Frida Hansdotter rounded up the podium by holding on to her third position from the first run and finishing 0.32 seconds behind her teammate.
"It’s amazing and this means so much to me", Pietilä-Holmner said while struggling to hold back tears of happiness. "I have proven to myself I could be the best again. I felt confident up at the start and I promised myself to try and take a chance. I was trying to enjoy myself today and it’s certainly a good sign for me to know what I’m doing and what I’m working on are the right things", Pietilä-Holmner continued.
There is hardly a better picture to come out from the first races held in Are after the announcement of their hosting of the 2019 World Ski Championships than that of two Swedish skiers sharing the podium.
"We have a strong team in both SL and GS so watch out for Sweden in Are 2019", Pietilä-Holmner said when asked if today was a first step towards dominating the next big event at home.
Maze had been complaining about jet-leg struggles but the biorhythm troubles didn’t seem to affect the Slovenian’s skiing much as she will be leaving Are with a victory and a second place.
"It has been a great weekend, I’m really tired but we have done a great job. I did wish for some quicker legs in today’s second run so I could push a bit harder, like I did in the giant slalom but it didn’t really work out that way. I think I did a good, the Swedish girls were at home here and they went all in. The course was very nice, it flowed well and had a good rhythm and you could really enjoy skiing it", Maze said.
Frida Hansdotter has finished second in each of the last three Slalom World Cup races, dating back to last season's race in Lenzerheide. She entered today’s slalom wearing the red bib given to the leader in the discipline and she managed to keep her lead in the rankings and is now sitting 11 points ahead of Maze.
"For sure I would like to keep it for as long as I can, possibly until the Finals in Meribel but there are a lot of good girls trying to take it away from me (...) It’s nice to be at home, to ski in front of a Swedish crowd and to cross the finish line hearing them shout in excitement", Hansdotter said.

Friday, December 12, 2014

"Wonder" Marcel Hirscher Wins Giant Slalom in Åre

For the first time in World Cup history, the men got to race a night Giant Slalom and Austria's Marcel Hirscher was unstoppable under the floodlights in favoured’s Giant Slalom. The three-time defending overall World Cup champion didn't let anyone keep up with him by posting the fastest time in both of the runs, for a combined winning time of 2:30.18. Third after the first run, Ted Ligety took advantage of the course set by one of his coaches to make up some time and finished second, 1.22 seconds off the pace. Germany's Stefan Luitz rounded out the podium, 1.50 seconds behind.
First in Sölden and third in Beaver Creek, Marcel Hirscher has become the benchmark in Giant Slalom so far this season. The 25-year-old celebrated his 25th career World Cup victory in style winning by such a margin tonight.
"It was a really good day", said Hirscher. "I feel really comfortable on icy courses like here and I know there is a lot of potential in my skiing and my technique as well as in my material. It gives me confidence for any kind of course sets".
After suffering an injury to his left wrist while training on November 22 and getting surgery, Ted Ligety celebrated his comeback by winning the Giant Slalom race in Beaver Creek last weekend and confessed he was happy with a second place in Åre.
"It's easy to think of places of where it would have been easy to make up time", he explained. "Just in the top section I lost 1.6 seconds or something to Marcel. I mean the rest of the way was very competitive. I simply struggled to get the rhythm on that early steep section, but I am pretty happy to be second place (..) My hand is getting better, but is not perfect. I definitely avoid hitting gates with it and putting it on the snow. But otherwise I don't really think about it when I am skiing".
22-year-old Stefan Luitz raced to his third career podium. All happened in giant slalom, his strongest discipline, and at that very specific time of the year.
"I can't explain why I always ski that well in the second weekend of December, but I know how happy I am after today's result", said Luitz. "In the first two races of the season I made silly mistakes. Today I am happy that I could ski like in training".

Tina Maze Wins Giant Slalom in Åre

Åre was selected to welcome both the men and the ladies after the races, originally scheduled in Val d'Isère and Courchevel, got cancelled, due to the lack of snow and warm temperatures in central Europe.
A very experienced organising committee in conjunction with a volunteer base full of motivation was key in getting everything ready on such short notice to host four races in three days. Åre has been organising World Cups since 1969, mostly ladies' races, and hosted World Championships in 1954 and 2007. The Scandinavian ski resort will also be the stage of the 2019 World Championships.
The ladies got the ball rolling with the third Giant Slalom race of the season which was dominated by Slovenia's Tina Maze. Giant Slalom Olympic champion, who was seventh after the first run, clocked the fastest time in the second run despite a mistake halfway down the course to win her third victory this season. Maze finished in a combined time of 2:23.84, with Sweden's Sara Hector ending up in second place, 0.20 seconds behind. Austria's Eva-Maria Brem led after the first run but settled for third, 0.28 seconds back.
Tina Maze has already won a Slalom (Levi) and a Downhill (Lake Louise) World Cup race this season. The victory on Friday was her career fourteenth in Giant Slalom.
"I am really surprised that I could put such a run together today, coming back from Canada only a few days ago", confessed Maze right after the race. "Today I was walking around fast asleep", she even joked. "When you're jet-lagged, you make some mistakes and you have to take them. I was trying to ski down fast and I made it. Overall I am skiing great so I am really happy with today's race".
The other outstanding performance of the day came from the 22-year-old Sara Hector who raced to her first World Cup podium. Her former personal best was a fifth place in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee super combined last season. The Swede managed to finish second in the first run with bib 25 and carried her pace into the second run.
"The conditions here are amazing so it is the same for everybody", said Hector. "It's been a great race. It's nice to have my teammates around me. We have such a really great team and it is amazing to be part of it".
In addition to her third place in Sölden and the victory in Aspen, Eva-Maria Brem has now landed three podiums out of three giant slalom races.
"It's always great to be on the podium", said Brem. "I tried to fully attack and I made some little mistakes but in the end I am very happy".
Brem increased her lead in the giant slalom standings. She has now 220 points, 54 points more than Mikaela Shiffrin, who finished 10th today and 58 points more than Anna Fenninger, who took sixth.
"This is what you wish for, when you are training so hard, Everything woks out well for me and I hope that it will continue like that this season".

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Teams for Swatch Skiers Cup 2015 Announced!

After an intense selection process, the team captains for Europe and the Americas have unveiled the eight elite skiers they will bring to Zermatt, Switzerland for the unique intercontinental team battle in anticipation of the 5th edition of the Swatch Skiers Cup which will be held from February 21-27, 2015.
The pressure is on this year as both teams are ready to break the 2-2 tie, with Team Americas defending their 2014 title. The line up is as strong and versatile as ever with returning "All Star"athletes teaming up with the latest newcomers. The key to winning the Swatch Skiers Cup is not necessarily the sum of a team’s individual talents; but rather the right combination of freeride and freestyle skills, team spirit, and consistency.
Veteran Captain Julien Regnier (FRA) will be excited to welcome back Richard Permin (FRA) to Team Europe following his stand out part in Matchstick Productions 2014 release "Days Of My Youth"and subsequent explosion on the international scene. Markus Eder (ITA) was also featured in this movie and returns to the Team after concentrating on his Olympic escapades last winter. Team Europe can also count on the experience of the iconic freerider and co-founder of the Skiers Cup, former team captain Sverre Liliequist (SWE). New talent has been added to the team with rookie,Sven Kueenle (GER). The creative and multi-talented Fabien Maierhofer (FRA) is back along with Chamonix native Sam Favret (FRA) who complete the French Connection. That leaves just two more riders to round off one of the strongest Team Europe line ups we have seen, austrian Fabio Studerand Zermatt local, and last years Head Mountain Guide, Samuel Anthamatten (SUI).
Team Americas, led by all round hero Seth Morrison (USA) will see the return of some big names such as: 3-time winner of Powder Magazine’s “Best Male Performance” award Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (USA), "Silent Shredder" Callum Pettit (CAN), the master of playfulness and IF3 award winning,Cody Townsend (USA) and super athlete Rory Bushfield (CAN). And although newcomers to the Swatch Skiers Cup, the remaining athletes on Team Americas are already household names through video parts with major production companies: Dana Flahr (CAN), Andy Mahre (USA) and Logan Pehota (CAN), and last but not least, Tanner Rainville (USA). All together a promising, balanced mix of Skiers Cup experience and new inspiration.
The two Swedish skiers, Sverre Liliequist and Kaj Zackrisson established the Swatch Skiers Cup to bring the best riders in the world together once a year and to exchange their passion across the Atlantic in a friendly yet groundbreaking competition between continents. Since its first edition in 2011 in Valle Nevado (Chile), the event has continued to grow in popularity and it has become a melting pot of creative freeskiing and one of the most recognized international showcase opportunities among world class skiers of different backgrounds. As Zackrisson says: "The Skiers Cup works because this environment keeps attracting the best riders, regardless of their background".

Monday, December 8, 2014

Vail Resorts To Invest $50 million in Park City Mountain Resort

Vail Resorts today announced details of the company’s planned upgrades to Park City Mountain Resort for the 2015-2016 ski season. The plan, which totals over $50 million, is one of the most ambitious and impactful capital programs in U.S. ski industry history and will transform the guest experience at Park City Mountain Resort. The plan would establish the connection between Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort, creating the largest single ski area in the country with more than 7,300 acres of skiable terrain, and complete a number of critical upgrades to the infrastructure of both resorts. The plan will be subject to approval by both Summit County and the City of Park City. Components of the $50-million capital plan include:
  • The Interconnect Gondola. An eight-passenger, high-speed two-way gondola from the base of the existing Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons. The gondola will also have an unload at the top of Pine Cone Ridge to allow skiers and riders the opportunity to ski into Thaynes Canyons at Park City via gated ski access or to the Iron Mountain area at Canyons through new trails that will be created from Pine Cone Ridge. This will mark the first gondola at Park City Mountain Resort since "The Gondola" was dismantled in 1983.
  • Upgrade of King Con and Motherlode Lifts at Park City. The King Con Lift will be upgraded from a four-person to a six-person, high-speed detachable chairlift and will increase lift capacity to this very popular ski pod. The Motherlode Lift will be upgraded from a fixed-grip triple to a four-person, high-speed detachable chairlift, also increasing lift capacity. Both upgrades will reduce crowding, lift lines and improve the guest experience.
  • New Snow Hut Restaurant, Upgrades to Summit House Restaurant at Park City and Expansion of Red Pine Lodge Restaurant at Canyons. The plan calls for building a completely new Snow Hut restaurant at the base of the Silverlode Lift and next to the Park City terminal for the Interconnect Gondola, with 500 indoor seats and a top-of-the-line kitchen and culinary experience. The plan also includes an upgrade to the "scramble" area inside the Summit House restaurant to improve the flow of diners and increase seats. At Canyons, the Red Pine Restaurant will be renovated to accommodate an additional 250 indoor seats. This upgrade follows the recent renovation and increase of 150 seats to the Cloud Dine restaurant at Canyons.
  • Snowmaking and Other Improvements. The plan features additional snowmaking on two trails in the Iron Mountain area of Canyons which will become increasingly central ski terrain given its proximity to the Interconnect Gondola. The plan also includes almost $5 million of "catch up" maintenance and upgrades at Park City, given the lack of spending at the resort over the past few years. This “catch up” maintenance spending is in addition to the normal annual maintenance capital for the two resorts of $5 million, which will be undertaken this year as well.
"This comprehensive capital plan for Park City and Canyons is one of the most ambitious and impactful plans undertaken at any resort in industry history, transforming the experience at both resorts and creating the largest single ski resort in the U.S. with more than 7,300 acres of skiable terrain", said Blaise Carrig, president of the mountain division for Vail Resorts. He added, "The improvements offer skiers and riders more terrain and upgraded lifts to enhance the guest experience and reduce crowding and lift lines, new and upgraded restaurants, more snowmaking and an overall ‘touching up’ of all aspects of the resorts. The plan was based on feedback from guests and the local community as well as discussions with the senior operating teams at the two resorts. We look forward to continuing to work with the county and the city and are hopeful we can bring this plan to life for the 2015-2016 ski season".

For the 2015-2016 ski season, the company intends to operate the two resorts as one unified branded experience under the name "Park City Mountain Resort". The Canyons base area will be renamed "Canyons at Park City". The company will continue to maintain the unique history and atmosphere of the two base areas with differentiated marketing for the diverse hotel and hospitality experiences.

Ted Ligety Wins His 5th Beaver Creek Giant Slalom

Only 2 weeks after undergoing hand surgery Ted Ligety wins his fifth Birds of Prey Giant Slalom, his fourth in a row. It is his 23rd victory in Giant Slalom, tying Swiss great Michael Von Gruenigen for second all-time, trailing only Swedish star Ingemar Stenmark with his 46 wins.
"Stenmark is so far away. He’s such a legend in the sport. I think what he’s done is pretty unattainable. To be able to pass or equal Von Gruenigen at this point is awesome. He was one of my childhood heroes", acknowledged Ligety. "I loved watching him compete in the World Cups in Park City when I was a kid, so to be able to have the same amount of World Cup wins as him is pretty surreal. I never would have guessed that I’d be anywhere close to him as a kid. To be up there with one of the legends of our sport is really cool".
After skiing slightly conservatively in the first run Ligety was sitting in fourth place, but he spared nothing during his second and finished the race 0.18 ahead of second ranked Alexis Pinturault and 0.60 ahead of Marcel Hirscher.
"The first race of the season didn’t go as well as I wanted it to and I was a little bit frustrated but that’s how it goes in skiracing so it’s nice to be able to put it down today. Beaver Creek is always awesome and there is no race where the surface is as consistent as they make it here. It’s a lot of fun to ski here, there were good conditions top to bottom", Ligety said.
"I was skiing for a week without a pole because I couldn’t move my wrist much but now my hand feels fine, in a way that was good practice for my balance. I skied a lot without poles in the last years as a balance drill so it wasn’t such an issue, it might have helped my skiing a bit too. I don’t think about my hand while skiing, I just try to not drag my hand on the snow or hit gates with it, otherwise it’s not something I’m not so conscious about it", Ligety explained the hand situation.
After finishing third in Saturday’s super-G and hurting his arm in the process by hooking it into a gate, Pinturault was able to ski past the pain and climb one step up on the podium.
"It turned out to be a good day but it was not easy at the beginning because I had to think about my arm as it was really painful this morning but I was able to stay focused on my skiing and ski as fast as possible and finishing second is really great for me", Pinturault talked about his struggles on race day.
Marcel Hirscher was sitting in third after the first run and finished in the same place at the end of the race. The current leader of the GS standings is not as in tune as Ligety with the grippy American snow but is ready to do the take the challenge and improve his skiing on it.
"It was not easy today, it is super cool to be on the podium especially as both runs were pretty fast today which is not something I can usually ski really well and fast. I am more the kind of skier who likes if it’s icy and today was very ‘grippy’ very usual for American snow. I am now looking forward to being back for World Championships so I’m taking today as I great training for February", Hirscher said.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

It's Swiss Time: Lara Gut Wins SG in Lake Louise

Switzerland's Lara Gut won her career 7th Super-G race in a time of 1:18.46. Lindsey Vonn crossed the finished line 0.37 seconds behind. Joining them on the podium was Slovenia's Tina Maze, 0.81 seconds back of the winner.
Gut won last year's Super G in Lake Louise as well as the last two super-G races of last season, making it three in a row with today's victory. The last woman to win three successive super-G races is Lindsey Vonn in 2011.
"It is the first time I am able to win at the same place twice",, said Lara Gut. "It is funny that it happened in Lake Louise (...) The course set was kind of straight. You had to risk it all. Once in the finish area, when I saw the good lead I had, I thought this was cool".
After an outstanding performance in Saturday's Downhill Lindsey Vonn confessed she didn't know what to expect for the super-G race, considering the lack of training. Her second place in the super- G concluded a very impressive comeback week onto the World Cup tour.
"I felt I was skiing aggressively and felt I was pretty clean on the top", explained Vonn. "Obviously my timing wasn't quite right. I was a little bit late on some turns, late with my pressure and got wide (...) I think I carried a pretty good speed onto the flats, but again on the flats my timing was a little bit off in a couple gates”, she confessed. “For all the mistakes, I am exceptionally happy with the second place. It was a solid day and overall it's been a phenomenal weekend".
Winner of the super-G globe in the season 2013/14, Tina Maze landed her 13th podium of her career on Sunday. The two podium finishes of the week were her first two in Lake Louise.
"I am really happy about my week", she said. "My skiing is great, although I didn't give it all today. I took a lot of risk in the downhill race yesterday and was a little bit calmer today (...) I was sure my performance, coming down the course, was not going to be enough to win. I had a the feeling that there was much more to do on the hill, but I didn't manage to do that. I should have attacked a lot more, it was actually easier that I thought it would be".
After an intense and long week of speed, Tina Maze now leads the World Cup overall standings with 380 points, followed by Austria's Anna Fenninger (263) and Kathrin Zettel (250). Lindsey Vonn sits in fourth with 212 points.