Sunday, November 16, 2014

Henrik Kristoffersen Wins First Slalom of the Season in Levi

 

Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway won the World Cup men's slalom opener, beating the world champion Marcel Hirscher by 0.12 seconds in foggy conditions on Sunday.
Last year Henrik Kristoffersen claimed in Levi his first ever top 10 by finishing third.
The 20-year-old Kristoffersen had a combined time of 1 minute, 50.39 seconds, after the Austrian led after the first run on the Finnish Arctic slope in Levi.
Germany's Felix Neureuther — eighth after the first run — finished third, 1.31 seconds behind Kristoffersen. Sebastian-Foss Solevaag of Norway came fourth.
Olympic champion Mario Matt of Austria failed to finish after his boot hit the snow, causing him to slide off the course in the first run.
Kristoffersen, who was just six-hundredths-of-a-second behind Hirscher after the first run, surged ahead with the day's fastest time 54.31 as the northern darkness set in.
"I'm probably never going to do a perfect run", he said. "It's always possible to ski faster, and there's always things you can do better".
Marcel Hischer described the Levi race as "an unbelievable fight" between him and Kristoffersen for the top podium spot, but said he was "0.1 percent" disappointed that he was beaten. "But I need to be more focussed and concentrated tobeing faster", he said.
Marcel Hirscher made his 60th career World Cup podium and increased his overall standings lead to 60 points over German Fritz Dopfer.Hirscher leads the overall World Cup standings with 180 points followed by Germany's Fritz Dopfer with 120. Kristoffersen is third with 100 points.
The Men’s Alpine skiing World Cup continues with a downhill and super-G in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada on November 26,

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Tina Maze Wins First Slalom of the Season in Levi


After leading the first run of the first slalom of the season, Tina Maze wins the first slalom of the season and earns her fourth slalom career victory ahead of Frida Hansdotter and Kathrin Zettel. The Slovenian who came to Levi last Friday already to take advantage of the good training conditions, was very pleased with her skiing today and attributed it partly to the decision to head North earlier than most: "It’s the best feeling in the world when you can have fun between the gates. It really helped to come to Levi a bit earlier as the conditions for training were great. The training slope preparation, the winter temperatures and gym facilities here were ideal so I felt I was really able to prepare for the race".
This is the fourth victory for Maze who has gone through lots of ups and downs in the discipline.
"My legs know how to ski, my body knows how to move but sometimes not thinking is the hardest. I am very happy I was able to do so today and it paid off", she explained.
Hansdotter had two strong runs today, she was able to keep her 2nd place from the first run and celebrate her 10th career second place in slalom. After finishing second in the slalom standings last season, Hansotter has her aim set high.
"It feels great to have a great start of the season. I feel good and feel my skiing is quite consistent. I am also aware I have more to give so it will be fun to see what I can do this season. I hope I can aim at the slalom title, it’s certainly one of my goals to go home at the end of the season with the crystal globe", she said after the race.
For Zettel, who earlier this year underwent hip surgery this was only her 12th day on slalom skis and she was more than happy with today’s podium, her third in Levi.
"I am really, really happy, I have been dreaming of a result like this but I have not been training so much in the past two weeks as my hip bothered me after Soelden and I was not able to train so much. It was not easy the last two weeks but I knew I had to push really hard today especially in the steep part and it worked", Zettel said.
This morning all eyes were on Mikaela Shiffrin, the young American who started this season with her first GS victory in Soleden, was unbeatable on the Levi Black last year as she won with an impressive 1.06 second over recently retired Maria Hoefl-Riesch and Tina Maze. Things didn’t go as planned for her today as after a disappointing first run where she finished 14th, she skied the ninth fastest time of the second run and finished just outside the top 10 in 11th place, 2.07 seconds off Maze’s pace.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Levi To Host Slalom World Cup Opening This Weekend


The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup 2014-2015 season continues with the Slalom opening at Levi (FIN) this coming weekend. Levi is ready to stage its 15th and 16th World Cup races since the first (Ladies') race was held on 28th February 2004.
The World Cup Levi Slalom Opening will take place at 16th and 17th November with the following program:

Ladies' slalom - Saturday, 15.11.2014, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET 
Men's slalom - Sunday, 16.11.2014, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET

One of the biggest milestones was reached in 2006, when the event adopted its current form as an annual opening races in both the Ladies and Men’s slalom seasons.
In the Year of 2012 The Regional Council of Lapland awarded World Cup Levi event for its’ annual nomination for Regional Developer. The award was a great honour for the event and the recognition of creating the attractive World Cup Levi brand and promoting significantly the international visibility of Lapland.
Levi, located about 170 km north of the Polar Circle (Levi World Cup is the northmost Alpine World Cup), is one of the largest ski resorts in Finnish Lapland. Levi Fell village is actually a small holiday town, which offers a wide range of first-rate services to its guests.
The Levi fell is 531 meters above sea level. There are some 50 ski slopes in Levi and the skiing and snowboarding season is particularly long, typically lasting from mid-October to the beginning of June. Levi has been chosen the best domestic skiing resort in Finland several times.
Levi is the market leader and pioneer in Finland in Ski Resorts. In the area there are 24 000 beds, which makes possible 2,5 million overnights/year with 650 000 visitors/year.
Beside the 43 slopes and 28 ski lifts there are 230 km's cross-country tracks and 880 km's snowmobiling routes.
More than 20,000 spectators are expected at the two races on the weekend, when the Ladies compete on Saturday November 15th and the Men on Sunday November 16th and the organizers have put great emphasis on involving local schools and youngsters to bring them to the events.
The Levi Black competition course vertical drop is 180 meters and the steepest part of the race course has the steepness of 52 %.

Epic TV: The List. These Guys Opened Their Season By Stomping Some Huge Heliskiing Cliff Drops

Matthias Haunholder and Matthias Mayr are two professional freeskiers who travel the world competing and skiing new lines. Despite having decorated careers, there are a few accomplishments that continue to elude them. So they made a very special list containing all the things they still want to accomplish. This is the behind-the-scene story of that list and how they eventually ticked every box on it.



What more do you need than three friends, a helicopter, and some super soft snow? For the next 90 seconds, drop into winter and see what it feels likes to to ride the heli into virgin pow territory and carve through some huge, super smooth lines in Engadin, Switzerland. Matthias Mayr, Lucas Swieykowski, and Matthias Haunholder mounted up some Go Pros and Drift cameras to bring you this action. It might not be as good as actually doing it yourself, but until you get your own pilot, it's as close as you're going to get.

Epic TV: The List, Teaser. Two Austrian Freeskiers Made a List. Things Are About to Get Crazy

Matthias Haunholder and Matthias Mayr are two professional freeskiers who travel the world competing and skiing new lines. Despite having decorated careers, there are a few accomplishments that continue to elude them. So they made a very special list containing all the things they still want to accomplish. This is the behind-the-scene story of that list and how they eventually ticked every box on it.

 

Alaska Stop For The Swatch Freeride World Tour By The North Face 2015 Announced


The Swatch Freeride World Tour By The North Face  (FWT) announces that Haines - Alaska has been selected as its fourth stop of the coming season. Since the launch of FWT in 2008, it has been a goal to organize an event in the epicenter of big mountain freeriding. Haines – Alaska is the realization of this dream and will be a highlight of the FWT season.
On March 14, the FWT will make its historic first visit to Haines, Alaska, bringing with it a select group of both male and female athletes; the top 60% of the total field secure their spot (16 Ski Men, 8 Snowboard Men, 7 Ski Women and 5 Snowboard Women after the first three events).
"Alaska has long been recognized as one of the best locations in the world for skiing and snowboarding", says General Manager of the FWT, Nicolas Hale-Woods (SUI). "And Haines is known as one of the premier locations in Alaska. We are very excited to be able to name this location as our 4th stop this year. It is fantastic working with the community there and we expect this event to be one of the highlights of the season".
For freeriders around the world, Haines, Alaska is seen as the Mecca of the sport. For an event organizer such as the FWT, this spectacularly remote area provides exciting challenges. Wild and unpredictable weather, massive storms and the raw nature of Alaska means that flexibility and creativity are needed to execute an elite FWT event. In this regard, the FWT is announcing a extended "weather window" for Alaska - Haines, allowing the contest day to be moved to ensure the best possible conditions.
There is no doubt this event will stand as a landmark in the history of the sport for both the athletes and the fans. The athletes agree that this is an event not to miss out on. As 2013 FWT Champion, Drew Tabke (USA) says: "Exploration and discovery is a huge part of the freeride experience, so going to new locations is really exciting".
"For freeride of skiers and snowboarders around the globe Alaska has always represented a dream destination,” adds FWT Americas Manager, Tom Winter (USA). “Haines represents the best the state of Alaska has to offer and I’m extremely excited that the FWT’s elite athletes will be able to experience this legendary location".
The season ends with a special anniversary: the 20th edition of the Xtreme Verbier. Only the top riders in each category will have a chance to ride in this prestigous FWT final event. The total prize money for the season is a record high just above 400,000 USD.

Event calendar

1. Swatch Freeride World Tour Chamonix-Mont-Blanc By The North Face
Date: Jan. 24, 2015; Location: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, FRA
Disciplines: Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard


2. Swatch Freeride World Tour Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen By The North Face
Date: Jan. 31, 2015; Location: Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, AUT
Disciplines: Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard


3. Swatch Freeride World Tour Vallnord Arcalis / Andorra By The North Face
Date: Feb 14, 2015; Location: Vallnord Arcalis, AND

Disciplines: Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard

4. Swatch Freeride World Tour Haines Alaska By The North Face
Date: March 14, 2015; Location: Haines, Alaska
Disciplines: Men’s Ski and Snowboard

5. Swatch Xtreme Verbier By The North Face
Date: March 28, 2015; Location: Verbier, SUI
Disciplines: Men’s and Women’s Ski and Snowboard

The Swatch Freeride World Tour By The North Face (FWT) is the premier big mountain freeskiing and snowboarding tour in the world, featuring the sport’s top athletes competing in the world’s best mountain resorts. Created in 2008, the FWT became even more global in 2012 following the union of North American-based Freeskiing World Tour, The North Face Masters of Snowboarding, and the European-based Swatch Freeride World Tour. Besides the successful implementation of this truly global FWT, the increase of Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) and Junior Freeride Tour events in recent years shows that the base of the sport is growing exponentially. 
The FWT represents top-level big mountain riding, the most progressive and pure discipline of skiing and snowboarding. Riders use the entire mountain as their canvas, from cliffs, cornices and chutes to powder fields and trees. FWT events have invitation-only athlete rosters but the full FWQ series allows athletes to compete in 1 to 4-star level events and qualify for the FWT the following season. All FWT competition venues are handpicked for their terrain, as well as their steepness, and offer a wide range of options to those competing.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

SEDNA Official Trailer (2014)




Directed by Laurent Jamet
Riders: Anne-Flore Marxer, Richard Amacker, Nicolas Boidevézi, Thibaud Duchosal, Phil Meier
Photography: Stéphane Godin
Filming: Andy Collet & Laurent Jamet
Soundtrack: Alpine Universe
Produced by Eye Of The Storm
Release date: November 28, 2014

Plot: Long time ago, a young woman of extraordinary beauty was forced by her father to marry a bad shaman who took her on an island, far from her home. Unhappy and never ceasing to cry, she eventually succeeds to soften her father who came to remove her in secret. But when they fled by boat, the shaman realized it and unleashed a terrible storm. The father threw his daughter overboard and she disappeared in the depths of the oceans...
And so begins the story of Sedna, goddess of Greenlandic waters, where is sailing the boat "La Louise" with a crew of skiers from France and Switzerland. But gradually, as the days pass, they will realize the legend of Sedna is probably more real than it seems…

The location of the movie is Greenland, and no – SEDNA is not a volcano – she is the goddess of the sea. There are different myths related to Sedna and maybe we will get some answers...? In any case the scenery is breath taking and simply inspiring with the clear contrasts of a polar atmosphere with sea, icebergs and mountains.
"We have long searched to go off the beaten tracks - which do exist even back country. We liked the idea of getting around on the Fjords by boat . It's the best way to get far out in the wild, arctic environment. We don't regret one single moment, just look at the movie and see what we discovered. It's clearly one of the most beautiful spots we have been to, says Thibaud Duchosal", co producer of SEDNA.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Glance Back at Levi 2013 FIS Ski World Cup

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup 2014-2015 season continues with the Slalom opening at Levi (FIN) this coming weekend. Levi is ready to stage its 15th and 16th World Cup races since the first (Ladies') race was held on 28th February 2004.
The World Cup Levi Slalom Opening will take place at 16th and 17th November with the following program:

Ladies' slalom - Saturday, 15.11.2014, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET 
Men's slalom - Sunday, 16.11.2014, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET



Last year Mikaela Shiffrin put down two outstanding runs and showed once again that she is in a league of her own in Slalom. Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who was in third place after the first run climbed up one place to finish in second place, 1.06 seconds behind Shiffrin. Tina Maze finished third, crossing the finish line with a combined time 1.61 seconds slower than Shiffrin’s.


After making it on the podium in all nine World Cup slalom races in the 2012-2013 season, Marcel Hirscher added a tenth one to the list. After two flawless runs, he claimed his first victory of the season. Austrian veteran Mario Matt, who was sitting in third place after the first run put down a great second run and moved one step up, finishing second, 0.62 seconds behind Hirscher. 
"It’s such a good feeling, it’s not easy to be in the role of the favorite… it makes the job far from easy but on the other side this makes it definitely not boring. Now I just want to take a day off, sleep a lot, regain some energy and than I will start thinking about the next races", Hirscher said.
The big surprise of the day came from Henrik Kristoffersen who claimed his first ever top 10 today by finishing third. The 19 years old was thrilled by the result.

Vail Resorts Announces Deadline to Purchase the Epic Pass


November 23, 2014 is the last chance for skiers and riders to purchase an Epic Pass, the world’s most flexible, popular season pass, for the 2014-15 ski and snowboard season. With Keystone Resort in Colorado already open, and recent snow storms combined with snowmaking systems in full operation across Vail Resorts’ iconic mountains in Colorado, Utah and Lake Tahoe, the clock is ticking down on the industry’s best-selling and most valuable season pass.
With the recent acquisition of Park City in Utah, Vail Resort’s Epic Pass now offers unprecedented access to 22 legendary mountain resorts and more than 32,000 acres of the best skiing and riding in the world. At just $769 for adults and $399 for children (ages 5-12), it also offers the industry’s best value, saving 30 percent versus buying lift tickets and paying for itself in just over six days.
"The recent snowfall at all our resorts and the opening of Keystone signal the official start of the ski and snowboard season", said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts, "but also the end of Epic Pass sales. With the Epic Pass, we continue to provide the greatest value and variety in skiing and riding but you have to buy it before the season gets into full swing".
The 2014-15 Epic Pass features unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City and Canyons in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Furthermore, Epic Pass holders have the opportunity to extend their skiing and riding adventures globally with up to five consecutive free days each (when booking in-resort lodging) at the renowned mountain resorts of Les 3 Vallées, France (Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle) and Verbier, Switzerland, and five consecutive free days at Niseko United, Japan.
In addition to adding Park City to the Epic Pass line-up, Vail Resorts has poured $85 million into elevating the guest experience for 2014-15, bringing its five-year resort investment total to $492 million.

Vail Resorts is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN).

Monday, November 10, 2014

Levi Ready To Host Slalom World Cup Opening


The official snow control for the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Slalom Opening at Levi (FIN) took place last Thursday. FIS Chief Race Director World Cup Men Markus Waldner was pleased with the snow conditions on the race course and the the competitions were confirmed as scheduled on 15th-16th November.
"We are very happy that winter has arrived in time for the Organizing Committee in Levi to finalize the preparation of the race slope in time for the snow inspection. We are pleased to be able to confirm without hesitation, the two slalom races on the Levi Black on the 15th and 16th of November. The conditions are great, it’s nice and cold and we are looking forward to an exciting opening of the slalom season" announced Waldner.
Thanks to the course crew's good work and efficient snow-making system the snow has been produced to the race course in record time.
"We have enough snow in the course. Snowmaking and other operations has been made in record time and some even ahead of time. Cold time after the mid October allowed good conditions for snowmaking. Staff has done a great work. In addition the last investments in our snowmaking system is shown", commented Petri Tuomikoski the Chief of Race.
Due to the good snow situation, some teams have already arrived at Levi. At the moment besides the Finnish team, teams Norway, Germany and Croatia have started their trainings. The Swedish team will start on Thursday.
"The teams have advanced their arrivals so our goal is to open the training area at the Frontslope as soon as possible, latest on the weekend", continues Tuomikoski.
Norwegian Henrik Kristoferssen was pleased with the condition of the race course. "We had our first trainings today. The race is in a good condition; there sure is enough snow. It's still a bit icy so it's aggressive but over all it's in a really good condition (...) Last year I took my first podium place here at Levi so this race is a big deal for me. I'm looking forward the competition. I'm feeling pretty ok. Off course I still have some work to do and need couple days to get the rhythm but it's looking good".

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup 2014-2015 season continues with the Slalom opening at Levi (FIN) this coming weekend. Levi is ready to stage its 15th and 16th World Cup races since the first (Ladies') race was held on 28th February 2004.

The World Cup Levi Slalom Opening will take place at 16th and 17th November with the following program:

Ladies' slalom - Saturday, 15.11.2014, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET
Men's slalom - Sunday, 16.11.2014, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET