Friday, December 29, 2017

Alexis Pinturault Wins Alpine Combined in Bormio

The exciting fight between speed and tech skiers was won by allrounder Alexis Pinturault. Peter Fill finish second, ahead of Kjetil Jansrud in third at the alpine combined in Bormio.
At 11.30 this morning, the 51 athletes started with long skis on the Stelvio downhill. At the end of this first run, the winner from yesterday’s race Dominik Paris was the one in the lead, with +0.21 on Matthias Mayer and +0.50 in Peter Fill.
The only one from the first run that made it to the podium is Italian Peter Fill. The two times downhill globe winner was able to bring down a decent slalom run, to stay on the podium in second position, +0.42 off the winner’s pace.
Today’s World Cup win went to Alexis Pinturault. The Frenchman has been the “one to beat” in this discipline in the previous seasons, claiming the seasons standings four times in the last five years. Even with a particularly tough downhill, the giant slalom whiz managed to limit the damage in downhill, with a 16th place +1.65 behind, and laid down the fastest splits from top to bottom in the slalom run. This offers him the 21st World Cup win of his career and replaces him on the 5th place in the Overall ranking going into the New Year.
Only +0.02 behind the second place Peter Fill, Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud takes the third place again today. Finishing 4th of the downhill with three important contenders ahead of him, the attacking Viking knew he had to charge in the slalom and he was able to pull out a 15th run, that was enough to earn the last spot of the podium of this alpine combined.

Federica Brignone Wins World Cup Giant Slalom in Lienz

Federica Brignone won the giant slalom race at the 2017 World Cup Finals in Aspen last March but had yet to stand on a podium in the 2017/18 season until Lienz. Sitting in fourth after the first run of GS at the Austrian venue, the Italian rocketed through the shadows to claim her first victory in the final race of the calendar year.
An incredibly tight podium saw Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg finish in second place at only 0.04 seconds back and American Mikaela Shiffrin in third at 0.08 seconds from the lead. With 80 race points under her belt to Shiffrin's 60, Rebensburg reclaimed the lead in the hotly contested GS standings by a slim 13 points. Tessa Worley, who finished fourth on the day, now sits third in the standings at a reachable 48 points from Rebensburg.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Mikaela Shiffrin Tops Slalom Podium in Lienz

The seemingly unstoppable Mikaela Shiffrin won her third race in a row and second slalom of the season at Lienz, Austria, after skiing an impeccable first run down the Schlossberg. Leading the field by 1.14 seconds after the first run, the American held it together through deteriorating conditions to take her 27th slalom victory and first win in Lienz by 0.86 seconds.
Wendy Holdener of Switzerland gave the closest chase in second place after an attacking second run. She also finished second in Lienz the last time a World Cup slalom was held at the site in 2015.
Frida Hansdotter of Sweden, the winner of the last Lienz World Cup slalom race two years ago, collected her first podium in this Olympic season with a third-place finish. Her teammate Estelle Alphand, who formerly represented France but switched to compete for Sweden this season, scored a career-best finish in fifth after skiing the fastest second run and holding down the Audi leader seat through 17 subsequent challenges

Dominik Paris Takes Victory in Bormio

The traditional Stelvio downhill in Bormio is back on the World Cup Tour after four years in Santa Caterina.
The slope "Stelvio" is the perfect venue for the annual men's downhill race. By unanimous opinion, alongside Kitzbuhel, this is absolutely the most spectacular and technically difficult course. The "Stelvio", which is almost 3,230 meters long with a 986-meter difference in altitude and a maximum gradient of 60%, is a notoriously unforgiving track and is the only one where the finish area can clearly be seen from the starting gate.The long and challenging course was covered with approximately 20 centimeters of fresh snow overnight, which caused a delay of 45 minutes, but the course crew worked hard to clean it and prepare a fair track for the top athletes.
Italian Dominik Paris was able to clinch a downhill win in front of a home crowd in Bormio, as he did already in 2012. After a challenging start in the season, he stepped up his game to find the top of the podium again and celebrate his 8th downhill win in career.
"It’s a very important victory that lifts spirits. When you’re faster than the Norwegians you know your performance was a great one. 0,04? It’s enough…This result gives me strength on my way towards the Winter Olympics, I only hope that this good feeling continues in January and in February in particular. No, mine was not a perfect race: on a slope like Stelvio it’s practically impossible to be perfect, but it was a beautiful fight. Tomorrow I will take part in the Alpine Combined ", said Paris.Defending champion Aksel Lund Svindal, who’s the last athlete to have won on the Stelvio, brought down one of his impressive strong runs and finished only +0.04 behind the winner of the day. A 73rd podium for the Norwegian also the 10th out of his last 12 participations in a downhill, which showcases his fantastic shape despite many serious injuries.
"I skied well, I have nothing to blame myself. This slope has always been very difficult and in the past, I learned to ski on ice right here. This time the snow was softer and I could be more aggressive. Being behind Paris is not something strange: one who wins twice in Bormio and Kitzbuehel is a great downhiller, that’s for sure", said SvindalAnother Norwegian rounds up the podium; it’s Kjetil Jansrud. The downhill standings runner-up from last season was already second in the previous downhill in Val Gardena / Gröden and is eager for more solid performances like this.
"I’m happy, this third place is a great result, it tells me I’m in good shape. Because this is a difficult slope, perfection isn’t possible, but I didn’t make big mistakes. This time Stelvio was not as frozen as it was in the past, and they did a miracle to prepare it so well after the snowfall. Congratulations to Paris, it’s not a surprise at all. Indeed, Dominik is sometimes an underrated athlete. Taking part in the Alpine Combined tomorrow will give me the possibility to grow in condition", said Jansrud.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Freeride World Tour 2018. First Stop: Hakuba, Japan

Date: January 20-27, 2018; Location: Hakuba, Japan

This year, the FWT unveiled two brand new locations for the opening events in Hakuba, Japan, and Kicking Horse, Golden, BC, Canada – two legendary freeride destinations.
Forty-five riders in four categories – ski men, ski women, snowboard men, and snowboard women – will make the five-stop international journey. All riders will face a round of qualification cuts after the fourth stop in Fieberbrunn, Austria before arriving at the grand finale in Verbier, Switzerland in March/April 2018.

The Freeride World Tour (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 show 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.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Marcel Hirscher Shines at Madonna di Campiglio

The pattern "1. Kristoffersen, 2, Hirscher" that was recurrent in the two past seasons is broken, as Marcel Hirscher takes the win on the famous "Canalone Miramonti" in Madonna di Campiglio. The podium of the exciting night race is completed by Switzerland's Luca Aerni +0.04 behind and Henrik Kristoffersen +0.05 off the pace.
It was a very tight race tonight in Madonna di Campiglio. Already in the first run, the 30 qualified racers were all within +1.67 seconds, and after the second run, the podium holds within +0.05. Daniel Yule from Switzerland was only +0.07 off the pace today, and ends in fourth place for the second time this season.
In this race of small margins, Henrik Kristoffersen was able to move up from his fifth place in the first run and claim his sixth podium of the season. The Norwegian focused a lot on giant slalom lately and didn’t dedicate as much time to slalom as usual, which explains why he didn’t win yet this season. However, being constantly in second place still ensured him the red leader bib of the discipline.
Luca Aerni from Switzerland became an Alpine Combined World Champion last year, but never reached a podium on the World Cup circuit so far. Today, two solid and flawless runs allowed him to earn the first slalom podium for Switzerland since January 2010.
In the lead after the first run, Marcel Hirscher didn’t have a big margin on his contenders and had a pretty wild run down the Canalone Miramonti. But in the end, the +0.04 hundredths were on his side and the Austrian, very relieved when he saw his time written in green, could celebrate his 49th World Cup win.
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup Tour now takes a very short Christmas break, before heading to Bormio for the traditional downhill on 28th of December and an Alpine Combined on the 29th.

Last season, Marcel Hirscher wrote alpine skiing history by winning the Overall globe for the sixth time in a row. No one ever achieved this feat. Incredibly solid and constant in the tech disciplines, strong enough in speed and in a great shape throughout the whole season, the Austrian impressed and became the greatest World Cup skier ever.
Marcel Hirscher collected his fourth career slalom and GS globes. It capped off a career-best season for the Austrian technical ace with two World Championship titles, two discipline globes, and his sixth consecutive Overall title.
"It is amazing. You know, we are often thinking about it – how many years it will be possible to ski on this high level – but at the moment it’s a lot of fun", said Hirscher. "Well, I’m hoping for it [to get even better] because otherwise then it’s better to stop at the moment. But anyway, it will be a challenging summer for me and for the whole team to be in shape for next season".
Hirscher's sixth crystal globe bettered the record of Luxembourg's Marc Girardelli (1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993) and equaled the ladies' mark set by Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proll (1971-1975, 1979).

Born in Annaberg-Lungötz, Salzburg, on March 2, 1989. Hirscher made his World Cup debut in March 2007.

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Starts: 12
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Podiums: 7
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Victories: 4

Schladming 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Slalom 1st
Schladming 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Giant Slalom 2nd
Vail / Beaver Creek 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Giant Slalom 2nd
Vail / Beaver Creek 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Alpine combined 1st
St. Moritz 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Alpine combined 2nd
St. Moritz 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Giant Slalom 1st
St. Moritz 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Slalom 1st

Olympic Winter Games Starts: 4
Olympic Winter Games Medals: 1 (2nd in Slalom in Sochi 2014)

FIS World Cup Starts: 210
FIS World Cup Podiums: 113. On January 7, 2017 Hirscher achieved his 100th podium from 191 starts (a ratio of 52.3%) with a 2nd place finish in the Giant slalom in Adelboden.
FIS World Cup Victories: 49 (22 Slalom, 24 GS, 2 City Events, 1 Super-G)

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Mikaela Shiffrin Claims Victory in Courchevel Parallel Slalom

American star Mikaela Shiffrin defeats Petra Vlhova from Slovakia in close call Big Final in Courchevel PSL to achieve a second straight win. Third place for Italian Irene Curtoni to round out the podium.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Giant Slalom in Courchevel

Demonstrating impeccable form across a number of disciplines, American Mikaela Shiffrin skied to her first giant slalom victory of the season at Courchevel, France, on Tuesday. With her impressive win, she took over the lead in the giant slalom standings, for the first time in her career, from Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg.
Joining Shiffrin on the podium was home crowd favorite Tessa Worley. Skiing the fastest second run, Worley leaped from eighth after the first run into second place overall. It was Worley's second podium of the season after she finished second in Soelden, and her best ever result at the French resort.
Italian Manuela Moelgg, still chasing her first World Cup victory, finished third for the third time in a row this season. At the age of 34, she is in the midst of her most consistent season since the winter of 2008-2009.
Beyond Shiffrin’s win, it was a tight race for the rest of the field with only 0.03 seconds separating second place from fourth. The home crowd also celebrated Marie Massios’ move from bib 52 to finish 25th and Adeline Baud Mugnier’s seventh-place finish with bib 24.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Matts Olsson Claims Victory in Alta Badia Parallel Giant Slalom

For the third time in the history of alpine skiing, a parallel giant slalom was held in Alta Badia, on the bottom part of the Gran Risa slope. The exciting format saw 32 athletes competing head-to-head for some important World Cup points.
Last year, the French skier Cyprien Sarrazin created a surprise by claiming a career-first World Cup win, while the year before, speed skier Kjetil Jansrud dominated the field in the PGS on the Gran Risa.
This year, the giant slalom specialist shone on the Gran Risa, as the Swedish giant slalom whiz Matts Olsson took the win. It was his first World Cup win in career after he scored two podiums last season – 2nd in Kranjska Gora and 3rd in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The 30 years old athlete beat Marcel Hirscher in the semi-final, before finishing only +0.03 ahead of Henrik Kristoffersen in the final.
His two last contenders were able to assure podium placements as well, the fifth of the season for both of them. Henrik Kristoffersen took another 2nd place, after reaching that position 4 times already this season. The Norwegian was satisfied with his performance of the day, especially as his best position in an individual parallel event was the 9th place so far.
Marcel Hirscher won two City Events already (Moscow 2013 and Stockholm 2016), but had never reached the podium in the parallel giant slalom. Even though he’d like the course a little more turny, he likes the parallel format and is happy to reach another podium and score important points for the World Cup standings.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

King Marcel Hirscher is Back to the Top of the Podium in Alta Badia Giant Slalom

The Austrian phenom dominated both runs on the Gran Risa slope to take a record fifth straight win in the Alta Badia GS. Hirscher ends up with a massive 1.70 seconds ahead of Norwegian rival Henrik Kristoffersen, with Zan Kranjec of Slovenia 1.82 behind in third.
Hirscher also breaks a tie with Italian great Alberto Tomba — the pair had four GS wins each on this challenging course.
The Austrian 6-times Overall winner Marcel Hirscher is undoubtedly the strongest Giant Slalom athlete at the moment. Not only did he win this race with -1.70 on his closest rival, but he also was on the podium in the 12 last Giant Slalom races (world cup and world championships) and won 7 of them. But with this 24th GS win in career, Marcel Hirscher is also equaling Ted Ligety’s mark of the second most wins in that discipline, trailing Stenmark with 46 wins. The statistics are also pretty impressive considering the races in Alta Badia, as Hirscher just won his fifth successive win in the South Tyrolean resort.
In the second place, Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen proves that he can be constant at a very high level in Giant Slalom as well this season. After a second place in Beaver Creek, and a 5th place in Val d’Isère, the slalom whiz is now pointing at the 2nd place, 54 points ahead of Alexis Pinturault. The slalom whiz also hopes to grab some points tomorrow in the Parallel Giant Slaloms, even though he never did better than 9th place in an individual parallel event so far.
The sensation of the day came from Zan Kranjec. The 25 years young Slovenian claimed his first World Cup podium today in Alta Badia. Already last year, Kranjec was knocking on the podium's door as he finished 4th on the Gran Risa. Also in Sölden he was able to ski in 4th position. But today everything came together and Zan Kranjec scores what could be the first podium of a long series in this discipline. It’s a big step for him, but also for his nation Slovenia. The last Slovenian to earn a podium placement in Giant Slalom was Uros Pavlovic back in 2001 in Kranjska Gora.

Anna Veith Wins Val d’Isere Super-G

Calling it the best day of her career, Olympic champion, World champion, and 2014 and 2015 World Cup overall globe winner Anna Veith of Austria won the Sunday super-G in Val d'Isere, France, marking her first victory in nearly three years after sustaining a serious knee injury just before the start of the 2015/16 season.
The last victory for this overall contender was at the Meribel giant slalom during Finals in March of 2015. She suffered a season-ending knee injury while training for the Soelden 2015 season opener and has fought her way through setbacks ever since. Almost tearing up on the podium, Veith had an emotional reaction to her 15th career World Cup victory.
Despite a hard crash in Saturday's race that resulted in a hand injury, Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein claimed her fourth podium of the season in second place, 0.48 seconds shy of Veith's pace. Although she ended the day with a celebration, she remarked that she will not start in the Courchevel giant slalom on Tuesday in order to give her hand injury time to heal. She hopes to return in time for the Lienz race at the end of December following the holiday break.
Italy's Sofia Goggia turned her luck around with a second podium finish in as many days after starting off the season with frustrating results. Goggia finished a close third at 0.51 seconds from the lead, moving into second place in the super-G standings (tied with Michelle Gisin).
Saturday's race winner Lindsey Vonn decided not to start on Sunday, citing a sore knee and the need to prioritize her health for the Olympic Winter Games.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Lindsey Vonn Back to the Top of the Podium in Val d'Isère

The Ladies' Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour endured two canceled races in St. Moritz last weekend and two canceled training runs in Val d'Isere this week. Speed Queen Lindsey Vonn was in the midst of an 11-month winning drought, last season's Italian standout Sofia Goggia had yet to crack the top five this winter, and Norwegian Ragnhild Mowinckel had 16 top-10 finishes but had yet to stand on a World Cup podium.
They say patience is a virtue, and it proved to be so for the three athletes who would lead the day in the rescheduled St. Moritz super-G held at Val d'Isere.
During Friday night's bib draw in the center of town, Goggia was asked by the announcer if she was getting frustrated with her results so far this season.
"It will come", Goggia replied, so matter-of-factly that it was hard to ignore.
Skiing from a lowered start due to additional snowfall on the race slope, Vonn set the leading pace to claim her 78th career World Cup victory. Goggia followed closely in second place at 0.31 seconds back, and Mowinckel snagged her career-first podium in third with 0.39 seconds off the lead.

Aksel Lund Svindal Wins Downhill in Val Gardena/Gröden

The traditional "Salslong" downhill in Val Gardena took place under blue skies and saw Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal take the win, ahead of teammate Kjetil Jansrud and Austrian Max Franz.
The King of the comebacks was able to win back-to-back races in downhill, as he won in Beaver Creek and now claimed another first place on the Saslong in Val Gardena! He now has six wins under his belt in Val Gardena, 34 in all disciplines and all venues.
In the second place, his teammate found the way to the podium again in downhill. Finishing second, Kjetil Jansrud scored his 44th career podium and made up some important points after his big mistake in the super-g yesterday.
Austrian Max Franz loves the Saslong. After a second place yesterday in the super-g, he claims a 3rd place in the downhill today. Four of his seven World Cup podiums came on the challenging course in Val Gardena.
After the weekend in Val Gardena, a trio of Norwegians is leading the Overall standings. Aksel Lund Svindal is ahead, Kjetil Jansrud second and tech whiz Henrik Kristoffersen third. The upcoming races in Alta Badia (giant slalom on Sunday and parallel giant slalom on Monday evening) could mix up this ranking, as six time Overall winner Marcel Hirscher is in 4th place, only 9 points behind the podium.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Josef Ferstl Claims his First World Cup Victory in Val Gardena Super-G

The fastest time of the weather affected Super-G in Val Gardena goes to Germany's Josef Ferstl. He earns his maiden World Cup win ahead of the Austrian duo Max Franz and Matthias Mayer.
Another snowy day on the World Cup Tour this season, but as the day went by, the snowfall became lighter, unfortunately leaving space for the fog to come in. After a long interruption following bib n°38, the unfavorable forecast forced the jury to definitely interrupt the Super-G race. As more than 30 racers were in the finish at that point, the race is valid and the podium of the day confirmed.
Josef Ferstl, son of double Kitzbuehel downhill winner Sepp Ferstl, was able to celebrate his first World Cup win today. Even though he realizes he was lucky with the weather today, the German knows he has the speed and is very happy that he could put his good training performances into practice on race day. So far, his best performance was a 5th place in the super-g in Santa Caterina in 2016.
Only +0.02 behind him, the Austrian Val Gardena downhill winner 2016 Max Franz grabbed the second place of this year’s Super-G. After his podium in Lake Louise, Franz proves that he is in an excellent shape and can go into tomorrow’s downhill with a lot of confidence.
Olympic downhill champion Matthias Mayer is walking away with a third place. Coming down with bib n°4, and with a mistake at the entrance of the Ciaslat, the Austrian didn’t believe in a podium placement in the first place. But as the racers came by, he realized that he may have scored 9th career podium in Super-G, the 16th in all disciplines. This became reality when the race was definitely interrupted at 14h30.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Salomon TV: The Art Of The Turn

Salomon brings 3 generations of ski racers together - a legend (Gunther Mader), a champion (Luca Aerni), and a rising star (Paco Rassat) - to reveal the sensation of the perfect turn.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Salomon TV: Bearings [North]

The Blank Collective spent the winter exploring each coordinate directions of British Columbia.
If pointed in the right direction, all compass’s end up setting the same bearing. The great north may seem daunting at first sight, but if enough time is spent in its company, the vastness and magnitude sets in and it gives to those who dare it a half sens of comfort. This is Bearings [North].

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Marcel Hirscher Wins Second Slalom of the Season in Val d'Isère

Persistent and heavy snowfall started early this morning and went on through the day. The “Criterium de la Première Neige” in Val d’Isère is aptly named indeed. However, this didn’t prevent the best slalom skiers to tackle the famous “Face de Bellevarde” and showcase their talent.
In the first run, Italy’s Stefano Gross clocked the fastest time. The Adelboden winner of 2015 claimed two podiums last season, bringing his career record to 11 podiums. But as in Kranjska Gora, he wasn’t able to use this important advantage to claim his second World Cup victory.
Today’s World Cup win came from the athlete ranked 8th after the first leg, the impressive Marcel Hirscher. The Austrian superstar, who already finished 3rd in the Giant Slalom yesterday, pushed hard in the second run and none of the eight contenders coming after him were able to beat him.
Norway's’ Henrik Kirstoffersen, who won the two previous editions in the slalom of Val d’Isère, also moved up from his first run performance (5th place) to earn the 24th podium in slalom.
In third place, André Myhrer was able to take the 20th slalom podium in his career. The Swede has won the slalom of the World Cup finals in the two previous years but somehow struggled to find his rhythm between those events.This slalom concluded the men’s races in Val d’Isère.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Alexis Pinturault Wins World Cup GS in Val d'Isère

Just like last season, the suspense around the second run of the Giant Slalom at Val d’Isère was big.
Alexis Pinturault wins the Giant slalom in Val d'Isere for his 10th career victory in the discipline and 20th overall. Ranked third after the opening run, the Frenchman posted the fastest time in a flawless second leg to beat Stefan Luitz of Germany by 0.28. 3rd place for Marcel Hirscher of Austria.
This World Cup victory was not only a big step in Pinturault’s career, but it was also an emotional win for the whole French team, as Pinturault dedicated his win to his teammate David Poisson, who passed away less than a month ago.
Marcel Hirscher was the fastest in the first run, but he knew he had to push hard to surpass Pinturault’s strong second run. He risked it all and hit a blue gate in the middle part of the course, that was stuck to his right hand for a few gates. This mistake slowed him down a little, but he was still able to earn the second spot of the podium, the 109th podium placement of his career.
Between the two giant slalom giants, Germany’s Stefan Luitz proves that he is in the shape of his life this season, by recording the second podium in as many races. With this 2nd place, Luitz now has six World Cup podiums under his belt, but he still lacks a win. Not doubt that he should be able to score this rather sooner than later.

Jasmine Flury Wins St. Moritz Super-G

Swiss teammates Jasmine Flury and Michelle Gisin took advantage of unpredictable conditions during Saturday's super-G at St. Moritz to give the Swiss crowd a home victory and second-place finish, respectively. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein, who trains with the Swiss team, skied into third place, effectively producing a Swiss team sweep of the podium.
Wind gusts on the hill created natural challenges for racers without compromising the safety of the event. Several course holds ensued during times of stronger gusts, but ultimately the race was run to completion. Although fifth last weekend in the Lake Louise super-G, Flury had yet to stand on a World Cup podium before her victory on the day. Gisin also secured her first super-G podium finish despite skiing to a third-place finish in the Lake Louise downhill exactly one week earlier. The discipline standings leader, Weirather, maintained her position over the rest of the field with another consistent podium finish.
A Swiss pre-race favorite, Lara Gut crashed into the safety netting on the slope but was able to ski down on her own and hopes to race again on Sunday. Lindsey Vonn reportedly suffered a back injury mid-run but finished the race before collapsing in the finish area. She left the venue walking very cautiously and is currently on the start list for Sunday's super-G.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Marcel Hirscher Wins Giant Slalom in Beaver Creek

An outstanding racing weekend took an end today at Beaver Creek with the Birds of Prey giant slalom, the first race of the season in this discipline, as the opening in Sölden had to be cancelled due to a storm.
Marcel Hirscher clocked the fastest time in today's Giant Slalom and earned his 46th World Cup victory.
In the second place, Henrik Kristoffersen claims his 32nd World Cup Podium, +0.88 off the leader’s time.
Stefan Luitz rounded up the podium +1.03 behind Hirscher.
The leading trio after the first run had some big names with Germany’s Stefan Luitz clocking the fastest time ahead of Ted Ligety (+0.29) and Marcel Hirscher (+0.39). Not far behind, World Championships medalist Manuel Feller and Swiss GS specialist Justin Murisier were tied in fourth place with +0.64.
In the second run, Marcel Hirscher was able to upgrade his skiing even more and skied to the first step of the podium, only three and a half months after his ankle fracture.

Tina Weirather Wins World Cup Super-G in Lake Louise

Tina Weirather won the first Super-G race of the season in Lake Louise. Lara Gut came in second +0.11 behind and Nicole Schmidhofer took third +0.27 seconds out.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Second Downhill of the Season in Lake Louise

The second of two downhill races at Lake Louise for the ladies produced a unique challenge for athletes and race organizers as a substation fire led to a power outage at the resort. With no ability to run the lifts, all racers and personnel were transported to a lowered race start at men's super-G start using piste machines and tow ropes. Despite the unconventional method of uphill transportation, racers and fans alike were thrilled to hold the race under mostly clear conditions when it could have easily been lost to the misfortune of the day.
Technical phenom Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. showed that her downhill podium finish on Friday was no fluke, and she claimed the first speed victory of her career after narrowly avoiding the fence through Fish Net. Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, who won the first two GS races of the season, finished solidly in second place at just 0.13 seconds from the lead. Michelle Gisin of Switzerland claimed only the second podium of her career (and first ever in downhill) by finishing third at 0.17 seconds from the win from bib 27.
Late-runner Kira Weidle of Germany also wowed the crowd by cruising into eighth place from bib 43. In all, seven athletes in the top 12 started from the 20th position or later.

Aksel Lund Svindal Wins Beaver Creek Downhill

Birds of Prey downhill 2017 is in the books and Aksel Lund Svindal from Norway won it for the 4th time. In the second place, Switzerland’s Kugelblitz Beat Feuz, who won the downhill opener in Lake Louise last week, takes second place. The impressive young German Thomas Dressen claims his maiden World Cup podium at Beaver Creek.
Charging the course from bib n°1, Aksel Lund Svindal found the best line right away and set a time of 1:40:46. It turned out that no one after him was able to undermatch that time and Svindal could stay on the Audi leader chair all the way to the end of the race, claiming his fourth downhill victory in Beaver Creek and his 33rd World Cup win through all disciplines.
Shortly after him, with start number 3, the Lake Louise downhill winner Beat Feuz came close, finishing only +0.15 off Svindal’s pace. The downhill World Champion from Switzerland finishes second for the third time in the Birds Of Prey downhill, always defeated by a quite small margin.
In third place, Germany’s Thomas Dressen created the surprise of the day, by earning his first career World Cup podium. The last German downhill podium goes back to 2004 with a win in Val Gardena. The 23 years young athlete from Mittenwald made a big step in the speed disciplines coming into that season.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Cornelia Huetter Wins First Downhill of the Season in Lake Louise

Cornelia Huetter wasted no time on her comeback following nearly a year away from the World Cup circuit due to a knee injury sustained last December. In the Austrian's first race back since the training crash last winter, she claimed a tight victory in the opening Downhill of the season at Lake Louise. Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather, who posted solid training times all week, was just 0.09 seconds shy of the win in second place. Technical phenom turned downhill threat Mikaela Shiffrin secured the first speed podium finish of her career in third.
Huetter was emotional after the race and could barely believe that she had won the first downhill race of her career in her very first race back on the tour. Although she was overjoyed to see the green light in the finish, she wasn't sure if it would hold up against the rest of the field after she started with bib 15.
Snowfall intensified over the race as more challengers tried to shake the podium, but the top three were ultimately decided with Huetter's run. Lindsey Vonn appeared on track to at least hit the podium when she caught an edge in Claire's Corner and careened into the safety fences. She was able to ski down to the finish area and reportedly suffered no serious injuries.
For Tina Weirather, the day marked the fifth time out of her last seven podium finishes that she wound up in second place. After a small mistake on the lower section of the course, she was determined to take another crack at the hill on Saturday.
Mikaela Shiffrin surprised herself a bit by skiing a clean run onto her career-first speed podium. But she acknowledged that the training runs enabled her to figure out her timing on the track and she could focus on having fun once race day arrived.

Vincent Kriechmayr Wins First Super-G of the Season in Beaver Creek

The men’s World Cup Tour went on with speed races in Beaver Creek, with not less than a Super-G on the Birds of Prey as a starter. Vincent Kriechmayr form Austria claimed his first ever World Cup win, while Kjetil Jansrud and Hannes Reichelt complete the podium.
In 2015/16, the Carinthian laid down his best performances so far, reaching the podium three times: the first one came in Kvitfjell, a second place in the super-g, then he podiumed at the Olympic test events in Jeongseon 2016 (3rd place) and again in Kvitfjell 2016 (2nd). In that 2015/16 season, Kriechmayr actually had a shot at the discipline globe, before finally ending 4th of the season ranking. Last season, the 26-year-old didn’t perform quite as good, but it seems that he is coming back in a fantastic shape and will be a serious contender in that discipline.
Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud, who won the first super-g of the season in Lake Louise last week, was again able to earn a podium placement, finishing second, +0,23 behind Kriechmayr. Last season’s globe winner keeps up the constant performances in this early season and is a serious contender for tomorrow’s downhill as well.
The third place goes to Hannes Reichelt, +0.33 off the pace of his teammate Kriechmayr. Three of his six World Cup career wins in super-g came in Beaver Creek and the Austrian also became a World Champion on this course at the Vail Beaver Creek 2015 World Championships.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Salomon TV: Bearings [South]

The Blank Collective spent the winter exploring each coordinate directions of British Columbia. Here is what the southern part of the province had to offer.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Ski Utah: The Powder People Ep. 3. The Snowblader

If you've spent time skiing around the Wasatch Front, you've probably seen or shared a chair with Burke Weir. A local at Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, and Solitude, Burke and his blades are a well-known fixture on the hill. His love for skiing is unparalleled.

Ski Utah is the marketing arm of the Utah Ski & Snowboard Association and has been creating brand awareness of and demand for the Utah wintersports product since its inception in 1978. Ski Utah publishes Ski Utah magazine, an annual publication which is distributed to hundreds of thousands of skiers and snowboarders annually. Ski Utah also owns and maintains with the most up-to-date snow and travel information.
The Utah Ski and Snowboard Association is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1975 with the aim of promoting Utah's ski and snowboard industry.
The Utah Ski and Snowboard Association represents14 statewide ski resorts (Alta Ski Area, Beaver Mountain, Brian Head Resort, Brighton Resort, Cherry Peak, Deer Valley, Eagle Point, Nordic Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Powder Mountain Resort, Snowbasin Resort, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, and Sundance).

Monday, November 27, 2017

Salomon TV: Bearings [WEST]

The wild west of B.C. - home of the open-minded ones. Peaks, valleys, and coastlines give it the refined lifestyle that many seek. It's a place where craft breweries are more common than gas stations. Watch and discover the west.

Kjetil Jansrud Wins World Cup Super-G in Lake Louise

Light overnight snowfall gave work to the course crew of the Lake Louise World Cup, but nothing the hardworking sleddogs cannot handle and today’s super-g could kick off as scheduled at 12h00 LOC / 20h00 CET. Unfortunately, snow and rainfall started again as the race was progressing.
After a 5th place yesterday, the Norwegian attacking Viking Kjetil Jansrud was able to pull out a strong run again today and claimed the top spot of the podium. Last season, he started with three SG wins in a row. "Winning the race proves that you are on the right track, so I’m very happy with my win today in Lake Louise", said Jansrud.
In 2014, he won both the super-G and downhill at Lake Louise. "Yesterday, was a decent effort. My result was fifth place, but I didn’t feel very confident in my skiing, which is not cool", Jansrud said. "So it was good to get on top of things today, gather my thoughts and try to attack it".A duo of Austrians completed the podium, with Max Franz (+0.28) and Hannes Reichelt (+0.32). Franz’s first World Cup win came last season in the downhill in Val Gardena and Hannes Reichelt could even claim two wins in the downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the super-g in Aspen. After Matthias Mayer taking second place tomorrow, the Austrian team positions itself as a very strong speed team for the upcoming season.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Slalom in Killington

Mikaela Shiffrin returned to the path of victory in slalom with a demonstrative victory in Killington (Vermont, USA). After leading the first run of the second slalom of the season, the Olympic champion dominated both slalom runs to finish ahead of Petra Vlhova (+ 1.64) and Bernadette Schild (+ 2.72).She claims her 26th World Cup slalom victory in front of a home crowd.
The 22-year-old American blitzed the field in snowy and windy conditions. "It worked out quite well", said Shiffrin. "It wasn't easy but when I ski balanced it makes it easier than when I don't".
Shiffrin's margin of victory was the largest for any women's World Cup race since the American captured the World Cup Finals slalom by 2.03 seconds in 2016.Cheered on by her grandmother – known affectionately as "Nana" – Shiffrin wowed the Vermont crowd just as she did at the same event last year. Vlhova did her best to defend the red leader bib in slalom, but Shiffrin was able to match her early season results. The two are now joint leaders of the ladies' slalom standings. Schild, meanwhile, picked up her second podium in a year at a U.S. resort, adding to her third-place finish at Squaw Valley from March.
A firm surface caused trouble for some skiers while aiding others. Those with higher starting bibs had a great opportunity to move up in ranking, but those who tried to charge too hard on the grippy ice paid the price. Denise Feierabend of Switzerland scored a career-best slalom finish from start number 21. Anna Swenn-Larsson of Sweden made a big move from bib 24 to finish sixth, and Austrian Katharina Gallhuber leaped from bib 38 to finish seventh.

Beat Feuz Wins First Downhill of the Season in Lake Louise

Switzerland’s Beat Feuz is the reigning World Champion and first winner of the season at the Lake Louise downhill.
8th in the training run, the Downhill World Champion from St. Moritz 2017 laid down a strong run, especially in the lower part. With bib n°7, he was able to score a time of 1: 43:76 that no one could undermatch after him. "Beginning the season with a win is the best thing that can happen. I had a great summer preparation, without any injuries and am very happy about how things turned out here, especially as I’m not performing very well here usually", said the reigning World Champion.
In the second position, Matthias Mayer was also able to call up the good sensations he had during summer training and claim a podium spot. The Austrian is used to the podium in Lake Louise, as he climbed on it at the last three Super-Gs, but this year, the defending downhill Olympic Champion was able to clinch a podium spot in this disciplines as well.
Rain snow and warm temperatures over the week limited the men to one training run prior to this year's race. One was enough for Mayer.
"It is my fifth time here in Lake Louise. I know the slope. I know everything", the Austrian said. "For me, one run was OK. For the young guys, of course, it was a little bit difficult".
The "King of the Comebacks" Aksel Lund Svindal struck again in Lake Louise! He suffered another knee injury last season and had to put an end to his season prematurely, but as in the past three years, his comeback in Lake Louise is a success. The Norwegian takes the 3rd place in today’s downhill race.
As a tribute to French skier David Poisson, who died November 13 in a training accident in Alberta, the men wore heart-shaped stickers with his initials on their helmets and their race bibs bore his name. Poisson died of his injuries after losing an edge and crashing through safety netting into a tree at Nakiska ski resort west of Calgary.
Poisson's death at age 35 cast a pall over the traditional season-opener in Lake Louise, Alta.
"I'm really happy to see that the whole ski family stood together and also that the French team participated today", Feuz said. "The stickers on the bib and the helmet is a beautiful gesture to remember David".

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Viktoria Rebensburg Wins Giant Slalom in Killington (Vermont)

Viktoria Rebensburg domination in this year’s Giant Slalom events continues and claimed the top step on the podium today in Killington. The win for Rebensburg came four weeks after she won the GS in the first race of the World Cup season in Sölden, Austria. She finished 0.67 seconds ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin and 1.49 ahead of Manuela Moelgg. Today's victory is the 15th World Cup Win (13 in GS) after 205 starts.
The race began with a moment of silence for David Poisson, the French skier who was killed while training in Canada on November 13.
Rebensburg held a slimmer lead over Shiffrin after the first run as dark clouds rolled in and a light rain started to fall. The German surprised even herself on the second run by battling to the finish line for the 15th World Cup win of her career. Shiffrin was able to appease the crowd with an impressive run of her own, landing solidly in second for the day. Moelgg was once again thrilled to make a podium appearance.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup 2017-2018 Moves To North America

The Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup continues in North America this weekend.
Killington will host two technical races. The World Cup event in Vermont will feature Ladies giant slalom and slalom ski events on the Superstar course. the races will take place on 25th - 26th November 2017.
The world's fastest men come to Canada's Lake Louise for the first speed events. Downhill and Super-G races are scheduled to take place on the same days.

Killington (USA)
November 25th Giant Slalom / Ladies
November 26th Slalom / Ladies

Lake Louise (CAN)
November 25th Downhill / Men
November 26th Super G / Men

Lake Louise (CAN)
December 1st Downhill / Ladies
December 2nd Downhill / Ladies
December 3rd Super G / Ladies

Beaver Creek (USA)
December 1st Super G / Men
December 2nd Downhill / Men
December 3rd Giant Slalom / Men

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Salomon TV: Bearings [EAST]

East: the Blank Collective spent the winter exploring each coordinate directions of British Columbia. Here is what the eastern part of the province had to offer.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ski Utah: The Powder People Ep. 2. The Volcanoman

Meet Brad Lewis, also known as The Volcanoman for his lava photography. Brad loves photography, but, he loves skiing even more. In this video, Brad tells us what drives him to live in a cabin in the mountains and snowmobile to first tracks every day all winter long.


Ski Utah is the marketing arm of the Utah Ski & Snowboard Association and has been creating brand awareness of and demand for the Utah wintersports product since its inception in 1978. Ski Utah publishes Ski Utah magazine, an annual publication which is distributed to hundreds of thousands of skiers and snowboarders annually. Ski Utah also owns and maintains with the most up-to-date snow and travel information.
The Utah Ski and Snowboard Association is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1975 with the aim of promoting Utah's ski and snowboard industry.
The Utah Ski and Snowboard Association represents14 statewide ski resorts (Alta Ski Area, Beaver Mountain, Brian Head Resort, Brighton Resort, Cherry Peak, Deer Valley, Eagle Point, Nordic Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Powder Mountain Resort, Snowbasin Resort, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, and Sundance).

Monday, November 13, 2017

Salomon TV: Dream Trip. Kashmir

Twenty-two year old Swede, Lovisa Rosengren, chooses Gulmarg, Kashmir as her dream trip spot with Cody Townsend and Kalen Thorien. What was supposed to be a cultural trip, turns into so much more when a 3-meter storm rolls through the resort.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Felix Neureuther Wins First Slalom of the Season in Levi

The Audi FIS Ski World Cup season could also start for the men this weekend with the slalom opening in Levi, Finland. Traditionally, the winner of this race gets a reindeer and this season, the athlete that could walk away with the animal is Germany’s Felix Neureuther.
In the first run, the top 30 athletes were very tight together. From the 92 athletes at the start, the 30st finished only +1.56 behind the fastest of the run, Great Britain’s Dave Ryding. Already in this position at the slalom in Kitzbuehel last season, the British slalom whiz made a mistake in the second run and skied out, preventing his nation to score its first ever World Cup win.
This offered the 3rd spot to Sweden’s Mattias Hargin, who laid down a fantastic second run to move up from the 12th position to a podium placement. Since March 2015 Hargin didn’t climb on the podium in his main discipline slalom, so he was particularly happy with his performance at the beginning of the season in Levi.
In the second position, Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen earned his 31st World Cup podium for his comeback on the Levi Black, after skipping the race last season due to a disagreement with his federation. After a deceiving end of last season, the young Norwegian is back on the right track and ready to battle for the globe again.
Felix Neureuther was the most constant over both runs. The German was 2nd only 0.14 back in the first run and was able to keep up with the fast pace of the second, where Jean-Baptiste Grange (FRA) had the fastest time. This performance allowed Neureuther to celebrate his first victory since February 2016 and the honour to own and name a baby reindeer. He chose the nickname of his new-born daughter Matilda, the reindeer will be called “Matti”.
Marcel Hirscher, coming back from an ankle fracture mid-August, had only very few days of slalom training, but he didn’t lose this sensational feeling on the skis and was able to push hard to reach a 4th place in the first run. However, the routine was not quite there yet and he finished 17th after the second run.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Petra Vlhova Wins First Slalom of the Season in Levi

Slovakia’s Petra Vhlova picked up the 2017-2018 World Cup slalom season right where she left off last March. The Aspen Finals winner turned on the jets to best American Mikaela Shiffrin by 0.10 seconds on the Levi Black slope in Finland, claiming the opening victory in the Olympic slalom year. Sitting 0.21 seconds behind Shiffrin’s leading pace after run one, Vlhova powered into the top spot with a hard charge on her second run. Switzerland’s “Sendy Wendy” Holdener also pushed her limits on the second run and was rewarded with a move onto the podium in third place.
As is a tradition in Levi, the race winner is awarded a baby reindeer which remains on a nearby farm. Vlhova followed the lead established by Marcel Hirscher and Henrik Kristoffersen in past seasons and named her first reindeer “Igor” after her father.
"I won the last race (in March) and it was difficult to continue so I’m really happy because it was a really tough day. Mikaela – she is always fast. But now, I am fast", said Vlhova.
Vlhova joins her countrywoman, Veronika Velez-Zuzulova, as one of only three women (Shiffrin the third) to win back-to-back slalom races since January of 2016.
It’s amazing because like I tell Mikaela, she is really strong and fast. So for me, it is the best day today", remarked Vlhova.
The 2017 Overall champion, Shiffrin, was able to move into the overall lead for the new year – currently 10 points ahead of Vhlova and 25 ahead of Holdener – after the first two races of the season.
The firm track north of the Arctic Circle held up for later bib numbers as well. Anna Swenn-Larsson of Sweden punched into seventh place from outside the top-30 at the start. Among other big movers, Stephanie Brunner of Austria skied into eighth from bib 53 and Norwegian Mina Fuerst Holtmann finished 13th from bib 51 in her World Cup slalom debut.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Saas-Fee Keeps Traveling on the Innovation Path With the WinterCARD Gold

In December of 2016, Saas-Fee revolutionized the ski industry in Switzerland.
With more than 75,000 orders, Saas-Fee carried out the most successful crowdfunding project in Europe. Based on the principle of crowdfunding, the popular alpine resort of Saas-Fee launched, at the end of October 2016, the low-cost season passes deal.
Thanks to the successful campaign, the Saas valley generated a plus of 15 %, the largest increase in overnight stays in all of Switzerland.
From this winter season on, the range of the WinterCARD offering will include the sunny glacier ski area of Hohsaas with its 35 kilometers of slopes, at no extra charge.
After the success of the WinterCARD, Saas-Fee will set new standards in the tourism sector again. For the price of CHF 111, owners of the WinterCARD Gold receive services worth at least 1000 Francs that make their stay in Saas-Fee not only more attractive but also more cost-effective. Guests benefit from complimentary “door to door” luggage transportation, from a 50% discount on ski and snowboard rental, and from a half-price discount on overnight stays in the Saas valley.
You can find the complete listing of all offers on where the WinterCARD Gold is available online until December 17th. 
People who do not yet have a WinterCARD can purchase, until December 17, a WinterCARD Gold as a complete package that includes the season pass and all additional offers.
The WinterCARD at a price of CHF 233 is also available.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Postgraduate Diploma in Mountain Destination Management Starting in October 2018

A Postgraduate Programme in Mountain Destination Management presented by the University of Andorra, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, the University of Wakayama, UNWTO THEMIS Foundation and Pallarsactiu, with transfer coursework from Colorado State University (CSU).
  • Format: Blended: on-line with two on-site sessions.
  • Language: English

The first edition of the Postgraduate Diploma in Mountain Destination Management will take place during the 2018-2019 academic year. The Diploma is comprised of 30 European Credits and will be taught in English and mostly via distance learning through the Universitat d’Andorra’s virtual learning platform. The programme includes two on-site sessions of five days each, in Andorra and Pallars (Catalonia) respectively.
The Postgraduate Diploma is a joint initiative of UdA and Pallarsactiu in conjunction with the UNWTO.Themis Foundation and it has the support of the Andorran Ministry of Tourism. The curriculum includes content from Colorado State University, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the University of Wakayama, which will be recognized in each of these university´s corresponding programmes.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Mountain Destination Management is aimed at graduates and professionals from both the public and private tourism sectors with expertise or a direct role in the creation or implementation of strategies, management policies, planning and promotion of mountain tourism destinations.
The programme will enable them to enhance their knowledge and professional skills, develop strategies and manage sustainable and responsible mountain tourism destinations.
The application process can be completed on the UdA website until 31 May 2018.

More information:
"Located in the Pyrenees, the Principality of Andorra is a top mountain destination in Europe, attracting over two million tourists and nearly eight million visitors overall from around the world each year. Like many mountain destinations, our economy and livelihood depend on our ability to provide quality tourism services, improve sustainability and remain competitive.
The objective of the Postgraduate in Mountain Destination Management is to provide students and professionals the knowledge and training they need to successfully meet the unique demands of the mountain tourism industry.
The programme’s international perspective and blended learning format ensure a uniquely diverse student body and an intellectually stimulating course of study. Furthermore, students can choose from one of two certificate programmes, the Postgraduate Certificate in Mountain Tourism Destinations Planning or the Postgraduate Certificate in Mountain Tourism Destinations Marketing. Both rigorous and practical, graduates of our programmes will be equipped with the skills and abilities to become successful and effective leaders in a rapidly evolving and growing indust

Mr. Miquel Nicolau i Vila
President of the University of Andorra

"I trust that this Postgraduate Diploma in Mountain Destination Management, an initiative of the University of Andorra and the UNWTO. Themis Foundation with the support of Colorado State University, will be an invaluable tool to advance mountain tourism as an effective means to promote social, economic and environmental development in mountain destinations across the world".

Taleb Rifai
Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)2017.

Levi To Host Slalom World Cup Opening This Weekend

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup 2017-2018 season continues with the Slalom opening at Levi (FIN) this coming weekend.
The World Cup Levi Slalom Opening will take place at 11th and 12th November with the following program:

Ladies' slalom - Saturday, 11.11.2014, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET
Men's slalom - Sunday, 12.11.2014, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET

The ladies’ race will be set by Giovanni Luca Rulfi from Italy and Alois Prenn from Switzerland.
The Men's race will be set by Daniele Simoncelli from Italy and Marko Pfeifer from Austria.

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 honor 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.
Besides 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 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 %.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Crans-Montana Joins Best of the Alps Group

For more than a quarter of a century, Best of the Alps has stood for the incomparable alpine charm and high standards of its associated destinations. These locations share an impressive tradition of tourism and range of services, as well as a combination of their own unique flair and a special attitude to life.
Belonging to this illustrious group of internationally acclaimed tourist destinations in the Alps are Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Davos, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Grindelwald, Kitzbühel, Lech Zürs am Arlberg, Megève, Seefeld, St. Anton am Arlberg and St. Moritz. They are now also joined by the Valais tourist paradise Crans-Montana, bringing the Best of the Alps circle back up to 12 legendary destinations again.
"We are very pleased to welcome Crans-Montana as a new member of our marketing cooperation. With its wealth of tradition and excellent tourist infrastructure, not to mention its long-term strategic direction, it is fully in line with our philosophy", says Sammy Salm, CEO of Best of the Alps on the internationally-oriented alpine destination becoming a member.
Lying on a sunny alpine plateau overlooking the Rhone valley, with an impressive panorama from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc, Crans-Montana was already a coveted location for enthusiasts of the alpine lifestyle right from the start. In 1893, the Hotel du Parc first opened its doors, followed by the first sanatorium in the region in 1899. By the beginning of the 20th century, other hotels and health resorts were also inviting visitors to the Valais holiday paradise, whose popularity and reputation then started to steadily grow.
The opening of the highest 18-hole golf course in the world in 1908 by Sir Henry Lunn was also ahead of its time, resulting in Crans-Montana evolving into a true golfing paradise. The international elite of golfing has now been holding a rendezvous there with the former Swiss Open, now Omega European Masters, for a long time. The only Masters tournament in the Alps – a “best of” par excellence – is only one of many highlights in the summer months.
Crans-Montana is also known as a winter hotspot in the Alps. This remarkable ski resort stretches up to the Plaine Morte glacier at an altitude of 3,000 meters, where the first alpine ski race took place in 1911. The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup has also held there again this year, as it has been since 1977. Crans-Montana rounded off its expertise in winter sports by successfully hosting the World Ski Championships in 1987. It is also currently bidding for the Olympic Games as the center for alpine skiing competitions as part of the Sion 2026 candidacy. Crans-Montana is also the Swiss candidate for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, which started taking place in Switzerland again in 2025.
"A new member often brings a breath of fresh air and additional momentum into the equation. An association like ours can always benefit from this", says Peter Nagel, President of Best of the Alps, who also sees Crans-Montana’s becoming a member as a welcome asset. Broad know-how and the questioning of previous positions is a win for all members. The sustained success of Best of the Alps is ultimately based on an intensive mutual exchange of ideas, including at the operational levels of the individual destinations.
"We will shortly be contributing extraordinary impressions and stories from Crans-Montana, and are very proud to be able to contribute to the Best of the Alps’ multi-faceted array of offers and its solid reputation", says Bruno Huggler, Director of Crans-Montana Tourism & Congress.

Ski Utah: The Powderhounds

Ski Utah Bloggers Adam Fehr and Matt Baydala are the epitome of powderhounds. They have built their businesses in Park City so they can make skiing a priority. In the coming weeks, Ski Utah will be releasing videos that go deeper with these dedicated skiers.

"From September to the end of May, snow is my obsession. If snow is in the forecast I cannot sleep because I'm often watching weather models", Powderhound Matt

"You can't après-ski all night if you don't ski in the morning", Après Adam

Ski Utah is the marketing arm of the Utah Ski & Snowboard Association and has been creating brand awareness of and demand for the Utah wintersports product since its inception in 1978. Ski Utah publishes Ski Utah magazine, an annual publication which is distributed to hundreds of thousands of skiers and snowboarders annually. Ski Utah also owns and maintains with the most up-to-date snow and travel information.
The Utah Ski and Snowboard Association is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1975 with the aim of promoting Utah's ski and snowboard industry.
The Utah Ski and Snowboard Association represents14 statewide ski resorts (Alta Ski Area, Beaver Mountain, Brian Head Resort, Brighton Resort, Cherry Peak, Deer Valley, Eagle Point, Nordic Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Powder Mountain Resort, Snowbasin Resort, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, and Sundance).

Monday, November 6, 2017

Ski Utah: The Powder People

Join Ski Utah this season as they meet fellow skiers and snowboarders who have built their lives and livelihoods around their love of skiing Utah’s mountains and The Greatest Snow on Earth. Meet the Powder People.
The goal of this 8-minute edit is to get you fired up for winter and introduce you to characters who have centered their lives around skiing in Utah like George Jedenoff, a 100-Year-Old Skier who still skis whenever he can. His passion for skiing helps motivate him to stay in shape.

Ski Utah is the marketing arm of the Utah Ski & Snowboard Association and has been creating brand awareness of and demand for the Utah wintersports product since its inception in 1978. Ski Utah publishes Ski Utah magazine, an annual publication which is distributed to hundreds of thousands of skiers and snowboarders annually. Ski Utah also owns and maintains with the most up-to-date snow and travel information.
The Utah Ski and Snowboard Association is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1975 with the aim of promoting Utah's ski and snowboard industry.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Salomon TV: Mica Heliskiing

Rising star, Andrea Byrne, joins Cody Townsend, Chris Rubens and Leah Evans in one of the best powder skiing locations on earth - Mica Heliskiing. This episode is a throwback to the other classic Salomon Freeski TV episodes from Mica - powder, pillows, and action.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Salomon TV: Fountain Of Youth

Aging pro freeskier, Mike Douglas, travels to Japan in search of the secrets to perpetual youth and longevity. Between powder skiing sessions, he explores the Japanese diet, fitness, onsens and temples. The most profound advice, however, comes from a day spent with Mt. Everest age record holder, Yuichiro Miura and his son Gota.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Freeride World Qualifier and Freeride Junior Tour 2018 Calendar Unveiled

This season features over 40 FWQ and 90 FJT events spanning two international regions with exciting new locations for 2018.
 A record 2300 FJT riders will complement the 1900 FWQ registered athletes to make this season the biggest ever in freeride history. These riders will hail from all over the world and are divided into two regions: Europe/Oceania and the Americas.

Five 4* events in Europe and six 4* events in North America will determine which top riders will qualify for the elite Freeride World Tour (FWT) next year, with the final 4* events (Obergurgl-Hochgurgl and Kirkwood) in each region determining qualification. The top three riders in the ski men category will advance along with the top rider in each of the other three categories: ski women, snowboard men, and snowboard women. Several new events will be held this year in France and Switzerland as well as a new “ride and style” format being debuted in Bergen, Germany. High profile FWQ events such as the Nendaz Freeride, Jasna, and most of the Open Faces series will feature live streams the day of the competition. The only qualifying event in Asia will be held as a 3* in Japan. Once again, national champions will be crowned in Austria, Switzerland, and France. The FWQ competition season kicks off at the Verbier Freeride Week with three 2* events on January 6-7, 2018.
The FJT also kicks off at the Verbier Freeride Week at the start of the new year. The biggest changes to the FJT this season include the creation of two age categories (14-18 and under-14). In addition, a new 2* event in Tignes, France will make the calendar this year as part of the French Freeride Series. The 20th anniversary of the Eldorado freeride now features a total of five events with a new 1* event in Formigal. The top FJT riders will be crowned national champions in Austria, Switzerland, France, and the Pyrenees (Spain and Andorra combined). Junior riders will have the opportunity to be crowned tour champions at the season finale in Verbier in April.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Club Med Announces All Inclusive Ski Resort To Open In Canada

Club Med – the pioneer of the all-inclusive resort concept – announced that it will open its first-ever resort in Canada, expanding its global leadership in ski resorts to North America. The brand new ski resort is planned to open in Quebec's Le Massif de Charlevoix ski region in 2020. The reveal took place at Groupe Le Massif's headquarters in Quebec City during a press conference held by Xavier Mufraggi, President and CEO of Club Med North America, and Daniel Gauthier, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Groupe Le Massif.
The project serves as a strategic symbol of rapid growth around the world for Club Med, which currently has plans to open 15 new through 2019 (of which one to two will be ski/mountain resorts each year), and either upgrade or expand nine of its existing resorts.
"Club Med is the world leader in all-inclusive mountain resorts. With 24 sites established in France, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and China, we're excited to add Canada to our list. Each season will reveal the wonders of this natural site, offering our international clientele a place to discover year-round beauty", comments Mufraggi. "It is often said you will only find a Club Med resort in the most beautiful destinations in the world. That said, it is an honor and privilege to be among those creating worldwide awareness for Charlevoix, a truly spectacular part of Canada".
The project represents a $93million investment to develop a 300-room resort, including a 5-Trident boutique hotel-style area with exclusive amenities and suites. The resort promises to be a haven for family and couple getaways as well groups and conventions with spaces designed to accommodate seminars and special events.

Club Med, founded in 1950, is recognized as the pioneer of the all-inclusive market, offering nearly 70 premium resorts in stunning locations around the world including North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean. Each Club Med resort features authentic local style and comfortably chic accommodations, superior sports programming and activities, enriching children's programs, gourmet dining, and warm and friendly service by its world-renown staff with legendary hospitality skills, an all-encompassing energy, and diverse backgrounds.
Club Med operates in more than 25 countries and continues to maintain its authentic Club Med spirit with an international staff of more than 23,000 employees from more than 110 different nationalities. Club Med continues to grow and adapt to each market with more than 15 new resorts opening soon.