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A LITTLE BIT OF SWITZERLAND IN UTAH
I had the pleasure of staying at the Zermatt Resort, in Midway, Utah. It was just 25 minutes from Park City where I was covering the FIS Freestyle World Cup at Deer Valley. The Zermatt Resort was named after the Swiss village at the base of the Matterhorn in Switzerland. The name sought to draw a parallel between the breathtaking views of Switzerland and the vistas of Heber Valley, which lies at the base of the 13,000-foot high Wasatch mountain range. I really enjoyed my accommodations, gourmet dining, and full-service luxury spa at this first class resort, which had a view of rustic Western farmland MORE
ALPINE SKI TEAM NEWS
Lindsey Vonn Wins Super G Bronze --The 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships began Tuesday with the women's super G in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO. In front of her hometown fans, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) skied her way to a podium spot, taking the bronze medal. All four American starters finished in the top 15. World Championships Kick Off in Vail/Beaver Creek
VAIL/BEAVER CREEK, CO (Feb. 2. 2015)--On Monday, February 2, the opening ceremonies signified the highly anticipated beginning to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO. This year's competition marks the fourth time in history that the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will be held in America, and the MORE
DEER VALLEY FREESTYLE WORLD CUP
The 2015 Freestyle World Cup at Deer Valley, UT showcased the best aerialists and mogul skiers in the world with US and Canadian athletes making an impressive showing in all events. AERIALS - Three U.S. aerialists earned their spots on the podium at the Deer Valley Aerial World Cup event on the first night of this three-night event. Unlike past years, mild temperatures and clear skies greeted the large gathering of fans gather as the US Women's Team took two out of three spots on the podium in the ladies event and the USA took second place in a the men's competition.
USA's Ashley Caldwell took home the Gold after winning with the final jump by being the only female athlete bold enough to throw triple jumps in both rounds of the final. In her last jump, she threw a lay, double-full, full that nailed 1st place with a score of 99.78. Her teammate MORE
Linus Buries Juno at Windham Mountain Resort -Just a week after the much anticipated and highly publicized blizzard Juno hit the north east, a new storm Linus has been dumping snow in the NY Hudson Valley region since early this morning. Like icing on the cake, 15 inches of fresh snow has already fallen on the trails of Windham Mountain Resort in the Northern Catskill Mountains, quickly covering the base Juno had left behind. Now 100% open, Windham Mountain Resort offers 282 acres off skiing and snowboarding and Linus is a warm welcome to the resort. Randy Holden, Communication's Manager at the resort said, "Snow like this is Heavenly, and although conditions have been excellent, this storm just adds to the excitement." In addition to skiing and riding, the resort also offers fun and excitement at their Adventure Park where guests can enjoy snow tubing, ice skating and mini snowmobiles for the kids. MORE
CONDITIONS AT WHITETAIL
I was delighted with the conditions at Whitetail, only 1 ˝ hours from DC. I drove there to do a little skiing on a day trip. I taught skiing there many years ago and I think that it's a great ski area so near to Washington, D.C. It's really easy to get to Whitetail from the D.C. area, Baltimore or Northern Virginia, where I live. It's all super highway. You take the beltway (495) north to Rt. 270 and go west on Rt. 70 and get off just passed Hagerstown at Clear Spring. It's only six minutes from the interstate, just over the line from Maryland in Pennsylvania. The county road is well marked with snow flake signs. I got a little nostalgic as I neared the ski area MORE
PLACID FREESTYLE WORLD CUP
On Thursday in Lake Placid, USA, Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Mikael Kingsbury, backed up by teammates Andi Naude and Marc-Antoine Gagnon, continued to a run of dominance by the Canadian moguls team in 2014/15 that may make this season even more impressive than their last. Dufour-Lapointe took victory at Lake Placid in the ladies' competition over hometown favourite Hannah Kearney (USA), though it was by the barest of margins. Dufour-Lapointe's score of 86.86 was a mere .43 better than Kearney's 86.43, with Dufour-Lapointe's superior turning scores offset by Kearney's edge in the jumps. With those scores essentially cancelling each other out, it came down to speed, and the .46 second Dufour-Lapointe had ahead of Kearney made the difference. MORE
U.S. FREESKIING TEAM NEWS
Double Victory for Irving at Rev Tour Seven Springs Mountain Resort, PA (Jan. 28, 2014)-U.S. Freeskiing Rookie Team rider Birk Irving (Winter Park, CO) reigned supreme at the second stop of the U.S. Revolution Tour, winning both the men's halfpipe and slopestyle competitions at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, PA. Carly Margulies (Mammoth Lakes, CA) took home top honors in the women'...Double Victory for Irving at Rev Tour
Seven Springs Mountain Resort, PA (Jan. 28, 2014)-U.S. Freeskiing Rookie Team rider Birk Irving (Winter Park, CO) reigned supreme at the second stop of the U.S. Revolution Tour, winning both the men's halfpipe and slopestyle competitions at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, PA. Carly Margulies (Mammoth Lakes, CA) took home top honors in the women'... MORE
AND FLISAR CLAIM WORLD GOLDS
The final event of the Kreischberg 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships ended 12 days of competition off in truly epic fashion, with a thrilling ski cross competition that saw Andrea Limbacher (AUT) and Filip Flisar (SLO) claim the final gold medals of the Championships Limbacher won gold for Austria in incredible fashion, passing ageless veteran Ophelie David (FRA) near the top of the course and then staving off heavy pressure from David and 2013 World Champion Fanny Smith through the courses middle section, before Smith had a near-crash and dropped off the pace.
Around the final corner and over the final jump David made a cagey move to pick up extra speed, catching Limbacher in a drag race to the finish. Crossing the line side-by-side while reaching desperately for the finish, neither the ladies, the officials, nor the huge crowd gathered could be sure who had taken gold until the photo finish results flashed on the screen to show Limbacher had secured victory MORE
CANADIAN FREESTYLE TEAM NEWS
Canada finishes seventh in aerial team event - Competing in the aerial team event for the first time on North American soil, Canada finished in seventh place out of eight with a combined score of 271.90. The team was led by Oliver Rochon (101.77), Travis Gerrits (88.23) and Mélissa Corbo (81.90). The event was eventually won by China with a combined score of 330.23, followed by Belarus (320.00) and Russia (295.33).
"I know they're tinkering with the format and we still have to get use to it as athletes," said Rochon. "It makes for a much longer day and that's new for us. We're having a lot of fun out there though. Even though we are competing as individuals, this event really gives us a sense of team. We're competing for each other. I think we can grow on these results. Everyone jumped pretty well this week. I think we will be even more prepared next time around." MORE
U.S. SNOWBOARD TEAM NEWS
Clark and Kim 1-2 in Burton Euro Open
LAAX, Switzerland (Feb. 1, 2015)- Kelly Clark (Mammoth Lakes, CA) and and Chloe Kim (Torrance, CA) continued their battle for queen of the hill at the Burton European Open, in Laax, Switzerland this weekend taking first and second respectively in women's halfpipe - flipping the results from X Games a week ago.
Mastro Wins Third Straight Rev Tour
SEVEN SPRINGS MOUNTAIN RESORT, PA (Jan. 30, 2015)--In blustery, post-Juno snow conditions, Maddie Mastro (Wrightwood, CA) took home her third straight U.S. Revolution Tour win in women's halfpipe at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, PA. Mastro along with men's slopestyle winner, Grant Giller (Salt Lake City, UT) and men's halfpipe winner, Joshua... MORE
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