After Disappointing Olympics, Mikaela Shiffrin Wins World Cup Overall Title

The skier said she was “embarrassed” by failing to win a medal in any of her five Beijing Olympic events. Turns out she was in it for the yearlong haul.

#alpine-skiing, #kilde-aleksander-aamodt, #olympic-games-2022, #shiffrin-mikaela, #world-cup-skiing

Paralympics: The Aigners Are a Nation Unto Themselves

The visually impaired siblings and their guides accounted for more medals at the Beijing Paralympics than several powerhouse countries.

#alpine-skiing, #paralympic-games

Norway Out in Front in Medal Count at Winter Olympics

Norway won its record 15th gold medal on Friday, the kind of success that has drawn experts from other countries trying figure out how the tiny nation keeps doing it.

#alpine-skiing, #norway, #olympic-games-2022

Shiffrin’s Olympics End as They Began, With a Sudden Fall and a Frank Review

A disqualification in the combined meant the American star failed to win an individual medal in Beijing. At times, the experience turned into a public catharsis.

#alpine-skiing, #beijing-china, #kilde-aleksander-aamodt, #olympic-games-2022, #shiffrin-mikaela

Mikaela Shiffrin’s Alpine Career Is Far From Over

The skier’s setbacks in Beijing fit the historical narrative arc of many greats in the sport, including her compatriots Bode Miller, Lindsey Vonn and Ted Ligety.

#alpine-skiing, #ligety-ted, #miller-bode, #olympic-games-2022, #shiffrin-mikaela, #svindal-aksel-lund, #vonn-lindsey

Mikaela Shiffrin Skis in Combined, Her Last Event in Beijing

Her biggest competitor, Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, opted out of the race.

#alpine-skiing, #olympic-games-2022, #shiffrin-mikaela

How Countries With No Snow Are Competing in the Winter Olympics

Several skiers representing countries with little snow are making their Olympic debut in Beijing, partly because of a diversity initiative that has generated controversy.

#alpine-skiing, #east-timor, #ghana, #jamaica-west-indies, #montenegro, #olympic-games-2022, #race-and-ethnicity

Beijing Winter Olympics: Why Many Are Not Watching

Instead of showing the best of what humanity can do, this year’s Olympics seem to reflect what we can’t.

#alpine-skiing, #anxiety-and-stress, #athletics-and-sports, #beijing-china, #china, #ice-skating, #olympic-games, #olympic-games-2022, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #skiing, #snowboarding

Mikaela Shiffrin Completes Her First Race of These Olympics, Super-G

After skiing off course early in two races, the slalom and giant slalom finished the super-G. She’s currently in eighth place.

#alpine-skiing, #olympic-games-2022, #shiffrin-mikaela

Mikaela Shiffrin Looks to Regain Her Confidence After Two Mistakes

For the second time in three days at the Games, Shiffrin skied off course early in the race. The experience is shaking the two-time gold medalist to her core as she gets ready for the super-G.

#alpine-skiing, #china, #content-type-personal-profile, #olympic-games, #olympic-games-2022, #shiffrin-mikaela

Mikaela Shiffrin Disqualified From Second Olympics Race

Shiffrin, a two-time Olympic champion, was disqualified after skiing off course in the slalom. She is expected to compete in three more events at these Games.

#alpine-skiing, #olympic-games-2022, #shiffrin-mikaela

A Slip and a Slow Start Keep Shiffrin and Kilde Off Podium

Mikaela Shiffrin tumbled and was disqualified from the giant slalom. Hours later, the favorite in the downhill, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, finished fifth.

#alpine-skiing, #brignone-federica, #gut-lara, #kilde-aleksander-aamodt, #mayer-matthias-1990, #olympic-games, #shiffrin-mikaela

Why the World’s Best Skiers Don’t Always Win at the Olympics

Nothing solidifies a skier’s status like an Olympic medal. But winning one depends not only on training, but also luck and the right conditions.

#alpine-skiing, #olympic-games-2022, #shiffrin-mikaela, #vonn-lindsey

Mikaela Shiffrin and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde Are Ski Racing’s Power Couple

The American and Norwegian, each multiple gold medal threats, got serious during the pandemic, as Kilde helped Shiffrin rediscover her love of skiing after her father died.

#alpine-skiing, #kilde-aleksander-aamodt, #olympic-games-2022, #shiffrin-mikaela, #skiing

How Beijing Created Snow for the Winter Olympics

The environmentally unfriendly secret of winter sports is that many competitions take place on artificial snow. China’s water-scarce capital had to go to enormous lengths to make enough of it.

#alpine-skiing, #beijing-china, #communist-party-of-china, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022, #skiing, #snowboarding

In Vermont, a Town Saved a Mountain, and a Mountain Saved a Town

After the Ascutney ski resort in Vermont closed because of erratic snowfall and mismanagement, it threatened to take with it the nearby town of West Windsor. The community took the situation into its own hands.

#alpine-skiing, #global-warming, #nonprofit-organizations, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #skiing, #snow-and-snowstorms, #travel-and-vacations, #trust-for-public-land, #vermont

How Lake Placid Keeps Its Olympic Legacy Alive

In Lake Placid, N.Y., nostalgia is a link to the region’s Olympic past.

#alpine-skiing, #lake-placid-ny, #olympic-games, #olympic-games-2022, #super-g, #world-university-games

For Skiers, a Winter of Discontent

With resorts having trouble hiring and employees calling out sick, visitors have been frustrated by idled lifts, limited services and closed terrain. Some of the biggest complaints have come from Epic Pass holders.

#alpine-skiing, #boyne-resorts, #colorado, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations, #vail-resorts-inc, #vermont, #wyoming

Gaspard Ulliel, Star of French Cinema, Dies in Skiing Accident

Known for playing both a young Hannibal Lecter and the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, Mr. Ulliel was just 37 when he died in France.

#alpine-skiing, #deaths-obituaries, #france, #hannibal-rising-movie, #moon-knight-movie, #movies, #saint-laurent-movie, #strayed-movie, #ulliel-gaspard-1984

The ‘Best Spring Skiing Anywhere’? Try Crete

The Greek island has no lifts, no lodges, no trail maps. But for those willing to climb for their turns, it’s got miles of wide-open terrain, dependable spring snow and no crowds.

#alpine-skiing, #crete-greece, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations, #winter-season

Skier Mikaela Shiffrin is Back on Top and Headed to the Olympics

A month from the Beijing Olympics, the comeback the American skier was certain that she had in her has arrived just in time.

#alpine-skiing, #beijing-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #olympic-games-2022, #shiffrin-mikaela, #vlhova-petra

Here’s How Climate Change and Covid Are Transforming Skiing

There’s less snow and stricter rules, but skiers are adjusting in surprising ways.

#alpine-skiing, #avalanches, #backstrom-ingrid, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cross-country-skiing, #freestyle-skiing, #global-warming, #mountains, #olympic-games, #snow-and-snowstorms, #united-states-ski-team, #wildfires, #winter-season

Meet the Woman Who Helped Set a Speed Record on a Classic Alpine Ski Route

Valentine Fabre and her ski-mountaineering partner, Hillary Gerardi, took on the Haute Route, traversing 66 miles of glaciers and passes in less than 27 hours. The challenge? Finding confidence.

#alpine-skiing, #alps-mountains, #chamonix-mont-blanc-france, #content-type-personal-profile, #fabre-valentine, #france, #gerardi-hillary, #mountaineering, #records-and-achievements, #switzerland, #women-and-girls, #zermatt-switzerland

How to Ski Smarter in the Age of Multi-Mountain Passes

Resort companies’ focus on season passes has changed skiing, but savvy skiers can dodge the crowds and reap the benefits.

#alpine-meadows-calif, #alpine-skiing, #alta-utah, #alterra-mountain, #aspen-colo, #austria, #beaver-creek-colo, #big-sky-mont, #breckenridge-colo, #chamonix-mont-blanc-france, #hunter-mountain-ny, #jackson-hole-wyo, #killington-vt, #lake-tahoe-nev, #palisades-tahoe, #park-city-utah, #skiing, #snowbasin-resort-huntsville-utah, #travel-and-vacations, #vail-resorts-inc, #winter-season

Like Skiing, But Can’t Afford a Season Pass? Indy Ski Pass Could Be the Answer

The lower-cost pass targets skiers who like to stay local and sample smaller, independently owned mountains, while saving money.

#alpine-skiing, #content-type-service, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations

Can California Tourism Survive Climate Change?

The most popular state for tourism in the U.S. endured record wildfires, drought and flooding just this year. “The rate of change has been so dramatic,” says one local scientist. “If I was the California tourism industry, I’d be really worried.”

#alpine-skiing, #autumn-season, #california, #calistoga-calif, #conservation-of-resources, #cross-country-skiing, #disasters-and-emergencies, #disneyland-anaheim-calif, #eco-tourism, #global-warming, #napa-calif, #palisades-tahoe, #palm-springs-calif, #skiing, #sonoma-county-calif, #south-lake-tahoe-calif, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations, #university-of-california-davis, #university-of-california-riverside, #university-of-nevada-reno, #university-of-waterloo, #utah-state-university, #weather, #wildfires, #yosemite-national-park-calif

A Lifeline to Let College Teams Play On

The University of Alaska Anchorage set specific goals for targeted teams to survive. Millions of dollars poured in, suggesting a template for schools hoping to keep programs afloat.

#alpine-skiing, #college-athletics, #colleges-and-universities, #gymnastics, #hockey-ice, #university-of-alaska-anchorage

What You Need to Know About Avalanche Safety in the Backcountry

A dangerously unstable snowpack and an influx of people to the backcountry have contributed to a rash of deaths this winter. Here’s what you need to know about avalanche safety.

#accidents-and-safety, #alpine-skiing, #avalanches, #colorado, #content-type-service, #skiing, #utah

Ted Ligety Announces Retirement From Alpine Skiing

At 36, the only American man to win two Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing is stepping away from the sport to spend more time with his growing family.

#alpine-skiing, #ligety-ted, #olympic-games

N.Y. Ski Conditions: A Snowslide, Few Lift Tickets, Beer in the Parking Lot

“At least we are freaking open,” one resort owner said.

#alpine-skiing, #avalanches, #belleayre-mountain-ny, #catskills-nys-area, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #hunter-mountain-ny, #kingston-ny, #plattekill-ny, #skiing, #windham-ny

Austrian Lockdown Covers Schools and Stores, but Not Ski Hills

A sunny holiday weekend drew a crush of skiers to Austria’s slopes, with crowded lift lines and parking lots making a mockery of social distancing rules.

#alpine-skiing, #alps-mountains, #austria, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #great-britain, #quarantines, #skiing, #switzerland, #travel-and-vacations

‘Stay Alive and Survive’: Ski Resorts Brace for a Pandemic Season

Many have put capacity restrictions in place, even as new lockdowns may spook visitors.

#alpine-skiing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lake-tahoe-nev, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #national-ski-areas-assn, #seasons-and-months, #shutdowns-institutional, #skiing, #snow-and-snowstorms, #spring-season, #taxation, #travel-and-vacations

At French Resorts, Skiing Has Become an Uphill Sport

The government closed ski lifts, fearing they might spread the coronavirus. The skiers came anyway.

#alpine-skiing, #chamonix-mont-blanc-france, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #skiing

Hig Roberts, Ski Champion, Comes Out as Gay

In an interview with The New York Times, Hig Roberts, a two-time U.S. national champion, becomes the first elite men’s Alpine skier to publicly come out as gay, hoping to encourage others to be themselves.

#alpine-skiing, #athletics-and-sports, #burke-mountain-academy, #content-type-personal-profile, #europe, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #kenworthy-gus, #middlebury-college, #roberts-hig, #steamboat-springs-colo

Ski Champion Comes Out as Gay: ‘I’m Ready to Be Happy’

In an interview with The New York Times, Hig Roberts, a two-time U.S. national champion, becomes the first elite men’s Alpine skier to publicly come out as gay, hoping to encourage others to be themselves.

#alpine-skiing, #athletics-and-sports, #burke-mountain-academy, #content-type-personal-profile, #europe, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #kenworthy-gus, #middlebury-college, #roberts-hig, #steamboat-springs-colo

It’s the Winter of Backcountry. Here’s How to Start Safely.

The pandemic has many people wanting to avoid crowded slopes. Going into the backcountry requires avalanche knowledge or a guide. Here are suggestions for taking part across the United States.

#alpine-skiing, #mountains, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #skiing, #snowboarding, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states

Vermont’s Ski Season, on the Brink

Just as winter was about to start, the state instituted a stricter quarantine and test requirement for visitors, and the snow-sports economy is bracing for the impact.

#alpine-skiing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cross-country-skiing, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #scott-phil-1958, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations, #vermont

Winter Sports Athletes Are Crisscrossing Europe for Races. Is That a Good Idea?

A World Cup schedule demands what medical experts have been advising against since March — large group gatherings and international travel.

#alpine-skiing, #austria, #biathlon, #central-europe, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diggins-jessica-1991, #dunklee-susan-1986, #europe, #finland, #international-biathlon-union, #international-ski-federation, #world-cup-skiing

Ski, Party, Seed a Pandemic: The Travel Rules That Let Covid-19 Take Flight

The World Health Organization said open borders would help fight disease. Experts, and a global treaty, emphatically agreed. But the scientific evidence was never behind them.

#alpine-skiing, #austria, #bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #epidemics, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #world-health-organization

Mikaela Shiffrin, Staggered by 2020, Wants to Enjoy Ski Racing Again

Her father’s death, pandemic-caused cancellations and a wildfire evacuation gave the World Cup champion a new view on competing: “I want to enjoy it, the way I have enjoyed it in the past.”

#alpine-skiing, #coronavirus-reopenings, #olympic-games-2022, #shiffrin-mikaela, #skiing, #world-cup-skiing