After sitting out the super G and the slalom portion of the combined events earlier this week, Lindsey Vonn came back strong today to win a silver medal on the challenging Kandahar downhill course. Vonn, who suffered a concussion earlier this week, was the 20th skier to start today’s race and came within .44 seconds of the winner, Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl, who skied 16th. Vonn knocked her close friend and hometown favorite Maria Riesch, who raced immediately after Goergl, into third place. Goergl held onto the lead, making this her second gold of this World Championships.
The Ski Channel is hosting their first-ever film fest, January 27th- 29th at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver in conjunction with the SIA Snowshow. In attendance will be mountain sport celebrities, athletes, industry executives, filmmakers, and luminaries. The festival is comprised of works by the cutting edge of mountain sport filmmakers, adding new masterpieces to mountain cinema.
Ever pictured a ski resort from the inside of a snowglobe? The artful skiers at Switchback Entertainment have. This style of cinematography - which makes people, places and things appear like tiny miniature models - was inspired by stop motion & tilt shift photography techniques.
Holiday shopping can be toughest when hunting for brothers and dads. Cozy sweaters for mom, new boots for sisters, but the men in my life always seem to get books and music. The Patagonia Snowshot jacket erases those shopping-list blues. It's notable first for it's bright colors (blue, red), but really earns it's stripes when it comes to technology.
Wagner Custom designs and optimizes every set of skis according to length, sidecut radius, tail-waist-shovel width, camber, tip-tail shapes, flare angles and flex profile—all to suit the skier’s unique goals, weight, body type, skiing background, strength, agility, riding style and preferred range of terrain and snow conditions. Want a pair?
Rossi was among the first to incorporate rocker into a women’s ski (Voodoo Pro BC110). Now it unveils the S110W Freeski, one of the first women’s skis with rocker and reverse sidecut. Hence its funny shape: The tapered tip and tail smear better in the deep. With roughly the same dynamics as the hugely popular S7 (No. 1 in Men’s Deep Snow), the S110W is not built for versatility; it’s built to float effortlessly through feet of velvety powder, where it handles speed so well you hardly notice the trees are a blur. For deep-snow purists, it can’t be beat (No. 1 in Overall Impression).
"It's about doing what I like to do best," said Miller. "It was never about the victories. Not at the beginning of my career and not now. I just love to ski, stay fit and encourage kids to get out and do the same."
The US Ski Team has just wrapped up races in Lake Louise and Aspen. This weekend, the men head to Beaver Creek for the Birds of Prey World Cup, and the Women head to Lake Louise. With weather reports pointing to snow throughout the week, organizers have bumped the first downhill training run to Tuesday, Nov. 30 in order to maximize training opportunities. Here's a video from last year's Birds of Prey event.
Editors note: Avalanche beacons are one of the most important factors when it comes to surviving an avalanche. Combined with a shovel, probe, skills to use this device, and knowledge of backcountry terrian, a beacon is crucial. Take an avalanche course before heading into dangerous terrain.
This winter, world-renowned ski photographer Scott Markewitz wants to teach you his craft. He’s hosting a series of photography workshops, at Snowbird and in Alaska with EpicQuest and Chugach Powder Guides.