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Increased snow raises avalanche risks across Europe and North America

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Alpe d’Huez was the scene of the most recent avalanche claiming the life of a local skier

The man, a known paragliding instructor, was skiing with four other people, was pronounced dead at the scene of the avalanche.

Speed riding involves skiing down a slope with a canopy and mix skiing with flying.

Recent snowfalls across Europe have made the snowpack unstable and operators are asking skiers to ski within the boundaries of ski resorts. This is the first death reported in France. Last week a 16-year old British skier died at the Austrian resort of Lech.

In Canada a snowboarder lost his life at the BC Resort of Kicking Horse.

While there are a number of snow storms forecast in North America and Europe over the Christmas holidays, officials are warning that there could elevated dangers in the backcountry by those skiers tempted to seek untapped powder.

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Zorbing adventure turns to horror in Russia

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A zorbing activity went horrifically wrong after it went off paths and over a cliff at a ski resort and and killed a man earlier this month.

 

Russia’s ‘Emergencies Minister’ Vladimir Puchkov is pressing for improved safety standards after two men fell off a snowing mountain, turning an adventure ride into a scene of horror, as one died in a Zorbing indicent earlier this month at the Dombai ski area. Continue reading ‘Zorbing adventure turns to horror in Russia’

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New Hampshire cable car celebrates 75-years

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Cannon Mountain Tramway circa image is credited with the development of skiing in the granite state.

Cannon Mountain  ski area in New Hampshire is celebrating 75 years since the construction of the first cable car in North America (or ‘tramway’ as our North America cousins prefer to call them). Continue reading ‘New Hampshire cable car celebrates 75-years’

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Marijuana celebrated at ‘New Years’ in Colorado

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Marijuana was the star attraction at New Years Eve festivities in Denver.

A new law passed last November making  marijuana in Colorado legal was largely celebrated during New Year’s Eve celebrations instead of the traditional uncorking of the Champagne bubbly.  Continue reading ‘Marijuana celebrated at ‘New Years’ in Colorado’

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Western Maine ski resort, Saddleback up for grabs

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Saddleback Maine is for sale for a cool price tag of $12 M.

 

The Berry family has sunk $40 million in needed upgrades and resort improvements at Saddleback over the past 10 years, but they say it’s now time to bow out of the Maine ski resort.

The 400-acre, 2,000 vertical-foot ski resort near Rangeley was listed last month with Malone Commercial Brokers of Portland for an asking price of $12 million. They’re willing to stay on as partners or sell the property outright, either to a private owner or to a non-profit entity. Faith Berry, one of seven Berry children, says Saddleback’s workforce has increased from 66 to 250 since the family bought it in 2003. The family wants the resort to continue to create jobs in a part of Maine with limited employment opportunities.

The Berry family will keep the remaining 7,600 acres of land they own adjacent to the ski area. The prospective sale is expected to have no effect on Saddleback’s operations this winter.

 

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Maze another GS win, but Shiffrin fastest in second run

(skiracing.com) - Soelden. Aspen. St. Moritz. And now Courchevel. Undefeated this season, Tina Maze appears unstoppable in GS, as she skied to her fifth win of the World Cup season under soft conditions with patchy light in France Sunday. Unlike some of her recent victories, however, it wasn't perfect. There were a couple glimmers of hope for the rest of the field, including the fact that Maze didn't win the second run — Mikaela Shiffrin did. But when you're skiing as well as Maze, one small mistake before coming into the steeps isn't enough Continue reading 'Maze another GS win, but Shiffrin fastest in second run' Print This Post Print This Post

Ligety snares another two second GS margin at Alta Badia

(skiracing.com) -Sunday, (Dec. 16) the best ski racers on the planet were severely tested by Alta Badia's classic giant slalom hill, the Gran Risa. One of them rose above the challenge: America's Ted Ligety put in a first run of gargantuan proportions to lead by an amazing 2.4 seconds. It proved more than enough to secure his 14th career GS win and put him in a tie with Hermann Maier and Benjamin Raich for fourth on the all-time GS win list (among men). Though the defending GS champ, Marcel Hirscher, put the hammer down in his second run to illicit a bit of pressure, and although Ligety had his share of second run mistakes, touching his elbow to the snow high on the course, the first run lead proved to be too much for any to overcome. Continue reading 'Ligety snares another two second GS margin at Alta Badia' Print This Post Print This Post