Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of SnoCountry.com. He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and...
Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of SnoCountry.com. He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association. He lives in the mountains of New Mexico.
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It’s The Ted And Bode Show At Beaver Creek; Americans 1-2 In World Cup GS

World Cup racer at Beaver CreekIt was a day at Beaver Creek, Colo. that may well have set the stage for Olympic drama in February. American champion Ted Ligety won his fourth straight Audi FIS World Cup Giant Slalom pushed by the USA’s Bode Miller coming back from a year off recovering from injury.

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Vonn Pushes Way Up Ladder; U.S. Women Fare Better; Ligety Just Misses

Stacey Cook Lake LouiseThe Lindsey Vonn recovery watch continues and it looks better every day for the American champion as she rebounds from injury and pushes toward Sochi. Vonn finished 11th in the second weekend downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta, leaping 29 spots from Friday’s 40th place result on her more cautious first race day back.

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Lindsey’s Back - Completes Downhill At Lake Louise; Svindal Wins Birds Of Prey

Lindsey Vonn At Lake Louise (file photo)America’s Lindsey Vonn finally began what she hopes will be a two-month return to glory in February in the Sochi Winter Olympics. Vonn finished 40th at Lake Louise, Canada on a course she has dominated. But, all that mattered this time was she’s back.

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Vonn Looks To Race At Lake Louise; Ligety, World Cup Men To Beaver Creek

Lake Louise World Cup venueUPDATE 12/5: Lindsey Vonn will definitely return to the race course Friday (Dec. 6) for the first of two downhills at Lake Louise. She skipped the second training run, saying she has the course “dialed in.”

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PCSkiGal: Don’t Forget Fido And FiFi This Christmas

Dog GlowWe leave a plate of cookies out for Santa. We wrap gifts for a newborn. Why not put some things under the tree for your best friends? Cats and dogs may not know what Christmas is but they know a new toy or treat when they see it. Get them super excited with these cool items this holiday season.
 

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USSA Gets Media Rights To 2015, 2017 World Championships

Eurovision logoEUROVISION, the global rights holder for the FIS World Alpine and Nordic Skiing Championships, has signed a deal with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) for broadcast management of the 2015 and 2017 events. The 2015 World Alpine Skiing Championships will be held at Vail/Beaver Creek, Colo.

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USA’s Shiffrin Lone Bright Light As World Cup Concludes At Beaver Creek

BC GS PodiumThere was, finally, an exception to the rule. Mikaela Shiffrin, the teen star of the U.S. Ski team from Eagle-Vail, Colo. delighted hometown fans at the FIS Audi World Cup at Beaver Creek, with a second place finish in the Giant Slalom. It has been Shiffrin’s goal to bring her GS skiing up to her World Championship slalom level and that first podium felt great.

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‘Gut Check:’ Swiss Standout Wins Super G at Beaver Creek; Two In A Row

Swiss racer Lara GutLara Gut, the Swiss racer who won Friday’s World Cup downhill on the new Raptor course at Beaver Creek, Colo., repeated the effort in Saturday’s super G in a time of one minute 18.42. The American ladies were back in the pack again with Leanne Smith, Stacey Cook and Julie Mancuso 23rd, 28th and 29th respectively.

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Swiss Star Lara Gut Wins World Cup Downhill At Beaver Creek; Americans Struggle

Lara Gut wings Beaver Creek downhillIt was Switzerland’s Lara Gut winning the first downhill of the season on the new Raptor course at Beaver Creek, Colo., Friday. The American speed team and, in fact, others among the world’s stars, struggled on what will be the World Alpine Ski Championships course in 2015.

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World Cup Fever Rises At Beaver Creek Sans Lindsey: Extensive TV

Beaver Creek WC signU.S. Ski Team superstar Lindsey Vonn will not make her return on the new downhill course at Beaver Creek, Colo. this weekend as she had hoped. But, that should not take too much oxygen out of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup field as the globe’s speediest ladies test what will be the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championship downhill course on Raptor.

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Thanksgiving Weekend To Be Bountiful; Nearly 200 Resorts Will Open

Jay PeakNo worries. Indulge. Then, work it off, as nearly 200 of the nation’s ski resorts – coast to coast – will be open for skiing and riding Thanksgiving Weekend.

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Lindsey Vonn Injured In Training Run Tuesday; Torn ACL Means 'Aggressive Therapy'

Lindsey Vonn back on snow

Just when it looked like Olympic Champion Lindsey Vonn was on the road to a comeback in time for the Sochi Games in February, she crashed once again Tuesday in a downhill training run at Copper Mountain, Colo. She was not admitted to the hospital, however, and underwent an MRI in nearby Vail.

 

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Western Lodging Bookings Up 8.7 Percent; Heading For A Record?

Snow King Hotel, Jackson HoleSummer was certainly good. But, winter looks really, really good according the monthly report issued this week by DestiMetrics. Western U.S. lodges are in a position to post record breaking numbers.

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U.S. Teen Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Slalom Opener In Finland

Mikaela Shiffrin

It didn’t take long for the USA’s teen star Mikaela Shiffrin from Eagle-Vail, Colo. to make it clear her stunning performances last winner were no fluke. Shiffrin, 18, dominated the opening World Cup slalom in Levi, Finland Saturday with a wire-to-wire victory.

 

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Head For The Hills This Weekend: Here’s Where To Ski, Ride

Jiminy PeakIt’s early and snow cover, depth, run length and number of lifts running varies across North America’s ski resorts. But, if you’re ready to play, more than 42 ski areas are ready help you do it this weekend (Nov. 16-17).

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U.S. Alpine Ski Team Named At Copper Mt. Kick-Off Celebration

Marco SullivanThousands of fans were on hand as the U.S. Alpine Ski Team was named for the new season. Olympic gold medalists Ted Ligety, Bode Miller, and Lindsey Vonn were on hand, as was World Champion Michaela Shiffrin.

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Telluride Adds Four To Exec Team

Greg Pack Telluride GMChanges have arrived in the Executive Office at Telluride Ski Resort as four industry professionals have signed on at the Colorado resort.

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U.S. Ski, Snowboard Hall Of Fame Elects Six Athletes, Sport Builders

John Clendenin

Freestyle skiing champions, a film producer and a ski show pioneer were among those named to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame in an announcement this week by Co-Chair Bernie Weichsel.

 

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Colorado’s Copper, Keystone To Open Friday; Foot Of Snow Teases At Lake Tahoe

Keystone Oct. 28, 2013

Copper Mountain and Keystone Resort in Summit County, Colo. will join already open Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Friday, Nov. 1.

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Ligety Wins GS World Cup; Shiffrin Sixth In Austria Openers

Soelden Glacier Stadium

Soelden, Austria hosted the season’s first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup action over the weekend with Americans Ted Ligety and Michaela Shiffrin in form for the Olympic year.

 

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