Archive for November, 2009

The latest on the price of a lift ticket

Who has the highest lift ticket price in North America? Who has raised their prices the most in the past year? We suppose you could go out and do the research yourself, but why when someone else already has? Check out the list here.

Have you entered the Swany Gloves Outdoor Adventures Video Contest? Why not? It’s easy and you can win prizes ranging from Swany Gloves to a helmet cam. Here’s how to enter.


It must be the gloves!

Hey, we LOVE skiing and snowboarding, but Swany makes gloves for ALL winter pursuits. In this case: skeleton racing. Check out this photo of a competitor using Swany Gloves at the Men’s Skeleton World Championships competition on Nov. 20 at the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Don’t forget: Enter the Swany Gloves Outdoor Adventures Video Contest and you could win cool gloves and even a helmet cam. Get started here.

Aspen World Cup slalom goes to Zahrobska, Vonn struggles again

Sarka Zahrobska must love Aspen. The Czech defended her 2008 victory in Sunday’s World Cup slalom for her second World Cup win — both in Aspen. She was followed by Austrians Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel, who also took second in Saturday’s GS. As for the Americans, it was another tough day for Lindsey Vonn. Find out why at

Enter Swany Gloves Outdoor Adventures Video Contest, win a helmet cam. Start here.

World Cup ski winners: Kathrin Hoelzl in Aspen, Didier Cuche in Lake Louise

Lindsey Vonn kept a streak alive, but it wasn’t a good one: she once again failed to get on the podium in a World Cup giant slalom. Instead, German world GS champion Kathrin Hoelzl won on Saturday at the Audi FIS World Cup giant slalom event in Aspen, with a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 9.63 seconds, on a course that many racers classify as the most difficult on the women’s GS circuit. “It was very very icy, but my material was perfect,” Hoelzl said. Read more about the race, as well as who finished second and third, at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup web site.

Didier Cuche was the fastest among the men on Saturday, winning an FIS World Cup downhill race in Lake Louise, Canada. The Swiss star had a .44 of a second margin over Italian Werner Heel (1:50.75) and fellow Swiss skier Carlo Janka ( 1:50.93).  On the down side, American TJ Lanning hooked his right ski, fell and injured his right knee. According to medical staff on site, the knee likely has significant ligament damage. He also complained of back pain before being lifted off the course by helicopter causing a 40-minute race delay. He was transferred to the Banff Hospital for x-rays. Read more.

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Lindsay Vonn leads U.S. women into Aspen World Cup races this weekend

American Lindsay Vonn leads the list of the best women’s skiers in the world descending on Aspen this weekend for two World Cup races. Here’s your chance to see the skiers who will be competing for the gold at the Vancouver Winter Olympics during February. The giant slalom will be contested on Saturday, the slalom on Sunday. First run is at 10 a.m. both days, second run at 1 p.m. But it’s not all competition: there’s a free 7 p.m. concert on Saturday by the John Popper Project. Get more details here.

Enter (and tell others) about Swany’s Outdoor Adventures Video Contest, win a helmet cam.

Awesome ski jump, but more than you need for Swany video contest

There are ski jumps and then there are ski JUMPS. Consider this one from 2007 by Jamie Pierre, at the time considered the world record, as an example of the latter in the extreme. In fact, as a couple of the commenters point out, by the time he lands upside-down it’s more of a fall than a jump. But hey, you look at the drop and tell me you want to quibble about style. See the video for yourself.

And it’s worth noting that you don’t have to do anything this extreme to enter Swany’s Outdoor Adventures Video Contest. We’d be happy with a 10-foot jump, or a funny costume on skis or … well, the idea’s up to you. We just want you to enter for a chance to win free gloves and even a helmet cam. Find the rules here and enter.

Enter the Outdoor Adventure Video Contest, win cool prizes

Enter the Outdoor Adventures Video Contest for a chance to win prizes ranging from our new X-Change gloves to a cool Helmet Cam. Here’s how to enter: Make a cool outdoor winter adventure video. It could be a ski or snowboard trick, a visit to the backcounty for Telemark skiing, or anything that takes us into the great outdoors. We don’t need an epic: 30 seconds is just fine. Have you already made a video? Enter that. Want the inside track? The judges might give you extra credit for including Swany gloves.Then:


Upload your video to YouTube: We’re guessing you’ve already uploaded videos, but if not, visit YouTube and register.

Enter your video: E-mail the URL of your YouTube video to Swany’s judges by e-mailing us at Enter AS OFTEN as you like.

Winners’ notification: Starting the week of Dec. 7, Swany will select weekly winners and notify them via e-mail. In December, January and February we’ll pick monthly winners as well.

Prizes: Weekly winners will be awarded one pair of Swany gloves or mittens. The monthly winner gets a Helmet Cam. In addition, we’ll highlight your video on the Swany web site for the whole world to see.

Who’s eligible: Everyone. Unless you work for Swany America.

So what are you waiting for? Go have an adventure and record it on video! But be safe, right?

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