Archive for February, 2011

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Super Dave Treadway

Dave Treadway is one of the best backcountry skiers in the world, which is part of the reason why Swany Gloves is so glad to be his sponsor. But the fact that Dave is one of the nicest guys out there makes our partnership with him even better. He’s always up to something cool and has been blogging about it, with great pictures and the video you see above. Check it out and look at other videos featuring Dave on Vimeo. And don’t miss his blog.

Dave will join other big names in freesking — Sean Pettit, Tim Durtschi, JP Auclair,  Grete Eliassen, Suzanne Graham and, competing for the first time since being injured two years ago, Tanner Hall — at the Red Bull Cold Rush 2011 at Silverton Mountain in Colorado. Learn more about the event, including how to see daily highlights, right here.

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Riesch rallies with razor-thin win in Super G over Vonn, the day after American’s Downhill win

Lindsey Vonn reacts to her 40th World Cup victory.

Take that! The day after American superstar Lindsey Vonn cut into her lead in overall points with a World Cup win in downhill, Germany’s Maria Riesch struck back on Sunday with a win of her own in Super G, edging her rival by one-hundredth of a second in a Super G in Are, Sweden. Read more.

SATURDAY

Any questions about Lindsey Vonn’s health now? Not in the wake of Saturday’s victory in a World Cup downhill in Are, Sweden. Not only did Vonn put a concussion from three weeks ago completely behind her, she claimed her 40th World Cup victory. Read more to learn who else reached the podium and how close she now is to overall point leader Maria Riesch.

FRIDAY

Lindsey Vonn isn’t the only skier feeling better as the World Cup season heads into its final events. German Maria Riesch, over the fever that dogged her at the World Championships, stormed to the win on Friday in a Super-Combined at Are, Sweden. The win helped Riesch extend her overall points lead over Vonn, who had the fastest time in the Super G before struggling in slalom and finishing a respectable sixth. Read more.

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Video Contest winner helps us experience The 24 Hours of Telemark in Wisconsin

We pay homage to the skinny-ski set with our latest winner in the Swany Outdoor Adventure Video Contest. Meet Jessica Gammey of Boulder (by way of Wisconsin),  who takes us on an adventure at the 24 Hours of Telemark race in Wisconsin.

In her own words: “I started nordic skiing in Madison, Wis., after someone told me about a “Women On Snow” weekend up on the Birkie Trail (Wisconsin’s famous Birkebeiner Trail). I signed up for the clinic, bought some demo skis and now I’m about to do my third Birkie (race). I sometimes wear my downhill goggles and beanie hat and look like a real dufus, but that doesn’t seem to negatively impact the strange yet exhilarating feeling of skating through the woods.”

About the race: “The 24 Hours of Telemark is like childbirth, I imagine (because I don’t have any children, but I hear it’s pretty painful), but people keep doing it. Even if you do it as a relay … it is an emotionally demanding and sanity-testing event. The event has the serious 24-hour solo FREAKS (actual name of the category) and the six-person teams who dress up in costumes. The only motivation to get up at 2 a.m. to go outside and ski your turn is your other teammates expecting you to pull your weight. When you get that tap on the shoulder at 1:30 that you need to be out there at 2 a.m., you swear to yourself this is the last time! But just as soon as the sun comes up, comes renewed energy and the memories of exhaustion fade. So, we sign up for it again.”

For her video, Jessica gets a pair of great Swany Gloves. Have a video that you’d like to enter? Just upload it to YouTube, Vimeo and the like, then send us the URL at swanygloves@gmail.com. That’s all there is to it! Complete rules here.

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Look out! Lindsey Vonn says she’s rested and ready to go fast at this weekend’s World Cup

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn told the Denver Post she has “no concussion symptoms” after taking a week off. In fact, she says in a weekly diary in the Post, the time off should “give me a little bit of an advantage going into the closing stretch of the season.” Vonn with an “advantage?” This could be really FAST. Read her diary.

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Go to The Extremes (and then some) in Crested Butte for freeskiing championships

Lobbing explosives into Headwall.

You are already on the extreme edge if you compete in The Extremes at Crested Butte. But what about the guys who have to ensure the safety of those athletes at the top of the daunting Headwall run in howling winds? Join reporter Jason Blevins of the Denver Post for a wild visit to their workplace. Read more. And here’s a look at who won this past weekend’s competition from Doglotion.com.

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Meet The Women of Whistler

Ace MacKay-Smith is one of The Women of Whistler

One’s an X-Games gold medalist in superpipe, another an Olympian, and this one’s a big mountain skier. Those ladies, and many others, are The Women of Whistler, the latest slideshow of awesome women skiers collected by Skiing Magazine. In this edition, you’ll see Sarah Burke, Britt Janyk, Ace Mackay-Smith and Heather Roberts, among others.

And don’t worry: It’s not some sleazy ripoff. It’s great photos of these talented athletes with mini-bios that tell their stories.  Like this? Then you should check out the slideshow of The Women of Squaw Valley

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Our latest video contest winner takes on a hair-raising, high-stakes rescue on Grand Teton

It’s time to announce our next winner in the Swany Outdoor Adventure Video Contest. Meet Michelle Smith of Jackson, Wyo., who takes us on an adventure unlike any we have featured so far, one that that will raise the hair on the back of your neck and leave you with vertigo. Her story, which earns her our “monthly” award prize, is how she suffered terrible injuries in a climbing accident and … well, let Michelle tell the story.

In her own words: “I have been climbing up peaks in the Tetons and snowboarding down them for the past 4 seasons. The climbing fall I took happened on the Grand Teton last August. I slipped on ice and fell about 30 feet. During the fall I shattered my leg, broke my back in two places, and suffered multiple contusions. Luckily my climbing partner that day, Stephen Koch, is one of the best alpinists and snowboard mountaineers in the world. He helped me to stay calm during my rescue.  I have been recovering from this climbing accident for the past 5 and a half months and expect to make a 100% recovery. I just made my first pain-free turns snowboarding on Feb. 13.  My recovery plan during the past 5 months has been physical therapy, swimming, skate skiing, climbing up 1,500 vertical feet on Snow King Mountain in Jackson Hole and then taking the lift down, and rock climbing in the gym with my good leg.

For her video, Michelle gets a helmet cam, courtesy of Swany Gloves. Have a video that you’d like to enter? Just upload it to YouTube, Vimeo and the like, then send us the URL at swanygloves@gmail.com. That’s all there is to it! Complete rules here.

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