Archive for September, 2012

Plake says he’s “luckiest person in the world” after surviving terrifying avalanche in Nepal that killed his climbing partners

Glen Plake is no stranger to risk; he’s spent a lifetime on the edge as a backcountry skier who has toured the world’s most remote and challenging terrain.

But even Plake was stunned by the terrifying turn of events that occurred at his encampment 20,000 feet up Mount Manaslu in the Himalayas of northern Nepal, where he and his skiing partners were attempting to become the first team to climb and then ski the world’s eighth highest peak without oxygen.

Before they could make the attempt, an avalanche tore through the camp at 22,960 feet early Sunday (Sept. 23), sending Plake tumbling more than 800 feet down the mountain still entangled in his sleeping bag. Although Plake survived, 8 have died and 3 remain missing, including his two climbing partners. Read the first day story.

Since then, Plake has climbed down and shared his experience with the Associated Press and spoken with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.  Watch the video.

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Tim Ryan, the “voice” of skiing, has retired

Tim Ryan, who’s been announcing World Cup ski races since 1978, has decided to hang it up.

The Canadian-born announcer has covered racing at three Olympic Games. Learn more in this story from SkiRacing.com.

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Athletes, fans turn to Facebook to plead for return of skicross and boardercross at Winter X Games

X Games athletes and fans are coming together on social media in an effort to bring skiercross and boardercross events back to the 2013 Winter X Games in Aspen.

Much of the effort is focused on the Facebook page,  “Bring Back the X Course to Winter X Games,” created by Olympic skiercross racer Chris Del Bosco, his sister Heather Centurioni and six-time X Games boardercross gold medalist Nate Holland. Read more in the Aspen Daily News.

Skier X and Snowboarder X were dropped as events for the upcoming Winter X Games back in August, even though the event has ALWAYS been a part of the X Games AND it’s an Olympic sport. Past medalists, such as Aspen’s Casey Puckett, were understandably disappointed. Here’s what Casey had to say to the Aspen Daily News.

Read the story to learn more. And happily, they didn’t rule out the event’s return.

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Lindsey Vonn’s goal for the World Cup season? How about topping 2,000 points?

You’ve got to hand it to Lindsey Vonn.

The superstar skier isn’t interested in resting on her laurels. Doesn’t matter if she’s won multiple overall titles in World Cup competition and a gold medal at the Olympics. Vonn wants more.

What more could the defending world champ want? In this Denver Post interviewamong other things, she sets her sights on becoming the all-time World Cup leader in victories (10 wins will do it) and the first woman to reach 2,000 points in a season (she missed by 20 points this past season).

And there’s lots more, including the “dating” rumors that have dogged Vonn since the end of her marriage to Thomas Vonn at the beginning of last season.  Read more.

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Here’s how much snow will fall in the 2012-2013 ski and snowboard season

UPDATE, OCT. 4: They’re making snow in Colorado!. Look.

Believe it: Opening day in the 2012-13 season is about a month away in Colorado.

While there has been a smattering of small snowfalls in the extreme high elevations of the state, no meaningful storms have hit the ground yet. But that got us thinking: What kind of snow season can we expect? So we turned to a few of the experts to see what they’re thinking. Not surprisingly, no one’s quite certain.

As always, all eyes are on the El Nino (or La Nina) weather pattern for 2012-13. Experts say that this year it’s El Nino, meaning warmer than usual water temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean, which affects weather patterns and often produces more snowfall. But how much? That depends on OTHER variables.

Here are some links to season forecasts, followed by a list of opening days at Colorado resorts:

Opening days at Colorado resorts, all dates subject to change, depending on conditions:

  • Mid-October: Loveland, Arapahoe Basin.
  • Nov. 2: Wolf Creek, Copper Mountain, Keystone.
  • Nov. 9: Breckenridge.
  • Nov. 14: Winter Park.
  • Nov. 16: Vail, Eldora.
  • Nov. 21: Beaver Creek, Steamboat, Monarch, Crested Butte.
  • Nov. 22: Telluride, Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Ski Cooper.
  • Nov. 23: Purgatory.
  • Dec. 1: Silverton, Howelsen.
  • Dec. 5: Echo Mountain.
  • Dec. 7: Sunlight.
  • Dec. 8: Aspen Highlands.
  • Dec. 12: Ski Granby Ranch.
  • Dec. 15: Buttermilk.

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Breckenridge skier wins historic Olympic slopestyle qualifying event in Argentina

Keri Herman

Let’s hear it for Keri Herman of Breckenridge. Not only did the member of the U.S. Freeskiing team win an FIS World Cup slopestyle competition recently in Argentina, she also made history.

That’s right, history, because Herman’s win came in the first qualifying event for the Sochi, Russia 2014 Olympic Winter Games, where slopestyle (and halfpipe skiing) will make their debut.

Find out who joined Herman and the date of the next qualifying event, which will be the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Copper Mountain. Read more.

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Amazing ski film featuring Treadways, EVOC Sports team will fire you up for the season

Are you ready to ski (or ride)? You will be after watching this insane short film of the EVOC Sports North America Ski Team from the 2012 season.

Dave Treadway

Daryl and Dave Treadway (two of our awesome Swany athletes) along with Matt Elliott, do it all in this edit shot in Whistler: cliff jumping, somersaults, twists, deep powder skiing, perfect landings, big crashes, terrifying POV looking down steeps to a cliff, extreme big mountain skiing … in other words, it looked like a ball.

And to give credit where credit is due, it was produced by Dendrite Studios and presented by EVOC Sports

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