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Venues for 2027 Snowsports World Championships Announced this Week

Decision Day is Wednesday, 25th May. Seven candidates are bidding to host the 2027 FIS World Ski Championships in Alpine skiing, Nordic, Ski Jumping and Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski. NEW

IOC President Re-iterates Criticism of Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Thomas Bach has described Russia’s action as ‘devastating’ and a breach of the Olympic Truce. He made his remarks on the final day of the 139th IOC Session in Switzerland. NEW

Utah to Host 50 Ukranian Wintersport Athletes & Support Staff

The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation is taking in Ukrainian athletes, coaches and family members who have been displaced by the war. Many US ski & snowboard athletes train in Park City and the area has extensive facilities.

New World Cup Downhill Races from Zermatt to Cervinia Take Shape

This week the organisers have been inspecting the course and making further preparations for the races at the beginning of next season. There are also new races in the USA and changes to alpine ski racing to make it more ‘TV friendly’. UPDATED

World Snow Day 2022 Claims Success

The International Ski Federation, FIS, says the 2022 edition of World Snow Day was full of ‘positive moments’. Plans are underway for next season’s event. NEW

Venues Set to be Announced for 2027 Snowsports World Championships

Decision Day is Wednesday, 25th May. Seven candidates are bidding to host the 2027 FIS World Ski Championships in Alpine skiing, Nordic, Ski Jumping and Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski.

Race Day in Val Thorens As It Closes for the Season

PlanetSKI was in the French resort at the weekend for its end of season party – La Grand Derniere.  We donned our race bib, waxed up the skis and sharpened our edges for a race that goes on piste and off piste. UPDATED

Top Tens of the Freeride World Tour

It was a season of highs & lows. The 2022 Freeride World Tour season was one to remember. Here are the best moments of an unforgettable year of Freeride, all caught on video.

IOC Allocates $2 million to Support Ukraine’s Olympic community

The money is being used to help athletes and their families that are in danger, and to allow for training and attending sporting competitions to go ahead as best as possible under the current circumstances.

Skiing in Scotland

PlanetSKI was at the Mighty Coe Festival in Glencoe on Saturday and then headed over to the Nevis Range for the Scottish Slopestyle Championships on Sunday. UPDATED

Parasnowsports Set to Come Under Governance of FIS?

The International Ski Federation, FIS, and the International Paralympic Committee, IPC, are in discussions about the issue. NEW

IOC Offers Financial Support to Ukranian Olympic Movement

The International Olympic Committee has set up a solidarity fund and pledged an initial $200,000 (£150,000) following the Russian invasion of the country.

Congratulations Continue for Dave Ryding

The Rocket finished the season in 8th place in the slalom World Cup. It has been heralded as a superb performance, and earlier Dave told PlanetSKI he was highly likely to be in the starting gate for next season.

PlanetSKI is Trackside for the Engadin Marathon

The iconic Engadin Skimarathon is the largest cross-country skiing event in Switzerland and the second largest in the world. It’s quite a spectacle and PlanetSKI is hooked.

GB’s Charlotte Bankes Wins World Cup Title

The snowboard cross Crystal Globe was secured with a win in Reiteralm in Austria. It makes up for a disappointing Winter Olympics.

Gold, Silver and Bronzes for GB at Paralympics

It was a successful weekend for Team GB in Beijing as The Games got underway with further medals on Monday. The Russian team has arrived back in Moscow after being thrown out due to the invasion of Ukraine.

The PlanetSKI Dave Ryding Interview: In Full

We caught up with The Rocket in Obergurgl in the Tirol last Monday, the day after his silver at Garmisch Partenkirchen. I think it is fair to say we covered most areas -from skiing to marriage, whether he wears underwear when racing and his thoughts on Country & Western.

Russia & Belarus Banned From Competing At Paralympics in U-Turn

The International Paralympic Committee has reversed its position after threats of mass boycotts from other countries. The decision comes 24 hours after the IPC announced athletes from the two countries could compete as neutrals. Russia has condemned the decision and says it will take legal action. UPDATED

Sharp Criticism as Russia & Belarus Allowed To Compete at Winter Paralympics As Neutrals

The International Paralympic Committee made the decision at a meeting in Beijing, just two days before the Games are due to begin. The UK government has sharply criticised the decision alongside other sporting organisations. The IPC was considering the position after the International Olympic Committee called on athletes and officials from the two countries to be banned in response to the invasion of Ukraine. NEW & UPDATED

FIS Bans Russian Athletes from All Competitions

The International Ski Federation has said athletes from Russia and Belarus can not take part in any further events this season. The organisation has been under growing pressure and has been criticised by some for being slow to react to the crisis in Ukraine. NEW & UPDATED

PlanetSKI: The Dave Ryding Interview

The GB slalom skier has been speaking to us about his latest podium success, when he may retire and the state of GB alpine skiing. We will be posting the full video later in the week, but we can’t wait to tell you that Dave will very likely be racing again next season.

Will Russia be Banned from Paralympics?

On Friday 4th March the Winter Paralympics are due to get underway in Beijing. In an unprecedented move the International Olympic Committee is calling on sports federations and event organisers to ban all athletes and officials from Russia & Belarus from international sporting events. UPDATED

Dave Ryding Wins World Cup Silver

The Brit has taken his second World Cup podium of the season after his historic win in Kitzbühel in January. He came from 19th after the first run. Tributes are pouring in as PlanetSKI is set to meet & interview him on the slopes on Obergurgl on Monday.

Norway Calls for Full Sporting Ban on Russia

Norway won the most medals at the Beijing Winter Olympics. Its stance contradicts the initial policy of the International Ski Federation. FIS has been criticised in some quarters for its reaction to the unfolding crisis in Ukraine.

International Snowsports Events in Russia Cancelled After Invasion of Ukraine

The International Ski Federation has announced that all competitions due to be held in Russia for the rest of the season have been cancelled. It’s a swift about turn for FIS who had earlier indicated that World Cup events planned for this weekend would go ahead. The International Olympic Committee is urging all international sports federations to cancel all events in Russia and Belarus. NEW & UPDATED

Winter Paralympics GB Squad Announced

ParalympicsGB has confirmed one of the biggest British teams ever to compete at a Paralympic Winter Games with the announcement of the Ski and Snowboard athletes for Beijing 2022.

GB’s Dave Ryding Misses Out on An Olympic Medal

After a disappointing first run Dave put in a good second run that propelled him to the top of the leaderboard for a while. But he finished outside the top 10, in 13th place.

The Longest Slalom Race in the World

It’s the 6km Südtirol Gardenissima in Italy and is now in its 24th edition. 680 racers, both amateur and professional, take part.

Winter Olympics Draws to a Close

No medals on snow, but Gus Kenworthy comes 8th in ski half pipe and Andrew Musgrave does himself proud in cross-country. The women curlers take gold, with the men curlers winning silver. Check out the latest. UPDATED

The Winter Olympics: Freestyle Explained

The 2022 Winter Olympics are finally here and the UK’s Gaz Vogan is one of 10 judges whose scores will determine who is crowned Olympic Champion in the freestyle snowboard events. In part two of his exclusive account from Beijing for PlanetSKI he explains how they judge the riders.

The Winter Olympics: A Judge’s Story

This weekend GB’s own Gaz Vogan will begin his work judging the snowboard freestyle events at the 2022 Winter Games.  He is the only Briton selected for the 10-man judging panel. He’s written this account for PlanetSKI about the life and work of a judge. Part One: Being a Judge.

Injury Blow for GB Olympic Medal Hope

The freestyle skier Izzy Atkin has withdrawn from the Big Air competition at Beijing 2022. She won a bronze medal at the Pyeongchang 2018 Games.

2022 Winter Olympics Continues…

Two weeks of snowsport sporting action is underway and we are updating in this rolling blog. We look at the Team GB skiers & snowboarders who are competing, and assess their prospects. UPDATED

The Rocket Races Again

Dave Ryding competed in the Schladming night slalom on Monday night but came down the field in 20th place. However another Brit, Billy Major, made the second run for the first time, won some World Cup points and even beat Dave Ryding. It was the last slalom race before the Olympics.

How Good Was Dave Ryding’s Victory?

The Rocket’s triumph in Kitzbühel was the first by a Brit in the 55-years of the Alpine World Cup. But you need to look behind the headlines to fully appreciate its historical and sporting significance.

The Dave Ryding Story

He’s only gone and done it. The man known as The Rocket has hit the stratosphere with GB’s first Alpine World Cup victory. PlanetSKI has followed his career and reports on how it all began.

Phenomenal! It’s World Cup Victory For Dave Ryding

It’s an historic GOLD for Great Britain’s number one alpine ski racer.  The Rocket gets his first World Cup win and the first ever for GB in the Alpine World Cup.  What an achievement!

100 Years of Slalom Racing

The centenary is being marked in Mürren. The Swiss resort was the venue for the first slalom race, held on 21st January 1922.

World Championships Gold for GB Para Skier Millie Knight

The visually impaired ski racer and her guide Brett Wild were the top performers on Monday at the World Para Snow Sports Championships in Lillehammer. There were also two silver medals, increasing Britain’s medal tally to six. NEW

Charlie Guest Races to Career Best as Big 2 Weeks of Action Begin

Great Britain’s Charlie Guest has secured her best ever World Cup result, finishing 13th in the Schladming night slalom.

Mikaela Shiffrin Makes Sporting History

Victory in the World Cup at Schladming gave the American a record-breaking 47th slalom win. NEW

GB’s Charlotte Bankes Takes Another Gold

The snowboard cross star is gathering momentum with the Beijing Winter Olympics around the corner. It’s her second win of the weekend and third of the season as she tops the World Cup standings.

Adelboden Next for Ryding as Zagreb Slalom is Off

The GB slalom specialist was due to go in his third World Cup of the season on Wednesday. It was cancelled due to ‘extreme weather’. They tried again on Thursday but it was called off for safety reasons. UPDATED

Beijing 2022 Needs to be Above Political Disputes

The International Olympic Committee President, Thomas Bach, said the Games must be ‘beyond all political disputes’. He made the remarks in a New Year message.

Paraskier Awarded MBE

Shona Brownlee is recognised in the New Year’s Honours as she became the UK’s No 1 monoskier and is in the World Top Ten. She serves in the RAF.

FIS President Gives First New Year Message

Snowsports will be taken to the ‘next level’ as a result of ‘groundbreaking proposals’ that are being worked on.  That’s the word from Johan Eliasch in his first New Year Message as the head of the sport’s world governing body.

Mikaela Shiffrin Tests Positive for Covid-19

The US skier has the virus and misses the World Cup races in Lienz, Austria on Tuesday and Wednesday. She is the latest female alpine ski racer to be hit by the virus. UPDATED

GB Snowsport Announces Squad for World Para Snow Sports Championships

Britain is to take an 18-strong squad to Lillehammer for Norway’s biggest Para Snowsport event since 1994 Paralympic Winter Games.

Strong Results for GB Snowsport Athletes

It’s been another successful week for the Brits on the competitive circuit.  The best ever Nordic result for British athletes was recorded in Germany and there were more medals for the para snowsport squad. But there’s bad news for a Winter Olympics medal hope. UPDATED

Ski Mountaineering World Cup begins in Italy

It has recently become the newest winter Olympic sport and will be in Milan-Cortina 2026. There is increasing interest in Skimo with more people heading uphill for recreation and the competitive sport developing at a pace. NEW

GB’s Charlotte Bankes Going for Gold Again

Christmas might be coming but there’s no let up in the snowsports action with alpine, freestyle, cross country and snowboard action this week and next. GB’s latest World Cup winner is back on the slopes on Friday. Charlotte Bankes has topped the qualifying in the snowboard cross. UPDATED

UK Joins Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

It follows the USA and others in not sending an official government delegation due to China’s alleged record on human rights. All GB athletes will be taking part.

Dave Ryding Takes 5th Place in First Race of the Season

He finished just outside a podium place in Val d’Isere with two superb runs. He takes valuable world cup points. It follows a winning performance from GB’s Charlotte Bankes in the snowboard cross World Cup at Montafon in Austria. UPDATED

US Announces Diplomatic Boycott of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

American athletes will be competing but no official delegation will be sent to the Winter Games because of concerns about China’s human rights record. The UK is considering its position.

GB Snowsport Athletes in Action

Many of the GB big guns are competing over the next few days. Charlotte Bankes gives us an indication of her Olympic credentials. Also in action are Andrew Musgrave, Charlie Guest, plus para athletes Menna Fitzpatrick & Millie Knight who have done rather well. UPDATED

GB Snowsport Unveils New Nordic Paraski Rigs

With 100 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, GB Snowsport and Williams Advanced Engineering have unveiled new sit-ski technology. NEW

IOC Speaks to Peng Shuai

The International Olympic Committee has taken a ‘quiet diplomatic approach’ with increasing concerns over the safety of the tennis player. Its President has now spoken to her in a video call. The Winter Olympics are due to take place in the Chinese capital Beijing in under 3-months.UPDATED

President Biden Considers Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing 2022

The US President has said he is weighing up the options as the Winter Olympics approaches. It follows accusations of poor records on human rights for China. NEW

Bumper Few Days of Snowsport Competition

GB athletes are in action in alpine skiing, freestyle, cross country, moguls and others. It is the biggest sports programme of the season so far. UPDATED

International Ski Federation Launches New Environmental Initiative

It aims to become the first Climate Positive International Sports Federation by 2022 through its FIS Rainforest Initiative.

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