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GB’s Sarah Lewis Aims to be First Female President of International Ski Federation

The former GB ski racer who was unceremoniously sacked as secretary General of FIS now wants to be elected to the top job. She has put her name forward as a candidate in the June election.

15-year-old Beats Eleven Year Snowboard Record Set By Shaun White

Valentino Guseli from Australia has jumped 7.3 metres from the superpipe in Laax in Switzerland. He breaks the previous record of 7 metres set in 2010 by the American multiple Olympic champion and snowboarding legend, Shaun White.

Diversity and Inclusivity in Snowsports

The UK snowsports industry wants to hear from you. The national governing bodies are gathering information to try to improve diversity and inclusivity.

FIS President Reflects on a Ski & Snowboard Season Like No Other

The head of the International Ski Federation has given his thanks for a competitive season which saw 300 World Cup events take place, despite the problems posed by Covid-19.  He has praised the ‘entire ski family’ for its efforts.

What A Year For GB Skiing & Snowboarding: Season Review

Most of us may not have set foot on the slopes this winter but skiers and snowboarders representing Great Britain have been doing their country proud. PlanetSKI reviews the season.

French Snowboard Champion Dies in Avalanche

40-year old Julie Pomagalski has died in an avalanche in Switzerland. She was a two time Olympian and granddaughter of Jean Pomagalski, who invented the first ski lift in 1934.

Another Swede Aims to Be Next President of FIS

The Swedish Olympic Committee President, Mats Årjes, has put his hat in the ring for the top job. His fellow Swede, the billionaire Johan Eliasch, was nominated by GB Snowsport last year. The Swiss Ski President, Urs Lehmann, is also in the contest.

Kirsty Muir Wins World Cup Silver for GB

The 16-year-old is the new star of GB Park & Pipe. She’s picked up her first World Cup medal, coming second in the ski slopestyle at Aspen in Colorado. It’s only her fourth World Cup competition.

Public Vote for 2026 Winter Olympics Emblem

Today is the last day to cast your choice between two potential emblems for the Olympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026. Which do you prefer?

Freeride World Tour: The Grand Final

The World Titles are up for grabs and there’s fresh powder snow for the final of the FWT 2021 this week. There’s a Brit in the final and Cody Bramwell has already stood on top of the podium this season. The event is now set for Tuesday 23rd. UPDATED

GB Snowsport Racks Up Strong Results

There have been some stellar performances from Great Britain’s top skiers and snowboarders, with a host of personal bests and a World Championships medal.

GB Snowsport Stars Compete at World Championships

There is a host of world class freestyle action this week with a World Champion and two Olympic medallists representing Britain.  You can follow it all live on the BBC if you are in the UK. UPDATED

Mikaela Shiffrin Urges IOC to Take ‘More Consideration’ When Selecting Olympic Host Cities

The 25-year old US skier was speaking to CNN Sport ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. China has been heavily criticised for its record on human rights.

GB’s Charlotte Bankes Wins Gold in Snowboard Cross

Her win in the World Cup event in Bakuriani in Georgia comes after she was crowned World Champion last month. Bankes remains a strong contender for an Olympic medal next year. Check out the video of her thrilling run as she comes from behind to win on the line. UPDATED

Chemmy Alcott Suffers Online Abuse

The Ski Sunday presenter and GB former alpine racer has been subjected to personal abuse on social media. Her co-presenter Ed Leigh described the comments as ‘vile’.

Ed Leigh Keeps Working On BBC’s Ski Sunday Despite Major Injury

The BBC presenter has revealed he had surgery three weeks ago after badly smashing his knee in a snowboarding accident in Switzerland.  He carried on with the job and kept the injury from viewers.

Freeride World Tour #2 On Wednesday

Ordino-Arcalis in Andorra s hosting back to back FWT contests with the second stop taking place just five days after the opener.  Can British snowboarder Cody Bramwell take another win? NEW

GB Snowboarder Wins Freeride World Tour

Cody Bramwell took top spot in the first edition of this season’s Freeride World Tour in Arcalis in Andorra. Check out the video of his winning run.

Death Threats to Cortina 2021 Race Director After Course Setting

The men’s race director, Markus Waldner, received death threats following the parallel giant slaloms at the Cortina Alpine skiing world championships.

Freeride World Tour 2021 Kicks Off on Friday

The FWT is set to get under way in Andorra with some of the world’s best freeriders.  The season opener is scheduled to take place this Friday, 19th February. LIVE BROADCAST ENDED

GB Snowboarder is 2021 Snowboard Cross World Champion

Charlotte Bankes takes gold in Sweden. She used to compete for France but then switched to the British team. Checkout the video of her winning run in a very tight finish.

Young GB Winter Athlete Awarded Scholarship

An 18-year-old British bobsleigh athlete has been accepted on a mentoring programme thanks to funding from a sponsor of The Ellie Soutter Foundation.

World Championships Finally Get Underway as Weather Clears

The racing in Cortina d’Ampezzo should have begun on Monday, then Tuesday and then Wednesday.  Bad weather has wreaked havoc on the first few days of the Championships. Competition has now started and it’s on the BBC. UPDATED

GB Skiers & Snowboarders Hoping to Shine at Beijing 2022

In exactly one year’s time the Beijing Winter Olympics begin. Team GB has its best ever medals prospect as it continues its quest to become a Top 5 snowsport nation by 2030. Which skiers & snowboarders are our hopes pinned on?

One Year to Go – Beijing 2022

The countdown is on to the next Winter Olympic Games that starts on February 4th 2022. Activities today are being done mainly online & digitally in these Covid-19 times. We examine how Beijing was awarded the Games and what they may may look like.

GB’s Izzy Atkin Takes Silver at the X Games

She was competing in the ski slopestyle in Aspen, Colorado. She was taken to hospital after a crash on her 4th run but is none the worse for the accident. NEW

GB Skiers go for Gold at X Games Aspen

The biggest event in the freestyle calendar kicks off on Friday and four Brits will be flying the flag for Britain. The Canadian, Mark McMorris, is out of the event after testing positive for Covid-19. He is the most decorated Winter X Games athlete of all time. UPDATED

Dave Ryding in Action

The Rocket was back in action in the Schladming night slalom.  It was a surreal event without the crowds and heavy snow was falling. It wasn’t to be for Dave Ryding but some fabulous skiing was on display and it cast our mind back to this time last year. UPDATED

GB Speed Skier Jan Farrell Retires

He is Britain’s most successful speed skier in recent history and a world record holder.  Jan Farrell has announced he’s hanging up his skis after 10 years at the top.

Top Ten for Ryding but Podium Missed

The GB skier Dave Ryding came 7th in the rearranged slalom in Flachau in Austria. He goes again on Sunday.

Covid Tests on Offer for Entire District of Kitzbuhel

It comes after an outbreak in the linked Austrian ski resort of Jochberg as the Hahnenkamm races approach. NEW

British Visitor Was Major Source of Covid-19 in Wengen as Lauberhorn Race Cancelled

One of the most anticipated World Cup alpine racing meetings of the ski season has been called off. There’s been an increase of cases of coronavirus in the Swiss resort many traced back to a single British visitor with the mutated strain of the virus.

Ski Sunday… It Skis For All of Us & Still Surprises

It’s back on TV & for most of us it is likely to be the closest we get to skiing anytime soon.  Our editor, James Cove, can’t remember the last time he saw the programme recently as he’s always out in the Alps away from TVs. He did though see its very first episode back in 1978. So, what did he make of it?

Dave Ryding Back on the Podium

GB’s No 1 racer puts in one of his trademark second run charges to take 3rd place. He confirms himself as our greatest ski racer ever and congratulations continue to pour in.

30 Days to Go to Cortina Ski World Championships

The slopes have been illuminated to mark the occasion as the countdown moves into its final stage. It is set to be the main event of the alpine ski racing calendar this winter and a dress rehearsal for the 2026 Olympics.

Norwegian Ski Hero Jailed for Driving at 125mph High on Cocaine

Two-time Olympic cross-country skiing champion Petter Northug is as famous in his country as David Beckham is in the UK. He drove at speeds of 125mph in his Jaguar and filmed the episode on his phone.

Dave Ryding Starts His Season with Mixed Results

The British number one produced a solid performance to make the top 10 in his first World Cup outing of the 2020-21 season in Italy on Monday. He was unable to match that in race two on Tuesday, finishing just outside the top 20.

GB’s Andrew Young Takes Silver and Enters the History Books

It’s the best ever result for a GB nordic skier and follows his bronze last weekend. And our best alpine skier Dave Ryding has started his season well with a top 10.

Bronze Medal For GB Skier

Andrew Young is on the podium in Davos Switzerland in a World Cup cross country sprint race.

Nordic Nations Pull Out Of Cross Country Ski Races Over Covid-19 Fears

The Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish cross country ski teams have all been withdrawn from the next two World Cup events.

World Cup Snowsports Continues but with Some Disruption

The ski and snowboard programme for 2020-21 has suffered more disruption for both Covid-19 and weather-related reasons.  But there’s some good news too. UPDATED

Planned Test Events for Beijing Winter Olympics Scrapped due to Coronavirus

The International Olympic Committee has said the planned international test events that were scheduled to place in the 2021 season will not now take place. NEW

Freeride World Tour Cancels Events in Canada and Japan

It comes as no great surprise given international travel restrictions. The organisers say they will re-schedule the events to Europe, but question marks remain over whether the FWT will take place at all.

Norway & Italy Celebrate After First World Cup Race of the Season

It had been long anticipated and well planned – the opening of the racing season. New names made the podium, but it was very different with no spectators & Covid-19 restrictions in place.

France Opens for Skiing

Tignes and Les2Alpes opened their glaciers on Saturday as the first World Cup ski races took place in Soelden Austria. It will be a winter season like no other as skiing & snowboarding continues to get underway.

Shiffrin to Miss Opening Race of Season Through Injury

Mikaela Shiffrin has injured her back and will miss the opening race in Soelden, Austria, this week.

Austrian Resort of Saalbach to Host 2025 Alpine Ski World Championships

It saw off the challenges from Crans-Montana in Switzerland, and Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany 2025. Trondheim in Norway is awarded the Nordic Championships unopposed.

World Cup Ski Racing Dates Announced

The International Ski Federation has finalised the details for this winter’s World Cup alpine races with a host of changes made due to Covid-19.

‘Breathtaking’ Ski Jumping Venue For Beijing Olympics

The two ski jumping hills to be used at the Beijing 2022 Winter Games are nearing completion and will be used for two World Cup events in February.

Golf Is More Dangerous than Skiing

Skiing and snowboarding are often seen as high-risk and injury prone sports. Apparently they are less risky than football, rugby, tennis, cycling and, er golf.

Olympic Medallists Lead GB Freestyle Squads Into Winter

The park and pipe skiers and snowboarders who will represent Great Britain in 2020-21 have been announced and three Winter Olympic medallists are among them.

Delayed Tour de France is Underway

Once again the mountain stages will be fascinating but it will be strange without the crowds. And costly for the resorts as they loose out on valuable income.

I-Pod, the Sochi Olympic Champion Snowboarder Retires

One of the biggest names in snowboarding, Iouri Podladtchikov, aka I-Pod, has dropped into the halfpipe for the last time as a competitor. Thanks for the memories…

Questions Over World Cup Freestyle Events in North America

The Alpine World Cup skiing events have all been cancelled, but what about other disciplines? Apart from the World Cup there’s the small matter of the Dew Tour and the X-Games. The Burton Snowboarding Championships were called off a while back.

World Class Snowsports Action In New Zealand

There’s not much of it around so it’s great to see some fabulous photos and video footage coming out of New Zealand. The Obsidian team event that is replacing the 2020 Winter Games NZ looks like it’s delivering.

Cocaine Found At Home Of Cross-Country Ski Legend

The retired skier Petter Northug is one of Norway’s most famous athletes with multiple World and Olympic titles to his name. The drugs were found after he was stopped for speeding and police searched his home.

Inspections Begin Ahead Of Next World Cup Snowsports Season

The International Ski Federation has sent technical staff to venues due to host World Cup ski and snowboard events next winter.  NEW

Ski Dubai to Host Snowsports Competition

It will be one of the first snowsports competitions in the world to be held in the pandemic and will have social distancing measures in place.

Team Ski & Snowboard Competition To Replace Winter Games NZ

A new snowsports event will be held in New Zealand this month in place of the Winter Games NZ, which usually attracts stars from across the globe.

‘Ladies’ Becoming ‘Women’ in the World of Snowsport Competition

In June 2019 the International Ski Federation decided to make the change. Things are moving forwards and nearing completion.

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PlanetSKI’s ‘Skiing Snippets’…

- Transceivers Withdrawn After Technical Problems
- Worth a watch
- Third Wave Fears in Chile

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https://planetski.eu/2021/03/28/planetskis-skiing-snippets/

Grace Harrison skiing at @Chill_Factore this week.

Brilliant to see activity back up and running - send us your best photos/videos so we can celebrate the return of the sport together. ⛷ 🏂

Wow! They’ve started to dismantle one of the lifts at the Médran #Verbier ... @verbier4Vallees @VerbierResorts

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The worst #ski season of the millennium. The verdict of the 2021 International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism

https://planetski.eu/2021/04/14/the-worst-ski-season-of-the-millennium/

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PlanetSKI’s ‘Skiing Snippets’:

-#Whistler Sees Largest Outbreak of #VariantVirus Outside #Brazil
-Norwegian Ski Jumper Injured in Horrific Fall Has Successful Surgery
-Air Canada Sets Target of Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050

https://planetski.eu/2021/03/28/planetskis-skiing-snippets/

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PlanetSKI’s ‘Skiing Snippets’…

-#Sundance Improvements Set to Go Ahead
-UK Passport Office Urges People to Apply Early
-Japanese Policeman Goes Snowboarding While On Duty
-Canadian Resort of #SunPeaks Sees #Covid19 Spike

See here for details:

https://planetski.eu/2021/03/28/planetskis-skiing-snippets/

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