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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.

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.

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 Sporting 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.

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.

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. 

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.

FIS Plans for Snowsport Competitions Next Winter

In a summer message the International Ski Federation says it has a number of scenarios for next winter depending on covid-19.

FIS Restates its Commitment for Respect and Non-Discrimination

The International Ski Federation has re-emphasised its values following the Black Lives Matter movement and growing concerns about equality.

The Skiers & Snowboarders Aiming to Make GB A Top 5 Nation

The sport’s governing body in the UK has been given a massive boost to its ambition to become one of the best snowsports nations in the world. We look who will be helping them get there.

Funding for GB Snowsport More Than Doubled to £11m

The money comes from UK Sport and is aimed to deliver medal winning performances at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and beyond. UPDATED

Cortina 2021 World Ski Championships to Go Ahead as Planned

The Italian Winter Sports Federation made a formal request to postpone the 2021 event until March 2022. That request has been rejected.

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on Track Despite Impact of Coronavirus

The International Olympic Committee and the International Ski Federation have praised the organisers after video conference calls. Concerns are rising though about international tensions with China following covid-19 & events in Hong Kong.

Hugo Hoff: A Tribute From Les Arcs

The death of the young extreme skier Hugo Hoff in a fall on Mont Blanc shocked the world of skiing. Here, the 21-year-old’s club and the French resort of Les Arcs pay tribute.

2021 Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships Cancelled

Already the Cortina 2021 Ski World Championships are looking to move to 2022 and other event organisers are already looking ahead to whether they can go ahead next season amid possible covid-19 restrictions.

Cortina Asks to Postpone Next Winter’s World Championships to 2022

The Italian hosts believe it is the best way to avoid disruption and a possible cancellation. The organisers think things may not be back to normal for next winter.

Zermatt & Cervinia Plan for Longest Downhill Race on World Cup Circuit

It could take place in November 2022 and comes as the iconic Lauberhorn race in Wengen has been threatened by a row over money.

GB SNOWSPORT ANNOUNCES ‘BE BRAVE’ MENTAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN

The UK’s skiing and snowboarding governing body is taking action to end the stigma around mental health.

Is It All Over For GB’s Billy Morgan?

Reports earlier this week suggested the Olympic medallist and GB Snowsport athlete had called time on his competitive snowboarding career at the age of 31. Not quite, he tells PlanetSKI.

ELLIE SOUTTER FOUNDATION AWARDS ITS 4TH ATHLETE GRANT

The foundation set up in memory of the young British snowboarder has awarded funding to another GB team snowboarder and one of Ellie’s good friends.

GB Alpine Squads Announced for 20/21 Season

GB Snowsport has named its World Cup and Europa Cup Alpine Ski Team for next season which will mark the start of Olympic qualification.

FREERIDE WORLD CHAMPIONS 2020

The winners have been announced following the cancellation of Verbier Xtreme, the Grande Finale of the Freeride World Tour.

Snowsports: Who Won What?

World Cup skiing and snowboarding ended abruptly and prematurely this season, thanks to the coronavirus crisis.  We round up your 2019-20 champions.

KATIE ORMEROD WINS CRYSTAL GLOBE

The 22-year-old Briton has been confirmed as the overall World Cup Snowboard Slopestyle Champion.  She’s the first British woman to win a Crystal Globe and the first snowboarder.

FIRST WORLD CUP MOGULS MEDAL FOR GB

Thomas Gerken-Schofield has put his name in the sporting history books.  He is the first British skier to win a World Cup medal in the event.

MIKAELA SHIFFRIN SET TO RETURN TO SKI RACING FOLLOWING DEATH OF FATHER

Mikaela Shiffrin has made the announcement on social media. She is heading to Scandinavia but will make a final decision once there.

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Italy Declares State of Emergency Over Drought

It is the worst drought in 70 years and follows poor levels of winter snow and precious little rain since.

The alpine areas are badly affected and it will impact on summer glacier skiing.

https://planetski.eu/2022/07/06/italy-declares-state-of-emergency-over-drought/

Search resumes for survivors of Italian glacier collapse but authorities say hopes of finding people alive are ‘slim’.

UPDATED: https://t.co/l0YFGKDrn4

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#WinterGamesNZ is Back

After two years of disruption due to #covid19 the southern hemisphere’s biggest snowsports event takes place August 27th to September 18th.

https://planetski.eu/2022/07/04/winter-games-nz-is-back/

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