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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.

TRIPLE MEDAL SUCCESS FOR GB

The GB Snowsport para snowboard team has picked up three World Cup medals, including two golds.

GB RACERS TO COMPETE AT JUNIOR WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Six promising alpine skiers have been selected for the GB Squad at the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships that get under way in Norway this week.

YOUNG GB SKIERS AT WORLD NORDIC CHAMPIONSHIPS

A team of 6 will represent GB Snowsport at the FIS Nordic Junior & under-23 Cross-Country World Ski Championships which start later this week.

RETIRED SKI CHAMPION SVINDAL TO RACE AGAIN

Aksel Lund Svindal will be going a bit slower than usual.  He’s not returning to downhill or super G action. He’s taking part in a gruelling cross-country ski race. 

GB WORLD CUP WINNING SKIER ROWAN CHESHIRE RETIRES

The freestyle skier, Winter Olympian and former junior World Championships medallist is retiring from competition for health reasons. She is just 24. Her former team mates pay tribute.

KATIE ORMEROD CLOSE TO MAKING GB SPORTING HISTORY

The snowboarder has been on the World Cup podium in four successive events and is leading the slopestyle standings with one competition to go.

GUS KENWORTHY TAKES GOLD FOR GB

The former US skier who now competes for Team GB is on top of the podium. Gus Kenworthy has won gold at the FIS freestyle Halfpipe World Cup in Calgary, Canada.

SPEED SKIING NIGHT RACE MAKES HISTORY

Imagine skiing downhill at speeds of more than 150kph – at night.  The fastest men & women on the planet – including GB’s Jan Farrell – have just done it.

GOLD, SILVER & BRONZE FOR GB AT DEW TOUR

It’s the full set of medals for British athletes competing at the prestigious Dew Tour in Colorado.  They’re on the podium in both para snowboard and freestyle skiing.

CHAMONIX CELEBRATES AS FRENCHMAN WINS WORLD CUP SLALOM

The 22-year old French racer, Clement Noel, has won the Kandahar World Cup slalom race in Chamonix. Cue wild celebrations, but there was disappointment for Dave Ryding. PlanetSKI was in the finish area.

COUNTDOWN TO ENGLISH ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The competition is Snowsport England’s premier alpine event and the biggest British week of winter ski racing. It’s on in Bormio this month.

3 MEDALS FOR GB SNOWSPORT

Skiers Izzy Atkin and Jasmin Taylor win silver & snowboarder Katie Ormerod continues her impressive comeback with her third World Cup podium in a row. She’s top of the slopestyle standings.

HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR BRITISH SCHOOLGIRLS RACES

The 2020 event saw more than 150 young ski racers from 54 schools take part in the French resort of Flaine.

SCHLADMING EXCELS WITH RYDING IN TOP TEN

The Rocket came 8th – his second Top Ten of the season. PlanetSKI is slopeside in Schladming at one of the highlights of the racing season.

THE AKSEL LUND SVINDAL INTERVIEW

The great Norwegian ski racer has been answering questions from PlanetSKI.  He was in Kitzbühel for the infamous Hahnekamm races but this time, he was watching.

SCHLADMING: A CELEBRATION OF SLALOM

Downhill has the Hahnenkamm + the Lauberhorn.  PlanetSKI is in Schladming for slalom’s biggest night, and party, of the winter.

DAVE RYDING’S FRUSTRATING SEASON GOES ON

The British number one alpine racer is still looking for his second top 10 of the winter.  He’s 20th in Kitzbühel where he achieved his first World Cup podium three years ago.

JASMIN TAYLOR BREAKS GB RECORD FOR WORLD CUP SKI MEDALS

She’s the most successful British skier of all time. The telemarker has more World Cup podiums than any other GB skier.

GUS KENWORTHY AT X GAMES IN FIRST COMP AS GB SKIER

The Sochi Olympics silver medallist is competing at the prestigious Aspen X Games under the British flag for the first time since switching allegiance from the USA. NEW

80 YEARS OF RACING THE HAHNENKAMM

The most dangerous downhill ski race in the world takes place in the Austrian resort of Kitzbühel this weekend.  Eight decades on it has lost none of its appeal, but why no women?

BRITISH SCHOOLGIRLS RACES BACK IN FLAINE

The series of races that are seen as key in the development of young female ski racers, return to the French resort this week.

OLYMPIC SILVER FOR GB’S KIRSTY MUIR

The 15-year-old freestyle skier from Aberdeen takes GB’s only individual medal at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympics. She’s on the podium in the Big Air.

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December’s Ski News in Brief - Live & Updated

- Lionel Messi Compared to Ski Legend Alberta Tomba
- George Ezra Kicks Off Spring Concerts in Ischgl
- Jackson Hole Tram Opens this W/end
- FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup Season Kicks Off

Read more here: https://planetski.eu/2022/12/01/decembers-ski-news-in-brief-live-updated/

PlanetSKI Gear Reviews: Winter 22/23

In the first of a sporadic series of gear reviews over the winter our gear editor Alf Alderson checks out a few skiing essentials.

https://planetski.eu/2022/11/28/planetski-gear-reviews-winter-22-23/

Congratulations Lloyd on being elected to the BOA Athletes’ Commission

“Given my background in a smaller, fringe sport, and recent involvement in commercial representation, I hope I can draw from my experience to give a voice to athletes from all sports and all backgrounds.”

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