December 1, 2014 |
WHISTLER, British Columbia - Never averse to a tip from an expert, I like to think of it as the law of inverse timing, one of those lightbulb moments that can make your day. "In the early season start skiing late, and the late season, start early," said John, the mountain host and our guide for the morning, as we assembled at the base chairlift at Whistler Ski Resort. "You'll ski better and feel better if you set your clock to match the calendar. " What he means is that if you're skiing in December or January, when the days are shortest and coldest, stay in bed longer, hit the slopes after the sun has softened the icy patches, and ski until the ski lifts close.
November 9, 2014 |
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - For the last few years, ski resorts in cowboy country - and the skiers who love them - have been riding a bucking bronc. Huge dumps of snow blanketed slopes in the up years; in down years, late snow and warmer days cast a pall over the industry. At Steamboat Resort, in western Colorado, hard-core skiers were over the moon in 2008 when monster storms dropped 433 inches of snow on the slopes. But disbelief followed when the next winter brought fewer, weaker storms and half as much snow.
November 8, 2014 |
"FORCE Majeure" is a National Lampoon vacation movie as it might have been directed by Alfred Hitchcock or Roman Polanski. This Cannes award winner is the funny/awful story of a Swiss family on a ski getaway, where mom (Clara Wettergren) and dad (Johannes Kuhnke) manage the daily chaos of boots and mittens and poles, and manage to have a bit of fun themselves. They pause for a slopeside lunch at an outdoor café with a spectacular view of the mountain. As they dine, the snow patrol initiates a small explosion next to an overhang of snow, causing a controlled avalanche.
February 11, 2014 |
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - You see an Olympic career dawn with the brightness Sage Kotsenburg displayed on Saturday, and you forget how dark the dusk can be. Hannah Kearney knows now. For the veteran freestyle skier, it ended with tears and sleeplessness; with consoling phone calls and ugly Internet messages; with disappointment, frustration, and, finally, hope for a future she can't quite imagine yet. Kearney, favored to win a second straight...
February 11, 2014 |
AUSTRIA'S DANIELA Iraschko-Stolz wants to focus on the women's normal hill ski-jumping event that starts tomorrow. But people keep asking her questions about being gay in a country that doesn't tolerate homosexuality. Yesterday, she tried to put the issue to rest. The 30-year-old Iraschko-Stolz, who married her partner, Isabel Stolz, last year, was asked if she was treated differently in Sochi. "No, on the contrary, I think everything is being blown up bigger than it is," she told reporters.
February 9, 2014 |
SOCHI - Women had been ski-jumping for decades when Jessica Jerome took her first flying leap at age 7. The Utah resident knew she liked it right away, nearly as quickly as her parents knew they did not. "My dad kept thinking of the agony of defeat [footage that shows a ski-jumper wiping out] from the Wide World of Sports," she said. But she did not give up and eventually, when her parents learned that neither their daughter nor any other young girl could grow up to be an Olympian jumper, their distaste became outrage.
February 6, 2014 |
It's more than their unusual Black Sea locale that, for American TV viewers at least, will lend an exotic flavor to these 2014 Winter Olympics. Ninety years after 304 mostly aristocratic, mostly male amateurs gathered for the first Winter Games, Sochi's schedule will showcase several new daredevil sports, more team events, and a superstar roster dominated by females. With diminished women's figure-skating hopes and a men's hockey team so far absent from the gold-medal conversation, the United States will rely on much-improved bobsled and Alpine skiing teams as it seeks a second straight medal-count victory.
January 27, 2014 |
ST. ANTON, Austria - In a remote alpine valley in western Austria, a local cheese farmer named Hannes Schneider opened a ski school in the 1920s. Soon people all over the world were learning his "Arlberg" technique, and modern skiing, as we know it, was born. The Arlberg region, named after the mountain range that stretches between Vorarlberg and Tyrol in Austria, is more than just a ski destination, it's a pilgrimage to a holy land. This terrain is some of the most challenging in the world for skiing.
December 24, 2013 |
FROM THE white sands of Fiji to the cliffs of the Swiss Alps, Aleta Hall was at home. Or maybe on a cruise ship to the Caribbean, chilling out on the deck and maybe dreaming of the treacherous slopes she loved to try. Aleta actually had her 15 minutes of fame in the mid-'90s when she appeared in a Verizon TV commercial, extolling the virtues of the service. "She did very well," said her sister Karen W. Eskridge. "She looked good. " Aleta C. Hall, longtime employee of the old Bell Telephone Co. (later taken over by Verizon)
November 18, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah - Hindsight is always 20/20, especially when you're talking about teaching kids to ski. Like a lot of parents who love to ski, I figured I could teach my children myself. And I tried. But looking back now, I wish I'd put them in group lessons much sooner, when they were 6 or 7, blank slates waiting to be written on. It took me a while to realize that when your kids are skiing the slopes with an enthusiastic young instructor - slip-sliding through the trees, puffing fresh air, whooping and hollering and pretending small bumps are Olympic obstacles - they'll learn in a hurry, and they'll love it, too. As in any sport, an inspiring, encouraging coach and a week on the slopes teamed up with other kids is a winning combination.