Skiing & Snowboarding

7:05am

Tue January 7, 2014
Sports

Skier Lindsey Vonn Will Miss Winter Olympics Due To Injury

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 4:38 pm

Skier Lindsey Vonn in November, before her latest injury.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Saying she is "devastated" to have to miss the competition, Team USA's best-known and most dominant Alpine skier said Tuesday that she will not be competing in next month's Winter Olympics.

Here's what Linsey Vonn posted on her Facebook page:

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2:59pm

Sun December 15, 2013
Sports

Deep In China, 'Cowboys' Have Skied For Thousands Of Years

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 8:21 am

A lassoed elk struggles after Serik demonstrates the age-old technique of capturing game in deep snow.
Jonas Bendiksen National Geographic

The birthplace of skis is under debate, but the ski is believed to be even older than the wheel.

"So they're one of the very first forms of transportation," travel writer Mark Jenkins says.

Jenkins recently traveled to China, which claims to have invented skis almost 10,000 years ago. His exploration is documented in the December issue of National Geographic.

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10:45am

Wed November 27, 2013
Outdoor Recreation

U.S. Forest Service Mulls Allowing Fees For ‘Uphilling’

kcxd Creative Commons/Flickr

Are you an 'uphiller?' That’s the increasingly popular practice of strapping skins on your skis and climbing the mountain in the other direction than intended – uphill – and bypassing those ski lifts.

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1:30am

Tue August 6, 2013
Economy

Ski Resorts Find Ways To Stay Busy When There's No Snow

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 8:50 am

In the summer, Snowmass ski resort in Colorado rents bikes instead of skis. It's an effort to create year-round revenue during a time when most ski resorts are closed.
Jeremy Swanson Aspen/Snowmass

With sizzling temperatures in much of the country, tourists are turning to mountain ski resorts to find relief. Resorts from Colorado to California and Oregon are on track to set a record this year for summer business.

Brandon Wilke is spending a long weekend at a resort just down the road from Aspen, Colo. He came for a wedding, but Wilke and his brother-in-law decided to bring their mountain bikes and try out some bike trails at the Snowmass ski resort. At first, Wilke says he didn't know mountain biking was an option.

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4:01pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Sports

Glacier Helps U.S. Ski Team Drift Ahead Of Competition

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 4:09 pm

Skiers Jessie Diggins (from left), Kikkan Randall and Sadie Bjornsen finish practice. During the summer, they ski on Eagle Glacier to prepare for competition. It's one of the few places where skiers can train on snow during the summer.
Annie Feidt Alaska Public Radio Network

The U.S. women's cross-country ski team has never won an Olympic medal. But that could change in Sochi, Russia, in February. The team has a secret weapon: a pristine glacier high above the mountains of Anchorage.

On the ground, it's summer. But as soon as the helicopter crests the mountain: winter. The snowy white Eagle Glacier stretches out for miles, rimmed by rocky peaks.

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