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'Massive' Avalanche Kills 5 Skiers in Austrian Alps

Two others were injured

(Newser) - Police in Austria say five people were killed Saturday when a "massive" avalanche in the Austrian Alps struck skiers from the Czech Republic taking part in a freeriding camp, the AP reports. Two other skiers were injured and 10 were rescued unharmed, Tirol police spokesperson Helmut Schuetz said. He... More »

Skier's 1K-Foot Plunge Will Make Your Heart Stop

Angel Collinson takes jaw-dropping tumble in Alaska's Neacola Mountains

(Newser) - Even world-class freeskiers can have a bad day in the powder—and a heart-stopping video that's now circulating shows how that happened to Angel Collinson last spring during a movie shoot. The video, taken in Alaska’s Neacola Mountains, was footage to be used in Teton Gravity Research's... More »

World Cup Skier Nearly Taken Out —by Drone

Austrian Marcel Hirscher: 'This can never happen again'

(Newser) - A four-time defending ski champ competing in the World Cup finals in Italy nearly saw his attempt derailed when a camera drone crashed on the slope perilously close to where he was skiing, the BBC reports. Austria's Marcel Hirscher was doing his second run in a slalom race in... More »

Brothers Believe Each Other Killed in Colorado Avalanche

But both were 'extremely fortunate' to survive

(Newser) - Two brothers got a major pre-Thanksgiving scare when they both believed the other to have died in an avalanche while skiing the Colorado backcountry Wednesday, 9News reports. Alex Holmes, 27, was watching as his brother Brian, 26, triggered an avalanche and was hit by the wave of snow. According to... More »

Skier's 1,600-Foot Fall Caught on Video

'The most terrifying crash I've ever seen'

(Newser) - Sure it's fast, but it's not the way we would choose to get down a mountain. UPI reports a 24-year-old professional skier survived a 1,600-foot fall while filming footage for an extreme sports film in Alaska's Necola mountains. The film production company, Teton Gravity Research, posted... More »

Vonn, Woods Call It Quits

Both say they will "cherish" times together

(Newser) - Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are no longer a power couple in American sports. Golf's biggest star and the Olympic ski champion said today they were breaking up after more than two years. But in ending their relationship, both were in complete harmony in their separate announcements on social... More »

Teen Missing in Alps Found Waist-Deep in Snow

American skier was missing for more than 48 hours

(Newser) - Eleven skiers have died in the Swiss Alps over the last few days, and police say it's a miracle that 19-year-old American Mark Doose wasn't No. 12. Doose disappeared while skiing near the Diablerets resort on Sunday and survived more than 48 hours until rescuers found him on... More »

Lindsey Vonn Matches All-Time Wins Record

Skier records 62nd World Cup victory

(Newser) - Lindsey Vonn never thought she would make it this far. Perhaps that's why, after matching the World Cup's all-time record for wins today, she rated it "right below" her Olympic gold medal on her lengthy list of career achievements. "It's hard to really compare the... More »

2 US Ski Team Prospects Killed in Alps Avalanche

Ronnie Berlack and Bryce Astle die in Austrian accident

(Newser) - Two prospects from the US Ski Team were killed in an avalanche today while skiing near their European training base in the Austrian Alps. The US ski team said Ronnie Berlack, 20, and Bryce Astle, 19, died in the incident near the Rettenbach glacier near Soelden, the venue for the... More »

Ligety Wins US' 1st Giant Slalom Gold

Ted Ligety becomes just the second US skier with 2 gold medals

(Newser) - After lousy finishes in both the men's super-combined and super-G skiing events, Sochi was looking like a bust for Ted Ligety—until today. Ligety became the first American ever to earn a gold medal in the men's giant slalom, according to Bleacher Report . Ligety came in as the... More »

US Takes Gold in Skiing Halfpipe

Daivd Wise soars while world's top-ranked skiier disappoints

(Newser) - David Wise won the gold medal in the Olympic debut of halfpipe skiing today, cutting through heavy snow to easily outclass the field. The 23-year-old American scored a 92 on his first run through the halfpipe clogged by wet, soggy rain and snow all night. Mike Riddle of Canada took... More »

Reporter Pilloried for Making Bode Miller Cry

NBC's Christin Cooper kept asking about skier's late brother

(Newser) - Bode Miller yesterday became both the oldest Alpine skier to win an Olympic medal and the US skier with the most Olympic medals , when he won bronze in the super-G—but what most people are talking about after the win is the uncomfortable interview that followed. Miller, interviewed by NBC'... More »

Olympic Skier Stable After Spine Surgery

Maria Komissarova's spinal cord wasn't damaged: coach

(Newser) - After she broke her back , Olympic skier Maria Komissarova of Russia had "successful" surgery, a rep for the Russian Freestyle Federation tells RIA Novosti . Now, she is in stable condition, the Wall Street Journal reports. The good news is that the accident didn't damage her spinal cord, her... More »

Gold Medalist Waits Half Hour to Greet Last Finisher

Peru's Roberto Carcelen finishes about 30 minutes behind Swiss skier Cologna

(Newser) - It is, as Deadspin says, "your feel-good Olympic story of the day." Roberto Carcelen, who happens to be Peru's first Winter Olympian, finished last today in the 15km cross-country race. And we mean really last, as in about 30 minutes behind the winner. But Carcelen, now a... More »

Alpine Skiing Ends in Historic Gold-Medal Tie

Two downhill skiers tie for gold at the Sochi Olympics

(Newser) - Slovenia's Tina Maze and Switzerland's Dominique Gisin tied for gold at the Sochi Olympics today—a first in Olympic alpine skiing history, NBC reports. Maze and Gisin finished today's downhill skiing event with identical times; Switzerland's Lara Gut won the bronze. "It’s a great... More »

Canadian Coach Gives Ski to Stricken Russian

'You can't just sit there,' Justin Wadsworth says

(Newser) - A touching Olympic moment in Sochi: Canada's cross-country ski coach Justin Wadsworth came to the rescue yesterday as Russian Anton Gafarov tried to drag himself off the course with a broken ski. The coach, whose athletes had already been eliminated, hustled over with a spare ski so the Russian... More »

Dusty Rockies Melt Early, Imperil Drinking Water

Reddish dust blows in from Southwest, alters management systems

(Newser) - Melting Rocky Mountain snow once offered a regular stream of water to regional farmers and water managers—but that system isn't so reliable anymore. The culprit: Vast amounts of dust that blow in from the Southwest, the Wall Street Journal reports. Darkened by dust, the snow is melting earlier... More »

Lindsey Vonn: I'm Skipping Olympics

After latest fall, she's pulling out of Sochi

(Newser) - Turns out that February crash will sideline Lindsey Vonn for the Sochi Olympics after all, despite her promises to the contrary and a successful surgery . "I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi," Vonn wrote on Facebook today. "I did... More »

Snowstorm Hits Northeast, Skiers Thrilled

Maine's southern coast gets nearly 17 inches of snow

(Newser) - A weekend storm that dumped a foot or more of snow in parts of the Northeast made ski area operators and snow removal workers happy, but travelers were forced to deal with slippery roads and flight cancellations today. Molly Taaffe, 23, was on the slopes at Loon Mountain in Lincoln,... More »

30 Skiers Hold Hands, Do Backflip

But they miss the Guinness deadline, so they'll try again next year

(Newser) - Thirty skiers grabbed hands, sped down a hill in Canada, and did a joint backflip, hoping for a Guinness record. The good news: It's probably the biggest simultaneous skiing backflip in history, the Telegraph reports. The bad: The group missed the entry deadline, so they'll try again next... More »

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