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Woman Crashed Into by Fellow Skier Sues for More Than $75K

She says she fractured and dislocated her wrist in the collision

(Newser) - An accident on the slopes is now a battle in the courts. The Denver Post reports a Florida woman is suing a fellow skier she says crashed into her at the Beaver Creek ski resort in Colorado. Rella Feldman was skiing near her instructor on an intermediate run when Jim... More »

Mom Dies, 2 Daughters Hurt in Chair Lift Fall

Accidents are 'super rare,' industry says

(Newser) - Tragedy in ski country: A mother died and her two daughters were injured in a fall from a chair lift at a ski resort in Colorado Thursday. Authorities say the 40-year-old woman from Texas and the girls, ages 9 and 12, fell around 20 feet from the lift onto snow... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Lindsey Vonn's Surgery a Success

And she got a ride home from Tiger Woods

(Newser) - Lindsey Vonn just took the first step toward recuperating in time for the Olympics : The surgery she had yesterday to repair torn knee ligaments and a fractured shin was successful, her doctor says, adding that he's optimistic she'll recover fully. In slightly less imporant news, People reports that... More »

Snowboarding Cools as Kids Embrace 'Flat' Skis

Extra-wide skies are easier to manage

(Newser) - People who like whizzing down snowy hills at high speeds are using a new kind of ski and losing interest in the snowboard, the Los Angeles Times reports. Winter sports enthusiasts say snowboarding is too injury-prone and, in powder and flat terrain, difficult to manage—while extra-wide skis are easy... More »

Canadian Skier Has Fatal Crash

Nick Zoricic is killed in Switzerland

(Newser) - Another tragedy in the skiing world: Canada's Nick Zoricic crashed during a World Cup run in Switzerland today and died of "severe neurotrama," reports AP . The 29-year-old "fell heavily just before the finish in the round of eight, crashing directly into the safety netting and thereafter... More »

Skier Wins World Cup Race on Single Ski

Kikkan Randall is first US World Cup cross-country skiing champ since 1982

(Newser) - Impressive: Being America's first World Cup champion in cross-country skiing since 1982. Way more impressive: Winning the title after racing on one ski. That's what Kikkan Randall managed to do yesterday in Drammen, Norway. The Anchorage native has been the World Cup sprint leader this season, and managed... More »

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