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They Skied, Rappeled Down 'Death Slabs' for a Half Dome First

Jason Torlano, Zach Milligan seem to be first ones to ski entire 4.8K feet from peak to Yosemite Valley

(Newser) - Two skiers navigated a thin layer of snow with no margin for error down the precipitous shoulder of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park and alternately skied and rappelled back to the valley floor in an unusually daring feat, per the AP . Jason Torlano, 45, and Zach Milligan, 40, completed...

Infected Tourist Blamed After Top Ski Race Axed

Visitor linked to 27 cases in Swiss resort

(Newser) - Switzerland's most prestigious ski race has been canceled, and authorities are blaming a British tourist. The Lauberhorn, the longest World Cup downhill race, was called off after a spike in COVID-19 cases, reports Reuters . Authorities in the resort of Wengen say only 10 COVID cases were detected up until...

The Latest Coronavirus Puzzle: Ski Resorts

Meanwhile, Miami Beach and Georgia make changes to prevent infection

(Newser) - Ski resorts in the US are grappling with how to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus as most planned to stay open as ski season nears an end, the AP reports. Some resorts are closing enclosed gondolas or aerial trams while others are encouraging skiers to ride lifts with...

Searchers Find Another Body After Avalanche

After death toll rises to 3, Idaho resort says all skiers are accounted for

(Newser) - Search-and-rescue teams thought they'd accounted for everyone who was skiing when an avalanche hit a resort in Idaho on Tuesday. But Silver Mountain Resort got a call Wednesday morning saying a family hadn't heard from relative who was there, NBC reports. The search resumed, and on Thursday, crews...

Weeds Creator Jenji Kohan's Son Dies on Family Ski Trip

Charlie Noxon, 20, was with his dad and 2 siblings in Park City, Utah

(Newser) - A New Year's Eve ski run ended tragically for the son of Jenji Kohan, the creator of Weeds and Orange Is the New Black. TMZ reports that, per law enforcement officials, 20-year-old Charlie Noxon fell while skiing Tuesday in Park City, Utah, and was pronounced dead after being taken...

He Conquered Peaks Worldwide, Met an 'Unreal' Fate

Davo Karnicar, first to fully ski down Mount Everest nonstop, is killed in tree-cutting mishap

(Newser) - In 1995, Davo Karnicar became the first person to successfully ski down Nepal's Annapurna from the top, the lead-in to a more high-profile descent he'd complete five years later: He became the first person to ski nonstop from the summit of Mount Everest to base camp. He went...

Suspected 'Ski Rage' Incident Puts Hole in Teen's Skull

Father, Mounties appeal for witnesses

(Newser) - A father—and the Mounties—are trying to find witnesses to a suspected "ski rage" attack that left a teenager with a bullet-sized hole in his skull. Father David Keir says his son Max, 13, swerved to avoid a man in a yellow ski jacket while at Grouse Mountain...

Pro Skier Falls to His Death in Crevasse

Dave Treadway had 2 kids and another on the way

(Newser) - "Don't let a bit of warm weather trick you into hanging up your skis … The snow's great up high right now," Canadian professional skier Dave Treadway wrote in an April 4 Instagram post . Less than two weeks later, the 34-year-old died doing what he loved....

Doctor Convicted of 'Ski Rage' Attack on Boy, 12

Dr. Samuel Caruthers' attorney is looking for the verdict to be overturned

(Newser) - On Valentine's Day in 2016, a 12-year-old boy on a snowboard ran into a 10-year-old boy on the bunny slope at New Jersey's Mountain Creek ski resort. The 10-year-old's father didn't take it well—and on Wednesday, he was convicted on a host of charges in...

You May Never Have Heard of Ski Slopes' 'Silent Killer'

Tree wells kill about as many people as avalanches every year

(Newser) - You know that trees can be deadly for skiers and snowboarders if they lose control and slam into the trunk. But what you may not know is that the innocent-looking depression in the snow that appears around the base of a tree after a lot of snow falls is, in...

Gwyneth Paltrow: I Wasn't the One Who Caused Ski Crash

Actress countersues, says her accuser is actually the one who crashed into her

(Newser) - Gwyneth Paltrow says a skier who accused her in a lawsuit of seriously injuring him at a Utah resort was actually the one who plowed into her from behind, the AP reports. Paltrow's attorney alleges in a counterclaim filed in court Wednesday that the actress suffered a full "...

Vonn Gets Her Last 'Perfect Day' on the Slopes

American takes bronze in the final race of her career

(Newser) - One last comeback complete. One last medal. Five days after crashing in super-G, Lindsey Vonn bounced back to win the bronze medal in the world championship downhill in Are, Sweden on Sunday in the final race of her career. "I laid it all on the line. That's all...

Get Paid to Ski—but Only If You're 'Mediocre'

Sportswear company has a dream job listing

(Newser) - If you love to ski but you're not all that excellent at it, pay attention: Sportswear company Tenson is looking for you. The company advertised two positions testing out its ski gear, but it doesn't want expert skiers doing the job. No, it wants "two truly enthusiastic...

Lindsey Vonn Crashes in 2nd-to-Last Race of Career

But American skier appears to be OK, is scheduled to compete for final time on Sunday

(Newser) - Lindsey Vonn crashed in the super-G at the world championships in Sweden on Tuesday, straddling a gate midair and ending up in the safety nets. Vonn, however, got up and skied down the hill after being tended to by medical personnel. "Everyone was screaming as she crashed jumping through...

Gwyneth Sued Over Alleged Ski Slope 'Hit and Run'

Man says Paltrow ran into him, left scene of crash

(Newser) - A Utah man filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing actress Gwyneth Paltrow of seriously injuring him during a ski crash at a Park City resort in 2016, the AP reports. Retired doctor Terry Sanderson said in the lawsuit that Paltrow was skiing out of control and smashed into him from behind,...

It's an Emotional Day for Lindsey Vonn

The skiing superstar says she may have to hang 'em up

(Newser) - Sunday was hard for Lindsey Vonn: Tears flowed and a tough decision loomed after she failed to finish a super-G race in Cortina, Italy, the AP reports. The winningest female skier in history hung her head after a bobble knocked her off course, and her right leg—which is permanently...

You've Likely Never Seen a Chopper Rescue Like This

Helicopter performs impressive 'skate support' move to help stranded skier in French Alps

(Newser) - Using what the BBC calls a "dramatic" helicopter maneuver, rescuers descended on a mountain in the French Alps last week to rescue an injured skier, and the video is indeed "heart-stopping." US News reports that on Jan. 2, a young man was skiing with friends in the...

After 64 Years, Family Learns What Happened to Lost Skier

Italian police identify body found in Matterhorn ice

(Newser) - In 1954, Roger Le Masne spent weeks searching for his older brother, who had disappeared while on a skiing vacation in the Alps. It would be another 64 years before he learned what happened to him. Police in Italy say a body found in thawing ice on the Matterhorn in...

Daredevil Becomes 1st Person to Ski Down K2

Polish climber Andrzej Bargiel has made history

(Newser) - A daredevil has made history as the first person to ever ski down the world's second highest peak. Polish climber Andrzej Bargiel recently ascended K2 on the border of China and Pakistan, reaching the summit on Sunday, Radio Poland reports. The 30-year-old then made history by skiing all the...

German Billionaire Disappears on Matterhorn

Tengelmann CEO, missing since Saturday, was training for ski race

(Newser) - A "full speed" search is underway for one of Germany's richest men, heir to the Tengelmann supermarket chain, who failed to return from a solo ski excursion in the Swiss Alps on Saturday. An experienced skier, Karl-Erivan Haub was training for a race when he set off from...

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