Alpine News

Ski Leader Garnsey to Retire


BROOMFIELD, CO (April 24) – John Garnsey, who played an instrumental role in ski racing at Vail/Beaver Creek and was the 2012 recipient of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Julius Blegen Award for his service to the sport, will be retiring. Vail Resorts, Inc. announced that Garnsey, president of the company’s global mountain development...

Evers Released from U.S. Ski Team


PARK CITY, UT (April 24) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has ended its relationship with Andreas Evers, head speed coach for the U.S. Men’s Alpine Ski Team. Evers was convicted and sentenced Thursday (April 24) in Austria on money laundering charges. A longtime, successful coach with the Austrian national team, Evers was hired by the U...

Mancuso Wins Olsson Invitational


ARE, Sweden (April 12) - Olympic Champion Julia Mancuso won the 2014 Jon Olsson Invitational on Saturday. The event, which celebrated its 10th anniversary with this year's contest, features both the Alpine Challenge (a dual slalom event) and a men's big air contest. On the men's side, Norway's Leif Kristian Haugen took the Alpine Challenge...

Shiffrin Partners With Vail Valley Community


VAIL, Colorado—The Vail Valley has come together to support their own Olympic champion, Mikaela Shiffrin, in a partnership that will see the 19-year-old Eagle-Vail resident help endorse her community and the 2015 World Championships over the course of the coming year.

“I was born and raised here,” offered Shiffrin.  “I’m just so happy to...

Abplanalp to Lead Women’s Speed Program


PARK CITY, UT (April 10) – Veteran alpine speed coach Stefan Abplanalp has officially joined the U.S. Ski Team as head coach of the women’s alpine speed team. Abplanalp brings strong experience to a veteran team that includes six-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and four-time Olympic medalist Julia...

Olympic Medalists Lead Park City Parade


PARK CITY, UT (April 8) – The future dreams of Park City youth shined brightly through a spring snowstorm as Olympic medalists led a homecoming parade down Park City’s historic Main Street Saturday. Organized by the community’s Youth Sports Alliance, kids were inspired by the site of the many gold medals as they walked hand-in-hand with Olympic...

2015-18 Alpine Champs Hosts Announced


PARK CITY, UT (April 3) – Leading eastern resort Sugarloaf, Maine and historic Sun Valley, Idaho will host the 2015-2018 U.S. Alpine Championships on alternating years beginning next winter with Sugarloaf.  The announcement continues the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Associations long-term plan to move the annual celebration of American ski racing to...

Shiffrin Gets a Vail 2015 Welcome Home Party


VAIL, CO (March 28) - A large crowd of residents and guests of the Vail Valley got the opportunity to welcome home their newest Olympic champion Friday evening, March 28, as the Vail Valley Foundation and the Town of Vail hosted the “Gold Rush” celebration for Mikaela Shiffrin. 

Women's Speed Trains on 2015 Super G


BEAVER CREEK, CO (March 28) - The U.S. Ski Team women took advantage of another chance to train on Raptor, the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships race hill, with two solid days of super G training earlier this week before snow moved in to cancel Thursday's session. Included in...

Take Five with U.S. Ski Team’s Abby Ghent


Every athlete experiences a setback during his or her career. That’s just part of sports.

But with every setback, there’s also a chance to comeback.

Liberty Mutual Insurance sat down with U.S. Ski Team’s Abby Ghent (Edwards, CO) to get her thoughts on making a strong comeback from a setback....

Moser-Proell Receives 2014 Legend Of Honor Award


VAIL, Colorado (March 23) – The most successful female alpine ski racer in history was honored Saturday evening, March 22, when Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell was inducted into the International Ski Racing Hall of Fame as the 2014 Legend of Honor. The Legend of Honor festivities are annually hosted in conjunction with Vail’s Korbel American...

McJames Caps Champs Week with GS Win


SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 23) - Two-time Olympian Megan McJames (Park City, UT) capped an outstanding week of Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships racing with an FIS giant slalom win at Squaw Valley. Under postcard perfect California skies, McJames won both runs to build up a 1.58 second victory over fellow Olympian Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole...

Stiegler Within 0.01 of Slalom Title


SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 22) - Two-time Olympian Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) finished one one-hundredth of a second behind Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon Saturday as women's slalom officially wrapped up the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley. NorAm slalom champion Lila Lapanja (Incline Village, NV), who grew up near...

Chodounsky Wins U.S. Champs Slalom


SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 22) - Olympian David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) produced a blazing final run in sun-soaked Squaw Valley to win the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships slalom title. Third after the first run, Chodounsky laced the bottom section of the Red Dog race hill to bump first-run leader Tim Kelley (Starksboro, VT) to...

Jitloff Rocks Squaw with GS Victory


SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 21) - Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) brought a crowd of thousands to a roaring crescendo Friday with another masterful performance in Squaw Valley to win his second consecutive Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships giant slalom title. The Olympian, who grew up nearby and raced as a young athlete at the 1960 Olympic resort,...

Shiffrin Continues Storybook Season


SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 20) - Olympic slalom gold medalist and World Cup slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) continued her storybook season Thursday with victory in the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships giant slalom. To kick off the first day of spring, the 19-year-old technical phenom posted a 1.5-second first run lead...

Jitloff Wins U.S. Champs Warm Up


SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 19) - Olympian Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) sliced a wire-to-wire FIS giant slalom victory Wednesday to open five days of Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships competition in sun soaked Squaw Valley. The race, a precursor to Friday's U.S....

Alpine Champs Open Wednesday at Squaw


SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 18) – Sunshine and excellent racing conditions will greet athletes Wednesday when the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships kick off on Red Dog at Squaw Valley.  A men’s FIS giant slalom will open the six-race program followed by the women’s U.S....

Shiffrin Skis to Best Season Ever


LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 16) – Sunday’s conclusion to the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season saw Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) close out her best season ever with a 12th-place finish in the foggy giant slalom finale. Anna Fenninger of Austria cut through the clouded, misty top section to seal the victory, which...

Ligety Highlights Successful 2014 Season


LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 16) – The 2014 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season came to a close Sunday in Lenzerheide, where World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) capped another incredible season and led the USA with a 12th-place finish in the slalom finale. Ultimately, the race and the day went to Austrian Marcel Hirscher...