Archive for March, 2011

Julia Mancuso Wins Final Downhill, Lindsey Vonn Regains Overall Lead in World Cup Standings

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 16) – Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) topped the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals downhill podium Wednesday in Lenzerheide for her first World Cup downhill victory in four seasons. Teammate Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was fourth to regain the World Cup overall lead from Germany’s Maria Riesch for the first time since Dec. 27 as Riesch finished outside the points in 17th. The victory hoisted Mancuso to third in the final downhill standings and to fifth in the overall chase with just three races remaining. Mancuso and other members of the World Cup field have pledged to donate 50 percent of their winnings this week to the Japanese earthquake relief effort.

Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals
Lenzerheide, Switzerland – March 16. 2011

1. Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA, 1:27.50
2. Lara Gut, Switzerland, 1:28.31
3. Elisabeth Goergl, Austria, 1:28.65
4. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:28.88
9. Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CO, 1:29.75
16. Leanne Smith, Conway, NH, 1:30.62

For complete results:

World Cup Final DownhillStandings
1. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 657
2. Maria Riesch, Germany, 457
3. Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA, 367

Current World Cup Overall Standings
1. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1,705
2. Maria Riesch, Germany, 1,678
3. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 1,039

For complete standings:
Julia Mancuso
“I knew I had to push really hard because I wanted to win. Opportunities like this don’t come around all the time and I took advantage of it.”

Lindsey Vonn
“I’m proud to be in the finals and still be in the hunt considering I was down 200 points only a few weeks ago. No matter what happens this has been one of the most exciting seasons and I’m really happy with the way I skied. I congratulate Maria as well she’s had an amazing season. We’ll see how this week goes and who comes out on top.”

Donate to the National Ski Patrol and Get Your Total First Aid Kit!

Friday, March 11th, 2011

DONATE! Are you getting ready for a camping or hiking trip? Maybe taking a long drive for a vacation? Whether it’s kayaking, hiking, climbing, camping, or skiing, a first aid kit is a necessity as part of your supplies.

The National Ski Patrol has a great offer for you that will get you that needed first aid kit while helping to support our efforts on slope safety. If you contribute $50 to the NSP, we will send you a free travel first aid kit. The kit has all the basic necessities, including sterile 3×3 and 2×2 gauze, butterfly, 1×3- and 2×4.5-inch bandages, splinter remover, a CPR mask, rescue whistle, and emergency space blanket.

Your donation will help fund National Ski Patrol education programs, including our avalanche and Outdoor Emergency Care programs, which are the standard of training for the nation’s 30,000 ski patrollers.

Thanks to their extensive training, NSP patrollers save more than 40 lives every year. Your donation helps keep the ski slopes safer, and helps save lives!

The National Ski Patrol (NSP) in a nonprofit association founded in 1938 to fill the critical role of first responders to the skiing public. DONATE TODAY!

Burton US Open 2011 March 9-12

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Don’t miss it – check out the Burton US Open 2011 at Statton, VT. Live casts throughout the days found here,

Lindsey Vonn Clinches Career 10th World Cup Title

Friday, March 4th, 2011

TARVISIO, Italy (March 4) – Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) secured the 10th Audi FIS Alpine World Cup title of her career Friday by holding off a surging Tina Maze of Slovenia to snatch her second straight super combined title. Maze won the race, yet missed the crystal globe by a narrow eight points as Riesch finished third on the day and in the season-long super combined standings. Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was sixth, Leanne Smith (Conway, NH) ninth, Laurenne Ross (Klamath Falls, OR) 19th and Stacey Cook 20th as all U.S. Ski Team starters finished inside the top 20. A downhill is scheduled for Saturday with Vonn leading those standings by 103 points over Riesch.

OFFICIAL RESULTS,  Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, Tarvisio, Italy – March 4, 2011

Super Combined

1. Tina Maze, Slovenia; 2:13.54�
2. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO; 2:13.72
3. Maria Riesch, Germany;  2:14.09

6. Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA, 2:15.41
9. Leanne Smith, Conway, NH, 2:16.42
19. Laurenne Ross, Klamath Falls, OR, 2:17.20
20. Stacey Cook, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2:17.22

For complete results:

1. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO – 220
2. Tina Maze, Slovenia – 212
3. Maria Riesch, Germany – 205


 Lindsey Vonn:  “It was a great day. I knew that it was really close with the points and I knew I had to ski great slalom run to get the title. I don’t think it was my best slalom run, but I was aggressive the whole way and that was my goal. Super combined titles are not easy to win because there are only three races so you can’t make any mistakes.”

 “I’ve been struggling a lot in slalom this year, but I have been training well, especially the last few weeks. I’ve had a lack of self confidence which comes from not finishing very many slalom races in the last two years, so today I knew I had nothing to lose and I had to go out and take the title if I wanted it. I wanted it badly.”

 “There are some more titles on the line this weekend with the downhill and super G and going to try and win those. At this point in the season, Maria is quite a bit ahead of me in the overall title hunt and so I’m just skiing relaxed, having fun and skiing like I have nothing to lose. I’m still skiing like I have a chance to win the overall, but I have to be realistic about it too. I’m going to ski to win races and then we’ll see where it ends up.”

 “Leanne had a really good downhill run and Julia also had a great run of slalom today. For Leanne to be in the top 10 of super combined is really cool. We’re all skiing well right now. We have some great depth to our team and it’s fun to be around.”  

 Alex Hoedlmoser – Head Coach:  “To a degree it was good that Lindsey just had to go out and attack it in the slalom. She knew that she had to beat Maria and that’s what was in her mind. In the last couple of races she had other things in her mind, but today was just like ‘I want this title, so I just need to go.’”

“We know that she can kill the downhill, so that wasn’t a surprise, the impressive part was the slalom. She’s been with it all season in training, but for some reason has backed off on race day and today she went out and was fantastic in the slalom.”

“The girls were all in communication today and they knew they had to be smart. This was obviously great results for the whole team. Having everyone was in the top 20 and three in the top 10 is awesome. Everyone is pumped for tomorrow’s downhill.”


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Resort Top 10 Lists & Top 10 Reasons to Hit the Slopes vs. the Beach for Spring Break

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Data from site’s 3.4 million monthly unique visitors helps calculate Mammoth, Steamboat, Telluride and Winter Park as among the top destinations for families and college students

ORINDA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–, the most visited snow sports site in the world, today released the 2011 Spring Break Resort Top 10 lists highlighting the best spring break ski and snowboard destinations in North America for families and college students. Analyzing page views and reviews from the site’s 3.4 million monthly unique visitors along with other data, the report ranked the top U.S. and Canadian resorts for families and college students looking to hit the slopes in March and April. Resorts in the U.S. west swept the Top 10 lists in both categories with spots in Colorado, California and Utah earning top nods, although Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia and Tremblant in Quebec also made the top 25.

“For years, OnTheSnow has collected an unmatched amount of information about destination resorts—snowfall totals, popularity on the website, snow base depths, and thousands and thousands of reviews,” said Chad Dyer, Global Managing Director of Mountain News Corporation, which operates OnTheSnow. “We decided to put that information to work. These Top 10 lists combine millions of data points to answer that quintessential American question: where should we go for spring break? Well, now we know. And because we’re passionate about snow sports, we also had some fun developing the Top 10 reasons why vacationers should play on the snow versus on the beach this year.”

To rank each resort’s spring break potential, the OnTheSnow team drew from the site’s wealth of traffic information, user reviews, and years of snowfall data reported from the resorts. Using a sophisticated algorithm that scored the resorts on a variety of factors such as resort page views, average spring snowfall, current snow base depth and users’ ratings of family-friendliness and nightlife, OnTheSnow’s analytics team identified the top resorts with great snow conditions and the right mix of off-slope activities for skiers and snowboarders over spring break. For college students, the team emphasized user reviews of downhill terrain and the nightlife, while users’ opinions of resorts’ suitability for families played a greater role in choosing the best mountains for parents and kids traveling together.

“Our goal was to distill all the data we generate as the world’s most visited snow sports site into something that people could easily use to make their travel decisions,” said Dyer. “The rankings should help minimize the legwork normally associated with finding the perfect spring break destination for skiing and riding.”

The Top 10 spring break resorts for families and college students (listed alphabetically):

For Families         For College Students
Breckenridge         Breckenridge
Deer Valley         Heavenly
Heavenly         Jackson Hole
Keystone         Keystone
Mammoth Mountain         Mammoth Mountain
Park City         Snowbird
Steamboat         Squaw Valley
Taos         Steamboat
Vail         Telluride
Winter Park         Vail

For families and students still making the choice between the mountains and the beach, the OnTheSnow team also set out to make the case for snow, identifying the Top 10 reasons to choose skiing and snowboarding over spending a week at the beach this spring:

Top 10 Reasons to Go “OnTheSnow” vs. to the Beach this Spring Break:

1. No sharks
2. High-altitude après-ski = money saved on drinks at the bar
3. Snow bunnies, hot tubs, and that sexy ski instructor who tells you, “This mountain is my office.”
4. Under seven layers of gear and a helmet, no one can tell that you didn’t shower
5. Snowboards are easier to carry than surfboards
6. No need to wax or fake tan
7. No sand in your pants or your luggage
8. Being snowed in is romantic. Being monsoon-ed in is, well, pretty terrible
9. You don’t have to see any hairy backs or Speedos
10. The beach will still be there for a summer vacation

To calculate the Top 10 lists, the OnTheSnow analytics team identified several categories for comparison and ranked all North American resorts in each of them. The following categories were assessed for each group:

For Families         For College Students
• Non-College traffic to Resort Pages         • College traffic to Resort Pages
• Family Friendliness (User ratings)         • Nightlife (User ratings)
• Average Base Depth, March and April         • Downhill Terrain (User ratings)
• Average March Snowfall, March and April         • Average Base Depth, March and April
          • Average Snowfall, March and April

To see the full rankings and to learn more about planning the perfect spring break ski trip, visit


Skiing Magazine’s Best Skis of 2010-11

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
Different skis are good for different people, but every year there are always a few pairs that everyone seems to be obsessed with. Here are Skiing Magazine’s most popular skis of the season, the one’s you’ve been searching on their site, googling, stalking on Steep and Cheap, and raving about.  And, to stoke the fires, the one ski coming out next year that’s already creating major buzz.
Find your new pair here!