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World Cup Skier, Girlfriend Plummet 2.3K Feet in Alps

Jean Daniel Pession, 28, and girlfriend Elisa Arlian die on Mount Zerbion in Italy

(Newser) - "A terrible tragedy strikes the world of winter sports," a release from the Italian Winter Sports Federation, or FISI, declared over the weekend, announcing the death of a young World Cup skier and his girlfriend in the Italian Alps. Per NBC News , local media report that Jean Daniel...

He Got Buried in an Avalanche, Dug Himself Out

But 2 others died on the slopes of Utah on Thursday, after days of spring snowstorms

(Newser) - Two backcountry skiers were killed and one was rescued after they were swept up and buried in an avalanche Thursday in the mountains outside of Salt Lake City that occurred after several days of spring snowstorms, authorities said. A rescue team went to the area midmorning after the avalanche was...

Skier Dies in Attempt at Jumping Colorado Highway

He 'lacked the necessary speed and distance' to clear US 40, authorities say

(Newser) - A 21-year-old skier in Colorado was wearing a helmet and other protective gear but it wasn't enough to save him when his attempt to jump a highway failed, authorities say. Investigators found that the man "was attempting to perform a high-risk skiing stunt by trying to clear the...

Skier, 20, Dies After Falling 600 Feet Off Mount Washington

Madison Saltsburg had been backcountry skiing in icy Tuckerman Ravine in New Hampshire

(Newser) - The steep bowl at Tuckerman Ravine on New Hampshire's Mount Washington has long made it a favorite spot for expert skiers and snowboarders who are seeking adventure beyond the comparative safety of the state's ski areas. But hard and icy conditions on Saturday turned the bowl deadly, reports...

Skiing Plus Rodeo = Wild Sport of 'Skijoring'

Saddle up!

(Newser) - Nick Burri clicks into his ski bindings, squats to stretch his knees, and scans the snowy racecourse. Moments later, he's zipping past a series of gates at high speed and hurtling off jumps. But it's not gravity pulling him toward the finish line: It's the brute force...

Well-Known US Skier Dies in Avalanche at Kosovo Resort

Katherine 'Kasha' Rigby, 54, was swept into a tree

(Newser) - Katherine 'Kasha' Rigby, 54, a well-known US skier, died at a Kosovo ski resort Tuesday when she was caught up in an avalanche and swept into a tree. Rigby, who was born in Vermont and first trained on East Coast slopes, later moved to Utah and Colorado and skied...

These Experts Warn of a 'House of Cards' on the Slopes

The AP explains how a weak bottom layer creates life-threatening conditions

(Newser) - Avalanche safety specialists say their job has become more difficult in recent years as climate change brings extreme weather, and surging numbers of skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers visit backcountry areas since the COVID-19 pandemic. More people means more chances to trigger fatal avalanches, despite technological advances in safety equipment, explains...

Skier Dies After Crashing Into Tree at Aspen Resort

Woman was on an intermediate run at the Colorado resort

(Newser) - A 22-year-old woman is dead after hitting a tree while skiing at Colorado's Aspen Highlands Ski Resort Saturday morning. The woman was on the Exhibition run, which is an intermediate "blue" rated run, the Denver Gazette reports. Ski patrol responded immediately to a call about the incident, which...

Top Skier Mikaela Shiffrin Loses Control, Crashes

She is hospitalized with possible leg injury

(Newser) - America's biggest active skiing star lost control halfway through a World Cup run in Italy on Friday before crashing at a high speed into the safety nets. Mikaela Shiffrin limped away, leaning on her skis, and an ambulance took her to a hospital in Cortina d'Ampezzo to be...

23 Lost Skiers, Snowboarders Needed Rescue in Vermont

Officials in Killington saved them after they got lost in frigid temperatures

(Newser) - Twenty-three skiers and snowboarders had to be rescued in frigid temperatures on Saturday after becoming lost in the backcountry in Killington, Vermont, police said. After a call came in around 2:30pm local time, search and rescue crews hiked, snowshoed, and used skis with skins to travel about 5 miles...

Woman Pulled From Tahoe Avalanche by Good Samaritan

Avalanche at California ski resort left one dead, one injured

(Newser) - A woman buried in the deadly avalanche that hit California's Palisades Tahoe ski resort Wednesday is alive thanks to a stranger who pulled her from the snow. Janet He was skiing just behind her husband when she saw more and more snow coming down the mountain, she tells ABC...

Inside the Terror of Skiing the World's Longest Downhill Race

What it's like barreling down the 10K-foot Schilthorn

(Newser) - "Abject terror" isn't a phrase you'd readily associate with sports, but Sierra Shafer's use of it becomes increasingly understandable as you make way through her piece for Outside . In it, she recounts her first go at skiing the Mürren Inferno—the world's oldest, longest,...

Gwyneth Paltrow's Ski Trial Is Becoming a Musical

Though you'll have less than 2 weeks to see it at a small theater in London

(Newser) - Gwyneth Paltrow's strange, and strangely fascinating, ski trial is being turned into a musical. It won't be on Broadway or the West End—at least not yet—but will debut at a small theater in London next month. Gwyneth Goes Skiing, written by singer-songwriter Leland and produced by...

One of Nation's Oldest Ski Spots Has a 'Difficult' Update

New Hampshire's Black Mountain won't open this season, due to 'circumstances beyond our control'

(Newser) - One of North America's very first skiing destinations will be shuttered for the first time in nearly 90 years. Outside reports that the Black Mountain Ski Area, located in Jackson, New Hampshire, won't be operating during the upcoming winter season, according to the Fichera family, which has owned...

After 275 Days, Epic Ski Season Ends in California

Mammoth Mountain ski resort finally closed Aug. 6

(Newser) - An epic California ski season finally ended Sunday after 275 days of skiers hitting the slopes. Mammoth Mountain, the state's highest-elevation ski resort, got a record amount of snowfall this winter and was able to keep lifts open until that day, the Guardian reports. They had opened in early...

Shrinking Great Salt Lake Is Making Utah Dustier
Utah's Famously White Snow
Is Getting Dusty
New Study

Utah's Famously White Snow Is Getting Dusty

Scientists say the shrinking Great Salt Lake is a big factor, with serious implications

(Newser) - Dust blowing off the dry areas around the receding Great Salt Lake is coating the famously ski-friendly pure white snow on nearby slopes and causing early melting—a big problem with wide-ranging effects for Utah, reports Smithsonian Magazine . In a study published by Environmental Research Letters , University of Utah hydrologist...

NPS Worker Dies While Skiing in Denali

Witness says Eric Walter triggered avalanche in Alaska preserve

(Newser) - A National Park Service staffer died last week in Denali National Park & Preserve, in an avalanche he himself may have triggered. In a Friday statement cited by CBS News , the NPS reports that Eric Walter was killed Thursday while taking part in some backcountry skiing on a "north-facing...

California's Ski Season Could Last Until August
California Will Be
Skiing in Summer
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California Will Be Skiing in Summer

Some resorts have announced they'll stay open far into the season, thanks to vast snowfall

(Newser) - A few of California's ski resorts have announced they'll be staying open into summer, thanks to the massive snowfall the state has gotten this season. Palisades Tahoe said that after the Lake Tahoe area's second snowiest winter on record, it would keep the alpine portion of the...

What Gwyneth Paltrow's Kids Said in Ski Crash Depositions

Apple and Moses Martin's depositions read in court

(Newser) - Gwyneth Paltrow's kids didn't end up testifying during her ski crash trial, but their depositions were read in court Tuesday. Apple and Moses Martin, Paltrow's kids with ex-husband Chris Martin, were 11 and 9 when the 2016 collision took place in Utah during a family trip that...

Paltrow Accuser: Before Ski Crash, a 'Bloodcurdling Scream'

He says actress sounded like she was out of control

(Newser) - The man accusing Gwyneth Paltrow of crashing into him on a Utah ski slope in 2016 took the stand Monday in the civil trial over the collision, which he says was caused by Paltrow and the actress says was caused by him. Terry Sanderson, now 76, said that just before...

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