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Trump tariffs impact outdoor gear, May skiing in Mammoth, man dies in avalanche in Sweden + Shiffrin tops the prize money. NEW & UPDATED

 

..... NEWS IN BRIEF STORIES FROM FEBRUARY 2018


SUNDAY 25TH MARCH

TRUMP'S TARIFFS SET TO MAKE SKI GEAR MORE EXPENSIVE IN US

Jackets, backpacks, shoes and much outdoor gear will likely be hit by the $50b tariffs.

The tariff proposal would increase fees by 25% paid on goods imported from China.

"Outdoor products already face one of the highest tariffs out there, and now you are going to add another 25%? This has the potential of being a devastating blow," said Alex Boian, the vice president of government affairs for Boulder's Outdoor Industry Association, in a letter to President Trump.

A spike in tariffs on products imported from China would likely raise prices.

Read more here in The Denver Post.   

SATURDAY 24TH MARCH

SKIING AT MAMMOTH INTO JUNE

Mammoth Mountain in California has said there will be skiing and snowboarding through to Memorial Day on May 28th

It follows heavy recent snow after a generally poor winter.  

PlanetSKI started off its 17/18 ski season in Mammoth back in November. 

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It is not so good elsewhere in the USA with Aspen saying it is highly unlikely it will extend its season.

"I don't think there's any plan to extend the season," said Aspen Skiing Co. vice president of communications, Jeff Hanle.

Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands are scheduled to close April 8th. Aspen Mountain and Snowmass will close April 15th.

PlanetSKI's Jane Peel was in Aspen earlier this month:
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AVALANCHE DEATH IN SWEDEN

 A 45-year-old man has died in an avalanche in central Sweden.

The accident happened on Thursday just north of the Öjön lake.

His three companions escaped uninjured.

It follows stormy weather and people are being urged to exercise caution.    

TUESDAY 20TH MARCH

SHIFFRIN TOPS PRIZE MONEY

The US skier, Mikaela Shiffrin, earned $738,000 last season after winning 12 races and retaining her women's overall title.

The Men's overall champion Marcel Hirscher from Austria won 13 World Cup races and was second with prize earnings  of $703,000.

Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway had 1 win and 11 second places - it  earned him $362,000 and he was third in the money ranks.


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THURSDAY 15TH MARCH

CRYSTAL ADDS NEW WINTER FLIGHT TO FINLAND

It will run from Birmingham to Kuusamo in Finland for winter 2018/19.

It gives access to the ski resort of Ruka, Salla and Iso Syöte.

"With large investment in Ruka, with new express chairs and gondolas being built for 2018/19, it's great to see our long standing partnership with Crystal Ski Holidays continues to grow with the addition of this new flight," said the CEO of Ruka Ski Resort, Ville Aho.

"During the winter season 2017/18 we've seen an increase of UK holidaymakers to Lapland and we are delighted to have a direct connection now for skiers to experience this unique destination," added the  Senior Purchasing Manager Crystal Ski Holidays, Michael Brabin.

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TUESDAY 13TH MARCH

TICKETS SALES SURGE AT PYEONGCHANG PARALYMPICS

Ticket sales for the Pyeongchang Paralympics have reached 320,531 - a record for the most sold for a Winter Paralympic Games. 

So far sales have beaten the 316,200 tickets sold for Sochi in 2014.

They are nearly double the 162,974 that were bought for Turin 2006.

At the Opening Ceremony 72.5% of tickets were sold, with more than 21,000 in the stadium.

105,966 people purchased tickets for the first three days of competition with a turn-out rate of 75%.

Among the most popular events has been the wheelchair curling, which had an attendance of 86% for South Korea's match against Canada.

See here for further details on Inside the Games  

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See here for PlanetSKI's coverage of the Paralympics:

SATURDAY 10TH MARCH

SHIFFRIN WINS OVERALL TITLE

Mikaela Shiffrin won her second overall World Cup title Friday, five races before the end of the season.

The US skier finished third in a giant slalom race that was won by Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway.

"That's really exciting, for sure. It's hard to explain that feeling really," said Shiffrin.

" To have the overall locked in now before going to Are is pretty cool."

The season-ending World Cup finals are next week in Are, Sweden.

Shiffrin is the second American female skier to win multiple overall titles.

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Lindsey Vonn won the title four times.

Shiffrin has dominated the women's World Cup and has been on top of the podium 11 times.

However her one gold at the Olympics was less than predicted given her dominance of the sport.

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FRIDAY 9TH MARCH

LUCKY ESCAPE AS  HUGE ROCK HITS CAR IN SWITZERLAND

Three people were in the car heading towards the ski resort of Dissentis in the Graubunden canton.

The one and half ton rock hit the bonnet and smashed into the windscreen on Friday morning.

The rock, measuring 1m in diametre, broke away from a cliff face and fell 10m.

 The 27-year-old driver and his 28-year-old front passenger were stuck in the wrecked car and had to be cut free by firecrews.

They suffered what have been described as 'moderate' injuries.

A 16-year old passeneger in the rear was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

"They were very lucky not to have been crushed by the block of rock," said a police spokesman.  

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ANOTHER AVALANCHE DEATH IN SWISS ALPS

A woman from New Zealand has died in an avalanche in Switzerland.

Jodie Pralong and her Swiss husband, Yannick Pralong, and two other people were buried by the avalanche in the Valais canton near the Italian border.

Mr Pralong managed to dig his wife out and she was taken by helicopter to hospital in Sion where she died from her injuries.

17 people have died in avalanches in Switzerland so far this winter.

Two other skiers were killed by avalanches in Switzerland on the same weekend that Mrs Pralong died.

A 55-year-old woman was killed in the Chateau d'Oex area in the canton of Vaud while another man died after being struck by an avalanche neaer Lauenen, near Gstaad.  

SATURDAY 3RD MARCH

SURGE IN SNOWSPORT INTEREST

The Winter Olympics and recent weather in the UK has led to a surge in interested in snow sports according to  Snowsport England.

Some artificial slopes even became snow slopes overnight.

Here is the Norfolk Snowsports Club.

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The recent successes of Izzy Atkin, James Woods, Billy Morgan and Dave  Ryding at the 2018 Winter Olympics have put snowsports in the spotlight.

It has apparently generated a surge of interest in the UK's artificial slopes, with some slopes claiming to have seen more than a 20% in participation increase since The Games began.

THURSDAY 1ST MARCH

RUSSIA OLYMPIC SUSPENSION LIFTED

The International Olympic Committee has lifted its suspension of Russia.

The remaining doping tests on the neutral Olympic Athletes From Russia at Pyeongchang 2018 have come back negative.

Russia was suspended and made to compete under the OAR name due to its "systemic manipulation" of the anti-doping regime at Sochi 2014.

Two members of the OAR team at Pyeongchang 2018 tested positive for banned substances but they were described as  "individual ones" which were not evidence of a systematic approach.

PYEONGCHANG IN NUMBERS

The Winter Games just gone was the largest Olympic Winter Games to date and here are a few stats for the number crunchers among you:

  • 2,920 athletes from 92 countries (NOCs) participated in 102 medal events.
  • The percentage of female athletes was a record-high of 41.5% (1,212).
  • The USA sent 242 athletes to the Games, setting a record for the largest delegation of Olympic athletes from one country at a Winter Games.
  • 146 athletes from Korea, the host nation, participated in all 15 disciplines, setting its own record. This is three times higher than in Vancouver (5 disciplines, 46 athletes) and twice the amount of athletes that competed in Sochi (6 disciplines, 71 athletes).
  • Six countries participated in the Winter Olympics for the very first time: Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore
  • A total of 14,545 volunteers from 66 nations participated in PyeongChang 2018. The oldest volunteer was aged 87, the youngest was 17.
  • 31 heads of state and government officials from 26 countries, along with UN Secretary General and UN President of General Assembly visited Korea.
  • 79 broadcasting companies from around the world sent 11,462 staff to cover the Games, and 2,654 reporters from media outlets of 51 countries reported about the Olympics to the world from PyeongChang.

    Source: PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee.
PlanetSKI covered the Games across the 2-weeks of competition, see here as we rounded up Pyeongchang 2018:  
And here for our rolling blog of all things off-the-wall that caught our eye: 
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THE LECHT WINTER GAMES 

The inaugural Lecht Winter Games allowed both newcomers and existing participants the opportunity to try their hand at something new.

Held during the middle weekend of the Winter Olympics, 2,500 people took part in all disciplines from alpine to nordic, snowboard to ski cross and more.

     

For more see our separate news story:
WANT TO SUPPORT ACCURATE SNOWSPORTS DATA?

The International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism is available for free download on the Internet and to ensure the sustainability of its yearly update a crowd-funding campaign is underway.

It draws to a close this month.

2018 will see a new updated issue of the International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism, which will be released in April.

A renewed call is addressed to all the fans of this world acknowledged international report to support it with a voluntary contribution.

Here at PlanetSKI we rate it as a highly useful and accurate report that needs support.

So, please express your support and contact vanat@vanat.ch

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MOUNTAIN TRACKS AWARDED GOLD

Mountain Tracks offers tours and courses for adventurous skiers, climbers and trekkers looking to push the limits.

It's part of the Ski Club of Great Britain and has a small team of Mountain Guides and Ski Coaches who share the same passion.

The Feefo Gold Service has been awarded to Mountain Tracks - rated by real customers.

To fulfil the awards criteria, Mountain Tracks had to average between 4.5 and 5 (out of 5) across all reviews over the year 2017.

It excelled with a 4.7/5

"The guides were super and provided a whole host of tips, tricks and info as well as guiding!" - 5* from Chris Lyth, 19/02/18.

"I've been on several MT trips and know that I can trust their arrangements implicitly. Trust is invaluable. They go out of their way to make things work for the customer." - 5* Allan Ramsay, 17/02/2018.

"Our guides develop strong and lasting bonds with clients which is proven by the number of adventurers who choose to explore with Mountain Tracks season after season," said Mountain Tracks.

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See here for our previous articles on the award winning company:

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