Alpine

Bad K: Blardone wins GS, Ligety third

By Pete Rugh

First-run leader Thomas Fanara of France committed a huge mistake early in the second heat Saturday Dec. 8 and left the Bad Kleinkichheim GS win for the Italians. Massimiliano Blardone, got his fourth Cup win ahead of teammate Manfred Moelgg while American Ted Ligety moved up from sixth in the first run to record his […] Read more...

Young speed racers put a spark into U.S. team

By Pete Rugh

A couple of the U.S. Ski Team’s up-and-coming speed racers, Leanne Smith and Andrew Weibrecht, turned heads this week after breakthrough performances on the World Cup level.     U.S. Ski Team Alpine Director Jesse Hunt said Smith’s pair of top 25 finishes in her first World Cup races at Lake Louise coupled with Weibrecht’s thrilling […] Read more...

Mountains of powder greet World Cup racers

By Pete Rugh

It was a downright frenetic freakshow up on Aspen Mountain on Friday. It dumped 18 inches overnight on top of the 3 feet from last weekend. The downhill race got postponed and the super G got cancelled, but the consolation was a powder choke fest.     “I couldn’t breathe,” said the Libby Ludlow on the […] Read more...

Swiss men take World Cup lead back to Europe

By Pete Rugh

BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria — The men's World Cup circuit returns to Europe this weekend after races in North America, with the season looking wide open after the defending overall champion was ruled out for months with injuries.    Read more...

Lake Louise NorAm: Kelleher wins downhill

By Pete Rugh

Keely Kelleher, who made her World Cup debut last weekend at Lake Louise, won the opening NorAm Cup downhill Thursday. Chelsea Marshall finished third as U.S. skiers filled five of the top 10 places. Read more...

Aspen: DH pushed back to Saturday; SG cancelled

By Pete Rugh

ASPEN, Colo. — Heavy snow overnight has forced the postponement of Friday's World Cup women's downhill.   The jury met mid-morning Friday and decided to reschedule the downhill for 10:45 a.m. on Saturday. The super-G originally scheduled for Saturday has now been cancelled. Sunday's slalom remains on the program as scheduled.  Read more...

ASPEN WORLD CUP QUOTEBOOK

By Pete Rugh

Aspen World Cup Quotebook Read more...

Britain's Alcott brings new perspective to Aspen

By Pete Rugh

Great Britain’s Chemmy Alcott just stole Julia Mancuso’s iPhone and tried to pretend she was Mancuso on e-mail. Something about sending off a message about a “dirty old man.” It didn’t work. Mancuso caught her just in time. But they had a good laugh. They always do. Read more...

PHOTO GALLERY: ASPEN DOWNHILL TRAINING

By Pete Rugh

Photographer Barrie Fisher was on the hill for the past few days chronicling the two downhill training runs. Click here to view her gallery .  Read more...

Aspen: Vonn wins final training run; Cook sixth

By Pete Rugh

It's a pleasure to hear a veteran downhiller talk about dialing in a course. Lindsey Vonn is pretty much a pleasure to talk to anyway, but after winning the second, and final training run for the Aspen downhill scheduled for Friday (Dec. 7) she was particularly revealing.     "I pretty much stood up the whole […] Read more...