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  • Gold Medalist Eileen Gu Says There’s No Internet Censorship in China Because ‘Anyone can download a VPN’

    02/12/2022 3:02:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Vision Times ^ | February 12, 2022 | Leo Timm, Lucy Crawford
    On Feb. 8, gold medalist Eileen Gu posted on Instagram to announce her win at the Beijing Winter Olympics. As social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are banned in China, many Chinese have questioned why she, but not the general public, could use Instagram in mainland China. “Anyone can download a VPN its literally free on the App store,” Gu replied, according to a screenshot of her now-deleted post. Gu, who was born in San Francisco and raised by a single mother, has made headlines for her decision to compete for the People’s Republic of China (PRC) despite...
  • Eileen Gu's Instagram comment causes fury in China

    02/11/2022 3:15:24 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 41 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Feb 11, 2022 | Jay Busbee
    Gu’s Instagram page is a collection of motivational and inspirational slogans, a scrapbook designed to present a specific, curated image of her to the world. One user commented on an otherwise innocuous post: “Why can you use Instagram and millions of Chinese people from mainland cannot, why you got such special treatment as a Chinese citizen. That’s not fair, can you speak up for those millions of Chinese who don’t have internet freedom,” user “cilla chan” wrote. “Anyone can download a vpn,” Gu replied, “it’s literally free on the App Store”. The website Protocol noted that multiple users fired back...
  • French actor Gaspard Ulliel dead in skiing accident at 37

    01/19/2022 2:56:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 61 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed January 19, 2022 | Niamh Kennedy, Xiaofei Xu and Camille Knight,
    French actor Gaspard Ulliel, best known for playing Hannibal Lecter in "Hannibal Rising," has died at the age of 37 after a skiing accident in southeastern France. The accident happened on Tuesday at 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m ET) at the La Rosière ski resort in the Alpine department of Savoie, according to a Wednesday statement from Albertville prosecutor's office. After Ulliel left the top of a blue ski run, he collided with another skier and both fell to the ground, the statement said. The other skier didn't suffer any injuries. When the emergency team arrived at the scene,...
  • 'Chilling' video captures skiers on lift at North Carolina mountain resort getting doused by geyser of freezing water after hydrant is knocked over and erupts

    01/08/2022 8:35:32 PM PST · by algore · 28 replies
    Unsuspecting skiers taking the chair-lift at a North Carolina mountain resort received the coldest of showers after another skier bowled over a buried water hydrant, shooting a geyser of freezing water more than 50 feet into the air. A harrowing video captured one skier at Beech Mountain ski resort getting battered by the powerful blast of frigid water for nearly a minute on Friday. The nonstop spray buffeted the suspended skier and the person was seen dangling from the chair-lift before finally getting to safety. The incident started after a skier knocked over a hydrant used for snow-making near the...
  • France ‘considering’ making health pass compulsory for ski lifts

    10/20/2021 6:44:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies ^ | 20 October 2021 11:59 CEST
    France’s tourism minister says he is considering whether to make the health pass compulsory for using ski lifts — which would largely rule out French skiing holidays for the unvaccinated. Tourism minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne is still working with industry representatives to make the definite plan for the 2021/22 ski season, but says that making health passports compulsory for ski lifts is “under consideration”. A full announcement is expected within the next few days. The health passport is already compulsory for many leisure activities in France including trips to bars and restaurants. It is also compulsory for long-distance train travel or...
  • Skier Survives Backcountry Avalanche by Jumping Off 100-Foot Cliff

    03/08/2021 12:33:05 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    A California skier has a harrowing tale to tell after surviving an avalanche. Kyle Johnston was on a regular backcountry outing last month in the Tahoe region, where avalanches are common. “We have been in these mountains and these zones dozens of times,” Johnston said, referring to the mountains near the Blue Lakes, just south of Lake Tahoe. But the Friday that kicked off President’s Day weekend was different. “Started with some familiar terrain and tested the snow, and we were feeling good about it,” Johnson recalled. But that quickly changed for the 34-year-old skier. “Due to the way the...
  • Skier Chased by Bear at Romanian Resort

    01/25/2021 3:18:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    UPI ^ | JAN. 25, 2021 | Ben Hooper
    A man riding the chairlift at a Romanian skiing resort captured video of the tense moment a fellow skier was chased by a bear. David Creta posted a video to YouTube showing the bear chasing a skier on a slope at the Predeal ski resort on Saturday. Chairlift riders alerted the skier to the pursuit, and the skier threw his backpack on the ground, which succeeded in distracting the bear for long enough to allow the man to escape. Police spokesman Ion Zaharia said the skier did the right thing by distracting the bear. He said three emergency calls came...
  • Vail, Alterra close 49 ski resorts amid virus outbreak

    03/15/2020 5:44:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | March 15, 2020 | By BRADY McCOMBS and PAT GRAHAM
    SALT LAKE CITY - As ski resorts across the United States grappled with how to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus without having to close, industry giants Vail Resorts and Alterra Mountain Company decided Saturday they would shutter 49 of North America’s most well-known resorts. Vail Resorts said it would shut down its 34 resorts for at least one week before reassessing while Alterra is closing its 15 until further notice. The Telluride Ski Resort in Colorado and the Aspen Skiing Company announced Saturday night that they will close ski operations, too. The closures marked a sudden change of...
  • Record-breaker Helen Rennie on clocking up 120 consecutive months skiing on Scottish snow

    12/10/2019 7:18:11 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 15 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | December 9, 2019 | Roger Cox
    On 2 October 2019, following an early dusting of snow in Highlands, a retired geography teacher from Inverness called Helen Rennie hiked up to a gentle slope near the top of Cairn Gorm, clipped on her skis and slid a short distance downhill... In doing so she made history, becoming the first person to ski on Scottish snow at least once a month, every month for ten years. Typically, when adventurers complete notable challenges, there is some sort of fanfare: cheering crowds, jostling camera crews, salivating sponsors. In Rennie’s case, however, the celebrations were far from extravagant. “I’m not really...
  • “It’s nightmarish”: Colorado faces meager budget in fight against I-70 ski traffic

    02/24/2019 8:17:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Colorado Sun ^ | February 23, 2019 | Thomas Peipert, The Associated Press
    “Friends don’t let friends drive I-70.” The tongue-in-cheek mantra is often uttered by Colorado skiers and snowboarders who frequent resorts far from the crowded mountain corridor, which funnels thousands of vehicles onto two lanes west of Denver every winter weekend. “It’s nightmarish. Hours and hours in the car. I think the last time I went to Keystone (typically a 90-minute drive from Denver), I spent four hours getting there and five hours getting home,” said Cole Capsalis of Denver. “There was more time in the car than skiing.”
  • Ski chief urged to quit over climate comment

    02/08/2019 7:00:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 8, 2019 | Eddie Pells
    A group of winter-sports athletes and the world’s biggest snowboard maker want the president of the International Ski Federation to resign after he spoke of “so-called climate change” and said he would rather deal with dictators than argue with environmentalists. The climate advocacy group Protect Our Winters sent an open letter Friday urging 75-year-old Gian-Franco Kasper to step aside. In an interview with the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, Kasper said “dictators can organize (big) events … without asking the people’s permission” and that “from the business side, I say: I just want to go to dictatorships; I do not want to...
  • Remembering Warren Miller: Innovator, Inspiration and Icon

    12/31/2018 10:08:11 AM PST · by Baynative · 18 replies
    SkiJournal ^ | Feb 2018 | Jeff Galbraith and Warren Miller
    The message is still on the office answering machine from about a decade ago, and we’ve been careful to keep it saved ever since. “This is a lot more than a publication; this is beautiful!” the man on the machine espoused. The voice was utterly unmistakable, and it was validation on a spiritual level; like getting an audio high five from the Buddha himself. Warren Miller had blessed us.~snip~
  • #OpenWhineWednesday: Riding the Corduroy Into the Sunset

    04/04/2018 6:36:24 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 4-4-18 | MOTUS
    Freshly groomed corduroy slopes at Deer Valley, before they turn to mush So here’s the deal, today is our last ski day of the season. Technically the resort is open through Sunday but the weather for the rest of the week is going to be warm and/or rainy. Now, there was a time when I loved skiing in spring’s soft, slushy, corn snow. But that time was about 20 years ago, when my knees still had reasonably functioning cartilage and tendons that still had a little stretch left in them. So today is it: the last day of the season...
  • Avalanche Closes Squaw Valley Ski Resort

    03/02/2018 11:12:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    KSBW ^ | Mar 2, 2018
    An avalanche prompted the closure of the Squaw Valley ski resort in Northern California Friday. The Placer County Sheriff's Department tweeted that it appears that all skiers and snowboarders had been accounted for. KCRA Reporter Tom Miller posted dramatic video of snowboarders and skiers digging out a man buried under snow.
  • Spanish Extreme Sportsman Becomes First to Ski Down Norway's Troll Wall

    02/27/2018 1:28:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Local (Spain) ^ | 26 February 2018
    Kilian Jornet from Spain became the first person to ski down Norway's Troll Wall after completing the daredevil feat last week. The skier completed a descent down the Fiva route on the extreme peak in Romsdal, reports Norwegian broadcaster NRK. Several extreme skiers have considered the route in the past, but none have previously completed the feat, according to the report. "It was all very interesting because it is a very 'logical' and attractive line for skiing," Jornet told NRK via an SMS. The Spaniard has spent two years planning and assessing possible ways of skiing down the Fiva route,...
  • Which Winter Sports are The Most Beneficial

    02/17/2018 5:13:26 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 70 replies
    eMaxHealth ^ | Feb 15 2018 - 12:28pm | Lena Kirakosyan
    Today is the 10th day of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Since one of the main goals of the Olympics is to popularize physical activity, here we will discuss which winter sports are considered to be the best for one’s health. Check out the benefits of Skating, Curling and Snowboarding compared to skiing. The first association most people have with the words "winter sports" are skis. Indeed, many studies show that skiing can help people to lose weight, increase their stamina, strengthen the cardiovascular system and even immunity, and improve respiratory function. It may seem that, compared to...
  • NBC Erroneously Declared Olympic Winner in Women’s Super-G Before Finals Ended (tr)

    02/17/2018 9:14:52 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 36 replies
    Vulture ^ | February 17, 2018 | Devon Ivie
    NBC Olympics✔ @NBCOlympics You'd be shocked, too. 😱 Ester Ledecka, a world champion SNOWBOARDER, shocks the field to win a surprise-gold by 0.01 in alpine skiing women's super-G! #WinterOlympics 1,749 people are talking about this As the old saying goes: Don’t you dare cut away to the figure skating until all of the skiers have their time in the snow. NBC learned this the hard way during the network’s Olympics coverage on Friday evening, when commentators Bode Miller and Dan Hicks decided to crown Anna Veith, one of the most dominant Super-G competitors in the world, the winner of...
  • The Trump Curse: Lindsey Vonn Will Not Represent President Trump at the Olympics.

    12/10/2017 9:22:05 AM PST · by Bon mots · 70 replies
    The Bon Mots Drawing Room ^ | December 10, 2017 | Bon Mots
    In fact, she probably won't be representing anybody.
  • Near Death Experience

    Tree wells are very scary, never ski alone. If his father had not been there to pull him out of this tree well, the son most likely would have died.
  • Ohio Woman, 21, Killed in Skiing Accident at Bear Mountain: Coroner

    11/30/2015 5:53:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    KTLA ^ | Melissa Palmer
    Natalie E. Altieri of Canton, Ohio, was skiing at Bear Mountain when she collided with a metal stairway, according to a brief San Bernardino County coroner statement. Altieri was taken to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead less than an hour later after the collision.