Quick Hits: Prochazkova and Norum crowned FIS Rollerski World Cup Champions 2017

Prochazkova and Norum crowned FIS Rollerski World Cup Champions 2017

The final events of the FIS Rollerski World Cup took place last weekend in Trento and Monte Bondone (ITA). More than one hundred athletes from 14 nations competed in sprint, uphill and pursuit competitions across three days of competitions. 

Alena Prochazkova (SVK) and Robin Norum (SWE) were crowned the crystal globe winners thanks to their strong results throughout the summer. Italian siblings Chiara and Francesco Becchis won the globes in the junior category.

Read the full article here.

Southern Hemisphere ski areas extend 2017 seasons

According to a report by Patrick Thorne/the SnowHunter, several ski resorts in Australia and New Zealand have announced extended 2017 ski seasons following big snow falls.

In Australia, where most ski areas usually close by the end of September, both Perisher and Mt Buller have announced they are extending their seasons by a week to the weekends of 7th-8th October. Others are expected to follow suit. The country has had three major snow storms in the past five weeks and is claiming the best snow conditions for 17 seasons.

In New Zealand Mt Hutt has announced it will extend its season from the planned closing date of 8th October to the 15th after big snowfalls there as well. Again, other ski areas are expected to follow suit.

The extended seasons mean resorts in both countries will have ski slopes open during school holiday periods meaning more children and families can get to the snow.

Southern hemisphere season dates vary from country to country.  The two small ski areas in southern Africa, Tiffindell in South Africa and Afriski in Lesotho have already ended their 2017 ski seasons and most South American ski areas close in late September.

Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand usually stays open longest, to the end of October and sometimes in to what they call, “Snowvember.”  This year the resort, usually one of the later to open for the season in July, has invested in an all-weather snowmaking system, allowing it to open a small area in early June with the first of the southern hemisphere areas to open for the season.

Final races of Alpine South American Continental Cup underway

The final technical races of the FIS South American Cup (SAC) are currently underway in Cerro Catedral (ARG) with men’s and ladies’ slalom and giant slalom competitions on 13th-14th September, while the speed skiers will close out their season with downhill, super-G and combined races from 18th-22nd September in El Colorado (CHI).

Until now, the SAC season has seen a record number of participants representing more than 40 nations with the giant slalom races in El Colorado on 2nd September registering the highest number of participants with more than 30 ladies and 130 men.

For results, click here.

Update on injured Alpine athletes

There are six weeks left until the start of the new Audi FIS Ski World Cup season from 28th-29th October 2017 in Soelden (AUT) but a number of athletes are coping with injuries.

Click here for an overview of the injured skiers and when they are expected to return.

Olympic snowboarder Justin Reiter retiring

Olympic snowboarder Justin Reiter, a 10-time national champion and World Cup winner, is closing the chapter as one of America’s most successful parallel snowboarding athletes. Reiter is retiring as an athlete, but plans to continue his passionate engagement with the sport as a coach.

Developing Nordic Combined in the United States

Since 2014, Nordic Combined in the U.S. has been organised under the umbrella of USA Nordic. It is a young organisation building on the storied medal success of athletes like Olympians Billy Demong, Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane. In fact, Demong serves as the organisation’s executive director. Unlike the comparatively small European countries and Japan that compete against the U.S. on the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup, USA Nordic is tasked with developing the sport and supporting its top-tier athletes in a massive country.

Find out more about the initiatives undertaken to develop the discipline in the U.S. here.

General Assembly of World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association coming up

The World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association will hold its General Assembly from 21st-24th September in Beitostoelen (NOR) where the 2019 edition of the Masters World Cup will take place.

The annual gathering will focus on the reports of the President John Downing and representatives of each member nation, including the financial report of the 2016/17 season.

Besides, the Organisers of the Masters World Cup 2018 from Minneapolis (USA) will present their plans and status of preparations. The event is scheduled to take place from 19th-26th January 2018. Meanwhile, the bid committee of Cogne (ITA) will present its bid for the 2020 edition of the Masters World Cup after which the host will be appointed.

While in Beitostoelen, the delegates will be given a tour of the venues and facilities which will host the 2019 edition of the Masters World Cup.