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Sgt. Collin J. Zak was killed in a snowboarding accident at Monarch Ski Area, Colo. on Dec. 2, 2017.


SALIDA, Colo. — A snowboarder killed when he hit a tree at a Colorado ski area was a 23-year-old soldier from Ohio.

The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office says Sgt. Collin J. Zak of North Royalton was found unresponsive Saturday morning on the expert-rated Mirage run at the Monarch Ski Area. Ski patrollers performed CPR, but Zak was pronounced dead at the scene.

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It’s November and the snows are just starting to fall in the USA so it’s understandable the country’s skiers are a bit rusty.

So it is little wonder footage is emerging of a mountain of meaty fails as the crew find their ski legs again.

This was shot over the first few weeks of November in Oregon.

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CITY shoppers can head to the slopes next weekend as the Old George Mall plays host to the Salisbury Slalom with a snowboarding challenge.

On November 25 city centre visitors will have the chance to go head to head in the mall’s very own skiing-themed event to win prizes and get their name on the leader board.

Manager at Old George Mall Jon Osgood said: “It is going to be a fantastic day of snowboarding fun next weekend and we’re expecting a flurry of people.

“This summer, we hosted a tennis serve challenge to celebrate Wimbledon and it was a huge success with hundreds of people taking part, so to get everybody ready for winter we thought ski slope fun with Salisbury Slalom would be perfect.

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From Stevens Pass

STEVENS PASS, Wash. — The wait is almost over! Stevens Pass Mountain Resort is opening Tuesday for skiing and snowboarding.

Officials at Stevens say they got 11-14″ of “fantastic base building snow” in the last 24 hours and is ready to kick off the season. Lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Two other local ski areas have already opened for the 2016-17 season, but a few others need just a bit more snow first.

Here’s a rundown of other local ski areas:

  • Crystal Mountain has already opened for the season and says it is open daily.
  • Mt. Baker is also open daily — it has a snow base of more than 68″ at Heather Meadows, the deepest base in the U.S.
  • The recent snowstorm has given Snoqualmie a big boost but not enough to open just yet.
  • And White Pass is getting closer and closer to opening, but officials there say they need a bit more snow first.

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It’s a winter wonderland on Grouse Mountain right now. And no, we are not joking.

Grouse Mountain staff posted a picture of the snowy conditions on the resort’s Instagram account and it looks like Old Man Winter just won’t quit as 25 cm of the white stuff has fallen.

Grouse Mountain spokesperson Julia Grant told Daily Hive snow began falling on the mountain on Monday evening.

“We did receive snow overnight, which is great news for everyone wanting to get in a few more spring turns since we’re open for skiing (and) riding through May 22,” said Grant.

The weather is expected to warm up over the next few days, so try to catch the remnants of winter before the snow begins to melt.

And if not, don’t worry, Grouse Mountain will be launching their summer activities this May long weekend.

“It’s the best of both worlds!” said Grant.

So to be clear then–Grouse Mountain will soon potentially be open for winter activities and summer activities at the same time.

But this likely means that the Grouse Grind’s opening date will be further delayed due to slick ice and snow on the trail’s upper section. Last year, the trail opened on May 2 to hikers.

What is up with this year, already?!

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Four alpine skiers and two snowboarders will run to become the Athlete Representative on the Sport Technical Committee.

Bibian Mentel-Spee holds medal high
The Netherlands’ Bibian Mentel-Spee made history at Sochi 2014 as the first woman to win gold in para-snowboard at a Paralympic Games. She is the current snowboard Athlete Representative on the Sport Technical Committee.© •

World Para Alpine Skiing and World Para Snowboardhave announced the nominees who will run for election as athlete representatives on the Sport Technical Committee (STC) for the next two years.

Elections will be held at the upcoming World Championships for both sports, and all competing athletes are eligible to vote.

In Tarvisio, Italy, on 27 January alpine skiers can vote for their favourite candidate at an athletes’ meeting. Snowboarders can take part in elections on 5 February in Big White, Canada.


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Kelly Gallagher, Great Britain

Mitchell Gourley, Australia

Adam Hall, New Zealand

Claudia Loesch, Austria


Joany Badenhorst, Australia

Bibian Mentel-Spee

Both Gourley and Mentel-Spee are running for re-election having been voted in as the first athlete representative on the World Para Alpine Skiing and Snowboard STC in 2015.

The chosen candidates will serve a two-year term, acting as liaison between the athletes and the decision makers in the sports, as well as a direct link to the IPC Athletes’ Council.

The candidates were nominated by their National Paralympic Committees because they have strong qualities of leadership, accomplishment, knowledge and respect, both on and off the field of play.

World Para Nordic Skiing will also hold athlete representative elections at the World Championships in Finsterau, Germany, on 13 February. The nomination process closes on 12 January.

The 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships get underway in Tarvisio, Italy, on 22 January, featuring 140 skiers from 30 countries in the last major competition ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

Big White will host the 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships from 1-8 February, where 80 athletes from 25 countries will compete for qualification slots for PyeongChang 2018.

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The IPC and PyeongChang agree to consolidate venue for Test Events and 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

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The Jeongseon Alpine Centre will host the Para Alpine Skiing and Snowboard competitions at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. © • PyeongChang 2018
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“This is a good move for everyone, especially spectators.”

The PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have announced that Alpine Skiing and Snowboard events will share a venue, with both taking place at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre in March 2018.

By holding both competitions in the same venue, spectators will be able to enjoy more events in one place, creating a rousing atmosphere for everyone involved.

It also ensures easier access and a safer slope width for Alpine skiers and provides separate courses for the events, which eliminates the needs to convert the snowboard track to a Slalom slope during the Paralympic Winter Games.

The original proposal was for the Alpine Skiing Downhill, Alpine Super G and Super Combined to take place at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre, while the Giant Slalom, Slalom and Snowboard would be staged in Yongpyong Alpine Centre. The idea of consolidating the competitions was originally discussed at the IPC Alpine SkiingAsian Cup held at Yongpyong in March of this year, and since then the discussions have moved into feasibility studies, planning and logistics so that the Test Events can also be held at this venue as preparation for the Games.

The Jeongseon Alpine Centre hosted the very first Test Event back in February for the men’s FIS Alpine World Cup but this will be the first time that the Para alpine skiers get to experience the venue and the atmosphere. The 2017 IPC Snowboard World Cup Finals will take place from 10-13 March while the 2017 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup will be held from 11-18 March.

As a result of the consolidation there will be considerable cost savings for POCOG. The number of staff needed will be reduced from 682 to 332 and the overlay construction costs will also be reduced with less infrastructure needed in one venue instead of across two.

POCOG Secretary General, YEO Hyung Koo said: “We expect that this consolidation of events will bring about efficient Games preparation and operations at both the test events next year and the Paralympic Winter Games in 2018, as well as substantial savings.”

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