Vonn not done yet, will race Lake Louise next year
After pulling out of the Lake Louise giant slalom with a knee injury, Lindsey Vonn took to her (brand new) YouTube channel, saying that she will be delay her retirement by one race, hoping to ski Lake Louise one last time—next season. These retirement tours are kind of played out, but this one makes a bit of sense given that Vonn has all but owned this course over the last decade, winning 18 World Cup events at the Canadian venue. Vonn says she will be ready to go for the next round of World Cup races.
In other news, Mikaela Shiffrin decided slalom wasn’t enough and picked up the slack in Vonn’s Lake Louise absence, winning her first-ever World Cup giant slalom. Ruthless!
…And Lake Louise fined $2 million for illegal tree cuts
In other, less savory Lake Louise news, a judge fined the ski resort $2.1 million CDN this week for cutting down a stand of endangered trees. The incident took place five years ago when the resort cut down 38 endangered whitebark pine to make room for a new ski run. That’s approximately $55,000 CDN a tree for those playing along at home. Tim-broke!
VIDEO: Tahoe is flipping out
Sick of playing second fiddle, Tahoe decided to turn on the snow faucet this week, receiving close to four feet of fluff at resorts like Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl. The result? Well, in typical Squallywood fashion, the friggin’ wheels came off. Backflips for everyone. Not enough? Here’s some doubles. While Squaw was just one of many that got it good this week, they were the only ones turning the (iPhone) cameras on. Send’er, guy.
All-female ski team makes waves in Park City
Most of us know someone that has been squeezed out of the alpine ski bottleneck, but one Utah-based group is trying to provide an alternative for female racers, starting an all-women’s competitive ski team. Dubbed, “Team X,” the developmental team is designed to fill the funding gaps of housing, travel, and coaching for racers competing at NorAm, Europa Cup, and even World Cup races that haven’t been picked up by ultra-competitive national teams.
Currently Team X has four racers representing four nations—the U.S.A., Canada, Norway, and Australia—and hopes to add more female racers for next season.
VIDEO: LSM’s Japanese dream state
Lucas Stål Madison filmed a Japanese surf edit last winter and wanted to let you know about it. Here’s dreamy pow brought to you by the Bunch’s heavy hitter.