Burke Academy alum Mikaela Shiffrin skied to the win in front of 34,000 home fans. PHOTO: Reese Brown
Burke Academy alum Mikaela Shiffrin skied to the win in front of 34,000 home fans. PHOTO: Reese Brown

Week in Review: Mikaela Shiffrin Takes First World Cup on Home Turf

Burke the Blader is back! Burrlapz to the moon! PowdAir crash landing!

Mikaela Shiffrin wins World Cup on home turf

While the rest of us celebrated our homecoming sweating out a hangover around the Thanksgiving dinner table, American wonder Mikaela Shiffrin capped her return home with a win in the first women's World Cup slalom event of the season last week in Killington, Vermont. The Burke Academy alum skied to the win in front of 34,000 home fans, battling low visibility to start her 2017-2018 campaign outright.

Meet Burke, the World's Happiest Snowlerblader

If you've skied in Big or Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah, the legend of Burke Weir is nothing new. This hitch-hiking snowblader has become a quirky staple in the oft-agro canyon culture, living his short ski revolution-of-one a groomer at a time. Ski Utah recently profiled Burke in their Powder People web series, and it's one of the best ski interviews to hit the interwebs in years.

Here's a couple of words from the master himself.

Ski-specific Airline Takes a Digger

Before ever taking off, it looks like PowdAir, a United Kingdom-based ski-centric airline, face planted this week, announcing that it will likely ground operations due to the surprise departure of a key financial backer. Operating flights from small UK airports to Sion, Switzerland, the closest airport to Verbier and Zermatt, PowdAir was set to provide some 5,000 skiers and boarders baggage fee-free travel before the announcement this week, and now hopes to raise over $1 million by the end of the week in order to get its operation off the ground this winter.

This Week’s Out of Context Facebook Comment:

“What about looking like a giant butt plug on skis?:

Burrlapz Back for Another Round

Another year, another feel-good Canadian mini-series thanks to the Fernie-based Burrlapz crew. On the rockered tails of their Coast Range brethren, the kids in the crazy Koots show off the backyard in their new Vibes and Stuff series, terrorizing terrain inside and outside of the ropes and really rubbing in just how light the powder is up in the frigid White North. Keep ’em coming, boys.