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2009-01-17 14:19:59

Swiss racer Didier Defago won a world cup downhill in Switzerland Saturday with Americans Bode Miller and Marco Sullivan finishing second and third. Defago was clocked in 2 minutes, 31.98 seconds, a fifth of a second ahead of Miller, CNN reported. Miller's run at Wengen gave him his fourth top-three finish this year. He has been on the podium after 16 downhills in his career, four times at Wengen. I've shown that I can win on this course, but it was tough this year with only two training...

2009-01-16 13:47:00

Ski Resorts Emphasize Personal Responsibility Rather Than Their Own SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- With this Saturday marking the start of National Safety Awareness Week (Jan. 17 - Jan. 23) by the U.S. ski industry, skiers and snowboarders may notice more safety monitors than usual on California ski slopes. These "safety-conscious" employees will be noticeably present this busy Martin Luther King holiday weekend to remind visitors to watch their speed and refrain from...

2009-01-13 13:19:00

BEMIDJI, Minn., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Courage Center's Ski and Snowboard Program (CCSS) seeks volunteers and students for their Buena Vista Adaptive Ski Program in Bemidji, Minn. Volunteers assist skiers with disabilities who are participating in a six-week adaptive ski program, Jan. 25-March 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. (no session over President's Day weekend). The cost to skiers is $100. Volunteer instructors are also being recruited and are required to participate in a training...

2009-01-07 07:00:00

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- SnowSports Industries America (SIA) released information from their SnowSports Consumer Panel. Overall, skiers and riders are concerned about the economy but they will participate as they always do, particularly if the snow continues to fall. Research shows that snowfall is a much better predictor of participation and sales than the economy. Despite economic and logistical barriers, so far this season the snow is excellent and snow sports sales of...

2009-01-06 14:30:00

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- While the overall retail market struggled to make it into the black after Thanksgiving, the snow sports market remained healthy with 3% growth according to SnowSports Industries America's (SIA) exclusive research. August to November snow sports sales surpassed $917 million as the overall retail market faltered in the recession's nadir. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080509/AQF019LOGO-a) "Retail trade sales were down 2.0...

2008-12-18 11:27:00

MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-two states and more than two hundred ski and snowboard resorts are hosting learning programs during January 2009 -- Learn a Snow Sport Month. It's the first time that this many organizations have collaborated on the initiative. Children and adults who want to learn a snow sport or want to improve their skills are encouraged to take a lesson from a professional ski or snowboard instructor who is trained to teach proper technique. A listing of...

2008-12-09 17:01:00

MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Snow sports shoppers are willing to spend their money on snow sports equipment, apparel and accessories even when the overall economy is significantly down. August to October snow sports sales of $507 million were up 9% overall bolstered by very strong sales of carryover equipment and gear for juniors. "Snow sports shoppers went out looking for bargains and they were willing to buy when they found them," said Kelly Davis, Director of Research for...

2008-11-30 22:09:03

Austria's Hermann Maier won the super-G at Lake Louise, Alberta, Sunday, his 54th World Cup victory. Maier has won 24 super-G races on the world tour. Marco Sullivan of the United States team placed fifth.

2008-08-13 06:55:00

If you have been watching the Olympics, you may be familiar with the swimming teams or the volleyball teams. However, you may not be aware that McDonald's, a sponsor of the Beijing 2008 Olympics, has assembled its own "ËœOlympic Champion Crew'. All around the world, the "best of the best" of McDonald's restaurant employees are selected to travel to the Olympic Games and work in the McDonald's restaurants erected to serve the athletes and media. While there, they will experience the...

2006-12-14 09:38:15

PARIS -- Global warming poses a serious threat to Alpine ski resorts and the regional economies that depend on them, especially in Germany. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which carried out a study of ski areas across the Alps, said Wednesday the mountain chain was "particularly sensitive" to climate change. "Recent warming there has been roughly three times the global average," the report said. Studies show that 1994, 2000, 2002 and 2003 were the warmest years on...


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