Top Five Fridays - December 11, 2015 // Ski Industry News
#1: Lindsey Vonn Grabs 70th World Cup Victory:
This past weekend was a good one for Lindsey Vonn, as she grabbed her 70th World Cup Victory! Her historic day came last Sunday at a super G event in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. Heading into the event, Lindsey was already on a roll having won two downhill events on two previous days. Still, most spectators didn’t expect Lindsey to win again on Sunday as she was competing against Lara Gut, a Swiss skier who was on a two season long super G streak at Lake Louise. The statistic didn’t seem to both Vonn though, as she put down her best run of the weekend on Sunday, completing the perfect weekend. With Sunday’s first place finish, Vonn also become the winningest super G skier in World Cup history, surpassing Hermann Maier. Up next for Vonn and the Women’s World Cup series are a giant slalom and slalom race in Are, Sweden this weekend. Best of luck to both Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin in this weekend’s races!
#2: K2 Announces 3rd International Women’s Ski Day:
Speaking of victories for female skiers, K2 just announced the date for their third annual International Women’s Ski Day. For the third consecutive year, K2 Skis will be celebrating female skiers by loosely hosting a day dedicated to getting women out on the slopes. Building off of their successes from the last two seasons, K2 is coordinating more than 25 meet-ups in the United States, Europe, and Canada. The purpose of these events of course, is to create a female friendly environment where girls can meet up and have a day of fun without paying much thought to the testosterone driven side of the sport. By creating such an atmosphere, K2 hopes to get more girls involved in the sport, and create relationships that ultimately grow women’s presence in skiing. With official meet-ups happening just about everywhere you can ski, chances are good that you’ll find one near you. To see K2’s interactive map and to find an event near you, checkout the official International Women’s Ski Day page over at K2skis.com.
#3: Rails 2 Riches Event Recap:
Last weekend Killington once again hosted their annual huckfest otherwise known as “Rails 2 Riches.” Known throughout the worlds of freestyle skiing and snowboarding as one of the East Coast’s most lucrative events, Rails 2 Riches draws some of the top amateurs in both sports every year. With a $25,000 cash purse on the line and rail setups that would make most quiver, the event consistently delivers an impressive highlight reel. This year was no different as a heavy field of competitors all threw down on what was arguably the most impressive setup yet. Ultimately, it was Burlington, VT’s own Christian Franchino who walked away with first place for the skiers, and a big ole check for $5,000. Dale Talkington and Emile Bergeron came in second and third place respectively, with Emile Bergeron winning the Best Trick category. If you want to see what it takes to win $5,000 for a days work at Killington, be sure to hit play on the edit above!
#4: Happening This Weekend: Winter Dew Tour 2015:
Speaking of high quality competitions, this weekend is the Breckenridge stop of the Winter Dew tour! For the last eight season, Breck has hosted the Winter Dew Tour, and each year the level of competition and coursework have continued to increase. We’ve seen a few previews of this year’s Slopestyle course, and it appears the trend has continued. The competition will consists of 8 categories: Ski and Snowboard Slopestyle and Superpipe, with Men’s and Women’s divisions. Qualifying rounds for the event are already underway, with events scheduled all the way through Sunday. In the men’s Slopestyle event, Gus Kenworthy will look to claim the gold medal again this year, while Torin Yater-Wallace hopes to do the same in the Superpipe. On the Women’s side of things, Keri Herman has a Slopestyle Gold Medal to defend, while Maddie Bowman hopes to repeat hers in the Superpipe. One name that will unfortunately be missing is Kaya Turski who unfortunately broke her arm during qualifiers, just a little over a week after announcing her return to the competition scene. We wish Kaya a speedy recovery, and best of luck to all of the other competitors in the event. To get a live feed of the action and see the schedule of events, be sure to visit the Dew Tour Official Website!
#5: And Now, the Edit of the Week:
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