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Backcountry to get spotlight at SIA Snow Show

Backcountry skiing and snowboarding will be featured at this winter's SIA Snow Show.

Safety & gear to be emphasized at the Backcountry Experience booth

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —Backcountry skiing will take a turn at center stage during the 2012 Snow Show in Denver with a Backcountry Experience exhibit aimed at educating retailers on the latest in backcountry-specific products and safety practices, including daily beacon-search contests during the show.

“It’s incredibly exciting to see the amount of growth that freeriding, backcountry and splitboarding are experiencing,” said Jeremy Jomes. “Every season more and more riders are eager to push the traditional limits and explore deeper into the backcountry. The Backcountry Experience exhibit at the 2012 Snow Show will put the category front and center for the entire marketplace to see,” Jones said. Continue reading

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U.S. telemark racers wrap up World Cup season

Shane Anderson scored a couple of top-ten finishes in the season-ending World Cup races in Norway. PHOTO COURTESY U.S. TELEMARK ASSOCIATION.

Junior squad comes on strong at world championship events

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — American telemark racers wrapped up their international season with some top-notch results at the World Cup telemark finals and world championships in Norway, with veteran Shane Anderson picking up a couple of ninth-place finishes against a field of the world’s best.

Anderson, who plans to retire from World Cup racing following this season, spent the winter in Europe living, training and racing along with team member Cory Snyder. Their goal was to compete in every World Cup race. Anderson said he will leave telemark racing with no regrets.

Following his top-ten finishes, Anderson said in his understated way, “Pretty good day.” His results throughout the season were consistently in the top 15 and he concluded the season in fourteenth place overall.

American skiers also did well in the Junior World Championships, also held in Norway. Sixteen year old Madi McKinstry of Steamboat Springs finished in third place in the Giant Slalom event and also brought home a bronze medal as the third place overall Junior World Champion. Continue reading

Opinion: Will Vail take over the world of online ski media?

Skiing in actual real snow is waaay better than writing or reading about it. Remember that!

Probably not, but it won’t be for lack of trying

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — The announcement last May that Vail Resorts bought OnTheSnow.com didn’t make a lot of waves. Coming at the tail-end of a lackluster season, the deal got a few inches of ink here and there, but wasn’t really reported in the context of information management and spin control, something  the company excels at.

Control of OnTheSnow gives Vail Resorts the opportunity to connect with millions of skiers and snowboarders who may not ski at Vail-owned resorts, but who are potential customers for the company’s products and services.

It may be significant in the sense that, in the information age, control of information equates to power.

OnTheSnow claims more than 2 million web hits per month during the peak season, so a few people did take notice, including Marc Guido, who publishes First Tracks!! Online Ski Magazine. Guido has been at it since the mid 1990s, the early days of the online boom. He said his site also sees gets more than a million hits, and sometimes up to 2 million, in busy winter months. Continue reading

World Cup tele racing coming to Summit County

Drew Hauser carves a powerful tele arc around a gate at a race in Idaho a few seasons ago. PHOTO COURTESY TORY HAUSER. Click on the image to see a series of tele racing photos from the 2009 World Championships.

Classic, GS races set for Feb. 25 -28 at Keystone, as Tory Hauser helps bring telemark ski racing full circle in Summit County; a few volunteers still needed for top-level free-heel comp

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — For the the first time ever, World Cup-level telemark racing is coming to Summit County, as free-heelers on the tour swing through Keystone Feb. 25-28, with four races on the schedule.

After the opening ceremony Wednesday at the Silverthorne Pavilion (6 p.m.) racers from around the world will compete in Classic tele races on the Go Devil trail, with Giant Slalom races set for Saturday and Sunday at the same venue.

Thirty five racers from Europe and Japan will join 20 American racers, most of them members of the U.S. National Team. Five U.S. racers competed in Norway last month, where 17-year-old Lorin Paley of Steamboat Springs had a third place podium finish in the classic event in Bjorli, Norway. Lorin is the first US racer to stand on the podium at this level of racing since 2003.

“She will be a racer to watch during these races in her home state,” said race organizer Tory Hauser.

Since telemark racing is not Olympic event, the World Cup races are the top level of competition for the racers dedicated to this sport.

Silverthorne is the host town for the event and the home of Drew Hauser, who was crowned junior world champion last season. Hauser is looking forward to competing on his home mountain, where he’s trained since he was in sixth grade.

“It should be fun,” said Hauser, now a student at the University of Nevada in Reno. “All these racers are from ski towns, too. It’s going to be nice to show them my home town.”

He said he knows some of the women racers are going to enjoy visiting the factory outlets in Silverthorne during their stay in Summit County.

“I know those girls love to shop,” he said.

As a junior at UNR, Hauser said he hasn’t been training as much this year, but he’s still been making turns. Sugar Bowl Ski Area and Vail Resorts are among his sponsors.

“All that powder skiing makes me happy,” he said, referring to some of the ski days he’s enjoyed at Sugar Bowl this season.

For Drew’s dad, the World Cup races at Keystone will help bring the circle of telemark racing full circle in Summit County. Tory Hauser was one of the early Colorado revivalists of the time-honored Norwegian free-heel technique and was the president of the original Summit Series telemark races that eventually led to an international renaissance of tele racing.

A fun story on the Friends of Berthoud Pass web site features some info on early tele skiing in Colorado.

Read bit more on the modern revival of telemark skiing (not just racing) here on the TelemarkTribe web site.

Hauser said so much time has passed since then that most of the racers on the circuit today don’t realize that modern tele racing grew in part from Summit County roots. The Keystone races will provide a chance for the current generation to reconnect with that heritage.

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