Fifteen-year-old Maggie Voisin has announced she will not compete in Sochi, after suffering a fractured fibula in practice on Friday. The Whitefish, Montana native was a favorite to medal at the Olympics.
“I have never been so frustrated and I’m disappointed to announce that yesterday in training I fractured my fibula right above my ankle,” Maggie announced via social media. “Even though I will not be able to compete in Sochi I’m fortunate to be able to look back on such an amazing season. I never thought to come as far as I did and I’m honored to have had all these experiences. I’m going to enjoy every minute here in Sochi and I’m looking forward to supporting my team, my friends, and everyone participating in the Games. I want to thank everyone for all of your support especially to my family, friends, hometown, and sponsors. None of this would have been possible without you and I can’t wait for many more years ahead.”
February 8th, 2014
As the ski world gathered for early season in Summit County, Colorado to train for the Olympics, many athletes found their path to Sochi blocked in a surprising way. The tweets of many visiting skiers mentioned their dreams of finding a road to the Olympics. So one young Dutchman, an ex-pat skier living in Breckenridge, decided to do something about the problems of these un-Olympians. As most of us would, he opened Google Maps, but his search found no route. Undeterred, he proposed a simple solution: online fundraising. Here is his plea:
“Hi, my name is Sebastiaan Renooy. I’m an all-right skier who loves skiing. Lots of people have been talking about the #roadtosochi lately. I found out that there is no such thing from America. I can see this be a real big problem for all these people who think they r on a road to Sochi. Please send me money so I can build a bridge for them. I’m hoping on collecting 100 million dollars by the end of the week so i can start building! For more info about my fundraiser go to iwanttobuildaroadtosochi.com”
February 7th, 2014
Keystone Resort is known for its world class A-51 Terrain Park, but it’s also home to great expert-only terrain—ideal zones for testing out powder skis. Keystone Adventure Tours is one of the leading cat ski operations in the United States, and with the help of experienced guides, helps guests explore badass terrain such as Independence, Erickson and Bergman bowls.
We’ve partnered with Keystone to offer up two nights of lodging and lift tickets, a spot in the cat with the Freeskier crew, and the opportunity to test out next year’s best powder skis, March 21 – 23. To enter, just head to our Facebook page, post a photo of some of the deepest powder you’ve ever skied, and tell us a bit about your experience.
Entries will be accepted through February 18, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. MST. Get after it.
February 7th, 2014
Today, the 2014 Winter Olympics kicked off in Sochi, Russia. Olympians from around the world donned their country’s colors and introduced themselves to the world during an action-packed Opening Ceremony. We’ve rounded up 20 Instagram shots posted by the slopestyle and halfpipe competitors to give you a taste of the grand show.
February 7th, 2014
Sean Pettit is a proud Canadian, and posted this recent Instagram photo to cheer on his fellow countrymen.
February 7th, 2014
Today’s opening ceremony kicks off the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia. Bobby Brown, who is competing for the United States in slopestyle, posted the below photo on his Facebook page posing alongside teammate Joss Christensen in the patchwork cardigan uniforms designed by Ralph Lauren for the opening ceremony.
February 6th, 2014
On The Road with Windells Camp is back again for its second year, providing day camp experiences at local mountains across the country for a weekend of progression. On The Road has already hit Brighton Resort, UT, and the next stop is Hunter Mountain in New York on February 22-23, followed by Stratton Resort on March 1-2. Spots are limited (only 21 available ski spots) and all camps are $349 or $299 with season pass. For more information click here.
February 6th, 2014
Olympic freeskiing events will be taking place in Sochi on February 11, 13, 18 and 20 and the idea of being there to experience the debut is quite alluring. To do that, you’d likely take a pricey 12-day Russian vacay. We ran some numbers to give you an idea of what it would cost to stand at the bottom of the pipe vs. sit on top of your couch for the big show.
Hit the Road:
Flight: You don’t go on vacation much, so treat yourself to a cushy seat up front. $8,573
Hotel: Egyptian cotton isn’t cheap but neither are you and anything less than 800 thread count is uncivilized. $5,676
Transportation: Gotta get your ass from the airport to the resort, near Krasnaya Polyana. $94
Event tickets (four events): Not only do you have to get there, then they charge you for tickets. The nerve! $453
Libations: We figure you’ll average 3.3 liters of beer per day, and a half-liter of vodka will compliment those nicely. $381
Bribes: According to a study by independent Russian research centers, the average bribe costs $178. We guess you’ll shell out about three of them. $534
Food: A generous amount of fast food offset by some beef stroganov and a little pelmeni. $663
Souvenirs: Ushanka (funny looking) fur hat, something with the Olympic rings and maybe a Vladimir Putin bobblehead. $150
Watch from Home:
Dranks: We’ll say a sixer of beer for each of the four events and the makings of your favorite one of Hank’s Dranks (we recommend the Mule). $61
Basic internet/cable package: They sell it monthly so start out your month with some trashy cable TV, watch all the skiing, a little bit of curling and then switch over to the Food Network. $35
Hot wings and pizza: To further separate yourself from these Olympic-caliber athletes, order the greasiest, most delicious delivery around. $69
Stick Around: Sitting on your couch costs approximately one percent of what it would cost to go to the Olympics and you’ll probably get a better view.
*All costs and total values are approximations.
February 6th, 2014
With the Olympics bearing down, it’s only right that you pay tribute via a variety of themed cocktails. This here vodka-fueled selection is sure to get the party going while you watch the 4 a.m. live webcast of the women’s slopestyle finals. Nazdarovya!
1. The Olympic Cocktail
Yes, it’s a real cocktail. It originated in London in the year 1922, though, likely in honor of the famed ocean liner, not the Games. You’ll need fresh squeezed juice of a half naval orange, 2 oz aged cognac, 1 oz Grand Marnier, a dash of Peychaud’s bitters and a strip of orange peel to garnish with. Begin with ice and water in a cocktail glass, pour OJ, cognac, Grand Marnier and bitters over ice in a cocktail shaker, shake and strain into glass, garnish, consume, shout “Go USA!” at your television screen, cross fingers and hope the American medal count rises.
2. Moscow Mule
Simple and refreshing: fresh lime wedge, 2 oz vodka, 4 to 6 oz ginger beer. Squeeze and drop lime into a copper mug (copper is mandatory: the chemical reactions taking place between alcohol, copper and your mouth are what make this drink flippin’ sweet). Add a few ice cubes, then vodka, then ginger beer. No animals needed. Oh, by the way, the copper mugs ain’t cheap.
3. White Russian
Collect 2 oz vodka, 1 oz coffee liqueur and light cream. First, add ice cubes to your glass. Pour vodka and coffee liqueur over the cubes. Then, top off with the light cream and shake or stir. Caution, consumption of this drink may induce love of bowling. Additionally, beware of potential for strangers to urinate on one or more of your prized rugs, dude.
4. Smooth Black Russian
Pour 1 shot of vodka into a glass, and add 1 shot of Kahlua. Next, add a bit of coke to taste, then stir. Top off with Guinness stout, and consume. It’s smooth, it’s black, and it’s probably not Russian.
5. Flaming Black Russian
Using 1/2 oz vodka, 1/2 oz Bailey’s, 1/2 oz Kahlua and a splash of Bacardi 151, you can whip up the Flaming Black Russian. Pour Kahlua into the glass first, then Bailey’s, then vodka, and lastly the 151. Go ahead and light that bitch on fire. Then, tilt your head back, and down the hatch she goes. Game: Try to hold a big, cheesy smile for 20 seconds after consuming.
February 5th, 2014
Now that’s a claim
Although freeskiers express their joy at stomping a successful run, too few exhibit the unrestrained showmanship of straddling and riding a hockey stick down the ice (Tiger Williams), grabbing a cell phone from the goal post (Joe Horn), reeling a teammate in like a fish or ripping one’s jersey off to expose rock hard abs (every soccer player, ever). Freeskier urges our Olympians to get on YouTube and study up before the Games. Here are some skiers who already get it.
Wise: Emphatic and classic, both hands straight out. Mugging into the camera and saying, “Tonight is my night!” is the icing on the golden cake.
Rolland: When you win four X Games gold medals over two years, you have time to practice your claims. The duck arms and primal screams of Rolland are a shining light in the history of claims.
Goepper: The pole whip after winning X Games Aspen in 2013 gets points for using the prop that no other sport has, but we’d be remiss to ignore the Future Spin claim that followed nearly going off course during 2012’s Dew Tour at Snowbasin.
T. Hall: The tackle claim is a favorite of many, but Tanner has the best post-run bear hug in the game.