“News Flash” is FREESKIER’s online column designed to keep you up-to-date with snippets of outdoor news you need to know about. This article is published weekly on Wednesdays and updated throughout the week.
The final stop of the 2023 Freeride World Tour cancelled due to unsafe riding conditions
While the YETI Xtreme Verbier is generally the most coveted stop of the Freeride World Tour, this year’s competition was forced to be cancelled due to unsafe riding conditions. With that said, Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Austria’s Valentin Rainer come away from the season victorious for the ski women and men. For a full recap of the last stop and photo gallery, click here.
Gwenyth Paltrow is on trial for a 2016 ski collision
Possibly the most publicized trial pertaining to skiing ever, Gwenyth Paltrow is at the center of livestreamed trial. The actor-turned-lifestyle-influencer was accused of crashing into a fellow skier during a 2016 family trip to Utah’s Deer Valley Resort. The celebrity trial is expected to conclude Thursday.
Frenchman Simon Billy sets new world speed record
At the 2023 Speed Masters Event, 31-year-old Simon Billy set the new world speed record on skis. Clocking in at 158.45 miles per hour, this is the second year in a row that Billy has won this high-stakes competition.
The annual Pain McShlonkey Classic returned to Palisades this weekend with a rowdy bang
If you ski at Palisades, one of the best days of the year just rolled around: the Pain McShlonkey Classic. A celebratory fundraising event in honor of the legendary Shane McConkey, 60 of the rowdiest racers dress up in their craziest garb and race downhill on ski blades for the coveted bragging rights. Congratulations to this year’s champions, Davis Souza and Wendy Fisher!
Alta among four Utah resorts to break all-time snowfall record
With nearly 750 inches of total snowfall this year, Alta Ski Resort is one of four Utah resorts to shatter its all-time snowfall record. Deer Valley, Solitude and Snowbasin are also celebrating the record-breaking season with face shots and fresh tracks nearly every day.
SLVSH Cup Grandvalira 2023 is on!
Grandvalira and Sunset Park Peretol present Slvsh Cup Grandvalira 2023. The first game between Max Moffatt and Nico Porteous kicks things off with a bang. Keep an eye out as Game 2, featuring Kai Mahler and Ian Serra, is already out!
Jesper Tjäder & Max Moffat release ‘Jewel of the Alps’
While in Nordkette for Jib League, Max Moffat and Jesper Tjäder did what they do best: lather the park in their creative steeze. Captured on film Reid Ferguson, ‘Jewel of the Alps’ drips in ice—in more ways than one.
Michelle Parker welcomes JT Holmes on the podcast
When you think of JT Holmes, you likely think of Shane McConkey, base jumping and wing suits. Michelle Parker brings the ski legend on the Care Less Do More podcast to talk about his legendary career in skiing, ski-base jumping and how all of this led to his successful career as a Hollywood stunt coordinator.
Rachael Burks sits down with The Powell Movement
If you haven’t heard of Rachael Burks, particularly her contagious, guttural laugh, then we honestly feel sorry for you. The Salt Lake-based professional skier sits down on The Powell Movement podcast to talk about how she ended up in Texas, pursuing a pro ski career in her 20s, Billy Poole, TGR and so much more.
Xavier Mayrand hashes it out with Torin Yater-Wallace
While Torin Yater-Wallace first made a name for himself via competition results, including 8 X Games medals, the professional skier has now fully transitioned to film skiing. The Deviate Films founder sits down the Mayrand podcast host to talk about the transition and more.