News Flash: Week of November 24, 2023

News Flash: Week of November 24, 2023

“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 Fridays, recapping the entire week.

Nick Goepper resurfaces out of retirement

The freestyle skier has announced he’s coming out of ski retirement and landing in the halfpipe. Are we surprised? Maybe a little. Are we excited? Absolutely.

Stubai slopestyle finals cancelled

Due to extreme and hazardous weather, FIS made the decision early this morning to cancel the slopestyle finals in Stubai. The results from qualifiers will stand as the official results of the comp, making Mathilde Gremaud and Evan Mceachran the victors.

Colby Stevenson during Men’s Ski Slopestyle at 2023 X Games Aspen in Aspen, CO. ©Trevor Brown, Jr./X Games

FIS now requiring poles for all freestyle competitions

According to the 2023 FIS Handbook, specifically section 8.2.1, the Federation will now require all skiers to use poles in competition. It states, “it is commonly agreed that using poles drastically increases the complexity and difficulty in competitive Freeskiing. Over past seasons, the Freeskiing community came to an agreement the using poles should be mandatory in all Level 1 competitions (OWG, WC, WSC, WJC and YOG). An athlete who chooses to compete without poles will be scored accordingly and will receive a score in the crash range.”

It’s finally starting to look like winter in the West

Last weekend was the first significant snowstorm in the West and now the faucet has seemed to fully turn on. Sign up for OpenSnow to stay on top of the forecast all winter long.

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Cash in on evo’s Black Friday Deals

Through today, evo is offering up to 50% off ski gear. Stock up on your gear needs and we’ll see you on the mountain! P.S. a little birdy told us there’s also a Cyber Monday sale, so stay tuned.

Snag a new GoPro this Black Friday

GoPro is also offering crazy good Black Friday deals. Snag a new Hero12 Black Bundle for less than $350, and more!

Blizzard-Tecnica Welcomes Sarah Lauridsen as the brand’s new North American Marketing Manager

A new, women-led era for Blizzard/Tecnica! In this role, Lauridsen will work out of the West Lebanon office, overseeing US and Canadian marketing operations and report to Topher Plimpton – Business Unit Director.  

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