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Steve Peat wins the 2009 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Australia

September 6th, 2009

Congratulations to Steve Peat – he has finally got his hands on that elusive world championship.

Results Men ELite DH Final
1 PEAT Steve Great Britain 48.735 0.00
2 MINNAAR Greg South Africa 48.507 +0.05
3 HANNAH Michael Australia 48.735 +0.69
4 BAREL Fabien France 46.125 +0.84
5 HILL Samuel Australia 48.280 +2.71
6 ATHERTON Gee Great Britain 46.125 +3.92
7 RENNIE Nathan Australia 1:16.85 +3.98
8 LEOV Justin New Zealand 46.963 +3.99
9 KOVARIK Chris Australia 47.39 +4.02
10 SMITH Steve Canada 46.751 +4.17

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K2 Release Tribute Ski To Shane McConkey

August 20th, 2009

Shane McConkey

Shane McConkey was a legendary free rider who died tragically in a ski BASE jumping accident in the Italian Dolomites in March 2009.

To celebrate the life of McConkey, K2 will release a limited edition ski for the winter 2009/2010 season. Only 500 pairs will be available, and all profits generated by the sales will be donated to Shane’s family.

Shane was a memeber of the K2 ski team, and according to Jeff Mechura, Global Brand Director for K2, “He was the pure embodiment of everything that K2 stands for, and we cherished the time we were able to spend with him”

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Full snow roundup from the Ski Club of GB

December 1st, 2008


INTRODUCTION Heavy snowfalls on both sides of the Atlantic over the weekend further boosted the superb early season conditions.

AUSTRIA Snow fell across Austria over the weekend. Up to 35cm fell on the upper slopes at some resorts Obergurgl (70/246cm) is reporting 30cm of fresh snow on Monday morning in time for the lifts opening and the snowfalls are expected to continue through the day. Their upper base of 246cm is usually common in March, so to have a base that deep in December is fantastic. Only four lifts are open and the heavy snow means visibility is very poor so take care on the mountain.The Ski Welt area opened some lifts over the weekend. Ellmau (20/50cm) had good conditions and with fresh snow forecast it should be great when the Ski Welt opens daily from 6th November.The Arlberg region is now open daily. St Anton (50/110cm), Lech 50/105cm) and Zurs (55/105cm) are all operating a total of fifty lifts. Great powder was on offer at each resort at the weekend and it is snowing again on Monday!

FRANCE Alpe dHuez (50/130cm) opened over the weekend and conditions are brilliant considering it is so early in the season. Five lifts are in operation on Monday and with snow falling, the conditions should be very good for the early part of the week.Val dIsere (60/110cm) opened this weekend. There are thirty lifts running on Monday giving access to a lot of great skiing. Tignes (36/100cm) also officially opened for their winter season over the weekend. There are now nineteen lifts running and with the fresh snow that is falling conditions are very good Chamonix (20/105cm) opened one lift this weekend but they are currently closed during the week. Conditions were reported to be brilliant with plenty of fresh powder on offer and very few people on the slopes. Once again, the Portes du Soleil has some of the best conditions in France with Chatel reporting up to 120 cm @ 2200 m.

SWITZERLAND Zermatt (30/250cm) has had 40cm of snow fall since Sunday morning and all fifty of their lifts are now open. Superb fresh snow conditions are providing great riding, and with so many lifts running the slopes will feel really empty. It is windy on the glacier though so take care whilst enjoying all that fresh snow Saas Fee (59/224cm) is also experiencing the same snow storm. 30cm has fallen across the whole mountain since Sunday and it is still falling on Monday morning. The storm has affected lift operations however and only five lifts are open on Monday. Once the storm has passed the rest of the lifts should re-open Andermatt (60/300cm) has a very deep snow base on the upper slopes and the fresh snow over the weekend has provided excellent conditions. More snow is forecast towards the end of the week.
ITALY Huge amounts of fresh snow have fallen across Italy over the weekend. Many resorts have received 100cm new snow since Friday on the upper slopes. Passo Tonale (120/370cm) has had enough snow to double its snow base on the lower slopes and the 370cm of snow on the glacier is fantastic. More snow is forecast through the week but it is expected to be heaviest today, Monday. Livigno (128/220cm) also received a huge dump of snow this weekend and it hasnt stopped yet. Only two lifts are open on Monday as a result of the poor visibility and heavy snow. Their base has also doubled in depth across the whole mountain since Friday which is incredible. When more lifts open the conditions should be phenomenal Cervinia (65/230cm) is also benefiting from the fresh snow. They have received 20cm since Sunday and the nine open lifts on Monday provide great access to the fresh powder. Today, Monday, it is also very snowy.
ANDORRA All our reported Andorran resorts have opened for the season. There are great conditions to be enjoyed across the region due to the fresh snow that fell over the weekend. It is snowing lightly on Monday morning which should help to further improve the conditions.Soldeu (50/120cm) has almost all of their lifts open on Monday which is fantastic given the time of year! 97% of their ski area is open so there is plenty of great terrain to enjoy.
NORWAY/SWEDEN Fresh snow fell at some resorts in Norway over the weekend. Geilo (50cm) and Hemsedal (55/65cm) received 15cm and 20cm respectively. The cold temperatures across the region at the moment ensure the snow is being kept in great condition. re (40/57cm) in Sweden has opened two more lifts since Friday. They have received a dusting of snow over the weekend which has helped to improve the piste conditions a little.
GERMANY Feldberg (25/45) continues to offer some good skiing. Six lifts are open on Monday and there is a light dusting of fresh snow on the pistes.Six lifts are open at Garmisch (0/80cm). They have opened some of the lower runs but the cover is quite thin, so ride with care.The rest of our reported German resorts are yet to open for the 2008/9 season.
BULGARIA Bansko (10/40cm) opened over the weekend. Two lifts are open on Monday which gives access to several limited pistes. Snow cover is largely manmade but this was helped by some fresh snow they had at the end of last week.All our other reported Bulgarian resorts are not yet open for the 2008/9 season.

SCOTLAND Our reported Scottish resorts are all closed on Monday but there is fresh snow on the ground and more is forecast to fall during the week.

USA The resorts we report on in Colorado have received a very welcome dump of snow. Loveland (122cm) and Arapahoe Basin (61cm) have both received over 90cm of fresh snow since Friday. They have been waiting for a big dump of snow for a long time now so this is very welcome. Breckenridge (58/137cm) has seen a massive increase in the upper base depth this weekend. Great powder can be enjoyed across the whole mountain.On the east coast the temperature has risen, but they are still enjoying good skiing conditions. Killington (46/76cm) received 13cm of fresh snow on Sunday so conditions are very good. Sunday River (61/91cm) is still enjoying the fresh snow it received at the end of last week. It is quite warm though so the snow is a bit soft, especially in the afternoon.

CANADA Whistler (47cm) is open on Monday. Skiing is possible on both Whistler and Blackcomb and conditions are generally good. Some fresh snow would be beneficial as pistes lower down are suffering in the wet precipitation Sun Peaks (37cm) opened two more lifts over the weekend so they now have four in operation. A light dusting of fresh snow over the weekend helped improved piste conditions Silver Star (26/37cm) and Big White (31cm) are both waiting for new snowfalls before they can open. Snow fell over the weekend but it wasnt enough for them to be able to open. Big White needs a base of 60cm to be able to open the beginner runs as it is quite rocky. Silver Star needs slightly less but there is still not enough yet.

EUROPEAN WEATHER OUTLOOK Following the huge snowfalls of the weekend, the week ahead looks to be a quiet one across most of Europe. The last of the heavy snow should clear away on Monday night leaving behind it cold but dry air. Clear, sunny skies and deep powder are to be expected! However the western corner of the Alps, predominantly France, should see the heavy snow continue. Alpe DHuez is expecting 102cm to fall by next weekend. The rest of the French resorts are all expecting between 40 and 60cm by the weekend.

NORTH AMERICAN WEATHER OUTLOOK Colorado received a much needed dump of snow over the weekend. The temperatures across the region look to remain fairly low for the week ahead which is good news. Breckenridge is only expecting 5cm of snow by the weekend so it should be largely dry. The colder weather will help keep the snow in very good shape so expect the powder conditions to last through the week Big Sky in Montana is expecting 10cm of snow by the weekend and also fairly low temperatures. This weather is typical of the rest of North West America.Over on the east coast it should also be dry for the week. Temperatures are expected to fluctuate a bit, some days will be very cold and others quite warm. Snow making should be possible when it is cold so the snow is likely to remain in good condition. The resorts in British Columbia, Canada, are all expecting light snow throughout the week, which is good news for Big White and Silver Star. They are still awaiting sufficient snowfalls to open. Revelstoke is expecting 33cm of snow through the week and the fairly cold temperatures mean it will fall as snow apart from down to the very lowest levels. Eastern Canada will be largely dry and, like eastern America, temperatures are likely to fluctuate.

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