Igluski.com Latest Ski News List of ski news articles updates on Team GB News thoughtout the day en-gb http://www.igluski.com 2014-11-23 Team GB's Woodsy wins the NZ Freeski Open
After taking the top qualifying spot yesterday, Woodsy dominated the finals with a first run score of 93.3 and stayed on top for the remainder of the three runs, cementing the win with a huge score of 96.7 on his second run.

The North Face Freeski Open in New Zealand kicked off on Thursday 28th August with the Slopestyle competitions and will be followed by the Halfpipe events on Saturday 30th August. The park and pipe events have been held at Cardrona Alpine Resort, the official resort partner of the NZ Park & Pipe Team.

Woodsy said of the win: "My first run was good, but I knew I had more to give. When the level of competition is so high you can't play around. My goal is always to ski the best I can so I wanted to improve. I'm really proud of the rail section and the kickers were smooth. I went big and that felt good."

Here is what happened in the qualifiers - check out Woodsy's epic run at 1:20!



Team GB Update: What have the athletes been up to over the summer

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http://www.igluski.com/news/team-gbs-woodsy-wins-the-nz-freeski-open_a19736082 2014-08-29
Ski, Board & Snow Fun FREE at The Snow Centre on August Bank Holiday Monday event it held in May to coincide with its 5th Birthday.

Lift passes on Monday will be just £10 an hour and then there are Free Beginner Ski and Snowboard Taster sessions.

There will be something for all ages:

Age Three +
This Bank Holiday August Weekend the ‘Super Slide’ will be in the car park of The Snow Centre FREE for all the children who want to have a go.

Age Four +
No previous experience required to Sledge. Whizz, spin and slide down the slope on a Rubber Ringo or Sledge.

Age Three to Six
3 – 6 year olds can try snowboarding or skiing for FREE on Bank Holiday Monday. The Burton Riglets will be set up for the mini riders and the Mini Ski Park for the super sliders. All equipment is provided however it’s suggested you take a waterproof suit and a pair of gloves as they are on real snow, outside.


Age Four to Adults
The chance to try skiing or boarding if you've never done it before for FREE.

Fifteen minute taster sessions are available between 10am – 4pm, and are available for both Adults (age17+) & Juniors (age 4 -16) – places are limited so it’s recommended to book your space.

After all that exercise and excitement treat yourself to a bite to eat from the fabulous Snow Centre’s Bavarian BBQ and marvel at the Piste Basher Demonstration

By Krystelle  
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http://www.igluski.com/news/ski-board--snow-fun-free-at-the-snow-centre-on-august-bank-holiday-monday_a19736077 2014-08-18
British Ski & Snowboard Athletes Announced for Sochi 2014 It's official - there will be 19 skiers and snowboarders heading to Sochi 2014! 

Congratulations to Chemmy Alcott & Dave Ryding (Alpine Skiing), Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young, Callum Smith & Rosamund (Posy) Musgrave (Cross Country), James 'Woodsy' Woods & Katie Summerhayes (Ski Slopestyle), Murray Buchan, James Machon, Rowan Cheshire & Emma Lonsdale (Ski Halfpipe), Zoe Gillings (Snowboard Cross), Billy MorganJamie Nicholls, Jenny Jones & Aimee Fuller (Snowboard Slopestyle), Ben Kilner & Dom Harington (Snowboard Halfpipe). 

Go Team GB, we're behind you every step of the way!

Image Credit: http://www.teamgb.com
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http://www.igluski.com/news/british-ski--snowboard-athletes-announced-for-sochi-2014_a19736007 2014-01-24
Freeze Festival Drops F.I.S. For An Invitational Event In 2012 The Relentless Freeze Festival may not be running as part of the F.I.S. World Cup for 2012, due to cost cutting from the ski federation, so they have decided to make the competition invitational and are hoping to boast a world class line-up.

The benefits of having a World Cup event meant the Freeze Festival was able to gain great PR and attract big names to the event, but having the F.I.S. onboard meant certain restrictions, which were put in place preventing certain competition formats being used. With the invitational format this winter, the popular Europe vs The World competition is back, along with the best trick competition.

The invitational format also means that non World Cup riders can enter this year and the line-up is looking as good, if not better, than previous winters as the world's top skiers and snowboarders have all been invited to compete. So far the Helgusons, Gjermund Braaten, Janne Korpi, Staale Sandbech, Marko Grilc and Victor de la Rue have all been confirmed, with rumours circulating that Seb Toutant and Mark McMorris may also be appearing. Jamie Nicholls & the always inverted Billy Morgan will be representing the UK. The skiing line-up is also looking pretty good too, with Jossi Wells, Henrik Harlaut and Gus Kenworthy, with James Woods representing the UK.

If the skiing isn't enough for you, this year's music line-up is the most impressive yet, with DJ Shadow headlining the Friday night and Public Enemy on the Saturday night. With two stages, an aprés ski bar and loads of skiing and snowboarding on offer, this year's Freeze Festival looks set to be the best yet.

Written by Charlie Hamilton-Beaufort
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http://www.igluski.com/news/freeze-festival-drops-fis-for-an-invitational-event-in-2012-_a19735837 2012-09-14
Freeze Festival 2012 Dates Announced The organisers of the Relentless Freeze Festival, which takes place at London's Battersea Power Station, have announced the dates for next season's festival — 26th & 27th October 2012 — and are already building up the hype, by releasing the first wave of tickets this coming Tuesday (8th May).

Each year the Freeze Festival has grown and with 2012 set to be the fifth year of the skiing, snowboarding and music weekender, it will surely be the largest event yet. Previous seasons have seen the British and International skiers and snowboarders of the highest calibre hit the slopes, including the likes of Scotty Lago, Seb Toots, Danny Kass, Jossi Wells, Jon Olsen, as well as Brits Jamie Nicholls, Billy Morgan, James Woods and Jenny Jones.

The Freeze Festival's main snowboarding competition has been a longstanding part of the FIS World Cup, with the skiing competitions also bringing in world class athletes, along with a whole host of music acts. The last two events have seen Pendulum, Groove Armada, Roni Size, Rizzle Kicks and Jett Black take to the stage, as well as Cyprus Hill and The Streets headlining.

The Freeze Festival has managed to combine a growing snowsports scene with great music and has even hosted the UK premiere of Jeremy Jones' Deeper, the launch of Shaun White Snowboarding and more. With an aprés ski feel to the day, bars pumping out party music and Jägermeister and a great selection of shops offering winter sports apparel, it's the closest thing to an alpine festival in the UK.

Having been to the three of the four previous festivals, I am already looking forward to this year's offering. With the sequel to Deeper, Higher, set for release this winter, hopefully it will make the bill, and maybe this year Jamie Nicholls or James Woods can pick up a win for the UK on the slopes.

Expect great music, loads of skiing, snowboarding and, of course, entertaining hosting from Tim Warwood and Christian Stevenson. Two things you can be assured of, once we have more news, it will be here and there will be plenty of the Iglu team hitting up the bar and enjoying the fun throughout the weekend!

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http://www.igluski.com/news/freeze-festival-2012-dates-announced_a19735803 2012-05-03
Pyeongchang To Host 2018 Winter Olympics The South Korean county of Pyeongchang has been chosen to host the 2018 Winter Olympics by the International Olympic Committee today.

South Korea was selected ahead of two European candidates, having lost out at the final hurdle for both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. The IOC reached a unanimous decision in the first round of voting at the IOC's Executive Board, in Durban, South Africa. Pyeongchang, on South Korea's east coast, has a population of 47,000 and says it can become a hub of winter sports in the region.

"This is one of the happiest days for our country, our people and millions of youth dreaming of winter sport," Pyeongchang bid chief Cho Yang-ho told Reuters.

This is the third time that the Winter Olympics will take place in Asia, with Japan having hosted the event in Sapporo in '72 and Nagano '98. If the South Korean snow resembles the powder fields of Japan we could be in for a cracking games.

Source: BBC

Written by Stephen Adam
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http://www.igluski.com/news/pyeongchang-to-host-2018-winter-olympics_a19735642 2011-07-06
Slopestyle Makes It Into Sochi 2014 Games Last night the International Olympic Committee announced that the slopestyle discipline for both ski and snowboard would be added to the program of events for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The decision was reached last night by the IOC's Executive Board before the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa after first being touted by the Olympic Programme Commission to the Executive Board back in October last year. The OPC studied the proposal of the individual International Sports Federations and compiled a detailed analysis of the events at last winter's World Championships. The OC have also agreed to add the snowboard parallel special slalom to the 2014 games, following April's inclusions - ski halfpipe, women’s ski jumping, biathlon mixed relay, figure skating team event and luge team relay.

"We are very pleased with the addition of ski and snowboard slopestyle and snowboard special slalom in the Olympic Winter Games programme," said IOC President Jacques Rogge. "Such events provide great entertainment for the spectators and add further youthful appeal to our already action-packed line-up of Olympic winter sports. We look forward to welcoming all the athletes to Sochi in 2014."

"Slopestyle is a very popular sport," IOC President Jacques Rogge said. "It is growing very fast. You have young, dedicated, spectacular athletes and definitely I believe that it has the same future that we had with the beginning of snowboard in '98 in Nagano."

The addition of slopestyle could be great news for the UK with the likes of Jamie Nicholls and Aimee Fuller currently flying up through the ranks in the TTR World Snowboard Championships. The two British youngsters had great seasons on the international scene and Jamie Nicholls has proven to be among Nike's most accomplished young riders. Britain also boasts a few Winter X Games medals too, with James Woods picking up a podium in last year's ski slopestyle at Tignes Euro X Games and Jenny Jones picking up four medals in the past three years, three of which were gold. Hopefully other up and coming British skiers and snowboarders, such as Katie Summerhayes and Sparrow Knox, will also be hitting form at the right time to bring some medals home!
 

Written by Stephen Adam
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http://www.igluski.com/news/slopestyle-makes-it-into-sochi-2014-games_a19735641 2011-07-05
French Dominate Chamonix's Italian Freeride Competition This weekend the Freeride World Tour stopped off at the world renowned town of Chamonix, ready for another weekend of huge cliff drops and death defying skiing. Due to the conditions the event organiser had to take a trip though the Mt. Blanc tunnel over to the Italian side of the mountain in Courmayeur, though this didn't stop the Chamonix locals dominating.

The competition that had been due to take place on the Pentes de l'Hotel face in the Brevent ski area set up its new home of the north face of Mont Fortin. The new location offered fast & fluid lines, double drops and huge airs. Local skier Aurélien Ducroz and snowboarder Xavier de Le Rue have been dominant in the tour over the last couple years, with Ducroz winning the 2009 tour and de Le Rue on the back of three consecutive tour wins, and didn't disappoint.

Another French skier, Adrien Coirier, opened the day with some fast, committed skiing that netted him second place following two years of back injuries. Aurélien Ducroz took a different, fast, smooth line and stomped some huge airs resulting in the win. Swedish skier, Reine Barkered, followed a similar line to Coirier and took the final podium position. The women's event started using the same three gates as the men's, and though the hits weren't as big, the top women were throwing down some very smooth, technical lines. US skier Angel Collinson took the win and was followed onto the podium by two more Swedish riders with Marja Persson and Janette Harhin in second and third respectively.

The snowboarding was dominated by the afformentioned Xavier de Le Rue and the French-Swiss rider Anne-Flore Marxer. De Le Rue took what was arguably the best line of the day, using his smooth, incredibly fast style and no fear approach. The Chamonix resident finished his run with a double cliff drop to straight line that would impress even the tightest of judges. Anne-Flore came into the Competition as a wild card, and as one of Europe's leading freestyle snowboarders questions were asked to whether she could perform with the best freeriders. Though her line didn't include any huge drops, her styled-out airs and smooth line earned her a much deserved win.

The men's snowboard podium finished with an all French line-up. Xavier took the win, Jonathan Charlet took second and Aurélien Routens rounded off the dominance with third. The women's snowboard event finished an all European podium with Austrian, Ursula Wohlschlager and Swiss, Nathalie Zenklusen taking second and third place behind the Marxer.

Xavier de Le Rue's inspirational run:

Angel Collinson taking the win:

Written by Stephen Adam
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http://www.igluski.com/news/french-dominate-chamonix-s-italian-freeride-competition_a19735564 2011-01-25
Pop-up Opening Parties With nine weeks until the first resorts open and 12 weeks until the season proper begins the resort opening parties are top of the pops right now.

The biggest early season party is the Ischgl opening party who have announced The Gossip are their headlining act, following in the footsteps of Katy Perry from last year. The first festival of the season takes place on the 27th November on an open air stage near the base station of the Silvrettabahn cable car. The resort are expecting crowds of up to 20,000 skiers and will be opening the lifts on Friday 26th November.

The next resort to jump on the band-wagon is Schladming, who will be opening on the 4th December with US pop-star Kesha headlining with One Republic in support.

Over the coming weeks expect a few other resorts to pop-up with opening party announcements.

Written by Troy McGuire

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http://www.igluski.com/news/pop-up-opening-parties_a19735487 2010-09-14
Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics To Unveil Two New Events The International Olympic Committee is considering the addition of two new events at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The FIS have consulted the IOC and recommended the inclusion of the snowboard slopestyle discipline in 2014. The federation commented that the slopestyle format is "very youth-driven and and will appeal to future generations."

Speaking about the plans, Stuart Brass, from the British Snowboarding Federation, told the BBC:

"If snowboard slopestyle is accepted as an Olympic discipline, we'd have fantastic medal hopes from the UK with the likes of Jenny Jones who is already ranked as the best slopestyle rider in the world."

"And in less than four years' time we'd have a whole host of young talent including Jamie Nicholls who is already achieving top 10 results at the age of just 16."

"Slopestyle is a discipline which can be practiced, particularly the rail and obstacle elements, at any of the UK slopes and as such we have these training facilities all year round regardless of weather."

The IOC is also considering the addition of a new team skiing event. The nations team event, or NTE, was introduced in Bormio in 2005 and consists of a Parallel Giant Slalom format with mixed teams racing in a head-to-head format around gates.

After the success of the half-pipe over the past three Winter Olympics, and the incredible support for the boarder-cross and skier-cross in Whistler, the IOC are looking into the popularity of these adrenaline fuelled events. Both of these events have proved popular for both spectators and TV audiences, therefore the International Olympic Committee believe these new disciplines may be ready, and established enough for their inclusion.

Written by Charlie Hamilton-Beaufort

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http://www.igluski.com/news/sochi-2014-winter-olympics-to-unveil-two-new-events_a19735474 2010-07-22