In Niigata, a lesson on the history of skiing in Japan

Feb 7, 2016

In Niigata, a lesson on the history of skiing in Japan

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A group of outdoor-loving history buffs in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, has revived the first skiing technique brought to Japan more than a century ago by an Austro-Hungarian Army officer. Established nearly 50 years ago, “Lerch no Kai” (the Society of Lerch) is named after ...

Feb 5, 2016

Vonn miffed about course conditions

Lindsey Vonn left the finish area with plenty of complaints about the state of the Kandahar course and thinking she still had the fastest time in Thursday’s training for a World Cup downhill. Officially, she didn’t, because late starter Romane Miradoli of France beat ...

Skiing on the edge of Syria's war

Feb 2, 2016

Skiing on the edge of Syria's war

The snowy ridge of Mount Hermon separates two worlds. In one, Syria’s war rages. In the other, Israeli tourists slalom down ski slopes or drink mulled wine to the sound of techno music. On a clear day Damascus is visible from the top of ...

Exploring Niigata's snow country

Jan 23, 2016

Exploring Niigata's snow country

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Marred though the view is with power lines and other trappings of modernity, the rainbow that appears at the far end of Tsubame-Sanjo Station seems a rather auspicious beginning. The initial impression that greeted us in front of this largely unpopular station just south ...

1984 Olympic champ Johnson dies

Jan 23, 2016

1984 Olympic champ Johnson dies

Bill Johnson craved speed — the faster, the better. He stole cars as a kid, got in trouble for it and was ordered by a judge to make a choice: Ski school or jail. Johnson picked the slopes and wound up taking the sport ...

Skiing in New Mexico's upgraded Taos resort

Jan 16, 2016

Skiing in New Mexico's upgraded Taos resort

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When it comes to skiing, New Mexico has long been the stepchild of sorts to its northern neighbor, Colorado, and its abundance of larger, snowier mountains and well-developed towns and resorts. Still, Taos stands alone, a legend of sorts among even the hardiest of ...

Dec 18, 2015

Six-year-old sued in Austria over skiing accident

A six-year-old girl was accused in an Austrian court Thursday of causing a skiing accident in which a woman, who is suing her for damages, was seriously injured. The woman involved is suing the child for €38,000 ($41,155) in Feldkirch, western Austria, as well ...

Combined Utah resort to attract more skiers

Dec 5, 2015

Combined Utah resort to attract more skiers

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Utah ski officials are hoping the “bigger is better” card lures more skiers and snowboarders to their mountains this season after several resorts completed multi-million dollar improvement projects — highlighted by Vail Resort’s merging of two well-known ski areas into one mega resort. The ...