Recent Ski News
Richard Permin knew he wanted to be on skis. But while the comp scene and the podiums that came with it were rewarding, the lure and intrigues of the backcountry and “white gold” was too great for the Frenchman to avoid. Tonight, in Boulder, Colo., a manifestation of those intrigues come to life, in the form of Matchstick Productions’ “Days of My Youth.” We caught up with Permin hours before he hoped on a plane for the world premiere to get the insights on the two-year project, the transition to big mountain and what he has planned for the coming season.
If you didn’t know her a year ago, she captured your heart this winter when she dazzled in the bright lights on the world’s biggest stage in Sochi, Russia, becoming the youngest athlete in history to win an Olympic Slalom gold medal. Before Russia, she was a Slalom World Champion, a two-time Slalom World Cup Champion and winner of nine career World Cup Slalom events. An impressive career, right? Right. What’s even more impressive is that she accomplished all of these feats as a teenager. At the age of 19, Mikaela Shiffrin is a shining star in the sport of alpine skiing and as a representative of the United States Olympic Team; and should be for a long time to come.
Someone needs to be the one. The four skiers stand on the knuckle, staring at the jump, trying to convince one another that the other needs to be the first to hit it. It’s a freshly crafted step-up jump at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. The gap is massive and the landing pretty icy. But in order to get this shoot going, someone needs to take a chance.