This was the first World Cup Big Air event for the season. The Big Air is located on a former site of Milan’s Expo and is one of the most exciting venues on tour, just 10km from the center of Milan. The riders drop in on a 40m competition ramp.
While winter has arrived in central Europe and in North America, Lapland has been enjoying winter conditions for a few weeks now and Levi hosted a ladies’ and a men’s slalom the past week-end, on the 11th and 12th November.
Andri Ragettli has released his first Video Blog- Vlog (School & Prime Park), you can now follow Andri on his journey to the approaching Olympics. This episode is about his school and training in Stubai, Austria. He will release a new episode every 2 weeks so stay tuned for more great edits to come in the lead up to the Winter Olympics.
Many of the world’s best female and male skiers came together for the grand finale of the Suzuki Nine Royals at Watles, South Tyrol, Italy on April 1st, 2017. Under a hazy sky, the women and men proved their creativity and technical prowess to the delight of cheering crowds and judges. Over the course of two jam sessions, judges determined the winners using a unique format: a combined score of two technical tricks and one style trick. After a week of photo and film sessions, it was Andri Ragettli (SUI, ski) and Coline Ballet-Baz (FRA, ski) who topped the podiums.
The Marker Voelkl Freeski team win the GOLD and BRONZE medals at the XGames Slopestyle in ASPEN on the weekend. It is a dream come true for the Norwegian Oystein Braaten who had a stomping run taking the GOLD medal.
In super-G training in Saalbach, Austria World Cup skier Cornelia Huetter crashed. The 24-year-old Voelkl athlete suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear in the right knee as well as a tear of the meniscus. The diagnosis was made by Austrian ski team doctor Torsten Walcher after an MRI and X-ray examination.
Madonna di Campiglio is the oldest Italian World Cup venue, as they hold a Slalom in 1966/67, the year of the foundation of the World Cup. 50 years later, the event is still running and attracting thousands of people for the traditional night race on 22nd of December.
This past January, Völkl was honored to welcome a pair of unusual Afghani athletes, Alishah Farhang and Sajjad Hosseini, to the factory in Straubing. The two are chasing the same dream: representing their country at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.