Birk Ruud from Norway stepped it up in front of a huge crowd to take the season’s first victory at the World Cup Big Air in Chur. His incredible 2nd Jump secured his victory. In 4th place was local favourite Andri Ragettli and Hannes Rudiger in 5th.
After a mixed season, the 19-year-old from Pitztal, who initially finished seventh in the first run, achieved a sensational third place in the slalom and finished sixth in the giant slalom. He was just seven tenths of a second behind the winner Benjamin Ritchie (USA).
... of the MDV Race Team at Jasna - Alice Robinson back on the podium! On Saturday Martina Dubovska from Czech Republik achieved a great 8th place and Emelie Wikstroem (SWE) achieved a good 15th place in the slalom race. On Sunday it was an even better day for our women, especially for Alice Robinson.
In the Big Air event on Saturday Andri Ragettli claimed his first ever GOLD medal at the X Games, turning his childhood dream into reality. Nick Goepper took the GOLD medal in the slopestyle event the following day.
With 10 riders in the final and all but 1 skier stomping their first trick that earned all high scores. The standard was high with all putting down impressive tricks. To win Birk put down a corked 0 spin to claim his fourth career World Cup big air win.
It has been a successful weekend at the X Games in Hafjell Norway, Andri Ragettli achieved a lifetime dream winning his first X Games GOLD medal in the Slopestyle event. In the Big Air it was Birk Ruud who took the Silver and Andri Ragettli Bronze.
Birk Rudd wins the Big Air Crystal Globe after placing 2nd at the Big Air event in Destne (CZE). Joining him on the podium is Ulrik Samnoy who placed 3rd at the event and also claimed his first WC podium.
The first giant slalom for the women after a short Christmas break took place on December 28th in Lienz, Austria. The MDV team included Mina Fürst Holtmann, who had recently celebrated her first podium in Courchevel, New Zealander Alice Robinson, who had started the season with a first place in Sölden, Tina Robnik from Slovenia and from Sweden Ylva Staalnacke ,
What a weekend in Val d'Isere! After the race, which was scheduled for December 14th, was postponed several times due to the stormy weather and in the end cancelled, the spot in the French Alps turned out to be a lot more welcoming the next day.
After the brilliant opening of the season in Sölden (first WC victory in GS for young gun Alice Robinson), the slalom season began in Levi on November 23 and 24 with a personal best for the young MDV racer from the Czech Republic Martina Dubovska!
The 11th edition of the celebrated freestyle event concludes another successful mission of launching the world’s best skiers and snowboarders into the stratosphere. Team rider Birk Ruud took 2nd in the Mens Big Air concluding a very successful season and Silvia Bertagna took 3rd place in the ladies.
The great final of the 7th Freeski World Cup Corvatsch went down at Silvaplana in the Engadine in Switzerland today and the Andri Ragettli took the win in the men's and Silvia Bertagna took 3rd place in the ladies.
It was a day to remember, Markus Eder being crowned the 2019 Freeride World Tour Champion at the Xtreme Verbier. The world title was not guaranteed for Markus going into the Finals, with Kristoffer Turndell within reach of the title. However as it the day unfolded it was Markus Eder who took out the win. The uncertainly and the pressure going into the day made it a very emotional day for Markus as he had been striving towards taking the title throughout the whole season.
On Sunday morning, 10th of March the starting pistol for the Engadin Ski Marathon was fired for the 51st time since 1969. With over 14.000 participants from all around the globe this event is the second biggest of its kind in the world.
After a strong second run at the World Junior Ski Championships in Val di Fassa (ITA) the austrian junior racer Joshua Sturm surprisingly placed fourth in the slalom and missed the bronze medal by only 0.31 seconds.
The Voelkl Freeski team dominated the podium at the FIS Freeski World Slopestyle Championships with Birk Ruud placing 2nd and Nick Goepper 3rd behind James Wood in 1st. The event took place in Park City after a tough week of weather conditions
After two podiums at the first European Cup slalom in Trysil in December, Ylva Staalnacke is back on the podium again! At the EC giant slalom competition in Zinal the swedish skier placed 2nd on saturday’s race and 1st on sunday.
In the men's Markus Eder took first place with an impeccable run stomping a stylish flatspin 360 and a transfer air. Tanner Hall placed 2nd and Tom Peiffer 3rd. The conditions for the event could not have been better with powder landings for all the riders.
Markus Salcher is preparing himself for the World Cup winter. Even before the season has started, the austrian paralamic skier has the chance to win once again the award at the Lotterien Sporthilfe Gala on the 31st of October.
Two of the world's best park skiers; Øystein Bråten and Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen joined up with Freeskier and Mountain Guide Stian Hagen to be mentored into backcountry skiing. They spent the week in Leivassbu lodge in the Norweigian, Jotunheimen mountains, to learn about avalanche safety and backcountry travel. Judging by the smiles on their faces, we will be seeing more of them outside the park in the future.
The Engadine Ski Marathon first took place in 1969. Around 900 participants back then took on the challenge and survived a 42 kilometer-long course, starting from Maloja and ending in Zuoz. Fifty years later, around 13.000 participants from over sixty countries travel to Switzerland in order to race, making the event the second biggest of its kind in the world.
Andri Ragettli has risen to become one of the top Slopestyle skiers in the world. This episode takes a close and personal look into how this happened, his story from past, to present to now looking to the future goals. Andri comes from Laax Switzerland where skiing runs in his family, his blood, it is in his history, it is his life. We also check out his biggest highlight from last season at the Nine Royals where he was the first person in the world to landed a Quad Cork 1800.
In 2018 the Nine Knights & Queens events transform into The Audi Nines. The first event of this revamped series features a revolutionary SlopeX course combining slopestyle and snow-cross elements. The first Audi Nines are hosted by Sölden in Tyrol, Austria from the 9th to the 14th of April 2018.
Andri Ragettli has released VLOG2. From now on Andri will keep us updated what's happening in his life in the lead up to the olympics. Mostly the videoblog will be about skiing competitions and training but also school, events and private life. In this episode he goes to the Milan City Big Air and there is a pro model shades giveaway.
It was an impressive event with Voelkl Marker Dalbello team riders Øystein Bråten winning the men’s event and Jennie- Lee Burmansson winning the ladies. The FIS World Cup Slopestyle was held on the Stubai Glacier in Austria and was the first slopestyle event in the Northern hemisphere.
Join Stian Hagen with Austin Ross and Nadine Wallner on a train journey across the Norwegian landscape in search of ski touring and beautiful scenery. Departing Oslo, the group connected to the world famous Flåm Railway in Myrdal to explore the local ski touring before departing to Bergen.
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.