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Africa's 'bucket list' ski resort dreams of Olympic racers

Nestled high in the mountains of Lesotho, skiers and snowboarders from around the world rub shoulders at Africa's leading ski resort, which is cultivating a loyal clientele despite its diminutive size and remote location.

Family says no hope for German billionaire lost in Swiss Alps

Berlin - Family members of German retail billionaire Karl-Erivan Haub have lost hope of finding him alive, a week after he went missing while skiing in the Swiss Alps, his company Tengelmann group said Friday.

Cheers as N. Korea rookies finish last in Paralympics debut

Pyeongchang - Two North Korean rookie skiers finished last as they made their country's Winter Paralympics debut in the South Sunday, but a flag-waving crowd cheered enthusiastically at the latest sign of an Olympics-fuelled rapprochement.

Bulgaria's skiing boomtown sparks dire nature warnings

Bansko - "Unlimited Ski and Fun!" promises a pamphlet touting the Bansko ski resort, a magnet for bargain-hunting holidaymakers in southwest Bulgaria.

Two Spanish skiers killed in Pyrenean avalanche

Toulouse - Two Spanish skiers were killed Saturday when an avalanche hit a group skiing off-piste on a mountain in southwestern France, rescue services said.

US ski star Vonn 'hurt' by anti-American claims

Pyeongchang - Lindsey Vonn admitted on Sunday that she was "hurt" by accusations that she is anti-American after the US ski star's outspoken stance against President Donald Trump.

Czech Ledecka wins shock Olympic super-G, Vonn sixth

Pyeongchang - Czech snowboarder Ester Ledecka sprang one of the biggest shocks in Winter Games history when she won the super-G on Saturday with US star Lindsey Vonn finishing sixth.

Vomiting Shiffrin complaints of 'virus' at Olympic slalom

Pyeongchang - Defending champion Mikaela Shiffrin vomited and complained of virus-like symptoms after a disappointing first leg in Friday's Olympic slalom.

Norway's Svindal wins Olympic men's downhill

Pyeongchang - 'Attacking Viking' Aksel Lund Svindal claimed gold in the blue riband event of the Olympic alpine skiing programme, the men's downhill, on Thursday in a thrilling Norwegian one-two.Svindal, 35 and coming to the end of a stellar career, clocked 1min 40....

Norway's Svindal wins Olympic men's downhill

Pyeongchang - 'Attacking Viking' Aksel Lund Svindal claimed gold in the blue riband event of the Olympic alpine skiing programme, the men's downhill, on Thursday in a thrilling Norwegian one-two.Svindal, 35 and coming to the end of a stellar career, clocked 1min 40....

Gold at last as Austria's Hirscher bags combined title

Pyeongchang - Austrian ace Marcel Hirscher's long wait for Olympic gold ended Tuesday when he produced a brilliant slalom run to storm to a dominant victory in the men's alpine combined.

South Korean skiers in rare flight to North

Seoul - A group of South Korean skiers flew to North Korea on Wednesday ahead of the Winter Olympics to train with their rivals, on a rare direct flight after Washington exempted it from sanctions.

Snow business: empty slopes at N.Korea's ski resort

On the ski fields of Mount Taehwa, groomed pistes snake down wooded hillsides to a luxurious hotel and a giant screen showing a North Korean army choir. But the runs are empty.

As Olympics loom, China plunges into snow biz

Zhangjiakou - Hao Rui only took up skiing this winter, but the 17-year-oldlooked like a veteran as he perched casually atop a slope outside Beijing before schussing downhill."I started my training on November 28.

Afghan female skier fights taboos — with aid of mullahs

Kaboul - Masooma Hasani would be pelted with rocks whenever she went skiing, a sport considered unbecoming for girls in conservative Afghan society, but an unlikely ally helped change local attitudes: mullahs advocating women's rights.

Japan plans easing visa requirement for foreign ski instructors

Amid the declining popularity of skiing, the Japanese government plans to ease the visa requirement for overseas ski instructors wanting to work in Japan.

No mountains? Unique French ski resort runs on old slag heap

Noeux-les-mines - France's busy little ski resort of Noeux-les-Mines is also its most unusual. It has no mountains, no snow, runs all year round and is built on a decades-old slag heap.

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.

Death toll from Japan bus crash rises to 15: Police

Toukyo - The death toll in Japan's worst bus accident in 25 years has risen to 15, police said Tuesday, as they struggle to determine why the vehicle veered off a mountain road it was not supposed to be on.

Japan bus company in deadly crash 'violated safety regulations': Local media

Toukyo - A Japanese bus operator whose vehicle plunged off a mountain road, killing 14 people and injuring dozens more, is suspected by officials of violating safety regulations, local media reported Saturday.

14 dead after Japan ski bus hurtles off mountain road

Toukyo - Fourteen people were killed and dozens injured when their bus plunged off a mountain road in Japan on its way to a ski resort, in the country's worst such accident for 25 years.

Ukrainian man, 2 French pupils killed in Alpine avalanche

Lyon - Two teenagers and a Ukrainian man were killed when an avalanche swept away skiers in the French Alps, including a group on a school outing, local officials said Wednesday.

Slalom course for ski areas facing future without snow

Grenoble - As temperatures rise there is less of it or sometimes even none at all -- global warming is forcing ski areas to think about the once unthinkable, a future without snow.

Plane clips skier in French Alps emergency landing

Lyon - A Polish skier was seriously injured when she was hit by a light aircraft careering down the slopes of a resort in the French Alps.

Death toll from weekend avalanches in Alps rises to five

Grenoble - The weekend death toll in the vacation-packed Alps rose Sunday when a man was killed in an avalanche in France, after four people perished earlier in a snowslide in Switzerland, police said.

Argentines among four killed in Japan ski avalanches

Toukyo - Avalanches in and around Japanese ski resorts killed four people including two Argentine men over the weekend, police and media reported on Monday.

British ski instructor on trial in France in landmark case

Grenoble - A British ski instructor who was arrested in one of France's poshest ski resorts for flouting local labour laws goes on trial Monday in a landmark case that has spawned accusations of protectionism.

Imperious Ligety wins Kranjska Gora giant slalom

Kranjska Gora - America's giant slalom Olympic champion Ted Ligety recorded his 22nd World Cup victory on Saturday as he took the latest race in the event in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.The 29-year-old -- also a two-time world champion in giant slalom -- was winning for t...

Jansrud and Streitberger in downhill skiing dead heat

- Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud and Austrian Georg Streitberger finished in a downhill dead heat at the World Cup event in Kvitfjell, Norway on Friday.

Shiffrin rides pressure to win women's slalom

Sochi - American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin showed nerves of steel to add Olympic gold to her world slalom title under floodlights at Rosa Khutor on Friday.The 18-year-old, in pole position after the first run, clocked a combined total of 1min 44.54sec over two...
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