Resort: Backup brakes didn’t deploy on Maine ski lift

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Less than five years ago, Rick Tonge was riding a chairlift at Sugarloaf ski resort in Maine when five chairs — including his — plummeted 30 feet to the snowy ground below, injuring him and his son. Then over the weekend, another chairlift at Sugarloaf malfunctioned by going backward, prompting some...

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Vonn clinches World Cup super-G title and ties with Stenmark

MERIBEL, France (AP) — Lindsey Vonn won the World Cup super-G title for the fifth time after winning the last race in the discipline on Thursday at the season-ending finals. The day after clinching the downhill title, the 30-year-old American extended her record number of crystal globes in women's Alpine skiing to 19, equaling Swedish...

Dallas Seavey wins Iditarod in year marked by uncertainty

NOME, Alaska (AP) — If ever there was uncertainty about the outcome of the world's most famous sled dog race, it was this year. Warm weather and a lack of snow in much of Alaska forced organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to forge an untested route, utilizing the state's extensive system of...

Top contenders in this year’s Iditarod sled dog race

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Nearly 80 mushers are battling it out in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race for this year's top prize — $70,000 and a new pickup. Those with knowledge of the 1,000-mile contest say 30 of the contestants legitimately could be the first to reach Alaska's western coast. Here's a look at...

Finally some snow for Iditarod mushers

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Winter has finally cooperated with the Iditarod. More than four inches of new snowfall greeted Stan Hooley, the chief executive officer of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, when he arrived in Fairbanks on Sunday, a day before the competitive race begins. "Seems a little bit more like the Iditarod when...

Warm weather forced Iditarod farther north

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Much of the start of the world's most famous sled dog race is covered in barren gravel, forcing Iditarod organizers to move the start further north where there is snow and ice. A weather pattern that buried the eastern U.S. in snow has left Alaska fairly warm and relatively snow-free this...

On the wild slide: Lake Placid site offers skeleton rides

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Sledding can be pleasant and pastoral, with big toboggans, snowy hills and rosy cheeks. And then there's skeleton sledding: belly down, head first on a sled the size of a throw rug, hard ice whooshing by your face. The site of the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid offers the...

Snow play? No way, says Rainier National Park

OK, they're calling it: No snow play at Paradise this year. This announcement Wednesday from Mount Rainier National Park: "With the continuation of mild weather, low snowfall at the Paradise elevation of the mountain, and little snowfall projected for the foreseeable future, park Superintendent Randy King advises that the Paradise snow-play area will not open...

Lindsey Vonn criticizes FIS after racing in fog in Bulgaria

BANKSO, Bulgaria (AP) — Lindsey Vonn criticized the International Ski Federation Monday for allowing skiers to race in foggy conditions in Bulgaria. The 30-year-old American, who missed nearly two seasons of competition after injuring her right knee in Austria in 2013, accused FIS of restarting the super-G leg of Sunday's combined race too soon. Competing...