1st April 2022
Last modified on April 2nd, 2022
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Here we cover anything that takes our fancy.
Short news stories, eye catching videos, amusing cartoons, things that make us smile/things that make us shout at the screen… in fact anything that catches our eye in the world of snowsports.
Check out all the ‘snippets’ from the past few months:
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The International Ski Federation President, Johan Eliasch, will face no challengers when he stands for re-election in May.
He was appointed to the post in June 2021 as we reported at the time on PlanetSKI:
Eliasch was nominated for the position of President by GB Snowsport.
Elections are set to take place at the FIS Congress in Milan, Italy, on May 26th.
Some delegates will be present in person, with other joining online.
Johan Eliasch, image c/o FIS.
First up it’s Val Thorens.
And it seems a few other ski and snowboard organisations are marking the morning of April 1st.
Figures released this week by the Swiss Alpine Club show that 3,680 people were involved in accidents in the Alps and Jura mountains in 2021.
201 people died.
The previous highest total was 3,471 in 2020.
It came as there were fewer foreigners in the mountains due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
30% of accidents involved foreigners, but that figure is more normally around 40%.
There were more accidents involving ski touring, off-piste skiing and snowshoeing with a higher number in January, February and March.
The Swiss Alpine Club puts that down to heavy snowfall at the beginning of the year.
Swiss Flag. Image © PlanetSKI
The Italian newspaper La Repubblica has reported that the chief executive of the Milan-Cortina 2026 Organising Committee, Vincenzo Novari, is set to step down this month.
He is expected to make the announcement at a Board of Directors meeting on April 6th.
The newspaper reports that his lack of experience in the sporting industry was cited as one of the main reasons for his expected departure.
The 62-year old has been the CEO since November 2019.
La Republicca reported that UEFA director of football and social responsibility, Michele Uva, is being consideration for the job.
The Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place between February 6 to 22 in 2026, with the Paralympic Games March 6 to 15.
Staying with Olympic news….
The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee says there will be a meeting with the International Olympic Committee in Utah in April and at the IOC base in Switzerland in June.
Others interested include Sapporo in Japan, Vancouver in Canada and Barcelona in Spain.
Salt Lake City previously held the Winter Olympics in 2002.
Salt Lake City Olympic bid
Andri Ragettli, a professional Swiss freestyle skier, has been demonstrating football and skiing skills.
He is a passionate Real Madrid fan.
Well could you?
Do send us your videos if you decide to have a go…..
Image © PlanetSKI