Dynastar News

DOMINIQUE GISIN SUFFERS FROM KNEE INJURY

Riders in this news :  Dominique GISIN

Victim of a terrible crash in the super -G in Cortina d'Ampezzo, on Monday, downhill Olympic champion Dominique Gisin could miss World Championships in Beaver Creek (from 2 to 15 February).

Feeling pain in the right knee after her violent crash in Cortina, Dominique Gisin was examined in Zurich on Monday night. The Swiss suffers “a fractured tibia head without moving” in her right knee. "Such an injury usually requests a recovery time of 6 to 8 weeks," communicated Swiss Ski, the Swiss Federation.

On Tuesday, Dominique Gisin has again passed exams with her medical adviser Lukas Weisskopf, who confirmed the first diagnosis. An operation is fortunately not necessary. Olympic champion downhill does not completely abandon the World Championships. "I'll see day to day. The most important for me right now is to recover as soon as possible, "she said.

Dominique Gisin Dynastar wishes a speedy recovery.

 

ELENA FANCHINI TRIUMPH AT HOME

Riders in this news :  Elena FANCHINI

After years troubled by injuries, Elena Fanchini finally celebrated in Cortina d'Ampezzo her second victory in a World Cup race. The Italian racer won ahead of Larisa Yurkiw and Viktoria Rebensburg.

Bad weather conditions forced organizations to shorten the downhill in Cortina d’Ampezzo this morning (no Toffana jump). On a race of only a little more than one minute, the only chance to win is to set a perfect run, without mistake because there is no time to recover from it.  Elena Fanchini had this strong in mind. For once, she set aside the fear of the poor visibility and angrily attacked the first turns, showing smoothness and accuracy in the central part, the decisive momentum to face the Rumerlo , the final part of the track . A masterpiece!

“Yesterday  evening, I watch a video of one of Isolde Kostner victory here in Cortina. I wanted to see her secret to win her. And this brought me luck”, said Elena Fanchini. Sister of Nadia and Sabrina triumphed in front of home crowed and nearly ten years after her success in Lake Louise downhill (December 2005) she celebrated the second victory of a career plagued by injuries. “This victory is very important for me and my entire family. Today, Sabrina, Nadia and me we climbed together on the podium because after so much bad luck it’s so beautiful to achieve this. This is also a victory for my mother and my father, cause the suffered so much for us. But we’ve always believed in us and kept working hard, cause skiing is our passion”, smiled the 29-year-old.

CHAM'LINES #1 - THE SOUTHERN CORRIDOR OF THE AIGUILLE DU CHARDONNET

Riders in this news :  Aurélien DUCROZ

CHAM'LINES #1 - The Southern Corridor of the Aiguille du Chardonnet 

It's back! Every 15 days starting today, on CHAM'LINES, Aurélien will take you down the new legendary trails of Chamonix with a camera attached.

In this first episode, Seb Michaud (a true legend of freeriding) and Stéphane Dan (mountain guide and Chamonix freeriding pioneer) will join us as we set off to blaze a new trail, and most importantly, find the best snow around! "White gold" has been rare in Europe this early winter, so the challenge is real...

We opted for the Argentière basin, where we knew we'd find something to speed our descent. After more than an hour of observation from the peaks of the Grands Montets, one lovely trail drew our attention. The decision was made: we'd hit the southern corridor of the Aiguille du Chardonnet, a first for all three of us!

To reach it from the peaks, we travelled down to the Argentière glacier and crossed it. It took us more than an hour to leave the moraine and 45 minutes to hike to reach the base of the corridor. No time to relax! We still had to climb the corridor before we could ski it. We took advantage of a gully that was naturally cut into the center of the corridor to go three-quarters of the way up the Aiguille, our starting point.

After three hours of trying, we made it: A lovely, firm corridor 400m long all to ourselves (and also Douds Charlet - 2011 Freeride World Tour winner for snowboarding and mountain guide - whom we happened to meet on the trail).  It was a thrill to ski down the first hundred meters of pure powder, before continuing uphill (there was snow on either side of the gully) and finishing in soft, supple snow that allowed us to pick up speed and took us through a series of turns. Our challenge was successfully met, because in addition to spending a great day with friends, we also found a wondrous corridor and good snow!

To sum it all up: A lovely, firm corridor clearly visible from the peak of the Grands Montets, relatively accessible but not necessarily easy to ski because of the central gully forcing us to ski uphill.

THE SOUTHERN CORRIDOR OF THE AIGUILLE DU CHARDONNET

Start altitude: 3570 meters

Finish altitude: 2550 meters

Descent of corridor: 400 meters

Total descent: 1020 meters

Orientation: South

Next episode of Cham’Lines: Tuesday, January 27

In the meantime, on Saturday, January 24, Aurélien will be at the opening of the Freeride World Tour in Chamonix and on Montagne TV with the next few airings of the two episodes of CHAMONIX EXPERIENCE:

Wednesday 01/14 at 12pm

Friday 01/16 at 3:40pm

Sunday 01/18 at 9:45pm

Tuesday 01/20 at 3:40pm

Thursday 01/22 at 10:15am

Saturday 01/24 at 7:20pm

 


STRONG START FOR DYNASTAR ATHLETES IN WORLD CUP

Resort of Puy-Saint-Vincent (France) was holding the first stage of the Ski Mountaineering World Cup 2015. And the French athletes shone on their home races. Young Axelle Mollaret was twice on the podium (individual race & sprint). Xavier Gachet and William Bon Mardion shared the podium of the individual race.

"The first stage of the 2015 World Cup was held in France, Puy-Saint-Vincent . We chained three days of racing with an individual, a sprint and a vertical race. The season starts strong for me with two podium finishes (silver medal in individual and bronze in the vertical ) and three wins in my category in Espoir.

Next step : the second stage of the World Cup in Andorra.

Thank you all!

Axelle

 

Invididual race Women

  1. Roux Laetitia (Senior), 01:28:26
  2. Mollaret Axelle (Senior Espoir), 01:31:17
  3. Fiechter Jennifer (Senior Espoir), 01:36:11

Sprint race Women

  1. Roux Laetitia (Senior), 00:30:26
  2. Kreuzer Victoria (Senior), 00:31:30
  3. Axelle Mollaret (Senior Espoir), 00:31:39

Individual Race Men

  1. Palzer Anton (Senior Espoir); 01:21:26
  2. Gachet Xavier (Senior), 01:21:29
  3. Bon Mardion William (Senior), 01:22:04

News from Betony Garner in Chamonix : Making the most of the snow

There has been a lot said recently about the sparse snowfalls in the Alps, but after some great days out in the mountains over the past few days, I have come to the conclusion that it is what you make of it!

Skiing means different things to different people, but to me it is about being out in the mountains with good friends hunting out the snow, and you don’t have to have perfect powder to have a great day out.

Last Sunday, I left a very wet and cloudy Chamonix to head up the Grand Montets for a day of resort skiing with friends. After a long wait in a lift queue where we got soaked by the rain our spirits were low.

Once we eventually got to the top of the mountain, however, we were greeted by parting clouds and fresh snow on the ground - a recipe for a fun day on the hill. The six of us had a blast cruising around, swerving the rocks, which still haven’t been covered and searching for the best snow. What looked like it might have been a miserable day, turned out to be a great day out with a bunch of like-minded people.

After a night of rain and snow, Chamonix has been blessed with clear skies and sunshine ever since, so our next challenge was to look at different ways to make the most of the snow.

So Wednesday saw me dig out my skins, pack my Cham 97s with pin bindings, and head to the Argentiere basin for some early season touring. This time I was joined by two friends Ross and Andy on a day where I took myself our of my comfort zone. After skinning across the glacier, we decided to try something different from one of the classic tours and ski one of the couloirs behind the Argentiere hut.

Early season touring is a great way to quickly get fitter and start to get acclimatised, and after not doing much skiing on steeper terrain this season, a quick way to get the heart racing! After a long boot pack to the top of the couloir we took a break in the sun, soaking up the spectacular views of the Chamonix Valley, before skiing the couloir.

I forgot how much fun it is challenging yourself, so once I got my head into committing to the turns, it was a fun ski down on some hard packed, chalky snow. Again, not a perfect powder day, but with sunny skies and a challenge in front of you, it was another satisfying day in the mountains. Like I said, it is about getting out there, enjoying the mountains, and making the most of the snow. 

Betony Garner