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Turns Out Skiers Have Less Anxiety Because… Science

Welcome to the weekly news roundup of the good, the bad, and the weird in skiing. Expect videos, news, and even gossip from the far reaches of the sport as we embark on the endless mission to keep this sport of ours on edge. 

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Science says skiers have less anxiety 

A Swedish study of 400,000 skiers published in the research platform Frontiers suggests there is a plausible link between the activity of skiing and a lower risk of anxiety. The study was conducted over two decades where a group of skiers had reduced inflammation and oxidative stress (two elements linked with anxiety) compared to a control group of non-skiers. In other news, these scientists have never driven up Little Cottonwood Canyon or tried to score first chair at Palisades at Tahoe, or perhaps any ski area in the history of the sport. We’ve got our eye on you, Science. 

Candide Thovex’s Moment of Zen

If you are actually looking to reduce anxiety, just watch this man ski, over and over again.

64-year-old Mexican prince races at final World Championships 

Just when you thought Mikaela Shiffrin was the belle of the ball at last week’s World Championships, Mexico’s 64-year-old Prince Hubertus Von Hohenlohe (yes, an actual prince), may just be the hero we didn’t know we needed. After 20 World Championships spanning 41 years, the eccentric royal turned pop star turned ski racer didn’t quite hit the finish line, but his finale, clad in colorful lycra mimicking handmade textiles (other GS suits have recreated mariachi suits and Dia de Los Muertos ensembles), was one for the ages. For decades, he’s been a source of creativity and joy on the world circuit, though even he admits that this last go-round was a little tough. “I probably spent too much time in the sun in Marbella in the summer and didn’t do enough in the gym,” he admitted. Ah, to be a prince.

Deaf skier finds balance in “What It’s Like” 

Utah’s Robin “Bino” Gillon was born severely deaf and yet has shattered all previously-held expectations for the hearing impaired. Now a sponsored freeskier, Gillon takes us inside his head and what exactly it looks like to spin 30 feet off the ground without hearing a thing. Sound nice? It’s a bit more complicated than that, something Gillon has mastered over decades and put to his feet time and time again. If you have a break between work calls, this is 12 minutes that won’t go to waste. 


Vermont man skiing length of the state to fight climate change

Just when you were about to complain about the bootpack to the top of that run that’s probably going to be pretty sweet, Bill Burrell just clicked in and told you to hold his ski straps. This week the Vermonter began a north-to-south tour of the state, hoping to trek 317 miles from Canada down to Massachusetts in order to bring attention to changing climate and shortening winters. The Essex Junction science teacher will trace the Catamount Trail, makeup over 35,000 of total elevation, and stop at over 27 Stewart’s. Bon voyage, Bad Man Burrell.