Season rolling, Gisin hurt in Val Gardena

Weekend men’s speed events in Val Gardena where Marc Gisin was hurt Saturday. The Swiss star caught an edge and launched into the air just before the camel humps on the Saslong. Gisin was airlifted from course and transported to the hospital in Bozen. His condition was stable enough to be flown back to Switzerland tonight by Rega (the Swiss Air Rescue Service). On Sunday afternoon, Swiss Ski announced that the medical exams in Lucerne showed that Marc Gisin’s condition is stabilising. Currently, he is still intubated and being treated in the intensive care unit. However, MRI and CT exams revealed signs of no serious head injury. He suffered several fractured ribs, which caused injuries to his lungs. The pelvis and spine are mostly unharmed, with a few minor fractures. Swiss Ski appreciates all the well wishes and asks that the privacy of the Gisin family is respected until further information is known…earlier this week in Val Gardena, Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia roared back to the top, grabbing wins in downhill and super G. These were Stuhec’ first podiums since being sidelined from competition for 20 months. In the downhill, Italy’s Nicol Delago got her first career podium and Austria’s Ramona Siebenhofer her second with 2-3 finishes to Stuhec…back to the men, Marcel Hirscher must’ve been tired after winning six straight — today he finished sixth in the GS event at Saalbach, with first career victory going to Zan Kranjec of Slovenia. That’s his photo up top…western Colorado’s Powderhorn Resort now open for the season. People hear “Colorado” and wonder what took ’em so long; fact is Powderhorn is way out by Grand Junction in the high desert and doesn’t get a huge amount of snow. On top of that, it bakes in the sunshine most days. But hey it’s a great ski area and we’re glad to hear they’re up and running…Pennsylvania’s Jack Frost opened this morning, conditions look fabulous, naturally the place is empty…sorry to report the first in-bounds fatality we’re aware of this season, Daniel Giger, a University of Colorado Boulder student and native of Newport Beach, California was on an intermediate trail on Peak 7 at Breckenridge this weekend when he collided with a tree. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.