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Mikaela Shiffrin reacts at finish line after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Semmering, Austria, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

Mikaela Shiffrin misses World Cup slalom record

Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia won a women’s World Cup slalom after Shiffrin failed to finish her opening run.

Mr. Vuarnet helped pioneer the tuck position and was the first skier to win an Olympic gold on metal skis.

Jean Vuarnet, 83, skier who lost family to doomsday cult

Mr. Vuarnet, an Olympic champion, helped pioneer the aerodynamic tuck position for downhill racers.

FILE - This is a Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 file photo of Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, clenches her left hand as she reacts after winning a point against Daria Gavrilova of Australia during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has been injured by a knife-wielding attacker at her home on Tuesday Dec. 20, 2016. The player's spokesman, Karel Tejkal, says Kvitova suffered a left hand injury and has been treated by doctors.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

SPORTS LOG

Petra Kvitova could return to tennis in 6 months

The two-time Wimbledon champion underwent four hours of surgery for injuries sustained in Tuesday’s attack by a knife-wielding intruder at her home.

ON THE MOVE | BRION O’CONNOR

Finding the right ski instructor

Five ski areas close to Boston offer “learner hills” ideal for both beginners and returning skiers.

Skier found dead on trail at Killington, police say

William Cusano, 65, collapsed Saturday while skiing an intermediate trail.

Latvia’s Lelde Priedulena will be one of the competitors not taking part in the skeleton world championships in Sochi.

SPORTS LOG

Latvia skeleton team pulls out of worlds in Sochi

It’s the first such response by a national team in response to the Russian doping scandal.

Jay Peak, Vermont (Caleb Kenna for the New York Times) Jay Peak, Vermont

Globe Magazine

Vermont’s $200 million mountain of trouble

Ariel Quiros and Bill Stenger promised to save Jay Peak ski resort and the struggling economy around it. That’s not what happened at all.

It’s All Downhill

A few observations on Killington’s World Cup weekend

The White Circus’s return to New England was interesting to see on a number of levels.

KILLINGTON, VT - NOVEMBER 26: Tessa Worley of France competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on November 26, 2016 in Killington, Vermont. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Tessa Worley wins giant slalom at Killington

American Mikaela Shiffrin finished fifth in the World Cup event.

It’s All Downhill

Geoff Hatheway bought a ski area. Now what?

The new owner of Magic Mountain in Vermont shared his vision and plans for the ski area.

American Mikaela Shiffrin won the World Cup women’s slalom on Sunday at Killington.

Mikaela Shiffrin wins World Cup slalom at Killington

Sunday’s win was Shiffrin’s 10th straight victory in slalom events.

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2016 file photo, winner Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. celebrates during the podium ceremony of the women's Slalom race at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Shiffrin earned 21 World Cup victories, two world championship titles, an Olympic gold medal and a pair of reindeer by racing within her comfort zone. Next for the 21-year-old skier: Raising her speed limit. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP, File)

WORLD CUP AT KILLINGTON

Mikaela Shiffrin is the one to beat at Killington

But the US star will have plenty of competition among the 82 other racers in the World Cup event.

First placed Mikaela Shiffrin competes during the second run of an alpine skiing women's World Cup slalom, in Levi, Finland, Saturday Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Shinichiro Tanaka)

Mikaela Shiffrin aims to be queen of the mountains

The American slalom specialist is emphasizing the speed events as she goes for the World Cup overall title.

March 22 1991 / Waterville Valley, NH. / AP Photo / FIRST WORLD CUP VICTORY / Julie Parisien, 19, of Auburn, Maine, charges through the gates Friday at the women's World Cup giant slalom. Parisien won the event, her first ever World Cup victory. worldcup

New England’s World Cup skiing history

A look at all World Cup skiing events ever held in New England and the winners.

World Cup slalom and giant slalom races will be held on Killington's Superstar trail on Nov. 26-27. (Chandler Burgess/Killington)

Killington’s World Cup weekend could be an inspirational event

The area’s young skiers will get to see New England’s first World Cup event in 25 years.

Killington gets green light for World Cup ski races

The Vermont resort has been making snow since October for the first World Cup event in New England in 25 years.

Boston College’s Ryan Fitzgerald (left) notched two assists Sunday.

SPORTS LOG

BC hockey team defeats Arizona State

The third-ranked Eagles stretched their unbeaten streak to 10 games.

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2016, file photo, Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, celebrates in the finish area after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup downhill, in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria. Vonn underwent surgery to fix a broken right arm after a crash while training on the slopes in Copper Mountain, Colorado. The four-time overall World Cup champion said the wipeout happened Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, and had surgery that night in Vail. (AP Photo/Pier Marco Tacca, File)

Sports Log

Lindsey Vonn breaks right arm during Colorado training run

The four-time overall World Cup champion hopes to return to skiing ‘‘as soon as possible.’’

Host Alex Kaufman

With unique look at ski business, ‘WintryMix’ podcast gains traction

Now in its third season, the podcast, created in a partnership with Vermont Public Radio, has tackled a wide variety of topics.

What’s new in the year’s snow sports gear

A roundup of the top gear and gadgets for your winter adventures.

Top: The Salt Lake City skyline in front of the Wasatch Mountains.

Salt Lake City a mecca for skiers and riders

Imagine a capital city that provides a sophisticated metropolitan vibe as well as quick and easy access to more than a half dozen outstanding resorts. Say hello to Salt Lake City.

Girlfriend getaway fun includes wine tastings at Seven Birches Winery near Loon Mountain.

The best girlfriend ski getaways in New England

You’ll get the guidance you need, the coddling you deserve, and that special boost that only comes from sisterhood.

The North Face FuseForm Brigandine 3L Jacket

Chasing the chill

Be prepared: Look good, keep warm, and stay dry with the latest and best outdoor winter apparel.

Skiers descend from the summit of Mount Ellen.

Sugarbush is a tale of two mountains

Launching a new resort a few miles south of Sugarbush Valley’s gilded slopes required a certain amount of chutzpah, but Walt Elliot, a Texas native turned New Yorker, had what it took.

Lather on the sunscreen, skiers and snowboarders. You’re at higher elevations and higher risk.

Skiers and snowboarders have an increased risk because of altitude and also reflection from the snow, both of which intensify UV penetration.

Mikaela Shiffrin in October.

With return of World Cup to the region, we all win

It’s a shame New England fell off the World Cup map, particularly in the past 15 years as the US ski team emerged as a true rival to the European teams.

Cross-country skiing on trails in Maine’s Carrabasett Valley that are maintained by Maine Huts and Trails.

Making the best of it in the Maine huts, corn snow and all

We were bound for Poplar Hut, one of four eco-lodges nestled deep in a northwest pocket of Vacationland.

Idle snow-making guns at the William F. Rogers Ski Area at the Blue Hills Reservation in Canton last December.

After last season, there are high hopes for snow at ski resorts this year

The reliance on snow making in fickle New England is nothing new, but improvements in each resort’s process might help curb anxiety among skiers.

It’s All Downhill

There’s a lot of good news in ski country

From early natural snow to a promising new outlook for one Maine ski area, the season is off to a good start.

A combination of man-made and natural snow will allow Killington to open this week. This photo was taken on Sunday.

Here comes winter: Killington ski area to open this week

The Vermont resort received five inches of natural snow Saturday to supplement its snowmaking.

epa05595733 Mikaela Shiffrin (front) of the USA speeds down the slope during a training session of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup on the Rettenbach glacier in Soelden, Austria, 21 October 2016. The Alpine Skiing World Cup season 2016/2017 will be traditionally opened with Giant Slalom races on 22 and 23 October 2016 in Soelden. EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA

It’s all downhill

This season is kind of a big deal for US ski racing

In addition to a number of high-profile events in the United States, there are high hopes for US ski team athletes.

HOME OF THE WEEK

Grab your skis and hit the trails behind this environmentally friendly home

The home, which abuts conservation land, makes the most of passive solar heating.

It’s All Downhill

My New England skiing bucket list

Sure, hitting all the world’s greatest destinations would be nice, but finishing a tour of our back yard is top priority.

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2012, file photo, Lindsey Vonn, right, celebrates with third-placed Julia Mancuso after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Vonn to snowboarders: Stay off my mountain. Mancuso to Vonn: Speak for yourself. A social-media tiff flared up Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, between two of the world’s best-known skiers, even if the topic they are arguing over may be a bit stale. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta, File)

Two of the US’s best skiers had a little social media fight

Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso had a disagreement over comments Vonn made about snowboarders.

Sunday River tested its snow guns on Sept. 24.

It’s All Downhill

The silver lining from a bad ski season

Welcome to the first edition of our new skiing/snowboarding newsletter.

FILE- In this Jan. 13, 2012 file photo, U. S. skier Bode Miller looks at the scoreboard after finishing third in a alpine ski, men's World Cup super-combined, in Wengen, Switzerland. In an article posted this week on Cosmopolitan magazine’s website, former Miller girlfriend Sara McKenna says her one hope is that she and Miller can work together to give their 13-month-old son a “stable life.” She and Miller have been embroiled in a custody battle over their son. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati, File)

Bode Miller takes ski equipment dispute to court

The six-time Olympic medalist and New Hampshire native is taking suing the Austrian company Head.

The late extreme skier Doug Coombs (above) is the subject of the new book “Tracking the Wild Coomba.”  Coombs is shown in La Grave, France, in 2004.

On the trail of extreme skiing pioneer Doug Coombs

Author Rob Cocuzzo set out to understand the man often called the greatest skier ever, who died in a 2006 ski mishap.

Newry, Maine-May 1, 2016- Last day of skiing at Sunday River Ski Resort- Ribbons of snow near the base.

After a mild winter, skiers get in their last licks — in May

Diehard skiers flocked to Sunday River in Maine for a fun and festive close to the season.

Lindsey Vonn of the US reacts on the podium after winning the women's Super G race of the Alpine Skiing World Cup in Zauchensee, Austria, in this January 10, 2016 file photo. Overall World Cup leader Vonn declared her season over due to injury on March 2, 2016 in what she called one of the toughest decisions of her Alpine skiing career. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/Files

Injury forces Lindsey Vonn to end her season

The World Cup skier suffered an injury last week that turned out to be worse than originally thought.

Lindsey Vonn timed 57.04 seconds in the super-G run on the Aliga course to lead.

A day after fracturing her left knee, Lindsey Vonn extends World Cup lead

Vonn has extended her lead in the overall standings to 28 points.

The race was interrupted for about 10 minutes as Lindsey Vonn lay on the snow surrounded by medical staff and coaches.

Lindsey Vonn injures left knee in super-G crash at World Cup

Vonn was transported off the hill on a rescue sled and taken to a hospital for tests.

Kevin Rolland won gold in the skiing SuperPipe at X Games 20 in January.

Anti-doping leaders scold ESPN for lack of drug testing at X Games

The network’s answer: Feel free to test whomever you’d like.

 Nashoba Valley is one of the few Boston-area ski hills that have withstood the test of time.

ON THE MOVE

Slopes close to home beckon Massachusetts skiers

Ski enthusiasts in Eastern Massachusetts have a number of options within a short distance for after-school, mid-week, or night runs.

Lindsey Vonn finished second in Saturday’s downhill but that was enough to clinch the overall title in the event.

Sports Log

Apologetic Lindsey Vonn clinches record 20th World Cup title

Vonn made amends with a sponsor after her social media outburst the day before over a detached ski.

21soski- Cate Diamond has been skiing for years, but only started racing when she joined the Hingham High team as a senior. (Michael Johnson/Tara Redman)

HIGH SCHOOL ALPINE SKIING

Work off the mountain essential to Alpine ski racers

Dry-land training and commitment to fundamentals help racers get downhill in a hurry.

Marine veteran Tim Fallon (left) was assisted in his return to the ski slopes by guides Pierre Swick and Tim Robson, who told him when and where to turn.

For blind skier, hurtling down the slopes is a leap of faith

“You can sit in your house . . . or you can go out and . . . keep doing the things you used to do,” said Tim Fallon, who was blinded by an IED explosion.