Skiing notebook

Lindsey Vonn released from hospital

Lindsey Vonn spent two days in the hospital because of intestinal pain.
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Lindsey Vonn spent two days in the hospital because of intestinal pain.

Lindsey Vonn left a hospital in Vail, Colo., on Wednesday, two days after being admitted for intestinal pain.

Vonn’s publicist, Lewis Kay, said it’s unclear when the four-time overall World Cup champion will return to skiing.

‘‘She is resting comfortably at home,’’ Kay wrote in an e-mail. ‘‘Doctors are still working to determine what specifically was the cause of her illness, but thankfully she has responded well to their treatment.’’


On Tuesday, Kay said Vonn was ‘‘awaiting results from diagnostic testing for severe intestinal pain,’’ but his latest statement did not specify the reason for the hospitalization.

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Her next scheduled races are the giant slalom and slalom in Aspen on Nov. 24-25, followed by speed events in Lake Louise, Alberta — her most successful stop on the circuit.

Vonn’s ski technician, Heinz Haemmerle, told the AP on Tuesday that Vonn has visited the hospital two or three times in the past week. Haemmerle said Vonn told him she ‘‘has pain all over her body and that her bones are hurting.’’

He declined to offer an update when contacted on Wednesday.

Haemmerle said Vonn hasn’t trained since going out in the second run of the season-opening giant slalom on Oct. 27 in Soelden, Austria.


Vonn recently requested to compete in a men’s downhill race, only to be rejected by the International Ski Federation. She was hoping to enter the men’s race Nov. 24 at Lake Louise. Had she been allowed to compete against the men, Vonn would have missed the two women’s races in Aspen. Last weekend, Vonn skipped a slalom in Levi, Finland, which Haemmerle said was planned to allow more training for the Aspen races. It’s the only women’s World Cup event in the United States.

North Conway No. 1

Visitors to, asked to name their favorite New England ski towns earlier this month, responded in large numbers, ranking North Conway, N.H., home of venerable Cranmore Mountain, No. 1 with 3,854 votes.

Rounding out the top 10 were Bethel, Maine, home of Sunday River (2,592 votes); Stowe, Vt. (2,113); Lincoln, N.H. (Loon, 1,931); Killington, Vt., (1,876); Fayston, Vt. (Mad River Glen, 1,834); Carrabassett Valley, Maine (Sugarloaf, 1,700); Jay, Vt. (1,598); Ludlow, Vt. (Okemo, 1,354); and Dover, Vt. (1,196).

Weichsel honored

Bernie Weichsel will receive the seventh annual Spirit of Skiing Award, presented by the New England Ski Museum, which is located in Franconia, N.H. Weichsel, who has produced the Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo for 26 years, joins past recipients Otto Schniebs, Tom Corcoran, Stein Eriksen, Herbert Schneider, Penny Pitou, and George Capul . . . The New England Ski Museum has opened a new exhibit, “From the First Tracks to the Fall Line: Eight Thousand Years of Skiing.” Visitors are welcome to view artifacts and videos. Included are items from America’s winningest male ski racer, Bode Miller, who grew up in Franconia skiing on Cannon Mountain.

Slow going

Early signs from the West are not optimistic, according to the Mountain Travel Research Program. According to Ralf Garrison, spokesman for the agency, early bookings are up just .5 percent from last season, a number well below expectations.


Garrison said his group believes that based on the very poor natural snowfall last season, many visitors to the Rockies were disappointed, and are now waiting to make this year’s plans. “Weather, economic trends, and political events will all have influence on this year’s results,” he said.

Podium for Shiffrin

Last weekend, Mikaela Shiffrin, a 17-year-old from Burke (Vt.) Mountain Academy, finished third in a World Cup slalom race.

Shiffrin punched through two clean runs to make it to her second podium in the dozen World Cup races of her young career.

“All I know is that I needed to do what I did in training,” said Shiffrin. “My goal when I race is to stay calm and do what I know is best, and I get this feeling as if I’m flying down the course.

“I had it when I got my first podium [in Lienz, Austria] and I’m getting it more often now.”

Globe correspondent Tony Chamberlain contributed to this report.