Winter is only just beginning in Russia and amateur jibbers gathered at the all-season alpine skiing venue in the Moscow Region to fight for a set of snowboarding gear for the whole year and a chance to become professional.
American snowboarding icon Shaun White has been charged with public intoxication and vandalism, after causing mayhem at a Nashville hotel, which saw him ending up in the hospital after hitting his head.
One of America’s best snowboarders, Vic Wild, husband of Russia’s world champion in parallel slalom Alyona Zavarzina, has expressed a wish to compete for the Russian national team, says the head of the Russian skiing and snowboarding federation.
When the Soviet Union broke up, businessmen in Chelyabinsk saw an opportunity to turn this once closed-off region into a major tourist destination. The magnificent and chaste landscapes of the Southern Urals have much to offer.
The beginning of 2011 has seen Ekaterina Tudegesheva establish herself as one of Russia's greatest hopes for the 2014 Olympics. RT caught up with the 23 year old, who has had a break out season on the slopes, easily winning the Snowboard World Cup.