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Val d’Isère
The Laisinant Express : a brand new way to get to the slopes. 33 years after the opening of the Iseran sector, the resort now boasts another brand new access to the slopes from an area which had never been equipped with a lift. A new detachable 6 seater chair lift will be inaugurated in December 2005. Its cost : 4.3 million €. This chairlift will take on some of the central Solaise Express traffic. Skiers staying in the Laisinant area can use this lift to get to the Fornet and Solaise sectors. After having skied the fabulous L or Mattis runs, no need to take the free shuttle to get back to the slopes. Environment is also taken into account. The commune of Val d’Isère has signed an agreement with the National Alpine Botanic Conservator in order to make an inventory of all protected species and to ensure their replanting if necessary. The agreement signed between the STVI and the Vanoise National Park makes provision for the counting of the royal eagles and black grouse nesting within proximity of the lift over the next 7 years.

Val d’Isère

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Powder alert Kirkwood Ca.
12-24" of NEW SNOW!
20-49" of snowfall this season to date.
Today's Forecast: Snow expected throughout the day

We’ll have probably have intermediate terrain only, Chair 5, but it’s the start of the season none the less. For the weekend, we hope to have Chairs 1, 5, 6 and 11, but it really just depends on the weather. We'll open whatever we can, as quickly as possible. Ticket prices will be discounted; prices will be determined when we know how much terrain we can offer. All services will be available on the Village Plaza; private lessons only until we open Chair 1. If you have a beginner in the group, please call or check the website first to ensure we have beginner terrain available before heading up. It snowed all day yesterday. From first light until well after dark, we had snow at all elevations. It was wet, the kind of snow that works its way down between the rocks and into the nooks and crannies where it will freeze and hold. This is the old tried and true recipe for great base. Nothing better than wet, sloppy snow, and lots of it, to paint the mountain with that most important base coat. This is the anchor for the 40+ feet of snow that will pile on top of it in the next few months.
That is the good news. The not so good news is that even though it snowed all day long (a pretty impressive feat given the low was around 33˚), the measuring stick at the bottom read a consistent 14 inches… all day long. Not a big deal, we wouldn’t even really make mention of it, if it wasn’t for the fact that we’re opening tomorrow and we need more than what we have to give our beloved guests what they want – great conditions, lots of terrain and plenty of options.
ALso a reminder,... Expedition: Kirkwood, California’s only resort based backcountry education program, teaches skills needed for backcountry skiing and riding. Seasoned Kirkwood ski patrollers and certified guides lead all programs, which include necessary backcountry specific equipment, including avalanche beacon, probe and shovel. Expedition: Kirkwood also offers several camps and clinics designed to improve your on-mountain skills including new women’s only clinics that teaches the skills to master a variety of terrain and snow conditions, how to find the best line and off-piste skiing etiquette.


IOC International Olympic Comittee
Pleased with progress, IOC encourages Torino 2006 team
Led by Chairman and Olympic skiing legend Jean-Claude Killy, the IOC’s Coordination Commission has concluded its 10th and final full visit to Turin to review preparations for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games. The Commission’s visit comprised three days of intensive meetings and site visits, and considered all aspects of the work required to ensure the successful staging of the Games.
IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy said: “In terms of the seven years it takes to work on hosting the Olympic Games, the Opening Ceremony for Torino 2006 is now only a moment away. In and around Turin, great preparation work has been accomplished. The IOC is confident that one final effort from the Torino 2006 team, working as one, will lead to wonderfully successful Games. The world’s best winter sports athletes deserve nothing less.”
After meetings which brought together the representatives of the government at city, regional and national level, with five ministers present, Killy said: “We were particularly pleased to see all the public authorities that will help Torino 2006 deliver the Games around the same table. Preparing for the Olympic Games is a team effort. It is important this team stays focused and stays together, taking its cue from strong leadership on the part of the Organising Committee.”
Following the lighting of the Olympic torch on 27 November in ancient Olympia, and prior to its arrival in Rome on 7 December, Killy said: “Italy’s passion for sport is legendary. As the Olympic torch continues its relay towards Turin, I expect the whole country to be set alight as the passion for these Games builds and builds. With the winter sports season well under way, all eyes are turning to Turin and to Italy. Tens of thousands of people are looking forward to experiencing a festival spirit in Turin, while hundreds of millions more are looking forward to watching the Games.”
Drawing on his own experience and that of his IOC colleagues of organising successful Olympic Winter Games, Killy said: “Of course there will be challenges at Games time: there are always surprises either with the weather or a whole range of other issues. The success of the Games will depend on the ability of the organisers to overcome those challenges through successful Games operations. The IOC is confident that TOROC and its partners have the skills and experience to find solutions wherever there may be problems.”
Torino 2006 Organising Committee (TOROC) President Valentino Castellani added: “For more than six years now, we have had the opportunity to appreciate the advice and experience of the IOC Coordination Commission. We all share the same passion for the Olympic Games and this passion drives us all to want to do our best possible work to ensure the success of the Games. We are especially passionate about doing our best for the athletes. The athletes’ dreams of the Games motivate them through many years of training. I am confident they will be delighted by what they find in and around Turin.”
Although no further Coordination Commission meetings will take place before the Olympic Winter Games in Turin, smaller groups from the IOC will continue to visit, providing observations, advice and helping apply lessons from previous Games. IOC President Jacques Rogge will visit Turin, where he will meet with TOROC, tour venues and visit the ISU speed skating World Cup event, on 9 December.
IOC News Letter


A Review of the Winter Olympic sites in order starting with
CHAMONIX 1924 Ist Olympic Winter Games
In 1921, the International Olympic Committee voted to stage “International Sports Week 1924” in Chamonix, France. This event was a complete success and was retroactively named the First Olympic Winter Games. The first event to be decided in Chamonix was the men’s 500m speed skating.

The first gold medal went to Charles Jewtraw of the United States. A. Clas Thunberg of Finland earned medals in all five speed skating events: three gold, one silver and one bronze. Norway’s Thorleif Haug dominated Nordic skiing, winning both cross-country races and the Nordic combined. The Canadian ice hockey team won all five of their matches, outscoring their opponents 110 to 3.

16 NOCs (Nations)
258 athletes (11 women, 247 men)
16 events

Credit: IOC Museum archives
Olympic Org
Photo: IOC/COUTTET Auguste

Chamonix Today

Today the word from Killington is go.Tom In the Marketing and communications sent a memo allowing the Killington news and updates to be reposted.
Coming up,... K05 Summit
12/03/2005 - 12/04/2005 The first ever K05 Summit at Killington will feature numerous events and activities throughout the weekend of December 3 - December 4. The Rails to Riches Jam will take place on Saturday December 3 and many of the top skiers and riders in the East are expected to participate in the open jam format. This year’s Rails to Riches Jam offers a $15, 000 total prize purse. There will be a bonfire at the base of the rails for the spectators to enjoy and a fireworks display set to go off, as the winners are being crowned Saturday night. The finals will begin at 5:00 p.m. with fireworks slated to begin at 6:15 p.m.
Party at the Peak will take place from 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Saturday night at the Peak Restaurant. The K-1 Gondola will be transporting partygoers up and down the mountain at $10 per passenger. Included in the $10 ticket is a beverage (beer, wine or soda), a free screening of “The Community Project,” (set to start at 7:30 p.m.), cash bar and a DJ.
Other K05 Summit events will feature live music and DJ’s performing throughout the weekend, prize giveaways at the K-1 Gondola and a BBQ and bar on the K-1 deck. There will be special rates on group ski and ride lessons for the weekend and a large demo tent village for people to check out.
2nd Annual Vermont Holiday Festival 12/08/2005 - 12/11/2005 This event involves the entire Killington community and features decorated trees, Santa's workshop, white lights and more. For more information visit the Vermont Holiday Festival website.
Photo Credit: Killington Marketing



Timberline Lodge MT Hood
7" of fresh snow in the last 24 hours and skys are blue with scattered clouds - come on up and take some turns, spend your time on the slopes enjoying the new snow and not in lift lines! The snow is awesome, so what are you waiting for? Get your practice in for the upcoming rail jam this Saturday, registration starts at 8am, so get here early! Great news for all you night owls out there, we're opening for night skiing on Friday, Dec. 2nd! It starts at 4pm and it ends at 10pm.

A first time event at Timberline, presented by Rome SDS. This is a rail contest, jam format with prizes from Rome Snowboards. Registration is free with the purchase of a lift ticket. Registration from 9am-11am in the day lodge, contest starts at noon. Awards and prizes at 2pm.
December 10th LUNCH WITH SANTA
Snowflakes, warm mittens, hot cocoa, evergreens and the Man in Red. What better way to spend the day than playing in the snow and visiting with Santa! Enjoy Santa visiting with your children and posing for pictures, live holiday music performed by the Columbia River Chorus, a special visit from our resident St. Bernards Heidi and Bruno, holiday craft making, kid sized skis and boots to try on just for fun, a savory lunch, as well as last minute specials in our Gallery and Gift Shops.
Let the memory making begin. December 10th, 11am till 2:30pm. Limited space available so reserve your spot now! $19.95 per adult and $14.95 per child. Professional portraits with Santa available. Call 503-622-0756. December 24th and 25th CHRISTMAS AT TIMBERLINE
Experience a Magical Christmas dinner at Historic Timberline Lodge. Dinner is by reservation only 503-622-0756. Christmas Eve prices are $59.95 for adults, $17.95 for Juniors. Christmas Day $49.95 for adults and $16.95 for juniors, age 4 and under are complimentary. For menu and more information click
Bruno,always has a really good holiday calander of events. Very cozy for families. Timberline Lodge


Nakiska, Calgary Canada
Past 24 hrs 14 cm 6" Last 7 days 14cm 6"
Report last updated on 11/27/2005
Dec 3 Opening Weekend (Tentative)
Dec 10 Open 7 Days a Week
Dec 10 Demo Days

Info Vertical Rise 2,412 feet
Lifts Available 2 Quads, 1 Triple, 1 Double, 1 T-Bar, 1 Magic Carpet
Lift Capacity 8,620 skiers/hour
Snowmaking Extensive: 85%

The 1988 Winter Olympic Games XV marked Canada's debut as the host of this prestigious international event. Heralded at the time as the most successful games ever, Canadians and, more specifically Albertans, were eager to show-off their winter paradise to the world.
Mount Allan's first claim to fame was in the late 1940's when coal was discovered at the eastern base of the mountain. Close to 40 years later Mount Allan was chosen as the site for the Olympic Alpine events and in 1986 construction began on what is now known as Nakiska.

Photo Credit:Nakiska

Other RCR "Resorts of the Canadian Rockies" Tentative opening dates

Nov 11th - Lake Louise Mountain Resort
Dec 10th - Fernie Alpine Resort
Dec 17th - Kimberley Alpine Resort