10/07/2011 Michael A. Scanlon endlesswintersnow@yahoo.com Endless Winter Snow weblogUpdates.ping EndlessWinterSnow http://endlesswintersnow.blogspot.com/

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Snow alert for Whistler Blackcomb , Kirkwood and central Sierra Nevada Mtns.
Snow alert for Heavenly / Mammoth Mountain
Snow alert for Hintertuz Austria

Stowe's 3 foot snowpack is in great shape, with more SNOW tonight, and even MORE SNOW forecasted to continue through the weekend!
We will have TEN groomers out on the hill tonight, and every night right through the weekend, creating optimal conditions for the remainder of the holiday week. We will also crank up our greatly expanded snowmaking capabilities to blanket the slopes with fresh coatings of snow to augment the quantities that Mother Nature is expected to provide.
We will have ALL LIFTS and the majority of our terrain open this weekend, including both our terrain park and the ONLY halfpipe in Northern Vermont, and skiing and riding will continue to be great. We hope that you can come up to enjoy it with us! Stowe

Big White Silver Star Resorts
"It's the Snow"" is our motto at Big White and Silver Star, and wintry weather has returned to both resorts, just in time for our New Year's celebrations. The Powder Chair opened at Big White on Wednesday, and this morning, the lower Cliff has opened. Tomorrow, Friday, December 30, guests will be able to access the entire Cliff area when the Cliff Lift opens at 8:45 a.m. The Gem Lake is near to opening; we're just waiting for Mother Nature to bring us a bit more snow. Silver Star boasts 91 open runs, including new trails accessed by the fabulous Silver Woods Express high-speed quad. TELUS Park is open for snowboarders and New School skiers. New Year's is one of the most anticipated events at Big White and Silver Star, and both resorts will be hopping with activities for all members of the family including fireworks, carnival activities, and live entertainment.
Big White / Silver Star New Year's Eve Events
January Lesson Package Specials at Silver Star and Big White Big White Silver Star Resorts

US Ski Team News
DARON RAHLVES WINS STELVIO DOWNHILL, TAKES OVERALL POINTS LEAD Bode Miller finishes ninth, sits second behind Rahlves in points
BORMIO, Italy (Dec. 29) - Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA), gathering speed as he came down the hill on new skis, collected the second World Cup victory of his glittering career in Bormio Thursday -and his 11th win - as he took the World Cup overall points lead while Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) finished ninth and is second in the points.
OLN will have World Cup coverage Sunday night at 5 ET as part of its 10 Weeks to Torino series of major events reporting.
Rahlves, who won both training runs on the Stelvio course where he finished as silver medalist behind Miller in downhill last February at the World Championships, was timed in 1:57.68 for his eighth DH victory. After 16 races, Rahlves has 489 points to 471 for Miller.
Bormio, ITA - Dec. 29, 2005
Men’s Downhill 1. Daron Rahlves, Sugar Bowl, Calif., 1:57.68
2. Fritz Strobl, Austria, 1:58.00
3. Tobias Gruenenfelder, Switzerland, 1:58.03
4. Michael Walchhofer, Austria, 1:58.04
5. Marco Buechel, Liechtenstein, 1:58.19
9. Bode Miller, Bretton Woods, N.H., 1:58.58
26. Steve Nyman, Orem, Utah, 1:59.70
36. Marco Sullivan, Squaw Valley, Calif., 2:01.04
41. Scott Macartney, Redmond, Wash., 2:01.58
JJ Johnson, Park City, Utah
For complete results: US Ski Team News

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Better Boot fitting
Shims, pads, cants, wedges,... So You want a better fit? Start simple. The shop that sold you the boots as part of Great customer service)should be willing to spend a few mins making minor adjustments Or, .You may be able totake on the task yourself. You know what feels right. A little loose, Pad the outside of a liner that is a bit loose( Push toward the inside. Mole skin padding is available at your local retail pharmacy foor care section ( Dr School's ) More than a little loose, heel shims or shims inserts, that run the lenght under the insole 1/16 1/8 1/4 can help fill volume by pushing your foot up. Cants, can help minimize those that are bow legged , If you have already adjusted a boot with an upper shell in / out rake. Too tight, sometimes it is necessary to have the liner stretched by a performance boot fiiting shop. Thos shoe stretchers you find at thrift stores can oftern solve the issue. A little stretch at a time. You can not re compress a liner, be careful or take your boots to a shop. Only when you are absolutely sure it is necessary after a second opinion, Pushing ( heating and stretching the boot shell at critical points) can solve the issues out of the ordinary.DO NOT try freelance blow drying. Not worth random results! Canting strips are available at Tognar Tool works or from racing supply stores. Many standard items are at your local pharmacy, pads and cushions. Insoles and shims are available in the Endless Winter equipment section.

Olympic Venues revisited
In 1952, the Olympics were finally held in Norway, the birthplace of modern skiing. The Olympic flame was lit in the hearth of the home of Sondre Nordheim, the first famous skier, and relayed by 94 skiers to Oslo. Speed skater Hjalmar Andersen starred for the home team, winning three gold medals. His winning margins in the 5,000m and the 10,000m were the largest in Olympic history. In Alpine skiing, the combined event was dropped and replaced by the giant slalom. Andrea Mead Lawrence won both the giant slalom and the slalom even though she was only nineteen years old. Canada won the ice hockey tournament for the fifth time, bringing their cumulative Olympic record to 37 wins, 1 loss and 3 ties. In those 41 games they scored 403 goals while conceding only 34. For the first time, a cross-country skiing event was held for women. The winner was Lydia Wideman of Finland. 30 NOCs (Nations) 694 athletes (109 women, 585 men) 22 events