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The Dolomites
in the Veneto Region (north of Venice )North East of Turin
Don’t miss the chance for a special summer holiday! Book your weekly stay at one of the participating hotels and get advantage of our special packages. To be entitled to all discounts, please ask for your free “Summer weeks card” at the hotel reception and show it to the Associations concerned. You may choose among a variety of activities with the Alpine Guides or with the Cortina Adrenalin Center, get discounts on lift tickets, on ice-skating rink and swimming-pool entry as well as on mountain bike rental. And for the Family: free accommodation for children up to 8 and special rates for all children up to 12. For further information please visit our webpage – summer section : Dolomiti Org Cortina
Ski season is open and conditions are great in the 12 skiing areas of the Dolomiti Superski carousel: the wonder of having one single skipass for 1,220 km of slopes, 460 lift facilities from Cortina d'Ampezzo, Auronzo/Misurina, San Vito di Cadore to Plan de Corones, from Alta Badia to Gardena Valley and Alpe di Siusi, from Val di Fassa/Carezza to Alta Val Pusteria and Val di Fiemme, from Passo Rolle, to Valle dell'Isarco, the Tre Valli, the Civetta and Marmolada skiing area. New for the season: one day and season skipasses at the same price of 2004/05; a number of renewed lift facilities for better connections and more comfort; with the new e-skipass via internet straight to the lift
Thanks to Taxi Bob, the thrill and emotion of speed on ice - once only reserved for legendary sports figures - is something which anyone can now experience, and in perfect safety. Since Cortina’s Olimpic Bobrun and modern 4-man racing bobsleds are used, Taxi Bob is almost like participating in a real race. Setting off is the most delicate moment, overcoming the fear of not knowing what is expecting you. And this is probably much more that you might imagine! But do not worry. Everything happens in perfect safety. After a picture at the start (and a signature on your will), there is no way you can step out of the bob after it has started moving! From now on it will only be unbelievable acceleration, up to 75 miles per hour, 100 seconds of shear excitement that will never be forgotten.

Experienced skiers, who wish to practise “extreme skiing”, can find here some of the most breathtaking back-country excursions in the world; the guidance of a professional Mountain Guide is strongly recommended. If you wish to ski down the steep narrow gorges known as Creste Bianche, Bus Tofana, Canalino del Prete and Sci 18, you absolutely must contact the Gruppo Guide Alpine di Cortina. A good knowledge of the itinerary, the ability to evaluate weather and snow conditions, and the due respect for every possible precautionary measure are essential requirements.

It's carnival time again in Whitefish and snow conditions at Big Mountain are the best in years. More than 9 feet of snow is sitting at the summit and the snow keeps falling. In January we had 113" fall on us! For more than 47 years the Whitefish Winter Carnival tradition has been one of the region's most popular winter weekends. This year's Carnival is Mardi Gras style! So come on out to Big Mountain Resort and Whitefish this weekend to ski, ride and have a winter carnival blast! Here are some of the great events happening in Whitefish: Ski Joring: Watch the excitement as horse riders from all over the region pull skiers through a course of turns, jumps and humps. The fastest horse and skier to make it successfully through the course wins! Don't miss the Sunday long jump competition that tops it all off. Registration is Feb. 3rd at Majestic Valley Arena from 6-9pm. Ski Joring events are held at the Whitefish Airport from 12pm-3pm on Feb. 4th and 5th. Call (406) 862-3501 for more information. A Carnival button is required for spectator entry.
Red Bull Snowmobile Freestyle Demonstration: When the famous Whitefish Winter Carnival Parade wraps up on main street this Saturday, the Red Bull Freestyle Snowmobile Demonstration revs up at the end of Central Avenue by the O'Shaugnessy Center for a 60 minute demostration. Big air, tricks and are all a part of this wild ride new to the Winter Carnival this year
Big Mountain

Celebrate Valentine’s Day At Grouse Grouse Mountain has devoted the entire top floor of its elegant Peak Chalet to a special Valentine’s Day celebration. Couples can enjoy an unforgettable evening 3,700 feet above the shimmering lights of Vancouver below. The Observatory Restaurant, Altitudes Bistro and the neighbouring Timber Room have become extremely popular romantic destinations and have sold out for Valentine’s Day for several years running. The Observatory’s acclaimed cuisine and award-winning wine list will be featured in all venues. Grouse Mountain Executive Chef Sylvain Cuerrier has created a scrumptious multi-course Prix-Fixe Menu designed for couples, with a heavy emphasis on shared plates and decadent ingredients designed to stimulate the senses.
In addition to leisurely dining and endless views of the Lower Mainland, guests can ice skate atop Grouse Mountain's outdoor pond or take a sleighride through the frozen alpine forest.
Event information: Valentine’s Celebration at Grouse Mountain Grouse Mountain


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